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Nightwish To Release Career Spanning Set, Decades: An Archive Of Song (1996-2015)

For more than twenty years, the Finnish band, Nightwish, has helped to nurture the symphonic metal genre. Started in 1996, Nightwish has produced eight studio albums, the last being Endless Forms Most Beautiful in 2015. Their vocalists have been female since their inception. The first, Tarja Turunen stayed until 2005, where she left for a solo career given her magnificent vocal range. Today, the vocalist is Floor Jansen, whose vocal style is different and yet quite adaptive to multiple applications of style.

Nightwish has proven successful worldwide since their Dark Passion Play set from 2007 where they entered every chart available and the US chart for the first time.  Since, their music has become widely accepted with subsequent albums topping charts at higher and higher points.

On March 9, Nuclear Blast Records will release a 2CD compilation of twenty-two songs from the catalog of Nightwish. This collection is being called Decades: An Archive of Song (1996-2005). Decades will be released as 2CD (jewelcase), 2CD (digipak), a 2CD Earbook Box, DD, 3LP Limited Edition (500) Gold vinyl Box, 3LP Limited Edition (500) Silver vinyl Box, and a 3LP Black vinyl Box. The Digipak, Earbook Box, and Vinyl 3LP Boxes will follow on March 16.

Decades: An Archive of Song (1996-2005)Nightwish

CD1:
01 – The Greatest Show On Earth
02 – Élan
03 – My Walden
04 – Storytime
05 – I Want My Tears Back
06 – Amaranth
07 – The Poet And The Pendulum
08 – Nemo
09 – Wish I Had An Angel

CD2:
01 – Ghost Love Score
02 – Slaying The Dreamer
03 – End Of All Hope
04 – 10th Man Down
05 – The Kinslayer
06 – Dead Boy’s Poem
07 – Gethsemane
08 – Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
09 – Sacrament Of Wilderness
10 – Sleeping Sun
11 – Elvenpath
12 – The Carpenter
13 – Nightwish (demo)

 

Bowie Titles From A New Career In A New Town Box To Be Reissued As CD and LP

In September of 2017, Rhino and Parlophone released an 11CD Box featuring newly remastered CD editions of classic David Bowie albums. Those included Low, Lodger, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Stage, and Heroes, along with extra bonus materials on additional CDs. These are recorded works from 1977 through 1982.

For this boxed set, all titles were remastered.

On February 23, Rhino and Parlophone will break into that box to release singular CD and LP copies of those previously mentioned titles all featuring the 2017 remastering.

Stage will be released as 2CD and 2LP sets given their length.

 

Massive 2CD/2DVD/LP Box Set For Fish Out Of Water by Chris Squire

With the release of Fragile, YES became the premier definition of Progressive Rock. With a series of successful and, in some cases, expanded, albums after Fragile (Close To The Edge is considered one of the genre’s finest creations, while Tales From Topographical Oceans is considered its heaviest), the success of Yes allowed the band certain freedoms not usually afforded to most. Individual projects.

During a period of inactivity, each member of Yes released solo works. For Chris Squire, that was Fish Out Of Water. Fish Out Of Water was well-received by fans, charting well in charts.

On April 27, Esoteric Recordings will revisit this classic 1975 solo album with a massive Limited Edition Box of the album filled to the literal brim with a wealth of material including a 5.1 remix of the album, something that Chris Squire was interested in.

The new edition of Fish Out of Water will feature a brand new remix AND remaster of the album, both desired aspects of any reissue. But this one goes even further to make Fish Out Of Water a definitive set worth owning among fans of the work.

This Box will present 2CDs, 2DVDs, a 180g-weight vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve, two 7″ vinyl singles, a fold-out poster (in the LP sleeve), and a 36-page book with new essays, uncovered photos, and plenty of information concerning this classic album.

The Stereo remix is created by Jakko Jakszyk and is found on CD1. The Stereo remaster of the album is found on CD2 along with four bonus inclusions (single mixes of “Lucky Seven” and “Silently Falling”, and two recorded songs with Alan White, “Return With The Fox”, and “Return Of The Fox”).

The included DVDs have gems as well. DVD1 presents both 5.1 and  Hi-resolution Stereo, both at 96kHz/24-bit, and both created by Jakko Jakszyk, In addition, the Paschal Byrne remastered Stereo remaster is also presented in hi-res 96kHz/24-bit clarity. DVD2 provides a collection of visual content including interviews and a Chris Squire audio commentary. The LP is as expected, and the two 7″ singles in picture sleeves. Each of the singles include the bonus tracks found  on CD2.

Personally, I love undertakings such as these that are targeted to the serious fan. Not only do we get definitive sets likely to never be matched in such detail again, but a classic revisited is always a great thing.

Enjoy, fans!

Fish Out Of Water (Super Deluxe Set) – Chris Squire

CD1 (New Stereo Mix of Fish Out of Water by Jakko Jakszyk):

01 – Hold Out Your Hand
02 – You By My Side
03 – Silently Falling
04 – Lucky Seven
05 – Safe (Canon Song)

CD2 (Remastered Original 1975 Stereo Mix by Paschal Byrne):

01 – Hold Out Your Hand
02 – You By My Side
03 – Silently Falling
04 – Lucky Seven
05 – Safe (Canon Song)
— Bonus Tracks —
06 – Lucky Seven (Single Version)
07 – Silently Falling (Single Version)
08 – Run With The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)
09 – Return Of The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)

DVD1 :

Fish Out of Water Album in:

01 – 5.1 Surround Sound Mix  (96kHz/24-bit) (Jakko Jakszyk)
02 – New Stereo Mix (96kHz/24-bit) (Jakko Jakszyk)
03 – Remastered Original 1975 Stereo Mix (96kHz/24-bit) (Paschal Byrne)

DVD2 (NTSC – Region Free):

01 – 1975 Promo Film
02 – 2006 Squire Interview with Jon Kirkman
03 – 2006   Audio Commentary with Chris Squire

Vinyl LP (180g-weight Black in replica gatefold with poster):

Side 1:
01 – Hold Out Your Hand
02 – You By My Side
03 – Silently Falling

Side 2:

01 – Lucky Seven
02 – Safe (Canon Song)

Singles (7″ Vinyl, Picture Sleeves):

Single 1:
A-side – Lucky Seven (Single Version)
B-side – Silently Falling (Single Version)
Single 2:
A-side – Run With The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)
B-side – Return Of The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)

New Joan Baez Album, Whistle Down The Wind, Arriving

For decades, and especially at the beginning of the Rock phenomena that many of us find a way of life these days, there was Joan Baez. Her first album was released back in 1960, a light-year of time ago for many of us. From there, her fame grew. By 1970, she had a strong hit with a cover of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Her version is still considered a strong version of one the great singles of all time.

Over her lifetime, Joan Baez has released over twenty albums. During the ’60s and ’70s, many of her sets were consistently charting high until time and the political environment had found little use of her activism and voice. Great albums like Diamonds & Rust (1975) were incredible productions. Regardless, as legend, Joan Baez continued to tour, record, and release new music. Her last album, Day After Tomorrow (2008), charted respectably.

On March 2, Joan Baez will release her newest album, Whistle Down The Wind. It is a mix of covers and originals in a collection of ten songs. Two tracks (including the cover song) were penned by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Another is a Mary Chapin Carpenter song (“The Things We Are Made Of”) done in the inimitable Baez fashion. Listening to the title track, I feel confident that Whistle Down the Wind will be a beautiful Joan Baez addition to a strong library.

Whistle Down The Wind will be released on CD and vinyl LP, as well as in the DD format.

Whistle Down The WindJoan Baez

01 – Whistle Down The Wind
02 – Be Of Good Heart
03 – Another World
04 – Civil War
05 – The Things We Are Made Of
06 – The President Sang Amazing Grace
07 – Last Leaf
08 – Silver Blade
09 – The Great Correction
10 – I Wish The Wars Were All Over

All Nerve, The New Upcoming Album By The Breeders Classic Lineup

The historic label 4AD is often home to some of the most incredible music since the ’80s. Started in 1980, he label was soon home to Dead Can Dance, The Pixies, Red House Painters, Cocteau Twins, Modern English, Clan of Xymox, This Mortal Coil, and more memorable bands.

One of those memorable bands is The Breeders. The Breeders were formed in 1989 from parts of The Pixies, and Throwing Muses. Since 1990, The Breeders have released four classic albums beginning with Pod. Their slow release pattern simply highlighted their roots as music had to wait while the main bands thrived. Their next was released in 1993, Last Splash. There would be a long wait until their third album, Title TK, released in 2002. Now, eight years after the release of their last album, Mountain Battles, The band line-up features the Deal sisters (Kim and Kelley), with Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson, all who returns with a new album in hand.

On March 2, 4AD will release All Nerve. It will contain eleven new The Breeders tracks. The first single is “Wait In The Car”. If you’re fond of The Breeders, then you will immediately enjoy the infectious Pop/Punk of the classic sound. It brings you back, as it should!

All Nerve will arrive on CD, DD, and on 180g-weight black vinyl.

All NerveThe Breeders

01 – Nervous Mary
02 – Wait in the Car
03 – All Nerve
04 – MetaGoth
05 – Spacewoman
06 – Walking with a Killer
07 – Howl at the Summit
08 – Archangel’s Thunderbird
09 – Dawn: Making an Effort
10 – Skinhead #2
11 – Blues at the Acropolis

Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) To Release Debut Solo Album, Sweet Unknown

For many years, the under-construct of Heartless Bastards has Erika Wennerstrom.  Throughout their magnificent career, Erika was always at the heart of the band. Most of the songs, if not all of them, were written by Erika. In fact, the lineup had changed several times with Erika remaining as the core. And now, we get a long overdue Erika Wennerstrom album with her name as the focal point! I’m ready for this!

On March 23, Partisan Records (Heartless Bastards’ label over the last two releases (Arrow – 2012, Restless Ones – 2015)) will issue the next evolutionary step in the Heartless Bastards tree with the first solo album by Erika Wennerstrom. The new album is being called Sweet Unknown, which is a lyric phrase pulled from an HB song, “Could Be So Happy” (from The Mountain -2009).

If you’re interested in bundles and swag, then hop over to the PledgeMusic site where the album is crowdfunded for a wealth of bundling and cool things (including a $4000 house concert. If only I had the nickels and dimes for this one!).

Sweet Unknown will contain nine new Wennerstrom tracks. The heralding song, “Extraordinary Love” is now available as of a few days ago. It strongly indicates a great awaiting experience. The music from the song is warmly comfortable. It’s familiar and strong.

Sweet Unknown will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP (including a limited run of white vinyl). The 2LP set will provide a vinyl -only bonus of four radio edits of “Extraordinary Love”, “Letting Go”, “Be Good To Yourself”, and “Staring Out the Window”. All vinyl editions will provide digital downloads of the album.

March 23 can’t get here soon enough!

Sweet UnknownErika Wennerstrom

01 – Twisted Highway
02 – Extraordinary Love
03 – Letting Go
04 – Time
05 – Be Good To Yourself
06 – Staring Out The Window
07 – Good To Be Alone
08 – Like A Bird
09 – Gravity

The Complete Clapton Is Being Re-Released In 4LP Box

Back in 2007, Reprise had released a 2CD, 36-track Eric Clapton collection called The Complete Clapton. It contained a swarm of tracks from every facet of his career trajectory including solo, Blind Faith, and Cream.

Now that the vinyl resurgence has hit and shows little slow down, this is a title that is now needing to be replenished for that market. Using all tracks, this vinyl edition will spread over 4 LPs, eight sides. If you didn’t get one the first time around, here is a rare opportunity to fix that.

On March 2, watch for this 4LP Box. If you’re a vinyl fan and are pleased to find this bit of news, be prepared.

New Judas Priest Album, FirePower, In March

The band known as Judas Priest has been with us since the late ’60s. Formed in 1969, this original iteration of Judas Priest contained Ian Hill, the band’s bassist who is still with them. The rest of the original members have long since retired. However, the band that was part of the first recordings including Rocka Rolla (1974) is STILL much of the band as you see them now with the exception of founding member, K. K. Downing, who was with the band for most of their career, bu is no longer a member due to disagreements.

An ongoing campaign of expanded and remastered reissues have been part of the legacy of this classic metal band. In 2014, the band released their last studio set, Redeemer of Souls. Not only did the album enter high on the charts, it became their first Top10 album in the US landing at 6. Over time, the album has sold 100,000+ copies of the album.

On March 9, Judas Priest will issue their eighteenth studio set. The new album, called Firepower, will be filled with fourteen new songs.  The band will showcase the new album with a tour that starts shorly after the release of Firepower.

Firepower, like most albums these days, was financed by PledgeMusic crowdfunding, and is being distributed via Epic Records. A single (“Lightning Strike”) from the new album is now available and can be heard below.

Firepower can be acquired on CD, DD, and several limited edition color options of vinyl LP (go here for those) as well as standard black vinyl. There are also bundle options being made available with shirts, and signed guitars.

FirepowerJudas Priest

01. Firepower
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
05. Necromancer
06. Children of the Sun
07. Guardians
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red

 

Barry White Gets 3CD Box, The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979)

For those of you that remember the music and song-craft of Barry White, you remember a performer that could touch the heart of an emotion, and make it stand out with a unique, often breathy, bass vocal. In the ’70s, almost everything Barry White released became an instant hit. In fact, there’s a collection of singles that achieved gold and platinum status. Of course, his albums did quite well. But most of us remember him primarily by his string of radio hits that still resonate because his voice and delivery was never replicated.

Barry White’s first song, “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby” opened the door to his fame. It seemed effortless for his talent to move forward with songs like “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up”, “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe”, “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything”, and the beautiful “Love’s Theme” instrumental hit. Those are but a few of his classic hits.

On February 9, Mercury Records will release two sets of collected Barry White tracks. The first is a 3CD Boxset that will assemble 46 tracks for your listening. All songs are newly remastered from the original 20th Century Records master tapes. An included 24-page booklet provides photos, new liner notes, and full track details. Each of the three CDs are housed in separate wallet-styled sleeves within the box. The 3CD Box is being called The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979), with both A and B sides of singles included.

Mercury will also provide a truncated 20-track single CD featuring his best known songs for those that don’t need anything other than the strong, familiar radio hits. This selected set will be called Love’s Theme: The Best of The 20th Century Records Singles.

A 2LP vinyl edition replicating the single CD track list will also be made available with a bonus inclusion of “Satin Soul” by Love Unlimited Orchestra. It doesn’t include the CD track, “September When I first Met You” to make way for the exclusive addition.

Barry WhiteLove’s Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles

01. Love’s Theme
02. I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby
03. I’ve Got So Much To Give
04. Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up
05. Honey Please, Can’t Ya See
06. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
07. You’re the First, The Last, My Everything
08. What Am I Gonna Do With You
09. I’ll Do For You Anything You Want Me To
10. Let the Music Play
11. You See the Trouble With me
12. Baby We Better Try To Get It Together
13. Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long
14. I’m Qualified to Satisfy You
15. It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To me
16. Playing Your Game, Baby
17. Oh What A Night For Dancing
18. Your Sweetness Is My Weakness
19. Just the Way You Are
20, September When I First Met You

 

Hilary Hahn With 2CD/2LP Retrospective

Hilary Hahn is an American violinist whose craft is in the replay of classic compositions from the eras of the great classical composers. While she does do some original material, her fame is in her recitations of solo Bach pieces. Her first concert appearance was at the young age of eleven where she performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. To date, she has released some twenty-one sets. Her debut was Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, released in 1997. Her second was a Beethoven violin concerto (so titled), with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra back in 1999.

Photo by Michael Patrick O’Leary Retrospective is released by Deutsche Grammophon

Since her debut, Hilary Hahn has become highly recognized for her magnificent ability as a soloist, and as a chamber musician. Her rising fame is well deserved.

On January 19, a concerted effort by Deutsche Grammophon (A Decca Classics imprint), and the crowd-funding Pledge Music will produce a 2CD retrospective with seventeen tracks (see track list below). There will also be a 2LP set designed and specially mastered for the medium.

The set is called Retrospective. It will be contained within a gatefolded case and packed with a booklet containing photos, notes, and fan art.

I love that she gets this kind of attention. Her violin playing is mesmerizing.

RetrospectiveHilary Hahn

CD1:
01.-03. Violin Sonata in G major K 379, (Mozart)
4. Blue Curve of the Earth (Tina Davidson)
5. Mercy (Max Richter)
6. Double Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D major BWV 1043  (Bach) – ii Largo ma non tanto
7. The Lark Ascending  (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major K 526 (Mozart) – iii Presto
9. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major op. 6 (Paganini)  – iii Rondo

CD2:
1. Violin Concerto op. 36  (Schoenberg )– i Poco Allegro
2. St Matthew Passion (Bach) – ii Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
3. Violin Concerto (Dedicated to Hilary Hahn) (Jennifer Higdon)  – i 1726
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 (Ives)– i Andante – Allegro vivace
5. Godot (Hahn & Hauschka)
6. When A Tiger Meets A Rosa Rugosa (Du Yun)
7. Two Voices (Nico Muhly)
8. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor op. 31 (Vieuxtemps) – ii Adagio religioso