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Hilary Hahn With 2CD/2LP Retrospective

Hilary Hahn is an American violinist whose craft is in the replay of classic compositions from the eras of the great classical composers. While she does do some original material, her fame is in her recitations of solo Bach pieces. Her first concert appearance was at the young age of eleven where she performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. To date, she has released some twenty-one sets. Her debut was Hilary Hahn Plays Bach, released in 1997. Her second was a Beethoven violin concerto (so titled), with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra back in 1999.

Photo by Michael Patrick O’Leary Retrospective is released by Deutsche Grammophon

Since her debut, Hilary Hahn has become highly recognized for her magnificent ability as a soloist, and as a chamber musician. Her rising fame is well deserved.

On January 19, a concerted effort by Deutsche Grammophon (A Decca Classics imprint), and the crowd-funding Pledge Music will produce a 2CD retrospective with seventeen tracks (see track list below). There will also be a 2LP set designed and specially mastered for the medium.

The set is called Retrospective. It will be contained within a gatefolded case and packed with a booklet containing photos, notes, and fan art.

I love that she gets this kind of attention. Her violin playing is mesmerizing.

RetrospectiveHilary Hahn

01.-03. Violin Sonata in G major K 379, (Mozart)
4. Blue Curve of the Earth (Tina Davidson)
5. Mercy (Max Richter)
6. Double Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D major BWV 1043  (Bach) – ii Largo ma non tanto
7. The Lark Ascending  (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major K 526 (Mozart) – iii Presto
9. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major op. 6 (Paganini)  – iii Rondo

1. Violin Concerto op. 36  (Schoenberg )– i Poco Allegro
2. St Matthew Passion (Bach) – ii Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
3. Violin Concerto (Dedicated to Hilary Hahn) (Jennifer Higdon)  – i 1726
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 (Ives)– i Andante – Allegro vivace
5. Godot (Hahn & Hauschka)
6. When A Tiger Meets A Rosa Rugosa (Du Yun)
7. Two Voices (Nico Muhly)
8. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor op. 31 (Vieuxtemps) – ii Adagio religioso


New Ani DiFranco Album, Binary, Set for June

Long-time folk/rock/music activist singer, Ani DiFranco has eighteen studio albums to her credit since her emergence back in 1990 with the self-released debut, Ani DiFranco. Since then, she has followed up each year’s release with another the next year. Over time, she has developed a nice fan-base that keeps her active in many ways including shows throughout the world. From a  Rock and Roll standpoint, if you can make a nice living doing what you want (it doesn’t have to be extravagant), then you’re doing right by yourself. Ani DiFranco is doing right by herself.

All her music is normally funded by her label, Righteous Babe. However, with a new album on the horizon, Ani DiFranco has resorted to the rising popular methodology of Pledge Music to produce her latest.

Her newest album, Binary, is scheduled for release on June 9. It will contain eleven new songs that – in typical Ani DiFranco fashion – will relate to world and personal issues. Binary will focus on “relationships and responsibility to each other” as its message to the world.

Binary will be released on CD, DD, and 140g-weight vinyl LP.

New Gov’t Mule Album In June, Revolution Come…Revolution Go

Gov’t Mule has enjoyed a classic success for a side-project of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, both part of Allman Brothers Band. This success replicates the success once enjoyed by Hot Tuna, also a side project experiment. (Hot Tuna was an interim project for Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, both of Jefferson Airplane.) Formed in 1994, the band has released over 20 studio, live, and ‘odds ‘n ends’ sets. Since their formation, Gov’t Mule has become a classic Southern jam band with a sizable fan-base.

On June 9, Gov’t Mule will release their latest album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go. The new album will contain twelve new songs with a 2CD Deluxe Edition adding in six more tracks. the new album is being released released via Concord Records after a massive Pledge Music self-funding effort. As a matter of fact, if you go to their Pledge Music page, you’ll be inundated with a wealth of bundles and other goodies (here). Concord will distribute the music to stores  and online markets.

Revolution Come…Revolution Go will be released on CD, 2CD Deluxe Edition, DD, and vinyl 2LP.

Gov’t Mule will undertake a large Spring tour to support the new album.


More Alison Moyet 2CD Deluxe Editions Coming (Raindancing, Hoodoo, Essex)

With the recent news that the US market would reissue the debut solo album from Alison Moyet, there has come to light that not just Alf that will be remastered and reissued but her other three Columbia albums would also be reissued. Those will include Raindancing (1987), Hoodoo (1991), and Essex (1994). All of thee mentioned albums will be newly remastered and will include a treasure of bonus tracks that include live cuts, B-sides, 12″ single mixes, demos, and different versions. All albums are being reissued via BMG.

All extended booklets include rare photos, new notes, new interviews with Alison Moyet, and other goodies.

All four Alison Moyet Deluxe Editions can be acquired via the UK Amazon portal or by the Alison Moyet page that leads to Pledge Music (all links inside) accessed here. If missed, my original post on Alf can be read here. It may also be that the US marketplace will soon release these three other Moyet classics.

Raindancing will add in sixteen bonus tracks on the 2CD Deluxe Edition:

alison-moyet-raindancingCD1 (2016 Remaster of Original 1987 Album):
01. Weak in the Presence of Beauty
02. Ordinary Girl
03. You Got Me Wrong
04. Without You
05. Sleep Like Breathing
06. Is This Love?
07. Blow Wind Blow
08. Glorious Love
09. When I Say (No Giveaway)
10. Stay

CD2 (Bonus Tracks):
01. Is This Love? (L.A. Mix)
02. Blow Wind Blow (Long Version)
03. Weak In The Presence of Beauty (Extended Mix)
04. To Work On You
05. Take My Imagination To Bed
06. Ordinary Girl (Remix)
07. Palm Of Your Hand (Cloak & Dagger)
08. Ordinary Girl (Dance Mix)
09. Love Letters
10. This House (Original Mix) (B-side of ‘Love Letters’)
11. Love Letters (Extended Version)
12. The Coventry Carol (From Olympics benefit album ‘A Very Special Christmas’, 1987)
13. Love Resurrection (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987) (B-side of ‘Sleep Like Breathing’)
14. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987) (B-side of 12 inch of ‘Sleep Like Breathing’)
15. You And Me (Previously Unreleased Demo)
16. Let’s Get Personal (With James Brown)

Hoodoo will be bolstered with fourteen bonus tracks that include live sets, demos, 12″ single remixes, and other various pieces:

alison-moyet-hoodooCD1 (2016 Remaster of Original 1991 album):
01. Footsteps
02. It Won’t Be Long
03. This House
04. Rise
05. Wishing You Were Here
06. Hoodoo
07. (Meeting With My) Main Man
08. Back Where I Belong
09. My Right A.R.M.
10. Never Too Late
11. Find Me

CD2 (Bonus Tracks):
01. Take Of Me
02. Back Where I Belong (Polite Mix)
03. Back Where I Belong” (Soft Mix)
04. Come Back Home
05. Hoodoo (Extended Version)
06. Hoodoo (Starlight Dub)
07. Hoodoo (Single Version)
08. Hoodoo (Instrumental)
09. It Won’t Be Long (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)
10. Wishing You Were Here (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)
11. Never Too Late (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)
12. Find Me (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)
13. (Meeting With My) Main Man (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)
14. Dig A Hole (Previously Unreleased Demo)

Finally, Essex will have a its own batch of eighteen bonus tracks that include 12″ remixes, demos, live cuts, single versions, and acoustic versions:

alison-moyet-essexCD1 (2016 Remaster of Original 1994 album):

01. Falling
02. And I Know
03. Whispering Your Name
04. Getting into Something
05. So Am I
06. Satellite
07. Ode to Boy
08. Dorothy
09. Another Living Day
10. Boys Own
11. Take of Me
12. Ode to Boy II
13. Whispering Your Name (Single Mix)
14. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Single Mix)
15. Blue
16. Solid Wood (Single Mix)
17. My Best Day – The Lightning Seeds
18. Make a Change (feat. Alison Moyet) – Nearly God
19. Our Colander Eyes (Single Mix)

CD2 (Bonus Tracks):
01. Falling (Infinitie Dub)
02. It Won’t Be Long (Acoustic)
03. Whispering Your Name (Extended Remix)
04. Whispering Your Name (Remix)
05. Getting Into Something (Midnight Mix)
06. Dorothy (Acoustic)
07. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Acoustic)
08. Never Too Late (Remix) (This one isn’t actually called remix)
09. Never Too Late (Extended Remix)
10. Life In A Hole
11. Rock And Roll (Live At The Mean Fiddler, London, 3rd April, 1992)
12. Sunderland Glynn
13. Beautiful (Previously Unreleased)
14. How Long (Previously Unreleased)
15. Blue (The Essential Mix)This is just the version of Blue on the Essential Alison Moyet album
16. Our Colander Eyes (Pete Glenister Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
17. Blue (Playing The Field Edit)
18. There Are Worse Things I Could Do

(Thanks to Craig J for the heads up!)

Two The Beat/The English Beat Albums Are Coming

The Beat BounceIf you were into the revivalist SKA movement of the late’70s with the likes of Madness (“One Step Beyond”), The Specials (“Too Much, Too Young”), The Selecter (“Three Minute Hero”), and The Beat (“Mirror In the Bathroom”), then you no doubt enjoy Jamaican-tinged Rock and Roll. It’s always nice to have favorites from our past do new music, especially if it’s up to the standard that they set for themselves back in the day.

On September 30, The Beat (often known as The English Beat to help distinguish them from Collins’  LA band of the time, The Beat. Why, they even toured together once!), will release brand new music in their first album in over 30 years, and their first since 1982’s Special Beat Service. The new album is being called Bounce. But note that this version of The Beat features Ranking Roger as the vocalist. Ranking Roger was the band’s original vocalist. I mention this because Dave Wakeling, another original member, also has a new album arriving.

Bounce will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. I assume that Here We Go Love will be issued the same way.

The two bands are being differentiated by the use of their two names of the past. Wakeling will use The English Beat. That album is currently on Pledge Music and is already a done deal with the pledges for the album at 160% of goal. Wakeling’s album is being called Here We Go Love. It doesn’t yet have an official release date. You can check the progress out here.

So, two new The Beat/The English Beat albums, both by original members. I’d say we won pretty good.


New XMas Album From Brian Setzer Orchestra Scheduled For October (And MORE)

BSORockin RudolphWell, since there’s has always been a sense of July interest in Christmas, it then seems appropriate to announce that The Brian Setzer Orchestra has their first new Christmas album in ten years coming out in October. The new album is being called Rockin’ Rudolph. It will contain twelve newly recorded tracks of bonafide classic Christmas tunes (see track-list below).

Rockin’ Rudolph is being planned for not only a standard CD issue, but also a Deluxe Edition Box that will include the following PACKED goodies in addition to the CD (This Deluxe Edition Box can only be acquired via Pledge Music here.):

  • Brand New Rockin’ Rudolph album on CD
  • Commemorative Sheet Music / Guitar Chart to “Nutcracker Suite” (just as Brian reads on stage!)
  • Custom Brian Setzer Die-cut Christmas Tree Ornament (3″ tall, alloy metal)
  • Brian Setzer’s Own Murray’s Pomade (Hair Product)
  • Commemorative BSO “Martini Logo” Stainless Steel Guitar Pick
  • BSO Christmas Album Cover Drink Coasters
  • Six Polaroid-style BSO Concert Photos
  • “Live in Nashville” 10×10 print
  • Reusable 8GB USB Credit Card w/ Extras, including:
    Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH album
    2 New Bonus Instrumental Tracks Not Included on Album: “Deck The Halls” & “Little Drummer Boy”
    Album Cover Rough Sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger
    Brief Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO’s Rockin’ Rudolph recording session (House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.)
    “Jingle Bells” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
    “Nutcracker Suite” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
    Behind-the-scenes look at Brian writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released)

The album promises the following songs:

01. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
02. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide
03. Most Wonderful Time of the Year
04. Rockabilly Rudolph
05. Here Comes Santa Claus
06. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
07. Swingin’ Joy
08. Carol of the Bells
09. Little Jack Frost
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
12. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide (extended)

The best part? Brian Setzer will take his Orchestra out on the road beginning in support of the new album for his 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour (dates announced in August).

Rockin’ Rudolph will be released via Surfdog Records on October 16.