A trio of eagerly-awaited releases are reviewed this week.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sights and Sounds: Colin Blunstone’s One Year Celebrated With 50th Anniversary Edition; The Zombies' livestream from Abbey Road Studios
Lots of Zombies-related updates to share. Before I provide the latest on the Zombies' much-anticipated livestream from Abbey Road Studios on Saturday, Sept. 18, here is the big announcement on the 50th Anniversary reissue of singer-songwriter Colin Blunstone's debut "One Year" coming Nov. 5, 2021...Robert Kinsler
The Zombies' triumphant return to Abbey Road Studios on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021; Paul Weller among celebrity guests to join the band during the event!
|The Zombies performing selection from 'Odessey & Oracle'|
at the Saban Theatre in Southern California on Oct. 24, 2015.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
Abbey Road. The very name conjures up a vision of the iconic photo on one of the Beatles' most famous album covers taken on a street outside the celebrated recording studio. Ardent and devoted Zombie fans know all too well that about two years before that photo was taken, the Zombies recorded their masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle, in the same studio at Abbey Road where the Beatles had just completed their masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The late Terry Quirk, our much beloved album cover designer and artist extraordinaire, immortalized the occasion in one of his whimsical and "quirky" drawings.
It seems fitting that, once again, our favourite band, the Zombies, will be replicating a similar world-encompassing experience, and you're invited to be a part of it.
There's certain to be some music fans who were lucky enough to be around to remember the global satellite broadcast 54 years ago when The Beatles were in this very studio introducing the world to their new song called, "All You Need Is Love." It was beyond phenomenal! For those not born yet or too young to recall, picture a world without cellphones, the internet, social media and all of the high-tech perks we take for granted. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) decided to produce the world's first global television program which would link five continents simultaneously by a satellite orbiting the earth. This was the most ambitious and historic television program of its time, and the broadcast culminated with the Beatles performing a new song "live" written specifically for this event. The result was epic! Friends and family of the Beatles packed the Abbey Road Studios to join in this momentous occasion. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were there, along with Eric Clapton, Graham Nash and Keith Moon of The Who. Jane Asher, Pattie Boyd and Marianne Faithful were among the famous bystanders amid a worldwide audience of a reportedly 400 million people.
For those who have been patiently waiting for some good news on the pandemic front, we'd like to offer you the opportunity to get some life back into your life! How long has it been since you were able to experience a concert? Are you getting the urge to return to some form of normalcy in your mask-wearing, social distancing existence? Your wish has been granted! On September 18, the Zombies will be streaming a full concert from Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London for you and all of their fans on a global stage. This will be your opportunity to reconnect with the Zombies and be a part of musical history.
While the cast may be slightly different from The Zombies who entered Abbey Road Studios in 1967, Colin, Rod, Steve, Tom and Søren will be there to perform a career spanning concert with many of our favourites intertwined with some exciting new material. Yes, the "touring" Zombies have been putting these months of isolation to good use by writing and rehearsing new songs for a soon to be released new album.
Joining the Zombies in the studio will be the Q Strings, an experienced and versatile string quartet based in London who have performed worldwide with such acclaimed artists as Brian Wilson, OneRepublic and Gilbert O'Sullivan.
The concert will be followed by an online Q&A session with Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, hosted by Rock Journalist David Fricke. The band will also field questions from a virtual audience of surprise celebrities! This will be their first and only worldwide streaming event this year, and you're not going to want to miss it!
The smartest and most economical idea is to purchase a special package in advance which includes the concert, Q&A session, poster and T-shirt. It makes sense to purchase in advance because the price will increase on the day of the event. Plus, if you happen to miss the live stream or will be travelling, you can watch the concert from anywhere in the world as many times as you'd like for two weeks after it broadcasts!
Sound like a plan? We think so, and we look forward to you joining us on September 18 at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT/8pm BST! Tickets can be purchased at here.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Watch the visualizer for a previously-unreleased version of 'Androgyny' from Garbage; reissue of 'beautifulgarbage' coming Oct. 1
Check out the previously-unreleased (rough mix) version of "Androgyny" via a new video released by Garbage and get details on the forthcoming 20th Anniversary reissue of the band's 'beautifulgarbage'...Robert Kinsler
GARBAGE ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF 20TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE RELEASE OF THE BAND'S THIRD STUDIO ALBUM
BEAUTIFULGARBAGE REISSUE RELEASED OCTOBER 1st ON UME
WATCH A VISUALIZER FOR A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED VERSION OF "ANDROGYNY," OUT NOW
Garbage have today announced details of their upcoming 20thanniversary reissue of the band's third studio album, beautifulgarbage. The reissue will be released via UMe on October 1st, exactly twenty years after the album was first available. The band have also revealed a previously unheard version of the album's lead single "Androgyny." The track features lyrical content and a message that was ahead of its time upon its initial release in 2001 and was also reflective of Garbage's new, pop-leaning sound.
Speaking about the beautifulgarbage reissue, Shirley Manson says:
'We wanted to celebrate the release of our third album in the same manner as we have celebrated the 20th anniversaries of our previous two records, as we cherish this third child of ours just as much as its predecessors. Over time it has garnered more and more respect from our fans, with many of the songs remaining in rotation in our live sets to this day. We've always felt incredibly proud of this record and felt it was in many ways very much ahead of its time.
Twenty years down the line, we are all exceedingly grateful to have such well-crafted songs in our discography and are very proud that against all the odds we are still standing and can give our beloved album the tribute it so very much deserves'.
|Garbage performing in Las Vegas on Oct. 5, 2018.|
Photo: Robert Kinsler
Marking a departure from the sound that Garbage had established on their first two releases, beautifulgarbage was written and recorded over the course of a year. Shirley Manson chronicled the band's efforts weekly online, becoming one of the first high-profile musicians to keep an internet blog in the process. The album expanded on the band's acclaimed musical variety with more direct lyrics and sounds that mixed rock with electronic, new wave, hip hop and girl group influences.
This brand-new edition has been remastered from the original recordings and will be released across Deluxe 3LP, 2LP, Deluxe 3CD and Digital Deluxe formats. The deluxe vinyl edition includes beautifulgarbage on 2x heavyweight black LPs, as well as a third LP of B-sides and memorabilia. The two 2LP formats have been pressed on heavyweight black and special white vinyl respectively. The reissue product suite also includes a 3CD deluxe edition featuring the original album, B-sides, demos and remixes housed in a clamshell case. The digital deluxe edition includes exclusive bonus remixes. The full track listing can be found below.
beautifulgarbage reissue tracklist:
Shut Your Mouth (2021 Remaster)
Androgyny (2021 Remaster)
Can't Cry These Tears (2021 Remaster)
Til The Day I Die (2021 Remaster)
Cup Of Coffee (2021 Remaster)
Silence Is Golden (2021 Remaster)
Cherry Lips (2021 Remaster)
Breaking Up The Girl (2021 Remaster)
Drive You Home (2021 Remaster)
Parade (2021 Remaster)
Nobody Loves You (2021 Remaster)
Untouchable (2021 Remaster)
So Like A Rose (2021 Remaster)
CD2: B-sides & alt versions
Sex Never Goes Out Of Fashion
Enough Is Never Enough
Wild Horses (Live)
I'm Really Into Techno
Pride In The Name Of Love*
Androgyny (Rough Mix March 14, 2001)*
Til The Day I Die (Demo Sept 14, 1999)*
Nobody Loves You (Rough Mix March 14, 2001)*
Breaking Up The Girl (Acoustic)
Silence Is Golden (Demo Sept 14, 1999)*
Can't Cry These Tears (Rough Mix March 14, 2001)*
Shut Your Mouth (Live)
Begging Bone (Early Demo Mix)
Shut Your Mouth (Jagz Kooner Radio Mix)*
Shut Your Mouth (Jolly Music Scary Full Vocal Mix)
Shut Your Mouth (Professor Reay Clubbed Dead Pig Mix)
Androgyny (Neptunes Remix)
Androgyny Felix Da Housecat (Thee Glitz Mix)
Androgyny (The Architechs Mix)
Breaking Up The Girl (Timo Maas Radio Mix)
Breaking Up The Girl (Brothers In Rhythm Radio Edit)
Breaking Up The Girl (The Scourge Of The Earth Rodeo Rave Remix by Jimmy Caulty)
Breaking Up The Girl (Black Dog Wounded By The Warbeast)
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (Le Royale Mix)
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (Mauve's Dark Remix With Acapella edit)
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (DJEJ's Go Go Jam by Eli Janney)
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (Roger Sanchez Tha S-Man's Release Mix (Radio) Edit)
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (Howie B Remix)
Parade End Of Night Mix*
*denotes previously unreleased
Digital Deluxe Exclusive Bonus Tracks (Only Available Digitally):
- Shut Your Mouth (Jagz Kooner Full Vocal Mix)
- Shut Your Mouth (Jadell Remix)
- Shut Your Mouth (Professor Reay Dead Pig Dub Mix)
- Shut Your Mouth (Cuban Boys Rascasse Edit Mix)
- Shut Your Mouth (Cuban Boys Rocksteady Electro Mix)
- Shut Your Mouth (Broadway Project Remix)
- Androgyny (Felix Da Housecat Thee Drum Drum Mix)
- Androgyny (The Architechs Dub)
- Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (MaUVe's Dark Remix With Acapella)
- Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (Roger Sanchez Tha S-Man's Release (Bomb) Mix)
- Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (Roger Sanchez Tha S-Man's Release Dub)
- Breaking Up the Girl (Timo Maas Club Full Vox)
- Breaking Up the Girl (Brothers In Rhythm Therapy Mix)
- Breaking Up the Girl (Breaking Up The Girl (Brothers In Rhythm Therapy Dub)
- Breaking Up the Girl (Black Dog Splitsville Mix)
- Breaking Up the Girl (Black Dog Ripped Out Fireplace Mix)
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Where: The Coach House
When: Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
Upcoming: Ingram's upcoming performances include a high-profile performance at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday Sept. 15, and at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on Sunday, Sept. 19
Information on Christone "Kingfish" Ingram: ChristoneKingfishIngram.com
Information on Harlis Sweetwater: https://www.harlissweetwaternow.com
Although he is only 22, rising bluesman Christone "Kingfish" Ingram is already a bona fide star. He proved all that and more throughout a thrilling performance at a packed Coach House on Friday night. For 100 wonderful minutes the Clarksdale, Mississippi native and his top-notch three-man band delivered a masterclass in the blues.
On the heels of the release of his outstanding sophomore album 662, Ingram focused on the powerful originals that fill that 2021 disc during his performance in Orange County. Indeed, only a couple of tracks from his 2019 Alligator Records debut Kingfish were featured on Friday, with the rest of the terrific material coming from his very personal follow-up.
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and his backing trio at The Coach House.
After the three members of his band (handling drums, bass and keyboards) took the stage and began playing, the distinctive lead guitar work of Ingram could be heard over the P.A. system; he soon came down the stairs leading to the stage and joined his mates for an extended blast through "She Calls Me Kingfish."
The second song, "Fresh Out," spanned 10 minutes and provided ample opportunity for Ingram to display his amazing lead vocals along with his technically flawless and artistically aimed electric guitar work. His slower third cut, "Another Life Goes By," found Ingram singing: "Where does hate come from and how can we make it stop? / We got to make some changes before somebody else gets shot." His guitar work was the equal to his affecting verses; at one point stylish jazz chords were used amidst his signature lead guitar work to bolster the moment.
Indeed, watching Ingram in a full-length headlining set allowed this writer to fully appreciate his command of blues, often bringing in elements of jazz and blues-rock into the mix. He could bring his fret work down to a whisper and suddenly unleash volcanic power to bolster an instrumental section.
A highlight of the night had to be the marathon-length version of "Your Time Is Gonna Come," where Ingram walked out throughout every part of the crowd showing off his lead guitar magic. He even went upstairs and went into one of the private booths and appeared for all the hundreds below to see.
The semi-acoustic "Something In The Dirt" and "Listen" were a savvy change of pace before he picked up the momentum via the reflective "Already Gone," fiery "Not Gonna Lie," soul gem "That's All It Takes" and hard-edged blues rocker "662."
The strong encore featured the undeniable blues groove "Long Distance Woman" and a scorching reworking of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Hey Joe" – the latter enhanced by an effective reggae break.
Harlis Sweetwater at The Coach House.
Opening the bill was Huntington Beach-based singer-songwriter/guitar great Harlis Sweetwater. Accompanied by his own flashy work on guitar (electric and acoustic), the artist used his powerful Billy F Gibbons-styled vocals to deliver both originals and covers well received by the sold-out crowd.
His powerful opener "Got Me A Woman," uptempo "Big Bad Bill" and rootsy "Cold Ground" were among the highlights of his 40-minute set. After performing a version of Muddy Waters' "Still A Fool" late in his outing he received high marks when he told the crowd "You are keeping the blues alive."
At the Coach House on Friday night, both Sweetwater and Ingram made a pretty darn good case that the blues are still alive and well in 2021.
Review by Robert Kinsler
Photography by Bob Steshetz