Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Linda Ronstadt’s 1992 Spanish-language album Frenesi returns to CD in a newly-remastered edition with no additional content. Consider this an appetizer for the upcoming expanded remaster of Trio!
Rhino has a reissue of its 2003 limited edition Rhino Handmade collection featuring the late New Orleans legend’s three 1970s Warner Bros. and Reprise albums (Life, Love and Faith; Southern Nights; and Motion) plus a full live concert. 2 CDs.
The Dead’s complete show on July 8, 1978 at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is preserved on 3 CDs. Rhino today also releases a Dead.net-exclusive 12-CD box with the band’s shows at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO (7/1/78), St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN (7/3/78), Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NE (7/5/78), and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO (7/7/78 and 7/8/78). The band’s line-up consisted of Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Read more on both titles here!
The Grammy-winning Spirit of the Century moved The Blind Boys of Alabama’s gospel sound forward, featuring traditional songs performed in a bluesy soul stew – plus a handful of recent compositions from somewhat unexpected sources such as Tom Waits and The Rolling Stones! Omnivore’s expanded edition adds seven previously unissued tracks from a 2001 concert at The Bottom Line!
On this Grammy-winning LP, the renowned gospel group – joined by Robert Randolph and the Family Band – covered the likes of Aretha Franklin (“Spirit in the Dark”), Curtis Mayfield (“People Get Ready”), Prince (“The Cross”), Jimmy Cliff (“Many Rivers to Cross”) and Stevie Wonder (the title track). Omnivore has added seven previously unissued bonus cuts from a 2002 broadcast of Morning Becomes Eclectic.
The new vinyl release The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection presents all ten 10-inch LPs on which Miles Davis appeared as a leader for Prestige Records, plus a bonus record featuring Davis as a guest artist with Lee Konitz. All albums have been remastered from the original analog master tapes and reproduced on 10-inch vinyl, including the original cover artwork and liner notes. Also in the box is a 16-page booklet featuring rare photographs and insightful new notes by historian Ashley Kahn, as well as a collectible print of a painting by Davis. The complete list of albums is as follows: Modern Jazz Trumpets (featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham and Fats Navarro); The New Sounds;Blue Period; Miles Davis Plays the Compositions of Al Cohn; Miles Davis Quartet; MilesDavis All Star Sextet; Miles Davis Quintet; Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins; Miles Davis All Stars, Vol. 1; Miles Davis All Stars, Vol. 2; and, as a bonus, Lee Konitz’s The New Sounds, featuring Davis as a guest artist.
Acoustic Sounds has brought three of Henry Mancini’s classic RCA albums to newly-remastered hybrid stereo SACD (playable on all CD players), featuring three of his most beloved scores. All three titles are currently shipping from Acoustic Sounds!
Universal U.K. brings the Motown Chartbusters series of compilation CDs to its budget-line “5 Classic Albums” box set series. The release promises to includes Volumes 1-5, but note that the Amazon U.K. track listing is currently showing the contents reflecting Vols. 1-3, 5 & 6! We will update as soon as we have more information, but either way, this set offers a whole lotta Classic Motown bang for your buck!