♫ Crosby-Nash/Yoko Ono News: There’s a new four CD box set out raising money for the ‘Wall Street Occupancy’ charity of protestors slightly miffed that 4% of the world’s population own 99% of the wealth. It’s called ‘Occupy This Album’ and at the moment only seems to be released in America – understandably perhaps the British press have ignored it completely! In total 99 exclusive tracks are being included on the compilation, with Crosby-Nash by far the biggest names (they’re actually listed first on the CD sleeve!) As yet the track name hasn’t been released yet – it could be one of the exciting new Crosby/Nash originals heard in concert and not yet on an official album (two made it to the ‘Crosby-Nash In Concert’ DVD from last year and were the best things on it!) Unfortunately, perhaps because its only available on import, the price at the moment is colossal – so much for breaking capitalism, eh, at least in the UK! Crosby and Nash have long been supporters of the campaign – you may remember we posted a link to a picture of Crosby speaking with protestors which no other music publication seemed to cover – and Nash has said in a press release: “The Occupation movement is really the ‘Voice of the People’…. It’s an idea that’s been a long time coming….
I fully support their non-violent protests against a system that is carefully crafted in favor of the rich 1%. The ability for people to unite behind the idea that our very constitution is supposed to guarantee freedom of speech is a wonderfully sight to behold… we have to take our country back from the corporate state …” Yoko’s contribution is rather more unexpected and equally mysterious to date, especially seeing as the makers of the ‘occupy’ website haven’t filled in her ‘biog’ page yet, although you sense the protest is exactly the sort of thing the JohnandYoko team of the late 60s/.early 70s would have loved. The date for the CD release is Tuesday, May 8th and the full link to the press release can be seen here: http://musicforoccupy.org/
♫ Kinks News: Another oddity listed by our partners Amazon is a mouth-watering six disc box set entitled ‘The Kinks At The BBC’. We’ve known for years that there were a lot more BBC sessions than ever made it to the band’s two disc set (1964-77) and indeed a few more have surfaced on both the Kinks ‘Music Box’ set and the recent deluxe edition sets. However, as yet there’s no track selection for the songs, with the release date given as far away as August 21st, although the band’s official site says one of the disc will be a DVD (presumably with the 1972 ‘In Concert’ and possibly the 1977 ‘Kinks Xmas Koncert’ included, both showt for various BBC shows). There is a picture of the box, though, which looks lovely. Another one for the Christmas list, perhaps?
♫ Searchers News: Heads up about a new Searchers box set which takes up a massive six CDs – yes that’s right, despite the fact that The Searchers only ever released seven albums! It’s not out till the end of June, sadly, but ‘Hearts In Their Eyes’ has appeared on Amazon listings already. As well as the usual run of A sides, B sides, EPs and album tracks there’s selections from the now hard-to-find ‘Iron Door Club’ session tapes, the live tracks included on the ‘45th anniversary collection’ set, the excellent Swedish radio broadcasts and the two hard-to-find 1970s albums. Most exciting of all are a whole group of rarely heard solo singles by Tony Jackson and Chris Curtis after they left the group, some of which have never been released on CD before to the best of my knowledge. More news if and when we hear it!