Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chart Watch Australia: August 29, 2011

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Australian music charts. Chart highlights:
  • For the second week in a row, no veteran artist appears on the top 50 albums in Australia.
  • Otis by Jay-Z and Kanye West Featuring Otis Redding continues to climb, going 45 to 42 on the Singles and 16 to 14 on the R&B Singles.   
TW = This Week, LW = Last Week, N = New, R = Returning to Chart.  The highest charting entry by a veteran artist is shown in red.  There can be ties in chart positions.

Top 50 Australian Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 N Making Mirrors Gotye
2 1 21 Adele
3 N Yes I Am Jack Vidgen
4 N Only Sparrows Josh Pyke
5 5 19 Adele
- - No Veteran Artists Charting

The balance of the Australian charts are after the cut.

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Carl Palmer Announces Solo Tour of the U.S.

Carl Palmer, the classic drummer who has been a part of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and b, has announced his third tour of the U.S. since 2006. The tour runs from October 11 (Rochester, NY) until October 27 (Milwaukee, WI).

Palmer's tour is to help promote the U.K. film The Solo which features the drummer in a study of the relationship between music and space by focusing on the drum solo. The documentary is directed by Andrew Cross.  He is also promoting a new iTunes mobile application, Play Carl Palmer's Drums.

"I always love working in America, but this time around, I have some really exciting aspects of my visit," says Palmer. "For me, it's always about how well you can connect to the fans, and the new tour, the film, and my new mobile app, has allowed for greater access than ever before."

Just prior to the launch of his tour, on Saturday afternoon, October 8th, Palmer will be the special guest at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as part of their ongoing Legends Series programming. This event will also feature the U.S. premier of the art film The Solo (directed by acclaimed art-filmmaker Andrew Cross), a 35-minute movie that portrays the drum solo as a work of physical art, and features Palmer behind his drum kit.


"The film is not a Carl Palmer drum solo, as one might expect," says Palmer. "It explores how the drum kit and the person playing it can connect to create a live example of art, as one would view and absorb in a museum." The film has gotten rave reviews from art and film critics, during its run in U.K. art museums, and will be available on DVD in the fall.

In addition to The Solo, a special collection of film clips featuring Palmer performing with The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Emerson Lake & Palmer, ASIA and his own Carl Palmer band will be shown, before Palmer, himself, participates in a question and answer session with the audience.

Palmer will also use this trip to promote his new iTunes mobile app, Play Carl Palmer's Drums, developed by Dynamic Websites. The innovative application, designed for ipods, ipads and iphones, allows the user to download Carl's drum kit to his or her devices and play along with fingers to any music playing through their iTunes program. Also included in the app is a myriad of rare Palmer archives and instant updates from his official website. Fans can purchase the app at the iTunes store.

For the real experience of Carl Palmer's drums, fans will need to see his upcoming tour. Entitled The Carl Palmer Band – 2011 Pictures At An Exhibition Tour, the show will present bold new arrangements of the best-loved instrumental music of ELP, and other composers. A multi-media experience combining music and video projection, the show promises to be among the most musically compelling tours of the year. CPB is a red-hot power trio that features Palmer on drums and percussion; guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick.

"Since the early part of this decade I have been playing with my own power trio, replacing the keyboards with electric guitar. I felt that was the only honest way to approach the music of ELP. I didn't want to have a singer trying to sound like Greg Lake. ELP did so much instrumental music, this format made sense to me. Hearing the keyboard parts done on guitar is certainly different, but just as satisfying. The idea was to re-invent this iconic music."

The tour itinerary:
  • 10/11 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY
  • 10/12 - Foothills Performing Arts Center - Oneonta, NY
  • 10/13 - Havana - New Hope, PA
  • 10/14 - Boulton Center - Bay Shore, NY
  • 10/15 - Strand Center for the Arts - Lakewood, NJ
  • 10/16 - MusikFest Cafe - Bethlehem, PA
  • 10/18 - BB Kings - New York, NY
  • 10/19 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
  • 10/20 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
  • 10/21 - Tupelo Music Hall - White River Junction, VT
  • 10/22 - Narrows Center - Fall River, MA
  • 10/24 - Jazz Cafe (2 shows) - Detroit, MI
  • 10/26 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
  • 10/27 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI

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Preview: Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut - The Who

Artist: Who
Title: Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Label: Universal Music Enterprises
Format(s):

  • Super-Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set (4 CDs, DVD, Book, 7" Vinyl Single, Memorabilia cards)
  • 2-vinyl LPs
  • 2 CDs
  • Digital Download
Considered by Pete Townshend himself to be the Who album that he is most proud of, Quadrophenia is the last album in the Who back catalogue to be given the deluxe treatment and is perhaps the most deserving.

After the 1971 album Who's Next, Pete Townshend returned to the 'rock-opera' concept, so dramatically realized through Tommy, with another ambitious double-album masterpiece. Based around the story of Jimmy, Quadrophenia tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The story also takes its influence from the band's early fans from the original mod era, and its themes of teenage angst and disaffection still resonate strongly today.

The full details and track-listing for the forthcoming Director's Cut reissue of Quadrophenia are released for the first time below and Pete Townshend has opened his personal archive for the very first time for the release, stating that:
The time has come for me and my team to honour Quadrophenia with a carefully presented package that features examples of the impact surround sound (quadrophonic) would have on the music, to remaster the vinyl mixes, and to collect and restore my demos. I am also going to try to shed some light on the way Quadrophenia came about, and how it was inspired by events in my life in 1970 and 1971 when I scribbled or typed the very first notes and lyrics for some of the songs that made it onto the final record.
Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut will be the definitive version of the album and a must for any self-respecting fan of The Who and beyond.

Along with the CD, vinyl and digital versions of the set, there will also be a super-deluxe edition box set that will contain:
  • Discs one and two – the original double album – 2011 remaster
  • Discs three and four – 25 demo tracks from Pete Townshend's studio archive giving a unique insight into the original vision for this remarkable body of work. Includes songs that were not included on the original album.
  • Disc five - The Quadrophenia 5.1 EP - exclusive eight track DVD re-mixed for surround sound.
  • Deluxe 100-page, hard-back book featuring a brand new 13,000 word essay by Pete Townshend, shedding exclusive light on the period before and during the creation of the album, explaining some of the technical processes – the startling and progressive use of synthesizers as well as a revealing insight into the story of the album's central character - the mod Jimmy.
  • Also features Pete's in depth, track-by-track guide to the demos and revealing studio diary.
  • The stunning book also includes a treasure trove of previously unseen personal notes, photographs, handwritten lyrics and memorabilia from the period, all recently uncovered in Pete's archive.
  • The package also replicates the striking black and white imagery from the original vinyl LP photography and adds never-seen color out-takes of the famous cover shot.
  • A replica 7" vinyl single featuring hit single 5.15 b/w Water in a picture sleeve.
  • Set of six facsimile memorabilia 'inserts' housed in a card envelope.
  • Limited edition, housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case.
Track List:

CD 1
  • I Am The Sea
  • The Real Me
  • Quadrophenia
  • Cut My Hair
  • The Punk And The Godfather
  • I'm One
  • The Dirty Jobs
  • Helpless Dancer
  • Is It In My Head?
  • I've Had Enough
CD 2
  • 5:15
  • Sea And Sand
  • Drowned
  • Bell Boy
  • Doctor Jimmy
  • The Rock
  • Love Reign O'er Me
CD 3 (The Demos Part 1)
  • The Real Me (demo)
  • Quadrophenia – Four Overtures (demo)
  • Cut My Hair (demo)
  • Fill No. 1 - Get Out and Stay Out (demo)
  • Quadrophenic - Four Faces (demo)
  • We Close Tonight (demo)
  • You Came Back (demo)
  • Get Inside (demo)
  • Joker James (demo)
  • Punk (demo)
  • I'm One (demo)
  • Dirty Jobs (demo)
  • Helpless Dancer (demo)
CD 4 (The Demos Part 2)
  • Is It In My Head (demo)
  • Any More (demo)
  • I've Had Enough (demo)
  • Fill No. 2 (demo)
  • Wizardry (demo)
  • Sea & Sand (demo)
  • Drowned (demo)
  • Is It Me (demo)
  • Bell Boy (demo)
  • Dr Jimmy (demo)
  • Finale-The Rock (demo)
  • Love Reign O'er Me (demo)
DVD (5.1 surround-sound mix)
  • I Am The Sea
  • The Real Me
  • Quadrophenia
  • I've Had Enough
  • 5.15
  • Dr Jimmy
  • The Rock
  • Love Reign O'er Me
7" Single
  • Side 1: 5.15
  • Side 2: Water

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Memories of Michael Jackson From Those Who Knew Him Best


Interviews with some of Michael Jackson's closest friends and associates are included on the upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon, coming on October 31 from Universal Pictures International Home Entertainment.

Prepare to go behind the headlines as producer and television star David Gest, Michael Jackson's mother Katherine, brother Tito, sister Rebbie and more than fifty friends, peers and associates share intimate and fascinating stories about the singer's celebrated life. The release will feature performance footage as well as never-before-seen family photography, combining for a powerful behind-the-scenes account of the star's life, providing fresh insight into his early years with the Jackson 5, his rise to global solo-stardom through to the final moments before his sudden death in 2009.

Directed by Andrew Eastel and produced by Michael Jackson's close childhood friend David Gest, Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon gives Katherine Jackson the first chance to tell her side of the story about Michael's upbringing in Gary, Indiana, his relationship with father Joe, her support for her son during the court cases he challenged and her thoughts on the life he faced afterwards. Rebbie Jackson, Michael's eldest sister, gives a very rare interview and recounts the star's childhood growing up in Gary, Indiana, as well as his difficulties with father Joe, his extraordinary bond with mother Katherine, and his decline in later years. Gest's other best friend, Michael's brother, Tito, provides an in-depth look into Jackson's history and what his mother and family went through during the sensational molestation trial in 2005.

Michael's mother Katherine says, "Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon is a truly remarkable film that captures the true character, wit and sensitivity of my son. Producer David Gest takes you on an emotional roller coaster that will bring people to tears as well as really understand who the man behind the music was and is.

Producer and close friend David Gest says, "I have tried to show Michael in a truly unique light. I have spent the past fifteen months travelling the world interviewing people who were most important in his life. I believe this film will entertain and educate in equal measures about who the real Michael Jackson was. I hope this will serve as a lasting testament to the compassion and love that he had for all mankind. He was a very complex individual and this film reveals the many different facets of his personality."

More details about a special Michael Jackson fan event to celebrate the DVD & Blu-ray release will follow from Universal Pictures International Home Entertainment at a later date.

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Short Takes: Ian Anderson, New Order, Nikolas Ashford, David Bowie, Sonny & Cher, Barbra Streisand, John Mellencamp

Ian Anderson will be playing Thick As a Brick in its entirety during a 2012 tour to celebrate the album's 40th anniversary. Anderson said that the tour would be "a more theatrical production with video, additional musicians and a troupe of dancing elephants. (Just kidding about the dancing elephants: they don’t dance…)"

Look for the shows to start in mid-April in the U.K., move to Europe for the late-spring and summer and end in the U.S. in the fall.


Peter Hook told the site Slicing Up Eyeballs that New Order will be releasing seven songs left over from the sessions for their 2005 album Waiting For the Sirens' Call. The former band members are currently discussing the format for the release.

The memorial service was held on Monday for Nikolas Ashford at Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. Among those paying tribute in song were Roberta Flack (Fields of Gold/The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), Ryan Shaw (I Am Your Man), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and Valerie Simpson, and Freddie Jackson and Alyson Williams (Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out and Touch).

David Bowie's Space Oddity has been turned into a children's book by Andrew Kolb. You can see the book at http://kolbisneat.com/.

Chaz Bono (born Chastity Bono), the son of Cher and Sonny Bono, will be one of the contestants on this season's Dancing With the Stars.

Projections from the site Hits Daily Double shows Barbara Streisand opening at number 4 this week with her album What Matters Most selling about 71,000 copies. 

Songwriter George Green, who composed such tunes as Hurt's So Good, Human Wheels, Crumblin' Down and Key West Intermezzo with John Mellencamp, has passed away from cancer at the age of 59.

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New Releases By Veteran Artists for August 29 & 30, 2011






The full list of new releases by veteran artists is after the cut.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: I Wake Up Screaming - Kid Creole & the Coconuts


by Andy Snipper

August Darnell/Kid Creole has always been a master of a dark story delivered under the most danceable and light sounding music and I really wondered what he had to offer in his first album for 10 years.

The answer is pretty much exactly what he is best at – if you don’t listen to his lyrics this is some of the most delicious Caribbean flavoured dance music and heartfelt balladeering in years.


But if you listen to his lyrics you find little gems like the title track: his and hers stories about a tropical holiday – he wants it but she ain’t giving it and she wants a holiday without constant booty calls. This is NOT a happy tale.

Every number is a story in its own right, no bland chest beating or regular love songs and the whole album is loaded with some superb playing. This is like a stage show where the ensemble each have their own tale to tell in a style all their own.

I think that we have really missed Kid Creole – there really isn’t anyone who creates music that you can dance to and wince at the story at the same time.
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This isn’t quite as good as his classic period of the ‘80’s but it comes close – essential.

This album will be released in the U.S. on September 27 via Strut Records.

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Short Takes: Janet Jackson, Bret Michaels, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, Thin Lizzy, Bela Fleck

Janet Jackson has announced that she will not be attending the Michael Jackson tribute concert on October 8 in Cardiff, Wales. She said in a statement to the AP, "Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me."

Today would have been Michael's 53rd birthday.


Bret Michaels has told Billboard that his next album, Get Your Rock On, will include appearances from Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Cullen, Stevie Nicks and maybe members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pop Evil and My Darkest Days. He also said he may include a live version of Margaritaville that he did last year with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

One time Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin has said that he doesn't see a reunion of his edition of the group (1987 to 1995) ever happening. He told Metal Shock Finland that "Sabbath haven’t talked to me in 15 years. All of the albums that I was on was removed from sale completely by them and it would take unbelievable changes to get it all back together."

The Americana Music Awards will be shown live around Tennessee on October 13 via Nashville Public Television. An edited version will be shown nationally on Austin City Limits at a later date.

Lindsey Buckingham recently told Classic Rock magazine that there is certainly nothing going on with Fleetwood Mac, even though there could be in the future. "We’ve nothing like that going on at all. Stevie has been busy touring and I’m just about to release my new solo album and have plans to tour on the back of that. So, right now nothing’s booked for the band; however, I would be very surprised if we don’t make a new album at some point. Currently, I have eight or nine new song ideas, some of which might fit in with Fleetwood Mac."

Thin Lizzy has announced that Damon Johnson, who has toured with Alice Cooper, will be the guitarist for their upcoming tour. Their regular guitarist, Richard Fortus, is out on the road with Judas Priest.

Bela Fleck is going classical, at least for a few nights. He will premier his Concerto for Banjo with the Nashville Symphony on September 22 to 24 at the city's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The piece is dedicated to Earl Scruggs.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Watch: Video for Copenhagen, the First Video of Lucinda Williams' 30-Year Career

Some artists like to resist the future. You can't find any AC/DC or Led Zeppelin on the download services and you've never seen a music video from alt-country darling Lucinda Williams...until now.

The thing is, there is no Lucinda Williams in the video, just animation from Squidbillies co-creator Dave Willis with a story about a robot who can't die.  In reality, the song Copenhagen is about when Williams found out about the death of her manager. How Willis got from there to an immortal robot is anyone's guess.


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Sebastian Bach Loses His Home in Hurricane Irene


Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach's New Jersey home was destroyed by Hurricane Irene over the weekend.

In a series of posts on his Facebook page, Bach posted pictures of the devastation in his area. The picture at the right is captioned "Somewhere under this water is a KISS pinball machine & 2 gargoyles from the Dynasty tour. If you see them floating past your house, they're mine. Or at least they were :("

Bach also wrote:
I am numb, in shock, & devastated to report that my home of 21 years, my house featured on MTV Cribs, has been destroyed, condemned, & deemed uninhabitable due to the extreme flooding courtesy of Hurricane Irene. 
In the 2 decades I have lived in this home, there has never been a single drop of water in the basement or anywhere else in the structure. Now Irene has overflowed the reservoir adjacent to my house. The surging waters have snapped the bridge in half next to my house & sent the bridge straight into my garage, knocking the house off of its foundation. The basement that has been dry for over 2 decades is now overflowing with water & I am not even allowed to start pumping the water out due to fears of electrocution. Original Skid Row & KISS fans, I have bad news for you . Gone are irreplacable items, such as my KISS Gargoyles from the 1979 tour. KISS pinball machine. Skid Row master tapes, video & audio, concerts, master tapes from Oh Say Can You Scream etc. Boxes & boxes of one of a kind Skid Row memorabilia, from the first tour to our last, all stuff I collected on the road that no one else had. I had a library in the basement with every single magazine that had Skid Row on the cover. This library took up a big part of the basement. All of this is lost now. We will salvage what we can of course. But how I wish there was a reason to do a box set or something before Hurricane Irene hit. Nobody cared. Now it's too late. Don't know what you got till it's gone, indeed.
The former Skid Row singer says that at least his family was unharmed in the flood. Bach kept the house after his divorce last year but says he has no reason to stay in New Jersey.
I have been holding on to my house since December, when my divorce papers were filed. I just could not let go of the only home I had ever known. Well, God has other plans for me it seems. He has made His decision for me. My home has been taken away by an "Act Of God". I just think He is giving me a much needed push, is all. New Jersey, thank you all so much for 25 years of rock n' roll. It's all over now. I will always love New Jersey but now there is literally nothing left for me here except memories of a past life.
 Hello, Los Angeles. Hello, New Life. Here I Am. It's time for a new start.

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Delta Blues Great David "Honeyboy" Edwards Passes Away at 96

One of the last of the bluesmen whose roots go back to the early-20th century has passed away. David "Honeyboy" Edwards died today (Monday) about 3 A.M. in his home at the age of 96.

Edwards stayed active musically until this past April when he fell ill, with shows still scheduled in Chicago and Europe. His last appearance was April 16 and 17 at the Juke Joint Festival and Cathead Mini-Festival in Clarksdale, MS.

While his recording career didn't gain steam until later in his life, he spent decades working with some of the greats. His childhood friends in Mississippi included Tommy McClennan and Robert Petway and he got his first break when Big Joe Williams took him on the road. During the time, he also got to know Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson and was present the night that Johnson allegedly drank the poisoned whiskey that killed him.

His first know recordings were done in the field when Alan Lomax came to Clarksdale in 1942. It would be nine years before Edwards officially entered a studio when he cut Build a Cave for the Artist Record Co. as Mr. Honey. He also recorded four sides for Chess in 1953 that never saw the light of day until a blues compilation in 1970.

In the early-70's, Edwards and harp player Michael Frank became friends, playing together on occasion and eventually forming the Honeyboy Edwards Blues Band. Later in the decade, Frank started the Earwig label whose second release was Old Friends (1979), featuring Edwards, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, Floyd Jones and Kansas City Red.

Over the next three decades, Edwards made a name for himself with a series of releases including White Windows (1988), Don't Mistreat a Fool (1999) and Mississippi Delta Bluesman (2001). He won a Grammy in 2007 for the album Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas with Robert Lockwood, Jr., Pinetop Perkins and Henry James Townsend.

Edwards wrote about his early career in the 1997 memoir The World Don't Owe Me Nothin'. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1996, won Blues Music Awards in 2005 and 2007 and won the Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy in 2010.

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Preview: Hard Knocks - Joe Cocker...2010 Album Finally Sees U.S. Release

Artist: Joe Cocker
Title: Hard Knocks
Release Date: November 22, 2011
Label: 429 Records
Format(s): CD, DD

Over a year after its European release, Joe Cocker's 21st album, Hard Knocks, will finally see store shelves in the U.S. on November 22 via 429 Records.

Hard Knocks is a collection of 9 all new songs plus a cover version of the Dixie Chicks' I Hope. Produced by Matt Serletic (Matchbox 20, Carlos Santana), Hard Knocks has the timeless 'Cocker' sound fusing rhythm and blues, soul, and pop into an undeniable infectious mix of unique contemporary style.

The recording sessions took place in Serletic's own Emblem Studios in Los Angeles involving a host of acclaimed musicians like Ray Parker Jr., Tim Pierce and Joel Shearer on guitar, Josh Freese, Matt Chamberlain and Dorian Crozier on drums, Chris Chaney on bass and Jamie Muhoberac on keyboards. The songs were mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Songwriters Kara Dioguardi of recent American Idol Fame and Marc Broussard contributed songs to the collection.

Says Cocker, "I don't really know what you would call this album: 'rock/pop'? It's a little more pop than I've been into for quite a while so it would scare me sometimes. I would do the basic tracks and then Matt would go away and do some of these overdubs and he had all these electronic things on there. It was sometimes like 'Oh, my god!'. But I wanted to work with Matt very much. And I always knew what kind of record we would be making."


Track List:
  • Hard Knocks
  • Get On
  • Unforgiven
  • The Fall
  • So It Goes
  • Runaway Train
  • Stay The Same
  • Thankful
  • So
  • I Hope

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Chart Watch America: Chart of September 3, 2011

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current American music charts. Chart highlights:

  • A 2007 release of a VH1 Storytellers show by Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson has very slowly ascended the Albums chart (and taken advantage of a drought of new releases) to become the biggest selling album by a veteran artist.
  • The only new album by a veteran artist to chart this week is Guy Clark's Songs and Stories. It debuts at 146 on the Albums and 29 on the Country Albums, giving him not only his first Top 200 appearance but also his highest charting ever on the Country chart.
  • Otis by Jay-Z and Kanye West Featuring Otis Redding once again surges on the charts, up 36 to 27 on the Hot 100, 44 to 23 on the Digital Singles and 7 to 6 on the R&B singles.
TW = This Week, LW = Last Week, N = New, R = Returning to Chart. The highest charting entry by a veteran artist is shown in red.

Comprehensive

Top 200 Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Watch the Throne Jay-Z & Kanye West
2 4 21 Adele
3 3 Now That's What I Call Music 39 Various Artists
4 2 Tailgates & Tanlines Luke Bryan
5 6 My Kinda Party Jason Aldean
71 72 VH1 Storytellers Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson
74 74 Greatest Hits Journey
85 87 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd
99 45 Re:Creation Steven Curtis Chapman
106 93 Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers
118 117 An Afternoon in the Garden Elvis Presley
120 129 Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival
122 112 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barry White
125 138 The Ultimate Collection Sade
126 89 Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns John Hiatt
130 128 Number Ones Michael Jackson
132 127 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Three Dog Night
141 104 Jamaica: Island in the Sun Various Artists (Starbuck's Exclusive)
142 147 Greatest Hits Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
143 149 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Temptations
146 N Songs and Stories Guy Clark
156 164 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
162 137 T Bone Burnett: The Producer Various Artists (Starbuck's Exclusive)
170 169 Nothing But the Best Frank Sinatra
171 113 Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two Beastie Boys
172 131 Paper Airplane Alison Krauss & Union Station
174 167 Mothership Led Zeppelin
177 166 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of George Strait
184 173 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lionel Richie
195 189 Marvin Scorsese Presents The Blues Stevie Ray Vaughan
200 R Icon Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tom Jones Ordered to Rest, Cancel Show, By Doctors

Greatest Hits RediscoveredTom Jones was ordered by doctors to cancel his show on Saturday night in Monte Carlo due to "severe dehydration." A number of media outlets had reported that it was due to a heart problem, but a statement from Jones' representatives said that that was not the cause for the cancellation.

Sir Tom was ordered by doctors not to perform in Monte Carlo yesterday evening, due to severe dehydration. This was extremely disappointing for Tom, the band and all connected with the tour. This was the last date of a very successful 3 month tour, where many of the shows were in locations that were in the throes of high summer heat. There are NO heart problems, as has been reported in the press.

Sir Tom wants to relay his deep regrets for causing disappointment and inconvenience to all who would have come to enjoy his show last night. He thanks everyone for their understanding and support, and hopes to see the fans in Monte Carlo again soon.

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Preview - The SMILE Sessions - Beach Boys

Artist: Beach Boys
Title: The SMILE Sessions
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Label: Capitol
Format(s):

  • 2-CDs
  • 2-LPs
  • 5-CDs, 2-LPs, 2-45s
  • Digital versions of each
Details have finally emerged on the long awaited The Smile Sessions by the Beach Boys.

Smile was the follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed Pet Sounds but ran into a number of delays due to a long recording schedule (some estimate 50 or more sessions were required including 24 for the song Heroes and Villains). The album was later put on the shelf in favor of the much inferior Smiley Smile which was released in September 2007 and contained a mix of Smile tracks and earlier unused efforts.

This new take on Smile will be available November 1 in three varieties.
  • The 2-CD set contains the original album sequenced to the best of people's recollections along with 22 bonus tracks of sessions, alternate versions and demos, a Smile button and a 14.5"x20" poster of the cover art and a 36-page booklet.
  • The 2-LP set contains the album on three sides and a side containing five rarities.
  • The Box set contains a duplicate of the 2-CD sets first disc followed by four additional CDs with 112 rarities from the sessions, the same 2-LP set, 2 vinyl 45's, 60-page case-bound book, a 24"x36" poster of the cover art. 
There will also be digital versions of each.

Track List:

2-CD Set

Disc 1
  • Our Prayer
  • Gee
  • Heroes And Villains
  • Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
  • I'm In Great Shape
  • Barnyard
  • My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
  • Cabin Essence
  • Wonderful
  • Look (Song For Children)
  • Child Is Father Of The Man
  • Surf's Up
  • I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
  • Vega-Tables
  • Holidays
  • Wind Chimes
  • The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
  • Love To Say Dada
  • Good Vibrations
  • You're Welcome (Bonus Track)
  • Heroes And Villains (Stereo Mix) (Bonus Track)
  • Heroes And Villains Sections (Stereo Mix) (Bonus Track)
  • Vega-Tables Demo (Bonus Track)
  • He Gives Speeches (Bonus Track)
  • Smile Backing Vocals Montage (Bonus Track)
  • Surf's Up 1967 (Solo version) (Bonus Track)
  • Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Piano (Bonus Track)
Disc 2
  • Our Prayer "Dialog" (9/19/66)
  • Heroes and Villains (Part 1)
  • Heroes and Villains (Part 2)
  • Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (1/27/67)
  • Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade (2/15/67)
  • My Only Sunshine (11/14/66)
  • Cabin Essence (10/3/66)
  • Surf's Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66)
  • Surf's Up Piano Demo (12/15/66)
  • Vegetables Fade (4/12/67)
  • The Elements: Fire session (11/28/66)
  • Cool Cool Water version 2 (10/26-10/29/67)
  • Good Vibrations Session Highlights
  • Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Microphone (11/4/66) (Hidden Track)

2-LP Set


Disc 1 - Side 1
  • Our Prayer
  • Gee
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
  • I'm In Great Shape
  • Barnyard
  • The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine
  • Cabin Essence
Disc 1 - Side 2
  • Wonderful
  • Look (Song for Children)
  • Child Is Father of the Man
  • Surf's Up
Disc 2 - Side 3
  • I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
  • Vega-Tables
  • Holidays
  • Wind Chimes
  • Mrs. O'Leary's Cow (Fire)
  • Love to Say Dada
  • Good Vibrations
Disc 2 - Side 4
  • Your Welcome - Stereo Mix
  • Vega-Tables - Stereo Mix
  • Wind Chimes - Stereo Mix
  • Cabin Essence - Session Highlights and Stereo Backing Track
  • Surf's Up - Session Excerpt and Stereo Mix

Box Set

Disc 1
  • Our Prayer
  • Gee
  • Heroes And Villains
  • Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
  • I'm In Great Shape
  • Barnyard
  • My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
  • Cabin Essence
  • Wonderful
  • Look (Song For Children)
  • Child Is Father Of The Man
  • Surf's Up
  • I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
  • Vega-Tables
  • Holidays
  • Wind Chimes
  • The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
  • Love To Say Dada
  • Good Vibrations
  • You're Welcome (Bonus Track)
  • Heroes And Villains (Stereo Mix) (Bonus Track)
  • Heroes And Villains Sections (Stereo Mix) (Bonus Track)
  • Vega-Tables Demo (Bonus Track)
  • He Gives Speeches (Bonus Track)
  • Smile Backing Vocals Montage (Bonus Track)
  • Surf's Up 1967 (Solo version) (Bonus Track)
  • Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Piano (Bonus Track)
Disc 2
  • Our Prayer "Dialog" 9/19/66
  • Our Prayer 10/4/66
  • Heroes And Villains: Verse (Master Take) [Heroes And Villains Session: 10/20/66]
  • Heroes And Villains: Barnyard (Master Take) [Heroes And Villains Session: 10/20/66]
  • Heroes And Villains: I'm In Great Shape 10/27/66
  • Heroes and Villains Intro (Early Version) circa 12/66
  • Heroes And Villains: Do A Lot [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/3/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Bag Of Tricks [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/3/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Mission Pak [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/3/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Bridge To Indians [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/3/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 1 Tag [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/3/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Pickup To 3rd Verse [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/3/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Children Were Raised [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 2 (Cantina track) [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Whistling Bridge [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Cantina [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: All Day [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Verse Edit Experiment [Heroes And Villains Session: 1/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Prelude To Fade [Heroes And Villains Session: 2/15/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Piano Theme [Heroes And Villains Session: 2/15/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 2 [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/20/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 2 (Gee) (Master Take) [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/20/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 2 Revised [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/20/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 2 Revised (Master Take) [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/20/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 3 (Animals) (Master Take) [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/20/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part 4 [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/20/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Part Two (Master Take) 2/27/67 [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Fade 2/28/67 [Heroes And Villains Sesssion: 2/27/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Verse remake [Heroes And Villains Session: 3/1/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Organ Waltz / Intro [Heroes And Villains Session: 3/1/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Chorus Vocals [Heroes And Villains Session: 6/14/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Barbershop [Heroes And Villains Session: 6/14/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Children Were Raised (Remake) [Heroes And Villains Session: 6/14/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Children Were Raised (Master Take Overdubs Mix 1) [Heroes And Villains Session: 6/14/67]
  • Heroes And Villains: Children Were Raised (Master Take A Capella) [Heroes And Villains Session: 6/14/67]
  • Heroes And Villains Piano Demo (incorporating "I'm In Great Shape" and "Barnyard") Brian with Van Dyke Parks and "Humble Harve" Miller, KHJ Radio 11/4/66 (Bonus Track)
  • Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Microphone 11/4/66 (Bonus Track)
  • Psycodelic Sounds: Moaning Laughing 11/4/66 (Bonus Track)
Disc 3
  • Do You Like Worms: Part 1 [DO YOU LIKE WORMS (ROLL PLYMOUTH ROCK) Session: 10/18/66]
  • Do You Like Worms: Part 2 (Bicycle Rider) [DO YOU LIKE WORMS (ROLL PLYMOUTH ROCK) Session: 10/18/66]
  • Do You Like Worms: Part 3 [DO YOU LIKE WORMS (ROLL PLYMOUTH ROCK) Session: 10/18/66]
  • Do You Like Worms: Part 4 (Bicycle Rider) [DO YOU LIKE WORMS (ROLL PLYMOUTH ROCK) Session: 10/18/66]
  • Do You Like Worms: Bicycle Rider Overdubs (Heroes And Villains Part 2) 1/5/67 [DO YOU LIKE WORMS (ROLL PLYMOUTH ROCK) Session: 10/18/66]
  • My Only Sunshine: Parts 1 & 2 11/14/66 [MY ONLY SUNSHINE (THE OLD MASTER PAINTER / YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE)]
  • My Only Sunshine: Part 2 (Master Take With Vocal Overdubs) 2/10/67 [MY ONLY SUNSHINE (THE OLD MASTER PAINTER / YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE)]
  • Cabin Essence: Verse [Cabin Essence Session: 10/3/66]
  • Cabin Essence: Chorus [Cabin Essence Session: 10/3/66]
  • Cabin Essence: Tag [Cabin Essence Session: 10/3/66]
  • Wonderful (Version 1) 8/25/66
  • Wonderful (Version 2) [Wonderful (Version 2 "Rock With Me Henry") Session: 1/9/67]
  • Wonderful (Version 2 Tag) [Wonderful (Version 2 "Rock With Me Henry") Session: 1/9/67]
  • Wonderful (Version 3) 4/10/67 ? [Wonderful (Version 2 "Rock With Me Henry") Session: 1/9/67]
  • Look 8/12/66 [LOOK (SONG FOR CHILDREN)]
  • Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 1) 10/7/66
  • Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 2) 10/11/66
  • Surf's Up: 1ST Movement 11/4/66
  • Surf's Up: Talking Horns 11/7/66
  • Surf's Up: Piano Demo (Master Take) 12/15/66
  • I Wanna Be Around 11/29/66 [I WANNA BE AROUND / WORKSHOP (FRIDAY NIGHT)]
  • Vegetables: Verse (Master Take Track) 4/4 - 4/11/67 [VEGA-TABLES (VEGETABLES) Sessions: 4/4-4/11/67]
  • Vegetables: Sleep A Lot (Chorus) [VEGA-TABLES (VEGETABLES) Sessions: 4/4-4/11/67]
  • Vegetables: Chorus 1 (Master Take) [VEGA-TABLES (VEGETABLES) Sessions: 4/4-4/11/67]
  • Vegetables: 2nd Chorus (Master Take Track And Backing Vocals) [VEGA-TABLES (VEGETABLES) Sessions: 4/4-4/11/67]
  • Vegetables: Insert (Part 4) (Master Take) [VEGA-TABLES (VEGETABLES) Sessions: 4/4-4/11/67]
Disc 4
  • Vegetables: Fade 4/12/67 [VEGA-TABLES (VEGETABLES) (continued)]
  • Vegetables: Ballad Insert 4/14/67 [VEGA-TABLES (VEGETABLES) (continued)]
  • Holidays 9/8/66
  • Wind Chimes (Version 1) 8/3/66
  • Wind Chimes (Version 2) [Wind Chimes (Version 2) Session: 10/5/66]
  • Wind Chimes (Version 2 Tag) [Wind Chimes (Version 2) Session: 10/5/66]
  • The Elements: Fire 11/28/66 [THE ELEMENTS: FIRE (MRS. O'LEARY'S COW)]
  • Da Da (Taped Piano Strings) [LOVE TO SAY DADA / COOL, COOL WATER; Da Da Session: 12/22/66]
  • Da Da (Fender Rhodes) [LOVE TO SAY DADA / COOL, COOL WATER; Da Da Session: 12/22/66]
  • Love To Say Dada: Part 1 5/16/67 [Love To Say Dada Sessions: 5/16-5/18/67]
  • Love To Say Dada: Part 2 5/17/67 [Love To Say Dada Sessions: 5/16-5/18/67]
  • Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Master Take) 5/17/67 [Love To Say Dada Sessions: 5/16-5/18/67]
  • Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Second Day) 5/18/67 [Love To Say Dada Sessions: 5/16-5/18/67]
  • Cool, Cool Water (Version 1) 6/7/67
  • Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) 10/26/67 & 10/29/67
  • You're Welcome 12/15/66 [SMILE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS]
  • You're With Me Tonight 6/6-6/7/67 [SMILE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS]
  • Tune X (Carl Wilson) 3/3/67-3/31/67 [SMILE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS]
  • I Don't Know (Dennis Wilson) 1/12/67 [SMILE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS]
  • Three Blind Mice 10/15/65 [SMILE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS]
  • Teeter Totter Love (Jasper Dailey) 1/25/67 & 2/9/67 [SMILE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS]
  • Psycodelic Sounds - Underwater Chant 11/4/66 (Bonus Track)
  • Hal Blaine Vega-Tables Promo Session 11/11/66 (Bonus Track)
  • Heroes And Villains: Early Version Outtake Sections 1/67 - 2/67 (Bonus Track)
Disc 5
  • Good Vibrations: Gold Star 2/18/66 (The Pet Sounds Session)
  • Good Vibrations: Gold Star 4/9/66
  • Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (First Chorus)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (Second Chorus & Fade)
  • Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 1)
  • Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Parts 2 & 3)
  • Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 4)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Part C)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Chorus)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Fade Sequence)
  • Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 1)
  • Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 3)
  • Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 4)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 1)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 & verse)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 continued)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 1)
  • Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 2)
  • Good Vibrations (Persuasion): Western 9/1/66
  • Good Vibrations: Western 9/1/66 (new bridge)
  • Good Vibrations: Session Masters
  • Good Vibrations single version stereo track
  • Good Good Good Vibrations (first version with overdubs) 3/66
  • Good Vibrations: Alternate Edit 8/24/66
LP 1 - Side 1
  • Our Prayer
  • Gee
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
  • I'm In Great Shape
  • Barnyard
  • The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine
  • Cabin Essence
LP 1 - Side 1
  • Wonderful
  • Look (Song for Children)
  • Child Is Father of the Man
  • Surf's Up
LP 2 - Side 3
  • I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
  • Vega-Tables
  • Holidays
  • Wind Chimes
  • Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
  • Love to Say Dada
  • Good Vibrations
LP 2 - Side 4
  • Your Welcome - Stereo Mix
  • Vega-Tables - Stereo Mix
  • Wind Chimes - Stereo Mix
  • Cabin Essence - Session Highlights and Stereo Backing Track (Side Four) [LP Vinyl]
  • Surf's Up - Session Excerpt and Stereo Mix (Side Four) [LP Vinyl]
45 1
  • A side: Heroes and Villans Part One
  • B side: Heroes and Villans Part Two
45 2
  • A side: Vege-Tables
  • B Side: Surf's Up

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