Monday, December 14, 2009

Music News & Notes

Jimi Hendrix live 1967/1968 albums to be released CD and vinyl package set for release next month

Previuosly unreleased recordings of Jimi Hendrix gigs from way back in 1967-1968 and performed in Paris and Ottowa are set to be released as part of a limited edition CD and vinyl package on January 25. Recordings of his show in the Paris L'Olympia Theatre from January 29, 1968 and his gig at the Ottawa show at the Capitol Theater from March 19 of that year will feature on the CD in the package.

A recording of his show at the L'Olympia on October 9, 1967 will also feature. It was recorded for French radio and has not been released previously. Also included in the set will be a poster and postcard set, badges, an iPod skin, guitar picks and a T-shirt.



The White Stripes are to release a deluxe box set edition of their 'The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights' DVD.

The package, which is available to buy from, features two DVD's, a live album on CD and 180 gram vinyl, a silk screen print and a 208-page photo book with foreword by Jim Jarmusch.

Initially, the package will cost $179 (£110), though the price will rise to $229 (£140) in 2010.

'The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights' box-set features the following:

A DVD of 'Under Great White Northern Lights'
A DVD of The White Stripes 10th anniversary show
A 16-track live album on CD and 180 gram vinyl
A live 7-inch vinyl (featuring 'Icky Thump' and 'The Wheels on the Bus')
A 208-page photo book by Autumn de Wilde (foreword by Jim Jarmusch)
A silk screen print by Rob Jones


KISS: Limited-Edition Art Prints Of 'Sonic Boom', 'Rock And Roll Over' Artwork Available

Michael Doret, designer of the KISS "Sonic Boom" and "Rock And Roll Over" album covers, is offering signed limited edition art prints of both pieces via the official KISS online store. He writes on his web site, "These two signed (signed by me and the members of the group), limited-edition, large scale fine art prints (not lithos) are now finally available! These prints made from my original artwork of 'Sonic Boom' and 'Rock and Roll Over' are the best incarnations you will ever see of my art for these two iconic KISS releases.

"I have digitally redone my orignal art for 'Rock and Roll Over' (after 30-plus years the original original art is long gone), and so now it's cleaner and crisper than ever before. The art for 'Sonic Boom' was digitally created to begin with and so enlarges to the 20" size perfectly.

"The print images are 20" square printed on 25" square 'Museo Textured Rag' digital Watercolor paper. These are archival prints and will show no visible signs of fading for 100-plus years under reasonable lighting situations.

"Printed by Art Works Fine Art Publishing in Los Angeles, these editions are limited to 250 prints each, and each print will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by me.

"As the creator of these two pieces I am very critical of print quality, but suffice it to say that when I saw the final proofs of these two pieces, I was blown away by the color intensity and the quality.


VENOM: Early Albums To Be Re-Released On Deluxe Gatefold Colored Vinyl

Back On Black, which specializes in vinyl editions of classic metal albums and is dedicated to providing top-quality releases for record collectors and metal fans worldwide, will re-release the first three classic albums from the original black metal band VENOM — 1981's "Welcome To Hell", 1982's "Black Metal" and 1984's "At War With Satan". Due in January 2010, all three LPs were remastered and will be repackaged on 180gsm deluxe gatefold colored vinyl.

The special-edition version of VENOM's "Black Metal" album came out in September. According to the band, the new set contains bonus tracks and a DVD of the "7th Date of Hell" video of VENOM performing live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England in 1984.

On October 22, 2008, a two-album Japan-only cardboard sleeve reissue series from VENOM was made available via Universal Music featuring the following LPs:

* "Welcome To Hell" (1981)
* "Black Metal" (1982)

Each cardboard sleeve reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players)

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