From L-R: John Corabi, Brian Tichy, Doug Aldrich, Marco Mendoza, David Lowy (PRNewsFoto/The Dead Daisies)
PHILADELPHIA, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Their momentum is unstoppable. The Dead Daisies hit the ground running with their third album, Make Some Noise, due for release August 5 on SPV Records, preceded by first single, Long Way To Go, out June 17.
Recorded and produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe) in Nashville in February/March this year, Make Some Noise includes two inspired classics revisited – The Who’s Join Together and Credence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son – alongside ten originals guaranteed to become Daisies classics, and fans get to taste the new album live when The Dead Daisies take to the road. The tour kicks off in Europe, the UK and Ireland that’ll see them play Woodstock in Poland, Wacken in Germany and all points between before, August 10, when they hook up with compadres KISS for another monster 19-date tour of the US and then onto Japan to play the Loud Park Festival.
Joining The Dead Daisies 2016 is Whitesnake/Dio uber lead guitarist Doug Aldrich, taking over from Daisies mainstay Richard Fortus, recalled to Guns N’Roses for reunion duties. “Musically I still listen to the old music,” Aldrich admits, “because I don’t want to lose my roots. I’m not one of those guys who’s interested in following whatever is trendy. I’d rather stick to what I do best.”
Aldrich played with Daisies bass player Marco Mendoza in Whitesnake so is more than pleased to be working with him once more, and they join frontman and Mötley Crüe/Ratt alumnus, John Corabi, drummer Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and the man who put The Dead Daisies together just four years ago, rhythm guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix) in this incendiary 2016 lineup of the most remarkable hard-rock collective on the planet.
Last year saw The Dead Daisies play to more than 300,000 people as they toured their second album, Revolución, across the globe, kicking off with an historic visit to Cuba, through some of the biggest European rock festivals and on to touring with Whitesnake and Kiss.
“For me as a vocalist,” Corabi enthuses, “this kind of high caliber line-up is an absolute dream come true.”
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Discovering previously unheard music is a consistent hope for serious jazz fans. Finding unreleased music from legends, especially those who departed far too early with their legacies incomplete, is a true joy; one of those legends whose every note leads to an adventure of innovation is the immortal Charlie “Bird” Parker. On July 1, Verve/UMe brings a thrill to jazz lovers worldwide with the release of ‘Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes,’ a comprehensive two-disc set featuring a cornucopia of previously unknown music – 58 never listed studio takes from Charlie Parker. (PRNewsFoto/Verve/UMe)
Two-Disc Set, Available July 1, Released for Verve’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Discovering previously unheard music is a consistent hope for serious jazz fans. Finding unreleased music from legends, especially those who departed far too early with their legacies incomplete, is a true joy; one of those legends whose every note leads to an adventure of innovation is the immortal Charlie “Bird” Parker. On July 1, Verve/UMe brings a thrill to jazz lovers worldwide with the release of Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes, a comprehensive two-disc set featuring a cornucopia of previously unknown music – 58 never listed studio takes from Charlie Parker. The set was co-produced by Phil Schaap, the eminent jazz historian who is currently Curator at Jazz At Lincoln Center and the foremost expert on Ornithology.
“These previously unknown takes are a blockbuster,” Schaap says, “providing heretofore-unheard Bird improvisations, and in high fidelity.” Discovered in a cache of materials owned by a former associate of Norman Granz, the founder of Verve Records and visionary producer of these sessions, the newly discovered takes allow the listener inside the private domain between Parker and Granz as they developed some of the most important music in jazz. In his highly detailed liner notes, Schaap provides overview, session-by-session history and track-by-track analysis, further illuminating the creative process of Bird’s genius.
Originally issued on Mercury and Clef, but ultimately housed on Verve, the Parker/Granz studio collaborations were well-designed and thoughtfully conceived to display Bird’s unparalleled talents in a variety of contexts. These included Parker’s four to six piece ensembles (both working and pick-up groups); Latin Jazz efforts, some of which were labeled “South of the Border;” the orchestral Charlie Parker including his masterpieces with strings; standard Big Band; and Parker’s prescient view of the Third Stream. Unheard Bird touches on all of these, including a couple of brief false starts on “If I Should Lose You” that were not included in the remarkable 2015 companion set, Charlie Parker With Strings: Deluxe Edition.
From the Latin side, there are five tracks with Parker as the featured soloist with Machito and his Orchestra; and 13 “South of the Border” tracks that feature a rhythm section of Walter Bishop, Teddy Kotick and Roy Haynes or Max Roach, along with Jose Mangual and Luis Miranda on bongos and congas, respectively, and joined on a pair by trumpeter Benny Harris. As a bonus we hear snippets of studio chatter, including Bird discussing tempo; on “Tico Tico” he asks studio guests to quiet down lest they ruin the session.
There is a fascinating set of ten tracks from a Cole Porter project that was never completed due to Bird’s illness and untimely passing. Featuring a Big Band that included such heavyweights as Oscar Peterson, Freddie Green, Flip Phillips and Ray Brown, Bird digs into three Porter classics – “Night and Day,” “What Is This Thing Called Love” and “Almost Like Being in Love,” with brilliant results.
More than half of the package features Bird in the small group hardcore bop settings for which he was best known. This features a reuniting of Parker’s quintet, referred to as The Golden Era BeBop Five, the only Granz-produced recordings by this ensemble. These 14 tracks feature Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter and Max Roach. They are joined for four more by trombonist Tommy Turk and Carlos Vidal on conga.
Dizzy Gillespie – Bird’s co-conspirator in the Bebop movement – joins Bird for ten tracks, along with Thelonious Monk, Curley Russell and Buddy Rich. The all-Parker program includes complete run-throughs of “An Oscar for Treadwell,” “Bloomdido” and “Mohawk.” A quartet setting brings Hank Jones, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich to the bandstand for explorations of the beautiful Raye/DePaul gem “Star Eyes” and Bird’s “Blues (Fast).”
To round out the new, 69-track set, included are the songs’ master takes. (The mismatched math – 58 unreleased takes plus 20 master takes somehow equaling 69 – is due to the producers combining some of the shorter takes for this release.)
Spanning the years 1949-1952, Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes displays the immortal master of the alto saxophone Charlie Parker at the peak maturity of his prodigious talents. Accompanied by so many of the era’s giants, and allowed the time, space and support to produce art at its highest level, this set is a monumental addition to a legacy of artistry that is breathtaking in its scope and majesty. With Phil Schaap’s erudite and perceptive delineation of the ways and means by which this artistry was achieved, and his portrait of the era in which it all took place, Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes is an essential addition to the library of all serious fans of jazz.
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2CD Collection Premieres Previously Unreleased Music–Written Or Recorded By Steve Vai (from 1984-1990)–In Addition To Passion and Warfare Bonus Tracks
Guitarworld.com Debuts Bonus Track “Lovely Elixir” This Morning http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news/hear-steve-vais-lovely-elixir-passion-and-warfare-25th-anniversary-edition/29126
Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour Coming This Year
NEW YORK, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Steve Vai’s Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition, a celebratory 2CD collection of classic tracks and previously unreleased music, on Friday, June 24. It is available now for pre-orders: http://smarturl.it/Vai_MPPAW_Amazon
Steve Vai and Legacy Recordings are commemorating the 25th anniversary of Passion and Warfare with a special 2CD edition of the album which includes the first-ever release of Vai’s Modern Primitive songs and recordings. Based on song sketches and works-in-progress penned and recorded by Vai following the release of Flex-Able, his debut album, in January 1984, the music on Modern Primitive has been completed by Vai for release as a full album disc and the 2nd CD is the bonus remastering of the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition.
“The music on Flex-Able is so vastly different from Passion and Warfare, one could wonder if the same guy actually made both records,” Steve writes in his liner notes for the collection. “Modern Primitive is the missing link between these two records. It’s sort of Cro-Magnon Vai.”
Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition disc includes, as bonus tracks, four previously unreleased recordings from the Passion and Warfare sessions.
Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition is being released as a 2CD physical collection while each disc will be available as a sepárate title on all digital platforms.
The 2CD Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition will be housed in a 4-panel soft-pack with a 20-page Modern Primitive booklet and a 24-panel Passion and Warfare poster fold.
In addition to the first-time release of his “lost” Modern Primitive music, composer/producer and electric guitar virtuoso Steve Vai will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, with a world tour starting on May 28th featuring—for the first time ever in concert—full performances of his groundbreaking instrumental rock masterpiece in its entirety. “Performing this record from top to bottom (with some very special surprises in the works) is something I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Vai said. “There are songs here I’ve never performed before, and I’m delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before.”
Often cited as one of the greatest and most influential instrumental rock guitar albums ever recorded, Vai’s Passion and Warfare was originally released through Relativity/Epic Records in September 1990 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Inspired by a series of dreams Vai had experienced as a young man, Passion and Warfare has been described by the artist as “Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc.” Recorded at The Mothership, Vai’s home studio in the Hollywood Hills, Passion and Warfare includes the classic track, “For the Love of God,” cited as one of the best solos of all time in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll.
Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition
- Dark Matter
- Mighty Messengers
- The Lost Chord
- Fast Note People
- And We Are One
- Never Forever
- Lights Are On
- No Pockets
- Pink and Blows Over: Part 1
- Pink and Blows Over: Part 2 (Mars Attack)
- Pink and Blows Over: Part 3 (Jazzbo Paddle-foot)
Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition
- Erotic Nightmares
- The Animal
- The Riddle
- Ballerina 12/24
- For Love Of God
- The Audience ls Listening
- I Would Love To
- Blue Powder
- Greasy Kid’s Stuff
- Alien Water Kiss
- Love Secrets
- Lovely Elixir (Bonus)
- And We Are One (Solo #2) (Bonus)
- As Above (Bonus)
- So Below (Bonus)
About Steve Vai
Steve Vai, age 12, picked up the guitar in 1973 and started taking lessons from Joe Satriani (another future guitar hero) shortly after. He soaked up influences ranging from Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page to Jimi Hendrix and Brian May and by the end of the 1970s, was transcribing guitar parts for Frank Zappa. He became a full member of Zappa’s band in 1980.
Rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful sidemen in the business, Vai recorded with Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth and Public Image Ltd.
He launched his solo career with the release of Flex-Able, a homemade indie album, in 1984. Since 1990, he has recorded and released eight studio albums, eight live albums, two EPs, 12 soundtracks, 20 compilation albums, seven videos and more. Vai has won three Grammy Awards and earned 15 Grammy Award nominations. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums, playing with artists like Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Gregg Bissonnett and Joe Jackson, among others.
Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings signed Steve Vai to an historic multi-album agreement in February 2015.
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Definitive 17-Disc Deluxe Box Set Anthology Compiles 16 Essential Album Titles from 1972 to 1986, Newly Remastered Under Lou Reed’s Personal Supervision
NEW YORK, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the much-anticipated release of Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection on Friday, October 7.
The definitive box set library of music recorded by the iconic American rock musician from 1972 to 1986, one of the richest and most protean periods of the artist’s career, Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection is available now for pre-order: http://smarturl.it/lr_ac_itunes and http://smarturl.it/lr_ac_amz.
Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection brings together–for the first time in one comprehensive anthology—the 16 groundbreaking studio and live album titles written, recorded (and often produced) by Reed as a solo artist following the 1970 dissolution of the Velvet Underground, the profoundly influential avant-rock ensemble he’d founded in 1965.
Lou Reed – Gie Knaeps/Photoshot (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)
“Our first date was a trip to the AES (Audio Engineering Society) convention. As wireheads Lou and I loved beautiful recordings and spent years making our studios, instruments and gear the best they could possibly be,” said Laurie Anderson, American musician/composer/performance artist and Lou Reed’s wife and partner for twenty-one years. “Lou put his heart into remastering these records. They are not smoothed out. Sometimes remastering revealed their details and roughness in the most exciting ways. They leap out at you with their original energy.
“I also love the rare images and the great selection of Lou’s words about his music in this collection. Lou was a superb analyst and sharp critic and the interview excerpts bring back his crazy sense of humor, his generosity and his big view of the world and the meaning of music. Anyone who has loved Lou’s music will be so happy to have this. I’m really grateful to Sony for putting this one out.”
Each of the 16 albums (Lou Reed Live Take No Prisoners, from November 1978, fills 2CDs) in the 17CD library was newly remastered under Lou’s direct personal supervision, a long-term project completed shortly before the artist’s passing, at 71, on October 27, 2013.
“This box set was Lou’s last project. He oversaw the remastering of all of his solo recordings made for RCA and Arista Records….This work was done at New York’s Masterdisk in June and July 2013, with engineer Vlado Meller and Rob Santos of Sony/Legacy,” Hal Willner wrote in his liner notes for Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection. “Everyone who was in that room or around Lou during this period witnessed a beautiful thing as he enthusiastically relived that whole period of his work with the joy of rediscovery, excitedly pointing out subtleties in sounds he hadn’t heard in years. In retrospect, reminiscing about these sessions done less than four months before he died, the moments seem even more magnified.”
Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection–produced by Lou Reed, Rob Santos, and Hal Willner—offers fans access to several titles which have been out-of-print, hard-to-find or unavailable in the CD and digital music eras.
A limited edition 12″x12″ deluxe box set library, Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection is the ultimate tribute to an essential epoch in Lou’s career as a transformative figure in American music. This definitive anthology contains 16 full-length albums on 17 compact discs in addition to an 80-page hard-bound book featuring memorabilia from Lou’s personal archives, rarely seen photos and artwork, interviews with Lou conducted during his years as a recording artist for RCA and Arista and evocative in-depth liner notes—written by Lou’s longtime friend and the collection’s co-producer Hal Willner—chronicling Lou’s involvement with the making of Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection.
The collectible deluxe box set also contains—suitable for framing—five 8″x10″ prints and a facsimile reproduction of a rare RCA promotional poster (598mm x 572mm, folds to 299mm x 286mm).
Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection celebrates the studio and live albums created by Lou Reed in the 1970s and 1980s while demonstrating the crucial contributions he made to the popular and rock music of that era and the decades that followed.
An American master and true rock & roller, Lou Reed transformed popular art, music and culture through a body of work that continues to affect the way fans hear and see the world.
Reed, who cut his first single as a teenager in the late 1950s, began his professional career working as a New York in-house assembly line songwriter in the early 1960s while developing his pure artistic vision as frontman for the Velvet Underground.
After leaving the VU in 1970, Lou launched his unparalleled solo career, beginning with an extended run (1972-1986) at RCA Records and Arista Records that’s included a string of signature songs—”Perfect Day,” “Walk On The Wild Side,” “Satellite of Love,” “I Love You, Suzanne“—as well as albums iconic (Transformer, Berlin, Coney Island Baby, New Sensations) and iconoclastic (Metal Machine Music, Lou Reed Live Take No Prisoners).
Lou Reed brought the insight of literature and the honesty of journalism into some of the most elegant pop songs ever written while recording some of the most artful records ever made. No one has ever understood the primordial essence or the visionary potential of rock & roll better than Lou Reed, the quintessential New York rocker.
Lou Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall held on April 18, 2015. Lou—along with John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker—was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996.
“The Bells: A Day Long Celebration of Lou Reed,” a full day of free events curated by Laurie Anderson and Hal Willner, has been scheduled for Saturday, July 30, 2016 as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival in New York City (LCOutofDoors.org).
LOU REED – THE RCA & ARISTA ALBUM COLLECTION
- Lou Reed (April 1972)
- Transformer (November 1972)
- Berlin (July 1973)
- Rock n Roll Animal (live – February 1974)
- Sally Can‘t Dance (August 1974)
- Metal Machine Music (July 1975)
- Coney Island Baby (December 1975)
- Rock and Roll Heart (October 1976)
- Street Hassle (February 1978)
- Lou Reed Live Take No Prisoners (2 CDs – November 1978)
- The Bells (April 1979)
- Growing Up in Public (April 1980)
- The Blue Mask (February 1982)
- Legendary Hearts (March 1983)
- New Sensations (April 1984)
- Mistrial (June 1986)
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