Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up which continues this autumn's tradition of having each week packed with box sets from heavy hitters - in this case, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Who, Queen, Grateful Dead, Frank Sinatra, and they're still not all! Plus: CD and vinyl reissues, anthologies, and much more!
The Beach Boys, Beach Boys' Party: Uncovered and Unplugged (Capitol) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
The first disc of this 2-CD, 81-track set features the original 1965 Beach Boys Party! album as remixed in original, pre-overdubbed form and then chronologically begins an account of all five sessions as the band runs through the album's familiar tracks as well as ones that didn't make the cut including The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," Leiber and Stoller's "Ruby Baby" and "Riot in Cell Block No. 9," The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" and more. Dialogue from the sessions has also been included. This 2-CD and digital album also includes photos from the sessions, essays by Beach Boys historians Alan Boyd and Craig Slowinski, and notes by producer Mark Linett. A vinyl LP edition of the Party album's original 12 tracks in their remixed, stripped-down form, will follow on December 11. You can get full details here!
Grateful Dead, Fare Thee Well various editions (Rhino)
The final (?) performances of the Grateful Dead, recorded on July 3-5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, come to CD, DD, DVD and BD in a variety of audio and video formats. In addition to the Dead.net exclusive complete releases of all three shows, you can find the following at retail, plus Digital Downloads of the July 5 show and the "Best Of":
• 4-CD/2-Blu-ray Version - Full audio and high-definition video from final show (July 5) on CD and Blu-ray. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
• 4-CD/2-DVD Version - Full audio and video from final show (July 5) on CD and DVD. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
• 2-Blu-ray Version - Full high-definition video from final show (July 5) on Blu-ray. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
• 2-DVD Version - Full video from final show (July 5) on DVD. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
• 2-CD "Best Of" Version - Audio highlights from all three shows. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Frank Sinatra, A Voice on Air (1935-1955) (Columbia/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
This new 4-CD box set celebrates the Frank Sinatra centennial with over 100 rare and previously unreleased songs drawn from the future Chairman of the Board's legendary radio career - many of which he never otherwise recorded - in newly restored and remastered sound! Watch for Joe's review soon, and here's the complete track listing and more information! Also see this week's vinyl and DVD/BD releases from Sinatra, below!
The Velvet Underground, The Complete Matrix Tapes (Polydor/UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
UMe delivers the second major Velvet Underground release this fall with The Complete Matrix Tapes. In 1969, The Velvet Underground played a residency at San Francisco club The Matrix, and performances from these shows were recorded on a tape deck by guitarist Robert Quine. Now, for the first time, the tapes are being released in full on 4 CDs.
Carly Simon, Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection (Rhino) (Amazon U.S. /Amazon U.K.)
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir book: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Carly Simon has curated a 2-CD companion volume to her new autobiography. Focusing on her Elektra and Warner Bros. years, this collection also features two previously unreleased tracks including Boys in the Trees outtake "Showdown" and the newly-recorded "I Can't Thank You Enough" with her son Ben Taylor. The full track listing and more can be found here!
Lee Michaels, The Complete A&M Album Collection / Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels (Manifesto)
The Complete A&M Album Collection: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Heighty Hi: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The hip, funky rock of Lee Michaels ("Do You Know What I Mean," "Heighty Hi") returns on Manifesto's splendid new 7-CD box set reissuing his long-out-of-print, complete A&M albums! Each title is housed in a digipak replicating the original vinyl presentation, and a 40-page booklet with vintage memorabilia reproductions and copious new liner notes for each album is also included within the slipcase! A companion highlights CD offers 20 tracks of Michaels' best from the 1968-1973 period covered on the box set! Watch for Joe's review later today.
Timi Yuro, Something Bad on My Mind/The Unreleased and Rare Liberty Recordings (Morello) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
The big, blue-eyed soul voice of the late, great Timi Yuro returns on this disc featuring Yuro's complete 1968 Liberty album Something Bad on My Mind along with a splendid selection of twelve rare and previously unreleased tracks culled from the Liberty vaults. Watch for Joe's review of this lost treasure soon!
John Coltrane, A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse!) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
The triple-disc A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters features a wealth of audio extras appended to John Coltrane's 1965 classic. The original stereo album is augmented with previously unreleased mono reference masters from Trane's personal archive. Disc 2 features the complete sessions from December 9-10, 1964, four takes of which were released on an expanded edition in 2002. (The sessions from the 10th consist of a second attempt at album opener "Acknowledgement," with saxophonist Archie Shepp and bassist Art Davis joining the quartet. Two of the previously released tracks are making their debut in stereo.) The third disc features the quartet's previously-issued performance of A Love Supreme at the Festival Mondial du Jazz in Antibes in July of 1965-the only time the album was played live in full. A 2-CD version drops the concert disc.
Weather Report, The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 (Columbia/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Weather Report's The Legendary Live Tapes features 4 CDs of previously unreleased performances recorded by the legendary jazz fusion group from 1978 to 1981 and sourced from soundboard tapes recorded by the group's engineer Brian Risner. Produced by drummer Peter Erskine and executive-produced by Joe Zawinul's son Anthony, this box doesn't attempt to replicate a Weather Report set list but rather curates a listening experience to showcase the breadth of the group's musical variety and prowess.
The Who, Live in Hyde Park (Eagle Rock)
2-CD/BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2-CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
3-LP/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2-CD/DVD/BD Hardback Book Set: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
BD: Amazon U.K.
DVD: Amazon U.K.
This set preserves The Who's concert of June 26, 2015 at London's Hyde Park before a crowd of 50,000 fans. Filmed in high definition and simultaneously released in various formats encompassing DVDs, CDs, BDs and LPs, this release marks The Who's 50th anniversary.
The Rolling Stones, From the Vault: Roundhay Park - Live in Leeds 1982 (Eagle Rock)
SD-BD/2-CD: Amazon U.S.
DVD/2-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
DVD/3-LP: Amazon U.K.
DVD: Amazon U.K.
Blu-ray: Amazon U.K.
The Rolling Stones' latest From the Vault release comes from the band's performance at Roundhay Park in Leeds, England on July 25, 1982 - the final show to feature Ian Stewart on piano. The footage has been restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release in the usual array of formats.
Queen, A Night at the Odeon (Hollywood)
CD/SD-BD/DVD Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Vinyl LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Standard Definition BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
CD/SD-BD: Amazon U.K.
CD/DVD: Amazon U.K.
Queen's December 24, 1975 performance at London's Hammersmith Odeon is captured on a new release available in a variety of formats including CD, Standard Definition BD, DVD, CD/DVD, CD/SD-BD, vinyl LP, and Super Deluxe Edition.
Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream and Other Delights (Herb Alpert Presents) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Following on the heels of the recent Christmas Album reissue, the new Herb Alpert Presents label has a freshly-remastered edition of Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' landmark Whipped Cream and Other Delights (featuring "Whipped Cream," "Love Potion No. 9" and "A Taste of Honey") on CD, DD and 180-gram vinyl LP. More titles are promised for 2016 - hopefully including some of the long out-of-print treasures from the TJB catalogue!
Arthur Lee and Love, Coming Through to You: The Live Recordings 1970-2004 (Rockbeat) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Rockbeat boxes up four discs of live rarities from the late Arthur Lee and Love: Disc 1 for the 1970s (including shows at the Fillmore East and West), Disc 2 for the 1990s, Disc 3 for the 2000s, and Disc 4 (entitled "A Fan's View") rounding up performances between 1977 and 1994. Each volume is housed in an individual sleeve, and a 16-page booklet boasts liner notes from journalist David Fricke, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Baby Lemonade's Mike Randle (who joined Lee in later iterations of Love). Randy Perry has remastered.
Jo Jo Gunne, Live 1971 and 1973 (Rockbeat) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
RockBeat brings together Jo Jo Gunne's first ever performance at the Hollywood Palladium from 1971 with a "live in the studio" session from the band in 1973. The booklet for the set features over twenty previously unseen photographs from 1971 and 1972.
Roger Waters, The Wall (Columbia/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
Columbia and Legacy have the soundtrack to the film of Roger Waters' live 2010-2013 touring version of The Wall on CD, DD and LP, produced for records by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney).
Frank Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (Eagle Rock)
4-DVD/1-CD Deluxe Edition Box Set: Amazon U.S.
2-DVD Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2-BD Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Director Alex Gibney's acclaimed 2015 documentary film about The Chairman of the Board comes to DVD and BD including in a 4-DVD/1-CD box set premiering the complete 1971 Los Angeles "retirement concert" on CD. Read full details here!
Frank Sinatra, Sinatra '65 / September of My Years / A Man and His Music vinyl reissues (UMe)
Sinatra '65: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
September of My Years: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
A Man and His Music: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
UMe continues its series of vinyl reissues from Frank Sinatra's Reprise years with three new additions on 180-gram vinyl.
Regarding Herb Alpert reissues. Could someone PLEASE reach out to the label and suggest remastered releases of the great Herb Alpert and the TJB TV specials on DVD complete with original commercials and other extras? A couple of these specials are on Youtube in very poor prints.
Although Robert Quine recorded some of the Matrix performances with the permission of the band, this release is from the archive of Matrix co-owner Peter Abram. The sound quality of the new release is superior to the Quine recordings.