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News Round-Up: Broken Wings, Hendrix Rocks, Phish in Exile and Film Score Tidbits

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  • A big reissue is coming from indie reissue label Friday Music: a 25th anniversary reissue of Welcome to the Real World, the 1985 sophomore LP by Mr. Mister. This record, which spawned the Top 10 hits “Broken Wings,” “Kyrie” and “Is It Love,” is remastered direct from RCA’s original master tapes and comes in a digipak. (No bonus tracks, but outside of a dance mix and dub for “Is It Love,” there were none, really.) Amazon has this one listed for an April 20 release. (Thanks to Pause & Play for the release date heads-up.)
  • If any readers play the Rock Band series of video games, a heap of downloadable content is coming your way from Experience Hendrix. Starting tomorrow, fans will be able to download Axis: Bold as Love (less the opening track “EXP”), along with the new vault cut “Valleys of Neptune” from the recent compilation of the same name. It looks to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Experience Hendrix and Rock Band developer Harmonix; “Fire” was included in last year’s LEGO Rock Band game, and rumors have been floating around regarding a Hendrix-exclusive title in the series may hit stores by the end of the year, as well as other Hendrix-branded content for the game series.
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, previously announced to celebrate the upcoming Exile on Main St. reissue with a week of artists revisiting tracks from the record, have named the first musical guest to contribute. Jam band extraordinaire Phish, who performed the album in its entirety for their annual Halloween cover album gig in 2009, will play Fallon’s studio in Rockefeller Center on Thursday, May 13, as tweeted by Questlove, drummer for Late Night house band The Roots.
  • Film score aficionados might want to read this great interview with Michael V. Gerhard, co-founder of score reissue label La-La Land Records. In addition to all but confirming the forthcoming expanded release of David Arnold’s score to Independence Day (take a close look at the banner of covers on the left side of the page), M.V. also hints at some other forthcoming releases from his label. To wit: scores by Jerry Goldsmith, Les Baxter, Danny Elfman, Michael Kamen and John Williams will all see releases from La-La Land, and Gerhart adds that he “[has] a feeling” fans will see releases for Independence Day (duh), Spartacus (likely from Varese Sarabande) and Leonard Roseman’s score to hilarious B-horror film The Car (a genuine, welcome surprise) this year as well.

Written by Mike Duquette

March 29, 2010 at 23:52

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  1. […] Between this and Friday Music’s reissue of Mr. Mister’s Welcome to the Real World earlier this year, it doesn’t get much better for fans of the […]

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