Monday, July 15, 2019

Classic Albums By Bob Marley And John Lee Hooker Get New Anniversary Vinyl Releases

Back on June 14th, The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe celebrated the 35th anniversary of the best-selling reggae album of all time, Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend" with a new double vinyl release. Just five years earlier, to mark the 30th Anniversary of "Legend" album, a new remastered double, color vinyl set was released with the addition of of the U.K. only bonus tracks "Easy Skanking" and Punky Reggae Party."

So how do you make it even better for the 35th anniversary? First off, for this new re-issue of "Legend," the record company took the original "BMW1" versions of the songs (not the remixes) and remastered them for this new double, black vinyl release. Every care went into the new 180-gram pressing of this timeless album on vinyl. You can certainly hear the separation of the vocals and instruments, as the harmonies of I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths) come shining through on the tracks "Easy Skanking" and "Satisfy My Soul." The clarity, along with the quietness makes this the new benchmark and the must own version of this album on vinyl. To find out more about the new 35th anniversary release of Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend," please visit smarturl.it/legend35.

Another classic album getting reissued is "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker." Back in 1959, three different labels gathered the recordings of John Lee Hooker for his different debut albums. The Chess label released "House Of Blues," the Vee-Jay label released "I'm John Lee Hooker" and the Riverside label released "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker." This last release has become one of the pinnacles of Hooker's career, as it gathered thirteen acoustic blues numbers that showcased the sound of John Lee Hooker at its most basic. The songs only featured Hooker with an acoustic guitar performing traditional songs like "How Long Blues" and "Good Mornin', Lil' School Girl." The legendary John Lee Hooker is know for his storied lyrics, as displayed in the songs "She's Long, She's Tall, She Weeps Like A Willow Tree" and "I Rowed A Little Boat." Even as he was only entering his early 40's, John Lee Hooker played the blues well beyond his years.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this landmark blues album, Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio remastered the recordings from the original master tapes. The Craft Recordings label will release this new remastered version of "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker" on 180-gram vinyl on August 2nd. To find out more about this new vinyl edition, please visit johnleehooker.limitedrun.com.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Steve Goodman's Final Two Albums Get Re-Issued By Omnivore Recordings

On July 19th. Omnivore Recordings will be releasing new expanded editions of the final two albums from American singer/songwriter Steve Goodman. While Goodman's own singing career found moderate success in the early seventies, his songs would take on a life of their own for other artists like Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, John Denver and Judy Collins. Steve Goodman passed away in 1984 at the young age of only 36 from his battle with leukemia, but his legacy continues to live on to this day. He wrote a song "Go Cubs Go" for his beloved Chicago Cubs that still gets played at Wrigley Field after every home win.

The two albums that are being reissued, is the live album "Artistic Hair" and his final studio album during his lifetime, "Affordable Art." The "Artistic Hair" album gets nearly doubled in length, adding an additional ten bonus tracks that also feature some of Goodman's best live tracks that were originally featured on the Steve Goodman "Anthology" box set. This new release is a much welcomed addition to the Steve Goodman catalog, as it shows the artist in his true live setting. The original release showcases Goodman wonderful live nature as he creates lyrics for "Winter Wonderland" and showcases some of his greatest original hits like "Old Fashioned" and "City Of New Orleans." He also presents his love for the classics like "The Water Is Wide" and "Red Red Robin." The bonus tracks include more of Goodman's own wonderful compositions like "Lincoln Park Pirates" and "Men Who Love Women Who Love Men," in great quality. The best part is Goodman's humor is definitely appreciated on these songs.

Steve Goodman's final studio album "Affordable Art" also gets expanded with the addition of eight previously unreleased acoustic tracks. The album is a mix of studio and live recordings and features his amazing songwriting, like "Talk Backwards" and "When My Rowboat Comes In." His love for baseball is heard in the acoustic strumming version of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," "A Dying Fan's Last Request" and in the first bonus track, a radio station recorded version of "Go Cubs Go." The bonus tracks are rounded out with acoustic versions of the album tracks "Vegematic," and "Old Smoothies," along with stark, acoustic versions of "Friday Night," "Fire Escape" and "It Took Me So Long." Both new releases also feature a full-color 12-page booklet with new essays and previously un-issued photos. To find out more about these two new releases from the Steve Goodman catalog, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

We Banjo 3 Prepare To Release New "Roots To Rise Live" Release On July 19th

Grassroots band, We Banjo 3 have been on a constant rise in popularity since the release of their debut album "Roots Of The Banjo Tree" back in 2012. Originally from Galway, Ireland, the band has become a staple at bluegrass and folk festivals around the world. We Banjo 3's last studio album "Haven" even topped the Bluegrass Album Charts for three straight weeks just last year and they return once again with only their second full-length live album titled "Roots To Rise Live." It was recorded in February 2019 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The new release contains fourteen tracks, beginning with the previously unreleased "Shine On," which is an uptempo, swinging gem that is pure Americana gold. They continue with the amazing instrumental "Puncheon Floor," which showcases the band's talents for performing in a live setting. They slow the tempo down for the beautiful melody of "Haven" and "Marry Me Monday." We Banjo 3 will have you singing along to "Little Liza Jane," just like audience, before the song is done. Then, they display the wonderful bluegrass sounds of "Annabelle's Canyon." Another previously unreleased song that the band perform is their version of "John Brown's," which get the crowd into a roar. We Banjo 3 finish up their new live album with covers of the traditional songs "Prettiest Little Girl" and "Good Time Old Time."

We Banjo 3 will be hitting the road on July 19th for an extensive U.S. tour, which also includes a handful of festivals. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their latest release "Roots To Rise Live," please visit webanjo3.com.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Joe Louis Walker Shows Off His Performance Skills In "Viva Las Vegas Live"

Legendary blues artist and Grammy-Award winner Joe Louis Walker recently released a new live CD/DVD through Cleopatra Entertainment. The new film titled "Viva Las Vegas Live" was recorded during Walker's 2018 summer tour and features an outstanding 85-minute, ten song set that will certainly showcase why he is one of the best living blues men performing today.

Joe Louis Walker's career has spanned close to six decades, which allowed him to perform with some of the all-time best, like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and even Jimi Hendrix. Walker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 and performed at the Presidential Inauguration for George H. Bush. 

He latest release features a load of Walker originals like "I'm Not Messin' Around," "Do You Love Me?" and "Too Drunk To Drive Drunk." The film perfectly matches Walker's demeanor on stage, as they keep the focus on his amazing guitar playing and his equally amazing backing band. Some of the highlights include the slow boogie of "Sugar Mama" and the upbeat, addictive melody of "In The Morning." Walker blazes a trail with is electrifying slide guitar solo during "Soldier For Jesus," which can only be matched by the night's closing jam "Like This Way." To find out more about the newly released Joe Louis Walker "Viva Las Vegas Live," please visit cleorecs.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases From xForgiveness Deniedx, The Take and Colibrium

Massachusetts straight-edge metal band xForgiveness Deniedx recently released their new album titled "Mandatory Militance." It features eight tracks, beginning with the chugging guitars and commanding vocals of the title song "Mandatory Militance." They pick up the energy with the more aggressive rhythm of "By Your Side," which feels like a call to arms to join the hardcore metal brotherhood. xForgiveness Deniedx keep the adrenaline pumping on the intense rhythm of "Burnt Bridges" and the thrash metal appeal of "One Thousand Lashes," before finishing their new album with the classic hardcore metal appeal of "From The Heart." To find out more about xForgiveness Deniedx and their latest release "Mandatory Militance," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/xforgivenessdeniedx.

New York hardcore metal trio The Take recently released their self-titled debut album on July 5th. The band consists of heavy metal veterans Scott Roberts (Biohazard), Will Shepler (Agnostic Frost) and Carlos Congote (Royal Hounds). Their new album includes eleven tracks, beginning with the high-powered attack of "The Skins Are Out Tonight." The band delivers that classic, early hardcore metal sound on "Class War" and "No Tolerance," which showcases the band's elite talents performing this music. They bring together a punk energy and political message with "Revolution Now," while "Tits On A Bull" is pure, hard-edged rock and roll. The Take wrap up their new album with the swift pace of "Dead To Me" and the final pounding rhythm of "Pray For A Miracle." To find out more about The Take and their new self-titled album, please visit thetakenyc.com.

Australian metal band Colibrium recently released their new EP titled "Carried," their first release of new music since their 2016 debut album "In Balance." The new five song EP begins with the energetic blast of the song "Carried" that will certainly grab your attention and make you take notice of this rising band. The edginess of "Rain" and the classic metal appeal of "I Don't Need You" showcase the band's diversity, as they deliver an addictive sound. Colibrium finish up their new EP with the seven-minute progressive metal build-up of "Carried By The Word." To find out more about Colibrium and their latest release "Carried," please visit colibrium.com.au