Rush's ninth studio album, Signals, had the unenviable task of following up the band's 1981 commercial breakthrough, Moving Pictures. Canadian rockers Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart built on the sound of Moving Pictures with their continued use of electronic instrumentation and were rewarded when the album reached the top ten in the United States as well as the top five in the United Kingdom and No. 1 in their native Canada. The album produced by Rush and longtime collaborator Terry
Do You Feel Like We Do: "Frampton@50" Celebration Coming from Intervention Records with Vinyl and Hybrid SACD Releases
Peter Frampton made his solo debut with 1972's Wind of Change, following successful stints with The Herd and Humble Pie. The album put his acoustic guitar up front, while he also demonstrated his virtuosity on the organ, keyboards, drums, percussion, dulcimer, harmonium, and, of course, the lead vocals. Now, more than half a century later, Frampton has teamed with Intervention Records for a limited edition vinyl box set and a series of hybrid SACD reissues celebrating his early solo years.
Call the Fire Brigade: Iconoclassic Premieres Rick Springfield's Lost 1974 Album "Springfield" in Expanded Edition
Rick Springfield was the real deal, and the record business knew it. Already a veteran of multiple bands including Zoot, the Australian singer-songwriter had good looks and good songs - not to mention a great voice and strong chops. Yet international superstardom didn't come easily for the future General Hospital star and chart-topping "Jessie's Girl" artist. He paid his dues, including a short-lived, uneasy tenure at Columbia Records. Rick had scored a top 20 Pop and AC success of 1972's
The Weekend Stream: March 18, 2023
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to usher you into the weekend. We've got new remixes from David Bowie, old remixes from Madonna, an unheard Lou Reed song and much more - including another music writer who could use your help. David Bowie, Let's Dance (40th Anniversary Remix E.P.) / Let's Dance (Club Bolly Mixes) / China Girl (Riff & Vox
What a Day That Was: Talking Heads' 'Stop Making Sense' Expanded for Vinyl, Film Reissue
Why Stop Making Sense? Why a movie? Why tour? Why do the musicians come out gradually? What will the band do next? Whe do the odd instruments come from? Are live concerts better or worse than records? Why no "special effects" in the movie? Why a big suit? Why was a digital system used for the sound? Talking Heads' now-legendary live project Stop Making Sense asked a lot of questions of the listener when it was released in 1984. Here's another one: why reissue the album? That one's easy to
Release Round-Up: Week of March 17
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! U2, Songs of Surrender (Interscope) 4CD (40 tracks): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 4LP (40 tracks): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Deluxe CD (20 tracks): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada CD (16 tracks): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2LP (16 tracks): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada U2 is revisiting its discography on the new project Songs of Surrender. The album takes its name from the
In Your Own Sweet Way: Craft Announces Original Jazz Classics Relaunch with Miles Davis, Monk and Coltrane
Launched in 1982 by Fantasy Records, the Original Jazz Classics banner subsequently appeared on more than 850 reissues over the next three decades from the venerable catalogues of Fantasy, Prestige, Milestone, Riverside, Galaxy, Debut, Contemporary, Pablo, and Jazzland Records. Now, Craft Recordings has announced the relaunch of the series whose logo remains a familiar sight to jazz fans and collectors alike. On April 28, Craft will reissue two classic titles in audiophile quality on the OJC
Saw Your Name in the Paper: Morello Reissues Loudon Wainwright III's Atlantic Albums
Upon the release of his 1970 self-titled debut for Atlantic Records, Loudon Wainwright III was hailed as a "new Dylan." The comparison wasn't completely off-the-mark, given the artist's incisive, alternately wrenching and wry songwriting; and pinched, somewhat nasal voice as he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar. But the lyrical content of Wainwright's songs was far-removed from The Bard of Hibbing's. Having been born to an affluent family (his father wrote the column "The View from Here"
Tease Me: Iconoclassic Premieres, Expands Junie Morrison's "Evacuate Your Seats" on CD
Evacuate Your Seats! Walter "Junie" Morrison's 1984 album found the veteran of Ohio Players and Parliament-Funkadelic digging deep into techno-funk sounds with his own singular sensibility. The original credits proclaimed that Morrison produced, performed, wrote, and directed the album - and indeed, Morrison was a one-band man save for the engineers joining him in the studio. Now, his funky tour de force is coming to CD from Iconoclassic Records. On March 24, the label will release a newly
Here They Come: Classic 'Star Wars' Recording Gets a New Surround Mix on SACD
Fans of John Williams' sweeping scores to the nine Star Wars films released between 1977 and 2019 must have the patience of a Jedi Knight. While archival-quality expansions of the original trilogy's soundtracks were released in 1997 for the series' 20th anniversary and special edition reissues, the balance of the other six scores remain mostly preserved in their original album forms. In 2018, the series' new owner, The Walt Disney Company, sort of went back to formula on the original and prequel
The Weekend Stream: March 11, 2023
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to usher you into the weekend. From a Death Row drop and classic mixes from Madonna and Teena Marie, to a super-sized Elvis tribute, there's something here for everyone - including a way you can help a reissue producer in need. Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle / Various Artists, Above the Rim (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Deluxe
Don't Be Denied: Neil Young Adds Two Titles to Original Bootleg Series
The indefatigable Neil Young has announced the two latest additions to his ongoing Original Bootleg Series. On April 14, Young will release Somewhere Under the Rainbow (1973) and High Flyin' (1977) recorded, respectively, with The Santa Monica Flyers and The Ducks. Both titles will be available on vinyl, CD, and in digital formats including high-resolution audio at The Greedy Hand Store. Somewhere Under the Rainbow, OBS No. 2, was recorded live at London's Rainbow Theatre (today, an
Release Round-Up: Week of March 10
Welcome to this week's (teeny tiny) Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today. Van Morrison, Moving on Skiffle (Exile/Virgin) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) Van Morrison is back with a new 2-CD set dedicated to the skiffle style and featuring the likes of "Cold, Cold Heart," "Cotton Fields," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and "Greenback Dollar." Available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Blackmore's Night, Shadow of the Moon: 25th
Sensational: SoulMusic Collects Starpoint's Elektra Discography on 6-CD Box Set
SoulMusic Records has kicked off 2023 with a 6-CD box set from Dionne Warwick, and a 3-CD collection from Philip Bailey is coming up next. But we're turning back the clock to the waning days of 2022 for a look at the label's 6-CD box shining a light on Maryland funk outfit Starpoint. Object of My Desire: The Elektra Recordings (1983-1990) brings together expanded editions of the group's six albums for the Elektra label. Starpoint began their career at the Casablanca imprint Chocolate City.
One More Love Song: Dark Horse Reissues Leon Russell's "Signature Songs"
Dark Horse Records has announced the first release resulting from its new deal with the estate of the late Leon Russell. On March 17, Dark Horse will reissue Russell's 2001 Signature Songs on which he revisited his most classic compositions in stark piano-and-voice renditions. The upcoming reissue (which sports new cover art) will premiere the album on vinyl, and will also arrive on CD and in digital formats. With Signature Songs, originally released on his own Leon Russell Records label,
Give the People What They Want: Third Philadelphia International Box Set Arrives in April
After well over a year since the release of Satisfaction Guaranteed, United Souls' series of box sets collecting the Philadelphia International label's complete studio albums is confirmed to resume with the April 7 release of Love Is the Message: The Sound of Philadelphia Vol. 3. The third installment of the series promised to eventually encompass 15 volumes contains the following eight studio albums: The Ebonys, The Ebonys (Philadelphia International KZ 32419, 1973); MFSB, Love Is the
Review: Elvis Presley, "Elvis on Tour"
When Elvis on Tour hit the big screen in 1972, Elvis Presley was no longer the frequent cinema fixture of the 1960s, when he would crank out two or even three motion pictures a year. His last movie appearance was the 1970 documentary Elvis: That's the Way It Is, chronicling the Elvis Summer Festival of 1970 at Las Vegas' International Hotel. Elvis on Tour painted with an even larger canvas. Though it had originally been mooted as a new showcase of Presley's Vegas performances, the concept
The Weekend Stream: March 4, 2023
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to usher you into the weekend. De La Soul's digital debuts make headlines, plus favorites from Donna Summer, Adam Schlesinger, lo-fi disco soul, '80s dance-rock, a brilliant new pop track and an actress returning to sing a song she crooned in a cartoon! De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising / De La Soul is Dead / Buhloone
Review: Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello, "The Songs of Bacharach and Costello"
And so this had to be/painted from memory... The news broke on the morning of February 9, 2023 that Burt Bacharach had died at the age of 94. That evening, his longtime friend and musical partner Elvis Costello opened a 10-evening residency at New York's Gramercy Theatre which ultimately saw him perform 239 unique songs from every far-flung corner of his wide-ranging catalogue. The residency became a grand tribute to Bacharach. The pre-show music piping throughout the theatre each night
Release Round-Up: Week of March 3
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today. Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, The Songs of Bacharach and Costello (UMe) 4CD/2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / ElvisCostello.com 2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2LP with Lithograph: ElvisCostello.com Elvis Costello is looking back at his 25 years of music with the late Burt Bacharach on this lavish new
What Goes Up Must Come Down: New Documentary, Soundtrack Explore Blood, Sweat and Tears' 1970 Iron Curtain Tour
What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat and Tears? That's the question posed by award-winning filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Herb Alpert Is...) in an upcoming documentary film exploring the band's controversial State Department-sponsored trip behind the Iron Curtain in 1970. On April 21, Omnivore Recordings will release the soundtrack to the film on CD and digital formats as well as a digital-only companion of its instrumental score. Though the horn-rock band founded by
Turn Your Radio On: Real Gone's March Lineup Includes John Hartford, Don Cherry, Saigon Kick, "The Devil Wears Prada," and More
Once again, Real Gone Music's March slate offers up an eclectic selection of genres ranging from bluegrass to funk to jazz to alt-country to hard rock to soundtrack music, all spanning the years 1971-2006. All of these six vinyl reissue titles are due out tomorrow, March 3. Read on for more details about each title. John Hartford moved to Nashville in 1965 and signed with RCA Victor the next year. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist would record six studio albums for the label. The
For What It's Worth: Omnivore, Iconic Premiere 1971 Stephen Stills Concert Featuring David Crosby
On June 30, 1971, Stephen Stills released his second solo album. The simply-titled Stephen Stills 2 peaked within the top ten of the Billboard Top LPs chart and yielded two singles ("Change Partners" and "Marianne") which peaked just outside of the top 40 on the Hot 100. Stills set off on his first solo tour in support of the album and brought along The Memphis Horns, the brass section which had played on the LP. Today, Omnivore Recordings and Iconic Artists Group have announced the April 28
Favourite Shirts: Demon Introduces Half-Speed Master Edition Series with Yardbirds, Labi Siffre, Haircut One Hundred
Demon Music Group has recently launched a new series of Half-Speed Master Editions, all cut from original stereo tapes at AIR Mastering and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Today, we're looking at three of these titles. Demon has had a long history with The Yardbirds' Roger the Engineer (1966) including a 1986 expanded edition on CD, a single-LP vinyl reissue in 2019, a double-LP vinyl reissue in 2020 for Record Store Day, and a generous 2-LP/3-CD/1-7" single box set in 2021. Appropriately
Threat of Love: Cherry Red, SFE Expand Marc Almond's "Open All Night"
Cherry Red is continuing its longtime association with singer-songwriter Marc Almond on a new, deluxe 3-CD edition of his 1999 album Open All Night. While not his most commercially successful record, it remains one of his most beloved for its compelling blend of the many styles that informed his music. This new release, on Cherry Red's SFE imprint, expands the original LP with demos, alternate versions, live tracks, and more. SFE previously reissued Open All Night as a 2-CD set in 2010; this
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