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The Mountain Goats are reissuing All Hail West Texas on coloured vinyl

The best ever vinyl reisssue in Denver.

The Mountain Goats have shared a vinyl reissue of their 2002 album All Hail West Texas via Merge.

All Hail West Texas is the sixth album by the North Carolina-based band and was their last album, until 2020, to feature just frontman John Darnielle. It features cult favourite songs like “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” and is distinct for its DIY, home recording style.

This reissue, the album’s first on coloured vinyl, was remastered from the original tapes and includes extensive liner notes from Darnielle.

You can order All Hail West Texas on yellow vinyl now.

Tracklist:

1. The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
2. Fall of the Star High School Running Back
3. Color in Your Cheeks
4. Jenny
5. Fault Lines
6. Balance
7. Pink and Blue
8. Riches and Wonders
9. The Mess Inside
10. Jeff Davis County Blues
11. Distant Stations
12. Blues in Dallas
13. Source Decay
14. Absolute Lithops Effect
15. Hardpan Song (Bonus Track)
16. Answering the Phone (Bonus Track)
17. Indonesia (Bonus Track)
18. Midland (Bonus Track)
19. Jenny (alt. take) [Bonus Track]
20. Tape Travel Is Lonely (Bonus Track)
21. Waco (Bonus Track)

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Air are reissuing Moon Safari to celebrate its 25th anniversary

The French duo are reissuing their iconic debut.

Air will be celebrating 25 years of Moon Safari with a special vinyl reissue this February.

The 1998 debut of the French electronic duo will be available only through VinylMePlease from February 1.

This 25th-anniversary edition is available on “Sea of Tranquility” coloured vinyl and comes with listening notes by writer Sophie Frances Kemp and an art print by Mike Mills.

You can pre-order the release now.

Tracklist:

Side A:
1. La Femme D’Argent
2. Sexy Boy
3. All I Need
4. Kelly Watch the Stars

Side B:
1. Talisman
2. Remember
3. You Make It Easy
4. Ce Matin-là
5. New Star in the Sky
6. Le Voyage De Penelope

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Tina Turner’s Break Every Rule is set for a vinyl reissue

A remastered version of the 1986 album.

Tina Turner’s 1986 album Break Every Rule will be reissued on vinyl on November 25.

A deluxe CD/DVD boxset will also be available, featuring a deluxe remastering of the album, demos and b-sides and two concert DVDs.

You can pre-order Break Every Rule on black vinyl now.

 

Tracklist:

Side A:

1. Typical Male
2. What You Get Is What You See
3. Two People
4. Till The Right Man Comes Along
5. Afterglow
6. Girls

Side B:
1. Back Where You Started
2. Break Every Rule
3. Overnight Sensation
4. Paradise Is Here
5. I’ll Be Thunder

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Neil Young’s Harvest to receive 50th anniversary re-issue

Including the previously unreleased Neil Young BBC In Concert.

Neil Young’s Harvest is being re-issued to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary, this December.

The reissue of the 1972 album will come with 2 LPs, a 7″, a hardback photo book, posters and liner notes by photographer Joel Bernstein. Two DVDs—a concert film and documentary, both previously unreleased–are also included.

You can now pre-order the Reprise Records reissue before its December 2 release date. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Harvest:
1. Out On The Weekend
2. Harvest
3. A Man Needs A Maid
4. Heart Of Gold
5. Are You Ready For The Country?
6. Old Man
7. There’s A World
8. Alabama
9. The Needle And The Damage Done
10. Words (Between The Lines Of Age)

Neil Young BBC In Concert: 
1. Out On The Weekend
2. Old Man
3. Journey Through The Past
4. Heart of Gold
5. Don’t Let It Bring You Down
6. A Man Needs A Maid
7. Love in Mind
8. Dance Dance Dance

Harvest Outtakes:
1. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
2. Journey Through The Past (previously unreleased)
3. Dance Dance Dance (previously unreleased)

DVD 1:
A 2-hour, unreleased film shot during the making of Harvest.

DVD 2:
Neil Young BBC In Concert: (previously unreleased live concert)
1. Out On The Weekend
2. Old Man
3. Journey Through The Past
4. Heart of Gold
5. Don’t Let It Bring You Down
6. A Man Needs A Maid
7. Love in Mind
8. Dance Dance Dance

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dCS Creates Video Honoring Mercury Living Presence Reissues

In 1989, Philips Polygram decided to reissue the Mercury Living Presence catalogue on CD. They invited Wilma Cozart Fine – the pioneering producer who oversaw the catalogue’s creation during the 1950s and 60s – to remaster the CD reissues. Together with mastering engineer Dennis Drake, she transferred some of Mercury’s most celebrated classical recordings to the digital domain, resulting in a remarkable set of CDs that still sound spectacular 30 years later.

Dennis and Wilma’s work was made possible with the arrival of dCS’s first-ever audio device, the dCS 900 A-D converter. In this film, we discover how the 900 enabled Wilma and Dennis to bring the Mercury catalogue to a new medium while preserving the nuance, depth, and distinctive sound quality heard in the original Mercury LPs. Dennis Drake reflects on the remastering process and explores his and Wilma’s equipment setup at Polygram Studios in Edison, New Jersey. dCS founder Mike Story discusses the unique technology at the heart of the 900, and Tom Fine explains how Dennis and Wilma’s renowned CD remasters are being given a new lease of life on streaming services.

Part of dCS and Decca Classics’ “Trust Your Ears” campaign, which honors the 70th anniversary of MLP’s inception, the film celebrates the enduring appeal of Mercury’s music and the creativity, skill, and technological innovation involved in bringing the label’s much-loved catalogue to digital formats.

For more on Mercury Living Presence, watch Part 1 of the ‘Trust Your Ears’ documentary series here or listen to the podcast at trust-your-ears.simplecast.com

 

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Blue Note’s Classic Vinyl Reissue Series

One of the great pleasures of listening to vintage Blue Note albums on vinyl, along with the incredible, groundbreaking music and the sumptuous tones that legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder was able to capture in his famed Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studio, is looking at the striking black and white images taken by Francis Wolff, Blue Note’s resident photographer and partner with fellow Berliner Albert Lion of the hallowed jazz label.  As producer and Blue Note archivist Michael Cuscuna noted, “He not only preserved a major part of jazz history, but with his remarkable eye he captured amazing candid portraits of great artists that reveal the joy and intensity of jazz at the point of creation.” Added Herbie Hancock, “Francis Wolff’s images of musicians at work are so relaxed and intimate that they capture the spirit not just of the moment but also the era.” 

But beyond the beautifully crafted packaging, featuring Wolff’s photos and Reid Miles’s signature design style, a look that continues to be imitated to this day, is the timeless music, the likes of which represents some of the greatest in the history of jazz. The label’s latest rollout, the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, is a continuation of the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Series, which was launched in 2019 to commemorate its 80th anniversary. The series, comprising many of Blue Note’s most enduring titles, was newly remastered directly from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio with all-analog 180-gram vinyl pressings done at Optimal in Germany. The Classic Vinyl Reissue series runs parallel to the acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series.

The series kicked off in December with two important titles that definitely merit the term Classics. First up is Lee Morgan’s 1964 The Sidewinder, a commercial hit for the great trumpeter on the strength of the irrepressible, boogaloo-flavored title track, fueled by Billy Higgins’ syncopated backbeat, Barry Harris’ funky piano comping, Bob Crenshaw’s buoyant bass line, and the taut harmonies and interplay on the frontline between the trumpeter and Blue Note regular Joe Henderson on tenor sax. McCoy Tyner’s The Real McCoy, the great pianist’s 1967 Blue Note debut featuring saxophonist Henderson, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Elvin Jones, his former partner in the legendary John Coltrane Quartet, includes such timeless Tyner originals as the energetic “Passion Dance,” the somber “Search for Peace,” and  the earthy, oft-covered “Blues on the Corner.”

Horace Silvers Song for My Father

January saw the release of Horace Silver’s Song for My Father, a 1965 release which contains his best-known composition, the memorable title track, along with a rousing hard bop staple in “The Kicker” and his melancholic ballad “Lonely Woman” (not to be confused with Ornette Coleman’s song of the same name from 1959’s The Shape of Jazz to Come). Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, the tenor saxophonist’s 1964 masterpiece, features stellar performances from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, resident Blue Note tenorman Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Carter, and drummer Jones and such memorable Shorter compositions as “Witch Hunt,” “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum,” and “Infant Eyes.” 

The sound on the first four releases in the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series is remarkably clear, allowing for top-notch dynamics. The low end is outstanding, producing a warm, woody presence from the upright bass and a resounding depth in the low register of the piano, while the high notes issuing forth from trumpets and saxes are swathed in a very natural blanket of sound. Regarding the drum kit, the nuance of brushwork on the snare, as Roger Humphries demonstrates on Silver’s “Lonely Woman” or Elvin Jones delivers on Tyner’s “Search for Peace,” registers with clarity and adds an alluring quality to the mix. And the ride cymbal, the veritable heartbeat of these swinging jazz classics, rings out with authority, particularly when Jones is fueling the proceedings. Overall, the sound is gorgeous on this Classic Vinyl Reissue Series. 

The rollout, which will see two releases per month through 2021, continued in February with Cannonball Adderley’s Somethin’ Else, which featured a rare sideman appearance by Miles Davis, and Joe Henderson’s Page One. March saw the release of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers’ Moanin’ and Hank Mobley’s Soul Station. Other Blue Note classics to be released in coming months include Jimmy Smith’s Back at The Chicken Shack, Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch, Freddie Hubbard’s Ready for Freddie, and Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage. Along with appealing to veteran Blue Note fans eager to fill gaps in their collections, the remastered Blue Note vinyl is pulling in younger record collectors who more recently discovered the joys of listening to historic jazz recordings on vinyl.

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Bob Porter, Noted Jazz Producer/Radio Host, Passes at 80

Bob Porter
Bob Porter WBGO

New Jersey (April 22, 2021)—Bob Porter, who made his mark on jazz as a reissue producer and syndicated blues, soul, jazz and R&B radio DJ on NPR, died April 10 of esophageal cancer. Over the years, Porter was nominated for five Grammy Awards and won two, recognizing just some of his efforts across a career that saw him involved in the creation of hundreds of jazz and blues albums.

Born June 20, 1940 in Wellesley, MA, Porter made his mark across jazz and blues with his archival work for a number of labels, overseeing compilations and reissues, first for the Prestige label in the Sixties, then later for Savoy Records (1975-1980) and Atlantic Records (1986-1991). Curating and re-contextualizing the work of then-underappreciated artists who would come to be acclaimed by ensuing generations, Porter often chose which artists’ work to reintroduce to new audiences, arguably creating a blueprint as to how history now regards the mid-20th Century oeuvre of both genres.

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As part of his reissue work, Porter wrote liner notes for hundreds of albums for numerous labels—an effort that was rewarded when he won his first Grammy in 1980 for his commentary that accompanied The Complete Charlie Parker on Savoy. Six years later, he took home his second trophy, for best historical album, as the reissue producer of the mammoth box set, Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974, Vols. 1-7. An archivist at heart, Porter discovered while compiling the set that numerous masters had been lost in a fire, so he tracked down pristine original pressings to preserve the music and expose it to a wider audience through the project.

Porter’s career as a producer was not solely defined by reissues, however. Over the decades, he produced more than 170 jazz and blues albums, working with artists like Illinois Jacquet and Big Joe Turner. Porter also served nine times as the governor of the New York chapter of NARAS (today known as the Recording Academy), and additionally a member of the nominating committee of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Despite these industry efforts, Porter likely was best-known for proselytizing on behalf of jazz and the blues in mass media. Beyond writing liner notes, he wrote for Jazz Times, Down Beat, Cash Box and others; blogged at his own site, Jazzetc.net, authored the book Soul Jazz: A History of jazz in the Black Community-1945-1975, and most prominently spent 40 years in radio, hosting syndicated radio shows such as Keeping The Blues Alive (for which he won a WC Handy Award in 1986), Saturday Morning Function, Portraits in Blue, Beale Street Caravan and more.

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Tina Brooks’ The Waiting Game Worth The Wait For Blue Note Tone Poet Vinyl

I bought this album — The Waiting Game by Tina Brooks — purely on its reputation. I’d read numerous favorable “now playing” posts by fans on social media. And, a local store owner where I enjoy shopping for new music recommended it highly.I remembered seeing Tina’s name on some other album credits, but I’d had never heard his own music. 

So, this was a genuine blind buy on trust! And I am not disappointed. 

It turns out that part of the reason I hadn’t seen many of Tina Brooks’ albums around out in the wilds of collecting is (a) only one album was released in his lifetime and (b) most of the others were released after he passed away in 1974. I can only imagine the circumstances that would keep a label from releasing beautiful recordings like this (I do know he had addictions which plagued his career)

Its a sad story no doubt.  But at least his music is getting the attention it deserved all along. Tracking through Discogs, it seems The Waiting Game first started appearing on CD in the late ‘90s in Japan. This seems to be the first appearance of the album on vinyl and if that is the case, getting the Tone Poet treatment is a great way for it to come out into the spotlight. 

Effectively beginning at the end, my first acquisition of a Tina Brooks album is actually his last recording from 1961!  The Waiting Game is a wonderful session supported by no less than the great Kenny Drew on piano and Philly Joe Jones on drums.  

True to the Tone Poet series, the quality of this release is outstanding, a beautifully quiet, well-centered, dark black vinyl 180-gram pressing made at RTI and mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio.  

The fidelity on The Waiting Game belies the notion that this recording is just over 60 years old! 

Beyond Tina’s passionate saxophone playing and colorful soloing, the thing that is getting me hooked is his songwriting.  There is a very strong sense of melody on The Waiting Game.  Compositions like “Dhyana” feel like they could have been on an early ‘60s Coltrane album or perhaps even a Miles Davis album from the ‘50s. Even the cover of the classic “Stranger In Paradise” avoids schmaltzy phrasing that ruin most interpretations of the song for me. 

You can find Tina Brooks’ albums streaming in CD quality on Qobuz and Tidal if you’d like to check them out and have a subscription to the services (click on the service name to jump to the album). 

But really, you’ll probably want to pick this up on vinyl as the complete package is solid with detailed liner notes, session photography, a laminated deluxe gatefold cover and period accurate labels. Actually, the whole album design for The Waiting Game makes it look as if it had been released in 1961 or ’62. That’s a very sweet and tasteful presentation for this music for its first time being issued on vinyl.

The Waiting Game is a total keeper for me. Now I have to get the other four of Tina’s albums (this and one other are in the Tone Poet series!).  

And then I have to make some room in my collection for them! 

Ah, the jazz discovery journey never ends!

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