Billboard Bits: Pink Floyd, Ottmar Liebert, Velocette, Beulah, Honeyrods
News on Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra, Velocette, Capricorn, Glands, Jucifer, HoneLHot on the heels of the Beatles' "1" compilation, EMI will release a best-of set from Pink Floyd, Billboard Bulletin reports. The album, which will be assembled with help from the band, is due the first week in November.
The announcement came yesterday (April 11) in London during a presentation to retailers by Chrysalis U.K. managing director Mark Collen. "The record will be aimed at a mainstream audience," he said. The track listing is still being finalized, but Collen said it will be "a selection of hits, not B-sides."
Pink Floyd's only previous "hits" package, 1981's "A Collection Of Great Dance Songs," peaked at No. 31 on The Billboard 200. The album featured only six tracks, among them a re-recorded version of the "Dark Side of the Moon" favorite "Money," and an edited version of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond."
-- Emmanuel Legrand, Music & Media
New age flamenco artist Ottmar Liebert examines his roots and influences on his next album, "Little Wing," due May 15 on Epic. Along with new original songs, the guitarist covers such classic rock staples as Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black," and the album's title track, Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing."
"This album is a stopping point to look back before I move on," the artist says. "It really feels like a last album for me."
"Little Wing" follows Liebert's holiday album, "Christmas + Santa Fe," released last year. The set peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart. This month he plans to begin his next project, a lullaby album, according to a post on his official Web site.
Liebert his band Luna Negra have a handful of tour dates scheduled in support of "Little Wing," kicking off June 17 in Sacramento, Calif., with more dates expected in the near future.
Here are Liebert's confirmed tour dates:
June 17: Sacramento, Calif. (Radisson Hotel)
June 20: Santa Rosa, Calif. (Luther Burbank)
June 21: Saratoga, Calif. (Mountain Winery)
June 22: Anaheim, Calif. (Sun Theater)
June 23: Agoura Hills, Calif. (Canyon Theater)
June 24: San Diego, Calif. (Humphrey's)
July 1: Seattle (Summer Nights at the Pier)
July 3: Las Vegas (the Joint)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
The Atlanta-based label formerly known as Capricorn has been rechristened Velocette Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Most of Capricorn's roster and catalog were acquired last year from founder Phil Walden by Volcano Records, which is owned by Zomba Music Group and Q Prime Management heads Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch. Under the terms of the deal, the remnant company could not operate under the name Capricorn.
Velocette -- which expects to announce a distribution deal soon -- retains four acts from the Capricorn roster: Beulah, the Honeyrods, the Glands, and Jucifer. In its heyday, Capricorn was home to the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, and other southern rockers.
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.o