October 08, 2008


I am keeping my yap shut for a week here because I need a week to not think about music. Of course, I didn't say I wouldn't listen to it...just not think about it. We still have the Albums list that is enjoying a nice run. The list will end this week and likely have a post on Wednesday with results. On Monday, we will have a new Band 'best of' poll. I'm hoping that you're all having a great week.

Hopefully, you've given yourselves plenty of time to think about this next poll. I don't know what kind of participation we'll get on this one because participation on the various 'Best Of xxxx' polls varies by band. But I still think that we can have a bit of fun, and perhaps some illumination as well. You see, many times we reach out to find something new to listen to and enjoy (we sure do try hard) but it is just as easy, and maybe more fruitful to reach back and indulge in bands that we didn't give the full time of day to in the past. That's why, after running across an article that employed something similar, I'm asking TAP readers to provide us with your Albums That You MUST Hear Before You Die!

Just access the link, which will pop up an email form for you to complete and send off. List as many as you feel necessary. In a few weeks, I'll attempt to figure out a way to deal with them (if I get a lot) or I'll simply do a 'cut 'n paste' if we get just a few. You have two weeks. Ready? Set! Go!

After that, we'll tackle a new band 'best of' poll.

We have a review today that comes from Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits. He reviews the reissue Deluxe Edition of Under a Blood Red Sky by U2. We thank Bill for the honorary link and hope that you'll enjoy his review of the U2 title.

We'll see you back here on Friday with the Weekend edition.

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Fania Records will release a ‘best of’ for Ruben Blades called simply, Greatest Hits.  It is scheduled for release on November 4.  The album will contain 12 of his best Salsa tunes.

Rounder RecordsHeartbeat label will release The Best of Dennis Brown: The Niney Years, referring to his work with producer Niney the Observer.  Dennis Brown, who died at 42, created memorable reggae music with this producer in the ‘70s, and enjoying a reunion in the ‘90s.  All of this music, including the reunion material, is included in this 18-track collection.  The Best of Dennis Brown will be available on November 4.

Fuel Records will release a re-mastered collection of Live tracks from LA’s once proud Punk favourites, The Dickies.  These Live tracks represent many of their audience’s favoutite tunes.  The album is called Live Destruction, which will release on November 4Fuel Records will also release a Live collection from Hawkwind called Return of the Legendary Space Rangers, scheduled for the same date (November 4).  The album will contain 11 tracks with 2 bonus cuts for a total of 13 songs.

We had previously announced the coming of Rambling Boy by Charlie Haden.  Now, Decca will release the album on the burgeoning Vinyl LP format on November 4.  The album will be 2LP.

Universal Republic will release the second album form Hinder called Take it to the Limit.  This album will be made available in several styles that include the standard CD issue in both PA and Edited versions, and a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition that will contain a ringtone, wallpaper, and a photopak (contains adult content).  All of these variations should be in stores on November 4.

HoneyHoney will release their first full-length album of 11 tracks on November 11.  The album is called First Rodeo and will be released by Universal RepublicHoneyHoney is a blend of indie rock, country, jazz, blues, and folk.

Fans of Enrique Iglesias will get a chance to purchase his Greatest Hits on November 4.

Verve Records will release the vinyl LP version of the latest, Back to the River, by Susan Tedeschi, on November 4.

Hip-O Records and Motown will be releasing a performance DVD for The Four Tops called Reach Out: Definitive Performances 1965-1973.  This DVD will contain 19 main DVD tracks from various places including several from The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 and 1968.  In addition, there are two bonus tracks and a bonus medley of hits.  More extra material include an 80-minute documentary with interviews.  Also included is a 16-page booklet with photos and liner notes.  All of the tracks are re-mastered and presented in Stereo and 5.1 Surround.  Watch for this release on November 4.

Steven Wilson's (Porcupine Tree) first solo offering, Insurgentes is currently available ONLINE ONLY at insurgentes.org. Limited to 3,000 copies, this is a 2CD/1-5.1 DVD-AUDIO set encased in a Super Deluxe hardbound book of photos from his endeavors during the recording. There is also a vinyl set offered. The website mentions that this will be the only time the set will be offered "in this format", probably meaning that a regular 2CD/1 5.1 DVD-AUDIO offering WITHOUT THE BOOK. [Thanks to Patrick R for the 'heads up' on this title].




Review - The Clash - Live at Shea Stadium - CD

The Clash never released an official live album during their tenure as a recording band. This Live album called Live at Shea Stadium is from their final days as a recording entity as they supported The Who on their farewell tour. No doubt, as many as were there to see The Who were there to see The Clash. And The Clash gave them a show for the ages with no signs of the strife (save for the dismissal of drummer, Topper Headon) that tore them apart.





Review - Thunder - Reissue Albums - CD

Remember England's Hair Metal band, Thunder, and you remember a band that gave what they had in good form but had really missed their time by a few years. Regardless, they carved out a fanbase. This review batch looks at Back Street Symphony; Laughing on Judgement Day; Behind Closed Doors, and two collections, Their Finest Hour, and The Rare, The Raw & The Rest.





For Your Ears - Band of Thieves - NYC

Manhattan yields up a fantastic band called Band of Thieves that REALLY demand some attention. Their brand of energetic rock carries a lot of trademarks and remembrances, lots of them with smiles. I highly recommmend a vist to their MySpace Music page (accessible at the Myspace button) and/or their website. You'll be surprised.








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