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Legacy Recordings acquires Van Morrison catalogue

Legacy Recordings acquires Van Morrison catalogue

Legacy Recordings has released a new "Essential Van Morrison" collection and digital editions of 33 albums after acquiring the rights to Van Morrison's solo recordings from 1971 to present.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen close Jon Stewart’s final “Daily Show”

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If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A selection of Elvis Presley's recordings have been reconstructed with the help of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the forthcoming album "If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra".

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Legacy Recordings acquires Van Morrison catalogue

Written by admin on August 27, 2015 – 2:06 pm -

Legacy Recordings has released a new “Essential Van Morrison” collection and digital editions of 33 albums after acquiring the rights to Van Morrison’s solo recordings from 1971 to present. The deal also includes all of Morrison’s recordings with Them.

The Essential Van Morrison

Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings, says:

Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music. He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs. Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world.

Essential Van Morrison

The 37-track, career-spanning “Essential Van Morrison” collection is available as a digital and 2-CD physical release on Friday, August 28. The 33 albums debut on iTunes on the same day. Many of these titles have never been available for streaming and the catalogue has been long unavailable online through iTunes or other DSPs.

The tracklist for “Essential Van Morrison” is as follows:

Disc 1

  1. Gloria (w. Them)
  2. Here Comes The Night (w. Them)
  3. Spanish Rose
  4. Brown Eyed Girl
  5. Astral Weeks
  6. The Way Young Lovers Do
  7. Moondance
  8. Crazy Love
  9. And It Stoned Me
  10. Into The Mystic
  11. Domino
  12. Wild Night
  13. Tupelo Honey
  14. Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
  15. Warm Love
  16. Fair Play
  17. Caravan
  18. Hungry For Your Love
  19. Cleaning Windows (Live).

Disc 2

  1. Bright Side Of The Road
  2. And The Healing Has Begun
  3. Tore Down A La Rimbaud
  4. Someone Like You
  5. Irish Heartbeat (w. The Chieftains)
  6. Whenever God Shines His Light (w. Cliff Richard)
  7. Have I Told You Lately
  8. Real Real Gone
  9. Enlightenment
  10. Why Must I Always Explain?
  11. Days Like This
  12. That s Life
  13. Rough God Goes Riding
  14. Precious Time
  15. Once In A Blue Moon
  16. Magic Time
  17. Playhouse
  18. Sweet Thing (Live).

Digital albums available now

Legacy Recordings has released the following albums digitally and via streaming platforms:

Forthcoming new Van Morrison releases on the Legacy label will include a new career-spanning single CD compilation and deluxe Legacy Editions of Van Morrison solo albums: “Saint Dominic’s Preview”, “It’s Too Late To Stop Now”, “Hard Nose The Highway” and “Enlightenment”.

The deal also covers the albums Morrison recorded with the band “Them” and later complilations, namely:

  • The Angry Young Them (1965)
  • Them – EP (1965)
  • Them Again (1966)
  • Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1972)
  • The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1997).

Rhino Expanded Editions

The Sony deal does not cover “Astral Weeks”, “Moondance” or “His Band And The Street Choir”. However, Rhino has announced this week that expanded editions of “Astral Weeks” and “His Band And The Street Choir” will be released in October.

The tracklists for the Rhino expanded editions are as follows:

Astral Weeks

  1. Astral Weeks
  2. Beside You
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. Cyprus Avenue
  5. The Way Young Lovers Do
  6. Madame George
  7. Ballerina
  8. Slim Slow Slider


    Bonus Tracks – Previously Unreleased

  9. Beside You (Take 1)
  10. Madame George (Take 4)
  11. Ballerina (Long Version)
  12. Slim Slow Slider (Long Version).

His Band And The Street Choir

  1. Domino
  2. Crazy Face
  3. Give Me A Kiss
  4. I’ve Been Working
  5. Call Me Up In Dreamland
  6. I’ll Be Your Lover, Too
  7. Blue Money
  8. Virgo Clowns
  9. Gypsy Queen
  10. Sweet Jannie
  11. If I Ever Needed Someone
  12. Street Choir


    Bonus Tracks – Previously Unreleased

  13. Call Me Up In Dreamland (Take 10)
  14. Give Me A Kiss (Take 3)
  15. Gypsy Queen (Take 3)
  16. I’ve Been Working (Alternate Version)
  17. I’ll Be Your Lover, Too (Alternate Version).

Rhino released a deluxe edition of “Moondance” in 2013.

Van Morrison was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in June for his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.” A week later he received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in New York City. He will celebrate his 70th birthday on August 31 with two concert performances as part of the closing event of the Belfast EastSide Arts Festival 2015.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen close Jon Stewart’s final “Daily Show”

Written by admin on August 7, 2015 – 9:22 pm -

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought Jon Stewart’s final episode of “The Daily Show” to an end on Thursday night with renditions of “Land of Hope and Dreams” (requested by the host) and “Born to Run”. Stewart has been host of the acclaimed satirical news show since 1999 and is a longtime admirer of Springsteen.

In his final monologue, Stewart said:

Nothing ends. It’s just a continuation. It’s a pause in the conversation. So rather than saying goodbye or good night, I’m just going to say I’m gonna go get a drink”.

The man with the difficult job of filling Stewart’s shoes will be comedian Trevor Noah.



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If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Written by admin on August 6, 2015 – 1:28 pm -

A selection of Elvis Presley’s recordings have been reconstructed with the help of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the forthcoming album “If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra”.

The album includes some of Elvis’ best known hits, including “Burning Love”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Love Me Tender”, as well as some great lesser known performances, such as “There’s Always Me” and the Neil Diamond-penned “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind”. There are also guest appearances from Michael Buble on “Fever”, operatic group Il Vivo on “It’s Now or Never” and guitar legend Duane Eddy on “An American Trilogy” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - UK album cover
If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – UK album cover

Priscilla Presley says of the album:

This would be a dream come true for Elvis. He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done.

For several months, Elvis fans have been hearing about a new album that will feature “Elvis like he has never been heard before”. This is the project that was being referred to. It is the latest attempt by Sony to create a high profile album that will garner media interest and sell to a wider audience than just the diehard fans. There have been mixed results from previous efforts, including the “Christmas Duets” album and the soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil “Viva Elvis” show.

As far as UK sales go, Elvis’ biggest seller for many years was 2013’s “The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs”, which was tied in with a popular ITV television special. No doubt mindful of that, the “If I Can Dream” release will tie in with an ITV documentary titled “Elvis and Me” which sees actress Joanna Lumley interview Priscilla Presley at Abbey Road Studios (where the album was recorded) and then travel to Memphis to visit Graceland and meet with some of Elvis’ friends and associates.

Joanna Lumley says:

I have loved Elvis as a devoted fan since I first heard his fabulous voice when I was ten years old. The opportunity to visit Graceland and spend time finding out more about his fascinating life from Priscilla, and those closest to him, was absolutely thrilling.

“If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” tracklist

  1. Burning Love
  2. It’s Now Or Never
  3. Love Me Tender
  4. Fever (feat. Michael Buble)
  5. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  6. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
  7. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
  8. There’s Always Me
  9. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  10. In The Ghetto
  11. How Great Thou Art
  12. Steamroller Blues
  13. An American Trilogy
  14. If I Can Dream.

“If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” will debut on October 30 as a single CD and as a CD/2 LP deluxe edition, which will feature three bonus tracks (“Anything That’s Part of You”, “What Now My Love” and “Heartbreak Hotel”). The US edition has the same tracklist, but a different cover. There’s no sign of a deluxe version in the US as of yet, but there is a vinyl edition available for pre-order.

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The Faces announce reunion show

Written by admin on August 6, 2015 – 9:58 am -

The three surviving members of the Faces will reunite to play a charity gig in September. Forty years on from their split, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones will play a benefit for Prostate Cancer UK at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey, on September 5th.

Rod Stewart broke the news on his website, saying:

This year is the 40th anniversary since The Faces parted ways so it’s about time we got together for a jam! Being in The Faces back in the day was a whirlwind of madness but my God, it was beyond brilliant.

The Faces have reunited without Stewart in recent years, with Mick Hucknall taking on vocal duties. Hopes for a Stewart-led reunion increased when the trio performed together at a private party for Stewart’s 70th birthday earlier this year.

The Faces formed in 1969 as a five-piece band, including the late Ronnie Lane on bass and Ian McLagen on keyboards. Their hits included “Stay With Me” and “Cindy Incidentally”.

The Faces 1970

Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones have welcomed the reunion:

Getting back on stage with the lads playing ‘Stay with Me’ and other favourites will be a blast and will make this a very special night. Being in The Faces was a mad and brilliant time for all of us and although we don’t have Ronnie and Mac with us anymore this is our chance to remember them and say Had Me a Real Good Time – Ronnie Wood

The years of The Faces were some of the best of my life and I’m so proud to have been a part of the band. I’m unbelievably excited to have the opportunity to get up on stage with Rod and Ronnie again. Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan will be dearly missed but we’ll raise a glass to them – Kenney Jones


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Cilla Black dies aged 72

Written by admin on August 2, 2015 – 2:02 pm -

British singer and television star, Cilla Black, has sadly passed away aged 72. Cilla died on Saturday night at her home in Estepona, Spain while holidaying with one of her sons.

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