Monday, April 30, 2007

RTZ - "Return To Zero" (1991)

After I heard the news in early March about Brad Delp's suicide, I was reminded of a side project that the Boston lead singer took part in at the beginning of the '90's. RTZ (short for Return To Zero) was a five-man band featuring Delp and original Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau. Their 1991 album Return To Zero is currently out of print. I've written a review on my site:

http://rarebird9.net/rtz.html

This was not the only time that Delp and Goudreau collaborated outside of Boston. Delp also took part in Goudreau's self-titled 1980 solo album, and the two of them also formed a band called Orion The Hunter, who issued a self-titled album in 1984. Both of those albums have been reissued on CD by the Razor And Tie label. Perhaps Razor And Tie (or another label) might consider a Return To Zero reissue as well.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Gilby Clarke leaves Rock Star Supernova

According to Tunelab, Gilby Clarke has left the band Rock Star Supernova. Lukas Rossi, who became the band's singer after winning the CBS reality show Rock Star: Supernova, says that the band will change its name and are writing for a new album.

Update: Three years after I originally posted this story, no such album has come about. Many people predicted that this band would not last for more than one album. Looks like they were right.

Speaking of which, the self-titled album Rock Star Supernova has sold less than 56,000 copies in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Traveling Wilburys Collection is coming in June

In case you haven't heard, the two long-deleted albums from the Traveling Wilburys are going to be reissued by Rhino on June 12th in a set called The Traveling Wilburys Collection. Here is the official press release from Rhino:

WHERE THERE'S A WILBURY, THERE'S A WAY
Traveling Wilburys Music Available for the First Time in a Decade

Remastered and Expanded Collectible Packages Feature Unreleased Bonus Tracks and DVD

Release Date June 12, 2007


March 26 2007

LOS ANGELES --

Nearly twenty years after the creation of the band, and over a decade since the music was last available to fans, the music of The Traveling Wilburys will be reissued on June 12, 2007, in the U.S. and June 11, 2007, worldwide. Rhino Entertainment announced the project today and will distribute the package from the Wilbury Records label.

The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 and Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 feature inarguably some of music's greatest singer-songwriters -- George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan -- as the iconic band The Traveling Wilburys. Both CDs will be combined into one release, The Traveling Wilburys Collection, and will feature bonus tracks of rare and newly mixed previously unreleased music along with a bonus DVD featuring a 24-minute documentary showing unseen footage of the Wilburys and their five video clips.

The Traveling Wilburys collectible packages will be available in four configurations. Each configuration is a remarkable commemoration of this unique group.


Standard Package - Features 2 CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, bonus DVD of content and a 16-page collectible book.
Deluxe Edition Set - Linen-bound deluxe edition features 2 CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, bonus DVD, and a 40-page collectible book with photos, original liner notes, new liner notes and a uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity.
Vinyl Edition - Features 2 vinyl releases of Volumes 1 and 3 with an additional 12-inch featuring bonus tracks, a collectible album-sized book, plus additional postcards/posters.
Digital Edition Bundle - Features downloadable editions of both CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, video content and an interactive booklet.


The Traveling Wilburys release marks the first time in ten years the product has been issued. Marking the occasion, Rhino Entertainment President Scott Pascucci commented, "We're honored to be involved with making the music of this extraordinary group available again."

In trying to explain how the Wilburys originally came together, George Harrison once said, "The thing about the Wilburys for me is -- if we'd tried to plan it, or if anybody had said, let's form this band and get these people in it -- it would never happen, it's impossible. It happened completely, just by magic, just by circumstance. Maybe there was a full moon that night or something like that. It was quite a magical little thing really."

The Traveling Wilburys BACKGROUND

The Traveling Wilburys was not a carefully planned band, not formed from deep premeditation. Rather, the band was created in a casual blending of genuine friends one ordinary afternoon, which turned out to be anything but ordinary.

George Harrison needed a B-side song to accompany a European single release from his widely regarded Cloud Nine album. While in Los Angeles, George approached Jeff Lynne for help with the B-side, since he had co-produced the album. It happened that Jeff was working with Roy Orbison on the upcoming Mystery Girl album. Roy readily agreed to lend a hand in the musical effort. As fate would luckily dictate, George's guitar was at Tom Petty's house, and he too offered to join in and make some music. When the group showed up to record, Dylan also lent a hand to help complete the half-finished song George had written. George has often been quoted as saying, "And so everybody was there and I thought, I'm not gonna just sing it myself, I've got Roy Orbison standing there. I'm gonna write a bit for Roy to sing. And then, as it progressed, then I started doing the vocals and I just thought I might as well push it a bit and get Tom and Bob to sing the bridge." The final result was a song called "Handle With Care." George later said, "I liked the song and the way that it turned out with all these people on it so much that I just carried it around in my pocket for ages thinking, Well what can I do with this thing? And the only thing to do I could think of was do another nine. Make an album."

The album they created was called the Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 -- a playful nod to the reality that subsequent volumes were unlikely. Volume 1 was released in October 1988 preceded by the single "Handle With Care." The album achieved wide critical acclaim, and most critics agreed that the music was so extraordinary because of the modest ambitions of the band, which translated to a fresh and relaxing sound. Rolling Stone Magazine instantly called it one of the Top 100 Albums of all time. The album also saw commercial success; it reached #3 on the Album charts, garnered double-platinum status and earned the group a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

In 1990, following the unexpected death of Roy Orbison in December 1988, the remaining members reconvened to record Traveling Wilburys Volume 3, dedicating the album to Lefty (Roy) Wilbury. With Harrison and Lynne producing again, both "She's My Baby" and "Wilbury Twist" became radio hits as the album reached #11 in the U.S. and achieved Platinum success.

Track Listing:

Disc One
TRAVELING WILBURYS VOL. 1


Handle With Care
Dirty World
Rattled
Last Night
Not Alone Any More
Congratulations
Heading For The Light
Margarita
Tweeter And The Monkey Man
End Of The Line

Bonus Tracks:

Maxine*
Like A Ship*

Disc Two
DVD -- The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys

Music Videos:

Handle With Care
End Of The Line
Inside Out
She's My Baby
Wilbury Twist

Disc Three
TRAVELING WILBURYS VOL. 3


She's My Baby
Inside Out
If You Belonged To Me
The Devil's Been Busy
7 Deadly Sins
Poor House
Where Were You Last Night?
Cool Dry Place
New Blue Moon
You Took My Breath Away
Wilbury Twist

Bonus Tracks:

Runaway (B-side to "She's My Baby" UK CD and 12")
Nobody's Child (previously released on Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal)

*previously unreleased

Burrito Deluxe

I've added reviews of the first two Burrito Deluxe albums (which are both out of print) to the Flying Burrito Brothers page. Burrito Deluxe is the band which was formed by the recently deceased "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, after the Flying Burrito Brothers name was finally retired in the year 2000.

The first of the two albums, Georgia Peach, was released in 2002. It was presented as a tribute to both Kleinow and Gram Parsons, and it didn't sound much different than many other albums that were issued under the Flying Burrito Brothers name. However, the second album was much better. The Whole Enchilada (2004) had a more well-defined lineup and a more fully realized sound, and the music seemed to be forward-looking instead of simply rehashing old songs and sounds.

Before Kleinow's death this past January, another lineup of Burrito Deluxe recorded a third album titled Disciples of the Truth, which was released on March 20th. This version of the band intends to continue without Kleinow. So, the Burrito saga continues...