The Classic Albums 1977 – 1979
Details: Five LP box set, 180 gram vinyl
There are no previously unreleased songs, studio outtakes or hard to find B-sides appended to this set, and who needs 'em when the original releases are a treasure trove of some of the best power pop ever made. It's amazing to think that Cheap Trick put all this music out in the span of just a couple years and all the more mind boggling to think that albums Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, At Budokan and Dream Police yielded tons of hits and fan favorites including "Oh Candy," "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," "California Man," "Big Eyes," "Ain't That a Shame," "Dream Police" and many more. Crate diggers have been hard-pressed lately to come up with decent copies of the original pressings; here all five albums are faithfully reproduced in their original packages and with the original inserts: lyric sheets for all but In Color and the photo-packed (and with lyrics in Japanese) eight-page booklet that came with the ground breaking At Budokan. The collection is housed in a sturdy slipcase-style LP box.
Other Legacy LPs dropping on Back to Black Friday include three titles each from Paul Simon and Miles Davis, a Nilsson rarities set, Halftime from Nas, a four LP set of Roy Orbison's Monument sides and the triple LP Side Tracks collection from Bob Dylan.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
"Fire" b/w "Foxey Lady"
Details: 7" 45 RPM single, picture sleeve
Recorded live at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968, here's a slightly faster and much more manic version of "Fire" where Jimi improvises a little but stays pretty close to the studio version and where Noel Redding's back-up vocals are clearly audible. "Foxey Lady" has an intro that's a little longer than the studio version and Jimi inserts a couple of "Aw, shucks" into the lyrics but otherwise this live version is not greatly different from the original arrangement. Both cuts are taken from the just-released Jimi Hendrix Experience album Miami Pop Festival and have been unreleased until now.
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" b/w "Commotion"
Details: 7" 45 RPM single with small spindle hole, picture sleeve
Here are two covers from the group that spawned Wilco and Son Volt: the unlikely choice of the Stooges' classic "I Wanna Be Your Dog" reimagined as Americana except for a very punk ending that nods to the original, and a fast and furious interpretation of the Credence Clearwater Revival cut "Commotion." Both songs were recorded in the early '90s; "I Wanna…" is previously released while "Commotion" debuts here.
Another Legacy 45 dropping on Back to Black Friday 2013 is Sly & The Family Stone's "Sexy Situation" b/w "Mother is a Hippie," both versions previously unreleased.
All Legacy Back to Black Friday titles are limited (and numbered) editions so shop for them at your favorite indie brick & mortar as soon as possible if you really want a copy.
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