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...]

Zappa revival via new deal, documentary

Frank Zappa's musical legacy is back for a lube job with news that the the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music Enterprise have inked a new global licensing deal. The late musician also will be the subject of a feature-length documentary in development with participation of the Zappa family. Meanwhile, Zappa's son Ahmet has taken over day-to-day operations of the family's company, with the blessing of sometimes-controversial catalog guardian Gail Zappa. The Frank Zappa documentary comes from actor-filmmaker Alex Winter ("Deep Web"). A 2017 release is envisioned. The first Zappa Records/UMe release under the new deal will be a remastered 40th anniversary edition of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's "One Size Fits All" on vinyl, due Aug. 14. More unspecified 2015 … [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...]

Beatles. Mono. Vinyl. Big 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...]

Beatles, T. Rex, Dead, Doors open 2014

The new year brings new collections starring the Beatles, T. Rex, the Doors, the Small Faces and, of course, the good old Grateful Dead. And there's word of a long-awaited audiophile release of a psychedelic masterpiece. Apple continues to rework the Beatles catalog, this time with a rerelease of the U.S. albums on Capitol. These albums still have their Baby Boomer fans, of course, but collectors offer a collective shrug at "The U.S. Albums" box set, as the discs reportedly offer little more than a shuffling of the remastered music from 2009. So no love for the Capitol engineers who sought to "Americanize" the lads' sounds with washes of reverb and bullshit Duophonic stereo. For the most part, you'll get the latest official U.K. versions of the songs, fashioned into what were … [Read more...]

Bolan in transition: Roots of star

Midway between Bolan's faerie fantasies and his hitmaking electric boogie came a pair of albums with some of the strangest and most interesting music of the English guitarist's career. Come March 3, Universal Music gives the Deluxe Edition treatment to these transitional albums, one released under the band name of Tyrannosaurus Rex and the other under T. Rex. The two double-disc sets, packed with bonus tracks, will be available in the U.S. as CD and vinyl imports. Universal says both albums have been "comprehensively remastered." The two 1970 albums -- "A Beard of Stars" and "T. Rex" -- followed Bolan's breakup with flower-power percussionist Steve Peregrin Took, an acid casualty who was replaced as of these records by Mickey Finn. "A Beard of Stars" saw the first extensive … [Read more...]

‘Zabriskie Point,’ Doors for Black Friday

A domestic version of the psychedelic "Zabriskie Point" soundtrack, and hugely collectable Doors and Rolling Stones collections highlight the Black Friday 2013 edition of Record Store Day. Also on tap from the '60s/psychedelic well are records from Flaming Lips, the Dead, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Stones, the Standells, Sly Stone and Gene Clark. The recordings are among those offered exclusively in independent record stores Nov. 29. Some are completely exclusive to those stores, while others are making early appearances. As RSD veterans know, supplies of the sexiest titles are quite limited, while some others tend to hang around behind the counter after the big day. The "Zabriskie Point" soundtrack, long out of print in the U.S., contains four "songs" (improvisations) by … [Read more...]

Santana, Hendrix, Dead top Q4 discs

Rereleases and originals from Santana, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Grateful Dead and the Velvet Underground light up the year's final quarter. Santana devotees can cheer the return of "Lotus," a three-LP live set recorded in Japan in 1973. The music is mostly instrumental, keyed by a legendary 16-minute "Incident at Neshabur." "Lotus" long was a sought-after import, initially released as a triple-LP set out of Japan (1974). Friday Music, which has been rereleasing Santana albums on audiophile vinyl, seeks to re-create "Lotus'" ambitious multilevel foldout cover, with psychedelic iconography inspired by Carlos Santana's spiritual pursuits (pictured, left). The original on-site recording was done by the Japanese audio wizards from Sony, with … [Read more...]

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 (Naturally)." The glory days of Top 40 are over, at least for those of us who dug the dangerous sounds of 1966-1969. Songs like "96 Tears," "My Little Black Egg," "Talk Talk." You either owned those gruff one-off records or you didn't. In 1972, there were no rock record collector conventions. No album compilations worth a crap ("20 Original Hits! 20 Original Stars!"). Radio silence enveloped all but the most golden of golden oldies. "No one much cared about music that was even 2 years old, let alone 6," says Bill Inglot, who would help revive "Nuggets" for Rhino Records several decades later. Musician … [Read more...]

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