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Miles Davis’ Wight Stuff and More on New Live Disc

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Columbia and Legacy are releasing a semi-new disc of live performances from Miles Davis in 2011.

Bitches Brew Live is a nine-track disc that features Davis and an all-star lineup (including Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and Chick Corea) across two historic live settings. Three tracks, never released on CD, come from a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1969; the remainder of the disc comes from the iconic performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, previously released as part of Legacy’s massive The Columbia Albums Collection box set. (Think of it as a counterpoint to the 40th anniversary edition of Bitches Brew itself.)

The package will feature liner notes penned by Michael Azerrad (Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana) and featuring new interviews with Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein and documentarian Murray Lerner. It’s in stores on February 8.

Read the press release here and hit the jump for the track list. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

December 6, 2010 at 13:41

Posted in Miles Davis, News, Reissues

New Order Box in the Cards?

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+-, the new U.K. vinyl singles box from Joy Division, may be followed up with a New Order box set, drummer Stephen Morris said recently.

In an interview with The Quietus, Morris – a member of the short-lived post-punk outfit and its post-Ian Curtis New-Wave counterpart, oversaw the remastering of the new vinyl set, which collates 10 7″ singles from the band’s short tenure (some of them crafted just for this box). When asked about the possibility of a similar box for New Order, he had this to say:

Funny you should say that – yes, we are thinking of doing a complete New Order singles boxset. I still like the idea of doing just an empty box (a really nice empty box of course) and putting out absolutely everything as a series of records/CDs/downloads that you could choose to customise your box with. That’s my Pick and Mix idea – probably extremely expensive and a bit mad really. One of the problems that I find with box sets generally is that no matter what you do there is always something missing; leaving the final selection to the listener might get round that.

A New Order singles box should be as comprehensive as possible, but done in a way that is still listenable. It’s going to be quite a challenge but hopefully a lot of fun. It’s something that will take a lot of thought.

The “pick and mix” approach would be fun for a variety of artists, if crazily expensive for labels. Would you buy a box like this from your favorite artists? Sound off below.

Written by Mike Duquette

December 6, 2010 at 12:24

ABBA Vinyl Box to Make Fans Dance, Jive, Have Time of Lives

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If the previously-reported expansion of ABBA’s best-selling ABBA Gold compilation with a bonus DVD hasn’t excited your inner dancing queen, here’s another collectible that might pique your interest: the same day (tomorrow in the U.S.), Polydor and UMe are releasing ABBA: The Vinyl Collection, a newly-remastered box set.

The set contains nine records in total: the first eight are all the ABBA studio albums internationally released by Polar from 1973 to 1981, and the final disc is ABBA Tracks, a collection of ten notable non-album tracks (including three non-LP singles, four B-sides, two compilation tracks and one box set outtake). The whole thing comes in a deluxe box with a nicely put-together booklet featuring in-depth liner notes.

You can order the set here and view the track list after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

December 6, 2010 at 11:18

Posted in ABBA, Box Sets, News, Reissues, Vinyl

Review: Bing Crosby, “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas when you hear the voice of Bing Crosby.

It would hardly be considered a stretch to credit Crosby as one of the inventors of the art of popular singing. Crosby was among the first performers to conversationally and intimately sing as an extension of speech; he also pioneered the technique of the microphone so a singer wouldn’t have to belt to the rafters. Despite these accomplishments that seismically shifted the sound of American music, the late crooner is often overlooked, with a lower profile than other deceased legends like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or Elvis Presley. Yet one time of year that Crosby gets all of the attention he deserves is the month between November and January. If one singer embodies the sound of Christmas, for my money, it’s Bing Crosby.

The Crosby Christmas Sessions (Collector’s Choice Music CCM2161) has been released as part of the second wave of Collectors’ Choice’s ongoing Bing Crosby Archive collection. This comprehensive reissue series intends to restore Crosby to his proper place in the pantheon via a number of new-to-CD recordings, including rare radio broadcasts and unreleased tracks. While each reissue so far has brought a number of treasures to light (whether expanding long out-of-print LPs or creating new compilations), the crown jewel may be Christmas Sessions.

Crosby’s first Christmas recording was “Silent Night” in 1935; he continued to popularize seasonal favorites through 1977, the year of his death, when he and David Bowie teamed for their now-legendary medley of “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Peace on Earth.” In between, he was one of the first singers to record Meredith Willson’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” in 1951 and joined The Andrews Sisters for what may be the most famous recording ever of “Jingle Bells” in 1943. The Crosby Christmas Sessions can’t be truly definitive, as Crosby recorded for a staggering number of labels, most notably Decca. (It was Decca that compiled Merry Christmas in 1945, an album which has amazingly remained in print since then! As of this writing, it is currently the No. 1 seller in three categories on under the new title White Christmas!) But it succeeds in offering a blend of familiar tracks and true rarities designed to appeal to both the casual holiday listener and the die-hard collector, no small feat. Read about these holiday chestnuts after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

December 6, 2010 at 09:51

Posted in Bing Crosby, Reissues, Reviews

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