Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up, and one of the biggest Release Fridays of the year to date!
Chicago celebrates 50 years on the road with this expansive new box set featuring 4 CDs and 1 DVD of previously unreleased live music recorded between 1969 and 2014. This set includes two complete concerts – The Isle of Wight, 1970 on CD and a Rockpalast broadcast from Germany in 1977 on DVD – plus two discs of concert highlights from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers! Read more here!
Elvis Presley, The Searcher: The Original Soundtrack (RCA/Legacy)
RCA and Legacy have the soundtrack to director Thom Zimny’s upcoming documentary on Elvis Presley coming in a variety of formats: an 18-track soundtrack CD, a 2-LP gatefold 12-inch vinyl edition, and a 3-CD collectible deluxe box set with additional music from Presley and those who inspired him. The film traces the artistic evolution of the artist from his R&B and country beginnings through his final Jungle Room recording sessions at Graceland, and premieres on HBO on April 14. Read more here, and watch for our full review soon!
Love’s 1967 psych-rock classic Forever Changes goes super deluxe in a 12 x 12 hardbound book-style format, containing 4 CDs, 1 DVD, and 1 LP. The original stereo album will be featured on Disc One in a new remaster by original engineer Bruce Botnick, while the original mono mix makes its official CD premiere on Disc Two. The third disc has the alternate mix of the entire album that premiered on the 40th anniversary reissue in 2008 plus outtake “Wonder People (I Do Wonder)” in the mix first issued in 2001. The fourth CD, Singles and Outtakes, has the unique 45 RPM versions as well as the original mix of “Wonder People (I Do Wonder),” demos, backing tracks, and more. The DVD has Botnick’s stereo remaster in 96/24 high resolution, plus the rare 1968 promotional film Your Mind and We Belong Together. Finally, the LP has the stereo remaster cut from high-res digital audio by Bernie Grundman. Whew! Read more here.
Real Gone Music reissues Debby Boone’s second and third Warner Bros./Curb releases, from 1978 and 1979, on CD for the very first time. Produced by Brooks Arthur, this two-fer features Boone’s silky treatments of songs by the pop cream of the crop including Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager, Bruce Roberts, Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, Jimmy Webb, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. TSD’s own Joe Marchese has written the liner notes based on new interviews with Debby, producer Brooks Arthur, and arranger-conductor Artie Butler!
Debby Boone’s fourth and fifth Warner/Curb albums, both from 1980, are expanded with rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks for their CD debuts from Real Gone Music. These albums found the versatile artist teaming with superstar producer Larry Butler for Nashville sessions which yielded a Country chart-topper, “Are You on the Road to Lovin’ Me Again,” and other hits. TSD’s Joe Marchese has penned the liner notes, drawing on a fresh interview with Debby! Read more about both titles here!
The lost words of Johnny Cash – from poems, letters, and other unpublished writings – are set to music for the very first time and performed by a “Who’s Who” of artists including Johnny’s daughter Rosanne Cash, his stepdaughter Carlene Carter, fellow Highwaymen Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, T Bone Burnett, Allison Krauss, The Jayhawks, and others. John Carter Cash has helmed the project at Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Available in CD, DD, and LP formats. Get more details here!
The remarkable 2-CD archival collection from the longtime Supremes dream team of Andy Skurow, George Solomon, and Kevin Reeves was originally issued on Hip-o Select in 2008 and now fetches high prices secondhand. It’s returning to print on vinyl only as a 4-LP set pressed in Detroit by Third Man Records. (This set marks the first time a Motown record has actually been pressed in Detroit.) The four 180-gram vinyl LPs are housed in Stoughton tip-on jackets.
Ace has another stellar collection of rarities from the Motown vaults, this time from another heaping helping of the label’s greatest female stars including Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Kim Weston, Brenda Holloway, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Rita (Syreeta) Wright, Barbara McNair, and more!
Real Gone celebrates the 50th anniversary of Tiny Tim’s debut album, produced by Richard Perry and featuring the hit “Tip-Toe Thru’ the Tulips,” with its first-ever U.S. vinyl reissue, pressed on pink vinyl and strictly limited to 900 copies!
Real Gone celebrates the British all-female hard rock band Girlschool with a new vinyl anthology offering 12 single A-sides from the band’s City and Bronze tenures including “Take It All Away,” “Race With the Devil,” “Hit and Run,” “C’Mon Let’s Go” and “Please Don’t Touch” (performed with Motorhead). The set has been compiled, produced and annotated by Mark Brennan and the gatefold package shows a rare picture sleeve. The orange vinyl pressing is limited to 700 copies.
Baby Blue Eyes…May the First Voice You Hear Be Mine is a 20-track collection curated by Sinatra’s daughter Tina from his recordings on Capitol, Reprise, and Columbia. The set is designed as a child’s introduction to Sinatra’s world, with songs emphasizing Sinatra’s role as father to his beloved children. Tracks include “High Hopes,” “Pocketful of Miracles,” “Bein’ Green,” “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” and more. It’s due on CD, 2-LP vinyl, and all digital platforms. Read more here!
The 1982 sci-fi-themed dub album from Scientist and Jammy, originally released on Trojan Records, returns to vinyl from Real Gone in a yellow-green “lightsaber vinyl” pressing limited to 700 units! Tracks include “Storming the Death Star,” “The Death of Mr. Spock,” “Flash Gordon Meets Luke Skywalker,” and “The Son of Darth Vader.”
Jack Kerouac’s sophomore LP teamed the famed beat poet with jazz saxophonists Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, both veterans of Woody Herman’s band. Kerouac’s poetry focused on his interest in eastern religion and philosophy as expressed in his novel The Dharma Bums from 1958. Real Gone’s new vinyl edition comes in blue and yellow “Starburst” vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies.
Harbinger has dug deep into the archives of the late jazz pianist/Broadway composer extraordinaire Cy Coleman for the new release entitled A Jazzman’s Broadway. This collection brings together Coleman’s Jubilee LP of songs from Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg’s Jamaica and his Westminster album of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song tunes, plus rare transcription discs of him playing another R&H classic, South Pacific. Coleman leads his trio also including bassist Aaron Bell and drummer Ray Mosca, as well as a vocal group, and drummer Ossie Johnson, flautist Romeo Pinque, and guitarist Skeeter Best. Available on CD and digital platforms.
Omnivore has a 25-track anthology from late country great Don Gibson, including 20 charted Country hits (such as the chart-topping “Woman (Sensuous Woman)”) as well as five additional selections from Gibson’s tenure at the Hickory Records label. Available on CD and digital platforms.
Mike Ness, Cheating at Solitaire / Under the Influences (Craft Recordings)
Craft Recordings has two vinyl reissues from Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness, incorporating the sounds of not just punk, but rockabilly, country, blues, and early rock-and-roll. Cheating at Solitaire has guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen and Brian Setzer, as well as covers of Bob Dylan and Hank Williams classics. Under the Influences goes even further into the realm of roots music, with a honky-tonk reinvention of Social Distortion’s “Ball and Chain,” and covers of The Carter Family and Sonny Curtis (The Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought the Law”). Limited edition colored vinyl editions are available directly from the artist’s online store.
Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings – The Complete Recordings (Warner Bros./Rhino)
Howard Shore’s Academy Award-winning 2005 soundtrack to The Lord of The Rings – The Fellowship of The Ring is returning to print in two deluxe editions from Rhino. The four-disc The Fellowship of The Ring box set released in 2005 featured a greatly expanded, composer-supervised (not technically complete but certainly definitive) presentation to match the extended edition of the film, with three CDs of music also available in high-resolution stereo and surround sound on one DVD. Now, that box is coming back to print in two new packages: a repress of the original set, with a Blu-ray Disc replacing the DVD, and – for the first time ever, a 5LP box set, pressed on red vinyl and limited to 5,000 copies. Packaging sticks close to the original release, featuring deluxe packaging (including a “leather-style” book-like spine) as well as liner notes by LoTR music authority Doug Adams. Get the full scoop here!
BMG has a remastered edition of John Fogerty’s 1985 Centerfield on CD with the same two bonus tracks appended to the 2010 edition: the single B-sides “My Toot Toot” and “I Confess.” A remastered vinyl edition has the original album only.
This new 4-CD or digital collection offers newly-remastered versions of Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again, and Porgy and Bess plus eight Decca singles, live recordings, alternates, and false starts from the two legendary artists’ Decca and Verve eras. Armstrong historian Ricky Riccardi provides new liner notes.
Various Artists, Restoration and Revamp: The Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Two all-new, all-star collections salute Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Restoration is a country set with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Don Henley and Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton, and Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, while Revamp boasts contributions from Ed Sheeran, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Lady Gaga, Q-Tip and Demi Lovato, and Sam Smith. Miley Cyrus appears on both volumes, and Elton himself drops in on Revamp.