SOME STUFFS: Loggins & Messina’s “Full Sail” receives a new audiophile treatment from Audio Fidelity

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One of my all time favorite albums, one I’ve loved since I was introduced to it through my parents, has been remastered by Audio Fidelity. Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina released the incredible Full Sail album and it was released in proper stereo along with a quadraphonic pressing soon after. Audio Fidelity have given Full Sail the SACD treatment, meaning you’ll get to hear a new remastering via Steve Hoffman and the original quad mix will be heard on the SACD.

While the album did produce one single (“My Music”), it was not a hit but the album does feature such songs as “Lahaina”, “You Need A Man/Coming To You”, “Watching The River Run” and the Chicago stepping classic, “Pathway To Glory”. I’ve had this album on vinyl, cassette, and 8-track and the remaster Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) is nothing short of amazing and I’m sure Hoffman has done an incredible job with it too.

It was released last week and you can order it below via Amazon.com.

SOME STUFFS: Audio Fidelity to release remasters of albums by Loggins & Messina and America

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It may be close to the end of the year but the folks at Audio Fidelity are not slowing down, for they’re already getting ready to release some new remasters in the new year. Two are on the way, one of which is one of my all time favorite albums.

  • January 22, 2016 is when you’ll be seeing a brand new remaster of Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina’s debut album as a duo, 1971’s Sittin’ In. In truth, the album is credited as Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina, as Messina had been known as a member of the Buffalo Springfield but was also in Poco, and this was a way for him to introduce Kenny Loggins to the world. The album is beautifully produced by Messina and while it’s the musicianship, singing, and songwriting of both Loggins and Messina that was important, the drumming from Merel Bregante has to be heard to be believed, especially in tracks like “Nobody But You”, the 3-song medley that closes Side 1 and my favorite L&M song, the almighty “Vahevala”, with an incredible duo sax solo from Al Garth and Al Garth that always blows me away, very John Coltrane-esque with its Indian touches. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) once released this album as a silver disc and sounded awesome, so I can’t weit to hear Audio Fidelity’s treatment of it.
    Sittin in

  • By the time America released Hearts in 1975, they had four albums behind them and they were still ready to unleash some more powerful music. This effort was produced by Sir George Martin, known for his work over the years with The Beatles, and it was Martin’s second time working with the band. Hearts features a number of moving songs and features three songs released as singles, including “Sister Golden Hair”, “Woman Tonight”, and “Daisy Chain”.
    Hearts


    Hearts was originally released in quadraphonic as well so the hybrid SACD will feature both the album stereo and 4.0 surround sound. Sittin’ In was only released in stereo (their Loggins & Messina, Full Sail and Native Sons albums had the quad treatment) so the SACD can be played in two different ways, for those who have SACD players.

    (NOTE: Both SACD’s can be pre-ordered above via Amazon.com. They do not show the covers as of this writing but it will lead you to Amazon and show you how to order.)

  • AUDIO: GospelbeacH’s “Your Freedom”


    Pacific Surf Line (Alive Naturalsound) is the debut album from GospelbeacH, a group that features members of more bands like Beachwood Sparks, The Chris Robinson Band, and The Tyde, but the press release says “and more”, so find out somewhere who that “and more” refers to. The album will be out a month from this day, and you can have a listen to a song from it called “Your Freedom”.

    SOME STUFFS: Loggins & Messina second album, Sly & The Family Stone’s “Greatest Hits” get the SACD audiophile treatments

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  • As a lifelong fan of Loggins & Messina, this new audiophile pressing on Audio Fidelity is going to be worth waiting for. Some call this the debut album by Loggins & Messina, at least by name but in truth, it’s their second album, their follow-up to the amazing 1971 album Sittin’ In. For most fans of pop music, this is the album that features their biggest and arguably only hit, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”. However, this album is also known for a number of key album tracks, including the amazing “Angry Eyes” (later covered by The Pointer Sisters), along with “Thinking Of You” and “Golden Ribbons”. This 1972 album helped keep the band on the charts and on the radio, with “Your Mama Don’t Dance” still getting airplay 43 years later.

    Steve Hoffman did the remaster on the regular CD audio.

  • Released in 1970, Sly & The FamilY Stone’s Greatest Hits was released while Epic Records was waiting for new music from Sly and friends. His performance at Woodstock in 1969 had been released in the film in March of 1970 and they wanted to be sure he would supply fans with new music. He wasn’t working on that pace, or any pace. Some have said Sly was working on what would become There’s A Riot Goin’ On but whatever was happening, it wasn’t driving him to finish anything new. Epic Records decided to do what was best by putting together a compilation of all of the hits Sly & The Family Stone had between 1967 and 1969 and give it to fans, which helped. As the saying goes, most greatest hits albums are usually the sign of death for an artist but not with Sly, for many of those songs were still getting a lot of airplay on many radio stations.

    The interesting thing about the Greatest Hits package is that a lot of the singles were mono only, in that proper stereo mixes were not made, since they weren’t intended for release on an album, back when it was customary to release mono and stereo mixes. What Epic Records did was “electronically reprocess” some songs to be fake stereo, so one channel had a lot of high end, the other channel had a lot of low end. Then something happened. A few years later, when quadraphonic albums were the hip thing to do, they went to the multi-tracks to make all new mixes for the album. In the process, by making quad mixes in stereo for the vinyl pressing, it essentially was the first time three songs made their stereo debut, including “I Want To Take You Higher”, “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”, and “Hot Fun In The Summertime”. For the longest time, the quad mix became the hit album to get for those who preferred hunting down true stereo mixes. Slightly different stereo mixes were later released on compilation albums in the 80’s and 90’s but now you’ll be able to it in all of its true quadraphonic glory on the SACD. No word on if the stereo or quad-in-stereo mix was remastered.

    (Mahalo nui to Tom Hayes for the tip on both discs.)

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  • REVIEW: Hidden In The Sun’s “Seven Seasons”

    Hidden In The Sun photo HiddenSun_cover_zpsncudc3f2.jpg IF you love pop along the lines of Ben Folds, you will love Hidden In The Sun. If you love the kind of bluesy rock that The Black Crowes became known for, Hidden In The Sun are your band. If you love your country with a bit of pop or rock attitude, Seven Seasons (self-released) will be one of your favorite albums of the year, and there are many reasons why. Hidden In The Sun, who are Lizzie Clapper (vocals), Scott Rouse (drums), Jason Vivrette (bass), Ciara McAllister (keyboards), and Sean Alexander (guitar), are a band who enjoy being a sponge and taking out their influences into their music, showing how it can be going from place to place while showing a level of consistently throughout. In a song like “Waiting On The Storm” it may make one reminisce about a powerful soul song heard years ago, but then they may turn into a blues rock dirge a in “My Magdeline” and keep it in the ground until it grows into something new. McAllister comes off like a bit of a John Medeski, Booker T. Jones, or Norah Jones with how she plays, where it can be anything from jazz to rock to blues and everywhere in between, she may become the group’s secret weapon, if she isn’t already. She isn’t the only one that stands out in this group, for being a tight group is all about interactivity with one another, a feeling where you know where your band mate will go to next or taking a risk by playing something to find out where they’ll head to. They sound like that type of band that could take off in that direction in the future, especially in “Waiting On The Storm”, where it seems they could get locked in a jam and stay there until they unfold somewhere that’ll surprise them, all while knowing when the conclusions are about to hit. With a group like Hidden In The Sun, you’re going to find them to sound like a number of your favorite groups, players, and singers, but in time they will become their own and you will not know where you were until they arrived in your life. Seven Seasons may not change the game in a cliched manner, but they have enough games to make you want to play your own with them as the soundtrack.

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    VIDEO: Black Star Riders’ “Finest Hour”


    Is this hard rock or country rock? Does it sound like Twisted Sister to you or more like Bon Jovi? Maybe it’s a mixture of both. They’re the Black Star Riders and they sing about what they feel is their ‘Finest Hour”, or the finest hours anyone can have at any given time. Their Killer Instinct album on Nuclear Blast will be out next week Tuesday (February 24th).

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    VIDEO: DoubleMe’s “Ignorance”


    Here’s an interesting twist: a German band currently living in Los Angeles who combine country with heavy metal. Some nice country rock here courtesy of DoubleMe, whose debut album was released two months ago and from it is a video called “Ignorance”.

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    VIDEO: PawnShop Kings’ “Fall Apart”


    Scott and Joel Owen are two brothers from California who would like for you to get familiar with their music under their collective monitor, the PawnShop Kings. They have a 4-song EP out now, which you may stream over at their website, but you may want a hint of what they’re about before checking out the rest of it. “Fall Apart” is primarily meant to be one of those “lyric videos” I tend to avoid here, but it’s also a proper video, at least in the background. A 2-for-1 deal? Maybe.

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    VIDEO: The Grisly Hand’s “Country Singles”

    The Grisly Hand – Country Singles from Jetpack Pictures on Vimeo.

    Nine months after the release of their latest album, The Grisly Hand have issued out a video clip for their song “COuntry Singles”. Do they mingle with these singles? Find out but if the screenshot above is any indication, they had out to a drive-in theater to discover a few things.

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    REVIEW: Papermoons’ “No Love”

     photo Papermoons_cover_zps5140044d.jpg Papermoons make moving pop music for those who choose/care to be moved, and their latest project No Love (Deep Elm) shows how much enthusiasm they have to create a positive movement. The singing is pleasant and easy, they’ll play in a sometimes-simple fashion but at the right times, they’ll turn up the electricity and cause jolts between one another to create a mighty crunch, as they do in “Arms Length”. Other times they’ll get into a melodic section that may sound something close to Wilco or even Coldplay, and what I like about these guys is that while they’re doing something with a bit of an edge, they’re also capable of creating radio/movie/app-friendly music that could appeal to a much broader audience. “Heart/Brain” gets into a blues/pop dirge that shows some of their strengths outside of their core circle but by including it as part of their repertoire, it’s not outside but an inside thing. The album closes with a slight country flair and twang with “Lungs”, as if they can see the highway signs telling them they’re close to home, and Papermoons play with the kind of fervor that show they want to travel much more, and further. I’m certain their navigation skills will keep them discovering new things, or finding new ways to get to their preferred destinations of choice.

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