Archive for January, 2012

Ringo Starr marks 50th anniversary of joining The Beatles with new album, 2012

January 30, 2012

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Ringo Starr is marking his 50th Anniversary of joining The Beatles in August 1962 by releasing his 17th solo studio album, appropriately titled 2012.

Produced by the 71-year-old himself, the new nine-track album features Ringo’s familiar feel-good blend of blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock ‘n’ roll.

Guest performers on 2012 include The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Don Was, Van Dyke Parks and Edgar Winter.

The album features a new song called ‘In Liverpool’ which Ringo co-wrote with Dave Stewart. The track gives Ringo a chance to reminisce about his life in the city of his youth.

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R&B legends Etta James and Johnny Otis die within days of each other

January 21, 2012

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Legendary R&B singer Etta James, best known for her versions of ‘At Last’, ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ and Muddy Waters’ ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, died on 20 January 2012, aged 73. She had been undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Coincidentally, the man who discovered her – bandleader Johnny Otis – died a few days earlier on 17 January 2012, aged 90. Dubbed the “godfather of rhythm and blues”, Otis was best known for his 1958 hit ‘Willie and the Hand Jive’.

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The Beatles’ Abbey Road tops vinyl charts … again

January 8, 2012

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As Abbey Road Studios celebrates its 80th Anniversary, the album that was inspired by the famous recording studio is also turning back the clock, it seems.

New figures show that The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road was the biggest selling album on vinyl in the USA in 2011.

The original vinyl album topped the UK charts for 17 weeks between September 1969 and January 1970.

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Gilbert O’Sullivan lines up major UK tour and ‘A Singer And His Songs’ greatest hits album

January 7, 2012

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Gilbert O’Sullivan is lining up a 17-date UK tour in March and April to coincide with the 5 March release of a new greatest hits collection titled A Singer And His Songs: The Very Best Of Gilbert O’Sullivan.

The singer-songwriter will be performing many of the songs from the new album on his A Singer And His Songs tour which starts on 17 March and ends on 15 April. It will be his biggest UK tour for many years.

A remastered and expanded version of his 1972 album Back To Front will also be released on 20 February.

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Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to play him in ‘Rocketman’ film

January 5, 2012

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Sir Elton John, 64, has revealed that he would like singer/actor Justin Timberlake to play him in Rocketman, the forthcoming film about his illustrious life and musical career – and Timberlake is reportedly taking the offer “very seriously”.

Timberlake is said to have impressed Sir Elton with his performance as a 1970s Elton in the music video for ‘This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore’ in 2002.

With a script written by Billy Elliott author Lee Hall, Rocketman has been described as a biographical musical fantasy and a “radically different kind of biopic”.

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Paul McCartney’s new album to be called ‘Kisses On The Bottom’

January 3, 2012

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Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that his new album will have the saucy title of Kisses On the Bottom.

Set for release on 6 February 2012, the album features Diana Krall and her band and includes cover versions of standards from the former Beatle’s childhood, as well as two new original McCartney compositions titled ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.

The full tracklisting is expected to be announced shortly.

‘My Valentine’ features a guest appearance by Eric Clapton, while Stevie Wonder performs on ‘Only Our Hearts’.

Kisses On the Bottom is expected to provide a glimpse into “the songs which inspired the songs” that McCartney has written over the years.

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The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’ 5-disc set cancelled

January 2, 2012

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Plans for an ambitious 5-disc super deluxe edition of the Doors’ 1971 album L.A. Woman have been scrapped, according to reports, because the retail price-tag for the set’s planned hard box packaging would not make it commercially viable.

A 2-disc 40th Anniversary special edition will now be released on January 24, followed later this year by a more affordable 3-disc limited edition box set comprising previously unreleased alternate tracks and outtakes. With few or no repeated tracks, the separate 2-disc and 3-disc sets would more or less equal the intended 5-disc version.

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