Wye Oak has a new album coming (thanks, Jeff!) The set is being called Shriek, and is slated for April 29 on Merge Records. I’ll do this write-up with more justice later. Again, sorry!
After all of the hoopla and deserved wild attention given to Electric Warrior, and Slider, it appears that Universal will be giving several early T.Rex titles the Deluxe Edition treatment…finally!
On March 3 (UK), the 1970 releases of A Beard Of Stars, and the follow-up, T. Rex (their newly shortened name from Tyrannosaurus Rex) will be released as 2CD Deluxe Editions wit a boatload of extras. Not only will these two sets please T. Rex fans immensely with a collection of demos, live performances, and radio concert sets, but the 2012 remastering and Deluxe packaging will make these two necessary purchases.
Just take a look at the track-listings (below) and you decide how much a T. Rex fan you might be. Me? I’m all in.
1. Prelude ( 1:04 )
2. A Day Laye ( 1:59 )
3. Woodland Bop ( 1:39 )
4. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart ( 2:45 )
5. Pavilions Of Sun ( 2:51 )
6. Organ Blues ( 2:46 )
7. By The Light Of A Magical Moon ( 2:51 )
8. Wind Cheetah ( 2:38 )
9. A Beard of Stars ( 1:37 )
10. Great Horse ( 1:45 )
11. Dragon’s Ear ( 2:35 )
12. Lofty Skies ( 2:54 )
13. Dove ( 2:05 )
14. Elemental Child ( 5:34 )
15. Find A Little Wood ( 2:05 ) – Single B – side
16. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart ( 2:43 ) BBC Radio One – John Peel’s Top Gear Show 17/11/1969
17. Pavilions Of Sun ( 2:52 ) BBC Radio One – John Peel’s Top Gear Show 17/11/1969
18. A Day Laye ( 2:01 ) BBC Radio One – John Peel’s Top Gear Show 17/11/1969
19. By The Light Of A Magical Moon ( 2:47 ) BBC Radio One – John Peel’s Top Gear Show 17/11/1969
20. Wind Cheetah ( 2:33 ) BBC Radio One – John Peel’s Top Gear Show 17/11/1969
1. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart – Home Demo Take # 1 ( 2:34 ) – Previously Unreleased
2. Organ Blues – Home Demo Take # 1 ( 2:52 ) – Previously Unreleased
3. A Day Laye – Home Demo Take # 1 ( 1:59 ) – Previously Unreleased
4. Lofty Skies – Alternate Home Demo ( 0:51 )
5. Organ Blues – Home Demo Take # 2 ( 1:35 )
6. Black Cat Sittin’ On My Shoulder – Home Demo Take # 1 ( 1:32 )
7. Instrumental – Guitar and Organ – Home Demo ( 1:23 ) – Previously Unreleased
8. Pavilions of the Sun – Home Demo # 1 ( 2:33 ) – Previously Unreleased
9. I Got The Blues So Bad – Home Demo ( 1:14 ) – Previously Unreleased
10. By The Light Of A Magical Moon – Home Demo ( 3:00 ) – Previously Unreleased
11. Find A Little Wood – Home Demo ( 2:05 ) – Previously Unreleased
12. Great Horse – Home Demo ( 2:04 ) – Previously Unreleased
13. Wind Cheetah – Home Demo ( 1:38 ) – Previously Unreleased
14. Pavilions of the Sun – Home Demo Take # 2 ( 2:31 ) – Previously Unreleased
15. Elemental Child – Home Demo ( 2:55 )
16. Black Cat Sittin’ On My Shoulder – Home Demo Take # 2 ( 1:35)
17. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart – Home Demo # 2
18. Oh Baby – Home Demo ( 2:40 ) – Previously Unreleased
19. Prelude – Alternate Take # 1 ( 1.15 )
20. Dove – Alternate Take # 5 ( 2:08 )
21. Dragon’s Ear – Parts 1 & 2 – Take 2 ( 2:39 )
22. A Beard Of Stars – Alternate Take # 1 ( 1:44 )
23. Organ Blues – Alternate Take # 7 ( 3:40 ) – Previously Unreleased
24. Lofty Skies – Alternate Take # 1 ( 2:52 ) – Previously Unreleased
25. By The Light Of A Magical Moon – Instrumental Take #1 ( 2:51 ) – Previously Unreleased
26. Elemental Child – Part 1 – Alternate Take # 1 ( 2:23 )
27. Elemental Child – Part 2 – Alternate Take # 10 ( 3:30 ) – Previously Unreleased
1. The Children of Rarn ( 0:53 )
2. Jewel ( 2:46 )
3. The Visit ( 1:55 )
4. Childe ( 1:36 )
5. The Time of Love Is Now ( 2:42 )
6. Diamond Meadows ( 1:58 )
7. Root Of Star ( 2:31 )
8. Beltane Walk ( 2:26 )
9. Is It Love ? ( 2:34 )
10. One Inch Rock ( 2:26 )
11. Summer Deep ( 1:43 )
12. Seagull Woman ( 2:18 )
13. Suneye ( 2:06)
14. The Wizard ( 8:50 )
15. The Children of Rarn ( 0:36 )
16. Ride A White Swan : Single A – Side ( 2:30 )
17. Summertime Blues : Single B – Side ( 2:42 )
18. Jewel ( 3:30 ) – BBC Radio One – Top Gear – TX : 13/11/1970
19. Woodland Bop Medley – BBC Radio One – In Concert – TX : 20/12/1970
20. Beltane Walk – Backing Track ( 2:23 ) – BBC Radio 1 Club – TX : 29/3/1971
21. Summertime Blues ( 3:30 ) BBC Radio One – DLT Show – TX : 9/12/1970
1. The Children of Rarn – Suite ( 15:21 )
2. Jewel – Alternate Take ( 3:34 ) – Previously Unreleased
3. The Visit – Alternate Take ( 2:14 )
4. The Time of Love Is Now – Alternate Take ( 2:45 ) – Previously Unreleased
5. Diamond Meadows – Alternate Take ( 2:09 ) – Previously Unreleased
6. Root Of Star – Alternate Take ( 2:34 )
7. Beltane Walk – Alternate Take ( 2:23 ) – Previously Unreleased
8. Is It Love ? – Alternate Take ( 2:36 ) – Previously Unreleased
9. One Inch Rock – Alternate Take ( 2:23 ) – Previously Unreleased
10. Summer Deep – Alternate Take ( 1:47 ) – Previously Unreleased
11. Seagull Woman – Alternate Take ( 2:23 ) – Previously Unreleased
12. Suneye ¬ – Alternate Take ( 2:01 )
13. The Wizard – Alternate Take ( 8:40 ) – Previously Unreleased
14. The Children of Rarn – Alternate Take¬ ( 0:52 ) – Previously Unreleased
15. Ride A White Swan ( 2:35 ) – TOTP – TX 10/11/1970 – Previously Unreleased
16. Dark Lipped Woman ( 1:29 ) Home Demo – Previously Unreleased
17. Deep Summer – Alternate Take ( 4:42 ) – Previously Unreleased
18. Meadows of the Sea ( 4:22 ) – Electric Demo
Curb Records have scheduled a new Hank Williams III album, Ramblin’ Man, for April 1, release the title in CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The scheduled vinyl LP will contain a bonus CD of the album.
Atlantic Records will release a 2CD Deluxe Edition of Far Beyond Driven, the 1994 album from Pantera. It’s scheduled for March 25.
Real Gone Music has slated an Expanded Edition of Solid Gold (1983) by Marilyn McCoo for March 4. The debut solo album will contain a previously unreleased bonus track with “Relationship”. Real Gone Music also has a 20 track collection coming (same date) featuring Charley Pride called The Gospel Collection. In short, The Gospel Collection contains the two Gospel albums the singer has recorded, Did You Think To Pray (1971), which netted him two Grammies, and Sunday Morning With Charley Pride (1976). Both albums have been remastered.
Entertainment One will release Catacombs Of The Black Vatican from Black Label Society, on April 8.
Smalltown Supersound will release the new Neneh Cherry album, Blank Project, on February 25, CD, DD, and LP.
Vanguard Records have CD, DD, and vinyl LP coming from the Jon Butler Trio for their album, Flesh & Blood, which streets on March 4.
If you’re a The Rifles fan (think The Jam), then you may know that their new album, None the Wiser, is released in the UK today (January 27). There is no word on a US release of the title but you can certainly obtain an import of the album.
ECM Records will reissue Arbour Zena, the 1975 Keith Jarrett album, on March 4 making the album available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP once again.
Dine Alone Records will release new music from We Are Scientists, called TV En Francais. The new album is planned for CD, and vinyl LP on March 4.
Vanguard Records have Place In the Sun coming from Ozomatli, on March 11.
DGC Records will reissue a Special Edition (2013 Mix) 2LP set of In Utero by Nirvana on March 11.
Guided By Voices returns with Motivational Jumpsuit, slated for release on February 18 in CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
One of my favorite Status Quo albums in the ’70s, was an oft-played Piledriver from 1972. It is slated in 2CD Deluxe Edition in the UK on March 24. With extras!
As a reminder, Morning Phase, the new album from Beck is planned for February 25 via Capitol Records on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
What more can really be said? The great one has passed. On Monday, Pete Seeger died of natural causes at the grand age of 94. We, as a nation, as a world, as a universe, have been blessed with his presence, both musically and philosophically. He stood for much. In fact, he still stands for much. One thing is certain, his memory will not pass. His ideals will not pass.
Few people possessed his dream, and his musical wealth. More benefited from it. Especially the luminaries that he mentored!
All of those things remain.
We will miss you dearly, Mr Pete Seeger!
If you like your ABBA music, and you are slowly upgrading your ABBA library with emerging CD/DVD Deluxe EditionS, then this next one should get you all jingly. In the ’70s, ABBA held sway over the TOP 40 radio airwaves, dominating charts with their own brand of Pop. With the release of Waterloo, the quartet’s second album, they captured with the title track. “Waterloo”. They followed it up with “Honey Honey”, and the rest became history.
Released as a 40th Anniversary Edition, this CD/DVD set will provide the ABBA fan with a bonus of fourteen performance TV videos, while the CD will add in various versions of familiar songs, as well as an alternate mix of “Waterloo”. The set will finalize with a 20-page booklet with the usually expected goodies.
This UK reissue is slated for April 7.
WATERLOO – DELUXE EDITION
02. Sitting In The Palmtree
03. King Kong Song
04. Hasta Mañana
05. My Mama Said
06. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
07. Honey, Honey
08. Watch Out
09. What About Livingstone
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)
13. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
14. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
15. Waterloo (German Version)
16. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version)
17. Waterloo (French Version)
18. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version)
19. Waterloo (Alternate mix)
01. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest performance I, BBC)
02. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance I, SVT)
03. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance II, SVT)
04. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest preview performance, SVT)
05. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest, performance II, BBC)
06. Interview with Frida and Stig after the Eurovision victory (Rapport, SVT)
07. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance I, BBC)
08. Honey, Honey (Disco, ZDF)
09. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance II, BBC)
10. Honey, Honey (Spotlight, ORF)
11. Waterloo (German version) (Musik aus Studio B, NDR)
12. Honey, Honey (Ein Kessel Buntes, Fernsehen der DDR)
13. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance III, BBC)
14. International Sleeve Gallery
If you want to surprise me, and simultaneously make me happy, just tell me that Piledriver, the 1972 classic engine from Status Quo will be offered as a 2CD Deluxe Edition with bonus tracks. I cannot tell you the many times this album played its magic for me. From the start of “Don’t Waste My Time” to “A Year”, and through to the cover of The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues”, this Status Quo album was a top-notch album in my house.
The second CD of bonuses will contain live performances and radio sessions, all BBC In Concert, and Peel sessions recordings. In addition, the included booklet will give us plenty of Status Quo lovin’ with new notes, photos, and the usual credits and info.
The 2CD UK-issued Deluxe Edition of Piledriver is slated for March 24.
I’ve been an avid fan of My Chemical Romance ever since their near perfect The Black Parade album from 2006. That album was a big sound reminiscent of some of the ’70s rock sets. I don’t call it a Queen replica, but I’m reminded of them where this album is concerned. Nevertheless, whether you like them, or not, or just some of their music, then this release may interest you. On March 25 (US) and March 24 (UK), Reprise Records will issue a comprehensive 19-track ‘best of’ for My Chemical Romance. the album will be called May Death Never Stop You – The Greatest Hits 2001-2013, and will be issued in both Explicit and Edited forms. In addition, the set will be released on CD, as well as a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition, DD, and 180g vinyl 2LP (with bonus DVD, and an armband). The greatest hits package will add in three demos.
May Death Never Stop You tracklist:
1) Fake Your Death
2) Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us
3) Vampires Will Never Hurt You
5) You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison
6) I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
7) The Ghost Of You
8) Welcome To The Black Parade
12) Famous Last Words
13) Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
15) Planetary (GO!)
16) The Kids From Yesterday
17) Skylines And Turnstiles (Demo)
18) Knives/Sorrow (Demo)
1) I’m Not OK (I Promise) – Version 1
2) I’m Not OK (I Promise) – Version 2
4) The Ghost Of You
5) Welcome To The Black Parade
6) Famous Last Words
7) I Don’t Love You
10) Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)/Art Is A Weapon
12) Planetary (GO!)
Well, hello again everybody. Here’s another little run-down of things for you while Matt himself has been covering so much ground:
Neil Young/Jack White: There’s a rumor going around that Neil Young and Jack White have been working together and that a project of theirs may nearly be done. The early word is that it may be a covers album that is slated for release at some point in the Spring. We’ll have to see how this plays out. Hopefully, it’ll get to a point of confirmation. Otherwise, we’ll discover it was another one of those well-crafted internet hoaxes-of which some real beauties have sprung in the past. I highly recommend checking in at Thrasherswheat.org to see how this piece of information is coming along. (I have forgotten where I found this piece of news. I’m pretty sure it was reported at over at the KLIZ Classic Rock Daily website.)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Word is also surfacing that the new album by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is now essentially finished being worked on and that it is coming down to which tracks Petty wants to use to make up the new album. (IMWAN)
Honest Jons label: Do you people remember that I told you that I would occasionally pass along news of material that is really ancient and will expand your horizons if you kept an open mind? Well, along with the ’70s Africa stuff I try to push around here and other parts, there’s a great label out there from the U.K. called Honest Jons. They’ve been spending the past decade or so putting out releases of ethnic recordings from back in the days when recordings were put to lacquer discs (pre-tape). If you wish to put yourself in a Jimmy Page frame of mind and listen to some stuff from the Middle East, then you owe it to yourself to take a chance on their latest title. It’s a various artists package called Let No One Judge You: Early Recordings From Iran 1906-1933. All of this material that Honest Jons has been working on over the years is taken from the EMI Archives. Among other titles of theirs, they have a spell-binding release of theirs from some time back that that is called Give Me Love: Songs Of The Brokenhearted-Baghdad, 1925-1929. Another one is To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul. Some of you may or may not like this stuff. But for those of you who are adventerous, the Honest Jons label may hold some pleasant surprises for you. I bet Jimmy would approve. (Amazon U.K. e-mail)
Bruce Springsteen: A certain Mr. Springsteen has announced a bootleg series for recent shows which set off a firestorm among fans. Supposedly, the initial announcement that put a bur in people’s shoes has now been worked out and that the price tiers for the shows has been worked out. But the greater news out of this recent announcement and immediate storm that it produced is that an unidentified source, speaking to Backstreets Magazine, says that signs may be indicating that classic archive shows from the past could well see not only downloads, but CD releases too. So people, don’t get starry-eyed if you meet him at a service entrance to one of his shows. Tell him that you’d like to see him release old shows as well and that you’d also like CD copies and not just downloads. Also, you should remind him to improve the sound if he can, but don’t tamper with what was put down on tape.Any mistakes are part of the charm of a show. Don’t you just drool over some dreamy possibility for ’78 radio broadcasts and/or ’74 “Boom” Carter Era shows being released in the near future? If he does this, I’d support him and buy physical copies of current shows and even the ’92-’93 stuff. (Backstreets/Hoffman Forum/IMWAN/Every serious Springsteen web discussion board on the face of the planet)
The Grass Roots: Along with the great news coming out of Real Gone Music that they are releasing The Grass Roots-The Complete Original Dunhill/ABC Hits Singles Collection (which will be all mono singles), it might be easy for people to overlook that a significant album is getting a reissue from them. It’s Gris Gris from Dr. John. It is slated for a March 4 release on the same day as The Grass Roots package. (Hoffman Forum)
Neil Young: It has now been pretty much confirmed that Neil Young has a new album in the pipeline for March. At first, it was thought to be a Neil Young and Jack White album, but it appears to only be a Neil Young album which may have been worked on at Jack White’s Third Man Studios. The album will be an acoustic album which will be called A Letter Home. There is also word that the album may be a joint Warner Brothers/Third Man Records release. (Rolling Stone Magazine online/IMWAN/Hoffman Forum)
Bob Dylan: There’s a beautiful buzz going on among the Dylan community over an unnamed source who spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine recently about possible future Bootleg Series releases. Some of these possibilities appear to point in the direction of DVD releases to go with CDs. It’s almost a given that the Blood On The Tracks material is going to come out on CD not terribly long from now. After that, things will continue to stay interesting while throwing a few curves our way. 1) A Rolling Thunder Revue documentary is in the works. Not long after that DVD, we may also get ones for Hard Rain-Fort Collins, CO ’76. There’s also an outside chance that Renaldo and Clara may get a release. 2) Born Again period release which may include DVD or CD releases. 3) DVD for a Dylan/Petty Tour show. The one mentioned by the unnamed source is one from Syney, Australia 1986. (IMWAN/Hoffman Forum/Rolling Stone Magazine/ISIS)
Miles Davis: The latest installment of the next volume of the Miles Davis Official Bootleg Series has been announced. Miles At The Fillmore-Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Volume 3 is now up for pre-order at both Amazon and Amazon U.K. and slated for late March. (Hoffman Forum)
The Grateful Dead: Last, but not least, the guys who set the standard for archive releases, The Grateful Dead, have announced their latest Dave’s Picks release that is now available for pre-order. Volume 9 comes from a May 1974 show at the Harry Adams Field House at the University of Montana in majestically beautiful Missoula, Montana. The show is due for release on February 1.
Legacy Recordings will release a complete collection of Alan Parsons Project catalog titles in their Complete Albums Collection series. While not much info is known about this set, it certainly is likely to follow along the same lines as other previous issues in this series. What is known is that the box will contain all ten studio sets (Tales Of Mystery & Imagination – 1976, I Robot – 1977, Pyramid – 1978, Eve – 1979, The Turn Of A Friendly Card – 1980, Eye In the Sky – 1982, Ammonia Avenue – 1983, Vulture Culture – 1984, Stereotomy – 1985, Gaudi – 1987) as well as the previously unreleased The Sicilian Defence. As fans know, the primarily instrumental The Sicilian Defence was expected to be their 4th studio release but was shelved, not intended to be released by the label. That makes this box a compelling purchase for APP fans.
The albums will be stored in durable mini LP replica sleeves. In addition, a 28 – page booklet will be included with photos, credits, essay and notes…all the bonus new things that usually set a new release apart from previously released titles. I suspect the albums will be newly remastered.
The Complete Albums Collection for Alan Parsons Project is scheduled for March 31 in the US, and likely March 30 in the UK.
(Thanks to Kendal K for the heads up!)
There has been several classic issues from Mary Fahl since her departure from the bewitching band, October Project. Her contralto voice is a unique one, easily memorable. What it brought to October Project, it lavished on her solo releases. To date, Mary Fahl has released an EP of four songs, Lenses Of Contact (2000), and two full-length gems in The Other Side Of Time (2003), and the elusive but mesmerizing re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s timeless classic, The Dark Side Of The Moon , her version called From The Dark Side Of The Moon (2011).
Three of the four songs found on Lenses Of Contact found their way on the Sony Classical/Odyssey debut, The Other Side Of Time. But the press and Fahl’s many fans took her new full-length album to heart christening it as one of the best releases of the year with its collection of stand-alone tracks. One song from this album (“I’m Going Home”) was planted in the film, Gods And Generals (2003) to stunning effect. I was personally stunned by its beauty. My 2003 review of the album was full of praise. And it’s still an album that I continue to listen to ten years later indicating its long lasting effect on my own consciousness.
Many years later, From The Dark Side Of The Moon provided us a chilling re-styling of The Dark Side Of The Moon and its classic tracks. That album was planned to be released by V2 Records, but the demise of that label shelved the album for a long time. Eventually, Mary Fahl regained complete control and released the album, again to high praise. It’s an album to hear. With Fahl’s unique voice, the songs take on a mysterious life.
On February 11, Mary Fahl will release her latest album, Love And Gravity. This album has been on the horizon for some time. In fact, you have seen a previous announcement by me in these pages months ago. But the wait is now over.
Love And Gravity contains ten new tracks that include “Exiles – The Wolves Of Midwinter”. That song was written for the spoken set of Anne Rice’s latest novel, The Wolves Of Midwinter. That’s right, Anne Rice is a huge fan of Mary Fahl, who calls Fahl’s voice “…supernatural”. The album also contains a hypnotic cover of “Both Sides Now”, the classic Joni Mitchell song.
Mary Fahl is a powerful artist with a compelling voice, and an ability to write deep lyrics and craft timeless songs pf her own. The depth and spread of The Other Side Of Time will not soon diminish despite its release some ten years ago. Each of the album’s fourteen tracks are unique triumphs all their own. If you haven’t heard it, I highly suggest you remedy that now…today.
Unfortunately, these times are different musically. Artists are not as honored for their music as they used to be. I fully believe that if Mary Fahl had released her music back in the ’60s, and ’70s, her fame would be immense.