Category Archives: Release Pieces

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’

 

Jethro Tull Classic, Heavy Horses, Gets 3CD/2DVD 40th Anniversary “New Shoes” Edition

It’s nice to see the year of 2017 end on positive notes like we’ve had with some announcements. Normally, this a quiet time but for some reason or other, 2017 has remained somewhat lively, And with this new piece of news, it gets even more lively.

On February 9 of 2018, the next in line of album updates for the Jethro Tull band is Heavy Horses. Originally released in 1978, Heavy Horses followed up the popular Songs From The Wood (1977), with an album every bit as beautifully assembled as its predecessor. And now the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition remix of Heavy Horses naturally follows the 40th Anniversary DE of Songs From The Wood, which was released earlier in 2017.

Expected in this new reissue of Heavy Horses (called the New Shoes Edition) will be the Steven Wilson set of remixes of the original set of nine songs, which will be bolstered by the addition of nine bonus tracks (see list). The two additional CDs will provide a 22-performance track live set from a support show on May 28, 1978 at The Festhalle in Bern, Switzerland. The 2DVDs will provide the SW Stereo hi-res tracks in 96kHz/24-bit. two SW 5.1 Surround Sound remixes (DTS, DD), and a flat transfer of the original Stereo master. and three additional bonus tracks. DVD2 will present the complete May 28, 1978 Bern concert at The Festhalle on video. Closing the DVD off will be four extra videos, two music and two TV ads.

I’m sure the included 96-page book will add the value seen previously in past Jethro Tull Anniversary Editions.

Heavy Horses (New Shoes Edition40th Anniversary) – Jethro Tull

CD1 (Original Album/Bonus Tracks – Steven Wilson Stereo Remix):
01. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
02. Acres Wild
03. No Lullaby
04. Moths
05. Journeyman
06. Rover
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. Weathercock
Bonus Tracks:
10. Living In These Hard Times (version 2)
11. Everything In Our Lives
12. Jack-A-Lynn
13. Quatrain (studio version)
14. Horse-Hoeing Husbandry
15. Beltane
16. Botanic Man
17. Living In These Hard Times (version 1)
18. Botanic Man Theme/A Town In England

CD2: (Live In Concert In Bern (The Festhalle, Bern Switzerland) May 28th, 1978 – Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix):
01. Opening Music (Quartet)
02. Introduction by Claude Nobs
03. No Lullaby
04. Sweet Dream
05. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
06. Jack-In-The-Green
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. A New Day Yesterday
10. Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree
11. Living In The Past/A New Day Yesterday (Reprise)
12. Songs From The Wood

CD3:  (Live In Concert In Bern (The Festhalle, Bern Switzerland) May 28th, 1978 – Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix):
01. Thick As A Brick
02. Hunting Girl
03. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
04. Conundrum
05. Minstrel in the Gallery
06. Cross-Eyed Mary
07. Quatrain
08. Aqualung
09. Locomotive Breath
10. The Dambusters March/Aqualung (Reprise)

DVD1:  – Steven Wilson Remixes DD/DTS Stereo (96/24), Flat Transfer):
SW 5.1 Surround Mix DD and DTS – 
01. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
02. Acres Wild
03. No Lullaby
04. Moths
05. Journeyman
06. Rover
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. Weathercock
10. Living In These Hard Times (Version 2)
11. Everything In Our Lives
12. Jack-A-Lynn
13. Horse-Hoeing Husbandry
14. Beltane
15. Botanic Man
16. Living In These Hard Times (Version 1)
17. Botanic Man Theme
18. A Town In England
SW Stereo Remix 96/24 PCM
19. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
20. Acres Wild
21. No Lullaby
22. Moths
23. Journeyman
24. Rover
25. One Brown Mouse
26. Heavy Horses
27. Weathercock
28. Living In These Hard Times (Version 2)
29. Everything In Our Lives
30. Jack-A-Lynn
31. Quatrain (Studio Version)
32. Horse-Hoeing Husbandry
33. Beltane (S
34. Botanic Man
35. Living In These Hard Times (Version 1)
36. Botanic Man Theme
37. A Town In England
Flat Transfer of Stereo Master
38. ….And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps
39. Acres Wild
40. No Lullaby
41. Moths
42. Journeyman
43. Rover
44. One Brown Mouse
45. Heavy Horses
46. Weathercock
Bonus
47. Rover (No Strings Version)
48. Living In These Hard Times (Version 2)
49. Beltane

DVD2 – (Live In Concert In Bern (The Festhalle, Bern Switzerland) May 28th, 1978 – Jakko Jakszyk Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mixes):
JJ 5.1 Surround Mixes (DD/DTS)
01. Opening Music (Quartet)
02. Introduction by Claude Nobs (Spoken Word)
03. No Lullaby
04. Sweet Dream
05. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
06. Jack-In-The-Green
07. One Brown Mouse
08. Heavy Horses
09. A New Day Yesterday
10. Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree
11. Living In The Past/A New Day Yesterday (Reprise)
12. Songs From The Wood
13. Thick As A Brick
14. Hunting Girl
15. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
16. Conundrum
17. Minstrel In The Gallery
18. Cross-Eyed Mary
19. Quatrain
20. Aqualung
21. Locomotive Breath
22. The Dambusters March/Aqualung (Reprise)
JJ 96/24 Stereo Mix
23. Opening Music (Quartet)
24. Introduction by Claude Nobs (Spoken Word)
25. No Lullaby
26. Sweet Dream
27. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
28. Jack-In-The-Green
29. One Brown Mouse
30. Heavy Horses
31. A New Day Yesterday
32. Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree
33. Living In The Past/A New Day Yesterday (Reprise)
34. Songs From The Wood
35. Thick As A Brick
36. Hunting Girl
37. Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die
38. Conundrum
39. Minstrel In The Gallery
40. Cross-Eyed Mary
41. Quatrain
42. Aqualung
43. Locomotive Breath
44. The Dambusters March/Aqualung (Reprise)
Bonus Videos
45. Heavy Horses (Video)
46. Moths (Video)
47. Bursting Out (TV AD)
48. Bursting Out & Madison Square Garden Show (TV AD)

 

 

3CD/DVD 45th Anniversary Edition of 1972 Roxy Music Debut Planned

For quite some time, Steven Wilson has let it be known that he had completed remix work on several classic treasures. With that, it was up to the labels involved to simply release them as packages. We’ll the good news of today is that Universal has decided to release one of those albums.

On February 2, 2018, Universal will reissue the 1972 debut album classic from Roxy Music. With this good news, we also get the package in celebration of the band’s 45th Anniversary as a Super Deluxe package.

This 45th Anniversary package will present the album in both Stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes (It’s important here to realize that the Stephen Wilson remix available will be the 5.1 Surround and NOT a Stereo remix, which is strange. SW did do a Stereo remix of Roxy Music while he had the tapes in his possession. Nevertheless, the Stereo version being released is not attributed to SW, and is an older Bob Ludwig master previously released.)

Watch for 3CDs and a DVD along with a richly contributed 136-page high gloss book. The three CDs provide the original album, a set of outtakes, demos, and a non-album single, “Virginia Plain”, which IS presented here as SW remix in Stereo.  One of the CDs will also provide several Live sets including two Peel sessions and a BBC broadcast.

The DVD provides a several videos of Old Grey Whistle Test, Full House, Royal College of Art, and Top of the Pops, and a rare club appearance. The DVD will be home to the two variations of the SW 5.1 Surround remixes (DTS 96/24, Dolby AC3).

There will be a 2CD Edition with only original album and the live sets. A vinyl LP is also in the release queue.

Enjoy!

 

New Neal Morse Album, Life And Times, In February

Neal Morse rose to prominence as a member of the highly regarded Spock’s Beard. For those who are unaware, Spock’s Beard is a progressive rock band that got its start with Neal Morse and brother, Alan Morse. Not long after their formation, Neal left to pursue more fully, his started solo career. Spock’s Beard still performs and records music with Alan Morse at the helm.

In 1999, Neal Morse released his first solo effort, followed by his second, It’s Not Too Late in 2002. After leaving Spock’s Beard, Neal released a large array of solo works that have endeared him to fans greatly.

On February 16, Neal will release his ninth album (not counting his religious albums or albums with other bands). The new album is being called Life And Times, and will contain mostly acoustic tracks. The new album is being supported by a tour in both Europe and the US.

 

Two Wishbone Ash Album Sets Remastered and Expanded For 2018

Wishbone Ash had enjoyed a strong UK following all the way through their Twin Barrels Burning album, which was issued in 1982. It was followed up by 1985’s  Raw To The Bone. Both albums were released on independent labels as MCA had finished with the band after their Number The Brave album from 1981. For many, the band was still hitting on all cylinders even though they had adopted a familiar and saving ’80s metal sound to stay relevant for Raw To The Bone. Twin Barrels Burning still carried the evolved sounds from Number The Brave and is more reminiscent of the earlier band than Raw To The Bone is. Regardless, Wishbone Ash, admirably helmed by Andy Powell, eventually struggled to maintain an existence with multiple lineups that included the original four for IRS Records (Nouveau Calls – 1987, Hear To Hear – 1989).

Twin Barrels Burning, and Raw To The Bone both disappeared to relative obscurity, forgotten to time, if not for devoted fans, then to the changing times.

On the 19th of December, PledgeMusic will release in limited numbers both classic Wishbone Ash albums in newly remastered and amply expanded editions. After this, Cherry Red Records will be releasing these to the marketplace on wider release, planned for February 2 of 2018. All issues are from the UK and will need importation to the US.

Twin Barrels Burning will be issued in a 2CD package. Not only is the original music remastered, there will be inclusion of three sessions outtakes (“Cat And Dog Fight”, “Go For The Gold”, “Night Hawker”), and the desired American remixes of the original UK album in re-sequenced manner.

Raw To The Bone will also be issued in a 2CD package. The original CD will include the original ten-track album, with the add of five bonus tracks, one from the original 1985 sessions (“She’s Still Alive”), and four from a subsequent 1986 recording session (“Apocalypso”, “Valley of Tears”, “Nkomo”, “Talk To Me”). The added CD will include eight live performance tracks, four from The Friday Rock Show (“Long Live The Night”, “Cell of Fame”, “Love In Blue”, “People In Motion”), and four Live At Hammersmith broadcast from BBC radio (“Living Proof”, “Cell of Fame”, “The King Will Come”, “Blowin’ Free”).

Both titles will also be made available on picture disc vinyl, and two 2CD set bundles via Pledge Music (here).

[UPDATE] Wishbone Ash 30CD Box – The Vintage Years 1970-1991

We now know that this limited Edition 30CD The Vintage Years 1970-1991 Box set featuring a TON of classic Wishbone Ash material including bonus session tracks will be released on April 20 of 2018. The set is limited to only 2500 copies worldwide and will carry a price tag of $337 (US), and £250 (UK).  This set is currently on pre-order.

We also know a bit more about inclusions. The set will not only contain remastered albums (many from original source tapes, as I’ve long understood Wishbone Four, and There’s The Rub original tapes to be considered gone for good) from the Wishbone Ash debut through Strange Affair albums, but also a wealth of bonus material. You can expect ‘rare album outtakes, B-sides, and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks’, all slipcased within mini-LP cardboard gatefold sleeves.

The Live collection will include the first  Live Dates album, Live Dates Volume Two, and Live in Tokyo. The additional live sets include eight previously unreleased live shows, all between the golden era of 1973 through 1980:

  • Portsmouth Guildhall 1973 (2CD) from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour.
  • Southampton University 1973 from the Wishbone Four / Live Dates tour.
  • Edinburgh Usher Hall 1976 from the New England tour.
  • Marquee Club 1977 from the Front Page News tour.
  • Newcastle City Hall 1977 from the Front Page News tour.
  • Bournemouth Winter Gardens 1978 (2CD) from the No Smoke Without Fire tour.
  • Guildford Civic Hall 1980 (2CD) from the Just Testing tour.
  • Chelmsford Odeon 1980 from the Blowin’ Free tour.

We know that tracks from the Portsmouth Guildhall show were used in the original Live Dates set. Here, we get the entire show over 2CDs. Unfortunately, that’s all from that album. (This means that a Deluxe Edition of Live Dates is STILL a viable grail set with ALL shows remastered and presented, along with a rich booklet of remembrances, and memorabilia included. C’mon Universal, Martin, and Andy! Please?!)

The Box will also include 156-page book of photos, memories, and other goodies. A 36-poster book is added as are four fold-out posters reproductions of original posters for: Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973, Live Dates European tour – Hamburg Musikhalle 1974, Europe 1975 tour, and the Front Page News tour – Empire Pool Wembley 1977.

A facsimile promo pack from MCA is stuffed into this box along with a 7″ flexidisc of “Blind Eye”. To finish the box, signed photos of the band members will be provided.

You can pre-order here. Don’t assume they will be there when you’re ready. Just sayin’!

Expect another update when we received the exact tracklist of every CD.

 

For The Holidays: Projekt’s CDs of Holiday Music Are Ethereal Delights

As Christmas begins to round the corner, it’s likely that some of you have already begun to spin holiday music choices. I know I have. And like many of you, I have favorites. Several of my all-time favorites are actually from the same label.

Between 1995 and 2001, Projekt Records released three richly curated Holiday sets, all known as Excelsis. The three volumes were sub-headed to distinguish themselves. Between the three sets are 38 songs, none of which can be properly classified. Many of the tracks found on these three volumes are re-imagined traditional classics, and some are  new compositions.

All the contributing artists are from the Dark Wave genre, moved along with great supportive effort from the Projekt label owner, Sam Rosenthal. And while the music is gothic in nature (as were many of the original old traditionals), they are surprisingly beautiful and completely memorable.

Volume One is sub-titled A Dark Noel. But do not be deterred by the title (if it would threaten to deter you), the music transcends all expectations of sound. On the first volume (issued in 1995), you’ll be treated to a stunning version of “Welcome Christmas” by Love Spirals Downward, which features the beautiful vocals of Suzanne Perry , This Ascension’s haunting “Carol Of The Bells”, the unmatched sounds of Lycia, with their unique rendition of “We Three Kings”,  Area’s incredible version of “O Come Emmanuel”, and a fantastic bar period piece by Faith and the Muse of “A Winter Wassail”.

Volume Two, sub-headed as A Winter’s Song, is filled with equally captivating music. Of the album’s fifteen tracks, my favorite stand-out is “In The Bleak Midwinter”. But the album is generously populated with other songs like Julia Kent’s string instrumental of “What Child Is This?”, Lycia’s “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, The Crüxshadows’ version of the Lennon classic, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, and Thanatos’ version of “Silent Night”.

Volume Three – a prelude – was a response to the popularity of the previous two releases, but only issued as a nine-track Maxi-CD. Nevertheless, it beautifully caps off a rare and memorable trilogy of sets that you may not have heard the contents of. It displays Lynn Canfield’s lovely “Edelweiss”, “Aspen Glow” by Lovespirals, Frolic’s enchanting “Angels We Have Heard On High”, and an alternate version of “Silver and Gold” (first heard on the second volume) by  Faith & Disease.

Of the three CDs, the first one is completely sold out in physical form. However, it can still be purchased digitally here in a ‘name your price’ offering (here). The others are still available (here, and here).

Please understand that you WILL be surprised by what you hear. I highly recommend all three volumes!