Sunday, August 31, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Face The Music

Face the Music is the fifth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and features a new line-up following their previous studio album, Eldorado

ELO's fifth studio LP was released in 1975 (see 1975 in music) and the first to be recorded in Musicland Studios Munich, which was introduced by Deep Purple in a tour in the United States. The band featured a new line-up with bassist Kelly Groucutt and cellist Melvyn Gale replacing Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards respectively.

The back cover of the record sleeve shows the members of the band with their faces pressed against a glass panel, supposedly watching the "electrocution" depicted on the front cover. The band member who is looking away is Richard Tandy, who didn't like the idea and didn't want to participate.  New member Kelly Groucutt sang lead vocals on "Poker" and "Down Home Town" (while Jeff Lynne sang harmony) as well as one of the verses in "Nightrider." (Usually, Lynne sang all lead vocals for ELO.)

"Fire on High" contains a backwards message in the beginning. When the song is played backwards, the message voiced by drummer Bev Bevan can be heard stating, "The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back. Turn back. Turn back. Turn back." — ostensibly Jeff Lynne's shot at backmasking hysteria, after false satanic allegations were made against their song "Eldorado" by Fundamentalist Christianity members. "Down Home Town" also starts with some backmasking: the refrain from "Waterfall" ("Face the mighty waterfall, face the mighty waterfall"). A portion of the string crescendo from "Nightrider" was used backwards on "Evil Woman."

The singles "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic" were the most commercial songs they had recorded up to that point. "Evil Woman" was a big hit in the UK and the US, embracing disco rhythms while still embodying ELO's classic sound. The chords and melody of this song were composed in merely six minutes, making it the fastest song Lynne has ever written.

"Nightrider" became the second single from the album and despite an appearance on the UK chart television program, Top of the Pops, it failed to chart.

Notwithstanding the success of the singles, the LP failed to chart in the UK. The album was remastered and released in September 2006 with bonus tracks.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Martin Scorsese Has Plans to Direct a Ramones Film (UCR)

Martin Scorsese has his eye on a Ramones biopic. Billboard reports that the the famed director hopes to release a dramatized film about the punk legends in 2016 (both Scorsese and the band came of out of Queens, NY). 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Cassette Store Day to Return with Releases from Foxygen, Julian Casablancas, Cloud Nothings and More

Cassette Store Day will return for another installment this year on September 27. Among the releases include Julian Casablancas’ new record with his new project, The Voidz as well as Foxygen’s ...And Star Power, Cloud Nothings’ Here and Nowhere Else, Best Coast’s Fade Away EP and many more. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Top 10 Rock Soundtracks (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The films featured in this list of the Top 10 Rock Soundtracks aren’t just movies with great music. They are great movies because of how well that great music is employed within them. The movies below were made by filmmakers who might not have been musicians, but had an understanding of how a rock song can heighten a scene – transform it into something utterly terrifying or enhance the most sublime moment. As such, these flicks are not really “rock movies.” 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Genesis Announce New 'R-Kive' Box Set (UCR)

When Genesis teased fans with the promise of “exciting news” to be announced on Aug. 22, speculation ran wild; given that former members recently participated in an upcoming retrospective documentary, some hoped that the dormant band would be springing back to life for new music or a reunion tour. As it turns out, the announcement had nothing to do with either of those things — and some fans are unhappy as a result.  

Read More at Ultimate Classic Rock: Genesis Announce New 'R-Kive' Box Set 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Two Long Out-of-Print Jimi Hendrix Albums to Be Reissued (UCR)

Two long out-of-print Jimi Hendrix albums — ‘Cry of Love’ and ‘Rainbow Bridge’ — will be reissued next month. The classic LPs, which were originally released after Hendrix’s death in 1970, were culled from sessions that the guitar legend had worked on in 1969 and 1970. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Special Guests Join Gov’t Mule at the Georgia Theatre (

Gov’t Mule closed out their two-night stand at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA with a little help from some special guests on Friday night. Keyboardist Ike Stubblefield and trumpeter Craig Sorrells were the first to make an appearance when they joined the group for covers of Ray Charles’ “I Believe To My Soul” and Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” in the middle of the second set. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Guardians of the Galaxy is the film score for the Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Composed by Tyler Bates, the score was released by Hollywood Records on July 29, 2014. A separate soundtrack album titled Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring the songs and artists seen on Peter Quill's mixtape in the film, was also released on the same date, along with a deluxe version featuring both albums.

In August 2013, Gunn posted on his Facebook page that Tyler Bates would be composing the film's score. Gunn stated that Bates will write some of the score first so that he can film to the music, as opposed to scoring to the film. In February 2014, Gunn revealed that the film would incorporate songs from the 1970s and 1980s, such as "Hooked on a Feeling", on a mixtape in Quill's Walkman, which acts as a way for him to stay connected to the Earth, home and family he lost. 

In May 2014, Gunn added that using the songs from the 70s and 80s were "cultural reference points", saying, "It's striking the balance throughout the whole movie, through something that is very unique, but also something that is easily accessible to people at the same time. The music and the Earth stuff is one of those touchstones that we have to remind us that, yeah, [Quill] is a real person from planet Earth who's just like you and me. Except that he's in this big outer space adventure."

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Widespread Panic Release Bozeman 2001 Archival Recording (

Widespread Panic have released Bozeman 2001, the 19th installment in their “Porch Song” archival series. The show—October 19, 2011 at Montana State University’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse—featured guest appearances by Jackmormons members Jerry Joseph, Brad Rosen and Junior Ruppel. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Phish to Webcast Labor Day Run

Phish has announced their plans to webcast their upcoming three-night run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO on Labor Day weekend, August 29th-31st. 

The broadcast will be available for purchase in both high definition and standard definition; both with high-quality audio. Phans will be able to stream via PC, Mac, Apple TV and iOS platforms. 

The webcasts are now available for pre-order on

Thursday, August 21, 2014

45 Years Ago: Crosby, Stills & Nash Becomes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (UCR)

On Aug. 16, 1969, Neil Young put a great deal of anticipation to rest when he performed for the very first time with Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Auditorium Theater in downtown Chicago. 

The genesis of CSN with the added Y came out of the original band’s first record. While ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash’ was a true masterpiece of harmony and musicianship, the group quickly came to the realization that it would be almost impossible to reproduce live..

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paul McCartney and Kayne West Recording Together?

A report from Page Six suggests that Paul McCartney and Kanye West have been “secretly recording tracks” that could develop into an album. West has previously collaborated with such rockers as Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Elton John (who sang on “All of the Lights”) and performed “Message in a Bottle” with The Police at Live Earth in 2008. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How Jefferson Airplane Became Jefferson Starship - And Then Just Starship (UCR)

Between synthesizers, drum machines, and MTV, it’d be hard to pick a single veteran rock act that managed to get through the ’80s without being forced to change their sound to some extent. But where acts like Heart and Chicago may have alienated longtime fans by indulging in extra hairspray and buying a few power ballads from outside writers, Starship paid the highest price of all, trading in the Summer of Love ideals espoused by their original incarnation, Jefferson Airplane, for a handful of Top 40 hits.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Genesis (UCR)

It’s easy to think you’ve heard all there is to hear about Genesis. Between selling some 130 million albums worldwide, papering MTV with videos, and a well-deserved Hall of Fame nod — not to mention launching the hitmaking solo careers of Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford — we’ve all gotten to know these prog pioneers pretty well. Still, with a history stretching back to the late ’60s, Genesis continues to surprise and delight. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...La La Means I Love You

La La Means I Love You is the debut album by American soul group The Delfonics, released in 1968 on the Philly Groove label. The album was produced by Thom Bell and consists of a mixture of original songs written by Bell and lead singer William Hart, and cover versions of already well-known songs. The celebrated title track was a #4 pop hit, and "I'm Sorry" and "Break Your Promise" also charted. 

With its lush, smooth orchestral sound and production, La La Means I Love You is now considered a classic soul album and one of the most important and influential records in the development of the nascent Philadelphia soul sound which would come to dominate the commercial soul music market in the early and mid 1970s.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ace Frehley Covers the Steve Miller Band's 'The Joker' - Exclusive Ultimate Classic Rock Song Premiere

Ultimate Classic Rock is pleased to present the exclusive premiere of the new single from Kiss legend Ace Frehley‘s terrific upcoming album ‘Space Invader.’ Embedded above you will find his cover of the Steve Miller Band‘s 1973 classic ‘The Joker.’

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Seven Bands Who Were Foolishly Labeled 'The Next Beatles' (UCR)

It’s been more than 50 years since the Beatles and Beatlemania took the world by storm, dominating popular culture in a way that hadn’t been seen before or since. In that time, many bands have been declared — or even more foolishly, declared themselves — “The Next Beatles.” But in all that time, have any approached the impact of the originals?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton and More to Pay Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd (

“One More for the Fans!- Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd” will take place November 12 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Featured in the tribute show will be the likes of Gregg Allman, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Warren Haynes, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Gov’t Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Donnie Van Zant and more. The guests of honor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, will also perform. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams Dead at 63-Rockers React (UCR)

The news of actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death has shocked fans all over the world. According to a report in the New York Times, the 63-year-old star apparently killed himself.

Williams died in his home in Marin County, Calif., earlier today, after police responded to a call at the actor’s home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Over a career that spanned more than 35 years, Williams first broke out on the hit TV show ‘Mork & Mindy’ in 1978 before becoming one of the most popular big-screen stars of the ’80s and ’90s. Williams appeared in such classic movies as ‘Good Will Hunting’ (for which he won an Oscar) and “Dead Poets Society.’ 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tom Petty’s Hypnotic Eye Tops Charts (

Tom Petty has earned his first number one album with 2014’s Hypnotic Eye, which topped the Billboard 200 charts. Petty’s 13th album with his band The Heartbreakers moved 131,000 copies in its first week, making it the best performing Petty record since his 1994 effort Wildflowers

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Foo Fighters Release Eight-Second Clip from Upcoming Eighth Album (UCR)

Seven is supposed to be a lucky number, but for the Foo Fighters‘ upcoming album, it’s all about the eights. Shortly after teasing their eighth LP with an image festooned with eights, the band has released the record’s first audio teaser — and it’s an eight-second clip. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Tighten Up

"Tighten Up" is a 1968 song by Houston, Texas–based R&B vocal group Archie Bell & the Drells. It reached #1 on both the Billboard R&B and pop charts in the spring of 1968. It is ranked #265 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is one of the earliest funk hits in music history. 

"Tighten Up" was written by Archie Bell and Billy Buttier. It was one of the first songs that Archie Bell & the Drells recorded, in a session in October 1967 at the Jones Town Studio in Houston, Texas, along with a number of songs including "She's My Woman". The instrumental music for "Tighten Up" had been developed by the T.S.U. Toronadoes in their live shows before and they brought it to Archie Bell & the Drells at the suggestion of Skipper Lee Frazer, a Houston disk jockey who worked with both groups. 

Soon afterwards Bell was drafted into the U.S. Army and began serving in Vietnam. The song became a hit in Houston, and was picked up by Atlantic Records for distribution in April 1968. By the summer it topped both the Billboard R&B and pop charts. It also sold a million copies by May 1968, gaining an RIAA gold disc.

In the beginning of the song, Bell introduces himself and the Drells as being from Houston, Texas. According to the Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson, Bell had heard a comment after the Kennedy assassination in Dallas that "nothing good ever came out of Texas." Bell wanted his listeners to know "we were from Texas and we were good."

Bell continues in the song by stating, "We don't only sing, but we dance just as good as we want." This line is often misheard, and mis-transcribed, as "dance just as good as we walk". Asked to clarify by writer Michael Corcoran, Archie Bell responded, "We dance just as good as we want. Hell, we dance a lot better than we walk."

Although their leader was unavailable, the phenomenal success of the single prompted the band to rush out their first album, which included the songs they had recorded in late 1967 and early 1968 with The Toronadoes. 

In 1969 the group recorded their first full album with Gamble and Huff, I Can't Stop Dancing, which reached number 28 on the R&B chart.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Who Are Looking for Rare Recordings, Bootlegs, Memorabilia (

The Who are reaching out to fans and collectors that may have rare and lost recordings from throughout the band’s history. As the legendary British rockers prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary, they are looking for recordings of rare radio and TV performances, home movies of gigs, bootleg audio, demos and unusual photos and memorabilia that can compiled for their planned 50th anniversary releases. 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

moe. have added some additional dates to their Fall Tour.  Please see below for more details... 

moe. Fall Tour 2014:

August 22 Chattanooga, TN—Southern Brewers Festival
August 29-31 Turin, NY—moe.down XV
September 12 Orono, ME—Collins Center for the Arts
September 13 Fredericton, NB—Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
September 14 Montreal, QB—Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
September 16 Toronto, ON—The Mod Club
September 18 Peoria, IL—CEFCU Center Stage
September 19 Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theatre
September 20 Cincinnati, OH—Moonlite Gardens
September 21 Kent, OH—The Kent Stage
September 24 Burlington, VT—Higher Ground
September 25 Concord, NH—Capitol Center for the Arts
September 26 Westbury, NY—The Space at Westbury
September 27 Bridgeport, CT—The Klein
October 24-26 Placerville, CA—Hangtown Halloween Ball
October 31 Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl
November 1 Las Vegas, NV—Hard Rock Live
January 9-13 Negril, JM—Tropical Throe.down

Thursday, August 7, 2014

20 Years Ago: Neil Young's 'Sleeps with Angels' Arrives as a Requiem for Kurt Cobain (UCR)

Newly crowned as the Godfather of Grunge, Neil Young returned to the studio on November of 1993 with his primordial garage-rock brethren Crazy Horse for what promised to be another amp-melting catharsis. But the news of Nirvana star Kurt Cobain‘s suicide seemed to change all that.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' Turns 50 (Ultimate Classic Rock)

With a pair of unsuccessful singles under their belt and the label breathing down their necks for a hit, the Kinks entered the studio in the summer of 1964 knowing they needed to make their next record count — and they pulled it off in a big way with ‘You Really Got Me,’ which made its UK debut on Aug. 4, 1964.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

10 Things Tom Petty Hates (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Although he recently told Rolling Stone that he’s “not nearly as angry as people think,” Tom Petty sure has expressed strong dislike for a great number of things during recent interviews in support of his new album ‘Hypnotic Eye.’ From hotel room views to popular music and television and even the Catholic church, follow the link below to view the Ultimate Classic Rock's list of 10 Things Tom Petty Hates... 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Phish Break Tradition at Oak Mountain as Summer Tour Winds to a Close (

As Phish nears the end of its 2014 summer tour, the band took an opportunity last night at the penultimate show to break a few traditions established throughout this run. There would be no “Fuego,” as they had in every city before this and the band would dip into their repertoire of covers. The two-set show would also have an old school feel to it as only four songs came from Joy and Fuego, combined. 

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic is the self-titled, second studio album by the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic. It was first released by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on July 30, 1991. It was re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. The album will be issued on vinyl for the first time ever on July 29, 2014.  The vinyl-only reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores. 

The band had originally recorded material in September 1990 at producer/collaborator/friend John Keane's studio in Athens, Georgia. This session, called Mom's Kitchen, featured the majority of the songs that would eventually be recorded for Widespread Panic, along with other tracks like "A of D", "Impossible", "Machine", "Liza's Apartment (L.A.)", "Conrad", "Contentment Blues", and "Holden Oversoul", of which the latter two were included on the reissues of Space Wrangler (1988). Mom's Kitchen, however, was never released because the band signed a six album deal with Capricorn Records in January 1991.

Recording of the album proper took place at Emerald Sound Studios (Nashville, Tennessee), Kiva Studios (Memphis, Tennessee), and Duck Tape Music Studio (Decatur, Alabama). The album features T Lavitz on keyboards and was produced by Johnny Sandlin.

The band played the album in its entirety at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on September 2, 2009.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mick Jagger Talks James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up' (Ultimate Classic Rock)

When the James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up‘ arrives in theaters on Aug. 1, it’ll do so with the involvement of Brown’s family — and bearing the production stamp of Mick Jagger, who discussed his work on the film, and his relationship with Brown, during a recent interview with Billboard.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Led Zeppelin Announces 'IV' and 'Houses of the Holy' Box Set Date and Details (UCR)

Led Zeppelin has released the track listings for the next two projects in its well-received album-by-album reissue campaign, ‘IV’ and ‘Houses of the Holy.’ As with ‘I-III,’ each will again be offered in deluxe editions with a bonus disc of unreleased material as well as a “Super Deluxe” box set edition. 

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