Monday, April 15, 2013

Inbox Update: Frank Zappa, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, 'The Folk Years'

Here is the latest roundup of exciting news items related to upcoming releases. 

Eagle Rock Entertainment Presents:
Frank Zappa


~On DVD June 4, 2013~
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT and the Zappa Family Trust are pleased to announce the first official release ofA TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME, an original program created by FRANK ZAPPA for TV. 
Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood, A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music.  The line-up exists of Frank Zappaguitar, percussion, vocals; George Dukekeyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brocksax, vocals; Ruth Underwoodpercussion; Tom Fowlerbass; Chester Thompsondrums.
The Program, as edited and thoroughly tweezed & produced by FZ for Honker Home Video includes these delights: The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat, Montana, Florentine Pogen, Stink-Foot, Pygmy Twylyte, Room Service, Inca Roads, Oh No, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, A Token Of My Extreme.
Stereo Mixes Produced by Frank Zappa with Kerry McNabb at Paramount Studios, 1974.  Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2009
FZ:  “This was put together with my own money and my own time and it’s been offered to television networks and to syndication and it has been steadfastly rejected by the American television industry.  It has been shown in primetime in France and Switzerland, with marvelous results.  It’s probably one of the finest pieces of video work that any human being has ever done.  I did it myself.  And the animation that you’re gonna see in this was done by a guy named Bruce Bickford, and I hope he is watching the show, because it’s probably the first time that a lot of people in America got a chance to see it.” - FZ appearing on the Mike Douglas Show, 1976
Because Token has never been commercially released until now, it is one of the most sought after Frank Zappa programs. 
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Robert Randolph, the slide guitar jam/rock/blues phenomenon who’s been captivating global audiences for a decade, announced to reporters assembled at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music Festival in Madison Square Garden that his long-awaited new album is titled Lickety Split.The new record is Randolph’s first for Blue Note and is to be released July 16. Lickety Split represents the first new studio album for Randolph & The Family Band in three years.

“This record has elements from all of our earlier records,” Randolph explains. “There are cool songs with lots of guitar and we can see the growth of our band in the new recordings.” “With this record we got to reconnect with the originality and creativity that fans fell in love with from the very beginning. This is the music that we started out playing and now that we are back on a roll I'm sure we won't keep our fans waiting three years for the next album.”

Randolph co-produced the 12-track album and co-wrote 9 of the 12 songs.  Randolph has reconnected with songwriting partners such as Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders, with whom he composed such Family Band hits as “Ain’t Nothing Nothing Wrong With That” as well as Grammy Award winner Tommy Sims, perhaps best known for “Change The World”.  Any one familiar with Randolph’s high energy live performances are familiar with his love for reinterpreting classic songs Family Band style.  Lickety Split honors that tradition with enthusiastic interpretations of The Ohio Players’ dance-groove “Love Rollercoaster” and The Rascals’ (and Olympics’) “Good Lovin’.” Randolph recorded the album with his longtime bandmates and actual family members, The Family Band, including Marcus Randolph (drums), Danyel Morgan (bass, vocals), Brett Haas (guitar, keys) and Lenesha Randolph (vocals) along with special guests Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana. The album was engineered by Eddie Kramer [Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin] and mixed by Jim Scott [Tedeschi Trucks].

The new album kicks off with the vigorous anthem “Amped Up” capturing the high-energy excitement that is so identified with Randolph’s legendary stage performances. That celebration of creative renewal continues with “Born Again.” “It's about finding the joy again," says Randolph. "At first it was more of a love song, about the sense you get when you find the right person. Then, as we were recording this new music with a whole new sense of direction and feeling free again it all came together. It's not a religious thing, it's just new energy—which is really the old energy that I had at the beginning of my career."

Randolph also notes that the title track of Lickety Split is one of his favorites.  The song features Randolph joined by his sister Lenesha on vocals.  "What's great about that one is that it's something we actually played in church, just like that," he says. "There's a section in the service called the 'Jubilee Jam Session Time'.  

Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The concert recording was taped at New York’s historical Wetlands Preserve Club before it closed in 2001. The band followed that acclaimed live album with their first studio recording Unclassified, attracting the attention of Eric Clapton. Since then, the band has toured with Clapton, Santana and the Dave Matthews Band and, as a headline act, has developed a large, passionate following built upon legendary performances at such major festivals as Bonnaroo, Crossroads, Hard Rock Calling, Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.   Later albums, Colorblind and We Walk This Road,enjoyed critical and commercial success led by signature Randolph composed songs such as "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That". Rolling Stone named Robert Randolph one of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists," the only pedal steel player so honored, calling him "one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom" and citing his solos as "perpetually cresting, lightning-fast explorations."

“Robert Randolph is an American Original," says Don Was, President of Randolph's new label, Blue Note Records. "He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo. This album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances.”  Fans worldwide have taken notice of this American original, with audiences and critics alike singing the praises of this unique superstar. “I’m the only one who does what I do,” sums up Randolph, simply. After years away from the recording studio, Robert Randolph & The Family Band have finally come back with Lickety Split.

Track listing for Lickety Split:

1.     Amped Up                                               3:18
2.     Born Again                                               4:20
3.     New Orleans                                            4.11
4.     Take The Party                                        4:09
5.     Brand New Wayo                                    4:36
6.     Lickety Split                                             4:01
7.     Blacky Joe                                               5:49
8.     Love Rollercoaster                                  3:12
9.     All American                                            2:43
10.  Get Ready                                                5:07
11.  Welcome Home                                       6:11
12.  Good Lovin'                                              2:55



8-CD Collection Brings Together Over 120 Original, Classic Songs and the Legendary Artists Who Performed them,
Including The Weavers, Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Seekers, Simon and Garfunkel, Judy Collins, The Byrds and More;
Also Included in this Handsome Collector’s Set is a 52-page Lyric Book and the Bonus DVD “Legends of Folk: The Village Scene” Featuring 19 Legendary Performances


There was a time when folk music was heard all across America, from coffee houses to concert halls, when a new generation of folk groups and singer/songwriters helped to change the sound of music forever.  Now, THE FOLK YEARS brings listeners back to a time when songs were woven from the many threads of America’s rich musical tapestry by now legendary and iconic artists such as The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Seekers, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, Don McLean and many more.  For fans of the genre, THE FOLK YEARS, from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is the most comprehensive collection of folk and folk rock hits ever assembled. Available in an 8 CD set, the collection is housed in a handsome box which also includes a 52-page lyrics booklet including liner notes and the bonus DVD “Legends of Folk: The Village Scene”, a documentary bursting with rare and historic full-length performances.  THE FOLK YEARS can be purchased either online or by calling 1-800-950-7887.


From the greatest hits from the folk revival of the ‘50s and the legendary folk scene of the early ‘60s to the emergence of folk rock, and even the beginning of the singer-songwriter era, never before has one collection captured the very essence of folk music like THE FOLK YEARS.  Timeless songs featured include  “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Tom Dooley” by The Kingston Trio, “Lemon Tree” by Trini Lopez, “California Dreamin’” and “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & the Papas, “Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There is a Season)” and “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds, “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Peter, Paul and Mary, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by Joan Baez, “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” and It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” by Bob Dylan and more.  Also included is “Legends of Folk: The Village Scene” from 4-time Emmy® award winning director Jim Brown and hosted by Peter, Paul and Mary’s Noel Paul Stookey.  Originally seen on PBS, the feature-length documentary includes rare and historic full-length performances by artists like Simon Garfunkel and Joan Baez, plus Dylan’s historic performance of “Blowin’ in the Wind” at the Newport Folk Festival of 1963.  It also features interviews with such folk luminaries as Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, Don McLean, John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Maria Muldaur and others who strummed and sang through the ‘60s. 

For any fan of folk and folk rock music, FOLK YEARS is the only comprehensive collection  delivering all the classic songs and legendary artists into one unforgettable CD/DVD set.

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