New Roger Daltrey Album, As Long As I Have You

Admittedly, the last thing I would expect in this world of Rock and Roll is a new Roger Daltrey album. And not because I think it’s unnecessary. I sill warmly remember his debut Daltrey (1973), and his followup, Ride A Rock Horse (1975), and even One of The Boys (1977). All in all, Roger Daltrey has released eight solo efforts, his last being Rocks In The Head (1992). What surprises me is his announcement that releasing albums is a wasteful effort given the current environment.  And yet:

On June 1, Polydor will release the next Roger Daltrey album, As Long As I Have You. It will provide eleven songs, many with Pete Townshend on guitar, giving us as close a Who album as can be expected.

As Long As I Have You will be released on CD, DD, and two versions of vinyl including 180g-weight black vinyl, and a limited edition 180g-weight red color vinyl LP housed in a “disco bag”.  The red vinyl set is available exclusively via The Who webstore.

As for me, this is one for the fans!

As Long As I Have YouRoger Daltrey

01 As Long As I Have You
02 How Far
03 Where Is A Man To Go?
04 Get On Out Of The Rain
05 I’ve Got Your Love
06 Into My Arms
07 You Haven’t Done Nothing
08 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
09 Certified Rose
10 The Love You Save
11 Always Heading Home

Loreena McKennitt To Release New Album, Lost Souls

For decades, Loreena McKennitt has given to an audience of fans her lush and engaging lyrical songs with a Celtic flavor. As an accomplished musician and composer of extraordinary worth, Loreena McKennitt has given us a delightful library of  songs. Her last album was The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which was released in 2010. Now, eight years later, we’re being gifted with a new album, her first of original music since her 2006 album, An Ancient Muse.

On May 11, Quinlan Road will release the newest album by the artist, Lost Souls. This new album will feature nine new songs.

Lost Souls will be released on CD, DD, and 180g-weigh black vinyl LP.


Wire To Reissue First Three Album Classics In Special Edition Multi-CD, CD, LP

One of the richest veins in Rock history reside from 1975 through 1985. There, music proliferated in a way that the previous times have not experienced. Not to disparage the music of the ‘late 50s, the embryonic ’60s, and the ‘teen years’ of the early ’70s, but when Punk created a dissension among listeners of Rock, you were either in or out, choosing to resist the evolution or to embrace it. After the brief of powerful display of Punk, there were bands who rode he Punk wave capitalizing on it’s cultural popularity. What some called “noise”, others found a new interest that propelled them into the next period, the next phase of actionable Rock and Roll. That new springboard genre was called Post-Punk. Whatever that meant to you, there is no denying that style of Rock was important.

One of those great Post-Punk bands (or Art-Punk, as you may have preferred), is a band known as Wire. With a formation in 1976, they quickly brought a stylistic sound to the hardcore punk, thus helping to create a strong and influential Post-punk landscape.

On May 18, watch for the reissue of three Wire classic albums that will be newly remastered, imbued with bonus tracks, and repackaged for CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The three albums include Pink Flag(1977), Chairs Missing (1978), and 154 (1979).  All three sets will provide a grand book-style housing with 80 pages of goodness to attend to the music provided.

Not only will the multi-CD Special Editions be released, but also single CD remasters featuring the original album only. These will be released on June 22, as will the remastered vinyl LPs featuring the original albums. For DD, only the original album remastered will be released. To get the bonus tracks, you will have to get the Special Editions.

Wire’s previous release Silver/Lead, issued in 2017, reveals the band to be as original as ever.

Pink Flag will contain thirty-eight tracks, with the twenty-one originals, and a collection of seventeen B-sides, demos, and previously unreleased cuts:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. Reuters
02. Field Day for the Sundays
03. Three Girl Rhumba
04. Ex Lion Tamer
05. Lowdown
06. Start to Move
07. Brazil
08. It’s So Obvious
09. Surgeon’s Girl
10. Pink Flag
11. The Commercial
12. Straight Line
13. 106 Beats That
14. Mr. Suit
15. Strange
16. Fragile
17. Mannequin
18. Different to Me
19. Champs
20. Feeling Called Love
21. 12 X U

CD2 (Bonus tracks):
01. The Commercial
02. Mr. Suit
03. Pink Flag
04. Surgeon’s Girl
05. Field Day for the Sundays
06. 106 Beats That
07. Fragile
08. Reuters
09. Different to Me
10. Ex Lion Tamer
11. Mannequin
12. Champs
13. Start to Move
14. Ex Lion Tamer
15. 12XU (Mono Mix)
16. Mannequin (Mono Mix)
17. It’s So Obvious

Chairs Missing will be spread out over three CDs with forty-seven tracks. Fifteen originals, and a massive assortment of thirty-two bonus tracks of B-sides, singles, demos, and outtakes:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. Practice Makes Perfect
02. French Film Bleurred
03. Another the Letter
04. Men 2nd
05. Marooned
06. Sand in My Joints
07. Being Sucked in Again
08. Heartbeat
09. Mercy
10. Outdoor Miner
11. I Am the Fly
12. I Feel Mysterious Today
13. From the Nursery
14. Used To
15. Too Late

CD2 (Bonus Tracks: Singles, B-sides, Outtakes):
01. I Am the Fly (Single Version)
02. Dot Dash
03. Options R
04. Outdoor Miner (Single Version)
05. Practice Makes Perfect (Single Version)
06. Underwater Experiences (Advision Version)

CD3 (Demos):
01. Practice Makes Perfect
02. OhNoNotSo
03. Culture Vultures
04. It’s the Motive
05. Love Ain’t Polite
06. French Film Blurred (Version 1)
07. Sand in My Joints
08. Too Late
09. I Am the Fly
10. Heartbeat
11. Underwater Experiences
12. Stalemate
13. I Feel Mysterious Today
14. Dot Dash
15. French Film Blurred (Version 2)
16. Options R
17. Finistaire (Mercy)
18. Marooned
19. From the Nursery
20. Indirect Enquiries (Version 1)
21. Outdoor Miner
22. Chairs Missing (Used To)
23. Being Sucked in Again
24. Men 2nd
25. Another the Letter
26. No Romans

The third Wire release, 154, will be distributed in a 3CD SE that will add twenty-seven bonus tracks to the original’s thirteen tracks. 154 has long been considered the band’s masterpiece and is much darker in musical scope:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. I Should Have Known Better
02. Two People in a Room
03. The 15th
04. The Other Window
05. Single K.O.
06. A Touching Display
07. On Returning
08. A Mutual Friend
09. Blessed State
10. Once Is Enough
11. Map Ref 41°N 93°W
12. Indirect Enquiries
13. 40 Versions

CD2 (Bonus Tracks: Singles, B-sides, Outtakes):
01. A Question of Degree (Single Version)
02. Former Airline (Single Version)
03. Go Ahead (Single Version)
04. Our Swimmer (Single Version)
05. Midnight Bahnhof Café (Single Version)
06. Our Swimmer (2nd Length) [single Version]
07. Catapult 30 (Single Version)
08. Song 1
09. Get Down 1 + 2
10. Let’s Panic Later
11. Small Electric Piece

CD3 (Demos):
01. 40 Versions
02. Ignorance No Plea (I Should Have Known Better)
03. Blessed State
04. A Touching Display
05. The 15th
06. A Mutual Friend
07. Once Is Enough
08. The Other Window


New Let’s Eat Grandma (LEG) Album Due In June

Back in the middle of the year for 2016, I came across a UK duo going by the name of…Let’s Eat Grandma. Their first album, I Gemini, released with a bounty of listenable songs. (You can read that article here.) As is the current trend these days, the band has taken a few years to produce their newest collection of tunes.

On June 29, Trangressive Records will release the duo’s second album, I’m All Ears. The new album contains eleven new tracks, two f which are currently available for streaming or download (“Hot Pink“, “Falling Into Me“).

I’m All Ears will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

UK Record Store Day To Release PiL Album Breakout Of 2LP Concert Live At The Brixton Academy 27.5.86

A few years back, Public Image Ltd released Deluxe editions of some of their classic sets including the much loved Album. Contained within the generously  supplied edition was a live set from Brixton Academy circa 1986, the period of time in which Album was released.

The live Brixton Academy recordings consists of fourteen performance tracks. It’s now good news to note that an official release of the May 27, 1986 show will be reissued alone, apart from the Deluxe Edition of Album.

The set is being called – appropriately – Concert (live at the Brixton Academy 27.5.86). Currently, this is being marketed for UK Record Store Day as a 2LP vinyl set. This gatefold edition will include a fold out poster.

Record Store Day (UK) is scheduled for April 21.

Hopefully, a CD set will follow after the RSD promotions end for the PiL faithful and deserving CD adherents.

concert live at the brixton academy 27.5.86PiL

01 Kashmir
02 FFF
03 Low Life
04 Fishing
01 Poptones
02 Pretty Vacant
03 Banging The Door
04 Flowers Of Romance
05 Bags

01 Round
02 Home
01 Public Image
02 Rise
03 Annalisa


UPDATE: 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.

On June 29, 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