Portrait of His Love: New Mint Audio Records Label Launches With Unreleased Matt Monro Concert

We’ve written often here in the past about the splendid restoration work of Richard Moore on projects for vocalist Matt Monro and composer Roy Budd, among others. Now, we’re happy to spread the word that Moore has launched a new label. U.K.-based Mint Audio Records has kicked off with three releases (and counting!) from a trio of bona fide music legends: Rosemary Clooney, Jim Reeves, and Matt Monro. All three of these titles premiere never-before-released music, and we’ll be taking an in-depth

The NOT Column: Anne McCue, “Blue Sky Thinkin'”

We'd like to kick off your weekend with some Frank on Friday, as we welcome back Ted to debut what he's deemed The NOT Column...as in, "NOT a reissue, but NOTeworthy nonetheless!"  Today, he looks at the latest release from Australian alt-country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anne McCue, who has tapped into a rich vein of blues, jazz and folk to craft Blue Sky Thinkin'.  We have no doubt that the music being created by McCue will one day be reissued and covered by future catalogue

Warmth of the Sun: Rumer Collects “B-Sides and Rarities” On New Release

Since making her major label debut in 2010 with Seasons of My Soul, the artist known as Rumer (real name: Sarah Joyce) has made the case that elegantly-crafted adult pop can still be viable in the 21st century. Influenced by Burt Bacharach, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Stephen Bishop, Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, Rumer is possessed of a honeyed voice that’s most frequently been compared to Karen Carpenter on her three studio albums – Seasons, 2012’s Boys Don’t Cry (a collection of

Creole Moon: Edsel Heads to “N’awlinz” With Dr. John Reissues

With a new pair of reissues, Demon Music Group’s Edsel label is the in the right place, for the label has turned its attention to the catalogue of one of the funkiest men alive: Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, the Night Tripper. An A&R man, arranger, producer, artist, and session musician since the early days of New Orleans rock and roll, the good doctor came into his own as a solo headliner with 1968’s Gris-Gris. Since that psychedelic exploration of N’awlins-style R&B, Dr. John has

“Mathis Is…” Coming In TWO WEEKS From Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music!

Mathis Is… It’s a difficult statement to complete.  How to describe one of the most remarkable voices in popular music?  Johnny Mathis continues to enjoy a singularly wonderful, wonderful career - one spanning seven decades, over 350 million records sold, more than eighty albums, and a host of million-selling singles including “Misty,” “Chances Are” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.”  Longtime readers of The Second Disc can no doubt imagine how privileged we feel to be able to inaugurate

Review: Ron Nagle, “Bad Rice”

Rare is the “cult album” that actually lives up to its mystique. But rare is Ron Nagle’s Bad Rice. This artifact from the Mystery Trend leader and acclaimed ceramic sculptor, originally released on Warner Bros. Records circa 1970, has recently been given new life by Omnivore Recordings in a deluxe 2-CD edition that’s an early candidate for Reissue of the Year. One part David Ackles, one part Randy Newman and the rest pure Nagle, Bad Rice likely wasn’t helped all those decades ago by its

Kritzerland Ain’t Misbehavin’ With Complete, Expanded “Stormy Weather”

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky… Well, the sun has come up, and the reason’s clear: Kritzerland has a new 2-CD complete edition of the soundtrack to Stormy Weather, Twentieth Century Fox’s 1943 musical extravaganza starring Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Dooley Wilson, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, The Nicholas Brothers and many more.  Loosely based on Robinson’s life, the film is short on plot but long on song-and-dance, with musical figuring into over 70 of its 78 minutes! 

The Ultra Zone: Steve Vai Brings “Live in L.A.” Concert To CD, DVD

With a résumé ranging from Frank Zappa to Whitesnake, three-time Grammy Award winner Steve Vai has earned his reputation as one of the most inventive, virtuosic guitarists in rock. Vai – an accomplished composer and producer as well as musician – has recently signed with Sony’s Legacy Recordings to a new multi-album agreement which will kick off with two releases in 2015. The first of these has been confirmed for April 7, 2015. Stillness in Motion – Vai Live in L.A. is drawn from his October 12,

Can’t Get Enough: Deluxe 2-CD Bad Company Reissues On the Way

Today saw the reissue of Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin’s first album on the band’s own Swan Song Records label.  So it’s appropriate that Rhino chose today to announce the deluxe, expanded reissue for the very first album on Swan Song – the self-titled debut of British hard rock supergroup Bad Company.  That 1974 chart-topping album will be joined on April 7 by Bad Company’s 1975 sophomore effort, Straight Shooter in a similarly expanded edition.  These reissues, to be available on CD, LP and

Don’t Leave Her This Way: Thelma Houston’s “Any Way You Like It” Gets Expanded Treatment

Powerhouse vocalist Thelma Houston has long had a champion in SoulMusic Records.  In 2012, the label issued an expanded edition of her debut album (and second overall) for Motown’s California-based MoWest label, and in 2013, SoulMusic reissued both of her duet albums with the “Ice Man” Jerry Butler.  The label has just revisited 1976’s Any Way You Like It, the album that made a superstar out of Houston thanks to a little anthem called “Don’t’ Leave Me This Way.” Though Berry Gordy’s West