Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
Happy Christmas, Beatle people! The Christmas Records, a seven-disc vinyl box set from the Fab Four, features colored 45 RPM recreations of the Beatles' original Christmas fan club flexi-discs (all single-sided except for the last two in 1968 and 1969). The original sleeve artwork has been recreated for each title, and an enclosed 16-page booklet offers recording notes plus reproductions of the newsletters sent with each disc!
The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Vinyl Editions) (Capitol/Apple/UMe)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2017 Remix LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2017 Remix Picture Disc: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Fans fell in love with Sgt. Pepper all over again this year with a stunning new stereo remix overseen by Beatle producer George Martin's son Giles. It was, of course, part of a deluxe 50th anniversary box set packed with unreleased session outtakes and video footage that will undoubtedly make a great holiday gift if you haven't treated yourself already! But if you're looking for a little something different with the material, a high-definition audio edition of the box set will be available at all digital retailers. A standalone vinyl edition of the remix will also be available in time for Christmas, on either 180-gram black vinyl or a limited picture disc featuring the album cover image on one side and the iconic Sgt. Pepper drum head on the other. You can pre-order both vinyl editions above. Read more about both Beatles releases here!
This slipcased collection brings together Otis Redding's seminal seven original mono studio albums in recreated replica sleeves.
Iconoclassic is continuing its longtime Guess Who reissue series with its most extravagant release yet: a 2-CD reappraisal of American Woman, featuring single edits, outtakes, and alternates alongside Vic Anesini's newly remastered album. The second disc has seven tracks featuring Randy Bachman intended for a follow-up album; these were released in 1976 as The Way They Were.
Verve brings together a selection of five of Billie Holiday's Clef and Verve albums including Solitude, Velvet Mood, Lady Sings the Blues, All or Nothing at All, and A Recital by Billie Holiday in one CD box set. Also available on vinyl.
A similar set arrives for Dinah Washington's EmArcy and Mercury platters. This 5-CD box includes her albums After Hours with Miss D, Dinah Jams, For Those in Love, The Swingin' Miss D, and What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! Also available on vinyl.
This 5-CD set has the classic Verve albums with which Stan Getz helped introduce the U.S. to the breezy Brazilian sounds of bossa nova, including Jazz Samba (with Charlie Byrd), Jazz Samba Encore! (with Luis Bonfa), Big Band Bossa Nova, Getz/Gilberto (with Joao and Astrud Gilberto) and Stan Getz with Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida. Also available on vinyl.
Omnivore's acquisition of the Nighthawk Records catalogue begins this week with two titles from the venerable reggae label! Full Time was released by The Gladiators in 1992; Omnivore's reissue has been newly remastered by Michael Graves, and features new liner notes by original producer Leroy Jodie Pierson.
This treasure from the Nighthawk vaults is a previously unissued album from Ethiopian, a.k.a. Leonard Dillion, who had recorded in the 1960s under the name Jack Sparrow. His Return reunited the veteran session band that played on classic records by artists including The Maytals and Desmond Dekker for 20 new tracks - getting released here for the first time!
The jazz pianist's 2007 album, a Grammy Award winner for Album of the Year, is expanded with a bonus disc of four tracks that were previously digital and store exclusives.