Friday, September 14, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

this in my inbox, like the song and one would think an instant collectible piece of vinyl!

For Immediate Release

Singer-Songwriter Blake Ian to Release 270 Limited Edition 7” Copies of His Single “Play The King”

Featuring Original Artwork by Renowned Pop Artist Peter Tunney

The complementary worlds of modern art lovers, music enthusiasts and vinyl collectors will collide at Peter Tunney’s Manhattan gallery at 70 Franklin Street on October 24 starting at 7:00 PM. Long time friends and collaborators Blake Ian and Peter Tunney will be showcasing and selling a limited run of 270 copies of Ian’s single “Play The King” on 7” vinyl featuring original artwork numbered and signed by Tunney.

“I’m as much a fan of PT as I am of the great American songwriters like Bob Dylan and Elliott Smith. It’s a privilege to share his work with my fans,” says Ian.

The relationship between the two actually began a few years ago.   Ian released five digital singles varying in genre and production through his label 27 Productions at that time.  All of them featured collaborations with artists, known producers and accomplished musicians, including “Play The King.” Tunney then created original cover art for the song inspired by the Velvet Underground and Warhol.

“I have the original piece in my studio… It’s not for sale!,” laughs Ian.

The mutual respect for each other’s work and a shared love of vinyl is what brought forth this night.
Ian will also be conducting a special live performance that evening for attendees and gallery patrons while Tunney autographs purchased pieces.

Blake Ian has been visible in the NYC folk rock scene for the some time now. He’s released three full-length albums: The Blake Ian Theory (2000), The Basement Waves (2003) and Alchemist (2005). He has toured the country and opened for Donovan, Kenny Loggins, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Leon Russell, Duncan Sheik, Jeffrey Gaines and Christopher Cross. He is a producer as well. He has a hand in virtually every aspect of all of the songwriters’ works that he releases through his own label 27 Productions.

Peter Tunney has become THE name in NYC pop art in recent years from his Franklin Street factory downtown to his Miami gallery in the center of Graffiti Park which has been a centerpiece at Art Basel. His work is up for auction at the elite Phillips de Pury & Company along side the works of Warhol, Basquiat and other kings of modern art. Three of his pieces now stand as massive billboards along the highways in and out of Manhattan. Tunney collectors include Jay-Z, Olivia Wilde and Kid Rock.


cool cover art!

A Life Once Lost Reveal Album Cover Art

Metal outfit A Life Once Lost have recently revealed the album cover art for their new album 'Ecstatic Trance,' which was illustrated by Brian Baker.  The album is due out on October 22nd in North America and internationally on November 16th through Season Of Mist.


Manic Street Preachers 'Generation Terrorists' Reissue

Manic Street Preachers have confirmed the reissue their 1992 debut 'Generation Terrorists'.

The 18 track LP is being rereleased on November 5th to celebrate the record's 20th anniversary.  It will come in five different formats including a re-mastered single CD, a download version, plus two different special edition versions featuring unheard exclusive songs and demos, unseen film footage, home movies and unique artwork.

The first edition entitled the 'Legacy Edition' will come with two CDs plus a DVD while the 'Limited Collector's Edition' spans three CDs, a DVD, a book and a 10 inch vinyl release. Finally a special 12 inch double vinyl gatefold LP will also be released.


Joe Bonamassa Live Album In The Works

Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre – Live From New York will be released as a 2 CD set and double vinyl album for the very first time. The double live album, released by Provogue Records in the UK on Monday September 24, features 20 stunning tracks that spans his incredible career.

You can pre-order HERE


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GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT: Debut Album Title, Cover Artwork, Release Date Revealed 

"Bow Down Before The Blood Court", the debut album from Dutch death metal doom mongers GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT, will be released on November 12 in Europe and on November 20 in North America via Century Media Records. The CD cover artwork was created by Axel Hermann

Get more details at Blabbermouth


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Gibson is running a contest on its Facebook page for readers to win 1 of 4 Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut guitars - signed by Green Day!

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Album Review

Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stop the Rain – Hi Records/ PurePleasure vinyl

Ann Peebles’ sultry voice with audiophile quality acoustics…

Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stop the Rain – Hi Record (1973)/ PurePleasure Records SHL32079 180 gram vinyl – Produced by Willie Mitchell; re-mastered by Kevin Gray ****½:

(Ann Peebles, vocals; Howard Grimes, drums; Jack Hale, trombone; Charles Hodges, keyboards; Leroy Hodges, bass; Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, guitar; Wayne Jackson, trumpet; Ed Logan, tenor saxophone; Andrew Love, tenor saxophone; James Mitchell, baritone saxophone; Archie Turner, piano; Rhode, background vocals; Memphis Sanctified Horns – horn section; Sandra Chalmers, background vocals)

Ann Peebles was the lead female vocalist signed to Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records label. Mitchell is more associated with signing the inimitable Al Green to his label and went on to produce many of Green’s signature hits. Willie was noted to use the Hi sound to his artists-organ fills, an outstanding horn section, and a steady drum beat.

All of these were provided to Ann Peebles back in 1973. Ann is most known for a sultry Southern voice and had her biggest hit with “I Can’t Stop the Rain.” The English audiophile label PurePleasure has used the services of legendary re-mastering engineer, Kevin Gray, to work his magic on Peebles’ signature LP. This record is filled with songs regarding the heartbreak of love. Backed by Mitchell’s use of horns and strings that made Al Green’s career, Peebles lets it all hang out, and with an audiophile upgrade, we get the benefit of Pebbles in her prime.

The album opens with the title cut. Peebles has a voice that can reach a falsetto peak. Backed by a drum beat that is in perfect 4/4 beat, and a punchy horn section, you can immediately tell why it worked so well for Al Green. “Do I Need You?” has Ann wonder why she should waste her time on a suitor and she reprises the title track’s refrain.

“Until You Came Into My Life” has sweet strings and is a ballad that Green would have eaten up. The background singers signify and Peebles hits the high notes, as her mood brightens. “Hangin’ On” brings the church into the romantic side of life, and you can imagine the Staple Singers singing this sweet song on the gospel circuit. It has one of the best arrangements on the LP. “Run, Run, Run” brings betrayal back into the mix as Side 1 ends with a great horn arrangement.

“If We Can’t Trust Each Other” brings trust out as the primary requirement for love to last. Howard Grimes’ drum beat is as steady as a Rolex, and the horns and strings sweeten the mood in counterpoint to the lyrics. “A Love Vibration” benefits from the background vocals and the sound mix perfected by Kevin Gray would be hard to match on CD.

“You Got to Feed the Fire” (to make the flame of love go higher) says it all on the next song. The warm strings belie the emotion of anger expressed in “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down.” Room by room, says Ann, and you know she means it…

“One Way Street” ends this classic album filled full of the pitfalls of love’s challenges. I Can’t Stand the Rain is classic Southern soul made possible by a master producer, Willie Mitchell. Motown back in the day featured bouncy lightweight catchy melodies. Hi Records, out of Memphis—like its counterpart Stax Records—dealt with the more realistic, gritty side of love.

Both are classic soul.

Ann Peebles is still with us. PurePleasure keeps her in her prime with magnificent sound. If Al Green is your chief male soul crooner, let Ann Peebles into your life…


Side 1: I Can’t Stand the Rain, Do I Need You?; Until You Came Into My Life; (You Keep Me) Hangin’ On; Run, Run, Run

Side 2: If We Can’t Trust Each Other, A Love Vibration, You Got to Feed the Fire, I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, One Way Street

—Jeff Krow

Buy the album HERE

We thank John over at for the exclusive rights to reprint this great review!

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