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She’s Got The Beat: Belinda Carlisle’s Deluxe 2-CD/1-DVD Reissues Due in August (UPDATED WITH TRACK LISTINGS)
The Tabu catalogue isn’t the only major acquisition of late for the Demon Music Group. Back in March, Demon – home to labels including Edsel, Harmless and Music Club Deluxe – announced that a deal had been struck for much of the solo catalogue of onetime Go-Go Belinda Carlisle. Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth? Demon picked up rights to four of Carlisle’s studio albums, the rights to which had previously resided with Virgin (part of the former EMI). Demon’s agreement covers the world, except for the U.S. and Canada, and includes physical and digital catalogue rights as well as third party and neighboring rights. On August 26, the label will reissue Heaven on Earth (1987), Runaway Horses (1989), Live Your Life Be Free (1991) and Real (1993) in deluxe, hardbound 2-CD/1-DVD editions.
The California-born Carlisle rose to fame as the lead singer of the iconic New Wave girl group The Go-Go’s, whose 1981 debut Beauty and the Beat, on the IRS label, spent six weeks atop the Billboard 200. The album was produced by Richard Gotteher who knew a thing or two about girl groups, having written The Angels’ immortal 1963 hit “My Boyfriend’s Back.” The Go-Go’s retained the sass but updated the sound of the classic sixties girl groups, and further distinguished themselves by writing and performing all of the music on Beauty and the Beat including the smash single “We Got the Beat.”
Two more albums followed, but not long after 1984’s Talk Show, the Go-Go’s called it a day, torn apart by personal turmoil and tension between bandmates. When The Go-Go’s disbanded in the spring of 1985, Carlisle seized the opportunity to go solo, scoring a No. 3 U.S. hit with “Mad About You,” again on the IRS label. Carlisle turned to a number of talented collaborators to select the material for her first solo effort, simply titled Belinda. Some songs were written by Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s, and Susanna Hoffs of another groundbreaking group of eighties girls, The Bangles, co-wrote “I Need a Disguise.” Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham was one of the writers behind “Since You’ve Gone,” and Carlisle herself shared writing credits on “Gotta Get to You.” Covers of Split Enz (“Stuff and Nonsense”) and Freda Payne (“Band of Gold”) rounded out the album which peaked at No. 13 in the United States.
After the jump: Belinda jumps to Virgin for the four albums that will see expanded reissue this August! We now have full track listings with discography for all four titles! Read the rest of this entry »
No, you’re not seeing double. The first batch of 40th anniversary Queen expanded editions, available in the U.K. since March, make their stateside debuts. There’s an Amazon-exclusive box with all of them included, too. Dear readers: any big box retailers carrying these? The only one I imagine that is would be Best Buy. (Official site)
The first time this seminal album has ever been reissued and remastered! One disc full of hits (“Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat”), another of a previously unreleased vintage live show in Boston. (Official site)
The last three Diana Ross-less Supremes records, expanded with a heaping helping of rare and unreleased bonus content. (Hip-o Select)
Iggy Pop, Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 (Shout! Factory)
Four disc of rock’s most wiry frontman in concert from all across his solo career. (Shout! Factory)
Queens of the Stone Age, Queens of the Stone Age: Deluxe Edition (Rekords Rekords)
This one’s been moved around a lot on the release calendar, but it looks like its time has finally come. QotSA’s first album from 1998, newly expanded with several unreleased tracks. (Official site)
The Hollies, The Clarke, Hicks and Nash Years: The Complete Hollies April 1963-November 1968 (Capitol/EMI)
The earliest years of the Manchester band, including some rarities and unreleased stuff, as a budget-minded, imported box set. (Amazon)
The Waterboys, In a Special Place: Piano Demos for This is the Sea (Capitol/EMI)
The first big hit record by the Scottish folk/rock band, in demo form. Another import from across the pond. (Official site)
When you think of the canon of rock music, it’s largely a man’s world, from the most legendary performers to the (theoretically, mostly) male-dominated clique of music geeks. Sure, Elvis and The Beatles wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without their screaming female fans, but it took until the early ’80s for girls to earn a place in the hierarchy of rock. That glass ceiling was finally shattered with Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock, better known as The Go-Go’s.
The Los Angeles quintet traced its roots back toward the emerging punk scene in the late ’70s (Carlisle, under the name “Dottie Danger” was briefly a frontwoman for The Germs!) but soon enough adapted a power-pop/New Wave sound that first gained them minor prominence in the U.K., when a demo version of future hit “We Got the Beat” was released on Stiff Records. Eventually, The Go-Go’s were signed to I.R.S. Records, founded by Miles Copeland, iconic manager for The Police (and brother of the band’s drummer Stewart) and cut their first full-length album, Beauty and the Beat. Though it was a solid debut with some killer guitar riffs and bubbly synth hooks, nobody could have predicted the success it was bound for – two million copies sold, six weeks atop the Billboard charts, two hits in “Our Lips Are Sealed” (No. 20) and “We Got the Beat” (No. 2) and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Despite all this, the album has never been released on CD past its original incarnation – until now. On May 17, EMI will reissue Beauty and the Beat for its 30th anniversary (also to be commemorated by the band’s forthcoming summer tour), remastering the album and adding a bonus disc featuring a live show at the Metro in Boston. The exact day of the show has not been determined, although some fans have noted that the bonus disc shares an identical track list with a promotional disc that aired on Westwood One radio networks in late 1981. While the set was incomplete in broadcast form, omitting an early live version of future hit “Vacation,” it’s a treasured set among collectors.
- The Go-Go’s iconic Beauty and the Beat (1981) will be expanded in May by EMI, reports the band’s official site. The band, which recently announced a summer tour to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the chart-topping album (which featured Top 20 single “Our Lips Are Sealed” and No. 2 hit “We Got the Beat”), will see several versions of the album, including a hot-pink vinyl edition and a double-disc set on CD featuring a vintage live set.
- Loudon Wainwright III’s 40 Odd Years box set is due from Shout! Factory in May – and he’s not the only member of his musical family with such a set forthcoming. His son Rufus, an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, reports from his official site that he “has spent the last few months trawling through various archives and listening to some cracking outtakes and demos” for a box set to be released later this year.
- And one last piece of box set news: La-La Land’s long-promised box of music from The X-Files now has a release date. A post on the label’s Facebook page reads: “May 10th, 2011 1pm PST – The Music is Out There (finally).”
More than 30 years ago, Dave Cameron walked through the halls of Clairemont High School in San Diego. He had a colorful collection of friends: a middle-class, business-oriented guy, his sexually naive sister, her sophisticated best friend, the jock and nerd duo that lusted after the girls and a colorful surfer dude. What none of them knew at the time was that Dave Cameron wasn’t really a high school student. He was 22, and had already graduated high school seven years prior, at the age of 15. In the time since, he wasn’t known as Dave Cameron – but Cameron Crowe, a Rolling Stone writer and editor who interviewed The Allman Brothers Band, Yes, Eagles, Led Zeppelin and others, all before he could legally drink.
The story of Cameron Crowe’s ascendance is insanely captivating – one needs no further proof than his roman a clef film Almost Famous (2001) – but this chapter of his life, after Rolling Stone and before his foray into film, was just as intriguing. It kind of had to be; Simon & Schuster already had the rights to publish his accounts of what he saw in high school. That account was released in 1981 under the title Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story. The book hadn’t even been published when Universal snatched up the film rights. The film, released a year later, became a critical and cultural touchstone for its stellar cast and flawless soundtrack.
With ’80s nostalgia still in full gear thanks to movies like this week’s Take Me Home Tonight, now seems as good a time as any to revisit the magic of Fast Times after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »