Weekly News Catch-up 18 March 2020

Author: Alex White   Date Posted:18 March 2020 

Hello music lovers, what’s new? OK, let’s just deal with the elephant in the room right away, shall we? By now, you would have heard that Record Store Day 2020 has officially been postponed. All of us here felt that it may have been coming, but we were still taken aback when the news came in on Saturday morning – not least because we had just finished getting in our supply orders and processing customer wish lists. However, we have to admit, with everything that has been going on – and in the interest of everyone’s health and safety – we cannot disagree with the decision. Music and record collecting is amazingly important to us all, but the well-being of our fellow humans takes priority – as it always should.

In terms of what will happen with Record Store Day this year? At this point, we have to take a one-day-at-a-time approach. For now, the new official date has been assigned to late June, but we cannot stress how much that is subject to change. We expect a whole bunch of changes to be happening with everything associated with RSD, and whether that means exclusive RSD titles being changed to basic releases, or the Day itself becoming an online event… we just don’t know. Anything and everything is up in the air at the moment. One thing is for certain though: when we do find out, we will let you all know. We are as anxious to have updates as much as you are, and we endeavour to keep you all in the loop.

OK, elephant in the room dealt with. Let’s move on and get nerdy about some upcoming music releases, shall we?

The latest batch of Prince reissues are still scheduled to release in mid-April (fingers crossed!!!), and following on from the last two news entries, I thought I would put the spotlight on the gem of the lot: ‘Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection’ CD & DVD box set. This set contains four CDs which will include the studio album ‘One Nite Alone…’, the two live albums ‘One Nite Alone Live!’ and ‘One Nite Alone: The Aftershow’ (both credited to Prince and the New Power Generation), plus a DVD of the 2002 concert ‘Live at The Aladdin Las Vegas’. All discs come packaged in mini LP sleeves and will be held in a stylish slipcase. And if that weren’t enough, the set also includes a 48-page bound book. No details just yet on what will be included in the book, but I, for one, cannot wait to flip through it. As of this writing, the set is currently at a special pre-order price, so definitely get on to it and get your orders in soon. We may all be stuck in our homes for a while, but at least we can be stuck with hours of Prince goodies to keep us company!

Another great title releasing in April – and one to definitely look out for – is ‘Classic’ by Hauser. The Cellist, who is better known as one half of the genre-blending musical group, 2CELLOS, is releasing his first solo album; a selection of reinterpretation of pieces from some of the greatest composers of all time. Or, as Hauser himself said when describing the album, “It's simple. It's the most beautiful, the most romantic melodies ever written in classical music - by the greatest composers - played on the cello, the most beautiful and romantic instrument of all."The composers in question include none other than Bach, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Puccini, Chopin and Mozart. Whilst talking about the latter, Hauser says, “He wrote so many unbelievably beautiful second movements that I had a hard time choosing, but we selected the slow movements from his Clarinet Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 21 - both so simple and touching. Also, the 'Lacrimosa' from the Mozart Requiem - one of the saddest melodies ever written, and one of the last he wrote. The cello sound is so moving here.”

All pieces on the album have been reinterpreted by Hauser along with arranger Robin Smith and producer Nick Patrick. Hauser is joined in the recordings the London Symphony Orchestra. ‘Classic’ will be released through Music On Vinyl, pressed on red wax and limited to one thousand copies. Its release comes just in time to anticipate Hauser’s 2020 worldwide tour (no word yet whether this also will be postponed/cancelled). Regardless, ‘Classic’ will be released for classical music lovers alike to enjoy and is available to pre-order through our store now. 

That is all for the time being, music lovers. Look after yourselves and stay safe. Talk to you next week.

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