15.12.2017

Tamla Motown 1966.....

Given the speed and frequency with which the Motown label made recordings during its heyday, the company’s vaults are known to be vast. Large amounts of unreleased material have been added to compilations and reissues over the years, while still other collections have been solely devoted to never before heard tracks from the label’s superstars. Due to European copyright laws that allow unused recordings to enter the public domain, Motown has been releasing digital only copyright extension compilations for the past several years beginning with the multiple "Motown Unreleased 1962 : Guys, Girls, Jazz, and Gospel" volumes.

Last year’s "Motown Unreleased : 1966" was the largest single package yet, featuring 80 tracks and nearly 4 hours of music. Inevitably with each annual release comes the question, “when will these be available on CD?”. UMC, a Universal catalogue arm, is coming to the rescue. Today, on December 15th, 2017, UMC will issue "Motown Unreleased : 1966" as a 4 CD box set limited to 1 000 units.

The artists found on this compilation are a veritable who’s who of Motown, including Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Miracles, Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvelettes and The Supremes. It also features some of Motown’s lesser known acts like The Underdogs, Debbie Dean and Little Lisa. In addition, "Motown Unreleased : 1966" has some major artists who were on Motown, but found greater success elsewhere like jazz crooner Billy Eckstine, Isley Brothers and The Spinners. One short lived band whose members would go on to have great fame were The Mynah Birds, whose line up in 1966 included Rick James, Bruce Palmer and Neil Young. Due to various complications, the group only recorded a handful of songs for the label which remained unreleased for years. A couple of have seen the light of day in previous years, and now 2 more are being unveiled officially: “I’ve Got You (In My Soul)” and “I’ll Wait Forever”.

The range of material covered on this set is wide, from, of course, Motown hits, standards, Broadway, rock and gospel. There are several alternate and early versions of familiar songs such as Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” and several takes of Four Tops’ cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Wives & Lovers”, each with a different lead vocalist. Other cover versions of non Motown pop and rock songs include The Supremes covering Beatles’ “Michelle”. There are new duets to discover as well, such as between Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, and Gladys Knight and The Spinners.

 

Robert Ellis.....

Sometimes, songs become so imbedded in our minds, and our culture, that their essential nature makes us forget how unusual they may actually be. And one like “Gentle On My Mind”, written by John Hartford and made iconic by Glen Campbell, is no exception. Hartford, himself, admitted that it actually broke all the musical rules, in terms of what should work commercially, it’s layered thick with his signature newgrass banjo instrumentals, it’s more poetry than traditional verse chorus verse, in fact, there is no proper chorus, and it was written in just 20 minutes. Now, it feels like a traditional, and a priceless one at that. Still, Hartford’s not a household name. Though years after his death in 2001, he’s up there amongst the treasured gods in the eyes of so many modern working artists, particularly in the americana, country and folk realms.

He’s certainly an influence on Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman, who toured together and developed an artistic symbiosis on the road before recording "Dear John", their tribute to the work of Hartford that was released on December 8th, 2017, through Cory Chisel's and Adriel Denae’s Refuge Foundation for the Arts. And this version of “Gentle On My Mind” from the collection showcases the kinship Ellis and Hartman carry with the Grammy winner. Together, their voices meld into a soft, harmonious coo, and a luscious, complex interplay of guitar gives the song new life despite its classic status, particularly as the last minute dissolves into just instruments alone when these two incredibly gifted players add what feels like a hidden last verse with no vocals to be found. Utilizing the bones of the past to pave way to the future, they prove that timeless and gentle can still cut just as deep.

 

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14.12.2017

Alan Haksten.....

Alan Haksten was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1984. He is one of the icons of the tango in the present. This year, Alan will play with Niko Garay, composer, pianist and guitarist who works on different projects in Buenos Aires, and Hernán Díaz Karich, violinist of the most renowned tango orchestras.

On their 3rd European tour, they will give concerts in Sweden, Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, featuring material from their latest album, "En La Ciudad De Los Pájaros". This project traces tango music from the beginning to the present, through traditional compositions from the Rio de la Plata, their own works and also the music of Astor Piazzolla.

Since 2016 they have been presented in Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Strasbourg, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Ystad, Gothenburg, Borås, Zagreb, Athens, Hydra, Tinos and other cities.

We invite you to join the dance floor and dance with the Alan Haksten Ensemble.

 

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13.12.2017

Jimmy Webb.....

Author of such songs as “Galveston”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Up, Up and Away”, Jimmy Webb is one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, but his solo album releases have never caught fire commercially. That all seemed destined to change as preparations began in 1978 to record the album that wound up being dubbed "Angel Heart". Fresh off an international hit with Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch”, the hot production team of Matt McCauley and Fred Mollin had put together a can’t miss band consisting of David Foster, Lee Sklar, Dean Parks, Bob Glaub, and Jeff Porcaro, David Paich, and Steve Lukather of Toto.

The label, 20th Century Fox, was 100% behind the project, and they were recording in the hallowed studios of Sunset Sound with a young Mark Linett, soon to be the preferred engineer for The Beach Boys, at the console. What could go wrong? Well, in classic record biz fashion, everything. As the band was assembling in the studio, word came down that the 20th Century Fox record exec behind the project got fired. Contracts came down from the new label president demanding Jimmy give up his publishing royalties on the project. And so Jimmy and his manager told the label to go jump in the lake, albeit in more colorful fashion.

But Jimmy, with such an incredible band all set up and raring to go, couldn’t resist. He paid for the sessions himself. And everybody in town swung by to pitch in. Michael McDonald, Graham Nash, Kenny Loggins, Gerry Beckley, Stephen Bishop, Daryl Hall, Leah Kunkel, Valerie Carter, they all sang on the record. The results were gorgeous. Just one problem. No record deal. Finally, Lorimar Records picked it up and put it out in 1982, after insisting that 3 songs be dropped and 2 new ones recorded. But, though Lorimar had major label distribution through Sony at the time, they were about to be dropped, too, so the record received zero promotion.

A couple of CD releases came and went in the 80's and 90's, but the true story and glory of "Angel Heart" has remained to be told, until now. Real Gone Music’s 35th anniversary expanded edition not only includes the 3 songs from the album sessions that were cut, but also adds 3 other unreleased Webb demos, contributed by Jimmy himself, for a total of 6 unreleased tracks. What’s more, the liner notes feature rare, never Before seen photos of the recording sessions along with a first person account from co-producer Fred Mollin of what went down during the making of the album. Remastered, fittingly, by Mark Linett from the original tapes, this is the Jimmy Webb record that was meant to be, it’s a major find and a key, overlooked part of his catalog. Released last week, December 8th, 2017.

 

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12.12.2017

Todd Kessler.....

Todd Kessler has quite a story, and, with all the memories floating around in his head, perhaps it makes sense that his new album, scheduled for release late this year, is entitled ”About Memory”. With precision and grace, Kessler seeks to make sense of the past, while looking pensively into the future. Appropriately, ”About Memory” finds Kessler going back to his roots, producing a timeless folk sound, with hints of alt rock and classic americana.

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Todd Kessler was always singing. He began playing the trumpet at 9 years old, but by 12, he’d fallen in love with the guitar and began writing his own songs. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in music theory and composition, Kessler began work on his first LP, ”We Are the Musicmakers”. The album was released in 2006 and led to a series of gigs across Chicago.

Shortly thereafter, Kessler formed a new band and teamed up with producer Greg Magers (Lupe Fiasco, Umphrees McGee, Matthew Santos) for his next 2 releases, ”The Veronica EP” and ”Boomerang”. Both albums were well received, allowing Kessler and his band to perform at some of Chicago’s most famed venues, including, Schubas Tavern, Double Door and Lincoln Hall. With a democratic songwriting process, Kessler and his band decided to work under a new name, Todd Kessler & The New Folk. In 2012, they released their 1st album, ”Sea Fever”, which was produced by Manny Sanchez (Patrick Stump, Umphrees McGee). The album’s release was supported with a lengthy residency at Schubas Tavern, but as it happened, Kessler missed part of the residency when he was chosen as part of Team Ceelo on NBC’s ’The Voice’.

Gaining exposure from ’The Voice’, Todd Kessler & the New Folk began touring more, playing festivals like Summerfest, Taste Of Chicago and Mile Of Music. Between 2013 and 2015 the band worked on new material and released 2 singles, ”Exactly Where I Should Be” and ”Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. But, as members of the New Folk began getting married and having children, life on the road became arduous. Eventually, the New Folk agreed to a break, disbanding indefinitely to spend time with their families.

Even with 2 young children, Kessler has managed to write an impressive amount of new songs. After the birth of his 2nd son in 2015, Kessler’s songs took on a more nostalgic tone, confronting the range of emotions that come with fatherhood. Like watching old home movies, the songs play like the soundtrack to the human condition. And, these are the songs that make up Kessler’s new album, ”About Memory”.

Recorded in Los Angeles at New Monkey Studio (made famous by Elliot Smith), ”About Memory” was produced by Marc Daniel Nelson (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) and Ran Jackson (Katy Perry, Goo Goo Dolls) and mastered by Eric Boulanger, who has worked with industry titans like Adele, Green Day, and Neil Young. ”About Memory” proves a brand new beginning for Kessler, or as he calls it, ’a way to move forward by looking back’.

Influenced by artists like Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Ryan Adams and David Gray, Kessler has evolved into the consummate storyteller, ’when a songwriter can tell a story that is specific to them, yet allows the listener to hear him or herself in it, that’s the pinnacle for me’, shares Kessler. ’I like to call myself a realistic optimist. I will always tend to see the bright side of things but don’t shy away when things get real’.

 

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11.12.2017

Van Morrison.....

"Versatile" is positive proof that Van Morrison is built differently to other artists. One of very few British recording artists to warrant the description ‘living legend’, Van is currently working at a rate to put musicians a 3rd of his age to shame, an ethic that harks back to his early days as a recording artist who’d easily release multiple brilliant long players within the space of a year.

While "Roll With The Punches" saw Van revisit many of the definitive rhythm and blues records that have stayed with him all his life, Van’s latest album sees him delve further back into recorded music’s archives to interpret some of the 20th century’s greatest vocal jazz standards.

Across "Versatile’s" 16 tracks, Van Morrison interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style. As well as songs originally made famous by the likes of Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Righteous Brothers, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole, "Versatile" features 6 stunning new Van compositions, including "Broken Record", a timeless piece of late night swing.

A joy from start to finish, "Versatile" is a completely different record to "Roll With The Punches", yet it’s incontrovertibly Van and proof, if ever it were needed, that at 72 years of age, he’s not going to slow down any time soon.

 

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10.12.2017

Rupert Wates.....

Rupert Wates was born in London and has been based, since 2007, in New York City and Colorado. He averages 120 live shows a year, in every state in the US, in Canada and Europe. He has won well over 30 songwriting and performing awards. In the last 3 years alone, 2 tribute albums to his material have been recorded, ‘Crazy Puzzle’ in 2015, by Nashville based performer Roxie Rogers, and ‘Wide Open Heart’ in 2017, by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler.

Rupert Wates’s 9th solo album takes an unflinching look at the dangers, disillusionments and cruelties of today’s world, in which "The Lights Of Paris" offer a symbol of love, beauty and hope. On this disc, Wates’s signature sound has been reduced to the essentials of his voice and distinctive fingerstyle guitar, with color added by virtuoso musicians Adrianna Mateo, violin, and Brian Sanders, cello, in string arrangements by Grammy nominated John Guari. To preserve the warmth and spontaneity of a live performance, the album was recorded live in the studio in just 2 days. Singing with the voice of the timeless balladeer, Wates takes us song by song on a journey through the shadows that threaten to engulf us, towards the faint but still glowing lights.

 

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09.12.2017

U2's Experience.....

U2‘s new album "Songs Of Experience", is just available as a 3 disc box set and a trio of other physical formats. Recorded in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles, "Songs Of Experience" follows 3 years on from 2014’s "Songs Of Innocence" and follows on from this summer’s "The Joshua Tree" reissue and tour.

The album is being released as a 13 track jewel case CD, a 17 track deluxe CD edition which is packaged as a gatefold card wallet, and a 16 track 2LP gatefold cyan vinyl edition. The vinyl sounds very well spec’d and includes 2 black poly lined sleeve, 2 printed inners and a 6 panel oversized booklet.

Additionally, there is a deluxe box set that gathers both the deluxe CD and the double cyan vinyl and packages them in a 12″ x 12″ rigid box. This is numbered and also comes with a fold out poster and a “Songs Of Experience Newspaper”. The box and the standalone 2LP cyan vinyl both come with a download code.

2 tracks from the album, "The Blackout" and "You’re The Best Thing About Me", had already been made available. The latter has been remixed by Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo and features as the last bonus track on the deluxe CD, this is the one track not on the 2LP set. The album has been produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas. The cover image, by Anton Corbijn, features band members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.

"Songs Of Experience" was released on December 1st, 2017.

 

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08.12.2017

Zachary Richard.....

Singer, songwriter, poet, cultural activist, environmentalist, Zachary Richard is best known as recording artist and performer. With 20 albums on his roster, including several gold and platinum albums, his musical career is international.

In 1996, Zachary Richard founded Action Cadienne, a non profit organization devoted to the promotion of the Acadian culture and French language of Louisiana. In March, 1997, he is decorated Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the Republic of France. That same year, he is initiated into the Ordre des Francophones d’Amérique by the government of Québec. In the course of his career he has received 4 honorary doctorates from the University of Moncton, New Brunswick, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, l’Université Ste Anne, Nova Scotia, and the University of Ottawa, Canada.

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Zachary Richard founded SOS Musiciens to come to the aid of the musical community of Louisiana. In 2009, he is decorated with the Order of Canada, one of very few Americans to receive Canada’s highest civilian award. Following the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe of 2010, Zachary Richard founded Gulf Aid Acadiana to help restore the Louisiana coast and support its communities. The Cercle Richelieu Senghor awards him the Prix Richelieu Senghor in a ceremony at the Senat de France in 2013. In 2015, Zachary Richard is named Humanist of the Year by the Louisiana Endowmment of the Arts. The following year he is decorated Officier des Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France and promoted Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

Zachary Richard is producer, narrator, and composer of several television documentaries. In 2000, ’Against The Tide’, the story of the Cajun people of Louisiana is awarded Best Historical Documentary by the National Educational Television Association, USA. The French version, ’Contre Vents, Contre Marées’, is awarded the Prix Historia by the Institut d’Histoire de l’Amérique Française in 2003. Other documentaries will follow, ’Coeurs Batailleurs’, a 26 part series that investigates the Acadian diaspora around the world, and ’Migrations’, which studies bird migration in North America and is awarded the Liriot d’Or, first prize, at the Festival International du Film Ornithologique of France in 2008.

More recently, Zachary Richard narrated and composed the music for ’Kouchibouguac’, which examines the social upheaval that accompanied the expropriation of 250 Acadian families for the creation of a Canadian national park. In 2016, in the award winning documentary ’Cajun Heart’, Zachary Richard explores his roots and examines the nature of Acadian and Cajun identity into the 21st century. In 2017, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, LPB, broadcasts Attakapas, the Cajun Story, a multimedia concert with tells the story of the Acadian and Cajun people of Louisiana in song.

Fiercely attached to the French language and Acadian culture of his native Louisiana, Zachary Richard is the author of 4 children’s books, as well as 4 volumes of poetry, ’Faire Récolte’received the Prix Champlain and Feu the Prix Roland Gasparic in Bucharest, and the History of the Acadians of Louisiana, UL Press. He is Louisiana’s first French Language Poet Laureate.

New album ”Gombo” to be released in late 2017.

 

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07.12.2017

Rush Remaster.....

"Earlier this year, I was asked by Rush to remix their classic 1977 album 'A Farewell To Kings' into 5.1 surround sound for its 40th anniversary, and it now appears on BluRay as part of a deluxe box set that also includes 3 CDs and 4 LP's that was released December 1st, 2017. The remix was done with feedback and final approval from Alex Lifeson. I also made stereo and 5.1 mixes of a 4 minute instrumental sequence found on the original tapes. This is basically a longer alternate version of the electronic music used at the start of 'Cygnus X1', so not a new Rush song as such, more a piece of sound design, but hopefully interesting to hear if you're a fan of the album. The set also includes a complete 1978 concert recording." ~ Steven Wilson

 

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06.12.2017

Steven Casper.....

With Steven Casper at the helm on lead guitar and vocals, he and his band, Cowboy Angst, get tighter every year. In 2013 they were recognized by Country Music Television, CMT, who called their song, “Trouble” a ’recommended americana track’. In 2015 they were declared, ’one of the hottest unsigned bands’ by Music Connection Magazine. Now Steven Casper and the boys are back with ”Sometimes Jesse James”, his 8th recording and his 7th production with Ira Ingber (Bob Dylan, Van Dyke Parks).

The members of Cowboy Angst are well known studio musicians and longtime members of this band. John McDuffie on electric and classical guitar, pedal steel and lap steel, as well as co-writing a song on the album, Carl Byron on electric and acoustic piano, accordion, and B3 organ, Herb Deitlebaum on bass, Jay Nowac on drums. Ingber not only co-produces with Casper, but also lends additional guitar, keyboard, percussion, bass, dulcimer, cittern, and backing vocals.

Casper has once again, made a deliberate choice in putting out an EP in accordance with our on-demand society and listening practices. “Most people listen to streaming services these days, so I like to get my music out there, fast”. ”Sometimes Jesse James” consists of 6 honest and skillfully crafted songs that do a great job showcasing Casper’s own brand of americana. Casper’s sound incorporates influences from country to rock, blues to r’n’, and always with a bit of cajun and tex mex thrown in.

The 1st song, “Down”, alternates between a Bo Diddly rhythm and country folk chords. It deals with recognizing our mind being our greatest strength, or our biggest weakness, when it puts negative thoughts and excuses in our heads, ’why crawl if you have a chance to fly’. “The Best Day Of Our Lives” is a ballad that has McDuffie’s pedal steel adding to the melancholy mood of the song, ’and the sun made diamonds that shone through the trees, as it danced across the sky, we knew it was late but we didn’t care, on the best day of our lives”.

“Wrecking Ball” is the only cover on the record, a daring and unique version of the Ryan Adam’s song. Ingber incorporates two instruments never used on a Steven Casper record before, a dulcimer and a cittern. He explains, ’with those 2 instruments, sonic textures that seemed initially somewhat at odds with the song as I first heard it, proved to be completely compatible, if not completely captivating. With the dulcimer playing the melodic lines, and the cittern playing the chordal rhythm, the track was filling out nicely”.

“They Call It Love” is a departure from a typical Casper song, as it’s a blues groove number along the lines of Little Feat. Casper tells us about the inception of the next song on the record, “Born To Lose Blues”, ’this song pattern and 1st verse came to me 4 or 5 years ago. There was not even a main theme and I couldn’t seem to finish it. About 6 months ago I started playing around with it again and the final 3 verses came right out. The original 1st verse was, ’I was naked in the storm, battered and abused, feeling kind of fragile, feeling kind of used, then I found you’.’

The record ends with “Mi Sueno, Mi Dolor”). This song was co-written by Casper and John McDuffie, who plays nylon string guitar on the song. ’For the last 4 records I’ve written an instrumental piece’, says Casper. ’I wanted a slow minor key mexican blues song for ”Sometimes Jesse James”.’

This 7th production between Casper and Ingber shows what a steady working partnership can produce. ’I can't over emphasize the importance of the discovery aspect of the creative process, be it music, painting, writing, etc’, says Ingber. ’I have been fortunate to have worked with Van Dyke Parks for many years. From my perspective, the discovery of the arc of a song is the vital component in making a song compelling and demanding our attention. Van Dyke is master of this, and his mastery didn't go unnoticed by me. Every song on ”Sometimes Jesse James” is the product of this discovery’ aspect’.

He continues, ’somewhere during the creation of the recording something happens that informs the path forward. It could be the way the organ intertwines with the vocal on the opening verse. It could be the way the chorus enters with complete inevitability. Once we make those discoveries, we're off to the races’.

 

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05.12.2017

Neil Young & P.O.T.R.....

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real released their new studio album "The Visitor" on Reprise Records, December 1st, 2017, in stores and via all digital music retailers. The vinyl edition will follow on January 5th, 2018.

When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he'd seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. "I'm a Canadian by the way and I love the USA", he sings on the first song "Already Great". The ethos of "The Visitor" can be summed up in the refrain of "Already Great" where Young insists, "Already great, you're already great. You're the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. Whose street? Our street!". From those words, Neil Young was ready to take a musical journey on his new album "The Visitor" like he had never taken before. It was one where he'd even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he'd made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn't blink then, and he is not blinking now.

"The Visitor" is an intriguing and always exciting peek into the mind and heart of one of rock'n'roll's true seekers. Neil Young has wandered a wide path since coming to Los Angeles from Canada over 50 years ago. During those many decades he has established an immediately apparent individualism that cannot be predicted. Young has often said that when things become ordinary, he's ready to shake things up and head for new ground. It has always been what marks Young's music. His new songs, whether it's a mashup of spoken word and rock'n'roll on "Fly By Night", or the heart stopping beauty of "Forever", once again ask listeners to stay open and ready for whatever comes through the open channels of the man and his unstoppable band.

Listening to an album like "The Visitor" is not unlike taking off on a cross country trip without a map. There is no way to tell where the destination will lead or what will be encountered. At one moment the savage rock of "Stand Tall" leads into Caribbean and Latin musical strains rising through on "Carnival", only to turn around to embrace the blues on "Digging A Hole." There is also the modern funk rock of "When Bad Got Good", the anthemic "Children Of Destiny", and the spirit tugging strength of "Change Of Heart" to ensure the musical travels remain full of wonder. With the unlimited ability of Promise Of The Real, featuring Lukas and Michah Nelson along with Corey McCormick, Anthony Logerfo and Tato Melgar, the passionate power of their playing pushes the songs to maximum expression. There are very few rock bands now who can go to as many places as this outfit and always deliver their own distinct identity.

The closing song on "The Visitor" feels like a prayer for today and tomorrow. In "Forever," Neil Young sings "Earth is like a church without a preacher, the people have to pray for themselves". These lines, and everything else on this landmark release point to the future in a way that sounds the alarm for troubled times, but at the same time offers hope that, once again, music can help lead the way to understanding and hopefully a better place.

Today Neil Young walks in his own footsteps, just as he has done since his first days venturing into neighborhood clubs in Canada when he was still a teenager. He has a guitar, he has a voice and he has songs that express a unique way of looking at the world. And once again he is ready to tell us where we've been and just maybe where we might be heading. By listening we can join together and share the challenges and find a way forward together. Once again.

 

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04.12.2017

Kelsea Ballerini.....

Growing up means never apologizing for who you are, and what you've been through. And for Kelsea Ballerini, one of country music's new voices, growing up also meant having the courage to put it all, the loss, the love and the highs and lows of life, into song. The result? ”Unapologetically”, Ballerini's sophomore album, a collection of songs, all which she wrote or co-wrote, as on her gold certified debut ”The First Time”, meant to share her experiences over the past two years like a sonic journal, inviting listeners to open the book of her story and listen along.

From the first notes of "Graveyard" to the concluding chorus of "Legends", ”Unapologetically” is a snapshot of Ballerini's life since the release of ”The First Time”, all told through songs that push country's boundaries and reveal just how personal the Grammy nominee's writing can be. Though it could have been easy for Ballerini to just collect a loose selection of hits, she decided to make an ’intentional album’ instead, carefully curating tracks that unfolded within the record as her own musical documentary in 3 parts. It's not the norm to write albums this way, nor is it easy, but Ballerini goes with what is in her heart.

"I had to let myself be OK with being vulnerable", says Ballerini. "My first album, I wanted it to be an introduction, just reaching out my hand. I had a song about my parent's divorce, about being insecure, it was one song per emotion. In doing that, I wasn't really able to articulate the depth of those emotions. Now, having gotten older, having gone through a big breakup and having fallen in love in a massive way, I had to say, 'hey, let yourself feel that, let yourself write that'. The end product was this record, which is a chronological story of my life these past few years".

That record is ”Unapologetically”, an album that found Ballerini battling through her insecurities and coming out stronger, telling the story of the many ways her life has changed in the past several years from start to present, when those first loves turned into heartbreaks, those first thrills turned into bittersweet experiences and a girl turned into a woman. It wasn't an easy thing to retrace all those steps, but she did it, working with songwriters like Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley and Hillary Lindsey, and her production team from her debut, Jason Massey and Forest Glen Whitehead, writing over 200 songs but culling them into 12 sharp chapters in her life journey. And that journey begins with loss.

Most things end, not begin, in the graveyard, but that's where ”Unapologetically” starts, with "Graveyard", a moody and masterful meditation on burying ourselves in a relationship. Fans of ”The First Time” might not expect such a somber note to kick things off, but it sets the musical template for what comes next, the edgy ode to selfrediscovery of "Miss Me More", the smooth sass of "Get Over Yourself", and the anthemic "Roses".

"I was going through a breakup that was really hard on my heart, and finding success at the same time”, says Ballerini. "It was a big tug of war between my heart and head, and career and personal. It was messy. I didn't show it at the time, but now I get to". Indeed, these songs peel back the curtain on her personal life, but, in Ballerini fashion, they always offer her fans a way to cope together, to make the vulnerable feel empowered, and to move on to the future. And in that future? Life.

Because sometimes when you're broken, you have to learn to live again. Picking up the pieces after heartbreak are songs like "Machine Heart", which deals in the struggle for self love and perfection through tender vocals, and "In Between", which is Ballerini taking syncopated stock of her exact place in the world, "sometimes I play grown up, and sometimes I play pretend", she confesses. "Perfect doesn't exist, and I'm exhausting myself trying to be something that isn’t real", she says. "And I know if I am feeling that, then 90 % of the other girls that listen to my songs are feeling that too". There's "High School", Ballerini's soft, twangy meditation on growing up, and "End Of The World", a moment to realize that, even when it feels like we might have hit our limits, life keeps going on. And life's just better once we've found true love.

But leave it to the newly engaged Ballerini to enter this phase of ”Unapologetically” with a Motown tinged, tongue and cheek nod to romanticism on "I Hate Love Songs". Indeed, the back end of ”Unapologetically” is all about getting lost in this love, but not losing yourself. The title track is a dynamic pop country anthem about heading into a romance with no abandon, but it took living through songs like "Graveyard" to get here. And "Music" is a stunning, r’n’b drenched dip into the emotional impact that a lover, not unlike a good song, can bring to our lives.

Lastly, there's "Legends", the album's closing track and the 1st single that ties it all together. "'Legends' feels like a song about loss, about life and about love", she says. "And it just depends on the perspective you listen to it from on how you hear it. I wrote it 2 years ago when I was going through a breakup. But now, it's a love song. It's about a love you are reflecting on. About loss, life and love".

Throughout all these songs, Ballerini and her creative partners use a dynamic sonic palate, electronic textures, acoustic instrumentation, clever beats, layered melodies and a full range of Ballerini's vocals, perfectly imperfect, unlike an auto tune obsessed generation, she embraces the gorgeous frays within her notes. And she doesn't worry about genre barriers, either.

"We let ourselves be a little more free", she says, referring in particular to her relationship with producer and collaborator Whitehead, an integral part of her creative process. "You want to make the lyrics pop, and you want to make how you wrote the song translate, and sometimes that's a banjo and sometimes that's a beat drop. If the heart of the song gets across, I don't care which one it is".

Ballerini has come a long way from her hometown in East Tennessee, and it's not an overstatement to say that Ballerini's rise has been meteoric. The Black River Entertainment artist is a Grammy nominee for Best New Artist, banked 3 consecutive # 1 songs, a record, as she's the only female country artist to have done so from a debut, played slews of tour dates and nurtured a growing reputation as one of Nashville's sharpest writers. But Ballerini, who got her start in music at the age of 12 as a young girl learning to cope with life's trials and tribulations, is never one to stay stagnant. She wanted to make an album even more vulnerable and honest than she's even been, and use everything she's lived to build that next chapter.

And part of what makes ”Unapologetically” so special is that, even after opening for country greats including Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban and headlining her own tour, in addition to winning scores of accolades, including an ACM Award, a Billboard Rising Star Award and an ACCA for Breakthrough Female Of The Year, she's kept in touch with life's most important truths, and relayed that honesty through songs that make us laugh, make us smile, make us think and make us dance.

"You have to use your intuition and your heart, and do things your own way", she says. "That's what I hope my next chapter really is. I've just wanted every song, even the vulnerable ones, to make you feel empowered. There is so much strength in being vulnerable." Vulnerable, though loss, life and love. That's living ”Unapologetically”.

 

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03.12.2017

Chris Stapleton.....

Chris Stapleton's fans have known for most of 2017 that they could expect 2 new LP's from him this year, but now they have a release date and track list for the 2nd of those, "From A Room: Volume 2". His 2nd album of the year was released on December 1st, 2017. Its companion album, "From A Room: Volume 1", was released on May 5th, 2017, going on to top the country albums chart. Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb, "From A Room: Volume 2" mirrors its predecessor in having a brief 9 tracks. Among those are "Tryin' To Untangle My Mind", a song that Stapleton has recently been featuring in his live sets, and "Midnight Train To Memphis," which dates back to his days with the Steeldrivers. The album features a pair of covers, as well, in Kevin Welch's "Millionaire" and Homer Banks and Lester Snell's "Friendship", previously recorded by Pops Staples.

 

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02.12.2017

Keegan McInroe.....

Keegan McInroe is a Texas based writer and musician. Raised in Lubbock, TX, he moved to Fort Worth in 2001, where he attended and graduated from Texas Christian University with degrees in religion and philosophy in 2005. While at university, Keegan began playing music in bars, and in 2003, he helped found the band Catfish Whiskey. The band called it quits in 2009.

A professional musician since 2006, McInroe now troubadours primarily as a solo artist. Since 2012, he spends about half of each year playing everything from house concerts to music festivals all across Europe, and splitting his time back home in the States, between Fort Worth, Dublin, TX, and the road.

His music weaves threads from old country, old blues and folk together with his own unique voice and perspective, creating an original tapestry of American roots music, earthy and lyric driven.

McInroe has shared the stage with Leon Russell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Willis Alan Ramsey, Carolyn Wonderland, Phosphorescent, Ian Moore, Innes Sibun, Tito and Tarantula, Eric McFadden, Otis Taylor, Eric Sardinas, Randall Bramblett, The Band of Heathens and many more.

He has also been published in various papers and magazines for his travel writing, stories, poems, and occasional forays into politics. Additionally, he hosts ’The Uncouth Pilgrim Podcast’, which airs on Texas Homegrown Radio and KFTW 97.5 The Pirate in Fort Worth, TX.

New album, "A Good Old Fashioned Protest", out now.

 

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01.12.2017

Wilson Pickett.....

Wilson Pickett was a pioneer of r'n'b and soul music. After signing with Atlantic Records in 1964, the Alabama born singer songwriter went on to record unforgettable hits like "Mustang Sally", "Land Of 1000 Dances" and his signature track, "In The Midnight Hour". Wilson Pickett’s extraordinary legacy is being celebrated with a new boxed set that brings together all 10 of the studio albums the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer recorded with Atlantic Records between 1965 and 1971. The new collection features 10 classic studio albums, "In The Midnight Hour" (1965), "The Exciting Wilson Pickett" (1966), "The Wicked Pickett" (1967), "The Sound Of Wilson Pickett" (1967), "I’m In Love" (1968)," The Midnight Mover" (1968), "Hey Jude" (1969), "Right On" (1970), "Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia" (1970) and "Don’t Knock My Love" (1971). Each one is presented in a sleeve that replicates the original release’s artwork. All the discs are presented in a handsome clamshell box. Rhino Records, November 24th, 2017.

 

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30.11.2017

Whitherward.....

Whitherward is a full time indie folk touring trio out of the United States. It began with the partnership between Nashville songwriters, Ashley E Norton and Edward A Williams, and now the addition of violinist Stephanie Groot. The group decided to hit the road permanently, embarking on several multi week tours, never settling anywhere and living to play music they love for people who love music. Compared to a modern day Simon & Garfunkel, or maybe The Civil Wars, with influences of rock, folk, jazz, classical and singer songwriter. Whitherward is touring with their 5th album release and multiple music videos.

 

 

 

 

 

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29.11.2017

Sweet Box Set.....

The classic era of British glam rock band Sweet is celebrated as Sony Music issued ”Sensational Sweet (Chapter 1: The Wild Bunch)”, a new box set which features a complete collection of their music from 1971 to 1978, including 30 previously unreleased tracks.

This 9 CD box set includes all of the bands original albums from 1971 to 1978, with fully restored artwork and bonus tracks, many of which are previously unreleased.

The box also includes 3 additional albums which including a compilation of non album singles and b-sides, a full live concert and largely unreleased BBC radio sessions. This well priced collection also comes with a 52 page booklet with new sleeve notes and unseen pictures.

”Sensational Sweet (Chapter One: The Wild Bunch)” was released November 17th, 2017.

 

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28.11.2017

Rick Drost.....

Rick Drost, a singer songwriter from Cambridge, MA, has been writing songs since the late 60’s with depth and heart, songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. The songs beg the listener to suspend disbelief, listen again, open up a new perspective, while delighting the ear with melody and lyricism.

Rick has sung in small and large choruses and small acoustic folk groups, but since the early 2000’s has been singing solo at open mikes, small clubs, coffeehouses and galleries. Since retiring from full time work in 2015, he has expanded his performing to house concerts, listening rooms, conferences and small festivals in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast.

Rick released his debut solo album of original tunes, “Turning The World”, in June 2017, produced by Jon Shain of Durham, NC. The album represents a lifetime of Rick’s songwriting and storytelling. The songs deal with jilted lovers, an iconic swan couple, leftover lobsters, home and family and hope. Although the songs were written for voice and acoustic guitar, the orchestrations, including cello, guitars, bass, sax, accordion, piano and harmonica, reveal musical depth in the songs without overshadowing their storytelling feel.

A Boston based reviewer writes, [Rick has released an engaging and interesting folk album, it’s hard to stop listening to his gently, quietly appealing songs, he offers a lot to the heart, soul, and mind, as well as to the ears of acoustic, folk music fans”.

Rick grew up playing classical piano in a musical family outside Buffalo, NY. He discovered a love of poetry, Shakespeare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, in high school, and played banjo in a Kingston Trio style group. In college he sang with Glee Clubs, an opera chorus, a chapel choir and a folk group.

Early influences were Leonard Cohen, who sang under the stars at the Mariposa Folk festival in 1967, and Joni Mitchell in 1968, who inspired him with her lyrics and alternate tunings. Since college, Rick has sung and toured internationally in small and large choruses, Spectrum Singers, Yale Alumn Chorus, and in the US as a solo songwriter and in small acoustic folk groups. Recent influences, avatars really, include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who has added Rick's song "Turning The World" to his setlist.

 

Stax Country.....

Encompassing artist anthologies, box sets, compilations and more, the Stax 60th anniversary campaign has explored the label’s history from various angles. So far, all releases have concentrated on its rich legacy of southern soul, now, Craft Recordings is turning its attention to the twangy side of Memphis with "Stax Country". Just released on CD and digital platforms with a vinyl edition to follow in late November, this new collection brings together rare and previously unreleased country tracks recorded under the Stax umbrella on imprints such as Enterprise and Truth.

With the countrypolitan sound, blending country and pop into one smooth, urbane style, blooming, Stax wanted in on the act. As Nashville was just 3 hours away from Memphis, the label was able to lure a variety of bright talent to its fabled studios. Of the artists featured on this 16 track set, perhaps the most successful was OB McClinton, who wrote for the label’s artists, including The Staple Singers, Otis Redding, and James Carr. He recorded as a country artist for Stax in 1971, and is here represented with a cover of “Finer Things In Life” by another great songwriter, Jim Weatherly. McClinton is joined by a diverse roster of artists including Connie Eaton, Roger Hallmark, Eddie Bond, Joyce Cobb, Becki Bluefield, and Lee Denson, who supplies a 3 hanky weeper just in time for the holidays, “A Mom And Dad For Christmas”.

Journalist and author Colin Escott tells the story of these all too unknown talents in his new liner notes. Many of these tracks never saw commercial release at all, the press release notes, 'the majority of the songs on 'Stax Country' never made it to the radio waves, let alone store shelves', but they represent an unknown part of the Stax story.


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27.11.2017

Micky Dolenz.....

UK based label 7A Records, who specialise in Monkees releated releases, have issued "Out Of Nowhere", a new Micky Dolenz album, recorded with a 30-piece orchestra. Dolenz sings many of the Monkees greatest hits on this new release, including "Last Train To Clarksville", "(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone", "Daydream Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday", as well as a few deep cuts. The album was recorded in April this year at the Rice Auditorium with the American Metropole Orchestra and Dolenz says, “words cannot express what a magical night it was. You really had to be there and thanks to this recording, you can be”. "Out Of Nowhere" was issued as a limited edition vinyl picture disc and on CD on November 17th, 2017.

 

 

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26.11.2017

Katie Garibaldi.....

Katie Garibaldi is a San Francisco, CA, based singer, songwriter and guitar player who has been releasing music independently for about half of her life, thus far. Her multi award winning music video "Delightful", standout song from her 2016 release "Rooted Clarity", is currently screening at film festivals around the world. She was recently featured on notable magazine Acoustic Guitar with a video performance sharing her songcraft.

Elmore Magazine describes Garibaldi’s sound as, “sweet, smooth music that is equal parts old school, pop princess and folk songstress”.

The songwriter has a characteristic musical style wherein her country tinged dreamy folk gives her a distinct sound, ethereal americana with sparkling memorable melodies. Though, this prolific artist continues to stretch the boundaries of any genre’s walls with her new full length album this holiday, ”Home Sweet Christmas”, a collection of original Christmas songs that embrace Garibaldi’s operatic vocal prowess and soulful folky affection, but also songs that branch out into traditional country and even gospel atmosphere.

 

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25.11.2017

New Bob Seger.....

Capitol Records recording artist Bob Seger released his 18th studio album, “I Knew When”, November 17th, 2017. The new set features Seger’s tribute to Lou Reed, a rockin’ cover of Reed’s “Busload Of Faith”, and Seger also includes tributes to his friend Glenn Frey, in the heartfelt self-penned “Glenn Song”, and to Leonard Cohen with a timely cover of Cohen’s “Democracy”. Seger dedicates the album to the memory of Glenn Frey. “I Knew When” also features the reflective title track, uptempo rockers “The Highway”, “Runaway Train” and “Blue Ridge”, an ode to the history and beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, and the passionate guitar driven ballad, “I’ll Remember You”. “I Knew When” is Seger’s 1st new studio album since his 2014 release “Ride Out”, which was Seger’s highest charting debut entering Billboard’s Top 200 at # 3 and Billboard’s Rock Albums chart at # 1. The standard version of the album is available on 130 gram vinyl and CD. The deluxe version of the album is available on CD, digital download and via select streaming services.

 

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24.11.2017

Judy Nazemetz.....

Judy Nazemetz' new album “Balancing Act" is the followup to Judy’s celebrated 2014 breakthrough release “Variety Pak”. “Balancing Act" features 12 new songs, done with Judy’s unique sense of humor, though to be honest, there are a couple of serious songs, as well. Her songs address a range of subjects including lousy drivers, that first cup of coffee, mortality, hanging clothes on the line, arrogance, a stick of butter, the rising tide, literally, love, and senior moments. Did I mention senior moments? And, it wouldn’t be a Judy album if it didn’t have a bunch of different genres, country, jazz, folk, reggae, gospel, Jimmy Buffett-esque, yes, that’s a genre, I googled it, and a special holiday tune sung by mrs Claus.

Once again, Chad Watson is producing, and playing bass, guitar, organ, mandolin and trombone, and has gathered some incredible musicians to help out, Don Peake, The Vincent Sisters, Neftali Santiago, Jim Brock, John Wakefield, Jeff Gold, JT Thomas, Eddie Hedges, John Krovoza, Richard Barron, Terry Paul Roland, Ferrell Marshall, Matt Margucci, Pam Loe, Brad Swanson, BBnJ Quartet, and Charlie Rich Jr.

Judy balances her songwriting work with her acting work, on TV in commercials and voiceovers, her 100 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and various sitcoms, in film, she was recently hired as a dancer, and she ain’t doing a polka, and on the stage. Her standup character, Smokey Lady, is the stuff of legends.

 

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23.11.2017

Chip Taylor.....

During the 1960's Chip Taylor had great success as a songwriter, "Wild Thing" and "Angel Of The Morning" were 2 of the most iconic hits of the decade. Pop, rock, country and r'n'b stars recorded his songs, including Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra. As the 70s began, Taylor began a solo career with the well regarded "Gasoline" album on Buddah Records. This led to being signed to Warner Brothers in 1972.

The following year, Taylor returned with a very country sounding record. Although there was some concern at Warner Bros, which didn’t have a country division, "Last Chance" was released to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone hailed it as one of the year’s best albums. Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Anne Murray and George Strait would go on to record cover versions of the songs on "Last Chance". It is one of the foundations of country rock. Although it had limited commercial success, Taylor soon followed with 2 more country rock records with Warner Brothers, "Some Of Us in 1974 and "This Side Of The Big River" in 1975. These great albums are now available together for the 1st time, taken straight from the original master recordings. In addition, a never seen before concert performance from 1973 is included in this deluxe reissue package. There is also a 28 page booklet with Taylor’s account of the period and rare photos.

 

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22.11.2017

Michelle Lewis.....

Michelle Lewis has just released an animated music video for her new single, “Push On”. The video follows a determined young girl on a mission across the desert to return her giant friend to the sea. The video was conceived and directed by Los Angeles director Nathan Laver, and illustrated and animated by New York artist Kathleen Gleeson.

“Push On” shares a timely message of determination, delivered in Michelle’s plaintive vocal style, both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

“There are times in everyone's life when we feel like we can't go on, whether it's physically, mentally, or both. 'Push On' is about overcoming those everyday and long term struggles we all have”, says Michelle.

The song was co-written in Nashville with local favorite Robby Hecht, and recorded with produced by Anthony J Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins) at Bopnique Musique in Los Angeles. This is the 3rd songwriting collaboration between Robby and Michelle, and Michelle’s 5th studio session at Bopnique.

Michelle Lewis’s music is more polished than folk and more personal than pop. This single pushes Michelle’s sound into expansive new sonic territory, so fans who have loved the acoustic version of “Push On” on tour will feel like they’re hearing the song again for the first time.

Michelle is a graduate of the world renowned Berklee College Of Music. She tours frequently across the United States and Europe, and her 3rd full length album is due for release this coming spring 2018.

Michelle has just finished a tour of Europe, in November of 2017.

 

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21.11.2017

The Searchers.....

During the British Invasion, there was another Liverpool band topping the charts worldwide. The Searchers had 11 Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1966 in the UK, including 3 #1's with “Needles & Pins”, “Sweets For My Sweet” and “Don’t Throw Our Love Away”. They had 8 in the US, including their #3 cover of “Love Potion # 9”. By the end of the decade, their chart presence may have slowed down, but The Searchers didn’t.

The band continued to hone their sound on the live circuit, adding a modern musical crunch to their incredible harmonies. After seeing the band perform, Sire Records head Seymour Stein offered them a home on his new wave flagship label.

The Searchers returned in 1979 with a self titled release, featuring originals and covers of tracks from Tom Petty, The Records, Bob Dylan, and the Mickey Jupp-penned “Switchboard Susan”, a concurrent hit for Nick Lowe. Produced by Pat Moran, it was a sonic powerhouse. They quickly followed that album the following year with "Love’s Melodies", titled "Play For Today" in the UK, with Ed Stasium joining Moran as co-producer. More originals, and more covers, Big Star, John Fogerty, and others, and another great album.

Both records were released multiple times in different territories, with different track lists, b-sides, and mixes. They have been unavailable for the past decade. "Another Night : The Sire Recordings 1979-1981" straightens out and corrects all those matters by compiling everything onto a 2 CD set. The collection features 29 tracks and also includes a previously unissued cover of John Hiatt’s “Ambulance Chaser”.

Packaging contains album cover artwork from the different territories, and an essay from Scott Schinder, with new interviews from the band’s John McNally and Frank Allen. These recordings have continued to loom large in the hearts of Searchers fans. They need to search no more with "Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981".

Omnivore Recordings, December 8th, 2017.

 

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20.11.2017

Wilco Remasters.....

Wilco will reissue their first 2 albums, "A.M." and "Being There", on December 1st, 2017, via Rhino Records. The new editions will feature an array of bonus tracks, including alternate takes, unreleased songs and live recordings. The new version of "A.M." will be released on CD and double LP, while "Being There" will be released as a 5 CD collection or a 4 LP set. Digital versions of both albums will be available, while limited edition color vinyl copies can be purchased on the Wilco website. Following the dissolution of their previous band, Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt and drummer Ken Coomer helped form Wilco and released their debut album, "A.M." in 1995.

The new reissue will feature 8 unreleased bonus tracks, including an early version of "Outtasite (Outta Mind)", and Uncle Tupelo's last studio recording, "When You Find Trouble". Stirratt wrote new liner notes for the reissue as well, and in them, he says of "A.M.", "listening back to records 15 to 20 years later, I'm always taken with the confident but guileless quality of bands in their 20's, that strange mixture of innocence and conviction, and this is one of those records, we were barely a band at that point, just trying to make some noise". Wilco released "Being There", a double album, in 1996. The expanded edition of that record includes a full disc of outtakes, alternate versions and demos, plus a 20 song live set recorded at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on November 12th, 1996, and a 4 song set recorded the following day at the Santa Monica radio station KCRW.

 

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19.11.2017

Stones On Air.....

The Rolling Stones will collect 18 recordings the band performed on the BBC from 1963 to 1965 for the upcoming compilation "On Air". The collection, due out December 1st, 2017, culls the Rolling Stones' performances from BBC shows like Saturday Club, The Joe Loss Pop Show, Blues In Rhythm, Top Gear and Yeah Yeah. 8 of the performances found "On Air" features songs the Rolling Stones have never recorded or released commercially. All the appearances took place in a 2 year span from October 1963, where the group performed their debut single "Come On", to September 1965. "On Air" features Stones originals like "Satisfaction", "The Last Time" and "The Spider & The Fly", alongside covers of songs popularized by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and more. "On Air" is available to preorder now in a variety of formats, including a deluxe edition that houses additional 14 recordings the Rolling Stones made for the BBC. The Stones are also offering a bundle that packages the album with the recently published coffee table book "The Rolling Stones – On Air". For "On Air", the original tapes from the BBC have undergone a process called audio source separation, which involved de-mixing the transcripts and allowing engineers at Abbey Road access to the original instrumentation and voices within each track, so that they could be rebuilt, rebalanced and remixed to achieve a fuller, more substantial sound, the band's rep says. The release of "On Air" follows the Rolling Stones' covers LP "Blue & Lonesome", a similarly blues heavy affair.

 

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18.11.2017

Hayward Williams.....

"Often dark, always honest and in the groove, Hayward Williams continues to break new ground in new traditional folk rock. There’s a ghostly spirit that floats through the songs on ’Pretenders’. Williams is a wary caretaker of those spirits. His songs brim with the smoke and mirror lyricism of Leonard Cohen, with the rocker’s heart of Neil Young."

Hayward Williams is a veteran singer songwriter from Milwaukee, WI. With 6 full length records under his belt, Williams is set to release his latest effort, ”Pretenders”. This record is yet another swan dive into the deep end of the americana and soul world that Hayward tends to reside in.

Growing up in Wisconsin in the 80's and 90's convinced Hayward Williams to search for something more out there in the world. Foregoing higher education, he joined a band and learned much about what to do and what not to do in the Midwest music scene.

Playing in pubs for many years , getting thick skin and finding a notably sharp tongue, avenues opened up to Williams. Headlining European tours, major US festivals and a few trips to Australia later, Hayward has carved out an impressive niche in the folk music business.

Williams' previous release, ”The Reef”, was produced by venerated songwriter, friend and collaborator Jeffrey Foucault. Utilizing an impressive rhythm section of Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums and Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T, Levon Helm) on bass, ”The Reef” is an unequaled americana record with soaring vocals and hooks that dig in deep.

The new album ”Pretenders” was recorded in October of 2016 at Midwest Sound in Rockford, IL, under a full moon and the care of Dan McMahon and Jeremy Koester. Hayward and J Hardin would co-produced the album. Charles Koltak, who played drums on Williams' ”Haymaker ” album in 2012 teamed up with Jeremy Moses Curtis in the rhythm section. Corey Matthew Hart of Madison, WI, would lend his talented voice and guitar work to the project during one late night session. Finally, Brooks Milgate would send his B3 performances in remotely from the east coast adding a layer to the project that would fit in with any Al Green classic.

 

 

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17.11.2017

Atomic Rooster.....

The Esoteric Recordings label is proud to announce the release of the very 1st 4 CD collection of every album and single track recorded by the legendary Atomic Rooster between 1970 and 1974. "Sleeping For Years" is a clamshell boxed set anthologising all the recordings made by the band on the classic albums "Atomic Rooster", "Death Walks Behind You", "In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster", "Made In England" and "Nice'N'Greasy", and on such hit singles as "Tomorrow Night" and "Devil’s Answer". December 1st, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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16.11.2017

Hotel California.....

Late November, Warner Music will issue a 40th anniversary super deluxe edition of the Eagles‘ 5th studio album, "Hotel California". The package will be a 3 disc set consisting of a remastered version of the original album, a live disc with 10 previously unreleased live tracks from the October 20th - 22nd, 1976, gigs at the Los Angeles Forum, and a BluRay audio with hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes of the album. The box set is not dissimilar to the Led Zeppelin super deluxe editions, although no vinyl, and comes in a Solander box. As well as the audio and video content described, it will include a 44 page hardcover book, a 24 page replica tour book and 3 posters, Norman Seef photograph, Pete Frame's Family Tree and a tour poster. A 2 CD deluxe edition pairs the remastered album with the live CD and, for what it’s worth, there’s also a 1 CD remaster. "Hotel California" 40th anniversary reissues will be released on November 24th, 2017.

 

 

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15.11.2017

Daisy Chapman.....

Good Luck Songs” is Daisy Chapman's 3rd full length studio album, all of which were recorded in Bristol by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, John Parish, GruffRhys). Drawing comparisons from Nick Cave and Regina Spektor, Daisy's unique voice soars high over dramatic string arrangements and her own beautifully delivered 'Nymanesque' piano.

Still taking her dark lyrical cues from the likes of Leonard Cohen, this album offers a brighter tone than her previous releases, only hinting at the melancholy, but maintaining its soul and warmth, noticeably the song 'Generation Next' is inspired by the younger artists moving up through the musicalranks in Bristol, a journey Daisy took herself when she moved to the city 19 years ago.

Daisy continues to draw on both experience and history to form her stories, from the tragedy of Idilia Dubb (a girl who met her fate trapped up a tower in 1851), to the poignant reminiscence of old England in ”I Used To Own An Empire”.

The new album took longer than usual to record, mostly due to the fact she gave birth to a daughter in May 2016, but this didn't stop her working hard. She toured round Europe for a month with progrockers Crippled Black Phoenix, and another month with her European quartet The Songbirds Collective, all whilst heavily pregnant.

And later this year, Daisy will be travelling with them to Taiwan, taking her music further afield than ever before. Expect beautiful music and harmony from its purest form, to its most voluminous as Daisy certainly knows how to craft a song and arrange the instrumentation, so that the listener is constantly engaged.

 

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14.11.2017

The Moody Blues.....

50th anniversary deluxe edition of the Moody Blues’ "Days Of Future Passed". This 2CD, 1DVD, deluxe set includes the full original 1967 stereo mix, which is being released on CD here for the 1st time. Due to a damaged master tape of the original mix, the album had been remixed in stereo in 1972 and since then it is this later mix, which has been used on all CD reissues. Now that technology allows for the original master to be repaired, the album can be fully represented on CD #1 of the set for the 1st time. This new set also includes a 5.1 surround sound mix derived from the original 1972 quad mix. Additionally the DVD comprises previously unreleased video footage of the band performing 3 key tracks from the album at Midem on January 24th, 1968, 8 weeks after its release. The 2CD, 1DVD, set also includes a poster designed by Ray Thomas.

 

 

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13.11.2017

Saturday Night Fever.....

Get ready to strut into record stores, "Saturday Night Fever", the immortal soundtrack, is being reissued as a super deluxe set alongside the film itself.

A soundtrack like this is bound to go large for its 40th anniversary, and "Saturday Night Fever" is indeed lavish. In this box set, you’ll find the original remastered album on CD and double LP, as well as the film on BluRay, presented here in a recently restored 40th anniversary cut, overseen by director John Badham and packed with extras from previous DVD releases, including director’s commentary and deleted scenes.

Audio extras are minimal, an extra CD EP includes new remixes of the 4 original Bee Gees tunes by noted mixer Serban Ghenea. Rather than update the tracks for a modern dance approach, Ghenea has taken the original multitracks and brought out new details buried from within the master tapes. His mix of “Stayin’ Alive” was briefly issued digitally earlier this year, not long after the Bee Gees catalogue moved to Universal Music. The super deluxe box is rounded out with the usual swag, in this case, a deluxe 24 page book with new liner notes by Barry Gibb, director Badham and soundtrack producer Bill Oakes, a turntable slipmat, five art prints and a reproduction of the film’s iconic original poster.

The set is available November 17th, 2017.

 

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12.11.2017

Backtrack Blues Band.....

The Backtrack Blues Band is one of Florida's longest running and most accomplished blues bands. Founded in 1980, the group has performed continuously for way over 30 years. Backtrack's high energy Chicago style blues with exceptional guitar, harp, and vocals, has made the band a constant on the Florida blues concert, club, and festival scene for soon 4 decades.

The quintet consists of Sonny Charles on harmonica and vocals, Kid Royal on lead guitar and vocals, Little Johnny Walter on rhythm guitar and vocals, Stick Davis on bass, and Joe Bencomo on drums. Backtrack has appeared as an opening act in concert with many legendary blues artists including BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and many others. The group has also been recognized by the Tampa Bay community as a leader in the blues music arena by garnering 3 Tampa Bay Music Awards as the area's ’Best Blues Band’.

Together, these guys comprise one of Florida's best and most accomplished blues bands, and their live show is an original and exciting display of electric blues at its very best. The band's leader has significant experience in producing top quality blues music shows, having founded and managed the award winning Tampa Bay Blues Festival for over 20 years.

New CD/DVD set, ”Make My Home In Florida”, to be released real soon.

 

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11.11.2017

Morrissey's Low.....

"Low In High School" is Morrissey’s 1st studio album since 2014, and was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The album is produced by Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few. Morrissey’s talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever on "Low In High School", capturing the zeitgeist of an ever changing world.

 

 

 

 

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10.11.2017

Elton's Diamonds.....

Elton John announces the release of "Diamonds", the ultimate greatest hits collection to be released today, November 10th, 2017. Kicking off with the ever stunning ‘Your Song’, this definitive collection brings together all the landmark hits of one of the greatest song books of all time, including ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Candle In The Wind’, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’ and much more. Making its 1st appearance on an Elton hits collection, "Diamonds" also features Elton’s duet with George Michael on the classic ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’.

"Diamonds" coincides with the 50th anniversary of Elton’s phenomenal songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. Meeting in 1967 through a music magazine advert seeking songwriters, Elton and Bernie went on to become one of the most enduring songwriting duos of all time, achieving a sustained level of success that puts them head and shoulders above the competition. Catapulted into the limelight as a songwriting force in 1971 with ‘Your Song’, the duo never stood still creatively, defining an era with their run of back to back classic 1970’s albums. While ‘Candle In The Wind’ topped the charts in 3 different decades and 2013’s critically acclaimed "The Diving Board" was a top 3 hit in the UK, their legacy is one that is unrivalled in terms of longevity, creativity and commercial success.

3 CD limited edition boxset version of "Diamonds" also contains a 72 page hardback book containing annotations for the stories behind each track plus a set of 5 postcards of illustrations of Elton. As well as a collection of some of the best loved songs of all time, all illustrations in these 3 formats are by contemporary artist Richard Kilroy.

 

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09.11.2017

Mojo Monkeys.....

Labels don’t stick easily to the Mojo Monkeys, a groove greasing Los Angeles trio of veteran musicians who filter swampy New Orleans grooves, Bakersfield honky tonk and Texas swing through distinctly Angeleno sensibilities. Their 3rd album, ”Swerve On”, testifies to the improvisational verve that makes their shows such infectious, dance floor packing fun.

Band leader and drummer Dave Raven, bassist Taras Prodaniuk and guitarist Billy Watts 1st discovered their kinetic musical chemistry while backing Tower Of Power vocalist Hubert Tubbs in a funk band 20 years ago. Since then, between them, they’ve accompanied a who’s who list of americana and rock artists, including Eric Burdon, Merle Haggard, Teresa James, Kris Kristofferson, Shelby Lynne, Mike Ness, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, John Trudell, Dwight Yoakam and Lucinda Williams. That depth of rootsy musicality infuses ”Swerve On”, which displays more stylistic diversity than 1999’s ”Hang” or 2010’s ”Blessings & Curses”.

“Some of the ideas have been around since the closing days of the last record”, notes Raven, while wisecracking about their ’amazing breakneck pace’ of production. With one or all of them on tour at any given juncture, scheduling face time can be maddeningly complicated. When they do manage to meet at Raven’s home, he says, “I press record and we just start jamming. Sometimes things come out in one piece. We usually stop and go, ‘hey, what if we went to the 4 chord here? What should we do for the bridge?’ I usually write lyrics and melodies later”.

“Song For The Muse”, a cool, funky track that sat around for years, recounts what happens when the lyric writing muse stands him up. Pedal steel maestro Marty Rifkin joins the Monkeys for bar room 2 stepper “Tuscaloosa Maybe”, and the old school jazzy swing of “Two Shots”, you can almost hear martini glasses clinking behind co-writer Phil Parlapiano’s suave piano fills. The irresistibly danceable “Beat Bus Driver” boogies into funk city with “Little Javelina”. The soulful camaraderie between Prodaniuk, Raven and Watts pulses through their joyous version of Allen Toussaint’s “Ride Your Pony”, which rolls with the muscularity of the Lee Dorsey hit.

It’s easy to get caught up in the Mojo Monkeys’ rubbery grooves and just dance away cares. But their lyrics serve up food for thought too. The Raymond Chandler-esque “Argyle & Selma” is a partly spoken tale about the struggles of everyday Hollywood characters Raven knows, while the country rocking title track contemplates life’s precious mysteries. Most poignantly, “If I Were Gone” recounts his recent dance with mortality, “if I were gone, gone, gone, and you were all alone, would you miss me much, would you crave my touch?”.

“We had the music for a while, and then I got really sick last fall into the winter”, he recalls. “I really started thinking about death and honestly, being OK with it. My wife and my kids weren’t OK with it, but for me, and I felt, ‘well, if it’s my time, I had a great time’. But I came through it”.

The LA music community is damn happy he lived. Now the Mojo Monkeys are striving to get the hip swiveling, spirit buoying ”Swerve On” in front of eyes and ears, and the band on the road.

“Our show is entertaining”, Raven says. “It’s not like we’re just standing up there looking at our shoes. There’s so much joy. We just love playing together, and I think that translates”.

 

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08.11.2017

Mike Love.....

Michael Edward Love, grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, surf, sand and sport. Beginning his singing career as a teenager, Mike along with his cousin, Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get togethers and holiday gatherings. These early influences served as the inspiration to form the legendary group, The Beach Boys, which originally consisted of Mike and his cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, along with neighbor David Marks and high school friend Alan Jardine.

Throughout his career, Mike has co-authored more than a dozen top 10 singles, cementing The Beach Boys legacy, alongside The Beatles and Michael Jackson, as the only artists to have produced 12 top 10 singles, within 5 years. The Beach Boys are currently on the "Wild Honey World Tour" across the US and Europe.

The tour began on May 18th, 2017, at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will wind through the UK and Europé, before heading to the US. The band is set to perform several US dates into the fall of 2017 and feature the band’s beloved summer sound, as they perform a mix of their greatest hits and fan favorites. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love (lead vocals) and Bruce Johnston (keyboards and vocals), who along with musical director Scott Totten (lead guitar, vocals) Jeffrey Foskett (rhythm guitar, vocals), Brian Eichenburger (bass, vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards), and John Cowsill (drums), continue the legacy of this iconic american band. Mike Love's new solo album "Unleash The Love" will be released on November 17th, 2017

 

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07.11.2017

Mavis Staples.....

Soul legend Mavis Staples has announced a new album titled "If All I Was Was Black", which is produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Mavis Staples is in her 8th decade of singing. She began performing spiritual music as a child in the 1940's and then traveled across the country with her family on the gospel circuit as part of The Staple Singers. Along the way she saw the ugly side of racist America. Now Mavis Staples has new music with her longtime friend, collaborator and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy that takes on the current state of the country and ongoing racial conflicts that she says feel all too familiar. "If All I Was Was Black", consists of 11 songs written by Jeff Tweedy with 3 co-written with Mavis Staples, including the title track. Anti- Records, November 17th, 2017.

 

 

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06.11.2017

Not Home 4 Xmas.....

This is a Christmas album! Yes, I know. It's a statement that will cause some of you to leave the room. We've all had our share of those ’contractual obligation fillers’ that some of our best known artists have thrown at us over the years. Haven't we?

To those of you who still prefer to stick around, here's an explanation.

The music on this album is entirely new. That's right. No covers. Every second of it is dedicated to music written especially for the occasion. With a seriousness and dedication that only Santa's employees can work up, just weeks before December 25th, inspired tunesmiths like Bob Cheevers, Fayssoux, Annie Gallup, Jude Johnstone, Janni Littlepage, Keith Miles, Elliott Murphy, Barry Ollman, Jack Tempchin, Wendy Waldman and Kenny White have provided 18 potential future Christmas classics.

In many cases, Christmas is an underlying yet noticeable theme, but the songs themselves can be played and enjoyed anytime, even by those of you who mingle somewhere outside ’The Christmas Freak Zone’.

So, to you who've long since become fed up with the sometimes artificial coziness of the season, "Won't Be Home For Christmas" is made especially for you!

Enjoy!

~ Charles O’Twiggins

 

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05.11.2017

Jeff Lynne's ELO.....

Having released an acclaimed new album ”Alone In The Universe” in 2015, sold out multiple arena tours, and had an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will release a live CD/DVD of their legendary concert at Wembley Stadium in June. Titled ”Wembley Or Bust” and directed by Paul Dugdale, it is out on multiple formats November 17th, 2017, on Sony Music.

In ”Wembley Or Bust”, we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock’n’roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60 000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself ’it’s the best time I ever had in music, it is beyond anything I could have imagined’.

Most importantly the film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like "Mr. Blue Sky", "Livin' Thing" and "Evil Woman" to "Do Ya" from his days with The Move, "Handle With Care", which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through "When I Was A Boy", from his latest ELO masterpiece, ”Alone In The Universe”.

 

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04.11.2017

Jules Shear.....

Jules Shear didn’t have to wander far from his longtime Woodstock home to invite local artists, Pepe, piano, touring partner Molly Farley, vocals and the legendary John Sebastian, harp, to join him at his friend’s nearby home studio and lay down some tracks. The outcome of those sessions, a new studio album, "One More Crooked Dance" to be released by Funzalo Records on November 17th, 2017.

Shear has lasted in this business for over 4 decades and admits "One More Crooked Dance" is not a young man’s album, “I just write ‘em. And let them speak for themselves. And people will think what they wanna think”, he explains.

With just piano, vocals and the occasional harmonica interspersed, the 13 personal songs on "One More Crooked Dance" are beautifully emotional. The spare instrumentation, the effortless harmonies and Shear’s World weary vocals give the record a gravitas deserving of his 40 plus years in the music business. In his long and varied career, Shear has never put out an album without guitar, bass and drums, so this is certainly a first, but when he’s asked about his method, he shrugs, “It was something we tried, and it seemed to be working out good”, he said about the stark, minimalist approach. “So, we just kept going”.

The plainspoken approach takes on the challenge of maintaining passion in the songs and it pays off, Shear examines relationships in “Rules Of The Game,” hits hard about the things we do to self medicate ourselves in “Painkiller”, examines the war of the sexes in “The Hunter & The Hunted”, brings a 1, 2 punch of the exquisite harmonies in “When It’s Right”, and interweaves harp and piano throughout “Wrong Again”, to name only a few.

Shear started out his career with the Funky Kings, moved on to Jules & The Polar Bears and then an impressive solo career, he’s penned hits like Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through The Night”, The Bangles “If She Knew What She Wants”, and his own “Steady”, a co-write with Lauper. Not to mention catalog mainstays such as Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers’ “If We Never Meet Again”, Til Tuesday’s “(I Believed You Were] Lucky” and Alison Moyer’s “Whispering Your Name”. He was also the host and co-creator of the influential 'MTV Unplugged' series.

“When people hear these songs, they’re not looking for answers to their problems, but listening to someone else who is dealing with it, too”, says Shear.

 

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03.11.2017

Ground Level Falcons.....

Hailing from the blue collar, hockey town of Edmonton, Canada, the recently 3 piece Ground Level Falcons have seen their fair share of changes in the last year. One of the founding members, lead guitarist Adrian Armitage, left the group for family reasons this past July. Adrian’s replacement, Brent Whitford, tragically passed away a month later, he was only 33 years old. The album release was in tribute to Brent. He was a type 2 diabetic, the cause of his passing. On a side note, the band will be donating any online LP sales to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation moving forward.

Another founding member, bassist Greg Kolodychuk, took a leave of absence from the group after the release of the latest album “The New Wilderness”. Greg is getting married in mid October, him and his bride to be are expecting their first born in early November.

Despite all of the real life, behind the scenes changes, the band has managed to release their 3rd full length album since 2012, an album the band firmly believes is it’s best release to date. ”The New Wilderness” is an 11 song album that deals with 11 common fears that everyone feels at certain points in their life. It is an album about confronting these fears and working past them to get to a better place.

Each album has seen Ground Level Falcons add and remove certain aspects or instrumentation, this album got back to a more traditional rock line up of 2 guitars, bass and drums, however Adrian stepped up and added backing vocals in all of the songs.

This album also saw the debut of Adrian and Greg as songwriters with “I Meant To” and “Miles Away” respectively. “Memory Man” is the first track and it really sets the table for the listener with a simple, but hypnotic chord progression. Track 5, “Bring It Up During The Nighttime”, is a track that the band is well known for in the live setting. It will take the listener on a colourful journey, it makes the perfect over the hump midway point in the new album.

Ground Level Falcons have become known for their moody, downbeat, minor keyed alternative rock that pulls from Queens Of The Stone Age, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and Nirvana. ”The New Wilderness” is definitely a tremendous culmination of all of these influences coupled with the fact the band has been playing together for over 5 years now.

The album plays wonderfully cover to cover and is meant to be listened to as such. Great care was taken in the sequencing of the songs in order to tell the story in the most engaging way. Now that the newest release is available in Canada, Ground Level Falcons plan on releasing ”The New Wilderness” throughout Europe, Japan, Mexico and Australia in the final months of 2017 and in to the spring of 2018.

Enjoy ”The New Wilderness”!

 

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02.11.2017

Dan Fogelberg.....

"George Harrison was one of Dan Fogelberg’s musical heroes, he wept when he learned of George’s death due to cancer. Then in 2003 the tribute 'Concert For George' was released. Dan watched the film and listened to the album many times, but after he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer the following year, I could see it held new significance for him. Now that he was facing his own battle with cancer it was only natural that he would wonder if his friends and peers would care enough to pay tribute to him in a similar manner when he was gone. 'Love In Time' was Dan’s gift to his fans, he mixed it at the ranch and put it in the can to be released after he was gone, 'Live At Carnegie Hall' was my gift to the fans, for years they had been asking for a live solo concert recording. But 'A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg' is, and always was, a gift for Dan." ~ Jean Fogelberg

 

 

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01.11.2017

America's Heritage.....

In 1967, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek met in high school. Sons of US servicemen stationed in England, the 3 teenagers ultimately formed a band that was inspired by 'The British Invasion'. Soon they began writing their own material, their songs a rich mix of pop, folk and rock, done in the burgeoning acoustic style that would soon achieve popularity worldwide. The group signed to Warner Bros Records London in 1971 and needed a name, and they chose America.

Omnivore Recordings, in association with the group’s living founding members Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, is proud to announce the release of "Heritage : Home Recordings & Demos 1970-1973". This release is the most comprehensive collection of known demo recordings and unreleased songs from the band’s early formative years.

With 10 tracks making their appearance for the very 1st time, "Heritage" showcases the hugely successful trio in its most embryonic and intimate form. You will hear early demos recorded before America’s multi platinum eponymously titled debut album from Chalk Hill Farm Studios outside of London, home recordings and previously unissued songs from Gerry Beckley’s Buzz Studios, his home in West Hollywood during the early ’70s, and an early take of one of the band’s signature songs, “Ventura Highway”, from Record Plant West in Los Angeles.

And if you listen closely, you might find a hidden bonus track of the band’s first #1 single from 1972, a cappella. Follow the muse, as the band demos previously unissued songs, “Sea Of Destiny”, “Man Of Pride”, and early versions of America deep Cuts, “Riverside” and “Here”. "Heritage : Home Recordings & Demos 1970-1973" offers an up close and personal portrait of a band primed for stardom, creating classic songs that would still resonate almost 50 years later.

Omnivore Recordings, November 17th, 2017.

 

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31.10.2017

Calle Karlsson.....

Calle Karlsson beskriver sin barndom som en idyll. Trots att det på den tiden inte var så välbeställt i Träslövsläge, så hade läjsingarna varandra. Hemma spelade pappa Janne dragspel och mamma Ella piano och det var mycket musik. Calle och hans två bröder bidrog med sång. Föräldrarna var kyrkliga, liksam de flesta då i Träslövsläge, och varje söndag var det inte tal om annat än att sitta i kyrkbänken. Det blev psalmsång för full hals och det var i kyrkan Calle fick sin första scenvana.

"Jag sjöng i kör och medverkade på skolavslutningar. Mitt sjungande har varit med hela vägen. Redan som barn tyckte jag om att roa och underhålla och stå på scen.” Calles första musikminnen är ett foto där han i femårsåldern med några kusiner har bildat ett band och spelar med hemmagjorda gitarrer.

”Det är nog på ett släktkalas. Det var först när jag började på Kulturskolan i Varberg jag lärde mig spela gitarr på riktigt, sådan undervisning fanns inte på Läjet. Mitt första soloframträdande var på Rosenfredsskolans scen. Jag glömmer det aldrig. Jag var fruktansvärt nervös tills jag började spela. Då släppte det och jag har aldrig varit nervös av att stå på scen sen dess.”

När Calle slutade realen var han rejält skoltrött. Hans far, fiskare sedan generationer, som hade insett att fiskaryrket gick mot en hård tid till mötes försökte inte övertala Calle att ta vid. Calle började i stället på Dagåhs Foto i Varberg. Samtidigt växte intresset för bilar, motorcyklar och musiken. Calle blev raggare med egen Ford Thunderbird, var med om att bilda Varbergs Automobilklubb och MC klubben, och spelade dessutom rock med brorsan Håkan och några kompisar i bandet Victoria.

Musiken tog alltmer tid. Efter 15 år på Dagåhs Foto sa han upp sig. Då var Calle en av frontfigurerna i bandet Blue Light, de fick spela in en LP 1985, men trots att de turnerade runt i Sverige och andra länder lossnade det aldrig riktigt. Sedan började Calle turnera som ensam trubadur på pubar. Musiken ville han inte släppa, och han blev uppskattad. ”Jag satt där och spelade och undrade ibland vad jag gjorde där, så jag började prata med publiken och berätta historier.”

Plötsligt fick han förfrågningar om att uppträda på företagsfester, bröllop, födelsedagar och föreningsmöten. Verksamheten tog en ny inriktning som Calle utvecklat alltmer. Genom åren har han blivit en uppskattad underhållare, men hela tiden har musiken varit grunden. 5 CD har han hittills gett ut. De består av blandat material, en del har han skrivit själv, och en del har varit på läjesmål, ett språk hans hjärta klappar extra varmt för. Sommaren 2013 tog han klivet fullt ut och gav ut CD’n ”Läjet, Läjet” helt på läjesmål.

”När jag var barn pratade vi läjesmål hemma. När jag började första klass fick jag lära mig svenska. I dag är läjesboa, som dialekten heter, kult, men då var det inget positivt utan en föraktad bonnadialekt. Jag skulle tro att det är ungefär 200 som kan prata läjesboa i dag. Därför har vi även översatt låtarna på den CD’n till svenska."

Den 3:e november 2017 släpper Calle sin 6:e CD, ”Pappa b/w Ett Stilla Regn”, en 2-spårs single som Calle spelat in med kamrater, släkt och vänner från både Halland och Borås.


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30.10.2017

Black Sabbath.....

This limited collector's edition of "Black Sabbath, The End, Birmingham, February 4th, 2017" comes in a 2 part rigid mirror board box set with a 32 page, bound fan booklet, and contains the double CD, DVD and BluRay edition of the live spectacular, as well as the bonus CD "The Angelic Sessions", exclusive studio recordings of selected songs that Black Sabbath did not perform on the tour, recorded after the last show in Birmingham, as well as a winged demon patch, a copy of the "The End" tour pass, plus 3 guitar picks.

The last Black Sabbath concert on February 4th in the band's home city Birmingham is now also available to watch at home. The band give their all one final time, displaying boundless energy at the culmination of the "The End" tour, making this an unforgettable experience.

November 17th, 2017.

 

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29.10.2017

R.E.M. Box Set.....

Rock icons R.E.M are reissuing their landmark album "Automatic For The People" to commemorate its 25th anniversary. Widely regarded as one of the best rock albums of all time, the new reissue is due for release on November 10th, 2017, via Craft Recordings and will be available in a variety of formats, including the deluxe anniversary edition, mixed in dolby atmos. The 4 disc deluxe edition will offer a wealth of previously unreleased material, including 20 never before heard band selected demos from the recording sessions and a full live set, "Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92".

 

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28.10.2017

Bodinrocker.....

Anders Bodin, alias Bodinrocker, has been there before. At a tivoli in Towyn. By boat passing Isle of Man. With a packed lunch at the archery club in Ampthill. On the last bus in the middle of the week to the campsite in Shankill. In the sun on a sandy beach of Harwich or Rosslaire. Or just at any forgotten celtic ruin during a typical green rainfall.

The new single ”Roller Coaster Ride” will be released November 3rd, 2017. And it proves it all. One more trip with Bodinrocker to the boogie sound of the British islands. Classic riffs and catchy melodies. This time in company with Klas Anderhell, drums, Stefan Deland, bass, and Lars Ekberg,  keyboards. The lyrics are written by Jan Leentjes on yellow post-it notes in Sommelsdijk. Along with ”Vacation” this is another teaser from the album ”Eye To Eye” that will be released in early 2018.

 

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27.10.2017

Lee Hazlewood.....

Fear not, the next 3 installments of Lee Hazlewood's wild ride are here.

”The Cowboy & The Lady”, 1969, Hazlewood's truest country album, was recorded over a weekend in Nashville with the help of Charlie McCoy and features vocals by Ann Margret.

”Forty”, 1969, is a different kind of Hazlewood album, one in which Lee just focused on being a performer, while Shel Talmy (The Kinks, The Who, Chad & Jeremy, Bert Jansch) selected songs and produced at famed British recording studio IBC.

”Requiem For An Almost Lady”, 1971, was Lee Hazlewood Industries' final release. A personal statement and one of the heaviest break up albums of all time, ”Requiem” is Lee at his most vulnerable.

All 3 albums are remastered from pristine LHI master tapes and expanded to include outtakes, demos, and unreleased tracks. Available from Light In The Attic, November 3rd, 2017.

 

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26.10.2017

Kris Kristofferson.....

"The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson" features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters, and rising superstars who came together for a once in a lifetime concert event taping in Nashville, TN, at the Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the songs of music icon Kris Kristofferson.

Presented by Blackbird Presents, "The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson" includes 2 CD's, including 21 songs, plus a DVD of the whole concert film captured in stunning HD quality and true Dolby 5.1 surround stereo.

The concert featured captivating performances by Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr, Lee Ann Womack, plus Kris Kristofferson himself.

Performances include a range of Kristofferson classics, such as “Me And Bobby McGee”, “Here Comes That Rainbow Again”, “To Beat The Devil”, a very special performance of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” performed by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, and an all star grand finale performance of “Why Me”.

 

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25.10.2017

Michelle Lewis.....

Michelle Lewis writes joyful songs that make you cry, and sad songs that leave you smiling. Her music is rich with melody, her lyrics find beauty in sadness. As a storyteller, she writes intensely visual songs that explore the defining moments in burgeoning and breaking relationships. More polished than folk and more personal than pop, Michelle's songwriting is uniquely intimate.

Her single, " Run Run Run,” found huge popularity among Boston Marathon runners and was featured on the national cable broadcast of the race. The song’s music video amassed more than 100 000 views in its first month and has more than 300 000 to date. 

Michelle is a graduate of the world renowned Berklee College of Music. She tours frequently across the United States and Europe. Her first release, ”This Time Around”, arrived in 2004. She has been a longtime collaborator with producer Anthony J Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins), spanning their work on her EP’s  ”Broken” (2009) and  ”Paris” (2011), and now her 2nd full length album,  ”The Parts Of Us That Still Remain”.

Michelle Lewis is a Boston singer songwriter living in Los Angeles.


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24.10.2017

Bob Dylan's Trouble.....

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series showcases the music Dylan wrote and performed during one of the most surprising, controversial and inspired periods of his career.

As the 1970's ended and the 1980's began, Dylan responded to the changing of the decades with a 3 album trilogy, "Slow Train Coming" (1979), "Saved" (1980) and "Shot Of Love" (1981), of spirit filled songs of praise, worship and devotion. These songs were as deeply personal and packed with poetics as any Dylan had ever written, but the force of conviction and power of faith evident in these performances baffled segments of Dylan’s fanbase, just as Dylan’s 'going electric' had alienated folk purists in 1965.

The live concerts from this crucial epoch in Dylan’s history contain some of the most intensely jubilant and transcendent performances of his career. "Bob Dylan : Trouble No More : The Bootleg Series Vol 13 : 1979-1981" offers fans and music lovers the opportunity to fully experience for the first time this extraordinary chapter in Bob Dylan’s musical journey.

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, November 3rd, 2017.

 

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23.10.2017

Willie Nelson's Teatro.....

Location is everything. When Willie Nelson and album producer Daniel Lanois set out to create a cinematic-sounding album, "Teatro", they took over a disused movie theatre in Oxnard, CA, and pictured its dusty glory on the cover art. Recorded as live in situation amid the red velvet seats, "Teatro" sees Nelson working extensively with his frequent collaborator Emmylou Harris, who joins him for duets and on backing vocals. The other major player is Daniel Lanois, who produces the album, plays guitar and bass, took the cover photo and wrote one of the album’s songs, “The Maker”, a stunning performance with glacier thick vibe.

Reinvention is key on "Teatro", with Nelson revisiting a number of songs he first wrote in the 1960's, including 1968’s “I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye” and 1962’s “I’ve Just Destroyed The World” and “Three Days”. Though the songs are familiar, the sounds aren’t, "Teatro" found Nelson experimenting with rhythms and flavors as never before, from the Spanish influenced “Darkness On The Face Of The Earth”, to the double drum kit percussive groove of “My Own Peculiar Way”.

Originally released by Island Record in 1998, "Teatro" is issued here for the first time as a double disc set, including the original album plus 7 unreleased bonus tracks from the sessions. Disc 2 is a complete live performance of the album, directed by Wim Wenders, filmed during the album recording sessions and available here for the 1st time on DVD.

Light In The Attic, October 27th, 2017.

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22.10.2017

Gregg Stewart.....

Gregg Stewart grew up in the meadowlands of northern New Jersey in a small trailer park, nestled among the factories that bring you Chips Ahoy cookies, Yoohoo chocolate beverages and Matchbox cars.

He received his 1st guitar from a family friend at the age of 14, and after spending a humiliating amount of time trying to teach himself, he was lucky enough to meet and be mentored by the most musically talented high school dropouts in the state.

Gregg says, “I’d meet them every night after school at the local laundromat to learn new songs. We’d drop a couple quarters in the dryer to keep the place warm, unplug a couple washing machines, plug in our practice amps and start playing. To this day, I can trace the majority of my song sense and playing skills back to these guys, and my time in the laundromat”.

At 16, Gregg moved to California to complete high school and pursue a career in art, but instead found himself working the factories of Ontario. During his stint as a forklift driver, Gregg began playing in a local punk band made up of fellow factory workers and all aspirations of an art career were soon abandoned.

At age 22 he signed his first publishing deal with EMI Blackwood Publishing and spent a year writing songs for them and collaborating in the Los Angeles songwriter scene. While writing for other artists around town, he helped form a female fronted rock, pop and soul act that soon signed to Elektra Records. Gregg describes his time in a band on a major label as ’my college education in the music industry’.

After leaving Elektra, Gregg formed his own independent label and released what would become the first Stewboss record, “Wanted A Girl”. Recorded in various apartments, Gregg wrote, sang and played guitar on the whole album, while enlisting the help of his favorite musicians in the local Los Angeles music scene. The album received great critical acclaim, with 5 songs being featured in film and TV, such as “Let’s Go For A Ride” heard in the Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell cult-classic “3 000 Miles To Graceland”. Soon after, the band began receiving airplay on BBC Radio in the UK and a subsequent tour followed.

On the band’s follow up release “Sweet Lullabye”, Gregg’s song “The Midnight Shift” placed as finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and his song “O’ Carry Me” was featured in the stage revival of “Little Women”, which played for over a year in London’s famed West End. Stewboss went on to release 5 full length albums and tour Europe 7 times, sharing the stage with a wide array of artists such as Slaid Cleaves, Marah, The Bottle Rockets, Dolly Varden, Gary Jules, Alexi Murdoch, Slobberbone and the legendary Chip Taylor. Gregg has also toured as a sideman and guitarist both in the US and abroad, and in many cases helped to book the tours himself, due to his many friends and contacts in the UK touring scene.

Between touring and recording, Gregg has composed and created the score for a dozen independent films, documentaries and shorts, including the short-film “Beautiful Dead Things”, which recently won awards at the 50th annual Houston World Fest, Diversity in Cannes, and at the Female Eye film festival in Toronto.

As a songwriter, Gregg recently co-wrote 3 tracks, including the 1st single “Boundless Fearless Love”, on the upcoming Dead Rock West album, “More Love”, which was produced by John Doe of X. He has also written and produced songs for a number of artists including Michaela Paige, The Mazarines, Brian Seymour, and Alex Davis. His songs and collaborations have received airplay in the US, the UK, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Sweden and France.

His debut self titled solo album, as well as his 2nd album, “TwentySixteen”, are both due to be released in Europe this fall. ”TwentySixteen” ia a collection of cover songs inspired by the iconic artists we lost in 2016.


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21.10.2017

Zappa's Halloween.....

Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and by 1977 his Halloween shows were legendary. Recorded live at The Palladium in New York City, Zappa performed 6 shows, October 28th to October 31st, 1977. 4 shows were filmed and resulted in Zappa's movie "Baby Snakes". The "Halloween 77" box includes all six shows in their entirety, mixed in 2016 from original vault masters, on USB stick in 24-bit WAV audio with a 32-page digital booklet, Zappa Halloween mask and costume. Also available as a 3 CD set. The shows rock hard and feature unreleased performances and arrangements. Released yesterday, October 20th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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20.10.2017

Willie & The Boys.....

Legacy Recordings will release ”Willie Nelson & The Boys”, the eagerly awaited 2nd installment in the acclaimed ”Willie's Stash” archival recordings series, today, October 20th, 2017.

Following in the musical footsteps of 2014's ”December Day”, the 1st volume in the ”Willie's Stash” series, featuring Willie's Sister Bobbie,” Willie Nelson & The Boys” is another family collaboration, this time showcasing Willie and sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of well loved American country music standards and classics, including 7 penned by the immortal Hank Williams.

The ”Willie's Stash” series will present a variety of archival releases, each personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, providing unique perspectives on one of America's most vital musical forces. Consisting mainly of studio recordings laid down during the extraordinary 2011 sessions for ”Heroes”, Willie's Legacy debut, ”Willie Nelson & The Boys : Willie's Stash, Vol 2” is produced by Willie's longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas.

Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson, vocals, trigger, Lukas Nelson, vocals, electric guitar, resonator guitar, Micah Nelson, vocals, Mickey Raphael, harmonica, Kevin Grantt, bass, Bobby Terry, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Jim Brown, piano, b 3 organ, wurlitzer, Mike Johnson, pedal steel, Tony Creasman, drums, Barry Bales, upright bass and Lonnie Wilson, drums, with featured background vocals by the Spur Of The Moment Singers, Buddy Cannon, Mickey Raphael, Kevin  Grantt, Bobby Terry, Jim Brown, Mike Johnson, Tony Creasman, Melonie Cannon and Shannon Finnegan.

According to Willie, the album is "kinda like the country version of 'Stardust.' Where you have all these great songs and standards that the young people have never heard, then all of a sudden you have a whole new audience out there".

"I really love the live element of this record", said producer Buddy Cannon. "There was a fire in the studio during those sessions, especially on these particular tracks. It was as though the band was in a Nashville honky tonk and Willie and Lukas strolled in and jammed with the band for an hour. That's what this record is. It's honest excitement. I've never cut a record before that has this element. It's a great joy to see Willie, Luke and Micah all equally part of a record that I love so much".

Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Maui, singer, songwriter, guitarist Lukas Nelson entered the music scene as a youngster and, by the age of 13, had joined his father Willie Nelson's band, touring as rhythm guitarist and honing the stagecraft that lead to his own career. Moving to Los Angeles, he launched in own ensemble, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real in 2008, served as Neil Young's backup group on ”The Monsanto Years” album and subsequent tour. Lukas and his father worked together on Willie's 2012 Legacy album, ”Heroes”, which featured a number of father and son vocal and guitar duets.

Micah Nelson has performed with a variety of artists at events including Farm id, Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit, Desert Trip festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Coachella, Bonnaroo Festival, as well as on TV shows such as Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and more. Micah has been involved in the ensemble Insects Vs Robots, recorded and toured with Neil Young and made multi instrumental contributions to the 21st century post modern American rock band Promise Of The Real. Micah is currently the singer, songwriter and guitarist in his future folk project Particle Kid.

 

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19.10.2017

Brett Perkins.....

Brett Perkins & The Pawnshop Preachers is the band your brother wants to join, your girlfriend doesn’t trust, and your mother warned you about. The sound is pure americana, blending Brett Perkins’ California country style with lyrics culled from his family’s Kentucky hillbilly roots. The Copenhagen based band has entertained festival audiences over the past several years in Denmark, Greenland and Sweden, gaining solid fans, strong reviews and airplay along the way, including a record five songs from the CD currently in Danish National Radio rotation.

The Pawnshop Preachers’ 12 song debut album, "Put A Fork In Me, I'm Done", clocks in at under 30 minutes, inviting listeners on a fun loving, free wheeling musical hayride, with encouragement to embrace their inner hick. Los Angeles born and Copenhagen based Preachers front man Brett Perkins has been a regular fixture on the Danish music scene since 1997, with national airplay on four album releases, as well as numerous co-written releases by established Danish artists.

 

 

 

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18.10.2017

Ten Years After.....

Ten Years After, "A Sting In The Tale", Marcus Bonfanti, vocals and guitar, Chick Churchill, keyboards, Colin Hodgkinson, bass, Ric Lee, drums, Butler Records, October 20th, 2017.

01. Land Of The Vandals
02. Iron Horse
03. Miss Constable
04. Up In Smoke
05. Retired Hurt
06. Suranne Suranne
07. Stoned Alone
08. Two Lost Souls
09. Diamond Girl
10. Last Night Of The Bottle
11. Guitar Hero
12. Silverspoon Lady

 

 

 

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17.10.2017

Bob Marley Live.....

A 2 CD edition of Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ 1975 "Live!" album, was released by Universal Music on October 13th, 2017. This double disc set feature the complete sets from both July 1975 shows at the London Lyceum. Both dates, July 17th and 18th, 1975, were recorded by The Rolling Stones mobile studio and the original album, as issued, featured just tracks from the 2nd concert. This 2 CD edition of "Live!" now features 22 tracks, 14 of them previously unreleased. The 1st gig is on the 1st disc and the July 18th performance is featured on the 2nd.

 

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16.10.2017

Viva DeConcini.....

Guitarist, composer and singer Viva DeConcini is pure rock’n’roll. She plays guitar like a flaming sword, a screaming train, a ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like if Freddy Mercury had been a woman. Her original songs are an eclectic mix of storytelling, celebration, sorrow and humor. She has performed everywhere from Bonnaroo to Monterey Jazz Fest and has produced sell out music, burlesque and variety shows all over New York and is one of the few females to have been featured in Guitar Player Magazine.

Viva began her career playing with avant-garde Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and performed with his signature band Beat The Donkey for 10 years. They toured Europe and America several times playing many of the major festivals. In 2006 she began writing her own music and started her own band, which has by now performed over 200 shows, premiered at The Americana Pie Festival, the New York Burlesque Festival, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Daytona Beach's Bike Week, Joe's Pub, South By Southwest, many of N.Y.C.'s finest underground parties and more.

Viva's latest 2 LP’s releases both charted on CMJ. "Rock’N’Roll Lover" was hailed by WECB FM as 1 of the top 10 records of 2010 and 2012's ”Rhinestones & Rust” garnered rave reviews from The Baltimore City Paper, Get It On Vinyl and Vintage Guitar magazine. In 2010, she began performing with New York theater performance artist Taylor Mac and performed for 12 hours in his landmark 24 Decade Concert. She is touring America and Australia with this concert for the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018. Her latest original music studio album ”Living Well Is The Best Revenge” comes out this year asking the question, ’what's worse, romantic disillusion or political?’ The answer, 'neither, we must not allow ourselves to become disillusioned’ because rock’n’roll…..

 

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15.10.2017

Ten Years After.....

Chrysalis Records are proud to release a limited edition, 50th anniversary, 10 CD box set, celebrating Ten Years After’s 1st 9 albums, plus a CD of previously unreleased material. November 2017 will be the 50th anniversary of the eponymous debut album from 1967. To celebrate this special occasion Chrysalis Records will release a brand new box set, gathering for the 1st time, albums from both the Chrysalis and Deram periods from 1967 to 1974.

This set, limited to 1 500 copies worldwide, contains albums which have been remastered from the original 1/4" production master tapes, along with a bonus disc entitled "The Cap Ferrat Sessions", which consists of never heard before recordings from 1972, newly mixed by acclaimed record producer Chris Kimsey.

The package comes in a luxury hardback format with slipcase and an accompanying book, which includes a newly commissioned, in depth 10 000 word sleeve notes written by legendary Melody Maker journalist and early champion of the band, Chris Welch. It charts the band’s progress from their early beginnings in Nottingham, through iconic appearances at the Woodstock and the Isle Of Wight festivals, right up to their eventual split in 1974. There are extensive interviews with the remaining band members plus members of Alvin Lee’s family, and additional recording notes by Chris Kimsey.

Ten Years After stormed the stages of rock, they created a sensation that stunned audiences and quickly won them a coveted place among the pantheon of great British groups. Alvin Lee, one of the most charismatic and admired guitar players to emerge from the British blues boom of the era and deservedly ranked alongside his contemporaries Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, headed a powerful team of talented musicians, Leo Lyons, Chick Churchill and Ric Lee.

During an intense seven-year period, they embarked on marathon tours, conquering America, enjoying success round the world, whilst also unleashing a succession of ground breaking albums. Their 1967 debut was swiftly followed by a pioneering live album, through the critically acclaimed "A Space In Time", featuring one of their finest songs "I’d Love To Change The World", which is very apt in today’s world, ending with 1974’s "Positive Vibrations".

"The Cap Ferrat Sessions" came as a result of a discovery by Alvin Lee’s wife, who found a box of recordings deep in the vaults of the studio in their house they shared in Spain. They originate from the "Rock N Roll Music To The World" album sessions, which were recorded at a seaside villa in Cap Ferrat, south of France and Olympic Studios in London. Chrysalis Records turned to world renowned producer Chris Kimsey, who recorded and engineered the original sessions, to mix these tracks for the 1st time.

Revisiting the tapes, some 45 years later Kimsey added, "Alvin and the band were incredibly creative and abundant during this period. These re-discovered recordings were not rough demos, not rehearsals, but completed masters that did not make the album, due to the time limitations of vinyl at the time. So these gems were left off. Mixing this in 2017 I began to study the parts, the playing, the response of each musician. It was amazing. It is what all great recordings are made of".

For avid collectors and fans of the band, the legendary Cap Ferrat sessions will have a special appeal and will be an essential addition to their collection. This is a big deal for classic rock lovers and aficionados all over the world. This 10 CD box set is a limited edition, and there will only be 1 500 copies worldwide.

 

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14.10.2017

Queen Box Set.....

A special box set of Queen's landmark 1977 album "News Of The World" will be released on November 17th, 2017, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release. The new package includes the original album on CD, plus 2 further CD's of recently unearthed outtakes and rarities from the band's archives, one of which is a newly created alternative version of the whole album, "Raw Sessions".

For many Queen devotees, this "Raw Sessions" CD will be the most intriguing component of the new release. Mined deep from long vaulted studio multi track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never Before heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details.

Here we experience "We Are The Champions" anew, with many unfamiliar vocal and instrumental elements, and for the first time at its full recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut. Here also is the chance to discover peak era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen’s inner circle has heard him sing before at all, Brian May’s "All Dead, All Dead". The original album version features May himself on vocals. Roger Taylor’s "Sheer Heart Attack" can be heard with its original long lost guitar intro and uncut ending. Taylor’s other song, "Fight From The Inside", is more remarkable in that we hear his demo vocal worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions.

Another outstanding feature of this weighty 40th anniversary box set is a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. There is also a rich selection of related memorabilia, including 3 posters and a 60 page book of images, mostly previously unseen. The package is completed with a brand new 1 hour DVD documentary, "Queen : The American Dream", created from backstage material filmed during Queen’s 1977 US tour.

 

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13.10.2017

Scott Kirby.....

As Scott Kirby prepares to release his 8th CD, ”Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost”, he continues to perform over 100 shows each year, across North America, as well as taking the stage at his own club in Key West, when taking a break from touring. Kirby joined friends in 2012 to open the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, a 200 seat music club best known for hosting the Key West Songwriters’ Festival, the largest songwriters’ festival in the world.

A creative lyricist and accomplished finger style guitarist with an expressive voice, Kirby describes himself as a direct descendent of the 70’s folk rock singer songwriter movement. In fact in 2009, Kirby was lucky enough to record his 6th album with veteran session players Leland Sklar, Dean Parks and Russ Kunkel, a trio that played on many of the iconic albums of that era. Kunkel also produced Kirby's ”Row Me Home” and co-wrote 4 of the songs on the CD.

In 2013 he turned to Lew London to record his 7th project, ”Sol Searching”. London, a superb multi instrumentalist, engineer and producer, with deep roots in the 70’s with his own singing songwriting career, and as a longtime musical partner with the legendary Steve Goodman.

For Kirby’s latest project, ”Chasing Hemingway's Ghost”, he sought out another multi talented singer songwriter, engineer and producer, Andy Thompson of Nashville. Andy and equally talented brother Matt Thompson played nearly every instrument on the recording and collaborated with Kirby on the title song and another track. “I’ve known Matt and Andy since 2000, and have always loved their songwriting and their musicianship, and their live shows are just phenomenal”, says Kirby. ”We wanted to record and write together for a while, and this year the stars lined up and we were able to do both”.

Kirby’s music began appearing in the rotation of Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville when his wistful ballad “Lucky Enough” struck a chord with listeners in 2005, which exposed his music to more markets around the US and Canada. He continues to receive regular airplay on the station. His ”Row Me Home” CD also received widespread airplay in the UK and Europe.

Over the years Kirby has shared the stage with many of his favorite artists, Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, Livingston Taylor, Darius Rucker, Tom Rush and Peter Mayer. He and Mayer continue to tour annually with the Mayer Kirby Mayer Acoustic Group. They released their own live CD, ”La Casa Cayo Hueso”, in 2015.

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Scott Kirby now lives in Maine and Montana, when not on the road.

 

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12.10.2017

The Yardbirds 1968.....

“We thought this might be lost forever, but we’ve rediscovered it, remixed it, it’s of great historical importance, we’re delighted to see the release”. ~ Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Jimmy Page

Available now for the very first time, "Yardbirds '68" presents an 18 track double album produced by legendary guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. This special album features re-mixed live recordings from the Anderson Theater in March 1968, alongside studio sketches recorded in the same era and the album features music from The Yardbirds members Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Jimmy Page and Keith Relf. "Yardbirds '68" is now available for pre-order in advance of its November 3rd, 2017, release date, available in 3 editions, CD, vinyl and signed deluxe edition.

18 tracks with sleeve notes from Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, booklet featuring photos by Chris Dreja and Jimmy Page, mastered by John Davis, produced by Jimmy Page,

The signed deluxe box set edition is available with the record sleeve handsigned by Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty and Jimmy Page in a limited edition release, bringing the signatures of 3 music legends together officially for the very 1st time. Available exclusively at www.jimmypage.com.


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11.10.2017

Sailor's Tales.....

With much of the material from "In The Wake Of Poseidon", "Lizard" and "Islands" now being performed by the current King Crimson line-up, it is only in recent years that the wider world has begun to realise what fans have always known, this era’s recordings are as vital as any other segment of the King Crimson catalogue.

Recorded between the dazzling impact of "In The Court Of The Crimson" in 1969 and the startling reinvention of the band in 1973’s "Larks’ Tongues In Aspic", this boxed set documents a crucial period in King Crimson’s history and shows it to be brimming with innovation, experimentation, and boundary-pushing energy.

With a wealth of previously unheard studio recordings from band rehearsals to full alternate mixes and a vast array of live material, much of it on CD and BluRay for the first time, and including 4 recently found, never before released concerts, this set presents the complete King Crimson recorded history of the period in the best quality audio possible. The "Sailor's Tales 1970-1972" box set will be released November 3rd, 2017.

 

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10.10.2017

Bonefish.....

On their 2nd album, ”Atoms”, Bonefish delivers a genuine listening experience based in their totally unique sound and melodic songs. Bonefish formed 6 years ago by songwriter, singer and guitarist Bie Karlsson with merits from famous Swedish group Docenterna. With one leg in traditional rock music,  the other in creative art rock, the group manages to create their own formula for music.

The new album “Atoms” contains a unique mix of songs, sometimes referring to forerunners like Talking Heads and Television, as well as British 70’s pop music. All masterfully compounded by producer Max Lorenz. “Atoms” is recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, where top selling world acts have been recording since the mid 60’s, among many others, Queen, Pixies and Robert Plant.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bie Karlsson have recorded and toured with bands like T-Shirts, Giant Steppers and Docenterna, and worked with high end producers, most notably Dennis ”Blackbeard” Bovell, Anders ”Henkan” Henriksson and Michael Ilbert. Matte Norberg, guitar, Rasmus Rasmusson, drums and Anders ”Nylle” Thoor, bass and vocals, all have years of experience of touring and recording for the local Swedish music scene.

“Atoms” is produced by Max Lorentz who’s long and extensive career as producer and musician includes cooperation with world class artists like Agnetha Fältskog and Mikael Rickfors.

Bonefish’ eponymous debut was self released in 2013 and was followed by shows in Sweden, Belgium and the UK. In 2014 the follow up EP, “Time To Market”, was released, and in 2015 the single “Jimmy!”.

During the autumn of 2017 Bonefish embarks for a short tour in Sweden with gigs in Gävle, Karskoga, Stockholm, Halmstad and Malmö. For the spring of 2018 a European tour is planned with visits in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.


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09.10.2017

Bruford Box Set.....

Containing the collected works of Bruford on one extraordinary 6 CD and 2 DVD-A box set, "Seems Like A Lifetime Ago" is a magnificent testament to one of the UK's most inventive and important progressive fusion bands. Featuring 2017 remastered versions of the albums "Feels Good To Me" (1978), "One Of A Kind" (1979), "The Bruford Tapes" (1979), and "Gradually Going Tornado" (1980), the set additionally includes the previously unreleased "Live At The Venue 1980" and the highly sought after "4th Album Rehearsal Sessions" (also from 1980).

Showcasing the prodigious talents of Bill Bruford, Dave Stewart, the late Allan Holdsworth (who the album is dedicated to), Jeff Berlin and The 'Unknown' John Clark, the set includes a 16 page colour booklet (with band interviews and an essay written by Sid Smith), a reproduction concert poster, two black and white photo prints of the band, and a signed and numbered certificate of authentication.  "Feels Good To Me" and "One Of A Kind" are available on both remastered CD and DVD-A, the latter featuring 2017 5.1 mixes by Jakko Jakszyk. Produced by Bill Bruford and presented in a 12” box, 4 gatefold sleeves contain 2 discs each. October 27th, 2017.

 

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08.10.2017

Bread Box Set.....

The 6 studio albums of the soft rock group Bread are collected in "The Elektra Years: The Complete Albums" box set which is due out in October.  The band issued 5 albums in a busy 4 year period from 1969 to 1972, including "Baby I’m A Want You", whose title track reached number 3 in the US singles chart in late 1971. Bread split up after 1972’s "Guitar Man" but returned successfully 5 years later with "Lost Without Your Love". For this release, these albums are packaged in the familiar vinyl replica card sleeves and are packaged in a clamshell box. There is no booklet. "The Elektra Years: The Complete Albums" will be issued on October 27th, 2017.

 

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07.10.2017

Angus Crowne.....

Angus Crowne continues to push the uke-billy punk music genre with his 2nd LP release, titled “Shag Rug”.

A true modern day renaissance man, Angus Crowne’s restless creative spirit has driven a crazy cool, multi-faceted career that includes work as a writer, musician and concert producer for Queen, Boy George, Spacehog and many more.

Both musically and lyrically, this kind of playfully defiant irreverence drives Angus’ determination to continue to pursue a completely original sound and point of view. With new bandmates, guitarist Gavin Ross and drummer Tino Marrufo, the singer combines elements of his favorite styles to create a hybrid of infectious and unique tunes.

With strong reviews received for his self titled debut album in the US and Europe, Angus Crowne continues to move the 'middle age' reality dial backwards by releasing “Shag Rug” within a year. “'Shag Rug' seamlessly blends the sounds of rock, country and rockabilly”, Angus says. “And it continues to chronicle my journey, like that of so many others, getting older and wiser, but still feeling frustrated and bitter at times”.

“Shag Rug” offers the rockabilly sound with “Little Green Men”, encouraging his audience to find a way to their next payday. Songs like “Middle Age Crawl” and “Get Me A Beer” rouse the listener to get up and move, maybe to the refrigerator?, and to sing along to make it through another moment of getting older and accepting wisdom. “The 99” and “Punk Rock Aftershock” keep the west coast punk rock sound part of Angus’ style, and his ode to old Nashville with “Hello Goodbye” shows a more curious somber side to the musician.

“Opened Book” and “Calm Seas” are musical diary notes of his journey as a father and artist, and the lounge feel of “Beyond The See” takes his listeners on a deep bass rhythm ride of romance and style.  The album’s title song, “Shag Rug” brings Angus’ quirky and humorous style to the forefront.

Co-produced with Gavin Ross and mixed at Steady Studios in Burbank, CA, “Shag Rug” documents Angus Crowne’s remarkable journey with wit, charm, and keen observation.

 

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06.10.2017

Lucinda Williams.....

Lucinda Williams will release "This Sweet Old World" on October 20th, 2017. This is a re-recording of her 1992 album, "Sweet Old World", to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release. The album has been produced by Williams and Tom Overby, and features her current touring and studio band, guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton. “Everything’s different now”, says Williams “It’s a different band, it’s a different studio, my voice is different. It’s like a new album”. Besides re-recording the entire studio album, Williams and her band chose to re-record the 4 tracks that were not included on the original release. "This Sweet Old World" features new versions of “Factory Blues”, “Dark Side Of Life”, John Anderson’s “Wild And Blue” and the John Leventhal and Jim Lauderdale penned “What You Don’t Know”.

 

 

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05.10.2017

John Lodge.....

In September 2016, John Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist of the Moody Blues, embarked on a solo tour for the 1st time in his 50 plus year career. John, and his 10 000 Light Years Band, travelled around England, without the huge support team he would normally have with the Moody Blues, playing smaller venues, visiting new places, and the response took his breath way.

The last night of that tour was at the Birmingham Town Hall, John’s home town, where the concert was filmed and recorded. This show will now be released as a live album, with artwork designed by Roger Dean, and with exclusive tour merchandise from the 2016 tour also available.

John features tracks from his solo album, "10 000 Light Years Ago", and captures the heart of classic Moody Blues’ songs like ‘I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)’, ‘Gemini Dream’, ‘Ride My See Saw’, ‘Isn’t Life Strange', and the never before played live, ‘Candle Of Life’, and more. There is also the classic Blue Jays’ song, ’Saved By The Music’.

The CD/DVD package features the full live show on both CD and DVD, with the DVD bringing an additional "Journey To Birmingham" film, available in both NSTC, for US and Canada, and PAL, for Europe and Asia, DVD formats. This will be released on October 20th, 2017.

 

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04.10.2017

Buford Pope.....

On the opening track of the new album "Blue Eyed Boy", a wistful Buford Pope sings that he’s 'Still Got Dreams'. But far from having his head in the clouds, he’s crafted his most down to earth album yet. On 6  full length albums, Sweden’s Buford Pope has drifted easily across the american soundscape, moving freely from folk rich country to gritty rock'n'roll. Yet never has it sounded as effortless, or as honest, as on his 7th album. On "Blue Eyed Boy", there’s no doubt that it’s Buford Pope himself we’re hearing.

“I’ll soon be 46, but in many ways I am still that blue eyed boy”, he says. “No matter how much I’ve seen of the world, a big part of me still looks at it with innocence”.  That innocence is tangible in the album’s approach. Nothing here is calculated or overwrought. On the contrary, Buford Pope’s words and music show a profound openness to the human condition.

“These are songs I’ve carried with me for a long time, some of them for ten years or more”, he explains. “They’ve grown from my own experience and the people who’ve touched me, which is why I couldn’t leave them to chance”. True to his word, Buford Pope devoted himself to the album’s planning. Every aspect was selected with care, from the vintage mikes and converted barn studio, to the diverse artists,  Swedish, Irish and American, among them Tobias Fröberg, Merit Hemmingson and Christian Kjellvander, who would support him. Yet, when the time came, it all came together at once.

“What you hear is a frozen moment”, he says. “We laid it all down in one take, with no cuts, no loops, no tweaks. It’s as raw as it gets”. And perhaps that rawness is what gives "Blue Eyed Boy" so much of its flavor. For all the speed of its recording, this is an album to digest slowly.

 

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03.10.2017

Tim Buckley Box.....

This October, Rhino Records will issue "Tim Buckley : The Complete Album Collection", an 8 CD box set that brings together the body of music the singer songwriter recorded between 1966 and 1972.  This set includes all 7 of Buckley’s studio albums from that era, as well as "Works In Progress", the 1999’s compilation of his 1967 and 1968 recordings. The albums will come packaged in the usual clam shell box in vinyl replica card wallets. Like the forthcoming Bread box set, there doesn’t appear to be any booklet and mastering for each disc is unknown and presumed to be whatever the latest remaster was available. "Tim Buckley : The Complete Album Collection" is released on October 13th, 2017.

 

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02.10.2017

Robert Plant.....

Robert Plant has unveiled details for his forthcoming album, "Carry Fire", his 11th studio album and first full length release following 2014's "Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar". Produced by Plant, the 11 song LP features accompaniment from his usual backers the Sensational Space Shifters, which includes John Baggott, Justin Adams, Dave Smith and Liam "Skin" Tyson. Albanian cellist Redi Hasa and violist and violinist Seth Lakeman, who recently joined the group, also perform on 3 tracks. Chrissie Hynde makes a special appearance in a duet with Plant for Ersel Hickey's "Bluebirds Over The Mountain". "Carry Fire" will be released on October 13th, 2017, via Nonesuch Records, with a tour to follow in November, which will begin in the UK and Ireland.

 

 

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01.10.2017

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot.....

The sophomore release from Kalamazoo band Thunderbolt & Lightfoot maintains the earthy, close harmony vocal approach of their self titled EP, while expanding their sound to include strings, keyboard, electric guitar, accordion and mellotron, along with a healthy amount of experimentation in the studio. Tracked at La Luna Recording And Sound, "Songs For Mixed Company" is an adventurous collection of weepers, cautionary tales and songs of fancy. Perfect for parties.

Consisting of Sarah Fuerst and Phil Barry, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot have been featured on folk music sites, opened for artists such as Robbie Fulks, Dar Williams, Henhouse Prowlers and May Erlewine, and have played some of Michigan’s finest venues and festivals. Plus they can kick your butt at Euchre.

Phil was a founding member of award winning rock band Knee Deep Shag, former touring guitarist for RCA recording artist Rachael Yamagata, and currently a member of americana supergroup Corn Fed Girls. Phil’s solo album "Between The Carolinas" was released via Princess Records and has been featured on MTV, VH1, Oxygen and Showtime.

Sarah played electric bass for the indie rock band Doxie. Doxie released an acclaimed self titled full length with Grass Records and they toured the midwest and east coast. Sarah is also a long standing member of Corn Fed Girls, supplying upright bass and vocal harmony.


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30.09.2017

PP Arnold.....

Arriving in England as an Ikette with the Ike & Tina Turner Review in the mid 60’s, PP Arnold was spotted by Mick Jagger who immediately convinced Andrew Loog Oldham to sign her to his label Immediate Records. Several huge hits followed, ‘First Cut is The Deepest’, ‘Angel Of The Morning’, ‘If You Think You’re Groovy’, and so on. PP became one of the iconic faces of the 60’s.

This year celebrates her 50 year anniversary as an incredible performing artist in the music industry, and, boy, is she still going strong. To coincide with this wonderful heritage album, "The Turning Tide", St James Publishing House is releasing her autobiography "The First Cut Is The Deepest" around the October tour, and a brand new solo album is on the horizon for next year, produced by Steve Cradock.

It was around 1968 when Immediate Records folded and PP found herself at a crossroad, looking for a new label that would give her the opportunity to continue to put out music and take her to the next phase of her musical journey. The late Jim Morris and personal assistant to Robert Stigwood, can be credited as the catalyst which encouraged Barry Gibb to work with PP. After introducing PP to Gibb, who was already a fan of her music, it didn’t take much encouragement for Barry to jump at the chance to produce a record with her.

“I was so excited about working with him as I was a big Bee Gees fan, and had already recorded ‘To Love Somebody’ on my 2nd album 'Kafunta'”, explains PP. It was Barry who got PP a record deal with his manager Robert Stigwood at RSO Records and consequently he also became her manager. “A lot of time was spent rehearsing and learning the songs and I was so happy when we entered IBC Studios to begin the recording process”, remarks PP.

The recording sessions bring back happy memories for PP, with Bill Shepherd creating the beautiful arrangements we hear on the record today. “We recorded around 10 tracks, 8 of which made it onto 'The Turning Tide'”. The 8 which feature on the album are, ‘Born’, ‘Bury Me Down By The River’, ‘Give A Hand, Take A Hand’, ‘Happiness’, ‘The Turning Tide’, ‘High And Windy Mountain’, a brilliant cover of ‘Spinning Wheel’, and the beautiful, ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’. Sadly due to Bee Gee’s commitments only half the record was able to be completed, and PP was heartbroken, as she had put her heart and soul into the recordings.

At a lot loss on how to go forward it was the idea of her manager Robert to pair PP up with Eric Clapton. “Robert arranged for me to be the opening act on the Eric Clapton, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends Tour, and I put together a fantastic rhythm section, which included Steve Howe on guitar, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, with Leslie Duncan and Kaye Garner, and off we set”, explains PP.

Clapton was so impressed with PP’s live performance he didn’t need asking twice when Robert approached him to go into the studio with PP to finish off the record. Eric called in his Delaney & Bonnie band who later became Derek & The Dominos, along with Rita Coolidge and PP’s dear friend soul singer Doris Troy. The end result was phenomenal, they recorded songs written by Steve Winwood, Van Morrison and Jagger/Richards.

“We recorded 3 covers, which are on this album, ‘Medicated Goo’, ‘Brand New Day’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’”. A further 2 tracks, ‘If This Were My World’ and ‘Children Of The Last War’, were added to this collection with the talented guitarist Caleb Quaye. These recordings were left sitting on shelves for many years due to industry politics, and still after all these years, PP could never fathom the thought that nobody would be able to hear them. It became her mission to let these recordings see the light of day, and not let this incredible piece of music history stay buried.

With the help of PP’s current manager, Sally Cradock and music industry veteran Bill Levenson, whose past history includes putting together compilations for Bob Marley, Donna Summer and Jerry Lee Lewis, they began to recover these lost gems and fight for the right to release them, from various publishers who were not keen to part with them. Steve Cradock began mixing the tracks, calling upon his old friend Paul Weller, who gladly allowed them to use his Black Barn Studio, and also his long time engineer, Charles Rees.

The results were remarkable, after all these years, pieces of history were brought back to life again. “These recordings document my growth and development after the Immediate years and my struggle to survive being a relevant solo artist during a lot of lost years in my career. It’s an amazing trip down memory lane that I am so thrilled can be experienced in the here and now”.

"The Turning Tide" will be released on October 6th, 2017, on Kundalini Music.

 

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29.09.2017

Jerry Yester.....

In the 60's and 70's, it was not rare to see Jerry Yester’s name on classic albums. Whether producing acts like Association, Turtles, Tim Buckley or Tom Waits, or hearing him in bands like Modern Folk Quartet, Rosebud, Lovin’ Spoonful, or with Judy Henske on the now classic "Farewell Aldebaran", aside from a pair of 1967 singles, there wasn’t a Jerry Yester solo album from that period, as he was so busy creating music with and for other artists.

"Pass Your Light Around" collects the songs recorded in various studios throughout the 1970's, and even one dating back as far as 1964 from his Bleeker Street apartment. The songs were written with poet and lyricist and Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett, who he got to know while producing Buckley’s "Goodbye And Hello" and "Happy Sad", and feature performances by Yester, Rosebud bandmates David Vaught and John Seiter, future Lone Justice member Don Heffington, and even Laurel Masse from The Manhattan Transfer, among others. In true Yester fashion, the instrumentation moves from classic guitar based instrumentation to strings, celeste, harmonium and synthesizer.

Produced by Jerry Yester with Cheryl Pawelski, the sources for all the tracks were pulled from Jerry’s personal archives, and mastered by Michael Graves. These 15 previously unissued tracks act as what could, and should have been another Yester tagged classic, but this time under his own name. Packaging contains photos, lyrics, and a new essay from Barry Alfonso, detailing the genesis of the songs and recordings, augmented by new interviews with both Yester and Beckett.

While it may have taken over 40 years to hear it, as Alfonso says in his liner notes, “What matters is that this remarkable music is available after decades of obscurity. The light never dimmed. Now it’s finally ready to be shared”.

Omnivore Recordings, October 6th, 2017.

 

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28.09.2017

Delta Wires.....

Seminal San Francisco Bay Area blues band, Delta Wires, announces a September 2017 European release date for their new CD, "Born In Oakland", on Mudslide Records. The album was recorded and mixed at Brickwall Sound in Concord, CA, and mastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Olhsson in Nashville. It showcases 10 originals and unique covers of a wide assortment of blues styles.

Delta Wires is a powerful harmonica and horns 7 piece band dedicated to modern blues, while paying tribute to the blues origins of the Mississippi delta. Their name was derived from the image of a band with modern, electric instrumentation, playing a style of music born in the Mississippi delta. What began as a college project and anthology of blues music from the Mississippi delta to the south side of Chicago, inevitably evolved into a band which has become known for its originality, versatility and crisp, tight, exciting, sound.

A living history of the San Francisco west coast blues, Delta Wires was truly born in Oakland over 30 years ago. The band started as band leader Ernie Pinata's college project, demonstrating the evolution of the blues from the cotton fields of the Mississippi delta, to Chicago and ultimately, to the west coast. The small band Ernie put together to play examples of this evolution grew into the high powered 7 piece band that now calls itself Delta Wires.

The band started by playing clubs in Oakland such as Esther's Orbit Room and The Continental Club. Around this same time, legendary bluesman Lowell Fulson sat in with Delta Wires at the New Orleans House in Berkeley and Ernie Pinata sat-in with the Freddie King Band at Mandrake’s in Berkeley. These were followed by a performance with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at Keystone Berkeley. The Delta Wires then began to open shows for these blues greats, and continued to grow as musicians and as a band.

"Born In Oakland, their 7th album, demonstrates a further maturation of the group’s west coast blues style, influenced by the ups and downs of city life, and of life, itself. It’s a sound that is truly original and untypical of what fans might expect from a blues band. Both high energy and moody, with intricate horn arrangements and harmonies, Delta Wires is justifiably proud of what it has accomplished, which includes being voted best band by the East Bay Express and Oakland Magazine, and being inducted into the California Blues Hall Of Fame.

They have performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival, Russian River Blues Festival and Monterey Bay Blues Festival, among others, and were 2008 International Blues Challenge finalists in Memphis, TN. Delta Wires has toured or played with many noted artists, including Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy. In 2017, they were invited to perform at the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. 

 

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27.09.2017

Jackson Browne.....

Jackson Browne's "The Road East - Live In Japan" is a Japanese original release. Jackson Browne brings us a live album with tracks selected from his Japan tour in 2015. The songs are selected and mastered by Jackson Browne himself. Includes "These Days", "The Crow On The Cradle", and "Far From The Arms of Hunger". Comes with a poster, featuring the 2017 tour band and features the BluSpec CD2 format. October 6th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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26.09.2017

Nilsson's Popeye.....

Varese Sarabande will be bringing the soundtrack to composer  and lyricist Harry Nilsson and director Robert Altman’s loopy film musical version of "Popeye" to compact disc in an authorized edition for the very 1st time on September 29th, 2017, but that’s not all.  This 2 CD deluxe edition will not only feature all of Nilsson’s memorable songs as performed by the perfectly cast likes of Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall and Paul Dooley, but will also debut Thomas Pierson’s instrumental score on CD, and an entire disc of previously unreleased demos performed by Nilsson. Varese continues to fill in the gaps of the Nilsson discography with this release, in addition to premiering "Flash Harry" on CD, the label previously brought the original album back into print on vinyl for 2016’s Black Friday Record Store Day event with 2 previously unreleased score tracks. Needless to say, both are included on this release.

 

 

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25.09.2017

Amanda Abizaid.....

Singer songwriter Amanda Abizaid is releasing a new EP in support of www.helpphilippineschools.org, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working from the inside out. "Walking In Twos", featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7 track EP including 2 diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children.  The EP also features other original songs and will be released in Europe in September 2017. The project’s goal is to create a self sufficient revenue stream using proceeds from the song's downloads and streams to buy school supplies for the Aeta children of the Philippines.

 By making state of the art teaching technology available, while at the same time seeing to the need for proper food and clothing, Help Philippine Schools insures a prosperous, personal and professional future for young minds in the country. Amanda is a professional singer songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA, and she is the cultural ambassador to the organization. Their overall mission is to supply rural government elementary schools throughout the Philippines, beginning on Mindanao, with modern educational equipment, food and clothing. They do this by dedicating profits generated through AEGIS, and from donations by private individuals, businesses and/or institutional entities.

 Amanda describes her music as 'neo soul meets world'. A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda Abizaid was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to an American mother and Lebanese father. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in the 1990's, Amanda immediately began working with some of the best musicians on the scene. She gained major notoriety when she lent her voice to “A Place In Time”, the haunting theme song from Paramount's TV series The 4400, which premiered in 2004. Amanda's 2010 CD release "This Life" garnered rave reviews from fans and music press from around the world.

The song “Walking In Twos” was inspired by Amanda Abizaid’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children in Haduan Village when she was abroad in 2016. “I shook hands with every child and they told me their names”, Amanda recalls. “This is how the magic of this song began”. The village of Haduan is situated in the Southeastern foothills of the Pinatubo Volcano Range, across the Secovia Lahar River Basin. Visiting the village requires walking a few miles through rugged dirt paths, crossing a wide river, and a tropical wet dirt hike through the mountains. “When I arrived at their village”, says Amanda, “I entered their little stone classroom and soon began singing to my acoustic guitar instrumental of 'Walking In Twos', walking in between the tables and chairs. They smiled and their eyes lit up. In their indigenous language, they yelled out how much they loved the melody, clapping joyfully and asked what it meant. That's when I knew I was on to something special”.

Amanda made a strong impression on the children, and on her way home, a barefoot little girl named Lilibeth walked by her side. “Together we hiked down the mountain, crossing the unstable wooden roped bridge high over the river to the other side. We walked until we reached the paved road, the main entry of their village to civilization”. The children also made a strong impression on Amanda, and when it came time to record the song, she had them sing in their native language on the chorus. “For the Aeta to agree to perform on my song 'Walking In Twos' is a first time event for them, and for the world to hear these children's voices”.

Amanda Abizaid wrote and produced the "Walking In Twos" EP, and sings and plays flute and piano, as well. Stephen Stills is a legendary singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. He plays guitar on the title track. “To have Stephen Stills performance on the project is an amazing honor”, says Amanda, “and together with the support of the Aeta children this project is a wonderful opportunity to share and help them through music”.

The new "Walking In Twos" EP features an electronica remix of Amanda’s original title track produced by Lindsay Gillis, a Los Angeles based musician and songwriter, who has worked with Ron Fair, Dennis Dreith and Steve Deutsch. The "Walking In Twos" EP also includes 5 original songs, “One Love”, Amanda’s most recent acoustic reggae rock single, featuring bilingual lyrics, “Promises Of Love”, a trip hop world beat track featuring Egyptian oud player Ahmed Kamal, both co-produced with Raj Ramayya and Théo Nogueira, “Set It Up”, a trip hop track featuring world flute melodies, “Lion’s Den”, an acoustic rock track with a touch of electronica, and “Release Me”, an ambient electronic bilingual track co-produced with Mixman Shawn.

Other featured musicians on this work are bassist Mike Mennell and acoustic guitarist Lindsay Gillis.  Mike Mennell is a bassist and singer in Southern California who has been friends with and worked alongside Amanda for the past 16 years. Lindsay Gillis is a Los Angeles based musician and songwriter, survivor of numerous Southern California gigs and sessions, and collaborates with Amanda on the songwriting project “Someday Girl”.

Other contributions of note include Musicians Institute students performing drums under Stewart Jean, a drummer and educator based in Los Angeles, CA, currently the program chair for drums at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Also featured are local Buddhist children and the Aeta children from Village of Haduan, Philippines, singing in their native language on the chorus, and Mark Stephen Weitz from 60's legends Strawberry Alarm Clock, performing Wurlitzer on the track. Bill Dasheill was the engineer.

 

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24.09.2017

Herb Alpert.....

"The Christmas Wish" is Herb Alpert's first holiday album in almost 50 years. Recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, the forthcoming album boasts a 10 piece rhythm section, a 45 piece orchestra, and a 32 member Choir. Herb Alpert Presents, September 29th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23.09.2017

David Crosby.....

Musical Icon David Crosby releases “Sky Trails”, his newest album on September 29th, 2017. This project contains new material written by and with friends Michael McDonald and Joni Mitchell.

01. She's Got To Be Somewhere
02. Sky Trails
03. Sell Me A Diamond
04. Before Tomorrow Falls On Love
05. Here It's Almost Sunset
06. Capitol
07. Amelia
08. Somebody Home
09. Curved Air
10. Home Free

 

 

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22.09.2017

Pi Jacobs.....

Los Angeles singer songwriter Pi Jacobs plays what she calls an ’americana bluesy rock thing’, one nonetheless edged by accents evoking her urban San Francisco childhood. Enamored of her mother’s rock and soul heavy music collection, she sang throughout school, picking up guitar, bass and songwriting as a teenager.

She earned her GED and left high school early, then pursued music studies at the local junior college. A period of woodshedding, gigging and recording ensued, culminating in the release of Pi’s debut album. She spent 2 years in New York before landing in L.A., which has proven fertile creative ground and a convenient base for touring

In addition to her ’smoldering vocals’, and intricate guitar playing, Jacobs plays a homemade percussion stomp box, driving her ’one woman band’ show, similar to Texas favorite Shakey Graves, to the next level of high energy, dynamic fun.

On tour in late 2015, in the tiny town of Floyd, VA. Pi met the head of Travianna Records at one of her performances, and was offered a record deal on the spot. In between European and US touring last year, Pi went to Floyd to work with producer and multi instrumentalist, Aaron Ramsey. The result is a true collaboration of Pi's ’Americana bluesy rock thing’, and Aaron's deep bluegrass roots. A truly unique and all acoustic album, ”A Little Blue”, will be released in September 2017. It is Pi's 7th commercial release.

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21.09.2017

Woody Guthrie Tribute.....

When Woody Guthrie died on October 3rd, 1967, after a stubborn 15 year bout with Huntington‘s Disease, a lot of people who had known him, worked with him, or just sung his songs, felt a spontaneous desire to do something. “A Tribute To Woody Guthrie” was planned for 2 performances at Carnegie Hall on January 20th, 1968. The list of artists joined Woody’s own friends and peers with the next generation of songwriters and musicians just coming into their own.

To honor Woody’s unique position as an artist, for the 1st time ever, 2 albums were issued in 1972 shared between Columbia Records and Warner Brothers Records, collating and editing tracks from both concerts. Now, exactly 50 years after Woody’s death, we invite you to hear what took place on those 2 iconic evenings as we present the Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl concerts in their original, scripted, concert order including 20 tracks which were never included on the original LP's and are here released for the 1st time. Producers Nora Guthrie, Michael Kleff and Steve Rosenthal dug deep into the story behind the concerts, working with the original reel to reel concert tapes and concert scripts, business letters, and personal stories, they recreate and recount how, when and why these early tribute concerts are still important and reveal how they had such an impact on those who attended.

“To listen to the recordings now is to reflect upon events from an earlier and simpler time, which were communing with a still earlier and even simpler time. But simplicity is not the same thing as innocence. Although times have changed, in many ways for the better, not so the good and evil, bravery and cowardice, generosity and injustice that Woody and his friends and followers sang about.  What is so striking in these recordings, above and beyond the politics and musical styles, is the timelessness of what Woody was getting at in his deceptively simple art”, says historian and author Sean Wilentz from his introduction “So Long To Woody Guthrie”.


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20.09.2017

Josh Ritter.....

"Gathering" is the 9th full length album from acclaimed singer songwriter Josh Ritter which marks 20 years since he began recording and performing music with the Royal City Band. Ritter returned to the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY, with more songs than he'd ever had before at one time.

Re-energized after a recent collaboration with legendary musician Bob Weir, and at the same time tired of living in the shadow of his earlier self, Ritter felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others' expectations. In his words, "I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. I still can't tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me".

The 13 songs featured on the album touch on themes of uncertainty, mania, laughter and sadness. In addition to "Showboat", highlights include "When Will I Be Changed", which features special guest vocals and guitar from Bob Weir. An avid visual artist, Ritter also painted the artwork for the album cover and the various single covers. September 22nd, 2017.

 

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19.09.2017

Paul Messinger.....

Paul Messinger is a poet, songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist, originally from New York, now based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is known as one of the early proponents of the Howard Levy (The Flecktones) approach to playing diatonic harmonica, and writes nuanced, character driven songs in varied styles, explaining, “Different stories require different musical styles to tell them”.

His abiding passions are history and people, and his artistic lens is focused on telling the stories of the people in the world around us.

The forthcoming album, "America 2.0 (Assorted Tales And New Myth)", is a song cycle about the idea of America. What is this place we call America? Who are these people we call Americans? The idea of America has, for over 2 centuries, drawn the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of mankind to these shores. Let us go then, you and I, and begin again to explore the places peopled with that idea.....


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18.09.2017

Isaac Hayes.....

Soul legend Isaac Hayes' career on the Stax label, from a young songwriter to "Black Moses" and "Shaft", will be the focus of a new box set that's tied to the label's 60th anniversary. Dubbed "The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976)", the collection features 4 discs of music spanning Hayes' legacy at Stax. The 1st disc boasts 26 tracks Hayes penned or produced for other artists, including Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'" and "Soul Man", and Carla Thomas' "B-A-B-Y".

The 2nd disc focuses on 20 of Hayes' own recordings like "By the Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Theme From 'Shaft'", plus a pair of radio ads. The 3rd disc, "Cover Man", features Hayes' renditions of songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, as well as previously unreleased material like the studio version of "Windows Of The World", and a recording of Hayes' 1972 Chicago concert. Finally, the 4th disc, "Jam Master", is packed with Hayes jamming out in the studio with the Bar-Kays, including a 33 minute version of "Do Your Thing". This disc also includes unreleased, in progress versions of "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and "Ain't No Sunshine", and a never Before heard "Shaft" outtake, "Black Militant's Place". "The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976)", out September 22nd, also comes with a 60 page hardcover retrospective, essays, interviews with artists like Sam & Dave's Sam Moore and compilation producer Joe McEwen. The set also houses a replica 7" of Hayes' 1964 single "Laura, We're On Our Last Go-Round" and "CC Rider".

 

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17.09.2017

Steve Miller Band.....

One of history's most important rock bands return with a brand new collection, "Steve Miller Band's Ultimate Hits". The album features seminal tracks including "Abracadabra", "The Joker" and "Jet Airliner". The 2 CD version also includes 4 previously unreleased live tracks, 3 previously unreleased studio tracks and 1 previously unreleased demo. In 2016 Steve Miller was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist. "Steve Miller Band's Ultimate Hits" was released on September 15th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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16.09.2017

Tokyo Rosenthal.....

Rock & Sock Records just announced that they will be releasing "This Minstrel Life" from their recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal in September 2017. This will be Rosenthal's 7th album on the Rock & Sock Records label.

The CD contains 6 original studio recordings and 4 live recordings from various locations, with an assortment of accompanists. This follows the theme of the new record which is about the lives of touring musicians, today and yesterday. The new recordings include the politically driven single, "Now I Believe There's A Devil", and an updated version of the previously released, "The Immigrant", now entitled "The Immigrant Revisited". In light of the present climate regarding immigration, Tokyo wanted to revisit this subject.

The new studio cuts touch on a variety of subjects including a family tragedy, a life gone wrong, co-written with Moira Saucer, politics, immigration policy, the music business, and ultra marathon running.

Toke is joined once again by a stellar crew of musicians including the dB's Chris Stamey, Allyn Love,  Chatham County Line's John Teer, Charlie Chamberlain, and Juanito Laguna. Backing Tokyo on the live tracks are The Sap Boilers, Manguss, Charlie Chamberlain, Logan Matheny, and Kieran O'Malley. The live recordings took place in Pittsboro, North Carolina on The Tokyo Rosenthal Program, in Knoxville, Tennessee, on WDVX's Blue Plate Special, on SXSW in Austin, Texas, and in Keighley, UK.

"This is a very different album for me and I'm excited by this project", says Rosenthal. "I like being able to present what I sound like on tour with a group of different touring partners from over the years. As always, the studio experience was great and enhanced by the magnificent musicians who joined me in Chris Stamey's facility. Navigating the music business these days is very difficult and I feel we've come full circle from the original days of traveling minstrels. I see myself, and my colleagues, mirroring the way things were back in the 1800's. In other words, we go from gig to gig, often getting room and board, selling our wares, and of course performing our original tunes. Today we travel by car, back then by horse. I believe the new songs are complimented by the live tracks as they expand on the 'minstrel' theme".

Rosenthal intends to begin touring in the fall, in and around his Chapel Hill home area, and the southeast US. Then early next year he will begin visiting the midwest, the northeast, the UK, Ireland, and other territories. 


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15.09.2017

Rusty Young.....

In 1967, a young musician from Denver was invited to play steel guitar on what would become the final album by Buffalo Springfield. Soon after, he, along with Richie Furay, George Grantham and Jim Messina, would form the seminal west coast country rock band Poco. Over the next 5 decades, alongside bandmates that would also include Paul Cotton, Randy Meisner and Timothy B Schmit, he became not only the musical core of the band, but also the writer and vocalist behind hits including "Rose Of Cimarron" and the #1 smash "Crazy Love"'.

Now the singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, who remains the heart and soul of Poco, has made the most surprising statement of his 50 year career. "Waitin' For The Sun" is the sound of a hit songwriter, roots innovator and Grammy nominated steel guitar legend exploring and expressing a lifetime of music influences. "I learned how to write songs not only from the guys in Poco, but the people I hung out with, too", explains Rusty. "People like Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Gerry Beckley from the band America all made a big impression on me. As the sole writer on this record, I got to visit all kinds of different places that relate to my musical heritage and experiences.

Most of all, I wanted to take people on a journey that was fun to listen to, from the first note to the last". The album was recorded at Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN, the former home recording studio of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. It was produced by Rusty and longtime Poco bassist and vocalist Jack Sundrud, and mixed and mastered by Joe Hardy. Blue Élan Records, today, September 15th, 2017.

 

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14.09.2017

Gizmodrome.....

Gizmodrome is the brainchild of 4 acclaimed musicians, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Mark King of Level 42, Adrian Belew of King Crimson and Talking Heads, and Vittorio Cosma of PFM, who have all reached the commanding heights of their profession. It is a band who came together by a process which combined instant musical karma with a gestation period going back a decade or more. The musicianship on their first, self titled album is off the scale. So too is the creative and philosophical commitment to their cause. But the main thing is that they've got a bunch of properly great songs that they urgently want you to hear. 

This album brings the audience back to when rock music was played by unique musicians, when daring was a must, when listening to an album was an experience to enjoy from the first to the last song. Fans of the bands the 4 Gizmodrome members are coming from, would find it all again on this album which promises to be one of the must have of 2017.

Gizmodrome has been recorded in Milan and produced by Claudio Dentes. The experienced Italian and British producer has pushed the 4 talents to set the bar very high, never allowing them to play in their comfort zone. There was in fact only one rule in the studio, everything is allowed to create magic music and an album that would stand the test of time.

The debut album that resulted is in fact a one of a kind combination of all that made the musicians famous. The nervous genius of Copeland on drums, the incredible bass and backing vocals of Mark King, the guitars and the vocal parts by Adrian Belew that made many King Crimson albums milestones of progressive and alternative, not to mention his work with Frank Zappa. 

Never strange just for the sake of it, this is the album of 2017 for all fans of intelligent pop and rock. Available on CD, digital and vinyl on Ear Music, tomorrow, September 15th, 2017.

 

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13.09.2017

Peter Gallway.....

If you look at the cover of Laura Nyro’s ”New York Tendaberry” album, I believe it is a photo of her on her penthouse terrace on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I used to go to visit her there, and we’d sing new songs to each other. My latest solo project, ”Feels Like Religion”, is inspired by, and dedicated to, Laura. She changed my life in countless ways, some of which took a very long time.” ~ Peter Gallway


 

 

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12.09.2017

Who Singles Box.....

Having issued the 4 sets of 7" vinyl single boxes during 2015 and 2016, Universal Music now effectively present all those a and b sides, and EP tracks, on CD with a new The Who box set, "Maximum As & Bs: The Complete Singles".  This 5 disc, 86-track, collection from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels of course includes all and every hit, along with all the b sides, many on CD for the 1st time. The CD's come in separate wallets, and are housed in the familiar lift off lid style box that Universal use regularly. It also comes with a 48-page booklet, with track by track annotation by acclaimed Who writers and the usual selection of period photos and images of memorabilia. "Maximum As & Bs: The Complete Singles" will be issued on  October 27th, 2017.

 

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11.09.2017

The Darkness.....

England’s most distinctive, multiple award winning, platinum selling, hugely entertaining rock gods, and one time saviours of rock’n’roll turned national pleasures, The Darkness are back with their 5th album "Pinewood Smile", due for release October 6th, 2017 through Cooking Vinyl.

Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Adrian Bushby, the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at, like a sonic onion, but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous 

 

 

 

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10.09.2017

Dhani Harrison.....

"In///Parallel" is the new record from Dhani Harrison and the 1st album released under his own name. "In///Parallel" will be out October 6th, 2017. 1st single “All About Waiting” out now, with a radio campaign to follow. Performing at the Panorama Festival in New York. Expect late night TV performance to confirm for week of release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09.09.2017

Flock 1969-1970.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new 2 CD anthology celebrating the fine american jazz rock band The Flock. Hailing from Chicago, The Flock was one of the most original groups to emerge on the late 1960's buoyant music scene. Along with their fellow Chicagoans Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago, The Flock were highly original in their musical approach, successfully fusing jazz, rock, blues and even classical influences.

The band recorded 3 singles in 1966 and 1967, before changing musical direction and recruiting virtuoso electric violinist Jerry Goodman to their ranks. With a line-up of Fred Glickstein, Jerry Goodman, Jerry Smith, Ron Karpman, Rick Canoff, Tom Webb and Frank Posa, The Flock came to the attention of manager Aaron Russo, owner of Chicago's famous Kinetic Playground venue. Russo secured the band a contract with Columbia Records, for whom The Flock recorded 2 excellent albums for the label, "The Flock" (1969) and "Dinosaur Swamps" (1970). " Truth - The Columbia Recordings 1969-1970" celebrates the music of this excellent band, and features both of their Columbia albums in remastered form, along with 6 rare single tracks previously unissued on CD and 6 rare non-album session recordings from 1969 & 1970. September 29th, 2017.

 

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08.09.2017

Ducks Deluxe.....

Renowned for their exciting, sweat drenched live shows and formed by ex-members of Help Yourself, Ducks Deluxe pioneered the spirit of pub rock back in the early to mid 70's. Having been a popular live draw, they signed to RCA, for whom they made 2 albums, but sadly, by the time the 2nd was released, they'd disbanded. Sean Tyla then formed Tyla Gang, while Nick Garvey formed The Motors, and Martin Belmont went on to Graham Parker & The Rumour. For the 1st time ever, here are Ducks Deluxe's complete original studio recordings across 3 CD's, augmented by the cream of the band's reunion material. Frontman Sean Tyla recently celebrated his 70th birthday and he still performs gigs to this day.

Both of the band's original studio albums, "Ducks Deluxe" and "Taxi To The Terminal Zone", produced by Dave Edmunds, appear on "Coast To Coast" in their entirety, alongside non-album a's and b's, rarities, 3 previously unissued early demos, exclusive compilation appearances, alternative versions, their reunion mini-album "Box Of Shorts" and accompanying live recordings. . Housed in a tidy card wallet combo, "Coast To Coast" also boasts detailed sleeve notes, reproductions of many rare images from the period and boasts remastered sound quality. Cherry Red Records, September 29th, 2017.

 

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07.09.2017

David Gilmour.....

45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ”Live At Pompeii” in the legendary roman amphitheatre there, he returned for 2 spectacular shows in July 2016, part of the year long tour in support of his album ”Rattle That Lock”. The performances were the 1st ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone roman amphitheatre, and, for 2 nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.

”David Gilmour Live At Pompeii” is an audio visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances. The show includes songs from throughout David's career, solo and with Pink Floyd, including ”One Of These Days”, the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show, and 6 songs from ”Rattle That Lock”, as well as 2 from 2006’s ”On An Island”.

Both concerts also saw very special performances of ”The Great Gig In The Sky” from ”The Dark Side Of The Moon”, which David rarely plays as a solo artist. ”Live At Pompeii’, available on 2 CD, BluRay, 2 DVD or a deluxe 2 CD / 2 BluRay box on September 29th, 2017, includes highlights from the concert performances of both shows, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder, and shows an artist at the top of his artistic game, performing incredible material with his world class band, in a unique setting, on one very special occasion.

 

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06.09.2017

Chris Spedding Box.....

"Chris Spedding - The RAK Years" is a 50 track 4 CD clam shell box set rounding up guitar supremo Chris Spedding’s time with RAK Records between 1975 and 1980. It Includes the hit single ‘Motor Bikin’’ which reached # 14 in the UK charts in 1975. Also features one of the first UK punk singles, Chris’ ‘Pogo Dancing’, which he recorded with The Vibrators. Disc 1 is his self titled debut for RAK, which featured the aforesaid ‘Motor Bikin”, plus the ‘Guitar Jamboree’, ‘Jump In My Car’ and ‘New Girl In The Neighbourhood’ singles and was produced by Mickie Most

 The 2nd CD contains the “Hurt” album from 1977, produced by Chris Thomas, and which features the ‘Get Outa My Pagoda’ and ‘Silver Bullet’ singles. Pretender Chrissie Hynde guests on backing vocals, whilst seminal session players Herbie Flowers, Clem Cattini and Ray Cooper provide the musical backing. “Guitar Graffiti” is disc 3 , self produced and featuring the ‘Video Life’, ‘Bored Bored’ and ‘Gunfight’ singles. The final disc is the “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” album from 1980, once again produced by Mickie Most, and including the single ‘The Crying Game’.

The booklet features detailed liner notes by 70’s expert Phil Hendricks and comes with pictures of all the relevant singles. Each of the CD’s comes in a card wallet depicting the original LP artwork. As well as being the go to guy for bands as diverse as Roxy Music, Sex Pistols and Wombles, Chris leads the reformed Sharks who also feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and original Sharks vocalist Snips, who contributed co-writes on many of the tracks on this box set. 7T's Records, September 29th, 2017.

 

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05.09.2017

Neila Dar.....

Neila Dar is an indie music project led by singer Jasmine Tommaso and guitarist Lorenzo Grassi. It kicked off in 2014 with the release of the single “Son Of The Stars”.

Based in Los Angeles CA, this project is formed by an eclectic ensemble of musicians from all over the world (Italy, Colombia and the US) living and playing in Los Angeles.

In 2015 the first EP “Some People Question Reality” was released. It was produced by Sage, aka Saverio Principini, and recorded at Speakeasy Studios.

Bandleaders Jasmine and Lorenzo began their musical journey in the city of stars by playing weekly as jazz musicians. While gigging around town, they began developing an original sound and writing new songs. Very soon, they had all the music for their 1st full length original album.

They completed the record in December of 2016, featuring Camilo Melo on drums, Joe Bagg on organ, Lorenzo Grassi on guitar and Jasmine Tommaso on vocals. The album was named after the single that started the whole adventure, “Son Of The Stars”.

It’s a collection of 11 tunes that were inspired by some of southern California’s most evocative landscapes, the Pacific Ocean, the urban cosmos of greater Los Angeles, and the vast wilderness of the high desert.

Neila Dar’s sound brings unity to the complexity of reality, using music as a medium to describe it in the simplest way. The soothing textures, enchanting vocals, and captivating grooves give birth to a sound they call vintage avantgarde, where the known and the unpredictable sit together in consonance.


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04.09.2017

Bowie Box 3.....

Following 2015’s "Five Years" and last year’s "Who Can I Be Now?", Parlophone Records will release "A New Career In A New Town [1977-1982]", an 11 CD or 13 LP David Bowie box set that includes remastered versions of arguably his most critically acclaimed albums, including the so called ‘Berlin Trilogy’ of "Low", "Heroes", and "Lodger" and 1980’s "Scary Monsters", his last studio album for RCA Records.

In addition to the remastered version, the box set will also feature 1979’s "Lodger" album newly remixed by Tony Visconti. This remix was started with David’s blessing before his passing in January last year. Visconti has revisited the original multi tracks and remixed the album to better highlight the album’s nuances. This version of the album will also feature newly remixed artwork featuring unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of the estate of photographer Duffy. This remix of "Lodger" is exclusive to this box set.

The live album "Stage", which was issued in 1978, between "Heroes" and "Lodger", is included here in both the original version and the 2005 reissue, the latter restored the original running order and added some bonus tracks. In fact, 2 more previously unreleased bonus tracks are added to the version in this new box set, "The Jean Genie" and "Suffragette City", taking the track count to 22.

Other content of note is a “Heroes” EP, on a separate disc, with 4 foreign language variants, and the 3rd "Re:Call" compilation. "Re:Call 3" mops up single versions, and amongst its 19 tracks includes a new to CD extended version of "Beauty & The Beast", included on a US promo and Spanish 12-inch single, the original soundtrack version of "Cat People", later re-made for "Let’s Dance", the Queen collaboration "Under Pressure", a rare Australian single version of "Breaking Glass", the 5 tracks from 1982’s "Baal EP", David’s very last release for RCA Records, Japanese single "Crystal Japan", and the 1979 re-recording of "Space Oddity", which was the b-side to non-album single "Alabama Song", also included.

The box set adheres fairly rigidly to the rules of the previous packages, and therefore excludes any material not commercially released in the original era. The previously unreleased bonus tracks that were appended to the 1990-1992 Rykodisc and EMI reissues such as "Some Are, All Saints", "Abdulmajid" and "I Pray, Olé" are not included.

The 11 CD box includes mini LP CD vinyl replica versions of the original albums and the CDs are gold, not silver. The 13 LP vinyl set has the same content as the CD box and is pressed on 180g vinyl. Both versions of this box come with a book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, that features rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro, Duffy and many others, as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producer Tony Visconti.

"A New Career In A New Town" will be released on September 29th, 2017.

 

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03.09.2017

Atlantic Bridge.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the 1st ever UK CD release of a newly remastered edition of the 1970 self-titled jazz-rock album by Atlantic Bridge. Born of a time when jazz musicians crossed in to the world of rock music, Atlantic Bridge was a quartet featuring Mike McNaught, Daryl Runswick, Jim Philip and Mike Travis. All 4 musicians were seasoned players on the London jazz circuit, but sought to expand their musical horizons. Influenced by the experimentation of Miles Davis on his album "Bitches Brew" and by the work of British musicians such as Keith Tippett, Atlantic Bridge, led by visionary Mike McNaught, took compositions by such artists as The Beatles and Jimmy Webb and crafted a highly innovative album, which also revealed the talents of Daryl Runswick, a respected bass player later to play with Elton John and The Alan Parsons Project among others, Jim Philip and Mike Travis. Originally released on Pye Records’ progressive imprint Dawn Records, Atlantic Bridge now commands large sums from vinyl collectors. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original Dawn master tapes and features 2 bonus tracks taken from a rare maxi single, also released in 1970. The release features an illustrated booklet and an essay featuring exclusive interviews with Daryl Runswick and Jim Philip. September 29th, 2017.

 

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02.09.2017

Van Morrrison.....

From a very early age, I connected with the blues. The thing about the blues is you don’t dissect it, you just do it. I’ve never over analysed what I do, I just do it. Music has to be about just doing it, and that’s the way the blues works, it’s an attitude. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing, people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Mose Allison. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot. The songs on 'Roll With The Punches', whether I’ve written them or not, they’re performance oriented. Each song is like a story and I’m performing that story. That’s been forgotten over years, because people over analyse things. I was a performer before I started writing songs and I’ve always felt like that’s what I do”. ~ Van Morrison 


 

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01.09.2017

KASHKA.....

Kat Burns has never been one to sit still. In her decade making music she’s released 3 albums with Forest City Lovers, 2 albums and various singles under her current moniker, KASHKA, and co-written on other artists’ releases. Her music has been heard in film and television, including recent appearances on ’Killjoys’, ’Meet The Fosters’ and ’Heartbeat’, and her song ‘Smoke It Out” is the theme song for a new radio show on Zoomer FM Radio. She also actively posts on her YouTube channel, illustrates, and maintains a commercial voice over career.

Kat Burns will release her 3rd album under the KASHKA moniker in late summer. Co-produced by Burns, Lisa Conway [LCON] and Andrew Collins, the album is KASHKA’s most experimental to date, with themes of human connection and feminism weaving through springy synths and lush string arrangements.

Recorded mostly at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound, a converted studio in Grey County owned by Lisa Conway and Andrew Collins, the album is both sparse and rich, bare vocals, curated synth sounds and 808 drums coexist with lush string arrangements framing delicate melodies, at times explosive.

Exploring themes of connection, isolation, and feminism, ”Relax” brings the listener through a landscape where one could be flying through years while just daydreaming. It's a departure from her last single, the radio friendly 'Heavy Ghost', but a return to her roots in many ways, in Kat's words, "this comes out of 2 years of writers block, figuring it out, and finding my place in this industry, as a woman. It’s reflective, synthy and a little bit weird. Just like me". The album includes stellar collaborations with Valerie Broussard, James Bunton [Ohbijou, Light Fires], and LCON.


Dixie Chicks Live.....

Fathom Events and Columbia Records are excited to bring the biggest selling US female band of all time, the Dixie Chicks, to CD and BluRay for "DCX MMXVI". Relive, or experience for the 1st time, the sold out "DCX MMXVI" tour, featuring a full set of Dixie Chicks classics such as “Wide Open Spaces”, “Goodbye Earl”, “Not Ready To Make Nice”, as well as a special never before seen acoustic set including a special cover of Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons”. Captured live, "DCX MMXVI" shows just how sorely missed the Dixie Chicks have been on stage.

 


Jake Bugg.....

Jake Bugg is back with his stunning 4th album "Hearts That Strain". Recorded in Nashville with members of The Memphis Boys, who played on classics such as "Dusty In Memphis", "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds", Jake also collaborated with Dan Auerbach, from The Black Keys, to create a classic and timeless record. Available on CD or heavyweight vinyl today, on September 1st, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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