Monday, October 20, 2014

Supertramp's Crime Of The Century - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Coming In December

Crime Of The Century was the first of the many peaks in Supertramp’s illustrious career; an album that had everything to prove, full of tunes that effortlessly straddled the world of pure pop and progressive rock. The LP eventually peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts and saw the band for the first time on the US Top 40. It was the music and the album’s cinematic sonic qualities that accounted for its impact.

Crime Of The Century is not only one of Supertramp’s greatest works, but one of the most highly regarded recordings of 70s rock music. Released in 1974, it put the band on the map after three years of struggle. With the unmistakable blend of the two songwriters – Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson’s – work, it married the sweetness of Hodgson’s "Dreamer" – the band's first big hit single – with the grit of Davies’ similarly beloved "Bloody Well Right."

In "School," "Rudy" and the title track, the band – Davies, Hodgson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, and Dougie Thomson – helped define what would soon be known as ‘Adult Oriented Rock.’ This was – and is – not just an album that showed Supertramp's increased maturity, but a timeless gem, crammed with incredible melodies and thoughtful lyrics.

Scheduled for release on December 8, the 40th Anniversary edition contains the classic original album, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, and a second disc features their 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, mixed from the original tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott, capturing the band on the verge of stardom, showcasing all of Crime, and also previewing tracks from the then-as-yet-unreleased follow-up, Crisis? What Crisis?

The double CD package comes with a 24-page booklet of photographs, and a new essay written by Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo Magazine, containing new interviews with Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Ken Scott, Bob Siebenberg, Roger Hodgson, and 1973-1983 Supertramp manager Dave Margereson. Crime Of The Century is also available in single CD, LP and digital formats.

There is heavyweight vinyl set in a beautiful box set, cut by Ray Staff at Air Studios, featuring all the material of the two CDs across three 180gm LPs, with an eight-page album-sized booklet with a longer version of Alexander’s essay, download card, and two 10x8 prints.

Crime Of The Century was produced by Ken Scott (The Beatles’ White Album, David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars). His engineering prowess merited a Grammy nomination and became one of the ‘go to’ albums for Hi-Fi demonstrations alongside Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

Enjoy again the sonic excellence and musical and lyrical sophistication of this well-loved band on this timely celebration of one of Crime Of The Century, one of their landmark recordings.

ORIGINAL ALBUM: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell/ Asylum / Dreamer/Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century

LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 75: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell / Asylum / Sister Moonshine / Just A Normal Day / Another Man’s Woman / Lady / A – You’re Adorable / Dreamer / Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Audio Fidelity Releasing Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 'The Christmas Attic' On Two LP Set

Christmas arrives early this year with the release of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's  rock opera The Christmas Attic on two CDs from Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity. 

Originally released in 1998, The Christmas Attic is the second installment of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Trilogy.

The story begins on Christmas Eve when a young girl's curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic when she decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents' home while she should be asleep.  This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs.

The track “Christmas Canon,” one of the TSO's most well-known songs, is a variation of Pachelbel's famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added as well as "Boughs of Holly" and a soulful rendition of "Music Box Blues."

The Christmas Attic is being made available on vinyl for the first time in a two LP set. The brilliantly remastered records are packaged in a seasonal gatefold jacket that includes a colorful 12-page booklet filled with the tale of The Christmas Attic as well as the lyrics to all the songs.

When founder and producer Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious: “...create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who...but take it way, way further.”

With more than 9 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. They've become one of the world's top acts and listed in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade.

Their $20 million-plus stage production has played to over 11 million people in 80+ cities across the globe. TSO will once again be touring during the 2014 and 2015 holiday season with The Christmas Attic show.

Last year they welcomed-in the New Year in front of over one million German fans in a nationally televised show live from the Brandenberg Gate.

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/trans-siberian-orchestrathe-christmas-attic

Friday, October 17, 2014

Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day's Black Friday


Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the label's lineup of collectible 12", 10" and 7" vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation's independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For RSD Black Friday 2014, Legacy is offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions, catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school.

Leading Legacy's RSD Black Friday line-up this year is "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a 10" vinyl single that also features "Tis A Pity She's A Whore 10" by the legendary David Bowie.

Other titles include:

Joe Satriani EP  12" Vinyl 45 RPM 30th Anniversary Edition
This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani's self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records.  This "one man band" recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis "Blue Xmas"   7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single
In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with “Blue Xmas,” a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with “Devil May Care,” another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. “Blue Xmas” is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The following albums will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available:

Elvis Presley – Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl
The film "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970.   This  individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile 12" vinyl
This limited edition, individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969.  Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix "bootleg" issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl
Released in 1971, The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies’ “signature statement” as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Now in its seventh year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April, with an annual Black Friday event occurring the day after Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Led Zeppelin Shares Rare, Alternate Version Of "Rock and Roll"

It’s been a long time since we… heard a rare Led Zeppelin track. Over two weeks, to be exact, since we shared the alternate version of 1973’s “Rain Song” from Zeppelin’s forthcoming pair of classic LP reissues.

This time, the band has leaked an alternate take of “Rock and Roll” -- the windows down, hard-rockin’ second track from 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV. How do you think it compares to the original?

"'Rock and Roll' has just got that cheeky energy about it," frontman Jimmy Page said. "It's a party. 'It's been a long time since I rock and rolled.' It says it all, really. It's great lyrics and it's a great performance."

"As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk," bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones said. "It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It's a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it."

The reissues of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy drop October 27 via Atlantic/Swan Song. Each reissue will contain a bounty of unreleased bonus tracks (on both CD and vinyl, regular and deluxe). Both will be included in a box set, which also contains a coffee table book and a print of the cover art.

Have a listen below:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heart & Friends — Home for the Holidays Coming November 10

Heart’s Heart & Friends — Home for the Holidays will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 10, 2014 by Frontiers Music SRL. 

Last December, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits.

Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined Heart for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of Heart’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets.

“We had a great time putting on this show with special friends for the holidays. Warm moments and great music from all... and some saucy little elves too,” said Ann Wilson. “We have always held the holidays up as a wonderful whimsical time of year and celebrating it in our beloved home town with friends, songs and family was extremely magical,” added Nancy Wilson.

Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for the band, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s Red Velvet Car, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years.

There have been many successful live shows and tours in recent years, including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour. In 2012, they released Strange Euphoria, a definitive career-spanning box set, as well as Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll, their best-selling autobiography. That same year, Heart got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and released Fanatic, their14th studio album.

Last, but certainly not the least, Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

You can order Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays at the following:
CD/DVD: http://geni.us/HeartHolidaysAMZCDVD
Blu-Ray: http://geni.us/HeartHolidaysAMZBR

CD audio track listing will include:
The River; Seasons, Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas, Barracuda, Even it Up, Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).

Blu Ray track listing will include:
The River; Seasons Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas; Barracuda; Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).