Tuesday, September 2, 2014

George Harrison's The Apple Years 1968-75 Coming September 22

Universal Music Group and the Harrison family are reissuing George Harrison's first six solo albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles' Apple Records label. They have been digitally remastered from the original analog masters for CD and digital release on September 23.

Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture (Read All About It) are available now for pre-order, both individually in digipaks and together within the deluxe, eight-disc boxed edition, The Apple Years 1968-75.

Designed to complement Harrison's 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, the new box features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage. The set also includes an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.

This project has been overseen by George's son, Dhani Harrison, who stated, "I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years. Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."

The six albums have been digitally restored and remastered at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles by a Grammy® Award-winning team of engineers including Paul Hicks, Gavin Lurssen, and Reuben Cohen.

Wonderwall Music, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture (Read All About It) are all newly expanded with previously unreleased or rare additional tracks. All Things Must Pass includes the five extra tracks first released in 2001.

Olivia and Dhani Harrison believe that with the release of The Apple Years 1968-1975, many songs that were undervalued when they first came out will now have new light shone upon them. There are many gems in the box awaiting fresh discovery or reevaluation.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Kate Bush: First Female In UK To Have Eight Top 40 Albums

Kate Bush has become the first female artist in UK history to have eight albums in the Top 40 at the same time. 

The singer has broken the record previously held by Madonna after seeing a surge in sales as her Before The Dawn residency kicked off at London's Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Madonna previously had three albums in the Top 40 in 1987.

Eight of Bush's albums have made it into the Top 40, including Hounds Of Love, The Kick Inside, 50 Words For Snow and Lionheart, according to the Official Charts Company. The only artists to have had more records simultaneously in the Top 40 are now Elvis, who had 12 LPs in the upper echelons of the charts after his death in 1977, and the Beatles, 11 of whose 2009 reissues achieved the same feat.

Bush recently asked fans not to take pictures at her live shows. In a statement on her website, she wrote: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."

Bush is performing 22 shows at London's Eventim Apollo in total, her first gigs since 1979. All tickets for Bush's shows sold out in just 15 minutes when they went on sale on March 28.

Kate Bush's album in the charts on August, 31, 2014:

The Whole Story
Hounds Of Love
50 Words For Snow
The Kick Inside
The Sensual World
The Dreaming
Never For Ever
Director's Cut
The Red Shoes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Geoff Tate To Auction Off Queensrÿche Stage Backdrop To Benefit Bryan Stow

On opening day of the baseball season in 2011, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium by two individuals, who are currently serving a sentence for their actions.

Stow, a proud father of two and a paramedic, sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed into a medically-induced coma after the incident.

It would be months before he would go outside and, ultimately, more than two years before he would go home.

Shortly after the occurrence, while Stow was in the hospital, Queensrÿche became aware that he was one of their biggest fans, sporting a sizable tattoo of the Queensrÿche logo on his left arm.

At the request of a friend, the band made a surprise visit to Bryan in the hospital that September, which ended up being an experience that both will never forget.

"We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music," states original Queensrÿche lead singer Geoff Tate.

With a week remaining in their Farewell tour, Geoff's version of Queensrÿche (which will continue on as Operation: Mindcrime after the tour ends) will be auctioning off the Queensrÿche stage backdrop that has been featured on several tours. "It's truly a special part of our musical history and we'd like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress."

The auction will begin at 3:00pm PDT on Sunday, August 31, the day after the very last performance of Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour, and will end at 3:00pm PDT the following Sunday, September 7, 2014.

"We're honored and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a check just prior to Thanksgiving,"Tate said. "Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road."

Come Sunday, fans desiring to bid can enter "Queensrÿche Stage Backdrop" on eBay or go to the direct link at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261574477081.

In addition to the money raised from the auction of the backdrop, Tate will personally be donating his proceeds from a song titled, "Facing My Demons," that he sings with The Voodoos, who are currently out on tour with him. The song can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/facing-my-demons-single/id788709857.

Earlier this month, Bryan came out for the Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate performance in Morgan Hill, California and, more recently, made a clubhouse visit with his son to the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Sunday, August 17, where he was guided by longtime third base coach Tim Flannery and Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.

Flannery, a musician himself, has performed a series of Northern California concerts over the past three years to raise money for Bryan, and plans to continue his efforts as well.

To all music fans... to all sports fans... to all those who just want to do some good...

Get out there and bid!

For more information, please see www.operationmindcrime.com.

For specific information about Bryan and his progress, please see www.support4bryanstow.com.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam To Open Fall Tour In Malibu

Dave Mason, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Traffic co-founding member, will tour the U.S. this fall with a new project billed as “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam.” The tour kicks off in Malibu, Calfiornia, on Wednesday, September 17 at Smothers Theatre.

In May, Mason released his album, Future's Past, featuring new versions of his classic songs plus newer tunes he has written and performed on tour over the last few years. The cover art illustration for the album was done by Graham Nash from a photo he took of Nash in Hawaii.

Regarding Future's Past, Mason says, “There is a great version of ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ that is kind of a re-write.  There is a version of ‘World in Changes’ that is absolutely nothing like the original, and there is a great live version that is absolutely beautiful of ‘Sad and Deep as You.’  There are two or three songs that were on a CD called 26 Letters 12 Notes that I did seven years ago, a Robert Johnson song, ‘Come On in My Kitchen’ and a brand new song called ‘That’s Freedom.’”

Renowned for such Traffic hits as “Feelin’ Alright” (covered by Joe Cocker) and “Hole In My Shoe,” plus his solo signature tracks “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know and I Know,” Mason’s acclaimed solo career continues to flourish as he tours the U.S. with his Traffic Jam shows.

“I think that it is important to keep alive the legacy of four young men from the heartland of England and their contribution to contemporary music,” Mason says.  “And ‘Traffic Jam’ -- aside from the obvious material --will hopefully grow into the basis for other artists to participate. Keep the spirit alive!”

The singer, songwriter and guitarist has been touring and recording regularly since he co-founded Traffic in 1966, after which he went on to a successful and acclaimed solo career as well as recording and/or touring with artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Fleetwood Mac and more.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam - 2014 Fall Tour

9/17 - Smothers Theatre - Malibu, CA                            
9/18 - Santa Clarita PAC – College of the Canyons - Santa Clarita, CA                  
9/20 - Richard & Karen Carpenter PAC - Long Beach, CA                  
9/21 - Sycuan Casino - El Cajon, CA                        
9/24 - Sunset Center Theater - Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA        
9/26 - Theatre Deville - Vacaville, CA                        
9/27 - Uptown Theatre - Napa, CA                              
9/30 - Bankhead Theater – Livermore Valley PAC - Livermore, CA                                  
10/1 - Carriage House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center - Saratoga, CA                        
10/2 - Carriage House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center - Saratoga, CA
10/3 - The Center for the Arts - Grass Valley, CA                  
10/4 - Harrah’s Tahoe South Shore Room - Stateline, NV                        
10/9 - Boomer Fest Days - Puerto Penasco, MX            
10/11 - Harrah’s Laughlin – Fiesta Room - Laughlin, NV                        
10/14 - West Social Center - Green Valley, AZ                  
10/16 - Orpheum Theater - Flagstaff, AZ                        
10/17 - Route 66 Casino – Club Envy (Private VIP event) - Albuquerque, NM                  
10/18 - KTaos Solar Center - Taos, NM                              
10/22 - One World Theatre - Austin, TX                            
10/23 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX                            
10/24 - Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - San Antonio, TX                    
10/29 - Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, TX              
10/30 - Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, TX
11/1 - Bartlett Performing Arts & Conf. Center - Bartlett, TN                            
11/3 - Hiwassee College Auditorium - Madisonville, TN                  
11/5 - UTC Fine Arts Center - Chattanooga, TN                  
11/6 - Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center - Jackson, TN                        
11/7 - Grand Theatre-Frankfort - Frankfort, KY                        
11/8 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC                        
11/9 - Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN                        
11/13 - The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC                        
11/14 - McGlohon Theater - Charlotte, NC                        
11/15 - High Point Theatre - High Point, NC                      
11/16 - The Melting Point - Athens, GA                          
11/18 - Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Gainesville, FL                      
11/19 - Raymond F. Kravis Center/Dreyfoos Hall - West Palm Beach, FL          
11/20 - Sunrise Theatre - Fort Pierce, FL                      
11/21 - Amaturo Theater - Fort Lauderdale, FL              
11/22 - Englewood Events Center - Englewood, FL                      
11/28 - Whitaker Center – Sunoco Performance Theater - Harrisburg, PA                      
11/29 - Scottish Rite Auditorium - Collingswood, NJ                  
11/30 - Ram’s Head - Annapolis, MD

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 Set For November 4th Release

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4th. Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes – many found only recently – this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist's legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band. The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a two-disc version of highlights from the deluxe edition, will also be released on November 4. This will also be issued as a triple LP set on 180-gram vinyl.

Among Bob Dylan's many cultural milestones, the legendary Basement Tapes have long fascinated and enticed successive generations of musicians, fans and cultural critics alike.  Having transformed music and culture during the early 1960s, Dylan reached unparalleled heights across 1965 and 1966 through the release of three historic albums, the groundbreaking watershed single "Like A Rolling Stone," a controversial and legendary 'electric' performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and wildly polarizing tours of the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.  Dylan's mercurial rise and prodigious outpouring of work during that decade came to an abrupt halt in July 1966 when he was reported to have been in a serious motorcycle accident in upstate New York.

Recovering from his injuries and away from the public eye for the first time in years, Dylan ensconced himself, along with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed "Big Pink" by the group, in West Saugerties, New York.  This collective, which would come to be known as Bob Dylan and The Band, recorded more than a hundred songs over the next several months including traditional covers, wry and humorous ditties, off-the cuff performances and, most important, dozens of newly-written Bob Dylan songs, including future classics "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."

When rumors and rare acetates of some of these recordings began surfacing, it created a curiosity strong enough to fuel an entirely new segment of the music business:  the bootleg record.   In 1969, an album mysteriously titled Great White Wonder began showing up in record shops around the country, and Dylan's music from the summer of 1967 began seeping into the fabric of popular culture, penetrating the souls of music lovers everywhere.  With each passing year, more and more fans sought out this rare contraband, desperate to hear this new music from the legendary Bob Dylan.

The actual recordings, however, remained commercially unavailable until 1975, when Columbia Records released a scant 16 of them on The Basement Tapes album (that album also included eight new songs by The Band, without Dylan).

A critical and popular success, The Basement Tapes went Top 10 in the US and UK, with John Rockwell, of The New York Times, calling it "one of the greatest albums in the history of American popular music," Paul Nelson, in Rolling Stone, praising the tracks as "the hardest, toughest, sweetest, saddest, funniest, wisest songs I know"' and the Washington Post noting that "...Dylan has to rank as the single greatest artist modern American pop music has produced."  Robert Christgau gave the album an A+ rating in the Village Voice.

Over the years, the songs on The Basement Tapes have haunted and perplexed fans, with the recordings themselves representing a Holy Grail for Dylanologists.  What's on the rest of those reels?

The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes, including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York.  Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.

The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible.  Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967.  The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.