Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Set List: Prince Disappoints Fans With Short On-Line Set

Prince, Yahoo Live and Live Nation set the music world ablaze on Monday with the announcement of the PLECTRUMELECTRUMARTOFFICIALAGE release party from the singer's Paisley Park Studio.

Fans expected a set of music from the singer and his new group but what they received was over an hour of promotional material and awkward interviews followed by a short, three song, set.

When the live stream abruptly ended after the third tune, the internet once again lit up, but in a different way, with people questioning why they tuned in for an extended commercial.

The three songs that were streamed:
  • Pretzelbodylogic (from PlectrumElectrum, 2014)
  • What's My Name (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
  • Time (from Art Official Age, 2014)




Preview: The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Artist: Velvet Underground
Title: The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Label: Polydor / UMe
Format(s): 1-CD, 2-CDs, 6-CDs, DD

The self titled third album from the Velvet Underground will be given the super deluxe treatment on November 24 via Polydor/UMe.

The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition will include 6-CDs with three different mixes of the album (Val Valentin Mix, Closet Mix, Promotional Mono Mix), a disk of additional music from the 1969 recording session that was to become the group's fourth album and two discs of live music from November 1969 at The Matrix in San Francisco.

Release formats include a single CD with the remastered Val Valentin mix, a 2-CD set with the Valentin mix and highlights from the Matrix shows, and the 6-CD set. The single disc and Super Deluxe Editions will also be available through digital retailers in a number of audio formats.

The Velvet Underground was the first album produced and arranged by the band themselves. Disc One of this collection contains the album stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin, a veteran of sessions for Ella Fitzgerald and Stan Getz, recorded at T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood, while the band was staying at the Chateau Marmont. The second disc features what Sterling Morrison dubbed “The Closet Mix,” which Reed described as a way to “get directly to somebody, unfiltered… So, if you listen to the record, it’s like sitting across from you.” This was the original version on the 1969 pressings of the album, later replaced by yet another Val Valentin stereo mix. The third disc features “the promotional mono mix” of the album, including a mono version of the first single, “What Goes On” b/w “Jesus.”

The fourth disc in the set offers a version of the never-to-be-released fourth album, recorded in October 1969 at the Record Plant in New York City, and intended to get the band out of its contract with MGM. The sessions include 10 previously unheard mixes - four original 1969 vintage mixes and six new mixes, including 2014 mixes of Lisa Says and I Can’t Stand It, and the original 1969 mix of Ocean, which eventually were re-recorded for Lou Reed’s 1972 self-titled solo debut. Also included are the original 1969 mixes of Andy’s Chest, which appeared in a different version on Transformer, and Rock & Roll, redone for Loaded.

The last two discs feature performances by the Velvets from their stay at San Francisco’s The Matrix, owned by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin, on November 26 and 27, 1969. These performances are, for the first time, compiled and mixed from the legendary, original 1969 multi-track recordings made by club manager Peter Abram and now owned by The Velvet Underground. Tracks include a nearly 37-minute-long Sister Ray and a version of There She Goes Again, interpolating the opening guitar quote from Marvin Gaye’s 1962 hit, Hitch Hike.

Track List:

DISC ONE: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (“The Val Valentin Mix”)
  • CANDY SAYS
  • WHAT GOES ON
  • SOME KINDA LOVE
  • PALE BLUE EYES
  • JESUS
  • BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
  • I’M SET FREE
  • THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
  • THE MURDER MYSTERY
  • AFTER HOURS

DISC TWO: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (“The Closet Mix”)
  • CANDY SAYS
  • WHAT GOES ON
  • SOME KINDA LOVE
  • PALE BLUE EYES
  • JESUS
  • BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
  • I’M SET FREE
  • THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
  • THE MURDER MYSTERY
  • AFTER HOURS
  • BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT (alternate “Closet Mix”)

DISC THREE: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (“Promotional Mono Mix”)
  • CANDY SAYS
  • WHAT GOES ON
  • SOME KINDA LOVE
  • PALE BLUE EYES
  • JESUS
  • BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
  • I’M SET FREE
  • THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
  • THE MURDER MYSTERY
  • AFTER HOURS
  • WHAT GOES ON (Mono Single released April 1969)
  • JESUS (Mono Single released April 1969)

DISC FOUR: 1969 SESSIONS
  • FOGGY NOTION (original 1969 mix) +
  • ONE OF THESE DAYS (new 2014 mix) +
  • LISA SAYS (new 2014 mix) +
  • I'M STICKING WITH YOU (original 1969 mix) +
  • ANDY'S CHEST (original 1969 mix) +
  • CONEY ISLAND STEEPLECHASE (new 2014 mix)+
  • OCEAN (original 1969 mix)
  • I CAN'T STAND IT (new 2014 mix) +
  • SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND (original 1969 mix) +
  • WE’RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER (new 2014 mix) +
  • I'M GONNA MOVE RIGHT IN (original 1969 mix)
  • FERRYBOAT BILL (original 1969 mix)
  • ROCK & ROLL (original 1969 mix)
  • RIDE INTO THE SUN (new 2014 mix) +
+ previously unreleased mixes


DISC FIVE: LIVE AT THE MATRIX (November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 1))
  • I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN *
  • WHAT GOES ON *
  • SOME KINDA LOVE **
  • OVER YOU *
  • WE’RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER *
  • BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT **
  • LISA SAYS **
  • ROCK & ROLL **
  • PALE BLUE EYES *
  • I CAN’T STAND IT ANYMORE *
  • VENUS IN FURS *
  • THERE SHE GOES AGAIN *

DISC SIX: LIVE AT THE MATRIX (November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 2))
  • SISTER RAY ***
  • HEROIN *
  • WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT **
  • I’M SET FREE *
  • AFTER HOURS *
  • SWEET JANE **

All mixes previously unreleased.

* previously unreleased performance
** different source mix of this performance appears on 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
*** different source mix of this performance appears on The Quine Tapes Box Set


Rolling Stones to Play U.K. in 2015; Keith Richards Finishes New Solo Album

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11.com

The Rolling Stones will continue their 50th anniversary tour with new dates set to be announced for South America soon.

Keith Richards has confirmed to the Associated Press that more Stones dates are coming. “[We’ve] got South America lined up in February, Buenos Aires, Peru. And after that, I know what the Stones tours are like, they tend to get extended,” he said.

Richards also confirmed that he has finished his third solo album but that it won’t be released until the Stones stop touring.

Keith’s latest CD is a spoken word disc included with his kids book Gus & Me. The book, with illustrations from his daughter Theodora Richards, was released in Australia last week through Hachette.

Keith previously released Talk Is Cheap (1988) and Main Offender (1992).



Touring: Lulu to Tour U.K. For First Time in a Decade

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

The iconic Lulu will embark on her first solo UK tour in over ten years, when she plays a series of live dates in May 2015.


The tour will coincide with a brand new album, her first since 2005. The Grammy-nominated songwriter is currently writing and recording the album which will showcase a return to her soulful roots, being both the music which initially inspired her to perform and her enduring passion.

This new tour will give Lulu the chance to reconnect, not only with the music she loves, but also with fans who haven't seen her tour solo in the UK since 2004. Over the last decade, the Scottish legend has played hugely successful club dates in the US and UK, including a sold-out gig at B.B. King's in New York City, toured with Jools Holland and headlined the sold-out 'Here Come The Girls' tours. Earlier this year she was chosen to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Lulu said "I've always loved doing live gigs. After performing at the legendary BB King's NYC last year and now starting to record the album, I'm re-invigorated and ready to get back on the road again. Even before I ever had a hit record I was doing three or four live gigs each week. And recently I've had a renewed sense of purpose. I just feel a compulsion to make this new record and, because of that, the songs are just pouring out.

"My family always said I came into this world singing, and I'd be happy to go out of this world singing, but I have a lot more to say before that happens!"

Further details on Lulu's new album will follow.
  • 05/01 - TBA - Letterkenny, Ireland
  • 05/03 - TBA - Castlebar, Ireland
  • 05/04 - TBA - Killarney, Ireland
  • 05/06 - TBA - Dublin, Ireland
  • 05/07 - TBA - Belfast, Ireland
  • 05/10 - Salford, U.K. - Lowry
  • 05/11 - Liverpool, U.K. - Philharmonic Hall
  • 05/12 - Glasgow, U.K. - Clyde Auditorium
  • 05/14 - York, U.K. - Barbican
  • 05/15 - Gateshead, U.K. - Sage
  • 05/17 - London, U.K. - Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • 05/18 - Cardiff, U.K. - St Davis Hall
  • 05/19 - Birmingham, U.K. - Symphony Hall
  • 05/21 - Southend, U.K. - Cliffs Pavilion
  • 05/22 - Nottingham, U.K. - Royal Concert Hall
  • 05/23 - Sheffield, U.K. - City Hall
  • 05/25 - Ipswich, U.K. - Regent
  • 05/26 - Bournemouth, U.K. - Pavilion Theatre
Tickets go on sale Friday October 3rd at 9 AM.



Almanac: October 1, 2014

Birthdays
  • 1924 - Roger Williams (d. 2011)
  • 1929 - Bonnie Owens (d. 2006)
  • 1930 - Richard Harris (d. 2002)
  • 1932 - Albert Collins (d. 1993)
  • 1935 - Julie Andrews (79)
  • 1939 - Scott McKenzie (d. 2012)
  • 1942 - Herb Fame (Peaches & Herb) (72)
  • 1943 - Jerry Martini (Sly & the Family Stone) (71)
  • 1944 - Barbara Parritt (Toys) (70)
  • 1944 - Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad (Persuasions) (d. 1988)
  • 1945 - Donny Hathaway (d. 1979)
  • 1947 - Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) (67)
  • 1947 - Rob Davis (Mud) (67)
  • 1947 - Mariska Veres (Shocking Blue) (d. 2006)
  • 1948 - Cub Koda (Brownsville Station) (d. 2000)
  • 1951 - Brian Greenway (April Wine, Mashmakhan) (63)
  • 1955 - Howard Hewett (Shalamar) (59)
  • 1957 - Andy Walton (Kenny) (57)
  • 1958 - Martin Cooper (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) (56)
  • 1959 - Youssou N'Dour (55)
  • 1968 - Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) (46)
  • 1974 - Keith Duffy (Boyzone) (40)
  • 1985 - Dizzee Rascal (born Dylan Mills) (29)

Deaths
  • 1975 - Al Jackson, Jr. (Booker T. & the MGs) - Murdered (39)
  • 1986 - Andy McVann (Farm) - Car accident during a police chase (21)
  • 2004 - Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield) - Heart attack (58)

On This Day

  • 1956 - Elvis Presley went back to the studio to shoot a new ending for his film, Love Me Tender, after test audiences reacted adversely to his death.
  • 1962 - The Beatles signed a new, revised contract with manager Brian Epstein.
  • 1965 - Bob Dylan played Carnegie Hall with his new band made up of Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm.
  • 1966 - Jimi Hendrix appeared for the first time in the U.K.
  • 1967 - Traffic played live for the first time in London.
  • 1967 - Mick Jagger's London apartment was robbed with furs and jewels belonging to his girlfriend, Marianne Faithful, taken.
  • 1967 - Pink Floyd traveled to New York to open their first U.S. tour.
  • 1970 - Jimi Hendrix was buried at the Greenwood Cemetary in Seattle.
  • 1970 - 2,000 people rioted in Milan, Italy when they couldn't get into a Rolling Stones concert.
  • 1970 - Curtis Mayfield left the Impressions.
  • 1971 - Gene Vincent had his last studio session, cutting music for British radio.
  • 1977 - Elton John became the first musician to be inducted into New York's Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.
  • 1977 - Rat Scabies quit the Damned.
  • 1980 - The movie One Trick Pony, starring Paul Simon, premiered in New York.
  • 1981 - The Pretenders canceled the balance of their current tour after Martin Chambers put his hand through a window.
  • 1983 - The first postage stamp honoring ABBA was released in Sweden.
  • 1987 - Def Leppard started the North American leg of their Hysteria tour in Glens Falls, NY.
  • 1995 - Farm Aid '95, the 10th anniversary concert, is held in Louisville, KY with Hootie and the Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, BlackHawk, John Conlee, The Supersuckers, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.
  • 1995 - George Jones Place was named in Beaumont, TX.
  • 1998 - John Fogerty received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2000 - INXS, Men at Work and John Paul Young perform at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics in Sydney.
  • 2000 - Mac Davis, Allen Reynolds, Billy Edd Wheeler & Randy Goodrum were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • 2003 - Bruce Springsteen has to get himself to Shea Stadium after police refused to give him an escort. They were protesting the song American Skin (41 Shots).
  • 2004 - AC/DC Lane was officially opened in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2004 - The Vote For Change tour opened in Philadelphia with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., John Fogerty and Bright Eyes.
  • 2005 - Dierks Bentley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 2006 - George Michael is arrested for drug possession after he is found slumped over the steering wheel of his car in London.
  • 2007 - Radioheads website crashed after they announced that their new album, In Rainbows, would be available exclusively through the venue for whatever price you wanted to pay.
  • 2007 - The reunion concert of the Spice Girls at the O2 arena sold out in 38 seconds.
  • 2007 - Keith Urban skidded off his motorcycle in Sydney, Australia while being followed by paparazzi. He was unhurt. 

Marriages
  • 2011 - Gene Simmons (KISS) and Shannon Tweed

Divorces
  • 2003 - Eric Benet and Halle Berry (separation)

Recorded
  • 1969 - Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn

Released
  • 1964 - Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian - Johnny Cash
  • 1966 - I Love My Dog - Cat Stevens (single)
  • 1986 - Patty Loveless - Patty Loveless (debut album)
  • 1996 - From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah - Nirvana  
Broadcasting
  • 2011 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Lady Antebellum

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Projections Say Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga May Get Number 1 Giving Tony His Second Career Chart Topper

In one of the closest three-way races of the year for the number 1 spot in the U.S., it looks like Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga may have just pulled out the win, but it's close enough that nothing is for sure.

Hits Daily Double projects that Cheek-to-Cheek sold just over 131,000 copies last week with Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival 1,600 behind and Barbra Streisand's Partners behind by about 3,000. As the projection is based on a sampling of the retailers used for Billboard's charts, the positions could change with just a slight variation in sales.

If it holds, it will be only the second chart topping album of Tony Bennett's career after 2011's Duets II. It would be Gaga's third.

Streisand should also be happy with the performance of her album. With only a 35% drop in the second week, it is doing better than most releases that fall 40% to 60% in week two.

Of the other veteran artists with new albums, Leonard Cohen's Popular Problems is pointing towards sales of around 23,000, putting him in the high teens while John Mellencamp's Plain Spoken moved an estimated 20,000 for a debut in the mid-teens. Lenny Kravitz' Strut is behind by a couple of more places with estimated sales of 19,000. Finally, Aphex Twin looks to start around number 30 with Syro on sales of 10,000 to 11,000.



Jimmy Page May Form Own Band to Play Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Firm, Solo Music

It looks like Jimmy Page is finally resigned to the fact that there won't be a Led Zeppelin reunion.

Page was at a listening party for the upcoming reissues of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy at Olympic Studio in London when NME asked him about another round for the band.
I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that. I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?
Later, during a Q&A session, Page said that he will most likely be forming a new band next year to tour with music from his whole catalog.
If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you. I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well.

I love playing live, I really do. Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play – instrumental versions of Dazed And Confused etcetera, etcetera…
The remastered Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy will be released on October 28.


The Top Ten New Releases by Veteran Artists For the Week of September 29, 2014

The following are the top ten albums on Amazon released this week by veteran artists.
  1. Lucinda Williams - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  2. Prince - Art Official Age
  3. Prince - PLECTRUMELECTRUM
  4. Melissa Etheridge This is ME
  5. Herb Alpert - In The Mood
  6. Dave Koz & Friends - The 25th Of December
  7. Marty Stuart - Saturday Night / Sunday Morning
  8. Oasis - (What s The Story) Morning Glory? (Remastered-Deluxe Edition)
  9. Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years
  10. Mr. Big - ...The Stories We Could Tell
To see the full list of new releases by veteran artists, click here.





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