Steely Dan’s Classic Catalog to be Remastered From Original Tapes

Steely Dan’s classic catalog remaster & reissue from original tapes onto 180-gram vinyl starts with “Can’t Buy A Thrill” on November 4.

(via Markets Insider)

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Led by the songwriting and virtuoso musical duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released an extraordinary run of seven albums on ABC Records and MCA Records from 1972 through 1980. Filled with topline musicianship, clever and subversive wordplay, ironic humor, genius arrangements, and pop hits that outshone the Top 40 of its day, their records, which were as sophisticated and cerebral as they were inscrutable, were stylistically diverse, melding their love of jazz with rock, blues, and impeccable pop songcraft.

Now at long last, Steely Dan’s classic ABC and MCA Records catalog will return to vinyl with an extensive yearlong reissue program of the band’s first seven records, which is being personally overseen by founding member Donald Fagen. The LPs, most of which haven’t been widely available since their original release, will be available on 33 1/3 RPM 180-gram black vinyl via Geffen/UMe, and as a limited-edition premium 45 RPM version on Ultra High-Quality Vinyl (UHQR) from Analogue Productions, the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds. Analogue Productions will also release this series of titles on Super Audio CD (SACD)…

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The Day Disco Died: Remembering the Unbridled Chaos of “Disco Demolition Night”


On this day in 1979, a fun MLB promotional event quickly devolved into the most infamous and controversial event in disco history.

In the late 70s, dance-oriented disco was one of the most popular musical genres in the United States. Seminal films such as Saturday Night Fever and Disco Godfather greatly influenced the music scene, while artists like the Bee Gees, ABBA, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Donna Summer became repeated record plays for many.

While disco provided a fun, novel outlet and style of dress to many people, it sparked major backlash from fans of rock music. Critics at the time often feared that the rise of the disco would quickly lead to a decay in rock after disco albums dominated the 21st Grammy Awards in 1978.

When Chicago’s WDAI-FM switched from rock to disco and DJ Steve Dahl got fired in 1978, the moves sparked a paradigm shift. Quickly hired at rival Chicago rock station WLUP and playing off the publicity surrounding his firing, Dahl created a mock organization called “Insane Coho Lips” consisting of his group of anti-disco listeners…

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You Can Listen to the New Weezer Single…but Only By Becoming a ‘Human Record Player’

In one of the most Weezer moves ever, the band have given fans the chance to hear their new single Records before its release next week – but you’re gonna have to work for it…

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Let The Debates Begin: A List of Lists

(via Culture Sonar) by JEFF POLLACK

In all my years around music (and now documentaries) I’ve viewed “best” lists with skepticism. How is it possible for so many people to get it wrong? My guess is that politics and friendship play a role in many selections. I also think that “legendary status” places some bands much higher in people’s esteem because it’s almost expected that they belong there. John Ford said, “When you have to choose between history and legend, print the legend.” It reminds me of the prodigy in Thomas Mann’s classic Das Wunderkind, a boy who knew his “legend” was more important than his performance. And so it is with many good — but not great — artists, whose body of work doesn’t survive close scrutiny, nor compare favorably to other artists.

Ten years ago, I wrote a column for Huff Post about what I considered the 10 best bands of all time. At the time I wrote the piece, I stated that the selection for a slot on a top 10 list “has to be more than that you grew up listening to them, saw them live in concert at a formative age, that the critics think they’re great or that you just like them.”

I created criteria for establishing a particular artist or band’s place on any all-time list: the body of work, originality, lyrics that matter, some commercial success, ability to play live, and most importantly, music that stands the test of time. Nostalgia doesn’t have a seat at this table nor does “legendary” status. So several bands from my original list have fallen off this new one because there are other, better bands.

Here are the best of all time. Let the arguments begin…

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Ann Wilson Reveals the Meaning Behind 7 Heart Album Titles

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(via Goldmine magazine) by Martin Popoff

In celebration of her smartly titled recent solo album, Fierce BlissGoldmine asked classic rock icon Ann Wilson to divulge the meaning behind the titles of a few albums by her old band Heart.

Magazine (1977)

Magazine was my idea. There was a whole theme behind it, where all the songs were going to be like articles in a magazine all tied together. There was going to be a booklet that was shot like a really cool artistic fashion magazine. And not just fashion, but news and stuff like that that we would make up. It was a whole project, but then the legal thing happened and we never got to make good on it. But that was a really good idea. The Magazine album did end up coming out but it was kind of piecemeal.”

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Rumor and Sigh: An Appreciation of Richard Thompson’s Solo Albums

(via Allmusic) By Daniel de Visé 

Fifty years ago, in June 1972, Richard Thompson released his first solo album, the magnificent Henry the Human Fly. It sounded like a record of British folk standards, but Richard had written the songs himself.

Several lazy months later, Warner Brothers issued Henry the Human Fly in the States. A handful of folkie “weirdos” – Richard’s term – snatched up copies. It may be the poorest-selling record in Warner history.

“As rare as hen’s teeth,” Richard said, in an interview with AllMusic. “Promoted zero, and not a suitable record for the American audience, really, because it’s far too parochial, far too British. Worst-selling ever, in which I take great pride.”

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Quora: George Harrison Was Said to Have a Long Running Argument with Ringo Starr. What Was it About?

(via Quora) Answered by Shawn M. Winterich

George had an affair with Ringo’s wife, Maureen. It went on for months. Apple exec Peter Brown first wrote about it in “The Love You Make” in the 1980s, and band members and associates who commented dismissed his work as sensationalistic trash. It wasn’t: truth was a defense. Then Pattie Harrison wrote about the affair in her book about 20 years later (“Wonderful Tonight”), after speaking with Ringo first…

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