Love Unlimited Orchestra, Love Unlimited Honored With CD and LP Collections

Barry White is best remembered for his unique bass/baritone voice in a collection of quite well-received love songs scattered over the course of a successful 25+ year career. In that time, he released eleven Top 40 singles, several of which achieved Number 1 status. In this time, he formed a backing orchestra calling them The Love Unlimited Orchestra. In their own right, they delivered a string of of charting albums, and achieved their own number one single with the “Love’s Theme” instrumental using the era’s recognizable style of funk.

On June 15, Mercury will revisit the 20th Century Records vaults and create a collection of tracks for Love Unlimited Orchestra with a 2CD – and separately purchasable 3LP – Edition of The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979).

But this orchestra was NOT the only protege project of Barry White. There was also the three member female vocal group, Love Unlimited (Glodean James, Linda James, Diane Taylor). The girls in this group were back-up singers for Barry White. In the extra time, they created hits of their own with songs like “I Belong To You”, and “Walkin’ In The Rain With The One I Love”. Also on June 15, Mercury will release a collected set of Love Unlimited singles with the release of The Uni, MCA, and 20th Century Singles (1972-1975) with a CD and a 2LP set.

Previously, Mercury had revisited the Barry White era with a 3CD Box and a 2LP set of White’s 20th Century Records hits (here).

The 20th Century Singles (1973-1979)Love Unlimited Orchestra

01. Love’s Theme
02. Sweet Moments
03. Rhapsody In White
04. Barry’s Theme
05. Theme From Together Brothers
06. Find The Man Bros.
07. Baby Blues
08. What A Groove
09. Satin Soul
10. Just Living It Up
11. Always Thinking Of You
12. Forever In Love
13. Only You Can Make Me Blue
14. Midnight Groove
15. It’s Only What I Feel
16. My Sweet Summer Suite
17. Theme From “King Kong” (Pt. I)
18. Theme From “King Kong” (Pt. II)

01. Brazilian Love Song
02. Hey Look At Me, I’m In Love
03. Whisper Softly
04. Don’t You Know How Much I Love You
05. Theme From “Shaft”
06. Theme From “Superman”
07. My Sweet Summer Suite
08. Theme From King Kong
09. Blues Concerto
10. Brazilian Love Song
11. Don’t You Know How Much I Love You
12. Hey Look At Me, I’m In Love
13. Theme From “Shaft”
14. Theme From “Superman”

The Uni, MCA, and 20th Century Singles (1972-1975)Love Unlimited

01. Walkin’ In The Rain With The One I Love
02. I Should Have Known – Barry White
03. Is It Really True Boy – Barry White
04. Another Chance – Barry White
05. Are You Sure
06. Fragile – Handle With Care
07. I’ll Be Yours Forever More
08. Oh Love, Well We Finally Made It
09. Yes, We Finally Made It
10. It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring)
11. It’s Winter Again
12. Under The Influence Of Love
13. Under The Influence Of Love
14. People Of Tomorrow Are The Children Of Today – The Love Unlimited Orchestra
15. So Nice To Hear – The Love Unlimited Orchestra
16. I Belong To You
17. And Only You
18. Share A Little Love In Your Heart
19. I Love You So, Never Gonna Let You Go


Dead Can Dance Expected To Release New Studio Album Soon

The Dead Can Dance band is, of course, not for everyone. But if you’re one of those that can merge exotic music, classical, chorale, and the unusual, then this blend of unclassified Rock from Dead Can Dance will certainly fulfill all of those whims in a single fell swoop.In fact, they’ve done i officially for seventeen years beginning in 1981 on through 1998. During that time, the major components of Dead Can Dance (DCD), Brendan Perry, and Lisa Gerrard churned out seven splendid studio releases. In 2012, DCD reformed and released their eighth studio album, Anastasis. Since then, the band has remained quiet.

Recently, it was noted in a Brendan Perry tweet, and mentioned on Slicing Up Eyeballs that the band would be releasing their next album soon. In fact, it was said that the album was completed bu was going through the mastering process. Remember, there is no current date for the new album. Bu I felt it a good thing to let you in on this if you were unaware.

Watch for more information as I get it. In the meantime:

50th Anniversary 2CD and Picture Disc Vinyl LP of Grateful Dead Classic, Anthem Of The Sun

In 1968. one of Rock’s greatest collection of songs was released as Anthem Of The Sun. The recording band was The Grateful Dead, and this album was their second album, a bi of a year after their debut Warners album. It’s hard to imagine that fifty years have come and gone since the release of Anthem of the Sun. It featured an added drum kit with the newly added Mickey Hart. And it gave a brilliant playback of now classic tracks, most past the eight minute mark.

With a history of over fifteen studio albums, each as different as the previous. It’s no surprise that these albums keep showing back up. They’re strong and are deserving of repeat. Since 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 classic, Anthem Of The Sun, Grateful Dead Productions will assemble a 50th Anniversary 2CD Deluxe package for the occasion.

On July 13, watch for this 50th Anniversary set of Anthem of the Sun to materialize. As of this moment, I do not have a tracking list of bonus songs to accompany the original album. But it’s safe to say the new album will be remastered. As I become aware of the material being included, I’ll update this small piece of news. But a least we have a date!

On the same July 13th date, a 12″ vinyl Picture Disc of the 50th Anniversary Edition of Anthem of the Sun will also be released.


Madeleine Peyroux To Release New Album, Anthem

With a enviably rich catalog, the talent of Madeleine Peyroux has provided years and albums worth of great music. Not only has she recorded some original material, but Madeleine Peyroux has also lent her extraordinary vocal and musical qualities to songs written by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Willie Dixon, the recent Hall of Fame inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and others, all in a Bessie Smith-styled presentation. Her last album, Secular Hymns, was released in 2016. All in all, Madeleine Peyroux has seven classic albums out (one for Atlantic Records, three for Rounder Records as well as a ‘best of’ set, two for Decca Records, and her last with Verve Records).

On August 31, a new album is being released by Madeleine Peyroux entitled Anthem. To date, nothing much is known about this new release other than it is currently being toured by Madeleine Peyroux with her quintet. Many of the scheduled shows are already SOLD OUT leaving the ticket an enviable one to acquire.

Anthem is expected for CD, DD (in both standard and HD versions of digital audio), and likely vinyl LP. Currently, there is no cover art nor a track-list. An update will fix that. Of course, the title track is a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”. Another reported cover is “Last Night When We Were Young”, written by Harold Arlen and EY Harburg. With the other songs, I understand that David Baerwald (of David+David fame) was involved.

AnthemMadeleine Peyroux

01 – On My Own
02 – Down On Me
03 – Party Tyme
04 – Anthem
05 – All My Heroes
06 – On a Sunday Afternoon
07 – The Brand New Deal
08 – Lullaby
09 – Honey Party
10 – The Ghosts of Tomorrow
11 – We Might As Well Dance
12- Liberte

New Gang Gang Dance Album, Kazuashita, For June

The legendary 4AD label has released some of Rock’s best loved independent bands, bands like Dead Can Dance, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Pale Saints, Clan of Xymox, Bauhaus, and a wealth of other shoegaze bands. While many of those bands have ceased heir recording and touring, the label is still active in searching out endearing bands to keep things fresh. Current bands on 4AD include The National, Deerhunter, The Lemon Twigs, Daughter, and Gang Gang Dance.

It’s been seven years since we’ve last heard from Gang Gang Dance. Their last album, Eye Contact, was released back in 2011. The band is an interesting mix of jazz-influenced electronic ambient music, coupled with the hallmark of 4AD’s shoegaze preference. With five albums in release (Eye Contact is the band’s ONLY 4AD LP issue), the band has provided more than enough back catalog to discover.

On June 22, 4AD will release the next Gang Gang Dance album, Kazuashita. The new album will offer ten new songs with the hypnotic vocal style of Lizzi Bougatsos merged with the current music style of Brian DeGraw, and Josh Diamond.

Kazuashita is planned for CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Waters Interview Remark Hints At 5.1 Surround Mix of Pink Floyd 1977 Classic, Animals

The news is being broadcast (by Roger Waters, in an off-hand remark) that there will be a 5.1 Surround version of one of Pink Floyd‘s most under-represented albums (in my own opinion), Animals. For years, many of Pink Floyd’s albums have received expanded attention. Animals languished despite having a strong following. (Thanks to Steve Talia for this IMWAN tip-off.)

There is little to offer other than a bi of news to let you know it’s likely coming sooner rather than later. Apparently, new Battersea shots have been taken for the reissue.

Personally, I’m not a 5.1 adherent. The original was recorded and mixed by the band with Stereo in mind, and while there may have been thoughts of an expanded soundstage, they all come well after the original issue, and often not by the band oversight. I then becomes a work of somewhat else, like a remix becomes for some songs. They’re interesting, but ultimately fall away.

Now, having said that, I do NOT mind that things release in a 5.1 Surround mix for those that love them. Just call me indifferent. And, if there are updated HD tracks, then I’m vastly interested!

To be continued when more information and release dates come closer.

New Album From Folk Artist, Olivia Chaney, Is Expected In June – Shelter

Olivia Chaney is a folk artist who delivers a strong quality of work in her folk-styled music. Her debut album, The Longest River, was released back in 2015. Issued by Nonesuch Records, it is a collection of twelve folk tunes that have Joni Mitchell at its beating heart. Since, she has played with Kronos Quartet as well as other artists like her. The Longest River impressed many of her musical peers and continues to do so. Even Robert Plant has invited her to the stage.

Olivia Chaney has a voice suited for her chosen style. With her composition skills, she can put together intriguing albums with the songs she creates.

On June 15, Nonesuch Records will release the next musical chapter from Olivia Chaney named Shelter. Currently, the song “IOU” is available as a forerunner of the upcoming album.  (You can listen to that song below.) Shelter will issue on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. A pre-order at the webstore of Nonesuch will net you a signed print.

I recommend (strongly) a music journey backwards to her first album. If you’re a Folk fan, you’ll find much beauty in the songs of The Longest Road. And if “IOU” is an apt indicator, you’ll feel just as strongly with Shelter when it releases.


New Album By The Paper Kites – On The Train Ride Home – Is Uhhh, Out Now

In a surprising but head-scratching moment, The Paper Kites attended Twitter with an immediate announcement that their new album (the one they’ve been teasing fans with for a bit now) was out! There were no upcoming notices. Just a small sampling of a song the previous evening before the announcement. Now, with that aside…

On April 17, uhh, now, the new album from the Australian gem of a band, The Paper Kites will be is available. The new album is called On The Train Ride Home. With its eight new tracks, the album returns the band to an acoustic display of their music. Currently, you can listen to the new album via streaming services like Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Apple Music, and purchase it digitally via iTunes and Google Play.

But…there is definitely more to this. Given  that On The Train Ride Home is somewhat of an unusual offering by a band who is ascending as their designated ‘next album’, I believe that it is a forerunner of their next official – and electric – album. And while it is absolutely a full-length album, my guess is that these are written songs that didn’t make the  new album cut but were too good to not release. Because…

In August, The Paper Kites will release another new album (I am assuming their intended follow-up to the brilliant TwelveFour (2015). This is an album I saw them support on a tour). The new album will be called On The Corner Where You Live.  More as that album date approaches.

As for On The Train Ride Home, it has a definite Neil Young vibe, especially on “Between The Houses”. If you’re a Paper Kites fan, then you will love this new and surprising album. As for me, I’ll be at their next concert showing, for sure!

Here’s a link to get you to the album on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Play.

On The Train Ride HomeThe Paper Kites

01 – Nothing More Than That
02 – On The Train Ride Home
03 – Arms
04 – Between The Houses
05 – Only One
06 – It’s Not Like You
07 Standing In The Rain
08 – How Long

Violent Femmes Classics, Violent Femmes, Hallowed Ground, Permanent Record, To Be Re-Released

With a short US tour planned for Summer of 2018, it’s only right that the newly formed Craft Recordings re-introduce Violent Femmes back into the consciousness of past fans, and any potential new fans. Recently (2017), Violent Femmes released an unplugged travelogue of live tracks called 2 Mics + The Truth: Unplugged and Unhinged in America, providing long time fans 24 radio-broadcast live tunes on LP, 19 if you opted for a CD edition.

On June 8. Craft Recordings will re-release Violent Femmes’ strong self-titled Violent Femmes debut, and their second album, Hallowed Ground. Originally released back in 1983, and 1984 on the legendary Slash Records label (remember that label?), these albums were variable as Hallowed Ground caused a slight disruption for the band, swerving them away from the Platinum status of their debut. These new re-releases will be bare-bones. The debut will provide two previously available bonus tracks (“Ugly”, “Gimme The Car”) no previously available on the original album.

Additionally, the 2005 Rhino-issued ‘best of’ for Violent Femmes, Permanent Records, will also be re-released just as Rhino originally released it (with the hidden live track).

The last new Violent Femmes album was back in 2016, We Can Do Anything. If you’re a fan, it’s a nice opportunity to update the quality of your current collection pieces.


Mick Ronson Story Poorly Told on Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Soundtrack

In many bands, there’s an unsung hero. Although there are steps to recognize the talents of the individual, often the shadow cast by the big star is far too dark to allow much light to shine for recognition. One of the easy ones to recognize is Mick Ronson.

Mick Ronson played for David Bowie in Bowie’s early fame, Ziggy era. Afterwards, Mick Ronson took calculated steps to become a star in his own right. Certainly, he possessed the guitar skills. Mick Ronson released two RCA albums, Slaughter On 10th Avenue (with an interesting cover of “Love Me Tender”), and Play Don’ Worry (with an equally interesting cover of “White Light, White Heat”).

On June 8, a somewhat unbalanced but well-intentioned overview of the career of Mick Ronson will be released. It is (unfairly and for market’s sake) called Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. There are fourteen tracks found here that draw from sessions work, his tenure with Bowie, and with Ian Hunter, and a dose of music from his posthumous release of Heaven and Hull.  To be fair, Ronson’s reach scattered further than this collection would have you believe.

I say all this as I’m a fierce Mick Ronson fan who believes that he deserves better a remembrance than this weak set delivers, soundtrack or not. Nevertheless, while I might advise against this purchase (and I would), it is better than nothing, recognition-wise. While an enclosed booklet might do better justice, the musical offerings (and album/documentary title) are merely a marketing undercurrent designed to pull you in.

In the end, you have to choose as you will if Mick Ronson’s story interests you. Otherwise, I’d say wait for a better collection (something that Omnivore, Real Gone Music, Cherry Red, or another dedicated label could provide.

Despite all this, it is, in the end, a soundtrack to a documentary that airs on Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It’s also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

01 – All The Young Dudes (Live) – with Queen, Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Phil Collins at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
02 – Soulful Lady (with Michael Chapman on Fully Qualified Survivor (1970))
03 – Madman Across The Water (with Elton John on Rare Masters (1992))
04 – Moonage Daydream (with David Bowie on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972))
05 – Cracked Actor (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
06 – Time (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
07 – Once Bitten, Twice Shy (with Ian Hunter on Ian Hunter (1975))
08 – I’d Give Anything To See You (Just Like This (1999))
09 – Hard Life (Just Like This (1999))
10 – Midnight Love (Heaven and Hull (1994))
11 – Like A Rolling Stone (Heaven and Hull (1994))
12 – This Is For You (with Joe Elliott) Previously Unreleased
13 – Heroes (live) (with Queen, David Bowie, Joe Elliott at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
14 – Tribute To Mick Ronson (Mike Garson) Previously Unreleased