Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up - maybe the biggest and most diverse yet of 2015!
David Bowie, Five Years (Parlophone)
New remasters of David Bowie (a.k.a. Space Oddity), The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and Pin Ups are collected in a new box set along with existing versions of Ziggy Stardust (in both the original and 2003 mixes), Aladdin Sane, Live Santa Monica '72, the Ziggy Stardust motion picture soundtrack and a 2-CD bonus set entitled Re:Call 1. Available on 12 CDs or 13 LPs.
David Bowie, various reissues (Parlophone)
David Bowie (Space Oddity): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Man Who Sold the World: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Hunky Dory: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Aladdin Sane: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Pin Ups: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
A number of the albums contained in Five Years are reissued as standalone CDs. David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and Pin Ups are all newly-remastered.
Columbia and Legacy have rounded up Johnny Mathis' non-LP single releases and compilation-exclusive tracks for this new 4-CD box set celebrating the legendary entertainer's 80th birthday. 31 of its 87 tracks are new to CD. Watch for Joe's review!
Bear Family domestically releases an incredible 5-CD box set featuring every secular recording made by the legendary Tennessee Ernie Ford between 1949 and 1960 for Capitol Records. Read more here and watch for Joe's review later today!
Capitol has a newly-remastered, 180-gram double-vinyl LP presentation of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli's Live at the London Palladium to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary. Liza provides new liner notes!
Diana Krall's 2014 album Wallflower (a collection of primarily 1970s-era pop and rock covers) ups its track count to 20, adding material from the previous deluxe edition as well as previously-unreleased recordings of "If You Could Read My Mind" with Sarah McLachlan, "Everybody's Talkin'" with VInce Gill, "A Case of You," and "Heart of Gold."
This lavish new box set features all 15 of Queen's studio albums remastered on 180-gram colored vinyl by Bob Ludwig from the original master tapes. A 108-page book accompanies the set. The LPs will also be available on individual standard black vinyl releases.
The Complete Island Recordings includes 11 LPs packaged in a rigid card box with lift top lid, and wrapped in silver paper that simulates the look of a Zippo lighter. The box includes all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, featuring their most celebrated releases, including Catch A Fire, their 1973 label debut, and Rastaman Vibration, their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums Live! and Babylon By Bus.
Omnivore expands Chris Stamey's jangle-pop classic Sneakers to 11 tracks. The label tells all: Sneakers' original six tracks are joined by five bonus cuts, including a cover of The Grass Roots' "Let's Live For Today." Nine of the tracks were available on Omnivore's 2015 10-inch vinyl reissue for Record Store Day/Black Friday, but this new version adds "Be My Ambulance," which previously appeared on the 1978 collectible mini-album In The Red and "Some Kinda Fool" from the out-of-print 1992 collection Racket. Scott Schinder provides the new liner notes!
Loggins and Messina's 1972 debut, featuring the hit "Your Mama Don't Dance," comes to SACD in its original quadraphonic (4.0 surround) mix. The hybrid SACD also features the stereo version of the album in high resolution and in standard CD resolution, playable on all CD players.
Ashford and Simpson, Come As You Are: Expanded Edition (BBR) (Amazon U.S. TBD / Amazon U.K.)
Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson's 1976 Warner Bros. album is expanded with three bonus tracks! Read here for more details!
Stage Door Records rescues the 1969 London Cast Recording of the short-lived musical Ann Veronica, based on the H.G. Wells novel and featuring a score by Cyril Ornadel (Pickwick) and David Croft. Recorded at CTS Studios, the cast album (licensed from Sony) features the performances of Mary Millar (in the title role), Hy Hazell, Arthur Lowe, Peter Reeves, Charles West, Ian Lavender and John Inman.
The Atlantic Records tenure of the jazz drummer/composer/leader is anthologized on this 8-CD box set including a 60-page book and bonus material (including singles and previously unreleased tracks).
Tony Bennett, just off a phenomenally successful tour with Lady Gaga, partners with acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap (as well as Charlap's trio) for this new set of standards composed by arguably the greatest American composer, Jerome Kern. Songs include "All the Things You Are," "I Won't Dance," "The Song is You," "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Look for the Silver Lining."
Trumpeter, A&M Records founder and all-around music legend Herb Alpert returns with a new album on his own Herb Alpert Presents label featuring both original songs and standards like "Come Fly with Me," "Blue Skies" and "Danny Boy."
Micky Dolenz's acclaimed concert act at New York's 54 Below is captured on disc, featuring Dolenz' famed Monkees hits alongside classic Broadway tunes like "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Mr. Cellophane." Dolenz returns to the nightspot tonight and tomorrow to celebrate the album's release!
Don Henley returns with his fifth studio album - and first in 15 years. Cass County was produced by Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co- wrote 11 of the songs on the album, and primarily recorded in Nashville and Texas. Guests include Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, Mick Jagger and Alison Krauss. Cass County will be available as a 12- song standard CD and digital album, as well as a 16-track deluxe version, which will be available on CD, digitally, and a double-disc, 180-gram Vinyl LP. Target also has its own exclusive 18-track deluxe edition with two bonus tracks, "It Doesn't Matter to the Sun" and "Here Comes Those Tears Again."