The King once again reigned supreme when Baz Luhrmann's fantastical biopic Elvis hit cinemas this summer and cruised to $138 million (and counting) in domestic grosses. Luhrmann deftly blended Presley's original vocals with that of star Austin Butler, and in at least in one crucial moment in the film, the actual Elvis took the screen in lieu of the young actor. Now, RCA Records and Legacy Recordings are celebrating 50 years of an earlier film: Elvis On Tour, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's dynamic 1972
"Soul Man." "Hold On! I'm Comin'!" "B-A-B-Y." "Your Good Thing Is About to End." "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby." The music of David Porter defined the sound of Stax Records, and by extension, soul music itself. Porter wrote those classic R&B tunes in collaboration with Isaac Hayes, but whereas his musical partner embraced the spotlight, Porter largely stayed out of it. Much as Hayes did, Porter launched a solo career, but his four Stax LPs recorded between 1970 and 1973 became cult
John Coltrane only recorded one album for Blue Note as a leader. 1958's Blue Train, featuring all original compositions plus one standard, would come to be overshadowed by the saxophone great's very next recording: the groundbreaking Giant Steps for Atlantic. But as a document of Coltrane in his hard bop period, Blue Train remains a top-notch record. Now, it's returning to vinyl, CD, and digital formats on September 16 in a variety of editions. Blue Train: The Complete Masters joins Blue
We at The Second Disc are not musicians. Well - I don't want to speak for Joe, but outside of an enthusiastic karaoke night every now and again, I am not a musician. But I obviously think of what it takes to mix brain power and artistic expression so brilliantly in the creation of a song, as well as the struggles that every artist faces when trying to "make it." Earning a living is one thing, sure, but so is the magic of connecting with a friend or a stranger through a song of your own creation.
Olivia, we honestly love you. Sandy, the good girl of Rydell High. Kira, the Olympian muse who inspires the roller disco paradise, Xanadu. Livvy, the girl singer who dreams of the big time but must first take to the cosmos. Olivia Newton-John was all of these and more. The singer who sweetly asked "Have You Never Been Mellow" and implored us to get "Physical" in the 1980s' longest-charting Number One was a dedicated activist for environmental and animal rights, and a courageous advocate
Sha-La-La-La-La-La: Cherry Red, Grapefruit Collect Living Daylights' "Let's Live For Today: The Complete Recordings"
"Let's Live for Today," a top ten U.S. hit in the Summer of Love, will forever be associated with The Grass Roots. But not one, but two, U.K.-based groups also staked a claim to the song. Now, Cherry Red's Grapefruit arm is chronicling the discography of one of those groups, Living Daylights. The single-CD anthology Let's Live for Today: The Complete Recordings is due this Friday, August 12. Living Daylights - a.k.a. brothers Garth and Norman Watt-Roy on guitar and bass, respectively, plus
We filled you in yesterday on the first part of Real Gone Music's expansive August 5 slate featuring rare psychedelia, soundtrack classics, and more. Here's another pair of releases due tomorrow! Philadelphia glam metal band Britny Fox parlayed their connections with fellow Philly group Cinderella to score a major label contract with CBS. By 1991, though, they'd moved over to the Warner-affiliated EastWest label and made some changes. For their third full-length album Bite Down Hard, the band
A wise philosopher...or maybe a punk kid...or maybe an astute screenwriter?...once wrote "Life moves pretty fast - if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." A new box set devoted to that iconic filmmaker - the late John Hughes - will help fans enjoy some of that life a little more through a diverse collection of pop songs he helped bring to the masses. Life Moves Pretty Fast. The John Hughes Mixtapes offers four volumes of songs from the writer/director's popular
It's a Pretty Good Crowd for a Stadium: Billy Joel's 'Live At Yankee Stadium' Gets Newly Restored for New Release
Billy Joel and New York stadiums are a match made in heaven for fans of the Piano Man. Of course, he's been packing them in with a regular residency at Madison Square Garden that's nearly spanned 100 shows since 2014. In 2008, he brought a galaxy of stars to Shea Stadium (including Paul McCartney, on a return trip to the field) before the Mets' old home was torn down. In 2015, he played a set at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, the last event before its renovation - and two years later, he played
If You Build It They Will Come: Real Gone's August Vinyl Releases Include "Field of Dreams," "Serendipity," Tintern Abbey, and Andy Bey
Real Gone Music has another packed slate coming out this Friday, August 5. In addition to the Second Disc Records/RGM release of Michael Nesmith's Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victor Recordings as a 2-LP set, Real Gone is releasing another six vinyl titles. Here is a look at four of them, ranging from British psychedelia to jazz to soundtracks. We'll have Part Two tomorrow! First up is a vinyl anthology from British psych group Tintern Abbey. During their existence back in the late 1960s,
Back in 2018, Joe Strummer 001 collected recordings made by the late Clash frontman outside of that band: solo, with bandmate Mick Jones, and with The Mescaleros and The 101ers. Now, BMG's reactivated Dark Horse Records label has announced Joe Strummer 002. Subtitled The Mescaleros Years and due from the label on September 16, the collection reissues all three Mescaleros albums and adds fifteen rare and/or previously unreleased tracks. It will be available on 4 CDs with a 72-page book or 7
The Cure hit their commercial stride with 1992's Wish. The band's ninth studio album and highest-charting in both the U.S. and U.K., it tapped into the burgeoning alt-rock movement while retaining the gothic sound on which The Cure made their name. Now, fans' Wishes are coming true with a 30th anniversary expansion on 3 CDs, including 24 previously unreleased tracks and a further four which are new to CD/digital. Curated by Robert Smith, Wish: Deluxe Edition is due from Rhino on October 7,
On Sunday, happy tears flowed at the Newport Folk Festival when Joni Mitchell took the Rhode Island stage for a surprise set - her first full-length concert in roughly two decades, performed alongside her longtime champion Brandi Carlile and a host of illustrious friends. Soon, those tears were flowing everywhere when audio and video from the thirteen-song show was shared worldwide. Joni Mitchell was back, tapping into a deep well of vivid emotion on her beloved standards such as "Both Sides
The Kinks are going super deluxe with a joint reissue of two of the band's most significant albums. On September 9, BMG will issue a combined box celebrating The Kinks' first two albums for the RCA label: 1971's Muswell Hillbillies and 1972's Everybody's in Show-Biz / Everybody's a Star. The campaign will encompass a variety of formats including the centerpiece 6LP/4CD/1BD box plus 2CD, 1LP, 2LP, 2CD, 1CD, and digital releases. Muswell Hillbillies, the band's ninth studio album, was named
Kevin Godley and Lol Creme might be best known as founding members of 10cc...or as a pioneering pop duo...or as directors of groundbreaking music videos for such artists as The Police, Duran Duran, Sting, and George Harrison. But pre-fame, Godley and Creme recorded an unreleased album for impresario Giorgio Gomelsky. Now, that album - and a clutch of related material - has finally seen the light of day from Cherry Red's Grapefruit imprint as Frabjous Days: The Secret World of Godley and Creme
Emerson, Lake and Palmer's first, self-titled album reached stores in 1970, heralding the arrival of one of the most significant bands of the progressive rock era. Though ELP became known for its grand, classically-inspired album epics, the band also charted singles in the U.K., U.S., and throughout the world. On August 26, BMG will recognize the 45 RPM legacy of Emerson, Lake and Palmer with the release of Singles, a collection of twelve seven-inch, two-sided singles culled from their U.K.
On July 29, Iconoclassic Records will release a pair of albums from two very different artists - yet both releases look to be equally essential. The Ohio Players famously topped the U.S. Hot 100 in 1975 with the irresistible "Love Rollercoaster," the group's second song to reach that coveted spot after "Fire." The band's history is a bit of a roller coaster itself, with plenty of ups and downs. Upon its release in 1981, Tenderness might have been considered a down, but Iconoclassic is
Grapefruit's "Heroes and Villains" Collects L.A. Sounds of 1965-1968 From The Beach Boys, Mamas and Papas, Monkees, Zappa, More
Though Heroes and Villains is the title of Grapefruit's new 3-CD anthology chronicling The Sound of Los Angeles 1965-68, that famous Beach Boys song isn't among its 90 selections. Not that Brian Wilson and co. are absent; the compilation instead presents another SMiLE tune, "Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)" as part of its portrait of a place and time in music history when it truly seemed anything was possible. U.K.-based compiler David Wells persuasively makes the case here that L.A.
Loose Salute: Michael Nesmith's "Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victor Recordings" Comes to Vinyl in August
You asked, we answered! Since Michael Nesmith's Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victor Recordings premiered on CD in April 2021 from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records, we've been inundated with requests for a vinyl edition. In a little over two weeks, on August 5, the 22-track anthology will make its debut in the format as a deluxe gatefold 2-LP set pressed on "blue smoke" vinyl. Let's fill you in with our official press release: Michael Nesmith long travelled to the beat of a "Different
Out of the ashes of The Zombies came Argent, the band named for keyboardist-singer Rod and also featuring ex-Zombie Chris White as a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer. Joining Rod in the line-up proper was his cousin Jim Rodford on bass, Bob Henrit on drums, and Russ Ballard on guitar and vocals. While Argent only lasted for seven studio albums and one live set between 1969 and 1975, their major hits - "Hold Your Head Up" (No. 5 U.S. and U.K.), "God Gave Rock & Roll to You" (No. 18
Just in Time: Restored, Complete Presentation of Judy Garland's Final Concert Comes to CD, Digital Formats
On March 25, 1969, Judy Garland took the stage at Copenhagen's Falkoner Centret for a concert in which she was joined by Johnnie Ray as the opening act and an orchestra under the direction of Tony Osborne. Garland weighed a mere 90 pounds but her physical frailty was no impediment to her delivering a concert packed with classic songs, newer additions, and an abundance of authenticity, emotion, and heart. Sadly, the Copenhagen performance was to be Judy's last-ever public concert. Less than
Since opening on February 11, 1968, New York's Madison Square Garden has earned its moniker of "the world's most famous arena" by hosting some of rock's greatest acts. The fourth venue to bear the MSG name, the arena at Penn Plaza welcomed the Grateful Dead 52 times - enough to break a record which has since been broken by Elton John (64 concerts) and his fellow piano man Billy Joel (125 shows and counting). The Dead's shows in the heart of Manhattan were among the band's most memorable, both
In The Ghetto: Newest Vinyl Me, Please Anthology Celebrates Legacy of Joe Bataan's Groundbreaking Latin Label, Ghetto Records
Singer-songwriter-musician Joe Bataan's 1973 album Salsoul - so named for its fusion of soul and salsa - would inspire the label of the same name for which Bataan would go on to record. But before inspiring the birth of Salsoul Records, Bataan founded his own New York-based independent label: Ghetto Records. Its label adorned by the image of a cat at home among the trash cans, Ghetto sought to bring further attention to such sounds as salsa, soul, jazz, boogaloo, and beyond. Bataan and
Every songwriter dreams of that one hit that catches on with audiences of every size and shape. If you're lucky, you might write a few that just never leave the popular consciousness. But even just one that's big enough can really make magic - and it's quite easy to argue they don't get much bigger than the one well-known theme by Monty Norman, the British composer who died Monday at the age of 94. When you hear it - slinky chords, bold brass hits and a razor-sharp guitar lick - it won't
Following the release earlier this year of Waylon Jennings' first four RCA Victor albums on one 2-CD set, Cherry Red's Morello imprint has returned to the outlaw country legend's early milieu with a trilogy of albums from 1969-1970 on another 2-CD collection: Waylon (1970), Just to Satisfy You (1969), and the collaboration Country-Folk with The Kimberlys (1969). This three-for-one release picks up where one of Morello's previous collections from the prolific singer - including Love of the