Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Queen’s sixth album, 1977’s News of the World, is being generously expanded for its 40th anniversary in a new 3CD/1DVD/1LP box set. The original album is presented on CD and LP. The first bonus CD, the entirely unreleased Raw Sessions, presents an alternate version of the original album from demos, outtakes and live cuts. The second bonus disc collects a further 19 relevant bonus tracks, including versions from archival live albums, every bonus track from the bonus EP included in the 2011 reissue campaign, the band’s final BBC session from 1977, five instrumentals and the U.S. edit of third single “It’s Late,” which makes its debut on CD here. An hourlong documentary premieres on DVD, and a 60-page book tells the album’s story. Read more here!
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track – Deluxe Edition (Capitol/UMe)
Saturday Night Fever is 40 years old, and Capitol and UMe are marking the occasion with a new box set. In this 2-CD/2-LP/1-BD presentation, you’ll find the original remastered album on CD and double LP as well as the film on Blu-ray (presented here in a recently restored 40th anniversary cut overseen by director John Badham and packed with extras from previous DVD releases including director’s commentary and deleted scenes). Audio extras are minimal: an extra CD EP includes new remixes of the four original Bee Gees tunes by noted mixer Serban Ghenea. Rather than update the tracks for a modern dance approach, Ghenea has taken the original multitracks and brought out new details buried from within the master tapes. Watch for our full review soon! A 2-CD edition is also available today, mirroring the version in the box set, with the remastered album and remix EP!
The Doors, Strange Days: 50th Anniversary Edition (Elektra/Rhino)
Strange Days: 50th Anniversary Edition will be released in two configurations: a 2-CD set with the original mono and stereo versions of the 1967 album, each on its own CD; and a 1-LP vinyl reissue of the original mono album only. Digital streaming and download versions will also be released. Read more here!
Arista and Legacy offer a new collection of songs related to The Bodyguard, featuring fourteen previously unreleased tracks (including film versions, alternates, live performances, and more) performed by the late, great Whitney Houston. A purple double vinyl edition will follow at a later date. Get the full details and tracklisting here!
The Moody Blues’ sophomore album and all-time classic gets a 50th Anniversary upgrade on 2 CDs & 1 DVD with the CD premiere of the original 1967 stereo mix, plus the familiar 1978 remix and a host of (previously released) bonus tracks, as well as high-resolution stereo and 5.1 surround mixes on DVD. Get the full scoop here!
A new box set devoted to the legendary power pop group behind “The Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox On The Run” and “Love Is Like Oxygen.” This 9CD set features six expanded albums (with released and unreleased bonus tracks) issued between 1971 and 1978, a collection of non-LP material and two live discs.
The Vinyl Collection contains, on 12 LPs, every non-holiday Carpenters studio album, from 1969’s Ticket to Ride (originally titled Offering, but renamed after their commercial breakthrough for their very first single) to 1989’s Lovelines, released six years after the tragic passing of Karen Carpenter. The set also includes The Singles 1969-1973, the hugely successful compilation album which became a 7x platinum smash and No. 1 seller in the United States alone upon its release in 1973. Every album in this slipcased collection has been newly remastered for vinyl by Ron McMaster at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios and pressed on black 180-gram vinyl. All original artwork from each album has been painstakingly replicated. Read more here!
America’s Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973 boasts sixteen rare tracks from the band’s early days, ten of which are previously unreleased, from the original trio of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. Read more here!
7a Records has a very special treat for Monkees fans – a 2017 concert album from Micky Dolenz, performed with a full 30-piece orchestra bringing new dimension to Monkees favorites! Also available on vinyl. Due today in the U.K. and next Friday in the U.S.! Read our review here!
Jimmy Buffett, Buried Treasure: Vol. 1 (Mailboat)
The discovery of a stash of demos recorded by Jimmy Buffett while working as a staff songwriter for Buzz Cason in Mobile, AL and Nashville, TN has led to this new archival release. Buried Treasure features 11 songs recorded by Buffett in Mobile in 1969, and each one is introduced with new 2017 narration by the artist. It’s available in standard and deluxe packaging; the standard edition has a 28-page booklet while the deluxe boasts a 40-page booklet as well as a bonus DVD of the 20-minute documentary The Story Behind Buried Treasure.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Wembley or Bust (Columbia)
Jeff Lynne’s ELO packed London’s enormous Wembley Stadium to the rafters this past June with a greatest-hits set featuring many of the band’s most classic songs including “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Evil Woman,” and “All Over the World.” Now, that gig is getting a wide release today from Columbia Records in a variety of formats: 2CD/1DVD; 2CD/1BD; 2 CD; and 3LP.
John Fogerty, Blue Moon Swamp: 20th Anniversary Edition (BMG)
John Fogerty’s Grammy-winning album returns as the first reissue via his new deal with BMG, featuring two non-LP bonus tracks from a 2004 reissue on Geffen and a new cover, based on the backdrop Fogerty used on the ensuing tour. In addition to CD and digital editions, the album (and bonus tracks) will make their vinyl debut, with black and limited blue LP offerings planned. Get more details here!
Varese brings Chuck Berry’s 1979 Atco album – his final release of new material until this year’s posthumously-issued Chuck – back into print, as remastered by Stevie Massie and featuring new liner notes by Bill Dahl!
Mike Love, Unleash the Love (BMG)
Mike Love is ready to Unleash The Love. The Beach Boys frontman’s new album features 13 original tracks produced by Michael Lloyd and featuring guest appearances by saxophonist Dave Koz and actor, drummer and Beach Boys devotee John Stamos. In addition to the original tracks (including “Pisces Brothers,” “Daybreak Over the Ocean,” and the title song), the second disc contains a dozen remakes of Beach Boys classics performed by Love and the current Beach Boys touring band. Available on CD today and vinyl (due December 15). Read more here!
Garth Brooks has released a new box set comprising a 240-page hardcover “oral history” and five discs of music including outtakes, demos, and masters of his first five albums. Of the 52 songs included, 19 are new to CD.
Green Day, Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band (Reprise)
Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band tells the Green Day story across 22 tracks on one CD or two LPs. (The band’s last compilation was 2001’s International Superhits!, released before the American Idiot years.) It’s the first Reprise-era set to include anything from the Lookout Records years (opening track “2000 Light Years Away,” from the 1991 album Kerplunk), and also features two new recordings: a version of Revolution Radio track “Ordinary World” with guest vocals from country singer Miranda Lambert, and the new song “Back in the USA.” Get the full tracklisting and more here!
Diana Ross, Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection (Motown/UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Links TBD)
Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection is a digital-only, 15-track non-chronological trip through Miss Ross’ unprecedented career. Focusing primarily on her solo years, the set does feature one track with The Supremes (“You Can’t Hurry Love,” one of a stunning dozen American No. 1 hits the group logged in their career) amid an offering of her greatest singles from the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. A new remix of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is the set’s lone unreleased track. Get the full details right here!
Capitol Records follows up last year’s A Capitol Christmas with a second volume collecting 24 more of the venerable label’s most buoyant holiday offerings. Glen Campbell, The Beach Boys, Nancy Wilson, The Lettermen, The Four Freshmen, Lena Horne, and more are represented on this eclectic yuletide compendium. Available today on CD, and vinyl on December 1.
The late Dan Fogelberg is feted on a new, all-star collection featuring recordings made expressly for this years-in-the-making set by Eagles, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, the late Donna Summer and Dobie Gray, and others.
Capitol is reissuing vinyl editions of McCartney, Ram, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, McCartney II, Tug of War, and Pipes of Peace, all of which are available at the links above!
Bob Seger returns with a personal set of (mostly) original songs, written over a period of years but unreleased until now, for his new studio album, inspired by the loss of his longtime close friend Glenn Frey. Covers include songs by Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen. Also available on vinyl.
Moz returns with a new and assuredly provocative LP featuring songs including “I Bury the Living,” “The Girl in Tel Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel,” “Who Will Protect Us from the Police,” and “When Will You Open Your Legs.” Available on CD, vinyl, and cassette – yes, cassette!
Mavis Staples returns for an intense new set, written and produced by her frequent collaborator, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Available on CD and vinyl.