Friday, October 28, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


Seal will release his eighth studio album, Soul 2 in the U.S. on January 31st, 2012, on Warner Bros. Records. The first single “Let’s Stay Together” will impact radio today and will be available digitally November 1st. The collection finds Seal joining forces once again with legendary producer Trevor Horn (Seal, Seal II, Human Being) who shares production duties on the album with Soul producer David Foster (Soul, Commitment). This time Seal brings his silky, inimitable voice to a lush collection of romantic soul classics primarily from the ’70s, including those by Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, and Teddy Pendergrass, among others.

Seal and Horn teamed up in both London and Los Angeles to record “Lean on Me” (Bill Withers), “Love Here Don’t Live Here Anymore” (Rose Royce), “Love T.K.O.” (Teddy Pendergrass), “Oh Girl,” (The Chi-Lites), “Ooh Baby Baby” (The Miracles), “What’s Goin’ On” (Marvin Gaye), “Wishing On A Star” (Rose Royce). Seal enlisted Foster and Jochem van der Saag to produce “Back Stabbers” (The O’Jays), “I’ll Be Around” (The Spinners), “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green), and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” (The Delfonics), all of which were recorded in Los Angeles.

“In my twenty years on a journey in the music industry, two things remain constants, the voice and more importantly, the song. I continue to make music because of the chance that this day could indeed be the day I write another great song or have the opportunity to sing one. The songs on Soul 2 are a natural evolution in the arc of soul music from the songs on the first Soul album — and they are all-time classics,” said Seal. “One more very important reason why I still make music is the ‘gift of collaboration’. I’ve been fortunate to work with two such industry greats as Trevor Horn and David Foster on this album and I they continue to inspire me each and every day.”Horn says “Working with Seal is like making music again….even I’d buy this record!”

“While still reeling from the success of Soul, it was even more exciting to have the opportunity to record more of some of the greatest songs ever written,” Foster says. “I am positive fans will not be disappointed in our selection and again, Seal’s unique, raw, and, yes, sexy approach to these great classics. I am delighted to share production duties, along with Jochem van der Saag, with one of my all-time favorite record producers, Trevor Horn. His musical history with Seal is rich and runs very deep. Together I believe they made some of the greatest records ever, by anyone. They led, they didn’t follow.”

Released in November 2008, Soul was a hit around the world, earning gold certifications in Australia, Italy, and Sweden, platinum certifications in Canada, Switzerland, and the U.K., and double-platinum awards in Belgium and on the European Album chart. Soul was a Diamond-seller in France where it peaked at No. 1 on the album chart and remained there for 13 consecutive weeks.

“Wishing On A Star”
“Love T.K.O.”
“Ooh Baby Baby”
“Let’s Stay Together”
“What’s Goin’ On”
“Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”
“Back Stabbers”
“I’ll Be Around”
“Love Won’t Let Me Wait”
“Lean On Me”
“Oh Girl”


The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn New Solo Debut

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn will give us a taste of his new debut solo album with the release of a two-song single. “Honolulu Blues," backed by the b-side “Rented Room” will be released by Vagrant Records on a limited edition 7" vinyl for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 25th. A digital release will follow on November 29th.


Give Up the Ghost/American Nightmare Vinyl Reissues

Seminal hardcore rockers Give Up The Ghost (formerly American Nightmare) have just announced plans to reissue both of their albums (Background Music and We're Down Til We're Underground) on vinyl. Each album will be in a special gatefold jacket with revamped artwork and packaging. These records have been remastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering (Converge, Fucked Up), and will include MP3 download codes. Deathwish Inc. is handling the vinyl reissues.


Classic ANVIL Albums To Be Reissued

Three classic albums from Canadian metal legends ANVIL — "Strength Of Steel" (1987), "Pound For Pound" (1988) and "Worth The Weight" (1991) will be made available in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer on November 25 - as a high-class digipak re-releases with new booklets, including liner notes from Steve "Lips" Kudlow (guitar, vocals) and Robb Reiner (drums )and gatefold LP versions with colored vinyl and printed innersleeves. This will mark the first time "Worth The Weight" will have been reissued on vinyl.

"Strength Of Steel" LP, colored red vinyl, printed innersleeves:

Side 1
1. Strength Of Steel
2. Concrete Jungle
3. 9-2-5
4. I Dreamed It Was The End Of The World
5. Flight Of The Bumble Beast
6. Cut Loose

Side 2
1. Mad Dog
2. Straight Between The Eyes
3. Wild Eyes
4. Kiss Of Death
5. Paper General

"Pound For Pound" LP, colored green vinyl, printed innersleeves:

Side 1
1. Blood On The Ice
2. Corporate Preacher
3. Toe Jam
4. Safe Sex

Side 2
1. Where Does All The Money Go
2. Brain Burn
3. Senile King
4. Machine Gun
5. Fire In The Night
6. Cramps

"Worth The Weight" LP, colored orange vinyl, printed innersleeves:

Side 1
1. Infanticide
2. On The Way To Hell
3. Bushpig
4. Embalmer

Side 2
1. Pow Wow
2. Sins Of The Flesh
3. A.Z. #85
4. Sadness / Love Me When I'm Dead

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: First Six Albums Being Reissued On Vinyl

Record label Back On Black, which specializes in vinyl editions of classic metal albums has reissued the first six albums from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, packaged in deluxe gatefold sleeves. The first 1,000 copies of each title is being made available on limited-edition colored vinyl.

Featured titles:
* "Sonic Brew" (1999)
* "Stronger Than Death" (2000)
* "1919 Eternal" (2002)
* "The Blessed Hellride" (2003)
* "Hangover Music Vol. VI" (2004)
* "Mafia" (2005)

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R.E.M. Video Released

The group have just released two videos for the new single "We All Go Back Where We Belong" from their upcoming career retrospective 'Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011.' I chose the 'john' version

R.E.M. - We All Go Back To Where We Belong (John Version)


and in music history for october 28:

In 1956, Elvis Presley makes his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a Gold record for "Love Me Tender".

In 1958, Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where he lip-synched “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat.” It would be Holly’s last major TV appearance.

In 1961, it was on this day that Beatles manager Brian Epstein would later claim that a young British lad named Raymond Jones walked into his Liverpool record shop and asked for a song called "My Bonnie" by Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers, prompting him to track down the band and eventually sign them. Epstein's personal assistant, Alistair Taylor would later say that he used the name of Jones (a regular customer) to order the single and paid the deposit himself, knowing that Epstein would notice it and order further copies.

In 1962, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany was the site of a historic Rock and Roll get together when The Beatles and Little Richard appeared for a two week engagement.

In 1967, Diana Ross And The Supremes' 'Greatest Hits' started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart. Although original member Florence Ballard is pictured on the cover and sings on all the tracks, by the time the L.P. was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

In 1974, David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his Diamond Dogs Tour at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In 1977, Steve Perry makes his first concert appearance with Journey at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. He would lead them to 17 Billboard Top 40 entries over the next ten years.

In 1989, Janet Jackson started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. At the time it was one of only three albums to produce seven Top 10 US singles (the other two being Thriller by her brother Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA).

In 1997, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years to become a farmer.

In 2006, Rod Stewart was at #1 on the US album chart with 'Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of our Time,' the singer’s fifth US #1 album.

In 2007, country musician legend Porter Wagoner died in Nashville, at age 80, from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own TV show, which ran for 21 years. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including “Carroll County Accident” and “Green Green Grass of Home.”

birthdays today include (among others) Charlie Daniels (75), Hank Marvin (Shadows) (70), Ricky Reynolds (Black Oak Arkansas) (63), Stephen Morris (Joy Division, New Order) (54), William Reid (Jesus & Mary Chain) (53) and Wayne Fontana (born Glyn Ellis) (66)