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On August 10, 2008.

Isaac Hayes

On August 10, 2008, Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. aka Isaac Hayes died aged 65. Being musician, singer-songwriter, actor, and producer, he was one of the creative forces behind the music label “Stax Records”. The song “Soul man” (written by Hayes and David Porter and performed by Sam & Dave) has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the “Grammy Hall of Fame”, it was honored by “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” by “Rolling Stone” magazine, and by the “RIAA” as one of the “Songs of the Century”. Hayes had success with his albums (Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, The Isaac Hayes Movement, Joy, Live at the Sahara Tahoe and Chocolate Chip) but he was best known for the soundtrack for the 1971 movie “Shaft”   For the “Theme from Shaft”, in 1972, Hayes was awarded with the “Academy Award for Best Original Song”, becoming the third African-American, (after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel), to win an “Academy Award” in any competitive field covered by “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences”. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and in 2003, he was honored as a “BMI Icon” for his enduring influence on generations of music makers.

In 1992, as recognition of his humanitarian work there, Hayes was crowned honorary king of the Ada, Ghana region.

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On August 09, 1995.

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On August 09 1995, Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia aka Jerry Garcia died aged 53.Being guitarist, singer and composer, he was best known as founding member and leader of The Grateful Dead. Garcia also co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage and participated in other music projects, including The Saunders–Garcia Band (with Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way,The Garcia/Grisman Duo and Legion of Mary. Garcia also released several solo albums. He was ranked 13th in the magazine Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarist’s of All Time”

Box set: Nils Lofgren: Face the music

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Label: Fantasy

Release date: August 05, 2014

Duration: 11:14

“Face the Music” is nine CD/single-DVD box set that provides a biography of Lofgren, with each disc telling a different chapter.

The first disc are the Grinyears (1971-1973)

The second disc is the beginning of his solo career (1975-1977)

The third disc chronicles his collaborations with Lou Reed and Bob Ezrin (1979-1983)

The fourth disc four starts with the story in 1985 and continues with 1991’s Silver Lining and 1992’s Crooked Line

The next three discs are his independent and self-released recordings made between 1993 and 2011

The last two discs offer rarities from various years of his career

 

Concert for Bangladesh

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“The Concert for Bangladesh” were actually two benefit concerts organised by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held at 2.30 and 8 pm on Sunday, 1 August 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The shows were organised to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related Bangladesh atrocities. The concerts were followed by a live album, a boxed three-record set, and Apple Films’ concert documentary, which opened in cinemas in the spring of 1972.

The event was the first-ever benefit concert of such a magnitude and featured a supergroup of performers that included Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and the band Badfinger. In addition, Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan – both of whom had ancestral roots in Bangladesh – performed an opening set of Indian classical music. Decades later, Shankar would say of the overwhelming success of the event: “In one day, the whole world knew the name of Bangladesh. It was a fantastic occasion.

The concerts raised close to US$250,000 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Although the project was subsequently marred by financial problems – a result of the pioneering nature of the venture – the “Concert for Bangladesh” is recognised as a highly successful and influential humanitarian aid project, generating both awareness and considerable funds as well as providing valuable lessons and inspiration for projects that followed, notably Live Aid.[3][4][5] By 1985, through revenue raised from the “Concert for Bangladesh” live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief.

Sales of the live album and DVD release of the film continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

 

Led Zeppelin: I – III Remastered

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The First Three Albums Newly Remastered, Each With An Additional Disc Of Previously Unreleased Companion Audio. Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including A Super Deluxe Boxed Set.

Beginning with the June 3 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

“The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin,” says Page. “It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time.”

SUPER DELUXE EDITION BOX

Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve

Companion audio on CD in a new sleeve and on 180-gram vinyl (Led Zeppelin features a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, II & III feature previously unreleased studio outtakes)

Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating the first pressing

High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit (Live tracks are 48kHz/24bit)

Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia

High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered

Led Zeppelin will also include a replica of the band’s original Atlantic press kit

DELUXE EDITION 2CD

Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio (Led Zeppelin features a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, II & III feature previously unreleased studio outtakes)

DELUXE EDITION VINYL

Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl (Led Zeppelin features a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris [2 LP’s], II & III feature previously unreleased studio outtakes [Each contains 1 LP] )

SINGLE CD

Remastered album packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an 8 page booklet (Led Zeppelin III contains CD sleeve in a replica of the original vinyl, including the die cut holes and wheel)

ORIGINAL ALBUM VINYL

Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exact detail

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Remastered album and companion audio (Led Zeppelin features a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, II &III feature previously unreleased studio outtakes)

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The The: Soul Mining 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Boxset

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“Soul Mining 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Boxset” is re-mastered, re-packed and expanded version of “The The” major label debut album, Soul Mining.

Re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original master tapes by Matt Johnson and packaged in a lavish 12” box, this vinyl only release includes an authentic reproduction of the 1983 release on 180g vinyl, plus an extra 12” gatefold vinyl of alternative versions and remixes.

For the free digital copy, the re-mastered audio has then been dubbed from new vinyl test pressings recorded from Matt’s original 1982 Thorens TD-147 gramophone player using patent ‘Dubbed-From-Disc’ technology, obtainable via a download code contained within the boxset.

Apart from the re-mastered album the boxset also includes a unique ‘news-poster’ containing extensive notes written by Johnson that detail the making of the album, the bonus vinyl of alternative versions and remixes contained in a gatefold sleeve, the panels of which contain the original artwork for ‘Uncertain Smile’, ‘Perfect’, and ‘This Is The Day’ plus a master tape circular card insert, containing credits and the download code.

Originally released on 21st October 1983, the recording of Soul Mining began in the spring of 1982, when the then 20-year old Matt Johnson, financed at this point by London Records, de-camped to New York to record ‘Uncertain Smile’ with producer Mike Thorne.

A subsequent session, again in New York with Thorne, and featuring David Johansen of the New York Dolls, resulted in ‘Perfect’, yet both sessions, and the deal with London Records, were subsequently scrapped when THE THE made an audacious switch to CBS Records and decided to start the album afresh.

Work on the album was reconvened at John Foxx’s Garden Studios in the then pre-gentrified Shoreditch area of East London with Matt co-producing with Paul Hardiman – the album was subsequently mixed at Martin Rushent’s Genetic Sound studio.

Featuring a host of talented musicians, including JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus, Manorexia and Steroid Maximus), Zeke Manyika (Orange Juice), electronic DIY pioneer Thomas Leer and Jools Holland, Johnson set out with a clear vision in mind – to produce an album that felt cinematic; a record of width, depth and texture and one which avoided the mundane line-up of the day of guitar, bass and drums.