Friday, June 1, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Friday, June 1, 2012


Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child Blu-ray Also Coming Tuesday, July 10

Audiophile Double Album Also Available

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release a restored and newly expanded edition of Jimi Plays Berkeley, on Blu-ray and DVD, on Tuesday, July 10.

An historic documentary film chronicling the two concerts Jimi Hendrix performed at the Berkeley Community Theatre on Saturday, May 30, 1970, Jimi Plays Berkeley captures the cultural milieu surrounding one of the finest Hendrix performances ever lensed.

Made from a new, digitally-restored transfer from the original 16mm negative, Jimi Plays Berkeley premieres more than 15 minutes of previously unseen documentary and performance footage of Hendrix classics including "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Machine Gun" and "Hear My Train A Comin'" not featured in the original film release.

"We take great pride in doing our part to preserve the music of my brother, Jimi, especially during his 70th birthday year," said Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix and co-producer (with John McDermott) of the Jimi Plays Berkeley DVD. (Jimi Hendrix, born November 27, 1942, would be 70 this year.)

Jimi Plays Berkeley features a 5.1 surround stereo soundtrack mixed by original Jimi Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and commentary from Abe Jacob, the audio engineer who recorded the Hendrix Berkeley concerts in 1970.

As an added bonus, the newly expanded Jimi Plays Berkeley includes an audio-only presentation of Jimi's complete Berkeley 05/30/1970 second show mixed in 5.1 surround sound. Showcasing 67 minutes of music, the second set concert recordings include "Pass It On (Straight Ahead)," "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)," "Lover Man," "Stone Free," "Hey Joe," "I Don't Live Today," "Machine Gun," "Foxey Lady," "Star Spangled Banner," "Purple Haze," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."

The second set from May 30, 1970, will be released on CD and on 12" vinyl as Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Berkeley (The Second Set). The audiophile 12" double album release is an all analog recording cut by Bernie Grundman from the master tapes and struck by Quality Record Pressings (QRP) on 200 gram vinyl.

The most complete record ever-released of that magical Saturday in late May 1970, Jimi Plays Berkeley includes an essay on the film by noted Jimi Hendrix historian John McDermott.

Also on July 10, Legacy Recordings will release the Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child film for the first time on Blu-ray. A 90 minute documentary directed by the multiple Grammy award-winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings, Band of Gypsys) Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child was originally included as a DVD in the West Coast Seattle Boy Jimi Hendrix boxed set. An autobiographical journey told in the legendary musician's own words as read by Parliament-Funkadelic's Bootsy Collins, the film incorporates interviews with Hendrix, coupled with the artist's letters, writings and recordings to provide new insight into one of the most enduring icons of popular culture. The documentary features some of Jimi's greatest performances as well as rare and never before seen footage and photos including--for the first time ever--examples from the Hendrix family archive of the late guitarist’s personal drawings, postcards home to his father, song drafts, sketches, and lyrics.


not vinyl per se, however without the vinyl records being available, many of these songs would never have been heard....

120 Rare Country Tracks From Plantation Records Released by X5 Music Group

X5 Music Group has just release six digital albums of music from Plantation Records, the country music label started by Shelby Singleton in 1968. Plantation not only signed new artists, including Jeannie C. Riley (Harper Valley P.T.A. was the labels biggest hit), but also many country music veterans, helping them extend their careers well into the 70's.

The albums are important, historically, as they contain over thirty tracks by artists like Ray Pillow, John Wesley Ryles, and Webb Pierce that have never been released into the digital marketplace.

Read more about the release at our friends at VintageVinylNews


David Bowie Remastered 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust'

New Release to Mark 40th Anniversary Of Seminal Release

To mark the 40th anniversary of Bowie's classic album, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,' EMI is set to release a remastered version of the album both CD and vinyl on June 5 (a day before the actual anniversary release date of June 6, 1972).

The re-release will contain remastered audio of all 11 of the album's tracks.  In addition, the vinyl includes an audio DVD featuring previously unreleased mixes of some of the album's tracks.

'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' is a concept album based around a character named Ziggy Stardust, an alien who arrives on Planet Earth in its dying years and attempts to convey a message of hope via a career as a rock'n'roll star. It regularly appears in lists of the best albums of all time.

180-gram vinyl
Side 1
'Five Years'
 'Soul Love'
 'Moonage Daydream'
 'It Ain't Easy'

Side 2
'Lady Stardust'
 'Hang On To Yourself'
 'Ziggy Stardust'
 'Suffragette City'


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Vinyl Business Booming: Third Man Records, Independent Label Market, Origami Vinyl


big vinyl sale north of our border:

Jamie Anstey buys CBC Vancouver's record collection


for those who keep track of these things...

Downloads up loads: Digital music outsells CDs in UK for the first time


from Philip Goldberg at

A Big Day in the Life: When Sgt. Pepper Blew Our Minds


album cover art of the day:

Mind Holocaust Reveals New Album Artwork

Spanish death metal act Mind Holocaust has revealed the cover artwork for the band's new album called 'Condemned Souls.'


U.D.O.: 'Celebrator' To Receive Vinyl Release

"Celebrator", a collection of rare tracks from U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will be released on double vinyl on August 17 via High Roller Records. It is limited to 500 copies in three different colors:

* 100 x white vinyl
* 200 x yellow vinyl
* 200 x black vinyl

Get the tracklist and read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


cool cover art.....

RIVAL SONS: New Album Title, Cover Artwork Revealed

Californian blues-rockers RIVAL SONS will release their new album, "Head Down", in late August via Earache Records. The CD was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (JAMIE JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (JACK WHITE, THE WHITE STRIPES, KINGS OF LEON). The artwork was created by Jason Holley 

Read more at Blabbermouth