Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete and Raw (Columbia/Legacy)
At long last, here are the complete and unexpurgated Basement Tapes – 6 discs and over 140 songs recorded in the creatively fertile days of 1967 and 1968 by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm. Quite simply, this treasure trove of Americana may well be the Catalogue Music Event of the Year.
The Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Wings, Venus and Mars (Hear Music/MPL, 2014)
Paul McCartney continues his Archive Collection with deluxe, bonus-packed editions of two Wings classics: 1975’s Venus and Mars and 1976’s Wings at the Speed of Sound! Full details including track listings and more can be found right here!
The Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Wings, At the Speed of Sound (Hear Music/MPL, 2014)
Robert Goulet: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) / Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers: The Williams Brothers Christmas Album (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) / The Statler Brothers: The Complete Mercury Christmas Recordings Featuring the Albums “Christmas Card” & “Christmas Present” (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K. ) / The Brothers Four: Merry Christmas (Expanded Edition) (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K. ) / The Kingston Trio: The Last Month of the Year (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K. ) / Rosemary Clooney: In Songs from the Paramount Pictures Production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Expanded Edition) (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) / Frank DeVol and the Rainbow Strings: The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.) / Dick Wagner: Dick Wagner (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.)
Christmas arrives early this year thanks to our friends at Real Gone Music! The label has a whopping seven Christmas albums due this week from artists including rare holiday music from Rosemary Clooney, The Statler Brothers, The Kingston Trio, Frank DeVol and The Brothers Four! And that’s not all. We’re particularly excited about two of Real Gone’s releases. Joe compiled and annotated Robert Goulet’s Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings featuring both of Goulet’s classic holiday LPs plus a host of bonus tracks, and he has also written the notes for the first CD reissue from the original master tapes of Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers’ Christmas Album! Get a head start on the Christmas season with these happy holiday reissues!
Edsel has boxed up T Rex’s eight studio albums and added two CDs of selected bonus material for this one-stop-shopping set.
Rolling Stones, From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum 1981 (Eagle Rock)
This 1981 live concert from The Rolling Stones’ digital archive goes physical on CD, LP, DVD and standard definition Blu-ray. The program continues later this month with similar releases for L.A. Forum – Live in 1975!
CD: Amazon U.S.
DVD [NTSC] + CD Set: Amazon U.K.
This new box set traces the beloved, late troubadour’s career over four CDs and 90 songs recorded between 1964 and 1997.
Big Star, Live in Memphis (Omnivore)
Roger Taylor, Best (Omnivore)
The first-ever best-of for the Queen drummer features 18 tracks from his criminally-unknown solo catalogue!
This King Crimson treasure chest contains 27 discs – including CDs, DVD-As, and BDs – for an immersive, in-depth look at Crimson circa 1973-1974, live and in the studio. Full details on this stunning collection can be found here!
This 21-CD set chronicles the Country Music Hall of Famer’s career at RCA Records, from 1973 to 1991, plus his return to the label in 2006!
Yes, Relayer CD/DVD-A and CD/BD (Panegyric)
Steven Wilson works his magic on Yes’ 1974 Relayer, the band’s seventh studio album! Wilson provides new stereo and surround mixes available on CD + DVD-A or BD configurations.
XTC, Drums and Wires CD/DVD-A and CD/BD (Ape House)
CD/DVD-A: Amazon U.S. TBD / Amazon U.K.
Wilson takes the same approach for the newest volume in Ape House’s series of deluxe XTC reissues on CD/DVD-A and CD/BD: 1979’s Drums and Wires, the band’s third album.
Scorpions, Blackout SACD (Audio Fidelity) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
The eighth studio album from Germany’s favorite hard rockers arrives on hybrid stereo SACD, playable in all CD players, from Audio Fidelity.
Blue Note celebrates its 75th anniversary with 75 single sides collected on this new 5-CD box set. Each disc represents a different era in the label’s history – which is, to say, the history of jazz!
Thelonious Monk’s recordings for Blue Note signaled the label’s move from boogie woogie and vintage jazz to cutting-edge hard bop. These recordings, which include the first version of Monk’s classic composition “‘Round Midnight” (originally recorded as “‘Round About Midnight”), were released on a series of fifteen 78 RPM singles. Later, the singles were re-compiled on 10-inch and 12-inch LPs. This collection, housed in a hardbound digipak, will present for the first time Monk’s Blue Note singles in their original 78 RPM sequence of release, adding as bonus tracks the alternate takes that appeared on later LP and CD releases. All told, the 2-CD set includes nine tracks not available on any current reissues of the great pianist/composer’s albums.
Frank Sinatra, Come Fly with Me / In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning / This is Sinatra! / A Jolly Christmas with Frank Sinatra / Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass / Moonlight Sinatra (Vinyl) (Capitol/UMe)
As part of the Signature Sinatra initiative, Capitol/UMe has been releasing a series of select original Sinatra LPs from both his Capitol and Reprise catalogues in limited edition, remastered heavyweight vinyl pressings. Look for this series to continue with more releases in the very near future! We’ve been able to obtain few details about these releases, but we can confirm that Come Fly with Me is mono, as is A Jolly Christmas with Frank Sinatra. (No true stereo version of the latter has ever been issued.) (Thanks to The Sinatra Family Forum for their valuable info on these releases!)
This 14-track Playlist volume combines Carly’s hit Arista recordings (“The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of,” “Coming Around Again,” “Better Not Tell Her”) with live cuts (“You’re So Vain,” “Anticipation”) and one new-to-CD track: the Live from Grand Central performance of “Touched by the Sun.”
The catalogue of Collins’ own Wildflower Records is tapped for this 2-CD, 28-track set drawn primarily from recent and late-period recordings.
The Divine Miss M returns with her tribute to the greatest girl groups of all time – and Bette isn’t limiting herself to any one era, as she tackles songs by The Andrews Sisters, The Shirelles, The Supremes, TLC and more! Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Smash) produces this spirited set!
Neil Young, Storytone (Reprise)
For his latest album, Neil Young fulfilled his ambitions to record an LP live with an orchestra in the same room. The lush Storytone features a 92-piece orchestra and choir, and is available in a deluxe edition with a second disc of Neil’s solo renditions of its songs. With material ranging from dramatic ballads to finger-snapping swingers, this is truly a departure from anything Young has done before – and is well worth checking out for that reason alone.
Standard Edition (Orchestrated album only): Amazon U.K.
Listen to the music! For this greatest-hits duets set, The Doobie Brothers (including Michael McDonald) have teamed up with current country stars including Blake Shelton, The Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Toby Keith and Vince Gill. Southbound marks the first Doobie Brothers album to feature Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald since 1976’s Takin’ It to the Streets!