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Jimi Hendrix app launched to provide a complete ‘Hendrix Experience’

November 19, 2011

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Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience is now available as a free app for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

The app is being offered as “Your backstage pass to explore and learn all about the music, life and career of the legendary Jimi Hendrix”.

Launched to coincide with what would have been the guitarist’s 69th birthday on November 27, the app enables fans to explore interactive chapters of Hendrix’s legacy through text, images and video.

Listeners can browse through the full collection of Hendrix’s albums, read about documentaries, live performances and other films about Hendrix, and also download music content directly from iTunes.

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Peggy Lee albums available digitally for first time

June 29, 2011

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EMI is releasing 22 of Peggy Lee’s classic albums as digital downloads for the first time. Some of the albums are currently out-of-print on CD.

  She recorded 592 tracks for Capitol Records between 1942 and 1952, and between 1957 and 1972.

  21 of the 22 albums are from her second stint at Capitol. They include I Like Men! (1959), I’m A Woman (1963), Is That All There Is? (1969) and a restored version of her final album Peggy Lee at Basin Street East: The Unreleased Show (1972).

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Debbie Harry and Blondie to release new album ‘Panic of Girls’ in 2011

September 11, 2010

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Debbie Harry and her band Blondie have revealed that they plan to release a new album next year. Titled Panic of Girls, it will be Blondie’s ninth studio album and their first collection of new material since The Curse of Blondie in 2003.

According to Blondie drummer Clem Burke, the band has already recorded about 35 new songs in Woodstock, New York – with 14 of the songs expected to make it onto the album. He hints that some of the surplus songs may be released via the Internet.

It’s the first time the band has recorded outside Manhattan since Automamerican, which was produced in Los Angeles in 1980.

“We tried to make the recording process as organic as possible,” says Burke. “We tried to stay away from programming as much as we could because the last album, The Curse of Blondie, had a lot of programming on it. So in the spirit of Woodstock, we just kept going in the studio and playing.”

He says everyone in the band contributed songs, although Debbie Harry – who turned 65 in July – wrote most of the lyrics. The album title, Panic of Girls, is a line from one of her new songs.

Burke says Blondie has been previewing a handful of the new songs during its summer tour dates – including the tracks ‘What I Heard’, ‘The End’ and ‘Mother’.

Debbie Harry admits she’s pleased to have some new songs to perform on stage. “I feel a definite urge to not just do old songs,” she says. “I really want to have a voice in the present, so I’m very happy that this is all going on because we’ve been stuck in a position for a couple of years where we weren’t recording.

“It really is awful having to go out and do the same old songs over and over again, although it’s not completely awful because you get a great response from the audience. They’re happy to hear the songs.”

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Engelbert Humperdinck new album Released…

September 9, 2010

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Engelbert Humperdinck has released a new album, titled Released, which was recorded in Los Angeles with Australian record producer Paul Wiltshire who has previously worked with artists such as The Backstreet Boys and Delta Goodrem.

Wiltshire and Engelbert’s son and manager Scott Dorsey were executive producers of the 11-track album which sees Engelbert stamping his own touch on current songs such as ‘We’ve Got Tonight’.

Wiltshire produced Engelbert’s first-ever iTunes hit, ‘Tell Me Where It Hurts’, which is also be featured on the new album.

Engelbert says he was thrilled by the success of ‘Tell Me Where It Hurts’ on iTunes. “In the old days, you put out a single and promoted it in person,” he says. “Now with iTunes it’s instantly all over the world. It’s quite exciting.”

Engelbert, who turned 75 last May, admits he will forever be best known for his version of the ballad ‘Release Me’, which was recorded over 44 years ago (and was responsible for keeping The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ from reaching Number One in the UK).

He feels it’s “an honour” to be so closely associated with the song. “I’ve recorded so many albums in my life, but because it was my signature and because it was my first song and because it went to number one around the world and gave me a global career immediately, it’s the only song they sing in my face at airports. It just goes to show the power of one song.”

During his 45-year career, the ‘king of romance’ has always been synonymous with smooth ballads. But he doesn’t like being classed as a ‘crooner’. “No crooner has the range I have,” he says. “I can hit notes a bank couldn’t cash. What I am is a contemporary singer, a stylised performer.”

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‘The Dave Clark Five – The Hits’ finally released on CD

October 6, 2008

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Good news for Dave Clark Five fans who haven’t got into downloading music yet. The compilation album The Dave Clark Five – The Hits – which has been available as a download on iTunes since March is finally about to be released on CD.

 

The 27-track retrospective – which includes the previously unreleased track ‘Universal Love’ and the often overlooked ‘Til The Right One Comes Along’ – will be released as a CD in the UK on October 13, 2008.

 

The album comes complete with a booklet containing many previously unseen photos of the band.

 

In 1964, the Dave Clark Five were regarded as the biggest challengers to The Beatles when their single ‘Glad All Over’ knocked the Fab Four’s ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ off the top of the UK charts after a six-week stay at Number One.

 

The Tottenham quintet were also the first ‘British Invasion’ band after The Beatles to achieve huge success in the United States – including a record 18 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and six sold-out US tours.

 

Between 1963 and 1967, The Dave Clark Five had 22 hits in the UK and 24 in America – with memorable singles like ‘Glad All Over’, ‘Bits and Pieces’, ‘Because’, ‘Can’t You See That She’s Mine’ and a remake of Bobby Day’s ‘Over and Over’ – all of which are included on The Dave Clark Five – The Hits.

 

Full track listing:

 

1. Do You Love Me

2. Glad All Over

3. Bits And Pieces

4. Can’t You See That’s She’s Mine

5. Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)

6. Don’t Let Me Down

7. Any Way You Want It

8. Wild Weekend

9. Catch Us If You Can

10. Because

11. I Like It Like That

12. Reelin’ And Rockin’

13. Over And Over

14. Come Home

15. You Got What It Takes

16. Try Too Hard

17. Everybody Knows

18. I’ll Be Yours My Love

19. Nineteen Days

20. Look Before You Leap

21. Til The Right One Comes Along

22. All Night Long

23. Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley

24. Sha Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

25. Here Comes Summer

26. Put A Little Love In Your Heart

27. Universal Love

 

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Sir Cliff Richard slams sound quality of downloads

September 9, 2008

 

While more and more over-50s are starting to get the hang of downloading music tracks from online retailers such as iTunes, Sir Cliff Richard says he’ll never be one of them.

 

He complains that the sound quality of downloaded music is inferior to the “unbeatable” sound from CDs.

 

It’s very hard to beat a CD,” he told the BBC News website. “I like putting six CDs in the machine and playing them for two or three days.”

 

The 67-year-old pop legend also revealed that his favourite format is the 12″ vinyl album because, he said, you can read the sleeve “without getting a magnifying glass.”

 

Sir Cliff is hoping to top the UK singles chart again this weekend with his latest single ‘Thank You For a Lifetime’. If he manages to reach the top spot, it will be his fifteenth Number One.

 

Most significantly, though, he’ll become the first artist ever to score Number One hits across six decades.

 

However, Sir Cliff admitted that achieving a Number One hit in 2008 “did not have the same cachet” as topping the chart with ‘Living Doll’ in 1959 – at the start of his career.

 

“In those days, when you released a single, it was potentially a million-seller,” he told the BBC. “That’s completely out of the question now, because people just don’t buy singles.”

 

Many of Sir Cliff’s loyal fans are still buying singles though. Some are reportedly buying up hundreds of copies of his new CD single in an attempt to make sure it gets to Number One.

 

Even if Sir Cliff fails to top the charts again, it’s unlikely that his existing landmark achievement – scoring number one hits across five decades – will be beaten by any other artist. After all, these days many artists don’t even last five years, let alone five decades.


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