This week’s Release Round-Up brings the year’s most eagerly-anticipated box set, a stunning new collection from the Fab Four, a Christmas feast including two titles from Second Disc Records, and more!
Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series: Volume 12 – The Cutting Edge (Columbia/Legacy)
The Best of the Cutting Edge 2-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Best of the Cutting Edge 3-LP Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Cutting Edge 6-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Cutting Edge: Collector’s Edition 18-CD: BobDylan.com Exclusive
Whether you’re in for the 2-CD, 6-CD, or 18-CD edition, you won’t want to miss this collection exploring the creation of three of rock’s most powerful, enduring LPs: Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde! Full track listings and more details can be found right here! Joe’s review is due later today.
Beatles, Beatles 1+ various editions (Apple/UMe)
- Beatles 1: 1 CD/1 DVD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Beatles 1: 1 CD/1 BD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Beatles 1: 1 CD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Beatles 1: 1 BD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Beatles 1: 1 DVD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Beatles 1+: 1 CD/2 BDs (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Beatles 1+: 1 CD/2 DVDs (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
The original chart-toppers from Beatles 1 (in newly-remixed stereo on CD) are joined by a spectacularly-restored music video for each song on the Beatles 1 editions above, with a full extra disc of bonus videos for the 1+ releases! The videos have been remixed into 5.1 sound, adding an entirely new dimension to these beloved songs. Read more here, and watch for Joe’s review later today!
Jim Nabors, The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings / Lynn Anderson, The Christmas Album: Expanded Edition (Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music)
Second Disc Records unveils its first-ever Christmas releases today from Jim Nabors and the late Lynn Anderson, both newly-remastered at Sony’s Battery Studios with rare, new-to-CD tracks and Joe’s liner notes!
Real Gone Music has an unprecedented slate of yuletide releases with the above six titles, most of which feature rare and new-to-CD tracks! I’ve written the liner notes for every one of these titles except for the 4 Seasons, which is presented in a mini-LP sleeve with all original artwork!
Fragile is the fourth in a series of remixed and expanded Yes Classics. The classic original album has been remixed for 5. 1 Surround Sound from the original multi-track masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Yes. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Wilson plus bonus tracks. The all-region Blu-ray has 5.1 PCM Surround Sound and High Resolution Stereo mixes in 96/24 and in DTS-HD MA 5. 1. The Blu-ray also features the original album mix in a high resolution flat transfer from the original stereo master tape source (192/24). The BD also features the six additional tracks plus full album instrumental mixes, two additional alternate takes, a needledrop of an original U.K. vinyl pressing of Fragile, and needledrops of the original U.S. promotional single edits. Also available in a CD/DVD-A format with fewer bonus tracks.
1995’s Thrak arrives as the tenth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series. The first full album to feature the ‘Double Trio’ incarnation of the group, Thrak is being expanded to a whopping 16 (!) discs: 12 CDs, 1 DVD-A, 1 DVD & 2 Blu-ray discs, featuring studio & live recordings, many previously unreleased, from the earliest band rehearsals to their final gathering in Nashville in 1997. In addition, much of the material is presented in new 5.1 Surround & Hi-Resolution stereo mixes. You can read full details here.
1980’s The Turn Of A Friendly Card, the fifth album from The Alan Parsons Project, spawned several singles including “Games People Play,” “Time” (featuring The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone), “Snake Eyes” and the title track. The 35th anniversary edition adds 37 bonus tracks – 27 of which are previously unreleased!
Sony’s U.K. arms offers a near-definitive 19-track anthology from the great Ronnie Spector including her seminal Philles recordings, “Try Some Buy Some” with George Harrison, her E Street Band collaborations and more. (Still no “Tandoori Chicken,” however.)
New Order’s 2005 compilation featuring 2 CDs and 32 tracks has been newly remastered!