Coming Up: The Action - Shadows & Reflections: Complete Recordings 1964-1968

Out Oct. 26. Pre-order from Amazon now.


Sixties Mod band The Action only released six singles in their lifetime - or seven, if you count a pre-Action single by The Boys - but their legend has grown exponentially since their demise in 1968. The Action was the first band signed by Beatles producer George Martin after he left EMI to set up his own company AIR Productions. In due course, he produced the band's five singles issued on Parlophone between 1965 and 1967 as well as tracks intended for a never-released album.

SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS is far and away the most comprehensive tribute to The Action so far assembled, boasting all their known recordings in the studio and live on radio/TV. Many of the original Parlophone single mixes have never been reissued in their original form on compact disc - until now. The fresh discovery of multi-tracks and rehearsal tapes has led to a whole disc's worth of previously unheard mixes and performances. The box set includes numerous photos of The Action in their heyday, with 16,000 words of sleeve-notes by David Wells and a 36-page booklet within a handsome 4-CD 'digibook'. Includes all previous material issued from the band's BBC sessions and post-Parlophone period, suitably remastered by Alec Palao.

Pop Pic: William Shatner and DeForest Kelley - male models

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Pop Pic: Paul McCartney, 1968

Coming up: Birth Work Death - Work, Money And Status In Country Music 1950-1970

Out Oct. 19. Pre-order from Amazon now.


32 timeless tales of clanging Hammers and pounding Shovels - from wry, dry working-stiff diatribes to bare-chested exclamations - Birth / Work / Death maps the human work experience from anger to joy, poverty to riches. From the muck-crusted mines to late-night jukeboxes - backwoods outsiders and Nashville icons alike waxed odes to the entwined necessities of Work and Money, Status and Competition, Survival and Servitude. Harrowing laments of dank deaths underground, fevered hymns to Mammon, snide ripostes to debt-bondage and exuberant celebrations of family and sustenance. Most originally waxed on private press labels and distributed in tiny amounts, these town criers and tavern-bound troubadours sing of golden highways, slothful byways, factory-floor drudgery and fallow, heartbreaking fields. Years in the making - 'Birth / Work / Death' presents calloused anthems and bloody ballads from dusty LPs and long forgotten 45s. All for your lunch-hour listening pleasure. 


1. Bill Carter - By The Sweat Of My Brow
  2. Bobby Barnett - Workin' Man
  3. Tex Ritter - The Workingman's Prayer
  4. Mr. Connie Dycus - Dark As A Dungeon
  5. Dave Dudley - Workin' Hands
  6. Eddie Noack - Cotton Mill
  7. The Westport Kids - You Kain't Take It With You
  8. Arlie Duff - Money Hungry
  9. Tex Williams - Money
  10. Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons '65
  11. Charlie Gore - Black Diamond
  12. Howard Vokes - The Miner
  13. The Wray Brothers - Down In The Mine
  14. George Davis - Little Lump Of Coal
  15. Doc Williams - Don't Want To Work
  16. David Hiser - On Strike
  17. Buddy Durham - Sixteen Tons
  18. Sunshine Boys Quartet - Checking Up On My Payments
  19. Slim Willet - Come Sundown
  20. Dewitt Lee - Poor Man
  21. Rusty Dunn With Wayne Roberts & The Countrymen - Production Line
  22. Billy Parker - It Takes A Lot Of Money
  23. Phil Brown with Bill Wood's Band - You're A Luxury
  24. Daily Carson - He Ain't Got Nothing But A Cadillac
  25. Perry Tonightus And The Heart Burn - Living On The Welfare Check
  26. Tommy Dee - Welfare Cadillac
  27. Harold Montgomery & his Star Lighters - All Them Wives
  28. Jay Lee Webb - Finance Company Waltz
  29. Jack Shaw - Black Lung
  30. Rev. Joe Freeman - There Will Be No Black Lung - Up In Heaven
  31. Stan Farlow - 1040 Blues
  32. Ray Winfree - Poor Man's Blues

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Time Capsule: Fashion 1968

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Coming Up: "King of the Comics: 100 Years of King Features"

Out Oct. 30. Pre-order from Amazon now.


King Features has had a more illustrious and long-lasting history than any other newspaper syndicate, even as it leads the way into the digital age and beyond.

Krazy Kat! Popeye! Flash Gordon! Beetle Bailey! Blondie! Prince Valiant! Hagar the Horrible! Barney Google and Snuffy Smith! Baby Blues! Mutt & Jeff! Zits! Juliet Jones! Buz Sawyer! Steve Canyon! Bizarro! Hi & Lois! Maggie & Jiggs! Johnny Hazard! There are simply too many to list!

From the earliest days, when William Randolph Hearst first added cartoons to his newspapers, comic strips have had a profound impact on popular culture. With the consolidation of Hearst's various distribution channels in November 1915, King Features was born. A century later, the world's largest syndicate leads the way into the 21st century and beyond.

Pop pic: Dizzy Gillespie

Coming Up: Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same (Super Deluxe) 2CD, 4LP, 3DVD

Out Sept. 7. Pre-order from Amazon now.


THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME is the soundtrack to the legendary concert film of the same name, which was released in 1976. The performances in the film were recorded July 27-29, 1973 at Madison Square Garden during the band’s tour for its then-current studio album, Houses Of The Holy.The Super Deluxe Boxed Set will be the most exquisite and elaborate release in the reissue series, recreating the intricate embossing of the set’s original issue and will also mark the first time the full length film and soundtrack have been available in the same package. 
The Super Deluxe format includes:  
  • Remastered audio on two CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs. 
  • Two DVD set of the The Song Remains The Same featuring the full theatrical version of the film plus bonus content including four performance outtakes that were not part of the original film: “Celebration Day,” “Over The Hills And Far Away,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” and “The Ocean.” 
  • DVD of the entire album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery. 
  • High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit.  
  • A 28-page book featuring band photos and stills from the film and an essay by Cameron Crowe. 
  • A replica of the Japanese program from 1977, previously available only when the film first toured cinemas in that country. 
  • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

Time Capsule: Vintage RCA TV ad with Bing Crosby, 1968

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