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The Times, They Are Indeed A-Changin’: Mono Dylan Reissues Coming

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It’s been bandied about for a little bit now, but it looks like it’s true: there’s an Amazon listing for Bob Dylan’s The Original Mono Recordings. It’s an eight-disc set of the first eight Dylan LPs – his 1962 self-titled debut to 1967’s John Wesley Harding in their original mono mixes (or more specifically, according to this Rolling Stone article: “reportedly mastered using ‘first issue copies of the mono LPs’ in order to recreate the sound of the original LPs”) – with a new 60-page book of liner notes by Greil Marcus and discographical information.

It’s not the only catalogue project planned from Dylan’s camp: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 is also set to drop in October, alongside the mono box. A purported track list from the RS article – as well as reminders of the track lists for each record in the box – can be found after the jump. (Thanks to Pause & Play for the dates.)

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 30, 2010 at 13:47

A Wounded Bird Bonanza (EVEN MORE ADDED 7/30)

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Wounded Bird Records has just opened the floodgates and got a couple of interesting obscurities released or reissued on CD. There’s a couple of notable names here, and at least one that looks to have bonus tracks. Hit the jump to see them all.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 30, 2010 at 12:50

FSM to Catalogue Soundtrack Buyers: Start Saving!

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Film Score Monthly has been a soundtrack fan’s haven for two decades running, and has been a quality home for vintage soundtrack expansions and reissues for nearly 15 of those years. Almost anyone who collects scores has a favorite, whether it’s early works by John Williams, expansions of scores to Star Trek sequels, or box sets full of film music devoted to Superman.

FSM founder Lukas Kendall recently took to the Web to make a rare set of pre-announcements of product – and some of them are rather big, even though they’re on the small screen! Full details after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 30, 2010 at 11:59

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Friday Feature: “Predator”

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If you went into theatres in the summer of 1987 to see Predator, you might have expected a rote action film with Arnold Schwarzenegger and nothing more. On the surface, there’s nothing that would have you expect anything else. The Austrian Oak leads a team of soldiers through an attempted rescue mission in South America. Sounds like any other action movie from the ’80s, right?

But then you catch those quick bursts of infrared images. The distorted sound. The unearthly snarling. And you realize there’s another element at play. When Arnold’s men start falling to mysterious weaponry, it’s a definite: this isn’t your garden variety action film. When the killer hunting arnold through the jungle reveals itself as a hulking, masked, dreadlocked creature from space? We’re definitely not in Val Verde anymore.

Predator may not be a classic. It’s essentially The Most Dangerous Game crossed with Alien, with none of the sociopolitical undertones that made Alien and Aliens classics of the genre. But as a pure popcorn flick, it succeeds on almost every level. The ace direction from John McTiernan (who followed this picture with another defining ’80s action film, Die Hard) face-melting testosterone (the death-grip/arm-wrestling handshake when Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers reunite early in the film), the presence of not one but two future governors (wrestler Jesse Ventura as Blaine, the soldier who “ain’t got time to bleed”) and the creepy subliminal body part resemblance in the Predator’s face (think about it – then shudder) – all of these things contribute to a thrilling experience for a Saturday afternoon.

Upon repeated viewings, one may be quick to realize how much the music helps drive the action and suspense of the film. Its composer, Alan Silvestri, had just made a name for himself in a big way with the rousing score to Back to the Future two years prior – but it was his first major score to 1983’s Romancing the Stone that set the template for the music of Predator. Relying heavily on ethnic percussion – including that classic bongo motif that continues to define the character – it is one of the strongest entries in Silvestri’s filmography, an amazing feat considering how hot his streak was at the time (between the Back to the Future trilogy and his frenetic score to Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988).

Astoundingly, the music of Predator only recently got the appraisal it deserves on CD – but the results have been satisfactory. Hit the jump to find out more – and remember: if it bleeds, we can kill it.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 30, 2010 at 11:11

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REO Speedwagon Will Keep on Loving You

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A short note from a Billboard story: REO Speedwagon are looking to commemorate the 30th of Hi Infidelity with a deluxe reissue and tour.

Released at the end of 1980 and one of the biggest sellers of 1981, Hi Infidelity was something of a renaissance for the band, taking them from lower Top 40 success to chart-topping dominance. Aided by a clutch of hits including the undying No. 1 ballad “Keep on Loving You” and the Top 5 follow-up “Take It on the Run,” Hi Infidelity went nine times platinum.

Although the record was given a straight remaster in 2000, frontman Kevin Cronin told Billboard that the band recently found old acoustic studio demos from the original sessions and hope to include them in a deluxe reissue. The band is also planning some commemorative performances of the whole LP for their 2011 tour.

Keep it here at The Second Disc for more info as it develops.

Written by Mike Duquette

July 30, 2010 at 08:47