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NEW CD; TUES., FEB. 15, 2011:
COWBOY JUNKIES: “DEMONS”: on Latent Recordings. General release; check Best Buy first.
“Demons” is the band’s tribute to the music of Vic Chestnutt, an American singer/songwriter, now deceased. The band is not currently on tour but they’ve swung by the Twin Cities on most of their tours. Check out their website: www.cowboyjunkies.com
FEATURE STORY: THE ROLLING STONES SINGLES (1971-2006): on Hip-O Records: CD & DD formats. SRP: mucho dinero. Availability: April 11 (UK); April 19 (US). Best Buy, Cheapo, Electric Fetus, Stones website, amazon.com.
Hip-O Records is among the leaders in the known universe at remastering vintage music and packaging it efficiently and attractively. They are releasing what will be the fourth packaging of Stones’ singles, a massive 45 disc set, each single in a mini-replica sleeve containing the original artwork. Each track is remastered from the original US, UK and European singles, important to note since some single versions differ slightly from the album trax. This set contains 173 trax including over 80 dubs, edits, remixes and live cuts along with a 32 page book of unreleased photos, new essays and interviews. Each set will be individually numbered. Single 1 starts with “Brown Sugar”; Single 45 is “Biggest Mistake”, the most recent release, making it up-to-date. Not even their website (www.rollingstones.com) has a price listing as yet.
As with any ultra-expensive item like this, it only matures in value if left sealed. Not many people can afford to buy one to play and one to keep. If you can, more power to you. It’s very difficult to imagine not playing some of these discs to hear the unreleased material. Hardcore fans will have that shrink wrap opened before leaving the parking lot. For local Stones’ fans, Best Buy will offer the lowest week-of-release price. Cheapo and the Fetus will also carry this for a limited time. Because it is a limited edition, it will sell out quickly and will not be re-released in this format. Save up, clear room on Mr. Credit Card or take out a sixth mortgage on your palatial estate.
The Stones have not announced any intention to tour this year as yet. Seemingly, Mick Jagger is peeved with bandmate Keith Richards who, allegedly, disclosed in his book (“Life”) that Jagger is short in the pants. Understandably, Jagger reacted poorly to this revelation. Should this…shortage…cease to be an issue, they are all road warriors and would be welcomed to a venue near you. This info was gleaned from a recent John Hite news report on 1500ESPN during the Sports Talk show. Please (Mick) do not kill the messenger(s).
7t’s (UK label) is planning to reissue “Suzi Quatro” (1973) & “Quatro” (1974) on March 21. Obviously, this will be in the UK but those releases generally hit US markets within a week. Neither album has been available in the US for 5+ years and both contain some fine tunes from the hard-rockin’ cutie. She is currently touring on a limited basis but no US dates are planned as yet. www.suziquatro.com
Gerry Rafferty (Jan. 4), Don Kirshner (Jan. 17) and John Barry (Jan 31) are now deceased, bringing a sadness to the new year. Rafferty gained fame singing with Stealer’s Wheel before going solo. Kirshner, best remembered for ‘Rock Concert’ during the ’70’s, was also key to making the Monkees the phenomena they became as well as signing Kansas to his signature label, Kirshner Records. John Barry was a film composer extraordinaire. His best-known music wafted behind the antics of James Bond early in the series as well as other films including “The Lion in Winter”, “Midnight Cowboy” and “Born Free”. R.I.P., gentlemen. Your legacies live on.
When all is said and done, it’s about the music…