Category Archives: Release Pieces

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Readies Their Third Album For May

PrintFor me, it’s almost always about NYC.  Many of my favorite bands and artists originated there.  For me, the city just seems to have a core of creativity burning like a white hot sun. One of the bands that I came into contact with some years earlier is The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.  formed in 2007, the band released their first album, their eponymous classic that is still one that gets plenty of turntable play.  I find the songs exhilarating and contagious.  Several years later, they released their next album, Belong.  It too was a hotbed of fast-paced indie songs that gave me plenty to enjoy.

On May 6, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will release their third  album, Days Of Abandon, via a new label, Yebo Music, which gives them major label distribution with Warner Brothers.  They have preceded the album with the release of a single, “Simple And Sure”. That song is a catchy tune with plenty of promise for the upcoming album.  I don’t have access to that song although I’ve heard it on Spotify.

Instead, I will embed a video from the second album.  I believe it will give you an accurate idea of what to expect.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | Belong from SURROUND on Vimeo.

Rick Wakeman A&M Catalog To Be Reissued

RickWakeman No Earthly ConnectionRick Wakeman got his first real grounded play in Rock and Roll while being in Strawbs. However, his stand with YES during their most interesting years did more for his visibility than anything else up to that point. Still with A&M Records, Wakeman released a solo effort, The Six Wives Of Henry VIII.  That album performed well, resonating with fans and critics.  With the release of his followup album, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, his solo work was cemented, and he had become a star in his own right.

Over the years, Wakeman would rejoin YES, leave, all the while continuing to create solo works that included The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur, Listzomania, No Earthly Connection, White Rock, and others.  And that was just the ’70s.  In the ’80s, he pounded out over ten albums.

If you’re a Rick Wakeman fan, then you will be excited to know that A&M Records will engage in a reissue campaign for the entirety of Rick Wakeman’s A&M label output beginning in July.  Those include previously mentioned titles on through Rhapsodies, released in 1979.  While the releases may initially begin in the UK, they are expected to be released in the US as well.

I think that’s something to get excited about, don’t you?

 

Led Zeppelin Remasters Update

The Led Zeppelin news got way bigger after my post.  Had I waited, I could have been more thorough regarding the actual content. Oh well, better late than never.  So, without getting back into useless banter other than what the albums are planning, here’s the run-down:

All three Led Zeppelin albums mentioned will be provided with new remastering by Jimmy Page with the addition of unearthed material related specifically to the album.  There will be multiple formats, showing that Atlantic is completely behind this reissue campaign.  The formats include various CD arrangements, vinyl LP, digital downloads, as well as a limited Edition Super Deluxe Box.

All three are scheduled for June 3.

Of these formats, the breakdown looks like this (a cut n paste from the Led Zeppelin site):

· Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
· Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
· Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)
· Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
· Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
· Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
. Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
. Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
. Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
. Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
. High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
. Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
. High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
. Led Zeppelin will also include a replica of the band’s original Atlantic press kit.

Led Zeppelin I

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Track Listing

1.   “Good Times Bad Times”
2.   “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”
3.   “You Shook Me”
4.   “Dazed And Confused”
5.   “Your Time Is Gonna Come”
6.   “Black Mountain Side”
7.   “Communication Breakdown”
8.   “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
9.   “How Many More Times”

Companion Audio Disc

Live At The Olympia – Paris, France
October 10, 1969

1.      “Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown”
2.    “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
3.    “Heartbreaker”
4.    “Dazed And Confused”
5.    “White Summer/Black Mountain Side”
6.     “You Shook Me”
7.     “Moby Dick”
8.    “How Many More Times”

Led Zeppelin II

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Track Listing

1.   “Whole Lotta Love”
2.   “What Is And What Should Never Be”
3.   “The Lemon Song”
4.   “Thank You”
5.   “Heartbreaker”
6.   “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”
7.   “Ramble On”
8.   “Moby Dick”
9.  “Bring It On Home”

Companion Audio Disc

1.   “Whole Lotta Love”
2.   “What Is And What Should Never Be”
3.   “Thank You”
4.   “Heartbreaker”
5.  “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”
6.   “Ramble On”
7.  “Moby Dick”
8.  “La La”

Led Zeppelin III

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Track Listing

1.   “Immigrant Song”
2.   “Friends”
3.   “Celebration Day”
4.   “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
5.  “Out On The Tiles”
6.  “Gallows Pole”
7.  “Tangerine”
8.  “That’s The Way”
9.  “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”
10.  “Hats Off To (Roy) Harper”

Companion Audio Disc

1.   “The Immigrant Song”
2.   “Friends”
3.   “Celebration Day”
4.   “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
5.  “Bathroom Sound”
6.   “Gallows Pole”
7.  “That’s The Way”
8.  “Jennings Farm Blues”
9.  “Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind”

Led Zeppelin Remasters Finally Becoming Reality

The news is for Led Zeppelin reissues is little except for the big Page announcement that the first three Led Zeppelin sets will finally see the light of day in 2014.  And by little I mean that we know virtually nothing other then we have confirmation that Atlantic Records will be delivering on the long awaited and highly anticipated Led Zeppelin packages. Exactly when, well, that also is a bit in the dark spaces.  But hey, three from Led Zeppelin this year.  That means Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III.

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The new expectation for the following albums are currently placed in 2015.  Whether we, in fact, get the rest in 2015 will be revealed in due time.  For each set, Page has promised a wealth of unearthed material emanating from each sessions.

Watch these pages for further info on the actual release dates, what will be in the new sets, and when the others (YAY! Houses Of the Holy!) finally hit stores for our pick up.

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Begin your Led Zeppelin acquisition fund now!

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Steven Wilson To Provide The Yes Album Remix in BD-Audio and DVD-Audio Formats

YESTheYESAlbumI’m quite surprised that I waited as long as I have for to write this piece of info up.  If you’re a YES fan, (and if you are, then you already know), then it is indeed exciting news to know that Steven Wilson will follow his Close to The Edge remix with one for The YES Album.  Recorded and released in 1971, the same year as Fragile, The Yes Album featured extraordinary classics like “Yours is No Disgrace”, “I’ve Seen All Good People”, and “Clap”. Of course there are other great songs on the set.

The new remix of the Yes Album is expected on April 14, with the now anticipated DVD-Audio, and Blu-Ray Audio issues. but what really sets this apart for fans is the expected 5.1 surround addition, a feature that fans clamor for with any hi-resolution release.

The YES Album remix is the second in the YES restoration series, which is great news when you begin to think which YES album will be blessed with not only 5.1 Surround, but even the Stereo remix beyond this one (let it be Relayer).

This new remix will feature not only the brand new Steven Wilson treatment but will also offer the studio version of “The Clap”, and an extended version of “A Venture”.

The DVD-Audio version of The YES Album will offer a DTS 5.1 Surround selection, as well as a 24/96 lossless set of files.

The Blu-ray Audio provides the usual sound brilliance that was heard on Close To The Edge.  There will be High Resolution Stereo too.

The booklet will offer new notes, photos, credits, and other things to create more value for the quality album.

We’re getting spoiled!

SACD Reissue For Eric Clapton Classic, Behind The Sun

ClaptonBehindTheSunSACDEric Clapton, considered by many to be one, if not THE, best guitar player, ever.  And while that may be a challenge of debate for the lot of you, there is no denying the quality of his solo efforts released over the decades, beginning with his self-titled debut back in 1970, which included his phenomenal cover of J.J. Cale’s “After Midnight”. Since that album, he has consistently been able to cull at least one single off each album.  If you were to ask me (and I know you’re not), I’d controversially select 1975’s No Reason To Cry. But that’s me. (If Audio Fidelity is asking me (and I know they’re not), I’d call No Reason To Cry an EXCELLENT candidate for SACD.)

From 461 Ocean Boulevard (“I Shot The Sheriff”), to the star-studded No Reason To Cry (“Hello Old Friend”), to the runaway success of Slow Hand (“Cocaine”,”Lay Down Sally”, “Wonderful Tonight”), on through to every solo effort he has created since, one thing is apparent, Eric Clapton, is one of our greats.

So, it is no surprise, and is certainly a pleasure, to announce that Audio Fidelity will be reissuing Clapton’s 1985 star-drenched album, Behind The Sun, on SACD.  Newly signed to Warner Brothers, Clapton would release Money And Cigarettes in 1983, an album not as well-received as his previous efforts had been. However, that changed with the release of Behind The Sun, his new album to fans with the help of Phil Collins, Steve Lukather (Toto), Donald “Duck” Dunn, and others.  The album moved into the ’80s style with grace and eventually went Platinum in sales.

Audio Fidelity plans the SACD release of Behind The Sun on March 18.

Side Note: My Shameless Pitch to Audio Fidelity for No Reason To Cry on SACD:

Follow up with No Reason To Cry.  What an incredible star-studded album that was with Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, The Band, Yvonne Elliman, and others. If you ask me, there was no better Eric Clapton album released.

Real Gone Music Revisits X Classic, Under The Big Black Sun

XUnderTheBigBlackSunReleased in 1982. there is little doubt of the influence and greatness that surrounds Under the Big Black Sun.  X was an up and coming band riding the punk/new wave train with two incendiary albums, Los Angeles (1980), and Wild Gift, a year later. Signed to punk label, Slash, X decided to widen their audience with a signing to Elektra Records.  That label debut was the excellent and unforgettable Under The Big Black Sun.

With the fiery guitars of John Doe, and Billy Zoom, the manic drumming of DJ Bonebrake, and the sexy but ‘in your face’ singing of Exene Cervenka. Of this album, there is no question that its frenetic mix of country, rock, punk, and neo surf (like Cramps), was one of the more important and memorable albums of the ’80s. X was never able to match the intensity of it again.

Myself, the album stayed on a tight rotation that found it back on the turntable more than many others of the time.

On April 29, Real Gone Music does fans a justice by reissuing the 1982 classic, fattening up this gem with previously reissued five bonus tracks that include a single edit of “Riding With Mary”, a rehearsal of “El Paso” along with a TV mix instrumental of “Because I Do”, a live performance track of “Universal Corner”, a single edit of “Breathless”, and a live cut of “How I (Learned My Lesson”. These bonus tracks were included on a 2001 reissue but has been out of print for some time.  This reissue brings it back with a new remaster.

That sax on “Come Back to Me”!! I love it!

New Ian Anderson Album, Homo Erraticus, Planned For April

Ian_Anderson_Homo_Erraticus_Packshot_WebDecades ago, Jethro Tull released their popular prog favorite, Thick As a Brick.  In that album, the young child known as Gerald Bostock was brought to our attention as a spectacularly gifted poet who’s suddenly on the bad end of a controversy.  Thick As A Brick’s single song over two sides of an LP recounting the sorry Bostock affair endeared fans with its conceptual story and incredible music.  Thick As a Brick’s unusual display of a newspaper as the album jacket (the set folded out like a genuine newspaper) made the album even more interesting with its originality. Filled with articles and shorter write-ups, the album proved to be a success with both UK and US fans of Jethro Tull.

Gerald Bostock, the fictional character created by Ian Anderson for the classic Thick As A Brick album, was revisited for 2012 Anderson solo sequel, Thick As a Brick 2.  After a time, as will happen with creative stories, Ian Anderson was left wondering what happened to Gerald Bostock.  Thick As A Brick 2 (TAAB2).  In this album, Ian Anderson explores five different scenarios of Mr Bostock that included a homeless homosexual outcome, a banker, an evangelist, a soldier, and a run-of-the-mill individual.  TAAB2 went on to do amazing success worldwide.  The fans had not forgotten the quality of Thick As A Brick, and were pleased to find that Ian Anderson had ably continued the story-line with a fresh set of music.

On April 15 (US), April 14 (UK), Ian Anderson will revisit Gerald Bostock yet again with a new album.  The new album is called Homo Erraticus.  In this album, Gerald Bostock returns as a song-writer, creating lyrics around the unpublished works of Ernest T Parritt, who had written a comparative assigning a series of past and future prophecies with key events of British history. the prophecies are recounted by visions experienced by various lives including a Neolithic settler, a an Iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, an innkeeper, and Prince Albert. The expereinced visions were caused by an onset of malaria and revealed past lives.

Homo Erraticus is expected to be as successful as the previous works, and will be re-produced in an upcoming UK tour that will also include past Jethro Tull classics utilizing video and theatrics.

Homo Erraticus is being prepared for release in several ways that include an Amazon exclusive of a 2CD/2DVD hard-bound set with 60 pages.  The CDs will contain the actual album, with one CD a collection of demos and commentaries.  The 2DVDs will contain interviews and a making of documentary on one DVD, with the other DVD to contain bonus audio such as DTS 5.1 Surround of the album, and a high resolution (24bit/48k) Stereo mix of the album.

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CD 1:
1. Doggerland [4:20]
2. Heavy Metals [1:29]
3. Enter The Uninvited [4:12]
4. Puer Ferox Adventus [7:11]
5. Meliora Sequamur [3:32]
6. The Turnpike Inn [3:08]
7. The Engineer [3:12]
8. The Pax Britannica [3:05]
9. Tripudium Ad Bellum [2:48]
10. After These Wars [4:28]
11. New Blood, Old Veins [2:31]
12. In For A Pound [0:36]
13. The Browning Of The Green [4:05]
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra [1:33]
15. Cold Dead Reckoning [5:28]

CD 2 (Commentary & Demos):
1. Spoken Introduction To Demos [3.54]
2. Doggerland (Demo) [1:43]
3. Heavy Metals (Demo) [1:42]
4. Enter The Uninvited (Demo) [3:40]
5. Puer Ferox Adventus (Demo) [3:29]
6. Meliora Sequamur (Demo) [2:45]
7. The Turnpike Inn (Demo) [2:12]
8. The Engineer (Demo) [1:33]
9. The Pax Britannica (Demo) [1:27]
10. Tripudium Ad Bellum (Demo) [1:24]
11. After These Wars (Demo) [3:37]
12. New Blood, Old Veins (Demo) [2:04]
13. In For A Pound (Demo) [0:44]
14. The Browning Of The Green (Demo) [2:51]
15. Per Errationes Ad Astra (Demo) [1:52]
16. Cold Dead Reckoning (Demo) [3:49]
17. Loose Talk (Track By Track Commentary Of The Album) [38.05]

DVD-V 1:
DTS 5.1 Surround mixes + 24/48 LPCM

1. Doggerland (5.1 Mix) [4:10]
2. Heavy Metals (5.1 Mix) [1:34]
3. Enter The Uninvited (5.1 Mix) [3:36]
4. Puer Ferox Adventus (5.1 Mix) [6:57]
5. Meliora Sequamur (5.1 Mix) [3:30]
6. The Turnpike Inn (5.1 Mix) [3:03]
7. The Engineer (5.1 Mix) [3:10]
8. The Pax Britannica (5.1 Mix) [3:06]
9. Tripudium Ad Bellum (5.1 Mix) [2:47]
10. After These Wars (5.1 Mix) [4:26]
11. New Blood, Old Veins (5.1 Mix) [2:31]
12. In For A Pound (5.1 Mix) [0:36]
13. The Browning Of The Green (5.1 Mix) [4:10]
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra (5.1 Mix) [1:35]
15. Cold Dead Reckoning (5.1 Mix) [5:12]

DVD-V 2:
1. Creations (The Making Of Homo Erraticus) [20:50]
2. Conversations (Jerry Ewing Interview) [19.22]
3. Illustrations (Artwork With Carl Glover) [10:18]
4. Articulations (Band Interviews) [14:41]

Homo Erraticus is also planned for a CD/DVD digibook set with the CD of the album, and the DVD containing the DTS 5.1 Surround, and the Stereo (24bit/48k) files.  The album is slated to appear as a 2LP (180g) with gate-fold sleeve along with an 8-page booklet.

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CD:
1. Doggerland [4:20]
2. Heavy Metals [1:29]
3. Enter The Uninvited [4:12]
4. Puer Ferox Adventus [7:11]
5. Meliora Sequamur [3:32]
6. The Turnpike Inn [3:08]
7. The Engineer [3:12]
8. The Pax Britannica [3:05]
9. Tripudium Ad Bellum [2:48]
10. After These Wars [4:28]
11. New Blood, Old Veins [2:31]
12. In For A Pound [0:36]
13. The Browning Of The Green [4:05]
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra [1:33]
15. Cold Dead Reckoning [5:28]

DVD-V:
Audio – DTS 5.1 Surround mixes + 24/48 LPCM
Video – CREATIONS – the making of Homo Erraticus
1. Doggerland (5.1 Mix) [4:10]
2. Heavy Metals (5.1 Mix) [1:34]
3. Enter The Uninvited (5.1 Mix) [3:36]
4. Puer Ferox Adventus (5.1 Mix) [6:57]
5. Meliora Sequamur (5.1 Mix) [3:30]
6. The Turnpike Inn (5.1 Mix) [3:03]
7. The Engineer (5.1 Mix) [3:10]
8. The Pax Britannica (5.1 Mix) [3:06]
9. Tripudium Ad Bellum (5.1 Mix) [2:47]
10. After These Wars (5.1 Mix) [4:26]
11. New Blood, Old Veins (5.1 Mix) [2:31]
12. In For A Pound (5.1 Mix) [0:36]
13. The Browning Of The Green (5.1 Mix) [4:10]
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra (5.1 Mix) [1:35]
15. Cold Dead Reckoning (5.1 Mix) [5:12]

Homo Erraticus is being released on Anderson’s own Calliandra Records.

Cabaret Voltaire’s Drinking Gasoline EP To Be Paired With Rare Gasoline In Your Eye Video In April

CabaretVoltaireDrinkingGasolineA UK favored band, Cabaret Voltaire, pretty much had their audience in thrall.  The band, formed in 1973, provided a highly experimental mix of Pop and an electronic fusion of what would eventually be called techno music.  Their songs were, at heart, wild dance tracks designed to make the bodies of the hearer move.  Because of that, their pre-rave sounds were much revered in England, often pushing their releases into the high positions of the UK charts.  In America, well, they had an audience, but not too much of one, not like they enjoyed in England.

With several popular releases including their well-received Mix-Up from 1979, released on Rough Trade Records, the band set their stage appropriately. However, it wasn’t until releases like Red Mecca (1981) that Cabaret Voltaire began to be paid much closer attention to. Red Mecca, an album of some political/social references, climbed British charts to a Number One spot.

Cabaret Voltaire consistently pushed the envelope until their 1987 album, Code, was released.  That album, and every one after, failed to capture the attention of their once faithful audience, although nothing that the band recorded should be ignored.

In 1985, with the band signed to Virgin Records, they released a 4-track EP with extracted tracks from their now difficult to find Gasoline In Your Eye video tape. The EP did well in the charts, placing in the Top 100 (UK).  On April 22 (US), Mute Records will combine the rare Gasoline In Your Eye video, and the four tracks found on the EP to form a Deluxe Edition of Drinking Gasoline.  The DVD is the entire Gasoline In Your Eye video, and will include four mixes (“Just Fascination” – 7″ mix, “Sensoria” – 7″ mix, “I Want You – 7” mix. “I Want You” – 12″ mix).  The CD will contain the original four tracks (“Kino”, “Sleepwalking”, “Big Funk”, “Ghost Talk”). The audio of these songs have been remastered.  There will be two sets, a CD/DVD Edition, and an LP/DVD Edition.

The Drinking Gasoline EP set of songs are no strangers to other albums, including their inclusion, some partially on other albums.  Their 1985 classic The Covenant, The Sword, And The Arm Of The Lord (The Arm Of The Lord in the US) contained two tracks.  Their now impossible to acquire 2013 Box, Collected Works, had the full inclusion of the EP.

Cabaret Voltaire is certainly not for everyone. But, if you were a fan back when they were chart active, it might move you to pick up this special edition of Drinking Gasoline.

Friday Music To Reissue Four Classic Titles In 180g Vinyl

If you’re one to update aging versions of old favored classics, particularly with the popular 180g-weight audiophile class, then I’m providing a short list of four upcoming classics that you might want to consider.

On April 29, the Warner-distributed Friday Music label will offer these four classic titles in their respected remastered Audiophile Vinyl Series. In all cases, the limited edition vinyl jackets are complete with original art, just as they were first issued.

Robin TrowerLive!: This was Robin Trower’s fourth Chrysalis release, riding high on his immense stardom at the time.  Released in 1976, the album charted well, and is considered by some as a live album not to be missed. For this release, the album was remastered by Joe Reagoso. It’s one I’ll be picking up!

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Ray Charles Ray Charles: With his fusion of gospel, jazz, and blues, Ray Charles gave his Atlantic Records debut the best that he could.  And everyone reveres it much as they revere much of his existing catalog.  It’s just that this is one special album.  It is planned for reissue here on 180g-grade audiophile vinyl weight, with Joe Reagoso remastering of the Mono original tapes. This album will feature original artwork from the classic 1957 debut.

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ChicagoChicago VII: This 2LP set contained their massive Top20 hits, “Wishing You Were Here”, and “(I’ve Been) Searching So Long”, as well as thirteen other Chicago tracks continuing on in the familiar, and much loved Chicago jazz/rock style fusion. Released in 1974, the album didn’t disappoint any Chicago fans one bit. It is remastered by Joe Reagoso, and Lee Loughnane from Chicago. The album is presented in orignial full artwork in the original gatefold jacket.

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The Moody BluesA Question Of Balance: Featuring “Question”, A Question Of Balance went on to sell more than a million units, something that Moody blues fans are not surprised of.  This 1970 album of ten classic tracks gave fans more of what they wanted with the beautifully laid out and searching songs that explored more than the usual love themes that make up most songs.  A Question of Balance, for this limited edition 180g vinyl reissue has been remastered by Joe Reagoso from the original Threshold tapes.

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Looking to upgrade these titles? Now’s the time to do it!