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Aztec Camera Catalogue to Be Expanded by Edsel in August

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The brilliant, multifaceted work of Roddy Frame’s Scottish pop band Aztec Camera will see significant expansion courtesy of the hardworking folks at Demon Music Group.

Aztec Camera’s six studio albums, featuring singer/songwriter Frame and a rotating cast of musicians (including future Smiths second guitarist Craig Gannon, drummer Steve Jordan, keyboardist Tony Mansfield and others), will all be expanded by Edsel on August 27. Debut LP High Land, Hard Rain (released in 1983 on Rough Trade Records), Mark Knopfler-produced major-label debut Knife (1984) and final album Frestonia (1995) will all feature bonus tracks, including B-sides, remixes and live cuts, appended to the remastered discs. Middle albums Love (1987), Stray (1990) and Dreamland (1993) will all feature full bonus discs, with assorted goodies scattered throughout (Stray features copious remixes of hit single “Good Morning Britain,” a collaboration with Mick Jones of The Clash, as well as non-LP track “Do I Love You?” from the Red Hot + Blue compilation to benefit AIDS research; Dreamland features an entire 1991 live show excerpted over four CD singles.)

While Demon’s site has not listed every reissue title yet, it looks like all of them will feature deluxe casebound book packaging and liner notes featuring lyrics and new annotations by Terry Staunton of Uncut. (It’s worth noting that Frame doesn’t have anything to do with these reissues, but let slip to a fan on Twitter  that he is in talks with a “supercool US label about releasing the definitive set (w/ rarities, home demos etc)” in 2013.)

A hat tip to Super Deluxe Edition and Slicing Up Eyeballs for their great coverage of these titles. After the jump, check out the track lists and pre-order links courtesy of Amazon U.K.!

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Written by Mike Duquette

August 1, 2012 at 12:09

Posted in Aztec Camera, News, Reissues

Another Bite of the Apple: Lon and Derrek Van Eaton’s “Brother” with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Reissued and Reviewed

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RPM Records is taking a bite out of the Apple.  Apple Records, that is.  All has been quiet on the Apple front since EMI’s 2010 reissue campaign offered remastered and expanded albums from Badfinger, Mary Hopkin, James Taylor and others.  But the Come and Get It compilation, released in conjunction with the album reissue program, brought to CD a number of tantalizing tracks from lesser-known lights on the Apple roster.  Among those artists were Lon and Derrek Van Eaton, New Jersey natives whose demo tape came to the attention of George Harrison and Ringo Starr in 1971.  Their “Sweet Music,” produced by Harrison, was a highlight of that anthology, but they also recorded an entire album produced by close Beatle pal Klaus Voormann.  Now, the Van Eaton brothers are getting a full return from Cherry Red’s RPM label.  That 1973 Apple LP, Brother, has just been reissued and expanded in a comprehensive new edition (including previously unreleased songs with Starr and Voormann) from Apple and RPM, produced by RPM’s Mark Stratford and Apple historian Stefan Granados.

Brother wasn’t technically the debut of Lon and Derrek Van Eaton; the brothers had previously teamed as members of Jacob’s Creek and recorded a 1969 album for Columbia Records with that band.  But any affiliation with The Beatles can reasonably be called a rebirth.  The brothers were both multi-talented, with Derrek handling lead vocals, bass, flute and drums, and Lon taking piano, vocal, guitar, saxophone and drum duties.  They collaborated as writers on all of the songs on Brother, with Lon also handling string and horn arrangements.  George Harrison produced “Sweet Music,” from the Van Eatons’ original demo tape, at Abbey Road, and brought along Ringo and Jim Gordon on drums, Mike Hugg on harmonium, and one Peter Frampton on guitar!  Then, with a brace of songs written and ready to go, the brothers became the first artists to record at Apple Studio in Savile Row.  They recorded almost all of the instrumental parts themselves, although Voormann (on bass) and Starr (on what else, drums) joined in occasionally.   The final album also included four songs recorded back in New York at Bell Sound, as well as one of the original demos, but the album’s heart is the London-recorded material.  RPM’s new issue even premieres outtakes from the Apple Studio sessions among its plentiful bonus tracks.

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Written by Joe Marchese

August 1, 2012 at 09:38

An Elvis Odyssey: “Prince From Another Planet” Boxes Presley’s Classic MSG Concerts

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Elvis Presley has never been lacking in live recordings.  Five such albums (not counting partially-live albums like the ’68 comeback album Elvis and the documentary soundtrack That’s the Way It Is) arrived in Presley’s lifetime, and countless more after his tragic death on August 16, 1977.  All were certified gold or platinum, and all were from the period between 1969 and 1974 when the superstar reinvented himself on the concert stages of Las Vegas.  If any album captured the bond between entertainer and audience, though, it was 1972’s 3x platinum Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden.  The four concerts of Presley’s Big Apple stint were heavily promoted.  He hadn’t appeared in New York since television appearances of 1956 and 1957, and excitement was high in 1972 following recent concert triumphs and a flow of hit records.  It’s been reported that David Bowie, George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Bob Dylan attended the shows.  So hot a ticket was the engagement that the album was rushed out one week after the concerts took place, so all could revel in the splendor of the King at the top of his game.

The concert presented on the original album was from Saturday evening, June 10, 1972.  That day’s afternoon performance was also recorded, though it wasn’t issued in full until 1997’s An Afternoon in the Garden.  Now, both concerts have been paired for the very first time in a new deluxe 2-CD/1-DVD box set due on October 30 from RCA Victor and Legacy Recordings, Prince From Another Planet: Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden – 40th Anniversary Edition.  The box set’s unusual title comes from a New York Times headline accompanying Chris Chase’s enthusiastic review of the MSG stand: “When Joe DiMaggio hit a baseball, his grace made the act look easy and inevitable; whether it turned into a pop fly or a home run, it was beautiful, because he did what he did so well.  Friday night, at Madison Square Garden, Elvis was like that. He stood there at the end, his arms stretched out, the great gold cloak giving him wings, a champion, the only one in his class.”  Chase attended the Friday night performance on June 9 as well as that afternoon’s press conference; the final show was on Sunday, June 11.  Make no mistake, this was Elvis’ own Main Event.

For Legacy’s box set, both the afternoon and evening shows have been newly-mixed by engineer Michael Brauer, and liner notes have been commissioned from Lenny Kaye, the Nuggets curator and guitarist for Patti Smith.  As music editor of Cavalier magazine, Kaye covered the press conference and concerts at the time, and his 5,000-word note draws on those memories.

In addition to the two CDs, a DVD presents previously-unseen footage of the Saturday afternoon show, captured on hand-held camera by a fan, and now acquired by Legacy for this package.  This concert footage takes its place alongside a document of the press conference that took place on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.  Colonel Parker was, of course, in attendance, as was Presley’s father Vernon.

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Written by Joe Marchese

August 1, 2012 at 09:12