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Mini-Exclusive: A Small Treat for Lennon Fans at Target

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Thinking about next week’s John Lennon reissues and where to buy them? If you like Target, it may be the place to get a hold of at least some of the sets. We’ve confirmed that those who purchase the new deluxe edition of Double Fantasy (with the “Stripped Down” bonus disc) and the Power to the People compilation at the Bullseye will receive a $5 gift card with purchase.

Sure, it’s not extra tracks, but it might be a minor incentive if you have other purchases to make at the retailer – and it’s nice to see catalogue material getting a bit of love from a big box store. (Target’s actually done a semi-decent job in that field, offering bonus tracks on Jimi Hendrix’s Valleys of Neptune and selling the bonus disc to The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. reissue as a standalone set.)

At the very least? Think of it as something to go toward your iPad purchase.

Written by Mike Duquette

September 29, 2010 at 12:00

Lennon Reissue Updates: “Power to the People,” Kind Of

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A few details have crossed the wires regarding the upcoming John Lennon reissue campaigns due for domestic release October 5.

The aforementioned track lists for the new Power to the People: The Hits compilation, the Gimme Some Truth box set and the bonus discs in the John Lennon Signature Box we wrote about a few weeks ago is accurate (although the discs in Gimme Some Truth are presented in a different order – the set kicks off with the “Roots” disc thought to be Disc 4 then continues in proper order from there). It should be noted, however, that the “Experience Edition” of Power to the People has a bonus DVD of all the videos to each song heard on the CD. Also, the “live jam” material has been properly reinstated back to Some Time in New York City, as a second disc to that reissue. Have a look at all the new packaging here, including the high-end “Box of Vision” project similar to the one commissioned for last year’s Beatles remasters.

Thanks to Vintage Vinyl News for the tip about the Some Time live material, but we first found this story through the sadly-departed Paste magazine.

Written by Mike Duquette

September 1, 2010 at 23:52

EMI to Give Us Some Truth

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Whether you’re more of a John Lennon or Paul McCartney fan, it’s hard to overstate the contributions these two made to the pop-rock world, first as the principle songwriters of The Beatles and then as solo artists in their own right. Last year, of course, saw The Beatles’ discography get remastered for the first time since the original releases of the records on CD in 1987. The McCartney catalogue is slated to come back out on CD through Paul’s new homebase, Concord Records, starting with a new reissue of Band on the Run this August.

And now, EMI has announced the Gimme Some Truth campaign, a massive catalogue overhaul for John Lennon in celebration of what would have been his 70th birthday (if you can believe that). This wave of product includes a lot of remastering, compiling and vault hunting, so hit the jump and take a look at what’s going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

June 29, 2010 at 13:01

Posted in John Lennon, News, Reissues

Every Day Should Be Record Store Day

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And perhaps it is, depending on how often you buy from one. The fourth annual Record Store Day is happening in less than a month (April 17) but already a lot of releases have been announced for the occasion. Best of all, there are some neat releases for catalogue fans out there, too. You can have a look at the full list here, but here are some of the neatest catalogue offerings coming on Record Store Day.

Devo, Duty Now for the Future (1979) (Warner Bros.)

As previously mentioned, Devo’s sophomore album is getting a reissue on CD and vinyl, presumably with some extra content of sorts. This LP is known for typically oddball tracks like “The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize,” “Devo Corporate Anthem” and a cover of “Secret Agent Man.” (A 7″ of Devo’s newest single, “Fresh” b/w “What We Do,” from their upcoming record, will also be available.)

Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Live at Hollywood High (1979) (Hip-O)

The complete Hollywood High Show from June of 1978 was recently released as part of Universal’s “Costello Show” series of live reissues. For collectors, though, Hip-O is reissuing the original three-track EP, originally included with copies of Armed Forces, on individually-numbered 7″ vinyl.

Elvis Presley, “That’s All Right” b/w “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (Single) (Sun/Legacy)

Legacy keeps the Elvis 75 celebration in full swing by releasing a vinyl repressing of the King’s first single, with a digital download code included.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live at Clark University (1968) (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

A colored vinyl version of this previously released concert (available with audio interviews on Hendrix’s official bootleg label Dagger Records). The set includes four of his best songs from the Are You Experienced era (“Fire,” “Red House,” “Foxey Lady,” “Purple Haze”) and  a cover of “Wild Thing.”

Buddy Guy, A Man and the Blues (1968) / Doc Watson, Doc Watson (1964) / Joan Baez, Joan Baez (1960) / John Fahey, The Yellow Princess (1968) / Mississippi John Hurt, Today! (1966) (Vanguard)

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Vanguard label, five of the label’s best-loved artists will have some of their classic LPs reissued on vinyl with the original artwork reproduced.

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, Global A Go-Go (2001) / Streetcore (2003) (HellCat)

The last of The Clash frontman’s work with his last band, The Mescaleros, will get their first-ever vinyl issues.

John Lennon 7″ Box Set (Capitol)

A specially reissued, individually-numbered box includes reproduced 7″ singles to “Mother” B/W “Why” (1970), “Imagine” b/w “It’s So Hard” (1971) and “Watching the Wheels” b/w “Yes, I’m Your Angel” (1981) along with three postcards, a 24″ x 36 ” poster and a custom 7″ adaptor hub.

Joy Division Box Set (Rhino)

A quadruple LP box of unknown content, limited to 82o copies.

Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica (2000) (Epic/Legacy)

A double LP reissue of the band’s first major label release, in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Pantera, Cowboys from Hell (1990) / Vulgar Display of Power (1992) / Far Beyond Driven (1994) (Rhino)

Vinyl reissues of three albums from the metal legends, limited to 5000 copies each (except Far Beyond Driven, limited to 3000).

Pavement, Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement (Matador)

The first career-spanning compilation by the recently-reunited alt-rockers was already released in March, but one lucky contest winner with the most imaginative track listing for the set saw his playlist pressed onto a limited double vinyl set just for the occasion.

R.E.M., Chronic Town (1982) (Interscope)

An individually-numbered, blue-vinyl version of the band’s debut EP (available on the Dead Letter Office CD).

The Ramones, Ramones Mania (1988) (Sire)

Double-vinyl reissue of the first-ever compilation by one of the best punk bands of all time. Includes thirty singles, including the then-unreleased stereo film version of “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.”

The Rolling Stones, “Plundered My Soul” b/w “All Down the Line” (Universal)

A hand-numbered 7″ single featuring two tracks from the forthcoming Exile on Main St. reissue.

Written by Mike Duquette

March 19, 2010 at 14:05

Lennon Reissues to Shine On in October?

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The latest bit of reissue news around the water cooler is that John Lennon’s catalog, owned by EMI, is set to get the deluxe treatment this year, likely timed around what would have been his 70th birthday on Oct. 9. It seems like a great time for EMI to do so; The Plastic Ono Band recently announced a gig in Brooklyn next month. Plus there’s been a lot of hoopla over The Beatles’ catalogue lately. Perhaps you’ve noticed.

The bummer note thus far is I can’t get much of a confirmation on any reissue plans thus far. My sources are here and here, and while I do greatly enjoy Vintage Vinyl News (the first link) there seems to be nothing firmed down by EMI itself. If you happen to know more, send a message to Rest assured I’ll be on the case to get the story, as well as any others from the world of back catalogue music.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 15, 2010 at 10:06

Posted in John Lennon, News, Reissues