Eric Clapton, Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings (Polydor/UMe)
One of Clapton’s most prolific periods is revisited with this six-disc box, featuring expanded versions of 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974), There’s One in Every Crowd (1975), a remixed and expanded double-disc version of live album E.C. Was Here (1975), a disc of sessions at Criteria Studios with blues legend Freddie King and a Blu-Ray featuring new 5.1 surround and original quadrophonic mixes. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Jellyfish, Radio Jellyfish (Omnivore)
Join the fan club! The power-pop cult legends took a stripped-down approach for a 1993 radio tour, and we now get to enjoy these performances for its first official release.
John Mellencamp, John Mellencamp 1978-2012 (Mercury/UMe)
All of Mellencamp’s official studio albums for Riva, Mercury, Columbia and Rounder – from 1979’s John Cougar to 2010’s No Better Than This – plus the out-of-print soundtrack to his 1992 acting and directorial debut, Falling from Grace. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat: 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Polydor/UMe)
The VU’s second album gets the deluxe treatment as a triple-disc set, featuring the album in mono and stereo with 11 bonus tracks, plus a third disc recorded live at New York’s Gymnasium in 1967. (A double-disc version omits the mono disc.)
Neil Young, Live At The Cellar Door (Reprise)
A previously-unreleased disc culled from Young’s late-1970 run at the small Washington, D.C. club – the latest in his ongoing Archive Performance Series.
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records)
The deluxe version of this new release – from a new Disney film telling the tale of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) brought P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson)’s classic children’s novels to the screen – contains never-before-released “pre-demos” from the original 1964 film! (In the U.K., those demos are available on a new double-disc reissue of the original Mary Poppins soundtrack.)
Various Artists, The Complete Motown Singles Volume 12B: 1972 (Hip-O Select/Motown)
Various Artists, Verve – The Sound of America: The Singles Collection (Verve/UMe)