Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Band, Music from Big Pink [Various Formats] (Capitol/UMe, 2018)
Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2-LP Black Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2-LP Pink Vinyl: uDiscoverMusic.com
Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Capitol/UMe will reissue The Band’s seminal exploration of Americana, Music from Big Pink, on CD, 2-LP vinyl, digital, and in a CD/BD/2-LP/1-7 inch single Super Deluxe Edition. For its 50th, Big Pink has been spruced up by engineer Bob Clearmountain, who has produced a new stereo mix of the album from the original four-track analog masters. The 50th Anniversary Edition’s CD, digital, and box set configurations also include five outtakes and alternate recordings from the sessions and a previously unreleased a cappella version of “I Shall Be Released.” While five of the bonus tracks from previous CD reissues are here, others are absent. Clearmountain has also produced a new 5.1 surround mix for the box set. For the two new album-only vinyl editions, Chris Bellman has cut the vinyl lacquers at 45rpm at Bernie Grundman Mastering, expanding the album to two LPs for optimal sound quality. A standard CD will also be released with just the new album mix. Read our full review here!
Chicago II: Collector’s Edition bundles together the band’s 2017 Soundstage performance of the 1970 classic Chicago II on CD and DVD as well as the acclaimed 2017 stereo remix of the original album by Steven Wilson on both CD and double vinyl. Read more here!
Nick Mason, Unattended Luggage (Warner Music U.K.)
Pink Floyd founding member Nick Mason’s three solo albums are rounded up in one CD or vinyl box set as Unattended Luggage. The 3-LP or 3-CD set includes Nick Mason’s Fictitious Sports (1981), Profiles (1985), and White of the Eye (1987), with the latter making its CD debut. All three albums will also be available as digital downloads and for streaming.
Depeche Mode, Speak & Spell: The 12″ Singles / A Broken Frame: The 12″ Singles (Mute/Rhino)
Rhino is launching a series of vinyl box sets collecting the 12-inch singles of Depeche Mode, all newly remastered from the original tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios. Read more here!
Pet Shop Boys, Further Listening reissues (Parlophone/Rhino)
Behaviour / Further Listening 1990-1991
Very / Further Listening 1992-1994
Bilingual / Further Listening 1995-1997
Pet Shop Boys are concluding their series of remastered Further Listening editions with this final trio of titles. Get all of the details right here!
Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, Loretta Lynn, Brad Paisley, and Willie Nelson are just a few of the names who have lined up to celebrate the late, great Roger Miller on this 2-CD, 36-song tribute album.