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2021 Record Store Day highlights

 

Record Store Day rolls around again with two dates slated for June 12 and July 17.

We've sifted through the heap of releases to pass along some titles we think will be of particular interest to followers of this page.

 

Available June 12.

Jefferson Airplane - Acid Incense and Balloons. A compilation of well known, obscure and alternate takes from 1966-1971. 3,000 copies June 12.

 

Janis Joplin - Pearl. Picture disc. 4,250 copies.

 

Joni Mitchell - Archive Vol 1 (1963-1967). 15,000 copies.

 

Motorhead - St. Valentine's Day Massacre. 40th Anniversary picture disc. 4,000 copies.

 

Robert Palmer - Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley. Green vinyl. 2,500 copies.

 

Pearl Jam - Alive. The 30th anniversary release includes rare B sides and the bands cover of the Beatles I've Got A Feeling. 18,500 lps, 6,300 cassette copies.

 

Tom Petty - Angel Dream. Songs from the soundtrack to the She's The One film with four previously unreleased songs.

 

Steely Dan - Two Against Nature. Released for the first time on vinyl. 10,000 copies.

 

Joe Strummer - Junco Partner. Picture disc. 3,500 copies.

 

Toots & the Maytals - Funky Kingston. Split color disc release. 2,000 copies.

 

Ramones - Live at the Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia July 8 1980. 13,000 copies

 

Warren Zevon - Preludes. A first time on vinyl release culled from 126 unreleased tracks and alternate takes that originally was released on a 2 CD set in 2007. Six of the songs on this have never been previously released. Issued on sky blue vinyl and with a 20 page book. 3,000 copies.

 

Available July 17.

 

The Allman Brothers Band - The Last Note. Duale Allman's last concert with the ABB took place in Owings Mills. MD less than two weeks before the tragic motorcycle crash that took his life. 9,000 copies of the 8 song set with a recording of Stormy Monday from an Austin, Texas concert in 1971.

Canned Heat- Living The Blues. A long ago discontinued double album reappears as a French import. 2,500 copies.

 

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja vu Alternates. A showcase of alternate versions of song that appeared on the original. 10,000 copies.

 

Dr. John - The Sun, Moon & Herbs 50th Anniversary. A triple lp expanded edition reissue of his 4th studio album. 3,000 copies.

 

Rory Gallagher - Cleveland Calling Pt. 2. A 7 song live set recorded at the Agoura in Cleveland for a radio broadcast. 2,500 copies.

 

The Jerry Garcia Band - Recorded live at the Warfield in San Francisco in 1990. A 5 lp set.

 

Grateful Dead - Olympia Theatre, Paris 5/3/1972. 6 lp set, 10,000 copies.

 

Ramones - Live at the Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia July 8 1980. 13,000 copies

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Nick Mason give Brian Johnson a joy ride

Nick Mason used chunk of the money he earned from Dark Side of the Moon to fuel his other passion - exotic cars. The Pink Floyd Drummer bought a Ferrari GTO 250 and later offered the highly prized car as collateral to help his band secure funding to do its 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. The car, now valued at more than $55 million is an understandably special occasion auto. One came up when Mason got together with fellow gearhead Brian Johnson of AC/DC. Although he's an accomplished high horsepower driver himself, not even Brain could talk Nick into giving him a turn at the wheel.

 

 

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Journey lawsuits settled

 

The legal standoff between Neal Schon and Jonathan Caine and two former members of Journey has come to an end. The wrangling began when Schon and Cain ousted Ross Valory and Steve Smith amid allegations that the bassist and drummer were attempting to take over the rights to the band's name. In a February, 2020 board meeting of Nightmare Productions, a corporate entity associated with the group, a vote was taken to grant Valory and Smith the right to replace Schon and Caine as officers. That action prompted the guitarist and Cain to fire them from the band, which led to Valory countersuing Schon and Cain over his dismissal. The apparently amicable settlement has Schon and Cain crediting Valory and Smith for their part in Journey's musical legacy and wishing them musical success in the future.

Journey will go on with former bassist Rand Jackson replacing Valory and Narada Michael Walden taking Smith's place. A great kicker for the story would be Valory and Smith talking Steve Perry into joining them in a new band called Sojourn or something else similar to their now former band's name.

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Eagles release a trio of albums on vinyl

 

The Eagles are rolling out vinyl editions tomorrow (4/2) of 1980's Eagles Live, 2007's Long Road Out Of Eden, and The Millennium Concert, a 29 song performance recorded at the Staples Center in LA on New Year's Eve in 1999 that was previously packaged in the 2000 box set Selected Works 1972-1999 and 2018's career spanning Legacy box.

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Pearl Jam pushing rescheduled tour dates into 2020

 

Pearl Jam's plans to make good on UK and European dates originally planned for the summer of 2020 and later moved to this year have been scuttled again in anticipation that ongoing Covid complications will make staging them this summer too risky and complicated.

 

 

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Steve Vai adds his voice and a guitar to Roadie Relief

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Bob Seger guests on The Simpsons tonight

Tonight's FOX airing of episode 701 of The Simpsons features an animated Bob Seger voiced by Bob himself. The Detroit Free Press article previewing the "Uncut Femmes" episode says Seger is a Simpsons fan and recorded his lines for the show last fall. The storyline has Marge Simpson involved in a jewel robbery and somehow leads to Homer with a VIP Bob Seger backstage pass lanyard around his neck talking with Bob.

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Steve Miller Band pegs full '77 concert set for release

The Steve Miller Band is packaging a full concert set recorded in Landover, Maryland in the summer of 1977 for a May 14th release. The newly mixed and mastered recording features the group in peak form on a release that will be available in digital, CD and double vinyl forms. Here's Jet Airliner from Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977.

 

 

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Billy Gibbons previews a track from next solo album

Billy Gibbons is back in the solo album mode saddle for a June 4 release he's titled Hardware. The ZZ Top guitarist recruited Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver veteran Matt Sorum to co-produce the album with him, Sorum also plays drums on the release. The album title is a nod to longtime ZZ Top recording engineer Joe Hardy who passed away in February of 2019 at 66. Here's a look and listen to the song West Coast Junkie from it.

 

 

 

 

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A trio of projects coming from Carlos Santana

 

Guitar great Carlos Santana says his next album is 90% done and includes some ripping guitar work from Metallica's Kirk Hammett. Downtime during the pandemic also gave Carlos time to put toward two additional albums. Speaking with ABC Audio, Santana expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work on multiple projects at 73, saying, "...because of this time that I'm allowed to just replenish and nourish". Blessings and Miracles will possibly also include songs that feature Steve Winwood and Living Colour's Corey Glover.

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Grateful Dead 1971 double live album 50th anniversary edition

 

The Grateful Dead's 1971 self-titled double live album that came to be known as Skull & Roses gets a 50th anniversary expanded edition re-release on June 25th. The 2 CD double vinyl or digital reissue features the remastered recordings made during concerts on both coasts in March and April of the release year plus 10 songs recorded during the group's last show at the Fillmore West on July 2nd, 1971.

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Ronnie Wood releasing limited edition, signed artwork prints

 

Stones fans looking for a particularly cool band related item and willing to pay $686 for it can get a high quality print of one of Ronnie Wood's recent retro Stones paintings personally signed by the guitarist. The run is limited to 295 individually numbered and hand autographed prints.

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Triumph marks 40th anniversary of Allied Forces

 

Triumph will release a 40th Anniversary box set of Allied Forces. The expanded edition of the band's 1981 album drops on June 12th, the day the member of the group will be honored as Canada's Record Store Day Ambassadors.

 

Included in the collection are picture disc lp of the original release double vinyl albums of a 1981 Cleveland concert, a 7" 2021 tribute single, a live single featuring previously unreleased versions of Allied Forces and Magic Power recorded in Ottawa in 1982, a 24 page booklet with rare tour photos, reproduced Allied Forces tour book, poster, backstage pass, copies of hand-written lyrics to Magic Power, Fight the Good Fight and Allied Forces and three comic drawings by Rik Emmet. Canadians buying the box will also get a repro of the 111x17" poster for the group's Maple Leaf Garden concert on the tour.

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U2 to stream four concerts on its YouTube channel

 

The Virtual Road is the name U2 has applied to a four concert series of archived concerts being made available for streaming on the group's YouTube for the first time. The 2001 Slane Castle concert leads the series off on St. Patrick's Day. Next up is the 1983 Red Rock's Amphitheatre stop on the War tour, which streams on March 25th. Mexico City's PopMart tour set airs April 1, and a 2015 Paris concert that took place just weeks after the November terrorist attacks will stream on April 10. Each of the concerts will have short sets filmed recently by bands that did not appear on the original U2 concerts.

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Yes previews Union box set (video)

Yes dishes up this preview from its 30 disc box set showcasing live performances during the legendary prog group's Union tour due out May 3.

 

 

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Roger Taylor hints at Queen/Bowie Cream covers

 

Queen's Roger Taylor has let on that there just might be recordings of David Bowie and his band doing covers of a pair of Cream songs during the 1981 sessions Under Pressure was cut during in Montreux, Switzerland. Interviewed by Record Collector, the Queen drummer said he recalls doing I Feel Free and NSU "just for a laugh" before doing the collaboration that became a huge track. Bowie's own version of I Feel Free was on his 1993 album Black Tie White Noise, but the version featuring him and Freddie Mercury together has yet to surface. We're all ears at the prospect of hearing both tracks - along with any they may have done that Roger doesn't remember.

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Sabbath drummer Bill Ward done playing live

 

Drummer Bill Ward (3rd from left, 1970) admits that he no longer has what it takes to drive Black Sabbath in concert, but insists he's capable of doing it in the studio if another album becomes likely. Speaking with Eddie Trunk, Ward said, "...as far as touring with Black Sabbath, I don't have the chops, and I don't have the ability to drive a band like that on stage". Although no album appears to be planned, the drummer added, "I'm not done. I think as long as we all exist and we're still breathing in air, I think we have every possibility of making some great music together."

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John Lennon 1970 solo debut gets massive expansion

 

More than six hours of bonus material is packed into an Ultimate Collection box set reissue of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, John's 1970 solo debut due out on April 16. The premium edition contains six CDs and two Blu-ray discs of Hi-Res audio containing hours of additional outtakes, demos and jams, along with a full-length live recording. Non music perks include a poster and hardbound 132 page book.

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1990 Pink Floyd Knebworth set getting released

 

The 1990 Knebworth concert featured an A-list lineup that included Pink Floyd, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Genesis and Elton John Dire Straits and Paul McCartney. Roger Waters had left Floyd, but the remaining members felt their band should get the closing headline slot, a contention that boiled over into heated exchanges between the managements of each group on the very day of the concert. When Pink Floyd prevailed, McCartney and his band refused to end their set at the appointed time, causing tempers to rise again between the camps because heavy weather was rolling in. Despite the discord, or perhaps because of it, both groups did stellar sets. Pink Floyd's set from that night gets released on CD, double vinyl and digital form for the first time on April 30th.  Order it now here.

 

 

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Fleetwood Mac previews expanded edition live release

Fleetwood Mac will release an expanded edition of the group's 1980 Fleetwood Mac Live album on April 9th . Here's a version of Gold Dust Woman recorded August 29th in 1977 at the Inglewood Forum in California that's among the additional tracks on a bonus disc that includes over an hour of previously unavailable concert recordings from that year through 1982.

 

 

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Instrumental matchmaker for music greats has passed

 

Updates and noteworthy anniversaries involving Classic Rock musicians fill this page, but we also occasionally make note of those events in the lives of people that were instrumental in those musician's lives. In the case of Henry Goldrich he, was literally instrumental. Henry joked with customers who asked about his favored instrument or his skill level by saying, "I play the cash register", something he did from 1969 - 1999 as the owner of Manny's Music, the legendary musical instrument shop at 156 W 48th St. in New York City. A multitude of musicians from virtually every genre of music made that register sing, too, but it was especially true of guitar players. Wall space that wasn't covered with guitars and other equipment was scarce, but there you could peruse the personally signed photos of thanks from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, the Beatles, David Gilmour, the Who and dozens of other iconic musicians that crossed the threshold of what they came to consider a musical Mecca.

 

The namesake of the store was a saxophone salesman who opened the original location in 1935 at 120 West 48th. At the outset, it was only 20x20 feet, but by 1954 had swelled to fill the whole building. Rockefeller Center was interested in taking over the building eleven years later and offered to buy the building up the block that Manny's later occupied. Unfortunately, Manny passed away before the move was made. His son Henry and daughter Helen ran the business from 1969 until the early 90's when they handed the reigns to Manny's grandchildren. By then, online competition and franchised instrument mega stores were getting the lion's share of the sales. Manny's ceased to be a family run business in 1999 when Ian and Judd Goldrich sold Manny's to rival Sam Ash Music - although it was operated as a subsidiary, keeping the Manny's name and employees until 2009.

 

Henry Goldrich wasn't a musician, but from his childhood to well into adulthood he spent his days in the nearly constant company of them. He and his staff were highly knowledgeable and had little patience for novices or indecisive buyers, and people that wandered in to browse were subject to disdain. But their love for hooking-up accomplished musicians with just the right gear made Manny's Music the place almost all of the greats wanted to go.

 

We learned this week that Henry passed away on February 16th in Florida at 88. Manny's is gone, but one of its favorite customers and a world renowned guitarist and instrument and amp collector Joe Bonamassa, now owns the vertical sign with the clock at the bottom of it generations of musicians kept an eye out for when in Manhattan.

 

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Yes releasing massive box set

 

Add Yes to the ever growing list of Classic Rock bands mining the archives for expanded edition box sets. Union 30 Live, a 30 disc collection culled from the 1991 tour of the prog group's lineup featuring Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Alan White, Trevor Rabin and Tony Kaye all uniting for the Union album and tour. The super deluxe version includes some fan recordings, radio broadcasts, repro laminate and fabric tour passes and tour programs, 10 photos and 2 posters, all packaged in a replica tour equipment case. The massive collection drops on May 3, along with a 4lp vinyl set of Union 30 Live.

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Who boxing up The Who Sell Out deluxe re-release

 

Pete Townshend is suggesting there's a decent chance a new album will develop out of some pandemic lockdown music he and Roger Daltrey have worked on. One thing on the Who horizon is certain is that a bunch of previously unavailable material is being packed into an expanded edition of the band's 1967 album The Who Sell Out that's due out April 23rd. The double vinyl and CD sets will be accompanied by a Super Deluxe version that has 46 previously unreleased tracks, nine posters and an 80 page hardbound book.

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Peter Frampton previews his instrumentals album

Peter Frampton's April 23rd album aptly titled Peter Frampton Forgets The Words is an instrumental album, but Peter certainly knows how to make his strings sing. Here's the version of Roxy Music's Avalon he and his band did for the album.

 

 

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Jimmy Page and David Coverdale consider recording together

 

Coverdale-Page, the 1993 collaboration involving David Coverdale and Jimmy Page is closing in on its 30th anniversary. The Whitesnake and Led Zeppelin veterans are already on the same page regarding an expanded re-release of the 1993 album in 2023, but Coverdale is actively trying to entice Jimmy to record some new tracks to include on it. Speaking with Eddie Trunk on his SiriusXM program Trunk Nation recently, David said he pitched the Zep guitar great on working together on some new material on Zoom or FaceTime. One obstacle is that Page is hunkered down at his country estate due to the pandemic and not inclined to motor into a London studio for sessions, but with the better part of a year to go and Covid hopefully getting reigned in, there should be enough time to get the couple of songs Coverdale has in mind to add finished, arranged and recorded.

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