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Favorite Songs That Get Constant Replay

Music is certainly a subjective experience. What works for me likely won’t work for you (besides shared appreciation selections). But I’m always interested in what others find wonderful.

A few days ago, I got caught up in what I feel are songs that somehow transcend the usual “I like that” assignation. The songs that I listened to were tunes that come back far more frequently than many others. In fact, I son’t usually have to cycle back to them, they just seem to be always there.

And so, I thought I’d ask what some of your most important songs are. For example, I have “Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young always finding its way into my mind at least once or twice a week. Another is “So Far Away” by Carole King (who also has “Sweet Seasons”, “Jazzman”, Been To Canaan”, and “It’s Too Late” in that cranial jukebox of mine). There’s “Stone Cold Sober” by Crawler, “Ballad Of The Beacon” by Wishbone Ash, “Mainstreet” by Bob Seger, “Closer To Home” by Grand Funk Railroad, “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell (who also has a few more that show up frequently). There are more, of course. Which is why I’m not asking for a Top Ten list. but rather the first batch that easily rolls from your memory.

While I’m at it, it’s cool to see that Night Moves by Bob Seger will be arriving on 180g vinyl LP reissue on June 16. PLUS, there are four Joy Division titles coming to LP, and two Cocteau Twins LPs. The Joy Division sets (Substance – 1988, Still – 1981, 2LP sets planned for July 17, and Unknown Pleasures – 1979, Closer – 1980, 1LP sets planned for June 30), all coming from Rhino! The Cocteau Twins LPs are coming from 4AD on July 17, and includes The Pink Opaque – 1985, and Tiny Dynamine (EP) – 1985 with Echoes In A Shallow Bay (EP) – 1985 together in one set. (I HAD to get something new coming out in here!)

Bob Seger Night Moves LP

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 10/16/2014 (US Report)

The strangest set being prepped for distribution is the upcoming 4CD Box featuring Joni Mitchell. In this set, Joni Mitchell has arranged her classic tracks in a series of four ballets heard over the four CDs. Joni has purposefully aligned the tracks in such a way as to create art in its own way. I will admit to this being a different way to present original music, to take classic tracks, and make a story with them. The CDs are packaged into a book with lyrics, photos, six new paintings, and new notes by Joni Mitchell herself. All of the songs are newly remastered. However, looking at it however you wish, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced, will be released on November 17 via Rhino Records. (Joni, how about a new album instead?)

Joni Mitchell Love Has Many Faces

The new Neil Young album, Storytone, will be released on November 4 on both CD, and 2CD Deluxe Editions. If you’re all about vinyl, then wait until December 16 to get a 2LP, 180g-weight vinyl set.

RCA Records will reissue Under The Table And Dreaming (1994) by Dave Matthews Band, planning for November 24.

4AD Records will release a Pixies collection, Doolittle 25: B-sides, Peel Sessions, and Demos, on both CD, and LP, on December 2.

Pixies Doolittle 25

Omnian Musc Group (OMG) will release CD and LP versions of In The Shower, by HOMESHAKE, planning for December 2.

RCA Records will issue a ‘best of’ for Gavin Degraw on Finest Hour: The Best Of Gavin Degraw, on October 21.

On November 17, Rhino will assemble the accumulated Warner Bros albums by Faces alumni, Rod Stewart, who had his own album to do. The set, The Studio Albums 1975-2001, will be a 14CD Box containing:

Atlantic Crossing (1975)
Night On The Town (1976)
Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
Blondes Have More Fun (1978)
Foolish Behaviour (1980)
Tonight I’m Yours (1981)
Body Wishes (1983)
Camouflage (1984)
Every Beat Of My Heart (1986)
Out Of Order (1988)
Vagabond Heart (1991)
A Spanner In The Works (1995)
When We Were The New Boys (1998)
Human (2001)

Stewart Studio Albums 1975-2001

Does it make you happy?

New AC/DC music is slated for December 2 via Columbia Records. The new album is being called Rock Or Bust.

July A.D. will release their next album, Letting Go, on November 4.

Letting Go Cover

Nonesuch Records will release Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014, a 4CD, and, if desired, a 4LP, Box of 57 collected demos tracks, live tracks, and alternates from Wilco. the box will include a 64-page booklet with track by track recollections, notes, and photos. A sticker will be included in the package. The set is on the calendar for November 17.

Wilco Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Caroline Records will release the new one from Simple Minds on November 24. the new album is being called Big Music, and will be made available on standard single CD issue, vinyl LP, as well as a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition. Previews have the album in the same range as New Gold Dreams, and Sparkle In The Rain.

Simple Minds Big Music

A few LP releases to note here include No Mean City  (1978) by Nazareth, released by Plastic Head on November 17; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2008) by Loreena McKennitt, via Quinlan Road, released on November 24; and the 6LP vinyl box of 180g platters, Cream: 1966-1972, on schedule by Polydor Records for December 9.

Nazareth No Mean City

And finally, Columbia Records will release a 2DVD/3CD Box, Live In Berlin, featuring live Depeche Mode from their 2013 performance at O2 World Berlin. The Box will feature a lift box that will contain the five discs in their own mini-jacket sleeves as well as a 16-page booklet. The first DVD contains 21 performance tracks, with the second DVD containing the film, Alive In Berlin, along with fifteen interviews additions. The CDs will be full show audio from the show, with one of the CDs being the audio portion of the Alive In Berlin film. The BD set will add the 5.1 Surround audio and files for Delta Machine. That set is 2DVD/2CD/1BD.

Live In Berlin Depeche Mode

Poll: Best Female Artists of This Time Worthy Of Remembrance

Florence WelchPoll time again!

We have so many female artists that have legitimately gained our love and respect. A look through the ’60s, we have Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Laura Nyro, Barbra Streisand, while the ’70s plump up with even more.  For the ’70s, there are Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Helen Reddy, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Patti Smith, and a whole bunch more.  The ’80s delivered Kate Bush, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, to name a few. Even the ’90s had a few icons. Those were Toni Childs, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morrissette, Sarah Maclachlan, and a few others. The interesting thing is that the ’90s produced female artists that are not as memorable as the previous decades (for many).

My poll question is this? Which female artists of the current generation, or since 2000, should be remembered as being extraordinary for their time. I have a few.

My list includes Florence Welch, Lykke Li, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), and Amy Winehouse and Adele (for different reasons). If we forego the usual Pop icons ( I have), we can safely eliminate artists like Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, and others of their kind.

So, what are your choices of era 2000- now artists that should be remembered decades from now?

Lykke Li

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 07/18/2014 (US Report)

Verve Records will release Tracks Of My Years by Bryan Adams on September 9. The new studio effort will be largely cover tracks, but will sport an original track as well.

Frontiers Records will release a live set from Dennis DeYoung of Styx fame on October 21. The album will be called Live In Los Angeles.

Hear Music will reissue the live set, One Man Band (2007) by James Taylor scheduling the set for August 25.

Taylor One Man Band

Frontiers Records have scheduled The Stories We Could Tell by Mr. Big for September 23.


Capitol Records will release DIGITAL HD remasters for two Canned Heat titles that include Boogie With Canned Heat, and Living The Blues on August 5. In addition, there will be six Frank Sinatra titles that include A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra, Come Fly With Me, In The Wee Small Hours, Moonlight Sinatra, Sinatra And Swingin’ Brass, and This Is Sinatra!. Those Sinatra titles are also planned for August 5. More digital HD remasters include two from Quicksilver Messenger Service, the self titled set, and Happy Trails.

Marvin Gaye Live

More digital HD transfers include four from Motown. Those include the August 5 HD remaster of Live At the London Palladium by Marvin Gaye, and the July 29 reissues of three Stevie Wonder classics, In Square Circle, Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants, and Woman In Red.

Stevie Wonder In Square Circle

All titles will be remastered in 192k/24-bit, and 96k/24-bit files.

Island Records will release the upcoming EP from Shawn Mendes on August 12.

Shawn Mendes EP

Capitol Records will release several formats for the upcoming Counting Crows album, Somewhere Under Wonderland. The set is expected on September 2 for LP, CD, and CD Deluxe Edition (with two bonus demo tracks).

Counting CrowsSomewhere Under Wonderland

Elektra Records will reissue Hejira, the 1976 album from Joni Mitchell, on vinyl LP, scheduling for September 23.

Finally, Cleopatra Records will release Friends by Carmine Appice and Jim Bogert, on August 19.


TAPSheet: Vinyl Release Notes – 06/25/2014 (US Report)

Zappa Records will reissue Apostrophe (‘) (1974) by Frank Zappa, on September 2.

Zappa Apostrophe

Separate Mono versions of Beatles albums will be sold individually from Please, Please Me (1963) through The Beatles White Album (1968), and including the newer Mono Masters. As with the Boxed set, these are expected on September 9.

Smithsonian Folkways will release vinyl LP versions of Union Train (1975), Garbage And Other Songs Of Our Times (1980), and Old Folks Ain’t All the Same (1987), all by Joe Glazer, on August 12.

Joe Glazer Union Train

Alternative Distribution Alliance will release a 2014 re-recording of the 1974 classic Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Rick Wakeman, on July 15. It will be a 40th Anniversary issue of the title.

Kscope will reissue Stupid Dream (2009) by Porcupine Tree on vinyl, slated for July 8.

Ghostly International is releasing a 2LP set of In Decay, the 2012 electronic music set from Com Truise. It’s planned for August 19.

Com Truise In Decay

Geffen Records have The Eels‘ 1996 classic Beautiful Freak, ready for 180g-weight vinyl, and scheduled for August 19. “Novocaine For The Soul” came from this album.

Milan Records will release an LP version of the soundtrack for Chef on August 26.

Merge Records have Shadows (2010), and Man-Made (2005) by Teenage Fanclub planned for vinyl LP on August 5. These reissues include download cards, and will also include bonus download tracks (“Secret Heart”, “Dark And Lonely” with Shadows, and “Please Stay”, “Falling Leaf” with Man-Made).

Teenage Fanclub ManMade   Teenage Fanclub Shadows

Knitting Factory Records have three classic Fela Kuti albums slated for vinyl LP on August 19. The titles included will be Teacher, Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1986), Confusion (1975), and Sorrow, Tears and Blood (1977).

Epitaph Records will release a 20th Anniversary LP Edition of Smash by Offspring on August 19. The remastered LP will be released in a die-cut box, and will contain a CD of the full album inside.

Offspring Smash

Friday Music will reissue Inner Secrets, the 1978 Columbia set by Santana. It is slated for remastered 180g reissue on August 19.

Plastic Head Records have two Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe sets scheduled for LP issue on September 23. Those will be An Evening Of Yes Music, Volume 1, and An Evening Of Yes Music, Volume 2.

Aida/Surfdog Records will release a vinyl LP set of the latest by Brian Setzer (CD too) called Rockabilly Riot! All Original, on August 12. The LP set will also feature a DD rights card.

Setzer Rockabilly Riot

Highnote Records have three jazz offerings in 180g remastered vinyl LP with Monk, Trane, Miles & Me (1999) by Larry Coryell, Joey Defrancesco Plays Sinatra His Way (2004) by Joey Defrancesco, and Special Requests (and Other Favorites) (2013) from Kenny Burrell. These are planned for August 12.

The classic John Lennon ‘best of’ from 1975, Shaved Fish, is set for vinyl LP reissue on August 19.

Lennon Shaved Fish

Elektra Records will reissue Hejira (1976) from Joni Mitchell on vinyl LP slated for July 22.

Inner Wound Recordings have High Road by Night Ranger arriving on vinyl LP, scheduled for August 5.