Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Alex Chilton, A Man Called Destruction: Expanded Edition (Omnivore)
In 1995, the late Big Star and Box Tops frontman Alex Chilton returned to Memphis’ Ardent Studios, the site of his classic work with Big Star, to record A Man Called Destruction. Blending original songs with a host of eclectic covers from the likes of Chris Kenner (“Sick and Tired”), Jan & Dean (“The New Girl in School”), and Jimmy Reed (“You Don’t Have to Go”, the album marked Chilton’s return to his signature blue-eyed soul sound with nods to garage rock, R&B, and even jazz (the album boasted a horn section). Omnivore’s CD reissue boasts a full seven previously unreleased tracks from the original sessions with new liner notes from author Bob Mehr putting it all into perspective. Additionally, the label will release a vinyl edition of the complete edition. This double-LP release will be initially pressed on translucent blue vinyl, and will include a download card, as well. Read more here, and watch for a full review soon!
Cherry Red’s Strike Force Entertainment revisits Liza Minnelli’s 1989 collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys on a new 3-CD/1-DVD set. The original Results album is presented on Disc One, with the various single mixes associated with Results on two further CDs. Finally, a DVD has the promotional videos for all three singles plus a television performance of “Love Pains,” and as an unrelated bonus, the promotional video for 1993’s “The Day After That.” A full review is on the way, but in the meantime, read more here!
Intervention Records brings the late singer-songwriter Judee Sill’s 1971 debut back to vinyl in a deluxe, 45 RPM 2-LP set. This beautiful reissue casts a long-overdue spotlight on the artist considered by many to be a Laurel Canyon answer to Laura Nyro. Judee Sill features her own renditions of songs made popular by other artists including “Jesus Was a Crossmaker” and “Lady-O.” Watch for our full review soon of Intervention’s stellar reissue of this intense, and intensely personal, classic.
Ace salutes Motown’s Undisputed Truth with this new 2-CD collection. The Norman Whitfield-produced group blended funk with psychedelic soul on the three albums included here – The Undisputed Truth, Down to Earth, and Law of the Land. Ace has added non-album A- and B-sides, previously unavailable alternate single mixes and edits, plus other rarities to this deluxe set! And that’s the Truth! Available September 8 in the U.S.!
Marianne Faithfull, Noel Harrison, Chad and Jeremy, The Alan Price Set, Fairport Convention, Joe Cocker and more take their shot at some of Bob Dylan’s most famous compositions on this collection from Ace of British Dylan covers recorded between 1964 and 1969! Available September 8 in the U.S.!
Nick Lowe, Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit / The Rose of England (Yep Roc)
Yep Roc has two more remastered and expanded editions from Nick Lowe. The Abominable Showman, reissued in the last round from Yep Roc, found Lowe fine-tuning his pub-rock sensibilities even more, working with producer Roger Bechirian and a band that included Carrack, The Rumour guitarist Martin Belmont and drummer Bobby Irwin. These three were the titular “Cowboy Outfit” lineup for Lowe’s 1984 LP being reissued today, plus the rest of Lowe’s recorded output throughout the 1980s. Then there was the rockabilly-pop of The Rose of England, also on today’s slate, including an interpretation of “7 Nights to Rock,” as made famous by Moon Mullican; a “pre-cover” of Elvis Costello’s “Indoor Fireworks” and the U.S. rock chart hit “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll),” featuring production and guest instrumentation from Huey Lewis & The News. Read more about the Nick Lowe reissue campaign right here!
BGO continues its Andy Williams reissue series with a four-album, two-CD collection bringing together a quartet of albums from 1967-1969 featuring some of the late artist’s grooviest recordings including “Windy,” “Up, Up, and Away,” “Happy Heart,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,” “Sweet Caroline,” and many more!
Cherry Pop remasters and expands the 1989 platinum-selling sophomore album by Exposé as a 3-CD edition featuring 45 tracks – all of the singles, remixes, and B-sides associated with the LP’s original release. Includes the hits “What You Don’t Know” (US #8, UK #99), “When I Looked At Him” (US #10), “Tell Me Why” (US #9, UK #97), “Your Baby Never Looked Good In Blue” (US #17), and “Stop, Listen, Look, and Think” (US #19 Dance).
Following the definitive In Love’s Time: The Delegation Story 1976-1983, Big Break celebrates the 40th anniversary of the group’s classic album The Promise of Love in a newly-expanded and remastered edition featuring all of the alternate tracks chosen for the album’s U.S. release plus all of the non-album single sides from the period. Watch for more on this title soon!
The singer-songwriter best known for writing Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” but he looks back on his whole career with this collection of new recordings dedicated to his lifelong friend Glenn Frey. Tempchin is joined by Rita Coolidge, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and others on this 10-song set featuring “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” his massive hit for Johnny Rivers, “Slow Dancing (Swaying to the Music)” and more!