Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Beach Boys’ Sunshine Tomorrow, a new 2-CD and digital collection, not only premieres the first-ever true stereo mix of 1967’s Wild Honey, but also premieres a whopping 54 rarities recorded that year including the live album Lei’d in Hawaii, session material from both Wild Honey and Smiley Smile, and further live recordings (spanning 1967-1970). Read all of the specs here, and tune back in soon for our full review of this landmark compendium of one of The Beach Boys’ most underrated, creatively fertile periods!
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. Watch for a full report soon!
Beach House, B-Sides and Rarities (Sub Pop)
The acclaimed Baltimore-based psych-rock/dream-pop duo (consisting of French-born, niece-of-Michel vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist/bassist Alex Scally) rounds up 14 rarities and previously unreleased songs and mixes on this new collection. Read all of the details right here!
Put the lime in the coconut, and get ready to enjoy a collection of the early songs of the one and only Harry Nilsson as performed by a galaxy of pop artists including The Monkees, The Yardbirds, The 5th Dimension, Al Kooper, Sandie Shaw, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Andy Williams! Watch for a full review soon!
Ace “will follow” the career of the onetime “Little” Peggy March on this fun anthology of her international recordings from the swinging sixties including tracks released in Japan, Italy, Germany, France, and The Netherlands. You’ll find songs in English and other languages, among them tunes penned by Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and Randy Newman – and it’s all wrapped up with a new essay by Sheryl Farber and Peggy’s own track-by-track notes.
Ace continues its rocking Beat Girls series with a new volume drawing on the girl-pop recordings made by the Marylebone-based EMI’s family of labels between 1964 and 1967! Featured artists include Billie Davis, Alma Cogan, Julie Driscoll, Helen Shapiro, Beryl Marsden, and of course, Cilla Black! Available in a 25-track CD iteration and a 12-track vinyl LP version!
Art Pepper Presents West Coast Sessions Vol. 3: Lee Konitz / Vol. 4: Bill Watrous (Omnivore)
Omnivore continues its series of expanded editions of jazz great Art Pepper’s records for Atlas Japan, which featured the alto saxophonist playing sideman to a host of renowned musicians including, here, Lee Konitz and Bill Watrous!