For quite some time, Steven Wilson has let it be known that he had completed remix work on several classic treasures. With that, it was up to the labels involved to simply release them as packages. We’ll the good news of today is that Universal has decided to release one of those albums.
On February 2, 2018, Universal will reissue the 1972 debut album classic from Roxy Music. With this good news, we also get the package in celebration of the band’s 45th Anniversary as a Super Deluxe package.
This 45th Anniversary package will present the album in both Stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes (It’s important here to realize that the Stephen Wilson remix available will be the 5.1 Surround and NOT a Stereo remix, which is strange. SW did do a Stereo remix of Roxy Music while he had the tapes in his possession. Nevertheless, the Stereo version being released is not attributed to SW, and is an older Bob Ludwig master previously released.)
Watch for 3CDs and a DVD along with a richly contributed 136-page high gloss book. The three CDs provide the original album, a set of outtakes, demos, and a non-album single, “Virginia Plain”, which IS presented here as SW remix in Stereo. One of the CDs will also provide several Live sets including two Peel sessions and a BBC broadcast.
The DVD provides a several videos of Old Grey Whistle Test, Full House, Royal College of Art, and Top of the Pops, and a rare club appearance. The DVD will be home to the two variations of the SW 5.1 Surround remixes (DTS 96/24, Dolby AC3).
There will be a 2CD Edition with only original album and the live sets. A vinyl LP is also in the release queue.
Recently, we had another musical classic performer pass from us. While I hate being morbid, I believe 2016 has really opened the gates of mortality for those of us who have walked along the fence. We remember the bands and performers in our youth that gave us something special to hold on to. People that we’ll never, ever forget. One of those legends was John Wetton.
John Wetton has been in several bands. He began his journey with Mogul Thrash, a band that admittedly I still know nothing about. From there, he moved on to Family, King Crimson, a touring Roxy Music, Renaissance, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, UK, and Asia. His contributions to all of these bands are unforgettable. And for his stretch across the borders of Progressive Rock, we the fans have been the lucky ones.
But, as time will have it, John Wetton went from life as we know it to a massive band gathering. He passed on January 31.
Let’s remember the great music he left behind.
(With few exceptions, I will cease to write or post In Memoriam columns. I choose to be ignorant and feel as if they’re sill here. Without columns such as these, it can feel just a bit better. To me, anyway. I did not forget Butch Trucks, either! May he Rest In Peace, also!)
For K Kline, M Nichols, both who inspired this writing.
There has been a slight date change for the upcoming Steven Wilson remix of YES‘ Tales From Topographic Oceans that was originally scheduled for September 26. The new date is now October 6. If you were anxiously awaiting this bliss, you’ll have to wait a week longer. His other project works in release planning are King Crimson 40th Anniversary of the Adrian Belew-era titles (Discipline, Beat, Three Of A Perfect Pair) are still scheduled for October 20, XTC‘s Skylarking, which is on the calendar for October 13, and the upcoming Jethro Tull remix of Stand Up, planned for November 18.
Of interest are the finished but unreleased remixes of the Roxy Music debut, and Tears For Fears‘ Seeds Of Love. It’s crazy that the Roxy Music debut has been finished since 2012!
Of even more interest is the discovery of another set of XTC tapes from the Virgin era. Speculation of which title it is is anyone’s game.
Steven Wilson has also stated in a post that he intends to continue work on he extensive Jethro Tull library, and mentioned This Was, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, and Stormwatch in particular. ‘he also states that he’s not interested in ’80s Tull output so it looks like Stormwatch may be the end.
Finally, he obviously is very interested in doing up Kate Bush titles. Keep your fingers crossed.
Personally, I DARE him to consider (then do) Wishbone Ash‘s Argus. OF course, I’d like to see others but if anyone of these might get his attention, it will be Argus.
Just a quick pop into this dream state with a bit of potential news. Over at the Gentle Giant FB page, a photo is posted with the cryptic notation of “Thinking about a new Steven Wilson remix this year!!” Whether that means that one is in the works, or that one will be released (as many of Steven Wilson’s remixes have been finished for years before being released. Roxy Music debut is one that is finished by not released (done in 2012). Others include Beat, and Three Of A Perfect Pair from the Adrian Belew period of King Crimson (finished “a long time ago”), and Seeds of Love by Tears For Fears (possibly finished by now).
As of today, only Octopus, and The Power And The Glory have been remixed. With the new post, we have a speculation that one is bieng released later this year. We know that the multi-tape masters for In A Glass House have not been located. It’s one that Wilson has been keen on remixing. But there are others so, while we wouldn’t know which title is being referred to, all we can do is wait for news of a more concrete nature.
Nevertheless, this bit of “noise” is definitely welcomed! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more news.
For vinyl LP fans who are completists and obsessive enough to need new replacements, there is an upcoming LP Box set coming for Roxy Music. You other fans of Roxy Music already have these in a CD Box that was released back in 2013. However, the LP Box released back in 1980 has long been sold out, and only contained seven of their eight album sets. That, of course, makes this set the complete set to have. Plus, the music is updated audio-wise.
The LPs included are: Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded, Country Life, Siren, Manifesto, Flesh+Blood and Avalon.
On March 17, Virgin Records will release Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Albums. This box will feature LPs pressed on 180g vinyl, and feature Half-Speed remastering at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell.