Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Linda Clifford, If My Friends Could See Me Now / Let Me Be Your Woman / Here’s My Love / I’m Yours (Blixa Sounds)
If My Friends Could See Me Now: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Let Me Be Your Woman: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Here’s My Love: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
I’m Yours: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Blixa Sounds reissues four albums (three new to CD) from seventies soul/disco songstress Linda Clifford boasting productions by the starry likes of Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes! Read our full coverage here!
Bob Marley and The Wailers, Kaya: 40th Anniversary Edition (Tuff Gong/UMe)
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s “peace treaty” album, Kaya, and Universal is celebrating with a new edition on 2 CDs or 2 vinyl LPs. Both sets feature the remastered original album and new 2018 mix by Marley’s son Stephen. Also available digitally.
This budget-priced (under $25 at the time of this writing) 7-CD box set features previously released studio recordings of the Maestro in France, along with a previously unissued 1975 live program celebrating the Ravel centenary (with Bernstein soloing on piano) and orchestral suites of Bernstein’s scores to West Side Story and On the Waterfront.
Sony distills the Bernstein catalogue into a 2-CD greatest hits-style package, designed as an introduction to his legacy. This set features music by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich and Copland, with soloists including clarinetist Benny Goodman and mezzo Frederica von Stade, violinists Joshua Bell and Zino Francescatti, pianists Glenn Gould and Philippe Entremont, plus Bernstein himself playing and conducting Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Bernstein the composer is represented, too, with selections from West Side Story, Mass, Serenade, Candide, On the Town, and more.
Craft Recordings taps the catalogues of Fantasy and Vanguard Records for a set of lesser-known, but still killer, dance grooves from artists including Sylvester, Idris Muhammad, Damon Harris, The Blackbyrds, Ike Turner, and many more. Almost every track is presented in a rare disco remix. Also available as a 5-LP box set.
This year’s hit Broadway musical based on the life of Donna Summer receives an original cast recording starring LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever all as Donna in three different stages of her career. Also available digitally.
The “Alone Again (Naturally)” and “Claire” troubadour has joined with producer Ethan Johns for his 19th studio album. Gilbert is both nostalgic and in the moment with this collection of 12 new songs. Available on CD, vinyl, and cassette.