Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode: The Beatles - 'Let It Be' film discussion

On the newly posted episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING, TJR and Robert Kinsler discuss the legacy of The Beatles' documentary film Let It Be:

Monday, July 24, 2017

International Pop Overthrow coming to Los Angeles, July 28 - August 6, 2017

It's that time of year when a slew of talented power pop artists descend on noted venues throughout Los Angeles to showcase their original melodic rock. Known as International Pop Overthrow (IPO), the event brings together great artists that celebrate an enduring scene where artful songcraft, catchy choruses and shining vocal harmonies rule the day.

Things kick off at Friday night, July 28 when a full night of live music at Fais Do Do in Los Angeles, with other night and/or afternoon showcases returning to that venue as well as being staged at Molly Malone's, Skinny's Lounge, and the Silverlake Lounge.
Many great artists I've seen and/or reviewed before including the RAZ Band, The Jeremy Band, Plasticsoul, Popdudes, Sparkle*jets UK, and the Galaxies are set to perform sets this year. Click here to read my review of a particularly-great IPO bill I caught in Orange County in August 2012. The previous year, I caught another memorable date of the annual fest; read my review of that event here.

Visit the official IPO website here for a full schedule of this summer's IPO concerts!

Glen Campbell's "Adios" video premiering today on CMT Music and CMT.com



Los Angeles – July 24, 2017 –  The video for “Adiós,” the bittersweet Jimmy Webb-penned title track of country legend Glen Campbell’s acclaimed farewell album, will exclusively premiere today, July 24 via CMT where it will be broadcast repeatedly throughout the day on their 24-hour music video channel, CMT Music, and online at CMT.com. It will then go into current rotation. Directed by Peter Zavadil, the award-winning director behind videos for Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and The Black Keys, the video features iconic archival videos and photos of the Rhinestone Cowboy interspersed between the story of his guitar journeying from Nashville to California where it plays its last note. It begins with Glen’s daughter Ashley Campbell handing off the guitar in Nashville and culminates with his grandson Jeremy Olson giving the six string an emotional sendoff. Watch the video here:http://www.cmt.com/videos/glen-campbell/1713952/adios.jhtml

“In my view, "Adios" is Glen's farewell to the spotlight. I wanted the music video to reflect those sentiments,” says Zavadil. “The guitar is a symbol of Glen's legacy...a 'spiritual baton' as it were, carried on by all those influenced by his music, beginning with one of his daughters and ending with one of his grandsons. The fact that no one will ever hold a match to Glen’s skill on the guitar is memorialized by giving his guitar a proper ‘Viking Funeral’ on the California coast. The project truly was an honor and an adventure.”

Glen’s daughter Ashley, who is following her father’s footsteps and performs banjo and sings backing vocals throughout the Adiós album, opens the video by passing off Glen’s guitar and thus starting its last tour. “My father's music has touched so many people's lives so I hope that this video will resonate with a lot of people,” says Ashley. “Music moves through us all in different ways, lighting a fire in each of us. That fire will always be burning as music keeps moving and as each of us continues to pass the torch.”

Several generations of the Campbell family are featured in the video as it concludes with Glen’s grandson, Jeremy Olson, in an emotional final goodbye. Olson says: "My grandfather is a man I've loved and admired my entire life. The emotion when dealing with a project that is his last, sung his unique way, really hit home and brought back all the amazing memories he and I have shared. This single and album truly encompasses his career and is something I know he would be proud of, which is why I couldn't be more honored to be involved.”

Glen’s farewell album, Adiós, was released on June 9 via UMe to universal acclaim. In the U.S., the album debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 giving Glen his 16th Top 40 album and his 19th Top 10 Country Record of his astonishing career. The album, which caps off an extraordinary career that has 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.
Adiós was recorded in 2012 following Glen’s “Goodbye Tour” which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As Glen’s wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell,explains in the album’s touching liner notes, “Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio once again to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.” She concludes, “What you’re hearing when listening to Adiós is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised, and entertained them for decades – giving him the chance to say goodbye to his fans, and put an amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves.”

Produced by longtime friend and bandmate, Carl Jackson, the 12-track collection features songs from some of his favorite songwriters like Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston.” Other songwriters featured are Willie Nelson, who duets on his classic, “Funny How Time Slips Away,” Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Roger Miller, Jerry Reed and Dickey Lee.

Campbell who turned 81 in April, is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He lives in Nashville where he is surrounded by his loving family and getting the very best of care.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Micky Dolenz celebrates 'Good Times!' and great songs at The Coach House

Micky Dolenz performing at The
Coach House on July 15, 2017.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
The fun-filled title of the Monkees' celebrated 2016 album Good Times! could well have doubled as the theme of Micky Dolenz' upbeat concert at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on July 15, 2017.

Performing nearly two dozen songs over the course of 80 minutes, the Los Angeles native was backed by a terrific four-man band along with his sister Coco Dolenz, the latter whose soaring vocals and winning personality added additional dimension to the songs.

Micky Dolenz is one of only a handful of rock singers who first rose to prominence in the 1960s whose vocals are as strong as they were in their prime. Again and again throughout his Saturday night appearance in San Juan Capistrano, this reviewer was amazed how terrific Dolenz sounded. While many veteran singers push the microphone away when they get to high notes, Dolenz embraced the joy of singing. The incredible vocal gifts that helped define the Monkees from the time Dolenz was first heard as lead vocalist on the Monkees' first chart-topping hit "Last Train to Clarksville" in late 1966 were displayed in spades during the performance.

Micky Dolenz at The Coach House.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
But even the greatest singer would be wasting their time if they were not blessed with the tuneful and smart songs that filled Dolenz' set. Opening with the Michael Nesmith-penned "Mary, Mary," the version here was as energetic and infectious as the original 1966 recording featuring a much younger Dolenz backed by The Wrecking Crew (including top session musicians James Burton, Hal Blaine and Glen Campbell). Shaking maracas in rhythm while he sang and smiled, the intimate Coach House crowd was quickly transported back in time. 

And the highlights kept coming. Performances of "That Was Then, This Is Now" (a bona fide comeback hit for the Monkees in 1986), the wistful "Sometime in the Morning," garage rock-styled "She" and a honky tonk-tinged take on the Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller classic "D.W. Washburn" displayed the uniformly strong, but engaging range of the Monkees' songbook as well as Dolenz' youthful approach and pure joy of music making.

Dolenz was obviously thrilled to reflect on the Monkees' 50th anniversary return via Good Times!, one of the strongest albums of 2016. He jokingly introduced one of the stellar tracks from that disc, the cheerful "You Bring The Summer," by asking: "We got any Monkees fans out there?...(audience cheers) We'll soon fix that." But that absolutely infectious power-pop song written by Andy Partridge (of XTC fame) afforded the crowd to bask in the pleasures of hearing a great song delivered by a favorite artist in an intimate setting. A few selections later, Dolenz revisited recent history again with the shimmering "She Makes Me Laugh," a Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) composition that fully captured the spirit of what made  and makes  the Monkees' sound so unique and timeless.

Guitarist Wayne Avers.
Dolenz was able to move beyond his own string of Monkees-related hits with credible tributes to both Chuck Berry (he auditioned for the hit NBC-TV show with a version of "Johnny B. Goode" that was a staple of his earlier rock group Micky and the One-Nighters and offered up the song here), and Jimi Hendrix (who Dolenz recruited to open for a string of dates with the Monkees in July 1967) with a blistering version of "Purple Haze" featuring lead guitarist Wayne Avers.

Likely every fan had their own favorites this night. I count a moving version of "Me and Magdalena" that he sang as a duet with Coco Dolenz, the rousing rocker "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," soaring Beatles-styled "Pleasant Valley Sunday," moving tribute to late Monkees band mate Davy Jones with "Daydream Believer" and night-ending "I'm a Believer" among the other additional surefire moments I will long remember.

Kelly Bowlin at The Coach House.
Opening for Dolenz was the top-tier Americana troupe Kelly Bowlin and the Orphans. Describing their sound as "Dirty Country" early in the set, the six-man troupe unleased a 40-minute set of songs that fell amidst roughly the same sonic territory as Steve Earle (they performed a great cover of "Copperhead Road"), Tom Petty and the late alt-country pioneer Gram Parsons.  

Kelly Bowlin, singing and playing an octave mandolin, led the Orphans through some great originals too. The countrified rocker "Williamsburg" was adorned with nice harmonies, while the tender "Judas Kiss" was an affecting country-folk ballad that grew in power as it went along. The full-on rocker "Borderline" afforded another opportunity for the group to shine, earning big cheers from the big crowd on hand for the show.

A wonderful night of live music to be sure. 

Micky Dolenz celebrated his legacy at the Coach House
with a Monkees-filled set on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Photo: Bob Steshetz

Micky Dolenz setlist at The Coach House on July 15, 2017:
Mary, Mary
That Was Then, This Is Now
Sometime in the Morning
D.W. Washburn
You Bring The Summer
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
She Makes Me Laugh
Last Train To Clarksville
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry tribute)
Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix tribute)
Me and Magdalena
Different Drum (featuring Coco Dolenz)
Let's Dance On
Kelly Bowlin and the Orphans at The Coach House.
For Pete's Sake
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
White Rabbit (featuring Coco Dolenz)
Goin' Down
Daydream Believer
Pleasant Valley Sunday
I'm a Believer

Review by Robert Kinsler

Photos courtesy of Bob Steshetz

Music makers elevate movies

The fusion of music and movies has always been a good fit and led to exciting results. Look no further than three new releases showcasing music makers' role in enhancing films both in front and behind the camera.

Title: Hickok (Cinedigm)
You might like if you enjoy: Classic Westerns, HBO series "Westworld," Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins
Tell me more: While Westerns no longer arrive in movie theaters on a regular basis, don't underestimate how much an artful and intelligent tale set in the 19th century can evoke its power on modern-day viewers. The newly-released Hickok provides stylish nods to some of the genre's most beloved classics but stands tall on its own thanks to a well-written script based on an episode in the life of "Wild Bill" Hickok, excellent performances everywhere (including Luke Hemsworth in the title role, as well as country music greats Trace Adkins and Kris Kristofferson), a stirring score courtesy of Andrew Joslyn and  director Timothy Woodward Jr.'s ability to get affecting cliche-free performances amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Old West. Information: cinedigmentertainment.com.

Artist: Prince
Title: Purple Rain Deluxe - Expanded Edition (NPG Records / Warner Bros. Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Prince
Tell me more: Released as both a "Deluxe" 2 CD version and a "Deluxe - Expanded Edition" featuring three CDs and a DVD, the re-release of Prince's masterwork Purple Rain recently captured the #1 on the Top Soundtrack Albums Chart and the top spot on the Top Vinyl Albums Chart, as well as returned to the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 too. More than three decades after the release of the film and the accompanying soundtrack, "Purple Rain" continues to cast its magic via dynamic recordings blending rock, soul, funk and pop (both newly-released versions are anchored by the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes from the soundtrack). Of the most interest to hardcore fans of the late artist (Prince died in April 2016) is a CD full of rarities and a slew of previously-unreleased tracks, and a DVD featuring a concert with Prince and the Revolution captured in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985. That concert features restored audio and video from the original production master tape, and offers a real glimpse into Prince as a groundbreaking performer at the beginning of his career. Information: warnerbrosrecords.com.

Title: Spider-Man: Homecoming (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
You might like if you enjoy: Composers John Williams, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino
Tell me more: Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino has provided memorable scores for a number of well-known films, and his riveting music for the blockbluster  Spider-Man: Homecoming can be added to his growing list of achievements. For those who have seen the latest "Spider-Man" flick, they know how wonderfully the music works in support of the on-screen action. But the soundtrack also plays well as a pure listen; the dramatic "The World Is Changing" and "Monumental Meltdown,"  playful-to-tense "Drag Racing / An Old Van Rundown" and symphonic "No Vault of His Own" showcase Giacchino's masterful touch and ability to create music that challenges and entices. Information: sonymusicmasterworks.com.

Robert Kinsler

Friday, July 14, 2017

Poco's Rusty Young to release debut solo album 'Waitin' For The Sun' on Sept. 15, 2017

Fans of Poco, Neil Young and the Eagles will want to check out the strong breezy track "My Friend" off Rusty Young's upcoming album. 

Poco’s Rusty Young to release debut solo album ‘Waitin’ For The Sun’ – An Album 50 Years in the Making

One Song Premieres Today on Billboard.com

Los Angeles, CA, July 14, 2017: Singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist and front man of the seminal West Coast country-rock band Poco Rusty Young will release his debut solo album for Blue Élan Records, Waitin’ For The Sun, on September 15, 2017. The album comes after a five-decade career which began in 1967 when Young was invited to play steel guitar on what would become the final album by Buffalo Springfield. Soon after – along with Richie Furay, George Grantham, and Jim Messina – he would form beloved Americana band Poco. Over the next five decades – and alongside bandmates that would also include Paul Cotton, Randy Meisner, and Timothy B. Schmidt – he became not only the musical core of the band but also the writer and vocalist behind hits including “Rose of Cimarron” and the #1 smash “Crazy Love.” And now, with Waitin’ For The Sun, Young brings the sound of a hit songwriter, roots innovator, and Grammy-nominated steel guitar legend exploring and expressing a lifetime of music influences.  

Enjoy the premiere of "My Friend" on Billboard.com:   
“I learned how to write songs not only from the guys in Poco, but the people I hung out with too,” explains Rusty. “Friends like Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Gerry Beckley from the band America all made a big impression on me. My grandparents, who were professional musicians in the ‘20s and ‘30s, have always been a huge inspiration. As the sole writer on this record, I got to visit all kinds of different places that relate to my musical heritage and experiences. Most of all, I wanted to take people on a journey that was fun to listen to from the first note to the last.”

Produced by Rusty and longtime Poco bassist/vocalist
Jack Sundrud – with assistance from the legendary Bill Halverson (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris) – and mixed/mastered by Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Steve Earle, The Replacements), the album’s 10 songs first came together in the hours just before dawn. “I live in a cabin that overlooks the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri, and got in the habit of waking early to watch the sun come up,” Rusty explains. “Just sitting there with my guitar, loving where I live and thinking about how far I’ve come and how lucky I’ve been. After a while, the songs just poured out of me.”

The album was recorded at Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the former home recording studio of
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. “June’s old piano is all over the record,” Rusty enthuses, “and I got to play Johnny’s ’57 Les Paul.” Rusty also played steel and acoustic guitars, dobro, mandolin and banjo, with the current configuration of Poco – Sundrud, keyboardist Michael Webb, and former Flying Burrito Brothers drummer Rick Lonow – filling in the rest. “They are, quite simply, the best musicians I know,” Rusty says. “You can’t separate me from the sound of Poco, but I wanted to take the Poco sound – the songwriting, the vocals and the playing – to the next level. The goal of this album was to go one step beyond.”

But Waitin’ For The Sun almost never happened. “I’d intended to retire from the road,” Rusty admits. “I was certainly slowing down, wanting nothing more than to spend more time at home gardening and fishing. But a fan introduced himself after a concert saying that he had a new artist-friendly record label and asked if I’d ever considered a solo project. I had been offered solo deals back in the ‘70s, but always felt Poco was more important. But I feel I’m now the best I’ve ever been as a singer and songwriter, and I have a better grasp of the music than ever before. And I realized that this was the perfect time to do something that could be a really rewarding part of my legacy.”

The label chief who’d approached Rusty was in total agreement. “I was a longtime Poco fan, but really fell in love with the band once Rusty became the predominant songwriter and vocalist in the group,” says Kirk Pasich, President of Blue Elan Records. “His role was always overshadowed by Jim Messina forming Loggins & Messina, Randy and Timothy joining the Eagles, and Richie doing Souther-Hillman-Furay, but Rusty Young always embodied what has made Poco such a unique and lasting American band. I knew that being involved with his very first solo record would be special. So when Rusty asked us what kind of album we wanted, we said ‘What kind of album do you want to make?’”

Waitin’ For The Sun opens with the shimmering title track that captures those early morning moments of inspiration. The vintage bounce of “Honey Bee” – featuring guests Jim Messina and George Grantham – pays tribute to the musical gifts of Rusty’s grandparents. “Heaven Tonight” is lovely Beatles-esque balladry, “Innocent Moon”soars on gorgeous harmonies, and “Down Home” is fueled by Rusty’s mountain music mastery. “Sarah’s Song” is the heartbreakingly beautiful ode Rusty’s wrote for his only daughter’s wedding day, and “Gonna Let The Rain” is a potent dose of rock & soul. The driving guitars of “Hey There” are reminiscent of Poco at their very best, while the haunting instrumental “Seasons” showcases Rusty’s distinctively melodic steel guitar. But the album’s most talked-about track may be the warm and joyful “My Friend,” featuring Richie Furay and Timothy B. Schmidt. “I could have done that thing where I asked everyone I’ve ever known to play on the record,” Rusty says. “But I only wanted to work with a select few who were important to me. “My Friend” is about Poco over the years and the friendship we share to this day. That’s why I called Richie and Timothy; the song is about them.”

Today, Rusty is looking forward to touring in support of this new disc as well as planning a series of special concerts to celebrate Poco’s 50th anniversary. Most of all, he’s enormously proud of an album that has been, in a sense, 50 years in the making. “I’ve been fortunate to have had a magical career,” he admits. “From the moment I was called to play on the Buffalo Springfield album, all through Poco and now to this solo project, things have just fallen into place. I’ve worked really hard to be the best I can be, and I think this album is the proof.”

For Rusty Young – and Waitin’ For The Sun – the future is looking brighter than ever.
1. Waitin’ For The Sun
2. My Friend
3. Honey Bee
4. Sara’s Song
5. Heaven Tonight
6. Hey There
7. Seasons
8 Innocent Moon
9. Down Home
10. Gonna Let The Rain

New Music: Heart, The Who, Chris Bell, Peter Cetera

Fans of Heart, The Who, Big Star and Chicago will want to explore recent releases available now.

Artist: Heart
Title: Alive in Seattle (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Heart, Led Zeppelin
Tell me more: Heart's memorable homecoming performance on the last night of their 2002 tour has been re-released on DVD and watching the concert is to be reminded of how this group more than earned its long-overdue induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. The band's set features potent versions of most of the band's extensive parade of hits, as well as gems that had just been released at the time of the concert (the Led Zeppelin-flavored "Sister Wild Rose" is a particularly powerful rocker). Sisters Ann Wilson (vocals) and Nancy Wilson (guitar) are backed by a top-tier bunch of virtuoso players including the hard-hitting drummer Benjamin Smith and talented lead guitarist Scott Olson. Signature rockers such as the speedy "Crazy On You" and hard rocking "Barracuda" are artfully balanced by acoustic ballads ("These Dreams," "Alone," "Dog and Butterfly") and genre-blending nuggets (the dynamic original "Mistral Wind," a faithful cover of Led Zep's "Battle of Evermore"). Information: eagle-rock.com or heart-music.com.

Artist: The Who
Title: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004
You might like if you enjoy: The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey
Tell me more: The Who's appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2004 is an important one in the band's history. While the group's performance at the festival marked the first time The Who played there since their legendary 1970 and proved to be a bona fide success, the appearance came not long after the death of founding member/bassist John Entwistle. Available as a DVD+2CD, Bluray+2CD or via digital, "Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004" fully captures The Who delivering potent versions of their most beloved classic rockers while also reminding a large festival crowd comprised of enthusiastic young concertgoers that great rock music spans generations. Singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist-singer Pete Townshend  and renowned drummer Zak Starkey led the band through an expansive set featuring early favorites ("I Can't Explain," "Substitute"), progressive anthems (""Baba O'Riley," "Love Reign O'er Me"), new material (the melodic "Real Good Looking Boy" being a standout) and majestic rockers ("Eminence Front," "Won't Get Fooled Again") to the delight of the crowd, many jumping up and down and adding palpable excitement. Information: eagle-rock.com.

Artist: Chris Bell
Title: Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Big Star, Beck, Alex Chilton
Tell me more: When Chris Bell died at age 27 in December 1978, it marked the end of a brief but groundbreaking career highlighted by his co-founding Big Star in 1971 and the legendary posthumous LP I Am Cosmos released in 1992. Now, a renewed look at the super-talented singer-songwriter/guitarist comes courtesy of Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star. The essential 22-track collection has gathered a slew of recordings that featured Bell prior to his forming Big Star. While fans of Big Star and early '70s rock might delve into the material with a sense of curiosity, the strength of the songs and performances caught in the recording studio will insure repeat listening. The eclectic material includes the title track "Looking Forward" that was written and recorded decades ahead of its time (this writer could hear Beck releasing this in 2017), the aptly-titled swirling stylings of "Psychedelic Stuff," the alt-country confessional "Try Again" (a later version of the Bell/Alex Chilton song would appear on Big Star's debut) and the shimmering acoustic standout "Sunshine." Information: omnivorerecordings.com.

Artist: Peter Cetera
Title: The Very Best Of Peter Cetera (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Chicago, Peter Cetera
Tell me more: A founding member of Chicago, Peter Cetera played bass and used his distinctive tenor voice to help the band score a number of hits in the 1970s and early '80s before embarking on a solo career in 1985. He immediately began to rack up a string of successful radio hits and land songs in motion pictures, all of which have been collected on the first collection to feature all of his best known material. The Very Best Of Peter Cetera features all of all of Cetea's Top 40 singles, including his biggest hits ("Glory of Love," "The Next Time I Fall") and several tracks that may well have escaped the attention of listeners but are as infectious as his best-known material. The synthesizer-anchored "Big Mistake" is bolstered by a New Wave beat; "Daddy's Girl" is a buoyant single with an interesting mix of keyboards and electronica dance tinges that was written and recorded as a tribute to his daughter. Across the 14-track collection Cetera collaborates with an impressive mix of artists including Amy Grant, David Foster, Chaka Khan and CherInformation: VareseSarrabande.com.

Robert Kinsler

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sights and Sounds: The Dixie Dregs, Queen in 3-D, Hype!, Status Quo

Here is a super cool roundup of music news...

The original lineup of The Dixie Dregs has announced plans to reunite and tour in 2018. The original lineup features Rod Morgenstein, Andy West, Allen Sloan, Steve Davidowski and Steve Morse.

Keep checking dixiedregs.com and facebook.com/TheDixieDregs for updates on the upcoming tour.

Formed in the 1970s, The Dixie Dregs were an American band that performed mostly-instrumental music that fused together Southern and hard rock, progressive metal and classical forms into something that was completely unique. This will be a much-anticipated tour to be sure!

Queen in 3-D, a stereoscopic masterpiece by iconic guitarist and songwriter Brian May, is the first history of any rock group created in 3-D and written by a band member.Queen in 3D features more than 300 previously unseen 3-D photographs, capturing the history of Queen from the early 1970s to present day. The book has a lenticular 3-D front cover and exclusive Brian May patent OWL 3-D viewer.  It will be released by the London Stereoscopic Company in the U.S. on August 24, 2017.  www.queenin3-D.com

"The whole process of writing this new kind of book was almost subconscious. As I looked at the 3-D photos, memories were triggered and the stories poured out. It’s the 3-D element that makes it so evocative. I believe each image will draw readers in deeper, like me, inviting them to immerse themselves in a scene, to share a previously unseen Queen moment,” said May.

The 3-D illustrations were all captured with May’s stereoscopic cameras.  From an early age he traveled with a 3-D camera, allowing him to capture rare behind-the-scene moments on Queen Tours and during recordings. Some of the photographs had not even been fully processed until the book was in the making. Initially thought by May to be a quick job, this project turned into a labor of love which spanned three years. Each time the book seemed to be close to completion, more 3-D photos were found in forgotten hiding places, prompting further memories and filling in the story. Queen in 3-Deventually became a compelling set of snapshots of May’s life and the life of Queen, over more than 50 years.

Published as a lavish, high quality coffee table book by May’s own London Stereoscopic Company, Queen in 3-D reveals the band’s history through his eyes and reflective narrative.   The book is illustrated with around 360 photographs, mostly accessible in 3-D using the OWL viewer supplied. May’s recollections about himself and fellow band members Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, are shared for the first time. Images were taken on stage and behind the scenes, including informal shots taken on the road and during leisure time. Mercury, shy and fiercely protective of his privacy, interacted playfully and comfortably with May’s camera.  Queen in 3-D shares rare glimpses of this consummate showman as viewed by his band mate and close friend. Current fans of the band will also enjoy the modern sections, including on and off stage moments with Adam Lambert.

This is an important book, not only capturing the very essence of one of the world’s all-time greatest bands, but also exploring the culture, politics and atmosphere of the many territories where Queen performed. Brian has created a text that chronicles changes in the music industry alongside major changes in the history of the world.

more here

The Blu-ray collector's edition of Hype! is set for release on September 29, 2017 courtesy of Shout! Factory. Released in 1996, the film was directed by Doug Pray and really is among the most notable films to look at the famed Seattle music scene of the early 1990s.

Here is the description on the upcoming release featured on the official Shout! Factory website:

Drop into the Pacific Northwest in the early '90s and watch a vibrant underground music scene explode into a global "grunge" media frenzy. Hype! follows the music from local bands playing for their friends, to Sub Pop Record's brilliant exploitation of "the Seattle Sound," to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hitting #1 on the charts. Questions of money, authenticity, and fame arise as "grunge fashion" hits the runways and a mass migration of wanna-be Seattle bands saturates the city. The Northwest experience is one of humor, loss, and epic irony. With intense live performances by Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, and many more, Hype! rocks the definitive story of the world's last great local music scene.
"Two Thumbs Up!" – Siskel & Ebert
"The most accurate and energetic look at the Seattle music scene you'll ever see" – Chris Riemenschneider, Austin American-Statesman
"A brilliant synthesis of social anthropology and entertainment" – Christine McKenna, Los Angeles Times

Status Quo release The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 - 1989on August 4, 2017 on UMe. This carefully curated release is the third in a series of five limited edition Status Quo 7” singles box sets. Each set covers a decade (in the case of the Eighties there are two sets) of the band’s U.K. singles. The music is also available via a digital download code included in the box. Classic Rock said of the first in the series, “This is Quo in their effortless, casually-exalted pomp… The singles box, complete with picture sleeves and choice B-sides, is a delight”.

The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 - 1989 features all the 7" singles from the second part of the Eighties and features tracks such as “Rollin’ Home,” “The Wonderer” and “In the Army Now.” “Naughty Girl” appears for the first time as a single as it was unreleased at the time

The singles, mastered from original tapes, are presented in their original sleeves (picture and house bags). This Limited-Edition release offers twelve 7” black heavyweight vinyl records housed in a rigid lift-off lid box.  The box set contains a booklet with quotes and chart history of each single along with a selection of rare foreign covers and memorabilia.

Fully supported by the band, The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 - 1989 is a phenomenal collection that will be cherished by Quo fans the world over.

Following on from the well-received release in March 2017 of the first collection covering 1972 - 1979, The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 - 1989 is a triumphant revisiting of the glory days of one of the world’s most important rock acts.

The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984-1989

“The Wanderer” / “Can't Be Done” 

“Naughty Girl” / “No Contract”

“Rollin' Home” / “Lonely”

“Red Sky” / “Don't Give It Up” 

“In the Army Now” / “Heartburn”

“Dreamin'” /”Long Legged Girls” 

“Ain't Complaining” / “That's Alright” 

“Who Gets the Love?” / “Halloween”

“Running All Over the World” / “Magic”

“Burning Bridges (On and Off and On Again)” / “Whatever You Want”

“Not at All” / “Gone Thru the Slips” 

“Little Dreamer” / “Rotten to The Bone” 

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Robert Kinsler