Thursday, August 25, 2016

Three new Zappa albums for pre-order

Chicago '78, Little Dots and Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object.
Those are the new titles that can be found on Amazon now. What a surprise! Not much information, though. Release date (Zappa Records) October 14.

The Chicago album has to be the line up with Vince Colaiuta on drums (his first tour with Zappa). This could be a much needed release since there are very few tracks released by this band.

Little Dots is probably another CD from the 1972 Petite Wazoo tour. (The first one was Imaginary Diseases).

Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object:'

The use of the label Zappa Records could indicate that these albums has decent sound quality, not like the Road Tapes series which is great but sometimes use subpar recordings.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

13 x Genesis on vinyl September 30, 2016

In about one months time 13 of Genesis studio albums will be available on vinyl again. 180 gram vinyl at that.

Universal Records are making every studio album from Trespass (1970) to Calling All Stations (1997) available again after being out of print. The one studio album that have been available all the time is apparently Selling England By The Pound (1973).

All albums remastered from the original studio masters and coming with original packaging, i.e. looking like they did when they were originally released.

Missing is the bands debut from 1969;  From Genesis To Revelation, since the record company doesn't own the rights to that record.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Zappa "best of" CD

18  tracks. Release date: September 16.
1. I'm The Slime
2. Dirty Love
3. Dancing Fool
4. Trouble Every Day
5. Peaches En Regalia
6. Tell Me You Love Me
7. Bobby Brown Goes Down
8. You Are What You Is
9. Valley Girl
10. Joe's Garage
11. Cosmik Debris
12. Sofa No. 1
13. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
14. Titties & Beer
15. G-Spot Tornado
16. Cocaine Decisions
17. Zoot Allures
18. Strictly Genteel

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clip of Beatles before Shea Stadium gig

With the Beatles movie Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years one month away this short clip was posted yesterday on Twitter:

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Any idea why we can't get the Twitter embed tweet code to work and actually get the tweet including playable video embedded here on our blog? We've lookd for solutions but can't come up with any... A bit boring serving up just text and a link. :(

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pink Floyd double LP's reissued

The Division Bell and The Wall.
Release date August 26: Mastered from the original analogue tapes and pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Strong reactions on Zappa item auction

Auction house Julien's in Los Angeles is announcing an auction of properties of the estate of Frank and Gail Zappa: 
..."This includes a Dandies Fashions coat worn by Frank Zappa on the July 20, 1968 cover of Rolling Stone magazine; a purple ribbed turtleneck worn by Frank Zappa in 200 Motels (United Artists, 1971); a stage worn vest that Zappa also wore on the back cover of the 1972 album Waka Jawaka; a collection of career related awards presented to Frank Zappa including various Gold records, a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award,"...

But many fans have reacted with disgust and sadness. Frank's brother Bob Zappa has posted this on Facebook: 
"The Julien's auction of Frank Zappa's belongings, like his music awards, articles of clothing and other personal items is an offense to his memory."

He gets support from other fans. Here are two of the numerous comments on Bob Zappa's post:

"I can understand some discrimination between entirely personal items specific to family and highly culturally relevant articles relating to his art which could be displayed and protected but this sounds like a car boot sale"

"Like Dali's Museum and House regarded in Spain as national treasures, Zappa's home and studio should be revered ... sickening."

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Congratulations Mr Holdsworth!

Hurray! Hurray! Guitarist extraordinaire Allan Holdsworth - 70 years today.
Holdsworth is known for his intricate, very fast solos and the unorthodox chord changes in his compositions. He has written a book enititled Reaching for the Uncommon Chord.
His unique fluid playing has inspired musicians as Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani.

The must-hear albums, according to Radio Dupree:
UK - UK (1978, with Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson and John Wetton)
Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. (1982)
Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue (1985)

Friday, August 05, 2016

Happy 50th birthday - Revolver!

One of the most loved Beatles albums, and their first really innovative one. Released on August 5, 1966.
On this one the lads experimented with Indian music (Love You To), classical string arrangements (Eleanor Rigby) and unconventional recording techniques as tape loops and running the vocal microphpone signal through a leslie etc.
Did we tell which one is Radio Dupree's favourite track? Tomorrow Never Knows, no doubt!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New exhibit of unseen early photographs of David Bowie

Photo: Gerald Fearnly

Snap Galleries in London has just announced that never before published photographs of David Bowie taken in the late 1960's will be exhibited in a couple of weeks.

The photographer is Gerald Fearnly who shot the cover photo for the 1967 self titled David Bowie album.

Fifteen of these unseen photographs will be shown in the gallery from August 15 to September 24, 2016. And there are of course prints for sale.

More on the photographs here:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pink Floyd release: giant set of early stuff

The Early Years 1965 - 1972 is a 27-disc box set featuring a lot of previously unreleased material. 
The press release says that it "contains unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions over 11 hours, 45 minutes of audio and live and TV performance in over 14 hours of audio-visual material."
"The content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and over 5 hours of rare concert footage, along with 5 meticulously produced 7” singles in replica sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967’s Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods, which have been mixed for the first time, specially for this release."
Release date: November 11, 2016.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Upcoming release: The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl

The album "The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl" is set for a re-release on September 9. The album is directly sourced, remixed, and remastered from the original three-track recordings, and includes four tracks that have never been released before.

The original album was released in 1977 and has never been reissued on CD (or in any other digital format). The music site Pitchfork has the story. Check it out here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

King Crimson: Great sample from upcoming album

"Easy Money" live in Japan - an excerpt from King Crimson's forthcoming album - "Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind" - a triple CD and BluRay set available from 3rd September. Sounds great, right?

More information on the album and the upcoming European tour here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Fifty years ago today...

Today on July 27 it is fifty years since the release of Freak Out!, the first album by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention.
A ground breaking album in several ways; the collage technique in the music, the satirical lyrics and attitude, the idea of a concept album.

Listen to the album here:

Listen to Sveriges Radio's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Freak Out! (Not sure if the link works outside Sweden though):