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So Much to Give

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Another late breaking release announcement: Hip-O Select has announced the reissue of I’ve Got So Much to Give, the first record by Barry White. Out of print for years, this remastered disc comes with new liner notes by BW collaborator Jack Perry (who also worked on last year’s killer Unlimited box set) and two bonus cuts making their CD debut. And collector’s rejoice: it’s unlimited!

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 22, 2010 at 23:40

Posted in Barry White, News, Reissues

J is Indeed for Jackson 5

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Awhile back I’d posted on the existence of a “new” Jackson 5 title, J is for Jackson 5. My guess was that, like the similarly titled B is for Bob set done for Bob Marley, the CD would be a kid-friendly compilation of J5 tunes (not that they really recorded that many kid-unfriendly tunes). Thanks to an Amazon listing, my beliefs have been proven correct.

The tracklist offers nothing new for J5 acolytes, unless you don’t have any of the officially-released, now out-of-print Motown karaoke CDs. Some of the instrumental backing tracks that appeared on those sets are present here, so if you’re craving instrumental Jackson 5 and can find this disc for cheap, you might as well go for it when it streets on March 30.

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 22, 2010 at 16:11

Reissue Theory: Peter Gabriel, “Deutsches”

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On this day 42 years ago, Decca Records released a single, “Silent Sun,” by a new band, Genesis. It was the first single off From Genesis to Revelation, an album that would not be released until nearly a year later. Neither the single nor any material from that first album would resemble anything near the forms of Genesis we know and love today. The sound was less prog and more psychedelia, and the teenaged band members – lead vocalist Peter Gabriel, keyboardist Tony Banks, guitarist Anthony Phillips and bassist Mike Rutherford (there was no full-time drummer at the outset) – had much musical development to experience.

Of course, after a few years and lineup changes (Steve Hackett replaced Phillips as a guitarist, and short-lived drummer John Mayhew was replaced by Phil Collins), Genesis became a prog-rock tour de force. And then, for better or worse, they became a lean, mean pop band after Gabriel and Hackett left the fold and Collins took double duty on drums and vocals (alongside Rutherford’s balancing of bass and guitar). No matter which version of Genesis you prefer, there’s no denying that the band left a long musical legacy, one that’s nabbed them induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.

The brash youngster in me first gravitated toward the MTV-ready Genesis of the ’80s, but over time I’ve come to appreciate the kind of wacky genius Peter Gabriel bought to the fore. And that genius kept shining throughout his solo career, whether he was recording screwy New Wave-esque records with worldbeat influences or orchestra-backed covers of indie-rock (that would be his most recent record, the recently-released Scratch My Back).

The oddest entries in the Gabriel catalogue, however, have got to be a pair of records released in the early ’80s and more or less unheard in America. After his 1980 and 1982 records (known either as Peter Gabriel and Peter Gabriel or Melt and Security, depending on who you ask), he released a special version of each of them in German. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 22, 2010 at 14:01

Posted in Features, Peter Gabriel

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