Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
“Mama” Michelle Phillips’ 1977 solo album, produced by Jack Nitzsche, returns to CD in a new expanded edition collecting the artist’s complete sessions with Nitzsche. It adds three outtakes from the album sessions, including a Bee Gees cover (“Had a Lot of Love Last Night”), Dennis Lambert and Fil Spina’s “Practice What You Preach,” and Michelle’s own, tropically-flavored “Guerita.” These three songs were not featured on previous reissues of the album. Our own Joe Marchese provides the liner notes with quotes from a new interview with Michelle. The CD has been remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision.
Real Gone Music is reissuing the one and only album from L.A. band The Quick. The post-glam, pre-punk group’s 1976 album Mondo Deco was the cult favorite band’s only full-length LP and has never been on CD before. This expanded edition adds 11 rare and unreleased bonus tracks and new liner notes, archival photos, a new band essay, track-by-track-commentary and more! Read more here!
Real Gone continues its trawl of the Cheap Trick archives with this second volume featuring 16 rare tracks, all remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios. Ken Sharp provides new liner notes based on interviews with the band members! Read more here!
Real Gone has the first-ever CD reissue of Keely Smith’s third Reprise album, and one of the earliest Beatles tributes albums anywhere. On Sings the John Lennon-Paul McCartney Songbook, the smoky chanteuse wrapped her pipes around songs including “Please Please Me,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “This Girl” (a.k.a. “This Boy”), and “A World Without Love.” Steve Hochman has written new liner notes, and Mike Milchner has remastered.
Def Leppard, Volume One (Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe)
Def Leppard has announced a new series of career-spanning box sets. Volume One of the series arrives in both limited edition 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and CD box sets, each featuring Def Leppard’s first four studio albums — along with bonus live and studio tracks -spread across 8 LPs and 7 CDs, respectively.
Rhino reissues Emmylou Harris’ 1985 The Ballad of Sally Rose, a concept album inspired by Harris’ short but blazing time spent with the late Gram Parsons. This deluxe edition featuring 10 previously unreleased demo recordings on the second disc, will also be available as a digital download, on streaming services, and as a 2-LP vinyl set. Read more here!
Jethro Tull marks 50 years with this new 3-CD, 50-song collection curated by Ian Anderson from all 21 of Jethro Tull’s studio albums. The set traces the band’s journey from blues-rockers to prog-rock heroes incorporating jazz and folk influences, and goes from the very beginning through The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, the 2003 release that remains the band’s last new album. Also available on the same day: 50th Anniversary Collection (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada), a 15-track “highlights” distillation of the larger package. Read more here!
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is a 3-CD compendium packed with fan favorites, rarities, and new-to-CD tracks from the band’s Warner Bros. output (1992-2017). A single-LP vinyl edition with 11 tracks will also be available.
Real Gone has the CD premiere of the third album from the band Cowboy – named Boyer & Talton as Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton were the only two band members remaining! The duo, with producer Johnny Sandlin, gathered a new group of musicians to join them including Bill Stewart on drums, future Charlie Daniels Band bassist Charlie Hayward, Allman Brothers Band members Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe on keyboards and percussion, respectively, and saxophonists Randall Bramblett and David Brown. These were many of the same players who had backed Gregg Allman on his first solo album, Laid Back, in 1973 and would join him on the tour which would be documented on the Gregg Allman on Tour album. “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Will You Go” from the Gregg Allman on Tour album have bee added to this reissue, which has been remastered by Mike Milchner.
Real Gone’s second Cowboy reissue of the month has the CD debut of the band’s self-titled 1977 LP. Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton joined with a new producer, engineer Sam Whiteside, for a more pop/country-rock-oriented album called, simply, Cowboy. The duo brought in new musicians including Arch Pearson on bass, Chip Condon on keyboards, and Chip Miller on drums. It would prove to be the Cowboy’s final album as Boyer and Talton broke up soon after its release, and Capricorn Records itself closed in 1979. Mike Milchner has remastered. Read about both Cowboy titles here!
Real Gone has reissued another installment of Grateful Dead’s Road Trips. This concert was recorded at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. There are not many Dead shows which have been released from 1988. This show, held less than a year after the Dead’s hit album In the Dark from 1987, includes some unusual covers and the little-performed “To Lay Me Down.” The 3-CD set includes the full show from April 1, 1988 and over half the show from the previous night. It has been mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD sound and features a full-color booklet with notes and photos. The set was first available through the band’s website in February, 2011.
A string of classic Temptations albums from 1969-1972 have been remastered by Elemental, but buyer beware: while these editions have updated sound, they do not reflect the original albums as alternate mixes of key tracks on each LP (first introduced on the group’s Psychedelic Soul anthology) have replaced the original LP versions. These are packaged in mini-LP sleeves with no additional bonus tracks or liner notes.
Try to Remember: After saluting the likes of Cy Coleman, Sheldon Harnick, and John Kander, Harbinger Records turns its attention to the team of Tom Jones (no, not that Tom Jones!) and the late Harvey Schmidt, the legendary songwriting team behind the musicals The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!, Celebration, 110 in the Shade, and more. This 2-CD set includes 48 rare demos and performances of the duo’s songs performed by the authors as well as Mary Martin, Robert Preston, Bert Lahr, Liz Callaway, Stanley Holloway, Susan Watson, Carole Demas, and many others! A 64-page deluxe booklet puts it all into perspective.
Real Gone first released a vinyl version of the Predator soundtrack back in September. The label is now releasing a new colored-vinyl edition in “Blood Red and Predator Dreads Blue” splatter vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies. There is also a glow-in-the-dark edition, limited to 100 copies, available exclusively through Real Gone’s website. The lavish 2-LP gatefold package also features new cover artwork from Rafal Wechterowicaz and includes production stills!
ZZ Top continues its series of vinyl box sets, presenting Albums No. 6-10 in 180-gram vinyl editions sourced from the original masters. The albums include Deguello (1979), El Loco (1981), Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990), all presented as 2-LP sets for optimal sound.
Paul Simon has allowed a number of current dance remixers including MK, Richy Ahmend, Paul Oakenfold, and Groove Armada to reinvent his seminal 1986 classic in unexpected ways. Also available on vinyl.
The incendiary rock band’s third album from 1993 is still one of their heaviest – and now it’s been pressed on green vinyl, with proceeds from the sale of the record to benefit The JED Foundation, an organization devoted to emotional health and suicide prevention among teens and young adults.
The Who frontman returns with his first solo album since 1992, and Pete Townshend joins him to play guitar on seven of the album’s tracks! Also available on vinyl.