Thursday 9pm: Feature LP: The Beatles – White Album Remaster (2018)

The Beatles, also known as “The White Album”, is the ninth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed,[a] which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s previous LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although no singles were issued from The Beatles in Britain and the United States, the songs “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968. The album’s songs range in style from British blues and ska to tracks influenced by Chuck Berry and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. The group returned to EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London at the end of May to commence recording sessions that lasted through to mid-October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences. Another divisive element was the constant presence of John Lennon’s new partner, Yoko Ono, whose attendance in the studio broke with the Beatles’ policy regarding wives and girlfriends not attending recording sessions. After a series of problems, including producer George Martin taking a sudden leave of absence and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting, Ringo Starr left the band briefly in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year, leading to the break-up of the band by 1970.

On release, The Beatles received favourable reviews from the majority of music critics, but other commentators found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. The band and Martin later debated whether the group should have released a single album instead. Nonetheless, The Beatles reached No. 1 on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, and has since been viewed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.

On 9 November 2018, remixed and expanded editions of The Beatles were released. These sets feature 50 previously unreleased recordings of songs from the album, in addition to the Esher demos recorded at Harrison’s house. The four editions are: a three-CD deluxe set, containing the original double album and one CD of Esher demos; a seven-disc super deluxe edition, which adds three CDs of outtakes and a Blu-ray disc; a two-LP edition, comprising the original release; and a four-LP edition, two discs of which contain Esher demos. Following the announcement of these editions in September, a preview containing three versions of “Back in the U.S.S.R.” was released on Spotify and iTunes. – Wikipedia

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You (2018)

As Long as I Have You is the tenth solo album by Roger Daltrey, released on 1 June 2018.

Work on As Long as I Have You was started shortly after Going Back Home was released in March 2014. Following his seven-month battle with viral meningitis, Daltrey planned on shelving the project until Pete Townshend heard the early mixes and expressed interest in playing rhythm and lead guitar. Recording continued during breaks on The Who’s 50th anniversary tour, The Who Hits 50!

As Long as I Have You features Townshend’s guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards and Sean Genockey on lead guitar.

The album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as “Certified Rose” and the soulful ballad “Always Heading Home” along with songs that have inspired Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave’s “Into My Arms”, “You Haven’t Done Nothing” by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills’ “How Far” and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964, the year that Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who. – Wikipedia

1. “As Long as I Have You” 3:18
2. “How Far” 3:03
3. “Where Is a Man to Go? 4:04
4. “Get On Out of the Rain 3:31
5. “I’ve Got Your Love” 3:29
6. “Into My Arms” 4:09
7. “You Haven’t Done Nothing” 3:57
8. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” 2:04
9. “Certified Rose” 3:14
10. “The Love You Save” 3:06
11. “Always Heading Home” 3:26

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Various Artists – 80’s Symphonic

80s SYMPHONIC combines the original classic tracks of 15 iconic 80s tracks from David Bowie, a-ha, Foreigner, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Tina Turner, Pretenders, Ultravox and more with brand new symphonic and string arrangements performed by the 50-piece London Studio Orchestra creating brand unique versions of these timeless tracks like you’ve never heard before.

The songs on 80s Symphonic have collectively sold over 20 million copies and have been number one hits in over 20 countries. The brand-new orchestrations for the album are the work of producer and arranger Andy Wright, who has worked with Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Simply Red, Jeff Beck, Massive Attack to name a few.

Andy Wright says, “Opening up the tape boxes of the biggest Warner’s hits from the 80’s was like all my Christmases rolled into one. Having then the opportunity of augmenting the original performances with a 50-piece Symphonic Orchestra has been a dream job. My first call was to my long-time collaborator Sam Swallow, Sam and I have tried to respectfully represent the musicality of the instrumental members of these great bands with Sam judiciously adding additional touches. It could be argued that these records cannot be improved, but…!”

Taking the original elements of the multi-tracks and, on 14 of the tracks, the original vocals the songs were arranged by Sam Swallow for a 48-piece orchestra and recorded over three days by the London Studio Orchestra in the legendary ‘Beatles Studio’ Studio 2 at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. The new version of David Bowie’s 1983 classic “Let’s Dance” was orchestrated and arranged for strings by the track’s original producer Nile Rodgers at Abbey Road Studio 1 where he is the Chief Creative Advisor.

Nile Rodgers, who arranged and produced David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” also notes “My work with David Bowie and specifically ‘Let’s Dance’ is sacrosanct to me so when I was asked by David’s family and Warner’s to add orchestration to the original recording I approached it with extreme trepidation. In fact my only concern was to protect David’s artistic vision and integrity. In the end I’m very grateful that we did this, as I believe anyone who loves the original will be excited by it. I’m certain David would approve from above.”

The first single to be taken from 80s Symphonic is one of the most iconic hits of the Eighties “Take On Me” by a-ha. First released in 1984, the song was a worldwide smash in 1985 reaching #1 in over a dozen countries and as of 2017 has sold 7 million copies worldwide. On hearing the new version a-ha’s Magne Furuholmen commented, “After the stripped down version of MTV unplugged, comes the full throttle orchestra-version…buckle up!”

Track Listing:

1. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
2. a-ha – Take On Me
3. Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking
4. Ultravox – Vienna
5. Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
6. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
7. Howard Jones – What Is Love?
8. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
9. Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
10. Chris Rea – Josephine
11. Chicago – Hard Habit To Break
12. Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
13. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
14. The Cars – Drive
15. Pretenders – 2000 Miles

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: Rosanne Cash – She Remembers Everything (2018)

Dreams still beckon in a damaged world, and Rosanne Cash renders them with fierce grace on She Remembers Everything, a studio recording arriving November 2 from Blue Note Records. The follow-up to Cash’s 2014 release The River & the Thread, recipient of 3 Grammys including Best Americana Album, the album offers shimmering pop—with hints of twang and jazz—that could find a home in almost any year of postwar American music. But the luminescence and bright production are shot through with a darker vision, trenchant vocals, minor chords, and bent notes that destabilize the landscape. Familiar yet alien, Cash’s take on being a woman in the world reveals just how much has gone awry.

Closing out the four decades Cash has spent as a recording artist, She Remembers Everything contains echoes of nearly all her previous styles. Listeners familiar with “Seven Year Ache” or Interiors will recognize the knowing ache of this record. Those who listened to recordings and live shows in subsequent years—which have included residencies at the San Francisco Jazz Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress—will likewise find the literary voice that has framed her more recent music. Cash’s time focused on roots music also lends a classic form to her songwriting that makes it universal and timeless. – Amazon

1. The Only Thing Worth Fighting For
2. The Undiscovered Country
3. 8 Gods of Harlem
4. Rabbit Hole
5. Crossing To Jerusalem
6. Not Many Miles to Go
7. Everyone But Me
8. She Remembers Everything
9. Particle and Wave
10. My Least Favorite Life

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: A Star Is Born Soundtrack (2018)

Star Is Born is the soundtrack album to the 2018 musical film of the same name, performed by its stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It was released on October 5, 2018, by Interscope Records. Gaga and Cooper collaborated on the soundtrack album with an assortment of country musicians, including Lukas Nelson, who also stars in the film as a member of Cooper’s band. For the more pop-oriented songs on the soundtrack, Gaga teamed up with recurring collaborator DJ White Shadow. The soundtrack also includes contributions from Jason Isbell, Mark Ronson, Diane Warren, and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Commercially, it has topped the charts in Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. – Wikipedia

Soundtrack version without dialogue

1. “Black Eyes” 3:03
2. “La Vie en rose” 2:59
3. “Maybe It’s Time” 2:39
4. “Out of Time” 2:52
5. “Alibi” 3:03
6. “Shallow” (radio edit) 3:37
7. “Music to My Eyes” 3:19
8. “Diggin’ My Grave” 3:57
9. “Always Remember Us This Way” 3:30
10. “Look What I Found” 2:55
11. “Heal Me” 3:16
12. “I Don’t Know What Love Is” 2:57
13. “Is That Alright?” 3:11
14. “Why Did You Do That?” 3:04
15. “Hair Body Face” 3:22
16. “Before I Cry” 4:18
17. “Too Far Gone” 1:26
18. “I’ll Never Love Again” (film version) (radio edit) 4:41
19. “I’ll Never Love Again” (extended version) (radio edit) 5:28

Tuesday 9pm: Feature LP: KT Tunstall – Wax (2018)

WAX is the sixth studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, and the second album in the “soul, body and mind” trilogy. It was released on 5 October 2018, following up the first album of the trilogy, KIN. The first single off this album is “The River”, released on 23 August. – Wikipedia

1. “Little Red Thread” 3:26
2. “Human Being” 3:29
3. “The River” 3:40
4. “The Mountain” 3:57
5. “The Healer (Redux)”3:48
6. “Dark Side of Me” 3:36
7. “Poison in Your Cup” 3:48
8. “Backlash & Vinegar”4:06
9. “In This Body” 3:21
10. “The Night That Bowie Died” 3:49
11. “Tiny Love” 4:36

Thursday 10pm ET: Feature LP: Twenty One Pilots – Trench (2018)

Trench is the fifth studio album by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, released on October 5, 2018, through Fueled by Ramen. It is the band’s first studio album in three years, after the breakthrough of their previous album, Blurryface (2015). Recorded in secret during a year-long public silence, it is a concept album which explores mental health, suicide and doubt, themes prominently featured in the band’s previous works, framed in the metaphorical city of Dema and the surrounding valley known as “Trench”. The album is also the first release of the newly revived Elektra Music Group.

The album was preceded by the release of four singles. The first two, “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners”, were both released on July 11, 2018. The third single “Levitate” was released on August 8, 2018. The fourth single, “My Blood”, was released August 27, 2018. To promote the album, the Bandito Tour began at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on October 16, 2018, and will continue through June 30, 2019, ending at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Trench received acclaim from critics, who applauded its lyrical content, cohesiveness, and musical diversity; many recognized it as the band’s best work thus far. It was also a commercial success, reaching number one in six countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the Netherlands and number two in several countries, notably the United Kingdom and United States. – Wikipedia

1. “Jumpsuit” 3:58
2. “Levitate” 2:25
3. “Morph” 4:19
4. “My Blood” 3:49
5. “Chlorine” 5:24
6. “Smithereens” 2:57
7. “Neon Gravestones” 4:00
8. “The Hype” 4:25
9. “Nico and the Niners”3:45
10. “Cut My Lip” 4:43
11. “Bandito” 5:31
12. “Pet Cheetah” 3:18
13. “Legend” 2:53
14. “Leave the City” 4:40