Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

today's post is about album cover art, a lost medium of sorts, certainly on its way back!


nice little article about album cover art, well done!

Real Album Cover Art Remembered!

Written by Alyson Camus

Physical albums may be the endangered species, but with the recent resurrection of the vinyl sales, the cover art is more important than ever because vinyl is kind of big. With vinyl albums being about five times the size of CDs, we are back to the celebration of cover art!

Read the rest at rocknycliveandrecorded.com


Hellsaw Reveal New Album Artwork

Hellsaw has recently revealed the artwork for the upcoming album called 'Trist, which will be released on February 24th, 2012.

1. The Devil Is Calling My Name
2. Sorrow Is Horror
3. Doom Pervades My Nightmares
4. The Forerunner of the Apocalypse
5. Death Bells
6. Trist
7. A Winter Cold
8. Beldam. 1450
9. Silence


cool cover art

Vengeance Reveal New Album Details

Dutch metal rockers Vengeance just announced that the new LP 'Crystal Eye' will be released February 24, 2011 (Germany), February 27, 2011 (EU) and a unspecified date in March 2012 for North America on SPV/Steamhammer Records.

Crystal Eye was produced by Michael Voss, who composed the songs with vocalist Goewie. The title track was written by guitarist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of Passion), and Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH) contributed ‘Whole Lotta Metal’ tailor-made for Goewie and Vengeance. The album closes with the instrumental ‘Jan`s End Piece’ which features the last guitar solos recorded by Jan Somers before his unexpected death.


album cover art of the day:

FREEDOM CALL: New Album Details Revealed

German melodic metallers FREEDOM CALL will release their new album, "Land Of The Crimson Dawn", on February 24 in Germany, February 27 in the rest of Europe and February 28 in the USA/Canada via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort will be made available in three versions: as a jewel case featuring 14 songs; as a limited double CD digipak including six additional bonus tracks (versions of popular FREEDOM CALL numbers by POWERWORLD, SECRET SPHERE, DOWNSPIRIT, MANIMAL, NEONFLY and Hannes Braun [KISSIN' DYNAMITE]); and on double colored vinyl LP.

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


this is a fantastic, colorful cover from the classic rockers!

UFO: 'Seven Deadly' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

British rock legends UFO will release their new album, "Seven Deadly", on February 28, 2012 (one day earlier internationally) via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort, which was recorded with producer Tommy Newton at his Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany, will be made available as a limited-edition digipack (including two bonus tracks), a double gatefold LP with printed innersleeves and colored vinyl, standard-edition CD and as a digital download.

"Seven Deadly" track listing:

1. Fight Night
2. Wonderland
3. Mojo Town
4. Angel Station
5. Year Of The Gun
6. The Last Stone Rider
7. Steal Yourself
8. Burn Your House Down
9. The Fear
10. Waving Good Bye
11. Other Men's Wives (bonus track)
12. Bag O' Blues (bonus track

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


Epica Album Artwork Revealed

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will release their fifth full-length album, 'Requiem For The Indifferent' on March 9, 2012 in Europe and on the 13th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.

1. Karma
2. Monopoly On Truth
3. Storm The Sorrow
4. Delirium
5. Internal Warfare
6. Requiem For The Indifferent
7. Anima
8. Guilty Demeanor
9. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay The Course
11. Deter The Tyrant
12. Avalanche
13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction


oh, and this album cover art won't be banned by major retailers....i think some of the shock value that it depicts may take away from the music, will try and learn more about what it is supposed to mean....

Die Antwoord Unveil Cover Art

Here is the bizarre artwork for the sophomore LP 'TEN$ION' from South African shock rappers Die Antwoord. The utterly grotesque and bloody piece of art will arrive on shelves on February 7 via the band's own ZEF Records. The cover shows vocalist Yolandi Visser wearing wings and enjoying lunch....i think.


and in music history for december 20th:

In 1958, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison appear as The Quarry Men at the wedding reception of George's older brother, Harry. The event was held at the Harrison family home at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool.

In 1958, the US Army's 32nd Armored unit returns to base after maneuvers and Pvt. Elvis Presley is rewarded for his hard work with a three day pass, which he uses to by himself a BMW sports car.

In 1962, the Osmond Brothers appeared on NBC-TV's "Andy Williams Show" for the first time.

In 1967, singer Jimmie Rodgers required brain surgery after he suffered a fractured skull and a broken wrist, allegedly at the hands of three San Diego police officers. Although he hadn't had a hit record in ten years, he enjoyed a string of Top Ten songs in the 1950's, including, "Honeycomb", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", "Oh-Oh I'm Falling in Love Again", and "Are You Really Mine". Rodgers would recover and return to performing a little over a year later.

In 1967, folk singer/activist Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in jail after being arrested during an anti-war demonstration.

In 1967, vocalist Ian Anderson and bassist Glenn Cornick leave the John Evans Blues Band to form Jethro Tull, naming their group after the 18th century inventor of a number of farm implements. John Evan himself will later join them as Jethro Tull's keyboard player.

In 1969, after scoring a pair of number 2 singles in 1963 with "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Blowin' in the Wind", Peter, Paul and Mary attain their first and only US number one hit with the John Denver written "Leaving On A Jet Plane."

In 1971, in New York, the Main Ingredient (Cuba Gooding, Sr., Tony Silvester and Luther Simmons, Jr.) recorded "Everybody Plays The Fool." The popular song was written by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark and Ken Williams. The song rose to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1972 and was certified gold by the RIAA. It also peaked at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and at #25 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. It was the group's highest charting hit single.

In 1973, 37 year-old Bobby Darin died during surgery to repair a heart valve that had been implanted two years earlier. His career started in 1958 with ""Mack the Knife" and continued strong into the early sixties. He was pushed off the charts by the British Invasion, but had a comeback in 1966 with, "If I Were a Carpenter." According to his wishes, Darin's body was donated, without a funeral, to UCLA's medical school.

In 1975, Joe Walsh joined the Eagles, replacing original member Bernie Leadon. Leadon left for a solo career.

In 1980, twelve days after John Lennon was shot dead, "Just Like Starting Over" became his first UK solo #1.

In 1999, singer/songwriter Juno Awards Hall of Famer/Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Snow died of heart failure at the age of 85. "The Singing Ranger" a/k/a "The Yodeling Ranger" released more than 80 albums and placed 85 singles on the Billboard country music chart between 1950 and 1980.

In 1989, a lawsuit was filed against Chuck Berry on behalf of more than seventy women who claimed he had secretly videotaped them while they used restrooms in his home and a restaurant. Although Berry adamantly denied making the tapes or even knowing who did, the cases were settled out of court for more than one million dollars.

It was a very good year for Classic Rockers in 2001. Elton John and Billy Joel toured together and grossed nearly $60 million from just 31 dates, averaging $1.9 million per show. Eric Clapton proved to be a strong draw in international arenas, earning a healthy $43.5 million from 59 shows, racking up 38 complete sell-outs and averaging nearly $750,000 per night.

Money making figures for 2002's top grossing Rock artists were as follows:

Paul McCartney - $126.1 million
The Rolling Stones - $90 million
Cher - $67.6 million
Neil Diamond - $52.2 million
Britney Spears - $43.7 million
Aerosmith - $36.3 million
Eagles - $34.9 million
'N Sync - $33 million

The top grossing country artist was Kenny Chesney at $22.7 million

In 2003, Bruce Springsteen was the top-earning concert attraction in 2003, taking in $115.9 million. That ranks second only to The Rolling Stones for the most money ever earned by a concert act in a year.

In 2006, Matthew Fischer won a court decision that he should share in the profits from Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale. Fischer was the organist who wrote the famous rift in the song.

In 2009, James Gurley, the lead guitarist for Big Brother and the Holding Company, died after suffering a heart attack. He was 69. His distinctive style can be heard on songs such as "Piece of My Heart", "Summertime" and "Ball and Chain."

birthdays today include (among others): Peter Criss (Kiss) (66), Alan Parsons (63), Stevie Wright (Easybeats) (63), Billy Bragg (54), Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Stooges) (54) and Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) (45)