Welcome to this week’s packed Release Round-Up!
ChangesOneBowie returns from Parlophone in a 40th anniversary edition available on vinyl, CD and digital formats. Originally issued on RCA in May 20, 1976, ChangesOneBowie was the first key compilation album from superstar David Bowie. Collecting songs dating back to 1969, the 11-track album introduced the single “John, I’m Only Dancing” on LP alongside highlights from his remarkable string of releases: David Bowie(“Space Oddity”), Hunky Dory (“Changes”), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (“Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City”), Aladdin Sane (“The Jean Genie”), Diamond Dogs (the title track and “Rebel Rebel”), Young Americans (its title song and “Fame”) and Station to Station (“Golden Years”). Read more here!
Legacy brings together 16 classic tracks from the collective of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings – a.k.a. The Highwaymen – including the Jimmy Webb composition that gave the group its name. Four previously unreleased tracks make their debut – a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” as well as live versions of “City of New Orleans,” “Big River,” and “The King is Gone (So Are You).” Mickey Raphael, Don Was and Chips Moman have produced these one-of-a-kind recordings which have been newly remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios.
Joining Legacy’s release this week of The Very Best of The Highwaymen is this new 3-CD/1-DVD box. Live: American Outlaws features three discs of never-before-heard concert performances from Messrs. Cash, Nelson, Kristofferson and Jennings including a complete performance from Nassau Coliseum in 1990 and selections from Farm Aid 1992 and 1993. (A studio outtake version “One Too Many Mornings” is included here as a bonus track; it’s also on the Very Best compilation.) The DVD has the Nassau Coliseum show newly transferred from the original film reels for vibrant video quality.
Adam & The Ants, Kings of the Wild Frontier [Various Editions]
Kings of the Wild Frontier remains a pivotal album in post-punk history, as well as a major turning point for Ant himself. Kings topped the British charts and became 1981’s biggest-selling album, thanks to the Top 5 hits “Dog Eat Dog” and “Antmusic.” (The title track, released as a single before either, would also go Top 5 upon re-release.) Adam Ant is in full control here, sharing mastering credits with engineer Walter Coelho, selecting the bonus audio content (including three B-sides, four unreleased demos and a full show recorded in Chicago in 1981) and penning the set’s liner notes. A super-deluxe box adds a DVD packed with rare footage, including videos, BBC clips and a rare, pro-shot show in Tokyo released on VHS and laserdisc decades ago) as well as the original album on gold vinyl.
Omnivore presents Beat legend Allen Ginsberg in singer/songwriter mode on this new 3-CD box! In 1971, Ginsberg called on Bob Dylan for a recording session of tunes touching on politics, gay rights, and more. Joining Ginsberg and Dylan were Jack Kerouac’s musical partner David Amram, Happy Traum, and cellist These 1971 recordings remained unreleased until 1983 when they were released as First Blues in a set pairing them with 1976 sessions produced by John Hammond, and further 1981 sessions. This deluxe package contains the original double LP, plus 11 previously unissued songs from 1971 and 1981, as well as demos and live recordings including Dylan and/or Arthur Russell and even a cameo by Don Cherry on kazoo! A 28-page booklet containing rare photos, drawings, and new liner notes from producer Pat Thomas rounds out the collection.
Despite the nondescript title, this set features 14 tracks from the quadraphonic library of Sony on hybrid 4.0 channel SACD. Many of the artists featured are heavy hitters, including Bob Dylan, Santana, Miles Davis, The Jeff Beck Group, Henry Mancini, and Harry Nilsson.
Linda Ronstadt’s second solo album returns to CD from Varese Vintage. Ronstadt teamed with producer Elliot Mazer (recommended by Janis Joplin) to craft a record with a much more country sound than her previous efforts. While overshadowed by her later hugely successful recordings, Silk Purse remains a top-notch collection filled with great vocal performances by Ronstadt including a sublime take on Goffin and King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” is sublime as is the LP’s breakthrough single, “Long, Long, Time.” Steve Massie has remastered, and Jerry McCulley provides new liner notes.
Varese Sarabande has the first-time-on-CD reissue of Dave Grusin’s score to 1979’s The Champ. The original Planet Records soundtrack also features Chris Thompson’s rendition of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager’s “If You Remember Me,” produced by Richard Perry!
Varese is returning the soundtrack to Sydney Pollack’s filmThe Electric Horseman to CD in a newly-remastered edition. The Columbia Records album features five songs performed by the movie’s co-star Willie Nelson (including the favorite “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”) as well as six tracks from Dave Grusin’s instrumental score.
Bob Dylan returns to the standards milieu of Shadows in the Night with this new (and more light-hearted) album featuring his renditions of “All or Nothing at All,” “All the Way,” “Young at Heart,” “That Old Black Magic,” and other tunes from The Great American Songbook. Available on CD, LP and DD.
Eric Clapton has reunited with renowned producer Glyn Johns for his 23rd studio album I Still Do. Tracks include “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.” Available on CD, DD and LP.
Tom Petty has reconvened Mudcrutch – Petty, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh – for a second set of rootsy country-rockers. The album includes seven originals written by Petty, with his bandmates each composing one track. Available on CD, LP and DD.