Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Must-have releases deliver

New releases featuring The Waterboys, Chris Bell, Jan & Dean, Madonna and Al Green make for a wide range of outstanding new titles to add to your music collection.

Artist: The Waterboys
Title: Out Of All This Blue (The End Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Waterboys, World Party
Tell me more: The Waterboys are back with another batch of wonderful and stirring songs courtesy of Out Of All This Blue, an ambitious 23-track double album sure to excite fans of the Scottish troupe. The opening track "Do We Choose Who We Love" is a breezy and upbeat track, aimed squarely at the mystery of love. Elsewhere, singer-songwriter Mike Scott explores other areas of his musical personality with the Americana heartland-flavored "Santa Fe," jubilant R&B dance gem "If The Answer is Yeah" and folk song "Girl in the Window Chair." One of this writer's favorite songs on the album is "Love Walks In," a heartfelt love song enhanced by a chorus of backing vocalists, and the sweeping use of symphonic flourishes and a hypnotic drum beat. Scott has explained that "Out Of All This Blue" is two-thirds focused on love and romance, while his literate and colorful stories (notably "Connemara Fox" with its intoxicating mix of rock, folk and hip-hop) occupy the other third. All of it makes for a great listen and interesting sonic journey. A deluxe three-disc edition of the album is also available and includes an additional 11 tracks. Information: MikeScottWaterboys.com.

Artist: Chris Bell
Title: I Am The Cosmos (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Big Star, Alex Chilton, the Replacements
Tell me more: When Chris Bell died after crashing his car into a light pole in December 1978, it not only ended the life of the gifted co-founder of Big Star but appeared to leave a world with little solo music from the acclaimed 27-year-old artist. However, an eagerly-awaited posthumous release titled I Am Cosmos arrived in 1992 and was reissued in 2009 providing fans of the Memphis musician a wealth of new music from Bell. Fast forward to 2017, and Omnivore Recordings has provided 10 more lost songs Bell recorded in his post-Big Star years to an essential and expanded two-disc version of I Am The Cosmos. The album crackles with power and inventive musicianship. "You And Your Sister" is a beautiful baroque pop ballad. "I Got Kinda Lost" is a tuneful garage rocker. Bell's potent vocals and his strong guitar work impress across the many tracks, and there is simply something new to discover and love every time the album is played. "There Was A Light," "Better Save Yourself" and the previously-unreleased acoustic mix of the title track are among the other terrific songs. Information: OmnivoreRecordings.com.

Artist: Jan & Dean
Title: Filet Of Soul Redux: The Rejected Master Recordings (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Jan & Dean, the Beach Boys
Tell me more: One can only imagine the expressions on the faces of record label executives when Jan Berry and Dean Torrence handed their record label their newly-completed album Filet of Soul in the mid-1960s. Sure there were cool songs  including a lovely take on the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" and a horn section-adorned take on the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"  but the heavy mix of cutting-edge comedy including sound effects and banter between Jan & Dean and guests with the live performances was ahead of its time (not by much; the Monkees' TV series utilized a similar frantic wit to much success). The remastered and complete Filet Of Soul Redux: The Rejected Master Recordings is not only a time capsule of the inventive period where anything seemed possible, but a celebration of the strong talents of Jan & Dean. Sadly, Jan Berry was involved in a serious car accident on April 12, 1966, and faced many years of difficult rehabilitation before he could sing again (he passed away Dec. 19, 2004). Information: OmnivoreRecordings.com.

Artist: Madonna
Title: Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour (Eagle Vision)
You might like if you enjoy: Madonna, Lady Gaga
Tell me more: While a number of other popular entertainers have been influenced by Madonna  notably Britney Spears and Lady Gaga  Madonna is reportedly still the world's biggest-selling female artist of all time and continues to fill major venues across the globe with her blend of pop, rock and dance music. The newly released Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour fully captures the Queen of Pop's most recent worldwide tour. Directed by Danny Tull and Nathan Rissman, the new concert film features Madonna performing a mix of classic cuts (the audience goes crazy singing along during "Like A Virgin"; "Dress You Up" is another highlight) and new songs  ("Living For Love," "Holy Water," "Body Shop") via elaborate performances featuring intricate choreography and large projection screens with content enhancing the songs' themes. She also pulls out a ukulele to perform intimate takes on "True Blue" and "La Vie En Rose," the latter delivered in French. "Rebel Heart Tour" is available in several formats including as a digital download, on DVD and Blu-ray with bonus content and an audio CD featuring highlights from the tour. Information: eagle-rock.com.

Artist: Al Green
Title: Gospel According to Al Green (MVD Visual)
You might like if you enjoy: Al Green, soul and gospel music
Tell me more: Robert Mugge's 1984 documentary Gospel According to Al Green is a fascinating look at Al Green in the aftermath of the soul singer becoming a minister and walking away from his successful secular music career to focus on his faith and gospel music. Though performances captured in church- and studio settings, as well as revealing interviews, the enigmatic Green emerges as a complex and inspired personality who can't easily be understood apart from his music. The performances here are gripping, and Green's amazing voice and charisma really shine through on this important reissue, available for the first time on Blu-ray. There are also a wealth of bonus features including an interview with Mugge about the genesis and production of the film. Information: MVDvisual.com.

Robert Kinsler

Monday, September 18, 2017

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT "Winter Carols" with three new songs - digital 9/22, CD 10/13

With autumn arriving later this week, it's already time to begin anticipating new holiday releases. Today comes word that Blackmore's Night is set to release "Winter Carols" both digitally and on audio CD this fall...

~Via Minstrel Hall Music~

Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th Century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his “renaissance rock” project, Blackmore’s Night. Together, with award-winning vocalist / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, (often compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter), Blackmore’s Night is currently celebrating the band's 20th Anniversary.
Passionate about the musical melodies and styles of the past, combined with their love for the spirit of the holiday season, they recorded Winter Carols to share with their fans, friends and Blackmore's Night families. Winter Carols is holiday music at its best, performed and sung as it was hundreds of years ago, when the peasants and royalty alike shared the jovial spirit of the holidays. For this very special re-release of their holiday album (out on digital formats on September 22, on CD October 13), Blackmore’s Night included three brand new recordings of “Deck The Halls”“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “Oh Christmas Tree”. Each song, arranged by Ritchie Blackmore, is lovingly filtered through the Blackmore’s Night prism, given an eclectic Renaissance touch topped with Candice Night’s ethereal vocals.
It’s this love of Renaissance-based and classical melodies that endears Blackmore’s Night to hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Their unique genre is classified as "fantasy music for all ages."
“The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness,” says Candice. “We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round—so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in.”
“The origin of the word ‘carol’ means ‘dance’,’” adds Ritchie. “I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!”
Celebrate the holiday season with Blackmore’s Night!
For more information, please visit www.Blackmores-Night.com.
Track Listing
1) Deck The Halls 
2) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 
3) Oh Christmas Tree 
4) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful 
5) I Saw Three Ships 
6) Winter (Basse Dance) 
7) Ding Dong Merrily On High 
8) Ma-O-Tzur 
9) Good King Wencesla 
10) Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts 
11) We Three Kings 
12) Wish You Were Here 
13) Emmanuel 
14) Christmas Eve 
15) We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Music Worth Buying episode: Neil Young's 'Hitchhiker'

On the latest episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING, Robert Kinsler and TJR discuss the release of Neil Young's amazing new release Hitchhiker, recorded in a single night in 1976:

Friday, September 15, 2017

12th Annual Stagecoach lineup and ticket information

The lineup for the 12th Annual Stagecoach Festival is pretty amazing, with a mix of strong Americana, modern Country and roots rockers staged to take over Indio, California April 27, 28 and 29, 2018...


Dwight Yoakam, seen here performing in Anaheim in December 2012,
will perform at Stagecoach Festival in April 2018. Photo: Kelly A. Swift
FRIDAY, APRIL 27th through SUNDAY, April 29th at Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA

Featuring a brand new stage, SiriusXM's Spotlight Stage, a newly upgraded HonkyTonk Dance Hall and BBQ experience, and introducing car camping

"Everyone knows STAGECOACH is the biggest country festival in the world, we are coming with the sole purpose of making it the biggest party on the planet!" – Garth Brooks

“It’s been eight years since we played Stagecoach but we are coming back and super excited about this…I’m looking forward to it” – Keith Urban

“We love Stagecoach, we’ve played there several times so to be headlining – we could not be more excited.  We’re gonna throw the biggest party of the year.  I hope you all are ready”
– Florida Georgia Line

Kacey Musgraves will perform at Stagecoach in 2018.
LOS ANGELES, CA - September 13, 2017 – This year, you ‘aint seen nothing yet.  Get ready for the biggest country music event ever staged.  In 2018, the songs you sing, the food you crave, and the people you love take center stage as STAGECOACH returns Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 for the festival’s 12th edition at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line will headline Friday of the festival to lead into four-time Grammy Award winning Keith Urban’s Saturday performance while, in a rare festival appearance, Garth Brooks will close out Sunday.

The 3-day event will also feature performances by Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne, Midland and more. (Full lineup as of September 13 is below).

New to the festival this year, Stagecoach will be introducing SiriusXM’s Spotlight Stage to highlight today’s up-and-comers; artists like Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Seth Ennis, Runaway June, Jordan Davis and more, while an updated HonkyTonk Dance Hall is set to feature even more DJs. SiriusXM will also broadcast live from the festival, featuring performances and interviews. 

The festival will also be adding car camping for $179 as a lower budget option for attendees looking to stay closer to the music.

Now with a bigger culinary focus, look for a mouth-watering BBQ experience with craft beer and craft cocktails plus additional fare that will surprise.  Pass holders will enjoy a diverse array of choices that go far beyond traditional barbecue while keeping with the classics: brisket, ribs, pulled pork and more. Look for exciting culinary announcements including a list of chefs, pit masters and restaurants on our website and social channels.

Festival passes go on sale Friday, September 22 at 11 AM PDT at stagecoachfestival.com.

Pass Prices:
3-Day General Admission $329**     
3-Day General Admission/Shuttle Combo $389**
3-Day Corral Standing Pit $1199
3-Day Corral C1 Reserved Seating $1199
3-Day Corral C2 Reserved Seating $899
**Tier 1 Pricing.

All taxes, domestic shipping and fees are included in listed ticket prices. Pay in full or choose the Stagecoach Payment Plan to pay in five equal payments from September 22 through January.  RV Resort, Car Camping and parking options will also be available online for purchase, with Travel Packages and Shuttles available via Valley Music Travel.


The STAGECOACH 2018 line-up (as of September 13th) is as follows: 

Aaron Watson
Ashley McBryde
Brett Young
Brothers Osborne
Carly Pearce
Chris Janson
Chris Lane
Cody Jinks
Colter Wall
Dwight Yoakam
Florida Georgia Line
Garth Brooks
Gordon Lightfoot
Granger Smith
Jade Bird
Jade Jackson
Jake Owen
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Jillian Jacqueline
Jordan Davis
Joshua Hedley
Kacey Musgraves
Keith Urban
Kelsea Ballerini
Kenny Rogers
Lee Brice
Lillie Mae
Lindsay Ell
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Molly Hatchet
Morgan Wallen
Muscadine Bloodline
Paul Cauthen
Ronnie Milsap
Runaway June
Seth Ennis
Tanya Tucker
Temecula Road
The Georgia Satellites
Tyler Childers
Walker Hayes
Walker McGuire

STAGECOACH is produced by Goldenvoice and The Messina Group

Glen Campbell Celebrated at 11th Annual ACM Honors with performances by Maren Morris & Star-Studded Tribute featuring Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban




Photo L-R: Shannon Campbell, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith performing at the  10th Annual ACM Honors in tribute to Glen Campbell.
Photo Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for ACM/ Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

Los Angeles, CA  September 15, 2017 – The country music community will celebrate the late Glen Campbell on the 11th Annual ACM Honors tonight at 9 pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The star-studded salute will include a performance by Maren Morris of one of Campbell’s signature songs, “Galveston,” and a reprise of last’s year superstar tribute featuring Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban performing some of the Rhinestone Cowboy’s most beloved classics. Hosted by the Academy of Country Music, the evening dedicated to celebrating special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards was taped August 23 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The Academy awarded Campbell the Career Achievement Award at last year’s ACM Honors, a prestigious honor given to artists who have advanced the popularity of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas. Following a presentation of the award to his wife Kim Campbell who accepted on Campbell’s behalf, four of music’s biggest stars – Keith, Bentley, Shelton and Urban, – were joined by Campbell’s son Shannon Campbell on guitar and daughter Ashley Campbell on banjo, for an all-star medley of several of Campbell’s biggest hits, “Southern Nights,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Wichita Linemen,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and the iconic “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Campbell, who passed away on August 8 following a courageous years-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, received 11 ACM Awards throughout his career, including the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and multiple trophies for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and TV Personality of the Year.

Campbell’s farewell album, AdiĆ³s, was released on June 9, 2017 via UMe to universal acclaim. In the U.S., the album debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 giving Campbell his 16th Top 40 album and his 19th Top 10 Country Record of his astonishing career. The album, which capped off an extraordinary career that spanned more than six decades and 50 million albums sold, has been hailed as one of his best. It has received an incredible reaction around the world from the likes of Rolling StoneUSA TodayNPRBillboard and many others.

People Magazine is celebrating Campbell’s unprecedented life and legacy with a 96-page photo-packed commemorative edition titled “Glen Campbell: A Life In Song,” which is out now. 

About ACM Honors™ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors taped Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and is produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.

Jezebel premieres Rolling Stones "She's A Rainbow" video from "Their Satanic Majesties Request"

As if the classic Rolling Stones cut "She's A Rainbow" wasn't great enough, now there is a colorful new lyric video that captures the magic and beauty of the timeless song. No wonder the video already has more than 394,000 views...



“She’s a Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones may be a half century old, but its official lyric video launched yesterday morning (Sept. 14, 2017) when it premiered on Jezebel, the Gawker-owned site geared towards women. The just-out video is a true visual reflection of the whimsical essence of the song. Directed by Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy for Yes Please Productions, the video presents a colorful and playful celebration of women through the ages from all walks of life. The subjects of Renaissance, Romantic and Classical art, Victorian theater, vintage ballerinas, traditional dancers, stars of the silent screen and mid-century groovers all rub shoulders in this psychedelic, kaleidoscopic collage. Jazz pianist/vocalist Mary Lou Williams, French painter Baudry’s painting The Pearl and the Wave, Russian dancer Lubowska in Cleopatra costume, and Sleeping Venus by Italian painter Giorgione represent just a handful of the images featured. 

Watch “She’s a Rainbow” Official Lyric Video here:

Link to Jezebel premiere:
Jezebel’s Kelly Faircloth writes, "The last precious days of summer are waning but you could do worse to maximize these last afternoons of warmth than watch this mesmerizing new lyric video for the Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” guaranteed to make you yearn for a beach on which to blaze it while wearing a caftan."
Recorded and released as a single in 1967, and included on their album Their Satanic Majesties Request that same year, “She’s a Rainbow” was somewhat of a departure from the r&b-influenced Rolling Stones sound. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the recording features Mellotron by the late Brian Jones, piano by outside collaborator Nicky Hopkins and string arrangement by John Paul Jones, who would go on to found Led Zeppelin the following year. 
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones album Their Satanic Majesties Request, ABKCO Music is releasing a limited edition deluxe double 180-gram vinyl/double hybrid Super Audio CD (compatible with all CD players) package on September 22. The set contains both the stereo and mono versions of every song, all newly remastered by Bob LudwigTheir Satanic Majesties Request - 50th Anniversary Special Edition will include Michael Cooper’s original 3-D lenticular cover photograph, featuring the band in peak psychedelic regalia, and 20-page book with additional photos by Cooper and others, as well as liner notes by Stones scholar Rob Bowman.    
The Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request – 50th Anniversary Special Edition pre-order links:

Their Satanic Majesties Request - 50th Anniversary Special Edition track list:
Side A (stereo)
1)     Sing This All Together
2)     Citadel
3)     In Another Land
4)     2000 Man
5)     Sing This All Together (See What Happens)
Side B (stereo)
1)     She’s a Rainbow
2)     The Lantern
3)     Gomper
4)     2000 Light Years from Home
5)     On with the Show
Side C (mono)
1)     Sing This All Together
2)     Citadel
3)     In Another Land
4)     2000 Man
5)     Sing This All Together (See What Happens)
Side D (mono)
1)     She’s a Rainbow
2)     The Lantern
3)     Gomper
4)     2000 Light Years from Home
5)     On with the Show
Hybrid SACD
Disc 1 (stereo)
1)     Sing This All Together
2)     Citadel
3)     In Another Land
4)     2000 Man
5)     Sing This All Together (See What Happens)
6)     She’s a Rainbow
7)     The Lantern
8)     Gomper
9)     2000 Light Years from Home
10)  On with the Show
Disc 2 (mono)
1)     Sing This All Together
2)     Citadel
3)     In Another Land
4)     2000 Man
5)     Sing This All Together (See What Happens)
6)     She’s a Rainbow
7)     The Lantern
8)     Gomper
9)     2000 Light Years from Home
10)  On with the Show
ABOUT ABKCO -  ABKCO Music & Records is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies.  It is home to iconic music catalogs that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, Charlie Gracie, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp.  Releases on ABKCO’s SAR label include albums by LC Cooke, The Soul Stirrers, Johnnie Taylor and the Valentinos.  ABKCO's music catalogs also include the works of Norman Luboff (Yellowbird) as well as the current songwriters Ben Margulies (co-writer of Mariah Carey) and Devvon T McLeod (pka Devvon Terrell).  ABKCO is active on many fronts including the release of critically lauded soundtracks, compilations and reissues from its catalog; film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties in all media.  One Night in Miami…, nominated for a 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Play, is ABKCO’s latest theatrical production.  ABKCO Films latest release is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry. ABKCO is currently in pre-production on a Sam Cooke bio pic.   ABKCO’s  latest TV production is The Durrells in Corfu, based on Gerald Durrell’s book The Corfu Trilogy.
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