Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of ELO’s Out of the Blue

Will Release First-Ever Picture Disc Edition of Classic Double Album, Available Friday, September 29

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of ELO‘s top-selling double album, Out of the Blue, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic available everywhere on Friday, September 29.

This 2LP collector’s picture disc edition of Out of the Blue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes a digital download of the album.

Out of the Blue is available for pre-order now here:

https://LegacyRecordings.lnk.to/Outoftheblue/lang/us

ELO was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

One of the indisputable masterpieces–and most commercially successful titles–in the ELO canon, Out of the Blue, the group’s seventh studio album, was originally released in October 1977. The musical and conceptual brainchild of Jeff Lynne, who wrote and produced the entire album, Out of the Blue is among the most ambitious double albums in classic rock history, a complex and visionary work that included, as the album’s complete Side 3, Lynne’s “Concerto for a Rainy Day,” a coherent song suite comprised of four movements and authentic ambient weather effects recorded by Lynne and incorporated into the soundscape of the record.

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40th anniversary of ELO’s top-selling double album, Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue was the first ELO album to feature the group’s logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to ELO’s live shows. The album, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 has gone on to sell upwards of 10 million copies worldwide and is the first double album in UK chart history to spawn four Top 20 singles.

Forty years on, I would never have imagined that this music would take on a life of its own,” says Lynne.

Formed in Birmingham, England in 1970, ELO was designed to create progressive modern pop music combining classical and rock elements. Lynne has consistently been ELO’s guiding light and driving force, writing virtually all of the group’s original material while producing the albums.

From 1972 through 1986, the golden era of recording and touring, the group racked up more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet while selling more than 50 million records worldwide. During the same period, ELO scored twenty Top 20s on the UK Singles Chart and fifteen Top 20s on the US Billboard Hot 100.

More recently, recording and touring as Jeff Lynne’s ELO, saw the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed album Alone In The Universe on Columbia Records, the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. The band also just played a sold-out Wembley Stadium show in London on June 24th.

ELO – “Out Of The Blue” – 2 LP Picture Disc

Side A

  • Turn to Stone
  • It’s Over
  • Sweet Talkin’ Woman
  • Across the Border

Side B

  • Night in the City
  • Starlight
  • Jungle
  • Believe Me Now
  • Steppin’ Out

Side C (Concerto for a Rainy Day)

  • Standin’ in the Rain
  • Big Wheels
  • Summer and Lightning
  • Mr. Blue Sky

Side D

  • Sweet Is the Night
  • The Whale
  • Birmingham Blues
  • Wild West Hero
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Legacy Recordings Set to Release 35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of The Alan Parsons Project’s Masterpiece Eye in the Sky on Friday, November 17.

Deluxe Box Set Includes 3 CDs, 2 LPs, 5.1 Surround Mix and Stereo HD Mix of Original Album on Blu-ray, Previously Unreleased Bonus Material, Flexi-Disc, 60-page Book, 1982 Replica Poster and More

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Eye in the Sky, the Alan Parsons Project‘s 1982 masterpiece, with the worldwide release of a definitive deluxe collector’s box set–featuring rare and unreleased material–on Friday, November 17.

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Eric Woolfson (who passed December 2, 2009) and Alan Parsons

A multi-layered masterpiece, Eye in the Sky is the Alan Parsons Project‘s sixth studio album written by Eric Woolfson (who passed December 2, 2009) and Alan Parsons. A conceptual musical meditation on a variety of belief systems–the album’s title refers to casino surveillance, Earth-circling satellites and the all-seeing eye of the Egyptian God HorusEye in the Sky has proved both timely and timeless, a remarkably prescient view of art, religion, politics and culture for the 21st century.

Alan Parsons Eye in the Sky

The Alan Parsons Project’s Eye in the Sky: Deluxe Box Set Includes 3 CDs, 2 LPs, 5.1 Surround Mix and Stereo HD Mix of Original Album on Blu-ray, Previously Unreleased Bonus Material, Flexi-Disc, 60-page Book, 1982 Replica Poster and More

The 35th anniversary Eye in the Sky collector’s box set includes 3 CDs (CD1: Original Album Expanded + bonus tracks, CD2: Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries, CD3: Previously Unreleased Bonus Material and Disc 4: 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-ray). Also included are 2 vinyl LPs (the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a 60-page hardback book featuring newly-written essays, previously unreleased images recently discovered in Eric Woolfson’s personal archive and new interviews with many of the musicians who recorded the tracks on the album, an Eye in the Sky 1982 replica poster and postcard, a gold-foil Eye of Horus stamp on the front of the box and more.

Eye in the Sky is available for pre-order now: https://smarturl.it/eyeinthesky

All of the newly discovered bonus material on Eye in the Sky has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to produce the best possible state-of-the-art listening experience for longtime fans and newcomers to the album.

The songwriting diary disc is a very special element of this package,” says Sally Woolfson. “This shows Eric’s private moments of creativity captured on tape as songwriting memos to himself. As he didn’t read or write annotated music, this was how he developed the songs he wrote. They give a wonderful fly on the wall insight into the creative process where you can literally hear the song evolve as the ideas come out of his head. These are very precious to the family and it was extremely difficult to pick out the tracks to include in this box set from the hours and hours of material we had for this album alone. We’ve tried to illustrate the creative progression where a number of tracks for the same song have been included. We hope the fans will enjoy this rare insight into the birth of the songs from the ‘Eye in the Sky’ album.” Continue reading

American Music Icon Loretta Lynn Revisits Her Musical Roots On First New Studio Album In Over Ten Years

‘Full Circle’ To Be Released March 4, 2016 On Legacy Recordings

Legacy Recordings will release Full Circle, the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on March 4, 2016. Produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Full Circle takes listeners on a journey through Loretta’s musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly-written for the project.

Drawing inspiration from personal memories and deep connections to American music, Lynn’s 13 new recordings capture the essence of these songs in intimate new performances. (Full Circle is available for pre-order now at Amazon Music: http://smarturl.it/ll_fc_amzncd.)

Legacy Recordings will release FULL CIRCLE, the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on March 4, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Legacy Recordings will release FULL CIRCLE, the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on March 4, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Full Circle is Loretta’s first album of new recordings since Van Lear Rose, her 2004 collaboration with Jack White, which took home a pair of Grammys including Best Country Album of the Year. It is also volume one of the Cash Cabin Recordings, a series of new album projects imagined and created at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Highlights from FULL CIRCLE include “Lay Me Down,” a duet with Willie Nelson; “Everything It Takes,” featuring guest vocals from Elvis Costello; “Whispering Sea,” a new version of the first song Loretta ever wrote; and soulful new renditions of some of Lynn’s classic tunes, including rousing renditions of “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” and “Fist City.” The album also includes traditional Appalachian songs from Loretta’s childhood such as “Black Jack David” and “I Never Will Marry.” At 83 years old, Lynn’s voice sounds as powerful as ever, and this new material only adds to her legend as a performer.

Loretta Lynn has long been established as the undisputed Queen of Country Music, with more than 50 years of recording and touring to her name. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn was one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s. She shook up Nashville by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Fist City” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” are just three of 16 country No. 1 singles.

Lynn is also one of the most awarded musicians of all time. She has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist, including The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the first woman to be named the Country Music Association‘s Entertainer of the Year in 1972. Lynn received Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. She has won four Grammy Awards (including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010) and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.

Fans will also have an opportunity to watch a new documentary about Loretta’s remarkable life and career when American Masters — Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl premieres nationwide Friday, March 4, 2016, 9:00-11:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The film will explore the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom. From her Appalachian roots to the Oscar-winning biopic of her life, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Lynn struggled to balance family and her music career and is still going strong over 50 years later.

‘FULL CIRCLE’ TRACK LISTING

Whispering Sea (Introduction)

Whispering Sea

Secret Love

Who’s Gonna Miss Me?

Black Jack David

Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

Always On My Mind

Wine Into Water

In The Pines

Band Of Gold

Fist City

I Never Will Marry

Everything It Takes (featuring Elvis Costello)

Lay Me Down (featuring Willie Nelson)

Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records Celebrate Johnny Mathis’s 80th Birthday with Release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles on September 25, 2015

Definitive Four Disc Anthology Brings Together 87 Non-LP and Compilation-Only Tracks including Landmark Hits “It’s Not For Me to Say,” “Chances Are” and “The Twelfth of Never”

Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records will celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary crooner Johnny Mathis with the release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles, a definitive four disc anthology, on September 25, 2015.johnnymathis_thesingles

Born September 30, 1935, a then-teenaged Johnny Mathis signed with Columbia Records in 1956, first entering the Pop charts with his inaugural Columbia single, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” the following year. Peaking at #14, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” laid the foundation, and predicted the future, for one of the most remarkable careers in pop music history, leading to a string of singles successes which includes perennials like “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth Of Never” and many others.

Johnny Mathis: The Singles brings together, for the first time in one anthology, every Johnny Mathis recording which was first issued for the singles market, as well as tracks released exclusively on compilations (1958’s Johnny’s Greatest Hits, considered the first “greatest hits” collection ever created by the music industry, 1959’s More Johnny’s Greatest Hits and 1981’s The First 25 Years–The Silver Anniversary Album).

31 of the 87 tracks on Johnny Mathis: The Singles, are being released on CD for the very first time. The four-disc anthology compiles, for the very first time, every non-LP single side re-leased for the label between 1956 and 1981.

When over the course of a career you record as many songs as I have recorded, you tend to for-get a few,” said Johnny Mathis. “Revisiting this music was a complete surprise. I was thrilled beyond belief that some of the songs that I recorded specifically for single records, some of which had simply disappeared once they had been released, are now going to be heard again. Listening to this collection, not only was I amazed at how great it sounds, but I was being re-minded of some songs I had totally forgotten. It is my greatest hope that my fans will share my enthusiasm.”

Johnny Mathis is one of the longest-running artists on the Columbia Records label, with 17 million RIAA certified album and singles sales in the US alone. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music transcends passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular — assuring his reputation as one of the most enduring traditional pop vocalists in music history.

Perhaps best-known for his landmark singles (three of his recordings–“Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and “Misty“–have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame) Mathis was one of the very first musical artists to embrace the album concept and record fully-realized thematically and sonically coherent collections of songs. His 1958 release, Johnny’s Greatest Hits inaugurated the ongoing “greatest hits” anthology phenomenon becoming one of the most popular albums of all time after spending an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks (almost ten years) on the BILLBOARD Top Albums Chart; 1959’s Heavenly spent 295 consecutive weeks on the same chart. Johnny Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Mathis had 18 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1963 and 19 Top 40 albums between 1957 and 1978. He has earned 10 gold, 4 platinum and 2 multi-platinum awards from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Mathis was a star student athlete in San Francisco who sang weekends at a local jazz club. Columbia Records’ George Avakian was in attendance during one performance, and famously wired back to the label office: “Have found phenomenal 19-year old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts.” After his jazzy debut LP was largely ignored upon its release in 1956, Mathis began working closely with Columbia’s vice-president and producer Mitch Miller to develop an unbeatable lush pop style, picking romantic ballads that made extensive use of his recognizable, vibrato-heavy croon. Continue reading

Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 2015 Yuletide Season with New Titles in The Classic Christmas Album Series

New Seasonal Showcases featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Celtic Thunder–and The Classic Christmas ’80s Album, an All-Star Anthology

Legacy’s 2015 Classic Christmas Albums Available Friday, October 2

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is ringing in the 2015 holiday season with the release of four indispensable Yuletide album titles–The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan and The Classic Christmas ’80s Albumall available Friday, October 2, 2015.

The Classic Christmas ’80s Album, one of this year’s additions to Legacy Recordings’ Classic Christmas Album series, is a 15 track all-star anthology of timeless seasonal songs from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and soul proving that the spirit of Christmas moves through a variety of musical genres. Seminal 80’s artists on The Classic Christmas ’80s Album include: The Waitresses (“Christmas Wrapping”), Wham! (“Last Christmas”), The Bangles (“Hazy Shade of Winter”), Run-D.M.C. (“Christmas in Hollis”), Daryl Hall & John Oates (“Jingle Bell Rock”), Whitney Houston (“Do You Hear What I Hear?”), Billy Squier (“Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You'” [Single Version]), Dave Edmunds (“Run Rudolph Run”), Buster Poindexter and His Banshees Of Blue (“Zat You Santa Claus”), The Pointer Sisters (“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”), Ray Parker Jr. (“Christmas Time Is Here”), Bob & Doug McKenzie (“Twelve Days Of Christmas” [Single Version]), New Kids On The Block (“This One’s for the Children”), Fishbone (“Slick Nick, You Devil You”) and The Hooters (“Silent Night”).

Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and pop/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire also have new holiday collections being offered in the Classic Christmas Album series. Each of the new collections brings together remastered holiday tracks spanning the careers of the individual artists.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire is a soul and spirit filled celebration of the Christmas season, including 13 tracks from Holiday (the EW&F seasonal album released in 2014) with five additional cuts culled from the group’s multi-decade career, bringing together beloved carols (“Joy to the World,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This?,” “Away in a Manger,” “The First Noël”), holiday perennials (“Winter Wonderland,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bell Rock“), a traditional Japanese winter song (“Snow“) and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: “Happy Seasons” (based on “Happy Feelin‘), “Every Day Is Like Christmas” and “December” (based on EWF’s iconic “September“).The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire

Additional tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire include “Gather Round” (from 2005); “Get Your Hump On This Christmas” (featuring Cleveland Brown, from Twentieth Century Fox Television’s “A Cleveland Brown Christmas,” airdate: December 13, 2009); “I Asked For A Miracle (God Gave Me You)” (Philip Bailey with Full Force, produced by Full Force, recorded May 26, 1991); “Open Your Heard to Love” and “One World” (1990).

The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan, an Arista/Legacy release, compiles the tracks “Wintersong” (2006); “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2006); “What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)” (2006); “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (2006); “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” (performed by Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan); “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Children’s Choir and Youth Choir, 2006); “Prayer of St. Francis” (Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2013); “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (2006); “Space On the Couch for Two” (Sarah McLachlan featuring students from The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2011); “Find Your Voice” (Sarah McLachlan with The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2012); “River” (a Joni Mitchell cover, 2006); “Silent Night” (2006); “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (2006); “The First Noel”/”Mary Mary” (medley, 2006); “Song for a Winter’s Night” (a Gordon Lightfoot cover, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 1994); “In a Bleak Mid Winter” (traditional, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 2006) and “Christmas Time is Here” (performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring Diana Krall, written by Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, 2006).

Legacy Recordings celebrates the 2015 Yuletide with The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, an uplifting collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.celticthundercover

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder showcases an eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world, wrapped in Celtic Thunder’s signature big production sound. Six Celtic Thunder male soloists perform solo and ensemble numbers on the album, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder range from traditional carols to contemporary pop classics. The album moves from slow and pensive numbers to larger ensemble pieces and includes an exquisitely paced Christmas Medley.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder features the group performing “Carol of the Bells,” “Gaudete,” “Mary Did You Know?,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “In the Bleak Mid-Winter,” “Gabriel’s Message,” “Christmas Medley: Sleigh Ride/Here Comes Santa Claus/The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Away in a Manger,” “Comfort Ye,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),” “Oh Holy Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Fairytale Of New York.”

Recorded in Ireland, The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder is a brilliant collection of seasonal music from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder comes from the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble who first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since its first airing, Celtic Thunder’s PBS performance has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for stations throughout the country. Hailed three times as BILLBOARD’s Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2008, 2009 and 2011), Celtic Thunder has achieved sales of over 2 million copies to date.

RCA/Legacy Recordings Set to Release 40th Anniversar​y 2CD Edition of Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis, the King of Rock’s Triumphant 1974 Hometown Return Conce

Newly Remastered Album Includes All Concert Tracks Not Included on Original Vinyl

2nd Disc Premieres Previously Unreleased MONO “Test Run” of Entire Concert Recorded with a Live Audience at the Richmond Coliseum on March 18, 1974

"Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" to be released March 18.  (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

“Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis” to be released March 18. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis (http://smarturl.it/elvis_ERLOSIM_amzn) with an expanded 2CD release of the monumental concert experience featuring tracks left off the original album (because of the spatial limitations of vinyl) plus a wealth of previously unreleased material.

Disc 2 of the newly remastered expanded Legacy Edition of Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis presents for the first time a recently located recording of Elvis’ complete concert “test run” held for an ecstatic live audience on March 18, 1974, two days before his historic concert return to Memphis, where he’d last played live in 1957.  The remarkable “test run” performance was recorded in MONO, drenched in the reverb Elvis preferred, and provides new insight into the magic of Elvis.

As a special added bonus for Elvis aficionados, Disc 2 of Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis includes five intimate tracks (three of them previously unreleased) cut at the RCA Studios in Hollywood on August 16, 1974. Originally intended as reference recordings for an upcoming Las Vegas engagement, the performances–which include “Down In The Alley,” “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues,” “Softly As I Leave You,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “The Twelfth Of Never”–provide a rare fly-on-the-wall glimpse into Elvis’ consummate backstage artistry as he prepares these songs for concert.

The musicians backing Elvis on Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis include James Burton and John Wilkinson (guitars); Charlie Hodge (guitar and vocals); Duke Bardwell (bass); Ronnie Tutt (drums); Glen D. Hardin (piano); The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Kathy Westmoreland (vocals) with Joe Guercio and his Orchestra.

Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis will include a 24 page booklet featuring rare photos, previously unseen memorabilia, new liner notes, press clips and more.

Following the artistic success of his 1973 Stax sessions and the global phenomenon of the Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite album and broadcast the same year, Elvis opened 1974 with a 15 city tour routed to end in Memphis and a state-of-the-art concert recording.

I wanted to record a live session in my hometown of Memphis,” said Elvis at the time.  “After all, this is where it all started out for me.”

Originally released on vinyl on July 7, 1974, Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis reached #1 on the Country charts and featured “How Great Thou Art,” the track that would bring Elvis his third (and third Gospel) Grammy win.

Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis
Disc 1
Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Trying To Get To You
All Shook Up (not included on original album)
Steamroller Blues (not included on original album)
Teddy Bear-Don’t Be Cruel (not included on original album)
Love Me Tender (not included on original album)
Long Tall Sally-Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On-Mama Don’t Dance-Flip, Flop And Fly-Jailhouse Rock-Hound Dog
Fever (not included on original album)
Polk Salad Annie (not included on original album)
Why Me Lord
How Great Thou Art
Suspicious Minds (not included on original album)
Introductions (not included on original album)
Help Me
An American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
My Baby Left Me
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (not included on original album)
Funny How Time Slips Away (not included on original album)
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp

Disc 2
The Richmond “Test Run” Concert – previously unreleased
Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Trying To Get To You
All Shook Up
Steamroller Blues
Teddy Bear-Don’t Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Long Tall Sally-Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On-Mama Don’t Dance-Flip, Flop And Fly-Jailhouse Rock-Hound Dog
Fever
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord
How Great Thou Art
Suspicious Minds
Introductions
Help Me
An American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
My Baby Left Me
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp

Recorded live March 18, 1974 at the Coliseum, Richmond
The August 1974 RCA Rehearsal
Down In The Alley (previously unreleased)
Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (previously unreleased)
Softly As I Leave You
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (previously unreleased)
The Twelfth Of Never

John Denver Honored As Legacy Recordings’ Artist Of The Month For December 2013

Two-time Grammy Award®-winning singer and songwriter celebrated in 2013 so far with all-star tribute album The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, and innovative virtual concert presentation in many cities, “John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert”

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Legacy Recordings (www.legacyrecordings.comthe catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorates the life and music of John Denver (1943-1997) on the occasion of his 70th birthday, and celebrates his memory as the label’s Artist of the Month for December 2013. Fans will be urged to join the John Denver estate in celebrating his legacy by using the hashtag #RememberJohnDenver on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts so all messages can be collected in one place.

Fans are also being urged to tell “My John Denver Story” at mystory@johndenver.com, recalling when they first fell in love with the artist, or one of their favorite Denver songs or experiences, including concerts or personal meetings with him. Each week, one fan’s memory will be shared with fans worldwide at http://myjohndenverstory.tumblr.com/.

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John Denver, who would have turned 70 on December 31, 2013, was a multi-faceted singer, songwriter, actor, environmental activist, philanthropist, and long-time RCA, Windstar and Sony Music recording artist. The beloved two-time Grammy Award®-winning artist (and five-time host of the Grammy Awards® broadcast), was also honored as the Poet Laureate of Colorado.

Denver began his solo career when he was signed to RCA Victor in 1969. It was his 1967 tune, “Leaving, On A Jet Plane,” that received notice, when Peter, Paul & Mary recorded it that year on their first ‘folk-rock’ LP, Album 1700. It became PP&M’s one and only #1 hit. The song entered the Hot 100 on October 25, 1969, the same issue in which Rhymes & Reasons charted, Denver’s RCA debut, containing his own version of the song.

John Denver emerged from the folk music movement of the 1960s to become one of the most celebrated entertainers of the ’70s and ’80s – with a string of nearly three dozen Billboard chart hits including the standards “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High” (an official state song of Colorado), “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” “Annie’s Song,” “Calypso,” and many others, a body of work that will continue to resonate for years to come.

Throughout his RCA recording career, Denver released some 22 studio, live and Christmas albums, averaging at least one release per year from 1969 until 1988, when he moved over to the Colorado-based Windstar Records. To date, Denver’s catalog has sold over 33 million records including eight Billboard Top 10 Albums in the U.S. (three of which hit #1). These include seven RIAA multi-platinum, thirteen platinum and 20 gold album certifications.

A number of landmark events have already marked 2013 as John Denver’s estate honors his memory and music during his 70(th) birthday year, including a tribute album released in April called, The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver (ATO Records), featuring a collection of his most popular songs as recorded by a diverse group of artists ranging from Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, and Train, to Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and many others. “John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert” visited several major cities, presenting an innovative virtual presentation in which for the first time in 15 years, Denver was seen performing on giant video screens, backed live by former members of his band, accompanied by a string section. The concert featured archival video footage of Denver performing hit songs spanning his career, along with stories of life on the road with the artist as told by old friends and fellow performers.

Legacy will continue its role as the steward of John Denver’s enormous audio and video catalog, with special attention to two best-selling titles: The Classic Christmas Album(released 2012), a 16-song collection of favorite holiday tunes gathered together from his long out-of-print albums, Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975) and Christmas, Like A Lullaby (1990); and The Essential John Denver (released 2007), the definitive two-CD retrospective, containing 36 singles and album tracks spanning his recording career on RCA and his own Windstar label from 1969 to 1995.

His songs, wrote long time chronicler Barry Alfonso in his notes to The Essential John Denver, “celebrated love without shame and encouraged millions to see the glories of the natural world with clearer eyes. The on-stage humbleness Denver was known for masked a resolute dedication to his craft and the courage of his convictions. His major-key life was one exceptionally well-lived, and we are all the better for it.”