Tuesday, June 14, 2011
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 6/14/11
PAUL MCCARTNEY'S CLASSIC SOLO RECORDINGS MCCARTNEY AND MCCARTNEY II GET DELUXE TREATMENT
McCartney's Seminal Solo Albums Will Be Available In Multiple Configurations Featuring Remastered Rare And Unreleased Audio & Video Content With Special Exclusive Packaging
MPL and the Concord Music Group are pleased to announce McCartney and McCartney II as the next releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Heralded as one of the most beloved solo debuts of all time, McCartney, the smash # 1 album, originally released April of 1970, yielded the timeless tracks "Every Night" and "Junk" along with the immortal classic "Maybe I'm Amazed." McCartney II originally issued in May of 1980 was McCartney's return to solo work after nine years touring and having released several massively successful albums with Wings. Reaching #1 in the UK, and #3 in the U.S., the album produced enduring classics such as "Coming Up," "Waterfalls," & "Temporary Secretary."
Paul McCartney personally supervised all aspects of these two reissues. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road using the same team who recently remastered the complete Beatles' catalogue.
Both McCartney and McCartney II will be available in a variety of formats.
McCartney will be made available as a 2-disc (2 CD) Special Edition featuring the original remastered album plus seven bonus audio tracks including the previously unreleased outtakes "Suicide" and "Don't Cry Baby" plus a rare live 1979 recording of "Maybe I'm Amazed". For collectors, the reissue will also be made available as a lavishly packaged 3 disc (2 CD, 1 DVD) Deluxe Edition which includes an exclusive bonus DVD featuring rare and previously unseen footage, an extraordinary 128-page hard bound book containing many exclusive and unpublished photos by Paul and Linda McCartney, original album artwork, downloadable hi-res audio versions of the remastered album and bonus audio tracks, an illustrated history of the making of the album, and expanded track by track information for the two audio discs as well as detailed historical information on the film content.
McCartney II will also be made available as a 2-disc (2 CD) Special Edition featuring the original remastered album plus eight bonus tracks including B-Sides and alternative versions. The bonus audio CD includes the #1 hit "Coming Up (Live At Glasgow, 1979)" and holiday perennial "Wonderful Christmastime."
The lovingly packaged 4 disc (3 CD, 1 DVD) Deluxe Edition of McCartney II not only includes an exclusive bonus DVD featuring rare and previously unseen footage (including performances of `Coming Up' and the new video for the unreleased track `Blue Sway') but includes an additional seven rare bonus audio tracks exclusive to this edition. Additionally, the McCartney II deluxe edition contains an extraordinary 128-page hard bound book featuring many previously unpublished photos by Linda McCartney, original album and single artwork, downloadable hi-res audio versions of the remastered album, an illustrated history of the making of the album, and expanded track by track information for all three audio discs plus detailed historical information on the film content.
Both original remastered albums and bonus audio content will also be issued as 2 disc 180gm audiophile vinyl editions which will come with an MP3 download of all included audio.
The musical achievement of McCartney and McCartney II are noted in the annals of music history as they serve as bookends to the historic first chapter of McCartney's solo career.
McCartney & McCartney II mark the second and third releases from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, an ambitious reissue program that encompasses 41 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history. In November of 2010, the inaugural title in the Archive Collection, Paul McCartney & Wings' 1973 classic Band on the Run, was released to worldwide acclaim.
NEIL YOUNG- A TREASURE
Live recording from Neil's 1984-1985 tour with the "International Harvesters," a band that featured Ben Keith and Spooner Oldham, among many other country music greats.
* Denotes Previously Unreleased Track
1. *Amber Jean (9/20/84) Nashville Now TV - Nashville, TN
2. Are You Ready For The Country? (9/21/84) Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
3. It Might Have Been (9/25/84) Austin City Limits TV - Austin, Texas
4. Bound For Glory (9/29/84) Gilleys Rodeo Arena - Pasadena, TX
5. *Let Your Fingers Do The Walking (10/22/84) Universal Amphitheater Universal City, CA
6. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (10/26/84) Greek Theater - Berkeley, CA 7. Motor City (10/26/84) Greek Theater - Berkeley, CA
8. *Soul Of A Woman (10/26/84) Greek Theater - Berkeley, CA
9. Get Back To The Country (10/26/84) Greek Theater - Berkeley, CA
10. Southern Pacific (9/1/85) Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
11. *Nothing Is Perfect (9/1/85) Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
12. *Grey Riders (9/10/85) Pier 84 - New York City, NY
BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS- KINGS & QUEENS
After 10 years and 6 albums, "Kings & Queens" is the first I am hearing of "Blackie & The Rodeo Kings." Apparently, the band is one of Canada's leading roots-rock bands. This must be true. Look at the line-up of special guests they've recruited for "Kings & Queens":
Mary Margaret O'Hara
"HOLY LILITH FAIR, BATMAN!"
MADELEINE PEYROUX- STANDING ON THE ROOFTOP
It was difficult for me to take Peyroux's 1996 Atlantic Records debut too seriously. She sounded so much like Billie Holiday, I thought it was a joke. But the stellar cast of jazz musicians employed on "Dreamland," Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter, Vernon Reid, and Marc Ribot for starters, made me realize, this was no joke. The record was met with critical acclaim, though that didn't make me like it any more.
It took 8 years for a follow up, and I often wonder if it had anything to do with the Billie Holiday comparisons. Not that Peyroux's voice had changed for her 2004 release "Careless Love," but the vibe certainly did, going from smoky jazz to a collection of pop, folk, and country tunes. It worked better...for me.
On her new recording, Peyroux recruits some more wonderful people to back her up, including Allen Toussaint, Glenn Patscha, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Jenny Scheinman, and the aforementioned Marc Ribot. "Rooftop" features songs by Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, as well as a handful of Peyroux originals. Not everyone is going to embrace the laid-back approach to the covers, with "Love In Vain" being the most difficult for me. Peyroux delivers it with what sounds like a vocal nod to Peggy Lee, backed by a droning violin and muffled drums. Interesting, but something is just not right.
Still, as a whole, "Standing On The Rooftop" is another fine entry from Madeleine Peyroux.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
New records from Barry Manilow, Ziggy Marley, Pat Metheny and Marc Broussard.