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March 31, 2008

Let’s think this out.

Last week, the labels met to discuss the “maybe we oughta, maybe not” music subscription service, originally feared because of its potential damage to physical CD sales.  With labels revenues still falling below what they would like to see, they are possibly throwing that original caution to the wind in their efforts to staunch the bleeding (read: loss of revenues due to illegal downloading).

Warner Music Group has let out that the consortium has mulled a subscription service that charges, possibly, $5 a month, which would be added to our internet bills, allowing a downloader access to music, including sharing rights (hmmm).  There’s no word on whether an unlimited access is the allowance but I myself think that would be a key to success for such a service.

One of the problematic issues is whether a music surcharge should be a mandatory addition to this partnership with ISPs as opposed to opting in on your own choice.  A compulsory add to your already hefty cable bill can be angry business if you simply do not care to download a single thing.  And we already know that that matter simply will not fly.  I likely would have no problem with choosing this opt-in feature for unlimited access to music that I could burn and take with me as I see fit.  Of course, the sharing issue is a murky one.  The bottom line is that it really isn’t going away…it’s not.  Might as well allow it.  If they don’t, BitTorrent sites will continue to thrive in their trading.

It appears that this is a path that we are headed for.  It is merely a matter of time before all this is initiated and operational. We just have to hope that this doesn’t kill off the physical album side of the spectrum.  A TAP reader recently sent me a link to an article that also had a poll.  The poll revealed amongst its respondents that there was preference to the physical CD markets over all of the choices, which included downloading.  Of course, polls aren’t science but they do reveal a general mood.

Here’s my take:

The labels should create their conjoined download service but continue to service the physical markets for as long as the market exists.  I suspect that there is quite a bit of life still left in that segment of the market and for some time.  Allow the download service to be unlimited with complete catalogue availability – every song in the possession of the issuing label.  Allow downloadable .pdf booklets, even if a small fee comes with every download of said booklets (a nickel or dime for each .pdf perhaps).

The music labels can then begin to concentrate on restructuring the market to their fiscal advantage again, leaving behind the turmoil of change.  With the upheaval behind them, they can begin, once again, to concentrate on the patient development of upcoming and promising bands.  There is much going on in the world of music that is forming a paradigm shift.  To avoid it would be catastrophic to labels.  Right now, the labels are failing not because they are losing money due to new means of acquisition, they’re failing because they are distracted and many of the executives that sit in those high-level chairs are ineffectual in their jobs as overseers.  They aren’t engrossed in change and how to create new paradigms, they’re embroiled in the business of bitterness and litigation, trying to save a old, out-moded ship with a hole the size of a boulder in the hull.  And they’re using their corporate branded coffee cups to do it with.

A segment of the market that I think is being greatly overlooked, and a window that I feel will pass very shortly, are the folks that grew up in the days of LPs.  They want to purchase revitalized titles, some even want expertly re-mastered, and definitive editions of music that they love.  Soon, that segment will be tucked away in retirement, with not many having the sufficient expendable cash to buy much.  But they’re ready to buy now with very little to buy.  I realize that there are many obstacles to putting stuff together but form a committee, find out what you have, hash out ALL the deals, and get that stuff out there.  Deluxe Editions of Rolling Stones albums…priceless.  Deluxe Editions of Led Zeppelin albums, double priceless.  And we won't even talk about the desire for Beatles Deluxe Editions. Those bands may be rich enough now, but they’re not too rich to not want their music delivered in the best possible light.  Many are reaching the mid-60s, with some in their ‘70s.  Why not some extra money?   As for smaller bands that didn’t generate the type of monies that the previously mentioned bands had, dig their stuff out, freshen it up, and release 1000 copies just to get it back into print and accessible to those of us that want it.  There you go, markets ignored.

Of course, none of this is backed up with dollar potentials, costs of doing business, etc because I’ve obviously not gone that far.  I realize that this reduces the impact of my “suggestions” but I also realize that this is a new time that needs new ideas.  The big umbrella labels should shake off the slumber that they’re under, and get back to work.

 I might also be under a fog of illusion as well.  Sometimes it feels like the sun WILL shine everyday if we but get rid of the clouds with fans.  But things being what they will, that simply is not a true solution.  It may very well be that the old ways are dying, with an end date just ahead.  One thing I do know for sure, time marches on, change is inevitable, and what will happen will be what happens regardless of any laid out plan.  Music will not die; we’ll just simply cease to hear it as we’ve been accustomed when we die.

You likely have an entirely different take on the matter, and I’d like to hear those.  This bit of discussion will message the entrepreneur in all of us, and, besides, it’ll be fun.  I know that we have discussed this quite a bit but this article and ruminations are the result of current news (Quinn, Michelle, “Subscription services gain interest among music labels,” LA Times 03/28/08, Business C3).

I’ve had a few emails that were more than a little surprised at the mention of the upcoming Blu-ray audio title (something that everyone knew was eventually coming), this one by Rob Halford of Judas Priest.  But it has to start somewhere.  The concern that we should have is exactly how they mastered the music.  I know that other audio codecs exist, but since Sony created the DSD mastering technique, I’d like to see a return to this method.  I do support the best sound however.  Keep your fingers crossed that we’ll finally arrive at a new hi-resolution push that might actually find some stability and acceptance now that Blu-ray has been established as the next-gen DVD.  As more and more Blu-ray players fill homes, the audio market should open far wider than DVD-Audio and SACD could have accomplished.

Exhausted?

I have a nice range of reviews that include the following set: Van der Graff Generator releases a great new album called Trisector; and Ministry (and Co-Conspirators) release a final batch of music called Cover Up. In addition, I've discussed some newly reissued collectible Japanese-styled Mini Vinyl CDs of a few Metal bands that include the likes of Hurricane, Exodus, King Kobra, and Alcatrazz. Also, a reader, Paul Bonnington, has turned in a review of Taint latest, Secrets and Lies.

Welcome to the Second Quarter of 2008!! We'll see you on Wednesday with more stuff.

 

There is NOT a new entry in The Guitar Diaries [March 31].

THE GUITAR DIARIES

I learned the basic chords to - and can play - "Sweet Jane." I'm kinda proud of myself.

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

 

Concord Records has Sax for Stax by Gerald Albright coming to you as a physical disc release on June 24.

Fantasy Records has some Little Richard on the slate with the release of The Ultimate Little Richard, which is currently scheduled for June 17.

Another Fantasy Records releases include Muted Miles for Miles Davis, which is being planned for June 10.

Hear Music scores another solid pickup with the upcoming release of The Hard Way by James Hunter. This is planned for June 10.

The very interesting Spiritualized will release their next album, Songs in A & E, from Fontana International. If you havn't heard them, you should give it a shot. They're a bit on the reserved side, minimalistically speaking, but their brand of Rock is fresh. Songs in A & E will release on May 27.

Oglio Entertainment will release All You Need is Blood by Beatallica on May 20.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has a DVD on the calendar for Jethro Tull called Jack in the Green - Live in Germany. This Live DVD is scheduled for May 20.

Telarc Records will release two formats of the upcoming Yellowjackets album called Lifecycle. The releases will appear as a standard CD and SACD. Telarc is still one of the few - very few - still committed to the SACD format.

As stated before in earlier posts, the final segment of the Emerson, Lake & Palmer Remaster Series will be reissued on May 13. The two titles are Love Beach (1978), which was the band's last album as their popularity had siphoned off at the end of that period of music, and their comeback album, Black Moon (1992). Of the two, Black Moon will incorporate a previously unreleased bonus track, "A Blade of Grass." The release of these conclude the Remaster Series from Shout! Factory.

Shout! Factory will also release the next Local H album called 12 Angry Months. It is scheduled for May 13.

New Door Records will release a 'best of' for Iron Maiden called Somewhere Back in Time - The Best of: 1980-1989. This set incorporates essential tracks from the band's first seven studio releases as well as a Live album from the period. This arrives as a standard CD issue but, in the near future, a 2LP Picture disc set in a gatefold jacket, is planned for release. The standard CD issue is scheduled for May 13.

The New Kids on the Block will return with a 'best of' scheduled by Columbia and Legacy. Ths set will contain 14 cuts with an additional 4 bonus cuts. The New Kids on the Block Greatest Hits will be available on May 13 and precedes a new studio album expected for later in 2008. The reunion tour is being mapped out for all of those teenyboppers who adored them during their first run, and who will insist on haunting the concert halls yet once again.

Integrity Records, an arm of Columbia Records, will release Overcomer by Alvin Slaughter, which is planned for May 13.

A new Submarines album is on the way called Honeysuckle Weeks. I really enjoyed their last album and so will look forward to this album. It is planned for May 13. The releasing label is Nettwerk Music Group.

Donna Summer is releasing her newest album, her first in 17 years. Her new album is called Crayons and will be involved in a huge push. Crayons is being released by Burgundy Records on May 20 and will be supported by a large tour. And I have to say - she looks great!!

Finally, if you have gone to acquire the Japanese-styled Mini-Vinyl replicas of classic albums by The Band, Blondie, and Kate Bush...and they weren't there, it's because they have been delayed. Those are now scheduled for May 23. Originally, they were coming in increments but now you'll be able to snag all that you want in one swoop.

Also, Caroline Records, who releases the above paragraph's discs, will also re-release the eight Van der Graff Generator re-mastered titles, packaged as the Mini-Vinyl CDs. These are planned for April 30.

 

 

March 28, 2008

We have not received a single email from European readers (and I used to get a lot) concerning their record-buying experiences. I have, however, received a few emails from readers here in the US, expressing interest in that topic. And so, I'v edecided to let the request run over the weekend in the hopes that someone will respond. And so, if you're a European reader and could drop an email telling us what your music buying experience is, then we'd most appreciative. Send us your email here.

I've had an exhaustible week, and so I'm going into the weekend rather low-key. On Monday, we'll have some reviews that include the upcoming Ministry covers album being released on April 1. Also, April 2 is my 51st. Add to all that mayhem, March Madness is full swing. I kinda melt away during these times, especially when my team (OSU) is in the thick of it (they ain't this year). But I'm still quite interested. And so, if I'm a little scattered during this brief stretch, you'll certainly know why.

If you're a Joni Mitchell and/or a Herbie Hancock fan, then save April 1 as a concert night. The two will join together in a taped performance of the Yahoo! Nissan Live Set. There are ten songs that will be presented along with an audience Q&A. Click the link here on April 1.

Holy Smokes!! Listen to Daniela Cotton singing "Testify," with its '70s feel of R&B Rock. This link alone is worth the coming here today. Go ahead, treat yourself.

It seems that the hi-res audio arrival on Blu-ray may just be starting. I received a notice that Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame, will reissue his Live album, Live Insurrection (2001) as a Re-Mastered custom-designed Digipak Blu-Ray album that will feature Hi-Def 5.1 Surround Audio. In addition, there will be a 20-page booklet with exclusive liner notes and rare photos, as well as an original Rob Halford autograph. I'm not making this up. I'm writing as I read the release sheet. This will be available on September 23 so you'll have to load this info into your PDA, or phone calendar...or just scratch it on your traditional calendar the old-fashioned way. And there's more...

On May 26, Halford will release a 4-Disc Fight Box Set called Into the Pit. This set will feature Fight's original Halford releases, which will be re-engineered. Those titles include War of Words (1993), Mutations EP (1994), and A Small Deadly Space (1995). Included will be a brand new DVD called Live in Phoenix. Into the Pit will come in a numbered Digipak Edition, with a 24-page book and an original Rob Halford autograph.

Also on September 23, Rob Halford - Live at Rock In Rio III will arrive on DVD in 5.1 Surround. This set will also include Halford's re-mastered Resurrection (2000).

Not bad, huh!?

We do have some news to provide you today so we'll get to that..

Before I forget, I owe all of you an apology. On Wednesday, I had posted the reviewed Simon & Garfunkel live album, Live 1969. What I failed to tell you was that the album will only be available via Starbucks before being released to stores much later in the year. I have a link posted, which I'll remove to avoid any further confusion. I heartily recommend the disc but you'll have to grab a copy at your local Starbucks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

There is NOT a new entry in The Guitar Diaries [March 28].

THE GUITAR DIARIES

I learned the basic chords to - and can play - "Sweet Jane." I'm kinda proud of myself.

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

 

Atlantic Records plan a 2CD version of Snakes & Arrows Live by Rush, scheduling the set for April 15.

Nonesuch Records will release Tooth of Crime by T-Bone Burnett, with a scheduled date of May 6.

The Blu-ray DVD version of Motley Crue: Carnival of Sins from Motley Crue is expected on April 29.  Time to update.

Road Runner Records will release River Runs Red (Top Shelf Reissue) with a CD/DVD configuration.  This title by Life of Agony will release on April 29.

Liberty Records will release a ‘best of’ for Dierks Bentley called Greatest Hit: Every Mile a Memory.  This is planned for May 5.

If you’re a Beegie Adair fan, then watch for a blast of reissued titles that encompass a large part of her catalogue.  The titles coming on May 13 are Cheek to Cheek (2006); Dream Dancing – Songs of Cole Porter (2001); Embraceable You (2004); The Frank Sinatra Collection – A Musical Tribute (1997); I’ll Take Romance (2002); In a Sentimental Mood; Love, Elvis; My Romance (2006); The Nat King Cole Collection: A Musical Tribute (2003); The Nearness of You (2005); and The Way You Look Tonight – The Romantic Songs of Jerome Kern (2004).  These are planned for May 13.

Be quick on the draw as there will be a short run of a 2LP set of Volta (2007) by Bjork.  This is planned for release on May 13.  If you want one of these, don’t dawdle as there is only 100 copies being pressed.

Fans of the NOW series titles can mark June 3 as the new date for the Various Artists collection, NOW 28.  There will also be a NOW Classic Rock collection introduced on the same date.

The expected date for Live in Santa Monica ’72, a live David Bowie disc, has been changed from original date of May 27 to the new date of June 10.

And in case you missed it, Capitol Records will release The US Singles for The Beach Boys, planning the date of release for June 10.  This is also the date for the Al Green ‘best of’ called Greatest Grooves.

In addition, there are The Best of titles for Ziggy Marley, Priest Maxi, Shaggy, Peter Tosh, and UB40 coming, all scheduled for June 10.

Capitol Records has Viva La Vida by Coldplay scheduled for June 17.  Fans should mark their calendars or load their phone calendars.

Early for Christmas?  Maybe.  But, as a heads up, Anne Murray fans should know that there is a Christmas album in the works, which is planned for release on September 30.

Aranda will release their self-titled album, Aranda from Astonish Records on April 22. You can hear the band at their MySpace page. And you should give it a shot.

The Carrion Sky is the debut release of UK's metal band, My Mind's Weapon. This is planned for release by Basick Records on June 9.

 

 

March 26, 2008

The latest issue of Rolling Stone (RS 1049, April 3, 2008) has an article (Wal-Mart Demands CD-Price Cut, Pg 16) concerning Wal-Mart’s alleged demand to the record labels that prices of CDs MUST come down to at or near the $10 range.  Fascinating.  Imagine prices dropping back down to near ‘70s levels.  I fear that if anything, a cave-in to that demand will push the labels further to the brink of digital distribution as a main business.  In addition, this will likely reduce further the amount of releasable CDs to just only good bets for the big return.

Now, don’t read this wrong.  I applaud lower prices, just as everyone does.  What makes me saddened is that this inevitable move is another push to what many of us have been dreading – the continuing degradation of the whole music experience.  Imagine a trip to the one of the stores mentioned in the article (Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target) to get what you need.  There can be no more soulless a place than the above-mentioned discounter stores for getting your music and for this, I am completely disheartened.  I miss the atmosphere, the ambience, and the sheer joy of getting lost in a record shop whilst you search and re-search for music.

I don’t believe that we’ll ever really lose the physical CD because the acquisition of them can easily be secured through the internet at online vendors like CD Baby and Amazon.  Their numbers will just be reduced to match the obvious likely requests.

My big question is this – Does Europe, in any place, experience the same problems that we do here?  I ask this because labels are not afraid to release music in SACD form there, they’re not afraid of releasing Deluxe Editions that we’ll NOT get here physically, although we do get them as digital downloads.  I mentioned previously that Universal has released a 2CD Deluxe Edition, newly re-mastered (2007) version of Argus (1972) from Wishbone Ash that we’ll likely never see here physically.  Recently, Europe also released a 2CD Deluxe Edition of Fire and Water (1973) by Free, and Back Street Crawler (1976) by Paul Kossoff (note: both of these titles have dropped in price – snag one while the price is lowered if you’re inclined to have one of these).  Neither is Europe afraid to release more music than we do.  I’ve had understandable explanations to this but I’m just wondering if Europeans still enjoy the record shops, the browsing experience, and the ability to get a wide expanse of music because our own experiences are certainly limited here.

If you’re a European reader of TAP, let me know how your experiences compare with ours.

The Rolling Stone article goes into much further detail than I did.  I just grazed the basis of the article in order to discuss my perception and concerns of the diminishing model of physical media acquisition.

I have a review today of the just released Simon & Garfunkel live album called Live 1969. It's a fine album.

Our next evaluation of a college radio station is with WICB 91.7FM from out of Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. As you'll be able to tell on the station's home page, they have a live cam that updates every 5 seconds. Interesting. They run their broadcast through Live365.com, which is a nice touch. While I was there, I noted a link to a subscription with Live365 that allows for streaming every radio station they offer on your PDA and/or your mobile phone. Now, that's a nice touch that I might have to look into. There is a plus...and an unfortunate problem immediately out of the box. The cool thing is they have a sister station - VIC Radio that can be heard here. The unfortunate thing is that do they not emply a play list, which is a real bummer because, the first song that I heard, I sure would have liked to know who they were (Sunday, 9:08 PM EST).

I'll see you back here on Friday.

There is NOT a new entry in The Guitar Diaries [March 26].

THE GUITAR DIARIES

I learned the basic chords to - and can play - "Sweet Jane." I'm kinda proud of myself.

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

 

Geffen Records will introduce a Millennium Collection – 20th Century Masters series ‘best of’ for Alien Ant Farm, preparing the collection for release on May 13.

Geffen also has a ‘best of’ arriving for The Cardigans called The Best of The Cardigans, scheduling for May 6.

Interscope will deliver Nothing Without You from alternative band, Carney, with a planned release date of May 6.

Rounder Records have one coming out for Daniel Tyminski, a country album named Wheels.  It is being slated for release on June 17.

Mercury Records have an LP pegged for release on May 13.  The album, Rockferry, is from Duffy.

Hip-O Records will release a DVD from Meatloaf called In Search of Paradise.  The DVD is on the schedule for release on May 13.

Mercury Records will release a Robert Cray live title on May 13 called Live at The BBC.

Varese Sarabande have several soundtrack titles on the schedule that includes Speed Racer, scored by Michael Giacchino, and Standard Operating Procedure with music from Danny Elfman.  Both albums are slated for May 6.

Varese Sarabande has also penciled in a title from Trini Lopez, an album called Ramblin’ Man.  This is planned for May 13.

Universal Records have a Millennium Collection – 20th Century Masters series title on the schedule for May 13.  The collection is for the band Tonic.

Watch for a video title from Latin artists, Mana, who will have a DVD called Arde El Cielo, released on May 13.  There will be a CD/DVD config released on April 29.

Jaguares has an as-yet-untitled album coming on May 27.

Reprise Records will release Trust Me from Craig David on May 6.

Curb Records have a ‘best of’ in the works for The Bellamy Brothers called Number One Hits.  This album is being planned for May 6.

Curb will also release Greatest Hits – The 50th Anniversary Collection for Ray Stevens, scheduling the album for May 6.

Curb also several more titles arriving that include Picture of Me from Lee Brice; Greatest Hits for Hal Ketchum; and The Best of Sawyer Brown for Sawyer Brown.

 

 

March 24, 2008

My last discussion on the potential introduction of an "all you can eat" download service by Apple sure did spur a lot of email discussion. There were many sides being presented from YIPPIE to yawns, from indifference to absolute refusal to stoop to the MP3 level of music, plus my favourite email, one that pooh-poohed the whole news as "...what, Apple decides to follow along now?" The email that I received in challenge to the news was from a Zune user who has been able to do this for year from last December. He went on to say just how he utilized the plan, and how he distributes the music for his listening enjoyment. The email brought up other valid points, and I applaud the email as a direct view of a situation from a person who has thrown his hands in the air. Oh yeah, there si the added benefit of the Zune service offering lossless WMA while Apple still provides a compressed form. All in all, it was a good forum topic. I hope to have more lively topics like this one. Thanks to all that responded.

I promised an interview by John Dunphy with Thorsten Bauer of Atrocity. And here it is...enjoy.

Our next evaluation of a college radio station is with WICB 91.7FM from out of Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. As you'll be able to tell on the station's home page, they have a live cam that updates every 5 seconds. Interesting. They run their broadcast through Live365.com, which is a nice touch. While I was there, I noted a link to a subscription with Live365 that allows for streaming every radio station they offer on your PDA and/or your mobile phone. Now, that's a nice touch that I might have to look into. There is a plus...and an unfortunate problem immediately out of the box. The cool thing is they have a sister station - VIC Radio that can be heard here. The unfortunate thing is that do they not emply a play list, which is a real bummer because, the first song that I heard, I sure would have liked to know who they were (Sunday, 9:08 PM EST).

I'll see you back here on Wednesday.

There IS a new entry in The Guitar Diaries [March 24].

THE GUITAR DIARIES

I learned the basic chords to - and can play - "Sweet Jane." I'm kinda proud of myself.

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

 

Time/Life will release a collection for George Jones called Legends of American Music: George Jones.  This is on tap for May 20Time/Life will also release a 4CD Various Artists collection called Malt Shop Memories, this one on May 6.

Rhino Records will be releasing a ‘best of’ for Confederate Railroad called The Very Best of Confederate Railroad.  This is being scheduled for May 6.

Road Runner Records will release And You Were a Crow by The Parlor Mob on May 6.

Reprise Records have a CD/DVD as-yet-untitled album coming from Josh Groban, also on May 6.

Flashback Records will release several barebones reissues of Dwight Yoakam titles, If There Was a Way, Buenos Noches From a Lonely Room, and Hillbilly Deluxe, on April 29Flashback will also re-release Shotgun Willie, and Phases and Stages, both by Willie Nelson, as well as Super Hits for Travis Twitt on the same date.

Rhino Records will release a ‘best of’ for Joy Division called The Best of Joy Division, which is planned for April 29.

The debut of dreadlocked UK singer/songwriter, Newton Faulkner will have his new album released in several formats and scheduled for release a week apart from each other.  On April 22, the LP version of Hand Built by Robots will be released.  On April 29, it will be followed by the CD format version.  It is being released by Columbia Records, in conjunction with Aware Records.

Nettwerk Records will release the new album by Griffin House called Flying Upside DownHouse performs in the same vein as Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp.  His album will be released on April 29.

Columbia has A Night to Remember coming from Johnny Mathis.  The album will have 12 songs including some as duets (Dave Koz, Mone’t, Kenny G, Yolanda Adams, Gladys Knight).  It is planned for April 29.

RCA will release a concert CD/DVD for Martina McBride called Live in Concert.  The CD will contain 8 Live songs from her soon to air PBS Great Performances, while the DVD will contain 20 performances of the same show.  This is planned for April 29.

Watch for Rarities, B-sides and Other Stuff, Volume 2 from Sarah McLachlan coming on April 29.  This album of rare stuff arrives from Nettwerk Records on April 29.

We reported earlier a post or two back about the new Steve Winwood (Traffic / Blind Faith / Solo) album called Nine Lives.  It is being released as a CD on April 29, however it follows a 2LP release scheduled for April 22.  His last album, About Time, was released in 2003Winwood will embark on a massive tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the end of May.

Here’s an interesting release for Zappa fans.  The album is called Zappa Plays Zappa and is basically Dweezil channeling Frank.  This album is audio taken from the DVD collection of the same name from the 2006 concerts (Portland / Seattle).  Dweezil is joined by Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio.  And it even includes “The Torture Never Stops” from Zappa’s great Zoot Allures album released in 1976.  The DVD is also scheduled as a 2DVD set with a whole lot more songs.  There will also be a Limited Edition Fanpack that will contain 2DVD/3CD and will also contain plenty of historical material.  I’m looking forward to these releases on April 29 by Razor & Tie RecordsDweezil Zappa continues to tour this material; watch for dates near you.

Legacy and Philadelphia International Records join to release two Expanded Editions of Teddy Pendergrass classics – his debut self-titled solo album after leaving Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and Life is a Song Worth Singing.  The first album, Teddy Pendergrass (1977) will contain three extra tracks (“And If I HadDigital Johnson Remix;” “The Whole Town’s Laughing at MeSingle Version;” “Teddy Speaks from The Heart.”).  Life is a Song Worth Singing (1978) contains three bonus cuts (“Life is a Song Worth SingingLive;” “Close the DoorSingle Version;” “Get Down, Get Funky12” Disco Single”).  Both of these album will be reissued on May 6.

 

 


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