Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Led Zeppelin Reissues Continue With Deluxe Editions Of IV, Houses Of The Holy

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to a remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The albums achieved similar international success with debuts near the top of the charts in more than a dozen territories, including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Now, reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy are being prepared for an October 28 release. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy will each be available from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:
  • Single CD - Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
  • Deluxe Edition (2CD) - Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
  • Single LP - Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail. 
  • Deluxe Edition Vinyl (2LP) - Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
  • Digital Download - Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
    • Super Deluxe Boxed Set - This collection includes:   
    • Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve 
    • Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art 
    • Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing
    • Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art  
    • High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit 
    • Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
    • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered 
The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV. Released in November 1971, the album defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven," "Rock And Roll," "Black Dog," and "When The Levee Breaks." The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.

The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks," mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven," mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.

Led Zeppelin topped the charts again in 1973 with Houses Of The Holy, which features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge." The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.

The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano.

Led Zeppelin IV
Track Listing
1.    "Black Dog"
2.    "Rock And Roll"
3.    "The Battle of Evermore"
4.    "Stairway To Heaven"
5.    "Misty Mountain Hop"
6.    "Four Sticks"
7.    "Going To California"
8.    "When The Levee Breaks"

Companion Audio Disc
1.    "Black Dog" - Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
2.    "Rock And Roll" - Alternate Mix
3.    "The Battle Of Evermore" - Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
4.    "Stairway To Heaven" - Sunset Sound Mix
5.    "Misty Mountain Hop" - Alternate Mix
6.    "Four Sticks" - Alternate Mix
7.    "Going To California" - Mandolin/Guitar Mix
8.    "When The Levee Breaks" - Alternate UK Mix

Houses of the Holy
Track Listing
1.    "The Song Remains The Same"
2.    "The Rain Song"
3.    "Over The Hills And Far Away"
4.    "The Crunge"
5.    "Dancing Days"
6.    "D'yer Mak'er"
7.    "No Quarter"
8.    "The Ocean"

Companion Audio Disc
1.    "The Song Remains The Same" - Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
2.    "The Rain Song" - Mix Minus Piano
3.    "Over The Hills And Far Away" - Guitar Mix Backing Track
4.    "The Crunge" - Rough Mix - Keys Up
5.    "Dancing Days" - Rough Mix With Vocal
6.    "No Quarter" - Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
7.    "The Ocean" - Working Mix

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wings To Reissue Venus And Mars & At The Speed Of Sound

As part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, classic Wings albums Venus And Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) will be reissued on September 22nd (UK), and September 23rd (US), 2014.

Both albums will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats:

Standard Edition: Starting with a 2-disc (2 CD) Standard Edition, the first CD will feature the original remastered album and the second CD will include bonus audio made up of material including demos and unreleased tracks.

Deluxe Edition: The 3-disc (2-CD, 1-DVD) Deluxe Edition will be housed in a hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews with McCartney, material from his archives and expanded track-by-track information. The deluxe version bonus DVD will be comprised of filmed material from around the time of each release, some of which has never been seen before.

Vinyl: The albums will also be available on special gatefold vinyl editions (vinyl editions include a download card).

Digital: Digitally Venus And Mars and At The Speed Of Sound will be made available as both standard and deluxe versions — including Mastered for iTunes and Hi-Res formats.

Check out the trailers and track listings below...

Venus And Mars

CD 1: Remastered Album
1. Venus and Mars
2. Rock Show
3 Love In Song
4. You Gave Me The Answer
5. Magneto and Titanium Man
6. Letting Go
7. Venus and Mars — Reprise
8. Spirits Of Ancient Egypt
9. Medicine Jar
10. Call Me Back Again
11. Listen To What The Man Said
12. Treat Her Gently — Lonely Old People
13. Crossroads

CD 2: Bonus Audio
1. Junior’s Farm
2. Sally G
3. Walking In The Park With Eloise
4. Bridge On The River Suite
5. My Carnival
6. Going To New Orleans (My Carnival)
7. Hey Diddle [Ernie Winfrey Mix]
8. Let’s Love
9. Soily [from One Hand Clapping]
10. Baby Face [from One Hand Clapping]
11. Lunch Box/Odd Sox
12. 4th Of July
13. Rock Show [Old Version]
14. Letting Go [Single Edit]

DVD: Bonus Film
1. Recording My Carnival
2. Bon Voyageur
3. Wings At Elstree
4. Venus and Mars TV Ad

At The Speed Of Sound

CD 1: Remastered Album
1. Let ‘Em In
2. The Note You Never Wrote
3. She’s My Baby
4. Beware My Love
5. Wino Junko
6. Silly Love Songs
7 Cook Of The House
8. Time To Hide
9. Must Do Something About It
10. San Ferry Anne
11. Warm And Beautiful

CD 2: Bonus Audio
1. Silly Love Songs [Demo]
2. She’s My Baby [Demo]
3. Message To Joe
4. Beware My Love [John Bonham Version]
5. Must Do Something About It [Paul’s Version]
6. Let ‘Em In [Demo]
7. Warm And Beautiful [Instrumental Demo]

DVD: Bonus Film
1. Silly Love Songs Music Video
2. Wings Over Wembley
3. Wings In Venice

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jon Anderson & Jean-Luc Ponty Form New Band

Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! Yes's original singer and songwriter for 35 years, Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God,” Anderson said in a statement.

The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars - well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.

The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.

The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.

Kickstarter campaign: http://bit.ly/apband2014

Anderson Ponty Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband

Jon Anderson official website: www.jonanderson.com
Jean-Luc Ponty official website: www.ponty.com

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Farm Aid 2014 Details Announced

For 2014, Farm Aid will stage its annual concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, September 13. Farm Aid 2014 will rock Walnut Creek Amphitheatre and shine a spotlight on the family farmers whose hard work and ingenuity are essential for all of us.

Farm Aid 2014 will feature Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack White and many more artists.

It will be a full day of music, homegrown food, hands-on activities in Farm Aid's Homegrown Village and, of course, family farmers.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 go on sale Friday, August 1, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Tickets will be available at www.livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre's Box Office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $49 to $175.

For the latest concert updates and information all summer long, like us on Facebook and follow @FarmAid on Twitter.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne's Legacy Celebrated On 'Memoirs Of A Madman'

This October, Ozzy Osbourne's career will be celebrated with the Epic Records/Legacy Recordings Memoirs Of A Madman collections.

Due out October 7, Memoirs Of A Madman (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Osbourne's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.  Pre-order now available at Amazon.

The Memoirs Of A Madman (DVD) is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career.  Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from Osbourne’s distinguished solo career.  Pre-order also available at Amazon.

On July 22, fans got a sneak peek of Memoirs Of A Madman via Twitter. By using #OzzyRules in accordance with the number of tweets, engaged fans were able to unscramble the cover artwork and unlock a video teaser (http://smarturl.it/ozzy_memoirs_teaser).

In addition, an exclusive autographed limited edition fan bundle will be available (http://myplay.me/1abf).  This includes an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a Creative Allies fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by Osboure. See http://creativeallies.com/contests/977-create-artwork-for-ozzy-osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne's ongoing solo career spans four decades -- as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath -- and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. His tenth studio album, 2010’s Scream debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash “Let Me Hear You Scream.”

From the first notes of  1980’s solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz and follow-up Diary Of A Madman to classic albums No More Tears and Scream, no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as Ozzy Osbourne; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers.  

More information at:
http://www.ozzy.com/us/home
https://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne
https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne
http://instagram.com/ozzyosbourne