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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


 

Black Sabbath

Almost five decades ago, the toll of a bell and rolling thunder marked the conception of an ear splittingly monolithic riff. In that moment, Black Sabbath and the sound of Heavy Metal were forged. The band embarked on what Ozzy Osbourne describes as “the most incredible adventure you could think of”, a journey that would go on to define a genre. The End captured the final destination of that adventure – an unforgettable farewell show at the Genting Arena in Black Sabbath’s hometown of Birmingham. Filmed February 4, 2017, The End captures the legendary lineup celebrating their storied career, marking the closure of a monumental chapter in rock history. With a hit-packed set list including "Iron Man," "Paranoid," "War Pigs" and many more, the high production values, visual effects and pyrotechnics wowed fans, as the band delivered the most emotionally charged show of their lives. “Because it was Birmingham, it was a special night for us,” said guitarist Tony Iommi. “It was great to look out and know that all these people have come to see us. What a great feeling. There’s nothing like it”. All visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not played on tour. These intimate live sessions at Angelic Studios were recorded in the days after their final live performance, and mark the band’s final studio recordings. Bassist Geezer Butler said, “It will never be ‘The End’ for me. I’ll always be a part of Sabbath, and Sabbath will always be a part of me”. Following the world premiere of a companion documentary film in over 1,700 cinemas around the world, Eagle Vision will release the full live show of The End on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, double CD, triple 180gm vinyl and a limited deluxe collector’s edition. You can watch "Paranoid" from the film below.

Release Date: 11/17/17


 

Santana and Isley Brothers

Craft Recordings, the catalog division of Concord Music, is pleased to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Here’s Little Richard, with a deluxe reissue of the rock ’n’ roll icon’s 1957 debut full-length album. The double CD offers a slew of demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased material from the original sessions, in addition to the remastered classic album, which features some of the artist’s best-loved hits, including “Long Tall Sally,” “Ready Teddy” and “Tutti Frutti,” a song which many consider to mark the birth of rock ’n’ roll. New liner notes by GrammyY®-nominated writer, music editor and journalist Chris Morris will round out the package. One of the first artists to be inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Little Richard remains a living legend, and has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1993 Grammy® Awards, inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003), the NAACP Image Awards’ Hall of Fame (2002) and, most recently, the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2015. In 2010, Little Richard was listed as number eight in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” while also that year, the Library of Congress inducted “Tutti Frutti,” the song that started it all, into its National Recording registry, proclaiming that the song “announced a new era in music.” Have a look below at Little Richard performing “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti” from the film Don't Knock The Rock.

Release Date: 11/03/17


 

Jeff Beck

In the summer of 2016, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Beck set the stage ablaze with incredible live versions of “For Your Love,” “Beck’s Bolero,” “’Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” “Big Block,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” “A Day In The Life,” “Blue Wind,” and more. The night also included a legendary list of special guests including Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Jimmy Hall and the great Buddy Guy. Fortunately, the show was captured on video and the resulting Live At The Hollywood Bowl is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and CD, thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment. Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades. He’s been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – twice! First, as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist in 2009. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he has earned a total of 8 Grammy Awards during his long career. From his time with The Yardbirds, to the Jeff Beck Group and his solo career, Jeff Beck’s sound and stylistic exploration has mesmerized fans and critics worldwide. This concert captures his musical journey, with a set list spanning from his first Yardbirds’ recordings to recent tracks from 2016’s Loud Hailer. As the evening progressed, Beck was joined onstage by those legendary peers. The show climaxed with all guests delivering a stirring encore performance of “Purple Rain” in tribute to Prince, who had passed away a few months before the concert. Live At The Hollywood Bowl is a stellar showcase of Jeff Beck’s history and musicianship, and a fitting addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s collection of Jeff Beck titles. Check out "Train Kept A-Rollin'" with Steven Tyler below.

Release Date: 10/6/17


 

The Who

Four years after their smash album Dig, Los Angeles hard rockers Heaven & Earth releases their followup album Hard To Kill on Quarto Valley Records, available for pre-order via Heaven & Earth’s PledgeMusic campaign. In addition to pre-ordering the album, fans can purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and special offerings from the band, including signed albums, guitars, posters and lyric sheets, Skype lessons with each band member, and even a Skype cooking lesson with singer Joe Retta. The band features Retta (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass and vocals), keyboardist Ty Baillie (who has played with Katy Perry and Robbie Robertson), and essential to the album with his songwriting and drumming is Kenny Aronoff, who has played wiith Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty and the Rolling Stones. The 11 new songs on Hard To Kill ring true and the melodies unfold like you have known them your whole life. The title track serves as the band’s anthem, a testament to perseverance and the power of rock. “L.A. Blues” exposes the pitfalls of living in the City of Angels, while “The Game Has Changed” dramatically contrasts the past with the present. Meanwhile, “Til It’s Over” will earn the admiration of longtime rock listeners, just as the attitude in “Bleed Me Dry” and “Walk Away” will speak to any modern music fan. “We feel that Hard To Kill is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” says Smith. “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing selections from all four Heaven & Earth albums, as well as a few surprises.” Check out the the lyric video for “The Game Has Changed,” featured on Hard To Kill, below.

Release Date: 10/06/17


 

ELP

BMG’s comprehensive Emerson, Lake & Palmer release series continues with Fanfare: Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1997. This impressive box set collates nearly three decades of work from the immense musical talent of keyboardist Keith Emerson, bassist and vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Carl Palmer. The set offers a wealth of ELP treasure for their ever-increasing fanbase: All of ELP’s 11 albums remastered; five previously unreleased CDs of never issued recordings; a never-before-issued triple vinyl set (Live In Italy, May 1973); 5.1 Surround Sound audio mixes, plus some high quality memorabilia including a 40-page hardback book with rare band photos, as well as tour programs and a must-have repro 7” of "Fanfare For The Common Man." ELP were one the most successful rock bands of the 1970s with a wild stage act and sales of over 40 million albums. Their first seven albums all made the UK chart Top 10 and U.S. Top 20. Their penchant for appropriating themes from classical music and the group's more nuanced, textured approach to symphonic arrangements set them apart from their more bombastic guitar-based contemporaries of the time. Despite the passing of both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake in 2016, Carl Palmer continues to play shows all over the world with Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. For a taste of what will be included on Fanfare: Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1997, check out the video of "Fanfare For The Common Man" below.

Release Date: 09/29/17


 

Gregg Allman

Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from Greeg Allman whose contributions truly shaped rock for the past four decades. Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s Grammy-nominated Low Country Blues, the album is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists, including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Lowell George, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn. It is, quite simply, a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and Grammy-winning producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations. Check out the official trailer of Southern Blood below.

Release Date: 09/08/17


 
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