All You Need is Now

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Def Leppard remasters

Japanese mini-LP remaster without any bonus tracks.
On Through the Night (pictured)
Ride Into the Sun (original version)
Getcha Rocks Off (EP version)
Overture (EP version and demo)
Heat Street (originally on a bootleg)
Rock Brigade (Nick Tauber version)
See the Lights (previously unreleased)
Warchild (same)
Glad I'm Alive (demo and Tauber versions)
Wasted (single version)
Hello America (B-side single version)
Good Morning Freedom (studio and live versions)
When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (demo)
Travellin' Band (live)

High 'n' Dry
Bringin' on the Heartbreak (1984 synth remix)
Me and My Wine (original and remix despite little difference in sound)

Slang
Last years US deluxe edition should receive an international release as I just have the original EU CD myself.

Euphoria
Promises (video mix)
Immortal
Under My Wheels
I Am Your Child
("Burnout" and "World Collide" from the Australasian edition or EU B-sides are already on the Slang remaster as they were taken from that albums sessions)

X (the most recent original album of the lot that needs an upgrade)
Kiss the Day
Long, Long Way to Go (acoustic version)
10x Bigger than Love
Gimme a Job
Perfect Girl ("Gravity" demo)
Love Don't Lie (demo)
Let Me Be the One (demo)

Yeah!
How Does It Feel?
Action (live)
Dear Friends
Space Oddity
Rebel Rebel (also a Bowie cover although from the X period this fits the pattern here better)
When I'm Dead and Gone
Elected (live) (Alice Cooper cover recorded during Adrenalize tour)
No Matter What (live)
Little Wing (Hendrix cover with Hothouse Flowers)
Winter Song
American Girl
Search and Destroy
Heartbeat

It remains to be seen whether or not these will come out in the forseeable future as the band are in a bit of a row with Universal over the rights and have considered re-recording their hits note by note (which other people have done in the studio with their songs in the past) and a couple are now available on mp3.  The rights to Slang were reverted back to the band and they reissued it recently in the US through their label there Mailboat (founder Jimmy Buffett also left Universal when his new label became sister to the old one when Universal bought PolyGram, Leppards former home).

Sunday, July 26, 2015

mp3 Upgrade

Not too shy shy to say this is one of the albums I did, but it's hush hush (eye to eye)!
On a certain mp3 site (I've mentioned it before so look for it) I have been upgrading tracks that have been uploaded before either by me or someone else that are 192 kbps or less when 320 kbps is more the norm so I've been spending the past couple months replacing or adding tracks even from artists I don't listen to myself.  Only last year did I change my settings on my Windows Media Player.  I let an album upload while I'm out or in another room (I let the cat watch) as a watched pot never boils.  I found a stand for my laptop at the charity shop to help it circulate air so it'll stay on.  Streaming audio uses more bandwidth and script (no interest in Spotify) than something I can download and store offline though I will always try to get the real CD and LP when I can.  It's been well over a decade since I've been able to get mp3 and gradually more technology became available to me.  Just now I'm seeing what I re-copied but not yet re-upped as things fall through the cracks and I forget as I do have a life too in case you think I don't.  There is a legal loophole that mp3s can be backup of media that you already have so if you do download please get the physical version too if you can afford it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Julian Lennon remasters

Overlooked in the US because of grunge.
Julian Lennons catalogue is long overdue to be reissued worldwide with these bonus tracks:

Valotte
Bebop (previously unavailable on album)
Big Mama (also just a B-side)
Too Late for Goodbyes (12")
Stand by Me (live)

The Secret Value of Daydreaming
Stick Around (12")
Because (from Dave Clarks Time)
Time Will Teach Us All (w/Stevie Wonder)
If You Only Knew (Time track)
Midnight Smoke (from The Hunting of the Snark)

Mr Jordan
Now You're in Heaven (12")
Ruby Tuesday (Stones cover)

Help Yourself (pictured)
Saltwater (reggae mix)
Coles Song (from Mr Hollands Opus)

Photograph Smile
I Need You (America cover)
Don't Let Me Down (not a cover of you-know-who!)
Lucy (w/James Scott Cook) (for namesake of certain song who died from Lupus)

In loving memory of Cynthia Lennon.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vinyl wishlist

Only have the international edition on LP right now.
Records have been coming back in recent years although not quite as en masse as decades past but still making headway.  Later titles and editions are rarer and/or more expensive though I found a few of those.  Some titles I don't have on LP but I do on CD or even tape and others I don't have at all just yet so here's what I hope to find in the months to come:

ABBA
Ring Ring
Greatest Hits Vol 2
The Visitors
The Singles: The First Ten Years
Chess singles

AC/DC
High Voltage (Australasia) (pictured)
TNT
Let There Be Rock
Powerage
Highway to Hell
'74 Jailbreak
Fly on the Wall
Who Made Who
Blow Up Your Video
The Razors Edge
Ballbreaker
Rock or Bust

a-ha
Hunting High and Low
Stay on These Roads
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Cast in Steel (Coming soon)

Jon Anderson
Olias of Sunhillow
Animation
3 Ships
In the City of Angels

Asia
Astra
Aurora
Aqua
Aria
Aura

Tony Banks
The Wicked Lady
Soundtracks
Bankstatement (1989)
Still

The Beatles
Beatles VI (1965)
Rubber Soul (US/UK)
Yesterday and Today
Revolver (US/UK)
Sgt Peppers mono
Magical Mystery Tour
White album mono
Yellow Submarine (original LP/songtrack)
Hey Jude/The Beatles Again
Let It Be
Rock 'n' Roll Music
Love Songs
Rarities (US)
Reel Music
Past Masters Vol 1-2
Love (Cirqué du Soleil)
Live at the BBC Vol 1-2
Anthology 1-3
1 (2000)

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath (1970)
Technical Ecstacy
Mob Rules
Live Evil
Seventh Star
The Eternal Idol
Headless Cross
Týr
13 (2013)

Boy George
Sold
Tense Nervous Headache
Boyfriend
High Hat
The Martyr Mantras (Jesus Loves You)

Kate Bush
The Kick Inside
Never for Ever
Hounds of Love
The Whole Story
The Sensual World
50 Words for Snow
Directors Cut?

Bush
Sixteen Stone
Razorblade Suitcase
Man on the Run

Phil Collins
Face Value
I Missed Again
Thru These Walls
One More Night
Don't Lose My Number
..But Seriously
Serious Hits... Live!

Culture Club
Karma Chameleon
The War Song
From Luxury to Heartache
This Time
Tribes+

Def Leppard
On Through the Night
High 'n' Dry
First Strike
Adrenalize

Depeche Mode
A Broken Frame
Construction Time Again
People Are People
Some Great Reward
Catching Up with Depeche Mode (1985)
The Singles 81>85
Music for the Masses
101 (1989)
Martin L. Gore - Counterfeit EP
Violator
Songs of Faith and Devotion studio and live
Playing the Angel
Delta Machine

Jim Diamond
Bandit (1976)
Bacco - Cha Cha Me
PhD - Is It Safe?
I Should Have Known Better
I Sleep Alone at Night(s)
Desire for Freedom
Jim Diamond (1993)
Broadway 12"

Duran Duran
Arena
All You Need is Now
Notorious
Big Thing!
Decade
Liberty
Paper Gods+

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Tarkus
Trilogy
Welcome Back My Friends...
Works Vol 1
Emerson, Lake & Powell (1986)

Eurythmics
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)
Be Yourself Tonight
Savage
We Too Are One
Annie Lennox - Nostalgia

Agnetha Fältskog
Eyes of a Woman
I Stand Alone
A (2013)

Fish
Internal Exile
A Feast of Consequences

Fleetwood Mac
English Rose
Black Magic Woman
The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)
Penguin
Mystery to Me

Peter Gabriel
Out Out 12"
Shaking the Tree
Peter Gabriel (1982)/Security (inner sleeve needed to copy)

Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation (mono)
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
The Story of Genesis
We Can't Dance
The Way We Walk Vol 1-2
Calling All Stations

Gentle Giant
Three Friends
Octopus
Civilian (US LP to photocopy inner sleeve)

Geordie
Hope You Like It
Don't Be Fooled by the Name
Save the World
No Good Woman
Strange Man

David Gilmour
David Gilmour (1978)
On an Island
Rattle That Lock

Gowan
Gowan (1982)
Great Dirty World
Lost Brotherhood

Amy Grant
Unguarded

Steve Hackett
Voyage of the Acolyte
GTR (1986)

Steve Harley/Cockney Rebel
The Human Menagerie
The Psychomodo
The Best Years of Our Lives
A Closer Look
Timeless Flight
Love's a Prima Donna
Face to Face
Hobo with a Grin (solo)
The Candidate (solo)
Greatest Hits

George Harrison
Wonderwall Music
All Things Must Pass
George Harrison (1979)
Gone Troppo
Brainwashed

Justin Hayward
Songwriter
Night Flight
Moving Mountains
Classic Blue

Roger Hodgson
In the Eye of the Storm
You Make Me Love You
London

INXS
INXS (1980)
Kick
Max Q (1989)
X (1990)
Welcome to Wherever You Are
Full Moon Dirty Hearts

IQ
Tales from the Lush Attic
The Wake
Nomzamo
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
The Road of Bones

Elton John
Rock of the Westies
The Fox
Jump Up!
Too Low for Zero
Breaking Hearts
Ice on Fire
Live in Australia
Sleeping with the Past
The One
Peachtree Road
The Captain and the Kid
The Union (w/Leon Russell)

Jon & Vangelis
The Friends of Mr Cairo (1981 or 1982 edition)
Private Collection
The Best of Jon & Vangelis
Page of Life

King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King
In the Wake of Poseidon
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Starless and Bible Black
USA

Denny Laine
Holly Days
Japanese Tears
Anyone Can Fly
Hometown Girls
Lonely Road
Wings on My Feet
Master Suite

John Lennon
Sometime in New York City
Shaved Fish
The John Lennon Collection
Milk & Honey (w/Yoko Ono)
Live in New York City
Menlove Ave.
Imagine: John Lennon (soundtrack)

Julian Lennon
The Secret Value of Daydreaming
Mr Jordan
Help Yourself

Marillion
Script for a Jesters Tear
Fugazi
Punch and Judy
Lavender
Brief Encounter
The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Madra)
Holidays in Eden
Brave
Afraid of Sunlight

Paul McCartney/Wings*
Tripping the Live Fantastic!
Wings Greatest*
Tug of War 7"/12"
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Run Devil Run
Press to Play
All the Best
Off the Ground
Flaming Pie
Driving Rain

Christine McVie
Christine Perfect (1970)
Christine McVie (1984)

Freddie Mercury
Mr Bad Guy
Barcelona (w/Montserrat Caballé)

George Michael
Faith
Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
Symphonica

The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed
Justin Hayward and John Lodge - Blue Jays
John Lodge - Natural Avenue
Caught Live + 5
Long Distance Voyager
The Other Side of Life
Keys of the Kingdom

Patrick Moraz
Out in the Sun
Patrick Moraz (1978)
Timecode

Alanis Morissette
Jagged Little Pill (original/acoustic)
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Under Rug Swept
So-Called Chaos
Flavours of Entanglement
Havoc and Bright Lights
Live in Montreux, Switzerland 2012

Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna
The Wild Heart (autographed US LP)
Rock a Little
The Other Side of the Mirror
Timespace
In Your Dreams
24 Karat Gold

oasis
Definitely Maybe
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Be Here Now
Beady Eye - BE
Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds - First album and Chasing Yesterday

Ozzy Osbourne
Bark at the Moon
The Ultimate Sin
Tribute
No Rest for the Wicked

Pallas
The Pallas EP
Arrive Alive
The Sentinel
Kinghtmoves
The Wedge

Anthony Phillips
Wise After the Event
Sides
1984 (1981)
Invisible Men

Pink Floyd
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (stereo and mono)
More soundtrack
Ummagumma
Atom Heart Mother
Meddle
Obscured by Clouds
Animals
The Final Cut
Works
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Delicate Sound of Thunder
The Division Bell
The Endless River

Queen
Queen II (1974)
Sheer Heart Attack
The Game
Flash Gordon
Brian May & Friends - Star Fleet Project
Live Magic
The Miracle
Innuendo
Live at Wembley '86
Made in Heaven
Live at the Rainbow '74
Queen Forever

Rabbitt
Boys Will Be Boys
A Croak and a Grunt in the Night
Rock Rabbitt (1978)

Trevor Rabin
Trevor Rabin (1978)/Beginnings
Face to Face
Wolf
Can't Look Away

Rush
Rush (1974)
Fly by Night
2112 (1976)
A Farewell to Kings
Exit... Stage Left
Grace Under Pressure
Power Windows
Hold Your Fire
Presto
Chronicles
Roll the Bones
Moving Pictures Live
Clockwork Angels
ABC 1974
Spirits of the Airwaves

Sad Café
Fanx Ta-Ra
Misplaced Ideals
Façades
Sad Café (1980)
Olé
Live
The Politics of Existing
Whatever It Takes

Split Enz
Second Thoughts (Aus/NZ)/Mental Notes (international)
Dizrythmia
Frenzy
True Colours
Corroborree (Australia)/Waiata (NZ/International)
Time and Tide
Conflicting Emotions
See You 'Round
History Never Repeats

Talk Talk
The Party's Over
It's My Life
The Colour of Spring
Spirit of Eden
Natural History

Roger Taylor
Fun in Space
Strange Frontier
The Cross - Shove It!
Fun on Earth

Tears for Fears
The Hurting
The Seeds of Love
Ready Boys and Girls 10"

UK
Danger Money
Night After Night
Eddie Jobson/Zinc - The Green Album

Rick Wakeman
White Rock
Lisztomania
Criminal Record
Rhapsodies
Cost of Living
Silent Nights
Live at Hammersmith
The Time Machine
Return to the Centre of the Earth
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (studio version)

Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Radio KAOS
The Wall Live in Berlin
Amused to Death

John Wetton
Kings Road
Wetton/Manzanera (1987)
Jack-Knife - I Wish You Would

Wham!
Fantastic
The Final
Music from the Edge of Heaven

Yes
Relayer
Steve Howe - Beginnings and The Steve Howe Album (1979)
Yesshows
Classic Yes
Big Generator
Union
Talk
Open Your Eyes
The Ladder
Magnification
Fly from Here
Heaven and Earth
Progeny
Like It Is 1 & 2

Subject to change.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Split Enz

Nambassa Festival, 1979.
As I scan across the Commonwealth I decide to close in on New Zealand and take up Split Enz.  Hearing "I Got You" on the Tannoy at the gym the other week got me to look for them on one mp3 site to find them not there so I go to another to add to the first one and I start to have a listen to them as I can relate to the prog vaudevillian sound they had in the mid-to-late '70s and the new wave after that up to the mid-'80s.  I knew Crowded House spun off from there though I heard of them first.  Split Enz are yet another band overlooked on my shores as I was lucky to find True Colours on US CD after having heard the PA and it just grew from there.  Getting even one of the albums would be a feat without resorting to going online.  That album I had to order online for you-know-who as I looked through my old e-mails knowing I sent it way out there a few years ago.  I hope to get out of town and find something (lucky I saw the other band at the shop last week).

Management

Fish: Tall enough to manage himself!
From Col Tom Parker to Brian Epstein to Peter Grant talent managers have become as famous as their clients.  Some have gone through them like water (Yes come to mind) and others never say who takes care of them.  Fish (pictured) told me after falling out with Marillion manager John Arnison when Fish left the band in 1988 and later Yes, Asia and a-ha manager Brian Lane, the 6'4" Scotsman decided to manage his own career and has Kelvin "Yatta" Yates sort out the live side of things.  Steve Hacketts site said in an e-mail response he is now self-managed after firing longtime manager Billy Budis.  Elton John took his ex John Reid to court after discovering millions of pounds squandered.