It’s nice to know that past albums from The Rolling Stones are still important enough to pursue the quality of an SACD release from a major label. In this case, the major label is Abkco, who released many of the Stones classic sets. Some years back, Abkco released SACD versions of all of the Stones albums under its tree. Those were well-received. And now, with the 50th Anniversary of Their Satanic Majesties Request around the corner (it was released on December 8, 1967), Abkco has decided to release a somewhat limiting package of the album with a 2LP/2SACD set. This new reissue will feature new remastering on both the Stereo and Mono sides, which account for the double formats here.
On September 22, this new box will feature two LPs pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. One will contain the Stereo version, while the other will provide the Mono version. The SACDs are similar in that they will feature the Stereo and Mono versions. It would be nice if the label would look beyond the niche market (and perhaps they will) , and present standard CD reissues for sale of the new Bob Ludwig remasters. Nevertheless, it is equally important to understand that the SACDs are Hybrid and can therefore be played in standard CD players. It’s important to note that there are NOT any additional bonus track inclusions for this.
This 50th Anniversary Audiophile Edition will be cool with the original lenticular cover restored to the LPs. A 20-page book will accompany this exclusive and numbered edition.
Honestly, just how often is it that a band of so many albums, so many songs, and so many years in the business of manufacturing Rock and Roll make one of the great Rock albums of the year of 2016? Not often I can tell you. But that’s just exactly what the Rolling Stones did with the release of their latest album, Blue & Lonesome. Personally, I had my doubts. I wasn’t overjoyed with their last album, A Bigger Bang. I’m not exactly thrilled with the prospect of seeing them live at this age. Call it a mortal fear of my own aging, I’m just glad I saw them at their peak during two separate periods, both before 1980. I refused to see them afterwards. For their albums, I’ve increasingly settled that I wouldn’t get a satisfactory album any more. But God bless ’em for trying. And if they tried, I’m gonna listen. After all, I STILL consider them the greatest Rock band of all time.
It only took one listen through of Blue & Lonesome to be awed. Recorded pretty much as a warm-up to an album of originals, the music felt much too energetic to them to ignore. And from the opening track of “Just Your Fool”, you’re sitting there with a stunned expression on your face. The Stones? You guys did this?
I find myself continually listening to this instant classic over and over. I LOVE “All Of Your Love”, a cover track of the Magic Sam gem. With the entire album a potent Stones-styled love letter to the Blues, there isn’t a single bad moment in the album. Mick Jagger is at top form. Keith and Ron are fiery guitarists, and Charlie’s drumming is at its best. Blues is the nuclear fuel that has almost always powered the reactor of The Stones. And with this new album, there’s no doubt (if you had any) that Blues is the bedrock of Rock and Roll. Not Punk. Not Pop. Not vocal-oriented music. The Blues. And it is never more excellent than hearing a bunch of old-school Rock stars understand it so deeply that their new offering is a time machine to the glory years of Rock.
If you’re a Stones fan, how can you not enjoy Blue & Lonesome? If the Grammys ignore this one, then they have proven themselves to be out of touch.
An immediate rush of blood to the head comes once in a while in the reissue world of music. For me, it’s the news of 2CD Deluxe Editions of two Ron Wood (Jeff Beck Group/Faces/The Rolling Stones) classics that are revered among fans. Those two albums are I’ve Got My Own Album To Do (1974), and Now Look (1975).
I’ve Got My Own Album To Do (title inspired by a certain individual who had more interest in a solo career than recording the next album with Faces) was released with the help of Jagger, Richards, George Harrison, Ian McLagan, and Mick Taylor. This album was a labor of good help and love. As for me, I STILL play this regularly. It excites my senses to wonder what may be extra material in addition to the possible new remastering.
Now Look was even better. I was produced with most of the original contributors heard on the first album. Now Look entered the charts and hung around for a bit. With songs like “Breathe On Me”, “I Got Lost When I Found You”, and the title track, along with another eight excellent songs, Now Look is another great album that I still play a lot.
Both albums were released on the Warner Bros Records label. For these two 2CD Deluxe Editions, they are in the very capable hands of Friday Music. You can expect both on January 6.
I will update as I get more information. I have little doubt that they might be reissued as vinyl LP sets as well.
The Rolling Stones have stood for the greatness of Rock and Roll for as long as many of us can remember. When they released The UK debut, The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers in the US), in 1964, and followed those classics up with 12×5 (US only) in the same year, as well as The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK), and The Rolling Stones, Now! (US) in 1965. little were we aware that his band would remain at the pinnacle for as long as they have. The band is now pretty much the FACE of Rock and Roll.
Fast forward to 2005’s A Bigger Bang, it would not have been too much a stretch to realize that the band has gone as far as it was likely to go in creativity given a new era of Rock and Roll acceptance in music. Even though the band would dominate as a touring machine playing all the hits and deep cuts, they could not reach into the psyche of the young like they had in the past. When they decided that they would record a new album of originals, Stones fans were pleased at their willingness to pursue another set. As they gathered to record, they found themselves playing classic Blues tracks. The songs were so good that they could not be ignored and so it was decided that this collected set would be their next album.
On December 2, The Rolling Stones will release a 12-track set of great blues tracks that features originals by Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, Little Walter, and more. The bonus of two tracks is that Eric Clapton joined to play guitar. The new album will take its title – Blue & Lonesome – from the Memphis Slim tune of the same name.
Blue & Lonesome will be issued on CD, DD, a 2LP package, and a Deluxe Edition Box with a 72-page hardbound book stuffed with words, credits, and photos including lyrics.
Blue & Lonesome – The Rolling Stones
01 – Just Your Fool
02 – Commit A Crime
03 – Blue And Lonesome
04 – All Of Your Love
05 – I Gotta Go
06 – Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
07 – Ride ‘Em On Down
08 – Hate To See You Go
09 – Hoo Doo Blues
10 – Little Rain
11 – Just Like I Treat You
12 – I Can’t Quit You Baby
And the magic just keeps happening in the music world as we gear up in the last half of 2016. With the arrival of a lot of great reissues and big box packages (Pink Floyd, David Bowie, etc), it seems only right that The Rolling Stones get theirs in the mix of availability.
On September 30, The Rolling Stones In Mono will roll out in a 15CD Box, as well as a 16LP Box. The albums included in this set are newly remastered by Bob Ludwig, and include the band’s first ten albums, most in both US and UK versions (see list below). To round out the set, a new collection called Stray Cats, featuring single-only releases, EP tracks, and b-sides will be included. All CDs and LPs will be housed in original art sleeves.
To make the set shine further, a 48-page book with new notes, essay, photos, and credits is in the package.
The albums included are The Rolling Stones (1964 – UK), 12×5 (1964 – US), The Rolling Stones No. 2. (1965 – UK), The Rolling Stones, Now (1965 – US), Out Of Our Heads (1965 – US), Out Of Our Heads (1965 – UK), December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965 – US), Aftermath (1966 – US), Aftermath (1966 – UK), Between The Buttons (1967 – UK), Flowers (1967 – US), Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), Beggars’ Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969). (Don’t forget the new Stray Cats add.)
Mute Records have a Mick Harvey (Nick Cave) album arriving on June 10. It’s called Delirium Tremens and will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. This album is third in Harvey’s artful interpretations of Serge Gainsbourg. Previously, Harvey had done Intoxicated Man (1995), and Pink Elephants (1997).
The legendary Alligator Records will release 45th Anniversary Collection featuring 37 songs across 2CDs. On them, you will find Mavis Staples, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Lee Rocker, Albert Collins, Jimmy Johnson, Elvin Bishop, and a whole lot more. This set will be made available on June 10.
Rhino Records will reissue three The Smiths sets on vinyl 2LP sets scheduling the re-releases for June 7. The titles are The World Won’t Listen (1987, compilation) on 2LPs, Rank (1988, live), and Louder Than Bombs (1987, compilation). These LPs wil featured remastered tracks and will be released on June 7.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a 2BD edition of Totally Stripped featuring The Rolling Stones. This set features Live From Toshiba-EMI Studio’s, Tokyo, Japan / The Paradiso, Amsterdam / Live From The L’Olympia Bru. It’s on the calendar for June 3. There will also be a DVD set as well as a DVD/CD set.
Concord Records will release a 3-disc set called The Traveling Wilburys Collection on June 3. This Deluxe Edition will offer 2CDs and a DVD. there will also be a 3LP vinyl set.
Real Gone Music have several 2CD sets arriving on June 3. Those will be The New Sounds Of Maynard Fergusen / Come Blow Your Horn – The Complete Cameo Recordings; Air Supply: The Columbia and Arista Years – The Definitive Collection, and Edgar Winter – The Definitive Collection. They also have several other album sets and collections on the calendar for June 3. Those include Loudon Wainwright III – The Atlantic Recordings, Fairport Convention – Live In Finland 1971, Petula Clark: Natural Love – The Scotti Brothers Recordings, and a Paul Butterfield Blues Band live set, Got A Mind To Give Up Living – Live 1966.
Real Gone Music will release several Dick’s Picks volumes from the Grateful Dead vaults. These are Picks Volume 31 – 8/4-5/74 Philadelphia Civic Center and 8/6/78 Roosevelt Stadium, and Volume 25 – 5/10/78 New Haven and 5/11/78 Springfield, MA. Both sets are 4CDs. They are available on June 3.
Varese Sarabande will offer The Very Best Of The Happenings on CD for June 3.
Reprise Records will release two Neil Young live concert tour films, Rust Never Sleeps, and Human Highway (The Director’s Cut), both on May 27. Each title will see both DVD and BD (Blu-ray) issues.
Mercury Records have an ICON title coming for Saliva on June 10.
BMG will release the brand new Band Of Skulls album, By Default. This new set is scheduled to street on May 27. It will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
Maranatha! Music will release Father’s Heart – Good Good Father on CD and planned for June 3. In addition, the label will offer a 3CD Box on June 3 called Maranatha Praise Band. It will bundle Praise Band 8, 9, and 10.
And finally, Foghat is releasing a new album on June 24. And while I have mixed feelings about this, especially this one, I can understand that this is not a matter of people not getting along. Rather, it is a continuation of an impossible situation. I don’t have to like it. Personally, I’d rather they just had recorded brand new songs instead of re-recording classics for whatever reason was needed to do so. Nevertheless, for those fans who continue on regardless, Under The Influence is on the way. Get the full scoop here.
In June of this year (2015), I posted this announcement of three Rolling Stones albums that were being offered by several top-shelf art galleries as classy 16″ x 16″ lithographs (in addition to the album). They were exclusive, limited edition sets that had the plates expected to be destroyed at their their 2500 (each title) run. (Read here.)
On November 17, Abkco Records and Time/Life will re-release these lithograph titles (while I don’t know the actual specs of the lithograph, I’m betting that they will NOT be the 16″ x 16″ sized ones offered by the galleries. Instead – I’m guessing – they will be re-released as replica 12″ x 12″ sized lithographs).
The titles were Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out (1970), 12×5 (1964), and Let It Bleed (1969). These will be the same titles being re-released on November 17. Each LP will be pressed on clear vinyl.
Beggars Banquet plan the reissue of three classic Gary Numan titles on vinyl LP which will include The Pleasure Principle (1979), Telekon (2LP, 1980), and Replicas (with Tubeway Army, 1979). These three vinyl reissues will be released on December 11.
Surfdog Records will reissue a yellow vinyl LP press for Everything You Need (2003) by Slightly Stoopid. It is scheduled for December 11.
Reprise Records will release a 2LP red, white, and black colored vinyl set for American Idiot (2004) by Green Day. It’s on the calendar for November 27.
Mute Records have Saturdays=Youth (2008) , and Digital Shades, Volume 1 (2007), by M83, on reissued CD, planned for November 20.
Provogue Records plan a CD and LP offering for a new Leslie West set, Soundcheck. Soundcheck is the newest album from the celebrated guitarist that will contain eleven tracks. Exciting is the fact that there are big contributors to this new West album that include Peter Frampton, Brian May, Bonnie Bramlett, and the late Jack Bruce. Soundcheck is scheduled for November 20.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a Blu-ray edition of A Night At The Odeon featuring Queen. This BD set goes to shelves on November 20.
Eagle Rock Entertainment also has several other good offerings that include 2CD/BD, and 2CD/DVD editions of Live In Hyde Park featuring The Who, and 2CD/BD and 2CD/DVD editions of From The Vault: Live At Leeds 1982 featuring The Rolling Stones, (see how they did that? Leeds a well known Who title now affixed to The Stones, and Hyde, once attached to The Stones, now a Who set). All sets are pegged for release on November 20.
UDR will release Guilty As Sin by Girlschool on CD and vinyl LP, both on November 13. Nice to hear these UK girls once again.
4AD Records will release the new album by Daughter. The new album, called Not To Disappear, is planned for January 15, 2016. The album is being preceded by a single, “Doing The Right Thing” (see video below). The new album will offer ten tracks!
Lava Music will release a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra album called Letters From The Labyrinth. This 14-track set is on the calendar for November 13.
Audio Fidelity will release a Christmas SACD classic, The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. It is scheduled for release on November 13.
And finally, Legacy Recordings will release a 4CD, 97-track collection of newly remastered radio broadcast and rehearsal pieces featuring Frank Sinatra in a package called Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air 1935-1955. It is expected on November 20.
Time/Life, in conjunction with Abkco Records, will release three collectible vinyl sets of classic Rolling Stones titles. Those will include 12 x 5 (1964), a US release that combined the UK 5-track (5 x 5). adding more songs like “Time Is On My Side”, and “It’s All Over Now” to make a full LP; the classic tracks rich Let It Bleed (1969); and one of the great live albums of Rock and Roll history found in Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (1970). These sets go beyond being just mere vinyl reissues, though.
The three titles will be offered as a Limited Edition clear vinyl LP, accompanied by a lithograph of the album cover (image measures 16″ x 16″). After the run of 2500 copies of each title, the plates are going to be destroyed, which means no possibility of future reproduction.
In addition to being made available for purchase now (they run around $200 ea) via the Spotlight Gallery website (here), they will be sold at an on-site LA gallery location (Mr Musichead Gallery / Hollywood) on June 18, and in NYC at The ARChive of Contemporary Music (Soho) on July 9.
If you’re interested, get your order in before they’re gone.
It’s somewhat inevitable that original singles would begin to be reissued on vinyl, especially in the 12″ format. If you’re a fan of The Rolling Stones, then it may interest you to know that Abkco Records will be releasing a 12″ vinyl edition of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in celebration of the song’s 50th Anniversary.
This Limited Edition, numbered 12″ single will be presented in Mono, and pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. the disc will also feature both the US and UK B-sides (“The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” – US, “The Spider And The Fly” – UK). The sleeve will feature the original artwork.
This 12″ vinyl is on the calendar for July 10 (US).