Notable Releases

Gorillaz return with ‘Humanz’ studio album

Gorillaz - Humanz

Gorillaz, the world’s most successful virtual band, will make their highly anticipated return with a new studio album, Humanz, set for April 28th via Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach.

Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are – as always – joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis among others.

A six-minute Jamie Hewlett-directed epic animated film, featuring four Humanz tracks is now available to watch. The film features the full length “Saturnz Barz” in full with highlights of “Ascension,” “Andromeda” and “We Got The Power.” The film – Saturnz Barz (Spirit House), supported by YouTube – also affords an extraordinary cutting-edge VR video (360-3D). An interactive VR version is set to be released on Daydream in April.

The 14-track album Humanz is available on standard CD, vinyl and as a digital download, as well as a 19-track two CD Deluxe. A limited edition Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set featuring additional alternative versions of all 14 album tracks will also be available.

The Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set of the new Gorillaz album Humanz is presented across 14 individual pieces of different coloured 12″ vinyl, packaged in individually art-worked sleeves. Each piece of vinyl features an album track, backed with an exclusive alternative version. The box  also includes a 54-page, cloth-bound, foil-blocked, hardback book featuring exclusive Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett plus a download card, all housed in a bespoke 12” vinyl case. This format is expected to ship in late-summer, with a download code to be sent on album release on Friday, April 28th. 

Gorillaz will play the complete album live for fans for the first time, at a secret London location on Friday, March 24th March. This one-off show is supported by Telekom Electronic Beats. Tickets are available here.

Gorillaz will headline the recently announced, sold-out Demon Dayz Festival at Dreamland Margate on June 10th. Full details of dates scheduled for later in the year, will be announced soon.

DELUXE CD | CD | LP | SUPER DELUXE LP

1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
4. Momentz feat. De La Soul
5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
6. Charger feat. Grace Jones
7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
8. Busted and Blue
9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth

Bonus material on Deluxe:

15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes

With interludes narrated by Ben Mendelsohn

The Rolling Stones Latin America documentary detailed

The Rolling Stones - Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America

On May 26th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America by The Rolling Stones — a documentary film by Paul Dugdale. Released on DVD and Blu-ray [MSRP $26.98 Blu-ray, $21.98 DVD], the film was given a strictly limited theatrical release around Europe in September 2016 and broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2016. Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America makes the perfect companion piece to the Havana Moon release from Autumn 2016. This DVD and Blu-ray release will also include seven exclusive bonus live tracks from the tour with a running time of over 50 minutes.

Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America follows The Rolling Stones on their 2016 tour through ten Latin America cities while at the same time trying to stage their first ever concert in Havana, Cuba, a colossal once-in-a-lifetime open air free show the likes of which Cuba had never seen before. The film captures the unique chemistry that exists between The Rolling Stones and their Latin American fans, a bond that has stretched across many years.

Featuring electrifying live performances, intimate moments with the band members, anticipation and reaction from the fans and all the twists and turns of staging the Havana concert, Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America is a portrait of a vital band still at the very top of their game.

As well as the full film, the bonus features on this release offer a collection of incredible full-length performances from the Latin American tour.

Track Listing:

1) Out Of Control (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2) Paint It Black (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
3) Honky Tonk Women (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
4) Sympathy For The Devil (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
5) You Got The Silver (Lima, Peru)
6) Midnight Rambler (Lima, Peru)
7) Miss You (Lima, Peru)

Junkyard announces ‘High Water’ for April 21st

Junkyard - High Water

Hollywood rockers Junkyard have announced High Water, their first album in 26 years, will be released on April 21st. The album features eleven raucous, blues-based, uncompromising songs. The band “reunited” in recent years which quickly turned into mini-tours through Spain and packed gigs across America. New songs began percolating, and Junkyard began writing.

“I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we’d try and recreate what we were 25 years ago,” Roach states. “This album is not a departure; it’s a rock ‘n’ roll record from Junkyard with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories.”

Junkyard, who hit MTV and radio hard with their self-titled 1989 Geffen Records debut and singles “Hollywood” and “Simple Man,” cement the authenticity their first two records on High Water, such blunt songs as the soul-searching of “Cut From The Same Cloth,” to “We Fuck Like We Fight” (politely abbreviated as “WFLWF” for the politically correct) going down as easy as an aged Kentucky bourbon.

The band members are straight ahead guys, but High Water has a few shades of meaning. Guitarist Tim Mosher explains: “It could be interpreted more than one way–like a “high water mark” or the old phrase come “hell or high water,” or with the image of the bottle on our CD cover, the actual “high water,” aka booze!”

High Water also boasts writing and lead guitar credits from Brian Baker, a Junkyard founding member who played with the band more than 25 years, but now plays his trade full time with Bad Religion. On the road, Junkyard are joined by Jimmy James (The Hangmen), with founding member Pat Muzingo and bassist Todd Muscat, who joined the band in 1991, rounding out the lineup.

“The Junkyard sound is a pretty classic one: big guitars and drums with David spilling his guts on top,” says Mosher, who produced the album. We wanted High Water to sound loose and live, so as far as production goes we weren’t trying to re-invent the wheel, just deliver the songs in the best light we could, then mix in some big riffs and throaty vocals and that’s ‘Yard.” Junkyard’s classic sound got some help from a fan and friend on High Water: Charlie Starr from the band Blackberry Smoke wrote the dramatic, forthright statement “Till the Wheels Fall Off” specifically for Junkyard.

As for a theme running through High Water, Roach jokes “we’re not that clever,” but describes the album as “a rock ‘n’ roll record with a nod to punk rock and outlaw country rock.” It’s a sound that’s both timeless and timely.

As always, Junkyard steer clear of politics: “I personally prefer to keep politics out of my rock. I understand it’s a great platform, and maybe some feel it’s your duty to use it to a purpose, but I just feel our music is just for escape.”

For his part, lyricist Roach is unafraid to mine his own missteps in song, as he did in the past with 1989 fan favorite, “Hands Off.” This go-round, he confesses all via the tune ‘Wallet.” “That song was inspired by a night I spent with a stranger on the eve of a tour,” says Roach. “I met her at [Hollywood bar] Boardners and we went to her place. The next day I snuck off like a rat to go home and pack for the tour. After I left I realized I left my wallet and had to do the walk of shame to retrieve it. Similar incidents have occurred–before and since to me–and I’m sure, countless others.”

The band-and it’s legion of longtime fans–is excited that High Water brings back Junkyard as an ongoing concern. As one of the great guttersnipe L.A. bands of the late 80s — a storied crew that includes Guns N’ Roses, Little Caesar, The Hangmen — Junkyard were proud to be part of “one of the last great rock n roll scenes” as they term it.

“I don’t think we dated ourselves too badly in the beginning so a lot of our songs still have some relevance,” said Roach. “Also, we were in hibernation a while, we weren’t playing while a lot of our contemporaries were. It’s not so much longevity as it was people who missed us 20 years ago finally have a chance to see us.”

Mosher, who was a fan of the group before joining Junkyard in 2000, sees all angles of the Junkyard saga…

“Although it’s been 17 years since I joined, I’m still ‘the new guy,’ so with High I wanted to give the fans something I would’ve wanted as a Junkyard fan–a proper 3rd album,” said Mosher. “It was important to all of us that the record be a statement of intent that could connect with fans from back in the day as well as hopefully find new ones for whom this might be their first ‘Yard record. It’s a tall order, but we’re up for it.”

CD

  1. Walk Away (Roach, Baker)
  2. Faded (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  3. Cut From The Same Cloth (Roach, Mosher, Muscat)
  4. Styrofoam Cup (Roach)
  5. Hellbound (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  6. W.F.L.W.F. (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  7. Don’t Give a Damn (Mike Martt)
  8. Hell or High Water (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  9. Wallet (Roach, Baker)
  10. ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off (Charlie Starr)
  11. Kindness to the Dead (Roach, Baker, Mosher)
  12. The River [Bonus Track]
  13. Rome Is Burning  [Bonus Track]
  14. Don’t Give A Damn (acoustic)  [Bonus Track]
  15. Styrofoam Cup (acoustic)  [Bonus Track]
  16. Wallet (live)  [Bonus Track]

Chuck Berry’s ‘Chuck’ set for June release

Chuck Berry - Chuck

Dualtone Records (an Entertainment One Company), has set a June 16th release date for Chuck, the final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by founding rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, who passed away last week at the age of 90.

Comprised of ten new recordings, eight of which were written by Berry, Chuck is his first new album since 1979’s Rock It. It was recorded and produced by Berry in various studios around St. Louis and features his longtime hometown backing group – including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (vocals, harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist for forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) – which supported him for nearly two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club. The album also includes guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Chuck’s grandson Charles Berry III. Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley contributes liner notes.
Both Morello and Rateliff appear on album track “Big Boys,” which Brinkley calls “a guitar player’s national anthem” in his notes.

“Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought him a great sense of joy and satisfaction,” the Berry family said in a statement posted to Facebook earlier this week. “While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that he had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.”

Some of the songs on Chuck were originally conceived as far back as the 1980s, with Berry developing them in his home studio in St. Louis over many years during down time between tours. He worked on the album through 2014. When health concerns forced him to stop touring and recording in 2015, Berry continued to oversee production and planning for Chuck, enlisting his family and close friend Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill, to fulfill his wishes that the album be completed and released. And from album highlight “Lady B. Goode,” a spiritual sequel to the iconic “Johnny B. Goode” featuring ripping solos from three generations of Berry guitarists, to the poignant country balladry of “Darlin’,” a duet with his daughter Ingrid, Chuck truly is a family affair.

“Working on my Dad’s record has been one of the best experiences of my life,” said Charles Berry Jr. “I will forever treasure the musical conversations we had, and the time we spent together completing it.”

Chuck Berry’s passing on March 18th, prompted an outpouring of support and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and world leaders – from members of The Rolling Stones and Beatles, to former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Rolling Stone claimed that Berry “defined rock & roll during it’s early years and for decades to come.” The New York Times called Berry rock’s “master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves,” adding that after 60 years, his earliest music “still sounds reckless and audacious.”

CD | LP

  1. Wonderful Woman
  2. Big Boys
  3. You Go To My Head
  4. 3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
  5. Darlin’
  6. Lady B. Goode
  7. She Still Loves You
  8. Jamaica Moon
  9. Dutchman
  10. Eyes Of Man

2017 Record Store Day releases detailed

Record Store Day 2017

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Toto, Andre 3000, Robert Johnson, Coheed and Cambria, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Moondog, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Pearl Jam and more are among the 2017 Record Store Day releases. Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture held on the third Saturday in April which is April 22nd this year. RSD has named St. Vincent as Record Store Day’s Madame Ambassador 2017.

A few RSD releases have already been announced such as U2, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney. Here are a few other highlights. The entire list can be viewed here.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 – 4 LP 12″ vinyl – Numbered

On November 18, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band made their first concert appearance outside of America, at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Born to Run had been released three months earlier, and Springsteen had famously appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek three weeks before the Hammersmith gig–was the rest of the world finally ready for him? More than 40 years later, Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 answers with a resounding “yes”–and now, for the first time on vinyl, fans can experience the magic of that unforgettable night.

Toto – “Africa”/”Rosanna” Picture Disc – LP 12″ vinyl

Two of Toto’s biggest hits–the chart-topping “Africa” and Grammy Award-winning smash “Rosanna”–return to vinyl on a special recreation of a limited edition, die-cut, Africa-shaped picture disc originally released in 1982, featuring a map of the continent on the A-side and an image of actress Rosanna Arquette, the inspiration for “Rosanna,” on the B-side. This is the first release in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Toto, one of the best-selling and most virtuosic rock bands of all time.

Santana – Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 – LP 12″ black vinyl

When Santana took the stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair on August 16, 1969, the group was virtually unknown outside of the thriving Bay Area music scene. By the time they triumphantly closed their set, they were one of the festival’s biggest surprises. Santana delivered a career-making performance melding Latin rock and bruising blues that readied the world for the band’s platinum-selling debut album, released weeks later. Santana Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 takes listeners back to that jaw-dropping show, pressed on vinyl for the first time.

Alice in Chains – “Get Born Again”/”What the Hell Have I” – Two 7″ black vinyl singles – gatefold

This special Alice in Chains 45 RPM double 7″ single collects four hard-hitting tracks remastered and available on vinyl for the first time. “What the Hell Have I” and “A Little Bitter,” released on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Last Action Hero” in 1993, were the first to feature new bassist Mike Inez, who’d played with Ozzy Osbourne for five years. “Get Born Again” and “Died,” released on the box set Music Bank in 1999, were the band’s final recordings with original vocalist Layne Staley.

Pearl Jam – “State of Love and Trust”/”Breath” – 7″ black vinyl single

First heard 25 years ago on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Singles, Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” and “Breath” are coupled on 45 RPM 7″ vinyl for the first time. The double platinum soundtrack album exposed mainstream audiences to the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene, and helped establish bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live At Carnegie Hall – 2 LP 12″ vinyl

Stevie Ray Vaughan celebrated his 30th birthday in style in 1984, turning New York’s Carnegie Hall into a blistering Texas roadhouse for a sold out audience. Backed by Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton) and featuring an all-star guest list that included Dr. John on piano and organ, brother Jimmie Vaughan on guitar and horn players from Roomful of Blues, it’s easy to hear why SRV deemed the show his “best birthday ever, forever.” Live At Carnegie Hall is available as a limited 2 LP opaque brown vinyl set, exclusively for Record Store Day.

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Pink Floyd announces RSD 12″ single of ‘Interstellar Overdrive’

Pink Floyd - Overstellar Overdrive

The single is highly sought after

To celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22nd, Pink Floyd will be releasing the highly collectible 12″ single “Interstellar Overdrive.”

The mono single will be a one-sided 12″ 180-gram black vinyl and will play at 33 1/3 RPM. The single will come with a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard featuring a classic image of the band taken when they were recording their debut single, “Arnold Layne.”

Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, “Interstellar Overdrive” is an unheard recording from 1966, running at close to 15 minutes long. The original recording was done at the Thomson studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on November 31, 1966, before the band were signed to EMI. A different, shorter version of the track appears on the band’s debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

The images for the single artwork are taken from the band’s gig at UFO at the Blarney Club, London on January 13, 1967. The short-lived UFO Club was the scene of the band’s early, pioneering psychedelic shows that saw Pink Floyd establish their position in the UK music scene.

Chuck Berry’s final album ‘Chuck’ set to premiere this week

Chuck Berry - Chuck

New music is expected this week

Following Chuck Berry’s death at the age of 90 on Saturday (Mar 18th), his estate and record label, Dualtone, has announced that Chuck will be released soon. The album, Berry’s first in 38 years, was announced last October with a release date set for 2017. However, the label will be giving more information about the project this week.

“Since Chuck’s passing on Saturday, the Berry family has received many inquiries from friends, fans and media about the status of his forthcoming album CHUCK, which was originally announced on his 90th birthday, October 18, 2016,” the family states.

“Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction. While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.

“For months now plans have been in place, and preparations have been made with our friends at Dualtone Records, to reveal further details and music from the album this week. As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days.”

Comprised primarily of new, original songs written, recorded and produced Berry, the album was recorded in various studios around St. Louis and features Berry’s longtime hometown backing group – including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist of 40 years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) – which has
supported him for over two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club.

Rare, limited Frank Zappa releases detailed

Frank Zappa

Two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family Trust. In the U.S., the 24 albums will be available on CD, download and streaming on March 24th. Internationally, they will be available digitally March 24th with physical to follow on April 28th.

Nine of the albums, including Zappa’s 100th release, Dance Me This, and the revered live disc, Roxy By Proxy, have never been available for download or streaming. The wide-ranging collection includes fan favorite and Grammy Award-winning titles from Zappa’s independent labels Barking Pumpkin, Vaulternative Records and Zappa Records and encompasses more than 20 years of releases, dating back to 1994’s posthumous release, Civilization Phaze III.

“For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal,” says Ahmet Zappa.

In all, the albums being made available internationally to online retailers, record stores, digital retailers and streaming services include a diverse collection of previously limited releases comprised of live concerts, taped rehearsals, treasures from Zappa’s extensive and extraordinary vault, audio documentaries, archival recordings, the famed “Corsaga” series and other exciting audio ephemera. The releases span Zappa’s entire career, from his first records with the Mothers of Invention to some of the last compositions and projects he ever worked on.

A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records, 2013) CD

In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD.

Buffalo (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2 CD

Originally released in 2007, Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. The original tapes were salvaged from the Vault by Vaultmeister Joe Travers and mixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Carnegie Hall (Vaulternative Records, 2011) 4 CD

As history would have it, and thanks to the persistence of promoter Ron Delsener, Frank Zappa & his Mothers actually played Carnegie Hall. The two shows on October 11th, 1971 were recorded for posterity to mono 1/4″ tape using a concealed Nagra tape machine and a Electrovoice 664 microphone.

Civilization Phaze III (Barking Pumpkin, 1994) 2 CD

Civilization Phaze III, one of the final projects to be finished by Zappa before his passing, completes the trilogy of Masterworks established first with Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money in 1968. Originally envisioned as Lumpy Gravy, Phase III, this music morphed over a period of years in various states of completion. Realized mainly on the Synclavier and including performances by the Ensemble Modern and newly recorded dialogue from inside the piano, Frank finally put the finishing touches on the double CD in 1992. It received a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 1995.

Congress Shall Make No Law… (Zappa Records, 2010) CD

Gail Zappa always said that FZ always made a point to “educate” his audience as well as entertain them. She continued on that note with this release, an informative document that focuses on the importance of FZ’s testimonies to fight censorship. FZ’s address to the Senate Committee Hearings in 1985 and to the Maryland State Legislature in 1986 are featured here in their entirety combined with various Synclavier and interview excerpts found in the Vault.

Dance Me This (Zappa Records, 2015) CD

The 100th release by the Zappa Family Trust and the last project to be finished by Frank Zappa before his passing, Dance Me This, was composed and realized on the Synclavier, FZ’s go-to digital workstation that was state of the art at the time of the recording. The music is described by the Maestro as ‘designed for modern dance groups.’ The album was finished but shelved by the Trust until finally receiving its much anticipated release in 2015.

Everything Is Healing Nicely (Barking Pumpkin, 1999) CD

The Ensemble Modern from Frankfurt Germany spent a lot of time with Frank Zappa during the last few years of his life. As the group was working closely with Zappa preparing for a series of concerts scheduled in 1992 (to be known as “The Yellow Shark”), FZ, in his typical manner, was digitally recording every rehearsal. Everything Is Healing Nicely features highlights from those recordings, hand-picked by Zappa, compiled posthumously by then staff engineer Spence Chrislu, and released exclusively through mail order in 1999.

Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison (Zappa Records, 2011) CD

Around 1987 or so, Frank Zappa completed a digital master of this title which was intended for a vinyl release. FZ never released it and re-worked some of the material for another project, mainly Civilization, Phaze III. Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison, realized on the Synclavier, eventually found a release in original form in 2011. The CD contains unreleased compositions, unedited versions and added bonus tracks from the time period.

Frank Zappa Plays The Music of Frank Zappa (Barking Pumpkin, 1996) CD

When released on Halloween 1996, Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa, A Memorial Tribute was considered to be an “Audio Tombstone” by the family. It features the three signature guitar pieces: “Black Napkins,” “Zoot Allures” and “Watermelon In Easter Hay” in their original released form (remastered) with added live versions that predate the issued masters. Also included is “Merely A Blues In A: from Paris ’74. A fitting “Memorial Tribute” indeed.

FZ: OZ (Vaulternative Records, 2002) 2 CD

FZ:OZ is the very first release from Vaulternative Records, the label created by the Zappa Family Trust that focuses on material found in the infamous Zappa Vault. Released in 2002, this audio nugget contains an almost complete concert from FZ’s second and final visit to Sydney, Australia in early 1976.

Greasy Love Songs (Zappa Records, 2010) CD

The third installment of the Project/Object Audio Documentary series focuses on the 40th anniversary of Zappa’s 1968 homage to old Doo Wop and Rhythm & Blues. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets was FZ & The Mothers’ fourth album release. Greasy Love Songs brings together the long awaited release of the original 1968 mix along with mix outtakes, interview excerpts and oddities from the sessions. Also contains liner notes from Cheech Marin.

Hammersmith Odeon (Zappa Records, 2010) 3 CD

In early 1978, Frank Zappa played a string of dates between January and February at the famous Hammersmith Odeon in London, England. Hammersmith Odeon, first issued in conjunction with a special birthday event at The Roundhouse in London in 2010, contains performances from those shows. These recordings are famous for being the basis for the Sheik Yerbouti album. This album contains all alternate performances and highlights from the master show tapes.

Imaginary Diseases (Zappa Records, 2006) CD

Released in 2006, Imaginary Diseases compiles for the first time all live recordings from a very rare and undocumented Zappa band line-up. In 1972, after taking a 20-piece ‘electric orchestra’ on the road for eight dates as The Grand Wazoo, FZ reduced the personnel to 10 pieces and toured this new band for roughly two months. Billed as The Mothers of Invention but eventually becoming known as the ‘Petit Wazoo,’ audio from this period was never released during Frank’s lifetime.

Joe’s Camouflage (Vaulternative Records, 2014) CD

In late summer 1975, Frank Zappa formed a band that never got past the rehearsal stage, but managed to have their own band promo shots taken with fall touring rapidly approaching. This Joe’s series entry, Joe’s Camouflage, finds mainly 4-track rehearsal tapes that captured FZ experimenting with this group, updating arrangements of older songs along with some new compositions, some that were never revisited later in his career. Featuring Novi Novog on viola and keys, Robert ‘Frog’ Camarena on vocals and Denny Walley on guitar, all three of whom left the band shortly after these recordings were made.

Joe’s Corsage (Vaulternative Records, 2004) CD

The first in a series of special material released from the Vault. The titles of the “Corsaga” are a play on words of FZ’s famous Joe’s Garage title, with the contents produced and compiled by the Vaultmeister, Joe Travers. Joe’s Corsage, the first release created in 2004, was produced in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the creation of The Mothers in 1964. It focuses on the origin of the Mothers of Invention as told by Frank himself, along with early recordings made before their first record contract in early 1966.

Joe’s Domage (Vaulternative Records, 2004) CD

Joe’s Domage, the second entry from the “Corsaga” series, gives you an insight into how Frank worked. The recording from this primitive cassette tape captures the first rehearsal of the Wazoo band, freezing in time early ideas and arrangements of material that went on to be used on The Grand Wazoo & Waka/Jawaka album sessions of 1972. Recorded ambiently in Frank’s rehearsal room in Hollywood, Frank conducted these sessions while confined to a wheelchair after being pushed offstage in London, England roughly three months prior.

Joe’s Menage (Vaulternative Records, 2008) CD

Frank Zappa, notorious for recording everything, carried cassettes with him on the road. On one occasion backstage during the late ’70s, Frank gave longtime fan Ole’ Lysgaard a cassette which contained a dub of a live recording excerpt from a concert in Williamsburg, VA 11-1-75. Thanks to Ole’, this excerpt has been forever immortalized as the content for “Corsaga” number 4. Joe’s Menage is transferred directly from the show master tape.

Joe’s Xmasage (Vaulternative Records, 2005) CD

Joe’s Xmasage was released on Frank’s birthday during the Christmas season of 2005. Joe worked closely with Gail Zappa on this third installment of the “Corsaga,” showcasing vintage recordings from Frank’s life in the early ’60s. Music, historical audio documents and Conceptual Continuity clues fill up this special Christmas dish from the Vault for you and yours.

MOFO (Zappa Records, 2006) 2 CD

This two disc version of the Making Of Freak Out! Project/Object Audio Documentary contains highlights from the four disc version which is available only through mail order. MOFO (2 Disc) was released in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of The Mothers of Invention’s first album, Freak Out!, it includes the original album’s 1966 vinyl mix along with exclusive tracks not found anywhere else.

One Shot Deal (Zappa Records, 2008) CD

Released in 2008, One Shot Deal features chunks of material found in the vault selected by FZ and compiled by Gail Zappa & Joe Travers. Ranging from 1972 to 1981, One Shot Deal blends live compositions, improvisations and guitar solos from various world tours, all recorded live.

Philly ’76 (Vaulternative Records, 2009) CD

Frank Zappa played the Philadelphia Spectrum Theater on October 29th, 1976. The concert was professionally recorded and was a perfect contender for the ongoing concert series from Vaulternative Records. Philly ’76 was released in 2009 and features a complete show from a rare band line-up with another stellar mix from Grammy Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Roxy By Proxy (Zappa Records, 2014) CD

Roxy By Proxy contains material recorded live at the infamous run of shows at The Roxy Theater in Hollywood, CA, December 1973. It’s the first compilation made from digital mixes created in 1987 by Frank with Bob Stone at FZ’s home studio, The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen. The sequencing plays like a full show while the package features extensive liner notes from the one and only Ruth Underwood, then the percussionist in the band.

The Dub Room Special (Zappa Records, 2007) CD

A previously unreleased soundtrack album created by Zappa himself, contains material found in The Dub Room Special, a 90-minute home video first released by mail order only in 1982. Tracks consist of live cuts from The Palladium, NYC on Halloween 1981 along with performances taped at KCET TV studios in Los Angeles during 1974.

WAZOO (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2 CD

WAZOO contains a complete show recorded live to stereo tape at the Boston Music Hall in Boston, MA on September 24, 1972. Originally released in 2007, this set is the only document found in the Vault of the short-lived Grand Wazoo, an ambitious 20-piece ‘electric orchestra’ formed by Zappa and toured for only eight dates during the fall of 1972.

The Cranberries announce ‘Something Else’ for April 28th

The Cranberries - Something Else

The Cranberries are set to release Something Else, a new album featuring re-worked renditions of their major hits, as well as brand new material. The album is due out April 28th via BMG on digital and CD formats, and includes seminal Cranberries songs like “Linger,” “Zombie,” “Dreams,” and “Ode To My Family”… re-recorded in orchestral and acoustic arrangements.

Something Else celebrates the 25th anniversary of the band. Their first major U.S. hit “Linger” has been re-done acoustically, and just premiered on Rolling Stone! On the album concept and choice of “Linger” as the first single.

“‘Linger’ was the first song The Cranberries ever wrote together. I was 17, and the youngest member of the band was 15 at the time. We never imagined it’d be such a big hit, but soon us teenagers found ourselves on our first flight to the United States to shoot the video in Downtown LA,” The Cranberries’ singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan explains. “That video would introduce us to American households, in the good old days of MTV! The bittersweet love song still holds all that sentimentality for us personally, which is why we had to include it on this project. Universally, I think its message remains timeless and relevant, never going out of fashion, yet never quite in fashion. It’s amazing to have a song hold up 25 years later, and I hope this acoustic version allows our fans to hear a Cranberries classic in a new way.”

“Linger ” is available now for download and streaming. The full album is available for pre-order on CD and digital formats.

Last year, over two weeks in the University of Limerick, at the home of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the band revisited old times; O’Riordan laid down vocals as small booths were created to record the instruments as if live. She was no longer a child, singing her amazing, mature songs from an inexperienced vantage point but a woman now, with the capacity to throw her life at the music, the benefit of hindsight. “I prefer them like this,” she says of the new recordings of old songs, “with a little bit more experience behind them, with a new lease of life. They sound fresh again.”

As the record began to take full shape, three new songs were added, to stop it just being a Proustian rush of memories lost and found. The first was “The Glory,” which O’Riordan explains she wrote in The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s rehearsal rooms at the University of Limerick. She then brought out two songs she had been keeping in her personal stash, until she could place them in the right home: “Rupture” (“about depression, about being in that black hole and finding it hard to get out of it”) and the forthcoming single “Why?” (“written just after my father passed, the hardest time”).

It’s testament to O’Riordan and Noel’s song-writing prowess that the new additions to the Cranberries cannon sit seamlessly next to the old. When they began finalising details for the record, they decided on Something Else, a nod to the first record’s Everybody Else…, a title neither riven with the promise of future endeavors or locked into the past.

CD

1. Linger
2. The Glory
3. Dreams
4. When You’re Gone
5. Zombie
6. Ridiculous Thoughts
7. Rupture
8. Ode To My Family
9. Free To Decide
10. Just My Imagination
11. Animal Instinct
12. You & Me
13. Why

Bad Company ‘Rock Steady,’ ‘Run With The Pack’ reissues detailed

Bad Company Deluxe Editions

Bad Company recorded four classic albums in as many years, giving rise to some of the most recognizable rock songs of the Seventies, including Rock Steady, Run With The Pack and the Grammy-nominated, “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” After releasing remastered and expanded versions of their first two albums in 2015, the band will return this spring with deluxe editions of their next two albums from that incredible run.

Run With The Pack (1976) and Burnin’ Sky (1977) have been newly remastered from the original production tapes. Each has been expanded with rare and unreleased recordings taken from the original album sessions. The CD versions of these Deluxe Editions include all of the new bonus tracks, while their 180-gram vinyl counterparts offer a selection of the bonus material.

The Deluxe Editions of Run With The Pack and Burnin’ Sky will be available on May 26th on 2 CD and 2 LP. The music will also be released digitally and available through various streaming outlets.

During a rare break from touring, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell got together in France to record new songs using the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording studio. Those sessions produced Run With The Pack, a ten song album that came out in early 1976 and rose to #4 in England and #5 in America, where it sold three million copies alone. Radio stations embraced the title track along with a cover of The Coasters’ “Young Blood,” while “Silver, Blue & Gold” became one of the band’s signature tracks, even though it was never officially released as a single.

The bonus disc that accompanies Run With The Pack: Deluxe Edition includes unreleased early mixes for “Honey Child” and “Simple Man,” as well as an extended version of the title track. There’s also the previously unreleased “Let There Be Love,” an outtake from the recording sessions. In fact, the acoustic version of “Do Right By Your Woman,” previously only available as the B-Side of the single release of “Run With The Pack,” is the only song on the bonus disc that has ever been previously released.

During the summer of 1976, the band returned to France yet again to record 12 songs for what would become Burnin’ Sky. They chose Château d’Hérouville as the studio, which is where David Bowie would record Low later that same year. Burnin’ Sky was released in March 1977, and broke into the Top 20 in both the U.K. and U.S.

The Burnin’ Sky: Deluxe Edition bonus disc features unreleased versions of nearly every song on the album, including alternative takes and mixes of “Man Needs A Woman” and “Morning Sun,” plus the full version of “Too Bad.” The session tapes also unearthed “Unfinished Story,” a song that was completed, but never released.

Bad Company - Run With The Pack: Deluxe Edition

Run With The Pack: Deluxe Edition – 2 CD | 2 LP

CD 1: Original Album Remastered

1. Live For The Music
2. Simple Man
3. Honey Child
4. Love Me Somebody
5. Run With The Pack
6. Silver, Blue & Gold
7. Young Blood
8. Do Right By Your Women
9. Sweet Lil’ Sister
10. Fade Away

CD 2: Bonus Tracks

1. Live For The Music – Take 1, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
2. Simple Man – Take 3, Early Mix
3. Honey Child – Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
4. Run With The Pack – Extended Version, Alternative Vocal
5. Let There Be Love – Take 1, Previously Unreleased
6. Silver, Blue & Gold – Take 1, Early Mix
7. Young Blood – Alternative Vocal
8. Do Right By Your Woman – Alternative Vocal
9. Sweet Lil’ Sister – Live Backing Track
10. Fade Away – Early Mix, Alternative Guitar Solo
11. Do Right By Your Woman – Acoustic Version*
12. (I Know) I’m Losing You – Studio Jam
13. Young Blood – Alternative Version 2
14. Fade Away – Island Studios Demo

* All disc two tracks unreleased except

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky: Deluxe Edition

Burnin’ Sky: Deluxe Edition 2 CD | 2 LP

CD 1: Original Album Remastered

1. Burnin’ Sky
2. Morning Sun
3. Leaving You
4. Like Water
5. Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer)
6. Everything I Need
7. Heartbeat
8. Peace Of Mind
9. Passing Time
10. Too Bad
11. Man Needs Woman
12. Master Of Ceremony

CD 2: Bonus Tracks*

1. Burnin’ Sky – Take 2, Alternative Vocal & Guitar
2. Morning Sun – Take 3, Early Version
3. Leaving You – Take 1, Alternative Vocal
4. Like Water – Take 1, Rough Mix
5. Knapsack (The Happy Wanderer) – Early Run Through
6. Everything I Need – Rough Mix
7. Peace Of Mind – Alternative Version
8. Passing Time – Alternative Vocal
9. Too Bad – Full Version
10. Man Needs Woman – Alternative Vocal & Guitar
11. Too Bad – Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
12. Man Needs Woman – Take 2, Early Version, Mick Ralphs Vocal
13. Burnin’ Sky – Take 1, Alternative Vocal
14. Unfinished Story – Previously Unreleased

* All tracks previously unreleased