Madeleine Peyroux’s ‘Careless Love’ Is An Example Of A Re-Issue Done Mostly Right

Courtesy: Rounder Records/Craft Recordings

Jazz vocalist Madeleine Peyroux has been back in the news this year.  That is because Peyroux re-issued her 2004 sophomore album Careless Love last month on 2CD and digital platforms and followed up that re-issue with a vinyl pressing of the re-issue Friday.  The re-issues came through Rounder Records (which released the album in its initial presentation) and Craft Recordings.  Coming more than 17 years after the album’s original release and a little more than three years after the release of her latest album, Anthem, the re-issue is a little bit of a headscratcher.  That is because of that time frame.  Typically, re-issues come on anniversaries that end in “5” and “0.”  That aside, the presentation is still positive.  That is due to the bonus concert that is featured with the recording.  While that bonus concert is a positive, no doubt, the re-issue’s packaging proves somewhat problematic.  It is not enough to make the re-issue a failure, but also cannot be ignored.  Getting back to the bonus concert, its production values make for their own appeal.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Careless Love’s re-issue.  All things considered, they make the record a prime example of a re-issue done right, regardless of genre.

The new re-issue of Madeleine Peyroux’s 2004 album Careless Love is a presentation that her established audiences and casual jazz fans will love.  That is due in no small part to the bonus concert featured with the re-issue.  The 14-song presentation is an almost complete performance of that album.  Recorded July 15, 2005 at Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz, its presentation here marks the first time that it has ever seen the light of day as an official release from Peyroux.  It also features some other songs to boost the enjoyment even more.  The performance put on by Peyroux and her fellow musicians leaves on to imagine thoughts of one of those well-lit high class social clubs that Hollywood has romanticized in so many period flicks.  The group’s subtle performance is that immersive.  Add in that this is apparently technically Peyroux’s first live release and that many audiences are still chomping at the bit for live music to this day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it becomes that much more appealing and important to this re-issue.  It’s too bad that no full audiovisual (DVD/BD) platform was made available for the concert, but maybe one day.  Regardless, the full set list and the performance of Peyroux and all involved makes the live show such a key part of the re-issue’s presentation that everyone will appreciate.

While the concert featured in Careless Love’s re-issue is so impressive, the presentation is not perfect.  The packaging thereof proves somewhat problematic.  The problem comes specifically in how the re-issue’s two discs are placed in the gatefold, “paper” package.  Audiences have to squeeze that packaging in order to slide the discs out of there respective spots in the packaging.  From there, audiences have to pinch the discs on the edges and pull them out in order to get to them.  Herein lies the problem.  On one hand, the constant squeezing will put wear and tear on the packaging.  It will put more wear and tear on this packaging than what would be put on a typical plastic case.  Add in having to pinch the disc afterward in order to get to the discs, and the risk of the packaging to rip as wear and tear continues.  Additionally, the sliding of the discs in and out, rather than pulling them from a spindle on a plastic plate makes more likely that the discs can and will get marred.  That is because they will rub more against the packaging than if they were placed on the noted plastic plate, which is used in typical plastic cases.  So again, this re-issue’s packaging is problematic.  Now as long as audiences are careful, that wear and tear will happen more slowly.  Regardless, it will happen more than would happen with a more typical plastic case.  So again, this is a problem, but not enough to make the re-issue a failure.  It just cannot be ignored.

Getting back to the positive that is the re-issue’s bonus concert, the production thereof works with the content and performances thereof to round out the re-issue’s most important items.  Audiences can hear the crowd noise from the show, which adds to the positive of the listening experience.  It adds a special positive nuance to that experience that will leave listeners feel as if they are right there.  Additionally, the balance of each performer’s part throughout the concert is just as deserving of applause.  The size and construction of the venue where the concert was recorded is unknown, considering it was only released on CD.  Regardless, the sound levels of all things involved are expertly handed.  At no point does one performer’s work outweight that of his/her fellow musicians.  It is all balanced so well.  Add in that it all takes that noted airy sense at the production’s base into account, too.  That consideration adds even more to the sense that listeners are right there, too.  The sensation that all of this creates in listeners minds means that audiences get the best seat in the house even at home, in their cars and elsewhere.  Keeping that in mind along with the importance of the recording’s set list and performance thereof, the whole makes the concert an excellent addition to Careless Love’s presentation.  In turn, that and the presentation of the original album in whole makes the album overall a win for Peyroux and her fans.

Madeleine Peyroux’s new re-issue of Careless Love is a positive presentation.  The re-issue’s success comes in large part through the presentation of its bonus concert.  The concert is a near full performance of the original album.  The performances presented throughout make the concert all the more enjoyable.  While the concert is a clear bonus, the re-issue’s packaging detracts from the presentation.  That is because of how easily the packaging, and in turn the discs, can be damaged.  It is not enough to make the re-issue a failure, but at the same time cannot be ignored.  The concert’s production works with its content to enhance the listening experience even more.  Each item examined here is important in its own right to the whole of the re-issue.  All things considered, they make the presentation a prime example of the mostly right way to present a re-issue, regardless of genre.

Madeleine Peyroux’s re-issue of Carless Love is available now.  Peyroux is also in the midst of a tour in support of the record.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Careless Love Forever Tour Dates

September 21 –Pittsburgh, PA at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

September 22 – Harrisburg, PA at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

September 24 – Kent, OH at Kent Stage

September 25 – Cincinnati, OH at Ludlow Garage

September 26 – Chicago, IL at Old Town School of Folk Music

September 27 – Minneapolis, MN at Pantages Theatre

September 29 – Omaha, NE at Kiewit Hall

September 30 – Kansas City, MO at Helzberg Hall / Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts

October 1 – Nashville, TN at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville

October 2 – Atlanta, GA at Variety Playhouse

October 4 – Hoover, AL at The Library Theatre

October 5 – Hoover, AL at The Library Theatre

October 7 – Eugene, OR at The Shedd Institute

October 8 – Seattle, WA at Benaroya Hall

October 9 – Portland, OR at Revolution Hall

October 10 – Spokane, WA at Bing Crosby Theatre

October 13 – Santa Cruz, CA at Rio Theatre

October 14 – Rohnert Park, CA at The Green Music Center

October 15 – Berkeley, CA at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

October 16 – Beverly Hills, CA at Saban Theatre

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New Singles Compilation Coming From Seether; Band Announces Plans For New Concert, Livestream Events

Courtesy: Craft Recordings

Seether will release a new singles compilation later this fall.

The band is scheduled to release the collection, Vicennial: 2 Decades of Seether Oct. 15 through Craft Recordings. The record features 20 songs from the first two decades of the band’s career. The record’s track listing is noted below.

Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seether features the following tracks:

1. Fake It

2. Remedy

3. Fine Again

4. Broken

5. Words As Weapons

6. Country Song

7. Let You Down

8. Rise Above This

9. Weak

10. Tonight

11. Nobody Praying for Me

12. Careless Whisper

13. Truth

14. Gasoline

15. Betray and Degrade

16. Breakdown

17. Same Damn Life

18. The Gift

19. Driven Under

20. Dangerous

In anticipation of the compilation’s release, the band has announced that it will perform the album Oct. 7 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA, one song at a time from start to end. The Aftershock After Party is for the opening night of the sold-out Aftershock Festival. Tickets for the event are available here.

In related news, the band will also hold a special livestream event Oct. 11 for global audiences since the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing the band from touring outside of the United States. Set to air at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m.GMT, and 6 p.m. JST on the noted date, the concert will feature a 10-song set that will be built by fan vote. Additionally, it will feature virtual meet and greet sessions with the band. Tickets and bundles that include a limited number of vinyl pressings of the band’s new compilation are available here.

In other news, Seether is the latest addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Right Here Right Now” exhibit. The exhibit examines the evolution of rock and the impact of the genre and its growth on today’s generation of rock acts.

In even more news, Seether debuted its latest single last month in the form of the alternate version of its song, ‘Wasteland.’

The song was originally featured in the band’s 2020 album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.  The new “alternate take” stays true to the source material, with the band opting instead this time for a softer, semi-acoustic take on the song.  The updated take is comparable to works from Staind.

Front man Shaun Morgan said during a recent interview, he was looking forward to the release of the band’s new EP.

“We are really excited to release The Purgatory EP as a companion to our latest single, ‘Wasteland,’ he said. “I’m especially proud of how the alternate version of the track turned out and really happy that people will finally hear it!”

In still more other news, Seether launched an extensive new tour in support of its new EP last month.  The tour launched July 17 in Huber Heights, OH and is scheduled to run through Oct. 16 in West Palm Beach, FL.  The remaining dates for the band’s tour are noted below.


Aug 13 Fri-Moorhead, MN-Bluestem Amphitheater

Aug 14 Sat- Belcourt, ND-Sky Dancer Casino & Resort

Aug 19 Thu-Wantagh, NY-Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Aug 20 Fri-Baltimore, MD-MECU Pavilion

Aug 21 Sat-Philadelphia, PA-The Mann Center

Aug 26 Thu-Kennewick, WA-Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo

Aug 27 Fri-Boise, ID-Expo Idaho

Aug 28 Sat-Salem, OR-Oregon State Fair

Aug 31 Tue-San Jose, CA-San Jose Civic

Sep 2 Thu-Corning, CA-Rolling Hills Casino Corning Ca

Sep 3 Fri-Reno, NV-Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort

Sep 5 Sun-Las Vegas, NV-Fremont Street Experience

Sep 7 Tue-West Valley City, UT-USANA Amphitheatre

Sep 8 Wed-Denver, CO-Bellco Theatre

Sep 10 Fri-Newark, NJ-WDHA’S Family Reunion

Sep 11 Sat-Danville, VA-Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021

Sep 17 Fri-Minneapolis, MN-93X’s Family Reunion

Sep 19 Sun-Maryland Heights, MO-105.7 The Point 2021 Fest

Sep 23 Thu-Brandon, MS-Brandon Amphitheater

Sep 24 Fri-Rogers, AR-The Walmart AMP

Sep 25 Sat-Nashville, TN-Ascend Amphitheater

Sep 26 Sun-Louisville, KY-Louder Than Life 2021

Sep 30 Thu-North Myrtle Beach, SC-House of Blues Myrtle Beach

Oct 1 Fri-Atlanta, GA-Tabernacle

Oct 2 Sat-Tampa, FL-98ROCKFEST

Oct 7 Thu-Sacramento, CA-Aftershock 2021

Oct 10 Sun-Tempe, AZ-Marquee Theatre

Oct 14 Thu-Jacksonville, FL-Daily’s Place Amphitheater

Oct 15 Fri-Orlando, FL-Hard Rock Live Orlando

Oct 16 Sat-West Palm Beach, FL-iTHINK Financial Amphiteatre

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Drowning Pool’s Debut Getting The Vinyl Treatment; Band Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Craft Recordings/Wind-Up Records

Drowning Pool has partnered with Craft Recordings to re-issue Drowning Pool’s debut album.

The recording, Sinner, is scheduled for release on vinyl Sept. 17 through Craft Recordings. Pre-orders are open. The re-issue, which marks the 20th anniversary of the album’s original release, is the first ever vinyl presentation for the record.

Front man Jason Moreno had only positive things to say of Drowning Pool and Sinner during a recent interview.

Sinner is literally perfect,” said Moreno. I remember hearing and seeing it all come together.  We shared the local Dallas scene back then—Drowning Pool and an old band I used to be in—and I’d like to say we kept each other honest and made each other better through competition…but it was never even close. Dave and the guys were the dudes shaping the scene. I shared many stages with Drowning Pool before I was ever their lead singer, and I remember feeling hyped after each performance. I remember believing we’d finally upstaged them. I would have that hope right up until they took the stage and began to play, and then the truth was evident—Dave, Stevie, C.J., and Mike were always multiple steps ahead of any other band on the scene.”

Added Moreno, “The Sinner album was magic, and the guys were on fire. I believe that the record is perfect as a whole, full of catchy hooks both vocally and musically. I heard and saw those songs before a million other people around the world did, and I knew back then that Drowning Pool was destined to win. It feels crazy to go from a hater to their frontman, but let that be my testimony to the undeniable force that remains Sinner.”

Drummer Mike Luce expanded on Moreno’s comments with his own thoughts.

“To be here marking twenty years of Sinner is just mind-blowing,” said Luce. “There are so many memories of this record that I’ll carry for life.  It would require a book to properly express all that’s in my head and heart and all that led up to and came out of its release. As a kid growing up and playing drums, I dreamed of being in a band with my buds and maybe someday putting out a record. Well, we did – and it kicked ass! Thanks to all that allowed this messed-up, work-in-progress of a soul to live a dream.”

Sinner peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and certified platinum following its release in June 2001 through Wind-up Records. Its lead single, ‘Bodies,’ reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, and No. 3 on the UK’s Rock and Metal Chart. Additionally, the song gained popularity through use in televised World Wrestling Entertainment events, and various TV ads and shows, as well as movies.

Sinner‘s track listing is noted below.

Sinner tracklist:

Side A

1.     Sinner

2.     Bodies

3.     Tear Away

4.     All Over Me

5.     Reminded

6.     Pity

Side B

1.     Mute

2.     I Am

3.     Follow

4.     Told You So

5.     Sermon

In other news, Drowning Pool has recently announced an extensive summer/fall tour that will take the band across North America. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 2 in Corpus Christi, TX and to run through Oct. 31 in Phoenix, AZ. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Hartford, CT; Bozeman, MT and Tacoma, WA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Drowning Pool 2021 tour dates:

Sep 02 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater

Sep 04 – El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock

Sep 05 – Ozawkie, KS @ Paradise Point

Sep 06 – Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood

Sep 08 – Harrison, OH @ The Blue Note

Sep 09 – Columbus, OH @ The King Of Clubs

Sep 10 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Concert Hall

Sep 12 – Concord, VA @ Blue Ridge Music Festival

Sept. 29 – Abilene, Texas @ Abilene Convention Center

Sept. 30 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater

Oct. 01 – San Antonio, Texas @ Rock Box

Oct. 02 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live

Oct. 04 – Destin, Fla. @ Club LA

Oct. 05 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage

Oct. 07 – Hartford, Ct. @ Webster Theater

Oct. 08 – Portland, Maine @ Aura

Oct. 09 – Hampton Beach, N.H. @ Wally’s

Oct. 10 – Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium

Oct. 12 – New York, N.Y. @ Gramercy Theater

Oct. 13 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Roxian Theater

Oct. 14 – Flint, Mich. @ Machine Shop

Oct. 15 – Joliet, Ill. @ The Forge

Oct. 16 – Belvidere, Ill. @ The Apollo Theatre

Oct. 17 – Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Pierre’s

Oct. 19 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Red Flag

Oct. 20 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave II

Oct. 22 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Sunshine Studios

Oct. 23 – Grand Junction, Colo. @ Mesa Theater

Oct. 24 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Royal

Oct. 25 – Bozeman, Mont. @ The Elm

Oct. 26 – Missoula, Mont. @ Wilma Theater

Oct. 27 – Tacoma, Wash. @ Spanish Ballroom

Oct. 29 – Roseville, Calif. @ Goldfiend Trading Post

Oct. 30 – West Hollywood, Calif. @ Whisky A Go Go

Oct. 31 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Marquee Theater

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Two New ‘Peanuts’ Music Playlists Streaming Online

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Peanuts fans have two new ways to celebrate the franchise’s history.

Craft Recordings has curated two new playlists that celebrate the music of Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi. The playlists’ debut come less than a month after Craft Recordings debuted another playlist that features music from the Peanuts movies and TV specials.

The two new playlists are composed separately of “Easy Listening” and “Dance” songs that were featured in the noted movies and TV specials. Audiences will find that some of the songs featured in these two new lists are also featured in Craft Recordings’ initial Vince Guaraldi playlist, but are now more distinctly classified from one another in the noted new lists.

In related news, Craft Recordings recently premiered a new animated video for the beloved song, ‘The Great Pumpkin Waltz.’ The song is featured in the timeless Peanuts primetime TV special It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

The video opens with Linus’ classic letter to The Great Pumpkin, asking for lots of toys. From there, the curtain lifts to show Linus in the pumpkin patch in which he waited all that fateful night with Sally for The Great Pumpkin. As the video progresses, a series of pumpkins and presents wrapped in orange with green ribbons fill the screen against a constantly changing backdrop, all the while the song playing over the video.

Courtesy: Craft Recordings

‘The Great Pumpkin Waltz’ was last featured on the 2012 CD re-issue of A Charlie Brown Christmas‘ soundtrack as one of two bonus tracks. The other bonus track was one of the songs from the Peanuts primetime Thanksgiving TV special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Neither song is featured in Craft Recordings’ recently released vinyl re-issue of the soundtrack, which is at least the seventh of the soundtrack’s re-issues.

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BTBAM, Craft Recordings Partner To Re-Issue Band’s Sophomore Album

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Craft Recordings will re-issue Between The Buried and Me’s sophomore album The Silent Circus next month.

The company, which specializes in vinyl releases, will re-issue the album, which was originally released in 2003 through Victory Records, is scheduled for release on a 2LP vinyl set through Craft Recordings.  Pre-orders are open now.  The album’s re-issue is part of the band’s celebration of its 20th anniversary together.

While the band’s longtime collaborator Jamie King did not have a hand in the album’s creation, the record’s forthcoming re-issue on vinyl will feature audio that was re-mixed and re-mastered by King, who has worked with the band on each of its other albums.

The album’s track listing is noted below.


The Silent Circus vinyl tracklist:


Side A:

  1. Lost Perfection a) Coulrophobia
  2. b) Anablephobia
  3. Camilla Rhodes


Side B:

  1. Mordecai
  2. Reaction
  3. Shevanel Take 2


Side C:

  1. Ad A Dglgmut
  2. Destructo Spin


Side D:

  1. Aesthetic
  2. The Need For Repetition



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Lindsay Munroe Debuts ‘Little Red Caboose’ Video

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National Train Day is coming, and family entertainer Lindsay Munroe is celebrating with a new song and video.

Munroe debuted the video for her new song ‘Little Red Caboose‘ Thursday.  The song is featured on Munroe’s new album I Am KindSongs For Unique Kids, which was released digitally on April 24 through Concord Music Group and Craft Recordings.  The record, which will be released in stores June 12, features a guest appearance by famed family entertainer Raffi on its opener/title track.

The video for Munroe’s new song features Munroe performing her new song while an animated steam engine pulls a caboose.  A trio of children also joins in, adding their own touch to the work.

The song itself a simple tune, that features Munroe singing as she provides the song’s melody on a ukulele.  The song’s lyrical content is just as simple. It is about a little red caboose.

National Train Day was started in 2008 by railroad company Amtrak.  The purpose of the holiday is to spread information about the history of of trains and railway travel in America.  It is held annually on the Saturday closest to May 10, the anniversary of the day the golden spike was driven in the Transcontinental Railroad in Promontory Utah.

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Craft Recordings’ JLH Box Set Is A Wonderful Tribute To Music Royalty

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Early this past August, the music community stopped for a moment to remember John Lee Hooker. The beloved, legendary bluesman would have celebrated his 100th birthday Aug. 22. In honor of the milestone, Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, released a brand new five-disc, 100-song collection of Hooker’s songs in the form of John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie only months later on Oct. 6. Originally scheduled for release Sept. 29, the multi-disc compilation is not the first compilation of the famed musician’s works, but it is an impressive new collection nonetheless. That is proven in part through the collection’s featured songs, which will be discussed shortly. The set’s packaging is just as important to note here as its song selection, and will be discussed later. Last but most definitely not least of note in this collection is its average price point. Each element is critical in its own way to the recording’s whole. All things considered, they make John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie a wonderful musical tribute to a wonderful musical mind.

Craft Recordings’ recently released John Lee Hooker box set King of the Boogie is, simply put, a wonderful musical tribute to a wonderful musical mind. That is due in no small part to the 100 songs that make up the collection’s body. Those songs form the foundation of the set’s presentation. What makes them stand out is the picture that they paint of Hooker’s rich career. Though not presented in chronological order, it does paint a broad, rich picture of Hooker’s career. The collection takes audiences all the way back to Hooker’s earliest days with the likes of ‘Maudie,’ ‘Time is Marching’ and ‘I Love You Honey,’ all of which were released in 1959. It also takes audiences through Hooker’s career with songs from the 60s, 70s and beyond in the likes of ‘Goin’ Mad Blues’ (1969), ‘Unfriendly Woman’ (1977), ‘It serves Me Right’ (1980), ‘Spellbound’ (1997), and ‘When I Lay My Burden Down’ (2017) among so many others. As if the studio recordings are not enough, the set also includes a full disc dedicated solely to Hooker’s live works. That disc, the set’s fourth disc, features live recordings reaching all the way back to 1960. It also features a variety of archived live performances released as recently as 2002 alongside brand new, previously unreleased live performances released for the first time in this collection. Those live recordings add even more depth to the box set’s presentation. Simply put, the songs featured in this collection present one of the most vivid pictures of Hooker’s career that has been released to date. It is not just another random collection put out for the sake of making money. It truly is a celebration of the life and career of a music legend. The set’s featured songs do plenty to celebrate John Lee Hooker’s life and legacy in this new box set, but are not the only items, collectively that serve to celebrate the musical icon so well. The set’s overall packaging goes a long way toward celebrating Hooker and his achievements, too.

King of the Boogie‘s packaging offers audiences just as much to appreciate as its featured songs. Rather than just being a standard, bulky, square box, Craft Recordings has presented the set as a book, with each of its discs inserted safely throughout. It’s an aesthetic element, but still a positive nonetheless. The liner notes presented throughout the book, crafted by John Lee Hooker historian Jas Obrecht and Hooker’s longtime friend Mike Kappus offer their own insight and entertainment for audiences. That is thanks to the fact that the pair does not pull any punches, presenting Hooker’s highs and lows. Along with the fully engaging stories told by Kappus and Obrecht is a bevy of pictures that illustrate the pair’s stories even more both literally and figuratively. The pictures included in the book included ones of him with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Hooker with Bonnie Raitt, and solo studio shots of Hooker from his early days alongside other live shots from throughout his career. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then those and the set’s other pictures would certainly have plenty to say, making the set’s presentation that much richer, in turn, showing even more why the set’s packaging is so critical to its presentation. Of course the packaging is only one more of the set’s most important elements. Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point of Craft Recordings’ new centennial celebration of John Lee Hooker is important to note because it is a relatively affordable price. Comparing prices between Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart, the set’s average price point sits at approximately $49. Considering the amount of material, both musical and otherwise, included in the collection, such a price is relatively affordable to the average consumer. It would have been easy for those four major outlets to push their prices higher, but they each made certain to keep the set within the average consumer’s price range. That proves even more the importance of the set’s average price point to its overall presentation. When this element is considered alongside the set’s clearly impressive packaging and its equally noteworthy sequencing, the whole of those elements makes King of the Boogie a wonderful way to pay tribute to musical royalty.

Craft Recordings’ recently released five-disc John Lee Hooker box set is a thorough new collection that is certainly a wonderful tribute to the legacy of a great musical mind. That is proven in part through the extensive, 100-song sequence that reaches back to Hooker’s earliest days and beyond. The songs paint a rich picture of Hooker’s career. The set’s packaging is just as important to its whole thanks to its liner notes and pictures. The picture that they paint makes the picture painted by the set’s featured songs all the richer and more vivid. The set’s average price point makes it easily affordable for the average consumer, too. Each element is important in its own right to the set’s presentation. All things considered, they make this set a royally wonderful tribute to one of the music industry’s great names. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Craft Recordings is available online now at:




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Craft Recordings To Re-Issue ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Soundtrack On Vinyl This Month

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One of the greatest soundtracks of the 20th century is getting a special vinyl re-issue.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Original Soundtrack will be re-issued on vinyl Nov. 17 via Craft Recordings, the catalogue branch of Concord Music Group.  Originally recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, the new 180-gram vinyl re-issue will include rare artwork from the soundtrack’s original 1965 release.

The soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2016, making it one of the best-selling jazz albums in music history, second only to Miles Davis’ seminal 1959 album Kind of Blue.  The record features some of the entertainment industry’s most well-known themes including the famed ‘Linus and Lucy’ and ‘Christmas Time Is Here,’ which opens the animated classic.

The soundtrack’s sales numbers are collectively not its only key note.  It was inducted into the Grammy ® Hall of Fame in 2007and the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2012.

The track listing for the single-LP vinyl re-issue is noted below.

Track List:
Side A
1. O Tannenbaum
2. What Child Is This
3. My Little Drum
4. Linus & Lucy
5. Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)
Side B
1. Christmas Time Is Here (vocal)
2. Skating
3. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
4. Christmas Is Coming
5. Für Elise
6. The Christmas Song

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Craft Recordings To Release New Thelonius Monk Collection Next Month

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Thelonius Monk fans are getting a special treat this holiday season courtesy of Craft Records, the Catalog Division of Concord Music Group.

Craft Recordings will release The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection Dec. 15.  The limited edition all five of Monk’s 10” LPs recorded for Prestige, spanning 1952 – 1954.  Each record has been reproduced just as it was presented in its original release right down to the jacket art.  The audio was re-mastered from the original analog tapes by Joe Tarantino, while laquer cutting was handled by George Horn and Anne-Marie Seunram at Fantasy Studios.

As an added bonus for listeners, the new re-issue set also includes new liner notes by author Robin D.G. Kelley, who crafted the Monk bio Thelonius Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Kelley notes in the new liner notes that the 1950s was Monks “golden years in terms of [Monk’s] creative output.”

He also notes in the new discussion some of the difficulties that Monk faced in that same period including an issue with law enforcement that posed its own problems for Monk.  This is just some of what is included in the new in-depth liner notes.  More information is included in the full notes.

The Complete Prestige Sessions 10-Inch LP Collection will be available on high-res, standard audio and digital platforms.  Pre-orders for the collection are open now via Amazon.  The collection’s full track listing is noted below.

Disc 1:
Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious
Side A
  1. Little Rootie Tootie
  2. Sweet And Lovely
  3. Bye-Ya
  4. Monk’s Dream
Side B
  1. Trinkle, Tinkle
  2. These Foolish Things
  3. Bemsha Swing
  4. Reflections
Thelonious Monk – piano
Gary Mapp – bass
Art Blakey – drums (A1 through A4)
Max Roach – drums (B1 through B4)
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ; October 15, 1952 (A1 to A4) and December 18, 1952 (B1 to B4).
Disc 2:
Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows For LP
Featuring Sonny Rollins
Side A
  1. Let’s Call This
  2. Think Of One
Side B
  1. Friday The Thirteenth
Thelonious Monk – piano
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Julius Watkins – French horn
Percy Heath – bass
Willie Jones – drums
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City; November 13, 1953
Disc 3:
Thelonious Monk Quintet
Side A
  1. We See
  2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Side B
  1. Locomotive
  2. Hackensack
Thelonious Monk – piano
Ray Copeland – trumpet
Frank Foster – tenor saxophone
Curly Russell – bass
Art Blakey – drums
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ; May 11, 1954.
Disc 4:
Thelonious Monk Plays
Side A
  1. Work
  2. Nutty
Side B
  1. Blue Monk
  2. Just A Gigolo
Thelonious Monk – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Art Blakey – drums
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ; September 22, 1954
Disc 5:
Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk
Side A
  1. The Way You Look Tonight
  2. I Want To Be Happy
Side B
  1. More Than You Know
Thelonious Monk – piano
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Tommy Potter – bass
Art Taylor – drums
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey; October 25, 1954

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Craft Recordings Announces New John Lee Hooker Box Set Release Date, Specs

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Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, will pay tribute to blues legend John Lee Hooker next month with a brand new box set.

King of the Boogie will be released Sept. 29 in stores and online.  The set’s 100-total songs are spread across five discs and features a number of Hooker’s greatest hits as well as lots of rarities, live recordings and previously unreleased recordings.  The collection includes a 56-page book along with the discs that features a variety of pictures of the famed bluesman at different points of his career as well as liner notes written by writer and Hooker historian Jas Obrecht and Hooker’s manager and friend Mike Kappus.

Mason Williams, who curated and produced King of the Boogie, said in a recent interview about the collection that its 100 total songs make up only a small glance of Hooker’s extensive career, but a clear view nonetheless.

“Even at 100 songs, this set is just a snapshot of John Lee Hooker’s incredible and influential career, but one that takes you on the long journey he took from his early days in Detroit to his time in Chicago recording for Vee-Jay Records and up through his later collaborations with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and Santana among others,” Williams said.

The set’s track listing is noted below.

Disc 1:
1. Boogie Chillen’ – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
2. Sally May – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
3. Hobo Blues – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
4. Crawlin’ King Snake – John Lee Hooker & His Guitar
5. Black Man Blues – Texas Slim
6. Goin’ Mad Blues – Delta John
7. Who’s Been Jivin’ You – Texas Slim
8. (Miss Sadie Mae) Curl My Baby’s Hair
9. Hoogie Boogie – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
10. Burnin’ Hell – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
11. Weeping Willow Boogie
12. Moaning Blues – Texas Slim
13. Huckle Up Baby – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
14. Goin’ On Highway #51 – John Lee Hooker And His Guitar
15. John L’s House Rent Boogie
16. I’m In The Mood
17. Two White Horses
18. 33 Blues
19. Sugar Mama
20. Wobbling Baby
21. Stuttering Blues – John Lee Booker
22. I’m A Boogie Man – Johnny Lee
23. Down Child
24. Odds Against Me (Backbiters And Syndicaters)
25. Shake, Holler And Run
Disc 2:
1. Unfriendly Woman [Aka Stop Now]*
2. Mambo Chillun
3. Time Is Marching
4. Dimples
5. Little Wheel
6. I Love You Honey
7. Drive Me Away
8. Maudie
9. When I Lay My Burden Down*
10. Tupelo Blues
11. Good Mornin’ Lil’ School Girl
12. I Rolled And Turned And Cried The Whole Night Long
13. No More Doggin’
14. Dusty Road
15. No Shoes
16. My First Wife Left Me
17. Crazy About That Walk – Sir John Lee Hooker
18. Want Ad Blues
19. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
20. I’m Going Upstairs
21. I Lost My Job
22. Don’t Turn Me From Your Door
23. Grinder Man
24. Meat Shakes On Her Bone*
Disc 3:
1. Boom Boom
2. Blues Before Sunrise
3. She’s Mine
4. Frisco Blues
5. Good Rockin’ Mama
6. I’m Leaving
7. Birmingham Blues
8. Don’t Look Back
9. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
10. It Serves Me Right
11. Money
12. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
13. The Motor City Is Burning
14. Mean, Mean Woman
15. Doin’ The Shout
16. Homework
17. Early One Morning
18. Rocking Chair
19. Hittin’ The Bottle Again
20. Deep Blue Sea
21. Spellbound
Disc 4: LIVE
1. Hobo Blues – Live
2. Maudie – Live
3. Shake It Baby – Live
4. Boogie Chillun – Live
5. Bottle Up And Go – Live
6. Crawlin’ King Snake – Live
7. The Mighty Fire – Live
8. You’ve Got To Walk Yourself – Live
9. I’m Bad Like Jesse James – Live
10. Boogie Everywhere I Go – Live
11.She’s Gone*- Live
12.It Serves Me Right To Suffer*- Live
13. Boom Boom* – Live
14. Hi-Heel Sneakers* – Live
15. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer* – Live
1. I Got Eyes For You – With “Little” Eddie Kirkland
2. Mai Lee – With The Groundhogs
3. Peavine – With Canned Heat
4. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive – With Van Morrison
5. Five Long Years – With Joe Cocker
6. The Healer – With Carlos Santana
7. I’m In The Mood – With Bonnie Raitt
8. Sally Mae – With George Thorogood
9. Mr. Lucky – With Robert Cray
10. Up And Down – With Warren Haynes
11. Boom Boom – With Jimmie Vaughan
12. You Shook Me – With B.B. King
13. Don’t Look Back – With Van Morrison
14. Dimples – With Los Lobos
15. Boogie Chillen’ – With Eric Clapton

King of the Boogie is being released as part of a year-long celebration of what would have been Hooker’s 100th birthday (which would have been celebrated Aug. 22).  An exhibit of the same name is currently being presented at the Grammy Museum ® Mississippi.  It includes outfits that Hooker wore at various live shows, guitars that he played, photos, awards and his music.  The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 2018 before being moved to the Grammy Museum® L.A. Live.

Hooker’s daughter Zakiya, spoke Tuesday about the new exhibit and forthcoming box set, saying the tributes moved her and knew they would move audiences, too.

“Today, on what would have been my father’s 100th birthday, I am so thrilled to see him celebrated—both with the exhibit as well as with the announcement of this special collection of music,” she said.  “I know his fans will be excited to hear rare performances, and to read the touching words of his longtime manager, Mike Kappus, as well as those of the wonderful Jas Obrecht.  It was a pleasure to watch this box set come together, and I can’t wait to see it shared with the world.”

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