THE RETURN OF THE REVEREND31 Jan 2007

AlgreenDescribed as “Unquestionably the greatest soul singer to come to prominence in the 1970s” by Rolling Stone magazine, the Reverend Al Green is set to return to the UK for a series of shows this summer.





Mr Green
is set to play the following shows:

June 28 London Royal Albert Hall
June 29 Manchester MEN Arena
July 2 Edinburgh Playhouse
July 4 Birmingham NIA Arena
July 6 London Hammersmith Apollo

Tickets for Edinburgh are on sale now, London shows will go on sale tomorrow and the Manchester an, d Birmingham shows on Friday. Click on to the Tickets part of the site to search for and purchase tickets.

In anticipation of these shows, MOJO is also pleased to recommend the following three Al Green sets:

LOVE AND HAPPINESS: THE VERY BEST OF AL GREEN
(Music Club)
Released two years ago, this remarkably good value 38 track, two disc set does exactly what it says on the tin, collecting not only the great man’s hits but also digging through his later work to unearth a series of unheralded gems.

THE LEGENDARY HI ALBUMS VOLUME 1: GREEN IS BLUES/ GETS NEXT TO YOU/LET’S STAY TOGETHER/I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU (Edsel)
The Reverend’s first four Hi albums showcase the manner in which Green and producer Willie Mitchell established their supremely sophisticated soul groove. The inclusion of Let’s Stay Together, Tired Of Being Alone and I’m Still In Love With You are timeless. Volumes 2 and 3 of these Edsel repackages are equally recommended.

EVERYTHING’S OK (Blue Note)
Al Green’s lastest release has been widely praised as marking a genuine return to his signature Hi days sound. A secular set – as opposed to Green’s many gospel outings – this 2005 outing also sees the Reverend reconciling his music with his faith. "The music is the message, the message is the music,” he says. “So that's my little ministry that the Big Man upstairs gave to me—a little ministry called love and happiness."

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RADIOHEAD: NEW ALBUM! NEW COMPILATION!30 Jan 2007

GreenwoodFollowing the release frontman Thom Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, last year, Radiohead have confirmed that they are now back in the studio and that they have been working on the follow-up to 2003’s Hail To The Thief.

The band began work late last year with producer Nigel Godrich in Somerset and have kept fans abreast of recording developments via their own blog (visit: www.radiohead.com/deadairspace). Alongside photographs of the band braving the winter weather on the south coast, the blog also features a series of random thoughts on everything from dance DJ Sasha (see Thom’s Banging! Post on the said site) to guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s affection for British comedian Adam Buxton.

Elsewhere, confirmed dub-head Greenwood has also found time to compile a collection of 17 tracks culled from the vaults of legendary reggae label Trojan. The label, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, will release the collection under the banner of Jonny Greenwood Is The Controller on February 19.

The full tracklisting reads as follows:

1 Linval Thompson 
Dread Are the Controller
2 Derrick Harriott Let Me Down Easy
3 Marcia Aitken I'm Still in Love (12-inch mix)
4 Gregory Isaacs Never Be Ungrateful (12-inch mix)
5 Lee "Scratch" Perry Bionic Rats
6 The Heptones Cool Rasta
7 Scientist & Jammy & the Roots Radics Flash Gordon Meets Luke Skywalker
8 Lee "Scratch" Perry & the Upsetters Black Panta
9 Junior Byles Fever
10 Desmond Dekker & the Aces Beautiful and Dangerous
11 Lloyd's All Stars Dread Dub (It Dread Out Deh version)
12 Marcia Griffiths Gypsy Man
13 Johnny Clarke & the Aggrovators A Ruffer Version
14 The Jahlights Right Road to Dubland (Right Road to Zion dub)
15 Junior Byles & Lee Perry Dreader Locks
16 Delroy Wilson This Life Makes Me Wonder
17 Scotty Clean Race

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IT’S OFFICIAL! THE POLICE REFORM

ThepoliceIt was one of the worst kept secrets of recent times, but The Police have now confirmed that they have reformed and will open this year’s Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Rumours late last year suggested that the three-piece of Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland and Sting were set to reunite this year, although the release of the later’s classical, Songs From The Labyrinthe, and his ensuing touring plans appeared to delay matters. Sting’s website – sting.com – however confirms that the band will reunite for the awards ceremony set to take place on  February 11 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Sting will then return to Europe and honour his solo touring commitments until mid-March.

The Police
are expected to kick off The Grammys and simultaneously announce a worldwide tour, although recent speculation that they will play the Coachella festival in California now appears to have been unfounded.

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HOW TO BUY... STEVIE WONDER29 Jan 2007
Steviewonder_1_160x120 Still a 12 Year Old Genius at the time, the artist  also known as Stevland Judkins blew up in 1962 with The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Wonder. Since then there have been thirty album releases and a slew of official collections, a random sampling of which throws up Innervisions, Hotter Than July and The Secret Life Of Plants. But we're not interested in random samplings here - so which ten albums do you consider the choicest picks that no-one should be without? Let us know what and why and your comments could be featured in a future issue of MOJO magazine.
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ARCTICS, BJÖRK, THE WHO & ARCADE FOR GLASTO25 Jan 2007

AlexThe recent cold snap has done little to stop the summer festival rumour mill from swinging into action this week. While MOJO understands that everyone from Aerosmith to Crowded House will tour the UK this summer, the Arctic Monkeys, Björk, The Who and The Arcade Fire have all been linked with appearing at the returning Glastonbury festival.

The Arctic Monkeys – who have just completed work on the follow-up to their million-selling debut album – will play the festival for the first time and look set to headline on the Friday 22 June, with The Who closing the show on Sunday 24 June. The festival’s founding father Michael Eavis has also stated that he has been contacted by “the biggest band in the world” who have expressed an interest in playing. Whoever that band may be remains a mystery, however, with Eavis at pains to explain that he did not mean U2.

In addition to this, Eavis has unveiled a groundbreaking new ticketing system for this year's festival in an attempt to stamp out touting.

With demand for the first festival since 2005 expected to be higher than ever, organisers are introducing a tout-proof registration system. Anyone wanting to buy a ticket will need to register between 1 and 28 February by sending off an official registration form with a photograph, a self-addressed envelope and an unattached stamp. Forms will only be available from high-street camping shop Millets, or you can fill in the form online at a special mini-site on the official Glastonbury website (www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk) or MOJO’s sister website, Q4Music.com.
Each person will receive a registration number, which must be quoted when tickets go on sale on 1 April. Although only one person can register per form, people can buy tickets for themselves and one other adult, as long as they both have registration numbers. Family members can buy up to two tickets for adults and two for children aged between 13 and 16. Each ticket will feature the photograph of the person in whose name it is registered and is non-exchangeable.
"It's a fairer system," says Eavis. "It means people won't be able to sell their tickets for £700." Organisers have taken major steps to combat touting in recent years. A successful photo ID system was introduced in 2005, while Somerset police have made it illegal to sell tickets outside the festival site. "We're winning the war," says Eavis. "The people who buy tickets on 1 April will actually be those coming to the festival."

The Glastonbury festival takes place at Worthy Farm from 22 to 24 June, subject to licence.

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FAUST CO-FOUNDER’S FINAL TRIP…24 Jan 2007

Faust_1MOJO is sad to announce that Uwe Nettelbeck (pictured front, centre) the mentor, producer and overseer of Krautrock legends Faust, died on January 17. A one-time music journalist, Nettelbeck formed Faust in Wumme, Germany, in 1971 with a view to creating a “new western music”, devoid of Anglo-Saxon rock’n’roll influences.

Holed up in a converted schoolhouse, Nettelbeck, along with Hans Joachim Irmler, Jean Hervé Peron, Werner ‘Zappi’ Diermaier, Rudolf Sosna, Gunther Wusthoff, and Armulf Meifert embarked upon a musical revolution. From their eponymously titled 1971 debut to 1973's Faust IV, via 1973's legendary “only 49pFaust Tapes, the first wave of Faust was a revolutionary cut-and-paste mischung of odd pastoral pop, hypnotic funk soundscapes and trippy demented electronic noise.

However, following a chaotic and miserable 1974 tour, and after running up huge bills at Giorgio Moroder's Araballa studios for Faust V, the band were dropped by Richard Branson Virgin Records and, following a decision to rescue the Faust V tapes from the Arabella grounds, the band were arrested, Nettelbeck left and Faust Mk 1 disbanded. Nevertheless, their influence on modern music remains indelible and can be heard in the work of My Bloody Valentine, Tortoise and Julian Cope who once described Faust as “the greatest thing ever.”

Jean-Hervé Peron had this to say about the passing of the creative force behind one of the greatest bands of the mid-70s:

"Besides being a sharp-witted but yet charming and loving husband, father and grandfather, he was an outstanding cook, a writer who always generated deep emotions and interest, and a genius, selfless music producer. Thank you Uwe for all you have done for our music. Faust is your work, no doubt ! Your work will outlast all of us. May your soul rest in peace. My sincere sympathy to his family Petra, Anouchka, Sandra, Elisha and Elsa."

For more tributes go to www.faust-pages.com

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RAGE, JAMC & POLICE US LIVE BONANZA!

Rage_1The Coachella festival has built its reputation on getting legendary acts to reform with The Stooges, Jane’s Addiction and the Pixies all previously putting aside their differences to appear at the Californian shindig. And this year’s event will see Rage Against The Machine, Jesus And Mary Chain and quite possibly The Police regroup to play the three-dayer.

This year’s festival takes place on April 27-29, and LA agit-rockers Rage Against The Machine are confirmed as the headliners on the Sunday night, while Bjork and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will play the Friday and Saturday respectively.

Rage’s appearance will mark the return of the band that split in 2000 amid musical differences. Frontman Zack De La Rocha has since pursued an uneventful solo career while the three-piece of Tom Morello (guitar), Brad Wilk (drums) and Tim Commerford (bass) formed Audioslave with ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, recording three multi-platinum albums along the way. Whether the reformation signals the end of Audioslave remains unclear, although Morrello has a solo album slated for release on April 23 under the moniker of The Nightwatchman. This project suggests that Rage’s reformation itself is likely to be a short-lived affair.

Elsewhere, Scottish alternative rockers Jesus And Mary Chain have decided to reform following a 12 month period that has seen their catalogue reissued and their career widely reappraised. The band attended last year’s MOJO Honours List where they picked up the MOJO Maverick Award for their pioneering work. Meanwhile, frontman Jim Reid also has a track included on Love Will Tear You Apart, the CD that accompanies this month’s issue of MOJO magazine. Reid contributes a cover of The Saints’ I’m Stranded.

The Police, meanwhile, have been widely rumoured to be reforming this summer and while they remain unconfirmed as far as Coachella is concerned, the fact that the word ‘Roxanne’ is being used as the password for the ticket pre-sales via Ticketmaster’s site has fuelled speculation that the trio of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland may appear at the event.

Other acts that have been confirmed as reuniting for the event include No Doubt, Crowded House and Happy Mondays. For more information on the event log on to www.coachella.com

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MOJO BOWIE SPECIAL EDITION18 Jan 2007
Bowie_160 "I was sitting in my bath, submerged in bubbles, when I heard David Bowie for the first time..." writes superfan Kate Bush...

60 Years Of Bowie
A MOJO Classic Special Edition magazine is a month-by-month, year-by-year celebration of one of rock music's greatest icons. Containing eyewitness stories, previously unpublished photographs, classic interviews, album reappraisals, the best Bowie songs from each era, plus a specially written Foreword by Kate Bush.

On sale 24 January 2007. Available in all good newsagents or by ordering online from HERE

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AHMET ERTEGUN REMEMBERED12 Jan 2007

AhmetertgumThe date for Ahmet Ertegun’s memorial service has been announced as March 11. The tribute to the man who launched Atlantic Records – and thereby the careers of everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles to Led Zeppelin and beyond – is expected to be attended by a large number of musicians whose debt to the man remains incontestable.

"He was a marvellous man, very witty, a great raconteur," stated Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in the wake of Ertegun’s death on December 14. "He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him... I will personally miss our warm and long friendship."

Jagger is expected to attend the service as are members of the extended Atlantic family. The label itself has also set up a website entitled Remembering Ahmet Ertegun which details the man’s remarkable life. The site can be found at www.atlanticrecords.com/ahmet

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ZEP MAN GOES ‘OLD TIME’

JpjSince Led Zeppelin split in 1980 bassist/multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones has concentrated on musical projects that have ranged from producing the Butthole Surfers to collaborating with underworld diva Diamanda Galas. Jones’s latest project involves his production work on a new album by all-girl bluegrass troupe Uncle Earl, an outfit he describes as “an old time stringband”.

Writing on his website – www.johnpauljones.com - Jones details the recording process stating “I had the best time ever with this record, the girls are great musicians and brilliant fun to work with.”

The sessions themselves culminated in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at Karian Studios. “It was a few weeks of acoustic heaven before mixing at Sound Emporium in Nashville,” states Jones. “Apart from getting a load of work down I basically spent the whole month laughing, it doesn’t get much better!”

The new JPJ-produced Uncle Earl album Waterloo, Tennessee, is due out on Rounder Records on March 5. In the meantime the ‘g’earls’ (as they’re known) hit the UK this month and play the following dates:

January 20 Glasgow, Celtic Connections/Royal Concert Hall
January 21 Chorley, St. Bedes
January 24 Glasgow, Celtic Connections/Old Fruit Market  (with Bela Fleck)
January 25  Swindon, The Beehive
January 26  Spalding, South Holland Centre
January 27 London, The Spitz

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