ITEM! Take a look at a new museum dedicated to the 1960s Batman TV series.
ITEM! The latest version of the "Doctor Who" theme will debut during a special program on BBC Radio 2 next month.
ITEM! Marvel wants to hear pitches from writers for a new X-Men movie.
ITEM! Comics historian Mark Evanier examines the career of the great Frank Robbins.
Out Nov. 10. Order now from Amazon.
This recording has never before been released or even bootlegged. It captures the Jimi Hendrix Experience at a unique moment in their illustrious career. Before a sold out audience of 17,000 people, the Experience overwhelmed an unsuspecting audience with a superb show that encompassed his renditions of songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters as well as signature songs such as “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary”. Are You Experienced, the group’s debut album, had not yet been released by Jimi’s label Reprise.
Coming Up: 'Looking For The Magic: American Power Pop In The Seventies' Out from Grapefruit Records Nov. 17
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Comprehensive 3-CD overview of the American power pop scene's evolution throughout the 70s.
Featuring the genre's major bands, cult names, hits, rarities and several previously unissued tracks.
Although the power pop genre wasn't named and codified until late 1977, the sound and spirit had been slowly gathering steam throughout the decade.
Surrounded by heavy metal and introverted singer/songwriters, the likes of The Raspberries, Big Star, Blue Ash and The Wackers spearheaded an early 70s return to the spiky, three-minute pop urgency of the mid-60s British Invasion bands.
While only The Raspberries charted, such bands established a musical template that was adopted by a new raft of slightly younger acts including the Dwight Twilley Band, The Rubinoos and Shoes.
The tide had turned by the late 70s, with such names as Cheap Trick and The Cars achieving success as the American music industry embraced power pop as a radio-friendly alternative to punk.
When The Knack emerged from nowhere to dominate the summer of 1979 with the single 'My Sharona' and the album 'Get The Knack', it was clear that the decade was ending with power pop established as a significant commercial proposition.
A chronologically-arranged set, 'Looking For The Magic' traces power pop's development throughout the Seventies as largely unsuccessful bands were afforded cult status by the burgeoning grass-roots fanzine network that nurtured them.
As well as featuring all of the aforementioned acts, we include the likes of Todd Rundgren, Flamin' Groovies, Sparks, Ramones and the USA-based 1979 revamp of Badfinger, one of the seminal prototypal power pop bands at the start of the decade.
We also focus on a huge number of cult names and little-known acts, showcasing many tracks that were unissued at the time and even several cuts now gaining a first-ever release.
Housed in a clamshell box that includes a heavily annotated and illustrated 48-page booklet, 'Looking For The Magic' is a fascinating, highly entertaining celebration of a genre that went under the radar for most of it's formative years.
Coming Up: 'On The Dancefloor With A Fingersnap: 31 Pops To Make The Party Shake!' from Bear Family Out Dec. 8
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In the CD series 'On The Dancefloor With ...' featuring the best danceable music, Bear Family Records here deals with those songs that are accompanied by a percussive finger snap.
Everybody knows Fever, the umpteen times covered cool anthem. We offer Peggy Lee's great version - and that's just one example.
Without giving too much away, the album delivers irresistible grooves and songs by Joe Henderson, the Coasters, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bill Haley, Dean Reed, Pat Morrissey and even B.B. King, Roger Miller and many others.
Chicago music historian Bill Dahl has written the detailed liner notes in the illustrated booklet to this CD compiled by Nico Feuerbach.
Never underestimate the percussive power of the simple fingerpop. Snapping one's digits while listening to a cool melody can be tremendously satisfying and more than a little therapeutic - and this collection will have you doing precisely that from one end of its expertly curated songstack to the other.
From deep-voiced Joe Henderson's '62 smash Snap Your Fingers and The Coasters' hipster streetlife vignette Three Cool Cats to Tennessee Ernie Ford's immortal Sixteen Tons and Peggy Lee's slinky Fever, you'll find the whole thing hard to resist.
Not every selection is as well-known as those classics - obscurities by Pat Morrissey, Al Brown & His Tunetoppers, Dean Reed, Birdie Green, and Bill Haley and His Comets are but a few of its happy surprises (and you haven't lived until you've heard blues immortal B.B. King take on 16 Tons).
They're interspersed with more familiar inclusions by Ronnie Love, Connie Francis, Little Willie John, Roger Miller, LaVern Baker, and Chicago rock and roller Steve King (Satan Is Her Name) that'll have you sharpening up your fingers in delighted anticipation of snapping along. So get ready to get cool when you drop this disc in your changer - you'll be fingerpopping like a pro!
The holidays can be an overwhelming time for a lot of people, Charlie Brown included; but he helped show us that, with a little perspective, we can re-focus on what makes this time of year so special! Inspired by the classic animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas, this Peanuts ReAction Figure Holiday Box Set includes two articulated 3.75” scale figures: Charlie Brown and Linus, as well as forlorn-Christmas-tree and blanket accessories. Packaged in a diorama-style box, this Peanuts ReAction Figure Holiday Box set will take you right back to when Charlie Brown reminded us all about the reason for the Season!
In red and blue suit variations, no less. Order from McFarlane.
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Coming Up from Bear Family: 'Beware! Insects And Spiders!: 28 Buzzin' Blasters From The Vaults Of Horror'
Out Dec. 8. Order now from Amazon.
Bear Family Records presents a CD compilation all about creepy-crawlies: 'Beware! Insects and Spiders'! -With 28 recordings from 1937 to 1966 around 'the big creepy crawlies' the horror comes alive!
Spanning genres, we hear famous artists such as Lionel Hampton, Chubby Checker and Brook Benton as well as lesser-known tunes, some on CD for the first time.
Some instrumentals, a song by Belgian singer Freddy Sunders and an early recording featuring Jimi Hendrix are among the many highlights.
Stylistically, the spectrum ranges from country, surf rock, exotica and pop to rhythm 'n' blues, jazz and swing and a main focus on rock 'n' roll.
The 16-page color booklet includes song annotations by Marc Mittelacher and many often rare photos and memorabilia! Imagine ladybugs, butterflies or honeybees and Halloween doesn't exactly come to mind.
But have you ever looked at a praying mantis in close-up? At the latest then you will learn to be creeped out. Such images were used as models for classic horror movies, oversized insects and spiders became song themes, the fear of spiders, one of the primeval fears of mankind, comes to life here.
This handpicked compilation presents a wide spectrum of genres of past times, classics, but also many rarities.
About a third of the recordings are pure instrumentals, incl. - as a special highlight - an early recording by Curtis Knight & The Squires, whose lead guitarist was a young Jimi Hendrix! Guitar virtuoso Buddy Merrill opens the CD album, and from jazzman Lionel Hampton with his Orch. comes the oldest instrumental recording (1937).
Extremely annoying flies are sung about by Hank Williams and Chubby Checker, with Martin Denny's Tsetse Fly it turns exotic. The classic and cult film 'Tarantula' has also left its 'footprint' in the music world and is represented here by no less than 4 performers.
ITEM! This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony will stream live for the first time. It will air Nov. 3 on Disney+.
ITEM! "Doctor Who Unleashed," a new behind-the-scenes show, will air following episodes of regular show this season.
British actor Sir Michael Gambon (Dumbledore is most of the Harry Potter films) is dead at age 82.
Terry Kirkman, a founding member of the Association and writer of the band's hit "Cherish" is dead age 83.
Out Oct. 20. Order now from Amazon.
50th anniversary edition of King Crimson's classic 1973 album. Blu-Ray I features all-new 2023 mixes in Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-Res Stereo by Steven Wilson. Blu-Ray I also features the new Elemental Mixes by David Singleton. Blu-Ray II contains the complete recordings of every session recorded for the album. All of this material has been newly mixed from the original performances and is presented on disc for the first time in Hi-Res 24/96 stereo. Blu-ray All region.
ITEM! A new Dick Tracy comic book is on the way.
ITEM! A new Netflix documentary produced by Steven Spielberg's company looks at a mass UFO sighting in Britain in the late 1970s.
ITEM! Turns out Frank Miller and Klaus Janson snuck a pic of Matt Murdock and Howard the Duck into 'The Dark Knight Returns."
Out Nov. 17. Order now from Amazon.
Via the Kinks:
Celebrating 60 amazing years of The Kinks with ‘The Journey - Part 2’, the second part of the exciting new 2CD, 2LP, streaming and download anthology series, compiled by the band.
‘The Journey - Part 2’ includes hits, B-sides, album tracks and six new Ray Davies mixes, three of which are previously unreleased live performances.
Hits featured include: ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘20th Century Man’, ‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’, ‘Till The End Of The Day’, ‘A Well Respected Man’, ‘See My Friends’, and ‘Everybody's A Star (Starmaker)’.
2-CD and 2-LP formats include sleevenotes written by Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory.
The world around the journeyman starts to crumble as his life is turned upside down
- TILL THE END OF THE DAY (1965)
- PRESERVATION (1974)
- DAVID WATTS (1967)
- THIS TIME TOMORROW (ALTERNATE TAKE, 2020 MIX) (1970)
- A WELL RESPECTED MAN (1965)
- MONICA (1968)
- SCRAPHEAP CITY (1974)
- HE'S EVIL (1974) #
The journeyman is led astray by ghosts and a dark angel
- LOLA (1970)
- SUNNY AFTERNOON (1966)
- ANIMAL FARM (1968)
- CREEPING JEAN (1969) *
- TWO SISTERS (1967)
- SEE MY FRIENDS (1965)
- MONEY TALKS (2023 MIX) (1974) **
- NO RETURN (1967) #
- DON'T YOU FRET (1965) #
Our journeyman is seduced by those ghosts and demons of the underworld and searches for his lost innocence
- I NEED YOU (1965) #
- RAINY DAY IN JUNE (1966)
- DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION (1966)
- WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (2023 MIX) (1974) **
- WICKED ANNABELLA (1968)
- ALCOHOL (1971) #
- SUSANNAH'S STILL ALIVE (1967) *
- 20TH CENTURY MAN (1971)
- SITTING BY THE RIVERSIDE (1971)
- ARTIFICIAL MAN (2023 MIX) (1974) ** #
Despair turns to elation as journeyman overcomes his fear. Reunites with old friends
- NEW VICTORIA SUITE - EVERYBODY’S A STAR (STARMAKER) (LIVE, 2023 MIX) (1975) **
- NEW VICTORIA SUITE - SLUM KIDS (LIVE NEW VICTORIA THEATRE) (LIVE, 2023 MIX) (1975) **
- NEW VICTORIA SUITE - (A) FACE IN THE CROWD (LIVE NEW VICTORIA THEATRE) (LIVE, 2023 MIX) (1975) **
- HOLIDAY ROMANCE (1975)
- BIG SKY (1968)
- LINCOLN COUNTY (1968) * #
- GOD'S CHILDREN (1971)
* BY DAVE DAVIES
** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED VERSION
# TRACK NOT FEATURED ON THE 2LP VERSION