NRBQ: ‘All Hopped Up’ Reissue + New Single

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Omnivore Recordings will release NRBQ’s new single, “April Showers,” digitally in late September, the company has announced. The song will be featured in the new Dianne Dreyer film Change in the Air, which was scored by NRBQ’s Terry Adams and guitarist Bill Frisell and opens in theaters on October 16. The digital release includes two additional tracks to promote Omnivore’s reissue of All Hopped Up, which is due out October 26. The two bonus songs, live recordings of All Hopped Up’s “It Feels Good” and “Still in School,” date from that album’s original record-release party on April 23, 1977.

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Omnivore will re-issue the 41-year-old All Hopped Up on CD and vinyl, faithful to its first release, with the same front and back artwork and with the original sequence. Both formats will include new liner notes from John DeAngelis and extra images, and the vinyl will be released with a deluxe gatefold jacket.

All Hopped Up, NRBQ’s fifth album, was an album of firsts, according to the press release announcing the reissue. The quartet of Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato, Al Anderson and Tom Ardolino—the line-up that would tour and record for two decades of the band’s 50-plus-year career—made its first recorded appearance here. All Hopped Up was the first on NRBQ’s own independent label, Red Rooster Records (which would go on to release such NRBQ classics as Kick Me Hard and Tiddlywinks, as well as the first-ever vinyl reissue of the Shaggs’ cult favorite Philosophy of the World). It was the first album to feature songs from guitarist Anderson, and the drumming of Ardolino. It was also the first to include extensive contributions from the Whole Wheat Horns—Donn Adams on trombone and Keith Spring on saxophone.

Listen to “Ridin’ in My Car” from All  Hopped Up

The current NRBQ lineup of Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and John Perrin will start their Still Hopped Up tour with West Coast dates, beginning November 1 in California.

Watch the trailer for the All Hopped Up reissue

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