Welcome to the Release Round-Up for the week of March 3!
The Staple Singers, Freedom Highway Complete: Recorded Live at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church (Epic/Legacy)
The Staple Singers’ 1965 LP celebrating that year’s historic civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama is generously expanded to complete form on Legacy’s new reissue available on both CD and vinyl. Watch for a review here soon!
The J. Geils Band’s third album – and first to go Top Ten – gets a limited edition red vinyl reissue with replica labels and artwork!
Foghat’s best-selling, double-platinum live album from 1977 returns to vinyl in this 180-gram limited edition release reproducing the original die-cut jacket and cardboard, full-color inner “Eurosleeve.”
The debut album of blue-eyed soul man Boz Scaggs – featuring the Muscle Shoals crew and guitarist Duane Allman – is presented in both its incarnations: the original 1969 mix and the 1977 remix created in the wake of Scaggs’ commercial breakthrough. This edition also features a new interview with the album’s producer, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner.
Booker T and the MG’s reissue series (Edsel)
Edsel has the six vintage albums recorded between 1962 and 1968 by legendary Stax band Booker T. and the MG’s available as three two-fers, with non-LP singles added where appropriate.
Ace happily returns for another dip into the deep songbook of Goffin and King, this time with artists including The Righteous Brothers (title track “Hung on You”), Dusty Springfield (“Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)),” Freddie Scott (“Where Does Love Go”), Tony Orlando (“Am I the Guy?”) and many more.
And that’s not all this week from Carole King. Sony’s U.K. Legacy division offers a 15-track primer of King the solo artist, timed to coincide with the West End opening of her smash hit musical Beautiful. The show’s songs including “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “I Feel the Earth Move” are here with other Ode-era classics such as “Only Love is Real” and “Jazzman.”
Omnivore revisits a soul-jazz classic with this expanded reissue of pianist Les McCann’s 1972 Atlantic album. Invitation features one continuous 26-minute improvisation featuring Yusuf Lateef, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and Alphonse Mouzon. This reissue adds new liner notes by Peter Relic based on interviews with the album’s key personnel including producer Joel Dorn before his death, and boasts one bonus track – a live version of McCann favorite “Compared to What?” with Buddy Guy on guitar, from Germany circa 1975.
BGO reissues two country albums from The Killer as originally released on Mercury in 1972 and 1973, both of which made the U.S. Country Top 10.
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