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Elvis: The 2012 Comeback Special

The New York Roots Music Association (NYRMA) presents on January 28, 2012 at 8 PM The Elvis Show, an Elvis Presley tribute and charity event featuring more than 30 local musicians and vocalists at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore.

Some of the musicians performing include Los Blaggards, The Bluebeats, Butcher’s Blind, The Bossa Nova Beatniks, The Mary Lamont Band, Mike Drance, Tom Gould, Mick Hargreaves, Claudia Jacobs, Chris James, Steve Prisco, Tom Ryan, Paul Schmitz, Russ Seeger, Bill Walsh and many others.

This year’s show will feature all 30 of the King’s number-one hits.

The annual Elvis tribute is the most anticipated local music event of the year. RockCANRoll, who will be collecting non-perishable food donations at the door, will also distribute the net proceeds to area food banks and outreach centers.

Presley was born on January 8th, 1935, and died on August 16, 1977.

To Know Him Is To Love Him

Phil Spector’s image is clearly tarnished by his current time in jail after being convicted of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, but there’s no denying his musical legacy and his lofty place in the history of rock and pop music.

Phil Spector Presents the Phillies Album Collection (Legacy) is a beautifully packaged box set. It collects together for the first time on CD the six albums originally released on his Phillies label. The box also includes Phil’s Flipsides: a disc of rare B-Sides, many never before released since they were first pressed on 45 RPM singles. All the music is presented as it was originally recorded in glorious mono.

Spector’s often imitated Wall of Sound, laid the bedrock sound of popular rock music, but it retains it’s appeal, power and charm, even in case of some of the tracks, more than 60 years later.

As part of a massive Spector reissue project from Legacy, the label also released the two-disc set The Essential Phil Spector. Single-disc reissues include Wall Of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966; Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes; The DA Do Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals and The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love.


Maybe the only other popular rock figure to equal Spector in genius, eccentricity, talent and influence, is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

While Pet Sounds is Wilson’s masterwork with the Beach Boys and his watershed moment, even influencing Sgt. Pepper, Smile, his 1967 aborted follow-up to Pet Sounds with the Beach Boys is his most infamous and mythic work.

Capitol has recently reissued new definitive boxes of the sessions, with the 2-CD box released on November 1, 2011 already out of print because of demand and a limited pressing. The 2-CD set includes core session tracks, alternate takes, various song versions and lots of collectible goodies.

Few reissues give insight into the creative process of one of the true geniuses of popular music as he is slipping from top form into chemically induced studio meltdown. Songs like “Surf’s Up,” “Heroes and Villains” and “Good Vibrations” would show up in different forms on other releases, but to hear them as part of the Smile sessions is to truly understand their brilliance.

The Complete Experience

While Phil Spector’s and Brian Wilson’s domain was the studio, Jimi Hendrix, who made ground- breaking albums with his Experience, is best heard live in concert.

The shows that Hendrix performed at Bill Graham’s famed concert venue in San Francisco, the Winterland Ballroom, in October of 1968 are some of his best, featuring the Experience just as Electric Ladyland was being released. This five-disc set is easily one of the best Hendrix reissues ever released, with jaw-dropping performances of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Killing Floor” with Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady on bass.

Many performances from the three-day, two-shows-a-night stint are released here for the first time and far exceed the long-out-of-print Rykodisc reissues from many years ago. An interview with Hendrix recorded a few weeks after the San Francisco shows backstage at the Boston Garden is also included. An official bootleg, soundboard recording, taking up the entirety of disc five, is included with Buddy Miles sitting in on drums for Mitch Mitchell doing Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” There is also a single-disc, best-of version of the Winterland box.

Another recent Legacy Hendrix reissue is the long out of print Hendrix in the West. It includes definitive live recordings from the late 60s of both versions of the Experience, prior to the birth of Band of Gypsys. South Saturn Delta, also recently reissued, includes rarities from all four bands Hendrix led and is very much for the Hendrix die-hard fan. Finally, check out Blue Wild Angel, a DVD of Hendrix filmed at the Isle of Wight festival in August 1970. This three-hour disc includes lots of rarities and special features.


Three other Legacy reissues from this period worth searching out are the Legacy Edition of Elvis Presley; Live Around the World; Bootleg, Vol III from Johnny Cash and The Bang Years from Neil Diamond.