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TAPSheet: Vinyl Release Notes – 05/05/2015

Vinyl reissues continue to be the upsurge in new releases. Even if there are no expectations laid out for a CD update of any given title, it seems that a vinyl issue can be had regardless. (Do NOT take bad heart, CD fans, it’s just hard to ignore the cool titles coming to vinyl these days.) And so:

On July 17, Rhino and Parlophone will meet to re-release three great titles that include Vienna (1980) by Ultravox, Space Ritual (1973) by Hawkwind, and Room To Roam (1990) by The Waterboys. All LPs are cut at the 180g weight. Space Ritual will be a 2LP set.

Ultravox Vienna

Curb Records will re-release the soundtrack to the Peter Fonda/Susan Strasberg film from 1968, The Trip, which contained music from The Electric Flag. It’s scheduled for July 10. This issue will contain a download card for the digital files, as well as an insert.

Electric Flag The Trip ST

On June 23, Friday Music will surprise us with a remastered LP of Mr Tambourine Man by The Byrds. It joins their previously reissued vinyl sets for Turn! Turn! Turn!, The Byrds’ Greatest Hits, and The Ballad Of Easy Rider. And like those previous LP reissues, Mr Tambourine Man will be pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. The real cool thing about this one i that it will be issued on clear vinyl.

Byrds Mr Tambourine Man

Friday Music will also reissue a remastered LP set for Heathen, the 2002 David Bowie release. In addition to the usual 180-weight vinyl, the title will be pressed on translucent blue vinyl, and will be housed in a tri-fold jacket. It is set for release on June 23.

David Bowie Heathen

And, as if that wasn’t enough goodness from Friday Music, they plan a reissue of Chicago Transit Authority (1969) by Chicago, scheduling for the same busy June 23 issue date.

On June 16, Partisan Records will release an “Indie Exclusive” issue of the upcoming Restless Ones by Heartless Bastards. It is restricted to only 1000 copies worldwide. My guess is that this will sport only the Partisan Records label without any indication of a Warner Music afiliation. Needless to say, if that is what you want, there will only be 1000. And while that may sound like a lot, you have to remember that Heartless Bastards is now a big name as a band.

Heartless Bastards Restless Ones

One of my all-time favorite sound tracks is One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Jack Nitzsche. The re-released vinyl is coming from its original label, Fantasy Records, planned for June 23.

One-Flew-Over-the-Cuckoos-Nest Nitzsche

Rhino To Reissue 2CD Chicago – Live In ’75, In February

Chicago Live In 1975Chicago formed back in 1967 and gained immediate success with their Jazz/Rock blends. The first album, Chicago Transit Authority, delivered three strong singles in “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Beginnings”, and “Questions 67 and 68”, joining nine other great songs over four sides. From there, they experimented with their political leanings, a musical exploration that eventually settled on soft Top 10 Pop tracks. By 1975, they have released eight magnificent sets that contributed well over nine singles including my personal favorite (and their most political), “Dialogue, Pts 1 and 2”.

The music of Chicago is still a marketing powerhouse. Over the years, Rhino Records has revisited their classics with new remastering and additional offerings. On February 17, Rhino will revisit the band in one of their successful places, the stage. The band has released four successful live sets beginning with the massive eight-sided album, Chicago At Carnegie Hall (Chicago IV) in 1971. Their last official offering was Chicago – Live In ’75 (Chicago XXXIV), released in 2011 via Rhino’s specialty division Rhino Handmade. Live In ’75 delivered 25 tracks over several discs and covered ground through their Chicago VIII album.

Live In ’75, was recorded in Largo, MD on June 24-26, 1975 at the Capital Centre. Live In ’75 will be resurrected for a larger release via Rhino on February 17. The set will be reissued on 2CDs.



[UPDATE] Chicago To Release New Album, NOW – Chicago XXXVI, In July

ChicagoNowXXXVI[UPDATE: Date change in bold below]

Few bands hang out for the long haul.  In fact, many of our great bands from the ’60s have gone away. There are, of course, a few from the ’70s still persevering.  But then there’s Chicago.

Chicago (the band) showed up in 1969 with their 2LP debut on Columbia Records.  That album wasted no time, no time at all crawling into the consciousness of fans with three huge Top10 hits that included “Beginnings”, “Does anybody Really Know What Time It Is”, and “Questions 67 and 68”. After that, Chicago Transit Authority (later shortened to Chicago), would steadily climb charts with their subsequent albums, using a numerical naming convention for each.  Many of those albums generated their own Top10 hits.

Even after losing the important Terry Kath, the jazz-infused Pop band persevered. Today, the band has a whopping 35 albums in their magnificent catalog. (My personal favorite is Chicago V. Oh, you have one too? Discuss!)

Oh wait! Let’s make that thirty-six albums to their credit because Chicago will be releasing their new album, NOW – Chicago XXXVI, on July 4th July 8th via Frontiers Records.  The new album has eleven new excellent songs on it, which you can already preview at the link provided.  And with what I’ve heard, I am extremely excited!

NOW – Chicago XXXVI will be available in four different physical packages that include a single CD issue, with  standard MP3 download availability to go with it.  The next is also a single CD issue but instead of MP3, there will be a choice of a higher definition format that includes FLAC, WAV, AIFF, or ALAC, all in 96kHz/24-bit digital.  After that, you have other choices that include the single CD with a NOW T-shirt inclusion, and an all-inclusive Deluxe Edition that includes the single CD, a NOW t-shirt, a NOW poster, a NOW coffee mug, and your choice of the high definition digital files.


All CD sets are housed in a six-panel case, along with a 16-page booklet with lyrics, and automatic entry into a drawing that could land you a ‘Meet and Greet’ at a concert during their Summer 2014 Tour (pre-order for the contest). there will also be digital-only download availability in all formats mentioned previously.

Get all extra details at the new album’s website!