Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Norton Records has rounded up 15 songs recorded by Dion DiMucci and his group The Wanderers with producer Tom Wilson over sessions between spring and fall of 1965. It all adds up to a trailblazing folk-rock album featuring original songs and covers of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and Mort Shuman. Also available on vinyl. Read more here!
Brinsley Schwarz, It’s All Over Now (Mega Dodo)
More than 40 years after it was recorded, legendary pub rock outfit Brinsley Schwarz’s final studio album It’s All Over Now is finally hitting record stores! Recorded in 1974, the album sat unreleased as the band’s members went their separate ways. But now, U.K. label Mega Dodo, which released a live collection from the band in 2015, will release an official version of It’s All Over Now with ten previously unreleased tracks plus the original band version of “Cruel to Be Kind,” first issued as a B-side by Nick Lowe in 1978. Available on CD and vinyl. Read more here!
The estate of late troubadour Dan Fogelberg has released his 1979 Carnegie Hall concert on CD and DD. Songs include “Same Old Lang Syne,” “Souvenirs,” “There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler,” and more.
The Allman Brothers Band’s September 24-26, 2004 concerts at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre are released on one 8-CD box set.
Todd Rundgren returns with a new studio album, and he’s bringing along a number of special guests including Daryl Hall, Joe Walsh, Donald Fagen, Joe Satriani, and Trent Reznor! Rundgren has written and produced 15 original songs for White Knight. Available on CD, LP, and DD.
This 5-CD treasure trove, executive produced by T Bone Burnett, Jack White and Robert Redford, brings together 100 recordings from the 1920s and 1930s, compiled by Bernard MacMahon, director of the American Epic film series (to air on PBS) and restored for optimal sound quality. Among the legendary artists represented on this collection are Ma Rainey, Mississippi John Hurt, The Carter Family, Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, Lydia Mendoza, Nelstone’s Hawaiians, Big Chief Henry’s String Band, and Robert Johnson – in short, some of the folk and blues heroes responsible for shaping the sound of American music. These tracks have been organized geographically by the recording location. The book-style package contains 96 pages including track-by-track notes with full lyrics, making for an integral component of this compelling package. A single-disc iteration is also available. Watch for our review soon!
Bette Midler and Hello, Dolly! are back where they belong – on Broadway! This hotly-anticipated new cast recording preserves The Divine Miss M’s performance of Jerry Herman’s classic songs in the biggest hit of the current Broadway season. The album also features David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, and Kate Baldwin.
Stephen Sondheim, Stavisky: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Quartet) (Screen Archives)
This first-ever expanded CD release of Stephen Sondheim’s 1974 film score for Alain Resnais’ Stavisky has been released by Spain’s Quartet Records as a limited edition of 500 copies…but Screen Archives still has a few, so if you thought you missed out on this one, here’s your chance! As orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick, Stavisky fits right into the composer’s Follies/A Little Night Music-era oeuvre, and even features some music originally intended for Follies.
Light in the Attic collects 10 tracks from the short-lived Tumbleweed Records label, co-founded by future Eagles producer Bill Szymczyk to spotlight its own brand of rock, Colorado-style. Artists include Arthur Gee, Michael Stanley, Pete McCabe, Robb Kunkel, Danny Hollen, and Dewey Terry (of Don and Dewey). Also available on vinyl.