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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

 

Hilary Hahn With 2CD/2LP Retrospective

Hilary Hahn is an American violinist whose craft is in the replay of classic compositions from the eras of the great classical composers. While she does do some original material, her fame is in her recitations of solo Bach pieces. Her first concert appearance was at the young age of eleven where she performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. To date, she has released some twenty-one sets. Her debut was Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, released in 1997. Her second was a Beethoven violin concerto (so titled), with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra back in 1999.

Photo by Michael Patrick O’Leary Retrospective is released by Deutsche Grammophon

Since her debut, Hilary Hahn has become highly recognized for her magnificent ability as a soloist, and as a chamber musician. Her rising fame is well deserved.

On January 19, a concerted effort by Deutsche Grammophon (A Decca Classics imprint), and the crowd-funding Pledge Music will produce a 2CD retrospective with seventeen tracks (see track list below). There will also be a 2LP set designed and specially mastered for the medium.

The set is called Retrospective. It will be contained within a gatefolded case and packed with a booklet containing photos, notes, and fan art.

I love that she gets this kind of attention. Her violin playing is mesmerizing.

RetrospectiveHilary Hahn

CD1:
01.-03. Violin Sonata in G major K 379, (Mozart)
4. Blue Curve of the Earth (Tina Davidson)
5. Mercy (Max Richter)
6. Double Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D major BWV 1043  (Bach) – ii Largo ma non tanto
7. The Lark Ascending  (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major K 526 (Mozart) – iii Presto
9. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major op. 6 (Paganini)  – iii Rondo

CD2:
1. Violin Concerto op. 36  (Schoenberg )– i Poco Allegro
2. St Matthew Passion (Bach) – ii Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
3. Violin Concerto (Dedicated to Hilary Hahn) (Jennifer Higdon)  – i 1726
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 (Ives)– i Andante – Allegro vivace
5. Godot (Hahn & Hauschka)
6. When A Tiger Meets A Rosa Rugosa (Du Yun)
7. Two Voices (Nico Muhly)
8. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor op. 31 (Vieuxtemps) – ii Adagio religioso

 

8-Disc Procol Harum Box Arriving In 2018

With 2017 wrapping up, it’s nice to see that a large label is planning a big release for Procol Harum fans with the release of a Limited Edition 8 Disc Anthology Box . The box will contain five CDs  with 69 tracks, and three DVDs filled with key PH tracks, and two live sets, one from their 1973 Hollywood Bowl show, and a previously unreleased live set from Bournemouth Winter Gardens from 1976.

The three DVDs contain well over three and a half hours of Procol Harum goodies with collections from BBC, Top of the Pops, and other appearances.

The music found on the sets are newly remastered, which is alone a classic reason to get the set. But the box will be blessed with a 68-page book with essays, photos, memorabilia, and a poster from a 1976 concert.

The Box is being called Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017. It is scheduled for release from Cherry Red/Esoteric Records on March 23, 2018.

Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017Procol Harum

CD1:
01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (A-side Single – 1967)
02. Homburg (A-side single – 1967)
03. Cerdes (Outside the Gates of)
04. Salad Days (Are Here Again)
05. Kaleidoscope
06. Repent Walpurgis
07. Understandably Blue [Recorded at Olympic Studios, London in July 1967]
08. Shine on Brightly
09. Quite Rightly So
10. Skip Softly My Moonbeams
11. A Salty Dog
12. The Devil Came from Kansas
13. Pilgrim’s Progress
14. The Milk of Human Kindness
15. Long Gone Geek (B-side single – 1969)
16. Whisky Train
17. Barnyard Story
18. Still There’ll Be More
19. Whaling Stories

CD2:
01. Simple Sister
02. Broken Barricades
03. Luskus Delph
04. Memorial Drive
05. Conquistador
06. In Held ‘Twas in I
a Glimpses of Nirvana
b ‘Twas Tea Time at the Circus
c In the Autumn of My Madness
d Look to Your Soul / Grand Finale
07. Grand Hotel
08. Robert’s Box
09. For Liquorice John
10. Souvenir of London
11. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
12. Nothing But the Truth
13. The Idol
14. The Thin End of the Wedge

CD3:
01. Beyond the Pale
02. As Strong as Samson
03. Pandora’s Box
04. The Unquiet Zone
05. Fool’s Gold
06. Typewriter Torment
07. Something Magic
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. Strangers in Space
10. Perpetual Motion
11. Holding On
12. An Old English Dream
13. This World is Rich (For Stephen Maboe)
14. The Emperor’s New Clothes
15. Can’t Say That
16. The Only One

CD4:
(Live at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & the Roger Wagner Chorale
Recorded 21st September 1973)
01. Sanctus
02. Broken Barricades
03. Simple Sister
04. A Christmas Camel
05. Toujours L’Amour
06. Grand Hotel
07. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
08. A Salty Dog
09. Conquistador
10. Grand Finale
11. TV Ceasar / Rule Britannia

CD5:
(Live at Bournemouth Winter Gardens
17th March 1976)
01. The Unquiet Zone
02. Beyond the Pale
03. Whaling Stories
04. All This and More
05. A Salty Dog
06. I Keep Forgetting
07. The Blue Danube
08. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) / Nothing But the Truth
09. A Whiter Shade of Pale

DVD1:
01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Top of the Pops)
02. Homburg (Beat Club)
03. Quite Rightly So (Beat Club)
04. A Salty Dog (Beat Club)
05. The Devil Came from Kansas (Beat Club)
06. Long Gone Geek (Beat Club)
[Beat Club Workshop]
07. Shine on Brightly
08. In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence
09. Still There’ll Be More
10. Pilgrim’s Progress
11. Quite Rightly So
12. Magdalene My Regal Zonophone
13. Power Failure
14. A Salty Dog
15. Simple Sister
16. In the Autumn of My Madness
Look to Your Soul
Grand Finale

DVD2:
[Complete Recording Session for Musikladen Radio Bremen – 1973]
01. Drunk Again
02. Grand Hotel
03. Conquistador
04. Bringing Home the Bacon
05. Too Much Between Us
06. Toujours L’Amour
07. Whaling Stories
08. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
09. Kaleidoscope

DVD3: 
01. Pandora’s Box (Top of the Pops)
[Sight and Sound In Concert – BBC-TV from The Hippodrome (London) March 12, 1977]
02. Something Magic
03. Conquistador
04. Nothing But the Truth
05. Strangers in Space
06. Grand Hotel
07. Pandora’s Box
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. The Mark of the Claw
10. Wizard Man
11. This Old Dog
12. A Whiter Shade of Pale

 

Squeezing Out Sparks Classic By Graham Parker Remastered With Bonus Live

With little arriving product information coming out in this usually slow month of December (and this month has been better than years past), I discovered something that even I got excited about even though it was released a few days previous.

On December 15, an independent label by the name of Quake Records, released a reissue of Squeezing Out Sparks, the magnificent and brilliant 1979 Graham Parker classic that is on the Rolling Stone Best 500 Rock Albums of All time list. The tracks here have been remastered for better sound although, by their own admission, it just does slightly better than the Arista reissue from 1996 that includes a collection of live versions of the album’s tracks. However, it’s said that the audio improvement is significant over the UK reissue from Vertigo/Mercury (2001).

This Quake Records reissue is not only remastered but will feature previously unheard live tracks from the band’s June 24, 1979 support show at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA (see list below). The cover has been re-imagined as well.

Squeezing Out Sparks can be ordered here.

Squeezing Out Sparks (Original Album Remastered) – Graham Parker

01 – Discovering Japan
02 – Local Girls
03 – Nobody Hurts You
04 – You Can’t Be Too Strong
05 – Passion Is No Ordinary Word
06 – Saturday Nite Is Dead
07 – Love Gets You Twisted
08 – Protection
09 – Waiting For The UFO’s
10 – Don’t Get Excited

Squeezing Out Sparks Live (Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA June 24, 1979)

11 – Discovering Japan
12 – Local Girls
13 – Nobody Hurts You
14 – You Can’t Be Too Strong
15 – Passion Is No Ordinary Word
16 – Saturday Nite Is Dead
17 – Protection
18 – Mercury Poisoning
19 – I Want You Back (Alive)
20 – Pourin’ It All Out

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet Create New Album, Landfall

Here’s a piece of news that lovers of Laurie Anderson, and Kronos Quartet will love: They collaborate and we’re going to get that album in 2018.

As many of you know, Laurie Anderson first caught our attention with her entertaining “O Superman” tune way way back in 1982 on Big Science, made even better on long play 12″. As she progressed, her albums became more magnificent, although, admittedly for avant garde taste. But if you adventured into that realm, there was little she couldn’t do. (Case in point: The Ugly One With The Jewels, a sparkling spoken word album as eerie as it could be!)

And then, there the Kronos Quartet. A string quartet from San Francisco, they have given the world plenty of beautiful compositions and film scores including Philip Glass’ Dracula score to the 1931 Browning classic. With a wide range of strong works (like the extraordinary Howl, USA from 1996), the Kronos Quartet has rarely disappointed, if ever.

On February 16, Nonesuch will release Landfall, an extended set featuring both talents! The new album is planned for CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP. You can hear the first promo single below: “We Have Yet To Speak Another Language”, which is downloadable right now, or easily streamed (hear below):

 

 

New Moby Album For 2018, Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt

I’ll admit to first hearing Moby from his Play album, the one with “Natural Blues”.  18 took me a while to get into but I eventually did. Since, I’ve been a Moby fan, I haven’t always gotten into some of his music, but he’s definitely worth listening to. But that Play album! I STILL listen to that one.

On March 2 of 2018, Mute Records will release his next set. With a line taken from Kurt Vonnegut, the Moby album is being called Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt. The new album contains twelve tracks.

Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

 

 

New David Byrne Album Planned For 2018

Short of acquiring a new Talking Heads album, it’s always great news to hear of a new David Byrne album in the queue. His last was Grown Backwards waaaaay back in 2004.  Not discounting the excellent sets of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008) with Brian Eno, and Love This Giant (2012) with St. Vincent, but those were collaborative albums. He hasn’t lost his sense of songwriting since his was eclectic enough to not have a time anchor to it. Again, I love the news when a favorite is coming out. And David has one.

On March 9, a new album by David Byrne will be in our anticipating hands. The new album is being called American Utopia and will be released via Nonesuch Records. This new album will be made available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

As of now, there is little information as to song content or a cover shot. But as soon as we get one, we’ll definitely come back with it.

David Byrne will be supporting this new album release with a tour. On the tour, it is expected to have David Byrne include some classic Talking Heads songs as well as a sweet handful of his solo gems. (I’d like to hear something from My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, even if somewhat taped.)

Soon!

 

Two Classic Todd Rundgren Titles, Something/Anything and A Wizard, A True Star Planned For SACD/CD Set Updates

SACDs are certainly winding down in the industry. Once a hoped for sizable niche, the marketplace for them has diminished considerably given the practicality of DVDs (DVD-Audio), and BDs (BD-Audio). With necessary additional hardware needed to play them back, the marketplace now only has legacy owners of SACD units and pricey SACD-enabled multi-players. Because of that dwindling number, we hear of less and less. But that doesn’t mean they no longer issue. With a wealth of desirable titles out there still not converted to superior (in my estimation) SACD hi-res, it’s nice to see them trickle out. One of them is a favorite of mine, Todd Rundgren‘s excellent Something/Anything.

On January 12 of 2018, Analog Spark, a division of Concord/Universal, will reissue Something/Anything as a 2-disc package with an SACD and a CD included within a Stoughton gatefold jacket.

This will be a necessary add title for those fans of the album who still enjoy the sound quality afforded by SACD playback within your much beloved music listening arena. And of course, hearing massive radio hits “I Saw The Light”, and “Hello, It’s Me” in Super Audio splendor, as well as FM favorites, “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”, and “Wolfman Jack”.

Something/Anything is listed in Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Rock Albums of All Time at number 173.

Also from Analog Spark will be an SACD Hybrid reissue of A Wizard, A True Star, which is being released the same date as Something/Anything.

 

The Asylum Years Features Chris Hillman Sets On Single CD

Chris Hillman was an essential part of the Byrds empire as much responsible for their growth as any of the others. His involvement lasted from their first album, Mr Tambourine Man (1965) through their sixth, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (1968), and then again for their final album, Byrds (1973). Afterwards, Chris Hillman was involved in a series of projects including time with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, The Desert Rose Band, and a well-received solo career that has produced seven titles including his latest Rounder issue, Bidin’ My Time from late 2017.

On February 9, Omnivore Recordings will release a 20-track collection from Hillman’s Asylum Records years that includes Slippin’ Away (1976), and Clear Sailin’ (1977). The set will be called simply The Asylum Years. In essence, you can view this as a reissue of his two Asylum catalog titles in one CD set.

Included within the set will be a booklet  with essay. a new interview with Hillman, photos, and credits.

The Asylum Years (Slippin’ Away/Clear Sailin’) – Chris Hillman:
01. Step On Out
02. Slippin’ Away
03. Falling Again
04. Take It On The Run
05. Blue Morning
06. Witching Hour
07. Down In The Churchyard
08. Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty
09. Midnight Again
10. (Take Me In Your) Lifeboat
11. Nothing Gets Through
12. Fallen Favorite
13. Quits
14. Hot Dusty Roads
15. Heartbreaker
16. Playing The Fool
17. Lucky In Love
18. Rollin’ And Tumblin’
19. Ain’t That Peculiar
20. Clear Sailin’