Friday, April 01, 2011

What's next? New releases from The Rolling Stones, Sade, Sarabeth Tucek

New music is coming, with special digital reissues, and new albums that include celebrated classic artists and new music heroes.

ABKCO Rolling Stones Titles in High Definition
Now Exclusively From

The Next Installment of the Legendary Studio Compilation and Live Albums Remastered as Hi Def Downloads

ABKCO Records and HDtracks announce the second installment of the super high definition digital downloads of the Rolling Stones original catalog of ground-breaking studio, compilation and live albums in sparkling fidelity FLAC formats. These Rolling Stones gems are offered in both 176.4kHz/24-bit and 88.2kHz/24-bit and both versions are DRM-free.

Four additional ABKCO Rolling Stones albums on HDtracks have been released, made available exclusively from online store at

Eighteen more ABKCO Rolling Stones titles will subsequently be released. This campaign follows in the footsteps of last month’s highly successful ABKCO Records/HDtracks release of four classic Sam Cooke albums from ABKCO’s catalog in 88.2kHz/24-bit.

The four new Stones albums include Out Of Our Heads (US) which features the Stones’ covering R&B and soul classics – “Hitch Hike,” “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” “Good Times” and “Cry To Me.” Aftermath (US), the Stones’ first true stereo album and the first to feature all Jagger-Richards compositions including the classics “Paint It Black,” “Under My Thumb” and Lady Jane.”

Mick Taylor made his first appearance as a band member on a studio album with the 1969 release of Let It Bleed. A panoply of guest musicians and vocalists including Ian Stewart, Nicky Hopkins, Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell, Al Kooper, Bobby Keys, Byron Berline, Rocky Dijon, Merry Clayton, Madeline Bell, Doris Troy, Nanette Newman and The London Bach Choir also contribute to the landmark album that includes "Gimme Shelter," "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Midnight Rambler." December’s Children, includes US and UK Top Ten hits: “Get Off Of My Cloud” (US & UK#1) and “As Tears Go By” (US#6), and two live tracks from their March 1965 British tour: “Route 66” and “I’m Moving On”

Forthcoming releases in the series include: Out of Our Heads (UK), Aftermath (UK), Between The Buttons (both UK and US versions), Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones Singles Collection,Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!, Their Satanic Majesties Request, The Rolling Stones (US version a/k/a England’s Newest Hit Makers), Hot Rocks, More Hot Rocks, The Rolling Stones Now!, Got Live If You Want It!, Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) (UK version), Through The Past, Darkly (UK version), Metamorphosis, Flowers and a compilation of three UK EPs – The RollingStones, Five by Five and Got Live If You Want It!.

Jody Klein, ABKCO Music & Records CEO, remarked, “The release through HDtracks of these ABKCO Rolling Stones titles means that fans can enjoy the sheer raw power of the music exactly the way the band recorded it and intended it to be heard.”

“This ABKCO Rolling Stones collection in high resolution is a combination of the utmost care in re-mastering, the best technology in A/D conversion and the highest resolution files available on the web. Our goal is to bring out every musical nuance that occurred at the original recording session and deliver it to your home for your musical enjoyment,” says David Chesky, HDtracks co-founder.



2CD Set Includes 29 Songs with Four New Tracks

Sade are back with The Ultimate Collection to be released on May 3, 2011, just in time to make it the essential Mother’s Day gift. The must-have, 29-track, two-disc album will include four new, never-before heard songs including a remix to “The Moon And The Sky” (featuring Jay-Z). The Ultimate Collection also features 15 tracks that were not included on Sade’s 1994 “Best Of” album. Here for the first time, fans can find all of their favorite Sade classics including songs Lover’s Rock and Soldier Of Love.

Disc 1

1. Your Love Is King

2. Smooth Operator

3. Hang On To Your Love

4. The Sweetest Taboo

5. Is It A Crime

6. Never As Good As The First Time

7. Jezebel

8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride

9. Paradise
10. Nothing Can Come Between Us

11. No Ordinary Love

12. Kiss Of Life

13. Feel No Pain+

14. Bullet Proof Soul+

Disc 2

1. Cherish The Day

2. Pearls

3. By Your Side+

4. Immigrant+

5. Flow+

6. King Of Sorrow+

7. The Sweetest Gift+

8. Solider Of Love+

9. The Moon And The Sky+

10. Babyfather+

11. Still In Love With You**

12. Love Is Found**

13. I Would Never Have Guessed**

14. The Moon And The Sky (Remix Featuring Jay-Z)**

15. By Your Side ( Neptunes Remix)+

+ Not on Best Of

** Never Released Before

Sade recently announced, the second leg of their ultimate summer tour kicking off on June 16, 2011, marking their highly anticipated return to the world stage in 10 years. Fans who pre-order The Ultimate Collection will have exclusive early access to tickets in select markets. For complete presale and ticket on sale information, visit Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the public beginning April 2nd at and

Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-seven year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life in 1984 the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date. They’ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won four Grammy Awards – first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “No Ordinary Love”, again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock and most recently in 2011 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Soldier Of Love”.

Sarabeth Tucek Announces Sophomore LP
'Get Well Soon' out On May 24 On Ungawa

"A set of songs that are often as disquietingly spare as they are beautiful" UNCUT (4 STARS)

"A treatise on death and loss in a dozen songs" Q MAGAZINE (4 STARS)

“Heartbreaking” MOJO

“A timeless little wonder” BBC

“Absolutely amazing.″ NME (8/10)

“You may have just found your new comedown queen. Let every gentle note and piercing word move you slowly and surely to tears” TIME OUT LONDON

“Amazingly accomplished” SUNDAY TIMES

“Her rich, sad voice makes her rise above the pack” DAILY TELEGRAPH
Sarabeth Tucek is set to release her sophomore LP, Get Well Soon, on May 24th on Ungawa Records. It’s a stunning record that, although not a concept album as such, forms a narrative based around the death of Sarabeth’s father, or as she beautifully describes it “an impressionistic rendering of a time ruled by grief”. The 12 tracks were “sequenced and resequenced for weeks” in order for the story to emerge and the end result sees not one wasted word or unnecessary note; all we’re left with is “just pure feeling”.

Sarabeth was born to a psychiatrist and a psychologist in Miami, but grew up in New York. She was a latecomer to music, her first calling being acting. However, after a few years in Hollywood, her singing and songwriting was encouraged by people on the music scene she fell in with. She first made an impression singing backing vocals on Smog’s 2003 album Supper and then in the film ‘Dig!’, where she sings a song she had just written called "Something For You". The Brian Jonestown Massacre went on to cover the song (retitled "Seer"), but Sarabeth’s own version became her debut single, on Sonic Cathedral, back in February 2007.

This stark and simple song won her legions of fans and her self-titled debut album followed a few months later (on the Echo label) to rapturous reviews. Produced by Ethan Johns and Luther Russell, its understated style was an inspiration to a number of singer-songwriters who followed in Sarabeth’s wake, including Laura Marling, who approached Johns to produce I Speak Because I Can after hearing it.

However, despite everything seemingly going so right, at home everything was going wrong. “Some very bad things happened during the first record and after,” recalls Sarabeth. “It was as if all that had ever troubled me, hurt me, came back just as I was embarking on what should’ve been the happiest time of my life. It all came back and said, ‘Not so fast...’

“I don’t think my mind could handle all the good coming its way. It was unfamiliar terrain and I didn’t know how to traverse It. Predictably, my drinking got out of control and that led to a couple car accidents, jail and legal troubles.I wanted to leave LA anyway, but now I felt I sort of had to. I hoped that by coming back home to New York I would be able to forge some kind of redemptive break from the past. To forgive myself.”

The move has informed much of the music on Get Well Soon. The warmth of the West Coast has gone, replaced by a much rawer sound, all recorded over an intensive 15-day period in a basement in Southampton, Pennsylvania. “We recorded this record in a house where we also lived,” Sarabeth explains. “My friends Robert and Peter from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recorded ‘Howl’ there. It’s owned by the Nicgorski family who are all very musical: Billy, who offered me the basement, and his brother have played in lots of bands, their sister Maria sings on ‘State I Am In’ and their father Wally spent his mornings on the front porch singing in his rocking chair. Making a record where I am singing to and about my father and seeing and hearing their dad out there every morning served up a pretty strong and bittersweet feeling for me.”

“I think we managed to capture a unique mood down in that basement,” adds producer Luther Russell. “As guests in someone’s home we got a feeling that might not have happened in a regular studio. Sarabeth wanted to be somewhere totally unfamiliar; the material was incredibly personal to her, so she had to feel right about where she did it. My job was to capture that feeling, and fast. The plan was to mix it in LA, but it turned out that all the magic was there in the rough mixes I did as we went along – so that is what you hear. I think that’s why it’s such an immediate record, because it really was completed in those two weeks... but with a lifetime of preparation, of course.”

The rawness of the recording reflects the subject matter and provides the perfect accompaniment to Sarabeth’s voice, which seems stronger, more confident and more crystalline than ever, like Karen Dalton or a less histrionic Cat Power, as she deftly conveys her grief with an eloquent, understated majesty. The musical reference points of the first album – Neil Young, Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Big Star – are still there, but somehow amplified, and Sarabeth is definitely not looking towards the current music scene for inspiration. “It’s odd how placid a lot of music seems now; so washed out in sound and feeling,” she says. “It’s like antidepressant music to take antidepressants to. I don’t really give a shit. I am more likely to buy a new book now than a new record.”

This would explain the number of literary references on Get Well Soon. The opening track "The Wound And The Bow" is named after a book of essays by Edmund Wilson, in which Sarabeth discovered and subsequently became obsessed with the myth of Philoctetes, a play by Sophocles in which the protagonist suffers a wound so grotesque that he is left alone on an island to live in a cave and tend to his injuries. The title of "Exit Ghost" was taken from the Philip Roth novel, but he appropriated it from ‘Hamlet’, where it is written as a stage direction. “The scene when Hamlet sees his father’s ghost became lodged in my head,” explains Sarabeth. “And his subsequent madness I understood in a more personal way.”

The narrative ends with the title track and a resolution of sorts. “I feel like I’m either the patient or the doctor, somebody always has an ache,” she says. “When I wrote the title track I had a friend of mine on my mind. She was so sad... just inconsolable and it was painful to see her like that. The title is a reminder to keep myself well. It’s hard to explain the ferocity of the grief I experienced when my father died. I really felt like it was going to kill me, so to be here... well, I just wanted to remind myself of what I survived.”

1. The Wound And The Bow
2. Wooden
3. A View
4. The Fireman
5. Smile For No One
6. Things Left Behind
7. State I Am In
8. At The Bar
9. Rising
10. The Doctor
11. Exit Ghost
12. Get Well Soon


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