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January 31, 2007

We're one month into the New Year already and we've had news of upcoming Genesis SACDs (of course, you'll have to claim them from Europe) and some other fine upcomings. In addition, I'm one month into learning guitar (if you've been following the progress of that), and we've had a spectacular response to our Wanted Reissues list. If we were Wired magazine, we'd be listing Expanded and Remastered Reissues as being Wired with standard remasters being Tired. What does this mean? Glad you asked...

Judging by our lists and the correlating responses, I'd say that the labels are missing an opportunity here. With the younger generations more interested in digital purchases (and thefts), that leaves an interested older generation more than willing to purchase Expanded Definitive Editions of albums that we have grown up on AND grown to love. And there is plenty out there. If the big labels decided to oblige, I'd have to quit my job and list full time, all of the upcoming sweetness. Will it happen? Hmmmm...you might as well have your say.

We do have some nice news that is sure to please some people as well as a review to bridge the time to Friday's post. I didn't do a list today as I didn't have the time to put it together but we need a small break anyway, right? On Friday, though, we'll have a huge list...be sure of that. . We will be making a "LISTS" page to put it all up for anyone to see, including the powers that be, the deciders. I also have a new entry into The Guitar Diaries.

The review is of a disc some 9 months old. the album is called Daylight and is by NeedToBreathe. I felt that the album deserved some words.

For October Project fans, please mark your calendars for February 3 as Julie Flanders will be performing at The Living Room in NYC. The show will begin at 8p sharp. She will be joined by October Project alumni, Emil Adler and special guest, Marina Belica, as well as Chris Benelli and Dom Richards. For more information, check out The Living Room website. The Living Room is located at 154 Ludlow Street, NYC.

To prep you up with a list AFTER Best of 2006, here's a link to one of my favourite FM Stations. Click and hear!!

We'll feed this Wanted Reissues list a bit with more coming on Friday. In the meantime, feel free to jump in with your list. Why not...everyone else is. Please continue to send in your lists as well as your Best of 2006 list. Send the Best Of 2006 list to Best Albums of 2006.and the Wanted Reissues list to Reissue Wishes.

And now...

Welcome Back, My Friends to the List that Never Ends... - Wanted Reissues:

We'll see you again on Friday as we move into February.

There is a new entry in The Guitar Diaries [Jan 31].

THE GUITAR DIARIES

Now that I've gone into the waters, Jr TAP (Justin) has decided to join along with me as I learn. And it's funny, but I have received not only a mass of congratulatory and supportive emails from you, the readers, but we have seen some either pick up the guitar again after an extended layoff or pick it up for the first time, simply because they felt motivated by The Guitar Diaries to do so. And that's great as well as a majour motivator for myself. I'm glad and thankful for all of you.

On Monday, I took Jr TAP (who is 24 this year) to Guitar Center and bought him a Gibson Standard (black body) that looks and sounds absolutely great. It is his birthday (February) and so it all worked out fantastically. We both look forward to our progression but I envy him his years ahead of him. He has the potential to achieve so much more than I can since I turn 50 this year.

I'm chord changing much faster (still working it though) and have now been able to play "Wild Thing" fair. Ohhh, but just wait. I've a feeling that next Monday's post might bring the news of some completed songs - intros that is.

Please send all of your words of encouragement, suggestions, contributions, and derision to The Guitar Diaries.

Not a great secret to most as most were probably aware that these were coming stateside after their Euro updates. However, Elektra will release Expanded and Remastered versions of three (for now) Warren Zevon titles that include Envoy; Excitable Boy (aaaroooo); and Stand in the Fire. These three reissues will street on March 27.

Elektra will also break out their Expanded titles found in the Doors box, providing the following titles individually. On March 27, you'll be able to acquire LA Woman; Morrison Hotel; Strange Days; The Doors; The Soft Parade; and Waiting For the Sun, if you're wanting speciifc titles..

Reprise Records will release a 'best of' for Stevie Nicks in both CD and CD/DVD editions on March 27. This collection, called Reflections: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks, covers her entire solo career (with some choice Fleetwood Mac songs) with not only the songs that you remember but also several unreleased live tracks. If you opt for the CD/DVD issue, you can also expect 13 videos with voice-over commentary from Miss Nicks as well as her artwork. There is also bonus interviews and home video footage from the Bella Donna Sessions. Be sure to catch Stevie Nicks as she performs on the Superbowl Pre-Game show on CBS. Go Bears (I had to throw that in...sorry).

Rhino Records will re-release several 'best of' collections that include compilations of music from Clay Walker (Greatest Hits), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (20 Years of Dirt - The Best Of); Kenny Rogers (20 Great Years); Randy Travis (Greatest #1 Hits); Little Texas (Greatest Hits); Genesis (Turn It On Again - The Hits); Bela Fleck and The Flecktones (Greatest Hits of the 20th Century); and John Anderson (Greatest Hits). All of these packages will be re-released on March 20.

Nonesuch Records releases the fantastic symphonic piece from Henryk Gorecki (String Quartet No. 3) as interpreted by the equally fantastic Kronos Quartet. This arrives on March 20.

Two other Nonesuch releases will be 2 jazz CDs from Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau. The titles are Quartet, and The Complete Sessions. Both discs will be released on March 20.

Lava has Grand National from John Butler Trio slated for a March 20 release.

Rhino has two Depeche Mode CD/DVD Special Editions on the calendar for March 20. The titles will be Construction Time Again (1983), and Black Celebration (1986).

Rhino continues with Dokken titles that include From Conception: Live 1981. The CD will issue on March 13. Also on March 13, Rhino will release Unchain the Night (1986) in DVD.

Reprise Records will release Live at Massey Hall by Neil Young. This Young title will released as a standard CD and as a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD package. This is on the boards for March 13.

Rhino plans a DVD for Damn Yankees, their 1992 originally released live concert document called Uprising. This will be reissued on March 13.

Finally, Warner Bros will release a DVD from Mute Math called Flesh and Bone Electric Fun. This is scheduled for March 13.

January 29, 2007

I've got lots to relay in the Guitar Diaries today and so, if you've been following my guitar learning, head on down there and hear what new stuff I've done. I'm pretty excited over the whole bleedin' thing.

We have more lists today and then a few reviews and some release news, otherwise this can be considered a slow week, news-wise. We've actually not been too deprived this month. We can only hope that it gets better as the months progress. Just to kick this week off, however, did anyone note in the new edition of Rolling Stone that all signs point to a Roth/Van Halen reunion which sounds like it is gearing up for a summer tour. I'm looking forward to that show myself. If anyone knows anything positive, let me know.

In our CDs area, we have news of a new Interpol title.

We have 3 reviews today that include Civilian, the album from Boy Kill Boy and reviewed by James Hrivnak. I've jumped in with two reviews that include The Silver Tree, the lastest from Lisa Gerrard, available as an Australian import or directly from iTunes. I've also reviewed the Original Film Score from Sir Simon Rattle of the film, Perfume - The Story of a Murderer.

For October Project fans, please mark your calendars for February 3 as Julie Flanders will be performing at The Living Room in NYC. The show will begin at 8p sharp. She will be joined by October Project alumni, Emil Adler and special guest, Marina Belica, as well as Chris Benelli and Dom Richards. For more information, check out The Living Room website. The Living Room is located at 154 Ludlow Street, NYC.

To prep you up with a list AFTER Best of 2006, here's a link to one of my favourite FM Stations. Click and hear!!

We'll feed this Wanted Reissues list a bit with more coming on Friday. In the meantime, feel free to jump in with your list. Why not...everyone else is. Please continue to send in your lists as well as your Best of 2006 list. Send the Best Of 2006 list to Best Albums of 2006.and the Wanted Reissues list to Reissue Wishes.

And now...

Welcome Back, My Friends to the List that Never Ends... - Wanted Reissues:

  • Elton John - Universal...complete these SACD releases
  • Steely Dan - Catalogue (5.1)
  • Pink Floyd - (5.1 Catalogue)
  • Doobie Brothers - Catalogue...SACD would be nice
  • Alan Parsons Project - Made for 5.1 - Catalogue
  • ELO - In 5.1
  • Earth, Wind and Fire - Spirit; All 'n' All; I Am; Raise
  • Eagles - The Long Run
  • Peter Gabriel - So; Us (aren't these in SACD?)
  • Genesis - Catalogue (see previous posts)
  • The Tubes - Catalogue
  • Paul McCartney - Catalogue w/ nice 2CD Special Editions
  • John Lennon - Catalogue w/ 2CD Special Editions; Imagine
  • Esquivel - Catalogue
  • Ian Thomas - Canadian Songwriting Legend whose music hasn't been released on CD in the first place
  • Frank Marino's Mahogany Rush - In need of Remastering
  • Heart - Dreamboat Annie
  • Alice Cooper - Love It To Death; Killer; School's Out
  • Blue Oyster Cult - The Rest of the Catalogue (before we die) [Some Enchanted Evening is being released as a Legacy Edition, and Spectres as an Expanded - two weeks]
  • ELO - Rest of the Catalogue [I'm sure that they're coming]
  • Ronnie Wood - Gimme Some Neck
  • Bruce Springsteen - an exhaustive Edition of Darkness on the Edge of Town [agreed!]
  • Buddy Holly - Catalogue
  • John Mayall - Crusades; Blues From Laurel Canyon
  • Keith and Donna Godchaux - Keith & Donna
  • Jorma Kaukonen - Jorma
  • Tommy Bolin - Teaser; Private Eyes
  • Ian Hunter - Catalogue
  • B-52s - Catalogue
  • The Cars - Catalogue
  • XTC - Catalogue
  • Kiss - Destroyer (2CD Deluxe Edition)
  • Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel; Hasten Down the Wind
  • The Motors - Tenement Steps
  • Be Bop Deluxe - Anything
  • Survivor - Catalogue
  • Night Ranger - Catalogue
  • Phil Collins - Catalogue
  • Ravi Shankar - Family and Friends
  • Sergio Mendes - Primal Roots
  • Dave Clark 5 - Catalogue
  • CSN&Y - Deja Vu Deluxe Edition (2-3CD)
  • Tangier - Four Wind Blows; Stranded
  • Greg Copeland - Revenge Will Come (Never been on CD)
  • REO Speedwagen - Catalogue
  • Alvin Lee - Detroit Diesel; catalogue
  • Ten Years After - About Time
  • Havanna Black - Indian Warrior; Exiles in Mainstream
  • Eddie Money - Catalogue
  • Warren Zevon - Catalogue
  • Juice Newton - Catalogue
  • Bush Doctors - Bush Doctors (Canada)
  • Henry Lee Summer - Slam dunk; Catalogue
  • Gail Davies - Givin' Herself Away; Catalogue
  • Dr Hook - Players in the Dark
  • Gordon Lightfoot - Dream street Rose; Summertime Dream; Catalogue
  • Flesh and Blood - Blues for Daze
  • T-Bone Burnett - Proof Through the Night (great collection on Warner Brothers with an all star cast of musicians (Ry Cooder, Pete Townshend, Richard Thompson, Mich Ronson and more)
  • T-Bone Burnett - T- Bone Burnett---Trap Door---an outstanding EP from WB
  • JF Murphy & Salt - -JF Murphy & Salt (Elektra Records---an east coast Irish/Folk/Blues/Jazz Band)
  • Dion - Sit Down Old Friend---Warner Brothers---All acoustic folk/blues from this legend
  • Earl Scruggs Review - Anniversary Special Volumes 1 and 2---Columbia Records---A precurser to "will the circle be unbroken" by the Dirt band featuring the elite of 60s and early 70s rock---bluegrass meets West Coast
  • Mason Williams---Of Time and Rivers Flowing---Skookum Records---Traditional and new takes on songs abouts rivers and the sea
  • Charles Lloyd---Waves---A&M Records---Jazz meets west coast mellow features the Beach Boys on some harmonies and Roger McGuinn in his jazz wannabe phase [from T-Bone Burnett thru Charles Lloyd: lister want to know - If anyone has any idea of where to get these digitized, let me know---my records are too scratched to transfer.
  • Bob Seger - pre-Night Moves
  • Bryan Adams - Expanded and Remastered - Catalogue
  • The Outfield - Expanded and Remastered - Catalogue
  • Husker Du - Catalogue - Long Over Du (couldn't resist)

We'll see you again on Wednesday, the last day of the first month of 2007. As we make our way thru the 1st Quarter, we hope to get great releases. We also hope that some on this list will be re dealt with.

There is a new entry in The Guitar Diaries.

THE GUITAR DIARIES

I stated that on Saturday, I would be visiting my local Guitar Center. I did. I bought a Gibson Epiphone Les Paul Model - Vintage Sunburst finish. I also picked up a Fender 25W amp because it was the same money for as for the Marshall 15W that I had my eye on plus it had more features. I picked up some strings, a cloth, a stand, a chromatic tuner, picks, and a cable. All of this made Mrs TAP cringe for more than reasons of money flying out of my wallet.

When I got home, I unpacked everything and immediately plugged in. Yep...I'm in LUV (Don't tell Mrs TAP). I played for hours, and then more hours. 6, maybe 7 in all. Eventually, I found something happening...I was successfully making a chord change and pretty fast too. I went from G to A (because it's an easy switch). I messed around with that for a while before trying changes from all of the open Major chords that I know. some were a little slow but I was doing it and faster than I would have thought possible even this morning. Soon, I pushed it and went from G to A and back to G, almost without looking. It's funny how the transition seems easier than you believed possible.

Guess Warner Brothers is going to be calling soon. Maybe, if Keith wants to retire, I could join Mick, Ron, and Charlie on the next billion dollar outing. This is way too much fun!!

Please send all of your words of encouragement, suggestions, contributions, and derision to The Guitar Diaries.

It appears that Interpol will be releasing their 3rd effort (as yet untitled) on June 5. Keep eyes open for more news of that as we get it. This will come from Capitol Records.

For those of you who have pencilled and re-pencilled the Dr Hook and the Medicine Show 'best of', well...looks like the eraser comes out and you'll have to pencil in a new date. Greatest Hooks is moving from its last date of June 5 to July 31. But you never know, it might change back...

And here's a date that's changed ahead of planed schedule. Capitol has floated The Warmth of the Sun from The Beach Boys on various dates for the last year. The new date is May 22, up a few weeks from its last date of June 5.

Virgin Records' planned release of B-Sides from Gorillaz has been pushed back from its original March 20 date to its new date of April 3.

Bungalo Records will release an effort from Eddie Money called Wanna Go Back on March 13.

Universal Records will release You Know I'm No Good as a 12" from pop artist, Amy Winehouse on February 13.

Def Jam will release Edited and PA versions of the album from Sterling Simms, as yet untitled. This album is slated for April 3.

Rendezvous Entertainment will release the next Mare Winnigham album on March 27. The album is called Rock Refuge Sublime.

4AD Records will be releasing a Lisa Gerrard 'best of' in February. Also be on the watch for a DVD from Lisa Gerrard called Sanctuary.

January 26, 2007

Well, well, well...I might as well leave up the reissue list as a constant running list. At this rate, unless I remove the link, the requests are going to just keep pouring in. And pouring in they are. We haven't seen anything as popular as this in the entire life of this site, and that's 6 years running. But it's fun and it may alert somebody at some label to pursue a title or several.

We talked loosely early on this week concerning the proposed XM and Sirius merger that was nixed by the FCC. A reader kindly alerted me to an article published on January 19 (I caught this last week in a WSJ article - the merger potential that is) by DigitalMedia Wire that states that the merger still could happen by a changing of the prohibiting rule that currently prevents the merger now. I guess that makes this a continuing storyline. We'll keep an eye on this now that we have an eye on it.

On another merger note, Capitol and Virgin announced plans to merge their North America operations today, which includes their Rock, Pop, and Urban operations. The single unit will be known as The Capitol Music Group. The Capitol and Virgin imprints will not be affected as this is largely a staffing and executive streamlining move.

For October Project fans, please mark your calendars for February 3 as Julie Flanders will be performing at The Living Room in NYC. The show will begin at 8p sharp. She will be joined by October Project alumni, Emil Adler and special guest, Marina Belica, as well as Chris Benelli and Dom Richards. For more information, check out The Living Room website. The Living Room is located at 154 Ludlow Street, NYC.

OK, we all have a weekend to get into and so we'll knock this one out. Today, we have Lindsay Planer's As The Disc Spins column with reviews of Pete Townshend reissue titles. These include CDs of Empty Glass; Rough Mix (with Ronnie Lane); the Scoop trilogy (Scoop, Another Scoop, and Scoop3); and psychoderelict liveinnewyork.

We also have my review of Suite XVI by The Stranglers as well as a review from James Hrivnak of World Container from The Tragically Hip.

Duane waltz's in with his latest brand of music news in his latest Pit Stop.

We have updates to the Monster List of Reissues and so you might want to check those out. I have also been practicing that guitar lots with 5 hours last Saturday, 2 hours on Wednesday, and an hour on Thursday with more hours scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, I'm picking up an electric, amp, and all the goodies. Check out the new Guitar Diaries below for an update.

To prep you up with a list AFTER Best of 2006, here's a link to one of my favourite FM Stations. Click and hear!!

We'll feed this Wanted Reissues list a bit with more coming on Friday. In the meantime, feel free to jump in with your list. Why not...everyone else is. Please continue to send in your lists as well as your Best of 2006 list. Send the Best Of 2006 list to Best Albums of 2006.and the Wanted Reissues list to Reissue Wishes.

And now...

Welcome Back, My Friends to the List that Never Ends... - Wanted Reissues:

  • Kinks - Post mid-80s catalogue
  • Yes - Big Generator (Expanded 2CD Rhino Edition)
  • Fleshtones - Roman Gods
  • Club Paradise Soundtrack
  • Gino Vanelli - Catalogue
  • Moby Grape - Catalogue
  • Edgar Winter - Expanded reissues of catalogue
  • Tom Waits - Asylum catalogue with bonus sessions tracks
  • Ramones - continue with the Sire 2CD restoration project
  • Ventures - The Liberty catalogue (re-release the 2 on 1 discs)
  • Little Feat - Catalogue
  • America - Early catalogue
  • INXS - Shabooh, Shoobah; The Swing; Listen Like Thieves
  • Nick Lowe - Pure Pop for the Now People (Jesus of Cool); Labour of Lust
  • The Smithereens - Especially For You; Green Thoughts
  • Max Q - Max Q (Michael Hutchence/Ollie Olsen side project - 1989)
  • The Plimsouls - Zero Hour EP (Expanded); a new 'Best Of' collection
  • The Romantics - Catalogue
  • Claudia Lennear - Phew
  • Bootsy Collins - WB Catalogue redoing all that have already been released
  • Joe Walsh - Barnstorm
  • Madhouse - 8; 16
  • Chaka Kahn - Chaka Khan; Whatcha Gonna Do For Me; the whole WB Catalogue
  • David Lee Roth - Eat 'Em and Smile (2CD Special Editon that includes Spanish version previously only available on LP.
  • J Geils Band - EMI Catalogue - Expanded and Remastered
  • J Geils Band - Atlantic catalogue
  • Bruce Springsteen - Catalogue with B-Sides and Outtakes
  • Prince - Catalogue with B-Sides and Outtakes
  • Vanilla Fudge - ALL of the Catalogue
  • Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue (w/ bonus CD of unreleased Bamboo sessions)
  • The Lucy Show - Undone
  • Patti Rothberg - Between the 1 & 9
  • Left Banke - Best of
  • The Beckies - The Beckies
  • Van Morrison - Moondance/Astral Weeks (multiple entries for these titles)
  • Donovan - From a Flower to a Garden
  • Bob Dylan - New Morning remaster
  • Absolute Elsewhere - In Search of Ancient Gods
  • Violinski (ex-ELO)
  • Jethro Tull - Entire catalogue (recent remasters are a joke)
  • Bad Company - Catalogue
  • Nick Mason/Rick Wright/Roger Waters - titles
  • Loz Netto
  • Magma
  • Stiff Records titles with expansion
  • Atlanta Rhythm Section - catalogue
  • Jeff Lynne - Armchair Theatre
  • Traveling Wilsburys
  • Bram Tchaikovsky - Strange Man, Changed Man
  • Good Rats - Catalogue
  • Van Morrison - Catalogue
  • Neil Young - Catalogue

See you on Monday with more bulleted items. Yeah, we got more.

There is a new entry in The Guitar Diaries

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THE GUITAR DIARIES

I started the week off NOT on a guitar note, which left me desiring to pluck some notes. As a result, Wednesday rolled around and I picked the acoustic and cranke me out a new chord - the G chord. I now have 5 Major chords at my disposal. Now guess what I'm short on. Yep...the Barre chords B and F. NOW...I ask you...HOW in the heck do you pull these off? I'm trying and I ain't getting. Send suggestions to the link below.

In addition, I have played valid chords found on Chordie, a very cool site with a community. they have a large chart that easily depicts each chord and all of its variants. Some of those variants are quite easy and fun. I'm still playing the chromatic but on the high E (look at me talk lingo) only. It gives me a chance to build up familiarity and speed and also to practice hammer ons and pull offs.

I've had to tell myself that pure perfection is not entirely necessary as I'm learnig to satisfy my own itch and to hear me play a "Stay With Me" (Faces) song at my leisure. I've also chosen my end guitar - the Gibson Les Paul Supreme (Heritage Cherry Sunburst). When I learn to play well enough, this baby is mine. Somebody stop me.

Please?

Please send all of your words of encouragement, suggestions, contributions, and derision to The Guitar Diaries.

SideOne Dummy Records has scheduled the release of Strictly Rude from Big D and the Kids Table for March 20. Big D will be on tour with Anti-Flag from March 8 thru April 22 and will be on the entire Vans Warped tour. You can check out their new single from the album called "Noise Complaint."

We have some revised dates for you from Shout! Factory concerning some upcoming John Lee Hooker titles that include The Best of Friends (now scheduled for April 3) while Jealous is pushed all the way to Summer with a TBD date. However, Boom Boom and Chill Out will make store shelves smoke on February 6.

Christopher O'Riley will release Second Grace - the Music of Nick Drake in April, exact date unknown.

Shout! Factory, in conjunction with Oh Boy Records will release the 1980 PBS special that feature John Prine. The special, called John Prine - Live on Soundstage 1980, will be relased for the first time on DVD. This DVD will be ready on March 27.

Last week, we mentioned titles being re-released as Rhino Replicas. I have found out that they are replications of original LP releases. If an LP had a gatefold, it shows up here. These are the same Japanese reissues but are made available domestically (US). It sounds as if they will be coming in batches with the first selections being made available on March 6.

Rhino and Atlantic will break out the Box set for Robert Plant with the titles becoming individually available on March 20. The titles include - Fate of Nations / Manic Nirvana / Mighty Rearranger / Pictures at Eleven / Shaken 'n' Stirred, all Expanded and Remastered.

January 24, 2007

As most know by now, thanks to Bill Hunt's The Digital Bits, I was extremely ecstatic at the Bears' win and nailing of the Superbowl berth. He has graciously provided visuals of my Fat Tire induced giddiness. BUT, what he refused to show you was the culmination of a bet placed some years ago. And true to his word, he paid off. And so, I shall show you the photo that Bill DIDN'T want you to see. Go Bears!! That Superbowl party is going to be something else...something else indeed.


Some music notes here before we get on with the rest of the update. Last week, it looked as if XM Radio and Sirius Radio would happily merge to create a super satellite radio service. But, the FCC, ever so leery of a monopoly (and that would be just what it would have been - thank God for competition). Of course, it would have been nice to have extended service but not at the risk of overcharging because there's no where else to go.

Secondly, it appears that the labels are thinking of ditching the DRM and going to MP3 distribution without restrictions. Hmmm, now THAT's an interesting thought. It shows that things obviously have to change to stay current. Read the article here.

I have reviews coming for Friday that include The Stranglers' latest, Suite XVI, Lindsay Planer's As The Disc Spins, more from James Hrivnak, maybe even some PitStop illness. Today, we just have some bits of news and not much else. I don't really want to deplete the news source too badly.

To prep you up with a list AFTER Best of 2006, here's a link to one of my favourite FM Stations. Click and hear!!

We'll feed this Wanted Reissues list a bit with more coming on Friday. In the meantime, feel free to jump in with your list. Why not...everyone else is. Please continue to send in your lists as well as your Best of 2006 list. Send the Best Of 2006 list to Best Albums of 2006.and the Wanted Reissues list to Reissue Wishes.

And now...

Welcome Back, My Friends to the List that Never Ends... - Wanted Reissues:

  • Cher - '70s Warner Catalogue
  • Barbara Mandrell - Catalogue
  • Pat Benatar - continuation of Remasters started
  • Roseanne Cash - Continuation of Remaster Series
  • Taj Mahal - continued Remasters satrted in 2000 and an expanded Take a Giant Step
  • Canned Heat - Remasters and Expansions of Liberty Catalogue
  • Poco - Remasters of Epic Catalogue including an Expanded Crazy Eyes
  • Johnny Winter - Legacy continuation of Legacy Editions of remaining Columbia Winter catalogue - including Expanded Johnny Winter And - Live as well as Nothin' But The Blues
  • Styx - A&M catalogue remasters and Expanded editions
  • Jimi Hendrix - 5.1 remix/remaster for Electric Ladyland
  • George Harrison - continued Dark Horse catalogue (SACDs if they want)
  • Van Morrison - Astral Weeks and Moondance
  • U2 - everything up to Achtung Baby
  • Tony Carey - Some Tough City
  • Rolling Stones - Expanded Atlantic and Columbia catalogues
  • Planet P Project - Planet P Project, Pink World
  • Ringo Starr - Stop and Smell the World, Old Wave
  • Ian Hunter - You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic - Expanded and Remastered
  • Beatles - (last mention because we all know) also mono mix of Sgt Pepper
  • Belfegore - US release of '84 Elektra album; Dog is Born (Euro) with various singles and b-sides
  • Saxon - Power and the Glory with US track, "Suzi Hold On"
  • Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual - Expanded Remasters
  • U2 expanded remasters with b-sides unique to the sessions
  • Bauhaus - entire catalogue with b-sides unique to sessions
  • ZZ Top- remaining WB catalogue
  • Black Sabbath - Dio catalogue; Born Again w/ Ian Gillan
  • Yngwie Malmsteem - Rising Force
  • Age of Chance - Crush Collision
  • Quiet Riot - 2 Randy Rhoads '70s albums Japan releases
  • David Lee Roth - Eat 'Em and Smile
  • Laura Branigan - 2CD Expansions of catalogue releases
  • Iren Cara - Carasmatic
  • Bonnie Tyler - Catalogue
  • Maggie Bell - Catalogue
  • Detective - Catalogue
  • Silverhead - revisit and remaster
  • Derringer - Columbia catalogue
  • Toni Basil - Word of Mouth, Over My Head - Expansion to include 12"mixes.
  • Back to the Beach soundtrack
  • Vanity- Vanity 6
  • Grease 2 Soundtrack - bonus songs and soundclips
  • Melissa Manchester - catalogue
  • Olivia Newton-John - Physical; Soul Kiss; The Rumour - expanded with 12" mixes
  • Diana Ross - Swept Away; Pieces of Ice; Silk Electric - expanded with mixes
  • Last American Virgin Soundtrack
  • Gentle Giant - 1st 4 albums
  • Rufus w/ Chaka Khan - Catalogue
  • Led Zeppelin - catalogue
  • Parliament - Funkentelechy vs The Placebo Syndrome; Motor Booty Affair
  • Pat Travers - Pat Travers through Crash and Burn - (Dave, I agree - very underrated - I saw him in a HS gym (with Rush) back in Chicago in the middle of January - REALLY!!)
  • Robert Hunter - Tales of the Great Rum Hunters but how about them all
  • Alun Davies - (Alun was Cat Steven's guitarist. I don't think this album has ever been on CD).
  • Frank Zappa - Mothermania - Never released on CD
  • Guiffria - MCA catalogue
  • Saraya - 1989 Polygram release
  • McAuley-Shencker Group - Perfect Timing
  • Damn Yankees - Remixed and Remastered (Nugent was never happy with this mix)
  • Rickie Lee Jones - ST
  • Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates
  • ZZ Top - Deguella
  • Joe Satriani - catalogue

Waaay more to come - check back Friday with even more to fry your poor and by now overloaded brain with.

There is NOT a new entry in The Guitar Diaries.

THE GUITAR DIARIES

I started out Saturday by attending a small Guitar show in OC at the OC Fairgrounds. It was a nice exhibit of classic guitars and other stuff. Jr TAP went with the old man and we browsed around for the better part of 2 hours. Not only did we get do see some fine, fine guitars but I also found a recording of a David Johansen show at Park West, Chicago back in 1979, a show that I was at. Surprised the hell out of me. I snatched it up immediately. Enjoyed it more than I could realize.

For the rest of Saturday, I spent around 5 hours just practicing on the guitar. I learned several new chords (D and C - attempted B but just couldn't get the stretch on my fingers right). I also spent a lot of time running the chromatic scales...it's a slow process but I'm getting better. All in all, I was very pleased with the progress that I made even on a single day.

I've also taken to teaching Jr TAP some chords - have to pass it along, y'know.

Please send all of your words of encouragement, suggestions, contributions, and derision to The Guitar Diaries.

Hollywood Records will release the upcoming as-yet-untitled Cheetah Girls album on June 19. On June 12, Hollywood will release an as-yet-untitled album from Evans Blue.

Geffen Records will street Do You Believe from Matt White on May 22.

Island Records plans a John McLaughlin album called Indiana, scheduling the album for release on May 1.

Verve Records has slated Ella Fitzgerald Sings For Kids on April 16. Verve also plans other Ella Fitzgerald titles, Sweet and Hot (1953) and Lullabies of Birdland (1945), both of which are scheduled for March 20.

Telarc has a few SACDs on the horizon from Hiromi (Sonicbloom) and David Russell (Art of the Guitar). Both Telarc SACD titles arrive on March 27.

Watch for Night School on DVD for Stanley Clarke, with Telarc planning the film for release on March 27.

Hollywood plans a CD/DVD combo Special Edition package for Hilary Duff and her Dignity album on April 3.

Big news for Kaiser Chief believers. The band will street their new Your Truly, Angry Mob (the CD/DVD Deluxe Edition) on March 27. You should hear "Ruby," their lead-off single from album...tasty!!

Umusic-Canada will release World Container from Tragically Hip on March 6.

Before we run off however, Phil Cohen (former info contributor to ICE) shot us an email with the following info that you should find interesting and lovable (I did a cut 'n paste job - sorry) -

Dear MusicTAP - Some of your wishes will soon be granted. The UK SACD's of The Moody Blues-"Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" & "Seventh Soujorn" will be released April 2nd in the UK. Amongst the bonus tracks are two never before heard songs,cut at sessions for an abandoned follow-up to "Seventh Soujorn". Both songs are Justin Hayward compositions.

The Genesis remixed/remastered program will commence March 28th,with the first of three release "phases". The first phase will be "A Trick of The Tail","Wind and Wuthering","And Then There Were Three","Duke" & "Abacab". The releases will be as follows; - U.S.A.:CD + DVD-Video (NTSC/All Regions). The U.S.A. CD will contain music videos,interviews and Dolby Digital & DTS surround mixes of the albums

UK:Hybrid SACD(Surround & Stereo) + DVD-Video (PAL/All Regions) (This DVD will have music videos & interviews)

South America:Hybrid SACD(Surround & stereo) + DVD-Video (NTSC/All Regions) (Music videos & Interviews)

Japan:Hybrid SACD(Surround & stereo)+ DVD-Video (NTSC/All Regions)(Music videos & Interviews)

Fans who want the high resolution audio must buy the imports.Warner Music (who has the North American rights) doesn't support SACD. The America discs will NOT contain DVD-Audio.

The future release phases are:
June/July 2007:"Genesis","Invisible Touch","We Can't Dance","Calling All Stations"

Late 2007/Early 2008:"Trespass","Nursery Cryme","Selling England By The Pound","Foxtrot","The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway."

"Vanilla Fudge" has already received the expanded/remastered treatment from Sundazed. Between Sundazed efforts and Rhino's compilation CD,their complete recorded catalogue(with non-L.P. singles & a few unreleased tracks) has been released on CD.

January 22, 2007

Let's take a moment to mourn the passing of the The Mamas and the Papas' Denny Doherty, who, at 66, has died of complications following a brief illness that simly overtook him. One part of the popular band that produced such hits as "Monday, Monday," and "California Dreamin'" and who leaves Michelle Phillips as the sole remaining member (Cass Elliot passed away tragically in 1974 and John Phillips died in 2001. Denny Doherty goes to be in great hands as an elite member of the GREAT band.


(Robert Spencer - Photo)
Denny Doherty
1940 - 2007

Our clarion call to Wanted Reissues has shown no signs of abatement. We'll just let it run its course before we go on to something different, which the upcoming Best of 2006. If you haven't joined that list, please do so now. But please continue to send in your lists as well as your Best of 2006 list. Send the Best Of 2006 list to Best Albums of 2006.and the Wanted Reissues list to Reissue Wishes.

We have several more reviews prepared for you today. John Dunphy has created a lengthy YES review that encompasses 5 Yes titles in a 5CD Box. The Box set called called Essentially Yes, which joins Burgundy Records' excellent 5CD Box, Essentially John Mayall. Looks to be a start to great Essentially series titles.

I've written two reviews that include Here and Now from America as well as one of the new EP from Baby Shambles called The Blinding.

As for regular release news, we got that AND a little tidbit about a potential Beatles 11-album catalogue refurbishing...scroll down for those and a link.

And now...

Welcome Back, My Friends to the List that Never Ends... - Wanted Reissues:

  • My Bloody Valentine - Loveless: a Deluxe Edition with B-sides
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - the WB catalogue w/ iTunes exclusive tracks
  • Mr Bungle - Mr Bungle/Disco Volante
  • Warren Zevon - Asylum/Elektra Catalogue
  • Bruce Springsteen - Complete Catalogue
  • Fleetwood Mac - Mirage, Live, and Tango in the Night
  • Fleetwood Mac - Pre-Buckingham/Nicks era
  • Dennis Wilson - Ocean Pacific Blue
  • National Lampoon - Vacation soundtrack
  • Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still / Building the Perfect Beast
  • Randy Newman - Little Criminals/Trouble in Paradise/Land of Dreams
  • Stevie Nicks - Belladonna/Wild Heart
  • The Sweet - Catalogue
  • Thin Lizzy - Catalogue
  • Savoy Brown - Catalogue
  • City Boy - Catalogue
  • Kate Bush - Catalogue - 2CD Deluxe Editions
  • Doll by Doll
  • Glencoe
  • Hoelderlin
  • Lake
  • Outlaws - Catalogue
  • Firefall - Catalogue
  • Pilot
  • The Who - a perfect Quadrophenia (5.1, Deluxe Edition)
  • BeBop Deluxe
  • Sad Cafe
  • Duncan Browne
  • Cafe Jacques
  • Randy California - Kapt Kopter
  • Crack the Sky
  • Cream - the rest of the catalogue
  • Curved Air (Let's get it done right this time)
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra (Still not done correctly)
  • Greenslade
  • Midnight Oil
  • Moody Blues (Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Seventh Sojourn)
  • Yes - solo albums
  • Pavlov's Dog
  • Spooky Tooth - The Mirror
  • Gentle Giant - Civilian
  • Tai Phong
  • Ten Jin
  • 10 Years After - Catalogue
  • Alvin Lee - Catalogue
  • Vanilla Fudge
  • Neil Young
  • Wigwam - Dark Album
  • Wolf - Night Music
  • Buddy Holly - Catalogue
  • T-Bone Burnette - Proof Through the Night
  • Beatles (again, again, again, again, and AGAIN - DO THIS!!
  • John Mayall - Crusade/Blues From Laurel Canyon
  • The Smiths - Catalogue
  • Stephen Stills - Early Works
  • Golden Earring - Moontan through Cut
  • Tom Petty - Catalogue
  • Radiohead - The Bends
  • Aimee Mann - Catalogue
  • The Grass Roots - Catalogue
  • James Taylor - Catalogue
  • Carly Simon - Catalogue
  • Queen - I, II, Sheer Heart Attack
  • Supertramp - Catalogue
  • Montrose - Paper Money
  • REO Speedwagon - TWO (I so agree)
  • Chilliwack - Dreams, Dreams, Dreams
  • Eddie Money - Catalogue
  • Doobie Brothers - Catalogue
  • The Stone Roses - Catalogue
  • Genesis - Promised Catalogue
  • Phil Collins - Catalogue
  • Sheena Easton - Catalogue
  • Billy Squier - catalogue
  • Piper - Catalogue
  • Starz - Catalogue
  • Rod Stewart - Warner Bros Catalogue
  • Rush - Vapor Trails
  • Sammy Hagar - Geffen Catalogue (w/Hagar/Schon/Aaronson/Shrieve CD)
  • Cheap Trick - continue with Epic remastering program but create an Anthology as well
  • Boston - Third Stage
  • Roger Taylor - solo catalogue including The Cross side project
  • Guiffria - Guiffria/Silk& Steel
  • Angel - catalogue
  • April Wine - Catalogue

And there are more to put. Come back Wednesday for even more LISTS. And yet, they still come in. And I thought that the labels thought that no one wants to buy. Looks to me like they have a public to sell to. Ok labels, let's make it a banner year.

There is a new entry in The Guitar Diaries.

THE GUITAR DIARIES

I started out Saturday by attending a small Guitar show in OC at the OC Fairgrounds. It was a nice exhibit of classic guitars and other stuff. Jr TAP went with the old man and we browsed around for the better part of 2 hours. Not only did we get do see some fine, fine guitars but I also found a recording of a David Johansen show at Park West, Chicago back in 1979, a show that I was at. Surprised the hell out of me. I snatched it up immediately. Enjoyed it more than I could realize.

For the rest of Saturday, I spent around 5 hours just practicing on the guitar. I learned several new chords (D and C - attempted B but just couldn't get the stretch on my fingers right). I also spent a lot of time running the chromatic scales...it's a slow process but I'm getting better. All in all, I was very pleased with the progress that I made even on a single day.

I've also taken to teaching Jr TAP some chords - have to pass it along, y'know.

Please send all of your words of encouragement, suggestions, contributions, and derision to The Guitar Diaries.

Wire Waltz from The Last Town Chorus, will be available on March 6.

Also on March 6, watch for a 'best of' for Notorius B.I.G. called Greatest Hits. It will be available in Amended and PA forms.

Atlantic Records will release a 'best of' for Duncan Sheik called Greatest Hits: Brighter - A Duncan Sheik Collection. This will street on March 6.

Will The Beatles be getting a remastered workover? I have received a batch of emails with thoughts on this. One reader forwarded this link. Let's hope that this becomes a superior release set. You can access the link right here.

Watch for an Elvis Presley issue called Elvis Ultimate Gospel. This album set will be released on March 6.

Nettwerk Records will release These Friends of Mine from Rosie Thomas on March 13.

Hats Off to the Buskers, a title expected from The View, will street on March 13.

Chimaira is set to release a Limited Edition DVD on March 6. It releases from Ferrett Records. A new album is expected as well.

Better Looking Records along with East/West will release No Need To Be Downhearted from The Electric Soft Parade on April 24.

Early last week, we mentioned a batch of Chris LeDoux two-fers coming on March 20. Those titles mentioned include Cowboys Ain't Easy to Love/Paint Me Back Home, Songbook of American West/Sing Me a Song Mr Rodeo Man, Songs of Rodeo and Country/Life as a Rodeo Man, Used to Want to be a Cowboy/Thirty Dollar Cowboy, Western Tunesmith/He Rides the Wild Horses, and Watcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy/Under This Old Hat. These reissued two-fers were scheduled for March 20 but have moved to April 3. Re-mark your calendars.

We also mentioned an upcoming 'best of' for Dr Hook and The Medicine Show. That set, called Greatest Hooks, will be date-shifted from March 20 to its new date of June 5. Damn!! That's a long wait.

Another date-shift is for Corinne Bailey Rae. Capitol is planning a DVD called Live in London and New York, originally scheduled for release on March 20, it is now rescheduled for April 3.

Virgin has slated a large run for The Almost and their as-yet-untitled effort for March 20.

Come back for more release news that includes more titles from David Bowie, and new work from Mandy Moore, expanded title Editions for Jimmy Eat World, and a Now 24 date.

 


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