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Audio Fidelity Sets Two 24 Karat Gold CD Releases for June 21

In its ongoing program of reissuing classic rock and pop albums, Audio Fidelity will release 24 Karat Gold CD versions of Carly Simon's 1972 NO SECRETS and Bad Company's 1975 STRAIGHT SHOOTER on June 21.  The discs will be issued as numbered, limited editions that will be retired after their initial runs have sold out, and will be available from both online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

First issued in November of 1972, NO SECRETS was Simon's breakthrough LP and remains her best-selling recording to date, having held the No. 1 position on Billboard's album chart for five weeks and ultimately gone Platinum five times over.  Her third long-player, NO SECRETS contains Simon's signature single, the chart-topping "You're So Vain," which features Mick Jagger on backing vocals, as well as its follow-up, "The Right Thing to Do."  The album introduced eight new Simon originals, as well as a cover of James Taylor's "Night Owl," and enlisted an all-star cast of support players.  Taylor joins Simon on vocals for "Waited So Long," which also boasts contributions from Little Feat's Lowell George (slide guitar) and Bill Payne (organ), while Paul McCartney, Bonnie Bramlett and Doris Troy (of "Just One Look" fame) lend vocal assists on "Night Owl."  Richard Perry (Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Ringo, Tiny Tim) produced NO SECRETS, and Paul Buckmaster, best known for his work with Elton John, provided string and woodwind arrangements on "When You Close Your Eyes" and the choral arrangement on "Embrace Me, You Child."

STRAIGHT SHOOTER was the sophomore album by British hard-rockers Bad Company.  Released in April of 1975, it earned the quartet of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell its third and fourth hit singles:  "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" (penned by guitarist Ralphs) and "Feel Like Makin' Love" (a Ralphs co-write with vocalist/guitarist Rodgers).  The latter track was a Top 10 hit and has enjoyed a storied pop-culture legacy, having been covered by, among others, Kid Rock, ska-punkers Goldfinger and country singer Philip Claypool, and used on episodes of The Simpsons and South Park.  In addition to the singles, the album contained the FM-rock-radio staples "Deal with the Preacher" and "Shooting Star" (which Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs have explained was inspired by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison).  STRAIGHT SHOOTER climbed to No. 3 on both the U.S. and U.K. charts and was subsequently certified for triple-Platinum status.  Bad Company produced the album, which was engineered and mixed by Ron Nevison, whose credits include The Who's Quadrophenia and the Rolling Stones' It's Only Rock 'N Roll.

Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata Resurrects Lost "Sound of Music"

Fans of the Broadway version of "The Sound of Music" will notice an old favorite on Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata's (BRO) 'The Hills Are Alive' (Canal Records, 3/8). That's because BRO has included "No Way To Stop It," a song that was previously only used in the musical's Broadway production, on the Brooklyn collaborative's bold re-imagining of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein's score.  Soulful, pointed and tightly orchestrated, "No Way To Stop It" begins slowly and softly before building to an inspirational ballad, giving Carolyn Leonhart room to stretch her crystalline vocals across founder Peter Kiesewalter’s warmly-arranged musical canvas.

One listen to the alternative take explains why the team at the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has granted BRO unprecedented artistic license, citing their "affection, skill and superb musicianship."

Hear BRO's version of "No Way To Stop It" here.

BOBBY LEE RODGERS & THE CODETALKERS

Bobby Lee- for the Grateful Web

Rock & roll needs fresh blood to thrive, and it's rarely had a more exuberant, beautifully crafted infusion than Bobby Lee Rodgers & The CodeTalkers, a fiery trio that taps into the primal mojo of '50s pioneers embellished with the captivating twists & turns of hard electric blues, Muscle Shoals soul, fleet fingered acoustic picking, and huge scale epic rock. Founded in 1999, they make a joyous, dizzyingly engaged roar anchored to truly lethal musicianship.

Bobby Lee Rodgers & The CodeTalkers hit the road this spring on a run of shows dubbed the "Galaxy Girl Tour." The band's recently recorded new single, "Galaxy Girl," will be included in the band's next studio release, slated to hit streets in Fall 2007.  In the meantime, look for the song to be available on iTunes, and the video to be on www.grouper.com, www.bliptv.com  and www.youtube.com this spring.

The current list of Bobby Lee Rodgers & The CodeTalkers tour dates is as follows:

April 6 Crossroads Huntsville AL
April 7 Locos Savannah GA
April 11 The Nick Birmingham AL
April 12 Martin's Jackson MS
April 13 Rockyard Ft. Worth TX
April 14 Stubbs Indoors Austin TX STS9 after party
April 18 Fox Theater Boulder CO
April 19 Bluebird Denver CO
April 20 Black Sheep Colorado Springs CO
April 26 Winston Beach Club San Diego CA
April 27 Fais Do Do Los Angeles CA
April 28 Galaxies San Francisco CA
April 30 Humbrews Arcata CA
May 1 WOW Hall Eugene OR
May 2 Goodfoot Lounge Portland OR
May 4 Flanagan's Whitefish MT
May 5 The Loft Missoula MT
June 10 Indiefest Pagosa Springs CO
July 28 Dogstock Music Festival Melvem KS
August 4 Jerry Bash Terra Alta WV
August 26 Ashefest Asheville NC
September 21 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AK

Bobby Lee Rodgers & The CodeTalkers' muscular, engaging sound is in full bloom on their latest album, Now , released in summer 2006. Now's  12 tracks, all original songs written by frontman Bobby Lee Rodgers, run a wild gamut, from the chugging blues of "Saved By The Same Thing" to the Zappa-like "Victor The Snakeman." There is incredible balance and nuance to Now that draws deeply from the past but also speaks to a bright future. Loud & soft, direct & elusive, the record flows in an organic, unforced manner that's positively engaging.  It's no longer a secret – the music of Bobby Lee will be heard.

Rodgers is aided & abetted by bassist Ted Pecchio and drummer Tyler Greenwell. The trio has recently been hunkering down in the studio, working on their follow-up to Now . But they've also found the time to headline gigs from coast to coast. Their mountain of positive press includes a recent interview with Rodgers on NPR's "Morning Edition."

The band was recently signed to Japanese record label Grey Dog Records.  Now will be released in Japan on April 25, and will feature three new tracks and new artwork.