December 17, 2008


This is a bear of a day. I'm spending hours trying to find a gift to finalize the whole thing. And I can't find it. Nooooo!!

I do have something to bring up. On Monday, I published a review of The Hoople (Mott the Hoople). Inside the review, I mentioned that the album, which was reissued in 2006 by Legacy as a Digital Download rather than a physical product. However, the same re-master was actually released outside the US, which a search will uncover easily enough. The Iconoclassic reissue that the review covered is a physical product released in the US using the 2006 Anesini re-master. And sure enough, the Iconoclassic reissue is a top-notch reissue. I hope to see more - much more - from Iconoclassic Records in future reissues.

We'll see you again on Friday as we begin to move into Christmas. As a note, after the December 24 post, we'll be taking a short hiatus until January 5. And when we come back, it'll be 2009 TAP...ready to rock again.

For the long promised Albums You MUST Hear Before You Die! list (#22), 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.  For today's post, we have an economical list.

Van Halen -- first nine albums
Led Zeppelin -- first 6 albums
Aerosmith - first 4 albums
Rolling Stones - Beggars' Banquet, Sticky Fingers, Exile, Tattoo You
Black Crowes - Shake Your MoneyMaker, Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
Beatles - anything and everything
Travelling Wilburys - Volume I
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton, Layla, Slowhand, 461 Ocean Blvd
U2 - War
Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry, Pyromania
Deep Purple - Machine Head, Perfect Strangers, Burn
Kiss - Kiss, Destroyer, Love Gun
AC/DC - Highway To Hell, Back In Black
Metallica - first 5 albums
Motley Crue - first 3 albums
Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden, Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave
Black Sabbath - Paranoid

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.

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We’ve mentioned the upcoming Beastie Boys 20th Anniversary 24-bit re-mastered album of Paul’s Boutique before but we’ll expand a bit on that January 27 release right now.  This album will be released in not only a standard CD form (in 8-panel digipak that includes a fold-out poster) that has restored album art, but also a 180g LP as well.  This limited set will also contain a digital audio download of a bonus ‘track-by-track’ commentary of the album by the boys themselves, discussing the tracks over the music they’re talking about.  This set will be reissued by Capitol Records.  The Beastie Boys will engage in a limited set of tour dates in 2009.

Valentine’s Day just might not occur if we don’t get a Dean Martin collection in time for it.  This set, called Amore, will contain 15 tracks including “That’s Amore,” and “Everybody Loves Somebody.”  This January 27 release from Capitol Records will be issued in ‘eco-friendly’ packaging (how long before jewel cases face extinction?).

Tooth & Nail will issue the LP form of You Are My Sunshine by Copeland (the CD issued on October 14) and will include two bonus tracks (“Every Silence,” “What Cannot be Found”) not found on the CD.  You Are My Sunshine – LP version – is planned for January 27.

Sparrow Records will release a 15-track Various Artists charity compilation CD/DVD featuring brand new songs from many of Christian Music’s top artists.  All royalties from the sales of these songs go to CompassionArt, also the name of the album.  The DVD portion will contain a ‘Making Of’ documentary with interviews.  This album is planned for release on January 27.

Jazz vocalist, Jaimee Paul, will release her latest album, At Last, on January 27.  The album will be a tribute to ‘The Great ‘Girl Singers’ of our Time’.  The album is being released by Green Hill Records.

Green Hill Records will also release What a Wonderful World by trumpeter, Leif Shires.  The album is a recreation of some popular favourites including the title cut.  What a Wonderful World will be released on January 27.

EMI Records will be releasing an album from 14-year old metallers called Crooked X.  Like albums from a few young rough ‘n’ tumble bands before them, Crooked X serves up some convincing and respectable metal.  The 10-track album is expected on January 27.

The album that Leona Lewis was working on before winning Britain’s X-Factor is scheduled to be released on January 27 via 4th Sun Entertainment.  It is called Best Kept Secret.

That Lucky Old Sun is being released on DVD on January 27.  This Brian Wilson video will contain performance tracks from Capitol Records Studio A, as well as a feature length documentary called Going Home.  In addition, the DVD will feature behind-the-scenes footage, and other goodies.  It will be presented in Stereo and 5.1 Surround.

Other DVD news brings one out for Enigma called Seven Lives Many Faces.  This DVD video will contain 12 videos from the album and will offer extras in a track-by-track commentary and a photo gallery.  It will be released by Virgin Records on January 27.



Review - Mott the Hoople - The Hoople - CD

This latest reissue of the final Mott the Hoople album joins a wealth of other such reissues. What sets this one apart is that it is so spectacularly produced by a reissue label known as Iconoclassics Records. There is a special care afforded this album in all ways, as a fan would produce. It is a release that I'm particularly proud to have in my collection. The Hoople may not have been what Mott was, but it is a fantastic ending to an Ian Hunter-led band just before he moved to solo status.





Review - Todd Rundgren - Arena - CD

This latest work by long time artist, Todd Rundgren delivers a good, enjoyable set. Read what Mark Squirek has to say about Arena. Rundgren has produced a wealth of excellent albums and songs as well as helmed the album production of many bands.




Review - Al Conti - Scheherazade - CD

Scheherazade is an excellent ambient experience with a twist of Arabian Nights and Middle-Eastern music. Al Conti has crafted an enjoyable album that will entertain you in various settings. If you're an ambient fan, you find much to enjoy about this album.










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