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October 22, 2019

Autumn Releases


John Fogerty at Red Rocks, a Mose Allison tribute, unreleased Motown, Harry Nilsson, Halloween Zappa and new Leonard Cohen!

RECORDED AT RED ROCK Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado this past June, the John Fogerty – 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks will be released on CD and digitally, November 8, 2019 via BMG. The release of the live album will coincide with the cinematic release of a new concert film, for one night only, November 11, Veteran’s Day. In that special, one day only event, the entire 2+ hour concert movie concert film will play in select movie theaters nationwide, via Fathom Events.

“I’ve played Red Rocks a number of times over the years and it’s always magical, but this time, to play with both of my sons on this amazing stage, will certainly go down as one of the major highlights of my life,” Fogerty declared of this special show.

FAT POSSUM RECORDS WILL ISSUE IF  You’re Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison out November 29. The collection includes Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson, Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Anything Mose!, Frank Black, and Amy Allison with Elvis Costello. The CD and LP packaging will include a DVD copy of Paul Bernay’s 2005 documentary on Mose Allison titled Ever Since I Stole The Blues. It was originally produced for the BBC.

Mose’s daughter Amy Allison teamed up with musician/producer Don Heffington to honor her father’s rich catalog of songs. “We were talking about my dad’s legacy and thinking about all the musicians who were fans, and how a tribute album featuring some of these artists would be cool, especially if it were to benefit a worthy cause. Don said “Let’s put it together ourselves” and introduced the idea (and me) to his friend producer/engineer /studio owner Sheldon Gomberg. Sheldon also happens to be on the board of Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund, an organization started by Victoria Williams to benefit musicians in need.

cover-art-Motown-Unreleased-1969-1024x1024TO CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF the celebrated label, Motown/UMe today released Motown Unreleased: 1969, a digital only collection that contains 60 previously unreleased studio recordings made during 1969 including songs by Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Jr. Walker & the All Stars and many more. Audio formats at

TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ALBUM’S 50TH year anniversary, Rhino Entertainment reimagines The Soft Parade on a newly expanded 3CD/1LP set now out. The Soft Parade: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes 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.


ON NOVEMBER 15, CAPITOL UME WILL tout The Band’s pioneering self-titled album with a suite of newly remixed and expanded 50th Anniversary Edition packages, including a Super Deluxe 2CD/Blu-ray/2LP/7-inch vinyl boxed set with a hardbound book; 2CD, digital, 180-gram 2LP black vinyl, and limited edition 180-gram 2LP “tiger’s eye” color vinyl packages. All the Anniversary Edition releases were overseen by Robertson and feature a new stereo mix by Bob Clearmountain from the original multi-track masters, similar to the acclaimed 50th anniversary collections of last year’s Music From Big Pink releases. The 50th Anniversary Edition’s CD, digital, and box set configurations also include 13 outtakes, featuring six previously unreleased outtakes and alternate recordings from The Band sessions, as well as The Band’s legendary Woodstock performance, which has never been officially released.

MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PROUDLY announces the high definition release of Harry Nilsson’s The Point!, making its HD debut on both Blu-ray and HD Digital in an Ultimate Edition.

In late 1970, Grammy Award© winning singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson released his groundbreaking album, The Point!, a thematically brilliant, densely orchestrated concept album packed with more hooks than a meat locker. According to Nilsson himself, “I looked at the trees and realized all the leaves came to points and even the branches came to points. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and even if it doesn’t, there’s a point to it.’” Produced in 1970, the animated film version of The Point! first aired February 2, 1971, as an ABC Movie of the Week. The film was directed by Academy Award© winner Fred Wolf and produced by Murakami-Wolf Films in association with Nilsson House Music. Complete with story and songs written by Nilsson and narration by Ringo Starr.

THERE’S A NEW LEONARD COHEN album, Thanks for the Dance, which is not a commemorative collection of B sides and outtakes, but an unexpected harvest of new songs, exciting and vital, a continuation of the master’s final work. It will be released on November 22nd. Seven months after his father passed, son Adam Cohen retreated to a converted garage in his backyard down the street from Leonard’s house, to work with his father again, to stay in the company of his voice. From their previous collaboration on You Want It Darker there remained bare musical sketches, at times little more than vocals. Leonard had asked his son to bring these works to completion.

Robert Hunter, poet and songwriter, who wrote lyrics to the Grateful Dead, died in late September. The lyricist of Grateful Dead’s repertoire including “Dark Star,” ”China Cat Sunflower,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Box of Rain,” “Touch of Gray.” Hunter also penned a number of tunes with Bob Dylan.

LARRY “THE MOLE” TAYLOR, KNOWN primarily for his bass playing in Canned Heat passed way from cancer on August 19, 2019 in the Lake Balboa area of California’s San Fernando Valley after a decade-long battle with cancer. A graduate of Fairfax High School in West Hollywood, Larry’s older brother was Mel Taylor, the drummer of the Ventures.

FRANK ZAPPA’S HALLOWEEN SHOWS recorded live in 1973 at the auditorium theater inChicago to be released for first time as limited edition four-disc costume box. Features specially designed Frank Zappa mask and gloves and more than four and a half hours of unreleased live performances spanning two full shows and a bonus disc of rare rehearsals. Get it from Zappa/UMe Records.

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JAMES Brown’s October ١, ١٩٦٩ homecoming concert in Augusta, Georgia, will be acknowledged with the first-ever release of the complete show, newly mixed and including seven never-before-issued performances. Just issued from Republic/UMe. James Brown’s roof-raising performance at the city’s Bell Auditorium was captured on tape, with the intent to make an album of the show the cornerstone of a move back to his Augusta roots. The CD and ٢LP vinyl packages include an essay by Alan Leeds, the GRAMMY®-winning former James Brown tour manager and publicist who is also the album’s co-producer.

hendrixEXPERIENCE HENDRIX L.L.C. AND Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are proud to release Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts by Jimi Hendrix, on CD and digital November ٢٢, with a vinyl release to follow on December ١٣. 

This collection assembles all four historic debut concerts by the legendary guitarist in their original performance sequence. The 5-CD or 8-vinyl set boasts over two dozen tracks that have either never before been released commercially or have been newly pressed and newly remixed. Those who pre-order the digital version will instantly receive the previously unreleased track “Message To Love,” from the New Year’s Eve second set performance on the collection. Our end of the year issue will have a Harvey Kubernik cover story on Jimi Hendrix.

THERE’S GOING TO BE AN ALL-STAR cast of musicians gather in Nashville in November to celebrate The Band’s Last Waltz.

On November 23rd at Bridgestone Arena, Bob Margolin, Darius Rucker, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Margo Price, Don Was, Warren Haynes, Cyril Neville, Michael McDonald, Nathaniel Rateliff and many others lead a Music City tribute to The Band’s landmark “Last Waltz” concert.

The show will also feature an appearance from Robbie Robertson of The Band.

Dave Malone, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, John Medeski, Terence Higgins and Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns join the action in bringing The Band’s historic 1976 concert to life.

JUST PUBLISHED IS A STELLAR BOOK ON the essential soul music of Chicago. In Move On Up, writer, scholar, and sometimes DJ Aaron Cohen, examines the remarkable story of the rise of soul music and black empowerment in Chicago.

Drawing on more than one hundred interviews and Cohen’s passion for the unmistakable Chicago soul sound — from Earth, Wind, and Fire to Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield to Minnie Riperton — Move On Up is a monumental tale of music and musicians that inspired black consciousness in the Windy City and beyond.

RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY arrives on November 29, 2019. The Org Music record label is thankfully reminding us about Velvert Turner who is largely known for being a protégé and student of Jimi Hendrix, who he met as a teenager in New York in the late ‘60s. Velvert Turner Group’s self-titled 1972 release, which aptly closes with a tribute to Hendrix (a cover of “Freedom”), has been out of print for decades. Now it’s coming back to vinyl with a pink color pressing, mastered from original analog tapes, exclusively for Record Store Day Black Friday. Bassist Prescott Niles is heard on this album. He later had a number one hit record in the Knack with “My Sharona.”

ATTENTION JIMI HENDRIX COMMUNITY: A valuable addition to your book shelf should be Hendrix: 1968 Day by Day by Ben Valkhoff and Luigi Garuti. For information:


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