Virgin Records, one of England's most iconic labels, turns 40 this year - and they're celebrating with a new compilation full of hits from their storied existence. The Virgin label was largely the brainchild of one young businessman named Richard Branson. The London-born Branson began his career selling records by mail order and later opening a shop on Oxford Street. The Virgin label was blessed with early success thanks to a willingness to sign acts that major U.K. labels were keen to dismiss.
If you thought Film Score Monthly's reissue of the score to King Kong (1976) was as big as it gets for soundtracks lately, allow us to show you the newest releases from Intrada and La-La Land - one of which features the giant ape himself! Ten years after toppling off the World Trade Center to his apparent death, King Kong Lives - also produced by Dino de Laurentiis and directed by John Gullermin - reveals the giant ape is in fact alive, kept under a medically-induced coma while scientists
Last week's revelation that American media conglomerate Clear Channel had let go of dozens of local radio DJs made music fans yearn for the simpler times of when jockeys weren't limited to playlists from on high and could shape the public's music taste in a positive way. Ironically, as the Clear Channel news spread, EMI prepares the release of a new compilation devoted to one of England's most famous radio presenters, the late, great John Peel. Peel, a jockey on BBC's Radio 1 from 1967 until
Another week, another batch of reissues! Wings, Band on the Run: Special Edition (Concord) After reissues of John Lennon's solo catalogue and the Apple Records discography, another Beatles-oriented campaign kicks off with a new reissue of Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings' classic LP. It's the first of his classic discs to be re-released on Concord, and will be available in a wide variety of formats. (Best of all, it's the first drop in the bucket - an insert inside the sets
Another '80s reissue from EMI - who'd have thought? This time, it's an expansion of Signing Off, the seminal debut LP from British reggae band UB40. Though UB40 are best known in America for their reggae-infused covers of standards like Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine" and Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," their musical roots involve fusing that reggae sound to socially conscious lyrics about poverty, famine and race relations. (The band's name in fact comes from one of the forms