Hilary Hahn With 2CD/2LP Retrospective

Hilary Hahn is an American violinist whose craft is in the replay of classic compositions from the eras of the great classical composers. While she does do some original material, her fame is in her recitations of solo Bach pieces. Her first concert appearance was at the young age of eleven where she performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. To date, she has released some twenty-one sets. Her debut was Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, released in 1997. Her second was a Beethoven violin concerto (so titled), with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra back in 1999.

Photo by Michael Patrick O’Leary Retrospective is released by Deutsche Grammophon

Since her debut, Hilary Hahn has become highly recognized for her magnificent ability as a soloist, and as a chamber musician. Her rising fame is well deserved.

On January 19, a concerted effort by Deutsche Grammophon (A Decca Classics imprint), and the crowd-funding Pledge Music will produce a 2CD retrospective with seventeen tracks (see track list below). There will also be a 2LP set designed and specially mastered for the medium.

The set is called Retrospective. It will be contained within a gatefolded case and packed with a booklet containing photos, notes, and fan art.

I love that she gets this kind of attention. Her violin playing is mesmerizing.

RetrospectiveHilary Hahn

01.-03. Violin Sonata in G major K 379, (Mozart)
4. Blue Curve of the Earth (Tina Davidson)
5. Mercy (Max Richter)
6. Double Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D major BWV 1043  (Bach) – ii Largo ma non tanto
7. The Lark Ascending  (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major K 526 (Mozart) – iii Presto
9. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major op. 6 (Paganini)  – iii Rondo

1. Violin Concerto op. 36  (Schoenberg )– i Poco Allegro
2. St Matthew Passion (Bach) – ii Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
3. Violin Concerto (Dedicated to Hilary Hahn) (Jennifer Higdon)  – i 1726
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 (Ives)– i Andante – Allegro vivace
5. Godot (Hahn & Hauschka)
6. When A Tiger Meets A Rosa Rugosa (Du Yun)
7. Two Voices (Nico Muhly)
8. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor op. 31 (Vieuxtemps) – ii Adagio religioso


8-Disc Procol Harum Box Arriving In 2018

With 2017 wrapping up, it’s nice to see that a large label is planning a big release for Procol Harum fans with the release of a Limited Edition 8 Disc Anthology Box . The box will contain five CDs  with 69 tracks, and three DVDs filled with key PH tracks, and two live sets, one from their 1973 Hollywood Bowl show, and a previously unreleased live set from Bournemouth Winter Gardens from 1976.

The three DVDs contain well over three and a half hours of Procol Harum goodies with collections from BBC, Top of the Pops, and other appearances.

The music found on the sets are newly remastered, which is alone a classic reason to get the set. But the box will be blessed with a 68-page book with essays, photos, memorabilia, and a poster from a 1976 concert.

The Box is being called Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017. It is scheduled for release from Cherry Red/Esoteric Records on March 23, 2018.

Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017Procol Harum

01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (A-side Single – 1967)
02. Homburg (A-side single – 1967)
03. Cerdes (Outside the Gates of)
04. Salad Days (Are Here Again)
05. Kaleidoscope
06. Repent Walpurgis
07. Understandably Blue [Recorded at Olympic Studios, London in July 1967]
08. Shine on Brightly
09. Quite Rightly So
10. Skip Softly My Moonbeams
11. A Salty Dog
12. The Devil Came from Kansas
13. Pilgrim’s Progress
14. The Milk of Human Kindness
15. Long Gone Geek (B-side single – 1969)
16. Whisky Train
17. Barnyard Story
18. Still There’ll Be More
19. Whaling Stories

01. Simple Sister
02. Broken Barricades
03. Luskus Delph
04. Memorial Drive
05. Conquistador
06. In Held ‘Twas in I
a Glimpses of Nirvana
b ‘Twas Tea Time at the Circus
c In the Autumn of My Madness
d Look to Your Soul / Grand Finale
07. Grand Hotel
08. Robert’s Box
09. For Liquorice John
10. Souvenir of London
11. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
12. Nothing But the Truth
13. The Idol
14. The Thin End of the Wedge

01. Beyond the Pale
02. As Strong as Samson
03. Pandora’s Box
04. The Unquiet Zone
05. Fool’s Gold
06. Typewriter Torment
07. Something Magic
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. Strangers in Space
10. Perpetual Motion
11. Holding On
12. An Old English Dream
13. This World is Rich (For Stephen Maboe)
14. The Emperor’s New Clothes
15. Can’t Say That
16. The Only One

(Live at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & the Roger Wagner Chorale
Recorded 21st September 1973)
01. Sanctus
02. Broken Barricades
03. Simple Sister
04. A Christmas Camel
05. Toujours L’Amour
06. Grand Hotel
07. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
08. A Salty Dog
09. Conquistador
10. Grand Finale
11. TV Ceasar / Rule Britannia

(Live at Bournemouth Winter Gardens
17th March 1976)
01. The Unquiet Zone
02. Beyond the Pale
03. Whaling Stories
04. All This and More
05. A Salty Dog
06. I Keep Forgetting
07. The Blue Danube
08. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) / Nothing But the Truth
09. A Whiter Shade of Pale

01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Top of the Pops)
02. Homburg (Beat Club)
03. Quite Rightly So (Beat Club)
04. A Salty Dog (Beat Club)
05. The Devil Came from Kansas (Beat Club)
06. Long Gone Geek (Beat Club)
[Beat Club Workshop]
07. Shine on Brightly
08. In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence
09. Still There’ll Be More
10. Pilgrim’s Progress
11. Quite Rightly So
12. Magdalene My Regal Zonophone
13. Power Failure
14. A Salty Dog
15. Simple Sister
16. In the Autumn of My Madness
Look to Your Soul
Grand Finale

[Complete Recording Session for Musikladen Radio Bremen – 1973]
01. Drunk Again
02. Grand Hotel
03. Conquistador
04. Bringing Home the Bacon
05. Too Much Between Us
06. Toujours L’Amour
07. Whaling Stories
08. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
09. Kaleidoscope

01. Pandora’s Box (Top of the Pops)
[Sight and Sound In Concert – BBC-TV from The Hippodrome (London) March 12, 1977]
02. Something Magic
03. Conquistador
04. Nothing But the Truth
05. Strangers in Space
06. Grand Hotel
07. Pandora’s Box
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. The Mark of the Claw
10. Wizard Man
11. This Old Dog
12. A Whiter Shade of Pale


Squeezing Out Sparks Classic By Graham Parker Remastered With Bonus Live

With little arriving product information coming out in this usually slow month of December (and this month has been better than years past), I discovered something that even I got excited about even though it was released a few days previous.

On December 15, an independent label by the name of Quake Records, released a reissue of Squeezing Out Sparks, the magnificent and brilliant 1979 Graham Parker classic that is on the Rolling Stone Best 500 Rock Albums of All time list. The tracks here have been remastered for better sound although, by their own admission, it just does slightly better than the Arista reissue from 1996 that includes a collection of live versions of the album’s tracks. However, it’s said that the audio improvement is significant over the UK reissue from Vertigo/Mercury (2001).

This Quake Records reissue is not only remastered but will feature previously unheard live tracks from the band’s June 24, 1979 support show at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA (see list below). The cover has been re-imagined as well.

Squeezing Out Sparks can be ordered here.

Squeezing Out Sparks (Original Album Remastered) – Graham Parker

01 – Discovering Japan
02 – Local Girls
03 – Nobody Hurts You
04 – You Can’t Be Too Strong
05 – Passion Is No Ordinary Word
06 – Saturday Nite Is Dead
07 – Love Gets You Twisted
08 – Protection
09 – Waiting For The UFO’s
10 – Don’t Get Excited

Squeezing Out Sparks Live (Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA June 24, 1979)

11 – Discovering Japan
12 – Local Girls
13 – Nobody Hurts You
14 – You Can’t Be Too Strong
15 – Passion Is No Ordinary Word
16 – Saturday Nite Is Dead
17 – Protection
18 – Mercury Poisoning
19 – I Want You Back (Alive)
20 – Pourin’ It All Out

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet Create New Album, Landfall

Here’s a piece of news that lovers of Laurie Anderson, and Kronos Quartet will love: They collaborate and we’re going to get that album in 2018.

As many of you know, Laurie Anderson first caught our attention with her entertaining “O Superman” tune way way back in 1982 on Big Science, made even better on long play 12″. As she progressed, her albums became more magnificent, although, admittedly for avant garde taste. But if you adventured into that realm, there was little she couldn’t do. (Case in point: The Ugly One With The Jewels, a sparkling spoken word album as eerie as it could be!)

And then, there the Kronos Quartet. A string quartet from San Francisco, they have given the world plenty of beautiful compositions and film scores including Philip Glass’ Dracula score to the 1931 Browning classic. With a wide range of strong works (like the extraordinary Howl, USA from 1996), the Kronos Quartet has rarely disappointed, if ever.

On February 16, Nonesuch will release Landfall, an extended set featuring both talents! The new album is planned for CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP. You can hear the first promo single below: “We Have Yet To Speak Another Language”, which is downloadable right now, or easily streamed (hear below):



New Moby Album For 2018, Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt

I’ll admit to first hearing Moby from his Play album, the one with “Natural Blues”.  18 took me a while to get into but I eventually did. Since, I’ve been a Moby fan, I haven’t always gotten into some of his music, but he’s definitely worth listening to. But that Play album! I STILL listen to that one.

On March 2 of 2018, Mute Records will release his next set. With a line taken from Kurt Vonnegut, the Moby album is being called Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt. The new album contains twelve tracks.

Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.



New David Byrne Album Planned For 2018

Short of acquiring a new Talking Heads album, it’s always great news to hear of a new David Byrne album in the queue. His last was Grown Backwards waaaaay back in 2004.  Not discounting the excellent sets of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008) with Brian Eno, and Love This Giant (2012) with St. Vincent, but those were collaborative albums. He hasn’t lost his sense of songwriting since his was eclectic enough to not have a time anchor to it. Again, I love the news when a favorite is coming out. And David has one.

On March 9, a new album by David Byrne will be in our anticipating hands. The new album is being called American Utopia and will be released via Nonesuch Records. This new album will be made available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

As of now, there is little information as to song content or a cover shot. But as soon as we get one, we’ll definitely come back with it.

David Byrne will be supporting this new album release with a tour. On the tour, it is expected to have David Byrne include some classic Talking Heads songs as well as a sweet handful of his solo gems. (I’d like to hear something from My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, even if somewhat taped.)



Two Classic Todd Rundgren Titles, Something/Anything and A Wizard, A True Star Planned For SACD/CD Set Updates

SACDs are certainly winding down in the industry. Once a hoped for sizable niche, the marketplace for them has diminished considerably given the practicality of DVDs (DVD-Audio), and BDs (BD-Audio). With necessary additional hardware needed to play them back, the marketplace now only has legacy owners of SACD units and pricey SACD-enabled multi-players. Because of that dwindling number, we hear of less and less. But that doesn’t mean they no longer issue. With a wealth of desirable titles out there still not converted to superior (in my estimation) SACD hi-res, it’s nice to see them trickle out. One of them is a favorite of mine, Todd Rundgren‘s excellent Something/Anything.

On January 12 of 2018, Analog Spark, a division of Concord/Universal, will reissue Something/Anything as a 2-disc package with an SACD and a CD included within a Stoughton gatefold jacket.

This will be a necessary add title for those fans of the album who still enjoy the sound quality afforded by SACD playback within your much beloved music listening arena. And of course, hearing massive radio hits “I Saw The Light”, and “Hello, It’s Me” in Super Audio splendor, as well as FM favorites, “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”, and “Wolfman Jack”.

Something/Anything is listed in Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Rock Albums of All Time at number 173.

Also from Analog Spark will be an SACD Hybrid reissue of A Wizard, A True Star, which is being released the same date as Something/Anything.


The Asylum Years Features Chris Hillman Sets On Single CD

Chris Hillman was an essential part of the Byrds empire as much responsible for their growth as any of the others. His involvement lasted from their first album, Mr Tambourine Man (1965) through their sixth, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (1968), and then again for their final album, Byrds (1973). Afterwards, Chris Hillman was involved in a series of projects including time with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, The Desert Rose Band, and a well-received solo career that has produced seven titles including his latest Rounder issue, Bidin’ My Time from late 2017.

On February 9, Omnivore Recordings will release a 20-track collection from Hillman’s Asylum Records years that includes Slippin’ Away (1976), and Clear Sailin’ (1977). The set will be called simply The Asylum Years. In essence, you can view this as a reissue of his two Asylum catalog titles in one CD set.

Included within the set will be a booklet  with essay. a new interview with Hillman, photos, and credits.

The Asylum Years (Slippin’ Away/Clear Sailin’) – Chris Hillman:
01. Step On Out
02. Slippin’ Away
03. Falling Again
04. Take It On The Run
05. Blue Morning
06. Witching Hour
07. Down In The Churchyard
08. Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty
09. Midnight Again
10. (Take Me In Your) Lifeboat
11. Nothing Gets Through
12. Fallen Favorite
13. Quits
14. Hot Dusty Roads
15. Heartbreaker
16. Playing The Fool
17. Lucky In Love
18. Rollin’ And Tumblin’
19. Ain’t That Peculiar
20. Clear Sailin’


Jethro Tull Classic, Heavy Horses, Gets 3CD/2DVD 40th Anniversary “New Shoes” Edition

It’s nice to see the year of 2017 end on positive notes like we’ve had with some announcements. Normally, this a quiet time but for some reason or other, 2017 has remained somewhat lively, And with this new piece of news, it gets even more lively.

On March 2 of 2018, the next in line of album updates for the Jethro Tull band is Heavy Horses. Originally released in 1978, Heavy Horses followed up the popular Songs From The Wood (1977), with an album every bit as beautifully assembled as its predecessor. And now the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition remix of Heavy Horses naturally follows the 40th Anniversary DE of Songs From The Wood, which was released earlier in 2017.

Expected in this new reissue of Heavy Horses (called the New Shoes Edition) will be the Steven Wilson set of remixes of the original set of nine songs, which will be bolstered by the addition of nine bonus tracks (see list). The two additional CDs will provide a 22-performance track live set from a support show on May 28, 1978 at The Festhalle in Bern, Switzerland. The 2DVDs will provide the SW Stereo hi-res tracks in 96kHz/24-bit. two SW 5.1 Surround Sound remixes (DTS, DD), and a flat transfer of the original Stereo master. and three additional bonus tracks. DVD2 will present the complete May 28, 1978 Bern concert at The Festhalle on video. Closing the DVD off will be four extra videos, two music and two TV ads.

I’m sure the included 96-page book will add the value seen previously in past Jethro Tull Anniversary Editions.

Heavy Horses (New Shoes Edition40th Anniversary) – Jethro Tull

CD1 (Original Album/Bonus Tracks – Steven Wilson Stereo Remix):
01. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
02. Acres Wild
03. No Lullaby
04. Moths
05. Journeyman
06. Rover
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. Weathercock
Bonus Tracks:
10. Living In These Hard Times (version 2)
11. Everything In Our Lives
12. Jack-A-Lynn
13. Quatrain (studio version)
14. Horse-Hoeing Husbandry
15. Beltane
16. Botanic Man
17. Living In These Hard Times (version 1)
18. Botanic Man Theme/A Town In England

CD2: (Live In Concert In Bern (The Festhalle, Bern Switzerland) May 28th, 1978 – Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix):
01. Opening Music (Quartet)
02. Introduction by Claude Nobs
03. No Lullaby
04. Sweet Dream
05. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
06. Jack-In-The-Green
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. A New Day Yesterday
10. Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree
11. Living In The Past/A New Day Yesterday (Reprise)
12. Songs From The Wood

CD3:  (Live In Concert In Bern (The Festhalle, Bern Switzerland) May 28th, 1978 – Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix):
01. Thick As A Brick
02. Hunting Girl
03. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
04. Conundrum
05. Minstrel in the Gallery
06. Cross-Eyed Mary
07. Quatrain
08. Aqualung
09. Locomotive Breath
10. The Dambusters March/Aqualung (Reprise)

DVD1:  – Steven Wilson Remixes DD/DTS Stereo (96/24), Flat Transfer):
SW 5.1 Surround Mix DD and DTS – 
01. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
02. Acres Wild
03. No Lullaby
04. Moths
05. Journeyman
06. Rover
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. Weathercock
10. Living In These Hard Times (Version 2)
11. Everything In Our Lives
12. Jack-A-Lynn
13. Horse-Hoeing Husbandry
14. Beltane
15. Botanic Man
16. Living In These Hard Times (Version 1)
17. Botanic Man Theme
18. A Town In England
SW Stereo Remix 96/24 PCM
19. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
20. Acres Wild
21. No Lullaby
22. Moths
23. Journeyman
24. Rover
25. One Brown Mouse
26. Heavy Horses
27. Weathercock
28. Living In These Hard Times (Version 2)
29. Everything In Our Lives
30. Jack-A-Lynn
31. Quatrain (Studio Version)
32. Horse-Hoeing Husbandry
33. Beltane (S
34. Botanic Man
35. Living In These Hard Times (Version 1)
36. Botanic Man Theme
37. A Town In England
Flat Transfer of Stereo Master
38. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
39. Acres Wild
40. No Lullaby
41. Moths
42. Journeyman
43. Rover
44. One Brown Mouse
45. Heavy Horses
46. Weathercock
47. Rover (No Strings Version)
48. Living In These Hard Times (Version 2)
49. Beltane

DVD2 – (Live In Concert In Bern (The Festhalle, Bern Switzerland) May 28th, 1978 – Jakko Jakszyk Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mixes):
JJ 5.1 Surround Mixes (DD/DTS)
01. Opening Music (Quartet)
02. Introduction by Claude Nobs (Spoken Word)
03. No Lullaby
04. Sweet Dream
05. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
06. Jack-In-The-Green
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. A New Day Yesterday
10. Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree
11. Living In The Past/A New Day Yesterday (Reprise)
12. Songs From The Wood
13. Thick As A Brick
14. Hunting Girl
15. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
16. Conundrum
17. Minstrel In The Gallery
18. Cross-Eyed Mary
19. Quatrain
20. Aqualung
21. Locomotive Breath
22. The Dambusters March/Aqualung (Reprise)
JJ 96/24 Stereo Mix
23. Opening Music (Quartet)
24. Introduction by Claude Nobs (Spoken Word)
25. No Lullaby
26. Sweet Dream
27. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
28. Jack-In-The-Green
29. One Brown Mouse
30. Heavy Horses
31. A New Day Yesterday
32. Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree
33. Living In The Past/A New Day Yesterday (Reprise)
34. Songs From The Wood
35. Thick As A Brick
36. Hunting Girl
37. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
38. Conundrum
39. Minstrel In The Gallery
40. Cross-Eyed Mary
41. Quatrain
42. Aqualung
43. Locomotive Breath
44. The Dambusters March/Aqualung (Reprise)
Bonus Videos
45. Heavy Horses (Video)
46. Moths (Video)
47. Bursting Out (TV AD)
48. Bursting Out & Madison Square Garden Show (TV AD)



3CD/DVD 45th Anniversary Edition of 1972 Roxy Music Debut Planned

For quite some time, Steven Wilson has let it be known that he had completed remix work on several classic treasures. With that, it was up to the labels involved to simply release them as packages. We’ll the good news of today is that Universal has decided to release one of those albums.

On February 2, 2018, Universal will reissue the 1972 debut album classic from Roxy Music. With this good news, we also get the package in celebration of the band’s 45th Anniversary as a Super Deluxe package.

This 45th Anniversary package will present the album in both Stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes (It’s important here to realize that the Stephen Wilson remix available will be the 5.1 Surround and NOT a Stereo remix, which is strange. SW did do a Stereo remix of Roxy Music while he had the tapes in his possession. Nevertheless, the Stereo version being released is not attributed to SW, and is an older Bob Ludwig master previously released.)

Watch for 3CDs and a DVD along with a richly contributed 136-page high gloss book. The three CDs provide the original album, a set of outtakes, demos, and a non-album single, “Virginia Plain”, which IS presented here as SW remix in Stereo.  One of the CDs will also provide several Live sets including two Peel sessions and a BBC broadcast.

The DVD provides a several videos of Old Grey Whistle Test, Full House, Royal College of Art, and Top of the Pops, and a rare club appearance. The DVD will be home to the two variations of the SW 5.1 Surround remixes (DTS 96/24, Dolby AC3).

There will be a 2CD Edition with only original album and the live sets. A vinyl LP is also in the release queue.