Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page With Previously Unreleased Recordings
CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available September 16
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then the hearts of Ronnie James Dio’s fans have surely been beating our of their chests since 2010, when the man who once fronted Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath came to the end of a valiant battle and succumbed to stomach cancer.
For several years now, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have vowed that they’d be bringing back their comedically alcoholic characters Edina and Patsy for a full-length Absolutely Fabulous feature film, but as time passed, fans of the Britcom began to wonder if it was ever going to happen. At last, however, the wait is over: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is now in theaters, and – appropriately enough – its soundtrack is also now available digitally.
Today would’ve been Kim Fowley’s 77th birthday, which is why we honor him with a Producers Notes piece, but Fowley was about so much more than mere production that it’s hard to comfortably confine him – or this piece – into just one category of musical accomplishment.
He was born in Los Angeles and died in Hollywood, but Fowley’s legacy was felt around the world, and it was in no way limited to just one genre, as you can tell from this quick list of some of the songs he was a part of:
45 years ago today, Black Sabbath released their third studio album, setting into motion a genre of music described variously as doom metal, sludge metal, and stoner rock, but try to move past that and just enjoy Master of Reality for what it is: a true heavy metal classic.
Let’s get mellow with Bread & America everybody!
When he was born 64 years today, he was known as John French Segall, but if that name doesn’t ring a bell, then perhaps Jay Jay French will strike you as more familiar: he’s the guitarist and one of the founding members of heavy metal legends Twisted Sister, and just in case you were wondering, yes, he does still wanna rock…or at least he did the last time we checked, anyway.
In fact, we’re pretty darned confident that he still wants to rock, since he and fellow bandmate Dee Snider have been busy on the promo trail lately, helping to hype a new documentary about their longtime band: We Are Twisted F***ing Sister.
48 years ago today, Iron Butterfly’s single edit of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” made its first appearance on the Billboard Pop Singles chart...or if you want to get technical, it appeared just under it.
In the late 1960s, some of the bands that had started out in the so-called psychedelic era had been to transition to a harder sound, one which ultimately became described as heavy metal. If you were around at the time, though, you wouldn’t have called it that, because the term didn’t really take off for another few years. But that’s beside the point: what matters is that one of the bands that was in the midst of such a transition was Iron Butterfly, who blew American radio listeners’ minds when they released an epic-length track entitled “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which was the title track of their 1968 album.