ROCKNROLL REBEL: THE EARLY WORK
Little Steven has opened the doors on his personal archive of recordings to present an in-depth look at his solo career with a brand new boxed set. RockNRoll Rebel – The Early Work (Wicked Cool/UMe) collects the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s solo work from 1973-1999 – including Artists United Against Apartheid's landmark 1985 LP, Sun City – together with 51 bonus tracks spanning previously unreleased demos, B-sides, rehearsals, outtakes, classic concert performances, and a number of never-before-heard Steven Van Zandt compositions. Little Steven’s RockNRoll Rebel – The Early Work will be available exclusively via the online store uDiscover Music beginning Friday, December 6; pre–orders are available now.
SUMMER OF SORCERY
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul have announced the release of their eagerly awaited new album SUMMER OF SORCERY, Stevie Van Zandt's first album of new material in 20 years. Out May 3 via Wicked Cool/UMe. SUMMER OF SORCERY is available for pre-order now. The album will be released on CD, digitally, and on vinyl as a double LP on 180-gram black vinyl. A limited edition double LP on 180-gram "Psychedelic Swirl" vinyl is exclusively available via uDiscover.
“With this record I really wanted to travel back to a time when life was exciting, when unlimited possibilities were there every day, says Van Zandt. “That was the feeling in the ‘60s, the thrill of the unexpected coming at you. Our minds were blown every single day, one amazing thing after another, constantly lifting you up. So you kind of walked around six inches off the ground all the time, there was something that kept you buoyant in your spirit. I wanted to try and capture that first and foremost.”
If SOULFIRE stands as the last word at the end of one chapter of Van Zandt’s long career, SUMMER OF SORCERY marks the start of what comes next.
“Making this record was everything I’d hoped for,” Little Steven says. “What I’d hoped would happen was, you put the whole tour, all of those songs, into a funnel and out of that funnel comes a new album. And that’s exactly what happened.”
LILYHAMMER: THE SCORE - VOLUME 1 AND VOLUME 2
“I’m really proud of ‘Lilyhammer’ and the music I created for it. This was especially rewarding because it gave me the chance to finally do a score completely. This was a full commitment, I loved doing it and experimenting with sound and putting it to pictures and seeing what effect it has. It was a lot of fun, I’d love to do more of it.” - Stevie Van Zandt
Volume 1: Jazz collects together 13 of the best jazz compositions from the show and features a mix of jazz standards, instrumental score and original songs. Van Zandt provides vocals and channels the crooners of yore on the jazz classics, “All Of Me,” “Ring-a-Ding Ding!” and the aforementioned “My Kind Of Town.” Typically, the music created for TV is short musical cues but Van Zandt took a different approach. “I figured I’ve got some of the most talented musicians in New York City so why waste them on 15 second cues,” Van Zandt explains. “We decided to have some fun. I’d meet Lee about an hour before the session and give him the top line melodies, basic chord changes and structure and talk about the overall mood of the piece. I wanted to try something different and get the musicians creative input and let these guys who were used to always reading their parts express themselves for a change. We would basically arrange it on the spot. I’d suggest a harmony, Lee would suggest an idea and the musicians would begin to orchestrate themselves. It was wild and extremely fruitful. After the success of the first session I knew we had a legitimate jazz album in addition to an incredible score.”
Volume 2: Folk, Rock, Rio, Bits And Pieces is a wildly eclectic affair that gathers together 36 tracks from the show, ranging from short music cues to full songs spanning across a dizzying array of genres. Opening with the broadcast version of the theme song “Lilyhammer Nocturne,” the song begins as a swinging jazz tune and then deftly segues into Norwegian folk music illustrating the collision of two cultures. Van Zandt fully embraced the Nordic country and integrated traditional Norwegian folk instruments into his musical arsenal to create an authentic sound for the show which was filmed in Lillehammer, Norway and watched by nearly one fifth of its population. Highlights of the folk songs include “Revelation,” “Lillehammer Mourning” and “Baptism.” On “Toboggan Negotiation,” Van Zandt, who played guitar on all but one track on the collection, injects a hard-strummed acoustic guitar into an otherwise traditional sounding folk song, creating a unique hybrid.
The pieces span the globe and musical history, ranging from the Ennio Morricone-esque “African Dawn,” to the Eastern sounds of “Tandoori Epiphany” and “Dance of the Persian Serpent,” to the symphonic rock of “Painted Angels,” to the bluesy “Espresso Martini,” to the surf rock of “Killer Surf” and the Latin jazz and mambo of “Stevie Colada and “Mojito.” On “Out Of The Darkness,” Van Zandt revisits his 1983 song and transforms it from a stadium rock anthem into a bittersweet instrumental with a Norwegian flavor while “Favella” conjures up images of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. Overall it showcases both the breadth of the extraordinary and ambitious music that Van Zandt created for the show and his immense talent as a songwriter, arranger, musician and musical chameleon.
SOULFIRE LIVE! 3 CD BOX SET
3 CDs - 36 Songs - Over 3 hours of Maximum Rock and Soul!
Little Steven and his powerful 14-piece band The Disciples of Soul performing live around the world!Includes guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Richie Sambora, Peter Wolf, and Jerry Miller!
Also comes with an 11" x 17" screen printed poster (signed by Little Steven available too) from the 2017 North American Soulfire Tour where many of the bonus tracks were recorded.
SOULFIRE LIVE! 7 VINYL BOX SET AND 2 DISC BLU-RAY
The limited-edition 7 vinyl box set on 180-gram marbled vinyl includes every song from the 3 CD box set as well as bonus content including Paul McCartney's guest appearance with the band and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul full Beatles inspired Lunchtime Set at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
The Soulfire LIVE! Blu-ray 2 disc video edition will include video performances of every track on the vinyl box set (including the Cavern Club performance) as well as behind-the-scenes footage and documentary featurettes about the Soulfire Tour and the Cavern Club performance.