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Taylor, King, Vaughan, Joel, More Due from MoFi in 2011

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Start saving your pennies now. In an eye-opening move, audiophile specialty label Mobile Fidelity has announced a massive slate of releases across the CD, SACD and LP formats scheduled for 2011.  Longtime collectors of audiophile masterings may get a thrill at seeing the “Original Master Recording” banner above the works of classic artists ranging from Tony Bennett and Ray Charles to Carole King and James Taylor.

While this writer has some quibbles (why no CDs or SACDs for Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Costello’s releases?) and some questions (will the reissue of Billy Joel’s Turnstiles include the unaltered “New York State of Mind,” for one thing?) the lineup offers something for everyone. Among the most exciting releases are SACDs for Carole King, James Taylor and Joel, all of whom had titles released when Sony was releasing titles regularly in the format. The MoFi campaigns for artists such as The Band, The Pretenders and Ray Charles also continue, and the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan is the recipient of no fewer than five reissues. Joel, the recipient of a major reissue campaign from Legacy in 2011, interestingly sees his audiophile catalogue make a jump from Audio Fidelity to Mobile Fidelity with Piano Man and Turnstiles, joining The Pretenders and The Band among the artists in this batch with audiophile discs from both specialist labels.

All titles are mastered from the original tapes, and the SACD versions present the original stereo mixes only. Hit the jump for the full list of titles with track listings, and thanks to our friends at MusicTAP for the heads-up on this exciting roll-out. All titles can be pre-ordered here. Read the rest of this entry »

Come Back When You Grow Up: Lost Bobby Vee Tracks to See Release

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The early 1960s could be thought of as the era of the Bobbys: Darin, Rydell, Vee. Despite rising to prominence in the unfairly-derided period between the birth of rock & roll and the British Invasion, these post-Elvis pop stars all stormed the charts and left behind great recorded legacies. Darin was a multi-faceted entertainer who touched on pop, standards and folk-rock with equal ability before passing away at a too-young age, Rydell waxed some of the most indelible pop confections out of Philadelphia and Vee was a prime exponent of the work of the Brill Building’s best and brightest. He took Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Take Good Care of My Baby” to No. 1 in 1961 and was admired by no less a friend than Bob Dylan; he survived the British onslaught and continued having big hits through 1967’s No. 3 “Come Back When You Grow Up”, making final chart appearances in 1970. He, like Rydell, still tours and records today.

Bobby Vee’s complete Liberty singles were released by EMI Gold in the United Kingdom in the impressive 3-disc box set The Singles Collection (0946 3 67379 2 8), comprising the American A & B sides, U.K.-only singles, rare versions and Italian language renditions over 95 tracks. Now, a companion to that 2006 set is slated for release later this year. Entitled Rare and Unreleased Gems from the EMI/Capitol Vaults, the 2-CD set will feature 60 tracks recorded between 1959 and 2002. While EMI Gold is currently only planning a British release, Vee is currently attempting to secure a release by the American Capitol label. Among the 60 tracks are rare Vee renditions of songs by Carole King and Burt Bacharach, with musicians including Glen Campbell and Leon Russell. In this interview with The St. Cloud Times, it’s mentioned that over 130 unreleased Vee songs reside in the vaults; while the 60 tracks currently scheduled for release represent the cream of the crop, it’s not impossible that the others will see the light of day.  The interview link also contains video footage and song samples that are well worth checking out.

Click after the jump for the full track listing, with thanks to IMWAN forum member Wony252. The still-active musician and singer Bobby Vee sees his Rare and Unreleased Gems from the EMI/Capitol Vaults scheduled for release in the United Kingdom in October. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 6, 2010 at 11:21

Review: Carole King, “The Essential Carole King”

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“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.” “Up on the Roof.” “You’ve Got a Friend.” All of these songs have found a permanent home as part of The Great American Songbook, and all come from the pen of one Carole King. Her repertoire as both singer and songwriter is celebrated with this week’s release of Legacy’s The Essential Carole King (Ode/Epic/Legacy 88697 68257 2), the first set to focus on both aspects of King’s now 50-plus year career.

Producers Lou Adler, Steve Berkowitz and Rob Santos made the smart decision to compile Disc One as “The Singer,” and Disc Two as “The Songwriter.” (Adler, in particular, is well-qualified to assemble this set, having originally produced all but five tracks on “The Singer.”) Thus Disc One opens with the 1962 single “It Might As Well Rain Until September,” with young King emulating the girl group sound that prevailed at that time, a sound which she helped engineer as composer of hits like “One Fine Day” and “Chains” (more on them later). “September,” though, is a quaint precursor to the mature music that follows. Adler & co. jump a number of years to 1970, and we pick up with the Brill Building Queen (as named in Andrew Loog Oldham’s entertaining liner notes) having moved to L.A.’s Laurel Canyon as the 1970s began. Unfortunately nothing is heard from The City, the short-lived band featuring King, Charles Larkey and Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar. The smoldering “Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll),” rocking “Now That Everything’s Been Said” or elegant “Snow Queen” would all have been great choices for inclusion. But with “Child of Mine” from 1970’s Writer, we hear the style fully in place that would lead to King’s most familiar hits and establish her as an icon and influence to a new generation.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

April 28, 2010 at 15:19

Posted in Carole King, Compilations, Reissues, Reviews

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