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Yusuf / Cat Stevens Tea For The Tillerman², Reimagined Available September 18th

50 years on from the release of Tea for the Tillerman, the 1970 multi-platinum selling, era-defining album that made a superstar, Yusuf / Cat Stevens is set to release Tea for the Tillerman² on September 18th.

Tea for the Tillerman² sees Yusuf recast the same eleven songs for a new age with dramatic results. Half a century and an entire universe of experiences after they were originally laid down on tape, T4TT² is a beautiful reunion between the artist and the songs that helped define the melodious ‘70s. The impact of Tillerman has subtly intertwined with the fabric of popular culture while its songs have magnified and developed a life of their own through their ever-expanding use in film, TV, and numerous reinterpretations by other artists. 

The album cover of T4TT² illustrates the same picturesque ‘Tea-Time’ scene that adorned the original album, fifty years later. The Tillerman has returned from an expedition to outer space only to discover a world that has become decidedly darker. The two toddlers, Grady and Timmy, are still playing next to him – this time streaming the latest music and gaming on their mobile phones. 

The concept for Tea for the Tillerman² grew out of a conversation, fittingly, between Yusuf and his son about how to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary. This gave birth to the idea of reimagining and rerecording the songs, and the results speak for themselves. Paul Samwell-Smith was contacted and a week was booked at La Fabrique Studios, in the South of France in the Summer of 2019, close to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous works. The studio itself carries a rich and varied history, having once been a factory for dyeing the prestigious red jackets of Napoleon’s famous Hussars and also being home to one of the largest collections of classic French cinema and vinyl records. Providentially, the whole experience was filmed. 

Most of the 11 songs were written by a young 22-year-old Cat Stevens in and around his native Soho habitat at the tail end of the swinging ‘60s, but here are sung and played after a lifetime of introspection, development and a fresh perspective. Already viewed as some of the greatest songs of their, or any other, era, they stand on their own merits all over again, whilst reflecting a new shimmering light on the original recordings, amplifying their ongoing relevance and place in the lexicon of great songwriting. 

“Though my songwriting adventures were never limited to Tillerman, the songs on that album certainly defined me and pointed the way for my mysterious life’s journey. Since those originative sessions in Morgan Studios, Willesden, in 1970, Tillerman has grown and developed its own gravitas and influence on music history and as the soundtrack to so many people’s lives. Like it was destiny waiting to happen, T4TT² feels like the timing of its message has arrived again.”

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Tea for the Tillerman² sees Yusuf reunite with all the key actors from the original album – producer Paul Samwell-Smith and Alun Davies on guitar. They are joined by Bruce Lynch on bass, a member of Yusuf’s band from the mid-70s. Guitarist Eric Appapoulay and multi-instrumentalist Kwame Yeboah on percussion and keys represent Yusuf’s current live band and they are supported by Jim Cregan on guitar and Peter Vettese on keys. The session was engineered by David Hefti who has contributed to Yusuf’s sound live and in the studio for close to ten years.  

Fifty years on from their inception, the songs on T4TT² sonically resonate again, as loud today as ever. The album speaks anew of concern for the natural world and examines some of our most profound relationships, generation to generation, underpinned by a longing for spiritual union in an unpredictable and increasingly broken materialistic world. Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ life and career have seen him walk a boundless path and yet the central humanity of his message has remained consistent, radiating a warm and comforting musical accompaniment to the search for peace and understanding between peoples, and in harmony with nature. These permanent values vibrate not only through Yusuf’s music but can also be seen in his altruistic endeavors, such as his ongoing Peace Train project https://www.peacetrain.org/.

Track Listing:

1. Where Do The Children Play?
2. Hard Headed Woman
3. Wild World
4. Sad Lisa
5. Miles From Nowhere
6. But I Might Die Tonight
7. Longer Boats
8. Into White
9. On The Road To Find Out
10. Father And Son
11. Tea For The Tillerman

Pre-order HERE.

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Eric Clapton & B.B. King Riding With The King 20th Anniversary Edition Set For June 26th Release

Two guitar legends – Eric Clapton and B.B. King – first performed together in NYC in 1967. Over 30 years later, in 1999, the two longtime friends joined forces to create a collection of all new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs. The resulting album Riding with the King would be released in June 2000 and go onto sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. and win the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this classic album, two additional previously unreleased tracks have been added: The blues standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and B.B. King’s “Let Me Love You.” Both tracks were recorded during the original sessions and were produced and mixed especially for this release by Simon Climie, who produced the original album with Clapton. The original tapes have been remastered by Bob Ludwig for release on June 26th via Reprise Records.

Track Listing:

1. Riding with the King
2. Ten Long Years
3. Key to the Highway
4. Marry You
5. Three O’Clock Blues
6. Help the Poor
7. I Wanna Be
8. Worried Life Blues
9. Days of Old
10. When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
11. Hold On I’m Coming
12. Come Rain or Come Shine
13. Rollin’ and Tumblin’
14. Let Me Love You

Pre-order HERE.

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Prince And The Revolution: Live Now Available Digitally

The Prince Estate has released Prince and the Revolution: Live, a historic concert captured at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985. Prince and the Revolution: Live showcases Prince and his iconic band at the peak of their Purple Rain Tour, and was the first live concert footage that Prince officially released as both a television broadcast and home video.

Performing in lock-step with his incredible, tightly rehearsed band—which featured Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Mark Brown, Eric Leeds, and Bobby Z., along with a cast of special guests—the live concert in Syracuse included Purple Rain hits like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “Purple Rain” in addition to other early-career favorites like “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore.” (Full tracklist below.)

The concert was originally released in 1985 on VHS and LaserDisc, followed by a DVD release included with the 2017 Purple Rain Remastered & Deluxe Edition. The audio from the concert has been remastered by longtime Prince mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, and is available in digital format for the first time across all streaming and download partners.

Click HERE to stream or download Prince And The Revolution: Live.

Tracklist

1. Let’s Go Crazy
2. Delirious
3. 1999
4. Little Red Corvette
5. Take Me With U
6. Yankee Doodle Dandy
7. Do Me Baby
8. Irresistible Bitch
9. Possessed
10.How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore
11.Let’s Pretend We’re Married
12.International Lover
13.God
14.Computer Blue
15.Darling Nikki
16.The Beautiful Ones
17.When Doves Cry
18.I Would Die 4 U
19.Baby I’m A Star
20.Purple Rain

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Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert To Stream On YouTube On May 15

Queen and Eagle Rock Entertainment have partnered with The Mercury Phoenix Trust to present a Special YouTube Premiere Screening of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

This Friday, May 15th the Official Queen YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/queen) will be premiering a special stream of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert as part of the ongoing fight with COVID-19, with all donations supporting the World Health Organisation. Google.org is matching $2 for every $1 donated. This ongoing Google/YouTube UN Foundation campaign fundraiser is running through June 30, 2020. The concert will be available for 48 hours only.

Click HERE to watch on Friday at 7pm (BST) / 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place on Easter Monday, 20th April 1992 at Wembley Stadium in front of a 72,000 sold-out crowd and global broadcast audience of over one billion. The concert was a tribute to Queen’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on 24 November 1991. Queen’s remaining members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon were joined on stage by many of the biggest acts in the world including David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Robert Plant, Metallica, Liza Minelli, Def Leppard, Seal, Roger Daltrey and many more. The concert was to be the last large scale live event John Deacon performed with Queen.

The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust. The trust is a core part of Queen and Freddie’s legacy and has gone on to provide in excess of £17m to over 1000 projects in 57 countries in the ongoing fight against AIDS worldwide – www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

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Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Could Sell For $1 Million

The guitar that Kurt Cobain played during his 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance is expected to sell at auction next month for at least $1 million. The rare D-18E guitar is listed with a number of other items once owned by the Nirvana frontman, who died by suicide in 1994, approximately five months after the New York show.

“This important guitar has earned its rightful place in Rock ‘N’ Roll history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time,” said Darren Julien, President of Julien’s Auctions, in a press release. The auction house is hosting the sale in Beverly Hills, Hollywood.

The guitar was previously owned by Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who reportedly gave it up during an acrimonious divorce from her former husband, musician Isaiah Silva.

Just the seventh of only 302 D-18Es built, the guitar was customized by Cobain with a Bartolini pickup. The guitar will arrive in an original hardshell case decorated by Cobain, along with a half-used pack of Martin guitar strings, three picks, and a suede “stash” bag decorated with a miniature silver spoon, fork, and knife. It will be on display starting May 15 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus and at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills starting June 15 ahead of its auction on Friday, June 19 – Saturday, June 20.

More info HERE.

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Walt Disney Company To Fast Track Premiere of “Hamilton” The Film of The Original Broadway Production To Stream Directly On Disney+ Beginning July 3, 2020

The Walt Disney Company, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and Thomas Kail are pleased to announce that Disney+ will fast track the premiere of the filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton,” bringing the 11-time-Tony Award-, GRAMMY Award-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical to homes around the world on July 3, 2020.

Producers for “Hamilton,” the film of the original Broadway production, include Miranda, Seller, and Kail, who also directs.

The film is a leap forward in the art of “live capture” which transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. Combining the best elements of live theater, film, and streaming, the result is a cinematic stage performance that is a wholly new way to experience “Hamilton.”

Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, “Hamilton” features Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.

The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart and Ephraim Sykes.

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Stephen King Talks About His Favorite Songs

One of the world’s biggest selling authors, Stephen King, chooses his favorite songs and talks about what they mean to him; from AC/DC to Jan and Dean.

Listen HERE.

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Join The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine YouTube Sing-A-Long Watch Party On April 25

All aboard for the Yellow Submarine YouTube Dress-Up Sing-A-Long Watch Party!

This Saturday, April 25th at 9am PDT (12pm EDT/5pm BST) you can join the Beatles’ celebration of love, music, and surfacing from strange seas into a beautiful world free of the Blue Meanies!

Dress-up as your favorite character from the film and escape to a place where, for a little while, nothing is real. Please share photos and videos of you singing along in your costumes at home and tag them #YellowSubLive. Following the film, images and videos will be shared on Instagram Stories in the Yellow Submarine Sing-A-Long After-Party.

You can set a reminder on the Youtube Watch Page HERE.

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AXS TV Launches 14 Popular Episodes of Live From Daryl’s House – Series Makes Its Network Debut Sunday April 19

AXS TV announced today that the network is airing 14 episodes of the multi-award-winning music series Live From Daryl’s House—premiering on Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. AXS TV has curated a roster of the popular series’ episodes, highlighting an eclectic blend of artists that will appeal to the Network’s diverse audience.

Live From Daryl’s House was created in 2007 by Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Daryl Hall, who wanted a show where he and his talented friends could hangout and rock out in a relaxed atmosphere. The Webby Award-winning program quickly took the music world and the Internet by storm with its unique format, as Hall welcomed a new artist into his domain each week to enjoy some local cuisine and conversation, as well as an unforgettable jam session. Since that time, Live From Daryl’s House has transformed into a nationally syndicated television series, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry and amassing a loyal following of fans eagerly anticipating the next new episode.

AXS TV has selected 14 eclectic episodes for this special event, packed with all-star appearances and powerhouse performances. Live From Daryl’s House kicks off its Network debut on April 19 with singer/songwriter/performer CeeLo Green, followed by episodes featuring folk hero Jason Mraz (Apr. 26); versatile vocalist Chris Daughtry (May 3); a Mother’s Day broadcast with singer/songwriter Grace Potter (May 10); hip hop pioneer Wyclef Jean (May 17); country superstar Darius Rucker (May 31); chart-topping pop rockers Train (June 7); multi-talented musician Aloe Blacc (June 14); indie pop stars Fitz & The Tantrums (June 21); singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw (June 28); emo favorite Patrick Stump (July 12); bluesy breakout artist Elle King (July 19); GRAMMY-winning songwriter Rob Thomas (July 26); and Utah alt-rockers Neon Trees (Aug. 2).

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The Best Music Channels On YouTube You Should Subscribe To In 2020

In 2020, 8 out of 10 18 to 49-year-olds will watch YouTube in an average month. According to Google, by 2025 half of viewers under the age of 32 will no longer subscribe to a pay TV service. Now more than ever, YouTube is the go-to destination for video content for both millennials and those older. One burgeoning corner of the YouTube space is in music channels. Some channels create interesting music reviews, whilst others delve into the technical details of music-making. Some even focus on playing classic songs from a single genre of music.

Below are some of the absolute best music channels on YouTube that you need to be following in 2020.

The Needle Drop

Anthony Fantano has been the self-confessed internet’s biggest music nerd for years now. Despite his lengthy innings, the music reviewer shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Anthony always reviews recent music releases in pop, hip-hop, experimental, techno and other genres. He rates every album out of 10, but it’s his in-depth opinions across his reviews that keep his subscribers coming back. In 2020 this has been no different, and if you don’t yet follow Fantano on YouTube its as good a time as any to start doing so.

Amoeba

Amoeba is one of the most famous independent music stores in America. But for those who can’t make it there any time soon, you’re in luck! Amoeba runs a YouTube channel where they invite music celebrities into their store to buy anything they like. They are then interviewed in a “What’s in Your Bag” style, explaining why they chose the music they did. Amoeba’s channel is an excellent way to get new music recommendations from people working in the industry. They have a diverse set of celebrities who they’ve interview also, from Slick Rick to Le Butcherettes. This means there’s likely something for everyone’s tastes on their channel.

Mr Suicide Sheep

If you’re in the mood for electronic music, the MrSuicideSheep channel has something for you. With over 12 million subscribers, it’s one of the most popular YouTube channels for an independent label. And with good reason. In addition to their music videos, they manage a 24/7 stream of chill-out music. The channel has been going for 10 years and yet somehow manages to be the best its ever been. If you’re in the mood to chill out and listen to some hard to find electronic music, we can’t recommend them enough.

Polyphonic

Polyphonic produces video essays on music through their YouTube channel. If you’re interested in the video essay format, there are few better music-related channels on YouTube in 2020. Some of their recent output includes in-depth looks at how artists like Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar shaped the 2010s. They also take the time to analyze specific songs like Feel Good Inc and White Rabbit. For anyone who wants to delve just a little deeper into the world of music, Polyphonic’s essays are both engaging and informative. They also update their channel regularly, with new videos usually uploaded every 2nd Thursday.

Deep Cuts

Oliver’s YouTube channel is dedicated to music, for music lovers. His channel is dedicated to giving reviews and recommendations on new music for those hoping to expand their horizons. A popular Deep Cuts video recently was their piece on “How to find new music”. The channel also looks to recommend artists from specific genres, such as AFROBEAT or MATHCORE. Though they aren’t as regular YouTube producers as some others on this list, Deep Cuts is well worth a follow for when they do post new videos.

Vox

Vox isn’t specifically a music channel as they create content in a variety of other mediums. But their music content is so good that they have to be included on this list. They create video-essay style videos similar to Polyphonic, but on more out-there topics. For example, they analyzed how a single chord is used to create ambiance in Christmas songs. They also looked at the origins of the infamous “Parental Advisory” sticker and how it was rooted in heavy metal music. Its a shame they are not solely dedicated to music videos, but when a new Earworm Vox video comes out you know that its a must-watch. Another channel that isn’t just concerned with music essays but does create interesting ones occasionally is Nerdwriter1. For their slightly longer videos, we recommend figuring out how to download YouTube videos on Mac. Then you can watch them at any time, even without the internet.

Resident Advisory

Resident Advisory is an online music magazine and platform that recently created its own YouTube channel. They are the experts in electronic music with their channel being no exception. They create a “Real Scenes” series which targets specific locations across the world and reports on the music scene there.  For a taste of their more analytical videos, you should seek out their video on Burial’s Untrue album. For anyone interested in DJing and electronic music, RA is a vital creator in the medium right now.

Chilled Cow

Similar to MrSuicideSheep (YouTube music channels love animals), Chilled Cow is a YouTube music station dedicated to discovering and sharing new music. They specialize in sharing chilled out tunes that you can either relax or study to. They have managed their “lo-fi hip hop radio” live stream for years. It’s now one of the most popular live stream YouTube music videos on the platform, and rightfully so. If you need to play music that can help you to concentrate, particularly students revising for exams, this stream is perfect. In 2020, Chilled Cow shows no signs of slowing down and is still the ideal channel for chilled out music on YouTube.

The Are So Many More…

The above are just some of the best music channels on YouTube. There are more music channels on YouTube now than ever before as the platform continues to expand. This includes many others we’ve been unable to fit onto this list like Dead End Hip-hop, Adam Neely and Sideways.  The YouTube space continues to change at a rapid rate, so there will likely be even more channels launching later in the year.

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