Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up highlighted by the latest release from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music!
We’re incredibly excited and proud to bring this sizzling, swooning and immersive double-album document of The Isley Brothers at the peak of their powers to CD for the very first time! Groove with You…Live! features powerful renditions of classic hits like “Take Me to the Next Phase,” “Summer Breeze” and “Livin’ in the Life,” recorded live-in-the-studio at Bearsville Sound to reflect the 3+3-era band’s set lists of the time, and sweetened by the band to create a “live” presentation! Our CD premiere boasts an expanded package including Joe’s liner notes based on fresh interviews with both Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper!
Robert Goulet’s 2-CD The Definitive Collection follows up the Real Gone Music release of Goulet’sComplete Columbia Christmas Recordings back in 2014. This new, remastered compilation focuses on the rest of Goulet’s nine-year tenure at the label. Appropriately for the artist who got his big break in Camelot, half of the collection’s 36 tracks hail from Broadway shows. The rest focus on the sweeping style of romantic ballad Goulet favored for a large part of his Columbia recordings. Goulet would record with Columbia until 1970 before moving over to MGM. I’ve written the new liner notes!
A Message from The Meters-The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 collects the legendary New Orleans group’s smoking-hot singles for all three labels, with some of the mixes here appearing on CD for the first time! Featuring productions from the late, great Allen Toussaint, funky R&B doesn’t get much better than this.
Freddie Mercury, Messenger of the Gods: The Singles (Hollywood)
Messenger of the Gods: The Singles features 25 tracks recorded by the legendary Queen frontman and released between 1973 and 1993 -several of which were never released in America, or released widely on CD. Among the set’s rarer treasures is Mercury’s first “solo” single, credited to Larry Lurex in 1973. The single, featuring covers of Phil Spector’s “I Can Hear Music” (recorded by The Ronettes and a U.S. Top 40 hit for The Beach Boys in 1969) and Gerry Goffin & Carole King’s “Goin’ Back,” was in fact recorded by all four members of Queen, who were working on their debut album at Trident Studios while engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable was attempting to recreate Spector’s “Wall of Sound” technique. It never charted, and both sides have been sparingly included on past solo collections for Mercury. There’s plenty of other hard-to-find material here, too – read the full track listing here! Available on vinyl and CD.
This tie-in release with the upcoming ITV television special of the same title collects 20 songs beloved by fans in Great Britain – and indeed, everywhere else. Includes “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar” and sixteen more, plus liner notes by Richard Carpenter himself!
After signing with RCA Victor in the mid-1950s, Porter Wagoner notched 81 charting hits before passing away in 2007. The Definitive Collection compiles 40 tracks from his years with the label (1954-1979) and focuses on his solo recordings rather than his duets with Dolly Parton. Wagoner recorded several concept albums during his time at the label and his songs often focused on people who were down on their luck with such titles as “Misery Loves Company,” “Sorrow on the Rocks” and “Skid Row Joe” – all of which you’ll hear on this remastered anthology.
The Warner Bros. Collection brings together the compilations The Complete Warner Bros. Singlesand We Need To Go Back: The Unissued Warner Bros. Masters, both originally issued in 2013 in one slipcase. The 40 tracks on these two CDs provide a good look at Warwick’s tenure for Warner Bros. between her huge hits on Scepter and her resurgence on Arista – including an entire disc’s worth of rarities from Burt Bacharach, Thom Bell, Jerry Ragovoy, Ashford and Simpson and other musical legends!
Stage Door Records presents a treasure trove of music relating to the 1962 remake of State Fair (the 1945 musical written directly for film by Rodgers and Hammerstein) starring Bobby Darin, Ann-Margret and Pat Boone. This release (limited to 500 units, each packaged in a mini-sleeve) has the Dot Records original soundtrack album (new-to-CD and sourced from a reel-to-reel tape) plus 15 bonus tracks: solo pop recordings of the film’s new songs by Pat Boone and Alice Faye, two State Fair medleys performed by The Mike Sammes Singers and 11 instrumental tracks of the score by the 20th Century Strings Orchestra.