Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection includes newly-remastered editions of 13 albums, from Wonderwall Music (1968) to the posthumously released Brainwashed (2002). Each album has been remastered at Capitol Studios from the original tapes and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl. The albums are all packaged in replica sleeves, and the entire set comes in one sturdy slipcase.While all of the LPs will be available individually, the box set will also contain exclusive 12-inch singles of “When We Was Fab” and “Got My Mind Set on You.” The standalone release of the 3-LP All Things Must Pass (including the Apple Jam disc) will be a limited edition. Read more here!
The titles included are:
- Wonderwall Music (1968) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Electronic Sound (1969) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- All Things Must Pass (1970) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Living in the Material World (1973) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Dark Horse (1974) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Extra Texture (1975) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Thirty-Three & 1/3 (1976) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- George Harrison (1979) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Somewhere in England (1981) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Gone Troppo (1982) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Cloud Nine (1987) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Live in Japan (1992) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Brainwashed (2002) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
David Bowie, No Plan EP (ISO/Columbia)
Last October, the original New York cast recording of David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s musical Lazarus arrived on compact disc, vinyl, and digital download, with each format including a bonus EP of Bowie’s four new songs from the musical. “Lazarus” was, of course, already familiar from its inclusion on the artist’s highly acclaimed final studio album Blackstar. The cast recording premiered three more tracks penned for the show from the Blackstar sessions: “No Plan,” “Killing a Little Time,” and “When I Met You.” Today on CD, and then on April 21 (vinyl) and May 26 (limited edition die-cut white vinyl with lithograph), Columbia Records rolls out stand-alone physical editions of this EP under the title of No Plan. (The songs were previously available digitally by this name.) Read more here.
Roy Orbison, Black and White Night 30 (Roy’s Boys/Legacy)
Roy Orbison’s all-star 1987 concert featuring friends Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, J.D. Souther, T Bone Burnett and Jennifer Warnes returns in a new 30th anniversary edition on CD/DVD and CD/BD. Alex Orbison and co-editor Luke Chalk have re-edited the film using alternate camera angles and have put the concert into its original running order for the first time. Additionally, Orbison recorded a “secret concert” of five songs after the show which has never been released. The audio for that will only be available as a free digital download to purchasers of either the DVD or Blu-ray sets. Other extras on the DVD and Blu-ray include a 33 minute documentary with rehearsal and interview footage and a 20-picture photo gallery. You’ll find more details here!
Herb Alpert, Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela / Blow Your Own Horn / Bullish (Herb Alpert Presents)
Herb Alpert returns three rare titles from his discography to CD in newly-remastered editions from the original analogue tapes! Read more here!
Celebrating his 90th birthday, When Colors Come Together: The Legacy of Harry Belafonte is a single-disc, 19-track compendium drawing on the venerable entertainer and activist’s classic RCA recordings as originally released between 1956 and 1972. Alongside favorites like “Banana Boat Song (Day-O),” “Jump in the Line” and “Matilda,” the collection features one new recording (the title track, a new version of the Belafonte classic “Our Island in the Sun”) performed by a children’s choir. All tracks have been newly remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mark Wilder. You’ll find more information right here!
In 1957, composer-bandleader Meredith Willson crafted one of the most enduring Broadway musicals of all time when he wrote book, music and lyrics for the nostalgic The Music Man. To mark the sixtieth anniversary of this Tony Award-winning classic which originally starred Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, Stage Door has paired two albums: 1959’s audio documentary …And Then I Wrote The Music Man and the 1958 The Music from Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, conducted by Willson himself. Both were originally issued on Capitol Records, home to the show’s original cast album. This limited edition of 500 units adds a 1962 promotional interview with Shirley Jones, who portrayed Marian Paroo in Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation, and Jones’ performance of “Being in Love” from that film. Read more here!
The Bottom Line Archive series returns with a 2-CD set featuring the late bassist and Cream founder Jack Bruce on a live set including “White Room,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Theme from an Imaginary Western,” “Born Under a Bad Sign,” and more.
The U.K.’s BGO label brings together four hit albums from Andy Williams originally released between 1972-1975, featuring his interpretations of “MacArthur Park,” “Hurting Each Other,” “Imagine,” “The Way We Were,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” and numerous other classic pop songs.
Austin-based singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry (son of singer-songwriter James McMurtry) delivers a rich song cycle, featuring a chamber group of banjo, cello, upright bass and muted trumpet. Joined by Mother Falcon singer and cellist Diana Burgess, McMurtry has tapped into inspirations as varied as Guy Clark, Duke Ellington, Kurt Weill, Django Reinhardt, Kendrick Lamar, and Fiona Apple for a set of keenly-observed songs in which past meets present with beguiling results. Available on DD and streaming.
Also from the fertile Austin music scene, singer-songwriter Kevin Russell and his eight-person band Shinyribs have released a fun and funky set drawing on southern soul, swamp pop and N’awlins-style R&B. The freewheeling I Got Your Medicine – with such tunes as “I Don’t Give a Shit” and a gospel rouser “The Cross is Boss” plus a cover of Allen Toussaint’s “A Certain Girl” – is a prescription that’s bound to beat the blues.
The 1974 ninth studio album from Grand Funk Railroad, featuring the hits “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Bad Time,” arrives from Audio Fidelity on a hybrid stereo SACD, playable on all SACD players. Kevin Gray has remastered.