Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
RCA presents 14 of The King’s seminal gospel and spiritually-themed recordings, all remixed with new orchestrations and new supporting vocals from artists who knew and worked with Elvis including Darlene Love, Cissy Houston, and Lisa Marie Presley plus members of The Stamps Quartet and The Imperials. Includes new versions of “Stand by Me,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Crying in the Chapel.” Available on CD, digital, and vinyl LP.
Varese Vintage collects 16 classics from The Zombies, most in their original mono single mixes, including the mega-hits “Time of the Season,” “She’s Not There,” and “Tell Her No.” Read our full coverage here!
These live performances captured by Owsley “Bear” Stanley were recorded at the late, great New York City venue in February 1970 but remained unreleased for over 25 years until they were excavated by Grateful Dead Records. Now, they’re available again in a newly remastered edition. The 7 tracks (available on a single CD or digitally) include “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Statesboro Blues,” and “Whipping Post.”
This one’s not a catalogue title, but it’s impossible to ignore: here’s Little Steven blazing through a fusion of rock, soul, and R&B with his 14-piece, brass-infused band and some very special guests including Richie Sambora, Peter Wolf, legendary songwriter Mike Stoller, and a certain Boss! This lavish 3-CD set was recorded at venues across America, Canada, and Europe, and includes a deluxe booklet with numerous color photos and liner notes from Little Steven himself. If you think “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” you haven’t heard Soulfire Live! yet.
Here’s one you might have missed. Sunset Blvd. Records has returned Gene Clark and Carla Olson’s 1987 collaborative album to print on a new CD edition that contains five bonus tracks. (These are the same bonuses included on the 2003 edition on the Fuel 2000 label.) A color booklet with credits and photos accompanies the CD.
The British label that brought the world the Jamaican sounds of reggae, dub, ska, and rocksteady is celebrated on a massive new 50th anniversary box including 6 CDs (with over 130 tracks, 69 of which are previously unissued on CD), 4 LPs, two 7-inch singles, a poster, a 100+-page hardcover book, slipmat, patch, and wooden 7-inch record adapter.
Our friends at Omnivore brings us a collaborative record from multi-instrumentalist producer John Brodeur (who’s shared stages with They Might Be Giants, Fountains of Wayne, and Gavin DeGraw) and Jellyfish’s Jason Falkner. Miranda Lee Richards and Luther Russell guest on this album of all-new power pop. Available on CD, digital, and vinyl.