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The Who

The Who were in New York to conclude a grueling tour on April 4th, 1968, the day that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. America was already a country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and militant student activism. With this turmoil as a backdrop on Friday and Saturday, April 5th & 6th, 1968, The Who performed two incendiary live sets at Bill Graham's legendary Fillmore East on the lower East Side of Manhattan. The venue had only just re-opened in March by Graham from its previous incarnation as the Village Theatre where the band had played on a couple of occasions the year before. The Who was the first British rock act to headline the Fillmore East and were booked to play four shows over the two nights. However, because of feared social unrest in the wake of Dr King's assassination, it was decided to compact the shows into one per night. The Who's time in New York City in 1968 can best be described as 'lively'. Keith Moon's antics with cherry bomb explosives had meant that the band had to move hotels. When installed in at the plush Waldorf Astoria he then somehow managed to a blow a door off its hinges, and the band had to move once more. On the morning of the Fillmore rehearsal, the band was photographed for Life magazine and legend has it that the band was so tired from Moon's antics that they nodded out under the large Union Jack draped over them at the base of the Carl Schurz Monument in Morningside Park. This iconic image was later used as the cover and poster for The Who's classic film The Kids Are Alright. Both nights were recorded by Who manager Kit Lambert with the intention of releasing the results as The Who's fourth album after The Who Sell Out and before Tommy. Disaster struck when it was discovered that due to faulty equipment or human error only part of the first night was captured. Thankfully the second night was recorded and has now been fully restored and mixed by long time Who sound engineer Bob Pridden (who was responsible for the band's sound on those nights in 1968) from the original four-track tapes. For the 50th anniversary of these legendary shows, Live At The Fillmore East 1968 are to be issued on double CD and triple vinyl. The sets include three Eddie Cochran numbers; "My Way," "Summertime Blues" and a previously unreleased version of "C'mon Everybody." Also featured is a rare cover version of "Fortune Teller" written by Allen Toussaint, originally recorded by Benny Spellman but made famous by The Rolling Stones. These shows also showcased "Tattoo" and "Relax" from The Who Sell Out as well as stunning extended versions of "A Quick One" and "My Generation" which becomes a 30-minute jam with a the climax of guitar-smashing and drum demolishment! You can get a taste of the show from the clip of "Little Billy" below.

Release Date: 04/20/18


 

Chicago

Chicago has been a concert force for more than 50 years, thrilling its legion of fans with performances that never disappoint. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are celebrating their live legacy with Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do), a four-CD, single DVD collection of previously unreleased concert recordings, which includes several deep cuts that have never appeared on any of the band's live albums. The songs in the collection were recorded between 1969 and 2014, including the band's entire performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. The DVD features a concert that was originally broadcast on the German music television show Rockpalast (a WDR production) in 1977. The set comes with a 24-page booklet illustrated with rare images selected from the band's vast archive. The first two discs are dedicated to Chicago's headlining performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 28, 1970. It's a snapshot of the band on the verge of superstardom and captures them in top form, playing songs from their first two albums ("Beginnings" and "Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon"), as well as "Mother" from their third album, which was unreleased at the time. The other two headliners on this 3-day festival were The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. The remaining discs include live performances selected from six decades, starting with a trio of songs recorded in Paris in 1969: "Poem For The People," "25 Or 6 To 4" and "Liberation." Other highlights include deep tracks like "A Hit By Varèse" (1973), "Takin' It On Uptown" (1977) and "Forever" (1987), in addition to songs from Chicago's 1994 big band tour: "In The Mood" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." On February 12, 1977, Chicago played live on the German music television show Rockpalast. The entire concert is included here on DVD. An amazing overview of the band's career to that point, it boasts unforgettable performance of "Saturday In The Park," "Just You 'n' Me," "Call On Me" and "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long/Mongonucleosis," plus covers of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" and The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm A Man." As a bonus, the DVD also includes the band's fan favorite performance of "What's This World Comin' To" from the 1973 ABC television special, Chicago In The Rockies. Check out a clip of "If You Leave Me Now" from Rockpalast below.

Release Date: 04/06/18


 

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


 
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