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King Crimson To Release New 3CD Live Set, Live In Vienna

For Prog fans, there can never be a thing as too much King Crimson, While I would absolutely bemoan (rather loudly, of course) the quite evident and glaring lack of new and original music is glaring (their last studio was The Power To Believe from 2003), anything arriving from the internal DGM branch is welcomed indeed!

Since 2003, DGM has been consistent with excellent live sets. There have been four since 2003’s complementary EleKtrik: Live in Japan. All of them are marvels to enjoy,

On April 6, DGM will release a 3CD live set, Live In Vienna. Live in Vienna is from a December 1, 2016 show performed at Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria. As it were, this set was previously available as a limited Japan set in 2017, and which added a Live in Tokyo 2015 bonus disc (not on the new issue). See the track-list below.

Live In Vienna will feature the Vienna concert set on the first 2CDs, while the third CD will collect a set of encore and expansion performances including a 2016 live performance of “Fracture” (in Copenhagen), a track long omitted from any set lists since 1974. So yeah…anticipated is a good word to use.

The tapes from the show were newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes. The album will be presented in a four-panel digipak, with an included and descriptive 16-page booklet complete with photos, tour notes, and credits. The digipak is protected by a slipcase.

Pre-order prices for Live In Vienna are below twenty bucks.

Live In ViennaKing Crimson

CD1 (First Set:)
01 Walk On: Soundscapes: Monk Morph Music Of The Chamber
02 Hell Hounds of Krim
03 Pictures of a City
04 Dawn Song
Suitable Grounds for The Blues
05 VROOOM
06 The Construkction of Light
07 The Court of the Crimson King
08 The Letters
09 Sailors’ Tale
10 Interlude
11 Radical Action II
12 Level V

CD2 (Second Set):
01 Fairy Dust Of The Drumsons
02 Peace: An End
03 Cirkus
04 Indiscipline
05 Epitaph
06 Easy Money
07 Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
08 Red
09 Meltdown
10 Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
11 Starless

CD3  (Encores and Expansions):
01 Fracture (Copenhagen, Denmark – 09/23/2016 at Falconer Salen)
02 Heroes
03 21st Century Schizoid Man
04 Schoenberg Softened His Hat
05 Ahriman’s Ceaseless Corruptions
06 Spenta’s Counter Claim

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 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)

Rhino UK To Reissue Seven Classic Stranglers Titles With Bonus Tracks

One of the great post-punk-era bands, The Stranglers, were not only quite successful in the UK, but in contrast, never gained one.single.ounce. of respect in the US. Their only US charting was a weak one (Dreamtime – 1986), but that’s not to say they did not have US fans, I am one of those proud and envious ones. Envious of the accessibility in the UK, I had virtually no one in this side of the pond to chat up The Stranglers with.

Their story is a good one and should be researched for the value. During their run, they released seventeen studio albums. Their first album, Rattus Norvegicus was released in 1977. It had two hit singles (“(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)”, and the memorable “Peaches”. It was considered one of the great UK Punk albums, and is still highly revered. Of course, there isn’t a bad Stranglers album. So, here’s great news:

On March 2, Rhino UK will reissue seven Stranglers classics in a Classic Collection series release. Those will be as follows:

  • Rattus Norvegicus (1977)
  • No More Heroes (1977)
  • Black and White (1978)
  • Live ( X Cert) [1979]
  • The Raven (1979)
  • The Gospel According To The Meninblack (1981)
  • La folie (1981)

Each of these reissues will bring alongside the original album, a collection of rarities, B-sides, and non-album singles. I have no word if these are remastered tracks. But I hope they are.  Some of the tracks were previously issued in previous reissues.

Bonus tracks will include:

Rattus Norvegicus:
10. Choosey Susie
11. Peasant In The Big Shitty – Live
12. Go Buddy Go – Other Side Of “Peaches”
13. Peaches – Airplay Version
14. Grip ’89 – (Get A) GRIP (On Yourself)
15. Grip ’89 – Grippin’ Stuff Mix 12”

No More Heroes:
12. Straighten Out – B-side of “Something Better Change” single
13. In The Shadows – B-side of “No More Heroes” single
14. 5 Minutes – Single
15. Rok It To The Moon – B-side of “5 Minutes” single
16. No More Heroes – Edit

Black And White:
13. Shut Up – B side of Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
14. Walk On By
15. Mean To Me
16. Tits – Live
17. Old Codger – B-side “Walk On By”
18. Svergie
19. Walk On By – Single Edit

Live (X Cert):
13. Down In The Sewer
14. Something Better Change
15. Bring On The Nubiles
16. Bitching
17. Peaches
18. Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
19. Ugly
20. London Lady

The Raven:
12. Fools Rush Out – B-side of Duchess
13. Yellowcakes UF6 – B-side of Nuclear Device (Wizard Of Aus)
14. In The Shadows – Live from Don’t Bring Harry EP
15. N’Emmenes Pas Harry – Single
16. Bear Cage – Single
17. Bear Cage – 12” Double A-Side

The Gospel According To The Meninblack:
11. Who Wants The World? – Single
12. The Meninblack (Waiting For ‘Em) – B-side of Who Wants The World?
13. Top Secret – B-side of Thrown Away
14. Maninwhite – B-side of Just Like Nothing On Earth
15. Vietnamerica – Non album track
16. Tomorrow Was The Hearafter – A-Side of Stranglers Information Service Single
17. G.m.b.H – Extended Version of Bear Cage which appeared on the US IRS album IV

La folie:
12. Vietnamerica – B side of Let Me Introduce You To The Family
13. Love 30 – B side of Golden Brown
14. Waltzinblack – B side of La Folie
15. Strange Little Girl – Single
16. Cruel Garden – B side of Strange Little Girl
17. You Hold The Key To My Love In Your Hands – From the La folie Sessions
18. La Folie – Edit

 

Two Keane Albums, Under The Iron Sea, Perfect Symmetry, To Be Reissued On Vinyl LP

Keane has been in the public eye for some time beginning in 2004 with the release of their debut set, Hopes and Fears. The debut broke with “Everybody’s Changing” in the UK. For the US market, it was “Somewhere Only We Know” that gave them their US exposure.  And as with every sophomore release, the fear is immediate with potential detachment after a promising first album.

For Keane, the proof was in the pudding, as they say.  Under The Iron Sea  gave the band a few more singles with “Is It Any Wonder?”, “Crystal Ball”, and “Nothing In My Way”. They again followed that album up with Perfect Symmetry (2008). Both albums, like the debut, and like their final studio set, Strangeland (2012), reached number one in the UK and other parts of the world, and performed well in the US marketplace.

On March 16, Island Records, assisted by PledgeMusic, will reissue Under The Iron Sea, as well as Perfect Symmetry as remastered vinyl LP packages. The two LPs will be cut on 180g-weight black vinyl.

Both titles on vinyl LP follow the Hopes And Fears LP reissue back on August 4, 2017. We’ll await Strangeland!

 

The Cars Classics, Shake It Up, and Heartbeat City, Get Expanded CD and 2LP Editions

As The Cars prepare to accept their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Elektra Records will prepare to introduce two classic Cars albums on CD (and vinyl 2LP) reissues with expanded music bonuses and relying on 2016 remasters for the audio. Previously, Elektra (and Rhino) reissued Candy-O, and Panorama (both on July 28, 2017).

On March 30, the label will reissue Shake It Up (1981), and Heartbeat City (1984) on expanded sets with previously unreleased tunes (early working tracks, demos, remixes, outtakes), and new booklets with new notes, photos, and essay by David Fricke.

Shake It Up gave the band three hit singles (“Since You’re Gone”, “Think It Over” (UK), and their TOP10 charting “Shake It Up”).  For this reissue, you will find eight bonus inclusions that will provide the following:

Shake It UpThe Cars
01 Since You’re Gone
02 Shake It Up
03 I’m Not The One
04 Victim Of Love
05 Cruiser
06 A Dream Away
07 This Could Be Love
08 Think It Over
09 Maybe Baby
10 Since You’re Gone (Early Version)
11 Shake It Up (Demo)
12 I’m Not The One (Remix)
13 Cruiser (Early Version)
14 Take It On The Run (Early Version of “A Dream Away”)
15 Coming Up You Again (1981 Version of “Coming Up You”)
16 Little Black Egg (Remastered)
17 Midnight Dancer

Shake It Up will be also be reissued as DD, and on vinyl 2LP.

Heartbeat City was a genuine classic with a wealth of singles including the haunting Benjamin Orr-sung “Drive”, a song he also penned. The other singles from Heartbeat City include “You Might Think”, “Magic”, “Hello Again”, and to lesser extents, “Why Can’t I Have You”, and “Heartbeat City” (UK). For this reissue, there are seven bonus track inclusions with:

Heartbeat CityThe Cars
01 Hello Again
02 Looking For Love
03 Magic
04 Drive
05 Stranger Eyes
06 You Might Think
07 It’s Not The Night
08 Why Can’t I Have You
09 I Refuse
10 Heartbeat City
11 Hello Again (Remix Version)
12 Drive (Demo)
13 One More Time (Early Version of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
14 Baby I Refuse (Early Version of “I Refuse”)
15 Jacki (Early Version of “Heartbeat City”)
16 Breakaway (B-Side of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
17 Tonight She Comes (Remastered)

Heartbeat City will also be reissued on DD, and vinyl 2LP.

 

Elektra To Release 4CD/DVD/LP 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Love Classic, Forever Changes

In the late ’60s, a wealth of sounds and thoughts were swirling in the growing world of Rock and Roll and its listeners. The preoccupation with the Vietnam War, the need to expand consciousness beyond the scope of our boring three-dimensional interaction with reality, and the questions that new immersions in philosophy and concept would create (and never answer), as well as the need to shape our world through politics, were paramount to the times. Many band emerged in the US to ask those questions and to seek impossible answers. One of those were Arthur Lee’s Love.

Love was great in that they were willing to incorporate styles to make a great hybrid of music. One of their great classics is Forever Changes from 1967. In 2015, the album was newly remastered and presented to appreciative audiences. However, with the arrival of he album’s 50th Anniversary, Elektra Records has done the album extreme justice with a celebrating 4CD/DVD/LP 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.

On April 6, you will be able to acquire the definitive set of this classic for your Love library, if you consider yourself one of the fans of the band willing to shell out the sum required.

For this set, the first CD will present the original album, with CD2 providing an alternate MONO mix of the original album, CD3 offering a collection of previously released alternate mixes, and CD4 providing a selected set of singles, demos, and outtakes, most previously heard from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Forever Changes.

The DVD contains 96kHz/24-bit hi resolution mixes of the original album plus a video of “Your Mind And We Belong Together”. Finally, the vinyl LP offers the original album with the 2015 remaster.

A 12″ by 12″ hardbound book separates this massive reissue endeavor with a bunch of great photos, notes, essays, credits, and other insights.

This classic 1967 album beautifully captures the state of music back in the incredible period of the late ’60s.  It’s just an awesome album that deserves better attention than it (or the band) gets!

 

Porcupine Tree Reissues Arriving Somewhere on 2CD/BD Deluxe Edition

Steve Wilson started the Porcupine Tree band back in the late ’80s to help further his vast musical mindsets.  By the ’90s, Porcupine Tree was more fully realized as a band with members helping to collectively create the music that we, as fans, have come to fervently enjoy. Signing to Lava Records, a division of Atlantic Records, Porcupine Tree released 5.1 versions of In Absentia (2002), and Deadwing (2005).

In 2005, Porcupine Tree toured the release of Deadwing to an adoring audience. It was their Park West show (October 11, 12, 2005) in Chicago that was filmed for the eventual DVD release. This became known as Arriving Somewhere. It was made available in downloadable audio formats as well but was never released outside the confines of the DVD and DD realms.

On March 23, KSCOPE will reissue a 2CD/BD edition of Arriving Somewhere. This will be the title’s first appearance on CD AND Blu-ray (BD). And it’s quite a package sure to please all fans of Porcupine Tree. In addition to the audio and film, a 24-page booklet will be included. The discs and booklet (along with a postcard until depleted) will be housed in a media book package.

The BD will provide the filmed set in 5.1 Surround, and will be the same show as previously seen on the DVD, just better quality. The adds to the Blu-ray will include live performances from Rockpalast of “Radioactive Toy” and “Futile”, projections of “Start of Something Beautiful”, “Halo”, and “Mother and Child Divided”, a video of “”Lazarus”, Gavin Harrison’s “Cymbal Song” video, and a photo gallery. Again, this is the same content as provided on the DVD package originally.

As an additional bonus to the BD, the audio will be provided as DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM Surround, and the 2006 Stereo PCM master mixed by Darcy Proper.

Arriving SomewherePorcupine Tree

CD1 (Live at Park West, Chicago, October 2005):
01. Revenant
02. Open Car
03. Blackest Eyes
04. Lazarus 05. Hatesong
06. Don’t Hate Me
07. Mother And Child Divided
08. Buying New Soul
09. So Called Friend

CD2 (Live at Park West, Chicago, October 2005):
01. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
02. Heartattack In A Layby
03. Start Of Something Beautiful
04. Halo
05. The Sound Of Muzak
06. Even Less
07. Trains
08. End Credits (Mother And Child Divided)

BD (Live at Park West, Chicago, October 2005 5.1 Surround Mix):
01. Revenant
02. Open Car
03. Blackest Eyes
04. Lazarus
05. Hatesong
06. Don’t Hate Me
07. Mother And Child Divided
08. Buying New Soul
09. So Called Friend
10. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
11. Heartattack In A Layby
12. Start Of Something Beautiful
13. Halo
14. The Sound Of Muzak
15. Even Less
16. Trains
17. End Credits (Mother And Child Divided)

Bonus Materials (see body of text for details)

 

Two Cocteau Twins Titles – Head Over Heels, Treasure – Remastered For Vinyl LP

When Cocteau Twins arrived in the Post-Punk New Wave trend back in the waning days of the ’70s, it was with an original form that, while attempted, even today, could never be fully and satisfyingly replicated. This is fine for hard-core Cocteau Twins fans who pine for the thrillingly ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser, and the otherworldy guitars of Robin Guthrie, all rounded by, first Will Heggie (for Garland – 1982), then more fully by Simon Raymonde for the rest of the Cocteau Twins catalog. There are no disappointing Cocteau Twins releases. Not in my estimation, at least.

On March 16, the unique and expressive 4AD label will reissue two extraordinary CT titles on vinyl LP, both wih brand new remasters for better sonic purity. And for Cocteau Twins, that can only be appreciated and embraced.

The two CT albums being reissued on vinyl are Treasure (1984), and Head Over Heels (1983).  Both albums will be repressed on 180g-weigh black vinyl. Both will supply download DD codes. As a bonus, both titles will be made available as HD Audio DD for separate purchase.

You’re welcome CT fans.