Monday, May 14, 2007

Flower Kings

The Flower Kings - New Compilation CD out on Inside Out - June 26th.

6th May 2007 @ Flower Kings
The double CD album will be released on June 26th in USA and probably around that date in Europe too. The title of the album is "Road Back Home" and it contain 27 songs, spanning from 1995 to 2006. It focus on the more melodic and groovy or shorter tracks, means less fusion and more melody and moody tracks. All songs are transferred carefully to 24 bit digital, remixed, quite a few of them have different solos and some added backingvocals and there's even a totally unreleased track, plus the full version of our take on Genesis classic "Cinema Show"

It comes in a nice slipcase and there will be a 20 page booklet that have archive photos, comments on each song, recording data and anekdotes by yours truely.

All remixed, re-arranged, remastered and I might add, with quite a nice result on most and even a stunning sonic result on a few. Prepare with a good set of headphones and your favourite tea. (This one might even appeal to your wife or mother in law or the guys at work)

The Flower Kings - Road Back Home (2007)
Disc One (77:49)
1. Cosmic Lover
2. A Kings Prayer
3. Stupid Girl
4. Cosmic Circus
5. Babylon
6. Paradox Hotel
7. World Without A Heart
8. Church Of Your Heart
9. Vox Humana
10. What If God Is Alone
11. Starlight Man
12. Grand Old World
13. The Road Back Home
14. Cinema Show

Disc Two (75:59)
1. Ghost Of The Red Cloud
2. Painter
3. I Am The Sun (p2)
4. Different People
5. Little Deceiver*
6. Chickenfarmer Song
7. The Rhythm Of The Sea
8. Touch My Heaven
9. Life Will Kill You
10. Monkey Business
11. Compassion
12. The Flower King
13. Stardust We Are (end section)

* unreleased track from Rainmaker sessions.


Studio Report from Roine Stolt

Flowerkings have started the recording of new album on March 26th, ol' time drummer Zoltan Csörsz have recorded with the band and we are all very excited about the quality and the sheer committment that Zoltan have put into this recording. The recording week have been a great experience for us all, we've been in a great studio facility that have tons of vintage gear and we've had it 24/7 so we've lived there and we've worked with our trusted team of Petrus Königson as engineeer and we've had Per Nordin there videofilming the sessions, so we have hours and hours of filmed material.

The result is as far as we can see a great symphonic & progressive rock album that have more of the Retropolis/Stardust/Flower Power vibe but perhaps a bit more "progressive" in the sense there are no short easy listening songs, however there are very melodic and likewise catchy sections integrated in these epics.

A few of these songs were really difficult to play, the intricacy of time signatures had us on our toes, but it was great fun. Yes there are similarities to songs like Stardust We Are or Garden Of Dreams but perhaps even as much to the Transatlantics epics.

The sound quality is head and shoulders above what we got from the Medley on Paradox Hotel, Petrus is a genius and the Varispeed studio with it's 3 NEVE desks and old U 47 Telefunkens, old Neumans etc. is the coolest and the best studio I've ever recorded in, the result is top notch and the vibe there was all late 60's and early 70's.

We had the pleasure to use lots of vintage keyboards, a custom modified ( by expert Brian Davenport) Hammond B 3 that sounded just fabulous and along with that we will, or have used real Minimoogs, Wurlizer, Fender Rhodes pianos and a Grand Piano.

This means that this album will see more of the vintage keyboard sounds than on any other TFK record, I feel it goes well with the songs that have great melodic and warm melodies that take me back to the glory days of Procol Harum, ELP, Genesis, Yes, Focus, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and The Beatles.

I have tried to remember the feeling of standing on stage when the band sound great and we really feel like we're moving air and we're moving peoples hearts and I've tried to write from that perspective, perhaps with a less intellectual style and more of a direct soulful vibe.

Now we are a few weeks into overdubbing vocals and percussion, extra guitars and keys and hopefully by mid June we have delivered a steaming hot new CD album to Inside Out that we're proud of and that will take you back to the glory days of prog.

In my opinion TFK have never sounded better and never delivered such a compact collection of melodic symph/prog, what we do best, I admit we took a few (interesting) detours but this is what defines the band, this is as close as it gets to what I set out to do 12 years ago.

Roine. =>>>>>>>>>>>

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@ Wiki
The Flower Kings are a Swedish progressive rock band. Formed in 1993 by veteran guitarist Roine Stolt as a touring band to support his solo album The Flower King, the band stayed together after the tour and have gone on to become one of the most prolific studio recording units in rock music of their era. In ten years they have released nearly 18 hours of music.

The Flower Kings have seen frequent personnel changes. The original line-up for Stolt's solo album consisted of Stolt (vocals, electric guitar, bass, keyboards), Jamie Salazar (drums), and Hasse Fröberg (vocals). When the full band was formed, they added Michael Stolt (bass) and Tomas Bodin (keyboards). Michael Stolt and Salazar have both left the band since its formation, replaced by Jonas Reingold (bass) and Zoltan Csörsz (drums). Other contributors have included Hasse Bruniusson (percussion), Ulf Wallander (saxophone) and Daniel Gildenlöw of Pain of Salvation (vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion). Zoltan Csörsz has recently been replaced by new drummer Marcus Liliequist. Daniel Gildenlöw recently left because of personal issues. According to a Myspace blog posted by Roine Stolt on April 2, 2007, Zoltan Csörsz will be the drummer on the upcoming record, and perhaps reclaim his spot permanently.

Roine Stolt has written the vast majority of the material the band has recorded, with Bodin contributing most of the rest. The music is perhaps best described as "symphonic," bearing a strong resemblance in many instances to that of Yes, and yet there are also hints of strong influence from the jazz fusion genre. The band's lyrics are almost uniformly positive, affirming such values as love, peace, and spirituality.

Their 1999 album Flower Power contains one of the longest progressive rock tracks ever recorded, the eighteen-section, nearly 60-minute "Garden of Dreams."

Roine Stolt recorded two albums with supergroup Transatlantic, with members of Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, and Marillion, in 2000 and 2001.

Studio albums
* The Flower King (1994) (Roine Stolt solo album, regular and artwork editions)
* Back in the World of Adventures (1995)
* Retropolis (1996)
* Stardust We Are (1997) (double CD)
* Flower Power (1999) (double CD)
* Space Revolver (2000) (regular and digipack editions single CD, Japanese edition double CD)
* The Rainmaker (2001) (regular edition single CD, special limited edition double CD)
* Unfold the Future (2002) (double CD, limited edition contains bonus track)
* Adam & Eve (2004)
* Paradox Hotel (2006) (double CD)

Live albums
* Alive on Planet Earth (2000) (double live CD)
* Meet the Flower Kings (2003) (double live CD and DVD, available separately or together)
* Instant Delivery (2006) (double live DVD concert, limited edition includes double cd and booklet)

Limited Edition Official Bootlegs
* Édition Limitée Québec (1998) (unreleased and live tracks)
* The Rainmaker Tour 2001 (downloadable from website, not commercially available)
* Live In New York - Official Bootleg (2002)
* BetchaWannaDanceStoopid!!! (2004)

Fan Club Albums
* Fan Club 2000 (2000)
* Fan Club 2002 (2002)
* Fan Club 2004 (2004)
* Fan Club 2005 / Harvest (2005)

* Scanning The Greenhouse (1998)

Related Discographies
* Circus Brimstone
* Roine Stolt
* Tomas Bodin
* Transatlantic
* The Tangent
* Kaipa =>>>>>>>>>>>

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