Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ 40th Anniversary Box Set Is A Great Tribute To A Great Album And Band

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Forty years ago Motorhead released what has gone on to become one of the most beloved records in the history of rock when it released Ace of Spades.  The timeless album got its own re-issue Friday thanks to officials at /Sanctuary Records in the form of the Ace of Spades Box Set.  This multi disc box set is a fitting tribute to the album and to the legacy of Motorhead.  That is proven in part through the expansive content featured in the box set.  It will be discussed shortly.  The box set’s packaging adds to the appeal of its presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the box set.  All things considered, the 40th anniversary presentation of Ace of Spades proves itself a fitting tribute to an important album and band.

BMG/Sanctuary Records’ newly released 40th anniversary celebration of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a fitting tribute to the album and band.  It is a presentation that the band’s most devoted audiences will welcome in their music libraries.  That is proven in part in its expansive content.  Audiences do not just get a standard CD re-issue here.  This set is a multi-disc vinyl collection that features the band’s album re-mastered along with two previously unavailable double live albums separate previously unreleased instrumentals and demos ad b-sides.  Between the live content, the b-sides, demos, instrumentals and the album, the total track count comes to 73.  Along with all of the musical content, audiences also get a bonus comic book, 40-page book that tells the story of Ace of Spade’s creation, “Ace of Spades Tour” booklet, and dice to go along with the board game featured in the packaging.  This aspect will be discussed shortly.  Adding to the appeal even more is that the collection also features a DVD loaded with a full live concert from 1981 and a series of live TV clips.  The live content on the live vinyls is impressive in its own right because on one hand its production is top notch.  On the other hand, the content is not limited to just Ace of Spades.  Rather, it features music that the band had composed up to and including that point. 

The DVD that comes with the box set is an impressive added accent in its own right to the presentation.  The editing between the talk show content and live content is smooth.  What’s more, the quality of the vintage footage is surprisingly appealing, too.  Considering that most of the footage was recorded in 1980 and 1981, it has clearly stood the test of time.  That in itself is sure to instill a certain sense of nostalgia among the band’s most devoted and longtime fans.  One of the most powerful moments in the presentation comes early in its nearly hour-long presentation as drummer Phil Taylor noted that being in the band was what kept him out of any trouble, and how honestly appreciative he was to be able to be part of the band.  The moment when the band is sitting down for an interview on a Swedish talk show is a great light hearted moment, too.  Audiences will laugh as Lemmy Kilmister talks about being fired from his first band and starting Motorhead literally three days later.  It’s one of those moments when one can only imagine what the rock world would have been like had Lemmy not parted ways with that first band.  It was one of those blessing in disguise moments, obviously.  That anecdote that he shares is just one of the wonderfully entertaining discussions that audiences get from that talk show.  Audiences will have even more to discover for themselves when they purchase this box set.  When the content on the Blu-ray is coupled with the material on the vinyls, that whole makes for so much for audiences to appreciate.  That goes without saying.  All of this is just part of what makes this box set a win for Motorhead fans.  The box’s very packaging adds even more to its presentation.

The packaging for the new Ace of Spades box set is so stand out in part because of how it contains everything.  The vinyls are essentially stacked inside their own unique “sleeves” inside the bigger case.  Essentially they are their own packaging as their own releases within the bigger box.  They are stacked one on top of another, but still protected with enough room to move around inside the box without danger of damage.  Fans will really appreciate this aspect of the packaging.  What’s more, it opens and closes easily and safely without concern about it coming open accidentally.

On another note, the packaging also doubles as a board game, complete with the previously noted dice.  So not only do audiences get lots of great music here, but they also get to play a game while taking in that great music at the same time.  Simply put, Ace of Spades’ 40th anniversary box set stands out just as much for its packaging as for its content.  Now keeping all of this in mind, there is one last element to examine, the pricing.

Ace of Spades 40th Anniversary box set is not an inexpensive set.  Using listings at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart, its average price point is $165.  It was not listed at Barnes & Noble Booksellers or at Books-A-Million.  That seems like a high price on the surface, but considering that the box contains the Ace of Spades album, two double live recordings, a DVD loaded with live content, a disc containing rarities and b-sides, another disc of previously unreleased instrumentals from the Ace of Spades sessions, a facsimile tour booklet, board game complete with dice, and a comic book, the price really adds up.  If audiences consider the average price of a full-length album, the price for a double live recording, and everything else, the pricing is about right.  To that end, yes, the average price point is high, but it is not over the top.  Amazon offers the lowest of the prices, at $149.82 while Best Buy’s listing of $179.99 is anything but the best buy here.  Target’s listing of $153.99 is the middle ground for this set.  Walmart has the second highest price at $174.98.  Regardless of which retailer audiences choose, the quantity and quality of the content makes the box set a welcome offering for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans.  When this is considered along with the content and packaging, the whole shows that even more to be true.

BMG/Sanctuary Records’ new 40th Anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a standout among this year’s field of music re-issues.  That is proven in part through its expansive content, which will keep listeners engaged and entertained for a long time.  The box’s packaging builds on that appeal even more for many reasons.  The pricing for the box set rounds out its most important elements, as noted here.  Each item noted is important in itself to the set.  All things considered, this box set proves a must have for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans.  The set is available now.  More information on the box set is available along with all  of the latest Motorhead news at:




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Release Date, Specs Announced For Fleetwood Mac Re-Issue

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Fleetwood Mac and BMG have partnered to pay tribute to former member Peter Green.

The band has joined with BMG to er-issue its 1969 album Then Play On.  The band’s third album, it was the last to feature Green, who died July 25.  The re-issue is scheduled for release Sept. 18 on vinyl and CD.

The album’s forthcoming re-issue will have four bonus songs, new liner notes penned by Anthony Bozza and a new forward by Mick Fleetwood.  The CD release will feature the new notes in a media book while the vinyl release will feature the new additions in a 16-page booklet.

The album’s track listing is noted below.



  1. Coming Your Way
  2. Closing My Eyes
  3. Fighting For Madge
  4. When You Say
  5. Show-Biz Blues
  6. Under Way
  7. One Sunny Day
  8. Although The Sun Is Shining
  9. Rattlesnake Shake
  10. Without You
  11. Searching For Madge
  12. My Dream
  13. Like Crying
  14. Before The Beginning
  15. Oh Well – Pt. 1
  16. Oh Well – Pt. 2
  17. The Green Manalishi ( With The Two Prong Crown)
  18. World In Harmony


Green left Fleetwood Mac following the release of Then Play On — that title is taken from the opening line of Shakespeare’s famed play “The 12th Night” — after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  He spent a portion of the mid-1970s in hospitals to receive treatment for the mental disorder.

The cause of Green’s death is unknown.  Mick Fleetwood, who formed Fleetwood Mac alongside Green has praised Green, saying he deserved the majority of the credit for the band’s early success.

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Run The Jewels’ Fourth Album Secures The Duo’s Place Among The Industry’s Elite Rap, Hip-Hop Acts

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This year has been a strange and stressful one for performing artists.  Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak and the overabundance of caution that has been taken throughout the music industry, release dates for EPs and albums from acts in every genre have been shifted up and pushed back with little to no warning.  Now thanks to another issue, the protests that have come forth as a result of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, another change recently happened in another act’s release date.  Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels was originally scheduled to release its new album Run The Jewels 4 in September.  Then it was pushed up to this past Friday, June 5.  Because of everything happening in recent days, the duo released the album two days earlier on June 3.  Two days difference for release is not that much.  Regardless, it can be said of the duo’s fourth full-length studio recording that it is an enjoyable new offering.  That is thanks to the album’s musical and lyrical content.  Each item will be addressed here.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and brings everything together.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the fourth entry in Run The Jewels’ album series one more of this  year’s top new rap and hip-hop albums.

Run The Jewels’ latest full-length studio recording – its fourth so far – is another impressive offering from the duo.  That is thanks in part to the record’s collective musical arrangements.  The album’s musical content is a strong hybrid of old school hip-hop beats and sampling with more modern rap and hip-hop elements.  The vocal delivery style of the duo – El-P and Killer Mike – plays just as much into the musical content as the music itself.  The direct, rhythmic fashion in which the men deliver each song’s lines is unique as it boasts its own vibe even as it works right in time with the beats.  The pair works just inside the lines, so to speak, to keep things just interesting enough in their delivery.  This sort of overall presentation seems increasingly rare in hip-hop and rap.  The last time that any act presented such a sense through its work was perhaps from Outcast.  That is the closest comparison that this critic can make in listening to the record’s musical aspects.  Keeping this in mind, the musical element of Run The Jewels 4 forms a strong foundation for the record.  That foundation is strengthened even more through the record’s lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured alongside Run The Jewels 4’s musical elements is important to note because of its depth.  Much as with the duo’s past albums, the lyrics featured throughout the album defy the trappings of so many rap and hip-hop albums, presenting commentary that will engage audiences.  This is proven in part through the song ‘Walking in the Snow,’ which focuses on a variety of topics.  Late in the song’s run, the duo tackles the nation’s systemic racism, stating, “The way I see it you’re probably freest from the ages one to four/Around the age of five you’re shipped away/For your body to be stored/They promise education/But really they give you tests and scores/And they predictin’ prison population by who scorin’ the lowest/And usually the lowest scores the poorest and they look like me/And every day on evening news/They feed you fear for free/And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me/And ‘til my voice goes from a shriek to a whisper/”I can’t breathe”/And you sit there in the house on the couch/And watch it on TV/The most you give’s a Twitter rant/And call it a tragedy.”  The song continues in similar fashion with its direct statement addressing the systemic racism in this nation.  It is a sharp, precise condemnation of everything going on.  It is a statement that is certain to connect with listeners.  Earlier in the song, the duo even compares the state of the world to the Nay prison at Guantanamo Bay, called for short “Gitmo.”  There is a line, which states, “This whole world’s a s*** moat/Filled to the brim like GitMo.”  The song even goes after the “pseudo-Christians” and their view of certain things going on in the world.  It’s one more way in which just this one song proves the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  The song in whole is even more biting and is certain to be one of the album’s most memorable and important works.

‘Ooh La La,’ the album’s second song, is another example of what makes the lyrical content in this record so important.  At one point in this song, the duo seems to address Donald Trump and his legions.  This is inferred first as Killer Mike states, “F*** a king or queen/And all of their loyal subjects/I’ll pull my p*** out and p*** on their shoes in public.”  This critic could be wrong in the interpretation, but at the same time, that Trump acts as if he is a king or dictator is a telling statement.  That mention of a king or queen’s subjects could be a reference to Trump’s legions who give in to everything that he says and does.  It’s just one of the statements that is sure to have listeners engaged in this case.  It’s just one more way in which the album’s lyrical content proves to be so important.  ‘Never Look Back’ is yet another example of the important of the album’s lyrical content.

‘Never Look Back’ is important because it comes across as one of the duo reminiscing on his upbringing.  That is inferred in the song’s lead verse in which a mention of the rapper’s parents is made.  It states of their influence, “Never look back/Heard ‘em say that before/Sound like the type of advice I’d ignore/Funny how time feel off/Tick tock/You think deaths beat/It drop a clock shot.”  At another point, the song’s most important statement is made:  “So here’s the play: you can’t go forward and you can’t go back/The past/The present/The future/All irrelevant/The only thing that matters is latitude/Gratitude is everything/Time is nothing.”  In other words, focus on one’s self, not where one is going and where one has been.  That’s a hard-hitting statement that will resonate with any listeners.  To that end, that statement, along with the rest of the song’s content and that of the rest of the album’s songs, makes the album’s lyrical content clearly something hugely important.  Together with the musical content, the album’s lyrical content shows even more why the record’s overall content makes it so engaging and entertaining.  Those elements, together with the album’s sequencing, add even more impact to the album’s presentation.

In examining RTJ4’s overall sequencing, the record keeps its energy flowing relatively stable from beginning to end.  The record’s first half boasts a mid-tempo vibe with its beats and rhymes.  As it reaches its midpoint in ‘Walking in the Snow,’ the record slows down, but is still impacting in its own right.  The record’s energy gradually builds back again from there until it reaches its penultimate point, ‘Pulling the Pen.’  From there, the record closes out on a more mid-tempo work in ‘A Few Words For The Firing Squad.’  Each song boasts its own powerful, engaging energy and content.  Looking back, the record’s sequencing proves to be just as important to its presentation as its content because it ensures that the album’s energies keep things just as interesting as the general content.  To that end, it is in fact just as important as the album’s content.  Together with the musical and lyrical material, the album’s presentation ensures its place among this year’s new rap and hip-hop albums.

Run The Jewels’ new album RTJ4 is a fully engaging and entertaining presentation that every rap and hip-hop fan should hear.  That is due to musical content that is a fresh breath of old school hip-hop and rap.  The album’s lyrical content does its own part to ensure listeners’ engagement, as does its sequencing, as has been evidenced here.  Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of this album.  All things considered, they make RTJ4 one of this year’s top new hip-hop and rap albums.  It is available now.  More information on Run The Jewels’ new album is available along with all of the duo’s latest news at:










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Mark Morton Plots Release Of New EP, ‘Ether’

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Mark Morton has another record on the way.

Morton, who spends most of his time with metal outfit Lamb of God, is scheduled to release his new EP Ether in January through Rise Records/BMG. The EP’s release date will be announced soon. The five-track record’s lead single ‘All I Had To Lose,’ which features a guest appearance by Mark Morales (Sons of Texas) is scheduled to debut Jan. 10.

The EP’s release comes almost a year after the release of his solo debut Anasthetic, which was released March 1 through Spinefarm Records.

Morton talked about the EP’s impending release in a recent interview.

“I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new, five-song EP Ether on Rise Records!,” he said.  “Once again I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazingly talented artists and friends to assemble this collection of tunes, all of which feature a strong acoustic guitar component.  Inspired by the acoustic sets I had the opportunity to perform last spring and summer in support of Anasthetic, I began writing some new songs to reflect that more mellow vibe.  I’m stoked with the results and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been putting together.  I’ll be debuting these tunes on my upcoming U.K. acoustic tour, so you can hear them live before they’re released anywhere else!”

Morton also discussed working with Morales and the EP’s other guests — Lizzy Hale, John Carbone and Howard Jones — on the EP.

“I continue to be honored to have the chance to work with so many incredibly talented people and I remain beyond grateful to the fans that have come alongwith me and supported these projects.  Thanks so much, everyone!”

Ether‘s track listing is noted below.  The record was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Soulfly, Gojira).

Ether tracklisting:
1. All I Had To Lose (featuring Mark Morales)
2. The Fight (featuring John Carbone)
3. She Talks To Angels (featuring Lzzy Hale)
4. Love My Enemy (featuring Howard Jones)
5. Black (featuring Mark Morales)

The U.K. dates that Morton mentioned are listed below.

MARK MORTON UK tour dates:
1/8 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
1/9 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
1/10 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
1/11 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
1/12 – London, UK @ Camden Underworld

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BMG Announces Release Date, Specs For New Motorhead Vinyl Box Set

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Forget candy, Motorhead fans will get a very special early Halloween treat this October.

BMG will launch a new series of Motorhead re-issues October 25 with a new 1979 box set.  The deluxe box set will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the band’s 1979 albums Overkill and BomberBoth records were originally in 1979, with Overkill coming first in March and Bomber coming months later in October.

It will feature 180-gram vinyl re-issues of each record.  It will also feature two previously unreleased live Motorhead recordings captured during Motorhead’s 1979 tours as well as a series of previously unreleased b-sides, rarities and ‘No Class’ 7-inch single.  This is just the tip of the iceberg for the collection.  Its full content listing is noted below.

The “1979” Box-Set contains:
*Both the original Overkill and Bomber albums half-speed mastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl created from the original master tapes
*Two double-live albums of previously unheard concert material from the ’79 tours
*A 40-page period-accurate “music magazine” featuring unseen photos and fresh interviews regarding the era
* The Rest of ’79 Vinyl, featuring B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks
* No Class 7″ single with gatefold art
* The Bomber tour program
* Overkill sheet music book
* ’79 badge set
* All encased in black biker jacket box

The full track listing for the box set is noted below.

Side One
Stay Clean
(I Won’t) Pay Your Price
I’ll Be Your Sister
Side Two
No Class
Damage Case
Tear Ya Down
Limb From Limb
Side One
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Sweet Revenge
Side Two
Stone Dead Forever
All The Aces
Step Down
Talking Head
Good N’Loud
Live At Friars, Aylesbury – 31st March 1979
Live At la Rotunde, Le Mans – 3rd Nov 1979
Side One
Stay Clean
Keep Us On The Road
No Class
Leaving Here
Side Two
Iron Horse / Born To Lose
The Watcher
Damage Case
Side Three
(I Won’t) Pay Your Price
Too Late, Too Late
I’ll Be Your Sister
Side Four
I’m Your Witchdoctor
Train Kept A-Rollin’
Limb From Limb
White Line Fever
Side One
Stay Clean
No Class
Side Two
All The Aces
Dead Men Tell No Tales
I’ll Be Your Sister
Too Late, Too Late
Side Three
(I Won’t) Pay Your Price
Train Kept A-Rollin’
Side Four
Limb From Limb
White Line Fever
The Rest Of ’79
No Class 7″
Side One
Too Late, Too Late (Overkill 7″ B-Side)
Like A Nightmare (Alternative version of No Class B-Side)
Over The Top (Bomber 7″ B-Side)
Stone Dead Forever (Alternative Version)
Sharpshooter (Alternative Version)
Side Two
Bomber (Alternative Version)
Step Down (Alternative Version)
Fun On The Farm (Bomber Outtake)
Treat Me Nice (Bomber Outtake)
You Ain’t Gonna Live Forever (Bomber Outtake)
Side One
No Class
Side Two
Like A Nightmare


Pre-orders for 1979 are open now.  Audiences can watch the video for ‘Bomber (Live in 1979)‘ now here.  Audiences can also check out the official ‘Bomber‘ and ‘Overkill‘ videos.  In addition, ‘Bomber (Live at LeMans)’ is streaming now at Spotify.

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Devildriver Announces Album Re-Issue Dates, Specs

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Devildriver is re-issuing a handful of its records this fall.

The veteran metal outfit announced recently that its first five albums will be re-issued September 28 via BMG.  The albums — Devildriver (2003), The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007), Pray For Villains (2009) and Beast (2011) — will initially be released on Gatefold digipack CD.  Vinyl LP pressings will be released October 16.

The upcoming re-issues also mark the first time that each album, with the exception of Beast that each of the albums will have been available on LP.  The vinyl pressings will be available in a limited quantity of 1500 copies in the U.S.

The albums were remastered by Andy Pearce (Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Anthrax, Kreator) and will also include expanded liner notes.  Three of the re-issues — The Fury of our Maker’s HandPray For Villains and Beast — will each include bonus tracks.

More information on the upcoming re-issues is noted below.

DEVILDRIVER – Gatefold digipak CD, Vinyl LP (White, Orange & Gold splatter)
1)      Nothing’s Wrong
2)      I Could Care Less
3)      Die (And Die Now)
4)      I Dreamed I Died
5)      Cry For Me Sky (Eulogy of The Scorned)
6)      The Mountain
7)      Knee Deep
8)      What Does It Take (To Be A Man)
9)      Swinging The Dead
10)  Revelation Machine
11)  Meet The Wretched
12)  Devil’s Son
THE FURY OF OUR MAKER’S HAND – Gatefold digipak CD, Gatefold vinyl LP (Blue & Orange splatter)
1)      The End Of The Line
2)      Driving Down The Darkness
3)      Grinfucked
4)      Hold Back The Day
5)      Sin & Sacrifice
6)      Ripped Apart
7)      Pale Horse Apocalypse
8)      Just Run
9)      Impending Disaster
10)  Bear Witness Unto
11)  Before The Hangman’s Noose
12)  The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand
CD Bonus Tracks
       13) Unlucky 13
       14) Guilty As Sin
       15) Digging Up The Corpses
       16) I Could Care Less (Live)
       17) Hold Back The Day (Live
       18) Ripped Apart (Live)
THE LAST KIND WORDS – Gatefold digipak CD, Vinyl LP (Yellow, beige & green half/half splatter)
1)      Not All Who Wander Are Lost
2)      Clouds Over California
3)      Bound By The Moon
4)      Horn of Betrayal
5)      These Fighting Words
6)      Head On To Heartache (Let Them Rot)
7)      Burning Sermon
8)      Monsters of the Deep
9)      Tirades Of Truth
10)  When Summoned
11)  The Axe Shall Fall
PRAY FOR VILLAINS – Gatefold digipak CD, Gatefold vinyl LP (White, red & black splatter)
1)      Pray For Villains
2)      Pure Sincerity
3)      Fate Stepped In
4)      Back With A Vengeance
5)      I’ve Been Sober
6)      Resurrection Blvd
7)      Forgiveness Is A Six Gun
8)      Waiting For November
9)      It’s In The Cards
10)  Another Night In London
11)  Bitter Pill
12)  Teach Me To Whisper
13)  I See Belief
CD Bonus Tracks;
       14) Self-Affliction
     15) Dust Be The Destiny
     16) Damning The Heavens
     17) Wasted Years
BEAST – Gatefold CD Digipak, Gatefold vinyl LP (green & purple swirl)
1)      Dead To Rights
2)      Bring The Fight
3)      Hardened
4)      Shitlist
5)      Talons Out
6)      You Make Me Sick
7)      Coldblooded
8)      Blur
9)      The Blame Game
10)  Crowns of Creation
11)  Before The Hangman’s Noose
12)  Lend Myself To The Night
CD Bonus Tracks
       13) Lost
       14) Fortune Favours The Brave
       15) Grinfucked (Live)

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Palmer, BMG Partner For New ELP Legacy Live Recording

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Emerson Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer will release a new live recording next month.

ELP Legacy Live is currently scheduled to be released June 29 via BMG.  Scheduled to be released on a 2CD/DVD combo pack, the recording presents performances from New York and Miami.

The CD platform presents a performance by Palmer’s ELP Legacy project originally recorded November 25, 2015 at Tralf Music Hall in New York.  It includes performances of ‘Tarkus,’ ‘Knife-Edge,’ ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ and many others.

The DVD presentation features a performance by the band originally recorded June 24, 2016 in at the Olympia Theater in Miami, Florida.  A tribute to late ELP member Keith Emerson, it includes appearances by special guests: Steve Hackett (Genesis), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) and David Frangioni.  The show’s set list includes performances of ‘Jerusalem,’ ‘Barbarian,’ ‘Karn Evil 9’ and many others.

The full track listing for each platform is noted below.


Rondeau Des Indes Galantes / Ride Of The Valkyries
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Mars, The God Of War / 21st Century Schizoid Man
Tarkus (Full Version)
Trilogy (Short Version)
CD running time: 48 mins. CD album previously unavailable digitally


1.    Introduction
2.    Peter Gunn
3.    Karn Evil 9 (Welcome Back My Friends)
4.    The Barbarian
5.    Bitches Crystal
6.    Jerusalem
7.    Romeo & Juliet
8.    21st Century Schizoid Man
9.    Clair De Lune
10.    Knife-Edge
11.    Hoedown
12.    Take A Pebble
13.    Carmina Burana
14.    Pictures At An Exhibition
15.    Fanfare For The Common Man / Drum Solo
16.    Nutrocker

Bonus footage:
17.    Behind The Scenes At The Tribute For Keith Emerson

DVD running time: 2hrs 4 mins

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BMG To Release New Gary Moore Compilation Next Month

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Blues legend Gary Moore is getting a new retrospective collection.

BMG will pay tribute to the late, great guitarist Dec. 1 with a new collection titled Blues and Beyond.  The compilation will be released on separate 2CD, 4 LP and deluxe 4 CD platforms. The compilation’s complete track listing is noted below

Blues and Beyond track listing:
1. Enough Of The Blues
2. Tell Me Woman
3. Stormy Monday
4. That’s Why I Play The Blues
5. Power Of The Blues
6. Ball And Chain
7. Looking Back
8. Surrender
9. Cold Black Night
10. There’s A Hole
11. Getaway Blues
12. We Want Love
13. Memory Pain
14. The Prophet

1. You Upset Me Baby
2. Bring My Baby Back
3. I Can’t Quit You Baby
4. World Of Confusion
5. Picture Of The Moon
6. Can’t Find My Baby
7. Drowning In Tears
8. Evil
9. My Baby (She’s So Good To Me)
10. Ain’t Got You
11. Just Can’t Let You Go
12. How Many Lies
13. Torn Inside
14. Parisienne Walkways (Live)

CD3 (box set only)
Blues And Beyond Live: (previously unreleased)
1. Walking By Myself
2. Oh Pretty Woman
3. Need Your Love So Bad
4. Since I Met You Baby
5. Surrender
6. Cold Black Night
7. All Your Love
8. Still Got The Blues

CD4 (box set only)
Blues And Beyond Live: (previously unreleased)
1. Too Tired
2. The Sky Is Crying
3. Further On Up The Road
4. Fire
5. The Blues Is Alright
6. Enough Of The Blues (Alternative)
7. The Prophet

The exclusive 4CD set will include two discs of live material and previously unreleased studio material as well as the new book I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow, written by author Harry Shapiro, and reproductions of rare Gary Moore memorabilia including concert ticket, album lunch event invite, VIP wrist band and AAA pass.

Shapiro spent three years writing I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow after being granted exclusive access to Moore’s family, friends and fellow musicians.  The story, which spans Moore’s five-decade-long career, features the highs and lows of Moore’s career, to which Shapiro said he did that intentionally so as to tell the whole story of Moore’s career.

“I would never have written a simpering hagiography,” Shapiro said.  “Hopefully this account will come across as honest as the man himself.”

Among the highs discussed in the new bio are the release of Moore’s 1979 breakthrough single ‘Parisienne Walkways,’ which became the song that really brought him to fame and the release of his most commercially successful album to date, 1990’s Still Got The Blues.  That album went on to sell 3 million copies worldwide.

The lows include his battles with his own demons throughout his career.  It all leads up to his untimely passing in 2011 and the outpouring of grief and admiration for the musical legend.

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Saxon Announces New Retrospective, Live Recording; Joining Judas Priest Live

Courtesy: Chipster PR

Saxon will release an extensive new hits collection this fall.

BMG will release the band’s new anthology Decade of the Eagle on Friday, Dec. 1.  The compilation will feature 34 tracks taken from the band’s first nine albums and liner notes from front man Biff Byford outlining that period of the band’s career.  It will also feature rare and classic pictures of the band from that period.

Byford said of the albums represented in this latest compilation that they represented a key moment in the band’s life, adding they are still as important today as they were in their original release.

“These are the albums from a time in the eighties that moved a generation of rock fans from around the world, when British rock was once again at the front,” Byford said.  “Great times – never to be forgotten and still reverberating to this day.”

Along with its standard CD  and LP release, Decade of the Eagle will also be released on a deluxe limited edition 4 LP and deluxe 2 CD platform.  Pre-orders are open now here.  The compilation’s full track listing is noted below.

1 Stallions Of The Highway
2  Big Teaser
3  Backs To The Wall
4  Militia Guard
5  Wheels Of Steel
6  747 (Strangers In The Night)
7  Suzie Hold On
8  Motorcycle Man (live)
9  Strong Arm Of The Law
10  Heavy Metal Thunder
11  20,000ft (live)
12  Dallas 1PM
13  And The Bands Played On
14  Never Surrender
15  Denim And Leather
16  Fire In the Sky (live)
17  Princess Of The Night
18  Power & The Glory
19  This Town Rocks
20  The Eagle Has Landed
21  Midas Touch
22  Sailing To America
23  Crusader
24  Devil Rides Out
25  Back On The Streets
26  Rockin’ Again
27  Rock N’ Roll Gypsy
28  Broken Heroes
29  Waiting For The Night
30  Rock The Nations
31  Northern Lady
32  Battle Cry
33  Ride Like The Wind
34 Red Alert
1LP & 1CD Tracklist:
1 Backs To The Wall
2 Wheels Of Steel
3 747 (Strangers In The Night)
4 Strong Arm Of The Law
5 Denim And Leather
6 Power And The Glory
7 Sailing To America
8 Rock N’Roll Gypsy
9 Waiting For The Night
10 Ride Like The Wind

Courtesy: Saxon

Along with the new retrospective, the band will also soon release its latest live recording 10 Years of Denim and Leather on CD/DVD combo pack. Pre-orders for that recording are also open now.  The band’s most recent live recording Let Me Feel Your Power was released Oct. 28, 2016.

Courtesy: Judas Priest

The band will give audiences the chance to experience its live show in person next spring when it hits the road for the Firepower 2018 tour, headlined by Judas Priest. The tour, which will be in support of the band’s forthcoming album Firepower, launches March 13 in Wilkes-Barr, PA.  Black Star Riders will serve as support alongside Saxon.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Confirmed tour dates:
3/13/2018 Wilkes Barre, PA  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
3/15/2018 Youngstown, OH  Covelli Centre
3/17/2018 Uniondale, NY  Nassau Coliseum
3/18/2018 Washington, DC  The Anthem
3/20/2018 Newark, NJ  Prudential Center
3/22/2018 Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun Arena
3/25/2018 Ottawa, ON  The Arena at TD Place
3/27/2018 London, ON  Budweiser Gardens
3/28/0208 Oshawa, ON  Tribute Communities Centre
3/30/2018 Orillia, ON  Casino Rama
3/31/2018 Detroit, MI  Detroit Masonic Temple
  4/3/2018 Milwaukee, WI  Riverside Theater
  4/5/2018 Green Bay, WI  Resch Center
  4/8/2018 Bloomington, IL  Grossinger Motors Arena
4/10/2018 Casper, WY  Casper Events Center
4/11/2018 Loveland, CO  Budweiser Events Center
4/15/2018 Kent, WA  ShoWare Center
4/17/2018 Portland, OR  Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/19/2018 San Francisco  The Warfield
4/22/2018 Los Angeles, CA  Microsoft Theater
4/24/2018 Phoenix, AZ  Comerica Theatre
4/26/2018 Tulsa, OK  BOK Center
4/28/2018 Dallas, TX  The Bomb Factory
4/29/2018 Sugarland, TX  Smart Financial Centre
  5/1/2018 San Antonio, TX  Freeman Coliseum

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