Rolling Reissues 2017

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What better to start with, than a big ol' assortment of vinyl ltd. eds., varying also in musical quality:

http://view.e.wbr.com/?qs=947743bea1fba7ba2d1c5d908846d0d33f9f362737a6b260cce1eab112562c4427a4d60b3812e5e22d04ae6e553c8d40246b37cb19cd5cb87ebb21cb657352a7

dow, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 01:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Meh.

crustaceanrebelisback, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 02:26 (two months ago) Permalink

THE DOORS
ANNOUNCE 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION OF THEIR GROUNDBREAKING DEBUT ALBUM

The Band's 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues With 3CD/LP Set Of Their Eponymous Debut, Featuring Remastered Stereo And Mono Mixes, Plus Live Recordings

Available From Rhino On March 31

January 4 To Be Proclaimed “Day Of The Doors” In Los Angeles In Special Ceremony In Venice

January 4 2017 - 50 years ago today in 1967, The Doors broke through to the other side for the first time with its eponymous debut on Elektra Records. The Doors would go on to sell millions of copies and made stars of John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison. Today, the album is widely considered to be one of the all-time-classic rock and roll debuts.

To celebrate this landmark recording’s 50th anniversary, the band will release THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION. This 3CD/LP set will be available on March 31. In addition, the music will also be available digitally.

To coincide with this, today (January 4) will be declared “Day Of The Doors” in the city of Los Angeles. The proclamation will be made this afternoon by Councilmember Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic “Venice” sign. Founding Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger will be on hand at the event as will family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.

Packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix, available on CD for the first time in a decade and remastered for the first time in nearly 30 years. The album’s original mono mix was also remastered for this set and is making its CD debut here. An LP-version of the mono mix is also included. The third disc features live performance from The Matrix in San Francisco recorded just weeks after The Doors was released. Music journalist David Fricke provides detailed liner notes for the set, which includes a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs.

THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION offers a rare opportunity to hear the band on the verge of superstardom with live performances recorded during a March 7, 1967 show at the Matrix in San Francisco. The Matrix recordings heard on this deluxe edition were sourced from the recently discovered, original tapes, previously thought to be lost. The Matrix recordings originally released in 2008 were from a third-generation source, so the sound quality of the versions debuting here is second to none.

Packed with electrifying performance, the disc contains live versions of eight tracks on The Doors, including “Twentieth Century Fox,” “The Crystal Ship” and “Back Door Man.”

THE DOORS (50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION)

Track Listing

Disc One (Original Stereo Mix)

Disc Two (Original Mono Mix)

“Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
“Soul Kitchen”
“The Crystal Ship”
“Twentieth Century Fox”
“Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
“Light My Fire”
“Back Door Man”
“I Looked At You”
“End Of The Night”
“Take It As It Comes”
“The End”

Disc Three: Live At The Matrix, March 7, 1967

“Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
“Soul Kitchen”
“The Crystal Ship”
“Twentieth Century Fox”
“Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
“Light My Fire”
“Back Door Man”
“The End”

LP (Original Mono Mix)

Side One

“Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
“Soul Kitchen”
“The Crystal Ship”
“Twentieth Century Fox”
“Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
“Light My Fire”

Side Two

“Back Door Man”
“I Looked At You”
“End Of The Night”
“Take It As It Comes”
“The End”

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Not strictly a reissue as never previously issued but anyway…

FKR090
GRAEME MILLER & STEVE SHILL
THE MOOMINS
Finders Keepers
LP + D/L CODE* | CD | MP3
Available to order from 3rd February 2017

http://www.finderskeepersrecords.com/shop/graeme-miller-steve-shill-the-moomins/

Imagine, if you will, a foreboding homemade electro-acoustic, new age, synth driven, proto-techno, imaginary world music Portastudio soundtrack for a Polish-made animated fantasy based on a Finnish modern folk tale and created for German and Austrian TV, composed in 1982 by two politically driven post-punk theatre performers from a shared house in Leeds!

To even the most perspicacious and adventurous of alternative music fans the genuine bloodline of this previously unreleased record already begins to sound like an entire record collection in one sitting. It would be surprising if this project’s ambitious and exotic credentials didn’t tick at least one box on your musical matrix and without one drop of unnecessary nostalgic hyperbole this project already sounds like the perfect fantasy record that you’ve never heard. Alternatively we could just say The Moomins and, for many, things would instantly begin to make perfect sense.

From the same social landscape as Gang Of Four, The Mekons and Impact Theatre Co-operative – armed with a Wasp synthesiser, an ocarina and a cassette of the Robinson Crusoe music taped off the TV, Graeme Miller and Steve Shill used minimum means for maximum mayhem, instilling over 35 years of dreamlike illusory fuzziness and freakiness into the memories of a generation of school age TV addicts waiting for the next 5 minute fix of outernational fuzzy felt folklore. Collected here, all in one place for the first time, Finders Keepers in close collaboration with the original composers finally bring the original homemade micro-melodies and reintroduce them to a musical landscape where fans of vintage electronics, concrète tape effects, pocket percussion and domestic synths are finally ready to be reunited with the magnetic music of Moominvalley.

The whole thing can be streamed here now:
https://soundcloud.com/finderskeepersrecords/sets/graeme-miller-steve-shill-the-moomins

Jeff W, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 20:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Listening to "Partytime" now: kind of an Andes-high pan flute dance, but not quite (tin whistle? Moomins anyway). Thanks!

dow, Thursday, 5 January 2017 01:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Expanded 20th Anniversary ed. of Elliott Smith's Either/Or, download, two-CD, two-LP, two options for that last. Adds unreleased live, studio, stray b-side; this links to NY Times story and advance track:
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c21c057faf23c1ac99e070428&id=91c4d398c8&e=fd13844571 Label sez "(North American Only Exclusive)(Ships March/April 2017"

dow, Thursday, 5 January 2017 01:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Having last year reissued six of the nine albums Dead Can Dance released on 4AD, the remaining three are scheduled for release this March. All vinyl represses, they are The Serpent’s Egg (1988), Aion (1990) and Spiritchaser (1996). Full details of each repress can be found here:
http://4ad.com/news/11/1/2017/all4adalbumsfinallybackinprintonvinyl
fave cover (if goes away, it's Aion)

dow, Thursday, 12 January 2017 02:17 (two months ago) Permalink

George Harrison box set: complete solo albums on vinyl.
Also included in the set will be the original release tracklists and artwork, 12’ single picture discs of “When We Was Fab” and “I Got My Mind Set On You,” a recording of Harrison’s live album from Japan (1992) and even some copies of handwritten song lyrics. An extended version of Harrison’s autobiography I Me Mine is also being released, which now reaches 632 pages and features lyrics to 50 new songs, as well as previously unpublished photos.
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/george-harrison-solo-box-set-in-the-works.html?utm_source=PMNL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=170117

dow, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Dennis Coffey live trio tapes, Hot Coffey In The D, looks promising:

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/24/511452021/a-club-performance-from-1960s-detroit-holds-one-key-to-motowns-success

dow, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Manufactured Recordings
Announce Power Pop Reissues

From Manikins, The Modulators and Smart Remarks
Available February 17

Manikins - From Broadway to Blazes

Listen / Share "Love at Second Sight" on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/manufacturedrecordings-1/manikins-love-at-second-sight/s-9gCC1

From the same scene that begat the Scientists and the Victims came Perth, Australia's The Manikins. Founded by Neil Fernandes -- a former member of the legendary Cheap Nasties with future Scientists member Kim Salmon -- The Manikins bridged the rawness of their Aussie punk contemporaries with melodic Power Pop. From Broadway to Blazes features all the bands' essential recordings from 1971 to 1981, including the three criminally rare and outrageously expensive self-released 7" singles (Models for Mankind, Mankind, Premonition and Love at Second Sight), their DiY cassette and more unreleased studio recordings as well as detailed liner notes by Fernandes. Manufactured Recordings presents one of the final, untold stories of the original Australian Punk and New Wave scene.

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The Modulators - Tomorrow's Coming

Listen / Share "Tomorrow's Coming" and "She's So Cynical" on Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/manufacturedrecordings-1/01-tomorrows-coming-1644digital/s-EVl1Y
https://soundcloud.com/manufacturedrecordings-1/12-shes-so-cynical-mark-higginsdigital/s-34gh9

Formed in 1980, New Jersey's The Modulators are one of the unsung greats of the American powerpop scene. Initially the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Joe Riccardello with help from producer/ lyricist (and Vintage Vinyl Records owner) Rob Roth, Ricardello released his first single Girl Trouble in 1980 just before bringing on friends Mark Higgins (guitar) and Mark "Cakes" Westlake (drums) to join the band. As a fully-formed trio, the Modulators began playing out across New Jersey in the early 80's and recorded tracks for two local compilations and the band's second, enduring single She's So Cynical in 1982. Live gigs and songwriting continued, with the band often writing and recording more material than their release schedule could keep up with.

Finally in 1984, the band released their first and only LP, Tomorrow's Coming on Roth's Vintage Vinyl Records. Full of timeless gems and quintessential 80's power popanthems, the record is now regarded as a genre classic by power pop collectors.

Though the band continued to play the Tri-State area until 1986 (and every now and then since), Tomorrow's Coming was The Modulator's last vinyl release. Bringing together the band's entire discography with an additional 14 unreleased songs and demo tracks and liner notes from power pop collector Steve Borchardt, Manufactured Recordings is proud to present the definitive release of this power pop classic.

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Smart Remarks - Foreign Fields: 1982-1984
Listen / Share "Falling Apart (As it Seems)" on Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/manufacturedrecordings-1/falling-apart-as-it-seems/s-7tzMq

mart Remarks began in 1980 with Todd Ellis (guitar, vocals), Chris Gordon (bass), and Ant Barbalace (drums) as an original punk/power pop trio out of Bordentown, NJ. School friends and co-workers at the local Ocean Spray Cranberry factory, the band was influenced by early powerpop bands like Paul Collins' Beat, The Records, The Knack, and especially the Staten Island, NY three-piece Dirty Looks. Smart Remarks recorded their first single" Was It Something We Said"... in 1982, which spawned the power pop classic "Mary's Got Her Eye On Me." Often the opening act for larger bands that came through town (The Replacements, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Haircut 100), the band became the favorite house band at Trenton, NJ's famous City Gardens Night Club. Smart Remarks re-entered the studio in 1984 to record the five track EP Seriously Speaking with new bassist Steve DeStefano, which would become their final recording together. Collecting Smart Remarks' entire discography and including liner notes from Randy "Now" Ellis, the famed owner of City Gardens, Foreign Fields: 1982- 1984 is a must for fans of classic, catchy US powerpop.

dow, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 19:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Lambchop's Is A Woman reissued w eight bonus tracks, also touring etc:
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=24e08bf1cf5410d583185b9b0&id=21daf6ffdf&e=0ce6f2990d

dow, Friday, 3 February 2017 02:02 (one month ago) Permalink

From the Muffs' own thread:

When I like 'em, I really, really like 'em, but on the reissues, more bonus than prev. released grab me---fortunately, there are lots and lots of bonus tracks----from Rolling Reissues '16 and '15:

The Muffs xpost Bigger and Blonder: Shattuck's rough, dry, take-it-or-leave it vocal comes off flat here, more often monotonous than signifying tuff cookie pre-emption, though yeah yeah,she don't want you to think she's vulnerable and girly and trusting, just because she's venting; we get it already. Also, bringing it down to a trio---this trio, that is--- keeps the backing from adding a little variety. Nevertheless, "Red-Eyed Troll," "Ethyl My Love" (a good demo added to the reissued debut reissue) and a few other finished tracks really work. But as with the reissued debut, the breathing room demos (9 here, incl just a couple versions of the original album's cuts) really make the whole thing worth having, or hearing, anyway. Things get just a bit more flexible---and some of the initial release's tracks should be rescued by somebody with a few more musical shrewds.
I'd start with the debut; here's what I said about it last year:
The Muffs’ s/t debut reissue w bonus tracks: "pop-punk," some call them, and I've seen comparisons to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, but Kim Shattuck sometimes relies more on on vocal scrunchies than hooks---still, good some good chord changes and textures, with a few guest sounds, like theramin and organ: part of the variety of arrangements *eventually* shaking up the 16 tracks of the original album.
But the 10 bonus tracks, mostly four-track demos, provide a lot more breathing room for vocals and guitar, like maybe the studio sessions were more labored, sometimes (not so many direct comparisons; several of these songs didn't show up on the finished product). It might help that most of the demos have only a tambourine behind the slightly echoing, gnarly jangle (but one of the best, "Ethyl My Love," has what sound's like a full trap set). I'd say that, if you like the original album or the band as you knew them, or, even if you haven't heard them, but are into what turns out to be indeed pop-punk, with even a bit of power-pop---but more get-lost gusto than moony romance---then the demos make this worth checking out, for sure.

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― dow, Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:24 PM (nine months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

nine months pass...
Happy Birthday To Me next up for the reissue treatment: http://omnivorerecordings.com/music/happy-birthday-to-me/

― Elvis Telecom,

dow, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks for the headz-up, Elvis!

dow, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Guitar Legend Allan Holdsworth 12 CD Box Set Collection and Accompanying Double CD Collection
THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER Box Set
EIDOLON-a 2-CD Best Of
To Be Released on Manifesto Records on April 7th.

Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records will release a new, complete 12-CD box set by guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, along with a 2-CD updated and expanded “best of” collection selected by the artist, titled Eidolon.
Manifesto Records referenced the box set’s seemingly portentous title from the cover story title featuring Holdsworth in Guitar Player magazine’s April 2008 edition. Given his humble nature, Holdsworth is a bit embarrassed by the title and finds the notion that he changed “guitar forever,” somewhat overblown—more befitting of names like Orville Gibson, Leo Fender, or Ned Steinberger.
Holdsworth, born in Bradford England in 1946, embarked on a solo career as composer and bandleader exclusively in 1979. Holdsworth’s career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and the archival 2003 live release, Then!, recorded live in Tokyo in 1990. All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated Road Games, (1983), Metal Fatigue (1985), Sand (1987), Secrets (1989), Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), Hard Hat Area (1993), None Too Soon (1996), The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000), and Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie (2001).

Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world’s most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth’s pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of “uncommon” chord voicings.

He further expanded the guitar’s orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.

In the ‘70s he played with legendary Miles Davis drummer, Tony Williams and Cream bassist Jack Bruce as the band Lifetime, and toured with Soft Machine. He worked with former Yes and King Crimson drummer, Bill Bruford’s first solo project, Feels Good To Me, and subsequent recordings with Jean-Luc Ponty, and Gong. Bruford suggested Allan for the progressive-rock “supergroup,” U.K., which, along with Bruford, also featured John Wetton and Eddie Jobson.
Both The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever and Eidolon will become precious to those who love the world’s great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.

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www.Manifesto.com | facebook.com/allanholdsworthmusic

dow, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 03:44 (one month ago) Permalink

KaS Product
Black & Noir: Mutant Synth-Punk from France 1980-83
SOUL JAZZ RECORDS

Soul Jazz Records are releasing a collection of lost recordings by French mutant experimental synth group Kas Product, all originally recorded in the period 1980 – 83.

Kas Product formed in 1980 in Nancy, France, as an electronic duo comprising ex-psychiatric nurse Spatsz on electronics and rhythm machines and Mona Soyoc on vocals and guitars.

Kas Product feature on Soul Jazz Records’ recent 'Punk 45 – Les Punks: The French Connection'. Mainly recorded on early tape, synth and drum machines Kas Product’s mixture of Spatsz’ hypnotic, electronic and angular hard-edged beats matched to the spiky vocals and guitar work of Soyoc led to comparisons with Suicide, Liliput/Kleenex, Cabaret Voltaire as well as to the group being forerunners of the cold wave/ synth wave movement. Perhaps closer still is the Industrial sound of bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubaten. At the start of the decade Kas Product's 'So Young But So Cold' was also the title track of a defining collection of rare underground electronic French coldwave/synthwave bands on the Tigersushi label.

The recordings here are taken from their early releases on the local Punk label from Nancy, France at the start of the 1980s, mostly recorded on a 2-track recorder in their bedroom, which led to them signing to RCA in 1982. These songs were first put together on CD by the French Fan Club label in 1990. Essentially the group split-up in 1988 but Kas Product still come together to perform live today most recently in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. In 2012 their major label debut album was re-released in France.

On Feb. 17, Soul Jazz Records are releasing this album on limited-edition 1000-copies worldwide vinyl LP (with download), CD and worldwide digital.
more info, audio here: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/sjr/product/black-noir

Reviews and Articles:

Read large feature in Noisey (in French) here
https://noisey.vice.com/fr/article/aux-origines-de-kas-product?utm_source=nfrfb

dow, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, re-reissue of Edward Larry Gordon/Laraaji's Celestial Vibration:
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/sjr/product/edward-larry-gordon-celestial-vibration

dow, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:02 (one month ago) Permalink

JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK BY ENNIO MORRICONE
TO BE RE-ISSUED BY WAXWORK RECORDS ON DELUXE LP
OUT 2/24

Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the deluxe soundtrack re-issue to 1982’s sci-fi horror classic, JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING. Composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone, the soundtrack to THE THING is a landmark musical composition that is cold, dark, minimal, and effective.

Considered to be John Carpenter’s directorial masterpiece, THE THING is praised as one of the greatest films of it’s genre by both fans and critics. Starring Kurt Russel and A. Wilford Brimley, THE THING follows a team of researchers in Antarctica as they are infiltrated by a parasitic extraterrestrial life form that assimilates other organisms and then imitates them. The classic soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone effectively captures the cold, isolated tone of the story and film, and marks one of the few John Carpenter directed films that Carpenter did not score himself.

Waxwork Records worked for two years to ensure that such a highly anticipated and sought after vinyl soundtrack re-issue would meet and exceed expectations of the biggest fan of John Carpenter and his sci-fi / horror tour de force that is THE THING.

Features include the complete Ennio Morricone soundtrack re-mastered from the original master tapes, your choice of two different 180 gram colored vinyl variants, all new artwork by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, deluxe heavyweight packaging including satin coated old-style gatefold jackets with UV spot-gloss, an an 11” x 22” poster, a breakaway “ice” slipcase, and an exclusive interview with the director John Carpenter.

Deluxe “Trapped In The Ice” Edition

• Heavyweight, High-Gloss, Break-Away “Ice” Slipcase

• 180 Gram “Ice” Vinyl (Deep Blue with White Haze)

• Satin Coated Old-Style Gatefold Jacket with UV Spot-Gloss

• 11” x 22” Poster

• New Artwork By Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative

• Booklet Featuring Exclusive Interview with Director John Carpenter

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Standard “Snow” Edition

• 180 Gram “Snow” Vinyl (True White)

• Satin Coated Old-Style Gatefold Jacket with UV Spot-Gloss

• 11” x 22” Poster

• New Artwork By Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative

LISTEN:
https://soundcloud.com/waxwork-records/sets/the-thing

dow, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 01:50 (one month ago) Permalink

ltd. ed. color vinyl of MC5, Elektra & Atlantic tracks:

Audio, info here: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/2967-the-motor-city-five

dow, Monday, 20 February 2017 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Must be about time for a remaster of High Time. Or has that been done remotely recently?
Deluxe versions of the lps with whatever outtakes would be welcome .
Especially if anybody unearthed the studio recordings I heard the band did around teh time of KOTJ but didn't get released because of teh Hudson's incident.

Is the live box set still available from Easy Action. That has some really nice stuff on including the sets once released by Total Energy

Stevolende, Monday, 20 February 2017 19:03 (one month ago) Permalink

DAIS RECORDS TO RE-ISSUE RAGNAR GRIPPE'S SAND
THE CLASSIC MUSIQUE CONCRÈTE / AMBIENT ALBUM FOR ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
OUT MARCH 24

https://soundcloud.com/daisrecords/ragnar-grippe-sand-part-1/s-vLvRL

Since its original release in 1977, Ragnar Grippe’s seminal debut album entitled “Sand” has been adorned with immense praise and influenced a myriad of ambient musicians and minimalist composers. Grippe’s unique approach of bonding post-modern classical composition into the tape techniques of musique concrète allowed him to be one of the leading experimental electronic musicians of the late 20th century.

Originally trained as a classical cellist, Grippe had relocated to Paris in the early 70’s to study at the famous Groupe de Recherches Musicales (more commonly known as GRM) founded by musique concrète pioneers Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry and Jacques Poullin. Around the same time, Grippe had struck up a close friendship with French avant-garde minimalist Luc Ferrari. It was under Ferrari’s direction and guidance that the young Grippe started to build a shared experimental music studio, aptly named l’Atelier de la Libération Musicale (ALM), in which Ferrari shared his knowledge and instrumental supplies, thus forging Grippe’s implementation of harmonic tone within the confines of musique concrete.

After a brief stint of electronic music study at McGill University in Montreal, Grippe returned to Paris in 1976 to compose with Ferrari at the now fully-realized ALM studio. One of the visiting artists passing through the creative epicenter of the Cité Internationale des Arts during this time was the painter Viswanadhan Velu. Velu’s recent works consisted of various Sand paintings which were to be exhibited at the Galerie Shandar, the avant-garde art gallery and home to the Shandar record label which was the home to minimalist composers Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Cecil Taylor and Charlemagne Palestine.

Grippe was asked to compose a composition that was to be played during the Sand painting exhibition and was then to be released on the Shandar imprint in 1977. This release would be the first official album that would start Grippe’s career as a modern avant-garde composer and electronic musician. After a celebrated release, “Sand” has since been out-of-print on its original vinyl format for four decades and original copies fetch high prices amongst minimalist listeners and collectors.

Dais Records proudly reissues “Sand” by Ragnar Grippe on vinyl for the 40th anniversary of its original release in a limited edition 500 copy pressing on clear vinyl featuring new liner notes by the artist on March 24, 2017.

dow, Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:15 (one month ago) Permalink

BAD COMPANY: DELUXE EDITIONS

Double-Disc Versions Of Run With The Pack and Burnin' Sky Feature The Original Album
Remastered And Expanded With Rare And Unreleased Recordings

Available From Rhino On May 26

LOS ANGELES - Bad Company recorded four classic albums in as many years, giving rise to some of the most recognizable rock songs of the Seventies, including "Rock Steady," "Run With The Pack" and the Grammy-nominated, "Feel Like Makin' Love." After releasing remastered and expanded versions of their first two albums in 2015, the band will return this spring with deluxe editions of their next two albums from that incredible run.

Run With The Pack (1976) and Burnin' Sky (1977) have been newly remastered from the original production tapes. Each has been expanded with rare and unreleased recordings taken from the original album sessions. The CD versions of these Deluxe Editions include all of the new bonus tracks, while their 180-gram vinyl counterparts offer a selection of the bonus material.

The Deluxe Editions of RUN WITH THE PACK and BURNIN' SKY will be available on May 26 for $19.98 (2CD) and $39.98 (2LP). The music will also be released digitally and available through various streaming outlets.

During a rare break from touring, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell got together in France to record new songs using the Rolling Stones' mobile recording studio. Those sessions produced Run With The Pack, a 10-song album that came out in early 1976 and rose to #4 in England and #5 in America, where it sold three million copies alone. Radio stations embraced the title track along with a cover of The Coasters' "Young Blood," while "Silver, Blue & Gold" became one of the band's signature tracks, even though it was never officially released as a single.

The bonus disc that accompanies RUN WITH THE PACK: DELUXE EDITION includes unreleased early mixes for "Honey Child" and "Simple Man," as well as an extended version of the title track. There's also the previously unreleased "Let There Be Love," an outtake from the recording sessions. In fact, the acoustic version of "Do Right By Your Woman," previously only available as the B-Side of the single release of "Run With The Pack," is the only song on the bonus disc that has ever been previously released.

During the summer of 1976, the band returned to France yet again to record 12 songs for what would become Burnin' Sky. They chose Château d'Hérouville as the studio, which is where David Bowie would record Low later that same year. Burnin' Sky was released in March 1977, and broke into the Top 20 in both the U.K. and U.S.

The BURNIN' SKY: DELUXE EDITION bonus disc features unreleased versions of nearly every song on the album, including alternative takes and mixes of "Man Needs A Woman" and "Morning Sun," plus the full version of "Too Bad." The session tapes also unearthed "Unfinished Story," a song that was completed, but never released.

For more information about BAD COMPANY, please contact Jessica Giordano in the Rhino Media Relations Department at jess✧✧✧.giord✧✧✧@rh✧✧✧.c✧✧ or 818-238-6403.

Run With The Pack: Deluxe Edition
CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
1. "Live For The Music"
2. "Simple Man"
3. "Honey Child"
4. "Love Me Somebody"
5. "Run With The Pack"
6. "Silver, Blue & Gold"
7. "Young Blood"
8. "Do Right By Your Women"
9. "Sweet Lil' Sister"
10. "Fade Away"

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
1. "Live For The Music" - Take 1, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
2. "Simple Man" - Take 3, Early Mix
3. "Honey Child" - Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
4. "Run With The Pack" - Extended Version, Alternative Vocal
5. "Let There Be Love" - Take 1, Previously Unreleased
6. "Silver, Blue & Gold" - Take 1, Early Mix
7. "Young Blood" - Alternative Vocal
8. "Do Right By Your Woman" - Alternative Vocal
9. "Sweet Lil' Sister" - Live Backing Track
10. "Fade Away" - Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
11. "Do Right By Your Woman" - Acoustic Version*
12. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" - Studio Jam
13. "Young Blood" - Alternative Version 2
14. "Fade Away" - Island Studios Demo

* All disc two tracks unreleased except

Burnin' Sky: Deluxe Edition
CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
1. "Burnin' Sky"
2. "Morning Sun"
3. "Leaving You"
4. "Like Water"
5. "Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)"
6. "Everything I Need"
7. "Heartbeat"
8. "Peace Of Mind"
9. "Passing Time"
10. "Too Bad"
11. "Man Needs Woman"
12. "Master Of Ceremony"

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks*
1. "Burnin' Sky" - Take 2, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
2. "Morning Sun" - Take 3, Early Version
3. "Leaving You" - Take 1, Alternative Vocal
4. "Like Water" - Take 1, Rough Mix
5. "Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)" - Early Run Through
6. "Everything I Need" - Rough Mix
7. "Peace Of Mind" - Alternative Version
8. "Passing Time" - Alternative Vocal
9. "Too Bad" - Full Version
10. "Man Needs Woman" - Alternative Vocal & Guitar
11. "Too Bad" - Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
12. "Man Needs Woman" - Take 2, Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
13. "Burnin' Sky" - Take 1, Alternative Vocal
14. "Unfinished Story" - Previously Unreleased

* All tracks previously unreleased

Run With The Pack: Deluxe Edition
LP Track Listing

Side One
1. "Live For The Music"
2. "Simple Man"
3. "Honey Child"
4. "Love Me Somebody"
5. "Run With The Pack"

Side Two
1. "Silver, Blue & Gold"
2. "Young Blood"
3. "Do Right By Your Women"
4. "Sweet Lil' Sister"
5. "Fade Away"

Side Three
1. "Live For The Music" - Take 1, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
2. "Simple Man" - Take 3, Early Mix
3. "Honey Child" - Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
4. "Run With The Pack" - Extended Version, Alternative Vocal
5. "Let There Be Love" - Take 1, Previously Unreleased

Side Four
1. "Silver, Blue & Gold" - Take 1, Early Mix
2. "Young Blood" - Alternative Vocal
3. "Do Right By Your Woman" - Alternative Vocal
4. "Sweet Lil' Sister" - Live Backing Track
5. "Fade Away" - Island Studios Demo
6. "Do Right By Your Woman" - Acoustic Version

Burnin' Sky: Deluxe Edition
LP Track Listing

Side One
1. "Burnin' Sky"
2. "Morning Sun"
3. "Leaving You"
4. "Like Water"
5. "Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)"
6. "Everything I Need"

Side Two
1. "Heartbeat"
2. "Peace Of Mind"
3. "Passing Time"
4. "Too Bad"
5. "Man Needs Woman"
6. "Master Of Ceremony"

Side Three
1. "Burnin' Sky" - Take 2, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
2. "Morning Sun" - Take 3, Early Version
3. "Leaving You" - Take 1, Alternative Vocal
4. "Like Water" - Take 1, Rough Mix
5. "Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)" - Early Run Through
6. "Everything I Need" - Take 2, Rough Mix

Side Four
1. "Peace Of Mind" - Alternative Version
2. "Passing Time" - Alternative Vocal
3. "Man Needs Woman" - Alternative Vocal & Guitar
4. "Too Bad" - Full Version
5. "Man Needs Woman" - Take 2, Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
6. "Unfinished Story" - Previously Unreleased

dow, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In keeping with our continued mission to strengthen people’s engagement with their own cultural heritage and enhance their awareness of the cultural heritage of others, Smithsonian Folkways is proud to include new additions to our ever-growing catalog.

George Margitich Collection:

Welcome conductor and music director George Margitich and a 3-album collection of Russian liturgical and choral music. Two albums, Selections of Russian Sacred Music and Folk Songs and The Divine Liturgy Music of the Russian Orthodox Church feature New Jersey’s Russian-Liturgical Singers, who established the group to stimulate and broaden interest in this style of music. Also included is a performance from The Don Cossack Chorus under direction from conductor George Margitich, who began conducting the group in 1980.

Seems Like Romance to Me:

Originally released in 1985 through grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the NEA, Seems like Romance to Me offers a detailed look into the rich Ohioan fiddle tradition, which has continued and evolved since well before statehood in 1803. Original vinyl stock pressings are available for this album while supplies last.
more info, audio: http://www.folkways.si.edu/news-and-press/new-additions-to-the-collection-russian-liturgical-and-choral-music-conducted-by-george-margitich-traditional-ohioan-fiddle-music

Exciting new albums from GRAMMY-award winners Quetzal and Iraqi-American composer and oud master Rahim AlHaj are on their way. Quetzal’s The Eternal Getdown (available March 10th) and Rahim AlHaj’s Letters from Iraq (available April 7th).
more info, audio
http://www.folkways.si.edu/news-and-press/pre-order-new-albums-from-quetzal-and-rahim-alhaj-explore-the-recent-mcintosh-county-shouters-release

dow, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A new AlHaj? I'm all about that.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's very good news.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 10 March 2017 08:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

From Soul Jazz Records' soundoftheuniverse.com:

Shamek Farrah
First Impressions
SUPERFLY RECORDS

Superfly deliver once again with the reissue of this highly desirable deep jazz LP! An absolute stone cold killer on Charles Tolliver’s Strata East. Check the title track ‘First Impressions’ for some quickfire proof! As always this is a top quality repress with paste on covers made in Japan and 180g vinyl. Limited to 1000 copies only! - Don't sleep!!!
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/shamek-farrah-first-impressions_2

Carl Marshall
I'll Give My Heart To You
SUPERFLY RECORDS

Beautiful Superfly reissue of wicked privately pressed Tennessee Modern Soul LP from 1980, check the killer 'come groove with me', 'since I met you' and 'music', all instant classics! - limited 1000 copies Japan pressed with obi
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/carl-marshall-i-ll-give-my-heart-to-you

Andrew Wartts
There Is A God Somewhere
SUPERFLY RECORDS

Andrew Wartts recorded his landmark gospel album 'There Is A God Somewhere' in the early 1980s and released it on the small Champ imprint based in Nashville, Tennessee. It took funk archivists years to discover this gem, but it’s a timely resurface. Wartts sound – a mixture of soulful, funky, melancholic yet celebratory exhortations to the Lord – belies the music’s age. Another top quality reissue from Superfly - 180g vinyl, limited to 1000 copies worldwide!
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/andrew-wartts-there-is-a-god-somewhere

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Not technically a reissue, more of an unreleased album from the 70s that finally gets to see the light of day:

Discom's research on unknown and neglected music from former Yugoslavia continues! This time we go deep into the 70’s electronic, experimental, fusion und prog rock and we present you group 37°C with their album Sidarta. In the time when Gary Numan recorded "Are 'Friends' Electric?" in Gooseberry Studio in London in 1979, a group of skilled musicians, also known as Boban Petrovic's backing band, booked the same studio to record an album. These were the first recordings ever of Bebi Dol and Silva Delovska from KIM band.

The album opens with the track inspired and named by Herman Hesse's novel "Siddhartha". This ambient, psychedelic, experimental 18 min length "epic" piece fits to some extent the cliché how kraut rock and progressive bands perceived electronic music during the 70's. However, the song arrangement is exceptional and includes variety of sounds and textures from alluring hypnotic celesta, expressive guitar, tuneful bass, fascinating keyboards to supernal vocals and lenient sax and flute. The gradation of arrangement is very exciting as well, especially in the way how certain instruments appear. For instance, drums show up almost at the end of song after vocals, flute and sax whose role is to evoke certain images. Quite unusual, but when we take into account that song doesn’t contain a single touch of anything that can be verbally identified, its meaning is even more mysterious. Actually, the structure of the song portrays the action of the of novel: Hesse's hero Siddhartha experiences the perfection as "Brahman" and soon after he steps opposite in order to find his own path and discover himself. In the song, band members are heating the atmosphere involving their complete musical knowledge and skills till the moment when perfection of playing turns into explosion. Likewise in the novel, the part of the song after the explosion is more relevant than part with hundreds of notes before and yet much difficult to play. In that part one may discover itself.

The other songs of the album are on B side. Comparing to the song on A side they have different structure and atmosphere. The first track "Trag" (Eng. "Trace") contains distinctive singing of Bebi Dol and very good 70's groove with two keyboard and one guitar solo. The next is "Pescani Sat" ( Eng. "Sand Watch") an instrumental with very open form and more progressive atmosphere. Then comes the song "Izmoreni Putnik" (Eng. "Weary Traveler") where all band numbers show their musical skills in a full potential. The last song of the album is "Vrteska" (Eng. "Merry-go-round’’) with unusual 11/8 time signature and weird “street organ’’ melody at the end.

Summing up, this material is very attractive for those interested in unknown sounds of the past, especially when experimental electronic comes from highly skilled musicians. Low quality of production, restricted by technological barriers in the 70's, is compensated by great ideas and musical courage. These achievements are more significant due the fact that these artists are not coming from one of important musical centers, yet from the province which shined bright just a few times. We hope those shiny moments are in this album.

Full listen: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X4h-Ko8LBw

Dinsdale, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:52 (one week ago) Permalink

soteric records are reissuing all of Patto's material, starting with the 1st 2 lps on April 28th.
S/t comes with 3 extra tracks
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/patto-remastered-and-expanded-edition/
1. THE MAN
2. HOLD ME BACK
3. TIME TO DIE
4. RED GLOW
5. SAN ANTONE
6. GOVERNMENT MAN
7. MONEY BAG
8. SITTIN’ BACK EASY

BONUS TRACKS
9. HANGING ROPE

RECORDED AND MIXED 16th JULY 1970

10. LOVE ME
11. GOVERNMENT MAN

BBC RADIO ONE “SOUNDS OF THE 70s” SESSION
3rd NOVEMBER 1970 - PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

2nd lp
Hold Your Fire is expanded to 2cds including various BBC material and outtakes. These include an IN Concert set.
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/move-into-the-light-the-complete-island-recordings-1969-1971-remastered-edition/
DISC ONE “HOLD YOUR FIRE”
THE ORIGINAL ALBUM RE-MASTERED:
1. HOLD YOUR FIRE
2. YOU, YOU POINT YOUR FINGER
3. HOW’S YOUR FATHER
4. SEE YOU AT THE DANCE TONIGHT
5. GIVE IT ALL AWAY
6. AIR RAID SHELTER
7. TELL ME WHERE YOU’VE BEEN
8. MAGIC DOOR

BONUS TRACKS
9. BEAT THE DRUM
10. BAD NEWS

“HOLD YOUR FIRE” SESSIONS
RECORDED & MIXED 4th MAY 1971

DISC TWO: BBC SESSIONS & OUT-TAKES:
1. SAN ANTONE
2. GOVERNMENT MAN
3. BEAT THE DRUM
4. SITTIN’ BACK EASY
5. SO COLD

BBC RADIO ONE “IN CONCERT”
4th MARCH 1971 - PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

6. GIVE IT ALL AWAY
7. AIR RAID SHELTER
8. YOU, YOU POINT YOUR FINGER

BBC RADIO ONE “SOUNDS OF THE 70S” SESSION – 28th JUNE 1971 - PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

9. DON’T SHOOT ME (“HOLD YOUR FIRE”) (FIRST VERSION)
10. GIVE IT ALL AWAY (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
11. AIR RAID SHELTER (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)

“HOLD YOUR FIRE” SESSIONS
RECORDED & MIXED 29th JULY 1971

TRACKS 9 & 10 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

I have the old repertoire version of the 1st lp and it's pretty great. This Esoteric version is the first one fully sanctioned by the band..

The same date , 28th April sees a 2cd set off the material that Quintessence released on Island compiled as Move Into The Light
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/move-into-the-light-the-complete-island-recordings-1969-1971-remastered-edition/

pretty groovy Notting Hill Hippie rock stuff.

Stevo

Stevolende, Monday, 13 March 2017 22:19 (one week ago) Permalink

This first album (compilation) is apparently new, but goes back 40 years, so seems to fit:

Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam
JAZZMAN (CD, LP)

The seventh volume of Jazzman's acclaimed 'Spiritual Jazz' series examines the influence and impact of Islam on four decades of jazz innovation. Featuring sought-after, spiritual contributions from the likes of Yusef Lateef, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Creative Arts Ensemble and more. Essential release!
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/spiritual-jazz-7-islam

Manu Dibango
Ceddo (Bande originale du film)(LP)
AFRICA SEVEN

Now available on vinyl! Killer re-issue of this afro funky jazz soundtrack from 1977 by one of Africa's most respected artists, the Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango!
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/manu-dibango-ceddo-bande-originale-du-film

dow, Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Din A Testbild
Programm 3 (Reissue)(LP)
MANNEQUIN

Early pioneers of the German New Wave music scene, Din A Testbild were formed in 1978 by Mark Eins and Gudrun Gut (former member of Einstürzende Neubauten, Mania D. and Malaria!). Din A Testbild played a significant role in defining the avant-garde music of Berlin. Legendary is their partecipation at the “Festival Genialer Dilletanten" in 1981.'Programm 3’ is their third album. Mixed and auto-produced by Mark Eins with help of Ziggy Schöning, it was originally released on Klaus Schulze’s record label Innovative Communication in 1983.
More Info & Audio https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/din-a-testbild-programm-3

Early pioneers of the German New Wave music scene, Din A Testbild were formed in 1978 by Mark Eins and Gudrun Gut (former member of Einstürzende Neubauten, Mania D. and Malaria!). Din A Testbild played a significant role in defining the avant-garde music of Berlin. Legendary is their participation at the “Festival Genialer Dilletanten" in 1981.'Programm 4’ is their fourth album. Mixed and auto-produced by Mark Eins near the Wall in West/Berlin in 1983, the album was rejected at the time by Innovative Communication, considered too much “synth/punk/techno”, while the new label managers were looking more into new age stuff. In fact Schulze eventually sold the label in 1983, which started to release a plethora of acts loosely grouped around the NAM genre.
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/programm-4-reissue

dow, Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Programme 4 is also vinyl-only, at least on soundsoftheuniverse.

Far Out follow up the long overdue reissue of Jose Mauro's 'Obnoxious" with another gem from the Quartin catalogue - Victor Assis Brasil Plays Jobim.

Unlike Jose Mauro, whose biography is almost completely shrouded in mystery, Victor Assis Brasil’s tragically short life is a better known story. He passed away aged just thirty-five, but by this point his status was already cemented as one of Brazil’s top players. Gifted his first saxophone by his aunt at the age of fourteen, his debut LP was recorded just four years later, alongside some mercurial greats of Brazilian jazz, Tenorio Jr and Edson Lobo. Following the release of his first two albums, Victor was granted a place to study at Berklee College of Music, and it was during this period he recorded toca antonio carlos jobim upon returning to Brazil in the summer of 1970. At a time in Brazil when the smooth n’ easy groove of the bossa beat no longer reflected the inflamed politics of a nation under the cosh of military dictatorship, Victor Assis Brasil morphed Jobim’s soothing originals into raw, deep jazz cuts, with the help of Brazilian legends Edison Lobo, Helio Delmiro and Edison Machado. The album’s influences span both American continents, finding a meeting point for Latin jazz and North American post-bop, with Roberto Quartin’s perfectionist approach to sound elevating the already incandescent music to divine new heights.
More Info & Audio:
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/victor-assis-brasil-toca-antonio-carlos-jobim
I gotta check that one.

dow, Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Single of the week!

Tony Allen & Africa 70
Afro Disco Beat (Disco Afro Reedit Vol.2)(12" vinyl)
COMET

Comet release the second 2nd part of the Tony Allen & Africa 70 'Disco Afro Series' featuring remastered original versions of the dancefloor smash 'Afro Disco Beat' and remixes by Africaine 808 & Mexican Institute of Sound - massive!
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/afro-disco-beat-disco-afro-reedit-vol2

dow, Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:25 (one week ago) Permalink

When Young Marble Giants imploded in 1980, founder Stuart Moxham was at something of a loss. He played both guitar and organ in the band, wrote nearly all their material and was largely responsible for their beguilingly original aesthetic sensibility, which - despite their paucity of output - manages to sound as fresh and mysterious as it did when it appeared.

At first, Stuart’s future success seemed assured. He was the first artist to sign a long-term contract with Rough Trade. In the wake of the success of “Colossal Youth,” calls came in from a variety of successful musicians who wished to work with him. The output of Young Marble Giants grew continuously in stature.

The Gist started slowly, with the recording of five songs at the same session which produced the last recordings made under the Young Marble Giants’ name, though tellingly these were instrumentals which did not feature Alison Statton’s bewitching vocals. The Gist’s debut single, “This Is Love” / “Yanks” owed plenty to the wistful nature of Young Marble Giants, with Stuart’s warm baritone complementing the songs, which were originally intended as Young Marble Giants tunes. The single sold well.

Work began on an album, with Stuart recording demos at home and later polishing them up in Cold Storage with the assistance of Phil Legg and a number of post-punk luminaries (among them Swell Maps’ Epic Soundtracks, This Heat’s Charles Bullen, artist Wendy Smith, Viv Goldman . . . not to mention both Alison and Phil from Young Marble Giants.)

Years after its release, Stuart spoke of The Gist’s “Embrace The Herd” album as one in which he felt he had little to say, which is why the album featured a large number of instrumentals and songs with minimal lyrics. “Embrace The Herd” does not grab the listener in the same way as Young Marble Giants’ “Colossal Youth.” While the latter album presented a unique sonic world, “Embrace The Herd” sounds shattered somehow - not so much a lack of anything to say as much as a thousand possibilities, a difficulty in choosing. These days, Stuart contends that he simply wasn’t ready to express what was in his head.

The album sold in disappointing numbers, though today its originality and freshness is readily recognised, with multiple reissues and a greater understanding of its Eno-esque pop songs. The single which preceded the album (and was included on it), “Love It First Sight” has belatedly become a standard of the era, with both a well-loved cover by shoegazers Lush, and a genuine pop smash in France by Etienne Daho, where the lyrics were sung in French in highly-altered form under the name “Paris Le Flore.” It’s frequently used in film soundtracks, including two more this year.

Yet “Love At First Sight” did not trouble the charts. One single, “Fool For A Valentine,” followed. It too stalled. Somehow summoning up a tremendous amount of nerve, Stuart assembled old friends from Cardiff and went into the studio to demo his next release for Rough Trade. The results - included here - point towards a new and fresh direction that would have beautifully bridged the divide between the direct commercial appeal Rough Trade would soon chase and the to-thine-own self-be-true nature which can be found in all of Stuart’s work. Assured and confident, Stuart entered Rough Trade, only to be told that his contract was a “meaningless bit of paper” and that he was, henceforth, dropped from the label. Most of the remaining artists who defined Rough Trade’s early days suffered the same fate, and for Rough Trade is was soon the era of The Smiths and licensing American college acts.

What part the relative market failure of “Embrace The Herd” played into all this is hard to say, but it’s not as if Stuart had lost his touch with the economical and heartfelt pop song. During this period, he had written and recorded dozens and dozens of potential masterpieces which, with few exceptions, went unheard. “Embrace The Herd” would have been a totally different album had Stuart included many of the songs now presented here, on what amounts to the unreleased second album by The Gist, recorded back then but released more than a third of a century later.

“Holding Pattern” will be distributed throughout the world as a 14-track LP or CD. A limited number of early orders through Bandcamp will be available with several bonuses - A SMALL BOOK written and SIGNED by Stuart himself, detailing this period of his history with pictures anecdotes and more, A SET OF FOUR GIST BADGES and half a dozen or so FREE DOWNLOADS of songs not on the album, sent now and again in the coming months. Vinyl buyers will also receive their copy on GREY VINYL, as opposed to the regular black vinyl which will be available elsewhere.

crustaceanrebelisback, Friday, 17 March 2017 21:32 (one week ago) Permalink

[url=https://thegist.bandcamp.com/url]

crustaceanrebelisback, Friday, 17 March 2017 21:33 (one week ago) Permalink

I just spent $87 (including shipping) on a reissue of Santana's live album Lotus. Here's the story:

- limited edition, Japan-only;
- comes in 7" square packaging with a miniature version of the original giant foldout artwork (the vinyl is actually bigger, fully unfolded, than Hawkwind's Space Ritual, if that gives you any idea);
- remastered (in 4.0 if you've got a multi-channel system) from the original Japanese master tapes from 1973;
- expanded to 3 CDs (it was originally a triple LP, then reissued as a 2CD set);
- includes 35 minutes (seven tracks) of previously unreleased music

I know I buried the lede there a little.

Full track listing of the new version:

Disc 1:
01. Meditation
02. Going Home
03. A-1 Funk
04. Every Step of the Way
05. Black Magic Woman 
06. Gypsy Queen
07. Oye Como Va
08. Japan (previously unreleased)
09. Bambele (previously unreleased)
10. Umm/Uumuu (previously unreleased) 
11. Yours is the Light

Disc 2:
01. Batuca
02. Xibaba
03. Stone Flower
04. Waiting
05. Castillos de Arena, Part 1
06. Free Angela
07. Samba de Sausalito
08. Mantra
09. Kyoto
10. Castillos de Arena, Part 2
11. Light of Life (previously unreleased)
12. Se a Cabo

Disc 3:
01. Samba Pa Ti
02. Mr. Udo
03. The Creator Has a Master Plan (previously unreleased)
04. Savor (previously unreleased)
05.Conga Solo (previously unreleased)
06. Toussaint L'Overture   
07. Incident at Neshabur

Lotus was already my favorite Santana album, and one of my favorite albums ever, period. I seriously can't wait to hear this expanded version. Here's where to order one, if you're of a mind. It'll be out April 19.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:44 (one week ago) Permalink

There's video footage from the same period in Japan I think. Had it a few years ago, think it was Japan anyway. Definitely same era. Not seen it in a while.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:43 (one week ago) Permalink

That video was around on torrent sites a few years back. Think it was from same visit as the lp recording but not got access to computer right now.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Dang, I want that. That was always the coolest Santana release, kind of the classic rock mirror of Hawkwind's Space Ritual. A friend goes to Japan sometimes and can get stuff cheaper while there, but probably not for a few months.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:03 (three days ago) Permalink

BTW you can get it here for $69.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:46 (three days ago) Permalink

Stevolende, Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:56 (three days ago) Permalink

In conjunction with Cirith Ungol's first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the Ultimate Edition of Cirith Ungol's King Of The Dead album on the weekend of the fest, April 28th! To hear the classic track, "Atom Smasher", please visit: http://metalblade.com/cirithungol - where the King Of The Dead - Ultimate Edition can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
--CD/DVD Digipak
--180g black vinyl
--clear ice blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)
--turquoise green/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
--blood-red vinyl (limited to 200 copies - USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

The King Of The Dead - Ultimate Edition digipak CD features a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD! The King Of The Dead - Ultimate Edition LP will be released as part of the Metal Blade Originals series; featuring 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster, the vinyl was also mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984!

King Of The Dead - Ultimate Edition track-listing:
1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016

Bonus-DVD track-listing (Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983):
1. Atom Smasher
2. I'm Alive
3. Black Machine
4. Master of the Pit
5. King of the Dead
6. Death of the Sun
7. Finger of Scorn
8. Cirith Ungol

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:48 (three days ago) Permalink


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