Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rock & Roll Round-Up: Beatles, Damned, Costello, Peel, Monkees, etc.

Halloween season is over, which means it’s time to start rolling the rock back into Psychobabble. Here’s a quick rundown of Rock & Roll news items that didn’t make the cut last month:

Magical Mystery Tour and Let It Be DVDs may be in the works:
According to the KSHE95 web site, Let It Be-director Michael Lindsey Hogg says The Beatles final film may finally see release in 2013, while their T.V. movie “Magical Mystery Tour” will be arriving sometime in 2012. In a radio interview with WNYC-FM, Hogg said, “(Let It Be will come) after they release Magical Mystery Tour as a special DVD release. And it'll be the film itself, the original film -- the color's great, the soundtrack is perfect -- with a (second) DVD which will be a documentary about the making of the documentary (Let It Be)." Hogg also says the film will include several outtakes.

More Beatles news for Record Store Day:
While we wait to see whether or not those DVDs materialize, Capitol has some Beatles product in the works for sooner release. A limited edition Fab Four box set containing the original “Ticket to Ride”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Hey Jude”, and “Something” singles (one lead vocal per Beatle!) will be arriving on Record Store Day/Black Friday (November 25th). Other artists with special singles boxes set for release that day include Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Pink Floyd, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Pete Townshend will release exclusive E.P.s of his Quadrophenia demos, which might be a nice way for those who don’t want to spring for the pricey Super-Deluxe Director’s-Cut box set to snag these tracks. Check out the track lists of these and other Record Store Day releases on The Second Disc.

Damned to finally get their Due in Doc:
Exciting news for long-suffering fans of Punk’s most unfairly underrated band. Filmmaker Wes Orshoski (Lemmy) is working on a feature documentary about The Damned. According to Official Damned.com, the movie “will combine new footage captured on and off the road with the current band members—including Damned founders David Vanian (vocals) and guitarist Captain Sensible—with archival clips and new interviews with many of the band’s famous friends and peers.” I saw them perform Damned, Damned, Damned and The Black Album in their entireties in New York last week, and they’re still incredible. The Damned's decision to play all 17 minutes of their brilliant psychedelic opus "Curtain Call" to a bunch of baffled, fairly annoyed, mowhawked punks was the punkest thing ever.

Elvis Costello's Spinning Songbook in a Box:

Another exceptional concert I attended this year was Elvis Costello's Beacon Theater show featuring his Spectacular Spinning Songbook. On November 21st, Hip-O Select will be issuing a box set devoted to Elvis's May 11-12 stint at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. It consists of a CD, a DVD, and a 10" E.P. featuring "Pump It Up", "Busted", "Brilliant Mistake", and "Strict Time". Peruse the complete setlist and preorder the set at Amazon.com here.

Peel Slowly and See:
EMI is preparing a double-disc compilation of performances from John Peel's famed BBC radio show. Movement: BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions 1977-1979 is jammed with punk and new wave era nuggets from the fab likes of The Jam, Buzzcocks, The Adverts, XTC, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Slits, Monochrome Set, Stiff Little Fingers, Wire, Peel favorites The Undertones, and many, many other greats. For those who don't like the greats, the compilers also thoughtfully tossed in a track by UB40! See the full track list at EMI Sessions.com.

Rhino to Release Deluxe Edition of The Monkees Instant Replay:
Back to the ‘60s, Rhino Records will be following up on their triple-disc handmade editions of The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees and Head with a similar set devoted to Instant Replay. The group’s first release after Peter Tork quit is an uneven collection of new and old tracks, but much of it is excellent (“You and I”, “I Won’t Be the Same Without Her”, “Through the Looking Glass”, etc.). The set contains 87 tracks, 58 of which are previously unreleased, and a bonus 7” of the acetate versions of "I Go Ape" and “(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love” from the “33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee” T.V. special. Pre-order Instant Replay (Deluxe Edition) and check out the full track list at Rhino.com.

More for November:
So what can you expect from Psychobabble this November? Lots and lots of reviews of new releases related to The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Kinks, Phil Spector, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, and others. Keep checking in all month long. And then when this month is over, keep checking in all the other months.
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