Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Stagecoach Festival preview: Americana, rock and country greats set to perform in Indio this weekend

Tim McGraw, seen here in 2013, will headline on night
one at Stagecoach. Photo: Kelly A. Swift
While the 16th edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is now in the history books, the expansive Empire Polo Club in Indio is now set to host yet another legendary event. California's biggest country music event, Stagecoach, arrives in Indio, California, April 24, 25 and 26, 2015.

The three-day event features a diverse lineup of famed performers ranging from contemporary commercial hit makers (Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton) and traditionalists (Sturgill Simpson, Merle Haggard) to bona fide Americana heroes (Steve Earle, The Lone Bellow, Nikki Lane) and rock 'n' roll icons (ZZ Top, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Eric Burdon & the Animals) that collectively offer a lot of everything to everybody.

Here is my far-from-complete list of "must sees" at the annual festival, which draws tens of thousands music fans to the Coachella Valley every spring to take in not only great full-length sets from a wide range of artists but great food, drink, eye-catching artwork and a number of other activities.

Friday, April 24

Sturgill Simpson thrilled during a riveting set inside
the Gobi Tent at Coachella on April 19, 2015.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
There is a reason that Sturgill Simpson was picked to perform at both the acclaimed Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals in Indio, California this spring. The Kentucky native’s outstanding sophomore album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is both a celebration of authentic country and genre-bending modernism. Highlights include “Turtles all the Way Down” with its perfect mix of country and gospel, “Long White Line” featuring a swirling psychedelic finish, and the tender “The Promise” with Simpson’s voice mostly hushed until a soaring finale reveals his baritone at its most ardent.

Eventually, everybody seems to get the blues. Look no further than the latest release from Steve Earle & The Dukes. While best known for his celebrated string of alt country, roots rock and Americana releases stretching back to 1986, Earle’s Terraplane is an authentic celebration of post-Robert Johnson Delta blues. Whether performing Johnson-styled blues (“Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now,” “Gamblin’ Blues”), pensive modern folk blues (“Better Off Alone”) or blues rock (“Go Go Boots Are Back,” “King of the Blues”), Earle’s latest batch of originals are rendered with a richness that draws comparisons with the excellent Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite 2013 collaboration Get Up! I last caught Earle in a solo acoustic tour in May 2014 and he was terrific; I can't wait to see him backed by the Dukes at Stagecoach.

Although she got her start as a backup singer for her ex-husband Neil Young, Pegi Young has earned some well-deserved praise since setting out on her own in 2006. Now touring behind the strength of a very solid album ("Lonely in a Crowded Room), the singer-songwriter and her band the Survivors (keyboardist Spooner Oldham, guitarist Kelvin Holly, bassist Rick Rosas and drummer Phil Jonesare set to offer up a winning blend of folk, country, blues, R&B and rock in the California desert.

Tim McGraw comes to Stagecoach armed with an amazing legacy that includes 13 full-length studio albums (the latest, 2014's wonderful "Sundown Heaven Town"). His live shows offer plenty of hits, with the material ranging from high-energy dance tunes to tender ballads.

Merle Haggard (along with the late great Buck Owens) is not only a primary architect of the so-called "Bakersfield sound," but is among the greatest and most important living country music artists. There is simply no reason not to catch "Hag" when he steps on stage at Stagecoach. Who wouldn't want to see the 78-year-old legend perform "Okie from Muskogee," "Mama Tried" and the beautiful "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star." 

Other must see artists on my Friday wish list include songstress Kacey Musgraves, Nashville collective The Time Jumpers and Canadian country music singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega.

Saturday, April 25

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top in action.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Although Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ZZ Top isn't technically the headliner on Saturday night, the band will draw like one. The Texas trio will fuel the party while unleashing "La Grange," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man" and other radio staples. You can take it to the bank how well the band will kill it at Stagecoach.

The Cadillac Three is a hard-rocking country-meets-rock trio whose powerful originals includes "Peace Love & Dixie" and "Party Like You."

Other must sees include singer-songwriter Nikki Lane (whose 2014 LP All Or Nothin' was one of best roots releases of the year), and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose.

Sunday, April 26

George Thorogood will bring his unique
brand of blues-rock to Stagecoach.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
George Thorogood and the Destroyers have scored a number of memorable recordings. "Bad to the Bone," "I Drink Alone" and "Move It On Over" will be among the staples the Wilmington, Delaware-born Thorogood and his outfit will unleash on Sunday.

Eric Burdon and the Animals (yes, that's right) will be among the genuine stars performing on Sunday. Although best know for their number 1 hit single "House of the Rising Sun," singer Eric Burdon and company will likely thrill Stagecoach-goers with classics such as "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and "It's My Life" too. I love the blues-rock showcase "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

Although not as well know as they were in the late 1970s, the Southern rock-country outfit Outlaws will definitely get the crowd going with their timeless hits "There Goes Another Love Song" and the epic rocker "Green Grass and High Tides."

Among the young artists set to ignite the event on Sunday are the "Ozark Stomp"-minded Ben Miller Band and celebrated singer-songwriter Andrew Combs

Information: StagecoachFestival.com.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Knack's final albums focus of Omnivore Recordings reissues

'Zoom' album cover
Fans of high octane power-pop (and of The Knack specifically) will be excited by the news that Omnivore Recordings has announced plans to release deluxe editions of The Knack's last three official releases beginning next month. Here is some information on the trio of releases courtesy of Omnivore Recordings.

Nearly 20 years after their iconic debut, The Knack returned proclaiming “Pop is dead! Bring your shovel!” But, Zoom proved this was anything but the case. With new drummer Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa), Doug Fieger, Berton Averre, and Prescott Niles delivered the album Knack fans had been waiting for—one Fieger often cited as his favorite.
Beginning with Havin’ A Rave Up! Live In Los Angeles 1979 and Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos, Omnivore Recordings is ready to bookend and complete The Knack story by reissuing expanded versions of their final three albums, beginning with 1998’s Zoom.
The album’s original 14 songs are joined by 5 bonus tracks, 4 previously unissued! “She Says” (recorded during theZoom sessions) first appeared on the now out-of-print Proof: The Very Best Of The Knack. Three demos and a Bozzio helmed version of their classic “My Sharona” round out the remastered audio program, which includes set-list staples like “Pop Is Dead,” “Can I Borrow A Kiss,” and “Harder On You.” With fresh artwork and liners featuring a new interview with Averre and Niles, this version of Zoom will not only excite their fan base, but introduce the group to a multitude of new listeners.
It’s time to get The Knack again—and this reissue of Zoom takes its rightful place as an essential part of their catalog!

'Normal As The Next Guy'
cover artwork
 No one expected another album from The Knack. But, those who knew where to look were overjoyed with 2001’s Normal As The Next Guy. It’s safe to say that The Knack were never given their due as an album act. Normal As The Next Guy would ultimately serve as their final studio release—and it contained everything they’d worked on and perfected up to that point.
Touching on every genre they’d previously tackled, from the pop of “Disillusion Town” and “It’s Not Me,” to the Beach Boys-psychedelia of “The Man On The Beach” and a re-recording of Serious Fun’s should-have-been-huge “One Day At A Time” (which was climbing the charts as their then label folded), Normal As The Next Guy serves as a fitting bookend to where the band came from, and what they’d achieved. And, how musically powerfully they always were.
Supplemented with three of Doug Fieger’s songwriting demos, this expanded reissue presents the original’s 12 tracks in a new light, and helps extend the story started with Havin’ A Rave Up! Live In Los Angeles, 1978. Omnivore Recordings is proud to re-introduce this release, sadly under-valued at the time of its original release, but ready over a decade later to be presented to those who may have never had a chance to be Normal As The Next Guy

After 6 studio albums and 3 decades of playing together, The Knack released their first official live album in 2002. The “soundtrack” to a performance on an imaginary 1960s television broadcast, Live At The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun House was the culmination of the reason everyone “got” The Knack in the first place.
Omnivore Recordings was honored to release an early snapshot of the band on stage with Havin’ A Rave-Up! Live In Los Angeles, 1979, and is proud to complete the live picture with the final release from the band, remastered and expanded, and following in the footsteps of May’s reissue of Zoom and Normal As The Next Guy in June. All of the band’s history is represented—from the singles including “My Sharona,” “Good Girl’s Don’t,” and “Baby Talks Dirty” to album favorites like “Another Lousy Day In Paradise,” “Siamese Twins (The Monkey And Me),” and “(She’s So) Selfish.”
In addition to new artwork and liner notes, as well as remembrances from members of the band themselves, this version of Live From The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun House contains two tracks recorded for the original CD/DVD, but never issued until now; Normal As The Next Guy’s “It’s Not Me” and “Seven Days Of Heaven.” The addition of those tracks now represents material from all of their studio releases.
Live From The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun House offers fans everything they love about The Knack—stellar songs and a rocking performance. While this would be the last album released by the group before the passing of Doug Fieger, it represents why they maintained a rabid fan base. They were an incredible live band.
So, get your tickets for the Fun House! You’ll be glad you did.

For more information on all things Knack, visit: http://omnivorerecordings.com/.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard reunite for upcoming album 'Django and Jimmie'

Exciting news for fans of legendary artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard...Did I mention how excited I am to get to see Haggard at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA in a few weeks?

Outlaw Country legends Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard reunite for 'Django and Jimmie,' a new album collaboration premiering 14 fresh studio tracks

Willie's Sixth Studio Album for Legacy Recordings, produced by Buddy Cannon, coming June 2

Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the June 2 release of Django and Jimmie, the new studio album collaboration from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, two of the founding fathers of American outlaw country music.
"Me and Merle got a new album coming out called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers," said Willie Nelson.  "Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers."
According to Merle Haggard, there's "new songs, a couple of classics and Willie sang like he was a teenager."
For Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson's sixth studio album release for Legacy since inking an historic deal with the label in 2012, the legendary singer-songwriter joined forces with longtime friend and collaborator Merle Haggard to reignite the musical chemistry that made the pair's Pancho & Lefty a honky-tonk blockbuster and America's #1 Country Album following its release in January 1983.  Driven by a title track penned by Townes Van Zandt (and arguably the songwriter's most familiar song), the critically-acclaimed top-selling Pancho & Lefty solidified the reputations of both Willie and Merle as among the most formidable and influential artists in outlaw country music while topping the Billboard Country charts for seven non-consecutive weeks between April and October 1983.
The success of Pancho & Lefty opened the doors for a number of successful follow-up projects including 1987's Seashores Of Old Mexico album, 2007's double album Last Of The Breed with Ray Price, and the Merle Haggard-penned "A Horse Called Music" (the lead track on 2012's Heroes, Willie Nelson's first album for Legacy).
Helmed by Nelson's longtime producer, collaborator and friend Buddy Cannon, Django and Jimmie premieres 14 brand-new studio recordings including: "Django and Jimmie," a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, country music's mythic "Singing Brakeman"; the reflective and meditative "Live This Long"; "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash," an homage to country music's original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; a sublime interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"; and the future outlaw country classic "Unfair Weather Friend," written by rising songsmiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon's daughter) and Ward Davis.
A legendary country music producer and songwriter in his own right, Buddy helped pen five of the album's tracks, including "It's All Going To Pot" (a rollicking anthem for the emerging 21st century cannabis culture) and four cowrites with Willie: "Alice In Hulaland," "It's Only Money," "Where Dreams Come To Die," and "Driving The Herd."
Among the 14 essential recordings on Django and Jimmie, Nelson and Haggard each pay musical tribute to the other through heartfelt solo performances: Willie singing Merle's "Somewhere Between" and Merle covering Willie's "Family Bible."
Willie sums up the duo's new collaboration simply saying, "It's good music, I got a good feeling about it."
Willie Nelson and Merle HaggardDjango and Jimmie
  1. Django and Jimmie – written by Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince
  2. It's All Going To Pot – written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Larry Shell
  3. Unfair Weather Friend - written by Marla Cannon-Goodman and Ward Davis
  4. Missing Ol' Johnny Cash - written by Merle Haggard
  5. Live This Long – written by Shawn Camp and Marv Green
  6. Alice In Hulaland - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  7. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - written by Bob Dylan
  8. Family Bible – written by Walter M. Breeland, Paul F. Buskirk, and Claude Gray
  9. It's Only Money - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  10. Swinging Doors - written by Merle Haggard
  11. Where Dreams Come To Die - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  12. Somewhere Between – written by Merle Haggard
  13. Driving The Herd - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  14. The Only Man Wilder Than Me - written by Merle Haggard

About Willie Nelson
In February 2012, Willie Nelson entered into an historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, marking a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, had cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975's seminal smash Red Headed Stranger.  New titles by the artist under the Legacy imprint will include newly recorded songs and performances as well as archival releases, personally curated by the artist, drawn from all phases of his career including his recordings for RCA Records and others.
Nelson's album releases for Legacy Recordings have included:
1) Heroes (2012), a collection of pop-country songs performed by Willie with an all-star roster of guest artists including Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, and Jamey Johnson as well as Willie's sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson;
2) Let's Face The Music And Dance (2013), a collection of new studio performances by Willie Nelson and Family;
3) To All The Girls... (2013), a collection of newly recorded duets with contemporary pop-country women singers including Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Tina Rose, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Secret Sisters, Brandi Carlile, Lily Meola, Shelby Lynne, Melonie Cannon and Paula Nelson;
4) Band of Brothers (2014), featuring the artist's first batch of freshly penned original songs in nearly two decades
5) December Day: Willie's Stash, Vol. 1 (2014),  the first installment of the Willie's Stash archival recordings series, the album features Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie performing intimate new recordings of songs that informed their musical heritage.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Melissa Etheridge live concert 'A Little Bit Of Me: Live in L.A.' coming to CD, DVD, Blu-ray & digital

Very exciting news for fans of singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge...

Forthcoming release via shout! factory coming June 9, 2015

On June 9, 2015, Melissa Etheridge will release the electrifying live concert experience A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A.on CD, Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, as well as a digital edition, and a deluxe digital edition available exclusively on iTunes, via Shout! Factory. Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray combos include interviews with Melissa Etheridge, members of her band, and special guests Delta Rae, “Backstage Pass,” a behind-the-scenes look at the Orpheum performance, and a photo gallery.

On December 12, 2014, at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Melissa Etheridge played the final night of her national This Is M.E. tour. The show featured Melissa and her band in top form, performing new songs from her 13th studio album, This Is M.E., such as “Take My Number” and “A Little Bit of Me,” as well as classic hits including “Come To My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “Like The Way I Do.”

Etheridge was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas, and returned to that time for much of her inspiration on the new album, particularly the tracks “Take My Number,” and “Stranger Road.” A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A. encapsulates her entire incredible career, however, displaying her diversity and range. The rock icon has enjoyed chart-topping hits, two Grammy® Awards, 17 Grammy® nominations, an Academy® Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, started her own independent label, and bravely beat breast cancer. Etheridge shows no sign of slowing down now, leaving her fans to wonder what gifts she’ll offer next.

Melissa Etheridge is on tour this summer, visit melissaetheridge.com for dates.

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A. Setlist:
1. I Won’t Be Alone Tonight
2. I Want To Come Over
3. Chrome Plated Heart
4. Take My Number 
5. Come To My Window
6. Ruins
7. A Little Bit Of Me
8. If I Wanted To
9. Meet Me In The Back
10. Bring Me Some Water
11. I'm The Only One*
12. Like The Way I Do (Bonus track on Blu-ray, DVD and Deluxe Digital Edition)
13. Monster* (Bonus track on Blu-ray, DVD and Deluxe Digital Edition)
*Featuring backup vocals by special guests Delta Rae

Bonus features include:
·       Interviews With Melissa Etheridge, Her Band And Delta Rae
·       Backstage Pass – A Behind The Scenes Look At The Orpheum Performance
·       Photo Gallery

Arden Altino – Keyboards
Jessica Antonette – Background Vocals
Melissa Etheridge – Vocals, Guitar
Brandyn Porter – Guitar
Ava Raiin – Background Vocals
Blair Sinta – Drums
Jerry Wonda – Bass

Shoes to release exclusive Record Store Day album 'Primal Vinyl' on Saturday, April 18

Another great reason to celebrate Record Store Day!

Pioneering Power-Pop band Shoes to release Record Store Day exclusive vinyl-only album 'Primal Vinyl' April 18, 2015 via Alive Naturalsound Records

Exclusive RSD release to feature classic Shoes songs along with previously-unreleased live and demo tracks

Heralding from the small Midwestern town of Zion, IL along Lake Michigan’s western shore, Shoes was formed by three like-minded high school friends in the mid 1970s. Inspired by the British Invasion and the joys of the 3-minute pop song, their early home recordings, self-released LPs and DIY approach established them as pioneers of the home studio movement. Primal Vinyl is a collection of classic Shoes songs that includes a previously unreleased live track and material released on vinyl for the first time.

Shoes' Primal Vinyl will be released as a limited edition Record Store Day exclusive vinyl-only album on April 18th via Alive Naturalsound Records.

Side A
Tomorrow Night
Don’t Do This To Me
Too Late
Girls of Today (demo version)
I Don’t Wanna Hear It (live)
Side B
Boys Don’t Lie
She Satisfies
Summer Rain
Burned Out Love (demo version)
Love Is Like A Bullet
Hate to Run (demo version)


AXS TV announces top-tier roster for its second consecutive Coachella broadcast; airing Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19

While I won't be able to watch any of this (I'll actually be out in Indio covering the festival), this is great news for those who won't be out at Coachellafest this weekend...

The Weekend-Long Broadcast Features 21 Hours of Coverage with Performances from Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Fitz & the Tantrums and More

Alabama Shakes will be featured on AXS TV.
Brantley Gutierrez/Courtesy of the artist
LOS ANGELES – April 13, 2015 – For the second consecutive year, AXS TV will broadcast the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, anchored by unforgettable performances from some of the biggest names in music. Featuring over 21 hours of live coverage, the network gives viewers an exclusive front-of-the-line pass to one of the largest, best-known and most popular music festivals in the United States, from Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. The festival will air each evening, starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the three-day cultural phenomenon boasts an eclectic blend of mainstream acts, underground favorites, up-and-comers, and icons, spanning a wide array of genres and decades. Friday’s live coverage features an all-star lineup that includes critically acclaimed rock heroes Alabama Shakes (“Hold On,” “You Ain’t Alone”); Swedish alt-pop singer Lykke Li (“Little Bit,” “No Rest for the Wicked”); post-punk sextet The War on Drugs (“Lost in the Dream”); psychobilly legend Reverend Horton Heat (“Baddest of the Bad”); and blossoming hip-hop artist Azealia Banks (“Ice Princess”).

Then, on Saturday, April 18, GRAMMY®-winning rock n’ roll renaissance man Jack White (“That Black Hat Licorice,” “Blunderbuss”) takes the stage; along with English electro-rockers Alt-J (“Hunger of the Pine”); rap duo Run the Jewels (“Lie, Cheat, Steal”); Southern soul seven-piece St. Paul and the Broken Bones (“Half the City”); and experimental folk rocker Father John Misty (“I Love You, Honeybear”). The weekend comes to a close on Sunday, April 19, with indie queen St. Vincent (“Birth in Reverse”); neo-pop trendsetters Fitz & the Tantrums (“Out of My League”); rising Country star Sturgill Simpson (“You Can Have the Crown”); indie folk artist Vance Joy (“Riptide”); and synthpop singer St. Lucia (“Elevate”).

In conjunction with AXS TV’s season of music festivals, Coachella viewers will be able to access special festival-specific content on an all-new interactive microsite via www.axs.tv/festivals. Using a broadcast alert center, social media updates, in-depth blog posts, minute-by-minute broadcast lineups, and a social interaction page, viewers will be able to stay updated on breaking news from all of their favorite acts, ensuring they won’t miss a second of their most anticipated performances.

AXS TV’s daily broadcast line-up for Coachella is as follows (subject to change)-Additional artists to be announced:

Friday, April 17
Saturday, April 18
Sunday, April 19
Alabama Shakes
Jack White
St. Lucia
Lykke Li
St. Vincent
The War on Drugs
Run the Jewels
Fitz & the Tantrums
Reverend Horton Heat
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Sturgill Simpson
Azealia Banks
Father John Misty
Vance Joy

AXS TV is the cable industry’s leading general entertainment network for event programming, and the premier destination for some of the nation’s biggest music festivals in 2015. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today’s top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. Boasting over 70 hours of exclusive live broadcasts of premier music festivals in 2015 (featuring Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rock on the Range Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival), the HD channel heavily concentrates on bringing the industry’s biggest names directly into their viewers’ homes, for the ultimate front row experience. Other hit network franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS, GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE, ART MANN PRESENTS, AXS TV FIGHTS and INSIDE MMA.
AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on InstagramTumblr; Cyber Dust and YouTube.

Audio Fidelity To Release “The Best Of The Doors” On Quadraphonic 4.0 Multichannel Hybrid SACD

Audio Fidelity To Release “The Best Of The Doors” On Quadraphonic 4.0 Multichannel Hybrid SACD

Available in multichannel for the first time since 1970! 

Camarillo, CA – Much to the excitement of Doors fans and music fans worldwide, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing The Best Of The Doors -1973 On Quadraphonic 4.0 Multichannel Hybrid SACD! The 2-channel stereo and DSD layers of the hybrid SACD were remastered from the original 2-track tapes which are available for the first time since 1970. The 4.0 Quad layer mirrors the earlier CD-4 QuadraDisc format, Quadraphonic 8-Track and reel-to-reel tape. The Best of The Doors -1973 compilation album was also released in standard Stereo.
The Doors were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960's and beyond, mostly because of Jim Morrison's wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.
Each of the tracks on “The Best Of The Doors-1973” have been taken primarily from the original two-track masters of the eight albums recorded by the band between 1967 and 1971. Three of the band's studio albums, “The Doors” (1967), “L.A. Woman” (1971), and “Strange Days” (1967), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The popular rock magazine also listed The Doors as “One of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time!” As a matter of fact The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines and in 1993 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1 Who Do You Love
2 Soul Kitchen
3 Hello, I Love You
4 People Are Strange
5 *Riders On The Storm
6 Touch Me
7 *Love Her Madly
8 Love Me Two Times
9 Take It As It Comes
10 Moonlight Drive
11 Light My Fire

Producer – Paul A. Rothchild
Producer – *Bruce Botnick and The Doors