First up is Odds & Ends: Scepter Records Rarities, a collection of rarities from Dionne Warwick taken from her time at Scepter Records. Due on January 12, 2018, it features new liner notes by our very own Joe Marchese based on his brand-new interview with the artist. From 1962 to 1971, Warwick, working primarily with songwriters/producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David, notched over twenty Top 40 hits on the Scepter label and garnered two Grammy Awards. She became the artist most closely associated with Bacharach and David, and brought a new sound to the 1960s.
Over the years, there have been numerous reissues of Warwick's work at Scepter. However, some material has been overlooked and all 27 tracks on this compilation are new to U.S. CD, including 11 previously unreleased tracks. You'll find alternate versions of some of Dionne's classic songs like "I Say A Little Prayer," "Don't Make Me Over," "Odds and Ends" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" plus rare foreign language versions like "A House is Not a Home" in Italian, "Walk on By" in German and "A House Is Not a Home" in French, among others. Also included are studio mixes of previously released "live" tracks, stereo mixes of mono single tracks, and songs which have only appeared previously on LP compilations such as Warwick's cover of The Mamas and The Papas' hit "Monday, Monday." The collection concludes with a sampling of various radio advertisements and PSAs recorded by Warwick while at the label.
The compilation has been remastered by Ted Carfrae. Joe's liner notes feature quotes from a new interview with Dionne herself and the booklet includes rare photos of the artist. It's due on January 12, 2018!Next is an expanded edition of Jimmy Webb's 1982 album Angel Heart, due this December 8, just in time for its 35th anniversary. Webb, of course, rose to fame in the 1960s as the prolific songwriter of such classics as "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman," "Up, Up and Away" and "MacArthur Park" and as a producer for acts like The 5th Dimension, Richard Harris and The Supremes. However, beginning with his first, disowned solo album in 1968, Jim Webb Sings Jim Webb, chart success for his own recordings has proved somewhat elusive.
In 1978, after a long association with the Warner Bros. family of labels, Webb teamed with producers Matt McCauley and Fred Mollin to record what would become Angel Heart for the 20th Century Fox label. Guests on the album would include Michael McDonald, Graham Nash, Kenny Loggins, Gerry Beckley, Stephen Bishop, Daryl Hall, Leah Kunkel and Valerie Carter. However, the president of 20th Century Fox was fired during the recording sessions, and Webb did not approve of the contract offered by the new regime. Webb then had to pay for the recording of the album himself and it was not released on the label. It would take until 1982 for the album to finally see the light of day on Lorimar. But, in another turn of bad luck, Lorimar would lose its distribution deal with Columbia Records shortly after the album's release. Angel Heart did not make much of a dent on the charts. It did receive a CD reissue in 1994 on Columbia/Legacy.
This new reissue expands the original album's 10 tracks to 16 with six previously unreleased bonus tracks, including three additional songs from the album sessions and three demos from Jimmy Webb. The original engineer of the album, Mark Linett, has done the remastering, co-producer Fred Mollin has written the liner notes (with photos from the album recording sessions), and Jimmy Webb has penned a new introduction.
If you would like to give either of these albums by these legends of the 1960s a try, we've got the full tracklisting and preorder links below.
Dionne Warwick, Odds & Ends: Scepter Records Rarities (Real Gone Music, 2017) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- I Say a Little Prayer (Alternate Version)
- Monday, Monday
- A House Is Not a Home (Italian Version)
- He's Moving On (Stereo Single Non-Soundtrack Version)
- Amanda (Stereo Single Non-Soundtrack Version)
- Walk On By (German Version)
- Get Rid of Him (Stereo Mix)
- Don't Make Me Over (Alternate Version)
- Reach Out for Me (French Version)
- The Good Life (Studio Mix)
- Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets (Alternate Version)
- Walk Little Dolly (Italian Version)
- If You Let Me Make Love to You, Then Why Can't I Touch You
- La Vie En Rose (English Version)
- You'll Never Get to Heaven (German Version)
- As Long as There's an Apple Tree (Extended Version)
- Our Ages or Our Hearts
- How Many Days of Sadness (French Version)
- I Love Paris (Studio Mix)
- Silent Voices (Stereo Mix)
- The Windows of the World (Italian Version)
- C'est Si Bon (Studio Mix)
- Odds & Ends (Alternate Version)
- A House Is Not a Home (French Version)
- Walk On By (Italian Version)
- Do You Know the Way to San Jose (Alternate Version)
- Dionne Radio Promo Spots & Public Service Announcements
Tracks 1, 7-10, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26 Previously Unreleased
Track 2 from Only Love Can Break a Heart, Musicor LP MUS-2501, 1977
Tracks 3, 25 from Scepter Single SC 713 (Italy), 1967
Tracks 4-5 from The Love Machine , Scepter LP SPS 595, 1971
Tracks 6, 15 from Vogue Schallplatten Single DV 14298 (Germany), 1964
Track 11 from The Best of Bacharach, Reader's Digest LP RDS 9785 (UK), 1980
Tracks 12, 21 from Scepter Single SC 715 (Italy), 1967
Tracks 13, 17 from From Within, Scepter LP SPS 2-598, 1972
Track 14 from Sings The Standards, Connoisseur Collection CD VSOPCD 255 (UK), 1998
Track 20 from Valley of the Dolls, Scepter LP SPS 568, 1968
Track 24 from Vogue Single EPL 8313 (France), 1964
Track 27 from various radio spots and PSAs
Jimmy Webb, Angel Heart: 35th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Real Gone Music, 2017) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Angel Heart
- God's Gift
- One of the Few
- Scissors Cut
- Work for a Dollar
- His World
- Our Movie
- Nasty Love
- In Cars
- Old Wing Mouth
- High Rent Ghetto
- One of the Few (Demo Version)
- In Cars (Demo Version)
- Early Morning Song (Demo Version)
Tracks 1-10 from Angel Heart, Columbia/Lorimar LP FC 37695, 1982
Tracks 11-16 Previously Unreleased
This has me fancifully imagining Dionne Warwick's "Odds & Ends" to be Bob Dylan's tune. "Dionne Does Dylan" anyone?
Joe Marchese says
Dionne did do a lovely version of Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" back in '66... 🙂
I noted that they have removed the cigarette in Jimmy Webb's hand + also the blonde woman that was standing close to Webb to the right in the picture.
Exactly - they totally ruined the cover. An expanded AH would be an instant purchase for me, but that sloppy artwork is a major buzzkill... what are these people thinking?
OMG! Yes! I totally forgot about the cigarette and the blonde on the cover. What the hell? Why would RGM do that?
Joe Marchese says
I've reached out, and can confirm that the alterations to the original cover art were at the specific request of Mr. Webb (who, along with Fred Mollin, has been closely involved with the project). I haven't heard this release yet, but I have no doubt it will be spectacular.
Joe Marchese says
Please note that Dionne's "Odds & Ends" is now due on January 12, 2018.
Looks like the GET RID OF HIM (STEREO MIX) has been omitted at the last minute. It's not listed on the artwork i have seen. there are 26 tracks in total not 27.
Joe Marchese says
Yes, “Get Rid of Him” is not included on the released CD.