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The First-Ever Second Disc Ticket Giveaway Extravaganza!

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It is with extreme pleasure that The Second Disc presents its first-ever giveaway, courtesy of Sony’s RED Distribution. It’s a slight deviation from the usual catalogue-oriented affairs, but your humble correspondent couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring you, the reader, some neat (and free!) stuff.

The artist in question is Chris Shiflett, currently the lead guitarist for The Foo Fighters and also known for his work with Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Jackson United, Viva Death and, formerly, No Use for a Name. The very busy Shiflett just released a new LP, a self-titled effort with new side project The Dead Peasants. It’s a bit more roots-oriented than his other work, bringing to listeners a pedal-steel-and-twang sound to the mix (have a listen here).

If you like what you hear – and you happen to be around the Boston area around August 11 – then today’s your lucky day. Shiflett and company will be playing TT the Bear’s Place in Cambridge, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky winner. All you have to do is win is send an e-mail to us at theseconddisc (at) gmail (dot) com. We’ll be accepting entries through July 30 – at which point we’ll select a winner at random – so you’ll have plenty of time to enter and plenty of time to get ready, should you win.

Tell all your friends, and best of luck to the entrants!

Written by Mike Duquette

July 16, 2010 at 15:48

Friday Feature: “Ghostbusters”

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For whatever cosmic reason, 1984 was a huge cosmic intersection for pop music and film. Prince exploded into the national consciousness with Purple Rain, Kenny Loggins continued his run as America’s go-to soundtrack guy with his contributions to Footloose. Stevie Wonder called The Woman in Red to say he loved her, Harold Faltermeyer helped make Eddie Murphy a superstar with “Axel F.” from Beverly Hills Cop. Even Phil Collins had a soundtrack hit, against all odds.

And then there was “Ghostbusters.” A ridiculously popular song from an unlikely musician (Ray Parker, Jr. – an in-demand session player who’d worked heavily with Barry White and Stevie Wonder), the tune stayed on top of the Billboard charts for three weeks in a row. One can debate the merits of the song and why it was so successful – I would posit that its success derives from the catchiness and the amazing hilarity of the film it was attached to – but it’s a fantastic success story nonetheless. Of course, it’s not without its share of controversy; Huey Lewis famously sued Parker for seemingly lifting the melody from “I Want a New Drug” for “Ghostbusters” (the two do sound incredibly similar). The pair settled out of court, but Parker bought Lewis to court again when The News-man discussed details of the confidential settlement for an episode of VH-1’s Behind the Music.

Of course, Ghostbusters had its own soundtrack LP, a grab bag of cuts from Air Supply, The Thompson Twins and Mick Smiley (only otherwise known for writing Lita Ford’s “Kiss Me Deadly” and playing bass on Billy Idol’s “Hot in the City” – he in fact has recorded no other music under his own name). And then there’s that great, underrated score by the man who wrote the score to The Magnificent Seven!

The Second Disc came, saw and kicked ass to bring you a look at Ghostbusters on record. Read on after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 16, 2010 at 12:01

Posted in Features, Reissues, Soundtracks

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You Got It: Orbison’s Final Concert Due on CD

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Thanks to MusicTAP for the tip-off to this one: Eagle Rock has set an August 10 release date for Roy Orbison: The Last Concert, a CD version of Orbison’s final show. Recorded at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio on December 4, 1988 – two days before Orbison died of a heart attack at the too-young age of 52 – the set shows Orbison at the height of his mid-’80s resurgence, with a set leaning heavily on his early solo hits.

The Last Concert was first released in 2008 on iTunes, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Orbison’s passing. But this release is its premiere on CD – always a treat for fans of physical media.

Pre-order it at Amazon and view the set list after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 16, 2010 at 08:50

Posted in News, Reissues, Roy Orbison

Dear Apple, Your Track Lists Are Showing

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Our resident Beatles/Apple sage Phil Cohen noted The Second Disc that there was some preliminary info on the track lists for the upcoming Apple reissues. To quote him, from a comment on our Back Tracks post on previous issues of these albums (Part 2 is due very soon – we promise – and will cover previous reissues of all the other material on Apple, including The Beatles-oriented stuff):

Some preliminary info about the Apple releases is available via a link at The Beatles official website. There is cause for both celebration and dismay. No bonus tracks for James Taylor, Jackie Lomax, Modern Jazz Quartet & John Tavener. Undoubtedly, the previous edition of the Jackie Lomax CD (with 5 bonus tracks) will now become a costly collectors item. The other CD’s will have lots of bonus tracks(many previously unreleased or new to CD), BUT, there will be further bonus tracks(up to 6 of them on some albums) that will only be included in the download versions(audiophiles will be dismayed.)
There will also be a 21-track CD “Those Were The Days: The Best of Apple Records”, which will include some of Apple’s non-LP singles artists (Trash,Chris Hodge, The Sundown Playboys, Brute Force, Ronnie Spector & The Hot Chocolate Band) (Yes!), but only the A-sides (sigh!).
And the bluntly commercial Mickie Most-produced Mary Hopkin tracks (which Ms.Hopkin detests) are being purged from availability, so no more “Knock Knock Who’s There”, “Temma Harbour” or “Que Sera Sera”.
Apple apparently hasn’t learned from the mistake of sending the stereo versions of the first four Beatles albums into “exile” on bootleg CD’s for decades, so now some Mary Hopkin & Jackie Lomax tracks will go into a similar “exile”.

This was obviously some interesting news – and we have more to it. The Beatles’ Web site links to what looks like a work-in-progress version of the Apple Records Web site (presumably the link Phil refers to). Under the “Albums” tag, there are images of all the reissues in question (not all cover art is there, particularly for the Modern Jazz Quartet/John Tavener two-fers and this new compilation). Click on each of them and you get what looks to be the preliminary track listings for each.

Or, you can hit the jump and see how the track lists look, all on one page. This story gets deeper and crazier with time, so keep it here for updates as they happen.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 16, 2010 at 07:30