Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Frank Zappa Reissues Coming Soon

Universal Music Enterprise and the Zappa Family Trust have partnered up to reissue the back catalog of Frank Zappa. To celebrate this, the estate has signed a global license and distribution deal with UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES to release 60 of the iconic composer’s recordings. The roll-out kicks off July 31 with 12 recordings, with another dozen recordings to be released monthly through the end of 2012.

“The ink is not yet dry on The Zappa Family Trust's worldwide deal with Universal Music Enterprises,” says Gail Zappa. “They made us the offer we couldn't refuse—for all the right reasons. It is a win-win for all of us, but mostly for Frank Zappa. Long may his baton wave. We are so ready to go.”

“The artist and composer, Frank Zappa, is one of the most important and influential artists in music history with his prolific body of work, including his breakthrough rock ‘n roll concept albums. We are honored that Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust have entrusted us with his legacy. We intend to honor him and bring high quality releases, digital and physical, for his new and longtime fans,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

The first 12:

•Freak Out! (1966)
•Absolutely Free (1967)
•Lumpy Gravy (1968)
•We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
•Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
•Uncle Meat (1969)
•Hot Rats (1969)
•Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
•Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
•Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
•Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
•Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)


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Mighty John’s Top 10 Records Worth $1000

10. The Supremes: Meet The Supremes
•Mighty John tells us Motown is very collectable, and if you find The Supremes’ first album, Meet The Supremes, it can very easily be worth $1,000.

9. Jimi Hendrix: Axis: Bold As Love
 •If you find the mono copy of this album, it can be worth around $2,000.

8. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Michelle
•The very first 45 these Southern rockers put out was called “Michelle” and just the 45 without the picture sleeve currently goes up to $2,000.

7. The Beatles: Can’t Buy Me Love
 •You do need the picture sleeve for this one. The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” goes up to $2,500.

6. The Byrds: Times They Are A Changin
 •Look for The Byrds’ 45 Times They Are A Changin’ with the picture sleeve that could score you up to $2,500.

5. Bruce Springsteen: Spirit In The Night
 •The Boss’ first 45 on Columbia Records titled “Spirit In The Night” goes for a whopping $5,000.

4. The Caine Mutiny soundtrack
 •Soundtracks are also prized finds, and if you have the RCA soundtrack from Humphrey Bogart’s 1954 WWII film The Caine Mutiny, it could be worth up to $10,000!

3. Elvis Presley: Elvis’ Christmas Album
 •The King’s very first of two Christmas albums released in 1957 features a specialty red vinyl record and can be worth up to $18,000.

2. The Rolling Stones: Street Fighting Man
 •The 45 with the picture sleeve for The Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” can be worth up to $18,000.

1. Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
•If you have a copy of Bob Dylan’s 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, take a look at the tracks and see if yours has the song “Talkin John Birch Society Blues” then that record could be worth up to $20,000.


lovely album cover art!

ICARUS WITCH To Release 'Rise' In July

On July 3, Cleopatra Records will release the fifth studio record from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based melodic metallers ICARUS WITCH. "Rise" is an epic twelve-track display of songwriting and musicianship from one of the most-watched heavy music bands of the decade. From the driving, anthemic "(We Are) The New Revolution" to the equally commanding title track, "Rise", ICARUS WITCH demonstrates impeccable harmonies, head-spinning dual guitar work, and hammering rhythm. Lyrically, the band is digging deep into themes of control (loss of, and taking it back), empowerment (within and without), and faith (and keeping it). The CD was produced by Dave Watson (MANTIC RITUAL, ARGUS) and mastered by Mark Richardson (BARONESS, THE BLACK KEYS).

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


Pat Metheny's "Unity Band" Out Now

All About Jazz says Unity Band is "unequivocally one of Metheny's finest—an album that's sure to find its way to 'best of' lists for 2012."

For the first time since his 1980 release 80/81, guitarist Pat Metheny has recorded with a band that features tenor saxophone. Unity Band, due from Nonesuch on June 12, 2012, introduces a new Metheny ensemble with Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and the up-and-coming Ben Williams on bass. The album features nine new Metheny compositions.

Metheny says of the three-decade gap since his last project to feature saxophonists (the late great Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker): “In many ways my bands were envisioned as an alternative to the more conventional kinds that I had come up playing in. The fact that it has taken another 30 years to get to it again is kind of a testament to how busy those ‘alternative’ ways of thinking have kept me.

“We all always talked about revisiting that band at some point, but with both Mike and Dewey gone now, that will never happen,” he continues. “But then Chris Potter came along. As a fan, I have watched as he has become one of the greatest musicians of our time, and when we were both invited to play on Antonio Sanchez’s debut record, I immediately saw that we had a natural way of playing and phrasing that suggested something more. I started thinking right then of somehow building a project around that.”

For the rhythm section, Metheny explains, “Antonio was kind of an obvious choice; he has been one of my closest associates over the past ten years and has also played a lot with Chris. He is such a special musician. There was a certain kind of power I knew that Chris and I would be getting to and I can’t think of anyone who could take us to that place better than Antonio.” He continues, “A few years ago, Christian McBride invited me to an event that he was leading with the jazz students at Juilliard. Ben Williams was featured on a few tunes and his playing spoke to me immediately. I used Ben a few times to sub for Christian with the trio and found him to be a great playing partner and a great person too. He and Antonio had an instantly effortless rapport.”

Once he had assembled this stellar band, Metheny wrote a considerable amount of new material for them. Through rehearsals, they winnowed the music down to the nine tunes on the Unity Band album. “It’s funny, I have heard so many guitar/tenor records that have been clearly influenced by that 80/81 sound, and yet I really wanted to try to take it to a different place this time, even though that record was certain to be a reference point along the way,” Metheny says. “One of Antonio’s specialties is this even eighth-note thing he does, and in a lot of ways that set a direction for the writing. But still, this is a group of musicians who can do just about anything.”

Over the course of more than three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has set himself apart from the jazz mainstream, expanding and blurring boundaries and musical styles. His record-setting body of work includes 19 Grammy Awards in 12 separate categories; a series of influential trio recordings; award-winning solo albums; scores for hit Hollywood motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with major artists such as Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and many others. His band the Pat Metheny Group, founded in 1977, is the only ensemble in history to win Grammys for seven consecutive releases.

Buy it at the Nonsuch Store


album cover art of the day:

The Order Reveals New Album "1986" Artwork

Swiss rockers The Order has recently revealed the album cover artwork for the band's new album called '1986,' which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012.


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 6/04 - 6/10, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:
1. The Walkmen - Heaven
2. PUJOL - United States Of Being
3. Langhorne Slim & The Law - The Way We Move
4. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
5. David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars - Ziggy Stardust
6. At The Drive-In - Vaya 10"
7. Liars - WIXIW
8. Sigur Ros - Valtari
9. Beach House - Bloom
10. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
11. King Tuff - King Tuff
12. The Hives - Lex Hives
13. Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
14. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
15. Brendan Benson - What Kind Of World
16. Jack White - Blunderbuss
17. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
18. Beck - I Just Started Hating People Today 7"
19. Best Coast - The Only Place
20. JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
21. The Mars Volta - Notourniquet
22. Paul Simon - Graceland
23. Dr. John - Locked Down
24. Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair
25. The Black Keys - El Camino

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