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Reissue Theory: a-ha, “Hunting High and Low”

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Here’s a new feature I’m really excited about on The Second Disc. I’m calling it Reissue Theory (which was very nearly the title of this blog). Herein, I plot out what I think would be excellent plans to expand great catalogue titles. Using the best research skills I can muster, I’ll try to put together the perfect playlist for that sorely missing deluxe title.

First up is Hunting High and Low, the debut album by pop legends a-ha. Though their chart-topping “Take on Me” was the biggest thing U.S. audiences took from them, the Norwegian trio has enjoyed continued worldwide success to this very day. This year, they are embarking on a farewell world tour, which will be making three stops in the U.S. (only their second trek to America since 1986). 2010 also marks the 25th anniversary of Hunting High and Low, and the time is right for Rhino (distributors of the a-ha catalogue in the States) to take the reins and make a really nice deluxe set out of this great LP. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 1, 2010 at 11:40

Posted in a-ha, Features, Reissues

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Catalogue Gold at the Grammys

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Those who tuned into last night’s Grammy telecast may have been shaking their head at the oddity of it all – I know I was. But The Second Disc would be remiss in not posting the winners in several catalogue categories. Their victories weren’t televised, of course, but they deserve all the commendation in the world.

First, a big hand for Neil Young’s Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972) for winning Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. The trophies go to the art directors of the project, which were Young, Gary Burden and Jenice Heo. This set is crazy in its depth, and the award is the icing on the cake for this labor of love.

Up next is another win for jazz writer Dan Morgenstern, who scored his eighth Grammy for Best Album Notes. This time he got the gold for The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946). Very good stuff.

Finally, a big hand to Andy McKaie and Erick Labson for their production and mastering on Little Walter’s The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967), which won the Best Historical Album Grammy.

Congratulations to all the winners for their contributions to the catalogue field!

Written by Mike Duquette

February 1, 2010 at 10:25

Posted in Grammys, News

Arcadia’s “So Red the Rose” Fumbling Toward a Release Date

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(UPDATE 10:40 a.m.) Duran Duran’s representative Katy Krassner responded with lightning speed to the inquiry about the press release: “There is no set release date…we will update the site when there is one. This was just EMI’s updated press materials on the release.” So while fans have to wait a bit for the scoop, know that it’ll be here soon enough. Thanks to Katy for her response!

Duran Duran fans who’ve spent years fighting to defend the worthiness of the New Wave quintet enjoyed something of a vindication last year, when EMI released a fantastic double-disc expanded version of the band’s classic LP Rio alongside Live at Hammersmith ’82!, an oft-bootlegged set at the venerable London arena recorded by the BBC.

Luckier still, EMI announced around the time of those releases that they planned to expand the catalogue even further in 2010 – and formally announced in November and December that expansions of the band’s first and third records (1981’s Duran Duran and 1983’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger) would be released in March. Even better: a deluxe reissue of So Red the Rose, the only album by Duran side-project Arcadia (comprised of Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor), was announced for February 9 in the U.S.

Of course, reissues aren’t always perfect, and in January it was announced that the Arcadia reissue would be bumped back to April, so EMI could release the new titles chronologically. (Why EMI was so worried about this, given that the first reissue they put out was the band’s second record, still confuses me.) All was quiet on the Duran reissue front since.

Today, perplexingly, the Duran Duran Web site has posted a press release for the deluxe So Red the Rose, with the previously announced track listing but no release date. While I have no idea what this could possibly mean (I have e-mailed the band’s media address to get some clarification), catalogue fans can at least get excited that some really lavish Duran Duran reissues are coming out this year…at some point, anyway.

Hit the jump for the full press release. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 1, 2010 at 10:15

Posted in Duran Duran, News, Reissues