Cherry Red's El imprint has recently turned its attention to a trio of disparate composer-conductors. Happy Sounds Forever reissues the 1963 album from James Last, the king of "happy music," and adds selections from the catalogue of Bert Kaempfert ("Strangers in the Night") to round out the disc. On the other end of the spectrum, the label also has The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Herrmann, a collection dedicated to film score maestro and Alfred Hitchcock's most notable musical
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! The Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones in Mono (ABKCO) CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada The Rolling Stones in Mono captures, on 15 CDs or 16 LPs, the original mono albums released on both sides of the Atlantic between 1964 and 1969 including the exceptionally rare mono editions of Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), Beggars Banquet (1968) and Let It Bleed (1969). Exclusive to
There's a new reissue label in town! We're happy to share the news of a brand-new, top-notch label. Based in Australia, Playback Records has recently issued its first three deluxe releases - all of which we know will be of interest to readers of The Second Disc! Longtime fans of The Bee Gees will doubtless recognize the names of Colin Petersen and Geoff Bridgeford. Before Messrs. Petersen and Bridgeford began to make music with Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, however, they were bandmates
Before Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell created The Sound of Philadelphia, Jerry Ross created the sound of Philadelphia. The Philly-born producer-songwriter-entrepreneur penned hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations and produced chart-toppers by Bobby Hebb and Shocking Blue, but only now has his remarkable legacy in pop, rock-and-roll and soul been celebrated on disc. Ace has recently issued Some Kinda Magic: The Songs of Jerry Ross, a 24-track compendium of Ross'
A spate of grunge classics are hitting the quarter-century mark this year, and one of the biggest is coming back in a big way this month. Temple of the Dog only released one self-titled album in the spring of 1991 to relatively little fanfare. But by the end of the year, when critics started to take notice of the tidal wave of rock bands from Seattle and lighting the fuse on an eventual grunge explosion, people began to take notice. And how could you miss them, with the lineup they had?
Forty years ago on Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage at San Francisco's Winterland for their final performance. Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and others joined Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel for the concert event known as The Last Waltz. Director Martin Scorsese's film of the evening was released in April 1978, setting a high bar for concert movies. On November 11, Rhino
Clowns to the left of me...jokers to the right...It must be Stealers Wheel! Earlier this year, Intervention Records released exquisite vinyl reissues of the first two albums from the Scottish folk-rock band. Now, the label has revisited the group's 1972 self-titled debut album (originally released on A&M Records) in the hybrid SACD format, playable on all CD players. Stealers Wheel - featuring lead guitarist Paul Pilnick, bassist Tony Williams and drummer Rod Coombes - boasts some
On the heels of last year's groundbreaking 18-CD box set The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12, Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records are returning to that golden period of Bob Dylan's storied discography with an even more massive set. Due on November 11, Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings is a staggering 36-CD box featuring every known recording from the troubadour's 1966 concert tours of the U.S., U.K., Europe and Australia. This follows the digital-only release last year
"The feeling's right, and the music's tight, on the disco nights..." With the irresistible rhythms of 1979's "Disco Nights (Rock Freak)," the members of GQ established themselves as premier artists at Arista Records and indeed of the disco generation. Between 1979 and 1981, the band notched seven successes on the U.S. R&B chart, with three crossing over to the Pop survey. All of those hits, and more, are collected on Big Break Records' definitive new anthology Standing Ovation: The Story
We're continuing our Movie Monday with a look at the most recent soundtrack releases from Varese Sarabande's CD Club! It's all "B"s in Varese Sarabande's newest CD Club batch, but these are all A-list scores! The label is expanding two great sci-fi/action scores--Basil Poledouris' RoboCop 3 (1993) and Marco Beltrami's Hellboy (2004)--and releasing a special reissue of John Barry's Jagged Edge (1985). There's no superhero quite like Hellboy. As depicted in the Dark Horse Comic of the same