Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena) returns with a DVD featuring a live version of his new ambitious solo project - the musical "Alchemy". Brought to life by a host of artists well known on the prog-rock scene, "Alchemy" is a Victorian adventure set in 1842, with a sense of the dark and mysterious.
This is a collection of Nick Webb's early recordings with his original partner, Simon James, who split to go solo and was replaced by Greg Carmichael. Webb and James may have been calling themselves Acoustic Alchemy, but really, AA didn't start as a stable and successful group until Webb and Carmichael recorded their first album, red Dust and Spanish Lace, in 1987; these tracks precede that. As Acoustic Alchemy's career progressed, they added other instruments to accompany their steel and nylon string guitars, but there is almost nothing here but acoustic guitar.
Against The Grain, Acoustic Alchemy's 7th album, was released in 1994 under the GRP label.Despite having only ten tracks, "Against The Grain" still manages to notch up a total play time of 53 minutes, notably because of the band's experimentation with some longer, more drawn out tracks.The most successful effort from this release was "Lazeez", a popular live favourite, and is one of two tracks from this album to appear on the compilation album, "The Very Best Of Acoustic Alchemy" (2002).
Is a British contemporary instrumental and smooth jazz band formed in England in the early 1980s (c. 1981), originally fronted by acoustic guitarists Nick Webb and Simon James. The band is currently fronted by Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale.
There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album (recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983) between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler's muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response…