Tomorrow morning at 11AM PT/2PM ET, Yahoo Live will stream the 40th Anniversary Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition Premiere. This exclusive event will feature the worldwide debut of the complete, previously unreleased companion audio from the upcoming deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s seminal double album Physical Graffiti. It will be followed by a live Q&A with guitarist and album producer Jimmy Page in front of a live audience at Olympic Studios in London, the same studio where portions of the album were originally recorded over 40 years ago.
Two decades ago today, The Replacements lost one of their founding members, and although he’d long since left the ranks of the band by the time they disbanded in 1991, the ramshackle rock ‘n’ roll guitar work that he contributed to the first four ‘Mats albums helped make them one of the most beloved bands to emerge from the Minneapolis scene in the 1980s…or the late, late ‘70s, if you want to be really picky about it.
Born on December 17, 1959 in Waconia, Minnesota, Robert Neil Stinson formed The Replacements – or Dog’s Breath, as they were originally called – in 1979, with a lineup that also featured Chris Mars and, at the ripe old age of 12, Tommy Stinson, Bob’s half-brother. It wasn’t until the following year that Paul Westerberg was brought in to serve as vocalist and second guitarist for the band, but it was an addition that made all the difference, as The Replacements’ subsequent accomplishments have made quite clear.
Led Zeppelin arrived in Australia in 1972 for their first and only tour of Australasia – starting on February 16th in Perth and concluding on the 29th in Brisbane – playing exclusively open air venues. The tour was notable for the fact that midway through, Jimmy Page shaved his beard off – it was never to be seen again for the rest of the band’s career. Enjoy the setlist from their Australian debut here.
The first glimmer of HBO, the electronic majesty that is Pong, the commencement of M.A.S.H.’s media dominance, and pioneering feminist periodical Ms. magazine all arrived on the scene in 1972. I can’t believe anyone had time for music.
The Genesis reissue campaign soldiers on, this time with the band’s studio output during the half-decade between 1976 and 1981, all of which you can now hear individually with the remastering that was done for the Genesis catalog back in 2007. The 1976-1981 era was a transitional period for Genesis on a couple of different occasions, but the music that emerged within those years helped take a prog-heavy gang of musicians and turn them into proper pop/rock heroes. Now, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is all down to individual opinion, but we know for a fact that all of these albums have their fans, which means that we also know that you’re going to love how they sound.
We return with the bouillabaisse of sound that is Maison Dufrene 4 – a vintage serving of southern soul, r&b, country, blues, gospel and beyond.The fourth of an ongoing collaboration with Louisiana record collector, dj and musicologist, Paul Dufrene.
Nowadays, all the kids love Phoenix: thanks to the success of their singles “1901” and “Lisztomania,” their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix went gold in the US, and their fanbase was such that the 2013 follow-up Bankrupt! provided the band with their first top-five album. What sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, however, is that the band’s big commercial breakthrough was actually their fourth album.
If this is news to you and is a revelation that makes you want to dig a little deeper into the origins of Phoenix, well, now’s the perfect time, because we’ve just reissued the band’s 2000 debut, United, on 180-gram vinyl for your listening enjoyment.
Midge Ure is one of those musicians for whom your frame of reference depends heavily on when you first started paying attention to music: he had his first #1 hit in 1976 as the frontman for a teeny-bop band called Slik, teamed up with former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and future Public Image Ltd. Guitarist Steve New to front The Rich Kids, saw top-10 success as a member of Visage (“Fade to Grey”), found further chart action when he took over at the lead singer of Ultravox (“Vienna,” “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”), co-wrote Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Bob Geldof, and has had a formidable solo career as well, earning a top-10 hit with “No Regrets” and topping the UK charts with “If I Was.” A few years ago, Ure reunited with Ultravox to record a new album (2012’s Brilliant), but most recently he’s been peddling his top-notch solo wares again, having released his most recent full-length effort, Fragile, last year.
Rhino: First things first: let’s talk a bit about your new album, since that’s how we came to chat in the first place. What are the origins of Fragile? Did you start stockpiling songs until you had enough to make an album, or did you go in with the intent of making an album?
Midge Ure: No, I think it’s been the slowest album I’ve ever undertaken. Ever! I started compiling ideas and started the recording process probably 10 years prior to finishing the record. For a whole slew of reasons, it just took me forever to get ‘round to finishing the thing.