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June 30, 2006

Well, that's it for the first half of the year. It's all neatly tied and delivered to history. Now, let's hope that the second half od 2006 have great promise. I'm not exactly sure yet that we have seen a bumper crop of releases however, the year does have some shiny moments. Albums like Devour, Rise, and Take Flight from Android Lust, the upcoming US release of Riot City Blues from Primal Scream, and other excellent material. But there is still half a year yet.

The new issue of Wired magazine has an excellent article on why sales of physical CDs have deteriorated based on data and arguments over the last 5 years. If you can get to a copy, it bears reading...if you care.

On Monday, we have more reviews that include more stuff from Dw, a three-part review of Gram Parsons stuff from Bob Olsen, and more. I'm just hoping that there is CD news to report on. We're also going to have some great audio streams for the upcoming Jesus and Mary Chain disc reissues, perhaps more.

We have Duane's latest abomination, his Pit Stop.

The real bummer is that we have so little news. But we'll catch up as we get it. But remember, the upcoming Pulse DVD from Pink Floyd is just around the corner. We're going to keep you updated and possibly have a copy to give away. So keep checking back...all the time.

From review standpoints we have the latest As The Disc Spins form Lindsay Planer. In it, he reviews the expanded edition of Exposure from Robert Fripp, the double album collection of Robbie Robertson and Storyville from Robbie Robertson, compliments of Hip-O Select, and the Deluxe Edition of Songs From The Big Chair from Tears For Fears.

Dw Dunphy has checked in with a review of the upcoming Frost* album called Milliontown. He also provides thoughts on the recently released Various Artists title from Sony Classical, The Essential Hollywood, a collection of Hollywood's most popular tunes.

Finally, I check in with a listen to the upcoming Slow Motion Reign debut from Serjical Strike Records.

We do have some notes of interest for you however and we'll attend to those in the CD section, as always. The forum on "Do we leave music or does it leave us as we get older" is proving quite a popular one and so we'll continue to seek your two cents on the subject. Let's keep discussing it for the time being. For those who have not provided their thoughts, please do so.

Check out these audio listening parties for the following June 6 Depeche Mode releases: Speak & Spell (1981); Music For The Masses (1987); and Violator (1990). Here's the full album play for Music For The Masses as a bonus.

I've joined the MySpace community (I may be one of the last to do so). You can check it out as I'm going to try to keep it current with interesting stuff. However, I'm experimenting for the time being.

UMe Imports is busy bringing more The Jam and Siouxie discs to your undernourished libraries with the upcoming reissues of Setting Sons (1979); Sound Affects (1980), from The Jam, and The Scream (1978); Join Hands (1979); Juju (1981); and Kaleidoscope (1980) from Siouxie and The Banshees. Other UMe Imports titles include Fighting from Thin Lizzy (1975) (the album before Jailbreak); and PulpIntro:The Gift Recordings from Pulp (1993). All of these titles will spring forth on August 15.

Atlantic Records have 2 versions of a DVD release for James Blunt called Chasing Time:The Bedlam Sessions, which will naturally be available in an Amended form as well as the PA (Parental Advisory) form. These DVDs will be available on August 8.

I'm told that a new Cure album will be released on Halloween. This has not been confirmed by me. If you have any info that confirms, let's have at it.

Rounder Records has signed bluegrass vocalist, Bradley Walker, whose album, Highway of Dreams, will be made available on September 12. Bradley Walker is considered one of the great voices of the genre.

Legacy plans to release In The Flesh from Roger Waters on August 22. Other Legacy plans include The Ultimate Luthor Vandross, and The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings from Louis Armstrong. All of these discs share the August 22 release date.

Columbia Records has pencilled in a Special Edition of We Shall Overcome:The Seeger Sessions from Bruce Springsteen. This is scheduled to street on August 15.

Sacrament from Lamb of God will release from Epic Records on August 22.

Legacy Recordings will release a 'best of' for Count Basie called One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie on the nearby August 1 date.

June 28, 2006

Who's off to see Superman Returns? I have to admit that the teaser trailer AND the first full trailer did absolutely little, if anything, to stir me. And, therefore, I began to have reservations. Thankfully, the final trailer did an admirable job of winning enough attention from me to give it a shot despite its questionable need of 2 hours and 40 minutes to run a plot through. We'll see.

I had a hope of getting some reviews up for you but I did have a problem in getting them done. I will get them up on Friday however along with some Dw Dunphy originals as well. Perhaps more. Likely more. Hang in there.

We do have some notes of interest for you however and we'll attend to those in the CD section, as always. The forum on "Do we leave music or does it leave us as we get older" is proving quite a popular one and so we'll continue to seek your two cents on the subject. Let's keep discussing it for the time being. For those who have not provided their thoughts, please do so.

Check out these audio listening parties for the following June 6 Depeche Mode releases: Speak & Spell (1981); Music For The Masses (1987); and Violator (1990). Here's the full album play for Music For The Masses as a bonus.

I've joined the MySpace community (I may be one of the last to do so). You can check it out as I'm going to try to keep it current with interesting stuff. However, I'm experimenting for the time being.

We have a bit of news concerning the upcoming Lou Reed expansion reissues that include Coney Island Baby and Street Hassle, both commercially available on August 15 from Legacy and BMG. The first, Coney Island Baby, will be fully packed with 6 extra tracks. In addition to the original 8 songs, this new edition of Coney Island Baby will be blessed (that's right, I said blessed) with "Nowhere At All," "Downtown Dirt," "Leave Me Alone," "Crazy Feeling" (a 1975 rehearsal track with Doug Yule in sessions for the album, also previously unreleased), "She's My Best Friend" (previously unreleased - same info as above),and "Coney Island Baby" (Same rehearsal tracks issue and previously unreleased). This expanded edition will be quite a sweet "get." No word on the goodies found in Street Hassle yet

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On August 8, there will be a series called Definitive Groove, all 2CDs, for the following artists: Average White Band (Atlantic); Chic (Atlantic); Grandmaster Flash (Rhino); Sister Sledge (Atlantic); Slave (Atlantic); and Sugar Hill Records - Various Artists.

A reissue of the 'best of' for Sixpence None The Richer (likely due to Sony/BMG's upcoming solo release from Leigh Nash (former voice of SNtR) will be available on August 8. The set is known as Kiss Me:The Best of Sixpence None The Richer.

Monkees fans, here it comes. Rhino (Monkees' headquarters) will release two 2CD Deluxe Editions of The Monkees (1966), and More of The Monkees (1967). These sets will be available on August 15. Nice!! Now, now...we were all Monkees fans.

Warner Brothers will release Bleeding Heart Grafitti for Nina Gordon on August 8.

Elektra continues their Cure upgrades with the next wave of Deluxe Editions. On August 8, you can expect 2CD Deluxe Editions of Head On the Door; Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me; and The Top. We've talked about these sets before so consider this a reminder.

Rhino will release a 2CD set for The Glove of their Blue Sunshine album on August 8.

June 26, 2006

We're having quite an interesting exchange of thought on the "what happens to music as you get older". I'm really enjoying it as well as getting some great insight as to why you think that "new" music becomes irrelevant as we get older. Let's keep discussing it for the time being. For those who have not provided their thoughts, please do so.

We have some date changes as well as the usual stream of release news for you today. Mark your calendars accordingly because as fast as we receive it, we tell it. And summer is already racing to a conclusion.

Happy Monday to you. We hope that you had a great weekend (for those who work a M-F week). We'll see you again on Wednesday with some more stuff that includes an interview with Chris Hillman (Byrds) by George Bennett, a review of three titles for Gram Parsons (a book, a CD Box, and a DVD), as well as a review of several other items.

But today, we have a review of the excellent testimonial to rock, the beautifully produced 2DVD Stage Fright from the still potent, Motörhead. Also, John Dunphy has written a review of an ambient disc, number 8 in the series of Liquid Mind discs from Chuck Wild, named Sleep.

I've got some excitement going on about the upcoming new album by Primal Scream. You know me...I get a wind of something good, I'm passing it on for you to enjoy. And let me tell you, bands like these guys do NOT come around all that often. On August 29, Riot City Blues will be available to purchase in the US but I'm going to give you a video stream and an audio stream of their upcoming single, "Country Girl." I hope that you'll get as excited as I was cuz I'm deliriously excited. BTW, even the cover of Riot City Blues is clickable. Also, this album is presently available for purchase via Amazon - UK. They're already planning their next single.

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I've joined the MySpace community (I may be one of the last to do so). You can check it out as I'm going to try to keep it current with interesting stuff. However, I'm experimenting for the time being.

There are a few date changes that we'll address before we move on with what we have for today. One of them is a big ticket item, after which, we'll give some specific dates on some titles that have been floating around.

The 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Fly Like An Eagle from The Steve Miller Band is being pushed further from its recent upcoming Tuesday date of June 27 to the new date of July 18. This album is coming from Capitol Records. You may have already started seeing ads in circulars for this album that list it as arriving on June 27; I have. Don't make that unnecessary trip to the store.

We have two Christmas titles that are being pushed further toward Christmas from their original dates of September 12. The first is from The Rat Pack. Their title, Christmas With the Rat Pack, music from Sinatra and the boys, should be a nice title for the holidays. The other is a Various Artists compilation called Ultimate Soul Christmas and is from The Right Stuff. Both titles are now scheduled for September 26.

Shout! Factory has a date change for its upcoming tie-in CD for My Name is Earl. This CD will now street on September 19.

There is a batch of titles coming on August 15 that includes Ima Robot (Monument To The Masses); Grand Funk Railroad (Greatest Hits - CD/DVD combo); Bonnie Raitt (Bonnie Raitt and Friends); The Waterboys (Fisherman's Blues - Collector's Edition); Cherish (Unappreciated); The Panic Channel (One); and West Indian Girl (Remix EP).

There are three The Early Years series titles coming for Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, and (one I'm excited about) Keith Green. These titles comes from Sparrow and will release on August 15.

Do not forget that there are three flavours of Pet Sounds - 40th Anniversary Edition coming from Capitol Records on August 29. The chosen formats are CD/DVD, LP, and DualDisc.

Also on August 29 are three R.E.M. issues. They all bear the same title, And I Feel Fine: Best of IRS Years, but will come at you in several formats. The first two formats are CD and DualDisc, with the third issue a DVD called And I Feel Fine: The Videos.

On September 12, there are two versions of the upcoming Bob Seger album called Face The Promise coming to you. One is a standard CD issue while the other is a CD/DVD Special Edition.

As we have reported a while back, George Harrison will have his Living In the Material World reissued and likely beefed up. The album is expected to be released on September 26.

Capitol will release The Different Kind of Tension from The Buzzcocks on September 26.

Other September 26 titles include Talk Talk (Spirit of Eden), and Christmas Classics from Bing Crosby in a remastered edition with included bonus tracks.

Capitol will have a new Coldplay disc coming your way in October. Keep an eye out for that. Capitol also plans to release NOW 23 around the same time, as well as a Relient K album, and the newest Bat Out of Hell inclusion, BooH III from Meatloaf.

June 23, 2006

I'm crushed.

The last vestige of the past, television-wise, has gone the way of all of the music shows that walked the walk of fame with it. The long running Top of the Pops, the BBC's great music variety platform has called it quits citing flagging interest amongst the young audience that it served. After some 40+ years of great telly, we now cross over into a new frontier, one devoid of the classic TV format that thrilled many of us old timers over the years. And while we in the US and other parts of the world have seen precious little of this program, we cannot help but feel the loss of it. It's like another piece of our collective hearts have been sliced away, relegated to the final frontier of memories. I'm pissed and saddened. Read The Daily Mail from the UK for a deeper look at all things Top of the Pops.

Rest in Peace
Top of the Pops.

We have seen an amazing stream of email concerning my pondering of the reasons why we gravitate away, rather than towards, new musical discoveries like we did in our younger years. Of course, we're not the only generation plagued by this, our kids and our children's children will do the same. But why? Why do we do it? A continuing thought...

We have a new As The Disc Spins from Lindsay Planer. He continues to explore Deluxe Editions from UMe and Legacy with reworks for Barry Manilow with his Live: Legacy Edition; Eric Clapton with Eric Clapton: Deluxe Edition; and The Allman Brothers Band with their unreal Eat a Peach: Deluxe Edition.

Duane has turned in a new edition of his popular Pit Stop. More punk news for all..

I've got some excitement going on about the upcoming new album by Primal Scream. You know me...I get a wind of something good, I'm passing it on for you to enjoy. And let me tell you, bands like these guys do NOT come around all that often. On August 29, Riot City Blues will be available to purchase in the US but I'm going to give you a video stream and an audio stream of their upcoming single, "Country Girl." I hope that you'll get as excited as I was cuz I'm deliriously excited. BTW, even the cover of Riot City Blues is clickable. Also, this album is presently available for purchase via Amazon - UK. They're already planning their next single.

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Country Girl - Audio Stream

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Country Girl - Video

We have a reader is doing his own grass-roots promotions of the upcoming Gin Blossoms album. The new album is called Major Lodge Victory and will be released by Hybrid Records on August 8. There is a stream of their new single, "Learning The Hard Way" found on myspace as well as on their own official site located at www.ginblossoms.net. A million thanks to reader AND hardcore fan, Robert Hollowood. Stay tuned because we have 3 signed Gin Blossoms CDs coming for contest, thanks to Hybrid Recordings.

 

I've joined the MySpace community (I may be one of the last to do so). You can check it out as I'm going to try to keep it current with interesting stuff. However, I'm experimenting for the time being.

Concord Records have a few items on the calendar for the far future that include a DVD from Peter Cincotti. His DVD is titled Live in New York and is scheduled for issue on October 10. The other Concord disc is a CD and is called Ray Sings, Basie Swings from Ray Charles and Count Basie. This CD is expected on September 19.

Also on September 19, Verve Records will release their jazz title from Diana Krall called From This Moment On.

A&M Records plan a blues title from Jonny Lang called Turn Around, which is expected on September 19.

Island Records have a pop title coming from Young Love, which will be self-titled and will street on August 22.

Telarc will release a Maria Muldaur disc called Heart of Mine: The Love Songs of Bob Dylan on August 15. Also on August 15, Telarc will release a Various Artists compile called Celebrating The Music of Weather Report.

The short disruption in the dating of the finished Prince 'best of' title, the 2CD Ulitmate Prince collection, is being listed for issue on August 22.

Warner Brothers will release Bleeding Heart Grafitti by Nina Gordon on August 8.

Capitol Records will release Orange County's own post hardcore band, Saosin, on October 17. Keep it on your calendar.

June 21, 2006

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately concerning the psychology of how the older generations have seemingly lost track with newer music. I've written up a piece that I need your help on. I'm not ready to post it but it basically wonders what makes us drop music (for the large part) at the ages that we do, pushing out out of touch with the music of a newer generation. There's more here but I just wanted to get you started thinking about it. We'll approach this later when I finish the piece and it makes better sense.

We have a little bit for you today but it looks like we in the beginning of the mid-year slow down. In the meantime, we also have a review of two EPs for you from Napalm Records artists that include Legend Land from Leaves Eyes, and Again, It's Over from Lacrimas Profundere. These are reviewed by John Dunphy, who returns after a lengthy training session for his 100-mile bike ride for Leukemia/Lymphoma Search For a Cure. It's over, and he reached his high goal of $4,400. John - way to go!!

We have a reader is doing his own grass-roots promotions of the upcoming Gin Blossoms album. The new album is called Major Lodge Victory and will be released by Hybrid Records on August 8. There is a stream of their new single, "Learning The Hard Way" found on myspace as well as on their own official site located at www.ginblossoms.net. A million thanks to reader AND hardcore fan, Robert Hollowood. Stay tuned because we have 3 signed Gin Blossoms CDs coming for contest, thanks to Hybrid Recordings.

We have a Full Album Listening Party stream for the upcoming Superman Returns Original Score album that is scheduled for release on June 21. Clicking on the album cover will send you to a purchase link.

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We also have streams for the recently released Joshua Radin album from Columbia Records. The album is called We Were Here and was issued on June 13. The provided audio streams from this album include "Closer," "Winter," and "Only You." You can access them below at the links and purchase disc by clicking on the cover art.

"Closer" - Audio

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"Winter" - Audio

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I've joined the MySpace community (I may be one of the last to do so). You can check it out as I'm going to try to keep it current with interesting stuff. However, I'm experimenting for the time being.

Mercury Records has plans for a Definitive Collection celebrating the works of JJ Cale, planning the release for July 4 .

Varese Sarabande will reissue Brian Augur's Oblivian Express (1971) from the band of the same name, on August 1. On the same date, they also plan to release An Introduction to Johnny Copeland from Johnny Copeland.

Geffen Records will release their own The Definitive Collection for Steely Dan on August 1.

Hollywood Records announces an Enhanced disc for Breaking Benjamin, calling the release Phobia. This is expected in both Edited and PA versions and will release on August 8.

There is a collection of upcoming Gold titles coming on August 8. They will be for Lynyrd Skynyrd (2CD - Geffen Records); Tears For Fears (Hip-O Records); Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (2CD - Motown); Gap Band (2CD - Hip-O); and Mavericks (2CD - MCA Nashville).

Varese Sarabande releases a cool disc called The 1980 Reunion featuring the band, Ozark Mountain Daredevils. This is expected on August 8.

Hip-O Records is piecing together a 2CD Various Artists compilation called Gold - '70s Soul. Expect this on August 8. They plan a similar Various Artists compilation called Gold - British Invasion, same date.

The new Christina Aquilera album, Back to Basics, will be released on August 15. Thus far, it is expected in CD and LP formats.

Legacy Records plan to re-release 4 Sly and The Family Stone titles that include A Whole New Thing (1967); Dance To the Music (1968); Greatest Hits (1970); and Life (1968). All of these are presently scheduled for reissue on August 15. Nice...very, very nice!!

Unofficially, we've been told that the next slate of ELO discs workovers are now expected for September 12. These are for the ELO titles - On The Third Day, Face The Music, and A New World Record. We'll keep you posted on the validity of this date. Thanks to TAP reader, Rick!!

June 19, 2006

We want to take this time to congratulate Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits, who was listed in Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top 25 Fave Online Entertainment Sites. We always knew that the Bits was just that. We're quite proud of the guy. Great goin', Bill!!

I'm sure there's plenty excitement out there in TAPLand with all of the World Cup games going on. It has certainly taken off this go 'round. I like all of that binding together, with folks getting together to enjoy their chosen sides. Enjoy the rest of them. My chosen sides? USA and England. Now get out there and win one for Mr TAP.

It looks like Ron Wood DID end up in rehab but has stated that he WILL tour with the Stones when they resume in July.

We come in here today with the news a bit on the thin side. To balance the difference, we're providing you with a string of reviews tucked inside the new edition of my Record Time. In it, I review Edgar Meyer in his Sony Classical self-title; A Fire Is Meant For Burning from Vlor; Hallelujah Sirens from Dirty On Purpose; a collection of Hugh Hefner jazz faves in the Various Artists disc, Hef's Favorites; The Zookeeper's Boy EP featuring songs from the upcoming July 25 release from Mew; Electric Satisfaction from Crash Kelly; A View Beyond the Cave from Bernard; the new ambient work from Steve Roach called immersion: one; and The Garden from Zero 7. That's 9 new reviews.

I've joined the MySpace community (I may be one of the last to do so). You can check it out as I'm going to try to keep it current with interesting stuff. However, I'm experimenting for the time being.

We have streams for the recently released Billy Joel album, 12 Gardens Live, a 2CD set using the best performances from his 12-date sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The stream available here is "Movin' Out," a familiar tune from his '70s work. Enjoy it. clicking on the album cover will send you to a purchase link.

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We also have streams for the recently released Joshua Radin album from Columbia Records. The album is called We Were Here and was issued on June 13. The provided audio streams from this album include "Closer," "Winter," and "Only You." You can access them below at the links and purchase disc by clicking on the cover art.

"Closer" - Audio

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"Winter" - Audio

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"Only You " - Audio

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Rounder Records have a string of upcoming August releases coming. Marvelous Day is the August 22 release for SteveSongs. August 15 will bring Broadway for Kids At The Rainbow Place by Linda Arnold, I'm Still In Love With You (featuring Hortense Ellis) by Alton Ellis, and Air Stereo from The Damnwells.

Roadrunner Records will release an interestingly titled Come What (ever) May by Stone Sour. This album is on the slate for August 1. There will also be an Edited version released on the same date.

Varese Sarabande is set to release The Philadelphia Years from Hall & Oates on August 1.

Sanctuary Classics will reissue two Helloween discs in Expanded Editions. The albums are RCA classics, Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987) and Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988). These two reworks will be issued on August 8.

Drive-Thru Records plans to release Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! from Hellogoodbye on August 8.


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