Light As The Breeze: Leonard Cohen Returns With Live Rarities Set

Just a few months after the September 2014 release of Leonard Cohen’s new studio album Popular Problems and subsequent concert release Live in Dublin, the troubadour is back with a new offering drawn (like Live in Dublin) from his Old Ideas World Tour. Whereas Dublin presented an overview of Cohen’s extraordinary career, the upcoming Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour presents rarities performed during the international trek. The May 12 release from Legacy Recordings features a pair of

Rare Bernard Herrmann Score To “12-Mile Reef” Resurfaces On CD

Romeo and Juliet at sea? Such was the premise behind 1953’s epic adventure Beneath the 12-Mile Reef. Only the third film shot in the widescreen CinemaScope process, the Twentieth Century Fox film starred Robert Wagner and Terry Moore as the star-crossed lovers from warring families on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Adding luster to the picture was the score by Bernard Herrmann. By 1953, Herrmann was already well-known for his Oscar-winning score to The Devil and Daniel Webster and nominees Citizen Kane

Still Into Something Good: Ace Collects More From Carole King and Gerry Goffin

The songs of Carole King and Gerry Goffin have been enjoying a rather spectacular renaissance on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to the success of King’s biographical Broadway and West End musical Beautiful. Happily, Ace Records has returned to the duo’s catalogue for a fourth anthology. Hung on You: More from the Goffin and King Songbook follows three previous excursions: Goffin & King: A Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967 (2007), Honey and Wine: Another Gerry Goffin

Something’s Coming: él Salutes “West Side Story” On New 2-CD Set

Last August, Steven Spielberg was asked to confirm rumors that he was planning to direct a new film adaptation of the Broadway musical West Side Story. The legendary filmmaker confessed, “Well, you know something, West Side Story is one of my favorite Broadway musicals and one of the greatest pieces of musical literature, my goodness, one of the greatest scores and some of the greatest lyrics ever written for a musical, so just let me put it this way: it’s on my mind.” The musical by librettist

Zombies, Everly Brothers, Paul McCartney Featured On Varese’s Record Store Day Slate

If you’re looking for Zombies on Record Store Day – and we’re not talking about The Walking Dead, either! – Varese Sarabande’s line-up for the April 18 event is just for you!  Besides a treat from the British rockers, the label is also offering up vintage rock-and-roll from The Everly Brothers, girl-group pop courtesy The Dixie Cups, a rare soundtrack from Sir Paul McCartney, and more! Straight from the label’s press release, here’s the lowdown on each release you can expect at your local

WIN! WIN! WIN! GAME THEORY “Real Nighttime” Bundle From Omnivore Recordings!

Here at Second Disc HQ, spring can’t come fast enough – but leave it to our friends at Omnivore Recordings to help us beat the winter blues with a giveaway you won’t want to miss! Today, Omnivore continues its celebration of the late Scott Miller’s band Game Theory with a 30th anniversary reissue of Real Nighttime, produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M.) on expanded CD and a limited edition red vinyl LP of the original album with a download card of the entire expanded CD program!  To make it even

Release Round-Up: Week of March 17

This week's Release Round-Up has box sets and deluxe editions a-plenty... The Pretty Things, Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky (Snapper) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) This box set is much in the style of last year's Small Faces set Here Come the Nice, and contains 11 studio albums on CD with 42 bonus tracks, two rarities CDs with 45 previously unreleased tracks, 2 DVDs including a new documentary by Reelin' in the Years Productions, a 10-inch replica acetate disc, posters, an art print, and a

Soul Deep: Raven Collects The Box Tops’ Complete Studio Albums

For Alex Chilton, coping with the legacy of The Box Tops wasn’t always easy. As the band’s frontman – and future cult hero as leader of Big Star – once ruminated to the San Francisco Chronicle, “I guess my life has been a series of flukes in the record business.  The first thing I ever did was the biggest record that I’ll ever have.” He was, of course, speaking of “The Letter,” the Wayne Carson Thompson song that opens Raven Records’ new 2-CD collection The Original Albums 1967-1969 containing

English Folk Heroine Bridget St. John’s Dandelion Albums and More Collected On New Box Set

Venerated BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel once called Bridget St. John “the best lady singer-songwriter in the country.”  So when Peel formed Dandelion Records in 1969, the label’s first signing was St. John; in fact, Peel once commented that “the main reason why we started the label [was] ‘cos nobody else was going to record her stuff.”  Cherry Red Records has just reissued all three of St. John’s moody, evocative Dandelion albums (individually released in 2005 on CD) recorded between 1969 and 1972,

Can We Talk? Rare Joan Rivers Album Comes to CD for Record Store Day

When Joan Rivers released The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album in 1969 on Buddah Records, could she have realized that the title would indeed remain accurate?  The first album from the trailblazing comedy legend arrived on Warner Bros. in 1965, while the last Joan Rivers album came via Geffen Records in 1983.  Now, the next to last Joan Rivers album – that just so happens to be called The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album – is making its CD debut on Record Store Day this April 18 on the Stand Up!