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Celebrate St Patrtick’s Day with the Irish Heartbeat of Van Morrison and the new duets album he recorded with his friends including Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Bobby Womack, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Clare Teal, P.J. Proby, Joss Stone, Georgie Fame, Mick Hucknall, Chris Farlowe, and Van’s daughter Shana Morrison.
On DUETS: RE-WORKING THE CATALOGUE, Van Morrison and the guests selected and recorded some of his songs from the catalog of 360 songs across his career. Deliberately steering away from his more well-known classics, Van enlisted some of the artists he most respects to perform these songs with him to re-craft and re-imagine them. The album was recorded in his home town of Belfast and London in the United Kingdom over the last year, using a variety of musicians and fresh arrangements.
“I’ve never heard a Kinks song that I didn’t like,” David Bowie wrote in the liner notes for the recent release of the career-spanning compilation, Essential Kinks. “Of course, from their noisy and brash beginnings, the Kinks have come to stand for some of the most enduring and heart-clutching pop of all time. They are in the gut of every British song-writer who followed them and are indisputably a cornerstone of everything pop and rock. I love ‘em. The world loves ‘em.”
This week it’s another special edition of Power Pop Portal, hosted by Gargs, featuring music from The Kinks 1971 Rock-Folk-Americana album, Muswell Hillbillies. Celebrate when Ray and Dave Davies accurately predicted the sound of 2014 AAA/Non-Commercial Radio, “long before Mumford had any sons.” (hat-tip to Luke Crampton).
NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has exclusively licensed the North American catalog rights to recordings made by The Kinks for RCA Records and Arista in the years from 1971 to 1985.
On November 11th, Legacy released an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of Muswell Hillbillies, The Kinks’ 1971 masterpiece of working class social observation, a musical statement remarkably relevant in today’s world. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, Muswell Hillbillies includes the original album in its entirety as well as nine bonus tracks (seven of them previously unavailable in North America), and a DVD of rare 1972 television appearances (never released in North America).
A 2LP 12″ vinyl edition of Muswell Hillbillies, including the original album and a selection of bonus material from the expanded Legacy Edition, will be available later this year.
Enter to win one of five copies of an exclusive radio promo version of Muswell Hillbillies that includes a bonus disc of 17 Kinks Katalog Klassiks from 1972 to 1984, courtesy of Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment!
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THE KINKS, MUSWELL HILLBILLIES, LEGACY EDITION (CD/DVD)
Release Date: November 10, 2014
DISC ONE (CD):
1. 20th Century Man
2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
4. Skin And Bone
6. Complicated Life
7. Here Come The People In Grey
8. Have A Cuppa Tea
9. Holloway Jail
10. Oklahoma U.S.A.
11. Uncle Son
12. Muswell Hillbilly
DISC TWO (CD):
1.Celluloid Heroes (Everybody’s in Show-Biz -1972)
2.Where Are They Now? (Preservation Act 1 -1973)
3.Everybody’s a Star (Starmaker) (Soap Opera -1975)
4.I’m In Disgrace (Schoolboys In Disgrace -1975)
5.Sleepwalker (Sleepwalker -1977)
6.Father Christmas (single -1977)
7.Misfits (Misfits – 1978)
8.Catch Me Now I’m Falling (Low Budget – 1979)
9.Low Budget (Low Budget – 1979)
10.(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (Low Budget – 1979)
11.Lola (Live) (One For The Road – 1980)
12.You Really Got Me (Live) (One For The Road – 1980)
13.Destroyer (Give The People What They Want – 1981)
14.Better Things (Give The People What They Want – 1981)
Celebrating the 49th anniversary of it’s premiere: Michael Palin hosts a 2007 radio special about The Beatles’ second movie Help!, which was first released July 29, 1965.
Michael Palin hosts a 2007 radio special about The Beatles’ second movie Help!, which was first released July 29, 1965. The film was re-issued on DVD in November 2007 in a version that fully restored the print to its original visual quality and with a soundtrack that was upgraded with a surround sound mix.
In this 2007 radio special, we hear comments from the Beatles recorded in 1965 plus director Richard Lester and actors Eleanor Bron and Victor Spinetti recall working with them. There are also amusing stories about the unusual circumstances of filming in the Bahamas and Austria from the group’s then road manager and later head of Apple, Neil Aspinall and the movie’s Costume Designer Julie Harris.
The plot of the film revolves around members of an Eastern cult who chase after the bulbous red ring worn by Ringo, because without it they cannot make a human sacrifice to the goddess Kaili. With a nod to the popularity of the James Bond movies, a couple of eccentric scientists are also trying to steal it. As Michael Palin points out, the surreal dialogue and visual gags in the film were the kind of things that the Monty Python team later played with.
All seven songs featured in the movie are heard in the radio show: “Help!”, “You’re Going To Lose That Girl”, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”, “Another Girl”, “I Need You”, “The Night Before” and “Ticket To Ride”. Most songs are mimed performances in the film – with the group playing their instruments – but for “Ticket To Ride”, the Beatles are shown fooling about on snow-covered mountains as they skied, curled and fell over!
That startling sequence, in particular, has led to Richard Lester’s work with the Beatles being viewed as an inspiration for the style of music videos that caught the eye during the early days of MTV in the 1980s. Director Steve Barron, who first made his name with a succession of videos for artists such as Culture Club, The Human League and A-Ha confirms that influence in this program.
As we hear in the radio show, for all those involved in making Help!, it was a remarkable experience; with the film’s new lease of life on DVD, their work with the Beatles now seems guaranteed to entertain generation after generation.
Bonus Tracks: From Side Two of the UK Version of Help!
R.I.P. Thomas Erdelyi. (Hungarian: Erdélyi Tamás; January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014), better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for four years. He had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer, and was in hospice care following unsuccessful treatment when he died on July 11, 2014.
As a tribute to Tommy Ramone, this special edition of the Power Pop Portal features the last album recorded with Tommy Ramone as drummer, NYC 1978, a/k/a Live, January 7, 1978 At The Palladium, NYC. He left the band soon afterwards, although he continued to work with the other members as a producer and manager.
And we wrap up the show with Uncle Monk, the bluegrass duo featuring Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan Bow.
On the 85th edition of the Power Pop Portal, we pay tribute to three events happening this week: First, it’s the 50th anniversary of the week that The Beatles made history as the only act ever to simultaneously occupy the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s entire top five positions! That happened on the chart dated April 4, 1964. Not only did they occupy the top five, but they held seven other positions as well and we’ll count down all of them!
Second, the 29th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on Thursday, April 10th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. We’ll hear from all of this year’s Inductees: Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens; as well as Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement Inductees Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham; and Award for Musical Excellence Inductee, The E Street Band.
Finally, April 5th marked the 20th anniversary of Nirvana front-man, Kurt Cobain’s death.
Part 1: The Beatles’ Historic Hot 100 50th Anniversary
#79 – Thank You Girl (The Beatles’ Second Album [Stereo – The Capitol Albums Vol. 1])
#68 – Roll Over Beethoven (The Beatles’ Second Album [Stereo – The Capitol Albums Vol. 1])
#65 – You Can’t Do That (A Hard Day’s Night [Remastered])
#58 – All My Loving (Meet The Beatles! [Stereo – The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1])
#46 – Do You Want To Know A Secret? (The Early Beatles [Stereo – The Capitol Albums Vol. 2])
#41 – From Me To You (Past Masters, Disc 1 [Remastered])
#31 – I Saw Her Standing There (Meet The Beatles! [Stereo – The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1])
#5 – Please Please Me (The Early Beatles [Stereo – The Capitol Albums Vol. 2])
#4 – I Want To Hold Your Hand (Meet The Beatles! [Duophonic Stereo – The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1])
#3 – She Loves You (The Beatles’ Second Album [Duophonic Stereo – The Capitol Albums Vol. 1])
#2 – Twist and Shout (The Early Beatles [Stereo – The Capitol Albums Vol. 2])
#1 – Can’t Buy Me Love (A Hard Day’s Night [Remastered])
Part 2: The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Speech: John (“Brian was a beautiful guy … he presented us well“; Lennon speaking to David Wigg) (Anthology 1 [Disc 1])
Speech: Brian Epstein (“I secured them … a Beatle drink even then” (Brian Epstein from A Cellarful of Noise) (Anthology 1 [Disc 1])
The Beatles – Searchin’ (Anthology 1 [Disc 1])
Andrew Loog Oldham (Orchestra) – The Last Time (The Andrew Oldham Orchestra & Friends Play the Rolling Stones Songbook; 1966)
Cat Stevens – I Love My Dog (Matthew & Son, 1966)
The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt – Different Drum (Evergreen, Volume 2; 1967)
Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band – Baby Please Don’t Go (single B-side; 1977)
Bruce Springsteen & the The E Street Band – 10th Avenue Freeze-Out (Born To Run; 1975)
Kiss – Beth (Destroyer; 1976)
Hall & Oates – Rich Girl, 1977 (Bigger Than Both of Us; 1976)
Nirvana – Come As You Are, 1992 (Nevermind; 1991)
Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel; the first one, 1977)
The Pleasure Seekers (featuring the [Suzi] Quatro Sisters)
March is Women’s History Month so we thought we’d pay tribute to some of the women who rock our world musically. There are too many bands and artists and not enough time, so to narrow things down, we thought we’d only feature only all-female groups – no guys allowed, except for your host, Glenn Richards. Enjoy
Glenn Richards hosts a special show in place of this week’s Power Pop Portal. Glenn is joined by two music legends in the world of rock, pop, and R&B: Jimmy Johnson and Dewey “Spooner” Oldham, original members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers, and they’re talking about the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the original motion picture documentary, Muscle Shoals: The Incredible True Story of a Small Town with a Big Sound.