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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 1:14pm
Pre-Order – Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead

It takes a seriously momentous concert event for folks to start getting psyched about pre-ordering a copy of the live audio document of a show before it's even taken place, but what other reaction would you expect for Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead? It's the so-called “core four” original members of the band - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir - getting back together for a three-night event on July 3, 4, and 5 that's set to be their final live performance together. Better yet, Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano) will be joining in the fun, so you know the music is going to be out of this world.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 1:12pm
Aquarium Drunkard

We begin with the undeniable soul gospel that is T.L. Barrett's "Like A Ship (Without A Sail)", most recently re-released into the world via the labels Numero Group and Light In The Attic, before effortlessly sliding into Johnson & Hawkins' "You Can't Blame Me". Keeping on the Numero Group tip, track three kicks into gear with Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes", via the comprehensive Complete Mythology release from 2010. Switching gears, we head back to the year 1965 via Canadian garage rock pioneers, The Haunted. That's them doing "1 2 5".

Track five poses the question: Have you really heard Dr. John's "Walk On Guilded Splinters" without digging into the Johnny Jenkins cover? Maybe, maybe not. Stevie Wonder grooves on with "Superwoman" before some Brenton Wood sugar. The Paragons then step in for the playlists sole reggae offering - "The Tide Is High" - of course later made famous (to a different fanbase) via the Blondie cover.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:44pm
Tina Turner

On May 29, 1984, Tina Turner issued the album that would take her from being unfairly viewed as a has-been by the world at large and gain her the respect and commercial success that she so sorely deserved. It was a collection which featured 10 tracks produced by no less than four different sets of producers, and yet it proved to be exactly what the world at large need to appreciate the awesomeness of Ms. Turner and, perhaps most importantly, to finally remove the silent “Ike and” that so often appeared in front of people’s perceptions of her.

As you may have noticed from the album’s original date, it’s actually been 31 years since Private Dancer first hit record store shelves, which may lead you to ask, “Why are you only just now releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition of the album?” To that, we can only respond with…

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:23pm
In case you’ve seen the title of this post and you’ve found yourself pondering a particular possibility, allow us to confirm your theory: yes, we are moving forward with the premise that you can never have too much Jethro Tull…and to further prove it, we’re releasing the 180-gram vinyl edition of Thick as a Brick this week!
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 2:30pm
Happy Birthday: Ian Paice of Deep Purple
Turning 67 years old today: the only member of Deep Purple to have remained within the band's ranks since the very beginning…and given how many members have passed through Deep Purple over the years, that's a major testament to the man's dedication to the band he helped found way back in 1968.
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9:53am
R.I.P. Chris Squire
The phrase “end of an era” is often tossed about regarding the deaths of certain individuals, but there is little question that it’s a valid description when referring to Chris Squire, who died yesterday at the age of 67 due to complications from acute erythroid leukemia, taking with him the accomplishment of having been the only member of Yes to have played on every single album released by the band.
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:04am
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World

1. "Mr. Tambourine Man"

The Byrds

Folk rock. A new sound with the old melody and lyrics of folk married to rock guitars, a hybrid that snuck up on the Brits and caught them unawares. You've got no idea what a revelation it was to hear this sound on the radio, just ask Tom Petty! Of course the song was written by Bob Dylan, but at this point most people did not know this, even though they were aware of his previously most famous composition, "Blowin' In The Wind," albeit done by Peter, Paul & Mary. But that would change soon, with the release of the iconic "Like A Rolling Stone" shortly thereafter. Dylan was suddenly front and center, both entrancing and alienating people simultaneously. Ironically, so many who hated the bard from Hibbing's voice LOVED this!

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 9:30am
Rhino Factoids

46 years ago today, Joni Mitchell and Mary Travers – you know, the Mary who was regularly seen with guys named Peter and Paul? – joined Mama Cass, famed member of the Mamas and the Papas, for her ABC special, The Mama Cass Television Program.