Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Who box up replicas of seven early 7-inch singles plus an eighth with The High Numbers’ “Zoot Suit” b/w “I’m the Face” on this deluxe vinyl box set. Read more here.
Bear Family gives the “I’m Into Something Good” and “There’s a Kind of Hush” pop stars the deluxe treatment with this new release featuring 66 tracks (spanning hits, B-sides, rarities and demos). Every track is presented in never-before-heard true stereo mixes; only eight of these songs have ever appeared in true stereo before. That’s not all. This altogether stunning collection, produced by Ron Furmanek and annotated by Andrew Sandoval, boasts a 140-page book with a foreword by Herman himself, Peter Noone! A must for fans of classic pop.
Jesse Winchester, Seems Like Only Yesterday—Live in Montreal 1976 (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) / Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz, Craig Fuller/Eric Kaz (Expanded Edition) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) / The Crumbsuckers, Life of Dreams/Beast on My Back (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) / Cannonball Adderley, Big Man (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Real Gone Music’s latest slate is here with rare music from troubadours, jazzmen and rockers alike! Full details on the slate can be found here. Note that Dusty Springfield’s Faithful – featuring Dusty’s complete sessions with Jeff Barry, and including liner notes by yours truly – will now arrive on April 28! Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
Omnivore Recordings in the U.S. and Ace Records in the U.K. delivers a stunning, intimate and never-before-released concert performance from Dion recorded at New York’s legendary Bitter End in August 1971. Look for Joe’s review soon!
Bad Company, Bad Company: Deluxe Edition and Straight Shooter: Deluxe Edition (Swan Song/Rhino)
Rhino reissues Bad Company’s first two albums in deluxe editions packed with previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes! Get full details and tracklistings here.
Steve Vai, Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A. (Legacy)
The master shredder’s October 12, 2012 concert from Los Angeles is captured in audio & video configurations from Legacy! Full details can be found here.
Omnivore has the third volume of the late Art Pepper’s Neon Art on CD with three lengthy performances recorded in Japan on November 13-19, 1981!
BGO pairs Grace Slick’s third and fourth solo albums, from 1981 and 1984, respectively, in one new package!
Jackie Wilson, NYC 1961-1966 / Garnet Mimms, Looking for You: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles / Eddie Bo, Baby I’m Wise: The Complete Ric Singles 1959-1962 (Ace)
Ace has a trio of releases from classic soul men, all with enough rare material to sate even the most dedicated collectors!
Brian Wilson returns with his long-anticipated eleventh studio album featuring Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin of The Beach Boys, plus Nate Ruess of fun., She & Him, Kasey Musgraves, Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, Peter Hollens, Mark Isham, and longtime members of Wilson’s band. Wilson and Joe Thomas (The Beach Boys’ That’s Why God Made the Radio) have produced. This U.S. link is for the Deluxe Edition with 16 tracks! A Standard Edition features only 13 tracks. The U.K. edition linked above (and a U.S. Target exclusive) boasts two additional tracks – new recordings of “Love and Mercy” and “In the Back of My Mind.”
Todd Rundgren, Global (Esoteric Recordings/MVD)
Todd Rundgren is back with his 25th studio album which is described as fusing “rock, soul and EDM” – undoubtedly as only Todd could do. Though he’s of late been busy with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, Rundgren will also take to the road in April and May to support his latest release. Songs include “Global Nation,” “Flesh and Blood,” “Skyscraper” and “This Island Earth.” Global will be available via Cherry Red’s Esoteric label in the U.K. in standard and deluxe editions and MVD Entertainment stateside in a standard edition. The 180-gram vinyl edition will arrive on April 27. The U.K. deluxe edition adds the NTSC/Region Free DVD of The Unpredictable Todd Rundgren, a full 110-minute concert recorded at City Winery in New York City in March 2012. Watch out for Joe’s review soon!
Varese brings Tim Jones’ score to the cult favorite TV show to CD for the first time including a trio of tracks from the show’s fictional band Jeffster: “Fortunate Son,” “Fat Bottom Girls” and “Take on Me.” Chuck fans: check back later today for a special opportunity to take this soundtrack home!