Category Archives: UK

The English Beat Starring Dave Wakeling With New Album, Here We Go Love

The English Beat were one of few legitimate bands that captured the unique ska movement of the late ’70s/early ’80s. Unfortunately, the band- with Dave Wakeling, and Ranking Roger only churned out three best-sellers (I Just Can’t Stop It – 1980, Wha’ppen? – 1981, Special Beat Service – 1982) before breaking up in 1983. From there, both Wakeling and Ranking Roger went to form the equally successful General Public, while others went on to form Fine Young Cannibals, also with a few hits.

In 2016, Ranking Roger formed The New English Beat featuring Ranking Roger, and released a UK hit album with Bounce. With that in the mirror, Dave Wakeling has formed a version of The English Beat (or The Beat) and is set to release a new album with that version of the band called Here We Go Love.

On June 15, watch for the Wakeling version of The Beat/The English Beat with Here We Go Love. It will offer thirteen new songs. This edition of The English Beat will be touring to promote the new album.

Here We Go Love will be presented on CD, DD, and on vinyl LP.

There’s no doubt that Here We Go Love will do as excellent as had Ranking Roger’s version of the band had with Bounce. Fix your attention (below) to “How Can You Stand There?”, a song from the new Dave Wakeling edition of The English Beat.

New Gang Gang Dance Album, Kazuashita, For June

The legendary 4AD label has released some of Rock’s best loved independent bands, bands like Dead Can Dance, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Pale Saints, Clan of Xymox, Bauhaus, and a wealth of other shoegaze bands. While many of those bands have ceased heir recording and touring, the label is still active in searching out endearing bands to keep things fresh. Current bands on 4AD include The National, Deerhunter, The Lemon Twigs, Daughter, and Gang Gang Dance.

It’s been seven years since we’ve last heard from Gang Gang Dance. Their last album, Eye Contact, was released back in 2011. The band is an interesting mix of jazz-influenced electronic ambient music, coupled with the hallmark of 4AD’s shoegaze preference. With five albums in release (Eye Contact is the band’s ONLY 4AD LP issue), the band has provided more than enough back catalog to discover.

On June 22, 4AD will release the next Gang Gang Dance album, Kazuashita. The new album will offer ten new songs with the hypnotic vocal style of Lizzi Bougatsos merged with the current music style of Brian DeGraw, and Josh Diamond.

Kazuashita is planned for CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Mick Ronson Story Poorly Told on Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Soundtrack

In many bands, there’s an unsung hero. Although there are steps to recognize the talents of the individual, often the shadow cast by the big star is far too dark to allow much light to shine for recognition. One of the easy ones to recognize is Mick Ronson.

Mick Ronson played for David Bowie in Bowie’s early fame, Ziggy era. Afterwards, Mick Ronson took calculated steps to become a star in his own right. Certainly, he possessed the guitar skills. Mick Ronson released two RCA albums, Slaughter On 10th Avenue (with an interesting cover of “Love Me Tender”), and Play Don’ Worry (with an equally interesting cover of “White Light, White Heat”).

On June 8, a somewhat unbalanced but well-intentioned overview of the career of Mick Ronson will be released. It is (unfairly and for market’s sake) called Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. There are fourteen tracks found here that draw from sessions work, his tenure with Bowie, and with Ian Hunter, and a dose of music from his posthumous release of Heaven and Hull.  To be fair, Ronson’s reach scattered further than this collection would have you believe.

I say all this as I’m a fierce Mick Ronson fan who believes that he deserves better a remembrance than this weak set delivers, soundtrack or not. Nevertheless, while I might advise against this purchase (and I would), it is better than nothing, recognition-wise. While an enclosed booklet might do better justice, the musical offerings (and album/documentary title) are merely a marketing undercurrent designed to pull you in.

In the end, you have to choose as you will if Mick Ronson’s story interests you. Otherwise, I’d say wait for a better collection (something that Omnivore, Real Gone Music, Cherry Red, or another dedicated label could provide.

Despite all this, it is, in the end, a soundtrack to a documentary that airs on Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It’s also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

01 – All The Young Dudes (Live) – with Queen, Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Phil Collins at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
02 – Soulful Lady (with Michael Chapman on Fully Qualified Survivor (1970))
03 – Madman Across The Water (with Elton John on Rare Masters (1992))
04 – Moonage Daydream (with David Bowie on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972))
05 – Cracked Actor (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
06 – Time (with David Bowie on Aladdin Sane (1973))
07 – Once Bitten, Twice Shy (with Ian Hunter on Ian Hunter (1975))
08 – I’d Give Anything To See You (Just Like This (1999))
09 – Hard Life (Just Like This (1999))
10 – Midnight Love (Heaven and Hull (1994))
11 – Like A Rolling Stone (Heaven and Hull (1994))
12 – This Is For You (with Joe Elliott) Previously Unreleased
13 – Heroes (live) (with Queen, David Bowie, Joe Elliott at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
14 – Tribute To Mick Ronson (Mike Garson) Previously Unreleased

Collectible 7″ Vinyl Singles Set For Black Sabbath, Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set

One of the great pioneer bands to the genre of heavy metal was easily Black Sabbath. By the release of their first and second albums, both in 1970, just a mere six months in separation, both albums easily captured the rapt attention of a generation propelling both embryonic albums into platinum status throughout the world. No one can forget the strength of “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” from their second, and perhaps best celebrated of the band’s issues. Nevertheless, Black Sabbath persevered for decades even after the departing of Ozzy Osborne, who crafted an equally successful solo career.

On June 8, Rhino delves into the Warner Bros vaults to create a boxed set of ten 7″ vinyl singles, all from the band’s years between 1970 though 1978. Of the carefully selected singles, some were only issued in other countries besides the US.

The boxed set is being called Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set. It will be a limited run so don’t wait too long to collect yours if you have intention to own it. All songs are newly remastered. A booklet exploring the history of the singles and of the band, along with rare photos, credits, and other memorabilia is guaranteed to add value to the box.

Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box SetBlack Sabbath

7″ Single Vinyl 1
Side A – Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)
Side B –  Wicked World

7″ Single Vinyl 2
Side A – Paranoid
Side B – The Wizard

7″ Single Vinyl 3
Side A – Iron Man
Side B – Electric Funeral

7″ Single Vinyl 4
Side A – Tomorrow’s Dream
Side B – Laguna Sunrise

7″ Single Vinyl 5
Side A – Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
Side B – Changes

7″ Single Vinyl 6
Side A – Am I Going Insane (Single Edit)
Side B – Hole In The Sky

7″ Single Vinyl 7
Side A – Gypsy
Side B – She’s Gone

7″ Single Vinyl 8
Side A – It’s Alright
Side B – Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor

7″ Single Vinyl 9
Side A – Never Say Die
Side B – She’s Gone

7″ Single Vinyl 10
Side A – Hard Road (Single Edit)
Side B – Symptom Of The Universe (German Single Edit)

 

New Florence + The Machine Album, High As Hope, Is Rumored Near

The last time that Florence Welch graced us with great new original music was back in 2015 with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. With that album, we were given “What Kind of Man”, “Ship to Wreck”, and “Queen of Peace” to enjoy and return to periodically. (Today’s playlisting trend typically doesn’t allow for return trips to songs other than a ‘catch’ on YouTube or radio.) Today, I still frequently return to “Dog Days Are Over”, and “Drumming Song” from her first album, Lungs (2009).

Recently, it’s been rumored that the new Florence + The Machine have a new album arriving. The sources are credible and so, with that, I’ll simply repeat the ‘rumors’ for you, just so you’re aware.

On June 29, a new Florence + The Machine album is expected to be released. The new album is being called High As Hope, and will deliver ten new songs in the standard release, leaving speculation to an expanded Deluxe Edition. A new song, “Sky Full of Song” is expected this week.

I’ll be sure to keep a sharp eye out for official announcements!

New Arctic Monkeys Album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Arctic Monkeys have been delivering great music since 2006 when their best-selling debut set, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not released to strong acceptance. From an independent perch, there really aren’t that many alternative bands with that kind of movement.  Since then, they have five studio sets out with their last issued in 2013 (AM). It delivered six singles.

On May 11, the new Arctic Monkeys album will arrive. Called Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, it will provide eleven new songs and is planned for CD, DD, and three colors of vinyl editions including standard black, and limited editions of silver color, and a clear vinyl.

The album will be released with an expansive 16-page booklet. Watch for the band to tour the album for the summer months. Currently, many of the shows are already sold out.

Tranquility Base Hotel & CasinoArctic Monkeys

01 – Star Treatment
02 – One Point Perspective
03 – American Sports
04 – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
05 – Golden Trunks
06 – Four Out of Five
07 – The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
08 – Science Fiction
09 – She Looks Like Fun
10 – Batphone
11 – The Ultracheese

 

New Johnny Marr Album, Call The Comet, In June

The Smiths are a revered UK band from the early ’80s. Not that you didn’t know that, but since their retirement in 1987, both Johnny Marr, and Morrissey have gone on to measured success with solo outings. Although late in his career, Johnny Marr has previously released two albums (The Messenger – 2013, Playland – 2014). Previously, Marr had occupied himself with session work.

On June 15, Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call The Comet. This new album will feature twelve new songs. A listen to the first single from the album (below) will confirm that Johnny Marr fits well within the framework of today’s Rock and Roll.

The new album is scheduled for release on CD, DD, Cassette, and vinyl LP (a limited edition silver vinyl, and standard black). There will be a 7″ vinyl single for sale as well. (See all that here.)

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.

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

5CD New York Dolls Box, Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975

One of the bump starts to a new era of music occurred when the New York Dolls took to NYC stages, a club at a time. With their wild and daring approaches, the solidifying of Rock’s ‘late ’60s. early ’70s years began to shake like a 9.0 quake intent on creating new tectonic plates. With only two albums in release before their demise, the New York Dolls left a legacy that is still heard and felt.

Of course, over the years there were presented a series of official and ‘grey-market’ material but until the band regrouped (without the services of Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991, and Arthur Kane, who passed in 2004), no new fresh songs were brought out to the fan base. (But subsequent guitarist, Steve Conte, was musically good in his role as successor to the irreplaceable Johnny Thunders.)

On April 27, a 5CD Box, Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975, will add to the mystique of the band that never was able to complete their full intended journey. One of the essential elements of this package is a collection of early, pre-Mercury Records demo sessions. With a presentation of 46 demos recorded at three separate studios, with a few bonus tracks (over two CDs), and five live locations including two that were radio broadcasts (over three CDs), there is more than a fan could possibly want in this collectible boxed set. (Just gaze at the track-list below!)

This set is presented in a clamshell box along with an essential booklet of notes, photos, and credits! The box will house the CDs in individual cardboard wallets.

No one will ever replace the phenomenon that New York Dolls were. They couldn’t even do i themselves decades later with new recordings. After their demise, their placement created a world of different avenues, with only Johnny Thunders maintaining a hard-edged punk style with the Heartbreakers (and a legendary solo outing that included So Alone!)

Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975New York Dolls

CD1 (Studio Demos ’72-’73):

Blue Rock Studio NYC, June ‘72
01. BAD GIRL
02. LOOKING FOR A KISS
03. DON’T START ME TALKIN’
04. DON’T MESS WITH CUPID
05. HUMAN BEING
06. PERSONALITY CRISIS
07. PILLS
08. JET BOY
09. FRANKENSTEIN
Escape Studios UK October ’72
10.PERSONALITY CRISIS
11.LOOKING FOR A KISS
12.BAD GIRL
13.SUBWAY TRAIN
Planet Studios NYC March ’73
14.SEVEN DAY WEEKEND
15. FRANKENSTEIN
16. WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS?
17. (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN
18. BACK IN THE USA

CD2 (Studio Demos 1973, Bonus Tracks, A/B Sides of 1979 single):

Planet Studios NYC, March ‘73
01. ENDLESS PARTY
02. JET BOY
03. IT’S TOO LATE (FALSE START)
04. IT’S TOO LATE (FULL VERSION)
05. BAD DETECTIVE
06. LONELY PLANET BOY
07. SUBWAY TRAIN
08. PRIVATE WORLD
09. TRASH
10.HUMAN BEING
11.DON’T START ME TALKIN’
12.HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
13.(GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS
14.VIETNAMESE BABY
15. BABYLON
16.BAD GIRL
17. PILLS
18.PERSONALITY CRISIS

Bonus Tracks
01. HOUDINI
02. ONE NIGHT IN TEXAS
03. AFTER THE STORM
04. PERCY THE PIMP
05. RUNNING WILD
06. ALL IN YOUR MIND
07. SUICIDE
08. FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE

A/B Sides of 1979 Single (Del Bromham)
09. WHO DO YOU LOVE
10.THE BEST FRIEND I EVER HAD

CD3 (Live Sets from Paris, Detroit, Long Island NYC):

Bataclan, Paris, December 23, ‘73
01. TRASH
02. THE MILK MAN
03. PUSS’N’BOOTS
Michigan Palace, Detroit, December 31 ‘73, New Year’s Eve
04. INTRO/PERSONALITY CRISIS
05. BAD GIRL
06. LOOKING FOR A KISS
07. WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS?
08. STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE
09. HUMAN BEING
10. PILLS
11. TRASH
12.THE MILK MAN
13. PUSS’N’BOOTS
14. BABYLON
15.LONE STAR QUEEN
16.DON’T START ME TALKIN’
My Father’s Place, Long Island NYC, April 14, ’74, WBAB Radio Broadcast
17. PUSS’N’BOOTS
18.LOOKING FOR A KISS
19. TRASH
20.STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE
21.PERSONALITY CRISIS
22.BAD GIRL
23. PILLS

CD4 (Live Sets From Long Island NYC, Vancouver, Dallas – 1974):

My Father’s Place, Long Island NYC, April 14, ’74, WBAB Radio Broadcast Continuation
01. HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
02. IT’S TOO LATE
03. CHATTERBOX
Vancouver June/July ’74
04. HUMAN BEING
05. HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
06. (GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS
07. DON’T MESS WITH CUPID
08. CHATTERBOX
09. BABYLON
10.(THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN
11.WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS?
12.JET BOY
13.HUMAN BEING
Dallas, September ’74
14.INTRO/PERSONALITY CRISIS
15.VIETNAMESE BABY
16.BAD GIRL
17.(GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS

CD5 (Live Sets Dallas and NYC – 1974/1975):

Dallas, September ’74 (continuation)
01. PILLS
02. FRANKENSTEIN
03. LONE STAR QUEEN
04. DON’T START ME TALKIN’
NYC, 1975
05. RED PATENT LEATHER
06. ON FIRE
07. SOMETHING ELSE
08. DADDY ROLLING STONE
09. AIN’T GOT NO HOME/DIZZY MISS LIZZY
10.GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
11.DOWN DOWN DOWNTOWN
12.PIRATE LOVE
13. PILLS
14.TEENAGE NEWS
15.PERSONALITY CRISIS/LOOKING FOR A KISS
16.STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE