Kaplan's Korner

May 6, 2019

McCartney, Motown and Marley


Spring and summer are stacking up with a plethora of concerts along with album and CD events.

Paul McCartney has a May 17 release of Egypt Station-Explorer’s Edition on Capitol Records. It coincides with the start of the U.S. leg of Paul’s “Freshen Up” tour.

Paul’s 2019 North American dates begin in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center and conclude in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. RCN’s Harvey Kubernik, who penned our cover story on Queen for this issue, along with his profile of Al Green and his record producer, Willie Mitchell, will be on the scene.

During 2019, the landmark Motown Records label will celebrate 60 years. Motown: The Complete No. 1’s, 208 Motown Chart-Toppers in 11-CD Collectors Box Set Digital Anniversary Edition, is set for June 28 release. Expect Hitsville: The Making of Motown documentary due in 2019.

The Bob Marley Family, Island Records and UMe join forces to observe the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailer’s Legend with a double 180-gram vinyl reissue.

Legend holds the distinction of being the world’s best-selling reggae album of all time with over 15 million copies sold in the U.S. This vinyl-only, 35th edition comprises the original version with the addition of two original U.K.-only cassette bonus tracks “Easy Shanking” and “Punky Reggae Party.”

I’ve been enjoying the Run Out Groove label’s recent releases. Available titles include Devo Turnaround: B-Sides & More and Cher’s 3614 Jackson Highway expanded edition. Look for the first vinyl release of Tiny Tim At the Royal Albert Hall.

“Run Out Groove is a vinyl-only imprint under the WMG-umbrella that allows fans the opportunity to vote on the next modern-day collectible,” explains Matt Block of his label.

“Run Out Groove releases limited, high quality recordings of new custom collections, unreleased masters from the vault and out of print reissues pressed to demand. In two years ROG has issued titles from MC5, The Stooges, Morphine, Dr. John, Dream Syndicate, Echo and the Bunnymen, Luna, Dexter Gordon, Type O Negative, and many more.”

Out in May is ROG’s Germs’ Live At the Starwood December 3, 1980. It certainly made a big impression on a RCN reader, Carlos “Cake” Nunez, a former Flipside magazine writer.

“When The Germs reformed for their way-over-sold-out show at the Starwood Club on December 3, 1980, vocalist Darby Crash said to the crowd ‘We did this show so you new people could see what it was like when we were around. You’re not going to see it again.’

“Four days later, Crash was gone by suicide and no one would ever see the likes of
him again.

“An essential live punk shows for the ages is finally available on vinyl for the first time (sans bad quality bootlegs from the past). If you love The Germs, then this is it!

Reimagined, refined, revived are the words that best describe Marty Brown and his new album, American Highway, on Plowboy Records. After a two-decade self-imposed “break” from major recording, the hit songwriter and producer returns with a lovely collection of tunes co-produced with Jon Tiven (B.B. King, Wilson Pickett and Waylon Jennings) who co-wrote nine of the disc’s 10 songs with Brown, and one with the addition of Marty Brown, Jr. its journey through the Grateful Dead’s Road Trips series with one of the most coveted entries in the Series Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 3Fillmore East 5-15-70 was initially released exclusively to the Dead’s online audience as a 40th anniversary celebration of the album Workingman’s Dead.

Coming May 10 to Blu-ray and DVD is a documentary, Bachman: Special Edition The Story of Randy Bachman from his early days in the Guess Who to Bachman-Turner Overdrive to present day. John Barnard is the director. Neil Young is featured in the documentary.

I’m very happy to see a hardcover publication of Sound Explosion! Inside L.A.’s Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew now out from Wrecking Crew Publishing. Order it now at If you’ve seen the Wrecking Crew documentary, this is a great addition to your library.

Man’s Body, the Los Angeles and Chicago group from bandleader Greg Franco, has a delightful 2019 CD Put Your Family In It and finishing up a new studio expedition.

Rock and roll missionary Steven Van Zandt, aka Little Steven, has a new album out with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.

Summer Of Sorcery is available on CD, digitally and on vinyl as double LP on 180-gram black vinyl via Wicked Cool/UMe label. A wide-ranging world tour is now underway. Each show on the American tour will benefit Van Zandt’s TeachRock education initiative and offer an introduction to the curriculum.

We at RCN are deeply saddened by the death of Gary Stewart, community activist and veteran music and recording executive for Rhino Entertainment and Apple iTunes who had a lifelong devotion of service to music. Gary was always a real-to-reel supporter of RCN.

Steven Van Zandt tweeted, hailing Stewart as “one of the great record men of all time. Music will miss his enthusiasm which just took another step toward extinction.”

Harvey Kubernik had a friendship with Gary dating back to 1977 and spotlighted Stewart’s wisdom in a couple of his books.

Read Harvey’s requested tributes to the beloved Stewart, Requiem For a Mensch: Gary Stewart, 1956-2019 at and longer appreciation on


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