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“Rated R” for “Really, This is the Last Time We’ll Post Any Info on It”

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After what feels like ages, new cover art and a final track list has been revealed for the 10th anniversary deluxe edition of Queens of The Stone Age’s Rated R. The remastered original LP – the band’s first on Interscope Records – will be pressed alongside a disc of B-sides and nine tracks recorded live at the Reading Music Festival on August 28, 2000. It’ll be in stores August 3.

Pre-order it at Amazon and hit the jump to see the track list.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 12, 2010 at 20:07

September Spawns a Monster

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From beloved, semi-official Morrissey Web site True to You comes the news that Morrissey’s singles compilation Bona Drag (1990) is getting a deluxe reissue for its 20th anniversary with six unreleased vault tracks.

Released between Moz’s solo debut in 1988 and Kill Uncle in 1991, Bona Drag included some of the ex-Smiths frontman’s best early work, including “Suedehead,” “Everyday is Like Sunday,” “The Last of the Famous International Playboys” and “Disappointed.” Six bonus tracks from the the Viva Hate sessions and beyond will be added to the EMI-reissued, Morrissey-approved package, as well as new cover art and rare photos (the LP sleeve, a still from the video for “November Spawned a Monster,” re-colored Morrissey’s shirt from black to red, as seen above, and will now go back to black for this reissue).

The set is due out in the U.K. on September 27 on Major Minor Records, the same vintage label from the ’60s that had The Dubliners and Johnny Nash which Mozzer looks to be restarting for this set. Come, Armageddon, come after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 12, 2010 at 19:28

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be “Cowboys from Hell”

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Cowboys from Hell, the major-label debut LP by Pantera, is going to be released this fall in a number of deluxe packages.

Cowboys, released on Atco after Pantera changed their sound from ’80s glam metal to a more thrash/groove-oriented setting, was a breakout hit for the band. Vocalist Phil Anselmo’s pipes were reminiscent of Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and the late, great guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s playing caused plenty of metal fans to pick up their own axes in the years since. Cowboys from Hell went platinum and led to the group’s mainstream smash Vulgar Display of Power in 1992.

Extras will be included in this set, but have not been officially announced by Rhino. A post by AntiMusic (cited in this ICE forum post) describes two and three-disc editions: a two-disc expanded edition, a three-disc deluxe edition and a box set version of the three-disc set. In an interview with Sonic Excess, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul confirmed there would be demos and live tracks included as bonus material; the ICE and AntiMusic posts mention one unreleased vault track in particular, “The Will to Survive.”

In the meantime, the original track list for the record is after the jump. The new sets are due out September 14. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 12, 2010 at 18:07

Posted in News, Pantera, Reissues

Reissue Theory: David Seville, By Any Other Name

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If you told anyone following the music industry in 1958 that David Seville’s musical legacy would be eagerly consumed by kids more than 50 years into the future, they might laugh. After all, Seville’s greatest “discoveries” aren’t exactly real – they’re in fact a trio of animated chipmunks named Alvin, Simon and Theodore. And their musical style – a high-pitched warbling that made novelties like “Witch Doctor” and “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” into left-field, award-winning hits – constantly travels on the line between clever and crazy.

But if you can believe it, The Chipmunks have had a rather extraordinary few years. Two theatrical releases in 2007 and 2009 grossed $361.3 million and $443.1 million worldwide, respectively. Their respective soundtracks – both Top 10 hits – went platinum and gold. In spite of more than a half-century of recording advancement and shifting popular taste, kids just cannot get enough of songs sped up as though the singers inhaled helium.

Seville – the stage name of one Ross Bagdasarian, a moderately successful songwriter best known outside Chipmunk lore for his appearance as the frustrated songwriter in Alfred Hitchock’s 1954 film Rear Window – wasn’t some crazy guy (although he created characters who now make kids laugh by eating poop). Seville had a huge hit as co-writer of the semi-ethnic “Come On-a My House” (which Rosemary Clooney took to the top of the charts in 1951) and another considerable hit with “The Trouble with Harry,” a novelty tune that further connected him with Hitchcock; it was based on the Master of Suspense’s film of the same name.

Of course, it was Bagdasarian’s purchasing of a V-M tape recorder and penning of a catchy tune called “Witch Doctor” that propelled him to success in 1958. Later that year, he would take the high-speed voice in the chorus of “Witch Doctor,” multiply it by three and give the world those unforgettable Chipmunks. But Seville had a good three years of recorded singles before “Witch Doctor” – all released on Liberty Records – that today prove his worth as a pretty funny tunesmith without all the production gimmicks. Today, most of these tracks have been relegated to the dustbin of history, with only a few hard-to-find compilations making the rounds.

Would EMI – the current executors of the Liberty Records catalogue – ever reissue this material to capitalize on the rather surprising endurance The Chipmunks seem to have? If they ever did, it might look a little something like this Reissue Theory look at the David Seville discography. You’ll hardly stand to wait to see what it looks like after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 12, 2010 at 10:30

News Round-Up: Coming Soon from Audio Fidelity, Kritzerland & Masterworks Broadway

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There’s lots of label action to report today, so let’s just jump right in:

  • Hot on the heels of this week’s release of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book and Laura Nyro’s Time and Love: The Essential Masters, Audio Fidelity has announced two more titles to receive the 24K Gold CD reissue treatment. Coming up are two 1980s classics: Rickie Lee Jones’ 1989 Flying Cowboys, produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan, and Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell, the 1983 album that catapulted Idol to superstardom. Steve Hoffman is mastering Rebel, while Kevin Gray handles the honors for Cowboys. Both titles are set for August 3 release.
  • At time of The Second Disc’s review, Kritzerland’s limited edition release of the Original Broadway Cast Album of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s Promises, Promises had already sold out. This 2-disc set offered the original LP mix on Disc 1, and a sparkling new remix on Disc 2. For those who missed out, Kritzerland has some good news. The second disc of the Promises set, comprising the complete remix of the album with all tracks in show order, will be released as a stand-alone CD, and is now available for pre-order as, again, a limited edition of 1000 copies only. Get this one while you can, folks.
  • Sony’s Masterworks Broadway division announced on Friday a new initiative that will see the reissue of one new-to-CD vault classic per month, available as MP3s from major digital download providers and as made-to-order CD-Rs through Sony’s partner, Arkiv Music. On July 20, the 1958 New York City Opera cast recording of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina will arrive, restoring to the catalogue this classic work that walks the line between musical theatre and opera. This will be followed on August 17 with the 1959 Jones Beach Marine Theater cast album of Song of Norway starring John Reardon and Brenda Lewis under the baton of Lehman Engel, and on September 14 with the Broadway Cast Recording of Hugh Martin’s Make a Wish (1951). The latter will contain a bonus track of Judy Holliday singing the score’s “What I Was Warned About.” Information on all three releases and the new reissue campaign can be found at Masterworks Broadway’s spiffy site.

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Written by Joe Marchese

July 12, 2010 at 08:30