The Press Release:
Widely regarded as innovators of the musical genre which came to be known as Heavy Metal, legendary Birmingham-bred Black Sabbath celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020 of their multi-million selling album Paranoid with a 5-LP/4CD edition released on October 9th, featuring the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts.
PARANOID: SUPER DELUXE EDITION includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.
I’m continuing to share the scoop about the upcoming Record Store Day coolness as I learn about them because a lot of our readers are avid collectors of them and we aim to please here at the Media Command HQ. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I outlined the exclusives for UMe on THIS POST and now its time to see what our friends at Rhino Records will be offering up. There is a whole variety of stuff here and we’ve shared them all for good measure. Let’s go.
The Press Release:
Rhino, the catalog division of Warner Music Group, is announcing its most ambitious collection of vinyl to date for Record Store Day 2018 with a wide variety of titles from WMG’s labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Parlophone, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, and 679 Recordings. This year’s not-to-miss list includes 30 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch vinyl releases from the world’s most respected and celebrated artists. Some highlights include Led Zeppelin’s first-ever Record Store Day release and Cheech And Chong’s marijuana-shaped picture disc, complete with a scratch n’ sniff sticker to name a few! Full details on all titles are listed below. All releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 21, 2018. For a list of participating stores, please visit the RSD website linked at the close.
AIR – Sexy Boy – 12-inch picture disc; Limited edition of 6,000 copies, $21.98
Cheech & Chong – Up In Smoke (40th Anniversary Edition) – 7-inch, scratch and sniff , marijuana- shaped picture disc, Limited edition, $17.98
Artist: Grateful Dead Title: “Fare Thee Well” Label: Rhino Entertainment Release Date: 11/20/2015 Genre: Rock Rating: 4/5
Back in the Summer of 2015, the surviving members of The Grateful Dead, meaning Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreautzmann, were joined together in music with long time keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, Bruce Hornsby and Trey Anastasio for a series of shows under the “Fare Thee Well” banner. These shows would be celebrating the milestone 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead and also would be the last time that the name would be used for concerts and recording. There would be a total of five concerts with two being in California, while the remaining and final three would happen at Chicago’s Soldier Field and this Blu-ray/CD set delivers the full final performance of The Grateful Dead. Over the course of my life I didn’t initially enjoy what The Dead was all about but this was because a lot of my friends who did like them would always tell me that what I listened to sucked. My appreciation of Hard Rock and the burgeoning Metal sound found me alienating what the Dead offered up purely by association to those memories. I admit this to you readers because that was a long time ago and since that time I have learned to appreciate a whole lot of Grateful Dead music but mostly by way of the “greatest hits” that every single other casual fan might know. The concert is a long one and something like 180 minutes/three hours long and each set is delivered on separate discs. Let’s go over the first set. Continue reading “Fare Thee Well” [Blu-ray/CD] by The Grateful Dead→
As a few decades deep fan of the mighty Van Halen, I found the news about their first ever live album to be really exciting and I’m pleased to share the recent announcement about this upcoming release with you all. Let’s take a look. I’ll close out with some editorial thought at the end.
The Press Release:
Van Halen will release its first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It will be released as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order Tokyo Dome Live In Concert before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Panama” and “Runnin’ With The Devil.”.
Van Halen reinvented the sound of hard rock in 1978 with its influential and wildly successful eponymous debut album and then achieved even greater success six years later with 1984. Both albums would define a generation while selling more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone to earn diamond-certification from the RIAA. The band recently went back to the original analog tapes and remastered both of these landmark albums – Van Halen and 1984 – which are now also set for release on March 31, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records with pre-orders through Amazon available now. Continue reading Van Halen To Release First Ever Live Album “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert”→
Artist: Grateful Dead Title: “Crimson, White & Indigo: Philadelphia, July 7, 1989” Label: Grateful Dead/Rhino Records Release Date: 4/20/2010 Genre: Rock/Jam Rock Rating: 4/5
Whether you are a long time fan or just one of those watchers on the wayside there is no discounting the impact on Rock and Roll and the art of Jamming that the Grateful Dead have offered up during their very lengthy career. Formed in 1965, the band had already been around for decades by the time this live concert recording was done, and by the looks of the crowd that was packed into the JFK stadium on that summer day in 1989, you could see that they had not lost an ounce of their fan appeal. For those followers of the Grateful Dead, they will agree that there is really no shortage of live concert recordings from the band and one need only look at the many volume sets under the banner of “Dick’s Picks”. That being said this particular show still stands a little special on its own based on its being the very last show performed at this stadium which was demolished in 1992. The Dead recorded this gig on what was labeled as the hottest day of the year and they would be supporting their “In The Dark” album along with many other cherished releases from their repertoire. The great thing about this release is how we get the entire concert and not just bits and pieces from a lengthy gig and that is why there are three audio CD’s making up the package. During this time in the band history, the group was made up of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Brent Mydland, and Bill Kreutzmann. The production of the live show is amazing and crystal clear based on the use of today’s technology against the original analog tapes from the soundboard and as result give you the experience as if it was happening right now. Continue reading “Crimson, White & Indigo: Philadelphia, July 7, 1989” by The Grateful Dead→