New Joan Baez Album, Whistle Down The Wind, Arriving

For decades, and especially at the beginning of the Rock phenomena that many of us find a way of life these days, there was Joan Baez. Her first album was released back in 1960, a light-year of time ago for many of us. From there, her fame grew. By 1970, she had a strong hit with a cover of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Her version is still considered a strong version of one the great singles of all time.

Over her lifetime, Joan Baez has released over twenty albums. During the ’60s and ’70s, many of her sets were consistently charting high until time and the political environment had found little use of her activism and voice. Great albums like Diamonds & Rust (1975) were incredible productions. Regardless, as legend, Joan Baez continued to tour, record, and release new music. Her last album, Day After Tomorrow (2008), charted respectably.

On March 2, Joan Baez will release her newest album, Whistle Down The Wind. It is a mix of covers and originals in a collection of ten songs. Two tracks (including the cover song) were penned by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Another is a Mary Chapin Carpenter song (“The Things We Are Made Of”) done in the inimitable Baez fashion. Listening to the title track, I feel confident that Whistle Down the Wind will be a beautiful Joan Baez addition to a strong library.

Whistle Down The Wind will be released on CD and vinyl LP, as well as in the DD format.

Whistle Down The WindJoan Baez

01 – Whistle Down The Wind
02 – Be Of Good Heart
03 – Another World
04 – Civil War
05 – The Things We Are Made Of
06 – The President Sang Amazing Grace
07 – Last Leaf
08 – Silver Blade
09 – The Great Correction
10 – I Wish The Wars Were All Over

Two Magazine Classics To Be Reissued As 180g Vinyl Issues

Magazine, a post-punk band from the late ’70s (and a personal favorite from the era), is helmed by Howard DeVoto, who left The Buzzcocks to form the band. Although the band only released five albums (four during their original tenure, one late addition to the library), their impact was incredible and noteworthy. Few bands during this formative period gained much notoriety in the US due to the rise of metal bands and Pop music. But in the UK, many of these bands were at the top of their game. Nevertheless, the US had some extremely attentive music lovers who scoured for the obscure bands.

On February 2, two of Magazine‘s albums will be reissued on 180g-weight vinyl. The albums planned for release are the band’s debut issue, Real Life (1978), and their last original tenure set, The Correct Use of Soap (1980). These bookends SHOULD be accompanied by their middle two, but I’m a patient sort.
These vinyl LPs are funded through Pledge Music and will be issued through the UK market. So if you want one (or both), either get thee over to PledgeMusic (here), or be vigilant at the UK market stalls (physically or virtually).

If you need a refresher (or introduction) to Magazine, listen below.

All Nerve, The New Upcoming Album By The Breeders Classic Lineup

The historic label 4AD is often home to some of the most incredible music since the ’80s. Started in 1980, he label was soon home to Dead Can Dance, The Pixies, Red House Painters, Cocteau Twins, Modern English, Clan of Xymox, This Mortal Coil, and more memorable bands.

One of those memorable bands is The Breeders. The Breeders were formed in 1989 from parts of The Pixies, and Throwing Muses. Since 1990, The Breeders have released four classic albums beginning with Pod. Their slow release pattern simply highlighted their roots as music had to wait while the main bands thrived. Their next was released in 1993, Last Splash. There would be a long wait until their third album, Title TK, released in 2002. Now, eight years after the release of their last album, Mountain Battles, The band line-up features the Deal sisters (Kim and Kelley), with Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson, all who returns with a new album in hand.

On March 2, 4AD will release All Nerve. It will contain eleven new The Breeders tracks. The first single is “Wait In The Car”. If you’re fond of The Breeders, then you will immediately enjoy the infectious Pop/Punk of the classic sound. It brings you back, as it should!

All Nerve will arrive on CD, DD, and on 180g-weight black vinyl.

All NerveThe Breeders

01 – Nervous Mary
02 – Wait in the Car
03 – All Nerve
04 – MetaGoth
05 – Spacewoman
06 – Walking with a Killer
07 – Howl at the Summit
08 – Archangel’s Thunderbird
09 – Dawn: Making an Effort
10 – Skinhead #2
11 – Blues at the Acropolis

Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) To Release Debut Solo Album, Sweet Unknown

For many years, the under-construct of Heartless Bastards has Erika Wennerstrom.  Throughout their magnificent career, Erika was always at the heart of the band. Most of the songs, if not all of them, were written by Erika. In fact, the lineup had changed several times with Erika remaining as the core. And now, we get a long overdue Erika Wennerstrom album with her name as the focal point! I’m ready for this!

On March 23, Partisan Records (Heartless Bastards’ label over the last two releases (Arrow – 2012, Restless Ones – 2015)) will issue the next evolutionary step in the Heartless Bastards tree with the first solo album by Erika Wennerstrom. The new album is being called Sweet Unknown, which is a lyric phrase pulled from an HB song, “Could Be So Happy” (from The Mountain -2009).

If you’re interested in bundles and swag, then hop over to the PledgeMusic site where the album is crowdfunded for a wealth of bundling and cool things (including a $4000 house concert. If only I had the nickels and dimes for this one!).

Sweet Unknown will contain nine new Wennerstrom tracks. The heralding song, “Extraordinary Love” is now available as of a few days ago. It strongly indicates a great awaiting experience. The music from the song is warmly comfortable. It’s familiar and strong.

Sweet Unknown will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP (including a limited run of white vinyl). The 2LP set will provide a vinyl -only bonus of four radio edits of “Extraordinary Love”, “Letting Go”, “Be Good To Yourself”, and “Staring Out the Window”. All vinyl editions will provide digital downloads of the album.

March 23 can’t get here soon enough!

Sweet UnknownErika Wennerstrom

01 – Twisted Highway
02 – Extraordinary Love
03 – Letting Go
04 – Time
05 – Be Good To Yourself
06 – Staring Out The Window
07 – Good To Be Alone
08 – Like A Bird
09 – Gravity

The Complete Clapton Is Being Re-Released In 4LP Box

Back in 2007, Reprise had released a 2CD, 36-track Eric Clapton collection called The Complete Clapton. It contained a swarm of tracks from every facet of his career trajectory including solo, Blind Faith, and Cream.

Now that the vinyl resurgence has hit and shows little slow down, this is a title that is now needing to be replenished for that market. Using all tracks, this vinyl edition will spread over 4 LPs, eight sides. If you didn’t get one the first time around, here is a rare opportunity to fix that.

On March 2, watch for this 4LP Box. If you’re a vinyl fan and are pleased to find this bit of news, be prepared.

New Judas Priest Album, FirePower, In March

The band known as Judas Priest has been with us since the late ’60s. Formed in 1969, this original iteration of Judas Priest contained Ian Hill, the band’s bassist who is still with them. The rest of the original members have long since retired. However, the band that was part of the first recordings including Rocka Rolla (1974) is STILL much of the band as you see them now with the exception of founding member, K. K. Downing, who was with the band for most of their career, bu is no longer a member due to disagreements.

An ongoing campaign of expanded and remastered reissues have been part of the legacy of this classic metal band. In 2014, the band released their last studio set, Redeemer of Souls. Not only did the album enter high on the charts, it became their first Top10 album in the US landing at 6. Over time, the album has sold 100,000+ copies of the album.

On March 9, Judas Priest will issue their eighteenth studio set. The new album, called Firepower, will be filled with fourteen new songs.  The band will showcase the new album with a tour that starts shorly after the release of Firepower.

Firepower, like most albums these days, was financed by PledgeMusic crowdfunding, and is being distributed via Epic Records. A single (“Lightning Strike”) from the new album is now available and can be heard below.

Firepower can be acquired on CD, DD, and several limited edition color options of vinyl LP (go here for those) as well as standard black vinyl. There are also bundle options being made available with shirts, and signed guitars.

FirepowerJudas Priest

01. Firepower
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
05. Necromancer
06. Children of the Sun
07. Guardians
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red


Barry White Gets 3CD Box, The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979)

For those of you that remember the music and song-craft of Barry White, you remember a performer that could touch the heart of an emotion, and make it stand out with a unique, often breathy, bass vocal. In the ’70s, almost everything Barry White released became an instant hit. In fact, there’s a collection of singles that achieved gold and platinum status. Of course, his albums did quite well. But most of us remember him primarily by his string of radio hits that still resonate because his voice and delivery was never replicated.

Barry White’s first song, “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby” opened the door to his fame. It seemed effortless for his talent to move forward with songs like “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up”, “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe”, “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything”, and the beautiful “Love’s Theme” instrumental hit. Those are but a few of his classic hits.

On February 9, Mercury Records will release two sets of collected Barry White tracks. The first is a 3CD Boxset that will assemble 46 tracks for your listening. All songs are newly remastered from the original 20th Century Records master tapes. An included 24-page booklet provides photos, new liner notes, and full track details. Each of the three CDs are housed in separate wallet-styled sleeves within the box. The 3CD Box is being called The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979), with both A and B sides of singles included.

Mercury will also provide a truncated 20-track single CD featuring his best known songs for those that don’t need anything other than the strong, familiar radio hits. This selected set will be called Love’s Theme: The Best of The 20th Century Records Singles.

A 2LP vinyl edition replicating the single CD track list will also be made available with a bonus inclusion of “Satin Soul” by Love Unlimited Orchestra. It doesn’t include the CD track, “September When I first Met You” to make way for the exclusive addition.

Barry WhiteLove’s Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles

01. Love’s Theme
02. I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby
03. I’ve Got So Much To Give
04. Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up
05. Honey Please, Can’t Ya See
06. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
07. You’re the First, The Last, My Everything
08. What Am I Gonna Do With You
09. I’ll Do For You Anything You Want Me To
10. Let the Music Play
11. You See the Trouble With me
12. Baby We Better Try To Get It Together
13. Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long
14. I’m Qualified to Satisfy You
15. It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To me
16. Playing Your Game, Baby
17. Oh What A Night For Dancing
18. Your Sweetness Is My Weakness
19. Just the Way You Are
20, September When I First Met You