Ace Super Soul Round-Up Part One: Put a Little Love in Your Heart With Jimmy Holiday

Readers around these parts know that Ace Records can be counted on for the finest in rare soul music - and three recent releases prove to be no exception.  We'll cover one of those titles today in our new Super Soul Round-Up, with more to come next week! Spread Your Love collects the complete Minit Records singles recorded between 1966 and 1970 by singer-songwriter Jimmy Holiday, best-known for his co-writing credit with the incomparable Jackie DeShannon and her brother Randy Myers on the

Rip It Up! New Box Set Spotlights Little Richard at Specialty and Vee-Jay

On June 2, 2015, Specialty Records, a unit of Concord Music Group, celebrates one of the founders of rock-and-roll with the release of a new box set from the inimitable Little Richard.  Directly from My Heart: The Best of the Specialty & Vee-Jay Years brings together 64 tracks on three CDs from the piano-pounding legend, including all of Richard's early classics as well as B-sides and rarities.  This deluxe package puts the music in context with a 30+-page booklet containing new liner notes

Say “Aloha”: Fleetwood Mac, David Crosby, Beck Featured On New Cameron Crowe Soundtrack

Since making his big-screen debut as a writer with the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, onetime teenaged Rolling Stone scribe Cameron Crowe has made music an integral part of his films - and we're not just talking about Almost Famous!  Every one of his movies as writer-director, from 1989's Say Anything... to 2011's We Bought a Zoo, has had its share of musical highlights.   His next film, Aloha, should prove to be no exception.  On May 26, Legacy Recordings and Madison Gate Records

The Legend of Paul Revere: Now Sounds Reissues, Expands The Raiders’ “Revolution!”

You say you want a Revolution!?  Now Sounds is ready to take you on a ride suitable for midnight or any time with its new Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition of Paul Revere and the Raiders' Revolution!  (CRNOW 53).  Originally released in August 1967, during the Summer of Love, the album blended pop, rock and R&B, West Coast-style, proving just how far the little band from Boise, Idaho had come. Revolution! followed The Spirit of '67, which had actually been released in late 1966.  That LP

Live and Sticky: The Rolling Stones’ “Marquee Club 1971″ Comes To CD, DVD and BD

The Rolling Stones whetted some appetites when they announced that two tracks from the band's 1971 Marquee Club gig would be included on the 2-CD/1-DVD and Super Deluxe Editions of that year's Sticky Fingers, now due (after a brief delay was announced) on June 8 in the U.K. and June 9 stateside.  Now, Eagle Rock Entertainment has revealed that the entirety of the concert - filmed for U.S. television - will be released in DVD, Standard Definition Blu-ray and CD formats on June 22 as part of The

Wig Wam Bam! 7Ts Expands The Sweet’s Debut Album

Cherry Red's 7Ts label is going back to the glam era with its latest release from The Sweet.  Following previous reissues of Cut Above the Rest, Waters Edge and Identity Crisis, 7Ts has recently turned the clock back to Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be, the band's very first full album from 1971, for a 2-CD expanded edition. The expanded Funny How Sweet traces the early bubblegum years of the group as they planted the seeds that would blossom into full-on, flamboyant glam-rock.  Typical of the

Release Round-Up: Week of April 21

Today's Release Round-Up features an array of titles including a box set from the one and only Chairman of the Board, a number of vintage albums in surround sound, a classic reissue from a new Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and more! Frank Sinatra, Ultimate Sinatra (Capitol/UMe) 4-CD Box:  Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 1-CD Highlights:  Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 2-CD Target Exclusive: Target.com 2-LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Standard Edition DD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. The 100th

Review: Perry Como, “Live on Tour”

"I was a barber.  Since then, I've been a singer.  That's it." So reflected Perry Como on an astounding career in which the onetime haircutter from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania sold more than 100 million records, charted 131 singles in the United States, fourteen No. 1s, and seventeen Gold records - including the very first single to receive that certification, 1958's "Catch a Falling Star."  He hosted more than 1,000 television programs, earned five Emmys, a Grammy, and a Kennedy Center Honor. 

Review: Six By Booker T. and the MG’s

"Soul Dressing," "Jelly Bread," "Red Beans and Rice," "My Sweet Potato," "One Mint Julep," and of course, "Green Onions" and "Mo' Onions" - Edsel has served up a veritable feast with its recent reissues of the complete 1962-1968 recordings of Booker T. and the MG's [sic] originally issued on the Stax label during its affiliation with Atlantic Records.  The new reissues pair two albums per package: Green Onions and Soul Dressing plus bonus tracks on one CD; And Now and In the Christmas Spirit

The Second Disc’s 2015 Record Store Day Must-Haves

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 18, music fans and collectors will flock to their local independent record stores to celebrate both the sounds on those familiar round black platters and the cherished opportunity to shop for music in a physical retail environment. To many of us, both are a way of life.   Each year around this time, we here at Second Disc HQ take a few moments to count down the titles to which we're most looking forward to picking up! Our friend and founder, Mike Duquette, returns to