Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Kinks’ The Mono Collection brings together eight of the band’s classic albums in their original U.K. Pye Records mono editions on ten LPs, all pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The set includes 1967’s Live at Kelvin Hall and 1970’s original 2-LP collection The Kinks (otherwise known as The Black Album. A hardcover 48-page book including never-before-seen photos and new interviews with Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory tops it all off. Read more here!
Tony Bennett, Celebrates 90 (Columbia)
This past August 3, Tony Bennett celebrated his milestone 90th birthday…and made it clear that he had no intentions of slowing down. Indeed, the legendary vocalist has dates booked well into 2017, but first, he’s looking back with a new 3-CD set including rare and previously unreleased material. Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 premieres the recording of the all-star concert tribute held at Radio City Music Hall on September 15 of this year, but the Amazon-exclusive Deluxe Edition will add two discs of rare and classic Bennett. The second disc of the Deluxe Edition has 20 rarities, ten of which are previously unreleased; the third has 18 lesser-known Bennett favorites. Read more here!
Rush, 2112: 40th Anniversary Edition (Mercury/UMe)
Rush’s fourth album, from 1976, returns in a deluxe edition with different content than the last such reissue, from 2012. The 40th Anniversary 2112 has Sean Magee’s 2015 Abbey Road remaster on CD plus a bonus disc featuring cover versions by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters along with Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Jacob Moon and Alice In Chains, as well as 1976 and 1977 live outtakes and a radio spot. The DVD has the 6-song Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 performance plus three bonus videos. The Super Deluxe set has all of the above plus the audio content on three 200-gram LPs, and some box-exclusive swag such as buttons, a ticket stub and handbill reproduction.
Steve Hoffman and Steven Marsh have remastered RATM’s chart-topping sophomore album, from 1996, for this hybrid stereo SACD playable on all CD players.
And now…three titles slightly delayed from last week!
The Randy Newman Songbook box set marks the first-ever combined release of all three of the legendary songwriter’s piano-and-voice Songbook albums (including the new Vol. 3) recorded in 2003 and 2010 with producers Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker. All songs have been resequenced as one cohesive, thematically-linked listening experience spread over 4 CDs. Additionally, the box boasts five exclusive, previously unreleased bonus tracks: the now-standard “Feels Like Home,” “A Wedding in Cherokee County,” “I’m Dreaming,” “Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman,” and “Wandering Boy” – the latter the debut recording of one of Newman’s oldest compositions. This set is also available on vinyl.
The earliest known live recording of The Doors – recorded in 1966 at Sunset Strip’s London Fog club – is presented for the first time on a CD/LP box set limited to 18,000 copies. Read more here!
Punk icons Social Distortion are rounding up four of their albums for your turntable in a new vinyl box set. The Independent Years 1983-2004 fills in the gaps on either side of their major-label tenure from 1990 to 1996, with fresh vinyl pressings of Mommy’s Little Monster, Prison Bound, Mainliner (Wreckage from the Past), and Sex, Love and Rock ‘N’ Roll. Read more here!