Saturday, June 14, 2008

New Vinyl Releases:

New Vinyl Releases:

DEF LEPPARD will release the second single from the "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" album, "C'Mon C'Mon", on July 14. The single, which will be released only on 12" vinyl picture disc, is available for pre-order from


THE CURE have released 'Freakshow', the second single from their new studio album, today (June 13th).

The band are releasing a new single of the 13th of every month in the run-up to the release of their as-yet-untitled album on September 13th.

Like last month's single,'The Only One', 'Freakshow' is available as a digital download, CD and 7” vinyl and comes backed with the b-side, 'All Kinds of Stuff'.

Details of the next two singles from the album are expected to be announced shortly.


JUDAS PRIEST unveils "Nostradamus" (Epic), the veteran U.K. metal act's 16th studio album -- and its first concept work. The double-disc set, due internationally June 16 and one day later in the United States, tells the story of 16th-century prophet Michel de Nostredame, better-known as Nostradamus.

The set is the second album since Halford returned to the band in 2003 after doing other musical projects for 12 years.

"Nostradamus" is available in three configurations. Fans can buy the regular version of "Nostradamus" in a jewel case with a 20-page artwork booklet designed in conjunction with artist Mark Wilkinson, who has worked on numerous Judas Priest albums. Or they can choose the "regular deluxe" version, which has the double-CD housed in a 48-page hardbound book.

A third "super deluxe" release includes a triple-album vinyl version of the set and an exclusive poster plus the hardbound CD/booklet package. That version will be available through normal retail channels internationally, but in the States is exclusive to Best Buy stores.


On July 29, Be Your Own Pet's first label, Infinity Cat, will release their "ten-track maxi-EP" called The Boys R Back in Town on vinyl.

The Vinyl Comeback

The Vinyl Comeback- As more and more attention is being spent on this phenomenon, the great 'vinyl comeback' is in full swing. And as the upward trend in vinyl sales continues, we will be seeing more stories like this one in the news:

This Date In Music History- June 14


Rod Argent of the Zombies ("She's Not There") and Argent ("Hold Your Head Up") turns 63.

1952 Jim Lea of the mighty Slade ("Run Runaway") was born in Wolverhampton, England in 1952.

Drummer Alan White has a birthday (born in 1949). Aside from his lengthy tenure with Yes, White is known for his work with ex-Beatles John Lennon ("Instant Karma") and George Harrison.


The original "butcher block" cover for The Beatles "Yesterday And Today" album was officially recalled by Capitol Records in 1966, due to "extreme negative feedback," just prior to its release. Either meant as a "pop art satire" or a way of getting back at Capitol for rearranging the group’s albums for U.S. release, the cover, with the group placed among cuts of meat and decapitated dolls, soon becomes a collector’s item. A standard group photo is used instead. (Also known as the ‘Trunk Cover.”)

In 1964, in Melbourne, Australia, a crowd of 250,000 greeted the Beatles. It's reported to be the most Australians that have ever congregated in one place.

Also in 1964- In England, a tea chest addressed to the Beatles was opened. Twelve-year-old Beatlemaniac Carol Dryden was discovered inside.

Paul McCartney recorded "Yesterday" by himself in 1965, after trying unsuccessfully to fit the rest of the Beatles into the song. The cut goes on to become the world's most covered song.

The Beatles topped the British charts in 1969 with their first stereo single, "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

Showing the kind of financial sense that would lead to their downfall, Grand Funk Railroad spend $100,000 on a block-long billboard in New York to advertise their latest single, "Closer to Home." It went to No. 22 in 1970.

Cops broke out the tear gas in Tucson, Ariz., after a Rolling Stones concert gets out of hand in 1972.

In 1995, the Columbus, Ohio, police received more than 20 complaints that a Ted Nugent concert there is too loud. Nevertheless, Ted refuses to turn down the volume, as he's within the legal noise limits.

Bob Dylan recorded "Like A Rolling Stone" in 1965.

Mick Taylor was introduced as the new guitarist for the Rolling Stones in 1969.

Eric Clapton's band, "Derek and The Dominoes," made their live debut in Britain in 1970. The group was joined by Dave Mason, who played the guitar parts performed by Duane Allman on Derek and the Dominoes' only studio album, "Layla".

The first Hard Rock Cafe opened in London in 1971. The original is a L.A. dive featured on the back cover and inner sleeve of The Doors Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock CafĂ©” album (On the inner sleeve the band is sitting at the bar).

In 1975, Peter Frampton’s concert at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael was recorded. This performance along with a show the following night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco comprise “Frampton Comes Alive,” one of the best selling double albums of all time.

"Thank God I'm A Country Boy", recorded live at the Universal Amphi-theater in California in 1975 by John Denver, became the best selling record in the US. The song was written by John Martin Sommers, a member of Denver's backup band.

Henry Mancini ("Mr. Lucky") died of pancreatic and liver cancer in 1994.

Janis Ian released "At Seventeen" in 1975, which will reach #3 in the US later in the year.

America achieved their second Billboard number one record and their seventh Top 40 hit in 1975 with "Sister Golden Hair.”

'Workingman’s Dead,' a landmark album by the Grateful Dead, was released in 1970. It is followed only five months later by 'American Beauty,' another classic studio album.

Roxy Music was formed in 1971.

The movie "Roadie," starring Meat Loaf, debuted in 1980.

Rory Gallagher, an Irish blues guitarist also known for his checked shirts, died in London in 1995.

In 1968, 23 year old Rod Stewart got his first major exposure in the US when he opened a tour with The Jeff Beck Group at the Fillmore East in New York. Stewart had such a bad case of stage fright, he hid behind a speaker cabinet throughout the first song.