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Reissue Theory: Michael Jackson, “Bad: The Remixes”

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Welcome to another installment of Reissue Theory, where we focus on notable albums and the reissues they could someday see. As the world reflects on the two-year anniversary of the loss of the King of Pop, we take a look at some of Michael Jackson’s most accessible vault material and envision a simple way of getting some of that material into the awaiting arms of the public.

It’s hard to believe Michael Jackson’s been gone two years this Saturday. We’ve all mourned together, and we’ve all watched with varying degrees of interest the catalogue material that Universal and Sony have each put out. We’ve had our copies of This is It and Michael and Vision in our possession, and we wonder what’s next to come from the vaults. (Smart money would be on a soundtrack to the upcoming MJ/Cirque du Soleil attraction.)

There’s been plenty of speculation about what one might add to reissues of Off the Wall or even Bad or Dangerous. (While a third Thriller reissue would strike many as overkill, I think there’s enough material to provide for a Pet Sounds Sessions-esque box set.) Naturally, a discussion would hinge on what’s in the vaults versus what might be lurking around on long-out-of-print singles or videos. I’d like to present a look at the latter, namely, the first album in which Jackson seemed on board with extended mixes for vinyl singles.

After the jump, let’s have a listen to some of Michael Jackson’s remixes to Bad – including a couple of neat surprises! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

June 24, 2011 at 11:35

Gentle On His Mind: Two Early Glen Campbell Classics Reissued By BGO

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It’s knowing that your door is always open and your path is free to walk/That makes me tend to leave my sleepin’ bag rolled up and stashed behind your couch…

For nearly fifty years, many of us have opened our doors to Glen Campbell on record and on television.  So it came as a shock that, just two months before the release of what’s being billed as his final studio recording, Campbell announced that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.  The beloved singer and guitar legend still intends to embark on a farewell tour, and his wife Kim, speaking to People, assured fans that “Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer.  But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused onstage, I wouldn’t want people to think ‘What’s the matter with him?  Is he drunk?”  For the new album, Ghost on the Canvas, Campbell will be joined by a number of musicians whom he has influenced, including Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Billy Corgan, Robert Pollard and Rick Nielsen.  But before that valedictory LP is released, the U.K.’s BGO label is affording fans the opportunity to revisit two Campbell classics on one CD.  1967’s Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix were the artist’s 6th and 7th studio albums for Capitol Records, and both were built around the titled hit singles.  Both were country chart-toppers and the former peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 while the latter reached No. 15.  The two-on-one CD is due in stores on July 4.

Gentle on My Mind was produced by Al De Lory, with De Lory arranging and conducting alongside none other than Leon Russell.  Many familiar titles can be heard on the LP alongside John Hartford’s title song, which became one of Campbell’s signature songs.  Donovan’s “Catch the Wind,” Jimmie Rodgers’ “It’s Over,” Petula Clark’s “You’re My World,” Harry Nilsson’s “Without Her” and Roy Orbison’s “Cryin’” all were recipients of the Campbell treatment.  The band was, naturally, an accomplished one.  Two players came from the famed Los Angeles “Wrecking Crew,” of which Campbell was a member, playing for everyone from Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys (and Campbell, of course, was even a one-time touring Beach Boy himself).  Joe Osborn handled bass and Leon Russell played piano as “Russell Bridges.”  Campbell, on acoustic guitar, was joined by another legend of the instrument, James Burton, on both acoustic and electric, while Doug Dillard played banjo.  Future Domino (of Derek and the Dominos) Jim Gordon played drums.  “Gentle on My Mind,” the song, won two Grammy Awards.  But just three months after Gentle’s release in August 1967, Capitol unveiled another Glen Campbell LP.

Hit the jump to read about the album that made Grammy Awards history, plus the complete track listing and discographical annotation! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

June 24, 2011 at 09:23