New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Faze-O, Riding High: They came the funk out of Dayton, Ohio in the late ‘70s, recorded three albums, and then called it a day, but if you’ve got to pick one of their albums to add to your collection, then it’s this one, their debut. Why? First and foremost, it’s because of the title track, an oft-sampled ditty that’s a dance-floor filler in its own right, but the whole album is strong stuff, really.
Sol Kaplan, The Victors – Original Soundtrack Recording: War film aficionados will immediately be familiar with The Victors, which followed a group of American soldiers through Europe during the course of World War II. It’s an all-star cast, to be sure, including Vince Edwards, Albert Finney, George Hamilton, Jeanne Moreau, George Peppard, Elke Sommer, Eli Wallach, and Peter Fonda, who earned a Golden Globe nod for Most Promising Newcomer, but the score by Sol Kaplan – who also scored the 1953 film Titanic, is top-notch, too. (It also doesn’t hurt that Frank Sinatra’s take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is included in the mix as well.)
If you’re an American music fan whose only frame of reference to the name “Dr. Feelgood” is that of a 1989 Motley Crüe album…well, actually, that’s not too surprising, given that it’s the Crüe’s best-selling album by a pretty wide margin. In fact, it’s gone platinum six times over at this point, which means that it’s sold so many more copies in the U.S. than the combined discography of the band called Dr. Feelgood has sold on these shores that we’re not even going to bother to do the math, because it would just make us sad.
For the record, though, the band called Dr. Feelgood was formed in 1971, released their first single (“Roxette”) in ’74, and issued their debut album, Down by the Jetty, the following year. They were known as one of the defining bands in the so-called “pub rock” movement in the UK, and they could bash out some seriously bad-ass British R&B back in the day.
They’ve posed the query on multiple occasions in the past, but today we can comfortably respond Chicago’s oft-asked question, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Yes, we do: it’s time to pick up a copy of Chicago XXXIV: Live in ’75.
Yes, we know, it’s reprehensible behavior for a record label to offer a self-promoting answer like that, and we apologize wholeheartedly. And now that we’ve done so, we’ll go ahead and tell you a little bit more about this release.
If it sounds familiar to you, then either you’re a diehard Chicago fan or you’ve just got a good memory, but this is not the first time we’ve released this album, which was recorded during the band’s three-night residency at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland from June 24 through June 26, 1975. Indeed, Live in ’75 was initially issued via our Rhino Handmade imprint back in 2011, and – as you might expect of an album by a band with as obsessive a fanbase as Chicago – it sold like hotcakes…and when Rhino Handmade items sell like hotcakes, that unfortunately means that they promptly go out of print, because they’re limited-edition releases to begin with - there are just a FEW of the first edition left here.
Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition Arrives Exactly 40 Years After Debut, Produced And Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio
Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Now Available
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album arrives 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.
There are likely comparatively few music fans who think of Mike Rutherford for his work as the founder of Mike + The Mechanics over his efforts as a member of Genesis, but – believe it or not – Rutherford has had the same number of chart-topping hits in the U.S. with both groups: one. Oh, sure, Genesis may have had far more hit singles overall, but they only hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 once, and that was with “Invisible Touch” in 1986, while Mike + The Mechanics ascended to the top spot with “The Living Years” in 1989.
We mention this for three reasons: 1) to remind you that Mr. Rutherford’s side project was pretty formidable in the charts back in the day, 2) to have an excuse to mention that we just reissued Mike + The Mechanics’ Living Years album in a deluxe edition with a bonus disc, and 3) to make sure you’re aware that Mr. Rutherford and his Mechanics are just about to hit the road for their first American tour in many moons. (Grab your tickets here.) In advance of this much-anticipated jaunt, Rutherford hopped on the phone with Rhino, kindly giving us first crack at him on a day before beginning a big day of proper interviews.