Archive for November 2, 2007

From the official UFO website:

EMI is set to re-issue UFO’s first three Chrysalis albums, with a provisional release date of January 28th, 2008.

The albums will contain the following bonus tracks:

Phenomenon: ‘Sixteen’ (Demo produced by Dave Edmunds}, ‘Oh My’ (Demo produced by Dave Edmunds), ‘Give Her The Gun’ (German non LP Chrysalis single A-side), ‘Sweet Little Thing’ (German non LP Chrysalis single B-side), ‘Sixteen’ (Previously unreleased studio track), ‘Doctor Doctor’ (Recorded live 06/06/74).

No Heavy Petting: ‘All Or Nothing’ (Previously unreleased studio track), ‘French Kisses’ (Previously unreleased studio track), ‘Have You Seen Me Lately Joan’ (Previously unreleased studio track), ‘Property’ (Previously unreleased studio track), ‘Sunset Lights’ (Previously unreleased studio track).

Force It: ‘A Million Miles’ (Previously unreleased studio track produced by Leo Lyons at Morgan Studios, Dec 17th 1973), ‘Mother Mary’ (Recorded live at the Paris Theater, London, 11/12/75), ‘Out In The Streets’ (Recorded live at the Paris Theater, London, 11/12/75), ‘Shoot Shoot’ (Recorded live at the Paris Theater, London, 11/12/75), ‘Let It Roll’ (Recorded live at the Roundhouse, London 25/4/76), ‘This Kid’s’ (Recorded live at the Roundhouse, London 25/4/76).

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I’ve been a member of the SITN (Strangers In The Night) Yahoogroup for years now and there has been a lot of talk in recent months of this project getting a proper release date. Finally, UFO’s back catalog will get a proper reissue with many bonus tracks, something collector’s like me really enjoy. The last really good CD reissue was the Japanese collection that came out on Toshiba-EMI/Chrysalis in 1999/2000, those are high quality and now out of print. Of course, I have all but two of them: Making Contact (1983) & Misdemeanor (1985)…..these are the two that command the highest prices on Ebay, etc. Of course, being a huge UFO fan and collector, I’ll buy them all again!

To keep up on UFO, please check out the following links:

UFO

Strangers In The Night (SITN)

SITN Yahoogroup

—– Steve

From ScorpsNews:
Lead singer/Guitar Player Joey Eppard of the Rock band Three says about 10 minutes & 15 seconds into this interview (http://www.dv-metal.com/entrevues/3151007.html) that Three might be involved in a Scorpions/Judas Priest Tour in 2008 in the States. Three was the opening act on 12 Scorpions shows this past fall in North America. I’m contacting both Judas Priest and Scorpions mangement for any confirmed information. I know that in the past I have posted 100% correct information and not rumored information in this news section. But I thought this was very important to post ASAP. Let’s keep our fingers crossed on this news topic. This could be the Tour that would put the Scorpions on the map in North America again. When this news story is 100% correct or false I will post with all details on this site. SO STAY TUNE!!!!!

From Melodicrock.com on Nov. 1st:
Scorpions and Judas Priest looks likely to pair up for a full North American tour in 2008.

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At this point, it’s all rumor but…..

The Scorps News site was one of the official outlets promoting the Scorpions U.S. tour through the band’s management AND Andrew at Melodicrock.com has tons of reliable contacts in the industry. Andrew doesn’t post a news bit or rumor unless there is serious information, his track record is impeccable.

Let’s hope this tour happens, it will easily fill good sized arenas indoors and outdoors because both bands could headline separate package tours. I will go to this one multiple times. Look for more info here as I find it…..

—- Steve

From Bravewords.com:

Ozzy Osbourne – Who was complaining earlier today (November 1st) that he’s “been suffering terribly from people downloading” his new album BLACK RAIN - will have the album reissued on November 20th as a Special Limited Edition Tour Package featuring a bonus CD of live tracks and B-Sides. The bonus CD tracklisting includes: ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’ (live), ‘Not Going Away’ (live), ‘Here For You’ (live), ‘Nightmare’, ‘Can’t Save You’ and ‘Love To Hate’.

Click here to pre-order.

Ozzy - Black Rain (2007)

Ozzy spoke to Cameron Adams from Australia’s Herald Sun recently about a number of topics including his current album Black Rain. While Black Rain made No. 3 on the US Billboard charts, like everyone else, Osbourne is battling lower sales in the modern era.

“I’ve been suffering terribly from people downloading it. If they don’t find something to stop it, people won’t be able to make records. There won’t be any new bands. How are they going to survive?

“I’m an old-timer, I’ve been doing it 40 years now, but new bands are going to suffer. It’s ridiculous, you could be doing it for nothing.

“Sharon said I’d be astounded to find out how many bands are touring because you can download a record but you can’t beat a rock show.”

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I bought the first pressing of the new Ozzy record (read the review here) and I didn’t like it: everything from the music, to the vocals, to the artwork or lack thereof, and the lack of a booklet. The only thing going for it was the code inside for 2 free Ozzfest tickets that I couldn’t give away!

Then the album is released in Japan with full artwork (see above) and 2 bonus tracks. A third version is released, second for the U.S., with the full artwork (the non-artwork version was “limited edition”). Now we get the “Tour Edition”…..

The good news on this new reissue is that the artwork is the same as the Japanese and second U.S. pressing AND two of the bonus tracks (‘Nightmare’ & ‘Can’t Save You’) are the two bonus tracks for the Japanese version. Honestly, I can’t justify buying this album again but the 2nd CD of bonuses is interesting. If the local shop has it at a low sale price, I might grab it for completist purposes.

— Steve

Here is a live video for ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ from A Twisted Christmas Live DVD, this can give you a taste of what the concert portion of the DVD is like. 

I’ve posted the video for ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ before but here is the animated version that is part of the bonus features on the DVD.