Matt has asked me to do a column where I mention music releases that slip by him and also about speculation and rumors that have been popping up online and in print media. I will be citing the sources of my information. Matt and I wanted to put this together for the readers of MusicTAP because not everybody has the time to scour music sites and pick up information. There are two music boards I get a ton of my information from. They are invaluable to me. Realistically speaking though, not everybody has the patience to sift through the many threads at these boards.
I am distilling this down into a one-stop place for you to find out the information. I am also doing this because I am a firm believer that there should be no such thing as having a monopoly on music release information and speculation. A lot of huge music fans don’t get to visit music sites. This is for you so that you can save time. Please note that what I report is just me cherry-picking based on my interests. It is not meant to be definitive or all-encompassing. Mistakes inevitably get made from time to time.
Jimi Hendrix – As I mentioned over at the comments section of MusicTAP, Experience Hendrix/Sony via the official bootleg label, Dagger, will be releasing the previously vinyl/bonus download-only Jimi Hendrix-Live In Cologne 1969 on CD for an expected July 9th release. It is available at AuthenticHendrix.com This came courtesy of an Experience Hendrix e-mail.
Also for Hendrix fans who missed out on it the first time around and having since gone out of print, Experience Hendrix/Sony is reissuing the 4-CD box set commonly referred to as The Purple Box on August 20.
In the rumored source department, courtesy of the Hoffman Board, the future game plan for Hendrix releases may be as follows: two live shows of which both were recorded and filmed (my speculation is Miami Pop ’68 and Royal Albert Hall ’69). The old Stages box set (which is long out of print) of four individual shows will be reissued as individual releases. Whether these come out as widely distributed general Sony releases or on the Dagger label remains to be seen. After that, more unspecified live shows will be released.
The Kinks – In Kinks news, Muswell Hillbillies: Deluxe Edition will be available from Ume (U.K.) for release on July 15th. This news is courtesy of both the Hoffman Board and IMWAN.
Elton John – Elton John‘s latest work, The Diving Board, will be available in multiple formats which include vinyl and Super Deluxe Editions will be available on September 16 in the U.K. and on September 24 in the United States on Capitol. For those of you who can’t wait, pre-orders are already being taken at Elton John’s official website.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In Emerson Lake & Palmer speculation, a Tweet from Chris Welch indicates that we should expect to hear an announcement in the near future for a (my speculation) 2-CD/1-DVD disc of audio of the Trilogy album. This news comes from IMWAN.
Led Zeppelin – In high anticipation of the upcoming Led Zeppelin individual album box sets, one tiny bit of word has slipped out that Jimmy Page has been keeping his sound engineer very busy with all of the unreleased live material being included in these sets. One early round of speculation was that these box sets of each individual album were to likely contain a CD of the re-mastered album, another CD of unreleased studio material appropriate to each album and live tracks and then a potential disc of a 5.1 mix of the album and unreleased film. No date has been set in stone for these boxes. The last word was that a chunk of the albums would come out this year, but not all of them. This news comes from Rolling Stone, the Hoffman Board and IMWAN.
The Beatles – There will also be an upcoming reissue of The Beatles-Live At The BBC on Capitol which is being targeted for September. It will be a straight reissue. There will be no new re-mastering. This comes from the Hoffman Board and IMWAN.
Fleetwood Mac – As it concerns the upcoming Fleetwood Mac–Then Play On reissue coming from Rhino that Matt reported on first, there is speculation on whether two different versions will be released or not. The one up for pre-order at Amazon U.K. is the English track lineup with (“Oh Well Parts 1 & 2”) put together. If it gets put up for pre-order at the domestic U.S., people are wondering if it will be the same track lineup as the one for the one at Amazon U.K. or if the U.S. will get the original U.S. track order. My guess is that if it does come out in the U.S. as well, it will likely retain the U.K. running order and songs. This speculation comes from the Hoffman Board.