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A GUIDE TO THE RECORDINGS OF MELANIE SAFKA

 

 

 

JUNE 2017

 

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UK releases from Talking Elephant

 

 The Good Book – TECD322

 

MARCH 2017

 

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UK releases from Talking Elephant

 

Garden In The City - TECD362

 The Best of Melanie – TECD373

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 

FORTHCOMING UK CD RELEASES

 

  

 

Talking Elephant continue with their release of Melanie’s Buddah recordings with Garden In The City and The Best of Melanie, a 20 track compilation. Both CDs are scheduled for release on February 24, 2017.

 

JANUARY 2017

 

 

NEW BEST OF

Released January 2017, a best of compilation from Delta Music & Entertainment GmbH & Co. Catalogue No: N 16 318, EAN: 5 055551 163181

Tracks:   Nickel Song, Lay Down, Beautiful People, Mr Tambourine Man, Ruby Tuesday, Stop! I Don’t Wanna Hear It, Brand New Key, Please Love Me, What Have They Done To My Song Ma, Ring The Living Bell, Garden In The City, I’m Back In Town, Carolina On My Mind, Soul Sister Annie, Deep Down Low, Peace Will Come.

 

All original Buddah recordings

 

NOVEMBER 2016

 

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UK release from Talking Elephant

Gather Me – TECD324

 

OCTOBER 2016

 

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UK releases from Talking Elephant

Born To Be – TECD344

Leftover Wine – TECD323

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

 

FORTHCOMING UK CD RELEASES

 

       

 

UK record company, Talking Elephant, are scheduled to re-issue three more Melanie albums. They previously re-issued Candles In The Rain. The forthcoming releases are Born To Be, due 30rd September, Leftover Wine, due 23rd September and Gather Me, due 28th October. A re-issue of Please Love Me on CD has had to be postponed due to problems with the master tapes, but hopefully will be released early in 2017.

 

AUGUST 2016

 

 

NEW DIGITAL RELEASED - RAGAMUFFIN

 

Melanie has released a new six track digital EP (CDs currently only available at concerts). Tracks include: White Man Sings The Blues, Goodnighty, Golden Chains, The First Thing I See, Duck Bottom Boat and A Little After Soon (Bodhe’s Song).

 

The download can be purchased via Melanie’s BANDCAMP Page and other digital download services.

 

 

JULY 2016

 

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US releases from Wounded Bird Records

Born To Be – WOU 5024

Melanie (2nd Album) – WOU 541

 

APRIL 2016

 

FORTHCOMING US CD RELEASES

 

  

 

BORN TO BE & MELANIE

 

Melanie’s first two albums are scheduled for re-issue on CD by Wounded Bird Records this coming June

Born To Be (WOU 5024) and Melanie (WOU 541) can be pre-ordered now through some on-line sites and will be released on June 7, 2016

 

MARCH 2016

 

 

AM I REAL OR WHAT – NEW DIGITAL RELEASED

 

Amhurst Records have released Melanie’s 1985 album, Am I Real Or What, as a digital download. The download is currently only available in the US. A version from Two Story Records has been more widely available since 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016

 

 

THREE TRACK DIGITAL EP RELEASED

 

Disky Communications have released a three track digital EP on their Disky Vintage label. It features Time After Time, Dust In The Wind and As Tears Go By. All tracks have been previously released on CD by Disky.

 

The download is available from the usual download sites.

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2015

 

 

 

NEW CHRISTMAS SINGLE

 

Melanie releseses a new digital single for the Christmas season. Titled Will Peace Come In Time For Christmas on Arpeggio Records, it is available from Melanie’s official website and the usual download sites.  The song was co-written with Jess Leary and accordion player Kristian Rusbjerg, who also includes the track on his CD, Accordion Christmas (Olufsen Records DOCD 5960).

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2015

 

 

OUT NOW

 

Candles In The Rain / Leftover Wine /Gather Me (RVCD 393)

 

Three complete albums on 2CDs.from Australian company Raven The CD comes with a 10 page colour booklet with photographs and newly written sleeve notes. A bonus track of the full recording of  “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)” is included.

 

Foe more details see Discography Compilations.

 

  

SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

Stoneground Words (MRLL 45)

Madrugada (MRLL 46)

As I See It Now (MRLL 47)

Sunset and Other Beginnings (MRLL 48)

 

Available now on CD and download from Morello Records. a division of Cherry Red Records Ltd.

 

Bonus tracks and detailed sleeve notes, which include comments and insights from Melanie on each album  - see below and the Albums section for more details.

 

 

THE ALBUM - Released August 28. 2015

 

A 2CD, 40 track, budget compilation from label Black Line Collection (Catalogue No. 2294)

 

The CD includes recordings from the 60s through to the 90s, but without any thought to programming.  Also the sound quality varies throughout. Some of the early Buddah tracks have been remixed and extended with new instrumentation added. While some of the others suffer badly from tape hiss. More details in the Compilations section.

 

 

 

FORTHCOMING RELEASE  due November 27, 2015

 

Candles In The Rain / Leftover Wine /Gather Me (RVCD 393)

 

Three albums on 2CDs.from Australian company Raven, who say the following:

"This collection features superb audio, colour booklet, detailed liner notes and rare bonus track - the original extended 7 and 1/2 minute version of the gospel styled 'Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)' (featuring the Edwin Hawkins Singers), which had been inspired by the singer's appearance at the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969"

 

JULY 2015

 

NEIGHBORHOOD RECORDINGS GO CHERRY RED THIS SEPTEMBER

 

UK Company, Cherry Red Records, are set to release four of Melanie's Neighborhood albums this September. Stoneground Words, Madrugada, As I See It Now and Sunset and Other Beginnings are scheduled for CD release on September 21st  on Cherry Red's Morello label.

 

The CD's will be pressed from the master tapes used for the original UK album releases and each include bonus tracks.

Stoneground Words will add Bitter Bad and Seeds (full version, including the Gather Me poem)

Madrugada will included I Am Being Guided, which was dropped from the UK release to incorporate Will You Love Me Tomorrow.

As I See It Now will add La Bamba, which was only released as a single in Italy.

Sunset and Other Beginnings will add Beautiful People, recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall in 1975 and will include Melanie's recording of Ol' Man River, which was not on the US release.

 

Each CD will also include newly written sleeve notes by journalist and author Mark Paytress.

   

MAY 2015

 

Three recent digital releases from Swiss based Autarc Media. "Sing With Melanie" is actually "Sunset & Other Beginnings", while the other two compile early Buddah recordings (some remixed) with more recent ones. The releases are available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other providers of digital music, as well as audio only videos on YouTube, but may not be available in some countries.

 

 

LET IT BE ME

Released: 06 April 2015

Tracks:

Let It Be Me/Unchained Melody/Lay Lady Lay/Pebbles in the Sand/Carolina on My Mind/Leftover Wine/Long Train Running/I'm Back in Town/True Believers/Ring the Living Bell/Please Love Me/Garden in the City/Momma, Momma/Love in My Mind/God's Only Daughter/Baby Guitar/Silence Is King/Rock 'N' Roll Heart/What Have They Done to My Song, Ma? (feat. The New Seekers) [Remix Version]/Mr. Tambourine Man (feat. Julie Felix & The Byrds) [Remix Version]

 

 

PEACE WILL COME ACCORDING TO MELANIE

Released in March 2015

Tracks:
Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)/Good Book/Beautiful People/What Have They Done to My Song , Ma?/Nickel Song/Peace Will Come (According to Plan)/Mr. Tambourine Man/Ruby Tuesday/Brand New Key/Will You Love Me Tomorrow?/Every Breath You Take/Together Alone/I Don't Eat Animals/Shine On/Purple Haze (Live)/A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall/California Dreaming/Any Guy/Close to It All/Baby Day

 

 

SING WITH MELANIE

Released in February 2015

Tracks:
Perceive It/Mojo (I've Got My Mojo Working)/Loving My Children/Almost Like Being in Love/What Do I Keep/Afraid of the Dark/Where's the Band/Medley:You Can't Hurry Love / Mama Said/Sandman/People Are Just Getting Ready/Meet Me on the Corner (Hey Mister Dream Seller)/The Sun and the Moon

 

 

 

MARCH 2015

 

 

1984 - Melanie and The Bruizers is now available as a 2CD set. Recorded live at The Eagle Mountain House. Jackson, October 22, 1984 the CD has been remixed and mastered by Beau Jarred from the original board mix tape. It features Stanley Sheldon on Bass (Frampton), Ernest "Boom" Carter on drums (E Street Band) and George Meyer (Meatloaf) on Keyboards. The CD is only available from Melanie's website.

 

Melanie 1984

 

FEBRUARY 2015

 

 

New CD release of Candles In The Rain from Talking Elephant Records. Released 16th February, the CD follows the format of the original US release, so includes Alexander Beetle and the shorter version of Lay Down (Candles In The Rain).  Two bonus cuts are added, Almost Like Being In Love and Dream Seller, both originally released on Sunset In Other Beginnings. The catalogue number is TECD277 and it is available via on-line retailers and the Talking Elephant website.

 

  

 

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