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July 13, 2020

The Beatles: Get Back, Marley’s 75th, Allman Brothers and The Go-Go’s

The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. Photo Courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd.

The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. Photo Courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd.

In late march, real Gone Music brought us the Grateful Dead’s Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 Austin 11-15-71, the 1969 Martha Veléz 1969 blues-rock album, backed by Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton of Cream, Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Sopwith Camel, lost 1973 album from the Bay Area band features elements of prog-rock, psychedelia, krautrock, jazz, show tunes. Label also reissues albums from Horace Tapscott Quintet and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.

Reggae Fans: The Bob Marley family, UME and Island Records have just announced a yearlong 75th birthday commemorative plans for Marley. MARLEY75 celebrations will encompass all things music, fashion, art, photography, technology, sport and film, providing fans unprecedented access to archives from the legendary artist’s estate in contemporary thoughtful and innovative ways. Together with YouTube, new and exciting content is set to be released over the course of the year. Special live events, exclusive digital content, recordings, exhibitions, plus rare and unearthed treasures planned

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released First Rose of SpringWillie Nelson‘s 70th solo studio album (and 14th for the label) in time for Willie’s 87th birthday which was April 29.

Light in the Attic Records adds another entry to its acclaimed catalog with Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987, the definitive overview of the modern soul scene of Bluff City’s post-Stax years. Over a decade in the making and compiled by renowned Memphis collectors and DJs Daniel Mathis and Chad Weekley, Stone Crush is an expertly curated anthology of these home-grown slices of Memphis stylings, from the “Singing Dentist” O.T. Sykes’ private press soul to the visionary bedroom funk of Captain Fantastic & Starfleet — rare sides whose original copies are considered holy grails by DJs and collectors all over. Full-color booklet includes unseen archival photos and extensive liner notes by Memphis curator/writer Andria Lisle and Grammy Award-winning writer Robert Gordon.

There’s a new Leonard Cohen video, “Moving On” from his Thanks For The Dance album that just received a Juno Award nomination for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. RCN’s Harvey Kubernik was interviewed by best-selling author and biographer Michael Posner for Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years (available on October 6, 2020.) It’s the first of Posner’s three planned Cohen volumes.

Guitar Legend Trevor Rabin has just released Changes a 10 Disc Box Set. Trevor Rabin had a hugely successful career in his native South Africa as part of what would be considered a teeny bop band entitled Rabbitt. The group had much domestic success, outside of South Africa nobody knew who they were so Trevor Rabin left the band and headed for London where he was signed up as a solo artist. He made three well-received rock albums before teaming up with the remnants of YES and forming the band Cinema. Cinema (with the addition of Jon Anderson) would become the latest edition of YES, in 1983 scoring with the successful album 90125. Trevor recently finished several successful tours with YES featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman and, along with YES, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

The first-ever vinyl release of Joni Mitchell’s best-selling 2007 album, Shine, has been pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI from Craft Recordings. The 19th studio album from Mitchell, Shine marked the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter’s first collection of original material in nearly a decade. Described by Mitchell to be “as serious a work as I’ve ever done,” Shine was inspired by the environmental, social and political turmoil which plagued the era of the
Iraq War.

A new Showtime documentary, The Go-Go’s,  chronicles the meteoric rise to fame of a band born of the L.A. punk scene. The candid archive-rich documentary, directed by Allison Wood, assesses the group’s place in music history and examines the personalities and dynamics behind their rise, fall and numerous reincarnations. Until this definitive film, there has never been a serious appraisal of and showcase for The Go-Go’s’ talents or achievements — as musicians and groundbreakers, but even more so, as survivors.

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings has just issued Miles Davis-Music From and Inspired by Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a Film by Stanley Nelson. It’s a career-spanning Miles Davis collection which premieres “Hail To The Real Chief” (featuring unreleased Miles performances joined by an all-star cast).

The Allman Brothers Band is spotlighted with a 50th anniversary celebration with a Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection via Island Mercury/UMe to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the pioneering Southern rock legends. Available as a 10-LP or 5-CD box set or digitally, Trouble No More — produced by Allman Brothers Band historians and aficionados Bill Levenson, John Lynskey and Kirk West — offers a massive selection of 61 Allman Brothers Band classics and live recordings.

The Capricorn Years 1969-1979, Part II collects together songs from the Allman Brothers Band’s double album, Eat A Peach, made with tracks recorded in 1971 with Duane before he tragically died in a motorcycle accident. Released in February 1972, the cuts featured include “Blue Sky,” written and sung by Dickey; “Melissa,” Gregg’s tribute to his lost brother and “One Way Out,” recorded live in June ‘71, on the closing night of the Fillmore East. “Hot ‘Lanta” and “You Don’t Love Me” from a live performance at New York’s A&R Studios broadcast on WPLJ radio and “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” recorded at Puerto Rico’s “Mar Y Sol Festival,” in April 1972, showcase the band in a variety of live settings. Songs from their #1 selling album, Brothers and Sisters, include the hit single, “Ramblin Man” and “Wasted Words,” which were the last two songs to feature bassist Berry Oakley who also tragically died in a motorcycle accident at the same age as Duane, 24. Part II concludes with a previously unreleased outtake of “Early Morning Blues,” a standard blues number that eventually morphed into “Jelly Jelly.”

Universal Music Enter-prises has just made available the 4-CD, special edition of Cream’s Goodbye Tour Live 1968. The collection assembles 36 tracks, including 29 making their first appearance on CD, recorded during Cream’s farewell tour of the US in October 1968 and their final UK date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 26th of that same year. There are a total of 19 previously unissued tracks, and a further 10 selections from the  show.

Keith Richards releases a limited edition red vinyl 7” for this year’s Record Store Day with the classic tracks ‘Hate It When You Leave’ and a bluesy cover of ‘Key To The Highway’.

This is the second Keith Richards’ Record Store Day release, and follows the glorious ‘Run Run Rudolph’ in 2017. “Thank god record stores still exist! They should be cherished,” Keith said.

‘Hate It When You Leave’ is taken from Keith’s second solo album Main Offender released in 1992, produced and written with his X-Pensive Wino comrades Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.

‘Key To The Highway’ is extremely rare having only been released on the Japanese version of Main Offender.

The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. The film will showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s album, Let It Be, and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance. It’s slated for release in the U.S. and Canada on August 27, 2021.

Paul McCartney says, “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”

Ringo Starr says, “I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”

The Beatles: Get Back is also being made with the enthusiastic support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Although the original Let It Be film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and the accompanying album were filmed and recorded in January 1969, they were not released until May 1970, three weeks after The Beatles had officially broken up. The response to the film at the time by audiences and critics alike was strongly associated with that announcement. During the 15-month gap between the filming of Let It Be and its launch, The Beatles recorded and released their final studio album, Abbey Road, which came out in September 1969.

Dion has released a new CD album, Blues With Friends.

Joining the legendary Dion are Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Simon, John Hammond, Patti Scialfa, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt, Joe Louis Walker, Samantha Fish, Sonny Landreth.

Dion’s Blues With Friends represents the fulfillment of a lifelong vision. Dion explains the album’s impetus, “I wanted an album of songs that were strong and memorable and told stories that were worth telling.”

Desolation Center is the
untold story of a series of guerrilla music and art performance happenings in the 1980s which inspired the birth of contemporary festival culture including Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella.

The documentary (originally released in November 2019) combines interviews of punk and post-punk luminaries with rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Perry Farrell, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Labora-tories, Savage Republic and more, giving viewers unprecedented access to a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance.

On June 23rd the film was available digitally everywhere. Visit desolationcenter.com for complete details.

Mat Levy of the digital distributor Passion River Films pointed out to the Deadline site, “At a time where we need it most, Desolation Center celebrates radicalism at its finest. From the music, the movement, and the ultimate legacy these events have forever left us, we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of bringing Stuart Swezey’s groundbreaking story (that critics and audiences already love) to an expansive audience that will hopefully be inspired to create something wonderfully disruptive for the love of artistic expression.”

Directed by the organizer of the original events and co-founder of Amok Books, Stuart Swezey, Desolation Center tells the true story of how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders were able to incite seismic cultural shifts. Swezey says, “Taking the music that I found so inspiring and placing it into the wide-open spaces of the California desert or on a boat in the industrial wasteland of L.A. Harbor became a personal challenge for me. The story of the Desolation Center events is told in the film by eyewitnesses who were participants whether as musicians, artists, organizers or concert-goers.”

The cultural significance of Desolation Center has not been lost on today’s top media outlets, with Rolling Stone calling it “a series of important but overlooked shows — nothing like it has been attempted since” and the New York Times declaring that: “Hundreds of punks hit the desert. The modern music festival was born.”






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