Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Led Zeppelin, The Complete BBC Sessions (Atlantic/Swan Song/Rhino)
3 CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
5 LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3 CD/5 LP Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Digital Download: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
This new collection expands the original double-disc set, from 1997, which was culled from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. This updated version has been fully and newly remastered under the supervision by Jimmy Page, and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969. Available in multiple formats; read here for more details!
Meat Loaf, Braver Than We Are (Savoy/Ten Spot)
Meat Loaf’s new studio album reunites him with Jim Steinman, the musical maestro behind Bat Out of Hell I & II. Braver Than We Are features new renditions of Steinman songs never previously recorded by Meat Loaf including tracks from his musicals Tanz der Vampire, The Dream Engine,Rhinegold and More Than You Deserve. Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito guest on the album. Aside from the standard CD, Amazon is listing an exclusive autographed 2-LP vinyl and an exclusive CD/DVD version with the DVD containing a making-of featurette. Retailer exclusives are also available via Target (3 bonus tracks on CD), Wal-Mart (autographed CD booklet) and Barnes and Noble (red vinyl).
The eternal Petula Clark returns with her latest studio album featuring twelve all-new recordings: original songs as well as a few surprising and well-chosen covers such as The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” Otis Blackwell and Eddie Cooley’s “Fever” (popularized by Peggy Lee) and Steve Winwood and Will Jennings’ “While You See a Chance.” Here’s Petula at her heartfelt, emotional and contemporary best. Also available on vinyl. Shipping now from Amazon U.K. and available in the U.S. on September 30!
Pete Townshend is joined on this new CD/DVD set recorded in January 1986 by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour (guitar, vocals); Peter Hope-Evans (harmonica); Chucho Merchan (bass); Simon Phillips (drums); John “Rabbit” Bundrick (keyboards); Jody Linscott (percussion); The Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Pete Beachill & Dave Plews; and singers Billy Nicholls, Ian Ellis, Chris Staines, Gina Foster & Coral Gordan in support of his White City album. The DVD has 15 tracks from the concert and the CD has 14, with both sharing such solo and Who titles as “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Rough Boys” and “Face the Face.” (The DVD adds “I Put a Spell on You.”)
The eternal troubadour pays tribute to the late, great country legend Ray Price with twelve vintage favorites including “Heartaches by the Number,” “Make the World Go Away,” “For the Good Times” and a handful of Willie’s own songs including “Night Life” which earned Price a hit back in 1963. This salute to Price in essence becomes a tribute to classic country – to Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran, Bill Anderson, Roger Miller, Bob Wills, and the sounds of classic country. 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Foster of Monument Records is the producer, and Bergen White is the arranger/conductor; For the Good TImes features Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers as well as Mickey Raphael, and Charlie McCoy among its top-tier musicians. It’s housed in a digipak in the style of a classic Columbia LP. Also available on vinyl.
Hot off the heels of last year’s acclaimed box set on the Omnivore label, three-time Grammy nominee and legendary bluesman Bobby Rush proves he’s still got what it takes with twelve sizzling, all-new funk-soul explosions (including “Snake in the Grass,” “Funk o’ de Funk,” “Catfish Stew” and “I Think Your Dress is Too Short”) featuring guest spots by Keb Mo, Joe Bonamassa, and Dave Alvin. Also available on vinyl.
The late jazz vocalist Shirley Horn is celebrated on this new release – the first set of previously unreleased material from the singer in almost ten years. Live at the 4 Queens features twelve tracks recorded at the Las Vegas nightspot on May 2, 1988 including such standards as “Isn’t It Romantic,” “The Boy from Ipanema,” “Lover Man” and “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.” Horn was joined by Charles Ables on bass and Steve Williams on drums for this intimate performance now seeing its first release. Per usual, Resonance has packaged the set lavishly; a 56-page booklet boasts new essays by producer Zev Feldman, Brian Sanders, James Gavin, and more; interviews with Richard Seidel, Sheila Jordan and others; and rare photos.
The dedicated crate-diggers at Numero Group are at it again with this collection of 19 tracks by unknown “kid soul” artists who recorded regionally in the wake of the Jackson 5! Expect to hear some of the best youthful groups you’ve never heard of, like Magical Connection, Little Man and the Inquires, and Five Ounces of Soul, on this fun anthology of lost tunes! Vinyl edition also available.