Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Music Releases - November 30, 2010

Short list this week, as always, CVR picks in red:

Abby Gogo - Abby Gogo
Adam Lambert - Take Two
Affiance - No Secret Revealed
Bette Midler - Memories of You
Beyonce - I Am... World Tour (CD & DVD)
Black Eyed Peas - The Beginning & The Best of The E.N.D. (Combo Deluxe Edition)
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (12 CDs)
Brian Jonestown Massacre - If I Love You EP (vinyl)
Bryan Adams - Bare Bones (Deluxe Edition)
Chrisette Michele - Let Freedom Reign
Conway Twitty - Conway Twitty Country / Heres Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty - Conway Twitty Sings / Look Into My Teardrops
Dave Berry - Picture Me Gone: Decca Sessions 1966-1974
Death in June - Peaceful Snow / Lounge Corps
Dinah Washington - Fabulous Miss D the Keynote Decca & Mercury Single (4 CDs)
Duffy - Well Well Well (2-Track)
El DeBarge - Second Chance
Eric Benet - Lost In Time
Fefe Dobson - Joy
Flo Rida - Only One Flo (Part 1)
Florence and the Machine - KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic (vinyl)
Flying Lizards - Flying Lizards / Fourth Wall (2 CDs)
Fugs - Tenderness Junction / It Crawled Into My Hand
Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, Volume 4
Gorillaz - Doncamatic
Graham Parker - Box of Bootlegs (6 CDs)
Graham Parker - Carp Fishing on Valium: Songs (reissue)
Grouper - Hold/Sick (vinyl)
Hank Marvin - Words And Music: All Alone With Friends
Heaven 17 - Penthouse & Pavement (3 CDs)
How to Dreess Well - Love Remains (vinyl)
Human League - Things That Dreams Are: Remixes
Jackson 5 - Compact Christmas
James Taylor - One Man Dog (Audio Fidelity)
Jazmine Sullivan - Love Me Back
Ladytron - Ace of Hz
Lambchop - Tour Box (10-CD box set)
Laurel Halo - King Felix
My Morning Jacket - Does Xmas Fiasco Style (reissue) (vinyl)
N.E.R.D - Nothing (vinyl)
Nick Gervanites & Mike Bloomfield - My Labors & More

Nilsson - Little Touch of Scmilsson in Night

OMD - Sister Marie Says
Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) - Sister Marie Says (Single)
Phil Collins - Face Value (Audio Fidelity)
Pointer Sisters - So Excited
Pointer Sisters - Special Things
Refugee - Refugee / Live in Newcastle
Ron Isley - Mr I
Russian Futurists - Weight's on the Wheels
Rye Rye - Sunshine (vinyl)

Sandy Denny -Deluxe Boxset 

Simian Mobile Disco - Delicacies
Sleeping in the Aviary - Great Vacation!
Solvents - Forgive Yr. Blood
Soulja Boy - The DeAndre Way
Steve Wynn - Northern Aggression
Steven Tyler - Love Lives
The Boy Least Likely To - Christmas Special
Tim McGraw - Number One Hits
Tristeza - Paisajes
Various Artists - Black Swan (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Glee: The Music, Volume 4
Various Artists - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (vinyl)
White Stripes - The White Stripes (2-LP vinyl reissue) (vinyl)
Yaz - You And Me Both

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Aeroplane – We Can’t Fly (previously available digitally; features vocals by Au Revoir Simone, Sky Ferreira)
Ane Brun – Live at Stockholm Concert Hall (iTunes release)
Ron Isley – Mr. I
Oberhofer – “Away Frm U” 7-inch
Terry Ohms (Vulture Whales frontman) – What Do You Mean, What Do I Mean?
Sleeping in the Aviary – Great Vacation
Solvents – Forgive Yr Blood
Sonny Smith – 100 Records Volume 2: I Miss the Jams (five-CD box set version; LP edition previously available)
Surf City – Kudos
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 – Northern Aggression

Remember, if you are a record company and have new releases or know of any I missed (especially vinyl), please email me and I will add your music to the list. I also do reviews of new vinyl, email me for more information.

New Music Releases are put together from a variety of sources by blog owner Robert Benson

Have new music for the list? Email me at rbenson30@wi.rr.com  

Monday, November 29, 2010

This Date In Music History - November 29


John Mayall - father of the UK blues movement, his Bluesbreakers Band has featured Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jack Bruce, Peter Green and Jimmy McCulloch (1933)

Meco Monardo (1939)

Chuck Mangione (1940)

Felix Cavaliere - Young Rascals (1944)

Ronnie Montrose - Montrose, Edgar Winter Group (1947)

Barry Goudreau - Boston (1951)

Michael Dempsey - Cure (1958)

Wallis Buchanan - Jamiroquai (1965)

Jonathan Knight - New Kids on the Block (1968)

Martin Carr - Boo Radleys (1968)

Apl.De.Ap - Black Eyed Peas (1974)

The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) (1979)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1917, country singer, songwriter Merle Travis. Invented the first solid body electric guitar. Wrote "Sixteen Tons" for Ernie Ford. Travis died October 20, 1983.

In 1996, singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" at a club in Minneapolis. On December 17, 1969, he married Victoria Mae Budinger on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a publicity stunt that attracted over 40 million viewers. (they had a daughter, Tulip Victoria).

Butch McDade, drummer for The Amazing Rhythm Aces on their 1975 hit "Third Rate Romance," died of cancer in 1998 (age 52).

Singer and bandleader Curtis Knight died in 1999 (age 54). Jimi Hendrix had been a member of his band in the 60's. Though Hendrix wasn't in the group very long, he was featured on over 60 songs, 26 studio and 35 live recordings some of which have been released on record.

In 2001, former Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer (age 58). The news came as a shock to the world, despite Harrison's much-chronicled cancer treatments. Speaking outside his home in St John's Wood, north west London, Paul McCartney said: "I am devastated and very, very sad." Ringo Starr, speaking from Vancouver, Canada said: "We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter." Following the breakup of the Beatles, Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys. The youngest member of the Beatles, (aged 16 when he joined), his compositions include "Taxman," "Here Comes the Sun," "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Harrison released the acclaimed triple album, 'All Things Must Pass,' in 1970, from which came the worldwide #1 single "My Sweet Lord." He was the co-founder of Handmade Films, collaborated with Madonna and the members of Monty Python. An accomplished gardener, Harrison restored the grounds of his 120 roomed English home Friar Park.

Born today in 1941, Denny Doherty, singer, songwriter, The Mamas And The Papas. Doherty died Jan 19, 2007 at the age of 66 after a short illness.


At the 1959 Grammy Awards, held just six months after a similar award show, Bobby Darin won Record of the Year for "Mack the Knife" as well as the Best New Artist of the Year. Song of the Year was awarded to Jimmy Driftwood, writer of Johnny Horton's hit, "The Battle Of New Orleans."

In 1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany after being arrested on suspicion of arson after the hotel room they were staying in mysteriously caught fire. They were released and deported the next day.

The Beatles recorded their first U.K. #1 (on some charts it only reached #2), "Please Please Me" at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1962.

The Beatles' fifth British single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was released in 1963. Advance orders exceed 700,000 and within three days the record will have sold one million copies, making it their second million seller. It was released in the US on December 26th and spent seven weeks at #1.

In 1966, after four weeks of work, the Beatles finally finished recording the epic cut "Strawberry Fields Forever."

The Who released their first concert record, "The Who Sell Out" in 1968.

In 1969, John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges. The conviction played a large role in his later attempts to win US residency status. The drug bust makes him an "undesirable" even though his political beliefs/activities were the real issue.

The Beatles score a two-sided #1 hit in 1969 with John Lennon’s “Come Together” and George Harrison’s “Something.” Both songs are on 'Abbey Road.'

Elvis Presley's LP 'From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis' reached the Billboard album chart in 1969, where it would stay for the next 24 weeks, climbing as high as #12.

German trio Silver Convention started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with "Fly Robin Fly."

In 1976, Lancaster local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly, England. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying: 'We don't want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.' Prudes....

In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.

'Alive II' was released by KISS in 1977.

Kansas goes platinum with their LP 'Point Of No Return' in 1977. The album contains one of their best songs “Carry On Wayward Son.”

In 1979, Anita Pallenburg, the common-law wife of Rolling Stone Keith Richards, was cleared of murder charges in the shooting death of her young male companion, whose body had been found in her New York state home.

Also in 1979 - The four original members of KISS performed for what they say will be the last time. However, they would reunite in 1996 for a tour in full makeup.

Metallica played their first headlining show in 1982. They played the song "Whiplash" for the first time. Exodus was the opening act.

In 1985, Kiss played the first night on their 91-date North American Asylum Tour at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.

'Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live / 1975-85' started a seven week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1986.

Also in 1986, Bon Jovi’s hit “You Give Love A Bad Name” topped the US pop chart.

U2's first TV special, called "U2's Zoo TV Outside Broadcast," aired on Fox-TV in 1992.

Mary J. Blige's second album, "My Life", was released in 1994.

In 1997, Whitney Houston pulled out of a concert sponsored by the Moonies two hours before she was due on stage after finding out the event was a mass wedding for over 1,000 Moonie couple's. The religious group said they had no intention of suing providing the singer returned the $1m fee she had received.

In 2002, three paintings by Sir Paul McCartney were bought for just $50 each at the Secrets Postcard Sale at London's Royal College of Art. Members of the public gambled on whether they were buying works by celebrity artists at a fraction of their value, as a picture's creator was only made known after it has sold.

A five-hour charity show, to boost the fight against Aids, was held at the Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town in 2003. Acts who appeared included, Bono, Queen, Ms Dynamite, Peter Gabriel, Eurythmics, Beyonce, Youssou N'Dour, Anastacia, The Corrs, Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Chaka. The show was also broadcast live on the internet.

Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Queen's Brian May and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, autographed playing cards in 2005 for an auction to raise funds for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong posted an open letter in 2006 urging fans to write President George W. Bush regarding the United States' growing energy crisis. Green Day and the Natural Resources Defense Council launch the Move America Beyond Oil campaign, that promotes clean, renewable energy.

In 2007, former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation.

John Fogerty taped an episode of the PBS series Soundstage in Chicago in 2007. The program aired two months later.

Taylor Swift went to #1 on the US album chart in 2008 with ‘Fearless’, the country singers second studio album.

In 2009, Susan Boyle's album became the best-selling debut in UK chart history when it went to #1 on the UK chart. The 48 year-old runner-up in ITV's Britain's Got Talent, sold 410,000 copies of "I Dreamed a Dream." Boyle also topped the US charts, setting a first-week sales record for a female debut album with 701,000 copies sold in its first week.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Music News & Notes

Willie Nelson Arrested (Again) For Pot Possession

Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession in Texas yesterday (November 26) during a stop by Border Patrol agents in Sierra Blanca, Texas. An officer had searched the vehicle after smelling the substance and Border Agents found the marijuana on the bus, with Nelson taking responsibility for it. The country singing outlaw was taken to Hudspeth County Jail where he was booked on a misdemeanor and released on $2,500 bail.

Rock on, ya old pothead....


Editors To Release Career-Spanning Box Set

Editors have announced that they are releasing a career-spanning box set, approprietly called 'Editors: The Complete Collection.' It is due out in February 2011 and will include B-sides, rarities and previously unreleased material. The set includes seven 12-inch vinyl records, seven CDs, a download card for all of the audio and an accompanying book.

Pre-orders will begin on December 2, with the first 200 box sets sold also set to receive a special personalized surprise from frontman Tom Smith.

For more information, visit EditorsOfficial.com.


Beatles Figures From Yellow Submarine Coming From KnuckleBonz

It was announced that a new group of figurines is being released in KnuckleBonz' Rock Iconz limited edition series depicting characters from the 1968 Beatles' film 'Yellow Submarine.' They are licensed and approved by Apple Corps, Ltd and Live Nation Merchandise, Inc and the figures are at 1/9 scale, standing about nine-inches high, are hand-painted, individually numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Shipping will begin on November 29 and the first figure is the film's villain, the 'Blue Meanie.' This figure is limited to 1,968 pieces in salute to the year that the movie was released.


Jamie Foxx Reveals New Album Cover

Jamie Foxx is ready to debut his 4th studio album, 'Best Night Of My Life' on December 21st. The album will include the hit single "Fall For My Type" featuring Drake, along with "Living Better Now" featuring Rick Ross, and "Winner" featuring T.I. & Justin Timberlake.


Burns & Poe Offer Fans Limited Edition Album and Holiday Single

Country specialists Burns & Poe are offering fans a special treat just in time for the holidays. The duo has pressed a limited number of vinyl records of their new self-titled debut album and are offering it exclusively through their website.


When placing your order, you will also receive a copy of the album on CD, which will be autographed by the duo -- Keith Burns and Michelle Poe, as well as a digital download of their new Christmas song, 'Hear the Angels Singing.' The first 100 pre-orders made online will also receive 'Hear the Angels Singing' on CD.

"Our fans have been waiting for our music for a long time," Keith tells The Boot. "So we wanted to put it out and have it be something extra special. The LP is going to be a collector's item and something cool for them to have."


Marduk To Release 20th-Anniversary Box Set

Swedish black metallers MARDUK are celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing a strictly limited-edition box set in early 2011. According to the band, "This fabulous release will be a monument of the first two decades of MARDUK."

The vinyl edition of 'Wormwood,' the latest album from MARDUK, was released this past spring. The effort was available as a regular black vinyl with a gatefold sleeve (700 copies), picture disc (333 copies) and also as a gatefold deluxe edition with a 32-page booklet with lyrics on red vinyl (500 copies). Also newly released are the remastered versions on vinyl of MARDUK's "Germania", "Nightwing" and "Panzer Division Marduk" (available on regular vinyl and picture disc).


STRATOVARIUS: 'Elysium' Collector's Edition Detailed

Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS are set to release their thirteenth full-length studio album, 'Elysium' on January 14, 2011. A single with two new songs has been released on November 26 to coincide with the start of the "7 Sinners World Tour." STRATOVARIUS will join HELLOWEEN, as very special guests, kicking off the same day at the Szene in Vienna, Austria.

The following tracks will be part of the single:

* Darkest Hours (from the upcoming album "Elysium")
* Infernal Maze (from the upcoming album "Elysium")
* Darkest Hours (demo version)
* Against The Wind (live recording, Sofia, Bulgaria)
* Black Diamond (live recording, Göteborg, Sweden)

"Elysium" will be released as a regular CD; a deluxe digipak edition with bonus track; a "collector's edition" (featuring two exclusive bonus tracks on a seven-inch single); and on vinyl.
The cover artwork was created by Gyula Havancsák.


R.E.M Anounce New Album 'Collapse Into Now' Tracklisting

80's college radio darlings R.E.M have recently announced the tracklisting for their upcoming album called 'Collapse Into Now.' The album is due out early 2011 and features collaborations with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches. In an interview with Spin, Mike Mills said the album was “more expansive” than its predecessor, 2008's 'Accelerate.' I am excited, hopefully they rock out with this one...

The tracklisting for 'Collapse Into Now':

'All The Best'
'Oh My Heart'
'It Happened Today' (featuring Eddie Vedder)
'Every Day Is Yours To Win'
'Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter' (featuring Peaches and Lenny Kaye)
'Walk It Back'
'Mine Smell Like Honey'
'That Someone Is You'
'Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I'


Limp Bizkit Team Up With Wu Tang Clan, KISS For New Album

Limp Bizkit's new album is scheduled to feature a guest collaboration with Wu Tang Clan rapper Raekwon. Singer Fred Durst previewed a number of songs from the album during an impromptu live web chat with fans on November 24.

Limp Bizkit's new album, 'Gold Cobra,' includes an introduction which was written by Durst and Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.

The album will mark the band's first full-length record in their original line-up since 2000's 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.'


The Futureheads To Release Christmas Single

As part of their 10th birthday celebrations, pop rockers the Futureheads have decided to dip their toes in the dangerous waters with a new Christmas release.

The new single "Christmas Was Better In The 80s" will be released on 19th December 2010 through their own Null Records.

To celebrate their 10th birthday The Futureheads also collaborated with iconic artists including David Shrigley and Stuart Semple to create a series of limited edition prints, raising money for Newcastle based charities with all of the artists generously giving their time for free. For the FH10 project the band sent each one of the artists an album, and asked them to respond to its music as if creating the album cover for the first ever time.


New Releases On Third Man Records

Third Man Records is scheduled to release two new singles on November 29th, with the first being the next episode in the labels Blue Series of 7" vinyl releases, featuring The Thornbills.

Michigan cousins Jim Wigand III and Tamara Finlay (The Thornbills) have chosen two Jack White produced songs, "Uncle Andrei" is a mysterious ode, reminiscent of a Russian waltz while "Square Peg" is a driving and charming tune layered with the strum of the guitar and wail of the violin.

Third Man and Nonsuch Records also are proud to produce the latest single from the Queen of Rock and First Lady of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, who brings the latest taste of her signature style to the label.

On the tracks "Thunder on the Mountain" and "Dust on the Bible," Jackson is joined by new friend, producer and Third Man Records founder Jack White, along with help from Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather/Raconteurs), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Patrick Keeler (Raconteurs), Ashley Monroe, Jackson Smith and Karen Elson, to name a few.

Thunder On The Mountain is a particularly exceptional track. Originally penned by Bob Dylan and chosen for Mrs. Jackson by the poet himself – his rockabilly fever dream is given new life by the songstress.


Primal Scream to Release Box Set

Next year, Primal Scream’s LP 'Screamadelica' will have been around for 20 years and the band will be issiung a huge box set next March to commemorate the anniversary. The set will include four CDs, one DVD, and two vinyl records.

The rest of the set called 'Screamadelica: Collector’s Edition,' will consist of a new live album called 'Live in L.A., 1991,' a remastered edition of the band’s 1992 four-track EP 'Dixie-Narco,' and a remix CD featuring cuts by Andrew Weatherall and The Orb, among others. Also included is a double-vinyl version of Screamadelica, a DVD of the 30-minute documentary 'The Making of Screamadelica,' bonus footage from the original “Screamadelica” VHS release, and more.

Just to make 500 people feel even more super exclusive, the band will put out a limited “white” edition of the set. Just to make 20% of those super exclusive people feel super extra exclusive, Primal Scream will sign 100 copies of the “white” sets.

Screamadelica: The Collector’s Edition

CD1: Remastered Album
Remastered by Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes and Kevin Shields

01. Movin’ on Up
02. Slip Inside This House
03. Don’t Fight It, Feel It
04. Higher Than the Sun
05. Inner Flight
06. Come Together
07. Loaded
08. Damaged
09. I’m Comin’ Down
10. Higher Than the Sun [A Dub Symphony in Two Parts]
11. Shine Like Stars

CD2: Live In L.A., 1991
Mixed by Andrew Innes

CD3: Screamadelica Remixes
01. Farley Mix 7? (5:59)
02. Loaded 7? (4:19)

“Come Together”
03. Farley 7? (4:23)
04. 7? Mix (Wetherall (4:45)
05. Terry Farley Extended 12? Mix (08:02)
06. Hypnotone Brain machine Mix (5:14)
07. BBG Mix (6:27)

“Higher Than The Sun”
08. Higher Than The Orb (5:00)
09. Higher Than The Sun 12? (6:43)
10. American Spring Mix (6:20)

“Don’t Fight It”
11. 7? Edit (4:10)
12. Graham Massey Mix (4:53)
13. Scat Mix (8:07)
14. High, High, High (Massey) (5:54)

01. “I’m Losing More Than I Ever Had” (4:48)
02. “Ramblin Rose” (2:27)

CD4: Dixie-Narco EP (Remastered)
01. “Movin’ On Up”
02. “Stone My Soul”
03. “Carry Me Home”
04. “Screamadelica”

DVD: Classic Album Documentary
“The Making of Screamadelica” – 30 mins
01. “Screamadelica”
02. “Movin’ On Up”
03. “Slip Inside This House”
04. “Don’t Fight It, Feel It”
05. “Higher Than The Sun”
06. “Come Together”
07. “Damaged”
08. “Loaded”
09. “Shine Like Stars”
10. “Inner Flight”

LP: Remastered Album – Gatefold 2LP
A1. “Movin’ On Up”
A2. “Slip Inside This House”
A3. “Don’t Fight It, Feel It”

B1. “Higher Than The Sun”
B2. “Inner Flight”
B3. “Come Together”

C1. “Loaded”
C2. “Damaged”
C3. “I’m Comin’ Down”

D1. “Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony in Two Parts)”
D2. “Shine Like Stars”

This Date In Music History - November 27


Dave Winthrop - Supertramp (1944)

Randy Brecker - Blood Sweat & Tears (1945)

Charlie Burchill - Simple Minds (1957)

Lori Barbero - Babes in Toyland (1960)

Charlie Benante - Anthrax (1962)

Mike Bordin - Faith No More (1962)

Fiachna O'Braonain, Hothouse Flowers (1965)

Wallis Buchannan - Jamiroquai (1965)

Terry Corso - Alien Ant Farm (1971)

Twista, (a.k.a Tung Twista, born Carl Terrell Mitchell) (1973)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1935, Al Jackson, drummer, Booker T and the MG's. Shot dead by burglars at his home October 1, 1975.

42 year old Allan Ramsay, the original bassist for Gary Lewis and The Playboys, was killed in a light plane crash in 1985.

Born today in 1941, Eddie Rabbitt, singer, songwriter. Elvis, Dr Hook and Tom Jones all recorded his songs. He died of cancer on May 7, 1998.

Born on this day in 1942, Jimi Hendrix, guitarist, singer. He is widely considered the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. Hendrix died on September 18, 1970.

Tony Meehan drummer with The Shadows died in 2005 from head injuries sustained in a fall at his London flat in Maida Vale (age 62).

Joe Jones, a musician-turned producer who sang the 1961 Billboard #3 hit "You Talk Too Much" and went on to become an independent music publisher and advocate for Black artists' rights, died on November 27, 2005. He was 79.


Elvis Presley was promoted to Private First Class in the US Army in 1958. His rank would rise to Specialist Fourth Class on June 1, 1959 and to Sergeant on January 20, 1960.

The Beatles recorded their first BBC radio session at the BBC Paris studio on Regent Street in London in 1962. They played "Twist and Shout," "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You." The tracks were aired on the BBC Light Program 'Talent Spot.'

Elvis' movie Fun in Acapulco, co-starring Ursula Andress, was released in the US in 1963. While some exterior scenes were filmed on location, Elvis' scenes were all shot in Hollywood. The King never set foot in Acapulco, Mexico in his life.

In 1965, the Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" and The Vogues' "5 O'clock World" entered the US record charts.

Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass went to #1 on the US album chart in 1965 with 'Whipped Cream & Other Delights.'

The New Vaudeville Band were at #1 on the US singles chart in 1966 with "Winchester Cathedral."

In 1967, Capitol Records released The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' LP in the US. It would rise to number one on the Billboard chart, where it would stay for eight weeks and be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album in 1968. (It lost to Glen Campbell's 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix')

Also in 1967, the Association were presented with a Gold record for their hit, "Never My Love", which had risen to #2 in the US.

Steppenwolf's first album, which includes their biggest hits, "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride" was certified Gold in 1968.

During a North American tour in 1969, the Rolling Stones played the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The group played to 55,000 fans over the four nights grossing over $100,000. (big money back then)

In 1970, George Harrison released his first post-Beatles album, 'All Things Must Pass,' produced by Phil Spector and featuring Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr and Jim Gordon. The triple disc set would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle. I did not know that....

Also in 1970, Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, tickets cost $5.00.

Brian Wilson appeared on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live in 1976.

Queen's "Somebody To Love" was released in 1976.

In 1981, the British Phonographic industry placed advertisements in the press claiming that 'home taping was wiping out music'. The Boomtown Rats, 10cc, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed the campaign.

Also in 1981, a concert by the Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead, scheduled at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida, was cancelled because only 10,000 of 60,000 tickets had been sold. When the two groups played together in New York eight years earlier, they drew over 600,000. Go figure....

Two extremes of the California music scene, the Grateful Dead and the Beach Boys played the Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay in 1982.

Lionel Richie was #1 in the US in 1982 with "Truly." Richie achieved a #1 hit each year from 78-86 as a writer, "Three Times A Lady," "Still," "Lady "(Kenny Rodgers), "Endless Love," (Diana Ross), "All Night Long," "Hello," "Say 'You Say Me" and as co-writer of "We Are The World."

Bon Jovi were at #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with "You Give Love A Bad Name."

Nirvana’s “Nevermind” LP went platinum in 1991.

In 1992, Neil Diamond's Christmas Special debuts on HBO. The one-hour show featured Diamond performing many of the favorites heard on "The Christmas Album" while joined by such diverse vocal ensembles as a doo-wop group, a children's choir and a mixed chorale. The LP became a Top 10 Platinum best-seller.

In 1994, Rod Stewart and the Faces appeared at The Odeon, Lewisham, London, England. Paul and Linda McCartney both joined the band on stage for a few numbers.

A disturbed rock fan brought the 1997 funeral of Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit. Ya think?

Elvis Presley was inducted into The Gospel Association Hall Of Fame in 2001, an organization dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals in all forms of Gospel music. Other notable inductees are Pat Boone, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Al Green.

Figures released by the Rolling Stones showed that the band had grossed 175m from their 2002 '40 Licks World Tour.' The report also showed they had made over $1billion from 1989-2002 from royalties, album sales and tour revenue.

In 2005, multimillionaire defence contractor David H. Brooks booked New York’s Rainbow Rooms and his daughter Elizabeth’s favourite acts for her ‘bat mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration. The stars who appeared included 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks. 50 Cent who was paid $500,000 to appear performed only four songs but he did manage to work in the lyric, "Go shorty, it's your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it's your bat mitzvah". The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from the venue.

The Rolling Stones' 'A Bigger Bang' world tour is #1 all-time, according to the 2006 Billboard magazine Boxscore monitor. The jaunt grossed $437 million putting ahead of U2's Vertigo tour, which earned approximately $377 million.

In 2007, David Bowie's "Outside"('95), "Earthling" ('97), "Hours" ('99), "Heathen" ('02) and "Reality" ('03) albums are released as a box set. There's also a bonus disc of rarities (like a cover of the Kinks "Waterloo Sunset"), B-sides and remixes.

Linkin Park was selling their rarities collection "Songs From The Underground" exclusively through Best Buy outlets in 2008. The limited-edition CD, previously available only to members of the LP Underground fan club, includes a live version of frontman Chester Bennington singing the Temple Of The Dog classic "Hunger Strike" with Chris Cornell.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Michael Fremer Album Review

Damn the Torpedoes

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

ORG Music/Backstreet 7007 2 180g LPs
Produced by: Tom Petty and Jimmy Iovine
Engineered by: Shelly Yakus
Mixed by: Shelly Yakus
Mastered by: Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering



Sneak Peak: ORG Music's Damn the Torpedoes

by Michael Fremer
October 30, 2010

ORG Music is a new division of ORG, the label that's been reissuing mostly classic jazz titles over the past few years along with the heart of Nirvana's catalog. ORG Music will specialize in classic rock reissues, with an enhanced, extra track edition of this Tom Petty breakthrough album coming first.

The $50 deluxe double red 180 gram version includes a heavy gatefold jacket, 12 page booklet and a digital download card offering your choice of MP3 or CD resolution FLAC download. It's only available at the Because Sound Matters website. The black vinyl edition is sold everywhere else.

The first of the two records, pressed at Pallas in Germany, contains the original 1979 release. The second features nine bonus tracks including seven unreleased tunes, three of which are live, plus demo tracks including terrific live in the studio "Refugee" and "Nowhere" demos. The live tracks come from a March 6, 1980 concert at London's famed Hammersmith Odeon.

I was sent Pallas test pressings on black vinyl that sounded absolutely spectacular. In fact, when "Refugee" started I didn't recognize it at first! I thought they'd sent me the wrong record—not that the original mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound is bad.

Originally issued in 1979 on Petty's Backstreet Records, a division of MCA created following a hard fought battle with the label after his original label, Shelter had been sold to MCA, Damn the Torpedoes was Petty's "breakthrough" album, with "Refugee" "Here Comes My Girl," "Even the Losers" and "Don't Do Me Like That" achieving "classic" status among rock enthusiasts.

The late '70s was a great time for L.A. rock productions and this one recorded by Shelly Yakus at Sound City in Van Nuys and Cherokee in Hollywood as the L.A. recording scene was peaking is a gem with a spectacularly punchy drum track and ringing electric guitars arrayed on a tightly focused, well defined artificial soundstage. The snare and cymbal sound is addictive and the kick drum isn't half bad either!

The louder you crank this the better it gets! There's not a digital recording made that can come close to the magnificently open, airy and extended top end of this recording.

Damn the Torpedoes captures the essence of American rock and TP and the Heartbreakers at a young peak. The album has aged extremely well and has never sounded as good as this reissue.

If you like the album, you'll love this version. The bonus tracks, particularly the live stuff including a great cover of U.K. fave Eddie Cochrane's "Somethin' Else" and the studio demo of "Refugee" add luster to an already outstanding album.

The red vinyl version is limited to 500 copies. I'm sure they'll press as many copies on black vinyl as Petty fans wish to buy.

Thanks to Michael over at http://www.musicangle.com/  for the exclusive rights to reprint this material. Stop by MusicAngle.com for more reviews and features.

Copyright © 2008 MusicAngle.com & Michael Fremer - All rights reserved Reprinted by Permission

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Vinyl Records Rule On Black Friday

I have more information for those who choose to enjoy 'Black Friday' shopping at their local record store. Here is how the people at Record Store Day put it:

"Word is out that your local indie record store may just be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day. And that’s because indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they’re scheduled for release on Black Friday.

Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr. or RSD 2 or Son of the Return of Record Store Day. This is just a group of special releases that you can only find at record stores. Some of them are uber-limited, some of them are available at record stores before they’re available anywhere else."

So shake that turkey hangover and get out to your local record store for some great collectible vinyl record releases!!

Here is some more detailed information of some of the vinyl record releases for Black Friday:
 (these are availabe in limited quantities and the number at the end of each description is the number being made available for record lovers)

Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent (Deluxe Edition) 2 CD set Deluxe version of new album, includes extra disc with bands like Metallica, Helmet, Foo Fighters and Fear Factory covering Killing Joke songs 1,000

Black Crowes “Say Goodnight to The Bad Guys”/”Remedy” (acoustic live) (RED) 10" vinyl picture disc w/download card One live track from each set (electric and acoustic) of the Black Crowes recent “farewelltour." “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys”(electric live)/”Remedy” (acoustic live) 1500 
Drive By Truckers The Thanksgiving Filter” (RED) 10" Vinyl w/download card New holiday-themed Truckers song. B-side “Used to Be A Cop” Both from Feb 2011 Album. 2500

Cage The Elephant “Shake Me Down” (RED) 7" Vinyl w/download card “Shake Me Down” b/w “Aberdeen” (both from forthcoming album 1/11/2011) 2500

Black KeysBrothers  Double 12" vinyl (45 RPM) + 10" w/6 Bonus Tracks, CD, Poster The six tracks on the 10" are live tracks, all performed by the quartet: Side A:” Everlasting Light,” “Next Girl,” “Tighten Up” Side B: “Howlin’ For You”, “She’s Long Gone”, “Too Afraid To Love You”

Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home 12" vinyl Both formats exclusive to indies (digital goes up 11/30). Both The 12" Single and the CD Maxi Single track listing: “Walking Far From Home,” “Summer In Savannah,” “Biting Your Tail” 2,500

Cee Lo Green “Fuck You”/”Fuck You (Instrumental)” Colored Vinyl 12" Maxi Colored Vinyl is exclusive format. “Fuck You” is up digitally, but there is no other place that the you can get the instrumental version. 2,500

The Doors - The Doors (Mono) 180 Gram 12" Vinyl As a stand alone LP, this is EXCLUSIVE to indies and will not be available anywhere else. The Mono release was previously available in the Doors LP Box Set, sold out for over a year. 3,000

Metallica Live @ Grimey’s CD The only physical release of Metallica’s pre-Bonnaroo show, insanely intimate secret show at The Basement below Nashville record store Grimey’s in June 2008.

Metalica Live @ Grimey’s Double 10" vinyl The only physical release of Metallica’s pre-Bonnaroo show, insanely intimate secret show at The Basement below Nashville record store Grimey’s in June 2008.

Scala & Kolacny Brothers Dawn EP A Belgian girls’ choir, conducted, arranged and accompanied by Stijn and Steven Kolzcny whose the Radiohead cover was used in the trailer for The Social Network, appears on this special EP, their first release in the United States, along with four other songs, including their covers of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” 3000

Dr. Dog - Double 7" double 7" vinyl NEW TRACKS EXCLUSIVE TO THIS RELEASE Disc 1/Side A: “Take Me Into Town”; Disc 1/Side B: “Black-Red”; Disc 2/Side A: “Nobody Knows Who You Are”; Disc 2/Side B: “The Sound” 900

Grinderman - Heathen Child 12" vinyl Includes a 6" x 5" card by Ilinca Hopfner, the same artist who did all the artwork in the Grinderman CD booklet. Ultra-limited 12' single with non-album B-side remix featuring guitar legend Robert Fripp. Side A: Heathen Child; Side B: Heathen Child w/ Robert Fripp) 500

Gaslight Anthem - Tumblin’ Dice b/w She Loves You 7" vinyl Never before released cover of Rolling Stones song. B-side is NOT the Beatles song, it’s an original Gaslight anthem song. Four colors of vinyl; cover art matches vinyl color. Randomly distributed.

George Harrison - All Things Must Past reissue on vinyl, numbered and featuring RSD logo 3 LP vinyl box set Harrison’s 1970 solo debut, released in a limited edition, numbered 180-gram vinyl set, with faithfully replicated monochromic album art, poster and lift-top box packaging. Newly remastered to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the release. 5000

Various artists 7" Record Store Day UK boxset 7" vinyl box set (5 singles) set of singles released for Record Store Day 2010 in the UK only. Blur- “Fool’s Day” first new material in 8 years; Eliza Doolittle- “Pack Up”/”Rollerblades” current UK breakthrough single: Hot Chip–”I Feel Bonnie” (feat. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)/”Bear Witness (b-side unreleased); Kylie Minogue–”All The Lovers”/”Los Amores”; Tinie Tempah–”Pass Out/”Pass Out (SBTRKT Remix)” The ONLY physical release of the biggest single from the UK’s biggest breakthrough artist of 2010 3000

Sick Puppies 7" Side A: That Time of Year Again Side B: Odd One (Acoustic) 7" vinyl A previously unreleased Christmas track 500

Frank Sinatra - Jolly Christmas LP 180 gram 12" vinyl Originally released in 1957, Frank’s first holiday release has been certified platinum, and is released for the first time in 40 years on vinyl, exclusively to indie stores. 1500

KT Tunstall - Have Yourself A Very KT Christmas CD EP this reissue includes fairly modern Christmas songs like “2000 Miles”, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, “Mele Kalikimaka (Christmas in Hawaii)”, “Sleigh Ride”, “Fairytale of New York”, “Lonely This Christmas” 2000

MGMT - “Congratulations” Gatefold 7? Vinyl with 4 color uncoated art sleeve and 20 page illustrated storybook “Congratulations”/”Congratulations” (previously unreleased Erol Alkan Remix) 3500

Bob Dylan - “The Times They Are A Changin”/”Like A Rolling Stone” 7" Translucent Red Vinyl with 4 color uncoated stock art sleeve “The Times They Are A-Changin’” from the Whitmark Demos release /”Like a Rolling Stone” (2010 mono version) From the Legacy Mono Box release 5000

Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love 7" Vinyl with with 4 color art sleeve “Save My Love”/”Because The Night” “Save My Love” is the focus track from The Promise 5000

The Ting Tings - “Hands” Columbia 7" Custom Orange/White Mix Vinyl with 4 color art sleeve “Hands”/”Hands” (Passion Pit Remix) First US release of tracks from their upcoming album 2500

Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year   10" green vinyl, exclusive artwork features” Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne” 5000

George Benson - White Rabbit 12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

Deodato - Prelude  12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay 12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

Stanley Turrentine - Sugar 12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

U2 - Wide Awake In Europe 12" vinyl 12? vinyl,limited, numbered, 3 live tracks from European 360 tour, A side is a song called “Mercy” recorded live in Brussels on Sept 21st. New song, never before released. B side two live songs: “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight,” (recorded in Dublin, July 27, 2009), “Moment of Surrender,” (from Sept 18, 2010 recorded live in Paris) 5,000

Also at Metal Club Stores:

Anthrax - Live at the Sonisphere 10" Picture Disc
The Damned Things - "We've Got A Situation Here/Ironiclast" CD/7"
Job For A Cowboy - Ruination 3x10" Colored Vinyl/CD Box Set
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell: The Demos Vinyl
Slayer - "World Painted Blood/Atrocity Vendor" 7" 2500
Monster Magnet - Mastermind Special Edition Box Set
The Sword - "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire" 12" Hexagonal Picture Disc

Wishing All My Readers a Happy Thanksgiving

Have a Great Day!

This Date In Music History - November 25


Percy Sledge (1940)

Bob Lind (1944)

Bev Bevan - Electric Light Orchestra (1946)

Jocelyn Brown (worked with John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen) (1950)

Steve Rothery - Marillion (1959)

Amy Grant (1960)

Mark Lanegan - Screaming Trees (1964)

Stacey Lattishaw (1966)

Rodney Sheppard - Sugar Ray (1967)

They Are Missed:

The dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who inspired the hit single "Mr Bojangles," died in 1949. Audiences enjoyed his understated style, which eschewed the frenetic manner of the jitterbug in favor of cool and reserve; rarely did he use his upper body, relying instead on busy, inventive feet and an expressive face. A figure in both the Black and White entertainment worlds of his era, he is best known today for his dancing with Shirley Temple in a series of films during the 1930s.

Saxophonist Albert Ayler was found drowned in New York's Hudson River in 1968. He was 34 years old.

UK singer, songwriter Nick Drake died in his sleep in 1974 of an overdose of tryptasol an anti-depressant drug (age 26). Drake signed to Island Records when he was twenty years old, recorded the classic 1972 album Pink Moon. In 2000, Volkswagen featured the title track from Pink Moon in a television advertisement, and within a month Drake had sold more records than he had in the previous thirty years.

In 2007, Kevin Dubrow, the frontman with metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52. Their 1983 release 'Metal Health 'was the first metal album to top the US charts. The band's biggest hit was "Cum on Feel the Noize," a cover of the Slade song which they are said to have grudgingly recorded in just one take.


In 1957, Billboard magazine reported that rock and roll acts were turning away from the "increasingly disappointing grosses" of big package shows in favor of smaller scale teen record hops, where performers appeared for smaller guarantees but bigger percentages of the gate.

Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 for their first national TV appearance. They performed "Lotta Lovin'" and "Dance to the Bop."

In 1961, the Everly Brothers began a six month stint in the US Marine Corps Reserves as part of the 8th Battalion. During their enlistment, Warner Brothers Records released "Crying in the Rain," which had been recorded before the duo entered Camp Pendleton. The song would reach number six in the US early the next year.

Harrods department store in London closed in 1965 to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their London performance debut at the Bag O' Nails Club in 1966.

"Incense and Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock hits the top of the Billboard Pop chart in 1967. The recording was initially intended as a 'b-side' and the lead vocal was actually that of a friend of the band, 16 year old Greg Munford, who was just hanging around during the session. Munford was not even a regular band member, but ended up singing a tune that would become a Rock and Roll standard and sell over a million copies. Despite this success, Munford never actually joined the group and drummer Randy Seol sang the song in concert. Although it was a huge success in America, the single didn't chart at all in the UK.

In 1968, over 10,000 fans saw Cream play their final two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. During the shows, the crowd chanted "God save the Cream." Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker would continue to work together in Blind Faith with Steve Winwood and Rick Grech.

In 1969, John Lennon returned the MBE award (Member of the British Empire) that he and the other Beatles had been given in 1965. He sent the medal back with a note that read, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against "Cold Turkey" slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag".

The three surviving members of The Doors told Rolling Stone Magazine in 1971that they were determined to carry on despite the death of singer Jim Morrison. They will officially disband in 1973.

Chuck Berry was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1972 with "My Ding a-Ling," his only UK #1.

The Band's final concert, called The Last Waltz, was given at San Francisco's Winterland in 1976. It included appearances by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Hawkins and Neil Diamond. Martin Scorsese filmed the event.

In 1978, the Cars’ "My Best Friend’s Girl" was the first commercially released picture disc in the U.K. That marketing ploy and the song’s clever plot took it to #3 on the pop chart.

In 1984, the cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. It went on to sell over three million copies in the UK, becoming the bestselling record ever, and raised over $13.6 million worldwide.

In 1986 for the first time in Billboard chart history, the top three spots are occupied by female artists. #1 was Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," #2 was Tina Turner with "Typical Male" and #3 was Janet Jackson's "When I Think Of You".

Songwriter Diane Warren was the author of the number 1 and number 2 songs in the US in 1989. "When I See You Smile" was a hit for Bad English, and "Blame It On the Rain", was credited to Milli Vanilli. Warren would go on to write "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" for Aerosmith and the Armageddon soundtrack in 1998.

Milli Vanilli started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1989 with "Blame It On The Rain," their third US #1 of the year.

The film 'The Bodyguard,' opened nation-wide in 1992 featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.

Whitney Houston went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1995 with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," written by Babyface and taken from the film 'Waiting To Exhale,' it gave Whitney her 11th US #1.

After not playing together for over 30 years, The Zombies briefly reunited in 1997 to promote their new box set called 'Zombie Heaven.' Rod Argent (keyboards), Paul Atkinson (guitar), Colin Blunstone (vocals), Hugh Grundy (drums) and Chris White (bass) performed their two biggest hits, "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" at London's Jazz Café.

Garth Brooks' seventh album "Sevens" was released in 1997.

The sixth album of 2Pac, 'R U Still Down? (Remember Me),' was released posthumously in 1997.

In 1998, Spin magazine editor Craig Marks told police that Marilyn Manson's bodyguards pinned him against a wall and hauled him up into the air. Marks claimed that he was invited backstage to talk with Manson after a performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Manson allegedly threatened Marks with "`You know I can kill you, your family and everyone you know'." Real nice.....

A burglar broke into Alice Cooper's home in 2000 and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras belonging to the singers daughter. The good's were all lifted from Cooper's house in Paradise Valley, along with four of the star's gold discs.

In 2000, The Beatles' album simply titled "1", a collection of their UK and US chart toppers, reaches number one in Great Britain. It will top the US chart a week later and will become the best selling album in a total of 28 countries worldwide.

Garth Brooks went to #1 on the US album chart in 2001 with 'Scarecrow.'

In 2003, Michael Jackson launched a website to defend himself following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. The singer posted a message saying the charges were based on 'a big lie' and he wanted to end 'this horrible time' by proving they were false in court.

Glen Campbell was arrested in Phoenix Arizona in 2003 with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. He was charged with 'extreme' drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer. The singer blamed his condition on the accidental mixing of alcohol and a prescription anti-anxiety drug. A police officer reported that while in custody, Campbell hummed his hit 'Rhinestone Cowboy' repeatedly. Why not "Galveston?"

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider hosted VH-1 Classic's "A Very Classic Thanksgiving" in 2004. The guest list featured ex-Monkee Davey Jones, Eddie Money, MC Hammer and Teri Nunn of Berlin. If that crowd doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

In 2004, Steven Tyler visits Women’s Hope substance-abuse treatment center in Dorchester, MA. His Thanksgiving Day talk was about sobriety after his own struggles with drugs and alcohol. "If I can just tell them how good it is for me now, and that it is possible . . . then I`ve done my job," says the Aerosmith frontman. Tyler had been clean for nearly 20 years.

In 2005, Madonna achieved her sixth number one on the US album charts with ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor,’ her third consecutive US album chart topper. The album went to #1 in 40 countries setting a new record. The Beatles previously held this record when The Beatles 1 went to #1 in 36 countries in 2000.

White Zombie's box set “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” rose from the dead in 2008. The four-CD/single DVD collection covered ‘85's rare “Gods On Voodoo Moon” EP through Zombie's contribution to Beavis and Butt-Head Do America soundtrack, a little over a decade later. The DVD had promo clips and concert footage. According to Rob Zombie this "is the last thing that will come [out] from the band."

A two-CD set marking the 25th anniversary of the release of R.E.M.'s “Murmur” album – “Murmur: Deluxe Edition” – rolled out in 2008. The remastered version of the band's ‘83 full-length debut includes previously unreleased performances recorded that year at a Toronto club.

The 14-track “For The Troops II” with songs by 3 Doors Down and Aerosmith's Joe Perry was released in 2008. The album was also distributed at US military bases and military personnel were able to download the set for free.

An archival Neil Young concert album, “Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968” was out in 2008. The two-disc collection includes performances from Ann Arbor, MI, shows.

In 2008, the legal dispute over a music contract between Michael Jackson and an Arab sheik, ended with an "amicable settlement." Jackson had been due to fly in to the UK to give evidence at the High Court before an agreement in principle was reached. The King of Bahrain's son, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, was suing Jackson for £4.7m, claiming he reneged on a music contract.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: When Tommy Roe came out with “Hooray for Hazel,” in the 1960s, my friends teased me endlessly. Let's face it, songs about Hazel are far less common than ones about Mary or Sue.

Everyone thought Roe's hit was the first time anyone used my name in a song title, but I knew better. I recalled another one.

Unfortunately, I couldn't prove it, but that is why I've come to you.

Years earlier, around the time of “Running Bear” and “Handy Man,” a Hazel tune got some spins on the radio in Philadelphia. THAT was the first time I ever heard my name in a song title.

It may be called “Hazel, Don't You Do It,” or something similar. The singer was a Fabian-type teenager.

Any idea what I'm talking about? This is driving me nuts!
—Hazel Getty, Upper Darby, Pa.

DEAR HAZEL: Since we don't want Hazel nuts for the holidays, here is the proof you need.

Three or four times in this tune, Hazel is told “Don't You Do It,” but the full title is simply “Hazel.”

The young singer is Ronnie Dawson, a lifelong Texan who, by association with Philadelphia-based Swan Records and Dick Clark's American Bandstand, sold lots of records in Pennsylvania.

“Hazel,” backed with “Ain't That a Kick in the Head” (Swan 4047) came out in December 1959. In the weeks ahead, Ronnie “The Blond Bomber” Dawson lip-synched it on a locally broadcast Philly TV show, one other than Bandstand, though it is not identified.

Perhaps you watched this performance 50 years ago, but regardless you can now because it is on YouTube.

Interestingly, this “Ain't That a Kick in the Head,” written by Frank Slay and Bob Crewe, is not the same song as popularized by Dean Martin. Dino's track was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn for the 1960 Rat Pack film “Ocean's Eleven.”

Having such an atypical title pop up on two completely unconnected songs, issued only a few months apart, is indeed a kick in the head.

In their Christmas issue (12/21/59), Billboard included Ronnie's new single among their Spotlight Winners (“Pick of the New Releases and Strongest Sales Potential of All Records Reviewed”), saying:

“Dawson impresses strongly on two cute bids. “Hazel” is an interesting waltz melody with a folkish flavor. A fine arrangement [Frank Slay and His Orchestra] backs the singer's good vocal stint. The flip is a fun song with the title phrase prominent in the lyric - a medium [tempo] beater.”

In a somewhat unusual pattern, each of Ronnie's three 1959-'60 A-sides is a style unlike the other two.

“Rockin' Bones” is a frantic rockabilly effort about one man's zany last request: “When I die, bury me six-foot deep, with rock and roll records at my feet, a phonograph needle in my hand, I wanna rock my way right outta this land!”

Then comes “Hazel,” the “interesting waltz melody with a folkish flavor,” and nary a hint of rockabilly.

Dawson's next, and last, Swan single is “Decided By the Angels” (Swan 4054). Neither rockabilly nor folk-waltz, this is an authentic doo-wop number.

Not surprisingly, Ronnie soon returned to rockabilly and it is those records collectors covet most. Three in particular, “Rockin' Bones” (Rockin' 1); “Do Do Do” (Columbia 42217); and “Jump and Run” (Banner 105), often sell in the $300 to $600 range.

Both the Columbia (1961) and Banner (1966) singles are credited to Commonwealth Jones, one of Dawson's pseudonyms. Two others he used are Ronnie Dee and Banjo Band from the Levee.

On September 23, 2003, in Dallas, throat cancer claimed the life of Ronnie Dawson. He was just 64.

As you point out, the Hazels will never catch up with the more common names in titles; however, here are four more for your dossier: Freddy Flynn and the Flashes (1959) “Hazel” (Lyric 107); Don Sharp (1961) “Hazel and Jean” (Fern 811); Gary and the Hornets (1966) “Hi Hi Hazel” (Smash 2061); and Larry and the Greatest of Ease (1969) “High Flyin' Hazel” (Minaret 154).

Not counted are songs about eye color … and nuts.

IZ ZAT SO? Though moderately successful in Pennsylvania and his home state of Texas, Ronnie never appeared on any of the national charts.

He is hardly alone.

Despite the surname Dawson being very common, during the entire 20th century not one person with that name managed a hit single or album.

For over 100 years, the Pop; Rock; non-Rock (MOR); and Country & Western charts remained Dawsonless.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail: jpo@olympus.ne t Visit his Web site: www.jerryosborne.com.

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

Copyright 2010 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Permission

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Music Releases - November 23, 2010

Counting some limited edition Record Store Day vinyl releases, we also have a great selection of other music.  As always, CVR picks are in red:

13th Floor Elevators - Psychedelic Sounds of (2 CDs)
16 HorsepowerYours Truly (vinyl)
After The Burial - In Dreams
Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
Allen Ginsberg - Beat Poet Figurine & CD Set
Anthrax - Live At The Sonisphere (10″ picture disc)
Arabrot - Revenge (vinyl)
As They Sleep - Dynasty

Badly Drawn Boy - It’s What I’m Thinking +3 bonus (vinyl)

Beatles - The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour Memories [dvd]

Biffy Clyro - Booooom Blast & Ruin (Single)
Black Crowes - Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys (10″ picture disc)
Black Keys - Brothers (2×180 gram vinyl 10″)
Bob Dylan - Times They Are A Changin/Like A Rolling Stone (7″ vinyl)
Bob Marley - Reggaeton Mixes
Bon Jovi - Greatest Hits (Vinyl)

Brian Wilson - Wilson, Brian - Songwriter 1962 - 1969 [dvd]
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love/Because The Night (7″ vinyl)
Burning The Masses - Offspring Of Time
Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down (7″ vinyl)
Cave In - Anomalies Vol. 1 (vinyl)
Cee Lo Green - Fuck You (12″ vinyl)
Clash - The Clash (vinyl)
Cult - Love (vinyl)
Curren$y - Pilot Talk II
Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy OST
Daily Life - Necessary & Pathetic (vinyl)
Daughters - Daughters (vinyl)
Dave Allen - Color Blind

David Bowie - Bowie, David - Rare And Unseen [dvd]

David Wilcox - Reverie
Deodato - Prelude (vinyl)
Doors - Live In Vancouver 1970 (2 CDs)
Dr. Dog - Double (7″ vinyl)
Drive-By Truckers - The Thanksgiving Fil (10″ vinyl)
Duffy - Well Well Well (Single)
Elephant Revival - Break In The Clouds
Eric Johnson - Live From Austin Tx 84 (2 CDs)
Eux Autres - Broken Bow (vinyl)
Fela Kuti - Complete Collection Box Set (26CD/1DVD)

Florence and the Machine - Between Two Lungs

Four Tet - Pause (reissue) (vinyl)
Four Tet - Rounds (reissue) (vinyl)
Frank Sinatra - A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (vinyl)
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (vinyl)
Gangrene - Gutter Water
Gaslight Anthem - Tumbling Dice/She Loves You (7″ vinyl)
George Benson - White Rabbit (vinyl)

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]

Giant Sand - Blurry Blue Mountain

Girls - Broken Dreams Club (EP) (vinyl)
Girls Names and Brilliant Colors - I Lose / You Win (vinyl)
God Dethroned - Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross
Gorillaz feat Daley - Doncamatic (All Played Out)(Single)
Grinderman - "Worm Tamer" 12''
Grinderman - Heathen Child (12″ vinyl)
Group Doueh - Beatte Harab (vinyl)
Hafdis Huld - Synchronized Swimmers
Harvey Milk - Harvey Milk (vinyl)
Have Heart - 10.17.09
Home Video - The Automatic Process
Human League - Night People (Single)
I Am Arrows - Hurricane (Single)
Intalek & Ritchcraft - Lives & Vibes (vinyl)
Iron and Wine - Walking Far From Home (12″ vinyl)
Iron and Wine - Walking Far From Home (CD single)
Jay-Z - The Hits Collection Volume One
Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now (Clear Vinyl LP w/Bonus CD)
Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year (Green 10″ vinyl)
Job For Cowboy - Ruination (10″ color vinyl box)
John Zorn - Interzone
Josh Groban - Illuminations
Journey - Greatest Hits (vinyl)
KT Tunstall - Have Yourself A Very KT Christmas (CD)
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kate Bush - The Document
Kate Rusby - Make The Light
Kayo Dot - Stained Glass (CD EP)
Ke$ha - Cannibal

Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent

Killing The Dream - Lucky Me
King Conquer - America's Most Haunted

King Crimson - King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (200 Gr Vinyl Limited Edition 2010)

King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon (CD+DVD, deluxe edition, extra tracks) (remastered)
King Crimson - Islands: 40th Anniversary Series (CD/DVD)
Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can (Single)
Lemuria - Chautauqua County
Lloyd Banks - H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2)
MF Doom - Special Herbs Box: Vol. 0-9 (10-LP box set) (vinyl)
MGMT - Congratulations (7″ vinyl)
MIke Patton - Mondo Cane (vinyl)
Marc Bolan & T-Rex - Slider (Vinyl)
Mason Jennings - The Flood

Mastodon - Crack The Skye (CD/DVD)

Matisyahu - Two (2 Live Songs) (7″ vinyl)
Matt & Kim - Sidewalks (vinyl)
Metallica - Live At Grimey’s (10″ vinyl)
Metallica - Live At Grimey’s (CD)
Michael Jackson's Vision [dvd]
Middle Class Rut - No Name No Color
Miles Kane - Inhaler (Single)
Monster Magnet - Mastermind w/ USB
Morning Boy - We Won’t Crush
Morris Day - Daydreaming
Motorhead - Grind Ya Down Live In Canada 1988, DVD
My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Ne-Yo - Libra Scale
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (remastered)
North Elementary - Southern Rescue Trails
OFF! - First Four EPs
Offshore - Aneurysm EP (12″ vinyl)
Orange Juice - Coals to Newcastle (6-CD and DVD box set)
Orange Peels - 2020 (vinyl)

Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (Ultimate Edition 3CD) (Limited Edition)

Phobia - Unrelenting
Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age (vinyl)
Ramsey Lewis - Movie Album / Dancing in the Street
Reading Rainbow - Prism Eyes
Rebekah Higgs - Little Voice (EP) (vinyl)
Regina Spektor - Live In London (CD & DVD)
Robyn - Body Talk
Robyn Hitchcock - Moss Elixir/Mossy Liquor (reissue)
Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 - Limited Edition Remastered Vinyl Box Set (13-LP box set)(vinyl)
Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 - Limited Edition Remastered Vinyl Box Set (14-LP box set)(vinyl)
Royksopp - Senior
Samael - Antigod
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Dawn
Scott Weiland - Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned The Hard Way (7″ vinyl box)
Sick Puppies - That Time Of Year Again (7″ vinyl)
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds - Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Slayer - World Painted Blood/Atrocity Vendor (7″ vinyl)

Smashing PumpkinsTeargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. II "The Solstice Bare" (vinyl)

Soft Moon - The Soft Moon
Southern Culture On The Skids - The Kudzu Ranch (vinyl)
Spokes - We Can Make It Out (7″ vinyl)
Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (vinyl)
Sting - Live in Berlin (CD/DVD)
Swell Season - The Swell Season (reissue) (vinyl)
Tegan and Sara - The Official Vinyl Collection (vinyl)
The Bug - Infected EP (2x 12″)
The Chariot - Long Live
The Damned Things - We’ve Got A Situation Here (7″ colored vinyl)
The Doors - The Doors (mono) (12″ vinyl)
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace (reissue) (vinyl)
The Heavy - How You Like Me Now? EP (10″ vinyl)
The National - High Violet (Expanded Edition with bonus CD)
The National - Terrible Love (vinyl)
The Sword - (The Night The Sky Cried) Tears Of Fire (12″ picture disc)
Tigers Jaw - Two Worlds
Ting Tings - Hands/Hands (Passion Pit remix) (7″ vinyl)
Tom Waits - The Early Years Vol. 2 (reissue) (vinyl)
Twin Sister - All Around & Away We Go (Single)
Various Artists - 127 Hours: Music from the Motion Picture
Various Artists - Burlesque - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists - Garage Band Christmas, Volume One
Various Artists - Parlophone 7″ Box Set (7″ vinyl)
Various Artists - Rock By The Sea - 12 Bands Of Christmas :: Volume One
Various Artists - Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Bon Jovi
Various Artists - Rockin' The Mistletoe
Various Artists featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera - Burlesque Soundtrack
While She Sleeps - The North Stands for Nothing

Who - Live at Leeds [Super Deluxe Edition] [4 CD + LP + 7 inch Vinyl]

Wilder - Skyful Of Rainbows (Single)
William Tyler - Behold the Spirit (vinyl)
X Factor Finalists - Heroes (Single)
XTC - Skylarking (reissue) (vinyl)
Yelawolf - Trunk Muzik 0-60
Yngwie Malmsteen - Relentless
Your Memorial - Atonement
Yuck - Georgia (vinyl)
Zola Jesus - Poor Animal'/'I Can't Stand (Single)

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David Bowie – “Rare and Unseen” DVD (MVD Visual)
Broughton’s Rules (features ex-members of Don Caballero) – Bounty Hunter 1853
Dio – Holy Diver (deluxe limited-edition picture disc reissue)
Eux Autres – Broken Bow
David “Rock” Feinstein (ex-Elf) – Bitten by the Beast (features Ronnie James Dio)
Five Finger Death Punch – The Way of the Fist: Iron Fist Edition (deluxe-box-set reissue; includes a bonus CD with 11 B-sides and rarities, a DVD with a documentary, new artwork, trading cards, a poster and a calendar)
Fresh Millions – Fresh Millions (produced by the Sword’s Bryan Richie)
Giant Sand – Blurry Blue Mountain
Glaciers – Of Mountains and Monuments EP (self-released)
Haarp – The Filth (produced by Philip Anselmo)
Into It. Over It. and Koji – IIOI/KOJI
Job for a Cowboy – Ruination (limited-edition box-set reissue containing three LPs and one CD; bonus tracks include Exhumed cover, live material recorded in 2007 and 2009)
Love in the Circus – Love in the Circus
Yngwie Malmsteen – Relentless (features Tim “Ripper” Owens)
Murder Construct – Murder Construct
Off! (features members of Black Flag, Burning Brides, Hot Snakes, more) – First Four EPs (four 7-inches, each housed in its own box with sleeve artwork by Raymond Pettibon)
Phobia – Unrelenting
The Smashing Pumpkins – Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. II: The Solstice Bare (only available as a limited-edition CD and a limited edition deluxe vinyl picture disc)
Soulive – “Bowlive: Live in the Brooklyn Bowl” DVD (Brooklyn concert from March 2010; features Rahzel, ?uestlove, more)
The Spits – Haunted Fang Castle EP (CD and 10-inch versions come with book illustrated by JJ Rudisill)
T. Rex – The Slider (remastered reissue; LP version; previously available digitally and on CD)
William Tyler – Behold the Spirit (LP limited to 500 copies)
Virgin Steele – The Black Light Bacchanalia (limited-edition LP box set)
Brian Wilson – “Songwriter 1962 – 1969: Exploring Brian’s Music in a Decade of Dreams” DVD
Yuck – “Georgia” 7-inch
Various artists – “The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973″ DVD

Remember, if you are a record company and have new releases or know of any I missed (especially vinyl), please email me and I will add your music to the list. I also do reviews of new vinyl, email me for more information.

New Music Releases are put together from a variety of sources by blog owner Robert Benson

Have new music for the list? Email me at rbenson30@wi.rr.com