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Cheapest price yet for the recent The Who Track Records seven-inch vinyl box on Amazon UK at present…

This is the third in a series of singles box sets and contains music from the band’s Track Records era – featuring 45s like Pinball Wizard, I Can See For Miles and Won’t Get Fooled Again. The 15 singles are all pressed on heavyweight vinyl with paper sleeves, and are housed in a rigid ‘lid-and-tray’ outer box. This also comes with a 20-page colour booklet with liner notes about each release

A fantastic box set, obviously not a original idea, the music speaks for itself, the format is one of individual choice, but I do love a good 7″ vinyl box set.
The labels, the sound, the total number of singles this box gives you is good value for money, divide the cost between the fifteen singles and it doesn’t seem so bad.
The booklet could of been better, maybe a few more unreleased photos, but it gives you the scope on each 7″,
The only other disapointment is the plain sleeves on the singles, except for the two picture covers, they look so boring, they could of just used a corner stamp with the Track logo….but white plain sleeves make this box set look slightly cheap
The Track Records Singles Box 1967-1973 [7" VINYL]

The Track Records Single 1967 – 1973 is volume three of a four part set of classic Who singles pressed on heavyweight vinyl with paper sleeves , rarely heard b-sides , 7” sized 20-page colour booklet with liner notes about each release and period memorabilia. The 15 disc set also features classic hits –‘Pictures of Lily’, ‘I Can See For Miles’, Magic Bus’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and ‘Join Together’….

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‘Kings of the Wold Frontier” – Super Deluxe Edition‘ is the most comprehensive edition of this 1980s classic to date, complete with freshly remastered audio and a wealth of unreleased and exclusive content. B sides, previously unreleased studio demos and rough cuts, a previously unreleased live recording and rarities all curated by Adam himself.

There’s also a DVD of promo videos, live performances, the first DVD release of Adam & The Ants Live In Tokyo 1981 in its entirety and a short promotional video ‘Ant Invasion’ a mini documentary of the first Adam & The Ants US tour in 1981.

Perfectly complementing the music is a 36 page 12 x 12” full colour book including detailed liner notes and track annotations by Adam Ant, gold vinyl LP, gold CDs, replica original release Ant Catalogue, fan memorabilia, recreated artwork, poster, photos and much more, all packaged in a super deluxe gold box.

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The Who / The Polydor Singles 1975-205

Volume four of a four part set of classic Who singles by labels (Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor), released to coincide with the band’s 50th Anniversary. 15 x 7” singles from the band’s Polydor Records era (1975-2015) – pressed on heavyweight vinyl with card picture sleeves (where applicable) reproducing the period graphics front and back. Includes classic hits –‘Squeeze Box / Who Are You / You Better You Bet / Eminence Front (scheduled for release in the UK where sleeves were printed but never released) / ‘Real Good-Looking Boy’ & ‘Be Lucky’  The single that never was Eminence Front is included here which is a standout song from the circa Kenney Jones era. Ive always preferred Who Are You album version opposed to the single edit. 5:15/I’m One is ok with remixed versions from the original 1973 sessions by Entwistle for the Quadrophenia film soundtrack

1. ‘Listening To You/See Me, Feel Me’ b/w ‘Overture’
2. ‘Squeeze Box’ b/w ‘Success Story’
3. ‘Who Are You’ b/w ‘Had Enough’
4. ‘Long Live Rock’ b/w ‘I’m the Face’, ‘My Wife’ (live)
5. ‘5.15’ b/w ‘I’m One’.
6. ‘You Better You Bet’ b/w ‘The Quiet One’
7. ‘Don’t Let Go The Coat’ b/w ‘You’
8. ‘Athena’ b/w ‘A Man Is A Man’
9. ‘Eminence Front’ b/w ‘It’s Your Turn’ (This single was scheduled for release in the UK. Sleeves were printed but it was never released. It was to have been Who 7.)
10. ‘Twist and Shout’ b/w ‘I Can’t Explain’ (Both live)
11. ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again / Bony Maronie’ (Live at Young Vic)
12. ‘Join Together’ b/w ‘I Can See For Miles’ and ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ (All three tracks live from 1989 US tour)
13. ‘Real Good-Looking Boy’ b/w ‘Old Red Wine’
14. WIRE & GLASS (EP) ‘Sound Round’, Pick Up The Peace’, Endless Wire’, We Got A Hit’, ‘They Made My Dream Come True’, ‘Mirror Door’. Polydor 1702801. Released 24 July 2006
15. ‘Be Lucky’ b/w ‘I Can’t Explain’ (remixed)

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Graham Parker’s four decades in the music business with this career-spanning reissue from Universal Music that covers both his years with The Rumour and his later solo output.

These Dreams Will Never Sleep: The Best Of Graham Parker 1976-2015 includes 90 tracks across six CDs, a compilation live DVD, a 36-page hardcover book featuring a new interview with Parker and an overview written by Holly A. Hughes, plus a poster and three postcards.

Following their critically-acclaimed debut album Howlin’ Wind, Graham Parker & The Rumour enjoyed some chart success in the late Seventies and early Eighties, peaking with their last album before Parker branched out on his own – The Up Escalator (1980, which, was credited only to Parker on the cover) reached number 11 in the UK and tip-toed into the Top 40 Stateside. The previous album, Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) charted on both sides of the pond), is often held up as Parker’s finest, While his albums since have not had such commercial clout, Graham Parker has enjoyed a long and productive solo career, and he reunited with The Rumour to make Three Chords Good, the first of two new albums together, in 2012.

The first three CDs in this set are anthology discs consisting mainly of studio recordings, plus four solo acoustic demos and four live performances with The Rumour. This is followed a disc of live BBC recordings – at Hammersmith Odeon, 1979, plus a handful of songs for the BBC Sight And Sound in Concert series in 1977 – and, for the first time, a recording Parker’s last-ever gig with The Rumour (and horn section) at London’s Forum which is spread across two CDs.

The 34-track DVD kicks off with a previously unreleased 21-song set, Live at The Brook, Southampton, in 2015 with The Rumour, and a selection of late-Seventies TV performances on Top Of The Pops and the Old Grey Whistle Test completes a substantive audio-visual offering for Parker fans.

These Dreams Will Never Sleep: The Best Of Graham Parker 1976-2015 is released on 30th September 2016.

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Universal Music celebrate the 40th Anniversary of punk this summer with Live ’76, a new Sex Pistols box of historic live performances, available on 4LP vinyl or 4CD.

The four concerts of that long, hot summer are released in full and correctly sequenced for the very first time: They are:

4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester – Recently voted one of the most important concerts of all time, alongside Woodstock and Live Aid. Although thousands claim to have been at the gig, only a handful of people were actually there…
29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington – More widely known for its cinema screenings this famous gig called ‘Midnight Special’ was organised by Malcolm Mclaren and saw support from The Clash and the Buzzcocks.
17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford – In typical McLaren style, this live show took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison.
25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent – Originally made its way around fans as a bootleg.

LP1
4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Did You No Wrong
No Lip
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
New York
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Submission
Satellite
No Feelings
No Fun
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems

LP2
29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington

Anarchy in the UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Did You No Wrong
No Fun

LP3
17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford

Anarchy in the UK (incomplete)
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings (incomplete)
Substitute
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Anarchy in the UK (encore)
Did You Know Wrong

LP4
25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent

Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
Substitute
No Feelings
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems

This Sex Pistols boxset is quite a package for archivists. It contains four records, showcasing the band at the start of their career, as recorded on tour by their soundman, Dave Goodman. The concerts in question and in full, are the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall, 4th June 1976 (not their famous first Manchester concert that inspired everyone to do amazing things, but a month later, when they were supported by bands their existence had kick-started, The Buzzcocks and Slaughter & the Dogs), Islington Screen on the Green, 29th August, HM Prison Chelmsford, 17th September, and Burton-on-Trent’s 76 Club, 24th September. It comes with a fanzine-style photocopied A4 16 page black’n’white pamphlet containing contemporary reviews, ads and other cuttings, and a sturdier 12” x 12” 12 page colour booklet featuring more contemporary magazine material, photographs, imagery and track-listings. The vinyl, meanwhile, arrives as four separate albums with individually designed inner sleeves. Such heritage fetishism is not very punk rock, of course, as many will observe, but for those that wish to dig down into the minutiae of this most game-changing of bands, it’s a fascinating document. Some of the recordings are much murkier than others but, notably, the Screen on the Green and Burton-on-Trent concerts have a fierceness that belies their fudgy edges. reissues are all picture discs, but with surprisingly good sound quality.

Sex Pistols Live '76 4 CD / LP box set

Tommy, The Who’s defining, breakthrough concept album – a full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy that launched the band to international superstardom reissued in multi format editions.

Originally released in May 1969, The Who were at a career crossroads, they were known mainly as a singles band but this project launched them as a serious ‘albums band’ and has now sold over 20 million copies as well as regularly turning up in lists of the most influential albums of all time.

It’s all too easy to go, “Yeah, The Who’s Tommy is great, love it.” But just put it into perspective for a moment. This was one man’s imagination, one man’s vision and it was groundbreaking. Add into the mix, Roger, Keith and John, who along with Pete, created what is one of the most amazing records of the rock era. It was released on 23rd May 1969 and every home should have one…

From the opening chords of ‘Overture’ you know you are in for something different.  But try imagining what it was like to hear this for the very first time in the last week of May 1969 when The Who released their magnum opus, the much vaunted, Tommy. To add to the sense of wonderment ‘Overture’ features a French Horn, previously the sole preserve of the Beatles in popular music, but here played by The Who’s bass player, John Entwistle.

This was rock music, but not as we knew it. It wasn’t the first extended musical piece in rock, but it was the first to have the audacity to bill itself as an opera.  Being a double album it certainly demanded to be taken seriously; to this point there had been few such lengthy albums, even ones that were not a cohesive piece of work. With its triptych of a fold out sleeve that was a lavish presentation of Mike McInnerney’s fabulous painting it all helped to make this an even more auspicious musical work.

A quick check of the album credits showed that all but four of the 24 tracks were written by Pete Townshend. It’s another reason why this monster of a work should command such respect. Few individuals had the ability, or the vision, to create such a complex and such a long piece of work; Pete’s inspiration came from the teachings of the Meher Baba.

Tommy took six months to record, and another two months to mix, while not unheard of even as long ago as 1969, but it was even then very unusual. With layers of Townshend’s acoustic guitar and the numerous overdubs Tommy was for the time a sonically very different album from most everything else. It’s another example of the passage of time fooling us into believing that this was not as significant an album as it was. So much has happened since the release of Tommy that it dulls the collective retrospective – what is now commonplace was then a step outside the accepted, a step into uncharted territory.

‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Go to the Mirror!’, ‘I’m Free’, ‘Christmas’, and ‘See Me, Feel Me’ all came out as singles, with the first and last becoming hits in both America and the UK. ‘See Me, Feel Me’ was one of the highpoints of The Who’s appearance at Woodstock – has there ever been a better rock vocalist than Roger Daltrey.  If  The Who doing Tommy at Woodstock doesn’t send shivers down the spine try checking that you are still alive.

Coming after The Who Sell Out in 1967 it marked a complete change in style with Pete Townshend’s lengthy conceptual narrative brought exciting new opportunities to rock music. Tommy was and remains to be an ambitious, complex and controversial work, which was initially banned by the BBC. This new Deluxe and Super Deluxe version of the album comes with a wealth of previously unheard material in the form of 20 demos from Pete Townshend’s archive and also a live performance of Tommy from 1969 taken from tapes that infamously Townshend asked the band’s sound engineer to burn!

18 of the previously unheard and thought to be long lost live tracks are taken from a live show at the Capital Theatre, Ottowa, Canada on October the 15th 1969. Three others, I’m Free, Tommy’s Holiday Camp and We’re Not Gonna Take It were lost due to tape reels being changed during the show so are taken from later shows of the same era.

As discussed at length in Pete Townshend’s autobiography the tapes were all supposed to be destroyed but were kept by long time Who sound man Bob Pridden despite Pete’s instructions.The Who: Tommy: Super Deluxe Boxset

Super-Deluxe box set:
Disc 1 – The original album (2013 re-master) Digitally remastered in HD
Disc 2 – The demos and out-takes. Features 20 previously unreleased tracks from Pete Townshend’s archive.
Disc 3 – The 5.1 album mix – Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray The complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format
Disc 4 – The live ‘bootleg’ album. Features 21 previouslyunreleased tracks from 1969

  • Hardback 80-page full-colour book featuring rare & unseen period photos, Pete’s hand-written lyrics & notes and fascinating memorabilia.
  • 22,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes
  • Facsimile 20” x 30” Tommy concert poster
  • Limited edition, housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case
Final Who Singles Box Announced
The fourth instalment in The Who’s singles box set series has been released on 6th May. Tracing the final part in The Who’s singles story to date, from the years 1975 to 2015, it contains 15 7”s pressed on heavyweight vinyl, replete with picture sleeves and replica artwork, collecting the group’s A- and B-side releases on the Polydor label.

If The Who’s creative output up to 1975 hadn’t already made the case (they had, after all, released two groundbreaking rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia, along with a slew of classic albums, among them The Who Sell Out, Live At Leeds and Who’s Next), the four-decade period covered in Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015 is a clear reminder of the group’s ability to evolve and adapt to any situation they found themselves in. As punk attempted to lay waste to the rock bands that emerged in the 60s, The Who more than held their own with the likes of ‘Who Are You’, issued in 1978. After the tragic death of drummer Keith Moon later that same year, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle recalibrated themselves for the 80s, releasing Face Dances and It’s Hard at the beginning of the decade, flexing their hit-making prowess with the likes of ‘You Better You Bet’.

The group remained sporadically active as a live band across the next two decades, but when John Entwistle passed away in 2002, Townshend and Daltrey found themselves having to yet again roll with the punches and reboot their beloved band. The Wire & Glass EP emerged in 2006, a taster of what would become Endless Wire, The Who’s first studio outing in 24 years. Taking as its inspiration the Townshend novella The Boy Who Heard Music, Wire & Glass formed the core of the mini-opera that was itself at the heart of Endless Wire. Though new music wasn’t coming as fast as it had in previous decades, the Wire & Glass EP was followed, in 2014, by ‘Be Lucky’, a new song recorded for the group’s anniversary collection The Who Hits 50!.

A fitting celebration of one of the longest-serving bands to have emerged from the 60s,Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015 brings the group’s story fully up to date. Though, as ever with The Who, you’d be unwise to count it as a full-stop on their remarkable career.

Scroll down to see the full tracklist, and purchase Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015 

Disc 1:
‘Listening To You’/‘Se Me, Feel Me’/‘Overture’

Disc 2:
‘Squeeze Box’/‘Success Story’

Disc 3:
‘Who Are You’/‘Had Enough’

Disc 4:
‘Long Live Rock’/‘I’m The Face’/‘My Wife (Live)’

Disc 5:
‘5.15’/‘I’m One’

Disc 6:
‘You Better You Bet’/‘The Quiet One’

Disc 7:
‘Don’t Let Go The Coat’/‘You’

Disc 8:
‘Athena’/‘A Man Is A Man’

Disc 9:
‘Eminence Front’/‘It’s Your Turn’

Disc 10:
‘Twist And Shout (Live)’/‘I Can’t Explain (Live)’

Disc 11:
‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’/‘Bony Maronie (Live)’

Disc 12:
‘Join Together (Live)’/‘I Can See For Miles (Live)’/‘Behind Blue Eyes (Live)’

Disc 13:
‘Real Good-Looking Boy’/‘Old Red Wine’

Disc 14:
Wire & Glass EP: ‘Sound Round’/‘Pick Up The Peace’/‘Endless Wire’/‘We Got A Hit’/‘They Made My Dream Come True’/‘Mirror Door’

Disc 15:
‘Be Lucky’/‘I Can’t Explain (Remixed)’

 

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On July 29th ‘New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)’ will be released as a new 5CD / 1 DVD super deluxe box set including a newly remastered version of the classic album, plus a further four discs of B-sides, edits, extended versions and previously unreleased BBC sessions.

The 1982 album was the Scottish band’s second on the Virgin label and the first to feature drummer Mel Gaynor (recruited after producer Peter Walsh declared himself unsatisfied with Mike Ogletree’s playing). New Gold Dream launched Simple Minds’ career worldwide and delivered the hit singles Promised You A Miracle, Glittering Prize and Someone Somewhere In Summertime.

The new super deluxe edition of New Gold Dream boasts an abundance of material. Disc one features a 2016 remaster (by Andrew Walter at Abbey Road) approved by Charlie Burchill and the second disc gathers 12-inch remixes and instrumentals of the singles, a few of which enjoy their CD debut.

Various edits and B-sides can be found on the third CD in the set while disc four features previously unreleased BBC John Peel and Kid Jensen radio sessions, recorded in February and August 1982.

All ten tracks on disc five are previously unreleased; made up of alternative mixes and demos and the icing on the cake is the sixth and final disc which is a DVD, featuring Charlie Burchill and Ronald Prent’s 5.1 surround sound mix, first released on the now long out-of-print DVD-Audio in 2005. This mix of the album is a unique ‘full duration’ mix which is different to the standard version. DVD also includes promo videos and a few Top of the Pops performances. Note, this is a DVD-V unlike the DVD-A/V disc from previous Simple Minds box sets.

The super deluxe includes a 36-page booklet with sleeve notes by journalist and broadcaster, Billy Sloan including new interviews with Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill.

The reissue is being issued on two-CD deluxe and vinyl LP. The DVD content is also put out as a blu-ray audio.

New Gold Dream is reissued on 29 July 2016.

The DVD contains the famed 2005 ‘5.1 surround sound’ mix of the album, plus promo videos and BBC appearances, not to mention a stunning booklet with new interviews and rare photos.

The release will also be available in various versions: CD, 2CD set, 180gm LP and Blu-ray.

CD #1: Original Album

  1. Someone Somewhere In Summertime
  2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
  3. Promised You A Miracle
  4. Big Sleep
  5. Somebody Up There Likes You
  6. NewGoldDream (81,82,83,84)
  7. Glittering Prize
  8. Hunter And The Hunted
  9. King Is White And In The Crowd

CD #2: Extended Versions

  1. Promised You A Miracle [Extended] (from Promised You A Miracle 12″ single)
  2. Seeing Out The Angel [Instrumental Remix] (from Promised You A Miracle 12″ single)
  3. Promised You A Miracle [US Remix] (from Promised You A Miracle American 12″ single)
  4. Promised You A Miracle [US Dub] (from Promised You A Miracle American 12″ single) First time on CD.
  5. Promised You A Miracle [US Special Extended Remix] (from Promised You A Miracle American Promo 12″ single) First time on CD.
  6. Glittering Prize [Club Mix] (from Glittering Prize 12″ single)
  7. Glittering Prize [Extended Theme] (from Glittering Prize 12″ single)
  8. Someone Somewhere In Summertime [Extended] (from Someone Somewhere In Summertime 12″ single)
  9. NewGoldDream (81,82,83,84) [German 12″ Remix] (from NewGoldDream German CD issue of album. Later released on 12″ singles.)
  10. King Is White And In The Crowd [Instrumental] (unedited and restored mix originally released with a Touch Tape magazine). First time on CD.
  11. NewGoldDream (81,82,83,84) [German 12″ Remix With Drums] (from X5 compilation)
  12. In Every Heaven (from X5 compilation)

CD #3: Edits And B-Sides

  1. Promised You A Miracle [Edit] (from Promised You A Miracle 7″ single)
  2. Theme For Great Cities (from Promised You A Miracle 7″ single)
  3. Glittering Prize [Edit] (from Glittering Prize 7″ single)
  4. Glittering Prize [Theme] (from Glittering Prize 7″ single) First time on CD.
  5. Someone Somewhere In Summertime [Edit] (from Someone Somewhere In Summertime Promo 7″ single) First time on CD.
  6. Soundtrack For Every Heaven (from Someone Somewhere In Summertime 12″ single)
  7. NewGoldDream (81,82,83,84) [7″ Mix] (from NewGoldDream Italian 7″ single)

CD #4: Radio Sessions

  1. Promised You A Miracle [Kid Jensen Session]
  2. In Trance As Mission [Kid Jensen Session]
  3. King Is White and In The Crowd [Kid Jensen Session] (from Someone Somewhere In Summertime 12″ single)
  4. Promised You A Miracle [John Peel Session] First time on CD
  5. Love Song [John Peel Session] First time on CD
  6. Sons And Fascination [John Peel Session] First time on CD
  7. King Is White And In The Crowd [John Peel Session] First time on CD
  8. Someone Somewhere In Summertime [Kid Jensen Session]
  9. Glittering Prize [Kid Jensen Session]
  10. Hunter And The Hunted [Kid Jensen Session]

CD #5: Alternative Mixes, Roughs And Demos

  1. Someone Somewhere In Summertime [Full Duration] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  3. Promised You A Miracle [Remix For Album: Long] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  4. Big Sleep [Instrumental] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  5. In Every Heaven [Full Duration] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  6. Somebody Up There Likes You [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  7. NewGoldDream (81,82,83,84) [Full Duration] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  8. Hunter And The Hunted [Alternative Take] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  9. King Is White And In The Crowd [Monitor Mix] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.
  10. In Every Heaven [Early Version] Previously unreleased. First time on CD.

DVD: 5:1 Mix And Videos

  1. Someone Somewhere In Summertime [5:1 Mixes]
  2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel [5:1 Mixes]
  3. Promised You A Miracle [5:1 Mixes]
  4. Big Sleep [5:1 Mixes]
  5. Somebody Up There Likes You [5:1 Mixes]
  6. NewGoldDream (81,82,83,84) [5:1 Mixes]
  7. Glittering Prize [5:1 Mixes]
  8. Hunter And The Hunted [5:1 Mixes]
  9. King Is White And In The Crowd [5:1 Mixes]
  10. In Every Heaven [5:1 Mixes]
  11. Promised You A Miracle [Promo Video]
  12. Glittering Prize [Promo Video]
  13. Promised You A Miracle [Top Of The Pops] First time commercially released.
  14. Glittering Prize [Top Of The Pops] First time commercially released.

The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition Exclusive Signed Brian Wilson Lithograph Beach Bundle

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When Capitol Records initially released “Pet Sounds” in the UK the label ran adverts in the music press like the one you can see here. At the time there were some fans who were confused by The Beach Boys’ 11th studio album where were the stripped shirts and the surf -boards? In the intervening 50 years Pet Sounds has been acknowledged as a masterpiece, a record that has topped countless polls of the greatest albums ever made and is revered by musicians and fans as the pinnacle of Brian Wilson’s song writing, production and all round creative genius. Fifty years on it is to be reissued in all its glory with bonus material that will have many drooling with pleasure.

The influence that Pet Sounds has had, began even before it’s release outside the USA. On Monday, 16th May, 1966, Bruce Johnston, who was then the newest Beach Boy, arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport carrying a copy Pet Sounds that had come out in the USA that very day – well in advance of its UK release.

The following day, in his suite at the Waldorf Hotel, Bruce played Pet Sounds, in its entirety,for John Lennon and Paul McCartney – not once but twice. After the two Beatles left the Waldorf they went straight back to Paul’s house and there, inspired by Brian’s incredible music, they worked on the introduction to their song ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ that appeared on Revolver.

“Pet Sounds blew me out of the water. First of all, it was Brian’s writing. I love the album so much. I’ve just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life—I figure no one is educated musically ’til they’ve heard this album.” – Paul McCartney

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Ironically, given the love and respect that exists around the world for this album, the 1966 US release failed to achieve the kind of success that had been anticipated or the level of sales achieved by the band’s earlier albums. Pet Sounds made No.10 in the US. In the UK it fared far better, making No.2 on the album charts, the most successful of the band’s albums to that point.

The 50th anniversary release includes both Brian Wilson’s original mono mix and the later stereo remaster that captures the depth and perfection of Brian’s arrangements. The two ‘session’ CDs give us amazing insight into Brian’s control of the many musicians who play much of the music that underpins the sublime vocal harmonies of The Beach Boys.

Pet Sounds features some of the greatest LA musicians of the period. There are guitarists as varied as, Glen Campbell, Barney Kessel, Tommy Tedesco and Al Casey. On keyboards there’s Larry Knetchel, drummers, Hal Blaine and Jim Gordon along with French Horns, violins, an electric Theremin, and all manner of percussion instruments, including Coca-Cola cans. Listening to Brian encouraging, demanding and cajoling the musicians on the session tapes is like a master class in record production.

And then there are the vocals that include Brian Wilson’s most poignant ever performance on the sublime, ‘Caroline No’, Mike Love on ‘Here Today’, as well as Carl Wilson’s heart-stopping tour de force – ‘God Only Knows’. The fourth CD features a capella versions of the songs on the album and this is where The Beach Boys collectively shine. The soaring harmonies of ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, the beautiful harmonic counterpoint of ‘I Know There’s An Answer’, and ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’ are all surf-soul music

Following the release of the album, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘Sloop John B’ and ‘God Only Knows’ all became staples of The Beach Boys live shows and in more recent times, both, Brian and The Beach Boys touring band have featured songs from the album in concert and versions of Pet Sounds’s tracks performed live feature on disc 4  all of these are previously unreleased.

On ‘God Only Knows’ it is just Carl, Brian and Bruce that are singing and on the a capella version, when they finish their vocal, a voice asks, “How was that? Was that cool?” It’s Bruce Johnston asking the question and it is the perfect coda for not just the song, but also the album, because Pet Sounds is arguably the coolest record of all time. This is the kind of record that makes life worth living, reaffirming the notion that pop music is the most admired art form in the world. And make no mistake, Pet Sounds is art.

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All editions of the 50th anniversary Pet Sounds will be released on 10th June and we have an exclusive offer in our store for the 4CD Super Deluxe Edition that includes a Beach Ball and Beach Bag, as well as an exclusive slip mat with the stereo and mono vinyl editions of the album.

Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition) will be available in several configurations, including a 4CD/Blu-ray Audio collectors edition presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus hi res stereo, mono, instrumental, and 5.1 surround mixes, session outtakes, alternate mixes, and previously unreleased live recordings; a 2CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono with highlights from the collectors edition’s additional tracks; and remastered, 180-gram LP editions of the album in mono and stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork.

Track listings for the Pet Sounds 50th anniversary reissues

CD 1
Pet Sounds (Mono)

1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. That’s Not Me
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I’m Waiting For The Day
6. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. I Know There’s An Answer
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
12. Pet Sounds
13. Caroline No
Pet Sounds (Stereo)
14. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
15. You Still Believe In Me
16. That’s Not Me
17. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
18. I’m Waiting For The Day
19. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
20. Sloop John B
21. God Only Knows
22. I Know There’s An Answer
23. Here Today
24. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
25. Pet Sounds
26. Caroline No
Additional Material
27. Caroline No (Promotional Spot #2)
28. Don’t Talk. . . (Unused Background Vocals)
29. Hang On To Your Ego (Alternate Mix)
30. Caroline No (Promotional Spot #1)

CD 2
The Pet Sounds Sessions

1. Sloop John B (Highlights from Tracking Date)
2. Sloop John B (Stereo Backing Track)
3. Trombone Dixie (Highlights from Tracking Date)
4. Trombone Dixie (Stereo Backing Track)
5. Pet Sounds (Highlights from Tracking Date)
6. Pet Sounds (Stereo Track Without Guitar Overdub)
7. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (Highlights from Tracking Date)
8. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (Stereo Track Without String Overdub)
9. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Highlights from Tracking Date)
10. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Stereo Backing Track)
11. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Stereo Track with Background Vocals)
12. You Still Believe In Me (Intro – Session)
13. You Still Believe In Me (Intro – Master Take)
14. You Still Believe In Me (Highlights from Tracking Date)
15. You Still Believe In Me (Stereo Backing Track)
16. Caroline No (Highlights from Tracking Date)
17. Caroline No (Stereo Backing Track)
18. Hang On To Your Ego (Highlights from Tracking Date)
19. Hang On To Your Ego (Stereo Backing Track)
20. I Know There’s An Answer (Vocal Session) [previously unreleased]
21. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Brian’s Instrumental Demo)
22. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Stereo Backing Track)
23. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (String Overdub)
24. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Highlights from Tracking Date)
25. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Stereo Backing Track)
26. That’s Not Me (Highlights from Tracking Date)
27. That’s Not Me (Stereo Backing Track)

CD 3
The Pet Sounds Sessions (continued)

1. Good Vibrations (Highlights from First Tracking Date)
2. Good Vibrations (Stereo Backing Track)
3. I’m Waiting For The Day (Highlights from Tracking Date)
4. I’m Waiting For The Day (Stereo Backing Track)
5. God Only Knows (Highlights from Tracking Date)
6. God Only Knows (Stereo Backing Track)
7. Here Today (Highlights from Tracking Date)
8. Here Today (Stereo Backing Track)
Alternate Versions
9. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Mono Alternate Mix 1)
10. You Still Believe In Me (Mono Alternate Mix)
11. I’m Waiting For The Day (Mono Alternate Mix, Mike sings lead)
12. Sloop John B (Mono Alternate Mix, Carl sings first verse)
13. God Only Knows (Mono Alternate Mix, with sax solo)
14. I Know There’s An Answer (Alternate Mix) [previously unreleased]
15. Here Today (Mono Alternate Mix, Brian sings lead)
16. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Mono Alternate Mix)
17. Banana & Louie
18. Caroline No (Original Speed, Stereo Mix)
19. Dog Barking Session
20. God Only Knows (With A Cappella Tag)
21. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Mono Alternate Mix 2)
22. Sloop John B (Mono Alternate Mix, Brian sings lead throughout)
23. God Only Knows (Mono Alternate Mix, Brian sings lead)
24. Caroline No (Original Speed, Mono Mix)

CD 4
Live Recordings [all previously unreleased]

1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. Sloop John B
3. God Only Knows
Michigan State University, October 22, 1966
4. Good Vibrations
5. God Only Knows
6. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington DC, November 19, 1967
7. God Only Knows
Carnegie Hall, New York, November 23, 1972 (2nd Show)
8. God Only Knows
Jamaican World Music Festival, Montego Bay, Jamaica, November, 26, 1982
9. Sloop John B
Universal Studios, Universal City, California, May, 23, 1989
10. Caroline No
11. You Still Believe In Me
Paramount Theater, New York City, November 26, 1993
Stack-O-Vocals
12. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
13. You Still Believe In Me
14. That’s Not Me
15. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
16. I’m Waiting For The Day
17. Sloop John B
18. God Only Knows
19. I Know There’s An Answer
20. Here Today
21. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
22. Caroline No
Bonus Track
23. Good Vibrations (Master Track with Partial Vocal) (previously unreleased)

Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc
Pet Sounds:
5.1 Surround Sound: 96kHz/24-bit
Mono; Stereo; Stereo Instrumental (new to hi res): 192kHz/24-bit

1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. That’s Not Me
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I’m Waiting For The Day
6. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. I Know There’s An Answer
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
12. Pet Sounds
13. Caroline No
Additional Material in 5.1 Surround and Stereo
14. Unreleased Backgrounds (Unused Intro for “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”)
15. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Session Highlights)
16. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Alternative Mix without Lead Vocal)
17. God Only Knows (Session Highlights)
18. God Only Knows (Master Track Mix with A Cappella Tag)
19. Summer Means New Love
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Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
2CD

CD 1
Pet Sounds (Mono)
1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. That’s Not Me
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I’m Waiting For The Day
6. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. I Know There’s An Answer
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
12. Pet Sounds
13. Caroline No
Pet Sounds (Stereo)
14. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
15. You Still Believe In Me
16. That’s Not Me
17. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
18. I’m Waiting For The Day
19. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
20. Sloop John B
21. God Only Knows
22. I Know There’s An Answer
23. Here Today
24. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
25. Pet Sounds
26. Caroline No

CD 2
Live Recordings [all previously unreleased]

1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. Sloop John B
3. God Only Knows
Michigan State University, October 22, 1966
4. Good Vibrations
5. God Only Knows
6. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington DC, November 19, 1967
7. God Only Knows
Carnegie Hall, New York, November 23, 1972 (2nd Show)
8. God Only Knows
Jamaican World Music Festival, Montego Bay, Jamaica, November, 26, 1982
9. Sloop John B
Universal Studios, Universal City, California, May, 23, 1989
10. Caroline No
11. You Still Believe In Me
Paramount Theater, New York City, November 26, 1993
Instrumentals
12. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
13. You Still Believe In Me
14. That’s Not Me
15. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
16. I’m Waiting For The Day
17. Let’s Go Away For A While
18. Sloop John B
19. God Only Knows
20. I Know There’s An Answer
21. Here Today
22. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
23. Pet Sounds
24. Caroline, No
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Mono Vinyl Reissue
1LP + download card

180-gram heavyweight black vinyl LP reissue of ‘Pet Sounds’ remastered in Mono. Includes download card for digital redemption of the audio.

Side A
1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Mono (2:22)
2. You Still Believe In Me – Mono (2:29)
3. That’s Not Me – Mono (2:27)
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) – Mono (2:50)
5. I’m Waiting For The Day – Mono (3:03)
6. Let’s Go Away For Awhile – Mono (2:18)
7. Sloop John B – Mono (2:55)
Side B
1. God Only Knows – Mono (2:49)
2. I Know There’s An Answer – Mono (3:07)
3. Here Today – Mono (2:52)
4. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times – Mono (3:10)
5. Pet Sounds – Mono (2:20)
6. Caroline, No – Mono (2:53)
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Stereo Vinyl Reissue
1LP + download card

180-gram heavyweight black vinyl LP reissue of ‘Pet Sounds’ remastered in Stereo. Includes download card for digital redemption of the audio.

Side A
1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Stereo (2:34)
2. You Still Believe In Me – Stereo (2:34)
3. That’s Not Me – Stereo (2:29)
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) – Stereo (2:57)
5. I’m Waiting For The Day – Stereo (3:05)
6. Let’s Go Away For Awhile – Stereo (2:25)
7. Sloop John B – Stereo (3:00)
Side B
1. God Only Knows – Stereo (2:56)
2. I Know There’s An Answer – Stereo (3:16)
3. Here Today – Stereo (3:06)
4. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times – Stereo (3:22)
5. Pet Sounds – Stereo (2:38)
6. Caroline, No – Stereo (2:52)

Pet Sounds 50th

 

 

Bruce Springsteen

The Tempe 1980 concert film features 24 songs — 2 hours, 40 minutes — on 2 DVDs, and is included in The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. The new film was produced from footage professionally filmed in 1980 using four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio.

A comprehensive look at The River era, the box set contains 52 tracks on 4 CDs with a wealth of unreleased material, and 4 hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs.

Included in the box set:
The River (Records 1 & 2)
The River: Single Album (Previously unreleased)
The River: Outtakes (Contains previously unreleased music)
The Ties That Bind (Brand new 60-minute minute documentary)
The River Tour, Tempe (Never-released video footage of famed 1980 show)
The River Tour Rehearsal (Rare video footage)
Coffee table book of 200 rare/previously unseen photos
New essay by Mikal Gilmore