From His Head to His Heart to His Hands
Artist: Michael Bloomfield
Album Title: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
From His Head to His Heart to His Hands, the 3 CD/1 DVD anthology features released and unreleased gems from solo sessions to live performances from The Fillmore East and Fillmore West, The Bottom Line and other historic venues. This compilation also will feature a fascinating new mini-documentary combining vintage audio interviews with Bloomfield and live performances with new reflections from his friends, collaborators and admirers.
Guitarist Mike Bloomfield never fully got his due as one of the go-to sidemen of his generation or for his importance as a common thread in the patchwork of genres that changed the face of rock and roll in the 1960s and 1970s - until now. Bloomfield's incredible career will be chronicled in From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.
Raised on the North Side of Chicago, Bloomfield's guitar prowess was immediately obvious; emulating the architects of the genre and fusing their style to the more experimental strains of 1960s pop and rock. Legendary A&R man John Hammond saw the same sort of raw talent in him that he saw in some of his greatest discoveries, from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen, and would sign Bloomfield to Columbia Records. Bloomfield would make history for the label as a session guitarist for Dylan's iconic Highway 61 Revisited in 1965, featuring the incendiary "Like a Rolling Stone."
Bloomfield was an original member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, contributing to their 1965 self-titled debut and follow-up East-West (1966); the latter album s title track, co-written by Bloomfield, is regarded as a high watermark in rock history, combining elements of blues, jazz, psychedelia and Eastern musical concepts in equal measure. From there, Bloomfield founded the famed "American Music Band" The Electric Flag, and fronted it into 1968. Also in 1968, Mike partook in the recording of Moby Grape's Grape Jam and the platinum-selling Super Session LP, a collaboration with fellow session legend Al Kooper.
As the decade wore on, Bloomfield would continue to release innovative, guitar-heavy works, including his debut solo album It's Not Killing Me and My Labors with Electric Flag member Nick Gravenites, both released in 1969. The remainder of his career was perhaps best known for more session highlights, including work on Muddy Waters Fathers And Sons and Janis Joplin's solo debut I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! - all the while recording a series of highly-regarded solo works.
Bloomfield died at the too-young age of 37; only afterward did his reputation solidify as a building block of the 1960s' popular music evolution, his peerless guitar work one of the few common threads in a decade of musical change.
At long last, Bloomfield will truly get his due with From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.
DVD - SWEET BLUES: A FILM ABOUT MIKE BLOOMFIELDA Ravin' Film. Directed by Bob Sarles. Produced and Edited by Bob Sarles and Christina Keating. Director of photography: Ted Leyhe. Producers: Ted Leyhe, Larry Milburn & Bruce Schmiechen.
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration: Deluxe Remastered Edition
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album Title: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration: Deluxe Remastered Edition
Price: $17.99 CD/DVD
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: Mar. 24, 2014
The 2CD Deluxe Edition, Remastered Audio and premieres two previously unreleased recordings from the concert's sound check: Sinéad O'Connor singing "I Believe In You" and Eric Clapton's interpretation of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright."
On October 16, 1992, New York City's hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants, legend and archetypes who'd come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first Columbia Records album and play a selection of Dylan songs from culturally iconic (John Mellencamp's no-nonsense "Like A Rolling Stone") to bootleg obscure (Lou Reed's acerbic take on "Foot of Pride") that had moved and inspired them over the decades.
The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Ritchie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinéad O'Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more. Providing musical backing throughout the show was an ensemble dream team featuring three members of Booker T. & The M.G.'s, G.E. Smith on guitar with Jim Keltner and Anton Fig on drums.
Dubbed "Bobfest" on stage by a jubilant Neil Young, the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reached a transcendent crescendo with an unforgettable performance and all-star jam featuring the evening's honoree.
Viewed anew from a 20-year perspective, Bob Dylan - The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - Deluxe Edition is a remarkable testament to the enduring legacy and ongoing musical influence of Bob Dylan. That valedictory gathering from more than 20 years ago proved to be a mid-career retrospective of a recording artist and performer who continues to inform and transform the cultural landscape.
Artist: Bob Mould
Album Title: Workbook
Price: $17.99 CD
Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014
Alt-rock superstars Hüsker Dü called it a day in 1987, but the band's Bob Mould would reappear two years later with his first solo album the incredibly impassioned and personal Workbook.
In addition to writing and producing the entire album, Mould sang all the vocals and played many of the instruments, sharing duties with The Golden Palominos' Anton Fier on drums, Pere Ubu's Tony Maimone (bass) and cellist Jane Scarpantoni from Tiny Lights. While always recognized as an astonishing guitarist, Mould's fretwork on Workbook traveled to levels yet unheard or imagined.
The album has since taken on iconic status, and Omnivore is proud to present Workbook 25.
In addition to the original album's 11 tracks, the first disc of this 2-CD collection adds 'All Those People Know,' originally issued as the B-side of the single 'See A Little Light.' The second disc is Bob's complete 1989 performance at Chicago's Cabaret Metro. 13 of the 17 tracks are previously unissued and the show contains music from the then, two-week old, Workbook, Hüsker Dü favorites and a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson's classic 'Shoot Out The Lights.'As innovative as Hüsker Dü was, fans had to wonder if Bob Mould could take them on another journey as rewarding. Workbook not only proved he could, but did.
Album Title: Your Arsenal
Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014
Morrissey revisits one of his most classic and famous solo albums, Your Arsenal, with the addition of an amazing 1991 California show on DVD. This album was a turning point for the former Smiths’ songwriter and frontman, as he paired with producer Mick Ronson, former guitarist with David Bowie’s Ziggy-era Spiders From Mars. Ronson gave the project added muscle, and yet knew how to produce a nuanced ballad when called upon (“I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday”, which Bowie himself later covered). Singles from the project were “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”, “Certain People I Know”, “You’re the One for Me, Fatty”, and “Tomorrow”.
Marshall Mathers 2
Album Title: Marshall Mathers 2
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Brand new album from legendary rapper Eminem featuring the hit singles “Berzerk”, “Rap God” and “The Monster” along with “Survival” the official song of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Executive produced by Dr. Dre & Rick Rubin, “The Marshall Mathers LP2” deluxe version includes 2 CDs.
Live at the Academy of Music 1971
Artist: The Band
Album Title: Live at the Academy of Music 1971
Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
During the final week of 1971, The Band played four legendary concerts at New York City's Academy Of Music, ushering in the New Year with electrifying performances, including new horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and a surprise guest appearance by Bob Dylan for a New Year's Eve encore. Select highlights from the concerts were compiled for The Band's classic 1972 double LP, Rock Of Ages, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and remains a core album in the trailblazing group's storied Capitol Records catalog.
Group: Billie Joe & Norah
Album Title: Foreverly
Release Date: November 26, 2013
2013 collaboration between Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Grammy winning Pop songstress Norah Jones. Foreverly is an unforgettable collection inspired by "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us", an album of traditional Americana songs reinterpreted, recorded and released by The Everly Brothers in 1958. The album captures the beauty of the Everly's stunning close harmonies to create a moving and powerful testament to these traditional ballads.
Artist: Lady Gaga
Album Title: Artpop
Release Date: Nov. 11, 2013
Her latest masterpiece, Gaga’s Artpop, is released in early November. LP information still to be announced (stay tuned).
The Electric Lady
Artist: Janelle Monae
Album Title: The Electric Lady
Release Date: Sept. 10, 2013
Like on The ArchAndroid, the sonic textures of The Electric Lady are varied, and the past and present come together to explode and create a mind-blowing future for pop and soul music. For example, wondrous strings reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield and Bernard Herrmann orchestrations abound, Hendrixian guitar solos soar, Outkast-like raps float over punk rock riffs; defiant socially-conscious lyrics extol the virtues of soul-searching and fighting for change, while the funk simply melts your speakers: 808s boom and Prince-like synthesizers squiggle in your earhole, making it veritably impossible to just sit still.
Artist: Paul McCartney
Album Title: New
Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013
2013 album from the singer/songwriter, former Beatle and the most successful musician in popular music history. New is Sir Paul's first album of new solo material in six years. The album was produced by Marc Ronson, Paul Epworth, Giles Martin and Ethan Johns. Features 'Save Us', 'Early Days', 'Everybody Out There' and 'New'.
Artist: Pearl Jam
Title: Lightning Bolt
Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013
Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on October 15, 2013 in the US. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, Lightning Bolt marks Pearl Jam's first studio album since the highly acclaimed Backspacer, which was released nearly four years ago in September of 2009.