Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete Recordings 1953-1955 journeys back to the birth of rock-and-roll to feature, on three CDs and digitally, every known Elvis Presley Sun Records master and outtake. In addition, the collection also contains Elvis’ four earliest, privately-pressed sides, and vintage radio and concert performances from the period, for a total of 73 tracks – including one previously unreleased, newly-discovered recording, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, on October 29, 1955. Get the track listing here, and watch for our review later today!
A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters is a single disc distillation on 12-inch vinyl of Legacy’s new 3-CD complete Elvis at Sun box set. This LP chronicles, in streamlined fashion, Presley’s rise via his complete single A and B-sides for Sun Records, plus additional songs recorded at Sun Studio and released on his legendary self-titled RCA debut album in 1956.
The Cars, Candy-O: Expanded Edition / Panorama: Expanded Edition (Rhino/Elektra)
Rhino expands two classic Cars albums from 1979 and 1980 on CD and vinyl. (The vinyl editions will have three sides of music, with the fourth side bearing an etching.) A total of 11 rare and unreleased bonus tracks will grace the reissues of Candy-O and Panorama (the original albums of which will be sourced from the new masters overseen by Ric Ocasek for the group’s recent The Elektra Years box set). David Wild provides new liner notes based on interviews with Elliott Easton and Greg Hawkes. Get the full specs here!
10cc, Before During After: The Story of 10cc
Before, During, After: The Story of 10cc is a new box set devoted to the history and legacy of Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. This 4CD collection includes a disc of the group’s hits (“During”); from there, it’s a disc of post-10cc material (“After”) by Godley & Creme, Wax (Gouldman’s duo with singer-songwriter Andrew Gold), solo tracks by Stewart, Gouldman and Godley; Creme’s tenure in The Art of Noise in 1999 and even the rare single mix of “Pretty Little Head,” a track Stewart penned for Paul McCartney’s Press to Play in 1986. The remaining two “Before” discs cover much of the group’s early session days at Strawberry Studios in their native Stockport (where Stewart was a business partner). This includes not only nine obscure singles and work for diverse clients like The Ohio Express and the Manchester City Football Club, but material by pre-10cc bands Doctor Father and Hotlegs, early solo Graham Gouldman material, Stewart’s work with The Mindbenders (including the hit “A Groovy Kind of Love”) and even session work for Neil Sedaka on tunes like “Solitaire” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.” For casual fans, a 2CD compilation, During, After: The Best of 10cc, will also be available. Read more here!
Arthur Alexander inspired artists from The Beatles to Bob Dylan with his early sixties recordings for the Dot label including “You Better Move On” and “Anna (Go to Him).” His 1972 self-titled album, produced by Muscle Shoals session veteran Tommy Cogbill, included an exciting array of songs including an early version of “Burning Love,” covered by Elvis Presley shortly after this album’s release. The LP saw an incomplete CD release in 1994 as part of Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings. Omnivore’s new CD edition restores the original album to its complete length and adds six bonus tracks – four of which were on the previous release, and two of which are never-before-released. Watch for Joe’s review coming soon!
Pet Shop Boys, Catalogue 1985-2012 reissues (Parlophone)
Nightlife / Further Listening 1996-2000
Release / Further Listening 2001-2004
Fundamental / Further Listening 2005-2007
New remastered reissues arrive from the Pet Shop Boys of Nightlife (1997), Release (2002) and Fundamental (2006). As with their prior expanded releases, each CD title will include a series of Further Listening discs featuring “master quality bonus tracks and demos created in the same time period as each album, as well as Pet Shop Boys’ own remixes of their tracks.” B-sides, digital exclusives and previously unreleased material abounds, with Nightlife and Release in fact accompanied by two bonus discs (making two 3CD sets). 180-gram vinyl versions of the original albums will be available the same day. Read more here!
Funky Town Grooves U.K. has an expanded edition of The Delfonics’ fourth album – their first with Major Harris in the line-up, and first without Thom Bell at the helm. It includes favorites such as “Hey Love” and “Walk Right Up to the Sun” and has been expanded with four bonus tracks: singles of non-LP side “Think It Over” (arranged by Norman Harris and Vince Montana), the rare “Delphonics” Arista single “Don’t Throw It All Away” b/w “I Don’t Care What People Say,” and the 45 version of the album’s “Baby I Miss You.”
Stage Door Records’ Lost West End series, collecting rare tracks from forgotten U.K. musicals, returns with a third volume. Lost West End Vintage turns its attention to the period of 1948-1962, presenting 52 songs from 35 musicals (including more than 20 new-to-CD tracks). Petula Clark, Frankie Howerd, Sally Ann Howes, Tommy Steele, and Cliff Richard are among the stars featured on this 2-CD collection.
The Isley Brothers and Santana team up for an all-new studio album in which the legendary artists reflect on classic rock, pop, soul, and R&B standards such as “Higher Ground,” “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology),” “God Bless the Child,” and “What the World Needs Now is Love.” Look out for Joe’s review soon!
Alice Cooper’s first solo studio album in six years, Paranormal was recorded in Nashville with longtime producer Bob Ezrin. The 10-track album includes a bonus CD consisting of two new songs written and recorded with original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce, alongside six live recordings from 2016. Paranormal also features guest appearances by U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover! A vinyl edition is also available.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Black Moon / In the Hot Seat (BMG Rights Management)
BMG adds two more expanded titles to its collection of Emerson, Lake and Palmer reissues. Black Moon, on 2 CDs, has the remastered, original 1992 album on Disc One with four bonus single edits, while the second disc has a remastered version of Live at the Royal Albert Hall. 1994’s In the Hot Seat, the trio’s final album, adds three bonus tracks to its remaster on Disc One, and Disc Two presents a dozen live performances originally issued on 1998’s Then and Now. Both albums are available, sans bonus tracks, in 140-gram vinyl editions.
The indefatigable Herb Alpert continues his winning streak with another all-new album reinventing popular standards in the trumpeter’s instantly recognizable style. Tracks include The Beatles’ “Michelle,” as well as the classics “Unforgettable,” “Cheek To Cheek” and “C’est Si Bon,” a new interpretation of the Tijuana Brass’ “Flamingo” and a cover of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.” The set includes one original song, “Sugarfoot.”
Guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli salutes the 50th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s landmark collaborative album with Antonio Carlos Jobim on a new album featuring Jobim’s grandson Daniel. This journey into the realm of classic bossa nova features songs from the original Sinatra LP as well as Sinatra and Jobim’s later sessions, plus new material.
Vocalist Jessica Molaskey (co-producer of Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 and Mrs. John Pizzarelli) returns this week with an all-new album, as well. Portraits of Joni offers new interpretations of Mitchell’s legendary compositions including “Help Me,” “A Case of You,” “Blue,” “Chelsea Morning,” and “All I Want,” as well as some surprises, including a medley of “The Circle Game” with Jobim’s “Waters of March.”