martedì 23 giugno 2015

David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973 boxsets

On 25th September, Parlophone Records will release Five Years, a 12CD and 13LP box set that will feature all of the material officially released by David Bowie between 1969 and 1973.

Bowie’s six studio albums of this period – David BowieSpace Oddity*, The Man Who Sold The World*, Hunky Dory*, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsAladdin Sane, and PinUps* – are all included, and the asterisks indicate new 2015 remasters.
There will be no bonus tracks appended to the albums, instead Five Years comes with Re:Call 1, an exclusive two disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions and B-sides, including a previously unreleased single edit of All The Madmen and the original single version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn’t been available on any official release since.

Another box set exclusive will be the inclusion of Ken Scott’s 2003 stereo remix of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album. This is in addition to the standard version, which presumably uses the 2012 40th Anniversary remaster. The 2003 remix version comes with an alternate cover which features an outtake from the original Heddon Street photo session.
Finally, Five Years also includes the two live albums officially released: Live Santa Monica ‘72 and Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack.

The vinyl version of Five Years has exactly the same content as the CD edition and is pressed on 180g ‘audiophile’ vinyl.
Both CD and vinyl boxes come with an accompanying book (128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set) which feature rare photos and technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott.
The CD box set will include “faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions” of the original albums and the CDs will be gold rather than the usual silver.


In The Box:
  • • David Bowie AKA Space Oddity*
  • • The Man Who Sold The World*
  • • Hunky Dory*
  • • The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
  • • Aladdin Sane
  • • Pin Ups*
  • • Live Santa Monica ‘72
  • • Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • • The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2003 Ken Scott mix)
  • • Re:Call 1 (2CD set)
Re:Call 1 tracklisting

  1. Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)*
  2. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (original UK mono single version)*
  3. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
  4. The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)*
  5. Conversation Piece*
  6. Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1)
  7. Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2)
  8. All The Madmen (mono single edit)* previously unreleased
  9. Janine*
  10. Holy Holy (original mono single version)* only ever issued on original ‘71 Mercury single
  11. Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns single version)*
  12. Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns single version)*
CD 2
  1. Changes (mono single version)*
  2. Andy Warhol (mono single version)*
  3. Starman (original single mix)
  4. John, I’m Only Dancing (original single version)
  5. The Jean Genie (original single mix)
  6. Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
  7. Round And Round
  8. John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version)
  9. Time (U.S. single edit)
  10. Amsterdam
  11. Holy Holy (Spiders version)
  12. Velvet Goldmine
All tracks stereo except *mono.

 [Source: SuperDeluxeEdition]

martedì 26 maggio 2015

Big Love: the first brand-new Simply Red album in 8 years

Mick Hucknall believes that important anniversaries should be celebrated in style. So when it was suggested that he did something special to mark 30 years since the release of Simply Red’s 1985 debut album Picture Book, it seemed a good idea to go back on the road with a band who had been a fixture in British pop for a quarter of a century until bringing the curtain down with an emotional farewell show at London’s O2 Arena in December 2010.

But, as he contemplated just what Simply Red might mean in 2015, his mind started racing and the creative juices suddenly and unexpectedly began to flow. ‘Once I began wondering how Simply Red were going to sound, I started writing songs,’ says Mick. ‘It then dawned on me that we could make a new Simply Red album to tie in with the tour.’

Written and recorded with an ease and spontaneity that surprised everyone involved, Big Love is a record that will remind us all just why we fell in love with Simply Red in the first place. Putting a tuneful, quintessentially British spin on the rhythms of black America, it frames Hucknall’s silky, soulful voice with wonderfully melodic hooks, deft arrangements and first-class musicianship. The first Simply Red album since 1995’s Life to feature only original compositions, it also contains some of the most personal lyrics of Hucknall’s three-decade career.

‘I wouldn’t have had a problem with just playing the hits on tour,’ continues the singer. ‘If you write decent songs, you should shout that from the tallest tower. But my mind kept drifting back to Picture Book, and I wanted to give our narrative a more fitting finale. I see Big Love and Picture Book as bookends to the Simply Red story.’

When Hucknall disbanded Simply Red after 25 years and an astonishing 55 million album sales, he was adamant that there would be no going back. ‘For me, that’s it,’ he said at the time. He continued to make music, stretching his artistic wings with two acclaimed solo albums, Tribute To Bobby (a heartfelt homage to the Memphis blues legend Bobby Bland) and American Soul (a set of classy blues and soul covers). Only last year, he recorded a new version of the mystical Streets Of Arklow with another of his musical heroes, Van Morrison.

He also devoted his time to his wife Gabriella and the couple’s young daughter, Romy. ‘I wanted to get completely away from jet-set living and the responsibilities of leading a band,’ he says. ‘The fans knew I’d gone away, so there was no demand for a new Simply Red record. I wanted to show total dedication to my family, and mirror everything that my father did for me. I’d resigned myself to spending a few years enjoying fatherhood, and I’m grateful I was able to do that.’

Returning to Simply Red refreshed, he now has a much clearer appreciation of the group’s legacy. Admitting that the band’s last album, 2007’s Stay, was an attempt to pull away from the ‘smooth, jazzy’ sound of old, he is now keen to reiterate a few core values. And, while he acknowledges an ongoing fondness for classic Seventies soul, Big Love also draws on his broad knowledge of a range of styles that has seen the band cover artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Cole Porter, Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs over the decades.

‘With Stay, I was running away from Simply Red,’ he says. ‘But I’m now comfortable with the notion of us as a blue-eyed soul group. I had to stop myself fighting that idea. But our sound is original, too. I honestly don’t know of another band that has pulled so many different musical strands together. We’ve never followed trends. We weren’t New Romantics in the Eighties. We were big before Britpop in the Nineties. And we had a hit in the new millennium with Home, which was Britain’s best-selling independent album for two years running.’

There are certainly some echoes of past musical glories on Big Love. With its honking brass, funky drums and refined melody, celebratory opening track Shine On is a reiteration of Simply Red’s blue-eyed soul credentials, blending R&B flavours with a distinctly British identity in a manner that harks back to The Right Thing, from 1987’s Men And Women.

There are other songs, such as Daydreaming and Love Gave Me More, that edge towards the shimmering, uptown sounds of albums like 1989’s A New Flame and 1991’s all-conquering Stars. There are also, naturally, some big ballads, including the Bacharach-style title track and the plangent, guitar-driven closing number Each Day, one of the first tracks written for the album.

On 2003’s Home, Hucknall sung of ‘real life, depicted in song’, and Big Love finds him baring his emotions to an even greater degree. And, while there are tracks inspired by family life, there are honest reflections of past hardships, too. ‘Most of the songs were written after we announced the tour in November 2014,’ says Mick. ‘They came thick and fast. I wanted to make an album, like Stars, that has a consistent theme. And the theme here is life from a family viewpoint. It’s an album that deals with birth, love, death, and all the stuff in between.’

When Mick wrote the timeless Holding Back The Years at 17 (originally for his punk group the Frantic Elevators), the song was a reaction to the upheaval caused after his mother walked out on the family when Mick was just three in 1963, leaving the singer to be raised single-handedly in East Denton, Manchester, by his father Reg. It is an experience that he touches on again here, firstly on a title track that celebrates the unconditional love of his wife and daughter and secondly on Dad, a heart-warming lament that tearfully salutes the ‘years of devotion’ put in by Reg, who sadly passed away in 2009: ‘She left, you stayed / It really wasn’t simple at all / You cried, I smiled / I really wasn’t lonely at all’. It would take the hardest of hearts not to be moved.

‘When I lost my dad in 2009, I could have lost everything,’ reflects Mick. ‘I didn’t have that traditional family support structure. Luckily for me, I did have my wife and daughter, my new family. I had to go through a learning process, though, finding out what a traditional family felt like. And that experience has been so rewarding that I’ve tried to express it in songs like Big Love.
‘My dad was devoted to me, and I wanted to do him proud by dedicating a song to him. I wanted to put into words the contribution he made in building me up. The prospects for children of single-parent families are not always good. That was even more the case during the Sixties. I have to give so much credit to my dad, as he was such a wonderful father.’

The downsides of abandonment, whether physical or emotional, are addressed on The Ghost Of Love, a big soul number punctuated by wah-wah guitar, piped applause and the kind of bold, orchestral brush strokes that once powered the hits of Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra. ‘The ghost in question is the sense of abandonment after something or someone has let you down. It could be about an orphan or anyone with a bad experience. But the song is saying: don’t blame love for that – look forward and try to give love a round of applause.’

Buoyed by the excellence of a new album that even Mick Hucknall could not have envisaged a year ago, Simply Red will hit the road again in high spirits. With the singer joined by long-serving bandmates Ian Kirkham (sax), Steve Lewinson (bass), Kenji Suzuki (guitar), Kevin Robinson (trumpet and flute) and Dave Clayton (keyboards) plus new drummer Roman Roth, their reputation as one of the great British groups is set for some timely enhancement.
‘The band should feel incredibly proud of their work on Big Love, because they are all exceptional musicians,’ says Mick. ‘There’s plenty of group harmony, too. I’m the bandleader, but I don’t order the group around. I’m more of an editor, and it’s vital that the band expresses itself.’

1. Shine On
2. Daydreaming
3. Big Love
4. The Ghost Of Love
5. Dad
6. Love Wonders
7. Love Gave Me More
8. Tight Tones
10. Coming Home
11. The Old Man and the Beer
12. Each Day

 [Source: EastWestRecords press release]

sabato 28 febbraio 2015

Il nuovo album di Noel Gallagher, Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher, un tempo principale compositore nonché chitarrista del gruppo rock Oasis, fondato insieme al fratello Liam, che ne era il cantante principale e con cui i litigi erano all’ordine del giorno, continua adesso la sua brillante carriera solista. Avendo infatti deciso di separarsi dal fratello nel 2009 dopo l’ennesimo pesante litigio e avendo così automaticamente posto fine agli Oasis, nel 2011 ha iniziato la sua carriera solista con l’album “High Flying Birds” (che in realtà sarebbe il nome del gruppo da lui stesso capitanato), che ha riscosso ottimi riscontri di critica e di vendite; le sue composizioni infatti, scritte in stile più maturo rispetto al rock’n’roll interpretato dagli Oasis, vengono finalmente interpretate dalla voce dello stesso autore, che seppur molto diversa da quella del fratello non sfigura affatto e dà vita ad un album di buon livello.

Dopo il tour di rito e la pausa altrettanto canonica, Noel inizia nei mesi scorsi a scrivere e incidere il seguito di quell’album, e finalmente il prossimo 2 Marzo uscirà “Chasing Yesterday”, il suo nuovo album già preannunciato negli scorsi mesi dai due singoli "In The Heat Of The Moment" e "Ballad Of The Mighty I", disponibili in formato fisico su vinile.

Ecco la tracklist del nuovo album:
1. Riverman
2. In The Heat Of The Moment
3. The Girl With X-Ray Eyes
4. Lock All The Doors
5. The Dying Of The Light
6. The Right Stuff
7. While The Song Remains The Same
8. The Mexican
9. You Know We Can't Go Back
10. Ballad Of The Mighty I

Da segnalare anche la presenza di una versione deluxe contenente in più un secondo CD con i seguenti brani bonus:
1. Do The Damage
2. Revolution Song
3. Freaky Teeth
4. In The Heat Of The Moment (Remix)

Inoltre a marzo partirà anche un tour mondiale che toccherà inizialmente l’Europa ma che promette di spostarsi in seguito anche in USA e Giappone; tra le date annunciate, ce n’è anche una in Italia: il 14 Marzo al Fabrique di Milano.

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sabato 6 dicembre 2014

I Supertramp festeggiano i 40 anni di Crime of the Century

Crime of the Century, il famoso album dei Supertramp pubblicato nel 1974 (il loro terzo, ma il loro primo con quella che sarà la formazione classica e più di successo), uscirà il prossimo 8 dicembre in varie edizioni speciali per celebrarne il 40° anniversario.

Scritto e cantato dai due leader della band, Roger Hodgson e Rick Davies, fu l’album che portò i Supertramp dall’anonimato al successo e che viene ricordato come uno dei classici progressive- pop/rock degli anni 70, che ai tempi veniva sfruttato anche per testare gli impianti hi-fi dato l’alto livello della sua produzione; contiene alcuni dei brani più famosi del loro repertorio, tra cui School, Dreamer, Bloody Well Right e la semi-strumentale title-track, affiancati a brani meno conosciuti al grande pubblico ma adorati dai fan come Hide in Your Shell, particolarmente sentito per il significativo testo che si rivolge col cuore in mano alle persone timide.

Ci saranno vari formati di questa uscita celebrativa, tra cui un Pure-Audio BluRay (che dovrebbe garantire la massima qualità audio possibile in stereo, visto che purtroppo, a meno di smentite, non avrà l’audio in 5.1), un CD “semplice” con l’album originale remasterizzato da Ray Staff, un LP a 180 grammi (che assicura una maggior qualità di riproduzione rispetto al vinile più leggero), e due box.
Un box sarà costituito da due CD e un booklet di 24 pagine con foto e interviste a Roger Hodgson, Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg (praticamente quattro su cinque componenti della band originale), Ken Scott (produttore dell’album) e Dave Margereson (l’allora manager del gruppo); il secondo CD è la registrazione del concerto tenuto a Londra all’Hammersmith Odeon nel Marzo 1975, mixato dai nastri originali dallo stesso Ken Scott, e contenente oltre all’intero Crime eseguito dal vivo anche brani di quello che sarebbe stato il loro album successivo, “Crisis? What Crisis?”.
L’altro box invece al posto dei CD avrà i vinili: tre LP (sempre da 180g) con lo stesso contenuto audio (album originale e concerto), ma a quanto pare il pezzo con le interviste sarà più lungo rispetto al box precedente, e inoltre ci saranno due stampe 10×8 e un codice per il download digitale.

Sicuramente una lodevole iniziativa per ricordare al grande pubblico che grande album sia Crime of the Century e magari per farlo scoprire a chi ancora non lo conosce; sappiamo però che i fan incalliti della band resteranno delusi in quanto, interviste e rimasterizzazioni a parte, non c’è molto di nuovo, visto che il concerto girava già da anni sotto forma di bootleg (seppure ovviamente in qualità audio inferiore a quella che si suppone avremo nella nuova edizione), e si sperava nell’inclusione di demo, video e altro materiale inedito e raro dell’epoca di cui si conosce l’esistenza ma che evidentemente si è preferito conservare per un futuro box antologico.

Dispiace, infine, che il leader attuale Rick Davies (avendo Hodgson abbandonato il gruppo nel 1983 per proseguire come solista) si sia rifiutato di prendere parte alle interviste, probabilmente in segno di protesta verso i suoi ex-compagni con cui di recente ha avuto grossi screzi (legati anche all’uscita del DVD di Paris), e che forse ha anche deciso di interrompere definitivamente la sua carriera musicale.
Attualmente dunque chi vuole ascoltare metà dei brani dei Supertramp eseguiti dal vivo dal suo autore e interprete originale, deve necessariamente andare a vedere un concerto di Roger Hodgson, che da anni gira il mondo con un’ottima band che non fa rimpiangere quella originale e che nel 2012 ha anche fatto tre date italiane.

CD1 (album originale)
1. School
2. Bloody Well Right  
3. Hide In Your Shell  
4. Asylum  
5. Dreamer  
6. Rudy  
7. If Everyone Was Listening  
8. Crime Of The Century

CD2 (live Hammersmith 1975)  
1. School  
2. Bloody Well Right  
3. Hide In Your Shell  
4. Asylum  
5. Sister Moonshine  
6. Just A Normal Day  
7. Another Man’s Woman  
8. Lady  
9. A – You’re Adorable  
10. Dreamer  
11. Rudy  
12. If Everyone Was Listening  
13. Crime Of The Century


venerdì 19 settembre 2014

Queen Forever: il ritorno della voce di Freddie Mercury in tre brani inediti

 Il 10 Novembre uscirà per la Virgin Records una nuova raccolta dei Queen, intitolata Queen Forever e contenente tre brani inediti con Freddie Mercury alla voce:

-"Let Me In Your Heart Again", registrato dalla band al completo per le sessioni di The Works (quindi 1983/84) e rimasto incompiuto; il brano, scritto da Brian May, è stato qualche anno dopo ceduto ad Anita Dobson (futura moglie di Brian) per un suo album, ma la sua versione resta comunque poco conosciuta ai fan, e in ogni caso la versione cantata da Freddie era rimasta finora totalmente inedita, non circolando nemmeno in modo non ufficiale tra i numerosi demo della band trapelati in rete. Evidentemente il brano rimasto incompiuto era comunque quasi terminato, e a Brian e Roger non è rimasto altro da fare in tempi recenti che qualche overdubs di chitarra e l'aggiunta dei cori; sembra quindi confermato che il basso sia stato suonato ai tempi della registrazione originale proprio da John Deacon, che invece al presente si è ritirato dai Queen, e quindi il risultato finale ci fa sentire comunque i quattro membri originali della band;

-"Love Kills - The Ballad", un brano pubblicato da Freddie solista nel 1984, che rappresentò anche il primo singolo a suo nome, in collaborazione con Giorgio Moroder; questa nuova versione è di base quella registrata dai Queen, sempre al completo e sempre nel 1983, ma con l'aggiunta di nuove parti di chitarra e batteria, anche se all'ascolto sembra piuttosto che la voce di Freddie Mercury sia la stessa della versione poi pubblicata. In ogni caso la rivisitazione in chiave Queen ha trasformato un brano synth-pop moderatamente veloce in una ballata rock d'atmosfera;

-"There Must Be More To Life Than This", in duetto con Michael Jackson: già da qualche anno i Queen superstiti nelle interviste affermano di essere al lavoro sui brani che nel 1983 Freddie Mercury registrò insieme a Michael Jackson, che come i fan accaniti sanno furono almeno tre (oltre a questa, State of Shock e Victory), facendo anche intendere però che gli eredi di Jackson hanno a più riprese concesso e ritirato l'autorizzazione ad usare questi brani. Non ci è dato sapere se gli altri due brani mancanti vedranno mai una release ufficiale, ma per ora dovremo accontentarci di uno solo di questi duetti, probabilmente il meno atteso in quanto il brano è già conosciuto per essere stato poi pubblicato dal solo Freddie nel suo primo album solista Mr.Bad Guy nel 1985. E apparentemente la parte vocale di Freddie sembra molto simile a quella poi effettivamente uscita, mentre la parte di Jackson è ufficialmente una novità (in realtà non ufficialmente era già trapelato il demo del solo Jackson che cantava il brano sulla base di piano suonata da Freddie, il che ci fa venire il dubbio che forse il duetto sia stato creato "artificialmente", e anche la dichiarazione del produttore William Orbit sembra far intendere questo); in compenso però viene confermato che la traccia strumentale è quella originale suonata dai Queen, anche se non è chiaro se sia quella suonata nel 1981 durante le sessioni di Hot Space o nel 1984 per The Works. Viene inoltre specificato che questo è il "William Orbit Mix", quindi chissà se successivamente ne verrà fuori anche una versione diversa a cura di un altro produttore...

La compilation in questione, oltre ai tre inediti menzionati, conterrà inoltre altri brani vecchi della band scelti da May e Taylor con l'obiettivo di mettere insieme una raccolta definitiva dei loro brani romantici:
alcuni di questi sono stati dei successi ma molti altri sono brani poco conosciuti finora apparsi solo sugli album; si parla anche di nuove registrazioni di brani conosciuti, ma non è stato al momento annunciato a quali brani ci si riferisca, e se si tratti sempre di nuove registrazioni fatte da May e Taylor in anni recenti o piuttosto di esecuzioni vocali alternative fatte da Mercury ai tempi.

Queen Forever sarà disponibile in due formati, uno con un CD di 20 brani e uno con doppio CD di 36 brani.

Tracklist versione 1 CD:
Let Me In Your Heart Again
Love Kills – The Ballad
There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
It’s A Hard Life
You’re My Best Friend
Love Of My Life
Long Away
Lily Of The Valley
Don’t Try So Hard
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Las Palabras De Amor
Who Wants To Live Forever
A Winter’s Tale
Play The Game
Save Me
Somebody To Love
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Tracklist versione 2 CD:
Let Me In Your Heart Again
Love Kills – The Ballad
There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
Play The Game
Dear Friends
You’re My Best Friend
Love Of My Life
You Take My Breath Away
Spread Your Wings
Long Away
Lily Of The Valley
Don’t Try So Hard
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Las Palabras De Amor
Who Wants To Live Forever
I Was Born To Love You
Somebody To Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Friends Will Be Friends
One Year of Love
A Winters Tale
Mother Love
It’s A Hard Life
Save Me
Made in Heaven
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Sail Away Sweet Sister
The Miracle
Is This The World We Created
In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited

Da segnalare un po' di delusione da parte dei fan, che seppur entusiasti dei nuovi brani (in particolar modo di Let Me In), si aspettavano sia gli altri due duetti con Michael Jackson sia altri brani inediti con Freddie alla voce (che sappiamo esistere proprio perchè i demo sono trapelati in rete già da tempo), anche in base alle interviste degli ultimi anni di May e Taylor che lasciavano presagire più o meno esplicitamente la riscoperta di altri brani.

[Fonte: Queenonline]


mercoledì 10 settembre 2014

The Art of McCartney, a new tribute album to Paul McCartney featuring some of the world's greatest artists

The Art Of McCartney is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney. With backing provided by McCartney’s long time band, classic tracks from his Beatles and solo career, including Wings, have been recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists.
The calibre of artists showing their respect to Paul’s songwriting genius is truly staggering: Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend Jeff Lynne, and many more have recorded McCartney songs exclusively for this album.

The Art Of McCartney is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, Beatles and McCartney fanatic, Ralph Sall, who has driven this project from conception to delivery: Sall met and worked alongside Paul in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 Ram sessions for a movie soundtrack ("The In-Laws"); Ralph then asked Paul and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with Paul’s own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead.

Ralph became a man on a mission, first recruiting McCartney’s gifted backing guitarists, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul “Wix” Wickens, plus the larger than life drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr; they know Paul’s extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with Paul over 12 years ago.
Ralph then set about approaching the world’s greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for Ralph but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of McCartney and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation.

Legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of Wanderlust from the underrated 1982 album Tug Of War.
There are very few artists whose own work rivals The Beatles, so when producer Ralph Sall approached Bob Dylan to take part, he knew it was ambitious. Dylan’s choice was Things We Said Today – a track from The Beatles’ soundtrack A Hard Days Night – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version.

All aspects of Paul’s peerless back catalogue have been explored from The Beatles to his experimental early solo work, to Wings and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as Junk and Every Night are given a fresh outing and interpretation.

Released on November 17th in several formats:

-2CD with the following tracklist:


  1. Maybe I'm Amazed - Billy Joel
  2. Things We Said Today - Bob Dylan
  3. Band On The Run - Heart
  4. Junior's Farm - Steve Miller
  5. The Long And Winding Road - Yusuf/Cat Stevens
  6. My Love - Harry Connick, Jr
  7. Wanderlust - Brian Wilson
  8. Bluebird - Corinne Bailey Rae
  9. Yesterday - Willie Nelson
  10. Junk - Jeff Lynne
  11. When I'm 64 - Barry Gibb
  12. Every Night - Jamie Cullum
  13. Venus And Mars/Rock Show - KISS
  14. Let Me Roll It - Paul Rodgers
  15. Helter Skelter - Roger Daltrey
  16. Helen Wheels - Def Leppard
  17. Hello Goodbye - The Cure Featuring James McCartney


  1. Live And Let Die - Billy Joel
  2. Let It Be - Chrissie Hynde
  3. Jet - Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
  4. Hi Hi Hi - Joe Elliot
  5. Letting Go - Heart
  6. Hey Jude - Steve Miller
  7. Listen To What The Man Said - Owl City
  8. Got To Get You Into My Life - Perry Farrell
  9. Drive My Car - Dion
  10. Lady Madonna - Allen Toussaint
  11. Let Em In - Dr. John
  12. So Bad - Smokey Robinson
  13. No More Lonely Nights - The Airborne Toxic Event
  14. Eleanor Rigby - Alice Cooper
  15. Come And Get It - Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
  16. On The Way - B.B. King
  17. Birthday - Sammy Hagar
Amazon's exclusive version will also have the following bonus tracks:
   18. C Moon (Amazon Bonus Track) - Robert Smith
   19. Put It There (Amazon Bonus Track) - Peter, Bjorn & John

-2CD + DVD "The Making of The Art Of McCartney" featuring behind-the-scenes and interviews with the artists contributing to the project; the 2CD tracklist is identical to the above and also in this case Amazon will have an exclusive version with the same two bonus tracks

-3LP with the same 34-song tracklist as the standard 2CD

Also, on 15th December, two limited run boxsets will be released:

-vinyl-only boxset, with four 180-gram coloured vinyls (see below for the bonus tracks of the 4th LP) and an illustrated guide within a 12" bound book

-Deluxe boxset, featuring apart from the 2 CDs and DVD as above:
  • 2 pieces of specially commissioned artwork by Alan Aldridge
  • Höfner guitar USB with FLAC files of 34 tracks
  • The Making of The Art Of McCartney - Audio documentary about the making of the album narrated by Bill Nighy
  • Illustrated guide within a 64-page 12” hardback book
  • 4 black and white artcards
  • 42 track quadruple 12", 180 gram coloured vinyl
  • Certificate of authenticity hand numbered
  • A bonus CD with the following bonus tracks:        

    1. C Moon - Robert Smith
    2. Can't Buy Me Love - Booker T-Jones
    3. P.S. I Love You - Ronnie Spector
    4. All My Loving - Darlene Love
    5. For No One - Ian McCulloch
    6. Put It There - Peter, Bjorn & John
    7. Run Devil Run - Wanda Jackson
    8. Smile Away - Alice Cooper
[Source: The Art of McCartney]


martedì 9 settembre 2014

A new single, new compilation and rarities from David Bowie

David Bowie has just announced his first new music since he surprised the world by returning in 2013 with the single Where Are We Now, followed by the album The Next Day.
His new single Sue (Or in a Season of Crime), about eight minutes in length, was recorded with long-time collaborator Tony Visconti especially for inclusion on a new compilation, Nothing Has Changed, which spans 50 years of Bowie from 1964 to 2014. It will be given a separate release as a digital download and as a limited-edition 10-inch single.

Nothing Has Changed also features some rarities for die-hard fans: Let Me Sleep Beside You comes from the 2001 sessions from the unreleased album Toy; Your Turn to Drive, previously only available as a download, makes its debut on CD; and also a 2001 rerecording of the 1971 outtake Shadow Man.

The single and compilation will both be released on 17 November. Nothing Has Changed will be available in 3CD, 2CD, 2LP and download formats.

The full tracklisting of the 3CD version is:

CD 1:
Sue (or In A Season Of Crime) (7.40)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
Shadow Man (4.48)
Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21)

CD 2:
Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Blue Jean (3.11)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Let’s Dance (single version) (4.08)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
‘Heroes’ (single version) (3.35)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58)

CD 3:
Fame (4.14)
Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit) (3.13)
Diamond Dogs (5.56)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Sorrow (2.53)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Changes (3.33)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Space Oddity (5.12)
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
 Liza Jane (2.18)

[Source: The Guardian]