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Release Info: The Miracles “City of Angels”

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More info has come through on last week’s mention of the reissue of City of Angels, a “lost” 1975 album by The Miracles.

City of Angels, the fourth Miracles LP with vocalist Billy Griffin (who’d replaced Smokey Robinson in 1972), was a smash thanks to its huge No. 1 hit “Love Machine (Part 1).” But amazingly, it’s never gotten a proper CD release until now. Hip-O Select, Universal Music Enterprises’ boutique label, has reissued the disc with its original album art, a new essay written by soul music writer David Nathan, a bonus interview Nathan conducted with Griffin and fellow Miracle Warren “Pete” Moore, and an unreleased bonus track: a 12″ instrumental version of “Love Machine.”

Order it here, and as always stick with The Second Disc for more expanded and remastered news as it happens.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 29, 2010 at 13:56

Posted in News, Reissues, The Miracles

Journey to “Neptune”

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In case you missed it yesterday, AOL’s Spinner music Web site posted a stream of the lead single and title track of Legacy’s new Jimi Hendrix vault compilation, Valleys of Neptune. Me? I dig it quite a bit. It’s a solid track, and not a patch on his greatest hits (that can sometimes be the trick with posthumous works, especially when they’re released as singles).

Hear it here, plus read a cool interview with Valleys co-producer/Hendrix historian John McDermott here. And check out the full track listing for the record at Amazon if you haven’t already.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 29, 2010 at 13:31

Posted in Jimi Hendrix, News

News Roundup: ZTT and All That

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Awhile back there’d been talk of classic label ZTT – the label that gave us Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Propaganda – reissuing some of its classics with unreleased material from the vaults. Now it seems the first pieces of that plan are coming to fruition! ZTT have recently announced The Element Series, currently comprised of six releases by ZTT artists and associated acts.

After the jump, have a go at the titles, track lists and all that.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

January 29, 2010 at 13:06

This is It (Part 2)

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Now that I’ve gotten all my gripes out about the This is It soundtrack, I’m more than happy to pen some thoughts on the actual film, now out on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

For years after Michael Jackson rose from a nasty string of legal troubles in 2004, I had been ruminating on what could become of one of my favorite pop entertainers. His rumored forays back into the recording studio always left me cold; why would he collaborate with will.i.am or Akon when he had Quincy Jones on speed dial to orchestrate a classy comeback?

I remember thinking, as one rumor put him in the midst of planning a Vegas act, that he needed to do something big with his art. Maybe turn himself into a James Brown-style showman, heavy on musicality and less on artifice. Maybe by the end of the decade, he could do a soul-baring Rolling Stone interview, where he stopped acting for the cameras that followed him for most of his life and speak from the heart on his highs and lows.

Of course, that never happened. First he planned a series of wildly ambitious comeback concerts. Then, with only weeks to go before they began, he died, plunging millions – myself included – into a rush of nostalgia and a deep questioning of what might have been. Last October, we got our answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

January 29, 2010 at 00:57