With plenty of people back at their jobs today, The Second Disc HQ is back online, ready for another year of continuous catalogue coverage! We're expecting some great titles in the not-too-distant future, plus a lot of surprises, too. I know I'm excited, and I'm sure many of you are too.
Today's going to be a bit of a catch-up day - a lot of stuff has been announced in the past week or two, mainly across the pond, and we're going to get through most of it today. But first, we're going to start off with some short takes. There have been a few titles announced with only basic information so far, that don't quite yet merit an expansive post with track lists or catalogue information. We'll burn off through these to start the day off right after the jump.
- One of the neatest announcements from a major label is Columbia/Legacy's announcement of vault cuts from Johnny Cash. Bootlegs 2: From Memphis to Hollywood is a double-disc set, one disc covering unreleased material from his early years, including demos and outtakes recorded for Sun Records and a radio show, and another disc collating non-LP singles, B-sides and outtakes from the late '50s and early '60s. It's due on February 22. (Still not sure about the "2" in the title; possibly a spiritual follow-up to the double-disc set Personal File from 2006?) (First reported by VVN Music)
- Another Legacy-oriented announcement that I haven't seen much about is another Legacy Edition title for Elvis Presley. March 1 will see a release of Elvis is Back! (1960) in double-disc form. According to what little information has been released about the set, this reissue will combine Elvis is Back!, Presley's 10th LP and the first released in true stereo, with 1961's Something for Everybody; additionally, each will be expanded with non-LP single sides, similar to their individual releases in 1999. (Those single sides are where the hits were, including chart-toppers "Stuck on You," "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "It's Now or Never" as well as Top 5 hit "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame." This set's due on March 1.
- La La Land Records have announced what their first batch of titles in 2011 are going to be. They're pressing a straight reissue of the original soundtrack to Solaris (2002), Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of the sci-fi novel. (The score was composed by Cliff Martinez, a onetime drummer for Captain Beefheart and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will autograph the first 100 copies of this release.) Also expected are two television titles - The Rat Patrol, a 1966-1968 World War II drama on ABC scored by Dominic Frontiere, and The Young Riders, a 1989-1992 Western also on ABC with music conducted by John Debney. Both of these sets will be limited to 1,200 units, the first 100 of which will be autographed by their respective composers. Full information is forthcoming.