Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Bryan Adams, The Beatles, Bullet For My Valentine, MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode

Time for a serious roundup of music news, notes and reviews...

Bryan Adams to return with Jeff Lynne-produced new studio album 'Get Up' on Oct. 16, 2015

Multi-platinum, recording artist Bryan Adams is set to release his thirteenth studio album, Get Up (UMe), on October 16, 2015.   Produced by famed ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and co-written with his long-time collaborator Jim Vallance, the album features nine new songs and four acoustic versions, tracklisting below.  Get Up is available for pre-order now via all digital partners and includes instant-grat track “You Belong To Me,” followed by lead track “Brand New Day” available September 7, and the final early download, “Don’t Even Try” prior to street date.  Preorder link: http://smarturl.it/BryanAdamsGetUp

A performance clip will be released to accompany the first download “You Belong To Me,” and  fans can look forward to the official music video for “Brand New Day” directed by Adams featuring BAFTA Award-winning actress, Helena Bonham Carter, and musician Theo Hutchcraft from acclaimed synth-pop duo Hurts. 
Get Up  is a solid collection of beautifully-crafted rock songs, from the fast and furious up-tempo tracks such as lead song “Brand New Day,” “You Belong To Me” and “Thunderbolt,” to the gentler songs such as “Don’t Even Try” and “We Did It All,” plus the alternative Adams-produced acoustic versions, highlighting Adams’ unique voice and depth.. 

Get Up is a body of work that Adams is truly proud off and with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer Jeff Lynne - whose credits include The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman and Tom Petty, as well as being the co-founder, producer and member of the Traveling Wilburys - at the helm shaping the record, Get Up will sit nicely alongside Adams’ earlier classics.
“It came together quite organically,” recalls Adams, “song by song, working with Jeff producing over the past couple of years whenever he had time. It was a great partnership as it gave me plenty of time to write the songs, most of which are a collaboration with Jim Vallance. We all worked primarily over the internet from Canada, Europe and LA, sending demos and parts of songs until we got it right.”

"I've always been a big fan of Bryan so getting to work with him was a great pleasure,” says Jeff  Lynne.  “Bryan would send me a demo across the internet, then I would play most of the instruments to make a finished backing track and send it back to him in England. There he would put the lead vocal on to the song and send it back to me in California.  5,400 miles apart! And it's turned out to be a rockin' album!"

”There is a carefree feeling about this album,” adds Adams “and in many ways it is the album I wish I'd been able to make 25 years ago.”

Adams continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his critically-acclaimed album Reckless last year, with a sold-out global headlining tour – upcoming North American dates below.   This summer, Adams will co-headlining with Rod Stewart at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park Festival on September 13th.

Get Up Tracklisting:

• You Belong To Me
• Go Down Rockin’
• We Did It All
• That’s Rock and Roll
• Don’t Even Try
• Do What Ya Gotta Do
• Thunderbolt
• Yesterday Was Just A Dream
• Brand New Day
• Don’t Even Try – Acoustic
• We Did It All – Acoustic 
• You Belong To Me – Acoustic
• Brand New Day – Acoustic

Upcoming tour dates:

Friday, September 18                                     Us Cellular Centre                            Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 19                               Rogers Amphitheater                    Fayetteville, AR
Sunday, September 20                                Snowden Amphitheater               Memphis, TN
Monday, September 21                                Events Centre                                   Springfield, MO               
Wednesday, September 23                         Northrup Auditorium                     Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, September 24                              Sanford Centre                 Bemdji, MN
Friday, September 25                                     Tyson Events Centre                      Sioux City, IA

Ultimate Edition of  'Beatles Gear' coming courtesy of Backbeat Books

In 2001, Andy Babiuk wrote Beatles Gear, the first book to tell the full story of how the Beatles made their music, detailing exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers, and keyboards the Beatles used at the key points of their relatively brief but entirely revolutionary career, from the formation of the Quarrymen skiffle group in the 1950s to the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970. 

The book was lauded by fans and critics alike: TheChicago Tribune said it “may be the ultimate specialized study of the Beatles’ equipment.” Library Journal proclaimed it “A fresh, highly readable perspective on the group’s well-documented history.” And, the San Jose Mercury-News called it “the ultimate Beatles fanatic book.”

Fifteen years later, Babiuk once again turns his keen eye to the Fab Four with Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition.  Double size of the original and featuring 625 additional photographs, all-new edition provides fresh insights into Beatles history, exploding myths and uncovering dozens of new stories along the way. John, Paul, George and Ringo’s moves from cheap early instruments to the pick of 1960s technology are carefully and entertainingly documented in an easy-to-read narrative, fully illustrated with many previously unseen photographs, a cache of rare memorabilia, and a unique collection of specially photographed actual Beatle instruments.

Among the new photographs in Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition are those of Lennon’s original 1962 J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar.  Lost for more than 50 years, Babiuk was instrumental in authenticating the guitar, which will be sold at auction in Beverly Hills in early November. Also shown in luscious quality throughout the book are 43 of the group’s original instruments, many still owned by ex-members of The Beatles or their heirs, from George’s psychedelic Strat to John’s “Bed In” Gibson, and Ringo’s roof top Ludwig kit to Paul’s Hofner violin bass.
As we continue to find new ways to explore their sound, from vivid remasters of their original recordings to cutting-edge video games, the Beatles remain at the forefront of popular music. Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition is perfect for the fan absorbed by music rather than hairstyles, for the tribute-band member with an eye for detail, and for any reader with an abiding interest in the 1960s.
With a foreword by acclaimed Beatle author Mark Lewisohn, Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition tells it like it was.


UK metal band Bullet For My Valentine is gearing up to release their new album VENOM on Friday, August 14th, and in anticipation, the band will roll out music with commentary all week long across their social media accounts. the band has just released a new bonus track called "Playing God" from the deluxe edition of VENOM.

Listen to "Playing God"  now: http://smarturl.it/BFMVpg

Fans can follow Bullet For My Valentine's social media accounts for additional music and information:

VENOM will be released on August 14, 2015 via RCA Records. Catch the band on tour with Slipknot and Lamb of God this summer.

Pre-Order VENOM:

MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode: Rock Candy Funk Party, Jill Scott

Also, have you checked out the latest episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING? We assess the latest albums from Rock Candy Funk Party and Jill Scott:

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