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In Case You Missed It: Good Charlotte, Compiled

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Feeling old and/or nostalgic? Pop-punk outfit Good Charlotte have a greatest-hits compilation due out in the U.K. on January 31 – and it already came out in Australia back in November.

Good Charlotte – led primarily by twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden – were one of many bands in the early 2000s that played really cleanly-produced, semi-angsty, occasionally-dance oriented punk for the Hot Topic set. The brothers Madden were also known for dating a bevy of young beauties including Paris Hilton, pop star Hilary Duff and Nicole Richie (to whom Joel is married). Their most recent LP, Cardiology, was released late last year on Capitol Records (their first release for the label after years of work on Daylight/Epic, who have released this compilation).

As vaguely ridiculous as the concept of bands like Good Charlotte have been over the years, at least fans who want a primer on their rather ridiculously catchy singles can have it. (Rarity hunters take heed, though: there’s not much for you here.) Check out the track list after the jump. (And no word on a domestic release date yet.)

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 6, 2011 at 15:01

More Howard Jones Reissues on the Way

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Note: in my haste I forgot to accredit the fine Addicted to Vinyl for first mentioning the Wounded Bird reissue of The 12″ Album, which in turn led to my checking for new remasters and having something to report. Thanks, guys!

The Howard Jones box set from late last year, which compiled remasters of Humans Lib and Dream Into Action alongside a bonus disc of vintage live cuts – was a fun if light tribute to one of the more underrated artists of the ’80s. Happily, Jones’ independent label, Dtox Records, is looking to replicate that success with more reissues.

In a news post reported just before Christmas, HoJo’s official site mentioned that a second box set is on the way, which will collect both of Jones’ early remix albums: 1984’s The 12″ Album (the first LP appearance of hit “Like to Get to Know You Well”) and Action Replay (1986), the U.S.-exclusive EP which included the artist’s biggest U.S. hit, “No One is to Blame,” in a re-recorded version produced by Phil Collins. Much like the last box, a bonus disc will be included, which looks to collect other remixes that weren’t included across these two EPs.

“We are currently in the process of ordering and processing the original master tapes from Warner’s vaults,” the release went on. “More details will be announced on the track order as soon as we can confirm if all the tapes we have requested still exist.” While that line is a bit of a cause for concern, Jones nevertheless hopes to have the second box ready for February or March.

This discussion of collating the tapes casts suspicion from this writer over a recent reissue of The 12″ Album by Wounded Bird Records (WOU-543). Ideally, the forthcoming Dtox box will be as clear as any release these mixes (which we’ve had fun discussing in earlier Reissue Theory posts) have ever earned on CD.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 6, 2011 at 13:34

A Reissue for the Morning After

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Legacy has just announced a deluxe edition for one of Columbia’s more recent classics: the debut LP by Pete Yorn.

The New Jersey-born singer-songwriter rose to prominence with 2001’s musicforthemorningafter at the age of 26, after being signed to Columbia for two years and co-writing the score to the film Me, Myself & Irene (2000). Tunes like “Life on a Chain,” “For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is)” and “Strange Condition” were modest hits on Billboard‘s Adult Top 40 and Modern Rock charts, and the album received widespread critical acclaim.

For this 10th anniversary expanded edition, Legacy has added a bonus disc comprised mostly of Yorn’s 2001 performance on KCRW-FM’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” (featuring an interview, acoustic run-throughs of key tracks and a cover of The Smiths’ “Panic”) and featuring some rare and unreleased outtakes from the original album. The set will be available on March 22; read about it here and order it here.

The full track list is after the jump.

Pete Yorn, musicforthemorningafter: 10th Anniversary Edition (Columbia/Legacy, 2011)

Disc 1: Original LP (orginally released as Columbia CK 62216, 2001)

  1. Life on a Chain
  2. Strange Condition
  3. Just Another
  4. Black
  5. Lose You
  6. For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is)
  7. Murray
  8. June
  9. Sense
  10. Closet
  11. On Your Side
  12. Sleep Better
  13. EZ
  14. Simonize
  15. A Girl Like You

Disc 1, Track 15 was included on the original album but unindexed and unlisted.

Disc 2: Live show and bonus material

  1. Intro
  2. Life on a Chain
  3. Strange Condition
  4. Sense
  5. For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is)
  6. Interview Segment
  7. Panic
  8. On Your Side
  9. Just Another
  10. Murray
  11. Outro
  12. Closet (Demo)
  13. The Barber
  14. Knew Enough to Know Nothing at All
  15. Life on a Chain (Hooky’s Mix)

Disc 2, Tracks 1-11 recorded live on KCRW-FM’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” Los Angeles – 3/27/2001
All tracks on Disc 2 previously unreleased except Track 14, which was a bonus track on original vinyl edition (Columbia C2 62216, 2001).

Written by Mike Duquette

January 6, 2011 at 13:05

Posted in News, Pete Yorn, Reissues

Reissue Theory: Haircut One Hundred, “Pelican West”

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Welcome to another installment of Reissue Theory, where we reflect on well-known albums of the past and the reissues they could someday see. Today, a semi-obscure ’80s band is dusted off – particularly their harder-to-find extended remixes.

Really, this is all Jeff Giles’ fault.

The Popdose editor-in-chief tweeted a link that ’80s one-hit wonder (at least in the U.S.) Haircut One Hundred are reuniting later this month to play their 1982 debut LP Pelican West in its entirety at London’s IndigO2. Now of course that’s kind of funny, because it’s a performance/reunion that nobody was particularly looking for. But you market it well enough and keep it affordable, and fans are likely going to show up.

That’s theoretically true of reissues, too. Sure, independent labels have their obstacles as far as getting into stores or getting eyeballs toward their order pages – that’s why sites like this exist – but anything is possible in this crazy industry. Of course, that means a deluxe edition of Pelican West is just as feasible; the record had four U.K. Top 10s, including biggest hit “Love Plus One” (a U.S. Top 40 and constant staple of ’80s compilation albums), and there were a host of B-sides and remixes to choose from.

But has it been done before? Hit the jump to learn more.

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 6, 2011 at 12:04

Come and Get Them: Upcoming Releases Due from DeShannon, Nelson and More

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Britain’s Ace family of labels is kicking off 2011 in a big way! Mike filled you in Tuesday about Kent’s upcoming I’ll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996, and today we turn the spotlight on three more releases due in the U.K. on January 31.

Jackie DeShannon remains one of the most beloved voices of the 1960s. DeShannon not only broke barriers as a rare female songwriter in an era when it simply wasn’t common, but she was equally comfortable in front of the microphone as a first-class interpreter of others’ songs. Come and Get Me is the second volume of Ace’s three-part series collecting all of DeShannon’s singles for the Liberty and Imperial labels. Its 26 tracks include DeShannon’s classic “When You Walk in the Room,” “Splendor in the Grass,” on which she is backed by The Byrds, and songwriting collaborations with Randy Newman. Also compiled are five remarkable Burt Bacharach/Hal David compositions. These sophisticated pop singles were produced by Bacharach at his lush peak, and include not only the first, definitive recording of “What the World Needs Now is Love” but underrated gems like the breezy “So Long, Johnny,” haunting “Windows and Doors” and impassioned “Come and Get Me,” the song which gives this collection its title. All singles are presented exactly as they originally appeared, whether in mono or stereo, with some mixes making first-time appearances on CD. Each volume in this series has been released with Jackie’s full participation, and you can expect more illuminating quotes from her in the booklet, as well as original label scans and artwork.

DeShannon’s songwriting catalogue has already been immortalized on a volume of Ace’s long-running Songwriters and Producers series, recipient of our recent Gold Bonus Disc Award, and the series now turns its attention to a pair of mid-’60s soul men with Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Penn and Oldham may not have the name recognition of Bacharach and David or Goffin and King, but who reading this isn’t familiar with “I’m Your Puppet” or “Cry Like a Baby,” just to name two of the team’s most well-known songs? Sweet Inspiration‘s 24 tracks include many from the Atlantic, Chess and Goldwax vaults, those labels alone attesting to the high quality of the soul music contained. Penn and Oldham’s first collaboration, “Let’s Do It Over” as performed by Joe Simon in 1965, is here, as is Dionne Warwick’s 1969 take on “I’m Your Puppet” and Arthur Alexander’s 1970 “Cry Like a Baby.” Other artists featured on this long-overdue tribute to the Penn/Oldham partnership are soul titans Percy Sledge (recipient of a new Rhino Handmade box set), Etta James, Irma Thomas, the late, great Solomon Burke, and the Sweet Inspirations themselves. Less likely artists on this eclectic set include Ronnie Milsap, Sandy Posey and Tommy Roe. Ace promises to follow up this volume with a disc of Penn’s collaborations with others. This volume would presumably include a recording of “Dark End of the Street,” arguably his masterwork, co-written with Chips Moman.

In 1970, Decca released a 12-track album comprising the best of Rick Nelson’s stand at the legendary Troubadour. A CD reissue briefly appeared, only to go out-of-print. Ace has come to the rescue, however. Some 40 years after the original LP’s release, the label delivers Rick Nelson: In Concert – The Troubadour, 1969, expanding the album’s 12 tracks to a whopping 42 (!), all derived from the concerts which took place at the intimate club between October 29 and November 2, 1969. The first disc boasts the original 12 tracks plus 10 alternates, while the second disc premieres a complete live show of yet 20 more performances, with Nelson’s spoken introductions and between-song commentaries intact. Nelson revisits many of his hits including “Poor Little Fool,” “Travelin’ Man” and “Hello, Mary Lou,” alongside then-contemporary material by writers like Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin and Randy Newman. This release was prepared from the original eight-track masters, which have been remixed and newly mastered. Eagles and Poco fans should note that this concert marked the debut of Nelson’s Stone Canyon band, with Randy Meisner on bass and backing vocals, plus Allen Kemp on lead guitar, Patrick Shanahan on drums and Tom Brumley on steel guitar.

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Written by Joe Marchese

January 6, 2011 at 10:42