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UPDATE 1/19: Flower In The Sun: “The Pearl Sessions” Joins “Carousel Ballroom” To Celebrate Janis Joplin

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41 years ago this month, Columbia Records unleashed Pearl, the final musical statement of Janis Lyn Joplin, on the world.  A firebrand till her untimely death at the age of 27, Joplin didn’t live to see the release of Pearl, but the album summed up her deep blend of soul, psychedelia, rock and country, even touching on jazz and pop.  Joplin honed her style in a brief but intense period of impassioned live performances and recording.  She had a penchant for living life on the edge; in her recent memoir Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, Judy Collins recalled attending a 1968 performance by Paul Williams at Los Angeles’ Troubadour with Joplin, and the singer confiding in Collins, “You know, one of us is going to make it.  And it’s not going to be me.”  Joplin had already made it by that point, an incendiary set the previous year at the Monterey Pop Festival among her accomplishments.  Collins intuited that Joplin was talking about making it, as in simply surviving.  But for all her demons, Joplin came to life in front of the microphone, and thanks to the visionary Owsley “Bear” Stanley and Legacy Recordings, a previously-unreleased live performance of Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company will come to light on March 13.

Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 was recorded over two nights by Stanley at the San Francisco venue that would soon be rechristened the Fillmore West by Bill Graham.  It will include fourteen tracks of full-tilt Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company from Stanley’s “sonic journals.”  UPDATE: But that’s not all.  On January 19, Legacy announced the April 17 release of The Pearl Sessions, a definitive 2-CD expansion of the artist’s galvanic farewell.

Though born in Texas, Joplin made her mark when she joined Big Brother and the Holding Company, a San Francisco aggregation formed in 1965.  Big Brother was part of the same burgeoning Haight-Ashbury scene as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, among so many others, and it wasn’t a surprise that the band’s path would cross with that of Owsley Stanley.  Equally renowned for his skills as a visionary sound engineer and his fervent advocacy of a certain mind-altering substance (he was eulogized by The New York Times as the “artisan of acid,” having manufactured literally millions of doses of LSD), Bear manned the sound board at the Carousel Ballroom, the short-lived venue operated jointly by the Dead, the Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother in 1968.  A pioneer of the modern-day rock show sound system, Bear began mixing live sound with the Dead in 1966, and had a knack for capturing both the energy of a performance and the essence of a performer.

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Written by Joe Marchese

January 19, 2012 at 14:47

Posted in Janis Joplin, News, Reissues

Who Is Tom Northcott? Rhino Handmade Clues You In with New Warner Bros. Anthology

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Somewhere in rock’s back pages, you might find the name of Tom Northcott, troubadour.  After establishing himself as the folk-singing frontman of The Tom Northcott Trio in his native Canada, Northcott headed for California, and proved himself in the fertile musical ground of the San Francisco Bay Area, opening for acts like The Who, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.  Soon he found himself even further south, signed to Los Angeles’ Warner Bros. Records.  And between 1966 and1969, Northcott recorded some twenty sides for the label, working with names from the WB “house team,” gents like Lenny Waronker and Leon Russell.   At the water tower, Northcott also had access to some of rock’s great songwriters, so he recorded compositions by the likes of Harry Nilsson and, of course, Waronker’s close pal Randy Newman.  But when Tom Northcott abandoned music to practice law in the early 1970s, after having cut one 1971 LP for UNI Records, he was all but forgotten.  In recent months, Rhino Handmade had been asking the question “Who is Tom Northcott?” in various teasers.  Now, the question is answered, and in the best way possible: via the man’s music.

Sunny Goodge Street: The Warner Bros. Recordings collects twenty of Northcott’s recordings for the label, including six previously-unreleased tracks from 1968 and 1969, recorded in both Los Angeles and London.  The collection has been many years in the making, beginning with Andrew Sandoval and Bill Inglot’s unearthing of the original tapes and finding the additional unissued tracks and rare single versions.  The complete, 10-track The Best of Tom Northcott LP as originally released in 1970 is, of course, included in full.  This LP never received wide release in the U.S., designed for the Canadian market, so the music contained within its grooves will be particularly new to many listeners. (Billboard noted on August 1, 1970 that the album was “enjoying much Vancouver sales success.”)  The album also contains the single versions of “Sunny Goodge Street” and its flip, “Who Planted Thorns in Miss Alice’s Garden,” plus Northcott’s final single with Warner Bros., “Make Me an Island,” written by Albert (“It Never Rains in Southern California”) Hammond and arranged by Nilsson collaborator Perry Botkin, Jr.

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Written by Joe Marchese

January 19, 2012 at 14:05

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’: Judas Priest Reveal New Box Set with Rare Albums

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There’s another PopMarket-exclusive box coming your way next week – and it’s a loud one. Legacy is releasing a 19-disc box of Judas Priest’s influential metal discography, with a couple of surprises inside.

Since the late 1970s, Birmingham-based Judas Priest have been pioneers of the genre. With the iconic leather-and-studs look and distinctive voice of frontman Rob Halford and the cutting guitar of K.K. Downing front and center for most of the band’s most recognized years, Priest have served the rock world admirably, and have been well treated by Legacy in the past few years, with a reissue of iconic 1980 album British Steel and a handful of collectible compilations and box sets.

The release of The Complete Albums Collection brings together all studio and live efforts with iconic members Halford, Downing, guitarist Glenn Tipton and bassist Ian Hill – meaning neither of the albums featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals in the late ’90s and early ’00s are included – but there’s a few surprises. First of all, the bonus tracks that appeared on Legacy’s 2001 reissues of the Priest catalogue are still on the discs – which now appear in mini-LP size wallet cases – with the same masterings by Jon Astley. (Everything after 1990’s Painkiller has not been remastered for this set.)

Better yet, though, is the inclusion of Priest’s first two albums on Gull Records: 1974’s Rocka Rolla and 1976’s Sad Wings of Destiny. While both have appeared on CD before, these albums have been newly remastered for the box by Vic Anesini and mark the first time the band has authorized their release on CD. (It’s worth noting that each disc features the original artwork, and Sad Wings restores the album’s original track order; initial pressings had pressed the second side as the first and vice versa.)

The set is yours to order starting January 24, and you can dive into the track list after the jump.

Judas Priest, The Complete Albums Collection (Columbia/Epic/Legacy 88697 96787-2, 2012)

Note: original catalogue numbers are U.K.-based and reissue catalogue numbers are U.S.-based.

Disc 1: Rocka Rolla (originally released as Gull Records GULP 1005, 1974)

  1. One for the Road
  2. Rocka Rolla
  3. Winter: Winter/Deep Freeze/Winter Retreat/Cheater
  4. Never Satisfied
  5. Run of the Mill
  6. Dying to Meet You
  7. Caviar and Meths

Disc 2: Sad Wings of Destiny (originally released as Gull Records GULP 1015, 1976)

  1. Prelude
  2. Tyrant
  3. Genocide
  4. Epitaph
  5. Island of Domination
  6. Victim of Changes
  7. The Ripper
  8. Dreamer Deceiver
  9. Deceiver

Disc 3: Sin After Sin (originally released as CBS 82008, 1977 – reissued Columbia/Legacy CK 86183, 2001)

  1. Sinner
  2. Diamonds & Rust
  3. Starbreaker
  4. Last Rose of Summer
  5. Let Us Prey/Call for the Priest
  6. Raw Deal
  7. Here Come the Tears
  8. Dissident Aggressor
  9. Race with the Devil (Studio Outtake)
  10. Jawbreaker (Live @ Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – 5/5/1984)

Disc 4: Stained Class (originally released as CBS 82430, 1978 – reissued Columbia/Legacy CK 85434, 2001)

  1. Exciter
  2. White Heat, Red Hot
  3. Better by You, Better Than Me
  4. Stained Class
  5. Invader
  6. Saints in Hell
  7. Savage
  8. Beyond the Realms of Death
  9. Heroes End
  10. Fire Down Below (Studio Outtake)
  11. Better by You, Better Than Me (Live @ Foundations Forum, Los Angeles – 9/13/1990)

Disc 5: Killing Machine (originally released as CBS 83135, 1978 – reissued Columbia/Legacy CK 86181, 2001)

  1. Delivering the Goods
  2. Rock Forever
  3. Evening Star
  4. Hell Bent for Leather
  5. Take on the World
  6. Burnin’ Up
  7. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (from Hell Bent for Leather – Columbia JC 35706 (U.S.), 1978)
  8. Killing Machine
  9. Running Wild
  10. Before the Dawn
  11. Evil Fantasies
  12. Fight for Your Life (Studio Outtake)
  13. Riding on the Wind (Live @ The US Festival, Devore, CA – 5/29/1983)

Disc 6: Unleashed in the East (originally released as CBS 83852, 1979 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 86182, 2001)

  1. Exciter (Live)
  2. Running Wild (Live)
  3. Sinner (Live)
  4. The Ripper (Live)
  5. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)
  6. Diamonds and Rust (Live)
  7. Victim of Changes (Live)
  8. Tyrant (Live)
  9. Rock Forever (Live Bonus Track)
  10. Delivering the Goods (Live Bonus Track)
  11. Hell Bent for Leather (Live Bonus Track)
  12. Starbreaker (Live Bonus Track)

Disc 7: British Steel (originally released as CBS 84160, 1980 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 85752, 2001)

  1. Rapid Fire
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Breaking the Law
  4. Grinder
  5. United
  6. You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise
  7. Living After Midnight
  8. The Rage
  9. Steeler
  10. Red, White & Blue (Studio Outtake)
  11. Grinder (Live @ Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – 5/5/1984)

Disc 8: Point of Entry (originally released as CBS 84834, 1981 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 85436, 2001)

  1. Heading Out to the Highway
  2. Don’t Go
  3. Hot Rockin’
  4. Turning Circles
  5. Desert Plains
  6. Solar Angels
  7. You Say Yes
  8. All the Way
  9. Troubleshooter
  10. On the Run
  11. Thunder Road (Studio Outtake)
  12. Desert Plains (Live @ Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis – 5/23/1986)

Disc 9: Screaming for Vengeance (originally released as CBS 85941, 1982 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 85435, 2001)

  1. The Hellion
  2. Electric Eye
  3. Riding on the Wind
  4. Bloodstone
  5. (Take These) Chains
  6. Pain and Pleasure
  7. Screaming for Vengeance
  8. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  9. Fever
  10. Devil’s Child
  11. Prisoner of Your Eyes (Studio Outtake)
  12. Devil’s Child (Live @ Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis – 12/12/1982)

Disc 10: Defenders of the Faith (originally released as CBS 25713, 1984 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 85438, 2001)

  1. Freewheel Burning
  2. Jawbreaker
  3. Rock Hard Ride Free
  4. The Sentinel
  5. Love Bites
  6. Eat Me Alive
  7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  8. Night Comes Down
  9. Heavy Duty
  10. Defenders of the Faith
  11. Turn on Your Light (Studio Outtake)
  12. Heavy Duty/Defenders of the Faith (Live @ Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – 5/5/1984)

Disc 11: Turbo (originally released as CBS 463365, 1986 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 85437, 2001)

  1. Turbo Lover
  2. Locked In
  3. Private Property
  4. Parental Guidance
  5. Rock You All Around the World
  6. Out in the Cold
  7. Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
  8. Hot for Love
  9. Reckless
  10. All Fired Up (Studio Outtake)
  11. Locked In (Live @ Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis – 5/23/1986)

Discs 12-13: Priest…Live! (originally released as CBS 450639, 1987 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy C2K 86378, 2002)

  1. Out in the Cold
  2. Heading Out to the Highway
  3. Metal Gods
  4. Breaking the Law
  5. Love Bites
  6. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  7. The Sentinel
  8. Private Property
  1. Rock You All Over the World
  2. Electric Eye
  3. Turbo Lover
  4. Freewheel Burning
  5. Parental Guidance
  6. Living After Midnight
  7. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  8. Screaming for Vengeance (Bonus Track)
  9. Rock Hard, Ride Free (Bonus Track)
  10. Hell Bent for Leather (Bonus Track)

Disc 14: Ram It Down (originally released as CBS 461108, 1988 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 86381, 2002)

  1. Ram It Down
  2. Heavy Metal
  3. Love Zone
  4. Come and Get It
  5. Hard as Iron
  6. Blood Red Skies
  7. I’m a Rocker
  8. Johnny B. Goode
  9. Love You to Death
  10. Monsters of Rock
  11. Night Comes Down (Live @ Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA – 5/5/1984)
  12. Bloodstone (Live @ Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis – 12/12/1982)

Disc 15: Painkiller (originally released as CBS 467290, 1990 – reissued as Columbia/Legacy CK 86382, 2002)

  1. Painkiller
  2. Hell Patrol
  3. All Guns Blazing
  4. Leather Rebel
  5. Metal Meltdown
  6. Night Crawler
  7. Between the Hammer and the Anvil
  8. A Touch of Evil
  9. Battle Hymn
  10. One Shot at Glory
  11. Living Bad Dreams (Studio Outtake)
  12. Leather Rebel (Live @ Foundations Forum, Los Angeles – 9/13/1990)

Disc 16: Angel of Retribution (originally released as Sony Music 519300, 2005)

  1. Judas Rising
  2. Deal with the Devil
  3. Revolution
  4. Worth Fighting For
  5. Demonizer
  6. Wheels of Fire
  7. Angel
  8. Hellrider
  9. Eulogy
  10. Lochness

Discs 17-18: Nostradamus (originally released as Sony BMG 88697 31559-2, 2008)

  1. Dawn of Creation
  2. Prophecy
  3. Awakening
  4. Revelations
  5. The Four Horsemen
  6. War
  7. Sands of Time
  8. Pestilence and Plague
  9. Death
  10. Peace
  11. Conquest
  12. Lost Love
  13. Persecution
  1. Solitude
  2. Exiled
  3. Alone
  4. Shadows in the Flame
  5. Visions
  6. Hope
  7. New Beginnings
  8. Calm Before the Storm
  9. Nostradamus
  10. Future of Mankind

Disc 19: A Touch of Evil…Live (originally released as Columbia 88697 54597-2, 2009)

  1. Judas Rising
  2. Hellrider
  3. Between the Hammer and the Anvil
  4. Riding on the Wind
  5. Death
  6. Beyond the Realms of Death
  7. Dissident Aggressor
  8. A Touch of Evil
  9. Eat Me Alive
  10. Prophecy
  11. Painkiller

Written by Mike Duquette

January 19, 2012 at 12:56

Review: Hugh Martin, “Hidden Treasures: Songs for Stage and Screen 1941-2010”

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Did a cork pop?  Did the world stop?  Am I just in love…with the music and lyrics of Hugh Martin?  Even if you don’t know the name of the late Mr. Martin, you certainly know his songs: “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “The Trolley Song,” and a little song heard every season, year after year, by the name of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  But these songs from the MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis are just the tip of the iceberg of Hugh Martin’s catalogue, a few highlights of a career that lasted more than 75 years.  Martin died in 2011 at the age of 96, but Harbinger Records and The Musical Theater Project have brought together nearly 30 examples of Martin’s sparkling wit and lyricism in the grandly enjoyable Hidden Treasures (Harbinger HCD 2702).  For those who are already fans of Martin, it’s a must-have.  For those who only know his most famous contributions to The Great American Songbook, well…it’s an education!

You know an album is a bound to be a special one when no less an eminence grise than Stephen Sondheim is enlisted to write the foreword (to a generous 84-page, black-and-white illustrated booklet).  In his two volumes of collected lyrics, Sondheim proved himself to be not only his own toughest audience, but a frank critic of the works of many others from Ira Gershwin to Noel Coward.  But his praise for Hugh Martin is effusive: “Hugh Martin’s music, lyrics and vocal arrangements are the quintessence of 1940s musical comedy; they define what is meant by ‘show tunes’ or ‘pizzazz.’”  And there’s plenty of pizzazz on hand in every one of these thirty well-selected tracks spanning the period between 1941 and 2010, drawing on the composer-lyricist’s works in the Golden Ages of both Broadway and Hollywood.

Most of the tracks are heard in demo form, performed by Martin or his credited partner, Ralph Blane.  (Martin revealed in the last years of his life that he and Blane, more often than not, wrote separately, but took joint credit.  Think of them, then, as the musical theatre’s John Lennon and Paul McCartney.)  But there are also outtakes from Michael Feinstein’s 1995 Hugh Martin Songbook, live performances, a radio aircheck and even a newly-recorded song.  In the interest of making this album a definitive account of Martin’s career, the notes even helpfully indicate other recordings of the songs as well as their source projects.

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Written by Joe Marchese

January 19, 2012 at 10:17