Well, Spring Break has hit the States so some sort of psychological relief must be around the corner. Just give me some extended periods of sunshine and I'm good! While the news started to stream in earlier in the week, it kind of diminshed to a trickle the last couple of days. Still, some cool stuff to relay so let's get on with the program.
There is a new BEACH BOYS exclusive label called Hang Ten. Their premier release is set to hit the streets and is simply titled,
"Live! Carnegie Hall 1972". The single disc title features a superb soundboard recording from what I would consider a tough period for the band...but captures a unique evening, warts and all, at the legendary New York venue on November 23rd, 1972 and was recorded for a possible live album. The soundboard is incomplete but is all that has surfaced to date and Hang Ten fills out the release with some excellent bonus live tracks circa 1967 - though these tracks aren't documented with specifics in any way on the cover art. The sound here is excellent and this label will be a very cool one to keep an eye on. For other BEACH BOYS releases, visit Uncanny's Blog page via the Bridge link here at the site.
Genuine Masters announced their April releases this week. GM will put their mastering stamp on THE ROLLING STONES "LiveR Than You'll Ever Be", featuring both of the classic Oakland Coliseum shows of November 9th, 1969 and from the samples I've heard, should even be an upgrade to the highly regarded Tarantura versions! Also on deck from GM is LED ZEPPELIN "Memorial Adelaide", another nice audience recording from their swing down under, this one from February 19th, 1972. Both releases will be in the DVD-Audio/Picture Montage format.
In other Bootleg music news...the latest from Apocalypse Sound DVD includes THE GRATEFUL DEAD "Tivolis Koncertsal", professionally filmed in Stockholm on April 17th, 1972 and features excellent Stereo Soundboard Audio...then we have an interesting and exciting sounding PINK FLOYD DVD titled "Psychadelic Chronicles" that documents the bands' earlier period through the "Dark Side.." era, with live footage from London 1966 and compiles other video through 1973. The early word from some Floyd insiders is that much of this material is surfacing for the first time! It's that kind of jargon that brings out the skeptic in all of us while still getting the heart rate up! Finally on Apocalypse Sound this month there's BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "Years Of Innocence". This is has all the markings of a potential "must have" for SPRINGSTEEN collectors as it compiles rare footage from Max's Kansas City 1972, Hammersmith Odeon November 18th, 1975 -filmed in Widescreen, L.A. Forum '78, No Nukes Concert '79 and the Survival Concert from The Hollywood Bowl in 1981. Aural Delights has a handfull of Soundboard source offerings ready to go...U2 "Life Beyond Vertigo" is a compilation of surprise gigs and radio performances during their 2004 Promotional Tour....2 releases from THE CURE "The Black Sessions" documents the bands' October 15th, 2004 performance at the La Maison De Radio France in Paris and "J'oublie Mon Chagrin" is the semi-acoustic show from the L'Olympia in Paris on June 30th, 2004...TOM WAITS "Back In The Good Old World" is a soundboard from Berlin, November 15th, 2004 with bonus tracks from London the following week on November 23rd. All are released in deluxe DigiPack presentations. On the Judah Records Label this week, AC/DC "Bona Fide Rarities" compiling early singles and TV appearances...THE LIBERTINES "Time For Heroes", a live compilation of rarities 1999-2004...METALLICA "Obsession 1982/83", featuring their Metal Monday Showcase performance at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco on October 18th, 1982 plus rehearsal and demo bonus tracks -all soundboard sources.
Bootleg News out of Japan confirms Empress Valleys' latest LED ZEPPELIN titles..."Led Zeppelin Is My Brother" is getting early raves as the finest source yet of the Budokan concert on October 2nd, 1972...Sirene has released the recently shared Joe Maloney sourcetape of PINK FLOYD "Boston 1973", the excellent recording and performance from the Boston Music Hall on March 14th, 1973...Wardour has QUEEN "Space Boogie", a 2CD set documenting their November 3rd, 1982 show at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo. On the Bootleg Video side...Trial DVD Masters has issued DAVID BOWIE "The 1980 Floor Show", compiling footage that has been well circulated amongst collectors but is quite worthy of a special issue here, though on DVD-R. Sirene DVD Masters has a new Silver Disc release from SOFT MACHINE called "Newcastle Jazz Festival 1976", a Pro-shot title filmed at The University Theater in Newcastle, England on October 29th, 1976...Power Gate DVD Masters has WHITESNAKE "Rock In Rio 2nd Night", the Pro-shot January 19th, 1985 show in Brazil with bonus footage that includes an upgraded version of "Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues" from Tokyo '84 and The Old Grey Whistle Test '85 and Interview footage as well. And there is a new COVERDALE/PAGE Japanese DVD, "Osaka 1993"...filmed at Castle Hall on December 20th, 1993. There is also news of some titles from an as-of-yet unidentified bootleg Label that look very interesting!...NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE "Well-Known Secret", a 4CD set that features both shows from November 22nd, 1976...THE BEATLES "Get Back Sessions", a 7CD set that apparently compiles all of the January 27th, 1969 soundboard reels - again!...then there is THE ROLLING STONES "Fanfare For The Common Man", a 4-disc set that combines both of the Mike Millard L.A. Forum recordings from June 11th & 12th, 1975.
Finally, the CDR/DVD-R LED ZEPPELIN exclusive label, Beezlebub Records, has an ambitious looking release schedule. Currently, their Web site is promoting several new titles on the way including..."Bon Soir, Do Ya Feel Alright?", a 2CD + 1DVD title that sounds like it will be the Baton Rouge, February 28th, 1975 audience source audio and 8mm footage but this is totally unconfirmed....then there is "Led Zeppelin As Extravaganza", simply described as a 3CD set..and then there is the large box set, "Falling Short"...simply listed as 9CD Special Box Set with no details.
That's all for this week, sorry about the late posting again but I needed to gather some more information to make this somewhat worthwhile. Thanks for checking in and I'll meet you back here next week. Have a good one.
March 20th, 2005