ABKCO Records To Release New Rolling Stones Box Set Later This Month

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Courtesy: ABKCO Records

ABKCO Records has announced that it will release a new Rolling Stones box set later this month.

The Rolling Stones in Mono will be released Friday, September 30 in stores and online.  The 14-disc will be available on CD, vinyl, digital and hi-resolution platforms as well as separate 15-disc CD box set and 16-disc vinyl box set.

The new box set features the entirety of The Rolling Stones’ studio output from the 1960s.  The set’s release marks the first time ever that many of the featured songs have been available in mono.

A bonus disc titled Stray Cats features non-LP singles and EP tracks from both the band’s U.S. and U.K. releases.  It is presented as a single disc presentation in the box’s CD presentation and as a double-album in the box’s vinyl platform.  In all, 24 tracks are presented in the collection.  Featured in the collection is every one of the songs not featured in the collection’s other 14 discs including: ‘Barrett Strong’s 1959 hit ‘Money,’ ‘Fortune Teller, ‘Con Le Mie Lacrime,’ ‘As Tears Go By’ (sung entirely in Italian), ‘Stoned’ (the b-side to the Rolling Stones’ hit song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’), the 1965 outtake of Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,’ and two separate takes of ‘Poison Ivy.’

The outtake of ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ has been cleaned up for this release.  The fake applause used in the song’s original take on 1966’s Got Live If You Want It has been removed from the song here to exhibit the song’s studio origin.  The track listing for Stray Cats is noted below.


*Stray Cats tracklist

1) Come On

2) I Want To Be Loved
3) I Wanna Be Your Man
4) Stoned
5) Fortune Teller
6) Poison Ivy (Version 1)
7) Bye Bye Johnny
8) Money
9) Poison Ivy (Verison 2)
10) Not Fade Away
11) I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
12) The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man (single version)
13) 19th Nervous Breakdown
14) Sad Day
15) Con Le Mie Lacrime (As Tears Go By)
16) Long, Long While
17) Who’s Driving Your Plane?
18) We Love You (single version)
19) Dandelion (single version)
20) Child Of The Moon
21) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
22) Street Fighting Man (single version)
23) Honky Tonk Women
24) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (single version)


The limited edition box set, presentations of The Rolling Stones in Mono, whose discs are noted below, feature nine extremely limited rolling stones 7” vinyl singles.


The Rolling Stones In Mono  [16 LP vinyl box set; 15 CD box set]  (all tracks also available digitally)

1)    The Rolling Stones (UK, 1964)

2)    12 X 5 (1964)

3)    The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK, 1965)

4)    The Rolling Stones Now! (1965)

5)    Out of Our Heads (US, 1965)

6)    Out of Our Heads (UK, 1965)

7)    December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965)

8)    Aftermath (UK, 1966)

9)    Aftermath (US, 1966)

10) Between the Buttons (UK, 1967)

11) Flowers (1967)

12) Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)

13) Beggar’s Banquet (1968)

14) Let it Bleed (1969)

15) Stray Cats (a new collection of single A & B sides plus E.P. tracks)*


The reproduced singles mirror exactly the singles that were significant Rolling Stones hits in different countries throughout the band’s life.  That includes the same artwork used in the singles’ original release.

After the initial bundles are sold out the remaining individual 7” singles will only be available in local stores in their respective nations.  The singles included in the limited edition platforms are listed below.


These 7”s are:

– Poison Ivy/Fortune Teller (UK, 1963)

– Fortune Teller/Sad Day (Australia, 1966)

– Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)/Carol (Japan, 1964)

– Time Is On My Side/Congratulations (Norway, 1964)

– Empty Heart/Around And Around (Netherlands, 1964)

– Not Fade Away/I Wanna Be Your Man (Canada, 1964)

– 2,000 Light Years From Home/She’s A Rainbow (Germany, 1967)

– We Love You/Dandelion (France, 1967)

– Street Fighting Man/No Expectations (U.S., 1968)


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“Joy” Soundtrack Is A Surprisingly Entertaining Collection Of Songs

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence’s new starring vehicle Joy has made quite the noise since its release late last month.  It was nominated for two Golden Globes, one of which–BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY—was a win for Lawrence. It was also nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award for BEST COMEDY while Lawrence was nominated for BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY.  Lawrence has also been nominated for an Oscar in the BEST ACTRESS category.  Audiences will find out Sunday, February 28th if she brings home yet another big win.  While they wait to see if Lawrence can win yet another major acting award they can now enjoy the movie’s soundtrack for themselves.  Music From The Motion Picture Joy was released in stores just last week via ABKCO Records.  And it is just as applause-worthy as the movie, in which Lawrence stars as the woman that created the Miracle Mop and in turn a business empire.  The central reason for that is the list of songs and performers that make up the body of the soundtrack.  It isn’t just another forgettable run-of-the-mill compilation that throws out a bunch of Top 40 songs for the sake of marketing current charting acts.  Rather it takes audiences back in time with songs that fit the era in which the movie’s story is set.  It crosses those songs and couples them with original tunes crafted specially for Joy.  Even Lawrence and cast mate Edgar Ramirez get to stretch their proverbial wings and put their own vocal chops on display throughout the course of the disc.  Between those performances, the songs specific to the movie, and the classic original songs featured in the compilation, all twenty-one songs featured in this recording make it a surprisingly enjoyable soundtrack that is worth at least one listen.

Music From The Motion Picture Joy is 2016’s first truly surprisingly enjoyable soundtrack.  That is thanks in large part to the mix of material that is presented over the course of the compilation’s twenty songs.  It doesn’t just present a bunch of songs from the latest Top 40 pop and rock acts for the sake of marketing their big singles alongside the movie.  Rather it mixes original classics alongside songs crafted specifically for the movie and songs performed by Jennifer Lawrence and co-star Edgar Ramirez.  The classic songs that are featured throughout the soundtrack’s body are not necessarily standards.  And in some cases they are likely known only by very specific audience groups.  But they are still entertaining in their own right.  The Salzburg Bach Choir’s performance of Notre Pere Opus 14 and that of ‘In The Bleak Mid Winter’ by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge prove that argument.  The same can be said of Cream’s classic ‘Feel Free’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Stray Cat Blues,’ and Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘I Want To Be Happy’ just to name a few other classics included here.  Whether through those songs or any of the other classics included in the body of this soundtrack, the whole of said songs makes for plenty of enjoyment for audiences in itself.  The classic songs featured as part of Joy’s soundtrack are doubly important to its overall presentation.  They are important primarily in that they aren’t just a bunch of popular top 40 hits thrown together to market said songs and acts.  They also don’t require audiences to have seen the movie to have any appreciation for them.  Audiences can simply appreciate them for the great works that they are.  Speaking of having seen the movie in accordance with the soundtrack, there is a small handful of compositions included in the soundtrack that was specific to the movie, which are just as important to the soundtrack as the more popular and well-known compositions. They are collectively yet another reason that audiences will want to hear this collection of songs.

The mainstream and semi-mainstream songs that are featured as part of Joy’s soundtrack are in their own right plenty of reason for audiences to pick up this collection of songs. They are just one part of what makes it an interesting collection of songs. There is a small handful of scene-specific compositions included in the soundtrack’s body, too. Considering that the soundtrack is composed of twenty one total tracks, six scene-specific songs really is not that many songs in the grand scheme of things.  And even with said songs being linked to specific scenes from the movie, the songs themselves are actually enjoyable.  ‘Joy Romantic Theme’ shows that clearly.  The song, crafted by David Campbell, harkens back to the days of George and Ira Gershwin with its gentle, flowing string arrangements.  Considering that, it’s too bad that it only runs a total of one minute and eight seconds.  ‘Mop Drawing’ is another example of how enjoyable the instrumental, scene-specific songs prove to be. This is one of those songs that audiences will enjoy even if they have not yet seen Joy. That is because of the urgency in the song’s tempo and its sound. Knowing at least the movie’s backstory one can deduce from that urgency what is going on here. ‘Joy Theme’ is one more example of how the soundtrack’s instrumental compositions are just as important to its whole as the more well-known pieces that have been included. The slow, gentle strains of the piano in the West Dylan Thordson composed piece generate an emotionally powerful impact for audiences. The combination of that composition and the others crafted specifically for Joy shows in whole why they are collectively just as important to this soundtrack as the more well-known pieces included in the soundtrack’s body. They are still not the soundtrack’s only remaining elements that make it an interesting listen. The pieces performed by Lawrence (yes, Lawrence actually gets to put her vocal chops on display) and cast mate Edgar Ramirez round out its most notable elements.

The more well-known songs that make up most of Joy’s soundtrack and its scene-specific instrumentals collectively give audiences plenty of reason to hear the compilation in whole. While both are important in their own right they are not all that should be noted of the soundtrack. Jennifer Lawrence and co-star Edgar Ramirez actually get to stretch their artistic wings in this movie, getting the chance to actually perform their own numbers. The songs in question are not necessarily their own. Lawrence and Ramirez tackle the classic tune ‘Something Stupid’ in quite the surprisingly enjoyable duet while Ramirez also takes on Antonion Carlos Jobim’s ‘Aguas De Marzo’ (March Water) and famed composer Randy Newman’s ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come.’ This song is a far cry from anything that audiences have come to know from Newman. It’s far more grown-up and almost Dr. John-esque for lack of better wording. He is joined in this song by The Pedrito Martinez Group. The combination of all involved leads to a song that will have any listener on his or her feet in no time.  Regardless of which song one picks, it can be said that the combination of all three songs makes for even more enjoyment for listeners. It rounds out the elements that make Music From The Motion Picture Joy such an interesting and overall enjoyable collection of songs. Each element is in its own right important to the soundtrack’s overall presentation. All things considered Music From The Motion Picture Joy shows in the end to be a surprisingly enjoyable new soundtrack that is worth at least one listen.

Music From The Motion Picture Joy is one of 2016’s early surprises in terms of movie soundtracks. That is thanks to its mix of music. It presents more than just one type of music over the course of its twenty-one songs. There are some familiar songs included in the record’s body. They are songs not just tossed in for the sake of being there. They are specific to the era in which the story took place. They also play a specific role in the movie thanks to their placement. The choral pieces that were incorporated into the record are just as important to the record as are the scene-specific instrumentals included in the record. The same can be said of lead stars Jennifer Lawrence and Edgar Ramirez’s outings. Even their performances make for their own share of interest. Together with each of the other noted elements, the whole of Joy’s soundtrack proves to make the record in whole one of the year’s early surprises. It is a record that is worth at least one listen if not more. Music From The Motion Picture Joy is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via ABKCO Records’ online store now at http://www.abkco.com/index.php/store/release/316/. More information on this and other titles from ABKCO Records is available online now at:


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ABKCO Records To Release “Joy” Soundtrack In Stores This Week

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20th Century Fox’s new movie Joy has only been in theaters a little more than a week and already much has been said of the movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games, American Hustle). It has been received a Golden Globe nomination for the year’s Best Motion Picture. And Lawrence has received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of “BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY.” Now the soundtrack to Joy is being released in stores and online.

ABKCO Records will release Joy’s soundtrack in stores Friday, January 8th. It was previously released digitally on December 18th. Music from some of music’s greatest names is featured in this collection. Those names include the likes of: The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, The Ronettes, Bee Gees, Cream, and a number of others. The complete track listing for Joy’s soundtrack is noted below.


Music From the Motion Picture JOY track listing:

1)   “I Feel Free” – Cream

2)   “Joy Romantic Theme” (score)

3)   “Aguas de Marzo” – Edgar Ramirez

4)   “The Sidewinder” – Lee Morgan

5)   “I Want to Be Happy” – Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb and His Orchestra

6)   “In the Bleak Mid-Winter – Thomas Bullard, Choir of King’s College, Benjamin Bayl, and Stephen Cleobury

7)   “Notre Pere, Op. 14” – Salzburg Bach Choir/Alois Glasser

8)   “Mama Told Me Not to Come” – Edgar Ramirez, Ray de la Paz & The Peditro Martinez Band

9)   “Something Stupid” – Jennifer Lawrence & Edgar Ramirez

10)                  “To Love Somebody” – Bee Gees

11)                  “I Am in Love” (score)

12)                  “Mop Drawing” (score)

13)                  “Racing in the Street” (score

14)                   “Sleigh Ride” – The Ronettes

15)                  “Stray Cat Blues” – The Rolling Stones

16)                  “Texas” (score)

17)                  “Markham” (score)

18)                  “A House With Love In It” – Nat King Cole

19)                  “Joy Theme” (score)

20)                  “I Feel Free” – Brittany Howard

21)                  “I Feel Free” (Bonus Track) – Brittany Howard

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ABKCO Records To Re-Issue Classic Rolling Stones Song This Summer

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Today, May 12th, is an important date in the modern history of music.

Fifty years ago today, Mick Jagger and his band mates in The Rolling Stones first recorded the band’s hit single ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’ While not the band’s first ever single, it was the first of the band’s singles to go #1 in the United States when it made its debut in June of 1965. In celebration of the anniversary ABKCO Records announced Monday that it will release a special edition of the single on vinyl this summer.

ABKCO Records announced Monday that it will release ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ as a special 12” limited edition vinyl single on Friday, July 10th on 180-gram vinyl. The A-side will feature the final single known to all audiences. Fans on both sides of the Atlantic will be happy to know that this special edition re-issue will also feature as its B-sides the songs ‘The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man’ and ‘The Spider and the Fly.’ The songs in question were its original U.S. and U.K. B-sides respectively. Their appearance here marks the first time ever that they have been presented together on one record. Audiences that might not be so familiar with either single will be interested to learn of the prior of the two singles that its history is rooted in the band’s experience with London Records employee George Sherlock. As the story goes, the band wasn’t entirely enamored with Sherlock. The band allegedly saw him as someone that was just another music industry yes man decked out in a seersucker suit and toupee. The song indirectly makes him the target lyrically as it makes commentary about music industry insiders unnecessarily involving themselves in the creation of bands’ songs. It was loosely based on Buster Brown’s hit single ‘Fannie Mae.’ It wasn’t used in the UK as record executives with DECCA felt that British audiences wouldn’t get the numerous American references throughout the song. That led to Decca opting for ‘The Spider and the Fly’ being used as the B-side for ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ in the UK.

The single’s cover features a picture of the band taken by award-winning photographer David Bailey. It is the same cover art used in the original single’s release. Carl Rowatti re-mastered the single at Trutone Mastering Labs from the song’s original mono tapes for its upcoming 45 rpm 12-inch release.

‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ was originally released as a single by London Records in the U.S. on June 6th, 1965. It reached the #1 spot on Record World’s charts not long after on July 3rd. By July 10th, the single had hit the top spot at Billboard and Cashbox pushing The Byrds’ ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ and The Four Tops’ ‘I Can’t Help Myself.’ It held the top spot on Record World’s Charts and for four at Billboard and Cashbox respectively. By July 19th of that year, it had gone on to become the band’s first ever single to be certified gold by the RIAA. It would go on to be released August 20th in the UK on DECCA Records and would become the band’s fourth #1 single overseas.

Many audiences might find interesting that both the song’s title and main guitar line were developed by guitarist Keith Richards. And the song that audiences have come to love to this day is not the song’s original take. The original take of the song was recorded at Chess in Chicago on May 10th, 1965 before being tossed. The take that went on to become the final product was recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, CA on May 12th. Even more interesting to note of the song is that Richards’ guitar line was originally going to be performed by a horn section instead of guitar. However producer/manager Andrew Loog Oldham and engineer David Hassinger opted for Richards’ guitar instead, leading to the now famed line that audiences know today as one of the most famous in music history. Despite popular belief, the song’s lyrical content does not only make reference to sexual frustration but to a dislike for all of the consumerist messages out there. The icing on the cake of the song’s story is that only two people were against publishing the single—Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The upcoming re-issue of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ will be pressed in a limited quantity of 10,000 numbered copies in North America and will be released fifty years to the day that the song was originally released. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Satisfaction-Anniversary-Single-Limited-Numbered/dp/B00W34SFGM/?tag=httpwwwabkcoc-20. More information on this and other releases from ABKCO Records is available online at:

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The World’s End Soundtrack A Fun Musical Trip Back In Time

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Writer/Director Edgar Wright notes in the liner notes of the soundtrack of his movie, The World’s End that in writing the movie’s script alongside actor Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Room on the Broom), that the pair listened to a playlist consisting of some three hundred songs.  He writes in the very first page of the soundtrack’s liner notes, “When Simon Pegg and myself wrote the screenplay for the film, we listened to a 300 strong playlist of songs, mainly from 1988 to 1993…It powered our writing as much as it power’s Gary’s [King] quest.”  King is the character played by Pegg in the new movie in question.  This single statement from Wright in the very first page of the soundtrack’s liner notes perfectly explain why the songs included in the compilation bear influences from 80’s Brit-pop and synth-pop.  Right off the top, Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded; conjures thoughts of George Michaels’ hit, ‘Freedom’ with its mix of horns and piano.  It’s not a direct lifting of Michaels’ song.  But the similarity is obvious.  It’s just the start of things on this compilation.

The energy established by Primal Scream on the soundtrack’s opener is kicked up another notch as Blur picks up where Primal Scream left off.  Blur’s entry, ‘There’s No Other Way’ is a fitting track for this soundtrack considering the story behind the movie.  Front man Damon Albarn sings in the song’s only verses, “You’re taking the fun out of everything/And making me run when I don’t want to think/You’re taking the fun out of everything/I don’t’ want to think at all…You’re taking the fun out of everything/You’re making it clear when I don’t want to think/You’re taking me up when I don’t’ want to go up anymore/I’m just watching it all.”  This is so fitting in that the plot of the movie centers on Pegg’s character, Gary King.  Gary doesn’t want to have to be an adult and face the adult world, which ends up leading to everything that happens in the story.  Keeping this in mind, it actually becomes quite clear how this song would fit so well into the movie, even with its high energy.  Suffice it to say that it’s just one of so many songs that fans of the old school synth-pop and Brit-pop sounds will appreciate on this compilation.

Just as Blur’s ‘There’s No Other Way’ is a fitting addition to the soundtrack of The World’s End, so is the Soup Dragons’ ‘I’m Free.’  The song, from the Scottish band’s 1990 album, Lovegod, is just as catchy as the compilation’s first two songs.  And in the same fashion, it’s just as fitting lyrically.  The band sings in this song, “I’m free to do what I want/Any old time.”  This would seem to once again mirror Gary’s mindset.   It would be easy to see this song used as part of the pub crawl originally undertaken by Gary’s friends in the movie’s two prequels of sorts, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.

If the songs noted here aren’t enough for fans of the old school Brit-pop and synth-pop sounds of the late 80s and early 90s, then there is no reason to worry.  The World’s End soundtrack has more than its share of classics for fans of that genre including the likes of Pulp’s ‘Do You Remember the First Time?’, The Stone Roses’ ‘Fools Gold’, and British rapper Silver Bullet’s ’20 Seconds to Comply (World’s End Bomb Squad Mix Re-edit’, which in its own way shows where The Prodigy might have gotten the influence for its first big hit, ‘Firestarter.’  Whether for these songs, the previously mentioned songs or any of the others included in this compilation, it offers something for any music lover that grew up in the late 80s and early 90s.  It will prove to be a fun musical trip back in time for those listeners when they pick it up now in stores or order it online.

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Eric Burdon’s New LP A Solid Blues Record

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Eric Burdon’s latest release, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry, is a solid outing from the Animals front man from start to finish.  This latest record boasts twelve tracks of pure blues.  It offers listeners pure substance both through its music and its lyrics.  The album as a whole is a no nonsense record that covers topics from politics to religion and areas in between as noted in the songs, ‘Memorial Day’ and ‘Old Habits Die Hard.’  It all comes together to make a whole that any blues and rock aficionado will appreciate and enjoy more with each listen.

The album’s opener, ‘Water’ is quite the opener.  It instantly grabs listeners’ attention with its blues/rock hybrid and straight forward social commentary.  Burdon sings, “This world is not for me/I’ll make a new one/Wait and see/Hopelessness has seized the land/I will not beg/I will demand/Water, water, water/To drink/To put down the fire/Water, water, water/The truth/To shame the liar.”  That in itself is blatantly scathing commentary.  It comes across as someone who sees what the world has come to but he’s not going to go down without a fight so to speak.  That’s especially clear when he reaches the song’s chorus.  His forceful, gritty tone exhibits his attitudes about the point to which things have reached.  Most interesting about not just this portion of the song, but the song itself is that Burdon sounds like a peculiar hybrid of Jim Morrison and Joe Cocker here.  That’s especially the case in the song’s chorus.  It also comes across in the follow-up song, ‘Memorial Day.’

‘Memorial Day’ is just as scathing both musically and lyrically as ‘Water.’  This song features Burdon voicing his opinion about war.  He writes in this song, “It’s a rich man’s war/But the poor will pay/Since the logic never comes to mind/Innocence is lost and guilt will fade in time/You turn around to face your death/You wish your mother could be there/To share your last breath/Another good one has gone down/And we mourn the lost.”  Burdon obviously makes no bones about his thoughts here.  The song’s musical side adds to the less than happy feeling that Burdon must have felt (as do likely so many Americans) at the thought of war and what it does.  Perhaps as interesting as his commentary on war itself is what comes across as commentary on how people in general want to avoid the topic as a whole.  He writes later in the song, “Turn on your TV/Watch a movie/And lay back/Pollute your mind/You’re next in line/Insanity is just a matter of time.”  Considering the possibility that Burdon is going after not just one group but the public in general, ‘Memorial Day’ turns out to be one of the best songs on this new album.

For all the scathing commentary that opens the album in its first two songs, Eric Burdon offers more light hearted fare on this album, too.  For starters, there is the gospel styled song, ‘The Devil and Jesus’ in which Burdon writes about the inner struggle between good and bad.  He writes, “The devil and Jesus/I have to agree/Each one/In my heart/Has planted its seed/But I’m no different from any of you/I look at myself/I see them there, too.”  While it might not have been entirely intentional, the vocal contrast of how he sings “the Devil” and “Jesus” makes for its own statement.  As he sings the words, “The devil”, Burdon’s voice is bass heavy and has something of an ominous sound about it.  On the other hand, he hits a rather high note when he makes mention of Jesus.  The vocal contrast of the two figures adds to the song’s interest in that it almost seems to serve as a musical representation of how people view each figure.  It’s such a subtle factor.  But there’s no denying that it’s there, regardless of whether or not it was intentional. 

As can already be seen, Eric Burdon offers something for everybody in just the first three songs of his new release.  For fans of simple pure blues, Burdon offers that too, in the form of ‘Old Habits Die Hard.’  Both in its musical and lyrical side, this song is pure blues at its best.  Burdon offers fans what can best be described as a modern blues line as he sings, “When it comes to trouble/I got me a good head start/Nothing’s changed/I’m still the same/Old habits die hard…They got a file on me over at Scotland Yard/Nothing’s changed/I’m still the same/Old habits die hard.”  This is a song that any blues purist will enjoy with every listen.  And it’s only the beginning of the album’s enjoyment.  The album boasts eight more tracks from which listeners will be able to find their very own favorite songs when it hits store shelves and online outlets next Tuesday, January 29th

After picking up Burdon’s new album, fans will get their chance to hear his new material live as he’ll be performing a number of dates beginning March 1st in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Even more dates are already scheduled after that performance.  Fans can get a full listing of tour dates and all the latest news from Eric Burdon online at http://www.facebook.com/OfficialEricBurdon and http://www.ericburdon.com.

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Eric Burdon Announces Album Release, Tour Dates

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Iconic front man Eric Burdon will release his latest solo record later this month.  The singer, who rose to fame with WAR and The Animals, will release his new album, Til Your River Runs Dry on Tuesday, January 29th.  The album is considered to be Burdon’s most personal record yet.  Burdon tackles topics such as religion, politics, and the environment on this record, just to name a few song topics.  The first single off of the new album, ‘Water’ is also the album’s lead track.  It starts running at radio stations across the country next Tuesday, January 15th.  He even includes a cover of the blues classic, ‘Before You Accuse Me’ to close out the album.

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release, Burdon is hitting the road to show off some of his new songs.  His tour kicks off with a very special performance the night before the album’s release on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Burdon will also be performing at this year’s annual SXSW Festival in support of his album, too.  To get Burdon’s full tour lineup and all the latest news from Eric, fans can go online to http://www.EricBurdon.com, http://www.facebook.com/OfficialEricBurdon, http://twitter.com/EricBurdon, and http://www.YouTube.com/EricBurdonInc.  Fans can pre-order ‘Til Your River Runs Dry online both on CD and vinyl at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGKH7K0/?tag=httpwwwabkcoc-20 and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AO7HNFY/?tag=httpwwwabkcoc-20 respectively.

The complete track listing for the upcoming album is as follows:

‘Til Your River Runs Dry

1.  Water

2.  Memorial Day

3.  Devil and Jesus

4.  Wait

5.  Old Habits Die Hard

6.  Bo Diddley Special

7.  In The Ground

8.  27 Forever

9.  River is Rising

10. Medicine Man

11. Invitation to the White House

12. Before You Accuse Me

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New Stones Set Is 2012’s Best Music Box Set

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It goes without saying that The Rolling Stones is one of the greatest and most iconic rock bands in the history of modern popular and rock music.  This band of Brits has been rocking audiences for half a century now.  And in honor of its fiftieth anniversary, the band is celebrating with concerts and a variety of newly re-issued releases.  Among those new releases is the brand new release of the band’s 1965 show from Ireland, Charlie is My Darling.  The show has been released in a variety of formats.  But for anyone who is a true hardcore fan of The Rolling Stones, the best way to go is the Super Deluxe edition of this concert/documentary.  Especially with the holidays right around the corner, this mega set is the perfect gift for the Stones fan in anyone’s family.The Super Deluxe box set of Charlie is My Darling includes everything that is featured by itself and some bonus material all combined into one big box.  Fans get the concert documentary from the band’s 1965 Ireland show along with the show itself on both CD and vinyl.  To sweeten the deal, ABKCO Records has also included the documentary’s soundtrack on CD and a bonus book offering extra photos and background on the show.  Among the most interesting facts to consider about this event is that the Stones being a British band playing in the notoriously split nation showed in a big way, the power of music.  It didn’t matter whether the audience was Protestant or Catholic, British or Irish.  This concert brought the audience together as one unit, proving true the adage that music truly is the universal music.

Getting to hear the concert on CD and vinyl is one thing.  But getting to see the footage brings everything home, and really makes the entire show that much more powerful.  It’s wild to see the audience so overwhelmed by the then very young band that concertgoers were rushing the stage.  The audience members that rushed the stage meant no harm to the band.  They were just that excited.  Even wilder is that the fans were so overcome (as was the band by the fans), that the band had to cut its show short for their own safety and for that of the fans.  It says quite a bit about a band that has obviously gone on to be the biggest band in the world.  It’s especially interesting considering that even Mick Jagger himself notes in interviews that he didn’t expect the band to be big.  That was back then.  He noted that he figured the band would be big and then fade.  How wrong was he?  That’s really something for discussion.  The band was so young in its age and career.  Yet fans were already going absolutely crazy for The Rolling Stones.  How many bands, fans, and/or critics can say that they’ve seen such a powerful impact from any musical act so early in its career?  Experiencing this impact firsthand through this new set shows how important the Stones were then and how much more important they are now, especially considering this release.

The CD’s, DVD, and Blu-ray are excellent additions to this set, as is the accompanying behind the scenes book.  But what really seals the deal here is the bonus vinyl.  The double sided vinyl presents the concert as it would have been presented in 1965.  There’s even the static that old school vinyls had.  There are so many vinyls that somehow lack that old static feeling, somewhat taking away from the nostalgic feel that they should be imparting.  This vinyl isn’t one of them.  Audiences get that nostalgic feel, making for the final piece in what is one of 2012’s best musical box sets, hands down.  Charlie is My Darling is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered direct via the ABKCO Records website, http://www.abkco.com/index.php/store/release/253.

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