Archive for the ‘Dio’ Category
Wings, Wings Over America: The Paul McCartney Archive Collection (MPL/Hear Music/Concord)
Paul McCartney’s first great U.S. tour was chronicled brilliantly on this 1977 live album, and it’s been greatly expanded herein for McCartney’s ongoing reissue campaign.
Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck, The White House Sessions: Live 1962 (Columbia/RPM/Legacy)
Burt Bacharach, Anyone Who Had a Heart: The Art of the Songwriter – The Best of Burt Bacharach (U.S. Edition) (Hip-O/UMe)
What was a six-disc box or two-disc set internationally is a different two-disc anthology of the acclaimed songwriter’s greatest works, as performed by Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin and more. (Amazon U.S.)
The Monkees, Justus: The Deluxe Edition (Friday Music)
Basia, Time and Tide: Deluxe Edition (Cherry Pop)
Dio, Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 (Eagle Rock)
A long sought-after Dio live video is remastered and reissued across several different formats!
Enchantment, Utopia: Expanded Edition / Kleeer, Winners: Expanded Edition / Gwen McCrae, Melody of Life: Expanded Edition / MFSB, MFSB: Expanded Edition / The O’Jays, Live in Philadelphia (Big Break Records)
The BBR slate for this week includes some rare early records from The O’Jays and MFSB and much more! Watch this space for a full breakdown of every title plus Amazon pre-order links!
Various Artists, NOW That’s What I Call 30 Years (Universal U.K.)
A reissue of Magica isn’t all Dio fans have to look forward to this summer on the catalogue front: Eagle Rock is remastering and expanding a 1986 live show from the legendary metal band across multiple formats.
Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 captures Dio’s full show from Philadelphia’s grand departed arena, The Spectrum, on June 17, 1986. The band’s most recent studio album, Sacred Heart, had been out for almost a year, but this leg of the tour featured the first of many lineup changes, with guitarist Craig Goldy replacing Vivian Campbell. This lineup of Ronnie James Dio, Goldy, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinny Appice would record 1987′s Dream Evil.
This tour, which featured a monstrous stage show with laser light effects and an animatronic dragon attack, was first chronicled through the videocassette Sacred Heart: The Video in 1986, which featured an edited version of this concert. (That program was released on DVD by Rhino in 2004.) For this release, though, Eagle Rock has remastered the entire show from its original audiovisual elements, reinstating five full songs to the show’s running time and re-sequencing it in the proper order. Some archival bonus material will also be included, including interviews with the late Dio and his new guitarist Goldy.
Finding the Sacred Heart is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and double-disc CD on May 28. Hit the jump to pre-order your copies and check out the track list!
Dio’s Magica album, released in 2000, is getting the deluxe treatment from the late singer’s Niji Entertainment Group label. Long out-of-print and a favorite for fans, the album will be released in June as a double-disc set with rare studio extras and unreleased live tracks.
Magica was a long time coming for Dio’s core fan base, who’d seen him drift away from the more fantastical storytelling elements he’d become known for since his days in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Albums like Strange Highways (1994) and Angry Machines (1996) dealt with much more straightforward lyrical material, hewing much closer to the newer generation of metal bands without much of an effect on the band’s commercial outlook.
The album marked a change in more than just lyrics; the band’s constantly changing lineup saw guitarist Craig Goldy, who’d played on 1987′s Dream Evil, come back into the fold. Goldy joined bassist Jimmy Bain (formerly of Rainbow), ex-AC/DC drummer Simon Wright (who played on Dio’s Lock Up the Wolves in 1990) and keyboardist Scott Warren for what many saw as a return to form for the metal singer. (Dio was, in fact, recording two follow-ups to this album when he died of stomach cancer in 2010.)
This deluxe edition, newly remastered by original engineer Wyn Davis, pairs the album up with a bonus disc including a spoken-word narration by Ronnie James Dio (appended to the end of the original pressing), two studio bonus tracks (one from a Japanese pressing and one from the Magica II & III sessions, which was later released on The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2) and six “official bootleg” live tracks. The set will be released on June 25; no order information has sprung up yet, but it will be provided as it comes in. In the meantime, hit the jump for the full track list.
Dream Evil marked the start of a slightly different era for Ronnie James Dio’s melodic metal band. Previous album Sacred Heart (1985) was the last to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell, who would join Whitesnake briefly before becoming a member of Def Leppard in 1992. In his place stepped Craig Goldy, former guitarist for L.A. metal band Rough Cutt. (Dio’s keyboardist, Claude Schnell, was also a member of the same band, though both men were not members at the same time.)
The album was a Top 10 success in the U.K., the band’s third and final LP to peak within those parameters. Dream Evil also spawned Dio’s final Mainstream Rock hit single in the U.S., “I Could Have Been a Dreamer,” which peaked at No. 33 on that chart. After Dream Evil, Dio completely reorganized his ensemble, including longtime drummer Vinny Appice (who had drummed with Dio since his days in Black Sabbath), and spent the rest of his career with a rotating cast of sidemen. (Appice and Goldy would separately come back into the fold later in the ’90s and ’00s.)
For this deluxe edition, out March 4 in the U.K., Universal has included a bonus disc of live and studio material. None of it is new to Dio fans: studio bonuses include “Hide in the Rainbow,” which appeared on The Dio E.P. in 1986, and a single edit of “I Could Have Been a Dreamer”; the remainder of the disc features Dio’s 1987 at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington, which was included as part of a two-disc set released after Ronnie James Dio’s passing in 2010. But it’s certainly an optimal edition to buy if you’re a fan who has yet to add this album to your collection.
After the jump, check out the full track list and pre-order links from both sides of the Atlantic.
While you see a chance, take one on this new edition of Winwood’s 1980 album, expanded with a handful of bonus tracks and a lengthy audio documentary.
Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars, Satchmo at Symphony Hall 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances(U.S.) (Hip-O Select/Verve)
A classic 1947 performance first released in 1951 is fully expanded to include both complete performances from that lauded night, with new packaging and lavish liner notes.
Rebbie Jackson, Centipede: Expanded Edition (U.S./U.K.) / Jermaine Jackson, Precious Moments: Expanded Edition (U.S./U.K.)/ Surface, 2nd Wave: Expanded Edition (U.S./U.K.) / Kashif, Send Me Your Love: Expanded Edition (U.S./U.K.) / Charles Earland, Earland’s Jam: Expanded Edition (U.S./U.K.) (Funkytowngrooves)
The newest FTG slate includes two from two of Michael Jackson’s siblings (the title track to Rebbie’s Centipede was written and produced by MJ) and an album by Kashif, best known as one of Whitney Houston’s best producers.
Dio’s sophomore LP, in the high quality that a gold disc affords.
Donald Fagen, Cheap Xmas: Donald Fagen Complete (U.S.) (Reprise)
This digital-only compilation includes all three albums in Fagen’s Nightfly trilogy (as well as the bonus material included on a 2007 box set) as well as his new solo album, Sunken Condos, also out today.
Before the beards and the fluffy guitars, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons played guitar for this Texas psych-blues band. A new disc from RockBeat features their entire commercial output.
Full review coming soon, but you should know that these are 2-CD/1-DVD sets featuring unreleased alternate takes and 5.1 surround mixes for these two classic prog-rock LPs.
Dio, Singles Box Set (UMC)
A U.K.-made collectible box replicating all of Dio’s Vertigo 12″ singles, plus the Intermission live EP and a DVD of music videos.
The English Beat, Live at The US Festival ’82 & ’83 (Shout! Factory)
Initially available as a pre-order bonus with Shout! Factory’s Complete Beat box, this CD/DVD set (featuring audio highlights from the group’s two US Festival sets and the complete shows on video) is the last piece of what’s been a great year for The Beat’s catalogue.
The Knack, Rock and Roll is Good for You: The Fieger/Averre Demos (Omnivore)
Sixteen demos spotlighting the songwriting partnership between Doug Fieger and Berton Averre (including an early version of “Good Girls Don’t”) are unleashed on disc.
Various Artists, Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection (Masterworks Broadway)
Need a major musical fix? How about 25 of the best original cast albums ever, including My Fair Lady, South Pacific, West Side Story and A Chorus Line, in one box?
The Desert Song: Studio Cast Recording (RCA/Masterworks Broadway)
The premiere CD release of this 1959 studio revival of a classic operetta.
Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out (Hybrid SACD) (Analogue)
This immortal jazz album, newly reissued by Analogue Productions, includes a brand-new stereo SACD remaster, plus the long out-of-print original Sony multi-channel mix and standard CD stereo layer. Not bad at all!
A pair of U.K. budget compilations from Demon combine hits, B-sides and album cuts from these two great ’80s bands.
David Guetta, Nothing But the Beat 2.0 (AstralWerks)
The French DJ/producer’s guest-heavy 2011 pop album gets reorganized and expanded.
First up, from Universal U.K. comes the Dio Singles Box Set, released last week in the U.K. and available as an import starting this week. The 15-disc set features replicas of all of Dio’s Vertigo-era 12″ singles, including the Dutch-only “The Last in Line” and French-exclusive Dio Live single, as well as classics like “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Children” and others. While several of the discs veer more toward collectible – several non-LP live cuts are replicated several times throughout the set – there is some neat swag in the form of replica paper inserts and posters, as well as two bonus discs: the 1986 live mini-album Intermission and a DVD of Dio’s 11 promo videos. A 32-page booklet outlining Dio’s entire discography on the Vertigo label is the cherry on top of this box set sundae.
After the jump, learn about more Dio projects from Dio’s own label and Audio Fidelity!
Earl Van Dyke, The Motown Sound: The Complete Albums & More (Hip-o Select/Motown)
Two discs of classic instrumentals and rare single sides from Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers – their first and some of their only recordings to be credited just to them.
Big Brother and The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 (Columbia/Legacy)
From the archives of late engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley, an unreleased show featuring Joplin and band at the legendary San Francisco venue.
The Doors, L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (Elektra/Rhino)
A three-sided double album (the last side being a laser etching) featuring all the bonus material from the bonus disc in this year’s deluxe edition of L.A. Woman.
Electric Light Orchestra, Electric Light Orchestra: 40th Anniversary Edition (EMI)
A features-packed expansion of ELO’s debut LP, including the original quadrophonic album mix on a bonus DVD, is available in England!
Two-disc expansions of the first three Dio albums out now in the U.K., featuring live cuts galore.
Gilbert O’Sullivan, A Singer and His Songs: The Very Best of Gilbert O’Sullivan (Union Square Music/Salvo)
With the new catalogue agreement, a new U.K. compilation.
Barry White, Let the Music Play: Expanded Edition (Hip-o Select/Mercury)
What’s Valentine’s Day without a little satin soul? Numerous bonus tracks abound on a new pressing of this underrated gem of an album.
Captain Beefheart, Bat Chain Puller (Zappa)
The original, intended edition of the Captain’s lost album.
Cotton Mather, Kontiki: Deluxe Edition (The Star Apple Kingdom)
An underrated work of ’90s power-pop, expanded with a bonus disc of rarities and unreleased materials that was funded entirely through Kickstarter!
Before they signed to Island and caught a Britpop wave, Jarvis Cocker and company released these three albums, all newly expanded with rare and unreleased tracks.
Bryan Adams, Cuts Like a Knife / Dio, Holy Diver (Audio Fidelity)
Two classics of the ’80s newly mastered on 24KT gold CDs.
The latest audiophile vinyl offerings from our friends at Friday Music.
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (Mobile Fidelity)
The first MoFi/SACD pressing of a most classic of albums.
Straight Through/From The Heart: Dio Goes Deluxe From Universal, Audio Fidelity Preps Dio, Bryan Adams
It’s 1983 all over again at Audio Fidelity.
The audiophile specialty label is readying two albums from that year touching on both the rock and pop ends of the musical spectrum. Bryan Adams’ Cuts Like a Knife and Dio’s Holy Diver are both due in stores on February 14 as 24K Gold CDs playable on all CD players.
Cuts Like a Knife was Adams’ third effort, eschewing the stylistic presentation of his first two albums in favor of a melodic rock style that caught on with both listeners and radio programmers. The album spawned hit singles in the form of the title song (No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on the mainstream rock chart) plus “This Time” and the quintessential Adams ballad “Straight From the Heart.” Adams co-produced the LP with Bob Clearmountain, who was also responsible for his previous LP, 1981’s You Want It, You Got It. Clearmountain’s belief in Adams paid off when Cuts Like a Knife went Top Ten on the Billboard 200, racking up sales of over four million copies. Audio Fidelity accurately sums up the album as “a great pop rock album to listen to – the songs are highly melodic and well-crafted and full of a lot of simple and genuine heart. “ Adams’ heart was again on its sleeve for the album’s follow-up, Reckless (1984) which delivered with “Summer of ’69,” “Heaven” and “Run to You” among its most beloved songs. Audio Fidelity’s reissue of Cuts Like a Knife has been remastered by Kevin Gray.
It’s time for Holy Diver, plus a trio of deluxe Dio releases from Universal U.K.! You’ll find track listings, discography and details, all after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »