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Rhino Releases Rush Box Set, Remixed “Vapor Trails”

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Rush_TheStudioAlbums_ProductShotLast spring, the seemingly impossible happened: Canadian rock legends Rush were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neal Peart had long endured the snark and critical dismissal from the powers-that-be, proving themselves a solid prog rock outfit for the ages. It was the cherry on top of a delicious bounty of treats for fans in the past few years: deluxe editions of two of the band’s most popular albums, Moving Pictures and 2112, box sets compiling the band’s entire Mercury discography and a No. 2 album with 2012’s Clockwork Angels – their second to hit that position on Billboard‘s charts. (A chart-topper has eluded them…for now.)

Last week, another catalogue project for the group was announced: the boxing up of the band’s entire discography for Atlantic Records. The band signed with the label in 1989; Presto, produced by Rupert Hine, was a seismic shift for the band away from synthesizer-based composition and back toward a straightforward rock trio.

Rush would rack up three U.S. Top 10 records with their next works, Roll the Bones (1991), Counterparts (1993) and Test for Echo (1996), the last two seeing the band reunite with Peter Collins, producer of 1985’s Power Windows and 1987’s Hold Your Fire.  But the band was severely curtailed by personal tragedy shortly thereafter, when Peart lost his wife and daughter in 1997 and 1998. A lengthy hiatus came to a triumphant end in 2002 with Vapor Trails. The covers EP Feedback (2004) and Snakes and Arrows (2007) were Rush’s final works for Atlantic.

As a special extra for fans, Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 will feature a brand-new mix of Vapor Trails by David Bottrill. Owing to both the lengthy production cycle of the album (recorded over nine months in 2001, the longest ever spent on a Rush LP) and the ongoing loudness war that affected the album’s mastering, fans and the band alike had expressed interest in remixing the record from the ground up; band engineer/mixer Richard Chycki had newly mixed “One Little Victory” and “Earthshine” for the Retrospective 3 compilation in 2009. (Bottrill’s mix will be mastered by Andy VanDette, who recently remastered the original Vapor Trails for HDTracks and iTunes.)

The Studio Albums 1989-2007 will be available October 1; Vapor Trails Remixed will be released the same day. Pre-order links and a full box breakdown are below.

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 (Atlantic/Rhino, 2013)

Disc 1: Presto (released as Anthem LP ANL 1059 (CA)/Atlantic LP 82040 (U.S.), 1989)
Disc 2: Roll the Bones (released as Anthem LP ANK 1064 (CA)/Atlantic LP 82293 (U.S.), 1991)
Disc 3: Counterparts (released as Anthem LP ANK 1067 (CA)/Atlantic LP 82528 (U.S.), 1993)
Disc 4: Test for Echo (released as Anthem LP ANSD 1073 (CA)/Atlantic LP 82925 (U.S.), 1996)
Disc 5: Vapor Trails Remixed (CD / 2LP) (original mix released as Anthem LP 6682510962 (CA)/Atlantic LP 83531, 2002)
Disc 6: Feedback (released as Anthem EP 6682520012 (CA)/Atlantic EP 83728 (U.S.), 2004
Disc 7: Snakes and Arrows (released as Anthem LP 6682520122 (CA)/Atlantic LP 135548 (U.S.), 2007)

Written by Mike Duquette

August 5, 2013 at 15:28

Posted in Box Sets, News, Reissues, Rush

Pablo Records’ 40th Celebrated with Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, More

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Pablo Reissues

Concord Music Group’s Original Jazz Classics line recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer’s famed Riverside Records label with five reissues from Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, and Cannonball Adderley and Milt Jackson.  (Expect a full review of all five titles soon!)  On September 17, the OJC series will turn its attention to the 40th anniversary of jazz impresario Norman Granz’s Pablo Records with the reissue of five classic albums from Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli, Zoot Sims and Art Tatum:

  • Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass, Ray Brown and Mickey Roker, Dizzy’s Big 4 (1974)
  • Zoot Sims, Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers (1975)
  • Art Tatum, The Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces, Volume 1 (1975)
  • Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, The Ellington Suites (1976)
  • Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli, Skol (1979)

Granz founded Pablo roughly one decade after having sold his Clef, Norgran and Verve labels to the MGM dream factory.  The producer, manager and entrepreneur initially made Pablo a home to artists he also managed like Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass and Oscar Peterson, later adding many other familiar names to his roster.  In fewer than fifteen years, Pablo released over 350 albums, but in 1987, Granz sold the label to Fantasy Records, today a part of the Concord Music Group.  Each of the upcoming titles save Art Tatum’s Solo Masterpieces, Volume 1 has been expanded with previously unreleased material.

After the jump: more details and pre-order links for all five titles! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 5, 2013 at 14:28

Then She Appeared: XTC’s “Nonsuch,” Newly Remixed and Ready for October Release

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XTC - NonsuchAs previously reported, Nonsuch, the twelfth album by XTC, is getting reissued this year with a new surround mix by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and a host of audiovisual extras.

Featuring production by early Elton John producer Gus Dudgeon and some of the best pastoral power-pop songwriting by band brain trust Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, including the U.S. Modern Rock chart-topper “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” “The Disappointed,” “Wrapped in Grey” and many more, Nonsuch remains something of a bittersweet note for fans of the quirky trio. Fed up with what they felt was U.K. label Virgin’s shoddy promotion of the record, XTC went on strike for seven years, returning in 1999 with Apple Venus Volume 1. (Dave Gregory, third member of the band since 1984’s The Big Express, quit during the recording sessions; Partridge and Moulding released Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) the following year.)

While Partridge and Moulding seemed to have put XTC to bed by the middle of the decade, this new package will feature new standard stereo and 5.1 surround mixes by Wilson – whose Emerson, Lake & Palmer remixes were lauded by many (including our own Joe Marchese – and Wilson’s got plenty more where that came from in the coming months). Partridge provided input into the new mixes, and, with Moulding and Gregory, fully approved them, also contributing new liner notes.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. Nonsuch will be presented as a CD/DVD-A with the new mixes as well as a CD/Blu-ray set featuring more extra material. (On all versions, the CD is expanded by one track: a demo, “Didn’t Hurt a Bit,” previously heard on a 2000 CD single.) Extras for the CD/Blu-ray (which, like the CD/DVD-A, is region free!) are:

  • Instrumental mixes of the album in DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (24bit/96khz)
  • Demos and worktapes from Partridge and Moulding, featuring songs used for and written contemporaneously to the album
  • Rare footage from the Nonsuch sessions at Chipping Norton Studios
  • Promo videos for “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” and “The Disappointed”

Both versions are on track for an October 7 release and can be pre-ordered from Partridge’s APE House label here (CD/DVD-A) and here (CD/Blu-ray).

Written by Mike Duquette

August 5, 2013 at 12:11

Posted in Blu-Ray, DVD, News, Reissues, XTC

Kick Out The Jams: Omnivore, Rhino Team for “CBGB” with The Police, Talking Heads, Television, MC5

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CBGB SoundtrackThough CBGB closed its doors at 315 Bowery on October 15, 2006 following a concert by Patti Smith, the legendary New York club never truly disappeared.  Though plans to open a new location in Las Vegas fell through – some might say, mercifully! – Hilly Krystal’s famous club has survived in spirit.  CBGB Radio launched in 2010, the CBGB Festival of music hit the Big Apple in 2012, and the original awning even migrated to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  This October, CBGB gets another lease on life with the release of director Randall Miler’s big-screen CBGB, starring Alan Rickman as the colorful proprietor Kristal.  The star of stage (Private Lives) and screen (Harry Potter) is joined by an ensemble including Johnny Galecki, Rupert Grint, Bradley Whitford, Malin Ackerman and Ryan Hurst for the film opening October 11 in New York, Los Angeles and other select cities.

No great rock film is complete, however, without a great soundtrack.  Omnivore Recordings and Rhino Records are teaming up to bring this musical portrait of CBGB to life.  On October 8, Omnivore will release CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on CD and 2-LP vinyl, with the first vinyl edition to be pressed on translucent pink vinyl.  With Omnivore handling the physical release, Rhino will issue the digital version of the album.  Exclusive digital-only tracks are promised.

Though Hilly Kristal originally planned CBGB as a home for Country, BlueGrass and Blues, it wasn’t long after the club’s founding in 1973 that it became a hotbed for New York’s vivid underground music scene.  Punk, new wave, and later, hardcore all became closely identified with CBGB, and the nightspot became part of the big city’s lifeblood.  The Patti Smith Group, Joan Jett, The B-52s, Blondie, Talking Heads and the Ramones all made splashes on Kristal’s small but immensely influential stage.

What will you find on the soundtrack album?  Just hit the jump!  We’ll also have the full track listing and pre-order links! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 5, 2013 at 10:14

Tears for Fears’ “The Hurting” Revisited As a Box Set

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TFF The Hurting boxLooks like our Tears for Fears wishes have come true: the U.K. synthpop band’s first album is getting greatly expanded as a deluxe edition and box set this year to mark its 30th anniversary.

As we’d detailed around the anniversary of the album, there was certainly more than enough to go around for bonus material: many of the singles were different from what ended up on record, the typical non-LP B-sides and remixes, even a live show recorded on video. Happily, it looks like nearly all of that plus more will be included on the set, available in double-disc and four-disc (three CDs and one DVD) formats.

The first bonus disc collates all of those studio bonus tracks from the “Suffer the Children,” “Pale Shelter,” “Mad World” and “Change” singles (plus an alternate version of “Suffer the Children” released on a 1989 promo disc). The extra CD and DVD exclusive to the box set will collect live material: previously unreleased 1982 BBC radio sessions with John Peel and David Jensen alongside two live B-sides on the third disc, and the In My Mind’s Eye live feature – recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon and featuring not only nearly all the selections from The Hurting but four tracks that would form half of the band’s worldwide breakthrough Songs from the Big Chair (“The Working Hour,” “Mothers Talk,” “Broken” and U.S. Top 5 hit “Head Over Heels”).

The box will also include a replica of an original tour program and liner notes with new interviews by TFF founders Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith (currently at work on their first new album since 2005). The first 500 customers who pre-order the box set through Universal get a bonus reissue of the “Change” 7″ single in its original “fishnet” sleeve.

Both versions are out in the U.K. October 21. Hit the jump to place your orders (thus far, only Amazon U.K. links for the four-disc variant exist) and check out the track list!

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Written by Mike Duquette

August 5, 2013 at 09:47