Category Archives: Release Pieces

Black Sabbath To Add New Ozzy-Fronted Album, 13, To Their Catalog

BlackSabbathAnd here it comes, folks.  The rejoining of Ozzy Osborne to his original band, Black Sabbath, has produced an album.  (The band isn’t ENTIRELY intact as Bill Ward is absent being replaced by Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine).)  The new album is being called 13.

There is a certain amount of excitement for this in the Metal community enamored of the kind of music that Ozzy and the boys have produced in the past, many of the songs and albums legendary in multiple ways.

The new album (announced today) is currently scheduled for release in June of 2013, with the exact date yet to be announced.  The album is being preceded by a small, initial blast of support dates in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, and is likely to produce more dates after the album’s release.

Not much information is available for this new album, but I’m sure that info will begin to leak out, including a lead-off single designed to whet the appetite of fans.

All that can be done now is, simply, to wait.  I do hope that this piece of news makes your anticipation of 2013 a little more fun.

Opinion: Doom and Gloom, New Rolling Stones Track

I’m always all about the Stones.  But in the last ten years, I’ve realized their best song-writing years may be far, far behind the Glimmer Twins.  Today, The Stones released one of their two new tracks (likely to fish out commentary on whether it’s worth more studio time…or not.

Well, I’ve listened to it and I have to say, I’m vastly underwhelmed.  It comes off like a track written on the fly because well, “we have a ‘best of’ in the works’ and it could use the heft.

Honestly, guys, you could just leave well enough alone, or put some quality time into it like The Cars did with their last (and recently released) effort after several decades.  Even Stevie Nicks put out a memorable album, as did the most recent Little Feat album.

The short take is that I don’t like the song.  I may never like the song.  But here it is for you to decide if it was worth the studio time that it took to record it.

Edsel Records (UK) To Reissue Classic The Slider By T. Rex As 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Although I may be in the slim minority here, I’m very excited for the upcoming  Super Deluxe Edition Box planned for The Slider by T. Rex.  I recognize this UK 40th Anniversary show of excess may be a fan’s dream shut off at the spigot due to the hefty price tag assigned but still…there may never be a more definitive version of this album than this.

Being released by UK’s brilliant Edsel Records division (which means this set will never be released in the US), all of the stops were pulled out just like last year’s 40th Anniversary Edition pf Electric Warrior.  The Slider is being treated as the classic it is with a bevy of added extras that are just simply too good to pass up.

Here’s what’s being offered:

2CDs, one containing the new 2012 Tony Visconti remaster of The Slider, and the second disc to contain bonus music including B-sides, and a previously unreleased demo of “The Slider”.

A DVD with music clips, interviews, TV appearances, and other goodies.

180g-weight LP of the remastered album, and three 7″ vinyl singles (“Telegram Sam”, “Metal Guru”, “Chariot Choogle”)

A hardback book with photos, essays, interviews, and whole lot more.

A 40-page booklet of song sheets of every song on the classic album.

A poster.

If you’re a fan of The Slider, then this should be on your ‘must-have’ list…no matter what, and price be damned.

As for myself, I’m also anxiously awaiting the Super Deluxe 40th Anniversary set of Tanx.  I hope I get my wish.

AND…I hope that labels take notice and do these up for many albums…for fans only!


TAPSheet: Eric Clapton’s Slowhand To Get A 35th Anniversary Edition Release

Unfortunately, not all of our wishes get the Anniversary Edition.  This is the case with Eric Clapton’s wonderful, No Reason To Cry (released as [no reason to cry]) out in 1976.  That album not only generated the hit single, “Hello Old Friend”, it was also a party at The Band’s legendary Shangri-La Studios attended by Ron Wood, Bob Dylan (who contributed an unreleased Dylan track, “Sign Language”), Yvonne Elliman, all members of The Band, and others.  But 2006 has passed, and 2012 is near end (the album’s 35th Anniversary), and it looks like we will not see such a work in any kind of Anniversary Edition.


Eric Clapton’s next album, Slowhand, released in 1977 was quite the powerhouse.  It single-handedly delivered three high-charting singles, “Wonderful Tonight”, “Cocaine”, “and Lay Down Sally”.  In addition to those drivers, the album was given three-time Platinum status, a remarkable feat by ANY standard.

And so, on November 19, Polydor Records will issue a 35th Anniversary Edition for Slowhand.  The 35th Anniversary set will be offered in four versions that include LP, a 2CD Deluxe Edition, a 3CD/DVD/LP Super Deluxe Edition, and a single CD set.

The album will feature remastered tracks.  Other details that are expected too be with the set have not been released.  I’ll be sure to catch up this article with any fill-in info that is received concerning the 35th Anniversary Edition of Slowhand.

I’m just real sad that No Reason To Cry was ignored.

Release Piece – Lux – Brian Eno

Brian Eno is the man!  With a varied history of musical works and affiliations, Eno’s resume is as impressive as any in the business.  Yes, he may raise an eyebrow from some person unknowing of Eno’s pedigree, but that doesn’t change the fact that Eno is THE man!

And so, with great excitement, I can tell you that on November 13 in the US markets, Warp Records will release Brian Eno’s first solo album since 2005’s Another Day On Earth.  The album is named Lux and is planned for CD, DD, and 2LP (180g) gatefold.  (The 2LP set is scheduled separately for December 11.)

AS bonuses, the gatefold CD softpack, as well as the 2LP set will add four prints to the mix.  In addition, the LP set will offer digital download rights.

Lux will feature four compositions, all titled after the name of the album.  The tracks will total approximately 76-minutes in length:

  • Lux 1 (19:22)
  • Lux 2 (18:14)
  • Lux 3 (19:19)
  • Lux 4 (18:28)

If you’re as excited as I am for a continuation of Brian Eno ambient, then mark your calendars for November 13, (December 11 for the 2LP set).

The Gift From The Jam Gets 4-Disc 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Treatment

On November 19, the UK will release a 30th Anniversary four-disc Super Deluxe Edition of The Jam’s classic The Gift (1982).  (Thirty bloody years??!!)

The Jam’s last album, which featured the massive hit, “Town Called Malice”, and other genuine classic tracks like “Ghost”, “Carnation”, and the title track closer, “The Gift”, was an extraordinary work despite its changes.  From the opening track of “Happy Together” to the album’s hit (“Town Called Malice”), the last tune, The Gift shone with a different kind of light.

The album brought about the demise of the band, largely due to musical direction differences.  Nevermind the soulful sound of Foxton’s contribution, “Circus”.

The Gift will be celebrated with the album remastered, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and live recordings on the CDs, along with a DVD of promo clips and live performances.  The 30th Anniversary set will include a super anticipated 72-page hardback book with plenty of photos, magazine pieces, an extensive essay, an interview with Weller, memorabilia, along with a set of postcards, and a replicated 1982 tour program.

The four discs will be stored in wallets and housed in a box featuring the original striped bag style cover.  The contents of the discs are as follows:

Disc One: Remastered Album plus 10 singles and their B-sides during this period!

Disc Two: Bonus tracks with fifteen demos and alternate tracks, thirteen previously unreleased.  All tracks here have been remastered.

Disc Three: Live at Wembley, December 1982 featuring the previously unreleased, and completely remastered live set with 23 songs.

Disc Four (DVD): Features promo clips of “Town Called Malice”, “Precious”, and “The Bitterest Pill”, along with nine live performance tracks from a Birmingham show from the Trans-Global Unity Express Tour., a DAnish TV Special appearance, and “Town Called Malice”, and “”Precious” from a 1982 Top of the Pops appearance.

It’s pretty complete.

Jam fans, take notice and be ready to pounce.

Billy Joel’s The Nylon Curtain on SACD

This piece of news may be a non-issue for some.  But anyone that has followed the career of Billy Joel might be well enamored of his The Nylon Curtain gem from 1982.  I can say that I find the album to be his unsung masterpiece.  With songs like “Allentown”, “Laura”, “Pressure”, and the unrelenting perfection of “Goodnight Saigon”, the album has more going for it than it was/is given credit for.

For those of us with SACD players, and some of you lucky to have PS3s with SACD capability, it is my absolute pleasure to inform you that Mobile Fidelity will be reissuing this classic in Original Master Recording series Hybrid SACD format on October 2.

What more can I say about this than I’m very excited.  As excited as I am to get a Steve Wilson remixed Trilogy (ELP) album.  And let me say…that’s quite excited.

Thanks, Mobile Fidelity.  You have just made my year!

Grrr! is All About The Stones

On November 13, (November 12 for the rest of the world), Universal, Abkco, and The Rolling Stones plan the release of a career-spanning ‘best of’ that will sort through five decades of some of Rock’s great tracks.

Yeah, we have seen more than a fair share of Rolling Stones collections.  One of the bad things with many of those, is that they have never been really complete.  And while Grrr! is likely to not be complete either, its scope will likely be vast.

The releases include a 3CD, 50-track set with a 24-page booklet housed in a digipak package; and a 3CD, 50-track Deluxe Edition that furthers the booklet with a 36-page hardback book and five collectible postcards encased in a DVD-sized casing.  For those that need more, there will be a 4CD, 80-track Super Deluxe Edition Box that will add in a bonus CD, a 7″ vinyl single, a hardback book, a poster, five collectible postcards, all housed in a nice box.  Vinyl fans can get a 5LP containing 50 tracks in a casebound LP Box.

In an attempt to make these sets more attractive to those that might understandably balk at this release, The Stones will bolster this with two new songs.

The track-listing hasn’t been made available as of yet but when it is, I’ll append them to this post.

Ian Hunter To Deliver When I’m President (New Album)

There isn’t really a whole lot of new release news out there. What there is, you have very likely already read about, a lot from here. But there is a very nice piece of release news for fans of Ian Hunter.

On September 4, Slimstyle Records will release the 11–track new album by the ex-Mott The Hoople  front- man, which will – crazily – be called When I’m President. When I’m President should be the expected brilliance from Ian Hunter, who has, over the course of 40 years, provided more than a fair share of memorable songs.

I hope that this little piece of news makes you as pleased as I am. It’s been three years since the release of Man Overboard (2009), so it’s time for some new Ian Hunter.

New ELP Reissues Update

The news is now out. Not only will there be Steven Wilson-remixed 3-disc Deluxe sets (with new 5.1 and Stereo mixes) of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970), and Tarkus (1971), but those will definitely be followed up with new 5.1 and Stereo remixes of Pictures At An Exhibition (1971), Trilogy (1972), Brain Salad Surgery (1973), and Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends…Ladies & Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake And Palmer (1974).

The discs will not only contain the new Wilson remixes, but will also include outtakes.

These sets will also (SURPRISE!) be released in the US via Razor & Tie Records.  The planned US release date (for Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Tarkus) is set at September 11.  There aren’t set dates for the other four intended ELP classics.

Even more special is the fact that these albums (at least, for sure ELP, and Tarkus) will be released not only on CD/DVD Deluxe Editions, but will see reissue on LP and DD, with the digital files being remastered by Brad Blackwood for iTunes.

Pre-orders via the band’s site will offer the discs with ELP tees.  For those, go here.

Following are the track-lists for Emerson, Land Palmer, and Tarkus.  Immerse:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Deluxe Edition Track List:

Disc One:  Original Album

  1. The Barbarian
  2. Take A Pebble
  3. Knife-Edge
  4. The Three Fates
    1. Clotho ROYAL FESTIVAL


ii.            Lachesis PIANO SOLO

iii.            Atropos PIANO SOLO

5.       Tank

6.       Lucky Man

Disc Two:  Bonus Tracks (2012) THE ALTERNATE ELP NEW 2012 STEREO MIXES (Previously Unreleased)

  1. The Barbarian

2.       Take A Pebble

3.       Knife Edge (with Extended Outro)

4.       Promenade

5.       The Three Fates: Atropos

6.       Rave Up

7.       Drum Solo

8.       Lucky Man

Bonus Tracks:

9.       Take A Pebble (Alternate Version)

10.    Knife Edge (Alternate Version)

11.    Lucky Man (First Greg Lake Solo Version)

12.    Lucky Man (Alternate Version)


Disc Three:  DVD Audio
NEW 2012 – 5.1 MIX (Previously Unreleased)

  1. The Barbarian
  2. Take A Pebble
  3. Knife-Edge
  4. The Three Fates: Atropos

5.       Rave Up

6.       Lucky Man

NEW HIGH RES 2012 STEREO MIXES (Previously Unreleased)

7.       The Barbarian

8.       Take A Pebble

9.       Knife Edge (with Extended Outro)

10.    Promenade

11.    The Three Fates: Atropos

12.    Rave Up

13.    Drum Solo

14.    Lucky Man

15.    Take A Pebble (Alternate Version)

16.    Knife Edge (Alternate Version)

17.    Lucky Man (First Greg Lake Solo Version)

18.    Lucky Man (Alternate Version)

Tarkus Deluxe Edition Track List:

Disc One:  Original Album

  1. Tarkus
    1. Eruption
    2. Stones Of Years
    3. Iconoclast
    4. Mass
    5. Manticore
    6. The Battlefield
    7. Aquatarkus
  2. Jeremy Bender
  3. Bitches Crystal
  4. The Only Way (Hymn)
  5. Infinite Space (Conclusion)
  6. A Time And A Place
  7. Are You Ready Eddy?

Disc Two:  The Alternate Tarkus 2012 Stereo Mixes

1.       Tarkus

2.       Eruption

3.       Stones Of Years

4.       Iconoclast

5.       Mass

6.       Manticore

7.       The Battlefield

8.       Aquatarkus

9.       Jeremy Bender

10.    Bitches Crystal

11.    The Only Way (Hymn)

12.    Infinite Space (Conclusion)

13.    A Time And A Place

14.    Are You Ready Eddy?

15.    Oh, My Father

16.    Unknown Ballad

17.    Mass (Alternate Take)

Disc Three:  DVD Audio New 2012 5.1 Mixes

1.       Tarkus

2.       Eruption

3.       Stones Of Years

4.       Iconoclast

5.       Mass

6.       Manticore

7.       The Battlefield

8.       Aquatarkus

9.       Jeremy Bender

10.    Bitches Crystal

11.    The Only Way (Hymn)

12.    Infinite Space (Conclusion)

13.    A Time And A Place

14.    Are You Ready Eddy?

15.    Oh My Father

2012 Stereo Mixes

16.    Tarkus

17.    Eruption

18.    Stones Of Years

19.    Iconoclast

20.    Mass

21.    Manticore

22.    The Battlefield

23.    Aquatarkus

24.    Jeremy Bender

25.    Bitches Crystal

26.    The Only Way (Hymn)

27.    Infinite Space (Conclusion)

28.    A Time And A Place

29.    Are You Ready Eddy?

30.    Oh My Father

31.    Unknown Ballad

32.    Mass

[MASSIVE thanks to Cary for the complete updates!]