TAPSheet: Release Notes – December 31, 2015

Rhino Records have a vinyl reissue of Into The Music (1979) by Van Morrison planned for release on February 28, 2016.

Van Morrison Into the Music

ORG Music will release Rockin’ The Suburbs, the 2001 Ben Folds issue, on 180g-weight, 2LP vinyl. This reissue is set for February 26.

Bearsville Records will release a 13CD Box, Todd Rundgren: The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection, on February 26.

Todd Rundgren Complete Bearsvill Records Collection.


Napalm Records have the latest by Greenleaf, Rise Above The Meadow, set for February 26. This title is being released on CD, DD, and a 2LP set with a 16-page LP-sized booklet included. If you enjoy The Sword, or Queens Of The Stone Age, then you should really investigate Greenleaf. They might become a favorite.


Frontiers Records will release Rocket Science by Rick Springfield on February 19.

Maranatha! Music plan the release of Top 25 Praise Songs Of All Time on a 2CD set, scheduled for January 12.

Alligator Records will offer God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, on CD and vinyl LP, with a calendar date of February 26. This album is a collection of artists covering the songs of this important bluesman. The artists include Tom Waits, Sinead O’Connor, Cowboy Junkies, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Lucinda Williams, and Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.

ALCD 4968
ALCD 4968

Rhino and Parlophone team to present a 4LP, 180g-weight vinyl Box set of Bowie At the Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions ’68-’72. It’s planned for February 26.

On February 23, Rhino and Parlophone will reissue Space Ritual, the 1973 Live 2LP set by Hawkwind on 180g-weight 2LP vinyl. Also planned by the labels is a 2LP, 180g-weight vinyl reissue of Living In The Past (1972) by Jethro Tull, same date.

Rhino will reissue Bona Drag (1990) by Morrissey on 180g-weight 2LP, planned for February 23.

Anti/Epitaph will release new music by Mavis Staples on a new CD called Livin’ On A High Note. The album will feature twelve new songs written exclusively for Mavis Staples by luminaries like Neko Case, Ben Harper, Nick Cave, and others. There will be an HBO documentary special, Mavis!, on February 20. Livin’ On A High Note will release on CD on February 19, while the vinyl LP version is scheduled for April 1.

Mavis Staples Livin' On A High Note

RCA Records will release a ‘best of’ for Daughtry on February 12. The compilation is tentatively titled Greatest Hits awaiting the actual title, which is to be determined.

Modular Records will release Yes, I’m A Witch Too, by Yoko Ono, scheduling the album for March 4. This album is an All-Star collaboration set that follows up her 2007 covers set, Yes, I’m A Witch. Artists joining Yoko Ono for this set will be Sparks, Death Cab for Cuties, Sean Lennon, and others.

Omnivore Records plan a 4CD collection featuring the music of Buck Owens, which will be called Buck ‘Em: The Music Of Buck Owens – Volumes One and Two. (Buck ‘Em? Really?). This 4CD Box will offer 100 tracks from 1955-1967. It’s slated for release on February 19.

Buck Owens - Buck 'Em!

Ignition Records will release the new album by The Coral to be called Distance Inbetween. It is expected to be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP, all on the calendar for March 4.

Interscope Records have the new album by The 1975 on the board for February 26. The new album is expected on CD and DD. It is being called I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.


Wynonna & The Big Noise (Wynonna Judd) will be releasing their new album on February 12. The new album is called a self-titled effort.

Wynonna And The Big Noise

Roadrunner Records have The Astonishing by Dream Theater presented in a 2CD edition on January 29.

Dream Theater The Astonishing

Flashback Records will offer a 5CD Original Album Series for Ride offering bare-bones selections of Smile (1990 – Compilation), Nowhere (1990), Going Blank Again (1992), Carnival Of Light (1994), and Tarantula (1996).


13CD Todd Rundgren Solo Box Of Bearsville Releases To Be Issued In February

Todd Rundgren Complete Bearsvill Records Collection.If you’re a fan of Todd Rundgren, and do not have a complete collection of his Bearsville solo issues, then this post is definitely for you.

There has been a wealth of excellent Todd Rundgren albums beginning with his necessary 1970 Runt debut, which contains his “We Gotta Get You A Woman” hit. Since, Todd has provided a fantastic selection including his 2LP masterpiece, Something/Anything? from 1972. That high-charting set offered “I Saw The Light”, and (I’m not kidding you!) the perfect Pop track, “Hello, It’s Me”. Of course, none of these account for the fun set of albumss provided by his band, Utopia.

On February 26, Bearsville Records (now defunct except for archival purposes) will release a CD, eleven-title Rundgren collection in a boxed setting. The collection, called Todd Rundgren: The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection, will be issued to offer a full set for those that have need of this.

This Boxed set will contain 13 CDs. The collected titles include Runt (1970), The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren (1971), Something/Anything? (1972), A Wizard/ A True Star (1973), Todd (1974), Initiation (1975), Faithful (1976), Hermit Of Mink Hollow (1978), Healing (1981), and The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982). Each CD will be housed in the standardized mini-LP cardboard style.


New Bonnie Raitt Album, Dig In Deep, Planned For February

Bonnie Raitt Dig In DeepI’ve been in love with Bonnie Raitt since her brilliant self-titled Warner Brothers Records 1971 set (I was only 14 years old at the time. I’m now 58.) Since, I’ve largely been a fan of her work. With the upcoming release of her 20th set, we will have yet another reason to stay in love with this queen of folk and blues/rock. Her breakout album, Nick Of Time (1989) finally brought her into the mainstream. The album even won three Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year.

On February 26, Bonnie Raitt will roll out her newest album, Dig In Deep. This collection of twelve originals will be released on her own label, Redwing Records (via Warner Bros). The new album will be enhanced by a nice 16-page booklet. Dig In Deep follow-ups her last Grammy winning album, Slipstream, which was released in 2012. So, I’m mighty glad to have this woman back.

Dig In Deep will be issued on standard CD, DD (digital download), and a 2LP issue cut at 45 RPM and pressed on 180-g audiophile-grade black vinyl. The song, “Gypsy In Me” precedes the album’s release (enjoy it below).

Bonnie Raitt will begin a support tour of the album in March with an initial string of 23 dates (more to be added during 2016).

7CD Nonesuch Retrospective Box Of Henryk Górecki Streets In January

Gorecki_ANR_Slipcase_REV1.inddPolish composer, ó has crafted several brilliant works including his moving Symphony No. He left an unfinished Symphony No. 4 at the time of his death in 2010. What is essential is that, if you’re a fan of classical works, especially the modern variety (often minimalist), then you already know that the music of Górecki is necessary.

On January 22, Nonesuch Records, a label that has successfully championed his music, will release a 7CD retrospective box complete with all of Górecki’s Nonesuch releases.  The discs in this slip-cased box will be:

  • Lerchenmusik
  • Symphony No. 3
  • String Quartets Nos, 1, 2, & 3
  • Miserere
  • Kleines Requeim für eine Polka
  • Harpsichord Concerto
  • Good Night
  • Symphony No. 4

This 7CD Box – called Henryk Górecki: A Nonesuch Retrospective – will be added to with a 68-page bound book filled with great material, photos, etc. Each disc will be housed in cardboard sleeves.

Four Black Sabbath Titles To Be Reissued As Deluxe Editions

One of the great forerunners of Heavy Metal music, much in the way that we continue to hear it is easily Black Sabbath. The UK band that featured Tommy Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), Bill Ward (drums), and frontman extraordinaire, Ozzy Osbourne, released their debut in 1970, and started a career trajectory that exploded into a universe of stars.

The released albums (all 19 of them) are no secret or surprise to anyone who found the band to their liking. Some may have found all the albums great; some only just a few. But one thing is certain, the band was creative. Their creativity was heard not only in their recorded albums, but also in their many celebrated tours.

On January 22, Rhino Records will reissue four classic Black Sabbath titles that will include the previously mentioned self-titled debut, Black Sabbath (1970), the incredible follow-up of Paranoid (1970), Master Of Reality (1971), and their 2002 Live set, Past Lives. All titles mentioned will be released as Deluxe Editions. The sets include 2CD Deluxe Edition, as well 180g-weight 2LP Deluxe Editions.

The bonus inclusions will add in an interesting array of tracks.

Black Sabbath:
01 Black Sabbath
02 The Wizard
03 Wasp/Behind The Wall Of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B.
04 Wicked World
05 A Bit Of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning

01 Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)
02 Black Sabbath (Studio Outtake: Regent Sound Studio, 11/17/69)
03 Black Sabbath (Instrumental: Regent Sound Studios, 11/17/69)
04 The Wizard (Studio Outtake: Regent Sound Studios, 11/17/69)
05 Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Studio Outtake: Regent Sound Studios, 11/17/69
06 N.I.B. (Alternative Version: Regent Sound Studios, 11/17/69
07 Evil Woman (Alternative Version: Regent Sound Studios, 11/17/69
08 Sleeping Village (Intro) (Alternative Version: Regent Sound Studios, 11/18/69
09 Warning – (Part 1) (Studio Outtake: Regent Sound Studios, 11/18/69

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath


01 War Pigs/Luke’s Wall
02 Paranoid
03 Planet Caravan
04 Iron Man
05 Electric Funeral
06 Hand Of Doom
07 Rat Salad
08 Jack The Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots

01 War Pigs (Instrumental)
02 Paranoid (Alternative Lyrics)
03 Planet Caravan (Alternative Lyrics)
04 Iron Man (Instrumental)
05 Electric Funeral (Instrumental)
06 Hand Of Doom (Instrumental)
07 Rat Salad (Alternative Mix)
08 Fairies Wear Boots (Instrumental)

Black Sabbath Paranoid

Master Of Reality:
01 Sweet Leaf
02 After Forever (including the Elegy)
03 Embryo
04 Children Of The Grave
05 Orchid
06 Lord Of This World
07 Solitude
08 Into The Void

01 Weevil Woman ’71
02 Sweet Leaf (Studio Outtake Featureing Alternative Lyrics)
03 After Forever (Studio Outtake – Instrumental)
04 Children Of The Grave (Studio Outtake feat. Alternative Lyrics)
05 Children Of The Grave (Studio Outtake – Instrumental)
06 Orchid (Studio Outtake – With Tony Count-In)
07 Lord Of This World (Studio Outtake feat. Piano & Slide Guitar)
08 Solitude (Studio Outtake – Intro With Alternative Guitar Tuning)
09 Into The Void “Spanish Sid” (Studio Outtake – Alternative Version)

Black Sabbath Master Of Reality

Past Lives:
01 Tomorrow’s Dream (Live 1973) 06 Children Of The Grave (Live 1973)
02 Sweet Leaf (Live 1973) 07 War Pigs (Live 1973)
03 Killing Yourself To Live (Live in 1973) 08 Wicked World (Live 1973)
04 Cornucopia (Live 1973) 09 Paranoid (Live 1973)
05 Snowblind (Live 1973)

01 Hand Of Doom (Live)
02 Hole In The Sky (Live)
03 Symptom Of The Universe (Live)
04 Megalomania (Live)
05 Iron Man (Live)
06 Black Sabbath (Live)
07 N.I.B. (Live)
08 Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Live)
09 Fairies Wear Boots (Live)

Black Sabbath Past Lives


New Lily & Madeleine Album, Keep It Together, Set For February

Lily And Madeleine Keep It TogetherIn what I would consider great news for a Friday in the month of December where announcements are so rare (good ones. that is!). here’s something to maybe brighten up some of your days.

On February 26, Lily & Madeleine will release their next full-length album, Keep It Together. The new album is expected from New West Records (as a new signing). This should help up their reach to a more wider audience.

The sisters have three stunning releases that include the brilliant five-track EP, The Weight of the Globe (2013), their debut full-length, Lily & Madeleine (2013), and their sophomore set, Fumes (2014). Now, with the upcoming 2016 issue of Keep It Together, I believe that we’re in for quite a treat. They have posted the lead-off single from the album, “Hourglass”, which you can enjoy in the YouTube video below.

I’ll provide better details after they become available.

You’re welcome!

John Cale To Reissue Music For A New Society With New Album

Music For A New Society CDThe brilliant John Cale has a wonderfully diverse catalog of music. One of those is the 1982 classic piece called Music For A New Society. It’s difficult to describe this album, just as it might be difficult to describe a lot of John Cale music. But the good news today is that it will be made available, once again, as a reissue!

On January 22, Domino Recordings will revisit the classic with a uniquely assembled expanded remaster as well as an attached NEW reinterpretation of the album, being called M:FANS.

The expanded original, with remastering being supervised by John Cale, will include three songs. One of those is a previously unreleased song, “Library Of Force”. The other two are outtakes from the original sessions (“Chinese Envoy”, “Thoughtless Kind”).

The new album will reconceptualize the classic with an updated set of ideas that poke into our new digital age. To complete this, John Cale newly records “Back To The End”, a lost track from the original sessions.

Music For A New Society/M:FANS will be available on 2CD sets, 180g-weight 1LP set, and a complete 180g-weight 2LP set. You can pre-order here!

Music For A New Society / M:FANS – John Cale

01 Taking Your Life In Your Hands
02 Thoughtless Kind
03 Sanctus (Sanities)
04 If You Were Still Around
05 Close Watch
06 Broken Bird
07 Chinese Envoy
08 Changes Made
09 Damn Life
10 Rise, Sam And Rimsky-Korsakov
11 Library of Force (previously unreleased)
12 Chinese Envoy (outtakes)
13 Thoughtless Kind (outtakes)

01 Prelude
02 If You Were Still Around
03 Taking Your Life In Your Hands
04 Thoughtless Kind
05 Sanctus (Sanities Mix)
06 Broken Bird
07 Chinese Envoy
08 Changes Made
09 Library of Force (feat. Man In The Book Excerpt)
10 Close Watch
11 If You Were Still Around (Choir Reprise)
12 Back To The End

John Cale Music For A New Society LPs

Talia’s Overflow Notes: Thoughts On The Passing Of Cynthia Robinson (Sly & The Family Stone)

RIP Cynthia RobinsonI never got to see Sly & The Family Stone perform as a live unit. I wish I did, but I was a victim of being born about 10 years too late (1961 to be precise) to have had the good fortune to have seen Sly & Co., in their prime back in 1968 and 1969. But I’ve been fortunate enough to see some footage here and there over the years. While the greatest focus of attention was always to be had with Sly himself, Cynthia Robinson always managed to get my eyes focused on her for spells.

In the many years that people have been spending looking back on their musical heroes great and small, what I always got from Cynthia was that she was an equal in an era where women had to fight hard to be seen as equals. The ’60s did not always present women as being seen as equals-even when they displayed extraordinary talent. I don’t know what it was specifically about Robinson, but I’ve come to believe that she managed to get herself into the position of being an equal because she was in a band with whom the marriage of Soul with what would become more familiarly known shortly thereafter as Funk forced an aggressive musical solidarity upon an audience. With that backdrop, as a horn player in a band as in your face as Sly’s, you were going to either lay back completely and not even bother to be there or you were going to be a part of that group solidarity by showing what made you, as an individual, worthy of making that whole group so much emboldened in the eyes and ears of an audience.

Cynthia Robinson made The Family Stone so much better because she had the musical goods with that trumpet of hers. But she had that something else. Whenever she stepped up to the mic during “Dance To The Music” and proudly put it out “All squares leave”, I saw a strong woman with inner strength. Maybe I’m seeing too much into things? It was so important back then for African-Americans to be heard. It was also important for women to be heard. It was even more important for an African-American woman to be heard because she had to deal with the double-whammy of having to take part in two different struggles at the same time. During those brief snippets on film where I could see her, all of this encapsulated itself within me over the years until it took for me to become an adult before I could define it to myself as to why she was making such a big impression upon me. The music certainly did a convincing job already. It laid down the foundation for greater awareness down the line for me. It wasn’t until the visual aspect came in that it all made sense to me.

As I was reading little press write-ups here and there as well as the online write-up from Rolling Stone Magazine and learning a few things about her, I began to have these little bits and pieces come popping back into my head that I had read and heard about from various sources over the years. I had heard vague references that she may, in fact, have done a big lion’s share of the job of having to help prop up Sly when he went into his very public burnout during the period of the band’s career which was the post-There’s A Riot Goin’ On period. Having learned this and then having it firmly confirmed in the Rolling Stone article, it told me something. Cynthia Robinson may have held more importance within Sly & The Family Stone than we are ever going to fully know. Tonight, I am celebrating what little I know and the impressions of her that I’ve carried around with me over the years, but I’m also saddened by the fact that it may well be possible that she should have been known as an even bigger figure had we known the fuller details of how important she was to Sly & The Family Stone. At least we got an impression though. That’s better than nothing.

And you know when I made mention of all of the great and small figures? I keep thinking that the giants will fall when the once small figures in music grow in stature as time passes on. Stand, Cynthia! You will be missed.

RIP C Robinson

Cynthia Robinson