June 06, 2008


You’ve probably noted that we’re doing a lot of moving around.  We’re moving to the left, then moving to the right…extending the right margins, bringing them in.  We’re trying to respond to email requests on making the whole site what everybody needs.  I’ve had some people ask what was wrong with the last iteration of TAP, and I had plenty to show them.  As many know, all browsers are not created equal and therefore render sites differently.  Our site was all but unusable by people that enjoy Firefox.  It did weird things with our stuff.  It was definitely stuff that needed fixing as IE began to lose market share while Firefox grabbed market share.  In addition, our archival system really sucked.  It was a thing that we fixed in this new version.  We're still getting used to the new format and are needing to make changes. Bear with us. But we’re moving along…

There is news that Jon Anderson of Yes has fallen ill with respiratory failure and would need to bow out of the upcoming Yes tour.  The tour itself is now being cancelled although the Anderson and the band is regretful of the turn of events.  Heal up, Jon.  Health is very important.  But come back to the stage when you can.

There’s also news pieces about the upcoming U2 re-masters (July 22), which we commented on several months ago.  Hopefully, everyone has their favourite titles picked out and pre-ordered.  Many consider these titles (Boy, October, War – the live Under a Blood Red Sky is included) as being the band’s best period.  Many conclude that the decline began after The Joshua Tree, and many more say the band is still on a high.  My personal opinion is that The Joshua Tree began to show strains of the band’s decline with Unforgettable Fire being the high peak.  But that’s my opinion.  In conversation, I have heard quite often that anything after War wasn’t worth the time of day.  I have several friends who says that the band hasn’t had a misstep at all.  I guess it’s a good time to take a poll.  Tell us what you think about U2, album-wise; we’ll post a consensus on Monday.  This will be interesting.

We have a review for you today of Momofuku by Elvis Costello.

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Moody Blues Reissues


This will likely flood my mailbox with emails BUT...Polydor Records will re-release a batch of Moody Blues classics.  The titles coming again are A Question of Balance; Days of Future Passed; Every Good Boy Deserves Favour; In Search of the Lost Chord; On the Threshold of a Dream; and Seventh Sojourn.  These are pencilled in for July 15.

Image Entertainment will release a Blu-ray version of Lovely to See You - Live from The Moody Blues, which will be issued on July 8.


Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same - DD and LP

Atlantic refreshes with The Song Remains the Same in both DD and 4LP from Led Zeppelin, planning both for July 22.


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.


White Stripes- Reissues

Warner Brothers Records will be reissuing White Stripes titles that will include White Stripes; De Stijl; White Blood Cells; Elephant; and Get Behind Me, Satan.  Those are expected on July 1.  Also from Jack White and his Raconteurs will be Broken Boy Soldiers, same date.



There are a couple of Flashback titles coming, which will retail for $5.99.  They are bare bones releases and will be for Pride (White Lion); Back for the Attack (Dokken); Dream Evil (Dio); and Invasion of Privacy (Ratt).  Other upcoming Flashback titles include What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (George Carlin); The Bobby Darin Story (Bobby Darin); It’s True! It’s True! (Bill Cosby); Otis Blue (Otis Redding); In the Pocket (James Taylor); and Torch (Carly Simon).  All titles are scheduled for July 15.

Atlantic Records will release a 2CD ‘best of’ for Foreigner called No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner.  This is scheduled for release on July 15, although Amazon is say September 2.

Atlantic Records is releasing All Sides from O.A.R. on CD scheduling the release for July 15.

Eolian Minstrel by Andreas Vollenweider will be reissued on July 15.

Curb Records will release two sets of 2/$10 packs for The Four Seasons.  The first pack is Rag Doll/Sherry, and the second pack is Ain’t That a Shame/Let’s Hang On.  Both packs are scheduled for July 15.  Other Curb twofers at $10 include Greatest Songs Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Hank Thompson); Best of Live Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Fats Domino); Drive Me Wild/Six Days on the Road (Sawyer Brown); Best of ‘90s Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Merle Haggard); Best of Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Bobby Goldsboro); and Greatest Country Songs/Greatest Gospel Songs (Brenda Lee).

Rhino Records will release The Rules of Hell by Black Sabbath as both a 5CD set and as a DD.  This is planned for July 22.

Road Runner Records will release a re-mastered Dog Days by Blue Mountain on July 22.

Verve Records have a few DD releases for you that include titles from jazzman Antonio Carlos Jobim and friends, and Astrud Gilberto.  Titles include Elis & Tom (w/Elis Regina), and Rio Revisited (w/Gal Costa), both from Jobim.  The Gilberto titles include Gold; Look to the Rainbow; The Astrud Gilberto Album; and A Certain smile, A Certain Sadness (w/Walter Wanderley).  All of these DD titles are already released (June 3), however Gold is scheduled for June 24.

Varese Sarabande will reissue Live at the Baked Potato from Brian Augur’s Oblivion Express, planning the release for July 22.  Also from Varese Sarabande will be So Far from Spencer Davis, also planned for July 22.

Hip-O Select will release The Motown Years for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on CD for July 15.

A&M Records with Octone Records will release It Won’t be Soon Before Long from Maroon 5.  This album is planned for July15.

Sarathan Records will release Leavetaking by Peter Bradley on August 5.

Universal Republic Records will release several versions of Graffiti the World by Rehab on July 15.

The Polydor reissues of Van Morrison titles will also be released as DD on July 1.


The Music - Strengths in Numbers - New UK Album Release

The Music, a favourite at TAP, will be releasing their third album in the UK on June 16. Hopefully, there will be a US release around the corner.


Review - Elvis Costello and The Imposters - Momofuku - CD
This latest from Elvis Costello and 3/4 of the original Attractions (now named The Imposters) is a monumental release that has to be hear dto be believed. I'm recommending the hell out of it, particularly if you have any love - any love at all - for early Elvis Costello. From what I understand, Momofuku is the creator of the ramen noodle. Here it is folks, the review of Momofuku from our boy, Elvis Costello.  






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