Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
Here we A' Go-Go! The Supremes' landmark, chart-topping 1966 album (with "You Can't Hurry Love" and "Love is Like An Itching In My Heart" - and that's just for starters!) gets lavishly expanded on two remastered CDs. This release has got it all: mono and stereo mixes of the original album, a whopping 29 bonus tracks (a full 24 of which are heard here for the first time!) and not one, but two booklets, including a replica of the group's souvenir tour program from 1966! Bonus cuts include outtakes of covers of The Miracles ("Mickey's Monkey"), Jackie DeShannon (the Bacharach-David staple "What the World Needs Now"), The Rolling Stones ("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"), Stevie Wonder ("Uptight (Everything's Alright)") and Tom Jones ("It's Not Unusual") - plus two new remixes of "Love is Like An Itching In My Heart" and a specially-created duet version of "Shake Me, Wake Me" that joins the original lineups of The Supremes and The Four Tops. It's a nonstop dance party with Diana, Mary, and Flo - and you're invited! Read more here.
Van Morrison is returning to his roots - with a bang! This new 3-CD collection presents his seminal Bang recordings, produced by Bert Berns, in their original mixes on Disc 1. Disc 2 has the single versions of "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Ro Ro Rosey" together with 13 alternate takes, the majority of which are previously unreleased. The third disc contains the first official appearance of Morrison's humorously notorious "contractual obligation recordings." Check out our full article for more information on this exciting and comprehensive release which promises to finally place Morrison's early music in complete context, and watch for Joe's full review later today!
To complement the Van Morrison collection, Legacy has also released a digital-only soundtrack to the acclaimed documentary Bang! The Bert Berns Story, currently showing in theatres. This 20-track compendium has tracks from Morrison as well as numerous other artists in songwriter-producer-entrepreneur Bert Berns' rock-and-soul sphere, including The McCoys, The Strangeloves, Freddie Scott, Lorraine Ellison, The Isley Brothers, and Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin!
Cheap Trick's The Epic Archive (1975-1979) brings together 18 odds and ends from the beginning of the band's career. The first volume of The Epic Archive brings together demos, alternate versions of songs, outtakes and live tracks, including three from a later concert at Budokan. Many of the tracks have been previously released on reissues over the years, but this is the first time they have been brought together. This title was previously available as a digital download, but this new physical release adds a previously unreleased alternate version of "Lookout." Track-by-track commentary has been provided by Bun E. Carlos, and the set has been produced by Timothy Smith and remastered by Vic Anesini. Read more here!
Big Star, The Best of Big Star (Stax/Concord)
Perennial cult band Big Star gets its first compilation in nearly 15 years with The Best of Big Star. This new release collects (on one CD or 2 LPs) 16 tracks from #1 Record, Radio City and Third; As a bit of a nod to collectors, six of the tracks are presented in their original single mix/edit forms - and four of those ("Don't Lie to Me" and "Watch the Sunrise" from #1 Record, "September Gurls" from Radio City and "Jesus Christ" from 3rd) appear to be making their debut on CD. Read more here!
Star Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora, and Drax are back in Marvel Studios' music-filled sequel to the 2014 blockbuster! This time out, the accompanying Awesome Mix soundtrack of '60s and '70s classics features Fleetwood Mac, Glen Campbell, George Harrison, Cheap Trick, Jay and the Americans, Looking Glass, and more!
Tony Award-winning actor-singer Richard Kiley's 1960 LP Rodgers and Hammerstein Songbook comes to CD for the first time as part of Sepia Records' limited edition Collector's Series (500 units only). This double-album was originally released on RCA's Camden imprint, and features the legendary performer wrapping his rich pipes around standards from the R&H catalogue of classic musicals including Oklahoma! , Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and more.
Ace pays long-overdue tribute to late Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield with this new anthology featuring his Verve and MGM masters (including the complete Messin' in Muscle Shoals album) and seven previously unreleased tracks including songs by Goffin and KIng and Mann and Weil! Available today in the U.K. and next Friday in the U.S.! Watch for our full review soon.
The Price is right! Edsel has a new 3-CD set presenting the Decca albums The Price To Play (1966) and A Price On His Head (1967) along with a third disc containing every non-album single A-side and B-side recorded for Decca in the period of 1965-1969. Expect plenty of delicious blue-eyed soul as well as a heaping helping of songs by the young Randy Newman, whose work Price championed. These Newman-penned treats include "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear," "Happyland," "Living Without You," "So Long Dad" and more!
Varese Vintage has Dave Grusin's soundtrack album for 1981's Academy Award-winning On Golden Pond on CD for the very first time. Grusin's Oscar-nominated score (one of ten nominations for the film starring Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda) is featured on the album with dialogue excerpts.
The ever-prolific Willie Nelson returns with his latest studio album for Legacy Recordings. The title track of the album was written in collaboration with Tony Joe White and features vocals by the late Leon Russell in one of his last performances, while "He Won't Ever Be Gone" is Nelson and singer-songwriter Gary Nicholson's tribute to Merle Haggard. It all adds up to another compelling and surprisingly touching collection of original music from a true American legend. Available on CD, LP, and DD.
A healthy chunk of the Rocket Man's catalogue returns to vinyl today! Titles include: Elton John, the original 17-11-70 (recently expanded for Record Store Day), Madman Across the Water, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Too Low for Zero, and Songs from the West Coast (making its vinyl debut outside of the artist's pricy, limited-edition Burberry box set.)