Monday, September 22, 2014

David Bowie Exhibition Details How An Artist Became An Icon

There’s never been an artist quite like David Bowie, so it’s only fitting that a major exhibition chronicling the legend’s work is as diverse, expansive and exciting as his career over the past half century.

“David Bowie Is,” opening Tuesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, contains more than 300 artifacts selected from an incredible 75,000 items Bowie had archived over the years. With a location-based headset, viewers can hear corresponding interviews, commentary and -- of course -- music as they move through the show.

Along with the immersive audio, the exhibit packs in more than 50 of Bowie’s costumes from personas like Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke, multiple hand-drawn storyboards for his stage shows and music videos, and contextual media like World War II news clippings, the famous 1972 “Blue Marble” photograph of Earth from space, and posters from the film “A Clockwork Orange,” all of which inspired Bowie’s creative process.

“The show is so much about process... it’s about how you make things,” MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling said during a Friday preview of the exhibition. “You can consistently see how [Bowie] was reinventing himself over and over.”

The MCA’s show is the only U.S. stop on the exhibition’s international tour.

For more information and tickets, go to http://www2.mcachicago.org/exhibition/david-bowie-is/.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blood, Sweat & Tears' Debut Album 'Child Is Father To The Man' To Be Reissued On 5.1 Hybrid SACD

Exploding onto the scene as a band determined only to expand the boundaries of popular music, Blood, Sweat & Tears immediately made their mark as virtuoso players with an important vision and statement. 

Calling on rock, R&B, jazz and even classical influences, the band, led by Al Kooper, made what remains one of the truly inspired, groundbreaking records of the late 60s. Now much to the excitement of BS&T and Al Kooper fans worldwide, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is reissuing the band's critically acclained debut album Child Is Father To The Man on 5.1 multi-channel hybrid SACD.

The album, released in 1968, introduced the idea of the big band to rock and roll and paved the way for such groups as Chicago. Child Is Father To The Man peaked at #47 on Billboard's chart. “I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know” and “I Can't Quit Her” generated airplay on progressive rock radio.

This is the sound of a group of virtuosos enjoying itself in the newly open possibilities of pop music... the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form.

Tracks
1- Overture
2- I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
3- Morning Glory
4- My Days Are Numbered
5- Without Her
6- Just One Smile
7- I Can't Quit Her
8- Meagan's Gypsy Eyes
9- Somethin' Goin' On
10-House in the Country
11-The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud
12- So Much Love/Underture

Produced by John Simon
Multichannel recording Produced by Al Kooper

Multichannel SACD 5.1 mix: Al Kooper at The Magic Shop NYC
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mastering: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios
Stereo CD and SACD mastering: Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

For more information: www.audiofidelity.net

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Grateful Dead Ink Publishing Deal With Universal

How does a band mark a 50th anniversary as an event rather than a footnote? Universal Music Publishing Group thinks it has a plan to breathe new life into The Grateful Dead

Formed in 1965, the iconic psychedelic act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, and had historic success in the live arena -- it was a top 10 draw throughout the 1990s, and ranked No. 1 twice. The group also scored a hit single -- “Touch of Grey” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 -- and cultivated a legendarily devoted fan base.

Still, says UMPG North America president Evan Lamberg, “Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music. If you’re not putting yourself into relevant areas where your music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger [generation].”

It’s an opportunity he hopes to explore at UMPG, which will handle global administration for The Dead’s song catalog in a deal signed with the band’s publishing company, Ice Nine. (Six band members and the heirs of three deceased members claim rights to the catalog, and Warner Music’s Rhino Entertainment handles the band’s recorded masters.)

But before you start humming “Truckin’ ” along with the next GMC ad your DVR is hopping over, Lamberg notes that the partnership includes film and TV synchs but limits placement in commercials to songs not written by the band’s primary collaborator, Robert Hunter, who has veto power.

“We will bring them everything for them to review,” says Lamberg, “and we will learn more about what they want.”

His hope: “That this deal might get some conversations started out there among other iconic artists who haven’t done global deals.”

In fact, UMPG also has picked up the Neil Diamond catalog as part of the iconic singer-songwriter’s move to Universal Music Group from Sony Music Entertainment. But UMPG declined to comment on the Diamond signing.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gregg Allman To Be Honored At Classic Rock Awards

Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards – the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour has announced that Gregg Allman, one of rock's most acclaimed and beloved icons, will be this year’s recipient of the Living Legend Award. Previous winners of the Living Legend Award include: Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and ZZ Top.

The Living Legend Award honors those without whom rock music would not be what it is today; the innovators, the trailblazers, those who have inspired others to create music and have trodden the path for them to do so. Gregg Allman is all these things and more.

Gregg Allman is someone whose distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability has resonated through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. He has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, and his voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Along with the Allman Brothers Band, in which he was a founding member, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, and in 2012 the group was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMYs.

In 2011, he released the universally acclaimed Low Country Blues, his first solo album in 14 years, which gave him his highest U.S. chart position ever when it debuted at Number 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 and Number 1 on the Top Blues Albums chart. Allman’s 2012 tell-all memoir, My Cross To Bear, was a New York Times Bestseller.

The Living Legend Award will be presented to Gregg Allman at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4, at the Avalon in Hollywood, California This is the 10th anniversary of the awards and the first time they have been hosted outside London. Sammy Hagar will serve as this year’s host,

Here is the list of nominees for this year’s listener and fan-voted categories:

Best New Band – awarded to the best new rock band
BlackWolf
Blues Pills
Deaf Havana
Massive
No Sinner
Purson
Royal Blood
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
The Strypes

Band Of The Year – awarded to the most exciting rock band
Black Sabbath
The Black Keys
Guns N’ Roses
Iron Maiden
Metallica
Queen + Adam Lambert

Film Of The Year
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution 

Album Of The Year
Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

Reissue Of The Year – awarded to the best-embellished reissue
The Beatles – The US Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th Anniversary Kissteria Vinyl boxset
Led ZeppelinI, II and III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System boxset
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe boxset
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rolling Stones To Unveil 'From The Vault' Live DVD Series

Eagle Rock Entertainment are about to deliver a double dose of the Rolling Stones this November, with the debut of the new series of live concerts: From The Vault.

From The Vault will unveil live concert films from the Rolling Stones archive, now receiving their first official release. The footage from these concerts have been carefully restored, and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain.


From The Vault – L.A. Forum – Live In 1975 will be released on DVD, DVD/2CD, DVD/3LP, and Digital Video on November 18, 2014,

Coming November 4, From The Vault – Hampton Coliseum – Live In 1981 boasts a full-length 2 1/2 hour concert, featuring “Under My Thumb,” “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “Shattered,” “Beast Of Burden,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Miss You,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and many more. The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981, in support of the critical and commercial smash Tattoo You, was the most successful tour of that year, taking in a then record $50 million dollars in ticket sales. The 50-date tour kicked off in Philadelphia in September 1981 and ended with two dates in Hampton, Virginia on December 18 and 19. The show on December 18th, which was also Keith Richards’ birthday, was the first ever music concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event.


Two weeks later, on November 18, From The Vault – L.A. Forum – Live In 1975 will be released . This set also clocks in at 2 ½ hours, and features “Honky Tonk Women,” “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Brown Sugar,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” to name a few. The Rolling Stones’ “Tour Of The Americas ‘75” was the band’s first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started, there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement, when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play “Brown Sugar.” After a couple of low-key warm-up shows in Louisiana, the tour began on June 3, with a 44-date run lasting through August 8. They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five-night stint from July 9th to 13th. The L.A. Forum – 1975 film features the show from July 12th.