Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Ace brings its acclaimed 2015 Here Today: The Songs of Brian Wilson compilation to 180-gram white vinyl in a slimmed-down form (12 tracks vs. 25 on the CD) with all of Ace’s deluxe hallmarks of packaging and annotation! The album features Darian Sahanaja of The Brian Wilson Band and The Wondermints along with Kirsty MacColl, Carmen McRae, The Tokens, The Castells, Nick DeCaro, Betty Everett, Bobby Vee and more!
Leon Russell’s debut album comes to hybrid stereo SACD (playable on all CD players) from Audio Fidelity for the first time in the United States. Leon Russell features guest turns from George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Joe Cocker, Merry Clayton and Clydie King. Tracks include “A Song for You,” “Delta Lady” and “Roll Away the Stone.”
This 2-CD set from the original line-up of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell includes more than two-and-half hours of unreleased music, all culled from 24-track tapes in the band’s archives. Live in Concert 1977 & 1979 boasts two previously unreleased concerts, with one additional bonus track taken from the group’s June 26, 1979 show in Washington, DC. The first disc captures the band’s May 23, 1977 show at the Summit House in Houston, Texas, recorded during the tour for the Burning Sky album. The second disc jumps to March 9, 1979 for a gig in London promoting the Desolation Angels album. Though only a CD edition is scheduled for April,Live in Concert will be issued on vinyl as two individual 2-LP sets later in 2016.
Linda Ronstadt, Canciones de Mi Padre/Mas Canciones (Remastered Editions) (Rhino)
Rhino has Linda Ronstadt’s three classic, best-selling Spanish language recordings reissued at a budget price with no additional material but with newly-remastered sound! Canciones de Mi Padre and Mas Canciones are available now; Frenesi follows on May 13!
Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels On Fire and swansong Goodbye are all collected in this compact 5-CD box set from the classic rock supergroup featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.
This new DVD release from Shout! Factory features new-to-DVD performances from the legendary Glen Campbell as well as special guests Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Minnie Pearl and Jerry Reed on songs including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Act Naturally,” “Born to Lose,” and more! It’s a 50+-minute TV country celebration as only Glen could have delivered!
The popular “yacht rock” series continues with this edition dedicated to female artists “too slow to disco,” and it’s quite a line-up, including Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, Evie Sands, Carly Simon, Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager, and more! Available on CD, DD and LP.
Now That’s What I Call Broadway! rounds up 18 tracks from the past 40 years of musical theatre, including familiar tunes from A Chorus Line and Chicago (1975) right up through Matilda (2013) and Carole King’s Beautiful (2014). Read more, including the full track listing here!
Harbinger Records has a treat for fans of the just-opened Broadway show Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed: a collection of archival recordings relating to the original production of the groundbreaking African-American musical. This release features the show’s composers, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, as well as members of the original Broadway cast. This is the musical as heard on Broadway in 1921, including cuts were recorded by the composers in 1950.
Barbara Dickson, John, Paul, George, Ringo…and Bert / Spend, Spend, Spend: Original Cast Recordings (Chariot)
Two rare London cast albums featuring Barbara Dickson are reissued this week, including Willy Russell’s John, Paul, George, Ringo…and Bert with Dickson singing an array of classic Beatles songs.
Time Life brings to vinyl a collection of live performances from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. This inaugural volume has tracks from 1993-2009 including Prince, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne jamming on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” James Taylor playing “Woodstock,” Cream tearing through “Sunshine of Your Love,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band doing “johnny B. Goode” with Chuck Berry, and much more!