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50th Anniversary 2CD and Picture Disc Vinyl LP of Grateful Dead Classic, Anthem Of The Sun

In 1968. one of Rock’s greatest collection of songs was released as Anthem Of The Sun. The recording band was The Grateful Dead, and this album was their second album, a bi of a year after their debut Warners album. It’s hard to imagine that fifty years have come and gone since the release of Anthem of the Sun. It featured an added drum kit with the newly added Mickey Hart. And it gave a brilliant playback of now classic tracks, most past the eight minute mark.

With a history of over fifteen studio albums, each as different as the previous. It’s no surprise that these albums keep showing back up. They’re strong and are deserving of repeat. Since 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 classic, Anthem Of The Sun, Grateful Dead Productions will assemble a 50th Anniversary 2CD Deluxe package for the occasion.

On July 13, watch for this 50th Anniversary set of Anthem of the Sun to materialize. As of this moment, I do not have a tracking list of bonus songs to accompany the original album. But it’s safe to say the new album will be remastered. As I become aware of the material being included, I’ll update this small piece of news. But a least we have a date!

On the same July 13th date, a 12″ vinyl Picture Disc of the 50th Anniversary Edition of Anthem of the Sun will also be released.


Collectible 7″ Vinyl Singles Set For Black Sabbath, Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set

One of the great pioneer bands to the genre of heavy metal was easily Black Sabbath. By the release of their first and second albums, both in 1970, just a mere six months in separation, both albums easily captured the rapt attention of a generation propelling both embryonic albums into platinum status throughout the world. No one can forget the strength of “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” from their second, and perhaps best celebrated of the band’s issues. Nevertheless, Black Sabbath persevered for decades even after the departing of Ozzy Osborne, who crafted an equally successful solo career.

On June 8, Rhino delves into the Warner Bros vaults to create a boxed set of ten 7″ vinyl singles, all from the band’s years between 1970 though 1978. Of the carefully selected singles, some were only issued in other countries besides the US.

The boxed set is being called Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set. It will be a limited run so don’t wait too long to collect yours if you have intention to own it. All songs are newly remastered. A booklet exploring the history of the singles and of the band, along with rare photos, credits, and other memorabilia is guaranteed to add value to the box.

Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box SetBlack Sabbath

7″ Single Vinyl 1
Side A – Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)
Side B –  Wicked World

7″ Single Vinyl 2
Side A – Paranoid
Side B – The Wizard

7″ Single Vinyl 3
Side A – Iron Man
Side B – Electric Funeral

7″ Single Vinyl 4
Side A – Tomorrow’s Dream
Side B – Laguna Sunrise

7″ Single Vinyl 5
Side A – Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
Side B – Changes

7″ Single Vinyl 6
Side A – Am I Going Insane (Single Edit)
Side B – Hole In The Sky

7″ Single Vinyl 7
Side A – Gypsy
Side B – She’s Gone

7″ Single Vinyl 8
Side A – It’s Alright
Side B – Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor

7″ Single Vinyl 9
Side A – Never Say Die
Side B – She’s Gone

7″ Single Vinyl 10
Side A – Hard Road (Single Edit)
Side B – Symptom Of The Universe (German Single Edit)


New Johnny Marr Album, Call The Comet, In June

The Smiths are a revered UK band from the early ’80s. Not that you didn’t know that, but since their retirement in 1987, both Johnny Marr, and Morrissey have gone on to measured success with solo outings. Although late in his career, Johnny Marr has previously released two albums (The Messenger – 2013, Playland – 2014). Previously, Marr had occupied himself with session work.

On June 15, Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call The Comet. This new album will feature twelve new songs. A listen to the first single from the album (below) will confirm that Johnny Marr fits well within the framework of today’s Rock and Roll.

The new album is scheduled for release on CD, DD, Cassette, and vinyl LP (a limited edition silver vinyl, and standard black). There will be a 7″ vinyl single for sale as well. (See all that here.)

Rita Coolidge To Release New Album, Safe In The Arms Of Time

The ’70s were indeed a rich and musically diverse period as Rock grew a few more inches. With an array of emerging styles, Rock was blessed with music to give us fans. And we were equally blessed to be able to hear what was created. One of the great female singers from that time was Rita Coolidge, who sang back up on some great songs like “After Midnight” (Eric Clapton), and “Love The One You’re With” (Stephen Stills). As a one-time wife to Kris Kristofferson, she provided timeless duets like “Crippled Crow” (Breakaway – 1974).

She enjoyed a hit-making status with several classic vocal covers of “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher”, “We’re All Alone”, and “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, all of the same classic album, Anytime…Anywhere (1977). That album sold well over a million copies in the US alone. Not counting her 2012 Christmas album (A Rita Coolidge Christmas), her last studio effort was 2005’s And So Is Love.

On May 4, Rita Coolidge (via Blue Élan Records) will release a brand new album. Called Safe In The Arms Of Time, Rita Coolidge will provide fans with twelve original songs, with one co-written and performed with Keb Mo (“Walking On Water”).

Safe In The Arms Of Time (which I’d say was true for Rita looking at her cover shot), will be available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. A song from the album is available (hear below).

A New Look At Jerry Garcia Pre-Dead Years With 4CD Before The Dead Set

There are few individuals who have helmed some of Rock’s legendary band incarnations that garner as much intense visitation as Jerry Garcia has received. The Grateful Dead is today revered as one of the great Rock bands in the history of the style. And so it’s without surprise that given the intensity that Garcia visited upon his search for great music, there are still albums being introduced that bear his involvement.

On May 11, Caroline Records will release a 4CD collection of early, pre-Grateful Dead music assembled from wherever they were recorded. This Jerry Garcia – Before The Dead box will contain 84 songs that find Jerry Garcia exploring Folk music in a variety of venues including a birthday party.

With this set, one would be able to fit within the musical soul of Garcia and sense his evolution to what would become one of Rock’s greatest stories.

As an extra note: there are two Grateful Dead packages readying for release. The first is from Real Gone Music and is called Grateful Dead: Road Trips, Vol. 4 , No. 2 April Fools’ ’88, which is scheduled for June 1.

The other is a 140g-weight black vinyl 5LP reproduction of Cornell 5/8/77 slated for reissue on May 8 (date-released as a sort of respect and celebration of the historic date itself).

Before The DeadJerry Garcia

01. Santy Anno
 02. I Got A Home In That Rock
 03. Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep
 04. All My Trials
 05. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
 06. Traditional: Blow The Candles Out
 07. Rake And A Rambling Boy
 08. Trouble In Mind
 09. Brown’s Ferry Blues
 10. Jesse James
 11. Down In The Willow Garden
 12. Long Lonesome Road
 13. Railroad Bill
 14. The Wagoner’s Lad
 15. Katie Cruel
 01. Cannonball Blues
 02. Little Birdie
  03. Sally Goodin
  04. Hold That Woodpile Down
  05. Legend Of The Johnson Boys
  06. Shady Grove
  07. Sweet Sunny South
  08. Man Of Constant Sorrow
  09. Band Introductions
  10. Roving Gambler
  11. Ground Speed
  12. Pig In A Pen
  13. Traditional: Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  14. Flint Hill Special
  15. Nine Pound Hammer
  16. Handsome Molly
  17. Clinch Mountain Backstep
  18. Think Of What You’ve Done
  19. Cripple Creek
  20. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
  21. Billy Grimes, The Rover
  22. Paddy On The Turnpike – Boys, My Money’s All Gone
  23. Run Mountain
  24. Sugar Baby
  25. Sitting On Top Of The World
  01. Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  02. Jerry’s Breakdown
  03. Traditional: Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  04. Mule Skinner Blues
  05. Saturday Night Shuffle
  06. Pike County Breakdown
  07. The Little Sparrow
  08. We Shall Not Be Moved
  09. Deep Elem Blues
  10. Will The Weaver
  11. I Truly UnderstanD
  12. Long Black Veil
  13. The Man That Wrote That Home Sweet Home Never Was A Married Man
  14. Foggy Mountain Top
  01. Barefoot Nellie
  02. She’s More To Be Pitied
  03. Noah’s Breakdown
  04. Who Will Sing For Me?
  05. Salt Creek
  06. Monroe’s Hornpipe – Jody’s Hornpipe
  07. Rosa Lee McFall
  08. John Hardy/Closing Theme
  09. Katie Kline
  10. Walkin’ The Dog
  11. Paddy On The Turnpike – Boys, My Money’s All Gone
  12. Love And Wealth
  13. Traditional: Sourwood Mountain
  14. If I Lose
  15. Homestead On The Farm – I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home
  16. Stoney Creek
  17. Salty Dog Blues
  18. Love Please Come Home
  19. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
  20. Darlin’ Allalee
  21. In The Pines
  22. Raw Hide
  23. Black Mountain Rag
  24. True Life Blues
  25. Medley: Devil’s Dream–Sailor’s Hornpipe
  26. Drink Up And Go Home
  27. These Men Of God
  28. Roll On Buddy
  29. Goodbye Old Pal
  30. Back Up And Push

New Ray LaMontagne Album Arriving, Part Of The Light

Two years ago, Ray LaMontagne released his sixth album, Ouroboros to critics acclaim. His vocal style and musical presentation is a unique one as his voice and music is heavily reminiscent of a musical era gone by. That is to say that his fame would have been higher in the era of the late ’60s, and early ’70s. His last album displayed a style update and is still a haunting pleasure to listen to.

On May 18, RCA Records will release the latest  Ray LaMontagne album, Part Of The Light. It will offer a list of nine new tracks and if we can judge by the already released song, “Such A Simple Thing”, then it’s pretty easy to say that the acoustic talent and unique voice of Ray LaMontagne will be in full dress for this album.

Part Of The Light will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Part Of The LightRay LaMontagne

01. To the Sea
02. Paper Man
03. Part of the Light
04. It’s Always Been You
05. Let’s Make It Last
06. As Black As Blood Is Blue
07. Such A Simple Thing
08. No Answer Arrives
09. Goodbye Blue Sky

20th Anniversary Remastered and Expanded Reissue Of Classic Aquabats Album, The Fury Of The Aquabats!

In the late ’90s, the band known as The Aquabats decided to tread fresher territory previously paved by Devo in the ’70s. Using a core of Punk, Ska, Surf, and Rock n Roll, The Aquabats created a style that belonged exclusively to them. One time band member, Travis Barker, who would go on to play for Blink-182, was known as The Baron von Tito. Along with the leader, The Bat Commander!, the Orange County-based band went on to enjoy a nice following of fans.

On April 20, the band will reissue their popular 1997 sophomore album, The Fury of The Aquabats! To celebrate the album’s 20th Anniversary, the band has planned a remixed and remastered expanded edition. The new edition will expand by four bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased “Hockey Fight!”.

This 20th Anniversary reissue of The Fury Of The Aquabats! will be released on CD, DD, and neon green vinyl 2LP.  A limited edition and signed 2LP blue colored vinyl is planned for April 6.  Of these, there will only be 1500 copies. A limited edition red color 2LP set is only available in 1000 copies. The LP releases will include DD.

The Fury Of The Aquabats!The Aquabats
(* Bonus Tracks)

01. Super Rad!
02. Red Sweater!
03. Magic Chicken!
04. Fight Song!
05. Cat With 2 Heads!
06. The Story Of Nothing!
07. Captain Hampton And The Midget Pirates!
08. Martian Girl!*
09. Attacked By Snakes!
10. Idiot Box!*
11. Powdered Milk Man!
12. My Skateboard!
13. Phantasma Del Mar!
14. Lobster Bucket!
15. Theme Song!
16. Play Doh!*
17. Hockey Fight!* (Previously Unreleased)


Both Cockney Rebel Albums Reissued On CD and LP

There is a history book, as thick as it is sad – well, partially sad, anyway. In it is listed every band who were excellent as producers of music, and yet never caught the attention of enough fans to register immediately in the minds of many. One of them is Cockney Rebel, of whom Steve Harley was the primary force.

During the ’70s, this band generated a Pop-styled Rock that interested the UK market much more than they did the fickle US market. During his run, Harley created a fair share of albums and a string of UK singles with his musical charm, a charm that was quite easy to fall under the spell of.

On May 4, Chrysalis Records will reissue the only two Cockney Rebel albums to be released just as the band (everything else bore his name). Those are The Human Menagerie (1973), and The Psychomodo (1974), which contained his UK hit, “Judy Teen”. His biggest hit came with the appending of his name to the Cockney Rebel brand, and his next album, The Best Years of Our Lives (“Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)”)

Chrysalis will reissue both Cockney Rebel albums in CD format housed in 4-panel digipaks. The albums will also be reissued on 180g-weigh black vinyl LP. Sadly, neither of these titles will be remastered opting instead to use the original masters. (I’ve listened to my copies and they actually sound pretty good.)

Chrysalis Records continue to refresh their rich catalogues to provide fans with fresh copies of CDs and LPs.

My favorite Steve Harley tune is easily “The Best Years of Our Lives”

New Roger Daltrey Album, As Long As I Have You

Admittedly, the last thing I would expect in this world of Rock and Roll is a new Roger Daltrey album. And not because I think it’s unnecessary. I sill warmly remember his debut Daltrey (1973), and his followup, Ride A Rock Horse (1975), and even One of The Boys (1977). All in all, Roger Daltrey has released eight solo efforts, his last being Rocks In The Head (1992). What surprises me is his announcement that releasing albums is a wasteful effort given the current environment.  And yet:

On June 1, Polydor will release the next Roger Daltrey album, As Long As I Have You. It will provide eleven songs, many with Pete Townshend on guitar, giving us as close a Who album as can be expected.

As Long As I Have You will be released on CD, DD, and two versions of vinyl including 180g-weight black vinyl, and a limited edition 180g-weight red color vinyl LP housed in a “disco bag”.  The red vinyl set is available exclusively via The Who webstore.

As for me, this is one for the fans!

As Long As I Have YouRoger Daltrey

01 As Long As I Have You
02 How Far
03 Where Is A Man To Go?
04 Get On Out Of The Rain
05 I’ve Got Your Love
06 Into My Arms
07 You Haven’t Done Nothing
08 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
09 Certified Rose
10 The Love You Save
11 Always Heading Home

Wire To Reissue First Three Album Classics In Special Edition Multi-CD, CD, LP

One of the richest veins in Rock history reside from 1975 through 1985. There, music proliferated in a way that the previous times have not experienced. Not to disparage the music of the ‘late 50s, the embryonic ’60s, and the ‘teen years’ of the early ’70s, but when Punk created a dissension among listeners of Rock, you were either in or out, choosing to resist the evolution or to embrace it. After the brief of powerful display of Punk, there were bands who rode he Punk wave capitalizing on it’s cultural popularity. What some called “noise”, others found a new interest that propelled them into the next period, the next phase of actionable Rock and Roll. That new springboard genre was called Post-Punk. Whatever that meant to you, there is no denying that style of Rock was important.

One of those great Post-Punk bands (or Art-Punk, as you may have preferred), is a band known as Wire. With a formation in 1976, they quickly brought a stylistic sound to the hardcore punk, thus helping to create a strong and influential Post-punk landscape.

On May 18, watch for the reissue of three Wire classic albums that will be newly remastered, imbued with bonus tracks, and repackaged for CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The three albums include Pink Flag(1977), Chairs Missing (1978), and 154 (1979).  All three sets will provide a grand book-style housing with 80 pages of goodness to attend to the music provided.

Not only will the multi-CD Special Editions be released, but also single CD remasters featuring the original album only. These will be released on June 22, as will the remastered vinyl LPs featuring the original albums. For DD, only the original album remastered will be released. To get the bonus tracks, you will have to get the Special Editions.

Wire’s previous release Silver/Lead, issued in 2017, reveals the band to be as original as ever.

Pink Flag will contain thirty-eight tracks, with the twenty-one originals, and a collection of seventeen B-sides, demos, and previously unreleased cuts:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. Reuters
02. Field Day for the Sundays
03. Three Girl Rhumba
04. Ex Lion Tamer
05. Lowdown
06. Start to Move
07. Brazil
08. It’s So Obvious
09. Surgeon’s Girl
10. Pink Flag
11. The Commercial
12. Straight Line
13. 106 Beats That
14. Mr. Suit
15. Strange
16. Fragile
17. Mannequin
18. Different to Me
19. Champs
20. Feeling Called Love
21. 12 X U

CD2 (Bonus tracks):
01. The Commercial
02. Mr. Suit
03. Pink Flag
04. Surgeon’s Girl
05. Field Day for the Sundays
06. 106 Beats That
07. Fragile
08. Reuters
09. Different to Me
10. Ex Lion Tamer
11. Mannequin
12. Champs
13. Start to Move
14. Ex Lion Tamer
15. 12XU (Mono Mix)
16. Mannequin (Mono Mix)
17. It’s So Obvious

Chairs Missing will be spread out over three CDs with forty-seven tracks. Fifteen originals, and a massive assortment of thirty-two bonus tracks of B-sides, singles, demos, and outtakes:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. Practice Makes Perfect
02. French Film Bleurred
03. Another the Letter
04. Men 2nd
05. Marooned
06. Sand in My Joints
07. Being Sucked in Again
08. Heartbeat
09. Mercy
10. Outdoor Miner
11. I Am the Fly
12. I Feel Mysterious Today
13. From the Nursery
14. Used To
15. Too Late

CD2 (Bonus Tracks: Singles, B-sides, Outtakes):
01. I Am the Fly (Single Version)
02. Dot Dash
03. Options R
04. Outdoor Miner (Single Version)
05. Practice Makes Perfect (Single Version)
06. Underwater Experiences (Advision Version)

CD3 (Demos):
01. Practice Makes Perfect
02. OhNoNotSo
03. Culture Vultures
04. It’s the Motive
05. Love Ain’t Polite
06. French Film Blurred (Version 1)
07. Sand in My Joints
08. Too Late
09. I Am the Fly
10. Heartbeat
11. Underwater Experiences
12. Stalemate
13. I Feel Mysterious Today
14. Dot Dash
15. French Film Blurred (Version 2)
16. Options R
17. Finistaire (Mercy)
18. Marooned
19. From the Nursery
20. Indirect Enquiries (Version 1)
21. Outdoor Miner
22. Chairs Missing (Used To)
23. Being Sucked in Again
24. Men 2nd
25. Another the Letter
26. No Romans

The third Wire release, 154, will be distributed in a 3CD SE that will add twenty-seven bonus tracks to the original’s thirteen tracks. 154 has long been considered the band’s masterpiece and is much darker in musical scope:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. I Should Have Known Better
02. Two People in a Room
03. The 15th
04. The Other Window
05. Single K.O.
06. A Touching Display
07. On Returning
08. A Mutual Friend
09. Blessed State
10. Once Is Enough
11. Map Ref 41°N 93°W
12. Indirect Enquiries
13. 40 Versions

CD2 (Bonus Tracks: Singles, B-sides, Outtakes):
01. A Question of Degree (Single Version)
02. Former Airline (Single Version)
03. Go Ahead (Single Version)
04. Our Swimmer (Single Version)
05. Midnight Bahnhof Café (Single Version)
06. Our Swimmer (2nd Length) [single Version]
07. Catapult 30 (Single Version)
08. Song 1
09. Get Down 1 + 2
10. Let’s Panic Later
11. Small Electric Piece

CD3 (Demos):
01. 40 Versions
02. Ignorance No Plea (I Should Have Known Better)
03. Blessed State
04. A Touching Display
05. The 15th
06. A Mutual Friend
07. Once Is Enough
08. The Other Window