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Cherry Red Has Ace in Their Hand

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Some time ago, we reported on Cherry Red’s new reissue of an Ace compilation and subsequent intention to reissue all of the band’s back catalogue later in the year. Now, the U.K. reissue label has revealed their titles for June, and all three Ace LPs  are slated for release this summer, each greatly expanded with bonus material.

The Sheffield pub-rockers – best known, of course, for the U.S. Top 5 hit “How Long” and the kickstarting of vocalist Paul Carrack’s career (he’d later join Roxy Music, Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics) – recorded three albums for Anchor Records between 1974 and 1977; Five-a-Side, Time for Another and No Strings will all be released by the label. The first album will be augmented with a bonus disc comprised of BBC sessions with John Peel and Bob Harris and one rare studio bonus track from a Japanese reissue in 2004. The last two will be packaged together with a third disc of additional live material licensed from the BBC, including another Peel session and two In Concert airings.

All in all, it looks like a pretty great way to sum up the band’s catalogue. All the titles will be out on June 20 in the U.K. and can be ordered at Cherry Red’s website now. Hit the jump to see how long the track lists are! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

May 25, 2011 at 14:29

Posted in Ace, News, Reissues

More Kinks to Kronikle in Second Wave of U.K. Deluxe Reissues

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This year’s deluxe reissues of The Kinks’ first three LPs were among the more surprising and better-received catalogue projects in 2011. And the second wave of deluxe editions is on its way from Universal U.K.!

Expansions of the band’s Face to Face (1966), Something Else by The Kinks (1967) and Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) (1969) are due out June 20 with the usual features (mono and stereo mixes, non-LP singles, BBC sessions and other rare and unreleased goodies). Of course, the influential The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968) was given the triple-disc treatment by Sanctuary U.K. in 2004, but one wonders whether any others might be in the planning.

Initial reports mentioned an expansion of Muswell Hillbillies (1971), the band’s first LP for RCA after departing Pye, but did not mention the beloved Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One (1970). However, thanks to the great reporting of Mike Segretto at Psychobabble, we know that reissue producer Andrew Sandoval will likely be producing a reissue of Lola pending approval from Ray Davies.

In the meantime, pre-order links and track lists reside beyond the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

May 25, 2011 at 14:10

Posted in News, Reissues, The Kinks

Short Takes: Folds Dishes on Rarities, Elfman on the Box, Carly Simon and More

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  • Ben Folds has previously hinted at a vault-clearing project of some type, and he elaborated on the set in a recent interview on Australia’s Triple J Radio. According to Folds, the set will comprise three discs’ worth of rarities, live material and a hits compilation. The centerpiece of the material, Folds said, is newly-discovered tapes – originally feared lost when a flood damaged his Nashville studio – of rough mixes intended for a fourth Ben Folds Five album. He said the set would arrive in late November (no word on a label, though his onetime home of Epic and/or Legacy would be a natural fit as catalogue goes).
  • You’ve heard a lot of talk from us about the Tim Burton/Danny Elfman box set. Why not hear some from the composer himself? Our friend Mike Ragogna (a name reissue buffs might recognize for production and liner notes for several of the major labels) interviewed Elfman for his regular Huffington Post column, which you can read here.
  • Matt Rowe took to another platform other than MusicTAP for this one: in this article, he notes that Carly Simon signed a new deal earlier this year with BMG Chrysalis that includes a new agreement for back catalogue distribution. He further postulates that next year marks the 40th anniversary of Simon’s signature song, “You’re So Vain,” and the album it came from, No Secrets (1972). Could Matt be on to something?
  • Finally, if you’re in the New York City area, you might want to check this out: Pop Market, our favorite purveyor of Sony-distributed box sets, is setting up a pop-up store in Soho through the end of June! Located at the Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street, the store will feature deals much like the website along some neat in-store events in June. Hours will be Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 8 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 6 pm through June 30.

Written by Mike Duquette

May 25, 2011 at 13:43

Review: Chicago, “Live in ’75”

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When they took the stage at Largo, Maryland’s Capital Centre in June, 1975, nostalgia was foremost on the minds of the members of Chicago.  Early in the set so immaculately preserved by Rhino on the new Live in ’75 (Rhino Handmade RHM2 526436, 2011), comments are made from the stage with a great deal of surprise: “[Here’s] another blast from the past!”  “Nostalgia is in nowadays.”  “We would like to be nostalgic.”  Would the Robert Lamm, Walter Parazaider, Lee Loughnane and James Pankow of 1975 been able to conceive that they’d be playing the very same songs in 2011 that formed the crux of their set in 1975?  “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” a Chicago fixture now as then, was prefaced with “This song goes back very many years” – six, in fact!  It’s clear that the members of Chicago didn’t expect their songs to have a shelf life of a whopping six years, yet those songs still are beloved today.  (Of the song, it was added that “Terry hates it!”)

Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lamm, Parazaider, Loughnane and Pankow burst onto the charts in 1969 as Chicago Transit Authority with an album of the same title.  Cetera (bass), Kath (guitar), Lamm (keyboards) and Seraphine (drums) would have made one hell of a rock band, but when they were augmented by Loughnane (trumpet), Pankow (trombone) and Parazaider (woodwinds), they had a sound like none other.  CTA, the album, announced their musical intentions in a big way.  A 2-LP set, CTA was a fusion of rock, classical, jazz and pop, and introduced two of the band’s most enduring songs, both by Robert Lamm: “Beginnings” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is.”  By the time of the 1975 joint tour with The Beach Boys, unofficially dubbed “Beachago,” Chicago was already on the way to becoming the biggest-selling American rock band in music history, and their set already resembled a “greatest hits.”  In the excitingly paced marathon performance in Largo, Chicago packed in the hits but found room for their most recent release, Chicago VIII, too.  From the performance captured on disc, Chicago’s energy never flagged as they vibrantly attacked one song after the next as if their lives depended on it.

The sheer musicianship of the band members is striking, as they perfectly coalesced as one unit.  Their hunger to stay relevant despite playing “nostalgic” songs is palpable; their live performances were often polished enough to be studio recordings but with a raw energy and freedom that kept them from being mere replicas of those tracks.  Kath’s guitar scorches throughout the 24 tracks over 2 discs, while Seraphine’s drums anchor the songs.  He propels “Free” from its introduction, the horns keeping in perfect synch with him.

Those who have seen the band in concert in recent years will no doubt be surprised by the jazz-inspired approach.  In 1975 Chicago was still flush with improvisational spirit.  Loose jams broke out with great frequency, even on the soft rock staple “Just You ‘n’ Me,” a song which otherwise pointed to the band’s future adult contemporary direction.  There’s an extended version of Lamm’s “25 or 6 to 4” and a 12+ minute take on “I’m a Man,” kicked up a notch from the Spencer Davis Group’s original.  The entire set is performed at a high-octane level; the very first track, “Introduction,” features jazz, blues, funk and rock led by Terry Kath.  There’s such dynamic interplay on this track that it sounds inconceivable that the harmony would eventually cease offstage.  The forceful, driving “Now More Than Ever” lives up to its title.  It concluded James Pankow’s “Ballet For a Girl in Buchannon,” including hits “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World.”  While the mini-song suite may be taken for granted now, it remains an ambitious calling card for a band determined to push musical boundaries.  Read on after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 25, 2011 at 12:16

Posted in Chicago, Reissues, Reviews

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Dave Brubeck Digitally “Digs Disney” On New Legacy Edition

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It was prescient that the cover of the November 8, 1954 edition of Time was devoted to jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.  Just five years later he and his Quartet would release Time Out, the watershed in his series of “Time”-themed albums, the first jazz album to sell one million copies and one of the genre’s biggest-selling albums of all time. Propelled by the success of saxophonist Paul Desmond’s sinuous, sophisticated “Take Five,” Time Out was a No. 2 pop album and was certified platinum. But Time Out was hardly the first important work by Brubeck, a pioneer in exploring unusual time signatures in a largely accessible fashion. Two years before Time Out, The Dave Brubeck Quartet released a concept album that still holds up today and is being celebrated with a new Legacy Edition from Columbia Records and Legacy. Dave Digs Disney was simply and accurately titled, featuring Brubeck, Desmond, Norman Bates (bass) and Joe Morello (drums) playing songs from beloved Disney films. The six songs selected for the LP were already part of the Quartet’s repertoire when Brubeck and producer George Avakian hit on the notion of recording them in one place. A classic album was then born. The new Legacy Edition, alas, is currently only available in digital form, an odd choice for such an acclaimed album targeting an older audience of jazz collectors. (That said, this album is still the perfect introduction for children to jazz as its Disney film subjects are still beloved!) A CD-R on-demand is available now from, and luckily, it appears that a full physical edition may appear overseas.

Dave Digs Disney marked the first time that a musician or group had devoted an entire LP to interpretations of Disney fare, though such albums now proliferate. Most notably, Brubeck was among the first artists to latch onto Frank Churchill and Larry Morey’s “Someday My Prince Will Come,” from the film once thought of as “Disney’s Folly,” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The 1937 song became a jazz standard, with heavyweights like Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock all following in Brubeck’s footsteps with their own recordings. Miles even titled a 1961 album, recorded with John Coltrane, after the song!  Brubeck returned to “Someday”  in 2011 with a new rendition on Walt Disney Records’ Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Volume 1.

Originally released in mono only, Dave Digs Disney: Legacy Edition features the album in both mono and stereo mixes, with the broad stereo version appearing for the very first time. Both of its discs feature rare bonus tracks such as alternate and unedited takes. Both bonus tracks from Legacy’s 1994 reissue of the album (“Very Good Advice” from Alice in Wonderland and “So This is Love” from Cinderella) have been retained.

Dave Digs Disney: Legacy Edition includes a new foreword by the 90-year old Brubeck, as well as the original liner notes from original album producer George Avakian. Producer Didier C. Deutsch and engineer Mark Wilder have fully remastered all tracks. It’s available now from all digital service providers and an import version is also available in pressed CD form. Hit the jump for the full track listing and discographical information! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 25, 2011 at 10:30

Posted in Dave Brubeck, News, Reissues