22.03.2019

Patrick Moraz.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the legendary 1976 debut solo album by the celebrated keyboard maestro Patrick Moraz, “The Story Of i”. Originally released on the Atlantic label in the USA and the Charisma label in the UK, “The Story Of i” was an impressive solo debut for Moraz, who at that time was a member of Yes. The album came at a time when each member of Yes embarked on the recording of a solo album. “The Story Of i” was a conceptual work, based upon a story written by Patrick about a huge architectural complex where residents are offered the realisation of their impossible dreams. The recording sessions began in Brazil and were completed in Switzerland and the finished results were an impressive blend of ethnic music, jazz and progressive rock. Upon release “The Story of i” was voted as album of the year by the US magazine Keyboard. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered under the supervision of Patrick Moraz and restores the original album artwork. It also features 2 bonus tracks from the album sessions. April 26th, 2019.

 

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21.03.2019

Leaf Rapids.....

It started the way all good things do, with a story, one that emerged from the time shrouded attics of Keri Latimer’s family history. A tale of the great grandmother she knew only as tiny and softspoken, a gentle soul who only spoke Japanese. Who would have guessed that once, in her youth, that same little old woman stabbed a man with a pair of barbershop shears?

That tale became the torch to light a new journey. As the years turned, Keri plunged into the depths of her family’s ancestral memories, resurfacing with stories like jewels that had been tucked away and forgotten. These she polished and kept safe, waiting until it was time to hold their colours up to the light once more.

Now, all of those stories come together on ”Citizen Alien”, the brand new sophomore album from Winnipeg folk duo Leaf Rapids. The project is a labour of love for Keri and her husband, Devin Latimer.

Through their own family’s stories they created a new world from the old, delving into the intimate truths told by voices from decades long gone. Each of the album’s 10 songs spins out a thread, binding history and identity to time and place. Threads that crossed oceans, stretched from Kyoto to Iceland’s wind whipped northern coast, tangled in the heart of the Canadian prairie. Stories of lives that crept forward in boats acros the water, lunches packed in liquor store bags and battered suitcases bursting at their seams.

There is an openness on this record. There is space. It spans out like the vastness between stars. The liquid silver of Keri’s voice spills over a brushed snare, a theremin trill, an acoustic guitar, all are given room to speak fully. Maybe it’s partly that they recorded Keri’s vocals first, an approach she’d never tried before, either as Leaf Rapids or her previous incarnation as part of Juno award winning alt country quartet Nathan.

Whatever its genesis, ”Citizen Alien’s” soundscape is intoxicating. Co-produced with acclaimed Winnipeg multi instrumentalist and composer Rusty Matyas, the record saunters from the summery strums of the opener, ’Dear Sister’, to the wintery harmonies of ’Caragana Switch’ with Alexa Dirks and Grant Davidson. Whimsical melodies strike a stark contrast with unsettling imagery, all of it playing out in the mind like an old sepia toned movie. For Keri, who also scores for film, that flickering cinematic quality is intentional, it crystallizes the convergence of her composing life, her folk life, and the life of her family.

But this is not only a personal record. Every family has stories of people who crossed oceans, who survived, who struggled and tried. People who knew injustice. And though some of those stories now fade into the haze of time, the truth of them remains vivid. Consider the album’s title track, declaration of love between ancestors divided by the travesty of Canada’s 2nd World War-era Japanese internment camps, if the same thing happened today, Keri points out, she and Devin would be split up, their children taken away.

Today, that kind of horror still threatens. Hate still festers, and power still tries to push human lives into the divide. But there is hope. Because, as ”Citizen Alien” shows, we are all the dream of a future our forebears once had. Every day, we carry that dream forward in the stories we are heir to and the wisdom they hold, and every day, we have a chance to let those tales shine.

 

 

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20.03.2019

Lou With Nils.....

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were in Australia on the final leg of their tour in early 2017 when Nils Lofgren found himself messing around with a new bluesy riff on his Jazzmaster guitar during a pre-show soundcheck. “I knew I wanted to do something with it”, he says. “I was onstage waiting for Bruce and the band to show up when I just started singing the words ‘blue with Lou’. I realized I could turn it into a song paying homage to Lou Reed”.

The song became the title track to Lofgren’s new LP "Blue With Lou", out April 26th, 2019, which contains 5 songs he wrote with Lou Reed in the late 70's but have never been released before in any capacity. One of them is “Attitude City”. “I never had the chance to grill Lou specifically about that one”, says Lofgren. “But to me it’s about how the rich and powerful are taking over the planet and deciding there’s not room to care about anybody else. Power and money have become a mental illness. It has bled into our politics and I’m saying all that in this song”.

The seeds for "Blue With Lou" were planted in late 1978 when Lofgren teamed up with producer Bob Ezrin to cut his solo LP "Nils". Lofgren wrote a handful of songs with guitarist Dick Wagner, including the classic “Shine Silently”, but he still felt like he needed help with many of the lyrics. At Ezrin’s encouragement, he met up with Reed to see if he’d be interested in taking on the challenge. They first got together at Reed’s apartment and quickly bonded over football. “He was a big NFL fan, which really surprised me”, says Lofgren. “I grew up in the DC area and was a big Redskins fan. For some strange reason, he loved the Dallas Cowboys, the # 1 nemesis of the Redskins. We wound up watching them play each other on a Monday Night Football game that night”.

Reed and Lofgren wound up talking long after the Redskins won 9-5 in a nailbiter. “I said to him, ‘I have all this music that I felt strongly about, but I didn’t like the lyrics'”, says Lofgren. “Lou said, ‘I’m the exact opposite. I write lyrics all the time that I think are good, but the music takes a bit more elbow grease'”.

Lofgren wound up giving him a tape of 13 songs in various stages of gestation. Weeks passed where he didn’t hear a word from him until one night the phone rang at 4:30am. “It was pitch dark”, says Lofgren. “And the voice said, ‘Nils, this is Lou Reed. I’ve been up for 3 days and nights straight. I love your tape. I’ve just completed 13 sets of lyrics I feel great about. If you like, I’ll dictate them to you'”.

Lofgren jumped out of bed, put a pot of coffee on the stove and began furiously transcribing down the lyrics to every one of his songs. “It was a bizarre, beautiful thing”, he says. “I spent a good 2 hours plus going line by line and Word by word. When it was done, I was looking at 13 original songs we’d just co-written together. I was thrilled”.

At the time, Reed was midway through recording his solo album "Bells" and he asked if he could use 3 of the songs, “City Lights”, “Stupid Man” and “With You”, for it. Lofgren gladly agreed, and in return he used 3 other songs, “A Fool Like Me”, “I Found Her” and “I’ll Cry Tomorrow”, for "Nils". In 1995, Lofgren dug into the vault and used their collaborative song “Life” on his album "Damaged Goods" and in 2002 he went back again and picked out “Drifin’ Man” for "Breakaway Angel".

That still left 5 songs that never saw the light of day. When Reed died in 2013, Lofgren began thinking that it might be time to let the world hear them. "I always thought in the back of my mind that Lou was going to call one day and be like, 'let's look at those other songs that we wrote together'", says Lofgren. "When we lost him, I realized that nobody was going to get to hear them until I got it together and did them myself".
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And once the E Street Band's long "River" tour wrapped up in February 2017, he finally had time to put his plan into action with help from bassist Kevin McCormick, drummer Andy Newmark and vocalist Cindy Mizelle, the latter having toured with the E Street Band from 2009 through 2014. They recorded the album live at his home studio in Phoenix, Arizona, with Lofgren and his wife Amy serving as co-producers. The band lived at their home during the sessions and spent their days tracking live, keeping overdubs to an absolute minimum, and eating meals prepared by Amy, who has a background as a professional chef.

About half of the album is devoted to the 5 unreleased Lofgren and Reed tunes, "Attitude City", "Give", Talk Thru The Tears", Don't Let Your Guard Down" and "Cut Him Up", along with a new version of "City Lights". There are also 6 Lofgren originals, including a tribute to his late dog Groucho, "Remember You") and "Dear Heartbreaker", a sad tune about Tom Petty. "Amy and I were huge fans", he says. I didn't intend to write a song about him. It just came out during the process of putting this record together and I wanted to share it".
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In May, Lofgren will take the studio band, along with his brother and former Grin bandmate Tom Lofgren, on the road across America to promote the album. “It’s been 15 years since I went out with a band”, he says. “And I can’t even remember the last time I toured with the same band I just made a record with. Also, my brother is a joy to work with. We don’t get to play together much and we’re excited to share this music”.

The setlist will focus on songs from "Blue With Lou" along with selections from his long solo career and his days in Grin. The clubs they’re hitting are a fraction of the size of the arenas and stadiums that Lofgren plays on his E Street Band tours, but he likes it that way. “When you’re in those big stadiums it’s just a big spectacle”, he says. “The first row might be 50 yards away. In the clubs, you walk out and 300 or so people are almost on top of you. They’re on your sides. They’re all over. The only place to go for safety is to get in the music and get out of your own mind. You have to let your musical spirit just go. It’s an emotional hit like nothing else”.

 

 

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19.03.2019

Iain Matthews.....

Despite his 50 year presence at the forefront of folk rock, Iain Matthews still remains a criminally underrated artist. Always associated with Fairport Convention which he sang with at the beginning of their career, sharing the spotlight with Judy Dyble, there’s much more strings to the veteran’s bow, going far beyond his hit with Mathews Southern Comfort, a cover of “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell, and additional forays into country field with Plainsong. Iain’s albums such as "Tigers Will Survive", laid down with or without a second 'i' in the vocalist’s name, are even more fascinating, yet there was more. Some of his projects, like Hi-Fi that Matthews formed in the company of David Surkamp of Pavlov's Dog fame, briefly took off, others, like Hamilton Pool, didn’t, but each of those left a cache of unrele ased material, which Iain recently dusted off to issue on April 26th, 2019, in a box set. Titled “Orphans & Outcasts : A Collection Of Demos, Outtakes & Live Performances” and comprised of 4 discs, it holds a lot of long deleted rarities, with tracks on the last CD unveiled for the 1st time ever, and spans more than 5 decades, from Iain’s 1966 cut with The Pyramid to the relatively recent numbers, so there’s a lot to enjoy and explore.

 

 

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18.03.2019

Alan Parsons.....

When media spoke with the legendary Alan Parsons in August 2018, the focus of the conversation was the 35th anniversary of "Eye In The Sky", but Parsons also hinted at a new album on the way. That record, "The Secret", will be released on April 26th, 2019, via Frontiers Music. Guests on the forthcoming album are Vinnie Colaiuta, Nathan East, Lou Gramm, Steve Hackett, Jason Mraz and many more.

 

 

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17.03.2019

BR Lively.....

Eager to trade a rooted, restless life at home for new horizons, indie folk songwriter BR Lively decided to hit the road in the summer of 2016, for good. Leaving town in a renovated 1991 Winnebago named Joanie, he began making his way across the country, playing shows during his nightly pit stops.
 
It was a new way of Life, a whirlwind of blue skies, campsites, national parks, state routes, driveways, and mile markers, with different crowds every night and new landscapes flashing by the windshield at highway speed. Lively felt transfixed, transformed, inspired. He'd literally unplugged himself from his world back home, now living in a cozy, Wood paneled vehicle equipped with solar paneled electricity. Along the way, he finished writing songs for his first solo album, "Into The Blue".
 
 "Into The Blue" is a cinematic record rooted in folk music, southern gothic soul, and the therapeutic rush of the open road. There are sweeping string arrangements, folk anthems, Motown inspired rhythms, Nick Drake worthy acoustic guitars, and slow, stripped down ballads. At the center of the mix is Lively himself, a self-taught singer and multi instrumentalist who isn't afraid to shine a light on the lessons learned during his physical and spiritual journey.
 
It started with a shatter. Cracks spread and splintered, heartbreak crumbling the hardened walls of ego. Absent this learned protection, Lively’s sense of self dissipated. Rather than empty, this left him feeling open, buoyant, as though his insides had been cleared of long standing debris. With openness came expansion. His heart, mind, entire consciousness seemed to have been awaiting room to grow and his still tender soul proved fertile. This album chronicles that journey, it is an awakening and an invitation. It marks a distinct and conscious shift from Lively’s previous projects. No longer is he simply concerned with playing an instrument, Lively is learning to become one.
 
Lively launched his career as a teenager in Dallas, TX, cutting his teeth with a string of club gigs in Deep Ellum. He headed east after graduation, settling in Athens, GA, to attend college and broaden his horizons. Several years later, "Into The Blue" finds him returning, briefly, to central Texas, where he recorded the album's 11 songs alongside producer Gordy Quist, the frontman of Texas' own Band Of Heathens, longtime friend Thomas Avery, who wrote the album's lush string arrangements, and Band Of Heathens members Scott Davis and Richard Millsap. The most electric, nuanced project of his career, "Into The Blue" turns Lively's experiences, both at home and on the road, into what he calls a sonic journey of spirit.
 
"That first year on the road was a time of immense self-discovery", says Lively. "I've been focusing on finding a more conscious way to live in this world with awareness, integrity, and respect for other people, myself, and the earth. Suffering can be a catalyst for change, and for me, getting my heart broken gave me the opportunity to deepen the relationship with myself and explore the openness of a renewed and transformed mind within my music and my life".
 
Tracks like "Oh These Eyes", "Lonesome" and "Minute by Minute" are inspired by the breakup itself, while "Summertime Sky", "Free Of" and "Are We In It For The Gold?" find Lively making perceptions about the world at large. The result is an album that's both intimately personal and widely universal. Released independently, "Into The Blue" marks a new chapter in a story that's still unfolding, offering up melodic plot twists, sympathetic characters, and a narrator who doubles as one of the folk scene's most promising up and comers.

Lively lives on the road, traveling the country, to share what is his most pure, heartfelt creation to date. He attempts, through his music and lifestyle, to connect not with our surface selves, but with our often silenced and forgotten souls.

 

 

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16.03.2019

Stevie Nicks.....

The life and career of Stevie Nicks is almos´t mythical. From her pre-Fleetwod Mac days and the cherished "Buckingham Nicks" album recorded before she and Lindsey Buckingham joined the band, which of course helped make Fleetwood Mac the rock and roll institution it remains to this day, she’s an integral part of music history. As such, she owns the rare designation of being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2 times, with her 2nd, this time as a solo artist, coming up this spring. With plenty of reason to celebrate, Rhino Records has put together a new collection of music from throughout Nicks’ career.

"Stand Back : 1981–2017" will pull from a variety of new releases that celebrate her solo career with essential recordings chosen from studio albums, live performances, and soundtrack contributions, plus several of her most celebrated collaborations with artists including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Don Henley, Lana Del Rey, and Lady Antebellum. The album, which will be available as an 18 track CD or digital edition, a 50 track 3 CD set and a 6 LP vinyl collection, coming out a bit later, on June 28th, 2019.

In 1981, 6 years after joining Fleetwood Mac, Nicks went solo for the 1st time with her debut "Bella Donna". A massive success, it sold more than 5 million copies in the US, topped the album charts and produced 4 hit singles, including her signature anthem, “Edge Of Seventeen”. More platinum albums followed, "The Wild Heart" (1983), "Rock A Little" (1985) and "The Other Side Of The Mirror" (1989). Music from all 8 of Nicks’ studio albums are included in the set, from Top 10 hits like “Stand Back” and “Talk To Me”, to “The Dealer” from her latest, 2014’s 24 "Karat Gold : Songs From The Vault".

On "Stand Back", those solo tracks are joined by Nicks’ memorable collaborations with other artists, including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Leather & Lace” with Don Henley, “You’re Not The One” with Sheryl Crow, and “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems” with Lana Del Rey.

Beyond Nicks’ work as a recording artist, "Stand Back" also explores her career on stage with outstanding live recordings, including performances from her 1981 Bella Donna tour, and her 2009 live album "The Soundstage Sessions". Rounding out the collection are several of her contributions to film soundtracks, like “Blue Lamp” from 'Heavy Metal' and “If You Ever Did Believe” from 'Practical Magic'.

Rhino Records, April 19th, 2019.Stevie Nicks.....

 

 

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15.03.2019

Melissa Etheridge.....

On April 12th, 2019, Melissa Etheridge will release her latest album "The Medicine Show" via Concord Records in the US and via Snakefarm Records in the UK. Etheridge has reunited with producer John Shanks for "The Medicine Show" her 15th studio recording. Reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks, Melissa sounds as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her new studio recording. The new album deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing. For the recording, Shanks teamed Melissa with drummer  Victor Indrizzo, bassist Chris Chaney and keyboardist Max Hart. The  sessions were done largely live in the studio, capturing the raw emotion  of the material, the performances rocking with bold colours. Shanks  extended the arrangements on many of the songs with his guitar, and for  the ballad ‘I Know You Know’ brought in electronic strings orchestrated  by David Campbell

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14.03.2019

Bruce Hornsby.....

Bruce Hornsby has announced a new collaborative studio album, "Absolute Zero", which will be released on April 12th, 2019, and sees the keyboardist and singer songwriter teaming up with a number of special guests, including yMusic, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Jack DeJohnette, The Staves, Blake Mills, Sean Carey and more, plus Hornsby’s longtime group The Noisemakers. Hornsby has also shared the record’s lead single, “Voyager One”, which features contributions from Brooklyn based chamber ensemble yMusic. "Absolute Zero" as a whole takes inspiration from Hornsby’s work as a film composer, specifically for director Spike Lee, and the musician’s interest in different musical cues that go along with film scores. The lyrics also draw from Hornsby’s interest in the literary work of authors like Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace. Album closer “Take You There (Misty)”, was co-written with longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

 

 

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13.03.2019

Christian Draghi.....

After 10 years, 3 albums and many European tours with the heavy rock band Doctor Cyclops, singer and guitar player Christian Draghi brings forth a brand new release inspired by vintage British atmosphere of artists like Beatles, David Bowie, Jethro Tull and Eric Clapton.

The italian artist puts down his debut as a singer songwriter with a record called “Black Roses & Hats”, which contains 10 songs hanging in the unsteady balance between the darkness and the light, and the past and the future.

”A couple of years ago, while going through a deep personal crisis, instead of getting psychological help I started writing some songs”, says Draghi. ”It was pretty clear that they had nothing to do with the sound of my band Dr Cyclops, so I decided to go my own way”.

On this album Draghi gives birth to 10 fresh songs with a 60’s and 70’s vintage soul. He cooked an intense mixture of different emotional moments. Every song’s like a dish melting different ingredients together.

There are some Beatle-like harmonies crossbred with some Jethro Tull taste. Early Bowie’s flavours mixed with a bit of Dylan’s storytelling. Lennon’s exile in the Dakota Building comes after a soup made by pouring Clapton cream and bluesy vinegar. On the chef’s table you won’t miss a taste of crispy grunge cookies with psychedelic seasoning. On top, some groovy riffs and guitar solos in which Draghi bursts out his 70’s rocker attitude. All of this is kept together by melodies characterised by the author’s personal voice timbre.

A new life, a new path, with an old fashioned soul.

 

 

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12.03.2019

Glen Hansard.....

"This Wild Willing" is Glen Hansard’s 4th solo album. Written and created in Paris, France, with a band of brothers, new friends and old, more than 24 musicians collaborating on the album. From his partners in The Frames and Swell Season, to his touring family of players , to 3 Iranian brothers he met in Paris, Glen brought together a group of global talents who each left an indelible mark on this recording. “It became quickly apparent in the studio we were onto something interesting.

I was finding new ways into the existing songs and we were improvising new ideas every day. When you surround yourself with great musicians and do your best to keep up, stay loose, give little direction, and allow everyone to bring what they bring, something transformative may happen. This collection of songs is mainly made up of those that came through while improvising and following the melodic lines and threads. Sometimes when you take a small musical fragment and you care for it, follow it, and build it up slowly, it can become a thing of wonder. In this sense, some of these songs weren’t written in the traditional form, they were ideas followed to a conclusion.

I want to thank all these great musicians for coming and giving these songs their best. All a song wants is to be heard. I hope something in this music can be of use to you. I know it’s been of great use to me to make it. Beauty is in the ear of the behearer”. Anti- Records, April 12th, 2019.

 

 

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11.03.2019

Mike Nesmith Box.....

"And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’". Michael Nesmith titled his 1972 RCA album ironically, when it bubbled under the Billboard 200 at # 208, it actually bested its predecessor by 3 slots, but the LP did feature the former and future Monkee’s rendition of one major favorite, “Different Drum”. The 1965 tune became an enduring hit for the Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt in 1967, establishing Nesmith outside of The Monkees. Since 1968, he’s released 16 albums.  Now, 12 of them, every album from 1970 to 1994, including the compilation "The Newer Stuff", are being collected in a deluxe new box set from Demon Music Group’s Edsel label. The 12 CD box "Songs", due on March 29th, 2019, brings together Nesmith’s complete RCA and Pacific Arts output for the very first time.

 

 

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10.03.2019

Words Hal David.....

Words by Hal David. That credit graces many of the most cherished popular songs of the 2nd half of the 20th century, including “Close To You,” “I Say A Little Prayer”, “The Look Of Love,” and, of course, “What The World Needs Now Is Love”. Public Television stations i the US will be celebrating the life and legacy of Hal David with a new special. "What The World Needs Now : Words By Hal David" from John Paulson Productions is hosted by The Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, and features interviews with such luminaries as David’s musical partners Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick, singer songwriter Valerie Simpson, music journalist Francis Davis and National Public Radio’s Terry Gross, host of 'Fresh Air'. This Music packed special boasts classic performances of David’s timeless songs from a who's who of legendary artists, among them Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Carpenters, BJ Thomas, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, Glen Campbell, and, of course, Dionne Warwick.

A companion CD and DVD will be available for pledges. The CD, released in conjunction with Real Gone Music, collects 19 of David’s biggest hits and most beloved tunes including Dionne’s “Don’t Make Me Over”, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose”, and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, Dusty Springfield’s “Wishin’ and Hopin'” and “The Look Of Love,” BJ Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, Jackie DeShannon’s “What The World Needs Now Is Love”, Melissa Manchester’s “Walk On By”, Carpenters’ “Close to You”, Frank Sinatra’s “American Beauty Rose”, Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias’ “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”, and Barbra Streisand’s duet for one medley of “One Less Bell to Answer” and “A House Is Not A Home”.

Real Gone Music's very own Joe Marchese has penned the liner notes for this essential Hal David tribute, drawing on new quotes from Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, BJ Thomas, Richard Carpenter, Jackie DeShannon, and Melissa Manchester. A DVD of "What The World Needs Now : Words By Hal David" will also be available as a pledge incentive and include additional songs and rare footage not seen in the television broadcast. If you want to wait and purchase the items later this year without supporting PBS, you will find links to purchase the CD and DVD directly as of early October, 2019.

 

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09.03.2019

Robert Hill's Few.....

Robert Hill & The Muskogee Few formed back in 2014 when Robert Hill, Peter Granström and Johan Toft found each other through their mutual love of American folk music while gigging around the Swedish blues scene in different constellations. Soon enough Martin Fälthammar, Carl Lindholm and Christer Lyssarides joined the Group, bringing about a brand new style of modern psychedelic roots music. Mixing traditional American folk styles with more modern influences they quickly amassed a cult following travelling through Sweden playing their original material for evergrowing crowds.

After releasing their aptly named EP, "Robert Hill & The Muskogee Few" in 2016 they soon enough started gathering material for their 1st full length album, still it was only after meeting and befriending David Svedmyr, the man who would eventually end up as their producer at one of their festival gigs in Stockholm, they finally stepped into the famous Swedish studio, Silence Studios in Koppom and recorded their full length debut over a period of 4 days. The album consists of 9 original songs all written by Robert Hill and then arranged by the entire band. Drawing influences from other bands and writers such as, The Band, Bob Dylan, Rev Gary Davis, Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac and Leonard Cohen.

 

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08.03.2019

Love Unlimited.....

Barry White‘s Love Unlimited Orchestra‘s 7 albums have been remastered and are to be reissued as "The 20th Century Records Albums 1973-1979", a new 7 CD box set. The Love Unlimited Orchestra was a 40 piece ensemble conducted by Barry White himself and their biggest single was 1973’s ‘Love’s Theme’, a US # 1 and UK # 10 hit. The 7 albums are collected together here for the 1st time ever and all of them been remastered from the original analogue master tapes and are presented with their original sleeve and label art. 3 of these albums get new vinyl reissues along with 2 albums by Love Unlimited, the female vocal trio produced by Barry White. "The 20th Century Records Albums 1973-1979" CD box and vinyl releases are released on March 29th, 2019.

 

 

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07.03.2019

Joni 75.....

Join an incredible array of singers and musicians who came together to honor one of the world’s most remarkable artists, Joni Mitchell, on her 75th birthday. The hand selected group of peers and protégés including Brandi Carlisle, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Dianna Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, Rufus Wainwright and more paid tribute to the iconic artist, performing songs from all stages of Mitchell’s life and career, across her entire catalog of 19 studio albums. Captured over 2 nights in November by The Music Center and held at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the entire concert, along with special behind the scenes interviews with the artists, is included on this DVD. Rhino Music Videos, March 29th, 2019.

 

 

 

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06.03.2019

Dana Gillespie.....

Dana Gillespie 1st made her name as a teenage singer and songwriter in the 1960's, with a string of memorable singles and albums for Pye and Decca. In 1971, she teamed up with David Bowie's management company MainMan, joining Bowie at RCA Records. It would be 2 years before her next record, but it was worth the wait. "Weren't Born A Man" was a wonderful amalgam of pop, soul and some wonderful songwriting from Dana. The title track, for example, wouldn't have sounded out of place on "Dusty In Memphis", while Dana's twist on Bowie's "Andy Warhol", the song had actually been written for her, was unique. Both these album highlights were issued as singles. Dana swiftly followed up with a 2nd album for RCA, "Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle".

The recordings were bluesier in places than on its predecessor, but still equally impressive. The LP was promoted by a single, "Really Love The Man", but there after Dana parted ways with MainMan before building an enviable reputation as a blues singer of some renown. Issued with the full support and involvement of the artist and MainMan, "What Memories We Make" is the first proper retrospective of Dana's recordings for MainMan and RCA. Many album tracks make their debut on CD and have been joined by a raft of rarities and previously unissued material.

All 5 tracks from the legendary BOWPROMO album from 1971 are included, this was an album circulated by MainMan featuring rough mixes by David Bowie on one side, made prior to him signing with RCA, and Dana Gillespie on the other. Also present is the semi mythical, previously unheard original demo of "Andy Warhol" featuring backing vocals from Bowie, and the rare Libido single, issued on Mooncrest in 1973, plus sessions from late 1974 for what would have been Dana's 3rd album for RCA and MainMan. Housed in a plush digipak with lengthy sleeve notes by David Wells within a 24 page booklet also boasting an embarrassment of photographic riches, "What Memories We Make" is a long overdue tribute to a rare British singer. Cherry Red Records, March 29th, 2019.

 

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05.03.2019

Dan Krikorian.....

Trying to pinpoint exactly who Dan Krikorian is can be a bit of a challenge. An acclaimed songwriter, a championship winning college basketball coach, a thought provoking professor, and the curator and host of the burgeoning and increasingly popular podcast series, 'The Beautiful Work Podcast', are just the beginning. Krikorian does not exist in one realm, but finds himself constantly jump roping between long nights in a studio, early mornings in a basketball gym, afternoons in a classroom, and podcast interviews sprinkled throughout. Yet Krikorian’s highly unusual intersection of careers offers him a unique perspective on life and the connection of all its trials and triumphs, and Krikorian has always worked at finding the common thread running through it all.

Creativity, introspection, and ability to connect seemingly independent areas of life comes bursting through the seams in Krikorian’s 5th and most ambitious record yet, "Grandeur". Recorded over the course of 4 years with engineer Shawn Nourse, and featuring some of L.A.’s most notable musicians, the 16 song "Grandeur" is both unabashedly bold and heart achingly bare in its scope.  From pumping horns and saxophone on songs like “Need Me Bad” and “High Heels”, to the sweeping string arrangements and lilting guitar work on “Bloom” and “Baby’s Got the Blues”, Krikorian emerges as a master craftsman. Krikorian is admittedly a voracious reader and pays homage to many of literature’s great works throughout the album. Ernest Hemmingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, John Steinbeck, Philip Roth, Leo Tolstoj and James Joyce are as much an influence on the record as are musicians Josh Ritter, Joe Purdy and Gregory Alan Isakov.

"Grandeur", uniquely divided into 2 “Acts”, begins with the powerful, “Words”, where Krikorian sings, “And when we talk about it, I wish that you would use your words”, setting the stage for what will be the beginning of a deeply personal Act 1. Things don’t stay down for long as the groovy and infectious “Need Me Bad” shines next with catchy guitar licks and an upbeat horn by Probyn Gregory and rhythm section by Jason Chesney and Shawn Nourse. “Act 1” goes on to feature fan favorites “Crazy Love” and “Don’t Look Like You” as well as Krikorian’s most intimate and personal song to date, “Monday Morning”, where he sings the heartbreaking lines, “Monday morning when I wake up, I wish I was in love”. The vocally powerful and emotional “59th Street” followed by the gentle “Bloom” complete Act 1 with Krikorian singing in a haunting falsetto, “Is it over now?”.

Act 2 kicks off with the fun and funky “High Heels” where saxophones by Ron Dziubla and upright bass by Jimi Hawes lead "Grandeur" into a new place.  Krikorian references one his favorite Josh Ritter songs, “Kathleen” in “High Heels” when he cleverly sings, “Oh my darlin’ put Josh Ritter on, you can be Kathleen and I’ll drive you home, oh my darlin’ put Josh Ritter on”. The 60’s leaning and vocally beautiful “The Lucky One” follows, as well as the earnest and folky “Baby’s Got the Blues”, where Krikorian’s songwriting once again shines with the line, “Clocks upon the wall and leaves in the fall, remind me that I’m growing older”.

"Grandeur’s" tone shifts suddenly with one of Krikorian’s most ambitious songs to date, “Ulanga.” A spooky and well written rock song, Krikorian uses clever key changes and the blistering guitar-work of Bob Boulding of Young Dubliners to tell the story of 2 lovers floating down a river. The song is loosely based off the novel, 'The African Queen', as well as Ernest Hemmingway’s 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' and F Scott Fitzgerald’s 'Tender Is The Night'.

"Grandeur" continues to pick up steam with the reflective “Angels Sing”, followed by one of Krikorian’s favorite songs on the record, “Joe Purdy”, where he sings “Quiet is the night babe, quiet are my dreams, move to a slow song, and you’re carryin’ me”. The album continues with Krikorian exploring love, loss, and newness in the folky “23” as well as the upbeat pop song, “Lyla”. The album’s namesake comes from the line in “Lyla”, “We drove the night to see the grandeur of morning”. Krikorian ends the album with a deeply personal and piano driven song by Carl Byron, “New Dawn”, where he explores the loss of a loved one, the path behind, the path ahead, and the "Grandeur" of it all.

Krikorian will be on tour this spring and summer of 2019 in support of "Grandeur", making stops in the US, as well as a tour of Germany and The Netherlands.

 

 

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04.03.2019

Wedding Album.....

Secretly Canadian has just announced a limited white vinyl edition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s "Unfinished Music No 3 : Wedding Album". On March 20th, 1969, John and Yoko were married in a civil service in Gibraltar and to celebrate the event, in lieu of a conventional honeymoon, the newlyweds spent a week in bed at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, inviting members of the press into their room for interviews and photo sessions, and using their fame and the publicity generated by their bed-in to call attention to their campaign for world peace. With "Wedding Album", they created a snapshot of this pop cultural moment which is remembered as much for its innovative packaging as the experimental, emblematic recordings.

If you are wondering about the audio, then side 2 is the more listenable recorded in the hotel in Amsterdam with interviews and musical interludes. The original packaging was created by graphic designer John Kosh and included a box filled with souvenirs of John and Yoko’s nuptials, photographs, a copy of the couple’s marriage certificate, both Lennon’s and Ono’s drawings, a picture of a slice of wedding cake, and more. This new vinyl edition is a near precise replica of the 1969 pressing, down to the vendor who made the original boxes and is being reissued 2 days after what would have been John and Yoko’s 50th wedding anniversary. A CD version is also being made available and both are out on March 22nd, 2019.

 

 

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03.03.2019

Just A Gigolo.....

Filmed in 1978 and directed by David Hemmings, "Just A Gigolo" starred David Bowie, Hemmings, Kim Novak and the legendary actress Marlene Dietrich. Set in 1918 post war Berlin, the film is a comedy of fascinating and eccentric characters, the story of a war hero (Bowie) returning home from the front.The soundtrack features an exclusive contribution from Bowie, who composed and recorded the 'The Revolutionary Song' between scenes, playing most of the instruments. 3 different versions of the song were produced for the film, 2 featuring Bowie on vocals, parts 1 and 3. Amazingly, despite Bowie's involvement, the accompanying soundtrack album has never been reissued on CD, until now. The original 15 track vinyl sequence has been swelled with 7 bonus tracks. Also included are tracks by Marlene Dietrich, this proved to her final film role, as well as hit acts The Manhattan Transfer, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The Village People. Annotated with new sleeve notes by Paul Fishman, son of the film's producer Jack Fishman, and Charlie Brigden. Cherry Red Records, March 15th, 2019.

 

 

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02.03.2019

Crosby's 1st Again.....

In 1971, during a break from recording and touring with Crosby Stills Nash & Young, David Crosby went into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco and cut his 1st album, cheekily titled "If I Could Only Remember My Name". The album, which included guest appearances by a who’s who of California rockers, Graham Nash and Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Santana, rose to # 12 on the Billboard chart and is considered a masterpiece today among aficionados of the west coast 70's scene.

Now, according to an article posted on the website of NPO Radio 1 in The Netherlands, Crosby will team up with that country’s highly regarded Metropole Orkest for a new, orchestrated version of the album. The article notes that the news was confirmed by Robert Soomer of the orchestra in De Nieuws BV. The recording will take place in May, with release dates presumably to be announced at a later time.

According to the article, “Hornist Pieter Hunfeld of the orchestra said in De Nieuws BV how the remake is going to sound as far as he is concerned, ‘We want to make it an orchestral remix, remove elements that we approach acoustically again without losing their intensity’”. It further states, “As an example, he called the song ‘Cowboy Movie’ an elongated piece of music full of guitar improvisations, ‘It sounds just as ragged with us, sometimes a bit bigger, sometimes a bit smaller, but with the same tension, and overall the album becomes innovative’”.

The article did not address whether the re-do will include return appearances from any of the guests that helped out the first time around. Several are still active, while others have since passed away, retired from music or are estranged from Crosby.

 

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01.03.2019

Elias Elena Krell.....

“Krell’s warm and versatile voice sparkles in both the folk, pop and latin songs. Nice and enjoyable album.” ~ Keys and Chords

Elias Elena Krell is a trans genre multilingual singer songwriter who combines eclectic life experiences with a musical style that rides the line between folk conventions and queer pop quirkiness. They wrote their first song at the ripe age of 27, and have released 5 albums while maintaining an academic career that combines Latin American culture, music and women’s studies at Vassar College. They mostly live in New York’s Hudson Valley, writing, recording and performing music, always peeling back more layers of who they are as an artist.

 

 

 

 

 

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28.02.2019

Jonathan Wilson.....

"'Sawmill Vol 1' is a collection of traditional songs and a few songs I have written, all recorded live to cassette on acoustic and nylon classical guitar. I used an old Pioneer hi-fi spring reverb, and made a little record the way I used to make demos in my early days in a dimly lit and damp basement apartment in New York City. This is a handpicked selection for Aquarium Drunkard from that collection." ~ Jonathan Wilson

 

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27.02.2019

Josh Ritter.....

"Fever Breaks", the 10th studio album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Josh Ritter, will be released April 26th, 2019, via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Jason Isbell, the 10 song record was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and features Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit. Already receiving widespread attention, Rolling Stone recently  spent time in the studio with Ritter and Isbell while finishing the  album and calls the music, “classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals bred steroids”.

Recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A with additional recording and mixing at Sound Emporium, the record was engineered by Matt Ross Spang and features contributions from Isbell and his band the 400 Unit,  which includes Derry Deborja, Chad  Gamble, Jimbo Hart, Sadler Vaden and Amanda Shires.

Of the album, Ritter shares with Rolling Stone, “The  songs are very reflective of the times in which they were written”, he  explains. “As we started coming together and playing, the songs that  felt like they were gonna work really jumped out as obvious. From there on, after we recorded in August, we had this really nice time to stop and listen and let the songs marinate a little bit. In that time,  the world has just become even crazier. There’s a lot of the record that feels reflective of the moment it was in”.

Over the course of his career Ritter has released 10 full length albums, including 2017’s "Gathering". NPR Music proclaimed, “Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game 2 decades into a highlight strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer”, while the HuffPost added, “'Gathering' is beautiful and precise, and most of the beauty, to be certain, arises from a prolonged, often intimate contemplation of Ritter’s  enormous skill set as an honest bard”.

In 2015 Ritter began a close  collaboration with Bob Weir and went on to write or co-write many of the  12 songs on Weir’s acclaimed 2016 solo album, "Blue Mountain". Pitchfork called the album “quietly adventurous, wise, and a welcome late career turn”, while Entertainment Weekly described it as “a moving group of tunes worthy of any campfire”.

In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter made his debut as a published author in 2011 with his New York Times best selling novel "Bright’s Passage". Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that 'Bright’s Passage' “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime. This is the work of a gifted novelist”.

 

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26.02.2019

JJ Cale.....

"Stay Around", a posthumous album from JJ Cale will be issued on April 26th, 2019, via Because Music. "Stay Around" marks the first JJ Cale album since his final studio offering, 2009’s "Roll On". The forthcoming record was compiled by Cale’s widow, musician Christine Lakeland Cale, and his longtime friend and manager, Mike Kappus. "Stay Around" is comprised entirely of previously unreleased Cale tunes, and the musician wrote every song on the album, except “My Baby Blues”. That track was penned by Lakeland Cale, and it was the first song she and her late husband recorded as part of a four piece combo in 1977.

 

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25.02.2019

The Feralings.....

Lush modern folk americana stories of imperfection and magic, wrapped in banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, the occasional fiddle or piano, and lots of harmonies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Diesel. Morning glories. AM radio. These all influence Iowa acoustic roots trio The Feralings, as do the gently sloping landscapes of the Iowa countryside and the sound of tornado sirens squealing and the rumble of trucks on I-80.

Their songwriting reflects friendship, imperfection, magic, and a big love for storytelling, as well as the folk, bluegrass, jazz, alt country, americana, gospel, and roots that form each member’s musical DNA.

Their long awaited debut EP, is titled simply “The Feralings”. It was recorded over the course of several years, as the band navigated parenthood, life changes, and personal struggles, and it showcases the power and intimacy of the band’s enthralling live performances.

 

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24.02.2019

Jon Anderson.....

On March 31st, 2019, longtime Yes front man and vocalist Jon Anderson will release "1 000 Hands", a highly anticipated new solo album featuring a robust list of special guests and friends from his past, present and future, as its artwork suggests.

Anderson, who has taken part in recent activities under the name Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, or A.R.W., a few years back, has been working on this new record for 30 years off an on, “I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one”, Anderson says in a statement. “To say that '1 000 Hands' has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they’ll be delighted to hear music that’s timeless. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done”.

Back when this project began, Anderson worked with his Yes colleagues Chris Squire and Alan White, among other musicians, but then things happened that effectively shelved the record, “Before you knew it, I started getting involved in other projects and tours, and years went by”, he explains. “I would listen to the tapes from time to time and think, ‘This could have been a great album! One day I’ll finish it’”.

As for the guests who turn up on this finished version of the album, well, the list is rich, people like Steve Howe, Ian Anderson, Jean Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, Jonathan Cain and the Tower Of Power horns are just a few of the guests on "1 000 Hands".
 
To celebrate the album’s release after all this time, Anderson also announced a tour with an 8 piece band that will begin in March. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great show”, says Anderson. “We’re going to do a lot of Yes music and some songs I haven’t sung in a while, and we’re going to do some songs from '1 000 Hands'. I’m thrilled to be playing with Michael, his brother Tim, and all of the great musicians in this band. To be able to go out and give music to the fans is one of the greatest treasures in my life. We promise everybody a really special evening”.

 

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23.02.2019

Van Morrison.....

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in association with Exile Productions Ltd, will release Van Morrison's "The Healing Game : Deluxe Edition" on March 22nd, 2019.

The latest volume in Legacy's monumental Van Morrison catalog reissue project, "The Healing Game : Deluxe Edition" is a 3 disc collection chronicling the sessions, collaborations and live performances surrounding Van's mid-career masterpiece, originally released in March 1997. "The Healing Game : Deluxe Edition" is produced by Van Morrison for Exile Productions Ltd.

The 1st disc, "The Original Album Plus..." features the 10 classic recordings that form the core of "The Healing Game" in addition to 5 bonus tracks, previously issued on singles or compilations, assembled together here for the 1st time. "Look What The Good People Done", "At The End Of The Day", "The Healing Game", "Full Force Gale 96" and "St Dominic's Preview".

Disc 2, "Sessions & Collaborations" includes formative early versions of "The Healing Game" and "Fire In The Belly" and a variety of previously unreleased recordings including a jazz version of "The Healing Game", the full length version of "Sometimes We Cry", a cover of "A Kiss To Build A Dream On" and several previously unissued collaborations with rock'n'roll guitar hero Carl Perkins. Disc 2 also showcases blues legend John Lee Hooker on 2 tracks, "Don't Look Back" and "The Healing Game", from Hooker's 1997 album "Don't Look Back", produced by Van Morrison and released the same day as "The Healing Game", "Don't Look Back" took home the Best Traditional Blues Album Grammy in 1998, while the title track won Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. Disc 2 of "The Healing Game : Deluxe Edition" closes with Van collaborating with skiffle king Lonnie Donegan on a definitive interpretation of Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues".

"Disc 3, "Live At Montreux July 17th 1997" finds Van at the peak of his on stage powers soulfully roaring through an extraordinary live set featuring songs from "The Healing Game" alongside hits and personal favorites from his catalog, covers of Ray Charles, "Fool For You", Anthony Newley, "Who Can I Turn To When Nobody Needs Me" and Sly Stone, "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" and more. A much sought after concert performance, Van Morrison's "Live At Montreux" recording is officially available for the 1st time.

 

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22.02.2019

Gordon Lightfoot.....

Gordon Lightfoot is a genre unto himself. Neither pop nor folk nor country nor rock, his music is unvarnished, direct, a statement from one heart to another, as Lightfoot has stated, “I like to keep things simple. I don’t like to make them complicated”. And this uncompromising stance has not only made him a legend, particularly in his native Canada, where he is a full fledged icon, but also, somewhat paradoxically, brought him huge commercial success, which, ironically, has in turn caused some to discount his prodigious songwriting talent. For Gordon Lightfoot never set out to be a popular singer songwriter.

When he signed with Warner Bros Records and began working with producer Lenny Waronker, Lightfoot thought of himself as an album artist, and, indeed, the Lightfoot Waronker songwriter producer partnership, with a brief period with Joe Wissert as producer, yielded 9 charting albums, and that’s not even counting the compilations, highlighted by a #1 slot for 1974’s "Sundown". But, starting with 1970’s “If You Could Read My Mind”, Lightfoot also reeled off 13  chart singles including 4 # 10's during the 70's, as well as a host of other chart appearances, which is again testimony to his ability to transcend musical styles.

Now, Real Gone Music has for the 1st time ever compiled the a and b sides of all the singles Lightfoot recorded with Waronker and Wissert for the Reprise and Warner Bros labels, 34 sides in all, featuring all the hits and hard to find b sides. Lightfoot collectors will find much to feast on here, the single versions of “Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” and “Rainy Day People” make their CD debuts, as well as 6 other songs that appear in their mono single versions on CD for the first time, many of the early 70's singles were issued in both mono and stereo, sometimes one format for promo and another for commercial, stock 45's, we have used the stock version in all cases and gone with the one for which we had the best sources in those cases where commercial 45's were released in both stereo and mono.

And, for the more casual Lightfoot fan, this 2 CD set provides an ideal, in depth overview of the artist’s classic period, peppered with one memorable tune after another. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, with additional mastering and tape vetting by Aaron Kannowski, and annotated by folk rock guru Richie Unterberger, "The Complete Singles 1970 - 1980" represents a key addition to Gordon Lightfoot canon and is just a wonderful listen from start to finish. Real Gone Music, March 1st, 2019.

 

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21.02.2019

Good Lovelies.....

"’Shapeshifters’ is a brilliant album and, in a sense, the beginning of a new chapter in the musical life of the Good Lovelies” ~ Spill Magazine

You hear it a lot these days, the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts, and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of the Good Lovelies. Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore and Caroline Brooks, immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right, however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony, powerful and pure, organic and inspiring, that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless. Over the course of their decadeplus career, they’ve covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip hop to their country folk core at various points.

The trio 1st united in 2006 for a one off performance and has since compiled a catalogue of 4 studio albums, a pair of EP’s, a live album, and Christmas collection. Through it all, the unmistakable sound of their intertwined voices has been the sonic anchor, and that remains true as the Good Lovelies now push further into the mainstream with their most accessible and popinfluenced output to date, ”Shapeshifters”.

“Pop isn’t just pop anymore”, muses Brooks. “There are so many different influences and styles and layers working their way into pop music, and I think that’s opened up doors for us, creatively speaking”.

Their newest collection offers a perfect balance between a more modern production style and the musical influences that have made them a household name over the years. What’s more, the songs themselves build on the Good Lovelies’ familiar foundation with a widespread appeal.

“But that wasn’t really a conscious decision”, says Ough, of the more mainstream leanings of their new album. “We just let each other write what we wanted to write and bring ideas to the table and, as usual, went with what was strongest”.

Therein lies another pillar of the Good Lovelies’ charm, songs that are born of singularity but then brought into the collective fold. These are 3 individuals from different places at different stages of their lives bringing their barest and purest perspectives into a communal setting, and that was particularly emphasized with ”Shapeshifters”.

“The pre-production sessions this time around were more private than with previous albums and that was intentional”, says Passmore. “It was the 3 of us in a room, going through all of our ideas together with no distractions. Everything got attention in the collective space, so I think we feel a different kind of ownership over these songs. Everything came through us”.

It’s an approach that keeps the music and lyrics ever evolving but also entrenched in an ongoing sonic cohesion. In short, no matter what they’re singing about or how, the product is purely the Good Lovelies, and as far as they’re concerned, that’s critical. “We’ve got an incredibly devoted group of fans that have been with us for years”, offers Brooks, “so even though we reached into new places with these songs, we’re still focused on doing right by them”.

Even though the lyrics typically stem from the individual members, there are still overarching themes connecting the different cuts and presenting a unified vision. Some of the songs explore relationships with family and friends, sometimes through a lens of love and others through one of struggle. Others deal with looking for light in dark situations or dark times, and while that at times flirts with social or political commentary, it’s never overt or overindulgent. And even when those themes are at their darkest, Ough says, “There’s always love or hope somewhere in the background”.

Both lyrically and musically, ”Shapeshifters” is very much a snapshot of a specific time in the lives of these 3 musicians. “Every time we come around to a new record, there’s an evolution, because we’re all at new points in our lives”, Passmore says. “But even then, the music on this record has come out of the 3 of us in a way that it really hasn’t before, and that’s exciting and invigorating”.

If what happens next goes according to plan, though, the Good Lovelies will see their profile propelled to new heights thanks to a contemplative creative approach and a new spin on the signature sound that’s earned them audiences and accolades the world over. The music, the album, and the trio, all are greater than the sum of their individual parts. Simply, that’s the Good Lovelies.

 

 

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20.02.2019

The Byrds 1973.....

On the way from Esoteric Recordings in the UK is a remastered edition of The Byrds’ legendary reuinion album, "Byrds". Originally released on the Asylum label in 1973, the album saw Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Michael Clarke performing together for the first time since 1966. The group recorded the album in late 1972 at the famed Wally Heider Studios in L.A. The results included new compositions by McGuinn, “Sweet Mary” and “Born To Rock'N'Roll”, Clark, “Full Circle” and “Changing Heart”, and Hillman, “Things Will Be Better” and “Borrowing Time”, along with David Crosby’s “Long Live The King”. The group also recorded a new version of Crosby’s “Laughing”. In addition, "Byrds" includes a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free”, which would become part of Crosby’s live repertoire for years to come, and covers of 2 Neil Young songs, “Cowgirl In The Sand” and “See The Sky About To Rain”, which Young would release the following year. For their new remaster, Esoteric has also included an illustrated book of liner notes and fully restored artwork. February 22nd, 2019.

 

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19.02.2019

Curtis Mayfield.....

Soul legend Curtis Mayfield‘s 1st 4 solo albums are collected in a new box set called "Keep On Keeping On : Studio Albums 1970 - 1974". The audio has been newly remastered and the albums in question are "Curtis", 1970, "Roots", 1971, "Back To The World, 1973, and "Sweet Exorcist", 1974. Thankfully, this set is being made available on both vinyl and CD. “Curtis Mayfield was my husband and we were a team, so it’s an especially happy occasion to see these songs featured in a new boxed set on what would be Curtis’ 50th anniversary as a solo artist”, says his widow, Altheida Mayfield. “He passed 20 years ago this year and the family has and continues to lovingly support and share his musical legacy with the world”. "Keep On Keeping On : Studio Albums 1970 - 1974" will be released on February 22nd, 2019.

 

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18.02.2019

Final Days Of EMI.....

Beatles. Beach Boys. Blur. Bowie. Kylie Minogue. Kate Bush. Coldplay. EMI was one of the big 4 record companies, with some of the biggest names in the history of recorded music on its roster. Dominating the music industry for over 100 years, by 2010 EMI Group had reported massive pre tax losses. The group was divided up and sold in 2011. How could one of the greatest recording companies of the 20th century have ended like this? With interviews from insiders and music industry experts, Eamonn Forde pieces together the tragic end to a financial juggernaut and a cultural institution in forensic detail. "The Final Days Of EMI : Selling The Pig” is the story of the British recording industry, laid bare in all its hubris and glory. Omnibus Press, February 21st, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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17.02.2019

Roscoe Parker Band.....

"Front Seat" is the title track from the debut single of Roscoe Parker Band. We grew up in a shitty town in Sweden where amusement was limited to buying Polish brandy at gas stations from truckers driving by. That and playing the drums or whatever. That's how we got in to making songs and exploring the world of country music. And that is kind of the story we want to tell besides the obvious main story of how important it is to take care of the ones you love in this cold harsh world. "Christmas Song" is the b-side of the debut single "Front Seat", it's a song written partially as a hommage to the legendary book "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" by Nick Flynn. But also based on stuff lead singer Rickard Beurling has been through. Simply a song about a shitty Christmas.....

 

 

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16.02.2019

Gordon Lightfoot.....

Canadian singer songwriting legend Gordon Lightfoot, a man whose songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and many, many more, is working on his 1st new album in 15 years. It's kind of philosophical and it's kind of funny”, Lightfoot says of his 21st album. “It's got a great beat and my arrangements are real good too. I write all my own arrangements for my band". The still untitled album is important to Lightfoot, best known for such hits as “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Sundown”, and “Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald", because he didn't get to properly finish his last studio collection, 2004's "Harmony", due to a near fatal ruptured artery.

"'Harmony' was done by using just guitar and vocal tracks as a basic track. And it was stuff that I recorded a year before I became ill", he says. "So we looked way back in the file and we found a number of tunes I had recorded just using guitar and vocal. And the guys then overdubbed all their parts on the very last album. I wasn't actually able to complete that album in a professional way. The songs were good, but the production was not up to radio standard".

So the 80 year old member of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, who will hit the road March 4th in Sacramento, CA, is eager to share new material with the world. Asked when the new album will be ready he says, "It's gonna take a year. It's there, but it will happen for sure because I already have the material". After the illness last time though he is understandably cautious. "The one I'm working on right now, provided I don't fall again or get sick again, I will be able to carry through and produce it in a highly professional manner.  If I'm still walking around we'll finish it", he says laughing at the last part.

Lightfoot has reason to be optimistic his health will hold up fine to finish album #21 in his lengthy career. He has a regular exercise regime he has kept up since 1980. He credits that with a great part of his longevity.

His upbeat outlook plays a big part in the next album he says. "It's more of an optimistic point of view really. It's gonna be fun, it's gonna be an album where negativity is at the minimum and positivity prevails. I'm just trying to relate to your personal experience", he says. "You can find it on the ups and the downs and the roller coaster ride through life. And you relate it to your songs. This time I'm just going positive".

In addition to his fitness he credits his family with his outlook. In fact, Lightfoot chuckles at how much his songwriting has changed over the years. "I used to write a lot of songs about unrequited love. I have to laugh when I think about it", he says. "There's not too much of that. It's a little bit more advanced. My thinking has broadened out a little bit now. The love 'em and leave 'em is done. I'm much more serious. I have a very extended family. I have 6 children and 5 grandchildren”.

 

 

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15.02.2019

Rock'N'Roll Circus.....

"The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus" soundtrack album will be reissued by ABKCO Records in May or June as a 3 LP set, the first time it has ever been released on vinyl. The 3rd disc in the set will be made up of previously unreleased material from the 1968 TV special. "The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus" was never broadcast at the time but it was finally restored and released in 1996, along with accompanying soundtrack album. This album has now been expanded with newly discovered audio, fully remastered and pressed onto 180gm vinyl.

 

 

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14.02.2019

Grunt To Rhino.....

Rhino Records announced a new acquisition deal that includes the rights to the legendary Jefferson Starship and Starship catalog, as well as Grace Slick’s solo albums, selected Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna releases, Paul Kantner and David Freiberg solo recordings, and other gems from Grunt Records’ vault. Rhino promises a plethora of physical and digital titles on the way.

The agreement includes music that spans more than 20 years, from Jefferson Airplane’s "Long John Silver" in 1972, to Starship’s 1991 compilation "Greatest Hits. In those 20 years, the Jefferson Airplane family underwent numerous changes. In 1972, the group went on hiatus. In the interim, bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen continued on with their side project, Hot Tuna, releasing 5 albums over 5 years, including their first studio effort, "Burgers" in 1972.

The following year, lead vocalist Grace Slick released her 1st of 4 solo albums, "Manhole". That same year, she teamed up with bandmate Paul Kantner to form Jefferson Starship, which featured other Airplane alumni, such as David Freiberg, Papa John Creach and John Barbata, as well as guitarist Craig Chaquico. In 1975, Marty Balin, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, joined the group. They released 8 albums from 1974 to 1984, which included a number of successful singles, including “Count On Me”, “Jane”, “Find Your Way Back" and “Miracles”, from their 1975 album "Red Octopus".

In 1985, Slick, Chaquico, Mickey Thomas, Pete Sears, and Donny Baldwin changed direction and their name. Now christened Starship, the band would go on to record 3 albums, including their debut, "Knee Deep In The Hoopla". With its iconic #1 hit singles “Sara” and “We Built This City”, it became one of the defining albums of the decade.

Now, as part of Rhino’s acquisition deal, more than 25 classic albums from the Jefferson family tree have found a new home under one roof and are now available on digital download and streaming services. Some, such as Grace Slick’s solo albums, have never been available digitally before.

 

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13.02.2019

Deborah Henriksson.....

Swedish adult contemporary singer songwriter Deborah Henriksson shines like the diamond she is in the brand new single “Let Go”, a brilliant pop fusion of rich americana and bristling celtic folk music that serves as a testament to the borderless power of songcraft. Henriksson holds nothing back from us here, calmly dispensing one cathartic verse after another, all the while staying in the background behind her boldly crafted music. Over the last few years she’s proven herself to be one of the most incredible voices in the modern Swedish music scene, and with the release of this single her career stands to finally receive the international exposure and acclaim that it’s always been deserving of. This is Henriksson at her best, and it couldn’t be arriving at a better juncture in her professional life.

There’s so much evident emotion in “Let Go” that it’s easy to separate the lyrics from the music and see that these words are rooted in a style of poetry that has a uniquely Scandinavian feel to it. Nothing in this song is rushed or crammed together, the meticulousness of the master mix allows for us to really appreciate every element of sound going into the final product, and moreover analyze components that other singles often bury beneath layers of post production sonic stitching. For every cathartic admission here, there’s a brooding musical shift to match, and by the time we get halfway through the song it’s almost as if we’ve spent an afternoon reading Henriksson’s diary instead of listening to her latest release.

Isolated from the instrumentation, on their own the verses are rather patient and virtuous for how simplistically constructed a song this really is, but at the same time Henriksson appears to go out of her way to avoid the pitfalls of inserting egotism into her prose. For as personal as the lyrics come across to us, they’re nothing but accessible in every sense, focusing more on the broader scope of things than on Henriksson’s life explicitly, a common problem among the output of similarly stylized pop singers with slightly less gumption and creative originality as she’s got. Overindulgence has become the bane of modern music, but this is one artist who clearly takes the threat it presents to evolution seriously enough to trim all the fat from her material.

“Let Go” is utterly sublime pop for what is shaping up to be a very exciting new year in music that promises to offer some provocative releases from artists spanning the entirety of our globe. Deborah Henriksson’s stylish blend of varied influences has the potential to win over a lot of followers in this eccentric time in the industry, but I don’t believe that to be the only factor in what makes her all new single so incredibly appealing to music fans of different tastes and backgrounds. Henriksson strikes me as someone who values her medium and refutes the very notion of cutting something that doesn’t meet her high standards, and that alone makes her something of a rare find in 2019. She’s got so much momentum at the moment, and with a song like this one to kick the year off with, something tells me we’ve only gotten a taste of what’s to come in the next 11 months from this intriguing Swedish phenomenon.

 

 

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12.02.2019

Zappa In New York.....

This March, Universal Music will issue a 5 CD, 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Frank Zappa‘s 1978 live album "Zappa In New York".

The album contained live performances recorded in the Palladium in New York in December 1976 and boasts freewheeling lyrical content with songs like "Titties & Beer", and "The Illinois Enema Bandit". Even songs with no lyrical content are provocatively titled ("I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth").

Warners were not happy with the inclusion of "Punky’s Whips", the song concerned drummer Terry Bozzio’s sexual fantasies about Punky Meadows, a guitarist for the band Angel, and insisted on that track being removed, although not before some unexpurgated versions slipped out the door. It wasn’t until a CD reissue in 1991 that the song officially saw the light of day.

This new 5 CD set is available in limited quantities and will come packaged in an embossed tin box that resembles a New York City manhole cover. It also contains a replica ticket from one of the shows and a 60 page book.

CD 1 features the main album in its original vinyl mix, newly remastered by Bob Ludwig in 2018 and available for the 1st time since its debut.

The other 4 discs in the CD edition feature three hours plus of unreleased live performances from the Palladium shows. These represent every composition that was played during the concerts, and the best alternate performances of every tune that Zappa picked for the original album, all newly mixed in 2018.

This anniversary edition of "Zappa In New York" have been overseen by the Zappa Family Trust and produced by Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers. It is released on March 29th, 2019

 

 

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11.02.2019

Paul Weller.....

Hot on the heels of Paul Weller’s excellent "True Meanings" album comes "Other Aspects", an audio and video release of last year’s celebrated concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall which featured Weller, band and an orchestra.

"Other Aspects : Live At The Royal Festival Hall" is being issued as a 3 LP and DVD set or a 2 CD and DVD package. Both feature 25 tracks although as you might expect the setlist is heavy with songs from Weller’s most recent album, 11 of "True Meanings" 14 tracks are performed.

As has become the normal in terms of promoting home video releases, there will be special cinema screenings of the performance across the UK, and these will include some never Before seen studio footage, rehearsals and interviews exclusive to these cinema events.

"Other Aspects : Live At The Royal Festival Hall" is released on March 8th, 2019.

 

 

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10.02.2019

Joni Mitchell 75.....

"Joni 75 : A Birthday Celebration" will be available on March 8, 2019 from Decca. The album’s 16 tracks include such highlights as Brandi Carlile and Kris Kristofferson’s heartfelt take on “A Case Of You”, Seal’s breathtaking “Both Sides Now”, Diana Krall’s haunting take on “Amelia”, and  Los Lobos & Friends’ rollicking “Dreamland”, which features Chaka Khan reprising her guest vocal spot, as she did on the original recording back in 1977.

Anchoring each live performance, on CD and on screen, is a top notch house band full of Joni’s collaborators. Led by drummer Brian Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd, the band also includes guitarists Greg Leisz and Marvin Sewell, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, as well as Jeff Haynes on percussion, Chris Thomas on bass, Bob Sheppard on woodwinds, and special guest Scarlet Rivera on violin.

With a wealth of musical talent and selections from across Joni’s illustrious career, "Joni 75 : A Birthday Celebration" is a fitting tribute to one of the legendary musicians of our time. The upcoming film screening and CD are perfect for fans who want to relive those 2 nights in November, or for those who weren’t able to see it in person. The soundtrack CD is set to arrive from Decca on March 8, 2019.

 

 

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09.02.2019

Pamela Polland.....

What do The Byrds’ "The Ballad Of Easy Rider", Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys’ "Evergreen Vol 2", and Helen Reddy’s "Music, Music" all have in common? Every one of those albums features a song by Pamela Polland.  Also known as one half of the 60's folk pop duo The Gentle Soul and a member of Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen ensemble, Polland’s songs have additionally been recorded by artists as diverse as Vikki Carr, Nancy Ames, Bobby Bare, The Pointer Sisters, and Anita Carter. But it’s less well known that Polland recorded 2 albums of her own for Columbia Records, one of which never saw the light of day, until now. On March 8, 2019, BGO Records will reissue 1972’s "Pamela Polland" together with the worldwide debut of the California singer songwriter’s 2nd album, "Have You Heard The One About The Gas Station Attendant?", in a deluxe, slipcased package.

Championed by Clive Davis and primarily produced by George Daly, "Pamela Polland" introduced Polland’s warm, joyful, and altogether inviting voice as a solo artist.  She was supported by an illustrious who's who of musicians including Nicky Hopkins, David Briggs, Eddie Hinton, Kenny Buttrey, Norbert Putnam, and Tommy Cogbill, plus guest stars Taj Mahal, Warner Bros. and Capitol artist Marc McClure, and Dennis Locorriere, Ray Sawyer, and George Cummings from Dr Hook & The Medicine Show. Recorded in San Francisco and Nashville, the album featured Pamela on piano. Reviewing an engagement at New York’s Bitter End in support of the album release, Billboard observed that 'miss Polland has a rich, colorful voice which she uses to excellent advantage on her own compositions. Her songs, which concern love in all its passionate permutations, are just right for her'. The trade paper reported that the single “In My Imagination” attracted FM radio airplay along with “Please Mr. D.J.” and “Abalone Dream,” and the album sold a respectable 25 000 copies.

Davis gave the green light for a follow-up. "Have You Heard The One About The Gas Station Attendant?" was helmed by producer Gus Dudgeon, then in the midst of a hit streak with Elton John. Dudgeon booked sessions at London’s famed Trident Studios, enlisting arranger Del Newman, engineer Ken Scott and musicians including Ray Fenwick, Herbie Flowers, and Elton’s percussionist Ray Cooper. Joan Armatrading, then working with Dudgeon, added vocals on “Wild Roses”. Additional sessions were held in Los Angeles featuring Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and return appearances by Taj Mahal and Marc McClure. The Beach Boys’ Bruce Johnston even contributed background vocals. Johnston and Gentle Soul producer Terry Melcher went on to record Pamela’s “Tulsa County Blue” on their Equinox label in 1975. All told, 13 tracks were completed, 11 of which were selected for the final running order. Before the LP could be scheduled for release, however, Clive Davis was let go from Columbia in a flurry of controversy. Polland’s sophomore album was lost in the shuffle, and the decision was ultimately made by the label brass to leave it on the shelf and let her contract expire. One of the album’s many beautiful songs, “Music, Music”, went on to a second life when Helen Reddy recorded it as the title track of her 1976 album.

Pamela Polland has since moved to Hawaii, established herself as a vocal coach, ukulele teacher, and environmental activist. She has recorded 2 well received independent albums.  Now, the roots of her solo artistry can be appreciated anew. BGO’s 2 CD collection offers "Pamela Polland" on the 1st disc, and "Have You Heard The One About the Gas Station Attendant?" on the 2nd disc, with all 13 tracks recorded during the sessions. The set boasts an impressive 28 page booklet featuring copious photographs, credits, and a comprehensive and compelling essay by the collection’s producer, Charles Donovan, drawing on a fresh interview with the artist. Andrew Thompson has beautifully remastered both albums.

Look for the very special release of "Pamela Polland/Have You Heard The One About The Gas Station Attendant?" from BGO Records on March 8, 2019. 

 

 

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08.02.2019

Humble Pie.....

Humble Pie's "Joint Effort" is a digitally remastered archive release. A very special lost album recorded in 1974 and 1975 at Clear Sounds Studio with the classic line up of Steve Marriott on guitar and vocals, Greg Ridley on bass, Dave Clempson on guitar, and Jerry Shirley on drums. Never before heard original compositions by the band plus blazing covers of James Brown, "Think", The Beatles, "Rain" and Betty Wright "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker". Packaged with liner notes and rare photos. Cleopatra Records, February 22nd, 2018.

 

 

 

 

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07.02.2019

Let It Be.....

Oscar winning director Peter Jackson, best known for his "Lord Of The Rings" and "Hobbit" movies, is collaborating with The Beatles to produce a new film from the 55 hours of footage originally filmed by Michael Lindsay Hogg for what turned into the intimate bioscopic experience that was 1970’s "Let It Be" motion picture.

The footage was shot in January 1969 as The Beatles prepared for a TV special that never materialised, starting in Twickenham Film Studios and moving to Apple’s London office in Savile Row, climaxing with the legendary performance on the roof of that building.

Peter Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never Before seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate fly on the wall experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about,  it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these 4 friends make great music together”.

I think it’s fair to say that The Beatles have never really been totally happy with either the finished "Let It Be" album, famously pulled together by Phil Spector, much to McCartney’s annoyance, or the film, which portrays the struggles within an unhappy looking unit, as George Harrison clashes with Paul and John brings Yoko into virtually every session. The film has never been issued officially on DVD and the band approved a revised version of the album, "Let It Be Naked", which was issued in 2003.

According to Peter Jackson, “I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama, but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating, it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate. I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage, making the movie will be a sheer joy”.

The footage will be restored by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand, using techniques developed for Jackson’s "We Shall Not Grow Old" WW1 documentary film.

A name for the film, which is being made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison, will be announced in due course, along with a release date. With the "Abbey Road" album widely expected to be reissued this year, 2020 would clearly be a great time release the new movie because it would celebrate 50 years since the original. One would expect some kind of audio and video box set to follow.

Pertinently, Apple have said that a restored version of the original "Let It Be" movie will also be made available.

 

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06.02.2019

Bruce Springsteen.....

In December, Legacy Recordings surprised Bruce Springsteen fans with a digital album of live rarities called "The Live Series : Songs Of The Road". Now, "The Live Series" continues with "Songs Of Friendship", which brings even more rarities to digital and streaming for the 1st time ever. Culled from Springsteen’s extensive vault of live material that was previously only available from the Nugs on demand site, the 15 track set spotlights iconic tracks about the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

While the previous volume mixed solo and E Street Band recordings, "Songs Of Friendship" fittingly features only band performances. 4 decades’ worth of live greatness is on display here, from the rousing New Year’s 1975 version of “Spirit In The Night” and the East Rutherford 1984 take on “Glory Days”, to the sparse “If I Should Fall Behind” from 2014 and the 2017 outing of the obscure “Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart”.  Altogether, the collection is a testament to the power of Springsteen’s live shows, the talents of The E Street Band, and the enduring quality of these songs.  So take a listen and share it with a friend or blood brother.

The collection is available now from digital download and streaming services, including Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.

 

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05.02.2019

Billy White Jr.....

Billy White Jr titled his 2010 1st album, “Just Another Guitar Player From Texas”, but he’s much more than that. According to Vintage Guitar Magazines review of it he’s probably, “the best guitar player you’ve never heard”. That 1st record also covered a lot of musical ground including rock, r’n’b, country and acoustic singer songwriter in an effort to showcase the wide variety he has written and performed.

His 2nd album, 2012’s “Just Another Sad Ol’ Song” was a more focused pure classic country catalog featuring plenty of steel, fiddle, mandolin and dobro as well as lots of twangy guitar licks. With 9 originals and one cover, it took the listeners down a winding country road.

True to form, Billy’s 3rd and latest album, “It’s About Time”, takes a wholly different approach. Described as classic rock and blues with a side of r’n’b, this one features 10 original songs and lots of rockin’ guitar without a steel or fiddle in sight. From the Duane and Dickey riffs of the opening track, “The Music”, to the slide swapping “Rock’N’Roll Fever”, to the funky licks of the instrumental “Shenanigans”, featuring legendary bassist Chuck Rainey, to the guitar saturated “Don’t Talk About Me”, it rocks out and clearly demonstrates his classic guitar influences, years of experience and wide range of songwriting skills. He sings all the vocals and wrote the horn arrangement too.

No one knows for sure what the next record will be, but you can count on one thing, it’ll be different.
All of Billy’s albums are produced via Appriaswatos.

 

 

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04.02.2019

Our Native Daughters.....

"Beyond excited to announce the release of a new project 'Songs Of Our Native Daughters" with Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell. Coming February 22nd, 2019, this album is inspired by new world slave narratives, discrimination and how it has shaped our American experience. These songs and musics reclaim, recast, and spotlight the often unheard and untold history of our ancestors, whose stories remain vital and alive today. We can't wait to share it with you." ~ Rhiannon Giddens

 

 

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03.02.2019

Guy vs Steve.....

There are songwriters and then there are storytellers, and Steve Earle is very much the latter. His songs, such as "The Devil's Right Hand", "Copperhead Road" and "Guitar Town", have been sung by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and many, many more. Steve Earle's inspiration came from two main storytellers, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. In 2009, Steve Earle made an album of Townes Van Zandt songs called "Townes" and now he's paying tribute to his other hero, Guy Clark by releasing "Guy". The album by Steve Earle & The Dukes covers 16 songs by the great Nashville via Houston artist and leans toward some of the earlier tunes. New West Records, March 29th, 2019.

 

 

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02.02.2019

3 x Ryan Adams.....

Get ready for a whole lot of Ryan Adams in 2019. The prolific singer songwriter has revealed plans to release 3 (!) albums over the next 12 months. “Remember that year when I released 3 records”, Adams tweeted. “Let’s do it again.”. First album, "Big Colors", out April 19th, 2019.

 

 

 

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01.02.2019

Brand New Mudfish.....

Mudfish started to make music again in 2013 after many silent years. The contributions to the compilations “Home is Where the Heart Is” in 2014 and “Won’t Be Home For Christmas” in 2017, both Hemifrån/Paraply Records, marked the return of the band. In February the up tempo song “Propeller Man” will be released, followed by more muddy music later in the spring of 2019. “It’s about time we release these songs now”, says singer Joakim Lövgren, “it has taken us a while from farm to fork, even though the recording process was a quick one”. February 15th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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31.01.2019

Don Felder.....

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder has recruited a bevy of rock’s brightest stars for his new solo album, "American Rock ’N’ Roll". Slash, Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are some of the many musicians who make guest appearances on the record. “I wanted to bring in as many people as possible to share the experience with me”, Felder says. “I knew it should be bright, cheery and fun, or it wouldn’t be worth doing.

It should be a labor of love, not a labor of work”. Slash plays on the album’s title track, which traces the history of rock music, name dropping many of the genre’s greatest acts along the way. “Slash lives really close to me”, Felder notes. “He came over, brought his guitar, plugged into one of my amps and we traded off on some solos. He actually plays on the part of the song that mentions Guns N’ Roses by name”.

The song also features Mick Fleetwood on drums, with Smith taking over as the tune progresses. “We wanted an old school Mick Fleetwood style rock'n'roll pocket in the early verses”, Felder says. “And when Chad comes in, it becomes a more more modern, hard rocking Chili Peppers kind of feel”. "American Rock ‘N’ Roll is set for release April 5th, 2019, via BMG.

 

 

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30.01.2019

Tal Wilkenfield.....

"So happy to finally inform you that my new album will be officially announced to the public tomorrow morning! My debut album is titled "Love Remains" and it will be out March 15th, 2019, on BMG Records. I’m very proud of this body of work and I can’t wait to share it with you soon. Between now and March I’ll be busy preparing for my headline shows in Los Angeles and New York, and doing everything I can to make sure that this album release is special for all of you who have been supporting me and my solo career." ~ Tal Wilkenfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29.01.2019

Ryan Bingham.....

"American Love Song" finds Ryan Bingham honing his creativity on two distinct levels, the personal and the cultural. The record is co-produced with Charlie Sexton, the superb Austin guitarist who has played for years in Bob Dylans touring band. "American Love Song" was recorded at Arlyn Studios and Public Hi-Fi in Austin with additional recording at Matter Music and Stella Sound in Los Angeles. Axster Bingham Records, February 15th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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28.01.2019

King Of Foxes.....

"A tough outer shell that glistens with a delicious combination of slick pop hooks and leader Olivia Street's captivating vocals, the future sure looks bright for King of Foxes" ~ Exclaim

King of Foxes offers up something of value, a musical divining rod that pulls the listener to an inner river that is at once both familiar and uncanny. Delivered in a voice equal parts fierce and fragile, frontwoman Olivia Street’s lyrics are poetic and evocative, deftly interwoven with seeing eye guitar hooks and a cogent understanding of songcraft. Her signature sound is quirky and textural, incorporating elements of Brit pop and melodic indie rock that inform a well read musical style.

 

 

 

 

 

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27.01.2019

David Bowie.....


Parlophone are to release in the spring "Spying Through A Keyhole : Demos and Unreleased Songs", a 7" vinyl box set that features previously unreleased David Bowie recordings, including the earliest known version of ‘Space Oddity’.

2019 marks 50 years since the ‘Space Oddity’ single and these unreleased recordings are all from the era during which that song was first conceived. The title ‘Spying Through The Keyhole’ is taken from a previously unknown song called ‘Love Is All Around’ and while the other songs will be familiar to fans, ‘London Bye, Ta-Ta,’ ‘In The Heat Of The Morning’, etc, these versions have never been officially released, although apparently Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December last year.

Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances and the label warn that due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn’t always of a usual studio fidelity.This is partly due to David’s enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation.

It’s not clear at this stage how many 7" singles will be in this vinyl box, but while it will be limited to vinyl for now, but Parlophone say the recordings may appear in the future on other formats. This focus on 1969, the 50th anniversary of ‘Space Oddity’ could mark a shift in Parlophone’s strategy for Bowie releases this year, having issued the 4 box sets that took us from 1969 to 1988 in the last four year. We shall see…..

 

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26.01.2019

C.S.N.Y.....

50 years ago this spring, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash released their first album as a group, "Crosby, Stills & Nash", became a landmark in harmony singing and counterculture values, and after Neil Young joined up with them for 1970's "Déjà Vu", their supergroup status was cemented. With its distinctive, iconic front men, its current events songs, and its very structure, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young embodied nearly every aspect of their era.

The 5 decades since have seen the band break up, reunite, and splinter again on a regular basis, making for not only some of rock's most indelible music but also one of the its most riveting and ongoing soap operas, a decades long story of 4 men whose intertwining lives, music, and careers have transcended music to become the story of the successes and challenges of the boomer generation itself.

Featuring new interviews with band members, colleagues, fellow musicians, and former lovers, plus access to unreleased music and documents, "Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young" is the 1st and most up to date narrative biography of this legendary band. From the same author who gave us the acclaimed "Fire And Rain : The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, And The Lost Story Of 1970", this book takes readers inside the creative process of albums both finished and abandoned, the inspirations behind the songs and the dust ups, and the difficulties each man faced along the way. This is the sweeping story of rock's longest running, most dysfunctional, yet most influential and artistically rewarding musical family.

Da Capo Press, April 30th 2019.

 

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25.01.2019

Bob Livingston.....

Bob Livingston's been everywhere, man. The stories roll out effortlessly, seamlessly, continually, and they're so wild and crazy you know they must be true. He was there in Austin when Jerry Jeff showed up from New York City. He was there in L.A. when Michael Murphey was searching for his 1st record deal. He's done solo gigs in Yemen, Pakistan, Africa, you name it, and traveled the world with Walker and Murphey and the Lost Gonzo Band. He's melded Indian ragas and western swing into “Country & Eastern” music. He was in Red River, New Mexico, when Ray Hubbard wrote “He Was Born In Oklahoma”. And he draws on this whole journey for ”Up The Flatland Stairs”, which harkens back to his growing up in the ever unlikely but amazingly fertile musical breeding ground of Lubbock, Texas.

Bob includes nods to his old compadres Jerry Jeff Walker in “Shell Game”, Gary P Nunn and the Lost Gonzo Band in“Public Domain” and “Caution To The Wind”, and early influences like Uncle Walt's Band, with a previously unreleased Walter Hyatt gem , “Early Days”. There are new co-writes with Bob's many stellar songwriting friends, like John Hadley in“A Few Things Right”, Laurie Turner in “That's The Way Things Go”, also featuring a brilliant duet vocal with Eliza Gilkyson, Susan Herndon, the whimsical “You Got My Goat”, and a new, old co-write with Michael Martin Murphy in “It Just Might Be Your Lovin'”, a song that Murphey had started decades ago, never finished and basically lost, until Bob resurrected it from his own archives and completed it. Fellow Lubbock native, playwright, poet, singer-songwriter and music folklorist Andy Wilkinson co-wrote the beautiful and delicate “Cowgirl's Lullaby” with Bob, also featuring a beautiful duet with rising vocal star Kelley Mickwee, formerly of the Trishas and currently touring with Shinyribs. Bob's new song “Can't Get Enough Of It” is a moving and poignant look back at it all, acknowledging the preciousness of these moments when seen through the lens of a life well lived.

All in all, ”Up The Flatland Stairs” is a truly brilliant statement of someone who's pretty much seen it all, yet is still an active and vital artistic voice, still walking the path, still exploring, and still doing it all with a twinkle in his eye. The loving coproduction of Don Richmond and Howlin' Dog Records ranges from delicate acoustic to driving electric, from a spare and single thread to a tapestry of instruments weaving together, always seeking to give each song just what it wants. ”Up the Flatland Stairs” is truly crafted to be listened to as an album, from start to finish, and we hope you can find time to take it in that way. We hope you enjoy the journey!

www.boblivingstonmusic.com

 

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24.01.2019

Keith Richards.....

In 1988, on a break from his band the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards released his 1st ever solo album, "Talk Is Cheap". This universally respected debut is an 11 track masterclass in everything that’s good about rock‘n'roll and features guest appearances from an all star cast including Sarah Dash, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Memphis Horns, Patti Sciafia and Mick Taylor. Remastered from the original tapes by Richards' collaborator, Steve Jordan, the album's joyous swagger is re-energised and permeates through each and every song on this forthcoming release. "Talk Is Cheap" sounds as good today as it did 30 years ago or in Keith’s words, “as fresh as the day it was made”. To be released in a 6 disc limited edition deluxe box set, 2 CD deluxe mediabook, 1 LP limited edition red vinyl, 1 LP black vinyl and 1CD standard on March 29th, 2019.

 

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23.01.2019

3 x Prince.....

The Prince Estate and Sony’s Legacy Recordings have announced reissues of a trio of Prince albums, "Musicology", "3121" and "Planet Earth". All 3 will be reissued on CD and released for the first time on vinyl in February, with limited purple vinyl pressings available.

These albums saw Prince re-establish himself as a creative and commercial force with 2004’s "Musicology" winning 2 Grammys and 2006’s "3121" debuting at # 1 on the Billboard 200. Both records saw Prince rein in his penchant for self indulgence, no bloated triple-album sets, and deliver tight 12 track studio outings. "3121" in particular harks back to the glory days in parts with some fine songs like the title track, echoing "Sign ‘O’ The Times" era, ‘Black Sweat’, and the funk workout of ‘Get On The Boat‘. The rather atypical ‘Te Amo Corazón’ was chosen as the 1st single.

Prince was restless and sometimes contradictory in his search for ways to market and sell his albums in the era of illegal downloading and declining sales. He initially embraced the internet but by 2007 wasn’t so keen and ended up giving away 2007’s ultimately disappointing "Planet Earth" album with The Mail on Sunday. Prince got his big bucks from the corporation but the sorry looking card wallet and the free status was ultimately detrimental to the art.

All 3 albums will be released on vinyl and CD. "Musicology" and "3121" are both 2 LP vinyl editions on limited purple vinyl. "Planet Earth" is a single LP on purple vinyl and the CD and LP editions recreate the lenticular cover that was used on later pressings. All 3 albums are released on February 8th, 2019.

 

 

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22.01.2019

Sister Speak.....

Canadian born Sherri Anne is at the core of Sister Speak, an indie pop and rock, blues and world music entity that creates uplifting, inspiring music. Sister Speak is currently based in Los Angeles, CA, and Victoria, BC. Whether performing an electrifying full band show or heartfelt acoustic arrangements, this Taylor Guitar’s sponsored artist has connected deeply with a diverse fan base throughout the globe.

Sister Speak’s high energy, moving band show has landed them headlining concerts at legendary venues in California and British Columbia and various festivals and events World wide. Their unique musical pallet has secured opening slots for National Acts Air Supply, Chris Isaak, Xavier Rudd and reggae artist Mike Love among others.

"The Stand" EP has been launched with a breathtaking music video filmed in South America. The EP, produced and recorded by Avli Avliav in Los Angeles, and mixed and mastered by Alan Sanderson and Erick Labson,  is Sister Speak’s most experimental release to date. After a period of travel, change and internal exploration, Sherri Anne lets the music speak through a new sonic experimentation and lyrically explores the idea of freedom and what that means to each of us. “I wanted to bridge the worlds of acoustic and electronic music”, says Sherri Anne, “as a symbol of connecting different perspectives”.

Sister Speak’s startling debut album, "Rise Up For Love", was released in 2014. Since then, Sherri Anne’s songs have hit airwaves throughout North America and Europe and Sister Speak has performed over 500 shows in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America and Germany. As solo and with band, Sister Speak aims to share message driven music and support the authentic expression of the woman’s voice through music.

 

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21.01.2019

Linda Ronstadt Live.....

Despite having recorded over 2 dozen acclaimed studio albums on labels including Capitol, Asylum, Elektra, and Verve, Linda Ronstadt never got around to releasing a live album.  Happily, Rhino Records is rectifying that with the February 1st, 2019, release on CD, LP, and digital platforms of "Live In Hollywood" from the legendary songstress.

"Live in Hollywood" was recorded on April 24th, 1980, at Television Center Studios in Hollywood for an HBO special in which she was accompanied by a top tier band that included guitarists Kenny Edwards and Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Bob Glaub, keyboardist Billy Payne, pedal steel guitarist Dan Dugmore, and backing vocalist Wendy Waldman. None other than Ronstadt’s producer Peter Asher sat in with the group on percussion and background vocals.

During the course of the evening, Ronstadt performed a number of her most famous songs including “It’s So Easy”, “Just One Look”, “You’re No Good”, “Desperado”, and “Blue Bayou”, as well as selections from her new wave inspired "Mad Love", which had just been released in February 1980.  Her interpretations of “I Can’t Let Go”, “How Do I Make You” and “Hurt So Bad” all reached the top 10.  Songwriter pals like Warren Zevon, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, Lowell George, and JD Souther were all represented.

The live album has been produced by Ronstadt’s longtime associate John Boylan.  Rhino quotes him in the press release recalling that the album almost didn’t happen because HBO, Ronstadt, and her record label couldn’t find the master tapes. An encounter with a Warner Bros engineer at their sons’ hockey practice finally led him to the tapes, “I have no way of calculating the odds of finding the lost tapes through a chance encounter at a hockey practice, but they must be astronomical, like winning the lottery. And in this case of remarkable serendipity, every Linda Ronstadt fan is a lottery winner”.

Sequenced in the style of a period LP rather than a modern day CD, "Live In Hollywood" features 12 tracks selected by the artist from the concert rather than the complete 20 song show. 3 of those tracks have been previously released.

 

 

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20.01.2019

2 x Phil Collins.....

Phil Collins‘ "Take A Look At Me Now" reissue campaign continues with the reissue of the 1990 live album "Serious Hits Live!".  The album was a massive a success, since Collins was still at the height of his fame having enjoyed an incredible 7 US # 1 singles, include a George Michael matching run of 4 in a row, by the end of the 1980's, 3 UK "# 1's and a number of chart topping albums.

Even at the time, I remember thinking it was a mistake for the record label not to issue a studio hits compilation at this Point, which would surely have sold zillions, but for whatever reason they didn’t and in fact it would be Another 8 years before they belated got around to it, with 1998’s "…Hits", by which point Collins’ was known as the man who divorced his wife by fax, not actually true, apparently, and his singles were getting to number 77 stateside, not number 1.

Nevertheless, back in 1990 there was a voracious appetite for all things Collins and people took what they were offered,  Serious Hits Live!" sold over 4 million copies. The album was recorded at various stadium and arena shows throughout his 7 month "Seriously, Live! World Tour". It includes performances of many of his huge hits including ‘In The Air Tonight’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘Against All Odds’, ‘Easy Lover’ and ‘Another Day In Paradise’.

As well as "Serious Hits Live!", Rhino Records are also reissuing 1999’s "A Hot Night In Paris", which is very much the other end of the spectrum, with the drummer and songwriter hoping you like his new direction, with jazzy instrumental performances of select songs from his solo discography, as well as his work with Genesis, and a few covers thrown in.

Both albums are reissued on CD and vinyl, with "A Hot Night In Paris" making its debut on the latter format. These are released on February 1st, 2019.

 

 

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19.01.2019

Phil & Crazy Horse.....


In this day of calculated some assembly required americana nimrods strutting around in civil war outfits, rodeo garb, and ripped jeans declaring themselves outlaws and poets, Phil Lee stands out like a Krugerand in a pile of tarnished pesos. A former truck driver with a penchant for throwing knives to keep his head in the right place, Lee managed to escape Durham, NC, with his drum kit and guitars before the authorities felt the need to restrain his activities. After further adventures and misadventures, Lee eventually fell in with Neil Young’s organization where, with that CDL of his, he drove the "Rust Never Sleeps" props around, performed as Young’s party band on a few special occasions, and became part and parcel of the whole organism that is Crazy Horse.

On his latest album, Lee teams up with old Crazy Horse pals and California neighbours Ralph Molina on drums and Billy Talbot on bass, (“The Horse He rode In On”, get it?). The core threesome is augmented by legendary keyboard wiz Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag, Steve Miller Band, The Rides) and guitar slinger Jan King. Add ons include long time cohort and guitar maestro Richard Bennett (Neil Diamond, Mark Knopfler), twang guru Bill Kirchen, Bill Lloyd of Foster & Lloyd fame, slide guitarist David Weeks, keyboardist and another long time associate Jack Irwin, guitarists Dorian Michael and George Bradfute, and singers Molly Pasutti and Taryn Engle. Molina, Talbot, and Lee laid the basic tracks at Painted Sky Studio in Cambria, CA, then let the cast fill in a few holes. Jake Berger and Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam) add their guitars to one track. Lee says the biggest problem with the creative process was getting people 'to stop fixing it'.

Lee has been at this long enough, his first Shanachie album "Mighty King Of Love" dropped in 1999, to subscribe to Vince Bell’s adage, “The 1st time it’s art, the 2nd time it’s show biz”. His view on fixing everything? “It’s Crazy Horse, not Tidy Horse, for Christsakes”. He uses “Bad For Me” as an example.

“This is my personal favourite. It’s a personal song anyway but I dig how we played as if we were all buying into it and all mad as hell by the end. And heartbroken. Wild and mercurial and nowhere near perfect, it starts out low key and confidential but because we cut it live and can hear each other and feel the emotion, the song was gradually able to build to a seething, guitar smashing crescendo. Also, because we hadn’t really talked about how to end it, we just ran out of steam at the end. We could’ve faded it easy, but I’m glad we didn’t. It would have been wrong. It’s this soul deep empathy that keeps Big Daddy Neil coming back for more. They feel it like you feel it, they aren’t phoning it in. It’s not about the paycheck”.

Indeed one of the album’s greatest charms is its ragged, dangerous, we could be in jail soon feel. But as always, Lee brings the words that make us pay attention and climb deep into the all to familiar, all to common scenarios of friendship and love, of the attainment and the loss. And the damage. A master of sly dog observation and telling regional colloquialisms, Lee throws out lines none of today’s americana wannabes could. “I was kickin’ down some doors, I was in my party drawers, Where were you when all of that was going on?”. Lee even remakes the title track from his first album, “The Mighty King Of Love” and the newer version finds him in a reflective, 4AM frame of mind, the impish smart ass persona of the original replaced by a man who’s seen the damage love can do and is still feeling the aftershocks. Some of Lee’s characters are survivors, but there’s accompanying wreckage that can’t be put entirely out of mind. Both “Turn To Stone” and “Wake Up Crying” work this ever fertile psychic turf.

And about this Americana thing: Phil Lee isn’t a guy who would run that flag up, but he is as Americana as Jim Lauderdale or Buddy Miller. Why? Because Lee mines the great American musical traditions. The Carter Family or Johnny Cash could cover most of these tunes, but so could Otis Redding or Jerry Lee Lewis. While Lee’s musical veneer may be country folk in the main, there’s a deep underlying soulful elemental core that gives the music power and gravity. Put on your headphones and run a needle through “Bad For Me” and tell me Otis Redding wouldn’t smile. And, anyway, you don’t fly your americana flag by running through the opening riff of “My Generation” before sliding into a cool country lope like Lee manages on “Wake Up Crying”, which sounds like what happened when hillbillies discovered the Yardbirds.

And another thing: Phil may mostly do acoustic gigs these days but the boy still has the rock and roll bone. On “My Man Is Gone”, Goldberg throws boogie sparks from his piano while guitarists Bradfute and King turn it to 11 and reach for the heavens. 2 songs that old fans will gravitate towards are polar opposites, the George Jonesish lament “I Don’t Forget Like I Used To”, which Lee describes as perfect for those who prefer their country music to sound 'like that honky tonk strip joint band from The Seventh Veil on Sunset Boulevard and it was, let’s say, 1966', and one of those anthems that goes to the human bedrock, “Rebel In My Heart.” Written by Brendan Earley of the San Francisco Mutants, the song gets to our deepest internal conflicts and how we function. King makes dangerous runs on her guitar while Molina, Talbot, and Goldberg propel the track along with the deliberate but unstoppable force that recalls another dark Lee masterpiece, “Babylon”.
 
Phil has been teasing me, and I assume many others, for years with photos of him and various outlaws posing outside studio doors in some sunny California parking lot, always with the proviso that 'I’m working on a record with the guys from Crazy Horse'. Well, here it is. Enjoy.

The Mighty King Of Love is back.

 

 

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18.01.2019

Bruce, Paul & Wings.....

Paul McCartney will be bringing "The Bruce McMouse Show" to select cinemas around the world on January 21st, 2019. Part concert film, part animated feature, "The Bruce McMouse Show" features footage from Wings’ 1972 European tour, interspersed with animated scenes that introduce a family of mice living under the stage. After opening the film with ‘Big Barn Bed’, the camera takes us down through the floorboards into this charming animated world. We see Bruce McMouse regale his children with stories from his past, when son Soily rushes into the room in a whirlwind of excitement announcing that “The Wings” are playing above them.....

 

 

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17.01.2019

Dave Rosewood.....

Dave Rosewood grew up in The Ozark Mountains absorbing the sounds of bluegrass, country, and gospel music as a child. He later discovered the joys of blues and its sibling rock and roll.

Dave has delighted audiences around the world with his unique brand of music. Whether moaning the blues on a slow train to Goa or entertaining on the streets of Tokyo with a battery 1 powered guitar, he never fails to deliver a powerful performance.

Despite 20 years of writing music and playing around the world, Dave has never officially released any of his music until now. In his travels, Dave found love and moved to Europe. Being absent from his native land, a desire grew to record and release his own music. Dave writes and sings about life growing up in rural America, his travels far and wide, and the people he meets.

Dave´s debut album ”Gravel And Gold” harkens back to music produced in the late 60´s as an ode to the past and a nod to the future of the the country and rock genres. His single ”20 Years” has been recognized by Sonic Magazine and New Nordic Indie and added to their respective Spotify playlists.

Dave will be kicking off his 2019 ”Gravel And Gold” tour by taking country music back to its roots with January dates in Scotland. A full tour in the UK is planned for summer and fall 2019.

 

 

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16.01.2019

Tedeschi Trucks Band.....

Signs” is the 4th studio release from Tedeschi Trucks Band and offers another outstanding example of their ability to expand musical boundaries in ways that only a rare caliber of musician can achieve. “Signs” showcases the band at their best, combining inventive musicality and provocative lyrics across 11 original tracks, running the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems, to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll.

The album was recorded at Derek and Susan’s home studio, Swamp Raga, on 2 inch analog tape giving it a warmth and richness that recalls the ambience of the best vintage recordings. Vinyl mastering and lacquers were cut from the analog master tape and pressed on 180 gram black vinyl for highest sound quality. Fantasy Records, February 15th, 2019.

 

 

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15.01.2019

West Of Eden.....

It was in Beijing, China, during West of Eden’s 2017 anniversary tour, that the first songs for "Flat Earth Society" were written and plans were drawn up. Why not pack the instruments and travel around Scotland and England to make our next album together with some of the best folk and trad musicians from the British Isles?

And so it was that West of Eden went on a week long road trip last summer, recording new music in places ranging from whisky distilleries to churches, joined by John McCusker Heidi Talbot, Damien O’Kane, Duncan Chisholm and Jarlath Henderson.

When we were sitting there in our tour bus, we often felt like members of a strange, private society, a bit out of step with the times. Ignoring new discoveries and disregarding what’s hot and what’s not, we keep on stubbornly writing our songs and dragging around our acoustic guitars, accordions and fiddles. We’re almost like a "Flat Earth Society"!

17 tracks were recorded, of which 12 ended up on what is West of Eden’s 9th studio album. A collection of songs beginning with the title track’s litany over love lost, to continue into the folk rocky 'The Dwindling Of The Day' about holding on to the memory of someone who is no longer present.

But, of course, all is not despair. 'Horsehoofs & Primroses' brings promise of new beginnings, and in the first single 'Old Miss Partridge' it is easy to mistakenly believe that Jenny and Heidi Talbot accidentally stumbled across a classic British folk tune.

The record ends with the instrumental 'Rowbotham’s Map' where Lars’ fiddle meets the Knopfler influenced guitar of newest member Henning, fusing Swedish and Scottish folk music. Everything recorded live in The Old laundry, overlooking Lake Glenfinnan. After that, we packed our gear and went back home, suitcases filled with memories, meetings and the songs that were to become "Flat Earth Society".

 

 

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14.01.2019

C.S.N.Y.....

The 1st ever biography focused on the formative and highly influential early years of "rock’s 1st supergroup” (Rolling Stone) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, when they were the most successful, influential, and politically potent band in America, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the formation of the band itself.

1969 to 1974 were true golden years of rock'n’roll, bookmarking an era of arguably unparalleled musical power and innovation. But even more than any of... their eminent peers, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young channeled and broadcast all the radical anger, romantic idealism, and generational angst of their time. Each of the members had already made their marks in huge bands, The Hollies, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, but together, their harmonies were transcendent.

The vast emotional range of their music, from delicate acoustic confessionals to raucous counter culture anthems, was mirrored in the turbulence of their personal lives. Their trademark may have been vocal harmony, but few, if any, of their contemporaries could match the recklessness of their hedonistic and often combative lifestyles, when the 4 tenacious, volatile, and prodigal songwriters pursued chemical and sexual pleasure to life threatening extremes.

Including full color photographs, "CSNY" chronicles these 4 iconic musicians and the movement they came to represent, concentrating on their prime as a collective unit and a cultural force, the years between 1969, when Woodstock telegraphed their arrival to the world, and 1974, when their arch enemy Richard Nixon was driven from office, and the band, to quote Graham Nash himself, “lost it on the highway”.

Even 50 years later, there are plenty of stories left to be told about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and music historian Peter Doggett is here to bring them to light in the meticulously researched "CSNY", a quintessential and illuminative account of rock’s 1st supergroup in their golden hour for die hard fans, nostalgic flower children, and music history aficionados alike.

Simon & Schuster, May 7th, 2019.

 

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13.01.2019

Blakeley & Larson.....

"They don’t often make new records anymore like 'Yesterday’s Dream', a brilliant throwback to the golden era of singer songwriters. Vocalist Jeff Larson evokes the fragile authenticity of the greats and unsung twang scholar John Blakeley of the 'Endless Summer' soundtrack lights up the spare, supple tracks on this haunting, compelling, altogether intoxicating debut." ~ Joel Selvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12.01.2019

Joni Mitchell 75.....

Join an incredible array of singers and musicians who came together to honor one of the world’s most remarkable artists, Joni Mitchell, on her 75th birthday. The hand selected group of peers and protégés including Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, Rufus Wainwright and more paid tribute to the iconic artist, performing songs from all st...ages of Mitchell’s life and career, across her entire catalog of 19 studio albums. Captured over 2 nights in November 2018 by The Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the entire concert, along with special behind the scenes interviews with the artists, will be shown in movie theaters for one night only, Thursday, February 7th, 2019.
 
As an artist, Mitchell performed with an emotional honesty that resonated with a wide audience. The unifying effect of Mitchell’s music rings out with a closing group singalong to “Big Yellow Taxi” during which Mitchell herself is captured on camera. But the biggest moment, the most emotional, is saved for the end when the celebrated singer takes to the stage to blow out candles on a cake after the crowd serenades her with “Happy Birthday”.....

 

 

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11.01.2019

David Haerle.....

Singer songwriter David Haerle welds guitar driven rock to a shimmering California sound on his debut full length album "Garden Of Edendale".
 
This release is a master class in songwriting. Haerle’s evocative lyrics and melodies transform nostalgia into beauty, taking the listener through one man’s life of lost loves, hard lessons, and midlife awakenings. His willingness to experiment with the conventions of pop and rock establishes Haerle as a gifted storyteller. The songs’ arrangements spotlight the talented roster of musicians he’s assembled, and give them room to show their skills.  Couple that with his own virtuosic guitar style and the album’s classic California feel, and you have a mature pop-rock record that calls back to the golden days of AOR and the 1970's

"Garden Of Edendale" refers to the historic name of Haerle’s hometown neighborhood in Los Angeles and provides the setting for many of the songs. Indeed, all the tracks were recorded in Los Angeles at Sunset Sound and Edendale Studio. "Garden Of Edendale" was produced by Haerle, Jose Salazar and Brina Kabler, working with a number of highly sought after engineers and mixers, including Bob Ludwig, Elliot Scheiner, and the late David Bianco.
 
“I always dreamed of making music, but I think I had to live this record before I could make it”, says Haerle. “'Garden Of Edendale' explores the painful lows and many joys life offers. I introduce you to the people who’ve been important to me and show off the sights and sounds of Los Angeles that continue to inspire me. Hopefully, as we gain experience, we continue to grow and live more and more in a way that is aligned with our values”.
 
Opener “Finding Natalie” is a breezy, violin tinged ode to Haerle’s first childhood love, and features a dizzying all out jam between lead guitarist Haerle and lead violinist Luanne Homzy.
 
“I Have A Crush” is a rollicking tribute to his hometown of Los Angeles, inspired by Hank Snow’s country classic, “I’ve Been Everywhere”. The singer songwriter even finds inspiration in his love affair with his guitar for “Shining Star,” which displays Kabler’s intricate vocal tapestry.
 
The album’s most timely track might be first single “Women Make The World Go ‘Round”, a straightforward feminist anthem embedded with feel good indie pop riffs and a radiant guest vocal by Bess Harrison. The emotionally charged companion video was shot entirely at the historic 2017 Women’s March in Downtown Los Angeles. Directed by Red Phosphorous, it has already earned national kudos including PBS’ Taste TV’s Music California Video Award’s Best Lyric and Verse.
 
“Tell Your Story” shows Haerle at his most intimate. “In this song, I drew from my own struggles and journey of recovery from OCD, and also from the effects of others’ alcoholism which runs in my family”.
 
Alongside these personal pieces, the album also features tracks that run the gamut from the funky swagger of “Play It Like The Record” to the rootsy “The Tracer,” where Haerle’s family roots in country music peek through. The musicianship and technique of all involved are also highlighted on the album’s 2 soulful instrumentals “The Tone That Got Away” and album closer “Everything I Ever Wanted”. It all adds up to a sonically rich pop rock record for adults, for the listener who has lived a life and is ready for even more.
 

 

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10.01.2019

Yola's On Fire.....

"2018 has been such a journey that I’m continuing into 2019, releasing my debut LP 'Walk Through Fire' on February 22nd. Pre-order the album from my store as a gift, or treat yourself to new music ready for the new year". ~ Yola

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09.01.2019

Mona Lisa Santana.....

"In Search Of Mona Lisa" is the new 5 track EP from the legendary Santana. It was inspired by Carlos Santana’s interaction with the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre in Paris, France. The forthcoming EP was produced by Narada Michael Walden and Carlos Santana. Concord Records, January 25th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08.01.2019

Cat Steven's Back.....

In 1978, after having sold millions of records and become one of the biggest international artists of the 1970's, Cat Stevens decided to step out of the rock star spotlight and walk away. That year, he was to release his final album under that name. While Stevens’ legions of fans were saddened by the news, along with the musicians who had played with him on record and stage, the singer himself was exhilarated by the prospect of moving on. “It was like going back to my original nature”, he reflected at the time. “Back to wide eyed childhood again”. The appropriately titled "Back To Earth" was his parting gift, an album that saw the London born singer saying farewell to his fans, while obliquely explaining his decision to quit in songs such as ‘Last Love Song’ and ‘Just Another Night’. “What’s going on behind the appearance of stardom or the stage itself can be a completely different world”, he says now, “and that’s what it was a lot of the time. I kept my sanity and I kept my eyes open”.

On May 3rd, 2019, "Back To Earth" is to be reissued in various formats on Cat-O-Log Records/BMG, including a 6 Disc, 2LP Deluxe Boxset featuring the original album, along with demos, unreleased tracks, and material from UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child concert, the singer’s last live performance as Cat Stevens. Upon its original release, "Back To Earth" received rave reviews. “Cat has come up with the kind of quality album that originally made him a superstar”, declared the London Evening News, “Just one knockout song after another”. Billboard meanwhile applauded the album’s “tender, folksy ballads and up tempo and spirited pop tunes”. Hot Press hailed it as “a lush and intricately woven tapestry of fine melodies, really a return to form”.

Cat Stevens had been thinking long and hard for some time about quitting his music career. Aside from general disillusionment with fame, the singer had experienced a spiritual epiphany after being caught in a rip current and nearly drowning when swimming in the Pacific Ocean 3 years earlier. Crying to the heavens, “If you save me, I’ll work for you”, he was rescued by a gentle wave which carried him back to the shore. What he calls his “gradual awakening” and decision to become a Muslim in 1977, changing his name to Yusuf Islam, was sparked by his brother gifting the singer a copy of the Quran for his 27th birthday. “I had discovered a new way to view the universe”, he explained back then. “Like a kid who had travelled by spiritual rocket to an exciting new world”.

"Back To Earth" was indeed a remarkable return to form, reuniting Stevens with Paul Samwell Smith, the producer of his landmark, multi platinum albums "Tea For The Tillerman" and "Teaser And The Firecat", as well as continuing his creative partnership with long time guitarist Alun Davies. Musically, the album was a blend of the acoustic balladeering and spiritually-questing style that had made the singer a worldwide star, along with more distant echoes of his years growing up as Steven Demetre Georgiou in London’s West End. Tracks such as ‘New York Times’ and ‘Randy’ recalled the influence upon him of the UK capital’s theatre land, and, since parts of the album had been recorded in New York City, Broadway.

“There was this other side of me which was the sort of musical composer”, he remembers. “I loved musicals and I was surrounded by them where I lived. So, I had Bernstein in my blood”. Long overdue for re-evaluation, "Back To Earth" is a brilliant and fascinating album capturing Yusuf/Cat Stevens at a defining point in his life.

 

 

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06.01.2019

Zappa's 200 Motels.....

"Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Box Set" :

* Double Disc DVD w/movie + extra material
* Double soundtrack CD
* 36 page book, including a specially written essay
* A3 reproduction poster
* A3 reproduction promotional materials
* A5 reproduction lobby cards
* Special 200 Motels hotel door hanger
* Signed by Tony Palmer and numbered certificate.

Pledge Music, May 3rd, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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05.01.2019

Ranagri.....

Regardless of whether you have an award winning harpist, a flute player comfortable in all styles, a busy multi instrumentalist or a singer songwriter who travels the world, these different backgrounds and horizons, experiences and peculiarities flow seamlessly into the Ranagri melting pot. The resulting music mixture is a unique, sometimes singable, sometimes mystical musical fairytale world between intricate folk music, noble and elegant pop, artful and beautiful sounds, sympathetic pub rock and flowing, eloquent singer songwriter art.....

 

 

 

 

 

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04.01.2019

Zappa In New York.....

This 5 CD set is available in limited quantities and will come packaged in an embossed tin box that resembles a New York City manhole cover and contains a 60 page book. Recorded live in New York City at the end of 1976. Heavy on, well, freewheeling lyrical content, with “Titties And Beer” and “The Illinois Enema Bandit” being special favorites with young males of a certain age.

Also here is the song that gets most peoples’ vote for the best title ever to grace a Zappa instrumental, “I Promise Not to Come In Your Mouth”. When Zappa first released this album in 1978, Warner Bros was especially nervous about a little tune called “Punky’s Whips”.

The tune concerned drummer Terry Bozzio’s lurid sexual fantasies about one Punky Meadows, guitarist for the band Angel. Since Angel was then regarded as an important player in the music industry, Warner Bros sat on the album for a long while and then deleted the track altogether. With this CD reissue “Punky’s Whips” is back in all its glory, along with 4 other songs not on the original vinyl. Zappa Records, March 29th, 2019.

 

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17.12.2018

Elisabeth Carlisle.....

Elisabeth Carlisle’s new release, "Beyond These Walls", is a song about the strength to break down walls that life can put up sometimes. Although inspired by her husband's personal battle with multiple myeloma cancer, the song is meant to give encouragement to those facing any struggle that may seem to be insurmountable, yet through love and faith we can go 'beyond these walls'.

Elisabeth has toured extensively as a musician throughout the US and Europe and has released 4 albums. Her debut album features Rusty Anderson from Paul McCartney’s band on "Some Things" and on her 2nd album she collaborated with Meredith Brooks on "My Future". Other popular songs have been "6000 Miles" , which made it in the top 100 for NBT Music Radio in Germany, and the title track from her 2nd album, "Roll With The Flow".

Elisabeth has been working with producer Amir Aly in Sweden for her last 3 projects and recently completed a tour from Montana to California with her Swedish band, Pelle Jernryd, Mattias Pedersen, Jörgen Larsson-Lindström and Amir Aly. Her "Roll With The Flow" album features Thomas Holst from Torsson on bass.

Born and raised in Northern California, Elisabeth’s music combines the folk and rock that defined the San Francisco music scene, along with the pop influences she discovered while living in Sweden in the 90’s. She is known for her poignant lyrics and distinguished melodies. Radio talk show host John Sandage has compared her to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, while others hear Melissa Etheridge and Pink.

In the end, Elisabeth Carlisle has created her own mark in americana and continues to produce songs that go beyond the ears and reach into the center of the heart.

 

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16.12.2018

The Complaints.....

The Complaints are a modern rock band led by guitarist and front man Dean Petrella, with bassist Chris Cruz and drummer Anthony Marotti. Their music is like audio comfort food, it’s new, but familiar. You may hear hints of Tom Petty, Radiohead, Coldplay and Matchbox 20, while still appreciating their unique sound.

The band formed in 1997 and quickly made their bones playing some of the hottest rock'n'roll venues on the east coast, including CBGB's, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel  and The Middle East.

The Complaints have recorded with some of the biggest engineers and producers in the business. Chris Lord-Alge [Matchbox 20, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna], Shelley Yakus [Tom Petty, Don Henley, U2, Suzanne Vega] and Phil Greene [Dropkick Murphys, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Steve Earle, Mick Jagger].

2019 is lining up to be another great year for The Complaints as they release their 4th full length album, "Talk To Me". They reunited with Phil Greene who engineered and mixed their Award winning debut album "Fear" in 1999. The band is currently also writing material for various soundtracks and continue to perform over 150 live shows a year.

The Complaints have shared the stage with many national acts including Sugar Ray, Young The Giant, Train, Collective Soul, 3 Doors Down, Nickleback, Guster and have won numerous awards including ‘Album Of The Year’ for "Fear" in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll, ‘Best Male Vocalist’ and ‘Band Of The Year’ awards in New England’s Motif Magazine.

The Complaints continue to be one of the most successful independent artists on the national scene.

 

 

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14.12.2018

Calle Karlsson.....

"Alla Julens Änglar" landade hos Calle Karlsson i Los Cristianos, Teneriffa, där han tillbringar vintern och skriver nya låtar. När änglarna hade gjort sitt var låten färdig.  Calle skriver mycket i ögonblickets inspiration och texterna betyder mycket. Många av Calles alster präglas av eftertanke och längtan efter kärlek och ömsesidig respekt, för att skapa en god jord där vi alla kan bo. Att dottern Linda skulle medverka med sin änglalika röst, likaså att sonen Micael skulle sköta trummandet var lika självklart som att stjärnorna lyser starkast på vintern.

 

 

 

 

 

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13.12.2018

The Feralings.....

Lush modern folk americana stories of imperfection and magic, wrapped in banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, the occasional fiddle or piano, and lots of harmonies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Diesel. Morning glories. AM radio. These all influence Iowa acoustic roots trio The Feralings, as do the gently sloping landscapes of the Iowa countryside and the sound of tornado sirens squealing and the rumble of trucks on I-80.

Their songwriting reflects friendship, imperfection, magic, and a big love for storytelling, as well as the folk, bluegrass, jazz, alt country, americana, gospel, and roots that form each member’s musical DNA.

Their long awaited debut EP, is titled simply “The Feralings”. It was recorded over the course of several years, as the band navigated parenthood, life changes, and personal struggles, and it showcases the power and intimacy of the band’s enthralling live performances.

 

 

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12.12.2018

Paul Young Box.....

Early next year Edsel Records will issue "The CBS Singles Collection", a new Paul Young box set which includes every UK single issued on the CBS label as a CD single, packed with mixes, b sides, instrumentals and even the odd unreleased demo. The box set also includes a DVD with all the videos which is issued on the format for the first time, and the first 1500 boxes come with a print signed by Paul Young. All 19 of Young’s UK CBS singles, originally issued between 1982 and 1994,  are featured on individual CD's that replicate original artwork and include almost every variant available from the archive, including original 7" mixes, 12" mixes, alternate mixes, rare instrumentals, b sides, extra tracks on so on. "The CBS Singles Collection" box set will be released on January 25th, 2019.

 

 

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11.12.2018

A/B Trio.....

The award winning A/B Trio is always looking for ways to develop their sound. After the success of “Out West”, featuring Mike Murley, Dan Davis (saxophones), Josh McHan (bass) and Thomas Bennett (drums) began looking for another way to develop their sound together and their skills as musicians. Enter Kevin Turcotte, a Toronto based trumpeter with more than one hundred recordings to his name. A multiple Juno winner and 18 time Juno nominee, his work with the Barenaked Ladies and Bruce Cockburn, as well as Mr Something Something and even the Sicilian Jazz Project has proven time and time again that he is one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians in the country. Turcotte acts as a catalyst for the musical growth of the members of A/B Trio, but this collaboration also aides in the cultural exchange between Alberta musicians and those based out east.


With cheeky word play, thoughtful melodies and rhythmic playing, "Trioliloquy" is sure to get your heart racing. "Roundabout" is a funky tune that brings forth visions of 1970’s spies. The title track "Trioliloquy" is a brash, honest story told with rhythmic intensity by all 3 members that honors each individual’s voice while maintaining a singular narrative. "Leda’s Song" is an intimate conversation between McHan and Davis that makes you feel like you’re witnessing a tender moment between lovers. With a contrasting feel to the rest of the album, "Los Plazos Del Patrón" which translates to “The Terms Of The Employer”, is a politically charged tune with no resolution. When you hear McHan’s sharp breath in the intro to "Bluesaholic" you can’t help but be taken to a dark blues club and the following conversation among the players is competitive and informative.

 

 

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10.12.2018

Still On My Mind.....

Dido, "Still On My Mind", BMG, March 8th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09.12.2018

Carl Solomon.....

There has always been music and stories in Carl Solomon’s head. Carl would sit as a child around a record player listening to Aaron Copeland. Carl heard melodies and stories. He grew up in Brooklyn, than Baltimore. He has traveled a path that has taken him from loner, carnival barker to counselor, now full time songwriter and musician.

Carl Solomon has been called "A Weaver Of New Americana Folk Tales". His use of language, recollections and humor reflects the diverse facets of the human experience. His songs carry the faint echoes of storytellers. Townes Van Zandt, Dave Van Ronk and Bruce Springsteen.

In the past 18 years he has put together a resume of recognitions and a strong show history. It continues to grow. He loves traveling and has found additional music community in Texas, along with the Northwest. 5 years ago Carl formed a group of songwriters who teach songwriting and guitar to veterans at no cost.

He has 3 self produced albums of original music. All selected for Pandora Radio. He just released his 3rd album “Simple Things”. People are saying it might be his best work. Carl still has stories to be told and songs to be sung.

 

 

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08.12.2018

The Yardbirds Live.....

Early next year, Repertoire Records will issue "Live & Rare", a new 5 disc Yardbirds box set.  The 4CD/1DVD package includes 21 previously unreleased off air BBC recordings, live performances from across Europe and rare studio cuts. It also comes with a region-free DVD that includes 14 restored live performances from archival sources from the BBC, ITV and French and German TV. The discs are packaged in gatefold card wallets and each features sleeve notes by Chris Welch. The box also includes a 36 page mini-book with a new essay by Mike Stax. "Live & Rare" will be issued on February 22nd, 2019.

 

 

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07.12.2018

Bill Price.....

It’s all right with me if you want to go home, it’s all right with me, I can sink on my own, but I will be the last refugee”. So goes the chorus of singer songwriter Bill Price’s final song, "The Last Refugee", written for and connected to his ambitious "I Can’t Stop Looking At The Sky" musical, litterary and design odyssey. He says it sums up not only the project but also what it’s like to be a creative person with an artistic vision that only he can clearly see.

Looking back, Price says he was drawn to the songwriting aspect of music. “I was inspired by certain music to try and do a similar thing, and I still am”. In 2003 Price released his 1st album of original material, "Bones & Apples". He also teamed up with Indiana bluesman Gordon Bonham to form The Brains Behind Pa, a three, four or sometimes five piece band inspired by Dylan’s songs and influences. The result was "Old Hat", an EP that contains 7 traditional folk and blues songs.

The follow up album, "Better For The Deal", released in 2006, has 15 original songs and strongly reflects the band’s influences. Price released "The Circus & The Gallows", a 3 song CD single, in 2007. In 2009 he released "With The Eye Of A Skeptic", a full length, acoustic based CD.

All of Price’s releases have received good reviews and radio airplay in Europe, but “the reception to the 'Skeptic' album was the most positive and extensive that any of my albums had received up to that point”, Price says.

In 2018 Price releases a 5 song EP, "Digging Deeper Toward The Sky" as a follow up companion to "I Can’t Stop Looking At The Sky". It is his 7th release.

 

 

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06.12.2018

Rival Sons.....

Rival Sons are readying the release of their highly anticipated new album. "Feral Roots" arrives everywhere on January 25th, 2018 via Dave Cobb's major label imprint Low Country Sound via Atlantic Records.
 
Produced by longtime collaborator Cobb at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A and the equally legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL, "Feral Roots" marks Rival Sons’ Low Country Sound debut. Featuring covering artwork painted by renowned contemporary artist Martin Wittfooth.  
 
“Do Your Worst”, the first single taken from the album was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a relentless rocker with a gritty verse spearheaded by a sinister lead guitar riff and thumping drums. The track takes a deft turn when it hits the chorus, forgoing out and out guitar bombast for rousing gang vocals with singer Jay Buchanan leading the charge".
 
Known far and wide as a powerhouse live act, Rival Sons will celebrate "Feral Roots" with a worldwide tour schedule, including a headline European run set for early 2019 which will see them come back to Sweden for a show in Stockholm on March 4th, 2019.
 
Rival Sons are Jay Buchanan, vocals, Scott Holiday, guitar, Dave Beste, bass, and Mike Miley, drums.

 

 

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05.12.2018

Ranzel X Kendrick.....

Part rambling man, part hill country gypsy, Ranzel X Kendrick sounds like nobody else. Original. Fresh. Passionate. Real, raw and different. Honing his songwriting skills as a youth with tips from multi Grammy winner and country legend Uncle Roger Miller, Kendrick often jammed with Miller as a teen when he was in town visiting family.

Living in Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, California and Maryland, Kendrick continued developing his original genre blending music. Performing randomly at places like the historic Bitter End in Greenwich Village, New York. Where many famous singer songwriters of renown that played the venue are memorialized in paintings on the back wall.

Creating his own original Kendrick groove in a delightful catalog of songs, the elusive enigma artist started releasing his music with "Texas Paintbrush" in 2017, followed by the current "Texas Sagebrush" European release in the fall of 2018.

Hear some of Kendrick’s best on "What A Pretty Day" and "Lonely People", both featuring the captivating vocals of Sugar Buzz Rebecca White, from "Texas Sagebrush". While "Private Miracle" and "Trouble & Pain" showcase Kendrick’s knack for writing truly timeless lyrics.

A great song from the "Texas Paintbrush" release is, "I Don’t Want To Go Home", featuring the inspiring guitars of Kendrick with The Jimmy Kimmel Show master guitarist Toshi Yanagi.

The 3 CD “Texas Series” wraps up with a 2019 New-Years release of the very last album, "Texas Cactus". Featuring a variety of production styles, from guitar and vocal, to simple rhythm sections, to more complex arrangements, each CD offers its own pleasant emotively visual listening experience in the consistently fresh Kendrick vibe.

 

 

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04.12.2018

Joe Jackson's Fool.....

"When it looked like I’d be recording in late July and mixing around my birthday, in August, it struck me that the only other occasion that had happened was while making my 1st album. It still took a while for it to sink in, that this would be 40 years on. The road to this album is littered with the wrecks of songs and half songs that didn’t make the grade.

There are 8 survivors, which I think is enough. How significant the resurgence of vinyl is, I’m not sure, but I did think of this as an album, with 2 complementary sides of about 20 minutes each. I never have an overall theme in mind when I start trying to write songs for an album, but sometimes one will develop.

In this case it’s 'Comedy' and 'Tragedy', and the way they’re intertwined in all our lives. The songs are about fear and anger and alienation and loss, but also about the things that still make life worth living, friendship, laughter, and music, or art, itself. I couldn’t have done this in 1979. I just hadn’t lived enough." ~ Joe Jackson

Joe, Jackson, "Fool", ear Music, January 18th, 2019.

 

 

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03.12.2018

Kat Chapman Band.....

Kat Chapman, formerly known as Katrin, has a soulful voice and pure, raw and honest songs. Kat’s journey as a self taught songwriter and guitarist has taken her from her street performing roots to stages shared with the likes of Boz Scaggs, John Sebastian, Chris Isaak and Joan Armatrading.

With her solo acoustic guitar in hand, and with the Kat Chapman Band, she has toured the US and across Europe. Kat has created 4 original full length albums. Her songs have been featured in a Lifetime movie, indie films and documentaries.

The latest release from the Kat Chapman Band is a new 4 song EP that includes contributions from drummer and producer Jerry Marotta, guitarist Bill Dillon, and guitarist Duke Levine.

After taking a break from performing to start a family, Kat began making music that mirrors her full life as a mother of two very Young daughters. Kat’s voice soars in “Baby To Hold”, described by Kat as “a loud prayer” and her love song “You” is a touching tribute to a Beautiful soul.

The Kat Chapman Band will be touring in 2019. Stay tuned.....

 

 

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02.12.2018

Gilmour & Unicorn.....

Unicorn released 3 exquisite albums in the mid 70's with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd in the producer’s chair. The albums and the band found a wide audience elusive, even though the band opened for many heavyweights in the day, including Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Dr Hook, played with Kate Bush on her first proper demo recordings that landed her a deal with EMI, and were even covered by their producer, David Gilmour, on his 1st self titled solo album, released in 1978.

"Laughing Up Your Sleeve" attempts to correct what may have been a matter of wrong time, wrong place for a band whose music overflows with beautiful melodies, lush arrangements and perfect harmonies. The CD, LP and digital release compiles 20 previously unreleased demos, recorded in Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour’s home studio in 1973 and 1974, with Gilmour adding pedal steel guitar to “Sleep Song”.
 
Unicorn’s music owes as much to rustic acts such as The Band, The Byrds, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young, as it does to the lyrical themes of English tradition and whimsy relayed by the likes of Ray Davies and even Syd Barrett.  Although musically inspired by American acts, mostly folk and country rock, theirs is a very British sound which, unfortunately, was out of step for the time in which it was released, at least in England from where they rarely strayed.
 
"Laughing Up Your Sleeve" contains many never Before seen, recently discovered photos of the band, including pictures of the band in the studio with Gilmour and on stage in London. In addition, extensive liner notes detail the band’s story, how these demos were found and new interviews with David Gilmour and key band members. These demos, recorded on multi track tapes, have been lovingly restored and beautifully mixed and mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound in New Jersey with input from Pat Martin from Unicorn. The sound quality is simply stunning.

It’s hard to imagine this music managed to remain under the radar for so long, but true artists, Unicorn never played the game the music industry requires in order to achieve commercial success. We are fortunate then, that this music was preserved so we can give it its just reward now.

 

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01.12.2018

Kurt Deemer Band.....

Antenna Like A Lightning Rod” is the 3rd release from Kurt Deemer Band in as many years. It was engineered by Drew Mazurek (Foo Fighters, LCD Sound System and Jimmy Eat World). The feature track, “A Dream In The Dark,” is already getting airplay on AAA stations nationally and features a compelling video produced by renowned Baltimore independent film maker Joe Tropea.

Early 2017’s debut release ”Gaslight”, with its Petty-esque revisit of alt pop songcraft, put the band on the radar in Europe and in The States. The feature track, the iconic indie rock anthem “Fire Escape” received radio airplay nationally and abroad.

”Gaslight” and late 2017’s follow up EP, ”Afterthought”, earned the band a nomination for 2017 Independent Artist Of The Year from Baltimore AAA radio powerhouse 89.7 WTMD. The band also landed 2 tracks in their Top 89 songs of 2017. The station’s manager and program director, Scott Mullins, said of the songwriter, “Deemer combines a street poet’s insight with the barely restrained energy of a rock and roller. The results are insightful, live wire songs with big guitars, and big hooks. A rock and roll shot in the arm that our format could use”.

Deemer and bassist Kris Maher are Baltimore natives. Lead guitarist John Christensen hails from the Iron City, and Brit Steve Rose keeps the beat. There is an unmistakable American musical heritage woven into the fabric of these songs, with a rich and timeless feel that borrows from late 70’s power pop and 80’s post punk, with nods to legends like Tom Petty, Chrissie Hynde and Paul Westerberg. These influences are paired with an indie rock, alt rock vibe that rhymes with the likes of Dawes, Ryan Adams and Jesse Malin. Deemer is a classic singer songwriter. But he has an intense outsider perspective that gives his songs an edge that pushes up against the typical adult album alternative aesthetic. This subtle tension makes repeated listening captivating and enjoyable.

”Antenna” further draws on the band’s power pop and post punk roots but it unfurls like a strange new flower, beginning with the opening track, “A Dream In The Dark ”. And the tracks that follow reveal seemingly endless layers, going beyond the current universe of plug in based, electronic ear candy by relying on classic songsmithery, great lyrics, sweet melodies and memorable choruses.

 

 

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30.11.2018

John Mayall.....

84 year old blues guitar legend John Mayall has announced that his new album, "Nobody Told Me", will be released by Forty Below Records on February 22nd, 2019. Special guests in the album include Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland. "Nobody Told Me" was recorded at Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 on the same Sound City Neve console Fleetwood Mac used to record "Rumours". It was co-produced by Mayall and Forty Below founder Eric Corne.

 

 

 

 

 

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29.11.2018

The Long Ryders.....

The founders of alt country, The Long Ryders, release their 1st new album in over 30 years on February 15th, 2019, when "Psychedelic Country Soul" hits the airwaves and enters the shops. Released through Cherry Red Records in Europe and on Omnivore Recordings in the USA, it features the classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders, it makes the day after Valentine’s Day as much a romantic celebration. The stunning new album follows hot on the heels of the deluxe reissue treatment given to two classic Long Ryders long players, "State Of Our Union" and "Two Fisted Tales".

The story behind the making of "Psychedelic Country Soul" is arguably 30 years overdue, as Sid Griffin explains, “For years, for decades, the band’s dear friend Larry Chatman said he would never forget Sid and co for hiring him for tour after tour in the 1980's. 'I’ll pay you guys back one day', was Larry’s mantra. Fast forward to 2016 and I got a call from Larry, who is now Dr Dre’s personal assistant. Larry made The Long Ryders an offer they could not refuse, a week in Dr Dre’s state of the art studio in Los Angeles”.

Griffin leapt at the generous offer and rounded up the Long Ryders for yet another cavalry charge. They secured the services of their last producer, Ed Stasium, traded demos, agreed on the material, learned the songs at home, rehearsed together in Los Angeles, recorded the album at Dre’s in 8 days, mixed the tracks at Ed’s home studio, and, bang, a key link in the Americana chain was back in the saddle and back on top.

The recording sessions went smoothly, as old friends The Bangles dropped by to add harmonies, legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz took some photos while the guys worked, and the outcome was another storming album of alternative americana.

Featuring 11 new Long Ryders compositions and a tribute cover of the late great Tom Petty’s song ‘Walls’, this is a Long Ryders for the 21st Century, kicking off with the anthemic ‘Greenville’, a track which proves the band haven’t lost any of that magic guitar interplay. 'Molly Somebody' is an eclectic pop tune that doesn’t neglect any of their country and rock sensibilities, while the likes of ‘What The Eagle Sees’ reflects the energy of early punk and power pop that so informed them in the early days. You can still hear their personal connection with the music of the 1960s’, but as ever The Long Ryders aren’t a band who live in the past.

Album closer ‘Psychedelic Country Soul’ is the greatest testament to that, performed like the previous 11 songs, with precision and fire, the guitars weave and harmonicas build and ebb, the song spreading like wildfire. The Long Ryders have always been celebrated for what they have to say as much as the music they make. With "Psychedelic Country Soul" their message delivered with 12 strings and never ending harmonies has never been clearer.

This is a Long Ryders album which stands up with their classic albums like "Native Sons" and their unforgettable single ‘Looking For Lewis And Clark’. "Psychedelic Country Soul" will certainly sit on many best of lists at the end of next year.

 

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28.11.2018

Robert Ellis.....

Robert Ellis loves a good costume change. Usually there's a sharply tailored suit involved, there was that slick shade of forest green, and most recently a cosmic Nudie. A new outfit seems to signal change for the singer songwriter, whether it be a new record or perhaps a cosmic shift in his own life. Dressed head to heels in a white tuxedo, Robert Ellis has now fully embraced his role as Texas troubadour, putting a little Gram Parsons style honky tonk into the bedazzled piano-pop of Elton John.
       
If you're going to get a flashy new suit, might as well go all in. Robert Ellis' new album boldly proclaims that he is the "Texas Piano Man", an honorific befitting the Lone Star State's vast landscape and people, and Ellis' soulfully mishmashed approach to songwriting.
 
After 2016's self-titled breakup album that lived with and through his faults, there's a winking sweetness to "Fucking Crazy", "Texas Piano Man's" 1st single. "We're fucking crazy, crazy in love, you make me want to tear the world in two", he sings with a little drawled melisma. In an arrangement filled with oohs and ahhs that cross both "Abbey" and "Yellow Brick" roads, Ellis posits our hearts' toil in the everyday insanity of the world, so that maybe the only sane approach to life is recklessly falling in love.

"Texas Piano Man" comes out February 15th, 2019 via New West Records.

 

 

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27.11.2018

David Massey.....

David Massey wrote his 1st song, “Susie Came Home”, after witnessing his sister’s struggles with mental illness. Not sure what to make of the result, he set it aside. 6 years later, he read a Washington Post reprint of a letter a young American fighter pilot wrote to his wife during World War II after learning of the birth of their first child. Massey wrote “The Drunken Letter” that day, played it for friends, and the positive response set him down the road that has resulted in 4 independently released CD’s, ” Blissful State Of Blue, ”So Many Roads”, Until The Day Is Done, and now, ”Late Winter Light”.

Reviewers who noticed Massey’s compact discs were wowed. Rootstime called ”Blissful State Of Blue” a masterpiece, and added “David Massey manages, with his storytelling, to blow away celebrities such as John Prine, James McMurtry, Todd Snider and others that have preceded him”.

Massey performs regularly in DC area clubs and coffeehouses. He has assembled an extraordinary band consisting largely of the players on his CD’s, all veterans of the Washington DC area music scene. Their versatility allows them to explore the wide variety of styles and genres reflected in Massey’s compositions, from swampy rockers to bluegrass inflected country rock to delicate ballads.

2 of the tracks from David’s last recording ”Until The Day Is Done” were in the Roots Music Report’s top 10 folk rock songs for most of the summer of 2016.

 

 

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26.11.2018

Trevor Horn's 80's.....

Legendary producer Trevor Horn, often credited with inventing the 80's, now reimagines the decade with a newly announced album of eighties classics recorded with the Sarm Orchestra and a string of guest vocalists including Robbie Williams, Seal and Tony Hadley.

"Reimagines The Eighties Featuring The Sarm Orchestra" has some similarities with the recently announced "80's Symphonic" album in that it contains big hits rearranged with an orchestral element, but on Trevor’s album these are new recordings from the ground up and nothing from the original track is in the mix. Also, Horn has the pedigree to make this a more interesting exercise.

Tracks include Tears For Fears‘ classic ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, sung by Robbie Williams, ‘Ashes To Ashes’, featuring Seal, ‘Slave To The Rhythm’, with Rumer, and ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ with Tony Hadley. Some have no guest vocalist, which means either Trevor takes over vocal duties, yes, he’s a good singer, of course, or they are instrumentals.

The album will be released on CD and digital on February 8th, 2019, and fans can pre order a signed copy from Trevor’s online store.

 

 

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25.11.2018

Mavis Staples.....

“I never thought I would still be singing at my age, and people seem to really want to hear me, they know me, they give me love, I'm just overwhelmed, really, I thank God every night before I go to bed and then again every morning for waking up” ~ Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples is announcing "Live In London", a new live album recorded over 2 nights at London’s Union Chapel, which she calls the best place in the world to sing, and produced by Staples herself. "Live In London" reveals that the singer retains astonishing power after 70 years as a performer and that while her repertoire continues to expand her philosophy is unchanged since her days in the groundbreaking family group, the Staple Singers. Anti- Records, February 8th, 2019.

 

 

 

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24.11.2018

Paddy Sprout.....

Originally released as a Paddy McAloon solo album in 2003, the totally original, spellbinding "I Trawl The Megahertz" is now remastered and released February 1st, 2019, on Sony Music. It is available on CD and vinyl with new artwork and captivating liner notes written by Paddy McAloon.

"I Trawl The Megahertz" was conceived and recorded after Paddy was diagnosed with a medical condition that seriously affected his vision. Not surprisingly the album is a testament to the healing... power of music. “In 1996, after recording 'Andromeda Heights', I started to work on a new batch of songs for an album I wanted to call ‘20th Century Magic’”, Paddy recalls. “After sidelining ‘20th Century Magic’ I started to consider another project. The title song of this new project, ‘Doomed Poets’, was a moody little number and a sort of forerunner to ‘Megahertz' in terms of mood."

“One spring morning in 1999 just for the hell of it, I entered a few random notes into the sequencer of my, even then, ancient Atari computer”, Paddy explains. “I recorded a couple of further layers without listening to what had gone before. By pure good luck, when I played them back they formed a few chords that filled me with a strange sort of nostalgia for something I couldn’t name or get close to. At some point a picture started to form. That’s how 'Megahertz' started.”

The album is comprised of 9 compositions; the lengthy 22 minute title track, a series of shorter instrumental pieces and a couple of songs originally intended to accompany a short film. The track ‘I’m 49’ is one of Paddy’s favourites featuring sampled voices. “Musically I like to think of it as Van McCoy on a downer”, Paddy says.

Though the record originally appeared as a solo album, it seems fitting to now classify it as a Prefab Sprout project. “I thought we could do anything”, Paddy says of those heady Prefab days. “And 'Megahertz' is true to that spirit. The music here is of a piece with everything I’ve ever written. It’s from the heart.”

Who could ask for more?

 

 

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23.11.2018

Dekker's Christmas.....

The song "For Christmas" playfully addresses the different folklore attached to people’s vision of Christmas, and then begs the listener to keep the dream alive. Spiritually this is both a sentimental and a feel good song, which fits into Melanie Dekker’s repertoire style. “Naturally keeping my own dreams alive hits a chord, and fills the lyric with a double meaning that keeps me smiling”.

Melanie Dekker is a Canadian roots pop sensation who does over 100 concerts per year. Her songs weave between emotions and sensibilities as they tug on your heart and leave you smiling. On March 2nd, 2018, "Secret Spot" was fresh out of the gates, miss Dekker’s 6th studio album.

“For Christmas” was written with touring partner and virtuosic guitarist David Sinclair, days before she finished the final recordings of "Secret Spot". This later led to the collaboration of two west coast prolific performing singer songwriters as Canadian blues legend Jim Byrnes joined Dekker and added his unmistakable Christmas magic. Boom, a classic and timeless Christmas classic hit is born.....

 

 

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22.11.2018

Paisley Underground x 4.....

Bangles, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and Three O’Clock, 4 of the biggest bands to come out of Los Angeles’ Paisley Underground scene in the 80's, have once again joined forces for a new compilation. "3 x 4" is an upcoming collection in which those 4 bands each cover three songs by each other, or, in the case of the Dream Syndicate, 2 songs by each other and one by fellow Paisley Underground representative the Salvation Army). The "3 x 4" compilation is the brainchild of Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn, Bangles’ Vicki Peterson, and Three O’Clock’s Danny Benair. “We joke about it now”, Peterson writes in the album’s liner notes, “but it really is like we went to school together. Paisley High, class of 1983”. "3 x 4" had a limited release on Black Friday, followed by a wide release on January 11th, 2019.

 

 

 

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21.11.2018

Bruce On Broadway.....

Sony Music will in December issue "Springsteen On Broadway", an album of music and stories from Bruce Springsteen taken from his one man show in New York City which started in October last year and finishes next month.  The show is based on his best selling autobiography ‘Born To Run,’ and features Bruce, his acoustic guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. In addition, the show includes a special appearance by Patti Scialfa.

The new album is the complete live performance of the show and comes as a 2 CD set or a 4LP vinyl package. This set is also being promoted as the soundtrack to the Netflix film of the same name, because Netflix will broadcast the show in December of this year. "Springsteen On Broadway" is released on December 14th, 2018, a day before Bruce’s last show, his 236th, at the The Walter Kerr Theatre.

 

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20.11.2018

Neil Diamond 50.....

Although Universal Music and Capitol already celebrated Neil Diamond‘s 50 years in music 18 months ago with a 3 disc set called the "50th Anniversary Collection", it seems they haven’t celebrated enough and so will this month offer forward the "50th Anniversary Collectors Edition", a 6 disc hardcover book deluxe package that features the same artwork, but this time includes 6 CD's of content, including rarities, demos and 14 previously unreleased tracks.

This set contains a full disc of unreleased songs, including ‘Sunflower’, originally recorded by Glen Campbell and recently updated by Neil Diamond, ‘Before I Had A Dime’ and  ‘C’est La Vie’, a song that Neil co-wrote with friend Gilbert Bécaud. Also unreleased are two original demos of  ‘I Am…I Said’ and ‘America’. For now, this year’s Neil Diamond "50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition" will be released on November 30th, 2018.

 

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19.11.2018

Ted Russell Kamp.....

Ted Russell Kamp, like all artists , writes about what he knows. Kamp spends his life making music for a living, touring and making records and sings about life, love, traveling, surviving the chaos of the modern world and making music in the process.

"Walking’ Shoes" is an album of 13 songs, all penned or co-written by Kamp, that deals with these familiar themes but his adept use of poetry, humor and honesty and his rich understanding and reinterpretation of Amercian roots music make "Walkin’ Shoes" a joyous and inspiring ride. Kamp’s voice is full of wisdom (“When you play rock and roll long enough, the blues is what you get”, he sings on "This Old Guitar"), tongue in cheek humor (“I could have played it safe, I could have stayed in bed, but I won’t stop and stay at home, I’ll rest when I’m dead”, he sings on “Home Away From Home”) and wistfulness (“I’m not asking for much, just a horizon and a touch, of a hobo’s lullaby”, he sings on "Highway Whisper".)

The music is a combination of classic California singer songwriter music with hints of country and soul. With nods to Bob Dylan and the Band, Leon Russell and Waylon and Willie, it reflects the sound of the many cities and cultures Kamp has become familiar with and the cities he calls his homes away from home. The Big Takeover wrote, “Kamp simply knocks one ball after another out of the park. Saturated in talent and sincerity”. Kamp is a musicians' musician. He has toured the world as a singer songwriter, playing solo and with his band, and released 11 solo albums. He has been called "a striking singer songwriter, absolutely hypnotizing" by Music Row, USA, and "terrific, a star on the rise in the tradition of great troubadours like Guy Clark" by No Depression, USA. His record, "Get Back To The Land", debuted at #1 on the Euro Americana Chart and his last 4 records have made the US Americna Chart's Top 100 Records Of The Year.
 
Ted Russell Kamp is also a producer and one of the most in demand bass players in Los Angeles. As a bassist, Kamp has been playing with Shooter Jennings since 2004, as well as written numerous songs for Jennings including the 2005 hit "Steady At The Wheel". He has also played with Wilson Phillips, Jessi Colter, Wanda Jackson, Rosie Flores, Billy Ray Cyrus and countless other great artists both on the road and in the studio.

Whether he’s headlining a major show in the Netherlands with European superstars, playing Gruene Hall in mid Texas in the dead of summer, rocking an L.A. honky tonk with some of the best players in town, or working in his new studio to pull the soul from each song, Ted Russell Kamp pours his drive and musical talent into every note.

 

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18.11.2018

Bryan Ferry.....

Bryan Ferry will release a new album "Bitter-Sweet" on November 30th, 2018. Just like 2012’s "The Jazz Age", this is credited to Bryan Ferry & His Orchestra and this new album has been inspired by Ferry’s work on the Sky Atlantic and Netflix television series ‘Babylon Berlin’, a German period drama based on the books by Volker Kutscher set in the 1920's.

Therefore, "Bitter-Sweet" takes the musical stylings from that era, ragtime, blues and jazz, and puts a new twist on familiar Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry tracks, including ‘While My Heart Is Still Beating’, ‘Sign Of The Times’, ‘Bitter Sweet’, ‘Limbo’ and ‘Dance Away’. Unlike "The Jazz Age", "Bitter-Sweet" features 8 vocal tracks amongst the instrumentals.

We know how Ferry likes a decent presentation and so the new album will be available as a CD which comes packaged within a deluxe 18 page case bound book printed on fine linen uncoated paper. The limited edition vinyl format includes an 180g black vinyl LP in a wide spine sleeve with printed inner sleeve, both on uncoated paper with a matte dispersion finish and includes a 16 page booklet on uncoated offset paper. Both are available signed for a limited time at the Bryan Ferry official store. The CD is signed, while the vinyl record comes with a signed print.

 

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17.11.2018

Blake Mills.....

Grammy winning composer, producer, guitarist, songwriter and all around Music industry veteran Blake Mills has announced that his forthcoming instrumental album "Look", described in a press release as a document of Mills’ immersion into the world of vintage guitar synthesizers” will be released on November 30th, 2018, through New Deal Records.

Mills is the consummate musician’s musician. The 2 time Producer Of The Year nominee has toured with Band Of Horses, Cass McCombs and Julian Casablancas, and been a session player for just as long, performing with the likes of Norah Jones, Weezer and Lana Del Rey. "Look" finds Mills honing on the minutiae of his musical world as he dives into completely new textures and tonalities.

“The music on 'Look' was not created with the intention of ever being Heard”, Mills said in a statement. “In the spring of 2017 I discovered a small collection of vintage guitar synthesizers that Roland made at the end of the 1970’s. These machines were totally unfamiliar to me but immediately intuitive and inspiring. Since they rarely produce the same results twice, my process of learning how to play these instruments was through recording them. 'Look' is a document of that experience”.

 

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16.11.2018

Confessin' The Blues.....

"If you don't know the blues there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music” ~ Keith Richards

As well as being the biggest band in the world, The Rolling Stones are also the biggest champions of the blues, so who better to curate a compilation in collaboration with BMG and Universal, of the music that inspired them throughout their career?

"Confessin’ The Blues" collects together the greatest bluesmen ever and provides a perfect education to the genre. The tracklisting on the various formats have been chosen by The Rolling Stones, in collaboration with BMG and Universal and was released on BMG Records last week, on November 9th, 2018.

The Rolling Stones have long been supporters of the blues from before the start of their career right through to their latest album, "Blue & Lonesome" which featured their interpretations of the classics, many of which appear in their original versions here on "Confessin’ The Blues". Mick Jagger was an early fan of the blues. “The first Muddy Waters album that was really popular was "Muddy Waters At Newport", which was the first album I ever bought”.

"Confessin’ The Blues" includes tracks by the biggest blues pioneers including Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson. All of these artists had an impact on the nascent Rolling Stones, be they influencing Keith’s guitar licks or Mick’s vocals and lyrics. As Ronnie Wood says, “That’s how Mick and Keith first got close as well, on the train coming back from college. They noticed each other’s record collection and it was, 'hey, you’ve got Muddy Waters. You must be a good guy, let’s form a band'.”

"Confessin’ The Blues" will be available as a 2 CD set, 2 x 2 vinyl sets and a 5 x 10” vinyl bookpack, mimicking the original 78 rpm releases. All versions include liner notes by music journalist Colin Larkin and the bookpack contains removeable art card prints by noted blues illustrator Christoph Mueller. The album cover artwork comes courtesy of Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood who has added his own personal twist to the project by painting his interpretation of a bluesman.

 

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15.11.2018

Suzie Vinnick.....

You don’t have to travel far into Suzie Vinnick’s catalogue of music to know you’ve found something singular and unforgettable. Hailing from Saskatoon and now settled in Ontario’s Niagara Region, Suzie is one of those rare performers who knows when to deliver the vocal knock out and when to pull back to a whisper, bending notes and phrases that tiptoe across your heart. Even her humming is like a warm caress. “Singing is like sleeping and breathing for me. If you can’t sing with feeling, you can’t move people”. She performs with a warmth and generosity that makes her at home on your best friend’s front porch or under the lights of the National Arts Centre.

Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist Of The Year and is a 3 x Juno nominee. In 2013, she was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge at the legendary Orpheum Theatre in Memphis in the solo duo category. She’s also won the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist Of The Year. And for 5 years, she was the voice of one of Canada’s national coffee chains, Tim Horton’s.

Vinnick is gearing up to launch her 6th album in Europe in late 2018. Unlike her last 2 albums, which were solo acoustic affairs, Suzie’s new release, ”Shake The Love Around” is a band record. The album’s title was inspired by friends in Forget, SK, who used to hold hands and shake the love around after grace at every meal. The warmth and camaraderie of those days has never left her.

Working with co-producer and keyboardist Mark Lalama (Sisters Euclid, Marc Jordan), ”Shake The Love Around” moves beyond Suzie’s singer songwriter persona and celebrates her prodigious instrumental chops, on bass, lap steel, electric and acoustic guitar, and the gorgeous National Folkstar guitar.

Suzie recorded the album bed tracks with drummer Gary Craig (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane). She also has a few other guests on the album including Colin Linden and Kevin Breit playing guitar on 2 songs and Dean McTaggart and David Leask lending their songwriting and vocal talents to each of their album co-writes.

The songs are as diverse as her talents, coming in like little gifts, each one a happy surprise in contrast. There’s the anthemic power of “The Golden Rule”, and the quiet beauty of “Drift Away”, co-written with Matt Andersen. And just try to sit still through “Find Some Freedom”, a joyful ride through all the things that make life worthwhile, if we only look.

Her blistering rendition of John Fogerty’s “A Hundred And Ten In The Shade” shines a light on Suzie’s guitar prowess, while Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone” takes on the new normal of these turbulent times and demonstrates Suzie’s bass chops.

From start to finish, the joy and power of Suzie’s full bodied vocals is on target in every track. “A lot of me is in this album, and it feels really good. We shook the love around and made it happen”.

 

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14.11.2018

Rock'N'Roll Circus.....

In 2019, ABKCO Records will revisit "The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus". Originally filmed for the BBC, the December 1968 concert featured the Stones alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with Eric Clapton, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull and other artists. Unhappy with their 6 song set, the Stones shelved the footage. The Who’s segment was included years later in the documentary "The Kids Are Alright", but the "Circus" remained largely unseen until 1996 when ABKCO released the complete show. The 2019 reissue will feature the film on DVD or BluRay in dolby vision video and dolby atmos audio, a new, full color booklet, and CD and vinyl editions, including several previously unreleased tracks. These include brief rehearsals from Lennon, Ono, Clapton, Keith Richards, on bass, and Mitch Mitchell, on drums, of “Revolution” and “Yer Blues”. Sadly, there is no new material from the Stones. While they played other songs during the taping, "Route 66" and "Confessin’ The Blues", as well as a couple of solo acoustic blues numbers from Jagger, no recordings have emerged and it seems likely they were not recorded.

 

 

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13.11.2018

Van Morrison.....

Van Morrison has announced his new album, "The Prophet Speaks". His 40th studio album is set for release on December 7th, 2018, via Caroline International. On his new effort, Morrison offers 6 new originals alongside his reinterpretations of classics. Sam Cooke’s “Laughin’ & Clownin’”, John Lee Hooker’s “Dimples”, Solomon Burke’s “Gotta Get You Off My Mind” and Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live” are among the 8 songs he covers. “It was important for me to get back to recording new Music, as well as doing some of the blues material that has inspired me from the beginning,” Morrison said in a statement.

“Writing songs and making music is what I do, and working with great musicians makes it all the more enjoyable”. The set continues the singer’s recent prolific run of albums blending covers with original material. In April, he released "You're Driving Me Crazy", on which he collaborated with Hammond organ and trumpet virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco. The pair team up again for "The Prophet Speaks". It also features Morrison’s band, which includes guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Michael Ode and tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts. In 2017, he released the blues focused "Roll With The Punches" and the jazz based "Versatile".

 

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12.11.2018

Paul McCartney.....

Paul McCartney proudly announces the 11th and 12th classic works from his revered catalogue to be remastered, reissued and expanded across multi format installments of his Grammy winning "Archive Collection", to be released December 7th, 2018, via MPL/Capitol/UME.
 
1st up is the 4 disc, 3CD+ 1DVD, limited deluxe edition of "Wild Life", the debut album from Wings, originally released in December of 1971. Written by Paul and Linda McCartney, with the exception of a cover of Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange", "Wild Life" is beloved by fans for its raw and direct vibe, having been recorded in just over a week with the majority of tracks laid down in a single take. "Wild Life’s" limited deluxe edition treatment features the full album remastered at Abbey Road, plus 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, b sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material across 3 CD's. The set’s DVD features rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. The "Wild Life" deluxe package includes a 128 page book written by David Fricke telling the story behind the album, including track by track information and new interviews with Paul and key album personnel, a 48-page scrapbook of tour diaries, lyrics and set lists, unpublished Polaroids, lyrics, notes and memorabilia from the MPL archives. "Wild Life’s" download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high resolution versions.
 
Next up is a 6 disc, 3CD + 2DVD + 1BluRay, numbered limited deluxe edition of the 2nd Wings album and first credited to Paul McCartney & Wings, "Red Rose Speedway". Released in April 1973 and featuring the #1 single "My Love", "Red Rose Speedway" was the 1st Wings album to hit #1 on the US chart. The "Red Rose Speedway" limited deluxe edition features 3 discs of audio including the original album remastered at Abbey Road, no less than 35 bonus audio tracks, including a reconstruction of the originally conceived double album version of "Red Rose Speedway", singles, b sides, alternate mixes and previously unreleased tracks. The 2DVD + BluRay portions of the deluxe are packed with rare and previously unseen footage, including the "James Paul McCartney TV Special", interviews and music videos, as well as the never before seen film "The Bruce McMouse Show", fully restored and remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. The package includes a folio containing 14 replica hand drawn original character sketches by Paul and facsimile dialogue sheets for the film, a 128 page book containing many previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney, expanded album and single artwork from the archives and story behind the album, including new interviews with Paul McCartney, and key album personnel, and track by track information, written by Amanda Petrusich, 5 replica handwritten lyric sheets and photo print, a 64 page "Wings In Morocco" photo book, all housed in a numbered outer slipcase. The "Red Rose Speedway" download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high resolution versions.
 
Finally, the 11 disc "Paul McCartney & Wings 1971–1973" numbered limited edition super deluxe compilation features not only the entire contents of the "Wild Life" 4 disc numbered limited deluxe edition and of the "Red Rose Speedway" 6 disc numbered limited deluxe edition, but also the exclusive live album, "Wings Over Europé". This exclusive collection features 20 previously unreleased, newly mixed live tracks recorded over the course of 5 shows, an introduction featuring Paul recounting memories of the 1972 tour, a 96 page photo book including previously unreleased images by Linda McCartney and Captain Snap, a replica of the 1972 "Wings Over Europé" tour program, and access to downloadable 24/96kHz unlimited high resolution audio versions.

Every release in the on going "Paul McCartney Archive Collection" is supervised by Paul himself, who oversees all aspects of each and every title from remastering to the curation of lost tracks, outtakes, artwork, photographs and video from his personal vaults, and much more. The result is one of the most ambitious and personal undertakings of its kind, one that encompasses more than 40 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history.

 

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11.11.2018

Doug Schmude.....

A string of license plates from the likes of Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Colorado, Arizona and California hang above the guitars in Doug Schmude’s recording studio. A firm believer in the principle that life is as much about what happens as where you’re standing when it does, Doug’s music reflects the perspective that living all across America imparts upon a person. His songs contain vividly drawn characters from all walks of life and stories from ever changing viewpoints. His latest record, ”Burn These Pages", was released independently on his own label, Lost Hubcap, and was selfproduced.

The songs all start with a foundation of rootsy americana and mix in equal parts rock, blues, indie rock and a dash of grunge. The result is a modern americana sound that will appeal to fans of Jason Isbell, Ryan Bingham, John Mellencamp and Steve Earle. Doug plays the majority of the acoustic and electric guitars, bass, mandolin, lap steel guitar, dobro and even drums on a few tracks. The album features a guest appearance by Oklahoma singer songwriter Carter Sampson.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Doug Schmude, pronounced as to rhyme with moody, spent most of his formative years in Oklahoma and Texas. He is currently based out of Southern California and his music is littered with souvenirs of the places he has lived and seen. His debut CD, ”A New Century”, was nominated for an Orange County Music Award. Doug’s live performances include journeys into delta blues, which are backed by percussive resonator guitar playing. Although he predominately writes and performs on acoustic guitar and resonator slide guitar, he also plays bass, harmonica, mandolin,dDobro and banjo. In addition to songwriting, recording and performing, Doug lends his talents as a session guitarist, recording engineer and producer.

 

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10.11.2018

Family @ The BBC.....

Growing out of the r'n'b boom of the early 60's, Family's sound evolved into a unique mix of blues, folk, jazz, psychedelia and high energy rock'n'roll, built around the distinctive vocals of frontman Roger Chapman, Charlie Whitney's innovative guitar playing and Rob Townsend's intelligent drumming.
 
"Family At The BBC" is the most comprehensive release of Family's recordings for the BBC, featuring 7 CD's containing tracks beginning with their 1st session for Top Gear on November 26th, 1967, and running up until their last session with John Peel on May 22nd, 1973. 
 
The 8th disc is a DVD of 9 live tracks from iconic BBC shows including 'Top Of The Pops' and 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', and a rare performance on ITV's 'Doing Their Thing'.
 
The set contains 20 previously unreleased recordings including new versions of "Scene Through The Eye  Of A Lens", "Old Songs New Songs" and "The Weaver’s Answer". All CD audio has been remastered for this release.
 
Also included in the 48 pages of this deluxe hardback book are John Peel's now legendary interviews, introductions and anecdotes, 2018 liner notes, a poster replica promoting "Family Entertainment" and rare photographs, including shots from the lens of Michael Putland and Jill Furmanovsky. 
 
"Family At The BBC" is presented in a deluxe hardboard slipcase on December 7th, 2018.

 

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09.11.2018

Neil Young 1976.....

Neil Young  has announced a new live acoustic album, "Songs For Judy". Filled with beloved recordings from Young’s November 1976 solo tour, the album also features the previously unreleased track “No One Seems to Know”.

“The tour had been so satisfying, and so different from all that rock would become in the ensuing years, something indelible was captured in our humble collection”, explains Cameron Crowe, who curated the compilation together with Joel Bernstein. “Listening to it today is a little like discovering postcards from home. It was a precious time in Neil Young’s journey, a breath of oxygen in between some of his biggest adventures”.
 
Young will release "Songs For Judy" on CD on November 30th, 2018, and on vinyl on December 14th, 2018, via Shakey Pictures Records, distributed by Reprise Records. People who preorder the album will also get an instant download of the live track “Campaigner”, recorded on November 22nd, 1976.

The album will feature 22 songs recorded at various cities along the tour. Of the album’s highlights, fans will get to hear previously unknown “No One Seems To Know”, many for the very first time. The track remains unreleased in any other iteration.

This isn’t the first time one of Young’s tracks have been buried, only to find the light decades later. To name a couple, “White Line” and “Give Me Strength” were written and performed at the height of Young’s popularity, but not officially released until 1990 and 2017, respectively.

 

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08.11.2018

Elvis 68 Comeback.....

"68 Comeback Special : 50th Anniversary Edition" is the definitive chronicle of the now legendary NBC TV show, "Elvis". After years of making formulaic movies, Elvis was finally unleashed to perform live again on an intimate stage with his original sidemen, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana. Playing “That’s All Right”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and many of his great hits, the sheer rawness and excitement of the performances attracted unanimous critical acclaim. Greil Marcus in his book Mystery Train said, “If ever there was music that could bleed, this was it”.

1968 was a profound year for America. Martin Luther King had been assassinated, and while Elvis was making the special, Bobby Kennedy was shot. The closing song “If I Can Dream” encapsulates every emotion that Elvis and the entire production crew felt during the making of the special. NBC TV’s "Elvis" is as raw and inspirational today as it was in 1968.
 
This "50th Anniversary Edition" includes all the known audio recordings from RCA’s vault and all the videotaped performances are here for the first time on BluRay.
 
For millions of fans, including a young Bruce Springsteen, the "Elvis 68 Comeback Special" was a life changing event.  “I remember I waited for weeks for the '68 Special'", Springsteen recollected recently. "I knew it was coming. I can remember exactly where our TV was set up in the dining room, the exact place I was sitting.  I mean, it’s one of those things that’s imprinted on my memory forever".

This 7 disc definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC TV 68 special called "Elvis" and takes you behind the scenes in audio and remastered 4:3 BluRay video. Contains all known recordings and rehearsals from the RCA vaults and from original NBC TV videotapes. 80 page book includes a new, oral history on the special, crafted from interviews with producer Steve Binder, recording engineer Bones Howe, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Priscilla Presley, Emmylou Harris, Scotty Moore, conducted for Thom Zimny's 2018 documentary, "Elvis Presley : The Searcher”. 

The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data.
Over 7,5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered BluRay discs, overseen by Thom Zimny.

 

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07.11.2018

Clementine.....

Folksinger Clementine from the Netherlands grew up as a captain's daughter. When her father came home after his long travels,up to a year, her mother's chansons were replaced for his Celtic and Irish music. Water, nature and freedom where fundamentals to her as she grew up. The Irish music became her lifeline with her father being away at sea. When she sings Celtic or Irish folk music now, it feels like coming home. Nowadays she mixes the style naturally with jazzy, bluesy and even chanson influences.

Clementine prefers singing in English but made an exception for the Dutch song ”Na De Hoos” (”After The Storm”) written by friend and writer Guus Westdorp. Originally written for the flood in New Orleans after Katrina. Raising thousands of dollars during a benefit concert for the victims.

She performed the song at the official national memorial for the Dutch flood of 1953, for the Dutch president, politicians and survivors. This event was broadcasted by national media including primetime news, French and American TV from New Orleans.

In 2003 she released her 1st album for record label Coast To Coast. This album was embraced by national radio stations like Radio 2 & 5 and was named ’World Album Of The Week’.

She toured Dutch theatres from small rooms of 80 seats, up to concert halls of 750 seats, and is currently booking another tour to support her new release “Letting Go”. For her new album, ”Letting Go”, she has collaborated with top producer and singer songwriter Wyatt Easterling from Nashville.

 

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06.11.2018

David Bowie.....

“Not only the greatest Glastonbury headline performance, but the best headline slot at any festival ever” ~ NME

"David Bowie @ Glastonbury 2000". The legendary full performance released for the 1st time, including many of David's greatest hits and never before seen footage. 2CD/DVD, 3LP, 2CD, digital. Released November 30th, 2018. All formats feature "Life On Mars?", "Changes", "Let's Dance", "Under Pressure", “Heroes”, "Fame", "China Girl", "Ashes To Ashes", "Ziggy Stardust", "Rebel Rebel", "Station To Station", "Golden Years", "Absolute Beginners" and many more.

 

 

 

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05.11.2018

Ryley Walker.....

Ryley Walker has just released a cover of Dave Matthews Band’s “Busted Stuff” from his forthcoming re-imagining of DMB’s lost album "The Lillywhite Sessions", out November 16th, 2018, through Dead Oceans. Walker’s unabashed love of bands considered uncool by the indie rock tastemakers has long been part of his mystique. Since Walker is a post rock influenced, instrumentally intricate indie folk songwriter, one would expect him to hide away those parts of his musical upbringing that the cool music kids might make fun of.

But he’s worn his influences on his sleeve, and on his social media accounts, since the start, and this project finds him reimagining what it means for a band to be uncool. The album is for anyone who didn’t enter this world with fully formed musical tastes, according to a press release. With that in mind, it was prescient of Walker to choose DMB’s coolest album to put his spin on. The original "The Lillywhite Sessions" was a lost album of sorts, one that the band scrapped midway through recording. It was also one of the 1st albums to gain notoriety for being shared on Napster, back when the music industry was just catching on to that sort of thing. Most of the songs were eventually released on the album "Busted Stuff", but the unmastered quality, as well as the forbidden-fruit aspect of "The Lillywhite Sessions", made it a fan favorite for years.

Walker’s take on “Busted Stuff” finds him navigating the common ground between the goofy playground jazz of the original and his own jazz-tinged post-rock vamps. The result is something more complicated, if less breezily feel good than the original. It’s almost shocking how similar Walker’s vocal delivery is to Matthews’ at times, and the instrumental interplay is what Matthews’ band would sound like if they came up playing at underground jazz clubs instead of East Coast college campuses. It’s a song that would feel right at home on Walker’s latest release, May’s "Deafman Glance", which is a testament to the sincerity of Walker’s intentions with the project on the whole.

 

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04.11.2018

Police Box Set.....

"Every Move You Make : The Studio Recordings", Polydor/Universal, is a 6 vinyl LP box set which brings together The Police's entire recorded studio albums, as well as a 12 track 6th disc, entitled "Flexible Strategies", which contains exclusive bonus material of non album recordings and b-sides. Remastered and cut onto 180-gram heavyweight vinyl at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell, the world's leading exponent of half speed mastering, this limited edition set celebrates the 40th anniversary of the multi million selling band's first album, "Outlandos d'Amour". It also contains a special 24 page, 12"x12", photo book, featuring rare and unseen images from the band's personal archives housed in deluxe packaging of a hardcover box with lift off lid. The Police's studio albums include "Outlandos d'Amour" (1978), "Reggatta de Blanc" (1979), "Zenyatta Mondatta" (1980), "Ghost in the Machine" (1981) and "Synchronicity" (1983).

 

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03.11.2018

Hat Check Girl.....

”Peter Gallway and Annie Gallup have been painting challenging, complex and unique musical vistas for many years now and their songwriting craft just gets better and better as they hone down to the true essence of their creative muse” ~ Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway

Hat Check Girl is the collaboration between Annie Gallup and Peter Gallway. ”Cold Smoke”, their 7th release as a duo, is a collection of 13 songs with historical subtext, some are fictional tales told against an historical backdrop, and others are accounts of actual events. Peter and Annie share vocals and instrumentation, and are joined by award winning fiddler Deirdre Wood Becher, from the bands Celtic Spring and Hidden Fifth.

 

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02.11.2018

Mumford & Sons.....

Mumford & Sons have revealed details of their new album "Delta", which will be released November 16th, 2018, through Gentlemen Of The Road/Glassnote/Island Records. It was recorded at The Church Studios in London, and produced by Paul Epworth. The band have also shared the first song "Guiding Light", and are also expected to reveal details of a major tour of multiple territories in support of the album in October.

Since the release of "Wilder Mind" in May of 2015, and the collaborative Johannesburg mini album in the summer of 2016, Mumford & Sons have found a rich, prolific vein of form in the writing for "Delta". Where "Wilder Mind" harnessed a widescreen electric sound that seemed custom built to be belted back to them from the festival main stages, "Delta" loses none of that sense of scale, but couples it with an intimacy that has so successfully combined to make Mumford & Sons one of the biggest bands of recent years. "Delta" is a record of differing shades, colours and textures. It’s also a record that marks 10 years since Mumford & Sons formed, and draws on that shared experience of being on and off the road. It’s a moving collection of songs perhaps more intimate and expansive, both lyrically and musically, than ever before. It’s also described as introspective and reflective but married with those ecstatic stadium-sized dynamics.

Prior to "Delta", Mumford & Sons have released 3 studio albums, "Sigh No More" in 2009, "Babel" in 2012 and "Wilder Mind" in 2015. "Sigh No More" peaked at # 2 on both the UK and US albums chart, with "Babel" and "Wilder Mind" both debuting at # 1 in the UK and US,  the former becoming the fastest selling rock album of the decade. "Sigh No More", the band’s debut album, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019.  It’s an album that lit the fuse for an incredible decade. Yet despite the multiple # 1 records that they have notched up across the world, it’s taking those songs out on the road that continues to define them.

 

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01.11.2018

Mark Knopfler.....

Mark Knopfler has announced that his new solo album, "Down The Road Wherever", will be released on November 16th, 2018, on his own British Grove label via Universal/Virgin EMI. The band features Mark Knopfler on guitars, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Tom Walsh on trumpet, John McCusker on fiddle, Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, Glenn Worf on bass, Ian Thomas on drums and Danny Cummings on percussion. Richard Bennett and Robbie McIntosh also feature on guitar and Trevor Mires on trombone. Imelda May, Lance Ellington, Kris Drever, Beverley Skeete and Katie Kissoon add backing vocals. 

All songs are written by Mark Knopfler apart from “Just A Boy Away From Home” where he shares the credits with Rodgers and Hammerstein, as the song uses a piece of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to spin its tale of a lone Liverpool fan wandering the empty streets of Newcastle after midnight. Other topics broached on "Down The Road Wherever" include his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow, and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon. “You get to an age where you’ve written quite a few songs”, says Knopfler. “But 'Down The Road Wherever' seems to be appropriate for me just because it’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs”. "Down The Road Wherever" will be available on digital, CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with 2 bonus tracks, and a box set that will include the album on both vinyl and deluxe CD and an additional 12” vinyl EP with four bonus tracks, a 12” print of the artwork and a 12” guitar tablature of a selected song.

 

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31.10.2018

Lulu Box Set.....

Throughout her career, Lulu has worked with some of the best in the business. In the space of 10 exciting years, straddling the 60's and the 70's, her recordings were produced by the stellar list of Mickie Most, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Giorgio Moroder, Wes Farrell and David Bowie, with arrangements by the likes of John Paul Jones, Johnny Harris and Peter Knight. And the songs included early gems by the Bee Gees, Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, and Elton John & Bernie Taupin, and classics from David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Lennon & McCartney and many more. The hits featured include "To Sir With Love", "The Boat That I Row", "Love Loves To Love Love", "I'm A Tiger", "Boom Bang-A-Bang", "Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)", "The Man With The Golden Gun", "The Man Who Sold The World", "Watch That Man" and "Take Your Mama For A Ride". This annotated 5 CD media book, "Decade 1967-1976", is also extensively illustrated with many archive photos. Edsel Records, November 16th, 2018.

 

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30.10.2018

The Long Ryders.....

November 30th, 2018, will see two very, very special Long Ryders releases. Both "State Of Our Union" and "Two Fisted Tales" reappear on the marketplace after years out ofprint. Not only are they coming back into print, but each album is now a 3 CD set with the 1st disc being the original album with b-sides, the 2nd being outtakes and demos, and the 3rd CD being a live show recorded in support of the album. So, yes, if you buy both releases, and we hope you do, the discerning Long Ryders fan will have 6 discs of Long Ryders music, much of it unreleased. Talk about Christmas coming early in the year. Hats in the air, let there be dancing in the streets, necking in the parlours, and singing in the saloons.

 

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29.10.2018

Kate Bush Boxes.....

Kate Bush will release remastered versions of all her studio albums, along with selected rarities, on CD and vinyl, in a series of box sets next month.  In total there will be 4 vinyl box sets and 2 CD boxes. Initially, 2 vinyl boxes and the 1st of the 2 CD boxes will be released on November 16th, 2018. These cover the albums "The Kick Inside", "Lionheart", "Never For Ever", "The Dreaming", "Hounds Of Love", "The Sensual World",  and "The Red Shoes".

Then, on November 30th, 2018, 2 further vinyl boxes and the 2nd of the 2 CD boxes will be released. These complete the studio albums, "Aerial", "Director’s Cut", "50 Words For Snow", and bring together rarities including 12" mixes, b sides and covers. In total, there are 18 vinyl records across the 4 vinyl box sets and 18 CDs across the 2 CD boxes.


The only difference in the content is that the CD box sets contains the "Before The Dawn" live album, while that album is not included in any of the vinyl box sets. All the audio has been remastered by Kate and James Guthrie, except for "Before The Dawn" which is the original mastering.

There are 4 discs of rarities, 12″ mixes, 2 discs of b sides and covers. This does not look complete by any means, since there are extended mixes from "The Red Shoes" era missing, b sides like "Not This Time" and "Dreamtime" are awol, there’s no instrumental of "Running Up That Hill", no video mix of "Cloudbusting" and various other omissions.

 

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28.10.2018

Jean Michel Jarre.....

With his "Planet Jarre" best of box set only just released, Jean Michel Jarre has surprised fans with the announcement of a new album, "Equinoxe Infinity", for November. This is a sequel to his 4th studio album, "Equinoxe", which was released 40 years ago and the artwork, created by Filip Hodas, references the original cover. Best let J.M.J. explain his thinking behind the music and the artwork :

“In days where vinyl is coming back big time, artwork deserves more attention. The cover of 'Equinoxe' has always been one of my favourites. Are these strange creatures watching us? Watching space? Watching machines? Watching a natural phenomenon? We don’t really know. They’re not scary, but odd and mysterious. So, I took the original watchmen of the 'Equinoxe' cover to continue the story. Filip Hodas is a super talented young artist who I asked to create 2 different pieces in line with my vision. One cover shows mankind at peace with nature and technology, and the other depicts a picture of fear and distortion with machines taking over the world. With these 2, I want to bring attention to two scenarios we are facing today with our love for and our dependence on innovation and technology. The music of 'Equinoxe Ininity' is the soundtrack to those two different worlds”.

The album cover art is random, at the request of Jean Michel Jarre, so you don’t know which one you are getting. "Equinoxe Infinity" is issued on CD and vinyl, but a box set called "Equinoxe Project" brings together the original album and the new one, on CD and vinyl, a four disc set. The box comes with four posters and a download card. The standard vinyl also includes a download and one poster. "Equinoxe Infinity" and the "Equinoxe Project" box set will be issued on November 16th, 2018.

 

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27.10.2018

Glen Campbell.....

The passing of country icon Glen Campbell in 2017 was a sad day throughout music. His influence was far-reaching, as evidenced by the outpouring of love and tributes from family, friends and high profile fans who shared their reflections about his timeless career. Thankfully, there’s still some more music in the vaults that has yet to be released, and on November 16th, 2018, a compilation titled "Sings For The King" will bring together some recently rediscovered recordings that were previously unreleased.

But they’re not just random studio bits that never saw the light of day. No, from 1964 to 1968, Campbell was tasked with recording songs for the King himself, Elvis Presley. "Sings For The King" includes songs written by the songwriting team of Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne. Weisman is significant for having written the most songs recorded by Elvis than any other songwriter in history at 57. Weisman and Wayne turned to Glen Campbell who had perfect pitch and an uncanny ability to match Elvis’s key and even mimic his delivery, to record fully fleshed out studio versions that they could present to Elvis for his recording consideration

The songs were discovered by Stephen Auerbach who found the 50 year old recordings on long forgotten reel to reel tapes in a storage space belonging to his uncle in law, Ben Weisman. Of the 29 recordings that have been rescued, there are 12 of Glen’s recordings that went on to be recorded and released by Elvis including “Stay Away Joe”. “Clambake”, “Spinout” and “Easy Come, Easy Go”, which were all made famous with iconic singing performances of the title tracks in his movies. Needless to say, this sounds like quite an intriguing posthumous release from the revered Campbell, one that further shows just how gifted he was as an entertainer, and versatile, too.

 

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26.10.2018

Jim Stanard.....

The story of singer songwriter Jim Stanard began much the same as those of his folk contemporaries, he grew up listening to, loving, and absorbing the music of the greats. He hung out at the legendary Main Point Coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr PA, watching Tom Rush, Doc Watson, Bruce Springsteen, and others. He saw Bob Dylan in Philadelphia in 1966 and attended Woodstock in 1969.  Having started playing guitar as a teenager in the 60’s, music meant so much to him that he sold his childhood coin collection to buy his 1st guitar, a Martin D-28 that he still plays. 
 
But in his mid 20’s, the paths spread out before him, and he chose a different one. He stopped playing and developed a successful career in the world of finance and insurance. Although music was not his career during those years, his early exposure to it remained a guiding force. “I’ve always carried around a Dylan line ‘he not busy being born is busy dying’,” he says. “To accomplish something, one needs to take action. I like to think of weaponizing my mistakes and failures by learning from each”.
 
A lifelong learner and setter of goals, Jim turned his attention back to music in the early 2000's with the support of his wife of 42 years. A series of introductions to music industry insiders led to guitar lessons with Jon Skibic, of the Afghan Whigs, and voice lessons with Kip Winger, frontman for the platinum-selling rock band, Winger. Kip encouraged Jim to begin writing songs, and Jim dove in, studying with Kip and other writers, and crystalizing his observations into the songs that went on to comprise "Bucket List".

His patient approach has paid off. “Most people overestimate what they can do in 6 months and underestimate what they can do in 6 years”, he says. “I’ve learned to set attainable short term goals, but shoot high on long term goals. Be stubborn as gravity”.
                   
“For me, this album is already a roaring success”, he adds, acknowledging the teamwork effort that went into his debut CD, and the good luck of finding that team, “because the great musicians and songwriters who have participated and mentored me have made it sound great, in my opinion”.

 

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25.10.2018

Fleetwood Mac 50.....

You can’t move for 50th anniversaries right now and so Fleetwood Mac will celebrate a half century of music in November with "50 Years : Don’t Stop" a 50 -song collection that explores the group’s entire career, from its early days playing the blues, to the superstardom and rock and pop of the late 1970's, 1980's and beyond.

The 50 tracks span from 1968 to 2013 and that means music from every incarnation of the band with musicians such as Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremey Spencer, John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito, Dave Mason and Bekka Bramlett. The CD edition is a 3 CD package, while to fit everything on vinyl means that is a 5 record set.

There’s 20 track single CD version that ends up being more of a traditional greatest hits. David Wild has written sleeve notes for this new release. "50 Years : Don’t Stop" is released on November 16th, 2018.

 

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24.10.2018

Chris Cornell.....

The Chris Cornell Estate just announced that it is releasing a retrospective Cornell self titled album, along with a limited edition box set commemorating the rock icon, both coming later this year. The release follows Cornell’s unexpected Death in 2017, a loss that reverberated through the music industry far beyond the borders of Seattle.

“Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world”, said the late songwriter’s wife, Vicky Cornell, in a statement. “I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him, the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and the artist.  His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many.  His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans”.
 
The box set will span Cornell’s almost 30-year career, featuring Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog cuts among its 62-tracks, 11 of which are being released for the first time. It will be available at 3 different levels, a 2 LP edition with a 12-page booklet, a 4 CD edition with an expanded 54-page booklet, and a super deluxe edition with 4 CD's, 7 LP's, a DVD, a 66-page hardcover book, 6 lithographs and a few accessories for vinyl care. The booklets will contain unreleased photos, as well as liner notes from bandmates Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Tom Morello, among others.
 
The 11 unreleased tracks included in the box set range from Cornell’s duet with daughter Toni Cornell on Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”, to his arrangement of “One”, in which he layers the Metallica lyrics over the U2 track’s instrumental. Live tracks from Temple Of The Dog’s 25th anniversary reunion, which was also their 1st official tour as a band, in 2016, as well as a few of Cornell’s 1st solo live performances are also included.

As far as video content is concerned, the box set will feature 2 unreleased music videos, one for solo track “Scream” and one for Soundgarden’s “Live To Rise”. The album and box set will be released by Vicky Cornell on behalf of the Chris Cornell Estate and through Universal Music Enterprises. Both the self titled album and the box set are expected on November 16th, 2018.

 

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23.10.2018

Best Of Petty.....

The work of Tom Petty is truly magnificent, for decades, the late singer and songwriter forged a spot all his own in music history as a result of his impeccable songcraft and the undeniable legacy he left behind. Until now, there have been no definitive, career spanning release championing all of his work in one easy to digest package.

Sure, the recent "An American Treasure" box set highlights some of his strongest work, but it’s mostly alternate takes and deep cuts. Enter "The Best Of Everything". As its title suggests, this will be the definitive "Best Of" for Petty’s career. The 38 track collection will bring together Petty’s standout achievements as a solo act, with the Heartbreakers and with Mudcrutch, and it will be released on November 16th, 2018.

The set includes 2 previously unreleased songs, “For Real” and the title track and lead single, an alternate version of the song that appeared on his 1985 album "Southern Accents". "The Best Of Everything" will be available as a 2 CD set with deluxe packaging and digitally, with vinyl editions arriving in December.

 

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22.10.2018

Bob Rea.....

Produced by Steve Daly, "Southbound" features 13 original songs. Joining Bob Rea in the studio are, Mike Daly, Steve Daly, Michael  Webb, Herschel  Van Dyke, Arron Shaffer, Dan Eubanks, Jeremy Holt, Lois Mahalia and Laura Mae Socks.

Rea's beautifully written songs move with the same delightfully adventurous wanderlust and incisive lyrical grit found in the great works by the likes of Johnny Cash, Guy Clark, Leonard Cohen and Steve Earle, but are built on their own unique, and impressively solid, musical foundation. Deeply rooted in americana, Rea's extraordinary gift for melody and lyrics take his latest release, "Southbound", to thrilling new places. Etched with universal truths and tinges of humor, there's a strength and familiarity in "Southbound's" tracks that can only come from the kind of craftsmanship that's honed through years of work, not to mention an abiding love of that work.
 
Born in southwest Colorado, Bob Rea began writing songs as a teenager, while also working on the family's farm. Turns as a cattle rancher, bar band musician and log home builder rarely stirred the same internal passions as songwriting would for Rea, whose natural affinity for colorful language is one of "Southbound's" most immediate, ear catching qualities. Of a generation to whom Vietnam was not just daily news, but a very real possibility for an uncertain future, Rea's "Vietnam" is one of the album's most affecting, lump in the throat offerings, a true to life meditation from the point of view of Rea and a number of his friends.

"That's my era, when I was a kid", he says "I was trying to explain to my cowriter, Kate Graves, how messed up and normal at the same time things seemed then. I just started to remember things that happened to me or my friends and we ended up with this song. But people, as Americans will do, we just lived with it, made the best of it. It affects us still".
 
Another of the key tracks on the album is "Soldier On", which kicks off with a distinctive banjo riff played by co-writer Stephen Daly. "It pretty much seems to be a mindset of the entire world", says Rea of the song's march between the lines of right and wrong,
 
"People get in this role and it doesn't matter to them where they go, they're just doing what they think they have to  do", he notes. "Everybody falls in line and it seems like it's been that way through recorded history. But by the same token we all must soldier on for our own distinction".
 
In addition to the more somber, reflective tunes on "Southbound", highlights include the lighter, John Prine-esque "Screw Cincinnati", the melodic and rollicking "The Highway Never Cries", the sparkling "Wanna Do" and electrified rocker "The Law", lamenting the collapse of the core of human decency.
 
"I wrote that song maybe 20 years ago. I recorded it on 'Black Highway', the 1st album I recorded in Nashville and it was nominated by Lord Litter in Berlin for Song Of The Year", Rea recalls with a laugh. "We were still sorting songs that fit into the overall theme and I thought, you know, we really should resurrect that song. And also  2 decades go by and if anything, the song maybe means more now than it did then. We took a different approach with this version, tried to open it up a little and just get more power to it. Anyway, I think it's pretty powerful. It's probably the closest thing to a protest song, and the ultimate statement for being southbound".

The rambling road to Rea's "Southbound" began with his previous album, 2011's "Ragged Choir" which featured steel guitar player Mike Daly. About 4 years later, Rea ran into Daly and his son, musician Steve Daly, at a Malcolm Holcombe show in Nashville. 
 
"Steve was just quitting playing with the Dirt Drifters, they broke up, and he was just thinking he ought to get into Writing", he recalls. "We started writing together over a period of 2 or 3 years and I had a lot of songs that I wanted to do something with. I asked him if he'd produce them because I'd heard some of the stuff he'd done for the Dirt Drifters and a couple of other people, and I liked the approach he was taking. Finally I said let's do 5 or 6 songs to get started".
 
With a band that included Mike Webb from Poco, Mike Daly from Hank Williams Jr's band and Dan Eubanks from bluegrass group Special Consensus, Rea and Daly recorded the first 5 "Southbound" tracks in a 2 day session at Nashville's Club Roar studios. Another 5 were recorded months later, then one more tracking session followed a few months after that. 
 
"'Southbound' was chosen as the title, and lead track, because, like the word itself, the album's exquisitely crafted songs reflect a variety of true life circumstances and emotions, Rea's keen creative instincts have laid the groundwork for a collection of songs that are strikingly original and built to last. "'Southbound' can mean a lot of things,  from going on vacation to running from the law or falling for a mythical Goddess like the girl in the song. In the end no matter whether you are building log homes in the mountains or writing songs in Nashville, daylight’s burning and ultimately you’re 'Southbound'".

 

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21.10.2018

Beggars Banquet.....

To commemorate 50 years since its initial release, The Rolling Stones' "Beggars Banquet", the album that brought us "Sympathy For The Devil", "Street Fighting Man", "No Expectations", "Stray Cat Blues" and more, comes presented in a deluxe limited edition box set edition, on 180 gram vinyl with remastered audio. The gatefold sleeve features the originally banned graffiti artwork, which is contained inside an outer case depicting the invitation sleeve. Also included in the package are a one sided mono 12” of "Sympathy For The Devil" with a graffiti art etched b side and a replica of a rare Japanese bonus flexi disc, containing a phone interview with Mick Jagger. ABKCO Records, November 16th, 2018.

 

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20.10.2018

Berra Karlsson

 

Berra Karlsson, brother of Cina Samuelson, and also her famous pedal steel player, just released his own single, an instrumental version of "Let It Be Me", first recorded by Gilbert Becaud in 1955, and later a big hit by The Everly Brothers in 1960. Berra Karlsson is a much sought after pedal steel player in Sweden with a lot of performances and recordings on his credit list. "Let It Be Me" is just a teaser of more tracks to be released in 2019.....
 

The Moody Blues.....

The Moody Blues‘ 3rd album, "In Search Of The Lost Chord" will be reissued as a 5 disc, 50th anniversary box set in November. This set features 3 CD's and 2 DVD's. The CD's include both the original stereo mix and a new stereo mix, along with mono a and b sides of the original Deram era singles, BBC radio sessions, alternate mixes and other bonus tracks, including a never Before heard mono version of "Legend Of A Mind". Of the 2 DVD's, the 1st has a 5.1 surround mix of the album, as well as the new stereo mix and the remaster of the original stereo mix. The 2nd DVD concentrates on visuals with the BBC’s Colour Me Pop special from 1968 and the previously unreleased French TV’s Ce Soir On Danse. This "In Search Of The Lost Chord" box set includes a 76 page book with photos and a new essay. It is released on November 2nd, 2018, along with a vinyl version of the original stereo mix.

 

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19.10.2018

Marianne Faithfull.....

On October 26th, 2018, ABKCO Records will release "Come And Stay With Me : The UK 45's 1964-1969", a collection of 22 songs from Marianne Faithfull‘s career that showcases all of the singer’s singles, compiled in chronological order to tell her musical story in appropriate fashion. The release date is a week before her new studio album, "Negative Capability", will be released, November 2nd 2018. "Negative Capability" is Marianne Faithfull’s 21st album and the most emotionally powerful of her 54 year recording career. Facing down arthritis and bolstered by collaborators including Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Rob Ellis, Ed Harcourt and Mark Lanegan, "Negative Capability" is charged with brutal honesty and autobiographical reflection as she addresses losing old friends, her loneliness living in her adopted city of Paris, yet still hopes love can come around.

 

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18.10.2018

Surrender Hill.....

Years before forming the Americana duo Surrender Hill, songwriters Robin Dean Salmon and Afton Seekins chased their own muses as solo artists.
 
Salmon was an award nominated  rock and roll frontman who'd spent the 1st half of his adolescence in South Africa. During the early 80's, his family relocated to a longhorn ranch in Texas, where Salmon found himself listening to a cross cultural mix of Bob Wills, Sex Pistols, Marty Robbins and The Clash. He took up songwriting at 15 years old, launched the band See No Evil soon after high school, and later moved the group to New York City, landing a major label deal with Sony Music in the process. A decade later, though, Salmon found himself drawn to the rootsy sounds he'd heard as a child on the ranch, where cattle workers would strum country songs after a hard day's work. Inspired, he relaunched a career as an alt country songwriter, eventually crossing paths with Seekins, his future bandmate and wife, while playing shows in Sedona.
 
Meanwhile, Seekins grew up splitting her time between an Alaskan fishing village and an Arizona frontier town. Summers were spent in one location, school years were spent in another. Throughout it all, she honed her talent for dancing, eventually moving to New York during her 20's and finding success as a choreographer. Unable to resist the need to pursue songwriting, she later headed back to Arizona, where she turned the contents of her personal journal into the lyrics of her very first songs.
 
Separately, Salmon and Seekins are strong, Sharp voiced musicians, with songs inspired by their colorful and unusual backgrounds. Together, they're something bigger, a soulful, countrified duo whose music nods not only to America's rural pockets, but also to the world at large. Appropriately, the group takes its name from the real life Surrender Hill in South Africa, where the Anglo Boer War came to a close. After all, this is a band of songwriters who've fought their own battles and suffered their own scars, only to surrender to, and find peace with, each other.
 
On their 3rd album, "Tore Down Fences", the members of Surrender Hill unpack the skeletons in their closets, leaning on one another for support. Like the 2 records that came before it, 2015's self titled debut and 2017's "Right Here Right Now", the 2018 release "Tore Down Fences" is an album about relationships, delivered from the perspective of 2 songwriting partners who'd weathered their own share of breakups and missteps before crossing paths. Unlike those previous records, though, this album focuses not on the romantic honeymoon period of a relationship, but on the challenges that arrived before the pair got together. It explores the reality of romance, the good, the bad, the bright, and the dark.
 
"On our earlier records, it was clear that we were 2 people who'd fallen in love and were writing songs together", says Salmon, who splits the album's vocal and songwriting duties with Seekins. "There was a lot of love going on. This new record is interesting because we've been together long enough, both personally and professionally, to start exploring some of the darkness from our lives before we got together. We're focusing on how great it feels to be past that. There's still a lot of love on this album, but it comes from a darker point of view. It's about what we went through, what we did, and what we overcame".
 
A roots rock album filled with guitars, harmonized vocals, organ, and the occasional burst of pedal steel, "Tore Down Fences" pushes Surrender Hill into harder, grittier territory. All 14 songs were tracked in just 2 days, with Salmon producing the sessions in a Nashville recording studio. The fast pace helped shine a light on Surrender Hill's talent as a live act, something Salmon and Seekins have been honing for years, with an annual schedule of 200 shows spread across much of the globe. They've played bars, ballrooms, American wineries, and South African resorts, often trying out new songs in front of live audiences. "Tore Down Fences" captures that immediacy with tunes like the up-tempo "Get Along", a socially conscious song, delivered during a politically divisive time, and the slow, swooning title track, in which the 2 singers present all the baggage from their previous relationships. Together, the songs on "Tore Down Fences" paint the picture not only of a band that's reached its creative peak, but a relationship that's built on trust, twang, and creative chemistry.
 
Like its name suggests, "Tore Down Fences" finds Surrender Hill tearing down the boundaries that surround them.

 

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17.10.2018

Fleet Foxes.....

Fleet Foxes just announced a special limited edition collection to mark the 10th anniversary of their debut album. Entitled "First Collection 2006 – 2009", it will be released on November 9th, 2018. "First Collection 2006 – 2009" features content spanning the early days of Fleet Foxes’ career, including the self titled full length debut album on 12” vinyl, as well as the "Sun Giant" EP on 10” vinyl and the first vinyl releases of both the very limited edition, previously only self released "The Fleet Foxes EP" on 10” and "B-sides & Rarities" on 10”. In addition the release will feature a 32 page booklet including show flyers, lyrics, and artwork from the period. The special edition will also be released on CD and on all digital platforms.

 

 

 

 

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16.10.2018

The Beatles.....

Everything we know about "The White Album" is about to change. The Beatles’ 1968 masterpiece has always been been the deepest mystery in their story, their wildest, strangest, most experimental, most brilliant music. But as it turns out, "The White Album" is even weirder than anyone realized. Especially when you’re hearing it in Abbey Road, the fabled London studio where the band spent 5 long months making it. Over a couple of sunny days, and late nights, in Abbey Road, forever known as "The White Album", producer Giles Martin, son of George Martin, is a valiant guide, playing outtakes from deep in the vaults, often grabbing a guitar to demonstrate a chord change. “They were a band on fire”, he says. “It’s double or triple "Sgt. Pepper", the four walls of this studio couldn’t hold them anymore”.

Part of "The White Album" mystique is all the drama that went into it, the arguments and bad vibes are the stuff of legend. So the big shock is all the humor, excitement, and camaraderie on display in the new set. Case in Point, a previously unknown version of “Good Night” where John, Paul, George and Ringo all harmonize over folk guitar. As Martin admits, “You listen to them sing together and ask, ‘Is this 'The White Album'?”.

Yes, this is "The White Album", and the forthcoming, stunning box set goes deep into the creative frenzy the Beatles surged through in 1968. There’s a new mix from producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, plus 4 discs of outtakes. The bonus material is full of revelations, especially the crown jewel of buried Beatle treasures, the acoutsic Esher demos.

It follows in the wake of last year’s acclaimed anniversary "Sgt Pepper". But this is a deeper dive, since the album covers so much ground. With their batteries recharged from their India retreat, all 4 were hitting new peaks as songwriters, even Ringo, who contributed “Don’t Pass Me By”. They couldn’t wait to get back into the studio. They had no idea how much trauma they were in for. George’s “Not Guilty” went through 102 takes, and still didn’t make the album. Their long suffering producer bailed after a few months. Ringo not only quit the group for a couple of weeks, he fled the country.

They drove each other to the edge making it, but that’s how they came up with the most audacious music of their lives. What comes across all over the new material is the nerve, the spontaneity, the collective risk taking, the team spirit. As the tapes roll, the lads sound surprisingly playful. At the end of one take, Paul quips, “Keep that one. Mark it fab”. They’re not afraid to indulge their craziest ideas. As Giles Martin diplomatically puts it, “The line between a final master and dicking around is narrowing down”.

The outtakes defies the conventional wisdom that this is where the band split into 4 solo artists. “Do you think the perception of the Beatles history has been tainted by their own commentary in the early 70's?”, Martin asks. “That’s what I get. I think post Beatles, when the champagne cork has flown out of the bottle, and they’ve gone their separate ways, they reacted against it. ‘Oh, to be honest we didn’t work well as a group’, and that sort of thing. Yet they never slowed down creatively. I quite like the idea of them throwing cups of tea at each other in the studio. I’m mildly disappointed not to find it. But what they’re doing is making a record”.

The deluxe and super deluxe editions finally unveil the Esher demos, which hardcore Beatle freaks have been clamoring to hear for years. In May 1968, just back from India, the group gathered at George’s bungalow in Esher to tape unplugged versions of the new songs they’d already stockpiled for the new album. Over the next days, working together or solo, they busked 27 songs. The tapes sat in a suitcase in George’s house for years. 7 tracks came out on "Anthology 3", others have never been released in any Beatle version, including John’s “Child of Nature” and George’s “Sour Milk Sea”. The Esher tapes alone make this collection essential, with a fresh homemade intimacy that’s unique. Martin says, “They’re rough takes, but spiritually, the performances stand on their own”.

This edition has new versions of other songs from the same period, "Hey Jude", “Lady Madonna”, “The Inner Light”, “Across The Universe”, but not the b-side “Hey Bulldog”, since there aren’t any outtakes, they tried it only once. They also have a bash at oldies like “Blue Moon” and “You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care)”. It shows what should have been evident all along from the original record, they sound like a true band, 4  guys who can’t stop showing off for each other, too passionate about their songs to consider backing down. Or to notice everyone around them cracking under the strain, even the stoic mr Martin. His son explains, “There was no schedule, and he loved a schedule”.

Of course, the essence of "The White Album" is that everyone hears it differently, including the Beatles themselves. They clashed over what to include, what to leave out, whether it should have been edited down to a single record. Years later, in the "Anthology" documentary, they were still arguing over it. This edition will fire up those arguments. But even for fans who know the original album inside out, it’s a whole new experience, one that will permanently change how we think and talk about the Beatles.

Apple Records, November 9th, 2018.

 

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15.10.2018

Rosanne Cash.....

Country songstress Rosanne Cash has announced a new album. On November 2nd, 2018, she’ll return with "She Remembers Everything", a 10 track effort featuring appearances from the likes of Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson and Sam Phillips. "She Remembers Everything" is the follow up to the 2014 album that won Cash 3 Grammys, "The River & The Thread". This time around, she’s writing more personally, as well as exploring the many female narratives of the #metoo age.

“There is a woman’s real life, complex experiences and layered understanding in these songs”, Cash says in a statement. “I could not have written them 10 years ago, not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say”. On the ballad “She Remembers Everything”, which features Phillips, Cash is thoughtful and searing. “Who knows who she used to be before it all went dark?”, she sings. “Everyone But Me” is just as emotional, though it’s even more somber. Writing about #metoo isn’t Cash’s first traipse into political territory. Last year, she penned an op-ed for the New York Times, rallying the country music community to embrace stricter gun control laws and condemning the National Rifle Association. "She Remembers Everything" will also be available as a deluxe box set containing personal letters from Costello and Phillips, and exclusive live recordings with Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams.

 

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14.10.2018

Paul Stephenson.....

01. Unexceptional Day 
02. Crying Shame 
03. Silence Is Deafening 
04. Handfuls Of Sand 
05. You Played Julia 
06. Till Kingdom Come 
07. Like Irene 
08. Only Lovers Understand 
09. Yes I Do 
10. The Mists Of Pity Me 
11. Patience Of A Saint 
12. The Long Haul 
13. The Painter's Hand 
14. When The Rain Begins To Fall

Stockfisch Records, October 19th, 2018.

 

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13.10.2018

Pistol Annies.....

Pistol Annies, the acclaimed side project of Angaleena Presley, Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert, have set November 2nd, 2018, as the release date for their 3rd album "Interstate Gospel". The album is the follow up to 2013’s "Annie Up", and features songs written by all 3 artists together, with one exception, the album’s closing track, “This Too Shall Pass”. penned by Monroe and Presley.

The platinum selling group, whose adherence to musical tradition has permeated each of their collaborative albums, initially revealed the track listing for the new project through postcards mailed directly to fans. From the riotous, harmony soaked “Got My Name Changed Back”, to the ironic and poignant “Best Years Of My Life”, the LP spotlights the trio’s emphasis on Classic country storytelling from a modern female perspective.

Pistol Annies will preview the new music at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 25th and will follow that on November 2nd with an appearance at the Town Hall in New York City. The trio of intimate concert events concludes on November 7th at Novo in Los Angeles.

 

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12.10.2018

More Blood & Tracks.....

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan's "More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol 14" on November 2nd, 2018.

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's highly acclaimed 'Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 'makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during 6 extraordinary sessions in 1974, 4 in New York (September 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th) and 2 in Minneapolis (December 27th, 30th), that resulted in the artist's 1975 masterpiece, "Blood On The Tracks". One of the top selling albums of Dylan's career, "Blood On The Tracks" redefined the boundaries and structures of modern pop songwriting, a genre Dylan had virtually invented a decade prior, reached # 1 on the Billboard 200, achieved 2 x platinum status and was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2015.

"Blood On The Tracks" was originally recorded during 4 days in New York City in September, 1974. Soon thereafter, the album was mastered and review copies began to circulate. A few months later, Dylan felt the album needed a different approach and rerecorded 5 of the tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios beginning in late December of that year. While a few of the outtakes from the original New York sessions have been highly prized by bootleggers and collectors, most of these recordings have never been available in any format.

The single disc and 2 LP configuration of "More Blood, More Tracks" assembles 10 of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the 10 songs appearing the original "Blood On The Tracks" plus a previously unreleased version of "Up to Me".

The 6 CD full length deluxe version of Bob Dylan's "More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol 14" includes the complete New York sessions in chronological order including outtakes, false starts and studio banter. The album's producers have worked from best sources available, in most cases utilizing the original multi track session tapes.

The only recordings remaining from the Minneapolis Sound 80 sessions are the multi track masters of the 5 performances included on the finished "Blood On The Tracks" album. Each of these has been remixed and remastered for the deluxe edition of "More Blood, More Tracks".

In his liner notes for "More Blood, More Tracks", Jeff Slate observes that, "Dylan cut each of these amazing performances, some of the best he ever committed to tape, one after the other, live in the studio, without headphones, and without the types of overdubs that most performers rely on to make their records sound finished. Instead, on these tracks, we find Dylan, just a singer with a guitar and a harmonica and a batch of great songs, delivering performances that thrill you when they’re supposed to and break your heart when they need to. The performances are also in the purest state we’ve ever experienced them. During the production of 'Blood On The Tracks', Dylan asked producer Phil Ramone to speed up many of the masters by 2-3%, a common practice in the 60's and 70's, especially for records sent to AM radio. It was thought that doing so would give the songs a little extra bounce to better engage listeners. Most of the songs from the New York sessions that previously circulated, officially and unofficially, are the sped up versions that Dylan requested. On 'More Blood, More Tracks', for the first time, we’re hearing the songs exactly as Dylan recorded them".

Bob Dylan's "More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol 14" will also be available as a single CD or 2 LP configuration showcasing 11 essential tracks from the New York A&R Studio sessions.

The deluxe box set is a limited edition. After it sells out, no additional copies will be made. This set includes a hardcover photo book featuring liner notes by rock historian Jeff Slate and a complete reproduction of one of Dylan's legendary handwritten 57 page notebooks, where you can follow the lyrical development of the songs that would eventually comprise "Blood On The Tracks".

 

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11.10.2018

Eagles Legacy.....

Eagles created an indelible musical legacy over an extraordinary career that spans more than 40 years and includes 6 #1  albums, more than a dozen Top 40 hits, and 6 Grammy Awards. This fall, "Legacy" will bring together all the music that made the Eagles one of the best selling bands in music history in one extraordinary collection.
 
2 versions of "Legacy" will be available on November 2nd, 2018. The 1st has 12 CD's and includes all 7 of the band’s studio albums, 3 live albums, and a compilation of singles and b-sides. It also includes 2 concert videos, "Hell Freezes Over on DVD and "Farewell Tour : Live From Melbourne on BluRay.
 
A vinyl version of "Legacy" will also be available the same day. It has all the music from the CD's on 15 LP's, but none of the videos. Both sets are housed in handsome slipcases and accompanied by a 52-page hardbound book that’s filled with rare and unseen photos, memorabilia, and artwork that encompasses the band’s entire career.
 
Grammy winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig remastered "Hell Freezes Over" and "Millennium Concert" especially for "Legacy". Both albums, along with several tracks from the "Singles & B-Sides" compilation, are being released on vinyl for the first time ever as part of this collection. In addition, the phenomenal double album "Eagles Live" is making its long awaited return to vinyl in this set after being out of print for decades.

 

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10.10.2018

Jorge Calderon.....

"'Blue Rhythm Highway' is my 1st record in many years. At the urging of my long time friend Jackson Browne, I went into his studio to record 'Blue City' and 'On Mardi Gras Day'. Then consequently many other songs to complete this CD. I've always chosen to ride the blue rhythm highway, a road where the afro caribbean sounds of my youth blend with those rolling rhythms that rock the blues and feed on street-bred beats, shaking my soul like a steady moving train. Painting the backdrop to my travels, 'Sky Blue Chevrolet' opens the record and bookends with 'Down By The Breadfruit Trees', which speaks to where I stand at this moment of the journey. In between, I share observations, dedications, plus a few raw tales and conversations along the blue rhythm highway." ~ Jorge Calderon

 

 

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09.10.2018

CSW&L.....

On October 26th, 2018, David Crosby will release "Here If You Listen", his 4th solo album in 5 years. It’s an unexpected run that proves his musical passion to be as powerful as ever. With "Here If You Listen", the 77 year old singer songwriter continues the singular creative streak, delivering one of his most joyfully adventurous albums yet in a career that spans 6 auspicious decades. On "Here If You Listen", Crosby again joins forces with the 3 musicians who helped lend his 2016 album "Lighthouse", and the tour in support of the album, its captivating grace. Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens. But in a purposeful departure from "Lighthouse", "Here If You Listen" emerges as a highly collaborative effort, with all 4 artists trading off lead vocals and bringing their distinct songwriting to the mix.

“If leaving a group like Crosby Stills & Nash was like jumping off a cliff, then finding the Lighthouse Band was like growing wings halfway down”, says Crosby. “These three people are so startlingly talented, I literally couldn’t resist making this album with them”.

Produced by League and co-produced by Stevens, Willis and Crosby, "Here If You Listen" bears a stripped down, acoustically driven sound centered on the band’s stunning harmonies. But despite its sonic simplicity and minimal percussion, the album unfolds in infinitely shifting textures that find each musician tapping into their own carefully honed palette and idiosyncratic sensibilities.

“The songs are taking on all of our collective influences, which is kind of crazy if you think about it, hearing the influence of Björk on a song with David Crosby lyrics, for example”, League notes.

With most of the album written collaboratively in League’s Brooklyn studio Atlantic Sound, "Here If You Listen" matches its intricate arrangements with lyrics both raw in emotion and rich in insight. Attuned to the chaos of the present day but visionary in perspective, the songs question, challenge, and demand self reflection just as often as they illuminate and soothe.

From song to song, "Here If You Listen" radiates the palpable sense of joy and wonder each musician brought to the album’s creation. “I love that it genuinely sounds like what happened, 4 people from different backgrounds with mutual respect and commitment to their work, coming together to create something they found meaningful”, says Willis.

 

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08.10.2018

Crazy Arthur Brown.....

Back in the summer of 1968, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown were on top of the world. Famously promoted by performances with Arthur Brown wearing a burning helmet, "Fire!" was a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in the UK and Canada, and eventually reaching # 2 in the US, France, Germany, Austria, Holland and Ireland. The band’s 2nd single on Track Records, co-produced by The Who’s Pete Townshend, bridged the gap between London’s flourishing, colourful psychedelic underground and the mainstream pop scene.

The resulting album, "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown", was a theatrical, ambitious concept album based around the elements, fire being just one of four, of course. Such was the huge impact of "Fire!" that the album sold in huge quantities, peaking at # 2 in the UK and # 7 in the US. The Beatles were the only other British band to enjoy such unprecedented sales with such ambitious, psychedelic LP's.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark record, Cherry Red are delighted to present this deluxe edition box set of "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown". Alongside the stereo album and numerous bonus tracks, the rare mono mix appears on CD for the 1st time, as well as 3 additional, previously unissued BBC sessions and 4 other radio recordings, plus a handful of pre-Track recordings by Arthur Brown before he formed Crazy World.

Millions of people discovered the delights of Arthur Brown, rock’s supreme showman, and his influence would be felt the following decade when Alice Cooper acknowledged his debt to Arthur’s genius.

Lavishly packaged within a 12” x 12” box set, and complete with a stereo vinyl replica of the original LP and a poster, "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown" is augmented by a 12 000 word sleeve note from Mojo magazine’s Mark Paytress, including fresh quotes from Arthur and others, alongside a wealth of illustrations and three previously unissued photos from the original front cover session.

Cherry Red Records, October 26th, 2018.

 

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07.10.2018

R.E.M. @ B.B.C.....

Universal Music will issue "REM At The BBC" in October, a massive 8 CD + 1 DVD R.E.M. box set that comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives.

The box set features in studio performances such as a John Peel Session (1998), Drivetime and Mark and Lard appearances (2003) and a Radio 1 Live Lounge performance (2008). Amongst the live broadcasts are a show from Nottingham’s Rock City (1984), the 1995 Milton Keynes Monster Tour, the 1999 Glastonbury headline set and an invitation only 2004 show at London’s St James’s Church. In total there are 8 CD's of this kind of audio.

The DVD that completes the set kicks off with a 60 minute "Accelerating Backwards" documentary, previously broadcast in the UK, but never available commercially,  and also offers a complete 1998 "Later…With Jools Holland" episode dedicated to the band, plus TV appearances on Top Of The Pops and more.

"The Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC" offers highlights from the big box set on 2 LP's and 2 CD's. All 3 formats are issued on October 19th, 2018.

 

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06.10.2018

Ted Vaughn.....

The Ted Vaughn Blues Band's latest release, "It Takes A Man to Play the Blues", features some of the worlds most notorious blues musicians .

The rhythm section includes veteran drummer Drawback Slim and bassman Dave Stump. Drawback Slim has shared stages with national acts such as James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Earl King, while Dave Stump has performed with members of the iconic Savoy Brown.

The incredibly tasty guitar licks are provided by veteran guitarist Greg Dodds, and the multi award winning godfather of the pacific northwest blues scene, Garry Meziere. Producer Leon Forrest lays down the keyboards, and Ted himself handles the vocals and harmonica.

The new album features 8 original tunes and 2 completely revamped covers. Produced by Leon Forrest and engineered by Paul Carlsen.

If this don't get you on your feet, nothing will. Soul fixin' blues, Texas Style.

 

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05.10.2018

Colter Wall.....

Colter Wall is bar none the best young singer songwriter I’ve seen in 20 years” ~ Steve Earle

“Colter sings and writes songs in ways seemingly lost in time, there is an agelessness about him so unusual in someone so young” ~ Rick Rubin

“One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years, in the US and playing in Europe, is that people all over the world really don’t know much about Canada at all. When you talk about Saskatchewan, people really have no idea. Part of it is because there are so few people there. It’s an empty place, it makes sense that people don’t know much about it. But that’s my home, so naturally I’m passionate about it. With this record, I really wanted people to look at our Western heritage and our culture. I went into the studio and knew exactly the story I wanted to tell. That made it easier on a sonic level and a musical level, to be able to tell Dave Cobb that it’s a record about my home. That changes it at the roots level because it’s like having a mission statement, saying, and ‘all right, let’s make a western album’.” ~ Colter Wall

Thirty Tigers, October 12th, 2018.

 

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04.10.2018

A Monkee Xmas.....

2 years after their shockingly great 50th anniversary album "Good Times!", which gave them their highest showing on the album chart since 1968, The Monkees have returned to the studio to cut "Christmas Party", their 1st holiday album. Set for release October 12th, 2018, Fountain of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger produced the album with new vocals by surviving Monkees Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, along with vintage recordings of the late Day Jones.

"Christmas Party" features new songs written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo (“What Would Santa Do”) and Andy Partridge of XTC (“Unwrap You At Christmas”). Novelist Michael Chabon and Schlesinger collaborated on “House Of Broken Gingerbread”, while R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 wrote the title track and play on a cover of Big Star’s “Jesus Christ”. Nesmith didn’t write any songs for the album, but he does sing lead on “The Christmas Song” and “Snowfall”. Other tracks on the album include “Wonderful Christmastime”, “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “Merry Christmas, Baby”. “Silver Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka” contain Davy Jones vocals, seemingly drawn from his 1976 LP "Christmas Jones", that have been paired with newly recorded music. The rest of the songs were recorded in their entirety this year.

 

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03.10.2018

Amy Ray's Holler.....

Amy Ray, still thriving as one half of folk duo Indigo Girls, released her solo album, "Holler" last month. Containing 14 new songs by Ray, "Holler" was released September 28th, 2018, on Daemon Records via the Compass Records Group. Ray and her recording and touring band will kick off a US tour on October 23rd, 2018, and another run in the spring of2019.

Inspired by her Southern upbringing and her home in rural Georgia, "Holler" finds Ray once again displaying her knack for straddling the line between the personal and the political on these songs. Ray says: "The songs are all my own compositions and tell stories of late nights, love, addiction, immigration, despair, honkytonks, growing up in the south, touring for decades, being born in the midst of the civil rights movement, and the constant struggle to find balance in the life of a left wing southerner who loves Jesus, her homeland and its people".
  
There is a tip of the hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release, "Harlan County", and songs inspired by the film 'Winter's Bone', Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece and writer Toni Cade Bambara. Along with her touring and recording band, "Holler" features a horn section on some tracks and appearances by Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, Derek Trucks, Brandi Carlile, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Wood Brothers, Vince Gill and more, which illustrates not only just how broad Amy’s musical tastes are, but how widely she’s respected among her musical peers.

Thoughtful and musically fluid, Ray, like many Southern artists, grapples with love for her heritage, both musical and personal, and her own, more inclusive values. It’s that drive and artistic commitment that has made Ray’s career so full of unforgettable songs, and "Holler" feels like a culmination.

 

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02.10.2018

The Plastic Pals.....

On their 3rd album, "Psychic Reader", Stockholm guitar slingers The Plastic Pals flirt with glam, ska, pub rock and 70's soul and funk. But the band still stay true to their patented twin guitar, drums and bass sound, drawing inspiration from 70's CBGB’s rock and the Paisley Underground, with a dash of powerpop, psychedelia and blue eyed soul.

"Psychic Reader" features guest appearances from Camper Van Beethoven violinist Jonathan Segel, Polynesian and Swedish chanteuse Tiare Helberg, Peter Forsman, from Swedish band Into Deep Water, Italian keyboardist Francesco Bonfiglio from Lowlands, and, as on previous, albums, Green On Red’s Chris Cacavas on keyboards.

“Question is whether the band ever sounded this good”, Swedish music critic Pär Berglund, Meadow Music, wrote on The Plastic Pals’ single "Riding With Elvis",  featured on the album as a remix by acclaimed US producer JD Foster.

"Psychic Reader’s" 10 songs tell tales of visits to London and New York, lost friends, loves and chance encounters, and there’s no question, the band never sounded this good.

 

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01.10.2018

Blondie Box Set.....

Blondie will next year issue a comprehensive "Complete Studio Recordings" box set that will gather albums, rarities and some unreleased material. "The Complete Studio Recordings 1975 - 1982" box set will be available on vinyl and CD and will feature the first 6 albums remastered from the analogue tapes, along with 2 bonus discs of b-sides, rarities and previously unreleased curiosities from deep in the Blondie vault.

 

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30.09.2018

Cheap Thrills.....

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Brother & The Holding Company's major label debut with the premiere release of "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" on November 30th, 2018.

Released at last under its original title, nixed by the label as too controversial a half century ago, "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" restores the band's vision and intent in an essential new collection of 30 rare performances including 29 studio outtakes, 25 previously unreleased, from the mythic 1968 sessions that generated Big Brother & The Holding Company's "Cheap Thrills", the breakout album that introduced Janis Joplin to the world. "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" debuts a previously unreleased live performance of "Ball And Chain" recorded live at the Winterland Ballroom on April 12th, 1968.

"Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" includes liner notes penned especially for this commemorative release by Jefferson Airplane front woman Grace Slick and Big Brother & The Holding Company drummer David Getz. "Then I heard that voice", writes Slick. "Good Lord, spontaneous explosions of every emotion, no holds barred. Janis had no trouble sliding from the apron clad 50's into the no bra 60's. We all took every advantage of the new freedoms, and it was reflected in the music. This album, because of its worldwide success, made it possible for everybody to hear the phenomenon that was previously limited to the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, a new generation gets the 'Cheap Thrills' experience to enjoy".

Originally released on August 12th, 1968, "Cheap Thrills" was an out of the box smash, a # 1 album that, building on the heat she'd generated at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, established Janis Joplin as rock's foremost primordial psychedelic soul singer, a musical archetype whose influence has never waned. "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" revisits those 1968 sessions and shines a new light on the genius of Janis Joplin and the incredible chemistry she shared with her bandmates in Big Brother & The Holding Company.


The original "Cheap Thrills" featured dubbed in crowd noise to create the sonic illusion of a live album, though only "Ball And Chain" was actually recorded in concert. An alternate live version of the song, recorded at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on April 12th, 1968, is included on "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills". The album was the culmination of several years of hard work for the psychedelic quintet, consisting of Joplin on lead vocals, Sam Andrew and James Gurley on guitar, Peter Albin on bass and Dave Getz on drums. In 1967, a year after recruiting Joplin, they released their self titled debut album while continuing to build a devoted fan base in their native San Francisco and the Bay Area.

A performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 earned Big Brother national recognition, with Joplin's unrestrained full tilt delivery bringing audiences to their feet. Clive Davis, then president of CBS Records, attended the group's performance and signed Big Brother & The Holding Company to Columbia Records. Produced by John Simon, "Cheap Thrills" was the pure distillation of the band's raw talent and bleeding edge instrumental prowess, with compelling originals, as well as covers of jazz and blues favorites.

"'Cheap Thrills' seems to have stood the test of time", writes Dave Getz in his notes for "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills". "It might be because it is arguably the greatest work by a great artist, Janis Joplin. It is certainly the greatest and closest representation of what Big Brother & The Holding Company was as a band and I would add to that argument that Big Brother and Janis as a band, and as a sound, was the embodiment of the San Francisco, psychedelic, counter culture of the 60's. On another, more metaphorical level and in the perspective created by the distance of 50 years, I see 'Cheap Thrills' as a time capsule for the year 1968. That year might have been the moment when it all came to a boil for Big Brother, Janis and the entire 60's, acid infused, revved to the max, counter culture generation".

"Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" will be available in a 2 CD set with 30 tracks and a 2 LP set with 16 tracks.

 

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29.09.2018

Electric Ladyland.....

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience masterpiece "Electric Ladyland", Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing a deluxe edition box set on November 9th, 2018. Available as either a 3 CD and 1 BluRay set or a 6 LP and 1 BluRay set, both packages include the original double album, now newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes. For the LP set, Grundman prepared an all analog direct to disc vinyl transfer of the album, preserving the authenticity. Also included is "Electric Ladyland : The Early Takes", which presents demos and studio outtakes from this period in Hendrix’s career, plus a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire original album by Hendrix’s original engineer Eddie Kramer. This marks the first and only time this has been done with a Hendrix studio album, and gives listeners the original stereo mixes in uncompressed 24 bit/96 kz high resolution audio."Jimi Hendrix Experience : Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68", part of Experience Hendrix’s Dagger Records official bootleg series, is another exclusive component. The never before released recording captures the band and the mounting excitement that took place just weeks before the release of "Electric Ladyland". The BluRay also includes the acclaimed, feature length documentary "At Last… The Beginning : The Making Of Electric Ladyland."

Lastly, the "Electric Ladyland" deluxe edition includes a full color, 48 page book containing Jimi’s handwritten lyrics, poem and instructions to his record label, as well as never before published photos from the recording sessions that were shot by Eddie Kramer himself.


“I had always dreamed of mixing Electric Ladyland in 5.1 surround sound”, says Eddie Kramer, who engineered every Hendrix album made during his life, and produced or co-produced nearly all of his posthumous material. “It always felt to me as the perfect vehicle for the kind of adventuresome stuff that Jimi and I were trying to do in 1968. The visceral thrill when we completed the first surround mix of ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ was palpable. It was an overwhelming experience, pun intended. We viewed this song as the surround test and the moment I heard it I flashed back on those moments when Jimi and I were mixing the stereo album, laughing at our attempts to find that elusive sound”. The BluRay for the "Electric Ladyland" deluxe edition will contain these 5.1 surround sound mixes, a first for any studio album in the Hendrix canon.

The new cover art, a Linda McCartney Eastman photograph of the band and children at the statue of Alice In Wonderland in New York’s Central Park, was Hendrix’s own choice of imagery for the album’s cover image. The shot was relegated to the inside of the US version on Reprise Records, printed in black and white. The UK version of the album released by Track Records didn’t include the photo at all, and instead featured a gatefold photo of 19 naked women, which Hendrix famously abhorred. For the first time ever, the Linda Eastman photo, in full color, will grace the cover of "Electric Ladyland", true to Jimi Hendrix’s original vision.

The 3rd album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Electric Ladyland" was the last Hendrix studio album to have been released during the guitar icon’s lifetime and reflects his meticulous involvement in every facet of its creation. In his essay, included in the full color 12” x 12” book that comes with the set, veteran Rolling Stone contributor David Fricke contends, “Electric Ladyland is the guitarist at a visceral, pictorial peak in his playing and his exploration of the recording studio as an instrument of composition and narrative”.

Originally released on October 16th, 1968, "Electric Ladyland" is the source of such legendary Hendrix tracks as “All Along The Watchtower”, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, “Crosstown Traffic” and “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp”. It is commonly acknowledged by Hendrix cognoscenti as the most fully realized, cohesive project of his entire career. The only Hendrix album to have hit #1 on the Billboard charts, it is, indisputably, the crowning achievement of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and underscored Hendrix's abilities as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. It remains his most popular selling album outside the US, outpacing the guitarist’s groundbreaking debut LP "Are You Experienced".

Notable for being the 1st album produced and directed by Jimi Hendrix, "Electric Ladyland" was largely recorded after Hendrix split from Chas Chandler, the former member of the Animals who found Hendrix in New York and brought him to the UK, co-managing his career and producing the first 2 Experience albums. There is also the introduction of outside players, namely Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Dave Mason of Traffic, Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, bass on “Voodoo Chile”, and Hendrix’s own future Band of Gypsys band mate Buddy Miles, drums on “Rainy Day, Dream Away” and “Still Raining, Still Dreaming”. As a result of the growing tension between Hendrix and Experience bassist Noel Redding, who parted ways the following year, Hendrix took it upon himself to play bass on most of the songs, including the cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, the only Jimi Hendrix Experience single to reach Billboard’s top 20. Widely considered one of the greatest interpretations ever recorded, Dylan professed in 1995 that Hendrix found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. By 1974, Dylan demonstrated the ultimate show of respect when he began using Hendrix’s template to perform his own song.


"Electric Ladyland : The Early Takes" consists of demos for song ideas Hendrix recorded himself on a Teac reel to reel tape machine in early 1968, as well as early sessions at Sound Center and the Record Plant in New York. Previously unreleased versions of “Angel Caterina” and “Little Miss Strange” feature guest appearances from Buddy Miles and Stephen Stills. “Long Hot Summer” features Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell with Al Kooper on piano, and “At Last... The Beginning” is an early version of what would become “…And The Gods Made Love”. Jimi’s demos, recorded in March 1968 while he resided at the Drake Hotel in Manhattan included formative renditions of such classic songs as “Voodoo Chile” and “Gypsy Eyes”, as well as fascinating sketches of songs such as “Angel” and “My Friend” which, despite their quality, did not make the album.

The "Electric Ladyland" deluxe edition includes the previously unreleased live album "Jimi Hendrix Experience : Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68", part of Experience Hendrix’s official bootleg series. This live album documents their triumphant Los Angeles concert held a few weeks before "Electric Ladyland" was released. The recently discovered 2 track soundboard recording captures the energy that had the audience in such a frenzy that many concert goers jumped into the reflecting pool that separated the bandstand from the seats. "Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68" includes selections from all 3 Experience albums, as well as a cover of Cream’s smash hit “Sunshine Of Your Love”. The accompanying book is filled with unpublished photos that follow the band at the Bowl, from afternoon rehearsal, to backstage to the performance itself.

"At Last… The Beginning : The Making Of Electric Ladyland" documents the creation of the legendary double album. Some of Jimi’s closest associates are seen on screen discussing their first hand recollections of Hendrix and the project including bassist Noel Redding, drummer Mitch Mitchell, manager Chas Chandler, Buddy Miles, Jack Casady, Steve Winwood, Dave Mason and others who participated in the "Electric Ladyland" sessions. One of the highlights of the program includes demonstrations by Eddie Kramer, who discusses the techniques Hendrix, Mitchell and Redding employed in recording the album, playing some of the original multitrack tapes to illustrate the process. "At Last… The Beginning : The Making Of Electric Ladyland" is the definitive telling of the story.

The accompanying 48 page full color book contains essays by music critic David Fricke and producer John McDermott. It is filled with detailed recording information and unpublished photos, including many taken by Eddie Kramer during the recording of the album. Fans get a rare look at Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics and instructions to his label Warner Bros for the album, drawn from his personal notebook, as well as original Warner Bros internal memos and alternate artwork for the album.

 

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28.09.2018

Swampcandy.....

"Mine" is the 5th full length album by the hard traveling, foot stomping roots duo known as Swampcandy. Set for release in October, "Mine" is 13 songs of acoustic and electric americana heavily influenced by primitive blues, world music, hard driving rock'n'roll, rotgut whiskey, almost 2 000 live shows and 100's of 1 000's of road miles. The tales they spin are sometimes moral, sometimes dark, yet always timeless. Sonically, the material weaves seamlessly between the incredibly full sound created by the core band, guitarist and vocalist Ruben Dobbs and bassist and foot drummer Joey Mitchell, and the ultimate vision of the songs replete with keyboards, strings, vibes and more.

Just over half of the songs on this album were recorded during the "Land" sessions, the rest were tracked and fleshed out over the last 2 years. There are some concepts involved in this release as well. Together, the previous album "Land", combined with "Mine", create the grand vinyl release Swampcandy "Landmine". The gatefolds of each album when opened and placed one below the other create the board game Swampcandyland that comes with instructions, playing pieces, dice and mysterious “The Flask Of Question”. Just like their music, the game is open to interpretation.

"This album evolved very organically", Dobbs explains. "About a year after 'Land' was done I started working on material that would become 'Mine' and I started seeing how the 2 could be tied together. The concept of the game came during the recording of 'Land'. The song 'Swampcandyland' came 1st, for the album, and then the idea of the game emerged. I brought in my friends who help me with creative stuff, and we came up with the entire concept, then we tested it and woke up a day later and saw it was good".

Despite being the theoretical musical bookend to "Land", "Mine" is its' own album, one that marks a bold departure for Swampcandy from a roots band dabbling in other genres to a band expanding its scope and confidently writing the next chapter of its musical journey. From standard power trio arrangements to ragtime, aggressive finger picking, alongside Hammond B3 organ and grand piano, instruments from the far flung reaches of the earth nestled in with fiddles and violins, violas, cellos, upright bass and slide guitar, there is bound to be something for everyone on "Mine".

 

 

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27.09.2018

Steven Wilson.....

Steven Wilson is to release a concert film, "Home Invasion : In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall", in November on various audio video formats and later as a special limited edition 5 LP vinyl box set. This concert recording captures the last show of the 3 night run in the historic London venue from March this year, as Steven Wilson was coming to the end of his European 'To The Bone' tour.

This release is being issued across an number of formats, namely BluRay + 2 CD, DVD + 2 CD and standalone BluRay and DVD. There isn’t a 2 D option but the soundtrack to the film will be available as a deluxe 5 LP vinyl box set due next year. The CDs include the full soundtrack of the concert across 2 discs, while the vinyl box actually offers 6 extra tracks, three soundcheck songs, included as bonus content on the BluRay and DVD, and 3 songs from the previous night’s performance. Those last 3 weren’t performed at all during the filming, so are therefore exclusive to the vinyl.

As you’d expect from the 5.1 mixing maestro, the BluRay and DVD offer 5.1 surround mixes of the concert. The vinyl box features 5 180 g vinyl records, which all come with printed outer sleeves and plain poly lined inner bags. These are housed in a rigid slipcase with a deluxe foil blocking and embossed finish on the cover and spine. The vinyl box also includes a 32-page large format booklet.

The vinyl box features five 180g vinyl records which all come with printed outer sleeves and plain poly-lined inner bags. These are housed in a rigid slipcase with a deluxe foil-blocking and embossed finish on the cover and spine. The vinyl box also includes a 32-page large format booklet.

"Home Invasion : In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall" is released on video formats and combo packs on November 2nd, 2018, by Eagle Rock. Vinyl fans require some patience as the 5 LP box set won’t be released until March 22nd, 2019 through Caroline International.

 

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26.09.2018

Mott The Hoople.....

Universal Music will in November issue "Mental Train : The Island Years 1969 - 1971", a new 6 disc Mott The Hoople box set which delivers everything the band recorded during their time at Island Records including many bonus tracks and unreleased material. "Mental Train" includes the 4 albums, "Mott The Hoople" (1969), "Mad Shadows" (1970), "Wildlife" (1970) and "Brain Capers" (1971), each of which include 8 or 9 bonus tracks, including a-sides, b-sides, demos, rehearsals and alternate takes. The 5th CD includes more unheard and unreleased music from the Island archive while the final disc features live material recorded at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, on September 13th, 1970, and a 'BBC Radio One In Concert' show from the Paris Theatre, London, on December 30th, 1971. The studio albums have all been remastered from the original tapes by Andy Pearce and this set comes in what looks like the familiar Universal shoebox package with a a 50-page booklet designed by Phil Smee with sleeve notes by Kris Needs. "Mental Train : The Island Years 1969 - 1971" will be released on November 2nd, 2018.

 

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25.09.2018

2 x Badfinger.....

Real Gone Music is taking a bite of the apple this fall with a special pair of newly remastered and generously expanded reissues from Badfinger. The band’s 2 underrated Warner Bros albums are getting the deluxe treatment from the label on November 2nd, 2018.

Following 5 albums for The Beatles’ Apple label, including one as The Iveys in 1969, the hitmaking band behind “Come and Get It” and “Day After Day” decamped their fab home for the Warner Bros label. The quartet of Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Joey Molland and Mike Gibbins announced their artistic rebirth by titling the album, simply, "Badfinger". Producer Chris Thomas resumed work with the group in 1973 shortly after completing Apple swansong "Ass", which was released in November 1973 in the US and March 1974 abroad. "Badfinger‘s" arrival actually preceded the UK release of "Ass", arriving in stores in February 1974.

Consisting entirely of group originals, the album nonetheless failed to ignite the charts. Molland’s “Love Is Easy”, released in the UK as a single, failed to make the charts.  The choice for the American market, Ham’s “I Miss You”, also missed the commercial mark. With the band also engaged in litigation with Apple, "Badfinger" didn’t stand much of a chance. It peaked at # 161 on the Billboard 200, becoming the group’s lowest charting album.

Undeterred, Badfinger regrouped with Thomas in the spring of 1974 at the famed Caribou Ranch in Colorado, the same studio where Elton John, Chicago and Beach Boys all called home at one time or another. The album eventually titled "Wish You Were Here" would be the band’s 2nd and last album for Warner Bros, as well as the final album by the original foursome. With just 9 tracks all written by band members, "Wish You Were Here" was received more favorably than its predecessor upon its November 1974 release. Today, some pundits even consider it Badfinger’s best, most cohesive album. But just weeks after its release, the album was pulled as a result of another lawsuit, this time between Warner Bros and the band’s management.  It did make the Billboard chart at # 148, besting "Badfinger‘s" performance, but hardly restoring the group to chart supremacy.

"Wish You Were Here" marked the end of the classic iteration of the group. Joey Molland quit Badfinger following a strife filled tour, Ham, Evans and Gibbins joined with Bob Jackson, a brief replacement for Ham when he briefly quit following "Wish You Were Here", in December 1974 to create the "Head First" album which went unreleased until 2000. Pete Ham committed suicide in 1975, dashing hopes of any subsequent reunions. Evans and Molland picked up the pieces in 1979 with musicians Joe Tansin and Kenny Harck, reforming Badfinger for "Airwaves" on Warner Bros’ sister label Elektra. A different line up of Molland, Evans, Tony Kaye, Glenn Sherba and Richard Bryans issued "Say No More" in 1981 on the Radio label, the final new album to bear the Badfinger moniker. 2 years later, Tom Evans also took his own life.

Real Gone’s "Badfinger" reissue expands the original release with 10 bonus tracks, highlighted by the unreleased song “Love My Lady”, and featuring an additional 9 works in in progress mixes from the original album sessions. The "Wish You Were Here" expansion also adds 10 bonus tracks with another unreleased song, “Queen of Darkness” and 9 new alternate mixes, featuring some different vocals and arrangements.  Badfinger biographer Dan Matovina has remastered both reissues from the original master tapes. He has also penned new liner notes for each release which include new quotes from Chris Thomas.

 

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24.09.2018

The Sign.....

Jo Stevens and Paul Volta are The Sign. The original musical style of The Sign is drawn from rock, blues, pop and folk styles from Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Pretenders, Divinyls, XTC, Joan Baez, Fleetwood Mac, etc.

Constantly transcending, these recycled teenagers use 12 string and 6 string acoustic guitars to present a fresh original sound. Their exhilarating live shows always receive a great response.

With a mix of different styles and influences, they have delighted audiences from Tokyo to Osaka, California to New York, Queensland to Tasmania and more.

The Sign have released 4 CDs. “Black Label Acoustic”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Naked Glory” and their new release “C The Sign”.

“C The Sign” is creating a worldwide buzz and is looking to make its mark in the music industry. The album was co-produced by 11 x Emmy Award winner Jack Allocco and Grammy Award winner Tom Weir.

They have won awards from the Australian Songwriters Association, Billboard Songwriting Contest and National Songwriters Contest, as well as a place on Australia’s “X Factor” TV show.

Great vocals, excellent harmonies and compelling lyrics are the trademarks of The Sign.

 

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23.09.2018

Sheryl Crow Live.....

Sheryl Crow will issue "Live At The Capitol Theatre" in November, an audio visual combo package that celebrates the final show of her 2017 'Be Myself Tour'. Available as a 2 CD + BluRay or 2 CD + DVD digipak, this release showcases 21 songs from Crow’s back catalogue including hits like "All I Wanna Do", "Leaving Las Vegas" and "If It Makes You Happy", as well as songs from the "Be Myself" album, such as the title track, "Halfway There" and "Roller Skate"’. A new composition, "Atom Bomb", also features. The show was filmed on November 10th, 2017, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. "Live At The Capitol Theatre" will be released on October 26th, 2018 by, Wienerworld.

 

 

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22.09.2018

Barry White Box.....

"The 20th Century Records Albums 1973 - 1979" is a new box set brings together all the albums issued by Barry White via the 20th Century Records label. 2 box sets are available, a 9 CD package or a 9 LP vinyl collection. The audio for both has been remastered from the original analogue tapes and the vinyl, cut at Abbey Road, is pressed on 180 g vinyl and replicates original sleeve and label art. "The 20th Century Records Albums 1973 - 1979" is released on October 26th, 2018 via Universal Music.

 

 

 

 

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21.09.2018

Jim James.....

Jim James has announced the forthcoming release of "Uniform Clarity", a new companion piece to his 2018 solo album, "Uniform Distorsion". The new album, which includes acoustic versions of the songs originally from "Uniform Distortion", along with 2 new tracks, arrives on October 5th, 2018 via ATO Records

“The idea for 'Uniform Clarity' came from 'Uniform Distortion', an album of intentional chaosand dirt, literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live”, James explains.

“'Uniform Clarity' is meant to illuminate the other side, raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio”. "Uniform Clarity" was recorded with Shawn Everett. “Working with Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs, just vocals, guitar and the space itself, no special FX”, James notes. “A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains, a thought. A seed. A light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth”.

 

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20.09.2018

Marco R Wagner.....


Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro's 1960's art scene, Marco R Wagner’s mother was an accomplished piano performer and his father a successful painter from Spain. He lived in his father’s country in his late teens where he had his first public performances and was soon part of Madrid's renowned art and cultural revival, La Movida. In 1980 after 2 years of conservatory studies in Madrid, Marco decides to move to New York City to pursue his dream of being a singer songwriter in the tradition of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne or Dan Fogelberg. Drawing upon his Brazilian roots and Spanish guitar training and his work in New England, Nashville and Europe, he has continued to be a sought after performer, guitarist and session player on both continents.
 
Marco was part of Boston’s coffee house scene briefly in the 80’s, but moved to Nashville after recording his 1st album in New York City. In Music City in the early 90's Marco was part of a new budding generation of singer songwriters who flocked in from other places, such as his friends Matthew Ryan, Ricko Donovan, Jana Stanfield or Richard Mekdeci. Other classmates from the East Nashville scene included David Rawlings or Josh Rouse. He collaborated with local artists and performed with mainstays such as Dolly Parton, Jana Stanfield, Julie Gold, working as a member of the World Peace Choir and the Peace Celebration Band, which included ex-members of The Byrds, Guess Who, Orleans, New Grass Revival, and the Wooten Brothers. Marco has also toured with artists such as Sid Griffin, Lou Marini, or Gene Taylor.
 
In Nashville he formed the popular band The Joytoys who published a collaborative effort, "Come Out And Play!", and his own back-up band, Worlds Collide, with whom he later published an eclectic album in Europe. He had already put out 2 albums of original songs "What’s Love Remains" in 1991 and "Poet, Painter And Cowboy in 1994, which his European label has now reissued. His band effort, "140 Reasons" in 2006 was a candidate for the Spanish Academy Of Music Awards in 2 categories. Best Rock Album, and Best Album. His acclaimed and powerful anti war single "Democratize" has since been featured on Neil Young’s website.
 
Also produced by himself, his 4th effort "My Old Spain" in 2015 is an original americana collection of songs with stellar collaborations of resident artists such as Jeff Espinoza and Ramón Arroyo, and has garnished rave reviews all throughout Europe. Several Records now releases Marco’s latest album, "Music Love Magic", an exquisite collection of songs laced with countless acoustic guitars and vocals interpreted and produced entirely by him.
 
Marco currently resides in his father’s hometown in the mountains of Spain where he also runs a weekly radio program, 'In Between Worlds'. He is endorsed by Avalon Guitars.

 

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19.09.2018

Tull & Wilson.....

Jethro Tull‘s 1968 debut album, "This Was", will be reissued as a 3 CD + 1 DVD deluxe edition in November with stereo and surround mixes by Steven Wilson, plus a lot of rare recordings. This 50th anniversary package includes the original album and bonus tracks remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson, live BBC sessions from 1968, the original mix of the album in both mono and stereo, a flat transfer of the US 1969 stereo mix and the original album and bonus tracks remixed by Steven Wilson in 4.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround and 96/24 LPCM stereo.

‘Love Story’ and ‘A Christmas Song’ are actually presented as 5.1 mixes. The Jethro Tull reissues should be familiar by now, so this will be presented in the usual DVD sized book package filled with an extensive history of the album, track by track annotations by Ian Anderson, with rare and unseen photographs. "This Was: The 50th Anniversary Edition" will be issued on November 9th, 2018.

 

 

 

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18.09.2018

Dave Davies.....

Dave Davies of the Kinks is set to release "Decade". The album, which arrives October 12th, 2018, is a collection of unreleased songs he recorded from 1971 to 1979. "I am so pleased that after all this time these tracks are being released to see the light of day", he says in a press release. "These songs have been silently nagging at me to be recognised all these years. At last I can proudly present this album 'Decade' to the world. I do hope you all enjoy the music".

"Decade" can be considered to be a companion piece to 2011’s "Hidden Treasures", which spotlighted songs he wrote in the 60's. Although his brother Ray wrote the majority of the Kinks material, Dave penned several great songs, such as "Death Of A Clown" from "Something Else" and the Arthur-era outtakes "Mindless Child Of Motherhood" and "This Man He Weeps Tonight." But as the press release notes, Dave's songs had no apparent Place in the concept albums Ray was creating, so these tracks remained under beds, in attics, in storage until they were discovered by Dave's sons. Dave's first true solo album, "AFL1-3603", came out in 1980.

"We were busy, and we were touring", he continued, The Kinks were very vibrant that whole period of time. It wasn’t really until the end of the ‘70s that I started to really take my writing seriously. I should have done it anyway, because what’s ‘serious’ and ‘not serious’? Just get stuff out, you know?”.

 

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17.09.2018

Steve Perry.....

Former Journey singer Steve Perry is set to make a return to music. The reclusive singer last released a solo album in 1994 with "For The Love Of Strange Medicine", which was followed 2 years later with his final album in Journey, 1996’s "Trial By Fire". Come October, however, Perry will release a new solo album called "Traces".

According to a listing on iTunes, "Traces" spans 10 tracks and will be released on October 5th, 2018. Perry previously mentioned the solo album in an interview last year. Speaking to ABC Radio, Perry said the album was inspired by the death of his girlfriend in 2013. “I met someone and I fell in love with this person”, he said. “And I lost this person to breast cancer 4 years ago.

In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording. Basically the record is an emotional expression, and a reason to make one. It’s been a real cathartic experience going back to that emotional place that I thought I would never go back to. And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs.

 

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16.09.2018

Rob McHale.....

On “Prophets On The Boulevard” master storyteller Rob McHale takes you on a walk through the Boston Common, up to a mountain top in West Virginia, to a street corner prophet helping the downtrodden, and on a stroll in an historic small town along main street.

Woody Guthrie leaves us with an inspiration to make the world a better place in “Woody’s Shoes“ as Mother Jones is too late to stop a movement on “Blair Mountain”. Folk songs with a dash of roots and contemporary bluegrass influence make observations about ourselves and our world.

Recorded in the North Carolina mountains with producer Chris Rosser, Rob and his bandmates returned for a balanced album featuring social commentary, history and love. Massachusetts artists Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards made contributions along with Rob’s brother Pat featured on the harmonica, and a few other musical friends.

Rob has been performing in the southeast and internationally sharing stories about some of our greatest folk legends at a range of venues, from historical societies and libraries, to telling the Tom Dooley Legend at the grave of Laura Foster during the Happy Valley Fiddler’s Convention.

”Prophets On The Boulevard”is Rob McHale’s 4th release.

 

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15.09.2018

Marcus King Band.....

The Marcus King Band have already given fans reason to believe they are destined for great things.  At 22 years of age, Marcus King has been a bandleader for a decade and tipped as 'music’s next great guitarist' by the Washington Post.  But the band’s daring, ambitious new album, "Carolina Confessions", marks an artistic leap of another order.  Set for release on October 5th, 2018, on Fantasy Records, the album was produced and mixed by Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A.  And it finds the band’s trademark musicianship buoyed by a new narrative depth, as Marcus delves into heavy themes, such as absolution, guilt, leaving home, yearning, love and other affairs of the soul.

"Carolina Confessions" features 10 brand new songs, all written by Marcus except for “How Long,” which was co-written with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin.  Whether it’s the searing rock exorcism of “Confessions” or the propulsive road bound soul of “Where I’m Headed”, Marcus exhibits an almost Southern gothic sensibility in his songs, owning up to failed relationships, portraying his complex connection with his hometown, arraying a sprawling musical firmament in the process. Marcus and his 5 bandmates, drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter and trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn Alexander, are in top form on "Carolina Confessions", exhibiting an intuitive sense of control and expression as they tackle their most sonically layered and emotionally complex compositions to date.

 

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14.09.2018

Loretta Lynn.....

Legacy Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment will release "Wouldn't It Be Great", the new studio album from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on September 28th, 2018.

One of the most deeply personal albums of Loretta Lynn’s career, "Wouldn't It Be Great" communicates in song the hard truths and spiritual insights Loretta has gathered throughout her life and reflects the resilience that sustains her still. Comprised entirely of songs written or co-written by Loretta, the album premieres new compositions alongside soulful reinterpretations of enduring classics from her catalog. “This new record means so much to me, but this last year I had to focus on my health and I decided to hold up the release”, said Loretta. “I’m feelin’ good and look forward to it comin’ out. It was really important to me to be a part of it being released and I’m excited to celebrate with everybody”.

"Wouldn't It Be Great" is the last song Loretta wrote for her late husband, Oliver 'Doolittle' Lynn). "Well," Loretta observes, "my husband liked to drink a lot and that's where that song comes from. ‘Say you love me just one time, with a sober mind’. I always liked that song but I never liked to sing it around Doo¨". "That song just always meant so much to me", continues their daughter, and album co-producer, Patsy Lynn Russell, "because of the lyrics, you know, 'when my fancy lace couldn't turn your face,' it was just so powerful and was a song that needed to be recorded for this album with Loretta. It shows just how masterful my mom is with writing down her feelings".

Like its predecessor, the critically acclaimed "Full Circle", "Wouldn't It Be Great" was mainly recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.

 

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13.09.2018

Cher & ABBA.....

One of this year’s biggest and best surprises has been the perfect timing of ”Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”. The sequel to 2008’s all ABBA jukebox musical film ”Mamma Mia!” is a serious hit and an instant cult favorite at the same time. It’s helped spike streams for the Swedish pop quartet’s decades old classics and sparked countless new memes, all full of sweet, seemingly unironic love for both the film series and the band itself.

The secret to this success may be Cher, who makes a grand entrance in the new film, stepping off a helicopter to sing “Fernando” with Andy Garcia. Cher, of course, was in no way at risk of fading from pop culture memory. Her Twitter has become the gold standard of celebrity twitters. She’s passionate, funny and clearly writing in her own unmistakably sassy voice with the aid of a few well placed emojis for emphasis. Cher can tweet out something as simple as “Hi again” and rack up nearly 70 000 faves from her followers. ”Mamma Mia!” is lucky to have her.

Stars rarely align like this. ABBA and Cher were 2 of the 70’s greatest pop acts, and though they were very successful, both of them battled for respect against the hard rock and punk of the era. ABBA’s US breakthrough album, 1976’s ”Arrival”, went platinum around the world, but was largely panned by critics. Rolling Stone called them ’charming twerps’ in a patronizing review, dismissing songs like “Dancing Queen” as ’muzak mesmerizing in its modality’.

Cher has capitalized on the success of ”Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” by announcing an ABBA tribute album titled ”Dancing Queen”. The first single is a cover of 1979’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” that’s as much a nod to the pop group’s heyday, as it is to her own clubby career revival in the 90’s, when she linked up with producer Mark Taylor for “Believe”.

It’s a delightful bit of utopian revisionist history for a generation of 20 and 30 somethings who were born after ABBA broke up and first encountered their catalog through the first ”Mamma Mia!” soundtrack, a perfectly fine way to first discover one of pop’s campiest and most influential acts. To this fandom, as it exists now, ABBA’s music is less a nostalgic time capsule than a mirror perfect reflection of the upbeat yet heartbroken synth pop of the last several years, heard everywhere from fellow Swedes Robyn and Tove Lo, to Taylor Swift’s ”1989” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s ”Emotion”. The dance-y desperation of a song like ABBA’s 1975 hit “SOS” encompasses pop’s past and present in a way few other acts can.

It’s early to say, but Cher’s ”Dancing Queen” might just be a surprise hit of its own, a unique, almost fated moment of convergence that is probably as much a pleasant surprise to Cher and ABBA themselves as it is the fans who have stuck by them long before the rates of their cultural currency shot up. Of all the left field pieces of cultural history to make a breakthrough in 2018, pop that’s unafraid of frivolity and extravagance ain’t exactly the worst.

September 28th, 2018.

 

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12.09.2018

Laura Meade.....

Laura Meade’s background in musical theatre helps define her unique approach as a lyricist and musician. "Remedium" combines Meade’s love of art rock with the emotion of musical theatre. In addition to being a vocalist for the progressive rock band IZZ, her career includes performances around the world with many different artists and on a multitude of stages.

"Remedium" features progressive, adventurous extended tracks such as “Sunflowers At Chernobyl” and “Dragons”, as well as songs with art pop sensibilities, such as “Conquer The World”. Meade’s incredible range and versatility as a vocalist is evidenced throughout the album and particularly on songs such as “Every Step” and “What I See From Here”

Meade is joined by her IZZ bandmates on several songs, as well as Randy McStine, from The Fringe and Lo Fi Resistance on “Sunflowers At Chernobyl” and Jason Hart, from I and Thou, Renaissance and Camel, on “Irradiation”.

 

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11.09.2018

Grateful Dead.....

In 2017, filmmaker Amir Bar Lev impressed with his documentary film, "Long Strange Trip : The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead", which premiered at Sundance, lists Martin Scorsese as executive producer and has, until now, only been available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. On November 9th, 2018, the documentary will be made available on BluRay and DVD, with a trove of bonus material included for the most devoted fans of the iconic musical ensemble fronted by the late Jerry Garcia.

“Around 2003, while winding through the 16mm film outtakes for 'The Grateful Dead Movie' in preparation for its DVD release, I came across a couple of unlabeled cans of 16mm film. I loaded the first reel onto the Steenbeck film viewing and editing table and was amazed by what I saw”, said Dead archivist David Lemieux. “Not only rare, exceptional quality material from the performance at the Hollywood Festival, but loads of other terrific footage, showing the band at a Warner Bros Records party in London, Pigpen surrounded by suits, at a photo shoot, 'that’s one uncooperative bunch of musicians’, at a rehearsal hall performing ‘Candyman’ vocal harmonies, and, most exciting of all, backstage at the festival. This is truly some of the most remarkable, candid, and interesting footage in existence of the Grateful Dead and we’re thrilled to be releasing the entirety of this wonderful historical document”.

The official Grateful Dead website currently has up for pre-order exclusive and extended super deluxe editions of the film available for purchase now, but those will assuredly sell out ahead of the release date. This deluxe edition boasts a previously unreleased, 6 song live performance from the band’s first show overseas, recorded on May 24th, 1970, in England at the Hollywood Festival, along with backstage footage from the band’s first trip over the pond. It also features 2 live performances from 1989, "Dear Mr Fantasy” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy”. Snippets of all the bonus content were used in the film, but this marks the first time they will be released in their entirety.

 

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10.09.2018

The Kinks' V.G. Box.....

BMG Records will issue a 50th anniversary edition of The Kinks‘ 1968 album "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" in October. The band’s 6th studio album was originally issued in November 1968 and would be the last album by the original line up as bass player Pete Quaife departed in early 1969. Describing the album today, Davies says it’s about “the ending of a time personally for me in my life. In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle”.

The super deluxe edition is a 11 disc set, no less. It contains a double vinyl LP with stereo and mono versions, both 2018 remasters, and a 12 track "Continental : Swedish" version on vinyl. There are 174 tracks in total with many previously unreleased tracks and versions, including the previously unreleased track ‘Time Song’ which was performed by The Kinks at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973. This track was Davies’ commentary on the UK joining what was then called The Common Market. Ray says, “This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the "Preservation Act I" album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed”. This track features in the box set and the 2 CD edition.

The box set comes with a 52 page hardcover book with extensive sleeve notes and new band interviews and includes essays by Pete Townshend and other writers. It boasts special packaging with debossed box cover, foil and metallic text, linen cloth finish and a bespoke accessories holder. It also comes with what we like to call stuff, broadly categorised as memorabilia. This includes a poster of the "Village Green" LP inner gatefold, Empire Liverpool 1968 tour poster, glossy 10” x 8” photos from Hampstead Heath 1968 photoshoot, colour press photo with reproduced band signatures, Bournemouth 1968 gig ticket, PYE Records promo card, ‘Days’ sheet Music, etc.

The other 3 physical editions are a 2 CD deluxe art of the album which features the stereo and mono remasters and bonus tracks, 49 tracks in total, plus single disc vinyl and CD versions with just the stereo remaster. "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" 50th anniversary editions are out on October 26th, 2018.

 

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09.09.2018

John Hiatt.....

John Hiatt returns with "The Eclipse Sessions" on October 12th, 2018. The 11 track set is Hiatt's 1st new album in 4 years. Hiatt places "The Eclipse Sessions" in a lineage alongside 2 of his greatest works, 1987’s mainstream breakthrough "Bring The Family", which sprung from an impulsive 4 day session with an all star combo led by Ry Cooder, and 2000’s "Crossing Muddy Waters", an unplanned and largely unplugged effort that set Hiatt on the rootsier path he’s still pursuing today. “The 3 albums are very connected in my mind”, Hiatt says. “They all have a vibe to them that was unexpected. I didn’t know where I was going when I started out on any of them. And each one wound up being a pleasant surprise”.

 

 

 

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08.09.2018

Lady Eryn.....

Since its release, critics have been praising singer Eryn’s new EP and celebrating the emerging artist for her powerhouse live vocals, infectious new music and performances that bring audiences to their feet. Early feedback praises her first single “Hallelujah You’re Gone” as 'HOT!', and the "Lady E" EP as 'her masterpiece to date'.

Much in the way Bruno Mars recalls the excitement of 1970's music, or Amy Winehouse took listeners on a journey back to the 1960's, or Meghan Trainor evokes a 1950's vibe, Eryn hopes to have "Lady E" transport listeners to another era. The EP delivers in a big way, starting with Eryn’s thrilling vocals and reinforcing them with a compelling range of songs, from the wit and catharsis of first single "Hallelujah You’re Gone", to the understated storytelling of "Stranger In My House", to the epic build of "The You Missing From Me", written by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, which rises to an anthemic high and is surely a centerpiece of the EP.

The pedigree on Eryn’s new EP is impressive. It was produced and mixed by Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, Beyonce), and Daley also played bass on the EP. Songwriting credits include Cheryl DaVeiga and Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz,) and the musicians are among the best in the business.

Born and raised in Maryland and now living in New Jersey, Eryn began singing professionally at the age of 13 and hasn’t looked back. She has performed with or opened for such luminaries as Buddy Guy, Dr John, Greg Allman, Robert Cray, Don McLean, Johnny Winter, Gin Blossoms, Bernard Purdie, Little River Band and many others. An Award winning emerging artist, Eryn has been described as a mixture of blues, soul, jazz, pop, rock and even country, but she prefers the term ‘RetroPop’, and the moniker is taking hold with her acclaimed new EP.

On "Lady E" and in concert, Eryn combines an old school sound that evokes the rhythms and recording techniques of the past with a modern pop mindset and powerhouse live performances.

 

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07.09.2018

Elvis Costello.....

Elvis Costello & The Imposters,  Steve Nieve, keyboards, Davey Faragher, bass, Pete Thomas, drums, release a new album on October 12th, 2018. Titled "Look Now", it is the first Costello album in his classic combo format since "Momofuku" in 2008.

Recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia, it combines classic Costello songcraft with vintage Attractions and Imposters musicality and sophisticated orchestrations. There’s a jazzy feel in parts plus co-writes with Burt Bacharach, on "Don’t Look Now" and "Photographs Can Lie", and Carole King on "Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter". The album was co-produced by Elvis and Sebastian Krys, the Latin Grammy Producer Of The Year for both 2007 and 2015.

“I knew if we could make an album with the scope of 'Imperial Bedroom', and some of the beauty and emotion of 'Painted From Memory', we would really have something”, says Costello.

 

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06.09.2018

Lindsey Buckingham.....

This October, Rhino Records will release a Lindsey Buckingham "Solo Anthology" which will be available in 3 physical formats. "Solo Anthology – The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham" to give the package its full, and rather prosaic, title, spans Buckingham’s 6 solo studio albums, from 1981’s "Law And Order" to 2011’s "Seeds We Sow". It also includes oddities like contributions to soundtracks such as "National Lampoon’s Vacation" and "Back To The Future".

Fans of the sublime 1992 album "Out Of The Cradle" have reason to rejoice, since putting aside the spoken word elements and instrumentals, 9 of the 12 songs from that album are remastered and included in the 3 CD edition of "Solo Anthology". In fact a tenth, ‘All My Sorrows’, is also featured on CD 3, but that disc is made up of solely of live performances. The official line from the label about this set is that it includes includes album, live and alternate versions. Obviously, alternate immediately provokes a raise of the eyebrow, but there’s no confirmation as yet which tracks are not the standard studio cuts.

"Law And Order" is the poor relation with just one song, ‘Trouble’, including in this new anthology. A slightly strange decision when songs from his very recent collaborative album with Christine McVie do feature here. Finally, "Solo Anthology" comes with 2 previously unreleased tracks. By a process of elimination we can deduce these are "Hunger" and "Ride This Road". In terms of formats, the 52 track version is available on the 3 CD set and the 6 LP vinyl box. There is a 21 track single disc edition, although it doesn’t include either of the previously unreleased tracks.

"Solo Anthology : The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham" is released on October 5th, 2018, 2 days before the start of a North American tour.

 

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05.09.2018

John Lennon.....

On October 5th, 2018, Universal Music will reissue John Lennon‘s 1971 "Imagine" album across a number of physical formats as "Imagine – The Ultimate Collection". The most exciting of these is a new 6 disc, 4 CD's and 2 BluRay audio discs, super deluxe edition box set that is remixed and remastered and contains all manner of outtakes, sessions, demos, alternate takes, surround mixes, and more. 135 tracks in total.

Fully authorised by Yoko Ono, who oversaw the production and creative direction, this set offers a variety of immersive and intimate listening experiences including what are being called the ultimate mixes of the album, which promise amazing definition and clarity to raw studio mixes which allow fans to her original stripped back performances to new 5.1 surround mixes and the old quad mix which is available for the 1st time in over 45 years.

Of particular interest is "The Evolution Documentary", which is describe as a track by track audio montage that takes you through the development of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chatter.

Fans might observe from the detailed track listings, the fact that a remastered version of the original album mix is not present anywhere and neither is the 10 track album alone on a disc at any Point as CD 1 appends some bonus single A sides and B sides. The good news is that the 2 BluRay discs appear to include Everything on the 4 CD's and more. For example, there are only four elements mixes of tracks from "Imagine" on CD 2 of this box set, but 6 more make an appearance on the 2nd BluRay disc. Likewise, what promises to be very interesting evolution mixes go beyond the just the album on BluRay with bonus extra evolution mixes, including ‘Power To The People’, ‘Do The Oz’, ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ and one called ‘Tittenhurst Park’.

The BluRay discs contain a hi-res stereo and 5.1 surround sound version of the new remix of "Imagine", and the 10 album tracks in the original quad mix.  The press release talks of 35 tracks in 5.1 surround sound, which means 25 of the singles, outtakes and remixes are also available in surround sound, although the track listing contradicts that slightly and suggests nearly all the content on the BluRays has been remixed for 5.1. All audio has been remixed by engineer Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono. He used high definition 24-96 audio transfers of the original 1st generation multi track recordings.

The super deluxe edition of "Imagine" surely exceeds the expectations of the majority of Lennon fans and will, by some margin, be the deepest exploration of an ex-Beatle’s solo work to date. A 2 CD deluxe edition, a 2 LP black vinyl, and limited clear vinyl, edition and a single CD remaster will also be available. The double vinyl has a selection of 12 outtakes on the 2nd record.

Don’t forget, that the "Imagine" and "Gimme Some Truth" films have been hand restored frame by frame from the original film reels into hd, and their soundtracks have been remixed in 5.1 surround sound, and remastered. They will also be released on BluRay and DVD in October. The "Imagine" film is also being shown theatrically.

 

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04.09.2018

PARK88.....

PARK88, the captivating musical marriage between award winning, gritty voiced pianist Rich Wyman and singer songwriter storyteller Lisa Needham, have confirmed the release of their debut EP ”The Fearlessness” to be released September 14th via Brendan Entertainment Records. Following the release the duo will hit the road supporting The Gypsy Kings in September.

The road to PARK88 is a story of far flung travel, dues paid, and a special bond between 2 unique talents. Initially coming together in New York City, as Wyman and Needham supported their musical endeavors as a bike messenger and singing waitress, the pair began gaining a steady recognition for their talent and performing at some of the city's biggest venues.

Unexpectedly invited to Park City, Utah, by a friend, Needham and Wyman headed off for what would become a life altering vacation. Happening upon a neglected piano at a local restaurant Wyman began performing for fun and became an instant hit.

The owner offered him a job on the spot, doubled his pay within year and watched as crowds and local media coverage piled on the praise. The pair soon relocated permanently to Park City and have called it home ever since.

Shortly afterwards Needham and Wyman found themselves making the acquaintance of Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Eddie Van Halen while he was visiting Park City. Like so many others, the guitar icon also became a fan and invited Wyman out to his 5150 Studio in Los Angeles. Along with Andy Johns, Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones mixing engineer, they spent several years creating music together and shopping the material.

Using the tracks Van Halen performed on and Johns produced, as well as adding new songs, Wyman created his solo album ”Fatherless Child”, and, in another unexpected twist, found the release storming the charts in Europe and opening the doors to years of touring some of that continent's biggest stages.

While Needham and Wyman had always played shows together, PARK88 is the beginning of a new pairing of sounds with Needham’s words and singing complimenting Wyman’s virtuosic piano playing. "Lisa is my best friend and soulmate", Wyman says.

"So it's a spiritual experience to create and perform music together and share it with other people. When we sing harmonies together, we’re having a musical conversation in the same way we’ve been communicating as partners. It feels magical, we’re excited to finally tour together".

 

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03.09.2018

The Small Faces.....

The Small Faces classic 1968 album "Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake" will be reissued in September as a 50th anniversary box set, with a 3 LP vinyl and a 3 CD + 1 DVD variants available.

Issued on Immediate Records in May 1968, the album reached # 1 in the charts and includes "Lazy Sunday", "Afterglow", "Song Of A Baker’" and "Rollin’ Over". This new 50th anniversary edition is available as a 3 LP coloured, red, white and blue, vinyl set. This set comprises both mono and stereo versions of the album plus an LP of rare bonus material. Audio has been newly remastered by Nick Robbins, with the full cooperation of surviving Small Faces member Kenney Jones, and the vinyl has been cut at half-speed, by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios. This vinyl set comes with a deluxe booklet with in depth sleeve notes by Mark Paytress, interviews and rare photos.

The 50th anniversary set is also available as a 3 CD + 1 DVD large format book, earbook, package. This contains almost the same audio as in the 3 vinyl set, CD 3 has extra content, but adds a DVD that includes the Small Faces June 1968 TV performance of 'Happiness Stan', for the BBC’s Colour Me Pop, along with Peter Whitehead’s promotional film for 'Lazy Sunday'. The hardcover book is 60-pages and features the same Mark Paytress notes, etc.

These 50th anniversary editions of "Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake" will be released on September 28th, 2018.

 

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02.09.2018

Longbranch Pennywhistle.....

Glenn Frey was my roommate, best friend, and first songwriting partner in Los Angeles. We knew we were onto something original, as are most young musicians, including our soon to be friends and collaborators Jackson Browne and Don Henley, but quite honestly, we were just trying to do our best work in a very competitive environment. If in doing that we evolved a new architecture of some sort, fine, but remember we were all listening carefully to each other and to the giants before and among us. We listened to Miles, Hank Williams, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Coltrane, Bach, Cole Porter, Tim Hardin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Carole King to name a few. We always said that if you want to make great music you should listen to great music. This album was our freshman project”. ~ JD Souther

Longbranch Pennywhistle, Geffen Records, September 28th, 2018.

 

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