Friday, October 29, 2010

Music News & Notes

U2, Metallica, And Many More Are Preparing Limited Edition Releases For 'Black Friday'

More than 30 artists including Metallica, and Bruce Springsteen, will hopefully help driving shoppers into independent record stores during this year's Thanksgiving shopping rush, by releasing limited edition vinyl as part of "Back to Black Friday."

This event hopes to take advantage of the USs' biggest annual single day of shopping, November 26, (aka Black Friday), and was organized by the creators of Record Store Day, the cooperative project of indie outlets that stock limited edition releases for one day in April.

Here is a sampling of some of the releases so far:

U2, Wide Awake In Europe
12" numbered vinyl featuring 3 live tracks from band's U2360 Tour.

The Black Keys, Brothers
Deluxe vinyl box set featuring six-track 10" of live tracks.

Iron and Wine, "Walking Far From Home"
12" vinyl and CD single featuring unreleased tracks.

Metallica, Live @ Grimey's
CD and double vinyl set of band's 2008 Nashville show.

Dr. Dog, Double 7"
Double disc single featuring unreleased tracks "Take Me Into Town."

Gaslight Anthem, "Tumblin' Dice"
7" vinyl single of previously unreleased Rolling Stones track.

George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
3 LP vinyl box set, issued on numbered 180-gram vinyl.

MGMT, "Congratulations"
Gatefold 7" vinyl featuring previously unreleased Erol Alkan remix of "Congratulations."

Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A Changin'"
7" transluscent red vinyl single with "Like A Rolling Stone" B-side.

Bruce Springsteen, "Save My Love"
7" single including "Because the Night" and 4 color art sleeve.

The Ting Tings, "Hands"
Brit duo's latest single on 7" vinyl, featuring remix by Passion Pit.

Jimi Hendrix, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
10" green vinyl featuring "Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne"

Roky Erickson and the Black Angels, Night of the Vampire
Live DVD from 2008.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, I Learned the Hard Way
Soul group's latest album pressed on eleven 7" singles.


Fat Possum Re-Releasing T. Rex Getting On Vinyl

Paste Magazine is reporting that Mississippi record label Fat Possum, is planning to remaster and reissue a slew of T. Rex LPs with the first being 'The Slider' (Nov. 23).

The label hasn’t revealed any additional titles slated for remastering yet, but rest assured 'The Slider' won’t be the last T. Rex resurrection (might 'Electric Warrior' be next?).


Triumph's Catalog Being Reissued in Europe

Canadian hard rockers Triumph will have their Rick Emmett era catalog reissued in Europe by Frontiers Records. The ten albums will be released on December 3.

Triumph was formed in Toronto in 1975 by guitarist/singer Rik Emmett, drummer/singer Gil Moore and bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine.

Each of the reissued albums have been remastered and include new booklets with background and lyrics. Frontier will also issue a 10-CD box set of all the album under the name of 'The Diamond Collection.'

The ten albums in the reissue program:

•In The Beginning (1976)
•Rock and Roll Machine (1977)
•Just a Game (1979)
•Progressions of Power (1980)
•Allied Forces (1981)
•Never Surrender (1983)
•Thunder Seven (1984)
•Stages (Live) (1985)
•The Sport of Kings (1986)
•Surveillance (1987)


John Lennon To Appear On New Coin

It’s been announced that the face of the late Beatle John Lennon is to be celebrated on a coin. The singer, who was killed in 1980, came top in a poll to decide who should appear on the silver £5 Alderney coin with 92% of the vote. Lennon’s nearest rival, with just 4.2% of the vote, was author Jane Austen. More than 30,000 votes were cast in total.

Lennon, who would have been 70 this year, follows in the footsteps of William Shakespeare and Sir Winston Churchill by receiving a coin. Dave Knight, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint, said: “It’s entirely fitting that John Lennon has been chosen by the public in what would have been his seventieth year.

“The massive proportion of the vote he received shows clearly just how much his untimely death still resonates with the nation."


All Things Must Pass' Getting A Vinyl Reissue

November will mark the 40th anniversary of George Harrison's seminal album 'All Things Must Pass.' Now EMI/Capital has announced that they will reissu the record in a limited edition, numbered, 180-gram vinyl set in its original 3LP configuration on November 26 and it will be available exclusively through independent record stores in the US. 'All Things Must Pass' was just newly remastered at Abby Road Studios from the original analog master tapes, and this limited edition set will include all replicated original monochromic album art, poster and lift-top box packaging.

All Things Must Pass (limited edition 3LP) tracklisting:


1. I'd Have You Anytime
2. My Sweet Lord
3. Wah-Wah
4. Isn't It A Pity (Version 1)

1. What Is Life
2. If Not For You
3. Behind That Locked Door
4. Let It Down
5. Run Of The Mill


1. Beware Of Darkness
2. Apple Scruffs
3. Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
4. Awaiting On You All
5. All Things Must Pass

1. I Dig Love
2. Art Of Dying
3. Isn't It A Pity (Version 2)
4. Hear Me Lord

LP3 ('Apple Jam')

1. Out Of The Blue
2. It's Johnny's Birthday
3. Plug Me In

1. I Remember Jeep
2. Thanks For The Pepperoni


German Thrash Metallers NECRONOMICON Release Double Vinyl

German thrash metal veterans NECRONOMICON have just released a special-edition vinyl of the band's first album on High Roller Records. This self-titled LP was first made available on CD in 1986, and the vinyl release now includes the original eight tracks and the band's 1985 "Blind Destruction" demo and two additional tracks that have appeared on different compilations.

The double LP comes in a heavy gatefold cover, embossed with the band logo, and with a cardboard lyric insert. It is limited to 666 copies, with the first 100 copies on gold vinyl and including a free woven patch, while the next 200 are on a silver/black "blend" vinyl, and the remaining 366 copies on black vinyl.

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