Welcome to today’s Release Round-Up for the first international Friday release date! Like you, we’re still adjusting to the switch from Monday in the U.K./Tuesday in the U.S. to a worldwide Friday date. Please sound off in the comments below on whether you would like to see us run this longtime feature each Friday, or earlier in the week (so that you may plan ahead for Release Day)!
This 5-CD box set collects every commercially-released album track and non-album single from The Hollies recorded between January 1969 and March 1973, for a total of 92 songs (including some previously released rarities) over the course of six studio albums from Hollies Sings Dylan(1969) through the rare Out on the Road (1973). Get more details and the complete tracklisting here! Note that, while available in the U.K. on July 10, Amazon U.S. will not have this title in stock until July 24.
This 10-CD box set rounds up all of Chicago’s studio albums released between 1979 and 2008, adding bonus tracks from past reissues including those previously released only in Japan. Read more details and the full list of albums here.
New Riders of the Purple Sage’s 1973 hit album returns to vinyl in a limited edition deluxe replica edition remastered by Vic Anesini and pressed on purple vinyl! You can find out more info here!
Big Break Records brings legendary Philly soul orchestra MFSB’s third album, from 1975, to CD in a newly-remastered and expanded edition! Watch for a full rundown on this title and more from BBR soon! Universal Love is available today from Amazon U.K. and copies will be in stock on July 24 at Amazon U.S.!
Randy Newman’s classic score to Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story celebrates 20 years with a new 2-CD complete soundtrack presentation, adding numerous score cues and eight rare demos! Find the full track listing and more information right here!
The classic Stones single celebrates 50 years with this new 12-inch, limited edition vinyl single. The original American pressing on London Records of the single featured “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” as its flipside; the British edition on the Decca label had “The Spider and the Fly” instead. ABKCO’s reissue, pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, will include both B-sides. In addition, each copy of this limited edition will be individually numbered. All tracks have been remastered from the original mono master tapes. Read more here!
Van Halen, Van Halen II / Women and Children First / Fair Warning / Diver Down: Remastered Editions (Warner Bros.)
Van Halen continues its series of remastered reissues with this quartet of albums to be available on CD and vinyl. All remasters feature the original album sequence and artwork with no bonus material or expanded content.
The musical experts over at Bear Family have sixteen tons of Tennessee Ernie Ford. Well, okay, not really, but this comprehensive new box set does have five CDs, 154 songs, and a 124-page book chronicling the vocalist’s career via all of the secular studio recordings he made during the first dozen years of his remarkable career. Early country hits including the chart-topping “Mule Train” (1949) and the “hillbilly boogie” smash “The Shotgun Boogie” (1950) are here, as well as crossover pop hits like the Kay Starr duet “I’ll Never Be Free” and of course, “Sixteen Tons.” This set premieres two never-before-released songs (“Slow Down” and “Small World”), numerous singles and album tracks not previously reissued on CD, and several rarities, including Ford’s 1955 recitations of Davy Crockett stories and public service announcements!
U.K. public domain label Jasmine offers this 2-CD set with all of Bassey’s A- and B-sides released between 1956 and 1962 together with selected tracks from her EPs and LPs during the period. Includes smash hits “As I Love You,” “Reach for the Stars” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”
Jasmine also has this 30-track, public domain-sourced collection from The King Brothers. Led by Denis King, aged 13, on piano, with Michael on guitar and Tony on double bass, the teenage trio rose to fame on BBC television, and in 1956 became the youngest variety act to play the stage of the London Palladium. Within a year they were in the record charts, scoring hits including “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation,” “In the Middle of an Island,” “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Standing on the Corner.” All were recorded at Abbey Road and released on Parlophone. This new collection has been endorsed by The King Brothers. Denis provides new liner notes and supplies photos for the booklet.
Popular singer Jane Morgan was in the news this week due to the sad passing at age 77 of her husband since 1965, music and movie mogul Jerry Weintraub. Jasmine takes a look back at the chanteuse’s earliest days with this new anthology containing three complete albums: The Ballads of Lady Jane, Sings the Great Golden Hits and At The Coconut Grove plus excerpts from three more of her original Kapp LPs, Sings More Golden Hits, Time and Greatest Hits.