Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
As everybody knows, Neil Young beats to his own drummer…so this release actually arrived this past Tuesday! Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live captures Young’s September 1973 performance opening Lou Adler’s Roxy club, with The Santa Monica Flyers (Nils Lofgren, Ben Keith, and the Crazy Horse rhythm section) supporting him. Nine of the songs which would appear on 1975’s Tonight the Night were featured on this intimate gig, now being released for the first time. Also available on vinyl and digital.
Robbie Dupree, Robbie Dupree / Street Corner Heroes (Blixa Sounds)
A new Los Angeles-based reissue label, Blixa Sounds, is ready to steal away with their two inaugural releases from the yacht-rocking Robbie Dupree! Bill Inglot has freshly remastered Dupree’s 1980 and 1981 Elektra albums, and both are expanded with a generous complement of rare bonus tracks. Look for more coverage on Blixa Sounds, Robbie Dupree, and the label’s upcoming Stephen Bishop reissue soon!
Chris Squire, Fish Out of Water (Esoteric/Cherry Red)
Cherry Red reissues Yes bassist/singer/songwriter Chris Squire’s 1975 solo debut in both a deluxe 2 CD/2 DVD/1 LP/2-7″ singles box set and a standard 2-CD edition. The box includes new 5.1 and stereo remixes by Jakko Jakszyk, as well as a remaster of the original LP mix by Paschal Byrne. The region-free DVD also has promo films, while the vinyl component boasts the original album and two singles as cut at Abbey Road Studios. The 2-CD iteration has both the original and new stereo mixes, plus four bonus single sides.
Steve Wynn, Kerosene Man / Dazzling Display (Omnivore)
The first two albums from Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn get the deluxe Omnivore treatment! 1990’s Kerosene Man is bolstered by six rare live recordings from a promo EP, while 1992’s Dazzling Display (featuring guest shots by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, The Bangles’ Vicki Peterson, and Flo and Eddie) gains six bonus tracks including covers of Paul Simon and Sonic Youth! Both titles have been remastered and are released with the participation of Steve Wynn!
This massive 30-CD box set (nearly 1/3 of which is previously unreleased) includes all 16 of the band’s studio albums and 3 live albums plus copious bonus material including 8 more unheard live sets. Everything has been remastered from band members’ personal tapes as well as masters housed in the Universal and Atlantic archives, and a 156-page hardcover books puts it all together. Memorabilia includes a 36-page poster book, 4 reproductions of original photos, a replica MCA Records promo pack, individually signed photos of each of the band members, and a bonus flexidisc.
The prolific Van Morrison follows up his jazz-oriented Versatile from 2017 with a new studio LP. You’re Driving Me Crazy teams him with Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco for a set of standards and Morrison favorites such as “Have I Told You Lately,” “Magic Time,” and “The Way Young Lovers Do.” Also available on vinyl and digital.
Willie teams with longtime producer-collaborator Buddy Cannon on these eleven new songs reflecting, in alternately wry and touching fashion, on life, death, and everything in between. Also available on vinyl and digital.
Believe it or not, Voices is the first album in Tom Rush’s 55-year career to be solely written by him – other than a pair of folk traditionals (“Corina, Corina” and “Elder Green”) for good measure. The troubadour’s first studio album in nine years welcomes guest musicians including Al Perkins, Sam Bush, Kathy Mattea, Suzi Ragsdale, and Matt Nokoa. Also available on vinyl and digital.