Wednesday, 1 October 2014




Gibson Announce  A Meeting of Two Great  Electric Guitars 
The ES Les Paul


The solidbody Les Paul Standard and semi-acoustic ES-335 are the two most influential electric guitars ever to hit their respective genres. Now Gibson brings them together in the ES-Les Paul, a stunning "meeting of minds" that blends the most important aspects of form and function from two immensely popular designs. Far more than merely a “chambered Les Paul” or an ES-335 "shaped like a single-cut", this entirely new guitar is the result of painstaking assessment of what makes each of these legendary models great, and a careful marriage of features by the skilled luthiers at Gibson Memphis.


With its laminated maple top, back and sides in the semi-acoustic construction of the ES-335, and a solid mahogany center block for enhanced sustain and feedback reduction, the ES-Les Paul elegantly marries the major characteristics of these two great Gibson guitars. Take away the telltale f-holes and the look is pure Les Paul, as is the glued-in mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and classic trapezoid inlays and LP-style headstock. Common to both—and carried through on the ES-Les Paul—are the traditional control section, toneful hardware, and dual humbucking pickups, a pair of MHS (Memphis Historic Spec) Humbuckers wound to accurately replicate the sonic glories of vintage PAFs. Get it in a your choice of Black top w/ historic walnut stained back and sides finish, or Light Burst finish with figured maple top and historic walnut stained Back and sides.
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a newly remastered deluxe 5CD boxed set anthology by legendary guitarist, composer and instrumentalist ANTHONY PHILLIPS.
Anthony was a founding member of Genesis alongside Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks with whom he recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation and Trespass. After leaving the group in 1970, Anthony studied orchestration and harmony externally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After passing his LGSM exams, he taught music at Reeds School and Peper Harrow whilst continuing to compose and record in his home studio.
He marked his return to the commercial music scene with the release of his debut solo album The Geese & The Ghost in 1977 and since then has created a large and diverse output as a recording artist. As well as album releases such as Wise After The Event, Slow Dance, 1984 and Field Day, he has to date also released ten albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series and four volumes in the Missing Links series.
Amongst other projects he collaborated with Harry Williamson on the large-scale instrumental work Tarka and he also co-wrote the stage musical Alice with Richard Scott. Whilst Anthony continues to release solo albums to critical acclaim, increasingly his music has also been much in-demand for film and television. Commissions have included scores for both dramas and documentaries including the award-winning Land of Dragons and Creatures of the Magic Water. He has also established himself as one of the most prolific and successful composers of library music, with tracks from his extensive output being regularly featured on commercials, films and television series throughout the world.
His extensive back catalogue is celebrated with the release of “HARVEST OF THE HEART” a 5CD deluxe boxed set, which celebrates Anthony’s rich musical heritage by featuring recordings made between 1969 and the present day, drawn from his many albums. In addition the set will include ten previously unreleased tracks, the unreleased 1973 recording “Silver Song” (featuring Phil Collins as vocalist) and the rare track “Compression” by Mike Rutherford, (previously unreleased on CD) which features Anthony and was the B-side to Mike’s 1980 single “Working in Line”.

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Legendary Album Gets The Expanded and Remastered Treatment

Bakerloo: Remastered and Expanded Edition - Bakerloo


•    NEWLY REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC 1969 ALBUM BY            BAKERLOO (featuring CLEM CLEMPSON)
•    FEATURING FIVE BONUS TRACKS
•    WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK & NEW LINER NOTES

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic self-titled 1969 album by BAKERLOO. This Progressive Blues outfit formed in Staffordshire in 1968 and comprised Dave "Clem” Clempson (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards), Keith Baker (bass) and Terry Poole (drums). Originally known as The Bakerloo Blues Line, the band emerged at the tail end of the British Blues boom, and soon expanded their musical horizons with Clempson’s exceptional guitar playing ability at the heart of their live shows.

After shortening their name to Bakerloo, the band signed to Birmingham promoter Jim Simpson’s Big Bear stable of artists, embarking on "The BIG BEAR FFOLLY" Tour” in the Autumn of 1968 with fellow acts Locomotive, Earth (later to change their name to Black Sabbath) and Tea and Symphony. Soon after Bakerloo had the distinction of supporting the newly formed Led Zeppelin at their first gig at The Marquee Club on October 18th 1968. The band signed to Tuesday Productions and recorded a sole eponymous album which was released on Harvest Records in November 1969. A promising live attraction, their career ended when Clem Clempson departed the group to replace James Litherland in Colosseum in 1970.

This Esoteric Recordings release has been newly re-mastered and features five bonus tracks (including a B-side of a single and four studio out-takes), a booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and a new essay.



TRACK LIST:


1.    BIG BEAR FFOLLY
2.    BRING IT ON HOME
3.    DRIVIN’ BACHWARDS
4.    LAST BLUES
5.    GANG BANG
6.    THIS WORRIED FEELING
7.    SON OF MOONSHINE

BONUS TRACKS

8.    ONCE UPON A TIME
(B-SIDE OF SINGLE)

9.    THIS WORRIED FEELING (ALTERNATE TAKE)
10.    GEORGIA
11.    TRAIN
12.    SON OF MOONSHINE PART ONE (ALTERNATE TAKE) 
Creedence Clearwater Revival
THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS

 Released17TH NOVEMBER 2014

UMC are pleased to announce the release of Creedence Clearwater Revival “The Complete Studio Albums”, a vinyl LP boxed set containing all seven albums.

Creedence Clearwater Revival are, unquestionably, one of the greatest American rock bands ever. For many they are the quintessential rock band with a roots edge to them and will be best remembered for their unique bayou sound, popularised in songs like ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Green River’.

Although their music evoked the raw, gospel-tinged sound of the rural south, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook and Tom and John Fogerty actually hailed from El Cerrito, California where, in 1960 whilst in junior high school, the boys formed a band called Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets.

A cover of Dale Hawkins’ ‘Suzie Q’ was their first single in 1968; a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘I Put A Spell On You’ followed it and both featured on their first album, ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival’.

With the release of their second album ‘Bayou Country’, in January 1969, it became evident that Creedence had an uncanny knack for writing hits. Later the same year they released a further two albums, ’Green River’ and ‘Willy and The Poor Boys’.

By 1970 CCR had undeniably become the number one American rock and roll attraction, releasing two albums that year, ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ and ‘Pendulum’. In 1971 Tom Fogerty left the band to pursue a solo career whilst remaining members went on to record ‘Mardi Gras’, their final studio album released in 1972.

 



Paper Charms: The Complete BBC Recordings 1974-1976 (2CD/1DVD Edition) - PFM


NEWLY REMASTERED 3 DISC SET GATHERING TOGETHER ALL OF PFM’s BBC RADIO & TV APPEARANCES IN A 2CD & DVD SET
•    FIRST EVER OFFICIAL RELEASE OF THE 1975 & 1976 BBC RADIO ONE IN CONCERT BROADCASTS & OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST APPEARANCES

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, better known in English speaking countries as P.F.M., were arguably the finest Italian Progressive rock band of the 1970s and certainly one of the most well known. A successful act in their homeland, they came to international attention when they signed to EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER’s label MANTICORE in 1973. A series of albums such as "Photos of Ghosts”, "The World Became the World”, "Cook” and "Chocolate Kings” earned the band a loyal following in the UK, the USA, Canada and Japan, with interest in PFM in Britain gaining enough momentum to see the band being invited to perform two radio concerts for BBC Radio in 1975 and 1976 (at the BBC’s Paris Theatre in London) and to participate in the classic BBC 2 TV series "The Old Grey Whistle Test” on a number of occasions.

These audio and video recordings have remained in the BBC archives and are released for the first time in this clamshell boxed set over two CDs and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free).

The set also includes an illustrated booklet with essay.



TRACK LIST:


DISC ONE - CD

BBC RADIO ONE "IN CONCERT”
21ST MAY 1975

1.    CELEBRATION
2.    FOUR HOLES IN THE GROUND
3.    DOVE…QUANDO
4.    MR. NINE ‘TILL FIVE
5.    ALTA LOMA FIVE ‘TILL NINE
INCLUDING P.F.M.’S ARRANGEMENT OF ROSSINI’S WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE
6.    LA CARROZZA DI HANS


DISC TWO- CD

BBC RADIO ONE "IN CONCERT”
15TH APRIL 1976


1.    PAPER CHARMS
2.    OUT OF THE ROUNDABOUT
3.    FOUR HOLES IN THE GROUND
4.    DOVE…QUANDO
5.    ALTA LOMA 5 ‘TILL 9
6.    CHOCOLATE KINGS
7.    ALTA LOMA FIVE ‘TILL NINE (REPRISE) INCLUDING P.F.M.’S ARRANGEMENT OF ROSSINI’S
8.    WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE

DISC THREE – DVD (NTSC – REGION 0)
 

1.    FOUR HOLES IN THE GROUND
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST
BROADCAST ON THE 22ND OCTOBER 1974

2.    CELEBRATION
3.    MR. NINE ‘TILL FIVE
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST
BROADCAST ON THE 23RD MAY 1975

4.    CHOCOLATE KINGS
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST
BROADCAST ON THE 13TH APRIL 1976

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Sony Music / Legacy Recordings Release 40th Anniversary Expanded Deluxe Edition Release of Rory Gallagher's Legendary "Irish Tour '74" Album ‏ 


Rory Gallagher
Irish Tour ‘74

October 20th 2014 will see the 40th anniversary expanded deluxe edition release of one of Rory Gallagher’s most celebrated recordings.
Sony Music / Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Rory Gallagher’s legendary Irish Tour ‘74.  The most expansive edition to date, of this landmark album.  Featured for the first time on record, all three shows.  Packaged in a special deluxe edition 8 disc 10” boxset and including 43 previously unreleased tracks, remastered audio, photos, extensive liner notes, feature length documentary, memorabilia and more.

By 1974 Rory Gallagher had already established a formidable reputation as one of the finest recording artists and exciting live performers of his generation.  He was four years in to a successful solo career following his departure from his critically acclaimed outfit, Taste.  1970 to 1974 had produced five albums and an almost continuous schedule of touring, Rory had gone from strength to strength.  He was mid way in to what would be the most prolific decade of his career and was at the absolute top of his game.  By sad contrast, Gallagher’s homeland and his beloved adopted city, Belfast in particular had taken a battering.  The political climate of Northern Ireland in the late 60s/early 70s saw Belfast ripped apart by some of the most devastating violence in the country’s history.  By 1973 and the winter of Gallagher’s landmark tour, Belfast was on its knees.

Roy Hollingworth, a journalist for Melody Maker in attendance at the Ulster Hall show would describe the city as a shattered, deserted and frightened place. The live music scene was non-existent with all but Gallagher willing to tour during the height of the Troubles tearing the country apart.  While his contemporaries turned their back on the city, it was Rory’s refusal to do so that forever won him the hearts of thousands of fans across the country.  “I see no reason for not playing Belfast. Kids still live here,” said Gallagher of his decision to repeatedly play in Belfast.  And so, Rory and his band, Gerry McAvoy (bass), Rod De’ath (drums) and Lou Martin (keys) returned again in the winter of 1973 for what would become the celebrated Irish Tour.

Acclaimed filmmaker Tony Palmer was drafted in to document the tour.  Palmer had first met Gallagher six years before in 1968 when Taste supported Cream at their famous farewell show at the Royal Albert Hall.  Palmer has been on hand to record the super groups’ final performance but hadn’t failed to notice the extraordinary standout talents of the young Gallagher.  When asked to accompany Rory on the Irish tour in the winter of 1973, Palmer seized the opportunity.  More than aware of the socio-political situation in the North of the country at the time and Rory’s refusal to be drawn on either side of the argument, Palmer knew ‘this [was] a very interesting proposition’.  ‘Rory was at pains to point out he wasn’t active in any sense politically’ Palmer tells us, but felt very strongly that he should be allowed to play both Northern Ireland and the Republic.  ‘I don’t want to make a movie with any political content but it will be self evident’ said Gallagher.

Both the Dublin and Cork shows also feature heavily on the subsequent documentary but it was Rory’s dignified but defiant impartial stance in Belfast that helped make this recording such a watershed moment for Rory’s legions of devoted fans.
Irish Tour ’74 was a world class, matchless, blistering live performance.  It is one of the greatest live albums of all time.  No studio trickery, no overdubs.  A truly live album. The stuff of legend.  This new deluxe edition features, for the first time on record, each of these iconic shows. Seven albums worth of fully remastered audio including 43 previously unreleased recordings, plus the Tony Palmer directed feature length documentary and large full colour booklet.  All presented in deluxe packaging.

“Only he could play the guitar off the fucking planet.” Tony Palmer

“Rory Gallagher brought hope and musical inspiration to his war-torn spiritual hometown of Belfast.”
“It was within the walls of the venue on ‘bomb alley’ that the tender-hearted, soft-spoken, dogged determination and captivating presence of Ireland’s guitar warrior poet and people’s hero found its fullest flowering.”
“While Ulster teetered towards the brink, Rory’s rock hit with righteous affirmation” Gavin Martin for Blues Magazine

“I've never seen anything quite so wonderful, so stirring, so uplifting, so joyous as when Gallagher and the band walked on stage. The whole place erupted, they all stood and they cheered and they yelled, and screamed, and they put their arms up, and they embraced. Then as one unit they put their arms into the air and gave peace signs. Without being silly, or overemotional, it was one of the most memorable moments of my life. It all meant something, it meant more than just rock n' roll, it was something bigger, something more valid than just that.”  Roy Hollingworth for Melody Maker

“Rory loved Belfast.  Just loved it.  Anytime we hit the stage after 1971 you were aware that, apart from the odd cabaret turn at the Abercorn (site of a 1972 bomb blast killing two and injuring 130), none of the bigger bands would come back to play Belfast, it was starved of music. Obviously after The Miami Showband tragedy it just got worse. We’re professionals. We play as well as we could wherever we played but it was a special situation in Belfast, something you could never acquire or attain at any other gig.”  Gerry McAvoy


TRACK LIST
Disc 1 & 2
Cork (5th of January 1974)
1.       Messin’ With The Kid*
2.       Cradle Rock
3.       I Wonder Who
4.       Tattoo’d Lady
5.       Walk On Hot Coals
6.       Laundromat*
7.       A Million Miles Away
8.       Hands Off*
9.       Too Much Alcohol
10.    As The Crow Flies
11.    Pistol Slapper Blues*
12.    Unmilitary Two-Step*
13.    Bankers Blues*
14.    Going To My Hometown*
15.    Who’s That Coming
16.    In Your Town*
Disc 3 & 4
Dublin (2nd of January 1974)
1.       Cradle Rock*
2.       Tattoo’d Lady*
3.       Hands Off*
4.       Walk On Hot Coals*
5.       Laundromat*
6.       Too Much Alcohol*
7.       A Million Miles Away*
8.       As The Crow Flies*
9.       Pistol Slapper Blues*
10.    Bankers Blues*
11.    Unmilitary Two-Step*
12.    Going To My Hometown*
13.    In Your Town*
14.    Bullfrog Blues*
Disc 5 & 6
Belfast (29th of December 1973)
1.       Messin’ With The Kid*
2.       Cradle Rock*
3.       I Wonder Who*
4.       Tattoo’d Lady*
5.       Walk On Hot Coals*
6.       Hands Off*
7.       A Million Miles Away*
8.       Laundromat*
9.       As The Crow Flies*
10.    Pistol Slapper Blues*
11.    Unmilitary Two-Step*
12.    Bankers Blues*
13.    Going To My Hometown*
14.    Who’s That Coming*
15.    In Your Town*
16.    Bullfrog Blues*
Disc 7
City Hall in Session (3rd of January 1974)
1.       Maritime (The Edgar Lustgarden Cut)
2.       I Want You  / Raunchy Medley*
3.       Treat Her Right
4.       I Wonder Who*
5.       Too Much Alcohol*
6.       Just A Little Bit
7.       I Can’t Be Satisfied*
8.       Acoustic Medley*
9.       Back On My Stompin' Ground (After Hours)
10.    Stompin’ Ground (Alt version)
Disc 8 (DVD)
The Tony Palmer directed documentary Irish Tour ’74
(courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment)

* Previously unreleased


 
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The Led Zeppelin Reissue Program Continues With Deluxe Editions Of 
Led Zeppelin IV And Houses Of The Holy
Produced And Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page,
Each With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio
 Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set,
 Available October 27

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to a remarkable start in June as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The albums achieved similar international success with debuts near the top of the charts in more than a dozen territories, including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

The band has now prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
 Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy will each be available October 27 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:
 Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
  • Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
  • Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.
  • Deluxe Edition Vinyl (2LP) – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
  • Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
  • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:   
       o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
       o Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
       o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
       o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.  
       o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
      o Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
       o High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

 The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV. Released in November 1971, the album—which is officially untitled—defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as “Stairway To Heaven,” “Rock And Roll,” “Black Dog,” and “When The Levee Breaks.” The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.

 The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Four Sticks,” mixes of “The Battle Of Evermore” and “Going To California” heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version “Stairway To Heaven,” mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.
 Led Zeppelin topped the charts again in 1973 with Houses Of The Holy, which features legendary tracks such as “The Song Remains The Same” and “No Quarter” while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band’s signature sound with the reggae-tinged “D’yer Mak’er” and the funk jam “The Crunge” The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.

 The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days” that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for “Over The Hills And Far Away” and a version of “The Rain Song” without piano.

 In 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant formed Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds, when Page brought in Plant, Bonham and Jones to tour as The New Yardbirds. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.

  Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album

 Led Zeppelin IV

Track Listing

1.    “Black Dog”
2.    “Rock And Roll”
3.    “The Battle of Evermore”
4.    “Stairway To Heaven”
5.    “Misty Mountain Hop”
6.    “Four Sticks”
7.    “Going To California”
8.    “When The Levee Breaks”

Companion Audio Disc

1.    “Black Dog” – Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
2.    “Rock And Roll” – Alternate Mix
3.    “The Battle Of Evermore” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
4.    “Stairway To Heaven” – Sunset Sound Mix
5.    “Misty Mountain Hop” – Alternate Mix
6.    “Four Sticks” – Alternate Mix
7.    “Going To California” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix
8.    “When The Levee Breaks” – Alternate UK Mix

Houses of the Holy

Track Listing

1.    “The Song Remains The Same”
2.    “The Rain Song”
3.    “Over The Hills And Far Away”
4.    “The Crunge”
5.    “Dancing Days”
6.    “D’yer Mak’er”
7.    “No Quarter”
8.    “The Ocean”

Companion Audio Disc

1.    “The Song Remains The Same” – Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
2.    “The Rain Song” – Mix Minus Piano
3.    “Over The Hills And Far Away” – Guitar Mix Backing Track
4.    “The Crunge” – Rough Mix - Keys Up
5.    “Dancing Days” – Rough Mix With Vocal
6.    “No Quarter” – Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
7.   “The Ocean” – Working Mix