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Two Ron Wood ’70s Solo Albums To Reissue As 2CD Deluxe Sets

ronnie-wood-now-lookAn immediate rush of blood to the head comes once in a while in the reissue world of music. For me, it’s the news of 2CD Deluxe Editions of two Ron Wood (Jeff Beck Group/Faces/The Rolling Stones) classics that are revered among fans. Those two albums are I’ve Got My Own Album To Do (1974), and Now Look (1975).

I’ve Got My Own Album To Do (title inspired by a certain individual who had more interest in a solo career than recording the next album with Faces) was released with the help of Jagger, Richards, George Harrison, Ian McLagan, and Mick Taylor. This album was a labor of good help and love. As for me, I STILL play this regularly. It excites my senses to wonder what may be extra material in addition to the possible new remastering.

Now Look was even better. I was produced with most of the original contributors heard on the first album. Now Look entered the charts and hung around for a bit. With songs like “Breathe On Me”, “I Got Lost When I Found You”, and the title track, along with another eight excellent songs, Now Look is another great album that I still play a lot.

Both albums were released on the Warner Bros Records label. For these two 2CD Deluxe Editions, they are in the very capable hands of Friday Music. You can expect both on January 6.


I will update as I get more information. I have little doubt that they might be reissued as vinyl LP sets as well.



30th Anniversary CD Edition Of Santana Classic, Marathon, To Be Reissued In March

Santana MarathonSantana embodies the very essence of Rock and Roll since their arrival on the music frontier some fifty years ago. Since their debut, they have delivered a string of great guitar-based Rock throughout the flows of that time-frame (from then to now), sometimes as experimental solo efforts from Carlos Santana himself. Nevertheless, the classic Columbia albums recorded during Santana’s most influential periods are classic treasures.

Marathon is the band’s tenth studio release. It was released back in 1979. The single, “You Know That I Love You” reached Top40 status, even though it’s not as well remembered by most (unless you were a die-hard Santana fan). It subscribes to the changing elements of radio stability with the release of the single mentioned. Still, despite the few radio-destined songs that were specifically crafted for the media, Marathon also gave us great tracks like “Aqua Marine”, the short title song, and the underrated “Stand Up”.

On March 25, Friday Music will reissue a 30th Anniversary CD edition of Marathon that will be newly remastered for this milestone. There is no expansion of the album with bonus tracks, etc. A vinyl LP edition of  has already been released by Friday Music back in 2014.


The 3CD The Ultimate:Redux Tommy Bolin Box Comes Back In January

Tommy Bolin The Ultimate ReduxTommy Bolin was a guitarist of great skill that was gone far too soon. In his course, he left behind a few recorded legacies like his time with Deep Purple, James Gang, and his own solo releases. Of course, we’re more than happy to have his Teaser (1975) album, and its followup, Private Eyes (1976). But like all fans of every band and artists, we always wish for more.

On January 8, Friday Music will be re-releasing a newly remastered 3CD Box of collected demos, and selected live tracks, all from the Tommy Bolin Archives. The Box, The Ultimate: Redux was originally released in 2008. Currently, 2008 released copies are sold out, commanding a nice chunk of change from third party sellers.

The Ultimate: Redux contains thirty-one tracks (see track-list below) that cover a lot of musical ground. With everything included, it is a grand slot into the library of any Tommy Bolin albums you may have. There may be other pieces of Bolin goodness out there, but with this Box, we get a nice complement of the creative process that Tommy Bolin used.

The included booklet contains the 2007 essay by Steve Vai, and has plenty of great photos of the late guitarist. If you don;t have this set, and wanted it, nows your chance to pick it up at a good price, bypassing the current exorbitant rates being charged for the 2008 issued box.

01 Teaser (Acoustic Demo 1973)
02 Sister Andrea (Demo 1971)
03 Cross The River (Zephyr Live/Boulder, CO 1973)
04 Hard Chargin’ Woman (Zephyr Live/Boulder, CO 1973)
05 Red Skies (Energy 1972)
06 Heartlight (Energy 1972)
07 Hok-O-Hey (Energy 1972)
08 Got No Time For Trouble (Energy 1972)
09 Miss Christmas (Energy 1972)
10 Journey (Demo 1973)
11 Alexis (Acoustic Demo 1973)

01 Standing In The Rain (Acoustic Demo circa Bang)
02 Cucumber Jam (Early version of “Cucumber Slumber”)
03 Spanish Lover (Acoustic Demo circa Miami)
04 Stratus (Ebbets Field 1974)
05 Getting Tighter (Tommy Bolin Tribute/Denver, CO 1997)
06 Homeward Strut (Ebbets Field 1974)
07 Teaser (Tommy Bolin Band/First Time Live-Disc 2 version)
08 Wild Dogs (Early L.A. Demo 1974)
09 Dreamer (Early L.A. Demo 1974)

01 People, People (Tommy Bolin Band/Ebbets Field 1976)
02 Lotus (Tommy Bolin Band/Ebbets Field 1976)
03 Savannah Woman (Demo)
04 Crazed Fandango (Teaser Outtake 1975)
05 Sweet Burgundy (Acoustic Demo/Naked II)
06 Shake The Devil (Albany, NY 1976)
07 Someday Will Bring Our Love Home (Acoustic Demo/Naked I)
08 You Told Me That You Loved Me (Albany, NY 1976)
09 Post Toastee (Electric Guitar Demo/Naked I)
10 Post Toastee (Albany, NY 1976)
11 Slow Driver (Acoustic Version/Naked I)



Friday Music To Reissue Carole King Debut, Writer, In Remastered Edition

Writer - Carole KingIn what is our FIRST 2016 post, Friday Music will be gifting all Carole King fans with an audio update of the fine Carole King Ode debut, Writer. Writer was originally released in 1970, starting off the new path that Carole King would follow for decades – that of a solo artist rather than just that of a songwriter for other people’s recordings. Of course, after the release of her breakthrough second album, Tapestry in 1971, Carole King would be a sought after singer-songwriter, who could translate her songs perfectly.

On January 8 of 2016, Friday Music will reissue Writer, newly remastered by Joe Reagoso, who remasters most reissue works for the label.

This new reissue will offer a booklet with original artwork, period photographs, and notes. This Limited Edition CD will be housed in digi-pak packaging.

I’m pleased to see this coming our way!

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

Spanish Version of Eat ‘Em And Smile by David Lee Roth (Sonrisa Salveje) Reissued In June

David Lee Roth Sonrisa SalvejeDavid Lee Roth, widely known as one of the more crazier examples of excess in the Rock and Roll lifestyle, was larger than life. During his years with the emerging Van Halen, he elevated the position of frontman to a much higher level. With an overwhelming sense of swagger and more bravado than needed, Diamond Dave soon became a kind of textbook example for the hair bands of the ’80s. After his departure from Van Halen, he enjoyed a short-lived solo career, maybe as popular as the time with Van Halen. That started with the release of his 4-song EP, Crazy From The Heat, where he launched two big hits, “California Girls”, and “Just A Gigolo/Ain’t Got Nobody”. From there, he released two best-selling platinum albums, Eat ‘Em And Smile (1986), and Skyscraper (1988). He released A Little Ain’t Enough in 1991 to lesser success. Since, there has been three other albums.

On June 23, Friday Music will revisit a rarity, the long out of print Spanish version of Eat ‘Em And Smile, titled Sonrisa Salvaje. In this album, David Lee Roth re-recorded the vocals in Spanish in the hopes that the prime Spanish market would be ecstatic.  Sonrisa Salvaje will be reissued in a newly remastered set by house favorite, Joe Reagoso. The Edition will be limited so if you’re wanting one, be ready to buy.

The album’s original artwork will be included. There will not be any extra tracks outside the album’s original ten songs.

Also to be expected will be a CD issue of A Little Ain’t Enough. It is scheduled to reissue on the same date as Sonrisa Salveje. It, too, will feature brand new remastering (Joe Reagoso), and will issue as a Limited Edition set.

David Lee Roth A Little Ain't Enough

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 04/17/2015

Curb Records will release several 2CD collections in a series titled 35 Biggest Hits. There will be one for Tim McGraw, and one for Hank Williams Jr. Both are expected on June 16.

Friday Music will be issuing a Limited Edition 180g vinyl upgrade for classic Al Stewart Arista debut, Time Passages on June 9. The album jacket will be gatefold.

Sonic Boom Records will release a chronicling 21-track CD featuring live radio broadcast recordings from The Cramps. The CD will be called Coast To Coast. It is planned for June 9.

Cramps Coast To Coast

For other LP reissues, look to Rhino and Parlophone, who will re-release a 180g vinyl version of Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull on June 9.

Grateful Dead Productions will release a 2LP set of The Best Of The Grateful Dead: 1967-1977, on June 9. On the same date, the two labels will join to release a 180g vinyl edition of Fisherman’s Blues by The Waterboys. This Is The Sea (The Waterboys) is slated sooner on May 19.

Anti Records will release a Limited Edition 10″ vinyl edition of the new Mavis Staples set, Your Good Fortune, on June 9.

Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune


Frontiers Records have Indestructible by House of Lords coming on June 9.

Sharon Van Etten I Don't Want To Let You Down

Jagjaguwar Records have a 5-track Sharon Van Etten EP slated for June 9. The EP, called  will contain four songs, and a live version of “Tell Me” (demo’d on Tramp -2012), will be called I Don’t Want To Let You Down. Good news, indeed! Planned for CD, DD, and vinyl.

Also on June 9, Chrome Dreams will release a 2DVD set featuring Patti Smith from the formative NYC years. The set is called Hell Hath No Fury. Seems like a ‘must view’ set of films.

Patti Smith Hell Hath No Fury 2DVD


Rhino Records will release Jeff Beck Live + on May 4 on CD form. The live cuts here were taken from performances in 2014. The album will include two studio songs as well.

Next week, Rockbeat Records will release Irishman In New York, a 2CD Live set from 1979 featuring one of the greatest Rock guitarists in our history, Rory Gallagher. It’s planned for April 28.

Rory Gallagher Irishman In New York

Nonesuch Records will release The Traveling Kind by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell on May 12.

And if you’re intrigued by the thought of a blend of old school dance disco, jazz, and Top 40, then this girl, Roisin Murphy might do the trick. I have to say that she can put it together. Her newest album, her first in eight years, Hairless Toys, is planned for May 12.

Roisin Murphy Hairless Toys

And DO NOT forget that the long awaited audio upgrade of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer‘s classic, Trilogy, is scheduled for May 5.

ELP Trilogy


New Vinyl Reissues

With the popularity of vinyl LPs still ascending, there are many albums being revisited as LPs. Major labels, as well as many new independent bands are releasing their music in vinyl. Here’s a brief list of some that are being listed as coming over the next few months:

Friday Music will have a remastered reissue of the OMPS, La Bamba, featuring Los Lobos. This LP will be released on 180g vinyl and stored in a gate-fold jacket. It’s planned for March 17.

Also on March 17 and from Friday Music are Cold Spring Harbor, the 1971 Billy Joel album; the OMPS from Cocktail (1988), and Black Market, the 1976 Weather Report issue. All of these titles are remastered, pressed on 180g vinyl, and placed into gate-fold jackets.

On March 10, Friday Music will reissue Truth (1968) from Jeff Beck, and Past, Present and Future (1973), by Al Stewart. As in the previous reissues, they will be in gate-fold jackets, newly remastered, and pressed on 180g-weight vinyl.

Al Stewart Past Present And Future

On March 3, Friday Music will reissue Live Bootleg Series Volume 7 featuring Johnny Winter, and Blood, Sweat & Tears 3.

March 3 will also find Hillbilly Deluxe (1987) by Dwight Yoakam, reissued via Warner Music Nashville, on 180g vinyl LP.  Reprise Records will reissue Blood Mountain, the 2006 Mastodon album, on solid yellow, and transparent green vinyl.

February 24 will have Friday Music reissuing Live Bootleg Series Volume 10 by Johnny Winter. The label also has 3+3 by The Isley Brothers expected, pressed on translucent blue 180g vinyl.

Isley Brothers 3+3



Bette Midler Classic, Songs For The New Depression, Remastered For Limited Edition CD Release In July

BetteMidlerSongs For The New DepressionThe talented Bette Midler arrived on the radar with the release of her multi-hit platinum album, The Divine Miss M. That album contained the sultry cover of Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Want To Dance?”, and that song’s follow-up hit, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. That happened in 1972. Since, Bette Midler would deliver album after album to a captive audience, who would keep her busy.

Her self-titled Bette Midler album, seemingly a more proper introduction of her full name, would follow The Divine Miss M. Released in 1973, the under-appreciated Bette Midler album attempted a similar approach with a nice variety of cover tune that included a sweet and brilliant version of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”, and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark”. Of the album’s ten tracks, only “In The Mood” was issued as a single, carrying forward the style and weight of her “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” cover.

When she released her following album some three years after her eponymous second album, it proved to be a popular addition to Bette Midler’s catalog. Songs For the New Depression, issued in 1976, produced three singles that included her disco-styled dance cover of “Strangers In the Night”, a superb cover of Tom Waits’ “Shiver Me Timbers”, and a duet with Bob Dylan of Dylan’s own “Buckets Of Rain”. But Songs For The New Depression would not stop there. Her stunning cover of “I Don’t Want The Night To End” by Phoebe Snow would add more solid weight to the album.

Song For The New Depression would prove to be a strong addition, defining the power and charm of Bette Midler. Bette Midler would go on to more success as a singer, and dabble as an actress along the way. However, for me, it was her early entries that have all of my attention, this album being one of them. With participation by Rick Derringer, Dylan, Todd Rundgren, Utopia, The Brecker Brothers just to name a few, this is one of Bette Midler’s finest album.

On July 29, Friday Music will issue a new Reagoso remastered  Songs For The New Depression as a Limited Edition CD.  There are no added bonus tracks to round out the new set. the last remastering of the album was in 1995.

TAPSheet: Vinyl Release Notes – 05/30/2014 (US Report)

Some new vinyl LP reissues and releases that have made it to new calendars on labels are as follows:

Rhino and Parlophone will reissue Rio (1982) by Duran Duran on 2LP 180g vinyl LP, scheduling for July 22.

Duran duran Rio

10 spot Records have a 25th Anniversary LP repress of Nick Of Time by Bonnie Raitt on the calendar for June 24.

Fantasy Records will release several classic Jazz titles on vinyl LP for John Lee Hooker (The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker – 1959), John Coltrane (Bye Bye Blackbird – 1962), Cannonball Adderley/Milt Jackson (Things Are Getting Better – 1959), Chet Baker (Chet Baker In New York – 1959), Bill Evans (The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album – 1975), Blackbyrds (City Life – 1975), and The Dave Brubeck Quartet (Jazz At The College Of The Pacific – 1953). All LPs are slated for August 12.

Rhino and Parlophone have slated Barrett, the 1970 solo album by Syd Barrett for 180g LP treatment, setting it for reissue on July 1, along with Opel, a 1988 compilation effort, and The Madcap Laughs (1970).


Friday Music plans the 180g Limited Edition LP reissue of The Best Of The Spinners (1973), also on July 1.

Friday Music will also release a white vinyl edition of Live Bootleg – Special Edition featuring Johnny Winter, on July 1.

Capitol Records will release PAX-AM by Ryan Adams on August 19.

Rhino Records will reissue an expansive 3LP 180g Edition (2002 remix/remaster) of Concerto For Group And Orchestra, the 1969 Deep Purple set, slating it for reissue on July 1.

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Write Notes will reissue Journey To the Centre Of The Earth, the 1974 Rick Wakeman set, on both CD and 1809-weight vinyl LP.

Friday Music will reissue The Best Of Donny Hathaway (1978) on 180g vinyl, planned for July 15, with Extension Of A Man (1973) planned for 180g vinyl on July 22.

Original Recordings Group will release a vinyl LP edition of Stone Flower, the 1970 Antonio Carlos Jobim gem, planning for July 22.

Atlantic Records will reissue Straight Shooter, the 1975 Bad Company best-seller, on 180g vinyl LP, planned for July 1.

BadCompany straight shooter

Atlantic Records have Amazing Grace, the 1972 classic from Aretha Franklin, slated for 2LP 180g on July 22.

Mobile Fidelity will reissue The Stranger by Billy Joel on vinyl LP scheduling the remaster for June 24.

RCA/Legacy will reissue The Pink Panther (1964) by Henry Mancini on June 3.

ManciniPink Panther

Goofin Records will re-release the 1987 album from Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation, on June 24.