Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #150


Free Appreciation Society
Magazine Issue #150
February 2020 


Bad Company - 'Desolation Reinvigoration'
'Desolation Angels'

Posted out to all subscribers this evening.

Large 56 page full colour issue covering the complete history of Bad Company album by album, with a special look at 'Desolation Angels' and the new 'Deluxe Edition' that was released in January 2020.

This magazine includes information on the research for the new set and the tapes that were used in its compilation, along with plenty of photographs, memorabilia and press cuttings.

Also included for the first time anywhere is an exclusive and complete Bad Company gig history from 1974 - 1979 including posters, ads, tickets and more. Pretty impressive!!

56 packed colour pages. 

Want a copy?? 

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Saturday, 21 December 2019

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #149


Free Appreciation Society
Magazine Issue #149
December 2019 


Free - 'Songs From Yesterday Pt. 2'
From April 1969 to the release of 'Free' in October and up to Christmas 1969

The final Extra Large 56 Page full colour issue covering the complete history of the band from April 1969 to the end of December 1969.

This edition includes all the release information for the second album. UK, USA, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Japan and others. Details on first issues, first pressings, matrix numbers and more. LPs, singles, CDs, cassette and 8-track. All fully illustrated. Also the day to day diary.  Where they were and what they were doing April 1969 - December 1969. Gig ads, gig posters, contracts, set lists and more.

This is the Final part of our 'Free (No. 2)' trilogy and covers the band from the release of 'Tons Of Sobs', through the release of 'Free', and on to the end of 1969.

The most in depth look at this period of the FREE history EVER. This ends a trio of issues that look at this specific phase of the band evolution over #147, #148 and #149.

56 packed colour pages. Get it now!!

Posted out to subscribers yesterday. Happy Christmas!!




  

Monday, 16 December 2019

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #148

Free Appreciation Society
Magazine Issue #148
December 2019 


Free - 'The Pictorial Scrapbook - 1969'

I have literally just taken these to the post office, so subscription issues are on their way.

Extra Large 56 Page full issue featuring photographs and press / gig ads for the April 1969 - December 1969 period. Over 70 photographs of FREE, 19 full page, covering the band in the studio, on stage and off. Scores of these photographs and adverts are unseen for decades, many are also previously unpublished.

The most in depth look at this period of the FREE history EVER. This is the second in a trio of issues that look at this specific phase of the band evolution over #147, #148 and #149.

56 packed pages. Available now!!




 

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #147


Free Appreciation Society
Magazine Issue #147
November/December 2019 


Free - 'Songs From Yesterday Pt. 1'
From April 1969 to the release of 'Free' in October and up to Christmas 1969'

Extra Large 56 Page full colour issue covering the complete history of the band from April 1969 to the end of December 1969. This edition is the first part of our 'Free (No. 2)' trilogy and covers the band from the release of 'Tons Of Sobs', through the release of 'Free', and on to the end of 1969.

Exclusive 4 page introduction to this issue by our own Simon Kirke.

So, this magazine covers April 1969 - December 1969.

This includes the recording of the 'I'll Be Creeping' single (with the 'g'), the sessions for the second album tape by tape, the first trip abroad (to Paris), the Blind Faith American Tour, the Isle Of Wight Festival 1969, radio sessions, live recordings and more. All enhanced with lots of media and photographs from the period including press releases, reviews, tour ads, and gig posters, many never seen before.

The most in depth look at this period of the FREE history EVER. This begins a trio of issues that look at this specific phase of the band evolution over #147, #148 and #149.
  

 56 packed colour pages. Get it now!!

Monday, 9 December 2019

Bad Company 2020 Desolation Angels Expanded.

Seems Rhino have finally announced this. It was actually pretty much ready to go in May/June (2019) but it was held back for some reason. Quite funny really as it now gets a 41st anniversary re-issue, not 40th. But at least it is coming out. Available in January it is released as a 2CD, 2LP and digital download. The vinyl is 180g and all the others have been great quality, so this will be no exception. Compiled by Hugh Gilmour and myself, I also did the sleeve notes. Never my favourite Bad Company album, but it has expanded very well and there is some nice 'bonus' material on this new set.

The press release is below with the CD track listing. Interestingly it notes  "Desolation Angels was recently remastered from the original multi-track tapes" when it fact no multi-tracks were used at all. This actually all comes from the original quarter inch mix tapes. All sounding very good indeed. They'll be an FAS issue next year to go along with it.

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Bad Company Expands ‘Desolation Angels’ For 40th Anniversary

Bad Company will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1979 album, Desolation Angels, with a newly expanded edition. The Dec. 6 announcement notes the release will include many previously unreleased recordings from the original studio sessions. The new edition, available on 2-CDs or 2-LPs, arrives Jan. 10 via Rhino.

Desolation Angels continued the classic rock band’s significant commercial success. The LP was the British supergroup’s fifth studio album and became a double-platinum hit, peaking at #3 on the U.S. album charts, thanks to the success of “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy,” the best-selling single of the band’s career.

Desolation Angels was recently remastered from the original multi-track tapes for Bad Company‘s The Swan Song Years 1974-1982, a boxed set that was released in 2019. That remastered version of the album is also used in this new anniversary collection.

In the late summer of 1978, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell spent several weeks recording songs for Desolation Angels at Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey, England. The album – named after Jack Kerouac’s 1965 novel – was released in March 1979, and spawned two singles, “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” The album also introduced fan favorites like “Evil Wind” and “Rhythm Machine.”

The second disc that accompanies the 40th anniversary edition presents unreleased versions of seven album tracks. Highlights include alternate takes for “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy,” “Early In The Morning” and “She Brings Me Love.” Also, the version “Oh, Atlanta” included here is played at slower tempo and adds a Fender Rhodes keyboard into the mix.

In addition to alternate versions of album tracks, the new collection also features two unreleased outtakes from the sessions. The first is “Smokin’ 45.” (This version is different from the one that appeared on the 1999 compilation The Original Bad Co. Anthology.) The second outtake, “Rock Fever,” has never surfaced on any Bad Company release until now.

Desolation Angels 40th Anniversary Edition CD Track Listing

Disc One
01. Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy
02. Crazy Circles
03. Gone, Gone, Gone
04. Evil Wind
05. Early In The Morning
06. Lonely For Your Love
07. Oh, Atlanta
08. Take The Time
09. Rhythm Machine
10. She Brings Me Love
11. Smokin' 45 (Alternative Version 1)
12. Smokin' 45 (Alternative Version 2)
13. Rock Fever (Unreleased)
14. Oh, Atlanta (Slow Version with Rhodes)
15. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 1)
16. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 2)
17. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 3)
18. Crazy Circles (Alternative Version)

Disc Two
01. Gone, Gone, Gone (Alternative Take)
02. Early in the Morning (Alternative Version 1)
03. Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 1)
04. Take the Time (Alternative Version 1)
05. Evil Wind (Alternative Version)
06. Take the Time (Alternative Version 2)
07. Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 2)
08. She Brings Me Love (Alternative Version)
09. What Does It Matter (Blues Jam)
10. Rhythm Machine (Alternative Version)
11. Amen (A cappella)



Sunday, 8 December 2019

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #147.... FINALLY

FAS #147
 
Well, the new issue is finally ready to go. Overseas copies went into the mail on Saturday and all the UK copies will go into the post tomorrow. Sorry for the delay but we wanted to make sure it was right. 

Issue #148 will be out very soon with #149 to follow quickly afterwards making up our three issue 50th Anniversary overview of the 2nd album.

PHEW!!

Sunday, 1 December 2019

FAS #147 Delay.

Yes, we know its a bit late but don't worry it is getting there. The magazine was in fact printed a couple of weeks ago but there were some problems with the photographs -  or rather, there were some photographs that came out as blank spaces in a black frame!! No good. So we are printing it all over again this week. Hang in there, it's coming. When they go into the mail I'll post the magazine info and the cover up here, so you'll know it's on the way.