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‘Cry of Love,’ ‘Rainbow Bridge’ return

The first two posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums, "The Cry of Love" and "Rainbow Bridge," are to resurface in September via official CD and vinyl editions. The 1971 albums include now-familiar tracks earmarked for the guitar god's "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" project, never completed or fully formed during Hendrix's lifetime. "Rainbow Bridge" has never been officially released on CD. "Cry of Love" was last issued on CD in 1992. Both have been newly remastered. The tracks from these two albums haven't exactly been MIA, however, as … [More ... ]

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The Who seeking fans’ odds and sods

Looking "to complete a thorough trawl of their archives," the Who is reaching out to fans for archival material. "Anything that is out there that anybody's got that they think we might be interested in" should be in touch, said band songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend. The Who organization followed up on Townshend's plea of a month back, confirming they're in search of "rare and lost recordings." "The band is looking for rare radio and TV performances, home movies from gigs, extraordinary bootleg material, demos, unusual photos and … [More ... ]

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Weir, Ratdog cancel tour, suddenly

Bob Weir and Ratdog are coming off the road, with the former Grateful Dead singer-guitarist connected to another string of mysterious concert cancellations. One of the band's web sites said, "Circumstances have necessitated that all scheduled tour dates for Bob Weir & RatDog are being cancelled." There was no elaboration as to why the tour was spiked. The cancellations included a much-anticipated stand in Jamaica, Jan. 19-23. Many of the cancelled shows, included one in Boston on Thursday, were with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood … [More ... ]

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Deep Purple, Beatles, Dead set for Q3

Classical-rock fusion from Deep Purple, mono LPs from the Beatles and a primo box set from the Grateful Dead pace the psychedelic music releases for the year's third quarter. Here's the roundup: In 1969, classical music and psychedelic rock merged for one night only at (where else?) London's Royal Albert Hall. The summit redefined long-hair music. Crossover classical was born, but the rockers dumped the tuxes en route to the heavy metal foundry. Deep Purple's "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" takes an encore Aug. 26 in a vinyl box set. … [More ... ]

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Ramases: Collected and celebrated

"Ramases: Complete Discography" is truth in advertising, unfortunately. A house fire claimed demo tapes for what was to be the third album by the eccentric British singer-songwriter. Otherwise, it's all here. The release of this six-CD box set is found treasure for the cult of Ramases, such as it is. Only a thousand physical copies are being produced of "Ramases: Complete Discography," reflecting the artist's deep obscurity. Yet this is no rote kitchen-sink project. The record label owner, actor Peter Stormare, whose fandom goes back to … [More ... ]

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No. 18: Happy Trails

Bo Diddley didn't do psychedelic. Yet, somehow, the primal rock 'n' roller received credit for writing most of one of the hippie era's darkest and most imaginative … [More ... ]

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No. 22: Ummagumma

Here be dragons. Dragons, and dust from the bones of kings and traitors. Stonehenge. The funk of 4,000 years. Spacemen and madmen. Your mental movie may vary. Hear in it what you will, but English … [More ... ]

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No. 90: ‘She (Will-O-the-Wind)’

Everyone knows about "Windy," but the heroine of "She (Will-O-the-Wind)" never received her due. Too bad. The Collectors' 1968 song remains a fascinating bit … [More ... ]


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No. 15: ‘Season of the Witch’

Paranoia ran deep in the spring of 1966. The high times were peaking in Britain, with the rock-star elite leading the psychedelic parade. The bands celebrated their altered states in song, … [More ... ]

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