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James Last’s ‘lost’ America album finally released

July 31, 2013

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James LastA ‘lost album’ by James Last has finally been released – 44 years after it was recorded.

Titled The America Album, it was produced in Hamburg in 1969 specifically for American audiences. The album wasn’t released and disappeared into Polydor’s archives for almost five decades.

The 11-track album has been described as “artistically ambitious” and “ahead of its time”. It features pop and rock-oriented songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro and Rod McKuen – including classic late-1960s songs such as ‘Wedding Bell Blues’, ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘Lady Lady Lay’ and ‘Ballad of Easy Rider’.

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Tony Bennett becomes oldest living artist to top US charts

October 1, 2011

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At the age of 85, Tony Bennett has entered the record books as the oldest living artist in history to top the US charts. His latest album, Tony Bennett: Duets II, has reached the summit of the US Billboard chart 54 years after his album Tony reached No. 14 in 1957.

The record for ‘oldest chart-topper’ was previously held by Bob Dylan who reached No. 1 at the age of 67 in 2009 with his album Together Through Life.

The all-star line-up of artists joining Bennett live in the studio on Tony Bennett: Duets II includes Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, the late Amy Winehouse, and many more. 


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Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s life story to be told in Hollywood film

August 29, 2011

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The colourful life story of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is to be turned into a major Hollywood film.

The producers say the biopic will take an ‘unconventional’ look at Wilson’s musical career and innovative creative processes, as well as his long struggle with mental health problems.

The script will be written by Oren Moverman, who created the screenplay for the unconventional Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There.


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Soul singer Solomon Burke dies aged 70

October 10, 2010

US soul singer Solomon Burke once said: “As long as I have breath to do it, I’ll sing, with God’s help”.

Sadly, the warm bass voice of this larger-than-life ‘King of Rock and Soul’ is now silent. He died early on Sunday October 10, 2010 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles. He was 70.

Solomon Burke was born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 21 1940. He began his adult career as a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show. But he also played guitar and sang, and his talent and church-trained voice were soon spotted.

In 1960, he signed with Atlantic Records – home to Ray Charles. Like Charles, his songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B. His first hit record, in 1961, was a cover version of the country song ‘Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)’. This was followed in 1962 with ‘Cry To Me’ which was famously used 25 years later in the film Dirty Dancing.

In 1964, Burke wrote and recorded his most influential song, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’, which was later covered by artists such as The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi also performed the song in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler dubbed him “the best soul singer of all time”. But Solomon Burke was more than just a great soul singer. He was first and foremost a man of God. He was the bishop of Solomon’s Temple – an evangelical church with 40,000 followers and 170 missions that had been founded by his grandmother after she reportedly dreamed of his birth 12 years before the event.

It was Burke’s religious beliefs that led Atlantic Records to market him as the first ‘soul singer’ after he objected to the record label describing his music as rhythm ‘n’ blues. At that time, many black churchgoers equated R&B with the music of the Devil.

Solomon Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy in 2003 for his album Don’t Give Up On Me. The album featured 11 tracks written for him by admirers such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Elvis Costello. He recorded every song in one take.

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Kingston Trio co-founder Nick Reynolds dies at 75

October 4, 2008


Guitarist and singer Nick Reynolds – a founding member of legendary folk group the Kingston Trio – has died after his family agreed to take him off a life support system in a San Diego, California hospital. He was 75.


Reynolds had been ill for some time with acute respiratory disease and other illnesses, his family said.


With hit songs like the Grammy award-winning ‘Tom Dooley’ (1958), ‘A Worried Man’ (1959) and ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ (1962), Nick Reynolds and the Kingston Trio were credited with helping to revive the folk music scene in the late 1950s – turning it into a mainstream force and paving the way for stars like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.


“Dad was so happy he turned people onto music in a way that people could really approach it, in a simple and honest way,” his son Josh Reynolds told The Associated Press. “He was a very gracious and loving performer.”


Born on July 27, 1933 in San Diego, California, Nicholas Reynolds demonstrated an early love of music and a talent for close harmony singing. He regularly performed sing-alongs with his two sisters and his Navy Captain father. It was his father who taught him to play guitar.


Reynolds, Bob Shane and Dave Guard formed the Kingston Trio in 1957 after meeting while at college. Dave Guard later left the group over musical differences in 1961 and was replaced by John Stewart.


Famous for their close harmonies and clean-cut style, the Kingston Trio were arguably the most vital and popular folk group in the world between 1957 and 1963. They won a second Grammy in 1959 for ‘Best Folk Performance’ for their third album, The Kingston Trio At Large.


The group disbanded in 1967 as rock music began to overshadow their brand of folk. Nick Reynolds decided to take a break from music and became a rancher in Oregon. He returned to California in the mid-1980s and, in 1991, teamed up with Bob Shane again to form a new version of the Trio. He remained with the group until retiring in 1999.


“Nobody could nail a harmony part like Nick,” Bob Shane once observed. “He could hit it immediately, exactly where it needed to be, absolutely note perfect, all on the natch.”


Fellow founder Dave Guard died in 1991, and his replacement, John Stewart, passed away earlier this year. Bob Shane is the only surviving member of the group.

Bob Dylan to release Tell Tale Signs compilation of rare and unreleased tracks

July 31, 2008


Bob Dylan fans are set for a treat this autumn with the release of Tell Tale Signs – a multi-disc compilation album consisting of alternative takes, previously unreleased studio recordings, demos, live tracks and rarities from 1989 to 2006.


Tell Tale Signs is the long-rumoured eighth volume in Dylan’s Bootleg Series. It will feature unreleased recordings from his studio albums from the last two decades – including 1989’s Oh Mercy, World Gone Wrong (1993), Time Out of Mind (1997) and Modern Times (2006).


Also included are tracks which were specially recorded for film soundtracks such as Lucky You (‘Huck’s Tune’) and Gods & Generals (‘Cross the Green Mountain’). There’s also a track from an album that Dylan started recording with David Bromberg in 1992, but which was never finished or released. Another rare gem is Dylan’s duet with Ralph Stanley on the song ‘The Lonesome River’.


Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 will be available in both a 2CD and 3CD format. The 2CD, 27-song edition will feature a booklet of rare photographs, liner notes and recording credits. The 3CD set is understood to be a deluxe limited edition that will include a 12-track bonus disc and a hardcover book of photographs of all of the singles Dylan has released throughout his career.


Tell Tale Signs is also expected to be released as a limited edition four-LP set which will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and will include all of the elements of the 2CD set.


Fans who visit Dylan’s web site ( will be able to obtain a free download of ‘Dreamin’ of You’, a Daniel Lanois-produced track which is featured on Tell Tale Signs. The previously unreleased song was recorded during Dylan’s sessions for his album Time Out of Mind.


The full track-listing for Tell Tale Signs is:


Disc 1:
’Mississippi’ (unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
’Most of the Time’ (alternate version, Oh Mercy)
’Dignity’ (piano demo, Oh Mercy)
’Someday Baby’ (alternate version, Modern Times)
’Red River Shore’ (unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
’Tell ‘Ole Bill’ (alternate version, North Country soundtrack)
’Born in Time’ (unreleased, Oh Mercy)
’Can’t Wait’ (alternate version, Time Out of Mind)
’Everything is Broken’ (alternate version, Oh Mercy)
’Dreamin’ of You’ (unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
’Huck’s Tune’ (from Lucky You soundtrack)
’Marching to the City’ (unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
’High Water (For Charley Patton)’ (Live, Niagara, 2003).


Disc 2:
’Mississippi’ (unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
’32-20 Blues’ (unreleased, World Gone Wrong)
’Series of Dreams’ (unreleased, Oh Mercy)
’God Knows’ (unreleased, Oh Mercy)
’Can’t Escape From You’ (unreleased, December 2005)
’Dignity’ (unreleased, Oh Mercy)
’Ring Them Bells’ (Live at the Supper Club, 1993)
’Cocaine Blue’ (Live, Vienna, Va., 1997)
’Ain’t Talkin’’ (alternate version, Modern Times)
’The Girl On The Greenbriar Shore’ (Live, 1992)
’Lonesome Day Blues’ (Live, Sunrise, Fla., 2002)
’Miss the Mississippi’ (unreleased, 1992)
’The Lonesome River’ (With Ralph Stanley, from Clinch Mountain Country)
’Cross The Green Mountain’ (From Gods and Generals soundtrack).


Disc 3:
’Duncan And Brady’ (unreleased, 1992)
’Cold Irons Bound’ (Live, Bonnaroo, June 2004)
’Mississippi’ (unreleased version #3, Time Out of Mind)
’Most Of The Time’ (alternate version #2, Oh Mercy)
’Ring Them Bells’ (alternate version, Oh Mercy)
’Things Have Changed’ (Live, Portland, Oregon, 2000)
’Red River Shore’ (unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
’Born In Time’ (unreleased version #2, Oh Mercy)
’Tryin’ To Get To Heaven’ (Live, London, 2000)
’Marchin’ To The City’ (unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
’Can’t Wait’ (alternate version #2, Time Out of Mind)
’Mary And The Soldier’ (unreleased, World Gone Wrong).

Rock Band 2 set to bridge the generation gap for family gamers

July 15, 2008

Rock fans and game players of all ages should be able to find something to jam to when the new PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii game Rock Band 2 is launched later this year.


Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games – the makers of Rock Band 2 – have revealed that the music video game’s much-anticipated soundtrack will include 75 songs spanning all types of rock – from the Sixties to today.


The headline track is a brand new Guns N’ Roses song, ‘Shackler’s Revenge’, which is taken from the band’s first album for 14 years, Chinese Democracy.


The game also features classic Sixties master recordings by the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Who … and Bob Dylan makes his video game debut with ‘Tangled Up in Blue’.


Also included is AC/DC’s arena anthem, ‘Let There Be Rock’, along with original recordings by Beck, Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads and Linkin Park. Joan Jett, Blondie, Paramore, the Go-Gos and Alanis Morissette provide the female touch.


Rock Band 2 allows players to perform in virtual bands by providing up to four players with the ability to play different peripherals modelled after musical instruments, including lead guitar, bass guitar and drums. There’s also a microphone peripheral for vocals.


Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of Electronic Games and Music at MTV, said: “With Rock Band, Harmonix and MTV Games set out to create a powerful music platform for music fans, their friends and families to discover music in a way unlike ever before.


“We’re honoured that such legendary artists as AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan and more have chosen Rock Band 2 as a new platform for fans to experience their music.”


Rock Band 2 track List:

AC/DC – ‘Let There Be Rock’; AFI – ‘Girl’s Gone Grey’; Alanis Morissette – ‘You Oughta Know’; Alice in Chains – ‘Man in the Box’; Allman Brothers – ‘Ramblin’ Man’; Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Almost Easy’; Bad Company – ‘Shooting Star’; Beastie Boys – ‘So Whatcha Want’; Beck – ‘E-Pro’; Bikini Kill – ‘Rebel Girl’; Billy Idol – ‘White Wedding Pt. I’; Blondie – ‘One Way or Another’; Bob Dylan – ‘Tangled Up in Blue’; Bon Jovi – ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’; Cheap Trick – ‘Hello There’; Devo – ‘Uncontrollable Urge’; Dinosaur Jr. – ‘Feel the Pain’; Disturbed – ‘Down with the Sickness’; Dream Theater – ‘Panic Attack’; Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’; Elvis Costello – ‘Pump It Up’; Fleetwood Mac – ‘Go Your Own Way’; Foo Fighters -‘Everlong’; Guns N’ Roses – ‘Shackler’s Revenge’; Interpol – ‘PDA’; Jane’s Addiction – ‘Mountain Song’; Jethro Tull – ‘Aqualung’; Jimmy Eat World – ‘The Middle’; Joan Jett – ‘Bad Reputation’; Journey – ‘Anyway You Want It’; Judas Priest – ‘Painkiller’; Kansas – ‘Carry On Wayward Son’; L7 – ‘Pretend We’re Dead’; Lacuna Coil – ‘Our Truth’; Linkin Park – ‘One Step Closer’; Lit – ‘My Own Worst Enemy’; Lush – ‘De-Luxe’; Mastodon – ‘Colony of Birchmen’; Megadeth – ‘Peace Sells’; Metallica – ‘Battery’; Mighty Mighty Bosstones – ‘Where’d You Go’; Modest Mouse – ‘Float On’; Motorhead – ‘Ace of Spades’; Nirvana – ‘Drain You’; Norman Greenbaum – ‘Spirit in the Sky’; Panic at the Disco – ‘Nine in the Afternoon’; Paramore – ‘That’s What You Get’; Pearl Jam – ‘Alive’; Presidents of the USA –’Lump’; Rage Against the Machine – ‘Testify’; Ratt – ‘Round & Round’; Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Give it Away’; Rise Against – ‘Give it All’; Rush – ‘The Trees’; Silversun Pickups – ‘Lazy Eye’; Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Today’; Social Distortion – ‘I Was Wrong’; Sonic Youth – ‘Teenage Riot’; Soundgarden – ‘Spoonman’; Squeeze – ‘Cool for Cats’; Steely Dan – ‘Bodhitsattya’; Steve Miller Band – ‘Rock’n Me’; Survivor – ‘Eye of the Tiger’; System of a Down – ‘Chop Suey’; Talking Heads – ‘Psycho Killer’; Tenacious D – ‘Master Exploder’; Testament – ‘Souls of Black’; The Donnas – ‘New Kid in School’; The Go-Go’s – ‘We Got the Beat’; The Grateful Dead – ‘Alabama Getaway’; The Guess Who – ‘American Woman’; The Muffs – ‘Kids in America’; The Offspring – ‘Come Out & Play’; The Replacements – ‘Alex Chilton’; The Who – ‘Pinball Wizard’.




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