Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band various editions (Apple/Capitol/UMe)
The Beatles’ seminal 1967 celebrates its 50th anniversary in style with a multitude of new editions featuring Giles Martin’s brand-new – and quite frankly, mind-blowing – new stereo mix! Look for our full review of the 4CD/DVD/BD box later today. Also available in 1CD, 2CD, and 2LP formats! Read about all formats right here and read our account of a preview listening session here! Watch for our full review today!
Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip: Motion Picture Soundtrack (Grateful Dead/Rhino)
Long Strange Trip: Motion Picture Soundtrack chronicles the history of the Grateful Dead via a selection of career-spanning studio and live performances, including previously unreleased tracks. Two versions of the album – a 2-CD set and an expanded Amazon-exclusive 3-CD edition (both also available on digital download and streaming) – will be released on May 26, the same date that the film by director Amir Bar-Lev arrives in theatres in New York and Los Angeles. It then arrives exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on June 2. Later this summer, highlights from the 2-CD version will be released on vinyl as a 2-LP set and the full audio from the Amazon exclusive version will be available as a 6-LP collection, limited to 2,500 copies. Read more here!
Foreigner, 40 (Rhino)
Foreigner marks 40 years of music with a new 2-CD, 40-song collection featuring all 16 of the group’s Top 30 hits from different charts, plus various singles, album tracks, one-offs, two new recordings, and more. 40 is also available as a 2-LP vinyl set, with 23 of the tracks from the CD version. You’ll find full details here!
Emerson Lake & Palmer, Works Volume One / Works Volume Two / Love Beach (BMG)
BMG has new, remastered editions of ELP’s 1977 collections Works Volume One and Volume Two, along with a Deluxe Edition of the band’s 1978 studio album Love Beach. The new, remastered deluxe edition of Love Beach has eight previously unreleased bonus tracks including rehearsal takes and alternate mixes, plus liner notes from Greg Lake. All three releases are available on CD, DD, and vinyl.
Varese Vintage rounds up 16 single sides from San Francisco’s British Invasion-inspired Beau Brummels including hits like “Laugh, Laugh” and “Just a Little” in their original mono mixes, plus rare solo singles from singer Sal Valentino on this single-disc collection.
This film follows The Rolling Stones on their 2016 Latin American tour, and features seven uncut performances from the tour: 1) “Out Of Control” (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 2) “Paint It Black” (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 3) “Honky Tonk Women” (São Paulo, Brazil) 4) “Sympathy For The Devil” (São Paulo, Brazil) 5) “You Got The Silver” (Lima, Peru) 6) “Midnight Rambler” (Lima, Peru) 7) “Miss You” (Lima, Peru). Available on DVD and BD editions.
Bad Company, Run with the Pack / Burnin’ Sky: Deluxe Editions (Swan Song/Rhino)
Rhino continues its series of Bad Company deluxe editions with another pair of double-disc reissues from the band’s Swan Song years. Run With The Pack (1976) and Burnin’ Sky (1977) have been newly remastered from the original tapes. Each of these two seminal albums has been expanded with rare and unreleased recordings from the original album sessions. The CD versions of these Deluxe Editions include all of the new bonus tracks, while the 180-gram vinyl editions offer a selection of the bonus material. The albums will also be available digitally. Read more here!
Stage Door Records returns Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver’s West End musical Blondel to CD for the first time in more than 20 years! Starring Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill, Stephan Tate, David Burt, Chris Langham, and the quartet Cantabile, this complete 2-CD Blondel has been expanded by three “pop” versions sung by Hill, Colm Wilkinson, and Murray Head!
Midnight Oil, The Vinyl Collection/The Full Tank/The Overflow Tank (Sony Music Australia/Legacy)
Three massive new box sets chronicle the legendary Australian band Midnight Oil! Read here for full specs on all three of these comprehensive collections dedicated to the band’s original albums on vinyl (The Vinyl Collection) and CD (The Full Tank) plus rarities on CD and DVD (The Overflow Tank)!
This new release captures the late jazz bassist leading a 22-piece big band at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) on June 27, 1982. Pastorius welcomed Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Lew Soloff, Howard Johnson and special guest Toots Thielemans to the stage for an evening of Pastorius’ remarkable music. Though NPR broadcast the concert in 1982, that presentation wasn’t complete. This set on 2 CDs has an additional 40 minutes of never-before-released music, and is fully authorized by NPR Music, the Pastorius estate, and his label, Warner Music Group. It’s been mastered from the original 24-track tapes by the original recording engineer, Grammy winner Paul Blakemore, and includes a staggering 100-page squarebound book. This exhaustive book approaches this music in every context, and makes for essential reading as you listen!