Monday, December 13, 2010

New Music Releases - December 14, 2010

Not a lot of volume this week, as always, CVR Blog picks are in red

Adele - Hometown Glory
Alex Harvey Band - Live at the BBC

Bad Religion - 30 Year Anniversary Box Set (Red Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

The long-running Southern California punk legends this week mark their 30th anniversary with a hefty and handsome box set from Epitaph Records featuring all 15 of their studio albums — from 1982’s How Could Hell Be Any Worse? to this year’s The Dissent of Man — pressed on red 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages - Barrence Whitfield And The Savages
Ben E. King - I Had Love
Brass Construction - III & IV
Carol Hall - If I Be Your Lady
Cave In - Anomalies Vol. 1.
Ciara - Basic Instinct
Clarence Frogman Henry - Is Alive & Well in New Orleans & Still Doin His
Crystal Bowersox - Farmer's Daughter
Damned Things - Ironiclast
Deadmau5 - 4x4=12 (Vinyl)
Diddy Dirty Money - Last Train to Paris
Dio - Holy Diver (2 LPs, Picture Discs) (Vinyl)
Dukatalon - Saved By Fear
Flo-Rida - Only One Flo Vol.1
Free the Robots - Ctrl Alt Delete
Glen Campbell - It's a Matter of Time
Goodees - Condition Red! The Complete Goodees
Grinderman - Worm Tamer (Green Colored Vinyl + Poster)
Harry Nilsson - Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night (Audio Fidelity) (Vinyl)
Isley Brothers - Masterpiece
Jackie Lee - The Duck
Jay-Z - The Hits Collection Volume 1 (Vinyl)
Jefferson Airplane - Live at The Fillmore Auditorium 10/15/66: Late Show: Signe's Farewell
Jefferson Airplane - Live at The Fillmore Auditorium 10/16/66: Early & Late Shows: Grace's Debut
Jefferson Airplane - Live at The Fillmore Auditorium 11/25/66 & 11/27/66: We Have Ignition
Jefferson Airplane - Return To The Matrix 2/1/68
Jimmy Castor Bunch - Butt of Course
Jimmy Castor Bunch - E-Man Groovin
Jimmy Castor Bunch - Jimmy Castor Bunch
Jonsi - Go: Live (CD & DVD)
Kandi - Kandi Coated
Like Moths To Flames - Sweet Talker
Linda Clifford - Let Me Be Your Woman
Mel & Tim - Mel & Tim
Michael Jackson - MICHAEL
Nas - The Lost Tapes: Vol. 2
Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Heart in Your Heartbreak (Vinyl)
Panda Bear - Last Night at the Jetty
Perry Como - The Complete Christmas Collection (2 CDs)
Pet Shop Boys - Ultimate (CD/DVD)
Phil Collins - Face Value (Audio Fidelity Gold CD)
Phish - Alpine Valley 2010 (2CD + 2DVD)
R. Kelly - Love Letter

Regina Spektor - Live In London (CD/DVD)

Roy Lee Johnson and the Villagers - Roy Lee Johnson And The Villagers
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - III/IV
S.O.S. Band - Just the Way You Like It
S.O.S. Band - On the Rise
S.O.S. Band - S.O.S.
S.O.S. Band - S.O.S. III
S.O.S. Band - Sands of Time
S.O.S. Band - Too
Sanford-Townsend Band - Nail Me to the Wall
Sea of Treachery - Wonderland
Shaun Ryder - XXX: 30 Years of Bellyaching
Sonic Youth - Sister (reissue) (Vinyl)
Sons of Truth - A Message From The Ghetto
Tank - Now or Never
Teddy Pendergrass - Workin' It Back
Tom Waits - Closing Time (Vinyl)
Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner (2 LPs)(Vinyl)
Tom Waits - Small Change (Vinyl)
Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night (Vinyl)
Van Halen - 1984 (Vinyl)
Van Halen - Van Halen II (Vinyl)
Van Halen - Women & Children First (Vinyl)
Various Artists - 2010 From Warp Records
Various Artists - Great Googly Moo - And More Undisputed Truths
Victoria - Secret of the Bloom
White Stripes - De Stijl (reissue) (Vinyl)
White Stripes - White Blood Cells (reissue) (Vinyl)
Zombies - On the BBC (Vinyl)

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Rock & Roll Trivia

The first known million selling recording was by Ben Selvin and his Orchestra. It was a two sided hit featuring "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" and "Darandella", recorded in 1919.

Guitarist Henry Gross, who hit the US charts in 1976 with "Shannon", was one of the founding members of the rock and roll revival group, Sha Na Na.

For the year 2005, the top earning dead celebrity in the US was Elvis Presley, who still generated $45 million worth of business. John Lennon was third with $22 million.

The Beatles 4th UK #1 single, "Can't Buy Me Love", had advanced sales of over 2.1 million, setting the record for the greatest advanced orders in the UK.

The most expensive guitar in the world is a Fender Stratocaster once owned by Eric Clapton. Nicknamed "Blackie", it sold at auction for $959,500. on June 25th, 2004.

In early 1957, RCA Records released two versions of a song called "Young Love", one by Tab Hunter, the other by Sonny James. Both records caught on and by the first week of March, Hunter's rendition was number one in the US, while James' version was number 4.

When Cher topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Believe" in March, 1999, she became the first female over the age of 50 to have a chart topping record.

When Elvis was drafted into the US Army in March, 1958, his monthly pay went from $100,000 to $78.

Bobby "Boris" Pickett, who topped the Billboard Pop chart in 1962 with "The Monster Mash", once had his tour bus break down outside of a town called Frankenstein, Missouri.

When asked about their controversial hit song "One Toke Over The Line" during an interview with Brewer and Shipley, they said that "toke" had nothing to do with marijuana, but meant token or ticket. Hence the line about "sittin' downtown in a railway station."

When The Beatles' single "Ticket To Ride" was first issued, the fine print under the title said "From the United Artists Release Eight Arms To Hold You", which was the original name for the film Help!

The bass drum head with the Beatles logo that Ringo Starr used during the band's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show was bought by a memorabilia collector in the mid-1990s for around $50,000. By 2006, it's estimated value had risen to half-a-million dollars.

Jethro Tull's 1968 debut single, "Sunshine Day" was erroneously credited to Jethro Toe.

When Roberta Flack was awarded a gold record for her 1973, number one hit, "Killing Me Softly With His Song", she wanted to listen to her song etched in gold. She removed the disc from its frame and placed it on a turntable, only to hear "Come Softly to Me" by The Fleetwoods.

The studio musicians who recorded the music for many "bubblegum" hits credited to The 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Ohio Express and many others, were actually former members of The Shadows of Knight, who had a hit of their own with "Gloria".

In February and March, 1964, The Beatles sold 60% of all the records sold in the U.S.

The first recording that Ray Charles made was called "Confession Blues", but at the time of the session, the American Federation Of Musicians was on strike. The violation cost Ray $600 and left him penniless.

For their first two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles were paid just $3500 per show. The expenses alone to bring them to America totaled over $50,000, which was paid for by their manager, Brian Epstein.

When record executives at RCA gave a song called "Rock and Roll Waltz" to Kay Starr, she thought they must have been kidding, as rock and roll was still frowned upon by serious musicians. After many arguments, RCA still insisted that she record the song. Their hunch proved to be a good one as the record went to number 1 in the US in February, 1956.

Carl Perkins, the rockabilly pioneer who wrote Elvis Presley's hit, "Blue Suede Shoes", was a sharecropper's son who learned to play music on a guitar fashioned from a cigar box and broomstick.

In the late 70's, while at a stadium show in Toronto, the members of Aerosmith actually boarded limousines to travel the one hundred yards from their dressing rooms to the stage.

Beach Boy Carl Wilson got so excited the first time one of their songs was played on the radio-that he threw up when he heard the song.

The Odeon label was created in Germany in 1904 by the International Talking Machine Company. Odeon pioneered something they called the "album" in 1909 when it released the "Nutcracker Suite" by Tchaikovsky on four double-sided discs in a specially designed package.

Dion DiMucci of Dion and The Belmonts was a part of 1959's Winter Dance Party with Buddy Holly. When Buddy suggested that Dion fly with him after their show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 2nd, Dion declined because he didn't want to spend the extra money. It was a decision that saved his life.

Buddy Holly and The Crickets recorded their hit "Maybe Baby" in the officer's club at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

The publishing rights to most of Buddy Holly's songs are owned by Paul McCartney.

The first time that Don McLean performed "American Pie" on stage, it didn't get a very good response from the audience. McLean would later remark that "People didn't know what the hell I was singing about."

Jimmy Hart, one of the original members of The Gentrys, who scored a US number 4 hit with "Keep On Dancin" in 1965, went on to become a popular wrestling character in the WWF, calling himself the "Mouth of the South".

Music News & Notes

Necronoclast ASHES due February 22, 2011

Necronoclast has issued the following update about the release date for the band's new album:

"The new Necronoclast album 'Ashes' will be released on February 22, 2011 through Moribund Record.! The wicked cover art by US artist Gabriel Byrne has been added to the Necronoclast website, along with the new album track listing. You can expect to be crushed into dust..."


Judas Priest Announces Retirement And Farewell Tour

British heavy metal band vets Judas Priest, certainly one of the most influential and most popular heavy metal bands of all time, have announced that they are to perform one more world tour and then retire as a band. The band will be performing at several European festivals next year, including Graspop, Wacken and High Voltage. More dates and statements from band members are to be released soon.

Let's hope they go on forever!!

The tour dates are as follows:

June 9 - Sweden Rock - Solvesborg, Sweden
June 11 - Sauna Festival - Finland
June 17 - Copenhell Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
June 19 - Hellfest - Nantes, France
June 22 - Gods of Metal Festival - Milan, Italy
June 25 - Graspop Festival - Belgium
July 23 - High Voltage Festival - London, UK
August 5 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany


Elvis Costello To Release Vinyl-Only Outtakes EP

Elvis Costello has recently announced the release of 'National Ransack,' a vinyl-only EP of outtakes from his latest album 'National Ransom' that will be in independent music stores on Tuesday, December 21st.

Costello offered a short statement about the physical Extended Play format on his website:

"The first record for which I ever slapped down my own pocket money was a vinyl E.P. It was ‘Twist And Shout’ by The Beatles. For more than 45 years, record shops have been my reference library, my college and occasionally something like a church. I've happily left a small fortune in the collection plate. We should defend and celebrate those still open for business with our last breath. Music takes time. My first record label released three 45rpm singles to very little fanfare before it ever became clear that this music lark might become my livelihood and it has been quite lively, now and then. So, if this Extended Play release should be my last as we presently know them, it's a fine way to go out. At least until someone comes up with pill that allows us to hear new music. I believe scientists are working on this as I write"

National Ransack Tracklisting:

1. Poor Borrowed Dress
2. Big Boys Cry
3. I Don’t Want To Go Home
4. Condemned Man


Double-LP Vinyl Version Of 'Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 And 1987' Being Issued

'Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987,' the double-disc set which is the first official release from Niji Entertainment Group, the label formed by the late Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager Wendy Dio, is about to get a glorious vinyl release. On February 15, 2011, the album will be issued as a double-vinyl set with deluxe gatefold packaging, and on 180-gram vinyl — the first-ever DIO album to be released in this high-quality vinyl format.

This Date In Music History - December 13


Tony Gomez - Foundations (1940)

Robert Martinez - ? & The Mysterians (1945)

Andy Peebles, UK radio DJ. The last person to interview John Lennon (1948)

Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter - Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan (1948)

Ted Nugent - Amboy Dukes, Solo, Damn Yankees (1948)

Ron Getman Tractors (1948)

Randy Owen - Alabama (1949)

Tom Verlaine - Television (1949)

Davy O'List - The Nice, Roxy Music (1950)

Berton Averre - The Knack (1952)

Steve Forbert (1954)

Dana Strum - Slaughter (1959)

Jamie Foxx - Academy Award winner in 2005 for his performance of musician Ray Charles in Ray (1967)

Daniel Patrick, bass guitar, guitar and keyboards. Worked Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Killing Joke, Methods of Mayhem (1970)

Nick McCarthy - Franz Ferdinand (1974)

Tom Delonge - Blink 182 (1975)

Amy Lynn Lee - Evanescence (1981)

They Are Missed:

Pigmeat Markham ("Here Comes The Judge") died in 1981.

Canadian guitarist and singer Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack in 2002. Was a member of The Mugwumps with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. Formed Lovin Spoonful with John Sebastian in 1964, they scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single "Summer In The City."


Singing a translated version of a French song, the Everly Brothers recorded their timeless ballad, "Let It Be Me," in Nashville in 1959.

Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" set a new record in the UK in 1960 for achieving one million sales just six weeks after its release.

The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club, Liverpool in 1961, playing two shows at lunchtime and then again at night. In fact, Decca Records' Mike Smith attended the night performance with a view to offering The Beatles a recording contract.

Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1962 with "Return To Sender," his 13th UK #1 chart topper.

In 1962, after scoring a US Top 20 hit with "She Can't Find Her Keys" earlier in the year, 17 year-old Paul Peterson re-entered the charts with "My Dad," which would reach #6. The former Disney Mouseketeer and cast member of the TV's Donna Reed Show would go on to found A Minor Consideration, an organization committed to changing the working conditions for child performers.

Jimi Hendrix recorded the immortal "Foxey Lady" in 1966.

Also in 1966, Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' (Marc Bolan was also on the show).

In 1969, Diana Ross took the Latino Casino in Philadelphia to court for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an exterminator in her dressing room. Good for her!

Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1969, on sale for 35 Cents.

George Harrison had lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House in 1974. Later that same day, Ford met with Peter Frampton. The perks of being the prez.....

David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released in 1975.

Foghat's "Slow Ride" was released in 1975.

Chicago started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1975 with 'Chicago IX-Chicago's Greatest Hits,' the group's fifth #1 album.

The Rolling Stones' requested to put on a three day show for 100,000 fans on Easter Island was denied by the government of Chile in 1975, who said "the whole future of the island" would be damaged. The idea was to fly and ferry 100,000 people to the island. That had disaster written all over it.....

'Kenny Roger's Greatest Hits' started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1980.

Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with "The Way It Is."

A Madison Square Garden concert in 1987 to benefit the New York Children’s Health Project had performances by Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Billy Joel.

'Celebration of Life, 'a Roy Orbison tribute concert, was held at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A in 1988. Bonnie Raitt and the Stray Cats perform. The legendary singer died of a heart attack a week earlier.

The film, Jerry Maguire, co-starring the Eagles' singer / guitarist Glenn Frey, made its debut in US theatres in 1996. The movie's other star, Cuba Gooding Jr. is the son of Cuba Gooding Sr., the lead vocalist for The Main Ingredient, who are most often remembered for their 1972, #3 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool."

Children's TV characters The Teletubbies went to #1 on the UK singles chart in 1997 with "Teletubbies Say-eh-oh." The single spent a total of 32 weeks on the chart. And they're an allie?

Winners in the Smash Hits readers poll in 1999 included, Backstreet Boys who won Best band, best album & best single, Britney Spears won best female singer, Robbie Williams best male singer, S Club 7 won best new band and worst group went to the Spice Girls.

In 2000, it was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.

Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone's in Piccadilly in 2000. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, 'Paul McCartney Paintings.'

The two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, filed a countersuit against Courtney Love in 2001. The charge was that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.

A Maryland couple sued Wal-Mart in 2004 for selling Evanescence's 'Anywhere But Home' CD/DVD without a parental advisory label. The song "Thoughtless" contained an explicit lyric. The suit charges the national retailer of deceiving its customers, after promoting a policy of selling only clean versions of albums. The suit requests that Wal-Mart either censor or remove the CD/DVD from its shelves. Or perhaps those offended Wal-Mart customers could purchase some other CD. Or, just ignore it and let it be.....

In 2004, ABC-TV announced that Dick Clark would not be able to host his annual Rockin' New Year's Eve broadcast due to a stroke he suffered on December 8th.

In 2005, a check signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for just under $3,500 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair had bought the cheque for $6,300 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on January 23, 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for $11,000.

Guess the Buick deal ("Dream On") was just the beginning. Aerosmith announced in 2005 that they will appear in an ad campaign for Target, which was offering an exclusive expanded edition of the band's live disc 'Rockin' the Joint.' Guitarist Joe Perry claimed these ad deals are a great way to attract new fans. (and new money for them).

Also in 2005, Billboard Magazine's Boxscore claimed U2's Vertigo tour was the top-grossing jaunt of the year taking in $260 million over the course of 90 shows, all of which were sold out. More than 3 million people saw the group live.

New York police arrested Koral Karsan in 2006 and charged him with first-degree attempted grand larceny for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The 50 year old Karsan had worked for Ono as a chauffeur for over six years.

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" tops VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s special in 2007. The online poll places U2's "One," Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under The Bridge" in the Top 20. All 100 songs are featured in a five-night countdown on the cable channel.

Kanye West went to #1 on the US album chart in 2008 with ‘808s & Heartbreak,' his fourth studio album.