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New Don McLean Album, Botanical Gardens, Out In March

Think Don McLean, and his mega MEGA popular hit, “American Pie” comes immediately to mind. In fact, many people know most, if not all of the words to the 1971 classic track. It was a long song that needed editing for radio. Don McLean was never able to replicate that success even though he released a few singles after “American Pie” (“Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Driedel”, etc). To date, McLean has twenty albums in his catalog.

On March 23, BMG and PledgeMusic will release his next album, Botanical Gardens. This new set will deliver thirteen new songs. The first single, “Botanical Gardens” can be heard below.

Botanical Gardens will be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Botanical GardensDon McLean

01 – Botanical Gardens
02 – The Lucky Guy
03 –  A Total Eclipse of the Sun
04 – Waving Man
05 – When July Comes
06 – You’re All I Ever Had
07 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Your Baby
08 – I’ve Cried All the Tears That I Have
09 – Ain’t She a Honey
10 – The King of Fools
11 – Grief and Hope
12 – You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13 – Last Night When We Were Young

We Are Scientists To Deliver New Album, Megaplex

We Are Scientists, the quirky-named band with a rabid sense of humor but able to make a helluva song released their first album in 2002 as an independent issue, It was followed by three self-released EPs, all of which caught the attention of Virgin Records. That label issued Love & Squalor, which immediately endeared a legion of fans to the band. This album sold at a rapid pace. In time, We Are Scientists released four more studio sets for a total of six albums, each with their own new issuing label.

On April 27, We Are Scientists will release their next new set via PledgeMusic, and 100% Records as the distributing arrangement. The new album is called Megaplex and will provide ten new songs. One of the tracks from this album is “One In, One Out” (heard below).

Megaplex is planned for CD, DD, Cassette (red case), and limited edition white vinyl LP

MegaplexWe Are Scientists

01 – One In, One Out
02 – Notes In A Bottle
03 – Heart Is A Weapon
04 – Your Light Has Changed
05 – KIT
06 – No Wait At Five Leaves
07 – Not Another Word
08 – Now or Never
09 – You Failed
10 – Properties of Perception

’90s Gem Poster Children To Release First Album In 14 Years – Grand Bargain!

I often wonder at the reality that produces hot-selling bands, leaving some highly talented bands (generally with more talent dripping from their pores than many of the popular ones) to all too often deep obscurity. One of those bands are Poster Children.

A few bands have come from the breeding grounds of Champaign, primarily from the U of I. When Poster Children arrived back in the late eighties, they released an indie album, Flower Power (later reissued). But it wasn’t until their Daisychain Reaction that I became aware of this band from back home ( I lived a significant part of my young life in Illinois). With the clever “If You See Kay” classic, they provided a strong argument for notice! With their next album, Tool of The Man (1993), they enjoyed further attention with Sire Records signing them for several titles, after which Warner Brothers issued their RTFM in 1997.

On May 18, this underappreciated band known as Poster Children will release their new album, their first since No More Songs About Sleep and Fire from 2004. It will be called Grand Bargain! and will contain eleven new songs, The album will be made available on CD, DD,  Cassette, and vinyl LP. Grand Bargain! is generated by PledgeMusic as well as being released by Lotuspool Records.

Enjoy the first track from the new album, “Grand Bargain!” They STILL have it!

Two Keane Albums, Under The Iron Sea, Perfect Symmetry, To Be Reissued On Vinyl LP

Keane has been in the public eye for some time beginning in 2004 with the release of their debut set, Hopes and Fears. The debut broke with “Everybody’s Changing” in the UK. For the US market, it was “Somewhere Only We Know” that gave them their US exposure.  And as with every sophomore release, the fear is immediate with potential detachment after a promising first album.

For Keane, the proof was in the pudding, as they say.  Under The Iron Sea  gave the band a few more singles with “Is It Any Wonder?”, “Crystal Ball”, and “Nothing In My Way”. They again followed that album up with Perfect Symmetry (2008). Both albums, like the debut, and like their final studio set, Strangeland (2012), reached number one in the UK and other parts of the world, and performed well in the US marketplace.

On March 16, Island Records, assisted by PledgeMusic, will reissue Under The Iron Sea, as well as Perfect Symmetry as remastered vinyl LP packages. The two LPs will be cut on 180g-weight black vinyl.

Both titles on vinyl LP follow the Hopes And Fears LP reissue back on August 4, 2017. We’ll await Strangeland!


Four Julian Cope Titles Remastered For Vinyl Reissue

The Teardrop Explodes was a post-punk band back in the later days of the ’70s. With two band albums released in the early ’80s before break-up, the band gathered unto itself a strong fan-base. When Julian Cope expanded his career with his solo path, the following gained by The Teardrop Explodes naturally scooted over to his music.

Since 1984, Julian Cope released over twenty-five albums and continues to do so. His last releases were Drunken Songs, and Rite At Ya, both issued in 2017. However, it is the classic era sets that fascinate and move fans to the greatest degrees.


On April 6, watch for four Julian Cope classic titles remastered for vinyl LP reissues that will include Saint Julian (1987), My Nation Underground (1986), Peggy Suicide (1991), and Jehovahkill (1992).  These are being produced in conjunction with Cope, Island, and PledgeMusic. The last two titles will be presented as 2LP reissues. You can even buy the entire collection as a bundled set.


You can pre-order these vinyl LPs here.


Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) To Release New Anthology CD, Rare & Timeless

Progressive music took many, many turns as the ’60s turned into the ’70s. One such band that helped shape genre shifts was Uriah Heep. Formed in 1969. By 1970, this turnstile band (boasting of several classic-era line-ups over time, had released its debut, Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble. By 1973, Uriah Heep had released Sweet Freedom as a new signing to Warner Brothers, with the release of their successful single, “Stealin'”.

Between their debut and Sweet Freedom, the band released four other classics (Salisbury – 1971, Look At Yourself – 1971, Demons & Wizards – 1972, The Magician’s Birthday – 1972). With Demons & Wizards, the band had enormous US success with the extraction of “Easy Livin'” as a single. The songwriter for both of these mentioned Uriah Heep hits was Ken Hensley.

Ken Hensley left the confines of Uriah Heep in 1980 after the release of Conquest (1980). With only Mick Box left from the classic lineups, and the changing musical climate, Hensley felt the ongoing directional changes were not in standing with his vision. But before he left, Ken Hensley had dabbled with two solo releases (the incredible Proud Words On a Dusty Shelf (1973), and Eager To Please (1975)). After his departure, he released Free Spirit (1981). From there, Hensley, in addition to his many band collaborations, released ten solo titles.

On March 30, in conjunction with PledgeMusic and BMG UK, Ken Hensley will release a personally curated compilation of fifteen songs, some previously unreleased, and three new tracks (two brand new compositions, and one a re-record of “Lady In Black”, a Uriah Heep song from Salisbury). This new anthology will be called Rare & Timeless.

01 – Free Me (rare Russian release)
02 – Send Me An Angel (previously unreleased)
03 – If I Had The Time
04 – Guilty
05 – The Last Dance (previously unreleased)
06 – Mine (newly recorded for this anthology)
07 – I Did It All
08 – I Close My Eyes (*rare release*)
09 – Take & Take
10 – The Return
11 – Beyond The Starz
12 – Fortune
13 – Lady In Black
14 – The Longest Night (newly recorded for this anthology)
15 – Epilogue (newly recorded for this anthology)



New Judas Priest Album, FirePower, In March

The band known as Judas Priest has been with us since the late ’60s. Formed in 1969, this original iteration of Judas Priest contained Ian Hill, the band’s bassist who is still with them. The rest of the original members have long since retired. However, the band that was part of the first recordings including Rocka Rolla (1974) is STILL much of the band as you see them now with the exception of founding member, K. K. Downing, who was with the band for most of their career, bu is no longer a member due to disagreements.

An ongoing campaign of expanded and remastered reissues have been part of the legacy of this classic metal band. In 2014, the band released their last studio set, Redeemer of Souls. Not only did the album enter high on the charts, it became their first Top10 album in the US landing at 6. Over time, the album has sold 100,000+ copies of the album.

On March 9, Judas Priest will issue their eighteenth studio set. The new album, called Firepower, will be filled with fourteen new songs.  The band will showcase the new album with a tour that starts shorly after the release of Firepower.

Firepower, like most albums these days, was financed by PledgeMusic crowdfunding, and is being distributed via Epic Records. A single (“Lightning Strike”) from the new album is now available and can be heard below.

Firepower can be acquired on CD, DD, and several limited edition color options of vinyl LP (go here for those) as well as standard black vinyl. There are also bundle options being made available with shirts, and signed guitars.

FirepowerJudas Priest

01. Firepower
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
05. Necromancer
06. Children of the Sun
07. Guardians
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red


Two Wishbone Ash Album Sets Remastered and Expanded For 2018

Wishbone Ash had enjoyed a strong UK following all the way through their Twin Barrels Burning album, which was issued in 1982. It was followed up by 1985’s  Raw To The Bone. Both albums were released on independent labels as MCA had finished with the band after their Number The Brave album from 1981. For many, the band was still hitting on all cylinders even though they had adopted a familiar and saving ’80s metal sound to stay relevant for Raw To The Bone. Twin Barrels Burning still carried the evolved sounds from Number The Brave and is more reminiscent of the earlier band than Raw To The Bone is. Regardless, Wishbone Ash, admirably helmed by Andy Powell, eventually struggled to maintain an existence with multiple lineups that included the original four for IRS Records (Nouveau Calls – 1987, Hear To Hear – 1989).

Twin Barrels Burning, and Raw To The Bone both disappeared to relative obscurity, forgotten to time, if not for devoted fans, then to the changing times.

On the 19th of December, PledgeMusic will release in limited numbers both classic Wishbone Ash albums in newly remastered and amply expanded editions. After this, Cherry Red Records will be releasing these to the marketplace on wider release, planned for February 2 of 2018. All issues are from the UK and will need importation to the US.

Twin Barrels Burning will be issued in a 2CD package. Not only is the original music remastered, there will be inclusion of three sessions outtakes (“Cat And Dog Fight”, “Go For The Gold”, “Night Hawker”), and the desired American remixes of the original UK album in re-sequenced manner.

Raw To The Bone will also be issued in a 2CD package. The original CD will include the original ten-track album, with the add of five bonus tracks, one from the original 1985 sessions (“She’s Still Alive”), and four from a subsequent 1986 recording session (“Apocalypso”, “Valley of Tears”, “Nkomo”, “Talk To Me”). The added CD will include eight live performance tracks, four from The Friday Rock Show (“Long Live The Night”, “Cell of Fame”, “Love In Blue”, “People In Motion”), and four Live At Hammersmith broadcast from BBC radio (“Living Proof”, “Cell of Fame”, “The King Will Come”, “Blowin’ Free”).

Both titles will also be made available on picture disc vinyl, and two 2CD set bundles via Pledge Music (here).

Suzi Quatro To Release New Remastering Of Hits With The Best Of Suzi Quatro: Legend

Suzi Quatro is a kind of interesting success story. Being unable to find a success in the US, she went in search of it within the birders of the UK. It was there where she found the elusive goal. Her professional ‘discovery’ was with Mickie Most, whose work with The Animals and Herman’s Hermits produced excellent results. From there, it was a short but wild ride for the singer. Her single with Chris Norman (Smokie), “Stumblin’ In” gave her her widest hit. Of course, Suzi was full of great pop/rock tunes since her first UK hit, “Can The Can”.

Over time, Suzi released over ten studio efforts. Of those, seven were in her glory years of fame. Afterwards, Suzi went into an envied legacy where she exists today. Music fans from back then still like what she created and played. It’s why she features in over fifteen compilation sets. If you’re a Quatro fan, then it’s no doubt you that you own at least one of them.

On September 22, Suzi Quatro, in conjunction with Chrysalis Records, and PledgeMusic, will release a 20-track compilation selected by Suzi Quatro herself. In addition to the personalized choices of the set, the music will be newly remastered. The remastering is done from the original 1/4″ stereo tapes. The extensive ‘best of’ will be called The Best Of Suzi Quatro: Legend.

The offerings include CD in a six-panel digipak, both MP3 and WAV DD availability, a signed 2LP vinyl set with DD rights, and (unsigned) 2LP vinyl set with Digital Download rights. The vinyl LPs will be pressed on Gold-colored vinyl.

If you choose to order directly from the PledgeMusic site, here’s the access link. There are still 70 days before the project closes.

The Best Of Suzi Quatro: Legend – Suzi Quatro

01. Can The Can
02. Shine My Machine
03. 48 Crash
04. Skin Tight Skin
05. Daytona Demon
06. Devil Gate Drive
07. The Wild One (Single Version)
08. Cat Size
09. Too Big
10. Michael
11. Half As Much As Me
12. Stumblin’ In
13. If You Can’t Give Me Love
14. Suicide
15. Wiser Than You
16. She’s In Love With You
17. Hollywood
18. 15 Minutes Of Fame
19. Free The Butterfly
20. Dancing In The Wind


New Cheap Trick Album, We’re All Alright, To Be Released In June

Cheap Trick has never been one to rest musically. They are relentless in their dedication to their original intent. Make the best music, put on the best shows, and enjoy the best effects. And they’re still doing it all these years later. I will admit to only being super fond of their debut album, with the rest interesting. But it is the debut I always replay. Nevertheless…

Cheap Trick, like many artists these days, have gone to Pledge Music as the monetizing means to produce and release new albums. They have a brand new album coming down the road. The album is called We’re All Alright. It follows up last year’s Bang Zoom Crazy Hello (released early April, 2016). We’re All Alright will be distributed via Big Machine Records.

We’re All Alright will offer ten tracks, but throw in three bonus tunes on the Deluxe Edition CD. If you hit the PledgeMusic website (here), you can get in on a lot of various bundles for this new album including vinyl mats. tees, and other assorted goodies. You can preview a track of the new album below.

There will be an LP edition that will be delayed until August 18. The CD and DD Editions (all of ’em) will be released on June 16.