Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up...one of the most packed in recent memory!
Beatles, Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Apple/Capitol/UMe)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Since the advent of the compact disc era, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl has been the forgotten stepchild of the Fab Four's legendary catalogue. That changes today with the first-ever commercial CD/DD release of the 1977 album on September 9 via Apple/UMe. The newly-retitled, remixed, remastered and expanded Live at the Hollywood Bowl will arrive one week in advance of the September 16 premiere of director Ron Howard's documentary film Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years which chronicles the Fabs between 1962 and 1966. Watch for Joe's review soon!
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt, The Complete Trio Collection (Rhino)
The Complete Trio Collection: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
My Dear Companion: Selections from The Trio Collection: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Farther Along (Vinyl): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Trio II (Vinyl): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
At long last! This 3-CD release brings together newly remastered versions of both exquisite original albums by the Trio of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt (from 1987 and 1999) plus a disc of 20 rare and previously unreleased recordings. On the same date, Rhino will also issue the single "highlights" CD My Dear Companion: Selections from The Trio Collection as well as Farther Along, a 2-LP vinyl presentation of all the bonus material from the complete edition. In addition, Trio II will be released on vinyl for the first time. Whew! Read more here!
Ramones, Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Sire/Rhino) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Ramones' seminal debut album is reissued in a 3-CD/1-LP box set containing the original remastered album, a new mono mix (on CD and vinyl LP), a disc of 18 single mixes, outtakes and demos (eight of which are previously unreleased) and two sets from The Roxy in Los Angeles on August 12, 1976. One was included as bonus material for a reissue of the band's sophomore album Leave Home in 2001, while the second set is previously unreleased! Read more here!
Herb Alpert catalogue reissues (Herb Alpert Presents)
The Brass is back! This remarkable campaign spanning 25 albums released between 1962 and 2011 features most of Alpert's classic Tijuana Brass and solo albums (including the seminal Whipped Cream and Other Delights, which kicked off the program last November), many of which weren't addressed in the last Alpert reissue series from Shout! Factory. All will be reissued in newly-remastered editions from the original analog master tapes. Each album is packaged in a replica of the original artwork (with no new liner notes or other elements), and five titles in the series (including the already-available Whipped Cream) will also be issued on 180-gram vinyl. Note that while Christmas Album is not included in the series, it too was reissued last year. Click here for the full list with order links!
John Phillips and Stomu Yamash'ta, The Man Who Fell to Earth: Original Soundtrack (Universal U.K.) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The world premiere soundtrack release of the cult 1976 film starring David Bowie features the work of John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas fame (who composed specifically for the film), and Stomu Yamash'ta. This is the first audio release of the music heard in the film. Though an album was promised on Bowie's then-label RCA in 1976, it never materialized for a variety of reasons. That story is explored in the 48-page hardcover book that accompanies the deluxe 2-CD release. A 2-LP version (with fewer tracks) and a CD/LP deluxe box will arrive on November 18.
Blue Oyster Cult, Secret Treaties Quadraphonic Hybrid SACD (Audio Fidelity) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
BOC's third studio album, from 1974, comes to SACD in its original quadraphonic and stereo mixes newly remastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh! Playable in stereo on all CD players.
Leon Russell, Leon Russell and the Shelter People Stereo Hybrid SACD (Audio Fidelity) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Leon Russell's 1971 Top 20 studio album featured soulful originals and covers by the likes of George Harrison and Bob Dylan...and this remastered hybrid stereo SACD (playable on all CD players) includes three bonus Dylan covers performed by Russell! Remastered by Kevin Gray.
The Connells, Stone Cold Yesterday: Best of The Connells (Concord Bicycle) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Concord Bicycle Music's Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best of The Connells is the band's first-ever greatest hits set, and features 16 modern rock hits from 1987-1998 in newly remastered versions - including the hit title track and "'74-'75." Producers on this classic alt-rock set include Mitch Easter (R.E.M.), Hugh Jones (Echo & The Bunnymen), Lou Giordano (Bob Mould), Tim Harper (Whiskeytown) and Jim Scott (Wilco).
Original Television Soundtrack, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Masterworks Broadway) (Amazon U.S.)
A rare soundtrack is arriving on CD-R and DD from Masterworks Broadway. The team of Elsie Simmons and Mark "Moose" Charlap (Peter Pan) scored NBC's television adaptation of Alice Through the Looking Glass which featured a starry cast including Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched), Ricardo Montalban (Fantasy Island), Robert Coote (My Fair Lady), Nanette Fabray, Jack Palance, Jimmy Durante and even The Smothers Brothers - as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum! This loose adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story, featuring Judi Rolin as Alice, first brought its blend of music and whimsy to television on November 6, 1966. The great Don Costa arranged the Simmons/Charlap songs!
Faith No More, King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime / Album of the Year (Rhino/Slash)
King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Album of the Year: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Rhino reissues and expands Faith No More's 1995 and 1997 albums in deluxe 2-CD and 2-LP remastered editions.
Gerry Beckley, Carousel (Blue Elan) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Gerry Beckley steps away from America for his latest solo album. Carousel is a collection of mature new songs, all graced with the unmistakable Beckley touch, and some well-chosen covers from Gerry Rafferty, Spirit, and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Guest musicians include Jeff Larson, Jeffrey Foskett and Matt Beckley. Watch for Joe's full review next week!
I listened to The Beatles Hollywood Bowl on Tidal. I may be crazy but it seems like it has more echo than the 70s vinyl did. It's annoying to me at least. Be interesting to see what others think.
I sure wish they'd issue the mono Ramones CD separately. It sounds incredible! I can't believe the difference. There are some extra 1, 2, 3, 4s from Dee Dee on the mono version too. I was skeptical it would even matter. It does matter!
You're the first person to comment on the Ramones mono mix, Murray. That's really interesting. I was holding off on the set because I, too, was holding out for a separate, cheaper mono release, and because I don't need the vinyl that comes in the Deluxe set, but your comments have my wheels turning. That said, knowing my luck, I'll buy the Deluxe and they'll release a single mono CD a week later! 🙂
Go to ramones.com. there's a free stream of the mono mix. You can hear it for yourself!