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
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)
22 July 2021
Artist: BOB DYLAN
The troubadour celebrated his 80th birthday this year.
Active: Since 1961, yes, 60 (!) years / 39 studio albums (so far)
Album: (Take a deep breath) BOB DYLAN: SPRINGTIME
IN NEW YORK – The Bootleg Series 1980-1985
Info: The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg
Series revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalog, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter
and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985.
In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing
and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan’s albums Shot Of Love (1981), Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances, and more.
Content: Deluxe 5-CD package, also available in 2-CD and 2-LP highlight editions, will feature 54 previously unreleased recordings, including outtakes, rehearsal recordings,
and live performances from Dylan’s early-’80s albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque.
Out: 17 September 2021
More info and tracklist: here
The original of Jokerman, the opener of Infidels…
4 July 2021
Band: DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
Who: Garage rock fury from Los Angeles, led by
vocalist/guitarist/organist and charismatic voodoo
doll Bonnie Bloomgarden, fabricating Californian
Active since 2013 / 4 albums so far
Debut album STREET VENOM – released in 2014, only on
a small run of cassettes – comes back 30th July, for the first
time on vinyl, courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records.
This deluxe edition is a fully remixed and remastered version
of Street Venom plus two bonus tracks. The initial vinyl pressing
is limited to 2000 copies—1,500 on Satan’s Fingerprint (retail only),
300 on Full Moon Fever, and 200 on Eye of the Beholder (both available
only direct from the label store and Bandcamp). A digital issue is
also obtainable. More info right HERE.
I still love you, Bonnie (photo by Turn Up The Volume)
To get in the right mood, the band shared a psychedelia-colored
video clip for Sanitarium Blues, one of the album’s highlights.
Bonnie Bloomgarden about the song…
“When I was a kid, I ended up in a mental institution after trying to finish my life!
I eventually found out that I am bipolar and extremely empathetic. Life just got too intense/scary to know how to deal with alone! I didn’t know how to get help or that
help would work… This song is about my stay at the institution! The combination of
stuff I do that is currently keeping me alive/balanced is taking antidepressants,
walking a lot, meditating, therapy, plant medicine, space from humans, and my dog.”
Listen/watch here below…
(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume)
22 March 2021
Last year the classic LP DÉJÀ VU by vocal supergroup
CROSBY STILLS NASH & YOUNG turned 50.
On 14 May a deluxe edition will see the day of light. The expansive issue
will be available on both LP and CD, features a remastered version of the
original album and discs dedicated to demos, outtakes, and alternates from
the recording sessions. It will also come with a hardcover book with rare
photos & liner notes/annotations from Cameron Crowe. Order info here.
Ahead of it comes a demo of a song called BIRDS that Young wrote
at the time and recorded by Young and recorded with Nash. It was
planned to be part of Déjà Vu but ended up on Young‘s album After
The Gold Rush.
Here’s a pair of birds…
CSN & Y: All Albums
3 March 2021
Artist: BOB DYLAN
Album: BOB DYLAN – 70
What: 3-Disc collection of previously unavailable
studio performances including a session with
George Harrison from 1 May 1970.
Already released last December, but sold
out quickly, so now available again.
Full tracklist here.
Order info here.