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50TH ANNIVERSARY JAZZ REISSUES

Sunday, 17 May 2009 07:24 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

50TH ANNIVERSARY JAZZ REISSUES

Sony's archival Legacy imprint is reissuing deluxe versions of three significant jazz albums on May 25th - Dave Brubeck's 'Time Out,' Charles Mingus' 'Mingus Ah Um,' and Miles Davis' 'Sketches Of Spain.' All three classic albums were recorded exactly fifty years ago in 1959, the year that also saw the release of Miles Davis' epochal and iconic 'Kind Of Blue' LP, which has already been given the deluxe treatment by Sony.
Dave Brubeck's 'Time Out,' which spawned the US hit single, 'Take Five,' includes a second disc devoted to eight previously unissued performances recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival between the years 1961-1964. Added to the package is a DVD documentary about the album featuring a recent interview with 89-year-old Dave Brubeck (who is also due to play at this year's Marlborough Jazz Festival in July).
Charles Mingus' 'Mingus Ah Um' was his debut for Columbia and featured the classic songs 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' and 'Better Git It In Your Soul.' Now remastered and remixed - at 24-bit resolution using a vintage Presto all-tube three-track tape machine - the album comes with a second disc of bonus tracks that include the complete album 'Mingus Dynasty' (the overshadowed follow-up to 'Mingus Ah Um' also recorded in 1959) and sundry rare and collectable outtakes.
Finally, Miles Davis' 'Sketches Of Spain' - the trumpeter's third large orchestral collaboration with arranger Gil Evans - gets a deluxe makeover that's packed with bonus material, including a live version of 'Concerto De Aranjuez,' a jazz remake of Rodrigo's classical guitar concerto that formed the centrepiece of the original album.

 

UP ON THE ROOF

Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

UP ON THE ROOF


SIERRA HURTT is the daughter of top Philadelphia writer/producer/artist PHIL HURTT and, following in dad's footsteps, she's about to release her first music collection - '8 Or 80'. The EP will be available from the usual internet outlets in June and it shows that the lady has a convincing soul voice - not surprising considering her background. The lead track is a slab of sultry nu-soul -'Rooftops'. It's a moody, atmospheric tune with a feel of CAROLE KING'S 'It's Too Late' to it. Cover shot, by the way, features a young SIERRA in drumming action at the famous Sigma studio.


 

MOTOWN UPDATE

Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:18 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MOTOWN UPDATE

April saw the launch by Universal Music Catalogue of its new Motown 50 website (www.motown50.co.uk) .One of the key features of the website will be the launch of the brand new online store. In addition to the titles released throughout 2009 to celebrate Motown's 50th anniversary, there will be a number of highly collectable releases that will be exclusively available to purchase through the Motown 50 online store. The first of these exclusive releases will be 5 highly collectable limited edition numbered 7" vinyl singles, featuring 10 of the best loved classic Motown cuts. For album collectors Universal Music Catalogue will also reissue ten of the most groundbreaking Motown albums from classic artists including DIANA ROSS, SMOKEY ROBINSON, THE FOUR TOPS and STEVIE WONDER, amongst others.
Other features on the new www.motown50.co.uk website include 'The Motown Project'. This is an exciting interactive feature and it is hoped that this will establish the definitive history of Motown in the UK via a collection of editable pages on all-things Motown from singles, EPs and albums to artists and events. A Motown spokesperson said, "Fans of Motown here in the UK have a wealth of knowledge and passion about the label and its artists and 'The Motown Project' has been created to give everyone the chance to bring all this information together in one place." Universal Music has created several thousand pages covering UK releases, and are inviting fans to add any personally held knowledge they may have to these pages. This can include content varying from eye witness accounts to encounters with Motown artists, to photographs and associated images. The Motown rep goes on to say, "In time, these pages will become the definitive resource for Motown information, which will constantly evolve and improve, as more people get involved and become part of Motown history."

 

SWING OUT'S UPDATE

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 03:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SWING OUT'S UPDATE

Further to our recent story about Shanachie's US release of SWING OUT SISTER'S lovely 'Beautiful Mess' album, we're pleased to report that the label have added two bonus cuts to the LP's original 12 tracks. First, there's a "Late Night Studio" mix of 'Something Every Day'… laid back and well, late night. Then there's an absolutely delightful tweak on the duo's biggest hit, 'Breakout'. Again the mix is dubbed "Late Night Studio" and it's a chill out gem that gives full prominence to CORRINE'S heartfelt vocal

 

NEW SOUL FROM HIP-O SELECT

Sunday, 10 May 2009 06:55 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW SOUL FROM HIP-O SELECT

Just out on Hip-O Select is a limited edtion 3-CD compilation devoted to the music of Motown's first successful girl group, THE MARVELETTES (their biggest hit was the US chart topper, 'Please Mr. Postman'). 'Forever: The Complete Motown Albums Volume 1' spans the years 1961-1966 and includes the girls' first six long players for Berry Gordy's company (four studio albums plus a live set and a Greatest Hits package) as well as a clutch of bonus tracks comprising non-album flipsides, rare mixes and even a song the group recorded when they were briefly known as The Darnells. The set also includes a 36-page booklet packed with archive photos and detailed liner notes, the latter including an interview with songwriter/producer Brian Holland. Look out for a review soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com
Also out on Hip-O Select is an expanded 2-CD version of 'Cooleyhighharmony,' the bestselling 1991 debut album by BOYZ II MEN. The new edition restores the album to its original track configuration - after1993, the album's tracks were re-sequenced to accommodate the soundtrack songs 'End Of The Road' and 'In The Still Of The Night' - and includes a bonus disc of different mixes and two previously unissued sides from the 1991 sessions.

 

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