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16Sep/141

Del Amitri Reissues, Free Tickets For You

In an interview with ATV pal R. Todd Richards, Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie spoke about his latest solo disc, Lower Reaches, which was released earlier this year.

He also indicated that there are plans to put out expanded reissues of the band's last two albums, Some Other Sucker's Parade and Can You Do Me Good?

For those of you who already picked up the expanded reissues of Waking Hours, Change Everything and Twisted, you'll know that this is good news. Those reissues were packed with nearly all of the appropriate B-sides from the period...and even as somebody who had personally accumulated all of those B-sides, it was nice to have them collected in one place.

October will bring the release of Into The Mirror, the first official live album from Del Amitri -- you can pre-order signed copies (autographed by Justin and Iain) from the band's website.

Currie launched his U.S. solo tour on Sunday with a show in Nashville that was apparently broadcast on the radio (and I'm looking for a copy -- do you have one?).

He'll be out on the road for a few weeks and you can check out the tour dates, including a long awaited Cleveland date tonight at the Music Box Supper Club.

Speaking of that, if you'd like to go see that Music Box show tonight --- drop me an email here with "Justin Currie Cleveland Concert" in the subject line for your chance to win.  This contest will expire not too long after you read this, so move quickly and good luck!

20Jul/131

Contest: Win “Green” By R.E.M. On Vinyl + A Vintage Tour Program!

When I logged into the ATV control panel, it made the Aerosmith sound. I can't tell you exactly what that means, but briefly, it just means that it's been a helluva long while since the last time we spoke.

(Speaking of Aerosmith, I got a chance to interview guitarist Brad Whitford briefly last week....woooooo! The end of that last sentence was 13 year old me high-fiving myself. Check out our conversation right here.)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the R.E.M. album Green. As fans, we've come to know that each time another album from our favorite Athens export hits this milestone, we can expect a cool expanded release to follow.

Our friends did not disappoint --- May 14th saw the release of an upgraded Green via Rhino, accessorized with a fresh remastering of the original album, plus a bonus disc featuring live performances recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 10th, 1989 during the Green tour. (Looking back, it would have seemed appropriate if R.E.M. would have decided to stage the entire Green tour in Greensboro....but luckily for all of us, they decided to take the show to a bunch of other territories.)

Here's a peep at the track listing for the full set:

Disc One – Original Album

1. “Pop Song 89”
2. “Get Up”
3. “You Are The Everything”
4. “Stand”
5. “World Leader Pretend”
6. “The Wrong Child”
7. “Orange Crush”
8. “Turn You Inside Out”
9. “Hairshirt”
10. “I Remember California”
11. “Untitled”

Disc Two – Live In Greensboro 1989
1. “Stand”
2. “The One I Love”
3. “Turn You Inside Out”
4. “Belong”
5. “Exhuming McCarthy”
6. “Good Advices”
7. “Orange Crush”
8. “Cuyahoga”
9. “These Days”
10. “World Leader Pretend”
11. “I Believe”
12. “Get Up”
13. “Life And How To Live It”
14. “Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
15. “Pop Song 89”
16. “Fall On Me”
17. “You Are The Everything”
18. “Begin The Begin”
19. “Low”
20. “Finest Worksong”
21. “Perfect Circle”

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On that same date, Rhino also released the newly remastered Green on 180 gram vinyl for all of the black wax lovers to enjoy in analog. Since this is Addicted to Vinyl, we've got a copy of that platter (read: vinyl edition) to give away to one lucky ATV reader.

Sweetening the deal, we'll also throw in a vintage R.E.M. tour program from that 1989 trek in support of Green.  Having seen this piece of memorabilia in person, let me assure you that it's awesome. (Oh alright --- we'll show you a picture at the end of this post...)

We'll make it relatively simple for you to win this: just send us an email with "R.E.M. Green Contest Giveaway" in the subject line and in the email, tell us in a few words why you deserve to win this vinyl. We'll select one lucky entrant to receive this great prize package.

Good luck!

P.S.

There have been a number of reflections regarding Green as it hits the 25 year mark. At the time that the album came out, I was 13 years old and R.E.M. was one of those bands that each time that there was new music to be had, I was definitely interested to hear it. I think that a lot of people have conflicted feelings about the band and where they went when they made the transition from the I.R.S. years to their Warner Brothers output. I don't see a lot of division between the two periods, although clearly there are some separating factors.

What sticks out to me about R.E.M. from their earliest recordings to their present state of inactivity is that they were a band that was always pushing the envelope with every bit of new music that they would release. They were and are a group of individuals who have consistently marched to the beat of their own drum and they were never afraid to go against the grain when it came to following the path of what they were supposed to do as a band. Particularly in the later years when they would release a new album, that obligatory world tour that was supposed to follow a new release would often never come to pass.

Sometimes the lack of tour meant that they were already back in the studio working on new music and sometimes, no tour just meant no tour. Whatever the reasoning was, I always had a great deal of respect that they didn't just take the check to go out and do something they didn't want to do.

It would be many years before I would meet the woman who was 200 times more of an R.E.M. fan than I was, as evidenced by her "Driver 8"-themed license plate but when I did, I eventually married her --- although it wasn't just because she was a huge R.E.M. fan. Because you can't have a successful marriage that's built around R.E.M. and nothing but R.E.M., can you?

Anyway --- she wrote a nice reflection about the Green album which you can read here.

Some more reading regarding Green can be found over at Popdose courtesy of George Howard.

Enjoy.

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27Sep/116

Randomly: Wilco, Nirvana and Chickenfoot

Three albums out of quite a few which have been part of the percolating music mix in my world lately...and I just had to stop by and saw a few words.

First up - the Chickenfoot album...don't be confused by the 'Chickenfoot III' title - they're simply so advanced that they skipped ahead title-wise for their second album together, which continues the nice forward momentum that they established collectively with album #1.

I had the chance to spend 15 minutes talking to Michael Anthony (be still, my super-inner Van Halen geek!) about the 'Foot and you can read the results of our chat here.

Wilco. Album is called 'The Whole Love' and there's a whole lot to love about it, no matter what era of Wilco you're a fan of. There's some YHF kinda stuff, some 'Sky Blue Sky' type stuff....'Being There?' Maybe that's a stretch. Still, I found it to be a rather pleasant listen and it's already made more impact with me musically than the previous album did.

Related: Vinyl hounds reading this right now, you can surf over to Pop Market to get the new Wilco album plus 'A.M.' and 'Being There,' all on high quality vinyl at a special price for all three. Each album comes with a CD version of the album for on-the-go listening. You've got about 15 hours to pull the trigger!

Nirvana. Of course, you're probably aware that the super-hella-deluxe version of 'Nevermind' came out today in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary. With all of the songs that I've played/heard at various radio stations over the past 15 years, I'll admit that it's been quite a while since I've tracked through the entire album.

Today, I sat through all four CDs of the new 'Nevermind' set and my reaction: wow, that's a lot of Nirvana for anybody to sit through in one sitting...no matter how much of a fan you are! (But don't get me wrong, it's a very cool set.) I did see parts of the included concert film over the weekend on VH-1 and in my opinion, THAT might be worth the price of the set alone....for my money, I like the performance/feel better than the previously released 'Live at Reading' DVD.

Just some random musical thoughts....what are yours?

(Oh yeah, Pink Floyd 'Dark Side of the Moon' reissue = awesome. Need to get my hands on the ultra-deluxe set of that!)

14May/112

Going “Under The Blade” With Twisted Sister

With the release of Big Hits and Nasty Cuts in the early '90s, it seemed like it might be the end of the line for Twisted Sister fans, better known within the circle as "SMFs" and the prospects of any further TS releases. But as the reissues market continued to crank up, an archival live album, Live at Hammersmith, recorded during the band's touring cycle for Stay Hungry in 1984 was released in 1994.  Catalog reissues for the bulk of the band's catalog minus Stay Hungry followed in 1999 via the fledgling reissue label Spitfire Records.

Since then, there have been a flurry of various releases, including some live DVD releases of both new and older recordings, a re-recording of Stay Hungry called "Still Hungry" and a 25th anniversary reissue of Stay Hungry in 2009 that was released on both standard CD, digital download and pink vinyl! (And let us not forget the Twisted Sister holiday release, *shiver*.)

Which brings us to 2011 and the current slate of album reissues from Armoury Records that have expanded each of the original 1999 reissues with bonus tracks.

The May 31st reissue of the classic 1982 Twisted Sister album Under The Blade benefits most as it has been lavishly repackaged into a two disc CD/DVD set. Five bonus tracks are added to the CD portion, including the hard to find "Ruff Cuts" EP (the pre-Under The Blade release from Secret Records) and an additional bonus live version of "Shoot 'Em Down" recorded at the Reading Festival in 1982. When I read about this reissue originally at The Second Disc, I was instantly very excited, especially in regards to the DVD bonus material.

The DVD portion presents the entire 1982 Reading performance, which runs about 45 minutes, with an additional 45 minutes of new interviews with the band. A terse note from TS guitarist/band manager Jay Jay French in the liner notes details the origins of the Reading video recording noting "Any quality limitations inherent to the DVD video and audio is because the concert was never supposed to be filmed or recorded in its entirety.  We were told that cameras were there only for broadcasting the performance into a VIP tent."

French goes on to explain further saying "a very special THANK YOU therefore goes to Joe Gerber whose typical (and rabid) willingness to battle on behalf of the band on that August afternoon and many others, resulted directly in this recording even existing in the first place. - Jay Jay French."

Reading the disclaimer gave me expectations that the video quality probably wasn't that good and I'm happy to report that is not the case at all. The Reading video looks and sounds just about as good as you would expect from video recorded in 1983. While it may not have been professionally recorded from the standpoint of being pre-planned to capture both high quality video and multi-track audio, what was captured is far from being shabby. In other words, you won't find yourself watching a video that was shot from the audience with camera audio.

The video interviews are great, with the band members detailing the issues they faced that day at Reading in front of audiences that came armed with fruit and other food projectiles to throw at the bands they didn't like, something that is captured on the video. A wide range of additional material is covered with the video interviews including band member recollections regarding the recording of Under The Blade.

Simply put, this reissue is a must for longtime Twisted Sister fans and there should be no hesitation about replacing your current copy of Under The Blade with this one - the generous amounts of bonus material and new liner notes make it a no-brainer purchase. It would have been nice to see similarly expanded liner notes for the rest of the 2011 reissues.

As exciting of a release as this is for the existing fanbase, I'd love to be a fly on the wall to watch a young music fan from today's generation view the Reading video footage. Certainly, discovering the music of Twisted Sister was a jarring experience for me as a young kid during the era they were actually playing shows, so how will this material and the inimitable personality of TS frontman Dee Snider translate to the generation of today?

Perhaps TJ at Viva la Mainstream One Album, One Day can help me answer that question.

For the rest of you, this release gets two horns way up. Listening to the lyrics of the title track, "a glint of steel/ a flash of light / you know you're not going home tonight," it's hard to understand how Twisted Sister later came under fire from the PRMC, isn't it?  Okay, maybe it actually makes perfect sense.

18Sep/101

Contest: Celebrate 20 years of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell!

The highly anticipated reissue of Pantera's classic album Cowboys From Hell finally hit stores this week, available as an expanded 2-CD edition or "deluxe" 3-CD version for your metal listening pleasure.  An additional "Ultimate Edition" 3-CD package will follow, landing in stores in mid-November.

We had the chance to speak with Pantera's Philip Anselmo about the reissues recently and now, we're pleased to offer up a very cool Pantera prize pack featuring Cowboys From Hell on vinyl, a copy of the 2-CD reissue (loaded with a ton of bonus live material), a special CFH 20th anniversary sticker, plus a commemorative poster for the release!

Get in on the action by sending us an email here with "Pantera" in the subject line for your chance to win!

Here's a special ATV shout-out from Phil!

31Aug/100

30 Years of Don’t Say No: An ATV Interview with Billy Squier

I had the pleasure of running a brief radio interview tour last week with Billy Squier.  During the course of the morning's slate of interviews, the interview that my friend Mark Zander (host of the syndicated rock radio program The Rockin' 80's) did with Billy stuck out as one of the really good ones.  I asked Mark if I could use part of his interview here and he happily agreed, so I'm pleased to share with you the following discussion regarding  the new Shout Factory! 30th anniversary reissue of Don't Say No.

Spring of 1981, finishing freshman year in high school. Girls on the radar, big time. Then all of the sudden, two of the biggest albums to shape my rock n' roll life came out in the same month of April?? No way!

Way!

Along with Van Halen's Fair Warning, Billy Squier's Don't Say No is a hard rock soundtrack to a life lived by me in that very important year of growth and change. Lead off unassumingly by "In The Dark," the record tracks (even today!) right through to the finish as a carefree time capsule of rock fashion and attitude. It was my pleasure to talk with Billy about his (ours!) masterpiece...

I have to ask you this regarding the process heading into Don't Say No when you were recording it, which came after Tale of the Tape was released the previous year in 1980. After spending time with Piper in the '70s, Tale of the Tape was no doubt a respectable solo debut, but I'd say that it probably didn't make the impact that you were looking for initially. Once Don't Say No was written, recorded, released and it became a smash, can you honestly say you were ready and were you expecting it?


Actually I think I was pretty well prepared. Going back to Tale of the Tape for a second, I actually was quite happy with Tale of the Tape. It moved me up a notch on the ladder and it got a lot of airplay. "You Should Be High, Love" was the number one top requested song for almost two months in the country on rock radio. It really increased industry awareness a lot. I had a real good tour in support of that record with Alice Cooper. So I felt when I went to do Don't Say No that Tale of the Tape had really positioned me very well for what I was going to do next, if I could deliver - but I really felt good. That was my initial solo album and I felt real good about where I was after that.

So I went into Don't Say No with a lot of confidence and I did feel that it was in a sense, my time. It was my time if I chose to seize it. You know, that I did have people paying attention, that people would be looking for my next record to some degree and that if I delivered, I really had a chance of making a big impact. You know, that being said, what do you do? I decided to more than ever, hone my material and get a body of songs that really hung together [and] not try to do too much. I have a lot of musical influences and I tried to eliminate some of the influences that were on the extremes of the spectrum, so to speak. Try to think about who is Billy Squier - what do you want people to hear of you and where do you really sit in the musical sort of pantheon. I was kind of fine tuning it that way and obviously if you listen to Piper or things like that, there's a lot of times more of a pop influence - you're hearing me go back and forth between my influences.

Don't Say No, although it still has pop sensibilities, I was aligning myself more in the hard rock camp. I said, "that's really who I am." The bands I grew up with that I really liked the most, what do I want to play when I strap on a guitar - I'm playing rock music. I'm not playing Herman's Hermits, I'm playing the Rolling Stones [laughs]. Those factors contributed to how I approached doing the record and I had confidence to go out and do what I felt good about doing. I think there's always a tendency when you're trying to make it and even when you have made it sometimes, you might be aware of what's going on around you and you wonder what you should be doing. If something else is successful, should you be doing that? You're sort of, if not imitating, you're being affected by what's going on around you.

With Don't Say No, I didn't do that. Don't Say No, I really felt like "nope, I'm going to trust myself and I'm going to write the way I want and structure my lyrics the way I want." I'm not going to worry about what else is going on around me. When it was done, before it came out, I felt that this was the record that I had been spending my whole career to this point getting ready to make. I was totally happy with it. I remember saying to people before it came out - I didn't say "if it doesn't sell five million copies," I said "if this record isn't successful, I'm out."

Really?

Yeah, because there's nothing more I can do. I'm not making it up - I remember clear as day, this is the best I can do. If this doesn't cut it, I'm gone. Fortunately, I didn't have to do that [laughs].

A lot of people don't know this, but you approached Brian May [of Queen] about producing Don't Say No.

Brian was going to produce Tale of the Tape and then they got drawn out - that was around the time that they were doing The Game and "Flash" and stuff like that. He got a little bogged down and couldn't do it, but he said, "I think you should use Mack, if you can get Mack to do it. I think that Mack would be great for you." Because [Reinhold] Mack was working with Queen as well [as co-producer of The Game]. So although Brian didn't work on the record, he was pretty instrumental in forming that union between Mack and I - Mack was a big part of the success of that record - the sound of that record and the way he put it together, it was definitely important. I could not have done that record without him.

Let's talk about the reissue - there are a couple of live bonus tracks on this 30th anniversary edition that were recorded last year. Were there any initial discussions about going back in the archives to get something that was done around that time, maybe on the initial tour for the album?

We talked about it, but it was my choice to put on the tracks from last year because I felt that to me, I get some artistic prerogative, you know? I felt like that a lot of the stuff that was recorded back then had come out one way or another, either on radio shows or King Biscuit releases, or we had used stuff. I thought that I approached the songs from Don't Say No that I did last year quite a bit differently than I did back then and I thought that it was more interesting. I thought, let me put something on it that's a current reflection of what I did back then. So that was purely a decision that I made and Shout Factory! was magnanimous enough to let me do it.

I really got involved in the process kind of late. They had licensed the album from Capitol and they were going ahead and doing it. They actually contacted me to see if they could get a couple of bonus tracks and that's how I found out about it. When I found out it was Don't Say No, I thought, well this is such an important record to me, I'd like to try to get involved as much as I can. So I sort of jumped in at the end and got the remastering engineer who had done such a great job on the Tale of the Tape remaster. Then I got a friend of mine [former Creem editor Ben Edmonds] who's a great rock writer to do the liner notes, the guy who knows me better than probably anybody. So we were able to at the last minute, put together a pretty good package with those tracks and the liner notes. We got some pictures out of the archives that hadn't been seen before, so that's new. I think as far as reissues go, it's worthwhile. Because by now, everyone should have worn out Don't Say No and you should get a new one. That's a cheap plug [laughs].

What's the story behind “My Kinda Lover?”

Actually when I was writing that one, I was thinking about Tom Jones. Don't ask me why, I have no idea - Tom Jones is not that big of an influence on me, although we certainly would see him on Ed Sullivan and stuff like that. I got the beginning of the song and I don't know why, I had that melody and I was thinking, "God, if Tom Jones did this, it would be like," [imitating Tom Jones singing voice] "You've got me running bay-bay." [laughs] I had this image of him in my head, thinking this would be a great song.

Wow, that really gives it a different spin for me.

But yeah, when I did it, of course I wasn't trying to be Tom Jones, I wasn't trying to do it as a Tom Jones song, but I just remember thinking, "man, this would be great." I remember meeting his manager a couple of years later, I think we were in Tahiti or some place like that, in a bar. I cut this song and he knew who I was and he actually knew the song. At that point unfortunately, Tom had made his foray into country music, so he never did it. That was a strangely Tom Jones influenced track, which you would obviously never hear! [Laughs].

The 30th anniversary edition of Billy Squier's Don't Say No is available now.  Click here for more information about the reissue and Billy's upcoming activities.

30Aug/102

Here’s an update on that Full House reissue

It looks like it's canceled, at least for the moment.

Take that reissue of the J. Geils Band's "Live -- Full House" off your shopping list. Peter Wolf tells The Insider that the group has scotched Rhino Records' plans to put out the two-CD set, which was slated to feature both of the April 21-22, 1972 shows at Detroit's Cinderella Ballroom from which the original 1972 album was culled. Wolf says that the new release "wasn't authorized by us. What we did was pick the best stuff of the two evenings...They were calling it 'Full House,' and we responded by saying, 'Wait a second. First of all, it would be nice if you'd contact us for consideration, artistically. Second of all, it's not 'Full House.' This is not even the original album; it was just from those evenings. To call it 'Full House' is extremely misleading. And to not even ask for our participation and move forward without our participation is just very artistically insulting. So it's been nixed." Neither Wolf nor Rhino would indicate if negotiations are continuing to release the package.

28Jun/103

I don’t like Mondays…except for this one!

You know what?  You're right.  Mondays do suck, except when you get some really good news from J. Geils Band and Rhino Handmade.

An expanded reissue of "Live" Full House?  Featuring 23 previously unreleased performances?  Double disc?

Hell yeah!

Click here to pre-order your copy now. UPDATE: Arrrrrgh.  It looks like this title has been delayed/postponed for the moment.  I'll update here with more details when I hear something...

29May/1012

CD Review: Triumph, “Greatest Hits Remixed”

Back in the '80s, I don't think I could have given you the name of five songs by Triumph, and perhaps, not even one song by the Canadian rock trio that didn't have the name "Rush" on their albums. In spite of my ignorance, Triumph apparently did just fine, and had themselves quite a career, beginning in the mid '70s with their self-titled debut release in 1976 and wrapping up eight albums later with Surveillance in 1988. (The band would later regroup in 1993 with a revised lineup, releasing Edge of Excess, their lone studio release in the '90s.)

With a number of gold and platinum releases to their credit (a total of 8 certifications in Canada alone), Triumph sold over 10 million albums during their career. Singles like "Hold On," "Magic Power," "Fight The Good Fight," and especially "Lay It On The Line" drove Triumph to arena rock success (and later, a high profile appearance at the legendary US Festival), driven by the shared lead vocals of drummer Gil Moore and guitarist Rik Emmett. The Rush comparison is a natural one to make, since both bands are trios, but aside from the occasional Peart-like drum fill from Moore (and yes, he had a really big drum kit too), and brief Geddy-esque vocal moments from Emmett, Triumph fit more comfortably with bits and pieces of the sounds of any one of the so-called "corporate rock" bands (Journey, Boston, etc.) that were making albums in the '80s. And hearing a song like "Hold On," I think it's safe to say that future Giant mastermind and producer Dann Huff might have listened to a few Triumph albums before eventually forming his own band in the late '80s.

While Triumph might not be the most original sounding band of their time, they are quite possibly one of the smartest bands in their genre. Butting heads frequently with their label (RCA Records), Triumph pushed hard and overspent with no regret on each album that they made, and put additional money out on the table to make sure that fans were getting their money's worth with the coolest light and stage show (and one that was revolutionary for the time period) they could possibly bring on tour (with a road show that at one point, cost $100,000 per week). Investing further in their future, Triumph built Metalworks Studios, a state of the art facility established in 1978 for exclusive use by the band. The studio went on to become one of Canada's most successful recording studios, eventually hosting clients from Barenaked Ladies to Rush to Guns 'n Roses, and Moore continues to operate the studio to this day. In 1998, after Emmett rejected a proposal for a 20th anniversary reunion tour, Moore and bassist Mike Levine made their smartest move to date, purchasing the entire Triumph catalog from MCA Records, and they subsequently established TRC Entertainment (later renamed to TML Entertainment) to release a series of Triumph archival recordings, culminating in the 2004 release of remastered editions of all of the band's studio albums.

Which brings us to the release of Greatest Hits Remixed, a title which made me wince when I first read about the pending release, but after hearing it, I can assure you that this release is a good thing, especially if you're a Triumph fan. You won't find the eight minute dance remix of "Magic Power" on this CD, so there is no need for any panic. Additionally, these are definitely the Triumph songs that you remember - they haven't been futzed with in a unnecessary history-altering sort of way. Instead, the best way that I can describe these remixes is to say that everything has more presence, with a sound that is more full than the previous versions. It certainly helps that the originals were well-recorded, giving producer Rich Chycki a good palette of colors to work with in constructing the new mixes. After hearing "Lay It On The Line" on the radio a bazillion times, I was blown away at how good the new mix sounds, compared to the version I've been familiar with all of these years. You'll experience a similar feeling, listening to the rest of the tracks on the album, all of which boast unbelievable sonic clarity that is hard to believe, considering the time period that all of this stuff was recorded in.

The liner notes present an extensive history of the group that is thorough, although as an audio geek, I would have liked to have read some notes behind the process that went into remixing this material, and in fact a short video documentary regarding the remixes on the accompanying DVD would have put this package over the top. But the DVD on its own is equally worthy - a collection of 11 of the band's videos, plus bonus footage featuring two videos from the later version of Triumph with singer Phil X, some "bootleg fan video" from 1980 that is surprisingly crisp, and the DVD is rounded out with footage of the band's 2007 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and 2008 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductions.

The music videos look about as good as you'd expect them to look for the time period, but all of the audio has been cleaned up with the new mixes presented in 5.1 Surround Sound. A special mention regarding the DVD authoring for this package, which really deserves some sort of Canadian Juno Award, if they give out awards for that sort of thing. Authored in house at Metalworks, the menu visuals are incredible and they are some of the best that I've seen on any music DVD release. The entire Triumph/Metalworks team really put a lot of effort into making this the coolest anthology release a fan could possibly want, whether you're a hardcore Triumph lifer, or just someone like myself that liked a few of the hits over the years. The DVD is worth the purchase of this package on its own merit - a full length piece that very easily could have been released on its own as a separate release. Considering that this was a release that was one of my least anticipated releases of this year, Greatest Hits Remixed ultimately will probably rank as one of the best archival releases of the year - it's that good.

I hear rumblings that a reunion tour is possibly (and finally!) on the books for 2011 (after a couple of one-off shows a couple of years ago, including a performance at Rocklahoma), and if that's the case, Greatest Hits Remixed is the perfect release to tune up for those shows.

24Apr/102

Dire Straits – Alchemy – official trailer for upcoming video reissue

The classic Dire Straits concert film Alchemy finally makes its way onto DVD and Blu-ray on May 3rd in the UK and other territories, with a U.S. release date set for June 8th.

Here's the official trailer:

The legendary live concert is released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The picture of the original record have been restored by restoration specialist and live concert director Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison). The audio was mixed by Chuck Ainlay, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album (Brothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary edition).

  1. Once Upon a Time in the West
  2. Expresso Love
  3. Romeo & Juliet
  4. Private Investigations
  5. Sultans of Swing
  6. Two Young Lovers
  7. Tunnel of Love
  8. Telegraph Road
  9. Solid Rock
  10. Going Home - Theme from 'Local Hero'

Bonus (79 min) - Live TV Performances

  • Tunnel Of Love [8:53] The Old Grey Whistle Test 29/11/1980
  • Sultans of Swing [9:43] The Old Grey Whistle Test 16/05/1978
  • Documentary BBC Arena: Dire Straits [58 mins] 22/12/1980

A deluxe edition of the DVD with 2 CDs containing the audio portion can also be purchased.