Sunday, October 21, 2018

Celebrating 50 Years Of Jimi Hendrix "Electric Ladyland" With New Deluxe Edition

Arriving on November 9th is the release of the deluxe box set of Jimi Hendrix's pinnacle album "Electric Ladyland." This 3CD/1 Blu-ray set, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the album's release back on October 16, 1968. It includes a newly remastered version of the album from the original analog tapes, as well as an entire disc of early takes and another CD featuring the Jimi Hendrix Experience live at the Hollywood Bowl on September 14, 1968, just one month before the release of the album. The Blu-ray includes the previously released 90-minute documentary "At Last...The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland," as well as a new stereo and surround sound version of the album.

When you put on a pair of headphones and dive into this new set, you will instantly feel transported back to 1968, in the studio with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Right from the beginning, you will notice all of the different sounds swirling around the album's opening song, "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)" The thunderous rhythm of "Crosstown Traffic" and "Gypsy Eyes" will certain test out your speakers as the bass and drums are stronger and more intense. The in-studio jam of "Voodoo Chile" and the jazzy vibe of "Rainy Day, Dream Away" showcase how spontaneous Hendrix was with his music. You will need to look no further than, "Still Raining, Still Dreaming" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" to appreciate the care that went into this remaster as the music is simply stunning.

Fans of the album will certainly want to dive right into the second disc, which consists mostly of Jimi Hendrix demoing these songs with just him and a guitar. The set also includes some outtakes that did not make the final album, like the steady blues of "Cherokee Mist" and "Somewhere." You can hear the love and passion in his performance of "Long Hot Summer Night" as he builds upon the development of the song with each different take. This set also includes some never before heard glimpses to the musical mind of Jimi Hendtrix with the short acoustic "Snowballs At My Window" and the experimental jazz fusion of "Rainy Day Shuffle."

The Jimi Hendrix Experience "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" is more about the date of the show, than the performance. It only includes one track from the upcoming "Electric Ladyland" album, but does showcase how the band has grown into this monster live act, in less than 24 months. The feedback packed "Are You Experienced" breaks way to the slow blues of "Red House," before returning to the chaos of "Foxey Lady" and "Fire." The beauty of "Little Wing" gets lost in this live setting, while an early rendition of Jimi Hendrix performing the "Star Spangled Banner" leads into the classic show closer "Purple Haze." While the recording may sound rough at times, the energy that the Jimi Hendrix Experience pour into their performance is definitely felt in this newly released live show. To find out more about the new 50th anniversary release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Electric Ladyland," please visit jimihendrix.com/electric-ladyland-50.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Celebrate 60 Years Of Frank Sinatra Singing For "Only The Lonely" With A New Deluxe Edition Release

Arriving October 19th from Capitol Records/UMe, is the new 60th anniversary reissue of Frank Sinatra's Grammy-winning album "Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely." It features a brand-new, 2018 stereo mix of the album, plus 4 bonus tracks (2 previously unreleased). A deluxe two-CD release of the album also includes a newly remastered version of the original 1958 mono recording of the album, along with the new 2018 stereo mix.

This album does not feature the swinging jazz numbers of Sinatra's previous album, "Come Fly With Me," but instead his voice and music slowly and quietly shuffles through your speakers. It features some of Sinatra's best vocal contributions of his career as his voice is stellar on the opener "Only The Lonely" and the classic "One For My Baby" has mended a lot of broken hearts. The new remaster of the mono mix of the album delivers that nostalgic tone as you may discover the amazing orchestra that supports Sinatra's voice on this album. Songs like "Willow Weep For Me" and "Gone With The Wind" showcase the beautiful music that was once again conducted by his long-time collaborator, Nelson Riddle. The first disc features an alternative take of "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry," which sounds as if less instruments were used on this version. The other bonus track puts your right in the recording booth as Sinatra runs through multiple takes of the bar room ballad "Angel Eyes."

The new 2018 stereo version of the album was mixed by Larry Walsh and mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol studios from the original recording tapes. It displays more depth to the recordings as it utilizes the multiple microphones that were placed in the studio to record Sinatra's vocals. You will instantly notice how much more direct his voice is on this stereo mix as songs like "What's New?" and "Blues In The Night" will grab your attention. This new version turns this album from a lush, quiet soundtrack that could be played in the background, to a dominant, therapeutic push for recovery from broken relationships. This second disc closes with a couple more bonus tracks, including a previously unreleased version of "Lush Life" and a test track version of "One For My Baby," which feels more subtle and spontaneous than the original released version. To find out more about the new 60th anniversary release of Frank Sinatra's iconic album "Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely," please visit onlythelonely.sinatra.com.

Friday, October 19, 2018

New Debut Albums From Black Peaks and Fight The Fury, While All That Remains Celebrates 20 Years

Arriving earlier this month was the Rise Records debut release from Brighton rockers, Black Peaks. Their new album titled "All That Divides" was released back on October 5th and features nine tracks that are ready to shake your mind, beginning with the intense opener "Can't Sleep." They deliver an epic, progressive metal sound on the nearly seven-minute romp of "The Midnight Sun," as the band have their finger on the pulse of modern metal music. They continue with the tempo changes of "Aether," which showcases the band's exceptional songwriting, while the heavy pounding rhythm of "Home" hits you like a ton of bricks. Black Peaks finish up their new album with the hardcore shuffle of "Eternal Light" and the other progressive metal piece "Fate I & II," which end their new album on a high note. To find out more about Black Peaks and their latest release "All That Divides," please visit blackpeaks.com.

Another debut arriving this month on Atlantic Records, comes from the heavy metal band, Fight The Fury. The band is led by Skillet vocalist/bassist John Cooper, who felt he needed another outlet for his brand of hardcore music. Their new 5-song EP titled "Still Breathing" hits hard and quick as they band wastes no time diving right into the heavy-hitting opener "My Demons." The chugging guitars and thunderous drums of "Dominate" will excite your senses, before they speed up the tempo even more with the hardcore delivery of "I Cannot." Fight The Fury finish up their new album with the growling vocals and buzzing guitar of "Lose Hold Of It All." To find out more about Fight The Fury and their latest release "Still Breathing," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/fightthefuryofficial.

We close with a band that is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their formation, I'm talking about the Massachusetts metal band, All That Remains. Their new album titled "Victim Of The New Disease" will be released on November 9th on Fearless/R&T records. It features ten tracks, beginning with the heavy metal assault of "F*ck Love" and the intense, quick-pace of "Everything's Wrong." The new album continues with the hardcore, sonic attack of "Wasteland," before showcasing their more mellow side with the power ballad "Alone In The Darkness." All That Remains comes roaring back with the guitar frenzy of "Misery In Me" and the thunderous pounding of "Broken." They wrap up their new album with the modern, mainstream hard rock appeal of "Just Tell Me Something" and heavy metal arena anthem of "Victim Of The New Disease." To find out more about All That Remains and their latest release "Victim Of The New Disease," please visit allthatremainsonline.com.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Check Out These New Hard Rock Releases From Arlington, Below 7 and The Black Planes

Arriving October 26th is the Rise Records debut album from the hard-rocking trio Arlington. Their new release titled "A Walk Through Jackson County" features 11-tracks that are filled with pure energy and passion. They kick things off with the album's lead-single "Don't Mind," which is a tour de force with its strong sonic rhythm (including a cowbell solo) and melodic tone. The album continues with the addictive bass groove of "Ride Out" and the blazing vocals of "Mud," which showcase the band's winning formula for creating great music. Arlington slow down the pace for the emotion-fueled ballad "Motion," before blazing a trail of intense, punk-like music with the quick pace of "Native Tongue." The trio wrap up their new album with slow burn of "Halo," the slightly funky, beat-infused sound of "Children" and the country/rock swing of "What They Say." To find out more about Arlington and their latest release "A Walk Through Jackson County," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/arlingtonband.


Also arriving in October is the debut album from the Bristol, TN modern hard rock band, Below 7. Their new release titled "Crashing Down" has been two years in the making as the band's line-up took shape in late-2016. Their new ten-song album begins with the chugging guitar riffs of "Freight Train Coming," as you can feel the band's power and intensity on this opening track. They continue with the deep bass groove of "Miss Misery" and the pounding rhythm of "Church Of Prophecy" as Below 7 showcase their right to be mentioned along side bands like Alice In Chains and Godsmack. The grunge-like feel of "It Follows" and the dark melody of "Crashing Down" has the band building upon their influences as their sound has the perfect blend of vocals and music in order to develop their growing fanbase. Below 7 close out their new album with the high-powered energy of "Whiskey Baby" and the thunderous rhythm of "Scream." To find out more about Below 7 and their latest release "Crashing Down," please visit below7band.com.


Another debut album arriving soon is from the Seattle psych-rock band The Black Planes. Their new release titled "This Is The Black Planes" features 11-tracks, beginning with the steady rhythm and swirling melody of "Cyclonsonic Sister." Their sound get even more raw, with the buzz of "Stone In Love," as the vocals feel as if they appeared from a dream. The Black Planes hype-up their seventies influences on the experimental rock of "Hush Hush" and "Where Is My Mind?" The album continues with the heavier, moody tones of "Too Radar Love" and "Not Like Monday" as the band allows your to explore their music at your own pace. The Black Planes wrap up their new album with the more up-tempo, psychedelic grunge of "Take It Higher" and the steady bass line of "Charity." To find out more about The Black Planes and their latest release "This Is The Black Planes," please visit theblackplanes.com.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nine Beats Collective Explores The Wisdom Of The Beatitudes & R&B Singer Dawn Richard Gets "Kinky" On Soundtrack

Newly released collaboration, Nine Beats Collective features world-class musicians, singers and songwriters that have come together to pay homage to "The Beatitudes." The Beatitudes are the name given to the blessings that Jesus gave at the Sermon on the Mount as recorded by the Gospel of Matthew. This new 26-track album titled "Nine Beats To The Bar" highlights these teachings with the worldly sounds of R&B, soul, jazz, rock, pop, funk, gospel and African vibes.

The album is highlighted by the beautiful vocals of Heatherlyn on "Blessed Are The Undead," the funk-infused rhythm of "#Blessed" by Vince Anderson and a jazzy, hip-hop tone of "9/8" from Eric Leroy Wilson. You also get a taste of classical music with the string instrumental "Tread Softly" and "Song For The Earth" by Deborah Pritchard, as well as the smooth R&B/jazz of ""Serenity" by Martin Trotman. The album finishes with the worldly rhythm of "Nine Beats To The Bar" from Mikael R. Andreasen and the enlightening gospel tones of "Give In To The Love" by Heatherlyn. To find out more about Nine Beats Collective and their new album "Nine Beats To The Bar," please visit 9beats.org.

Also, just recently released from Lightyear Entertainment, in association with Caroline/Universal Music Group, is the soundtrack to the independent film, "Kinky." The movie was released in theaters on October 12th and the soundtrack was released three weeks prior on CD and digital platforms. The star of the movie and the soundtrack is R&B artist, Dawn Richard. She first gained fame is a member of Sean "Diddy" Combs' group, Danity Kane, before developing her solo career on her own label, Our Dawn. The soundtrack features fifteen R&B gems as Dawn's beautiful vocals weaves through the soundtracks with the songs "Maybe," "Me Myself and I" and "Conversation." Also included on this album is the smooth vocals of Willie Taylor (Day 26) on "Protection" and "Harder Deeper." The new soundtrack closes with the pop beats and stellar voice of R&B/Hip-Hop producer Durty So Clean on "Guilty." To find out more about the film and soundtrack to "Kinky," please visit facebook.com/KinkyTheMovie.