TAPSheet: Vinyl Release Notes – 05/30/2014 (US Report)

Some new vinyl LP reissues and releases that have made it to new calendars on labels are as follows:

Rhino and Parlophone will reissue Rio (1982) by Duran Duran on 2LP 180g vinyl LP, scheduling for July 22.

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10 spot Records have a 25th Anniversary LP repress of Nick Of Time by Bonnie Raitt on the calendar for June 24.

Fantasy Records will release several classic Jazz titles on vinyl LP for John Lee Hooker (The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker – 1959), John Coltrane (Bye Bye Blackbird – 1962), Cannonball Adderley/Milt Jackson (Things Are Getting Better – 1959), Chet Baker (Chet Baker In New York – 1959), Bill Evans (The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album – 1975), Blackbyrds (City Life – 1975), and The Dave Brubeck Quartet (Jazz At The College Of The Pacific – 1953). All LPs are slated for August 12.

Rhino and Parlophone have slated Barrett, the 1970 solo album by Syd Barrett for 180g LP treatment, setting it for reissue on July 1, along with Opel, a 1988 compilation effort, and The Madcap Laughs (1970).

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Friday Music plans the 180g Limited Edition LP reissue of The Best Of The Spinners (1973), also on July 1.

Friday Music will also release a white vinyl edition of Live Bootleg – Special Edition featuring Johnny Winter, on July 1.

Capitol Records will release PAX-AM by Ryan Adams on August 19.

Rhino Records will reissue an expansive 3LP 180g Edition (2002 remix/remaster) of Concerto For Group And Orchestra, the 1969 Deep Purple set, slating it for reissue on July 1.

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Write Notes will reissue Journey To the Centre Of The Earth, the 1974 Rick Wakeman set, on both CD and 1809-weight vinyl LP.

Friday Music will reissue The Best Of Donny Hathaway (1978) on 180g vinyl, planned for July 15, with Extension Of A Man (1973) planned for 180g vinyl on July 22.

Original Recordings Group will release a vinyl LP edition of Stone Flower, the 1970 Antonio Carlos Jobim gem, planning for July 22.

Atlantic Records will reissue Straight Shooter, the 1975 Bad Company best-seller, on 180g vinyl LP, planned for July 1.

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Atlantic Records have Amazing Grace, the 1972 classic from Aretha Franklin, slated for 2LP 180g on July 22.

Mobile Fidelity will reissue The Stranger by Billy Joel on vinyl LP scheduling the remaster for June 24.

RCA/Legacy will reissue The Pink Panther (1964) by Henry Mancini on June 3.

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Goofin Records will re-release the 1987 album from Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation, on June 24.

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 05/29/2014 (US Report)

Rhino Records plan a 3CD collection for Herbie Hancock called The Warner Brothers Years (1969-1972). The set is scheduled for July 22.

TRACKS

CD 1:
01  Wiggle Waggle
02  Fat Mama
03  Tell Me A Bedtime Story
04  Oh! Oh! Here He Comes
05  Jessica
06  Fat Albert Rotunda
07  Lil’ Brother
08  Wiggle Waggle (Mono)
09  Fat Mama (Mono)

CD 2:
01  Ostinato (Suite For Angela) 04 Ostinato (Suite For Angela) [Special Edit]
02  You’ll Know When You Get There
03  Wandering Spirit Song
04  Ostinato (Suite For Angela) [special Edit]
05 You’ll Know When You Get There (Special Edit)

CD 3:
01  Sleeping Giant
02  Quasar
03  Water Torture
04  Crossings
05 Water Torture (Stereo – Warner Bros. single 7598)

RCA Records will release new Sia with 1000 Forms Of Fear, scheduled for July 8, CD, DD, and LP.

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Rhino and Parlophone will explore live Deep Purple with the release of In Concert ’72 on CD planned for July 1.

Rhino Records will release a 8CD collection for Frankie Valli called Selected Solo Works. This is slotted for July 1. Similarly, the label will re-explore the works of The Four Seasons in an 18CD Box called The Classic Albums. Hey…Jersey Boys is a success.

Astralwerks will release new Deadmau5 with While (1<2) on June 24.

Frontiers Records will release new Ted Nugent with Shutup & Jam, expected on July 8.

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The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume Three featuring The Levon Helm Band is slated for July 1, CD and LP.

ATO Records will release Garcia Live, Volume 4: March 22nd, 1978 Veteran’s featuring Jerry Garcia Band. The set will be released on 2CD on July 8.

KScope Records will release Cover Version by Steven Wilson on July 8. The newly remastered 2LP album collects the six 7″ cover singles by Steven Wilson with their original Wilson tracks that were B-sides to the cover tunes. A CD edition is said to be following.

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Lightning Rod Records have Long In the Tooth by Billy Joe Shaver slated for release on August 5.

Beeswing Records will release Acoustic Classics from Richard Thompson on July 22.

New West To Release New John Hiatt Album, Terms Of My Surrender, In July

JohnHiattTermsOfMySurrenderFrom the strange marketing as a viable alternative to Elvis Costello with MCA’s release of Slug Line (1979), to his most notable song, “Have A Little Faith In Me”, John Hiatt has crossed over an awful lot of barbed wire in his career. Of course, Slug Line is a fine John Hiatt album. It’s actually how I first came into contact with him. (I bought the LP in the now defunct Columbus, OH department store, Lazarus.) But Slug Line was not about John Hiatt, much as John Cougar was not about John Mellencamp. And so, over time, the real John Hiatt emerged giving us the classic talent that we have since grown to love.

Last time we mentioned John Hiatt, he was on the verge of releasing Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns back in 2011. Since, he has released the excellent Mystic Pinball, a collection of bluesy Americana, a style more closely aligned to John Hiatt’s true style of music.

On July 15, New West Records will release the new John Hiatt album, Terms Of My Surrender. The pre-release of the title track, “Terms Of My Surrender”, brings to mind the echos of Tom Waits, but with a decidedly pure Hiatt feel. If the song has any indication to what the new album will bring, then I would easily say that we’re in for a brilliant treat, Hiatt fans!

Terms Of My Surrender will be released on CD, LP, and DD.

Ace Frehley To Release New Solo Effort, Space Invader

Ace Frehley Space InvaderAlthough the sun has set on Ace Frehley’s active participation in KISS (other than as an immutable founding member of the storied institution), it certainly doesn’t mean that he has gone to sleep musically. At one point, he had released, along with the other founding members, his first solo album. And while the covers were themed to tie into each other’s solo efforts in a cartoonish way, they were quite far from each other musically.

It’s often said that the solo release from Ace Frehley was the best of the lot. And while easily contestable among KISS fans, Frehley’s album, released in 1978, would do well. In 1982, after his departure from the band that elevated him to stardom, Frehley would begin his solo career in earnest with the release of  Frehley’s Comet in 1987. From that time to now, Ace Frehley has only released four studio efforts.

On July 8, Ace Frehley will up that count by one by releasing his latest album, Space Invader. Space Invader will feature new Frehley originals as wel as a cover tune of “The Joker”, a song made popular by Steve Miller. Being an early Steve Miller fan, it’s a cover version I’m interested in hearing.

 

2CD Marillion Live Set To Arrive In July

Marillion A Sunday NightWhat can be said about a band that never quite made the mainstream and yet holds the rapt attention of so many music fans? That’s the legacy of Marillion, a band with one of the more rabid followings in Rock and Roll. Marillion formed in the late ’70s, brandishing their style of Progressive music to excellent results.  To date, the band has more than 15 studio albums including the Misplaced Childhood set from 1985.

Strangely enough, the band continues to do well throughout the world markets except for the US. It is reasons like these that have me confused with the American markets.  Nevertheless, Marillion continues to entertain and delight a lot of fans no matter where they’re placed.

On March 10th of 2013, the band convened at their usual Marillion weekend held in The Netherlands. Their show was recorded and is now planned for a 2CD Live release.

Scheduled for July 22, Eagle Rock Entertainment plans to release A Sunday Night Above The Rain, where Marillion displayed their musical talents on all of the songs from their then recently released, Sounds That Can’t Be Made (2012), and a selection of classic tunes from their extensive repertoire. The live set will be released as the noted 2CD set, as well as DD. A Sunday Night Above The Rain will contain 13 songs in all (track-list below).

TRACK LISTING:

CD1
1. Gaza
2. Waiting To Happen
3. Lucky Man
4. This Strange Engine
5. Pour My Love
6. Neverland
7. Invisible Ink

CD2
1. Montréal
2. Power
3. Sounds That Can’t Be Made
4. The King Of Sunset Town
5. The Sky Above The Rain
6. Garden Party

There Are But Four Small Faces To Be Reissued In June

SmallFacesThereAreButFourSmallFacesThe Small Faces, buoyed by the ‘ahead of their time’ manic genius of Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Ian McLagan, formed in 1965. At that point, there was no slowing down.  It would seem that everyone knew what this group of musicians had going for them. When they released their first album, Small Faces (1966), they solidified their place with several excellent singles.

After their initial release on Decca Records, Small Faces signed with a new label headed up by Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. The label, called Immediate Records, concentrated on UK blues-based bands, easily a hallmark of Small Faces. The band’s first release with Immediate was a self-titled effort for The UK, while issued in the US as There Are But Four Small Faces. Interestingly, the track-list was vastly different in both releases.  With re-recorded songs written but not released on the Decca label, the band’s first effort for Immediate would be set apart.  The US issue of There Are But Four Small Faces would contain the UK hit single, “Itchycoo Park”, one of the band’s excellent psychedelic songs.

There Are But Four Small Faces is considered an influential album, and one of the great Small Faces offerings. While this album’s follow-up, Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake from 1968, enjoys greater accolades, there is much to be said about There Are But Four Small Faces.

On June 24, Charly Records will revisit There Are But Four Small Faces for their ongoing Small Faces restorations. The label will reissue the early Immediate classic with not only new remastering of the album, but also, an expansion of the set with radio promo Mono versions of the entire album, as well as fun bonus tracks.

For the 2CD set, the first CD will include the remastered full album in Stereo adding in four different mixes of songs that include the  previously unreleased “Eddie’s Dreaming” (Take 4, Mix 1). “Get Yourself Together” (Early Mix), “Show Me the Way” (Take 5, Alternate Mix), and the previously released Alternate Stereo Take of “(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me”. The second CD will contain the complete album in Mono, adding in three Mono bonus inclusions of “Tin Soldier” (TV Backing Track), a previously unreleased on CD USA version of “Here Come The Nice”, and “Green Circles” (Take 1, Alternate Mix 2) (full track listings found below).

The 2CD will be issued in a book-styled case (digi book) with 24 jammed pages of photos, credits, notations, liner notes, and memorabilia. Each CD bookends the case.

Charly Records has released a Limited Record Store Day Edition 180g vinyl LP version of There Are But Four Small Faces, currently available. The remaster for the LP was supervised by Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones.

The Deluxe Edition break-out of There Are But Four Small Faces is well-timed given the resurgence of psychedelia in Rock and Roll, gaining new audiences, especially after the smashing success of the recent Austin PsychFest (May 2-4, 2014).

Track-list:

CD1:

STEREO – There Are But Four Small Faces

01) Itchycoo Park
02) Talk To You
03) Up the Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire
04) My Way Of Giving
05) I’m Only Dreaming
06) I Feel Much Better
07) Tin Soldier
08) Get Yourself Together
09) Show Me The Way
10) Here Come The nice
11) Green Circles
12) (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me

Bonus Stereo Tracks:
13) Eddie’s Dreaming (Take 4, Mix 1, Previously Unreleased)
14) Get Yourself Together (Early Mix, Previously Unreleased)
15) Show Me The Way(Take 5, Alternate Mix, Previously Unreleased)
16) (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Alternate Take)

CD2:

MONO – Promtional DJ Version – USA AM Radio Versions

01) Itchycoo Park
02) Talk To You
03) Up the Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire
04) My Way Of Giving
05) I’m Only Dreaming
06) I Feel Much Better
07) Tin Soldier
08) Get Yourself Together
09) Show Me The Way
10) Here Come The nice
11) Green Circles
12) (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me

Bonus Mono Tracks:
13) Tin Soldier (TV Backing Track)
14) Here Come The Nice (USA Version, Previously Unreleased on CD)
15) Green Circles (Take 1, Alternate Mix 2)

Review: Days Of Abandon – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

PainsOfBeingPureAtHeartDaysOfAbandonFor the first album by NYC’s fine, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, the band offered a raucous collection of fast moving songs with a dream-pop vocal sound. Released in 2009, the album helped to propel the band forward in the ever changing stream of indie rock in the New York city market. With NYC already a hot-bed of important music from the beginning of Rock and Roll (Dylan, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, and so many others), it always is a good idea to pay a little bit of closer attention to this city. Certainly, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart has great company.

With the release of the band’s second album, Belong, in 2011, the band adopted a slower, more pop-style that adapts more to their vocal productions. Less jangly and fuzzy, a  lot more intricate, the pop/rock appeal of Belong set the band on a definite course.

With the release of their latest, Days Of Abandon, fans of the dream-pop band will have ten stunning Pop tracks to enjoy, measuring them to other such bands as the year progresses. Each song on the album are as friendly to radio as could be possible, which makes Days Of Abandon, in a “friendlier’ time, say the ’80s, an album that would have broken The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart into the mainstream. Which should happen anyway given the musical excellence of this NYC-influenced gem.

Songs like “Simple And Sure”, the excellent “Kelly”, the Blondie-like “Life After Life”, and the psychedelic blast  of “Until The Sun Explodes” will help serve to establish Days Of Abandon as perhaps one of the better Pop albums of 2014. I’ve followed this band since their start. I’ve been pleased with them and their progression. I definitely look forward to their continued efforts.

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I can’t recommend The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart enough. I’m even more enamored with their new album. Days Of Abandon is a great third album.

You stream the entire album below after the two representative videos.

Release Date: May 13, 2014
Label: Yebo Music
Website
Availability: CD, DD, LP   

–Matt Rowe

Cocteau Twins Classics, Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven Or Las Vegas, To Be Reissued On Remastered 180g Vinyl

Cocteau Twins, a Scottish band from the tail end of the 70s, with their highly original form of music that included the elusive soprano-voice of Elizabeth Fraser, was, in essence, a short-lived phenomena. It doesn’t matter whether you were a fan of the band or not, the fact remains that over their 18-year period, they only produced nine studio albums, one of them a collaboration with Harold Budd. More surprising is the sudden disappearance.

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They released their final album, the extraordinary Milk and Kisses in 1996. By then, the relationship between Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser had strained, which led to the aborted recording of  their “ninth” (not counting the Budd effort) album, and the complete break-up of Cocteau Twins. And while there were hints of reformation, we may never hear them again, nor their likes.

Cocteau Twins left behind a grand trail of excellent albums beginning with Garlands in 1982. As far as I’m concerned, there were no bad Cocteau Twins albums. One of the albums that was favored by the band was Blue Bell Knoll released in 1988 via the legendary UK label, 4AD (Capitol in the US). Another classic would be Heaven Or Las Vegas, issued in 1999.

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On July 14, 4AD will repress Blue Bell Knoll, and Heaven Or Las Vegas, both on 180g BLACK vinyl, and are being cut from NEW 96/24 HD masters. What’s NOT to love here.

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What’s best is that the label is not charging an arm and a leg for them (a nasty trait usually perpetuated on the US vinyl buying public by domestic labels). Each album will sell for slightly over $20, making them excellent bargains.

Thank you, 4AD!

I hate frustrating some of you who may be fans but are NOT vinyl collectors with this post, but this is too good not to mention.

Review: Smoke Fairies – Smoke Fairies

SmokeFairiesSmokeFairiesAfter the release of the Blood Speaks album by Smoke Fairies in 2012, the anticipation for the next album by the pair (Jessica Davies, Katherine Blamire), has been at an all-time high.  In March of 2014, the duo pre-released a single from their then upcoming album, the self-titled Smoke Fairies. The song, “Eclipse Them All” revealed a strength in song-craft that was a little different from anything they have previously done.

Smoke Fairies have an underlying element of blues, rock, and sometimes a little bit of ’60s-styled folk, all carried on their able engine of contemporary Folk music. With two albums now firmly within their growing catalog, they provide a new one with splendid results.  In my review of Blood Speaks (2012), I ended with a belief that their next album of music would be more excellent than the already excellent subject. Now that their eponymous album is released, that prophetic line has validity to it.

Smoke Fairies (the album) contains twelve songs of varying styles. Their evolution as a vocal band has grown exponentially with a noticeable grand essence in the music.  Each song feels like old friends before they’re finished.  “We’ve Seen Birds”, the album’s brilliant opener hints immediately at the musical road map you’re about to follow (see video below). It’s followed by the pair’s most effective Pop offering, “Eclipse Them All”.  “Want It Forever” also becomes a delightful Pop offering.

The duo’s affinity for psychedelia emerges on their “Shadow Inversions” song. “Waiting For Something To Begin” dips its feet into a fairy pool of haunting melodies with gorgeous harmonizing that demands a replay right away. “Misty Versions” is a bluesy tune with a rock and roll heart. Even so, with all the musical venturing outside the gates, their love for pure Folk is well represented in many of the tunes here.

The album is a blend of styles that lets us know that we have a growing band, one that we can follow, anticipate, and be pleased as every album comes to the marketplace. The new Smoke Fairies album is a great album, easily the better of any previous by them. And that’s saying a hell of a lot.

By visiting their website (link below), you can download a song (“Strange Moon Rising”) from their 2010 album, Through Low Light And Trees, for free by joining their email list.

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Feel free to buy Smoke Fairies without thinking. It’s near perfection.

Release Date: May 19, 2014
Label: 10 Spot
Website
Availability: CD, DD, LP                                                     

–Matt Rowe

[UPDATE] Bon Jovi Gets New Deluxe Edition Versions Of New Jersey In July

BonJovi New JerseyFrom New Jersey, the band that would be widely known as Bon Jovi, began an arena rock blitz.  From their formative debut, the self-titled 1984 release to their breakthrough success, Slippery When Wet from 1986, Bon Jovi captured the attention of fans everywhere. Slippery When Wet gave up “Wanted: Dead Or Alive”, “Livin’ On A Prayer”, “You Give Love A Bad Name”, and “Never Say Goodbye”, giving the band more than they could have anticipated, success-wise.

In 1988, the band released their next album, New JerseyNew Jersey was no joke providing the band with five Top10 singles that included “I’ll Be There For You”, “Bad Medicine”, “Born to Be My Baby”, “Lay Your Hands On Me”, and “Living In Sin”. Even better for Bon Jovi, the album sold well over seven million units in the US alone.  Bon Jovi followed up New Jersey with Keep The Faith in 1992. It proved to be no slouch either.

On July 1, Island Records will revisit New Jersey with a 2CD Deluxe Edition, and a larger 2CD/DVD Super Deluxe Edition. Bon Jovi albums are no stranger to being revamped. With New Jersey having received a Special Edition update in 2010, this seems a bit redundant.

The 2CD Edition will contain a 32-page booklet, while the 2CD/DVD Super Deluxe Edition plans an expanded 60-page booklet. The 2nd disc contains 13 previously unreleased demos from the New Jersey sessions.

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Disc: 1
1. Lay Your Hands On Me
2. Bad Medicine
3. Born To Be My Baby
4. Living In Sin
5. Blood On Blood
6. Homebound Train
7. Wild Is The Wind
8. Ride Cowboy Ride
9. Stick To Your Guns
10. I’ll Be There For You
11. 99 In The Shade
12. Love For Sale
13. Bonus: The Boys Are Back In Town – U.K. 12′ single B-side, from the LP Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell
14. Bonus: Love Is War – ‘Living In Sin’ single B-side
15. Bonus: Born To Be My Baby (Acoustic Version) – Japanese single B-side

Disc: 2
1. Homebound Train
2. Judgment Day
3. Full Moon High
4. Growin’ Up The Hard Way
5. Let’s Make It Baby
6. Love Hurts
7. Backdoor To Heaven
8. Now And Forever
9. Wild Is The Wind
10. Stick To Your Guns
11. House Of Fire
12. Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?
13. Diamond Ring

Disc: 3 (DVD)
1. ‘Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey’ documentary
2. Bad Medicine (1st Version) – Music Video
3. Born To Be My Baby – Music Video
4. I’ll Be There For You – Music Video
5. Lay Your Hands On Me – Music Video
6. Living In Sin – Music Video
7. Blood On Blood – Music Video
8. Bad Medicine (2nd Version) – Music Video

But you’re excited now!!