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Back Tracks: The Apple Tree, Part II – The Beatles, Sort Of

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What has it been, two weeks since The Second Disc promised a continuation of our Back Tracks series regarding the Apple Records discography? Regardless of the gap, it’s time to continue our look back. Part 1 covered all the previous reissues of the records that are to be reissued in October. Part 2 will cover all the Apple releases that involve The Beatles; by this, we mean anything that had a Beatle involved by name.* (For the sake of clarity, we’re not including anything actually by The Beatles – most of us already have those releases down pat – nor are we including anything tangentially involving The Fab Four. Those releases are due for Part 3, which will cover the other, perhaps least-known Apple releases.)

Before you dive in, your catalogue correspondent would be a fool not to give serious thanks to reader Phil Cohen for his fountain of Apple knowledge which knows no bottom. Hopefully this will do alright by him – and you. Read on!

* Of course, much of this material had the Apple label only as a matter of convenience and were owned by EMI or others later on. Still, it’s nice to have all this collated somewhere.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 21, 2010 at 12:00

Iggy Goes Back to “Kill City”

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A bit of news that had slipped through the cracks: a reissue of a lesser-known record in the Iggy Pop catalogue. This one is a remixed and remastered version of Kill City, his 1977 collaboration with James Williamson.

Recorded in 1975 after The Stooges imploded (while Pop was in treatment for a heroin addiction), Kill City is another protopunk effort with some great efforts by Williamson (ex-guitarist for The Stooges). While it may not have the impact that those Stooges LPs still have, it was an important stepping stone for Iggy between his old band and his solo creative resurgence with David Bowie in the latter half of the ’70s.

This reissue is due out on October 19 from Alive Naturalsound/Bomp! Check out the original track list after the jump (no bonus material has been confirmed).

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 21, 2010 at 10:23

Posted in News, Reissues, The Stooges

“Cowboys” to Ride Over Three Discs

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Rhino has released official details about the upcoming 2oth anniversary editions of Pantera’s major-label debut, Cowboys from Hell.

A press release details three different sets: an Expanded Edition which pairs the remastered original album with a bonus disc of live content (taken from an commercially-unreleased radio broadcast and an import-only EP), a Deluxe Edition which adds a third disc of demos (including a new vault track, “The Will to Survive”) and an Ultimate Edition (to be released in November, for the holiday rush) that puts all three discs in a lavish box full of memorabilia. New liner notes from each of the surviving members as well as producer Terry Date and Atco Records A&R rep Mark Ross (who signed the band to the label) will be included.

View the track lists after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 21, 2010 at 09:21

Posted in News, Pantera, Reissues

Feed Your Head: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, Live!

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The San Francisco Bay Area music scene of the 1960s was certainly one of the most fertile at that time or any other; groups of such prodigious invention as The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Quicksilver Messenger Service all thrived and found a national audience. With apologies to The Dead, though, the longest and strangest trip of all may have been taken by the Bay Area’s own Jefferson Airplane. Drawing on blues, rock, folk, jazz and psychedelia, the Airplane carved out a niche all its own, scoring hit singles with songs like “Somebody to Love” and defining the Woodstock Generation with the politically-charged “Volunteers.” The band then morphed into Jefferson Starship in the following decade, creating somewhat more mellow recordings like “Count on Me” and the erotic, tamed-for-Top-40 “Miracles.” And then the 1980s saw perhaps the most controversial incarnation of the band, Starship, as big kitschy anthems like “We Built This City” stormed the charts. Later this year, Collector’s Choice Music will celebrate the rich legacy of the first beloved version of the group, Jefferson Airplane, with four new releases drawn from five landmark concerts.

Gordon Anderson of Collector’s Choice first announced the series back in April on his blog, noting how the tension in the band often led to its most exciting live performances. Anderson reflected that “there has probably never been a band of five individuals with such distinct and sharply-drawn personalities.” (For anybody doubting that, just read Jeff Tamarkin’s terrific biography Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane.) Yet for all of the offstage battles, the band (whose most famous lineup included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and the estimable drummer Spencer Dryden) produced some of the era’s most forward-thinking rock. Craig Fenton and Richie Unterberger have helped Anderson select and annotate the releases, which will appear on the Collector’s Choice Live label. More than two months after Anderson’s initial announcement, the concerts selected have apparently been revealed thanks to some personnel involved with the releases over at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums.

Four of the shows date from 1966 at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium. Live at the Fillmore: 10/15/66 Late Show – Signe’s Farewell, marks the final performance of the Airplane with its original singer, Signe Anderson, who performed on the band’s debut RCA LP, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. Signe’s replacement was waiting in the wings, though: The Great Society’s Grace Slick. Live at the Fillmore: 10/16/66 Early and Late Shows – Grace’s Debut picks up literally one day later, though her iconoclastic personality has yet to come to the fore. Slick primarily participates here in recreating Anderson’s harmonies, and neither “White Rabbit” nor “Somebody to Love” have been introduced to the set, primarily drawn from Takes Off. A 2-CD set, Live at the Fillmore: 11/25/66 and 11/27/66 – We Have Ignition, shows the band’s progression over one short month, with Slick assuming a comfortable role in the band. The final release, Return to the Matrix: 2/1/68, is a 2-CD set recorded at that storied San Francisco club. The Airplane opened the Matrix on August 13, 1965, and in fact, Marty Balin owned a stake in the club.  The Airplane of the ’68 stand, though, was a much-changed band.  The Matrix show is the most psychedelic of the releases; the other concerts still show a hungry folk-rock band finding their signature sound. (Jefferson Airplane’s second release, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow, shows the band heading in this direction. Later in 1967 came the edgier After Bathing at Baxter’s, the songs on which feature prominently in the Matrix set.)

While these CDs haven’t been formally announced by Collector’s Choice yet, you can expect such an announcement shortly which will include the release dates (rumored to be this fall). Hit the jump for possible track listings, with thanks to Wolfgang’s Vault, currently offering the shows for streaming and download.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 21, 2010 at 08:10