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

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

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

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

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

 

Madeleine Peyroux To Release New Album, Anthem

With a enviably rich catalog, the talent of Madeleine Peyroux has provided years and albums worth of great music. Not only has she recorded some original material, but Madeleine Peyroux has also lent her extraordinary vocal and musical qualities to songs written by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Willie Dixon, the recent Hall of Fame inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and others, all in a Bessie Smith-styled presentation. Her last album, Secular Hymns, was released in 2016. All in all, Madeleine Peyroux has seven classic albums out (one for Atlantic Records, three for Rounder Records as well as a ‘best of’ set, two for Decca Records, and her last with Verve Records).

On August 31, a new album is being released by Madeleine Peyroux entitled Anthem. To date, nothing much is known about this new release other than it is currently being toured by Madeleine Peyroux with her quintet. Many of the scheduled shows are already SOLD OUT leaving the ticket an enviable one to acquire.

Anthem is expected for CD, DD (in both standard and HD versions of digital audio), and likely vinyl LP. Currently, there is no cover art nor a track-list. An update will fix that. Of course, the title track is a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”. Another reported cover is “Last Night When We Were Young”, written by Harold Arlen and EY Harburg. With the other songs, I understand that David Baerwald (of David+David fame) was involved.

AnthemMadeleine Peyroux

01 – On My Own
02 – Down On Me
03 – Party Tyme
04 – Anthem
05 – All My Heroes
06 – On a Sunday Afternoon
07 – The Brand New Deal
08 – Lullaby
09 – Honey Party
10 – The Ghosts of Tomorrow
11 – We Might As Well Dance
12- Liberte

New Gang Gang Dance Album, Kazuashita, For June

The legendary 4AD label has released some of Rock’s best loved independent bands, bands like Dead Can Dance, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Pale Saints, Clan of Xymox, Bauhaus, and a wealth of other shoegaze bands. While many of those bands have ceased heir recording and touring, the label is still active in searching out endearing bands to keep things fresh. Current bands on 4AD include The National, Deerhunter, The Lemon Twigs, Daughter, and Gang Gang Dance.

It’s been seven years since we’ve last heard from Gang Gang Dance. Their last album, Eye Contact, was released back in 2011. The band is an interesting mix of jazz-influenced electronic ambient music, coupled with the hallmark of 4AD’s shoegaze preference. With five albums in release (Eye Contact is the band’s ONLY 4AD LP issue), the band has provided more than enough back catalog to discover.

On June 22, 4AD will release the next Gang Gang Dance album, Kazuashita. The new album will offer ten new songs with the hypnotic vocal style of Lizzi Bougatsos merged with the current music style of Brian DeGraw, and Josh Diamond.

Kazuashita is planned for CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Waters Interview Remark Hints At 5.1 Surround Mix of Pink Floyd 1977 Classic, Animals

The news is being broadcast (by Roger Waters, in an off-hand remark) that there will be a 5.1 Surround version of one of Pink Floyd‘s most under-represented albums (in my own opinion), Animals. For years, many of Pink Floyd’s albums have received expanded attention. Animals languished despite having a strong following. (Thanks to Steve Talia for this IMWAN tip-off.)

There is little to offer other than a bi of news to let you know it’s likely coming sooner rather than later. Apparently, new Battersea shots have been taken for the reissue.

Personally, I’m not a 5.1 adherent. The original was recorded and mixed by the band with Stereo in mind, and while there may have been thoughts of an expanded soundstage, they all come well after the original issue, and often not by the band oversight. I then becomes a work of somewhat else, like a remix becomes for some songs. They’re interesting, but ultimately fall away.

Now, having said that, I do NOT mind that things release in a 5.1 Surround mix for those that love them. Just call me indifferent. And, if there are updated HD tracks, then I’m vastly interested!

To be continued when more information and release dates come closer.

New Album From Folk Artist, Olivia Chaney, Is Expected In June – Shelter

Olivia Chaney is a folk artist who delivers a strong quality of work in her folk-styled music. Her debut album, The Longest River, was released back in 2015. Issued by Nonesuch Records, it is a collection of twelve folk tunes that have Joni Mitchell at its beating heart. Since, she has played with Kronos Quartet as well as other artists like her. The Longest River impressed many of her musical peers and continues to do so. Even Robert Plant has invited her to the stage.

Olivia Chaney has a voice suited for her chosen style. With her composition skills, she can put together intriguing albums with the songs she creates.

On June 15, Nonesuch Records will release the next musical chapter from Olivia Chaney named Shelter. Currently, the song “IOU” is available as a forerunner of the upcoming album.  (You can listen to that song below.) Shelter will issue on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. A pre-order at the webstore of Nonesuch will net you a signed print.

I recommend (strongly) a music journey backwards to her first album. If you’re a Folk fan, you’ll find much beauty in the songs of The Longest Road. And if “IOU” is an apt indicator, you’ll feel just as strongly with Shelter when it releases.

 

New Album By The Paper Kites – On The Train Ride Home – Is Uhhh, Out Now

In a surprising but head-scratching moment, The Paper Kites attended Twitter with an immediate announcement that their new album (the one they’ve been teasing fans with for a bit now) was out! There were no upcoming notices. Just a small sampling of a song the previous evening before the announcement. Now, with that aside…

On April 17, uhh, now, the new album from the Australian gem of a band, The Paper Kites will be is available. The new album is called On The Train Ride Home. With its eight new tracks, the album returns the band to an acoustic display of their music. Currently, you can listen to the new album via streaming services like Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Apple Music, and purchase it digitally via iTunes and Google Play.

But…there is definitely more to this. Given  that On The Train Ride Home is somewhat of an unusual offering by a band who is ascending as their designated ‘next album’, I believe that it is a forerunner of their next official – and electric – album. And while it is absolutely a full-length album, my guess is that these are written songs that didn’t make the  new album cut but were too good to not release. Because…

In August, The Paper Kites will release another new album (I am assuming their intended follow-up to the brilliant TwelveFour (2015). This is an album I saw them support on a tour). The new album will be called On The Corner Where You Live.  More as that album date approaches.

As for On The Train Ride Home, it has a definite Neil Young vibe, especially on “Between The Houses”. If you’re a Paper Kites fan, then you will love this new and surprising album. As for me, I’ll be at their next concert showing, for sure!

Here’s a link to get you to the album on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Play.

On The Train Ride HomeThe Paper Kites

01 – Nothing More Than That
02 – On The Train Ride Home
03 – Arms
04 – Between The Houses
05 – Only One
06 – It’s Not Like You
07 Standing In The Rain
08 – How Long

Violent Femmes Classics, Violent Femmes, Hallowed Ground, Permanent Record, To Be Re-Released

With a short US tour planned for Summer of 2018, it’s only right that the newly formed Craft Recordings re-introduce Violent Femmes back into the consciousness of past fans, and any potential new fans. Recently (2017), Violent Femmes released an unplugged travelogue of live tracks called 2 Mics + The Truth: Unplugged and Unhinged in America, providing long time fans 24 radio-broadcast live tunes on LP, 19 if you opted for a CD edition.

On June 8. Craft Recordings will re-release Violent Femmes’ strong self-titled Violent Femmes debut, and their second album, Hallowed Ground. Originally released back in 1983, and 1984 on the legendary Slash Records label (remember that label?), these albums were variable as Hallowed Ground caused a slight disruption for the band, swerving them away from the Platinum status of their debut. These new re-releases will be bare-bones. The debut will provide two previously available bonus tracks (“Ugly”, “Gimme The Car”) no previously available on the original album.

Additionally, the 2005 Rhino-issued ‘best of’ for Violent Femmes, Permanent Records, will also be re-released just as Rhino originally released it (with the hidden live track).

The last new Violent Femmes album was back in 2016, We Can Do Anything. If you’re a fan, it’s a nice opportunity to update the quality of your current collection pieces.

 

Mick Ronson Story Poorly Told on Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Soundtrack

In many bands, there’s an unsung hero. Although there are steps to recognize the talents of the individual, often the shadow cast by the big star is far too dark to allow much light to shine for recognition. One of the easy ones to recognize is Mick Ronson.

Mick Ronson played for David Bowie in Bowie’s early fame, Ziggy era. Afterwards, Mick Ronson took calculated steps to become a star in his own right. Certainly, he possessed the guitar skills. Mick Ronson released two RCA albums, Slaughter On 10th Avenue (with an interesting cover of “Love Me Tender”), and Play Don’ Worry (with an equally interesting cover of “White Light, White Heat”).

On June 8, a somewhat unbalanced but well-intentioned overview of the career of Mick Ronson will be released. It is (unfairly and for market’s sake) called Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. There are fourteen tracks found here that draw from sessions work, his tenure with Bowie, and with Ian Hunter, and a dose of music from his posthumous release of Heaven and Hull.  To be fair, Ronson’s reach scattered further than this collection would have you believe.

I say all this as I’m a fierce Mick Ronson fan who believes that he deserves better a remembrance than this weak set delivers, soundtrack or not. Nevertheless, while I might advise against this purchase (and I would), it is better than nothing, recognition-wise. While an enclosed booklet might do better justice, the musical offerings (and album/documentary title) are merely a marketing undercurrent designed to pull you in.

In the end, you have to choose as you will if Mick Ronson’s story interests you. Otherwise, I’d say wait for a better collection (something that Omnivore, Real Gone Music, Cherry Red, or another dedicated label could provide.

Despite all this, it is, in the end, a soundtrack to a documentary that airs on Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It’s also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

01 – All The Young Dudes (Live) – with Queen, Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Phil Collins at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
02 – Soulful Lady (with Michael Chapman on Fully Qualified Survivor (1970))
03 – Madman Across The Water (with Elton John on Rare Masters (1992))
04 – Moonage Daydream (with David Bowie on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972))
05 – Cracked Actor (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
06 – Time (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
07 – Once Bitten, Twice Shy (with Ian Hunter on Ian Hunter (1975))
08 – I’d Give Anything To See You (Just Like This (1999))
09 – Hard Life (Just Like This (1999))
10 – Midnight Love (Heaven and Hull (1994))
11 – Like A Rolling Stone (Heaven and Hull (1994))
12 – This Is For You (with Joe Elliott) Previously Unreleased
13 – Heroes (live) (with Queen, David Bowie, Joe Elliott at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
14 – Tribute To Mick Ronson (Mike Garson) Previously Unreleased

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

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

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

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

Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box SetBlack Sabbath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Review: Scenes From A Ghost Train – Forrest Fang

For well over 3 decades, Forrest Fang has created sound journeys, each as different as the landscape imagery they invoke. That’s an impressive commitment to not only his own sense of atmospheric creativity, but also to dedicated fans accumulated throughout his sixteen albums. With his latest release from Projekt Records, Scenes from a Ghost Train, Forrest Fang opts to take listeners on a cross-universe ride in a train that exists only within you.

This nine-track escape includes a four-piece title track departure that starts at a “Five-Mile Crater”, visits “Koch’s Veil”, participates in ” A Meeting of Totems”, and ends in “The Pulse of The Stars”.  Add in a twenty-minute aurally-induced display of “The Great Migration”, and four more pieces, Scenes From A Ghost Train  becomes more than an ambient album, it becomes a self-creating painting of continual brush strokes of imagination.

Everything has a sound of the universe in the background. Call it unsettling or rapturous, the choice is yours. But it sets a tone for the soundtrack of travel that is beautifully augmented by the musical skills of Forrest Fang’s toolbox of various instruments.  “A Meeting of Totems” become an earthly tribal experience, while its transitioning follow, “The Pulse of Stars” moves to a wider expanse of majesty.

Works by Forrest Fang are easily notable experiences in vast and completely uncharted cerebral landscapes. It’s difficult to assign the word ‘favorite’ among any of them.