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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15.12.2018

Agony Street.....

On November 23rd, 2018, Paraply Records released "Merry Christmas Anyway" performed by pop duo Agony Street. The song's main character looks back with sadness on past christmases. Agony Street consists of Klas Qvist and Gudmundur Bragason. They write all their material together. They recorded 2 unreleased albums in the early 90’s. These 2 albums will see release in 2019, on a double CD entitled "The 1st 2 Albums". The single was recorded earlier this year during sessions for a whole new album. Klas Qvist has released 3 albums as Citizen K on Paraply Records. "Meet Citizen K", "Second Thoughts" and "III". Gudmundur Bragason has worked as a producer on the record label Refräng where he produced the "Schlagerkavalkaden" series.

 

 

 

 

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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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