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ELP, Yes, XTC, Cream pace Q2 records

The second quarter's reissues of psychedelic music star Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, the Moody Blues, Cream, XTC and Led Zeppelin. As usual, the audiophile formats of vinyl, SACD and 5.1 audio play strong supporting roles. Emerson, Lake & Palmer plan a giant serving of "Brain Salad Surgery" for May 12, via a six-disc box set from Sony/Legacy. The prog import will run about $100. There's also a 3-disc CD+DVD version. The trio's fourth studio album, it's highlighted by Greg Lake's silky-psychedelic "Still ... You Turn Me On" and the … [More ... ]

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Led Zeppelin remasters land June 3

Led Zeppelin's first three albums return June 3, the first wave of the reissue program overseen by guitarist Jimmy Page. Formats for the individual rereleases of "Led Zeppelin," "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" include a "Super Deluxe" boxed set, and double-disc CD and vinyl versions. Each of the double albums has a "companion" disc of live and studio bonus tracks. Single albums are on offer as well. "The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Page said. "It is a selection … [More ... ]

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‘A Hard Day’s Night’ via Criterion

"A Hard Day's Night" -- one of the best rock 'n' roll movies ever made -- looks to get all the loving it deserves with a full-blown Blu-ray release via the Criterion Collection. The Blu-ray includes "a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records" in DTS-HD Master Audio, apparently with Giles Martin doing the heavy lifting. There's also a mono mix. Street date is June 24. (The Criterion combo set includes both a DVD and Blu-ray.) Criterion is considered the premiere video company for film reissues, which should reassure Beatles … [More ... ]

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Record Store Day: Doors, Hendrix, Garcia

Record Store Day 2014 features reissues from the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, the Yardbirds and the Zombies. Other treats for psychedelic rangers include vinyl from the Grateful Dead, Tame Impala, Sun Ra, Creedence Clearwater Revival and 1970's Fleetwood Mac. Direct from Bollywood, there's an Indian psychedelic music guide. The seventh-annual event promoting indie record stores has almost all vinyl in a celebration of the hip old-school format. The big day is Saturday, April 19. The Doors: Rhino digs up the fan favorite "Weird … [More ... ]

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Hendrix lives Forever on U.S. stamp

A stamp honoring the psychedelic rock hero Jimi Hendrix goes on sale Thursday, the same day as a public unveiling at the South by Southwest music fest. The brightly colored stamp, by artist Rudy Gutierrez, shows the guitar master playing one of his white Stratocasters. He's decked out in a Sgt. Pepper military jacket, with full flowing Afro. Psychedelic, but clear-eyed in its presentation of the musician at work. "It was important to make the art accessible -- and to be true to the incredible combination of rawness and virtuosity that was … [More ... ]

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No. 47: ‘Vincebus Eruptum’

Like psychedelic pharaohs, the men of Blue Cheer erected a wall of Marshall amplifiers as a testament to their powers. To understand the power trio, singer-bassist … [More ... ]

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No. 50: ‘Nuggets: Original Artyfacts’

It's 1972. FM radio is king, with the 23-minute version of "Whipping Post" on heavy rotation. Top 40 radio gets you "My Ding-a-Ling," "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" and "Alone Again … [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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Curved Air talking about an old-school revolution in "Marie Antoinette" (1972).
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