Monday, July 1, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

In 2010, I posted an article about Mr. Dean's work and now the lawsuit is here. Take a look back at the article and you can certainly see why.

Read About Roger Dean: Other Wordly Art or How Avatar Ripped Him Off

read on about the lawsuit:

Asia and Yes Artist Roger Dean Sues James Cameron Over ‘Avatar’


Deep Elm Records to Release LIGHTS & MOTION "Reanimation" Limited Edition 2X Vinyl LP in Connection with Foreign Sounds

Deep Elm Records will be releasing a Double Vinyl LP set of cinematic post-rock powerhouse LIGHTS & MOTION's critically-acclaimed debut "Reanimation" in connection with Foreign Sounds, a South Carolina-based record label run by musicians who embrace all elements of the independent DIY mindset while not subscribing to a singular sound. Currently in production in the Czech Republic, this hand-numbered, double-gatefold, limited edition pressing of what PopMatters called "the greatest debut album in post-rock history" and will be limited to 500 copies on black vinyl. A soon-to-be collector's item, a reservation is strongly encouraged as we expect this limited pressing to sell out very quickly. Foreign Sounds anticipates shipping orders in late August. For reservation information, go to
  - Double Vinyl LP Set, Limited Edition Pressing of 500
  - 13 Uncut Original Recordings on Premium 150 Gram Vinyl
  - Double Gatefold (2 Sleeve) Full-Color Jacket with Liner Notes
  - Hand-Numbered, Black Vinyl with Full-Color Disc Labels
  - Manufactured in the Czech Republic by Pirates Press
  - Total Running Time: 67 minutes

One word: Epic. That's the most succinct way to describe the stunning instrumental debut by LIGHTS & MOTION. The band's braintrust, 24 year old self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, mixer and all around musical savant Christoffer Franzen, created and composed every song in real-time during late night insomnia sessions through pure accident, improvisation and inspiration. And the result? More than you could have ever hoped for. Reanimation is pure, sweeping, musically-animated emotion: modern yet classic, bold yet restrained, grandiose yet humble, storming yet tranquil, swerving yet linear...and you are completely surrounded in the sincerity, the ecstasy, the illumination of it all. Every song is deeply intimate yet so massively majestic, culminating in a timeless album that is seemingly created from the same stuff dreams are made of. Reanimation is sure to be acknowledged as one of the best and most important post-rock albums ever made. "If this was the last album we ever released on Deep Elm, I would consider our 18 year mission an overwhelming success" says label founder John Szuch.

"There are two factors by which the genre of post-rock should be judged by - a litmus test, if you will. One, does it challenge and/or dispel the false notion that at the center of rock music presides a frontman and 'proper' song structure? Two, and perhaps most important, does it take listeners out of themselves and into ethereal, ambient and otherworldly realms of which anything and everything is possible when guitars and percussion collide? If this is to be true, then Reanimation, the debut LP from Sweden's 24-year-old multi-instrumentalist, Christoffer Franzen (aka Lights & Motion), is a near-perfect post-rock album. Bound the single thread that is Franzen's solitary performances - improvised, layered and manipulated - is a 67-minute epic that ebbs and flows through sweeping reverb, lush textures of orchestrated strings and sonically crushing melodies. Of the post-rock groups recognized by the majority of mainstream indie rock listeners, Lights & Motion most closely resembles Explosions in the Sky in the band's habitual use of rock's standard guitar, bass and drums. And while Reanimation is chock-full of the non-traditional percussion often found in the genre, it's Franzen's use of this trinity in creating such majestic and euphoric movements that will astound most. No bones about it, Reanimation is quite possibly the greatest debut album in post-rock history..." - PopMatters

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Inside Llewyn Davis - Original Soundtrack Recording

Release date: September 17, 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the basket houses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman—and back again. Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis—in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?—is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with Grammy and Academy Award®-winning music producer T Bone Burnett.

Nonesuch Store pre-orders of the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack on CD and vinyl, both due September 17, include an exclusive, 11" x 7" print from the film.

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Nancy Wilson – This Mother’s Daughter – Capitol Records/ Pure Pleasure Records (vinyl)

Nancy Wilson struts her stuff…

Nancy Wilson – This Mother’s Daughter – Capitol Records/ Pure Pleasure Records PPAN ST11518 – 180 gram Stereo LP (1976) [6/26/13] ****:

(Nancy Wilson, vocals; Dave Grusin, George Duke – piano, Fender Rhodes; George Duke – Moog; Hugh McCracken, Jeff Miranoy – guitars; Chuck Rainey – bass; Steve Gadd – drums; Oliver Brown – percussion; Blue Mitchell – Flugelhorn)

Published on June 25, 2013

During her prime recording career in the 1960s and 1970s, Nancy Wilson was one of the most prolific jazz vocalists on Capitol Records, releasing more than twenty-five albums. Her voice blended sophistication along with a sassiness, whether it was singing pop songs of the era or blending jazz with a funk edge. From the latter style came This Mother’s Daughter in 1976. Produced by Eugene McDaniels, and arranged by Hugh McCracken, Dave Grusin and George Duke, the album was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles. The backing musicians were first call sidemen from LA, so from the get-go, this recording was given a strong jump start.

Pure Pleasure Records, from England, as part of their 180 gram limited edition audiophile re-issue program, has had the esteemed Blue Note engineer, Ron McMaster, remaster the original recording at Capitol Studios. The result is Nancy at her finest on vinyl, singing a mix of contemporary soul with strings and horns.

“From You to Me to You” opens Side 1 with a swirling mix of strings and background vocals surrounding Ms. Wilson as she soars above the mix. Chuck Rainey’s electric bass is unmistakable as his round bottom end keeps the funk quotient high. “Love Has Smiled on Us” is a pretty ballad with the vocal taking center stage with a minimum of strings and background vocals. Piano is the primary instrument backing Nancy as she emotes sweetly. “I Don’t Want a Sometimes Man” has a Motown feel only belied by the strings that Berry Gordy would have left out if he had Diana Ross do this number.

“Tree of Life” is a step up in lyrics with a hopeful theme. Written by producer McDaniels, it was covered as well by Aretha Franklin. A gospel choir adds class and emotion. George Duke’s Moog synthesizer adds spacey effects to “Now” while Steve Gadd makes his presence felt on drums. The title track follows as Wilson preaches to the next generation of women including her daughter, born on July 4, 1975. The theme is helping to prepare our children for the future.

“He Never Had It So Good” brings us back to the eternal man/woman struggle. “When We Were One” has some funky guitar, and a feel that would have been appropriate for a movie theme, complete with some extravagant strings and horns arranged by Dave Grusin and Hugh McCracken. “Stay Tuned” ends our 1970s visit with Nancy Wilson, as its bluesy romp is aided by Blue Mitchell’s righteous Flugelhorn solo. It is perhaps the most straight-ahead jazz tune on the album.

For fans of Ms. Wilson who want to hear her in her prime, backed by a potent crew of musicians, with strings, background vocals, and occasional horns to sweeten the mix—all in audiophile splendor—then this album fits the bill well.

Side 1:  From You To Me To You, Love Has Smiled On Us, I Don’t Want a Sometimes Man, Tree of Life, China
Side 2:  Now, This Mother’s Daughter, He Never Had It So Good, When We Were One, Stay Tuned

—Jeff Krow

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AUDIOPHILE AUDITION focuses on recordings of interest to audiophiles and collectors, with an accent on surround sound for music, and on all hi-res disc formats. Over 100SACD, DVD Video/Audio and standard CD reviews are published during each month, and our archives go back to January 2001. 


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