The Russia concert tour from the 1980′s personally cost Billy Joel more than one million dollars. Yet he believed it was important to perform behind the Iron Curtain at a time when relations were strained between Russia and the U.S.
Billy Joel was honest at the Town Hall event on SiriusXM on Monday when he revealed that Columbia pushed for the live album to be released against his wishes. A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia Legacy release is due to be available on May 19, 2014 .
Billy Joel said he was not satisfied with this recording yet the record company decided to package and distribute it anyway. He doesn’t like how his vocals sound mainly because he was suffering from a sore throat on that tour.
We will have to see how well this recording sells in light of Billy Joel’s opinion about the recording.
We love our SiriusXM Satellite Radio. My wife and I are listening to the event that was taped earlier today. That is one of the beauties of the Howard Stern Channel 100, getting to hear the show as much as they repeat it for us subscribers.
Fans got to attend based upon the great question they submitted and then some of them got to ask Billy Joel live.
Both Billy Joel and Howard Stern are incredibly honest personalities. The radio banter is warm, intimate and honest.
The Billy Joel Town Hall event had several great guest stars, Idina Menzel, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz To Men sing Billy Joel songs. Be prepared its very raw and mostly unrehearsed. But it is also music honest and real performed live which I love.
Billy Joel has a special, limited channel (90 days only) on SiriusXM that his friend Howard Stern encouraged him to do. We listen to Channel 705 as much as we can as loyal Billy Joel fans.
Tune in if you are a SiriusXM subscriber or Google this event on the Web to learn more about this truly unique event. Either way you will not be disappointed, trust us.
Jerry Garcia‘s Rosebud guitar is pictured inside the magazine. An American beauty of a guitar that Don Irwin, guitar luthier custom-built for him. Jerry Garcia considered Rosebud Don Irwin’s masterpiece. One look will tell you why.
(The photos below and above are from Guitar Aficionado, Copyright 2014. If you love guitars I urge you to pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue or any of their other fantastic back issues here. They do guitars total justice)
My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Setwas first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.
Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.
I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?
I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.
At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded onancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.
What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters.To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!
I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.
Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?
I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…
BritPop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. It emerged from the British independent music scene of the early 1990s and was characterised by bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. The movement developed as a reaction against various musical and cultural trends in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly the grunge phenomenon from the United States. In the wake of the musical invasion into the United Kingdom of American grunge bands, new British groups such as Suede and Blur launched the movement by positioning themselves as opposing musical forces, referencing British guitar music of the past and writing about uniquely British topics and concerns. – wikipedia
So tomorrow, Friday is the 20th anniversary of the classic Britpop album: Blur’s Parklife.
Blur serves as the connector for this blog post. The Blur lead singer and keyboardist was Damon Albarn. As you probably aware Damon Albarn founded Gorillaz. Now I totally get that the evolution of the Gorillaz sound was built on BritPop, cool 😉
Everyday Robots is Damon Alban’s most soul-searching and autobiographical album to date, produced by Richard Russell (XL Recordings) and featuring guest appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes.
I have been waiting for the Neil Young low-fidelity recording, A Letter Home to become available. I anticipated it would be released on Record Store Day 2014. A Letter Home proved to be a low-key, release with silent fanfare. I did not learn about that the recording was made available at a discreet number of Record Store Day locations until today.
Thankfully I was able to order a vinyl copy on the Third Man Records Store today. I understand that Third Man Records is backlogged on orders but I am a patient soul when it comes to music 🙂
Third Man Records unearths Neil Young’s A Letter Home. “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever…” —Homer Grosvenor