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RUSH – ReDISCovered Vinyl LP Box Set – Is Available Now, Via UMe

Posted in classic rock, music news, progressive rock, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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RUSH CELEBRATES 40 YEAR RECORDING CAREER

In March of 1974, Rush released their self-titled debut through the band’s own indie label, Moon Records in Canada, and quickly sold out of the initial 3500 copies originally pressed. Moon Records would soon become Anthem Records, which launched in 1977, and continues to serve as the band’s only Canadian record company.

To mark the band’s 40-year recording career, Anthem/UMe celebrates with the vinyl reissue of the original Moon Records (pre-Mercury) release of Rush, as part of Universal’s reDISCovered vinyl series. Housed in a sturdy, custom box with a lift-off top, this landmark album is pressed on 200g, audiophile grade vinyl, from the original 1974 analog stereo masters, cut to copper plates using the Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) process at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Rush also features the original Moon Records jacket art, complete with the original MN-100-A/B Matrix etching, and will include a 16″x22″ reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three 5″x7″ lithographs of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey, a 12″x12″ Rush Family Tree poster, and a digital download card for a free digital copy of this newly remastered release.

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* Vinyl LP Box Set Released On April 29, 2014.

(Source: UMe)

* For more info on RUSH:

Facebook: RUSH

Website: http://www.rush.com

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LONG LIVE RUSH.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

Stone.

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STYX ‘Paradise Theater’ Album To Be Released On Limited Numbered Hybrid SACD!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, music news, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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“Styx’s high-water mark…one of the greatest albums in Rock history.”

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Camarillo, CA – Styx fans rejoice with the release of the band’s critically acclaimed album ‘Paradise Theater’ on limited numbered Hybrid SACD by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity. Styx’s 10th album, the 1981 release, ‘Paradise Theater’ was the band’s fourth consecutive triple-platinum album. A resounding success, ‘Paradise Theater’ was their greatest commercial triumph and their only #1 album. It remains one of the best examples of the convergence between progressive rock and AOR which typified the arena rock sound of the top groups of the late-seventies and early-eighties such as Journey, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Kansas.

Styx was a great group of talented musicians – Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo. The album included three Billboard Hot 100 hits, “The Best of Times,” “Nothing Ever Goes As Planned” and “Too Much Time on My Hands”, considered among Tommy Shaw’s finest singles ever. Another track, “Rockin’ The Paradise” reached #8 on the Top Rock Track Chart.

The concept album is a fictional account of Chicago’s Paradise Theatre from its opening to closing, used as a metaphor for America’s changing times from the late 1970s into the 1980s.

“…some of the best songs Styx would ever write!”

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TRACKS:

A.D. 1928

Rockin’ the Paradise

Too Much Time on My Hands

Nothing Ever Goes As Planned

The Best of Times

Lonely People

She Cares

Snowblind

Half-Penny, Two-Penny

A.D. 1958

State Street Sadie

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Produced by Styx

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/styx-paradise-theater

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE STYX.

REST IN PEACE, JOHN PANOZZO.

Stone.

MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS “Blood Of The Sun” – An Iconic Guitarist, A Legendary Covers Compilation Of Rock Classics!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, music news, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Metal Fists Out Of 5!

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MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS - Blood Of The Sun will be releasing on April 22, 2014, in North America, via Germany’s Collectors Dream Records. This is a 14 song compilation of Rock’s storied classics, including 2 instrumentals, courtesy of the iconic guitarist Michael Schenker!

Michael Schenker’s “Friends” are a roll-call of 12 Rock, Hard Rock and Metal luminaries! From Michael’s long-time vocalist Gary Barden, to Sebastian Bach, with Paul Di’Anno in-between, this compilation of Classic Rock cover songs gives me the ostrich bumps all over my arms and face, each time I listen to it! This album is Classic Rock ‘N Metal 101, my fellow Metal brethren and Rockaholics!

It is only fitting that this album has come together, with Michael Schenker sharing the stage and studio with a list of who’s who throughout his epic musical career. To my ears and Rock ‘N Roll senses, Michael Schenker has undeniably molded these Rock classics into his very own, with a little help from his friends! From Pink Floyd’s Money to Black Sabbath’s War Pigs, these classics are celebrated to the highest degree of vocal and musical excellence! Tim “Ripper” Owens essentially kills it, on the cover of War Pigs. Whoa!

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(Photo Credit: Michael Schenker Group / Temple Of Rock Facebook)

Michael Schenker magically allows his Dean Flying V guitar to do all the talking for him and each vocalist featured here sounds nothing short of terrific! The guitar tones of Michael Schenker are forever entrenched in the minds and souls of his countless fans; any fan of this guitar icon should be pleased by what they hear, on this album. This compilation defines Michael’s uniqueness and (improvisation-like) studio creativity, which has had him stand out among his peers for decades.

If I have come across as spellbound by this compilation from Michael Schenker & Friends, there is plenty of solid reasoning. I grew up listening to Michael Schenker, along with each and every vocalist here, from Joe Lynn Turner to Tim “Ripper” Owens and I immensley appreciate each and every one of their respective talents. Truth be told, this album is about Rock, Hard Rock and Metal coming together as one impressive Classic Rock family. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track Listing:

 

  1. Out In The Fields feat. Gary Barden (4:27)
  2. Save Yourself – feat. Robin McAuley (5:58)
  3. Doctor Doctor – feat. Jeff Scott Soto (6:08)
  4. War Pigs – feat. Tim “Ripper” Owens (7:27)
  5. Finding My Way – feat. Sebastian Bach (5:20)
  6. All Shook Up – feat. Joe Lynn Turner (4:25)
  7. Blood Of The Sun – feat. Leslie West (3:55)
  8. Money – feat. Tommy Shaw (6:06)
  9. I’m Not Talking feat. Mark Slaughter (4:13)
  10. Hair Of The Dog – feat. Paul Di’Anno (4:14)
  11. I Don’t Live Today – feat. Sebastian Bach (3:54)
  12. Politician – feat. Jeff Pilson (5:12)
  13. Doctor Doctor – (instrumental) (6:14)
  14. War Pigs – (Instrumental) (7:49)

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This album was released on March 28, 2014, via Collectors Dream Records, outside of North America.

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You can pre-order Michael Schenker & Friends – Blood Of The Sun at Amazon.com, by clicking that huge link below! Whoa!

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sun-Michael-Schenker/dp/B00ISEY3WG/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397537663&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=michael+schenker+%26+friends+blood+of+the+sun

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* For more info on MICHAEL SCHENKER:

Website: http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Michael Schenker Group / Temple Of Rock

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LONG LIVE MICHAEL SCHENKER.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

LONG LIVE COLLECTORS DREAM RECORDS.

Stone.

MY CD FIND ALERT! The King Biscuit Flower Hour/Best Of The Best – 25 Years Of Rock

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock bands, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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I stopped by my local Buyback$ (used CD/video/gaming) store last weekend, while searching for used Queen CD’s. I didn’t find any Queen; instead I found and bought the King Biscuit Flower Hour/Best Of The Best – 25 Years Of Rock. I couldn’t resist grabbing this CD right away, for I grew up listening to the King Biscuit Flower Hour and have fond memories of listening to the live concerts that this iconic FM radio show sponsored. Heck, the King Biscuit Flower Hour introduced my ears to full-length live concerts, well before I went to a real live concert! Good times.

From 7th grade through my high school years, (1978 – 1984) the King Biscuit Flower Hour introduced to me many, many Classic Rock bands that I still listen to today. From Genesis to Triumph, with America and The Kinks in-between, this CD not only takes me back on memory lane… this CD flat-out Rocks! There are 16 songs, with 16 different Classic Rock bands represented, in all of their live glory! A solid and honest production, a crisp (and often raw) sound creates an honest-to-goodness live feel which overflows from this whiz-bang CD!

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Isn’t it funny, how back in the 70’s and into the 80’s the genre of Classic Rock really didn’t exist yet? Now we all group these bands and their songs into Classic Rock. Hilarious. Um, not really. This all really means I’m getting old. Then again, if my memory serves me correct, the songs from the 50’s and 60’s were called The Golden Oldies back in the 80’s. Um, yeah.

I paid $3.99 (U.S.) for this used CD. The record label is none other than: King Biscuit Flower Hour Records. The release year is printed on the actual CD as: 1998. You can buy this CD on Amazon.com; where I’ve seen 3 used copies for sale, ranging in price from $3.46 to $26.25 (U.S.). I absolutely love this CD, with The Kinks Lola, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Call Me The Breeze and Carry On Wayward Son from Kansas being grand highlights for me. The liner notes are fabulous, with 4 color and black & white band pics, a tidy history of this legendary live radio show, plus testimonials.

There is, actually, We Will Rock You by (of course) Queen on this CD, therefore, I did find Queen on this trip to Buyback$ after all. Good times. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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The track list is as follows and it’s a dandy:

01 – Genesis – That’s All

02 – Queen – We Will Rock You

03 – The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

04 – Foreigner – Cold As Ice

05 – Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son

06 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze

07 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man

08 – Rush – Limelight

09 – Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot

10 – The Kinks – Lola

11 – America – Horse With No Name

12 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Takin’ Care Of Business

13 – Billy Squier - The Stroke

14 – Rick Derringer – Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo

15 – Triumph – Allied Forces

16 – Blondie – One Way Or Another

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF THE KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR.

LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

TOMMY BOLIN – Unreleased Rare Recordings Of Guitar Legend To Be Released On New Compilation ‘Whirlwind’

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock news, Music, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, CA – A spectacular collection of rare and unreleased recordings from famed guitarist of Deep Purple, James Gang and the Billy Cobham band, Tommy Bolin will be released on August 13th by Purple Pyramid Records. ‘Whirlwind’, produced by Greg Hampton and Johnnie Bolin, features rare material from Bolin’s jazz-rock band Energy, an epic 26-minute version of “Marching Powder” (here called “Marching Bag”) from his first solo album ‘Teaser’, as well as songs Tommy was preparing for his third solo album before his untimely death in 1976.

Tommy Bolin ‘Whirlwind’ will be released in both a beautiful 8-panel, 2-CD digipak and a 2-LP gatefold vinyl set. For the ultimate collector, Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing a special limited (1000 only) deluxe box edition of this exciting collection, which includes the 2-CD digipak plus 4 color postcards, a Tommy Bolin signature guitar pick, collectable patch and pin!

Says producer Greg Hampton: “Tommy’s music was way ahead of its time. He’s one of the truly greatest guitarists to ever live, and he left an incredible legacy that will continue to influence and inspire musicians forever. The tracks on ‘Whirlwind’ are remarkable because they give you a glimpse into the amazing diversity Tommy was capable of.”

Check out the promotional video featuring rare footage of Tommy Bolin tearing up the stage:

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To purchase Tommy Bolin ‘Whirlwind':

Deluxe edition: http://www.amazon.com/Whirlwind-Deluxe-Edition-Tommy-Bolin/dp/B00D3ZJGGS

2-CD set: http://www.amazon.com/Whirlwind-2Cd-Edition-Tommy-Bolin/dp/B00D3ZJCBW

2-LP set: http://www.amazon.com/Whirlwind-Tommy-Bolin/dp/B00D3ZJEPG

iTunes: http://georiot.co/3l2

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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MAY THE ROCK N’ ROLL OF TOMMY BOLIN LIVE ON FOREVER.

REST IN PEACE, TOMMY BOLIN.

Stone.

SAMMY HAGAR “Three Lock Box” – 1982 Album Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SAMMY HAGAR – The Red Rocker. Rock ‘N Roll Legend. Sammy Hagar. Back in the day, any smart dude knew enough to have a Sammy Hagar cassette or two in the car; especially Three Lock Box. Why is that Stone? Well… chicks really dug Sammy Hagar, back then, of course! Ah, those were the  days. Oops… daze. Come to think of it, these same gals today (must) seem to think Sammy Hagar is still a Rockin’ cool dude. My wife (basically) melts apart at the seams whenever Sammy is on television or his Rock ‘N Roll is cranking! I don’t mind. It’s Sammy Hagar, the dude epitomizes Rock ‘N Roll cool. Metal be thy name.

I can remember this album being released, like it was yesterday. An old high school buddy of mine bought Three Lock Box on vinyl right away. We listened to this album quite a bit too. I was a sophomore in high school back in ’82, the year of this album’s release. I eventually snagged Three Lock Box on cassette and I actually still own it! It’s in a water-proof container somewhere in my basement. My prehistoric cassette collection has survived over the decades; regardless of natural disasters and downsizing!

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Admittedly, I still get psyched-out-of-my-Metal-mind from the tracks: Three Lock Box, Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy and Remember The Heroes. All three of those songs were HUGE radio hits, back when FM meant something. Since his early days with Montrose, through his Van Hagar glory years and up to the present day, there consistently has been an it-factor that Sammy Hagar has  glowing from his Rock ‘N Roll persona, voice and guitar. Whatever that “it” is, none of us can walk into Walmart to buy it… that’s for certain!

My Best Metal Buddy, Scott Coverdale, had suggested to me a long while ago to pick Three Lock Box as Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day. When Scott came up with this idea, I felt it was a no-brainer! I just don’t know what took me so long to write about it! Nevertheless, I have written about Sammy Hagar’s Three Lock Box and it is forever secured as Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day! Amen and… Whoa.

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Sammy Hagar (pictured above) today! Sammy is posing with his Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum Red Head. This cool rum of Sammy’s debuted on June 8th, 2013, at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Whoa.

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Three Lock Box – Track Listing:

Three Lock Box

Remote Love

Remember The Heroes

Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy

In The Room

Rise Of The Animal

I Wouldn’t Change A Thing

Growing Up

Never Give Up

I Don’t Need Love

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For more info on SAMMY HAGAR, click on the links below!

Facebook: Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker)

http://www.redrocker.com/

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LONG LIVE THE RED ROCKER, SAMMY HAGAR. 

Stone.

Rare Concert Recording Of Classic Rock Legends Captain Beyond ‘Live in Texas October 6, 1973′ To Be Released On CD & Double-LP By Purple Pyramid Records May 21, 2013

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, CA – Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing a vintage live recording of legendary classic rock band Captain Beyond ‘Live in Texas October 6, 1973′ on May 21, 2013 on CD & Double-LP. One of the most underrated Classic Rock bands of the early 1970’s, Captain Beyond were considered a ‘supergroup’ of sorts at the time and featured original Deep Purple lead vocalist Rod Evans, former Iron Butterfly guitarist Larry ‘Rhino’ Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman, and ex-Johnny Winter drummer Bobby Caldwell.

Although the band only lasted three critically acclaimed albums and several tours of the US and Europe, the band’s following is as strong today as it was back in their heyday! Now with the release of this rare sought after concert recording on CD and vinyl for the first time, fans can relive the magic that was Captain Beyond in concert! Recorded just after the release of the group’s second album ‘Sufficiently Breathless’, Captain Beyond ‘Live In Texas’ captured the band while on tour with King Crimson.

“This was an exciting night of music! Captain Beyond at the University of Texas in Arlington… All the best…” – Bobby Caldwell

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Tracks include…

“Distant Sun”

“Dancing Madly Backwards (on A Sea Of Air)”

“Armworth”

“Myopic Void”

“Drifting In Space”

“Pandora’s Box (It’s War)”

“Thousand Days Of Yesterday”

“Frozen Over”

“Mesmerization Eclipse”

“Stone Free”

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The amazing liner notes were written by famed Rock historian Dave Thompson. Through extensive conversations with Bobby Caldwell, the story of Captain Beyond unfolds, including listening parties with the Allman Brothers, the unusual signing to Capricorn Records, and a fruit-flinging show with Sha Na Na!

To pre-order Captain Beyond – Live In Texas October 6, 1973:

CD: http://www.amazon.com/Live-Texas-October-6-1973/dp/B00BY8DEJ6/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1365304745&sr=1-4&keywords=captain+beyond

Double-LP: http://www.amazon.com/Live-Texas-October-6-1973/dp/B00BY8DEXC/ref=sr_1_3_title_1_lp_?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1365474507&sr=1-3&keywords=captain+beyond

For more information: www.CleopatraRecords.com

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE THE ROCKIN’ LEGACY OF CAPTAIN BEYOND.

Stone.

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