Whether performing with Elf, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell, or his own band, Dio, Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) thrilled with his powerful voice and indomitable spirit. One of the most influential hard rock and metal singers of all time, Dio would have turned 80 years old on July 10. Rhino is remembering him with a 4-CD super deluxe edition of the band Dio's debut, 1983's Holy Diver. The box arrives in stores on July 8, just two days before Dio's 80th. Holy Diver united Ronnie, on
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of titles arriving everywhere today. The Clash, Combat Rock + The People's Hall: Special Edition (Columbia/Legacy) 2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Ranking Roger 7": Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Legacy Recordings will release a 2CD or 3LP expansion of The Clash's Combat Rock for its 40th anniversary. The album comes with a bonus disc of 12 rare
Sweet Music Man: Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Oak Ridge Boys, and More Pay Tribute to Kenny Rogers on "All In for the Gambler"
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Kenny Rogers took the stage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for what was billed as a farewell concert celebration. Rogers' final tour, The Gambler's Last Deal, would encompass further performances (including a run of Christmas shows in December 2017) before a halt was announced, on doctor's orders, of a planned 2018 leg. But the all-star Nashville show was a symbolic last hurrah for the superstar who died in March 2020 at the age of 81. The tribute concert,
I Remember the Feeling: 7a Records Reissues Studio and Live Albums from Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart
The names of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart have long been inextricably linked with that of The Monkees. The duo penned many of the band's most familiar songs including "(Theme From) 'The Monkees,'" "I Wanna Be Free," "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone," "Valleri," and the chart-topping "Last Train to Clarksville." So when promoters were seeking a Monkees reunion in the mid-1970s, and with Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork unavailable, it's unsurprising that Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz turned to Boyce
Hooray for Hollywood: New Box Set Celebrates 100 Years of The Hollywood Bowl with Sinatra, Bernstein, Doors, Newman, Dudamel, More
2022 marks 100 years of The Hollywood Bowl. The famous amphitheater nestled in the Hollywood hills has hosted luminaries of every genre of music from classical to rock in its instantly familiar bandshell (actually two bandshells, as the first one from 1929 was demolished in 2003 and replaced with a larger model). The Bowl has been featured in movies including the original A Star Is Born, Double Indemnity, Xanadu, and Beaches and cartoons starring Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and The Pink
"Darkness falls across the land / the midnight hour is close at hand..." OK, maybe that's pushing it a little, but today Legacy Recordings did announce a forthcoming 2CD expansion of Michael Jackson's landmark Thriller for its 40th anniversary. The world's best-selling album spun off seven of its nine songs as Top 10 singles in America and helped win the King of Pop a record-setting eight Grammy Awards in one night. (Let's not forget that the eighth was for a storybook album based on E.T. the
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to discover! Millennial nostalgia is all over this week's releases - plus some live jazz and pop as well as a real rarity from a disco diva. Linkin Park, Minutes to Midnight (Deluxe Edition) (Warner/Rhino) (iTunes / Amazon) In 2007, nu-metal rockers Linkin Park broadened their sound with the help of producer Rick Rubin and
On July 12, 1962, The Rollin' Stones - a.k.a. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, and Dick Taylor - took the stage at London's Marquee Club. Shortly after that initial gig, a "g" was added to the band's name. By February 1963, the classic line-up was in place of Jagger, Richards, Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Sixty years later, The Rolling Stones have earned their unofficial moniker of The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band. ABKCO is marking that anniversary with
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new releases arriving in stores today! The Rolling Stones, Live at the El Mocambo (UMe) 2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 4LP Black Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 4LP Neon Vinyl: Rolling Stones Online Shop The Rolling Stones are bringing their March, 1977 secret shows at Toronto's tiny El Mocambo club to 2-CD, 4-LP black vinyl, 4-LP neon vinyl, and digital formats. Live at the El
"I had the unique pleasure of knowing Phil Everly as a kid and the honor of getting to know Don Everly a bit this year as we prepared this compilation," writes Adria Petty in the liner notes to The Everly Brothers' new collection, Hey Doll Baby. As Tom Petty's daughter, Adria was a first-hand witness to rock and roll history, and that experience has informed her curation of this 17-track compendium. Hey Doll Baby was first issued by Warner Records on vinyl in April for Record Store Day as a
Ready When You Are, J.B.! John Barry (1933-2011) made his debut as a solo artist for CBS Records with the 1970 album subtitled "John Barry Plays His Great Movie Hits." The composer and former leader of The John Barry Seven had long been associated with CBS, with the label having released the original cast recording of his West End musical Passion Flower Hotel; soundtrack albums to such films as The Ipcress File, The Chase, The Quiller Memorandum, and The Lion in Winter (for which Barry won an
Cat's in the Cradle: Cherry Red Celebrates Harry Chapin on "Story Book: The Elektra Albums 1972-1978"
It's fair to say that when Harry Chapin's debut single "Taxi" peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100, the ballad didn't sound like much else on the chart. The top spot was held by Sammy Davis, Jr.'s bouncy ode to "The Candy Man" while the upper reaches also featured gospel-tinged R&B (The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There"), pristine pop (Neil Diamond's "Song Sung Blue," Carpenters' "It's Going to Take Some Time"), driving funk (Billy Preston's "Outa-Space"), raunchy rock-and-roll
Back in 2013, the ABKCO label issued a 5-CD box set from The Animals. Released via Real Gone Music, The Mickie Most Years and More brought together remastered versions of the British band's first four U.S. albums plus a rare private-press EP recorded in 1963. Nearly a decade later, ABKCO is bringing The Mickie Most Years and More back into print as a vinyl set, while the four original mono albums will also be reissued as standalone CDs (with bonus tracks) and vinyl (original albums only) on
Frank Ursoleo, a longtime music industry professional who founded reissue label Iconoclassic Records, died unexpectedly last week (May 5). The recently reactivated label has posted a touching tribute to him, which you can read above. Jeremy Holiday, Iconoclassic's vice president of business development and artist services, was effusive - both in our recent interview and in other conversations - in his praise of Ursoleo as a friend, mentor and music lover guided by tastes, instinct and
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to discover! Truly something for everyone this week, from classic rock to live jazz and folk to...Christmas albums? Whitesnake, Greatest Hits (2022 Remix) (Rhino) (iTunes / Amazon) Ahead of their farewell tour, David Coverdale has yet again revisited the Whitesnake catalogue through a series of remixes, this time pertaining
This Time It's For Real: Cleveland International Unearths Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes' "Live in Cleveland '77"
Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes' ties with Cleveland ran deep. The New Jersey group, which burst onto the scene with 1976's roof-raising LP I Don't Want to Go Home, was supported early on by Cleveland audiences and radio. The big, brassy band led by Southside Johnny Lyon and championed by "Miami Steve" Van Zandt was signed to Epic by A&R man Steve Popovich, now-legendary record man and founder of Cleveland International Records. In 2017, the frontman remembered Popovich in an
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles out today including a very special pair from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music! Melissa Manchester, Live '77 (Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Real Gone Music) Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music proudly present the premiere release of Melissa Manchester's Live '77, recorded by Arista Records in October 1977 at Gainesville, Florida's Great Southern
Tomorrow's a big day here at Second Disc HQ as we unveil two new releases on CD. Melissa Manchester's Live '77 is the renowned singer-songwriter's first and only live album, recorded by Arista Records in October 1977 at Gainesville, Florida's Great Southern Music Hall but unreleased until now! The 21 songs on Live '77 include Manchester's hits "Midnight Blue," "Better Days," and the song Bob Dylan admired, "Just You and I," as well as the now-standard "Come in from the Rain," fan favorites
A Day In Rio: This Friday, May 6, Real Gone Reissues Les Baxter's "Soul of the Drum" and Expands Savage Republic's "Tragic Figures"
This coming Friday, May 6, sees two releases on Second Disc Records through Real Gone Music: The Complete Reprise Recordings Plus! from Darlene Love and Live 1977 from Melissa Manchester. But joining those two on Real Gone's slate are another two reissues: a new vinyl version of Les Baxter's Soul of the Drums and, on CD and LP, an expanded version of Savage Republic's 1982 debut album: Tragic Figures. First up is 1963's Soul of the Drums by Les Baxter and his Orchestra. Along with Martin
Madonna has more than earned the title of Queen of Pop - and a new collection, her first in a planned series of catalogue titles through Warner Music Group celebrating her four decades as a seminal recording artist - will highlight her influence on the dance floor. The new compilation Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones tracks every one of Madonna's record-setting singles to reach the top of Billboard's dance charts, from 1982 debut "Everybody" to "I Don't Search I Find," one of four tracks
The fact is simple: on artistic and commercial achievement alone, The Judds' story remains among one of country music's greatest successes. Naomi Judd and her eldest daughter Wynonna were a pair of raven-haired hitmakers who put 14 songs at the top of Billboard's country charts (and another six in the Top 10). In every year from 1984 (the year they issued their first full-length album, Why Not Me) to 1990 (the year they issued their last, Love Can Build a Bridge), they were named Top Vocal
The Minneapolis Sound: Sony Classical Boxes Eugene Ormandy's Early Recordings with Minneapolis Symphony
Eugene Ormandy's The Columbia Legacy, released last year, was the second-biggest box set in Sony Classical history. At a remarkable 120 discs, the box chronicled the early years of Ormandy's affiliation with The Philadelphia Orchestra - one that, all told, would span 44 years and become the longest-ever relationship between conductor and orchestra. Ormandy first led the Orchestra in 1931 at just 32 years of age, filling in for his inspiration, Arturo Toscanini. He joined full-time in 1936,
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to discover! This week's got live favorites from The Boss, a Record Store Day rarity, a '90s tribute album to some rock legends and much more. Bruce Springsteen, The Live Series: Songs of Location (Columbia/Legacy) (Apple Music / Amazon) The Thrill Hill Archives have occasionally made some themed Bruce Springsteen
The Grand Imperial Cirque de Paris is coming back to town! Stage Door Records has announced the latest in its series of Deluxe Edition cast recordings with a 2-CD expanded edition of the original 1961 Broadway Cast Recording of Michael Stewart and Bob Merrill's Carnival! due on May 27. The David Merrick production opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in April 1961, playing for 719 performances including a transfer to the Winter Garden. Carnival! was based on the 1953 MGM film Lili which
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of today's new releases! Neil Young, Official Release Series Volume 4 (Reprise) CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada LP: Greedy Hand Store A new box set brings together three of Neil Young's '80s albums, along with a rare EP making its widest release yet. Official Release Series Volume 4 runs the gamut of Young's eclectic output in the '80s - likely because it only covers his releases on his longtime home base