Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
David Bowie, Changestwobowie (Parlophone)
David Bowie’s 1981 compilation spanning the period between Hunky Dory and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) returns to print for the first time in three decades in a newly remastered edition. Its ten tracks include “Starman,” “Oh! You Pretty Things,” single versions of “Fashion,” “Ashes to Ashes,” and “D.J.,” and more. Available on CD, DD, and LP. The first LP run only will be pressed on both blue and black vinyl, to be packaged randomly. See the full tracklist and more here!
The triple-disc The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) features not only every complete solo A-side from Barry White’s tenure with the label (including six Top 10 pop hits and a dozen Top 10 R&B singles, all in their original edits or mixes) but a host of sides that never made it past their original vinyl release. This includes both instrumental B-sides featuring the unforgettable Love Unlimited Orchestra arrangements (11 in total), rare U.K.-only single versions, and a handful of disco mixes available on promo 12″ releases.
Barry White, Love’s Theme: The Best of The 20th Century Records Singles (Mercury/UMe)
Love’s Theme: The Best of The 20th Century Records Singles offers nearly a dozen of Barry White’s most popular A-sides, including “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything,” “Let The Music Play,” “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me” and more. True to its title, the disc kicks off with the Love Unlimited Orchestra’s “Love’s Theme”; the accompanying double vinyl version adds “Satin Soul,” another bonus cut from the orchestra, to its lineup. Read more on both Barry White releases here!
As part of its new agreement with The Bee Gees, Capitol has a 15-track sampler from the late Andy Gibb, including his hits and favorites like “Shadow Dancing,” “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” “An Everlasting Love,” “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water,” and “Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away).” (Alas, his lost duet with Victoria Principal, “All I Have to Do is Dream,” is still absent.)
Metallica, The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Visited (Blackened Recordings)
Originally released in 1987, The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited found Metallica in a reflective mood, covering some of their favorite hard rock and punk groups like Diamond Head, Budgie, Killing Joke and the Misfits. The band was also looking forward: Garage Days Re-Revisited featured vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich joined by 24-year-old bassist Jason Newsted (cheekily credited on the sleeve as “Master J. Newkid”) in the studio for the first time; Newsted had been hired in the fall of 1986 after the sudden death of bassist Cliff Burton. Though the contents of the EP were included in full on 1998’s Garage, Inc., this reissue marks the first time it’s been available in its original format in over 30 years – and the band is going the extra mile by reissuing it in a variety of retro formats including cassette and, yes, a CD housed in a longbox! Read more here!
Tina Turner, The Greatest Hits (Universal U.K.) (Amazon U.S. TBD / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada TBD)
To coincide with the West End arrival of Tina: The Musical about superstar Turner, Universal U.K. has a 2-CD, 34-track, budget-priced collection of her greatest songs (many of which are featured in the musical) including “River Deep Mountain High,” “Private Dancer,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “Proud Mary,” and of course, “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” As of now, this title is unfortunately not available for ordering in the U.S. or Canada.
Verve follows up last week’s package collecting Louis Armstrong’s duets with Ella Fitzgerald with this new set bringing together expanded editions of Satchmo’s three albums recorded for Verve in 1957: I’ve Got the World on a String, Louis Under the Stars, and Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson. Additionally, the digital-only album A Day with Satchmo (premiering alternate takes and session material) makes its physical debut.
Omnivore collects 13 choice sides from musical renaissance man and tenor saxophonist Nino Tempo’s Atlantic Records tenure, including sizzling renditions of “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “‘Round Midnight,” and “Darn That Dream.” Watch this space for Joe’s full review!
The indie singer-songwriter pays tribute to one of her heroes with this new album featuring 14 reinterpretations of ONJ’s most beloved songs including “I Honestly Love You,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Physical,” and “Xanadu.” One dollar from the sale of each CD will go to the nonprofit Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. Available on CD and vinyl at general retail; American Laundromat’s website offers cassette and colored vinyl versions, as well, plus a bonus 7-inch vinyl single with two additional songs!
The venerable folk hero returns with his first new studio album in 13 years. Produced by Dave Cobb in Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album found Prine not only writing new songs but revisiting unfinished ones from decades past, including a co-write with Phil Spector called “God Only Knows.”