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Judas Priest

Judas Priest could easily rest on their laurels at this stage of their highly successful and influential career. However, the legendary metal band Judas Priest could easily rest on their laurels at this stage of their highly successful and influential career. However, the legendary metal band — singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis — refuse to do so as evidenced by the arrival of their 18th studio album Firepower. The album features 14 tracks of pure and highly inspired metal. And to mark the occasion Priest has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as Unleashed In The East, British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith) and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher. “Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” explains Halford. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” With the impending arrival of Firepower and its ensuing tour (which kicks off on March 13th), Judas Priest is ready assume their place at the top of the metal heap for 2018. For a taste, check out the album’s first single, "Lightning Strike" below.

Release Date: 03/09/18


 

Van Morrison

In Concert captures Sir Van Morrison’s intimate 2016 show at the BBC Radio Theatre, as part of the critically acclaimed BBC Radio 2 In Concert Series. A six-time Grammy Award winner, Belfast born "Van the Man" performs a selection of tracks, old and new, from his iconic back catalog.In an up-close and personal show, described as, "Sublime" (The Radio Times), Morrison’s richly oaky voice brings musical healing. With songs including his classic hit “Brown Eyed Girl” as well as “Wild Night,” “Cleaning Windows” and new track, “Keep Me Singing.” this incredible performance celebrates the Celtic soul troubadour’s 53 years as a musical innovator at the top of his game. Bonus features include the “Up On Cyprus Avenue” concert, a milestone show recorded on Van Morrison’s 70th Birthday. Watch a clip of "A Sense Of Wonder" from In Concert below.

Release Date: 02/16/18


 

Jethro Tull

2018 marks 50 years since progressive folk-rock band Jethro Tull jumped onto the music scene. To kick off their anniversary year, the 40th anniversary 'New Shoes Edition' of Heavy Horses, a triple-CD, double-DVD boxed set features the original album, plus additional studio recordings, live material and an extensive new booklet. Released between Songs From The Wood (1977) and Stormwatch (1979), Heavy Horses was the second in a trilogy of folk rock albums from Jethro Tull. Upon release, the album was a top 20 album on both sides of the Atlantic. Commercial success was met equally with critical praise for its melodies, instrumentation and Anderson's signature flute playing. The set includes the original album with nine additional bonus tracks, seven of which are previously unreleased. There's also a live concert from May 1978, and two DVDs with the original, bonus, and live tracks all mixed to surround sound by Steven Wilson and Jakko Jakszyk. The 96-page booklet covers a history of the album and corresponding tour, complete lyrics, rare photos and exclusive interviews. For a hint of what this set is all about, click through the previously published clip of "Heavy Horses" below.

Release Date: 02/09/18


 

Country Joe

1967 marked an era of creative expression, political rebellion and experimentation, climaxing in The Summer of Love; and no other location on Earth was quite as synonymous with this period as San Francisco — the center of the counterculture movement. Perhaps one of the best musical representations of this time, place and environment came from a rock band across the Bay, who married progressive protest with groundbreaking, experimental music: Country Joe & the Fish. In that one year, the Berkeley musicians rose to prominence, releasing two albums that would go on to influence some of the biggest psychedelic acts of the decade: their debut LP, Electric Music for the Mind and Body and I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die. Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is proud to celebrate the band's prolific year with a limited-edition, deluxe vinyl box set, The Wave of Electrical Sound, as well as standalone, high-end LP reissues, while a remastered digital collection, offering both albums as well as two exclusive bonus tracks, hits digital retailers and streaming services today. Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, the deluxe 4-LP box set, The Wave of Electrical Sound offer both mono and stereo versions of "Electric Music for the Mind and Body" and "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die." All four remastered LPs will be pressed on audiophile quality, 180-gram vinyl, and housed in old-school-style, tip-on jackets. There's a bounty of band ephemera from 1967, including replicas of The Fish Game, a Fish Fan Club book and a Fish calendar designed by Tom Weller. Also included is a DVD of "How We Stopped the War," a 30-minute documentary, filming the band on their way to an anti-Vietnam War rally, directed by David Peoples. A 24-page book features rare photos, artwork and new liner notes from writer, producer and musician Alec Palao. Country Joe & the Fish came about as part political device, part necessity and part entertainment. The group started as a duo in 1965 by "Country" Joe McDonald and guitarist Barry "The Fish" Melton, who were heavily involved in anti-war protests and the Free Speech Movement. By 1966, Country Joe & the Fish had grown into a rock band, with the additions of Paul Armstrong on bass, tambourine and other percussion instruments, Bruce Barthol on bass, David Cohen on guitar and keyboards and John Francis Gunning on drums (replaced by Gary "Chicken" Hirsh a year later). The band's most famous track: the darkly satirical Vietnam War protest song, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die," and opened with "The Fish Cheer," became a standard heard at all Country Joe concerts. It along with "Janis," written for McDonald's ex-girlfriend, and fellow Bay Area artist, Janis Joplin, are featured this set. In 1969. The band played Woodstock, and extensively tour throughout US and Europe. They disbanded in 1970. Check out the demo for "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die" below.

Release Date: 01/26/18


 

Joe Perry

Guitarist Joe Perry, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith has already to premiered "Aye, Aye, Aye," the lead single from his forthcoming solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto. The gritty rocker, featured on Souncloud below, includes Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on vocals. Set for release on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO--which is available for pre-order starting today via iTunes and Amazon--marks JOE's sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by JOE (many with the album's guest vocalists), except for a cover of "Eve Of Destruction" with JOE on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of JOE's friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons. Highlights include "Aye, Aye, Aye," which JOE co-wrote with the track's vocalist Robin Zander,and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings "I Wanna Roll," "Haberdasher Blues," and "I'm Going Crazy," plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up "I'll Do Happiness," (with Zak Starkey on drums), "Sick & Tired" and "Won't Let Me Go." Sweetzerland Manifesto was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by Perry and Bruce Witkin, with Johnny Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from associate producer Jack Douglas who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks. It was engineered by Witkin and Tony Perry. The album was mixed by Tony Perry with Ari Blitz serving as assistant mix engineer at After Master in Los Angeles. On the album, the guitarist also teams up with his sons Tony and Roman on "Spanish Sushi," which was produced and arranged by The Perry Boys with JOE on guitars and bass, Roman adding synthesizer programming and Tony handling drum programming.

Release Date: 01/19/18


 

Rush

UMe/Anthem/ole label group continues its Rush 40th anniversary album celebrations with a lavish new expanded edition of the band's landmark album A Farewell To Kings. Rush's fifth studio album was originally released in 1977, and played a major role in establishing Rush as an internationally popular and respected band. A Farewell to Kings also introduced the trio's first successful radio hit "Closer To The Heart," album tracks "A Farewell To Kings," "Madrigal," "Cinderella Man," as well as enduring fan favorites with "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1." A Farewell to Kings — 40th Anniversary will be available in four configurations. The Super Deluxe Edition includes three CDs, one Blu-ray Audio disc and four high-quality 180-gram vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD; a complete Rush concert recorded in February 1978 at London's Hammersmith Odeon, newly mixed by longtime Rush engineer and original A Farewell to Kings producer Terry Brown from the multi-track live tapes; four newly-recorded cover versions of songs from the original album by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes; and an instrumental studio outtake of the spacey sound effects the band has creatively titled "Cygnus X-2 Eh." The Hammersmith show features, for the first-time ever, over 34 minutes of unreleased performances including a complete "2112" suite, "Lakeside Park," a drum solo and "Closer To The Heart." The Super Deluxe Edition's audio content on its CDs is duplicated on its vinyl discs. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Audio disc contains a brand new 5.1 surround mix of the album by four-time Grammy® nominated surround sound producer Steven Wilson, along with three original 1977 promo videos from a newly found 2-inch quad video master significantly improving the video quality for "Closer To The Heart." The Super Deluxe package also includes an elaborate new 40th anniversary cover treatment by longtime Rush creative director Hugh Syme, who has also created a new piece of artwork for each of the album's six songs, and an extensive 12,000-word liner notes by Grammy®-winning rock historian Rob Bowman. There are also several exclusive items, including a unique King's Ring, with custom velvet pouch and neck chain; two lithographs with original artwork by Hugh Syme; a special 12-inch turntable mat featuring distinctive artwork by Hugh Syme; and a reproduction of Rush's original 1978 A Farewell To Kings tour program. The other configurations include a three-CD Deluxe Edition, a four-LP Deluxe Edition, and a Deluxe Digital Edition. On November 24, UMe will release a 7" vinyl single for Record Store Day's annual Black Friday event, featuring the beloved A Farewell To Kings hit "Closer to the Heart," with a custom large-hole adapter and new artwork by Hugh Syme. To bring it all back, check out the video for ""A Farewell To Kings" below.

Release Date: 12/01/17


 
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