Bo Diddley, who suffered a stroke in May of ’07, concerns us again with a recent heart attack. We love Bo Diddley and his music, his tireless commitment to the fans but we also respect the body and its need to rest. The family at TAP wish Bo Diddley the best and urge him to rest and regain his strength. We’re gonna be here when you get ready, Bo…we’re gonna be here.
Kudos to Sirius for their decision to designate a channel for The Grateful Dead. The channel will begin on September 7 with a broadcast of their 1974 Hollywood Bowl performance. With many, many shows on tape, the selection will be immense. How am I ever going to get anything done ‘round here?
We have a few reviews for you to close out this month of August. The first batch of 4 arrive in Lindsay Planer's latest installment of his popular As The Disc Spins column. In this week's column, he aims truly with a review of three Elvis Costello sets that include The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years, Rock and Roll Music, and the Elvis Costello Collector's Box Set, all from Hip-O Records. He also reviews The Complete Atlantic Catalogue, a collection of music from The Young Rascals. Please note that as TAP is closed for the period of September 1 thru September 11, he will not be providing a column until after that date.
I round out the reviews with the Magazine Remasters for 70s-80s band, Magazine that include Real Life (1978), Secondhand Daylight (1979), The Correct Use of Soap (1980), and Magic, Murder, and The Weather (1981).
I also completed a review of A Woman's Touch from Thelma Houston.
I ended up with a massive post for Friday. When I say massive, I mean MASSIVE. Because of this, I have decided to split it in two and have TAPGirl Shari upload this on another day within the next week. I'll also include two reviews of several very good upcoming discs that you won't want to miss. That's thinking ahead, I know. So BE SURE to come back and check it out. But remember that I will not be updating otherwise until Wednesday, September 12.
When the death of Hilly Kristal was announced at the age of 75, I had to stop for a bit and reflect on the power and gifts that were a part of his CBGBs/OMFUG establishment. Anyone doubting the import of this small but important dive should take a step back, not only to rethink their position on Hilly Kristal’s hosting of the best of punk and post-punk bands, but to also let one step forward who understood the undertaking of such a place as CBGBs. Like Max’s Kansas City and Mickey Ruskin before it, one man stood for a new generation of musicians and their fans.
Recently, when the threat of closure became a potential reality for Kristal’s defining location in The Bowery, between 1st and 2nd Streets, Hilly Kristal stood and fought for the continued accessibility of the punk-era icon. Home to obscurities since the passing of post-punk, it still provided a stage for all. Hilly Kristal is as synonymous to the golden age of an era as the club he fathered for those many years.
After Kristal lost the fight to maintain CBGBs and it eventually closed for good, Hilly lost his own battle with cancer, succumbing to the disease on August 28 at a hospital with family. His extended family – you and I – mourn his passing. We admire his tenacity in fighting not only the loss of the landmark venue, but also the cancer that claimed him. The unknown musicians in Heaven now have the perfect organizer to get their music heard.
We’ll miss you, Mr. Kristal.
1932 - 2007
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Porcupine Tree release a new mini-album in September called Nil Recurring. It will feature 4 tracks (just under 30 minutes of music) that were written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions, including the title track featuring Robert Fripp on guitar, and "Cheating the Polygraph", which was premiered on the 2006 tour, but subsequently left off the Fear of a Blank Planet album.
Full track listing is:
1. Nil Recurring (6.08)
2. Normal (7.07)
3. Cheating the Polygraph (7.06)
4. What Happens Now? (8.23)
Surround sound mixes of the new tracks will be included on the definitive Fear of a Blank Planet 5.1 DVD-Audio edition. This DVD-Audio will also include a special Fear of a Blank Planet introduction short film made by Lasse Hoile, and the video for the title track.
Both the Nil Recurring and Fear of a Blank Planet DVD-Audio will be officially released on October 1, but the PT Store will be taking pre-orders soon.
There is now a 5 minute preview of music from the forthcoming Porcupine Tree mini-album Nil Recurring available to download or listen to on the band's MySpace page. The 30-minute CD will be issued on the band's own Transmission label in a fold-out digipack, and will be available to pre-order from the Porcupine Tree store soon. [Many thanks to John McCann for this cut-n-paste].
The 9th studio album from Melissa Etheridge will be released on September 25 and is titled The Awakening. Watch for this from Island Records. A Deluxe Edition of this title is expected on November 20.
Hip-O Select will release a classic set for Marvin Gaye, an unreleased live set called At The Copa. At The Copa will be a Limited Edition set and will be released on September 25 in a digipak edition PLUS a cover designed to appear as if it was a classic cover.
Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock, will release his new album, River: the Joni Letters, on September 25. River: The Joni Letters is a collection of Joni Mitchell classic covers performed by not only Joni Mitchell herself (“Tea Leaf Prophecy”), but also Leonard Cohen (“The Jungle Line”), Corinne Bailey Rae (“The River”), Norah Jones (“Court and Spark”), Tina Turner (“Edith and the Kingpin”), and Luciana Souza (“Amelia”). There are several Hancock instrumentals as well with Shorter on sax, Dave Holland on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Lionel Loueke on guitar.
Speaking of Joni Mitchell, you have already noted our announcement that she will return to recording with a new album on Hear Records (Starbucks/Concord), the new label of Paul McCartney. The album will be called Shine and will feature 10 new songs including a remake of “Big Yellow Taxi .” Shine arrives on September 25.
PJ Harvey comes back with her 8th studio album called White Chalk on September 25. 11 new songs…’nuff said!!
John Fogerty will return on October 2 with 12 new songs since his The Long Road Home (2005). One of the songs on Revival, his first on Fantasy Records since all of those Creedence Clearwater classics years ago (35 years ago) will be titled “The Creedence Song.” The LP preceded by a week on September 25.
One of the standout parts of the upcoming October 2 release of the Elton John DVD of Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden is not so much his concert footage on DVD1 but the second DVD of rare live footage, many from the 70s. There is “Honky Cat” from a 1972 performance, “Rocket Man” from Royal Albert Hall circa 1972, “Benny and the Jets” from Wembley 1984, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” from Top of the Pops (1973), and many other classics far too good to ignore. To me, DVD2 is where the diamonds are.
Philadelphia International/Legacy will release a 2CD Teddy Pendergrass Essential title on October 30. Joining that will be a 2CD Essential Lou Rawls set, also from Philadelphia International and Legacy and sharing the same release date.
Nitro Records will be releasing Career Suicide from A Wilhelm Scream on October 9.
Verve Records plan to release a Gold series title for Dinah Washington on October 9 as well as one for Ella Fitzgerald and one for Nina Simone, AND one for Sarah Vaughan.
A&M Records will release The Black and White Album from The Hives on October 9.
Columbia and ISO Records will batch five David Bowie releases (Outside, Earthling, Hours, Heathen, and Reality) along with five extras discs of rarities and such, each individually representative of each of the five studio albums listed. This 10CD Box was originally a Japanese only import called The David Bowie Box. It is scheduled for domestic (US) re-release on October 30.
Geffen Records will release the new She Wants Revenge album called This is Forever on October 9.
Seaview Records plan to release Best in Show for World Party on October 9.
Time/Life have several works available on October 2. The first is a 2CD set for JJ Cale called Rewind: The Unreleased Recordings. The second is a DVD for Glen Campbell called For the Good Times.
Rhino has a 2CD 40th Anniversary Edition on the burner for Chicago called The Best of Chicago. That is planned for October 2.
There will be 2 versions of the new The Cult album from Roadrunner Records called Born Into This released on October 2. There will be a standard CD version as well as what is known as a Special/Savage Edition.
Epic Records will compile a set of Stevie Ray Vaughan sessions as he guested or worked for various artists. Included is the song that he played guitar solo on for David Bowie called “Let’s Dance.” There are plenty of live and studio jams and works to complete this album called Solos, Sessions & Encores, which is planned to street on November 6 along with our previously announced Stevie Ray Vaughan DVD of Pride and Joy.