Meet Me Down in Soulville: Numero Unearths The Royal Jesters’ “English Oldies”

To residents of San Antonio, Texas, The Royal Jesters are hometown heroes.  To even the most astute music fans outside of the San Antonio region, the vocal group might be all but unknown.  Thanks to Chicago's Numero Group reissue specialists, however, The Royal Jesters have gotten a big break.  The group founded by high school pals Oscar Lawson, Henry Hernandez, Mike Pedraza and Louis Escalante in 1958 continued to perform and record through 1977, with sporadic reunions after that.  Their sound

New Eydie Gorme Collection Celebrates Her Career, Premieres Unreleased Songs

In a career spanning six decades, the late Eydie Gorme was a leading light of the Great American Songbook, employing versatile voice and powerful belt on record and on stage both solo and with her husband of over 55 years, Steve Lawrence.  Now, Lawrence is paying tribute to her immense legacy in song with a new collection currently available directly through his official website.  An American Treasure presents 34 solo recordings by Gorme on three discs - 12 tracks per disc of The Hits and

Long Live Love: RPM Collects Sixties Sound of The Stormsville Shakers

Phillip Goodhand-Tait has had his songs recorded by artists ranging from Gene Pitney to Roger Daltrey and has also fronted a number of bands in his many decades in the music industry.  Cherry Red Group imprint RPM has collected 27 tracks by singer-musician-songwriter Goodhand-Tait, solo and with his bands The Stormsville Shakers and Circus as One and One is Two: Complete Recordings 1965-1967. Born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, Goodhand-Tait began his music career while still in

You’re The Inspiration: Rhino to Release 10-CD Box Collecting Chicago’s Studio Albums From 1979-2008

Rhino is following up its box set news of last week from America and Alice Cooper with even more news this week.  They have just announced a new box set celebrating the second half of Chicago's career: The Studio Albums 1979-2008 to be released on July 10th.  This set follows 2012's The Studio Albums 1969-1978 which collected the first ten studio albums from the band.  That set is being re-pressed in conjunction with the new box. The end of the 1970s saw Chicago in a time of

Hang On To Yourself: David Bowie’s “Five Years 1969-1973″ Box Collects Albums, Bonus Discs

Forty-four years to the day after David Bowie first performed at Glastonbury (then known as the Glastonbury Fair rather than today's Festival), Parlophone Records has announced the first in a new series of box sets which will eventually span his entire career.  Five Years: 1969-1973, named of course after the opening track of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, will be available on September 25 in 12-CD or 13-LP configurations, containing all of the core material (ten

Here They Grow Again: Varese Premieres Expanded “Gremlins 2″ Soundtrack

Varese Sarabande remembered the rules when announcing their latest Soundtrack Club release--a surprise expansion of Jerry Goldsmith's madcap horror-comedy score to Gremlins 2: The New Batch--informing customers Monday morning instead of after midnight, sparing buyers from a horde of anarchic green beasts. Released 25 years ago in 1990, Gremlins 2 may be one of the most brazen sequels ever put forth by a major Hollywood studio. Joe Dante's delicious original film, written by Chris Columbus and

In Memoriam: Back Tracks – James Horner (1953-2015)

We're deeply saddened to share the news of the tragic and unexpected death of film composer James Horner whose stirring melodies have thrilled, excited and inspired generations of moviegoers on films like Aliens, Avatar, An American Tail, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and of course, Titanic.  Back on March 8, 2010, our own Mike Duquette paid tribute to the Horner legacy with a special installment of Back Tracks.  In memory of Mr. Horner and his immense contributions to cinema and music, we're

Release Round-Up: Week of June 23

Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a vintage live concert from The Rolling Stones in a variety of formats, an all-star salute to the great Carole King, a rare soundtrack from a beloved performer to a classic children's film, and much, much more! The Rolling Stones, From the Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 (Eagle Rock) DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. SD Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. SD Blu-ray + CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. TBD DVD + CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon

I’ll Remember Erroll: Garner’s Classic “Concert by the Sea” Expanded To 3 CDs

Nearly sixty years to the day after it was recorded, Sony Legacy and Octave Music Publishing will release, on September 18, an expanded edition of jazz piano legend Erroll Garner's best-selling live LP, Concert by the Sea.  The new 3-CD set will present a nearly-doubled presentation of the concert together with a newly remastered version of the original LP release. Recorded on September 19, 1955 at a military base near Carmel, California, Concert by the Sea was never intended to be recorded

Soul Time: Ace Digs Into the Vaults for New Jackie Wilson Anthology

When it comes to classic soul men, the roster at Ace Records is second to none.  Two recent releases shed light on two underrated yet titanic talents - Jackie Wilson and Garnet Mimms - in the label's typically comprehensive fashion.  Today, Part One of Two, looks at the latest from Wilson! Ace has dug deep into the archives of Brunswick Records for an unparalleled look at the sixties' New York sessions for Mr. Excitement himself, Jackie Wilson!  The simply-titled NYC 1961-1966 presents 48