Release Round-Up: Week of August 21

Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, packed with box sets, reissues, special collections, and more! The Isley Brothers, The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) Legacy has boxed up 23 discs of The Isley Brothers - featuring every one of the group's RCA and T-Neck albums released between 1959 and 1983, including one previously unreleased album and a total of 84 previously unissued or new-to-CD bonus tracks!  Every track has been newly-remastered

Bernard Herrmann’s “Hangover Square” Soundtrack Expanded On New Two-For-One CD

Fresh off its successful Indiegogo campaign, Kritzerland has returned to the music of Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, Taxi Driver) for its latest soundtrack release.  Two Herrmann scores - 1945's Hangover Square and 1952's 5 Fingers - have been paired on one CD.  Though both have been previously released on CD, they have been newly transferred for Kritzerland by our friend Mike Matessino, and Hangover Square (a favorite score of none other than Stephen Sondheim) has been expanded by sixteen

Turn It Up: Cherry Red Reissues Ted Nugent’s “Free-For-All” Featuring Meat Loaf

Cherry Red imprint Hear No Evil Recordings has recently released a new reissue from a classic 1970's hard-rocker: Ted Nugent's second solo album for Epic Records, Free-For-All.  This also follows in HNE's line of Meat Loaf reissues as the Bat Out of Hell superstar is a prominent guest on the album singing over half of the songs. Ted Nugent, hailing from Detroit, got his start in music at a young age.  After performing in several bands, he formed the Amboy Dukes when his family moved to

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Rhino Reissues Deluxe “Otis Blue”, Preps Redding Albums Box

This September, Otis Redding's album masterwork Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul celebrates its 50th anniversary.  To mark the occasion, Rhino will reissue its out-of-print 2008 expanded edition on September 18; then, on October 30, the label will compile Redding's original albums into a new box set. A testament to Redding's power to reinvent a song, Otis Blue primarily features his interpretations of familiar melodies - plus three choice originals.  The album, an R&B chart-topper,

Those Old Sweet Rolls: Light In The Attic Reissues Carole King’s “The City,” Spooner Oldham, Lee Hazlewood’s Kitchen Cinq

An upcoming trio of releases from Light in the Attic turns the label's spotlight on two of popular song's most enduring writers and one maverick producer/label impresario (who also happened to be one heckuva songwriter!) - namely Carole King, Spooner Oldham, and Lee Hazlewood.   LITA is bringing King's one remarkable album with her band The City back to CD and LP, and premiering on official CD and vinyl a reissue of Oldham's 1972 solo LP Pot Luck.  Then the label continues to dig deep into the

Sixteen Tons, What Do You Get?: Bear Family Releases Tennessee Ernie Ford 5-CD Box Set

For years, Germany's venerable Bear Family label has been curating large box sets focusing on country, pop and early rock-n-roll.  These vast collections offer up a complete look at an artist's recordings during a specific period.  The label is continuing in this tradition by compiling a box set to coincide with the 60th anniversary of this artist's biggest hit.  On September 25, 2015, Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait of An American Singer (1949-1960) will be released in the U.S., marking the six

Christmas Joy: Real Gone Kicks off the Holidays with Four Seasons and More in October

It may be hard to believe, but the holiday season will be here sooner than we think!  To prove that point, Real Gone Music is getting Christmas started early with its October slate of releases featuring five yuletide gems along with three titles good for year-round enjoyment. This batch of Christmas classics kicks off with the 4 Seasons' The 4 Seasons Greetings, continuing Real Gone's series of mono Seasons reissues which began in September.  Next, you've got holiday tunes from crooner and

Release Round-Up: Week of August 14

Welcome to New Release Friday! Lesley Gore, Someplace Else Now (Real Gone Music) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) Someplace Else Now marked Lesley Gore's first full immersion into the world of the singer-songwriter.  She penned every one of the twelve tracks on this 1972 album for MoWest Records, writing solo and with lyricists Ellen Weston and her brother Michael Gore.  Joe Porter (Gladys Knight and the Pips, Thelma Houston) supplied the passionate production.  Lesley's lost Motown gem - a

Let’s Go Disco: Big Break Gets Down With MFSB’s “Universal Love”

Big Break Records is letting the love come through - Universal Love, that is! - with its new reissue of the third album from Philadelphia International Records' inimitable house band, MFSB.  The only mystery about the 1975 album is how this No. 2 R&B smash (and respectable No. 44 Pop success, as well) has avoided compact disc release after all these years.  Happily, it follows 1972's MFSB and 1973's Love is the Message into Big Break's catalogue in a newly-expanded and remastered

Right Place, Right Time: Omnivore Collects Dr. John’s Atlantic and Atco Singles In September

The Doctor is in! On September 18, Omnivore Recordings is heading to the bayou with one of New Orleans' favorite sons, Mac Rebennack - a.k.a. Dr. John! The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974 collects the Good Doctor's A- and B-sides, from both the U.S. and the U.K., as issued on the Atco and Atlantic labels during that prolific period. These 22 tracks take the piano-pounding Night Tripper from his debut album, Gris-Gris, through Desitively Bonnaroo, produced by fellow N'awlins legend Allen