UFO TO RELEASE 8 CD DELUXE EDITION OF THEIR ICONIC LIVE ALBUM “STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT” ON NOVEMBER 20TH

English rock band UFO‘s 1979 live album Strangers in the Night is being reissued as an 8CD deluxe edition in November.

Capturing the band at the peak of their powers the original double album was compiled from recordings made at six shows during in October 1978 on an American tour. This new 8CD box set includes all six complete original concerts for the first time (five previously unreleased) as well as a newly remastered version of the original album (across two CDs). Four of the shows have actually been newly mixed from the original tapes.

The discs are contained in a two-part outer slipcase, and the eight CDs come in card sleeves. A 24-page booklet is included and features new sleeve notes by Michael Hann who has interviewed Phil Mogg, Andy Parker and Michael Schenker. A 2LP gatefold vinyl edition is also available, and a special a clear vinyl edition limited to 1000 units. Andy Pearce has done the remastering.

Strangers in the Night deluxe edition will be released on November 20th, but can pre-ordered here and here.

Strangers in the Night deluxe edition track listing:

CD 1:
1. Natural Thing (2020 Remaster)
2. Out In The Street (2020 Remaster)
3. Only You Can Rock Me (2020 Remaster)
4. Doctor Doctor (2020 Remaster)
5. Mother Mary (2020 Remaster)
6. This Kid’s (2020 Remaster)
7. Love To Love (2020 Remaster)

CD 2:
1. Lights Out (2020 Remaster)
2. Rock Bottom (2020 Remaster)
3. Too Hot To Handle (2020 Remaster)
4. I’m A Loser (2020 Remaster)
5. Let It Roll (2020 Remaster)
6. Shoot Shoot (2020 Remaster)

CD 3:
1. Hot ‘N’ Ready (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
2. Pack It Up (And Go) [Live in Chicago 13/10/78 ]
3. Cherry (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
4. Let It Roll (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
5. Love To Love (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
6. Only You Can Rock Me (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
7. Ain’t No Baby (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
8. Out In The Street (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
9. Doctor Doctor (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
10. Lights Out (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
11. Rock Bottom (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
12. Too Hot To Handle (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )
13. Shoot Shoot (Live in Chicago 13/10/78 )

CD 4:
1. Hot ‘N’ Ready (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
2. Pack It Up (And Go) [Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78]
3. Cherry (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
4. Let It Roll (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
5. Love To Love (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
6. Only You Can Rock Me (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
7. Ain’t No Baby (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
8. Out In The Street (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
9. Doctor Doctor (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
10. Lights Out (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
11. Rock Bottom (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)
12. Too Hot To Handle (Live in Wisconsin 14/10/78)

CD 5:
1. Intro / Hot ‘N’ Ready (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
2. Pack It Up (And Go) [Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978]
3. Cherry (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
4. Let It Roll (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
5. Love To Love (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
6. Natural Thing (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
7. Out On The Street (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
8. Only You Can Rock Me (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
9. On With The Action (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
10. Doctor Doctor (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
11. Lights Out (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
12. Rock Bottom (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
13. Too Hot To Handle (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)
14. Shoot Shoot (Live in Youngstown 15/10/1978)

CD 6:
1. Hot ‘N’ Ready (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
2. Pack It Up (And Go) [Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78]
3. Cherry (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
4. Let It Roll (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
5. Love To Love (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
6. Natural Thing (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
7. Out In The Street (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
8. Only You Can Rock Me (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
9. On With The Action (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
10. Doctor Doctor (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
11. I’m A Loser (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
12. Lights Out (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
13. Rock Bottom (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
14. Too Hot To Handle (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)
15. Shoot Shoot (Live in Cleveland, Ohio 16/10/78)

CD 7:
1. Hot ‘N’ Ready (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
2. Pack It Up (And Go) [Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78]
3. Cherry (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
4. Let It Roll (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
5. Love To Love (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
6. Natural Thing (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
7. Out In The Street (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
8. Too Hot To Handle (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
9. I’m A Loser (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
10. On With The Action (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
11. Doctor Doctor (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
12. Lights Out (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
13. Rock Bottom (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)
14. Shoot Shoot (Live in Columbus, Ohio 17/10/78)

CD 8:
1. Hot ‘N’ Ready (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
2. Pack It Up (And Go) [Live In Louisville 18/10/78 ]
3. Cherry (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
4. Let It Roll (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
5. Love To Love (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
6. Natural Thing (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
7. Out In The Street (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
8. Only You Can Rock Me (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
9. On With The Action (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
10. Doctor Doctor (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
11. I’m A Loser (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
12. Lights Out (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
13. Rock Bottom (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
14. Too Hot To Handle (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )
15. Shoot Shoot (Live In Louisville 18/10/78 )

Dana’s note: Thank you to MikeyMan for passing this along. 🙂

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THE KISS SONG BASED ON THE ROLLING STONES’ “BROWN SUGAR”

Matthew Trzcinski of Showbiz Cheat Sheet reports:

The Rolling Stones and KISS are both classic rock bands with a certain swagger, so it only makes sense one of KISS’ more famous songs was an intentional Rolling Stones rip off. In fact, the song in question was originally going to have a name similar to the Rolling Stones song which inspired it. However KISS member Paul Stanley got in the way of that.

It all starts with rock n’ roll singer Freddy Canon. He gave the world a hit song called Tallahassee Lassie in 1959. During a Rolling Stone interview, Mick Jagger said he wrote a groove for Brown Sugar which was reminiscent of the groove from Tallahassee Lassie.

Because of this, Brown Sugar could be seen as one of many examples of 1970s pop culture designed to emulate the 1950s. After that, the cycle of influence would continue when KISS drew inspiration from Brown Sugar.

KISS went into depth about the creation of their songs in the book KISS Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography…KISS bassist Gene Simmons even said he tried to rip off the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar with one of his band’s biggest hits. 

“I told [KISS’] Paul [Stanley] I was writing a … song called Black Diamond and that I was going to rip off the Rolling Stones song Brown Sugar, Simmons admitted. “They sound like they’re sisters, Brown Sugar, the younger sister of Black Diamond, who is the experienced prostitute walking the streets. That was gonna be my story, she’s out on the streets for a living, Black Diamond.’

The following day, Stanley wrote another song also called Black Diamond. Because of this, Simmons changed the title of his song Black Diamond to Christine Sixteen. The finished song was not about a prostitute.

Christine Sixteen sounds like Brown Sugar but it has a very different subject matter. The former is about an older individual who falls in love with a 16-year-old while the latter is about the Antebellum South.

Read more at Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

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BLACK SABBATH TO CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “PARANOID” BY RELEASING A SPECIAL 5LP/4CD ON OCTOBER 9TH

September 18th marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Paranoid, the second studio album by the legendary British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Guitarist Tony Iommi commented, via social media, “I look back and am amazed how we released Black Sabbath in February 1970 then toured, wrote, recorded and released Paranoid only 7 months later, And these weren’t knock-off albums, they are both full of our classic tracks.”

The 50th anniversary of Paranoid will be celebrated with a 5-LP/4CD edition, released on October 9th, featuring the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.

After the success of the band’s self-titled debut in early 1970, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward returned that fall with Paranoid. The record became the band’s first album to top the U.K. charts and has sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone. Today, songs like War PigsPlanet CaravanIron Man and, of course, Paranoid, continue to inspire a new generation of musicians around the world.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition first two LPs feature the original album plus a Quadraphonic Mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, the Quad Mix has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix on vinyl for this set.

The collection’s final three LPs mark the official vinyl debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31st in Montreux, Switzerland shortly before the release of Paranoid. It captures the band, already a tight musical unit, thundering through new songs like Hand Of Doom and Iron Man while mixing in N.I.B. and Behind The Wall Of Sleep from their debut album. The second concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during the band’s performance for Belgian television. Unofficial versions of this classic show have circulated in the past, but they’ve never sounded this good.

Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition track listing:

Side A:

* War Pigs / Luke’s Wall 
* Paranoid 
* Planet Caravan 
* Iron Man

Side B:

* Electric Funeral
* Hand Of Doom
* Rat Salad
* Jack The Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots

LP 2: Quadradisc Mix in Stereo (WS4 1887) 1974

Side C:

* War Pigs / Luke’s Wall 
* Paranoid 
* Planet Caravan 
* Iron Man

Side D:

* Electric Funeral 
* Hand Of Doom 
* Rat Salad 
* Jack The Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots

LP 3: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part One)

Side E:

* Intro 
* Paranoid 
* N.I.B. 
* Behind The Wall Of Sleep

Side F:

* Iron Man 
* War Pigs

LP 4: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part Two)/Live in Brussels 1970 (Part One):

Side G:

* Fairies Wear Boots 
* Hand Of Doom

Side H:

* Paranoid 
* Hand Of Doom 
* Rat Salad 
* Iron Man

LP 5: Live in Brussels 1970 (Part Two):

Side J:

* Black Sabbath 
* N.I.B.

Side K:

* Behind The Wall Of Sleep 
* War Pigs 
* Fairies Wear Boots 

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OZZY TWEETS ABOUT THE PASSING OF HIS FORMER BANDMATE LEE KERSLAKE

Ozzy Osbourne had tweeted a message about the passing of his former drummer Lee Kerslake, he writes:

“It’s been 39 years since I’ve seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Lee Kerslake RIP”

Kerslake played with Ozzy’s band in 1980 and ’81 and on his solo albums — Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. He also appeared in the 1987 Tribute Live album.

In related news, Ozzy celebrated the 40th anniversary of Blizzard Of Ozz by releasing an expanded digital edition, of his iconic debut solo album. Click here to read more about it.

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OZZY OSBOURNE AND URIAH HEEP DRUMMER LEE KERSLAKE PASSES AWAY AT AGE 73

According to TMZ, Ozzy Osbourne, and Uriah Heep drummer, Lee Kerslake has passed away. at age 73, after a long battle with cancer..

One of Kerslake’s bandmates from Uriah Heep broke the news Saturday, saying, “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 3:30 this morning.”

Lee played with Ozzy’s band in 1980 and ’81 and on his solo albums — Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. He also appeared in the 1987 Tribute Live album.

Kerslake’s struggle with illness was long and hard. He dropped out of Uriah Heep in 2018 … four years after getting a prostate cancer diagnosis back. His last performance was in London, when he appeared to join the group for Lady In Black.

After Kerslake revealed two years ago his prostate cancer was terminal and had spread to various organs, Ozzy sent him platinum records for Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman (see picture above) Kerslake had said he wanted them, and Ozzy fulfilled his wish.

On February 17th, 2020, EddieTrunk.com posted an interview Greg Prato of Bravewords with did with Kerslake. During the discourse, Kerslake revealed he was battling spinal and prostate cancer, but said, “it is in remission at the moment.” He also revealed that he had recently purchased himself an “an electronic drum kit, and [is] playing again, because I want to do two more shows with Uriah Heep .” Kerslake also discussed working on his solo album. Click here to read that interview.

Lee is survived by his wife, Sue.

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OZZY OSBOURNE RELEASES NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “CRAZY TRAIN”

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s landmark debut album Blizzard Of Ozz, fans will be able to celebrate with a new animated video for Crazy Train, a live Twitter chat, the release of a new HD version of 30 Years After The Blizzard documentary, a SiriusXM Ozzy’s Boneyard radio special, 40 Years Of Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz, a selection of limited-edition Blizzard Of Ozz commemorative merchandise, and a black and red vinyl version of the album.

To purchase Blizzard Of Ozzclick here; for the special black and red swirl vinyl version (available exclusively at Best Buy on October 23rd), pre-order here.

* First up, earlier today, a new animated video by Tiny Concert for Crazy Train debuted on YouTube. The clip features Ozzy and his band in an animated live performance. Watch the clip here.

* A newly upressed HD version of 2010’s documentary 30 Years After The Blizzard — originally only released as part of the Blizzard Of Ozz/Diary Of a Madman box set — will debut today at 6:00 p.m. (ET)/3:00 p.m. (PT) and run for seven days on YouTube, with a chat with Ozzy before the premiere.

* Ozzy will discuss Blizzard Of Ozz in a special one-hour 40 Years Of Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz special on his SiriusXM Ozzy’s Boneyard channel. Set to debut tonight (September 18th) at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT and airing multiple times throughout next week, the special — which features a conversation between Ozzy and his close friend/musician Billy Morrison — will take listeners track-by-track through Ozzy’s first solo album on its 40th anniversary.

* On Sunday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT, Ozzy will host a special Blizzard Of Ozz listening party on his Twitter (talking about all the tracks from the album) on its official release date anniversary.

* A selection of commemorative Blizzard Of Ozz merchandise (t-shirts, jersey and a track jacket) is available via Ozzy’s web site.

To read more about The 40th anniversary expanded edition of Blizzard Of Ozz, please click here.

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