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  • Paul McCartney’s “New” Gets a New Collector’s Edition

    Paul McCartney’s “New” Gets a New Collector’s Edition

    If you enjoyed Paul McCartney’s album, New last year, then you may be up for the collector’s edition of the record from the legendary singer/ songwriter/ bassist. The includes not only the original album, but also a disc featuring unreleased tracks as well as live versions of several songs, including “Queenie Eye” and “Save Us.”... »

  • Slipknot’s Latest Features Multiple Bassists

    Slipknot’s Latest Features Multiple Bassists

    It seems unlikely that Slipknot’s permanent replacement for late bassist Paul Gray made an appearance on the masked metal band’s latest album, . While band members have acknowledged that original Slipknot bassist Donnie Steele played on some of the record, guitarist Jim Root tells Blabbermouth that he and guitarist Mick Thomson did most of the... »

  • The Who Hits 50! Celebrates Five Decades of the Iconic Rock Band’s Output

    The Who Hits 50! Celebrates Five Decades of the Iconic Rock Band’s Output

    As The Who celebrates the 50th anniversary of its recording career with a 2014-15 tour, it’s also releasing a greatest hits collection, , as part of the celebration. While the 2-CD set features work from late, great bassist John Entwistle (including “Boris the Spider” on which he also sings lead), it also features The Who’s... »

  • Led Zeppelin Releases Remastered Sets for “IV” and “Houses of the Holy”

    Led Zeppelin Releases Remastered Sets for “IV” and “Houses of the Holy”

    Led Zeppelin’s year-long releases of remastered versions of its studio albums continue with the iconic (also known as Zoso to many) from 1971 and from 1973. The remastering and assembly of the sets were overseen by Zeppelin guitarist/producer Jimmy Page. These albums show the band, featuring superstar bassist John Paul Jones, at what some would... »

  • Classic Joy Division Live Album Reissued on Vinyl

    Classic Joy Division Live Album Reissued on Vinyl

    Nothing seemed to work at Joy Division’s February 28, 1980 performance at The Warehouse in Preston, England. The amps failed and instruments went in and out. But somehow, the band coaxed an inspiring performance out of rotten circumstances. The rough bass sound created by Peter Hook that night is one of the performance’s selling points.... »

  • Jackson Browne’s Latest Album Showcases Veteran and Young Bassists

    Jackson Browne’s Latest Album Showcases Veteran and Young Bassists

    Jackson Browne has returned with his first album in six years, . The record, which includes a full-band version of one of his oldest songs, 1967’s “The Birds of St. Marks,” also sees him working again with superstar session bassist Bob Glaub, who played on classic Browne albums like “Lawyers in Love”, “Hold Out”, and... »

  • Jerry Garcia Band’s Only New Year’s Eve Gig Released

    Jerry Garcia Band’s Only New Year’s Eve Gig Released

    Even though it would seem impossible, this year you can celebrate on New Year’s Eve with the Jerry Garcia Band. Sort of. At the very least, you can play a recording of the only New Year’s Eve show the band played. The 1975 performance is captured on . The recording, featuring the late John Kahn,... »

  • “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” Features Diverse Bassists

    “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” Features Diverse Bassists

    On , the Queen of Soul shares more than her huge, legendary voice. The record also gives several bass players a place to shine. Three bassists appear on the 10-song set: Reggie Hamilton (known for work with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Warren Zevon, David Lynch, and Stanley Clarke, among others), Ethan Farmer (Janet Jackson, Babyface,... »

  • Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

    Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

    For some reason, it just doesn’t feel surprising that Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool loves the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so much that he, the rest of the original Primus lineup (that hasn’t played together since 1995) and the 2-member Fungi Ensemble, would create a take on iconic film’s music. is as... »

  • Théo Zipper Quartet Releases “Faith”

    Théo Zipper Quartet Releases “Faith”

    Seeking out some new jazz propelled by a bass player’s sensibilities? Check out Théo Zipper Quartet’s album, . Led by French bassist and composer, Théo Zipper, the quartet also includes tenor/soprano sax player Max Fortin, Yannick Jacquet on piano, Fender Rhodes, and cello, and Lucas Vanderputten on drums. Zipper says his, and the quartet’s, goal,... »