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Pancho and Lefty, Redux: Unheard Townes Van Zandt Coming from Omnivore

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Though his 1972 album was entitled The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, that description wasn’t quite true until New Year’s Day, 1997, when a life of hard living caught up with the 52-year old singer, songwriter, poet and musician.  But Texas native Van Zandt left behind a rich legacy in music consisting of ten studio albums plus singles and live recordings.  The country-blues-folk-rock hero also left behind some unheard material, however, and the musical archaeologists at Omnivore Recordings have unearthed quite the treasure trove!  The 2-CD, 28-track collection Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971-1972 consists entirely of previously unreleased music from Van Zandt’s classic albums High, Low & In Between and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt.  Both albums were originally released in 1972 on the Poppy label. The first disc of the new set features outtakes and alternate takes/mixes of tracks from the sessions for those LPs; the other presents his solo demos.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, John Townes Van Zandt first appeared on the Texas club scene in the mid-1960s which offered him to the opportunity to meet like-minded musicians including Doc Watson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Mickey Newbury as well as one of his inspirations, Texan bluesman Lightning Hopkins.  But it was Newbury who encouraged Van Zandt and brokered an introduction to renowned producer Jack Clement.  The man who had written hits for Johnny Cash and discovered Jerry Lee Lewis took the helm of Van Zandt’s earliest albums on which his own songwriting style (influenced by songwriters ranging from Hank Williams, Sr. to Bob Dylan) blossomed.

What will you find on the new compilation?  Hit the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

November 27, 2012 at 12:22

Hear His Train A Comin’: Jimi Hendrix’s “People, Hell & Angels” Coming in March

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Lucky for his legions of fans, Jimi Hendrix was a restless experimenter, committing to tape hours and hours of original music beyond the three studio albums released in his too-short lifetime.  Posthumous albums of the songwriter/singer/guitar legend’s unheard material have been released as far back as Reprise/Track’s 1971 The Cry of Love, and as recently as Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings’ 2010 Valleys of Neptune.  The latest addition to the Hendrix discography will arrive on March 5 from Experience Hendrix and Legacy.  Entitled People, Hell & Angels, it concentrates on Hendrix’s recordings outside of the Experience trio line-up and premieres twelve recordings from Hendrix and an array of collaborators including Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell, Larry Lee, Lonnie Youngblood, and another legendary guitarist, Stephen Stills.

The tracks selected for People, Hell & Angels show Hendrix proclaiming his freedom from the expected, utilizing horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar.  Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott from a title coined by Jimi Hendrix, its dozen songs include “Earth Blues,” “Somewhere,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Bleeding Heart,” “Baby Let Me Move You,” “Izabella,” “Easy Blues,” “Crash Landing,” “Inside Out,” “Hey Gypsy Boy,” “Mojo Man” and “Villanova Junction Blues.”  While he was recording the music featured on People, Hell & Angels at New York facilities including the Record Plant and the Hit Factory, Hendrix was building his own Electric Lady Studios where he planned to continue his various musical explorations, as always, on his own terms.  Like many previous Experience Hendrix issues, People, Hell & Angels rescues some original recordings which have only previously seen release in posthumously overdubbed versions overseen in the LP era by producer Alan Douglas.

Janie L. Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, has commented of the upcoming release, “We’re thrilled to be able to release People, Hell & Angels during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of my brother’s birth. The brilliance of the album serves to underscore what we’ve known all along: that there has never been and never will be a musical force equal to his and that we cherish and take inspiration of what he left us both now and for many generations to come…simply eternity.”   Legacy President Adam Block continued, “People, Hell & Angels provides us with further insight into the genius of Jimi Hendrix.  Working with new rhythm sections and instrumentation, Jimi Hendrix was opening up the horizons of his music, creating new sounds filled with endless possibilities.”

Interested in those sounds?  Hit the jump for a track-by-track guide to the new recordings, as presented in the press release for this exciting new title!  There are plenty of surprises, even where familiar titles are concerned! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

November 27, 2012 at 10:01

Release Round-Up: Week of November 27

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Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine XX (Epic/Legacy)

Take the power back! The rock icons’ debut LP is greatly expanded with rare and unreleased audiovisual material. Available as a 2CD/2DVD/1LP box set (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.), a 2CD set with highlights DVD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.), a single-disc remaster with live B-sides (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) and vinyl reissue (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.).

Various Artists, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Elektra/Rhino)

The original, influential compilation comes back to CD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) and vinyl (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) with new liner notes.

T. Rex, The Slider: 40th Anniversary Edition (Edsel)

A most beloved classic of the glam genre is given the red-carpet CD/DVD/vinyl/book/swag treatment from Demon Music Group! (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

St. Etienne, Casino Classics: Deluxe Edition (Universal U.K.)

This 1996 remix double-album from the indie-dance geniuses is now expanded to four discs. (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) (A new two-disc remaster is also available as well – Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

The House of Love, The House of Love: Deluxe Edition / The Blow Monkeys, Limping for a Generation / Animal Magic: Deluxe Editions (Cherry Red)

Some ’80s alt-rock/sophisti-pop classics coming to the U.K. from the Cherry Red label this week. Many demos, B-sides and archival material appended to these sets; three discs for The House of Love (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) and two apiece for Limping for a Generation (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) and Animal Magic (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 27, 2012 at 07:39