Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Doors, The Singles (Elektra/Rhino)
Singles compiles all 20 of the singles from The Doors’ official discography. This not only includes every A and B-side from their core studio albums, but several albums recorded and released after the passing of frontman Jim Morrison, including Other Voices (1971) and Full Circle (1972) plus An American Prayer (the divisive 1978 album which put Morrison’s poetry recordings to music) and the 1983 live set Alive, She Cried. All tracks are sourced from the original analog single masters and remastered by the band’s engineer Bruce Botnick. That means all the original, unique and rare single mixes and edits will appear in this set, many for the first time on CD. The pot is sweetened even further with the presence of mono radio versions of “Hello, I Love You,” “Touch Me,” “Wishful Sinful” and “Tell All the People,” entirely unreleased since their appearance on promotional singles. Two deluxe editions will also be available. One adds to the 2CD set a Blu-ray Audio disc of 1973’s quadraphonic The Best of The Doors. A vinyl version, limited to 10,000 copies and available through the band’s official web store, features all 20 45RPM singles in replicas of their original sleeves (with an enclosed poster featuring all those sleeves as well). Whew! Read more here.
Deep Purple, A Fire in the Sky [Various Editions] (Parlophone/Rhino)
Legendary hard rock band Deep Purple chronicles 50 years of music on A Fire in the Sky , a new career-spanning collection available in 1-CD and 3-CD editions (with a 3-LP edition following on November 8). The set draws on Deep Purple’s first 19 albums (all but their most recent) and features unique track listings for each iteration, with the 1-CD version featuring 11 songs in single or other edits. The 3-CD version has the original album versions plus alternate versions, and the upcoming 3-LP edition will be a composite of both CD releases. Read full details here!
Steve Miller Band, Ultimate Hits (Capitol/UMe)
Steve Miller Band’s Ultimate Hits, available as standard (1CD/2LP) or deluxe (2CD/4LP) packages, features the many AOR-oriented hits that made Miller’s first compilation, Greatest Hits ’74-’78, one of the highest-selling albums in America, including “The Joker,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like An Eagle” and “Jungle Love,” plus later hits like “Abracadabra” and “I Want to Make the World Turn Around.” Rarities abound on both sets: the standard version includes unreleased live versions of “Living In The USA” and “Space Cowboy” plus a solo rendition of “Seasons” from Steve Miller Band’s 1969 album Brave New World. The deluxe edition features 40 tracks total, including all those rarities plus unreleased live versions of “Gangster of Love” and “Kow Kow Calculator,” a demo of “Take the Money and Run” and unheard studio versions of “Baby’s Callin’ Me Home” and “In the Midnight Hour,” for a total of eight bonus tracks in all. Read more here!
Linda Ronstadt’s 1977 multi-platinum smash album featuring “Blue Bayou,” “It’s So Easy” and “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” is remastered and expanded by Rhino in a new edition featuring three bonus live versions of the above-mentioned songs, first heard in a 1980 HBO television special. Available on CD, LP, DD and streaming. Get the full scoop here!
Chris Bell, I Am the Cosmos [Expanded Edition] (Omnivore)
Omnivore reconfigures the seminal I Am the Cosmos from Big Star’s late Chris Bell as a new 2-CD set. Prior to Rykodisc’s initial release of the title in 1992, only two of the tracks were released during Bell’s lifetime; both tracks were pressed on a single released shortly before a car crash took the Memphis hero’s life. In 2009, Rhino issued a double-disc Cosmos that featured not only alternate versions and mixes of the album’s original tracks but also cuts by Bell’s pre-Big Star bands Icewater and Rock City for context. As those tracks (and more) are now a part of Omnivore’s recent Looking Forward, this new 2-CD edition sweetens the deal with another 10 tracks, most previously unreleased. Compilation producer Alec Palao and writer Bob Mehr provide liner notes, and a clear vinyl version of the original album (the first release of this material on the format in years) will ship day and date alongside the 2CD set. Read more here!
This new CD/DVD release features Carole King’s 45th anniversary performance of her seminal 1971 classic Tapestry, performed live in front of 65,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park on July 3, 2016. The setlist, preserved on both CD and DVD, includes the entire album plus numerous highlights from King’s illustrious songbook, and special guest appearances by King’s daughter, singer-songwriter Louise Goffin, and the West End cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical! Read more details here!
Shawn Colvin’s 1997 album boasted the Grammy-winning “Sunny Came Home” as well as the chart-topping pair of “You and the Mona Lisa” and “Nothin’ on Me” (also the theme to TV’s Suddenly Susan). As Colvin hits the road with a tour celebrating 20 years of the album, Legacy has a deluxe anniversary reissue in CD, vinyl, and digital formats, all with seven live bonus tracks. Additionally, PledgeMusic offers an exclusive version with a bonus DVD and digital EP.
Michael Nesmith, Live at the BBC Paris Theatre (7a)
7a Records brings to CD a rare live performance by Michael Nesmith recorded for the BBC in London, 1975. This 6-song, 40-minute, solo acoustic set showcases Nesmith’s cosmic country-rock at its most sublime and intimate. It’s packaged in typically deluxe fashion by the team at 7a, and includes new liner notes and interviews. Also available as a 12-inch picture disc vinyl LP. This release arrives today in the U.K., and next Friday in the U.S.! Read more about it here!
On February 2, 1994, renowned New York DJ Vin Scelsa welcomed the unlikely pair of Kris Kristofferson and Lou Reed to the stage of The Bottom Line to discuss, and illustrate, their art. Now, that rare conversation comes to 2 CDs as part of The Bottom Line Archive Series. This release features both men singing some of their classic hits as well as a duet of Smokey Robinson’s “Tracks of My Tears” – making essential listening for any fans of great songwriting.
On Ringo’s newest solo album – his nineteenth – the legendary Beatle is joined by Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Don Was, Steve Lukather, and other pals for a romp through new songs as well as reworkings of “Photograph,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” “You Can’t Fight Lightning,” and “Back Off Boogaloo.” Available on CD, LP, and DD. Peace and love!
Singer-songwriter and honorary king of yacht rock Michael McDonald returns with his first album of original material in 17 years. Wide Open was written over a span of several years and recorded at McDonald’s Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and many of the city’s session players. It features collaborations with guitarist-singer Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule), guitarist Robben Ford, bassist Marcus Miller, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Available on CD, LP, and DD.
Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens, returns with a new studio album. The Laughing Apple features original songs and covers, though the covers on this album are his own. The album conjures the spirit of Tea for the Tillerman, and its cover features Yusuf’s own illustration, the first time he has designed one of his covers since 1972. The booklet contains the artist’s original drawings for each of the album’s eleven tracks. Available on CD, LP, and DD.
Poco’s Rusty Young has a new solo album featuring ten original compositions inspired by artists and friends such as Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and America’s Gerry Beckley. Waitin’ for the Sun was recorded at Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Available on CD, LP, and DD.
The Beatles – yes, The Beatles – headline this 2-CD, 37-track companion to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part documentary series. Culled from 120 tracks heard in the series, this collection also includes era-defining songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Temptations, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and many others.