Category Archives: Reissues

1989 Wishbone Ash Classic – Here To Hear- Re-emerges in July

Wishbone Ash has left behind a magnificent legacy in music. For them, they were able to effectively weather several lineup changes starting with the departure of Ted Turner, who was replaced by Home guitarist, Laurie Wisefield. But for a handful of albums, eventually Laurie Wisefield left and the band reunited with Ted Turner. In that time frame, Martin Turner had left, and returned. The vocal album that reunited the band without restrictions was Here To Hear. For many, that album delivered a collection of excellent songs. And we’re happy to have it.

On July  6, Music on CD will reissue the 1989 set, Here To Hear. As it is, I don’t know if it’s being remastered or will use a previous version. And while it would be interesting and welcomed (to have a massive update), especially if it followed on the path of the recent Twin Barrels Burning and Raw To The Bone reissues, if it’s a re-release, then that’s ok given its rarity. But, at the very least, a title that is quite difficult to find (if you’re looking), will be made available to us once again, and not at exorbitant pricing.

If you’re needing a copy of Here To Hear, let’s hope that this reissue, at the very least, provides a bare bones re-release. Bu if it’s more, then, well…

Hope for the best on this one.

Emmylou Harris 1985 Classic, The Ballad of Sally Rose, With 2CD Expanded And Remastered Reissue

To this day, Emmylou Harris is a recognized and adored singer from the ’70s and beyond. Even First Aid Kit has recorded a song using Emmylou as the title, referring to the love affair between  Emmylou and Gram Parsons (and Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash). From her starter days, Emmylou has recorded a series of excellent ‘must own’ albums, and have won fourteen out of a stunning forty-eight Grammy nominations.

In 1985. Emmylou Harris released an original concept album called The Ballad of Sally Rose. It’s conceptual origins are with Emmylou Harris’s relationship with troubled Rock star, Gram Parsons. (This is a new revelation to me.) For a Country audience, the album was a pleasure.

On June 1, Rhino and Warner Bros Records will release a 2CD Expanded and Remastered Edition of The Ballad of Sally Rose. In addition to the album being remastered, there will be a second CD of accumulated nine demo tracks for most of the songs on his album and a TV mix of “Bad News”.

The Ballad of Sally RoseEmmylou Harris

CD1 (Original Album Remastered):
01 The Ballad Of Sally Rose
02 Rhythm Guitar
03 I Think I Love Him / You Are My Flower
04 Heart To Heart
05 Woman Walk The Line
06 Bad News
07 Timberline (Remastered)
08 Long Tall Sally Rose
09 White Line
10 Diamond In My Crown
11 The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
12 K-S-O-S
13 Sweet Chariot

CD2 (Bonus Tracks – Demos, TV Mix):

01 Timberline (Demo)
02 The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (Demo)
03 Sweet Chariot (Demo)
04 The Ballad Of Sally Rose (Demo)
05 Heart To Heart (Demo)
06 Woman Walk The Line (Demo)
07 White Line (Demo)
08 Diamond In My Crown (Demo)
09 Rhythm Guitar (Demo)
10 Bad News (TV Mix)

 

Barclay James Harvest 1970 Debut Newly Remastered and Remixed in 3CD/DVD Box

In recorded music, Barclay James Harvest have released a string of well-received progressive gems beginning at a time when Progressive music was still in its infancy. And for the better part of a decade after their 1970 self-titled debut, they had the attention of a dedicated audience. With seven songs, the album set a tone for their style moving forward. Their epic 12-minute “Dark Now, My Sky” is a rich, orchestral tune that made it easy to love if you were a bit adventurous. With subsequent albums like Octoberon (1976), Gone To Earth (1977), Time Honoured Ghosts (1975), the band became even deeper.

On May 25, Esoteric Recordings (a division of Cherry Red UK) will release a 3CD/1DVD Boxed set of the eponymous Barclay James Harvest debut. It will present the original album with a new remaster, and expand it with a collection of thirty-three bonus tracks that will include singles (A/B sides), sessions tracks, outtakes, a new 5.1 Surround mix, and a new Stereo mix, all from the original master tapes. In addition, there will be 96kHz/24-bit high resolution Stereo mixes, and a series of live BBC broadcasts to make this set a definitive one. The DVD will contain those new 96kHz/24-bit mixes (5.1 Surround, New Stereo Mix, Original Stereo Mix).

The box will provide a richly designed 68-page book with photos, essays, notes, and many other things to detail the release of this album, and the emergence of a talent in this band. Additional bonus adds include a replica orchestral tour program, two replica press releases, a replica 1968-issued record store poster announcing the release of the “Early Morning” single, and a postcards set.

Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest (3CD/DVD)

CD1 (Barclay James Harvest original album, singles, etc):

Original Stereo Mix Remastered
01. TAKING SOME TIME ON
02. MOTHER DEAR
03. THE SUN WILL NEVER SHINE
04. WHEN THE WORLD WAS WOKEN
05. GOOD LOVE CHILD
06. THE IRON MAIDEN
07. DARK NOW MY SKY
Bonus Tracks
A & B-sides of single released April 1968
08. EARLY MORNING
09. MR. SUNSHINE
Recorded at Advision Studios, London August 1968
10. POOLS OF BLUE
11. I CAN’T GO ON WITHOUT YOU
12. EDEN UNOBTAINABLE
Recorded at Chappell Studios, London August 1968 (mixed at Abbey Road Studios, September 1968)
13. POOLS OF BLUE
A/B-Sides of single released June 1969
14. BROTHER THRUSH
15. POOR WAGES
A-Side of Single released August 1970
16. TAKING SOME TIME ON

CD2 (New Stereo Mix of Original Album, bonus tracks):

New Stereo Mix of Barclay James Harvest
01. TAKING SOME TIME ON
02. MOTHER DEAR
03. THE SUN WILL NEVER SHINE
04. WHEN THE WORLD WAS WOKEN
05. GOOD LOVE CHILD
06. THE IRON MAIDEN
07. DARK NOW MY SKY
Bonus Tracks
Recorded a Chappell Studios, August 16, 1968
08. POOLS OF BLUE
Recorded at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, March 11, 1969
09. BROTHER THRUSH
10. POOR WAGES

CD3 (BBC Broadcasts, etc):

Mr Sunshine film version previously unreleased on CD
01. MR. SUNSHINE
Broadcast on BBC Radio One Top Gear, April 14, 1968 – Previously Unreleased
02. EARLY MORNING
BBC Radio One Top Gear Session recorded April 23, 1968 and broadcast on May 5, 1968
03. SO TOMORROW
04. EDEN UNOBTAINABLE
BBC Radio One Top Gear Session Recorded July 30, 1968 and broadcast August 4, 1968
05. NIGHT
06. POOLS OF BLUE
07. NEED YOU OH SO BAD
08. SMALL TIME TOWN
09. DARK NOW MY SKY
Woolley Wolstenholme original solo demo recorded at Preston House- Saddleworth in 1969 – Previously Unreleased
10. THE SUN WILL NEVER SHINE
BBC Radio One John Peel Sunday Concert records at BBC Paris Theatre, London February 11, 1971 and broadcast on February 21, 1971
11. DARK NOW MY SKY

DVD (Original Album and bonus tracks in New 5.1 Surround Mix of Barclay James Harvest, New 96kHz/24-bit Stereo Mix, 96kHz/24-bit Original Stereo Mix):

01. TAKING SOME TIME ON
02. MOTHER DEAR
03. THE SUN WILL NEVER SHINE
04. WHEN THE WORLD WAS WOKEN
05. GOOD LOVE CHILD
06. THE IRON MAIDEN
07. DARK NOW MY SKY
Bonus Tracks
Recorded at Chappell Studios, August 16, 1968
08. POOLS OF BLUE
Recorded at EMI Studios – Abbey Road on March 11, 1969
09. BROTHER THRUSH
10. POOR WAGES
Video
Mr Sunshine 1968 Short Film with:
01 EARLY MORNING
02 WASHING THE DISHES
03 MR. SUNSHINE

20th Anniversary Remastered and Expanded Reissue Of Classic Aquabats Album, The Fury Of The Aquabats!

In the late ’90s, the band known as The Aquabats decided to tread fresher territory previously paved by Devo in the ’70s. Using a core of Punk, Ska, Surf, and Rock n Roll, The Aquabats created a style that belonged exclusively to them. One time band member, Travis Barker, who would go on to play for Blink-182, was known as The Baron von Tito. Along with the leader, The Bat Commander!, the Orange County-based band went on to enjoy a nice following of fans.

On April 20, the band will reissue their popular 1997 sophomore album, The Fury of The Aquabats! To celebrate the album’s 20th Anniversary, the band has planned a remixed and remastered expanded edition. The new edition will expand by four bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased “Hockey Fight!”.

This 20th Anniversary reissue of The Fury Of The Aquabats! will be released on CD, DD, and neon green vinyl 2LP.  A limited edition and signed 2LP blue colored vinyl is planned for April 6.  Of these, there will only be 1500 copies. A limited edition red color 2LP set is only available in 1000 copies. The LP releases will include DD.

The Fury Of The Aquabats!The Aquabats
(* Bonus Tracks)

01. Super Rad!
02. Red Sweater!
03. Magic Chicken!
04. Fight Song!
05. Cat With 2 Heads!
06. The Story Of Nothing!
07. Captain Hampton And The Midget Pirates!
08. Martian Girl!*
09. Attacked By Snakes!
10. Idiot Box!*
11. Powdered Milk Man!
12. My Skateboard!
13. Phantasma Del Mar!
14. Lobster Bucket!
15. Theme Song!
16. Play Doh!*
17. Hockey Fight!* (Previously Unreleased)

 

Both Cockney Rebel Albums Reissued On CD and LP

There is a history book, as thick as it is sad – well, partially sad, anyway. In it is listed every band who were excellent as producers of music, and yet never caught the attention of enough fans to register immediately in the minds of many. One of them is Cockney Rebel, of whom Steve Harley was the primary force.

During the ’70s, this band generated a Pop-styled Rock that interested the UK market much more than they did the fickle US market. During his run, Harley created a fair share of albums and a string of UK singles with his musical charm, a charm that was quite easy to fall under the spell of.

On May 4, Chrysalis Records will reissue the only two Cockney Rebel albums to be released just as the band (everything else bore his name). Those are The Human Menagerie (1973), and The Psychomodo (1974), which contained his UK hit, “Judy Teen”. His biggest hit came with the appending of his name to the Cockney Rebel brand, and his next album, The Best Years of Our Lives (“Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)”)

Chrysalis will reissue both Cockney Rebel albums in CD format housed in 4-panel digipaks. The albums will also be reissued on 180g-weigh black vinyl LP. Sadly, neither of these titles will be remastered opting instead to use the original masters. (I’ve listened to my copies and they actually sound pretty good.)

Chrysalis Records continue to refresh their rich catalogues to provide fans with fresh copies of CDs and LPs.

My favorite Steve Harley tune is easily “The Best Years of Our Lives”

Wire To Reissue First Three Album Classics In Special Edition Multi-CD, CD, LP

One of the richest veins in Rock history reside from 1975 through 1985. There, music proliferated in a way that the previous times have not experienced. Not to disparage the music of the ‘late 50s, the embryonic ’60s, and the ‘teen years’ of the early ’70s, but when Punk created a dissension among listeners of Rock, you were either in or out, choosing to resist the evolution or to embrace it. After the brief of powerful display of Punk, there were bands who rode he Punk wave capitalizing on it’s cultural popularity. What some called “noise”, others found a new interest that propelled them into the next period, the next phase of actionable Rock and Roll. That new springboard genre was called Post-Punk. Whatever that meant to you, there is no denying that style of Rock was important.

One of those great Post-Punk bands (or Art-Punk, as you may have preferred), is a band known as Wire. With a formation in 1976, they quickly brought a stylistic sound to the hardcore punk, thus helping to create a strong and influential Post-punk landscape.

On May 18, watch for the reissue of three Wire classic albums that will be newly remastered, imbued with bonus tracks, and repackaged for CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The three albums include Pink Flag(1977), Chairs Missing (1978), and 154 (1979).  All three sets will provide a grand book-style housing with 80 pages of goodness to attend to the music provided.

Not only will the multi-CD Special Editions be released, but also single CD remasters featuring the original album only. These will be released on June 22, as will the remastered vinyl LPs featuring the original albums. For DD, only the original album remastered will be released. To get the bonus tracks, you will have to get the Special Editions.

Wire’s previous release Silver/Lead, issued in 2017, reveals the band to be as original as ever.

Pink Flag will contain thirty-eight tracks, with the twenty-one originals, and a collection of seventeen B-sides, demos, and previously unreleased cuts:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. Reuters
02. Field Day for the Sundays
03. Three Girl Rhumba
04. Ex Lion Tamer
05. Lowdown
06. Start to Move
07. Brazil
08. It’s So Obvious
09. Surgeon’s Girl
10. Pink Flag
11. The Commercial
12. Straight Line
13. 106 Beats That
14. Mr. Suit
15. Strange
16. Fragile
17. Mannequin
18. Different to Me
19. Champs
20. Feeling Called Love
21. 12 X U

CD2 (Bonus tracks):
01. The Commercial
02. Mr. Suit
03. Pink Flag
04. Surgeon’s Girl
05. Field Day for the Sundays
06. 106 Beats That
07. Fragile
08. Reuters
09. Different to Me
10. Ex Lion Tamer
11. Mannequin
12. Champs
13. Start to Move
14. Ex Lion Tamer
15. 12XU (Mono Mix)
16. Mannequin (Mono Mix)
17. It’s So Obvious

Chairs Missing will be spread out over three CDs with forty-seven tracks. Fifteen originals, and a massive assortment of thirty-two bonus tracks of B-sides, singles, demos, and outtakes:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. Practice Makes Perfect
02. French Film Bleurred
03. Another the Letter
04. Men 2nd
05. Marooned
06. Sand in My Joints
07. Being Sucked in Again
08. Heartbeat
09. Mercy
10. Outdoor Miner
11. I Am the Fly
12. I Feel Mysterious Today
13. From the Nursery
14. Used To
15. Too Late

CD2 (Bonus Tracks: Singles, B-sides, Outtakes):
01. I Am the Fly (Single Version)
02. Dot Dash
03. Options R
04. Outdoor Miner (Single Version)
05. Practice Makes Perfect (Single Version)
06. Underwater Experiences (Advision Version)

CD3 (Demos):
01. Practice Makes Perfect
02. OhNoNotSo
03. Culture Vultures
04. It’s the Motive
05. Love Ain’t Polite
06. French Film Blurred (Version 1)
07. Sand in My Joints
08. Too Late
09. I Am the Fly
10. Heartbeat
11. Underwater Experiences
12. Stalemate
13. I Feel Mysterious Today
14. Dot Dash
15. French Film Blurred (Version 2)
16. Options R
17. Finistaire (Mercy)
18. Marooned
19. From the Nursery
20. Indirect Enquiries (Version 1)
21. Outdoor Miner
22. Chairs Missing (Used To)
23. Being Sucked in Again
24. Men 2nd
25. Another the Letter
26. No Romans

The third Wire release, 154, will be distributed in a 3CD SE that will add twenty-seven bonus tracks to the original’s thirteen tracks. 154 has long been considered the band’s masterpiece and is much darker in musical scope:

CD1 (Original Album):
01. I Should Have Known Better
02. Two People in a Room
03. The 15th
04. The Other Window
05. Single K.O.
06. A Touching Display
07. On Returning
08. A Mutual Friend
09. Blessed State
10. Once Is Enough
11. Map Ref 41°N 93°W
12. Indirect Enquiries
13. 40 Versions

CD2 (Bonus Tracks: Singles, B-sides, Outtakes):
01. A Question of Degree (Single Version)
02. Former Airline (Single Version)
03. Go Ahead (Single Version)
04. Our Swimmer (Single Version)
05. Midnight Bahnhof Café (Single Version)
06. Our Swimmer (2nd Length) [single Version]
07. Catapult 30 (Single Version)
08. Song 1
09. Get Down 1 + 2
10. Let’s Panic Later
11. Small Electric Piece

CD3 (Demos):
01. 40 Versions
02. Ignorance No Plea (I Should Have Known Better)
03. Blessed State
04. A Touching Display
05. The 15th
06. A Mutual Friend
07. Once Is Enough
08. The Other Window

 

New Def Leppard CD and LP Boxed Sets To Be Issued

Def Leppard was a surprise arrival in the Rock world back in 1977. With young Joe Elliott as vocalist, and a high intensity guitarist, Steve Clark, the band immediately entered the charts with a Rock fan satisfying collection of tracks found on their 1980 debut, On Through The Night. It delivered a series of hits, some in the UK, and some in the US. The album itself was a high placement on both the UK and US charts.

With a catalog of eleven studio sets that includes the massive Pyromania (1983), with over ten million units sold, and the even greater selling Hysteria (1987), with over twenty million copies in fans’ hands, the catalog of Def Leppard is a valuable and exciting commodity. It has been undergoing an updating of which these boxed sets are a part of.

On June 1, Mercury Records will release two separately available boxed sets, one for CD, and one for vinyl LP. Both sets will be known as The Collection, Volume One.

The CD Collection will be six CDs, while the vinyl box will contain seven LPs. There will a special booklet housed in the case with the discs. The Rarities disc is the catch here as it is expected to contain radio sessions from the band’s early years. For the CD Box, the EP might be included on the Rarities CD.

The albums included will be:

  • 01 – On Through The Night
  • 02 – High ‘n’ Dry
  • 03 – Pyromania
  • 04 – Hysteria
  • 05 – Live At The L.A. Forum 1983
  • 06 – Rarities Volume One
  • 07 – The Def Leppard EP

More details will follow in a future update.

 

The Cranberries To Soon Release 25th Anniversary Edition of Debut Album, and A New Album

While this doesn’t have a specific date, it’s still quite nice to know that a 25th Anniversary Edition of Everyone Else Is Doing It So Why Can’ We? by The Cranberries is around the corner and planned for “later this year”. The tragic death of Cranberries vocalist, Delores O’Riordan had threatened to derail the project but the band members have decided to go ahead with it to honor their singer.

The 25th Anniversary edition is said to include a remastered edition of Everyone Else Is Doing It So Why Can’ We, as well as an inclusion of previously unreleased materials from the sessions for this now classic album. It’s one we will patiently look forward to until it’s released.

Additionally, Delores O’Riordan had finished vocals for the band’s newest album. This was another album that had threatened to fall due to immense sadness over the high-profile singer’s death. But with a newfound resolve to honor the legacy of Delores O’Riordan, the new album will be finished and released “early next year”.

We still mourn the loss of Delores O’Riordan but I’m heartened to know that she will live on in her music. The 25th Anniversary Edition is a welcome start to that honor. The new album is icing!

When I get word that a date has been affixed to both sets, I will be sure to inform you.

 

Jeff Beck Live At The Hollywood Bowl On 2CD/3LP Sets

For over 50 years, Jeff Beck has been a strong part of our music landscape. From The Yardbirds, his own bands, and a series of solo albums, he has left behind an immeasurable imprint on the whole of Rock and Roll. And still, he produces a fiery range of talent. Just a little over a year ago, he released a solo album (Loud Hailer). And he’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with The Yardbirds, and once individually.

In the summer of 2016, Jeff Beck played at the Hollywood Bowl as one show in a celebration of his 50 years.

On April 6, Rhino will release a 2CD edition of Jeff Beck Live at The Hollywood Bowl. Previously, there has been  DVD and BD issues of the show, which featured a wealth of guest performers including Buddy Guy, Steven Tyler, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Hall, Billy Gibbons, and others.  Additionally, there were imports (into the US) of CD and LP recordings.

On May 25, Rhino will also re-release a 3LP vinyl edition of Live At The Hollywood Bowl. If you were unable to score imports of these CD and LP editions, this domestic re-release should help you out greatly.

Three (Maybe Four) Classic A Certain Ratio (ACR) Albums Reissued For CD and Limited Edition Vinyl

The well known Factory Records from decades past released an influential batch of memorable albums and music from bands like Joy Division, The Durutti Column, New Order, and Happy Mondays to name a few. One of the excellent bands of the early era of Factory Records was A Certain Ratio.

A Certain Ratio (ACR) formed in the latter ’70s as a UK postpunk band with a predilection for dance music fused with funk, jazz, and good old fashioned experimentation designed to challenge the constant of the day. Well, the experiment worked brilliantly even if they were relegated to the undercurrents of the pop scale. If you were a fan of Factory Records, then you definitely heard of them. They were completely ahead of their time.

On May 25, Mute Records will revisit three (possibly four) of the band’s releases with reissues for CD and colored vinyl LP. Previously, Mute has reissued To Each… (1981) [CD and Red vinyl LP], The Graveyard and The Ballroom (1979) [CD and color PVC sleeve for vinyl], and Force (1986) [CD]. Here’s what’s coming now:

  • I’d Like To See You Again (1982) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Neon Yellow colored vinyl LP.
  • acr:mcr (1990) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Clear vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.
  • Up In Downsville (1992) Planned for CD and Limited Edition Light Blue colored vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.
  • There is a hint of Good Together (1989) being reissued as well but I have no definite word on this one. It is also hinted at as being made available on CD and Limited Edition White Vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM.

I failed to be alerted (and to discover) the previous reissues of ACR releases mentioned above as I would DEFINITELY have alerted you to these. Apologies!! A Certain Ratio is an underappreciated but classic band from the ’80s! They’re ripe for your discovery (if you haven’t heard of them), or presented anew if you have forgotten about them. Fans of the Post-Punk era, late ’70s, early ’80s, ACR is ABSOLUTELY worth your investigation!