Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
David Bowie, A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982) (Parlophone)
The third release in Parlophone’s series of chronological box sets dedicated to the music of David Bowie, A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982) closes the book on the legendary artist’s RCA career. It follows 2015’s Five Years (1969-1973) and 2016’s Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), offering material from five major studio and live albums: Low (1977), “Heroes” (1977), Stage (1978), Lodger (1979) and Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980). Low, “Heroes” and Lodger are, of course, referred to as the “Berlin” trilogy, wildly creative, celebrated and cutting edge albums dabbling in avant garde and electronic sounds with producer Tony Visconti and collaborator Brian Eno. Stage presents Low and “Heroes” material alongside Bowie’s classic hits in a live setting, while Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) found Bowie and Visconti balancing sonic innovation with pop sensibilities, with two U.K. Top 5 hits to boot in “Ashes to Ashes” and “Fashion.” The box reconfigures Stage by building on the 2005 reissue with two previously unreleased tracks, and also adds a Heroes EP, new mix of Lodger, and third volume of Re:Call, compiling contemporary single versions and B-sides! A New Career in a New Town will be available on 11 CDs or 13 LPs (with the “Heroes” EP, the original version of Stage-pressed on yellow vinyl like the original release-the Lodger remix and Re:Call 3 being exclusive to the box). Read more here!
Well, blow me down! Varese Sarabande celebrates Harry Nilsson’s score to Robert Altman’s quirky live-action musical Popeye with a remarkable 2-CD deluxe edition of the original soundtrack. This 2-CD deluxe edition not only features all of Nilsson’s memorable songs as performed by the perfectly-cast likes of Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, and Paul Dooley, but also debuts Thomas Pierson’s instrumental score on CD, and an entire disc of previously unreleased demos performed by Nilsson! Though frequently circulated, these Nilsson demos have never sounded so good. It’s all wrapped up with a lavishly illustrated and annotated booklet. This is one deluxe release that’s been more than worth the wait! Read more here.
The eternal Voice of Romance, Johnny Mathis, returns with a new studio album celebrating future standards. On this new 11-track set, Mathis tackles contemporary songs by Adele, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams, and Bruno Mars, among others! You’ll find the full details and track listing here!
A new 5-CD box set celebrates what would have been John Lee Hooker’s 100th birthday with a track for every year since Hooker’s presumed birth in 1917. Three of the five discs on King Of The Boogie provide an overview of Hooker’s solo career, complete with three unreleased studio outtakes. The fourth disc finds Hooker in a live setting; five of the 15 concert tracks are heard here for the first time. The fifth and final disc, “Friends,” features collaborations between Hooker and Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and many more. The package is rounded out with 56 pages of liner notes and photos, including writing from Hooker historian Jas Obrecht and the guitarist’s longtime manager and friend, Mike Kappus. Read more here!
Michael Jackson, Scream (Epic/Legacy)
Epic and Legacy collect some of Michael Jackson’s darkest songs on a new compilation. Scream features the title duet with Janet Jackson alongside The Jacksons’ “This Place Hotel,” Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” and the King of Pop’s solo songs like “Leave Me Alone,” “Threatened,” “Dirty Diana,” and of course, “Thriller.” One previously unreleased track, a new mash-up of “Dangerous” and “Blood on the Dance Floor,” is included. Available on CD today, and glow-in-the-dark double vinyl on October 27! Read more here!
Belinda Carlisle, Heaven on Earth: 30th Anniversary Edition / Wilder Shores (Edsel)
Belinda Carlisle returns today with both an anniversary vinyl box set and a new album. Edsel’s striking 4LP/1CD box set of Heaven on Earth is essentially a large version of the label’s 2013 expanded edition of the same album, including all the audio content (the original album, single and 12″ mixes) plus five live bonus tracks from the Good Heavens Tour of 1988, all on individually sleeved LPs. (That tour was represented on a DVD in that expanded package.) The accompanying CD includes the original album plus three bonus tracks. One is a new acoustic cover of “Heaven” which will also be available on Wilder Shores, Belinda’s new chant-inspired album also released today. The disc is rounded out with another exclusive cover, of the Delaney and Bonnie/Carpenters/Luther Vandross classic “Superstar” plus the brand-new “Why,” written by Belinda and fellow former Go-Go Charlotte Caffey. Read all about these titles right here!
The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers Live (Eagle Rock)
The Rolling Stones continue their From the Vault series with Sticky Fingers: Live at the Fonda 2015. Recorded at Hollywood’s Henry Fonda Theatre on May 20, 2015, the concert inaugurated the Stones’ Zip Code tour of North America, and found the band performing their classic 1971 album for the first and (so far) only time in its entirety onstage. Sticky Fingers: Live at the Fonda will be available in various formats in various territories. The DVD and Blu-ray editions include interviews with the bandmates intercut with full-length performances. The CD and 3-LP vinyl versions feature the complete, 16-song show in sequence as performed at the Fonda; the concert film has 13 of those songs. Bonus Features on the DVD and Blu-ray include the songs cut from the concert film: “All Down the Line,” “When the Whip Comes Down,” and “I Can’t Turn You Loose.”
Stone Temple Pilots, Core: 25th Anniversary Edition (Rhino)
STP’s 1992 debut gets the deluxe treatment from Rhino with a multi-format reissue. The remastered Core will be part of a deluxe box set that includes unreleased demos, B-sides, material from three live shows (including the band’s 1993 performance on MTV Unplugged) and a 5.1 surround mix of the album on DVD. The 12″ x 12″ deluxe box, limited to 15,000 copies also features the album on vinyl and a hardcover book of rare photographs. A double-disc cutdown featuring the first two discs of the box will be available, as will the newly remastered album on its own. (A web-exclusive bundle adds to the box set a replica 7″ single of “Plush,” a t-shirt and a lithograph.) Read more here!
Wounded Bird brings together 34 Atlantic-era songs from Debbie Gibson on two discs spanning from 1987 to 1993. All nine of Gibson’s Top 40 hits are here, plus rarer dub versions and B-sides. You’ll find the track listing and more here!
Anne Murray, The Ultimate Collection (UMe Canada)
UMe Canada celebrates the career of Anne Murray with The Ultimate Collection, a new anthology available as a 2-CD, 41-song set, or a 1-CD, 20-track edition. The 2-CD set includes duets with Glen Campbell, Bryan Adams, Michael Buble, and Emmylou Harris among its added treats.
This new 2-CD, 39-song compendium from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band begins with “Buy For Me The Rain,” the first track from their 1967 self-titled Capitol Records debut, and ends with “The Resurrection” from their most recent studio release, 2009’s Speed of Life, and hits the high points in between, including deep album cuts, instrumentals, and memorable duets with Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Bruce Hornsby, and Allison Krauss.
The Association’s 1970 live double-album returns to CD in a remastered edition from Varese Vintage! Features “Cherish,” “Windy,” “Never My Love,” “Along Comes Mary,” and more!
The Golliwogs, Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967 (Fantasy/Craft)
The complete recordings of John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford’s pre-CCR band The Golliwogs are collected on this new, 23-track collection. The vinyl edition is due on November 10. Read more here!
Art Pepper, West Coast Sessions Volumes 5 & 6 (Omnivore)
Omnivore has two more volumes of West Coast Sessions from jazz legend Art Pepper, with Volume 5 featuring trumpeter Jack Sheldon and Volume 6 spotlighting drummer Shelly Manne.
David Gilmour’s Pompeii concerts of July 2016 are captured on a new live album. Live at Pompeii is available in multiple formats: a 2-CD album, a standard DVD and Blu-ray concert film, a Deluxe box including the 2-CD album and 1 Blu-ray of the entire live concert and bonus content, and a special 4-LP vinyl package. Live At Pompeii is also available digitally.
Stage Door delivers a set of rare demos for the hit British musical Half a Sixpence. On March 21, 1962 (one year prior to the musical’s opening in the West End), demo recordings for the show then called Kipps were recorded at London’s Olympic Studios. Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone (Steele’s understudy), Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross all participated in the recording sessions. Backed by the Kenny Powell Trio, the demos feature many of the classic songs that eventually made it into the production including the infectious likes of “If the Rain’s Got to Fall” and “Money to Burn,” and the classic title song. Cut songs are also featured on this 25-track collection. Due today in the U.K. and next week in the U.S.!
The soundtrack to the classic film musical starring Audrey Hepburn gets a 60th anniversary makeover featuring its songs (by George and Ira Gershwin!) resequenced to match the order in which they are heard in the film, as well as eight previously unreleased alternate takes of the most popular numbers!
Legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert returns with his first Christmas album since 1968 – and he’s donned a Santa suit once again for its front cover! The Christmas Wish was recorded at Capitol Studios with a 10-piece rhythm section, a 45-piece orchestra, and a 32-member choir backing Alpert’s trumpet and special guests such as his wife, Lani Hall, and Richard Carpenter (who arranged and conducted the choir as well as played celesta on “Merry Christmas Darling”). This is sure to be one of the year’s most joyous holiday releases! Available on CD, LP, and digital.
The solo David Crosby returns with a new studio album, and among its 10 songs are compositions co-written with Michael McDonald and Joni Mitchell.
The late Ella Fitzgerald follows in the footsteps of Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin with this new album of classic tracks as overdubbed with new orchestration by the London Symphony Orchestra. Its twelve songs include duets with Louis Armstrong and a posthumous duet with Gregory Porter. Songs include “Misty,” “Let’s Do It,” and “With a Song in My Heart.”