Archive | September 2011

Sundazed October 2011 Releases: A Scary Month Indeed!

Sundazed has announced it’s October 2011 releases and it is really scaring me.
Only ONE vinyl reissue, but it’s a doosey.

Here are the 6 items for October:
(the first 5 are CD versions of their popular vinyl titles that have never been on CD)

1) The Mamas & The Papas~If You Can Believe You Eyes & Ears (MONO CD)
2) The Strawberry Alarm Clock~Incense And Peppermints (STEREO CD)
3) The Blues Project~Projections (MONO CD)
4) The Druids Of Stonehenge~Creation (STEREO CD)
5) Fever Tree~Fever Tree 1st LP (STEREO CD)
6) Hot Tuna~Hot Tuna 1st 1970 classic LP on High Definition Vinyl (STEREO)

So there you go, I guess I won’t be too let down by only one vinyl title, since it is such a welcome one, and Sundazed DID put out those 4 Gene Clark solo LP’s extremely late in September.

Sundazed (hopefully) will redeem themselves in high style when they finally put out the surf stuff they promised us (due in November.)
Those painfully anticipated 3 Capitol “ratfink” reissues of Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos.

At least these 5 CD’s are killer albums and recommended to say the least.

Disgruntled Metal Fans: Back On Black Records Update

Some of you have been irate about the lousy sound quality, the expensive price increases and the moronic omittions from the classic hard rock reissue label “Back On Black” records out of the UK.

Personally, I really like this company (probably my current favorite).

For the benefit of our readers, I went right to the source to get some answers.

I can now confirm that the 15 Judas Priest vinyl reissues were in fact mastered from the 2006 remastered w/bonus tracks CD’s. Steve Beatty (Back On Black boss) verbally announced that the original masters for the Priest’s WERE NOT available. I’m sure that Rob Halford & Glenn Tipton are unhappy campers about this? Steve always uses the best possible resources given to him, but we should have been told about mastering vinyl from CD’s and I agree with our readers feeling ripped off about the situation. I listened to Judas Priest’s “Sin After Sin” LP last night and it really didn’t sound all that terrible. YES, they are much thinner than the original CBS/Columbia vinyl records. Let’s face it…they sound like a thin CD.

Steve has also addressed that pressing prices have gone up considerably due to the oil problems. Many ‘brits’ are disgusted that the 15 pound UK prices have gone up to 20 pounds, and because of gasoline issues the shipping prices have had to go up. YES, the prices have all gone up; not good for a not-so-rich casual heavy metal fan. A 20 pound record from them will now cost you up to 32 American dollars, as opposed to $23.00 last year.

The other complaint from our readers is that Back On Black will reissue…say?…5 classic albums by a particular artist, but leave out a really important album. Please, please understand that many artists are NOT able to license certain product due to contract issues. Steve Beatty and his Back On Black crew have painstakingly strived to reissue FULL CATALOGS on his roster. It is what Back On Black is praised for. He even did the unimportant weak pop metal album by Rainbow called “Bent Out Of Shape” so that we could have Rainbow’s whole catalog reissued on vinyl. Even the very weak “Rocka-Rolla” LP by Judas Priest was added to complete the early Priest vinyl releases. Our readers must understand the licensing issues.

Notable is the mid-60’s Tex-Mex group “? And the Mysterians.”

They released only 2 albums for the Cameo-Parkway label in 1966 & 1967. To this day they have NEVER been able to reissue them legally. They finally decided to re-record the material for another label in 1996 (30 years later). Finally, in mid 2009, the 2 albums were on the blocks to finally be available back on vinyl…and then Allen Klein passed away in late 2009. He held the rights to the recordings. Heavens to Mercatroid, will we ever see these? Steve has also said that the masters for all the THIN LIZZY, UFO, MANOWAR, TESTAMENT & TWISTED SISTER reissues were from the original masters and were used for his reissues. I can tell you personally that all these sound great. The oddball in all this is HAWKWIND. You’ve got to remember that these recordings are all from 1971-1974. These are 40 years old, man. I mean, you can tell that these just were not stored properly. That is why the new Hawkwind (Blood Of The Earth) sounds so good. And also the reason we pay upwards of $100.00 for a clean original copy nowadays. When Steve received the masters for all the Thin Lizzy LP’s from EMI/Universal, he just stood there and shook his head. They were delivered in cardboard boxes on the back of a rinky-dink pickup truck. He wondered how anyone in their right mind would treat such rock classics like these so sloppily? We are all big fans of this stuff, eh? Steve really does put a lot of care into his company. I’ve seen it with every cool record label: you just can’t always be honest. If you do, you fold up shop.

I hope this clears up some issues with upset readers and why certain things have to happen.

Cake release classic "Showroom Of Compassion" full album on a new 6 X 7" Colored Vinyl Box Set

Even though I’m broke as smoke right now, I picked up the last one on Amazon about 30 minutes ago from a 3rd party seller in L.A.
Amazon says they won’t get more until late October, 2011. Happy Hunting and Good Luck!
I can honestly say that I purchased the last one on Amazon~NO BIG SURPRISE with this band. That’s why I purchased it…even though I’m busted.
Oh yeah, when Amazon does get more, the price just went up from $21.98 to $30.96 and you’ll be waiting until Halloween to get it?
Gotta move fast with Amazon.

Anyways, this mutha is an absolutely awesome package. Here are all the details (official American street date is September 14, 2011):

Originally released in January of 2011, Showroom of Compassion was Cake’s first album of new material since 2004’s gold-selling Pressure Chief. Charting at #1, the first single “Sick of You,” was Top 5 at Alternative and Triple A formats for over two months. The second single, “Long Time,” is currently Top 20 at the Alternative radio format and surging.

Now, Cake is offering a 6 x 7″ vinyl box set for their true fans. Each 7″ vinyl disc comes in its own unique color chosen by the band and a Cake temporary tattoo is also included in each package.

Cake Showroom Of Compassion 7″ Vinyl Box Set Track Listing:

1.  Sick of You/Italian Guy – (opaque orange vinyl)
2.  Mustache Man (Wasted)/The Federal Funding March – (opaque yellow vinyl)
3.  Long Time/Teenage Pregnancy – (opaque blue vinyl)
4.  Bound Away/Got To Move – (clear red vinyl)
5.  The Winter/Easy To Crash – (opaque white vinyl)
6.  What’s Now Is Now/Huge Misunderstanding – (clear vinyl)

Ed Note: I saw the promotional YouTube video for this set and I can tell you right now that all 6 singles come in awesome full-color picture sleeves for each record. By the way, the original LP has 11 tracks. There are 12 tracks on this box set. There are only 10 tracks from the original LP on this set (“Federal Funding” is missing). This box set actually has 2 ‘bonus tracks.’ They are “Federal Funding March” & “Huge Misunderstanding.” Another reason to get this set…but it’s an essential purchase even without the bonus tracks because it is so cool…as evidenced by the pre-order sell outs on Amazon.

Have your CAKE and eat it….baby!


New vinyl releases for the rest of the year… ALL GARBAGE?

You have absolutely got to be kidding me!

This is what is up and coming for the rest of the year on new releases.

The Grateful Dead: The 1st five WB studio albums, now available individually instead of buying the box set. THESE THINGS WERE CHEAPER IN THE BOX SET AND THEY DIDN’T EVEN SELL ANYWAYS! The only thing that ‘sold out’ in 10 seconds was the super duper rare MONO repressing of the 1st LP only available for sale on Record Store Day 2011…for like $40.00.

Also there will be a 3 LP reissue of Grateful Dead’s Europe ’72 live set. $60.00 my friends.
Also there will be an expanded box set of this. I haven’t seen it yet, but I reckon it will list for $169.00?

The Beach Boys are putting together a 2LP set called “Smile” with what would have been the original 1967 cover and withdrawn album. Even though this has come out several times on CD (and a cool BRIGHT SOLID TURQUOISE BLUE vinyl bootleg from the UK), the $23.99 list price is pretty darn fair. I’m sure we will stock it? What is NOT a good idea is to do a $169.00 5CD / 2LP + 7″ vinyl deluxe box set. This stuff came out pretty much as The Pet Sounds Sessions 4 CD Box Set in like 1999?…and really didn’t sell due to the many repeats of tracks. Well guess what? This one has like 80 repeats, if not more? Very unessential listening.

OK, it’s about to get worse. Paul MCartney is releasing his ridiculous “Ocean’s Kingdom” classical movements garbage on double vinyl. Even if it was more like Pink Floyd, I wouldn’t buy this crap. Paul? What are you doing?

And if that’s not enough, they are calling The Beatles MONO CD’s (now available individually), a new release. They didn’t quite sell the expensive box set units they anticipated, and at $24.99 each single CD…well, EMI can just shove it.

Oh yeah, they are also reissuing The Cars’ worst album (Candy-O) on a Half-Speed Master. What a waste of vinyl. Type ‘sophomore slump’ in Wikipedia and I’m sure the famous drawing on the cover of Candy-O will come up.

In case you still can’t find anything; MusicDirect is boasting about how you can finally get those Genesis LP’s individually now too. Wow, they are a whopping $29.99 each. You’ve gotta be jivin’ me? These have been out for 2 years now and they are selling the box sets for a song; which makes these LP’s go for $12.00 each?

Even Rhino can’t offer us anything cool for the first time in our lives. Wow! A reissue of The Monkees ‘head’ soundtrack on 180 gram vinyl. How thrilling eh? No bonus tracks and they even decided to scrap the idea of a CLEAR VINYL ‘500 units only’ pressing which would have made this thing COOL!

The always thrilling Sundazed Music stunk up the joint too with their newest reissues: 6 solo albums by Gene Clark…no McGuinn, no Crosby, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Even David Crosby’s solo albums didn’t move when reissued….now you wanna push Gene Clark on us? Did these even move 5,000 units when first issued in 1969?

Well, I had to dig deep; but here is some good stuff coming out, OK?

1) Secret Stash is putting out some absolutely killer stuff right now. The new one due in about 2 weeks max is a super rare, killer 1971 Latino surf, funk, instro, rockin’ soul album by Los Destellos called Constelacion. These guys were cool and dressed in all bright super shiny purple satin jackets…and man could they play (rocked similar to a Latin version of The Ventures). The first 100 pre-orders are on purple splattered with white gallactic streaks colored vinyl….of which all 100 were SOLD OUT within 48 hours. Watch for this, Secret Stash is really coming around with some cool grooves. The Ventures meet Santana…in super duper clear stereo sound!

Even the older already released tracks from LOST HIGHWAY records are better than most of the new stuff. It’s called LOST HIGHWAY’S 10th ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER ALBUM and it only has 10 tracks, but they are really awesome and this puppy is only $8.00 list and is on CLEAR VINYL. There is also a killer CLEAR VINYL album titled “20 Of Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits” (originally released in ‘fake stereo’ in 1971 on MGM records w/ 24 tracks.) This thing has been remastered in the pure ‘mono’ and sounds better than ever on vinyl….for only 10 bucks!

Last but not least is a brand new studio album by BLINK 182. It is titled “Neighborhoods” and the CD is out on like September 25th and the vinyl version double LP comes out on October 25th. SORRY, all pre-orders I believe are SOLD OUT of the 180 gram “HOT PINK COLORED” copies w/ the FREE POSTER. If they aren’t sold out right now…they will be by the time you wake up to read this.
(Ed. Note: As of today, 10/08/2011…YES, all 500 ‘Hot Pink Copies’ are SOLD OUT worldwide. They are doing another run of 1000 pieces on ‘White & Blue Splattered Marble’ and I hear that ‘Interpunk’ has aleady sold over 700 of them. They will be gone by mid-October…the rest are Black, but Amazon says theirs will be White Vinyl with a free download card.)

If you agree about these upcoming releases and want to get some killer tunes, and pay a killer cheap price…you need to check out…man!

We got:

Otis Redding
Curtis Mayfield
The Impressions
James Brown
The Byrds
Bob Dylan
The 13th Floor Elevators
Sly & The Family Stone
George Clinton (All)
Johnny Cash
The MC5
Iggy & The Stooges
Classic Rap
Classic Soul
Classic Jazz
Classic Funk
the list goes on & on