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Short Takes: Jesus and Mary Chain Error Addressed, Meat Loaf Catalogue Could Be in Doubt

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A few brief notes from around the catalogue world on this Tuesday afternoon!

  • Slicing Up Eyeballs reports that the deluxe edition of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Darklands has an error on one disc, but Demon Music Group is ready to replace your copies. A mastering error caused eight tracks on the first CD to become improperly indexed, meaning the starts of those tracks will be cut off if you shuffle or skip through the program. Replacement discs are already being pressed and should be ready in two weeks; interested parties should e-mail with the subject “Replacement Darklands Disc.”
  • Sony Music could lose their longtime distribution rights to several Meat Loaf albums, depending on the outcome of a new lawsuit. Billboard reports the estate of Stephen Popovitch, founder of Meat Loaf’s onetime label Cleveland International Records, is suing Sony for unpaid royalties, at least $3 million in total. The estate alleges that Sony’s actions have led to their forfeiture of distribution rights on the singer’s Cleveland International discography, including the landmark Bat Out of Hell, Dead Ringer, Midnight at the Lost and Found and the Hits Out of Hell compilation. The suit, filed Wednesday, is the third of its kind between Cleveland International and Sony, following court actions in 1998 and 2002.

Written by Mike Duquette

October 4, 2011 at 13:09

Release Round-Up: Week of October 4

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After a blowout week of catalogue titles last Tuesday, you can almost hear the crickets chirp. There’s some seasonal stuff on the horizon, though, so keep your eyes peeled.

John Coltrane, The Impulse! Albums Volume 5 (Hip-o Select/Verve)

Five of ‘Trane’s posthumous albums, boxed. (Hip-o Select)

Joss Stone, The Best of 2003-2009 (Virgin)

A simple overview for the British chanteuse. (Amazon)

The Jesus and Mary Chain, Munki / Stoned and Dethroned: Deluxe Editions (Edsel)

Another batch of JAMC expansions. Almost to the end! (Official site)

Lonnie Smith, Mama Walker / Johnny Hammond, Wild Horses/Rock Steady / Esther Phillips, Performance / Hank Crawford, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (Masterworks Jazz)

Four vintage albums from the Kudu label, remastered and reissued on CD. (Original post)

The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (Capitol/EMI)

A straight reissue of the iconic holiday LP. As Joe pointed out last year, there’s plenty of golden compilations for The Beach Boys’ holiday hits out there. (Amazon)

Frank Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra (Capitol/EMI)

Another straight reissue, including the same bonus tracks from a 1954 single as heard on a reissue ten years ago. (Amazon)

Written by Mike Duquette

October 4, 2011 at 09:03

Release Round-Up: Week of September 27

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‘Tis the season! The big guns for the fourth quarter are starting to be drawn.

Elvis Presley, The Young Man with the Big Beat / Elvis Presley: Legacy Edition (RCA/Legacy)

The newest Elvis box set is all about 1956: five CDs of complete studio masters, outtakes, vintage audio interviews and live material. For the casual fan, the Elvis Presley Legacy Edition includes the Elvis Presley and Elvis LPs with the hit non-LP singles of that era. (Official site)

Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon: Experience and Immersion Editions / Discovery Remasters (EMI)

So you have all the basic remasters of every album, and the deluxe and mega-hyper-deluxe editions of Dark Side. Merry early Christmas! (Official site)

Nirvana, Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (DGC/UMe)

A lot of ways to celebrate the definitive grunge album for its 20th anniversary. Which one are you getting? (Official site)

The Smiths, Complete (Rhino U.K.)

The most mega of mega-boxes for The Smiths is out now in the U.K., and will be out in October in the States. (Rhino U.K.)

Sting, 25 Years (Cherrytree/A&M/UMe)

A 3-CD/1-DVD overview of Sting’s solo career. If you have all his albums, you’re probably going to want to wait until the price dips below its current Amazon price tag of $110. Like, way below. (Official site)

Wes Montgomery, Movin’: The Complete Verve Recordings (Hip-o Select/Verve)

Did Wes record it for Verve? If yes, it’s here, five discs’ strong. (Hip-o Select)

Davy Jones, David Jones: Deluxe Edition (Friday Music)

No Monkee-ing around here! Jones’ Colgems solo LP, exapnded and remastered. (Sorry about the pun back there.) (Amazon)

Barenaked Ladies, Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before (Reprise/Rhino)

A simple best-of for the Canadian rockers. (Official site)

The Jesus & Mary Chain, Automatic / Honey’s Dead: Deluxe Editions (Edsel)

The next links in the chain of 2-CD/1-DVD reissues! (Another pun! See what I did there?) (Official site)

Buck Owens, Bound for Bakersfield 1953-1956: The Complete Pre-Capitol Recordings (RockBeat)

Another fun one from RockBeat! (Amazon)

Release Round-Up: Week of September 20

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Miles Davis Quintet, Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy)

A three-CD/one-DVD collection of live stints from Belgium, Germany, France and Sweden, and the inaugural title in a new series of archival material for Miles. And Joe’s got the review this week! (Official site)

DeBarge, Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums (Hip-o Select/Motown)

All four of DeBarge’s classic ’80s R&B LPs on two discs, with a further bonus disc of remixes and rarities. (Hip-o Select)

Twisted Sister, Live at the Marquee Club (Rhino Handmade)

Go under the blade with this down-and-dirty live set from the band’s early days on Atlantic. The unique TS-logo-shaped sleeve is worth the price of purchase if you’re a hardcore fan. (Rhino)

The Grateful Dead, Europe ’72 Vol. 2 (Rhino)

For those of you who are fine with just a small sample of the mega-box from the whole tour. (Official site)

Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam Twenty (Epic)

Live tracks and studio rarities make up the soundtrack for the new documentary (which your humble catalogue correspondent is absolutely anxious to see). (Official site)

The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychocandy / Darklands: Deluxe Editions (Edsel)

The revered Scottish alt-rock outfit, celebrated in definitive two-CD/one-DVD reissues with bonus audiovisual content. (The next four of the band’s albums will be reissued in the next two weeks.) (Official site)

Madness, A Guided Tour of Madness (Salvo)

After a heap of great expanded Madness reissues, Salvo releases a career-spanning box set with a brand-new track and the DVD debut of the band’s Madstock 1992 performance. (Official site)

Various Artists, Divine Hair/Mass in F, By Jupiter: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Paris ’90: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Noël Coward in Las VegasNoël Coward in New York (Masterworks Broadway)

The latest crop of Arkiv/Masterworks downloads and reissues features a special find in particular: Divine Hair/Mass in F, a sacred piece featuring songs from the Broadway musical! (Masterworks)

Written by Mike Duquette

September 20, 2011 at 08:15

New Links in the Chain: Deluxe 2-CD/1-DVD Sets Coming from The Jesus and Mary Chain (UPDATED)

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Few album titles have been more apt than the Jesus and Mary Chain’s 1985 LP debut, Psychocandy. The record took deceptively simple pop songs, influenced by the melodies of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson, and cloaked them in a noisy, fuzz-and-feedback-laden haze that took the darkness of The Velvet Underground one step further. If the group didn’t exist, someone would have had to invent it.  William and Jim Reid, two Scottish brothers, formed the core of the band, initially joined by bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Murray Dalglish, soon replaced by Bobby Gillespie. There were later personnel changes, most notably when Gillespie departed to form Primal Scream, with John Moore taking his place. (William Reid himself left the group late in its existence before it disbanded altogether.) The Jesus and Mary Chain was a potent antidote to the glossy production that now largely defines the sound of that decade.

Edsel, a label of the U.K.’s Demon Music Group, has just announced a definitive series of 2-CD/1-DVD Jesus and Mary Chain reissues that begins September 19 with the reissues of Psychocandy and its 1987 follow-up, Darklands. They will be followed by 1989’s Automatic and 1992’s Honey’s Dead on the schedule for one week later, September 26, then Stoned and Dethroned (1994) and Munki (1998) on October 3. The chronological rollout is a sensible one, with Darklands stripping back the layers of noise if not the darkness and Automatic adding new textures to the sound, with keyboards and even strings. Honey’s Dead was acclaimed as the most consistent of the group’s records since Psychocandy, and Stoned and Dethroned was a detour into more pure, acoustic-based rock, though still based around memorable pop songcraft. The band’s final album to date, 1998’s Munki, is a lengthy recording at 17 tracks, bookended by the seemingly at-odds tracks “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “I Hate Rock ‘n’ Roll.”  In between, the group recalls the varied sounds it had created over the previous decade-plus.

Rhino had already rewarded fans of the Jesus and Mary Chain with stereo DVD-Audio reissues, including videos, in 2006 (unfortunately on the late, not-very-lamented DualDisc format in the U.S.), and the four-disc box set The Power of Negative Thinking in 2008. But the new Edsel campaign is the most comprehensive yet.  Each title will boast rarities (numbering 30 bonus tracks each for the first two releases!) and a DVD containing music videos and live performances, plus 32-page booklets with new interviews from band members. The high-resolution mixes aren’t present.

Edsel has revealed the complete track listings for Psychocandy and Darklands (UPDATE: now all the reissues), and we’ve got ‘em!  These two albums remain a perfect place to start exploring the band’s catalogue for bold, polarizing sonic experimentation and solid pop songwriting.  Hit the jump for the full scoop, plus pre-order links!  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 6, 2011 at 12:40

Jesus and Mary Chain Compilation Coming Next Week

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Add another rock band to the late-in-the-year compilation pile: influential Scottish noise-pop band The Jesus and Mary Chain will release a two-disc compilation of tunes in the U.K. on September 27.

The Jesus and Mary Chain, formed around a pair of brothers (Jim and William Reid), took the messy, noisy ethos of The Velvet Underground and The Sex Pistols and made it interesting for the U.K. indie scene. Bands like The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. owe them some sort of a sonic debt, and while The JAMC never had much consistent pop success, they remain a hallowed act, particularly now that the Reids reunited in 2007 after a nine-year split.

They’ve been anthologized before – Rhino spent part of the last decade reissuing JAMC LPs, as well as a compilation (21 Singles in 2002) and a rarities box (2008’s The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities) – but this British comp will include a few tracks not found on that box, a sure bet for those with gaps in their collection.

Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain is due in U.K. shops next Monday, and the track list is below.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 21, 2010 at 12:16