Paul McCartney has announced that he will be releasing remastered versions of the Wings albums Venus and Mars and Wings At The Speed of Sound, on September 22 in the UK, and the following day in the US. The albums are part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection that have previously reissued Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America.
The albums will be available in two formats: A two-disc Standard Edition with the original album, and bonus audio, as well as a three-disc Deluxe Edition that will also contain a DVD with bonus material, and a book with unpublished photographs.
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign that began in June will continue this fall with the release of Deluxe Editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy. As with the previous reissues, both albums have been newly remastered by Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion discs comprised of unreleased music associated with the original studio album. Each release will also be available as a single CD, a single 180-gram vinyl LP, a "Deluxe Edition" 180-gram double LP, a digital download and a "Super Deluxe" box set. Led Zeppelin IV—which includes such classics as "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll" and "Stairway to Heaven"—is widely considered one of the most influential albums in rock history. Its follow-up, Houses of the Holy, broadened the group's stylistic range with such tracks as the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam, "The Crunge." Both reissues will be released in their various formats on October 28. Below are the tracks featured on the companion audio discs:
Led Zeppelin IV 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 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
Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks will be releasing a new solo album, her eighth, on October 7. The album, which will be called 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault, is made up of new recordings of previously unreleased material.
"Most of these songs were written between 1969 and 1987," said Nicks in a press release. "One was written in 1994 and one in 1995. I included them because they seemed to belong to this special group. Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story…They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."
The album, which Nicks co-produced with Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel, will come with Polaroids that the singer has taken during her career. 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault will be released on vinyl on September 29, one week prior to the CD release.
The latest episode in the Live at Montreux concert video series, due out July 22, will feature none other than ZZ Top. The video, Live at Montreux 2013, will offer highlights from a set the Little Ol' Band from Texas performed last July during Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
It’s no surprise that the video, which will arrive on both DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing some of its most beloved songs, including “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “La Grange,” “Gimme All Your Lovin'“ and “Tush.” The performance also offers a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and a few songs off the band’s latest full-length, 2012’s La Futura.
In other ZZ Top news, the guys are currently touring Europe and will set off on a new series of North American summer and fall dates later this month. For the full list of upcoming ZZ Top shows, visit the band’s official website.
ZZ Top's Live at Montreux 2013 Video Track Listing:
“Got Me Under Pressure”
“Waitin' for the Bus”
“Jesus Just Left Chicago”
“Gimme All Your Lovin'“
“I Gotsta Get Paid”
“I Loved the Woman”
“My Head's in Mississippi”
“Sharp Dressed Man”
“Tube Snake Boogie”
Talkbox legend Peter Frampton is releasing his new album Hummingbird in a Box, on June 24 via RED Distribution/Sony Music.
The album was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet. Frampton co-wrote the seven pieces together with Gordon Kennedy. The pair also worked together on the album Fingerprints in 2006.
The music for Hummingbird In A Box debuted live in April last year at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts. Two of the segments were choreographed to existing Frampton songs, while the third was based around the seven new compositions. Frampton and his band was on hand to perform the music live.
"Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience. There were no boundaries. We were able to push the composing envelope,” Frampton said about the project, with Kennedy adding “Songwriters and musicians create music to move people. This was beautiful, graceful, and instantly gratifying!"
If you're itching to see Peter Frampton in concert, there's ample opportunity this summer. The guitarist will be on tour in the US throughout the summer, both on his own and on a co-headlining tour together with The Doobie Brothers. For exact dates see Peter Frampton's official website.
A new study has determined that children who undertake early music training become better at processing and retaining information.
The research further determined that musically trained children possess greater problem-solving skills than untrained children of the same age.
As reported by London’s Daily Mail, the study looked at children who had played an instrument for at least two years in regular private music lessons. “…We think our findings have strong educational implications,” said Nadine Gaab, who led the research. “While many schools are cutting music programs and spending more and more time on test preparation, our findings suggest that musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future.”
Gaab further suggested the research may have implications for adults suffering from cognitive dysfunction as well. So, ready to get started on those music lessons? Click here.
Slash recently spoke about the seemingly never-ending search for a new Velvet Revolver singer. The band have been on the lookout for a new frontman since parting with Scott Weiland back in 2008.
The guitarist is a bit frustrated with the lack of new young rock singers, as he told Gary Cool (via Blabbermouth): "There's a lot of people that we tried out that we don't talk about. The more that time passes, the less rock and roll singers there seems to be. Like, that style of just really, sort of, from-the-heart, guttural rock and roll. It seems to be just getting more and more glossed up."
Velvet Revolver were close to partnering up with Corey Taylor a few years back, even going so far as to record ten songs with the Slipknot singer. The band briefly reunited with Weiland for a one-off event in 2012, but don't seem to have any plans on inviting him back in the fold.
Slash ensures that Velvet Revolver is still very much alive, just in hibernation: "Obviously, it's not broken up; it's sort of in a state of dormancy. And so whenever the right guy [pops up]…" In the meantime fans of Slash can look forward to a new album, World on Fire, on September 15.
Ontario, Canada's Nipissing University has bestowed honorary degrees to all three members of Rush, along with six other Canadians, as the university celebrated the 2014 graduating class on June 12.
Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson received Nipissing's first-ever honorary Doctorate of Music awards.
Bassist/vocalist Lee and guitarist Lifeson had planned to attend the ceremony in person but could not do so as it was unsafe for their plane to land due to foggy conditions. Instead, they quickly recorded acceptance speeches on video. Lifeson credits the band’s 1976 2112 album with keeping them going at a difficult point in Rush’s career.
Former Eagles guitarist has recalled how the original solos on the band’s classic “Hotel California” were nearly “lost.”
When he turned up for recording sessions for the album, Felder began playing a different solo, only for drummer Don Henley insist he play exactly the same thing he had done on the demo.
Felder tells Rock Cellar: “On the demo I changed guitars and played one lick and kind of duelled with myself. When we went into the studio to record the solo, Joe Walsh and I set up and to play the ending on the record. I started and played a lick and Don Henley went ‘stop, that's not right.’ And I said ‘what do you mean it’s not right, we’re just gonna make these solos up.’
“He said ‘no no no, you have to play them exactly like what’s on your demo.’ We were in Miami and the demo cassette was at my house in Malibu. I had to call my housekeeper and have her go get a cassette machine, find the demo cassette in the studio and play it to us in the studio over the phone.
“We recorded it onto another cassette machine in the studio. Then I had to go out, sit in the studio and re-learn what I’d already played a year before that.”
The Allman Brothers Band’s classic 1971 live album, At Fillmore East, is being expanded into a six-CD box set. Titled The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, the new set will feature 15 previously unreleased performances—including one disc devoted entirely to a previously unreleased full show the Allmans performed at the legendary venue on June 27, 1971.
Promoter Bill Graham selected the band to headline the June show—which also featured the J.Geils Band, Albert King and Mountain, among others--to mark the Fillmore East’s final night.
The expanded set will be released July 29, roughly two months before the Allmans perform their final concerts at the Beacon Theatre in New York. “That weekend in March of '71 when we recorded At Fillmore East, most of the time it clicked,” recalls drummer Butch Trucks. “We were finally starting to catch up with what we were listening to. We had lived together … we got in trouble together; we all just moved as a unit. And then, when we got onstage to play, that's what it was all about—and it just happened to all come together that weekend.”
The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings track List:
March 12, 1971 - First Show
1. Statesboro Blues 4.08 (previously unreleased)
2. Trouble No More 3.48 (previously unreleased)
3. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 3.19 (previously unreleased)
4. Done Somebody Wrong 4.01 (previously unreleased)
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 17.05 (previously unreleased)
6. You Don't Love Me 16.55 (previously unreleased)
March 12, 1971 - Second Show
1. Statesboro Blues 4.12 (previously unreleased)
2. Trouble No More 3.50
3. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 3.28 (previously unreleased)
4. Done Somebody Wrong 4:30
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 19.50 (previously unreleased)
6. You Don't Love Me 19.10
7. Whipping Post 20.00 (previously unreleased)
8. Hot 'Lanta 5.09
March 13, 1971 - First Show
1. Statesboro Blues 4.20
2. Trouble No More 3.48
3. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 3.47
4. Done Somebody Wrong 3.55 (previously unreleased)
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 13.00
6. You Don't Love Me 19.10
7. Whipping Post 17.15 (previously unreleased)
March 13, 1971 - Second Show - Part 1
1. Statesboro Blues 4.19 (previously unreleased)
2. One Way Out 4.30 (previously unreleased)
3. Stormy Monday 10.14
4. Hot 'Lanta 5.00
5. Whipping Post 22.00
March 13, 1971 - Second Show - Part 2
1. Mountain Jam 33.00
2. Drunken Hearted Boy (with Elvin Bishop) 7.30
June 27, 1971 - FILLMORE EAST Closing Show
Introduction by Bill Graham (previously unreleased)
1. Statesboro Blues 5.52
2. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 3.34
3. Done Somebody Wrong 3.37
4. One Way Out 5.01
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 12.44
6. Midnight Rider 3.01
7. Hot Lanta 5.41
8. Whipping Post 19.17
9. You Don't Love Me 17.56