Blues Pills Guitarist, Dorrian Sorriaux To Release 4-Track EP, Hungry Ghost

If you have followed the band, Blues Pills, then you already know the kind of powerhouse blues/Rock they can produce.  With a successful album, Lady In Gold (2016), and a successful tour in the books, here was inevitable downtime.  Guitarist, Dorian Sorriaux had decided to put that downtime to effective use and has recorded a collection of songs that will be released as an EP.

In April, the Dorian Sorriaux EP, consisting of four psychedelic folk tunes, will be released as Hungry Ghost. This EP will be released via Soulseller Records.

Here at MusicTAP, I’m a big fan of Blues Pills. I’m also a fan of the resurgence and expansion of Psychedelic music. With both of these loves, I’m actually quite excited for this set, even if it’s small.


New Def Leppard CD and LP Boxed Sets To Be Issued

Def Leppard was a surprise arrival in the Rock world back in 1977. With young Joe Elliott as vocalist, and a high intensity guitarist, Steve Clark, the band immediately entered the charts with a Rock fan satisfying collection of tracks found on their 1980 debut, On Through The Night. It delivered a series of hits, some in the UK, and some in the US. The album itself was a high placement on both the UK and US charts.

With a catalog of eleven studio sets that includes the massive Pyromania (1983), with over ten million units sold, and the even greater selling Hysteria (1987), with over twenty million copies in fans’ hands, the catalog of Def Leppard is a valuable and exciting commodity. It has been undergoing an updating of which these boxed sets are a part of.

On June 1, Mercury Records will release two separately available boxed sets, one for CD, and one for vinyl LP. Both sets will be known as The Collection, Volume One.

The CD Collection will be six CDs, while the vinyl box will contain seven LPs. There will a special booklet housed in the case with the discs. The Rarities disc is the catch here as it is expected to contain radio sessions from the band’s early years. For the CD Box, the EP might be included on the Rarities CD.

The albums included will be:

  • 01 – On Through The Night
  • 02 – High ‘n’ Dry
  • 03 – Pyromania
  • 04 – Hysteria
  • 05 – Live At The L.A. Forum 1983
  • 06 – Rarities Volume One
  • 07 – The Def Leppard EP

More details will follow in a future update.


Martin Turner (ex of Wishbone Ash) To Release 2CD/DVD Live Set, The Beauty Of Chaos – Live At The Citadel

For Wishbone Ash fans, nothing hits the mark like anything new coming from anyone connected with the band. If Steve Upton formed a band, WBA fans would find interest in it! That’s how dedicated a bunch the fans are.

On April 6, Cherry Red UK will release a 2CD/DVD package of The Beauty of Chaos – Live At The Citadel. The show featured on February 26 in 2016. The 2CDs will contain twenty-four performance tracks including the entire released Written In The Stars original album. Of course, there’s a generous helping of classic Wishbone Ash tracks as well. The DVD will be the whole visual experience. This makes for a nice package.

The Beauty of Chaos – Live At The CitadelMartin Turner (ex Wishbone Ash)

01 The Big Bang (Overture)
02 The Beauty of Chaos
03 Written In The Stars
04 Lovers
05 Vapour Trails
06 The Lonely Stars
07 For My Lady
08 Falling Sands
09 Pretty Little Girls
10 Mystify Me
11 Interstellar Rockstar
12 The Pilgrim
13 Blind Eye

01 The King Will Come
02 Warrior
03 Throw Down The Sword
04 Lady Jay
05 Sometime World
07 You See Red
08 Living Proof
09 Blowin’ Free
10 Doctor
11 Jailbait

01 The Big Bang (Overture)
02 The Beauty of Chaos
03 Written In The Stars
04 Lovers
05 Vapour Trails
06 The Lonely Stars
07 For My Lady
08 Falling Sands
09 Pretty Little Girls
10 Mystify Me
11 Interstellar Rockstar
12 The Pilgrim
13 Blind Eye
14 The King Will Come
15 Warrior
16 Throw Down The Sword
17 Lady Jay
18 Sometime World
20 You See Red
21 Living Proof
22 Blowin’ Free
23 Doctor
24 Jailbait

The Cranberries To Soon Release 25th Anniversary Edition of Debut Album, and A New Album

While this doesn’t have a specific date, it’s still quite nice to know that a 25th Anniversary Edition of Everyone Else Is Doing It So Why Can’ We? by The Cranberries is around the corner and planned for “later this year”. The tragic death of Cranberries vocalist, Delores O’Riordan had threatened to derail the project but the band members have decided to go ahead with it to honor their singer.

The 25th Anniversary edition is said to include a remastered edition of Everyone Else Is Doing It So Why Can’ We, as well as an inclusion of previously unreleased materials from the sessions for this now classic album. It’s one we will patiently look forward to until it’s released.

Additionally, Delores O’Riordan had finished vocals for the band’s newest album. This was another album that had threatened to fall due to immense sadness over the high-profile singer’s death. But with a newfound resolve to honor the legacy of Delores O’Riordan, the new album will be finished and released “early next year”.

We still mourn the loss of Delores O’Riordan but I’m heartened to know that she will live on in her music. The 25th Anniversary Edition is a welcome start to that honor. The new album is icing!

When I get word that a date has been affixed to both sets, I will be sure to inform you.


Jennifer Warnes To Release New Album, Another Time, Another Place

Jennifer Warnes was a graceful and elegant part of the early era of Rock as part of the Leonard Cohen entourage as a back-up singer. Although she had released two albums for the old Parrot label, it wasn’t until her fourth album, her second self-titled issue, released on Arista Records, that she garnered public attention with her MOR hit, “Right Time Of The Night”. She later gathered more deserved praise for her album, Famous Blue Raincoat (1986), where she covered her mentor’s (Leonard Cohen) songs, some of which she co-authored with LC. She last released a solo album in 2001 with The Well.

On April 27, BMG Records will release the new Jennifer Warnes album, Another Time, Another Place. It will present ten newly recorded songs, with covers of songs by Eddie Vedder (“Just Breathe”), Mark Knopfler (“Why Worry”), and others like John Legend, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks.

Jennifer Warnes also recorded a hit single with Joe Cocker on 1982’s number one song from An Officer and a Gentleman, “Up Where We Belong”.

Another Time, Another Place – Jennifer Warnes

01 Just Breathe
02 Tomorrow Night
03 Once I Was Loved
04 So Sad
05 I See Your Face Before Me
06 I Am The Big Easy
07 The Boys And Me
08 Back Where I Started
09 Freedom
10 Why Worry


Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl On 2CD/3LP Sets

For over 50 years, Jeff Beck has been a strong part of our music landscape. From The Yardbirds, his own bands, and a series of solo albums, he has left behind an immeasurable imprint on the whole of Rock and Roll. And still, he produces a fiery range of talent. Just a little over a year ago, he released a solo album (Loud Hailer). And he’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with The Yardbirds, and once individually.

In the summer of 2016, Jeff Beck played at the Hollywood Bowl as one show in a celebration of his 50 years.

On April 6, Rhino will release a 2CD edition of Jeff Beck Live at The Hollywood Bowl. Previously, there has been  DVD and BD issues of the show, which featured a wealth of guest performers including Buddy Guy, Steven Tyler, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Hall, Billy Gibbons, and others.  Additionally, there were imports (into the US) of CD and LP recordings.

On May 25, Rhino will also re-release a 3LP vinyl edition of Live At The Hollywood Bowl. If you were unable to score imports of these CD and LP editions, this domestic re-release should help you out greatly.

Three (Maybe Four) Classic A Certain Ratio (ACR) Albums Reissued For CD and Limited Edition Vinyl

The well known Factory Records from decades past released an influential batch of memorable albums and music from bands like Joy Division, The Durutti Column, New Order, and Happy Mondays to name a few. One of the excellent bands of the early era of Factory Records was A Certain Ratio.

A Certain Ratio (ACR) formed in the latter ’70s as a UK postpunk band with a predilection for dance music fused with funk, jazz, and good old fashioned experimentation designed to challenge the constant of the day. Well, the experiment worked brilliantly even if they were relegated to the undercurrents of the pop scale. If you were a fan of Factory Records, then you definitely heard of them. They were completely ahead of their time.

On May 25, Mute Records will revisit three (possibly four) of the band’s releases with reissues for CD and colored vinyl LP. Previously, Mute has reissued To Each… (1981) [CD and Red vinyl LP], The Graveyard and The Ballroom (1979) [CD and color PVC sleeve for vinyl], and Force (1986) [CD]. Here’s what’s coming now:

  • I’d Like To See You Again (1982) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Neon Yellow colored vinyl LP.
  • acr:mcr (1990) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Clear vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.
  • Up In Downsville (1992) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Light Blue colored vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.
  • There is a hint of Good Together (1989) being reissued as well but I have no definite word on this one. It is also hinted at as being made available on CD and Limited Edition White Vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.

I failed to be alerted (and to discover) the previous reissues of ACR releases mentioned above as I would DEFINITELY have alerted you to these. Apologies!! A Certain Ratio is an underappreciated but classic band from the ’80s! They’re ripe for your discovery (if you haven’t heard of them), or presented anew if you have forgotten about them. Fans of the Post-Punk era, late ’70s, early ’80s, ACR is ABSOLUTELY worth your investigation!


Ten Years After 2017 Box Set Remasters To Be Issued Individually

Good news!!

In 2017, near the end of the year, the resurrected Chrysalis Records scheduled a 50th Anniversary Box of remastered albums for Ten Years After. The set, named Ten Years After 1967-1974 was, in essence, a celebration of their complete works, magnificent as they are. The box featured then new remastering (2017). The Box actually surfaced in January of 2018. Until now, if you wanted any of those albums, you had to acquire the box (which is still the ideal way given the added bonuses of a book, and a CD of previously unreleased songs. Now:

On April 20, Chrysalis will break out the CDs for individual purchase. They will reintroduce the 2017 remasters of classic albums:

  • Watt
  • Ssssh
  • Rock and Roll Music To The World
  • Positive Vibrations
  • Cricklewood Green
  • A Space In Time
  • Currently, Ten Years After, Undead, and Stonehenged have not been “officially” announced although their release along with the above listed seems assured.

All CDs will feature the 2017 remasters and other goodness, all presented in six-panel digipak packaging.


Ornette Coleman Atlantic Years Preserved Within 10LP Box

Ornette Coleman is considered one of Jazz’s great saxophonists. Over the expanse of his storied career, he released well over thirty albums for a number of great labels. Ornette Coleman lived a long life before passing away at the age of 85.

On May 11, Atlantic will reissue its catalog of Ornette Coleman albums on 180g-weight black vinyl LPs, all housed in a box named The Atlantic Years. Included are a collection of outtakes. The albums here are:

  • The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959)
  • Change Of The Century (1959)
  • This Is Our Music (1960)
  • Free Jazz (1960)
  • Ornette! (1961)
  • Ornette On Tenor (1961)
  • The Art of The Improvisors (1970)
  • Twins (1971)
  • To Whom Keeps A Record (1975)
  • The Ornette Coleman Legacy

If you’re an Ornette Coleman fan as well as a purveyor of fine vinyl releases, then this Box (although pricey) can be the great way to enjoy the music of one of free-form Jazz’s masters!

New Spock’s Beard Album, Noise Floor

Spock’s Beard has long been a favorite of Prog fans. Their last studio album was back in 2015 with The Oblivion Particle. With twelve albums since their The Light debut back in 1995, it is nice to see how the band is becoming more noticed than ever before. The Oblivion Particle was a hit in today’s numbers with good action throughout the world. But now it’s 2018, and fans are ready for more.

On May 25, Spock’s Beard will release their next album, Noise Floor. With a collection of eight original songs, plus the inclusion of a bonus  EP set of four outtakes from the recording sessions, this new album is ready to thrill fans.

Noise Floor will be available as a 2CD digipak edition, DD, and a 2LP edition.

Noise FloorSpock’s Beard

CD1 (Noise Floor):
01 – To Breathe Another Day
02 – What Becomes Of Me
03 – Somebody’s Home
04 – Have We All Gone Crazy Yet
05 – So This Is Life
06 – One So Wise
07 – Box of Spiders
08 – Beginnings

CD2 (Cutting Room Floor EP):
01 – Days We’ll Remember
02 – Bulletproof
03 – Vault
04 – Armageddon Nervous