New Holiday Album From Chandeen Set For November

Chandeen - Winter ReverbsChandeen is a European band that has been around for quite a few years. The band started as far back as 1990, and has transitiond musically (as bands will do) into a EuroPop style that is pretty good if I do say so myself. For my part, I have been a fan of the band for some time after being alerted to their existence by one of the band affiliates, Harald Löwy. I have a lot of love for their brilliant 1996 issue, The Waking Dream. Since, I have enjoyed their subsequent releases that include their most recent, Forever And Ever, issued in 2014. That new album has generated a popular European Pop track, “Wake Up, Starbuck”. Currently, the band is still promoting this album. They have just released a new single from it called “The Wild Unknown”.

Now, with the Holidays arriving at a fast pace (just two months away as of this writing), Chandeen will be releasing their first holiday-themed set, Winter Reverbs, Winter Reverbs will contain a well-thought out collection of ten tracks that will offer traditionals, chants, and contemporary songs (see track-list). (I would have LOVED to hear a Chandeen version of “In The Bleak Midwinter”, a poem written in 1872 by Christina Rosetti, and famously set to music by famed English composer, Gustav Holst, and later, beautifully augmented by Harold Darke in a haunting choir piece.

I’m excited to get this album as not only do I really like Chandeen, I also like the old songs presented in a European fashion. They always seem to add a little more than the usual.

Winter Reverbs is set for release on November 24. It will be released as a digital download, with a vinyl LP set coming later.

Winter Reverbs – Chandeen
Track-List:

01 – I Wonder As I Wander (Christian Folk Hymn by John Jacob Niles)
02 – Es Kommt Ein Schiff, Geladen (17th Century traditional)
03 – Stille Nacht (Silent Night, Gruber/Mohr composition from 1818)
04 – Christmas Time Is Here (Peanuts classic)
05 – Veni Veni Emmanuel (O Come, O Come Emannuel, James Macmillan – 1992)
06 – Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging (Maria Walks Among The Thorns, Hesse – 16th Century traditional)
07 – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (3rd Century Greek Eucharistic chant)
08 – In Praise Of Christmas (inspired by Loreena McKennitt-sung traditional)
09 – Carol Of The Bells (Popular Christmas song composed by Leontovych/Wilhousky – 1904)
10 – Welcome Christmas (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Dr Seuss)

 

 

New 2CD Carly Simon Collection, Songs From The Trees, In November

Carly Simon Songs From The TreesSeveral weeks back, I mentioned the companion album collection of Carly Simon songs meant to sidle up next to Simon’s upcoming autobiography, Boys In The Trees: A Memoir. I knew of a date and a title, but nothing else. Now, I know a bit more including a look at the track-list.

To recap, on November 20, Rhino Records will deliver a 2CD, 31-track set titled Songs From The Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection that will precede the arrival of the book, scheduled for November 24.

Songs From The Trees will offer two CDs with selections drawn from her time with The Simon Sisters, and going up to her 3CD collection Box, Clouds In My Coffee (1995). In addition, this new set will give us two previously unreleased tracks (“Showdown”, “I Can’t Thank You Enough”). Also, I’m very pleased to note the inclusion of “My Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin” from her excellent classic, No Secrets.

Songs From The Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection – Carly Simon

CD1:

01 – Boys In The Trees
02 – Winken’, Blinkin’ And Nod (The Simon Sisters)
03 – Orpheus
04 – Older Sister
05 – It Was So Easy
06 – Embrace Me, You Child
07 – Hello Big Man
08 – Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night)
09 – It Happens Everyday
10 – His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin
11 – I’m All It Takes To Make You Happy
12 – That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be
13 – I’ve Got To Have You
14 – Anticipation
15 – Legend In Your Own Time
16 – Three Days

CD2:

01 – Julie Through The Glass
02 – We Have No Secrets
03 – You’re So Vain
04 – Mind On My Man
05 – Mockingbird
06 – After The Storm
07 – Haunting
08 – In Times When My Head
09 – You Belong To Me
10 – We’re So Close
11 – From The Heart
12 – Come Upstairs
13 – The Right Thing To Do
14 – Showdown (Boys In The Trees outtake, previously unreleased)
15 – I Can’t Thank You Enough (New, previously unreleased)

 

Tusk by Fleetwood Mac Gets Massive Update For December

Tusk 3CD Deluxe FMYou may have an opinion of Tusk, the 1979 2LP set by Fleetwood Mac. Clearly, it was a step away from the usual fare provided by this particular lineup. But for me, it contained one of my favorite FM songs of this lineup. “Sara” performed well on the charts in all radio markets. On the LP, it clocked in a over six minutes. It endured an edit for radio that trimmed it to twenty seconds shy of five minutes. The title song was a favorite of others although it was considered highly experimental.

On December 4, Rhino and Warner Music will deliver to fans of the band a remastered and incredibly expanded Tusk. It will contain a treasure box filled with what is an alternate version of the album complete with session outtakes, demos, remixes, single edits, and more. So, there’s plenty to be excited about for everyone.

There will be a standard single CD issue, a 3CD Deluxe Edition, possibly a 2LP Edition (not currently listed), and a Super Deluxe Edition that will offer 5CDs, 2LPs, and a DVD-Audio disc containing a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album.

The booklets for these sets, (Box for the Super Deluxe, digipaks for the other two) will contain new photos, liner notes, and interviews with the band for this edition.

Fleetwood Mac Tusk Super Deluxe Edition

Enjoy it, Fleetwood Mac fans!

Track Listing – Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
Disc One: Original Album Remastered
“Over & Over”,“The Ledge”,“Think About Me”,“Save Me A Place”,“Sara”,“What Makes You Think You’re The One”,“Storms”,“That’s All For Everyone”,“Not That Funny”, “Sisters Of The Moon”, “Angel”, “That’s Enough For Me”, “Brown Eyes”, “Never Make Me Cry”, “I Know I’m Not Wrong”, “Honey Hi”, “Beautiful Child”, “Walk A Thin Line”, “Tusk” and “Never Forget”.

Tusk (Expanded 3CD Digi-pack)
This EXPANDED EDITION features 3 CDs including the remastered original album, an alternate version of the complete album made up of session outtakes, most of which have never been released, as well as an additional selection of singles, demos and remixes, including an outtake of “Think About Me,” an early version of “That’s Enough For Me” called “Out On The Road,” plus several incarnations of “I Know I’m Not Wrong.

”TUSK is also available as a 1 disc and 5 disc deluxe version.

Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album Remastered
“Over & Over”,“The Ledge”,“Think About Me”,“Save Me A Place”,“Sara”,“What Makes You Think You’re The One”,“Storms”,“That’s All For Everyone”,“Not That Funny”, “Sisters Of The Moon”, “Angel”, “That’s Enough For Me”, “Brown Eyes”, “Never Make Me Cry”, “I Know I’m Not Wrong”, “Honey Hi”, “Beautiful Child”, “Walk A Thin Line”, “Tusk” and “Never Forget”.

Disc Two: Singles, Outtakes, Sessions
“Think About Me” – Single Version
“That’s All For Everyone” – Remix
“Sisters Of The Moon” – Remix
“Not That Funny” – Remix
“Sara” – Single Version
“Walk A Thin Line” – Song #3
“Honey Hi” – Alternate Version
“Storms” – Alternate Version
“Save Me A Place” *
“Never Make Me Cry”
“Out On The Road” (aka “That’s Enough For Me”) – Alternate Version *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” – Lindsey’s Song #1 (Demo)
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“Tusk” – Demo *
“Tusk” – “Stage Riff” (Demo) *
“Tusk” Outtake Track *
“Tusk” Outtake Mix *
“Tusk” – USC Version

Disc Three: The Alternate Tusk
“Over & Over”*
“The Ledge”
“Think About Me”
*Save Me A Place” *
“Sara”
“What Makes You Think You’re The One” *
“Storms” *
“That’s All For Everyone” *
“Not That Funny” *
“Sisters Of The Moon”
“Angel” *
“That’s Enough For Me” *
“Brown Eyes” *
“Never Make Me Cry” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“Honey Hi” *
“Beautiful Child” *
“Walk A Thin Line” *
“Tusk” *
“Never Forget” *

* Previously Unreleased

Tusk (Deluxe Edition 5CD/1DVD-A/2 Vinyl
This DELUXE EDITION delves deep into the vaults with five CDs including the remastered original album, an alternate version of the complete album made up of session outtakes, most of which have never been released, as well as an additional selection of singles, demos and remixes, including an outtake of “Think About Me,” an early version of “That’s Enough For Me” called “Out On The Road,” plus several incarnations of “I Know I’m Not Wrong.”

Also included are two discs loaded with 22 unreleased performances from the band’s 1979 Tusk tour with selections from concerts in London, Tucson, and St. Louis. It includes live versions of album tracks like “Sara, “Over And Over” and “Save Me A Place,” as well as favorites like “Landslide,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Rhiannon,” “Don’t Stop” and “Go Your Own Way.”

Completing the Deluxe Edition is a 5.1 surround mix of Tusk on DVD-Audio and vinyl of the original album on 2-LPs.

The collection comes housed in an elegant box reminiscent of the acclaimed Rumours Deluxe Edition with a booklet that has extended liner notes that feature new interviews with all the band members.

TUSK is also available as a 1 disc and 3 disc version.

Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album Remastered
“Over & Over”,“The Ledge”,“Think About Me”,“Save Me A Place”,“Sara”,“What Makes You Think You’re The One”,“Storms”,“That’s All For Everyone”,“Not That Funny”, “Sisters Of The Moon”, “Angel”, “That’s Enough For Me”, “Brown Eyes”, “Never Make Me Cry”, “I Know I’m Not Wrong”, “Honey Hi”, “Beautiful Child”, “Walk A Thin Line”, “Tusk” and “Never Forget”.

Disc Two: Singles, Outtakes, Sessions
“Think About Me” – Single Version
“That’s All For Everyone” – Remix
“Sisters Of The Moon” – Remix
“Not That Funny” – Remix
“Sara” – Single Version
“Walk A Thin Line” – Song #3
“Honey Hi” – Alternate Version
“Storms” – Alternate Version
“Save Me A Place” *
“Never Make Me Cry”
“Out On The Road” (aka “That’s Enough For Me”) – Alternate Version *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” – Lindsey’s Song #1 (Demo)
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“Tusk” – Demo *
“Tusk” – “Stage Riff” (Demo) *
“Tusk” Outtake Track *
“Tusk” Outtake Mix *
“Tusk” – USC Version

Disc Three: The Alternate Tusk
“Over & Over”*
“The Ledge”
“Think About Me”
*Save Me A Place” *
“Sara”
“What Makes You Think You’re The One” *
“Storms” *
“That’s All For Everyone” *
“Not That Funny” *
“Sisters Of The Moon”
“Angel” *
“That’s Enough For Me” *
“Brown Eyes” *
“Never Make Me Cry” *
“I Know I’m Not Wrong” *
“Honey Hi” *
“Beautiful Child” *
“Walk A Thin Line” *
“Tusk” *
“Never Forget” *

Disc Four: Tusk Tour Live 1
Intro *
“Say You Love Me” *
“The Chain” *
“Don’t Stop” *
“Dreams” *
“Oh Well” *
“Rhiannon” *
“Over And Over” *
“That’s Enough For Me” *
“Sara” *
“Not That Funny” *
“Tusk” *

Disc Five: Tusk Tour Live 2
“Save Me A Place” *
“Landslide” *
“What Makes You Think You’re The One” *
“Angel” *
“You Make Loving Fun” *
“I’m So Afraid” *
“World Turning” *
“Go Your Own Way” *
“Sisters Of The Moon” *

* Previously Unreleased

 

Talia’s Overflow Notes-Thoughts On The Passing Of Cory Wells And Concerning Three Dog Night

Cory WellsSometimes, it might be said that a writer’s best work might come when they are a little tired. In this regard, the struggle helps to motivate one to really reach when they write. I was thinking of this this evening and then I came to the realization that I didn’t need tiredness, motivation or inspiration in order to write about a band like Three Dog Night. Well, in this case-one member to start before I expand.

Something else was driving an even greater need for my wanting to write about Cory Wells this evening. It can be traced back to the very point that I learned about Wells’ passing. It came as I was driving my car across one end of Eugene to where I live on the other side of town late this afternoon. There’s a d.j. in my town (who shall go nameless so that he doesn’t catch too much hell from people) who broke the news to all of us as I was driving. After he was done giving us the news, he went and played “Seasons In The Sun” from Terry Jacks. That was cool. It was a nice touch. Afterwards though, he went and played “Joy To The World”. This, in itself, is not a bad thing. But if one really wanted to pay tribute to Cory Wells, then at least play one of the songs that he sang lead on and not Chuck Negron or Danny Hutton. At this point, as I’m taking in a new state of shock upon the news, my first reaction was to want to take my hand and smack my forehead hard enough to want to send said forehead clear to my backseat. What was even more disturbing to me was that the guy has been a d.j. for over 40 years and has very deep L.A. connections (in fact, he has spoken to the members of Three Dog Night on occasion over these many years). On top of it, this is a guy who has played “Never Been To Spain” here on the station he runs more frequently than of any other Three Dog Night songs that he spins for people. Why couldn’t he have chosen that one? That’s one of the songs Wells sang lead vocals on.

It is tragic that there was so much infighting among Three Dog Night. Once “Joy To The World” became a smash, it was as if Chuck Negron became the image focal point of the group when the truth was that the whole three-man front line was really the true focal point of the band. So, for those of you who were too young to have experienced them back in the day and then for those of you who did experience them back then but only in a casual way, let’s get this out of the way right now, o.k.? Cory Wells, Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton made Three Dog who they were. Fact. Please don’t bother arguing this point. I realize that everybody likes to pick sides in every argument. There’s the pro-Hutton side of the argument. There’s the pro-Negron side of the argument. And there was the pro-Wells side of the argument. I think we’ve all come along far enough along through the years now to understand that we have to learn to look beyond this. I wish that Wells, Hutton and Negron could have come to this conclusion as well. It appears that it won’t be the case now that a part of the equation has left us. Ultimately, I find this to be the thing that overrides what I said in the first two paragraphs of this tribute. My shock tonight leads to the sadness of what “Joy To The World” had wrought to Cory, Chuck and Danny’s relationship. They all got stuck in a terrible cycle of thinking that caused their ride through the already rocky waters of the music business to be that much more so.

What other songs could my local d.j. have picked in order to more accurately pay tribute to Cory Wells? He could have chosen the Laura Nyro penned “Eli’s Coming”. He could have chosen the song many people identify more with Otis Redding and that was their cover of “Try A Little Tenderness”. There was the Randy Newman penned “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”. I’ve already named the Hoyt Axton penned “Never Been To Spain”. And then there was “Shambala”.

Cory Wells could sing just as well as Danny and Chuck. The praises are all over the music forums tonight about how he could combine his voice on harmony so superbly. The songs were succinct in comparison to other songs the late ’60s and early ’70s time period heyday. And it brings up another point. You could not get away from this band on the radio from 1969 to the Summer of 1974. They were selling enough albums to inform people that they were not flukes and yet something has left me puzzled to this very day. Why have so many critics put a rip on this band over the years? Take any copy of the now ancient Rolling Stone Record Guide (the red or blue copy) and take a quick gander at the reviews for their albums. What? I defy any critic to say this band was not worthy of decent album reviews when they had 6 years of staying power on the charts. That is an eternity for any band. And back in the late ’60s and the early ’70s, 6 years was proof that you had monstrous power because of how many incredible bands there were back then and how fierce the competition was for chart positioning in both the singles and LP markets.

And let’s consider those songs once again. This band had taste. They were choosing great songs from great songwriters who would eventually get great write-ups themselves. Did Laura Nyro get ripped by people? No. On top of it, she’s still looked back upon with great reverence since her passing. And then there’s Hoyt Axton. He actually knew the members of the band. He helped to supply many other artists with material. I don’t recall people ripping him too much. And Randy Newman? He’s considered a laureate of songwriting here in America. Did he get a going over very often by critics? Not too often. And then there was the B.W. Stevenson connection to “Shambala”. It was supposed to have come out before Three Dog Night’s version came out. Remember “My Maria”? It’s not too shabby to get a song on the charts. Yet this band that Cory was in got shafted by its own industry. Who decided to try to isolate them and what for? That’s something I’d like to know because this band was a veritable cornucopia of great songs. Was it their fault that they got material from other writers? What I’m trying to say is that Three Dog Night was a band that’s worthy of Hall Of Fame inclusion. You name it. Any Hall of Fame inclusion. Not just the joke of a one in Cleveland either. They should be in everybody’s Hall Of Fame because of the talent pool within the group they brought to the table and for their performances both on record and in concert. When I was living up here in Eugene my first time back from 1970-1972, I watched a performance of theirs on television that kept me riveted the whole way through. Did any of those writers bother going to the shows?

I grew up in both California and Oregon loving all of those great singles. I became fully aware of them in 1970 and I was along for the ride clear through the “The Show Must Go On” single in the Summer of 1974. My own personal tribute to Cory Wells comes from what I’m about to say right now. My two favorite songs from them have always been “Never Been To Spain” and “Shambala”. It had to do with two things that each song had in common. Obviously, the great lead vocals on the part of Wells. For “Never Been To Spain”, I’ve always really dug the guitar lines from Mike Allsup. They really made me feel, as a kid, like I was living in the present and really digging new sounds. And then there was “Shambala”. When I think of this song, I think of how it doesn’t get spoken about too much by people. The story goes that it was a rush-job that got done in a hurry in the studio. The sense of urgency helped to give the song the undeniable drive it has. The secret weapon on it, in my mind, was the drumming by Floyd Sneed. It helped to push Wells into an inspired vocal run.

I know that I’ll write more about Three Dog Night as time reveals its inevitable truths and cold reality. Cory Wells will be missed. I really hope that Cory’s passing will not stop the great individual album reissues the Iconoclassic label has been doing of them. Vic Anesini has provided a Midas touch to the self-titled first album and for Suitable For Framing. Iconoclassic needs to be allowed to finish off their catalog like they said they were planning on doing. Someone over at The Hoffman Forum made a terrific suggestion this evening. If the Real Gone Music label can do mono singles collections for various old bands, then why can’t one be done for Three Dog Night as well after the individual album reissues?

–Steve Talia

In Memoriam: Cory Wells (Three Dog Night)

Cory_Wells_1969Most of us in our fifties and up remember the hits-laden band, Three Dog Night. For the most part, we had no problem following every single release – of which there were many – on AM Radio stations that played Top40 hits. One of those songs began with “Jeremiah was a bullfrog. Was a good friend of mine.” That one was “Joy To The World”, a song known to probably everyone alive. Three Dog Night survived as a recording band for approximately ten strong studio albums through 1976. They racked up an impressive 21 Top 40 hits, with a string of twelve gold albums. Eventually this band would breakup, and reform without Chuck Negron in the ranks.

On October 20, 2015, Cory Wells died and went to join the Great Band. One of the hallmarks of Three Dog Night was their amazing ability to allow each main component (Cory Wells, Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron) to sing lead on some of their many hits. Cory Wells is best known for his lead vocals on “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”.

It is sad to see a key part of your youth move on in death. And Cory Wells was a key part. Three Dog Night was sure to have a hit in the countdown almost twice every year, if not more. Cory Wells had still toured Three Dog Night with Danny Hutton for many years. It is more than a breaking sadness to have Cory Wells gone from the lineup. Hopefully, Danny Hutton and Chuck Negron can put whatever ailed them behind them to continue the show. Because, as they put it so well on one of their last Top 40 hit, “The Show Must Go On”.

Cory Wells Three Dog Night

We will miss you deeply, Cory Wells.

Sings that Cory Wells sang lead on include:

  • Try A Little Tenderness
  • Eli’s Coming
  • Celebrate (Verse 3)
  • Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
  • Out In The Country (together)
  • Never Been To Spain
  • The Family Of Man (Verse 3)
  • Shambala
  • Let Me Serenade You
  • Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here
  • Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)

Cory Wells 2

Cory Wells
1942-2015
RIP

Johnny Marr Live Set, Adrenaline Baby, Planned For December

Johnny Marr Live Adrenaline BabyAdded to release schedules is the upcoming Johnny Marr offering, Adrenalin Baby – Johnny Marr Live. This 17-performance song set will be available as a 2LP set, a Special Limited Edition 2LP set pressed in pink vinyl, and a CD edition, all released via New Voodoo Records. This album is planned for December 4 in US markets, November 20 via non-US markets. All tracks have been recorded from shows at Brixton Academy, and Manchester Apollo in 2014.

01 Playland
02 The Right Thing Right
03 Easy Money
04 25 Hours
05 New Town Velocity
06 The Headmaster Ritual
07 The Messenger
08 Back In The Box
09 Generate! Generate!
10 Bigmouth Strikes Again
11 Boys Get Straight
12 Candidate
13 Getting Away With It
14 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
15 Dynamo
16 I Fought The Law
17 How Soon Is Now?

 

4CD Box The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 Featuring Weather Report

Weather Report Legendary Live TapesIf you dug Jazz, listened to Rock, and listened to music experimentally in the ’70s, chances are great that you dabbled in the area of Fusion Jazz. That’s where Rock and Jazz combined to provide a funky hybrid of new-styled music. And chances are greater that you listened to, if not outright revered, Weather Report.

Weather Report was a group of notable musicians known in their original standalone careers. Those were Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Airto Moreira, Peter Erskine, Vic Bailey, Alex Acuña, Chester Thompson, and Alphonso Johnson. Not all of these players played at the same time. At the band’s peak with their monumental Heavy Weather (1977), they boasted band leaders, Zawinul and Shorer, along with Jaco, Acuña, and Manola Badrena.

The band pushed more than ten studio albums out the door as well as a few live sets during the course of a nice extended career.

On November 20, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release a 4CD Box of previously unreleased live music, a form that this band thrived with. The Box, The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 concentrates on the years that featured Zawinul (always Zawinul), Shorter, Jaco, Erskine, and Bobby Thomas, Jr. The 4CDs will offer up 28 power house live performance cuts over a span of time.

The box is produced and curated by Peter Erskine and Joe Zawinul’s son, Tony Zawinul.

The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 – Weather Report
Track-List:

CD1:
01. 8:30
02. Sightseeing
03. Brown Street
04. The Orphan
05. Forlorn
06. Three Views of a Secret
07. Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz
08. Wayne Solo
09. Jaco Solo (Osaka 1980)

CD2:
01. Joe and Wayne Duet (Tokyo 1978)
02. Birdland
03. Peter’s Solo ( Drum Solo )
04. A Remark You Made
05. Continuum/River People
06. Gibraltar

CD3:
01. Fast City
02. Madagascar
03. Night Passage
04. Dream Clock
05. Rockin’ In Rhythm
06. Port of Entry

CD4:
01. Elegant People
02. Scarlet Woman
03. Black Market
04. Jaco Solo (Osaka 1978)
05. Teen Town
06. Peter’s Drum Solo
07. Directions

The MGM Years 1965-1973 For Roy Orbison In December Plus More

Back in August, the news that there would be a collected Box set for later Roy Orbison classics was well-received. The Box, which will contain thirteen CDs of new 2015 remastering of all the tracks, was being referred to as Roy Orbison – The MGM Years 1965-1973. Much, if not all of the details have already been released so there is little need to recap all of that here. This new Boxed set is currently scheduled for December 4.

The MGM Years 1965-1973 will deliver 156 newly remastered songs including a rarities collection being called One Of The Lonely Ones. That album was recorded, yet shelved back in 1969. It has been unreleased until now. A standalone copy of that album was expected to be provided “free” to the first 500 pre-orders (which is likely already exceeded by now).

In addition to the release of this magnificent Box that will please devout fans, all of the albums are on the calendar (same date) for individual purchasing. Each title will be additionally distributed as digital downloads for those that are here, there, everywhere. There will be vinyl LPs issued for each titles as well as an assembled Box with all LP titled included with the same 2015 remaster provided (and same date of issue).

Titles include:

There Is Only One Roy Orbison (1965)
The Orbison Way (1966)
The Classic Roy Orbison (1966)
Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson (1967)
Cry Softly Lonely One (1967)
Roy Orbison’s Many Moods (1969)
Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way (1970)
Memphis (1972)
Milestones (1973)
The Fastest Guitar Alive OMPS (1967)
The Big O (1970)
Roy Orbison Sings (1972)
One Of The Lonely Ones (1969)

The booklet should be a stunning involvement.

Roy Orbison - The MGM Years 1965-1973

 

Tracy Chapman Gets First Greatest Hits Set In November

Tracy Chapman Greatest HitsTracy Chapman illumined a late eighties mindset with the plight of poverty on her massive hit, “Fast Car”. With dreams of a better life, and the struggle to get there, the realities hit like  brick in her well-written song. That set the stage for her poetic ability to talk about sensitive things on an international stage, where all can hear and understand.

Since “Fast Car”, and her 1988 self-titled debut, Tracy Chapman has released a stream of socially conscious songs from eight albums. Her last album, Our Bright Future, was released in 2008 with excellent charting. This indicated that Tracy Chapman could still connect with her audience with a series of well-crafted songs with strong lyrics and excellent music.

On November 20, Elektra Records will dive into those eight albums (Tracy Chapman – 1988, Crossroads – 1989, Matters Of The Heart – 1992, New Beginning – 1995, Telling Stories – 2000, Let It Rain – 2002, Where You Live – 2005, Our Bright Future – 2008) to assemble an eighteen-track ‘best of’ called Tracy Chapman – Greatest Hits. This collection will feature seventeen brand new 2015 remasterings of Chapman songs, plus a live performance song from a David Letterman airing (“Stand By Me”).

This collection is her only Greatest Hits set.

Tracy Chapman – Greatest Hits

01 Telling Stories
02 Baby Can I Hold You
03 Change
04 The Promise
05 Open Arms
06 Subcity
07 Fast Car
08 Bang Bang Bang
09 Crossroads
10 Speak The Word
11 Smoke And Ashes
12 Sing For You
13 You’re The One
14 Save Us All
15 All That You Have Is Your Soul
16 Talkin’ Bout A Revolution
17 Give Me One Reason
18 Stand By Me (Live From The Late Show With David Letterman)

 

Bruce Springsteen Class, The River, Gets 4CD/3DVD Box, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

Springteen The Ties That BindThe Bruce Springsteen legacy is explored once again with the upcoming new multi-disc set collection of anything to do with The River. The River was Springsteen’s much-loved follow-up to his exemplary Darkness On the Edge Of Town. (I’m famous, if for no other reason, for the dislike of The River in its released form. I’ve always believed that it could have been distilled to a single album.) The River was originally released on October 17, 1980.

On December 4, Columbia and Legacy Recordings will unleash a much-desired 4CD/3DVD(!) Box completing a full journey in the creation of The River. It is called The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. Much of it is unreleased material that will put the album in a perfect perspective. The will be a 4CD/2BD set as well.

The box will contain the original album with a new remaster. What will make it quite interesting is the original intent of The River, once set to have been titled The Ties That Bind. (It was planned to have been a single album.) That disc will be labeled The River: Single Album. The additional CD discs include a CD of studio outtakes from the 1979/1980 sessions. Of the three DVDs, there will be a 2DVD film of never before released footage from Springsteen’s 1980 Tempe, AZ show. The remaining DVD will contain a documentary, The Ties That Bind, a documentary of Th River (that might help me to understand it’s present incarnation).

Curiously, it is written that seven of the ten songs on The River: Single Album eventually ended up on The River, albeit some with alternate lyrics and arrangements. I’ll be glad to have it although, again, I may be dissatisfied with what was planned given the fact that an entire 2LP album is in existence with a wealth of tracks to choose from.

The box will be beautifully housed in a 10″ x 12″ box with a hardcover book containing a richly completed 148 pages hardcover book. It will provide pages and pages of notebook entries, single covers, photos, and memorabilia as well as a ton of written essays, notations, and credits. There is also a replica composition booklet.

The Ties That Bind Project

You can now pre-order this historic set at Amazon!

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection – Bruce Sprinsteen
Track List

CD1:
The River – Record One

01. “The Ties That Bind”
02. “Sherry Darling”
03. “Jackson Cage”
04. “Two Hearts”
05. “Independence Day”
06. “Hungry Heart”
07. “Out In The Street”
08. “Crush On You”
09. “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)”
10. “I Wanna Marry You”
11. “The River”

CD2:
The River – Record Two

01. “Point Blank”
02. “Cadillac Ranch”
03. “I’m A Rocker”
04. “Fade Away”
05. “Stolen Car”
06. “Ramrod”
07. “The Price You Pay”
08. “Drive All Night”
09. “Wreck On The Highway”

CD3:
The River: Single Album

01. “The Ties That Bind”
02. “Cindy”
03. “Hungry Heart”
04. “Stolen Car” (Vs. 1)
05. “Be True”
06. “The River”
07. “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” (Vs. 1)
08. “The Price You Pay”
09. “I Wanna Marry You”
10. “Loose End”

CD4:
The River: Outtakes

Record One

01. “Meet Me in the City”
02. “The Man Who Got Away”
03. “Little White Lies”
04. “The Time That Never Was”
05. “Night Fire”
06. “Whitetown”
07. “Chain Lightning”
08. “Party Lights”
09. “Paradise By The “C””
10. “Stray Bullet”
11. “Mr. Outside”

Record Two

12. “Roulette”
13. “Restless Nights”
14. “Where The Bands Are”
15. “Dollhouse”
16. “Living On The Edge Of The World”
17. “Take ’em As They Come”
18. “Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own”
19. “I Wanna Be With You”
20. “Mary Lou”
21. “Held Up Without a Gun”
22. “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)”

DVD1:

The Ties That Bind (Documentary)

DVD2:

The River Tour, Tempe 1980

Concert – Part 1

01. “Born to Run”
02. “Prove It All Night”
03. “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
04. “Jackson Cage”
05. “Two Hearts”
06. “The Promised Land”
07. “Out in the Street”
08. “The River”
09. “Badlands”
10. “Thunder Road”
11. “No Money Down”
12. “Cadillac Ranch”
13. “Hungry Heart”
14. “Fire”
15. “Sherry Darling”
16. “I Wanna Marry You”
17. “Crush on You”
18. “Ramrod”
19. “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)”

DVD3:

The River Tour, Tempe 1980

Concert – Part 2

01. “Drive All Night”
02. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”
03. “I’m A Rocker”
04. “Jungleland”
05. “Detroit Medley”
06. “Where The Bands Are (Credits)”

BONUS: The River Tour Rehearsals

– Ramrod
– Cadillac Ranch
– Fire
– Crush On You
– Sherry Darling

Blu-Ray Content:

Blu-ray Disc 1
The Ties That Bind (Documentary)

Blu-ray Disc 2
The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert Part 1
The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert Part 2