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Live Killer, No Filler on Hip-o Select’s Latest

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This week’s Release Round-Up gave some illumination on Hip-o Select’s latest, a triple-disc anthology of live material from the one and only Jerry Lee Lewis. But we wouldn’t be doing our jobs right if we didn’t elaborate on that one for you!

The Killer Live! 1964-1970 collates, for the first time on CD, four underrated live records from the irascible rocker’s lengthy career – beginning at a time when the world had passed The Killer by. Five years before signing to Smash Records after his Sun Records contract expired in 1963, Lewis career had halted when a British journalist reported that he had married his first cousin, only 13 years old. (Lewis was 22.)

But the release of “Live” at the Star-Club, Hamburg in Europe in 1964 saw the continent take him back some. It didn’t hurt that the LP was an absolute ripper, to this day a firm contender for one of the greatest live albums in rock history. Lewis’ honky-tonk style and spontaneous fire was best served on this disc, although the U.S. counterparts, 1964’s The Greatest Live Show on Earth and 1966’s By Request: More of the Greatest Live Show on Earth, can hardly be considered disappointments.

By the 1970 release of Live at the International, Las Vegas, Lewis had found a second wind by embracing more traditional country tunes, starting with 1968’s Top 5 Country comeback, “Another Place, Another Time.” This vein is deeply explored on the latter half of the set’s second disc, with renditions of country singles “She Still Comes Around (to Love What’s Left of Me)” and “She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye,” as well as two tracks with lead vocals from Lewis’ sister, Linda Gail Lewis.

But as the third disc shows, once a Killer, always a Killer. Five outtakes from the show that comprised By Request and 10 never-before-released cuts from the Las Vegas set prove that Lewis’ rockabilly spirit was never in full recession. Those 1970 renditions of “Stagger Lee” and Lewis’ own standards “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire” are as potent then as they are now.

Augmented with an expansive booklet featuring rare photos and liner notes by Mitchell Cohen and housed in a standard CD-sized digipak,  (based on the price point, it’s likely an oversize book in the vein of Select’s Temptations and Supremes singles sets)The Killer Live! looks to live up to its name and then some – and it’s yours to order after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 25, 2012 at 15:11

Get Pissed, Destroy: Contents of Sex Pistols’ “Bollocks” Box Unveiled

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You can argue whether or not punk is dead until you’re blue in the face – but you can’t deny catalogue music is on the ropes, as the recently-announced details of a super deluxe edition of Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols, arguably the primo example of the punk genre.

Not long ago, we noticed that Never Mind The Bollocks – that incendiary album that seemed to threaten to upend social order in England, with sneering single “God Save the Queen” released in step with the royal family’s silver jubilee – has actually not been reissued often, aside from a 1996 expansion that included one of the only official releases of the fabled bootleg/”demo” album Spunk, featuring rawer, alternate versions of the Pistols’ first tunes. It was easy to speculate why: reportedly, the master tapes were nowhere to be found at least through 2007, prompting the band to reunite in-studio to re-record “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “Pretty Vacant” for use in a Guitar Hero video game.

The news that the tapes have apparently been found and utilized for a brand-new remaster of the album (credited to engineer Tim Young “under the guidance of original producer Chris Thomas”) on this set is, it seems, only half the fun. Two bonus CDs are included in the box featuring not only the Spunk tracks newly remastered from the original tapes, but a pair of live shows from 1977 and a host of outtakes from the Bollocks sessions with Chris Thomas – including, for the first time, the original studio version of the incredibly controversial “Belsen Was a Gas,” featuring John Lydon’s original vocal track instead of the Ronnie Biggs vocal track heard on The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle.

In addition, a DVD will be featured, packed with extras including videos, vintage interviews with all of the band’s principal members (vocalist Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassists Glen Matlock and punk icon Sid Vicious) and live footage, including the band’s infamous trek down the River Thames on the day of the Jubilee festivities. Extra swag included in the box is a replica of the original A&M single version of “God Save the Queen” (a re-pressing earlier this year earned Lydon’s criticism), a 100-page hardback book featuring liner notes written by former MOJO editor Pat Gilbert, and replicas of an original promo poster, stickers and handwritten lyrics to “God Save the Queen.”

The set, to be released in the U.K. by Universal Music Group (who now has control of the album instead of Virgin/EMI), streets on September 24. A cut-down double-disc reissue will be available as well. Hit the jump for the full specs on the box!

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 25, 2012 at 12:19

Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles Offer Rock-Themed Digital LP

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Although albums like Rock ‘n’ Roll Music (1976), Love Songs (1977) and Reel Music (1982) have all yet to be released in any CD or digital format, Apple and EMI are reviving the spirit of those LP compilations with a new release available exclusively as an “iTunes LP.”  Tomorrow Never Knows, subtitled File Under “Rock,” collects fourteen of The Beatles’ heaviest tracks including the psychedelic title track from 1966’s Revolver.

Somewhat surprisingly, some harder-edged hits have been eschewed; while there’s no “Come Together” or “Get Back,” you’ll hear “Savoy Truffle” and “It’s All Too Much.”  The earliest track dates back to 1964 with “You Can’t Do That,” first released as the B-side to “Can’t Buy Me Love” and also included on the U.K. Hard Day’s Night album.  From 1965 comes the B-side to “Help!” (another rocking song itself, it must be said), the frenetic “I’m Down.”  But the majority of the songs on Tomorrow Never Knows hail from 1966 and beyond, with three songs apiece from Revolver and The Beatles (1968).  Revolver, of course, emphasized a more electric rock sound after the folk-influenced Rubber Soul, and it was also the last album that the American Capitol label would alter from its original U.K. form.  (The American edition of Rubber Soul had even more of a folk-rock flavor than its British counterpart thanks to Capitol’s inclusion of “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “It’s Only Love” and the removal of four songs including “Nowhere Man” and “Drive My Car.”)

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Written by Joe Marchese

July 25, 2012 at 09:38

Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts of Men? Only “The Shadow” Knows! Soundtrack Features Goldsmith Score, Steinman Song

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Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  Indeed, only The Shadow knows.  And who knows the way to the hearts of film buffs everywhere?  Certainly Intrada knows!  The soundtrack specialist label has just announced its two latest limited editions: a deluxe double-CD expansion of the 1994 film The Shadow including Jerry Goldsmith’s complete score as well as the original Arista LP with songs by Jim Steinman (Bat Out of Hell), plus Craig Safan’s discarded score to Wolfen, the 1981 horror flick from Woodstock director Michael Wadleigh.

1981’s Wolfen is notable for featuring one of the earliest scores from James Horner (Titanic, The Amazing Spider-Man).  But before Horner got the job, a score had been written by Craig Safan (The Last Starfighter, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins).  Although Safan composed an orchestral score described by Intrada as “incredibly intense [and] complex,” it wasn’t gelling with Wadleigh’s film starring Albert Finney, Edward James Olmos and Gregory Hines.  Intrada has already released the final Horner score on CD, and has now turned its attention to a first-time release of Safan’s original.  The new, hour-long soundtrack is presented in stereo from Warner Bros.’ original three-channel stereo masters.  This Intrada Special Collection release will be available as long as “quantities and interest remains,” per the label.

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Written by Joe Marchese

July 25, 2012 at 09:25