LA Punk in the formative ’80s was a force to be reckoned with. It was as different as night and day from NYC Punk, but that didn’t change its power and strength. One of those LA bands (and there were many) was Bad Religion.
Beginning in 1982 with the release of their debut, their recorded output eventually numbered sixteen albums, their last being True North (2013). One of the classic sets was Stranger Than Fiction released back in 1994. It was their large label debut having been signed to Atlantic Records. It was their only album to reach Gold status. There were four singles pulled from the album. Stranger Than Fiction is still considered their best release.
Stranger Than Fiction had assist from luminaries like Tim Armstrong (Rancid), who sang on “Television”, Jim Lindberg (Pennywise), vocals on “Marked”, and the legendary Wayne Kramer (MC5) who contributed guitar on “Incomplete”.
On March 9, Epitaph Records (who eventually came to control the entire catalog) will release a newly remastered (by Bob Ludwig) edition of Stranger Than Fiction. This remaster will be reissued on CD, DD, and on two versions of vinyl (black, gray).
On December 1 of 2017, Anti Records reissued Tom Waits’ 2004 classic Real Gone album for CD and LP. We also learned then that Anti would be re-releasing Wait’s first four albums on vinyl LP. But now I’m getting classic news concerning early Tom Waits titles eliciting a HUGE YESSsss(!) from me. The remastered LPs were originally planned for December 21 (at the time). But things change.
On March 23, Anti Records will reissue classic Tom Waits titles from the ’70s during his Asylum Records years. There will be no bonus tracks, etc but the albums to be listed will feature newly remastered tracks.
Watch for CD and DD of Closing Time (1973) on the date announced, with a 180g-weight vinyl LP planned for March 9.
Other titles are slated for CD and DD reissue that include The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974), Nighthawks At The Diner (1975, Live), Small Change (1976), Foreign Affairs (1977), Blue Valentine (1978), and Heartattack and Vine (1980). Each CD pre-order will provide eventual DD links for the same album.
It appears that the remastered LP editions (with the exception of Closing Time) will follow soon enough.
Planned for 180g-weight remastered vinyl LP later in 2018 is Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. No date has been given for it.