Lennon solo albums in vinyl box set

John Lennon as solo artist

Eight of John Lennon's solo albums have been newly cut to vinyl for a box set that touches down June 9. The albums will be sold separately in late August. The Universal Music box set streets for about $200. The set marks the debut on vinyl of the remastering jobs of 2010 "by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at Abbey Road Studios in London and by George Marino at Avatar Studios in New York." "These LPs have been newly cut to vinyl from those 96k digital files for Lennon, cut by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios and manufactured for the world by Optimal Media in Germany." Optimal did last summer's "The Beatles in Mono" box set. Magee of Abbey Road worked on that set as well. The new Lennon vinyl albums include the three most popular solo works by the former … [Read more...]

A psychedelic British invasion for Q1

Rock guitarist Jeff Beck

King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon, Jeff Beck and the Pretty Things put an English accent on the slate of new releases for a new year. Here's a roundup of what's coming in the realm of psychedelic music: King Crimson stormed downtown L.A. several months ago for a pair of acclaimed concerts. A live document surfaces Jan. 20 via Discipline Global Mobile. Clocking in at (a mere) 41 minutes, it includes versions of "Starless," "The Letters" and "Sailor's Tale." Robert Fripp's new lineup included a trio of drummers at stage front, with the remaining musicians working to the rear, on a riser. The CD version (16/44.1 stereo) comes with a second DVD-A (24/96 Hi-Res stereo) of the same material. Also available: 200 gram vinyl "limited to a single pressing." (Psychedelic Sight was on site at … [Read more...]

A psychedelic Christmas gift guide

forever changes album cover

Bless those who feed our heads with the gift of music. From killer box sets ... to silver-shiny audiophile treasures ... to festive-colored vinyl -- music makes for some serious holiday cheer. Here are a few recent releases that can't miss with fans of 1960s psychedelic music: Love's "Forever Changes" on SACD: Mobile Fidelity continues to marry late-1960s goodness and audiophile excellence. Just out on hybrid SACD is "Forever Changes," considered by many the peak album of the psychedelic era. Mobile Fidelity last year rereleased the Arthur Lee band's second album, "Da Capo," on SACD, which like "Forever Changes" is "from the original master tapes." While "Forever Changes" has seen many careful reissues over the years, this appears to be the first as a (hybrid) SACD. (No extra tracks. … [Read more...]

‘A 21st century Pink Floyd album’

Pink Floyd 2014 album cover

Pink Floyd has unveiled details of the upcoming double album "The Endless River" -- a tribute to the late Richard Wright that the band calls his "swan song." "Endless River" consists of reworked unreleased tracks that began life in 1993. Still, guitarist David Gilmour calls it very much "a 21st century Pink Floyd album." This means early November will see Pink Floyd's first album of unheard material in decades. " 'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick" -- the band's keyboardist who died in 2008 -- drummer Nick Mason said. "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound." Guitarist David Gilmour said: "Over the last year we've added new parts, rerecorded others and generally harnessed studio … [Read more...]

6 Harrison albums in ‘Apple Years’ set

George Harrison box set cover

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 amongst fans as to whether the first two albums -- both unconventional -- would be part of the package. Fans had been waiting on the official release of Sept. 2 to confirm what exactly would be in the package. "Some of these records have long been … [Read more...]

Deep Purple, Beatles, Dead set for Q3

grateful dead roses for box set 2014

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. The music was composed by the late Jon Lord, with Malcolm Arnold conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Rhino's set revives the 2002 EMI special edition, which had expanded the original vinyl release to include the entire groundbreaking program … [Read more...]

‘New’ Pink Floyd album set for fall

Division Bell album Pink Floyd

A "new" Pink Floyd album should be arriving in the fall, according to various media and social media reports. "Richard Wright's swan song" is called "The Endless River." The album's genesis is in the "The Division Bell" sessions of 1994, meaning Pink Floyd does not include Roger Waters. Polly Samson, the wife of guitarist David Gilmour, let slip the news on her Twitter account. Samson co-wrote many of the "Division Bell" lyrics. Samson tweeted: Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.— Polly Samson (@PollySamson) July 5, 2014 Keyboardist Richard Wright died in 2008. A representative for Gilmour confirmed the project's existence, Rolling Stone later … [Read more...]

Beatles. Mono. Vinyl. Big box set.

Beatles in mono on vinyl box set

It's back to mono, again, for the Beatles, but this time there's a twist that's worth shouting about. A September release is set for Apple's presentation of the vinyl box set "The Beatles in Mono." The difference, other than format, is the mono results from a pure analogue mastering sequence (AAA) -- or at least as close as is possible in 2014. There are 14 records, cut onto 180-gram vinyl, the weight of choice for most audiophile releases these days. They're being pressed in Germany. The covers are full size, with sleeve artwork "identical to the (U.K.) originals." Those who come up with the $400 or so will get the nine British mono albums, plus the U.S. "Magical Mystery Tour." The non-album-track wrangling is done on "Mono Masters," a three-disc collection. "Abbey Road" and … [Read more...]

Wakeman takes another ‘Journey’

Rick Wakeman

Keyboard star Rick Wakeman's reworking of his "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" touches down on CD and vinyl June 23. The concept piece, first seen on vinyl as a live recording in 1974, was expanded and rerecorded in 2012 as part of a fan-magazine release. That is the recording being released in various formats in June. Wakeman just toured in Britain behind the project, accompanied by the New World Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble. Wakeman, best known for his stint in Yes, said: "The original score for the album had been lost for so many years, making any new performances impossible. but after it turned up without warning, we managed to restore it and add previously missing music that was not included in the original … [Read more...]

Led Zeppelin remasters land June 3

Led Zeppelin debut album remastered

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 of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions and new material recorded at the time." The 180-gram vinyl rereleases replicate "the LP's first pressing in exacting detail," the band said. That includes the original wheel … [Read more...]

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