Rhino Records have released three different Crosby, Stills & Nash box sets highlighting each member, as a group, with collaborations, and solo projects. Now there’s a fourth box set, but this time welcoming in Neil Young and highlighting the reunion tour they did in 1974. CSNY 1974 (Rhino) is a way to not only hear again the songs CSN and CSNY did as a group, but to also check out their solo material performed in a group setting. These include “Don’t Be Denied” (from Young’s great live album Time Fades Away), “Military Madness” (from Nash’s Songs For Beginners), “Almost Cut My Hair” (from Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name) and “Love The One You’re With” (from Stills’ debut solo album). Even if you know these songs in their original form or live recordings they may have done on their own tours, it’s nice to hear them in the CSNY setting, especially when the harmonies kick in.
Even if you’ve bought bootlegs or downloaded ROIO’s over the years, it’s nice to hear them nicely mixed, complete with in between dialogue that had often made those shows interesting to listen to along with the songs in question. Then there’s the guitar work from both Young and Stills, each with their own distinct way of playing but when they were together, it worked nicely. Despite the inner bickering they may have had with each other from time to time, CSNY 1974 shows that when it was possible, they were able to work together in beautiful harmony.
Morning Of The Earth was directed by Albert Falzon and features incredible music by G. Wayne Thomas (who handles the beautiful title track), Tamam Shud, Brian Cadd, John J. Francis, and more.
U.S. label Anthology Recordings are reissuing two soundtrack albums from surf movies that were and still remain highly celebrated 40 years after the fact.
Crystal Voyager was put together by David Elfick, and the movie is known for a number of reasons. While the film is historically known as “the one” that features the incredible use of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”, the soundtrack (without Pink Floyd) features G. Wayne Thomas (who also offers liner notes for this pressing ) and shows how perfect he was to create the sonic backdrops for the film, which is perfect.
I had obtained the CD’s for both of these albums when they were reissued back then but hopefully the two albums will gain a wider audience once again, as they are worth exploring. To pre-order Morning OF The Earth, you may head here or for Crystal Voyager, you can go there. If this is anywhere near the quality of Japanese reissue of surf soundtrack albums over the year, it will be a keeper.
(SIDENOTE: When Disney Channel first began their cable broadcasts, Crystal Voyager was one of the first movies shown on a regular basis before they formed their own programming.)
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Pere Ubu have a brand new album coming out in September called Carnival Of Souls (Fire) and they decided to make a humorous commercial/promo for it. If you miss TV ads for record stores, then here’s one for you.
The first album by Austin, Texas’ Casual Strangers (self-released) tends to make it sound grander than it really is, especially when it tries to push the experimental guide, which I don’t hear. What I do hear on this album is a powerful piece of durable rock with a bit of depth and magnitude that is regularly not found in what passes as pop rock these these, and I like it. The group are fronted by vocalist Katey Gunn, who enjoys decorating the songs with different textures, pulling the listener in and then going in for the kill at the right moments. The same can be said for guitarist Paul Wacklawsky, drummer Jake Mitchell, and bassist Jaylinn Davidson, who enjoy exploring the arrangements of the songs, equally balancing what Gunn does with definition and space. Waklawsky also takes the microphone a few times, and what you had expected for some elements suddenly changes. Some tracks sound like durable new wave while other moments sound like the progressive things that some bands of the 90’s enhanced and made it their thing, or part of a thing that made these alternative bands so great, as if they heard different things and wanted to expand on things to take it one step further. I hope Casual Strangers are able to take the casual strangers known as their fans to new places and worlds.
(The self-titled Casual Strangers’ album will be released on July 22nd.)
Melvins fans have been excited by the material and live performances from Buzz Osborne as a solo artist, and now the full album will be out next week Tuesday via Ipecac Records called This Machine Kills Artists. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait seven days to hear it for King Buzzo is allowing the album to stream in full a week beforehand, and you can listen to it now by heading to DangerousMinds.net. There are sixteen songs on this beast, so have a listen and see what Osbourne has to offer.
This was something I looked forward to. I knew the 30th anniversary of this was on its way this month, but Wiki, Discogs, and Prince.org lists it as either May 9th or 16th, 1984, which is wrong since both dates are Wednesday. While I know Wikipedia tends to cater to the UK release date, both dates would still be wrong. Anyway, regardless of the actual release date, we are now 30 years beyond the impact of this song. It’s a bit significant for me, as it’s the last Prince song I heard as a resident of Honolulu before I moved a little over three weeks later. I had been a Prince fan since I saw the video for “I Wanna Be Your Lover” on public access, which lead to me buying the 45 at Music Box in downtown Honolulu. I knew of Paul McCartney playing all of his instruments but I had never seen a promotional film clip of anyone doing the same. I was hooked and loved the song. Sadly, due to radio genres and formats, I didn’t become aware of Prince again until “1999” and “Little Red Corvette”, and that was because MTV had played him. I want to say I heard “Controversy” back then too but I honestly don’t remember. Nonetheless, when “When Doves Cry” was released, this was just a new Prince single, sounding uniquely different from “1999” or “Little Red Corvette”. It sounded like Prince was going to change his method a bit, but we weren’t sure why. A month later, a soundtrack album arrived, and we all knew a movie was going to come out. Little did we know how big this film was going to be not only for him, but 1984 as a whole. I wasn’t able to see Purple Rain at the theater because it was Rated R, and while my mom had no issue with him, I don’t think she wanted to take me to the theater to see the movie just because. I ended up renting the VHS for Purple Rain before we even had a VCR, I was that advanced and dumb at the same time. When I hear “When Doves Cry”, I hear a bit of sadness from someone who was about to move away from home and discover new people and scenery. I found a way to relate to “how can you just leave me standing alone in a world so cold” because I was about to leave behind everything and not sure what the future would offer However, in the album version of the song, the courage came back through that guitar solo. For me, I guess the song was the start of a new way of living for me, and little did I know how much it was going to change me, discovering many things the hard way.
Can’t Bury Your Past is the latest album from blues rock friends Turchi, who released it yesterday on the Devil Down label. Fronted by Reed Turchi, Turchi show what it means to get back to the roots of the music, whether it means rediscovering the blues, country, or whatever you can find when walking through the woods barefoot with a guitar in your hand. It’s what it means to be a North Carolina resident, at least for Turchi, and he and the band are ready to share that feeling with you. Listen to how gritty they are with “Take Me Back Home”.
They will be doing a number of shows in the coming weeks, check them out and show up early. Shows in June will also include fellow North Carolinians Campfires & Constellations:
April 24… Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506)
April 25… Durham, NC (Blue Note Grill)
April 26… Cape Charles, VA (Kelly’s Gingernut Pub)
April 27… Wilmington, NC (Lagerheads)
June 21… Lafayette, LA (Artmosphere) Ҽ
June 26… Nashville, TN (Soulshine Pizza Factory) Ҽ
June 27 & 29… Cape Charles, VA (Kelly’s Gingernut Pub) Ҽ
Ҽ = w/ Campfires & Constellations
Reed Turchi will also be doing two solo performances, both at breweries:
May 3… Waynesville, NC (Tipping Point Brewery)
May 23… Waynesville, NC (Frog Level Brewery)