Frano Zivkovic – It´s A Secret (2015)

FrontCover1.jpgBelieve me, this album is unblieveable !

Frano is a fifteen year old award-winning musician who started showing his musical talent at the age of two and has been playing various instruments since the age of three. As a live-performance artist & multi-instrumentalist he plays violin, piano, and his greatest love – guitar.

At age of five Frano held his first solo classical guitar concert at the Music Academy of Zagreb. Frano has won several international competitions in music theory and classical guitar. So far he has performed more than three hundred times at various events, concerts, festivals, TV shows and radio broadcasts, and organized and participated in charity projects.

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At age of eight he finished elementary & middle music school with excellent success and honors. He was probably the youngest in the world to perform Vivaldi’s Chamber Concerto in D-major RV93 at that age. Also, that was the time he performed first time with his greatest hero – Mr. Tommy Emmanuel, CGP. Their first joint performance occurred in the biggest Croatian national concert hall Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb (Croatia), after which they appeared in the concert hall Brucknerhaus in Linz (Austria), Teatro Rossetti in Trieste (Italy) and Philharmonie am Gasteig in Münich (Germany). Later they did many more shows together and Frano as special guest joined Mr. Emmanuel German tour 2016/2017. where they toured across Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Frano Zivkovic03At his 10th birthday, Frano had a huge honor to be a part of a guitar orchestra and play with the famous Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ: William Bill Kanengiser, John Dearman, Matthew Greif & Scott Tennant), performing Shingo Fujii’s “Shiki: Seasons of Japan”, in Nürtingen (Germany).
At age of ten, Frano published his first release as a solo guitarist called “It’s a Secret”, featuring his original compositions. So far Frano already played with, toured or being opening act for international music super-stars such as 2Cellos, Al di Meola, Tommy Emmanuel, John Scofield, Kiefer Sutherland, Manfred Mann, Kaki King, Corrado Rustici & Zucchero and many more. As youngest member of national composer’s society, Frano won “Rudolf and Margita Matz” award for extraordinary talented young composers. One of the highest honors Frano received is original “Yellow Mouse” guitar given to him by Tommy Emmanuel CGP during Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, 2018. Year before Frano played Scotty Moore’s (Elvis Presley’s lead guitarist) guitar at the convention’s final evening concert.

At age of fourteen, Frano was graduated from music high school – theoretical department, performed his original “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra” with Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, and continues to develop as a composer and arranger while performing worldwide.

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And here´s his debutalbum from 2015 … Frano Zivkovic was 10 years old !

And if you like acoustic guitar music, like Tommy Emmanuel than this album is a must !

Believe me, this album is unblieveable … recorded by a young guy at the age of 10 !!!

And I add a very interesting portrait of this young guy from torchlighttalent.com

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Personnel:
Frano Zivkovic (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. It’s A Secret (F.Zivkovic) 2.50
02. Rachel E (F.Zivkovic) 3.24
03. My Cat God Shiva (F.Zivkovic) 2.19
04. Crazy Katana (F.Zivkovic) 2.16
05. Silba (Z.Zivkovic/Blazina) 2.51
06. In Memory With The Brave Rooster (F.Zivkovic) 3.42
07. Nanae (F.Zivkovic) 2.51
08. The World’s Biggest Barker (F.Zivkovic) 1.15
09. Frano’s Rag (Z.Zivkovic) 3.56

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Ten Years After – Cap Ferrat Sessions 1972 (2017)

FrontCover1.jpgTo coincide with the Ten Years After’s eponymous debut release in 1967 Chrysalis Records presents a 50th Anniversary 10 CD Box Set. in 2007. This limited edition set includes a CD of previously unreleased material.

This set, limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, contains LPs which have been remastered from the original 1/4″ production master tapes along with the bonus disc entitled “The CapFerrat Sessions”, which consists of never heard before recordings from 1972, newly mixed by acclaimed record producer Chris Kimsey.

Continues Ric, “The box includes nine studio albums and a bonus CD that features the previously unreleased live album ‘The Cap Ferrat Sessions’.

Originally recorded in 1972 in the South of France using The Rolling Stones Mobile recording truck, the session tracks were gathering dust until now. I remember we recorded the live tracks in a villa in Cap Ferrat, South of France. Each of the instruments were recorded in a different room – drums in the ballroom. Between Chris Kimsey, our recording engineer and I, we managed to get one of the best drum sounds on any Ten Years After recording. Natural ambience from the villa’s acoustics helped tremendously. The session tracks were originally planned for the ‘Rock N Roll Music To The World’ album, but due to vinyl restrictions of the time, the tracks were not included in the final album release. More details are on the sleeve notes written for us by Chris Kimsey, who kindly agreed to mix the tracks for this boxed set release 45 years after they were recorded. This is a must-have collection for any avid Ten Years After fan, and any new fans that want to soak up the band’s recorded history.”

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Ten Years After stormed the stages of rock, they created a sensation that stunned audiences and quickly won them a coveted place among the pantheon of great British groups. Alvin Lee – one of the most charismatic and admired guitar players to emerge from the British blues boom of the era and deservedly ranked alongside his contemporaries Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix – headed a powerful team of talented musicians, Leo Lyons, Chick Churchill and Ric Lee.

During an intense seven-year period, they embarked on marathon tours, conquering America, enjoying success round the world, whilst also unleashing a succession of ground breaking albums. Their 1967 debut “Ten Years After”was swiftly followed by pioneering live album “Undead” (1968) through the critically acclaimed “A Space In Time”(1971),featuring one of their finest songs ‘‘I’d Love To Change The World”, which is very apt in today’s world, ending with 1974’s ‘Positive Vibrations’.

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“The Cap Ferrat Sessions” came as a result of a discovery by Alvin Lee’s wife, who found a box of recordings deep in the vaults of the studio in their house they shared in Spain. They originate from the “Rock N Roll Music To The World” album sessions, which were recorded at a seaside villa in Cap Ferrat, South of France and Olympic Studios in London. Chrysalis Records turned to world renowned producer Chris Kimsey (whose credits include the Rolling Stones, Bad Company, and Peter Frampton), who recorded and engineered the original sessions, to mix these tracks for the first time.

Revisiting the tapes, some 45 years later Kimsey added, “Alvin and the band were incredibly creative and abundant during this period. These re-discovered recordings were not rough demos, not rehearsals, but completed masters that did not make the album due to the time limitations of vinyl at the time. So these gems were left off. Mixing this in 2017 I began to study the parts, the playing, the response of each musician. It was amazing! It is what all great recordings are made of.“

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For avid collectors and fans of the band, the legendary Cap Ferrat sessions will have a special appeal and will be an essential addition to their collection. This is a big deal for classic rock lovers and aficionados all over the world. (by bluesmagazine.nl)

Great album! Sounds really really good and clear. The songs are classic TYA bluesrock and it is beyond me how they didn’t make it onto the R&MttW album to be honest. (by Jeffrey81)

100% agree. It’s great to have some fresh early period TYA. Glad this wasn’t just lost to history. The green vinyl and cover art are cool too. Recommended to any TYA or Alvin fans.  (by Stuckcake)

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Personnel:
Chick Churchill (keyboards)
Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals)
Ric Lee (drums)
Leo Lyons (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Look At Yourself (A.Lee) 4.21
02. Running Around (A.Lee) 5.33
03. Holy Shit (A.Lee) 2.59
04. There’s A Feeling (A.Lee) 3.30
05. I Hear You Calling My Name (A.Lee) 11.12
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06. I’m Writing You A Letter (A, Lee) 6.58
07. There’s A Feeling (A. Lee) 4.44
08. Rock & Roll Music To The World (A. Lee) 4.12
09. Slow Blues In C (Live in Frankfurt,January 1973) (A.Lee) 8.14
10. Spoonful (live) (Dixon) 7.41
11. I’m Going Home (live) 9.48

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