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Waters Interview Remark Hints At 5.1 Surround Mix of Pink Floyd 1977 Classic, Animals

The news is being broadcast (by Roger Waters, in an off-hand remark) that there will be a 5.1 Surround version of one of Pink Floyd‘s most under-represented albums (in my own opinion), Animals. For years, many of Pink Floyd’s albums have received expanded attention. Animals languished despite having a strong following. (Thanks to Steve Talia for this IMWAN tip-off.)

There is little to offer other than a bi of news to let you know it’s likely coming sooner rather than later. Apparently, new Battersea shots have been taken for the reissue.

Personally, I’m not a 5.1 adherent. The original was recorded and mixed by the band with Stereo in mind, and while there may have been thoughts of an expanded soundstage, they all come well after the original issue, and often not by the band oversight. I then becomes a work of somewhat else, like a remix becomes for some songs. They’re interesting, but ultimately fall away.

Now, having said that, I do NOT mind that things release in a 5.1 Surround mix for those that love them. Just call me indifferent. And, if there are updated HD tracks, then I’m vastly interested!

To be continued when more information and release dates come closer.

New Album From Folk Artist, Olivia Chaney, Is Expected In June – Shelter

Olivia Chaney is a folk artist who delivers a strong quality of work in her folk-styled music. Her debut album, The Longest River, was released back in 2015. Issued by Nonesuch Records, it is a collection of twelve folk tunes that have Joni Mitchell at its beating heart. Since, she has played with Kronos Quartet as well as other artists like her. The Longest River impressed many of her musical peers and continues to do so. Even Robert Plant has invited her to the stage.

Olivia Chaney has a voice suited for her chosen style. With her composition skills, she can put together intriguing albums with the songs she creates.

On June 15, Nonesuch Records will release the next musical chapter from Olivia Chaney named Shelter. Currently, the song “IOU” is available as a forerunner of the upcoming album.  (You can listen to that song below.) Shelter will issue on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. A pre-order at the webstore of Nonesuch will net you a signed print.

I recommend (strongly) a music journey backwards to her first album. If you’re a Folk fan, you’ll find much beauty in the songs of The Longest Road. And if “IOU” is an apt indicator, you’ll feel just as strongly with Shelter when it releases.

 

New Album By The Paper Kites – On The Train Ride Home – Is Uhhh, Out Now

In a surprising but head-scratching moment, The Paper Kites attended Twitter with an immediate announcement that their new album (the one they’ve been teasing fans with for a bit now) was out! There were no upcoming notices. Just a small sampling of a song the previous evening before the announcement. Now, with that aside…

On April 17, uhh, now, the new album from the Australian gem of a band, The Paper Kites will be is available. The new album is called On The Train Ride Home. With its eight new tracks, the album returns the band to an acoustic display of their music. Currently, you can listen to the new album via streaming services like Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Apple Music, and purchase it digitally via iTunes and Google Play.

But…there is definitely more to this. Given  that On The Train Ride Home is somewhat of an unusual offering by a band who is ascending as their designated ‘next album’, I believe that it is a forerunner of their next official – and electric – album. And while it is absolutely a full-length album, my guess is that these are written songs that didn’t make the  new album cut but were too good to not release. Because…

In August, The Paper Kites will release another new album (I am assuming their intended follow-up to the brilliant TwelveFour (2015). This is an album I saw them support on a tour). The new album will be called On The Corner Where You Live.  More as that album date approaches.

As for On The Train Ride Home, it has a definite Neil Young vibe, especially on “Between The Houses”. If you’re a Paper Kites fan, then you will love this new and surprising album. As for me, I’ll be at their next concert showing, for sure!

Here’s a link to get you to the album on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Play.

On The Train Ride HomeThe Paper Kites

01 – Nothing More Than That
02 – On The Train Ride Home
03 – Arms
04 – Between The Houses
05 – Only One
06 – It’s Not Like You
07 Standing In The Rain
08 – How Long

Violent Femmes Classics, Violent Femmes, Hallowed Ground, Permanent Record, To Be Re-Released

With a short US tour planned for Summer of 2018, it’s only right that the newly formed Craft Recordings re-introduce Violent Femmes back into the consciousness of past fans, and any potential new fans. Recently (2017), Violent Femmes released an unplugged travelogue of live tracks called 2 Mics + The Truth: Unplugged and Unhinged in America, providing long time fans 24 radio-broadcast live tunes on LP, 19 if you opted for a CD edition.

On June 8. Craft Recordings will re-release Violent Femmes’ strong self-titled Violent Femmes debut, and their second album, Hallowed Ground. Originally released back in 1983, and 1984 on the legendary Slash Records label (remember that label?), these albums were variable as Hallowed Ground caused a slight disruption for the band, swerving them away from the Platinum status of their debut. These new re-releases will be bare-bones. The debut will provide two previously available bonus tracks (“Ugly”, “Gimme The Car”) no previously available on the original album.

Additionally, the 2005 Rhino-issued ‘best of’ for Violent Femmes, Permanent Records, will also be re-released just as Rhino originally released it (with the hidden live track).

The last new Violent Femmes album was back in 2016, We Can Do Anything. If you’re a fan, it’s a nice opportunity to update the quality of your current collection pieces.

 

Mick Ronson Story Poorly Told on Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Soundtrack

In many bands, there’s an unsung hero. Although there are steps to recognize the talents of the individual, often the shadow cast by the big star is far too dark to allow much light to shine for recognition. One of the easy ones to recognize is Mick Ronson.

Mick Ronson played for David Bowie in Bowie’s early fame, Ziggy era. Afterwards, Mick Ronson took calculated steps to become a star in his own right. Certainly, he possessed the guitar skills. Mick Ronson released two RCA albums, Slaughter On 10th Avenue (with an interesting cover of “Love Me Tender”), and Play Don’ Worry (with an equally interesting cover of “White Light, White Heat”).

On June 8, a somewhat unbalanced but well-intentioned overview of the career of Mick Ronson will be released. It is (unfairly and for market’s sake) called Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. There are fourteen tracks found here that draw from sessions work, his tenure with Bowie, and with Ian Hunter, and a dose of music from his posthumous release of Heaven and Hull.  To be fair, Ronson’s reach scattered further than this collection would have you believe.

I say all this as I’m a fierce Mick Ronson fan who believes that he deserves better a remembrance than this weak set delivers, soundtrack or not. Nevertheless, while I might advise against this purchase (and I would), it is better than nothing, recognition-wise. While an enclosed booklet might do better justice, the musical offerings (and album/documentary title) are merely a marketing undercurrent designed to pull you in.

In the end, you have to choose as you will if Mick Ronson’s story interests you. Otherwise, I’d say wait for a better collection (something that Omnivore, Real Gone Music, Cherry Red, or another dedicated label could provide.

Despite all this, it is, in the end, a soundtrack to a documentary that airs on Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It’s also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

01 – All The Young Dudes (Live) – with Queen, Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Phil Collins at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
02 – Soulful Lady (with Michael Chapman on Fully Qualified Survivor (1970))
03 – Madman Across The Water (with Elton John on Rare Masters (1992))
04 – Moonage Daydream (with David Bowie on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972))
05 – Cracked Actor (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
06 – Time (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
07 – Once Bitten, Twice Shy (with Ian Hunter on Ian Hunter (1975))
08 – I’d Give Anything To See You (Just Like This (1999))
09 – Hard Life (Just Like This (1999))
10 – Midnight Love (Heaven and Hull (1994))
11 – Like A Rolling Stone (Heaven and Hull (1994))
12 – This Is For You (with Joe Elliott) Previously Unreleased
13 – Heroes (live) (with Queen, David Bowie, Joe Elliott at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
14 – Tribute To Mick Ronson (Mike Garson) Previously Unreleased

Collectible 7″ Vinyl Singles Set For Black Sabbath, Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set

One of the great pioneer bands to the genre of heavy metal was easily Black Sabbath. By the release of their first and second albums, both in 1970, just a mere six months in separation, both albums easily captured the rapt attention of a generation propelling both embryonic albums into platinum status throughout the world. No one can forget the strength of “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” from their second, and perhaps best celebrated of the band’s issues. Nevertheless, Black Sabbath persevered for decades even after the departing of Ozzy Osborne, who crafted an equally successful solo career.

On June 8, Rhino delves into the Warner Bros vaults to create a boxed set of ten 7″ vinyl singles, all from the band’s years between 1970 though 1978. Of the carefully selected singles, some were only issued in other countries besides the US.

The boxed set is being called Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set. It will be a limited run so don’t wait too long to collect yours if you have intention to own it. All songs are newly remastered. A booklet exploring the history of the singles and of the band, along with rare photos, credits, and other memorabilia is guaranteed to add value to the box.

Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box SetBlack Sabbath

7″ Single Vinyl 1
Side A – Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)
Side B –  Wicked World

7″ Single Vinyl 2
Side A – Paranoid
Side B – The Wizard

7″ Single Vinyl 3
Side A – Iron Man
Side B – Electric Funeral

7″ Single Vinyl 4
Side A – Tomorrow’s Dream
Side B – Laguna Sunrise

7″ Single Vinyl 5
Side A – Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
Side B – Changes

7″ Single Vinyl 6
Side A – Am I Going Insane (Single Edit)
Side B – Hole In The Sky

7″ Single Vinyl 7
Side A – Gypsy
Side B – She’s Gone

7″ Single Vinyl 8
Side A – It’s Alright
Side B – Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor

7″ Single Vinyl 9
Side A – Never Say Die
Side B – She’s Gone

7″ Single Vinyl 10
Side A – Hard Road (Single Edit)
Side B – Symptom Of The Universe (German Single Edit)

 

Review: Scenes From A Ghost Train – Forrest Fang

For well over 3 decades, Forrest Fang has created sound journeys, each as different as the landscape imagery they invoke. That’s an impressive commitment to not only his own sense of atmospheric creativity, but also to dedicated fans accumulated throughout his sixteen albums. With his latest release from Projekt Records, Scenes from a Ghost Train, Forrest Fang opts to take listeners on a cross-universe ride in a train that exists only within you.

This nine-track escape includes a four-piece title track departure that starts at a “Five-Mile Crater”, visits “Koch’s Veil”, participates in ” A Meeting of Totems”, and ends in “The Pulse of The Stars”.  Add in a twenty-minute aurally-induced display of “The Great Migration”, and four more pieces, Scenes From A Ghost Train  becomes more than an ambient album, it becomes a self-creating painting of continual brush strokes of imagination.

Everything has a sound of the universe in the background. Call it unsettling or rapturous, the choice is yours. But it sets a tone for the soundtrack of travel that is beautifully augmented by the musical skills of Forrest Fang’s toolbox of various instruments.  “A Meeting of Totems” become an earthly tribal experience, while its transitioning follow, “The Pulse of Stars” moves to a wider expanse of majesty.

Works by Forrest Fang are easily notable experiences in vast and completely uncharted cerebral landscapes. It’s difficult to assign the word ‘favorite’ among any of them.

 

Matthew Sweet To Release Tomorrow Forever Sessions Extension Album, Tomorrow’s Daughter

Following Richard Lloyd of Television fame, I first ran into Matthew Sweet with his 1989 album, Earth. Since that album, Matthew Sweet has released a healthy display of music including his well-received covers sets with Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles).

On May 18, Matthew Sweet will release a brand new album, his follow-up to 2017’s Tomorrow Forever. The new album is being called Tomorrow’s Daughter and will contain twelve Sweet compositions that were written and recorded during the Tomorrow Forever sessions. It could be called an extension of that album. The recently released “I Belong To You” single comes out ahead of the album (hear below). Megaforce is the releasing label.

Tomorrow’s Daughter will be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.  There are no proper artwork for the new album to see.

Matthew Sweet has a lot of musical history since his debut from  1986 (Inside). If you like this track, then you have plenty to backtrack with.

Ry Cooder To Release New Album, The Prodigal Son

Ry Cooder is a name well known for his quality roots music, and his guitar work, especially his slide guitar. He’s had more than a few solo albums amid his sessions works and involvements (he was essential to the stunning Crossroads soundtrack to the Ralph Macchio film (don’t knock it until you’ve seen it). His sessions work is a veritable grocery list of great Rock bands and singers. To date, he has sixteen solo albums out including the immensely popular Bop Til You Drop (1979). Needless to say, his involvement is immeasurable and essential to Rock,

On May 11, Fantasy Records will release a new Ry Cooder album, The Prodigal Son. His last, Election Special, was released in 2012, so it’s time.

The Prodigal Son will contain eleven new songs, a collection of covers and originals. It is planned to be released on CD, DD, and 180g-weight black vinyl LP. You can enjoy the title track below.

US UPDATE – Midge Ure Reimagines Ultravox, Solo Songs In Orchestrated

MusicTAP covered this ‘new’ Midge Ure release back in early November of 2017 when it was only planned as a UK release. Things have changed and now this Orchestrated album is now also planned for the US.

On June 8, via BMG Records, Midge Ure’s reimagined collection of Ultravox and Midge Ure tunes will release on CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP sets.

The late ’70s and early ‘8os were a rich fertile ground for Rock and Roll when its greatest level of evolution occurred. Sounds were simplified, music was crafted in different ways than they were previously. And for fans, there were a wealth of great bands like Talking Heads, Buzzcocks, OMD, Joy Division, Tears For Fears, Simple Minds, Skafish, The Police, Elvis Costello, and hundreds more. One of the bands of the late ’70s was Ultravox!

Ultravox! released their first album for Island Records. For vocals, there was John Foxx. That incarnation was a post-punk styled sound that was exciting and quite listenable. This lineup lasted through the first three albums before Island dropped them for poor sales. (Yeah, it surprises me, too!). But after Foxx, along with Robin Simon, went on to other things, the remaining members refused to die. Instead, they brought in Midge Ure, the singer from Rich Kids, and Visage. Drawing interest from Chrysalis Records, Ultravox released Vienna, essentially remaking the band into something more powerful. And for five magnificent albums (Vienna – 1980, Rage In Eden – 1981, Quartet – 1982, Lament – 1984, U-Vox – 1986), the band thrived.

Midge Ure will revisit some classic Ultravox songs – including “Vienna”, “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes”, “Hymn”, and “Lament”, and reimagine those songs in a uniquely orchestrated way. In addition, Midge Ure also revisits songs from his own solo works, songs that include “Breathe”, “If I Was”, “Fragile”, along with a brand new Midge Ure tune, “Ordinary Man”.

The new album is being called Orchestrated. It’s promised to be different than you might expect.

OrchestratedMidge Ure

01. Hymn
02. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
03. Breathe
04. Man of Two Worlds
05. If I Was
06. Vienna
07. The Voice
08. Ordinary Man
09. Death in the Afternoon
10. Lament
11. Reap the Wild Wind
12. Fragile