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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

Thanks for the headz-up, Elvis!

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

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

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

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

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

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

A new AlHaj? I'm all about that.

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

Yeah, that's very good news.

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


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

BTW you can get it here for $69.

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

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

more info via the orig. press sheet:

dow, Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:02 (one year ago) Permalink


no lime tangier, Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean, why go through all that effort and then exclude the original "Southern Mark Smith" single and "JB Meets Count Dracula," and "Roadrunner," and MFin' "The Devil Is My Friend"? WTFF?

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 17 September 2017 16:01 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm guessing they'll do a nice 2CD comp of all that stuff next.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 18 September 2017 13:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Cherry Red is putting out a 4CD Atomic Rooster box, Sleeping For Years: The Studio Recordings 1970-1974 in December.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:04 (one year ago) Permalink

That Queen - News of the World box pre-order is $200+, WTF.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:30 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm also looking at this box, but I'm gonna wait and see what one of my favorite webstores,, wants for it when it comes out.

Released October 6, 2017.
For the first time ever, these PENTANGLE albums are available as a deluxe 7CD box set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation. Each record has been remastered from the best available sources, referencing original tapes and vinyl where relevant. Each album has been expanded with a wealth of bonus material, including choice selections from contemporaneous solo LPs by Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, out-takes and live tracks. Across the package, there are an impressive 22 recordings which are previously unreleased.

9. KOAN (TAKE 2)
17. KOAN (TAKE 1)




7. RAIN & SNOW (TAKE 2) *



grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:01 (one year ago) Permalink

There is no word on physical versions, but Anthony Braxton's Arista albums from the 1970s - New York, Fall 1974; Five Pieces, 1975; Duets 1976; Creative Orchestra Music 1976; The Montreux/Berlin Concerts; Alto Saxophone Improvisations 1979; For Trio; and For Four Orchestras - are all now on Spotify, iTunes and Tidal. They've been unavailable since the Mosaic boxed set went out of print.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 22 September 2017 13:52 (one year ago) Permalink

that's interesting - UMG must have retained the rights for the digital market for mosaic's mastering. you see this with film score specialty labels too - the label does the work of locating and working with the tapes, puts out an edition of 2000 or so, and then the rights holder gets to take those masters and put them for sale on itunes etc.

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Friday, 22 September 2017 21:11 (one year ago) Permalink

correct me if im wrong in remembering that arista = umg today

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Friday, 22 September 2017 21:11 (one year ago) Permalink

More from the xpost latest Drag City News:

....(on September 22) there's Fumiyo Miyashita's Live On the Boffomundo Show, which, while never before issued as a music release, has been available to experience on YouTube as part of the archives of The Boffomundo Show. This cable-access program of the late 70s and early 80s brought a decidedly proggy bent to the Los Angeles community - interviews with Robert Fripp, Phil Collins, John Wetton, Al Di Meola, Larry Carlton, Bernardo Lanzetti and others are all available up there - along with several segments from '79 and '80 featuring the Far East Family Band's Fumio Miyashita, working up rhythms from banks of synthesizers, gongs, percussion and other electronics, then adding devotional vocal chants to create an esoteric mood of monolithic (if not monophonic) primitivism! Fitting tightly in between the kraut movement and the new age revolution, Fumio's performance here comes off with the wondrous nature of a missing piece, now happily restored! For drone-heads, prog-o-philes and the seeking types among us - Fumio Miyashita Live On the Boffomundo Show! (LP/MP3/Flac)

dow, Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

German Oak 3cd of the released lp with titles corrected and long tracks extended (presumably edits removed)

1. Screaming Skeletons
2. Missile Song
3. Belle's Song
4. Nothing

Disc: 2
1. Belle's Song (Extended)
2. Missile Song (Extended)

Disc: 3
1. Bear Song
2. Happy Stripes (On Cats)
3. Ghost Guitar
4. Bear Song
5. Harpy & Peregrine
6. Python V.s. Tiger
7. Giant Rock/Boulder Golem

Stevolende, Thursday, 5 October 2017 08:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Calculated, Heavens To Betsy's debut album*, back in print on vinyl, and added to KRS bandcamp:

*First release: 3/1/94
Corin Tucker - guitar, vocals, drums on #6
Tracy Sawyer - drums, bass, guitar on #6, screams on #5

dow, Saturday, 7 October 2017 03:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Cauldron is the legendary psychedelic jazzy rock & electronic album by Californian band Fifty Foot Hose. First-time official vinyl reissue since its release in 1967 on the Limelight label.

Fifty Foot Hose formed in San Francisco in 1967. Like few other acts of their time they consciously tried to combine the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas. They were one of the most radical groups of the psychedelic era, and their experimentalism still has the power to shock and surprise even now.

What set them apart were the pioneering experiments in electronic music, like the band they are often compared to, The United States of America. Incorporating theremin, siren, audio generators, and other various electronic effects as Cork Marcheschi, the band's original bass player had developed an acute interest in the dadaist/futurist experiments of composers like John Cage and Edgar Varese. David and Nancy Blossom brought both psychedelic and jazz influences to the band. Cauldron, their only album, was released in December 1967, including "Fantasy”, “Red the Sign Post” and “God Bless the Child”, a Billie Holiday cover. An intriguing mix of jazzy psychedelic rock tunes with fierce and advanced electronic sound effects. These sound experiments differentiated them from their contemporaries and most audiences didn't quite know what to make of them.

So fans of flowery, psychedelic 60's music must beware of this odd gem, Fifty Foot Hose’s music leans more towards White Noise, Silver Apples and specially United States of America than to the whole flower power movement. After only one album, the proto-cyber psych outfit passed as quickly as they came. Their only mention would be a name-check in Ralph J. Gleason’s 1969 book, “The Jefferson Airplane And The San Francisco Sound” published over a year after their demise. Ralph J. Gleason wrote: “I don’t know if they’re immature or premature.” History has proven them to be the latter. Today the original album is very collectable and considered a touchstone of avant garde rock music.

"The concept was to expand what contemporary popular music was. I thought the avant-garde could have had a home with this new group of listeners but they turned out to be pretty conservative - intellectually . Drugs were fine - sex was fine - stop the wars was good but when challenged with abstract art., they reacted like conservative people look at a Jackson Pollock painting." (Cork Marcheschi)

Listen: Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron
(this is what's at the official youtube link: version posted in 2014--dunno if all these bonus tracks are on here again [this post is from the 1996 reissue])
1996 edition. Plus rare and unissued tracks. 1. And After 00:00 2. If Not This Time 02:08 3. Opus 777 05:47 4. The Things That Concern You 06:09 5. Opus 11 09:39 6. Red the Sign Post 10:05 7. For Paula 13:05 8. Rose 13:32 9. Fantasy 18:39 10. God Bless the Child 28:53 11. Cauldron 31:39 Plus 12. If Not This Time (demo) 36:35 13. Red The Sign Post (demo) 40:15 14. Fly Free (demo) 42:34 15. Desire (demo) 45:16 16. Bad Trip - THE ETHIX (33 rpm) 56:57 17. Skins - THE ETHIX 1:00:22 18. Bad Trip - THE ETHIX (45 rpm) 1:02:48

dow, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:04 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't know how the poster came up with the times on those tracks; even with the bonus material, this 1996 versio is 65 minutes long, not x hours, as would have to be as total of the times listed.

dow, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

It's not totally divorced from flower power, often in there between United States of America and Jefferson Airplane, like Grace Slick's moodier, broodier more discursive excursions: flowers in the smog and fog of SF (San Francisco, Science Fiction).

dow, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:23 (one year ago) Permalink

If you dig this approach, see also: Laser Pace - Granfalloon (Takoma - 1974) Wow!

dow, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Expanded edition of MTV Unplugged Listen Without Prejudice, reviewed here:
Faith's modish, urban-pop soundscape—with polite downtempo intermissions—was exchanged for an awe-inducing amalgam of funk, folk, jazz and reggae on Listen Without Prejudice, produced and written by Michael. Focusing on the album's lyrical content— which touched on life, love and Michael's sexual orientation—the songs here remain as genuinely arresting and exploratory now as they were in 1990.

dow, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and despite title, it's not just more from MTV Unplugged:

Following the equally lush 2011 multi-format remaster of Faith, Listen Without Prejudice has been revived this week in 3-CD+DVD, 2-CD, vinyl and digital editions. The triple-CD package includes the remastered original album, Michael's 1996 MTV Unplugged live LP, a collection of various remixes, B-sides and unreleased tracks from and surrounding the Prejudice period, and a DVD comprised of bonus promotional content. The other formats include the remastered album and MTV Unplugged performance.

dow, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Most intriguing part of this pitch: “Too Funky,” originally included on Red Hot + Dance (1993)—a star-studded AIDS benefit project—was originally set for inclusion on the scrapped secondary installment along with its B-side, “Crazy Man Dance.” Though “Too Funky” has been anthologized on prior Michael retrospectives, it joins, for the first time, the early ‘90s house and urban-pop grooves “Crazy Man Dance,” “Do You Want to Know” and “Happy” to tell (some of) the story of the follow-up to Listen Without Prejudice that never was. Originally recorded in the late '80s, “Fantasy" has been revamped here by the iconic Nile Rodgers and serves as the reissue project's promotional single.

dow, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I should get back to Red Hot + Dance, at least.

dow, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Lotta those Red Hots, for that matter.

dow, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:16 (one year ago) Permalink

"Chicago pastor and activist T.L. Barrett's rare gospel soul classic Like A Ship... (Without A Sail) is finally receiving a much-needed reissue. Long revered by record collectors, this album remains one of the holy grails of gospel soul. Self-released in 1971, Like A Ship was the result of Barrett channeling his passion for music, a determination to keep children off the streets, and his charismatic preaching (which attracted the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Donny Hathaway to his sermons at Mount Zion Baptist Church) into the production of the album, a project bolstered by the saxophonist and arranger Gene Barge of the famed Chess Records, and backed by a cast of players that included Richard Evans, Phil Upchurch and the rapturous vocals of the Youth For Christ Choir. Like A Ship is filled with sanctified grooves and spiritual praise delivered with a righteous, infectious chorus."

mizzell, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Hadn't heard of him, intriguing.


40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Of The Influential Punk Album
Includes A Remastered Version Of The Original,
Plus Rare And Unreleased Studio And Live Recordings

Available On Limited Edition CD And Vinyl On November 24

LOS ANGELES -Richard Hell and the Voidoids' Blank Generation is an iconic album that has influenced countless rock bands with its image, its attitude, and its blistering performances. Released in 1977 on Sire Records, the album was received ecstatically by critics such as Lester Bangs and the New York Times' Robert Palmer (who called it one of the ten best albums of the decade), but as was the case with most original "punk" albums, it wouldn't get mainstream recognition for decades. Now its place in music history is secure as one of punk's most significant records. Recently, Rolling Stone magazine lauded Blank Generation as one of the "40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time," giving the innovative and literate band its well deserved credit on the cusp of its 40th anniversary.

This seminal album is being recognized on its 40th anniversary this year with limited edition double-CD and double-LP deluxe editions to be released on Record Store Day's Black Friday. BLANK GENERATION: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available at independent music retailers worldwide November 24 on CD (limited to 5,250 copies) for $19.98 and vinyl (limited to 4,500 copies) for $31.98.

Produced for release by Richard Hell, the album has been expertly remastered-by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound, who mastered the original LP-as well as restored to its original 1977 track listing and sleeve imagery. BLANK GENERATION: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a second disc, with previously unreleased, alternate studio versions, out-of-print singles, and rare bootleg live tracks from the band's first appearance in 1976 at CBGB. The booklet also contains many previously unpublished photos of the band by Roberta Bayley (the renowned CBGB photographer who shot the LP's original cover), a revealing essay by Hell along with compelling images from his notebooks and private papers, and an extensive new interview with Ivan Julian by Hell.

After establishing his reputation as founder of legendary bands the Heartbreakers and Television, Hell went onto to lead the Voidoids which included Robert Quine (who later played in Lou Reed's Blue Mask band, as well as for Tom Waits, John Zorn, and many others), Ivan Julian (who would record for Matthew Sweet and numerous other artists) and Marc Bell ("Marky Ramone"). Along with the Ramones, Television, Blondie and Talking Heads, Hell and his band helped to define the early New York "first wave" punk scene. The song "Blank Generation" became a slogan and an anthem and later was emulated by the Sex Pistols for their track, "Pretty Vacant."

Such songs as "Love Comes In Spurts" and "Blank Generation" were originally recorded at Electric Lady Studios, but were re-recorded prior to release at Plaza Sound during Sire Records' transition to Warner Bros. Records in 1977. At Plaza Hell reworked the album, leaving behind alternate versions and outtakes from Electric Lady that now appear on the second discs of these deluxe editions. The music sounds as fresh and abrasive today as when it was first released.

Hell retired from music in 1984, refocusing on writing as his vocation. He's the author of two novels and several books of nonfiction including his acclaimed autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.

For more information about RICHARD HELL AND THE VOIDOIDS please contact Jessica Giordano in the Rhino Media Relations Department at jess✧✧✧.giord✧✧✧@rh✧✧✧.c✧✧ or 818-238-6403.

CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
1. "Love Comes In Spurts"
2. "Liars Beware"
3. "New Pleasure"
4. "Betrayal Takes Two"
5. "Down At The Rock And Roll Club"
6. "Who Says?"
7. "Blank Generation"
8. "Walking On The Water"
9. "The Plan"
10. "Another World"

Disc Two: Bonus Album
1. "Love Comes In Spurts" - Electric Lady Studios Alternate Version
2. "Blank Generation" - Electric Lady Studios Alternate Version
3. "You Gotta Lose" - Electric Lady Studios Outtake Version
4. "Who Says?" - Plaza Sound Studios Alternate Version
5. "Love Comes In Spurts" - Live at CBGB, November 19, 1976
6. "Blank Generation" - Live at CBGB, November 19, 1976
7. "Liars Beware" - Live at CBGB, April 14, 1977
8. "New Pleasure" - Live at CBGB, April 14, 1977
9. "Walking On The Water" - Live at CBGB, April 14, 1977
10. "Another World" - Ork Records Version
11. "Oh" - Original 2001 Release
12. 1977 Sire Records Radio Commercial

LP Track Listing
Side One
Side Two
6. "Love Comes In Spurts"
"Liars Beware"
"New Pleasure"
"Betrayal Takes Two"
"Down At The Rock And Roll Club"
"Who Says?" 1.
4. "Blank Generation"
"Walking On The Water"
"The Plan"
"Another World"

Side Three
1. "Love Comes In Spurts" - Electric Lady Studios Alternate Version
2. "Blank Generation" - Electric Lady Studios Alternate Version
3. "You Gotta Lose" - Electric Lady Studios Outtake Version
4. "Who Says?" - Plaza Sound Studios Alternate Version
5. "Love Comes In Spurts" - Live at CBGB, November 19, 1976
6. "Blank Generation" - Live at CBGB, November 19, 1976

Side Four
1. "Liars Beware" - Live at CBGB, April 14, 1977
2. "New Pleasure" - Live at CBGB, April 14, 1977
3. "Walking On The Water" - Live at CBGB, April 14, 1977
4. "Another World" - Ork Records Version
5. "Oh" - Original 2001 Release
6. 1977 Sire Records Radio Commercial

dow, Friday, 20 October 2017 16:52 (one year ago) Permalink

John Carpenter
Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

Release date: Friday, October 20th 2017

John Carpenter has announced Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his classic movie themes newly recorded with the collaborators that worked on his Lost Themes studio albums and subsequent tours: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. Set for release on October 20 via Sacred Bones, Anthology… is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie (the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star) to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween’s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing. “I asked Morricone to please compose something with a very few notes,” Carpenter says. “And brilliantly, he did.”

To accompany the announcement, Carpenter has shared the theme from 1994’s “In The Mouth of Madness”. Reminiscing on the original composition he states, "I worked on the soundtrack for In the Mouth of Madness with Jim Lang. We never came up with a great main title theme. In a rented house on Woodrow Wilson (my house was being remodeled), I came up with a heavy metal theme inspired by Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” My friend Dave Davies played lead guitar, and now, over 20 years later, his son Daniel is playing the lead. One of my favorite themes."

John Carpenter is a legend. As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its most influential musicians. The minimal, synthesizer-driven themes to films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 are as indelible as their images, and their timelessness was evident as Carpenter performed them live in a string of internationally sold-out concert dates in 2016.

In the weeks following Anthology’s October 20 release, Carpenter will return to the road, playing both classic movie themes and material from his two Lost Themes albums. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday at 10:00am local time, including special VIP packages that include meet and greets with John Carpenter and exclusive merchandise (for more details check The performances will once again affirm the power of the Horror Master’s brilliant work as a composer and musician, and undoubtedly send audiences rushing home to their DVD libraries to dive yet again into the most rewarding filmography in genre cinema.

1. In the Mouth of Madness

2. Assault on Precinct 13

3. The Fog

4. Prince of Darkness

5. Santiago (Vampires)

6. Escape From New York

7. Halloween

8. Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)

9. They Live

10. The Thing

11. Starman

12. Dark Star

13. Christine


10/29/17 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
10/31/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/2/17 - Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
11/4/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/5/17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/7/17 - Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live
11/9/17 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/10/17 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/12/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
11/13/17 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/15/17 - Boston, MA @ Royale
11/16/17 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/18/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
11/19/17 - Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theatre

dow, Friday, 20 October 2017 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

From Drag City News:

This is the story of Chris Gantry's At the House of Cash. Chris was a Nashville songwriter and one of the first of the wildman outlaws running through the streets of Music City USA in the 60s and 70s. By the early 70s, Chris' fellow travelers, guys like Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, Dennis Linde, Shel Silverstein and a bunch of others, had already brought their generation's new perspectives to the scene (not to mention Dylan, whose Nashville work in '66 and '67 helped light the fuse). In fact,
Gantry's second album, 1970's Motor Mouth, was fairly tripped-out country rock - maybe the only record out of Nashville EVER with a Gurdejeff quote on the cover - but there was something else again about the recordings he made at Johnny Cash's place in '73. Gantry's belief in the industry that he'd been feeding songs '73. Gantry's belief in the industry that he'd been feeding songs to for the past decade was at an all-time low, and he'd recently sojourned in Mexico, where peyote played a significant role in his evolving state of mind. Seeking the kind of freedom in his music that he'd been chasing with so many others through the chaos of the late 1960s, Chris was ready to break OUT, and did so by adopting a jazz-inspired improvisatory quality to his lyric phrasing, which, along with an evangelical zeal to communicate his good news, plus his veteran's understanding of songcraft, led to an unusual session, stripped of conventional arrangements and delivered with a rawness that wasn't heard (or even striven for) around town in those days. With familiar Nashville cats on the session like Bobby Thompson, Buddy Spicher, Spady Brannan,
Bergen White and engineer Charlie Bragg, the songs on At the House of Cash sound a bit mad but utterly explicable today; at the time, they were a little too free to find a taker. That's fine, today needs these visions as much as yesterday did! At the House of Cash comes all the way out on November 17th.

dow, Friday, 20 October 2017 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Of course even more for xpost National Record Store Day, various genres and subgenres, from various labels----still need to check out Sonny Clark, also this:
a live recording of the night Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers), Clem Burke (Blondie), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Wayne Kramer (The MC5) took on Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers’ L.A.M.F. album are just the tip of the messy, beautiful pile of rock releases hitting the racks at record stores starting November 24.

dow, Sunday, 22 October 2017 19:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Grand Funk Railroad's catalog has been reissued in two budget boxes - Trunk of Funk Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. The first one has 1969's On Time; 1970's Grand Funk, Closer to Home, and Live Album; and 1971's Survival and E Pluribus Funk. The second has 1972's Phoenix; 1973's We're An American Band; 1974's Shinin' On and All the Girls in the World Beware!!!; 1975's Caught in the Act; and 1976's Born to Die. I bought 'em both on eBay for $32 each, since I don't currently have physical versions of the catalog in the house.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 23 October 2017 12:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Another for National Record Store Day, vinyl ed. of CB box---

Chris Bell
Complete Chris Bell [Boxed Set]

Event: BLACK FRIDAY 2017
Release Date: 11/24/2017
Format: Vinyl Box Set
Label: Omnivore Recordings
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

After co-founding and subsequently leaving Big Star, Chris Bell only issued two tracks of new music during his short lifetime. For RSD Black Friday 2017, Omnivore Recordings, with the help of the Estate of Chris Bell, are releasing his complete recordings, titled The Complete Chris Bell! This magnificent six LP set of Chris Bell's recorded output contains everything he ever recorded, including Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star Featuring Chris Bell, Rock City's See Seven States, I Am The Cosmos (Expanded), and two LPs of Outtakes and Alternate versions. Rounding out the box set is an exclusive unissued London interview from 1975 conducted by Barry Ballard, and a 20 page color booklet with previously unseen photos. This release should serve as the definitive collection of the massively influential Chris Bell, and would make a wonderful gift for any Big Star fan!

dow, Monday, 23 October 2017 21:52 (one year ago) Permalink
/A - Even A Tree Can Shed Tears
Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973
Light In The Attic
LITA 156
Release Notes

- “Weeping Sakura” wax limited to 300 copies. Limit two per customer.- SOLD OUT
- 18×24 folded poster featuring original cover artwork
First-ever fully licensed compilation of this music to be released outside Japan
Double LP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket
Original artwork by illustrator Heisuke Kitazawa
Includes book with extensive liner notes and bios by Yosuke Kitazawa and Jake Orrall
Compiled and produced by Jake Orrall, Yosuke Kitazawa, Matt Sullivan, and Patrick McCarthy

Available: October 20th, 2017.

There was something in the air in the urban corners of late ‘60s Japan. Student protests and a rising youth culture gave way to the angura (short for “underground) movement that thrived on subverting traditions of the post-war years. Rejection of the Beatlemania-inspired Group Sounds and the squeaky clean College Folk movements led the rise of what came to be known in Japan as “New Music,” where authenticity mattered more than replicating the sounds of their idols.

Some of the most influential figures in Japanese pop music emerged from this vital period, yet very little of their work has ever been released or heard outside of Japan, until now. Light In The Attic is thrilled to present Even a Tree Can Shed Tears, the inaugural release in the label’s Japan Archival Series. This is the first-ever, fully licensed collection of essential Japanese folk and rock songs from the peak years of the angura movement to reach Western audiences.

In mid-to-late 1960s Tokyo, young musicians and college students were drawn to Shibuya’s Dogenzaka district for the jazz and rock kissas, or cafes, that dotted its winding hilly streets. Some of these spaces doubled as performance venues, providing a stage for local regulars like Hachimitsu Pie with their The Band-like ragged Americana, Tetsuo Saito with his spacey philosophical folk, and the influential Happy End, who successfully married the unique cadences of the Japanese language to the rhythms of the American West Coast. For many years Dogenzaka remained a center of the city’s “New Music” scene.

Meanwhile a different kind of music subculture was beginning to emerge in the Kansai region around Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. Far more political than their eastern counterparts, many of the Kansai-based “underground” artists began in the realm of protest folk music. They include Takashi Nishioka and his progressive folk collective Itsutsu No Akai Fuusen, the “Japanese Joni Mitchell” Sachiko Kanenobu, and The Dylan II, whose members ran The Dylan cafe in Osaka, which became a hub for the scene.

Even a Tree Can Shed Tears also includes the bluesy avant-garde stylings of Maki Asakawa, future Sadistic Mika Band founder Kazuhiko Kato with his fuzzy, progressive psychedelia, the beatnik acid folk of Masato Minami, and the intimate living room folk of Kenji Endo.

Nearly 50 years on, this “New Music” is born anew.
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dow, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink




Erased Tapes has the huge privilege of reissuing the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s last ever studio album Union Cafe including a first-time vinyl edition, out December 1st 2017 to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of founder Simon Jeffes’ passing in 1997.

It was 1972 in the South of France when Simon had an unfortunate experience with food poisoning which lead to a much more fortunate circumstance when a vivid dream, induced from his illness and depicting a dystopian future, conceived the Penguin Cafe; a charming place where solace, harmony, and the orchestra’s unique music could be found amidst brutal concrete structures and darkness. For the following 25 years, Simon carried out this vision bringing brightness into a world full of noise. Sadly, after his passing, the original orchestra disbanded, but the doors to this happy place reopened when his son Arthur decided to continue his father’s legacy under the name Penguin Cafe.

The continuation of the PCO began at London’s Union Chapel in 2007 when Arthur and the original musicians commemorated Simon 10 years after his death. Another 10 years forward, 2017 will see Penguin Cafe pay tribute to him once again at the Union Chapel on December 11th where they will perform Union Cafe in full – a union from all corners of this magical world.

Union Cafe was the fifth, and the last studio album by Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It was initially released in 1993 merely on cassette and CD, and will now be given a new breath of life, for the first time available on vinyl, and another chance to reach old and new fans alike.

"The first song from Union Cafe that I’d unknowingly heard was Nothing Really Blue, performed live by Arthur and his successor band Penguin Cafe at the Barbican in summer 2016. He simply announced it as “another one of my dad’s”, and left me wondering all night about which record it was from… It wasn’t until summer 2017, a whole year later, that Arthur shared his father’s last studio recordings with me. Union Cafe is a record that somehow missed me, simply because it wasn’t available on vinyl like the other records I had gathered over the years. I couldn't help but feel privileged for the chance to discover another original PCO album. And so I put my headphones on and lay down at the foot of the small lake in Victoria Park to listen to this box of treasures. And as with all of Simon’s works, a whole world appeared in front of my closed eyelids — a world full of love and wonder, that manages to put tears in my eyes, shivers down my spine and a smile on my face. Scherzo And Trio would become the song that manages to brighten up my days, no matter how grey London sometimes gets. Organum would become the piece that Arthur played at my wedding. Cage Dead with its déjà vu-like character would become the theme song to a series of live sessions with artists from all around the world performing in the Sound Gallery, our new home on Victoria Park Road. Songs like Silver Star Of Bologna and Kora Kora, just like all the classic PCO songs, would feel familiar, though I’d never heard them before. Lie Back And Think Of England sounded like the work of a seasoned composer and yet unfamiliar at the same time — it made me wonder if Simon was planning a new adventure for his orchestra. Lastly, Passing Through would remind me that having a hidden track on your album was very popular with bands in the 90s, but finishing your album with the sound of water dripping out of a sink, slowly forming a musical pattern within all the chaos before the record suddenly ends, surely must be the most perfect way to say goodbye.” – label founder Robert Raths

“Union Cafe was the last studio album recorded by the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra and marked a move towards a definitive English pastoral sound combined with larger string arrangements set against longer solo piano pieces. With this last album they got even closer to the PCO idea of squaring the circle of intellectually challenging modern music that is still actually beautiful. For me this has always been a contender as my favourite PCO album, and the fact that it never ended up on vinyl was more to do with the way things were in the early 90s, and chance rather than it being deliberate. So in that sense this release is righting an old wrong. The slow development of the pieces means that you can really get lost in them and vinyl is of course the perfect way to do that.” — Arthur Jeffes

Arthur very kindly gave access to the original Union Cafe painting that currently lives in his North London home studio, created by Arthur’s mother Emily Young and now photographed by Alex Kozobolis for this special reissue edition.

Listen to Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s “Nothing Really Blue” –

Pre-order Union Cafe:

Union Cafe Tracklist:
1. Scherzo And Trio
2. Lifeboat (Lovers Rock)
3. Nothing Really Blue
4. Cage Dead
5. Vega
6. Yodel 3
7. Organum
8. Another One From Porlock
9. Thorn Tree Wind
10. Silver Star of Bologna
11. Discover America
12. Pythagoras On The Line
13. Kora Kora
14. Lie Back And Think Of England
15. Red Shorts
16. Passing Through

dow, Thursday, 2 November 2017 15:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Union Cafe is really good. It's crazy that PCO only did five studio albums! He really made a little world for himself.

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Friday, 3 November 2017 16:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Smog Veil November newsletter:

The 3rd and last entry in the Platters du Cuyahoga series 2 releases offers to fans of Cleveland underground rock, private press aficionados, and electronic/prog/improvisational music devotees the first ever glimpse into the much mythologized but never before released in any form 1972-1973 studio and live recordings of Hy Maya.

The experimental Cleveland musical collective Hy Maya was first conceived and visualized by Robert Bensick [The Robert Bensick Band/Fins/Berlin West], in the Spring of 1972 as a performance piece debuting at Robert's Cleveland State University artist of the year show. The group's core members included drummer/percussionist Scott Krauss [Pere Ubu/Home & Garden/Cinderella Backstreet], synthesist Allen Ravenstine [Pere Ubu/Red Crayola], and electric and acoustic bassist Albert Dennis [Cinderella Backstreet/Wolves]. Pianist Bob Friedhofer [Froggy & the Shrimps], conga player/percussionist Richard Schneider, and Mellotron player Cynthia Black [Cinderella Backstreet/Peter & the Wolves] also contributed significantly to the collective at various times.

Hy Maya created sounds that were heavily driven by an artistic and spiritual foundation and were undeniable and pivotal influence upon Pere Ubu (and, for that matter, related bands that came in between such as the aforementioned Fins and The Robert Bensick Band). Hy Maya were usually namechecked as a mere footnote in Ubu's pre-history despite the fact that two of Hy Maya's members (Ravenstine and Krauss) would go on to co-form Pere Ubu in September 1975. Few had witnessed Hy Maya perform; fewer remembered them or even knew who or what they had been, sadly a re-occurring issue for influential artists who languish in obscurity due to limited available information.

"The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language" is an attempt to right these wrongs and to give as much of a complete portrait of Hy Maya in its various incarnations as possible. While portions of the group's history are still somewhat uncertain in regards to timelines, the discovery of numerous live and studio recordings with a variety of Hy Maya's line-ups tells the story of the group's progression in a way, perhaps, that is much closer to the band's overall intent and philosophy. The recordings captured on this release have never before been issued and represent a landmark in the history of Cleveland underground music. A perfect accompaniment to both our recent Allen Ravenstine release* as this record includes Allen's earliest studio recordings and Robert Bensick Band's "French Pictures In London" as many of the musicians performing on that record also perform on this.

This double LP is pressed on stunning blue marbled vinyl and includes a free download code with bonus tracks and extensive liner notes from Nick Blakey along with never before published photos. The double CD version contains all the same tracks plus the same liners and photos. More information, song streams, and ordering information can be found here:
*More on Ravenstine's (w Albert Dennis) Terminal Drive:

We have a limited supply of Allen's recent collaborations with Robert Wheeler. Spread over 2 CDs and offered at 1 low price, "City Desk" and "Farm Report" represent a pleasing mix of electronic improvisation and expert composition skills honed over many years from these Pere Ubu veterans.

OW INVENTORY ALLERT!: Our Director of Shipping and Receiving, Cheese Borger, has informed me that we have exactly 2 remaining copies left in stock of the Mr Stress Blues Band "Live at the Brick Cottage 1972-1973" CD. So, first come, first served on those, but since we have just 2 left, these will only be offered as part of our Platters du Cuyahoga series 1 CD subscription. The good news is that we lowered the price on that bundle, so act quick!!

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 now shipping! 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. Test pressings have been approved and we are waiting in line at the pressing plant. Ordering details, song stream are here, we have less than 100 left:
More on Platters du Cuyahoga releases, individually and otherwise:

dow, Saturday, 4 November 2017 02:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Finally got the Jazz Butcher - Wasted Years box in the mail. Nice little hardcover book. However, in the liner notes, Pat Fish admits that Distressed Gentlefolk (1986) is short on good songs because the best ones were being put out at singles. To mention that, yet give no indication if those will ever be reissued, is perverse. I guess that's one expects from the world's most semi-competent band.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 5 November 2017 15:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Also, the fact that people on here have not heard of Richard Hell confirms the world is broken.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 5 November 2017 15:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Was Shirley MacLaine a jazz butcher single? I'd like to hear that again

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 5 November 2017 17:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Also, the fact that people on here have not heard of Richard Hell confirms the world is broken.

― Fastnbulbous

oh come on, richard hell is great but we're not all born with complete world knowledge you know

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 5 November 2017 18:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink
This has been subject to a third edition reissue, sick album ino.

calzino, Monday, 6 November 2017 01:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

imo, even!

calzino, Monday, 6 November 2017 01:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I just interviewed her for a podcast which will go live on Friday - we talked about that trio quite a bit.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 6 November 2017 03:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

King Crimson
Earthbound - 40th Anniversary Edition

Boz Burrell: Vocals, Bass
Robert Fripp: Guitar, Mellotron
Mel Collins: Saxes, Flute
Ian Wallace: Drums

Earthbound, originally released in 1972, was one of the earliest (if not the first) “official bootleg” released by a major rock band, consisting of a series of deliberately lo-fi live recordings of King Crimson’s Islands era line-up on tour in the USA. When issued, because of its mid-price it was excluded from the main album charts in the UK but topped the mid-price charts rubbing shoulders with Jim Reeves & Mantovani. Atlantic in the USA didn’t even bother to release it. By then, the band had broken up & the label had already been alerted to the likelihood of a new King Crimson line-up promised for later in the year. Like the later live album, USA, Earthbound remained unavailable in the early CD era, with both finally being released in 2002 on CD. Ironically this non-availability served to enhance interest in the album while DGM’s live releases made fans aware that there was a larger story to be told of this line-up’s history. When Robert Fripp was asked to guest on the second Grinderman project, Nick Cave noted: “I wanted to work with Robert Fripp because he has done some of the most uniquely unsettling guitar work I have ever heard along with some of the most delicate and finessed” explained Cave. “I grew up listening to a lot of the King Crimson stuff. The vinyl copy of the phenomenal live album Earthbound, is one of my most treasured possessions.”

The new version of Earthbound features an expanded version of the original album on CD & DVD. As a series of stereo only/low-fi recordings, a 5.1 edition was neither possible nor appropriate. However, also included on the DVD of this release is the full performance from Summit Studios, captured on the same US tour in 1972, appearing in both new stereo & quadraphonic mixes, providing the only live surround recordings of this line-up. This release also features 15 minutes of material not included on the original mail order only CD of Summit studios as issued by DGM in 2000. The DVD also features the “Schizoid Men” sequence from the Ladies of the Road live album & a transfer of a 1972 vinyl edition of the Earthbound LP.

• Earthbound – is the twelfth release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series.
• The album has been expanded ON CD & DVD
• CD features an expanded 12 track version of the original 5 track album.
• DVD features the 12 track expanded album in 24/96 hi-res stereo audio.
• DVD also features the Summit Studios performance in a new stereo mix & in quadraphonic.
This is the only surviving multi-track performance from the 1972 tour.
• DVD features the album length “Schizoid Men” sequence of edits of 21st Century Schizoid Men taken from the Ladies of The Road live album
• A transfer of the original vinyl album completes the audio selections.
• Presented as a 2 x digi-pack format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos & archive material.
• Continues the highly collectable King Crimson series.

Out 11/17. I ordered one, because I have all the other 40th anniversary CD/DVD editions from Court through USA and wanted to complete the set. (I hate the Belew-era 80s version of the band, and the albums from the '90s and beyond bore me.)

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Music on Vinyl is reissuing Dorothy Ashby's 1969 album Dorothy's Harp in a few weeks. It's a really killer funky jazz harp record.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 17 November 2017 07:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Cool! last year's Rolling Reissues incl. Ashby reissues via Sound Of The Universe, Soul Jazz Records' store site. Also here: And Night Lights did a really good presentation of her music history:

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 15:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Tompkins Square label has reissued Meredith Monk's groundbreaking 1971 debut album, Key. Pitchfork named it "Best New Reissue" (8.7)


Composer, singer, director/choreographer, creator of new opera, musical theater works, films and installations, Meredith Monk is one of the most unique and influential artists of our time. Awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2015, Monk has blazed her own trail through music and movement over the past 50 years. Pitchfork noted : "Meredith Monk's influence as a singer and composer extends through Björk, Joanna Newsom and beyond."

Key contains Monk's earliest compositions for voice, composed and performed from 1967-1970. In her words:
"In Key I wanted to create a constantly shifting ambience. Each song dealt with a different vocal character, landscape, technical concern or emotional quality. I was trying for a visceral, kinetic song form that had the abstract qualities of a painting or a dance. I knew that I didn't want to set music to a text: for me, the voice itself was a language which seemed to speak more eloquently than words. I chose certain phonemes for their particular sound qualities. In a sense, each song became a world in itself with its own timbre, texture and impulse."

The Tompkins Square reissue faithfully reproduces the original 1971 LP on Increase Records, with textured cover and original insert images and notes.

TSQ5371 - Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves and Revolver in NA, Cargo UK for Europe.
Dolmen Music [ECM, 1980]
Monk has classical voice training, but I expect it was her folk and rock experience that taught her how to make these almost wordless songs sound so demotic, so literally unrefined--they obviously don't merely "express" emotion, but they don't merely distill it either. On record, the ostinato structures mean that the four shorter pieces composed between 1972 and 1975 come across better than the title work, which lasts 23:39 and features six voices with intermittent accompaniment. But anybody who wants to go further than Lora Logic and Pere Ubu will listen to it all. A-

dow, Monday, 20 November 2017 18:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Been listening to the U-Men s/t anthology on Sub Pop a lot lately, highly recommended if you like scabrous Birthday Party/Grong Grong/Bloodloss style blues-garage-punk-abilly.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 26 November 2017 13:14 (ten months ago) Permalink

+1. I'd heard a lot of the U-Men stuff at the time, but totally kind of forgot about 'em. Sort of a missing link between BP/Scientists and Gun Club/Scratch Acid. Great comp.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

From Soul Jazz Records' storefront Sound Of The Universe:

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3
Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-81
Soul Jazz Records

Available worldwide in all good retail and internet record stores this Fri 1 Dec or direct from us right now! Buy the 3xLP and get a free limited edition poster (direct from us only here). Buy the 2xCD and get a free limited edition badge (direct from us only here).

This latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful Deutsche Elektronische Musik series delves deeper into the German nation’s vaults to bring a fascinating new collection that again brings together a selection of classic German electronic and rock groups, including Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, La Düsseldorf, Agitation Free, alongside a host of rare tracks by lesser known artists which includes Michael Bundt, Bröselmaschine, Dronsz, Achim Reichel and others.

The music of Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 ranges from the introverted pastoralism of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Bröselmaschine, to the angular and futuristic electronic experimentations of Klauss Weiss, Pyrolator, Deuter, Michael Bundt and others, to the proto-punk of La Düsseldorf and the heavy space, progressive and cosmic rock of Missus Beastly, Niagara and Dyzan.

The music on Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 was all recorded in the 1970s up to the early 1980s, at a time when forward-thinking German electronic and rock groups were searching for a new musical identity in order to separate themselves from both the cultural legacy of post-world war two Germany as well the ‘cultural imperialism’ of USA and UK rock. In this process German groups created some of the most unique and inspired music, the defining motorik beat alongside a host of ethno-musical influences from far afield – including Turkey, India, Brazil – as well as the musical and futurist possibilities of developments in electronics and technology itself.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 is released as a heavyweight 3xLP, deluxe double CD pack and digital release. The new extensive sleevenotes are by David Stubbs, who is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany’ (Faber & Faber).

Deutsche Elektronische Musik: “A near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music’’ ***** The Guardian

Release Date
01 December 2017
1 Klauss Weiss – Wide Open Space Motion
2 A.R. & Machines – I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song
3 Deutsche Wertarbeit – Deutscher Wald
4 Dzyan – Khali
5 Missus Beastly – Geisha
6 Alex – Derulé
7 Agitation Free – In The Silence Of the Morning Sunrise
8 Georg Deuter – Pearls
9 Michael Bundt – The Brain Of Oskar Panizza
10 Popol Vuh – Ja, Deine Liebe Ist Sußer Als Wein
11 Novalis – Dronsz
12 Bröselmaschine – Schmetterling
13 Neu! – Neuschnee
14 Between – And The Waters Opened
15 La Düsseldorf – White Overalls
16 Klauss Weiss – Constellation
17 Achim Reichel – Tanz Der Vögel In Den Winden
18 Roedelius – Lustwandel
19 Pyrolator – Die Haut Der Frau
20 Cluster – Hollywood
21 Streetmark – Passage
22 Niagara – Rhythm Go
23 Michael Bundt – Neon

More Info & Audio

dow, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

I got the Rhino deluxe 2 disc master of Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation which was only available in b&m stores for Black Friday. It's inexplicably missing "I'm Your Man," "All The Way," and the Ork single of "Blank Generation," even though it has the other track, "Another World." However, the liner notes are nice, and I just added the missing tracks to my flac folder, shrug.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:25 (ten months ago) Permalink


The Albums Please, Actually And Introspective Are Remastered And
Reissued With "Further Listening" Albums Of Additional And
Previously Unreleased Material

Reissues Out March 2 From Rhino

LOS ANGELES - Pet Shop Boys will release the third set of albums in their definitive CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. This third set sees the PSB albums Please from 1986, Actually from 1987 and 1988's Introspective, and will be reissued on March 2. The albums have been remastered and repackaged, and will be accompanied by "further listening" albums of master quality bonus tracks - including demos, extended mixes and remixes of tracks from the albums and others created in the same period as each record.

The three albums will be packaged with an extensive booklet in which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss each song, illustrated with many archive photographs. The entire project is designed by Farrow.

Please was the debut album by Pet Shop Boys and produced by Stephen Hague. Released in March 1986, the album hit Billboard's Top Ten, was certified Platinum, and has sold over three million copies worldwide. Comprising of ten tracks in its original release, the album's track-listing includes the duo's debut single "West End Girls" - PSB's first number one single in the USA. Singles "Love Comes Quickly," "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)" and "Suburbia" are also featured on Please. The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 re-issue of the album features a remastered and repackaged vinyl and double CD, featuring 7" and 12" mixes and remixes of tracks from Please and the album's period.

In 1987, Pet Shop Boys released their second album Actually. The album was produced by Julian Mendelsohn, Stephen Hague, Shep Pettibone, Andy Richards and Pet Shop Boys. This period saw Pet Shop Boys reach new critical and commercial heights and included singles, "It's A Sin," "Always On My Mind And Heart," and "What Have I Done To Deserve This," their single featuring Dusty Springfield which climbed to number two on the US singles chart. The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 re-issue of Actually includes the remastered original album, with the 2-CD version featuring bonus material including the Shep Pettibone mix of "Heart," and demo versions and alternative mixes of tracks including "One More Chance" and "Always On My Mind."

Also remastered, repackaged and re-issued as part of the CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 is Pet Shop Boys' 1988 release Introspective. This album has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide to date and was the first to feature production by Trevor Horn, whose lavish orchestrations marked a new sonic direction for PSB. House music legend Frankie Knuckles created the mix of "I Want A Dog," while "Domino Dancing" was recorded in Miami with hit producer Lewis Martinée. Introspective also saw Pet Shop Boys introduce a new approach to the format of an album and its respective singles: each of the 6 tracks on the album's original track-listing is over six minutes in length, and they were later edited to fit the more traditional format of a seven-inch single. The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 re-issue features, along with the newly-remastered original album, bonus material such as demo versions of "Don Juan" and "Domino Dancing," seven-inch and disco mixes of "Losing My Mind" and "Left To My Own Devices."

The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 reissue series began earlier this year on July 28 with the release of Nightlife, Release, and Fundamental, followed by re-issues of Yes and Elysium, which were released on October 20. The series will continue until all PSB Parlophone albums have been released with "further listening" albums:

Behaviour/Further listening: 1990-1991
Very/Further listening: 1992-1994
Bilingual/Further listening: 1995-1997

The reissues of Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour, Very, and Bilingual were originally released with bonus "further listening" albums in 2001 and are being newly remastered with their original track-listings for these projects.

Please / Further Listening: 1984-1986

CD 1:
1. Two Divided By Zero
2. West End Girls
3. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)
4. Love Comes Quickly
5. Suburbia
6. Opportunities (Reprise)
7. Tonight Is Forever
8. Violence
9. I Want A Lover
10. Later Tonight
11. Why Don't We Live Together?

CD 2:
1. A Man Could Get Arrested (Twelve-Inch B-Side)
2. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) (Full Length Original Seven-Inch Mix)
3. In The Night
4. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) (Twelve-Inch Mix)
5. Why Don't We Live Together? (Original New York Mix)
6. West End Girls (Dance Mix)
7. A Man Could Get Arrested (Seven-Inch B-Side)
8. Love Comes Quickly (Dance Mix)
9. That's My Impression (Disco Mix)
10. Was That What It Was?
11. Suburbia (The Full Horror)
12. Jack The Lad
13. Paninaro (Italian Remix)

Actually / Further Listening: 1987-1988:

CD 1:
1. One More Chance
2. What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield)
3. Shopping
4. Rent
5. Hit Music
6. It Couldn't Happen Here
7. It's A Sin
8. I Want To Wake Up
9. Heart
10. King's Cross

CD 2:
1. I Want To Wake Up (Breakdown Mix)
2. Heart (Shep Pettibone Version)
3. You Know Where You Went Wrong
4. One More Chance (Seven-Inch Mix)
5. It's A Sin (Disco Mix)
6. What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield) [extended mix]
7. Heart (Disco Mix)
8. A New Life
9. Always On My Mind (Demo Version)
10. Rent (Seven-Inch Mix)
11. I Want A Dog
12. Always On My Mind (Extended Dance Mix)
13. Do I Have To?
14. Always On My Mind (Dub Mix)

Introspective / Further Listening: 1988-1989

CD 1:
1. Left To My Own Devices
2. I Want A Dog
3. Domino Dancing
4. I'm Not Scared
5. Always On My Mind/In My House
6. It's Alright

CD 2:
1. I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
2. Don Juan (Demo Version)
3. Domino Dancing (Demo Version)
4. Domino Dancing (Alternative Version)
5. The Sound Of The Atom Splitting
6. What Keeps Mankind Alive?
7. Don Juan (Disco Mix)
8. Losing My Mind (Disco Mix)
9. Nothing Has Been Proved (Demo For Dusty)
10. So Sorry, I Said (Demo For Liza)
11. Left To My Own Devices (Seven-Inch Mix)
12. It's Alright (Ten-Inch Version)
13. One Of The Crowd
14. It's Alright (Seven-Inch Version)
15. Your Funny Uncle

dow, Thursday, 7 December 2017 01:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

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