Welcome to this week's packed Release Round-Up, featuring hotly-anticipated box sets, an extensive campaign from an iconoclastic artist, and much, much more!
Paul McCartney, The Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Flowers in the Dirt (Capitol/MPL)
Paul McCartney reassesses his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt in a variety of formats. All boast a remastered version of the original 13-track album (including the CD and cassette bonus track "Où est le Soleil?") as the centerpiece, while the 3-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Edition Box Set and 2-CD Special Edition offer varying amounts of previously unreleased bonus tracks including original demos performed by Macca and Elvis Costello. Associated B-sides, demos (including three more with Costello) and remixes have been controversially relegated to download-only status, with a download card included as part of the deluxe package. Read more here!
Pink Floyd, The Early Years box sets (Pink Floyd Records/Sony)
1965-1967 CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION (2CD / DVD / Blu-ray) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
1968 GERMIN/ATION (CD / DVD / Blu-ray) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
1969 DRAMATIS/ATION (2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
1970 DEVI/ATION (2 CD / 2 DVD / Blu-ray) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
1971 REVERBER/ATION (CD / DVD / Blu-ray) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
1972 OBFUSC/ATION (2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Last year's massive box The Early Years chronicled Pink Floyd's pre-Dark SIde of the Moon era via a host of rare tracks on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Now, six of the seven individual packages that comprised the hefty box set are seeing individual release. (One set will remain exclusive to the original box.) Each one of these sets is packaged in a hardcover book-style with credits, notes, and memorabilia reproductions. Click here for more details on each set, and watch for our review on Monday!
Omnivore expands Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer's freewheelin', swingin' classic from 1961 - arranged and conducted by the great Billy May (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald) - with seven previously unreleased bonus tracks, including two outtakes and five session alternates! Read our review here!
Frank Zappa, various reissues (Zappa Records/UMe)
Civilization Phase III (2CD) (Official Release # 63; 1994)
Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa (Official Release # 66; 1996)
Everything Is Healing Nicely (Official Release # 69; 1999)
FZ:OZ (2-CD) (Official Release # 70; 2002)
Joe's Corsage (Official Release # 72; 2004)
Joe's Domage (Official Release # 73; 2004)
Joe's Xmasage (Official Release # 75; 2005)
Imaginary Diseases (Official Release # 76; 2006)
The MOFO Project/Object (2-CD Version) (Official Release # 78; 2006)
Buffalo (2CD) (Official Release # 80; 2007)
The Dub Room Special (Official Release # 81; 2007)
Wazoo (2CD) (Official Release # 82; 2007)
One Shot Deal (Official Release # 83; 2008)
Joe's Menage (Official Release # 84; 2008)
Philly '76 (2CD) (Official Release # 86; 2009)
Greasy Love Songs (Official Release # 87; 2010)
Congress Shall Make No Law... (Official Release # 88; 2010)
Hammersmith Odeon (3-CD) (Official Release # 89; 2010)
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison (Official Release # 90; 2011)
Carnegie Hall (4-CD) (Official Release # 91; 2011)
A Token Of His Extreme: Soundtrack (Official Release # 97; 2013)
Joe's Camouflage (Official Release # 98; 2014)
Roxy By Proxy (Official Release # 99; 2014)
Dance Me This (Official Release # 100; 2015)
Zappa Records and UMe are unveiling CD reissues of more than twenty Frank Zappa titles from the artist's storied discography. These posthumous releases from the late composer-bandleader (1940-1993) were previously available as limited edition mail order/online exclusives from Vaulternative and Zappa Records between 1994 and 2015, and drew upon his vast archive of previously unheard material from both the studio and the concert stage.
Chris to...the Mill includes Squeeze partner Chris Difford's three unique, original solo albums: 2002's I Didn't Get Where I Am, 2008's The Last Temptation of Chris (recorded a year after Squeeze's triumphant reunion as a touring act) and 2011's nostalgic Cashmere If You Can. Each has been appended with a series of rare and unreleased bonus tracks (including a separate disc for I Didn't Get Where I Am), featuring B-sides, covers, outtakes and a variety of demos. The set is rounded out with a new DVD featuring newly recorded insights from Difford, plus four acoustic performances recorded in the studio of Difford's longtime friend Elton John. Difford's lyrics and new liner notes (including track-by-track insights) are also collected in a 48-page, perfect bound booklet included with the clamshell-packaged box set. Read more here!
This 12CD/1DVD set, previously available only as a PledgeMusic release, includes a variety of hits and rarities including the following:
- Three discs of the band's complete single A-sides
- Two discs of the group's personal favorites, one compiled by singer Andy Bell and one by Vince Clarke
- Two discs of non-LP B-sides
- Two discs of remixes, including many previously unreleased gems
- A new live collection featuring recordings from 25 years of touring
- A disc of mostly unreleased demos and other rare recordings
- The 2016 radio documentary A Little Respect: 30 Years of Erasure
- The DVD premiere of 1989's longform video The Wild! Concert with bonus backstage footage
- Read more here!
Stage Door Records unearths another lost bit of West End history with this first-ever release of music from composer-lyricist-librettist Kermit Goell's Pocahontas. The 1963 show starring Anita Gillette and Terence Cooper was a swift 12-performance flop, prompting Decca Records to cancel its cast album recording sessions. But the score was preserved on a demo sung by a company of Broadway vocalists as well as on the composer's piano demos. Stage Door premieres those ultra-rare recordings on CD along with a newly-recorded interview with Anita Gillette!
Glen Campbell, vinyl reissues (Capitol/UMe)
Three classic Capitol albums from the legendary Glen Campbell return to vinyl this week!
Concord presents a previously unreleased concert by the late piano great Bill Evans and his trio recorded at Madison, Wisconsin's Union Theater on Monday, November 15, 1976. (The trio features Evans joined by Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund.) Tracks include "Some Other Time," "Someday My Prince Will Come," and "All of You." Available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
Cherry Pop has two discs and 27 tracks' worth of rare remixes, rarities, live tracks, and more from Liverpool's A Flock of Seagulls on this 2-CD anthology. Read the full track listing and more here!