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TAPSheet: Release Notes – December 31, 2015

Rhino Records have a vinyl reissue of Into The Music (1979) by Van Morrison planned for release on February 28, 2016.

Van Morrison Into the Music

ORG Music will release Rockin’ The Suburbs, the 2001 Ben Folds issue, on 180g-weight, 2LP vinyl. This reissue is set for February 26.

Bearsville Records will release a 13CD Box, Todd Rundgren: The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection, on February 26.

Todd Rundgren Complete Bearsvill Records Collection.

 

Napalm Records have the latest by Greenleaf, Rise Above The Meadow, set for February 26. This title is being released on CD, DD, and a 2LP set with a 16-page LP-sized booklet included. If you enjoy The Sword, or Queens Of The Stone Age, then you should really investigate Greenleaf. They might become a favorite.

Greenleaf

Frontiers Records will release Rocket Science by Rick Springfield on February 19.

Maranatha! Music plan the release of Top 25 Praise Songs Of All Time on a 2CD set, scheduled for January 12.

Alligator Records will offer God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, on CD and vinyl LP, with a calendar date of February 26. This album is a collection of artists covering the songs of this important bluesman. The artists include Tom Waits, Sinead O’Connor, Cowboy Junkies, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Lucinda Williams, and Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.

ALCD 4968
ALCD 4968

Rhino and Parlophone team to present a 4LP, 180g-weight vinyl Box set of Bowie At the Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions ’68-’72. It’s planned for February 26.

On February 23, Rhino and Parlophone will reissue Space Ritual, the 1973 Live 2LP set by Hawkwind on 180g-weight 2LP vinyl. Also planned by the labels is a 2LP, 180g-weight vinyl reissue of Living In The Past (1972) by Jethro Tull, same date.

Rhino will reissue Bona Drag (1990) by Morrissey on 180g-weight 2LP, planned for February 23.

Anti/Epitaph will release new music by Mavis Staples on a new CD called Livin’ On A High Note. The album will feature twelve new songs written exclusively for Mavis Staples by luminaries like Neko Case, Ben Harper, Nick Cave, and others. There will be an HBO documentary special, Mavis!, on February 20. Livin’ On A High Note will release on CD on February 19, while the vinyl LP version is scheduled for April 1.

Mavis Staples Livin' On A High Note

RCA Records will release a ‘best of’ for Daughtry on February 12. The compilation is tentatively titled Greatest Hits awaiting the actual title, which is to be determined.

Modular Records will release Yes, I’m A Witch Too, by Yoko Ono, scheduling the album for March 4. This album is an All-Star collaboration set that follows up her 2007 covers set, Yes, I’m A Witch. Artists joining Yoko Ono for this set will be Sparks, Death Cab for Cuties, Sean Lennon, and others.

Omnivore Records plan a 4CD collection featuring the music of Buck Owens, which will be called Buck ‘Em: The Music Of Buck Owens – Volumes One and Two. (Buck ‘Em? Really?). This 4CD Box will offer 100 tracks from 1955-1967. It’s slated for release on February 19.

Buck Owens - Buck 'Em!

Ignition Records will release the new album by The Coral to be called Distance Inbetween. It is expected to be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP, all on the calendar for March 4.

Interscope Records have the new album by The 1975 on the board for February 26. The new album is expected on CD and DD. It is being called I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

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Wynonna & The Big Noise (Wynonna Judd) will be releasing their new album on February 12. The new album is called a self-titled effort.

Wynonna And The Big Noise

Roadrunner Records have The Astonishing by Dream Theater presented in a 2CD edition on January 29.

Dream Theater The Astonishing

Flashback Records will offer a 5CD Original Album Series for Ride offering bare-bones selections of Smile (1990 – Compilation), Nowhere (1990), Going Blank Again (1992), Carnival Of Light (1994), and Tarantula (1996).

 

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

Reissue Of Hawkwind Collection, Space Chase 1980-1985 Set For December

Hawkwind Space Chase 1980-1985Hawkwind explored the outer regions of Rock and Roll with its hard-edged style. Their sound kept them quite interesting with its spacey approach. And with a luminary like Lemmy Kilmister once in the lineup, better focus was provided the band, especially after his departure and eventual formation of Mötörhead. Hawkwind favored a space theme, bending and twisting guitars to create wails, echos, and whistles in longer than normal time frames for songs.

Hawkwind has never been forgotten. In fact, they have been anthologized many times, with pin-point approaches to their music during various periods of their existence.

On December 1, Caroline Records will re-pack the reissue of the 2011 single CD collectible that brought together fifteen tracks from their early ’80s albums that include Levitation (1980), Sonic Attack (1981), Choose Your Masques (1982), and The Chronicle of The Black Sword (1985). The box will add in a nice 50-page booklet along with a poster.

The 2011 collection is called Space Chase 1980-1985.

Space Chase 1980-1985 Track-list

01. Levitation
02. Motor Way City
03. World of Tiers
04. Space Chase
05. Shot Down In The Night (Single Version)
06. Rocky Paths
07. Angels of Death
08. Living On A Knife Edge
09. Nuclear Drive
10. Choose Your Masques
11. Silver Machine (1982 Single Version)
12. Waiting For Tomorrow
13. Dragons & Fables
14. The Sea King
15. Needle Gun

 

Review: Space Gypsy – Nik Turner

NikTurnerSpaceGypsyAt 73, Nik Turner still can turn in a marvelous piece of musical genius.  No stranger to space rock, a loved musical style of the ’60s, and early ’70s, he fully understands what it takes to create a jazz-infused rock set.  And no wonder.

Nik Turner spent years as a strong part of Hawkwind, the celebrated space rock pioneers.  Utilizing Turner’s ability to play saxophones and flutes, they injected his, at-times cacophonous, at-times achingly beautiful styles, into their harder-edged rock to produce a unique, and intriguing sound that was often a hallmark of the band.

Turner also engaged in solo projects, this release being one of them.  Decades ago, he implemented his talents into Sphynx, getting help from all quarters including the legendary Steve Hillage (who lends himself on “Anti-Matter” from this new album).  As recently as the new millennium, Turner started Space Ritual, a collection of past Hawkwind members essentially making Space Ritual a side-project AND a Turner solo effort at the same time.  They played a collection of Hawkwind classics mixing in original compositions.

On this new issue by Nik Turner, an album called Space Gypsy, there resides a fantastic collection of collaborative original compositions, each song brilliant in its own right.  Collectively, the album stands as a bright spot for purveyors of progressive space rock.  Even the cover hails back to some of the great artwork that have adorned past space rock album classics.

Amazingly, the songs here flow from one to the other very well, which makes an excellent argument for good sequencing.  This band works beautifully together to set the stage that you’ll find yourself a part of, time and again, while you listen to Space Gypsy.

The whole of Space Gypsy is filled with Moog synths, Mellotron, electric guitars, Turner’s flute and sax, and superb drumming and bass guitar work.  There’s even some haunting violin.  Turner’s still able vocals ties it all together to help create what is possibly the standout progressive album of the year.

If you love Progressive music, especially the sub-genre of Space Rock, you would be remiss to ignore Space Gypsy.  This album proves that excellence in music doesn’t have to end or be compromised.  Nik Turner is a musical genius.

Release Date: September 24, 2013
Label: Purple Pyramid Records
Website
Availability: CD, LP

–Matt Rowe