Audio Fidelity to Release New Legends Series On SACD

In addition to releasing classic albums in the SACD format that some aficionados love, Audio Fidelity has figured out a new and exciting road to travel on.  Big Hits on SACDs. That’s right.

On June 3, Audio Fidelity will release the Legends SACD series, which will collect many top name Top20 hits and assemble them into one ready for play (turn it up LOUD) set. their first is Legends: Get It On, which will make sonic adventure with songs by Grateful Dead, T. Rex (how about Tanx, Electric Warrior, and Slider on SACD?), The Kinks, Alice Cooper, Foghat, The Doobie Brothers, and others. the Get It On SACD will deliver:

1. Wild Thing (The Troggs)
2. Smoke On the Water (Deep Purple)
3. Spirit In the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
4. Bang A Gong.. Get it On (T.Rex)
5. Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
6. Blinded By the Light (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band)
7. Spill The Wine (Eric Burdon & War)
8. Lola..Live (The Kinks)
9. Light My Fire (The Doors)
10. Slow Ride (Foghat)
11. Schools Out (Alice Cooper)
12. Smokin In the Boys Room (Brownsville Station)
13. China Grove (The Doobie Brothers)
14. Hot Blooded (Foreigner)
15. Can’t Get Enough (Bad Company)
16. Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
17. Casey Jones (Grateful Dead)

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But wait! Yeah, there is another.  The Legend series will add Crank It Up with another wicked batch of loved songs from artists like The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Ace, The Pretenders, Foreigner, and America. It will boast:

1. Does Anybody Really Know (Chicago)
2. Listen To The Music (The Doobie Brothers)
3. Good Lovin (The Rascals)
4. Tonight’s The Night (Rod Stewart)
5. Running On Empty (Jackson Browne)
6. In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
7. Time of the Season (The Zombies)
8. How Long (Ace)
9. Dixie Chicken (Little Feat)
10. Truckin (Grateful Dead)
11. Love the One You’re With (Stephen Stills)
12. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
13. Sister Golden Hair (America)
14. Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders)
15. Feels Like the First Time (Foreigner)
16. Daniel (Elton John)
17. Nights In White Satin (The Moody Blues)

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I’m reasonably sure the Legends series will grow. But with 34 SACD tracks of great songs soon available, well, I’m guessing we’ll be listening to these for a while!

Amon Düül II Will Release New Music, Reissue Classic Titles

AmonDuulIIDuuliriumAnyone with a penchant for the avant-garde free-form style that emanated from the instruments of the German band, Amon Düül, and from their more popular off-shoot version, Amon Düül II, might be pleased to learn that our increasingly interesting world of vinyl will visit the fans of this band with a collected series of 180g colored vinyl LP reissues. Remastered audio!

I already know that some of you could care less about vinyl, and for that I apologize. However, it is exciting news to learn that Cleopatra Records will present us with a graduated roll-out of vinyl titles from Amon Düül II beginning with Phallus Dei (1969), and Wolf City (1972), both scheduled for April 29.

In May, the label will re-release Dance Of The Lemmings (1971). In June, the plan is for Vive La Trance (1973), and a VERY limited run of 500 of the 2LP Yeti title from 197o. The newly released Yeti will be issued in a special edition lenticular jacket.

While all of that is great news for vinyl collectors, and fans of the band, the best news is that the band will be releasing new material.  The band has been gone from the recording world for twenty years, their last being Nada Moonshine in 1995. On June 10, three original members of the band (John Weinzierl, Chris Karrer, and Renate Knaup) will release Düülirium! with a promise for “…avoiding industry music, heading for new frontiers”.

Düülirium! will be made available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

It’s Time For The Cars To Give Us A New Album

TheCarsMoveLikeThisIn just a few weeks, it will be three years since the reformed The Cars band produced their 2011 classic – AND WORTHY – Move Like This album.  With abortive attempts to replicate the classic late ’70s band, with Todd Rundgren at the vocal helm, it was incredible news to hear that Ric Ocasek would regroup, and help produce songs with The Cars’ name attached. And what a wonderful album it was.

Move Like This was a familiar batch of Cars goodness that slotted so perfectly with their previous efforts that it was extremely easy to say, “Welcome back, boys!”. For me, this album is in continuous replay. Yes, it is that good. (If you haven’t heard it , I’m quite surprised…unless you’re not a Cars fan. But even then, it works in a fantastically contemporary way!)

Well, I’m not writing this to be a nostalgic nuisance. Although I could be called that because I am consistently guilty of that nostalgic crime, I am coming here for a different reason.  I’m asking The Cars where their new album is.

Ric and the boys, listen to me, please. With Move Like This, you easily showed that The Cars magic was still in full bloom. All of the songs found on that album were extraordinary compositions. For me, I LOVED – and still do – “Soon”, “Take Another Look”, and that nostalgic opener, “Blue Tip”. But those were only three of a brilliant ten tracks.

I’m saying that The Cars should be readying a new album for those of us that loved Move Like This.

It’s time!

I Want Low To Be Remastered And Reissued!

DavidBowieLowMy vinyl quest is Low, the 1977 at-rock album from David Bowie that changed how you thought about Mr Bowie.  Of course, i could purchase the LP over the internet but where’s the fun in that? For several years, I sought a good copy of Berlin by Lou Reed. I finally found one. But Low? Nope.  Too elusive. But that’s ok, I can wait.

What I can’t wait for is a reissue and remaster of the album. I know there has to be songs that David Bowie left off the original. Even the demos would be cool to hear. Nevertheless, I would love to hear this album get a good work-over.

I know that this post is short, maybe even sweet for some of you. But I haven’t the oomph to write up a decent post about the upcoming Zephyr Box featuring music from Tommy Bolin when he was in that band. It comes out on May 27 (see how I slipped this in here?).

Still, RCA, I REALLY do want a Low remaster. And a Heroes remaster after that.

An Expansive The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings Featuring The Allman Brothers Band To Arrive In July

The Allman Brothers Band has attained a clarity that few Rock bands can lay claim to, a clarity that has lovingly brought them into the hearts of many fans. Over their years, they have endured catastrophe with the deaths of Duane Allman, and in a similar mishap, of Berry Oakley, both just a year apart from each other. But they have also produced some important live albums including the partial live set, Eat A Peach, and the magnificent At Fillmore East.

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At Fillmore East documented the final shows of the legendary Fillmore East featuring the three night stands in March of 1971 by The Allman Brothers Band. Hailed by many as one of the best live albums ever made, the album helped the band achieve a massive fame that they still hold to this day.

On July 29, Mercury Records (the original albums were released on Capricorn Records) will revisit the shows with The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings. With not too much info to go on, there will be a CD issue, along with a 4LP set, and the usual DD of the title.

As more info becomes available, I will be sure to provide the details in an update.

Outsider, The New Uriah Heep Album Is Slated For June

Uriah Heep OutsiderFor me, Uriah Heep could not fail. They may have made a few “not so great” albums, but they sure gave it everything they had. I can’t say enough about the music found on The Magician’s Birthday (1972), followed by the Warner debut of Sweet Freedom (1972 – with “Stealin'” – “…when I should have been buyin'”), Wonderworld (1974), and a recent Wake The Sleeper (2008).  Of course, those are just personal favorite selections. They left little that wasn’t appreciated. But oh what a revolving door the band had with frequent personnel changes.

Mick Box, the one solid mainstay from day one, is obviously the great architect of the band. While we miss David Byron, the vocalist who was dismissed for his excesses in 1976, and who died in 1985, Ken Hensley, the keyboardist through their peak years, Lee Kerslake, the veteran drummer of several tenures, and the long run of Trevor Bolder, who died in 2013 , the band did quite well with the likes of short-termers, John Wetton, and Gary Thain (who died in 1975), and long-termers, Phil Lanzon, and Bernie Shaw.

However, the good news for Uriah Heep fans is this:

On June 10 in the US (June 9 in the UK, June 6 elsewhere in Europe), Frontiers Records will release the 24th studio effort by Uriah Heep called Outsider.  With eleven new tracks, Outsider will be issued on CD, vinyl LP, and digital download MP3 from various fronts.

Track-listing: Speed of Sound, One Minute, The Law, The Outsider, Rock The Foundation, Is Anybody Gonna Help Me?, Looking At You, Can’t Take That Away,Jesse, Kiss The Rainbow, Say Goodbye

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Legend, The Bob Marley ‘Best-Of’, Becomes A 30th Anniversary Celebration In July

BobMarleyLegendThe legacy of Bob Marley and his band, The Wailers is the stuff of legend.  Not only has he widely influenced peers, but he has also influenced countless bands who have somehow integrated a form of reggae into their music.  And there are a lot of those.

Bob Marley began his recording career as early as 1962, but did not sign with Island Records, where he acquired most of his short-lived fame, until 1972. In 1973, his Catch A Fire album was released, followed by Burnin’, also in 1973. However, it was his 1974 release. Natty Dread, that put him on the map.  Natty Dread provided his high charting, as well as a “No Woman, No Cry”, a potent hit.

Bob Marley released several more strong albums, with a string of important singles over the next few years. In 1977, he was diagnosed with a melonoma that eventually took his life in 1981.

In 1984, Island Records assembled a ‘best of’ collection called Legend. That album performed miraculously on the charts, efficiently cementing Bob Marley as one of Rock’s most important musicians.  With 14 tracks in the original release, the album sold well.  Over time, the album has been revisited as expanded and remastered reissues.

On July 1, Island will revisited the title once again as a 30th Anniversary 2-disc (CD/DVD) celebration.

As of now, I have no important info related to this particular release. I do expect that to start drifting out shortly. when it does, I will update this page.

Discoveries: The Horrors (UK)

TheHorrorsLuminousOn May 6, (May 5 in the UK), The Horrors, a British band with three pretty good studio albums out since 2007 (Strange House – 2007, Primary Colours – 2009, Skying – 2011), will release their 4th one, Luminous. With the single “So Now You Know” out in advance of the new album, I have to say that I expect Luminous to be quite the ride.

The Horrors originated in Britain in 2005, with a strong love and influence toward ’80s music. If you think Depeche Mode, Jesus And Mary Chain, and Psychedelic Furs, then you’re on your way to think what The Horrors might be like. The new song (viewed below) is a great tune that is not only transporting to another time, but is a realization of a great band to explore and enjoy.

Once you hear “So Now You Know”, you’ll likely not only be pre-ordering Luminous, you may also be thinking about picking up the previous three!

Luminous with its ten new tracks, will be issued on standard single CD, the usual MP3 DD, and a vinyl LP release.

Please, let me know what you think of The Horrors, even if you find them uninteresting (the horror!!).

5.1 Surround Remix Of The Complete Quadrophenia Classic By The Who Is Here…Oh, and Quadrophenia – Live In London Too

TheWho_QuadroLiveInLondonIf you were hesitating to pick up the Quadrophenia – Live In London set, now might be the perfect time to re-evaluate your decision. This is especially true if you have desired the 5.1 Surround mix of Quadrophenia that was a disappointment last release.

The main thrust here was supposed to be the video playback of the Quadrophenia tour that The Who embarked on over 2012 and 2013 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic album.  This particular display involves the video of the show on July 8, 2013 at Wembley Stadium. What happened is that the word got out that the Box would contain a Blu-ray Audio disc of the ENTIRE Quadrophenia classic…in 5.1 Surround! If that didn’t get you to stand up and take notice, then absolutely nothing will move you in 2014.

Quadrophenia – Live In London, the chosen vehicle to carry this album (although there will be a stand-alone Blu-ray Audio set as well) will contain the full show at Wembley on BD, and DVD, and will also include (in the expansive Deluxe Metal Box edition), a 6″ Mod Headlight sticker, a booklet with liner notes and photos, a Mod Headlight button, the 2CD soundtrack of the concert, and, of course, the 5.1 Surround of the original Quadrophenia. All of this is contain in a 10″ round metal Mod Headlight container.

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If you’re still resistant to the full package, then Quadrophenia – Live In London will also be available separately as a Blu-ray Disc, a DVD, and downloadable digital.

And then, of course, the stand-alone Blu-ray Audio release of the remixed 5.1 Surround version of Quadrophenia will be made available. (No Stereo???)

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The 2CD soundtrack of the concert will also be made available by itself as well as DD.

Time to really bust that piggy bank, fans!

TRACK LIST – ALL FORMATS EXCEPT the stand-alone 1973 VERSION:

I Am The Sea
The Real Me
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair
The Punk And The Godfather
I’m One
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer
Is It In My Head?
I’ve Had Enough
5:15
Sea And Sand
Drowned
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
The Rock
Love Reign O’er Me

Bonus Performances:
Who Are You
You Better You Bet
Pinball Wizard
Baba O’Riley
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Tea & Theatre

TRACK LIST – BLU-RAY QUADROPHENIA (1973) ALBUM 5.1 MIX:

I Am The Sea
The Real Me
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair
The Punk And The Godfather
I’m One
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer
Is It In My Head?
I’ve Had Enough
5:15
Sea And Sand
Drowned
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
The Rock
Love Reign O’er Me

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 04/15/2014 (US Report)

Cleopatra Records will reissue Remember the Future, the classic 1973 Nektar release, in a collectible 3D cover, with 3 CDs of material including the original album (no word on new or previous remastering…yet). This box will add in a full CD of radio edits, while the third CD features the well-known live March 27, 1974 Chipping Norton Studio sessions. This 3D Box is planned for May 27.

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Cleopatra will also re-release Death Walks Behind You, the 1970 sophomore release from Atomic Rooster, on 180g color vinyl LP with included poster. This is scheduled for May 27.

UMe have Quadrophenia – Live In London featuring The Who scheduled for BD, and DVD release videos on June 10.

If you’re into collecting new 180g LPs of familiar classic titles, then it might interest you to know that Original Recordings Group plan the LP re-release of Tapestry, the time-honored classic by Carole King. It is currently pegged for release on June 10. This multi Grammy award winning album will be remastered at 45RPM, and issued on 2LPs. Yes, it’s pricey ($49.98 SRP), but it may be the best mastering you have ever heard especially if you’re a fan of vinyl, and new vinyl at that.

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Reprise Records have added a 2LP set of From the Cradle by Eric Clapton to its current scheduled LP re-releases of Riding With the King, and Me And Mr Johnson. All LPs are scheduled for June 10.

Asthmatic Kitty records will release early classic Sufjan Stevens recording, Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001) on 180g vinyl 2LP slated for June 10.

Rough Trade will release new and collected British Sea Power with the release of From the Sea To the Land Beyond.  This album will be a vinyl-only release geared toward collectors, with a limited run of only 300 copies.  The album is being pressed in sea-colored azure vinyl, and will be issued with a DVD of the film it soundtracks (of the same name). A download code will be included in each LP package. There will be 18 songs total over 2 LPs.

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+180 Records will release Mutineers from David Gray on June 17.

A female singer going by the name of Roxanna , who possesses a voice that is guaranteed to win her an Oscar in a Disney production (it’s that good, yes), will release her debut album on April 29.  she released several singles, “Close Your Eyes”, and “Hello”, a cover of Lionel Ritchie’s 1984 song.  Of particular interest is a cover of The Hollies’ “The Air that I Breathe”, which will be found on the upcoming album. The album is called Exotica.

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Varese Sarabande will re-release Between the Hard Place & The Ground (1979) And More by Michael Bloomfield with a scheduled date of June 3.

Columbia Records will release new the new Jack White album, Lazaretto, on June 10. there’s no hint of LP yet, but I’m sure it’s being planned. For now, CD and DD.

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Real Gone Music will reissue Charity Ball, the 1971 success from the all-girl band featuring the Millington sisters named Fanny.  The album will be reissued in an Expanded Edition, and is scheduled for June 3.

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