New Releases

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MPL and Concord Music Group confirmed plans to reissue Wings albums Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound as the next releases in the Paul McCartney Archive collection on September 22nd (UK) and September 23rd (US), 2014.



 



Both albums will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats. Starting with a 2-CD Standard Edition, the first CD will feature the original remastered album and the second CD will include bonus audio made up of material including demos and unreleased tracks. The 3-disc (2-CD, 1-DVD) Deluxe Edition will be housed in a hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews with Paul, material from Paul’s archives and expanded track-by-track information. The deluxe edition bonus DVD will be comprised of filmed material from around the time of each release, some of which has never been seen before.  The albums will also be available on special gatefold vinyl editions (vinyl editions include a download card). Digitally, Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound will be made available as both standard and deluxe versions – including Mastered for iTunes and Hi-Res formats.



 



Wings are one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced, achieving no less than 14 US Top 10 hits and 12 Top 10 hits in the UK. Following 1973’s Band on the Run the mid ‘70s were a commercial heyday for Wings. Venus and Mars, the band’s fourth studio album was released in May 1975 ahead of the legendary Wings Over the World tour. Preceded by the US No. 1 single "Listen to What the Man Said," Venus and Mars hit the No. 1 spot in the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide to date.  At the Speed of Sound was recorded in the midst of the same tour and released in March 1976. In the US it enjoyed the same chart success as its predecessor. Including the international smash hit single "Silly Love Songs," the album went on to become Paul’s most successful American chart album spending seven consecutive weeks at No. 1. In the UK it charted at No. 2, narrowly missing out on the top spot. Sales to date exceed 3.5 million worldwide.



 



As with all the Archive Collection, Paul has personally supervised all aspects of the reissues.  The remastering work was done at Abbey Road by the same team who has worked on all the reissues as well as the Beatles’ catalogue.  Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010 Paul has received two GRAMMY Awards for the releases.  In 2012, he picked up Best Historical Album for Band on the Run, and this year Wings Over America picked up an award (Best Boxed or Special Edition Package) on the same night that Paul set a personal best by picking up five awards in just one night. In 2013, RAM was nominated for Best Historical Album.



 



Other titles released to date in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection are Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings Over America



 



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Spoon Premier Official Music Video for "Do You"

21 JUL 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

 "The excellent single “Do You” now has a video by Hiro Murai that finds Britt Daniel sporting a head wound and driving a station wagon through an apocalyptic Los Angeles with a lady in the backseat."  — Stereogum



Spoon have premiered their new official music video for "Do You." You can watch it here via Urban Outfitters.

If that's not trippy enough, check out the visual for "Inside Out," the band's next song, out digitally July 22nd and on Vinyl Gratification 10".

Read the live chat and see how Spoon premiered "Inside Out" to their fans on Consequence of Sound.



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Hiromi's Trio Project Returns with Alive

17 JUN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists, from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone to Junko Onishi. And now, well into the change of the 21st century, the pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara is the latest in that line of amazing musicians. Her ninth CD as a leader, Alive, heralds the return of Hiromi’s Trio Project, featuring contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michel Camilo, The O’Jays and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour and Jack Bruce). This terrific triad, which DownBeat magazine proclaimed as “one of the most exciting groups working in any genre today,” first formed in 2011 and recorded their first album Voice that year, followed by Move in 2013. On Alive, Phillips’ powerful, yet poetic percussion and Jackson’s flowing, glow-in-the-dark basslines beautifully buoy and support Hiromi’s ingenious and impassioned improvisations. Her evocative and expansive compositions evoke the myriad moods and mysteries of life and reveal the soulful, syncopated simpatico of her thrilling threesome.



Alive has a double meaning for me,” Hiromi says. “I wanted to write songs that deal with things and emotions that we encounter in life. But the word Alive can also mean ‘played live.’ I’ve been performing with Simon and Anthony for four years. We’ve made three records together, and we’ve done so many live shows as a trio. We have a great time being adventurous, and I felt that we can make the record sound like a live recording in front of the audience.”



That’s the great thing about having a working trio: We understand how to make each other shine. Anthony is an amazing improviser. He composes incredible counter-lines when I solo, and he always plays something to make [the music] shine even more. And Simon has an amazing tone and a beautiful sound on the drums; he's like an orchestra. They can play anything, and they understand so many different genres of music. They have no boundaries. It’s been a great journey with this group.”



And the journey continues on Alive, featuring nine selections (all composed by Hiromi, beginning with the leadoff title track), which features a shimmering McCoy Tyner/Coltrane-like introduction that morphs into a torrid up-tempo pace. “I wanted the first track to sound like the beginning of life,” Hiromi says, “with every complicated and detailed combination of life’s creation.”



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Black Music Month 2014

11 JUN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

We celebrate Black Music 24/7, 365 here at Concord Music Group, nonetheless June is a special month, so along with new releases from Al Jarreau, Harvey Mason, Dianne Reeves and Kris Bowers—and some classic catalog titles, we are proud to share with you a FREE copy of our annual Black Music Month Sampler:

Soul'd Out! Volume 4

There truly is some special music included on this year’s sampler, so whether it is Cannonball Adderley serenading all the “Gemini’s” or Kris Bowers “Waking the Neighbors,” we cover the spectrum of Black Music with sound, style and of course soul!



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