New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Alas, there’s just the one addition to the digital catalog this week, but it’s a really great one that’s more than deserving of the solo spotlight.
The Dream Academy, The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective – If you know anything about The Dream Academy at all, then you likely know that the title of this 24-track anthology of singles, album tracks, and rarities comes courtesy of their biggest hit of their career, the lovely pastoral single entitled “Life in a Northern Town.” But if that’s all you know, then you may be surprised to find that the group warrants an anthology at all. They do, though: they released three albums and a handful of singles during the course of their relatively brief career, but the music is truly outstanding. Of the inclusions, perhaps the most notable – and please read the following fact closely, because you’d be surprised how many people aren’t aware of it – is their second top-40 single, “The Love Parade.”
We hyped this when its impending release was first announced, but now that it’s actually here, we would be remiss if we didn’t hype it a little bit more: just in time for the Replacements’ first full-fledged U.S. tour in many moons, we’ve put together a complete package of the Mats’ studio albums from 1981 through 1990.
If you’re a big-time, old-school fan, then you’re already well aware of what this set includes, but we’ll go ahead and clarify the collection for you, just to be sure everyone’s in the know: you’ll get Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981), the Stink EP (1982), Hootenanny (1983), Let It Be (1984), Tim (1985), Pleased to Meet Me (1987), Don’t Tell a Soul (1989), and All Shook Down (1990).
Steve Clifford: Used to, when I studied, I would sing hymns, but now all I can sing is "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Marvin Gaye Father Molloy: Percy Sledge. Steve Clifford: What? Father Molloy: It was Percy Sledge did that particular song. I have the album.
The end of the street has never been darker: Percy Sledge has died at the age of 73.
What Kate Bush was to women in the ‘70s, Tori Amos was to women in the ‘90s. Okay, yes, there are who some would say that it’s an imperfect comparison, but there’s no question that when Amos threw off the shackles of her Y Kant Tori Read musical incarnation and was given the opportunity to be herself with 1992’s Little Earthquakes, many a listener was captivated by the music and lyrics she delivered to audiences. As such, when she released her sophomore effort, Under the Pink, in 1994, even more ears were tuned in to what Amos had to say.
If you’re among that group, then there’s a good chance that today will prove to be the best day of the week for you, because our deluxe CD and digital editions of Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink, both of which have been lovingly remastered to provide the best sound possible, are now in stores and ready for you to take home and enjoy all over again. Also available today: the original albums, i.e. without bonus tracks, on 180-gram vinyl.
Since the very beginning of Van Halen's career, the only incarnation of the band to have released a live album is the one with Sammy Hagar standing front and center, and while Live: Right Here, Right Now certainly has its fans, it's always been a bit of a bummer that no similar audio document was ever (officially) released with David Lee Roth on vocals. As of today, however, that wrong has officially been righted, thanks to the release of the two-CD / four-LP set, Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert.