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A Birthday Reissue for Peter Murphy on Cherry Red

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Peter Murphy may be known to many as the “Godfather of Goth,” having fronted one of the earliest bands of the Goth rock genre, Bauhaus, in the early 1980s, but he’s still going strong as a solo performer. He just recently released his latest studio album, Ninth (counting a live album in 2001, it is indeed his ninth record), and today celebrates his birthday – 54 years on this day.

Cherry Red and Beggars Archive Group have seen it fit to honor the beginning of that legacy with a deluxe reissue of Should the World Fail to Fall Apart, Murphy’s first solo album, released 25 years ago in 1986.

Murphy’s debut record featured eight original tracks as well as two covers, Magazine’s “The Light Pours Out of Me” and Pere Ubu’s “Final Solution.” Singles included “Blue Heart,” “Final Solution” and the non-LP cut “Tale of the Tongue.” While it never found a home with either the record-buying general public or fans of Bauhaus (who were to hear something only slightly similar to that band’s output), it marks a significant step in the singer’s solo career.

The album is augmented with a bonus disc of 14 B-sides and remixes – including one which has never been heard before. Beggars Archive, in prepping the master tapes to lend to Cherry Red for mastering, found that a tape box claiming to hold one of the original 12″ remixes for the title track in fact had a “superb, lengthy previously unreleased mix” contained therein. The whole set is due out on July 22; track lists and a pre-order page are after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 11, 2011 at 18:14

Invasion of the Return of the ICON Series

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You know, it took some time, but Universal’s ICON series is really coming into its own. What began as a limply-packaged, uber-budget-oriented series of single-artist compilations – not a patch on the label’s previous 20th Century Masters and Gold series – is really emerging into something unique. It’s just a shame it took this many tries to work out the kinks.

Ha ha ha! Who am I kidding? The newest batch of ICON titles, due for release next Tuesday, July 19, is boring. You have a compilation by John Lee Hooker that leaves off a major song (“Boom Boom”), two reissues of past ICON titles with bonus live discs (Cream and Rush), and inessential compilations from Limp Bizkit, The Velvet Underground and The Moody Blues (the latter of which is available as one or two discs).

But if you’re curious, have at them after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 11, 2011 at 11:23

La-La Land’s Comic-Con Surprise Goes Back to the Final Frontier

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La-La Land Records is full of surprises. They teased an amount of titles for the San Diego Comic-Con this year, but announced that four of the potential titles had all fallen victim to various delays. So they announced a three-disc expanded edition of the soundtrack to The Golden Child and, fans assumed, would play it by ear from there.

Then, on Friday afternoon, the label shocked the soundtrack world by announcing there was one title coming for Comic-Con that they hadn’t even hinted at. And knowing the audience of the convention, it’s one likely to go over like gangbusters: a three-disc compilation of music from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Trekkies have had a lot to celebrate on the catalogue music front in recent years. Film Score Monthly released unlimited deluxe editions of James Horner’s scores to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, as well as a 14-disc box set of The Next Generation music from composer Ron Jones. La-La Land’s holiday release of the complete score to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was a hit, as was Varese Sarabande’s now out-of-print expansion of Michael Giacchino’s score to the successful 2009 reboot of the franchise, released barely a year after the initial soundtrack album had hit stores.

Now, La-La Land adds to the fold Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection Volume 1, a triple-disc set containing nearly four hours of previously unreleased TNG score. While FSM’s box was devoted to Jones, this set will focus on the work of composers Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway, with a bonus disc devoted to the work of noted guest composers including Don Davis (The Matrix, Jurassic Park III), John Debney (The Passion of the Christ, Predators) and the late Fred Steiner (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show).

The set, limited to 3,000 units, will first be sold at the label’s Comic-Con booth and presentation from July 20-24. It will then go up for sale on the label’s website on August 2.

Set thrusters to maximum warp for the track list after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 11, 2011 at 09:54