Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
This release actually came out on Tuesday, but it’s worth a reminder here: this first posthumous collection from the late, great artist premieres one previously unreleased track, and includes a number of single versions making their CD debuts. Prince 4Ever is a 40-track summary of The Artist’s major works from his first album, 1978’s For You, to 1992’s The Love Symbol, Prince’s last release before he changed his name to the album’s title. At least six tracks appear on Prince compilations for the first time, and the set also includes the first posthumous release from Prince’s fabled vault: “Moonbeam Levels,” a 1999 outtake at one point considered for 1988’s Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic, a project scrapped when Prince took on Batman. A 12-page booklet featuring unseen pictures by acclaimed photographer Herb Ritts rounds out the package. Watch for Mike’s full review soon!
Rumer, This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach and David Songbook (Rhino/EastWest)
Rumer finally makes the album she was born to record. This Girl’s in Love features the satin-voiced singer tackling some of the most beloved pop songs of all time from the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Read more about this eagerly-awaited release right here!
Lee Hazlewood, Cowboy in Sweden [Various Editions] (Light in the Attic)
Light in the Attic’s reissue of maverick singer-songwriter-producer Lee Hazlewood’s 1970 album has been remastered from the original tapes and expands the original LHI Records LP with three bonus tracks: the outtake “Me and the Wine and the City Lights,” and alternate versions of “Easy and Me” and “Pray Them Bars Away.” LITA has Cowboy in Sweden coming in a variety of formats; you can read about them all here!
This new 12-LP box set from the ever-prolific artist features 180-gram black vinyl editions of American Stars & Bars, Comes A Time, Rust Never Sleeps, Live Rust and The Stills-Young Band’s Long May You Run.
BBR brings this lost disco classic from MFSB vibraphonist/Salsoul Orchestra leader Vincent Montana, Jr., featuring the voice of his daughter Denise Montana, to CD in an expanded edition! Watch this space for Joe’s full review soon!
Elaine Paige is lending her name to a new 3-CD collection of musical theatre favorites. Elaine Paige Presents The Musicals features 58 tracks and over three hours of Broadway and West End favorites from artists including Paige, Petula Clark, Michael Crawford, Michael Ball, Idina Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Jennifer Holliday and more! Read the full track listing and more here!
Audio Fidelity brings Santana’s 1974 double live album to 2 hybrid stereo SACDs (playable on all CD players).
Ron Dante looks back on his career with this 2-CD, 32-track set featuring solo tracks and songs by Dante’s Inferno, The California Gold Rush, The Pearly Gate, Ronnie and The Dirt Riders, Noah’s Ark, The Cuff Links, The Chan Clan, The Archies, and other groups to which he lent his golden pipes. Dante himself has authorized this release.
High Moon gives an overdue release to this 1973 rock-and-roll album from singer-songwriter Terry Dolan, produced by Nicky Hopkins and Pete Sears (one producer per side of the original LP). The shelved Warner Bros. Records release of Terry Dolan has been expanded with six bonus tracks, while a booklet (28 pages in the LP, 48 in the CD) tells the Dolan story. Audio has been remastered by Dan Hersch. Featured musicians on this landmark release include Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones), Pete Sears (Rod Stewart), John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service), Greg Douglass & Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band), Neal Schon (Santana, Journey), The Pointer Sisters, Prairie Prince (The Tubes), and Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane). Whew! Available on CD and LP.
This deluxe 20th anniversary reissue features nine previously unreleased recordings including acoustic versions of “Going To Town,” a demo for “Faded,” and a solo piano cover of the New Order classic “Regret.” The unreleased material also showcases the band’s creative process with “Mick Taylor Jam” and “Wynton Kelly Jam.”