The Police’s ‘Greatest Hits’ To Be Reissued On Vinyl For 30th Anniversary
On April 15, The Police’s Greatest Hits album will be reissued on vinyl via UMe/Polydor in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original release.
Remastered at Abbey Road and cut at ‘half-speed’ for ultimate sound quality, the set contains two heavyweight black LPs with expanded artwork and packaging in a bespoke gatefold sleeve which enhances the original artwork.
A multi-platinum selling global smash on CD, Greatest Hits had a limited vinyl release upon its original release in 1992 that has long been out of print. The new collection is available to pre-order: https://thepolice.lnk.to/TheGreatestHits
This is the definitive compilation of the band – featuring 16 tracks, eight U.S. Top 20 hits, 14 U.K. Top 20 hits and five U.K. No. 1 singles.
In 1967, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix ripped one of his lyric sheets in half in order to sign each side for fans. Now, some 55 years later, those two halves have been put back together, essentially restoring the musical artifact.
Ahead of his gig, with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience, at the Bath Pavilion on February 20, 1967, a gig which Hendrix accepted after another legendary artist, Chuck Berry, canceled his appearance, the legendary guitarist ripped his lyric sheet in half and gave each half to two local fans, who were reportedly aged 15 and 16 at the time, according to The Guardian.
They had been waiting backstage for an autograph. But Hendrix found himself without blank paper to sign, so he did what he could. And the guitarist’s bandmates, Mitch Mitchell, and Noel Redding, also signed each half.
According to the girls, who wish to remain nameless, they realized their autograph page also contained handwritten lyrics and was headlined “51st Wedding Anniversary.” Weeks later, Hendrix dropped a new song called “51st Wedding Anniversary” as a B-side to his hit “Purple Haze.”
The girls, who drifted apart, both kept their autograph half-pages. And in 2021, one of them contacted an England-based memorabilia store for a quote on the souvenir. The store asked if she could track down her friend to find the other half. Now, the paper is expected to garner five figures.
Said Paul Wane, owner of the memorabilia shop, Tracks Limited, “There are extremely few Jimi Hendrix manuscripts in existence and even fewer that have been signed by Jimi and the other two members of The Experience.”
In other Hendrix news, the artist is featured in two new films out this month. Ronnie’s chronicles the life and times of saxophonist Ronnie Scott and his London jazz club of the same name. The Hendrix section features the guitar player sitting in with Eric Burdon and the band War at the club. The second Hendrix-featured movie is called Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Ma.
The estates for Hendrix and his bandmates are also engaged in a court battle over royalties. The Jimi Hendrix estate has filed a lawsuit against the heirs of former Jimi Hendrix Experience bandmates, drummer John Graham “Mitch” Mitchell, and bassist David Noel Redding, after they threatened to sue for millions of dollars in unpaid royalties dating back several decades.
CREDITS: American Songwriter.com / JACOB UITTI
The iconic Robin Trower will be releasing his new studio album, ‘No More Worlds To Conquer,’ on April 29th via Provogue. Few would dispute that the title of Robin Trower’s latest album ‘No More Worlds To Conquer’ is a fair summary of the thumbprint he has left on the musical universe. But as he reminds us, it should not be misinterpreted as his mission being accomplished. “I definitely feel like I’m still reaching,” he considers, “with the guitar, and the songs, and everything else.”
For more than six decades, Robin Trower’s career has known no bounds. At the age of 76, the British guitarist can reflect on a journey in which he has planted flags across the musical sphere and played every role imaginable. He’s been the driving force behind Sixties icons Procol Harum. The transatlantic solo star who filled US stadiums with 1974’s Bridge Of Sighs. The collaborator and occasional supergroup member. The elder-statesman songwriter whose late period still crackles with invention.
Featuring vocals and bass from the late Jim Dewar – along with jaw-dropping guitar work from Trower that has influenced everyone from Steve Lukather to Opeth! The US-gold-selling ‘Bridge Of Sighs’ is perhaps his flagship album. “With every album, it’s the best I can do at that particular time. I think that’s what it’s about. I set myself goals and each song has to live up to them,” Trower reflects.
“What usually happens is that I’m playing the guitar for fun and an idea will suddenly appear,” he continues. “Then you’re looking for a lyric that grows out of the music and enhances the mood. it’s lovely when you’ve gone right the way through from the beginning of the first little guitar idea that grows into a song and eventually you get a track down and finished – and it’s something like how you heard it in your head.”
Turning once again to his trusty toolkit of Fender Stratocaster and Marshall amp, Trower’s guitar work is ageless, whether that’s the tough chop of “Ball Of Fire,” “Losing You and Cloud Across The Sun,” or the slower-burn wah squalls of the title track and “Deadly Kiss.” “Each track has to work as a sound,” he says, “as well as music and everything else. I’m very particular over guitar tones. I drive people mad, but in the end, it’s worth all the aggravation.”
On “Waiting For The Rain To Fall,” Trower’s playing is crystalline as a dew drop, while the aching finale, “I Will Always Be Your Shelter,” offers a solo whose masterful touch is compelling as anything in his catalogue. “That’s a real high point for the playing,” he nods. “And ‘Waiting For The Rain To Fall,’ I think is influenced by Tamla Motown. It’s a bit left-of-centre for me to do a song like that. But I think it’s potent stuff. I’m hoping this album will surprise people.”
Once again, Robin Trower also handles bass duties, but as a lifelong servant of the song over his own ego, he didn’t hesitate to enlist other musicians. “Chris Taggart is on drums,” he explains. “He’s a wonderful drummer, and he’s done the last three or four albums. And I started to realize, after I’d tried to sing these songs myself, that I wasn’t vocally up to it.
Richard Watts has done a great job on vocals. He’s got a fantastic instrument – such a soulful singer – and he’s willing to get it exactly how I’m hearing it in my head. The other great thing about having Richard is that there’s quite a few songs on this album that I wouldn’t be able to play and sing live at the same time.”
Yet Trower also addresses the contemporary problems in front of him. “There’s three or four songs there that cover what I’m thinking about. ‘The Razor’s Edge’ and ‘Cloud Across The Sun,’ those are definitely about my dissatisfaction with the politicians of the day, pointing the finger at the ones that don’t keep their promises. But then, with ‘Deadly Kiss,’ the lyric is someone talking to a friend who has become a junkie. There’s broken-hearted songs.
There’s love songs, It was difficult, but I’m glad I did it,” he considers. “This album is an evolution. I’m hoping that’s what is always happening with my music. There’s a huge step between “Bridge Of Sighs” and now. It’s like anything. The more you work on it, in theory, the better you should be at it. And I definitely feel like this album is one of the best things I’ve ever done.”