Musical Notes – August 9

In this issue of Musical Notes Michael Jackson goes 3D, The Who get remastered, and Neil Young gets archived.

Musical Notes

Michael Jackson:
When Michael Jackson released his mini film “Thriller” in 1983, it was a 14 minute groundbreaking affair. Now nearly 35 years later, the film will once again come to life in all it’s creepiness and 3D.

Thriller 3D” will debut at the annual Venice Film Festival.

The date turned nightmare saga was originally directed by John Landis. 3D film creators say that the remastered film has not been edited in any way and will appear in its original form.

Speaking on the project director John Landis said, “I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio bringing it to a whole new level. Even though Thriller was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. Let me just warn you, there is a rather shocking surprise in there!”

The Who:
On October 27 The Who will be releasing a giant package of their music and with over 50 years of rocking the world the band has plenty of music to offer.

The five CD package features all their their singles – A and B sides – plus their EPs. “Maximum As & Bs” features 86 songs including their first single “Zoot Suit”, Pinball Wizard”, “I Can See for Miles”, and their most recent release”Be Lucky”.

Also set for an October 27 release are two re-issues of early Who albums on 180 grain vinyl – a singles collection titled “Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy” and a live concert album “Live at Leeds”.

The Who’s Pete Townshend is also releasing some reissues on August 18. The albums “Scoop”, “Another Scoop”, and “Scoop 3” are collections of demos and outtakes

All of the reissued albums were remastered at Abbey Road.


Neil Young:
An old folkie, Neil Young has been making music for decades. He can trace his professional music roots back to 1963 where he recorded his first 45 rpm single in his native Canada.Still in the coming soon mode, the site has a sign saying opening soon with no specific launch date.

Now Young is preparing on online archive of every piece of music he has produced and recorded. Speaking on the project – – he said, “every single, recorded track, or album I have produced is represented. It is always current. You can browse the music I made between today’s date and 1963 when I made my first recording in Canada and it was released as a 45rpm single.”

The site resembles a filing cabinet filled with info cards – similar to what you used to find in a card catalog in the library with details about each of the songs.

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