Rory Gallagher ‘Check Shirt Wizard 1977’ Lands Next Week, A Note on RSD, and Some Psychedelic Country

Hey Everyone,
Hope all is well… Could be short and sweet today as the week kind of ran away with me for a few reasons… I won’t go there fully or properly but had first confession tonight… 8 year old confessing their sins.. A couple of F’s and S’s spring to mind.. I won’t go there.. We signed up for it I suppose… Sin scéal eile also….

Right so, releases today include the lively and interesting listen by CARIBOU, as well as JIM MORRISON AND THE DOORS ‘An American Prayer’THE UNDERTONES ‘West Bank Songs’, ROBERT PLANT ‘Singles Box’REAL ESTATES’ new album, reissue by IBRAHIM FERNER, SOCCER MOMMY’s new one, THE CURE’s ‘Disintegration’ and ‘Faith’ CD Deluxe reissues, JAMES TAYLOR new album, and new FOX JAW on CD for now, vinyl to follow…

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Okay so moving on to Friday the 6th of March (today’s alright release wise to be fair isn’t it?).. The biggest one for us is the RORY GALLAGHER release (obviously enough… Rory being the biggest legend this city has ever produced… I’d say that across all fields… So yes exciting one for us… Even nicer to have Vincent Zara the artist who painted the brilliant cover of the album ‘Check Shirt Wizard 1977’ involved with us…. An honour for us really…) We hope to have the original waiting to display a little bit around the launch and ye know the story with the signed prints… €25 they are… Cost and charity is where that money is going.. Not too many left… Here’s an image..

Really looking forward to the release here, best price job on the LP is €35 and €18 on the CD… I may have mentioned lower price on CD a week or two ago, but I got it wrong… Sorry.. Sorry… So that’s the Rory release…. Atdaboy.. (Corkonian’s may only decode it)… The record is on 3LPs or 2CDs via Chess / UMC…

Following on from the highly successful ‘BLUES’ album, Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77’.  This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album ‘Calling Card’. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 ‘Against The Grain’ album and other live favourites.
This new album has been mixed from the original multi track tapes from the Rory archive, which were recorded by the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull’s mobile studios and mastered at Abbey Road.
Rory Gallagher’s most popular albums have always been his live ones, such as ‘Live! In Europe’, ‘Irish Tour ’74’ and Stage Struck. He was an artist that came alive when onstage and this album covers a previously undocumented live period. “The whole concert was taped on the Jethro Tull Maison Rouge mobile by the way, and from where I was standing that concert on record would surpass the classic “Live in Europe” album. And that’s saying a lot.” Brian Harrigan Melody Maker – 1977, Hammersmith Odeon, London.

Universal also for the 6th of March have the new PAUL HEATON AND JACQUI ABBOTT album ‘Manchester’s Calling’ on CD or 2LP… Underated dude is Heaton I feel person… Some man for a melody and even better turn of phrase… That’s my tuppence worth anyway.. Will be giving this a few listens also next week… Universal for the 6th of March also have the SIMPLE MINDS‘ reissue of ‘Street Fighting Years’ on CD, 2CD or 4CD/DVD Box Thingy..

On 6th March, UMC will release a box set of Simple Minds’ 1989 album, Street Fighting Years. Produced by Trevor Horn (and Stephen Lipson), Street Fighting Years was the band’s fourth number one album in the UK and featured their first UK number one single, Belfast Child.  An artistically ambitious and elegant album, it arrived at a time of personnel changes. It saw the band reduced to a trio of Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Mick MacNeil with session musicians playing the bass and most of the drum roles (notably Manu Katché from Peter Gabriel’s band and former Police drummer, Stewart Copeland).
Recorded in Scotland between 1988 and 1989, it was also a stylistic departure from the sound of Simple Minds’ previous album, Once Upon a Time. After 10 years of recording and releasing music, the band had learnt their craft, becoming skilled musicians and songwriters.  This resulted in an album with a sense of drama and cinematic in quality. Having recently turned 30 years of age, and at the end of an incredibly divisive decade in British politics – not to mention global tensions – an outward-looking maturity emerged in frontman Jim Kerr’s lyric writing, which found him confronting major themes of the times.
Street Fighting Years will be released in multiple formats which are all fully endorsed by the band. The album was remastered at Abbey Road studios by Andrew Walters and contains the album as well as a bonus disc of B-sides, edits and 12 remixes and a previously unissued Verona show from 1989 round the set off. The booklet was designed by long time contributor Stuart Crouch and contains sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea who interviewed the band and producer Trevor Horn extensively for the set. They provide a fantastic insight into how the album was recorded and produced.

Also with us from Universal is CREAM ‘Final Tour 1968’ 4CD set as well as STATUS QUO Deluxe CDs of ‘Perfect Remedy’, ‘Rock Till You Drop’, and ‘Thirsty Work’…

I could be still going tomorrow with all the releases… DEACON BLUE have a new album, 11 new songs… Album is called ‘City Of Love’, it’s on CD and LP… Vinyl reissues plenty also from Uni.. THE WHO ‘Kids Are Alright’, and ‘Quadrophenia’ on 2LPs.. 2PAC’s excellent ‘Me Against The World’ vinyl and EMBRACE ‘The Good Will Out’, GLEN CAMPELL’s sweet greatest his ‘Gentle On My Mind’, speaking of underrated.. THE CRANBERRIES Best Of ‘In Dreams’ sees a vinyl release and MARILLION ‘Less Is More’ vinyl, and Uni could have a KATE TEMPEST 7” Single tucked in the also…

Republic of Music have a ARMIN VAN BURREN 4CD set ‘A State Of Trance Classics Volume 14’

The Orchard for the 6th of March have the new BODYCOUNT album ‘Carnivore’ on CD, Deluxe CD and vinyl…

Sony have the TURNING O.S.T. on vinyl for the 6th of March…

Music on Vinyl have a TEDESCHI TRUCKS reissue of ‘Everybodys Talkin’.. Limited numbered and coloured…

Warner for the 6th of March have a new NOEL GALLAGHER EP ‘Blue Moon Rising’ on his own Sour Mash Records… 5 Track E.P… 3 new tracks and 2 remixes… Also out is THE HUMAN LEAGUE reissue of ‘Octopus’ via Rhino, LP is limited 140gm and 2CD special edition.. There is a brand new MY DYING BRIDE album ‘Ghost of Orion’ on Nuclear Blast…. CD, GF LP or GF Picture Disc LP….

Warner have new albums also by BRANDY CLARK, BURNING WITCHES, and MAC MILLER’s final album on CD only for now entitled ‘Circles’ via Parlophone.. Lastly WEA has some SAMMY HAGAR CD reissues…

So much for a short one… Crikey… There’s a load of releases.. PIAS have the new JONATHAN WILSON album ‘Dixie Blur’ via Bella Union… DLP format on Indies Only Mint Green with DL codes…

ANNA CALVI reworks the wonderful ‘Hunter’ with ‘Hunted’… Gets help from a few friends… Courtney Barnett, Julia Holter, and Joe Talbot (Idles).. There is an indies only red vinyl with printed inner sleeve and DL codes… Stephen Malkmus (Ex Pavement) has a new album again ‘Traditional Technique’ Via Domino.. CD and indies only LP on this one..U.S. Girls release their 7th album, via 4AD on CD, LP and Indies Only LP..

One that caught my ear more than most (could have been my mood now too!!) was debut by HONEY HARPER ‘Starmaker’ is the name of the album… It’s kind of spaced out country if that’s a genre… Psychedelic Country Music.. There you go.. Here’s a tune..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqt4RPOVs8A

Few words on RSD for this year folks… It’s that time of year again!! Lists due out next week so will have them out to ye as soon as possible with pricing and etc as always.. Should be a special newsletter soon with what’s coming, and information on dates that wish lists will be needed in by… Again folks, with wish lists.. We can not make any promises for RSD and we can not hold anything.. If you let us know that you are after something we will make sure to have it ordered and hopefully have it on the shelf the morning of RSD on Saturday April 18th 2020..

Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt…
Ray
Music Zone HQ

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