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Two Flaming Lips Packages For April and May

The Flaming Lips are known for their incredible psychedelic rock song-craft. Since 1983, this quirky but lovable band has captured the attention of faithful fans. Over time, The Flaming Lips have released seventeen albums including the popular Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002). It would seem that, as fans, we can’t get enough of Flaming Lips music. (Their last release, Oczy Mlody (2017) was crazy good!)

On April 20, Rhino (with Ryko) will reach deep for Scratching The Door: The First Recordings Of The Flaming Lips. It will contain nineteen songs from the first lineup of the band. These songs have been remastered.

Scratching The Door: The First Recordings Of The Flaming Lips

01. Bag Full Of Thoughts
02. Out For A Walk
03. Garden Of Eyes
04. Forever Is A Long Time
05. Scratchin’ The Door
06. My Own Planet
07. Killer On The Radio
08. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
09. Batman Theme
10. Handsome Johnny
11. Flaming Lips Theme Song 1983
12. The Future Is Gone
13. Underground Pharmacist
14. Real Fast Words
15. Groove Room
16. Jesus Shootin’ Heroin
17. Trains, Brains & Rain
18. Communication Breakdown
19. Summertime Blues

Further, on May 25, Rhino will also reissue the band’s first four studio sets (Hear It Is – 1986, Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips – 1987, Telepathic Surgery – 1989, In a Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) – 1990). These were released on the Restless label. This 6CD Box is being called Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990.

The 6CD Box will not only provide a fifth disc of rarities in fifteen tracks, and a sixth disc of The Mushroom Tapes, itself a heavily bootlegged set of Flaming Lips demos now being officially made available. ALL tracks are newly remastered. This box will also be digitally released.

CD5 (Rare Tracks):
01. Death Valley ’69
02. Thank You
03. Can’t Stop The Spring (Remix)
04. After The Gold Rush
05. Death Trippin’ At Sunrise
06. Drug Machine In Heaven  (Sub Pop 7” single)
07. Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding
08. Lucifer Rising
09. Ma, I Didn’t Notice
10. Let Me Be It
11. She’s Gone Mad Again
12. Golden Hearse
13. Stand In Line
14. I Want To Kill My Brother; The Cymbal Head
15. Five Stop Mother Superior Rain

CD6 (The Mushroom Tapes):
1. Take Meta Mars
2. Mountain Side
3. There You Are
4. Five Stop Mother Superior Rain
5. Rainin’ Babies
6. Unconsciously Screamin’
7. Stand In Line
8. God’s A Wheeler Dealer
9. Agonizing
10. One Shot
11. Cold Day
12. Jam

 

Public Image, Ltd (PiL) News Too Good To Ignore

This post will not take too much of your time. But to me, it’s too awesome a news piece to ignore. You’re not going to find a track list or collections of bonus tracks…yet.

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Public Image Ltd, or PiL. This band is the one that Johnny Lydon assembled after the demise of the Sex Pistols. And what a go of it he had. There will be a box collection for PiL, with a title already. It’s going to be called The Public Image Is Rotten. The band’s ten studio sets will be used.

PiL is also touring for their 40th Anniversary.

Who’s excited?!

2CD The Essential Eric Anderson Honors The Folk Artist

Eric Anderson is a Folk singer-songwriter who crossed over into the Rock market back in the ’70s by touring with prominent Folk/Rock artists including Bob Dylan. Even so, his start in recorded music is with Vanguard Records back in the mid ’60s. He was a part of the strong and influential Greenwich Village (NYC) back in the ’60s when it was a burgeoning presence. His catalog is extensive with over twenty albums including his popular Columbia classic, Blue River (1972).

On March 30, Real Gone Music will release a 33-track, 2CD The Essential Eric Anderson set. The collection is being drawn from eighteen albums from multiple label affiliations that include Vanguard, Warner Brothers, Columbia, Arista, Appleseed, and others, and will span a period of forty-five years! This set is a collaborative effort with Legacy Recordings. It’s quite nice to see Essential titles returning with classic artists.

All of the songs have been newly remastered. There are new liner notes, and great photos (from Eric Anderson’s collection) for the included booklet.  The song, “Mama Tried” is an unreleased cover take of the Merle Haggard classic, recorded with David Bromberg.

Later in 2018, watch for an Eric Anderson documentary film, The Songpoet.

CD1:
01. Everything Ain’t Been Said
02. Dusty Box Car Wall
03. (We Were) Foolish Like the Flowers (featuring Bruce Langhorne)
04. Dream to Rimbaud
05. Secrets
06. I Will Wait
07. Waves of Freedom
08. Mama Tried (featuring David Bromberg—previously unreleased)
09. Is It Really Love at All
10. Florentine
11. Blue River (featuring Joni Mitchell)
12. Pearl’s Goodtime Blues
13. Woman, She Was Gentle (featuring Joan Baez and Leon Russell)
14. Moonchild River Song (featuring Dan Fogelberg, Debbie Green
Andersen and Pete Drake)
15. Time Run Like a Freight Train (featuring Dan Fogelberg)
16. Wild Crow Blues (featuring Leon Russell and Pete Drake)

CD2:
01. The Blues Keep Fallin’ Like the Rain
(featuring Tom Scott and Maria Muldaur)
02. Thirsty Boots (Live at the Bitter End)
03. Close the Door Lightly When You Go
04. Violets of Dawn (Live at the Bitter End)
05. Messiah
06. Belgian Bar
07. Trouble in Paris
08. Hills of Tuscany (featuring Richard Thompson and
Robert Aaron)
09. You Can’t Relive the Past (featuring Lou Reed)
10. Rain Falls Down in Amsterdam
11. Keep This Love Alive
12. Driftin’ Away (featuring Rick Danko)
13. Foghorn
14. Salt on Your Skin (featuring Inge Andersen and
Michele Gakich)
15. Don’t It Make You Wanna Sing the Blues
(Live featuring the Spoonful of Blues Band)
16. Under the Shadows (featuring a duet with Sari Andersen)
17. Plains of Nebrasky-O (Duet with Phil Ochs)

 

5CD Spirit Box, It Shall Be: The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972, Planned For March

Spirit was a staple of FM music for the duration of their start-up in 1967 through roughly 1975.  During that time, the band released six classic albums  including the double set, Spirit of ’76. (That album charted but the fans were quickly losing interest. Personally, I thought the album was excellent. I LOVED “America The Beautiful/The Times They Are A’Changin'”, and the unreal psychedelic cover of “Like A Rolling Stone”!) But before they began to dissipate, they left five memorable sets.

On March 16, Esoteric Records teams with PledgeMusic to release a 5CD Boxed set that will feature all five Spirit albums from their years with Ode Records, and Epic Records. Those include Spirit (1968), The Family That Plays Together (1968), and Clear (1969), all with Ode Records. With Epic Records there were Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus (1970), and Feedback (1972).

Each album in this clamshell box will be newly remastered. Even better (and worth the price of admission) is the inclusion of the Mono mix of the 1968 self-titled debut. In addition, the original Stereo mix for The Family That Plays Together, the soundtrack to Model Shop, and the collection of outtakes, singles, and alternate mixes previously released for the 1991 TimeCircle compilation.

This set is being called It Shall Be – The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972. I will include a booklet with essay, notes, credits, photos, and archive interviews with Spirit.

It Shall Be – The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972  –Spirit

CD1:
01. FRESH GARBAGE
02. UNCLE JACK
03. MECHANICAL WORLD
04. TAURUS
05. GIRL IN YOUR EYE
06. STRAIGHT ARROW
07. TOPANGA WINDOWS
08. GRAMOPHONE MAN
09. WATER WOMAN
10. THE GREAT CANYON FIRE IN GENERAL
11. ELIJAH
12. I GOT A LINE ON YOU (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
13. IT SHALL BE (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
14. POOR RICHARD (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
15. SILKY SAM (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
16. THE DRUNKARD (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
17. DARLIN’ IF (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
18. ALL THE SAME (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
19. JEWISH (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
20. DREAM WITHIN A DREAM (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
21. SHE SMILED (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
22. AREN’T YOU GLAD (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)

CD2:
01. THE MOVING VAN
02. MELLOW FELLOW
03. NOW OR ANYWHERE
04. FOG
05. GREEN GORILLA
06. MODEL SHOP I
07. MODEL SHOP II (CLEAR)
08. THE REHEARSAL THEME
09. SONG FOR LOLA
10. EVENTIDE
11. CORAL
12. AREN’T YOU GLAD (DEMO)
13. DARK EYED WOMAN
14. APPLE ORCHARD
15. SO LITTLE TIME TO FLY
16. GROUND HOG
17. COLD WIND
18. POLICEMANâ™S BALL
19. ICE
20. GIVE A LIFE, TAKE A LIFE
21. I’M TRUCKIN’
22. CLEAR
23. CAUGHT
24. NEW DOPE IN TOWN

CD3:
01. PRELUDE’S NOTHING TO HIDE
02. NATURE’S WAY
03. ANIMAL ZOO
04. LOVE HAS FOUND A WAY
05. WHY CAN’T I BE FREE?
06. MR SKIN
07. SPACE CHILD
08. WHEN I TOUCH YOU
09. STREET WORM
10. LIFE HAS JUST BEGUN
11. MORNING WILL COME
12. SOLDIER
13. ROUGHER ROAD
14. CHELSEA GIRLS
15. CADILLAC COWBOYS
16. PUESTA DEL SCAM
17. RIPE AND READY
18. DARKNESS
19. EARTH SHAKER
20. MELLOW MORNING
21. RIGHT ON TIME
22. TRANCAS FOG-OUT
23. WITCH

CD4:
01. FRESH GARBAGE (MONO MIX)
02. UNCLE JACK (MONO MIX)
03. MECHANICAL WORLD (MONO MIX)
04. TAURUS (MONO MIX)
05. GIRL IN YOUR EYE (MONO MIX)
06. STRAIGHT ARROW (MONO MIX)
07. TOPANGA WINDOWS (MONO MIX)
08. GRAMOPHONE MAN (MONO MIX)
09. WATER WOMAN (MONO MIX)
10. THE GREAT CANYON FIRE IN GENERAL (MONO MIX)
11. ELIJAH (MONO MIX)
12. VERUSKA
13. FREE SPIRIT
14. IF I HAD A WOMAN
15. ELIJAH (ALTERNATE TAKE 2)
16. I GOT A LINE ON YOU (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
17. IT SHALL BE (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
18. POOR RICHARD (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
19. SILKY SAM (TIME CIRCLE MIX)

CD5:
01. SCHEROZODE (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
02. ALL THE SAME (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
03. A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
04. AREN’T YOU GLAD (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
05. EVENTIDE (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
06. MODEL SHOP THEME (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
07. GREEN GORILLA (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
08. REHEARSAL THEME (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
09. FOG
10. SO LITTLE TO SAY
11. MELLOW FELLOW
12. NOW OR ANYWHERE
13. SPACE CHILE
14. FULLER BRUSH MAN
15. CORAL
16. 1984
17. SWEET STELLA BABY
18. ANIMAL ZOO (MONO SINGLE VERSION)
19. RED LIGHT ROLL ON
20. MORNING WILL COME (MONO MIX)

 

Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) To Release New Anthology CD, Rare & Timeless

Progressive music took many, many turns as the ’60s turned into the ’70s. One such band that helped shape genre shifts was Uriah Heep. Formed in 1969. By 1970, this turnstile band (boasting of several classic-era line-ups over time, had released its debut, Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble. By 1973, Uriah Heep had released Sweet Freedom as a new signing to Warner Brothers, with the release of their successful single, “Stealin'”.

Between their debut and Sweet Freedom, the band released four other classics (Salisbury – 1971, Look At Yourself – 1971, Demons & Wizards – 1972, The Magician’s Birthday – 1972). With Demons & Wizards, the band had enormous US success with the extraction of “Easy Livin'” as a single. The songwriter for both of these mentioned Uriah Heep hits was Ken Hensley.

Ken Hensley left the confines of Uriah Heep in 1980 after the release of Conquest (1980). With only Mick Box left from the classic lineups, and the changing musical climate, Hensley felt the ongoing directional changes were not in standing with his vision. But before he left, Ken Hensley had dabbled with two solo releases (the incredible Proud Words On a Dusty Shelf (1973), and Eager To Please (1975)). After his departure, he released Free Spirit (1981). From there, Hensley, in addition to his many band collaborations, released ten solo titles.

On March 30, in conjunction with PledgeMusic and BMG UK, Ken Hensley will release a personally curated compilation of fifteen songs, some previously unreleased, and three new tracks (two brand new compositions, and one a re-record of “Lady In Black”, a Uriah Heep song from Salisbury). This new anthology will be called Rare & Timeless.

01 – Free Me (rare Russian release)
02 – Send Me An Angel (previously unreleased)
03 – If I Had The Time
04 – Guilty
05 – The Last Dance (previously unreleased)
06 – Mine (newly recorded for this anthology)
07 – I Did It All
08 – I Close My Eyes (*rare release*)
09 – Take & Take
10 – The Return
11 – Beyond The Starz
12 – Fortune
13 – Lady In Black
14 – The Longest Night (newly recorded for this anthology)
15 – Epilogue (newly recorded for this anthology)

I LIKE!

 

The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live For 2CD and 2LP

Fans of The Grateful Dead are never too far without new product. There are the Dick’s Picks sets, the various reissues, the collections, etc…

On March 23, Grateful Dead Records will change it up a bit with the release of The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live. It is a 2CD set with a carefully selected set of nineteen tracks from various venues. The dates run the gamut of time from 1969 to 1995. The dates are time-linear presented over the two CDs (see track list below).

There will be a vinyl edition of this called The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live – Volume One: 1969-1977, and contains ten tracks over 2LPs, with the contents of CD1.

All live tracks have been newly remastered for this set.

The Best Of The Grateful Dead LiveThe Grateful Dead

CD1:
01. St. Stephen (Live at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69)
02. Bertha (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY 4/27/71)
03. Wharf Rat (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY 4/26/71)
04. Sugar Magnolia (Live at The Olympia Theatre, Paris France 5/4/72)
05. Jack Straw (Live at The Olympia Theatre, Paris France 5/3/72)
06. Truckin’ (Live at Lyceum Theatre, London, England 5/26/72)
07. Morning Dew (Live at Lyceum Theatre, London, England 5/26/72)
08. Brown-Eyed Women (Live at The Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 4/14/72)
09. The Music Never Stopped (Live at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA 8/13/75)
10. Estimated Prophet (Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 5/8/77)

CD2:
01. Friend Of The Devil (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 10/27/80)
02. Feel Like A Stranger (Live at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA 10/4/80)
03. Fire On The Mountain (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 10/31/80)
04. Bird Song (Live 1980)
05. Ripple (Live at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA 10/4/80)
06. Eyes Of The World (Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 3/29/90)
07. Touch Of Grey (Live at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 7/4/89)
08. Blow Away (Live at John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, PA 7/7/89)
09. So Many Roads (Live at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 7/9/95)

 

Nightwish To Release Career Spanning Set, Decades: An Archive Of Song (1996-2015)

For more than twenty years, the Finnish band, Nightwish, has helped to nurture the symphonic metal genre. Started in 1996, Nightwish has produced eight studio albums, the last being Endless Forms Most Beautiful in 2015. Their vocalists have been female since their inception. The first, Tarja Turunen stayed until 2005, where she left for a solo career given her magnificent vocal range. Today, the vocalist is Floor Jansen, whose vocal style is different and yet quite adaptive to multiple applications of style.

Nightwish has proven successful worldwide since their Dark Passion Play set from 2007 where they entered every chart available and the US chart for the first time.  Since, their music has become widely accepted with subsequent albums topping charts at higher and higher points.

On March 9, Nuclear Blast Records will release a 2CD compilation of twenty-two songs from the catalog of Nightwish. This collection is being called Decades: An Archive of Song (1996-2005). Decades will be released as 2CD (jewelcase), 2CD (digipak), a 2CD Earbook Box, DD, 3LP Limited Edition (500) Gold vinyl Box, 3LP Limited Edition (500) Silver vinyl Box, and a 3LP Black vinyl Box. The Digipak, Earbook Box, and Vinyl 3LP Boxes will follow on March 16.

Decades: An Archive of Song (1996-2005)Nightwish

CD1:
01 – The Greatest Show On Earth
02 – Élan
03 – My Walden
04 – Storytime
05 – I Want My Tears Back
06 – Amaranth
07 – The Poet And The Pendulum
08 – Nemo
09 – Wish I Had An Angel

CD2:
01 – Ghost Love Score
02 – Slaying The Dreamer
03 – End Of All Hope
04 – 10th Man Down
05 – The Kinslayer
06 – Dead Boy’s Poem
07 – Gethsemane
08 – Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
09 – Sacrament Of Wilderness
10 – Sleeping Sun
11 – Elvenpath
12 – The Carpenter
13 – Nightwish (demo)

 

The Complete Clapton Is Being Re-Released In 4LP Box

Back in 2007, Reprise had released a 2CD, 36-track Eric Clapton collection called The Complete Clapton. It contained a swarm of tracks from every facet of his career trajectory including solo, Blind Faith, and Cream.

Now that the vinyl resurgence has hit and shows little slow down, this is a title that is now needing to be replenished for that market. Using all tracks, this vinyl edition will spread over 4 LPs, eight sides. If you didn’t get one the first time around, here is a rare opportunity to fix that.

On March 2, watch for this 4LP Box. If you’re a vinyl fan and are pleased to find this bit of news, be prepared.

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