Category Archives: Release Pieces

Official Release Of The Who Live At The Fillmore East 1968…Finally

The Who has left behind a varied set of memorable shows by way of captured soundboards. As with many bands, this decaying decade have become fond of the memories that unreleased soundboard live shows deliver. After all, many of the fans of The Who are old enough to have been there for their beginnings and their string of great studio albums. Live At Leeds is considered one of the great live albums in the aging history of them. But we definitely know there’s more out there. In fact, some of them have history with fans.

On April 20, MCA Records, a since retired label under the Universal umbrella, will release a 2CD live set from their April 4,5 1968 show at the Fillmore East. This set has been previously available as underground bootleg sets. So it’s nice to see a revered show get a little official clean-up and release for the fans of the band. These shows will also be available on a 3LP set. It’s being labeled Live At The Fillmore East 1968.

As it goes, Kit Lambert, manager of The Who had both nights recorded with the intentions of releasing them. On the 50th Anniversary of those shows, the official release finally arrives, newly remastered.

 

New Courtney Barnett Album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, In May

By and large, I’ve lost an immense amount of faith in the institution of Saturday Night Live , especially where its weekly introduction of music is concerned. Primed with the need to air already popular displays of Pop, they’ve forgotten their past in introducing remarkable fresh talent. But every once in a while, they do get it right, Courtney Barnett is one of those instances.

If you’re a consistent voyager of the internet where music is concerned, chances are quite high that you’ve run into Courtney Barnett already. She has an incredible quality to her sound, which can be endearing to some if the songs are well constructed, as hers are. Courtney Barnett recently collaborated with Kurt Vile from The War on Drugs band (another excellent new band) for an album just as good.

On May 18, the beautiful Courtney Barnett will release her newest album since her wonderful 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Her newest album is being called Tell Me How You Really Feel. The new album has a pre-release single out in the wild (hear below), “Nameless, Faceless”. The new album contains ten new Courtney Barnett tracks. If the new song is an indication, us fans should be pleased.

Tell Me How You Really Feel is planned for CD, DD, Cassette, and limited edition purple colored vinyl LP. It is being released by Milk! Records in Australia, and Mom+Pop Records in

Tell Me How You Really FeelCourtney Barnett

01 – Hopefulessness
02 – City Looks Pretty
03 – Charity
04 – Need A Little Time
05 – Nameless, Faceless
06 – I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
07 – Crippling Self Doubt And A General Lack Of Self Confidence
08 – Help Your Self
09 – Walkin’ On Eggshells
10 – Sunday Roast

(Thanks, Stephen!)

New Don McLean Album, Botanical Gardens, Out In March

Think Don McLean, and his mega MEGA popular hit, “American Pie” comes immediately to mind. In fact, many people know most, if not all of the words to the 1971 classic track. It was a long song that needed editing for radio. Don McLean was never able to replicate that success even though he released a few singles after “American Pie” (“Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Driedel”, etc). To date, McLean has twenty albums in his catalog.

On March 23, BMG and PledgeMusic will release his next album, Botanical Gardens. This new set will deliver thirteen new songs. The first single, “Botanical Gardens” can be heard below.

Botanical Gardens will be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Botanical GardensDon McLean

01 – Botanical Gardens
02 – The Lucky Guy
03 –  A Total Eclipse of the Sun
04 – Waving Man
05 – When July Comes
06 – You’re All I Ever Had
07 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Your Baby
08 – I’ve Cried All the Tears That I Have
09 – Ain’t She a Honey
10 – The King of Fools
11 – Grief and Hope
12 – You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13 – Last Night When We Were Young

Debut Pete Townshend Solo Album, Who Came First, To Reissue As 45th Anniversary 2CD Set

Pete Townshend was one of four individuals that energized the band we’ve all come to love asThe Who. But even as he was a part of The Who, their creativity revolved around his song craft! And even though, The Who had plenty of his work, there was enough to slip into solo territory. In 1972, Pete Townshend rekeased his first solo album calling it, respectfully, Who Came First.

Who Came First was actually a hybrid of leftover Who constructs, especially after the capsize of Lifehouse (a Who/Townshend project) and its subsequent farming of songs that became Who’s Next (1971). Half of Who Came First was a foray into cover tunes. Upon release, it fed ravenous Who fans ably enough, charting well.

On April 13, a 2CD 45th Anniversary expansion of Who Came First will be reissued with an addition of eight bonus tracks, all previously unreleased. These will include edits, alternative tracks, and live tracks.

The 2CD Who Came First will be delivered in an eight-panel digipak, and will come with a replica poster as found in the original album release. The included 24-page booklet will contain new Townshend notes, as well as rare photos of Townshend in the studio with Meher Baba.

Who  Came Next (45th Anniversary Edition) – Pete Townshend

01. Pure and Easy
02. Evolution
03. Forever’s No Time At All
04. Let’s See Action
05. Time Is Passing
06. There’s a Heartache Following Me
07. Sheraton Gibson
08. Content
09. Parvardigar

Disc: 2
01. His Hands
02. The Seeker (2017 edit)
03. Day Of Silence
04. Sleeping Dog
05. Mary Jane (Stage A Version)
06. I Always Say (2017 Edit)
07. Begin The Beguine (2017 edit)
08. Baba O’Reilly (Instrumental)
09. The Love Man (Stage C)
10. Content (Stage A)
11. Day Of Silence (Alternate Version)
12. Parvardigar (Alternate take)
13. Nothing Is Everything
14. There’s A Fortune In Those Hills
15. Meher Baba In Italy
16. Drowned (live in India)
17. Evolution (live at Ronnie Lane Memorial)

John Fogerty 1985 Classic, Centerfield, To Be Reissued On CD and LP

Back in 1985, John Fogerty released a strong album in Centerfield and captured the attention of fans. The album contained classic tracks (“Centerfield”, “The Old Man Down The Road”, “Rock And Roll Girls”). The album went to number 1 on the charts and sold well over two million copies of the album alone.

On April 6, BMG will revisit the classic Centerfield album with CD and LP reissues. Attached to these reissues will be bonus tracks from 2010 (“My Toot Toot”, “I Confess”).

The CD edition of Centerfield will be released in a digipak, while the vinyl LP will be reissued in a splashy gatefold jacket that presents a pop-up of a baseball stadium when you open the gatefold. The LP will also contain a download rights card to acquire the two 2010 bonus tracks.

CenterfieldJohn Fogerty

01 – The Old Man Down The Road
02 – Rock and Roll Girls
03 – Big Train (From Memphis)
04 – I Saw It On T.V.
05. – Mr. Greed
06 – Searchlight
07 – Centerfield
08 – I Can’t Help Myself
09 – Zanz Kant Danz
10 – My Toot Toot (2010 Bonus Track)
11 – I Confess (2010 Bonus Track)

 

 

Cheech y Chong’s Up In Smoke Cult Classic Gets CD/BD/LP/7″ 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collection

On April 20, Rhino will reissue the 1979 Cheech y Chong soundtrack album to Up In Smoke. And do it in great style and attention. What is being assembled is being referred to as the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collection. It will be released as a CD/BD/LP/7″. This Box celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the classic cult film.

The CD and vinyl LP contain the original soundtrack while the Blu-ray (BD) contains the 1080P HD version of the film with audio at 5.1 Surround DTS-HD MASTER. Additional extras will complete the BD:

  • Commentary by Cheech Marin and director Lou Adler
  • How Pedro Met the Man: Up In Smoke at 40—NEW!
  • Roach Clips with Optional Commentary (deleted scenes)
  • Lighting It Up: A Look Back at Up In Smoke
  • “Earache My Eye” featuring Alice Bowie: Animated Music Video
  • Cheech & Chong’s “The Man Song”
  • Vintage Radio Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer

The CD will provide a previously unreleased version of “Up In Smoke” with an additional verse in Spanish, “Up In Smoke 2018”. The 7″ vinyl single will provide a two-sided picture disc single with “Earache My Eye” b/w “Lost Due To Incompetence (Theme From A Big Green Van”.

Bonus goodies include large rolling papers, an 11×17 poster, and a booklet filled with photos, notes, credits, etc.

The housing will be 12″ x 12″ six-panel gatefold and will only be available in a limited run of 5000 copies.

 

ChangesTwoBowie To Be Reissued On CD and Color LP

In 1981, RCA released the second collection featuring Bowie pieces to be an extension to the popular issue, ChangesOneBowie. The companion set, called ChangesTwoBowie would collect ten classics and gain a marketable progression for the David Bowie train. As an album, it sold well.

On April 13, Rhino and Parlophone will reissue the set using various remasters (see below).

This David Bowie reissue will be offered on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The vinyl LP will be released on both black and a separate blue vinyl edition.

ChangestwobowieDavid Bowie

01 – Aladdin Sane (2013 Remaster)
02 – Oh! You Pretty Things (2015 Remaster)
03 – Starman (2012 Remaster)
04 – 1984 (2016 Remaster)
05 – Ashes to Ashes (Single Version) [2017 Remaster]
06 – Sound and Vision (2017 Remaster)
07 – Fashion (Single Version) [2017 Remaster]
08 – Wild Is The Wind (2016 Remaster)
09 – John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) [2016 Remaster]
10 – D.J. (Single Version) [2017 Remaster]

YES Album, Fly From Here Remixed With New Vocals

Ever quick to erase a past, it would appear that the Howe-led version of YES (now that there’s two legitimate claims as YES), have remixed their 2011 album, Fly From Here. Fly From Here featured the vocals of then member, Benoit David. David has since left the band.

The announcement arrives that Fly From Here has been newly remixed with the purpose of replacing Benoit David’s vocals with new vocals from Trevor Horn, who performed with YES during the Drama period.

The newly remixed album will be made available to buyers (whomever they may be) on March 24 during the YES 50th Anniversary Fan Convention at the London Palladium. As a bonus, an additional track will be provided.

But color me surprised.

 

’90s Gem Poster Children To Release First Album In 14 Years – Grand Bargain!

I often wonder at the reality that produces hot-selling bands, leaving some highly talented bands (generally with more talent dripping from their pores than many of the popular ones) to all too often deep obscurity. One of those bands are Poster Children.

A few bands have come from the breeding grounds of Champaign, primarily from the U of I. When Poster Children arrived back in the late eighties, they released an indie album, Flower Power (later reissued). But it wasn’t until their Daisychain Reaction that I became aware of this band from back home ( I lived a significant part of my young life in Illinois). With the clever “If You See Kay” classic, they provided a strong argument for notice! With their next album, Tool of The Man (1993), they enjoyed further attention with Sire Records signing them for several titles, after which Warner Brothers issued their RTFM in 1997.

On May 18, this underappreciated band known as Poster Children will release their new album, their first since No More Songs About Sleep and Fire from 2004. It will be called Grand Bargain! and will contain eleven new songs, The album will be made available on CD, DD,  Cassette, and vinyl LP. Grand Bargain! is generated by PledgeMusic as well as being released by Lotuspool Records.

Enjoy the first track from the new album, “Grand Bargain!” They STILL have it!

Cellist Serena Jost (Rasputina) To Release Third Solo Set, Up To The Sky

Decades back, an avant-garde electric cello choir trio by the name of Rasputina garnered some attention, enough to get the unusual band a contract with Columbia Records. Rasputina is the band name for Melora Creager, who has remained the force within Rasputina from inception, even today. Since formation, Rasputina has had more than a few members within its eclectic ranks. For the two Columbia albums (Thanks For The Ether – 1996, How We Quit The Forest – 1998), there was Melora, and Julia Kent, while two additional cellists filled in for each album. One of the original members -pre-album period- was an accomplished cellist by the name of Serena Jost.

As an original member of Rasputina before any album recordings by the band, she performed for 4AD band, Ultra Vivid Scene (as Rasputina) along with Melora and Julia on their Rev (1992) album.

Serena Jost released an album back in 2013. The album was called A Bird Will Sing, a follow-up to her 2008 set, Closer Than Far.

On April 6, a new album by Serena Jost will be released. It is called Up To The Sky, and will offer ten new tracks. Up To The Sky will be released on CD and DD formats by Second Kiss Records. For recording info, the album was recorded live inside St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, NYC under the rafters with a spaced placement of eight microphones.

One of the tracks is a cover of a song by Molly Drake (“Happiness”), who is Nick Drake’s mother.

This is posted for fans of cello music by worthy musicians who are evocative and fresh. I find Serena Jost quite good. But I have been a fan of Rasputina since their beginnings.