Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The definitive Turtles box set is here! The Complete Original Albums Collection presents all six albums released by The Turtles between 1965 and 1970, expanded with rare bonus material. Each of the group’s first three albums — It Ain’t Me Babe, You Baby and Happy Together — is presented in its original mono and stereo mixes, while each of the remaining three — The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, Turtle Soup and Wooden Head -boast rare bonus tracks, including previously unreleased material. All albums have been newly remastered by co-producer Bill Inglot for the best-sounding and most comprehensive reissues the band has ever seen. Read Joe’s review here!
The Turtles are back! The two-CD, 48-track All the Singles collects the A and B sides of every original 1965-1970 Turtles 45, with the freshly-remastered tracks presented in the same mono or stereo mixes that were heard on the original singles. All the Singles additionally features several songs that were prepared for singles release but not issued at the time, and includes a deluxe booklet with track-by-track liner notes! You’ll find Joe’s review here!
This new 3-CD set from Cherry Red’s RPM label features The Spencer Davis Group’s With Their New Face On and Funky albums plus singles, soundtrack performances, outtakes, alternates, live tracks and BBC sessions for an exhaustive look at one of the ’60s’ most exciting groups! A 24-page booklet puts it all in perspective!
Ramseur Records has a deluxe 180-gram vinyl edition of pioneering African-American folksinger Josh White’s 1956 Elektra LP, remastered from the original masters, supervised by Elektra founder Jac Holzman and engineer Bruce Botnick. Watch for a full review soon!
Numero Group’s new 4-CD, 80-track set includes the Australian punk band’s complete studio output, live recordings (including a new-to-CD live set from 1983), plus rare and unreleased photos, discographical info and a “fold out Perth Punk family tree,” all housed in a deluxe box! Read more here. Also available in a 2-LP highlights edition. Watch this space for a review soon!
Omnivore has the first-ever official release of this lost grail of late ’70s/early ’80s girl-group pop. Blending the style of Phil Spector with the attitude of punk, The Heaters opened for artists from Cheap Trick to Van Halen and ruled the Sunset Strip with their incendiary live performances. Though their first two albums failed to establish them for a variety of reasons, they pressed on with these personal recordings which are only now receiving their commercial debuts! John Cowsill, currently of The Beach Boys, joins Missy, Mercy and Maggie on three tracks!
RPM collects Chad and Jeremy’s Yesterday’s Gone and Sing for You LPs, plus mono singles, outtakes, alternate takes, alternate stereo mixes and more (including previously unreleased versions of “It Was a Very Good Year” and “From a Window”) on this 2-CD, 57-track compilation drawn from the vaults of Ember and World Artists!
Faith No More, We Care a Lot: Deluxe Band Edition (Koolarrow Records)
For this new edition of Faith No More’s 1985 debut, the band has re-teamed with longtime producer Matt Wallace to remix three tracks (“Pills for Breakfast,” “As the Worm Turns” and the title track); those new mixes will be featured as bonus tracks alongside four unreleased demos and two unheard live tracks recorded in 1986. New liner notes round out the package!
Read more here!
Sex Pistols, Live ’76 (Universal U.K.)
The Sex Pistols’ 1976 tour gigs are preserved on this new 4-CD set in optimal sound and the correct sequencing. The box features gigs from Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester (June 4, 1976), Screen on the Green, Islington (August 29, 1976), HM Prison, Chelmsford (September 17, 1976) and 76 Club, Burton on Trent (September 25, 1976). The box set also includes a replica press kit and bonus photographs! Also available as a 4-LP vinyl box.
In advance of next month’s reissue of the landmark Trio, the eternally youthful country superstar returns with an all-new, original studio album reflecting on love in its many forms! Note that the standard U.K. edition (linked to above) features a bonus 14-song CD of Dolly’s headline-making performance at The Glastonbury Festival!
Various Artists, On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music (Great Smoky Mountains Association)
And Pure and Simple isn’t all this week from Dolly. She’s one of the artists on this new collection of previously unreleased material by today’s greatest roots musicians paying tribute to Joseph S. Hall’s field recordings in the Great Smoky Mountains made between 1939 and 1959. Parton is joined by Norman Blake, Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka, Jody Stecher, The Brother Boys and many others on this Americana feast. Available exclusively from the not-for-profit Great Smoky Mountains Association. Watch for full coverage of this title soon!