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Cream, boxed and served on vinyl

Universal's refresh of the Cream catalog continues in November with a box set containing all of the original supergroup's albums on vinyl. "Cream 1966-1972" promises "exact reproductions" of the English band's albums with the recordings on 180 gram vinyl. The completist approach to the box set apparently is a first for the band, best known for its power-trio explorations and the psychedelic music hits "Sunshine of Your Love," "Badge" and "White Room." "Cream 1966-1972" comes out Nov. 24, and will be available to U.S. buyers as an import. … [More ... ]

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6 Harrison albums in ‘Apple Years’ set

George Harrison's first six albums are being packaged in the box set "The Apple Years 1968-75." The eight-disc set drops Sept. 23. The albums, digitally remastered from the "original analogue masters," are "Wonderwall Music," "Electronic Sound," "All Things Must Pass," "Living in the Material World," "Dark Horse" and "Extra Texture (Read All About It)." The Harrison titles also be available individually, on CD and as digital downloads. The late Harrison's son, Dhani, teased the project on Twitter a month ago, followed by speculation … [More ... ]

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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 ... ]

Glenn Cornick of Jethro Tull

Glenn Cornick of Jethro Tull dies

Glenn Cornick, bass player for the original Jethro Tull, has died at the age of 67. Cornick played on the Tull albums "This Was" (1968), "Stand Up" (1969) and "Benefit" (1970). "Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician," band frontman Ian Anderson wrote in announcing the death on his web site. Cornick died of a heart attack at his home of Hilo, Hawaii, his family said. Before the formation of Jethro Tull, the bassist worked with Anderson in the … [More ... ]

Bob Weir onstage in Atlantic City

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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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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