STONEFIELD - MYSTIC STORIES


BAND STONEFIELD ALBUM MYSTIC STORIES LABEL BSC OUT 25/10/2019 OUR RATING 80/100 The story of Stonefield began in 1984 in Winterthur, Switzerland with three friends Juan Carlos Aneiros (Hammond & Keys), Manuel Rodriguez (guitars) and Alberto Chenevard (bass) which had founded a band heir of the best tradition of progressive and hard rock classic masters. With ex-Black-Angels drummer Brain Reber and the singer Guido Gander the line-up quickly was completed and the new formation started to play concerts all over Switzerland. For stylistic reasons, he tended more towards the AOR of American coinage, Gander's participation in Stonefield remained a short episode. Next Manuel Rodriguez met Munich based singer Ebby Paduch and convinced him to join the band. Now complemented by an ideal frontman, Stonefield quickly became a sought-after live band in Switzerland, Germany and Spain. In 1987 the five went into the studio to record their first album THE EYES OF THE DAWN. After another year of touring Switzerland, Germany and Spain, the band went back to the studio to record their second album LIGHT OF LIES, released in 1990. This album also received strong reviews, but the winds of ‚zeitgeist‘ blew in the band's face: the scene had changed, progressive rock didn't seem so popular anymore. Uneasiness spread through the band and their entourage. They split ways with Ebby Paduch, a decision which was later regretted. With old friend Matthias Strübi former singer with the band China, Stonefield worked out a completely new repertoire, planning to record a new album. But after a series of concerts all over Switzerland the group felt that the old magic was gone. Manuel Rodriguez decided to leave the band in 1992, soon Stonefield were history. In 2010 Manuel Rodriguez left Switzerland for his home country Spain. In the 18 years since the dissolution of Stonefield, he had consistently pursued his path as a musician, working as a sideman for various national and international artists, releasing various solo albums and gaining experience as a producer. But the Stonefield story was still very present for Manuel and felt like it was not finished, especially as he had never been satisfied with the sound of the second album LIGHT OF LIES. He was still in possession of the original 2-inch tapes from the studio, and noticed that the ravages of time were making themselves felt on them. Tapes only last a limited period of time. Due to aging and poor storage, the magnetic layer may come off the tapes, making them unusable. However, the tapes can be restored in a special oven. By "baking" the detached magnetic layer is again welded to the carrier material. These tapes can then be played back once or twice in original quality and can be digitized and restored. Out of pure curiosity Manuel decided to newly mix one of the old songs in his home studio. Inspired by the desire to complete this unfinished work and thus make peace with the Stonefield saga, he experimented with the tracks again and again over a period of two years and now acted as a producer with the necessary mental distance to the source material. Still being in touch with BSC Music, the label that had once released the Stonefield albums and other of his productions, he sent some of the new mixes to Christoph Bühring-Uhle. The BSC label boss was fascinated by the result. And so, 30 years after the original sessions for LIGHT OF LIES, the best songs from both albums can now be heard here for the first time in an optimal mix. #pressagent Gordeon Music 


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