New Motorhead Photo Retrospective Available Now Domestically; Coming Soon In The UK

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Motorhead fans have a new way to take in the band’s live history.

Fast & Loose: Snapshots From The Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982 was recently released for American readers through BMG. The book is scheduled for release Dec. 30 in the United Kingdom. A trailer for the book is streaming here.

Mitchell offered the following comment on the retrospective:

“I somehow knew how important it all was,” he said. “I knew I needed to capture at least some of those moments. I’d see the band to the stage and then immediately go out into the house, jostle with the punters, and get what I could.”

Added Mitchell, “Most of my images “are one-shot photos, and there’s no flash on any of them. They were done at 400 ASA to speed up the film and take advantage of whatever natural light I could get, so I was always flying by the seat of my pants whenever I clicked the shutter.”

More information on Mitchell’s new photo retrospective is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Shout! Factory, Arrow Video, Others Offer Audiences Plenty Of Alternatives To All The Prequels, Sequels, and Remakes Hitting Theaters, Streaming Services

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It seems like ever year, audiences everywhere are seeing an increase in the number of classic TV shows and movies that were once popular everywhere they go.  It really is a sad state of affairs.  Of course that is not the only avenue in which older content is getting renewed so to speak.  The originals also get new life every now and then on DVD and Blu-ray through various distributors, sometimes in better form than others and vice versa.  This year saw a handful of classic TV shows and movies get some laudable re-issues and some less so. 

What is most interesting about this year’s field of top new DVD and BD re-issues is the wide range of companies that released said titles.  It shows that along with the likes of Shout! Factory – which has made quite the name for itself over the years in the home entertainment field – other familiar and up-and-coming names are really working to make their names known in that field, too, such as Arrow Video and Corinth Films, making for so much more variety.

From Shout! Factory’s re-issue of Explorers, to Arrow Video’s re-issue of the original Dune, to even Mill Creek Entertainment’s re-issue of the classic, short-lived animated series, The Critic, this year’s re-issues and the companies that released them offered audiences plenty of alternatives to the never-ending ocean of prequels, sequels, and reboots that filled theaters and streaming services this year.  As with every list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 titles in the given category with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15.  This year’s list was not easy to compile but is complete.

Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New DVD/BD Re-Issues.

PHIL’S PICKS’ 2021 TOP 10 NEW DVD/BD RE-ISSUES

  1. Explorers
  1. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series
  1. The Final Countdown
  1. The Belles of St. Trinian’s
  1. Ken Burns’ Baseball
  1. The Rolling Stones: A Bigger BangLive at Copacabana Beach
  1. Dune
  1. Motorhead: No Sleep Till Hammersmith
  1. The Interrogation
  1. The Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch
  1. The Transformers: The Movie
  1. Superman: The Animated Series
  1. The Critic: The Complete Series
  1. Star Trek: The Original Series
  1. Emergency: The Complete Series

It should be stressed here that in the case of Emergency and Star Trek, those two series sets are intentionally set at the bottom of this year’s list as, their positives are few.  They are the least of the year’s best new re-issues.  Audiences would do well to largely avoid these sets.  There is a reason they are at the bottom of even the honorable mention titles.  Keeping that in mind, this year’s list of top new DVD and BD re-issues is officially wrapped.  There are still plenty of other lists coming, such as the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups, families, and even family DVDs/BDs.  Stay tuned!

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‘Everything Louder Forever’ Is A Fitting Tribute To The Legacy Of Motorhead

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Motorhead fans got a very special early Halloween treat over the weekend courtesy of BMG.  The treat in question came Friday in the form of the new compilation set, Everything Louder Forever.  The truly career-defining collection is just the latest from BMG, which also released a new collection of albums from Sepultura last month.  The company also has a new box set of Overkill’s albums scheduled for release next month.  Getting back on the subject at hand, BMG’s new Motorhead collection is a presentation that every Motorhead fan will welcome.  That is due in large part to its featured songs, which will be discussed shortly.  The set’s availability is also of note and will be examined a little later.  The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the collection yet another impressive offering for Motorhead fans.

Motorhead fans have had plenty to enjoy from the band this year.  The band’s then new live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin was released in April, this roughly six months after the band released the expanded 40th anniversary edition of its 1980 album, Ace of Spades in late October 2020.  The release of Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin was followed a little more than two months later with the re-issue of the band’s classic live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith in another expanded package.  Now the band is closing out the second straight year with another big release in the form of Everything Louder Forever.  The expansive compilation spans the band’s nearly 40-year career with songs from nearly every one of the band’s 23 total albums, including its 1984 compilation record, No Remorse.  Only one of the band’s albums – On Parole (1979) — is left out here.  Every other record gets at least one nod, while others receive representation through multiple songs.  In other words, this compilation is not just another run-of-the-mill singles collection.  It is a career-spanning collection that pulls from the band’s biggest albums and its lesser-known releases.  Even the songs are a mix of singles and lesser-known songs.  ‘Ace of Spades’ is here alongside ‘Shine.’  ‘Motorhead,’ from the band’s self-titled 1977 debut is also here alongside the likes of ‘Rock Out’ from 2008’s Motorizer and ‘I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)’ from the band’s 1991 album, 1916.  In all, the collection’s songs total 42 in all.  They come from every one of the band’s official releases.  For those who don’t know, Parole was actually released in 1979, but was done so without the band’s approval, so for all intents and purposes, it is an unofficial Motorhead release.  To that end, this collection’s songs represent the whole of the band’s catalog in one setting for the first time ever.  If that is not reason enough to own this collection, nothing is.  This is just one reason for audiences to own the collection.  The collection’s availability adds to its appeal.

The 42 total songs that make up the collection’s body are presented on separate 2 CD and 4 LP platforms.  It is also available as a separate 2 LP/2 CD set, digital download, and through streaming.  In other words, the collection is available through a wide range of platforms.  Whether one prefers CD, LP, or digital, the collection is available to fans of every kind of audio delivery.  The fact that officials at BMG would make sure to release the collection on so many sets is important to note in that it shows they made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans at any level.  It makes sure that all of the band’s fans were approached, and is so laudable in its own way.  When this is considered along with the set’s packaging, the two elements enhance the presentation even more.  That item – the packaging – rounds out the set’s most important elements. 

From what can be inferred from pictures of the packages, the 2 CD set is in a gatefold presentation in which the CDs sit on their own spindles therein.  This protects the discs from touching and marring one another.  The 4 LP set places each vinyl disc into its own standalone sleeve of sorts inside a larger box that holds each sleeve.  This protects the vinyl discs from one another in its own way.  The 2LP set meanwhile sets the LPs into a gatefold package, too.  Each disc rests in its own side, thus protecting the discs even in this case.  Keeping all of this in mind, BMG clearly took time to make sure that the discs could be played by for a long time, considering the noted packaging for each platform.  What’s more, it also shows that BMG made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans at the same time by releasing the collection through so many platforms.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set’s packaging proves to be just as important to its presentation as its content.  Together, the two elements make the set even more appealing to Motorhead fans.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set’s availability and its related packaging make this presentation the best Motorhead set to date.

BMG’s brand new Motorhead collection, Everything Louder Forever, is the best retrospective of the band’s catalog to date.  It is a must have for any Motorhead fan.  That is proven in large part through the recording’s featured songs.  The songs – 42 in all – are a full representation of the band’s official catalog.  It reaches all the way back to the band’s 199 self-titled debut and all the way to the band’s final studio album, 2015’s Bad Magic.  Along the way, every one of the band’s albums is represented by at least one song, with some getting multiple nods.  The availability of the album on multiple platforms ensures that none of the band’s fans are alienated.  From fans of vinyl to digital aficionados to those who prefer CDs, everyone can enjoy the collection.  The set’s packaging in each platform ensures the discs are protected from one another, thus making sure audiences can enjoy the music for a long time to come provided they take proper care of the collection.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make Everything Louder Forever the best of this year’s new compilations and the best Motorhead compilation to date.

Everything Louder Forever is available now through BMG. More information on Motorhead’s new hits collection from BMG is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Sepultura, BMG’s New ‘Sepulnation’ Retrospective Collection Is Imperfect But Entertaining

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Sepultura is among the most influential and important acts in the hard rock and metal communities today.  The band has built that reputation over the course of more than 30 years and 15 albums.  This even as the band has seen multiple changes in lineups and labels over that span.  BMG revisited a handful of the band’s albums last week with its new retrospective box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009. This five-disc set is an intriguing profile of Sepultura and its catalog.  That is due in large part through its featured albums, which will be discussed shortly.  Also of note in this set is its packaging, which will be discussed a little later.  The set’s pricing rounds out the most important of its elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009.  All things considered, they make the set an imperfect but still entertaining.

Sepultura’s new retrospective box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009, is an intriguing offering from the band and BMG.  It is an imperfect presentation but still entertaining presentation.  That is due in part to its featured albums.  The albums featured in this set are: Against (1998), Nation (2001), Roorback (2003), Dante XXI (2006), and A-Lex (2009).  They are all records on which current front man Derrick Green serves.  There are other band members new and old on these records, too.  However, going back to the realization that Green is still the band’s front man (former front man Max Cavalera continues to focus mainly on his Soulfly project to this day) makes one wonder why BMG chose these records. That is especially considering none of the records in this set have been or are considered watershed moments for the band.  They have not received the response that some of Sepultura’s early albums received.  So again, the albums featured in this set are entertaining in their own right, but they are not the most standout additions to the band’s catalog.  No information was provided about why the featured albums were chose in the initial press release announcing the set’s release, so again, only officials at BMG know the answer to that question. .

While the general presentation of Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 is a mixed bag of sorts, it is not the only element worth examining here.  The set’s actual packaging is also of note.  The packaging here is actually largely positive.  This applies to its CD and vinyl presentation alike.  The CD package is space saving to say the least.  It is almost the same shape and size as the case for a standard single-disc CD.  So, it will not take up much space either on a CD rack or even on a shelf.  It should be noted here that the CDs are each placed inside their own cardstock quality insert complete with the albums’ original case art for front and back.  There are no booklets with the CDs, which is disappointing, too, but not a complete loss considering the relative accessibility of lyrics for each album online.  The vinyl collection places each album on a two-disc set inside a larger box that is designed in its own ergonomically-designed case.  Having noted the positive of the set’s packaging in each of its presentations, it becomes clear that this element is a definite plus to the set’s overall presentation.  It is just one more of the notable items in this set, too.  The collection’s pricing rounds out its most important items.

The pricing for the anthology in each of its platforms is of note because of the marked difference in each.  The average price point for the set’s CD platform is $38.24 while the vinyl box set averages $164.48.  Keeping in mind that both sets are presented the same way (sans liner notes) but in ergonomically-designed boxes, the vinyl pricing seems exceptionally high.  The CD platform on the other hand is relatively affordable.  One can only assume that the vinyl set is so much more expensive than the CD collection because each is presented in a two-disc presentation versus the single-disc presentation of each album in the CD set.  It is that much more proof that as much as some people want to believe that vinyl is so much cooler/hipper than CDs, the affordability of the CD set and the fact that the audio quality is of equal level on each platform makes the CD set’s pricing that much more appealing.  Sure, the noted Revolusongs EP is apparently not featured as part of the anthology’s CD platform, but that is still beside the point.  The pricing here (alongside the equally relatively affordable separate listings) works with the positive audio quality and general packaging to make the set positive overall.  That is even considering the headscratcher of a reason for the inclusion of the featured albums.

Sepultura and BMG’s newly released box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009, is an interesting new presentation from the two sides.  The anthology features five of the band’s albums that span a time frame of approximately 11 years.  Audiences will find that the albums are not considered landmarks for the band, either.  To that end, it makes one wonder why the albums were chosen for the collection.  That aside, they are still at least a good way for audiences to complete and/or build their library of the band’s expansive catalog.  That is a positive in its own right and gives the collection at least some appeal.  The ergonomic packaging in both the CD and vinyl platform is also a positive.  That is because it is space saving for audiences across the board.  The set’s pricing for its CD platform is also a positive.  The average price point for the CD set, achieved by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers (it was not listed through Best Buy and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s pricing) is less than $40.  The only retailer to exceed that price point is Barnes & Noble Booksellers, at $43.99.  The vinyl set’s pricing is nearly $200.  That is a negative considering that it offers the exact same presentation of that in the set’s CD presentation.  To that point, the set does have its own positives, but also negatives.  Keeping all of this in mind, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 proves to be clearly an imperfect presentation, but still entertaining at least to a point. 

Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 is available now.

More information on Sepultura’s new box set is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at:

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New Motorhead Hits Collection Coming

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A mew collection of Motorhead’s music will release this fall.

Everything Louder Forever is scheduled for release Oct. 29 through BMG. The collection will release separately on a deluxe 4LP foldout Edition, 2LP/2CD, 2CD, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats. According to information presented in a news release distributed Thursday, the collection is billed as the first Motorhead collection that culls music from each era of the band’s history.

In anticipation of the collection’s release, BMG and the band premiered a new video for the band’s classic single, ‘We Are Motorhead’ Thursday. The video features live footage of the band performing live on a mountain of monitors and through various video effects. This takes place as the song plays over the visualization. Audiences can view the video and pre-order the set here.

The collection’s track listing is noted below.

2CD & 4LP track listing:
Overkill
We Are Motörhead
Snaggletooth
Rock It
Orgasmatron
Brotherhood Of Man
In The Name Of Tragedy
Bomber
Sacrifice
The Thousand Names Of God
Love For Sale
Killed By Death
I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)
Smiling Like A Killer
Sharpshooter
Queen Of The Damned
Keys To The Kingdom
Cradle To The Grave
Lost Johnny
The Game
Ace Of Spades
Burner
Stone Dead Forever
Bad Woman
Just Cos You Got The Power
Stay Out Of Jail
No Class
I Am The Sword
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
God Save The Queen
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Iron Fist
Rock Out
Dirty Love
Shine
Overnight Sensation
On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
I Ain’t No Nice Guy
Sucker
1916
Choking On Your Screams
Motörhead

Motorhead most recently re-issued its live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith in June. Its release was preceded by the release of another live recording, Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin.

Motorhead’s timeless classic ‘Ace of Spades’ got a special treatment July 17 at the Torenfestival in the Dutch town of Weert. The performance was initially met with surprise by festival attendees. That is visible in the video available here.

More information on Motorhead’s new hits collection from BMG is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Details Announced For New Sepultura Retrospective Set

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BMG will revisit a series of Sepultura’s albums this fall.

The company is scheduled to release the new collection dubbed SepulnationThe Studio Albums 1998 – 2009 Oct. 22. The set will release separately on an 8 LP vinyl set and 5 disc CD set.

As an added bonus, the collection will also feature Sepultura’s rare covers EP, Revolusongs digitally. The EP features the band’s take on classic songs from acts, such as Exodus, U2, and Public Enemy. The band premiered the video for its take of Public Enemy’s ‘Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos‘ Thursday.

The albums featured in SepulnationThe Studio Albums 1998 – 2009Against (1998), Nation (2001), Roorback (2003), DanteXXI (2006), and A-Lex (2009) — reach back to current front man Derrick Green’s beginnings with the band after taking over from now former front man Max Cavalera and reach up to the noted point. From that point, the band, with Green, has released four more albums, Kairos (2011), The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart (2013), Machine Messiah (2017) and Quadra (2020).

In related news, Sepultura released its new quarantine record, Sepulquarta Aug. 13 through Nuclear Blast Records. The semi-live recording culls performances that the band recorded during its “SepulQuarta” video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick.

The full track listing for SepulQuarta is noted below.

This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:

01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson)
02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian)
03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones)
04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind)
05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira)
06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto)
08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick)
09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin)
11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany)
12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb)
13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu)
14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt)
15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)

The limited edition, marbled pressing of the recording is already sold out, but black vinyl pressings are still available along with CD pressings. Additionally, the album is available digitally.

In other news, the band announced last month, it hopes to finally launch its “Quadra Tour” next spring. The band has scheduled the tour’s launch for March 4 in Sacramento, CA.

The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.

The upcoming tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICHCROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/04/2022  Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 
3/05/2022  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT*
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO*
3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/11/2022   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 
3/12/2022  The Forge – Joliet, IL*
3/13/2022  Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA*
3/15/2022  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/16/2022  Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
3/17/2022  Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA
3/18/2022  Big Night Live – Boston, MA 
3/19/2022  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2022  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
3/21/2022  House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 
3/23/2022  Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC*
3/24/2022  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
3/25/2022  Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 
3/26/2022  The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 
3/28/2022  Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA*
3/29/2022  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX*
3/31/2022  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/01/2022  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/02/2022  GMBG – Dallas, TX*
4/03/2022  Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 
4/05/2022  The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 
4/06/2022  House of Blues – San Diego, CA 
4/08/2022  Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 
4/09/2022  The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
* New shows and not rescheduled

More information on SepulQuarta and Sepultura’s planned live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at:

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Motorhead’s ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith’ Re-Issue Will Appeal To Most Of The Band’s Fans

Courtesy: BMG/Sanctuary Records

Fans of the legendary hard rock band Motorhead are getting a second helping of the band’s live material this year.  It will come Friday in the form of the re-issue of the band’s classic live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith.  Scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary, it will come less than two months after the release of the band’s latest live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin.  That recording was released in April through Silver Linings Music.  This 40th anniversary re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith offers a lot for audiences to appreciate, beginning with the main concert’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The expansive bonus content that accompanies the main feature adds even more to the appeal of the re-issue’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The production of the content rounds out the most important of the re-issue’s elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make the recording another welcome addition to the music library of any Motorhead fan.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming 40th anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s 1981 live recording No Sleep Til Hammersmith is an impressive new presentation.  It is a recording that will appeal to any Motorhead fan.  That is due in part to the set list featured in the recording’s main concert.  The 16-song set list featured in the new re-issue features the original 13-song set from the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith recording plus three bonus soundcheck performances.  One of those soundchecks is of the band’s song ‘Stay Clean,’ which was originally featured in the band’s 1979 album Overkill.  There is also a full live version of that song featured as part of the set list along with five other songs from the album, four of eight songs featured in the band’s self-titled 1977 debut record, two tracks from the band’s other 1979 album, Bomber, and three more from the band’s timeless 1980 album Ace of Spades.  Given, Overkill gets the most nods in this main concert, but the bigger picture is that even though the concert itself was in support of Ace of Spades, it pulls from all of the band’s albums up to that point.  So what audiences got (and get here again) is a rich cross section of the band’s catalog up to that point.  That rich cross section (which is created in part through the bonus soundcheck performances) is made even richer through the addition to this re-issue of the band’s previously unreleased concerts that made up its very brief “No Sleep Tour.”

The concerts that made up Motorhead’s brief “No Sleep Tour” were held March 28-30, 1981 at the Queens Hall and Newcastle City Hall in England.  All three concerts repeat songs originally featured in the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith concert, but also offer some variances.  Case in point is the March 30 concert at Newcastle. That concert replaces the three soundcheck performances and its cover of ‘Train Kept A Rollin’’ with performances of ‘The Chase is Better Than The Catch,’ ‘Bite The Bullet,’ ‘Too Late Too Late,’ and ‘Fire Fire’ while also adding in the songs, ‘Leaving Here,’ ‘Jailbait,’ and ‘Shoot You In The Back.’  That brings the total song count from Ace of Spades performed live eight of its 12 songs, enriching the overall catalog representation even more.  ‘Too Late Too Late’ is taken from Overkill, bringing that album’s total representation to seven of its 10 songs.  So between the two concerts, audiences are getting that much representation of the band’s catalog, which is pretty rich to say the very least.  The other two concerts do not offer any additional songs in their set lists.  That aside, the performances thereof in each concert makes for its own enjoyment.  That is because of the amount of energy that Kilmister and company put forth in each performance.  All things considered between the primary concert and the bonus, previously unreleased concert recordings, this new re-issue offers audiences so much to appreciate.  The only downside to the whole is that the concerts are being released in audio formats, but not any full, audio-visual presentations.  Officials at BMG and Sanctuary can be forgiven for that shortcoming.  Sure, it would have been nice to have had a full audiovisual presentation of all four concerts, but the audio-only presentation is still enjoyable in its own right.

Speaking of the concerts being presented in audio-only platforms, that makes the box set’s audio production just as important as anything else in this presentation.  Listening through all of the box set’s concerts, audiences will be pleased at the work put in to remaster the original tapes here.  Kilmister’s voice was always a house rocker.  That goes without saying.  His powerful vocals are well-balanced with the audio levels of his band mates’ performances in each performance.  The sound is just as raucous in these recordings as in any of the band’s other live recordings.  Keeping that in mind, the production that went into this recording’s presentation paid off.  It ensures that the concerts are just as enjoyable for their sound as for their content.  When all of this is considered with the story featured in the box set’s companion book, the whole becomes a completely immersive and enjoyable offering that any Motorhead fan will enjoy.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming re-issue of Motorhead’s No Sleep Til Brooklyn is a presentation that any Motorhead fan will appreciate.  That is due in part through the remastered presentation of the band’s original main concert feature.  It sounds just as good as the original concert if not better.  Adding to the main feature are the bonus soundcheck performances previously unreleased in the recording’s original release.  The addition of the three bonus concerts in whole enhances the presentation even more.  That is because they are themselves previously unreleased and that at least one of them builds on the amount of the band’s catalog released up to that point.  The production of the recordings brings everything together, completing the box set’s presentation.  That work ensured that the audio-only presentations all sound the best possible and succeeded in the process.  When this element is considered along with the rest of the box set’s noted elements, the whole (including the new bonus book) makes the re-issue overall a presentation that most Motorhead fans will appreciate. 

No Sleep Til Hammersmith is scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary Records.

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Previously Unpublished “Rolling Stone” Magazine Motorhead Interview Unearthed

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Rolling Stone magazine has unearthed a previously unpublished interview with Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister.

The half-hour-long interview was originally recorded in 1981 at the offices of the band’s then label, Bronze Records, by journalism Malcolm Dome ahead of a festival at which Motorhead was scheduled to perform. The performance was part of the band’s support of its live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith.

The release of the previously unpublished interview is part of the push by BMG to promote the upcoming re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith. The re-issue is scheduled for release June 25.

The band premiered a soundcheck performance of ‘Stay Clean‘ June 11. That performance is one of a handful of extras featured in the upcoming box set. The full information for the box set is noted below.

The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith CD box set contains:

  • The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith album, remastered from the original master tapes, featuring extra bonus tracks and newly unearthed, previously unreleased sound check recordings.
  • The three full recordings of the concerts that made up No Sleep, never before released in their entirety.
  • The story of No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith told through previously unpublished and new interviews with the people that were on the road at the time.
  • Never before seen photos and rare memorabilia.
  • Double sided, A3 concert posters from 1981.
  • Reproduction USA ’81 tour pass.
  • MOTÖRHEAD ‘England’ plectrum.
  • 1981 European tour badge.
  • Reproduction Newcastle City Hall ticket.
  • Port Vale gig flyer post card.

The box set’s track listing is noted below.

CD BOX SET TRACKLISTING
NO SLEEP ‘TIL HAMMERSMITH   Ace of Spades Stay Clean Metropolis The Hammer Iron Horse No Class Overkill (We Are) The Roadcrew Capricorn Bomber Motörhead Over The Top Train Kept A Rollin’ Stay Clean (soundcheck) Limb From Limb (soundcheck) Iron Horse (Soundcheck)LIVE AT NEWCASTLE CITY HALL 30/3/1981   Ace Of Spades Stay Clean Over The Top Metropolis Shoot You In The Back The Hammer Jailbait Leaving Here Iron Horse Fire Fire Capricorn Too Late Too Late No Class (We Are) The Road Crew Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch Overkill Bomber Motörhead
LIVE AT NEWCASTLE CITY HALL 29/3/1981  Ace Of Spades Stay Clean Over The Top Metropolis Shoot You In The Back The Hammer Jailbait Leaving Here Fire Fire Capricorn Too Late Too Late No Class (We Are) The Road Crew Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch Overkill Bomber MotörheadLIVE AT LEEDS QUEENS HALL 28/3/1981   Ace Of Spades Stay Clean        Over The Top   Metropolis       Shoot You In The Back The Hammer    Jailbait Leaving Here   Fire Fire           Capricorn         Too Late Too Late        No Class          (We Are) The Road Crew         Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch      Overkill           Bomber Motörhead
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Gary Numan’s New Album Is Anything But An “Intruder” In This Year’s New Rock Albums Field

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Veteran musician/singer/songwriter Gary Numan is scheduled to release his latest album, Intruder, Friday.  His 24th (yes, 24th) album, this 13-song record will come more than three years after the release of his then most recent album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World) appeal strongly to Numan’s established audience base as well as most fans of electronic and industrial rock and metal.  That is proven in part through the musical arrangements featured throughout the album.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements will make for their own share of interest.  They will be addressed a little later.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album another engaging offering from one of the rock and metal world’s most respected figures.

Despite its title, Gary Numan’s forthcoming album Intruder will not be viewed by audiences or critics as an intruder.  Rather, it is a presentation that most audiences and critics will welcome.  That is proven in part through the album’s collective musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are largely everything that audiences have come to expect from Numan, with their electronic/industrial style approaches.  The same brooding, keyboard-driven sound and style presented in Savage (Songs from a Broken World) and its predecessor, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) are present here, too.  Though, a close listen reveals that even with that stylistic similarity, the arrangements are not just copy and paste works.  There are subtle variances in the songs between this record’s compositions and those of the aforementioned records.  The arrangements here are even more controlled and “softer” for lack of better wording, than the heavier but equally intense works in those albums.  That is really what listeners will catch in their close listens.  This aspect of Intruder is certain to keep the noted audiences engaged and entertained throughout the album.  It is just one part of what audiences will find appealing in the presentation.  The record’s lyrical content adds its own touch to the album’s interest.

The lyrical content featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements is of note because of their heavy nature.  This is an album that lyrically is not just an everyday listen.  Case in point is the lyrical content of ‘I Am Screaming.’  This song comes across as a person trying to comfort someone who is in a dark place, emotionally speaking.  That is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which Numan sings, “Do you regret the words you never said?/Do you feel lost like I do?/Do you regret the things you never did/As if time waited for you?/Can you see me?/Can you feel me?/Can you hear me?/I am screaming”  As the song progresses, the subject’s reassurance to the second person comes into play as Numan sings, “Do you regret the songs you never sang?/A love betrayed and broken/Do you regret the life you never lived?/A thousand dreams unopened/You’re welcome to walk with me/You’re welcome to walk alone/You’re welcome to stand with me/You’re welcome to stand alone.”  The song’s third verse follows in similar fashion.  To that end, what audiences get here is a song that touches so well on the deep emotions that people feel when they reach that “dark night of the soul” but reminds them that they are not alone and can get through things.

‘A Black Sun’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  In this case, Numan seems to the so-called loss of one’s influence.  In this case, that loss of innocence happens not through any criminal act, but through another existential crisis of sorts.  That is inferred in part in the song’s lead verse, in which Numan sings, “When I was a child my life seemed endless/Too far to see/When I was a child the world was waiting and called to me/And everyone I loved would live for eternity/And everything I dreamed would all come true for me/But now I feel the end come/My childish dreams are undone/I cry under a black sun/And every song is unsung/You will hear me when the wind sighs/You will feel me beside you always/You won’t see me but I’ll be with you.”  The song’s second verse plays out in similar fashion, so there is no need to continue there.  This is a state of mind in which everyone has found themselves.  To that end, it makes the song’s lyrical theme here that much more accessible.  The fashion in which the lyrics are delivered adds even more to that accessibility.  Keeping that in mind, audiences see even more here why the album’s lyrical content is important to its presentation.

‘Saints and Liars’ is one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  In the case of this song, it comes across as a commentary about religious fundamentalism.  In this case, it indicts those most pious individuals who claim to be anything but self-righteous.  This is inferred early in the song’s lead verse, which states, “Can you see your fallen God?/He’s standing next to me, far from home/Can you hear your broken promises?/I am what you’ve been waiting for.”  The seeming indictment continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Can you feel your righteous anger?/It’s like a poison that feeds the soul/Can you hide from Saints and liars/When every word is the death of me?/And this is who you are.”  Between this seeming message, those presented in the album’s other noted works and those in the rest of the album, the whole makes clear why this album’s deep, heavy lyrical content is so important to its presentation.  It will grip listeners just as much as the album’s musical content with its ability to so richly translate so many familiar thoughts and feelings that people go through.  Numan is to be commended for all of this.  Even with this in mind, the album still has one more item to examine, its production.

As already noted, the arrangements featured throughout the course of Intruder are familiar for Numan’s established audience base.  The electronic/industrial sound that he has used for such a long time is present throughout the album.  Also noted is the controlled presentation of each arrangement here to make the songs distinguishable from those in Numan’s existing catalog.  That control is a tribute not only to Numan and his fellow musicians, but also to those behind the boards.  The keyboards and drums had to be balanced out just right with Numan’s vocals in each song.  The same is to be said of the guitars.  The attention to detail within song leaves the arrangements fully immersive from one to the next.  Each instrument and each vocal line is expertly balanced with its counterparts to make each song that strong even in their more subtle presentations.  This is a testament to the work put in to ensuring each presented arrangement.  The impact, along with that of the album’s overall content, makes the album in whole that much stronger.

Gary Numan’s latest album, Intruder, is a presentation that will appeal easily to any of his established audiences.  It will appeal just as much to fans of electronic/industrial music.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements prove familiar in comparison to the arrangements featured in most of Numan’s existing albums.  Of course there are subtle differences here that make the arrangements different from his other works, in terms of their sound.  The lyrical themes featured in this record add their own interest to the record.  That is because they touch on topics that are familiar to any listener.  They are deeply emotional and heavy statements, too, which adds to their impact.  The production of the record’s songs rounds out its most important elements.  It ensures that each song presents audiences with the fullest impact there, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album another successful offering from one of the most respected names in the hard rock community.  Intruder is scheduled for release Friday through BMG. 

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BMG, Niji Entertainment’s New Dio Live Re-Issues Will Appeal To Dio’s Most Devoted, Vinyl-Loving Fans

Courtesy: BMG/Niji Entertainment

Late last year, representatives with Niji Entertainment – the company responsible for many recent Dio re-issues – and BMG announced that the were partnering to launch a new series of re-issues of Dio’s archived live recordings.  That series launched Friday with the re-issues of his previously released live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live.  These two re-issues are presentations that will appeal to some audiences and at the same time, prove somewhat intriguing.  The recordings will prove appealing in part because of their expanded availability.  This will be discussed shortly.  The set lists featured in each set list makes them intriguing.  This will be discussed a little later.  The additional content featured with the re-issues will appeal to audiences, too, but only to a point.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of these first two re-issues in BMG and Niji Entertainment’s Dio live re-issues series.  All things considered, they make the recordings a presentation that will appeal primarily to Dio’s most devoted fans.

BMG and Niji Entertainment’s brand new re-issues of his live recordings Evil or DivineLive in New York City and Holy Diver Live are presentations that will find appeal among a specific audience group.  That group is the most devoted Dio fans.  That is due in part to the fact that the previously out-of-print recordings have been made available in this presentation on two separate platforms – CD and LP.  Evil or Divine: Live in New York City is now available on 2CD mediabook and 3LP set.  Specific details were not provided information presented about the recordings, so it has to be assumed in this case, the CDs in question contain the 15-song set from the original 2002 concert while the “book” features pictures and new liner notes about the concert.  The LP set contains the noted concert, too.  This will appeal to those audiences who are more fan vinyls than CDs. 

The re-issue of Holy Diver Live also features the original concert, which was recorded in 2005, on a 3LP set.  Once again, this will appeal mainly to vinyl aficionados as part of the ongoing to appeal to those audiences.  What’s more, the recording was pulled directly from the recording’s original 2006 presentation on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.  In other words, audiences get from this presentation the same concert that they got in the concert’s previous release here on each platform, just in an audio-only format instead of on a full audio-visual presentation.  On a similar note, the track listing of the Live in New York City is lifted from the concert’s 2003 DVD release rather than its 2005 CD release.  This leads into the recordings’ most intriguing and somewhat problematic issue, that of the track listings as they relate to the platforms on which they have been released here.

Courtesy: BMG/Niji Entertainment

It has been noted that the new re-issues of Dio’s live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live are positives for Dio’s most devoted fan base because in this case, BMG and Niji Entertainment have made them available on CD as well as vinyl sets.  Those vinyl sets even feature some bonus content, which will be discussed later.  While that is true, one also cannot help but wonder why the recordings were not also re-issued on Blu-ray in this case.  That is especially the case with Evil or Divine: Live in New York City.  The set list from that recording’s DVD release is what audiences get on the 2CD and 3LP set here.  It has yet to receive a Blu-ray re-issue, and considering that concerts are meant to be heard and seen, there is no denying that having the DVD set list re-issued exclusively on audio rather than also on audio-visual presentations is slightly disconcerting.  Even in the case of Holy Diver Live, knowing that the set list featured in the CD and LP platforms came direct from the concert’s previous releases, one cannot help but wonder why the concert was not re-issued here on DVD and Blu-ray as well complete with the bonus content featured in the vinyl set.  The end result here is that while it is good that these concerts have been re-issued, it becomes clear that these re-issues are being aimed primarily at Dio fans who are also vinyl fans more so than Dio fans in general.  Yes fans who prefer CDs to vinyl are rewarded, but fans who prefer experiencing concerts in full rather than those who would take them in on audio-only platforms are left out here.  So to that end, while the availability is expanded here, that expansion is still only to a point. It is not enough to make these re-issues failures, but that aside, it does still detract from the recordings’ presentations.

While the limited expansion of Dio’s new live recordings definitely detracts from the re-issues’ success, the bonus content offered to those who can look past that issue will appeal in its own way to the noted targeted audiences.  The CD presentations of each re-issue offer those audiences what has to be assumed to be (again no details about the specifics of the mediabooks were released in the information about the re-issues) extra photos and possible liner notes for the concerts.  While maybe not a whole lot, those possible photos will make up slightly for the concerts not being re-issued on DVD and/or Blu-ray.  They will help give audiences at least a glimpse into the concerts.  The vinyls feature their own bonuses.  The Live in New York City vinyl offers audiences four songs total from Dio’s albums, Angry Machines, Magica, Killing the Dragon, and Master of the Moon.  BMG and Niji Entertainment, by the way, re-issued all four of those albums on CD last year.  The Holy Diver Live brings in the same bonus content that was featured in its original release so long ago.  So in all, audiences who purchase the vinyl re-issues of the recordings will get their own bonus content, as will fans who get the CD re-issues.  It is just that those who buy the vinyl re-issues will get even more out of those re-issues than those who buy the CD re-issues.  To that end, the bonus content featured in these recordings’ re-issues, on each available platform, but it is a limited positive.  That is because audiences who get the vinyls really get more albeit slightly more, than those who buy the recordings’ CD re-issues.  Keeping this in mind along with everything else discussed here, it becomes clear that while audiences will appreciate having these previously out-of-print recordings in their music libraries, those who do will be a more targeted audience than all of Dio’s fans.

BMG and Niji Entertainment’s new re-issues of his live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live are interesting presentations.  They give audiences who might not have otherwise had the recordings on any of the platforms from their previous releases something to appreciate.  That is due to the somewhat expanded availability of the recordings here.  Fans of vinyl and those of CDs will both be able to take in the concerts on the respective platforms.  Of course while audiences are also somewhat punished because the recordings were not re-issued on DVD or Blu-ray whereas their predecessors were.  That is going to limit the appeal for these recordings.  The bonus content featured with the recordings offers its own appeal for audiences. Though considering the information provided did not lay out as directly, the bonus content featured in the CD platforms as the vinyl re-issues, one cannot help but feel that the vinyl re-issues offer more to appreciate in terms of bonus content than the CD re-issues.  Keeping all of this in mind, BMG and Niji Entertainment’s new re-issues of Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live will appeal to a Dio’s most devoted fans, especially those who prefer vinyl to any other platform.  These re-issues are available now.

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