December 08, 2008


I'm working on the fly here so I apologize for the brevity of this post. Christmas just has me very busy doing various and sundry things and so I find that I'm cutting the corners where I can. Unfortunately, that means no reviews to post and little else. However, I did write on Friday about my frustration with potential hi-rez cancellations, namely the ELP album, Brain Salad Surgery (which was released in a limited number, and early reports state that it resembles the clarity of the DVD-Audio issued years earlier), and the 'not available' SACD for Paranoid by Black Sabbath. That title (and ELP) are now currently unttainable from Amazon with alert emails sent out to pre-orderers. Those will come when they come.

I received an email from a reader who directed me to Japan where there are reissued CD titles, much like I pled for on Friday, arriving for a new "format" referred to as Blu-Spec CD. Initially, I thought that these were the hi-rez CDs that I was pleading for however, it turns out that Blu-Spec is a process that allows CDs to be created using blue laser and resulting in better "pits" on the disc in an attempt to acheive a cleaner sound, free from RBCD (Red Book) jitters. These are NOT hi-rez discs like DVD-Audio or SACDs were. Bummer!! I do have a hope that Blu-ray Hi-rez discs are forthcoming though and we'll continue to keep an eye out for those.

In the meantime, you can read up on everything I just told you at this website - You'll have to scroll down a bit but watch for this logo. There you'll find a nice explanation of the process. Be careful before buying that you know that you'll want these. I'm going to try and score at least one of these discs to see what we'll be hearing.


I'll see you again on Wednesday (WITH reviews - promise!)

For the long promised Albums You MUST Hear Before You Die! list (#18), I will be posting a letter each post until exhausted (there were only 17 21 25 27 29 30 31 32 33 34 emails).  Some were only a few titles, some only one.  But there were more than a few that were massive and a few extended, well-detailed lists.  I’ll post them as I received them.  Today, I have a tick-off list of 22 selections:

Ackles, David    :          American Gothic
Buckley, Tim     :          Greetings from L.A.
Cousins, Dave   :          Two Weeks Last Summer
Fischer, Larry    :          An Evening with Wildman Fischer
Heron, Mike       :          Smiling Men With Bad Reputations
Incredible String Band :  The 5000 Spirits
Jeffreys, Garland :          Ghost Writer
Koerner, John    :          Running, Jumping, Standing Still
Kottke, Leo       :          6 & 12 String Guitar
Lewis, Jerry Lee :           Live at the Star Club
Moby Grape      :          69
Phillips, Shawn  :          Second Contribution
Reed, Lou         :          Live in Italy
Reid, Terry        :          River
Scaggs, Boz     :          Moments
Scaggs, Boz     :          Boz Scaggs and Band
Seals & Crofts   :          Year of Sunday
Sidran, Ben       :          Feel Your Groove
Soft Boys          :          Underwater Moonlight
Sons of Champlin :         Welcome to the Dance
Sweet, Matthew :          Girlfriend
Winchester, Jesse :       Third Down 110 to Go

We're going to keep the Best Album of ALL Time up for a long while as we continually update it. But I'll say this: The Beatles took the lead with not only The White Album but also the fact that they have been selected with two albums. Like The Albums You MUST Hear Before You Die! run, which does not show signs of stopping (I'm still getting emails, which I have no problem with and encourage - Send Them In), I'm hoping that this new thing stays strong. Send in your selection (one only, please) for the album that is the ruler of all.

If you have missed the last As The Disc Spins (updated), check it out here.

To access the previous site and catch up, click here.






Hip-O Records assembles a new Dean Martin collection of songs themed for Valentine's Day (we sure have seen plenty for THAT day, haven't we?!  Is it some kind of national holiday or something?)  They will release a 14-track compilation with the following songs:

  • You Made me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
  • I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  • For Once in My Life
  • I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  • Somewhere There's a Someone
  • For the Good Times
  • Besame Mucho
  • The Glory of Love
  • I Will
  • Release Me
  • I'll be Seeing You
  • You'll Always be the One I Love
  • I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
  • Everybody Loves Somebody

This collection is being named Love Songs (what else?) and will be made available on January 13.

Motown is packaging the original multi-disc Various Artists collection called Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection – 1959-1971 as a slimline book package, which will be augmented with a new full-colour, 64-page booklet with original essays.  The booklet will contain artists biographies, track-by-track annotations, photos, and memorabilia.  But the real prize, of course, are the 104 classic tracks that we'll buy this set for (those that don't already own it).  Each disc is literally crammed with songs that are timeless in their greatness.  But Motown will also take advantage of the successful NOW That's What I Call xxxxx series by crafting a set called NOW That's What I Call Motown.  It will select 25 great tracks from Various Artists to assemble this disc.  Both packages are slated to release on January 13.

Decca Records refuses to enter the Valentine's Day parade without their own introduction of music.  They plan a playlist-like Various Artists collection from folks like Elton John (“Your Song”), Donny Osmond (“Mandy”), Cat Stevens (“The First Cut”), Lionel Richie (“Hello”), Moody Blues (“Nights in White Satin”), and nine others.  This collection is called The Ultimate Ballads Album: Classic Love and will be released on January 13.

The excellent film called Patti Smith: Dream of Life will be available on DVD beginning on January 13 from Palm Pictures.  This Steven Sebring-directed film was a NY Times Critics Pick selection and a hit at the Sundance Film Festival.  The DVD of the theatrically released film will contain a booklet with exclusive photography, deleted scenes, an interview with Patti Smith's son (Jackson), and a raw footage montage called 16min.  This film is a beautiful look at one of Rock's endearing personalities and artist.  It demands to be in your library, especially so if you're a Patti Smith fan.

Sanctuary Records will release several DVD versions of The Kids Are Alright by The Who, scheduling them for January 20.  More info as I get it.



Review - Various Artists - You Heard It Here First! - CD

You may have thought that you have heard the songs listed on this collection. And you'd be right. But these songs were sung first by artists not know before the artist that made them famous did. What a difference. Check this Various Artists review out to see just who might have done a great job on songs that you thought that you knew. Remember...You Heard It Here First!





Review - Sammy Hagar - Cosmic Universal Fashion - CD

Sammy Hagar has done quite a bit as an individual. Fronted Montrose and then Van Halen (Mark II), as well as a wide body of solo work. The music found on his latest, Cosmic Universal Fashion shows why he is still playing in the game.




Review - David Foster & Friends - Hit Man - CD/DVD

David Foster has crafted some of the world's finest Pop songs and has produced some of the world's great Pop singers. On this CD and DVD collection, assembled from an upcoming PBS Special, is a wide selection of friends that have utilized the talents of David Foster. Hear their songs and watch some magic on Hit Man.










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