Saturday, November 7, 2009

Music News & Notes

Paul Revere & The Raiders Complete Columbia Singles from CCM!

Following the success of singles collections from Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, and Jay & The Americans, CCM is super proud to announce the next installment of terrific sixties rock 'n' roll: Paul Revere and The Raiders: The Complete Columbia Singles.

This three CD set will feature 65 classic tracks in all their original hit single glory, meaning those much-sought-after mono mixes (where applicable). Ace engineer and PR&TR tape guru Bob Irwin will handle the remastering chores so you can be sure the sonics will slam like never before.

As usual, there'll be a nifty booklet that includes notes based on in-depth interviews with those on the scene back then, picture sleeve images, and cool vintage photos.

Exact release date is not set yet but look for this CD set either in December '09 or January '10


3 Doors Down release 'The Better Life' fan pack

3 Doors Down has released "The Ultimate Pack," a limited-edition set that includes a re-mastered version of "The Better Life," the band's 2000 debut, according to a press release. In addition to the album, the set includes a limited-edition, re-mastered version of the album on green vinyl. Both the CD and the vinyl record include new album artwork.

Also included in the "pack" will be an "Early Entry Pit Pass" laminate that provides a fan and one guest early admission into shows at venues with general-admission ticketing. The "Pit Pass" will allow fans to grab a place at the front of the venue, but it does not include an admission ticket to the concert.

In addition, the band is including in the new set a limited-edition poster, T-shirt and an instant download of the hit single "Kryptonite."

"The Ultimate Pack" is available for $125 exclusively at the band's website.


B.B. King continues roadwork, some with Buddy Guy

B.B. King isn't letting his recent 84th birthday slow him down as he plots an extensive fall and winter itinerary featuring a mixture of solo shows and co-headlining dates with Buddy Guy. The legendary bluesman returns to the stage Nov. 10in Portland, OR, working his way along the West Coast through early December. Following a New Year's Eve (12/31) performance in Tulsa, OK, King will take a month-long hiatus before hitting the road with Buddy Guy for a theater run that currently spans 13 cities.

King, a 14-time Grammy winner, scored the highest-debuting solo album of his nearly 60-year career with his latest release, "One Kind Favor." The set, which surfaced in August of last year, debuted at No. 37 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by T Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison), "One Kind Favor" features covers of old blues songs that inspired King as a young man, and was made to sound like it was recorded in the '50s. Players include Dr. John on piano, Nathan East on standup bass and Jim Keltner on drums.

A 14-track live set entitled "B.B. King Live at the BBC" surfaced in March.

After more than 60 years in the music business, King still takes his stage appearance seriously, thanks in large part to a piece of advice given to him by his second cousin, fellow blues musician Bukka White.

"If you want to be a good blues singer, people are going to be down on you, so dress like you're going to the bank to borrow money," King revealed in a recent interview with the UK's Telegraph.


Hair Revival Recording Will Get Vinyl Release

Today's Hair fans will get the chance to experience listening to that musical the same way their parents did when Ghostlight Records releases the cast recording of the acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival on vinyl Nov. 24.

Already a best seller in its digital format, the new cast recording of Hair arrives on vinyl as a limited edition re-mastered LP. The double-album packaging will also include a collector's edition booklet. The $50 vinyl edition is available for pre-order online at Sh-K-Boom. The vinyl set will also be on sale at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre beginning Nov. 24, where the Tony-winning is now playing.

In addition to songs not originally featured in the original Broadway production of Hair, the 37-track 2009 revival recording includes the curtain-call reprises of the musical's title song and "Let the Sun Shine In."

The complete track listing for Hair follows:

"Colored Spade"
"Manchester England"
"I'm Black"/"Ain't Got No"
"Sheila Franklin"/"I Believe In Love"
"Ain't Got No Grass"
"Kama Sutra"/"The Stone Age"
"I Got Life"
"Going Down"
"My Conviction"
"Easy To Be Hard"
"Don't Put It Down"
"Frank Mills"
"Hare Krishna/Be-In"
"Where Do I Go?"
"Electric Blues"
"Oh Great God Of Power"/"Manchester England (Reprise)"
"Black Boys"
"White Boys"
"Walking In Space"
"Minuet"/"African Drums"
"Yes I's Finished On Y'All's Farmlands"
"Four Score"/"Abie Baby"
"Give Up All Desires"/"Hail Mary"/"Roll Call"
"What A Piece Of Work Is Man"/"How Dare They Try"
"Good Morning Starshine"
"Aquarius Goodnights"/"Ain't Got No"/"Yip Up The Sun"
"The Flesh Failures"/"Eyes Look Your Last"/"Let The Sun Shine In"
"Curtain Call: Hair (Reprise)"
"Curtain Call: Let The Sun Shine In (Reprise)"




Red Collar will release a limited edition vinyl version of their acclaimed debut album Pilgrim on December 1, 2009 via Loose Charm Records. The 500-copy run will be hand-numbered red vinyl packaged in screen-printed sleeves, and the first 100 copies will also be printed with metallic silver ink. The original album sequencing has been reworked to present more of a Side A/Side B feel and while – due to space – the record will contain only nine of the 11 album tracks, every copy will come with a download card for all 11 tracks in addition to one bonus track, a cover of Jawbreaker’s “Jinx Removing.” A pre-order is available now on Red Collar’s website and via Vinyl Collective, and will also be at the band’s show at the Troika Music Festival in Durham, NC, on November 7th at the Trotter Building (11:30pm set time). Full Pilgrim vinyl.

“This Durham, NC band follows up their promising initial EP with an even better debut album, injecting the EP’s anthemic, post-hardcore sound reminiscent of Fugazi and Mission of Burma with a healthy dose of blue-collar Springsteen rock, a natural fit for the band’s class-conscious idealism, expressed in catchy songs with bristling guitar hooks and shouted gang choruses.” –

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