End of the Long, Strange Trip? Final Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Arrive From Rhino in November

Over the weekend, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead kicked off their reunion "Fare Thee Well" concerts in Santa Clara, California.  These concerts are billed as the last time that Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Bob Weir will perform under the name of the Grateful Dead.  The final three highly-anticipated shows begin on July 3 at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Rhino Records has just announced that these final shows will all be recorded and available in a variety of formats on

They’ve Got the Music in Them: Edsel Expands Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri’s “A Place” With Unreleased Songs

If you're a fan of Kiki Dee, rest assured that Edsel won't be breaking your heart any time soon.  The Demon Music Group label has recently followed its series of Kiki's Rocket albums with a deluxe, expanded edition of her most recent release: 2013's collaboration with singer/songwriter/guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, A Place Where I Can Go.  The original 11-track album has been expanded with an entire second disc of previously unreleased bonus material. Kiki Dee first joined in performance with

Release Round-Up: Week of June 30

Welcome to our final Tuesday Release Round-Up - and it's a doozy!  As many of you know, the record industry will next week adopt a universal Friday release day.  No releases are scheduled for Tuesday, July 7; instead, Friday, July 10 is the date!  DVDs and Blu-rays will, for the foreseeable future, remain released on Tuesdays.  We'll resume with a new Release Round-Up on Friday, July 10! Ronny and the Daytonas, The Complete Recordings (2-CD Set) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) / The

The Pieces Fit: Omnivore Reissues Three From Peter Frampton

Following the label's deluxe, expanded box set edition of Humble Pie's legendary Rockin' the Fillmore, Peter Frampton is returning to Omnivore Recordings - this time as a solo artist.  Frampton is coming alive once again via remastered reissues of 1986's Premonition, 1989's When All the Pieces Fit, and 2003's Now.  All three titles are due from Omnivore between August 28 and September 11. Premonition returned Frampton to the Billboard charts and the airwaves after the disappointment of his

Cry Baby: Ace Collects Complete UA, Veep Singles for Soul Man Garnet Mimms

We've already filled you in on Ace's recent collection from the great Jackie Wilson; today, we turn the spotlight to another classic R&B vocalist, Garnet Mimms! West Virginia-born, Philadelphia-raised Garnet Mimms is best remembered today for his 1963 hit "Cry Baby," which reached No. 1 R&B/No. 4 Pop and inspired Janis Joplin's scorching revival years later.  "Cry Baby" was the work of songwriters Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns, both of whom played key roles in the vocalist's career. 

A Friend In Me: Randy Newman’s “Toy Story” Up Next in Disney’s Legacy Collection

Walt Disney Records' Legacy Collection marches on.  The next project in the series spotlights a movie of relatively more recent vintage than some of the other releases this year.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Toy Story will be the recipient of the 2-CD soundtrack treatment which is due out on July 10. Who would have thought in 1995, just one year after Disney's blockbuster The Lion King that the direction of the animated studio would be forever altered by a computer-animated film

Meet Me Down in Soulville: Numero Unearths The Royal Jesters’ “English Oldies”

To residents of San Antonio, Texas, The Royal Jesters are hometown heroes.  To even the most astute music fans outside of the San Antonio region, the vocal group might be all but unknown.  Thanks to Chicago's Numero Group reissue specialists, however, The Royal Jesters have gotten a big break.  The group founded by high school pals Oscar Lawson, Henry Hernandez, Mike Pedraza and Louis Escalante in 1958 continued to perform and record through 1977, with sporadic reunions after that.  Their sound

New Eydie Gorme Collection Celebrates Her Career, Premieres Unreleased Songs

In a career spanning six decades, the late Eydie Gorme was a leading light of the Great American Songbook, employing versatile voice and powerful belt on record and on stage both solo and with her husband of over 55 years, Steve Lawrence.  Now, Lawrence is paying tribute to her immense legacy in song with a new collection currently available directly through his official website.  An American Treasure presents 34 solo recordings by Gorme on three discs - 12 tracks per disc of The Hits and

Long Live Love: RPM Collects Sixties Sound of The Stormsville Shakers

Phillip Goodhand-Tait has had his songs recorded by artists ranging from Gene Pitney to Roger Daltrey and has also fronted a number of bands in his many decades in the music industry.  Cherry Red Group imprint RPM has collected 27 tracks by singer-musician-songwriter Goodhand-Tait, solo and with his bands The Stormsville Shakers and Circus as One and One is Two: Complete Recordings 1965-1967. Born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, Goodhand-Tait began his music career while still in

You’re The Inspiration: Rhino to Release 10-CD Box Collecting Chicago’s Studio Albums From 1979-2008

Rhino is following up its box set news of last week from America and Alice Cooper with even more news this week.  They have just announced a new box set celebrating the second half of Chicago's career: The Studio Albums 1979-2008 to be released on July 10th.  This set follows 2012's The Studio Albums 1969-1978 which collected the first ten studio albums from the band.  That set is being re-pressed in conjunction with the new box. The end of the 1970s saw Chicago in a time of