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.

 

 

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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01.09.2018

Bobbie Gentry.....

"The Girl From Chickasaw County" is a new career spanning 8 CD deluxe set that brings together all of American singer songwriter Bobbie Gentry’s studio albums and adds a massive amount of previously unreleased recordings. Sensitively remastered from the original tapes, this collection features Gentry’s 6 studio albums, recorded between 1967 and 1971, her LP with Glen Campbell, and adds over 75 unreleased recordings outtakes, demos and rarities. The 8th CD features 26 previously unreleased live performances from her TV series that was broadcast on BBC 2. Numbering 177 tracks in total, this set has specially commissioned cover art by David Downton. It includes an 84 page book with an essay by compiler Andrew Batt, rare and unseen photos, 8 postcards and a facsimile lyric sheet insert of Gentry’s original handwritten lyrics for "Ode To Billie Joe". "The Girl From Chickasaw County : The Complete Capitol Masters" will be released on September 21st, 2018.

 

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31.08.2018

Jennifer Maidman.....

Jennifer Maidman is a complex musical creative with a distinguished career that stretches back to the 1970’s. She is well known as a multi instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and producer. She has worked with many respected artists including Boy George, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, David Sylvian, Proclaimers, Shakespears Sister, Robert Wyatt, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, David Soul, Linda McCartney, Salif Keita, George Clinton, Sam Brown, Ian Dury, Murray Head, Mark Knopfler,Terry Reid, her partner Annie Whitehead, and many others. Jennifer is also proudly transgender and has been out since the mid 1980’s.

Maidman’s new solo album, ”Dreamland”, is the fully realized song cycle her fans have long waited for. Recorded in Woodstock, New York and Kent in England, it’s full of original music, spoken word elements, and top tier guests like trombonist Annie Whitehead (Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson), guitarist David Torn (David Bowie, Laurie Anderson), and drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney). Several members of the original Penguin Café Orchestra also appear, Jennifer having been a longstanding member of that seminal band. The tracks on ”Dreamland” range from deep funk to piano ballads and demonstrate the scope of Maidman’s creative vision. Writer and filmmaker Dakota Lane produced a documentary film about the making of the record and Maidman’s life. The film, shot on a single iPhone, is a brilliant glimpse into her world and was selected for the New York City Independent Film Festival in 2018.

Other recent releases featuring Jennifer's work include Paul Brady's ”The Vicar Street Sessions” (on which Jennifer can be heard playing with Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Ronan Keating, and others), ”Freedom's Daughter” by Jan Allain, ”Flawed Heroine” by Lund, ”Confessional” by Lil & Ollie, ”A Better World” by Chris De Burgh and ”Femina Australis” by Maryen Cairns. Jennifer also appeared on Boy George’s 2013 album ”This is What I Do”. In addition to her solo work, live appearances in 2018 include concerts with Kokomo, Murray Head, Annie Whitehead, Terry Reid, Lil & Ollie and Arnold McCuller.

Jennifer began this incredible musical journey as a child in England studying classical guitar and piano. She left school at age 16 to train as a recording engineer at Decibel Studios in London and Escape Studios in Kent. Some of her early projects included sessions with Steve Marriott, The Only Ones, Junior Marvin of The Wailers and T Rex. Maidman has worked continuously ever since. She has toured the world, been awarded gold and platinum records, appeared frequently on television, produced music for film, and acted in the theatre.

Jennifer also found the time to become a qualified humanistic counsellor and has contributed articles to journals such as ’Therapy Today’, ’Asylum’ and ’Self & Society’, which she has also edited. She co-edited and contributed chapters to 2 books, ’The Future Of Humanistic Psychology  and ’Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends and Future Prospects’.

Life has clearly been a continual creative unfolding for Jennifer Maidman. Her ramble through this world is nowhere near completed and those around her know that she’s just now getting to the best part.

 

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30.08.2018

Clapton's Christmas.....

Eric Clapton is gifting his fans with an early holiday present. The classic rock legend announced the release of his first full length holiday album, "Happy Xmas", coming October 12th, 2018, via the Bushbranch Surfdog label. The collection of 14 songs includes covers of many holiday standards including “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” His st studio release since 2016’s "I Still Do" will also feature Slowhand’s take on such favorites as “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas”. "Happy Xmas" includes one original, “For Love On Christmas Day”. The album also features a cover art illustration by Clapton himself.  Clapton’s rendition of “Jingle Bells” is dedicated to the memory Avicii, due to the singer’s admiration for the late DJ.

 

 

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29.08.2018

Bowie Box Set 4.....

The David Bowie vaults still have many musical gifts to bestow upon us, and on October 12th, 2018, another elaborate box set will be released by Parlophone Records. This news comes right after word of the "David Bowie Is" exhibit becoming an immersive digital experience in the fall. Titled "Loving The Alien (1983-1988)", the set is the 4th in an ongoing series of box set releases paying tribute to Bowie’s impeccable catalog of music, starting in 1969 and working up toward more recent releases.

Exclusive to the "Loving The Alien" set is the 1987 album "Never Let Me Down", complete with new production and new instrumentation. Other highlights include remixes, the previously unreleased "Serious Moonlight" album, and much more. The whole package spans a massive 11 CD's and 15 LP's, and includes a special book featuring unpublished photographs, studio footage and extensive liner notes.

It’s a big box set, and here’s how it breaks down :

128 page hardback book
"Let’s Dance" (remastered) (1CD)
"Serious Moonlight" (live 1983) (previously unreleased) (2CD)
"Tonight" (remastered) (1CD)
"Never Let Me Down" (remastered) (1CD)
"Never Let Me Down 2018" (previously unreleased) (1CD)*
"Glass Spider" (live in Montreal 1987) (2CD)
"Dance" (1CD)*
"Re:Call 4" (singles, edits, b-sides and soundtracks) (remastered) (2CD)*

* Exclusive to "Loving The Alien (1983-1988)".

 

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28.08.2018

Amy Helm.....

During the "This Too Shall Light" sessions, Amy Helm was literally taken 3 000 miles out of her comfort zone, leaving the family studio in Woodstock, New York for Los Angeles’ iconic United Recording Studios, the same compound where The Beach Boys recorded "Pet Sounds" and "California Dreamin" was tracked by The Mamas & The Papas. It was there that Helm began her collaboration with Joe Henry, Grammy winning producer known for his work with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello and Lizz Wright. Together, in just 4 days, the pair traversed decades of material, stretching from early 70's Allen Toussaint through contemporary Americana darlings the Milk Carton Kids. Coupled with originals by Helm and Henry, and a pair of tributes to the singer’s late father, the 10 song collection serves as the most complete look at Amy Helm as an artist to date.

Says Helm of the recording sessions, “We just kind of set up, threw our stuff down and started playing without much thought, without much arranging, without much rehearsal and with lots of extra voices. That’s what we wanted the record to sound like and feel like. I had a picture of Mavis near my recording station and a picture of my little boys. That was about it”.

Among the most personal songs on "This Too Shall Light" are “The Stones I Throw”, a 1965 pre The Band cut by Levon & The Hawks, and an arrangement of the traditional hymn “Gloryland”, which remained a staple of Levon Helm’s live sets through his final performances, with Amy playing a large part in his Midnight Ramble Band. Elsewhere, Helm reflects on a childhood hero, the late jazz pianist Blossom Dearie, whose live shows she found to be a transformative experience as a teenager.

Above all else, "This Too Shall Light" soars with riveting 4 part harmonies as Helm displays an effortless chemistry with the vocal trio behind her. The singers are joined by Texas royalty on guitar with the inclusion of Doyle Bramhall II, and the air tight rhythm section of Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass. "This Too Shall Light" follows Helm’s 2015 solo debut "Didn’t It Rain", which NPR described as a glorious, soulful record that ushers in a new chapter of Helm’s life.

Yep Roc Records, September 21st, 2018.

 

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27.08.2018

Lisa Mednick Powell.....

Lisa Mednick Powell is a musician and songwriter who resides in 29 Palms, CA, close to Joshua Tree, with her husband and bassist extraordinaire, Kip Powell. Together they have a band called Arroyo Rogers, which plays country hits from the 60’s and 70’s, along with songs penned by the Powells. As a keyboard player she has worked on stages and in studios from New York to New Orleans, and from Austin to Auckland. She has worked with too many artists to mention, known and unknown. Some highlights for Lisa were working with Earl King, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, The Chills, and Juliana Hatfield, just to name a few. Playing original music, both hers and that of others, is her strength. She has an uncanny ability to find just the right part for ’your’ songs. While living in New Orleans she was part of the popular rock and roll ensemble, The Song Dogs. They have recently reunited to record an album of fresh songs.

Since age 7, Lisa has pounded the piano, studying the classical greats, some jazz, with the late great John Malachi, and lots of rock and country. She also played saxophone for many years, studying for a time with the late great Charles Neville in New Orleans. While in New Orleans she also learned to play the accordion.

Lisa Mednick Powell has a new album out after quite a long hiatus. The album is called ”Blue Book”. Her previous albums, ”Artifacts Of Love” and ”Semaphore” were critically well received, and ”Blue Book” is a logical follow up to those albums. Lisa's artistic concepts and themes have remained consistent throughout all of her works.

Fred Mills, of Blurt Magazine, writes: "’Blue Book" is Powell’s 3rd album, and considering it’s been nearly 16 years since her previous album, 2002’s acclaimed ’Semaphore’, the obvious question becomes, why the delay? Part of the reason is that she was busy getting a master’s degree, but really, the answer resides in these 10 remarkable tunes. She was taking the time to live her life, learn its many lessons, and turn those experiences into songwriting gold".

In Stereo Embers, Dave Cantrell writes, "Similar to the Band’s mythic epiphanies or the sand mandalas of Tibetan monks, the songs on ’Blue Book’ seem held in this sort of tension of timelessness that makes them feel both fleeting and stamped forever on your music listening heart. It’s not a trick, there’s no sleight of anything going on, they convince you of that from the very start. It’s just how they arrive, as if they’re fully formed souls aware of their own mortality".

Because Lisa wants the music to convey the emotion as much as the lyrics do, every song is a mini soundtrack that swirls around dark and truthful lyrics.

Lisa Mednick Powell writes songs that take you on a winding road straight to the heart of the matter. Her voice is unadorned, but it suits the songs, and her profound poetry is drenched in evocative layers of sound that wrap around her sinuous lyrics and give them credence.

 

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26.08.2018

Doyle Bramhall II.....

On October 5th, 2018, Provogue Records will release "Shades", singer, songwriter and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II’s debut for the label. Over the last few decades, Bramhall established himself as one of the most distinctive and sought after guitarists around, performing with Roger Waters, Elton John, Gregg Allman, Allen Toussaint and T Bone Burnett, to name a few. More significantly, Bramhall had spent over a decade as Eric Clapton's musical right hand man, collaborating closely with the legendary guitarist both in the studio and on stage. "Shades" is a spellbinding blend of grungy blues, raucous garage rock, transcendent psychedelia, and soothing, soul stirring ballads, with guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Texas band the Greyhounds.

 

 

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25.08.2018

Rod Stewart.....

Rod Stewart will release his 30th studio album "Blood Red Roses" September 28th, 2018, through Republic Records. The 13 track collection will feature 3 bonus covers for the album’s 16-track deluxe edition. "Blood Red Roses" can be pre-ordered now and comes with an automatic download of the album’s lead single “Didn’t I”.

The upcoming album is his first in 3 years, and a culmination of ultra personal narratives interwoven with his songwriting expertise. The release of "Blood Red Roses" comes nearly 50 years to the date when Stewart signed his very first solo recording contract.

He announced the title of his latest project during his Hollywood Bowl concert June 26th, but Stewart has revealed more details now, about how far his songwriting will take listeners when the album arrives. “I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy”, he said in a press release. “Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in songwriting”.

Stewart weaves through genres, from folk to motown to rock, for fans to comprehend the fluidity that is the artist. From being inducted twice into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to being knighted by Prince William as Sir Rod Stewart, he is ready to keep his versatile momentum going.

 

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24.08.2018

Phil Collins.....

Phil Collins surveys his eclectic catalog of collaborative tracks, session work, outside songwriting and production with the new career spanning box set "Plays Well With Others", out September 28th, 2018, via Rhino Records. The 4 disc, 59 track project, includes material from George Harrison, David Crosby, Bee Gees, John Cale, Argent, John Martyn, Gary Brooker, Al Di Meola, Adam Ant, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, Howard Jones, Isley Brothers, Four Tops, Tears for Fears, George Martin, Lil’ Kim, Annie Lennox, Bryan Adams, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins Big Band and the songwriter’s formative psych pop group, Flaming Youth, among others.

The set also highlights Collins’ deft ability to drum in various styles, from pop rock to experimental art rock to jazz fusion. Collins spoke about his charmed life of collaborations in a statement. “I’ve done what I wanted for most of it, and got paid well for doing something I’d have done for nothing, playing the drums”, he said. “During that time I’ve played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends. Over these 4 CD's you’ll find a mere smattering of those moments”. The title of "Plays Well With Others" originated from a playful gift, a T shirt featuring the phrase, that Genesis touring drummer Chester Thompson gave to Collins. The slogan was meant to reflect Collins’ willingness to play drums at seemingly any recording session.

 

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23.08.2018

Kate Campbell.....

Singer songwriter Kate Campbell turned to The Man In Black for inspiration on her latest Large River Music release ”Damn Sure Blue”. In fact, 2 of the songs from this soulful collection of tunes stem directly from Johnny Cash’s prolific catalog, the folk classic, “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” and his self penned “Forty Shades Of Green”. In addition to giving a nod to Cash, Kate chose his ode to the Emerald Isle in commemoration of her annual treks to Ireland where she hosts a music and heritage tour every summer for a group of die hard fans. And by enlisting award winning americana guitar whiz Will Kimbrough as producer, this album plays like a Sunday afternoon drive down Highway 61 with country, folk, and blues blowing in the breeze.

”Damn Sure Blue’s” opening line, “I’m not bitter, I’m just mad”, taps into the tide of discontent that many feel about the current state of American politics. Even a casual glance at daily headlines is enough to resonate with Kate’s reflective thoughts in “Change Should’ve Come By Now” and “Long Slow Train”. But she offers some hopeful words for this social malaise in her contemplative tune inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem, “This, And My Heart Beside”.

“When You Come Back Home” speaks to love’s devotion amid the weariness of life’s journey and serves as a tender centerpiece for the record. “Sally Maxcy” tells a heart rending tale of loss from an 18 century letter shared with Kate by her friend Joanne Maxcy Martin. Campbell pairs The Louvin Brothers’ “Great Atomic Power” with Eric Kaz’s “Christ, It’s Mighty Cold Outside” which are both decades old tunes but seem eerily relevant in today’s brink of war landscape. The album fittingly concludes with “Peace, Precious Peace” that Kate’s friend and banjo player Laura Boosinger discovered on an old LP by the late Grand Ole Opry banjoist Stringbean. Kate recorded the basic track of the song through her iPhone at Laura’s house with Emma McDowell backing on a haunting fiddle.

Recorded by Will Kimbrough at Kimbrough Super Service with additional recording by Robert Lucas at Barefoot Jerry’s Cinderella Sound Studio, with special thanks to Wayne Moss, and mixed by Todd Robbins in Nashville, ”Damn Sure Blue” breathes americana soul and features a cast of stellar musicians, including Will Kimbrough, guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, mandola, keyboards, percussion and harmony vocals, Chris Carmichael, violin, viola, and cello, Dave Jacques, upright bass, Bryan Owings, drums, and percussion, Kevin Gordon, guitars and harmony vocals, Phil Madeira, accordion, Kate Campbell, piano and acoustic guitar, and album artwork by outsider artist Miz Thang. Kate keenly notes that Cinderella is Nashville’s oldest surviving independent studio, opened in 1961 the year she was born, and nearby the house where she lived as a teenager and listened to the country rock sounds of Barefoot Jerry and Johnny Cash.

 

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22.08.2018

Nazareth Box Set.....


BMG Records are to release "Loud & Proud!", a new 39 disc super deluxe edition box set that celebrates 50 years of those hard rocking Scots, Nazareth. The box set will contain all 23 original studio albums remastered on CD, 2 triple CD sets, "Singles, EPs, B-Sides & Bonus Tracks" and "Rare & Unreleased", 4 vinyl albums, including a picture disc, 3 bespoke 7" singles, a 52 page hardcover book, various items of facsimile memorabilia, programs, lyric sheets, posters, etc, and a metal pin badge. Fans should be aware that the first 500 of these sets ordered via the official Nazareth store come with a free Nazareth photo signed by Pete Agnew and Dan McCafferty. More concise 3CD and 2LP anthologies are also available. The box and the anthologies will be released on September 28th, 2018.

 

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21.08.2018

Blaze, The Movie.....

The cornerstone of blues and country music is storytelling, but only the most able messengers can carry the words of another as their own. So goes the story of Texas singer, songwriter and poet Blaze Foley, whose vision has been kept alive by legendary artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams and John Prine. It’s in the spirit of this great musical tradition that writer and director Ethan Hawke and his cast and crew set out to create the 1st ever Gonzo Indie Country & Western Opera Movie, "Blaze".

Hawke, an Austin native, understood the jury he’d likely face in making a film about Texas’ own drunken angels, Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt. An able messenger of this story, Hawke brought in the people that loved them most, including Foley’s partner Sybil Rosen, the film is based on her book 'Living In The Woods In A Tree', longtime friend and bandmate Gurf Morlix, Charlie Sexton, portraying Van Zandt and overseeing music production. Alia Shawkat and Alynda Segarra, from Hurray For The Riff Raff, already knew the words to Foley’s songs and went all in. Finally, songwriter and chef Ben Dickey was pulled out of the kitchen and placed in front of the camera to portray Foley, a performance by this first time actor that couldn’t have been played by anyone else.

As the cameras rolled, the actors began to sing and the singers began to act, and in many ways what’s captured in the film is the spirit of music itself. Found in the atmospheric noises of clinking beer bottles, birds, and the cast cheering each other on are the makings of any good album, a group of artists with a collective vision of creating something eternal, and doing it all, as Van Zandt put it best, “for the sake of the song”.....

Light In The Attic Records, September 21st, 2018.

 

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20.08.2018

Billy F Gibbons.....

Billy F Gibbons, the iconic guitarist and lead vocalist for ZZ Top, has announced he will release his new solo album, " The Big Bad Blues", on September 21st, 2018, via Concord Records.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of 'Perfectamundo' and completed the journey”, Gibbons says, referencing his last solo effort, which came out in 2015. “The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form”.

"The Big Bad Blues" sees Gibbons returning to the classic blues influences that he and ZZ Top famously explored for years. Along with covers, like songs from Bo Diddley, Jerome Greene and Gilly Stillwater, the album features new, original blues cuts penned by Gibbons. Joining the guitarist on the tracks is a band consisting of keyboardist Mike Flanigin, bassist Joe Hardy, drummers Greg Morrow and Matt Sorum, guitarist Austin Hanks and harmonica player James Harman.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form”, Gibbons says of the blues. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks! I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on. The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the lineup of usual suspects, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy, all 3 Kings, BB, Albert and Freddie. The lengthy list of champions are forever carved in stone”.

 

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19.08.2018

Bodinrocker.....

"Eye To Eye" is the brand new studio album by Swedish rocker Anders Bodin, a.k.a Bodinrocker. This is his 4th album. He is known for his straightforward rock, combining tasty guitar riffs with crystal clear melodies. This new album recorded at various places in Gothenburg has been co-produced by Anders Bodin and Lars Ekberg.

Along with Bodin, guitars and vocals, and Ekberg, keyboards, the performing musicians are Klas Anderhell, drums, and Stefan Deland, bass, who also are the rhythm section in Sven Ingvars, a classic Swedish band. There are also guest appearances by his nephew Gabriel Ekberg on guitar, Hasse Johnzon on slide guitar and mandolin and singer songwriter Mårten Lärka on backing vocals.

”Eye To Eye” is a diverse and dynamic album in the classic rock domain. Productionwise and musically this is probably the best Bodinrocker album so far. And like his previous albums, sense of melody can be seen as the key weapon.

Bodin´s interest in music started when growing up in the small village Hallen in Jämtland in the middle of Sweden. He started playing the guitar and writing songs at the age of 10 and has been writing songs ever since.

From his childhood there is one special historical family story that has always intrigued him and that now has become the theme of the album title and cover. The album title ”Eye To Eye” and the album track ”Brown Bear” are built upon the story about how Bodin´s great great grandfather came eye to eye with a brown bear out in the wild. The legend says that the man actually killed the bear with his bare hands. True or not, it sure is an extraordinary story.

The track "New Sweden" is another historical theme about Sweden's first and last colony in North America.

As one of the most experienced in the ambulance service in Gothenburg, Bodin uses the music as a catalyzer to clear his mind for what he has to deal with out in the field. "It´s a gift to help people in emergency need, but in the long run you`ll need some coping strategy to not being washed up. And for me, music and running works fine. Anders Bodin could also be seen in the Gothenburg ambulance service in the reality series “112 På Liv Och Död" that has been broadcast on Swedish TV4.

On September 20th, 2018, Bodinrocker will play live at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg to celebrate the release of his new album. ”Eye To Eye” will be on general sale on September 14th, 2018 as LP, CD, download and streaming.

As Bodin would say, "put Status Quo, Tom Petty, Neil Young and the bluesy years of Whitesnake in a mixer and press the button. There you have it!".

 

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18.08.2018

Woodchucks.....

Deep in the LHI Records tape archive hid a mysterious tape marked Woodchucks. The tape held a lost instrumental surf album recorded by Lee Hazlewood in the early 1960's. Some of the songs have been recorded by The Astronauts, Jack Nitzsche, Dick Dale, Takeshi Terauchi, The Ventures, John Paul Jones, The Trashmen, The Challengers and The Surfaris. Lee’s original recordings have never been released. Bask in the reverb drenched twang of Lee Hazlewood’s original versions for the first time ever.

Light in the Attic Records is proud to continue it’s Lee Hazlewood archive series with this very special release. Not a reissue, but rather a brand new, never before released time capsule from the surf era. Lee Hazlewood’s Woodchucks "Crusin’ For Surf Bunnies" is the perfect soundtrack for sun baked skin and salty waves, hot rods and summer love. It’s the soundtrack to the american dream in the early 1960's and it comes from California. Though Lee and Suzi Jane Hokom hadn’t met yet, they were both living that dream. Suzi with her group The Surf Bunnies and Lee on his brief surf music tangent with albums like Al Casey’s "Surfin’ Hootenanny", "Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars" and The Glaciers' "From Sea To Ski".

LIght In The Attic Records, September 14th, 2018.

 

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17.08.2018

Willie Nelson.....

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "My Way", Willie Nelson's new studio album on September 14th, 2018. "My Way" will be available on CD, LP and digital formats, as well as part of exclusive merch bundles on Willie’s web store. In addition, the 1st single from the album, Willie’s take on the classic “Summer Wind” has just been released.  "My Way" is Willie's 2nd new studio album this year, following the release of his critically acclaimed "Last Man Standing" in April.

An album of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, "My Way", finds Willie, who's written a few standards himself, swinging his way through some of the most beloved songs in the 'Great American Songbook'. The album, which features lush string and horn arrangements, was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings.

2 iconic avatars on the American pop culture landscape, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson express the range of romantic emotion, from the intoxicating thrill of falling in love to the crushing hangover of heartbreak, in songs that speak directly to the listener. Recorded in the spirit of Willie's legendary 1978 "Stardust" album, one of the first contemporary artists to cover the 'Great American Songbook', and 2016's "Summertime : Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin", "My Way" pays homage to one of his heroes.

Willie and Frank were close friends, musical colleagues and mutual admirers of each other's work throughout Sinatra's lifetime. In the 1980's, Sinatra opened for Willie at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the 2 of them appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA's Space Foundation.

"I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank", Willie said recently. "He didn't worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever, he could sing it either way, and that's the feel you have to have".

That's the attitude Willie brings to "My Way", with abiding classics like "Summer Wind", "It Was A Very Good Year", "I'll Be Around", "Fly Me To The Moon", "What Is This Thing Called Love", a duet with Norah Jones, and the anthemic title track, Frank done Willie's way, one master vocalist channeling Another.

 

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16.08.2018

Richard Thompson.....

Richard Thompson is set to return with "13 Rivers" on September 14th, 2018. The 13 song set is the artist’s first self produced album in over a decade and was recorded 100% analogue in just 10 days. It was engineered by Clay Blair (The War On Drugs) and features Thompson’s regular accompanists Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Bobby Eichorn (guitar).
  
"13 Rivers" is a bare bones, emotionally direct album that speaks from the heart with no filters. “There are 13 songs on the record, and each one is like a river”, Thompson explains. “Some flow faster than others. Some follow a slow and winding current. They all culminate on this one body of work”.
 
A high water mark in an overwhelmingly impressive career, "13 Rivers" was recorded at the famed Boulevard Recording Studio in Los Angeles. Previously known as The Production Workshop, which was owned by Liberace and his manager, the locale served as the site for seminal classics by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Ringo Starr, and hosted the mixing sessions for Pink Floyd’s legendary "The Wall".

 

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15.08.2018

Citizen K III.....

The 3rd studio album from Klas Qvist and his Citizen K trademark is called "III". As expected, "Citizen K III" is the best album yet from this Swedish pop artist. Featuring 13 songs, "III" conjures up an essential blend of catchy 21st century pop and rock vocal tracks balanced by a couple prog pop instrumental tracks that serve as beat group style instrumental interludes in the style of Stackridge or even Speedy Keen. The 2018 CD release of "III" proves that Citizen K is a modern maestro at combining breezy american west coast Brian Wilson and Chad & Jeremy style rock with a spirited blend of UK influenced, Swedish art pop songs.

The 2017 Citizen K double CD, "Second Thoughts", consisted of new recordings of music Klas Qvist wrote as far back as the 1980's. Critics even compared the prolific output of "Second Thoughts" to a kind of 2017 version of the Beatles’ "White Album". The 2018 release of "III" brings the Citizen K sound up to date with an even more direct blend of catchy pop rock songs, infused with Beach Boys style harmonies and an ABBA like Euro pop bounce. "Citizen K III" will dazzle fans who enjoyed both "Second Thoughts" and the first Citizen K album, "Meet Citizen K - Somewhere Up North", released in the autumn of 2009.

So is "III" really like The Beach Boys "Love You", compared to "Smile"?

Klas proclaims, “Exactly! 'III' is all back to hamburgers and milkshakes after the hallucinogenics of 'Second Thoughts'. No seriously, 'Second Thoughts' was as far as I could go in that direction without being insufferably introspective. I'm also an old pop fanatic, so sooner or later, there had to be a recording where I paid tribute to the 'Rumours' lineup of Fleetwood Mac or 10cc, for instance. I hope you don't think I've sold out completely here".

 

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14.08.2018

Paul Weller.....

Paul Weller will release a new album, "True Meanings", in September. The 14 track album is the 26th solo long player of his career and is described as incorporating lush orchestration that contains a dreamy, peaceful, pastoral set of songs.

"True Meanings" features many guests, including Rod Argent, Martin Carthy and Danny Thompson. Interestingly, lyrics for 4 songs were written, to Weller’s melodies, by others. Connor O’Brien wrote the words to "The Soul Searchers", while Erland Cooper did the same for "Bowie", "Wishing Well" and "White Horses".

The album was recorded in around 3 weeks at Paul’s Black Barn Studio and produced largely by Weller. It was engineered and recorded by Charles Rees and mixed by Jan Stan Kybert.

Formats are kept quite simple. The 14 track CD is available in soft-pack gatefold card wallet packaging, with a 12-page booklet or as a casebound book deluxe edition which features a bigger 28-page booklet. The double heavyweight vinyl edition is housed in a gatefold tip on sleeve and includes an 8 page booklet, fixed inside the gatefold sleeve. There are no bonus tracks on any physical edition and nothing exclusive on Paul’s store.

"True Meanings" will be released on September 14th, 2018.

 

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13.08.2018

Joni Mitchell.....

"In 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival was one of the largest musical events of its time. Bigger than Woodstock, and controversial from the get go, hundreds of thousands of people descended on the island. Many of those without tickets set up camp on a hill overlooking the festival site, opposing the consumerism of the event and intent on taking the music back by any means necessary. It was a celebration of hippy counter culture gone awry, and they fed me to the beast." ~ Joni Mitchell

Eagle Vision, September 14th, 2018.

 

 


 

 

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12.08.2018

Gilbert O'Sullivan.....

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s unique blend of melodic craftsmanship, witty wordplay, topical acuity and surrealist humour has given him an enduring and endearing career. His songwriting knack has outlived and transcended fashion, global million sellers, critical acclaim, court cases and an occasional tendency to reclusiveness. Now recognised as one of our great singer songwriters, he’s been championed in recent years by everyone from Morrissey to Paul Weller, from Difford & Tilbrook to Neil Diamond. There’s a case for him being our own Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson. Certainly Ethan Johns, who produces his new album "Gilbert O’Sullivan", is a clued up enthusiast. “I’ve been a fan of Gilbert’s for years”, he says. “He’s a true original”.

Gilbert’s 19th studio album since his 1971 debut "Himself" feels in some ways a kindred spirit to that record, which yielded his first hit, the poetic and powerful breakthrough "Nothing Rhymed". It’s organic, almost live feel is encouraged by Ethan and the songs sail on the perennial O’Sullivan strengths of evocative tunes and wry insight.

The album was recorded on analogue equipment at O’Sullivan’s Frobisher Drive Studios, Jersey, in easy going sessions with players hand picked by Ethan. The band featured guitarist Paul Stacey, bassist Nick Pini, drummer Jeremy Stacey, Stephanie Jean, AKA Ida Mae and O’Sullivan on vocals and piano. There are also guest appearances from several incredible musicians, Andy Fairweather Low (guitar, Chas Hodges and Geraint Watkins.

The resulting album is a collection of some of the finest songs Gilbert has ever written and recorded. Ranging from the melancholy charm of "At The End Of The Day" or "I’ll Never Love Again" to the brisk, buoyant "Penny Drops", "What Is It About My Girl" and Ethan’s favourite, the rollicking "This Riff". There are musings on ageing and mortality, and also, of course, crisp comic touches, something Gilbert attributes to his love of Spike Milligan.

One of the album’s standout tracks is first single "Where Did You Go To?" which, with Gilbert’s surreal wordplay and the hammond organ to the fore, would not be out of place on long time influence, Bob Dylan’s "Like A Rolling Stone" album.

Whilst the album’s centerpiece, "Dansette Dreams And 45's", is a nod to nostalgia, Gilbert’s deft, droll observations on today’s world remain ever eagle-eyed. The album’s final 2 songs, "The Mind Boggles" and "For The Record", both tackle serious issues, with references to Donald Trump and homelessness. These songs show Gilbert at the top of his game, as he has been since banging out Dylan and Beatles tunes as a child on the piano, in the shed at the end of his mother’s council house garden in Swindon.

“Success for me is to write what I think is a good song”, says Gilbert. “When I’m pleased with it, that, for me, is a magical moment. I never lost that buzz”. Gilbert O’Sullivan represents a talent as vibrant and in touch with its own truth as it has ever been, and should ensure a new generation discovers this truly remarkable artist.

 

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11.08.2018

Nichole Wagner.....

Emerging americana folk artist Nichole Wagner is set to release her full length debut, ”And The Sky Caught Fire”, on August 24th, 2018. For this album, the Austin based singer songwriter delivers emotionally intense lyrics spiked with hard truths bookended by her soulfully broad, raspy tinged vocals and thoughtful arrangements.

"This is unashamedly a relationship record, and all of the songs on it are very honest, though I may have slightly shifted a few very specific details, just to keep from hurting anyone unnecessarily”, confesses the straight shooting Wagner, who not coincidentally grew up obsessing over every heart tangled note of Fleetwood Mac's ”Rumours”.

Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Justin Douglas, the album was recorded at Austin's King Electric Studio and features 9 original tracks written or co-written by Wagner along with one heartbreaking cover of Warren Zevon’s “Reconsider Me”. Wagner enlisted several of her americana contemporaries to lend a musical hand, including lead guitarist Will Sexton, Rod Picott and Terry Klein on vocals, Jan Flemming, keys, Grant Himmler, bass and Chris Hausler, drums.

Album opener “Winner Take All” pulses with dreamy guitar licks and the palpable tensions of love coming undone. The blues hued “Dynamite”, one of the two songs she co-wrote with fellow Austin songwriter Terry Klein exhibits matter of fact conviction.

“Yellow Butterfly” is a gorgeous, folk laden track with ethereal piano compositions that was written right after the loss of legendary Tom Petty, while “Rules Of Baseball” uses America’s favorite pastime and its long and arduous season as a metaphor for the demise of a relationship.

Haunting and sparse, "The Last Time" addresses the finality of love having given up the ghost or perhaps having never even been in the room at all. “This Kind of Love” is a poprocker retelling of a break up that took the better part of two years, condensed into three minutes. As arresting as those songs are, it’s “Fires of Pompeii” featuring Picott on vocals that simmers with the album's longest slow burn.

Current and new fans will get a chance to see Wagner perform songs from ”And The Sky Caught Fire” this summer and fall. She’ll tour extensively throughout Texas and the Southeast. Stay tuned for tour announcements and updates.

 

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10.08.2018

Phil & Crazy Horse.....

Phil Lee is hard at work on his forthcoming album, "Phil Lee & The Horse He Rode In On", to be released in this fall. It will be Lee's seventh album. 2 members of Crazy Horse, Neil Young’s long time band, are featured on the CD, bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina. Other contributors are keyboardist Barry Goldberg, who played with Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills & The Rides and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and Chicago guitarist Jan King of the Orchids.  Associated Press described Lee  as 'combining the social conscience of Woody Guthrie with the twisted fury of Jerry Lee Lewis'. The Lexington Press  called Lee a 'cross between Merle Haggard and Mark Twain'. Singing with no apologies, and no regrets,  Lee often shows hard earned wisdom from his adventures and misadventures

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09.08.2018

Bert Jansch.....

From his 1965 iconic debut album, which changed folk music, Bert Jansch's peerless musicality, songwriting and interpretations of tradional song has held generation after generation spellbound and inspired musicians in all genres.  This is the first ever collection of Bert's entire solo career with insightful liner notes by Bernard Butler of Suede who compiled this selection together with the Bert Jansch Estate. "Just A Simple Soul - The Best Of Bert Jansch", Earth Recordings/Sanctuary Records, October 26th, 2018.

 

 

 

 

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08.08.2018

Aretha Franklin.....

When Aretha Franklin joined Atlantic Records in 1967, it was the beginning of an unprecedented run that would ultimately cement her place as a music legend, a global household name, and one of the most influential singers of all time.

"The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970" features 34 singles which Franklin released during her first 3 years with Atlantic Records. Arranged chronologically, the songs on the new collection originally appeared on 6 studio albums, "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You" in 1967, "Aretha Arrives" in 1967, "Lady Soul" in 1968, "Aretha Now" in 1968, "Soul 69 in 1969, "This Girl’s In Love With You" in 1970 and "Spirits In The Dark" in 1970). The only exception is Franklin’s cover of Elton John’s “Border Song”, which was released as a single in 1970 and later appeared on her 1972 album "Young, Gifted & Black". The vinyl version is a double LP with 25 tracks.

The album is stacked with many of Franklin’s best known songs, including “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, “Respect”, “Baby I Love You”, “Chain Of Fools” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Several of the songs on this collection are cover versions that underscore Franklin’s exceptional skill at reinterpreting music and making songs her own. Among the highlights are her versions of Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me”, The Band’s “The Weight”, The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”, and Dionne Warwick’s “I Say A Little Prayer”, which became a Billboard Top 10 hit for Franklin in 1968.

Atlantic Records, September 28th, 2018.

 

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07.08.2018

Judith Owen.....

For most artists, an album of cover songs is an idea of last resort, a Hail Mary pass when one’s creativity has stalled out or there’s a contract to be fulfilled. But most artists aren’t Judith Owen

This firebrand singer songwriter and pianist is currently riding the wave of a tremendous couple of years. Her previous album "Somebody’s Child" was adored by critics around the world, The Sunday Times UK chose it as one of the best records of 2016 and Analog Planet said that it “sparkles with Owen’s witty energy” and noting that “the songs will stay with you long after the record ends”.

Her live performances, whether as a headliner or as the handpicked opening act for Bryan Ferry’s recent tours of Europe and North America, have been wowing listeners and gaining fans like fellow artist Jackson Browne, who said of Owen’s onstage prowess, “It’s a masterclass on how a show should be done”.  

So with all that wind in her sails, why then turn to the music of others for her forthcoming album "redisCOVERed"? For Owen, it is something of a gift for her fans, both old and new. 

“Over the years, so many people, whether it be film producer Nick Wechsler or audience members who hear the covers I’ve done over the years, have always had the question, ‘Why don’t you make a collection of these things because they’re so unique and unusual?’”, Owen says. “And I had to really ask myself why I do these covers and why they bring me so much pleasure”.

Those questions are easy to answer once you listen to "redisCOVERed". As she has done since her earliest days attempting to plunk out the music of Mozart and Debussy on her family’s piano to her days playing 4 hour sets in piano bars fulfilling customer requests, Owen makes these songs her own. She molds the familiar melodies and lyrics to contemporary pop hits and longtime favorites to her unmistakable voice and style. 

“The line I always use is, ‘I don’t do karaoke’. I don’t perform or sing music unless it means something to me”, Owen insists. “I knew I had to make these songs matter to me, to have my truth in them”. 

It doesn’t take much digging to find the deeper layers of meaning in her song choices and her performances on "redisCOVERed". Look within even the seemingly silliest selection and you’ll find a big piece of Owen’s heart waiting for you.

For some songs, the connections are fairly easy to make. She pays loving homage to one of her biggest influences Joni Mitchell, recording a pair of the Laurel Canyon legend’s compositions, “Cherokee Louise” and “Ladies Man”. They’re somewhat surprising choices, as they come from Mitchell’s post 70's heyday when her commercial star had faded somewhat yet she was still producing incredible work. Work that resonated loudly with Owen. 

“There’s a line in ‘Ladies Man’ where she sings, ‘Why do you keep trying to make a man out of me?’”, Owen says. “And I really relate to that because when I met Joni, I realized I knew exactly what she was talking about.  She is someone who is one of the guys. She does not lead with her sexuality. She leads with her musicianship and her abilities. The most important thing is to be respected on stage and in the studio. Yet, there are times when I’ve wished that the person I was working with could perhaps notice that I was a woman. She nailed it in that one line and it really touched me”.

Owen had a similar relationship within the lyrics and mood of “Black Hole Sun”, one of the breakout hits for grunge icons Soundgarden that she performs with such thoughtfulness and verve on "redisCOVERed", in tribute to the late Chris Cornell and to the message she found within the song.

“When I heard it, I thought, ‘This is the best song about depression and being in the darkness that I’ve ever heard’”, she says. “You couldn’t make that song darker, but what you can do is bring this kind of pompous kind of perkiness to it, which always how I feel when I have my game face on. Like most people who struggle with the ‘black dog’, they have their daytime face that they go out with so you won’t see what’s going on inside. So I liked the idea of doing this almost skipping, ‘Take Five’ version of it, which belies the words”.

Her biggest test, though, was seeing herself within the very modern hip hop of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.

“I said to Harry Shearer, my husband, ‘Choose the most extreme thing, something contemporary that you would think I could not relate to’”, she says. “But of course I can because I’ve been in that place where I was constantly waiting for the phone call that would come from the guy who would call me only when there was no one better to be around. That song became more of a torch song. That’s absolutely a woman’s song if ever there was one”. 

Owen’s arrangements breathe fresh life into these familiar songs recording with Grammy winning co-producer and mixer and engineer David Bianco whilst surrounding herself with some sharp musical talent. She’s joined throughout this album by legendary bassist Leland Sklar and master percussionist Pedro Segundo, both key members of Judith’s recent live band.  

You’ll also find contributions from the likes of Paul Beard, George Shelby, Snarky Puppy member Michael ‘Maz’ Maher, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and her dazzling London string players, longtime cellist collaborator Gabriella Swallow and violinist Lizzie Ball.

What every track on "redisCOVERed", be it a pop chestnut from Grease, a modern chart hit, an icon or evergreen 70's dancefloor classics, reveals is that what we bring to a song that we love is what ultimately defines its truth. 

“These are great songs that I’ve deconstructed and re-claimed or simply found my life and new meaning in the lyrics”.

“What started as a 'Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ request sung for a good friend’s wedding, this version turned into one more akin to Sinatra’s 'One More For The Road', the joy of first love was exchanged turned in a ‘not into you’ and the perfect bookend for the album starting with 'Hotline Bling' and seemingly perfect ending for the album”.

“This is the thing about music”, Owen avers, “We always get a different read from the same song. A song means so many different things to different people, and they’re all true. It’s what it means to you that matters”.

“I  will continue to live by my family motto, 'Ego Non Karaoke'”. 

 

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06.08.2018

Joe Bonamassa.....

It’s been 2 years since Joe Bonamassa released his last studio album "Blues Of Desperation". "Redemption" is his 13th solo studio album and 3rd in a row of all original material. It features a collection of 12 exhilarating songs that reflect the re-birth that he is currently going through. “I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through. It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful, but knowing that there’s a rising coming”, he explains. "Redemption" was recorded with a remarkable collection of musicians, including 2 extra guitar players, and a guest appearance by country singer Jamey Johnson. Provogue Records, September 21st, 2018.

 

 

 

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05.08.2018

A Prince & A Piano.....

The Prince estate just announced that it is prepping a new album of previously unreleased home recordings, "Piano And A Microphone 1983", set to arrive September 21st, 2018. The album's 9 tracks were culled from cassette recordings Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, MN. The estate teased the project with Prince's rollicking and rumbling rendition of the 19th century spiritual, "Mary Don't You Weep", which will also play during the end credits of Spike Lee's upcoming movie, "BlacKkKlansman". Much of "Piano And A Microphone 1983" captures Prince working through future classics like "Purple Rain", "17 Days", "Strange Relationship" and "International Lover", while it also boasts a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You". The album's first 7 tracks are presented in the same format as they were originally recorded and will reportedly play like one of Prince's spontaneous live medleys.

 

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04.08.2018

Petty Box Set.....

Tom Pettys‘s family and former collaborators compiled a 4 CD box set of previously unreleased material by Petty and the Heartbreakers, for release on September 14th, 2018. The release, called "An American Treasure", marks the first posthumous album of Petty material since his death in October last year. "An American Treasure" will contain previously unreleased studio recordings, live recordings, deep cuts and alternate versions of popular Petty songs. The collection will encompass 60 tracks in total. Petty’s daughter Adria and his wife Dana helped select the material along with former Heartbreakers Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and longtime studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate. A less expensive 2 CD set will also be available for purchase.

Petty was as prolific as he was talented. During the 80's and 90's, he released albums at a rapid pace. His studio productivity dipped slightly in the new millennium, when he put out an album roughly every 4 years. The last album Petty released under his own name was 2014’s "Hypnotic Eye". He also contributed to 2016’s "Mudcrutch 2" with members of his pre-Heartbreakers band.

Petty was found unconscious at his home in Malibu on October 2nd, 2017. He was taken to the hospital and put temporarily on life support. He died hours later. In January, a medical examiner ruled that the singer died of an accidental overdose. Petty had been prescribed drugs to treat emphysema, knee issues and a fractured hip, according to a statement from his family. “On the day he died, he was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break”, Dana and Adria wrote. “It is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his overuse of medication”.

 

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03.08.2018

Brett Perkins.....

Brett Perkins & The Pawnshop Preachers ”Double/Single” delivers a double dose of high energy americana.

”You can take the american out of the United States, but you can’t take the United States out of the americans. Thus, Brett Perkins still sounds to an extent that he is a child of Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino and not least Hank Williams.”

So wrote Danish reviewer Henning Hoeg in his 5 star recommendation of The Pawnshop Preachers 2017 release.

The Preachers new ”Double/Single” will no doubt add Cab Calloway and Jerry Lee Lewis to the bands musical heritage, from the distinct swing sound of ‘Everything’s Turnin’ Around’, to the straight ahead, piano pounding rock’n’roll of ‘Yes, Yes, Yes (Honey, Take Off That Dress)’.

The band is releasing the 2 tracks in advance of a new full length album planned for a spring 2019 release.

 

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02.08.2018

More Doors Deluxe.....

The Doors will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 3rd album "Waiting For The Sun" with a reissue featuring 14 previously unreleased tracks. The 2 CD, 1 LP set will be available September 14th, 2018, via Rhino Records. Of the 14 unreleased recordings, 9 are early rough mixes cut during the original recording sessions, which longtime Doors engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick discovered while digging through his archives. “I prefer some of these rough mixes to the finals, as they represent all of the elements and additional background vocals, different sensibilities on balances, and some intangible roughness, all of which are quite attractive and refreshing”, Botnick says. The remaining 5 unreleased tracks were recorded live at a September 17th, 1968, Doors concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 50th anniversary version of "Waiting For The Sun will also feature a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix on both CD and 180 gram vinyl. Botnick handled the remaster using the original master tapes.

 

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01.08.2018

Loudon Wainwright.....

Loudon Wainwright III has announced plans to release "Years In The Making", a 2 disc, 42 track compendium album comprised of live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, cut album tracks and more.

The content of the album spans more than 45 years of Wainwright’s career, showcasing his more rare, offbeat or unissued work. Of the album, Wainwright says, “'Years In The Making' covers a lot of ground, about half a century’s worth. Sonically it’s all over the place and, at times, noticeably low fi, but my co-producer Dick Connette and I decided that didn’t matter as much as offering up something that was spirited and representational”. Wainwright’s discography to date is made up of 23 solo albums, 4 live albums, and 5 compilation albums

The 2 disc audio biography will be released along with a 60 page hardbound book, with artwork done by New Yorker cartoonist Ed Steed, divided into 7 chapters filled with scans of documents, introspective musings and other artifacts from Wainwright’s younger years, supplemented with paintings and drawings by friends and fans. The album drops September 14th, 2018, via Story Sound Records.

 

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31.07.2018

Jean Michel Jarre.....

With his upcoming best of, "Planet Jarre", the godfather of electronic Music, Jean Michel Jarre celebrates his 50 years at the forefront of electronic music with an extensive double album that will once more carburize his legacy in pop music history. Set for release September 14th, 2018, on Sony Music, "Planet Jarre" comprises 41 works from his extensive catalogue, hand picked by Jarre himself and completely re-mastered to add a new and sparkling freshness to the sound of the package. To top things off, the Vinyl Book and Ultimate Box Set both come with a download card to enter the world of Jean Michel Jarre in 5.1. Always fascinated by the best possible sound and technology Jarre mastered some tracks in 5.1. for a unique listening experience.

 

 

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30.07.2018

Allan Thomas.....

Greetings from Kauai, Hawaii, 21 degrees north by 159 degrees west. A bit of  backstory. I've been singing professionally since I was 12 years old. Released my first 45 rpm single at 17, became a songwriter at 19, and have released 5 previous studio albums of original material thus far. My whole life has been about the making of music, and that has led to this, my newest recording 'Two Sides To Every Story'.

Written and recorded over the last 6 years this collection of songs could possibly be my most far reaching album yet. Blending elements of soul, blues, jazz, rock and singer songwriter, the resulting album contains 8 songs with vocals, and 7 instrumentals. 

Ranging from a solo acoustic guitar slack key instrumental to full-blown ensemble tracks with some of the worlds tastiest musicians, including players from Steely Dan,  the  James Taylor Band, Yellowjackets and Crosby Stills & Nash, plus many other stellar studio cats and kittens from Kauai, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Needless to say, I'm beyond stoked at the performances of my musical compatriots. ‘Two Sides To Every Story’ was mixed in Montreal by multi platinum engineer Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater). 

Several compositions, like 'Dating Game', a dude's eye look into some of the head scratching scenarios in online dating, and 'Geezer Talk', a lighthearted laundry list of the daily ailments thrust upon unsuspecting baby boomers aim to induce some much needed humor. A few tunes express the wishful thinking of one who dreams big, as in 'If Only' and 'Is That Asking Too Much?', while 'Troubled Times' takes an unflinching look at the darkly disturbing aspects of our current worrisome world. Most of the songs have been written in recent times, but the instrumental  'In Search Of' goes all the way back to Malibu, California, in 1973. Some things take a while.

Instrumentals and vocals. Humor and deadly serious. Two sides. Looking towards an August release, stay tuned.”

 ~ Allan Thomas

 

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29.07.2018

Batt & Hawkwind.....

For their 31st studio album, Hawkwind have collaborated with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt to recreate a selection of Hawkwind songs with an extra, orchestral ingredient. Hawkwind invited Mike to help create arrangements for some of their most celebrated songs performed by the current line-up of Dave Brock, Richard Chadwick, Mr Dibs, Haz Wheaton and Magnus Martin.

Tracks such as "Quark, Strangeness And Charm", "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago" and "Psychic Power" are re-rooted acoustically, then embellished with a strength and majesty only Hawkwind can produce. "The Watcher" features trademark guitar licks from very special guest Eric Clapton. Dave Brock says, “Reinventing these familiar songs has been an interesting experience, we hope you like them”. "Road To Utopia" will be previewed in August by a 2 track digital single coupling "Quark, Strangeness And Charm" and "The Watcher", which will be promoted to radio and to streaming platforms. Cherry Red Records, September 14th, 2018.

 

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28.07.2018

Alejandro Escovedo.....

Alejandro Escovedo returns with a brand new album on the Yep Roc label. The new album is perhaps his most varied and expansive album to date. It is his 1st album recorded outside of America, in northern Italy, with co-writer Don Antonio Gramentieri and a band of Italian musicians. It is also Alejandros 1st ever concept album drawing the story of 2 young immigrants to the US, who bond over a mutual love of punk rock as they struggle with the racism and discrimination as immigrants. Special guests on the album include Wayne Kramer, Joe Ely and Peter Perrett and John Perry of The Only Ones. The sound ranges from straight ahead rockers like, "Sonica USA", to ballads like the classic Joe Ely penned, "Silver City", and everywhere in between. To describe this album as "epic" might be an understatement. "The Crossing", Yep Roc Records, September 14th, 2018.

 

 

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27.07.2018

14 Easy Pieces.....

Jimmy Webb is a true phenomenon. His songwriting career burst onto the scene in the late 60's with smash hit after smash hit by artists like Glen Campbell, 5th Dimension and decades later with top charting hits by Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer and many others. His memorable songs cover all genres of pop, rock, r'n'b, country and jazz. Much like Lennon and McCartney, Rogers and Hammerstein, Bacharach and David, Jimmy Webb's music will live on forever.

In 1996, Jimmy Webb teamed up with producer Fred Mollin and they put together one of the most important albums of Webb's career with "Ten Easy Pieces." The masterpieces within showcase a resume that is second to none with sensational readings of his best known classics like "Wichita Lineman", "Worst That Could Happen", "All I Know", "Didn't We" and the all time game changer "MacArthur Park". His music has been a force for over 50 years and with recent touring across the USA and overseas, the Jimmy Webb songbook continues to be an inspiration to millions.

This past year, Jimmy Webb, his wife Laura, original producer Fred Mollin and Friday Music's Joe Reagoso teamed up to revisit his 1996 long out of print masterwork "Ten Easy Pieces". Always considered one of his most fan favorite albums, Jimmy and Fred cut a few early demo tracks when the CD was in the planning stages and have located 4 very important demo recordings of "Galveston", "Worst That Could Happen", plus 2 two tracks not released on the original album, "Up, Up And Away" and his emotional reading of "I Was Too Busy Loving You".

This 14 track collection is augmented with brand new liner notes from Jimmy, as well as new notes from Fred Mollin and Joe Reagoso, as well as all the lyrics and striking first time CD artwork, making this a wonderful revisit for any popular music fan.

Friday Music, September 14th, 2018.

 

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26.07.2018

Brad Colerick.....

Shop Local. It’s a phrase often espoused by chambers of commerce and city officials in support of community businesses. South Pasadena, California, singer songwriter Brad Colerick took it to heart for his latest album, ”Nine Ten Thirty”. The album title is the postal code of the town of 25,000. The CD was a musical barn raising made entirely by Colerick and some very talented neighbors. “I wanted to showcase the great talent I’m surrounded by in this town”, said Colerick, “South Pasadena is a hotbed of wonderfully creative people. And the community really supports the arts”.

Colerick awakened the sleepy town of South Pasadena in 2009 when he launched a weekly Wednesday night acoustic music series called Wine & Song. After playing the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, he decided to pattern the series after the impromptu nights that occur there. Held in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, Colerick hosts 2 Americana artists each week along with special guests. “I love these Wednesday gatherings”, explained Colerick. “Every show is unique and inspiring. We get a steady stream of outstanding artists touring through town who have heard about the great scene and receptive audiences here in the arroyo. It's also a great place for me to test drive new songs”.

Sounds of the wild, red crowned Amazon parrots that thrive in South Pasadena accompany the title cut which features keyboard work by Grammy Award winning pianist, Billy Childs. Billy's son, singer songwriter Aaron Childs, makes a cameo on “Millard Stream”, a story that takes place near the neighborhood where Childs grew up. “Bachelorette Party” is about an encounter on an early morning flight amidst a group of young, Vegas bound revelers, and the joy of embracing life's unexpected moments. The sole cover song is a revamp of the Bobby Troup standard, “Route 66”. The celebrated roadway ran through the middle of South Pasadena, and brought tourists from far away to see the famed Cawston Ostrich Farm.

Other locals who contributed to the project include David Plenn, Tim Fleming, Dave Tull, Luke Halpin, Sally Dworsky, and Guillermo Guzman, who co-produced the record with Colerick. The CD was recorded at Colerick's studio, DeepMix, which sits in the shadow of the iconic Rialto Theatre in the heart of the 91030 zip code. A CD launch concert will be held Saturday, August 25th, 2018, as part of the 2nd annual Bradfest at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Other bands sharing the Bradfest bill are Twanguero, Rose’s Pawn Shop, I See Hawks in LA, Abby & The Myth, and the Pasadena Playboys.

 

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25.07.2018

Per Gessle.....

Per Gessle, "Small Town Talk".

1. There’s a Place / 2. The Finest Prize (w/Helena Josefsson) / 3. Small Town Talk (w/Nick Lowe) / 4. Simple Sound / 5. Far Too Close (w/Savannah Church) / 6. Hold On My Heart (w/Helena Josefsson) / 7. No One Makes It On Her Own (w/Helena Josefsson) / 8. Being With You / 9. It Came Too Fast / 10. Name You Beautiful (w/Helena Josefsson) / 11. For The First Time (w/Helena Josefsson) / 12. One Of These Days / 13. Rudy & Me (w/Jessica S)

BMG Records, September 7th, 2018.

 

 

 

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24.07.2018

Paul McCartney.....

Sharing a title with one of Paul McCartney’s own paintings, "Egypt Station" is the 1st full album of all new McCartney music since 2013’s international chart topping "New". Preceded by 2 of its tracks just released as double a-sides, plaintive ballad "I Don’t Know" and raucous stomper "Come On To Me", "Egypt Station" was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced, with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track, by Greg Kurstin.

Of the forthcoming album’s enigmatic title, Paul says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station’. It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make. 'Egypt Station' starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from”.

True to the inspiration behind its title, "Egypt Station’s" 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals "Station I" and "Station II", each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness, "Happy With You", a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era, "People Want Peace", and an epic multi movement closer clocking in at 7 minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul’s previous combos, "Despite Repeated Warnings". The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now, with Paul’s singular unmistakeable melodic and lyrical sensibility serving as a guide.

September 7th, 2018.

 

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23.07.2018

Paul Simon.....

It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them, to modify, even completely change parts of the originals”, Paul Simon notes in a statement about his forthcoming album "In The Blue Light". “Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn’t recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home”. "In The Blue Light" is produced by Simon and Roy Halee, and will feature contributions from artists like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd and many others. The album is set to be released on September 7th, 2018, and will coincide with the final leg of Simon’s tour, the last stop of which is on September 22.

 

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22.07.2018

Andrew Sheppard.....

Singer songwriter Andrew Sheppard grew up in Hailey, Idaho, in an extended musical family, his mother was always playing and singing in rock and blues bands. As a kid Andrew was always at his moms rehearsals and live shows, drawing in the music as a constant. Sheppard was playing bass in punk rock bands in high school and by the age of 19, he picked up the guitar and started writing his own songs. 10 years later, he is poised to release his sophomore album, ”Steady Your Aim”.

”Steady Your Aim” is a concept record, a musical journey in which every song was methodically thought out to fit the record.  An analog recording, it is a cinematic dreamscape narrative that is richly layered with the pedal steel, piano, cello, wurlitzer and b3 organ. All of their parts are gently tucked in which leaves the listener wondering just what it is they are actually hearing. “We used traditional sounding instruments to create a new sound”, said Sheppard. “For example, we used cello on this record because I wanted a deep sound that didn’t come from anything electric or synthetic. Instead of being a lead instrument we used it as a texture tool giving the songs a more rich and real feel”. Produced by Sheppard, Eric Loomis and Wes Walsworth, both of whom play guitar on the album, ”Steady Your Aim” was recorded at Ivy Hall Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.  John Mayfield at Mayfield Mastering mastered the record.

Leaving Idaho just after high school, Sheppard headed to Los Angeles, California, to pursue his other passion, skateboarding.  After a blown out knee derailed his skating plans, he shifted his focus back to writing music.  In 2008 he formed the band, Gypsy River Haunts that disbanded in 2012. Feeling the need to roam, he bought a car, loaded up his dog and headed around the country collecting stories for what he deemed his ’record writing road trip’. After 8 000 miles of driving, Sheppard wound up back in Idaho with no plan to stay, but realized after landing, that all his childhood friends were great musicians and that he had everything he needed to make the record he had in mind. Packing it up for a trip to Los Angeles, Sheppard and pals recorded ”Far From Here” in 2015 at Bedrock Studios before heading back to Idaho. “I realized how much more I thrive in a mountain town”, said the artist.  “I need to be in nature to feel a bit more sane”.

But a slower pace doesn’t mean that Sheppard has slowed down. He is on the road constantly, both solo and with band, playing festivals such as Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Treefort Music Festival, The Feed L.A. Festival and The Northern Rockies Music Festival.  He’s shared the stage with The Black Lillies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Whiskey Shivers and Scott H Biram and has toured with friend and fellow roots musician, Jeff Crosby.

On ”Steady Your Aim”, Sheppard doesn’t sugarcoat any of the emotions in his songwriting. He writes honest music that comes from the heart and darker places in life.  The first track of the album, “Take A Walk With Me”, is inspired by packing up his life in L.A. and heading back to the mountains. ”I was tired of the coast, so I booked it for the pines. Took a swing at the open road and caught up with my mind”. The more somber 2nd song, the title track, is a response to the 1st song, where he is taking the musical journey and dealing with the trials and tribulations of what being a musician on the road means. “The instruments are meant to make you look at everything widescreen, like watching a film”, he explains.

From the sad and happy, “Here At The Bottom”, to the protest vision of “Not My Kind”, to the traditional, yet modern, waltz of “Holy Water”, ”Steady Your Aim” takes you on a musical journey from start to finish with a modern and experimental sound. Sheppard writes songs and music that isn’t a carbon copy of other country and americana artists, and that touches on subjects you don’t typically touch.

“Writing a song is something that I don’t, and won’t take for granted”, Sheppard vows. “Every show, every tour and every album provide me with new insight and a new way of looking at life. It helps me grow as a person and an artist and I want to see where that takes me for the rest of my life”.


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21.07.2018

Ann Wilson.....

Heart's Ann Wilson will release a new solo album, "Immortal", filled with covers that honor late musicians such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty. The record arrives September 14th, 2018, via BMG Records. The "Immortal" track list features songs like Petty's "Luna", Bowie's "I'm Afraid Of Americans" and Cohen's "A Thousand Kisses Deep". Wilson also put her spin on more contemporary classics like Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" and Audioslave's "I Am The Highway", in honor of Chris Cornell. The record also features tributes to the Eagles' Glenn Frey, Cream's Jack Bruce, George Michael and Gerry Rafferty.

In a statement, Wilson explains how the project developed and led her to the title, "Immortal". "The original working titles evolved as the concept for the album evolved, a little bit at a time. As my understanding of what I had undertaken grew and clarified, I realized a larger truth. That the souls may have departed but the songs will forever be their resonances. These are the poets of our time and their expressions must be handed down. Poetry is lasting and elemental like carvings in rock". Wilson recorded "Immortal" with original Heart producer Mike Flicker. The record will also feature guest appearances from Warren Haynes and Ben Mink.

 

 

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20.07.2018

Zeppelin Box Set.....

Led Zeppelin‘s soundtrack to their concert film "The Song Remains The Same" has been remastered and will be reissued across multiple formats in September. The band’s performances in July 1973, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, were recorded for the concert film, "The Song Remains The Same". The soundtrack to the film, produced by Jimmy Page, was originally released in 1976.

This reissue is similar to the recent reissue of their live album "How The West Was Won", since the formats on offer include an expansive super deluxe edition box set that includes the remastered audio on 2 CD's and 4 vinyl LP's and a 2 DVD set of "The Song Remains The Same", featuring the full theatrical version of the film plus bonus content including 4 performance outtakes that were not part of the original film, "Celebration Day, "Over The Hills And Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", and "The Ocean". The box also includes a DVD of the entire album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, a download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit, a 28-page book, with photos and an essay by Cameron Crowe, a replica of the Japanese program from 1977, and a print of the original album cover

As well as the big box, there’s a 4 LP vinyl set, a BluRay audio with the 5.1 mix, 96kHz/24 bit, and stereo mix and a humble remastered 2 CD package. It’s worth noting that for the 4 LP set, Page made a change to the track sequence, allowing the 29 minute version of "Dazed And Confused" to be featured in its entirety on one side of vinyl for the first time. "The Song Remains The Same" will be reissued on September 7th, 2018.

 

 

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19.07.2018

Big Pink Deluxe.....

The Band's 1968 debut album, "Music From Big Pink", is getting remixed and expanded for its 50th anniversary this year. 6 bonus tracks from the sessions, including outtakes and alternate versions, will fill out one of rock's great debut LP's. The new edition will be available on August 31st, 2018. The album has been remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround, and will be released in a super deluxe box that includes a CD, BluRay, 2 LP's, and a 7" single. It will also be available as a single CD, as a digital download, a 180g double LP and a limited edition 180g 2 LP pink vinyl. The 7" single for “The Weight” and “I Shall Be Released” is a reproduction of the original 1968 version. The box also includes a hardbound book with a new essay and classic photos.

 

 

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18.07.2018

Low Lily.....

Start with excellently matched vocals, add some world class playing, sprinkle with raised off grid americana and you get Low Lily. Flynn’s deft flatpicking on guitar and mandolin and Lissa’s virtuosic fiddle playing are grounded by Liz’s percussive rhythm guitar playing, the sounds of which combine joyously in this stunning ensemble.

With a vocal blend that has been dubbed ’outstanding’ and ’meticulous’, Low Lily’s cohesive sound comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been entwined on the road and onstage for almost 2 decades. Setting down roots in Brattleboro, Vermont, the band has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering 2 #1 songs on international folk radio and 2 New England Music Award nominations.

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s ’Most Wanted Band’ of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary. With their first full album release, “10 000 Days Like These”, Low Lily shares an intimate, no tricks involved, collection of songs that showcases their talents and proves them to be a formidable, ready for prime time act. A first album this strong doesn’t come from newbies, all the members have performed with numerous well known names in folk and traditional music. Flynn has toured with Ruth Moody, John Whelan, Cathie Ryan and Aoife Clancy. Liz has toured with Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Melanie, and Long Time Courting. Lissa has toured as a solo act as well as with Solas and Childsplay.

 

 

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17.07.2018

Neil Diamond.....

Neil Diamond played a concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre back in 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of his original "Hot August Night" album and performance. That show is now being issued as "Hot August Night III" in audio video combo packages.

The show, in the same venue he played in 1972, features 31 of Diamond’s greatest hits and is available as a 2 CD + BluRay set, a 2 CD + DVD set, or a simple 2 CD audio package. The DVD or BluRay elements include a bonus behind the scenes features. "Hot August Night III" will be released on August 17th, 2018.

 

 

 

 

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16.07.2018

Casal's Circles.....

In 2015, guitarist Neal Casal was asked to provide music that would be played during intermission of 5 "Fare Thee Well : Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead" concerts. Casal recruited keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy to help record the instrumental music and the reaction to the resulting tunes was so strong they decided to continue the project known as Circles Around the Sun. Now, the quartet announced a new step with the upcoming release of "Let It Wander", a double album due August 17th, 2018, via Rhino. Casal, MacDougall, Horne and Levy laid down the 7 instrumentals found on the follow-up to 2015’s "Interludes For The Dead" in early 2018 at Castaway 7 Studios.

“More than anything, what you hear on this album is a band growing into its own sound”, Casal said in a statement about Circles Around The Sun evolving past their original aim of paying homage to the spirit of the Grateful Dead. Circles Around The Sun recruited Chuck D of Public Enemy to contribute to the "Let It Wander" track “One For Chuck”. It turns out Chuck D had visited Castaway 7 during one of the listening sessions. The legendary hip hop star dug what he heard and obliged when the band asked him to record an intro.

 

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15.07.2018

Elvis Presley.....

RCA and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Elvis Presley's "Where No One Stands Alone", a new Elvis album celebrating the artist's everlasting love of gospel music, on August 10th, 2018.

Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs, "Where No One Stands Alone" introduces newly recorded instrumentation and backing vocal contributions from music legends who'd performed on stage and/or in the studio with Elvis. It also inc...ludes a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album’s title track and spiritual touchstone.

"It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father", wrote Lisa Marie in her liner notes for the album. "The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way". Background vocalists on the album include Darlene Love, who first sang with Elvis on his 1968 NBC television special), Cissy Houston, who, with The Sweet Inspirations, sang with Elvis on stage beginning in 1969, Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray, members of The Imperials, who sang on Elvis' "How Great Thou Art", with the title song winning the 1967 Grammy for Best Sacred Performance, and Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland, members of Presley's longtime backup group, The Stamps.

"Where No One Stands Alone" will be available in digital, CD and 12" vinyl album configurations, available for pre-order now.

 

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14.07.2018

The Refusers.....

The Refusers' incendiary new album, fueled by the insanity of the Trump era, social injustice, congressional corruption and the gap between the haves and have nots, is an epic call to refuse to accept the messed up way things are, fight back and yes, "Disobey".

The Refusers drive their manifesto with some kick ass rock and roll that commands our attention. The band of top flight musicians includes Michael Belkin, guitars, songs, lead vocals, keyboardists Eric Robert, who has performed with Keb’ Mo’, Joe Doria, who contributes a powerhouse b3 organ solo on "Eruption", drummer Brendan Hill from Blues Traveler and bassist, vocalist Steve Newton.

Belkin’s lyrics are tight, on point, blistering and incisive rages against the machine that controls us. On the incendiary opening track “Playing With Fire”, he points out the oxymorons that define the US, “freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, war is peace, big brother’s calling, nation of sheep, playing with fire". The soulful rock and funk jam, “Eruption”, lays out what’s hopefully coming, “gonna be an eruption, too much corruption, headed for disruption". Then on the scorching blues and rock title track, he gives an order which he seriously hopes protesters of all stripes will be singing and chanting as they continue to beg for wrongs to be righted and those who dominate to go down, “Disobey! What’d I say? Disobey! Don’t fade away! Disobey! How dare they? They’ve got you caged! Take off the chains!”.

Belkin and The Refusers rail against Big Pharma’s opioid massacres in "Why Do They Lie?”, the fact that we’re “Government Slaves”, economic inequities between the fat cats and the poor falling further behind in “Free The Captives”, and of course, our pathetic addiction to the “Fake News” corporately run media organizations feed us. There is respite and hope, however in “Emancipation” and especially the rollicking “My Baby Loves Rock And Roll”, which playfully knocks rap while asserting the enduring power of rock and roll.

Belkin, the band’s founder, songwriter, producer, lead singer and guitarist, muses, “An album called 'Disobey' by a group called The Refusers, you can’t get any more defiant than that, and that is exactly what rock and roll is supposed to be. We embody that classic spirit of defiance that defines rock in any era!”.

The Refusers have performed at The Bottle Rock Festival in Napa opening for the Black Keys and Kings Of Leon and at Seattle venues such as The Crocodile and Seattle Center.

 

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13.07.2018

Fairport Convention.....

At the very start of their career, North London’s Fairport Convention were often mistaken for being an American band. This was largely due to their penchant for doing cover versions of songs by American singer songwriters, in particular those of Bob Dylan.

With 2018 marking the 50th anniversary since the original 12 track "Basement Tapes" acetate of Dylan arrived in London, it seems the ideal time to release this 17 track CD compilation.

It was from this Dylan white label tha...t Fairport Convention got "Million Dollar Bash" and the Fairport splinter group Fotheringay took "Too Much of Nothing". Similarly, Manfred Mann scored a hit with "The Mighty Quinn", as did Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger with "This Wheel’s On Fire" and The Tremeloes with "I Shall Be Released".

Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention are the hardy perennials of the British folk scene. Over the years they have enjoyed a shifting line up, which has helped to launch the successful solo careers of founder members Iain Matthews, Richard Thompson, Judy Dyble, Ashely Hutchings and Simon Nicol and subsequently the careers of Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg.

Since 1979 the band have been hosting their very own yearly festival, Cropredy, the annual highlight of which is the Saturday night headlining performance by the current incarnation of Fairport Convention plus past members and guests.

Universal Music, August 3rd, 2018.

 

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12.07.2018

Salim Nourallah.....

"I worked over 3 years on my 7th solo record, 'Somewhere South Of Sane'. I fully embraced the vinyl revival and recorded and sequenced it as a sprawling double LP with 21 songs. Via Pledge Music you will not only get all these songs but also bonus tracks, demos, videos, alternative mixes and tons of other Pledge exclusives. The official release date is September 28th, 2018, but if you pledge here, you’ll get your copy in early August." ~ Salim Nourallah

 

 

 

 

 

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11.07.2018

Nez & 1st National Band.....

This past January during a 5 concert jaunt throughout California, Michael Nesmith brought new life to his initial post Monkees outfit, The First National Band. Originally consisting of Nez, Red Rhodes, John London, and John Ware, the group released 3 albums between 1970 and 1971, but their live performance history was fairly limited. Ignored and almost shunned by audiences and peers during their heyday, the music of The First National Band has since been cited by critics and contemporaries as a pioneering influence in the country rock genre.

In one of the more unexpected moves of Michael Nesmith's career, a reconstituted First National Band hit the road in early 2018 with Christian Nesmith, guitar, Jonathan Nesmith, piano, guitar, vocals, Circe Link, vocals, Christopher Allis, drums, Jason Chesney, bass, Amy Spear, vocals, and Pete Finney, pedal steel. Sadly, original members Rhodes and London have passed away, but Ware gave his blessing to the project and wished everyone well.

The concerts by the First National Band Redux, as they were dubbed, were ultimately a critical and commercial triumph. And now, we're proud to share the details about a forthcoming live album from 7a Records that will document this unique event in Nesmith and First National Band history.

Since 2015, 7a Records and its proprietors Glenn Gretlund and Iain Lee have been producing Monkees related releases, including a collection of Micky Dolenz's 1970s MGM singles, Bobby Hart's 1st solo album, various limited edition vinyl 45s of Dolenz, Davy Jones,  and Dolenz w/Circe Link & Christian Nesmith, and more recently, vintage and new live recordings by both Nesmith and Dolenz. And now 7a has made an agreement with Michael Nesmith and the members of The First National Band to release a live album documenting their January 2018 performances. 

"We are extremely proud and excited to be able to work with Michael Nesmith and The First National Band on this album", Glenn says. "What I have heard so far literally gave me goose bumps. It's that good. By all accounts this will be a superb album and one of 7a Records' biggest releases to date".

Iain was just as enthused. "If you’d have told 15 year old me I’d be releasing a brand new First National Band live album on my own record label I’d have laughed in your face. This is a dream come true and is the culmination of years of hard work and dreaming from both myself and my business partner Glenn. We make it our business to only release records that we would buy and man, I’d buy a dozen copies of this. It’s a thrill and an honor to be working with Michael and the band on this. And you wait until you hear what Christian has done with the production. Stunning".

As Iain said, Christian Nesmith is currently in the process of mixing and mastering the recordings, but at this moment, it has not yet been decided whether the album will consist of one full show or a compilation of the best performances from the various stops on the tour. Nez will have the final vote once everything has been mixed. 

7a Records, July 27th, 2018.

 

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10.07.2018

Steve Future.....

Steve Future started his career in 1984 at the Kristianstad Jazz Festival. After 10 years of touring he realesed his 1st album, called ”First Take”, in 1994. Musicans has changed a lot during the years, and at times they were also backing up famous Swedish artists like Totta Näslund, Rolf Wikström, Sven Zetterberg, and even some US artists, like Alan Haynes. ”First Take” is still part of Steve’s blues act and some of the songs are still rocking. ”He Ain’t Blue Enough” and ”Stop It, Stop It” are some of the songs his audiences really like. Steve is truly a performing live artist, killing audiences, big and small. New album ”7 Cities”, his 8th album, will be released in the summer of 2018.

 

 

 

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09.07.2018

Southside Johnny.....

During the band's formative years, Miami Steve Van Zandt acted as the band's co-leader, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer, while other members of the E Street Band, including Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent, Ernest Carter, Patti Scialfa, and Soozie Tyrell have all performed, toured and/or recorded with the Jukes. The band's horn section, The Miami Horns, has also toured and recorded with Bruce Springsteen. More than one hundred musicians can claim to have been members of the Asbury Jukes, including Jon Bon Jovi who toured with the band as a special guest during 1990. Housed in a 3 CD box this set brings together the 3 albums they recorded for Mercury in the late 70's and early 80's, which have now been re-mastered. The box contains a booklet with notes by noted journalist Malcolm Dome and contains rare covers and memorabilia.

 

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08.07.2018

Morrissey's Best.....

Parlophone will issue "This Is Morrissey", a new single disc Morrissey compilation in July and August.  The semi random 12 track selection includes 2 Record Store Day a-sides, the Mael Mix of "Suedehead" and the live "Satellite Of Love", neither of which have been issued on CD before, along with 10 other tracks from albums and singles issued on Parlophone in the late 80's and early 1990's.

For some reason, "Your The One For Me Fatty" is a live version. The vinyl has a bonus track of "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together", from "Viva Hate" and if you buy the CD in America you’ll get a 10 track edition. Morrissey apparently curated this himself, and in a rare interview, with Fiona Dodwell, he described how he made the selection, “It’s difficult to choose, because so many of the songs are fantastic.

The album is so full of life, and worthy questions, and great choruses, and quite playful. It’s a very underrated catalogue, but perhaps everyone feels this way about their own songs”. "This is Morrissey" was issued on CD on July 6th, 2018. The vinyl will follow on August 31st, 2018.

 

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07.07.2018

Nick Mason.....

Pink Floyd drummer and co-founder Nick Mason will reissue his 3 solo albums in a new box set, "Unattended Luggage", August 31st, 2018 via Warner Music. "Unattended Luggage" is available to pre-order as both a 3 CD or 3 vinyl LP set. The collection boasts Mason's 1981 solo debut, "Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports", his 1985 collaboration with 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn, "Profiles", and "White Of The Eye", Mason and Fenn's 1987 soundtrack for the British thriller of the same name. All 3 records will also be made available to stream and download.

"These recordings hold a very special place for me in my musical life", Mason says. "Listening back after 30 odd years, I'm delighted they are getting the reissue treatment. I'm rather hoping that sales will be sufficient to damage the market in the original rare vinyl versions". Mason recorded "Fictitious Sports" in 1979, though the record wouldn't arrive for another 2 years. The drummer collaborated with a variety of musicians on the project, including keyboardist and songwriter Carla Bley and singer Robert Wyatt.

Mason notes that his next 2 projects with Fenn, "Profiles" and "White Of The Eye", grew out of the work they were doing for advertisements and short documentary films. "Profiles" was a largely instrumental effort, though Maggie Reilly and Mason's former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour provided vocals on "Lie For A Lie", while UFO keyboardist Danny Peyronel sang "Israel". As for "White Of The Eye", the record has not been available for over 20 years, and the "Unattended Luggage" set marks the first time it will be released on CD.

Following the release of "Unattended Luggage", Mason and his new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, will embark on a European tour September 2nd, 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

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06.07.2018

Curse Of Lono.....

Acclaimed London 5 piece Curse Of Lono will release their 2nd album "As I Fell" on August 17th, 2018. Produced by Oli Bayston at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, the album is accompanied by a documentary 'Somewhere In Their Heads' by Gregg Houston.

The 1st single from "As I Fell" is 'Valentine', available to stream now. 'Valentine is about the kind of murderous jealousy that twists you up until you don’t recognise yourself anymore”, says frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “The sort of dejection that will make you do things you know you will regret. I think the vocal harmonies floating over the tribal beat, distorted bass and filthy baritone guitar going through a tiny 1950’s Selmer practice amp, really capture that feeling”.

Joining Felix in Curse Of Lono, who formed in London in 2015, are Joe Hazell, lead guitar and vocals, Dani Ruiz Hernandez, keyboards and vocals, Charis Anderson, bass and vocals and Neil Findlay, drums.

"As I Fell" is the follow up to "Severed", one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony laden americana and driving, gothic alt rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like Doors and Velvet Underground as it does to more modern practitioners of the form such as War On Drugs and Wilco.

Although some of the songs on "As I Fell" revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground. 

'Leuven', with its sumptuous string arrangement, recalls the stories Felix’s grandfather told him about growing up as a half Jew in Nazi Germany and a devastating train crash he survived in 1954 after the 1st football international between England and West Germany after World War II.

“It was one of the worst train crashes in Belgian history”, says Felix. “My grandfather and his brother were on their way home from Wembley, when their train derailed outside Leuven in Belgium. He told me that he was never able to shake the image of their coats soaked in blood as he and his brother dragged the bodies from the wreck”.

Despite a conscious attempt to close the door on the heroin related material that has inspired much of Felix’s previous work, "As I Fell" does include a couple of old songs that have patiently waited their turn. The most notable is 'And It Shows', the 1st song Felix wrote after he gave up heroin and methadone.

“I was only a couple of weeks out of detox, living in a halfway house in Delray Beach. My best friend had passed away a few months earlier, my girlfriend of 5 years was gone and I was climbing the walls. It was a very dark time and the only thing I had to cling to were the songs that kept pouring out. I thought that I had exhausted that well when we started working on this album but despite my desperate attempts not to go back there, this song wouldn’t leave me alone. Eventually I backed down and gave it another chance. I’m glad I did. It’s a time capsule”.

Having spent much of 2017 on tour in Europe and the UK, Curse Of Lono will be embarking on their first UK headline tour this summer. They have also been invited to open for Steve Earle and for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes in Europe in July and in the UK in October.

 

 

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05.07.2018

The Magpie Salute.....

Rich Robinson’s Magpie Salute will release their debut album "High Water I" on August 10th, 2018, and the band have shared the album’s 1st single. “‘Send Me An Omen’, to me, wraps up all of the elements of this band”, Robinson said in an official statement. “There’s pure rock‘n'roll juxtaposed with these pop melodies sung with a melancholy that creates this beautiful balance of surreal dark and light”. The 12 song offering was produced by Robinson, and its sequel, "High Water II" is already slated for 2019. The Magpie Salute is made up of Robinson, Marc Ford, John Hogg, Sven Pipien, Matt Slocum and Joe Magistro.

 

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04.07.2018

Reg Meuross.....

"Reg Meuross" is out July 13th, 2018 via Stockfisch Records. This is a beautiful brand new retrospective of 12 Reg Meuross classics. Produced and arranged by Gunther Pauler, the discerning ears of the cutting edge Stockfish. Honoured by Stockfisch’s invite, Reg says, “it was a real pleasure to work with Gunther and his team, and to make these new recordings of some of my classics on some of the finest recording equipment in the world. Gunther had a clear vision of how he wanted the songs to sound and I gave him free range to achieve this”. 

"Love, death, politics, social commentary, these are all tools of the singer songwriter’s trade and, whether drawn from life or imagination, Reg Meuross wields them with the best, crafting songs that touch the heart, stimulate the mind, leave you in a warm glow of contentment or a fire of righteous indignation in equal measure”, says music writer and radio presenter Mike Davies who has written beautiful sleeve notes.

 

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03.07.2018

Shooter Jennings.....

Shooter Jennings pays homage to "Hee Haw" and the classic "Freedom Rock" TV commercials in a new music video that also announces his upcoming album, "Shooter". The 9 song album, due August 10th, 2018, reunites Jennings with producer Dave Cobb, who produced Jennings' 2005 debut "Put The O Back In Country".

In the inventive, nostalgic video, Jennings performs the album track "Fast Horses & Good Hideouts" as the music guest of his own variety show, "Hey Shooter!", a nod to "Hee Haw" complete with hayseed jokes and a cornfield full of guests, including Elle King, Jerry Cantrell, comedian Jenny Johnson and 80's child star Danny Cooksey.

"I had a lot of my friends come over from all eras of my life", Jennings says of the all star cast. "Like Danny Nordhol, who was in this band Motochrist and was the first person I ever met when I moved to LA".

For the performance of "Fast Horses & Good Hideouts," Jennings re-creates the song live with help from long time bass player Ted Russell Kamp and rising country rebel Jaime Wyatt. The track was inspired in part by actor Randy Quaid, who signed a note to Jennings with "here's to fast horses and good hideouts", so Jennings gave Quaid a writing credit, and also pays tribute to Jennings' best friend and manager Jon Hensley, who died in 2015. The song is the first taste of the upcoming "Shooter" project, which Jennings calls his "Bocephus record", the follow-up to his electronica album "Countach (For Giorgio)".

"I was looking at country music and looking at my place in it and I had a different perspective after doing 'Countach'", he says. "Nobody is cutting a honky tonk Hank Williams Jr record right now. That is still missing from country and that's what I and a lot of people want to hear. Everything is so politically divisive and everybody wants a break from that shit, and it's that downhome attitude that this music was born out of".

"Shooter" is available for pre-order now and will be released via Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.

 

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02.07.2018

Zan Zone.....

On the menu tonight are 11 mouth watering courses sure to please every palette. Our head chef, Zan Burnham, has created some of the tastiest dishes ever From the organic crunch of classic american and british rock fare to psychedelic jellys and jams, ”It's Only Natural” will not only have you coming back for 2nds and 3rds, but it also supplies all of your ear's nutritional needs.

After the drop of Zan Zone's 2013 delicious release, ”Shorts”, Canadian songstress Sabrina Clery joined the group. Within a year, Zan Zone cooked up a new stew with vocalist Philip Dessinger, featured on ”Shorts”, and Sabrina, sharing the lead vocals.

“5 stars!”, said Wolfgang Giese, ”exquisite songwriting and very complex arrangements that never seem overly intellectual, but directly jump to the soul. Lots of groove and passion are dripping from the instruments and voices. Unusually good!".

Stylistically eclectic and adventurous, ”Shorts” featured 9 instrumentalists, and 10 vocalists. ”It’s Only Natural” is just guitars, bass, and drums, with a sprinkling of vibraphone, and a couple of tasty singers, a real rock’n'roll album, with live in studio rhythm section tracks. The subtle, spicy and rich flavors pop in just the right proportions. The result is a flavorful, all natural rock’n'roll record. No fake drums or click tracks here, ”It’s Only Natural” grooves to the pulse of organic life.

”It’s Only Natural”  was recorded, washed, tossed, baked, grilled and roasted in Brooklyn, New York, at Atlantic Sound Studios, and Zanland Studios. At the helm was engineer Diko Shoturma, head cook at Atlantic Sound, who garnered 2 grammys in 2017. Accompanying Zan in the kitchen were co-chefs Kurt Bergland, a drumstick specialist, and Saadi Zain, an expert on the lowdown of exotic fare. Also back from ”Shorts” is mallet wizard Bill Ware who tenderizing many a dish with his awesome vibraphone. Philip Dessinger and Sabrina Clery both sang for their suppers with the sweetest tones. Rounding out the kitchen staff was Arianna Burnham, who added a wonderful crème fraiche to 2 gourmet desserts.. And, like the toothpick you grab as you walk out the door, Blind Lime Burnham makes a cameo appearance.

”It’s Only Natural” is Zan Zone's 4th, full length banquet, following a few smaller catered affairs. Critics and fans alike are always enthusiastic with the quality of praise rising with each gourmet offering. Fillers, artificial and sub quality ingredients, preservatives and dyes, so common in most people's musical diets, are absolutely absent here. This is four star cuisine. So grab a fork and spoon or perhaps your chopsticks, and prepare to experience a meal of music like you haven't had in years. Bon appetit!

 

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01.07.2018

Willie Nile.....

Willie Nile's "Children Of Paradise" in stores worldwide July 27th, 2018, on River House Records.

01. Seeds Of A Revolution
02. All Dressed Up And No Place To Go
03. Don't
04. Earth Blues 
05. Children Of Paradise
06. Gettin' Ugly Out There
07. I Defy
08. Have I Ever Told You
09. Secret Weapon
10. Lookin' For Someone
11. Rock 'N' Roll Sister
12. All God's Children

 

 

 

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