The Smiths are a revered UK band from the early ’80s. Not that you didn’t know that, but since their retirement in 1987, both Johnny Marr, and Morrissey have gone on to measured success with solo outings. Although late in his career, Johnny Marr has previously released two albums (The Messenger – 2013, Playland – 2014). Previously, Marr had occupied himself with session work.
On June 15, Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call The Comet. This new album will feature twelve new songs. A listen to the first single from the album (below) will confirm that Johnny Marr fits well within the framework of today’s Rock and Roll.
The new album is scheduled for release on CD, DD, Cassette, and vinyl LP (a limited edition silver vinyl, and standard black). There will be a 7″ vinyl single for sale as well. (See all that here.)
Morrissey forged a name not only for the band he fronted, The Smiths, but also for himself. His appearance as a strong frontman to a great musical band, filled with engaging angst expressed by well-written lyrics. The Smiths were only able to eek out four studio efforts (The Smiths – 1984. Meat Is Murder – 1985, The Queen Is Dead – 1986, and Strangeways, Here We Come – 1987) before succumbing to the wiles of Rock. But in that time, they issued a handful of singles that, when coupled with deep tracks from the albums, and a few non-album songs, have filled many a collection.
Following the demise of The Smiths, Morrissey has released a string of excellent albums, many which landed in the UK charts in the Top Ten region. His first, Viva Hate, was released in 1988. His most recent was World Peace Is Non Of Your Business (2014).
On November 17, BMG Records will released a new album by Morrissey that will be known as Low In High School. As for now, litle else is known about the album, what songs are in it, or even a cover shot. But I do know that the album will be issued on CD, DD, colored vinyl LP, and a limited edition cassette.
The Smiths are legendary in their ’80s approach to social ills while maintaining a sound for the times. One of their great efforts is The Queen Is Dead. Released in 1986, the album was their third. They would release another in 1987 before dissolving.
On October 20, Rhino Records will release several versions of the iconic album. The new box edition will contain the original album remastered. Additionally, the reissue will offer a collection of demos and single B-sides. Vinyl aficionados will be able to acquire this album and bonuses in a massive LP Box.
This classic album will be made available as a 5LP set, a 3CD/1DVD set, and a 2CD edition. The list below is for the 2CD set.
CD1 (Original Album Remastered):
01 The Queen Is Dead
02 Frankly, Mr. Shankly
03 I Know It’s Over
04 Never Had No One Ever
05 Cemetery Gates
06 Bigmouth Strikes Again
07 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
08 Vicar In a Tutu
09 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
10 Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
CD2 (Demos and Single B-sides)
01 The Queen Is Dead
02 Frankly, Mr. Shankly(Demo)
03 I Know It’s Over (Demo)
04 Never Had No One Ever(Demo)
05 Cemetery Gates (Demo)
06 Bigmouth Strikes Again (Demo)
07 Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Demo)
08 The Boy With the Thorn In His Side (Demo)
09 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1)
10 Rubber Ring” (B-Side)
11 Asleep” (B-Side)
12 Money Changes Everything” (B-Side)
13 Unloveable” (B-Side)
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.
Added to release schedules is the upcoming Johnny Marr offering, Adrenalin Baby – Johnny Marr Live. This 17-performance song set will be available as a 2LP set, a Special Limited Edition 2LP set pressed in pink vinyl, and a CD edition, all released via New Voodoo Records. This album is planned for December 4 in US markets, November 20 via non-US markets. All tracks have been recorded from shows at Brixton Academy, and Manchester Apollo in 2014.
02 The Right Thing Right
03 Easy Money
04 25 Hours
05 New Town Velocity
06 The Headmaster Ritual
07 The Messenger
08 Back In The Box
09 Generate! Generate!
10 Bigmouth Strikes Again
11 Boys Get Straight
13 Getting Away With It
14 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
16 I Fought The Law
17 How Soon Is Now?