Thursday, July 8, 2010

Music News & Nootes

Apple Records to release remasted albums from back catalog

Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music have announced they will release 15 remastered albums from Apple Records’ back catalog, an outlet originally started by the Beatles in 1968 for their own recordings as well as other artists of their choosing. The fact that the majority of the artists brought to Apple Records were hand picked by the Beatles, who at the time had worldwide fame, subsequently launched each of their careers.

Many of the releases after the label formed in 1968 included appearances by The Beatles such as James Taylor’s “Carolina on my Mind,” which features Paul McCartney and George Harrison. McCartney also produced Welsh singer Mary Hopkin’s debut single “Those Were the Days” and Badfinger’s “Come and Get It.”

All of the albums being re-released were digitally remastered at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London by the same crew that recently engineered The Beatles’ remastered catalog released last year. All 15 albums will be released October 26 on both CD and digital download, a first for Apple Records recordings.

James Taylor (1968)

Badfinger – Magic Christian Music (1970)

Badfinger – No Dice (1970)

Badfinger – Straight Up (1972)

Ass (1974)

Mary Hopkin – Post Card (1969)

Mary Hopkin – Earth Song, Ocean Song (1971)

Billy Preston – That’s The Way God Planned It (1969)

Doris Troy (1970)

Jackie Lomax – Is This What You Want? (1968)

Modern Jazz Quartet – Under The Jasmin Tree (1968) & Space (1969)

John Tavener – The Whale (1970) & Celtic Requiem (1971)


IMMOLATION 'Unholy Cult' Vinyl Picture Disc Exclusive

For the first time ever, Immolation's 'Unholy Cult' is be available on picture disc vinyl this 17th July. The double-sided picture disc features the classic tracklisting and is a worldwide release limited to 500 pieces only with an exclusive cover art.

'Unholy Cult' is truly a masterpiece. Once again Immolation has reinvented itself to create a darker, heavier and even more menacing atmosphere, with intensity and feeling like no other! From militant and twisted rhythmic marches to all-out monstrous assaults, this album will sink into your very foundation! The emotion and passion are strong in the lyrics and the vocal delivery, as they thunder massively through the heavens!

A must-have for any death metal fan.

Immolation performing the song "Unholy Cult" live at Stonhenge Festival 2009


NEUROSIS To Release 'Live At Roadburn 2007' In August

NEUROSIS, which is cited as one of the most influential bands of heavy music's experimental underworld, will release a new live album, "Live At Roadburn 2007", on August 30 via Neurot Recordings.

The first release from NEUROSIS since 2007's "Given to the Rising", this new live CD was recorded that same year in Tilburg, Holland, at the annual Roadburn festival where NEUROSIS headlined to a diehard audience. The album expertly captures as much of the band's live experience as one possibly could on a physical recording, harnessing the monolithic flow and power of the band's well-known sonically devastating live performances.

"Live At Roadburn" will be made available on August 30 alongside the reissue of NEUROSIS' groundbreaking 1993 release "Enemy Of The Sun". The "Roadburn" album features the iconic artwork/layout skills of visionary artist/NEUROSIS live visual master Josh Graham, also responsible for the redesigned "Enemy Of The Sun" layout. Both albums will be released on CD as part of this year's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the legendary act.

Already have my vote for album cover of the year (so far)

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