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Everybody Dance! Japan Gets New CHIC Compilation

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As a celebration of being cancer-free, CHIC guitarist and producer extraordinaire Nile Rodgers announced today that Warner Japan was releasing a new compilation of material that spans both his work with the legendary disco band and in the producer’s chair.

Everybody Dance!, billed as “a tribute to my longtime partner Bernard Edwards” on the front cover (it’s approaching the 15th anniversary of the bassist’s death), is a two-disc set full of hits, one new track – and one absolute oddity. Disc 1, the “CHIC side,” collects the biggest hits and favorite tracks from every CHIC record, including “Good Times,” “Le Freak,” “I Want Your Love,” “My Feet Keep Dancing” and more. (One would expect the quality to be relatively pristine, with much of this material remastered for Rhino France’s excellent CHIC box from last year.) Disc 2 is the “producer side,” featuring major hits from the usual suspects (Madonna, Sister Sledge, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Duran Duran) and a few obscure Rodgers-produced singles for Thompson Twins, Al Jarreau and the Coming to America soundtrack. One new track, “I Wanna Dance,” is present, featuring Rodgers with Kool & The Gang.

It looks to be an excellent set – but there’s one very weird occurrence in the track list. The penultimate track on Disc 2 is David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s cover of “Dancing in the Street” from 1985, a track that was not primarily produced by Rodgers, but British hitmakers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. Rodgers is listed on the original single under “additional production,” but this author doesn’t consider it a full Rodgers work – and seeing as how it was licensed from another label, it only costs Warner more money.

Regardless, Everybody Dance! should be a hit when it’s released in Japan on April 6. Hit the jump to check out the track list. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

April 1, 2011 at 16:51

The Second Disc is Grand

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Well, one grand, anyway. This post is the 1,000th regular post on The Second Disc. I think I speak for myself and Joe pretty well when I say this is damn exciting. With our hit count now regularly around 3,000 and up per day, it’s heartening to know that so many people (or a few people a lot of times per day, or robots) like reading news on reissues and box sets, and the crazy would-be sets that we’d like to think could be made in the future.

On the right side of the page, we have a link called “The Suggestion Box” for different things you might want to read about, whether it’s Reissue Theory material or some actual bits of news we might have missed. But I wanted to open the floor on the occasion of our 1,000th post to ask if there’s anything anyone would like out of their reading experience? I mean anything. How does the site look? Anything we should pay more attention to? Is there anyone in the business you’d like to see us try to interview?

I know Joe and I have had a few ideas kicking around for new features and things, but I want to put you, the reader, first. So sound off with your thoughts and ideas – because all of you have made The Second Disc the success it is. Here’s to another few thousand posts!

Written by Mike Duquette

April 1, 2011 at 16:08

Hey, Baby! It’s Nino and April, Compiled on Ace!

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Few artists have blurred the lines between jazz, rock and traditional pop as well as Nino Tempo. Both the multi-talented Tempo (saxophonist, arranger, songwriter, producer, actor) and his sister April Stevens have managed extraordinarily long, diverse careers in the music business; April’s first single was released in 1950! Ace next week releases the most comprehensive retrospective yet for Nino and April. Hey, Baby!: The Nino Tempo and April Stevens Anthology compiles their work at numerous labels including Atco, Imperial, A&M and of course, White Whale, where the duo released the extraordinary 1966 album All Strung Out. Eight songs have been drawn from that cult classic LP.

Most casual fans know Nino and April from their 1963 recording of “Deep Purple.” Their chart-topping update of the 1934 standard won them a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording in a year with such stiff competition as Jan and Dean’s “Surf City,” Little Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips” and The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine.” The song was an afterthought for Tempo and Stevens, reportedly recorded when the duo realized they had just under 14 minutes remaining on a session date. Atlantic’s Ahmet Ertegun wasn’t hopeful for its prospects, and let the track remain in limbo. When Ertegun relented, though, a success story began.

Three LPs (Deep Purple, Sing the Great Songs and Hey Baby!) were released on the Atco label, along with a number of singles. Ace’s anthology takes its title from Nino and April’s memorable cover of the Bruce Channel classic “Hey, Baby!” During this period, Tempo also became an in-demand session player. His most notable assignments were for producer Phil Spector. While primarily a saxophonist, Tempo also contributed piano, drum and guitars. He was a trusted ally of Spector, and after Jack Nitzsche had moved on, Tempo became the producer’s right-hand arranger. He was responsible for the thunderous charts on the Warner-Spector recordings of Dion, Cher and Darlene Love, and even arranged some of John Lennon’s Rock ‘n’ Roll.

After “Deep Purple,” Nino Tempo’s most beloved song may be “All Strung Out.” Hit the jump for the full story on this exhilarating 1966 single and the 1967 album of the same name, plus the full track listing and discography for Ace’s upcoming release! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

April 1, 2011 at 15:37

More from Macca: “Run Devil Run,” “Driving Rain” and “Chaos and Creation” Coming from Hear Music

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Way back in February, our pals at MusicTAP passed along the news that Hear Music would continue Paul McCartney’s catalogue reissue series on May 24 with three new titles, 1999’s Run Devil Run, 2001’s Driving Rain, and 2005’s Chaos and Creation in The Back Yard. This trio will arrive in advance of the June 7 deluxe reissues of McCartney (1970) and McCartney II (1980). Both of those titles are part of The Paul McCartney Archive Collection and will contain extensive bonus material similar to last year’s reissue of 1973’s classic Band on the Run. Now, pre-order links have finally arrived confirming the May reissue of the three late-period Macca titles.

Amazon U.S. is currently showing the titles as imports (with a release date, as per Amazon’s usual, of one week later domestically) but it’s highly likely that this designation is in error, and the three Hear Music reissues will indeed hit stores in the U.S. on May 24. Although there are certainly enough B-sides, interview tracks and additional material to justify expansion (and perhaps that will be addressed down the road), these will be straight reissues of the past EMI releases which were on the Capitol label in the U.S.   It’s hard to be certain whether McCartney would wish to spend much time revisiting Driving Rain (with its ode to “the queen of my heart, Heather”) but the back-to-the-Cavern rock-and-roll sound of Run Devil Run resulted in one of the most easily-underestimated albums in the McCartney catalogue. Chaos is marked by some of the composer’s most felicitous melodies in years, expertly produced by Nigel Godrich.

In the meantime, hit the jump for track listings and pre-order information, won’t you?
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Written by Joe Marchese

April 1, 2011 at 11:37