Review: Various Artists, “Here Today! The Songs of Brian Wilson”

The title of Ace Records' recent collection is Here Today! The Songs of Brian Wilson, after one of those famous Wilson songs off The Beach Boys' 1966 Pet Sounds.  But the fact of the matter is - as this enjoyably diverse set proves over the course of its 25 tracks - Brian Wilson's music is not only here today, but will be here for many tomorrows. Unlike Ace's 2003 volume Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions, this anthology concentrates on Brian as songwriter.  But there are a couple of

In Memoriam: Cilla Black (1943-2015)

We're deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Cilla Black, 72.  Throughout the course of a recording career spanning five decades, the Liverpool-born artist lent her distinctive sound and big voice to songs by The Beatles ("Love of the Loved," "It's for You," Step Inside Love"), Burt Bacharach and Hal David ("Alfie," "Anyone Who Had a Heart"), Randy Newman ("I've Been Wrong Before") and the greatest songwriters of her era. Also beloved in the United Kingdom as a television presenter on

Release Round-Up: Week of July 31

Led Zeppelin, Presence / In Through the Out Door / Coda [Various Editions] (Swan Song/Atlantic) Presence: Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Deluxe Edition CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Original Album CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Original Album Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Deluxe Edition Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. In Through the Out Door: Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Deluxe Edition CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Original Album

Together In Perfect Harmony: Paul McCartney’s “Tug of War” and “Pipes Of Peace” Join Archive Collection

At last, we can say, say, say it's true: the next two volumes of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection are on their way for October 2 release in a variety of formats.  Macca's second and third albums of the 1980s, the platinum sellers Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, will arrive from Concord Records and MPL with the expected array of bonus material, highlighted by a complete 2015 remix of Tug of War. 1982's Tug of War marked McCartney's first album following the breakup of Wings.  It followed

Celebration Day: Final Led Zeppelin Reissues Arrive TOMORROW, July 31!

REMINDER!  Tomorrow, July 31, marks one month of Friday release days, and it's perhaps the most momentous yet - because tomorrow is when Led Zeppelin will conclude its much-heralded deluxe edition series with a plethora of reissues for its three final studio albums: Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda.   As with the previous deluxe editions, Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been newly remastered by Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio

Comes Love: JSP Readies Judy Garland’s “The Best of Lost Tracks” with New-to-CD Tracks

This fall, JSP Records will revisit the musical legacy of the one and only Judy Garland with a new single-disc collection that draws on a past release while offering new-to-CD material, as well. The Best of Lost Tracks 1929-1959 is based on the label's 2010 box set Lost Tracks which received international acclaim for its presentation of 100 rare tracks from the late superstar - 55 of which (including her two earliest solo recordings) were previously unissued. This release presents 22 highlights

Cherry Red’s él Label Revisits John Wayne Westerns, Brazil’s Elis Regina

Cherry Red's él label continues to trawl through the annals of musical nostalgia for a recent pair of releases spotlighting a legendary team of actor and director, and a Brazilian music queen. John Ford/John Wayne: Western Classics celebrates the partnership between director Ford and star Wayne that survived, personally and professionally, for 50 years.  Ford was already an established, successful director when he first met USC student Marion Morrison, at the time working a summer job at 20th

Chances Are: Legacy Celebrates Johnny Mathis’ 80th With New Singles Box Set

Here at Second Disc HQ, the music of Johnny Mathis is, needless to say, very special to us.  Johnny inaugurated our Second Disc Records label with the release of Life is a Song Worth Singing: The Complete Thom Bell Sessions.  Now, we're thrilled to announce that our friends at Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings are collecting four discs' worth of Mathis Magic on a new box set. On September 25, Columbia and Legacy will celebrate Mr. Mathis turning 80 years young with the release of Johnny

Omnivore’s Got The Knack! Three Reissues, Reviewed

"Pop is dead, bring a shovel!" So proclaimed The Knack in the acerbic lyric to the opening track of 1998's "comeback" album Zoom.  Of course, the song proved otherwise, as the years between 1991's Serious Fun and Zoom had been kind to the band, a.k.a. Doug Fieger (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Prescott Niles (bass) and Berton Averre (lead guitar/keyboards/vocals).  Omnivore Recordings has recently reissued Zoom and its follow-up, Normal as the Next Guy, along with 2001's Live from

Release Round-Up: Week of July 24

Today's Release Round-Up features an array of high-resolution music, plus box sets, vintage reissues, live albums and more! Roger Waters, Amused to Death (Remixed Editions) (Columbia/Legacy) Roger Waters revisits his 1992 album Amused to Death, featuring contributions from Don Henley, Rita Coolidge, P.P. Arnold, Andy Fairweather Low and Michael Kamen, in a variety of formats featuring new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes.  Read our full coverage here. CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon