Boz Scaggs, And Zevon’s Excitable Boy Gets Audio Fidelity’s SACD Treatment

BozScaggsAFBozScaggsSACDSACDs (Super Audio CDs) may not be on everyone’s mind, but they’re still compelling media for those that like a beautiful – and well defined – sound emanating from their speakers.  This is especially true of well-loved and highly respected titles from bands of the past.  The unfortunate thing is that current titles, the new ones coming out on a weekly basis, never get this treatment.  That is largely what keeps the once mighty format on the shelves of people highly invested in the bands they have come to love over the years.

One of the labels that still remaster for SACD is Audio Fidelity.  Led by the visionary Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity has released a steady stream of highly prized titles mostly in 24k Gold discs, all remastered.  Last year, Marshall Blonstein re-entered the SACD market, one that he started reissue label, Audio Fidelity, to release with an eye toward a high profile sound, but had abandoned as the market for SACDs diminished.

Since re-entering the marketplace, Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity label has released Close to The Edge, and Going For The One (YES), Counterparts, and Hemispheres (RUSH), along with other desirable titles by Bob Dylan, Poco, Elvis Presley, the recently released America debut, and Sarah McLachlan’s Touch.  A few days ago, Audio Fidelity announced upcoming SACDs of two classics.

WarrneZevonExcitableBoySACDOn December 17, Audio Fidelity continues their SACD reissues with the highly revered Excitable Boy, from Warren Zevon, and the much loved eponymous Atlantic Records release by Boz Scaggs.

For fans of not only the two artists (and the others), but also of the great sounds of SACD stereo (no 5.1 remixes from too many labels), these reissues are well anticipated.  So, if you want them my suggestion is to get yourself over to Amazon, or whoever supplies your music these days, and lay in your pre-orders.  Why?  Simple.  You cannot get either YES SACDs, or Counterparts (RUSH).  They have sold out.

The market is still there.  And unless Blu-ray Audio does a remarkable job of giving the consumer exactly what they are seeking, SACD will be the medium of choice for audiophiles seeking the possible best that they can get of their favored album titles.

Wonder what titles are next for the SACD machine?!

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 10/29/2013 (US Report)

Geffen Records plan the issue of the recently updated Tommy album by The Who on vinyl LP with a scheduled date of December 10.  Good news for fans who want an updated HG version of the album.

And while we’re talking vinyl, Motown has two India.Arie sets on the way on vinyl LP.  Those titles, Testimony, Volume 1: Life & Relationship, and Testimony, Volume 2: Love & Politics.  Both LPs are scheduled for December 10.  The vinyl LP of Songversation comes a little earlier, November 19.

Republic Records have Pure Heroine from new artist, Lorde, scheduled for vinyl LP on November 19.

Shout! Factory is releasing a new Herb Alpert album (with Lani Hall) on November 19.  The digital version was released on September 24.  The new album is called Steppin’ Out.

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Sony Masterworks is releasing The Early Years At RKO featuring Fred Astaire, with a planned issue date of November 19.

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Syco Records will release a Christmas CD from Leona Lewis called Christmas With Love, with a release date of December 3.

Mentioned elsewhere on TAP, Reprise Records have a great live set arriving from Neil Young called Live At The Cellar Door with 13 live performance tracks performed at an earlier period of time.  It’s scheduled for December 10. this title is on the calendar for CD and LP releases.

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Zoë Records plan the release of Songs From the Movie, the album from Mary Chapin Carpenter scheduled for January 14, 2014.

Virgin Records have the Deluxe Edition of Three Sixty by A Perfect Circle arriving on November 19.

Here’s an exciting piece for Warren Zevon fans.  Audio Fidelity has announced their Hybrid SACD Stereo version of Excitable Boy, being planned for December 17.  It will be joined by Boz Scaggs, the debut Atlantic Records issue, also on Stereo Hybrid SACD.

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The new album from Black Flag is called What The and will be issued for fans on December 3.

Mobile Fidelity will reissue Tapestry by Carol King in a Limited Edition vinyl LP set on December 17.

Hear No Evil Records will release a few 1993 Deep Purple live sets. Live In Stuttgart 1993, and Live In Birmingham 1993.  Both are on the calendar for November 19.

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Cleopatra Records will reissue Sea Of Light, the 1995 classic album by Uriah Heep with new remastering, an updated booklet, and three bonus tracks that should get you all kinds of excited.  It’s scheduled for November 19. It will arrive in both CD and LP.  And since we’re here, Wax Cathedral plan the vinyl reissue of Magician’s Birthday from Uriah Heep on November 26.

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Revolution Number Zero featuring The Brian Jonestown Massacre is planned for November 26.

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A CD reissue of Song For Me from Family is planned for release on December 3.

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And finally, Kris Kristofferson fans can get excited about the release of a “classic 1972 radio broadcast” with Rita Coolidge being named Let The Music Play. It releases on December 3.

YES: The Studio Albums 1969-1978 Box (The Atlantic Issues)

A short time ago, YES released a complete Box set of their Atlantic albums remixed into SACD quality.  In a time where Complete Albums series are becoming the sought after pick-ups due to their across the board remastering, sometimes a large book (sometimes even hardbound), the promise of bonus inclusions, and every recorded album in one fell swoop, it’s nice to see a few bands NOT wait for the powers to decide if such a collection is necessary.  As far as fans of any band are concerned, it’s ALWAYS necessary.

When YES released their Complete Box of Atlantic recordings in SACD, it was a bit of a surprise, if not unwelcome.  After all, how many people actually have SACD capability in their homes. Likely, not many.

YESTheStudioAlbums6987Today, YES announced the release of a new collected set of their complete Atlantic output in a single clamshell Box set, calling the 13CD collection, YES: The Studio Albums 1969-1987.  In this box, you can expect to receive the remastering and expansions of YES (1969, six bonus tracks), Time And A Word (1970, four bonus tracks), The YES Album (1971, three bonus tracks), Fragile (1971, two bonus tracks), Close To the Edge (1972, four bonus tracks), Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973, six bonus tracks), Relayer (1974, three bonus tracks), Going For The One (1977, seven bonus tracks), Tormato (1978, ten bonus tracks), Drama (1980, ten bonus tracks), 90125 (1983, six bonus tracks), and Big Generator (1987, five bonus tracks). Setting this Box even further apart, this marks the first time Big Generator (with remastering and expansion with bonus tracks) is available in countries other than Japan.  This release is, primarily, a complete packaging of all of the Rhino remasters and expansions originally released in 2003 and 2004. The artwork is a Roger Dean original, and is new for this release.

The Box set is scheduled for release in Canada, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Japan on November 11 via Rhino Records.  The US version is expected not too long after the November 11 issue date.  The retail price is running about $75, which is not bad at all considering the amount of music that is to be had for the money.  If I didn’t already have all of these Rhino remasters, I’d be getting this set.

Follow this link for complete information on the 66 bonus tracks to be found throughout.

Thanatos Plans New Album Via Kickstarter Program

There is a lot of music out there.  So much, it’s actually difficult to follow much of it anymore,  Of course, there’s good and there’s bad in that.  The good is simply that if you like a continuous stream of the genre of music you like, you can have it.  For days. For weeks even, before any replay might be necessary.  The bad?  Well, that varies from individual to individual, but the usual end result is overload.

MusicTAP’s goals have been pretty simple from the beginning.  To not only alert you to music you want as it comes out, but to also point you to some that we find interesting.  Thanatos is one of those bands that we have loved for a long time.  The band, spearheaded by Patrick Ogle, has released a few albums via Projekt Records.  Recently, independence stepped in and the last two albums (a side solo project called I Am Not Job that is not to be missed, and the more recent digital only release of The Exterminating Angel) were delivered.

Thanatos has more music percolating but has chosen to fund and release via a Kickstarter program.  Which means that you can participate to help achieve the goal of a new Thanatos album. The new album in planning will be called Coyote In the Graveyard.  It’s a new release that I’m excited about.  I hope that you will take a few moments to watch the introduction video featuring Patrick Ogle as he describes his intents.

The Coyote In the Graveyard project is already off to a healthy start.

Talia’s Overflow Notes: In Great Appreciation – Lou Reed

HPIM1604.JPGI can only put this very simply.  Since 1966 on up to the present day, every songwriter on the face of this planet owes a debt to Lou Reed.  Lou Reed stands alongside other ’60s icons as Bob Dylan and Jagger/Richards as their equal in terms of expanding parameters.

Lou Reed exposed the dark side of the ’60s that a lot of people either didn’t want you to know about or were completely ignorant to the fact that such worlds even existed.  Back in the ’60s, there were so many people so safely ensconced within their own worlds that they could afford to project the West Coast brand of the peace/love ethic of the day.  It was their way of expanding understood norms while practicing tolerance of others.  For many, it also became a cocoon which eventually collapsed in upon itself.  Lou Reed practiced tolerance not because it was the thing to do or to shelter you.  He did it because he had the metaphorical bruises to prove it to you that tolerance was the only way to literally survive walking through that other door.

Let’s think about this for a while.  Bob Dylan gave us political and emotional expansion through his songwriting.  Jagger and Richards freed our bodies and actually liberated women in their own way.  And then Jagger really stuck his neck out when “Sympathy For The Devil” was written.  And then there was Lou Reed.  Nobody was writing about shooting heroin, SM/bondage, waiting for drug dealers for a score or about passing around a woman and beating her to keep her in line in 1966.  Starting with the first Velvet Underground album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Lou Reed broke ground and kept on doing it.  These subjects were so groundbreaking because these subjects weren’t alluded to.  He wrote about it clear out in the open.

Back in the Fall of 1972, I got exposed to the “Walk On The Wild Side” single edit version.  I was in 5th Grade at the time.  It was an eye-opener for me.  Instead of frightening the hell out of me, I thought it was one of the coolest things I had ever heard.  I could feel New York City breathing in that song even though I had never been there (and still haven’t).  I didn’t know all of the references, but I got most of them.  The Jazz gait just killed me.  And let’s own up to the fact that the sax solo at the end of the song is one of the greatest things to have ever been put to tape in the history of music.  Ever since that Fall of ’72, I’ll listen to the end part of the song where that sax solo plays against the background orchestration and I’ll always have this one scene playing in my mind that I saw when I heard the single for the first time.  I always have this scene of a New York City high-rise apartment or building of some sort, the rooftop part of it, in twilight as the sun is sinking down against a dirty orange overcast sky and with dust rising up to meet the sky.  I never fail to think of that.  Everybody, including myself, always refers to the sax solo, but the subtle orchestration never gets the credit it is due as well.  That orchestration was the dust rising in the air. Wow!  When I began listening to FM radio in the Summer of ’74, within a year, I finally got exposed to the full-album version of “Walk On The Wild Side”.  This song, along with others, made start to really despise single edits.  Lou Reed helped me to understand censorship and set up the foundation for my disliking it so much.  I am forever grateful to him for this.

Sadly, it took a long time for me to finally get introduced to The Velvet Underground.  In fact, it took me clear until the ’90s before I finally got my first copy of The Velvet Underground & Nico album.  It was a first time listening experience I’ll never forget.  After I had listened to it for the first time, I realized that this was the final five-star album that I needed to listen to in order to understand why Reed was so important.  It also pretty much completed my education concerning the Rock & Roll side of the ’60s.  After that, a lot of other music was going to be fantastic extra shadings.  It also took for Cowboy Junkies and their Trinity Session album to plant the seed in my head to finally get into The Velvet Underground.  Even at that, it took me a couple of years after that album came out for me to make the plunge.  One thing kept gnawing at me though.  On the promo poster for The Trinity Session, it had a quote from Reed which said “The best and most authentic version of “Sweet Jane” that I have ever heard.”  Well, I needed to go to the source eventually because this was causing a music itch of a growing intensity.

I need this music.  Whenever I listen to anything from the Velvets or Lou Reed’s solo material (as it concerns solo-particularly Transformer and Rock And Roll Animal), I am amazed as to how I need the constant reminder of my own tolerance towards people who are living alt. lifestyles.  I claim open-mindedness to people and then I’ll realize somewhere along the line of how much I’m falling short of the ideal.  It wasn’t a coincidence that Reed and David Bowie re-shaped the early ’70s.  My only regret is that Reed and Bowie didn’t get to work more together during that period immediately after Transformer.  The both of their’s trajectories shot off into the stratosphere and they both didn’t have the chance to look back.

This is such a huge loss for the music community.  And what will I tell younger people when I try to describe Lou Reed?  What do I say?  I don’t know what context it was said, but I can paraphrase something that Mick Jagger once said about Lou Reed back around 1973 or 1974.  Perhaps someone was annoying Jagger by trying to downgrade Reed or to ask who was better himself, Bowie or Reed.  Mick shot back something along the lines of “Nobody does Lou Reed better than f***ing Lou Reed!  And don’t you ever forget it, man!”  That really sums things up quite nicely, don’t you?

I really hope that we’ll be reading some quotes from Jagger, Bowie, Bono, Elton John and the surviving members of the Velvets in the coming days.  One of the great impressions of Lou Reed that stays with me is when U2 went out on the road back in 1992 for the Zoo T.V. Tour and they did the version of “Satellite Of Love” with Lou Reed while Reed was shown on the video monitors.  It was a completely riveting moment to witness.  Reed brought that New York flair with him that was so real.

I am so greatly indebted to Lou Reed.  He taught a straight like myself to see a world beyond myself and to accept people of all types.  When a musician does this for society, how can you not refer to him as anything but a giant in his field?  Lou Reed, you are going to be so greatly missed.

–Steve Talia

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Talia’s Overflow Notes – 10/28/2013

  • A little something extra special will be made available for fans of The Grateful Dead soon.  Starting on November 29, fans will be able to order a special CD at the GD Store of an acoustic set from the band that took place at The Family Dog on April 18, 1970.  (IMWAN/Hoffman Forum)
  • Neil YoungLive At the Cellar Door-WB/Reprise is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and other online retailers for a December 10 release.  (IMWAN/Hoffman Forum)

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  • Word has leaked out that The Kinks – Lola vs. Powerman & the Moneygoround will definitely come out as a Deluxe Edition as had been previously planned.  The adjusted news is that it will not come out on the Universal label like the previous ones.  Instead, it will be on another label.  (IMWAN/Hoffman Forum)
  • Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens) has been in the studio working on some new recordings with Rick Rubin & Richard Thompson.  (Hoffman Forum)
  • In the Unexpected Pairing Department:  It is now available for pre-order over at Amazon in case any of you want to check it out for yourselves.  There is an upcoming new Everly Brothers tribute album coming from WB/Reprise called Foreverly which pairs Billy Joe Armstrong with Norah Jones.  It is due out November 25. (IMWAN/The Hoffman Forum)

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  • The standard DVD package, the Blu-ray and Deluxe Edition packages for The Doors R-Evolution have been bumped to December 3 from WB. (Amazon/IMWAN/The Hoffman Forum)

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  • It has now been officially confirmed and the pre-order put up over at Amazon.  The Michael Bloomfield box set called From His Head To His Heart To His Hands, a 3-CD/1-DVD affair, will be arriving from Sony/Legacy on February 4.  Drink this one in and most definitely enjoy it.

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–Steve Talia

In Memoriam: Lou Reed

LouReedRIPThis is a column I hate to have to write!

There have been a few deaths over the last few weeks.  But when a passing comes along the likes of Lou Reed, well, there’s something that hits close to home.  The reason is simple.  Whether we knew him or not, his influence was huge.  And that’s quite a legacy he left behind.  The Velvet Underground.  A strong and variable solo career.  Walk On The Wild Side.

It wasn’t hard to become a fan of the ground-breaking  music that was a part of the mystery of The Velvet Underground.  It was even easier to become a fan of his solo career.  It was impossible to find his first, self-titled RCA album.  With virtually no hits coming from it, it languished.  But with the release of the Bowie-produced Transformer album just a few months later, his “Walk On The Wild Side” hit set up signposts to the promise of Lou Reed.

Lou Reed followed that with the brilliant but dark Berlin album.  But it was his Sally Can’t Dance album that showed Lou Reed in different form, a formula he would follow throughout his career until his death.  If that change-up wasn’t enough, nothing prepared the buying fans for the 2LP Metal Machine Music album that split the fans down the middle.  Looking back, it’s now easy to realize that MMM may have set the stage for the now prevalent drone ambient style that is popular among its adherents.

We could do an album by album commentary.  Honestly, Lou Reed’s career is worth the effort to do so.  But in the end, nothing can replace the feeling of loss that Lou Reed’s passing creates within his many fans.  A passing of this magnitude is too difficult to ignore.

To borrow from Lou’s own storehouse of words:

“As you pass through fire, as you pass through fire
trying to remember its name
When you pass through fire licking at your lips
you cannot remain the same
And if the building’ burning
move towards that door
but don’t put the flames out
There’s a bit of magic in everything
and then some loss to even things out.”

There is a large book with what all the fans can write concerning Lou Reed, some more magically presented than others.  But in the end, one thing becomes readily apparent.  We are all fans.  And Lou’s passing is catastrophically sad.  Maybe even hard to bear.

Thanks, Lou, for every note, every performance, ever lyric, and every song.  Music would not be the same without you!  “It’s such a perfect day.  I’m glad that I spent it with you…”

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TAPSheet: Release Notes – 10/22/2013 (US Report)

Island Records have slotted 1978-2012 featuring the music of John Mellencamp, with a scheduled release date of December 10.

Polydor Records pushes into 2014 with the promise of a 19CD Box for Rainbow called Rainbow Singles Box Set.  It’s on the calendar for February 11, 2014.

Varese Sarabande have We Three Kings from Albert King/Freddie King/Earl King on the slate for December 10.

Legacy has a 2CD, 30-song Essential series title coming for James Taylor on October 29.  The Essential James Taylor will gather both his Columbia and Warner years together.

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Also on December 10, Varese Sarabande will release Best of Esquires featuring the legacy songs of The Esquires.

ATO Records will release Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound from The Jerry Garcia Band featuring Bob Weir, and Rob Wassermann with a scheduled date of December 10.

Capitol Records plan an interesting ICON series issue for Badfinger.  I’m hoping that it adds in songs from their Warner albums.  Scheduled for December 10.

Mercury Records will reissue Crazy World from Scorpions on December 10 in a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition.

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Sparrow Records plan the release of The Greatest Hits: 15 Songs of Solo Piano featuring Jim Brickman.  This ‘best of’ is planned for January 21, 2014.

Capitol Nashville have Riser coming from Dierks Bentley on January 21, 2014.

Zappa Records will reissue two Frank Zappa titles on vinyl LP scheduled for December 10.  The titles are Roxy & Elsewhere, and Uncle Meat.

Republic Records have pegged If You Have Ghost, arriving from Ghost B.C., for issue on November 19, CD and LP.

Legacy Recordings has scheduled The Last Concert: 25th Anniversary Edition featuring the performances of Roy Orbison from the Front Row Theatre in Ohio on December 4, 1988.  The included DVD will feature selections from the Reseda Country Club in CA in 1981, and Rockefeller Hall in TX in 1986.  The DVD will also include photos in a gallery, and an 11-minute interview.

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Water Tower Records will release two separate versions of the soundtrack from Howard Shore of his score for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  Both are planned for December 10.

Frontiers Records have the new Primal Fear album, Delivering The Black, coming on January 28, 2014.  Delivering The Black will be available in two versions, CD, and CD/DVD.

Roadrunner Records have The Best Of Nickelback, Volume One coming on November 19, with 19 songs.

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Analogue Productions will reissue a 2LP version of Amused To Death by Roger Waters with a scheduled date of November 12.

And for ambient fans (I’ll be resuming the Ambient Series this week), Harold Budd will be issuing a 7CD Box called Buddbox, on November 26.  Buddbox will contain The Serpent (In Quicksilver – 1981), Abandoned Cities (1984), The White Arcades (1987), By the Dawn’s Early Light (1991), Music for Three Pianos (1992), Through the Hill (1994, with Andy Partridge of XTC), and Luxa (1996).  Buddbox will also contain a 76-page book with photos, essays, interviews, and credits.

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Friday Music will issue Live Bootleg Series Volume Ten from the Johnny Winter collection.  It’s planned for December 3.

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And finally, in a Record Store Day special release issue, Capitol Records, in conjunction with Yoko Ono Lennon Recordings, will issue a 40th Anniversary vinyl LP Edition of Imagine, the legendary album from John Lennon.  The LP, a 180g disc, will come in a specially designed jacket. As a bonus, a 12″ EP pressed on white vinyl will be included along with a poster, and original postcards.  This Record Store Day exclusive set is on the calendar for December 10.  And yes, it will be pricey.  Amazon is pre-ordering it for $135.29 (I had to check because I KNOW the stores will sell it for $25 -$35 higher).

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Talia’s Overflow Notes: 10/21/2013

There are times when news gets even better.  As if Matt’s reporting of the upcoming Essential Boz Scaggs wasn’t enough, word has now come out that Audio Fidelity is going to issue an SACD hybrid of the 1969 self-titled first album from Scaggs.  To be able to hear “Loan Me A Dime” and Duane Allman’s inspirational guitar work on that song in SACD form will most certainly be one of the highlights of the year.  The mastering will be done by Kevin Grey. (IMWAN & The Hoffman Forum)

Word has arrived out of the U.K. from an interview conducted with Adam Clayton of U2 that the new U2 album is being aimed for completion by November and with a hopeful anticipated release date of somewhere in the early part of 2014. (Hoffman Forum & Various U2 web boards)

John Fogerty‘s Official Website has announced that a download series for live shows from his current tour are being offered at livedownloads.com/fogerty . (Hoffman Forum)

There is very early word that at least a few reissues from Three Dog Night are going to be worked on by the great team of people over at Iconoclassics.  Just which ones are being targeted remains to be seen.  Hopefully, the ones which do eventually get initially targeted lead to all of the great classic albums of theirs being done. (Hoffman Forum)

Cowboy Junkies have announced that the pre-orders for The Kennedy Suite project which involves the band and various artists is now up for pre-order via their latent recordings website.  The album is now slated for November 12.  (Cowboy Junkies Facebook Page)

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The biggest news of all hit today.  The Led Zeppelin individual album box set project is still on.  Robert Plant told an interviewer that he found a few reels that he has passed on to Jimmy Page.  He is pressing Page to put some of the stuff he found on the reels onto the box sets.  He also said that a few songs from these reels feature John Paul Jones on lead vocals.  It was not revealed from which album sessions these reels belong.  (Hoffman Forum)

Discoveries: The Paper Kites – Australia

If you appreciated the folk-rock of the early ’70s (like America), then I have a band that you might find well to your liking.

The Paper Kites are a five-member folk-rock band from Australia with two EPs, and a full-length album to their credits (EPs: Woodland (2011), Young North (2012); CD: Stateside (2013)). Like some before them, they achieved their building acclaim via videos on YouTube, and the viral word of mouth that can sometimes power some to widespread notice.

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The five members are Sam Bentley, and Christina Lacey, both high school pals who began writing songs together.  Shortly afterwards, they were officially joined by David Powys, Josh Bentley, and Sam Rasmussen to complete the circle.

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The band has been busy with music, and touring.  They have begun to build a strong fan-base that will kave them known across the globe (for whatever that means these days), in a short period.  As gifted as the band is, I can only hope that they can manage to stay together for the next decade so that we can watch how such a band as this evolves.

I have to say that I’m completely mesmerized by their songs including the incredibly haunting, “Young”, which has a stunning video to accompany it (watch below).  After watching “Young”, I recommend “Bloom” (found in their official YouTube page.  You can also explore more at their website link.  If you peruse Facebook most, then here is the FB link.  I hope that I have pointed you toward a band you will like.

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What do you think?