Workingman’s Dead

I never grow weary of this album with its black-on-sepia cover released on June 14, 1970.

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Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set

My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set was first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.

Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.

I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?

I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.

At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.

What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters. To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!

I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.

Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?

I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…

 

 

 

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Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s In Love

It was late in 1978, mid-December if I recall correctly. I was managing a record department for Caldors in Stamford, Ct. I was invited to attend a customer appreciation holiday party by my Warner\Elektra\Asylum (WEA) account rep.

At the party WEA was showing artist videos on a big screen color projection system. I remember watching  a new artist on the Warner Bros. label that my account rep was excited about, Rickie Lee Jones. I was given a poster that night of her soon to be released album (February 28, 1979). I don’t know what happened to that collectible…

The music video I saw was “Chuck E’s In Love”. I was knocked out with Rickie Lee Jones hip style and delivery. This was three years before MTV and rotational music videos as a channel. Music videos in 1978 were rare compared to how plentiful they are today with YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

The song became a monster hit as was her first album, Rickie Lee Jones. I sold many copies of that album in 1979.

Van Morrison and the Re-released “Moondance”

Record companies tend to “screw” with artistic genius. Warner Brothers is doing this now with Van Morrison’s MoondanceThey are reissuing a deluxe edition of Moondance. The record company has remastered Moondance and making it available in various high-end formats and mediums.

It will be released by Warner Bros on September 30 across various formats.

A 4 CD/1 Blu-ray Deluxe Edition will feature a newly remastered version of the original album, three discs of previously unreleased music from the sessions, and a Blu-ray Audio disc with high-resolution 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound audio of original album. It will be presented in a linen-wrapped folio and includes a booklet with liner notes from Alan Light and original engineer Elliot Scheiner.

A 2CD Expanded Edition set that features the newly remastered version of the original album and 11 previously unreleased tracks drawn from highlights from the Deluxe Edition.

Standard Edition of the newly remastered version of the original album.

Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/van-morrison-to-release-deluxe-edition-of-moondance-news#HCL2WEvgE4JHisjX.99

I next navigated to Van Morrison’s official Website to learn more and I discovered this statement.

A MESSAGE FROM VAN MORRISON.

Yesterday Warner Brothers stated that “Van Morrison was reissuing Moondance”. It’ is important that people realise that this is factually incorrect. I did not endorse this, it is unauthorised and it has happened behind my back

My management company at that time gave this music away 42 years ago and now I feel as though it”s being stolen from me again

18th July 2013

I have loved the album Moondance for 42 years. I know it like the back of my hand. I’ve owned multiple copies, vinyl LP, audio cassette,  and CD. I never knew it slipped away from Van Morrison’s artistic control all those years ago.

My first reaction about a new deluxe edition was excitement followed by reservation about extra music of the sessions coming to light. I rarely like the “extra” tracks that surface years later. There’s a reason Moondance holds the place in history it does. The flow and sequence of the original tracks have forged a continually playable masterpiece.

Music of Our Heart will be interested to hear the deluxe edition and to understand what “value” does and doesn’t await at the end of September.

Brooklyn In Da House

We’re talking Brooklyn, Jay-Z and the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets. Hov performed eight sold out shows at this fantastic, state of the art venue. I was blown away by the stage design they used for the shows.

I love to see when an artist gives back to his community.

Check out this video from Jay-Z, Where I’m From. Granted it’s a little long but I think you’ll find it invigorating and heart warming.

Jay-Z has also produced infectious music for the soundtrack for the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42.  Again about Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Dodger’s greatest legend.

And I don’t think Jay-Z is done exciting us yet. Rumor has it that he and Beyonce play a role in the Justin Timberlake video/single, “Suit and Tie” which premiere’s Monday 1/14 at 12:01 a.m. on Astral’s 99.9 Virgin Radio and on iTunes

High on the list of 2013 concerts for the music of our heart is to see a show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Trust me I will be reviewing the events list closely for that to happen 😉