Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up, featuring the return of a veteran artist, celebrations of the renowned musicians of Nashville and Los Angeles, a classic Disney soundtrack, and much more!
Legacy teams with the Country Music Hall of Fame for this 2-CD, 36-song companion soundtrack to the Nashville museum’s current exhibit chronicling Music City’s fusion of country of rock. One previously unreleased cut by Bob Dylan joins both familiar and rare tracks by Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, The Monkees, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and others! The full track listing and more can be found right here!
Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
CD/DVD Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
1-CD Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Vinyl LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Target Exclusive (3 Bonus Songs): Target.com
James Taylor is back with his first collection of original songs in over 13 years! The 10-track albumBefore This World will be available in a number of configurations including a single CD; CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (with the documentary There We Were: The Making of James Taylor’s Before This World; vinyl LP; and Super Deluxe Edition with bonus audio, an expanded cut of the film, a 40-page booklet and swag (handwritten lyric replicas, etc.) in a numbered limited edition. Target has an exclusive with three additional songs not included on any other domestic edition.
Bruce Springsteen, 1973-1984 Remasters (Columbia/Legacy)
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Born to Run: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Darkness on the Edge of Town: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The River: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Nebraska: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Born in the U.S.A.: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Did you miss out on last year’s Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984? No worries. Today, Legacy is making available all of the individual remastered CDs in that box set!
Donovan has hand-picked and written the liner notes for the 29 tracks on Salvo’s new 2-CD anthology. Alongside his familiar hits, the collection also premieres one new track, “One English Summer.”
1982’s album debut from Paisley Underground rockers The Dream Syndicate arrives in remastered and expanded form via Omnivore, with six previously unreleased rehearsal recordings!
Walt Disney Records presents an expanded edition of the soundtrack to 1950’s Cinderella. The first disc presents the program as previously expanded on CD, while the second disc has 23 tracks of demos, new Lost Chords recordings (some previously issued) and more. Read the full track listing and more here!
Edsel’s new 5-CD box set collects three albums by Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction) as made for Geoff Travis’ Blanco y Negro label between 1994 and 1998. Collaborating with Fairground Attraction’s Mark Nevin and The Bible’s Boo Hewerdine on Top 5 album Eddi Reader yielded the singles “Patience Of Angels” and “Joke (I’m Laughing).” Candyfloss And Medicine and Angels & Electricity included songs co-written with keyboard player/co-producer Teddy Borowiecki as well as more songs by Hewerdine. Two bonus CDs complete the story of this period, rounding up many non-album singles and B-sides. The booklet contains full credits and lyrics, and new annotation by Colin Irwin.
Various Artists, Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vols. 3 & 4 (Bear Family)
Bear Family has recently continued its series chronicling the early days of country-rock! The two discs comprising Volume 3 (1970) include songs by The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Mike Nesmith and more, while Volume 4’s pair of CDs presents 1971 recordings by Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Cash, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, New Riders of the Purple Sage and others! Future volumes will take this comprehensive series through 1975!
Denny Tedesco’s acclaimed documentary about the hitmaking L.A. session legends collectively known as The Wrecking Crew arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. Features contributions from Brian Wilson, Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Cher, Herb Alpert, Micky Dolenz and more. Watch this space for details on the upcoming soundtrack release, too, featuring the greatest hits of the era as heard in the film! U.K. readers note that a U.K.-domestic release of the film is due in July; the above link will lead you to the U.S. release!
Friday Music re-reissues two of Christopher Cross’ Warner Bros. albums as a 2-CD set: 1985’s Every Turn Of The World and 1988’s Back Of My Mind.
John Barry, Indecent Proposal (Expanded Edition) (Intrada)
The original 1993 soundtrack to Indecent Proposal featured 1993 album offered numerous songs heard in the film plus a 26-minute medley of composer John Barry’s score highlights in one single track. Intrada’s new score-only CD features 74 minutes of pure Barry. The MCA soundtrack album was produced by Barry, using an assortment of takes both from the actual film soundtrack and cues especially recorded for the album. All versions appear here plus further previously unreleased cues, score revisions and alternates. It’s all presented from the two-track stereo session mixes courtesy Universal Music Group and Paramount Pictures.
Miklos Rosza, The Lost Weekend: Music from the Motion Picture (Intrada)
Intrada goes back to the Golden Age of Hollywood with this world premiere release of nearly every cue scored for Billy Wilder’s 1945 Academy Award-winning Best Picture. Rosza’s evocative score is presented with never-before-heard alternates and revisions, for a total of almost 70 minutes of music. While suites and excerpts have been recorded by different artists over the years (including one with a synthesized theremin), this new Intrada CD is the first official release of the actual soundtrack recorded at Paramount’s scoring stage in April and May 1945 conducted by Irvin Talbot.