Johnny Cash, Out Among the Stars (Columbia/Legacy)
This new album of newly-discovered mid-’80s outtakes is perhaps better than what was released at the time. Gorgeous and, at times, haunting, the way Johnny Cash albums should be.
Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Edition (Mercury/Rocket/UMe)
Elton’s classic double album comes back to glorious life with several lavish editions, featuring new covers of songs from the set, B-sides, live material and more.
Merle Haggard, Okie from Muskogee: 45th Anniversary Special Edition (Capitol Nashville)
Miles Davis, Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy)
Rod Stewart, Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s the Night (Warner Bros./Rhino)
My Chemical Romance, May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits 2001-2013 (Reprise)
New Jersey’s own late lamented My Chem, one of the best alt-rock bands of the past decade, release a career-spanning compilation with one unreleased song and several demos.
Eric Carmen, The Essential Eric Carmen (Arista/Legacy)
A lovingly-assembled two-disc compilation honoring the talents of the singer/songwriter, from The Raspberries to today. Includes the gorgeous new track “Brand New Year.” (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
The Blue Nile, Peace At Last: Deluxe Edition (Virgin/UMC)
Pantera, Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition (EastWest/Rhino)
Aztec Camera, High Land Hard Rain: Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition (Domino)
The Scottish rock band’s first album is expanded to just about completion, with single sides and unreleased tracks on a bonus disc.
Toto, Toto/ Hydra / Turn Back (Rock Candy)
Toto’s perfectly crafted AOR-pop blend is represented by their first three albums, newly remastered for CD by Rock Candy.
Various Artists, A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
Last year’s multi-artist live tribute concert in honor of The Boss, capped with a mini-set by Springsteen and The E Street Band.
Eagle Rock brings four vintage programs back to video with these two Blu-ray releases, both part of the label’s new “SD Blu-ray” line. As indicated, these programs are in upscaled standard definition video but have been upgraded to “uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD high resolution surround sound.”