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“Peace” Still Sells: Megadeth Album to Receive Deluxe Box Treatment

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Dave Mustaine was determined not to become a footnote in heavy metal history. The guitarist had spent a mostly uneventful two years in the employ of a Los Angeles band named Metallica, who fired him shortly before recording their debut album, Kill ‘Em All, in 1983. (Mustaine did pen four tracks on the record, including favorites “The Four Horsemen” and “Jump in the Fire.”)

Undeterred, Mustaine formed his own band, Megadeth, in 1985. Their debut, Killing is My Business…and Business is Good!, was released through Combat Records and led to a moderately successful tour. But it was their sophomore release, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, released the next year, that took them into the metal stratosphere. Acquired and released by Capitol just as metal was entering the mainstream (dovetailing with the beginning of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball), Peace Sells remains a cornerstone of the thrash metal genre.

Now, 25 years later, EMI/Capitol is celebrating the success of the album in a brand-new 25th anniversary edition and deluxe box set. The standard, double-disc deluxe edition features the original album plus a previously unreleased live concert from the band’s 1987 world tour, as well as new liner notes from Mustaine and former Metallica band mate Lars Ulrich. For hardcore fans and collectors, there’s going to be a deluxe box set that includes all the material from the two-disc set, two discs’ worth of alternate mixes of the album by Mustaine (as released on a remastered CD in 2004) and original mixer Randy Burns (whose mixes were replaced by Capitol before the album was released – some of those tracks were included on the remastered CD as well), a DVD of the original album and concert in high-resolution audio, and the album and concert across three vinyl records.

The sets is available on July 12. Read the press release here and hit the jump for the track list.

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Written by Mike Duquette

April 20, 2011 at 13:42

Short Takes: Cars on Friday, INXS Live Show and Howard Jones Tidbits

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  • Our friends at Friday Music have found a great way to celebrate the reunion of The Cars: a reissue of one of their albums! A straight reissue of the group’s final album for Elektra, 1987’s Door to Door, remastered by the label’s own Joe Reagoso, will be available May 10, the same day as the band’s brand-new studio album, Move Like This.
  • In honor of the impending royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, INXS have released a digital album of their 1985 concert performed in honor of a visit to Australia by William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Rocking the Royals: Live 1985, recorded on the eve of the band’s Listen Like Thieves tour, has been released through iTunes in Australia, New Zealand and Mexico; further releases worldwide are forthcoming. (Thanks to Slicing Up Eyeballs for the tip!)
  • Those who are digging the new Howard Jones remaster box have some more bits here and there to be excited about. Jones has released another vintage remix – the U.K. 12″ version of “Look Mama” – as a free download on his Facebook page, and is spearheading ReWork, a new remix project for his catalogue. Fans can click the link in the preceding sentence and get access to the multitrack stems of “Automaton,” from the Dream Into Action LP. Jones will be listening to the remixes of fans for potential inclusion on a future compilation. If you’re handy with a remix, this might be your chance!
The track lists for The Cars’ Door to Door and the INXS live set are after the jump.
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Written by Mike Duquette

April 20, 2011 at 13:02

Shirley Bassey Goes Beyond “Goldfinger” On BGO Reissue

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Dame Shirley Bassey first blazed into the American consciousness in 1964 singing the immortal theme to Goldfinger. Bassey’s full-throttle take on the John Barry/Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse song became her first and only American Top 10 single, and helped the film’s soundtrack recording climb all the way to the top spot. Bassey returned to both John Barry and James Bond with the themes to Diamonds are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979), but she never again scaled the heights of commercial fame on our shores. Yet Bassey’s recording career (which began in the United Kingdom in 1956 with the risque “Burn My Candle (At Both Ends),” a song promptly banned by the BBC) still thrives, and Bassey has retained a loyal, worldwide fan base on both sides of the pond.

U.K. label BGO (also responsible for recent reissues from The Hollies, among other artists) will next week be releasing the eleventh (and perhaps last) volume in its long-running series bringing Bassey’s back catalogue for United Artists Records back into print on CD. The Magic is You/Thoughts of Love collects Bassey’s 1979 swan song at UA plus a 1976 “love songs” compilation focusing on the contemporary pop side of the UA years. The Magic is You, chiefly arranged by Nick DeCaro, followed the template of most of Bassey’s albums in the 1970s, combining current pop covers (Neil Sedaka’s “You Never Done It Like That,” popularized by Captain and Tennille), theatre songs (“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Evita) and classics (Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “How Insensitive,” which had already become a jazz standard despite its relatively recent origin). The Magic is You also featured an early version of Linda Creed and Michael Masser’s “The Greatest Love of All,” which a few years later would become a standard itself in the hands of Whitney Houston. The Magic is You opened with a new version of Bassey’s 1968 “This Is My Life,” still one of her signature songs. The 12-inch disco versions of “This Is My Life” are much sought-after today, and BGO states on its website that “the sought-after U.S. and European 12-inch disco versions of ‘This Is My Life'” will be included on the new reissue.

Thoughts of Love is a grab bag of contemporary pop material and features Bassey bringing her volcanic pipes to an array of material made famous by others. The British have always had a soft spot for compilations, and this was no exception, going gold and reaching the Top 20. The oldest track was Bassey’s recording of Jacques Brel’s”If You Go Away” from 1967, while the most recent were three songs from the very same year as the compilation, 1976: “What I Did For Love” from Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban’s A Chorus Line, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” and Loulou Gasté’s deathless “Feelings,” made famous by Morris Albert. A second Hamlisch song appears in the form of “The Way We Were,” and Stephen Sondheim is represented with “Send in the Clowns” from the musical A Little Night Music.

Since her departure from United Artists in 1979 after a nearly 14-year tenure, Bassey hasn’t had another longterm label association. She has, however, returned to the recording studio with more frequency in recent years. 2007’s Get The Party Started was highlighted by a unique treatment of Pink’s song of the same name, and marked Bassey’s first album to receive an American release in many years. Its follow-up, The Performance, was an even more impressive feat, Bassey’s first album of all original songs in over three decades. Spearheaded by David Arnold, John Barry’s successor on the James Bond series of films, The Performance brought together an amazing array of writing talent ready to pay homage to Bassey: Rufus Wainwright, Gary Barlow of Take That, Manic Street Preachers, KT Tunstall, Richard Hawley and the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe among them. Arnold himself contributed new songs as did the legendary John Barry, whose “The Time Is Now” co-written with Don Black is one of his last recorded compositions.

Hit the jump for pre-order information, a track listing for both albums with discographical annotation, and a fun (if slightly surreal!) video link of Shirley Bassey with some of rock’s royalty! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

April 20, 2011 at 11:35

We Got the “Beat” Deluxe Track List

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When you think of the canon of rock music, it’s largely a man’s world, from the most legendary performers to the (theoretically, mostly) male-dominated clique of music geeks. Sure, Elvis and The Beatles wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without their screaming female fans, but it took until the early ’80s for girls to earn a place in the hierarchy of rock. That glass ceiling was finally shattered with Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock, better known as The Go-Go’s.

The Los Angeles quintet traced its roots back toward the emerging punk scene in the late ’70s (Carlisle, under the name “Dottie Danger” was briefly a frontwoman for The Germs!) but soon enough adapted a power-pop/New Wave sound that first gained them minor prominence in the U.K., when a demo version of future hit “We Got the Beat” was released on Stiff Records. Eventually, The Go-Go’s were signed to I.R.S. Records, founded by Miles Copeland, iconic manager for The Police (and brother of the band’s drummer Stewart) and cut their first full-length album, Beauty and the Beat. Though it was a solid debut with some killer guitar riffs and bubbly synth hooks, nobody could have predicted the success it was bound for – two million copies sold, six weeks atop the Billboard charts, two hits in “Our Lips Are Sealed” (No. 20) and “We Got the Beat” (No. 2) and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

Despite all this, the album has never been released on CD past its original incarnation – until now. On May 17, EMI will reissue Beauty and the Beat for its 30th anniversary (also to be commemorated by the band’s forthcoming summer tour), remastering the album and adding a bonus disc featuring a live show at the Metro in Boston. The exact day of the show has not been determined, although some fans have noted that the bonus disc shares an identical track list with a promotional disc that aired on Westwood One radio networks in late 1981. While the set was incomplete in broadcast form, omitting an early live version of future hit “Vacation,” it’s a treasured set among collectors.

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Written by Mike Duquette

April 20, 2011 at 10:40

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Beach Boys Reunite on Record for Japan Relief

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Take it from one who knows: the Record Store Day-exclusive 78 RPM release of The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains” wasn’t easy to come by.  You’ve now got another chance, however, to own a special Beach Boys collectible vinyl single.  At the same time, you can help a great cause. 

Among the highlights of Al Jardine’s 2010 solo album A Postcard from California was “Don’t Fight the Sea,” a track reuniting Jardine with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and even Carl Wilson through some digital wizardry.  While “Don’t Fight the Sea” isn’t technically a Beach Boys song, the sound of those five gentlemen blending their voices in song was unmistakable.  Knowing that The Beach Boys had come together once again in the harmony of the studio, rather than the acrimony of the courtroom, made the song particularly noteworthy as well as a sign of big things to come.

Now, with the release of SMiLE about to kick the band’s 50th anniversary celebration into high gear, The Beach Boys have announced a special project to benefit Japan relief.  Spearheaded by Jardine and with the full cooperation of Capitol Records and all of The Beach Boys, “Don’t Fight the Sea” has been backed with an a cappella mix of 1968’s  “Friends” for a seven-inch single available from aljardine.com beginning Tuesday, April 19.  100% of the proceeds from sales of the single will go to the Red Cross’ relief efforts.

“Don’t Fight the Sea” b/w the previously-unreleased a cappella “Friends” can be pre-ordered here for $15.00 from SoundStage Direct, a partner of Jardine’s website and the exclusive online retailer of the single.  Hit the jump for the full press release!

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Written by Joe Marchese

April 20, 2011 at 10:19