Coming this spring, Intervention Records is releasing three classic titles by Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!, I’m The Man and Night and Day. All are being cut straight from analog 15ips safety copies, featuring the mastering of Kevin Gray and plating/pressing by RTI. The first two titles are due in “Feb/March” per Intervention, and Night and Day follows in April. These come hot on the heels of two great A&M Stealer’s Wheel reissues, including their self-titled first album and Ferguslie Park, which have seen very favorable reviews in the audiophile press.
Of Stealer’s Wheel, Michael Fremer of Analog Planet wrote: “Kevin Gray’s cut from ‘best analog sources available’ … is the best sounding version of this album I’ve yet heard. There’s more detail to be heard overall, better instrumental layering, greater transparency and more honest equalization (the “Porky” is upper-midrange “pushed”). The first two Jackson LPs will be substantially upgraded over the originals. Shane at Intervention writes: “Fans of those first two JJ LPs are going to be blown away! That top-end energy was still vibrant on the tapes, but were able to restore the bass foundation. It’s still a punchy, aggressive sounding record, but dramatically better balanced. I think you’re going to be more than pleased!”
We’re looking forward to these here at A&M Corner!
January 25 marks the birthday of the legendary Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Antonio Carlos Jobim. Born in 1927, Jobim was instrumental in bringing Brazilian music and Bossa Nova to the ears of listeners around the world, and penned many tunes that defined the era. Jobim appeared on A&M via Creed Taylor’s CTi label by way of two albums, Wave and Tide, and appeared uncredited on the Brasil ’66 album Equinox.
Carpenters also made the news today in 1975 when their single “Please, Mr. Postman” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The original version by The Marvelettes was the first #1 single for the fledgling Motown Records label, and this song, along with a handful of others, holds the distinction of reaching #1 performed by two different artists. “Venus” by Shocking Blue hit #1 in 1970, while Bananarama’s version reached the top in 1986. Grand Funk and Little Eva both took the Goffin-King tune “The Loco-Motion” to #1, and another composition of theirs, “Go Away Little Girl,” would reach #1 two times at the hands of Steve Lawrence and Donny Osmond.
Two lucky winners will win a copy of the latest Herb Alpert CD, Come Fly With Me, signed personally by Herb Alpert and Lani Hall! To enter the giveaway and read the details, visit our forum. Contest ends on Feb. 21, 2016, so don’t delay!
January 19, 1981: The tenth studio album by Styx, Paradise Theater, is released, and would feature two singles: “The Best of Times” and “Too Much Time on my Hands.” The album was recorded at Pumpkin Studios by its owner, engineer/producer Gary Loizzo (formerly of American Breed) who unfortunately passed away within the past week.
January 19, 1991: Janet Jackson’s single “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” hits #1 on the Billboard chart, the fourth of her singles to do so. Like the others, this one was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Bonus: Herb Alpert makes a guest appearance on trumpet. This appears on the album Rhythm Nation 1814.
Immaculate Fools did not make much of an impression in the US, but their unique blend of alternative rock, folk and Celtic music made an impression in the UK, landing Hearts of Fortune at #65 on the UK albums chart. They would find even greater success in Germany and Spain, and eventually moved to Spain themselves.
The band consisted of brothers Kevin Weatherill (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica) and Paul Weatherill (bass, backing vocals, percussion), and brothers Andy Ross (guitar) and Peter Ross (drums). The Ross brothers could boast of the late Ronnie Ross, a popular saxophonist (Matt Bianco, The Beatles “Savoy Truffle,” and others) as their father. The band would become a college radio favorite and remained popular in Spain, and remained together until 1997.