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Crosby, Stills and Nash, Gary Wright Get 24K Gold Treatment From Audio Fidelity

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The busy Audio Fidelity label is adding two more classic rock landmarks to its growing catalogue of 24K Gold compact discs.  Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled 1969 Atlantic debut and Gary Wright’s 1975 Warner Bros. platter The Dream Weaver both spawned radio hits still played today and remain cornerstones of many classic rock libraries.  These latest gold discs will arrive in stores on November 15.

Though many have followed, the ultimate supergroup still remains that of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, with and without occasional partner Neil Young.  Introduced by “Mama” Cass Elliot (though the exact circumstances seem shrouded in a haze, to nobody’s surprise!), the former members of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, respectively, discovered an ethereal quality when they brought their unique voices together in harmony. Their Atlantic Records debut yielded two Top 40 hits, Stlils’ “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” inspired by his relationship with Judy Collins, and Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” a track previously attempted but discarded by The Hollies.  (Only a backing track survives.)  Yet every song on the album has endured to become a classic, including Crosby and Stills’ haunting “Wooden Ships” (co-written with Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, who also recorded a version on the Airplane’s Volunteers LP), Stills’ “Helplessly Hoping” and Crosby’s “Long Time Gone,” an impassioned response to the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  For Audio Fidelity, Steve Hoffman is handling the remastering duties.

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Written by Joe Marchese

October 27, 2011 at 12:55

Posted in CSNY, Gary Wright, News, Reissues

The Boys Are Boxed: Thin Lizzy “BBC Sessions” Set Coming Soon

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With the recent wave of expanded reissues of the Thin Lizzy catalogue across the pond (in some cases after years of waiting), it’s easy for eager fans to ask what comes next. The answer is quite a doozy: November sees the release of a massive seven-disc box set that captures the band’s various live stands recorded by the BBC.

The set has everything stored in the BBC archives, including sessions with the likes of Bob Harris and John Peel through the ’70s, two sets at London’s Golders Green Hippodrome recorded for BBC In Concert in 1973 and 1974, a 1981 gig at the Hammersmith Odeon, one at Hitchin’s Regal Theatre in 1983 and a DVD featuring two complete shows, performances on Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test and more. Some of the tracks were resurrected by the work of fans and collectors, who supplied their own tapes for Universal to include as much music as possible. (The BBC commonly erased tapes after using them, meaning that some performances aren’t complete.)

While some of these tracks have been released before – some tracks bowed on Strange Fruit’s Peel Sessions compilation in 1994, others on the aforementioned recent expanded editions and the 1977 show at The Rainbow Theatre was the basis for the iconic Live and Dangerous album – this is likely going to be a set that hardcore Lizzy fans won’t want to miss. (And casual fans also have something to look forward to: a cut-down double-disc set is also being released on the same day, November 7.)

So what’s in the box? Find out after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

October 27, 2011 at 10:36

Posted in Box Sets, News, Thin Lizzy