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30th Anniversary Of The Joshua Tree Gets A Little Love

A little late, I know. But in case you haven’t seen this, U2 is reissuing their classic 1987 gem, The Joshua Tree. While I infinitely prefer The Unforgettable Fire, and many others will not move past the U2 trinity of Boy, October, and War, The Joshua Tree IS considered by many to be U2’s defining masterpiece. And there is no doubt the songs within are enduring and memorable. No matter your stance on U2 and their recorded body, The Joshua Tree is surely an album that belongs in your collection.

On June 2, Universal/Island will reissue The Joshua Tree in several ways to include a massive set of addition to the original. There will be a single CD featuring just the original album, a 2CD 30th Anniversary Edition that will present the original album as well a CD filled with live tracks called The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987. That live set will feature 17 live performance tracks. The stakes are upped for the serious fan with the issuance of a 4CD Super Deluxe package providing a CD with six remixes of familiar tracks, and a fifteen-track CD filled with B-sides and outtakes including a 2017 Eno remix of “One Tree Hill Reprise”.

For the vinyl aficionado, there will be a complete 7LP set with all of the good stuff, and a 2LP set for the original. Of course, there will be digital as well. I’m even sure there will be Hi-Resolution DD, although this is NOT confirmed.

The 4CD Box will provide an 84-page book of photos, and eight color prints. These will be cased in a solid and durable outer box with a gold-foil press of a joshua tree on the top.

If some reports are to be believed, the year of these remastered tracks are 2007, the year they released their 20th Anniversary Edition. I consider that pure laziness on their part, but that’s just me. (I’d love to hear what Steve Wilson could do with these – and other – U2 tracks with his remix prowess.) If you’re going to this massive length, then go all the way, say I!

With the upcoming new U2 album in the works, it sounds like a good year to be a U2 fan.

If you want more, a quick trip to the official U2 site will put you in the lap of a mix of bundles that include tees, and record bags.

The Joshua Tree – U2

CD1 (Original Album):
01. Where The Streets Have No Name
02. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
03. With Or Without You
04. Bullet The Blue Sky
05. Running To Stand Still
06. Red Hill Mining Town
07. In God’s Country
08. Trip Through Your Wires
09. One Tree Hill
10. Exit
11. Mothers Of The Disappeared

CD2 (Live At Madison Square Garden 1987):
01. Where The Streets Have No Name
02. I Will Follow
03. Trip Through Your Wires
04. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
05. MLK
06. Bullet The Blue Sky
07. Running To Stand Still
08. In God’s Country
09. Sunday Bloody Sunday
10. Exit
11. October
12. New Year’s Day
13. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
14. With Or Without You
15. Party Girl
16. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
17. “40”

CD3 (Remixes):
01. One Tree Hill (St Francis Hotel Remix)
02. Bullet The Blue Sky (Jacknife Lee Remix)
03. Running To Stand Still (Daniel Lanois Remix)
04. Red Hill Mining Town (Steve Lillywhite 2017 Mix)
05. With Or Without You (Daniel Lanois Remix)
06. Where The Streets Have No Name (Flood Remix)

CD4 (B-sides and Outtakes):
01. Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
02. Walk To The Water
03. Spanish Eyes
04. Deep In The Heart
05. Silver And Gold
06. Sweetest Thing
07. Race Against Time
08. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Lillywhite Alternative Mix ’87)
09. One Tree Hill Reprise (Brian Eno 2017 Mix)
10. Silver and Gold
11. Beautiful Ghost/Introduction To Songs Of Experience
12. Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)
13. Desert Of Our Love
14. Rise Up
15. Drunk Chicken/America

 

New Tomita Album Features Live Symphony Of Final Work, Dr. Coppelius

Isao Tomita has been gone from us since May of 2016. I’m actually surprised that we’ve not seen any remasters or expansions by RCA. A BOX even. I think that his works contributed heavily to the beautiful ’70s, before sound and style upended (not unappealingly, mind you). But we didn’t get a representative set of refreshed Tomita music. But, we are getting something, Tomita fans.

On March 22, via Nippon Columbia, the first Tomita set since his death is being released. The new album is being called Dr. Coppelius, and is a live presentation of his composed symphony. It is the premiere of the symphony, played live at the 12th Bunkamura Orchard Hall by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. This symphony played live on November 11/12 in 2016. The symphony was conducted by Kazumasa Watanabe, with electronic parts performed by Aiko Hikari.

Dr Coppelius, of course, while an original work, is not a studio work. I have hope that it will be eventually done, and released as a studio work attributed to Tomita, for the enjoyment of his fans. You can see more here.

Dr Coppelius – Tomita

01 – The 0th movement Move the living body Ascending Life Form
02 – 3rd movement Into the universe Into The Outer Space Based on Villa-Lobos’ No. 7 “Brazilian Bach”
03 – 4th movement Landing on The Asteroid 25143 Itokawa at Planet Itokawa Based on Leo · dolbe composition “Coppelia” waltz
04 – The 5th movement Mourning Song Song of Grief Based on Villa-Lobos’ No. 4 “Brazilian Bach”
05 – End of the 6th movement End of The Time Richard Wagner’s composition “Tristan and Isolde” based on the death of love
06 – 7 th movement, Sunrise Rise of The Planet 9

 

Simple Minds’ New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) Box Soon

Simple Minds New Gold DreamsSimple Minds is a band that has never strayed far from the consciousness of their fans. They still release fantastic albums. I’ve never failed to be impressed by their songwriting capabilities, their musical arrangements, song selections, etc. I was an early fan following them up into their moments of fame, and then afterwards where, album after album, they just keep getting better and better. But enough about that. There’s a reissue coming. And it’s one of the great classics.

On July 29 (UK), August 5 (US), New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84) will be reissued with every stop pulled out for it. New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) will come to us in several ways that include a 2CD Deluxe Edition, a vinyl LP set, a BD-Audio version, and a heavily crammed Deluxe Edition.

New Gold Dreams will feature -obviously- new remastering. The Super Deluxe Edition will offer CDs of Extended Versions, Edits and B-Sides, Alternate Mixes, and Radio Sessions. With the original album that counts for five CDs filled with Simple Minds and New Gold Dreams riches. Another disc is a DVD that will present 5.1 Surround mixes of the original album (pulled from the 2005 DVD-Audio). The DVD will also provide two promo videos (“Promised You A Miracle”, “Glittering Prize”), and two previously unreleased Tops of the Pops performances (“Promised You A Miracle”, “Glittering Prize”). All of this is housed in a nice Box along with a 36-page booklet.

New Gold Dreams Remaster SDR Box

The 2CD Deluxe Edition will provide the original album and a second CD with the contents of the Extended Versions (see track-lists below). The vinyl LP will be a 180g-weight black vinyl pressing and include the download code for the digital files of the album. The BD-Audio set will contain everything found on the DVD set included in the Super Deluxe Edition along with the original album.

New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) 2016 Remaster – Simple Minds

CD1:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel
03. Promised You a Miracle
04. Big Sleep
05. Somebody Up There Likes You
06. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
07. Glittering Prize
08. Hunter and the Hunted
09. King Is White and in the Crowd

CD2:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Extended] (From Promised You a Miracle 12″ Single)
02. Seeing Out the Angel [Instrumental Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle 12″ Single)
03. Promised You a Miracle [Us Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle American 12″ Single)
04. Promised You a Miracle [Us Dub] (From Promised You a Miracle American 12″ Single) First Time on CD
05. Promised You a Miracle [Us Special Extended Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle American Promo 12″ Single) First Time on CD
06. Glittering Prize [Club Mix] (From Glittering Prize 12″ Single)
07. Glittering Prize [Extended Theme] (From Glittering Prize 12″ Single)
08. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Extended] (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
09. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [German 12″ Remix]
10. King Is White and in the Crowd [Instrumental]
11. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [German 12″ Remix with Drums]
12. In Every Heaven (From X5 Compilation)

CD3:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Edit] (From Promised You a Miracle 7″ Single)
02. Theme for Great Cities (From Promised You a Miracle 7″ Single)
03. Glittering Prize [Edit] (From Glittering Prize 7″ Single)
04. Glittering Prize [Theme] (From Glittering Prize 7″ Single)
05. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Edit]
06. Soundtrack for Every Heaven (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
07. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [7″ Mix]

CD4:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Kid Jensen Session]
02. In Trance As Mission [Kid Jensen Session]
03. King Is White and in the Crowd [Kid Jensen Session] (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
04. Promised You a Miracle [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
05. Love Song [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
06. Sons and Fascination [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
07. King Is White and in the Crowd [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
08. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Kid Jensen Session]
09. Glittering Prize [Kid Jensen Session]
10. Hunter and the Hunted [Kid Jensen Session]

CD5:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
03. Promised You a Miracle [Remix for Album: Long] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
04. Big Sleep [Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
05. In Every Heaven [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
06. Somebody Up There Likes You [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
07. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
08. Hunter and the Hunted [Alternative Take] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
09. King Is White and in the Crowd [Monitor Mix] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
10. In Every Heaven [Early Version] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD

DVD:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [2005 DVD-Audio  5:1 Mixes]
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
03. Promised You a Miracle [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
04. Big Sleep [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
05. Somebody Up There Likes You [2005 DVD_Audio 5:1 Mixes]
06. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
07. Glittering Prize [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
08. Hunter and the Hunted [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
09. King Is White and in the Crowd [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
10. In Every Heaven [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
11. Promised You a Miracle [Video]
12. Glittering Prize [Video]
13. Promised You a Miracle [Top of the Pops] First Time Commercially Released
14. Glittering Prize [Top of the Pops] First Time Commercially Released

 

New McCartney Collection Expected In June

McCartney - Pure McCartneyIt looks like Paul McCartney has decided that either his bank coffers aren’t full enough yet, or that we still don’t have the right selection of accumulated hits and deep tracks. Because we’re getting a new ‘best of’ soon. My problem with the set – right off the bat – is that this is being touted as a collection of tunes that McCartney and his “team” selected as a set of favorite tunes. However, the problem with that kind of collection is that…well, being subjective, fans have a tendency to like an accumulation of the tried and true songs. And Wingspan already addresses that well enough. But it’s not for me to discuss in detail. It’s for me to tell you that it’s coming.

On June 10, Hear Music will release several versions of Pure McCartney. Pure McCartney is a curated set that brings together a bevy of songs from his solo career. The full 4CD Box will offer 67 tracks (see list below). There will be a 4LP set as well as a truncated 2CD edition. The 2CD Edition will contain 39 tracks. Take it for what it’s worth to you as a McCartney fan.

Pure McCartney – Paul McCartney
4CD Deluxe Edition

 CD1:
01. Maybe I m Amazed
02. Heart Of The Country
03. Jet
04. Warm And Beautiful
05. Listen To What The Man Said
06. Dear Boy
07. Silly Love Songs
08. The Song We Were Singing
09. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
10. Early Days
11. Big Barn Bed
12. Another Day
13. Flaming Pie
14. Jenny Wren
15. Too Many People
16. Let Me Roll It
17. New
CD2:
01. Live and Let Die
02. English Tea
03. Mull of Kintyre
04. Save Us
05. My Love
06. Bip Bop
07. Le Em In
08. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
09. Calico Skies
10. Hi, Hi, Hi
11. Waterfalls
12. Band on the Run
13. Appreciate
14. Sing The Changes
15. Arrow Through Me
16. Every Night
17. Junior s Farm
18. Mrs. Vanderbilt
CD3:
01. Say Say Say (2015 remix)
02. My Valentine
03. Pipes of Peace
04. The World Tonight
05. Souvenir
06. Dance Tonight
07. Ebony and Ivory
08. Fine Line
09. Here Today
10. Press
11. Wanderlust
12. Winedark Open Sea
13. Beautiful Night
14. Girlfriend
15. Queenie Eye
16. We All Stand Together
CD4:
01. Coming Up
02. Too Much Rain
03. Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun
04. Goodnight Tonight
05. Baby s Request
06. With a Little Luck
07. Little Willow
08. Only Mama Knows
09. Don t Let It Bring You Down
10. The Back Seat Of My Car
11. No More Lonely Nights
12. Great Day
13. Venus and Mars/Rock Show
14. Temporary Secretary
15. Hope For The Future
16. Junk
Pure McCartney – Paul McCartney
2CD Standard Edition
CD1:
01. Maybe I m Amazed
02. Heart Of The Country
03. Jet
04. Warm And Beautiful
05. Listen To What The Man Said
06. Dear Boy
07. Silly Love Songs
08. The Song We Were Singing
09. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
10. Another Day
11. Sing The Changes
12. Jenny Wren
13. Save Us
14. Mrs Vanderbilt
15. Mull of Kintyre
16. Let Em In
17. Let Me Roll It
18. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
19. Ebony and Ivory
CD2:
01. Band on the Run
02. Arrow Through Me
03. My Love
04. Live and Let Die
05. Too Much Rain
06. Goodnight Tonight
07. Say Say Say (2015 remix)
08. My Valentine
09. The World Tonight
10. Pipes of Peace
11. Dance Tonight
12. Here Today
13. Wanderlust
14. Great Day
15. Coming Up
16. No More Lonely Nights
17. Only Mama Knows
18. With a Little Luck
19. Hope For The Future
20. Junk

Five Rufus (Featuring Chaka Khan) Titles Reissued In December

Rufus Rags To RufusIn the early ’70s, Rock ‘n Roll became familiar with a funk band by the name of Rufus. Rufus featured the stunning vocals of Chaka Khan, who went on to solo fame some years later. Once “Tell Me Something Good” hit the AM Top40 airwaves, the legend was complete. With only their debut ahead of the album containing that Grammy Award-winning hit single, it was easy to catch up. Since that breakthrough album (Rags To Rufus – 1974), the band released nine other albums, with a series of hit singles and another Grammy Award win (and another nomination besides this one) for “Ain’t Nobody” in 1983.

Geffen Records will release new digital remasters for some of the revered Rufus (with Chaka Khan) catalog. These reissues are being sold domestically as Japanese Limited Edition housed in the familiar LP-styled cardboard sleeve. The titles expected include:

  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – 1975
  • Rags To Rufus – 1974
  • Ask Rufus – 1977
  • Rufus – 1973
  • Rufusized – 1974

All five Rufus titled are on the calendar for December 18.

Allman Brothers Band Classic Idlewild South Reissue Details

Idlewild South 2CDMore details gave emerged from the upcoming December 4 reissue of Idlewild South, the second Allman Brothers Band, released in 1970.There’s lots of great music on this album, which includes the original version of “Midnight Rider”.

The new Deluxe Edition of Idlewild South looks great as a packaged set. It will be a nice library slot for all of your Allman Brothers Band collection pieces, sitting beautifully along with them. But, of course, it’s what’s inside that counts.

The set will offer Live At Ludlow Garage 1970. On both the larger 3CD/BD set, and the 2CD set, the whole show is available. The 2CD Edition only contains three bonus tracks. The album reissue adds in five bonus inclusions on the first CD that range from outtakes to alternates, plus a mono single edit of “Revival (Love Is Everywhere)” (see track list below). The added Blu-ray audio offers all of the tracks in high definition 96kHz/24-bit splendor, both Stereo and 5.1 Surround. The BD will include an added alternate mix of “Midnight Rider”.

The booklet looks to be extraordinary. If anything, at least don’t pass up the 2CD Deluxe Edition (if you’re a fan at all).

Idlewild South Deluxe

Idlewild South – Allman Brothers Band
Super Deluxe Edition Track-List:

CD1:
01. Revival
02. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
03. Midnight Rider
04. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
05. Hoochie Coochie Man
06. Please Call Home
07. Leave My Blues at Home
Bonus Tracks
08. Statesboro Blues (Session Outtake)
09. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Alternate Take)
10. One More Ride (Session Outtake)
11. Midnight Rider (Alternate Mix)
12. Revival (Love Is Everywhere) (Mono Single Version)

CD2:
01. Dreams (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
02. Statesboro Blues (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
03. Trouble No More (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
04. Dimples (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
05. Every Hungry Woman (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
06. I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
07. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)

CD3:
1. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
2. Mountain Jam (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)

Blu-ray-Audio (BD-Audio)
01. Revival / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
02. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
03. Midnight Rider / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
04. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
05. Hoochie Coochie Man / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
06. Please Call Home / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
07. Leave My Blues At Home / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
Bonus Tracks
08. Statesboro Blues (Session Outtake) / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
09. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Alternate Take) / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
10. One More Ride (Session Outtake) / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo
11. Midnight Rider (Alternate Mix) / 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround & Stereo

Idlewild South – Allman Brothers Band
2CD Edition Track-List:

CD1:
01. Revival
02. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
03. Midnight Rider
04. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
05. Hoochie Coochie Man
06. Please Call Home
07. Leave My Blues at Home
08. Statesboro Blues (Session Outtake)
09. One More Ride (Session Outtake)
10. Midnight Rider (Alternate Mix)
11. Dreams (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
12. Statesboro Blues (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
13. Trouble No More (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
14. Dimples (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
15. Every Hungry Woman (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)

CD2:
01. I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
02. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
03. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)
04. Mountain Jam (Live at Ludlow Garage 1970)

 

Deluxe Editions (with BD-Audio!) of Idlewild South by Allman Brothers Band Planned For November

ABB Idlewild SouthIdlewild South, the second Allman Brothers Band album, was released back in the rough terrain of the beginning ’70s. It followed a their eponymous debut by a mere ten months (bands were musically prolific and confident in those days). With much tour support, these two albums began to take on their own energy. Idlewild South contains the classic ABB version of “Midnight Rider”, a song later re-recorded by Gregg Allman for his Laid Back solo album. The Gregg Allman solo version charted well. Idlewild South is also home to another Allman Brothers Band classic, “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”.

On November 27, Universal Music will release several versions of this album in an audio update, and expanded by a few bonus tracks. For fans of surround, the news becomes even better. There will be new upgraded mixes that will result in hi-resolution Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. Canada Amazon is presenting a December 4 date of release. It may be that this set is now planned for that date is Canada is ahead of the rest in updating. We’ll see.

What we can expect are a Super Deluxe Edition 3CD/1BD-Audio package as well as a 2CD set, and a simple CD issue with new remaster for the minimalists who care not for extra frills and materials. Thus far, the track-list is unknown. When it becomes known, I will update this post!

First Of Three Marvin Gaye LP Boxsets, 1961-1965, Released In April

Marvin Gaye is getting plenty of re-release love these days. Not only is there a new Blu-ray Audio set coming for his Let’s Get It On (April 28, 2015) classic, there will now be a 7LP Box set, the first of three planned LP Box sets. This first Box set will span the Marvin Gaye recording years from 1961-1965. Those expected titles are The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye (1961), That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1963), When I’m Alone I Cry (1964), Hello Broadway (1964), Together (1964), How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1965), and A Tribute To The Great Nat “King” Cole (1965).

The Motown-issued set will be called Marvin Gaye 1961 – 1965. It is planned for release on April 21 (US), April 20 (UK).

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New Alabama Shakes Album, Sound & Color, Planned For April

Alabama Shakes Sound and ColorBack in 2012, an exciting band by the name of Alabama Shakes released a phenomenal album called Boys & Girls. That album, buoyed by relentless touring, and a world-wide appearance on Saturday Night Live, went on to sell over 500,000 units of the album. With great blues songs like “Hold On”, and any of the remaining ten tracks, the secret was out, Brittany Howard was a voice to be reckoned with. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, it’s one for the ages.

Boys & Girls is finally being followed-up by a new album, Sound & Color, with a black cover that is the opposite of Boys & Girls’ stark white debut cover.

The new album will contain twelve new tracks. The album is being welcomed by the first single, “Don’t Wanna Fight” (heard below). And, if the awesome new song is any indication, then Sound & Color will be just as potent as Boys & Girls.

Sound & Color is scheduled for release on April 20 (Europe), April 21 (US). It will issue on standard CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP (with two separate color vinyl issues, one clear, the other blue). On the 2LP set, side four will feature etching. The LP sets will also provide DD download rights. If you pre-order via iTunes, you can have the new single immediately.  Exclusive packaging will provide Target buyers of the album with a bonus CD that contains a live set. ATO Records is the issuing label.

“Bless my heart, bless my soul (and bless yours, too)!” And yes, we’re VERY excited!

Track-List
Sound & Color

01  – Sound and Color
02 – Don’t Wanna Fight
03 – Dunes
04 – Future People
05 – Gimme All Your Love
06 – This Feeling
07 – Guess Who
08 -The Greatest
09 – Shoegaze
10 – Miss You
11 – Gemini
12 – Over My Head

First Four Greenslade Albums Released In Japan As SHM-CD Remasters For December

Greenslade-Bedside-Manners-Big-O-PosterSeveral years ago, before I moved away from my home of 30 years (California), for the less congested, more breathable Illinois, I thought a good thing to do would be to go way back in time, and listen to bands I’ve ignored or otherwise didn’t have the cash in my younger years to explore further. One of them was a lesser known progressive band, Greenslade. I had promised myself to immerse myself fully becoming accustomed to not only their official releases but also their live sets, and any thing else that might have come out from the band, or had the band in them. I found it to be a fun exercise.

Greenslade was the child of Dave Greenslade, and Tony Reeves. Greenslade drew interesting comparisons to progressive bands of the ’70s, bands like Yes. They released their first album, the self-titled Greenslade back in 1973, following it up shortly with Bedside Manners Are Extra, also a 1973 set. Since they were not a band that everyone heard about or knew, they did not get a lot of press. If you heard them, it was because some savvy DJ at an independent or “cool” radio station wanted to play them. And right they were to play them. Greenslade were the real deal. They were a band that should have enjoyed more success than they did. In their music, they incorporated the sound of two keyboards creating expansive and rich tapestries of sound that were unique in each. Together they became a hallmark of Greenslade.

On December 17, fans can import four Greenslade albums on SHM CD from Warner Brothers Japan (a translating trip to Amazon Japan can help you here). The album titles include Greenslade (1973), Bedside Manners Are Extra (1973), Spyglass Guest (1974), and Time and Tide (1975). Each album is remastered, and are presented as mini LP CDs with paper sleeves replicating the original artwork.

Greenslade  Greenslade Bedside Manners Are Extra  Greenslade Spyglass Guest  Greenslade Time and Tide