Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tracks...



It's tracks time again. This lot includes among others the first ever appearance on these posts by Coldplay (never been a fan, but I quite like their latest single), a new rather intriguing single (and video) by Kiesza and a couple of really great videos by Otto Knows and Austra (the one by Austra is probably my favorite song at the moment). Give them a go :)

SOTD...



It is sadly the last day of a (short) summer vacation. The only thing I can think of to cheer me up is a little bit of disco, courtesy of the lovely Madleen Kane.

Monday, July 28, 2014

"I Think It's Beginning To Rain"...



22 years after recording them, two unreleased Madonna songs from the Erotica sessions have just leaked!

The songs are from a cassette (the legendary Rain Tapes), so the quality is not perfect - but how fabulous to finally have these in full!

Friday, July 25, 2014

I Must Have This...



FANBOYS AND FANGIRLS REJOICE!
AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES

BATMAN:
THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES

ON BLU-RAY AND DVD FOR THE VERY
FIRST TIME NOVEMBER 11, 2014

The Long-Awaited 1960's TV Series Features All 120
Original Broadcast Episodes Completely Remastered

Includes Over Three Hours of Never-Before-Seen Enhanced
Content Including Interviews With Adam West and Burt Ward

Burbank, CA (July 24, 2014) - For the very first time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing the fan-favorite original 1960's Batman TV Series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. On November 11, 2014, just in time for the holiday season,Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition will hit shelves on Blu-Ray ($269.97 SRP).Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD ($199.70 SRP) and Batman: The Complete First Season($39.98 SRP) will also be available. This highly collectable set is one fans won't want to miss!

Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning all 120 original broadcast episodes - completely remastered - as well as more than three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as Robin). In addition to favorites West and Ward, the series featured a long list of notable guest stars and cameo appearances over the course of three seasons including Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Liberace, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Bruce Lee, Art Carney, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more!

Bringing the series' vivid colors to life in stunning high definition, the Blu-ray Limited Edition will be individually numbered, making the set a true must-have for both fans and collectors alike. The set will include sought-after premiums including:

An exclusive Hot Wheels Replica Batmobile
Adam West Scrapbook - featuring never-before-seen photos from Adam's own archives
44 Vintage Trading Cards
Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes
Episode guide - includes synopsis of all episodes, photos from the series and a personal letter from Adam West to the fans

"Fans around the world have been clamoring for this release for decades," said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Brand Management and Retail Marketing "Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is beyond thrilled to make the caped crusader's fans' wishes come true by releasing Batman: The Complete Television Series to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD for the very first time since the original 1960s program. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of Batman's comic book debut, this is the ultimate holiday gift."

Batman: The Complete Television Series also features more than three hours of all-new enhanced content:

Hanging with Batman - A true slice of life in the words of Adam West.
Holy Memorabilia Batman! - A journey into the most sought-after collectibles through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.
Batmania Born!: Building the World of Batman - Explore the art and design behind the fiction.
Bats of the Round Table - A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat'66.
Inventing Batmanin the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2) - A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes.
Na Na Na Batman! - Hollywood favorite's stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories.

Season 1:
Hi Diddle Riddle
Smack in the Middle
Fine Feathered Finks
The Penguin's A Jinx
The Joker is Wild
Batman is Riled
Instant Freeze
Rats Like Cheese
Zelda The Great
A Death Worse Than Fate
A Riddle A Day Keeps the Riddler Away
When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play
The Thirteenth Hat
Batman Stands Pat
The Joker Goes To School
He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul
True or False Face
Holy Rat Race
The Purr-Fect Crime
Better Luck Next Time
The Penguin Goes Straight
Not Yet, He Ain't
The Ring Of Wax
Give 'Em The Axe
The Joker Trumps An Ace
Batman Sets The Pace
The Curse of Tut
The Pharaoh's In a Rut
The Bookworm Turns
While Gotham City Burns
Death in Slow Motion
The Riddler's Flase Notion
Fine Finny Fiends
Batman Makes The Scenes

Season 2:
Shoot A Crooked Arrow
Walk The Straight and Narrow
Hot Off The Griddle
The Cat and the Fiddle
The Minstrel's Shakedown
Barbecued Batman?
The Spell of Tut
Tut's Case is Shut
The Greatest Mother of Them All
Ma Parker
The Clock King's Crazy Crimes
The Clock King Gets Crowned
An Egg Grows in Gotham
The Yegg Foes in Gotham
The Devil's Fingers
The Dead Ringers
Hizzonner The Penguin
Dizzoner the Penguin
Green Ice
Deep Freeze
The Impractical Joker
The Joker's Provokers
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds
Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds
Come Back, Shame
It's How You Play The Game
The Penguin's Nest
The Bird's Last Jest
The Cat's Meow
The Bat's Kow Tow
The Puzzles Are Coming
The Duo Is Slumming
The Sandman Cometh
The Catwoman Goeth
The Contaminated Cowl
The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul
The Zodiac Crimes
The Joker's Hard Times
The Penguin Declines
That Darn Catwoman
Scat! Darn Catwoman
Penguin is a Girl's Best Friend
Penguin Sets a Trend
Penguin's Disastrous End
Batman's Anniversary
A Riddling Controversy
The Joker's Last Laugh
The Joker's Epitaph
Catwoman Goes to College
Batman Displays His Knowledge
A Piece of The Action
Batman's Satisfaction
Kin Tut's Coup
Batman's Waterloo
Black Widow Strikes Again
Caught in the Spider's Den
Pop Goes The Joker
Flop Goes the Joker
Ice Spy
The Duo Defy

Season 3:
Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin
Ring Around The Riddler
The Wail of The Siren
The Sport of Penguins
A Horse of Another Color
The Unkindest Tut of All
Louie, The Lilac
The Ogg and I
How To Hatch a Dinosaur
Surf's Up! Joker's Under!
The Londinium Larcenies
The Foggiest Notion
The Bloody Tower
Catwoman's Dressed to Kill
The Ogg Couple
The Funny Feline Felonies
The Joke's On Catwoman
Louie's Lethal Lilac Time
Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club
Penguin's Clean Sweep
The Great Escape
The Great Train Robbery
I'll Be A Mummy's Uncle
The Joker's Flying Saucer
The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra
Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires

Batman - The Complete Television Series: Limited Edition Blu-ray
Batman - The Complete Television Series: Limited Edition Blu-ray

I Dreamt Of...

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In news that's sure to make all of Madonna's past producers jealous, Diplo just revealed he got Madonna to re-record the vocals to one of her '80s classics in the midst of working on her upcoming album. Even cooler? She changed the lyrics to sing about him. Yes, Diplo is one of the luckiest people on the planet.

Madge sang new vocals for the True Blue single "La Isla Bonita," changing the lyrics to, "Last night I dreamt of Major Lazer" (which is one of Diplo's side projects). Diplo showed off the recording on an episode of the British series Superstar DJs, which premieres tomorrow on BBC's Channel 4.

When he plays the track for host Annie Mac, she understandably loses it. Apparently being a "slave driver" while working on her new album is the best way to win her respect.

Diplo isn't the only one manning the boards on Madge's latest. She also hit the studio with Avicii back in March, which means her brand of dance-pop might be taking an EDM turn on her upcoming record.

Now, if only that dreadful host had let the track actually play for more than 10 seconds...


Note: A dub play is a special version of a song with alternative lyrics, usually putting your name in it and is often the deciding factor in a sound clash.

A sound clash is a musical competition where crew members from opposing sound systems pit their skills against each other. Sound clashes take place in a variety of venues, both indoors and outdoors. Primarily featuring reggae dancehall,or Jungle music. The object is to beat or “kill” their competitors.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Violence...



Erasure have revealed the tracklisting and more format information for their much-anticipated forthcoming album The Violet Flame which is scheduled for release on September 22nd (September 23rd in North America.

The Violet Flame will be available in 1-CD, 2-CD, digital-download and limited-edition Deluxe Box Set formats: the single CD (and corresponding download edition) will feature just the ten tracks that make up ‘The Violet Flame’; the 2-CD edition (and its corresponding download) will feature ‘The Violet Flame’ on one disc, and then a second disc containing Erasure’s eleven-song ‘Live at The Short Circuit Festival’ performance, recorded at The Roundhouse in London in May 2011 and will include ‘A Little Respect’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘Blue Savannah’, ‘Hideaway’ and ‘Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day)’ among others.

Disc: 1
1. Dead Of Night
2. Elevation
3. Reason
4. Promises
5. Be The One
6. Sacred
7. Under The Wave
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Paradise
10. Stayed A Little Late Tonight

Disc: 2
1. Hideaway (Live)
2. Fingers and Thumbs: Cold Summer's Day (Live)
3. Heavenly Action (Live)
4. Always (Live)
5. Ship Of Fools (Live)
6. Victim Of Love (Live)
7. Breathe (Live)
8. Chains Of Love (Live)
9. Sometimes (Live)
10. Blue Savannah (Live)
11. A Little Respect (Live)

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Finally, the box set version of the album pictured above – which is a pre-order item only and is exclusively available to Pledge Music and will not be available anywhere else – will also include a third disc which will contain ‘The Violet Flame Remixed’, and will feature each track on the album reworked by a very interesting cast of remixers, more details soon! The 3-CD Box Set set is presented in a very special 8-page EcoPac package complete with a 16-page booklet and contained inside a gorgeous custom-made foil-blocked box. Alongside the 3CD set is a selection of merchandise items, all of which are exclusive to the box set, including an enamel badge, a set of postcards, a lenticular print and a glass tealight holder, with more items to be confirmed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get Ready To Be Swept Away...



Full info on the upcoming re-issues of ALL the albums Diana Ross made with the RCA label in the 80s has been revealed!

Only one unreleased track, most likely due to Ross's contract with the label at the time - but most of the official remixes and edits from the original singles are included. Red Hot Rhythm and Blues includes both the US and UK album versions of "Dirty Looks" plus both of the songs that were not included on the US version of the album.

The release date given is September 29/October 14 (see bottom of this post), but the label is still working on the tracklists, since sometimes more treasures are uncovered in the re-master process (someone should point out that the 7" Swing Mix of "Mr Lee" is currently missing from RHR&B...), and the label has quite often in the past missed their original deadline, due to work still being done on the titles.

All in all, these are by far the most complete versions ever available for all these albums and I am VERY much looking forward to these.

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Diana Ross – Why Do Fools Fall In Love is Expanded Edition for the First Time Ever with 8 Bonus Tracks.

Why Do Fools Fall In Love is the First Album Recorded after leaving the Motown Label.

Album Produced By Diana Ross, herself, which became her second RIAA Platinum Album.

Liner Notes by Alex Henderson

Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio’s, New York

Why Do Fools Fall in Love is the 1981 album by Diana Ross on the RCA label. The album reached #15 in the USA (#4 R&B), #17 in the UK and the Top Ten in Sweden, Norway and The Netherlands.

The album includes the Top 10 hits "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and "Mirror Mirror". Also included on the album was the track "Work That Body", which was co-written by Ross with Paul Jabara and Ray Chew. The track was a Top 10 hit in the U.K. and Top 15 in The Netherlands.

A solo version of "Endless Love" is also included on the album, a re-recording of her number one duet with Lionel Richie and "It's Never Too Late" was also released as a single in some international territories.


Why Do Fools Fall In Love was a slick and unpretentious album, which became the start of a great springboard for Ross’ in her RCA years.

WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE
1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
2. Sweet Surrender
3. Mirror,Mirror
4. Endless Love
5. It's Never Too Late
6. Think I'm In Love
7. Sweet Nothings
8. Two Can Make It
9. Work That Body
10. Mirror, Mirror (7 Inch Mix)
11. Mirror, Mirror (7 Inch Alternate Version)
12. Work That Body (7 Inch Mix)
13. Work That Body (12 Inch Mix)
14. Work That Body (Extended Mix)
15. Endless Love (Edited Version)
16. Endless Love (Vocal Version)
17. Endless Love (Instrumental)

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Silk Electric’s First Time on CD

Diana Ross – Silk Electric is Expanded Edition for the First Time Ever with 3 Bonus Tracks

Album Cover designed by Andy Warhol

The Album contained Ross' Top 10, Grammy Nominated Single, "Muscles", which was Produced & Written by Michael Jackson.

Liner Notes by Alex Henderson

Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio’s, New York

Silk Electric is the 1982 Album released by Diana Ross on the RCA label. The album reached #27 in the USA (#5 R&B), #33 in the UK and The Top 20 in Sweden, Norway and The Netherlands.

Another album that produced by Miss Ross and this time features her name as co-writer on four of the ten tracks and ended up going Gold, thus continuing Diana’s streak of solid-selling albums.

There’s no doubt that Silk Electric is her most experimental album ever with artistically Diana pushing boundaries all over the place. This makes listening to Silk Electric straight-through can be a bizarre and jarring experience, but the far greater issue than the material is the overall sound quality of the album.

So while Silk Electric is a challenging and very pleasant listen, which offers a little glimpse into the creative mind of Miss Diana Ross, and shows some new sides of her…..

SILK ELECTRIC
1. Muscles
2. So Close
3. Still in Love
4. Fool for Your Love
5. Turn Me Over
6. Who
7. Love Lies
8. In Your Arms
9. Anywhere You Run To
10. I Am Me
11. Muscles (Edited Version)
12. Muscles (12" Version)
13. So Close (Single Version)

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Diana Ross – Ross is Expanded Edition for the First Time Ever with 7 Bonus Tracks.

Diana Ross’ Third Release on the RCA Label.

Five of the Eight Tracks produced by Gary Katz, Two by Ray Parker Jr and One by Diana Ross.

Liner Notes by Alex Henderson

Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio’s, New York

Ross is the 1983 album by legendary singer Diana Ross. The album was released shortly before Ross gave a pair of free concerts in New York's Central Park.

The album reached #32 on the US charts, #14 on the US R&B charts and #44 in the UK. The album's highest international chart position was in Sweden, where it reached #7.

The album's first single, "Pieces of Ice", peaked at #31 on the US charts. Subsequent singles "Up Front" (US R&B #60, UK #79) and "Let's Go Up" (US #77) were also hits. "Up Front" was Re-Mixed by Jolley & Swain for the original European release.

The album was an excellent success at the time and it remains one of the best Diana Ross albums more than twenty years after. An inimitable atmosphere, an impalpable mystery surrounds the whole album.

With the great production work by Gary Katz, Ray Parker Jr and Ross herself, there has always been a wonder why the album wasn't more successful upon its initial release. Ross is refreshing in the current time that more people now know of her rich and great catalogue value.

No doubt, this album is one of her finest solo & RCA recordings.

ROSS
1. That's How You Start Over
2. Love Will Make It Right
3. You Do It
4. Pieces of Ice
5. Let's Go Up
6. Love or Loneliness
7. Up Front
8. Girls
9. Piece of Ice (12" Mix)
10. Pieces of Ice (12" Instrumental)
11. Pieces of Ice (7" Mix)
12. Up Front (7" Mix)
13. Up Front (Special Club Mix)
14. Up Front (12" Mix)
15. Let's Go Up (7" Mix)

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Diana Ross – Swept Away will be a 2 CD Deluxe Edition for the First Time Ever.

The Bonus CD will include 9 Bonus Tracks.

This album yields several hit singles, "Missing You", the Daryl Hall & Arthur Baker Produced "Swept Away", and the Julio Iglesias duet, "All of You"

"Missing You" was produced by Lionel Richie and was a tribute to late soul singer Marvin Gaye, Ross and Richie's former Motown Records label-mate.

Liner Notes by Alex Henderson

Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio’s, New York

Swept Away is the 1984 album by the legendary Diana Ross on the RCA label.

The album was certified Gold and peaked at #26 on Billboard Pop Albums Chart, making this her last album to reach the Top 40, which also made the top ten in The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

Swept Away certainly did what it needed to do, which was to give Diana Ross some new hits and keep her on the charts. Beyond that, it gave her a classic, “Missing You,” on which she offered one of the great performances of her career.

The album itself holds up pretty well and Swept Away is certainly one of Diana’s best at RCA, which features some sparkling highlights and anthems than its predecessor, Ross.

SWEPT AWAY
CD 1
1. Missing You
2. Touch by Touch
3. Rescue Me
4. It's Your Move
5. Swept Away
6. Telephone
7. Nobody Makes Me Crazy (Like You Do)
8. All of You
9. We Are the Children of the World
10. Forever Young
CD 2
1. Swept Away (12" Long Version)
2. Swept Away (12" Instrumental)
3. Swept Away (7" Single Mix)
4. Touch by Touch (12" Single Mix)
5. Touch by Touch (12" Instrumental)
6. Touch by Touch (Alternate Single Mix)
7. Telephone (Edited Version)
8. Missing You (7" Single Mix)
9. Fight for It (7" Single Version)

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Diana Ross – Eaten Alive will be a 2 CD Deluxe Edition for the First Time Ever.

The Bonus CD will include 9 Bonus Tracks.

Eaten Alive includes her international hit single "Chain Reaction".

Written and produced by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.

The album also includes a contribution from Michael Jackson who co-wrote and performed vocals on the title track.

Liner Notes by Alex Henderson

Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio’s, New York

Eaten Alive is the 1985 album by Diana Ross which reached #11 in the UK and Australia. The album also reached the Top Ten in Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and The Netherlands.

Following the largely self-produced Swept Away album, Diana Ross' shrewd choice of collaborators continued to impress when she turned to the Gibb brothers for her fifth studio project for RCA Records.

The album was a dynamic affair with an explosive set of songs as well as the title track also boasting the excellent production and song writing skills of the genius himself, Michael Jackson.

In the UK, Chain Reaction caught on to the British public like a magnet! This was simply vintage Diana Ross and it was this retro style that her public loved even though she has commendably attempted time and time again to break out into other musical genres in the past few decades.

Overly, Eaten Alive is a solid album with sparkling vocals from Ross, compelling arrangements and great lyrics. An enjoyable and diverse album from legendary Diana Ross.

EATEN ALIVE
CD 1
1. Eaten Alive
2. Oh Teacher
3. Experience
4. Chain Reaction
5. More and More
6. I'm Watching You
7. Love on the Line
8. (I Love) Being in Love with You
9. Crime of Passion
10. Don't Give Up on Each Other
CD 2
1. Eaten Alive (Single Mix)
2. Eaten Alive (Single Mix Instrumental)
3. Eaten Alive (Hot Extended Dance Mix)
4. Eaten Alive (12 Inch Instrumental)
5. Experience (Special Dance Mix)
6. Experience (Instrumental)
7. Experience (Single Version)
8. Chain Reaction (Special Dance Mix)
9. Chain Reaction (Special Single Mix)

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Diana Ross – Red Hot Rhythm and Blues will be a 2 CD Deluxe Edition for the First Time Ever.

Includes 13 Bonus Tracks            

The album includes the Top 15 US R&B and UK Top 40 hit, "Dirty Looks"

And the ballad "It's Hard for Me to Say", produced by Luther Vandross.

The cover photography was by Herb Ritts.

Includes the Un-Released Track Sweet Soul Music.

Liner Notes by Alex Henderson

Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio’s, New York.

Red Hot Rhythm and Blues is the 1987 album by the legendary Diana Ross. The album made the charts in Germany, The Netherlands and Austria, as well as reaching the Top 20 in Sweden and Norway.

The album was Ross's final album for RCA Records and included cover versions of several R&B classics, including The Bobbettes' "Mr. Lee", Jackie Ross' "Selfish One," Etta James' "Tell Mama", and The Drifters' "There Goes My Baby".

Ross decided to retreat to safer territory, returning to her roots of Rhythm And Blues to mark a celebration in black music for the dynamic Red Hot Rhythm And Blues album.

Listeners to this album were stunned to hear Ross' sensational, sexually-charged and charismatic performance that sound quite fitting when listening to those mildly racy lyrics. Never the less Red Hot Rhythm And Blues is ESSENTIAL to any Diana Ross fan and stands as something of an over-looked classic.

RED HOT RHYTHM AND BLUES
CD1
1. Dirty Looks (US Album Version)
2. Stranger In Paradise
3. Summertime
4. Shine
5. Tell Me Again
6. Selfish One
7. Cross My Heart
8. There Goes My Baby
9. It’s Hard For Me To Say
10. Shockwaves
11. Mr. Lee (UK Album Version)
12. Tell Mama (UK Album Version)
13. Sweet Soul Music (Previously Unreleased)
CD2
1. Dirty Looks (Remix Version)
2. Dirty Looks (Instrumental)
3. Dirty Looks (Bonus Beats)
4. Dirty Looks (UK Album Mix)
5. Shockwaves (12” Remix)
6. Shockwaves (Instrumental)
7. Shockwaves (7” Remix)
8. Mr. Lee (Swing Mix)

9. Mr. Lee (Rare Groove Version)


Pre-Order now to guarantee your Order !!!

Pre-Order price has been discounted down to $9.98, the price will go up on our Stock Arrival Date (29th September) to $11.98

The Actual Official Street Date is 14th October - our Diana Ross releases will not hit Amazon and all other retailers till that date, by ordering directly with Funkytowngrooves you will receive your order 2 Weeks before the Official Street Date.

Stock Arrival Date = 29th September 2014 

Track listing's are correct at time of Pre-Order release and could be subject to change.

Due to the finding's of Extra Bonus Material in the Re-Master process, please keep a look out on our website or on our Facebook page, for future info.

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