26.04.2019

Lazy Afternoon.....

"Attractive. Strong. Engaging stuff and the musicians are all exceptional.” ~ John Apice, No Depression

Lazy Afternoon from Sweden delivers catchy americana, a pot of influences from country and folk fock with a pinch of tex mex in it. Now their 2nd album, ”Almost Home”, is out.

 

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25.04.2019

New ABBA Book.....

"ABBA On Record : Packaged Promoted Reviewed", the companion volume to "ABBA : The Complete Recording Sessions" is in the works, and should be out later this year.....

 

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24.04.2019

Joni Mitchell.....

In 1971, as her album "Blue" topped charts around the world, Joni Mitchell crafted 100 copies of "Morning Glory On The Vine" as a holiday gift for her closest friends. For this stunningly beautiful book, Joni hand wrote an exquisite selection of her own lyrics and poems and illustrated them with more than 30 of her original paintings and watercolors. Handcrafted, signed, and numbered in Los Angeles, the existing copies of this labor of love have rarely been seen in the past half century.

Now, as Joni celebrates her 75th birthday, "Morning Glory On The Vine : Early Songs & Drawings" is widely available for the 1st time. In this faithfully reproduced facsimile edition, Joni's best loved lyrics and poems spill across the pages in her own elegant script. The lively, full color watercolor paintings depict a superb array of landscapes, still lifes, portraits of friends, self portraits, innovative abstractions, and more.

All the paintings from the original book are included, along with several additional works that Joni had intended to include for her friends in 1971. Finally, the refreshed volume features an original introduction written by Joni herself. "Morning Glory On The Vine" is a gorgeous and intimate keepsake and an invitation to explore anew the dazzling, visionary world of Joni Mitchell.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 22nd, 2019.

 

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23.04.2019

Chris Robinson.....

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has announced the release of their 6th studio LP, "Servants Of The Sun". “With our last couple of albums we made songs we knew we probably weren’t going to play live”, Robinson said of this new set of music. “This time around every one of these songs will fall into the live repertoire”. "Servants Of The Sun" follows up 2017’s "Barefoot In The Head", and is slated for a June 14th, 2019, release via Silver Arrow Records. “The best thing about the CRB after all this time, is that no matter what we’re going through, when there’s a new piece of music that everyone is interested in, the entire band gets in there and goes for it”, Robinson added.

 

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22.04.2019

The Campfire Flies.....


The Campfire Flies’ debut album, entitled ”Sparks Like Little Stars”, will be released in the spring of 2019, by OverPop Music.

The Campfire Flies are a songwriter’s dream sextet, bringing together some of New Jersey’s most acclaimed indie rock writers and performers. John and Toni Baumgartner and Ed Seifert from Speed The Plough, Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried from The Cucumbers, and Matt Davis from The Thousand Pities.

Each songwriter comes to the group with a long, rich history and collection of songs. Each had songs that never quite fit into their existing bands, or saw their way into the world in just the right fashion. All of The Campfire Flies are multi instrumentalists, and everyone sings. Key to the group’s sound are their layered harmonies and the 4 distinct, complimentary songwriting voices, enabling the ensemble to create a broad spectrum of classic, acoustic textures.

After a year of performing at clubs and festivals in New York and New Jersey, the group decided to record an album. “New songs kept bubbling up among us, and we felt we needed to document what we had”, says Shoshkes.

“Our first rehearsal was by candlelight in John and Toni’s living room”, recalls Fried. Longtime friends and admirers of each other’s work, the band formed on a stormy summer night. A ferocious storm felled trees, knocking out all electricity in North Haledon, NJ, the evening the group first assembled to play through each other’s songs for fun. “There was a glowing magic to the mood and the acoustic sounds. We all couldn’t wait to get together and do it again”, says Davis.

The 11 songs on the album were produced by the band. Tracks were engineered by Rob Friedman (Dan Zanes, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed) at David Cossin's Bang On A Can Studio, mixed by Don Sternecker (The Feelies, Railroad Earth) at Mix-O-Lydian Studios and mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound. Additional recording was handled by John at Ruff Studios, Deena at the J-Club, and Scott Anthony.

The album’s opening track, “If Your Eyes Are Closed”, is one that Ed and Deena had performed together prior to the Campfire Flies’ formation, so it was a natural fit for the band. The Flies’ arrangement, with Toni’s flute and Ed’s mandolin, brings the Buddy Holly-esque composition more towards Fairport Convention territory.

“Go Back To Your Heart” was written by Deena just months before the band was formed. As soon as Ed heard Deena’s demo, he said, “You should have John Baumgartner play accordion on this!”. Toni’s clarinet adds to the song’s continental flair. Jon and Ed accompany Deena on vocals
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John’s “Deep Water” shows off The Campfire Flies’ layered harmonies perhaps better than any other song in their repertoire. A deceptively simple chord structure, driven by John’s piano, builds and ebbs and builds again on the strength of 4 part harmony background vocals by Jon, Matt, Deena, and Toni.
Matt’s haunting, ethereal “Blue Fall Day”, has sonic textures unlike anything else on the album, enhanced by John’s bubbling keyboards and Toni’s moody, layered recorder solos. When the chorus arrives, the lush vocal arrangement makes for an unmistakable Campfire Flies song.


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21.04.2019

Grateful Dead.....

The Grateful Dead will include a set of unreleased music taken from a handful of 1969 shows on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of "Aoxomoxoa", out June 7th, 2019.

The set will feature 2 versions of "Aoxomoxoa". A newly remastered version of the original 1969 LP, and a remastered version of the band produced mix the Dead released in 1971. The reissue’s bonus disc will boast live music recorded January 24th to 26th, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, California. The recordings were among the first live performances recorded to 16 track tape.

“In 1969, for their 3rd album, the Grateful Dead eschewed outside producers and created 'Aoxomoxoa' themselves, beginning a run of self produced albums that would continue until 1977”, said Grateful Dead archivist Dave Lemieux in a statement. “Scrapping the 1st sessions, which were recorded to 8 track tape, the Dead now had 16 tracks with which to experiment their psychedelic sound, with an album that included entirely Robert Hunter penned lyrics for the 1st time”.

The bonus disc of live material includes several gems, including 2 early versions of "Aoxomoxoa" tracks, “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” and “Doin’ That Rag”, as well as the final live performance of “Clementine,” a song the Dead began playing in 1968 but never released on a studio album. The Dead lineup at the time of the Avalon shows was Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan, Phil Lesh, Tom Constanten, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.

The 50th anniversary version of "Aoxomoxoa" will be released as a 2 disc CD set and a limited edition vinyl picture disc.


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20.04.2019

Doug Seegers.....

”When I first heard Doug Seegers’ voice, so full of soul and raw emotion, I was stunned. This man has lived these songs, not in his imagination, but every long day over many hard years. He stands before you now, ready to testify. Listen and believe.” ~ Emmylou Harris

"A Story I Got To Tell" is Doug Seegers’ 1st major album release on BMG Records. American by birth and a star in Sweden, he has gold and platinum discs to his name, hundreds of live shows to his credit and multiple successful album releases.

Released on May 31st, 2019, "A Story I Got To Tell" features 11 new tracks and is produced by renowned producer Joe Henry. Encompassing country and blues, gospel, soul and rock, it’s a fluid and eloquent mix that demonstrates just how accomplished Seegers is as an artist, though as the title suggests, his story has not all been plain sailing.

Though Doug Seegers dreamed of a career in the music industry and grew up on the hard country sounds of Hank Williams, the heart first country rock of Gram Parsons, the soul stirring love longs of Emmylou Harris, and the classically American sounds of Johnny Cash, he never imagined his road to stardom would take him from a life of drug addiction on the streets of New York City to a food pantry in Nashville where everything would change on one extraordinary afternoon.

Growing up in Queens, New York, Doug Seegers listened to soul, blues, and jazz and dreamed of making it as musician. When Seegers’ dad left him and his family when he was about 8 years old, Doug, alone and lonely in his Long Island home, only found comfort in the guitar and the Hank Williams records his father left behind.

For years Seegers chased his musical dreams playing in New York City, Austin and other locales, eventually recording a few songs, while also working odd jobs including a stint as a cabinet maker, then starting his own family before eventually moving from New York to Nashville with only his guitar and a collection of spiral notebooks filled with over 2 decades of his song writing. Seegers struggled all along the way with ongoing drug and alcohol abuse which continued until his addiction became so severe that he eventually hit rock bottom and was living on the streets of Nashville alone, homeless, and with nothing but his guitar.

In 2013, after committing to recovery from his addictions and re-committed to his lifelong dream of making music, Seegers eventually became a regular at the ‘Little Pantry That Could’, a food bank in West Nashville run by Stacy Downey, where he received nourishment for his body and soul, food, encouragement, even guitar strings.  It’s there that he met Swedish country star Jill Johnson and a film crew who had traveled to Nashville to produce a documentary about the down and out musicians who played at Downey’s singer songwriter nights, where Seegers performed regularly.

Downey knew deep down that among the many fellow musicians with worn guitars, busted strings and frayed hopes, the one person she was sure Jill Johnson needed to hear was Doug Seegers. At first Doug wasn’t sold on the idea but reluctantly sat on the grass next to Johnson and sang, “I’m going down to the river, to wash my soul again,I been running with the devil, and I know he is not my friend”.

In early 2014, when Doug performed that song “Going Down To The River” on a popular Swedish TV show it became an instant sensation, topping the iTunes charts overnight. Before long, a 3 day marathon of recording followed at Nashville’s legendary Sound Emporium, an iconic studio founded by the late Cowboy Jack Clement, a Country Music Hall Of Fame member and friend of Johnny Cash, who had also recorded there as had Emmylou Harris, Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello and so many other greats.

The formerly homeless street singer was now making music in hallowed space and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today the remarkable 2014 debut album "Going Down To The River", his well received 2nd album "Walking On The Edge Of The World", both produced by Will Kimbrough and recorded in Nashville, a duet album with Jill Johnson, plus a cherished Christmas album and most recently a respected Hank Williams tribute prove Seegers, who was known as Duke The Drifter early in his career, a nod to Williams, isn’t going anywhere. His albums and singles demonstrate a natural musicianship and song writing talent as well as an ability to evoke deep emotions from loneliness and despair to joy and salvation through songs as diverse as Texas swing dances to heart-wrenching love songs to stomping honky tonks to rollicking rock.

In the spring of 2018 in Los Angeles, Doug Seegers recorded a set of brand new songs with renown master producer Joe Henry, who was mentored by legendary producer T Bone Burnett in the 90's, and has worked with Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Hansard, Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette, Meshell Ndegeocello and many more award winning artists.

“Working with Joe Henry has been one of the most revolutionary and evolutionary experiences”, says Seegers. “This album is probably my most personal songwriting experience ever and reminds me why every day I choose my recovery, my redemption, and my faith. Through my music I know my authentic message of hope and rehabilitation can help people. It’s what I’m meant to do. It’s the story I’ve got to tell”.

As producer on the new album, Henry instantly connected with Doug’s charismatic presence, his soulful songs, and his artistic sensibility. The result of their collaboration takes Doug beyond his signature country sound to a rich soundscape where soul, blues, rock and gospel intersect, redefining Doug Seegers as a classic American music artist in the same legendary category as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Roy Orbison.

"A Story I Got To Tell" includes just 2 cover songs. The 1st is “White Line”, the other cover is “Poor Side of Town”, written by Canadian songwriter Willie P Bennett, and it draws on Doug’s experience as a street musician where he organically absorbed songs from different writers and then transformed them into his own unique sound, this authentic version feels like it was written for or by Doug.

The inspirational “Give It Away” is the heart of the album evoking Doug’s raw, spiritual journey from rock bottom addiction to rebirth to recovery and ultimately redemption.  The song poignantly tells Doug’s tale of paying it forward, divine intervention and discovering his life’s mission via an AA meeting.

"Demon Seed", another standout moment, is the 1st single from the album and is released to stream and download now. Doug Seegers "A Story I Got To Tell" is out May 31st, 2019 on BMG.

 


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19.04.2019

The Waterboys.....

Mike Scott returns with a new album by The Waterboys this May, a 10 song collection entitled "Where The Action Is", the title is inspired by the chorus to Robert Parker’s northern soul classic “Let’s Go Baby”, that follows up the band’s hip hop inspired double album "Out Of All This Blue". The album is due out May 24th, 2019, on Cooking Vinyl Records. It will be released digitally, on black and marble colored vinyl, and as single and double disc sets, the limited edition 2 D set will include a second disc called "Where The Action Is : Mashed" with alternate versions and mixes. Scott will mark the album’s release by taking The Waterboys out on tour in the UK and Spain.

 

 

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18.04.2019

Smoking Flowers.....

"There are not enough words to describe the intrinsic chemistry Kim and Scott Collins possess. The duo, better known as The Smoking Flowers, have discovered what some duos spend their entire careers trying to find, a fascinating marriage between artistic talent and subtle sensuality that pierces the attention of anyone in the same room as them. The Collins' have devoted their entire lives to music, and the second their wild feet touch the stage they exude just how tenured they truly are." ~ The Repertoire
 
Musically speaking, Kim dances between drums, accordion, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, shimmering tambourine and her own sensual, simmering vocals. Scott plays electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, and delivers his vocals with the voice of a feisty, gin battered, heart on sleeve, hardscrabble troubadour. 
 
They have influences that range from Led Zeppelin to Gillian Welch and The Ramones to Neil Young.  Kim was ironically considered by one of those very influences when she was up for the female vocalist spot in Robert Plant's Band Of Joy. Unbeknownst to Kim, mr Plant had been listening to some of her recordings and loved her voice. But as fate would have it her friend Patti Griffin got the role. "The job was clearly destined for Patti. I mean look at her and Robert now! I do believe in a good love story, after all", says a sighing Kim.
 
The Smoking Flowers 1st album "Sweet As Port" debuted in 2009, initially recorded as a side project of sorts for the couple from their respective rock bands at the time.  It is a delicate americana album released well before americana was a popular trend.  Their critically praised 2nd full length album "2 Guns" was released in 2013, but was raucously brought into existence in single live recorded takes over about 4 days in 2011.  It is a ferocious musical document that eerily proved to be a foreshadowing of a battle the couple was soon to encounter. 
 
Kim was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer just after they recorded and mixed "2 Guns", delaying the album's release by 2 years.  Kim's breast cancer is in remission today due to only using holistic and alternative methods and a raw food diet, no chemotherapy, no radiation, no hormones. In the wake of this experience Kim and Scott took life by the reins and hit the road in their vintage Volvo 240 station wagon, touring across America and Canada for 3 years straight promoting "2 Guns". With this life altering experience to draw upon, and 3 years of intense touring under their belt, the couple then tapped even deeper into their raw rock, punk and folk roots in the composition of their newest album "Let's Die Together" just released. The undeniable urgency present in these recordings cannot be faked.  "Let's Die Together" is a true story of triumph. 
 
The Collins’s continue to be activists and advocates for holistic and alternative medicine and healing, also founding the charitable organization The Treasure Chest. Their music and life have been an influence on many East Nashville artists, being early pioneers of the now popular underground scene.
 
The Smoking Flowers live shows exemplify the gritty wanderlust of Kim and Scott, while their songs paint a picture of a couple that lives together, married 19 years, writes together, plays together and simply loves life together.  The Smoking Flowers are currently on tour worldwide. 

 

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17.04.2019

Sting's Songs..... 

Sting just unveiled news about his upcoming album, "My Songs", out on May 24th, 2019, via Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope. "My Songs" finds Sting interpreting songs from across his career, both as a solo artist and a member of the Police. "My Songs" will feature faithful reimaginings of “Desert Rose” and “Brand New Day”, both of which remain rooted in the atmospheric grooves of the originals. The track list for "My Songs" also boasts “Message In A Bottle”, “Englishman In New York”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Fields Of Gold” and a live version of “Roxanne”. A deluxe edition of the album includes 4 live tracks, “Synchronicity II”, “Next To You”, “Spirits In The Material World” and “Fragile”. "My Songs" follows Sting’s 2018 collaboration with Shaggy, "44/876", which won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. The new record will be released digitally, as well as on CD and vinyl.

 

 

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16.04.2019

Primal Scream.....

Over the past 3½ decades, Primal Scream have embraced everything from psychedelic pop to degenerate rock’n’roll, euphoric rave to industrial gloom. They have made records with George Clinton and Kate Moss, invited Mani of the Stone Roses and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine into the fold, survived narcotic oblivion, personal trauma and the death of beloved guitarist Robert Young, and captured the mood of the nation several times over. Throughout it all, they have always sounded like Primal Scream. And they have always made great singles.

From their psychedelic roots to the era defining hedonism of "Screamadelica" through to the sonic attack of "XTRMNTR" and beyond, the eclectic nature of Primal Scream has been matched by the sheer consistency of their singles and they have become part of Britain’s musical heritage.

Now Primal Scream compile one of the great singles discographies into one expansive collection with "Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll : The Singles", which will be released May 24th, 2019, via Sony.

“Right from our 1985 debut 'All Fall Down' onward we’ve approached singles as an aesthetic choice, a statement of where we are as a band”, says Bobby Gillespie. “We grew up with 'Suffragette City' and 'Metal Guru' flying out of the radio. The 4 Sex Pistols singles were great. Pu'blic Image' by PiL sounded like nothing else. Prince and Madonna made amazing hits. That has been our approach. I’ve always loved Top 40 pop radio, I love greatest hits albums like The Who’s' 'Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy'. I remember Alan McGee saying of 'Higher Than The Sun', 'it won’t be a hit, but it will be a statement'. Great singles can get out into the world and show people an alternative way of thinking. They make you feel less alone”.

Opening with the jangly melodic rush of "Velocity Girl", "Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll : The Singles" is a celebration of a vital catalogue of songs from a band who have always pushed the boundaries of their sound. There’s rock‘n’roll infused with gospel and soul in "Movin’ On Up", the stonesy strut of "Rocks" and industrial funk in the shape of "Kill All Hippies". And that freewheeling attitude never stopped, as evidenced by the anthemic garage rock meets vintage r'n'b of "Country Girl" and the creativity of the songs taken from their most recent album, 2016’s "Chaosmosis".

 

 

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15.04.2019

Morrissey.....

Morrissey’s forthcoming album, "California Son", will feature renditions of songs by Roy Orbison, "It's Over", Joni Mitchell, “Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow”, Bob Dylan, “Only A Pawn in Their Game”, Dionne Warwick, “Loneliness Remembers What Happens Forgets”, and Carly Simon, “When You Close Your Eyes”. The record will also boast guest appearances from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Ariel Engle of Broken Social Scene, Petra Haden and more. May 24th, 2019.

 

 

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14.04.2019

Doug Collins.....

"A mini country pop classic!" ~ Jim Walsh, Southwest Journal

By no means some retro-rocker or vintage-white-dudecome-lately, Doug Collins is nonetheless a songwriter, rocker, man out of time. His lived in and poetric songs evoke the glory days of AM radio country pop rock, and this 10 song long player is his most fully realized collection of songs to date, highlighted by seriously addicting country rock and alt pop gems like “Conversation With My Heart”, “I Saw You Dancing”, and the big heart bursting ballad “Please Don’t Make Me Leave You”.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Rob Genadaek at Brewhut Studios and played by Collins and the Receptionists, drummer Billy Dankert (Gear Daddies, Billy Dankert & The Real Austinaires) and bassist Charlie Varley (Box 10, Sons Of Gloria), ”Good Sad News” is also the sound of a great band swinging hard and having fun together. Powered by Collins’ best ever vocal performances, the records’ myriad hooks are ready made hits for both classic country and alt rock radio. Timeless stuff, to be sure.

 

 

 

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13.04.2019

Boz Scaggs Hits.....

Boz Scaggs releases a greatest hits album with all the leading songs from the singles released in Japan from 1971 through 1996. Feature the high fidelity Blu spec CD2 format. Comes with a bonus DVD with all the music videos released when he belonged to Columbia Records. They become available as video contents in DVD format for the first time in the world. Comes with a booklet with pictures of cover artworks of all the singles, 12 cm CD replica versions of original 45 rpm record ones. Columbia Records/Sony Music Japan, April 24th, 2019.

 

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12.04.2019

Todd Rundgren.....

"The Complete Bearsville & Warner Bros Singles" is a forthcoming compilation 2 CD set from Todd Rundgren that includes all a-sides and b-sides from all of his singles that were released in his Bearsville and Warner Bros era, from 1970 to 1983. Released by Warner Bros Japan on May 17th, 2019.

 

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11.04.2019

The Head & The Heart.....

"We're so proud to announce that our new album, 'Living Mirage', will be released into the wild on May 17th, 2019. The 1st single 'Missed Connection' is available for immediate download when you pre-order the new album and you can stream 'Missed Connection' now wherever you listen to new music. 'Missed Connection' came to us through a series of beautiful accidents. The lyrics draw from both real and surreal imagery, interweaving thoughts of doubt and blind confidence. Both of which seem to exist in all of us. It’s a story of what life and love can become when you follow the signs from the universe, where ever they may lead. It's been a labor of love and we couldn’t be more excited to share it all with you." ~ The Head & The Heart

 

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10.04.2019

E.L.S. Band.....

E.L.S. Band was founded in 2015 in Karlskoga, Sweden. The repertoire has been and is so far, well chosen covers that span blues, soul and some rock'n'roll. The band has over the years played at a number of different festivals and clubs.

E.L.S. Band has built up a faithful and growing crowd of followers which is not so strange, with a singer of absolutely highest class and a very experienced and competent band. They have  just released their first full length album, "Dark Blues Sky" on Sound Station Records. The goal now is to release an album with their own material, the work has started.

E.L.S. Band is Stig Pettersson, vocals and guitar, Erik Lindstedt, drums, Erik Harrström, keyboards, Lasse Lövgren, bass.


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09.04.2019

Plonk Box Set.....

The 1st ever comprehensive anthology of the work of beloved former Faces and Small Faces songwriter and bass player Ronnie Lane, "Just For A Moment 1973 - 1997", will be released as a 6 -CD box set and in best of editions by UMC on May 17th, 2019.

The collection is a much deserved tribute to the post Faces career of the co-writer of such classic British songs as ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘All Or Nothing’, ‘Ooh La La’ and his own hits with his later band Slim Chance, ‘How Come’ and ‘The Poacher’. Lane passed away at the age of just 51 in 1997, after suffering from multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years.

Affectionately and widely known as ‘Plonk’, Ronnie became one half of the songwriting force behind the Small Faces’ definitive and soulful 1960's British rock sound with Steve Marriott. He then became a founding member of the highly successful powerhouse that grew out of them, Faces. Then, increasingly at odds with the demands of the music business, he retreated to a ramshackle country farm, Fishpool, Wales, and formed Slim Chance.

The group toured in a carnival type extravaganza called 'The Passing Show', and Lane also built his own recording facility, the Lane Mobile Studio. He collaborated with any friends in his musical circle, including Ronnie Wood, Gallagher & Lyle, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton, who wrote ‘Wonderful Tonight’ around the fire at Fishpool.

Townshend, with whom Lane created the memorable 1977 joint album "Rough Mix", says of the new retrospective:  “For me the music here brings a joyful tear. How wonderful to get a sense of the entire arc of Ronnie’s work, rough and smooth, lost and found”.

"Just For A Moment 1973 - 1997" includes Lane’s 4 solo albums, "Anymore For Anymore" plus its non-LP singles, "Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance", "One For The Road" and "See Me". It also features tracks from the "Mahoney’s Last Stand" soundtrack album with Ron Wood and from "Rough Mix". The final disc of the set focuses on Ronnie’s later years in the US, when he lived in Austin, TX, with live highlights and previously unreleased studio tracks.

Many other rare and unreleased recordings are included, such as covers of ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘The Joint Is Jumpin’’, alongside unheard Lane compositions plus live recordings, tracks for the BBC and highlights from a concert at Rockpalast. "Just For A Moment" is curated by Ronnie’s longtime musical confidant Charlie Hart of Slim Chance, who continue to tour in their modern day line-up, with a new album, "New Cross Road", out on the Fishpool label.

The box set is available as a 6 CD edition with a hardback book and outer slipcase, a book of Lane’s lyrics and an A2 fold out poster. 1 CD and 2 LP best of versions will also be released. The collection contains comprehensive sleeve notes split into 3 distinct parts, written by Paolo Hewitt, Kris Needs and Kent Benjamin. Townshend contributes the foreword.

“Here, in these songs, collected with such love and care, he is found again”, says Townshend of his old friend. “Probably at the height of his rebellious and chaotic powers, where music had to be immediate and uplifting, or else heart-breaking, but always real”.

 

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08.04.2019

Big Big Train.....

Inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the "Grand Tour", where young men and women travelled to broaden the mind, Big Big Train have made an album of songs set in distant lands and beyond. "Grand Tour" will be released on May 17th, 2019, and is available to pre-order now on double heavyweight gatefold vinyl, featuring a 24 page booklet, digipack CD, featuring a 52 page booklet, and on standard and hi-resolution download. "Grand Tour" will be available on all good streaming services on release day. "Grand Tour" features 9 new tracks which will take listeners on an epic journey over land and sea and through time and space.

 

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07.04.2019

Another Bowie Box.....

Following the recent "Spying Through A Keyhole" announcement, Parlophone is set to further commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, with a 7" vinyl singles box set of 6 home demos, 4 of which are previously unreleased recordings. This set further documents the earliest stages of David’s journey and development as an artist and songwriter.

Recorded early in 1969 in David’s flat in Clareville Grove, London, this live to tape demo session features David performing as a duo with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson following the end of the Feathers trio, which featured David’s then girlfriend Hermione Farthingale.

The photography featured on the box front and the print inside, is by Bowie’s then manager, Ken Pitt, and was taken in the Clareville Grove flat that David shared with Hermione. His military haircut was due to the very brief appearance he had in the movie 'The Virgin Soldiers'.

As with the "Spying Through A Keyhole" vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm.

May 17th, 2019.

 

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06.04.2019

Kaurna Cronin.....

Folkster Kaurna Cronin's latest works intertwine meaningful songs with a rich musical tapestry of folk, roots and indie rock, sewn together with grand imagery and tales of yesteryear. From ballads to boogies, Kaurna and his band's unique folk blend has provided thrilling musical and poetical journeys for audiences globally.

Renowned for their relentless touring schedule, Kaurna together with his band provide their folk, Australiana inspired sounds which craftily compliment Cronin’s lyrically driven songwriting.

At just 26 years, Kaurna has released 5 albums with his latest being awarded ‘Roots Album Of The Year’ by A.R.B.A. After being award Folk Alliance Australia’s ‘Artist Of The Year’ along with a plethora of other accolades including A.P.R.A. AMCOS Emily Burrows Award and F.L.M.A. 'Best Acoustic Artist', Kaurna and band have mustered 300+ performances internationally in the past years throughout Australia, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and India.

2019 will see the release of his newest works, a series of singles and a new album recorded partly in Germany, Australia and recorded with producers from David Bowie, Midnight Oil and Rolling Stones.

 

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05.04.2019

Paul McCartney.....

Paul McCartney has confirmed the release of "Egypt Station : Traveller’s Edition" out May 10th, 2019, via Capitol Records. This strictly limited deluxe edition of the #1 album "Egypt Station" will be a one time only pressing limited to 3 000 numbered cases. The "Traveller’s Edition" arrives in a vintage style suitcase and contains exclusive previously unreleased tracks, hidden rarities and all the essentials needed on your journey to "Egypt Station" and beyond.....

 

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04.04.2019

Little Steven.....

Little Steven knows what you’re thinking, especially when the topic is his music and not his acting. You hear his name and immediately imagine a bandana clad rock gypsy who sings and plays heated, self righteous diatribes about politics and life in a justice challenged America. And he doesn’t disagree with you. “All my previous solo records were very political and very personal”, he says from his Manhattan home. “And I wanted to get away from both of those things. I wanted to fictionalize my life. I was sick of me”.

Van Zandt’s first step in that direction came when he heard that his longtime employer, Bruce Springsteen, would be heading to Broadway in 2017. “I said, ‘I might as well use the time'”, he says. On that year’s "Soulfire", Van Zandt revived his inactive solo career, his long dormant band name, Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, and several songs he’d written for other artists but had never cut himself. “As soon as I did 'Soulfire', I said, ‘I should evolve this to the next logical place’”, he recalls. “All my records in the 80's were diverse, but the music was always second to the lyrics. This time I wanted the music to come first”.

For his next project, Van Zandt started with a new song, “Summer Of Sorcery”, which he says was “relatively new territory for me, I’d never wandered into that Van Morrison area very often”. Starting with that swirly, strummy reverie, a new idea took shape, what he calls “a concept loosely about going back and experiencing the first summer of consciousness, first time in love, first experiences in life and that thrill of unlimited possibilities”.

Working with his current band, Van Zandt rode that feeling into "Summer Of Sorcery", the most eclectic record he’s ever made. Set for a May 3rd, 2019, release, it largely dispenses with protest songs and revels in the rock, soul and r'n'b of his 60's youth. On tracks like “Soul Power Twist”, “Vortex” and “Love Again”, he returns to the sort of Jersey Shore soul shakers he once wrote for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. “I wanted to write some of those songs for me”, he says. “I would’ve given those to Southside, but I never wrote them for myself”.

The album also ventures into Phil Spector style pop, “A World Of Our Own”, Latin Music, “Party Mambo”, and garage rock, “Communion”. Even more striking are the lyrics, which avoid autobiography in favor of character studies, like the lovesick romantic in “A World Of Our Own”. “Every singer is an actor, and the song is the script”, he says. “And you’re selling it. You’re convincing the audience you are who you say you are. In this case, I had to inhabit the body of that person, and I played and sang along with these different movies that required my singing to be different”.

The results are particularly felt on “Suddenly You”, which features a rare Van Zandt swoony croon. He also points to the horn swinging “Love Again”, which he calls “a complete fantasy” inspired by pop of a bygone era. “I was thinking about Sam Cooke singing ‘I ain’t got nobody’ in ‘Another Saturday Night’, and yet he was having sex with 2 or 3 women a day!”. Van Zandt laughs. “But there’s nothing autobiographical about this one”.

Still, Van Zandt couldn’t shut out current events entirely. “Superfly Terraplane” portrays a new anti gun and pro social media generation, while “Gravity” laments the denigrated state of the country, “200 years of muscle, you blew it all trying to be the boss”. “I couldn’t help myself”, he shrugs. “It pulled me back in”.

Yet he admits it’s ironic that he’s made one of his least political records during one of the country’s most tumultuous times. “I got that with 'Soulfire' too, ‘What are you doing?’”, he says. “It’s unbelievable what’s going on. We’re in a civil war here. But my usefulness now is trying to bring people together and find a common ground”. Van Zandt learned a hard lesson when he launched TeachRock, a rock history based education program for schools around the country. “I didn’t endorse Obama and I didn’t criticize Trump”, he says. “TeachRock is the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I didn’t want a teacher in Alabama saying, ‘I don’t want to follow this liberal’”.

Van Zandt will be taking the "Summer Of Sorcery" songs on the road starting this summer through October. He hasn’t heard anything about future E Street Band roadwork, but he knows he needs to take advantage of his break, and the chance to play his own songs, as much as possible. “If Bruce goes back out”, he says, “we could be gone 2 years”.

Until that happens, assuming it does, Van Zandt says he’s going to enjoy stepping away from himself. “There’s nothing more anxiety producing than trying to understand yourself and analyze yourself”, he says. “It’s exhausting”.

 

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03.04.2019

The Honkin' Stones.....

In anticipation of their upcoming North American 'No Filter' tour, The Rolling Stones have announced the April 19th, 2019,  release of "Honk", a new compilation album that focuses on the rock titans’ post 1971 output. It will be released in a variety of configurations, 1 CD, 3 CD deluxe, 2 LP, and 4 LP deluxe editions, as well as digital download and streaming.

The 1 CD collection and the 2 LP edition both collect 19 of The Stones’ singles recorded from 1971 to 2016, plus an unreleased live version of “Wild Horses” featuring Florence Welch that was taken from a London Stadium performance on May 22nd, 2018. The 3 CD edition of "Honk" includes 36 hits, plus an exclusive 3rd CD with 10 unreleased live recordings from the last 6 years. This includes duet versions of “Beast Of Burden”, featuring Ed Sheeran, “Dead Flowers”, as performed with Brad Paisley, “Bitch” featuring Dave Grohl, and the aforementioned “Wild Horses” with Florence Welch. The disc also includes recent recordings of the band tearing through “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Dancing With Mr D”, “Shine A Light”, Under My Thumb”, “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “She’s A Rainbow”.

For vinyl aficionados, The Rolling Stones’ Online Shop will have an exclusive, 4 LP color vinyl edition of the collection that mirrors the track list of the deluxe CD and will be pressed on purple, red, orange, and yellow colored 180 gram vinyl. The run will be limited to just 2 500 units. The store is also stocking the other editions of the collection. There, you’ll also find exclusive bundles that include various t-shirts, hoodies, and lithograph options, plus a wealth of "Honk" related apparel. All orders taken through the Rolling Stones’ Online Shop will receive an exclusive "Honk" emblazoned bumper sticker.

 

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02.04.2019

Jesper Lindell.....

“It has been a long process. My 1st EP took almost 2 weeks to record. This time, I really wanted to spend time in the studio, to experiment and develop." ~ Jesper Lindell

Jesper Lindell debuted with the EP ”Little Less Blue” which contained the hit single ”Moving Slow”, featuring the Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. The EP was produced by the duo’s father Benkt Söderberg and was well received by music media. ”Moving Slow” was featured on multiple Spotify playlists and has to date streamed over 3,1 million times. In 2019 he is back with his 1st full length album. In the coming weeks, 3 singles will be released before the album reaches the listeners in May. The 1st single from Lindells debut album is out now.

 

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01.04.2019

Norah Jones.....

Norah Jones will release a new album, "Begin Again", this month. "Begin Again" features a collection of 7 eclectic songs that Jones recorded with collaborators including Jeff Tweedy and Thomas Bartlett. 4 of the songs were put out as ad-hoc digital singles last year but "Begin Again" sees them released physically along with 3 more previously unreleased tracks. After the last "Day Breaks" tour, Jones returned to the studio with the sole intent of following her muse down creative pathways without any expectations or boundaries. Jones got together with various friends for brief, largely improvised sessions to collaborate and experiment. “I felt inspired to record and try different things”, Jones says, adding that "the idea was to make it quick and fun and easy and low-pressure. It’s a great way to collaborate with other people. Just a day or 3 in the studio and that’s it. It’s been so fun and I feel very inspired right now and love all the different directions this is going”. The album in released on CD and LP on April 12th, 2019.

 

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31.03.2019

Randy Bachman.....

Randy Bachman has had a surprising career, one of the rare acts to score 2 # 1 singles with 2 different bands. “American Woman” with the Guess Who and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” with Bachman Turner Overdrive. A new documentary, "Bachman", written and directed by John Barnard explores his life, from his childhood in Winnipeg, Canada, to his conversion to Mormonism to his touring life today at age 75. The movie now has a release date. Filmrise will release "Bachman" April 9th, 2019, on iTunes, Prime Video, Google Play and on DVD. The filmmakers spoke to Neil Young, Paul Shaffer, Peter Frampton and his bandmate Fred Turner for the 78 minute movie. “When I see Randy, I hear him”, says Young, describing the guitarist’s presence. “And I feel him”. They also followed Bachman as he visited his warehouse full of hundreds of custom guitars and in the studio as he made his most recent album featuring the songs of George Harrison. It premiered at the 2018 Toronto Hot Docs Festival, where it was an official selection.

 

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30.03.2019

Kiki Dee Box Set.....

Yesterday, March 29th, 2019, Edsel Records issued "The Rocket Years", a new Kiki Dee 5 CD deluxe set that covers her years with Elton John’s Rocket Records label.

After periods with Fontana and Motown Elton John signed Kiki Dee in 1973 and produced her 1st album on the label, "Loving And Free", utilising his own band and a various well known session musicians. 4 further albums followed although 1975’s "Cage The Songbird" was shelved at the time and didn’t see release until over 30 years later. That album takes its chronological place in this new deluxe set, along with "I’ve Got The Music In Me", 1974, "Kiki Dee", 1977, and "Stay With Me", 1978.

Of course in the middle of this period her best known song, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, a duet with Elton John, was a massive Transatlantic # 1 single.

This set also features 10 bonus tracks, including ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, and its b side "Snow Queen", on CD for the first time outside Australia, apparently.

"The Rocket Years" comes as a media book package and is illustrated with photos and ephemera from Kiki’s own collection, and includes notes by Alan Robinson, based on a brand new interview. It was released yesterday on March 29th, 2019, and Amazon UK have an exclusive edition with a print that Kiki has signed.

 

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29.03.2019

Berra Karlsson.....

Berra Karlsson, brother of Cina Samuelson, and also her famous pedal steel player, just released his 2nd solo single, an original track called "The Good Day". Berra Karlsson is a much sought after pedal steel player in Sweden with a lot of performances and recordings on his credit list. "The Good Day" is the 2nd teaser of more great tracks to be released in 2019.....

 

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28.03.2019

Nola Jazz Fest.....

Few music festivals are as rich, profound, and joyous as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, now entering its 50th year. With 50 tracks recorded live, the forthcoming 5 CD box set "Jazz Fest" captures the festival’s ecstatic spontaneity, which defines the essence and vitality of American popular music. Ever since its inception a half century ago, "Jazz Fest" has exuberantly expressed the unique confluence in New Orleans of Native American, African, Caribbean, European, Hispanic, and Asian communities. With essays and annotations by Keith Spera, Karen Celestan, Robert Cataliotti, Jeff Place, Rachel Lyons, and Jon Pareles, plus photos spanning the festival’s history, this box set delivers the sights and sounds of being at Jazz Fest for those who have not yet been there, and rekindles memories for the hundreds of thousands who return to New Orleans year after year. Smithsonian Folkways, May 10th, 2019.

 

 

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27.03.2019

Dionne Warwick.....

The legendary Dionne Warwick will release her first new album in 5 years, "She's Back", on May 10th, 2019. Produced by her son Damon Elliot, the album will be released via his Kind Music and eOne Records. The lead off single will be an updated version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic, “What The World Needs Now Is Love”, which Dionne recorded during the 1960's. In addition to 10 tracks of new songs, as well of remakes of pop and soul gems, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of the 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne”, which features her greatest hits, remastered for this package. “She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore, Musiq Soulchild, as well as Bone Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone.

“She’s Back” is Dionne's 36th full length studio recording, and her first dedicated r'n'b and soul album in 50 years, since the release of Dionne’s stellar 1969 Scepter LP, "Soulful", which she co-produced in Memphis with the late Chips Moman, who’d manned the boards for Dionne’s then label mate, BJ Thomas. Dionne is one of several legends to be chosen to receive one of the Grammy Awards’ highest honors this year, the Lifetime Achievement Award. She joins music greats such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, as well as Sam & Dave in this bestowed class. A separate award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held the day after the release of She’s Back, on May 11th, 2019, in Los Angeles.

 

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26.03.2019

The Dream Syndicate.....

When I was writing the songs for the new album I was pretty obsessed with 'Donuts' by J Dilla”, lead singer and songwriter Steve Wynn explained. “I loved the way that he approached record making as a DJ, a crate digger, a music fan wanting to lay out all of his favorite music, twist and turn the results until he made them into his own. I was messing around with step sequencers, drum machines, loops, anything to take me out of my usual way of writing and try to feel as though I was working on a compilation rather than more of the same. You might not automatically put The Dream Syndicate and J Dilla in the same sentence, but I hear that album when I hear our new one”.

If 2017’s "How Did I Find Myself Here" was a 10pm record, all swagger and cathartic explosion, then "These Times" is the 2am sibling, moodier and more mercurial with the band acting as DJs of their own overnight radio station as the listener drifts off into dreams and wonders the next morning if any of it was real.

The Dream Syndicate recorded "These Times" once again at Montrose Studios in Richmond, Virginia. Co-produced by John Agnello, Wynn wrote all of the song’s lyrics in the studio after the band finished tracking, so that the words would be dictated by the sound rather than the other way around. This process contributed to the urgency of the album’s title.

“'These Times'. That’s it. It is all we’re talking about, all we’re thinking about. There is no avoiding the existential panic of a world that’s hurtling somewhere quickly, evolving, and shifting course by the hour. It seems like a lie to not address or reflect the things that we can’t stop thinking about, the whole world’s watching indeed. The lyrics are just a mirror of the dread, panic, mania, speculation, melancholy and ultimately shrugging abandonment that just might follow. It’s just all about where we are”.

The Dream Syndicate has a long and storied history. But where are they right now? They’re here. Right here. In "These Times". Anti- Records, May 3rd, 2019.

 

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25.03.2019

John Cee Stannard.....

Moving On”, the new album from John Cee Stannard, release date May 24th, 2019, sees John Cee moving forward, not from the last album, but from his earlier 2013 “Doob” album. Because this is very much a follow up to “Doob” we are including a copy for reference as it was not widely distributed at the time.

“Moving On” is concentrated more on the big band sound of “Doob”, whilst still nodding to the more acoustic country blues styles with songs like “Evening Sun” and “You Took Me By Surprise”, a wry look at partnerships, and “Something That You Do To Me”, which was a deliberate attempt to write a song for harmonica in the Jimmy Reed style.

2 of the songs were specifically written for this album, and the full band treatment. Both are songs about Reading, John’s home town. The opening track “Cemetery Junction” refers to the major junction to the east of town, and is also a crossroads song. The other, “Seventeen” pays homage to the # 17 bus route which started as a tram service over a 100 years ago.

The 2 covers on the album are, “Tougher Than Tough” by Jimmy Witherspoon, which captures the feel of the smaller jazz and blues combo of the 1950’s, and “Someone Is Knocking”, a powerful song by Reading blues artist Julia Titus, known for her performances as “Ma Bessie”. The jazz and blues combo style is also reflected in another new song “Do Right To Me”, which would sit well with any tune of the period.

17 guest musicians helped John put this album together and of course these include his close friends Mike Bake on guitar and Howard Birchmore on harmonica, who continue to support John as part of the live performance trio, John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon.

Says John “I have been so lucky that as each album has been completed, I have been so completely happy with it, I’ve never listened back afterwards and thought ‘I wish I had done it this way, or changed the arrangement at that point’. The difference with this album is that at the outset, I had a more complete idea of how the album should sound, how it should flow, and the moods and vibes it should generate along the way. It is exactly what I was trying to achieve and I am so thrilled with it.
“Doob” was a big learning curve for me, I leaned how to produce and piece an album together, and how to get the best out of the great musicians who were helping. This continued through the following 3 albums, always working closely with Matt Bew at Whitehouse studios, sometimes it’s almost like he has a better idea of what I’m aiming for than I do. Having a team is so important, both in terms of production, and musicianship. The guest musicians come into the studio and create there parts, yes there might be some points of direction, but creatively, it is their input that helps make the album what it is”.

“The Doob Doo Album” was recorded as a one off project with no intention of performance or future albums. It was an album John had wanted to make for decades. It was the encouragement of those involved that opened the door to performance, and more recording.

 

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24.03.2019

V D G Generator.....

Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new re-mastered limited edition boxed set of the classic debut album by Van Der Graaf Generator, "The Aerosol Grey Machine".

Van Der Graaf Generator were true pioneers of so called progressive rock, and their impressive career spanning 5 decades features many ground breaking works. Always progressing stylistically in the true sense of the word, Van Der Graaf Generator’s music remains inspirational. Formed in Manchester University in 1967, VDGG initially featured Peter Hammill, Chris Judge Smith and Nick Pearne. The band signed to Mercury Records in May 1968 after the submission of a 2 track demo tape. Nick Pearne departed the fold and Hammill and Smith relocated to London recruiting keyboard player Hugh Banton. By the autumn of 1968 the band had signed a management contract with Tony Stratton Smith and had recruited drummer Guy Evans and bassist Keith Ellis into the group. This line up recorded the single ‘People You Were Going To’ b/w ‘Firebrand’ in 1968 and a session for BBC Radio One, before Chris Judge Smith departed. The ‘People You Were Going To’ single, issued in January 1969, was withdrawn just days after release due a contractual dispute with Mercury Records.

After several months of touring, including a support spot for the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Royal Albert Hall, the band broke up after the theft of their equipment and on going contractual difficulties. "The Aerosol Grey Machine" sessions began life as an intended solo album for Peter Hammill, featuring Banton, Evans and Ellis as session players. However, the album appeared in September 1969 in USA only credited to Van Der Graaf Generator as part of a contractual settlement which enabled the band to sign to Tony Stratton Smith’s newly formed Charisma label later that year, for whom they would record a series of classic albums. A planned UK release by Mercury, which featured a different and lavish gatefold sleeve design, was shelved after a handful of test pressings were made.

This deluxe set celebrates the 50th anniversary of the very 1st release and features the re-mastered album, an additional CD of rare and previously unreleased tracks including 2 previously unreleased demos from 1967, the complete BBC Radio Top Gear session from 1968, including the lost previously unreleased version of ‘Octopus’, and the single tracks ‘People You Were Going To’ and ‘Firebrand’, a facsimile 180 gram vinyl LP of “The Aerosol Grey Machine”, cut at Abbey Road Studios,  housed in the impossibly rare unreleased British gatefold sleeve design, a 7" single of the very rare withdrawn release, a lavish book with many previously unseen photos and cuttings, and an essay by Sid Smith featuring an exclusive interview with Peter Hammill and a replica 1968 poster designed by Peter Hammill.

Esoteric Recordings, April 26th, 2019.

 

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23.03.2019

Prince Raves.....

The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are pleased to announce the next round of physical titles set for release as part of the ongoing and definitive Prince catalog project. Next up will be Prince's "Ultimate Rave" on April 26th, 2019. A 3 disc bundle of the artist's pivotal new millennium pop party dance music, "Ultimate Rave" brings together CD's of 1999's "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" and its 2001 remix "Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic", alongside a DVD containing the full length performance version of "Prince In Concert : Rave Un2 The Year 2000", Prince's epic 1999 New Year's Eve party, originally captured for on demand pay per view airing during the dawning of Y2K.

 

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22.03.2019

Patrick Moraz.....

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

 

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21.03.2019

Leaf Rapids.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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20.03.2019

Lou With Nils.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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19.03.2019

Iain Matthews.....

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

 

 

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18.03.2019

Alan Parsons.....

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

 

 

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17.03.2019

BR Lively.....

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

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

 

 

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16.03.2019

Stevie Nicks.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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15.03.2019

Melissa Etheridge.....

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

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14.03.2019

Bruce Hornsby.....

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

 

 

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13.03.2019

Christian Draghi.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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12.03.2019

Glen Hansard.....

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

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

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

 

 

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11.03.2019

Mike Nesmith Box.....

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

 

 

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10.03.2019

Words Hal David.....

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

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

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

 

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09.03.2019

Robert Hill's Few.....

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

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

 

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08.03.2019

Love Unlimited.....

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

 

 

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07.03.2019

Joni 75.....

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

 

 

 

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06.03.2019

Dana Gillespie.....

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

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

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

 

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05.03.2019

Dan Krikorian.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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04.03.2019

Wedding Album.....

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

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

 

 

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03.03.2019

Just A Gigolo.....

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

 

 

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02.03.2019

Crosby's 1st Again.....

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

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

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

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

 

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01.03.2019

Elias Elena Krell.....

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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28.02.2019

Jonathan Wilson.....

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

 

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27.02.2019

Josh Ritter.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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26.02.2019

JJ Cale.....

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

 

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25.02.2019

The Feralings.....

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

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

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

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

 

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24.02.2019

Jon Anderson.....

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

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

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

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

 

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23.02.2019

Van Morrison.....

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

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

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

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

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

 

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22.02.2019

Gordon Lightfoot.....

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

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

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

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

 

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21.02.2019

Good Lovelies.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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20.02.2019

The Byrds 1973.....

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

 

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19.02.2019

Curtis Mayfield.....

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

 

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18.02.2019

Final Days Of EMI.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

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17.02.2019

Roscoe Parker Band.....

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

 

 

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16.02.2019

Gordon Lightfoot.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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15.02.2019

Rock'N'Roll Circus.....

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

 

 

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14.02.2019

Grunt To Rhino.....

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

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

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

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

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

 

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13.02.2019

Deborah Henriksson.....

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

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

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

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

 

 

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12.02.2019

Zappa In New York.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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11.02.2019

Paul Weller.....

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

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

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

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

 

 

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10.02.2019

Joni Mitchell 75.....

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

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

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

 

 

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09.02.2019

Pamela Polland.....

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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08.02.2019

Humble Pie.....

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

 

 

 

 

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07.02.2019

Let It Be.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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06.02.2019

Bruce Springsteen.....

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

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

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

 

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05.02.2019

Billy White Jr.....

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

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

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

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

 

 

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04.02.2019

Our Native Daughters.....

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

 

 

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03.02.2019

Guy vs Steve.....

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

 

 

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02.02.2019

3 x Ryan Adams.....

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

 

 

 

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01.02.2019

Brand New Mudfish.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

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31.01.2019

Don Felder.....

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

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

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

 

 

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30.01.2019

Tal Wilkenfield.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29.01.2019

Ryan Bingham.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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28.01.2019

King Of Foxes.....

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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27.01.2019

David Bowie.....


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

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

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

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

 

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26.01.2019

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

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

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

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

Da Capo Press, April 30th 2019.

 

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25.01.2019

Bob Livingston.....

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

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

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

www.boblivingstonmusic.com

 

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24.01.2019

Keith Richards.....

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

 

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23.01.2019

3 x Prince.....

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

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

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

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

 

 

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22.01.2019

Sister Speak.....

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

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

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

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

 

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21.01.2019

Linda Ronstadt Live.....

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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20.01.2019

2 x Phil Collins.....

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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19.01.2019

Phil & Crazy Horse.....


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mighty King Of Love is back.

 

 

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18.01.2019

Bruce, Paul & Wings.....

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

 

 

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17.01.2019

Dave Rosewood.....

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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16.01.2019

Tedeschi Trucks Band.....

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

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

 

 

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15.01.2019

West Of Eden.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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14.01.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simon & Schuster, May 7th, 2019.

 

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13.01.2019

Blakeley & Larson.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12.01.2019

Joni Mitchell 75.....

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

 

 

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11.01.2019

David Haerle.....

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

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

 

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10.01.2019

Yola's On Fire.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09.01.2019

Mona Lisa Santana.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08.01.2019

Cat Steven's Back.....

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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06.01.2019

Zappa's 200 Motels.....

"Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Box Set" :

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

Pledge Music, May 3rd, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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05.01.2019

Ranagri.....

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

 

 

 

 

 

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04.01.2019

Zappa In New York.....

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

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

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

 

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