New Music Releases – April 2014

The list of new music releases for April 2014 is dominated by a flood of limited-edition vinyl being released on Record Store day, including previously unreleased or long out-of-print titles from Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Bruce Springsteen.

AerosmithCreedence Clearwater RevivalGenesis and the Grateful Dead are also among the dozens of artists releasing special items for this annual retail holiday, which aims to support local independent record stores.

In other news, the massive 40th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign from Kiss gets off to a flying start with no less than 10 of their albums — including their first four — hitting stores on April 1. The group’s frontman, Paul Stanley, will release his first-ever autobiography, ‘Face the Music,’ a week later. April also brings a massive, career-spanning box set from guitar wizard Joe Satriani.

Read on for a complete list of April 2014′s classic rock releases. You can click on the highlighted titles below to learn more about many of these albums. Check out our continuously updated list of all the 2014 New Music Releases to keep up-to-date with what your favorite artists are releasing in the new year.

New Music Releases – April 2014

April 1
Deep Purple, ‘Live in California ’74′
Kiss, ‘Alive!,’ ‘Animalize,’ Destroyer,’ ‘Dressed to Kill,’ ‘Dynasty,’ ‘Hotter Than Hell,’
‘Kiss,’ ‘Lick it Up,’ ‘Revenge’ and ‘Unmasked’ – vinyl reissues
Brian May and Kerry Ellis, ‘The Candlelight Concerts’ (Blu-ray)
Various Artists, ‘This is Your Life‘ (Ronnie James Dio tribute album)
Various Artists, ‘Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne

April 8
Black Label Society, ‘Catacombs of the Black Vatican’
Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson, ‘Going Back Home
Paul Stanley, ‘Face the Music: A Life Exposed‘ (autobiography)

April 15
Ian Anderson, ‘Homo Erraticus
Jack Bruce, ‘Silver Rails’
Black Sabbath, ‘The Compete Studio Albums 1970-1978
Rush, ‘Rush‘ (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set)

April 19 (Record Store Day)
Aerosmith, ‘Draw the Line’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Night in the Ruts’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Rocks’ — RSD First Release
Allman Brothers Band, ‘Selections from: Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992′
The Animals, ‘The Animals’ EP
David Bowie, ’1984′ (vinyl single)
Eric Carmen, ‘Brand New Year / Starting Over’ (single)
Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘The ’69 Singles
Devo, ‘Live at Max’s Kansas City’
Devo, ‘Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig’
The Doors, ‘Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine’ (swirled vinyl)
Dream Theater, ‘Illumination Theory’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Fishbone, ‘Fishbone’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Fleetwood Mac, ‘Dragonfly / The Purple Dancer’
Genesis, ‘From Genesis to Revelation’
Grateful Dead, ‘Live at Hampton Coliseum’
Jimi Hendrix, ‘Live at Monterey’ — RSD First Release
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, ‘Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth’
Motorhead, ‘Aftershock’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Mudhoney, ‘On Top’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Nirvana, ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Gram Parsons, ’180 Gram: Alternate Takes from ‘GP’ and ‘Grevious Angel’
The Pogues, ‘Live with Joe Strummer’ — RSD Exclusive Release
The Ramones, ‘Meltdown with the Ramones’ — RSD Exclusive Release
The Sonics / Mudhoney, ‘Bad Betty / I Like it Small’ — RSD Limited Run
Soundgarden, ‘Superunknown: The Singles’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Bruce Springsteen, ‘American Beauty‘ (new four-song EP)
The Stranglers, ‘Peaches / Go Buddy Go’ — RSD Limited Run
The Velvet Underground, ‘Loaded’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Frank Zappa, ‘Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow’ (single)

April 22
Sebastian Bach, ‘Give ‘Em Hell’
Joe Satriani, ‘The Complete Studio Recordings

April 29
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘Phosphorescent Harvest
Toto, ’35th Anniversary Tour: Live in Poland’ (DVD)

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Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dies At 61

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Bob Casale, the guitarist for New Wave hitmakers Devo, died yesterday (Feb. 17) at the age of 61. The news was broken by his older brother Gerald, who played bass and keyboards in the group.

 

The Casales formed Devo at Kent State University near Akron, Ohio around 1973 with the Mothersbaugh brothers (Mark, Jim and Bob — who was known as “Bob 1″ while Casale was “Bob 2.”) Jim Mothersbaugh left in 1976 and was replaced by Alan Myers, who died in June 2013.

Devo gained traction with the release of their 1978 debut, largely on the strength of a stilted, synthed-up take on the Rolling Stones‘ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ which angered purists and delighted iconoclasts. Their image, which saw them perform in matching jumpsuits and terraced, plastic hats called “energy domes,” was an extension of their art school background.

While they only had one Top 20 hit, ‘Whip It,’ other songs like ‘Girl U Want,’ ‘Working in the Coal Mine’ and ‘Through Being Cool’ were modern rock and college radio staples for years. By the end of the ’80s, their commercial peak had been long in the distance and the group broke up.

Devo reunited in 1995, periodically recording one-off songs for soundtracks and touring. Their 2010 album ‘Something for Everybody’ was hailed as a solid return to form.

Mark Mothersbaugh told Cleveland.com that the news has understandably hit him hard. “This is so sudden and tragic… He was the nicest guy in the band. He had the best personality. He had the longest fuse. He was a problem solver.”

Gerald Casale wrote the following tribute to his sibling on the group’s Facebook page:

Very sad news to report today.

Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952. Deceased: February 17th, 2014

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.

Gerald Casale, Devo founder.