THE DOORS - The Soft Parade (1969) [3CD Box Set, 2019]
Rhino is continuing its ongoing series celebrating the music of The Doors with a new 50th anniversary edition of the band’s fourth studio album, The Soft Parade. Originally released 50 years ago on July 18, 1969, The Soft Parade introduced the hit “Touch Me” and became Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger, and Densmore’s fourth consecutive Top Ten album. The Soft Parade was further distinguished by the presence of orchestral arrangements for the first time on a Doors record. The Soft Parade: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies, includes the original studio album – and the non-LP B-side of “Wishful Sinful,” “Who Scared You” – as newly remastered by the band’s longtime collaborator, Bruce Botnick on CD and 180-gram vinyl plus new liner notes by rock journalist David Fricke. 13 previously unreleased tracks are spread across Discs 2 and 3, including stripped-down “Doors Only” mixes sans the brass and strings of “Tell All The People,” “Touch Me,” “Wishful Sinful,” “Runnin’ Blue,” and “Who Scared You.” The set additionally features three of those stripped-down (“Touch Me,” “Wishful Sinful,” and “Runnin’ Blue) versions with new guitar parts added by Robby Krieger. Three more tracks have been culled from studio rehearsals – with Ray Manzarek (a.k.a. Screamin’ Ray Daniels) on vocals – that include an early version of “Roadhouse Blues,” a song that would arrive the following year on Morrison Hotel. These three songs feature newly recorded bass parts by Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, who joined Krieger and John Densmore at a tribute concert for Manzarek in 2016, three years after the organist died of cancer. Manzarek’s take on “Roadhouse Blues” is available now on all digital download and streaming services. Among the three studio outtakes collected on the set’s final disc is much-bootlegged, hourlong jam “Rock Is Dead,” which appears on this set in its entire, surviving form for the first time ever.
NICK DRAKE - Tuck Box (2013) [5CD Box Set]
Nick Drake was strling to find success when he died from an overdose of antidepressants in 1974, at the age of 26, but since then his gentle, haunting songs have transformed him into a folk legend. Now his complete catalogue has been re-released, housed in a replica of his school tuck box. The 5CD set of course includes his three now-celebrated albums, including Five Leaves Left, with lush string backing on songs such as River Man, and the more stark and simple Pink Moon, on which he demonstrated his impressive guitar work. Then there's Made to Love Magic, released in 2004, which includes out-takes and his final 1974 recordings, including the bleak Black Eyed Dog, and Family Tree, a set of home recordings he made before 1969, that was originally released in 2007. It's predictably patchy, but he showed some inspired guitar work on his cover of Bert Jansch's Strolling Down the Highway. Each CD comes housed in mini-replica LP sleeves and come with reproductions of the original shop posters for each release. The box set itself is a 7-inch square and the design depicts Nick Drake's own tuck box from his Marlborough College days, used to guard the various cakes dispatched weekly from his mother, Molly Drake.
T. REX - Dandy In The Underworld (1977) [3CD Book Set, 2019]
This, the final official Marc Bolan and T. Rex album, was conceived during a turbulent time in rock history. Issued on 11 March 1977, Dandy In The Underworld arrived in the wake of the Damned’s ‘New Rose’ and the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy In The UK’, singles that had given the emerging punk rock a national platform. To promote the album, Bolan undertook a tour of the UK and Europe, with support from The Damned, who acknowledged T. Rex as a big influence.
Following the success of Edsel book sets of the 'Tanx' + 'Zinc Alloy' Albums, and 'Bolan's Zip gun' + 'futuristic Dragon', as well as 'born to boogie', we now present the final T. Rex album, 1977's "Dandy in the underworld". Produced by Marc Bolan, the album features the hit singles "I love to boogie" (# 13), "Dandy in the underworld" And "the soul of my suit". "Celebrate summer", the last single released in Bolan's lifetime, is included as a bonus track along with several other non-album a- and b-sides. For this deluxe media book edition, we have added 36 bonus outtakes, demos and alternate mixes, 20 of which are previously unreleased. These have been mastered from original first generation tapes in the possession of two dedicated fans - This is the first time these tapes have been used. The book features a brand new 9,500+ word note by acknowledged Bolan authority, Mojo writer Mark Paytress, as well as an interview with friend Steve Harley, plus a fan's first-hand account of one of the concerts on the "Dandy" Uk tour, Bolan's last tour. The book also features ephemera, press clippings and photos from the era, from fans' Collections.
THE ROLLING STONES - Let It Bleed (1969) [50th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set, 2019]
Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American studio album by English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Released shortly after the band's 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968's Beggars Banquet. The album charted as a top-ten album in several markets, including reaching number one in the UK and number three in the US. While no highly-charting singles were released from the album, many of the album's songs became staples of Rolling Stones live shows and on rock radio stations for decades to come, including two gospel-infused songs, "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want", both of which ranked highly on retrospective "best ever" songs lists, including 2004's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine. It was voted number 40 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000).
This 2019 set feature newly remastered (by Bob Ludwig) stereo and mono versions of the album on both vinyl and SACD. The collection also includes a reproduction of the 1969 seven-inch mono single of ‘Honky Tonk Women’/ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ in a picture sleeve. An 80 page hardcover book includes an notes by he-gets-everywhere journalist David Fricke, along with never-before-seen photos by the band’s tour photographer Ethan Russell. Perhaps in the hope of distracting you from the lack of bonus audio, this set also includes more ‘stuff’ in the shape of three 12” x 12” hand-numbered REPLICA-signed lithographs printed on embossed archival paper, and a massive (23” x 23”) poster. If you are interested in the remastering, Bob Ludwig apparently worked from Direct Stream Digital files taken from the original tapes at a 2.8 MHz sampling rate.
LUCKY PETERSON - 50: Just Warming Up! (2019)
A prodigy in blues and R&B, Lucky Peterson has gone from being a boy wonder to a respected veteran musician over the course of a half-century. Making his professional debut at an age when most kids are in kindergarten, Peterson matured into a skillful instrumentalist with a sharp, incisive attack on guitar and a funky keyboard sound that splits the difference between soul and gospel, as well as a rich, flexible voice that's passionate but doesn't overplay its hand.
50 - Just Warming Up! is the new album from American blues legend and multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson. He is one of the most riveting performers of the modern blues era. A searing lead guitarist, a rich and powerful organist, and a first-rate vocalist, Lucky's musicianship effortlessly translates gospel, rock, and jazz into a 21st century blues. Many reminisce about the bygone days of the blues, but its flame still burns hot in the hands of Lucky Peterson.
RONNIE WOOD [With His Wild Five] - Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry (2019)
Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry - Ronnie Wood will honor one of his musical heroes with Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry. The album, released on November 15, 2019 is the first installment of a series of three albums Wood plans to record that pays tribute to those who influenced him. Recorded in 2018 at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, England, Mad Lad finds Wood and His Wild Five interpreting nine Berry classics, including "Johnny B. Goode," "Back in the U.S.A."and "Little Queenie," with Irish singer Imelda May guesting on three other tracks. The album also features the Wood-penned "Tribute to Chuck Berry" and "Worried Life Blues," a Maceo Merriweather song that Berry released as the B-side to "Bye Bye Johnny."
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THE MARCUS KING BAND - The Marcus King Band (2016) & Carolina Confessions (2018) [Yandex reupload]
A young guitarist who plays and sings with an impressive degree of seasoned maturity and passion, Marcus King delivers a hearty mixture of soul, blues, rock, and jazz that has made him a rising star on the blues and jam band circuits. On his debut album, 2015's Soul Insight, King and his band generated a powerful, guitar-based attack rooted in high-impact blues and southern soul, while 2016's The Marcus King Band took a more eclectic approach, with the more dynamic numbers revealing a gentler aspect, showing the influence of gospel and folk. 2020's El Dorado was King's first album as a solo act, and put a greater emphasis on his strengths as a vocalist. Marcus King was born in Greenville, South Carolina on March 11, 1996. His father, Marvin King, was a well-known blues guitarist in South Carolina who also played with gospel acts, and his grandfather was also a regionally popular musician. Marcus was barely out of diapers when he first picked up a guitar, and at age eight, he started playing shows with his father. In his teens, he began playing out with his own band, jling club gigs at night and school in the morning as he and his bandmates barnstormed with what they called "soul-influenced psychedelic Southern rock." In 2015, the Marcus King Band King on guitar and lead vocals, Alex Abercrombie on keyboards and backing vocals, Anthony House on bass, and Jack Ryan on drums released their debut album, Soul Insight. Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule checked the band out and liked what he heard; he tapped the Marcus King Band to open shows for Gov't Mule and reissued Soul Insight on his Evil Teen Records label.
Haynes' championing of the group helped spread the news about King's music, and he soon landed a record deal with the venerable independent label Fantasy Records. Personnel shakeups led to a new lineup of the Marcus King Band, with Abercrombie and House leaving the group, while King and Ryan were joined by Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keyboards, Dean Mitchell on sax, and Justin Johnson on trumpet and trombone. The new edition of the Marcus King Band went into Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut with Haynes serving as producer, and cut their second album mostly live in the studio. The Marcus King Band was released by Fantasy in October 2016, with the group touring extensively in support. A third full-length, Carolina Confessions, arrived in 2018, landing at number two on the blues albums chart. King became friends with fellow guitarist Dan Auerbach, co-founder of the Black Keys, and they teamed up to make King's first solo album. Auerbach produced 2020's El Dorado, recorded in Nashville with a band comprised of veteran Music City session players, while King put a greater emphasis on his impassioned vocal stylings along with his agile guitar work.
CHRIS REA - Shamrock Diaries (1985) [Expanded Edition, Remaster, 2019] [Yandex reupload]
‘Shamrock Diaries’, originally released in April 1985, is Chris Rea’s seventh album and was his first that saw him break into the UK Top 20 (15) and achieved Silver selling status in the UK alone. It was the kick-start to the incredibly prolific career he has become known and loved for to this day. The singles from this album were ‘Stainsby Girls’ and ‘Josephine’. ‘Shamrock Diaries’ comes with the original album fully remastered alongside a second disc of live performances, b-sides and previously unreleased versions of tracks from the accompanying album. There are also extensive new sleeve notes containing exclusive new interviews with Chris Rea unique to this release and telling the story behind the album. This 2CD deluxe edition has been newly remastered for the very first time and includes a bonus disc of alternate versions, singles and live shows.
STEPHEN STILLS - Stills (1975) + Illegal Stills (1976) + Thoroughfare Gap (1978) 
Stephen Arthur Stills is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Stills's solo career and bands have combined sales of over 35 million albums. Stills was ranked number 28 in Rolling Stone's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and number 47 in the 2011 list. He became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to Neil Young, "Stephen is a genius."
2007 digitally remastered double CD featuring CSN' Stephen Stills' three mid-'70s studio albums recorded for CBS. Stills was released in 1975, followed one year later by Illegal Stills. Fans had to wait another two years until the release of Thoroughfare Gap (1978). This two disc set comes in a slimline double jewelbox housed in a slip case featuring extensive liner notes.
GOV'T MULE [with Robby Krieger] - The Fonda Theatre, 2013-10-30 Los Angeles, CA (2013)
On October 30th, 2013, Gov’t Mule returned to the Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Blvd for the first of two Halloween shows going down in the Golden state. One set featured an abundance of material from their self-titled debut, their latest release Shout and a few cuts from albums in-between. A second set included a celebration of one of the most legendary back catalogs of all-time, the music of the Doors. To make these occasions that much more special, Robby Krieger, the guitarist of the seminal band being fęted, would be joining Warren Haynes and company. In the four decades that have passed since the death of Jim Morrison, Robby has found himself as part of a myriad of live acts and tributes concerts that celebrate the music of the Doors. With or without his former bandmates Ray Manzarek and John Densmore, he’s backed up or played alongside an array of musicians from all over the rock and roll spectrum; Eric Burdon, Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, Perry Farrell, Ian Astbury, Marilyn Manson, Scott Weiland, Slash, Widespread Panic, Particle and Rich Robinson, to name a few. These days, he can be found playing gigs with his own band, Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen. Regardless of whom he is playing with, his expressive tone and phrasing is as outstanding as ever. On this night with the Mule, his stirring guitar wizardry slithered through the dark and deranged trip that is “The End,” weaved fluidly through the drifter’s tale “Riders on the Storm,” and unleashed the kaleidoscopic rock and acid blues of “LA Woman.” There was something extra special about this Mule-O-Ween. This was also the first time that a key player from the band being covered was sitting in, and they were doing it in the city that inspired the songs being played. Jim Morrison, and now Ray Manzarek, who passed away in May, are no longer with us, but a show like this was a reminder that there are still new experiences to be had with the music of one of America’s greatest and most revolutionary bands. The evening may have come to an end with “When the Music’s Over,” but the music is still alive and well in the hearts of many. Thanks to the dedication of bands like the Mule, who once again proved that there is no songbook that they can’t pull off, and Robby’s transcendental musicianship still shining all these years later, they won’t have to “turn out the lights.”
DAVID BOWIE - Conversation Piece [5CD Box Set] (2019)
David Bowie - Conversation Piece contains twelve previously unreleased tracks/demos from the period as well as a brand new mix of the Space Oddity (aka David Bowie) album by long-time Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti. The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxset ‘Conversation Piece’ restored to the tracklisting in its initially intended position, before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of vinyl. Of the 2019 Space Oddity album mix Visconti says “It was so much fun to find hidden gems of musicianship with more time to mix the second time around, a guitar twiddle here, a trombone blast there, Marc Bolan’s voice in a group choir and more detail in general that we overlooked all those years ago when the label gave us a week at the most to mix this album. And in the details you will find 22 year old David Bowie, who would soon take the world by storm."
The 120 page hardback book accompanying the box features exclusive memorabilia from the personal collection of David’s former manager, the late Ken Pitt, as well as from the David Bowie Archive®, and includes photos by Ray Stevenson, Vernon Dewhurst, David Bebbington, Ken Pitt, Alec Byrne, Tony Visconti and Jojanneke Claasen. The sleeve notes have been written for the release by Bowie experts Mark Adams, Tris Penna and Kevin Cann along with contributions from David’s lifelong friend George Underwood, Tony Visconti, Vernon Dewhurst, Dana Gillespie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson. The 2019 mix of the Space Oddity album will also be released separately and individually on CD, standard digital, 96/24 digital and vinyl. The various vinyl configurations will be randomly distributed worldwide with a mixture of hand-numbered labels; numbers 1 to 1969 on silver vinyl numbers and 1970 to 2019 on gold vinyl, with the remainder being black vinyl.
ROD STEWART - You're In My Heart [WithThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra] (2019)
Sir Rod Stewart celebrates 50 years as a solo artist this year. The legendary singer-songwriter is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 250 million records sold worldwide during a stellar career that includes nine #1 albums and 26 Top 10 singles in the U.K. Plus, 17 Top 10 albums and 16 Top 10 singles in the US. Rhino will honor the legendary singer-songwriter with a new album that lets fans hear Stewart’s biggest hits in a newly imagined way.
You’re In My Heart showcases Rod Stewart’s biggest hits in a newly imagined way by pairing his classic vocal tracks with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album, produced by Trevor Horn, includes new orchestral versions of US chart toppers “Maggie May” and “Reason To Believe,” alongside his #1 U.K. hits: “Sailing,” “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” Plus, a new version of the hit song “It Takes Two” featuring Robbie Williams and a brand-new song “Stop Loving Her Today.”
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