Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Cherry Red's Releases for March 2012...

Cherry Red's Releases for March

‘A Tear And A Smile’ – Expanded Edition
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Few artists can fuse genres as effortlessly as Linda Lewis. Gifted with an incredible 5 octave vocal range, her unique sound contains elements of Folk, Soul, Pop and Rock and has won the admiration of artists from Stevie Wonder to Paul Weller, Jamiroquai and Noel Gallagher, whom Linda recorded backing vocals for recently.

A TEAR AND A SMILE was Linda’s eighth album and was released on Epic Records in 1983. Production on this album was split between soul legend Bert DeCouteaux and British Dance Pop duo, The Quick.

A TEAR AND A SMILE features the single ‘Why Can’t I Be The Other Woman’ which features both Luther Vandross and Gwen Guthrie on backing vocals. Other singles from the album were ‘This Boy’ and ‘(Close The Door) Take Your Heart’.

BBR is proud to present the first ever CD release of A TEAR AND A SMILE anywhere in the world.

Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with bonus tracks and a brand new interview with LINDA LEWIS, A TEAR AND A SMILE is a must for all Soul and Eighties Pop fans.

‘Moon River and Me’

Henry Mancini is regarded by his peers, the critics and the public to be one of the giants of popular music. With a singular playfulness and style, “Hank” composed a legacy of music for film which broke with cinema's symphonic traditions and incorporated elements of jazz and popular music.

His theme song for Blake Edwards' Breakfast at Tiffany's, the hauntingly beautiful Moon River (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer), perfectly encapsulates the mood of the era and is amongst the most celebrated compositions of the second half of the twentieth century.

Henry Mancini won two Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffany's ­ one for Best Original Score, and another for Best Film Song of the Year, Moon River.

Moon River and Me comprises Danny Williams' version of the ballad that reached number one in the UK single chart and Jerry Butler's interpretation that was a hit in America, along with seventeen cues from the original film score of Breakfast at Tiffany's (including Audrey Hepburn's plaintive version of Moon River that the composer insisted was the best) and hip jazz variations on both Moon River and the Breakfast at Tiffany's score by Barney Kessel, Eddie Harris, Art Blakey and Al Caiola.

Adapted from Truman Capote's novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's ­ by virtue of the daring naturalness, the elegant minimalist allure of Audrey Hepburn's iconic Holly Golightly - is arguably the first sixties film. As much of a landmark for Audrey Hepburn as it was for Mancini, Tiffany's is the pinnacle of her career and the film's stylistic influences (in attitudes and fashion) continue to prevail.

‘For Sarah, Raquel and David – An Anthology’

Since his unique sound was first captured on tape in 1968, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy has whooped, riffed and hollered his way through a career spanning six decades on the outer limits of stardom. Regularly lauded, and even covered, by David Bowie, and a cult hero amongst those in the know since the late sixties, The Ledge has recorded and released a series of amazing albums and singles, laying the foundations for Psychobilly and making numerous interstellar proclamations in the process. This two disc anthology gathers together the high points and key tracks from The Ledge's career, as selected by the artist himself and his current, long established crop of supporting musicians.

This 2CD set features the classic early Mercury singles Paralyzed , I Took A Trip (On A Gemini Spaceship) and Kiss And Run , extracts from the Rock-It To Stardom , Retro Rocket Back To Earth , Rides Again and Tokyo albums, a number of 7 only tracks, and some brand new, previously unissued recordings. The standard is always sublime, and any fan of the wilder side of Americana won t fail to be intrigued. Lazily file under Outsider Music , but expect much more from this true original a man who s biggest hit, rightly or wrongly, often appears in lists of the worst recordings ever made, and whose 61 Chevy Biscayne was once emblazoned with the legend NASA Presents: The Legendary Stardust Cowboy!

‘New York At Dawn’ – Expanded

The pseudonym Elbow Bones & The Racketeers was another project by August Darnell (Kid Creole And The Coconuts). NEW YORK AT DAWN was released in 1983 after August notching up UK top ten hits with the singles I’m A Wonderful Thing (Baby), Stool Pigeon and Annie I’m Not Your Daddy in 1982. The last of which came from his UK #3 album Tropical Gangsters.

A NIGHT IN NEW YORK was the album’s first single and was a big airplay hit in the UK. The single spent five weeks in the top 40 in early 1984 as well as reaching #24 in the Dance charts in the States. NEW YORK AT DAWN features lyricist Debbie Clarkin and Frank ‘Pago Pago’ Passalacqua’ – lead singer with Gichy Dan. Additional musicians include the Coconuts Carol Coleman, Ken Fradely and Lee Robertson. This album is a delightful fusion of 1940’s-esque big band and 80’s dance beat the likes of which had never been heard before.

The new Hot Shot Records release is housed in deluxe Super Jewel case and features an exclusive new interview with August Darnell. It also includes bonus tracks and is a must for all Eighties Pop and Dance fans.

‘Smell Of The Cramps – More Songs
From the Vault of Lux & Ivy’

29 classic cuts as enthused over by The Cramps mainstays on the radio and in a host of interviews

Including surfing wipe outs, wild man rockabilly, crazed jungle misfits, honking saxophone and an attention to fashion sense

Deranged arrangements, dysfunctional lyrics and near the knuckle storylines of wild romance and wilder nights out with some swinging beats

Re-mastered with sleeve-notes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson

‘Oh How We Danced’
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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a new remastered edition of the wonderful 1972 debut album by JIM CAPALDI. The album was recorded whilst Jim’s band TRAFFIC was on a brief hiatus due to Steve Winwood being indisposed.

Mainly recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, the album featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Roger Hawkins (Drums), David Hood (Bass) and Barry Beckett (keyboards), along with a host of guests such as STEVE WINWOOD, CHRIS WOOD, PAUL KOSSOFF, DAVE MASON, RIC GRECH, JIM GORDON, MIKE KELLIE & TREVOR BURTON. Featuring tracks such as ‘Eve’, ‘Don’t Be A Hero’ and ‘Open Your Heart’, “OH HOW WE DANCED” was a superb debut from one of Britain’s most talented musicians.

This Esoteric Recordings reissue includes the bonus track “GOING DOWN SLOW ALL THE WAY” and has been re-mastered from the original master tapes. The reissue includes a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork and features a new essay.

‘Whale Meat Again’
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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a new remastered edition of the wonderful 1974 album by JIM CAPALDI, “Whale Meat Again”. The album was released just prior to the final offering of the 1970s from Jim’s band TRAFFIC.

Once again Jim utilised the services of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Roger Hawkins (Drums), David Hood (Bass) and Barry Beckett (keyboards), along with a guests such as STEVE WINWOOD. Featuring tracks such as ‘It’s Alright’, ‘Whale Meat Again’ and ‘Summer is Fading’, “WHALE MEAT AGAIN” was another fine album from one of Britain’s most talented musicians.

This Esoteric Recordings reissue includes the bonus track ‘TRICKY DICKY RIDES AGAIN’ and has been re-mastered from the original master tapes. The reissue includes a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork and features a new essay.

‘Disco Jets’
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Esoteric Recordings begin a series of releases drawn from TODD RUNDGREN’s extensive archive of recordings with the first stand alone CD release of the DISCO JETS project, recorded in 1976 by TODD and his group UTOPIA, featuring JOHN SIEGLER (Bass, Vocals), ROGER POWELL (Keyboards, Vocals) and WILLIE WILCOX (Drums).

The DISCO JETS sessions took place at Bearsville studios shortly after the release of TODD’s “Faithful” album and was a purely instrumental affair recorded “tongue in cheek” with sights firmly set upon the current trends of the time such as the US Bi-Centennial celebrations, Disco music, Science Fiction movies such as STAR WARS and the CB Radio fad. Featuring some memorable soloing from RUNDGREN and POWELL, the impressive ‘SPACE WAR’ and the memorable cover of the “STAR TREK” theme, the DISCO JETS project would languish in the vaults for several decades before appearing as part of a Japanese only compilation, now long deleted.

The ESOTERIC RECORDINGS release of DISCO JETS has been newly re-mastered from the master tapes and is sure to appeal to all TODD RUNDGREN and UTOPIA aficionados.

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