I am the god of Hellfire and I bring you...Fire! With those words, Arthur Brown introduced "Fire," his unhinged single that shot to No. 1 in the U.K. and Canada and No. 2 in the U.S. in 1968. While "Fire" has endured, Brown's band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown didn't. The group dissolved in June 1969 after recording just two albums, one of which was shelved for two decades. Brown, the charismatic and outrageous frontman, moved on and formed a new band: Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come. Now,
Signs of Life: Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason - Remixed and Updated" Sees October Release
On October 29, Sony and Pink Floyd Records will break out another title from 2019's mammoth Pink Floyd: The Later Years box set. A Momentary Lapse of Reason - Remixed and Updated features the David Gilmour-overseen presentation of the band's 1987 studio album. Remixed by Andy Jackson with Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins, this version will be released on CD/DVD, CD/BD, double 180-gram, half-speed mastered 45 RPM vinyl, and digitally with stereo and 5.1 mixes. Additionally, the album will be
Mamma mia! ABBA is back. 40 years after the November 1981 release of The Visitors, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad have done what was long thought highly unlikely. The foursome has reunited to record a brand-new album of ten original songs. The album, Voyage, shares its title with the concert residency that will begin in May 2022 at a custom-built London arena featuring avatars, erm, ABBAtars, created using state-of-the-art motion capture
Can't Hold Back: Real Gone Reissues Out Tomorrow Include Richard Thompson, Cee Lo Green, Junkyard, and Ill Niño
Due out tomorrow, September 3, is a quartet of new vinyl reissues from our friends at Real Gone Music. The albums are from four different decades and encompass a wide variety of genres with two of the albums making their vinyl debuts. First up, from 1989, is the self-titled debut album from Junkyard. This Los Angeles-based band was founded in 1987, but had a different lineup by the time they gathered to record this first album for Geffen. The group by then consisted of lead singer David
The phenomenal success of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young's 1971 LP Déjà Vu came at a time when all four members of the supergroup were brimming with musical creativity. In the wake of its release, each released a solo album that's since attained classic status. In February 1971 came David Crosby's solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name. Crosby's dreamy, impressionistic, darkly beautiful, and decidedly unconventional masterwork is now receiving a deluxe edition from Rhino due on October
Always Love You: Elton John Welcomes Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Brandi Carlile, Glen Campbell and More to "The Lockdown Sessions"
Earlier today, Elton John announced a new album, his first new studio release since 2016's Wonderful Crazy Night. A spiritual successor to 1993's Duets, The Lockdown Sessions features Elton's collaborations with 16 diverse artists ranging from the late Glen Campbell and legendary Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks to current hitmakers including Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj. The album was borne out of the many guest appearances Elton made on various records during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Doors' L.A. Woman was hotly anticipated. The band's sixth studio set and a return to the blues-rock on which the band made its name, it followed the concert album Absolutely Live and the compilation 13, both in 1970, as well as the hit single "Love Her Madly." The March 1971 release of "Love Her Madly" teased the new album which finally arrived in April and shot to a top 10 berth on the Billboard 200. Three months later, Jim Morrison was found dead in his Paris apartment and the original
Light of Day: Cleveland International Expands Joe Grushecky's Springsteen-Produced "American Babylon"
Last year, the recently-reactivated Cleveland International Records label reissued Joe Grushecky and The Iron City Houserockers' Have a Good Time...But Get Out Alive! as a deluxe edition for its 40th anniversary. Now, the label is returning to the catalogue of the Pittsburgh rocker for a slightly belated 25th anniversary edition of The Houserockers' 1995 album American Babylon which was produced by, and features, Grushecky's friend Bruce Springsteen. The 2-CD expansion of American Babylon is
Ace Records has had quite a 2021, from collections spotlighting the songs of Lou Reed and Donovan through this past week's releases from Petula Clark, late producer Norman Whitfield, and the ladies of Motown. Today, we're taking a look at a pair of recent releases from the venerable label. Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman (1937-2016) may never have become a household name, but the music he helped create certainly did. A guitarist, producer, songwriter, and engineer, Moman pioneered the sound of
Earlier this year, Light in the Attic launched its Nancy Sinatra Archival Series celebrating the musical legacy of the vocalist behind such classics as "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," "How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?," "You Only Live Twice," and the duet "Somethin' Stupid" with her famous father. On September 17, the series will continue with a CD, vinyl, digital, and 8-track (!) reissue of Nancy's debut album, 1966's Boots, originally issued on the Reprise label. Boots was, of course,
Over a career spanning more than 50 years, Mississippi-born pianist-singer-songwriter Mose Allison (1927-2016) was one of the most influential figures in jazz and modern blues. The self-described "Middle Class White Boy" inspired such artists as Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, Georgie Fame, Elvis Costello, Ben Sidran, Van Morrison, and Al Kooper. He recorded more than 30 albums as a leader, and now roughly a third of his entire discography has been collected on a splendid new box set from Cherry
In the Mood for a Melody: Legacy Collects Billy Joel's "The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1" With Seven Albums, Previously Unreleased Concert
When The New York Philharmonic opened music mogul Clive Davis' NYC Homecoming Concert last Saturday evening, the esteemed orchestra energized the crowd with a medley of New York anthems. Nestled among classic melodies by such legendary composers as George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein was "New York State of Mind" by the pride of Long Island, Billy Joel. His presence in such company was well-deserved: over a 50-year career, Joel has penned enough standards to warrant entry into the pantheon of
More than 50 years after its May 1970 release, The Beatles' Let It Be - the Fab Four's final original studio album - remains anything but the last word on the band. While the LP topped the charts in multiple countries including the U.S. and U.K., and included such beloved now-standards as "The Long and Winding Road," "Across the Universe," "Get Back," and the title track, the road to its release was anything but a smooth one. It was previously announced that the story would be chronicled this
Craft Recordings is continuing its ongoing R.E.M. reissue series with a 25th anniversary edition of the Georgia band's tenth studio album New Adventures in Hi-Fi. On October 29, a 2CD/1BD Deluxe Edition will present the newly remastered original album, a disc of B-sides and rarities, and a Blu-ray with numerous features including a 64-minute outdoor projection film (originally shown on buildings across five cities in 1996 to promote the album release), a 30-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit),
Earlier this month, Charlie Watts shocked Rolling Stones fans when he announced he was dropping out of the band's upcoming tour following a successful medical procedure. The drummer had not missed a tour since joining the Stones in January 1963 and was the only band member other than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to appear on every album. "For once, my timing has been a little off," Watts joked at the prospect of missing the tour. Now, it's just been announced that Watts died peacefully in a
Yesterday, August 23, Aerosmith announced that it will be bringing its entire recorded music catalogue to Universal Music Group ahead of the 50th anniversary of the band's debut album next year. As UMG already controlled Aerosmith's Geffen Records discography, the deal will unite those 1985-1993 recordings under one roof with the material from their two stints at Columbia Records (1972-1984 and 1997-2006, roughly). Going forward, Universal will spearhead Aerosmith's music and video releases,
2020 saw a number of releases from late Irish guitar god Rory Gallagher including a blazing 1977 live set and a career-spanning anthology. Now, the celebration of all things Gallagher continues with a 50th anniversary edition of his 1971 solo debut. On September 3, UMC (in the U.K.) and UMe (in the U.S.) will reissue the eponymous Rory Gallagher as a 4CD/1DVD set containing a new mix of the original album, 30 previously unreleased outtakes and alternates, a six-song BBC Radio John Peel Sunday
Cherry Red has recently released its second volume of archival material from Iggy Pop and The Stooges following 2020's You Think You're Bad, Man? The Road Tapes '73-'74. The new title is Born in a Trailer: The Session and Rehearsal Tapes '72-'73, and it's a 4-CD collection chronicling the band's rehearsal recordings made in London, Michigan, Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York. Author Kris Needs doesn't pull any punches in his liner notes to this box when he describes this period in Stooges
You Make a Grown Man Cry: Rolling Stones Celebrate 40th Anniversary of "Tattoo You" with New Multi-Format Release
The old saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention. And when The Rolling Stones needed a new LP to tour behind but didn't have time to write and record, they invented Tattoo You. The 1981 album was primarily assembled from a decade's worth of outtakes, some essentially finished and some nowhere near so; band members eventually made their way into the studio to complete the latter tracks. The gamble paid off and Tattoo You topped the U.S. Billboard 200 and went to No. 2 on the U.K.
1973 was a landmark year for Bob Marley. His band, The Wailers, released their sixth studio album in October to critical acclaim and commercial success. Burnin' earned a Gold sales certification in the U.S. and eventually an induction into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The album introduced "Get Up, Stand Up" as well as the future Eric Clapton hit "I Shot the Sheriff." But Marley and The Wailers weren't resting on their laurels around the time of the album's release.
Reba McEntire is looking back on her career with a three-disc, three-album retrospective - but with a twist. Revived Remixed Revisited, due on October 8 from MCA Nashville, consists entirely of new and previously unheard versions of her greatest hits for a total of 30 tracks. The first disc, Revived, presents McEntire's songs (including "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "Is There Life Out There") performed with her touring band as they would be heard in concert today with arrangements and
Like a Prayer (Answered): Madonna Signs Career-Spanning Deal with Warner, Announces Deluxe Reissue Series
For years - decades, even - fans have wondered when Madonna's catalogue would get the kind of deluxe treatment befitting her stature as a trailblazer. It now looks like that day is coming soon, as early this morning, the artist and Warner Music Group announced a career-spanning partnership. The new deal between Madonna and WMG (already her home for the first 24 years of her career on the Sire, Maverick, and Warner labels) sees that WMG will represent her entire body of work in both recordings
The annual Elvis Week kicked off at Graceland on Wednesday, August 11 with numerous events, activities, and presentations honoring the King of Rock and Roll. Yesterday, Legacy Recordings announced its major Elvis release for 2021, and it's one that picks up directly from last year's release. Elvis: Back in Nashville, due on November 12, is a sequel project to 2020's From Elvis in Nashville. Like that set, it features a host of new remixes by Matt Ross-Spang to place the focus squarely on
The Replacements burst onto the scene with 1981's Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. The Minneapolis band's debut arrived on the city's independent Twin/Tone label, its eighteen punk nuggets (more than half of which were under two minutes in length) imbued with a pop accessibility and reckless, rebellious spirit. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Westerberg, drummer Chris Mars, and brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson (on lead guitar and bass, respectively) came close to implosion more than
In an extraordinary showbiz career spanning almost 75 years, perennial song-and-dance man Dick Van Dyke has only recorded three solo albums (in addition to his appearances on best-selling cast albums and soundtracks, that is!). While two of those - 2017's Step Back in Time and 2009's Put on a Happy Face, the latter with his a cappella group The Vantastix - are from recent years, he did record one LP while starring on the 15-time Emmy Award-winning sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. 1963's Songs I