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)

 

New Jack White Album, Boarding House Reach, Planned For March

Jack White is no stranger to the inner circle of Rock, an area of comfort that he has been a part of for some time. His beginning is with The White Stripes, a band he was in alongside his wife. As a successful duo, they released six studio albums, all well-received. After a time of stress, The White Stripes called it a musical day. After that, Jack White (who retained his wife’s surname after their 2013 divorce), turned to solo recording. releasing the Gold-selling Blunderbuss album in 2012. Since, he has released one other solo effort, Lazaretto (2014).

On March 23, Jack White will release his third solo work, Boarding House Reach via his own Third Man Records, distributed via Columbia Records. The new album will contain thirteen new songs. Boarding House Reach will be issued on CD, and in DD.

The latest new song is in release. You can listen to “Connected By Love” below in the YouTube video. A bit of exploration will net you audio releases (on YouTube) for two other tracks from the album (“Respect Commander“, and  “Corporation“). You can purchase “Connected By Love” as a 7″ vinyl single with “Respect Commander” as its B-side.

New Tor Lundvall Vocal Album, A Dark Place

From the first time I heard Tor Lundvall, I was hooked. His use of atmospheric electronics in an ethereal soundscape had created a sense of uniqueness. It was his 2006 Yule release, based on the holiday season, that made me a lifelong fan. (You can read my 2013 introduction to the ambient artist here. Since Yule, Tor Lundvall has released two additional instrumental sets. In 2009, Lundvall released a previously recorded vocal album, Sleeping And Hiding, a vinyl-only issue currently out of print. It’s been almost ten years since that vocal album, but it appears that a new one is on the horizon!

On February 23, Dais Records will deliver a limited edition vinyl LP run of the next Tor Lundvall release. It will be called A Dark Place. The vinyl run will consist of 400 black vinyl sets, and 100 transparent purple vinyl sets.  It will also be available digitally via Bandcamp (here).

A Dark Place will contain eight complete compositions including the currently available track, “Quiet Room”, which can be streamed and/or digitally purchased now (here).

You can pre-order A Dark Place on vinyl a this Dais Records link (here).

Talia’s Notes: Thoughts On The Passing of Dennis Edwards (The Temptations)

There were two eras of The Temptations which really mattered. I hope that’s not going to anger people in saying this. It’s what I feel within my musical soul. There were the David Ruffin/Eddie Kendricks era, and then the Dennis Edwards era. In my eyes, both were equally valid. And when you came to start seeing the world around you like I did during the period of 1968 on up to and including the end of 1974, everything that Dennis Edwards was singing about during that period of time nailed you to the core with the realism of the material they were putting out back then. “Cloud Nine”, “Psychedelic Shack”, “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” propelled that period in their career to heights which made musicians around them take notice.

Dennis Edwards was helping to lay the groundwork for people to get more bold in their choice of subject matter throughout the Soul Music community. What was going on at Motown during this period of time helped to put in the minds of fellow label-mates Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye a greater extension of boldness which nobody knew was coming. Those two would end up driving Berry Gordy nuts. That was a good thing. We would be all the better for it soon enough. They wouldn’t have been able to do so without the help of this period of time in the history of The Temptations. Each thing builds upon the other.

As time goes on, I get a little worried that people are going to overlook what Dennis Edwards did with that voice of his and taking the lyrics the of the Whitfield & Strong writing team and taking them to places that people needed to listen to. I also get to worrying that people are going to remember the Ruffin/Kendricks Era only. If you really want to know why the period of time that Edwards was in The Temptations really reflected the dark side the 60’s and early ’70s, then do yourselves a favor and try to track down a copy of the 2-CD set from 2003 that Universal put out called Psychedelic Soul. It covers the Edwards Era exclusively. Where it really succeeds as a collection worthy of being in your collection is that you get the long non single-edits versions of some great classics. “Psychedelic Shack” is 6:00 minutes long. An alternate mix of “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” is also included.

There’s also the long version of late 1972’s “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”. If you’ve lived thinking that the single you grew up on was great, then you really need to listen to full 12:01 version that was on the All Directions album. The single gives you the snapshot of reality (perfectly so, I might add). The album version lets you slip into the nightmare and live it for a while.

During a year that was filthy rich with great music being released, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” justified its inclusion among being mentioned as one of the best singles of the year. It certainly was released at just the right time of the year. The weather around the country was starting to get cold. But it was essentially one of the best mass consumption singles because it was so perfectly crafted as music and as a statement. What I’m grateful for is that fans of the Dennis Edwards period of The Temptations won’t have to say that all he was known for was just “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”. Dennis Edwards added to the immortality of a group who had already set a pretty damned high bar as it was.

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.

 

New Wye Oak Album Planned For April

It’s been some years since Wye Oak, a duo (Andy Stack, Jenn Wasner) from Baltimore, MD, released their last album. Even then, Shriek (2014) is an engaging departure from their previous three album releases (If Children – 2007, The Knot – 2009, Civilian – 2011). Wye Oak did release an outtakes collection, Tween, in 2016, bringing together unused – and repurposed –  songs from their Civilian, and Shriek periods. But we want to completely focus on fresh album releases from the band. Therefore:

On April 6, Merge Records will release the next set from Wye Oak, called The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. This new album will feature twelve new tracks. Judging from the pre-release single available for streaming and YouTube presentation, Wye Oak doesn’t stray far from their adopted Shriek sound, although there is evident change in the sound. Personally, I preferred the pre-Shriek Wye Oak, even though I appreciated their progression on Shriek. The new itle track (hear below) makes me profoundly interested for the rest of the new album!

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs will be released on CD, DD, and for vinyl, on several editions that include standard issue black vinyl, and a limited edition split opague beige/transparent blue (sand and sky) color vinyl. 12″ x 12″ lyric sheet and download card are included with LP purchases.  There are included tee bundles as well as an all-inclusive set (CD, LP, Tee).

Wye Oak is supporting their new album with a 34-date world tour.

The Sword To Release New Album, Used Future

The Metal band, The Sword, first engaged audiences with a raucous style of Rock that called to mind Black Sabbath with their debut release, Age of Winters in 2006. Since that firstfruit album, the band has released four more sets with High Country (2015) their last album.


On March 23, Razor & Tie will release the band’s sixth album with Used Future. This new album will provide fans with thirteen new songs with an album run-time of just under 45 minutes. The album will be released on CD, DD, and limited edition (1000 run) “copper cloud” color vinyl, which will include a unique 12″ single of outtake “Serpent Weather” (the B-side of the 12″ single is etched with an exclusive design by tattoo artist, Thomas Hooper).

The Sword has released their first single from the album, “Deadly Nightshade” (hear below).