Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Miles Davis and John Coltrane, The Final Tour: Bootleg Series Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)
This latest volume of Miles Davis’ Bootleg Series brings together five performances by Davis and John Coltrane recorded during the Spring 1960 Jazz at the Philharmonic European Tour, Coltrane’s final such outing as a sideman: two shows from Paris’s L’Olympia Theater on Monday, March 21; two shows from the next night at Stockholm’s Konserthuset; and one from Copenhagen’s Tivolis Koncertsal three days later, on March 24. The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 has been fully authorized by both the Miles Davis and John Coltrane Estates, and will arrive in 4-CD and digital formats as well as in unique vinyl configurations. Read more here.
Two vinyl options will be offered in addition to the 4-CD and digital versions. The Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960 will arrive from Columbia/Legacy as a single 12-inch LP. A 2-LP vinyl edition of The Final Tour: Paris, March 21, 1960 will be issued exclusively through Vinyl Me, Please as part of their new VMP Classics subscription series of 180-gram black vinyl albums with exclusive listening notes. Visit Vinyl Me Please for more information.
Still There’ll Be More: An Anthology 1967-2017 features three discs of highlights from the band’s albums two live concert debuts (a legendary 1973 date at The Hollywood Bowl with The Los Angeles Philharmonic and a 1976 set at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens in England) and three DVDs spanning the band’s European TV appearances during their first decade. A 68-page hardcover book and a reproduction of a show flier rounds out this impressive box! Read all about it right here.
Led Zeppelin, How the West Was Won [Multiple Formats] (Atlantic/Swan Song)
3 CDs: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4 Vinyl LPs: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Blu-ray Audio: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Super Deluxe Edition (3 CD/4 LP/1 DVD): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Led Zeppelin’s 2003 concert album chronicling the band’s June 25 and 27, 1972 concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena returns in a new, remastered edition available in multiple formats. Read more here!
Grateful Dead, Best of the Grateful Dead Live (Grateful Dead/Rhino)
How to distill the Grateful Dead’s enormous live legacy into one collection? Rhino gives the massive undertaking its best shot with this new 2-CD anthology, featuring 19 tracks drawn from live albums released on Warner Bros. and Arista during the group’s tenure, as well as several select archival titles released after Jerry Garcia’s passing in 1995. (This includes a track from the Cornell show of last year’s stellar May 1977: Get Shown The Light, considered by many to be among the group’s absolute best live performances.) Also due for release is a vinyl version, The Best of The Grateful Dead Live Vol. 1: 1969-1977, which replicates the material from the first disc of this set on two 180-gram LPs. Get more details here!
Bear Family collects four discs’ worth of songs and sounds (totaling 121 tracks) from the Korean War, complete with a lavish 160-page hardcover book. Features artists including Gene Autry, Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter, Red Foley, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, The Louvin Brothers, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (among others, of course)! You’ll find the full track listing and more here!
Sundazed has three seminal country-rock LPs from The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith and his First National Band on newly remastered colored vinyl editions.
Tom Waits, Closing Time / The Heart of Saturday Night / Nighthawks at the Diner / Small Change / Foreign Affairs / Blue Valentine / Heartattack and Vine (ANTI-/Epitaph) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Tom Waits unveils remastered CD editions of his classic Asylum albums on a new label, ANTI-. Vinyl reissues are also part of this campaign; debut Closing Time is available now on vinyl, with the other titles to follow this year.
Veteran drummer Steve Gadd follows up 2016’s acclaimed Way Back Home with his band’s fourth album – a new collection of songs from the group including Gadd, trumpeter/flugelhornist Walt Fowler, keyboardist Kevin Hays, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and guitarist Michael Landau. Gadd’s son Duke even joins in for a handful of tracks. The set’s lone cover, “Temporary Fault,” pays homage to its author, the late guitar hero Allan Holdsworth. There’s also one vocal, from Hays on his own ballad, “Spring Song.” For fine musicianship and killer grooves, look no further.
The Chicago group unveils their third album produced by Mark Neill (Black Keys) and introduces vocalist Berit Ulseth’s smoky stylings. Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium! blends crunchy riffs with rhythm and blues, sixties-style pop and soul, and plenty of attitude. The sound is raw and immediate – with a piano, bass guitar and drums core – thanks to the band’s use of vintage equipment and instruments. This Scandal boasts punk spirit, earworm melodies, and a neo-retro sound that’s loaded with appeal.
In case you missed it: A cult classic if there ever was one, The Langley Schools Music Project was recorded in 1976-1977 and not released until 25 years later – when elementary schoolchildren’s (ages 9-12) choral renditions of then-hit songs by David Bowie, Neil Diamond, The Beach Boys, Barry Manilow, Carpenters, Eagles, and others could be viewed through a new lens. The children’s pure vocals evoked a haunting melancholy underneath the surface of these pop favorites, turning these homemade recordings from four British Columbia schools into a cornerstone of outsider music. Bowie considered himself a fan. Intrigued? Innocence and Despair is available on 2 LPs with new packaging and extended liner notes or CD with an eight-page booklet now.