25 September 2021
Who: You know who
Active: Since 1973 / 20 studio albums
The veteran make up rockers just started
their End Of The Road – World Tour
See all dates here.
Anniversary album: DESTROYER – their 4th LP
Released: 15 March 1976 – 45 years ago
Deluxe edition: Super Deluxe 4-CD + Blu-ray Audio box set as well
as on standard double black vinyl and limited edition yellow and red
double colored vinyl, 2-CD set, and digital. Out 19 November.
All info here.
While waiting for the candy
here’s the original Destroyer…
KISS: History – All Albums
23 September 2021
Record labels love anniversaries of albums. Then they can offer the fans of the artists special stuff, mostly for expensive prices as the number of copies/pressings are – in
most cases – limited. I rather look at the format/artwork that’s presented.
This time RADIOHEAD has a lot to offer. Their two experimental electro LPs – Kid A
and Amnesiac – were released, respectively on 2 October 2000 and 30 May 2001. The
label decided two put the twin records together in an 20th-anniversary special titled
KID A MNESIA. All stuff (save for the third item, has already sold out) is available on
5 November 2021.
Here’s what’s in store…
1. KID A MNESIA HARDBACK ART CATALOGUE
More info here
2/ KID AMNESIETTE SPECIAL EDITION CASSETTE BOOK
More info here
3. THE “SCARRY” BOOK (ART BOOK AND 3 X CREAM VINYL)
Oops SOLD OUT
Stream links to the original albums…
– KID A –
– AMNESIAC –
2 September 2021
Band: THE DOORS (Los Angeles)
Active: 1965–1973, 1978 / 9 albums
Anniversary album: L.A. WOMAN – 6th LP
Released: 19 April 1971 – 50 years ago today
Three months after the release, on July 3,
Morrison was found dead.
Score: #1 in Holland, #11 in Canada,
#9 in the US, #28 in the UK
Deluxe Edition: 3-CD/1-LP 50th anniversary deluxe edition featuring
the original album, newly remastered by the Doors’ longtime engineer
and mixer Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of unreleased studio outtakes,
and the stereo mix of the original album on vinyl.
Out: 3 December 2021 via Rhino
Along with this announcement comes the original demo
version of the band’s classic Riders On The Storm…
Original LP via Spotify…
THE DOORS: Website – All Albums
29 August 2021
Deluxe edition: LET IT BE
Original LP: Released 8 May 1970 – 51 years ago
Content: The expanded version will be available in several different formats
and packages. Producer Giles Martin (yes, the son of fifth 5th Beatle Martin) and
engineer Sam Okell have put together a new mixi in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS, and
Dolby Atmos, sourced from the original tapes. There’s also the Super Deluxe edition
of all reissue options, including four LPs, an EP, and a book. It’ll feature 27 previously unreleased session recordings, including the 14-song Get Back stereo record mix that engineer Glyn Johns put together in May of 1969 before the Fab Four decided to throw
the raw album mix in the dustbin.
Turn Up the Volume: Like for billions of people on this planet, The Beatles are
also for me, the best band ever. Their virtuoso talent and innovatory skills made
them turn pop music into something that elevated pop-ular music to an ingenious
and very, worldwide, accessible form of entertaining art. Let It be wasn’t a
masterpiece but it made zillions of bands jealous. Say no more.
Full original album…
THE BEATLES: Website
Order info here.
29 August 2021
Band: THE KOOKS
Who: Famous Brighton pop rockers
Active: Since 2004 / 5 studio album so far
Anniversary album: INSIDE IN/INSIDE OUT
Released: 23 January 2006 – 15 years ago
Pitchfork wrote: “The Kooks’ keen grasp of the banal isn’t the only factor keeping them from a distinct personality. Between bouncy Britpop, angst-ridden acoustic anthems, red-light skanking, “Hounds of Love” oh-oh harmonies, and the Delta blues intro to “Time Awaits”, it’s not clear the Kooks know who they want to be when they grow up yet.’ Full review here. Score: 6/10
Turn Up The Volume: Too calculated and commerce-orientated boys band songs.
But hey, it sold more than 2 million copies and peaked at #2 on the UK Charts, so
they pleased a mass of fans (mostly young girls).
Deluxe Edition features the original album remastered and thirteen previously unreleased tracks on all formats. Order info here.
Stream the full deluxe here…
THE KOOKS: Facebook – Spotify
28 August 2021
Band: R.E.M. (Athens, Georgia)
Active: 1980–2011 / 15 studio LPs
Anniversary album: NEW ADVENTURES IN HI-FI
Released: 9 September 1996 – 25 years ago
AllMusic said back then: “Recorded during and immediately following
R.E.M.’s disaster-prone Monster tour, New Adventures in Hi-Fi feels like it
was recorded on the road. Not only are all of Michael Stipe’s lyrics on the
album about moving or travel, the sound is ragged and varied, pieced
together from tapes recorded at shows, soundtracks, and studios,
giving it a loose, careening charm.” Full review here. Score: 3.5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Certainly not their best, but How The West Was
Won And Where It Got Us, The Wake-Up Bomb, Be Mine, and Departure are
Anniversary edition: “The bonus-filled 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Deluxe Edition offers a trove of audio-visual content, including the newly remastered album, 13 B-sides and rarities, a never-before-released 64-minute outdoor projection film (shown on buildings across five cities in 1996 to promote the album’s original release), and a previously unreleased 30-minute EPK. Additionally, the Blu-ray features New Adventures in Hi-Fi in stunning Hi-Res and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, plus five HD-restored music videos including “Bittersweet Me,” “Electrolite,” and “E-Bow the Letter.” Housed in a 52-page hardcover book, the collection includes archival photographs—many of which have never been published.”
Out: 29th October – more info here.
Taster: an alternate version of Leave
7 August 2021
Artist: GEORGE HARRISON
25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001
Album: ALL THINGS MUST PAST
Released: 27 November 1970 – 50 years ago
George Harrison: “The biggest break in my career was getting
into the Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then
is getting out of them.”
Deluxe Edition: The album has been completely mixed from the original tapes and
expanded with 47 (42 previously unreleased) demos and outtakes, allowing listeners
to enjoy and explore the album and the legendary recording sessions like never before.
Decades in the making and lovingly crafted by the Harrison family, the album was remixed to fulfill Harrison’s longtime desire. Executive produced by Dhani Harrison and mixed by triple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon), with the product produced by David Zonshine, the new mix transforms the album by sonically upgrading it – making it sound brighter, fuller and better than ever.”
All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary Edition is available in a variety of formats, including
a limited edition Uber Deluxe Edition box set, an 8LP or 6-disc (5CD + Blu-ray) Super Deluxe Edition, or a 5LP or 3CD Deluxe Edition that pairs the main album with the outtakes and jams. The main album is also available on its own as 2CD, 3LP or limited edition 3LP color vinyl.
Rolling Stone says: “People used to argue whether this triple album
should have been edited down to one or two records – but this edition
makes you believe it should have been a quadruple album.”
Stream the deluxe edition here…
GEORGE HARRISON: Facebook
5 August 2021
Band: PRIMAL SCREAM
The Scottish rockers’ third LP
Released: 23 September 1991 – 30 years ago
It was the best album of the year for legendary Brit magazines
Melody Maker and Select and #3 in NME‘s end of the year list.
Deluxe Edition formats: 2 x LPs / Demodelica CD and Cassette / 12″ singles boxset
Pre-order info: here
The eight miles high key single Loaded…
Full original album…
PRIMAL SCREAM: Website
Deluxe Edition out 19 September – order info here
3 August 2021
Band: VIOLENT FEMMES (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.)
Active: 1979–1987, 1988–2009, 2013–present / 10 studio LPs
Deluxe album: WHY DO BIRDS SING?
Fifth LP, originally released on 18 May 1991.
Content: This 30th-anniversary 2-CD edition features a complete
1991 live set captured at The Boat House in Norfolk, VA, plus a trove
of previously unreleased outtakes/alternate takes, and new liner
notes by acclaimed songwriter/journalist Jeff Slate.
Their Culture Club cover
Out: 8th October 2021 via Craft Recordings
Order info: here
AllMusic wrote back then: “Every Violent Femmes fan has their favorite
record and these tend to vary wildly. More than likely, this one will not be
anyone’s favorite, but still has some redeeming moments. The strong opener
“American Music” is reminiscent of their classic songwriting style.”
VIOLENT FEMMES: Facebook – All Albums
(Image: cover of ‘BBC Live’ album)
28 July 2021
Who: Passionate British glam-prog rockers.
Active: 1997–99, 2010–present / 3 studio albums
Deluxe Edition: EVERYTHNG PICTURE
The band’s (double) debut album, released in 1999.
Info: The reissue boxset will feature ‘Everything Picture’
the double album, an extra two records featuring a variety
of B-sides and singles and a CD of live and session tracks.
As well, a 26-page booklet and a poster will be included.
Out: 24 September 2021 via One Little Independent Records
AllMusic/Dean Carlson: “The musical and emotional collapses are
so moving, so stirring, that it sounds like the pessimistic turn to just
about every soaring, triumphant song ever found on the planet. This
reason alone serves as a singular, important experience. So while you
might feel like that poor local weatherman in a yellow slicker getting
pelted when you listen to this album, by the time the final track fades
out you realize it was worth every last, sonic droplet.”
Full interview here. Score: 4.5/5.
The announcement comes alongside a never-before-seen
video for one of the LP’s highlights ‘Aire & Calder’…
I loved (still do) that brilliant single Stay Young…
And that show in Amsterdam, in the legendary Paradiso club back in 1998 or 1999
(I can’t remember the year exactly) was pretty special… and I found some pics I took
in my archives…