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Like I reported a couple of days ago, Hank III’s new album Rebel Within is going to be released on May 25th, 2010. We now have the track list and cover art (see below), and you can pre-order either the CD, or LP+CD set.
Fans are being asked to pre-order Rebel Within for a number of reasons. First, pre-orders are used by labels and distributors to gauge the strength of an upcoming project. Of course nothing is for certain (esp. with Curb Records), but if an album has really strong pre-orders, they might decide to make more CD’s, give the album better distribution, or promote it better.
Pre-orders also factor in big when it comes to album charts. If you ask me, charts don’t mean very much these days, but when Hank III’s last album Damn Right, Rebel Proud charted #2 on Billboard’s Country Charts, it was like a shot right across Music Row’s bow. That #2 rating was due in large part to the amount of album pre-orders, and being that high in the charts helped get Hank III’s name out to the masses, and other REAL country band’s names out by proxy.
I understand times are tough. I’m sure that there’s some reading this right now that won’t be able to spare the green to buy the album at all. But if you’re going to buy it anyway, you might as well pre-order and help the artist out a little bit. This goes for Hank III, and ANY artist you might support. But if you can’t, you have many other ways you can show your support, and not all of them require you to spend money.
It also happens to help savingcountrymusic.com out if you pre-order either from the links below, or by using the Amazon.com portal to the top right of the page. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but 4 pennies for every dollar go back to the website to help pay for costs. The way to insure that the most money goes to the artist when buying music is to buy it from them DIRECTLY, but unfortunately Hank III and other major label artists aren’t allowed to do that.
And while I’m whoring myself, you can use that Amazon portal any time to buy stuff, not just music, and it helps support the site and it costs you nothing more.
Pre-Order Rebel Within CD
Pre-Order Rebel Within Vinyl LP + CD
And by the way, if you’re wondering why the CD+LP is cheaper than just the CD, trust me, the CD price will go down to $14.99 here shortly, and Amazon will refund the difference back.
- 1. Getting’ Drunk and Fallin’ Down
- 2. Rebel Within’
- 3. Lookin’ For A Mountain
- 4. Gone But Not Forgotten
- 5. Drinkin’ Ain’t Hard To Do
- 6. Moonshiner’s Life
- 7. #5
- 8. Karmageddon
- 9. Lost In Oklahoma
- 10. Tore Up and Loud
- 11. Drinkin’ Over Mama
PS: No, that is not a Keith Neltner cover.
Tis the season of ringing cash register bells and getting snowed. What is a would-be responsible consumer to do when it seems like everything you want to purchase is going to fund terrorists, polluters, or corporations that screw artists and homogenize the music? It all makes you want to get as shitfaced as a shopping mall Santa six hours after being shitcanned for diddling an elf.
Well my friends, I say give the gift of vinyl. The LP is back in a big way baby, and it only seems fitting. Modern music has de-evolved so, it makes sense that we have to go back to move forward. Domesdayers who warned about a nuclear Winter from World War III liked to say that World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones. So why not get our music from scratching a needle across a piece of wax?
Vinyl is a win win for the consumer AND the industry. It cannot easily be copied like digital downloads, and it gives the consumer a physical item to purchase and have. Album art again can be realized, and hypothetically, the artist can be compensated by additional sales. The win for the consumer is vinyl is free of things like digital rights encryption to make sure you don’t duplicate it too many times and wind up on Santa’s naughty list.
In lieu of vinyl, you should always make sure if you buy music digitally that it is in the MP3 format, not M4A, MP4, or others that can be carrying encryption software. That is why I always buy my digital music from Amazon who gives you clean MP3′s, though admittedly I turn right around and dump it into iTunes, which I’ve discovered sometimes goes back and re-formats the music to their MP4 format. What do your really think iTunes is doing when they are “updating you to the latest version”? If you want to read more about some of the nasty things digital music makers have done with digital downloads, click here (Sony), and here (iTunes). That’s right, each download comes with a little present to make sure you don’t re-gift the music like Aunt Frannie’s high fructose fruitcake.
And with vinyl, there’s no record (no pun intended) of how many times you’ve listened to the songs to be accumulated in some Big Brother database. It can’t be traced. Vinyl is yours, and you can do whatever the hell you want with it. And while the music being churned out by Nashville and the rest of the music industry is not worth the plastic it is printed on because it is void of creativity and then digitally compressed as all get out, vinyl has an amazing clarity and a connection with the original performance that outsurpasses any worries of convenience, even with the snap crackle pop.
Oh the satisfaction of finding a cool record at a thrift store for a buck, or hearing the needle finding the groove to lead it to the first song of a spanking new album. It’s like, well, opening a new present on Christmas day. What a buzkill it is when you open a CD for the first time, and it snaps in half as you try to remove it from the death grip of the center flanges. Bah Humbug.
What, too many Xmas references? Eh, kiss my mistletoe.
Apparently I’m not alone in my love for vinyl. According to the LA Times:
“. . . vinyl sales will reach 2.8 million units in 2009, up from 1.9 million in 2008, a record since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. Rock albums account for 70% of all vinyl sold, but country vinyl is enjoying a growth spurt. Year-to-date country vinyl sales are already at 15,000 copies, compared with 5,000 for the comparable period in 2008.”
So in closing, if you’re looking for that something for that cowboy that has everything, buy them a vinyl record. Or a Snuggie. Here’s some suggestions:
- Townes van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
- Hank III: Lovesick, Broke and Driftin [Vinyl LP with Bonus CD]
- Hank III: Straight to Hell [2 LP Vinyl]
- Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings (Vinyl LP)
- Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
- Those Poor Bastards: Satan is Watching (vinyl lp)
According to Curb Record’s New Releases page, all three of Hank III’s albums prior to Damn Right, Rebel Proud are going to be released on vinyl on April 18! There are also a couple of Hank Jr. albums to be released on vinyl. We first heard about this on an interview Hank III did with Big G.
Yes vinyl albums are cool to display, but us lovers of vinyl music will swear that the music sounds better without all the digital compressing, regardless of the occasional spit and crackle. What albums I’ve been able to find on vinyl, I record them digitally and then dump them on my music player with as little compression as possible, so you have the great sound of vinyl with the convenience of digital.
I think that in the coming months and years you are going to be seeing more and more vinyl records. People appreciate their sound, and it is a creative way for record labels to continue to sell music that is not just a digital download.
I’ll be keeping my eye on when these releases become available for pre-order and let you know! I’ll be picking up all three.
There’s a TON (100+) great pictures of the Hank III show in Lubbock, TX on Spotted Lubbock for you to oogle at.
There are also some pictures, videos, and commentary about Hank III’s show in Lubbock, TX on Christophe’s blog. Lots of YouTube videos from the country, Hellbilly, and Assjack sets. Good stuff!
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