Friday, December 18, 2020

New music out today: McCartney III; The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround 50th Anniversary; Iggy and the Stooges; Ali Akbar Khan

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Paul hadn't planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of "Rockdown," he found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped, self-produced solo work marking the opening of a new decade. Built mostly from live takes of Paul on vocals & guitar/piano, overdubbing bass, drums, etc. atop this foundation.

‘Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One’ is the eighth studio album by The Kinks, one of the most influential rock acts of all time, and was recorded and released in 1970. A concept album, it is a satirical appraisal of the music industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and life on the road. This classic album appeared during a transitional period for the Kinks, and was a critical and commercial success. This set is a limited edition, lavishly packaged, 50th anniversary deluxe 10” book-pack of that album, containing many previously unreleased tracks and versions. Produced in association with The Kinks, with audio & visual content curated by Ray Davies. Matt laminated rigid slipcase featuring the original LP cover reproduced with foil and metallic silver finishes. 3 x CDs containing: Original album new remaster from original HD master tapes, singles (stereo and mono mixes), B-sides, alternate original mixes, new medleys with Ray & Dave Davies conversations, new Ray Davies remixes & original session out-takes, previously unreleased session & live tape audio, instrumental & acoustic versions, previously unreleased demos & BBC material. 2 x reproduced original 7” picture bag singles, remastered audio. 60 page, hardback book with extensive notes, new band quotes, Kinks ‘1970 diary’, rare photos & memorabilia. 4 x small glossy printed kinks photos. Features the hit singles ‘Lola’ & ‘Apeman’.

This set is a deluxe, 50th anniversary hardback book 2CD of that album, containing several previously unreleased track versions. Produced in association with The Kinks, with audio & visual content curated by Ray Davies. Contains the original album new remaster from original HD master tapes plus alternate mono / stereo versions & mixes, new remixes, live and film tracks.. Extended booklet with notes, new band quotes, rare photos & memorabilia. Features the hit singles ‘Lola’ & ‘Apeman’.

The Beatles helped to popularize Indian music in the West in the 1960s. But on this influential night in 1970, Ali Akbar Khan, the greatest sarod master of the century, crossed over to a rapt audience of psychedelic pilgrims, spawning a generation of followers. Captured by the Grateful Dead’s legendary soundman Owsley “Bear” Stanley, the infamous LSD chemist, this release is a mind-expanding journey.
    Featuring more than two hours of transcendent, virtuosic music from a May 29, 1970 live performance at Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, CA.  The booklet includes original cover art by Chris Gallen and liner notes featuring new interviews from Ali Akbar Khan’s family and colleagues, produced with support from the Ali Akbar College of Music.

The riotous, infamous 'last ever' Iggy & the Stooges 1974 gig Metallic KO, first issued in 1976 on the French independent label Skydog that heralded in the punk movement and cemented Iggy's position in it. Plus the two full source tapes pitch-corrected on two CDs, and all of the Skydog label's Iggy releases remastered: We Are Not Talking Commercial Sh*t; Wake Up Suckers; Acoustic KO on both studio CD and live DVD; and the reformed Iggy & the Stooges Telluric Chaos - live in Tokyo in 2003. Notes by Iggy Pop's biographer Paul Trynka in a 48p booklet. 7CDs + DVD.

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