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:

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


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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.”


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 (three months ago) Permalink

Not strictly a reissue as never previously issued but anyway…

Finders Keepers
LP + D/L CODE* | CD | MP3
Available to order from 3rd February 2017

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:

Jeff W, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 20:21 (three 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 (three 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: Label sez "(North American Only Exclusive)(Ships March/April 2017"

dow, Thursday, 5 January 2017 01:41 (three 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:
fave cover (if goes away, it's Aion)

dow, Thursday, 12 January 2017 02:17 (three 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.

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

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

dow, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:11 (two months 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

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.


The Modulators - Tomorrow's Coming

Listen / Share "Tomorrow's Coming" and "She's So Cynical" on Soundcloud

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.


Smart Remarks - Foreign Fields: 1982-1984
Listen / Share "Falling Apart (As it Seems)" on Soundcloud

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 (two months ago) Permalink

Lambchop's Is A Woman reissued w eight bonus tracks, also touring etc:

dow, Friday, 3 February 2017 02:02 (two months 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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nine months pass...
Happy Birthday To Me next up for the reissue treatment:

― Elvis Telecom,

dow, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for the headz-up, Elvis!

dow, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Guitar Legend Allan Holdsworth 12 CD Box Set Collection and Accompanying Double CD Collection
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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dow, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 03:44 (two months ago) Permalink

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

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:

Reviews and Articles:

Read large feature in Noisey (in French) here

dow, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Also, re-reissue of Edward Larry Gordon/Laraaji's Celestial Vibration:

dow, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:02 (two months ago) Permalink

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


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


dow, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 01:50 (two months ago) Permalink

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

Audio, info here:

dow, Monday, 20 February 2017 18:51 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink


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 (two months ago) Permalink


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 (one month 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.
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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).
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dow, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:23 (one month ago) Permalink

A new AlHaj? I'm all about that.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's very good news.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 10 March 2017 08:53 (one month ago) Permalink

From Soul Jazz Records'

Shamek Farrah
First Impressions

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!!!
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Carl Marshall
I'll Give My Heart To You

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
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Andrew Wartts
There Is A God Somewhere

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!
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dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:19 (one month 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.

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Dinsdale, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:52 (one month 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





2nd lp
Hold Your Fire is expanded to 2cds including various BBC material and outtakes. These include an IN Concert set.










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

pretty groovy Notting Hill Hippie rock stuff.


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

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

Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam

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!
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Manu Dibango
Ceddo (Bande originale du film)(LP)

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

Din A Testbild
Programm 3 (Reissue)(LP)

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.
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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.
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dow, Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:12 (one month 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.
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I gotta check that one.

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

Single of the week!

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

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


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

BTW you can get it here for $69.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Stevolende, Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:56 (one month 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: - 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Max's Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond coming to CD and Vinyl on May 5th via Jungle Records

The original Max's Kansas City 1976 pioneering punk club album, extended with an extra 30 tracks and historical notes

In 1976 Peter (Crowley) compiled a studio album of acts associated with the club, Max's Kansas City 1976, to help promote the club. It featured the first released recordings of Suicide, The Fast and Warhol-era veteran Wayne County, whose title-track gave a roll-call of many of the famous acts who'd regularly performed there.

Now the original album is reissued as Max's Kansas City 1976 & Beyond, greatly extended to 40 tracks on a double-CD and a selection of 25 tracks on a double-LP. As well as the aforementioned Suicide, Fast and Wayne County, the new extended album features the New York Dolls, the Stillettos, the Offs, the Senders, Philip Rambow, VON LMO, Iggy Pop, Knots, Roland Alphonso, Cherry Vanilla, Nico, Joy Ryder, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and Sid Vicious amongst many others. It includes many previously unreleased tracks and rarities. Compiled by Peter Crowley, who also contributes notes detailing the history of the album. Writer, musician and Max's scenester Jimi LaLumia provides historical overview sleeve-notes along with biographies of the artists in a 20-page booklet.

Track Listing

Disc 1

  • Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys - Max's Kansas City
  • The Fast - Boys Will Be Boys
  • Harry Toledo - Knots
  • Cherry Vanilla and her Staten Island Band - Shake Your Ashes
  • Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys - Cream In My Jeans
  • The Fast - Wow Pow Bash Crash
  • Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys - Flip Your Wig
  • John Collins Band - The Man In Me
  • Suicide - Rocket USA
  • The Fast - Kids Just Wanna Dance
  • Philip Rambow - Night Out
  • Suicide - Ghost Rider
  • New York Dolls - Bad Girl
  • The Stilettos - Pink Stilettos
  • The Knots - Heartbreaker
  • The Senders - 6th Street
  • Jimi Lalumia & the Psychotic Frogs - Death To Disco
  • The Brats - First Rock Star on the Moon
  • The Offs - You Fascinate Me
  • The Terrorists - Riis Park
  • Roland Alphonso & the Terrorists - Sax Skandal
Disc 2
  • Von LMO - This Is Pop Rock
  • Fast Floyd & the Famous Firebirds - Frogs Legs
  • Cellmates - Everybody Wants
  • Science - Twisco
  • BMTs - Clothes & Alchohol
  • Keiran Liscoe & the Attitude - Hello St. Vincents
  • Freddy Frogs - Days On Earth
  • Joy Ryder - Johnny Was A Fireman
  • Sea Monster - Halloween In Detroit
  • Ruby & the Rednecks - Ruby From The Wrong Side of Town
  • Joey Kelly Allstars - Amanda
  • Philippe Marcade - All Quite Wasted
  • Jayne County - Max's Kansas City (reprise)
  • Iggy Pop - Rock Action
  • Nico - Saeta
  • Gang War - These Boots Are Made For Walking
  • Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers - M.I.A.
  • Sid Vicious & The Idols - Take A Chance

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 27 March 2017 20:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Ha, just now came here to paste that, rat on! Would def like to check the expanded Lotus too.

dow, Monday, 27 March 2017 23:04 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm in the middle of this, which would be a good companion to that comp. It starts out shaky (oh no, yet another half-assed oral history), but when it covers the more obscure nearly forgotten clubs and the forgotten artists better than anything previously.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:32 (one month ago) Permalink

For reasons that will become lysergically clear once you’ve heard the samples, Midori Takada's sublime debut album Through The Looking Glass [1983] is widely regarded the holy grail of ‘80s Japanese ambient & minimalist music. Perhaps it’s no wonder that 2nd hand copies are known to trade for over £600, and, therefore this deluxe reissue is welcomed by a whole new generation of listeners tracing this enchanted sound back to source.

Rooted in Midori Takada's fascination with Asian and African percussion traditions, Through The Looking Glass documents the Japanese musician navigating syncretic channels of practice between floating fantasy kingdoms and parallel ambient dimensions whilst guided by a deeply ethereal, oneiric spirit that’s utterly key to the album’s appeal. While it broadly falls under the ambient banner, the results are far too grand and ambitious to be considered sonic wallpaper - they’re more like widescreen tableaus that open out exponentially the deeper in you dive.

The image of a Lady Godiva-like character riding a hare-sheep-horse chimera on the cover symbolises the surreal confluence of ideas and gestures within; a Japanese musician translating Victorian psychedelic fantasies into a language of rippling rhythmelodies and softly pealing harmonics that nod to Pygmy music as much as gamelan traditions, the soundtracks of Cocteau films and precise marimba patter.

The rest, we’ll leave for your dilated discovery. Take it on trust that this is especially spellbinding and sui generis stuff without complete comparison. A dream.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:40 (one month ago) Permalink

^ indeed. A beautiful record and very proud of my friend who's behind this reissue as well as a few other great ones (Mariah and Woo).

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Intriguing, thanks for the news.

Colourbox: 'Music of the band (1982-1987)' 4AD Store Exclusive LP

24th March 2017
To coincide with Wolfgang Tillmans' first major exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, Music of the band (1982-1987), a celebration of Colourbox, is available as a limited double LP. An HD audio version is also now available to stream / download via Bower & Wilkins. You can buy the LP edition from the 4AD Store, and the LP is also available from the Tate Modern in London.

The 16 tracks chosen by Wolfgang were originally selected to be played on loop at a conceptual playback listening space at Tillmans’ Berlin gallery, Between Bridges, in 2014, where lyrics and samples were pasted on the walls and where copies of the v23-designed records sat alongside original session ½” and ¼” tape reels, seeking to provide a unique environment for the audience to immerse themselves in the band’s modest but potent legacy. A limited number of CDs featuring those exhibition tracks were made available at this 2014 exhibition.

Both Colourbox and the Playback Room now form part of Tillmans’ exhibition in London (running until June 11th 2017) and this gatefold 2xLP edition of the compilation is now available exclusively through both the Tate shops and via the 4AD online store. This version features a new variation of the Tillmans-designed CD sleeve, a previously unreleased photograph series of his that features his prized Canon Colour Laser Copier, ripped apart and dismantled after a decade of service; “Eighties technology has influenced me a lot. When I won the Turner Prize I bought this copier with the money. Ten years later it was no longer repairable and I made this 'deconstruction' of it." You can find full details of the exhibition at the Tate Modern here.

Previously speaking of the band, Wolfgang said, "Brothers Martyn and Steven Young together with Ian Robbins, Lorita Grahame and Debian Curry were pioneers of experimental pop music. They created an eclectic sound drawing from reggae and soul influences, beat-box driven hip-hop rhythms, blue-eyed soul, as well as a fusion of far-ranging influences spanning from classic R&B, to dub and industrial. Using montages of analogue magnetic tape pieces and experimenting with tape machines, Colourbox were at the fore-front of sampling, which in its digital form would become ubiquitous in the course of the 1980's. The band worked in a seeming contrast of pure artistic research in the studio and an anti-intellectual stance towards the outside world.”

Between the initial exhibition in Berlin and this, Steven Young has sadly passed away. This release is also being pressed as a tribute to him and to Ian Robbins, who left us in 2014, and the wonderful music they made.

Colourbox - Music of the band (1982-1987)
A1 - Looks Like We’re Shy One Horse / Shoot Out (7:57)
A2 - Sleepwalker (2:16)
A3 - Just Give ‘em Whiskey (4:19)
A4 - Baby I Love You So [7” version] (3:20)

B1 - Edit The Dragon (2:43)
B2 - Hipnition (3:06)
B3 - We Walk Around the Streets (0:24)
B4 - Nation (10:00)

C1 - Justice (4:51)
C2 - Sex Gun (4:08)
C3 - Shotgun (4:50)
C4 - The Moon Is Blue [7” version] (4:34)

D1 - Keep On Pushing (5:18)
D2 - Fast Dump (5:40)
D3 - Arena I (4:22)
D4 - Hot Doggie (2:58)

dow, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 00:59 (one month ago) Permalink

From Rhino: a real whole bunch of vinyl for Record Store Day, mixed bag incl. musical quality-wise of course, but (get the 7" of Patti Smith's "Piss Factory"/"Hey Joe" even if you have it; a spare can't hoit):

dow, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 01:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Everloving Records announces the US reissue Super Furry Animals’ 1996 debut album, Fuzzy Logic, for Record Store Day 2017!

On Saturday April 22nd, Fuzzy Logic will be available on 180g LP with an additional 35 bonus tracks and on 2xCD. Gruff Rhys says: “The reissue is radically different to the original, some songs have alternative beginnings and endings and people will notice the difference in definition, especially in high resolution digital and the new vinyl cut.”

Despite the Lennon-aping antics of their peers, Wales’s Super Furry Animals were the closest Britpop came to the adventuring spirit of the Beatles. Their indie rock, psychedelic pop, dance, country, glam and space-folk mashup was as pioneering as their aesthetic was madcap … These homecoming gods showed us the old magic.” — The Guardian

The madness and the majesty of Super Furry Animals’ chaotic emergence as an indefinable, thrillingly exciting addition to the innovative margins of mainstream rock and roll is irresistibly encapsulated in the US reissue of their 1996 debut album, Fuzzy Logic for Record Store Day 2017 on Saturday April 22nd via Everloving Records. From the two-decade deep well of their adventurous catalogue come B-sides, a legendary festival performance and demo versions from low-key 1995 recording sessions, revealing the genesis and winding roads taken by many of their early hits.

Super Furry Animals are comprised of Huw Bunford (Guitar/Vocals), Cian Ciaran (Keyboards/Effects/Vocals), Dafydd Ieuan (Drums/Vocals), Guto Pryce (Bass) and Gruff Rhys (Vocals/Guitar). This is the original lineup that burst onto the music scene in 1995 with the release of their first EP Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (In Space). They were quickly recognized as being amongst the most interesting and inventive bands of the ‘90s British music boom and a string of lauded albums. Renowned for an energetic and exhilarating live show, the band has become synonymous with their native Wales and are considered a bona fide national treasure.

The significance of the reissue and the forensic remastering process was heightened as the band learned of the tapes’ near destruction in a storage fire sometime between the original Rockfield Studio sessions in late 1995 and their retrieval in 2016. Official Furries Archivist and Co-Compiler, Kliph Scurlock dusted off the smoke-tinged reels and led a fingertip search for each and every track, working with Mastering Engineer, Donal Whelan to unpeel layers of primitive, mid-nineties digitization, correct subtly corrupt edits and expose the warmth and ingenuity of the original, analogue recordings in superior, high resolution.

Gruff Rhys says: “The reissue is radically different to the original, some songs have alternative beginnings and endings and people will notice the difference in definition, especially in high resolution digital and the new vinyl cut. 1995/6 was an overwhelming whirlwind of touring, gimmickry and mayhem for us so it’s been a real treat to take some time to relive and reassess all these songs and compile everything that we recorded in that short, magical period in one place. In the unfamiliar environment of a big studio, Fuzzy Logic didn’t end up sounding anything like what we’d had in our heads for those years of songwriting building up to it, but it does have that undefinable vigor and energy of youth which isn’t included in the price of hiring a multitrack studio.”

Super Furry Animals spent six weeks in Rockfield Studios, South Wales completing the album, which was then released on Creation Records in May of 1996, climbing to 23 in the UK charts. The productivity of the time is evident in a separate collection of eight rock-solid b- sides, including the boisterous, fan favorite, Guacamole, creating parallels with bands such as The Beatles, The Smiths and The Jam, all renowned for the songs on the flipside being of the same, unquestionable quality as the lead.

Super Furry Animals
Fuzzy Logic
April 22, 2017
Everloving Records – EVE055 – 180g LP & 2XCD

dow, Thursday, 30 March 2017 19:59 (four weeks ago) Permalink

more info via the orig. press sheet:

dow, Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:02 (four weeks ago) Permalink


no lime tangier, Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:29 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Game Theory - Two Steps From The Middle Ages

Following up 1987’s Lolita Nation (whose reissue appeared on numerous year-end “best of” lists for 2016) would be no easy task for Game Theory. But, Scott Miller and company were certainly up for the task. Re-teaming with producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Marshall Crenshaw, Velvet Crush), 2 Steps From The Middle Ages was released in 1988, and showed the band had no shortage of energy, experimentation, and excellent material.

This reissue contains the original 13 songs supplemented with a whopping 11 bonus tracks—demos, live performances and covers—all previously unissued. The translucent orange, first pressing of the LP (on vinyl for the first time since its initial release), contains a download card for the entire CD/Digital program.

Packaging includes rare and previously unseen photos from the band’s photographer, Robert Toren, as well as essays from Easter, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), and Franklin Bruno (The Village Voice, The band’s drummer, Gil Ray, who was involved in all aspects with the Game Theory reissue series including this title, sadly passed away earlier this year. This reissue is lovingly dedicated to him.

As the first track says, there’s “room for one more, honey.” That 1 more is 2 Steps From The Middle Ages.

Can - The Singles
Released 16th June 2017

Pre-order now:

This unique document is the first time the singles have been presented together and shows the breadth of their influential career, from well loved tracks like Halleluwah, Vitamin C and I Want More to more obscure singles such as Silent Night and Turtles Have Short Legs.
The tracks are all presented in their original single version, many of which have been unavailable for many years and not presented outside of the original 7" release.

The triple vinyl comes packaged in a trifold sleeve, decorated with a beautiful spot gloss lamination, and is designed by the award winning Julian House from Intro, a long time design collaborator of Can's.

Soul Desert
She Brings The Rain
Shikako Maru Ten
Turtles Have Short Legs
Halleluwah (Edit)
Vitamin C
I’m So Green
Future Days (Edit)
Dizzy Dizzy (Edit)
Splash (Edit)
Hunters And Collectors (Edit)
Vernal Equinox (Edit)
I Want More
...And More
Silent Night
Cascade Waltz
Don’t Say No (Edit)
Can Can
Hoolah Hoolah (Edit)

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 17:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

streams and more info at the Smog Veil site:

Smog Veil Records Clearing The Air newsletter
April 2017
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Smog Veil has a small limited number of the Brad Warner (0DFX, Dimentia 13) directed documentary film double DVD set, "Cleveland's Screaming!" Our friends at Red Hour Records produced this release and also licensed to us The Guns double LP.

"Cleveland's Screaming!" is a documentary film about the hardcore punk rock scene in northeast Ohio in the era of Reaganomics (1981-1984). A new breed of punk rock music came about named hardcore, which led to kids forming bands and building scenes around the country, networking a community of people from all over the world. This film shows the beginnings of NEO hardcore punk's scene to its demise a few years later, as told first hand by the people and bands that were there, including interviews, rare concert footage, photos and fliers, never before seen until now. Even yours truly, Frank Smog Veil, makes an appearance in the film!!

DVD 1 - Full Length Documentary
DVD 2 - Special Bonus DVD with rare 80s concert footage, interviews and other extras

Our double LP retrospective of Cleveland's greatest hardcore band, The Guns, went out of print nearly immediately after release in 2012. We constantly get questions about it, and now we're happy to report that a repress is on the way.

For the uninitiated, hands down the top-end standard by which all other Cleveland hardcore bands should be measured, Cleveland hardcore history could not have been the same without The Guns. Scott Eakin and Dave Araca formed the band originally as a 2-piece, later adding to the lineup some amazing rippers in the form of Sean Saley, Bob Ries, and Scott Silverman. Though a couple compilation appearances is all they managed back in the day, this release collects those tracks plus all other studio recordings, as well as some choice live cuts. The LP also features Vince Rancid's original cover art as commissioned by the band in the 80s and informative liners penned by Scott's brother, Tom Dark, and Sean Saley.

"The Guns is a fitting tribute to an excellent band." --Hunter Bennett/Ugly Things #34

"This is a definite must-have for any old-school hardcore punk..." --Janelle Jones/AMP#111

The numbers: double LP with free download code, 43 songs, 2nd press limited to 500 copies, black and red marble vinyl.

Platters du Cuyahoga series 2 update Masters for the 3rd entry in series 2 are being assembled now at SUMA Studios in Painesville, Ohio. Parts for Allen Ravenstine's "Terminal Drive" studio album from 1975 are off to the pressing g plant within the week. The same can be said for the super secret 3rd entry, a double LP retrospective of Cleveland's groundbreaking electronic improv troupe that existed in 1972 and 1973. This release will include both studio and live tracks and extensive liners and photos. The whole series can be ordered by clicking the links below.

Praise for the first of our Platters du Cuyahoga series 2 releases: the legendary and never before released 1967 studio demo from Schwartz Fox Blues Crusade "Sunday Morning Revival":

"...destined to bring a smile to the face of Butterfield and Musselwhite fans far and wide while deepening the already rich history of its municipality..." --Joseph Neff/The Vinyl District

"...the band winds you up and leaves you begging for more". --Elmore Magazine

"As I grew to love the blues, I wanted to try to see if we could come up with something worthy of recording, and the only way to do that was to actually try it."
- Jimmy Fox (James Gang/Schwartz Fox Blues Crusade)

Though once believed to have been lost or to only exist in theory, the lone 1967 studio demo recording by The Schwartz-Fox Blues Crusade featuring Mr. Stress - consisting of Cleveland legends and then members of the James Gang and Mr Stress Blues Band, Glenn Schwartz (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Fox (drums) Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller (vocals/harmonica), Tom Kriss (bass), Rich Kriss (guitar/vocals), and Mike Sands (piano) - is finally being released for music fans to savor and enjoy.

9 studio tracks of pure post-teen garage rock blues are accompanied by extensive liners and and never before published photos. The LP features colored vinyl, a free download code, and is limited to 1500 copies. Both the CD and the LP contains extensive liner notes penned by Nick Blakey and never before published photos.

Want to order the entire series 2 at a discount? Here's the details:

The three releases comprising Platters du Cuyahoga series 2 are: (1) Schwartz Fox Blues Crusade: "Sunday Morning Revival" (1967); (2) Allen Ravenstine: "Terminal Drive" (1975) (spring 2017 release); and (3) a soon to be announced double LP release of studio and live recordings from the first and most influential improvisational electronic outfit that called Cleveland home (1972-1973 recordings). All the releases will be formatted on vinyl as well as CD and download/streaming. A hallmark of the series will be that each release contains extensive liner notes, all carefully crafted and researched.

Praise for our recent Platters du Cuyahoga Series 1 releases:

ROBERT BENSICK BAND "French Pictures In London" LP/CD/digital:

"...deepens the already labyrinthine rewards of its region and rescues its namesake from footnote status." --Joseph Neff/The Vinyl District

MR. STRESS BLUES BAND "Live At The Brick Cottage 1972-1973" LP/CD/digital:

"At the risk of mythologizing a past I wasn't there for, Live at the Brick Cottage captures a particular scene and time, and Nick Blakey's extensive liner notes help to contextualize it. But it's not just a valuable time capsule, it's more important as a fun listen." --Justin Cober-Lake/

X_X "Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live At The Yellow Ghetto" LP/CD/digital:

"I love how it starts off in chaos before it coalesces toward the end." --Ron Kretsch/Dangerous Minds

Pere Ubu and Rocket From The Tombs have announced a series of special gigs. Note that Cheetah Chrome will make a special appearance with Rocket From The Tombs at the Austin gig. Here's the dates:

May 11: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland (Rocket From The Tombs)
May 13: Ace Of Cups, Columbus (Rocket From The Tombs)
May 19: Beerland, Austin (Rocket From The Tombs)
May 20: Beerland, Austin (Pere Ubu)
Aug 24: London, The Lexington (Pere Ubu Moon Unit)
Aug 28: Prague, Palace Akropolis (Pere Ubu Moon Unit)
Aug 29: Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne (Pere Ubu Moon Unit)

dow, Friday, 7 April 2017 15:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink


40th Anniversary Edition Featuring Mixes By Steven Wilson

3CD/2 DVD Set With Rare Live Records And Footage Available On May 19

Vinyl, Digital, And Standalone CD Versions Will Follow In July

Contents, many other details here:

dow, Saturday, 8 April 2017 01:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink


It’s that time of the year again. Wait, that’s exactly how we started this off last year. We’ve run out of ideas, folks. From here on out it’s going to be one rehash after another, as we trot out both tired tropes and borderline product in a vein attempt at maintaining RSD cred. We’ve tried to do interesting things in the past, be it WTNG or Los Alamos Grind! Our hope was that the average RSD chud-thumber might need a break from flipping past 311 triple 11” box sets, Feldman & Haim rap 12”s, and Mac Demarco reading fan tweets EPs. But it turns out that most people just want the same reheated garbage every year. You’ve been burned before with long lines and punishing prices, and if we get our way it’ll be more of the same, with hopefully longer lines and even higher prices. Who are we to argue with your terrible life choices?

But this is Numero, after all, and if we’re going to go big, we’re going to do it in a way that surely frustrates record buyers. In the past when we trotted out Hüsker Dü and Dinosaur Jr. sets, we pressed them in quantities that insured against the flipper economy. We wanted to make enough so that average fans who didn’t set up tents on the street the night before RSD would have a chance to buy our wares at an affordable price. Not this year. This year we’re pressing just enough copies to make you wonder if we actually pressed anything at all. The only way you’ll know for sure is if you come to one of our pop up stores (details below), pop a tent, or get a bowl of Pop Secret in your lap for the long, dark night of eBay refreshing for the soul.
more info incl many links in web version of this press release:

dow, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Telefon Tel Aviv's Map of What is Effortless reissued digitally today & original pressing vinyl available via Ghostly
STREAM: Map of What is Effortless -
By 2004, New Orleans friends Joshua Eustis and the late Charles Cooper had fixed their flag in the landscape of the American electronic underground as Telefon Tel Aviv. The duo’s acclaimed 2001 debut Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released by John Hughes III’s Chicago-based Hefty imprint, offered a deep Southern sweep on glitchy IDM and pastoral post-rock, drawing as much from bounce rap, R&B, and jazz as it did Autechre and Aphex Twin. The follow-up, Map of What Is Effortless, managed to both expand and refine the sound. Signature polyrhythmic programming met new vocal presences on seven of the nine tracks. The Loyola University Chamber Orchestra contribute to the title track; a sumptuous centerpiece exemplifying Telefon Tel Aviv’s craft for wordless, cinematic storytelling.

Ghostly International, having reissued Fahrenheit Fair Enough at its 15th anniversary in 2016, will update Map of What Is Effortless on April 14th. The digital release, noticeably absent in most streaming libraries until now, features three bonus tracks: “Jouzu Desu Ne,” “Sound In A Dark Room,” and a remix of the latter by legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Also, there is a modest amount of original vinyl pressings from 2004 available for purchase at The Ghostly Store. Hefty Records were kind enough to help us source an unsold batch of the original pressing (long since unavailable). Stored for over a decade, the LPs have some character.

Track List:
01. When It Happens, It Moves All By Itself
02. I Lied
03. My Week Beats Your Year
04. Bubble And Spike
05. Map Of What Is Effortless
06. Nothing Is Worth Losing That
07. What It Is Without The Hand That Wields It
08. What It Was Will Never Again
09. At The Edge Of The World You Will Still Float
10. Jouzu Desu Ne (Digital Bonus)
11. Sound In A Dark Room (Digital Bonus)
12. Sound In A Dark Room (Ryuichi Sakamoto Remix) [Digital Bonus]

dow, Friday, 14 April 2017 16:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sad Lovers And Giants - Where The Light Shines Through – 1981-2017: 5CD Box Set Apr 28

Formed in 1980, Watford band Sad Lovers & Giants carved a unique furrow through the 1980s independent music scene, creating music which was haunting, atmospheric, melodic and evocative and which somehow straddled post-punk, synth pop, psychedelia and indie.

Compiled, designed and curated by the band, WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH is the first comprehensive anthology of the band’s recordings.

After singles on their own Last Movement label, they signed to Midnight Music, issuing two albums – Epic Garden Music (1982) and Feeding The Flame (1983) – before splitting. This period also witnessed a John Peel session and a live concert for Dutch Radio Hilversum (subsequently issued as Total Sound in 1986). All of these recordings appear here.

Sad Lovers & Giants returned with a revitalised line-up in 1987 – still fronted by ever- present vocalist Garce (Simon) Allard. New albums followed – The Mirror Test (1987), Headland (1990) and Treehouse Poetry (1991) – as the band found new audiences in the Netherlands, Spain and France.

When Midnight Music dissolved, so too did the band. But Sad Lovers & Giants reunited in the noughties, playing to loyal fans and recording a new album, Melting In The Fullness Of Time. Since then, Sad Lovers & Giants have stayed active, culminating in a short tour of North America in spring 2016, during which they were invited to showcase at the prestigious SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH spans the band’s entire career, with every recording of note, sleeve-notes by Garce and design by ex-member Simon Blanchard.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 17 April 2017 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Studio One Hi Fi Special
Ltd. Edition Collectors Edition 7" Record Store Day Box Set

Studio One Hi-Fi Special super-limited Record Store Day 5x7" Box Set special!

This record is only available direct from independent record stores on Record Store Day Sat 22nd April. So you need to get on down to one to ensure you get a copy!
This is the second of three Soul Jazz Records RSD Specials! - you will receive info on the third one tomorrow!

Unique Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day seven-inch box set comprising five separate singles featuring ten killer rare collectors tracks from Studio One Records, featuring Ska, Roots, Rocksteady, Dub.

Seminal, rare and classic tunes! These singles have only ever ever been available exclusively direct from Soul Jazz Records' Soho shop in London and are available worldwide only for this collectors box set RSD special release.

This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2017.

Release Date
22 April 2017
5×7" Boxset
Cat. No.: SJR 377 BOX
Barcode: 5026328003771
1 Joseph Hill – Behold The Land
2 Tommy McCool & The Skatalites – Full Dread
3 Roland Alphonso – Drums Of Fue Man Tru
4 Tommy McCook and The New Establishment – Blues For I
5 The Traps – Higher
6 The Traps – Higher Version
7 Larry Marshall – I've Got To Make It
8 The Skatalites – Coconut Rock
9 The Magnificent Seven – Jack Johnson
10 Dobby Dobson – Seems To Me I'm Losing You
More Info & Audio:

dow, Monday, 17 April 2017 19:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Nigeria Soul Power 70
Record Store Day 7" Box Set

Nigeria Soul Power 70 super-limited Record Store Day 5x7" Box Set special!

This record is only available direct from independent record stores on Record Store Day Sat 22nd April. So you need to get on down to one to ensure you get a copy!
This is one of three Soul Jazz Records RSD Specials! - you will receive info on the next one tomorrow!

Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Exclusive Limited-Edition Soul 7” Box Set comprising five heavyweight 70s Afro-Funk, Afro-Disco & Afro-Rock seven-inch singles all with unique bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered. Seriously rare, killer and classic Nigerian 70s Afro-Funk, Afro-Disco & Afro-Rock tunes bought together here in this unique one-off Record Store Day box-set edition.

Release Date
22 April 2017
5×7" Boxset
Cat. No.: SJR 379 BOX
Barcode: 5026328003795
1 Geraldo Pino – Heavy, Heavy, Heavy
2 Geraldo Pino – Africans Must Unite
3 Wings – We'll Get Home
4 Wings – Single Boy
5 Tony Grey and The Ozimba Messengers – You Are The One
6 Don Bruce and The Angels – Sugar Baby
7 Geraldo Pino – Shake Hands
8 Geraldo Pino – Power To The People
9 MFB – Beware
10 Colomach – Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa
More Info & Audio:

dow, Monday, 17 April 2017 19:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Soul 70
Record Store Day 7" Box Set

Soul 70 super-limited edition collectors Record Store Day 5x7" Box Set special!

This record is only available direct from independent record stores on Record Store Day Sat 22nd April. So you need to get on down to one to ensure you get a copy!
This is the third of three Soul Jazz Records RSD Specials!

Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Exclusive Limited-Edition Soul 7” Box Set comprising five fantastic 70s soul seven-inch singles reproduced here in exact replica bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered. Previously only available individually and direct from Soul Jazz Records website. Seriously rare, killer and classic soul tunes brought together here in this unique one-off pressing Record Store Day box-set edition.

Release Date
22 April 2017
5×7" Boxset
Cat. No.: SJR 378 BOX
Barcode: 5026328003788
1 Arnold Blair – Trying To Get Next To You
2 Arnold Blair – I Won The Big Deal
3 Brief Encounter – Total Satisfaction
4 Brief Encounter – Human
5 Johnny Adams – Feel The Beat, Feel The Heat
6 Johnny Adams – Spanish Harlem
7 Norma Jean – I've Taken Over
8 Norma Jean – Raising Hell
9 Richard Brown – Sweet and Kind
10 Richard Brown – Don't Listen To The Grapevine
More Info & Audio:

dow, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:59 (one week ago) Permalink

The track listing for the deluxe reissue of Prince's Purple Rain has leaked; it's a 3CD set that may also contain a DVD/Blu-Ray, since it's supposed to include two concert films as well. Street date is supposedly June 9.

Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Violent J (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:40 (one week ago) Permalink


Rhino's New Compilation Spotlighting Coltrane's Atlantic Years Will Be Released
On June 9
The Acclaimed Documentary Chasing Trane In Theaters Now

Five Individual Releases Of The Pioneering Saxophonist's Mono Albums For Atlantic
Records Out June 16

LOS ANGELES - John Coltrane will take the spotlight this year when John Scheinfeld's highly anticipated Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary begins its theatrical run on April 14. Shortly after, Rhino will focus on the revolutionary music the "heavyweight champion" of jazz recorded for Atlantic Records with a series of releases.

It all begins on June 9 with the arrival of a new anthology that includes nine tracks selected from recordings the saxophonist made for Atlantic Records between 1959 and 1961. TRANE: THE ATLANTIC COLLECTION will be available on LP ($19.98), CD ($14.98) and digitally.

The compilation will be followed by mono reissues for five Coltrane studio albums: Giant Steps, Olé Coltrane, Coltrane Plays The Blues, Bags & Trane and The Avant-Garde. Each will be available on 180 gram LP ($21.98), and digitally on June 16, with the mono CD of the classic Giant Steps ($11.98) coming July 7. These albums were recently issued together as part of Rhino's boxed set John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years In Mono. The set received critical acclaim in 2016 including five stars from Downbeat which noted, "With no alternate takes and presented verbatim and presented as the albums were originally issued song-by-song, there is certainly a warmth, clarity and a sense of wholeness that can give new fans a fresh way to listen to Coltrane."

The mono albums and new compilation cover the time when Coltrane - after playing on Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue - was moving away from the life of a sideman and embracing the role of bandleader. The music he recorded at Atlantic features some of his finest work, including the wise blues of "Equinox," a bright, swinging version of "My Shining Hour," the exuberant "Giant Steps," and the hit single "My Favorite Things."

In the liner notes that accompany TRANE: THE ATLANTIC COLLECTION, author and noted jazz critic Ben Ratliff writes: "You can listen through this 46-minute collection of romantic or purposeful or slightly mysterious music...and get it clearly: the sense of a strikingly original sound and intelligence."

Coltrane is poised to reach a new audience this year thanks to Chasing Trane. Written and directed by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld, it is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. Some the film's notable appearances include Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, and Common, with Coltrane's own words spoken by Denzel Washington. Following its theatrical launch in New York, the film will be shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, with additional cities planned.

Track Listing

1. "My Favorite Things" (Part I) - Single Version
2. "Like Sonny"
3. "Cousin Mary"
4. "Giant Steps"
5. "Central Park West"
6. "Equinox"
7. "Naima"
8. "My Shining Hour"
9. "Mr. Syms"

dow, Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:01 (one week ago) Permalink

I just bought the deluxe double edition of X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents, which apparently was reissued in 2009. It's one of my alltime favorite albums, how did I not know about this? I checked and it wasn't mentioned in the rolling 2009 thread. Anyone know of deluxe reissue plans for Lust For Life/The Idiot, Low/Heroes, Blank Generation or New York Dolls, pipe up!

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Trying to decide whether it's worth it to buy the Coltrane mono CD box set. Leaning towards no.

Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Violent J (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, guess I should put this here too (just now on Rolling Jazz)--note forthcoming reissue and single (check Luaka Bop to order):

Alice Coltrane Tribute show on May 21st!
RBMA Festival New York: As you may have heard, we are working very hard on a large celebration of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. This year marks the 80th year since she was born, and the tenth year after she passed to another place. We just announced a large tribute concert and ceremony in her honor, which will take place In New York at the stunning performance and arts space called The Knockdown Center, as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The first part of the show (that we are involved with) is inspired by the Sunday ceremonies Alice held at her Sai Anantam Ashram in California. Timed to coincide with sundown, the powerful, spiritual music will be performed by an ensemble led by music director Surya Botofasina, who grew up at the Ashram. The latter half will be a concert led by her son, Ravi Coltrane, featuring an all-star band playing music from throughout Alice's career. Tickets are available here.

A few weeks prior to that, we will be releasing the compilation of her spiritual music, which we told you about last time. Titled World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, it features a lot of beautiful artwork, photos and essays. You can pre-order it here.

Ps. if you have read this far, you may also find it interesting to learn that we have a handful of the very limited Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda 7"s we made for the "Come Together" Record Fair last weekend. If you would like to order one, you can do so here.

dow, Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I just bought the deluxe double edition of X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents, which apparently was reissued in 2009. It's one of my alltime favorite albums, how did I not know about this? I checked and it wasn't mentioned in the rolling 2009 thread. Anyone know of deluxe reissue plans for Lust For Life/The Idiot, Low/Heroes, Blank Generation or New York Dolls, pipe up!

― Fastnbulbous, Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:23 PM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I have that XRay Spex double cos it turned up in HMV when they were having the closing sale. Had the previous cd so hadn't picked it up previously.

Would love an update on the 2 late 70s Iggy lps. But not sure there's even a remaster around though have seen that there is a 2 fer iof the 2 lps on cd from 2011. Thought there may be another version around. THink the 2011 thing is just a repackaging of the previous cds which I think may be late 80s.

I thought that people were slowly working through the Bowie lps and making them doubles with a loto f bonus, but that was possibly on the basis of Ziggy Stardust coming out followed by at least Aladdin Sane and that might be 15 odd years back.
Is there likely to be a Berlin era thing like the recent set that covered the build up to Young Ameriocans and Station to Station. Who Can I be Now?

I think Blank Generation was done as a single cd with some bonus tracks an age ago and that there have been some other anthologies mopping up various bits of Richard Hell's history.

Only thing I know about NY Dolls semi rarities is a llive box set from sometime around that era, Sanctuary 2008. But I think t hat covers some later stuff too by ex members.

Stevolende, Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:49 (one week ago) Permalink

The long-deleted Ryko Bowie CDs' bonus tracks are listed and described here:

dow, Friday, 21 April 2017 03:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah I got the deluxe sets of everything up to Station To Station, which was in 2010. Then they stopped.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 21 April 2017 05:50 (one week ago) Permalink

What's Rhino's reputation these days?

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 21 April 2017 09:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Rhino's Wilson Pickett set was really nice. I've been debating whether it's worth getting the Sabbath Paranoid Super Deluxe set, I might pick it up used. They did Otis' Dictionary of Soul in October, and Led Zep's 3 disc BBC Sessions reissue was cool. Stevie Nicks and later Fleetwood Mac deluxes. Everything is tip top quality that I can tell. But they also do a lot of vinyl only reissues which I have no interest in. It's just a matter of time 'til they revive 8-tracks (I think I saw a glimmer of that), then 78s and wax cylinders.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 21 April 2017 13:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Happy Record Store Day!
Vic Chesnutt's West of Rome now available for the first time on vinyl
New West Records is proud to present Vic Chesnutt’s second studio album, West Of Rome. Meticulously remastered and pressed on vinyl for the very first time, West Of Rome is widely regarded by fans and hailed by critics as Chesnutt’s best record. Produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, this vinyl pressing features an alternate tracklisting curated by Vic and Stipe in which “Latent/ Blatant” no longer kicks off the album and is moved to the bonus tracks. In addition, the closing instrumental which was “hidden” in the original release is now titled “Little Fugue” and has been resequenced as the fourteenth track. West Of Rome’s two studio outtakes, “Nathan” and “Where’s The Clock,” appear in the bonus tracks. Also included are four-track demos and live versions of songs from the same time period. This pressing is West Of Rome as it was meant to be.

You can pick up a copy of West of Rome at your favorite independent record store, exclusive for Record Store Day.

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“On his third and maybe most conceptually complete album, Vic Chesnutt emerges as that rare kind of artist who can see right into the living room of small-town America. Drunk is an example of how he can turn seemingly self-absorbed songs into something strangely universal. In the end, it is probably that ability which makes his genius the most readily apparent.”
– All Music

“Little served notice of Chesnutt’s singular gift for finding deep truths in the commonplace, and unfurled his affectionate embrace of the sad and funny foibles that comprise the bulk of our lives.”
– No Depression

“The most elemental of any of Chesnutt’s albums.”
– Pitchfork

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Silver Lake
“Chesnutt’s stories always strike an honest and recognizable emotional chord, no matter how oddball the situations that surround them.”
– All Music

“Vic Chesnutt might never be famous, but his songs touch on inner truths that lurk around us. They strike something deep inside their listeners’ beings.”
– Pop Matters

Ghetto Bells
“These songs are ultimately and admirably patient and fluid, building not to grandiloquent climaxes but to a greater and greater complexity of meaning.”
– Pitchfork

“The songs are all-encompassing. They sweep you up. They really get to you.”
– Washington Post

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dow, Monday, 24 April 2017 16:07 (five days ago) Permalink




Paul Collins' (from The Nerves, The Breakaways) two long lost EPs with his band The Beat from the early '80s make it to Lolipop Records as the first re-issue on all formats in over 30 years, from the "king of power pop" himself. To Beat Or Not To Beat was recorded in New York in 1983 at The Ranch with John Mathias (The Romantics) and Paul Collins/Steven Huff producing. It was released in the U.S. by Jem/Passport Records and then it was later released in Europe on Closer Records France and Dro Records Spain. The single "All Over The World" was featured regularly on KROQ in Los Angeles and got a lot of airplay in France and in Spain. Steve and Paul toured in Europe off that record for several years until they wound up in London where they recorded their follow-up EP Long Time Gone, just before returning to the States. Long Time Gone was released in 1985 on Closer France and Dro Spain, and both records were released as a two-fer on Wounded Bird Records in 2004. Paul recalls those days fondly, “I remember getting an $800 royalty check for 'All Over The World' when I was living in San Francisco so I went out and bought a used green Datsun B210! I would always hum 'All Over The World' as I drove up and down all those hills in SF!"

Paul Collins' Beat's Long Time Gone / To Beat Or Not To Beat will be released on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital formats April 28th via Lolipop Records (distributed by Cobraside Distribution).
Broken Hearted
Long Time Gone
Working On A Good Thing
Find Somebody Else
Standing In The Rain
Good Times
All Over The World
Dance Dance
Making You Mine
Burning Desire
Give Me The Drugs
Always Got You On My Mind

5/6 Clermont-Ferrand @ Bombshell
5/7 Marseille @ Le Jam
5/8 Toulouse @ Dispensary
5/10 Rouen @ 3 Pieces
5/11 Vannes @ Jam Session
5/12 Paris @ La Mecanique-Ondulatoire

5/13 London @ The Finsbury
5/14 Adam Smith's Black Wax Radio Live Show

5/16 Kortrijk @ Den Trap

5/17 Rotterdam @ V11
5/18 Haarlem (Amsterdam) @ Patronaat

5/19 Düsseldorf @ The Tube
5/20 Berlin @ Cortina Bob
5/21 Hamburg @ Monkeys Music Club

5/23 Malmo @ Folk & Rock
5/24 Gothenburg @ Liseberg Amusement Park Power Pop Festival
5/25 Eskilstuna @ Ölkultur
5/26 Karlskoga @ Rockbar
5/27 Stockholm @ Pet Sounds record shop show!

5/30 Madrid @ Fun House
5/31 Burgos @ Matarile
6/1 Leon @ Chelsea Bar
6/2 Zarragoza @ Teatro Arbolé
6/8 Barcelona @ A Wamba Buluba
6/22 Elche @ Hotel Galicia
6/24 Fuengirola @ Fuengirola Pop Weekend with The Beach Boys

6/28 Algarve, TBC
6/29 Lisbon @ Popular Alvalade

7/21 Tourville-Sur-Mer "Le Sable, Les Mouettes et Les Guitares Electriques" Festival


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