Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb, In Session (Concord)
The legendary songwriter and equally legendary country superstar join forces for two 1988 television broadcasts, joined together on one DVD and accompanied by a CD of the programs' musical selections! Campbell's only recording of Webb's "Sunshower" can be found here, among other gems. For those of you anticipating the arrival of In Session today, it appears that this title has been delayed until October 9! You can read more about it here. Now, onto some titles actually arriving in stores today...
It's another soul banquet from the good people at Big Break Records with expanded and remastered titles from the catalogues of Casablanca, Arista and Philadelphia International! Watch for features and reviews on all of the above, coming soon! These are out in the U.K. today, while a U.S. berth follows next week.
RockBeat Records returns with two new releases: a single-disc compilation spanning the career of the "break-in record" king, Dickie Goodman, and a two-CD anthology of music from Billy Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top band, The Moving Sidewalks! Here's the scoop on these titles and more from RockBeat.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The 50th Anniversary Collection (Columbia/Legacy)
The New Orleans institution turns 50, and celebrates the occasion with this deluxe box set of performances recorded between 1962 and 2010, including five previously unreleased tracks! Read more here!
R.E.M., Document: 25th Anniversary Edition (EMI)
R.E.M.'s fifth studio album has turned 25! Document was recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry, and was the band's first album to achieve platinum sales. The remastered album is joined by a previously unreleased 1987 concert, and it's all packaged in a sturdy lift-top box with four postcards. Read all about it here.
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings (Fantasy/Concord)
Fantasy Records issues four CDs of prime live Garcia, in which the Grateful Dead leader is joined by Merl Saunders. These remarkable Bay Area performances are packaged in a handsome box with copious notes and a bit of swag, too. Watch for our review as part of our Holiday Gift Guide, coming soon!
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., Christmas with the Rat Pack (Capitol)
2012 is bringing another new version of Capitol's Rat Pack holiday compilation, and it appears to have lost a few tracks since its original 2002 release (and subsequent 2006 reissue). Still, this music simply can't be beat, pallies.
Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols: Super Deluxe Edition (Universal U.K.)
Never mind the rest, the Sex Pistols have gone super-deluxe! That means you'll get a remastered version of the original album, a CD of outtakes and rarities (including previously unreleased tracks), a live CD, and a DVD, too, plus the requisite swag including a replica of the original A&M pressing of "God Save the Queen." This is available in the U.K. now, and in the U.S. next week! If you don't think this set is a load of bollocks, you'll want to read more about it here!
Barbra Streisand, Release Me (Columbia)
La Streisand unlocks the vault doors for this first collection of previously-unreleased material recorded between 1967 and 2011, with songs by world-class composers like Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Paul Williams and Michel Legrand. Word has it that future volumes might follow as Streisand kicks off her 50th year of recording for Columbia Records. Release Me is out today on vinyl, while the CD release follows on October 9.
The John Wilson Orchestra, That's Entertainment: A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical (EMI)
The John Wilson Orchestra's 2009 BBC Prom concert, with guest stars Seth MacFarlane, Kim Criswell and Curtis Stigers singing reconstructed tunes from classic MGM musicals, receives an American release. It's available as a standard edition and a deluxe one, with the latter containing liner notes and session photos in a casebound, hardcover book plus a DVD containing a featurette and music videos. A stand-alone DVD of the concert is also available.
Frank Zappa, 12 catalogue reissues (UMe/Zappa Records)
Twelve more Zappa classics arrive on CD, many in freshly-remastered editions. Full details and pre-order links for every title can be found in yesterday's full rundown, or just click on the li'l fella, above, to order and jump headfirst into FZ Territory!
Warren Zevon, Mr. Bad Example/Mutineer (Friday Music)
The late Warren Zevon's witty, mordant and moving oeuvre is celebrated on this two-fer from Friday Music, bringing together his 1991 and 1995 studio albums.
Original Soundtrack, Dirty Dancing: The Anniversary Edition (RCA/Legacy)
Will you have the time of your life with this deluxe version of the smash soundtrack album to the 1987 film? Only the original 12 songs are present, but they're joined in a commemorative package by six suitable-for-framing art cards and a bumper sticker.