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Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius Lead Off Omnivore’s RSD Slate

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That change in the air pressure you’re probably feeling around your favorite indie record store can only mean one thing: Record Store Day 2014 is coming your way. April 19 will see a host of beloved major and independent labels celebrating the good old resilient brick-and-mortar store with various titles sold exclusively at participating stores. And the beloved cratediggers at Omnivore Recordings have four exciting titles prepared for the big day – nearly all of which feature artists making their debut appearances on the label.

Hank Omnivore RSD EPIn a fitfully-brief career that ended with his untimely death at the age of 29, Hank Williams still managed to do more for country music than most, with a sizable stable of crossover hits including “Move It On Over,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’.” Omnivore has quite an incredible find with its first RSD 2014 title, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 – Extended Play. Culled from rare radio show recordings Williams cut for Naughton Farms, a plant nursery in Waxahachie, Texas (with a session band, not his familiar Drifting Cowboys ensemble), these recordings found Williams tackle hits, standards and material he rarely, if ever, recorded anywhere else. Sourced from newly-discovered transcription discs, these tunes haven’t been heard for nearly six decades; a month after the release of this 10″, 33 1/3 RPM disc (packed in a 78-RPM style sleeve with notes from co-producer Colin Escott), Omnivore will release 24 of these tracks from four shows on a new CD/LP compilation on May 20. (Keep an eye here for more info about that set soon!)

Jaco Omnivore RSDTwo years before jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987) burst onto the scene with his 1976 solo album, the 22-year-old musician was working out his early solo material in after-hours sessions at Criteria Studios in Miami. Six cuts from those sessions soon made their way onto an acetate disc with which to entice prospective labels; now, that acetate is partially recreated on splatter vinyl (with one bonus track) as well as a CD featuring 11 selections from the entire session. (Happily, this title will be added to the label catalogue after the RSD celebrations.) Modern American Music…Period! The Criteria Sessions features two essays from DownBeat contributor/Jaco biographer Bill Milkowski as well as fan, package co-producer and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. Altogether, the set makes a perfect companion to the forthcoming documentary Jaco, about the late legend.

After the jump, Omnivore has a single from a most unexpected voice – an actor’s – and a special compilation of live cuts from some familiar Omnivores!

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 24, 2014 at 17:31

Long Live the King: New Jackson Track Surfaces in Sony Commercial – Is New Album Forthcoming?

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Fans of Michael Jackson may have something beyond warmer weather to look forward to this year: more unreleased music.

Today, at a global conference in Barcelona unveiling their new Xperia Z2 mobile phone, Epic Records/Sony Music unveiled a new advertisement for the product that featured an newly-mixed Michael Jackson outtake, “Slave to the Rhythm.” Hardcore fans will recognize the track as first conceived during the sessions to 1991’s Dangerous and considered for release as recently as on Invincible, the last album released in Jackson’s lifetime, in 2001. (A remix of the track featuring troubled pop star Justin Bieber made its way online last year; Jackson’s estate was quick to distance themselves from the mix.)

MJ VerticalBeyond the 90-second advertisement embedded above, no further clarification toward future projects has been made. Last year, rumors swirled of a forthcoming album featuring outtakes assembled by producer Timbaland.

A future solo album would be the seventh release from Sony Music since Jackson’s passing in June 2009. By the holiday season, Epic had released a companion soundtrack to the half-concert film/half-documentary This is It, chronicling the rehearsals for 50-date tour Jackson was set to undertake in London. A “new” album, the ill-received Michael, dropped in 2010, while Legacy released Michael Jackson’s Vision, a triple-disc DVD collection of Jackson’s short films for MTV, that same quarter. The following year, a Cirque du Soleil production yielded a new remix album of Jackson’s music, Immortal. 2012 saw the release of the most archival title to date, a celebration of Bad‘s 25th anniversary in 2012 with a 3CD/1DVD box set and Spike Lee-directed documentary. Last summer, the King of Pop’s Epic solo catalogue was released as “Mastered for iTunes,” alongside a rarity-packed digital box set.

Without question, The Second Disc will bring you confirmation of an album as it’s available.

Written by Mike Duquette

February 24, 2014 at 11:13

Still Surfing: Joe Satriani’s “Complete Studio Recordings” Collected on New Box Set

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Joe Satriani - CompleteClose your eyes and think about Joe Satriani.  Chances are if you’re not picturing the guitar hero himself, you’re picturing his sophomore album, 1987’s Surfing with the Alien.  The artwork adorning the album, majestically drawn by Marvel Comics legend John Byrne for a 1982 comic book, depicts Marvel Comics’ noble Silver Surfer astride his surfboard as he travels through the farthest reaches of space.  Though Satriani hasn’t explored any new galaxies (yet), he has traveled many sonic avenues.  And for the very first time, you’ll be able to hear all of them in one place thanks to Epic Records and Legacy Recordings’ upcoming release of Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings.  This 15-CD box set due on April 22 houses each one of the axeman’s studio LPs between 1986’s Not of This Earth and 2013’s Unstoppable Momentum in newly-remastered editions.  To sweeten the pot, an exclusive bonus disc will round up an array of Satriani rarities.

 The New York native, born in 1956, made his solo debut on the Relativity label in 1986 with Not of This Earth, but broke through to the mainstream the next year with Surfing with the Alien.  Not only did three hit singles emerge from the album (the title track, “Satch Boogie” and the radio-only single “Always with Me, Always with You”) but the album peaked in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and eventually went platinum.  Satriani also received his first two Grammy nominations for Surfing; to date, he has fifteen such nods and, unbelievably, no wins.  Six-string master Satriani has continued to record regularly, but has also found time for extracurricular pursuits as a sideman and as a founding member of the rock supergroup Chickenfoot.  He’s played lead guitar live for Mick Jagger and Deep Purple, and has toured alongside the likes of Steve Lukather, Brian May, Robert Fripp, and Steve Vai.  Satriani shares a special connection with Vai, who was one of Satriani’s students from his days as a guitar teacher.  Among Satriani’s other past students are Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde, David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Charlie Hunter.

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Written by Joe Marchese

February 24, 2014 at 09:42