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Return to Strummerville with Expanded Reissues of Clash Frontman’s Solo Discs

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In celebration of what would have been Joe Strummer’s 60th birthday this year – and, just as sadly, the 10th anniversary of his passing this coming December – the Clash frontman’s three albums with latter-day solo band The Mescaleros have received the deluxe treatment both physically and digitally.

At the end of August, Hellcat/Epitaph Records released a digital box set, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: The Hellcat Years. This 57-track box set contains all three remastered Mescaleros LPs – 1999’s Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, 2001’s Global A Go-Go and the posthumous Streetcore (2003) – along with ten non-LP B-sides and an unreleased concert. That show, a benefit for the Fire Union Brigade recorded at London’s Acton Town Hall, was one of Strummer’s final concerts and arguably one of the most iconic; the encore saw Strummer invite former band member and songwriting partner Mick Jones to the stage for a three-song performance of early Clash tunes. It was the first time the duo shared a stage since their 1983 set at The US Festival. (The pair were in good spirits, having just been announced as inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Clash the week prior. Strummer would not live to attend the induction.)

Interestingly, the three albums are getting released on CD as well on September 25, but the discs will only feature the ten B-sides and one non-Jones track from the Acton concert between them. Completists fear not, though: the tracks available only through the digital box set are available for individual purchase.

The track lists for the discs and the box set (the latter of which is available now) are after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 7, 2012 at 13:10

Soundtrack Corner: Intrada Offers More “Galactica,” La-La Land’s “Friday the 13th” Available on Its Own

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This week and next see a trio of great film and television scores coming to CD from Intrada and La-La Land Records.

First up, it’s the long-anticipated third volume of Stu Phillips’ music to Battlestar Galactica from Intrada. While the previous two volumes were devoted to only three episodes of the series in total, subsequent installments of BSG largely eschewed new scores for previously-recorded cues tracked into the soundtrack. But Phillips was on hand to compose music for seven more BSG episodes, as well as one for the short-lived Galactica: 1980 spin-off series (essentially a scaled-down sequel to the original show, brought about when ABC received a then-unheard-of amount of letters protesting the series’ cancellation). Volume 3 of BSG is sourced from the original sources in the Universal Studios vaults (a combination of mono and stereo cues) and is available as a limited edition title now.

Intrada’s also got a premiere release out from underrated composer Jerome Moross. Moross was perhaps best known for his score to the 1958 Western The Big Country, for which he received an Oscar nomination, and the theme to the series Wagon Train used between the third and eighth seasons of that program. That theme was in fact adapted from the score Intrada’s putting out now: The Jayhawkers. Set in pre-Civil War Kansas, this 1959 Western, starring Jeff Chandler and a post-Davy Crockett, pre-Daniel Boone Fess Parker, had a score which combined the grandiosity of The Big Country with the psychological intensity of The Proud Rebel, Moross’ third Western score from this period. This release is presented almost entirely in stereo from the original three-track masters at Paramount and shines a deserved light on a hard-working, evocative creator of film themes.

Finally, La-La Land has one killer release for this coming Tuesday: a standalone issue of the score to Friday the 13th by Harry Manifredi. The composer’s scores to the first six tales of Jason Voorhees and his insatiable quest to kill camp counselors were given premiere CD releases by La-La Land as part of a limited edition box set at the beginning of the year, but now fans can enjoy the first in the series on its own, from the same master and featuring the relevant portions of the liner notes booklet. The composer will autograph the first 100 copies bought directly from the label, so if you’re interested, head to the LLL site on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Pacific time!

Order Intrada’s batch and reacquaint yourself with the Friday the 13th track list after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 7, 2012 at 12:08

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

New Morello Label Launches with Country Classics from Jones, Robbins, Dalton

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Though George Jones has introduced many of the standards of the country-and-western repertoire, his turbulent offstage life has had more ups and downs than even the most dramatic honky-tonk tune.  A Kennedy Center Honoree with fourteen Number One country hits in the U.S., the son of Saratoga, Texas has been recording since 1957 and is still going strong despite battling the bottle and engaging in many stormy relationships with women.  Though he’s been known as “No-Show Jones” for the number of missed appearances relating to those demons, Jones has showed up for the inaugural releases of Cherry Red’s Morello Records label.  The new Morello label is launching with two-fers from Jones, Marty Robbins and Lacy J. Dalton (all available now).

Elvis Costello recalled in the liner notes to his Almost Blue reissue of a scheduled session with George Jones in 1978 for which Mr. Jones never arrived: “rumour has it that he was down in Florence, Alabama, and couldn’t come into the state, as one of his more famous ex’s [sic] was looking for alimony.  But maybe they told me this just to give me a taste of the Nashville soap opera mythology…”  Costello’s visit would have fallen right during the period represented on the Morello releases.  The Grand Tour/Alone Again pairs Jones’ 1974 and 1976 albums, while Bartender’s Blues/Shine On joins releases from 1978 and 1983, respectively.  All of these are originally appeared on the Epic imprint.

Jones’ career resurgence in the 1970s has been credited to his 1969-1975 marriage to fellow superstar Tammy Wynette, a rocky romance that, alas, kept them in the tabloids.  Jones was signed to the Epic label in 1972, and found himself on the Country Top 10 with his self-titled debut there.  1974’s The Grand Tour was his fifth for the label, and the title song went all the way to No. 1.  It was his first solo No. 1 in seven years; a 1973 duet with Wynette, “We’re Gonna Hold On,” was a success despite the fallacy of the title!  On the Billy Sherrill-produced, Bergen White-arranged LP, Jones surveyed songs by Norro Wilson, Bobby Braddock, Hank Cochran and Johnny Paycheck.  With Wynette, he co-wrote the acerbic “Our Private Life” about the celebrity star-gazing culture (“We gave it up for people just like you!”).  Jones and Wynette divorced following The Grand Tour, and Morello’s series overlooks his next two Epic albums (1975’s Memories of Us and 1976’s The Battle…notice how easy it is to read into Jones’ album titles?), resuming with 1976’s aptly-titled Alone Again.  Sherrill was still at the helm of Alone Again, and it peaked at No. 9 on the country chart on the strength of No. 3 single “Her Name Is…,” penned by Braddock.  Jones offered a couple of originals (“A Drunk Can’t Be a Man” and “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me”), too, but even the songs written by others seemed to offer meaning to his life.  Jones imbued “Right Now I’d Come Back and Melt in Her Arms” and “Stand on My Own Two Knees” with the kind of deep authenticity for which he was known.  These two albums were both previously issued on one CD by Sony U.K. in 1999, but that edition fetches high prices today, so this reissue is more than welcome.

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Written by Joe Marchese

September 7, 2012 at 09:52