Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
1973’s Grammy-winning, chart-topping Full Moon was the first duet album Rita Coolidge made with her then-husband Kris Kristofferson. Yet, it has never been released on CD outside of Japan – until now! Real Gone’s new reissue has been expanded with six previously unreleased outtakes: one from the album sessions and five more solo Coolidge recordings from the period. I’ve written the new liner notes based on my interview with the Delta Lady herself!
Rita Coolidge’s 1980 Beautiful Evening – Live In Japan was recorded for the Japanese market, and was only ever released there, Hong Kong and Australia. The singer’s first live album, it features a set list comprised of then-recent hits like her cover of “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher.” It also includes her rendition of Peter Allen’s “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” which was a hit for Coolidge in Japan at the time. The new reissue has been expanded with five studio tracks from various Japanese singles and albums which have never shown up on U.S. releases! I’ve once again written the new liner notes with quotes from the artist!
U2, The Joshua Tree: 30th Anniversary (Island/UMe)
1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada / Amazon U.K.
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada / Amazon U.K.
2CD Deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada / Amazon U.K.
4CD Super Deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada / Amazon U.K.
7LP Super Deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada / Amazon U.K.
U2’s landmark 1987 album The Joshua Tree gets a multitude of reissues in time for its 30th anniversary. The centerpiece is the 4-CD or 7-LP Super Deluxe version containing the remastered album plus an edited presentation of a 1987 live show, a disc of remixes, a disc of B-sides and outtakes, and a hardcover book. The 2-CD edition will feature the remastered album alongside the live disc; new pressings of the original album on CD and vinyl will also be released-with the deluxe CD sporting a new color edition of the original album sleeve. Read more here!
Bob Marley and The Wailers, Exodus 40: The Movement Continues (Island/UMe)
Bob Marley’s international hit album Exodus gets a fresh treatment for its 40th anniversary. All editions feature the original 1977 album plus a “restatement” of the original classic as overseen by Bob’s son, Ziggy Marley. Ziggy has dived deep into the Exodus sessions and constructed new versions of the 10 songs on the album with unused and unheard vocals, overdubs and session takes. Deluxe versions of the set will include a third disc of recordings taken from The Wailers’ four-day stand at London’s Rainbow Theatre from June 1-4, 1977, the week the album was released in stores. Of these eight recordings (one of which is exclusive to the 3CD package), only one was previously released on a 2001 expanded edition of the Exodus album. The deluxe vinyl version will include three extra discs: repressed replica 7″ singles of “Waiting In Vain” b/w “Jamming” and “Smile Jamaica” (released in Jamaica in 1976), and a replica of the “Punky Reggae Party” 12″ featuring a previously unreleased remix of “Keep On Moving.” Whew! Read more here!
Day Time on the Radio is a compilation drawn from the 1952-1953 radio program of the legendary Doris Day. Before the actress/singer had a television show of the same name in the 1960s, she headlined The Doris Day Show on CBS radio for about a year and around 60 episodes. Part of its purpose was to help promote her films at the time and the show regularly featured duets with her co-stars. These duets are the focus of this CD and make up 27 of the 32 tracks. You’ll hear Day sing with Gordon McRae, Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel, Tony Martin, George Murphy and even composer Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) and future President Ronald Reagan. This is the first authorized release from Day’s radio program and is a great way to celebrate her recent 95th birthday. I’ve written the new liner notes!
This first-ever solo collection for Chicago’s Robert Lamm as a solo artist brings together fifteen tracks (five of which are previously unreleased) drawn from his diverse recordings beginning in 1999. One track has been culled from his beautiful collaboration with America’s Gerry Beckley and the late Carl Wilson as Beckley-Lamm-Wilson; among the other highlights, you’ll find a previously unheard cover of Bobby Hebb’s timeless “Sunny” and a solo re-interpretation and remix of Chicago’s classic “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is.” The singer-songwriter has provided new track-by-track liner notes. Read the track listing here, and watch for our review later today!
Native American Jesse Ed Davis was a well-regarded session musician who was a member of Taj Mahal for their first three albums. After leaving the band he performed session work for such artists as Willie Nelson. He drew the attention of Atco and recorded three solo albums there between 1970 and 1972. These albums featured some notable collaborators including Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Gram Parsons and Dr. John among others. Red Dirt Boogie – The Atco Recordings 1970-1972 rounds up 19 of the tracks in a new collection including liner notes by Pat Thomas.
The Who, Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 (Eagle Rock)
The Who returned to The Isle of Wight for the first time since 1970 for a remarkable, career-spanning concert in 2004 – part of their first run of shows in their home country since the death of John Entwistle. The concert is now available in 2-CD/1-DVD and 2-CD/1-BD editions.
Larry Coryell at the Village Gate, the jazz guitarist’s fourth album from Vanguard from 1971, gets the Real Gone reissue treatment. This live set features Coryell leading a power trio with Harry Wilkinson on drums and Melvin Bronson on bass. Coryell’s jazz fusion style is a little more rocking in this album which has never been reissued in the U.S.! The remastering has been done by Mike Milchner and Bill Kopp’s liner notes feature quotes from Wilkinson.
Real Gone has the first-ever releases of the Grateful Dead’s Road Trips series outside of the Dead’s own website! The reissue series picks up with the last volume of Road Trips, from 1976!
Shirley Walker and John Carpenter, Escape from L.A.-Music from the Motion Picture Score (Limited Test Tube Clear with Plutoxin Virus Green Splatter Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
This double-vinyl release, limited to 1,500 copies, doubles the original 16 tracks on the first CD release of John Carpenter and Shirley Walker’s 1996 soundtrack, and presses it all up on “test tube clear with Plutoxin Virus green splatter” vinyl!
Real Gone re-presents Ry Cooder’s classic soundtrack to Wim Wenders’ 1984 film in a translucent blue vinyl edition limited to 900 copies.
Merry Clayton’s scorching soulful 1970 solo debut for Ode Records arrives on opaque white vinyl, limited to 900 copies!
Mavis Staples, I’ll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration (Blackbird)
Mavis Staples is joined by the late Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Jeff Tweedy, and others on this celebration of her remarkable career.
Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? (Columbia)
Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney) helms Roger Waters’ first new rock studio album in 25 years, featuring 12 original Waters compositions in his expectedly timely, relevant style. Musicians include Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass), Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Mannning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards) and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor. Available on CD and vinyl.