Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up! We hope all of our U.S. readers enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. And now, without further ado, onto the music!
Finally, after a brief delay, Progeny is here! This whopping 14-CD box captures seven complete concerts from Yes circa 1972 – the same tour leading up to the performances preserved on Yessongs. For those who don’t need 14 discs, 2-CD and 3-LP Highlights distillations are also available (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) !
Billy Joel’s third studio album, from 1974, gets a hybrid SACD reissue featuring both the original stereo and 4.0 quad surround mixes. Features “The Entertainer,” “Root Beer Rag” and “Souvenir.” The stereo mix is playable on all CD players.
With production from New Orleans’ own piano man, Allen Toussaint, the No. 7 Pop/No. 4 R&BNightbirds (1974) was the most successful LP ever by Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. It was bolstered by the success of Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan’s “Lady Marmalade,” which topped the Pop, R&B and Dance charts. Crewe’s “It Took a Long Time (For the First Time in My Life”) is also featured on the album – you can hear Bob’s own version on Bob Crewe: The Complete Elektra Recordings from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music – as well as a couple of Toussaint compositions and a number of Nona Hendryx originals. This hybrid SACD has a remastered stereo version of the album (playable on all CD players) as well as the original 4.0 quad mix!
The soundtrack to Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe’s upcoming film Aloha – due in theatres this Friday – is here, featuring songs from David Crosby, Fleetwood Mac, Beck, Josh Ritter, Hall and Oates, and others.
Harbinger Records and The Musical Theatre Project celebrate one of the most legendary voices in Broadway and jazz: Cy Coleman. You Fascinate Me So, a companion to Andy Propst’s superlative Coleman biography of the same name, features 28 rare and previously unreleased tracks played and sung by the composer from musicals including Wildcat, Little Me, Sweet Charity, Seesaw and more. The set also includes rarities like “The Laarge Daark Aardvark Song” co-written with late comedy hero Allan Sherman, and Coleman’s own rendition of his early pop hit “Why Try to Change Me Now” recently interpreted by Bob Dylan on his Shadows in the Night! A must-have. Watch for our full review soon!
Donna Summer’s Geffen and Atlantic recordings, reissued last year in a series of deluxe reissues, have now been distilled for a 2-CD, 32-track budget-priced compilation featuring hits plus single edits, remixes and more.
The Textones, Midnight Mission and Cedar Creek (Expanded Editions) (Omnivore)
Omnivore has generously expanded editions of the first two albums from Carla Olson’s band The Textones! Midnight Mission features guest spots from Gene Clark, Ry Cooder, Don Henley and co-producer Barry Goldberg, while Cedar Creek boasts appearances by Ian McLagan, Howie Epstein and The Waters!
Funky Town Grooves adds four single versions – “Love, Need and Want You,” “I’m in Love Again,” “If Only You Knew” and “I’ll Never, Never Give Up” – to a newly-remastered edition of Patti LaBelle’s sixth studio album (and second for Philadelphia International Records).
Bruce Hornsby is the newest addition to Legacy’s long-running Essential series with this 2-CD, 29-track volume touching on his work with The Range, The Noisemakers, solo and beyond.
Australia’s Raven label reissues the first four albums by The 5th Dimension, originally released between 1967 and 1969, as a 2-CD set also including five previously issued bonus tracks. Includes the group’s legendary hits “Up, Up and Away,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “The Age of Aquarius,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Workin’ on a Groovy Thing” and more!
The Painter, the pop-oriented eighth studio album by KC And The Sunshine Band, was released in 1981 on the Epic label and is newly reissued by Funky Town Grooves with three bonus tracks, all from singles.
Stage Door Records rescues the score of another lost British musical with the previously unreleased original studio cast recording of the 1985/86 Joan of Arc musical Jeanne . Olivier Award-nominated singer-songwriter Shirlie Roden’s rock opera premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in September 1985, starring Siobhan McCarthy in the title role alongside Peter Straker and Malcolm Roberts. The production subsequently transferred to London’s Sadler’s Wells for a limited season in March 1986 directed by Bill Kenwright and starring Rebecca Storm as Jeanne. This studio cast album was recorded during the show’s development, and features composer Roden as Jeanne plus Richard Barnes (Jesus Christ Superstar), Peter Straker (Hair) and The Move’s Carl Wayne (Blood Brothers).