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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.

Purchase Elaine Brown vinyl LP: https://UMe.lnk.to/ElaineBrownPR

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

FRANK SINATRA’S LANDMARK 1958 ALBUM

FRANK SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY

EXPANDED 60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018

Frank Sinatra’s intimate 1958 opus, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely, has been newly mixed in stereo for an expanded

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60th Anniversary Edition to be released worldwide on October 19 by Capitol/UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.

Only The Lonely’ (60thAnniversary Edition) will be released in a Deluxe 2CD package, in 180-gram 2LP vinyl and 1CD configurations, and in two digital album versions. Starting tomorrow, “Angel Eyes” (2018 Stereo Mix) will be available for streaming and for immediate download with digital album preorder.

 Only The Lonely’ (60th Anniversary Edition)’s 2CD Deluxe package pairs the album’s remastered original 1958 mono mix with a new 2018 stereo mix by Larry Walsh. Four bonus tracks from the mono session recordings are also featured, including studio takes making their release debuts: “Angel Eyes” (alternate session takes – May 5, 1958) and “Lush Life” (session takes – May 29, 1958). The album’s original mono mix makes its digital release debut in an expanded digital collection pairing the remastered album mix with the four bonus session recordings, while the 1CD, 2LP vinyl, and standard digital album configurations feature the album’s 2018 stereo mix. The new edition’s audio was mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios. Continue reading

SOUNDTRACK TO BESIDE BOWIE: THE MICK RONSON STORY

AVAILABLE NOW VIA UME     

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018

Record label UMe this summer has released the soundtrack to the official Mick Ronson documentary,  Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson

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Story, with tracks by Mick Ronson, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Michael Chapman, Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Elton John and Mike Garson.

This is the first official career retrospective compilation for the guitar virtuoso Mick Ronson. The compilation includes key selections from Ronson’s solo records, as well as material from noted collaborations with David Bowie, Elton John, Ian Hunter, Queen and Michael Chapman plus previously unreleased and unheard songs.

The soundtrack is available on CD, Digital & heavy-weight 180-gram vinyl and includes extensive essay and liner notes. The soundtrack accompanies the critically acclaimed film Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story also available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Continue reading

GOLDENVOICE PRESENTS AN INTIMATE EVENING OF SONGS AND STORIES WITH GRAHAM NASH

IN LOS ANGELES OCTOBER 11, 2018

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018

Singer/songwriter/photographer/author and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash will be returning to downtown Los Angeles on  Thursday, October 11th for his intimate song and story tour at The Theater Ace Hotel. Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm.

Guitarist/vocalist Shayne Fontayne and keyboardist/vocals Todd Caldwell join Nash in the stage lineup.

Graham selected the concert repertoire from his catalog which incorporates tunes from the Hollies, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and his solo career.

The tour debuted in his hometown of Salford, England earlier this summer.

Rapt audiences have been devouring musical treats from his stellar songbook:  “Wasted on the Way,” “Bus Stop,” “King Midas in Reverse,” “I Used to Be a King,” “Sleep Song,”  “Myself at Last,” “Military Madness,” “Wind on the Water,” “Marrakesh Express,” a medley of “On a Carousel / Carrie-Anne,” “Immigration Man,” and a cover of the Beatles’ “Day in the Life.” Continue reading

Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now: Live At The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 Now Availabl

By Harvey Kubernik c 2018

Courtesy Eagle Vision

On September 14, 2018, Eagle Vision released Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now: Live At The Isle of Wight Festival 1970.

In 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival was one of the largest musical events of its time. Bigger than Woodstock and controversial from the get-go, hundreds of thousands of people descended on the island. Many of those without tickets set up camp on a hill overlooking the festival site, opposing the consumerism of the event and intent on “taking the music back” by any means necessary. It was a celebration of hippy counter culture gone awry, and in Joni’s words “they fed me to the beast.”

Singer/songwriter female troubadour Joni Mitchell took to the stage to deliver an outstanding performance against all odds. At times, it was a battle against the audience, as they tore down barriers and shouted obscenities. Her set was interrupted multiple times, including one man invading the stage trying to address the crowd.

She later commented, “It seemed like an appropriate time to flee…”, but still the seemingly fragile folk-rock singer stood her ground. Instead she returned to her piano, sitting on a fold-up wooden chair, and made an impassioned plea for respect from the audience, continuing her set with “My Old Man,” she won over the crowd and the atmosphere softened. In response the front page of Melody Maker hailed her with the front page headline, “Joni triumphs!” Continue reading