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“Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes Complete” box set

Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes Complete box set

Check out an unreleased song from the highly anticipated 6-CD box set, which brings together all of the recordings from Bob Dylan's so-called "Basement Tapes".

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Paul McCartney to release deluxe editions of “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound”

Paul McCartney to release deluxe editions of Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound

"Venus and Mars" and "Wings at the Speed of Sound" are the next albums to receive the deluxe treatment as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

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Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right” – 60th anniversary

Elvis Presley's That's All Right - 60th anniversary

We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the day that Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right" and kick-started one of the most remarkable careers in music history.

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“Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” 10-disc deluxe edition out in August

Elvis: That's The Way It Is 10-disc deluxe edition out in August

Read about the 10-disc box set featuring material recorded during the filming of the 1970 documentary "Elvis: That's The Way It Is".

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Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes In South Africa

Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes In South Africa

The documentary film "Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes in South Africa" is available to view online for a limited time.

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New releases

New releases

Check the new and upcoming CD, Blu-ray and DVD music releases.

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“The Beatles: All These Years Volume  1: Tune In” – Review

The Beatles: All These Years Volume 1: Tune In - Review

George Smith reviews the first of Mark Lewisohn's three-volume biography of The Beatles.

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Conan O’Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Conan O'Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Watch Conan O'Brien's in-depth interview with music historian Peter Guralnick.

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Song of the week

Song of the week

Each week we showcase a classic track as Song of the Week. Check the current and past choices.

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Before they were famous – high school yearbook photos

Before they were famous - high school yearbook photos

See if you can identify these stars before they were famous.

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Elvis photographer, Alfred Wertheimer, dies

Written by admin on October 21, 2014 – 9:13 am -

Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer responsible for some of the most memorable images ever taken of the young Elvis Presley, has died of natural causes at his New York apartment.

Wertheimer was born in Germany in 1929 and emigrated to Brooklyn as a young boy. He graduated Cooper Union in 1951 and, after serving as an Army Signal Corp photographer, began working as a freelance photographer in the early 1950s.

In March 1956, the 26-year-old photographer was assigned to photograph Elvis’ appearance on Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey’s Stage Show. Elvis already had a significant following when the pair first met, but was not yet the global superstar that he would become over the course of the following 18 months.

0ver the next few months, Wertheimer took around 2,500 photographs of the young Elvis on stage, in the recording studio, rehearsing for television appearances, and relaxing with friends and family. In an interview on Wertheimer’s official website, the photographer noted:

From a photographer’s point of view, Elvis was unique in that he permitted closeness not six to eight feet away, which was standard, but right up close, three to four feet away. He was so intensely involved with what he was doing: it was as if he were laser focused; whether he was combing his hair or chatting up the girls, he would be himself.

I didn’t realize how unique that was. I put him under my microscope and studied him, only my microscope was my camera lens.




No photographer would ever be granted such intimate access to Elvis again. Those of us who admire Elvis should be grateful that it was Alfred Wertheimer who got the assignment in 1956, as his impressive instincts and technical capabilities led to many of the most treasured images of Elvis from his days as the young rocker. Over the years, these images have enlivened documentaries, including the excellent “Elvis ’56″; appeared in countless magazines and books, including several by Wertheimer himself; and adorned record releases, book covers and items of memorabilia. If you have any interest in Elvis, you will have seen and no doubt enjoyed many of Wertheimer’s fine images.

Wertheimer last photographed Elvis in 1958 when the star was shipped out to Germany for his national service. After this, he continued to freelance, taking images of the likes of John F. Kennedy, Nina Simone and Eleanor Roosevelt. He also worked as a cameraman for Mike Wadleigh’s film “Woodstock” and on television shows such as “World in Action”. In recent years, the photographer has presented a selection of his fine Elvis photographs at gallery shows and museum exhibitions, including at prestigious venues such as The Grammy Museum, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Here’s four classic photographs taken by Alfred Wertheimer:

Elvis Presley - The Kiss, June 30, 1956
The Kiss, June 30, 1956 – © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved

Elvis Presley - Kneeling at the Mosque Theater, June 30, 1956
Kneeling at the Mosque Theater, June 30, 1956 – © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved

Elvis Presley on train, July 4, 1956
Going Home, July 4, 1956 – © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved

Elvis Presley with motorbike 1956
No Gas In The Tank, July 4, 1956 – © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved



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Joni Mitchell – “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced” box set

Written by admin on October 19, 2014 – 6:11 pm -

A four-CD Joni Mitchell box set titled “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” will be released on November 24.

Joni Mitchell - Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced

The 53-song set features songs personally selected by the folk legend and re-arranged into ‘themes’. Mitchell explains:

Instead of it being an emotional roller coaster ride as it was before – crammed into one disc – themes began to develop. Moods sustained. When this long editorial process (two years) finally came to rest, I had four ballets or a four-act ballet — a quartet. I also had a box set.

I am a painter who writes songs. My songs are very visual. The words create scenes… What I have done here is to gather some of these scenes (like a documentary filmmaker) and by juxtaposition, edit them into a whole new work.


As well as selecting the songs, Mitchell designed the packaging and wrote the liner notes to the songs. The set also comes with a series of six paintings and a deluxe hardcover book.

“Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” tracklist

CD 1

  1. In France They Kiss On Main Street
  2. Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac
  3. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
  4. Harlem in Havana
  5. Car on a Hill
  6. Dancin’ Clown
  7. River
  8. Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
  9. Harry’s House/Centerpiece
  10. Shades of Scarlett Conquering
  11. Number One
  12. The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)
  13. Come In From the Cold.

CD 2

  1. Court and Spark
  2. No Apologies
  3. Trouble Child
  4. Not to Blame
  5. Nothing Can Be Done
  6. Comes Love
  7. Moon at the window
  8. Blue
  9. Tax Free
  10. The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
  11. Hana
  12. Hejira
  13. Stay In Touch
  14. Night Ride Home.

CD 3

  1. You’re My Thrill
  2. The Crazy Cries of Love
  3. Love Puts on a New Face
  4. Borderline
  5. A Strange Boy
  6. You Dream Flat Tires
  7. Love
  8. All I Want
  9. Be Cool
  10. Yvette in English
  11. Just Like This Train
  12. Carey
  13. The Only Joy in Town.

CD 4

  1. Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
  2. Two Grey Rooms
  3. God Must Be a Boogie Man
  4. Down to You
  5. A Case of You
  6. The Last Time I Saw Richard
  7. Raised on Robbery
  8. Sweet Sucker Dance
  9. Lakota
  10. Cool Water
  11. Amelia
  12. Both Sides Now
  13. My Best to You.


“Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” is available to pre-order now via the links below:

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Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced (4 CDs)

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Legacy Recordings announces limited edition vinyl titles for Record Store Day

Written by admin on October 15, 2014 – 11:59 am -

Record Store Day Black Friday 2014

Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and The Kinks are among the artists featured in Legacy Recordings’ line-up of collectible vinyl releases for Record Store Day’s Black Friday 2014.

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New releases update – October 2014

Written by admin on October 13, 2014 – 1:01 pm -

New music releases October 2014

The New Releases page has been updated to include this month’s music CD, DVD and Blu-ray releases from classic artists.

Highlights for October include:

  • Stevie Nicks’ new album “24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault” (7 Oct)
  • “Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs of a Madman” on CD, vinyl and DVD (14 Oct)
  • Aretha Franklin’s latest album “Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics” (21 Oct)
  • “The Hollies at 50″ 3 CD anniversary set (21 Oct)
  • Neil Diamond’s new studio album “Melody Road” (21 Oct)
  • Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin IV” and “Houses Of The Holy” in deluxe and super deluxe editions (27 Oct)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis’s new studio album “Rock & Roll Time” (27 Oct)
  • Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ new album “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (27 Oct)
  • “Who Hits 50″ in standard and deluxe editions (27 Oct)
  • “Spandau Ballet The Film – Soul Boys Of The Western World” on DVD and Blu-ray (27 Oct – UK)
  • “Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – The Complete Epic Recordings Collection” 12 CD box set (27 Oct)
  • “Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ’74″ 7 CD/DVD box set (28 Oct).


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New music releases October 2014


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Pink Floyd’s “The Endless River” to be their final album

Written by admin on October 10, 2014 – 6:47 pm -

David Gilmour has said that Pink Floyd’s forthcoming album, “The Endless River,” will be the band’s last.

Gilmour told BBC Radio 6:

This is the last thing that will be out from us. There will not be any sort of follow-up to this… It’s a shame, but this is the end.

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