Category Archives: Compilation

30CD Wishbone Ash Box, The Vintage Years 1970-1991 Planned For 2018

Earlier this year, it was announced that Wishbone Ash has a massive Box set arriving “at some distant point”. Well, although that point is still not precisely known, we have been given the satisfactory ‘April of 2018’ date. And that works well enough for me.

The newly assembled box has a wealth of music from the band during their first sixteen albums including a lot of live music. As a fan of Live Dates, I have extreme hope that many of the unused songs collected from the shows will find themselves here. (I STILL advocate for the assembly and reissue of an EXPANDED and REMASTERED Live Dates album with ALL songs from ALL four shows, plus a rich booklet of bonuses, remembrances and memorabilia. It’s a project I’d crowdfund!)

The new Box – being released by Madfish (a division of Snapper Music) –  will be called The Vintage Years 1970-1991. It will house 30 CDs of classic Wishbone Ash including sixteen studio efforts through (I assume) Strange Affair, three live albums (both Live Dates and Live Dates II, and perhaps Live in Memphis), and 11 (!) CDs of previously unreleased live sets dating from 1973 through 1980. Also included will be a hard-bound 154 page book, a poster book, four reproduction posters, a “facsimilie MCA debut album promo pack”, a Japanese replica 7″ flexidisc, and signed photos of each band member. The BAD news is that there will ONLY be 2500 copies available for purchase worldwide.

According to Martin Turner, the pricing is yet to be announced, but the set will be available for pre-order on November 30 (2017). It won’t be cheap but then again, what definitive Boxed set is. It depends on your love for the band. For me, this is a must have. Unfortunately, there is also not an available track list of the bonus inclusions and the live sets. I assume these will materialize on November 30 along with the order link.

 

 

Midge Ure Reimagines Ultravox, Solo Songs In Orchestrated

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.

On December 1, 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. Listen below to the provided track (“Breathe” for your personal assessment.

Thus far, this is a UK issue only.

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

 

Gary Moore – Blues And Beyond On The Calendar For December

Gary Moore is one of few appreciated guitarists that have gone away from their original bands to make a name for themselves. For bands. Gary Moore was a part of Thin Lizzy (Black Rose – 1979), and Skid Row. But primarily, it was Gary Moore ha was doing it for Gary Moore! Over the span of some thirty-five years, Gary Moore created great music, releasing twenty-one albums and generating two solid FM hits with “Still Got The Blues”, “Parisienne Walkways” (with Phil Lynott), “After The War”, “Cold Day in Hell”, and “Out In The Fields” (with Phil Lynott) to name a few. Most of these hits were in the UK markets. But make no mistake. Gary Moore is STILL a world-wide treasure.

On December 8, Sanctuary Records/BMG will release a 2CD set, and a 180g-weight black vinyl 4LP set that compiles what is considered the cream of Gary’s fruitful and unrelenting career (mileage may vary among fans with other ideas). And for those who say that 2 CDs are impossible to honor such a career, well then, there will also be a more definitive 4CD Box made available as well.

The new set is being called  Blues and Beyond. The 2CD set as well as the 4LP set will provide 28 selected tracks. The 2CD collection will be contained in a digipak case. The 4LP package is being housed in a double gatefold  jacket.

The 4CD Box will be delivered with 2 CDs of newly mixed and mastered live concert recordings, all previously unreleased. That’s a count of fifteen performance tracks. Also included in the box is a currently unreleased biography of Gary Moore entitled I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow. Bonus to the Box will be a collection of physical memorabilia including a replica concert ticket, replica VIP wrist band, album launch event invite, and a replica AAA pass.

Blues And BeyondGary Moore

CD1:
01. Enough Of The Blues
02. Tell Me Woman
03. Stormy Monday
04. That’s Why I Play The Blues
05. Power Of The Blues
06. Ball And Chain
07. Looking Back
08. Surrender
09. Cold Black Night
10. There’s A Hole
11. Getaway Blues
12. We Want Love
13. Memory Pain
14. The Prophet

CD2:
01. You Upset Me Baby
02. Bring My Baby Back
03. I Can’t Quit You Baby
04. World Of Confusion
05. Picture Of The Moon
06. Can’t Find My Baby
07. Drowning In Tears
08. Evil
09. My Baby (She’s So Good To Me)
10. Ain’t Got You
11. Just Can’t Let You Go
12. How Many Lies
13. Torn Inside
14. Parisienne Walkways (Live)

CD3 (Blues And Beyond Live (previously unreleased) box set only):
01. Walking By Myself
02. Oh Pretty Woman
03. Need Your Love So Bad
04. Since I Met You Baby
05. Surrender
06. Cold Black Night
07. All Your Love
08. Still Got The Blues

CD4 (Blues And Beyond Live (previously unreleased) box set only):
01. Too Tired
02. The Sky Is Crying
03. Further On Up The Road
04. Fire
05. The Blues Is Alright
06. Enough Of The Blues (Alternative)
07. The Prophet

New 50th Anniversary 10CD Box For Ten Years After, 1967-1974

It’s always great to see one of your favorites bands getting nice treatment, especially so far away from their active years. For fans, the name of Ten Years After is one that draws great memories. From their dynamic showcase at Woodstock through a few singles and LP releases, Ten Years After certainly has earned their place in the sun. (We won’t talk about the inefficiencies of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

During their time, not counting the years after their first dismantling, they have released eight classic albums beginning with Ten Years After (1967), and ending with Positive Vibrations (1974). In between, the band delivered greatness with “I’d Love To Change The World”, “Rock and Roll Music To The World”, “Love Like A Man”, “I’m Going Home”, and “Choo Choo Mama” (to name just a few).  A brief but powerful tenure in the annals of Rock!

On December 22, Chrysalis Records will assemble a 10CD 50th Anniversary Box celebrating the band. The Box is being labeled as 1967-1974. This box will provide a total of 82 songs, most newly remastered for this limited edition set of only 1500 copies. Of course, every song from their Deram and Columbia catalog is represented here. (No Recorded Live! Sigh!)

This box set also includes previously unreleased music on a single CD.

1967-1974 50th Anniversary Complete Studio BoxTen Years After

CD1 (Ten Years After – 1967):
01 I Want To Know (Mono)
02 I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes (Mono)
03 Adventures Of A Young Organ (Mono)
04 Spoonful (Mono)
05 Losing The Dogs (Mono)
06 Feel It For Me (Mono)
07 Love Until I Die (Mono)
08 Don’t Want You, Woman (Mono)
09 Help Me (Mono)

CD2 (Undead – 1968):
01 I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always (Stereo)
02 ( At The ) Woodchopper’s Ball [Stereo]
03 Spider In My Web (Stereo)
04 Summertime/Shantung Cabbage (Stereo)
05 I’m Going Home (Stereo)

CD3 (Stonedhenge – 1969):
01 Going To Try (Stereo)
02 I Can’t Live Without Lydia (Stereo)
03 Woman Trouble (Stereo)
04 Skoobly-Oobly-Doobob (Stereo)
05 Hear Me Calling (Stereo)
06 A Sad Song (Stereo)
07 Three Blind Mice (Stereo)
08 No Title (Stereo)
09 Faro (Stereo)
10 Speed Kills (Stereo)

CD4 (Shhhh – 1969):
01 Bad Scene
02 Two Time Mama
03 Stoned Woman
04 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
05 If You Should Love Me
06 I Don’t Know That You Don’t Know My Name
07 The Stomp
08 I Woke Up This Morning

CD5 (Cricklewood Green – 1970):
01 Sugar The Road
02 Working On The Road
03 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain
04 Year 3,000 Blues
05 Me And My Baby
06 Love Like A Man
07 Circles
08 As The Sun Still Burns Away

CD6 (Watt – 1970):
01 I’m Coming On
02 My Baby Left Me
03 Think About The Times
04 I Say Yeah
05 The Band With No Name
06 Gonna Run
07 She Lies In The Morning
08 Sweet Little Sixteen

CD7 (A Space In Time – 1971):
01 One Of These Days
02 Here They Come
03 I’d Love To Change The World
04 Over The Hill
05 Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘N Roll You
06 Once There Was A Time
07 Once There Was A Time
08 Hard Monkeys
09 I’ve Been There Too
10 Uncle Jam

CD8 (Rock & Roll Music To The World – 1972):
01 You Give Me Loving
02 Convention Prevention
03 Turned Off T.V. Blues
04 Standing At The Station
05 You Can’t Win Them All
06 Religion
07 Choo Choo Mama
08 Tomorrow I’ll Be Out Of Town
09 Rock & Roll Music To The World

CD9 (Positive Vibrations – 1974):
01 Nowhere To Run
02 Positive Vibrations
03 Stone Me
04 Without You
05 Going Back To Birmingham
06 It’s Getting Harder (It’s Getting Harder)
07 You’re Driving Me Crazy
08 Look Into My Life
09 Look Me Straight Into The Eyes
10 I Wanted To Boogie

CD10 (Previously Unreleased):
01 Look At Yourself
02 Running Around
03 Holy Shit
04 There’s A Feeling
05 I Hear You Calling My Name

 

New Scorpions Collection – Born To Touch Your Feelings -Best of Rock Ballads –

Surely you know who Scorpions are. The hard rock band hails from Germany, made their start back 1965(!), and continue to this day as a powerhouse of a band. Over time, this band (with several personnel incarnations including a wealth of drummers and guitarists (Michael Schenker once played for Scorpions)) have released eighteen studio albums, six live albums, and over ten compilation sets. The band can boast original member Rudolf Schenker, and long-time singer, Klaus Meine (since 1969), and long-time guitarist, Matthias Jab (since 1978). That’s impressive in any book, actually. Their last album was Return To Forever (2015), and their next to last, Sting In the Tail (2010) sold a million or more copies in an age where that is pretty impossible.

On November 24, SMG Records and Legacy Recordings will release a collection of ballads from Scorpions, 17 tracks in all. Selected from their extensive catalog, this set also includes various newer versions, some quite new (2017). Plus, there are two new songs(“Melrose Avenue”, “Always Be With You”). The new collection will offer a few edits, and a new acoustic version of “Send Me An Angel” (original track from 1990 Crazy World album). It will be called Born to Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads.

Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best of Rock Ballads – Scorpions

01. Born to Touch Your Feelings (Studio Edit)
02. Still Loving You (2011 Version)
03. Wind of Change (2011 Version)
04. Always Somewhere
05. Send Me an Angel (Acoustic Version 2017)
06. Holiday
07. Eye of the Storm (Radio Edit)
08. When the Smoke Is Going Down
09. Lonely Nights
10. Gypsy Life
11. House of Cards (Single Edit)
12. The Best Is Yet to Come
13. When You Came into My Life (Studio Edit)
14. Lady Starlight
15. Follow Your Heart (Version 2017)
16. Melrose Avenue (NEW)
17. Always Be with You (NEW)

 

5CD Boxed Set Of Post Punk Genius: To The Outside Of Everything – A Story of UK Post Punk 1977-1981

During the late ’70s and pushing into the early ’80s, what was known as the much loved Post-Punk genre helped to celebrate the independent music that was then flooding the market. There was so much great discover-able music that it’s remembered apart from many genres for its diversity of style and classic elements. (In many ways, the music of today is reminiscent of that grand period.)

On December 1, the great UK label, Cherry Red will release a 5CD collection of the period’s best known bands from the UK as well as a nice selection of lesser known UK bands of the time. What will make this set a fascinating one is the chance to not only have a great cross-selection of representative hits of that time frame, but it also provides a chance to discover some bands from that period that you may not have heard about (remember, there was no internet back then to alert us). There are certainly bands here that I’m completely unaware of but WILL be checking out!

Peruse the track-list of the new box set from Cherry Red, to be released as To The Outside Of Everything – A Story of UK Post Punk 1977-1981. You’ll find it to be a rich treasure of songs from a time of the past. (The title is drawn from Magazine’s “Shot By Both Sides” hit. (LOVE Magazine!). The phrase says “…shot by both sides, on the run to the outside of everything…”

The 5CD Box will pack in a richly-filled 48-page book with an essay and a band-by-band set of biographies. Plus plenty of photos, and lots of credits!

To The Outside Of Everything – A Story of UK Post Punk 1977-1981Various Artists

CD1:
01. YOUNG SAVAGE – Ultravox!
02. SHOT BY BOTH SIDES – Magazine
03. I AM THE FLY – Wire
04. EAST SHEEN – ‘O’ Level
05. UNITED – Throbbing Gristle
06. T.V.O.D. – The Normal
07. PUPPET LIFE – Punishment Of Luxury
08. BOMBERS – Tubeway Army
09. REPETITION – The Fall
10. PRIVATE PLANE – Thomas Leer
11. CHINA’S ETERNAL – The Tights
12. WAX DOLLS – Fischer-Z
13. SKANK BLOC BOLOGNA – Scritti Politti
14. DAMAGED GOODS (LP VERSION) – Gang Of Four
15. SUMMERTIME BLUES – The Flying Lizards
16. SUICIDE A GO GO – Big In Japan
17. STEADY EDDIE STEADY – Fashion
18. HEARTS IN EXILE –The Homosexuals
19. THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Glaxo Babies
20. SLEEPING GAS (ZOO 7” VERSION) – The Teardrop Explodes
21. NEEDLES AND PILLS – The Passions
22. FAIRYTALE IN THE SUPERMARKET – The Raincoats

CD2:
01. THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR PT. 1 – Human League
02. LOST IN ROOM – Alternative T.V.
03. THE PICTURES ON MY WALL – Echo And The Bunnymen
04. DEATH DISCO – PiL
05. EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS – The Monochrome Set
06. COURTS OR WARS – Second Layer
07. IDEOLOGICALLY UNSOUND – Poison Girls
08. TYPICAL GIRLS – The Slits
09. SOLDIER SOLDIER – Spizzenergi
10. YOU – Au Pairs
11. TRANSMISSION – Joy Division
12. BACK TO NATURE –Fad Gadget
13. 16 HOURS – The Passage
14. WE ARE ALL PROSTITUTES – The Pop Group
15. SPIRIT OF YOUTH – The Last Gang
16. THIS WEEK – The Adicts
17. TURN TO RED – Killing Joke
18. SECOND STILL – Modern Eon
19. WE LOVE YOU – The Psychedelic Furs
20. WHITE MICE – Mo-Dettes
21. EMILE ZOLA – The Deep Freeze Mice
22. FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE – Crispy Ambulance
23. SKETCH FOR SUMMER – The Durutti Column

CD3:
01. LET’S BUILD A CAR – Swell Maps
02. WARM – Family Fodder
03. CARTROUBLE – Adam And The Ants
04. BRIGADE – Clock DVA
05. WARM GIRLS –Girls At Our Best!
06. ICE AGE – The Membranes
07. BOOTS FOR DANCING – Boots For Dancing
08. LULLABY CHEAT – Ludus
09. SWANS ON GLASS – Modern English
10. SQUARES AND TRIANGLES – Thompson Twins
11. MARY MILLINGTON – The Disco Zombies
12. FIRE – Occult Chemistry
13. FINAL ACHIEVEMENT –In Camera
14. GIRLS DON’T COUNT – Section 25
15. HARD OBJECTS – Art Objects
16. RADIO DRILL TIME – Josef K
17. CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT – The The
18. MY MOTHER WAS A FRIEND OF AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – Blurt
19. THE AFFECTIONATE PUNCH – The Associates
20. THERE GOES CONCORDE AGAIN – …And The Native Hipsters

CD4:
01. THE FRIEND CATCHER – The Birthday Party
02. PRECINCT – The Cravats
03. IT’S SO DIFFICULT – Dislocation Dance
04. DO DIFFERENT DANCES – Spöön Fazer
05. B. – Colin Newman
06. DISNEY BOYS – Blue Orchids
07. CABBAGE – Mass
08. GET UP AND USE ME – Fire Engines
09. ANONYMITY – Dance Chapter
10. OVERSPREADING ART GENIUS – Blancmange
11. WE ARE ALL ANIMALS – The Diagram Bros.
12. A STILL REFLEX – Repetition
13. CEREMONY – New Order
14. HUNGRY, SO ANGRY – Medium Medium
15. 50 YEARS OF COMPARATIVE WEALTH – Steve Diggle
16. ANOTHER REASON – Five Or Six
17. CLOCK – The Danse Society
18. SOMETIMES I WISH – The Laughing Apple
19. RAINDANCE – The Past Seven Days
20. INVISIBILITY – Eyeless In Gaza
21. IDIOT STRENGTH – The Nightingales
22. NOTHING – My Captains

CD5:
01. REBEL WITHOUT A BRAIN – Theatre Of Hate
02. I AM THE BISHOP – Notsensibles
03. CENTRAL PROPOSITION – New Asia
04. LIFE IN REVERSE – Marine
05. WATCHING THE HYDROPLANES – Tunnel Vision
06. FADING – Jah Wobble
07. SNAKES AND LADDERS – TV21
08. HAPPY FEELING – The Sinatra’s
09. TRIBES – Soul
10. STORAGE CASE – The Drowning Craze
11. IMAGINATION – Sad Lovers And Giants
12. HU – Dif Juz
13. ANIMALS – Spider King
14. VEGAS – Nico
15. I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITH MONKEYS – The Higsons
16. I’D LIKE TO SHOOT YOU DOWN – APB
17. NOTHING – René Halkett David Jay
18. STRETCH (7” VERSION) – Maximum Joy
19. AFTERWARDS – Artery
20. LAST WORDS (7” VERSION) – 23 Skidoo
21. EVERYBODY THINKS EVERYBODY ELSE IS DEAD BAD – The Skodas
22. HEART DISEASE – Biting Tongues
23. COUNTRIES – The Reflections
24. RADIO PRAGUE – This Heat

 

Big Country Immortalized In 5CD Collected Live Bootlegs Box (UK)

Bundled into the arrival of post-punk bands onto us musical landscape back in the early ’80s, Big Country brought a blend of Scottish folk into their decidedly post-punk compositions. From the release of their first album, The Crossing, they had the rapt attention of fans. The album contained the band’s Top40 hit, “In A Big Country”, as well as their earlier released single, “Harvest Home”, pre-The Crossing. (The late ’70s, early to mid ’80s were a fun, fun time. With Rock music in a clear and decisive musical change, many facets of the business were explored with a wealth of singles being released that were non-album. Not only that, fan clubs were massive with exclusivity and other rarities.If you loved a band, there were many ways to involve yourself.)

Unfortunately, Big Country began to lose their sales shine not long after their debut album. Steeltown arrived in 1984, followed by The Seer in 1986. That’s not to say – at all – that these albums were less than the original promised. They were musically as strong as the their promise offered. What happened was a strong crush of important and unavoidable bands stole proper attention. They released Peace In Our Time in 1988. Over time, the band would release six more albums, the last two without Stuart Adamson, one of the band’s important pieces. The res is, as they say, history.

Big Country still has a cult of fans. No surprise given the quality of songs they produced.

On November 24, the UK label, Cherry Red will release a 5CD set of collected live performance tracks to be called We’re Not In Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998). As figured from the strength of their studio recordings, Big Country was a live band to enjoy. The 5CD Box will chronicle Big Country’s live shows with Stuart Adamson, still much a vital and essential part of the DNA of the band. After their initial release of their ’80s classics, the band still toured in promotion of released albums. On this set, five shows are represented. In it you will hear sets from First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN (11/06/1993), Glascow Tower Records (06/23/1995), Stirling at the Macrobert Centre in Stirling, Scotland (04/29/1994), Rotterdam Rotown in the Netherlands (08/28/1995), Tappie Toories in Dunfermline, Scotland, (05/24/1998), and a single track (“Daydream Believer”) in Royal Tunbridge Wells at High Rocks (England) (06/09/1995).

The notes in the booklet contain an interview with Bruce Watson and Tony Butler.

We’re Not In Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998)Big Country

CD1 (First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN USA 06/11/1993):
01. ALL GO TOGETHER
02. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
03. LOOK AWAY
04. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING FOR
05. CHESTER’S FARM
06. WONDERLAND
07. PINK MARSHMALLOW MOON
08. SHIPS
09. LONG WAY HOME
10. ALONE
11. THE ONE I LOVE
12. IN A BIG COUNTRY

CD2 (First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN USA 06/11/1993; Tower Records – Glasgow, Scotland 06/23/1995):

[MINNEAPOLIS (06/11/93)]
01. CHANCE
02. LOST PATROL
03. DON’T FEAR THE REAPER
04. HEY HEY, MY MY

[GLASGOW TOWER RECORDS (06/23/95)]
05. YOU DREAMER
06. LOOK AWAY
07. I’M NOT ASHAMED
08. ONE IN A MILLION
09. SEND YOU
10. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
11. HEY HEY, MY MY
12. ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD

CD3 (Macrobert Centre – Stirling, Scotland 04/29/1994):

01. ALL GO TOGETHER
02. HARVEST HOME
03. KING OF EMOTION
04. LOOK AWAY
05. THIRTEEN VALLEYS
06. ONE GREAT THING
07. WINTER SKY
08. LONG WAY HOME
09. SHIPS
10. THE STORM
11. EVERYTHING I NEED
12. RIVER OF HOPE
13. JUST A SHADOW
14. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
15. COME BACK TO ME

CD4 (Macrobert Centre – Stirling, Scotland 04/29/1994; Rotterdam Rotown – Rotterdam, Netherlands 08/28/1995):

[STIRLING (04/29/94)]
01. PEACE IN OUR TIME
02. IN A BIG COUNTRY
03. CHANCE
04. ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD
05. DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

[ROTTERDAM ROTOWN (08/28/95)]
06. INTRODUCTION BY MARK
07. ALL GO TOGETHER #1
08. ALL GO TOGETHER #2
09. YOU DREAMER
10. LOOK AWAY
11. SHIPS
12. I’M NOT ASHAMED
13. JUST A SHADOW
14. LONG WAY HOME
15. THE STORM
16. THIRTEEN VALLEYS

CD5 (Rotterdam Rotown – Rotterdam, Netherlands 08/28/1995; Tappie Toories – Dumfermline, Scotland 05/24/1998; High Rocks – Royal Tunbridge Wells, England 06/09/1995):

[ROTTERDAM ROTOWN (08/28/95)]
01. DON’T FEAR THE REAPER
02. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
03. IN A BIG COUNTRY
04. PEACE IN OUR TIME
05. FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU
06. ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD
07. CHANCE
08. TRACKS OF MY TEARS

[TAPPIE TOORIES (05/24/98)]
09. YOU DREAMER
10. LOOK AWAY
11. CHANCE
12. IN A BIG COUNTRY

[TUNBRIDGE WELLS HIGH ROCKS (09/06/95)]
13. DAYDREAM BELIEVER

 

New Tears For Fears Compilation (with Two New Tracks), Rule The World: The Greatest Hits

NOTE: Artwork is subject to change! It is not final!

With only six studio albums to their catalog, Tears For Fears still maintains a strong fan-base. Their break-out album, Songs From The Big Chair (1985) still resonates musically for many.  Songs From The Big Chair was so lively, you could almost just buy it and have half their charting singles. On that album, there were five hit singles, most that charted world-wide on many levels.

On November 10, Mercury Records will release a new greatest hits collection for Tears For Fears, and add two brand new tracks to it (see track-list below). This album will draw from all released Tears For Fears albums to create the most up to date collection. And when you add in the two new songs, well, the acquisition is rather necessary for Tears For Fears fans.

The collection is being called Rule The World: The Greatest Hits.

Rule The WorldTears For Fears

01. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
02. Shout (Edit)
03. I Love You But I’m Lost (NEW TRACK)
04. Mad World
05. Sowing The Seeds Of Love
06. Advice For The Young At Heart
07. Head Over Heels
08. Woman In Chains
09. Change
10. Stay (NEW TRACK)
11. Pale Shelter
12. Mothers Talk (US Version)
13. Break It Down Again
14. I Believe
15. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
16. Closest Thing To Heaven

 

New Elton John Compilation, Diamonds

When it comes to Elton John, there are few that can boast of the singles popularity that he’s enjoyed since the relative beginning of his career. And still, he is a big name that can sell titles and produce more than casual interest. Of course, there are a number of ‘best of’ collections bearing his name and all too familiar songs. But again, few artists have sustained a strong enough career over decades that can add to a library like he has. With charting singles, and popular deep cuts, Elton rules in the annals of Rock and Roll.

On November 10, Universal Music will release several versions of a new ‘best of’ set called Diamonds. The best thing about Diamonds is that it will be made available in several ways (CD, 2CD, 3CD) in order to appease the casual fan AND the FAN fan!

The CD edition will contain seventeen classics that everyone knows. The 2CD edition adds in another seventeen tracks, switching the track-list about a bit to create a more consistent flow between the two discs. And then there’s a career-defining 3CD Limited Edition Box that provides an additional seventeen tracks with moderate (but still recognizable) hits added (“Pinball Wizard”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) to name a couple).

The 3CD Box sweetens the purchase with a 72-page hardbound book filled with a span through Elton John’s illustrious career trek. The box finishes with a set of postcards, neatly tucked into a preserving jacket of their own.

Also, along with the expected Digital downloads of the packages, there will also be a 2LP, 180g-weight gatefold set with 21 songs.

Say what you will about the frequency of these ‘best of’ sets but Elton John’s career is one that can do this kind of thing. My eye is on the 3CD Box because that is the prize intended. The CD, and 2CD sets are merely breakdown for the casual fan who will refuse to buy the Box but still want this set. There’s no word yet on whether these have been newly remastered but I certainly hope that they were.

Diamonds (CD1) – Elton John

01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Crocodile Rock
05 – Daniel
06 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
07- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
08 – Candle In The Wind
09 – Bennie And The Jets
10 – Philadelphia Freedom
11 – Island Girl
12 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
13 – Mama Can’t Buy You Love
14 – I’m Still Standing
15 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
16 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
17 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight

Diamonds (2CD) – Elton John

CD1:
01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Honky Cat
05 – Crocodile Rock
06 – Daniel
07 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
08 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
09 – Candle In The Wind
10 – Bennie And The Jets
11 – The Bitch Is Back
12 – Philadelphia Freedom
13 – Island Girl
14 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17 – Little Jeannie
CD2:
01 – Song For Guy
02 – Blue Eyes
03 – I’m Still Standing
04 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
05 – Sad Songs (Say So Much)
06 – Nikita
07 – I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
08 – Sacrifice
09 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10- Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11 – I Want Love
12 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13 – Are You Ready For Love?
14 – Electricity
15 – Home Again
16 – Looking Up
17 – Circle Of Life

Diamonds (Limited Edition 3CD Box) – Elton John

CD1:
01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Honky Cat
05 – Crocodile Rock
06 – Daniel
07 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
08 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
09 – Candle In The Wind
10 – Bennie And The Jets
11 – The Bitch Is Back
12 – Philadelphia Freedom
13 – Island Girl
14 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17 – Little Jeannie
CD2:
01 – Song For Guy
02 – Blue Eyes
03 – I’m Still Standing
04 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
05 – Sad Songs (Say So Much)
06 – Nikita
07 – I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
08 – Sacrifice
09 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10 – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11 – I Want Love
12 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13 – Are You Ready For Love?
14 – Electricity
15 – Home Again
16 – Looking Up
17 – Circle Of Life
CD3:
01 – Skyline Pigeon
02 – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
03 – Pinball Wizard
04 – Mama Can’t Buy You Love
05 – Part-Time Love
06 – Victim of Love
07 – Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
08 – Kiss The Bride
09 – That’s What Friends Are For [Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder]
10 – The One
11 – True Love [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
12 – Believe
13 – Live Like Horses [Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti]
14 – Written In The Stars [Elton John and LeAnn Rimes]
15 – This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
16 – Good Morning To The Night [Elton vs PNAU]
17 – Step Into Christmas

Diamonds (2LP) – Elton John

LP1:
Side A –
01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Crocodile Rock
05 – Daniel
Side B –
01 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
02 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
03 – Candle In The Wind
04 – Bennie And The Jets
05 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
LP2:
Side C –
01 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
02 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
03 – Song For Guy
04 – Blue Eyes
05 – I’m Still Standing
06 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Side D –
01 – Nikita
02 – Sacrifice
03 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
04 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
05 – Are You Ready For Love?

 

ELP To Release All Inclusive Fanfare 1970-1997 Box

When it comes to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, few bands have had the luxury they’ve enjoyed of being revisited in many ways in a short time. But they’ve been worth it. You may not need to replenish an already existing library as frequently as they’ve had their albums revisited, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the opportunity or choice. I sure wish that many bands that I’ve loved over the years had just a portion of that attention to music.

(For years, I’ve envisioned a Deluxe Edition of Wishbone Ash’s magnificent Live Dates. With two discs of cherry-picked performance tracks from four shows, I’d LOVE to hear each show in their entirety. What a package that’s be!! Additionally, I have love for Crawler, the band that evolved from Back Street Crawler after Paul Kossoff’s death. I’d love to hear the original album (with “Stone Cold Sober”) remastered, as well as some live material, and perhaps some embryonic demos and alternate tracks. To hear “Stone Cold Sober” in its early form would be very, very cool!! And let’s not forget the insights a new booklet would provide us for both albums!)

On October 27, BMG will produce a Limited Edition Deluxe Box named Fanfare 1970-1997 that will house all eleven official ELP album releases (in their most recent remastering) within a lavish, numbered rigid matte-black Box with foil-blocked cover text. Those albums are:

  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)
  • Pictures At An Exhibition (1971)
  • Tarkus (1971)
  • Trilogy (1972)
  • Brain Salad Surgery (1973)
  • Welcome Back , My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends (1974)  (2CD)
  • Works Volume 1 (1977) (2CD)
  • Works Volume 2 (1977)
  • Love Beach (1978)
  • Black Moon (1992)
  • In The Hot Seat (1994)

But nothing great sits alone. The box will also be blessed with:

  • Live in Rome & Milan Italy 1973 (previously unreleased) as a gatefold vinyl 3LP set
  • Previously unreleased CD albums, mastered by the
    internationally celebrated studio engineering team of
    Andy Pearce and Matt Wortham of:
    – LIVE AT POCONO INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY,
    LONG POND, PA, U.S.A., 9TH JULY 1972
    – LIVE AT WATERLOO CONCERT FIELD,
    STANHOPE NEW JERSEY, U.S.A., 13TH AUGUST 1992
    – LIVE AT BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONIC HALL,
    U.K., 27TH NOVEMBER 1992
    – ON THE BBC: THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 1979,
    POP GOES SUMMER 1993
    – LIVE AT ÉLYSÉE MONTMARTRE, PARIS, FRANCE, 2ND JULY 1997
  • A Blu-ray Audio with hi-res Stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes of:
    – Emerson, Lake & Palmer (STEVEN WILSON, 2012)
    – Tarkus (STEVEN WILSON, 2012)
    – Trilogy(JAKKO M JAKSZYK, 2015)
    – Brain Salad Surgery (JAKKO M JAKSZYK, 2014)
  • Remastered 7″ vinyl singles wih reproduced original sleeve art of:
    – Lucky Man b/w Knife-Edge (1970)
    – Fanfare For The Common Man b/w Brain Salad Surgery (1977)
  • A Deluxe hardbound 12″ book with foil-blocked cover text containing photos, extensive notes and quotes
  • a reprinted original1970 promo poster, a 1972 promo brochure, and 1974 and 1992 tour programs replications
  • Metal and Enamel ELP logo pin badge

Overall, this Box contains 16CDs, 3LPs, 4BD-Audio, 2 7″ vinyl singles, as well as the previously mentioned printed material.

If you need the vast track-list, let me know, and I’ll get them to you.