Vinyl junkies should already have these albums, maybe multiple copies, but Concord (who purchased the entire non-Atlantic Stax catalog years ago) will be reissuing two classics by soul legend Isaac Hayes on February 24th.
Black Moses is the classic 1971 2-record set, known for its great music as much as it is known for its cover art. Upon ripping the cellophane, you could unfold the panels into a cross, showing Hayes in his robe as the holy man of music. This new 2CD reissue, newly remastered and featuring liner notes by Rob Bowman, will duplicate the original panels. The album featured a number of classics, including his renditions of “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “(They Long To Be) Close To You”, “Going In Circles”, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, some of which have become sample fodder for countless hip-hop DJ’s and producers in the last 20 years. No bonus tracks unfortunately.
Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) is the album he recorded when Stax finally closed shop, moving over to ABC with his own boutique label, Hot Buttered Soul. It wasn’t as popular as the albums he did in the first half of the 1970’s, but it did pave the way for what he would do for the remainder of the decade. It may have turned off a few diehard soul and funk fans, but time has allowed it to simmer a bit so that people can take in the flavors from afar. This is the first time the album has been released on compact disc, and it features liner notes by Bill Dahl.
You can pre-order both of them right now through the following links, courtesy of CD Universe:
This news piece from Reuters makes me wish more fans would make a commotion. It proves that there are fans who still buy physical product and care for the audio quality.
The issue in question is a series of reissues Rhino Records released for New Order earlier this week. Fans bought them but realized the audio quality is not up to par, with some claiming that a few of the tracks on the bonus discs are sourced from vinyl. While using records as a master is not a bad thing, this is New Order we’re talking about, a group whose master recordings are still in existence. The albums in question are Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Brotherhood and Technique. The same albums were reissued in England and throughout Europe last month, when fans discovered some of the errors on the discs. Surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly), the masters used for the UK remasters were sent to Rhino and what Americans are hearing are the exact same discs as British fans. (In the past, individual countries could create a unique master for a particular release, so that a pressing in Japan may sound very different from the one in the UK. These days, the same “clone” of an album is used throughout the world.)
New Order’s Peter Cook made a statement on his MySpace page claiming the reissue process was a mess, and that no one sent him or the other members of the group test pressings in order to have a bit of quality control. The articles goes on to say that Rhino released a statement indicating “We are now in the process of correcting the problems, but it should be noted that due to the age and condition of some of the original source tapes, the sound quality may vary”. Warner Japan had planned on creating limited editions for these new reissues, but since it seems they were going to use the same masters as the UK and US discs (as is customary these days), the Japanese reissues have been officially canceled.
All parties involved will eventually allow fans to exchange their discs when an official announcement is made.
If you’d like to see an updated forum thread on the errors found in these reissues (“300 and counting”), head over to NewOrderOnline.com.