Hendrix ‘Machine Gun’ loaded for SACD

Jimi Hendrix's music makes its debut on the SACD and high-resolution digital formats with September's release of "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69." While artists such as Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra have been the subject of major SACD release campaigns, Hendrix's catalog remains mostly limited to CD, vinyl and regular digital files. The move to release the new Band of Gypsys live set raises hopes that Hendrix's classic studio albums -- "Are You Experienced," "Axis: Bold as Love" and "Electric Ladyland" -- will emerge in the audiophile SACD format. Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings (Sony) are releasing the album, along with a rerelease of the "People, Hell & Angels" posthumous collection that includes SACD and high-res digital. Analogue Productions is … [Read more...]

Live Zeppelin, Beatles, Crimson for Q3

Got live if you want it: Stand by for in-concert recordings by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, King Crimson, Iron Butterfly, Yes and ELP. Other key releases for 2017's third quarter include works by Frank Zappa, Gong, the Byrds, the Turtles and Sun Ra. Led Zeppelin's formative years are celebrated on "The Complete BBC Sessions," the return of a 1997 set being expanded and remastered. The rest of Zeppelin's catalog just enjoyed similar treatment, and guitarist Jimmy Page again supervises the audio on the new set. The "BBC" collection -- spanning 1969 through 1971 -- will feature eight unreleased tracks, including several versions of "Communication Breakdown" and "What Is and What Should Never Be." Of particular interest to collectors will be three tracks from the "previously 'lost' … [Read more...]

Pink Floyd resurrects vinyl catalog

Pink Floyd plans to reintroduce its vinyl catalog, with the 180-gram releases flowing throughout 2016. The first batch of releases, due in early June, contains "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," "A Saucerful of Secrets," the double-LP live/studio set "Ummagumma" and the film soundtrack to "More." The albums, being issued by Pink Floyd Records, have been remastered "from the original analogue tapes" by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. The releases appear to be stereo only. The vinyl catalog will be reproduced throughout 2016, with release dates announced "at regular intervals," the Pink Floyd web site says. "Special care" will be taken to preserve original elements. The vinyl releases are to be manufactured and distributed by Sony Music, except for the U.K. and … [Read more...]

Record Store Day ’16: Doors, Hendrix, Prunes

The usual and unusual suspects populate Record Store Day 2016, keyed by releases from psychedelic stars the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the 13th Floor Elevators and Frank Zappa. From the fringes come the space rock of Sun Ra, offbeat freakbeat from Britain, ragas from Ravi Shankar and Japanese "Monster a Go-Go." Record Store Day 2016 is Saturday, April 16. Releases are all on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted (top section). The Doors: "Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance" chronicles the band's first night at the Hollywood venue, summer of 1969. Three LPs. Tracks include "Soul Kitchen," "Mystery Train/Crossroads" and "Who Do You Love." Rhino, on blue vinyl. 5,000 copies. Previously released on CD. The Doors: Live version of "Roadhouse Blues" backed with "A … [Read more...]

Love’s ‘Reel to Real’ fast-fowarded

The more or less forgotten Love album "Reel to Real" makes its CD debut in late November, fortified with four "newly discovered" tracks by Arthur Lee. The 1974 album also will be "back on vinyl after more than 40 years" via a Feb. 19 rerelease on vinyl, according to the High Moon label. High Moon debuted the unreleased "Black Beauty" album by Lee several years ago. The "Real" album includes a dozen bonus tracks, 11 of them previously unreleased. Lee's classic lineup of Love -- the band behind the psychedelic music treasure "Forever Changes" -- was long gone. "Reel to Real" featured Lee working with his "Black Beauty" band and a posse of studio musicians, most notably the guitarist Harvey Mandel and the keyboardist Bobby Lyle. Like many albums of the day, it employed a trio … [Read more...]

Hendrix’s Atlanta Pop Festival album ready

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival" is set for an Aug. 28 release. The live album will be offered by Sony Legacy in double-disc sets, both CD and 200-gram vinyl. It will be followed by a fall video release. Key tracks include "Straight Ahead," "Lover Man," "Message to Love" and "Stone Free." The track list appears to match the set list, and is in chronological order. "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)," the final song Hendrix played at the fest, does not appear to be included, however. (Hendrix stopped played midway through the song.) Hendrix performed July 4, 1970, at the second Atlanta International Pop Festival, which was in a field outside Byron, Ga. He was accompanied by Billy Cox (bass) and original Experience member Mitch Mitchell (drums). As many as … [Read more...]

Waters, Gilmour have Q3 in the pink

Solo works from Pink Floyd veterans Roger Waters and David Gilmour highlight the psychedelic music releases coming to market in 2015's third quarter. Other key releases come from Steppenwolf, Procol Harum, the Nice, Tame Impala, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Roger Waters' long-awaited -- and frequently delayed -- rerelease of "Amused to Death" will finally happen July 24 on all major formats, including 200-gram vinyl, Blu-ray Audio and hybrid SACD. Analogue Productions' revival of the Waters concept album features remastered audio by longtime Waters-Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. The Blu-ray and SACD boast a 5.1 surround remix. The Blu-ray double-disc edition includes a CD with a straight version of the album, as well as the surround and stereo … [Read more...]

Lennon solo albums in vinyl box set

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

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

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...]

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