The Animals, The Mickie Most Years and More / Tower of Power, Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow – Live on the Air & in the Studio 1974 / Lisa Fischer, So Intense / The Alabama State Troupers, Road Show / The Obsessed, The Church Within (Real Gone Music)
An Animals box set and a compilation of unreleased Tower of Power greatness head off Real Gone’s slate for the end of the year!
The Animals: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Tower of Power: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Lisa Fischer: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Alabama State Troupers: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Obsessed: CD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) LP (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Badfinger, Timeless: The Musical Legacy (Apple)
A double dose of Big Star today: a new compilation in Legacy’s Playlist line that marries some of the band’s classic early recordings with latter-day live tracks from their mid-’90s reunion, and a new feature-length documentary on the band.
An unreleased live set from later in Monk’s career, available in multiple formats (including an equally unseen video!).
Soundgarden, Screaming Life/Fopp (Sub Pop)
An expanded remaster of the Seattle grunge icons’ debut EPs.
Barbra Streisand, Back to Brooklyn (Columbia)
Barbra takes Brooklyn – specifically, the new Barclays Center – by storm in these shows, recorded in October 2012.
Various Artists, It’s a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba (Idelsohn Society)
Subtitled “The Latin-Jewish Musical Story 1940s-1980s,” this double-disc set (featuring performances by Carole King, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and more) is a fun, occasionally wacky musical archaeology session that’ll keep you amused and informed. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)