TAPSheet: Vinyl Release Notes – 08/29/2014 (US Report)

There’s a ton of vinyl releases on the calendar. I thought I’d better brig some of them to your attention (for the vinyl lover, in any case). Here we go:

With the light of the end of year holidays starting to show a the horizon, there are not only holiday CDs coming but plenty of holiday LPs as well. Listed, we have the following:

  • Hanukkah RocksThe LeeVees
  • Come On ChristmasDwight Yoakim
  • Christmas With Boystown ChoirThe Everly Brothers

Yoakim Come On Christmas

Those above listed LPs are slated for November 4 via the fine folks of Rhino Records.

Rhino will release Chicasgo Christmas: What’s It Gonna Be, Santa? The LP on vinyl LP, scheduled for November 11.

Friday Music have several Billy Joel titles planned for 180g-weight, limited editions on October 28. Those include River of Dreams, and Streetlife Serenade. In addition to those two, Friday Music have The 25th Of December by Bobby Darin on the calendar, same date.

Billy Joel River Of Dreams

Friday Music have also made room on the calendar for Reach For The Sky, the 1980 Arista release from The Allman Brothers Band. It is slated for October 28.

Legacy Recordings two releases from Jimi Hendrix are Rainbow Bridge, and The Cry Of Love street on September 16. These include vinyl LP releases.

Also on October 28, and also via Friday Music, is a 180g vinyl reissue for Party, the 1981 Iggy Pop Arista release.

IggyPop

Epic Records’ release of Memoirs Of A Madman, their 17 track ‘best of’ collection featuring the remastered hits of Ozzy Osbourne, will release on vinyl over 2LPs. One batch of LPs will be picture disc, while the others will be 180g-weight black vinyl. It is slated for release on October 14.

OzzyMemoirs Of A Madman

Suicide Squeeze Records will reissue Planet Of Ice, the 2007 best-seller title from Minus The Bear, on three different colors. With a run of 3000, there will be 1000 pressed on purple vinyl, 1000 pressed on ice vinyl, and 1000 pressed on the traditional black color.

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On October 21, Warner Brothers Nashville will release Light Of the Stable, by Emmylou Harris, on 180-g vinyl.

Rhino Records promises vinyl for The Hunting Party, the June 2014 release of the new Linkin Park album. The 2LP set will feature D-side etching. It’s slated for October 21.

Rhino Records have several Mike Oldfield titles geared for 180g-weight vinyl. Those include Tubular Bells II, Tubular Bells III, Voyager, and The Songs Of Distant Earth. These are on the calendar for October 21.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Gets The Whole Works With 12CD Box In October

SRV_CAC_cover_comps.inddStevie Ray Vaughan made a name for himself within the hot corridors of Texas. Before long, that fame was extended throughout the Us, then the entire world. Fans of his Texas-styled blues/rock guitar never missed a note from it. Unfortunately, Stevie Ray Vaughan perished in a helicopter accident after a concert at the Alpine Valley concert venue in Wisconsin. With only seven years to his career, he left us with a healthy does of blues-based Rock and Roll.

On October 28, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings will release a 12CD Box, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection. This set will contain all of the albums that Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded and released , as well as bonus sets that will compile rare and hard to find materials. One of the CDs is a first-time release of A Legend in the Making, originally a promo only set featuring a live set at Toronto’s El Mocambo club from 1983. Two of the CD swill be Archive collection sets.

Check out the full track-list and Box inclusion below:

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection

 

Disc 1: In The Beginning (KLBJ-FM radio broadcast produced by Wayne BellRecorded April 1, 1980; Austin, Texas)

In The Open
Slide Thing
They Call Me Guitar Hurricane
All Your Love I Miss Loving
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Love Struck Baby
Tell Me
Shake For Me
Live Another Day

 Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Jackie Newhouse–bass; Chris Layton–drums
Originally released as Epic 53168, 1992
Peak chart position: #58

Disc 2: Live At Montreux 1982 (July 17, 1982; Montreux International Jazz Festival)

Hide Away
Rude Mood
Pride And Joy
Texas Flood
Love Struck Baby
Dirty Pool
Give Me Back My Wig
Collins Shuffle

Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001
Peak chart position: #178

Disc 3: Live At Montreux 1985 (July 15, 1985; Montreux International Jazz Festival)

Scuttle Buttin’
Say What!
Ain’t Gone ‘N’ Give Up On Love
Pride And Joy
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Texas Flood
Life Without You
Gone Home
Couldn’t Stand The Weather

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris Layton–drums; Reese Wynans–organ; Johnny Copeland —vocals, guitar (Track 6)
Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001
Peak chart position: #178

Disc 4: Texas Flood

Love Struck Baby
Pride And Joy
Texas Flood
Tell Me
Testify
Rude Mood
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Dirty Pool
I’m Cryin’
Lenny

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris “Whipper” Layton–drums
Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble
Executive Producer: John Hammond
Originally released as Epic 38734, 1983
Peak chart position: #38

Disc 5: A Legend In The Making—Live At The El Mocambo (recorded Toronto, Canada, July 20, 1983, originally released for radio broadcast only)

Testify
So Excited
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Pride And Joy
Tell Me
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Texas Flood
Love Struck Baby
You’ll Be Mine
Hug You, Squeeze You
Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun
Lenny
Wham!
Rude Mood

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris Layton–drums

Disc 6: Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984)

Scuttle Buttin’
Couldn’t Stand The Weather
The Things (That) I Used To Do
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Cold Shot
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Honey Bee
Stang’s Swang

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris “Whipper” Layton–drums; Jimmie Vaughan–guitar (Tracks 2, 3); Fran Christina–drums Track 8); Stan Harrison–tenor saxophone (Track 8)
Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer
Executive Producer: John Hammond
Originally released as Epic 39304, 1984
Peak chart position: #31

Disc 7: Live At Carnegie Hall (Recorded October 4, 1984; New York City)

Intro–Ken Dashow/John Hammond
Scuttle Buttin’
Testify
Love Struck Baby
Honey Bee
Cold Shot
Letter To My Girlfriend
Dirty Poo
Pride And Joy
The Things That I Used To Do
C.O.D.
Iced Over
Lenny
Rude Mood

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris Layton–drums; Jimmie Vaughan–guitar; Dr. John–keyboards; George Rains–drums; The Roomful Of Blues Horn Section: Bob Enos–trumpet; Porky Cohen–trombone; Rich Lataille–alto saxophone; Greg Piccolo–tenor saxophone; Doug James–baritone saxophone; and Angela Strehli–vocals (Track 11)
Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Originally released as Epic 68163, 1997
Peak chart position: #40

Disc 8: Soul To Soul (1985)

Say What!
Lookin’ Out The Window
Look At Little Sister
Ain’t Gone ‘N’ Give Up On Love
Gone Home
Change It
You’ll Be Mine
Empty Arms
Come On (Part III)
Life Without You

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris “Whipper” Layton–drums; Reese Wynans–keyboards; Joe Sublett–saxophone
Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen
Executive Producer: John Hammond
Originally released as Epic 40036, 1985
Peak chart position: #34

Disc 9: Live Alive (Recorded July 16, 1985, Montreux International Jazz Festival; July 17-18, 1986, Austin, Texas; July 19, 1986, Dallas, Texas)

Say What!
Ain’t Gone ‘N’ Give Up On Love
Pride And Joy
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Superstition
I’m Leaving You (Commit A Crime)
Cold Shot
Willie The Wimp
Look At Little Sister
Texas Flood
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Love Struck Baby
Change It
Life Without You

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris “Whipper” Layton–drums; Reese Wynans–keyboards; Jimmie Vaughan–guitar or six string bass (Tracks 8, 9, 12, 13)
Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Originally released as Epic 40511, 1986
Peak chart position: #52

Disc 10: In Step (1989)

The House Is Rockin’
Crossfire
Tightrope
Let Me Love You Baby
Leave My Girl Alone
Travis Walk
Wall Of Denial
Scratch-N-Sniff
Love Me Darlin’
Riviera Paradise

Stevie Ray Vaughan–guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon–bass; Chris Layton–drums; Reese Wynans–keyboards; Joe Sublett, Darrell Leonard–horns (Tracks 2, 9)
Produced by Jim Gaines & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California
Originally released as Epic 45024, 1989
Peak chart position: #33

Disc 11: Archives/Disc One

Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Empty Arms
Come On (Part III)
Look At Little Sister
The Sky Is Crying
Hide Away
Give Me Back My Wig
Boot Hill
Wham!
Close To You
Little Wing
Stang’s Swang

Disc 12: Archives/Disc Two 

May I Have A Talk With You
Boilermaker
The Sky Is Crying
Shake And Bake
So Excited
Slip Slidin’ Slim
Chitlins Con Carne
Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun
Boot Hill
Life By The Drop

Archives/Disc One, Track 1 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble; Executive Producer: John Hammond
Archives/Disc One, Tracks 2-12 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer; Executive Producer: John Hammond
Archives/Disc Two, Tracks 1-8 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen; Executive Producer: John Hammond
Archives/Disc Two, Track 9 produced by Jim Gaines & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Archives/Disc Two, Track 10 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jim Gaines

Memoirs Of A Madman, An Ozzy Osbourne Collection, Is Pegged For October

OzzyMemoirs Of A MadmanWhen you talk about Ozzy Osbourne, you’re rewarded with a wealth of remembrances. Generally, those warm, fuzzy feelings emanate from his years with the seminal Black Sabbath. That’s especially true if you were Black Sabbath fans early in their career. But then there are his successful years as a solo artist after his dismissal from Black Sabbath.  In many ways, those solo years carried far more success than his Black Sabbath affiliation did even if you can not dismiss his ties with the band.

During his high profile run, Ozzy released six albums (Osbourne has released eleven solo albums thus far) that generated quite a few hits including “Crazy Train”, “Flying High Again”, “Bark At The Moon”, “Shot In The Dark”, and more. With several high profile band mates that included Randy Rhoads, and Zakk Wylde, Ozzy soared like a monster in the clouds. Both Wylde, and Rhoads are highly rated guitarists. Soon, however, drugs and alcohol played their factor cards, and the whole enterprise suffered for it. Nevertheless, Ozzy Osbourne enjoyed quite the ride.

On October 14, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings join to release a collection of 17 of the best tracks from the strong Ozzy period called Memoirs Of A Madman. As a bonus to the album, a live rendition of the Black Sabbath classic track, “Paranoid” is included.

Memoirs Of A Madman will be released on standard CD, an edited PA version, and two 2LP sets that include a traditional black pressing, and a picture disc set.

Track-List of Memoirs Of A Madman

  1. Crazy Train
  2. Mr Crowley
  3. Flying High Again
  4. Over The Mountain
  5. Bark At The Moon
  6. The Ultimate Sin
  7. Miracle Man
  8. No More Tears (Edit)
  9. Mama, I’m Coming Home
  10. Road To Nowhere
  11. Perry Mason
  12. I Just Want You
  13. Get Me Through
  14. Changes (with Kelly Osbourne)
  15. I Don’t Wanna Stop
  16. I Want To Hear You Scream
  17. Paranoid (Live)

New Pegi Young And The Survivors Album Expected In October

Pegi YoungPegi Young is best known as the wife of Neil Young. But she has been a music contributor for years with her band known as The Survivors. With the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, and her subsequent full-length releases (Foul Deeds – 2010, Bracing for Impact – 2011), she quickly set herself up as more than the back-up singer that she has been over the years prior to her professional career releases.

On October 28, New West Records will release the fourth album with Pegi Young, Lonely In A Crowded Room. This latest set is billed with her band, The Survivors. The new album will feature three cover tunes (“Ruler Of My Heart”, written by Allen Toussaint, popularized by Irma Thomas; “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” – Spooner Oldham; “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” – Jerry Ragovoy) among her own original compositions.

Lonely In A Crowded Room will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP (with a download card for the digital files).

Pegi Young is a serious musician with good chops, She should not be ignored.

Internet In The Early Years Of Rock And Roll

Internet and MusicBack in the early days of Rock and Roll, many of us resorted to the six week old “news” of our favorite artists and their upcoming releases, who were “currently” in the studio, and pictures and such, all found in favorite Rock publications like Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy!, Trouser Press, Creem, Circus, Hit Parader, and the seemingly endless stream of varied Rock magazines that proliferated then. Of course, most of them went bye-bye eventually, due to what ever reasons that ate their guts out. These days, any of the left standing rock and roll print magazines have also disappeared, leaving precious few to resort to.

I bring this up because I had a thought. What if there was internet back in the infancy of Rock and Roll? We all know the results of internet on Rock and Roll in our current time. It can be considered a boon by some, and a killer by others. Many of today’s bands that could have been huge Rock stars, usually aren’t as well off as they might have been given the propensity of the fans to use the internet to acquire their music freely rather than in carefully thought out purchases.

But, I wonder what the state of Rock and Roll might have been back in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s had the internet been as widely available as it is today? Of course, we all know that Trouser Press, Crawdaddy!, Creem, etc would likely not have gotten off the ground. But more interesting is where bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead (whom I think might have thrived better in an internet-powered world, if it had existed freely back then), T. Rex, Mott The Hoople, The Band, Bad Company, and, of course, a whole lot more than these, might have ended up. Would they have become as popular? Would we still speak about them in the same measure of awe as we do now?

Now, I’ve never been one to think that any of the artists made any REAL money off their million-seller release, much less the lower selling bands. In that, I think little is changed there.

I don’t propose to solve the business of a changing Rock and Roll world. I don’t know what happened. I got into doing MusicTAP largely to build my own music magazine-like structure. I wanted to know what was coming out when, a desire that drove me incessantly in those Billboard-ruled years. Even now, that sought after info is becoming a moot point, driving a lot of us to rethink the time allotments needed to keep such info timely. Who really cares these days anyway? Not many, I wager.

Still, I wonder just how impacted our business models, the bands and their upcoming popularity, and all the adored albums that they made, might be had the internet been as widespread available as it is now.

The Essential Kinks Comes Dancing In October

The Essential KinksThe Kinks are a revered band of the old school. Begun way back in the early days of Rock and Roll. The Kinks, with two brothers (Ray, and Dave), along with Mick Avory, Pete Quaife, John Dalton, and John gosling, among some others as replacements forged a legacy that few bands have enjoyed, even to this day. Over the years, their songs have remained in the hearts of fans, as well as the albums they came on.

On October 14, Legacy will look back at the long run that the band had. Legacy has planned a 2CD, 48-track Essential series collection that revisits the Pye/Reprise, RCA, Arista, and Columbia Records years of the band. All of the tracks selected for this set were personally selected by Ray Davies, and approved for their inclusion by the band.

The 2CD The Essential Kinks set will include several live performance tracks, a few US single versions, and a huge selection of career-spanning tracks that measure their greatness from the years that include the ’60s through the ’90s.

The Essential Kinks will contain a booklet that will host new liner notes by David Bowie, vintage photos, and more. This career set will precede a Legacy Edition of Muswell Hilllbillies expected in the Fall.

Remember, The Essential Kinks will be released on October 14, to be followed later by Muswell Hillbillies.

CD1:

01) You Really Got Me
02) Stop Your Sobbing
03) All Day And All Of The Night
04) Tired Of Waiting For You
05) Nothin’ In This World Can
06) Stop Me Worryin’ ’Bout That Girl
07) Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy
08) A Well Respected Man
09) Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
10) Who’ll Be The Next In Line
11) Set Me Free
12) See My Friends
13) Sunny Afternoon
14) Dead End Street
15) Death Of A Clown
16) Autumn Almanac
17) David Watts
18) Waterloo Sunset
19) Days
20) The Village Green Preservation Society
21) Do You Remember Walter?
22) Picture Book
23) Victoria
24) Apeman
25) Strangers
26) 20th Century Man
27) Supersonic Rocket Ship
28) Celluloid Heroes (U.S. single version)

CD2:

01) Here Comes Yet Another Day
02) You Don’t Know My Name
03) Till The End Of The Day (live 1972)
04) One Of The Survivors
05) Sweet Lady Genevieve
06) Everybody’s A Star (Starmaker)
07) Life On The Road
08) Sleepwalker
09) Life Goes On
10) A Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy (single version)
11) Father Christmas
12) (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
13) Lola (live 1979)
14) Where Have All The Good Times Gone (live 1979)
15) Better Things (single version)
16) Destroyer
17) Come Dancing
18) Don’t Forget To Dance
19) Do It Again
20) Living On A Thin Line
21) Scattered

US UPDATE: 3CD Genesis Box, R-Kive, To Be Released In September

Genesis R-KiveGenesis, the band, has been a lot of things to a lot of people. Some fans prefer the Peter Gabriel years, while others prefer the hits-laden years without Gabriel. Yes, I have my preferences (Gabriel-fronted, although I loved Trick Of The TailWind and Wuthering (the last with Steve Hackett), and …Then There Were Three…, which accounts for most of Genesis’ vast catalog). Oftentimes, when the hits packages are released for Genesis, they center in on the Collins-fronted era.

It’s nice to discover that a collections Box set featuring Genesis (and Genesis-related materials) is on the calendar for us fans to indulge in, and will take a decidedly different direction than your conventional ‘best of’ package.

On September 29, Virgin/Universal UK, and September 30 for US  via Atlantic Records, the 3CD, 37 track retrospective of Genesis called R-Kive will be released. This set will revisit Genesis, and their off-shoot successes such as the solo careers of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, and Mike + The Mechanics (Mike Rutherford) (check out…and love, the track-list below).

R-Kive, with its clever scrambling of the Genesis name on the cover, will span the extraordinary 40+ musical years of the band and its respected members.

R-Kive Track-List:

CD1:
‘The Knife’ from ‘Trepass’ (1970)
‘The Musical Box’ from ‘Nursery Cryme’ (1971)
‘Supper’s Ready’ from ‘Foxtrot’ (1972)
‘The Cinema Show’ from ‘Selling England by the Pound’ (1973)
‘I Know What I Like’ from ‘Selling England by the Pound’ (1973)
‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ from ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974)
‘Back in N.Y.C.’ from ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974)
‘The Carpet Crawlers’ from ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974)
‘Ace of Wands’ from Steve Hackett‘s ‘Voyage of the Acolyte’ (1975)

CD2:
‘Ripples’ from ‘A Trick of the Tail’ (1976)
‘Afterglow’ from ‘Wind & Wuthering’ (1976)
‘Solsbury Hill’ from Peter Gabriel‘s first self-titled album (1977)
‘Follow You Follow Me’ from ‘And Then There Were Three’ (1978)
‘For a While’ from Tony Banks’ ‘A Curious Feeling’ (1979)
‘Every Day’ from Steve Hackett’s ‘Spectral Mornings’ (1979)
‘Biko’ from Peter Gabriel’s third self-titled album (1980)
‘Turn It On Again’ from ‘Duke’ (1980)
‘In the Air Tonight’ from Phil Collins’ ‘Face Value’ (1981)
‘Abacab’ from ‘Abacab’ (1981)
‘Mama’ from ‘Genesis’ (1983)
‘That’s All’ from ‘Genesis’ (1983)
‘Easy Lover’ (Phil Collins and Philip Bailey duet, originally released in 1984)
‘Silent Running’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ self-titled album (1985)

CD3:
‘Invisible Touch’ from ‘Invisible Touch’ (1986)
‘Land of Confusion’ from ‘Invisible Touch’ (1986)
‘Tonight Tonight Tonight’ from ‘Invisible Touch’ (1986)
‘The Living Years’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ ‘Living Years’ (1989)
‘Red Day on Blue Street’ from Tony Banks’s ‘Still’ (1991)
‘I Can’t Dance’ from ‘We Can’t Dance’ (1991)
‘No Son of Mine’ from ‘We Can’t Dance’ (1991)
‘Hold On My Heart’ from ‘We Can’t Dance’ (1991)
‘Over My Shoulder’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ ‘Beggar on a Beach of Gold’ (1995)
‘Calling All Stations’ from ‘Calling All Stations’ (1997)
‘Signal to Noise’ from Peter Gabriel’s ‘Up’ (2002)
‘Wake Up Call’ from Phil Collins’ ‘Testify’ (2002)
‘Nomads’ from Steve Hackett’s ‘Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth’ (2009)
‘Siren’ from Tony Banks’ ‘Six: Pieces of Orchestra’ (2012)

More details to be updated as they become available.

Steve Wilson Remix Of YES Classic, Relayer, Scheduled For November

YesRelayerThe Steve Wilson website is confirming the swirling rumors and rampant speculation that his next remix project will be Relayer, the late 1974 Yes classic. Relayer has been a beloved album for many years among Yes fans. Relayer is the first  – and only – album to feature Patrick Moraz, the able successor to Rick Wakeman, who had departed after Tales Of Topographic Oceans, the misunderstood 1973 2LP Yes album.

Relayer contained just three songs, one of them (“The Gates Of Delirium”) over 21-minutes in length. Atlantic Records attempted to edit “To Be Over” and release it as a single. While a beautiful edit, it failed to capture fans as “Roundabout” had a few years earlier. But Yes fans didn’t need the single. They were good with the entire album.

The upcoming Wilson remix of Relayer will find the album being released in 5.1 surround, as well as high resolution stereo. According to the Wilson website, Relayer will be reissued as a CD/DVD-Audio digitpak, and a CD/BD-Audio (Blu-ray-Audio) mini-LP gatefold edition. Each album will contain the original artwork restored, a booklet with new notes, photos, and other assorted goodies, and bonus materials not announced at this time (although I’m sure the radio-edit of “To Be Over”, and other cool things are to be in there).

Relayer will be reissued on November 3.  This new release celebrates the album’s 40th Anniversary.

The newly remixed Relayer can be pre-ordered (CD/BD-Audio here), and (CD/DVD-Audio here).

Relayer Gatefold Art

[Thanks, Bill!]

MTV’s VMAs

VMALast night, the MTV Video Music Awards took place. Of course, awards shows can be fun…unless you have a real beef with what is genuinely the year’s best. Personally, I despise such narrow awards processes that fail to capture the year’s best but rather stick with the popular choices. Why do they do that? Money, of course. If the actual best are presented with awards, no one would turn out to watch the shows, a sad but true fact.

I write this because of the Best Video Award given out last night to Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” video. And I thought long and hard about that. It doesn’t matter wheter I like the song or not, it’s whether I objectively chose the best video. And “Wrecking Ball” was not the best video. Not by a long shot.

Last year, a band by the name of The Paper Kites created a stunning video using several thousand individual singers of their song, “Young“. Each video was edited, a shot removed, and stitched together to form a cohesive and linear video of every edited picture, all singing the song. Was this gem considered? Likely not. It has almost 650,000 views. And while that’s impressive, it’s not close to the near 700,000,000 views “Wrecking Ball” received.

Now, I’m not saying that “Young” should have won. Nor am I saying that it was the best. But with the ability of MTV to reach deep, they could certainly have explored all videos that are real contenders. And I WILL say that “Wrecking Ball” was not the best video. But it won.

This is why awards programs are worthless. How they are appreciated, and thrive like they do is beyond me.

I would love to see a real awards show, one that takes into account everything that is good enough for the contest.

3CD Genesis Box, R-Kive, To Be Issued In September

Genesis R-KiveGenesis, the band, has been a lot of things to a lot of people. Some fans prefer the Peter Gabriel years, while others prefer the hits-laden years without Gabriel. Yes, I have my preferences (Gabriel-fronted, although I loved Trick Of The Tail, Wind and Wuthering (the last with Steve Hackett), and …Then There Were Three…, which accounts for most of Genesis’ vast catalog). Oftentimes, when the hits packages are released for Genesis, they center in on the Collins-fronted era.

It’s nice to discover that a collections Box set featuring Genesis (and Genesis-related materials) is on the calendar for us fans to indulge in, and will take a decidedly different direction than your conventional ‘best of’ package.

On September 29, Virgin/Universal UK, and September 30 for US  via Atlantic Records, the 3CD, 37 track retrospective of Genesis called R-Kive will be released. This set will revisit Genesis, and their off-shoot successes such as the solo careers of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, and Mike + The Mechanics (Mike Rutherford) (check out…and love, the track-list below).

R-Kive, with its clever scrambling of the Genesis name on the cover, will span the extraordinary 40+ musical years of the band and its respected members.

R-Kive Track-List:

CD1:
‘The Knife’ from ‘Trepass’ (1970)
‘The Musical Box’ from ‘Nursery Cryme’ (1971)
‘Supper’s Ready’ from ‘Foxtrot’ (1972)
‘The Cinema Show’ from ‘Selling England by the Pound’ (1973)
‘I Know What I Like’ from ‘Selling England by the Pound’ (1973)
‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ from ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974)
‘Back in N.Y.C.’ from ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974)
‘The Carpet Crawlers’ from ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974)
‘Ace of Wands’ from Steve Hackett‘s ‘Voyage of the Acolyte’ (1975)

CD2:
‘Ripples’ from ‘A Trick of the Tail’ (1976)
‘Afterglow’ from ‘Wind & Wuthering’ (1976)
‘Solsbury Hill’ from Peter Gabriel‘s first self-titled album (1977)
‘Follow You Follow Me’ from ‘And Then There Were Three’ (1978)
‘For a While’ from Tony Banks’ ‘A Curious Feeling’ (1979)
‘Every Day’ from Steve Hackett’s ‘Spectral Mornings’ (1979)
‘Biko’ from Peter Gabriel’s third self-titled album (1980)
‘Turn It On Again’ from ‘Duke’ (1980)
‘In the Air Tonight’ from Phil Collins’ ‘Face Value’ (1981)
‘Abacab’ from ‘Abacab’ (1981)
‘Mama’ from ‘Genesis’ (1983)
‘That’s All’ from ‘Genesis’ (1983)
‘Easy Lover’ (Phil Collins and Philip Bailey duet, originally released in 1984)
‘Silent Running’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ self-titled album (1985)

CD3:
‘Invisible Touch’ from ‘Invisible Touch’ (1986)
‘Land of Confusion’ from ‘Invisible Touch’ (1986)
‘Tonight Tonight Tonight’ from ‘Invisible Touch’ (1986)
‘The Living Years’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ ‘Living Years’ (1989)
‘Red Day on Blue Street’ from Tony Banks’s ‘Still’ (1991)
‘I Can’t Dance’ from ‘We Can’t Dance’ (1991)
‘No Son of Mine’ from ‘We Can’t Dance’ (1991)
‘Hold On My Heart’ from ‘We Can’t Dance’ (1991)
‘Over My Shoulder’ from Mike + The Mechanics’ ‘Beggar on a Beach of Gold’ (1995)
‘Calling All Stations’ from ‘Calling All Stations’ (1997)
‘Signal to Noise’ from Peter Gabriel’s ‘Up’ (2002)
‘Wake Up Call’ from Phil Collins’ ‘Testify’ (2002)
‘Nomads’ from Steve Hackett’s ‘Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth’ (2009)
‘Siren’ from Tony Banks’ ‘Six: Pieces of Orchestra’ (2012)

More details to be updated as they become available.