Monday is generally “let’s announce a couple of tours” day and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is SOOOOOO much good music happening out there and sometimes you never even expected what you ended up seeing and become a big fan. So it’s without question that GVF are rising stars in the Rock world and rightly so. The guys have been selling out everywhere and now had unveiled the news about some Fall tour dates. Dig in down below and know I shall return at the close with some more editorial.
The Press Release:
Grammy-winning rock ’n’ roll band GRETA VAN FLEET today announces a three week Fall North American leg of its March of the Peaceful Army Tour. The tour is set to kick off in Kansas City on Saturday, September 21 and will include first-time visits to Kansas City and Irvine, and the band performing a blend of fan-favorites and some brand new tunes. Shannon and the Clams, a GVF personal pick, will support on all dates. Pre-sales for Peaceful Army Fan Club members begin Wednesday 5/15 , and the public on-sale starts Friday, 5/17 at 10 AM local time. Log on to http://www.gretavanfleet.com for all ticketing details. Continue reading Greta Van Fleet Announces Fall North American Headline Dates→
Vinyl Mavens across the nation are ready to mobilize at their favorite record shops since tomorrow is Record Store Day, the annual affair that celebrates the love of those round black platters. We recently received this announcement from the folks over at UMe with a number of sure to be collectible items, and you can peruse them all below.
The Press Release:
UMe is celebrating the music fanatic’s favorite holiday, otherwise known as Record Store Day (April 13), with a slew of must-have special releases from a wide range of world renowned artists spanning rock to hip-hop and everything in between. This year’s exciting haul of limited edition vinyl platters includes first-ever vinyl pressings, unique color variants, reissues of long-out-of-print albums, exciting rarities, one-of-a kind picture discs and new collections specially made for the record shop extravaganza. All releases will be available at Record Store Day-participating record stores on Saturday, April 13. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for more details and to find your local shops. Full details for all releases below.
THE CHARLATANS UK – US AND US ONLY
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 1000
Us And Us Only is the sixth album by British alternative rock band The Charlatans UK. The album was first released in 1999 and hasn’t had a reissue until now. The album includes three top 40 hits “Forever,” “Impossible” and “My Beautiful Friend.” This Record Store Day exclusive comes on limited edition transparent vinyl.
CHARLIE PARKER – CHARLIE PARKER WITH STRINGS: THE ALTERNATE TAKES
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 2500
Charlie Parker With Strings: Alternate Takes is a glimpse inside the heart and mind of one of the most inventive saxophonists of all time. His original Strings LP, containing brilliant and unexpected interpretations of standards and first issued on Mercury in 1950, was a landmark in the cross-section of jazz and pop – and remains Charlie “Bird” Parker’s best-selling recording. Now, for the first time on vinyl, are the rarest Birds: alternate takes from the sessions, issued during the 70th anniversary year of the initial recordings. Discovered deep in the Verve vault and previously released on CD only as part of a “Deluxe Edition” set, they provide a glorious new chapter in the glorious history of the one and only Charlie Parker. And the vinyl, a bright blue matching the “new look” cover featuring the original album’s David Stone Martin illustration, is exclusive to Record Store Day customers.
DAVID BOWIE – THE WORLD OF DAVID BOWIE
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 3500
Decca launched its much-loved World Of Series in 1968. The first album set out the series’ stall perfectly, looking at one of the label’s biggest selling artists – yet hardly one that chimed with the counter culture in 1968. The World Of Mantovani – SPA 1, (or PA 1 in mono) – was a 14-track collection, each track a different selection from his sizeable Decca album catalog. Released in the autumn of the year, it acted as a perfect primer, and its price, 17s, put it shy of the 37s 6d of the full price albums. Its whole purpose was to drive sales of the artist’s deeper repertoire – dip in here and then indulge further – the rear sleeve clearly offered the catalog numbers of the parent albums.
The series would run throughout the 70s and become a ubiquitous feature of the label. It was taken so seriously, that David Bowie himself offered the track listing for his own addition to the series, (SPA/PA 58), which was released in March 1970 after the success of the Phillips-released single “Space Oddity.” It also showed how the World Ofs could be a veritable treasure trove for rarities and one-offs, as it contained the first official release of “Let Me Sleep Beside You,” “Karma Man” and “In The Heat Of The Morning.”
According to Kevin Cann’s invaluable book on Bowie’s early years, “Any Day Now,” Bowie bought a copy of the original himself from a record shop on Beckenham High Street. It became a big seller – indeed, Decca repackaged it – when Bowie finally became a big star. Imagine the shock people had thinking they had “The Jean Genie” when all they had was “Uncle Arthur” and “Little Bombardier.”
DEF LEPPARD – THE STORY SO FAR (VOLUME 2/HITS AND B SIDES)
FORMAT: 2LP – QUANTITY: 2000
Def Leppard, Britain’s greatest arena rock band, are set to release The Story So Far… an album of the band’s greatest hits and songs from their illustrious career. This Record Store exclusive presents the second disc of the CD album on vinyl for the first and only time. Having sold over 65 million albums worldwide since their debut release in 1980 and proved themselves one of rock music’s hardest working and consistently powerful live bands (playing to over 50 million fans in the last 15 years alone), Def Leppard remain one of only five rock groups who can claim two separate original 10 million plus selling albums in the US (Pyromania being one of them). The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen. The band are doing selective festival dates in Europe over the summer including headlining the iconic Download festival in June.
FRANK ZAPPA – THE GUITAR WORLD ACCORDING TO FRANK ZAPPA
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 4000
The rare 1987 guitar-centric compilation, The Guitar World According To Frank Zappa, originally available only on cassette through Guitar World magazine and Barfko-Swill mail order, will receive its first-ever vinyl pressing. The album features unique mixes and edits by Frank Zappa and a selection of solos that were released the following year on the Guitar album. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, this RSD First release, limited to 8000 worldwide, is numbered and pressed on 180-gram clear audiophile vinyl by Furnace MFG.
JOHN LENNON – IMAGINE – RAW STUDIO MIXES
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 5500
One of the many highlights of John Lennon’s Imagine – The Ultimate Collection, the immersive and intimate super deluxe edition of his legendary solo album, released this past October on what would have been his 78th birthday, were the Raw Studio Mixes. Helmed by engineer Rob Stevens under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon, these aggressively visceral and emotionally touching mixes capture the exact moment Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song, raw and live on the soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios, at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The Raw Studio recordings are devoid of the effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) that were added when co-producers John, Yoko and Phil Spector created the additional layers of production sound and added John’s orchestral arrangements in New York. Exclusively for Record Store Day Imagine – Raw Studio Mixes will be released on vinyl for the first time as a limited edition Record Store Day First release, pressed on audiophile grade 180-gram black vinyl. Previously only available in the Imagine—Ultimate Collection box set, these raw studio recordings reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs.
MARTY STUART – ICON
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 1500
Marty Stuart’s 2012 compilation album Icon will be released on vinyl for the first time ever. The record will be limited to a pressing of 1500 copies and will include Stuart’s hits “Tempted,” “Hillbilly Rock,” and “Till I Found You.” Each album personally autographed by Marty Stuart.
MONTY PYTHON – LIFE OF BRIAN
FORMAT: 12” PICTURE DISC – QUANTITY: 2500
People of Record Store Day! It is customary at this time for us to release a record from our archives, and we have decided to WELEASE BWIAN! To celebrate Record Store Day 2019, and the 40th anniversary of the film, Monty Python will release a very special, limited edition vinyl picture disc version of Monty Python’s Life Of Brian soundtrack – mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Complete with new artwork, overseen by Terry Gilliam himself, and unseen material from the Monty Python archive. Includes download voucher.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – OFFICE SPACE OST
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 2500
The soundtrack to the 1999 cult classic Office Space is now out on vinyl! Featuring tracks from Ice Cube, Geto Boys, Slum Village and more on a stapler red 1LP.
THE POLICE – MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
FORMAT: 2 X 7” – QUANTITY: 1000
Following on from “Roxanne” – RSD 2018, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s first international no. 1 single, originally released September 1979. Brand new exclusive edition for RSD 2019, packaged in bespoke 2 x 7” special double pack gatefold sleeve. Utilizing original green UK sleeve for front and incorporating blue US “poster” sleeve inside the gatefold. Two color inner bags – A&M “company” bag design. Features the original single and B-side. Disc 2 features “Message In A Bottle (Classic Rock Mix),” originally exclusive to Every Breath You Take: The Classics’ Collection (1995) –now deleted, and the previously unreleased instrumental version of “Message In A Bottle.” Remastered at Abbey Road Studios, London and pressed on colored vinyl: Disc 1 – “bottle” green vinyl, Disc 2 – blue vinyl.
ROXY MUSIC – REMIXED
FORMAT: 2LP – QUANTITY: 2500
This exclusive double 12” edition grew out of mixes that were undertaken to celebrate the release of the Super Deluxe version of Roxy Music’s debut album in spring 2018. Unused at the time, the mixes, overseen from Bryan Ferry’s London HQ, celebrate the essential otherworldliness of Roxy Music’s space age vision, stardate 1972. This strictly limited double 12” features out-takes of Karl Stoecker’s legendary photo-session from the debut and was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road in Autumn 2018.
First reissue of the 1978 picture disc edition of Hemispheres continuing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rush’s iconic album.
STEREOPHONICS – LIVE FROM DAKOTA
FORMAT: 2LP – QUANTITY: 1500
Stereophonics iconic live album from their 2005 world tour, repressed on 180g white heavyweight vinyl, for the first time since its original release 13 years ago. A whirlwind of stadium rock sees the band perform many of the highlights from their incredible career. Includes the anthems “A Thousand Trees,” “Maybe Tomorrow,” “The Bartender and The Thief,” “Hurry Up and Wait,” “Just Looking” and of course “Dakota.”
SUBLIME – NUGS: THE BEST OF THE BOX
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 5000
First ever highlights compilation of the Everything Under The Sun rarities box set, pressed on red and yellow starburst color vinyl.
U2 – THE EUROPA EP
FORMAT: 12” VINYL SINGLE – QUANTITY: 5000
U2: The Europa EP, a new 3-track EP, will be released to celebrate Record Store Day.
The Europa EP: Side A features an exclusive new mix of previously unreleased material from U2’s recent eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour: Charlie Chaplin’s electrifying speech from the movie The Great Dictator (1940) underscored with a mash-up of Songs Of Experience album track “Love Is All We Have Left” and 1993 classic “Zooropa,” leading into a performance of “New Year’s Day” recorded live in Dublin on November 5th last year. Side B is comprised of two “Euro”-tinged remixes: St. Francis Hotel’s mix of the original album version of “New Year’s Day” and Jon Pleased Wimmin’s Euromantic mix of “Love Is All We Have Left.” The EP cover art is a Chaplinesque homage to the Europe-themed artwork of U2’s 1993 album Zooropa and features the figure 130, in celebration of Chaplin’s 130th birthday which falls on April 16th, 2019.
First ever vinyl pressing of Weezer’s BLUE album’s Deluxe bonus tracks including B-sides, rarities, alternate mix of “Say It Ain’t So” and demos.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: We hope all of our vinyl crazy readers manage to get the items that they are most interested in on RSD and suggest that they arrive early at their favorite shops and consider bringing something along with them for the staff to “grease the wheels” so to speak LOL. I am not the biggest LP collector these days but if someone gives me some of them then its fine by me. I still have most of my collection of records but do need a new turntable at this point to try them out again. As you can see this list is not 100% Hard Rock and Metal, but I didn’t have the time to dissect the press release to feature only some of the offerings. I felt that its more fun to see the whole shebang from this company in case you notice something that a friend who listens to artist A or B might love as a present. So as I close this up I wonder are you interested in any of these offerings? Chime in down below in the comments with your thoughts.
Artist: KISS Title: “KISSWORLD – The Best Of KISS” Label: Universal Music Release Date: 1/26/2019 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Lo and behold my friends, there is yet another “Greatest Hits” compilation for the legendary masked men of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal – The Hottest Band In The World KISS!!!! This one is entitled “KISSWORLD – The Best Of KISS” and it hit the streets in late January and I’ve finally got a copy of this in my hands. As a lifer in terms of KISS releases, I will be most likely purchasing another 50 hits packages if they come out and my main interest in this one was to see what sort of booklet might be included in the packaging. I’ll return to that topic later on but first let’s take a quick glance at the “20” tracks included on the release. From top to bottom there doesn’t seem to be a single track of “filler” and instead are all go to songs in the now massive KISS catalog. I found it interesting that the release began with “Crazy Crazy Nights” because when that song first hit I was aghast but now so many years later have found it to be enjoyable Rock and Roll.
There aren’t any omissions in terms of the necessary staples as “Love Gun”, “Detroit Rock City”, “Shout It Out Loud” and of course the seminal “Rock and Roll All Nite” are included. The latter one being the original studio track as opposed to the one that we often find on such a release that hails from the essential “Alive” album. There are NO live tracks on this compilation. The post-makeup years are well represented with the most notable tracks from the era such as “Tears Are Falling”, “Lick It Up” and “Heaven’s On Fire” in addition to the album opening “Crazy Crazy Nights”. I think I would have liked to see “Who Wants To Be Lonely” here but it is not. Continue reading “KISSWORLD – The Best Of KISS” by KISS→
As the snow continues to fall in NYC, some more Spring/Summer tour stuff is being revealed. We’ve recently learned that singer Andy Black (who most know from the Black Veil Brides) will be embarking on another solo tour with the branding “The Ghost Of North America” Tour. This likely will be tying into the singers comic book story that was discussed last year around NY Comic Con on THIS POST. As I’ve only seen the dates, that and the poster are all I’ve presented.
The youthful members of Greta Van Fleet have been making some joyful musical noise over the past year and probably even a bit longer than I’ve known about them. I recently admitted that I missed the initial boat on them but have been doing my best to keep tabs on their happenings. The most recent development in their still burgeoning career is their nomination for a Grammy Award (which was documented along with the rest of the items that interest our readers HERE). Last night the guys performed on the stage for the long-standing sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live”. Let’s watch.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I have to admit that I don’t always manage to get around to sharing these kinds of clips but I’d like to do more of them since its not only good for band discussion and of course reaching brand new readers, but its also helpful in being on point with the topical news of the time. I wanted to do this especially with the GVF appearance because I was watching a lot of negative commentary go by on Twitter about the band, their looks and their performance. So let’s give a quick analysis of the performance for those folks who are being armchair critics about it. For the newbs, the band does dress “Hippy” to a degree and that is fine by me. Looking different always made me feel I was at a show and not watching the guy or girl standing next to me up there. There is also a strong love of the flow and vibe of the great Led Zeppelin to their music and this shows in how well they play because Zep is not always easy to emulate. To those folks who are saying that the band isn’t talented at all, here is a healthy dose of STFU, please help yourself to more should you finish the glass.
Though I follow the Rock and Metal scene more than any other sound, I remember tuning in to the show when the big news was the Cardi B return and I watched aghast as she delivered a profanity laced, homophobic leaning bit of Rap belligerence. Maybe the fact that much of it was in Spanish bypassed Middle America but it was there and it made me wonder what the special view of her actually was. Of course, its not my genre of focus and my age range is far older than that crowd so perhaps I just don’t get it. If you like that stuff you can have it, I will stick with my Rock and Metal and be on point to rally the charge of talented newcomers like GVF. Sorry for the soapbox but the negativity just annoyed me so I was compelled to speak. You can let me know what you think down below in the comments and tell me if I am off base here in some sense. Months ago I shared the details about their “March Of The Peaceful Army” World Tour and if you missed that post please click HERE to bring it up on a new tab. I’ll close up now and wish the guys good fortune. Hopefully I will be at their Queens, NY appearance in May as its close to my birthday and that is the best way to celebrate IMHO.