Record Reviews

Elvis Presley ’68 NBC-TV Comeback Special Celebrated with Definitive 50th Anniversary Box

Set Release Deluxe 5CD, 2 Blu-ray Disc Set Available Friday, November 30

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s groundbreaking 1968 NBC-TV “comeback” special will be commemorated with the release of a deluxe

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box set by RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, on Friday, November 30. The set arrives just days before the anniversary of the world premiere broadcast of the original special on December 3, 2018.

Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is the definitive chronicle of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performances ever televised: Elvis Presley at the peak of his powers. For the first time ever, all previously-released audio and newly-restored video from the taping of the special will be available in one package – including unused performances and studio outtakes that spotlight the real Elvis.   The package contains an entire disc showcasing the legendary sessions for the special recorded with Elvis and the Wrecking Crew.

This 5CD, 2 Blu-ray disc deluxe package also includes an 80-page book featuring rare photographs and ephemera and a new oral history on the special, crafted from interviews conducted for Thom Zimny’s 2018 documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher. The newly-restored Blu-ray video was also overseen by Zimny. The content from the box set will be released digitally as separate audio and video products on November 30th. Continue reading

50TH Anniversary of The Doors’ Waiting For The Sun Now Out

By c Harvey Kubernik

A 50th anniversary deluxe edition of Waiting For The Sun from The Doors [Ray Manzarek,

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Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger] was just released in September from Rhino Entertainment.

Initially shipped to retail outlets on July 3, 1968 on the landmark Elektra Records label, founded by the visionary music man Jac Holzman, the album was engineered by Bruce Botnick and produced by Paul Rothchild. Holzman served as production supervisor.  

It was the band’s third platinum LP in less than two years and their first to top the album chart. A single culled from the collection “Hello, I Love You” was a number one smash.  

 This 2018 2-CD, 1-LP collection offers fans a new version of the original stereo mix of the album on CD as well as on 180-gram vinyl, remastered by Botnick, The Doors’ longtime engineer-mixer, from the original master tapes.

In addition, the package houses 14 completely unreleased tracks: nine “rough mixes” from the original recording sessions which were only recently discovered, and five live performances from a September 17, 1968 performance by the band at Falkoner Centeret in Copenhagen Denmark. Continue reading

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ELECTRIC LADYLAND DELUXE EDITION

50th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET FOR NOVEMBER 9th RELEASE

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018  

Photo: Linda McCartney / © Paul McCartney
Design: © Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience masterpiece Electric Ladyland, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will issue a Deluxe Edition box set on November 9.

  Available as a 3CD/1 Blu-ray set or a 6LP/1 Blu-ray set, both packages include the original double album, now newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes. For the LP set, Grundman prepared an all analog direct to disc vinyl transfer of the album, preserving the authenticity. 

    Also included is Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes, which presents demos and studio outtakes from this period in Hendrix’s career, plus a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire original album by Hendrix’s original engineer Eddie Kramer.

   This marks the first and only time this has been done with a Hendrix studio album, and gives listeners the original stereo mixes in uncompressed 24 bit/96 kz high resolution audio.

  The Blu-ray also includes the acclaimed, feature length documentary At Last… The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland. Continue reading

BEE GEES ‘TIMELESS: THE ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS’

TO BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE ON 2LP VINYL OCTOBER 26

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018

On October 26, Capitol/UMe released the Bee Gees’ Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits in a 2LP vinyl edition. Already available on CD and

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digitally, the career-spanning collection of top hits by one of music’s most legendary and acclaimed groups features 21 tracks personally selected by Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb. Sequenced in chronological order, ‘Timeless’ spans decades of Bee Gees smash hits, from their first Australian chart-topper, 1966’s “Spicks and Specks” to “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” and “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever to 1987’s UK Number One single “You Win Again.” 

 “There is a spirituality about this album and these songs always meant the most to us,” says Barry Gibb in his written introduction for Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits. “Although there are many other songs, these songs, I feel, are the songs that Maurice, Robin, and I would be most proud of.”

“The Bee Gees – brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb – have earned their stature as one of the world’s most popular and bestselling groups of all time. Having recorded 22 studio albums and for numerous soundtracks, including the monumentally successful Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees infused popular culture with dozens of worldwide hit singles that featured their singular and highly influential three-part harmonies. They achieved nine Number Ones and 23 Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” and “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever, and graced charts around the world with many other classics, including “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” “I Started A Joke,” “Lonely Days,” “Words,” and “You Win Again.” Continue reading

ELAINE BROWN’S SELF-TITLED BLACK FORUM/MOTOWN ALBUM

REISSUED ON VINYL LP

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018 

Elaine Brown, the rare, self-titled album from the first and only female Chair of the Black Panther Party, has just been reissued in late

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September by Motown/UMe. 

First issued in 1973 and long out of print, the LP includes the single “Until We’re Free.” The new 150-gram vinyl edition is presented in a tip-on jacket with replicated original artwork.

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A Motown/Ume press release provided background on Brown’s 1973 endeavor.

“The album was the second for Brown, who wrote all nine songs. It was produced by Motown’s Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell, who were then one-half of The Corporation™ production team that had created a string of hits for the Jackson 5; Brown’s LP was one of their first projects separate from the group. Elaine Brown was arranged and conducted by Horace Tapscott, a pianist, composer and founder of the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. The album art was created by Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party’s Minister of Culture.” Continue reading