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Another Handful of ZTT

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The Zang Tuum Tumb label, which gave us some of the most experimental but accessible pop from the U.K., has been going strong all year with reissuing material from 808 State to Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Here are a few of their latest vault offerings ready to go, in case you’ve missed them.

The synth-pop pioneers Propaganda will see a 25th anniversary edition of their debut LP, A Secret Wish. This two disc set includes the original album plus rare and unreleased remixes. (Thanks as always to Slicing Up Eyeballs for the track list.) Propaganda were an influence on Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, and Secret Wish track “Dr. Mabuse” was featured in the film Some Kind of Wonderful. (The accompanying video was also the first clip directed by Anton Corbijn, known as the principal photographer for Depeche Mode and U2.)

There’s also a new Art of Noise compilation slated for release from ZTT as well. It compiles all the major hits of the band as well as another disc of unreleased material from across The AoN’s lifespan.

Both sets will be out in the U.K. on July 19, and can be pre-ordered here and here. The track lists are yours, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 7, 2010 at 11:52

Reissue Round-Up: To the Moon with Simon

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Here’s a handful of blurbs that we can thank MusicTAP for bringing to our attention from Legacy Recordings:

  • There’s a date on the calendar (August 10, to be exact) saved for a 10th anniversary reissue of Modest Mouse’s The Moon and Antarctica. The band’s major-label debut was previously reissued in 2004 (after the mainstream success of follow-up album Good News for People Who Love Bad News and its hit single “Float On”); that reissue saw the LP get a brand-new remix and four live bonus tracks from a BBC session. No word on what this version’s going to have.
  • Many were quick to point out, not long after it was reported that Paul Simon was moving his catalogue to Sony, that his albums were being scrubbed from digital music providers. On Tuesday, July 13, they’ll be back in all digital music stores, firmly in the hands of Legacy. The albums in question are Paul Simon (1972), There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973), Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’ (1974), Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), One Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), Graceland (1986), The Rhythm of the Saints (1990), Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park: August 15, 1991 (1991), Songs from The Capeman (1997), You’re the One (2000), Surprise (2006) and the 2002 compilation The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don’t Know Where I’m Goin’.

Written by Mike Duquette

July 7, 2010 at 10:19

Review: Harry Nilsson and John Stewart, “Spotlight on Nilsson/Willard”

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Whenever the temptation exists to get depressed about the state of the catalogue business, a reissue comes along as a reminder of a couple things. One, that good things, indeed, do come to those who wait. Two, that sooner or later most everything will see the light of day. One such reissue arrived from DRG Records on June 29 to sadly little fanfare. This totally unexpected set joins albums by two disparate artists, yet stands as a cohesive and altogether rewarding listening experience. Harry Nilsson’s never-on-CD, pre-RCA Spotlight on Nilsson has been joined on CD with John (“Daydream Believer”) Stewart’s Willard, both rescued from the Capitol/EMI vaults and combined as DRG CD 8512.

As Will Friedwald’s lengthy and typically-erudite liner notes point out, there are fewer degrees of separation than one might expect between Nilsson and Stewart. Both had songs recorded by The Monkees: in Nilsson’s case, “Cuddly Toy”; in Stewart’s, the evergreen “Daydream Believer.” Stewart’s Willard was produced by Peter Asher, Apple Records’ A&R director and close friend of The Beatles, who often cited Nilsson as their favorite artist. And despite their careers in front of the microphone, both late gentlemen may be best remembered as songwriters. In recent years, Nilsson’s substance-fuelled escapades with John Lennon during Lennon’s “lost weekend” seem to have gained the “Everybody’s Talkin’” singer more notoriety than discussion of his music. But the complicated Nilsson cannot be painted with just one brush; like Stewart, he was an astute, singular and altogether creative tunesmith. Read about these early albums after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 7, 2010 at 09:02

Bobbing for Apple in October

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Well, it’s happening: NME is reporting that Apple Records remasters are on their way October 25. No label has been specified (recall the rumors that Rhino, not EMI, was working on these), but the albums in question have been. Cautious optimism abounds, as there hasn’t been any discussion of bonus tracks or any additional material.

(UPDATE 7/7/2010: An official release has been issued and can be read here. Looks like EMI is doing these, with promises of some bonus material and digital releases – could The Beatles themselves be far behind? Also, note that The Modern Jazz Quartet and John Tavener LPs will be two-fers, so it’ll be 15 albums on 13 discs.)

Hit the jump and see the original track listings for each of these LPs. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 7, 2010 at 01:00

Aretha on the Quad

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Apparently Rhino’s reissue of Chicago’s debut LP in quadraphonic stereo was a success, because the label has commissioned another title for the same deluxe treatment: the 1973 compilation The Best of Aretha Franklin.

This set features some of The Queen of Soul’s biggest hits for Atlantic, including “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” A few rarities abound, as well: “Rock Steady” is presented in an extended form exclusive only to the quadraphonic version, and “Chain of Fools” has an extended introduction.

Hit the jump to see all the tracks, and order your copy here. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 7, 2010 at 00:54