Archive for November 10th, 2010
Just so everyone’s on the same page (yours truly included), we present a few updated track lists for some upcoming compilations for your perusal.
When Pink’s Greatest Hits…So Far!!! and Nelly Furtado’s The Best Of were announced back in October, the track lists were either partial or based upon import track lists. In the interest of clarity, we give you standard and deluxe domestic track lists for both titles, each due November 12. (This writer is still bummed that Pink’s take on “Whataya Want from Me,” the hit song she co-wrote for Adam Lambert, will be an import-only track. Thank goodness for indie record stores.)
Have at them after the jump.
Here’s some good news to follow the long-gestating, recent expansion of Thin Lizzy’s Vagabonds of the Western World: three – count ‘em, three! – of the band’s albums are getting the deluxe treatment from Universal in the U.K., according to Classic Rock.
Double-disc editions of the 1976 albums Jailbreak and Johnny the Fox will be released, as well as a two-CD/one-DVD edition of Live and Dangerous (1978). Remastering is being overseen by Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham (who’s about to take the band on tour next year, in spite of the fact that iconic vocalist/bassist Phil Lynott has been deceased since 1986) as well as Joe Elliott. (Yes, the Def Leppard frontman.) Expect each of them in shops on January 24.
Full track lists are after the jump.
On November 23, Legacy Recordings will take some nice steps to make ’80s rockers Mr. Mister more than just a pocketful of big radio hits and a lyric in that Train song. A handful of Mr. Mister and Mr.-related titles will be released for digital download, alongside a previously-unreleased album by the band.
First, the goodies from the vault. Hardcore Mr. Mister fans doubtlessly know the band’s discography was not meant to end with 1987′s Go On… album. The group began work on a follow-up album, Pull, with Buzz Feiten and Trevor Rabin replacing Steve Farris on guitar. Unfortunately, Pull was shelved by RCA Records, and the band chose to split.
Now, Legacy is releasing all 11 tracks that made up the original Pull album (one, “Waiting in My Dreams,” was released on a 2001 compilation). It will be available through the usual digital retailers, while physical copies will be able to be ordered through the official site for the band and frontman Steven Page’s Little Dume Recordings.
On the same day, two Mr. Mister LPs (I Wear the Face (1984) and Go On…) will be reissued digitally along with two albums from the pre-Mister band Pages (which featured Page and Steve George along with Mister lyricist John Lang). Between this and Friday Music’s reissue of Mr. Mister’s Welcome to the Real World earlier this year, it doesn’t get much better for fans of the band.
View all the relevant track lists after the jump.
In the promotional EPK created to kick off The Paul McCartney Archive Collection, the former Beatle reflects on the importance of giving value for the dollar when it comes to buying an album. With this dictum in mind, the team at Concord/Hear Music and McCartney’s company, MPL, created a multi-tiered program for the series’ kickoff release, a remastered edition of McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run. It’s available in multiple CD editions, a vinyl set and as high-resolution downloads. All are fine reminders of the album’s timeless appeal.
For those simply desiring the original 1973 album, a single-disc remaster has been made available. (Many wish Sony/Legacy had taken this route with next week’s expansion of Bruce Springsteen’s seminal Darkness on the Edge of Town.) This remastered disc, available in all configurations, contains no bonus tracks and drops “Helen Wheels” which was not on the original U.K. album. The remaster, created by the Abbey Road team under the direction of Allen Rouse, isn’t a dramatic upgrade from Greg Calbi and Geoff Emerick’s solid 25th anniversary mastering, at least to these ears. But it sounds consistently good throughout, with the harmonies sounding detailed and the guitars clean and crisp. (Many hold Steve Hoffman’s DCC remaster as the gold standard for Band on the Run, while others might prefer hearing the album in its DTS surround mix, also long out-of-print. Maybe McCartney should have looked into including the Hoffman master in the box set, a la the inclusion of the original RCA CD master in David Bowie’s recent Station to Station box?)
In Paul Du Noyer’s introduction to the four-disc box set, Band is described as “not exactly a concept album,” applying the same term to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Listening to the album, this makes sense; the concept seems to be simply “a terrific collection of songs.” If McCartney’s earlier solo or Wings efforts either seemed too “small” or simply not as inspired as the man’s best, Band was designed more ambitiously with a complex production that showed McCartney learned more than a little something from George Martin. The student delivered!
The title track, one in a line of patented McCartney mini-suites, sounds as fresh today as it did on first hearing with one great pop melody after another in the course of its five-plus minutes. Including that opening salvo, virtually every song has become a pop classic. “Jet” remains a first-class rocker, while it’s almost immediately balanced by the relaxed, gentle “Bluebird” with its light jazz inflections. “Mrs Vandebilt” is an insistent sing-along. Those songs are almost topped, though, by “Let Me Roll It,” in which McCartney (consciously or otherwise) out-Lennoned his old writing partner. Whether this is parody or homage to Lennon, the track still shows just how much in sync the two men actually were, even when they appeared to be at odds. Arguably the album’s most unique track is “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me),” composed on the spot by McCartney after a challenge from Dustin Hoffman. This song and the album closer, “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” theatrically incorporate reprises of tunes previously heard on the album, and remind one of McCartney’s facility for the pop symphony. Of course, he had remarkably sympathetic collaborators in Denny Laine and wife Linda. Read about the expanded Band on the Run after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »