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Rhino UK To Reissue Seven Classic Stranglers Titles With Bonus Tracks

One of the great post-punk-era bands, The Stranglers, were not only quite successful in the UK, but in contrast, never gained one.single.ounce. of respect in the US. Their only US charting was a weak one (Dreamtime – 1986), but that’s not to say they did not have US fans, I am one of those proud and envious ones. Envious of the accessibility in the UK, I had virtually no one in this side of the pond to chat up The Stranglers with.

Their story is a good one and should be researched for the value. During their run, they released seventeen studio albums. Their first album, Rattus Norvegicus was released in 1977. It had two hit singles (“(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)”, and the memorable “Peaches”. It was considered one of the great UK Punk albums, and is still highly revered. Of course, there isn’t a bad Stranglers album. So, here’s great news:

On March 2, Rhino UK will reissue seven Stranglers classics in a Classic Collection series release. Those will be as follows:

  • Rattus Norvegicus (1977)
  • No More Heroes (1977)
  • Black and White (1978)
  • Live ( X Cert) [1979]
  • The Raven (1979)
  • The Gospel According To The Meninblack (1981)
  • La folie (1981)

Each of these reissues will bring alongside the original album, a collection of rarities, B-sides, and non-album singles. I have no word if these are remastered tracks. But I hope they are.  Some of the tracks were previously issued in previous reissues.

Bonus tracks will include:

Rattus Norvegicus:
10. Choosey Susie
11. Peasant In The Big Shitty – Live
12. Go Buddy Go – Other Side Of “Peaches”
13. Peaches – Airplay Version
14. Grip ’89 – (Get A) GRIP (On Yourself)
15. Grip ’89 – Grippin’ Stuff Mix 12”

No More Heroes:
12. Straighten Out – B-side of “Something Better Change” single
13. In The Shadows – B-side of “No More Heroes” single
14. 5 Minutes – Single
15. Rok It To The Moon – B-side of “5 Minutes” single
16. No More Heroes – Edit

Black And White:
13. Shut Up – B side of Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
14. Walk On By
15. Mean To Me
16. Tits – Live
17. Old Codger – B-side “Walk On By”
18. Svergie
19. Walk On By – Single Edit

Live (X Cert):
13. Down In The Sewer
14. Something Better Change
15. Bring On The Nubiles
16. Bitching
17. Peaches
18. Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
19. Ugly
20. London Lady

The Raven:
12. Fools Rush Out – B-side of Duchess
13. Yellowcakes UF6 – B-side of Nuclear Device (Wizard Of Aus)
14. In The Shadows – Live from Don’t Bring Harry EP
15. N’Emmenes Pas Harry – Single
16. Bear Cage – Single
17. Bear Cage – 12” Double A-Side

The Gospel According To The Meninblack:
11. Who Wants The World? – Single
12. The Meninblack (Waiting For ‘Em) – B-side of Who Wants The World?
13. Top Secret – B-side of Thrown Away
14. Maninwhite – B-side of Just Like Nothing On Earth
15. Vietnamerica – Non album track
16. Tomorrow Was The Hearafter – A-Side of Stranglers Information Service Single
17. G.m.b.H – Extended Version of Bear Cage which appeared on the US IRS album IV

La folie:
12. Vietnamerica – B side of Let Me Introduce You To The Family
13. Love 30 – B side of Golden Brown
14. Waltzinblack – B side of La Folie
15. Strange Little Girl – Single
16. Cruel Garden – B side of Strange Little Girl
17. You Hold The Key To My Love In Your Hands – From the La folie Sessions
18. La Folie – Edit

 

Review: IV – Black Mountain

Black Mountain IVClassic is the term you’re going to get from me when I wax favorably over IV. As you may know (or not), IV is the new album from Black Mountain.

Black Mountain has a charged recording history with excellent music that remembers and celebrates the music of the past era of Rock and Roll, namely the late ’60s, very early ’70s. These aren’t cover tunes. They’re originals that could easily have given any of the bands from that time frame a fit as Black Mountain would have challenged those genuises with potential high charters. There’s not a doubt in my mind that Black Mountain would have led the pack. They certainly do now.

However, in this day and age, the many of us time-displaced “ancients” are warmly receiving of the music of such a band. Black Mountain sounds like the psychedelic Rock that thrived. But there is a hint of several other bands including Black Sabbath, and Jefferson Airplane. Unmatched at vocals is the lovely and talented Amber Webber, whose shimmery vocals highlight everywhere she appears. The guitars are heavy, the drums and bass sure-footed, and the keyboards a strong display of classic Rock and Roll.

Black Mountain

IV contains ten new tracks, three of which exceed the 8-minute mark (YAY!). Those belong to the already released “Mothers Of The Sun: (see video below), “(Over And Over) The Chain”, and the album closer, “Space To Bakersfield”. The rest are still heft in time span with the least consuming is “Florian Saucer Attack”. In short, IV is a genuine classic that will sit well with their other classics, In The Future (2008), and Black Mountain (2005). And yes, I do love their Wilderness Heart from 2010. It just seems to fare less well than the other three. But that’s just me.

My suggestion is to waste little to no time to jump on this band’s wagon. With Amber Webber a part of the music, it just makes it all the more wondrous an experience. I just hope we don’t have to wait another six years before we get another Black Mountain release.

 

New Santana Album With Classic Early Lineup For April

SANTANA IV reunites legendary band lineup - new studio album out April 15, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/SANTANA)
SANTANA IV reunites legendary band lineup – new studio album out April 15, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/SANTANA)

When the band Santana made their debut into the stream of Rock and Roll, still in its infancy, back in 1969, they gave us “Evil Ways” from their magnificent first album. In short time, the band, named after Carlos Santana, delivered another album, Abraxas (1970), that provided “Oye Como Va”, the cover of Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman”, and an FM favorite, “Samba Pa Ti”. By 1971, the band had added the incredible guitar of Neal Schon (Journey), and released III. That album gave us “No One To Depend On”. And thus began the legend of Santana.

Now, I’m a big fan of III’s follow-up, Caravanserai (1972), and other subsequent albums from Santana. But with Caravanserai, a huge change in musical style had given us quite a different band than the first three albums would hint at. The rest is history.

Recently, we’ve been given great news that the band that helped make III will be reunited to make IV. IV is the next chapter in what can be called an expansive Santana career. It brings back Gregg Rolie (keyboards), Neal Schon (guitar), Michael Schrieve (drums), and Michael Carabello (percussion). Joining them will be current Santana band members, Karl Perazzo (percussion), and Benny Rietveld (bass). Vocalist Ronny Isley will guest on two tracks.

The new album, titled IV, to align itself with the classic three albums period, will be filled with sixteen new tracks. The first song from the album, “Anywhere You Want To Go” will be issued as a prelude to IV’s release, on February 5. The album itself is scheduled to be issued on April 15.

Here’s to waiting for what might become a classic! Here’s to IV!

IV – Santana

01 – Yambu
02 – Shake It
03 – Anywhere You Want To Go
04 – Fillmore East
05 – Love Makes The World Go Round (Feat: Ronald Isley)
06 – Freedom In Your Mind (Feat: Ronald Isley)
07 – Choo Choo
08 – All Aboard
09 – Suenos
10 – Caminando
11 – Blues Magic
12 – Echizo
13 – Leave Me Alone
14 – You And I
15 – Come as You Are
16 – Forgiveness

 

New Black Mountain Album, IV, Planned For April

Black Mountain IVEvery once in a while, I get excited over brand new music that’s not new remastering or remix or something. As some of you already know, I have a few new bands that I immensely enjoy! Black Mountain is one of them.

Their last new album was Wilderness Heart, which was released in 2010 (SIX years ago!). Previous to that were two genuine masterpieces, In The Future (2008), and the self-titled Black Mountain debut, issued in 2005.

Black Mountain originates from Vancouver and is comprised of Stephen McBean, Jeremy Schmidt, Brad Truax, Joshua Wells, and the beautiful and talented Amber Webber.

It is with great pleasure that I help to announce the arrival of their latest album, IV. IV is on the calendar for April 1 (a great 59th birthday gift for me as my birthday follows on April 2!)

The ten-track IV is planned for CD, DD, and a 2LP set from Jagjaguwar (a favored label of mine).

IV – Black Mountain

01 – Mother of the Sun
02 – Florian Saucer Attack
03 – Defector
04 – You Can Dream
05 – Constellations
06 – Line Them All Up
07 – Cemetery Breeding
08 – (Over and Over) The Chain
09 – Crucify Me
10 – Space to Bakersfield

They will support this new album with an extensive tour (see dates below). You can purchase tickets here!

3/19 –  Azores, Portugal – Tremor Festival
3/26 – Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
3/28-29 –  Lisbon, Portugal – Musicbox
3/31 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Arena
4/01 – Barcelona, Spain – Bikini
4/02 – Bilbao, Spain – Kafe Antzoki
4/04 – Turin, Italy – Spazio 211
4/05 – Bologna, Italy – Lokomotiv
4/06 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen F
4/07 – Geneva, Switzerland – PTR Usine
4/08 – Paris, France – La Fleche D’Or
4/09 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2
4/10 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
4/12 – London, England – Electric Ballroom
4/13 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
4/14 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Roadburn Festival
4/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Oude Zaal
4/16 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
4/21 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
4/22 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
4/23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
4/25 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
4/26 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
4/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
4/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/29-30, 05/01 – Austin, TX – Levitation
5/03 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
5/04 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
5/05 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
5/06-07 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
5/10 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
5/11 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
5/12 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
5/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
5/14 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
5/15 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Pyramid Cabaret
5/17 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Amigos
5/18 – Edmonton, Alberta – Starlite Room
5/19 – Calgary, Alberta – Marquee Beer Market + Stage
5/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia – The Commodore Ballroom