Deluxe 30th anniversary of The Gift byTHE JAM due in November. The band is asking fans to share memorabilia, ticket stubs, photos, etc. for possible inclusion in the set. Click on the photo to learn more.
JAY FARRAR GETS HIS TURN AT THE WOODY GUTHRIE SONGBOOK, along with Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Yim Yames
2012 would’ve been Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, and on the heels of that comes news of a few projects of note. March sees a deluxe box set of the Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue project, where the Guthrie estate had those artists create music for songs Woody wrote but never got to record.
Brand-new is a collaboration from Son Volt’s Jay Farrar working with Will Johnson (of Centro-Matic), Anders Parker (who played with Farrar in Gob Iron and was in Varnaline) and Yim Yames (of My Morning Jacket) doing the same thing, recording Guthrie tunes from the archive. I’m really liking the samples I’m hearing from the disc’s Amazon web page, and it’ll be available on CD, vinyl as well as a deluxe 2CD edition. Release date is February 28.
HEROES AND VILLAINS.
Fingerprints Music in Long Beach did up their store like the SMiLE Shop on the cover of the album; this was for a Brian Wilson signing appearance. You can read more about it here.
The Beach Boys’ SMiLE Sessions animated unboxing. Wow.
Rolling Stone has the SMiLE tracklist for the various versions. Click here.
My, what a large…ACHTUNG BABY 20th Anniversary box set U2 have.
Multiple versions, but the core seems to be 6CDs/4DVDs. Both Achtung Baby and follow-up/sequel Zooropa are going to be included. What’s on the other 4 CDs? They’ve not quite said yet, although there are a ton of b-sides (at least one disc’s worth) from the singles off that album, and that’s even before you get to the remixes.
There’s a lot on offer, although it Zooropa is getting short shrift in terms of the press on this so far. Details here at U2’s site. For a tracklisting, visit the fine folks over at Slicing up Eyeballs.
TEENAGE ANGST TO PAY OFF WELL AGAIN:
Nirvana’s deluxe NEVERMIND coming out on September 27. 4CDs/1DVD, including Butch Vig’s original mix of the album. Slicing Up Eyeballs has the scoop.
One interesting tidbit from Wikipedia (via Michael Azerrad’s book Come As You Are), about the once again “controversial” (due to Facebook) album cover:
Geffen prepared an alternate cover without the penis, as they were afraid that it would offend people, but relented when Cobain made it clear that the only compromise he would accept was a sticker covering the penis that would say, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.”
KEVIN HEARD IT ON THE RADIO.
Playmixt’s given first name is Kevin, and as an enthusiast of themed playlists, one’s first name is a natural. Sadly, there don’t seem to be a lot of Kevin songs out there. The Goo Goo Dolls have an instrumental entitled Kevin’s Song, and there’s Cousin Kevin from the Who’s Tommy, that’s about all we know of.
Or so we thought.
Our good friend KP prompted us via the Book of Faces today that the 28th was the anniversary of the release of R.E.M.’s LIFES RICH PAGEANT, the deluxe version of which I only started listening to that very morning. Sheer coincidence? Maybe.
After reading KP’s note (thank you!), I was listening to the demos disc this morning. LRP is a very important record to me, it really has been my favorite R.E.M. album – the one everything else gets measured against. I saw them on that tour, a year before The One I Love would kick down America’s door to their mix of jangly, Byrds-inspired rock.
I am not too much inclined to like the packaging of the new deluxe edition. Art prints and posters are the “interactive menus” of the deluxe reissue. Overall, I want content – demos, live material, rarities, maybe some video. The second disc of the deluxe edition is fantastic. It’s surprising to hear how many of the songs were quite fully formed before going into the studio with Don Gehman. The inclusion of tracks like Wait and All The Right Friends, some of which date at least to 5 years prior in their live set, makes the extra disc great.
Anyway, this morning on my commute, Just A Touch came on in demo form - and on some of the demos, Stipe’s lyrics sound even clearer. The lyric that I’d always heard for 25 years as “Can’t hear it on the radio,” finally made its true meaning known: Kevin heard it on the radio. A quick Google search confirmed it:
Kevin heard it on the radio
Hugh informed word of mouth
Carla read it in the news
Caught it all just a touch
This is pretty mind-blowing to learn 25 years after the fact. The Kevin playlist has begun. Got any other tunes to add?
Deluxe QUADROPHENIA reissue due in November - pictured here. Some surround sound mixes confirmed by Bob Pridden, the band’s longtime sound engineer. The Second Disc has a a bit of info — check it out.
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