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Calling Dr. Love: KISS Plan Singles Box Set

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You could ask, after a remixed reissue of their most enduring studio album and a new album – their 20th – released last month, what else KISS could possibly release this year. And, because it’s KISS, you’d likely have an answer.

This year, that answer is a 28-disc box replicating every single they released on Casablanca Records during their first eight years together. From debut single “Nothin’ to Lose” and first charting tune “Kissin’ Time” to hits like “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Love Gun,” The Casablanca Singles captures all those original A and B-sides.

The Casablanca Singles will also feature replicas of picture sleeves from the U.S., Europe and Japan, recreated label artwork, a booklet “track[ing] the genesis and chart history of each single represented in the package” and four masks of Paul Stanley’s Starchild, Ace Frehley’s Spaceman, Gene Simmons’ Demon and Peter Criss’ Catman makeup. Additionally, the box will be available on both CD and vinyl, with four of the band’s solo singles (from the infamous 1978 solo albums) pressed on colored vinyl.

Look for The Casablanca Singles in stores on December 4, order the CD versions from Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K., and hit the jump for the full disc breakdown.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 5, 2012 at 15:33

Posted in Box Sets, KISS, News, Vinyl

Short Takes, Early 2013 Watch: Jackson 5 Get Animated, Talk Talk Rarities, Zeppelin Redux?

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  • What, you thought the renewed interest in the Led Zeppelin catalogue would end with the release of Celebration Day? Jimmy Page recently revealed in an interview with MOJO (excerpted by NME) that he is working on remastering the LZ catalogue for 2013. “There are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the album so there will be box sets of material that will come out, starting next year,” Page said. “There will be one box set per album with extra music that will surface.” So, a Zeppelin Immersion Box series, then? Four words: Led Zeppelin collectible scarves. Awwww yeah.
  • The next Jackson 5 material to be unearthed from the vaults is non-musical. Classic Media will release The Jackson 5ivea Rankin/Bass-produced animated series that aired on ABC Saturday mornings in 1971 and 1972. While none of the brothers provided their own voices on the 23 episodes, classic J5 masters did score specially-animated performances in every episode. The show will be released January 15 on two-disc DVD and what looks like a four-disc Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.
  • An article in The Guardian about Mark Hollis and his ’80s pop-rock outfit Talk Talk indicates a forthcoming collection Hollis is working on with EMI, called Natural Order. Our friends at Pause & Play further indicate a January 14 release date in the U.K., alongside a reissue of the 1990 compilation Natural HistoryNatural Order does not have a final track list, but will apparently serve as a companion to Natural History, and will include tracks from the final Talk Talk LP Laughing Stock, released by Verve in 1991.

Written by Mike Duquette

November 5, 2012 at 13:57

Vocalists Corner: Sinatra and McCartney on DVD, Christine Andreas’ “Carlyle” Reissued

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In 2010, Shout! Factory and Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) released an impressive DVD box set collecting 7 discs and over 14 hours’ worth of Frank Sinatra’s television performances from the 1950s through the 1980s.  On November 13, one of those discs from The Concert Collection will be available as a standalone DVD following similar releases of other DVDs from the set.  Primetime includes three programs from 1968, 1969 and 1977, respectively, in which Sinatra welcomes a bevy of guests.

In 1968’s Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing, the legendary entertainer welcomes Diahann Carroll and the 5th Dimension, celebrating the impact of black music on America.  Carroll joins Sinatra for a heartfelt medley of spirituals, and Sinatra also takes the stage with Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Ron Townson and Lamonte McLemore for a groovy version of Laura Nyro’s “Sweet Blindness” (“Please don’t tell my mother/I’m a saloon and a moonshine lover!”).

1969’s Sinatra teamed Frank with frequent arranger Don Costa and his orchestra, and features an early performance of “My Way,” with its English lyrics penned for Sinatra by his friend Paul Anka.  1977’s Sinatra and Friends featured a true all-star roster spanning various genres.  This time, Sinatra shared the screen with Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Loretta Lynn, John Denver and his longtime pally Dean Martin.  The entire cast returns for the closing performance of Paul Anka’s “Everybody Ought to Be in Love.”

If you don’t already own The Concert Collection, you can check out Primetime on November 13.  Here’s a pre-order link!

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Written by Joe Marchese

November 5, 2012 at 10:48

Always Something There: Cherry Pop Expands Naked Eyes’ Debut

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Add another title we’ve speculated about before to the upcoming releases list: Cherry Pop is expanding Burning Bridges, the debut album by British New Wave duo Naked Eyes.

Pete Byrne and Rob Fisher were already known in their local music scene in the town of Bath, England; an earlier band, Neon, featured fellow Bathites Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith before they founded Tears for Fears. But as Naked Eyes, the duo hit it big thanks to heavy-duty use of the relatively-new Fairlight CMI synthesizer, the pop production of Tony Mansfield and…a chestnut from the Burt Bacharach/Hal David songwriting catalogue.

“(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me,” a heartfelt tune detailing the narrator’s inability to get away from the signs of a failed relationship, was a hit for Sandie Shaw in the U.K., whose oddly chipper version topped the British charts in 1964. But neither Shaw, Lou Johnson nor Dionne Warwick could push the tune past the lower half of the Billboard Hot 100 – that honor went to the ornate, pulsating Naked Eyes version, a Top 10 single on our shores but, ironically, a total flop in England. Follow-up single “Promises, Promises” (not the Bacharach/David tune, humorously enough) peaked at No. 11 in the States but again fizzled natively. (“Promises” remains a favorite of music trivia enthusiasts for a background vocal appearance by a little-known Madonna on the 12″ single.)

Follow-up singles “When the Lights Go Out” and “(What) in the Name of Love,” from sophomore LP Fuel for the Fire (1984), scraped the U.S. Top 40, and Byrne and Fisher would separate to pursue session work. (Byrne played on Stevie Wonder’s hit “Part-Time Lover,” while Fisher formed a more locally successful duo with fellow songwriter/session player Simon Climie. Climie Fisher’s “Love Changes (Everything)” peaked at No. 2 in the U.K. in 1988.) Byrne and Fisher had reunited as writers for a third Naked Eyes LP, but following Fisher’s death following cancer surgery in 1999, Byrne included them on a solo disc, The Real Illusion, in 2001. Byrne still tours under the Naked Eyes moniker, reportedly planning a new album for 2013.

Cherry Pop’s Burning Bridges expansion features five bonus tracks, including 12″ remixes of “Promises” and “Always Something There,” two non-LP B-sides and the hit U.S. single mix of “Promises.” It streets in England on November 19; pre-order links for the disc are live at Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K., and the track list is after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 5, 2012 at 10:07