December 10, 2008


I'm getting some email that says that the ELP Deluxe Edition SACD is still available on Amazon from UK.  If you're wanting that title, this could be a good chance for you to pick one up. Still no word on the Black Sabbath Paranoid SACD Deluxe Edition.  Oh well...

We have a nice flow of info that should likely move into Monday.  There's a batch of info that we received that allows us to expand on some previously posted title announcements, as well as some nice surprises.

Today is the 31st Wedding Anniversary of Mrs TAP and myself. It's been a lot of years and I loved them all. She allowed me to be completely absorbed in music, including all of the little musical sidetrips I've engaged myself in (including the running of this site, which takes plenty of hours away from anything that she might have had planned). I love that she has indulged me and let me enjoy life to the fullest. She's a great woman. TAP, in part, is still being run because she gives me the room to produce it.

We have a few reviews for you today. Scroll down for those. On Friday, we'll have more PLUS the latest edition of Lindsay Planer's As The Disc Spins. And we have some more release news. This has been a good week.

See you again on Friday.

For the long promised Albums You MUST Hear Before You Die! list (#19), I will be posting a letter each post until exhausted (there were only 17 21 25 27 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 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, one reader put a lot of thought into his list, even providing divisions. Enjoy this one.

Artist - Album:
Joshua James - The Sun is Always Brighter
David Gray - White Ladder
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - Once Movie Soundtrack
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová- The Swell Season Album
Starsailor - Love is Here
Phish - A live one
Weezer - Blue Album
Air - Talkie Walkie
As Tall As Lions - As Tall As Lions
Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Eels - Elctro-Shock Blues
Jack Johnson - On & On
John Williams - Jurassic Park Soundtrack
Live - Throwing Copper
Melody Gardot - Worrisome Heart
Postal Service - Give Up
Robert Plant - Dreamland
Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
Sera Cahoone - Only As The Day Is Long
The Slip - Eisenhower
Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
Sun Kil Moon - April
Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
Winterpills - The Light Divides

Kiss - Love Gun ( far superior in my opinion than Destroyer )
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
Alan Parsons - Pyramid
Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny (their finest and most under-rated album. One word .... Epitaph)
The Cars - Candy-O
Prince - For You

The Cure - The Top
Streetheart - Meanwhile...Back In Paris
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Kiss - The Elder (yes I am one of the few people that classify this as some of their finest work)
Aldo Nova - Subject : Aldo Nova
NiN - Pretty Hate Machine

Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet (superb, a desert island disc for sure)
Hootie And The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
Prince - The Gold Experience (out of all his albums and the 500+ bootlegs I have of him, this is my favorite)
Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell
Roxette - Crash Boom Bang!
Queensryche - Empire (another desert island disc)

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (a true masterpiece ala Queen & Pink Floyd)
TobyMac - Portable Sounds
Jakalope - Jakalope
Does It Offend You, Yeah  - You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
NiN - The Slip (Trent's finest since the Spiral)
Tegan & Sara - The Con

Female Vocalists
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Kate Bush - The Dreaming or Hounds Of Love (too close to pick just one)
Sarah Brightman - Symphony (Amazing!!)
Tarja Turenen - My Winter Storm (former Nightwish singer)
Sarah Mclachlan - Touch (the original mix, not the re-released piece of crap)
Charlotte Sometimes - Waves & The Both Of Us

Metal & Prog
Marillion - Fugazi
Andromeda - Chimara
Everygrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse
Lacuna Coil - Karma Code
Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Him - Love Metal

5.1 Mixes
Blue Man Group - Audio
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
The Beatles - Love
Enigma - Mcmxc A.D.
NiN - The Downward Spiral
Midnight Oil - Capricornia
Linkin Park - Reanimation

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.






Zoe/Rounder Records will release the sophomore album from Vienna Teng (we really enjoyed her debut release) on April 7.  The album will be called Inland Territory.  I'm sure that this album will be as  good as her first was.

Just a note to tell you that the planned Mariah Carey V-Day album, The Ballads, which is scheduled for January 20, will come laden with 16 tracks plus two more bonus tracks (don't know what they are).  This is coming from Columbia Records and Legacy.

Zomba Gospel and Verity Records will release the new Donald Lawrence album, titled The Law of Confession, Pt One.  It is scheduled for January 20.

Allies (1983) by Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) will be released by Rhino Records on January 27. Thanks to Galley for the tip-off.

Shout! Factory will also reissue an old title for Conway Twitty called Lost in the Feeling.  This album was originally released in 1983 and has been OOP (Out of Print) almost since then.  It has never been released on CD and so should be an immediate boon for Conway Twitty fans.  This reissue will contain new liner notes written by his children.  It is planned for January 26.  Now...see if you can tell me who the female model is on the front cover.  She has since gained a measure of fame as an actress.

Don't forget that Shout! Factory is releasing two vinyl reissue titles that have been previously released on CD from the label.  On January 20, they will offer 180g LP vinyl for Brain Salad Surgery from ELP.  The album will contain the new remaster completed for the recently released ELP series issued by the label.  As the original LP release was, this reissue replicates.  The album will open from the center and include the poster as was originally released.  Additionally, Shout! Factory will release a picture vinyl LP of Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.  It looks wonderful judging from the photos and should be collectible.  It is scheduled for release on the same date as Brain Salad Surgery.

Legacy will complete the reissue campaign for Alan Parsons Project with the re-release of six classic Arista titles that include Ammonia Avenue, Gaudi, Pyramid, Stereotomy, Eve, and The Turn of a Friendly Card.  I have the bonus track lineup for you right here:

Ammonia Avenue: “Don't Answer Me” - early rough mix;  “You Don't Believe” - Demo; “Since the Last Goodbye” - Chris Rainbow vocal overdubs; “Since the Last Goodbye” - Eric Woolfson guide vocal rough mix; “You Don't Believe” - Instrumental tribute to The Shadows; “Dancing on a Highwire/Spotlight” - a work in progress; “Ammonia Avenue, Pt 1” - Eric Woolfson demo vocal rough mix; “Ammonia Avenue” - Orchestral Overdub.

Gaudi: “Too Late” - Eric Woolfson rough guide vocal; “Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition” - vocal experiments; “Money Talks” - Chris Rainbow/percussion overdubs; “Money Talks” - rough mix backing track; “Closer to Heaven” - Sax/Chris Rainbow overdub section; “Paseo de Gracia” - rough mix; “La Sagrada Familia” - rough mix.

Stereotomy: “Light of the World” - Instrumental; “Rumour Goin' Round” - Demo; “Stereotomy” - guide vocal; “Stereotomy” - reprise.

Eve: “Elsie's Theme from The Sicilian Defence” - the project that never was; “Lucifer” - Demo; “Secret Garden” - rough mix; “Damned if I Do” - rough mix; “Don't Hold Back” - vocal rehearsal rough mix; “Lucifer” - early  rough mix; “If I Could Change Your Mind” - rough mix.

Pyramid: “Voyager/What Goes Up/The Eagle Will Rise Again” - Instrumental version; “What Goes Up/Little Voice” -   early version demo; “Can't Take It With You” - early version demo; “Hyper Gamma Spaces” - Demo; “The Eagle Will Rise Again” - alternate version backing track; “In the Lap of the Gods (Pt 1)” - Demo; “In the Lap of the Gods (Pt 2)” - backing track rough mix.

The Turn of a Friendly Card: “May be a Price to Pay” - intro demo; “Nothing Left to Lose” - basic backing track; “Nothing Left to Lose” - Chris Rainbow overdub vocal compilation; “Nothing Left to Lose” - early studio version w/ Eric Woolfson's guide vocal; “Time” - early studio attempt; “Games People Play” - rough mix; “The Gold Bug” - Demo.

All six reissued albums have been re-mastered by Alan Parsons and will include new liner notes, photos, and memorabilia within the booklets.

These are planned for release on January 27.



Review - The Mary Onettes - The Mary Onettes - CD

The Mary Onettes are a Swedish band that gets all the working parts right on their self-titled debut on Labrador Records. I liked this one, Luis liked it, Ed liked it...seems like everyone liked it.





Review - Kristine W - Hey Mr Christmas - CD

Kristine W is a Dance tune singer and performer. Her take on Christmas is But, it is Christmas after all, and there are all kinds of people who celebrate it. Hey Mr Christmas is Kristine W's celebratory contribution.




Review - Michael Fitz - Never Look Back - CD

Michael Fitz, is a blue-collar worker with a lot of music inside. When he decided to let it all out, Never Look Back was the fine result. We hope that you enjoy it.










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