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Happenings Fifty Years Time Ago: Jimmy Page Announces “Yardbirds ’68”

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From JimmyPage.com comes news that is sure to interest British Invasion & Led Zeppelin fans alike. The company is taking pre-orders for a package called Yardbirds ’68.  The set is comprised of the group’s April 30, 1968 concert at the Anderson Theater in New York City and what are being described as “studio sketches” from earlier that same month.

Yardbirds ’68 is available exclusively through Page’s website, and can be purchased on CD and/or vinyl. The press release says the packages will include an artbook with liner notes from the band, a double gatefold housed in a slipcase. Lp’s are 180 gram. Remixes are by Mr. Page, and mastering by John Davis, who worked with the guitarist on the most recent Zep remasters. There will also be a deluxe option, which will be signed by Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty and Jimmy Page. All formats are scheduled for is November 5, 2017.
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Spilt Milk & Dazed Cookies: Hozac Publishes Sal Maida Memoir

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In the true spirit of “stuff we like, you might too…” here’s a heads-up on a new book any fan of 1970’s Power Pop and Glam Rock will be curious to read. 4 strings, Phony Proof, and 300 45’s is musician Sal Maida’s memoir of life in the heyday of the aforementioned genres. His adventures on both sides of the Atlantic should make a great read for fans of Roxy Music, Sparks, early power punk and the 1970’s New York City Punk Rock scene.

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Big Love: Steven Wilson Remixes Gentle Giant Tracks

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Gentle Giant “3 Piece Suite” offers 5.1 Mixes of classic tracks.

In addition to his solo work and a number “side” projects, Steven Wilson has built quite a reputation in the audiophile and progressive rock fan communities for his 5.1 and stereo remixes of classic albums. His respect for, and love of the genre, has yielded what are currently recognized as definitive versions of career landmarks by Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Yes, and recently XTC.

While the aforementioned surround sound experiences are the main attraction for long time collectors (who may already own several versions of these classic recordings) there is usually a bevy of additional perks that, to my taste, often eclipse the multichannel mix. Packages have included just about every permutation of the source materials, including original masters, new mixes, alternative tracks and contemporaneous live versions. XTC’s Skylarking is a treasure trove.
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All You Need is Love Bugs: Beatle Songs Drive Netflix Series

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This is HiJinx Toy’s Fab Figure of Buzz, the “Beat Bugs” youngest member.

Getting a Buzz…
OK, I admit I’m late to the gate on this one but thanks to Toy Insider’s review merchandise from Sweet Suite 2017 (AKA “The SWAG Box”) I’m now hip to the joys of NetflixBeat Bugs series. After encountering a HiJinx Toys’ Fab Figure with a blister pack touting “inspired by music made famous by The Beatles” I just had to know more.
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Words of Wisdom: London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

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London Grammar


London Grammar
Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
Label: Metal & Dust, Ministry of Sound
Released Date: June 9, 2017

Dominic “Dot” Major: Drums, Keyboards
Hannah Reid: Vocals, keyboards
Dan Rothman: Guitar

The Whole Truth, eventually…
I haven’t had a band crush in quite a while but I’m experiencing a quickly growing obsession with London Grammar whose second album, Truth is a Beautiful Thing (TIABT), was released a couple of weeks ago. It took me some time to get through the entire album because I kept putting the first four tunes into an endless a repeat loop. I finally got past “Oh Woman, Oh Man” – a perfect bulls-eye for my personal taste – only a couple of days ago.
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