New Tears For Fears Compilation (with Two New Tracks), Rule The World: The Greatest Hits

NOTE: Artwork is subject to change! It is not final!

With only six studio albums to their catalog, Tears For Fears still maintains a strong fan-base. Their break-out album, Songs From The Big Chair (1985) still resonates musically for many.  Songs From The Big Chair was so lively, you could almost just buy it and have half their charting singles. On that album, there were five hit singles, most that charted world-wide on many levels.

On November 10, Mercury Records will release a new greatest hits collection for Tears For Fears, and add two brand new tracks to it (see track-list below). This album will draw from all released Tears For Fears albums to create the most up to date collection. And when you add in the two new songs, well, the acquisition is rather necessary for Tears For Fears fans.

The collection is being called Rule The World: The Greatest Hits.

Rule The WorldTears For Fears

01. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
02. Shout (Edit)
03. I Love You But I’m Lost (NEW TRACK)
04. Mad World
05. Sowing The Seeds Of Love
06. Advice For The Young At Heart
07. Head Over Heels
08. Woman In Chains
09. Change
10. Stay (NEW TRACK)
11. Pale Shelter
12. Mothers Talk (US Version)
13. Break It Down Again
14. I Believe
15. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
16. Closest Thing To Heaven


New Elton John Compilation, Diamonds

When it comes to Elton John, there are few that can boast of the singles popularity that he’s enjoyed since the relative beginning of his career. And still, he is a big name that can sell titles and produce more than casual interest. Of course, there are a number of ‘best of’ collections bearing his name and all too familiar songs. But again, few artists have sustained a strong enough career over decades that can add to a library like he has. With charting singles, and popular deep cuts, Elton rules in the annals of Rock and Roll.

On November 10, Universal Music will release several versions of a new ‘best of’ set called Diamonds. The best thing about Diamonds is that it will be made available in several ways (CD, 2CD, 3CD) in order to appease the casual fan AND the FAN fan!

The CD edition will contain seventeen classics that everyone knows. The 2CD edition adds in another seventeen tracks, switching the track-list about a bit to create a more consistent flow between the two discs. And then there’s a career-defining 3CD Limited Edition Box that provides an additional seventeen tracks with moderate (but still recognizable) hits added (“Pinball Wizard”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) to name a couple).

The 3CD Box sweetens the purchase with a 72-page hardbound book filled with a span through Elton John’s illustrious career trek. The box finishes with a set of postcards, neatly tucked into a preserving jacket of their own.

Also, along with the expected Digital downloads of the packages, there will also be a 2LP, 180g-weight gatefold set with 21 songs.

Say what you will about the frequency of these ‘best of’ sets but Elton John’s career is one that can do this kind of thing. My eye is on the 3CD Box because that is the prize intended. The CD, and 2CD sets are merely breakdown for the casual fan who will refuse to buy the Box but still want this set. There’s no word yet on whether these have been newly remastered but I certainly hope that they were.

Diamonds (CD1) – Elton John

01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Crocodile Rock
05 – Daniel
06 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
07- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
08 – Candle In The Wind
09 – Bennie And The Jets
10 – Philadelphia Freedom
11 – Island Girl
12 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
13 – Mama Can’t Buy You Love
14 – I’m Still Standing
15 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
16 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
17 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight

Diamonds (2CD) – Elton John

01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Honky Cat
05 – Crocodile Rock
06 – Daniel
07 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
08 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
09 – Candle In The Wind
10 – Bennie And The Jets
11 – The Bitch Is Back
12 – Philadelphia Freedom
13 – Island Girl
14 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17 – Little Jeannie
01 – Song For Guy
02 – Blue Eyes
03 – I’m Still Standing
04 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
05 – Sad Songs (Say So Much)
06 – Nikita
07 – I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
08 – Sacrifice
09 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10- Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11 – I Want Love
12 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13 – Are You Ready For Love?
14 – Electricity
15 – Home Again
16 – Looking Up
17 – Circle Of Life

Diamonds (Limited Edition 3CD Box) – Elton John

01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Honky Cat
05 – Crocodile Rock
06 – Daniel
07 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
08 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
09 – Candle In The Wind
10 – Bennie And The Jets
11 – The Bitch Is Back
12 – Philadelphia Freedom
13 – Island Girl
14 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17 – Little Jeannie
01 – Song For Guy
02 – Blue Eyes
03 – I’m Still Standing
04 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
05 – Sad Songs (Say So Much)
06 – Nikita
07 – I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
08 – Sacrifice
09 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10 – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11 – I Want Love
12 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13 – Are You Ready For Love?
14 – Electricity
15 – Home Again
16 – Looking Up
17 – Circle Of Life
01 – Skyline Pigeon
02 – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
03 – Pinball Wizard
04 – Mama Can’t Buy You Love
05 – Part-Time Love
06 – Victim of Love
07 – Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
08 – Kiss The Bride
09 – That’s What Friends Are For [Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder]
10 – The One
11 – True Love [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
12 – Believe
13 – Live Like Horses [Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti]
14 – Written In The Stars [Elton John and LeAnn Rimes]
15 – This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
16 – Good Morning To The Night [Elton vs PNAU]
17 – Step Into Christmas

Diamonds (2LP) – Elton John

Side A –
01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Crocodile Rock
05 – Daniel
Side B –
01 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
02 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
03 – Candle In The Wind
04 – Bennie And The Jets
05 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Side C –
01 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
02 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
03 – Song For Guy
04 – Blue Eyes
05 – I’m Still Standing
06 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Side D –
01 – Nikita
02 – Sacrifice
03 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
04 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
05 – Are You Ready For Love?


ELP To Release All Inclusive Fanfare 1970-1997 Box

When it comes to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, few bands have had the luxury they’ve enjoyed of being revisited in many ways in a short time. But they’ve been worth it. You may not need to replenish an already existing library as frequently as they’ve had their albums revisited, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the opportunity or choice. I sure wish that many bands that I’ve loved over the years had just a portion of that attention to music.

(For years, I’ve envisioned a Deluxe Edition of Wishbone Ash’s magnificent Live Dates. With two discs of cherry-picked performance tracks from four shows, I’d LOVE to hear each show in their entirety. What a package that’s be!! Additionally, I have love for Crawler, the band that evolved from Back Street Crawler after Paul Kossoff’s death. I’d love to hear the original album (with “Stone Cold Sober”) remastered, as well as some live material, and perhaps some embryonic demos and alternate tracks. To hear “Stone Cold Sober” in its early form would be very, very cool!! And let’s not forget the insights a new booklet would provide us for both albums!)

On October 27, BMG will produce a Limited Edition Deluxe Box named Fanfare 1970-1997 that will house all eleven official ELP album releases (in their most recent remastering) within a lavish, numbered rigid matte-black Box with foil-blocked cover text. Those albums are:

  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)
  • Pictures At An Exhibition (1971)
  • Tarkus (1971)
  • Trilogy (1972)
  • Brain Salad Surgery (1973)
  • Welcome Back , My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends (1974)  (2CD)
  • Works Volume 1 (1977) (2CD)
  • Works Volume 2 (1977)
  • Love Beach (1978)
  • Black Moon (1992)
  • In The Hot Seat (1994)

But nothing great sits alone. The box will also be blessed with:

  • Live in Rome & Milan Italy 1973 (previously unreleased) as a gatefold vinyl 3LP set
  • Previously unreleased CD albums, mastered by the
    internationally celebrated studio engineering team of
    Andy Pearce and Matt Wortham of:
    LONG POND, PA, U.S.A., 9TH JULY 1972
    U.K., 27TH NOVEMBER 1992
  • A Blu-ray Audio with hi-res Stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes of:
    – Emerson, Lake & Palmer (STEVEN WILSON, 2012)
    – Tarkus (STEVEN WILSON, 2012)
    – Trilogy(JAKKO M JAKSZYK, 2015)
    – Brain Salad Surgery (JAKKO M JAKSZYK, 2014)
  • Remastered 7″ vinyl singles wih reproduced original sleeve art of:
    – Lucky Man b/w Knife-Edge (1970)
    – Fanfare For The Common Man b/w Brain Salad Surgery (1977)
  • A Deluxe hardbound 12″ book with foil-blocked cover text containing photos, extensive notes and quotes
  • a reprinted original1970 promo poster, a 1972 promo brochure, and 1974 and 1992 tour programs replications
  • Metal and Enamel ELP logo pin badge

Overall, this Box contains 16CDs, 3LPs, 4BD-Audio, 2 7″ vinyl singles, as well as the previously mentioned printed material.

If you need the vast track-list, let me know, and I’ll get them to you.


New Steve Hunter Album, Before The Lights Go Out, Now Available

The history of Steve  Hunter extends as far back as working for Mitch Ryder, to doing guitars for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and more currently, Deep Purple. But those are not even close to the amount of work he has done with some of the brightest talent in the world of Rock.  Among those you could list Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel, David Lee Roth, Bette Midler, Yvonne Elliman, Julian Lennon, Glen Campbell, and more than a few others.

Hunter delivered his first solo album, Swept Away, in 1977. From there, he has released five others within a span of the forty years he’s been involved in Rock music.

On September 25, Steve Hunter has released his latest album, Before The Lights Go Out. The title references his blindness due to pigmentary glaucoma, which has rendered him legally blind. The new album has ten tracks that are perfect reminders as to why Steve Hunter is one of the great guitarists in Rock music.

Check out a YouTube sampler of the new album below.


New Steven Wilson Remix of XTC’s Black Sea

Every once in a while, a guy named Steven Wilson makes a group of fans deliriously happy. This is especially true if you happen to agree with Mr Wilson on bands that he loves (generally the only ones he’ll work with). In this case, it’s XTC, a band he has consistently worked with to remix their library of loved albums. A few days ago, SW took to social media to inform XTC fans that his next album to be released would be Black Sea.

Black Sea is XTC’s fourth album. Released in 1980, prior to English Settlement (1982), this album further helped to build on the growing love for this band. By 1980, XTC had released seven singles. Black Sea generated five hit singles all by its lonesome.

On November 10 (there is some rumor that this SW remix will be released later than this date. A page from Burning shed directly related to this release has been removed. So…who knows. We’ll stick with November 10 unless proven otherwise.), Black Sea will be released with the new Stereo remix, and a 5.1 Surround mix. As bonuses, there will be a selection of album-related material.

The CD/BD package will deliver the 2017 Stereo remix, a surround remix in 96kHz/24-bit LCPM version as well as a DTS-HD version in 96kHz/24-bit. A Stereo 96kHz/24-bit hi res is included on the BD. There will be additional songs from the sessions, as well as instrumental versions. Included will be demos (in mostly live form). There are three videos inclusions (“Towers of London”, “Generals & Majors”, “Respectable Street”).


America Gets A Collected Demos Set, Heritage – Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973

Since the news is now out and the children at Omnivore won’t get too upset at pre-release information being disseminated to fans, it is important for America fans to note that a collected batch of demos and home recordings, circa 1970-1973, will soon be made available to them. Filled with songs that were recorded prior to their success, including an early incarnation of “Ventura Highway”, you will be given a rare platter of America songs, many recorded at the Chalk Farm Studios (London) in 1970, and Buzz Studios (Gerry Beckley’s LA home studio) from 1972-1973.

America went on to become important world artists that gave us classic songs like “A Horse With No Name”, “Ventura Highway”, “Sandman”, “Sister Golden Hair”, “I Need You”, “Tin Man”, “You Can Do Magic”, well…you get the idea. There were a lot of great songs.

The new album is called Heritage – Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973. It contains 16 tracks, ten of which are previously unreleased. Most of these tracks reflect music found on their first three Warner Brothers albums. There is even a hidden track bonus of “A Horse With No Name” sung ‘a cappella’. The included booklet contains new liner notes by Dewey Bunnell.

And while Omnivore is a testy label, I DO applaud them for this album’s upcoming release. Being a huge America fan, especially the period represented on this album, I look forward to this.

Heritage – Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973America

01. Riverside (Demo – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970)
02. Here (Demo – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970)*
03. James Holladay (Demo – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970)
04. How Long (Demo – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970)*
05. Sea of Destiny (Demo – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970)*
06. Rainy Day (Alternate Mix – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970)
07. Satan(Donkey Jaw) (Demo – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970)
08. When I Was Five (Demo – Buzz Studios, 1972)*
09. Mitchum Junction (Demo – Buzz Studios, 1972)
10. Goodbye (Demo – Buzz Studios, 1972)*
11. Wind Wave (Demo – Buzz Studios, 1972)*
12. Ventura Highway (Early Take – Record Plant West, 1972)*
13. Man of Pride (Demo – Buzz Studios, 1973)*
14. Rainbow Song (Demo – Buzz Studios, 1973)
15. Monster (Demo – Buzz Studios, 1973)*

Hidden Track:

16. A Horse With No Name (A Cappella)

*Previously Unreleased


Martin Turner’s Argus Through The Looking Glass To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks

Wishbone Ash has had a pretty amazing lifespan, with the usual courses of direction changes, flirtation with superstardom, line-up changes and re-visitations, and new directions after finalized breakups. Andy Powell has maintained the continuing saga of Wishbone Ash with a good series of excellent albums. On the other hand, Martin Turner has stayed with the music of Wishbone Ash from its past. He has released an excellent album of new music with his recent, Written In The Stars album. But it is the legacy of Wishbone Ash that Martin Turner is most interested in.

On November 3, Cherry Red Records (as The Right Honourable Recording Company) will reissue a complete re-record of the classic Wishbone Ash album, Argus. And while nothing will replace the great playing on the original, sometimes a re-record provides a great new perspective on aged music. That’s what Martin Turner’s upcoming Argus Through The Looking Glass hopes to attain.

Argus Through The Looking Glass will offer all of the classic songs on Argus as a fresh set with the current Turner band. In addition, there is some involvement with John Wetton (harmony vocals), and Geoff Downes (Hammond organ) as  guests appearances.  To further add nice touches, the new studio set will deliver four bonus cuts that include an alternate mix (recent)of “Throw Down The Sword”, and three live performance tracks from the 2008 Cambridge Rock Festival (“Throw Down The Sword”, “Time Was”, “Sometime World”).

Argus Through The Looking Glass was originally released in 2008, and re-released in 2010. The new Cherry Red reissue gets a brilliant new cover as an extra bonus.


First Holiday Album From Cheap Trick – Christmas Christmas

The holidays always brings forth a swaddle of new Christmas music from many established artists. But none of them can surprise with an upcoming holiday album much like Cheap Trick could. But why not! In the decades following their high career marks, and the fact that they have consistently delivered new albums, it’s actually kind of refreshing to see the boys take on a new thing. And so…

On October 20, Cheap Trick will release their first ever Christmas album. The new album is being called Christmas Christmas. It will feature twelve tunes in all.

Christmas ChristmasCheap Trick

01. Merry Christmas Darlings
02. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
03. I Wish It Was Christmas Today
04. Merry Xmas Everybody
05. Please Come Home For Christmas
06. Remember Christmas
07. Run Rudolph Run
08. Father Christmas
09. Silent Night
10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
11. Our Father Of Life
12. Christmas Christmas


New Album From Mavis Staples, If All I Was Was Black

If you have more than a few miles on that car you call a body, then you surely remember the music of The Staple Singers. Their first song that captured the wide attention of music lovers was the gospel-tinged “Respect Yourself”, followed by he number one hit, “I’ll Take You There”. Formed by the beloved Pops Staples, this family band of singers were enjoyed for what they brought to the world. One of the members of that band was Mavis Staple.

Mavis Staples’ voice is as powerful a voice as can be heard. Alongside The Staple Singers, she enjoyed her own career as a solo artist. Over time, she’s released fourteen studio albums (not counting those with The Staple Singers). Her last four were released by the surprising and bold label, ANTI-Records, a label subsidiary of Epitaph (known for its Punk issues).

On November 17, ANTI-Records will release the new Mavis Staples album, If All I Was Was Black. The new album will present ten tracks that will show off the treasure that is Mavis Staples.

If All I Was Was Black will release on CD, DD, and 180g-weight vinyl LP.

If All I Was Was BlackMavis Staples

01 Little Bit
02 If All I Was Was Black
03 Who Told You That
04 Ain’t No Doubt About It (feat. Jeff Tweedy)
05 Peaceful Dream
06 No Time For Crying
07 Build A Bridge
08 We Go High
09 Try Harder
10 All Over Again

2CD/DVD Deluxe Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson Planned For October

Since the ’60s, Kris Kristofferson has written and performed many classic songs. Songs that have not only been hits for Kristofferson, but also hits for others. Consider “Me and Bobby McGee”. The song was a massive break-out hit for Janis Joplin, who’s version was an impassioned cover, surpassing the original in tone and power. Fast-forward these many decades and you’d find Kris Kristofferson still making meaningful music in the later years of his career. One listen to the complete This Old Road (2006) and it’s easy to understand that his song-writing abilities hasn’t dropped a bit. In fcat, they may have improved. Even a listen to Closer To The Bone (2009), and Feeling Mortal (2013) underscores his prowess. Nevertheless, it’s his hit from the ’60s and ’70s that many will remember and honor him for. Songs like “Help Me Make It Through The Night”, “Why Me”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”, “The Silver-Tongued Devil and I”, and “Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)”.

On October 27, a 2CD/1DVD set, The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, will hit the marketplace. It is the collection of songs from a concert honoring Krisofferson. the show took place on March 16, 2016 at The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The show had luminaries like Willie Nelson, Larry Gatlin, Roseanne Cash, Dierks Bentley, Jessi Colter, Lady Antebellum, EmmyLou Harris, and many others.

All the songs are Kristofferson classics. Some of them are sung by artists and some of them are duets with Kris Kristofferson (see track list below). The CDs represent Kristofferson with 21 songs, and the included DVD offers 22 songs. The DVD is offered in selectable Stereo and 5.1 Surround.

Several bundle packages can be acquired by the album’s launch site here.

The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson

01. “Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends” Buddy Miller (deluxe only)
02. “Kristofferson” Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall & Larry Gatlin (deluxe only)
03. “Here Comes That Rainbow Again” Martina McBride
04. “The Taker” Ryan Bingham
05. “The Captive” Jessi Colter (deluxe only)
06. “Nobody Wins” Lee Ann Womack (deluxe only)
07. “Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)” Jack Ingram (deluxe only)
08. “Worth Fighting For” Jennifer Nettles
09. “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” Rosanne Cash
10. “Chase The Feeling” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (deluxe only)
11. “The Pilgrim, Chapter 33” Emmylou Harris & Kris Kristofferson

12. “From the Bottle to the Bottom” Dierks Bentley & The Travelin’ McCourys
13. “Help Me Make It Through The Night” Lady Antebellum
14. “Under The Gun” Darius Rucker
15. “For The Good Times” Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss
16. “Casey’s Last Ride” Alison Krauss (deluxe only)
17. “If You Don’t Like Hank Williams” Hank Williams Jr.
18. “To Beat The Devil” Eric Church
19. “Me And Bobby McGee” Reba McEntire
20. “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson
21. Encore: “Why Me” Kris Kristofferson & Full Ensemble

DVD content (95 minutes)
22 songs including 8 that were not included in the broadcast plus Willie Nelson’s “Living Legend”
5.1 Surround Sound