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Fish Out Of Water Remix and Remaster To Be Available As 2CD Deluxe Set

Good news for those who were excited about acquiring the upcoming definitive fan package of Chris Squire’s classic Fish Out of Water but were deterred by items not needed. The UK issuer of the 2CD/2DVD/1LP/2 7″ singles Box has packaged a 2CD Deluxe Edition of the album for acquisition on the same release date, April 27.

The 2CDs found in this truncated edition will contain the new Jakko Jakszyk mix on CD 1, and the new Paschal Byrne remaster of the original 1975 mix on CD 2. CD2 will feature four bonus tracks from previously released singles.

The 2CD Edition will pack in a booklet that distills the essential materials found within the larger box while still providing a strong document of photos and notes. This 2CD set will be housed in a well-designed digipak.

Fish Out Of Water (2CD Deluxe Edition) – 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)

 

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)

8-Disc Procol Harum Box Arriving In 2018

With 2017 wrapping up, it’s nice to see that a large label is planning a big release for Procol Harum fans with the release of a Limited Edition 8 Disc Anthology Box . The box will contain five CDs  with 69 tracks, and three DVDs filled with key PH tracks, and two live sets, one from their 1973 Hollywood Bowl show, and a previously unreleased live set from Bournemouth Winter Gardens from 1976.

The three DVDs contain well over three and a half hours of Procol Harum goodies with collections from BBC, Top of the Pops, and other appearances.

The music found on the sets are newly remastered, which is alone a classic reason to get the set. But the box will be blessed with a 68-page book with essays, photos, memorabilia, and a poster from a 1976 concert.

The Box is being called Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017. It is scheduled for release from Cherry Red/Esoteric Records on March 23, 2018.

Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017Procol Harum

CD1:
01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (A-side Single – 1967)
02. Homburg (A-side single – 1967)
03. Cerdes (Outside the Gates of)
04. Salad Days (Are Here Again)
05. Kaleidoscope
06. Repent Walpurgis
07. Understandably Blue [Recorded at Olympic Studios, London in July 1967]
08. Shine on Brightly
09. Quite Rightly So
10. Skip Softly My Moonbeams
11. A Salty Dog
12. The Devil Came from Kansas
13. Pilgrim’s Progress
14. The Milk of Human Kindness
15. Long Gone Geek (B-side single – 1969)
16. Whisky Train
17. Barnyard Story
18. Still There’ll Be More
19. Whaling Stories

CD2:
01. Simple Sister
02. Broken Barricades
03. Luskus Delph
04. Memorial Drive
05. Conquistador
06. In Held ‘Twas in I
a Glimpses of Nirvana
b ‘Twas Tea Time at the Circus
c In the Autumn of My Madness
d Look to Your Soul / Grand Finale
07. Grand Hotel
08. Robert’s Box
09. For Liquorice John
10. Souvenir of London
11. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
12. Nothing But the Truth
13. The Idol
14. The Thin End of the Wedge

CD3:
01. Beyond the Pale
02. As Strong as Samson
03. Pandora’s Box
04. The Unquiet Zone
05. Fool’s Gold
06. Typewriter Torment
07. Something Magic
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. Strangers in Space
10. Perpetual Motion
11. Holding On
12. An Old English Dream
13. This World is Rich (For Stephen Maboe)
14. The Emperor’s New Clothes
15. Can’t Say That
16. The Only One

CD4:
(Live at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & the Roger Wagner Chorale
Recorded 21st September 1973)
01. Sanctus
02. Broken Barricades
03. Simple Sister
04. A Christmas Camel
05. Toujours L’Amour
06. Grand Hotel
07. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
08. A Salty Dog
09. Conquistador
10. Grand Finale
11. TV Ceasar / Rule Britannia

CD5:
(Live at Bournemouth Winter Gardens
17th March 1976)
01. The Unquiet Zone
02. Beyond the Pale
03. Whaling Stories
04. All This and More
05. A Salty Dog
06. I Keep Forgetting
07. The Blue Danube
08. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) / Nothing But the Truth
09. A Whiter Shade of Pale

DVD1:
01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Top of the Pops)
02. Homburg (Beat Club)
03. Quite Rightly So (Beat Club)
04. A Salty Dog (Beat Club)
05. The Devil Came from Kansas (Beat Club)
06. Long Gone Geek (Beat Club)
[Beat Club Workshop]
07. Shine on Brightly
08. In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence
09. Still There’ll Be More
10. Pilgrim’s Progress
11. Quite Rightly So
12. Magdalene My Regal Zonophone
13. Power Failure
14. A Salty Dog
15. Simple Sister
16. In the Autumn of My Madness
Look to Your Soul
Grand Finale

DVD2:
[Complete Recording Session for Musikladen Radio Bremen – 1973]
01. Drunk Again
02. Grand Hotel
03. Conquistador
04. Bringing Home the Bacon
05. Too Much Between Us
06. Toujours L’Amour
07. Whaling Stories
08. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
09. Kaleidoscope

DVD3: 
01. Pandora’s Box (Top of the Pops)
[Sight and Sound In Concert – BBC-TV from The Hippodrome (London) March 12, 1977]
02. Something Magic
03. Conquistador
04. Nothing But the Truth
05. Strangers in Space
06. Grand Hotel
07. Pandora’s Box
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. The Mark of the Claw
10. Wizard Man
11. This Old Dog
12. A Whiter Shade of Pale

 

Two Wishbone Ash Album Sets Remastered and Expanded For 2018

Wishbone Ash had enjoyed a strong UK following all the way through their Twin Barrels Burning album, which was issued in 1982. It was followed up by 1985’s  Raw To The Bone. Both albums were released on independent labels as MCA had finished with the band after their Number The Brave album from 1981. For many, the band was still hitting on all cylinders even though they had adopted a familiar and saving ’80s metal sound to stay relevant for Raw To The Bone. Twin Barrels Burning still carried the evolved sounds from Number The Brave and is more reminiscent of the earlier band than Raw To The Bone is. Regardless, Wishbone Ash, admirably helmed by Andy Powell, eventually struggled to maintain an existence with multiple lineups that included the original four for IRS Records (Nouveau Calls – 1987, Hear To Hear – 1989).

Twin Barrels Burning, and Raw To The Bone both disappeared to relative obscurity, forgotten to time, if not for devoted fans, then to the changing times.

On the 19th of December, PledgeMusic will release in limited numbers both classic Wishbone Ash albums in newly remastered and amply expanded editions. After this, Cherry Red Records will be releasing these to the marketplace on wider release, planned for February 2 of 2018. All issues are from the UK and will need importation to the US.

Twin Barrels Burning will be issued in a 2CD package. Not only is the original music remastered, there will be inclusion of three sessions outtakes (“Cat And Dog Fight”, “Go For The Gold”, “Night Hawker”), and the desired American remixes of the original UK album in re-sequenced manner.

Raw To The Bone will also be issued in a 2CD package. The original CD will include the original ten-track album, with the add of five bonus tracks, one from the original 1985 sessions (“She’s Still Alive”), and four from a subsequent 1986 recording session (“Apocalypso”, “Valley of Tears”, “Nkomo”, “Talk To Me”). The added CD will include eight live performance tracks, four from The Friday Rock Show (“Long Live The Night”, “Cell of Fame”, “Love In Blue”, “People In Motion”), and four Live At Hammersmith broadcast from BBC radio (“Living Proof”, “Cell of Fame”, “The King Will Come”, “Blowin’ Free”).

Both titles will also be made available on picture disc vinyl, and two 2CD set bundles via Pledge Music (here).

2CD 30th Anniversary Edition of Carly Simon 1987 Classic, Coming Around Again

Carly Simon has an impressive catalog of twenty-three studio albums including Never Been Gone, an acoustic re-record of her classic hits. A few years back, it was noted that she signed a deal that included her current catalog (as far as I understand). With that announcement, I had a lot of hope that there would be magnificent editions of her great albums including No Secrets, Anticipation, and her self-titled album that started it all off with “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”. Of course, none of that came to fruition. For whatever reasons, Never Been Gone was the last album we received. That was back in 2009…eight long years ago. But…

On October 27, Hot Shot Records, a division of UK’s great Cherry Red Records’ umbrella labels, will release a 2CD 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Coming Around Again. Coming Around Again was responsible for a resurgence of interest in Carly Simon after a steady decline of sales over five releases (Spy – 1979, Come Upstairs – 1980, Torch – 1981, Hello Big Man – 1983, and Spoiled Girl – 1985). Coming Around Again, a clever title for the unexpected resurgence, was released in 1987 on a new label (Arista Records), and gave her a well-deserved platinum record with two Grammy noms to go along with it.

The album generated four strong singles (“Coming Around Again”, “Give Me All Night”, “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of”, “All I Want Is You”) that, along with a televised live special from Martha’s Vineyard, gained a new fanbase. (I should know as this edition of Carly Simon won the attention of my daughter, who may have played the CD more than I had!) The album also received strong FM play of”Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night)”.

This new 30th Anniversary Edition will feature new remastering, six bonus studio cuts, and eleven live performance tracks (see list below). An interview with Carly Simon is included.

Coming Around Again (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) – Carly Simon

CD1 (Original Album, Bonus Track Inclusions):
01. Coming Around Again
02. Give Me All Night
03. As Time Goes By
04. Do the Walls Come Down
05. It Should Have Been Me
06. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of
07. Two Hot Girls (On a Hot Summer Night)
08. You Have to Hurt
09. All I Want Is You
10. Hold What You’ve Got
11. Itsy Bitsy Spider
Bonus Tracks
12. Raining
13. The Wives Are in Connecticut
14. If It Wasn’t Love (From “Nothing in Common”)
15. Let the River Run (From “Working Girl”)
16. Sleight of Hand
17. Give Me All Night (12″ Extended Remix)

CD2 (Live: Carly in Concert – Coming Around Again):
01. Nobody Does It Better
02. You’re So Vain
03. It Happens Everyday
04. Anticipation
05. The Right Thing to Do
06. Do the Walls Come Down
07. You Belong to Me
08. Two Hot Girls (On a Hot Summer Night)
09. All I Want Is You
10. Coming Around Again/Itsy Bitsy Spider
11. Never Been Gone

 

Big Country Immortalized In 5CD Collected Live Bootlegs Box (UK)

Bundled into the arrival of post-punk bands onto us musical landscape back in the early ’80s, Big Country brought a blend of Scottish folk into their decidedly post-punk compositions. From the release of their first album, The Crossing, they had the rapt attention of fans. The album contained the band’s Top40 hit, “In A Big Country”, as well as their earlier released single, “Harvest Home”, pre-The Crossing. (The late ’70s, early to mid ’80s were a fun, fun time. With Rock music in a clear and decisive musical change, many facets of the business were explored with a wealth of singles being released that were non-album. Not only that, fan clubs were massive with exclusivity and other rarities.If you loved a band, there were many ways to involve yourself.)

Unfortunately, Big Country began to lose their sales shine not long after their debut album. Steeltown arrived in 1984, followed by The Seer in 1986. That’s not to say – at all – that these albums were less than the original promised. They were musically as strong as the their promise offered. What happened was a strong crush of important and unavoidable bands stole proper attention. They released Peace In Our Time in 1988. Over time, the band would release six more albums, the last two without Stuart Adamson, one of the band’s important pieces. The res is, as they say, history.

Big Country still has a cult of fans. No surprise given the quality of songs they produced.

On November 24, the UK label, Cherry Red will release a 5CD set of collected live performance tracks to be called We’re Not In Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998). As figured from the strength of their studio recordings, Big Country was a live band to enjoy. The 5CD Box will chronicle Big Country’s live shows with Stuart Adamson, still much a vital and essential part of the DNA of the band. After their initial release of their ’80s classics, the band still toured in promotion of released albums. On this set, five shows are represented. In it you will hear sets from First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN (11/06/1993), Glascow Tower Records (06/23/1995), Stirling at the Macrobert Centre in Stirling, Scotland (04/29/1994), Rotterdam Rotown in the Netherlands (08/28/1995), Tappie Toories in Dunfermline, Scotland, (05/24/1998), and a single track (“Daydream Believer”) in Royal Tunbridge Wells at High Rocks (England) (06/09/1995).

The notes in the booklet contain an interview with Bruce Watson and Tony Butler.

We’re Not In Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998)Big Country

CD1 (First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN USA 06/11/1993):
01. ALL GO TOGETHER
02. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
03. LOOK AWAY
04. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING FOR
05. CHESTER’S FARM
06. WONDERLAND
07. PINK MARSHMALLOW MOON
08. SHIPS
09. LONG WAY HOME
10. ALONE
11. THE ONE I LOVE
12. IN A BIG COUNTRY

CD2 (First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN USA 06/11/1993; Tower Records – Glasgow, Scotland 06/23/1995):

[MINNEAPOLIS (06/11/93)]
01. CHANCE
02. LOST PATROL
03. DON’T FEAR THE REAPER
04. HEY HEY, MY MY

[GLASGOW TOWER RECORDS (06/23/95)]
05. YOU DREAMER
06. LOOK AWAY
07. I’M NOT ASHAMED
08. ONE IN A MILLION
09. SEND YOU
10. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
11. HEY HEY, MY MY
12. ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD

CD3 (Macrobert Centre – Stirling, Scotland 04/29/1994):

01. ALL GO TOGETHER
02. HARVEST HOME
03. KING OF EMOTION
04. LOOK AWAY
05. THIRTEEN VALLEYS
06. ONE GREAT THING
07. WINTER SKY
08. LONG WAY HOME
09. SHIPS
10. THE STORM
11. EVERYTHING I NEED
12. RIVER OF HOPE
13. JUST A SHADOW
14. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
15. COME BACK TO ME

CD4 (Macrobert Centre – Stirling, Scotland 04/29/1994; Rotterdam Rotown – Rotterdam, Netherlands 08/28/1995):

[STIRLING (04/29/94)]
01. PEACE IN OUR TIME
02. IN A BIG COUNTRY
03. CHANCE
04. ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD
05. DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

[ROTTERDAM ROTOWN (08/28/95)]
06. INTRODUCTION BY MARK
07. ALL GO TOGETHER #1
08. ALL GO TOGETHER #2
09. YOU DREAMER
10. LOOK AWAY
11. SHIPS
12. I’M NOT ASHAMED
13. JUST A SHADOW
14. LONG WAY HOME
15. THE STORM
16. THIRTEEN VALLEYS

CD5 (Rotterdam Rotown – Rotterdam, Netherlands 08/28/1995; Tappie Toories – Dumfermline, Scotland 05/24/1998; High Rocks – Royal Tunbridge Wells, England 06/09/1995):

[ROTTERDAM ROTOWN (08/28/95)]
01. DON’T FEAR THE REAPER
02. WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS
03. IN A BIG COUNTRY
04. PEACE IN OUR TIME
05. FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU
06. ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD
07. CHANCE
08. TRACKS OF MY TEARS

[TAPPIE TOORIES (05/24/98)]
09. YOU DREAMER
10. LOOK AWAY
11. CHANCE
12. IN A BIG COUNTRY

[TUNBRIDGE WELLS HIGH ROCKS (09/06/95)]
13. DAYDREAM BELIEVER

 

New Barclay James Harvest Reissue Of Octoberon Planned For July

One of Rock’s more shamefully underrated bands are Barclay James Harvest. Originating in the late ’60s, when many of the English prog bands were starting to take root, BJH showcased an admirable ability to produce compelling and listenable music. Their first album, the S/T album gave the band their first official foray in recorded music, and helped to establish them with a core of fans. By 1976, BJH had amassed a strong collection of albums that include one of my favorites, Octoberon,

Octoberon was issued between Time Honoured Ghosts (1975), and Gone To Earth (1977). Both of those albums were excellent inclusions and Octoberon was no different. Therefore, it’s great news to discover that Esoteric Records will revisit Octoberon with a new Stereo remaster and 5.1 Surround mix. And let’s not forget the reputation of Esoteric to uncover sessions-based extras to expand on the album.

On July 21, Esoteric will release a 2CD/1DVD Deluxe Edition of Octoberon that will feature music worked on from the original masters. To further the definitive nature of this album, another in the long list of revisited BJH titles undertaken by the label, the DVD will feature films from this important timeframe as well as new Stereo mixes and high audio upgrades (see list below).

Along with this set will be a booklet with new liner notes, more photos, and restored classic artwork.

Octoberon – Barclay James Harvest

CD1 (24-bit remastered STEREO)
01. The World Goes On
02. May Day
03. Ra
04. Rock N’ Roll Star
05. Polk Street Rag
06. Believe In Me
07. Suicide?
Bonus Tracks
08. Ra (1st Mix)
09. Rock N’ Roll Star (1st Mix)
10. Polk Street Rag (1st Mix)
11.Suicide? (1st Mix)

CD2: (New STEREO Mix)

01. The World Goes On
02. May Day
03. Ra
04. Rock N’ Roll Star
05. Polk Street Rag
06. Believe In Me
07. Suicide?
Bonus Tracks
08. Rock N’ Roll Star (Marquee Studios Version)
09. May Day (Version with Alternate Intro)

DVD (New 5.1 Surround Mix / 96kHz-24-bit STEREO Mix / 96kHz/24-bit Original Mix)

01. The World Goes On
02. May Day
03. Ra
04. Rock N’ Roll Star
05. Polk Street Rag
06. Believe In Me
07. Suicide?
Bonus Track
08 – May Day (Version with Alternate Intro)

VIDEO
Two Octoberon Promo BBC Old Grey Whistle Test videos:
09. Rock N’ Roll Star
10.The World Goes On

 

2CD Deluxe Edition of Falling Forward by Julia Fordham Planned For April

Some decades back, when Julia Fordham released her otherworldly “Happy Ever After”, she found herself at the adulation of a UK audience. It’s not a surprise as her eponymous debut album delivered four UK hit singles, one of them the haunting, pond-crossing “Happy Ever After” song about South Africa (hear for yourself below). Since that debut, Julia Fordham, with an enchanting voice, went on to release more than ten original studio albums. Four of them were charting hits in the UK. One of them was Falling Forward.

Falling Forward was released in 1994 and reached #21 on the UK charts. In addition to performing successfully as an album, it generated three singles, also in the UK market. Of course, if you were a US fan, adoring from across the waters however you could, then you’re well aware of the incredible and memorable talent Julia Fordham can boast of, and the many singles that encouraged collection sets.

Previously, Cherry Pop Records, a division of the extraordinary label, Cherry Red, has remastered and expanded on her previous three early career classics with 2CD Deluxe Editions (Julia Fordham – 1988, reissued on 01/29/2016; Porcelain – 1989, reissued on 06/17/2013; Swept – 1991, reissued on 06/17/2013). They’re about to reissue a 2CD Deluxe Edition of Falling Forward.

On April 28, the 2CD remastered and expanded Falling Forward will feature the original 11-track gem, and boost the weight with another 16 bonus tracks that include B-sides, single edits, alternate versions, and remixes, of which there were many (see track-list below). The included booklet will feature 20 pages of new liner notes, a detailed discography, photos, and track by track annotations by Julia herself.

Julia Fordham is one with a captivating voice. Certainly one that you’ll not forget over time. I’ve included “Falling Forward” from this album in the embedded videos below, and the classic “Happy Ever After” (crazily non-synced audio to video. Sorry ’bout that! Enjoy nevertheless!)

Falling Forward (2CD Deluxe Edition) – Julia Fordham

CD1:
1. I Can’t Help Myself
2. Caged Bird
3. Falling Forward
4. River
5. Blue Sky
6. Different Time, Different Place
7. Threadbare
8. Love and Forgiveness
9. Honeymoon
10. Hope, Prayer and Time
11. Safe
12. I Can’t Help Myself (Stent Edit)
13. Please Forgive Me
14. Promises Promises
15. Only Human
16. Chaos
17. Pocket Days

CD2:
1. Different Time, Different Place (Alternate Version)
2. Safe(Alternate Version)
3. Honeymoon (Alternate Version)
4. I Can’t Help Myself (Original Edit)
5. I Can’t Help Myself (Stent 12″ Mix)
6. I Can’t Help Myself (Stent Alternate Mix)
7. I Can’t Help Myself (Smith And Mighty Slow Mix)
8. Falling Forward (Live)
9. Threadbare (Live)
10. Girlfriend (Live)

 

Can I Have My Money Back, the 1971 Solo Album by Gerry Rafferty To be Remastered and Expanded

Gerry Rafferty is known by his haunting “Baker Street” song, along with its memorable and vibrant saxophone. But he is not defined by that song. In fact, he had his first recognition with “Stuck In The Middle With You”, a song he recorded during his time with the Stealer’s Wheel band. It was after the Stealer’s Wheel stint that Gerry Rafferty drew serious attention to his solo music starting with his magnificent City To City album. That 1978 release rose up the charts after “Baker Street”, “Right Down The Line”, and to a lesser extent, “Home And Dry”, drew world-wide attention to the album.

But it wasn’t his first solo offering. That was Can I Have My Money Back?, issued before his Stealer’s Wheel years. It was released in 1971 and didn’t make much of an initial dent but drew more interest after his success.

On February 24, UK label Esoteric Recordings will reissue Can I Have My Money Back? with a newly remastered sound, and a slightly expanded set with one bonus track. The extra song is “So Bad Thinking”, which was a B-side to the single featuring “Can I Have My Money Back?”. The artwork to the album has been restored from the original album. The new booklet will include a new essay and liner notes.

Yay, Cherry Red!

3CD Spencer Davis Group Box, Taking Out Time: Complete Recordings 1967-1969

Spencer Davis Group Taking Out Time Complete Recordings 1967-1969Spencer Davis Group was a vital and influential part of the ’60s. With their singles and classic bluesy blend of Rock and Roll, they managed to make a bit of a mark on the radio, especially with their “Gimme Some Lovin'” hit. That song was followed by “I’m A Man”. Both of those songs are the best remembered by a US audience, although the UK audience appreciated them far more by sending ten of their songs to the Top 40 charts with two of them charting at number one (NOT “I’m A Man” nor “Gimme Some Lovin'”). Unfortunately, as good as this band was, it would not last too long as Steve Winwood would leave to go to Traffic (and enjoy some solo success afterwards). But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t leave behind some great music that many of us haven’t really heard yet. With this new era of music upon us, and many of us looking back, this is a great time to explore further than we could have possibly done (what with all of the great music being released on a weekly basis back in the ‘6os. Really!)

On August 19, RPM Records, via Cherry Red Records (UK) will release a 3CD Box of Spencer Davis Group songs. The 3CDs will house 68 tracks that do not have any of the Winwood brothers on them. That first edition was a short-lived band. Their replacements were Phil Sawyer, and Eddie Hardin. Together, they recorded some excellent tunes like “Time Seller”. Eventually, Sawyer would leave and be replaced by Ray Fenwick. And while this doesn’t spell the absolute ending of this band, they weren’t as resilient as we might have liked them to be. But, they created some great songs!

This Box, Taking Out Time: Complete Recordings 1967-1969, will feature music from the band until their demise. CD1 begins with “Time Seller” and moves through a range of recorded songs by the next iteration. CD2 provides the band’s 1969 album, Funky, which showcased Nigel Olssen, and Dee Murray before their departure to Elton John, and a host of other notable tracks. CD3 highlights unreleased BBC sessions tracks, rarities, interview segments, alternative versions, and other interesting live performance tracks.

Taking Out Time will be housed in a clamshell-styled box, with a richly detailed booklet with photos, new notes, and memorabilia from this particular point in time of The Spencer Davis Group.

This is an archival piece dedicated to the solid Spencer Davis Group fan and fans of its expanded Rock tree. While it doesn’t showcase any Winwood years material, itt captures the rest easily.

CD1:
01. Time Seller
02. Don’t Want You No More
03. Taking Time Out
04. Every Little Thing
05. Virginals Dream
06. Looking Back
07. Picture of Her
08. Just Like Me
09. Possession
10. Mr. Second Class
11. Sanity Inspector
12. After Tea
13. Moonshine
14. With His New Face on
15. Mr. Second Class
16. Alec in Transitland
17. Sanity Inspector
18. Feel Your Way
19. Morning Sun
20. Moonshine
21. Don’t Want You No More
22. Time Seller
23. Stop Me, I’m Falling
24. After Tea

CD2:
01. (Aquarius) Der Wassermann
02. Let the Sun Shine in
03. Short Change
04. Picture of Heaven
05. I Met a Woman
06. Letters from Edith
07. Raintree River
08. What a Way to Die
09. Firefly (Alias Funky)
10. Magical Day
11. I Guess I’m Wasting My Time
12. Misguided (Alias Poor Misguided Woman)
13. And the Gods Came Down
14. New Hersey Turnpike
15. Magpie (the Murgatroyd Band)
16. Twice a Week (the Murgatroyd Band)
17. I’m Lost
18. Pools Winner
19. Groove Extra
20. The Girls Song
21. Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine in (Demo)
22. Feel Your Way (Backing Track)

CD3:
01. Feel Your Way
02. Morning Sun
03. Taking Out Time
04. Picture of Her
05. Just Like Me
06. Possession
07. Don’t Want You No More (18.12.67)
08. Interview (18.12.67)
09. Mr. Second Class (18.12.67)
10. Time Seller (18.12.67)
11. Feel Your Way (17.1.68 )
12. Taking Out Time (17.1.68 )
13. Time Seller (17.1.68 )
14. Moonshine ( 11.3.68 )
15. Interview ( 11.3.68 )
16. After Tea ( 11.3.68 )
17. Feel Your Way ( 11.3.68 )
18. Dust My Blues ( 24.6.68 )
19. Interview ( 24.6.68 )
20. With His Face on ( 24.6.68 )
21. Mr Second Class ( 24.6.68 )
22. Dust My Blues