TAPSheet: Release Notes – 11/26/2013 (US Report)

Blue Note Records have slated an album from Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) called You Should Be So Lucky for February 18 of 2014.  CD, DD, and LP.

There are a series of new ICON series titles slated for release on February 4 of 2014.  The intended artists and bands for this batch include J Geils Band, Dr Hook, Little River Band, Patti LaBelle, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Tanya Tucker, and Toby Keith.

Savoy Records have a Paul Rodgers album, The Royal Sessions, coming on CD and LP on February 4 of 2014.

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Interscope have #Willpower coming from will.i.am on December 16.

Rave Tapes from Mogwai is expected on both CD, DD, and LP on January 21 via Sub Pop Records.

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Legacy will release a Legacy Edition of No Depression by Uncle Tupelo on January 28, 2014.

12th Street Records have the self-titled album from Lucinda Williams arriving on both CD and LP on January 14.

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New Springsteen Album Expected In January

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For those few who have not heard that on January 14 of 2014, Columbia Records will be releasing a new Bruce Springsteen album…well, sort of.

There is, indeed, a new Springsteen album coming on that date.  But it’s not new material.  Instead, the Boss will dig deep and release a collection of tracks too good to let languish.  The new album is being called High Hopes, and will bring twelve tracks to the front of the gate, especially an old favorite of mine, “American Skin (41 Shots)”.

Bruce seems to be in good spirits about this release, and I can only say that I, myself, have high hopes for what it can be.  Although, while I’m not crazy or overflowing with joy over “High Hopes”, the song, I do like its style.

Bill B? Are we going to argue this one?

Tribute Version Of Satellite Of Love Coming From Morrissey

When Lou Reed passed away earlier, many fans took to the internet to provide a link to one of Lou’s best known song, “Satellite Of Love“, or even to provide their own, usually acoustic version of the song (this is Jester McCool’s version).

BUT…if you’re a fan of Morrissey, then you already know that it is his intention to honor Lou Reed with his own version of the song. And that will be available on January 28.

Rhino and Parlophone plan the issue of two vinyl sets to honor the song, both for that January 28th date.  The first vinyl single is the traditional 7″ and will be a picture disc.  The second vinyl issue will be a 12″, 180g-weight vinyl disc.

Either way, a Morrissey version of “Satellite Of Love” is something I wanna hear!

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The B-Sides Is Coming From The Gaslight Anthem

The alternative band, The Gaslight Anthem is a pretty exciting band with the feel of an Americana rock style not too far removed from John Mellencamp, or even Bruce Springsteen.  With several potent albums to their credit including last year’s excellent Handwritten (2012) album, and American Slang (2010) before that, this band has kept their music strong and energetic, a feeling of the past with an updated sound.  It works, and works well.

On January 28, Side One Dummy Records will issue a collected set of recorded B-sides the band has recorded from 2008 through 2011 including some acoustic takes on some of their biggest songs, and a live performance of their “State Of Love And Trust”.  Even better are a few covers that include the Stones’ classic, “Tumbling Disc”, as well as an acoustic cover of “Antonia Jane” by Lightning Dust (two members of Black Mountain), and a studio take of “Songs For Teenagers” by Fake Problems (please don’t tell me you haven’t heard of Fake Problems). The new album is called, simply, The B-Sides.

The album will issue as CD, LP, and DD.

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For fans of The Gaslight Anthem, this collected set of tracks should make you happy to get a fresh take from the band.

Full Length Albums Are Not Dead, The Passion To Enjoy Them Is

A whole lot of us are quite nostalgic for the “old days” of Top 40 radio, LPs, 45s, bands that were bigger than life (like Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin).  Concentrating on the album as a document of a band’s evolution and a distinct part of the entire music experience, I’d like to say a few sentences.

PlaylistOver this past decade (and longer), the album experience has become, more or less, a diminishing part of music.  This doesn’t mean that music itself has lessened.  It just means that most people these days seem to prefer the song over the collection.  And still, that’s not really the bad thing.  What seems to be problematic is the fast rate that albums seem to disappear.  The songs that are preferred get pulled off the released album, and inserted into weighty playlists, becoming first number one on the list, then being replaced and falling to number 245.  It seems a waste of a great song or a series of songs.

Taking a slight detour, I’m afraid that most readers may have ignored the Discoveries post I put up concerning First Aid Kit, the sister duo from Sweden with music that sews together folk and country together into a gorgeous production of great songs.  I swung back to their second full-length after well over a year since I was informed of its release.  BIG mistake on my part.  This album has been on full replay for weeks, giving me little room for anything else (how can I get ANY work done when I’m as obsessed as I am with a single album).

As I listen, each song becomes more and more polished.  Each song becomes more and more an important part of the full album. Each song is inseparable from the album that showcases it.  It also indicates to me that the full album experience these days is NOT Dead on Arrival.  I rather enjoy becoming obsessed with the full content of an album.  And, for the record, First Aid Kit’s last album, The Lion’s Roar is a five star gem not to be dismissed.  It’s rich, smart, full of well-crafted harmonies and memorable melodies, and haunting songs that will not go away easily.  Every song!

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Tying back into my original thoughts being written, I’m heartened that a complete album of songs can be collectively enjoyed as much as I enjoy The Lion’s Roar.  And there are others.  At a time when I have begun to think that the album experience might be nearing its end (and after hearing as much from other people), I have begun to back pedal in my assessment.

No, the great and complete album isn’t dying.  But I’m afraid the passion for listening to an entire album is dying.  There’s a ton of great complete albums out there.

What’s to do about that?

ELP’s Brain Salad Surgery Remix To Be Ready In 2014

The music that Emerson, Lake and Palmer created has been as varied, one album to the next, as music between two bands.  Although the basic ELP sound can be heard in all of their music, you will always find someone with an opinion on which ELP album was their best.  Some will point to the first few albums with their big sounds.  Others, like myself, loved the striped down feel of Trilogy.  Still others, love the album known as Brain Salad Surgery (a term, which, has a very distinct sexual reference – in case you didn’t know.  The term can also be heard in “Right Place, Wrong Time” by Dr John.).  The self-serving Works sets expanded their sound even further.  Works, both volumes did well with me, as did Brain Salad Surgery.

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Recently announced with no details other than the date, it is now known that the remixed Stereo AND 5.1 Surround mixes (for you lovers of the Surround experience) for Brain Salad Surgery is to be expected on April 7 in the UK, Germany, and Italy, with the US and Canada reissues coming on April 8.  The set will be released as a Super Deluxe Edition.  And before you exhale the defeated sigh, be informed that there will also be a cheaper 2-disc Deluxe Edition (similar to the recently released Emerson, Lake & Palmer debut and Tarkus).  There is also a plan to release a new vinyl LP edition.

As details become available, I’ll be sure to post available information on the this desired set.  As for me, I’m anxiously awaiting the Trilogy remix!  And it’s coming!

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 11/19/2013 (US Report)

Original Recordings Group have Solo Munk, the 1965 classic from Thelonius Monk, coming on vinyl LP on January 14, 2014.

Leon Russell Records plan the release of Snapshot by Leon Russell, scheduled for December 17.

Reprise Records will release In Your Dreams on DVD featuring Stevie Nicks, on December 3.

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Mobile Fidelity plans Original Master Recording of Head Games by Foreigner, and Santana III by Santana, both on vinyl LP, both slated for December 10.

January 14 brings This Is Lone Justice by Lone Justice on CD, and LP.

Friday Music will release a Limited Edition  Original Recording Master of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Play The Blues on CD scheduling the reissue for January 14 of 2014.

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Light In The Attic will release an anthology for Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees fame on January 14th of 2014.  The set, Has God Seen My Shadow?: An Anthology 1989-2011, covers quite a bit of chronological time-space, filling two CDs with Lanegans’s solo work, and providing a bonus of twelve unreleased tracks.  The 2CD set will be housed in a gatefold digipak, with a richly filled 44-page booklet to complement the set.  The set, which will also be made available as a 3LP box, will contain 32 tracks.

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And finally (it’s slow, I tell ya!), Razor & Tie plan the vinyl LP reissue of Trilogy by Emerson, Lake & Palmer on January 28.  Guess who’s picking it up?

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The Ambient Series: Vangelis

This installment of The Ambient Series explores the music of Vangelis.  I know that a lot of you wonder why Vangelis, who has done a lot of successful scores for film (Blade Runner, Chariots Of Fire, to name a few), and great vocal work with Jon Anderson, should be qualified as ambient at all.  The fact is, much of Vangelis’s early career in music, which began in 1967 with Aphrodite’s Child, a Greek progressive band with a three albums, one of them a well-received concept album (666) is represented in ambient electronica.

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After the demise of Aphrodite’s Child, Vangelis moved into electronic ambient music.  In the early days of the ’70s, Vangelis issued several albums leading up to Earth (his third).  Earth was challenging music, and certainly a brilliant prelude to his extraordinary Heaven and Hell (1975).  Heaven And Hell employed Jon Anderson on one of its tracks.  As an album, it did quite well.   It wasn’t until Albedo 0.39 (1976) that I paid complete attention to Vangelis as an artist to be completely enjoyed as an ambient artist.

Albedo 0.39 was exploratory in every way using vocals in extraordinary style, completely setting the album apart.  Vangelis played every note on the album.  In short, Albedo 0.39 was a stunning favorite of mine for months, demanding large blocks of my time as I listened to it in ways that put me into the center of its universe.  Albedo 0.39 played with long-form jazz fusion (“Main Sequence”), pure electronic classicism (“Sword Of Orion”), the spacey ambient (“Pulstar”, “Alpha”, “Freefall”), and the orchestral (in two-parts) of “Nucleogenesis”, which combined electronics and the orchestral into a magnificent piece.

Over the years, Vangelis would experiment with classical, electronics, and traditional instruments endearing him to a wide audience that didn’t always like everything he did. But it would be definite that his musical works would be recognized for the works that they embraced.

Vangelis is not an artist of a particular style.  His forays into many styles have truly set him apart.  Unlike artists and bands that remained as ambient electronic, Vangelis’ skills allowed him the space to create on many musical canvases.  In that, Vangelis is one of the unique talents of our time.  With many creative ambient albums in his catalog, it would be a great crime to avoid his Opera Savage, The City, and the achingly beautiful China (which creates a strong Chinese ambient feel, and hints of Blade Runner in its music). Or any of them actually.

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