08.14.2007 - KOCH Records to Release First Ever 'Best of' Collection From Stewart Copeland...
KOCH Records is pleased to announce the release of 'The Stewart Copeland Anthology', a collection of musical works by legendary drummer for The Police, Stewart Copeland. This album will be released on August 14th, 2007.
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Stewart Copeland rose to international stardom as drummer and co-founder of the Police, with whom he earned critical acclaim for his intricate, textured drum work. Beginning with their first hit, 1979's 'Roxanne', the trio emerged as one of the most popular and innovative bands of the post-punk era, drawing upon reggae, funk, and world music to create a uniquely infectious yet cerebral brand of music which generated a series of smash singles including 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic', 'Every Breath You Take', and 'King of Pain'.
At the peak of The Police's success in 1983, Francis Ford Coppola called Stewart to ask him to compose the score for his "art movie for kids" 'Rumble Fish', which began Copeland's career as a film composer. Notable for its unique blend of sampled sounds including clocks and car horns and with an end title song, 'Don't Box Me In', performed by Wall of Voodoo alumnus Stan Ridgeway and Copeland, 'Rumble Fish' earned Copeland a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Score. In 1985 he released 'The Rhythmatist', the product of his musical pilgrimage to Africa, followed by an ever-increasing number of film scores including a pair of Oliver Stone features, 'Wall Street' and 'Talk Radio', in addition to acclaimed projects like the Emmy-nominated 'Dead Like Me' and 'West Beirut' as well as many more mainstream Hollywood productions.
'The Stewart Copeland Anthology' is a fascinating overview of his solo career including his Trey Anastasio/Les Claypool collaboration: Oysterhead, as well as key tracks from the Notte Della Taranta and GIZMO ensembles. 'The Anthology' features music from many of his memorable film scores, along with key tracks from other projects (including a seminal track credited to the multi-instrumentalist Klark Kent).
Copeland says, "Contained on this album are some of the many musical adventures that I have had. Roughly chronological, 'The Anthology' starts with the callow charm of Klark Kent, and ends up with some of the slicker things that I have figured out after four decades of my obsession with music."
Returning to play together on a concert stage for the first time since 1984, The Police, 2003's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, embarked on an international tour on May 28th that instantly became the top grossing tour of 2007. Among the upcoming dates two performances at New York's Madison Square Garden followed by one at Giants Stadium are set for the 1st, 3rd and 5th of August 2007 together with ten additional US dates expected in October and November. Further they are set for blocks of European, Latin American, Japan and Australia/ NZ appearances through next spring.
1. Too Kool to Kalypso - Klark Kent
2. Don't Box Me In - Rumble Fish
3. Tulsa Tango - Rumble Fish
4. Koteja (O Bolilla) - The Rhythmatist
5. Serengeti Long Walk - The Rhythmatist
6. Theme from The Equalizer - Orchestralli
7. Anacott Steel - Wall Street
8. Slither (demo) **
9. Night Drive Home - Very Bad Things **
10. Taxi Ride - West Beirut **
11. Bill is Dead - The Pallbearer **
12. Wield The Spade - Oysterhead (Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland)
13. Look Up - vocals by Martina Topley-Bird **
14. Rain - Spyro the Dragon **
15. Childhood Friends - The Leopard Son
16. Mud Lions - The Leopard Son
17. Pizzica Degli Ucci - La Notte Della Taranta Ensemble w/Stewart Copeland **
18. Chrystal/Drive Daisy - Dead Like Me **
19. George Trip/ End - Dead Like Me **
20. Big Drum Tribe - Gizmo (Vittorio Cosma, Stewart Copeland, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Phil X, Mauro Refosco, Dodo Nkishi) **
21. Regret - Metropolis **
**Indicates never before commercially released in the US and Canada
To celebrate the issue of 'The Stewart Copeland Anthology' on August 14 it's time for a new contest.
Two lucky winners will each receive a pair of signed drumsticks and a copy of the 'The Stewart Copeland Anthology' CD, and three runners up will each receive a copy of the CD!
For details of how to enter the contest, members should log into the community area of the website, and visit the Contests message board and check out the thread entitled "Stewart Contest!"
Closing date for entries is midnight PST on August 31.