Songs To Love: Big City – David Johansen

InStyleJohansenI have had over 20,000 LPs in my life.  I have had around 10,000 CDs.  At one time, I had around 2000 45s, collected during my very young years.  I have realized that there aren’t that many albums created that were enjoyable all the way through, at least in my life.

Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t a wealth of revered albums that I can listen to completely.  I do.  So do you.  But we are more emotionally tied into what we listen to, often for life’s soundtrack reasons.  It’s why we hear a song that we are very pleased with, run out and buy the album that contains it, and discover that the song we loved was about the only great track on the album.

Honestly, of the 20,000 LPs, and 10,000 CDs that have passed through my life (and continue to do so), there aren’t that many that I have a complete love affair with.  One day I should try and tick them off on a list.  But some day…

It should be noted that there are all kinds of love for any album.  I recently came back into contact with In Style, the 1979 Blue Sky-issued second album from David Johansen.  On that album is a track that I adore, the jazz-flavored ballad that is an ode to NYC, “Big City”.  If there was ever a love song written to a city, especially one as storied as New York City, “Big City” is it.  When I hear it, I feel that love for Chicago.

David JohansenI remember playing this track over and over and over.  In Style itself was a very good album.  I really and genuinely liked every song on the album, some more than others.  The album itself is very listenable all the way through.  Still…”Big City” is so contagious that it demands five times the play than the rest of the albums does.

If I did iPods (I really should but I just can’t), “Big City” would be on a frequently played playlist.

So there are albums that we love completely, with every song a gem; infinite replay value.  Then there are albums with good songs throughout, but a few songs possess the infinite replay value.  Then , of course, more often, there are albums with forgettable tunes BUT one!  Ohhhh, that one track.

I’ll end here by recommending “Big City” for you to seek out somehow.  Go to Amazon, and listen to a 30 second snippet.  Or if you have Google Play, or Spotify, or enjoy any of the radio services on the ‘net, give it a listen.  I’ll provide a video to a Johansen show in 2012, but its complete acoustic rendering doesn’t do the song justice in any way.  It has to be heard with its saxophone, piano, percussion, and Johansen’s believable vocals.  He’s in love.  You can tell.  You can feel it.  A great song.  Once you’re there, you might want to even listen to other tracks on In Style (especially if you utilize Spotify, or Google’s new Music service).

“Big city, you wear such a frown
Big city, you just tear me down
But still I linger, I still hang around
‘Cause you’re the best thing that I’ve found

Every night I’m dancin’, new love, true romancin’,  out livin’, out prancin’

Big city, you’re the one that I love…”

“Big City”
David Johansen – In Style (1979)

There just isn’t enough time in the day.  Never enough time.

Review: Blood Speaks – Smoke Fairies

SMoke Fairies BloodSpeaksI love a great album of music, especially when it’s excellent from song one to the last note of the last song.  And they’re not often found.  But with the release of the new Smoke Fairies album, Blood Speaks, we get just that, an excellent album.

Smoke Fairies are the pairing of two UK  schoolmates, Kathleen Blamire, and Jessica Davies.  The two have beautifully shared voices that blend well together within their infectious, and often ghostly acoustic mix of blues and folk.  Smoke Fairies’ two previous releases, Strange The Things (2007), and the haunting collection of songs found on Through Low Light And Trees (2010), encourage repeat listens even if only to hear the perfectly hypnotic vocals harmonies  of the two.

The primary ten songs on Blood Speaks lyrically explore the broken dreams of relationships, and emotional disarray from the viewpoints of personal failures and sadness.  Every song is delivered with a calculated unease that draws you into their thoughts and feelings.  Often enough, those emotions will mirror your own.  When that magic happens, you are engulfed within these amazing song capsules, filled to the brim with engaging British folk, and blues that roughens the edges.

SmokeFairiesGirlsTo point to any of the original ten as superior to the other would be to engage in wrong-doing.  What works better today is easily set aside tomorrow for another song that does the speaking for the day.  But I do have favorites that seem to play more than the rest. The very electric “The Three Of Us”, the sad “Film Reel”, and the perfect “Take Me Down When You Go”.  Still, the entire album has tremendous replay value sequentially.

The US issue of the UK-released album contains a bonus CD of tracks including a remix of “Film Reel”.  The other four bonus tracks ably reflect the spirit of Blood Speaks even though the tracks are outtakes, not as good as the primary ten but too good to leave unattended.  Of the four (not counting the remix), “Somebody Speaks” is easily the champion tune.

Smoke Fairies are so good, I firmly believe that their next album will be even more amazing.  I hope they hang around for quite a while.  I happen to like stocking my record collection with great music.

Release Date: April 9, 2013 (UK), April 23, 2013 (US)
Label: Year Seven Records
Availability: CD/Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP/DD

–Matt Rowe

Higher!, A 4CD Box Featuring The Best Of Sly And The Family Stone

SlyStoneHigherBoxEpic Records and Legacy Recordings will join together to compile a collection of tracks from Sly and The Family Stone.  The collection will be housed in a Boxed set, with 77 tracks burned within 4CDs. Of the 77 songs, 17 of the tracks are previously unreleased goodies.  The Box will be issued with a 104-page book that will mark every facet of Sly and The Family Stone over their long and fruitful career with photos, liner notes, a timeline, a serious credits listing, tons of memorabilia, and much more.

The Box set is called Higher! and will be as complete a set as can be as revealed by the incredible track-listing provided by the label.  Higher! is on the calendar for August 27.

Higher! Track Listing:

Disc One (1964-1967):

“I Just Learned How To Swim by Sly Stewart (Autumn Records single, 1964)
“Scat Swim by Sly Stewart (Autumn single, 1964)
“Buttermilk (Part 1) by Sly (Autumn single, 1965)
“Dance All Night by Sly and Freddie (1965, originally unissued)
“Temptation Walk by Sly (Autumn single, 1965)
“I Ain’t Got Nobody (For Real) (Loadstone single, 1967)
“I Can’t Turn You Loose (Loadstone single, 1967)
“Higher (mono Epic single master, promo only, 1967)
“Underdog (mono Epic single master, 1967)
“Bad Risk (mono Epic single master, 1967)
“Let Me Hear It From You (mono Epic single master, 1967)
“Advice (A)
“If This Room Could Talk (A)
“I Cannot Make It (A)
“Trip To Your Heart (A)
“I Hate To Love Her (A)
“Silent Communications (1967, previously unissued)
“I Get High On You (version one, 1967, previously unissued)
“I Remember (1967, previously unissued)
“My Woman’s Head (instrumental demo, 1967, previously unissued)

Disc Two (1967-1968):

“What’s That Got To Do With Me” (1967, previously unissued)
“Fortune And Fame” (1967, previously unissued)
“What Would I Do” (1967, originally unissued, B)
“Only One Way Out Of This Mess” (1967, originally unissued, B)
“I Know What You Came To Say” (1967, previously unissued)
“Dance To The Music” (mono Epic single master, 1967)
“Ride The Rhythm” (C)
“Color Me True” (C)
“Are You Ready” (C)
“Don’t Burn Baby” (C)
“We Love All” (D)
“Danse A La Musique” by The French Fries (mono Epic single, 1968)
“Small Fries” by The French Fries (mono Epic single, 1968)
“Chicken” (mono Epic single master, 1968)
“Into My Own Thing” (E)
“Life” (mono Epic single master, 1968)
“Love City” (1968, previously unissued mono mix)
“M’Lady” (mono Epic single master, 1968)
“Dynamite!” featuring Johnny Robinson on vocals (1968, previously unissued)
“Undercat” (instrumental, 1967, previously unissued)

Disc Three (1968-1970):

“Everyday People” (mono Epic single master, 1968)
“Sing A Simple Song” (mono Epic single master, 1968)
“I Get High On You” (version two, 1968, previously unissued)
“Wonderful World Of Color” (instrumental, 1968, previously unissued)
“Pressure” (originally unissued, F)
“I Want To Take You Higher” (mono Epic single master, 1969)
“Seven More Days” (originally unissued, F)
“Feathers” (instrumental, 1968, previously unissued)
“Somebody’s Watching You” (G)
“Sex Machine” (G)
“Hot Fun In The Summertime” (mono Epic single master, 1969)
“Everybody Is A Star” (mono Epic single master, 1969)
“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (mono Epic single master, 1969)
“Stand!” (LIVE at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 30, 1970, H)
“You Can Make It If You Try” (LIVE, same as track 14, H)
“Dance To The Music” (LIVE, same as track 14, previously unissued)
“Medley: Music Lover” / “I Want To Take You Higher” / “Music Lover” (LIVE, same as track 14, previously unissued)

Disc Four (1971-1977):

“Luv N’ Haight” (Epic single master, 1971)
“Family Affair” (I)
“Brave & Strong” (Epic single master, 1971)
“Runnin’ Away” (Epic single master, 1971)
“(You Caught Me) Smilin’” (Epic single master, 1971)
“Spaced Cowboy” (I)
“You’re The One” featuring Little Sister (LIVE on “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert,” September 1973, previously unissued)
“In Time” (J)
“If You Want Me To Stay” (Epic single master, 1973)
“Frisky” (Epic single master, 1973)
“Skin I’m In” (J)
“If It Were Left Up To Me” (Epic single master, 1973)
“Time For Livin’” (Epic single master, 1974)
“Can’t Strain My Brain” (Epic single master, 1974)
“Loose Booty” (K)
“Le Lo Li” (Epic single master, 1975)
“Crossword Puzzle” (Epic single master, 1975)
“Family Again” (Epic single, 1976)
“Hoboken” by Sly Stone (originally unissued, 1975-1977)
“High” by Sly Stone (1975, previously unissued)
Epic Records album index:

A – from “A Whole New Thing” (originally released November 1967, as Epic LN 24324, mono)
B – from “A Whole New Thing” (Expanded Edition) (originally released April 2007, as Epic/ Legacy 82796 90277 2)
C – from “Dance To The Music” (originally released April 1968, as Epic BN 26371)
D – from “Dance To The Music” (Expanded Edition) (originally released April 2007, as Epic/Legacy 82796 90274 2)
E – from “Life” (originally released November 1968, as Epic BN 26397)
F – from “Life” (Expanded Edition) (originally rel. April 2007, as Epic/Legacy 82876 83945 2)
G – from “Stand!” (originally released April 1969, as Epic BN 26456)
H – from “The First Great Rock Festivals Of The Seventies” (originally released August 1971, as Columbia C 30807)
I – from “There’s A Riot Goin’ On” (originally released October 1971, as Epic KE 30986)
J – from “Fresh” (originally released June 1973, as Epic KE 32134)
K – from “Small Talk” (originally released July 1974, as Epic PE 32930)

Stereophonics’ Latest, Grafitti On The Train, To Get US Release

StereophonicsGrafittiOnTheTrainEarlier this year (March 4), Wales’ Stereophonics  released their top-selling eighth studio effort in their native continent.  The album, Grafitti On The Train, entered the UK charts at number 3, and remains in the Top 20 well after its first appearance.  And that bodes well for the stability and endurance of the material found on the new album.

Stereophonics‘ brand of rock has well resonated with not only its core base, but also an older crowd who enjoys their style of UK Rock.  And many of us enjoy the UK Rock sound.

The new album has already met with plenty of UK critical success with several agencies calling the album “unconventional”, and filled with “…Jones’ best work of his career”.

On August 20, the band’s own Stylus Records will give the album its US release.  The US version will retain the UK track-listing (seen below).  There is no word on whether the band will issue the Deluxe Edition version of the album in the states.

StereophonicsPhoto by: Steve Gullick

Graffiti On The Train Tracklisting:
1.We Share The Same Sun
2.Graffiti On The Train
3.Indian Summer
4.Take Me
6.Roll The Dice
7.Violins And Tambourines
8.Been Caught Cheating
9.In A Moment
10.No One’s Perfect

If you’re a big Stereophonics fan, you will be pleased to know that the band will undertake a US tour in support of the new album.  Pick a date and attend:

Stereophonics North American Tour Dates:

September 19         Philadelphia – TLA
September 20         Boston – House of Blues
September 21         New York – Terminal 5
September 22         Washington DC – 9.30 Club
September 24         Montreal – Corona Theatre
September 25         Toronto – Danforth Music Hall
September 27         Detroit – St Andrews Hall
September 28         Chicago – Vic Theatre
September 29         Minneapolis – First Ave
October 1                 Denver – Bluebird Theatre
October 4                 Seattle – Showbox
October 5                 Vancouver – Commodore
October 6                 Portland – Wonder Ballroom
October 8                 San Francisco – Fillmore
October 10              Los Angeles – Fonda
October 13              Mexico City – Corona Festival

Enjoy the official video of “Indian Summer”, which is, amazingly, the band’s 26th Top40 UK hit.

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 05/29/2013 (US Report)

With vinyl continuing its upward movement, expect to see more and more labels reaching into their vaults to reproduce some of the classics  in remastered, and repackaged form along with the addition of 180g, sometimes heavier, weight vinyl.  The 1972 classic album from Hoi’ Polloi is currently on the calendar for reissue on 180g vinyl LP, remastered form the original 1/4″ master tapes.  In addition to the remastering, you can expect a new set of liner notes all the way down to the reproduction of the LP’s original xeroxed insert.  But there is really more, a few bonus tracks will be included (original stereo mix of “Satisfaction Guaranteed”, for one, and live recordings for another, all which will be added via digital download..  If you were to find an original hand-distributed copy of this LP, you could expect to pay upwards of $1000 for one with no real promise of condition.

1. Who’s Gonna Help Me?
2. Old Bootstrap
3. Seven Deviations
4. Last Laugh
5. Hoi’ Polloi Peeks Out
6. Instead Boogie
7. Satisfaction Guaranteed
8. It’s a Nice Day
9. Devil Song
10. Sid Stoneman Gets Scale
11. 15 Miles to Mexico
12. Stories
13. I Used to Think


The recently released (04/29/13) and very electric Tom Keifer (Cinderella) solo album, The Way Life Goes, is slated for release on vinyl LP on August 6 via Merovee Records.  Worth listening to.


Domino Recordings have new Hot Chip music coming in an eight track CD EP set on July 23.  The EP, called Dark & Stormy, will contain two versions of “Flutes” (LP cut, and Sasha remix), a new upcoming UK single (“Dark & Stormy”), “Jelly Babies”, “Doctor”, and three other remixes besides “Flutes” (“How Do You Do”, “Night and Day”, “Look At Where We Are”).

Merge Records will have the last of The Mountain Goats‘ “All-home recordings” available on July 23 in what will be called All Hail West Texas.  These previously released 14 tracks will include seven bonus tracks including an alternate take of “Jenny”, a song from the original Emperor Jones issued CD.  All Hail West Texas is planned for CD and vinyl LP.


Eagle Rock Entertainment is planning the BD and DVD release of Rock For The Rising Sun featuring Aerosmith, with a scheduled release date of July 23.


Frontiers Records will have the new Arc Angel album, Harlequins Of Light, on the shelves for August 27.

Verve Records will release Best of the BBC Vaults featuring Ella Fitzgerald on July 9.

Prospect Park Records will release the new Five Finger Death Punch album on July 30 in multiple forms that include standard CD (Edited/PA), a 2CD Deluxe Edition (Edited/PA), and 1LP.  The new album is called (drawing breath in) The Wrong Side of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume One.

On July 9, Geffen Records will reissue two Nirvana albums on vinyl LP.  Those albums include Incesticide, and Unplugged In New York.

Blue Note Records have Lickety Split coming from Robert Randolph And The Family Band, with a scheduled date of July 16.  Blue Note also has Live This from bassist, Derrick Hodge, expected on August 6.

Razor & Tie Records have an Expanded Edition of Steppin’ Out (1984) from The Chi-Lites scheduled for July 16.  The label also has an Expanded Edition of Castles In the Sky (1975) by the underrated The Futures, Girls Talk (1984) from The Girls, Nona Hendryx from Nona Hendryx, and A Woman Needs Love by Ray Parker, Jr and Raydio, all on same date.

Release Pieces: Loud Like Love, New Album From Placebo

PlaceboLoudLikeLovePlacebo, the London band, who received the 2009 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Alternative Band, last album was released in 2009.  That album is  Battle For The Sun, which went on to sell a massive number of copies and achieve high charting in as many as 30 countries.  With earlier albums and hypnotically punkish pop-rock style, leading up to this kind of fan-base, the anticipation for a new album has been high.

Universal Music plans the release of Placebo‘s newest album, Loud Like Love, on September 16 throughout Europe, and September 17 (in the US).  The band’s new album will contain 10 new tracks, all recorded in London during 2012, and the early part of 2013.

Loud Like Love is expected to be released in multiple versions that include the standard CD issue, as well as a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (Live Session at London’s RAK Studio DVD), and a splashy Super Deluxe Box that will include a 10″x10″ 3D lenticular, the expected 10-track CD, two DVDs (DVD1: Live Session at London’s RAK Studio, DVD2: ten promo videos), three 10″ vinyl LPs, with one of them artistically etched, five postcards, an art print (with the first 1000 signed), and a download rights card for lossless WAV files of the ten tracks.

In addition to the CD sets, there will be a 2LP set with 12″ 180g-weight colored vinyl, both housed in a gatefold jacket.  And we won’t forget the new habit of DD releasing so popular these days.


Placebo will follow up the new album with a 23-date European support tour, which is scheduled for kick-off on November 12 in Poland, and ending on December 17  for two shows at the O2 Academy Brixton in London (2 shows due to overwhelming ticket demand).  This leg of the tour will be expanded as the band signs up for North America, Africa, and other locations.

It’s time for your your Placebo rush to take effect! (Click here for more Placebo).

Enjoy this video of Placebo covering Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”.

TAPSheet: Release News – 05/23/2013 (US Report)

Rise Records will release a collection 3CD, 5LP set from the label that covers Rise Records’s 22 years.  The sets, each called Rise 200, the label’s 200th release, are scheduled for July 30 and will contain 50 songs overall.

Hardly Art Records will release Street Punk from Hunx And His Punx in both CD and LP formats, both on July 23.

Rhino Records will reissue several Black Sabbath titles as 180g vinyl LP releases.  On July 2, watch for Technical Ecstasy, Never Say Die, and We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll (2LP).

BSWeSold   BSTechnicalEcstasyLP   BlackSabbathNeverSayDieLP

Rhino Records will also reissue Fear of Music by Talking Heads on 180g vinyl LP, planned for July 2.


Capitol Records will digitally release (DD) three volumes of Jackie DeShannon singles on June 18.  The titles are chronological and are: The Complete Singles,Volume One (1960-1963), The Complete Singles, Volume Two (1964-1967), and The Complete Singles, Volume Three (1967-1970).

Law Records will release Pepper from Pepper on July 16 on CD.

Virgin Records plan the release of the next White Lies album, Big TV, for August 20.  There are expected to be several CD versions, as well as a probable LP issue.


On July 23, Warner Records plan the release of A Life By Design? from Fight Or Flight.

Real Gone Music expands on their Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks series titles with one slated for July 2.  That one will be Dick’s Picks Volume 22 – King’s Beach Bowl, King’s Beach Lake – Tahoe, CA 02/22-24/1968.

First National Imp Records will release More Light from Primal Scream in both CD and LP, both on June 18.


A 2CD Edition of Made In Britain by Whitesnake is expected on July 9.

Late Night Tales (UK) have the new Röyksopp album, Late Night Tales, on the slate for issue on June 25 on both CD and LP.

Discipline US will reissue Red by King Crimson on vinyl LP, planned for June 18.

Rock Ridge Music plan the release of One from Sarah Miles, scheduled for July 16.


Ghostly International will release a new Gold Panda album, Half Of Where You Live, on July 16.

RCA/Legacy plan the release of The Best of Merry Clayton on June 25.

Anti Records have One True Vine coming by Mavis Staples, scheduled for LP and CD on June 25.

Beggars Banquet Records have a cool reissue of The Cult album, Electric, on the calendar for issue on July 16.  The new album will be called Electric Peace and is a 2CD set completing the Electric and Peace sessions (more here).


Hollywood Records will release an ICON title featuring the music of Stryper on July 16.

Bridges To Babylon, the 1997 Rolling Stones album, has been added to the HD DD schedule that includes Emotional Rescue, and Exile On Main Street, all available on June 11.

Mercury Nashville will release Bakersfield by Vince Gill on July 30.

A remastered and reissued An Evening With Diana Ross in replica LP CD packaging currently championed by Culture Factory is on the calendar for June 18.  Also, planned is Supremes A Go-Go, same date.

Culture Factory USA will also release a remastered, Deluxe packaging in the LP replica format of Barking At Airplanes by Kim Carnes, scheduled for August 13.

And finally, Mobile Fidelity will reissue Blood On the Tracks, the classic album from Bob Dylan, on vinyl LP.  This is scheduled for August 6.


Release Pieces: The Cult Gets Electric Reissued With Original Peace Sessions Attached

CultElectricOn April 6, 1987, The Cult released their multi-million selling LP, Electric.  That album, following hot on the heels of the band’s highly successful breakthrough album, Love (1985), would generate the high charting hit, “Love Removal Machine”.  But there is an ENTIRE story behind the album that most people are unaware of.

When the band recorded their follow-up to Love, it was originally named Peace, in keeping with the flow of the predecessor.  However, Peace seemed to have too polished a sound for the band’s liking.  They contacted Rick Rubin to ask him to re-mix “Love Removal Machine” in order to give it a more raw sound.  Instead, Rubin asked the band to re-record the song.  Once completed, the band so liked the sound, they decided to scrap the Peace sessions, and re-record the entirety of the new album with Rubin at the helm.

After the Rubin sessions, the new album was renamed Electric, and some songs that were recorded for, and sequenced into Peace were scrapped in favor of newer recorded tracks.  The Peace sessions were shelved.

TheCultTo not completely ignore the Peace sessions material, the band released some of the tracks as B-sides for singles that issued from Electric.  Further, The Cult released The Manor Sessions, a limited edition EP that included five tracks from the Peace sessions.  In 2000, the limited run of the band’s Box set, Rare Cult, included the entire Peace sessions, correctly sequenced as it was intended to be released.  Rare Cult ran through its press run, and was never reissued.

On July 16, Beggars Banquet plans to reissue Electric along with the original Peace sessions in a 2CD set, and a separately available 2LP set, both to be referred to as Electric Peace.  Both discs will celebrate each sessions with their original sequencing, noted below:


  1. Wild Flower
  2. Peace Dog
  3. Lil’ Devil
  4. Aphrodisiac Jacket
  5. Electric Ocean
  6. Bad Fun
  7. King Contrary Man
  8. Love Removal Machine
  9. Born To Be Wild
  10. Outlaw
  11. Memphis Hip Shake


  1. Love Removal Machine
  2. Wild Flower
  3. Peace Dog
  4. Aphrodisiac Jacket
  5. Electric Ocean
  6. Bad Fun
  7. Conquistador
  8. Zap City
  9. Love Trooper
  10. Out;aw
  11. Groove Co.

There is no word on whether the sets have been remastered or not, or if a celebratory booklet will be created with new content to mark the event of the reissue.

In Memoriam: Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Trevor Bolder (Bowie/Uriah Heep)

Two important member s of the Rock and Roll elite have left us for loftier plains over these last few days.  And while no one member of that same elite club is ever ignored , these two hit especially close to home with their passing.

On Monday, Ray Manzarek, who is best known as the keyboardist for The Doors passed away at the young age of 74, taken by the evil known as cancer.


Ray Manzarek

Ray Manazarek is well known as a vital member of The Doors.  The Doors have left a complete brand on the hide of Rock that is worn with pride even to this day.  But not many are aware of Ray Manzarek’s “other” band, Nite City.

Nite City was formed in 1977, just a few years after The Doors collapsed with the death of Jim Morrison.  Nite City released two good albums (Nite City; Golden Days, Diamond Nights).

After Nite City, Ray Manzarek did many things including a reformation of The Doors with Ian Astbury (The Cult).

Ray Manzarek’s death hits especially hard given his major status in the beginnings of Rock and Roll.  His passing is not without note, and his departed presence not without mourning.

You will be missed, Mr Manzarek.  Now go and teach The Great Band a new song…or two!

Today, another of the great ones left us.  Trevor Bolder, who knew no Rock and Roll boundaries, having played with David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars (with Mick Ronson), and Uriah Heep, died at the age of 62, also from cancer.

Trevor BolderRIP

Trevor Bolder

Bolder joined the Bowie show recording on Hunky Dory (1971), up through Pin Ups (1973).  Bolder joined the late ’70s line-up of Uriah Heep beginning with Fireflies (1977)  Trevor Bolder joined a touring version of Wishbone Ash in support of that band’s Number The Brave release, which featured John Wetton as the bass player.  While most of Bolder’s career was folded around Uriah Heep, his impact is felt just as strongly as the passing of Ray Manzarek.  What Ray Manzarek was to a style of Rock, Trevor Bolder was to a harder-edged Heavy Metal.

And 62 was far to young to be removed from this earth.  However, he still will add a unique touch to The Great Band.

Mr Bolder, you will be missed.  I will be unable to play the previously mentioned Bowie albums, as well as the previously mentioned Uriah Heep albums without remembering your contributions.  I saw you during the Wishbone Ash tour at Chicago’s ChicagoFest way back when.

Release Pieces: The Clash to Get Massive Box Release

TheClashThe fine folks over at Legacy Recordings have assembled and announced the upcoming issue of Sound System, a 12-disc set (with cool stuff, too) featuring the music of The Clash.  Within this richly filled box will be all of the band’s Epic Records studio recordings (The Clash, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandanista!, Combat Rock).  Each of the albums will be remastered.  And if that wasn’t reason enough to be excited, Sound System provides even more.

Besides the 8CDs used to cover each album (The Clash- 1CD, Give ‘Em Enough Rope – 1CD, London Calling-2CD, Sandanista!-3CD, Combat Rock-1CD), there are an extra three CDs with rare tracks, demos, non-album singles, and B-sides.  Those three CDs are highly coveted and contain:

Sound System Extra CDs tracklist:

Disc One

1. White Riot (Single version)
2. 1977 (B-side)
3. Listen (Capital Radio EP) / Interviews (Capital Radio EP)
4. Capital Radio (Capital Radio EP)
5. London’s Burning (Live B-side Remote Control)
6. Complete Control (Single version)
7. City Of The Dead (B-side)
8. Clash City Rockers (Original single version)
9. Jail Guitar Doors (B-side)
10. White Man In Hammersmith Palais (A-side)
11. The Prisoner (B-side)
12. 1-2 Crush On You (B-side Tommy Gun)
13. Time Is Tight (Black Market Clash)
14. Pressure Drop (B-side English Civil War)
15. I Fought The Law (Cost Of Living EP)
16. Groovy Times (Cost Of Living EP)
17. Gates Of The West (Cost Of Living EP)
18. Capital Radio (Cost Of Living EP)
19. Armagideon Time
20. Bankrobber (A-side)
21. Rockers Galore On A UK Tour (B-side)

Disc Two

1. Magnificent Dance (12”) 5:36 (available on Singles box set)
2. Midnight To Stevens (Outtake)
3. Radio One (B-side Hitsville UK)
4. Stop The World (B-side The Call Up)
5. The Cool Out (US 12” B-side of The Call Up)
6. This Is Radio Clash (A-side)
7. This Is Radio Clash (B-side 7” – different lyrics)
8. First Night Back In London (B-side Know Your Rights)
9. Rock The Casbah (Bob Clearmountain 12” mix) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
10. Long Time Jerk (B-side Rock The Casbah)
11. The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too (Outtake) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
12. Idle In Kangaroo Court (Outtake listed as Kill Time) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
13. Ghetto Defendant (Extended version – unedited) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
14. Cool Confusion (B-side Should I Stay Or Should I Go 7”)
15. Sean Flynn (Extended ‘Marcus Music’ version) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
16. Straight To Hell (Extended unedited version from Clash On Broadway) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Disc Three

Extracts from The Clash’s first ever recording session at Beaconsfield Film School 1976. Recorded by Julien Temple

1. I’m So Bored With The USA
3. White Riot

Polydor Demos – The Clash’s second recording session November 1976

Produced by Guy Stevens

5. Janie Jones
6. Career Opportunities

Live at The Lyceum, London 28th December 1978

10. City Of The Dead
12. English Civil War
15. I Fought The Law

In addition to those 11 CDs, there is a DVD, which is packed to the full mark with unseen footage filmed by Julian Temple, early Super8 film, ALL of the band’s promo videos, and previously unseen concert footage.  Imagine this:

Julien Temple Archive – 6:20
White Riot Interview – 7:10
Promo and interviews with Tony Parsons
1977 1:87
White Riot 1:48
London’s Burning 2:05

Sussex University 1977

Career Opportunities 1:42 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Don Letts Super 8 Medley 11:40

White Riot 1:52
Janie Jones 1:73
City of the Dead 2:04
Clash City Rockers 2:15
White Man in Hammersmith Palais 2:53
1977 1:41

Clash On Broadway – 19:50

London Calling
This Is Radio Clash
The Magnificent Seven
Guns Of Brixton
Safe European Home

Promo Videos

Tommy Gun 3:00
London Calling 3:20
Bankrobber 4:00
Clampdown (Live) 5:00
Train In Vain (Live) 2:10
The Call Up 3:10
Rock The Casbah 3:20
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Live at Shea Stadium) 2:50
Career Opportunities (Live at Shea Stadium) 3:00

Clash Box

Discs aside, the Box will add in an “Owner’s Manual” booklet, along with a folder that will contain reprints of Armagideon Time 1, 2, qnd 3, new editions of the Clash fanzine recreated by Paul Simonon, and merchandise.  The merchandise will include dog tags, badges, stickers, and a Future Is Unknown notebook.  Also, a photo poster is included.

The 11CD/1DVD will be housed in a Simonon-designed Boom Box case.

For those unwilling to take this definitive Clash plunge, there will be a 2CD, and a 3LP collection called The Clash – Hits Back with 33 tracks from the band.  Track-list of this set follows:

Disc 1

1. London Calling
2. Safe European Home
3. Know Your Rights
4. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
5. Janie Jones
6. The Guns of Brixton
7. Train in Vain
8. Bankrobber
9.Wrong ‘Em Boyo
10. The Magnificent Seven
11. Police On My Back
12. Rock The Casbah
13. Career Opportunities
14. Police & Thieves
15. Somebody Got Murdered
16. Brand New Cadillac
17. Clampdown

Disc 2 (Joe Strummer’s setlist continued)

1. Ghetto Defendant
2. Armigideon Time
3. Stay Free
4. I Fought The Law
5. Straight To Hell
6. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
7. Garageland

Additional Tracks:

8. White Riot
9. Complete Control
10. Clash City Rockers
11. Tommy Gun
12. English Civil War
13. The Call Up
14. Hitsville UK
15. This Is The Radio Clash

However. if you don’t want the complete Box or the collected tracks, then the next opportunity for the newly remastered Clash albums is to acquire The Clash 5 Studio Album Set, which contains the 8CDs, while a separately available LP set of the same five albums set will be made available with 8LPs.

If you love The Clash, then this set is for you…in any of the available configurations.

Everything arrives on September 10.