Audio Fidelity To Deliver Two New SACDS In November

Eric Clapton TimepiecesThe pace is slow but sure at the Audio Fidelity offices. Expertly run by industry pioneer, Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity has continued to provide high grade audio updates for fans of bands that are lucky enough to be chosen.

On November 25, Audio Fidelity will reissue a new new Stereo Hybrid SACD of Timepieces: The Best Of Eric Clapton, the 1982 ‘best of’ that, sadly, does not include “Hello Old Friend” from No Reason to Cry (1976). Regardless, the great news is that since its from RSO, my extreme hope is that eventually No Reason To Cry will be made available as an SACD. (Fingers crossed!)

Also being reissued on November 25, is Blackout, the 1982 classic from Scorpions.

Scorpions Blackout SACD

Shout! Factory To Release 2CD Folk VA Collection, The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need, In December

image002 (3)Folk music in all of its forms has been a core part of the history of Rock and Roll. In fact, so much so, that it defined its protest and defiance modes, creating heroes of many including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Gordon Lightfoot. And that’s not mentioning the electrified Folk like The Byrds, Fairport Convention. These days, Folk music still lives on in the works of bands like The Smoke Fairies (UK), First Aid Kit (Sweden), Lily and Madeleine (US), and The Paper Kites (Australia), to name a few active folk musicians.

On December 9, the fine people at Shout! Factory will release a 2CD Various Artists collection of classic Folk tracks from many great luminaries of the genre (see track-list below). The collection is entitled The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need. It is a well-assembled collection that covers quite a bit of the early stages of the genre, providing a nicely rounded foray into the world of Folk. This set will offer tracks by many of the early influential folk mentors that include The Stanley Brothers, Lead Belly, and Woody Guthrie, moving along to include classic but more recent works by Eric Anderson, Donovan, The Kingston Trio, Tom Paxton, and The Byrds.

The set will contain a booklet with photos, credits, and an introduction to the important Folk world by music journalist and author, Bill Bush.


01. The Carter Family – Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)
02. Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter – Rock Island Line
03. Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land
04. The Stanley Brothers – I’m A Man Of Constant Sorrow
05. Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra featuring The Weavers – Goodnight, Irene (Single Version)
06. Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry – John Henry
07. The Kingston Trio – Tom Dooley
08. The Springfields – Silver Threads and Golden Needles
09. Dave Van Ronk – He Was A Friend Of Mine
10. Peter, Paul & Mary – Blowin’ In The Wind
11. Ian & Sylvia – Four Strong Winds
12. Tom Paxton – The Last Thing On My Mind
13. Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’
14. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Roving Gambler
15. Doc Watson – Sitting On Top Of The World


01. Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore
02. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
03. Pete Seeger – If I Had A Hammer
04. Fred Neil – Little Bit of Rain
05. Donovan – Catch The Wind
06. Joan Baez – There But For Fortune
07. Gordon Lightfoot – Early Mornin’ Rain
08. Mississippi John Hurt – I Shall Not Be Moved
09. Eric Andersen – Thirsty Boots
10. Tim Hardin – If I Were A Carpenter
11. Tom Rush – No Regrets
12. Judy Collins – Turn, Turn, Turn! / To Everything There Is A Season
13. Fairport Convention – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
14. John Prine – Angel From Montgomery
15. Odetta – Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down


UPDATE: Deluxe Edition of Crime Of The Century By Supertramp For US and UK In December

Supertramp Deluxe Edition Crime Of The Century[UPDATE] The US will release the Crime Of The Century Deluxe Edition on December 9. The 2CD Deluxe Edition will contain a 24-page booklet with photos, an essay written by Phil Alexander (Mojo Magazine), a series of interview segments. The 3LP Box, and the digital equivalents.

While the best known Supertramp album in the world is easily Breakfast In America, the 1978 classic that dropped four high-charting singles, there is without a doubt, love for previous release, Crime Of The Century, issued three albums prior back in 1974. With Crisis? What Crisis? (1975), and Even In The Quietest Of Moments…(1977) caught in the middle, attention for Crime Of The Century never really waned, and, in fact, became more popular because of the two singles, “Bloody Well Right”, and “Dreamer”. In many fans’ hearts, Crime Of The Century is as warmly received as Breakfast In America, and just as essential.

On December 8, in the UK, December 9 in the US, Crime Of The Century will be given the royal 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition treatment with the reissue of the title in a 3LP vinyl Box, as well as a 2CD Deluxe Edition. The 180-weight, 3LP set will especially shine as it will add in two 8 x 10 picture cards, an eight-page booklet with photos, an essay, and other notes, and a download rights card. there will also be a single LP set with just the original songs remastered.

The bonus tracks to this set will audio performance tracks from their March, 1975 appearance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (see below for show track-list).

While the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Crime Of The Century is slated for the UK , there is no doubt the title will become available across the waters in the US very shortly. I will keep a close eye out for its addition, and update this page.

Supertramp Crime Of The Century 3LP Deluxe Edition Box


Hammersmith Odeon show track-list

01. School
02. Bloody Well Right
03. Hide In Your Shell
04. Asylum
05. Sister Moonshine
06. Just A Normal Day
07. Another Man’s Woman
08. Lady
09. ‘A’ You’re Adorable
10. Dreamer
11.  Rudy
12. If Everyone Was Listening
13. Crime Of The Century