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Edgar Winter Career Celebrated With 2CD Collection In June

Edgar Winter The Definitive CollectionReal Gone Music have given us many reasons to appreciate their profound love of music and is about to do it again.

On June 3rd, the label will provide a 2CD collection of selected tracks from the full career of Edgar Winter. From his White Trash band through his Edgar Winter Group phases and including his album with Johnny Winter, they’re all covered here. Those incljude music from all of his album releases with Epic Records and Blue Sky Records. They epitomize the richness of Edgar Winter’s crowd that included Johnny Winter, Dan Hartman, Rick Derringer, and Ronnie Montrose, all stars in their own rights.

The 2CD collection is called The Definitive Collection. All 30 of the songs included are newly remastered. The set will add in a full booklet with new and insightful liner notes, tons of photos and memorabilia, and a complete crediting of all songs. The songs are important as they describe the career of Edgar Winter during the time of his ascendancy…AND, in newly remastered form!

It’ll be in my library, that’s for sure.

The Definitive Collection – Edgar Winter

01 Tobacco Road
02 Entrance
03 Hung Up
04 Where Have You Gone
05 Give It Everything You Got
06 Dying to Live
07 Keep Playin’ That Rock ‘n’ Roll
08 Fly Away
09 You Were My Light
10 Save the Planet (Live)
11 Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo
12 Free Ride
13 Round & Round
14 Alta Mira
15 We All Had a Real Good Time

01 Frankenstein
02 Some Kinda Animal
03 Someone Take My Heart Away
04 Easy Street
05 Animal
06 River’s Risin’
07 Chainsaw
08 Good Shot
09 Hello Mellow
10 Keep On Burnin’
11 Solar Strut Feelin’
12 Rock & Roll Medley (Live)
13 Stickin’ It Out
14 It’s Your Life to Live
15 Tomorrowland


New Johnny Winter Live Set, Live From Japan, On For April

Johnny Winter Live In JapanJohnny Winter‘s death last year left a void in the world of music. I know he did in mine. He was one of those once in a lifetime artists that gave Rock and Roll a legacy to enjoy. His last studio effort, Step Back (2014) was a great last addition to his catalog.

On April 21, MVD Visuals will release the followup CD from its earlier released DVD title of the same name. Live From Japan will contain twelve audio tracks from his historic April 15, 2011 set at the Zepp Tokyo Music Hall. Over the last years of Johnny Winter’s life, he had engaged in a constant touring mode that took him all over the world. This was his first in Japan. With this latest live document, we can enjoy Johnny Winter in the last year of his contributions.

There are two early Johnny winter titles that are on the calendar for reissue, both by Music On CD. Those titles include Saints And Sinners (1974), planned for September 14 in the UK, and White Hot And Blue (1978), planned for August 17 in the UK.

Track List: Live From Japan

01 Northern Seaside
02 Warm Eyelids
03 Compass
04 Letter Home
05 Wind in Her Hair
06 Ghost
07 Alps
08 ship
09 Hunters
10 Normandy
11 Empty Bed
12 Far Away From the City


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



TAPSheet: Release Notes – 01/13/2015 (US Report)

Real Gone Music will re-release a vinyl LP edition of an old-time Foghat favorite, Foghat Live. They will also re-release an old J. Geils Band favorite, Bloodshot. The Foghat Live album will be presented with its original die-cut cover. The Bloodshot album is planned to be pressed in red vinyl, just as the original first pressing was. Both releases will be presented in 180g-weight vinyl. Both albums are remastered for better sound. These Limited Edition reissues are set for March 3.



Dope Machines from The Airborne Toxic Event is slated for release on February 24.

MVD Visual will release a Johnny Winter live set, Live From Japan, scheduled for March 10. It will be issued on CD, and vinyl LP.

Johnny Winter Live In Japan

New Modest Mouse album, Strangers To Ourselves, will become available on March 3. This new album is the first new Modest Mouse set from them in approximately 8 years. “Lampshades On Fire” will precede the album as its first single. The new album will release on CD, DD, and 180g 2LP.

Modest Mouse Stranger To Ourselves

Spookshow International Live will be released by Rob Zombie, planned for February 12. It’s planned for CD, Deluxe CD, DD, and LP.

A new Luke Bryan album (title unknown) is expected to be released on March 10 via Capital Nashville.

Outer Battery Records will release a Limited Edition LP of Bug Live (Live at the 9:30 Club – Washington DC – June 2012) , by Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr Bug Live

+180 Records will release Guitars And Microphones by Kate Pierson, with a planned release date of February 17.

UDR has Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute scheduled for March 3. The set will be available as a FanBox with 2LP (clear vinyl), and a t-shirt. Additional packages include CD, and a Deluxe Edition. This set features eleven songs co-written by Rnady Rhoads, and recorded by artists like Dweezil Zappa, Serj Tankian, Kelle Rhoads (his brother), and others.

Immortal Randy Rhoads

Rhino Records, in conjunction with Parlophone will release a 16-track collection of songs from Dr Feelgood from their years with Wilko Johnson before he left to do other things that included a stint with Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Wilko was a member of Dr Feelgood for the band’s first 4 albums. The collection is being called I’m A Man (Best Of The Wilko Johnson Years 1974-1977). It is expected on February 24. Dr. Feelgood was an amazing blues-based band, especially with Wilko Johnson.

What Happens Next is the new album by Gang Of Four, planned for February 24 via Metropolis Records.

Gang Of Four What Happens Next

I’m excited about a new Hilary Hahn release expected on March 31 via Deutsche Grammophon. Hilary Hahn is a violinist whose new album of violin concertos celebrate Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4. She is being supported by the Duetsche Kammerphilharmonic Bremen, conduced by Paavo Järvi.

Hilary Hahn Mozart 5

Allegro will release Al Di Meola’s Latest by Al Di Meola, planned for May 12 on CD, Deluxe Edition CD, DD, and LP.

Frontiers Records will release new Toto music with the upcoming Toto XIV, which is currently scheduled for March 24.

Loud and Proud Records will release a CD/DVD featuring Rick Springfield doing stripped down version of his previous songs that include “Jesse’s Girl”, “I’ve Done Everything For You”, and others. Surprisingly, there isn’t a “Speak To the Sky” in sight. The new album is called Stripped Down, and is planned for February 24.

Rick Springfield Stripped Down

For the fans, My Chemical Romance will release a 2LP collectible set of The Black Parade with etching on the 4th side (D-side). This edition of The black Parade is slated for release on February 10.

Metal Blade Records will release the 3CD set by Neal Morse, Grand Experiment, on February 10.

And finally, from one of our classic guitarists, Jorma Kaukonen, Red House Records will release the new album, Ain’t In No Hurry. For those of you who may not know (yeah, right!), Jorma played guitars for Jefferson Airplane, and Hot Tuna. Ain’t in No Hurry is scheduled for February 17.

Jorma Kaukonen Ain't In No Hurry



TAPSheet: Release Notes – 12/04/2014 (US Report)

Apologies to readers on my quiet time. I was in Texas for a vacation and so decided (while there) that I would just spend the time with my family. As it were, little was announced anyway. But there were a few goodies that bear to be mentioned:

Fuel Records will release an early period Johnny Winter album collection called Gangster Of Love: The Early Years. The new set is on the calendar for January 27.

Island Records will issue American Beauty/American Psycho by Fall Out Boy on January 20.

The End Records will put out a collection for Billy Talent called Hits, in both a CD and a Deluxe Edition. It’s scheduled for January 20. The set includes two new tracks as enticement.


Verve Records have the Donny Osmond cover set coming on January 13. That album is called The Soundtrack Of My Life.

AAO Music is planning Ultimate Legends titles for Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, planning them for January 27.

Fuel Records have a Jose Feliciano collection coming on January 27th called Hits & Favorites.

Sanctuary Records will produce vinyl LPs of The Kink Kontroversy, Kinks, Kinda Kinks, and Face To Face, releasing them on January 27.

Motown Records have Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye coming on vinyl LP, scheduled for January 13.

Atlantic Records will release a 2CD reissue of Living Years (1988) by Mike + the Mechanics on February 10.

MikeMechanics Living Years

Curb Records will release a ‘best of’ collection for Leann Rimes called All-Time Greatest Hits, planned for February 3.

New Johnny Winter Album, Step Back, Scheduled For September

Johnny Winter Step BackDespite his advancement in age, and physical issues that prevent him from playing as vibrantly as he had in decades prior, needing to sit in a chair during shows, Johnny Winter still is a commanding presence. Whether you’re in the grip of his guitar skills, or his legend, there is no denying that Johnny Winter possesses a power that few guitarists can lay claim to. Any listen to any of his legendary Columbia albums, or any of his other label involvements, will have you in an awestruck position.

Winter’s last album, Roots (2011), collected eleven blues classics from inspirations that include T-Bone Walker (“T-Bone Shuffle”), Elmore James (“Done Somebody Wrong”), Chuck Berry (“Maybelline”), Jimmy Reed (“Bright Lights, Big City”), and Robert Johnson (“Dust My Broom”), to name a few. To up the ante, Roots showcases a grand collection of guests that includes the like of Vince Gill, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Edgar Winter, and Derek Trucks, also to just mention a few.

On September 2, Megaforce Records will release the next in the series of collected covers. The new album is called Step Back, which will, once again, feature Winter-recorded inspiring songs by his personal gallery of blues heroes. And once again, a wild collection of friends will join Johnny Winter in presenting these classic blues tracks. Among such guests will be Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Joe Perry, Brian Setzer, Dr John (Mac Rebennack), and Leslie West.

Step Back will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Who’s excited now?!

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.

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 04/10/2014 (US Report)

A few brief notes before we dig into what little there is to notate as upcoming releases:

Johnny Winter has a new album in the works to be named Step Back. Joe Perry of Aerosmith fame will be in some of the songs.  No word on actual release date as of yet.

Jackson Browne will release Late For The Sky on a 180g LP issue in addition to the expected CD remaster expected earlier (thanks, Simon). No release date for the LP as of yet.

Classic German ambient band, Tangerine Dream, will release a 2014 “live” studio version of the Sorcerer soundtrack with a few songs found on the original soundtrack not there, but augmented with additional songs that were not used in the original album.  All in all, this makes the entire set a near “must have” (a MUST HAVE for serious fans).  With the upcoming remaster of the film on Blu-ray, this is a good time to explore further.


The Sorcerer 2014 album will be two CDs.  The first album will contain ten tracks (the original had twelve), which means that “Main Title”, and “Rain Forest” will be excluded. the second disc will contain the previously mentioned unreleased material in new recording form. The original music had been lost, with only notes surviving.  It is these notes that Froese uses to recreate them in a 2014 setting.  Nevertheless, Sorcerer 2014 should be extraordinary. I’m really looking forward to it myself.

Tracklist: CD1 01. Search 02. The Call 03. Creation 04. Vengeance 05. The Journey 06. Grind 07. Abyss 08. Mountain Road 09. Impression Of Sorcerer 10. Sorcerer Theme CD2 01. Approaching The Danger 02. Servant Of Misery 03. Rain And Thunder 04. In The Mist Of The Night 05. Nebulous Jungle Path 06. Distance And Hope 07. Jungle On Fire 08. Crash At Dawn 09. Fast Ride To Disaster

Sorcerer 2014 is shipping on April 15.

Sony Music/Legacy will reissue the major label debut album from The The on July 1 in an LP only package. Soul Mining, originally released in 1983, will be remastered, repackaged, and expanded with a series of 12″ versions of songs off the album plus two 12″ mixes of “Perfect”. In addition, there will be the inclusion of “Fruit Of The Heart”, a cassette tape song from the period.

TheThe Soul

The LPs will be stored in a 12″ Box, with the vinyl of 180g-weight quality.

LP 1 – SOUL MINING: 1. I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All Of My Life) 2. This Is The Day 3. The Sinking Feeling 4. Uncertain Smile 5. The Twilight Hour 6. Soul Mining 7. Giant LP2 – SOUL MINING RECOLLECTED 1. Uncertain Smile (New York 12” version) 2. Perfect (New York 12” version) 3. This Is The Day (12” version) 4. Fruit Of The Heart 5. Perfect (London 12” version) 6. I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All My Life) (12” mix)

Island Def Jam will release new The Roots music with the issue of And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, planned for May 19, CD, LP.

Show Dog Universal will release 5.0 from Toby Keith on June 10.

Shout! Factory have Live In Nashville featuring Steve Earle, on June 24.

Fantasy Records will re-release Green River from Creedence Clearwater Revival on vinyl LP on August 5.


Capitol Records will release several versions of The Extraordinary featuring Nat King Cole. The new release will be issued in a standard single CD, as well as a 2CD Deluxe Edition. Both sets are expected on May 27.

Concord Records have an as yet untitled album coming from James Taylor in August, planned for CD, DD, and LP.

Nettwerk Records wills release Whispers from Passenger on both CD and LP. The Deluxe version will add in bonus acoustic tracks of the songs. Whispers is slated for June 10.

Passenger Whispers

Roadrunner Records will release the new Opeth album, Pale Communion, on June 17 (thanks, RJD).

The 10CD retrospective Box featuring Nils Lofgren called Face the Music is slated for release on May 27. YES!


And finally, MRI Records will release a new album from John Mayall called A Special Life.  This album is expected on May 13.

MayallAspecial Life

Review: True To The Blues – The Johnny Winter Story – Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter True To the BluesLegends are rare.  In fact, there are so few of them (in reality), that we can almost count them down.  When it comes to guitar, there are solid choices out there, no doubt.  But there are some that even stand above the rest, that make even other legends themselves revere them.

One of those is Johnny Winter, or John Dawson Winter III.

Johnny Winter originated from the Texas area, where, at an early age, he, along with his brother Edgar, began performing.  Before Johnny was sixteen, he had recorded with important Blues men.  That set the stage for what Johnny would eventually become, an important bluesman himself.  But not before he signed a hefty (for the time) contract with Columbia Records, and recorded stunning guitar works of covers and original material.  His steaming version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is still a go-to version of the classic song.  If you want original, you go to Chuck Berry.  But if you want a true rock ‘n’ roll version of the song, why nothing less than Johnny Winter’s cut of the song will suffice.

Johnny Winter started Columbia Records off with his rollicking self-titled album covering Sonny Boy Williamson (“Good Morning Little School Girl”), James Gordon (the classic “Mean Mistreater”), Robert Johnson (“When You Got A Good Friend”), and Lightnin’ Hopkins (“Back Door Friend”), and few originals of his own (“I’m Yours & I’m Hers”, “Dallas”, “Leland Mississippi Blues”). That was followed up with the classic Second Winter, with its controversial fill of only three sides of vinyl.  It was Second Winter that gifted us with “Johnny B. Goode”.  From that point, it was all love with the accumulation of Winter fans.

Johnny gave us quite the collection of albums, not all with Columbia Records.  Eventually, he hit the road with Alligator Records (after a stint with Columbia Record’s imprint, Blue Sky Records), MCA Records, Virgin, and a few Point Blank (Virgin) issues.

Legacy has gone deep with a 4CD Box collecting together a wealth of Johnny Winter classics called True To the Blues.  And while nothing but the complete album collection of Johnny Winter does the full justice, this box assembles a fine selection of 57 tracks, live and studio, from across the labels mentioned that Johnny recorded for.

The songs are chronologically compiled and reflect the entire life of Johnny Winter thus far.  On February 23, Johnny Winter turned 70 years of age.  And while his ability to stand for long periods of time is no longer there (I see him when I can), he can still set the strings afire.  On February 25, Sony’s brilliant Legacy Recordings celebrated that 70 years with this box. What adds to this set are two unreleased live performance tracks from his 1970 Atlanta Pop festival appearance (“Eyesight To the Blind”, “Prodigal Son”, as well as a introduction to Johnny Winter at the festival).

All of the essential Johnny Winter tracks are included here. I’m always a little jealous that Johnny Winter’s version of “Frankenstein”, the song that lifted Edgar to the top, is never included in any collection.  And while it IS included in the Legacy Edition of Second Winter, I have to understand that it was Edgar who elevated that song to where it is, and that to tread on that would be a brotherly misconduct. Still, True To The Blues, with its remasters of Winter classics from across the board, and a beautifully stuffed booklet with photos, liner notes, etc, make the collection an essential add to a library. Even if you currently own NO Johnny Winter albums (What?!), it could be the ‘go-to’ collection that does the trick.

What validates the claim that Johnny Winter is perhaps one of our highest grade of guitarists are the many statements from solid players that include Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Angus Young (AC/DC), Eddie Van Halen, Gregg Allman, Robby Krieger (Doors), Pete Townshend, who said of this set, “…so worth waiting for.”, Pat Travers, Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest), Carlos Santana, and others.

No one will ever be completely pleased with inclusions in any set of this kind.  (That’s why I say nothing works best but the entire collection of albums.) But, to have such a musical snapshot of Johnny Winter that  True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story provides is more than an excitement, it is truly a celebration of one of Rock’s greatest guitarists.

Thank you, Johnny, for all of those years, and all of those songs found within this 4CD Box. And thank you, Legacy, for bringing it to us.

Release Date: February 25, 2014
Label: Legacy Recordings
Availability: 4CD Box