CONGRATULATIONS! The following 10 entrants have won a copy of Varese Vintage's brand-new Lotta Love: The Very Best of Nicolette Larson on CD!  If you entered our contest via Facebook and your name is on the list below, please drop us a line at theseconddisc-at-gmail-dot-com or a Private Message on Facebook with your name and mailing address!  If you entered via email, you don't have to do anything - your CD will be in the mail soon! Watch this space soon for more exciting

Review: Chicago, “The Studio Albums” and America, “The Warner Bros. Years”

In 1969, Chicago Transit Authority - a.k.a. Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider - released its first album on Columbia Records.  46 years and a total of 36 core albums later, the band simply known as Chicago is still intact with Lamm, Loughnane, Pankow and Parazaider.  In the waning days of 1971, another band made its first appearance on records.  America - the trio of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek -

Release Round-Up: Week of August 28

Welcome to New Release Friday and this week's Release Round-Up! Faces, You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (1970-1975) (Rhino) CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. This long-awaited 5-CD box set includes Faces' First Step (1970), Long Player (1971), A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse (1971), and Ooh La La (1973), and adds never-before-released bonus tracks to each album.  The set is topped off with a bonus disc containing non-LP selections.

BREAKING! Return To Cypress Avenue: Rhino Remasters, Expands Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks,” “His Band and the Street Choir”

There's even more coming from Van Morrison! Following up on 2013's multi-disc deluxe edition of the Northern Irish soul man's 1970 classic Moondance and on the heels of Legacy Recordings' announcement earlier this week that the Sony imprint has acquired the majority of Morrison's post-1971 catalogue, Rhino has just announced two new deluxe editions drawn from Morrison's seminal early Warner Bros. discography.  Both 1968's label debut Astral Weeks and 1970's jubilant His Band and the Street

Big Break Boasts Bursting Line-Up With Chaka and Rufus, Gloria Gaynor, Kool and the Gang, More

Big Break Records has been on a big roll with its powerhouse slate of recent releases!  We've already filled you in on the worldwide CD debut of MFSB's Philly soul classic Universal Love; today, we'll take a look at another quartet of releases from the Cherry Red imprint. BBR has returned to the catalogue of Gloria Gaynor with another first-time-on-CD reissue.  I've Got You was Gaynor's third solo album and first for Polydor Records.  Released 39 years ago in August 1976, the album found her

Omnivore Uncovers The Lost Soul of Carl Hall

Even the most diehard soul connoisseurs can be forgiven for not knowing the name of Carl Hall.  After all, he left behind just a handful of singles on labels including Mercury, Loma, Atlantic and Columbia before focusing on a stage career.  But thanks to Omnivore's recent release of You Don't Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972, it's highly unlikely that you'll forget the name, and sound, of Carl Hall.  Distinguished by both his intensity and his stratospheric vocal

Esoteric Reissues, Expands All Four Albums From Progressive Art-Rockers Audience

If Cherry Red's Esoteric Recordings imprint has anything to say about it, the music of Audience will soon discover a new audience!  Esoteric has recently reissued all four of the British band's studio albums, originally released on the Polydor and Charisma labels between 1969 and 1972. Audience, a.k.a. Howard Werth (acoustic guitar/vocals), Keith Gemmell (flute/tenor sax/clarinet), Trevor Williams (bass) and Tony Connor (drums) formed out of the ashes of the band The Lloyd Alexander Real

The Velvet Underground Gets “Re-Loaded” For 6-Disc Deluxe Box Set

Rhino has a fully loaded slate for this fall...make that a fully Loaded slate.  On October 30, the same date as the recently-announced 20th anniversary edition of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, the label will give the deluxe treatment to The Velvet Underground's fourth studio album.  Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition will follow in the footsteps and format of the deluxe sets previously released by UMe for the VU's first three albums The Velvet Underground and Nico, White

BREAKING! Van Morrison Goes To Legacy Recordings, Deluxe Editions and Digital Releases Planned

The music of Van Morrison is returning to CD - and about to make a splash on digital platforms, as well.  Rolling Stone broke the news today that Sony Music's Legacy Recordings has recently acquired the rights to 50 albums, videos and compilations from the venerable Northern Irish troubadour.  The vast majority of Morrison's albums have been out-of-print on CD since the plug was abruptly pulled on a U.K. series of remastered and expanded editions.  Legacy's very welcome campaign kicks off this

You Oughta Know: Rhino Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” with 4-CD Box

This October, Rhino is celebrating one of the biggest albums of the 1990s: Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.  To commemorate the album's 20th anniversary, a newly remastered 4-CD Collector's Edition and 2-CD Deluxe edition will be released on October 30. Alanis Morissette's first two albums did not indicate the direction her music would take for her biggest smash record.  Released on MCA in her native Canada, 1991's Alanis and 1992's Now is the Time had critics comparing her to Debbie