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TAPSheet: Release Notes – 10/02/2012 (UK Report)

Lucky 7/Cooking Vinyl plan the release of Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da by Madness, which is expected to have the album out on October 29.

Salvo Records will release a remastered Frankie Said (The Very Best Of) featuring the songs of Frankie Goes To Hollywood.  This set is scheduled for November 5.

Rhino Records will release American Soul by Mick Hucknall, planned for October 29.

EMI UK plans a 4-disc collection featuring the music of Cockney Rebel.  The 49-track set will feature 2012 remastering.  It will be called Cavaliers: An Anthology 1973-1974.  Nice!

Decca Records will release Rod Stewart‘s next…never mind!

Rhino UK plans a 10CD Box set featuring the recorded works of Joni Mitchell for October 29.  It will be referred to as The Studio Albums: 1968-1979.

The hotly anticipated Jethro Tull classic Thick As A Brick, will get the 40th Anniversary Edition treatment, with the Special Edition being released in the UK on November 5.

Watch for the 2CD Live At Hull 1970 live set coming featuring The Who.  IT’s expected on November 19.

Mercury UK plan the release of a five-disc (including a DVD) Tenology featuring the timeless music of 10cc over 64 tracks, and 25 videos.  This must-have set is expected on November 19.

Island Records UK continue the Sandy Denny love with a 4-disc Box called The Notes and The Words: A Collection of Demos and Rarities, which is expected on October 29.

Atomhenge UK will reissue a new remaster of Palace Springs (1991 – Live) featuring the music of Hawkwind in an 2CD Expanded Edition (22 tracks) set for October 29.

Sony UK plan the release of 3CD Box set featuring the music of Manic Street Preachers called Generation Terrorists, which is expected on November 5.

Nova UK will release Live at Ebbet’s Field Denver featuring Gene Clark on October 29.

Watch for an Expanded Edition of War Of The Gods (1973) by Billy Paul (did he EVER make a bad album?) scheduled for October 29.

Edsel will release 2CD Collector’s Editions of Fine Young Cannibals (1985), and The Raw And The Cooked (1988), both by Fine Young Cannibals and both on October 29.

Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978), the studio release from Rainbow will get a 2CD reissue on November 5 as will On Stage (1977).

Eastworld UK will release X from Focus (remember them?) on October 29.

Cherry Red Records plan the release of Yin & Yang, a collaboration between Jah Wobble and Keith Levene with a planned date of November 12.

Island UK plan a 2CD reissue of The End… (1974) by Nico that will include a number of Peel Sessions tracks as well as a few Grey Whistle Test performances.  It’s scheduled for October 29.

Newsroom Records UK will release a Deluxe Edition of Mid Air, the solo release from Paul Buchanan, on October 29.

The new Kris Kristofferson album, Feeling Mortal, is scheduled for UK release on November 5.

Big Beat Records UK plan the reissue of The Seeds (1966) by The Seeds on October 29.

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.

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.

Mike Oldfield Updates: Platinum and QE2 Deluxe Edition UK

Earlier, we knew that Mike Oldfield would release updated versions of Platinum (1979), and QE2 (1980) on July 23 of this year, both in Deluxe Edition formats.  We now know a little bit more (thanks again, Pat) about these upcoming releases.

Platinum, will, in addition to the classic album (and three bonus tracks), add in a second disc which will include Live at Wembley Arena 1980 heard in nine performance tracks.  The track-list, which includes the Oldfield arrangement of Philip Glass’ “North Star”, and a version of Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”, is found below.

01) Part One – Airborn

02) Part Two – Platinum

03) Part Three – Charleston

04) Part Four – North Star / Platinum Finale

05) Woodhenge

06) Into Wonderland

07) Punkadiddle

08) I Got Rhythm

09) Platinum (Live Studio Edition) – Bonus

10) North Star – Bonus

11) Blue Peter – Bonus

Disc Two (Live At Wembley Arena, 1980):

01) Platinum

02) Punkadiddle

03) I Got Rhythm

04) Polka

05) Incantations

06)Tubular Bells Pt II

07) Guilty / Tubular Bells Pt I Finale

08) Blue Peter / Portsmouth

09) William Tell

Platinum Deluxe Edition will also release as LP (Limited Edition Blue vinyl), and DD formats, all on July 23, in Europe (always).

The other Mike Oldfield classic, QE2, will also be released in 2CD Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition White Vinyl LP, and DD, all on July 23 in Europe.  The first disc includes the classic album along with three bonus tracks, while the second disc includes nine 1981 performance tracks (Live At European Adventure, 1981).  The album will contain the following track-list over the two CDs.

Disc One:

01) Taurus I

02) Sheba

03) Conflict

04) Arrival

05) Wonderful Land

06) Mirage

07) QE2

08) Celt

09) Molly

10) Polka – Bonus

11) Wonderful Land (Single Version) – Bonus

12) Shiva – Bonus

Disc Two: (Live From The European Adventure, 1981):

01) Taurus I

02) Sheba

03) Mirage

04) Conflict

05) Ommadawn

06) Punkadiddle

07) Tubular Bells, Part I

08) QE2

09) Portsmouth

Like its close sister, QE2 will release on July 23 of 2012.

Both Deluxe Editions will arrive via Mercury Records UK.

Release Pieces: Mike Oldfield’s Platinum, and QE2 in Deluxe Editions

Mike Oldfield has steadily been re-releasing his catalogue in wonderful Deluxe Editions.  His last reissue, Incantations, was re-released in the latter part of 2011 to great acclaim.

The next set from Mike Oldfield includes not one but two Oldfield classics, 1979’s Platinum, and 1980’s QE2.

While little is known about what these two Oldfield albums will bring when they’re released on July 20 of 2012 in continuing Deluxe Edition remasters, it is very exciting just to know that we can now expect them.

These two titles will see reissuance first in Europe on the date noted, and hopefully follow shortly in the US.  Please note that this is preliminary information.  Still, mark your calendar for Platinum, and QE2 in Deluxe Edition.  Thanks again, Mike Oldfield.

[Immense thanks to TAP reader, Pat Gleeson, for alerting us to this great news.]

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 05/21/2011 – UK Report

Mercury Records (UK) plan to release the new Amy MacDonald album, Life Is A Beautiful Light, on June 11.  If you remember her excellent “Mr Rock and Roll” from her equally captivating 2007 album, This Is The Life, then this release should be great news for you and your calendar.

Decca Records (UK) plan the release of Analog Man by Joe Walsh, expected on June 11.

Frontiers Records (UK) will release XXX from Asia in a several formats that include a CD/DVD configuration that will throw in two bonus songs.  It’s expected on July 2.

Atlantic Records (UK) has scheduled the release of Ill Manors from Plan B, with a planned date of July 16.

Favored UK reissue label, Edsel plans the reissue of three The Beat classics that include I Just Can’t Stop It (1980) in a 2CD/DVD Deluxe Edition set featuring a second disc of 19 bonus tracks, and a DVD with video promos, Top Of The Pops broadcasts, and a live track.  Edsel will also reissue Wha’ppen (1981), with bonus tracks and a DVD of promo videos, and live performances, and Special Beat Service (1982), also with its own collection of bonus tracks, and a DVD filled with cool videos.  All three of these reissues are planned for the UK market on June 25.

EMI Music (UK) has assembled a Blur Box collection, Blur 21, that will gather remastered and expanded editions of the Blur releases as well as include four discs of rarities, three DVDs of live performances, a hard bound book, and a collectible 7″ disc.  This massive set will include download rights to the digital files of all of these tracks as an expanded bonus to purchasers of this Box.  This definitive Blur Box is expected on July 30.  This Box set is also expected in a 13-disc vinyl LP package.

Antenna/Esoteric Records will release Alt, a brand new album of music from Van Der Graaf Generator on June 25.

Mercury UK will release the new album from Gaslight Anthem called Handwritten in both CD and CD deluxe packages on July 23.

The UK division of Dead Oceans Records plan the release of There’s No Leaving Now from The Tallest Man On Earth, with a scheduled date of June 11.

Esoteric Records (UK) will reissue remastered and expanded versions of Victims Of Circumstance (1984), and Ring Of Changes (1983), by the famed Barclay James Harvest, all released on June 25.

DGM Records will release Live In Argentina 1994 featuring King Crimson on June 11.

I’m particularly excited about the reissue and remastering of It’s Better To Travel (1987) from Swingout Sister.  It is being released in a 2CD Deluxe Edition that will be expanded with nine bonus cuts that include “Breakout” in a remixed version, an instrumental version of “Communion”, and a long version of “Another Lost Weekend”.  The UK reissue is scheduled for July 2.  Love it!!

A Box set featuring ELP (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) called Tarkus is being scheduled for July 16.

Now Sounds (UK) plan the reissue and expansion of Come On Down: The Complete MGM Recordings featuring the music of Every Mother’s Son.  It will contain extra tracks.  It is on the calendar for June 25.

Reactive/Esoteric Records (UK) will reissue Tyger (1987) from Tangerine Dream in an expanded/remastered set.  This set will add in two bonus TD cuts.  It arrives on June 25.

And finally, Other Voices Records released a live album from the prime years of Attrition, called The Truth In Dark Corners.  This album contains 10 live performance tracks from the Netherlands in 1985, and is currently available.

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 04/06/2012 – UK Report

Island Records (UK) will release new Tom Jones with Spirit In The Room planned on May 21.  In addition to the standard CD release, there will also be a Limited Edition set with bonus tracks included.

Parlophone Records will release Valtari from Sigur Rós with a planned date of May 28 for CD and LP.

Major League Productions will release a Live set featuring Climax Blues Band called World Tour 1976 on May 7.

Music On Vinyl will re-release Various Positions (1984) by Leonard Cohen on vinyl LP, planning its release for April 30.

Paul Buchanan (Blue Nile) will release new music with Mid Air, scheduled for May 21.  The album is slated for CD, 180g vinyl LP (1000 copies) with MP3 download rights, DD (MP3/FLAC/Apple Lossless), and a Limited Edition 2CD Box with 10 extra tracks.  The box will offer a 20-page booklet with photos, lyrics, and packed in a 7″ box.  From Newsroom Records UK.  You can download a free track (for the cost of an email address) from the album at his website.

Esoteric Records UK will release a newly remastered edition of Le Parc (1985) by Tangerine Dream on April 30.  The new reissue will feature a new booklet with a new essay.

Decca Records UK will release the new Melody Gardot album, The Absence, which is planned for the UK market on May 28.

Harmless Records UK will release a Limited Edition, 10-disc Box celebrating the 40th Anniversary of music from the vaults of Philadelphia International.  This newly remastered,  expansive Various Artists Box: Philadelphia International – 40th Anniversary, is set for UK release on May 14.

Roadrunner Records UK will release Storm Corrosion, the self-titled collaborative debut from Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth).  Storm Corrosion is slated for May 7.

EMI UK is planning the release of a 3CD Box collection for Can called The Lost Tapes on June 18.

Polydor Records will release Magic Hour by Scissor Sisters on May 28.

Sanctuary Records UK will release a 3CD Box of a classic Small Faces title, Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake in a Deluxe Edition (With the expected release of two previous titles in the US, I think that it’s safe to assume that this title will be released there as well).  This set is scheduled for May 7.  It will contain alternate versions and outtakes and pack in a cool booklet with lots of goodies for the fan.  Ian MacLagan and Kenney Jones oversaw the remastering of this great album.  From The Beginning will be released in a Deluxe Edition on the same date in a 2CD set.

Warner Brothers UK will release What We Saw From The Cheap Seats by Regina Spektor with a planned date of May 28.

DGM Records will release The Wine Of Silence by Robert Fripp/Andrew Keeling/David Singleton in a performance orchestrated by The Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jan Stulen.  The Wine of Silence is pegged for an April 30 release date.

The Vinyl Countdown (UK) will release Hot ‘N’ Nasty – Rockin’ The Winterland featuring the great Humble Pie on a vinyl 2LP edition planned for May 7.

Island Records UK will release a 2CD Deluxe Edition of Rendezvous (1977), and Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (1974) by the talented but tragic Sandy Denny.  They are scheduled for May 21.

In Our Heads by Hot Chip is slated for release on June 19.

EMI UK will release a 4CD Box, The EMI Years (1985-1988) featuring the music of Saxon.  It is scheduled for June 4.

The Enemy will release their next album, Streets In The Sky, on May 21 via Cooking Vinyl Records.

7ts Records (UK) plan the reissue of Aggro-Phobia (1976), and Your Mama Won’t Like Me (1975) from Suzi Quatro in remastered sets that include extra tracks.  Both albums are planned for May 14.

Esoteric Records UK plan the reissue of All Together Now (1972) by Argent.  The newly remastered album will contain a new booklet (with new essay), and a bonus track.  This album yielded “Hold Your Head Up”.  In addition, Esoteric Records will reissue Heart To Heart (1979) from the always great Pete Bardens (Camel).  Both remastered reissues are scheduled for April 30.

Nettwerk Records plan to release New Wild Everywhere by Great Lake Swimmers on May 28.

Fiction Records will release Souvenir by The Kaiser Chiefs on June 4.

Cocteau Discs UK will reissue the 1995 classic by Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe), Practically Wired (Or How I Became Guitar Boy), on April 30.

Warner Brothers UK plan a 2CD, 21-track, Deluxe Edition of Electric Warrior by T. Rex planned for April 23.