Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up featuring a host of deluxe reissues, box sets, and more!
Phil Collins, Face Value: Deluxe Edition (Atlantic/Rhino)
Phil Collins’ 1981 classic featuring “In the Air Tonight” gets expanded to two CDs or DD with the addition of eight live tracks and four demos (plus a new, modern cover photograph echoing the original). Ten of the twelve bonuses are new to CD. The original album will also be available on 180-gram vinyl.
Phil Collins, Both Sides: Deluxe Edition (Atlantic/Rhino)
Phil Collins’ 1993 album Both Sides is expanded to two CDs or DD as part of his Take a Look at Me Now reissue campaign! Bonus tracks include B-sides, demos and live tracks, with six of the ten bonus cuts previously unreleased on CD. The original album will also be available on 180-gram vinyl.
Now Sounds collects the complete 1965-1970 singles from the delightfully quirky sunshine pop heroes Harpers Bizarre and the band’s pre-fame incarnation as The Tikis on one splendid, 26-track CD featuring numerous rare mono mixes making their debut on CD. Includes such classics as “The 59th Street Bridge Song,” “Come to the Sunshine,” “Small Talk” and much more! Watch this space for a full review soon!
Omnivore spotlights the seventies-New York underground band led by brothers James and Thomas Wynbrandt on this new anthology featuring 23 tracks including studio material, live recordings and demos. All of the music has been restored by engineer Michael Graves, and and the booklet features photos, memorabilia and new liner notes by producer Jesse Lauter.
Parlophone collects five vintage Cilla Black albums in this mini-box set: Cilla, Cilla Sings a Rainbow, Sher-oo!, Surround Yourself with Cilla, and Sweet Inspiration. The latter three titles make their proper standalone CD debuts here, although none of the albums retain the bonus tracks previously issued in digital format.
The Hollies’ Original Album Series collections continue with this second box containing albums from both the group’s Graham Nash and Terry Sylvester eras, spanning 1967-1970: Evolution,Butterfly, Hollies Sing Dylan, Hollies Sing Hollies, and Confessions of the Mind. The 1999 remasters are apparently those included in the box set.
Bill Evans, Original Album Series (Rhino U.K.) (Amazon U.S. TBD / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada TBD)
Bill Evans joins the line-up for Rhino/Warner U.K.’s Original Album Series with this mini-box collecting five albums from the jazz piano titan: New Conversations, Affinity, You Must Believe in Spring, The Paris Concert: Edition One and The Paris Concert: Edition Two.
Esther Phillips’ five early Atlantic LPs are collected in one mini box-set from Warner U.K.: And I Love Him, The Country Side of Esther Phillips, Esther Phillips Sings, Burnin’ – Live at Freddie Jett’s Pied Piper Club L.A. and Confessin’ the Blues.
Ace offers the first-ever career-spanning anthology for The Paris Sisters (“I Love How You Love Me”) including their work with Phil Spector, Jack Nitzsche, Terry Melcher and Nik Venet for labels including Gregmark, Capitol, Crescendo, MGM, Mercury and Reprise. Several perviously unreleased tracks also grace this set including the Sisters’ legendary unissued single for Columbia from 1963!
Ace celebrates the instrumental side of the iconoclastic composer-producer Lee Hazlewood with this 24-track anthology. Duane Eddy headlines three tracks, while other cuts come from Al Casey, Hal Blaine, Jack Nitzsche, Billy Strange, Dino, Desi and Billy, and surf combo The Astronauts, plus many more!
Julia Fordham’s self-titled debut album gets the deluxe, expanded treatment from Cherry Pop. This 1988 U.K. Top 20 success features the hit singles “The Comfort Of Strangers” (U.K. #89, U.S. #40 (AC)), “Woman Of The 80s” (U.K. #83), “Where Does The Time Go?” (U.K. #41), and “Happy Ever After” (U.K. #27, U.S. #24 (AC). This 2-CD, remastered edition features 25 tracks including the original 11-song album alongside 14 bonus tracks: all of the single versions, B-sides, remixes, and alternate versions that were released during the promotion of the original album, as well as the live recordings that appeared on the EP which was included as part of the limited edition release of Julia Fordham. Watch for full coverage of this title soon!
BBR has an expanded and remastered edition of the 1975 Atco Records debut album from Sister Sledge featuring a whopping ten bonus tracks! This release features productions by Tony Silvester and Bert De Coteaux along with Philly soul maestro Bobby Eli! We’ll have a full report soon!
Ashford and Simpson, Gimme Something Real / I Wanna Be Selfish (Big Break)
BBR returns to the early days of Ashford and Simpson’s Warner Bros. years with two more deluxe, remastered and expanded reissues from these titans of R&B. Watch this space for full details soon!