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TAPSheet: Release News – 04/23/2012 – US Report

Rush and their latest album, Clockwork Angels, will get an LP release with a 2LP, 180g set expected on the same CD release date, June 12.

Nonesuch is planning on releasing Unity Band from Pat Metheny on June 12, and Election Special from Ry Cooder, planned for June 26.

Reprise Records is going to release a 2LP, 180g vinyl set for Neil Young & Crazy Horse of his upcoming Americana, both formats which releases on CD on June 5.

Eagle Rock Entertainment expects to release Mothership Returns 2CD by Return To Forever with a release date of June 19.

Interscope Records will release The Spirit Indestructible by Nelly Furtado on June 19.

ESL Records plan to release Moon People by Nickodemus with a scheduled date of June 19.

Universal Music Latino will release Tr3s Presents Juanes MTV Unplugged on May 29 fro Juanes.

Fantasy Records will release That’s My Story  – John Lee Hooker Sings The Blues (1960) by John Lee Hooker on vinyl LP, scheduling for July 3.

TAPSheet: Zappa Reissues Update – US Report

The Frank Zappa reissue campaign gets an uptick with new titles being added to the original six that we announced several days’ posts ago.  The complete set of CD and DD reissue titles now are as follows:

  • Absolutely Free (1967)
  • Apostrophe (‘) (1974)
  • Bongo Fury (1975)
  • Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
  • Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
  • Fillmore East – June 1971 (1971)
  • Freak Out! (1966)
  • Hot Rats (1969)
  • Just Another Band From LA (1971)
  • Lumpy Gravy (1967)
  • One Size Fits All (1975)
  • Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
  • Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)
  • The Grand Wazoo (1972)
  • Waka/Jawaka (1972)
  • Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
  • We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
  • Zoot Allures (1976)

All Zappa reissue titles have been scheduled for June 26.  Yes, people, you had BETTER be saving EVERY penny you can get your hands on.

In Memoriam: Levon Helm

They say ev’rything can be replaced
Yet ev’ry distance is not near
So I remember ev’ry face
Of ev’ry man who put me here
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

They say ev’ry man needs protection
They say ev’ry man must fall
Yet I swear I see my reflection
Some place so high above this wall
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

Standing next to me in this lonely crowd
Is a man who swears he’s not to blame
All day long I hear him shout so loud
Crying out that he was framed
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

There are few words to speak about the passing of someone that factors into your life.  Sometimes, you can’t even find those few words.  This day is one of them.

Levon Helm’s distinctive voice, his memorable drumming, and his place in one of Rock’s most memorable groups will make his passing acutely felt throughout the world of music.  He will be missed.

Goodbye, dear friend.

“…I gotta go, but my friend(s) can stick around…”

Levon Helm

In Memoriam: Dick Clark

If you’re a fan of music, then somewhere, Dick Clark has had something to say to you.  The leader of American Bandstand, often referred to as America’s oldest teenager, Dick Clark has become an integral part of Rock and Roll almost from the start.

Yesterday, his death was reported.  At the age of 82, the man who embodied Rock and Roll left this show we call life.  And for the rest of us, it’s like singing “American Pie” all over again.

“For now, Dick Clark, so long.”

Dick Clark

Axl and The Hall of Fame

Over the past few years (much longer for many of us), there has been a growing disillusionment over The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  And yes, I’m well aware that we’re beating a dead horse here, that many of us are just plain tired of hearing about it, much less having to read something – ANYTHING – about it.  Several weeks ago, I posted a reboot scenario for the Hall.  While TAP received a few comments on the subject, most yawned.  And with good reason.  We’re just sick and tired of the institution that cannot possibly decide who belongs in the Hall of Fame…and who doesn’t.

With the ceremonies over, and the drama of a few inductees electing to stay away, I wanted to hit a point once again, not so much from my perspective, but from the perspective of Axl Rose (of Guns ‘N’ Roses fame), who decided a public note was deserving concerning his very visible departure from the institution.

Now, I’m not much of an Axl Rose fan.  I feel that his public treatment of fans and his former bandmates is a bit on the deplorable side (not that I’m privy to his reasoning, which may be quite valid).  But yesterday’s explanatory note to fans of the band went a long way to voicing what is a very valid questioning of the procedure.  I’ve given the full text below.  Read it, then we’ll talk further:

To: Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N’ Roses Fans and everyone who’s shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I seriously didn’t plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I’m truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved! To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn’t want to disappoint anyone. It gets old being the outlaw even if “it’s only rock and roll”.

It took a lot of focus and soul searching to be sincere and informative while making a genuine effort to be somewhat diplomatic. We made, what I feel, are real efforts to learn about the Hall and the Board, spoke as I said with the president and various members, and though I inducted Elton John and Bernie Taupin in ’94 saying something to the effect of “I’m learning what the Hall’s about…”

I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially “rock” enough to be in the Hall?

This isn’t an attack. These are genuine issues I don’t have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.

I would like to apologize to Cleveland, Ohio for not apologizing to them beforehand for not attending [the ceremony] in their city. I think they know how much I genuinely love performing there. Cleveland does in fact Rock!!

Now that the smoke’s cleared a little, any desperate, misguided attacks have been just that, a pathetic stab at gossip, some lame vindictiveness, the usual entitlement crap, he’s obsessed, crazy, volatile, a hater. I once bought a homeless woman a slice of pizza who yelled at me she wanted soup. We got her the soup. You can get your own.

Again: HUGE thanks to the fans and to everyone for the incredible public support. My congratulations to the other artists inducted. And my apologies to the city and people of Cleveland, Ohio. I hope you’ll forgive me and we hope to see you again soon!

Keep Rockin’,
Unlike my open letter to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern this was written for GNR’s official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release. If anyone does choose to pick this up as has been done previously I’d appreciate if you’d run in full including this paragraph so as not to give a partial picture, have things taken out of context or to imply or inadvertently give the impression this was intended for other outlets.

Thanks in advance. Peace-

That is the full text of the letter from Axl Rose.  In it he makes a strong statement in that he has inquired and still has yet to gain a firm grasp on what the Hall is about.  I have to concur with the mercurial singer.  Especially in his statement, “…why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially “rock” enough to be in the Hall?”  That’s the gist of the concern we all share.  A small group of decision makers who have a powerful say in who gets in…and who doesn’t.

As we have always said, the list of potential Rock and Rollers is continually getting longer.  With the current number of inductees allowed, many of us will NEVER live long enough to see many of our favorites enter such a Hall.  Worse, eventually the voters will be too young to even consider the worth of a Rush, or an ELP, or a KISS, or many others that will likely never see induction although many of them should.

Okay, that’s it.  I think we’ve taken on this subject one too many times.  I’ll chastise myself privately the next time I decide to write something, and then try very hard to accept my chewing out and NOT write anything.

But before I go…Rod, you genuinely suck!!  (You’re running out of evasive excuses.)  Really, you are!  Worse, we’re starting to not care anymore.

Levon Helm

Here at MusicTAP, I find myself deeply affected by the news that Levon Helm (of The Band fame) is in the final stages of throat cancer.  As his daughter writes on his official site, “Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.”

I’m no fan of the shortness of life.  In fact, I bitch loudly about it to anyone that will entertain me.  But it becomes even more ominous when the people that you have grown to love begin to pass from this life that we know.  The Band has provided a stage of wonderful music and entertaining shows especially the beautiful The Last Waltz.  It was sad enough to have Richard Manuel, and Rick Danko leave us in more tragic ways.  It is equally sad to hear that Levon Helm is nearing the end of a decades long battle that will leave an equally massive void in the universe.

Unfortunately, many of us music fans can see the rent in the universe.  We can feel the loss.  And we sadden most.

Levon, all of us in the TAP community are pulling for a miraculous recovery for you.  It’s all we can do.

We also want you to know how much we love you!

“Everybody listen to me
And return me my ship
I’m your Captain, I’m your Captain
Though I’m feeling mighty sick

I’ve been lost now days uncounted
And it’s months since I’ve seen home
Can you hear me, can you hear me
Or am I all alone

If you return me to my home port
I will kiss you, mother Earth
Take me back now, take me back now
To the port of my birth

Am I in my cabin dreaming
Or are you really scheming
To take my ship away from me
You’d better think about it
I just can’t live without it
So please don’t take my ship from me
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I can feel the hand of a stranger
And it’s tightening ’round my throat
Heaven help me, Heaven help me
Take this stranger from my boat
I’m your Captain, I’m your Captain
Though I’m feeling mighty sick
Everybody listen to me
And return me my ship

I’m your Captain, yeah yeah yeah yeah

I’m getting closer to my home”

-I’m Your Captain (Closer To Home)”
Grand Funk Railroad

TAPSheet: Release News – 04/17/2012 – US Report

Shout! Factory will release two separate The English Beat packages, one a 5CD collected Box called The Complete Box, which will offer all three of their studio albums (I Just Can’t Stop It (1980); Wha’ppen? (1981); Special Beat Service (1982)) with accompanying bonus tracks, all remastered from the original tapes.  The other two CDs will contain bonus material previously unreleased on CD (Three John Peel sessions; tracks form a live session at Boston’s Opera House; and 12″ and Dub versions of the band’s biggest hits.  The obligatory booklet will feature photos, and essays.  (If you order from Shout! Factory direct, you will receive a The English Beat: Live at US Festival, a CD/DVD set.

There will also be a single CD, 16-track collection called Keep The Beat: The Very Best Of the English Beat.  Both sets are scheduled for July 10.  The track-listing for both sets are found underneath their respective cover art.

Keep The Beat: The Very Best Of The English Beat
Track Listing:
1. Mirror In The Bathroom
2. Doors Of Your Heart
3. Save It For Later
4. Twist & Crawl
5. The Tears Of A Clown
6. Best Friend
7. I Confess
8. Ranking Full Stop
9. Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret
10. Get-A-Job
11. Jeanette
12. Too Nice To Talk To
13. Can’t Get Used To Losing You
14. Sole Salvation
15. Hands Off . . . She’s Mine
16. End Of The Party

The English Beat – The Complete Beat 5CD Set
Track Listing:
Disc 1: I Just Can’t Stop It (1980)
1. Mirror In The Bathroom
2. Hands Off . . . She’s Mine
3. Two Swords
4. Twist & Crawl
5. Tears Of A Clown*
6. Rough Rider
7. Click Click
8. Ranking Full Stop*
9. Big Shot
10. Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret
11. Noise In This World
12. Can’t Get Used To Losing You
13. Best Friend
14. Jackpot
*Not on original U.K. release

Disc 2: Wha’ppen? (1981)
1. Too Nice To Talk To*
2. Doors Of Your Heart
3. All Out To Get You
4. Monkey Murders
5. I Am Your Flag
6. French Toast (Soleil Trop Chaud)
7. Drowning
8. Dream Home In NZ
9. Walk Away
10. Over And Over
11. Cheated
12. Get-A-Job
13. The Limits We Set
14. Psychedelic Rockers**
15. Hit It**
16. Which Side Of The Bed?**
*Not on original U.K. or U.S. release
**Bonus Tracks

Disc 3: Special Beat Service (1982)
1. I Confess
2. Jeannette
3. Sorry
4. Sole Salvation
5. Spar Wid Me
6. Rotating Head
7. Save It For Later
8. She’s Going
9. Pato And Roger A Go Talk
10. Sugar & Stress
11. End Of The Party
12. Ackee 1 2 3
13. What’s Your Best Thing**
14. March Of The Swivel Heads**
15. Cool Entertainer**
16. A Go Talk (Tappy Luppy Dub)**
**Bonus Tracks

Disc 4 – 12″ & Dub Versions
1. Hands Off . . . She’s Mine (Extended)
2. Twist & Crawl (Extended)
3. Stand Down Margaret (Dub)
4. Too Nice To Talk To (Dubweiser)
5. Psychedelic Rockers (Dubweiser)
6. Doors Of Your Heart (Extended)
7. Drowning (Dub)
8. Hit It (Extended)
9. Which Side Of The Bed? (Extended)
10. Save It For Later (Extended)
11. What’s Your Best Thing (Dub)
12. Cool Entertainer (Extended)
13. Jeanette (Extended)
14. March Of The Swivel Heads (Extended)
15. I Confess (Dave Allen Remix)

Disc 5 – Peel Sessions & Live In Boston
Peel Session – November 5, 1979
1. Tears Of A Clown
2. Ranking Full Stop
3. Click Click
4. Mirror In The Bathroom
5. Big Shot
Peel Session – September 22, 1980
6. Too Nice To Talk To
7. Psychedelic Rockers
8. Monkey Murders
9. Walk Away
Peel Session – March 29, 1982
10. Spar Wid Me
11. To The End Of The Party
12. She’s Going
13. Save It For Later
14. Sole Salvation
15. Pato And Roger A Go Talk
Opera House, Boston – November 19, 1982
16. Best Friend
17. Tears Of A Clown
18. Twist & Crawl
19. Get-A-Job/Stand Down Margaret

Volcano and Legacy Recordings will release a vinyl LP version of Soundsystem (1999) from 311, scheduling the 12″ for…today (04/17/12)!

Real Gone Music (who features heavily in today’s post) will release a Limited Edition LP of the self-titled album by Durocs (Ron Nagle).  It has a scheduled date of May 22.

Born and Raised (2011) from John Mayer has a vinyl LP form scheduled for it on May 22 via Columbia Records.  It is also planned on CD, same date.

Masterworks will release vinyl of Eveybody’s Talkin’ by the Tedeschi/Trucks Band with the LP planned for May 22.  The CD releases on the same date.

Third Man and Columbia Records will release vinyl LP for Blunderbuss, the latest album from Jack White, with a scheduled date of April 24.

Real Gone Music plans the release of The Complete Blue Cat Recordings featuring the music of The Ad-Libs.  This album is on the calendar for May 1.

Arista Nashville have a release date for The Essential Brooks & Dunn on April 17 – today.

On May 8, Columbia and Legacy will release The Essential Mariah Carey.

Real Gone Music have It’s Pony Time, and Let’s Twist Again, both by Chubby Checker, on the calendar pages for May 22.  It will be a two-fer package

Real Gone Music also has The Complete Hit Singles A’s & B’s planned for April 17.  This album will feature the music of Cowboy Copas.  There will also be a replicated set featuring the music of Little Willie John (same title, same date).

Cowboy Junkies Inc will release The Nomad Series by Cowboy Junkies today.

There are a series of new Playlist titles that will feature Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, Alice Cooper, Shawn Colvin, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, Jim Brickman, Harry Belafonte, The Fugees, Kenny Loggins (The Rock and Roll Years: 1979-1988), Prong, Pete Seeger, and Britney Spears.  All are scheduled for May 29 via various labels.

Real Gone Music also have Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On – His Original Capitol Hits featuring Mel McDaniel, scheduled for May 1.

Planned for May 22, Real Gone Music will release I’m Not Me by Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo.

Masterworks Broadway is scheduling Legends of Broadway – Liza Minnelli Live at the Winter Garden, planned for May 8.

Fair Trade and Columbia Records have The Hurt and The Healer on the calendar by Mercyme for May 22.

Real Gone Music will release The Unbelievable Voice and Guitar of Jerry Reed, and Nashville Underground in a two-fer Jerry Reed package scheduled for May 22.

Real Gone Music will also release 13 Original #1 Hits featuring Eddie Rabbitt, on May 1.

Legacy Recordings have scheduled June 5 for the upgraded Graceland classic by Paul Simon.  The expected packages include 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Box Set, The Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition, and the CD/DVD Anniversary Edition (with Under African Skies film).

And yet again, Real Gone Music plan the release of (GI) by The Germs on May 22, along with the expected The Complete Sceptor Singles featuring BJ Thomas, also out on May 22.

I told ya that Real Gone Music factored in heavily into today’s post.

CLICK THIS and “Let It Grow (Celebrate The World)”

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 04/16/2012 – US Report

7Brothers Records plan the release of Last Parade by Call Me No One scheduling the new album for June 12.  I like the band a bit.  I’m adding a YouTube link for you to check them out and see if they fit your rock and roll mode.

From the COOL department, Real Gone Music plan the re-release of Terry Knight and the Pack/Reflections, both 1966 titles, on May 22.  (For those that may not know, The Pack yielded Mark Farner and Don Brewer, who later hooked up with Mel Schacher to form the loved Grand Funk Railroad (Grand Funk).)  I’m anxious for this.

If you’re a The Smiths fan, AND you like vinyl LP, then the 2011 remaster of Hatful Of Hollow (1984) is scheduled to be re-released on June 12 in vinyl LP format.  As always, remember that these LPs are usually released in limited numbers.  If you want one, hesitate not.

Warner Music Nashville hThe anticipated new Rush album, coming from Roadrunner Records, is called Clockwork Angels, and is planned for June 12.

Savoy Records have Delayed Reaction from Soul Asylum planned for July 17.

Fat Possum/Columbia Records will release Infinite Arms from Band of Horses on vinyl LP scheduled for June 5.

ave the debut from Jama Kramer planned for June 5 in both standard CD issue and a Deluxe Edition set.

Flashback Records will re-release a barebones Flashback With Rose Royce on May 29.

Universal Music plans the re-release of several essential Frank Zappa titles on June 26.  Those titles included are Freak Out! (1966), Absolutely Free (1967), Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968), Hot Rats (1969), Lumpy Gravy (1967), and We’re Only In It For The Money (1968).  All titles are slated for release on June 26.

On June 12, Universal Music will release a 3CD/1DVD career-defining set called Dean Martin – Collected Cool with a selected 58 tracks from his Reprise years and his Capitol Years, as well as a CD filled with Live material from Lake Tahoe.  The included DVD features rare footage from London entitled Live In London.  The track listing is as follows:

Capitol Records Years (CD-1):

1. Dean’s Spoken Word Introductions

2. My Own, My Only, My All

3. Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)

4. I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine

5. That’s Amore

6. If I Could Sing Like Bing

7. Sway

8. Long, Long Ago

9. Memories Are Made Of This

10. Pardners (with Jerry Lewis)

11. Volare

12. Rio Bravo

13. On An Evening In Roma

14. Sleep Warm

15. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head

16. Just In Time

17. Arrivederci Roma

18. Return To Me

19. A Hundred Years From Today

Reprise Records Years (CD-2):

1. Tik-A-Tee, Tik-A-Tay

2. Senza Fine

3. Who’s Got The Action

4. Guys And Dolls

5. Everybody Loves Somebody

6. The Door Is Still Open To My Heart

7. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You

8. In The Misty Moonlight

9. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On

10. In The Chapel In The Moonlight

11. Welcome To My World

12. I Will

13. Somewhere There’s A Someone

14. My First Country Song (featuring Conway Twitty)

15. LA Is My Home


1. Drink To Me Only With Thine

1. Eyes

2. Almost Like Being In Love

3. I Love Tahoe (Paris)

4. Show Banter #1

5. My Kind Of Girl

6. Show Banter #2

7. Show Banter #3

8. June In January

9. Show Banter #4

10. Break It To Me Gently

11. Show Banter #5

12. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody

13. Instrumental

14. Show Banter #6

15. Primrose Lane/You Are Too Beautiful/Carolina In The Morning/Love Walked In/I Love Being A Girl

16. Beautiful Dreamer

17. You Made Me Love You

18. It Had To Be You/Nevertheless

19. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter

20. Volare

21. On An Evening In Roma

22. Show Banter #7

23. I Love Paris (Tahoe)

24. Outro


1. Everybody Loves Somebody

2. Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes

3. When You’re Smiling

4. Pennies From Heaven

5. L-O-V-E

6. Everybody Loves Somebody (reprise)

7. Where Or When

8. Welcome To My World

9. Drinking Champagne

10. That’s Amore

11. Love Walked In

12. Please Be Kind

13. It’s Magic

14. Ken’s Noodle

15. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

16. For The Good Times

17. Here Comes My Baby Back Again

18. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me

19. Bumming Around

20. One Hour With You

21. Bumming Around

22. One Hour With You

Black Oak Arkansas

Early last week, I began to remember a female vocalist from the ’70s by the name of Ruby Starr.  That got me to thinking about Ellen Foley, Maggie Bell, and a host of others as well but that’s another story for later.

Thinking of Ruby Starr (who died of lung cancer back in 1995) got me to thinking of her band, Grey Ghost, which, finally, got me to remembering Black Oak Arkansas.  Now, black Oak Arkansas was immensely popular back in the ’70s.  But when their star began to burn out, they faded so fast it made my head spin.  But remembering that band brought many wonderful moments back.

Jim ‘Dandy’ Mangrum was a great frontman with plenty of swagger.  In fact, you might be able to say that “Diamond Dave” Lee Roth of Van Halen fame completely stole that whole game that Mangrum created as vocalist for BOA.  Hell, it’s almost identical.  And I still remember his washboard playing.

Then there is Tommy Aldridge, an unsung, but well-traveled drummer, who pounded the skins for not only Black Oak Arkansas, but also Pat Travers, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake.

I won’t ignore the other fine musicians in Black Oak Arkansas who made the band a joy to listen to.  But the band itself was a strong part of the ’70s Rock and Roll dream that never seems to get much recognition these days.

I’m sure there are a whole lot of other bands that were very popular back ‘in the day’ who enjoyed a meteoric career only to suddenly disappear from site.  BOA never really disappeared though.  Mangrum kept the band going but who really knew about them after their fall.  Not I.

Still, Black Oak Arkansas was a great band with some very excellent albums to their credit.  I played a lot of their videos on YouTube over the week.  Enjoyed them all.

Oddly enough, I really mourn the loss of Ruby Starr, a sexy southern girl with a ton of hot charm, all of which she used liberally in her promotion of Grey Ghost, as well as her appearances with BOA.  (Ruby is the female vocal part of the single “Jim Dandy”!)

I often wonder what happened with the machine known as Black Oak Arkansas, how they fell so suddenly.  They were there for a long period, then they weren’t.

Do yourself a favor, especially if you were ever a fan of the band.  Check out some of their vintage videos on YouTube and regain a little of your youth back.

Review: Live Dates II – Wishbone Ash

One of the great Live moments in Rock and Roll history is the release of Live Dates, the double LP issued back in 1973 from UK band, Wishbone Ash.  That album is not only a great collection of songs in a live setting by one of Rock’s most overlooked bands, it is also proof of the consummate musicianship capably played by these four men (Martin, Andy, Steve, Ted).  Live Dates impressively (and warmly) stands the test of time with its generous selection of Wishbone Ash classics.  But while it is the most impressive live document of the band, it was not the only well-received one.

The band followed up Live Dates with Live Dates II.  Originally released in the UK as a Limited Edition, twelve track set with only 25,000 copies made, the album, once sold through, pared down to a truncated eight-track collection.  In the US, that release was named Hot Ash.  Like the legendary status of the band’s promo live set, Live In Memphis, Live Dates II in its full glory is also legendary, and, until now, largely unattainable.

Live Dates II showcases the band’s music released after Argus, and with the Mark II lineup that included Laurie Wisefield (Home) on guitar.  The Live selections found on this revered set include “Doctor”, and “No Easy Road” from their unheralded Wishbone Four; “Lorelei”, “Runaway”, “(In All My Dreams) You Rescue Me” from New England; “Living Proof”, and “Helpless” from Just Testing; “F.U.B.B.”, and “Persephone” from There’s The Rub; “The Way Of The World” from No Smoke Without Fire; “Goodbye Baby, Hello Friend” from Front Page News; and a cherry-picked blessing from Argus in “Time Was”.  Without question, these songs well represent the band from the second line-up phase.

Real Gone Music, a varied reissue label, has saw fit to revisit the Live Dates II in its original release state.  And happy we are.  As a collector, the complete 2LP Limited Edition set eludes all but the most richest of collectors.  But with Real Gone on the fans’ side, April 4 brought a single-disc CD (in a digipak casing) into availability once again.  We couldn’t be happier as we can now slot another classic on the shelves.

The CD (with all that glorious Wishbone Ash music in a live setting) is joined by a folded six-page booklet that lists song credits, adds a photo of the band, and includes a new (2012) essay from Scott Schindler.  If you’re a fan of the band, then Live Dates II needs to be in your library, no questions asked.  Soon enough, it too, will be as rare as the original.