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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Hall of Fame CEO Explains Why They Excluded Current Kiss Members

Kiss
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has explained why only four members of Kiss were chosen for induction into their organization, prompting a strong response from singer / guitarist Paul Stanley.

Remaining founders Gene Simmons and Stanley would like to see subsequent members of the group recognized, while the hall has limited the award to Kiss’s original lineup, which also included Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. When he was rebuffed, Stanley said Kiss wouldn’t appear.

“We have other artists, other inductees showing up and performing when they can,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman tells Billboard. “We’re very hopeful that Ace and Peter and Paul and Gene come and accept their award. We’re obviously honored to have them inducted.”

Stanley confirms that he will attend the ceremony, set for April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But he likewise isn’t budging on his insistence that contributors like Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, who have performed together in the current Kiss lineup since 2002, should also be on stage.

“There are a lot of people who are great inspirations to me, and still are, who are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and for that reason and the fact that fans want us in there, I graciously and vigorously will be there to accept the award,” Stanley says. “We should salute and enjoy an evening that celebrates what the four of us started. But just because I’m getting inducted doesn’t mean it’s turned into a love fest.”

Peresman also outlined the reasons behind the decision to limit the induction to Kiss’ initial founding members, saying Thayer and Eric Singer “are fine musicians who … basically have the same makeup and are the same characters that Ace and Peter started. It’s not like they created these other characters with different makeup and playing different songs. They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter.”

This statement prompted a fast and direct rebuttal from Stanley, posted on the band’s official website and included in full below:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues to attempt to restore its questionable credibility and glimpses behind the facade with nonsense and half truths.

The truth is Joel Peresman and the rest of the decision makers refused to consider the induction of ANY former KISS members and specifically the late Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick who were both in the band through multi-platinum albums and worldwide tours and DIDN’T* wear makeup.

There is no getting around the reality that the Hall of Fame’s favoritism and preferential treatment towards artists they like goes as far as ASKING the Grateful Dead how many members THEY wanted the hall to induct and following their directive while also including a songwriter who was never in the actual band.

Let’s just accept the truth as it is and move on.

– Paul Stanley

*Note: Carr wore his own unique, fox-themed makeup from the time he joined the group in 1980 until their public “unmasking” in 1983.

Kiss has moved on from the controversy, announcing a co-headlining tour this with Def Leppard and a massive vinyl reissue project. Stanley will also release an autobiography called ‘Face The Music: A Life Exposed’ just two days before their induction, on April 8.