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“Golden Years” Revisited

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Details have arrived regarding the long-awaited deluxe edition of Station to Station, David Bowie’s 1976 album and the vehicle for his “Thin White Duke” character.

Recorded while Bowie was arguably his most drug-addled, Station to Station featured the U.K. Top 10 hit “Golden Years,” as well as singles “TVC 15” and “Wild is the Wind.” The promotion of the LP saw Bowie in some of his most outrageous days; interviews were punctuated by the singer extolling the virtues of facism, and controversy boiled over when Bowie was allegedly photographed in mid-Nazi salute (in retrospect, many believe he was caught in mid-wave). Bowie would follow this up with the so-called “Berlin trilogy” with Brian Eno, which put him closer to chemical recovery and greater critical acclaim.

The reissue comes in two heavy-duty sets. A three-disc version includes the original analogue master of the LP and two discs’ of a famous, oft-bootlegged show at Nassau Coliseum. The set will be packaged in mini gatefold sleeves (including the original artwork preserved for compact disc and will come with three postcards and a 16-page booklet all stowed in a lid-top box (must be similarly packed as the recent Duran Duran remasters).

A deluxe edition, meanwhile, will include those three discs along with two other CDs – the 1985 CD master of Station to Station and an EP of single mixes – three vinyl records comprising Station to Station and Nassau Coliseum ’76, a DVD of various new and remastered mixes of the the album and lots of other collectibles.

Both sets will be available on September 20 in the U.K. Hit the jump to check the track lists. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 2, 2010 at 14:42

Rick Nelson Box Set Raves On

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A hat tip to MusicTAP for pointing this one out: Bear Family, the inimitable German catalogue label specializing in reissues from the early days of rock, is issuing the last in a series of career-spanning box sets from the late, great Rick Nelson.

In 1957, Ricky Nelson, the heartthrob co-star of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (which starred his parents), began to develop a rock ‘n’ roll career that thrived throughout the rest of the decade. Next to Elvis Presley and Pat Boone, there was no greater presence on the Top 40 than Ricky’s. While the British Invasion put a stop to much of his chart success, he continued putting out original country-tinged rock throughout the ’70s and ’80s before his tragic death in a plane crash on the last day of 1985.

Bear Family now brings the musical celebration of his life to a close with The Last Time Around, a seven-disc box set chronicling Nelson’s career from 1970-1982. This 134-track set includes his last four albums for Decca/MCA – Rick Sings Nelson (1970), Rudy the Fifth (1971), Garden Party (1972) (the title track of which was a Top 10 hit and bought Rick back into the spotlight) and Windfall (1974) – as well as an album for Epic (Intakes (1977)) and Capitol (Playing to Win (1981)). The set also includes two albums’ worth of rare material – Back to Vienna, a 1978 session produced by Al Kooper that was never released, and The Memphis Sessions, another sessions from the same year that were unreleased until after Nelson’s death in 1986 (where they were remixed for their inclusion on the Epic LP). Various singles, unreleased material and a live concert fill in the gaps, and a 144-page, hardcover liner notes booklet featuring interviews with principal collaborators and figures in Nelson’s life, session notes and rare artwork is also included.

The set starts shipping at the end of August and will set you back about $200. Take a look at the offerings after the jump. (Note: Bear Family’s page doesn’t note how each disc breaks down. We provide as much detail as we can below.) Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 2, 2010 at 11:48

Friday Feature – “Jaws: The Revenge”

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Let’s get the facts out of the way first: Jaws: The Revenge (1987), the third sequel to one of the best horror films of all time, is terrible. It is quite possibly the worst movie ever made. It is so bad that I once watched the film with a friend and we ended up taking a break (with the film, not with our friendship, though that could have just as easily happened).

The plot is ludicrous: Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary), the widow of Roy Scheider’s heroic police chief from the first two Jaws films, is convinced that another killer great white is pursuing her family after her younger son is seemingly killed by one before Christmas. She departs Amity Island for the Bahamas, where her elder son studies sea life, to find that – gasp! – the shark has followed her from one idyllic island to another.

The execution is miserable, too: the cast is clearly acting between paychecks (particularly the dashing pilot played by Michael Caine, having just won an Oscar for Hannah and Her Sisters) and the filmmakers do away with Jaws director Steven Spielberg’s ability to compensate for the lack of working shark model (where he kept the malfunctioning shark mostly hidden, owing the terror to either Verna Fields’ editing or John Williams’ iconic score, both of which won Oscars). The shark gets an embarrassing amount of face time, and it looks like a plastic and rubber mockery.

There are so many things wrong with Jaws: The Revenge. So why is it today’s Friday Feature? Well, there is the whole Fourth of July thing going on this weekend. But mostly it’s because there’s one thing not wrong with the movie – and it’s Michael Small’s excellent film score. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 2, 2010 at 09:00

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