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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!

24Apr/1122

CD Review: Nazareth – Big Dogz

I'm pleased to welcome longtime MusicTAP site editor Matt Rowe to ATV for a guest review of the new Nazareth album Big Dogz (which will also be available on vinyl). MusicTAP is a longtime favorite destination of mine for music reviews and release news, so it's a pleasure to have Matt's words here on the site. Enjoy!

Being a fan of Nazareth through their many albums (no, I didn't love them all), I have determined that when they hit the gong well, they really hit it. Razamanaz (1973), Hair Of The Dog (1975), Loud 'n' Proud (1974), and Rampant (1974) were strong albums in the golden age that were tough to beat. Although I preferred Razamanaz over them all (and still do), I've never ruled out the potential of any of their albums.

The release of The Newz in 2008 left me feeling good about aged classic rock with new material from a band that actually recorded during the period, and so it was with much hope that Big Dogz would adhere to the blues/rock quality that permeates a good Nazareth album. And it does to a good degree. There are eleven songs on the album, with several excellent tracks that are pure Nazareth. The opener track, "Big Dog's Gonna Howl" musically offers a Nazareth experience, if not a pure one. But it is necessary to get to the final two songs on the set to immerse a bit deeper into the Nazareth experience that is familiar to fans.

Nazareth - Big Dog's Gonna Howl by Eagle Rock Entertainment

"Butterfly", is a reflective ballad that drips with love for a girl that was unable to stay. We've heard this stuff from Nazareth before and so we can go with it when we hear it "again". The final track, "Sleeptalker", now THAT'S Nazareth. Which is why it's so odd to see it buried all the way down at the end. It's here where the album earns its patch with excellent guitar work by Jimmy Murrison even as the album (like The Newz) still misses Manny Charlton. Charlton's guitar-work were as distinctive of early Nazareth as McCafferty's voice is. McCafferty's voice now, while admirable for a 65-year old, doesn't have the range it used to have but that doesn't impact a new Nazareth album in any way.

The remaining songs on Big Dogz, all the ones that lead up to the last (and important) two, are good efforts. "Claimed", and "Radio" are a couple very good tunes. What makes the final two so important is that they reveal that this band hasn't finished making good albums. They may not be Razamanaz, or Rampant, or even Hair Of The Dog from their prime years, but as a fan, Nazareth can still satisfy a classic itch.

10Apr/1121

Contest: A Free MP3 and chance to win “Europe ’72” by The Grateful Dead

I had the great pleasure of speaking with longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux this past week for an interview that will be online soon. How soon? As soon as my fingers can do the transcribing work!  Lemieux is currently knee deep in the assembly work for the highly anticipated 72 CD release of Europe '72, a massive package that brings together all 22 original shows recorded for the original Europe '72 release in their entirety, including overdub-free versions of the original album tracks for the first time ever!

As work continues on the package, the Dead camp have been sharing the occasional taste of the upcoming package with three free MP3s released to date. And now you can add a fourth to the mix - "Casey Jones," as recorded on April 11th, 1972 in Newcastle, England. Capping off the first set, which stretched out 18 tracks deep, this version of "Casey" does a mighty fine job of bringing the train back to the station for a brief pause.

Download the MP3 here and use the widget to share the musical love with all of your friends.

Now, while we can't offer you a freebie copy of the entire upcoming release, we do have a copy of the two CD expanded reissue of Europe '72 ready to ship away to one lucky ATV reader. For your chance to grab it, send us a note with "Grateful Dead" in the subject line. Good luck!

By the way, don't forget that Record Store Day this coming Saturday will be your chance to grab the brand new mono reissue of the first Grateful Dead album, pressed on 180 gram vinyl for all aficionados to enjoy!


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8Apr/1121

Rhino Handmade prepares Chicago “Live in ’75” release

When I spent some time recently reminiscing about some great live Chicago video from the '70s, I had no idea that my words might make it to the music gods with power to release cool stuff. Actually, it's probably completely unrelated, but I'm very, very stoked about the latest announcement from Rhino Handmade about Chicago's Live in '75, which will be released by Rhino Handmade on May 24th.

Read onward for the juicy details and get stoked!

Here's the official press release:

CHICAGO REVISITS “OLD DAYS” WITH LIVE IN ’75

Rhino Handmade’s Two-Disc Set Captures Dynamic Previously Unreleased
Performances Recorded Live At The Capital Centre In Maryland

Pre-order Exclusively At Rhino.com On April 11, Ships May 24

LOS ANGELES – After releasing its eighth consecutive gold album in
just six years, Chicago embarked upon a massive stadium tour in 1975
that’s considered to be one of its finest. The shows found the group
at the pinnacle of its prowess, combining the jaw-dropping musicality
and contagious onstage energy that made Chicago one of the most
successful acts in American pop history.

Rhino Handmade provides a snapshot from this extraordinary tour for
the ages with a two-disc set that contains two hours of previously
unreleased performances recorded June 24-26 at the Capital Centre in
Largo, Maryland. The collection is presented in a hardbound slipcase
accompanied by a foldout poster that features rare photos from the
tour, LIVE IN ’75 is available April 11th for pre-order exclusively at
www.rhino.com for $39.98 and will be shipping on May 24.

LIVE IN ’75 includes selections from all of the group’s albums through
its then-current Chicago VIII. The set flows like a greatest hits
collection that spans nearly every smash – from Robert Lamm’s smooth
baritone on “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” to the Lee
Loughnane-penned hit “Call On Me” – but leaves room for beloved album
tracks like the latin-flavored “Mongonucleosis.” The set also includes
a complete performance of the crowd-pleasing “Ballet For A Girl In
Buchannon” suite that James Pankow composed for the Chicago II album.

The band came out rocking, opening with “Introduction” from the
ensemble’s stunning 1969 debut Chicago Transit Authority before
shifting to “Anyway You Want” from its most recent LP. The combination
neatly distilled Chicago’s past and present into a powerful one-two
punch that established an intensity that did not let up through the
entire show.

LIVE IN ’75 includes Chicago’s distinctive take on a pair of cover
tunes. The first, “I’m A Man,” finds the band making The Spencer Davis
Group classic their own, led by a rousing guitar performance from
Terry Kath. The second, the Beatles’ “Got To Get You Into My Life,”
was significant because it was the song that originally seeded Walter
Parazaider’s imagination with the notion of a new kind of rock ’n’
roll band with horns.

LIVE IN ’75
Track Listing

Disc 1
1.      “Introduction”
2.      “Anyway You Want”
3.      “Beginnings”
4.      “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
5.      “Call On Me”
6.       “Make Me Smile”
7.      “So Much To Say, So Much To Give”
8.      “Anxiety’s Moment”
9.      “West Virginia Fantasies”
10.     “Colour My World”
11.     “To Be Free”
12.     “Now More Than Ever”
13.     “Ain’t It Blue?”
14.     “Just You ’N’ Me”
15.     “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long”
16.     “Mongonucleosis”
17.     “Old Days”
18.     “25 Or 6 To 4”

Disc 2
1.      “Got To Get You Into My Life”
2.      “Free”
3.      “I’m A Man”
4.      “Dialogue”
5.      “Wishing You Were Here”
6.      “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”

11Mar/114

MP3: Grateful Dead – Playing In The Band (from Europe ’72 box set)

September isn't exactly around the corner quite yet, but if you'd like a taste of the forthcoming Grateful Dead Europe '72: The Complete Recordings box set, due to ship in September, you're in luck. The band offers up a teaser in the form of this downloadable version of "Playing In The Band," recorded on April 14th, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The gig was interestingly enough, the band's first paid show in front of a foreign language crowd.

Download "Playing In The Band" via the below widget. Details on the complete 72 CD (!!!) box set follow after the jump.

24Feb/110

Last Minute Gig Alert: Roger Clyne @ The Beachland Tavern

Thanks to ATV pal Scott Banham for the heads up on this one!  If the combination of a frosty cerveza and the music of Roger Clyne sounds like a good time to you (and it should!), you'll want to nab yourself a ticket for the newly announced last minute Beachland show happening this upcoming Tuesday (3/1) IN THE TAVERN!

Normally, you'd find Clyne and his regular band of musical gypsies The Peacemakers in the larger Ballroom (for shows that often are packed to the gills), but Tuesday's show will be a more intimate affair with Clyne and fellow Peacemaker P.H. Naffah performing acoustically (ATV friend Jason Meyers will open up the show).  Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 day of show, but you're probably running a huge risk of a shutout if you wait that long.

The duo will barnstorm a smattering of cities starting with the Cleveland show on Tuesday, with stops in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota (we're really starting to get cold now) prior to wrapping things up in Indianapolis on March 6th. I'm not sure what the exact reason is behind the dates (and hell, we ain't lookin' for an explanation), but the one thing that they all have in common is that it will give like minded individuals in each city the opportunity to come out and drink beer and enjoy some good old fashioned acoustic pickin' with a setlist that's sure to feature your favorites from both the Peacemakers catalog and ye olde Refreshments. Check out the complete run of tour dates here.

Clyne will be back on the road in April with the full band, celebrating the release of the latest Peacemakers opus Unida Cantina, which will be available on April 19th.  It's reasonable to guess that you'll probably hear at least a few of those new songs at the upcoming March dates. On top of that, each night is a guaranteed good time...the most fun you can have without actually being in Mexico!

Here's a recent live performance of "Maria," one of the tracks that will be featured on the upcoming album, recorded in January at the Music Fog studios in Steamboat Springs, CO.

15Feb/1123

Random Youtube: Foo Fighters – White Limo

As our friends at Metal Insider noted, the Foo Fighters rarely disappoint in the music video department of things (and actually, I think they're pretty damn consistent on the musical side as well).  Important note:  if Metal Insider is writing about this new Foo Fighters song, you know it must be heavy.  And it certainly is.  But then, throw in Lemmy as the limo driver?  That takes this video all the way to awesome!  (I'm waiting for Viva La Mainstream to weigh in with his thoughts - I think he's still recovering from live blogging that Creed concert the Grammy Awards.)

Dave Grohl says the new album is 'simple' and 'massive' and although as far as we know, there's not an album title yet, we do know that you can expect the 11 tracks of awesomeness to drop on April 12th at your favorite friendly record store.

In the meantime, don't forget that the Lemmy documentary is in stores today! (And if you want to hear more tunes from the album, Guerrilla Candy has a nice assembly of Youtube clips from the full album performances that the band has done so far.)

But let's get to the reason that we're here:  Here's the new video from the Foos - click play and enjoy!

1Feb/110

Things To Look Forward To: Ron Sexsmith – Long Player, Late Bloomer

My knowledge of the music of Ron Sexsmith is mainly limited to the short set that I saw him play a few years ago at the Beachland as part of Blue Rodeo's tour with "Friends." He's always been on my ever-growing list of artists to become familiar with and after hearing his new album Long Player, Late Bloomer (due for release on March 1st), I think I'm going to have to dig deeper in the stacks to hear more. As freezing rain pelts down on the windows outside here in Cleveland, the new album from Sexsmith makes it feel a whole lot like summer (which is weird, because the material I was previously and vaguely familiar with from Sexsmith didn't strike me as particularly upbeat) even though I know we're really far away from that. (And what's not to like about an artist with an album in his catalog of work called Exit Strategy Of The Soul?)

20Jan/1121

Release News: More details regarding that live CD from The Gathering Field

According to the setlist of songs played on the night, here's the track listing of songs that you can expect to find on the forthcoming double live CD from The Gathering Field (previously mentioned within this overly gigantic post). (Huge thanks to the setlist keeper who posted this on Facebook shortly after the gig!)

Are there a couple of my favorites that are missing?  Certainly.  But it's what is here that counts.  Opening with "One Way Or The Other" gets mass kudos from my side of the room.  And some new material in the set plus word of additional gigs to come (CD release gig seems like a must, right?) is all satisfying material to chew on...

The only question left to find out is when can we get our hands on this one?

One Way Or The Other
Complicated Me
Are You An Angel?
City By The Sea (NEW SONG!)
Better Off Without Me
Baby is a Mannequin
Aimless
My Serenity
The Heart of Everything
Rhapsody In Blue
Lost It In The Sun
Midnight Ghost
Lost In America
I’d Believe In God For You
Bound To Be
Divine Intervention
Dylan Thomas Days
Bordertown
Who We Are
Encore:
Rough Road

Let's close it out with some vintage live video from 1996....

CD cover image via BillDeasy.com

26Sep/1026

The ATV Interview: Eric Johnson

Austin-based guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson has been one of my favorite guitar players for a long time and it's always a pleasure anytime that I get a chance to catch him in concert. Johnson is currently in the midst of a few different projects, including a newly completed solo CD called Up Close that features a number of guest artists.  Johnson will hit the stage on Friday night in Milwaukee for the start of the Guitar Masters tour, a new package bill featuring Johnson paired acoustically with fellow guitar talents Andy McKee and Peppino D'Agostino.  Each artist will perform their own set and come together at the end of the evening for a nice bit of jamming that will be visual and sonic ear candy for all who are in attendance.  I had the chance to talk with Eric a few weeks back as he was getting ready for the tour and I think we covered some good ground in this one.  Enjoy!

How did this tour come about?

Actually, the booking agency has been trying to put it together for a while, I think. Every now and then I go off and do these acoustic tours, so it just seemed nice to be able to put that together with some other acoustic players so that's kind of how that all happened.

I understand you're also in the final stages of finishing the new record.

It's all done – it's been done for a while now, I'm just kind of waiting for them to put it out. They're talking about putting it out in October, so I'm just waiting for them to do that. I am actually working on an acoustic record too and I want to try to get that out next year.