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Michael Jackson – Bad 25. Out Today
Michael Jackson fans are going to love “Bad 25.” The 3rd classic Michael Jackson solo album celebrates its 25th anniversary by getting the deluxe reissue treatment. In addition to the classic album which features the megahits “Bad,” “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and “Another Part of Me,” the treasure is bonus disc featuring 6 previously unreleased Bad-era demos (including the very funky “Al Capone,” which is an early version of “Smooth Criminal,” and “Don’t Be Messin’ Around” a track that could have stood right up there with any “Bad” album track), 2 previously released demos (the ballad “Fly Away,” and “Streetwalker”), the Spanish and French versions of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” plus 3 ghastly modern remixes of “Bad” ruined by Afrojack, Pitbull and Nero. Missing is the 12″ version of the title track, which I would have much preferred (and the disc has 20 minutes of space for additional tracks), but I was not consulted, so there you have it.
Also featured is a full length concert live from Wembley Arena in England from 1988. The previously unreleased show is featured in both DVD and audio CD and is said to have been mastered from Michael’s personal VHS copy of the show.
“Bad 25” by Michael Jackson is out now! Get it!
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Jimi Hendrix - Winterland - Click to Enlarge!
In the wake of Amy Winehouse’s death and her entry into the “27 Club” (rockers who died at age 27), it made me reflect on the legacies that Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain left behind. They exited this world way too soon, but in their active years, they were productive and creative beyond belief. Nearly 40 years after Jimi Hendrix’ death, unreleased material continues to be unearthed and for die-hard fans such as myself, we are discovering missing pieces of puzzles we all thought we had completely figured out.
Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings are continuing their amazing series of unreleased Jimi Hendrix material and September 13, 2011 is going to be a great day for Jimi fans. On that day, the world will see and hear the release of a 4-disc deluxe box set of “Winterland,” an expanded edition of “Hendrix in the West,” a DVD release of “Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Isle of Wight,” and a DVD of all of Jimi’s appearances on the Dick Cavett Show.
“Winterland” is a 4 CD set drawn from 6 shows recorded over 3 days (October 10, 11, and 12, 1968) at San Francisco’s historic Winterland Ballroom. A severely edited one disc version was released years ago, but now fans will have access to these pristine sound quality recordings that feature so many unheard live versions of classic Hendrix songs such as “Manic Depression,” “Foxey Lady,” “Hey Joe,” and “Purple Haze.” There are also covers of “The Star Spangled Banner,” Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” and Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” You can see the tracklistings for these CDs by clicking on the picture above. What you need to know about this release is as follows – if you are a Hendrix fan, you cannot even think about not owning this amazing box set. The sound quality is pristine. The set lists feature so many of the classic Jimi Hendrix Experience songs. Last but not least, Jimi Hendrix rarely played the same song in the same way twice. You’ll hear versions of songs like”Red House” that range from 4 minutes to 11 minutes, once again showing that Jimi Hendrix was not just a wizard in the studio, but he was one of the most electrifying live performers of his time.
Amazon.com will be selling an exclusive version of “Winterland” that will feature an additional CD of bonus material, so you’ll probably want to order the set directly from them to enjoy extra songs such as “Killing Floor,” “Red House,” “Dear Mr. Fantasty (Parts 1 and 2)” which are taken from Jimi’s February 4, 1968 Winterland show.
“Winterland,” an expanded edition of “Hendrix in the West,” a DVD release of “Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Isle of Wight,” and a DVD of all of Jimi’s appearances on the Dick Cavett Show will be released on September 13, 2011. No Hendrix collection will be complete without them!
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Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
A website called Why Pink Floyd…? has just launched and it appears that the Floyd are about to hook fans up with a ton of unreleased songs. The releases are set to be launched on September 26, 2011 and will feature deluxe editions of “Wish You Were Here,” “The Wall” and “Dark Side of the Moon.” Videos, remastered sound, deluxe liner notes and unreleased songs are planned. The final track lists have not been finalized yet, but here’s a preview of some of the bonus features you can expect to find.
Dark Side of the Moon:
- Careful With That Axe, Eugene Live In Brighton 1972 (previously unreleased on DVD)
- Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun Live In Brighton 1972 (previously unreleased on DVD)
- The Dark Side Of The Moon, 2003 documentary (25 min EPK)
- British Tour Concert Screen Films 1974 (5.1 Surround Mix):
- French Tour Concert Screen Films 1974 (5.1 Surround Mix):
- North American Tour Concert Screen Films 1975 (5.1 Surround Mix):
- British Tour Concert Screen Films 1974 (High Resolution Stereo Mix):
- French Tour Concert Screen Films 1974 (High Resolution Stereo Mix):
- North American Tour Concert Screen Films 1975 (High Resolution Stereo Mix):
- The Hard Way (from ‘Household Objects’ project)
- Us And Them, Richard Wright Demo (previously unreleased)
- The Travel Sequence, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)
- The Mortality Sequence, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)
- Any Colour You Like, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)
- The Travel Sequence, studio recording 1972 (previously unreleased)
- Money, Roger Waters’ demo (previously unreleased)
Wish You Were Here:
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-6) live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)
- Raving & Drooling live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)
- You’ve Got To Be Crazy live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)
- Wine Glasses from the unreleased ‘Household Objects’ project
- Have a Cigar (Previously Unrelease Alternative Version)
- Wish You Were (featuring Stepahne Grappelli – Previously Unreleased)
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Tom Smith of Editors
I’m so excited! Straight out of lead singer Tom Smith’s mouth, his band Editors will be releasing a career spanning box set in February 2011. Though the band has only released 3 albums, they have tons of B-sides and unreleased tracks. The 7 cd set (wow!) will be available for pre-order beginning December 2, 2010 on the Editors official website. Tom Smith has also stated the band is working on a 4th album, so stay tuned for that. Last but not least, quoting Tom, the collection will contain “Seven 12 heavy weight vinyls, seven CDs, a download of everything in high quality 320kbps mp3 format and a book of photos and words. It’s gonna be sexy.” The first 200 pre-orders will receive a special personalised surprise from Tom. Also, between now and February Editors are also selecting some special content that you can access and download for free by simply entering your email address on editorsofficial.com.
Sounds of the Universe - Out Now!
In a rather bold move, considering these tough economic times, Depeche Mode’s latest album “Sounds Of The Universe,” has been released in a limited edition deluxe box set format. Is it worth the hefty price tag? You bet! The box set comes with 2 Hardcover books that include exclusive photos, full lyrics, the album, the album in 5.1 Surround Sound – that also includes two lengthy video documentaries, postcards, pins, a poster, a certificate of authenticity and a disc of b-sides and remixes as well as a full length cd of demos from various stages of their career!
The demos are particularly interesting as you get to hear Martin Gore’s vocals on tracks that were made famous by Dave Gahan. Songs such as “Little 15,” “Walking in my Shoes,” “Clean,” and even the recent track “In Chains,” are in full demo-glory and are available only in this package. The B-sides and remixes disc features the track “Oh Well,” which is easily the best track Depeche Mode have released in a very long time. Again, you can only get that here. If you are a Depeche Mode fan, this box is for you!
Try walking in their shoes.