June 4, 2008


The Rock and Roll phenomena has lost an icon with the passing of one of its originals, Bo Diddley. With his familiar beats and his trademark rectangular Gretsch, Bo Diddley has definitely helped to contribute one of the letters that spell out Rock & Roll Music. Bo Diddley, who had been hospitalized about this time last year, scaring us even then, lost his life on Monday (06/02) to heart failure at the age of 79.

The Originator dedicated his life to music. Signed to Chicago’s legendary Chess Records and creating important songs like “I’m a Man,” and “Who Do You Love,” songs that have been covered by many and have taken on a significance all of their own, Bo Diddley will always be remembered for his contributions. There isn’t single Rock musician who will deny Bo Diddley’s place in the world of Rock and Roll. And it’s likely that we’ll not see one of his stature again. Although Bo now adds his familiar guitar to the legendary “big band” on the other side, he will be greatly missed in this plane of existence.

Bo Diddley

“I lived long enough and I ain’t scared of dying.” – “Who Do You Love” by Bo Diddley

I can hardly believe that we’re in June already. It only seems like yesterday that Christmas was here and the New Year had just begun. Since the beginning of the year, I have exiled myself (for the most part) from movie theatres in protest against the rising cost of tickets and the diminishing experience (disrespectful movie-goers, etc). Bill Hunt still manages to get me out to a few of the movies but certainly not as many as I’ve grown accustomed to going to throughout the year. At this point, it is amazing to me just how many movies I have not gone to see that I would have. Theatres have found my breaking point.

As well, I recently filled up my gas tank and it raced past $50, meter joyfully ticking away the dollars. That was the first time that I’ve had to shell out at least $50 for a tank. And I drained that tank in 3 days and had to go back for the same experience. After having that slap in the face twice, I thought that now would be a good time to simply stay home. And I can see how, if you were to exponentially multiply that sentiment, the economy would suffer all the more for it. Oh boy…what a container of joy I’ve become today. Sorry ‘bout that. On to happier things…

I want to take a moment here to thank all of the folks who assisted me in my mini-production of this web look. The logo was created by a reader – many thanks to John for that. There was a lot of tightening for someone as ignorant as I. For the longest time, I had problems with the template updating throughout the site until several readers came to rescue – thanks to Andy, Vic, George, and Paolo for their assistance. There were many suggestions, some of which I adopted and so thanks to all of those folks. I hope that you like the effort. I had batch of nice emails from people who commented on the new look. One reader stated, “…it retains the spirit of the last version.” I have a positive note that came after Monday’s post regarding the Universal Studios’ fire. It seems that the original music masters had survived the fire. Finally…some GOOD news. Thanks to Greg for the note.

We have a review for the upcoming US release (it's already available everywhere else) of I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too by powerhouse, Martha Wainwright, who is fast becoming the best of the Wainwright clan.

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Various Classic Titles to be Released on LP  

We have mentioned in a previous post, the upcoming Vinyl LP splash by Universal.  UMe will reissue 19 classic albums in their original form (if gatefold, then they will be replicated as such).  The LPs are releasing under the Back to Black series, a push to revisit the LP years “celebrating” the LP’s 60th Anniversary.  All albums are pressed on 180g virgin vinyl.  Scheduled for release on July 8, these albums can replace the older ones in your collection.  Again, the albums included in this reissue campaign are ABBA (The Album); Aerosmith (Pump); Blind Faith (Blind Faith w/UK cover); James Brown (Live at the Apollo); Eric Clapton (461 Ocean Boulevard); Cream (Disraeli Gears); Def Leppard (Hysteria); Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP); Peter Frampton (Frampton Come Alive! w/gatefold); Marvin Gaye (I Want You); Elton John (The Captain & The Kid); The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Axis: Bold As Love; Are You Experienced? Both w/gatefold); KISS (Alive! w/gatefold); Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey); The Police (Zenyatta Mondatta); Steely Dan (Gaucho w/gatefold); Cat Stevens (Tea for the Tillerman); and Supertramp (Breakfast in America).  All of these are planned for release on July 8.


Johnny Osbourne - Truths and Rights: Deluxe Edition - CD  

Truths and Rights, the 1979 release by Johnny Osbourne, will be reissued in a Deluxe Edition, newly re-mastered and expanded by six bonus cuts.  The Deluxe Edition will also feature an expanded booklet with inclusion of a recent interview with Clevie Brown (Steely & Clevie).  The additional bonus songs have been previously unreleased and are “Luanda,” “Dub Specialist,” “West Gone Black,” “Truths and Rights,” “Sing Jay Stylee,” and “Can’t Buy Love/Swing Easy.”  The album will be released on Heartbeat Records, an arm of Rounder Records.


Billy Joel - 30th Anniversary of The Stranger in CD, LP, and CD/DVD Deluxe Edition  

Don’t forget the 2CD Legacy Edition of The Stranger from Billy Joel, which is on schedule to release on July 8.  This classic will have a new re-master as well as an unreleased 12-track Carnegie Hall show (June 3, ’77).  The set will contain a 24-page booklet with liner notes by David Fricke, photos, and other memorabilia, along with unseen shots from the original album photo shoot. 

There will also be a dynamic 2CD/1DVD Deluxe Edition that will add live promo clips, a 30-minute documentary with new interviews with Billy Joel and the album’s producer, Phil Ramone, as well as the March 14, 1978 performance on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test.  The Deluxe Edition will also include a reproduction of the Carnegie Hall poster (full-size) and Billy Joel’s lyric notebook (5”x6”) as well as a 48-page booklet.  The 2CD/1DVD Deluxe Edition is similar to the Bruce Springsteen Born to Run tall book style Deluxe Edition so you KNOW it will be classy.  This title will also be released in a 30th Anniversary 180g vinyl LP with a download card that allows for a download of the 2CD Legacy Edition. 

The CD sets will be made available on July 8 with the re-mastered LP set ready to go on June 24.


Eddy Grant - The Very Best of Eddy Grant: Road to Reparation  

There is hardly a person who hasn’t heard “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant.  Eddy Grant also provided the title song heard on the successful film, Romancing the Stone.  Mercury will release an 11-track ‘best of’ for Eddy Grant called the Very Best of Eddy Grant: Road to Reparation, selling the collection at a mid-line price.  The album is slated for release on July 1 and will also contain the UK chart hits (“Gimme Hope Jo’anna,” “Do You Feel My Love,” “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” and “Living on the Frontline.”  The UK hits were very high charters for Eddy Grant.



Alison Moyet, who began with Yaz (and who has a Yaz Boxset and a Yaz tour coming up) will release an album on July 8, her first solo release in four years. The new album will be called The Turn.

The Rudy Van Gelder Remaster Series continues with 5 new 24-bit re-masters by Van Gelder himself with each CD reissue including original and new liner notes.  The titles involved are from John Coltrane (Dakar); Miles Davis (The Musings of Miles); The Modern Jazz Quartet (Concorde); Red Garland Trio (Groovy); and Sonny Criss (This is Criss!, which also contains a bonus track of “Love for Sale”).  These five discs are scheduled for reissue on July 1.

Verve has a continuing jazz reissue series called Originals that will re-release (one with bonus music) four titles including Walter Beasley (Walter Beasley, which contains this batch’s sole bonus cut, “I’m So Happy,” which is a 12” remix of the original song on the album); Norman Brown (Just Between Us); Will Downing (A Dream Fulfilled); and George Duke (Faces in Reflection).  These Verve reissues will also be available as DD.  You can snag these albums on July 1.

Shout! Factory has some cool titles coming that include a 2CD collection for Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter called Old Records Never Die: The Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter Anthology. The frist CD contains 16 Mott tracks while the second disc contain 16 Ian Hunter tracks. This is planned for August 26. Other Shout! Factory compilations include a 3CD collection for The Manhattans called Sweet Talking Soul: The Manhattans - 1963-1990. This set collects material from all of their label affiliations. It is scheduled for August 19. Finally, the label will release a live disc for Three Dog Night called Three Dog Night: Greatest Hits Live culling songs from their 1972-73 World Tour. This is set for release on August 26.

The 2007 documentary film from Julien Temple of Joe Strummer called The Future is Unwritten will be released by Epic Records and Legacy on July 8.  This DVD follows Strummer from his beginning as a Clash frontman to his death in 2002.

Singer-songwriter, Jessie Baylin, will release her debut album, Firesight, later this month (June 24) on Verve Forecast.  This 11-track album will also be available as a DD as well on the same date.  You can check out some songs on her MySpace page at or her own website at www.jessiebaylin.com.


Amy Macdonald - Mr Rock & Roll - MP3 Stream and YouTube video  

Amy Macdonald has made quite a splash 'round here. We've had more email on this girl and her song, that many have already purchased her album because, well...it's quite good. I don't know how long the stream link will be around but the YouTube video should remain.

Amy Macdonald - "Mr Rock & Roll"



Review - Martha Wainwright - I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too - CD  
Martha Wainwright established her intensity in music with the release of her firstfruits, the EP known as BMFA, and her full-length album. On this album, she steps out further and creates a home-run that will resonate. Her latest album is I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too releases in the US on June 10  






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