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All Together Now: The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” Remastered Songtrack and Blu-Ray to Bow in June [UPDATED]

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Last Tuesday saw the American release on Blu-Ray and DVD of Martin Scorsese’s 2011 documentary on the life of George Harrison, Living in the Material World.  That notable title, however, isn’t the only Beatles-related film coming to home video.  On June 5, the Fabs’ delightfully trippy 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine will be reissued on DVD and make its Blu-Ray debut in a brand-new transfer.  That same day, the 1999 Yellow Submarine Songtrack CD will also see a remastered reissue.  Directed by George Dunning, the whimsical cartoon was designed by Heinz Edelmann and featured original Beatles songs on its soundtrack.  The band members themselves were voiced by John Clive (John), Geoffrey Hughes (Paul), Peter Batten (George) and Paul Angelis (Ringo).

The Beatles’ Apple label has confirmed that the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution by the Triage Motion Picture Services team led by Paul Rutan Jr.  What, exactly, does that mean for laymen?  4K is an emerging standard for resolution in the digital medium, so named for its 4,000-pixel horizontal resolution.  (This isn’t to be confused with the designation used by the digital television industry, which represents the vertical pixel count).  In other words, 4K is being primed as the next step in high resolution video, with its proponents ready to see the 4K standard replace the current 1080i/p (1,920×1,080 pixels) as the highest-resolution signal available for movies and perhaps television, as well.  The indispensable CNet offers more explanation here, but in other words, Yellow Submarine has been restored at a higher standard than before and its sparkling colors should appear more vivid than ever.  (Actual 4K televisions should arrive this year from brands like LG and Toshiba.)

What else will set the new releases apart from the past editions?  Hit the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 7, 2012 at 14:49

In Case You Missed It: Sun Turns 60 with New Compilation

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The success of rock and roll has many fathers, but for many, it has one birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, the home of Sun Records. Sam Phillips’ label was crucial in bringing blues and rock music to a mainstream audience, providing early breaks for artists like B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins.

Last month, Curb Records released a special double-disc set chronicling the label’s heyday in the ’50s and early ’60s, in honor of the label’s anniversary back in March. Sun Records 60th Anniversary features early recordings from future blues legends King and Wolf (recorded at Sun Studios and released on the RPM and Chess labels), early sides by future superstar Presley (including “That’s All Right” and Elvis’ first two private demo recordings for the label), a track from the famous “Million Dollar Quartet” session (when Presley, Lewis, Cash and Perkins all enjoyed an impromptu collaboration in 1956), two tracks by Harold Jenkins – who would later enjoy success under the name Conway Twitty – and much more.

You can check it all out after the jump. (Thanks to Eric Luecking of Record Racks for the tip.)

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Written by Mike Duquette

May 7, 2012 at 13:56

On The Right Track: Demick and Armstrong’s Lost Country-Rock Classic Reissued By RPM

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Rod Demick may be best-known as a top sideman, serving with such talent as Screaming Lord Sutch, Dr. John, The Strawbs and the David Essex Band.  Herbie Armstrong has had a similarly long career, playing with Van Morrison and film composer Mark Isham, co-founding the band Fox, and even entering Britain’s Got Talent as a contestant.  But Demick and Armstrong have shared a long association, dating back to their days in the clubs of Belfast where they played alongside Morrison and his early band, Them.  Demick and Armstrong’s 1971 album Little Willie Ramble, recorded at London’s Trident Studios for Gordon Mills’ MAM label, made a splash in 1971.  It was greeted by acclaim from BBC Radio One as well as the music press.  But Demick and Armstrong were destined to take second place at MAM to Gilbert O’Sullivan, and their contract was bought out by A&M.  Their lone album, Little Willie Ramble,  disappeared without a trace, but now this unique blend of country, rock and pop has been reissued as a expanded edition by Cherry Red’s RPM Records label.

Little Willie Ramble is one of the major landmarks of the partnership between Rod Demick and Herbie Armstrong.  Before teaming up for the LP, the duo issued three singles in the 1960s for Columbia as The Wheels.  (These songs are available from Big Beat Records on Belfast Beat Maritime Blues!)  According to Armstrong in John Reed’s detailed liner notes for this reissue, Van Morrison himself almost joined The Wheels as lead singer before Bert Berns spirited him away to America to sign with Bang Records!  Demick and Armstrong pressed onward after the dissolution of The Wheels, placing compositions as songwriters with other artists, touring with the colorful Screaming Lord Sutch, and attempting fame on their own as The James Brothers.  (Ironically, neither had the name of James!)

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Written by Joe Marchese

May 7, 2012 at 12:19

Kylie Minogue Celebrates Quarter Century with New Compilation

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Twenty-five years is quite a long time for any pop star to survive, much less thrive. Australia’s darling Kylie Minogue has been doing just that for a quarter century, and is celebrating that landmark with a new greatest hits album to be released this summer.

The Best of Kylie Minogue compiles 21 tracks – 18 of them Top 5 hits in the U.K. – to celebrate the anniversary of the singer’s first single, a cover of Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion” produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman team that became a worldwide Top 10. For the first chunk of her career, Minogue was Europe’s go-to girl next door, with a clutch of hits from the SAW/PWL team. She ultimately left the team’s employ in the mid-1990s to find her footing as a more mature performer, and eventually struck gold in the early 2000s with tracks like “Spinning Around,” “On a Night Like This” and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” – the latter a No. 1 smash in nearly every territory (save for the U.S., which still welcomed it into the Top 10, her second-highest charting single on our shores).

While there’s no new material on this compilation, which will be available as a standard CD and deluxe CD/DVD with music videos, The Best of Kylie Minogue serves as a healthy primer for the pop diva’s career, who’s booked a high-profile gig at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in London on June 4, the album’s international release date. (The disc is out in America on June 19.)

Check out the track list after the jump.

Kylie Minogue, The Best of Kylie Minogue (EMI Catalogue, 2012)

  1. Can’t Get You Out of My Head
  2. Spinning Around
  3. I Should Be So Lucky
  4. Love at First Sight
  5. In Your Eyes
  6. Kids (with Robbie Williams)
  7. Better the Devil You Know
  8. All the Lovers
  9. Give Me Just a Little More Time
  10. Celebration
  11. Slow
  12. Red Blooded Woman
  13. I Believe in You
  14. On a Night Like This
  15. Confide in Me
  16. Get Outta My Way
  17. The Loco-Motion
  18. Tears on My Pillow
  19. Wow
  20. In My Arms
  21. Never Too Late

Tracks 1 and 4-5 from Fever (Parlophone, 2001)
Tracks 2, 6 and 14 from Light Years (Parlophone, 2000)
Tracks 3 and 17 from Kylie (Mushroom/PWL, 1988)
Track 7 from Rhythm of Love (Mushroom/PWL, 1990)
Tracks 8 and 16 from Aphrodite (Parlophone, 2010)
Track 9 from Let’s Get to It (Mushroom/PWL, 1991)
Track 10 from Greatest Hits (Mushroom/PWL, 1992)
Tracks 11-12 from Body Language (Parlophone, 2003)
Track 13 from Ultimate Kylie (Parlophone, 2004)
Track 15 from Kylie Minogue (Mushroom/Deconstruction, 1994)
Tracks 18 and 21 from Enjoy Yourself (Mushroom/PWL, 1989)
Tracks 19-20 from (Parlophone, 2007)

Written by Mike Duquette

May 7, 2012 at 10:37