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August 28, 2019

The Best of Late Summer


New box sets, rereleased albums, record shows and music documentaries round our the season

THIS FALL, MOTT THE HOOPLE ’74 will tour the U.S. for the first time in 45 years. The tour, featuring core ‘74 members Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, celebrates the 45th anniversary of their famous 1974 U.S. tour.

Mott The Hoople ’74 is Ian Hunter (vocals and guitar), Ariel Bender (guitar) and Morgan Fisher (keyboards) joined by James Mastro (guitar, saxophone, mandolin), Steve Holley (drums, backing vocals), Mark Bosch (guitar), Paul Page (bass) and Dennis Dibrizzi (keyboards, backing vocals).

LEGACY RECORDINGS, A DIVISION OF Sony Music Entertainment, in conjunction with the John R. Cash Trust, is proud to unveil the definitive Johnny Cash online destination for Everything You Need To Know About the Man In Black.

The new provides a definitive Timeline section where fans can look up This Day In History for Johnny Cash or visit Milestones from his life organized by decade.

“I am thrilled that everyone who loves my father and his music will now have a comprehensive place to learn more about the man, his life, and his ongoing legacy,” said John Carter Cash on the launching of new Johnny Cash site.

SAVOY BROWN, WITH LEADER KIM Simmonds at the helm has returned with City Night­ — their 40th album via Quarto Valley Records.

The album features Kim Simmonds on vocals and searing lead guitar, and he is complemented with the most consistent line-up in the band’s history, going strong for more than 10 years now with Pat DeSalvo on Bass and Garnet Grimm on Drums.

“I have always opted for a non-mainstream, yet complimentary, music route … one that would allow me personal and artistic freedom,” said Simmonds. “In the end, it seems I’ve had the best of both worlds.”

ON SEPTEMBER 4TH, THE LEGENDARY Brunswick Records singer and performer Jackie Wilson is honored with a star under his own name on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame.

Out now a must-have for collector’s, the 3-disc set The Harder They Come [Collector’s Edition], will include 6 hours of new bonus features just released from Shout! Factory.

EAGLE VISION ON SEPTEMBER 13TH releases John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky which shares the untold story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s unique relationship, and the artistic journey that culminated in the iconic Imagine album.

This feature-length documentary film is directed by Michael Epstein with a new and exclusive interview with Yoko as well as Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Jim Keltner – musicians who all played on the Imagine album.

To acknowledge the album’s 50th year anniversary, Rhino Entertainment reimagines The Soft Parade on a newly expanded 3CD/1LP set that will be available on October 18 for $59.98. The Soft Parade: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition houses the original studio album – and the B-side “Who Scared You” – newly remastered by Bruce Botnick, The Doors’ longtime engineer and mixer. The product is a limited edition of 15,000 individually numbered copies with the original album on 180-gram vinyl.

TO MARK ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, THE Kinks will have A special release of Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire — out October 25th on BMG, which includes previously unreleased track ‘The Future’

Included in this anniversary edition are 4 CDs comprising of 81 tracks in total, 5 of them unreleased and 28 previously unreleased versions. These include 2019 newly remastered versions of the original album from HD sources (in its original track listing), mono and stereo single versions, B-sides, alternate mono and stereo mixes, rehearsal tracks, BBC mixes and the lost Dave Davies’ solo album, with bonus tracks.

LEGACY RECORDINGS, A DIVISION OF Sony Music Entertainment, in association with Universal Music Group (UMG), will release Country Music – A Film By Ken Burns (The Soundtrack) in a collectible 5CD deluxe box set edition on August 30.

Legacy will release a suite of soundtrack products — including 2CD, 2LP and digital configurations of the multi-artist album — on September 13. Country Music – A Film By Ken Burns (The Soundtrack) showcases essential recordings, drawn from the nearly 600 music cues used in the documentary, covering the wide historic terrain of 20th century American country music. Filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the diverse roots, evolution and stylistic diversity of 20th century American country music in his new 8-part (16.5 hour) documentary premiering Sunday, September 15 on PBS.

DURING THE LAST QUARTER 2019, McFarland will be publishing Sheree Homer’s fourth book titled Under the Influence of Classic Country. It is a biography profiling thirty-six classic country and rockabilly artists. Exclusive interviews, archival reference material, and unearthed images showcase tales of life on the road, in the studio, and the genesis of landmark recordings.

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF Elvis Presley’s transformative Las Vegas residency at the International Hotel is commemorated this summer with Live 1969, a deluxe 11-CD box set out just out on RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Also, just released on August 9th is the special 2-LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969.

AFTER 43 YEARS AS A “LOST Album,” Sound City by the Hollywood Stars is now available on Burger Records. The Hollywood Stars’ Mark Anthony and their record producer Fowley wrote and recorded “King of the Night Time World” and “Escape,” which would later appear on platinum-selling albums by Kiss and Alice Cooper.

investigative satirist and free speech advocate, who published the groundbreaking counterculture periodical, The Realist, died at age 87 inside his home after a brief illness in Desert Hot Springs California. Krassner was a leading voice to decriminalize marijuana for many decades. Additional titles under his name are Pot Stories For The Soul and Psychedelic Trips for the Mind.On September 24, 2019, Zapped by the God of Absurdity: The Best of Paul Krassner is set for publication.

WE’VE ALSO LOST D A (DONN Alan) Pennebaker who passed away at age 94 of natural causes on Long Island, New York, widely regarded as a pioneer of cinema verite filmmaking. His influential music documentaries include Don’t Look Back, a 1965 UK tour movie of Bob Dylan, and 1973’s David Bowie Ziggy and the Spiders From Mars In 2012 he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. Author, deejay, and record producer Andrew Loog Oldham offered, “D.A. Pennebaker is an audio visual Walt Whitman of our musical heritage.”

ON AUGUST 30TH, ZAPPA Records/UMe will release a 40th anniversary 3CD deluxe edition of Frank Zappa’s Orchestral Favorites featuring brand new proper hi-fi transfers of the original tapes, a newly created cover, and extensive liner notes from Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers and former Zappa bandmate Terry Bozzio who recounts performing at the concerts and provides unique illustrations for the collection.

Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers, the comprehensive collection will include the original album plus the entire evening performance from September 18, 1975 spread across two additional discs. The Zappa Family Trust and UMe will also reissue Zappa’s classic compilation album Mothermania on vinyl to commemorate its 50th anniversary. The album was made by Frank Zappa in 1969 as a response to the many compilations that were being issued with the same material. He decided to release his own version and used exclusive edits and mixes of Mothers of Invention tracks from the albums Freak Out!, Absolutely Free and We’re Only in It for the Money.

COMING IN NOVEMBER FROM Backbeat Books is Sympathy For the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters by Mike Edison. It captures the energy of the Rolling Stones and the times in which they lived – and illustrates why “The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band In The World” needed the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Musician/drummer Edison is the former editor and publisher of High Times magazine. Our next issue of RCN will have a story by Harvey Kubernik on the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” from Let It Bleed, which will turn age 50 in November. The band is encoring with the song on their summer No Filter US tour.

THE HOLLYWOOD RECORD Show is a Three-Day, music & record festival which takes place Friday through Sunday, October 11th-13th, 2017, at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 2500 N Hollywood Way in Burbank, California. Located in Los Angeles County home to all the major record labels past & present. The Hollywood Music Show is the perfect music buying experience for music aficionados who prefers a “physical music playback experience” as Dino Gill the founder of Hollywood Record Show states. Attendees get to interact with over 120 vinyl dealers from all over the world. Dealers from as far away as England will be on hand to over vinyl collector’s vinyl imports and rarities. Attendees will have access to huge selections of vinyl, 45s and other forms of physical. Some dealers will be selling vintage retro audio gear and music fashion at very reasonable prices. Family friendly environment and children are admitted free with parent.

The Hollywood Record Show kicks off on Friday, October 11th, at 7pm. The Friday show is only open to VIP re-entry ticketholders. VIP re-entry ticketholders will have the benefit of snagging the best vinyl deals with early entry on Saturday, October 12th at 8am and again on Sunday, October 13th at 9am. VIP tickets are available online at and from Rockaway Records in Silver Lake, CA & Freakbeat Records in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Lodging for the Hollywood Record Show is available at a discounted rate of $165.00 per night at the Los Angeles Marriott while rooms last. For people flying in from out of town for the day a free shuttle is available from Bob Hope Airport to the Marriott. has signed on as the lead sponsor for the first annual Hollywood Record Show. 180 Grams is the only vinyl deep cleaning and regrooving system in the world.

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