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Zane Lowe, Jamie T, Huw Stephens, Jen Long, Gilles Peterson, Sara Cox, MistaJam and Rudimental have championed the albums they feel should be crowned the overall winner of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize in a new series of short films.

The twelve Champions Films, which are currently available to view on the Mercury Prize’s official YouTube channel ‘ http://www.youtube.com/mercuryprize – feature a range of well known presenters and musicians explaining why they feel particular albums deserve to win this year’s Prize.

The 2014 Champions and their ‘Albums of the Year’ are:

Ade Adepitan – Young Fathers ‘Dead’
Gemma Cairney – Nick Mulvey ‘First Mind’
Gilles Peterson – GoGo Penguin ‘v2.0′
Huw Stephens – East India Youth ‘Total Strife Forever’
Jameela Jamil – Bombay Bicycle Club ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’
Jamie Cullum – Polar Bear ‘In Each and Every One’
Jamie T – Damon Albarn ‘Everyday Robots’
Jen Long – Anna Calvi ‘One Breath’
MistaJam – Kate Tempest ‘Everybody Down’
Rudimental – Jungle ‘Jungle’
Sara Cox – FKA twigs ‘LP1′
Zane Lowe – Royal Blood ‘Royal Blood’

Mercury Prize Executive Producer, Dan Ford, says: ‘These short films really highlight the incredible range of music that can be found on this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist. The passion that the Champions display for their chosen albums make the films truly compelling and should inspire viewers to discover all of the 2014 Albums of the Year for themselves.’

Channel 4 will also be featuring the short films on the 4oD Shorts platform in the run up to the their coverage of the 2014 Awards Show, which starts at 9.30pm on Wednesday 29 October on More4.

Source: Music News

Led-Zeppelin-lose-first-round-in-legal-battle

The opening legal maneuver in the lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over the song Stairway to Heaven has gone against the band.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the family of the late Randy California (Randy Craig Wolfe) of Spirit, claims that Zeppelin used a significant part of the Spirit song Taurus in their composition Stairway to Heaven. Led Zeppelin opened for Spirit during 1968 and would have heard the song as part of those performances.

The lawyers for Zeppelin had stated in court that they didn’t feel that the courts of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania had jurisdiction to hear the case, saying that no members of the band owned property in the state nor any ties to any person in that area.

The lawyer for the family of California countered by stating the ‘Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of Stairway to Heaven through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of Stairway to Heaven.’

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sanchez ruled for the plaintiffs and against Led Zeppelin without specifics.

Source: Music News

Kojak Variety is a 1995 cover album by Elvis Costello. Featured are cover versions of tracks by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Willie Dixon, Holland, Dozier & Holland, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, amongst others.

“Days” had previously appeared on the album Until The End Of The World, the 1991 soundtrack to Wim Wenders’ film of the same name. The album’s obscure title refers to the name of a variety store near to where the album was recorded; Costello was amused by the seemingly random name of the enterprise, and in a similar spirit, decided to apply the name to his album.

The line-up of Kojak Variety consists of Costello on harmonica and vocals, James Burton on guitars, Jim Keltner on drums, amongst others.

This is the first ever vinyl release of this great album!  180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert

New David Bowie 10″ Single Leads Legacy’s RSD Black Friday 2014 Line-Up

New Legacy Vinyl Collectibles include Releases by Aaliyah, Bessie Smith, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, The Kinks, Miles Davis, OutKast, Wham!, Wu Tang Clan and the “American Hustle” Soundtrack Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label’s line-up of collectible 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day’s Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation’s independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For RSD Black Friday 2014, Legacy is offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions, catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school.

Leading Legacy’s RSD Black Friday line-up this year is “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime),” a 10″ vinyl single premiering two new tracks by the legendary David Bowie.

1994 is represented with the 20th anniversary editions of Aaliyah’s Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number (in a 12″ double LP 180 gram white vinyl pressing); Dave Matthews Band’s Recently EP (on vinyl for the first time ever in a 10″ numbered edition which includes the rare “Pumpkin Recently” promo); and OutKast’s breakout “Player’s Ball” single (newly reissued on 10″ translucent green vinyl).

Legacy’s Black Friday 2014 releases include these Record Store Day exclusives

Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number  2LP – White Vinyl 180 Gram
Twenty years ago, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number introduced the world to the stunning talent of Aaliyah. Her sensuous, soulful vocals, combined with the writing and production skills of R. Kelly, established her as one of R&B’s brightest stars. This collectible 2LP edition of her debut is pressed on white 180-gram vinyl and features the Top 10 hits “Back & Forth” and “At Your Best (You Are Love)” plus the rare international bonus track “The Thing I Like.”

Bessie Smith – At The Christmas Ball – Red 7″ Single
Legacy celebrates the 2014 holiday season with a classic vinyl single by the Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, featuring her classic “At the Christmas Ball” c/w “Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town” pressed on on a red vinyl 7″ 45 RPM single featuring a replica of the original Columbia 78 RPM label.  Bessie Smith is the subject of a new biopic, starring Queen Latifah, coming in 2015.

Dave Matthews Band – Recently EP Double 10″ Vinyl
This individually numbered limited edition of the Dave Matthews Band’s Recently EP marks the first ever vinyl release of this music.  The deluxe double 10″ includes the original EP and the rare “Pumpkin Recently” promo as well as a free download of both versions.

David Bowie – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” c/w “Tis A Pity She’s A Whore 10″ vinyl single
Two new tracks from music legend Davie Bowie on a 10″ vinyl single.

Joe Satriani – Joe Satriani EP  12″ Vinyl 45 RPM 180G – 30th Anniversary Edition
This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani’s self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records.  This “one man band” recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis “Blue Xmas”   7″ 45 RPM blue vinyl single
In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with “Blue Xmas,” a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with “Devil May Care,” another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7″ 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. “Blue Xmas” is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

OutKast – “Player’s Ball” 10″ Translucent Green Vinyl
OutKast proved “the South got something to say” when they returned to the stage earlier this year after an eight-year absence. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique sound and influential Southern hip-hop movement with their breakthrough debut single “Player’s Ball” on 10″ translucent green vinyl. This limited, numbered single features a rare extended version of the track alongside two tracks from the duo’s acclaimed 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Wham! – Last Christmas 12″ Translucent Red/Green Vinyl
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wham!’s “Last Christmas”–the much-covered yuletide perennial penned and produced by George Michael–with this limited edition 12″ translucent red/green vinyl single which includes a previously unreleased instrumental version of the Wham! seasonal classic, perfect for Christmas karaoke under the mistletoe.

Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.”  10″ Die Cut Picture Disc on 120G Vinyl
The lyrical mastery and groundbreaking production technique of the Wu-Tang Clan changed the hip-hop scene forever. Legacy Recordings celebrates the 1994 release of their single “C.R.E.A.M.”—hailed as one of the greatest rap singles by The Source, Rolling Stone and Time—with a limited collectible vinyl single die-cut in the shape of the group’s iconic logo and backed with the single’s original B-side “The Mystery Of Chessboxin’.”

The following will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available:

Elvis Presley – Showroom Internationale 2LP – 180G 12″ vinyl
The film “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King’s full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Music 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile 12″ vinyl
This limited edition, individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969.  Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix “bootleg” issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl
Released in 1971, The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies’ “signature statement” as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Various Artists – American Hustle Soundtrack 2LP – 1 Red 1 Blue Colored 150G Vinyl
The soundtrack to the blockbuster film is now a 2 LP Gatefold (on red & blue vinyl) with 6 songs not found on the CD version.  The soundtrack featuring tracks by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Elton John, Tom Jones, Jeff Lynne, Donna Summer, and Wings.

 

If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, and Aisha Hinds. It was released on August 22, 2014.

The story: life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

New York based Indie Rock producer Adam Lasus prefers recording on analog tape over digital. He produced six original songs and a cover of the song “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins, that were performed by the fictional band Willamette Stone in the movie led by Jamie Blackley’s character Adam Wilde. Other songs on the If I Stay soundtrack include tracks by Sonic Youth, Beck and Tom Odell.

Clear White Colored Vinyl. Double Lp. Only 1000 copies in this color.

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John Holt : 1947-2014

Holt was born in Kingston in 1947. By the age of twelve, he was a regular entrant in talent contests run at Jamaican theatres by Vere Johns.

He recorded his first single in 1963 with “I Cried a Tear” for record producer Leslie Kong, and also recorded duets with Alton Ellis.

He achieved prominence in his home country as lead singer of The Paragons and they cut a succession of singles for Duke Reid at his Treasure Isle Studio and enjoyed a string of hits, including “Ali Baba”, “Tonight”, “I See Your Face”, and the Holt penned “The Tide Is High” (later made famous by Blondie and also covered by Atomic Kitten). “Wear You to the Ball” was another of his hits with The Paragons, and hit the charts again when U-Roy added a Deejay verse to it.

During his time with the Paragons, he also recorded solo material for Studio One (including “Fancy Make-up”, “A Love I Can Feel”, “Let’s Build Our Dreams” and “OK Fred”) and Prince Buster (“Oh Girl”, and “My Heart Is Gone”).

Holt left the Paragons in 1970 and concentrated on his solo career. By the early 1970s, he was one of the biggest stars of reggae, and his “Stick By Me” was the biggest selling Jamaican record of 1972, one of a number of records recorded with producer Bunny Lee.

His 1973 album, Time Is The Master, was successful, with orchestral arrangements recorded in London. The success of the string-laden reggae led to Trojan Records issuing a series of similarly arranged albums produced by Bunny Lee starting with the 1,000 Volts of Holt in 1973, a compilation of Holt’s reggae cover versions of popular hits (and later followed by similarly named releases up to 3,000 Volts of Holt).

1,000 Volts spawned the UK Top 10 hit “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (written by Kris Kristofferson), which peaked at number 6, and included covers of Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” and “Touch Me in the Morning” by Diana Ross.

Holt’s style, notably slower and more romantic than most of his contemporaries, is a recognisable forerunner of the lovers rock sub-genre.

His song, “Man Next Door”, has been covered by numerous other reggae artists including Dennis Brown, UB40 and Horace Andy. The latter sang in a more electronic vein for the Massive Attack album, Mezzanine.

Holt died on 19 October 2014 in a London hospital.

The beautifully designed artwork; the crinkle of the dust jacket; the creak of the needle; the crackle of the opening chords. Vinyl records are back in fashion and going through an unexpected boom. SAM BLACKLEDGE finds out why Plymouth’s music lovers are getting back in the groove.

FOR more than a century music has been shrinking. Wind-up gramophones gave way to record players, CDs became minidiscs, and eventually the tunes in our ears were digital, coming from a place we could no longer see or touch. Whether you like them or not, services like iTunes and Spotify have arguably done more to transform the record industry than anything before. But just when we were wondering what the next development might be – the new U2 album piped directly into our subconscious, perhaps – the past is back. And it means business.

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UK vinyl sales set to crack the million mark for the first time since 1996

The wax resurgence is showing little sign of slowing down.

Vinyl sales in the UK this year have already surpassed the total number sold in 2013, and now good signs for vinyl enthusiasts are continuing, with UK sales figures for 2014 now set to exceed the one million mark for the first time since 1996.

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The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe editions include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Four Sticks, ” mixes of “The Battle Of Evermore” and “Going To California” heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version “Stairway To Heaven, ” mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.

Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm.

Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder.

The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012.

In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.

Pre-Order HERE

Announced in September, 2013, ROCK OR BUST is the new and highly anticipated studio album from AC/DC will be released in the US on December 2nd, 2014. This is the first album of new AC/DC material since 2008s multi platinum ‘Black Ice’.

The first single from ROCK OR BUST is “Play Ball”, which will impact radio formats October 7th. “Play Ball” is also currently being featured as part of Turner Sports’ 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.

ROCK OR BUST is available on CD and LP that features very special multi dimensional moving cover art, which gives the illusion of the band s iconic logo exploding as the package is moved in different directions. There will also be a standard package version of the CD available.

This title will be released on December 2, 2014.

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