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Melissa Manchester to Release New Album in February Featuring Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick & More Stars

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Randee St. NicholasMelissa Manchester‘s first studio album in more than 10 years, You Gotta Love the Life, will be released on February 10, 2015.  The 14-track collection features contributions from some well-known stars, including Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Al Jarreau, acclaimed trumpet player Dave Koz and, in one of his final recordings, jazz pianist Joe Sample.

Wonder plays harmonica on a romantic tune titled “Your Love Is Where I Live.”  Warwick lends guest vocals to “Other End of the Phone,” a song Manchester co-wrote with legendary lyricist Hal David.  The words David contributed to the track were the final lyrics he wrote before passing away in 2012.

You Gotta Love the Life also features a cover of the Ronettes classic “Be My Baby,” a free download of which can be accessed now at Melissa-Manchester.com.  In addition, the album includes a song called “No There There” that Manchester co-wrote with her friend, Mad About You actor Paul Reiser. The record’s lead single, “Feelin’ for You,” which features guitar work by contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’, will be released to radio on January 1.

Melissa helped finance the recording of You Gotta Love the Life via an Indiegogo campaign.  She plans to donate some of the funds she raised to Barry Manilow‘s The Manilow Music Project, which provides instruments and needed materials to school music programs.

Manchester will celebrate the album’s release at party scheduled to take place on January 31 at Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge, a new venue and eatery in Beverly Hills, California.

“This is not an adventure I would have wanted to miss,” says Manchester about the making of You Gotta Love the Life.  “This album is my testimony of what I know to be true — not anybody else’s version of telling me what a good idea it would be, but my own hard won sense of who I am and what I have been through and what I have learned.”

Here’s the album’s track list:

“You Gotta Love the Life”
“Feelin’ for You”
“Be My Baby”
“Big Light”
“Other End of the Phone”
“You Are My Heart”
“Let’s Face the Music/From This Moment On”
“Claudia”
“Your Love Is Where I Live”
“No There There”
“Open My Heart to Your Love”
“The Other One”
“I Know Who I Am”
“Something Wonderful” (bonus)


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New Kansas Documentary DVD/CD Set, “Miracles Out of Nowhere,” Being Released This March

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA new DVD/CD package titled Miracles Out of Nowhere celebrating the career of Kansas will arrive in stores in March of 2015.  The release will include a new documentary about the band and an accompanying album containing the group’s best-known songs along with various other tunes from the Kansas catalog.

The documentary tells the story of how the band emerged from the relatively small city of Topeka to become one of the biggest rock acts of the 1970s.  The 78-minute film includes new interviews with the six members of Kansas’ classic lineup — singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Kerry Livgren, guitarist Richard Williams, drummer Phil Ehart, bassist Dave Hope and violinist/singer Robby Steinhardt.  All of the musicians gathered together for the first time in more than 30 years earlier this year in Topeka to mark the band’s 40th anniversary and discuss the group’s history.

Among the anecdotes the band mates share are the time Kansas was recording in a studio next to John Lennon, and having a fight backstage with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.  The documentary also features new conversations with Queen guitarist Brian May and country superstar Garth Brooks, who compares Kansas to The Beatles and Eagles.  In addition, the flick boasts rare performance clips, archival footage and fan-shot film of the group.

A limited-edition, deluxe version of Miracles Out of Nowhere will be available for purchase exclusively from MiraclesOutOfNowhere.com, and can be pre-ordered at the site now.  It includes a bonus DVD offering a variety of video outtakes from the documentary, as well as special CD curated by Ehart and longtime Kansas producer Jeff Glixman featuring hits, album cuts and audio segments from the doc.

The standard version of Miracles Out of Nowhere can be pre-ordered at Amazon starting on December 26.



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New “Do They Know It’s Christmas” Charity Track Is UK’s Fastest-Selling Single of 2014

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by

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VirginMost of the people downloading it probably weren’t born when the original single came out in 1984, but the new version of Band Aid‘s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” recorded to raise money to fight Ebola, is off to an impressive start.

Britain’s Official Charts Company says the song, featuring artists like U2‘s Bono, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Sinead O’Connor, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and many more stars, is now the fasting-selling single of 2014 in the U.K., moving 206,000 copies since it was officially released for download Monday.  The original 1984 version sold 200,000 copies in two days — and keep in mind, there were no digital downloads then.

The charity single has now smashed the previous record-holder for fastest-selling single this year, held by Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” which sold 163,000 copies when it was released back in January.  In fact, the 30th anniversary version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” has scored the biggest debut sales week of any single in the U.K. since 2011.


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David Crosby Releasing Deluxe Digital Version of Latest Solo Album, Limited-Edition Vinyl Single

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by

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Blue Castle RecordsDavid Crosby is treating us to two special releases in celebration of the holiday season: a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl single featuring two songs from his 2014 solo album, CROZ, and an expanded digital version of the record.

The single, which hit stores Monday, contains the CROZ tunes “Dangerous Night” and “Radio,” and comes on red vinyl.  Only 5,000 copies of the 45-rpm disc will be available.

the deluxe digital edition of CROZ, which will be released Monday, November 24, will include the album’s 11 tracks, plus video footage of Crosby performing those same songs in concert at The Troubadour club in Los Angeles.  The download also features video of the folk-rock legend singing additional songs, including his memorable Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tune “Déjà Vu,” and the classic Byrds hit “Turn, Turn Turn,” the latter a duet with his ex-Byrds band mate Chris Hillman.

Released last January, CROZ is a collection of jazzy, meditative tunes that Crosby co-produced with his son, Crosby, Stills & Nash keyboardist James Raymond.  The album includes several songs that Crosby co-wrote with Raymond, and features guest appearances by such well-known musicians as Mark Knopfler, acclaimed jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, and veteran session bassist Leland Sklar.

Here is the full track list of the deluxe edition of CROZ:

Album:
“What’s Broken”
“Time I Have”
“Holding On to Nothing”
“The Clearing”
“Radio”
“Slice of Time”
“Set That Baggage Down”
“If She Called”
“Dangerous Night”
“Morning Falling”
“Find a Heart”

Video:
“What’s Broken”
“Time I Have”
“Holding On to Nothing”
“The Clearing”
“Radio”
“Slice of Time”
“Set That Baggage Down”
“If She Called”
“Dangerous Night”
“Morning Falling”
“Find a Heart”
“Luck Dragon”
“Déjà Vu”
“Turn, Turn, Turn” (with Chris Hillman)


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Bruce Springsteen Launches Website Selling Recordings of His Live Shows

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Jo LopezBruce Springsteen has launched a new website, Live.BruceSpringsteen.net, that offers authorized digital downloads and CDs of the Boss’ concert performances.  Among the shows that currently are available are a March 12, 2012, concert with The E Street Band at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater and all 30 dates from Bruce and company’s 2014 High Hopes Tour.

All 31 concerts can be purchased as multiple-CD sets and in a variety of digital formats, including MP3, high-resolution 24-bit and CD-Quality FLAC download.  The Apollo Theater show, which was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig, is the first in a series of archival recordings Springsteen is planning to sell at the site.

The High Hopes Tour recordings, which span from a January 26 show in Cape Town, South Africa, through a May 17 concert in Uncasville, Connecticut, were previously available as digital downloads via the Official Bruce Springsteen Store.

In other news, Springsteen’s The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 box set hit stores Monday.  The release, which is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download, features remastered versions of the Boss’ first seven studio albums — 1973′s Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, 1975′s Born to Run, 1978′s Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1980′s The River, 1982′s Nebraska and 1984′s Born in the U.S.A.  The package also includes a 60-page book featuring rare photos, memorabilia and press clippings from the era.  A video showing the vinyl edition of The Album Collection Vol. 1 being “unboxed” can be viewed at BruceSpringsteen.net.


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New Todd Rundgren Box Set Features UK TV and Radio Performances from the 1970s and ’80s

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by

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Esoteric RecordingsA new box set offers Todd Rundgren fans a bounty of live material originally recorded for British radio and television.  Todd Rundgren: At the BBC features three CDs and a DVD documenting the singer/songwriter’s performances for the U.K. broadcasting company as a solo artist and with his group Utopia spanning the years 1972 through 1982.

The collection’s CDs include audio from a July 1972 Rundgren show at London’s Paris Theatre, an October 1975 appearance by Utopia from the BBC TV program The Old Grey Whistle Test, a performance by the band that same month at London’s Hammersmith Odeon and a January 1978 gig from Oxford Polytechnic in Oxford, U.K.

The DVD features video from three separate Old Grey Whistle Test shows, Utopia appearances in October 1975 and May 1978, and a Rundgren solo special that aired in June 1982.

Among the memorable songs included in the set are “I Saw the Light,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Open My Eyes,” “A Dream Goes On Forever” and a cover of the classic Move and Electric Light Orchestra tune “Do Ya.”

The box set features 30 previously unreleased tracks, including two songs from Rundgren’s 1982 Old Grey Whistle Test special that never aired.  All of the audio and video were remastered from the BBC’s original master tapes.  The discs are housed in a clamshell box and the set also features an illustrated booklet.

Todd Rundgren: At the BBC is available now in the U.K. and, according to Amazon.com, will be released in the U.S. on December 2.  For a full details about the box set, including a complete track list, visit GlassOnyonPR.com.



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Joe Perry Says Aerosmith Band Mates’ Reaction to His New Memoir Was “Pretty Much What I Expected”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by

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Simon & SchusterLast month, Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry released a memoir titled Rocks that delves into his life story and the many ups and downs he went through as a member of one of America’s greatest rock bands.  The book reveals plenty of details about the various conflicts that arose over the years between the lauded guitarist, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and his other band mates.

Without going into too many specifics, Perry tells ABC News Radio that most of his fellow Aerosmith members have read at least part of the book, adding that their reactions were “pretty much what I expected.”

“One of them said that they really liked it, and another one said, you know, thanks for telling the truth,” notes Perry.   “And Steven got about halfway through it, I guess, and texted me and said…that he dug the first half that he had read, and also liked the quality of the book and the pictures that I picked and all that stuff.”

Perry says working on the book was a very emotional experience, especially when he had to recall such incidents as the death of family members and his divorce from his first wife.

“I didn’t think that it was going to be as hard as it was,” he admits.  “But, you know, I had [my current wife] Billie‘s support and I knew I had to put that stuff in there if the book was going to…have some teeth, and so people could maybe learn something from what I went through.”

The 64-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says one of his goals in writing Rocks “was to make it so that you didn’t have to be a rock ‘n’ roll fan to get something out of the book.”

He points out that some people who read the book, and who weren’t musicians, have commented to him that “they’ve suffered through the same kind of rejection, bumping into walls and how do you get over it, and all that stuff.”  Joe adds, “[T]here’s a lot about human nature that had to go into the book to make it a piece of literature and not just a journal.”

Perry also shared one of the main highlights of his life that occurred because of he was a member of Aerosmith.

“I got to meet Chuck Berry and play with him on stage at his 80th birthday,” says Joe.  “[H]e’s probably my biggest influence in the early days, and as a guitar player and as a songwriter.”

Perry also explains to ABC News Radio that although he and Tyler have had a contentious relationship for decades, as exemplified by so many stories that appear in Rocks, their bond as friends has remained stronger than their differences.

As an example, he recalls a fun day that he and Steven spent motoring off the coast of Maui in superpowered aquatic vehicles Tyler had bought.

“Those are the kind of [incidents] where our brotherhood could be mistaken for blood brother,” Perry maintains.  “And in a lot of ways we are, in spite of some of the things that have gone on between us.  It’s still there, you know?  And that stuff will never go away.”



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Journey Members, Steven Van Zandt Featured on New Album by Australian Rocker Jimmy Barnes

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by

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Mascot Label GroupJonathan Cain and Neal Schon of Journey and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt are featured on Hindsight, the forthcoming 15th studio album by veteran Australian rock star Jimmy Barnes.  The record, which will be released on January 27, will feature updated versions of a variety of songs from Barnes’ 30-year solo career with accompaniment from a variety of well-known musicians.

Cain appears on a new version of “Working Class Man,” a song he wrote that was featured on Barnes’ 1985 album For the Working Class Man, while he and Schon both contributed to a rendition of “Going Down Alone.”  Van Zandt, meanwhile, lent his talents to “Ride the Night Away,” a song Little Steven co-wrote with drummer Steve Jordan that also was included on For the Working Class Man.

Other guest artists featured on Hindsight include Joe Bonamassa, Dead Daisies frontman Jon Stevens and Aussie bands Baby Animals and The Living End.

With Hindsight, Barnes — who began his career as lead singer of Cold Chisel — is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his debut solo album.  He says of the project, “Chisel did Standing on the Outside, where we got a lot of our favorite bands to record our songs.  It’s a great idea, but everyone’s been doing it.  So I thought, I’ll get all my favorite acts and I’ll get to sing with them!”

Here is the track list of the Hindsight CD:

“Lay Down Your Guns” (with The Living End)
“Time Will Tell” (with The Baby Animals)
“Ride the Night Away” (with Steven van Zandt)
“Stand Up” (with Mahalia Barnes + The Soul Mates)
“I’d Die to Be with You Tonight” (with Diesel)
“Stone Cold” (with Tina Arena and Joe Bonamassa)
“Working Class Man” (with Jonathan Cain and Ian Moss)
“Going Down Alone” (with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain)
“Love and Hate” (with Shihad)
“No Second Prize”
“I’d Rather Be Blind” (with Jon Stevens)
“When Your Love Is Gone”
“The Other Kind”
“Walk On” (with David Campbell)
“I’m Still on Your Side” (with Bernard Fanning)


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Neil Young Announces Starbucks Boycott, Claims Company Is Against “Accurate Food Labeling”

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchNeil Young says he no longer will visit Starbucks to buy his daily latte.  The folk-rock legend has revealed that he’s decided to boycott the coffee franchise because he claims the company is supporting a lawsuit that the Monsanto corporation has brought against Vermont in what he says is an effort to “stop accurate food labeling.”

In a lengthy message Young posted on his official website, he maintains that the suit seeks to block “a landmark law” Vermont passed that will require foods that include genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) to be labeled.  He also says Starbucks taking part in the lawsuit under the auspices of a group called the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Young characterizes Vermont’s legal battle with Monsanto as “a classic David and Goliath fight,” and he says he’s disappointed in Starbucks’ involvement in the suit since the company “has been progressive on LGBT and labor issues in the past.”  Neil adds that he hopes if enough negative attention can be brought to the situation, “we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.”

Young also maintains that backing Vermont in its legal battle is important because it’s “the very first state in the U.S. to require labeling,” and many states have shown interest in passing similar legislation.  He adds, “in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont’s law stands strong.”

Neil is directing people who are interested in backing Vermont check out to the website of the Sum of Us advocacy group, where they can donate money to the cause or sign a petition.

Meanwhile, Starbucks has issued a statement insisting that it “is not a part of any lawsuit pertaining to GMO labeling nor have we provided funding for any campaign.”  The company also maintains that it is “not aligned with Monsanto to stop food labeling or block Vermont State law.”

The message adds that a “petition claiming that Starbucks is part of this litigation is completely false and we have asked the petitioners to correct their description of our position.”

Starbucks concludes its statement by noting that it “has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling,” adding that as a company that has stores and sells its products in every U.S. state, “we prefer a national solution.”


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Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel & More to Be Honored Tonight in NYC with ASCAP Centennial Awards

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by

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Eddie Wolfl; Myrna SuarezTonight in New York City, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will present what its calling a “once-in-a-century” award tonight to Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks and composer Stephen Sondheim.

At a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, those artists luminaries  all will receive the ASCAP Centennial Award, which is given “in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.”  On hand to help pay tribute to them will be Sting, Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Bill Withers, Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame, Gloria Estefan, Tony Bennett and country star Trisha Yearwood, among others.

This will be the first of two major honors Joel is receiving this week: On Wednesday, he’ll be in Washington, D.C., to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.


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