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A Small Morsel of Live Dead Coming from Rhino

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Was the insanely large Europe ’72 box set from The Grateful Dead (which should be making its way to fans pretty soon) too much for you? Rhino’s breaking off a little piece for you in the form of Europe ’72 Volume 2, a double-disc set compiled from those 22 legendary shows.

This sequel to the original triple-LP has 20 remastered performances from those wild shows on two discs, mixed from the original 16-track recordings by Dead archival mixer Jeffrey Norman and mastered by David Glasser to HDCD specifications. Even the cover art is a throwback, prominently featuring that Truckin’ fool from the original album’s back cover in a new piece done by Stanley Mouse, one half of the duo that created the original sleeve nearly 40 years ago.

The new set is out September 20. Check out the full press release and track list after the jump, Deadheads!

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 28, 2011 at 12:48

A Box Set for a Brand New Day: Sting Compiled on 3 CD/1 DVD Set

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Twenty-six years ago, Sting firmly established himself as a solo artist away from The Police with the jazzy The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Yesterday, Universal announced the first-ever career-spanning box set for the iconic singer, entitled 25 Years. Okay, so music geeks aren’t good at math.

But what Universal did do a pretty decent job at was chronicling Sting’s greatest moments over a wildly varied career – one that plumbed personal depths for great artistic effect in the late ’80s and early ’90s with …Nothing Like the Sun and The Soul Cages, weathered interesting pop transitions in Ten Summoner’s Tales and Mercury Falling and made an incredible comeback with Brand New Day at the end of the century.

The set is sadly short on archival material – there are literally dozens of Sting B-sides that still remain ripe for the picking – but the set will include nine newly-remixed tracks (as yet unspecified) by engineers Robert Orton and Steve Fitzmaurice (mixers of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose,” respectively) as well as a DVD recorded from an intimate show on Sting’s Broken Music Tour in 2005.

And of course, the whole thing is housed in a nice box set with rare photos, lyrics and a new introductory essay by Sting himself.

25 Years is available on September 27, and the full track list is after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 28, 2011 at 10:27

Posted in Box Sets, News, Sting