Thursday, July 19, 2018

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds release the video for 'If Love is the Law’





Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘If Love Is The Law’
Label: Sour Mash Records Ltd

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds release the video today for ‘If Love Is The Law’ – taken from the Number 1 UK album Who Built the Moon?.
The track features a guest performance from the legendary Johnny Marr on guitar and harmonica. The single is to be released digitally on August 17, 2018, and will be available on 12” vinyl on September 14.

The video for "If Love Is The Law" was directed by Mike Bruce, who shared, “‘If Love Is The Law’ is the fifth video of a sequence of seven music videos all of which comprise a chronological story line about two outlaws who meet and fall in love. As a whole the videos will eventually be released as a film entitled ‘Stranded On The Earth’ complete with dialog sequences and live performances. The concept came from a series of discussions I had with Noel over the course of a couple months leading up to the release of 'Who Built The Moon?'. When Noel sent me his new album I knew I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something we’re not used to seeing in a music video format. ‘If Love Is The Law’ serves as both a video for the latest single from 'Who Built The Moon?' and as a trailer for the film and what’s to come.”
The vinyl features the album version of the single and an instrumental rendition, plus rare track ‘Alone On The Rope’ on the B side. Track listing is as follows:
A1. ‘If Love Is The Law’
A2. ‘If Love Is The Law’ (Instrumental)
B1. ‘Alone On The Rope’
Who Built the Moon?, the third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released last year on Sour Mash Records, is gold certified and debuted at Number 1 in the UK – making it a hat trick of Number 1 solo records following 2011’s eponymous album and 2015’s Chasing Yesterday. This is also a record-breaking 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album for Noel – no other artist has a perfect streak of Number 1 studio albums in the UK as long as Noel.
Further details about Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds can be found at

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tom Petty box set 'An American Treasure' to be released Sept. 28 on Reprise Records

Wow, can't wait for this! Make sure to revisit Also, while waiting for 'An American Treasure' to be released this fall, revisit Tom Petty's legacy via my review of one of his final concert performances. Click here to read my review of his September 21, 2017 Hollywood Bowl concert.


Album artwork by Shepard Fairey

On September 28, Reprise Records will release An American Treasurea career-spanning Tom Petty box set. The 60-track set unveils dozens of previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep tracks that spotlight Tom’s remarkable depth and evolution as a revered and tremendously influential songwriter, recording artist and performer. An American Treasure marks the first release of Tom Petty music since the artist’s tragic passing in October 2017.
The first single from An American Treasure is “Keep A Little Soul”—a previously unreleased recording from 1982 sessions that resulted in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ classic album, Long After Dark. Watch the video featuring rare never-before-seen footage of the band here. The song is also available today with box set pre-order here. To add to the celebration of this announcement, a newly redesigned website at has been launched.
Tom’s daughter, Adria Petty, and his wife, Dana Petty, were the primary catalysts for the commission, creation and release of An American Treasure­—a tribute and love letter pointing to the music in between the hits, and a strong musical portrait of the person they know in their hearts. Adria and Dana both serve as the project’s Executive Producers, and, together with Tom’s bandmates of 45 years, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and his studio collaborator, Ryan Ulyate, curated the box set’s track list from Petty’s rich song catalog. Campbell, Tench and Ulyate also produced An American Treasure.
The creation of An American Treasure was a true labor of love, as Adria Petty and Dana Petty explain, “Everyone involved in this project chose each track with tremendous care and deep respect for the body of work Tom Petty created over the course of 40 years.  He also accumulated a wealth of unreleased music in his vaults, and we have collectively uncovered one gem after another that will keep us all listening and discovering new facets of Tom’s talent for many years to come.  We can’t wait to share with Tom’s fans this musical portrait of an artist who deeply affected our culture and indelibly touched the lives of fans the world over.”
The custom cover artwork for An American Treasure was created by prominent American artist
Shepard Fairey from an image of Petty by renowned photographer Mark Seliger.
An American Treasure will be released in multiple formats: 
An American Treasure: Deluxe Edition—A 4-CD set that features all 60 tracks, plus a 52-page booklet with rare and previously unseen photographs of Tom, his bandmates, family and friends. The booklet also features detailed track-by-track liner notes by noted journalist and Tom Petty aficionado Bud Scoppa, who drew upon his previous interviews with Tom and new conversations with Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Ryan Ulyate, as well as Adria and Dana Petty. 
An American Treasure: Super Deluxe Limited Edition—A 4-CD set that features all 60 tracks and an 84-page hardbound book expanded from the Deluxe Edition to include many additional photographs and an essay by renowned author Nicholas Dawidoff – written especially for An American Treasure – that speaks to Tom Petty’s presence in our lives and influence on our culture for more than 40 years.  This special package also includes a newly-created lithograph of Shepard Fairey’s cover artwork, as well as custom reproductions of Tom Petty’s handwritten lyrics to four songs featured in this collection and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
An American Treasure: Vinyl Edition—A 6-LP set that features all 60 tracks and a 48-page booklet containing all of the photographic and editorial elements found in the CD Deluxe Edition.  This set also includes the Nicholas Dawidoff essay.  This special Vinyl Edition will be released on Friday, November 23, but is available for pre-order now.
An American Treasure: Standard Edition—A 2-CD set that features 26 career spanning tracks chosen from the Deluxe editions, as well as Bud Scoppa’s detailed track-by-track.
All newly released recordings on An American Treasure have been mixed by Ryan Ulyate from pristine transfers of the original studio multitrack masters. All 60 recordings have been re-mastered for this collection by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
CD 1
Previously unreleased track from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sessions—1976
Listen To Her Heart
Live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA—November 11, 1977
Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll
Live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA—November 11, 1977
When The Time Comes
Album track from You’re Gonna Get It!—May 2, 1978
You’re Gonna Get It
Alternate version featuring strings from You’re Gonna Get It! sessions—1978
Radio Promotion Spot
Rockin’ Around (With You)
Album track from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers —November 9, 1976
Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)
Alternate version from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers—1976
Live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA—November 11, 1977
The Wild One, Forever
Album track from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers—November 9, 1976
No Second Thoughts
Album track from You’re Gonna Get It!—May 2, 1978
Here Comes My Girl
Alternate version from Damn The Torpedoes sessions—1979
What Are You Doing In My Life
Alternate version from Damn The Torpedoes sessions—1979
Louisiana Rain
Alternate version from Damn The Torpedoes sessions—1979
Lost In Your Eyes
Previously unreleased single from Mudcrutch sessions—1974
CD 2
Keep A Little Soul
Previously unreleased track from Long After Dark sessions—1982
Even The Losers
Live at Rochester Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY—1989
Keeping Me Alive
Previously unreleased track from Long After Dark sessions—1982
Don’t Treat Me Like A Stranger
B-side to UK single of “I Won’t Back Down”—April, 1989
The Apartment Song
Demo recording (with Stevie Nicks)—1984
Concert Intro
Live introduction by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Forum, Inglewood, CA—June 28, 1981
King’s Road
Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA—June 28, 1981
Clear The Aisles
Live concert announcement by Tom Petty, The Forum, Inglewood, CA—June 28, 1981
A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)
Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA—June 28, 1981
Straight Into Darkness
Alternate version from The Record Plant, Hollywood, CA—May 5, 1982
You Can Still Change Your Mind
Album track from Hard Promises—May 5, 1981
Alternate version from Southern Accents sessions—1985
Deliver Me
Alternate version from Long After Dark sessions—1982
Alright For Now
Album track from Full Moon Fever—April 24, 1989
The Damage You’ve Done
Alternate version from Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) sessions—1987
The Best Of Everything
Alternate version from Southern Accents sessions—March 26, 1985
Walkin’ From The Fire
Previously unreleased track from Southern Accents sessions—March 1, 1984
King Of The Hill
Early take (with Roger McGuinn)—November 23, 1987
CD 3
I Won’t Back Down
Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA—February 4, 1997
Previously unreleased track from Echo sessions—February 12, 1998
You And I Will Meet Again
Album track from Into The Great Wide Open—July 2, 1991
Into The Great Wide Open
Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena—November 24, 1991
Two Gunslingers
Live at The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY—May 25, 2013
Lonesome Dave
Previously unreleased track from Wildflowers sessions—July 23, 1993
To Find A Friend
Album track from Wildflowers—November 1, 1994
Crawling Back To You
Album track from Wildflowers—November 1, 1994
Wake Up Time
Previously unreleased track from early Wildflowers sessions—August 12, 1992
Grew Up Fast
Album track from Songs and Music from “She’s the One”—August 6, 1996
I Don’t Belong
Previously unreleased track from Echo sessions—December 3, 1998
Accused Of Love
Album track from Echo—April 13, 1999
Lonesome Sundown
Album track from Echo—April 13, 1999
Don’t Fade On Me
Previously unreleased track from Wildflowers—sessions—April 20, 1994
CD 4
You And Me
Clubhouse version—November 9, 2007
Have Love Will Travel
Album track from The Last DJ—October 8, 2002
Money Becomes King
Album track from The Last DJ—October 8, 2002
Bus To Tampa Bay
Previously unreleased track from Hypnotic Eye sessions—August 11, 2011
Saving Grace
Live at Malibu Performing Arts Center, Malibu, CA—June 16, 2006
Down South
Album track from Highway Companion—July 25, 2006
Southern Accents
Live at Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL—September 21, 2006
Live (with Stevie Nicks) at O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL—September 21, 2006
Two Men Talking
Previously unreleased track from Hypnotic Eye sessions—November 16, 2012
Fault Lines
Album track from Hypnotic Eye—July 29, 2014
Sins Of My Youth
Early take from Hypnotic Eye sessions—November 12, 2012
Good Enough
Alternate version from Mojo sessions—2012
Something Good Coming
Album track from Mojo—July 15, 2010
Save Your Water
Album track from Mudcrutch 2—May 20, 2016
Like A Diamond
Alternate version from The Last DJ sessions—2002
Hungry No More
Live at House of Blues, Boston, MA—June 15, 2016

Monday, July 09, 2018

Sir Ringo Starr Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of His "Peace & Love" Birthday Event at Hard Rock Cafe Nice

It's nice to share a bit of nice news on a Monday!

Sir Ringo Starr celebrated the 10TH ANNIVERSARY of his “PEACE & LOVE” BIRTHDAY EVENT at Hard Rock Cafe Nice on Saturday, July 7, 2018 
Global “Peace & Love” Celebration Took Place in More Than 60 Countries

Barbara Starkey, left, with Ringo Starr on July 7.
Ringo Starr celebrated his birthday on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Nice, France, where he joined friends and fans in front of Hard Rock Cafe Nice to share a "Peace & Love" salute at noon. Ringo was accompanied by friends and family including his wife, Lady Barbara Starkey, his brother-in-law Joe Walsh with wife Marjorie Walsh, and his All Starrs (including Graham Gouldman, Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham) with "honorary" All Starr for the day Matt Sorum. The now traditional “Peace & Love” moment invited fans from around the world to say, think or do “Peace & Love” at noon their time. This year’s tribute included celebrations in more than 60 countries.
At the event, The Deputy Mayor of the City of Nice, Rudy Salles, welcomed the crowd, and spoke to the importance of “Peace & Love” day. Mr. Salles introduced a musical tribute, which was performed by Ringo’s current All Starr band and Joe Walsh. They played “Act Naturally” and “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and “Funk 49”. Joe then introduced the birthday boy - Ringo - who had already darted out to join the band for a few bits. Ringo thanked the Hard Rock, and event sponsors David Lynch Foundation and Modern Drummer and of course all the fans and friends worldwide who made this 10th Anniversary the biggest yet. The group did a countdown to a noon “Peace & Love” cheer, tossing out “Peace & Love” wristbands and Peace cookies to fans.
Starr began the tradition of celebrating a “Peace & Love” birthday with Hard Rock 10 years ago, when he and his wife Barbara joined throngs of fans on the streets of Chicago. The next celebration was a traffic-stopping event in front of Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square, with additional birthday stops in subsequent years at Hard Rock Cafe locations in Hamburg, Germany and Nashville, Tennessee, and three years at the Capitol Tower in Los Angeles.

On a related note, check out the video tribute to Ringo Starr's annual birthday celebration that MUSIC WORTH BUYING co-hosts TJR and Robert Kinsler filmed on Saturday, July 7 here:

For additional information on Ringo Starr please visit

Summertime Heats Up Via New Releases

A wide range of outstanding releases are helping heat up the summer, including a surprise stunner from Gorillaz, an outstanding sophomore album from the Rails, the third LP from New York-based artist Vincent Poag and a historic live release from guitar great Dennis Coffey.

Artist: Gorillaz
Title: The Now Now (Warner Bros./Parlophone)
You might like if you enjoy: Gorillaz, Damon Albarn's "Everyday Robots"
Tell me more: On the brilliant new Gorillaz release The Now Now, singer-songwriter Damon Albarn has essentially followed up his 2014 release Everyday Robots with a sequel of sorts; the new disc is intoxicating musically even while offering a lyrically-impactful search for finding one's self in a world - America in particular  where people seem to be more alone than ever. Whereas 2017's Gorillaz return Humanz was packed with all-star guests ranging from Mavis Staples and Grace Jones to Popcaan across the track list, The Now Now is a decidedly more intimate and stronger affair. A soundscape paved with cool beats, retro synths and grooves surrounding Albarn's signature vocals, the 11-track disc includes the breezy "Humility" (featuring jazz guitarist George Benson's shining fretwork), the '80s-mining "Tranz," infectious "Lake Zurich," distant "Magic City" (complete with Blur guitarist Graham Coxon's flourishes) and the enthralling "One Percent." Information:

Artist: The Rails
Title: Other People (Thirty Tigers)
You might like if you enjoy: Carbon Leaf, Bright Blue Gorilla
Tell me more: It's so clear; the Rails get it. Other People, the latest release from the London-based duo comprised of Kami Thompson (daughter of Linda and Richard Thompson) and James Walbourne (his performance credits include the celebrated likes of the Pretenders, Son Volt and Ray Davies) is a disc that will impress on a single listen even while revealing ever-growing lyrical and sonic layers with subsequent listens. There are tracks rooted in traditional Irish folk sounds ("The Cally," "Other People"), indie roots rockers ("Late Surrender," "Brick And Mortar") and Americana folk ("Drowned in Blue," "Mansion Of Happiness") — all lushly arranged and emotionally truthful. Beyond their talents as top-tier musicians, the duo's secret weapon may well be that Thompson and Walbourne each have amazing and distinctive voices and are able to create a magical third voice when they sing together (just listen to the affecting "Dark Times," wistful "Leaving The Land" and tender "I Wish, I Wish"). Information:

Artist: Vincent Poag
Title: Heroes and Demons (Danal Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Tom Waits, John Prine, Bob Dylan
Tell me more: Based in New York City, singer-songwriter-guitarist Vincent Poag uses his rich baritone to deliver original material that taps into his observations inspired by both a look inward as well as studies directed outward toward the big world around him. On his newly-issued third album Heroes and Demons, there is a straightforward lyrical approach enhanced by creative songwriting in the tradition of American favorites including Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and John Prine. Whether delivering a front-and-center appreciation of life itself ("Beautiful Day") in uncertain times like theses, or tapping into the jangly pop rock of Tom Petty ("Young Again") and utilizing a retro jazzy backdrop on the winning "One Step Ahead of Gloom," Poag's style allows him to weave a number of genres into a singular sound. The Waterboys-flavored "Piper Play" is this writer's favorite; the nugget recalls some of Mike Scott's most Celtic-drenched treasures with a luxurious moodscape enhanced by Irish flute, mandolin, fiddle and accordion. Information:

Artist: Dennis Coffey
Title: One Night at Morey's: 1968 (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Dennis Coffey
Tell me more: Listening to the power and inventiveness of Dennis Coffey's One Night at Morey's, it's hard to believe the live performance featuring Coffey on guitar, organist Lyman Woodard and drummer Melvin Davis was recorded 50 years ago. The power and range of the trio is breathtaking; the three musicians blend jazz, funk, R&B and rock via a freewheeling approach that showcases the trio's virtuoso chops and creative chemistry. The instrumental reworking of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" plays out over a fast-moving 13+ minutes! The Meters' "Cissy Strut" is buoyant, with the rhythmic groove a launching pad for flat-out masterful lead guitar work courtesy of Coffey. Those looking for some flat-out killer lead guitar work from Coffey can check out "Burning Spear," where the speed of his runs thrills. A version of the Young Rascals' "Groovin' " certainly serves as the perfect groove for the trio, with all three musicians offering up some outstanding musicianship — all of it nuanced and presented in the service of the piece itself. The originals featured here — "Big City Lights," "Mindbender," and "Union Station" — and they are equally potent. Information:

Robert Kinsler