Steve Hoffman has released a wide range of CD remasters and compilations that have demanded his expertise, and how he’s handling a new compilation, this one a two volume series in cooperation with Time-Life Music. Called Legends, one volume is called Crank It Up while the other is called Get It On, bringing together 34 of some of the best classic rock ever made, most of which were radio staples back then, as they are now.
A few of these tracks have been remastered by Hoffman before while others are brand new to the scene. The compilations feature music from the likes of Chicago Transit Authority, Grateful Dead, Foghat, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Phil Collins, Alice Cooper, Bad Company, T. Rex, Deep Purple, and many more. If you haven’t bought the full album remasters Hoffman has gone recently for some artists, consider these tracks a preview of what you’re missing out on.
Each album will be released on a hybrid SACD, which means they’ll play on standard CD players as they will on Super Audio CD players. All of these were taken from the original master tapes, which means they may be the best you’ll ever hear these songs. Both volumes will hit stores on June 4th.
In honor of its 42th anniversary, Universal has released a nice deluxe edition of The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies and if this is one of your favorite albums, you’re going to eat this up big time.
The original album has been newly remastered, but it’s the extras that you want to know about and hear. Disc two features alternate versions, demos, alternate mixes for certain songs from 1976 (specifically for “20th Century Man” and “Muswell Hillbilly” and some live tracks from 1972. The album remains as solid as ever and, in the U.S. at least, it’s an album that doesn’t get much airplay since it didn’t result in any gigantic hits for the group, although hearing these songs, it should. It would be nice if this deluxe edition inspired radio programmers to revive the songs on here so here’s to hope.
They call their music Maccabaret, a mixture of the macabre plus cabaret. Elaborate? Maybe, but when everyone seems to be doing the same thing, you have to stick out and that is the plan of Mr. Lewis & The Funeral Five, who will release their second album on July 26th called Delirium Tremendous (Chicken Ranch). (My review of the album can be found here.) The first single is a Kinks cover, and not the typical Kinks song most bands would choose: “Alcohol”.
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F17609773 Mr. Lewis and The Funeral 5 – Alcohol (Kinks Cover) by fanaticpro