Record Reviews

ROLLING STONES BEGGARS BANQUET 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

AVAILABLE ON SUPER AUDIO CD DECEMBER 7 FROM ABKCO RECORDS;

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE SPRING 2019 US TOUR

By Harvey Kubernik © 2018

On December 7, ABKCO Records will release The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) on limited edition hybrid Super Audio CD. In comes on the heels of the November 16 domestic release of Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) on limited-edition vinyl, CD and digital formats.

The SACD package itself is designed to look like a miniaturized replica of the 12” gatefold double-vinyl edition, sized to be a convenient 7” gatefold, and contain 2 hybrid SACDs, a flexi disc and expanded packaging elements exclusive to this edition. This bespoke packaging is manufactured in Japan and is of the highest quality to match the SACD audio.

Special elements of the package include: replica packshots of two Japanese 7” single picture sleeves (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man”) and both versions of the Beggars Banquet sleeve art are included. This SACD set is a Japanese release, which will be imported into North America in a limited quantity.  Continue reading

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 50th Anniversary Edition Released in October

50th Anniversary Multi-Format Releases: Super Deluxe Box Set, 1CD, 2CD Deluxe, LP, Digital, MFiT & HD

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018

The Kinks have just released a 50th anniversary special edition of one of the greatest rock albums of all time The Kinks Are The Village

Courtesy Of BMG Music

Green Preservation Society on BMG.

This essential album by one of the world’s best ever bands is defined by the extraordinary catalogue of Ray Davies’ songs, driven by brother Dave Davies’ power pop guitar and became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society cemented Ray Davies reputation as one of Britain’s finest songwriters of his and any generation.

“I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life,” says Ray.

“In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle.”

Somewhat overlooked upon its release in November 1968, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now regarded as one of the best albums ever recorded.

Created in difficult circumstances by a band on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion, it is an album of timeless, perfectly crafted songs about growing up and growing old, and the decline of national culture and traditional ways. Enduring and unsurpassed, with its wit, sadness, quiet anger, regret and charm, it is generally considered the high point of The Kinks’ outstanding career and Ray Davies’ masterpiece. Continue reading

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,

Courtesy of Rhino Records

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