Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains the Same [Various Formats] (Atlantic/Swan Song)
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Blu-ray Audio: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD/4LP/2DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham took the famous stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 27-29, 1973 for the concerts that were captured in the film The Song Remains the Same. Now that film’s soundtrack, produced by Page and originally released on Swan Song in 1976, is getting the lavish, remastered reissue treatment in a variety of formats including its first-ever 5.1 audio surround release on Blu-ray, and a Super Deluxe box with both the soundtrack (on CD and LP) and the movie (on DVD). The sets’ arrival today marks 50 years to the day of the first performance by the band as “The New Yardbirds.” Even the standard sets are classily packaged, to a high standard, with a textured cover and a booklet containing Cameron Crowe’s 2007 liner notes. Read more here!
The Grateful Dead is heading to the Pacific Northwest. Grateful Dead’s online exclusive 19-CD box set Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings, presenting six previously unreleased shows from two tours, is being cut down for two highlights editions. Here’s the 3-CD compilation drawn from the box set….
…and here’s the vinyl version, a 6-LP set of the complete Portland ’74 show (May 19, 1974). It’s been pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and is limited to 7,500 copies. Read more about both titles here!
Real Gone Music brings together the late Alice Coltrane’s three highly sought-after albums for Warner Bros. Records released in 1976-1977: Eternity, Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana and Transcendence. This remastered collection features an essay by noted Coltrane scholar Ashley Kahn and draws upon interviews with producer Ed Michel and engineer Baker Bigsby. It’s being released with the full cooperation of the Coltrane estate.
Bob Seger and The Last Heard, Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967 (ABKCO)
Bob Seger’s earliest recordings with his band The Last Heard are finally returning to the light of day. Their long-unavailable sides for the Cameo label will be reissued in one CD, vinyl, or digital package from ABKCO. Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967 has all of the records by the Detroit band for the first time since their original release as 45 RPM singles. The 10-track package will be released on CD and vinyl. Read more here!
Various Artists, The Munsters (Real Gone Music)
Real Gone brings to CD and limited edition “Herman Green” vinyl the 1964 Decca tie-in album to TV’s The Munsters. The album is not a proper soundtrack to the show but rather tries to say it is the Munster family singing new songs. The cover proclaimed that they were “the newest teen-age singing group,” but it was of course not the actors from the show. Veteran producers Joe Hooven and Hal Winn recorded the album. The music was performed mostly by The Wrecking Crew, including Glen Campbell and Leon Russell. To perform the vocals, The Go-Gos were enlisted. These Go-Gos were a male trio who had a lone LP on RCA, also in 1964. The album has been remastered by Aaron Kannowski and features liner notes by Bill Kopp. Get more details here!
Groove Line Records offers the ultimate tribute to Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson’s groundbreaking tenure at Warner Bros. Records with this 3-CD, 47-song anthology including rare single versions, live tracks, alternate versions, and an entire discs of 12-inch disco mixes including previously unreleased mixes by John Morales, Mike Maurro, and compilation producer Wayne Dickson. It’s all beautifully packaged with a 28-page booklet and tributes from such luminaries as Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Thom Bell, Ray Parker, Jr., and more. Love Will Fix It is out today in the U.K. and next week in North America! Watch this space for full coverage of this stellar collection soon!
Omnivore expands the alt-rockers’ delicious third album, originally released in 1993 on Geffen Records, to two CDs with a whopping 31 bonus tracks including demos, alternate versions, outtakes, and more! Also available on 2-LP, 45 RPM vinyl with the original album only.
Real Gone celebrates the cult film’s 25th anniversary with a new vinyl reissue which comes in a newly designed custom jacket with production stills from the film. It’s pressed on white splatter vinyl, and limited to 1,700 copies. Real Gone is also releasing two extremely limited editions of the soundtrack exclusively on the label’s website: an “Alabama’s Pants” pink with black splatter vinyl limited to 200 copies and a “Clarence’s Hawaiian Shirt” orange, blue and green vinyl limited to just 100 copies.
The soundtrack to 1999’s Go, featuring No Doubt, Fatboy Slim, Natalie Imbruglia and Eagle-Eye Cherry, among others, arrives on vinyl for the first time. It’s pressed on 2 yellow vinyl LPs housed in a gatefold jacket featuring production stills from the film, and is limited to 700 copies.
The musical Sandhog played just 48 performances off-Broadway in late 1954 despite a production with such talents as Jack Cassidy and Alice Ghostley. Two years later, composer and lyricist Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt preserved its score (and story, via narration) on an album for Vanguard Records. Stage Door Records is bringing that rare LP to CD with bonus tracks including five cuts from that original New York company (featuring Cassidy and Ghostley) and pop cover versions from Edmund Hockridge, Felicia Sanders, and Vince Martin. Limited to 500 copies.
Various Artists, Harold Arlen Revisited (Kritzerland)
Last week, Kritzerland made two musical theatre-related titles available for pre-order. First up is a reissue of Ben Bagley’s Harold Arlen Revisited, featuring the great composer’s rare songs performed by Nancy Andrews, David Burns, Blossom Dearie, Gloria DeHaven, Phyllis Diller and Charles Rydell. Bonus tracks recorded for the first CD edition, featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, Arthur Siegel, and Sandy Stewart, have been retained for this reissue. This title is limited to 500 units and pre-orders are expected to ship by the second week of September if not sooner.
Various Artists, Porgy & Bess: 1952 Berlin Cast Recording (Kritzerland)
A 1952 State Department-sponsored tour of George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, and DuBose Heyward’s Porgy & Bess starring William Warfield, Leontyne Price, and Cab Calloway was recorded for radio broadcast on its stop in Berlin. That performance has been restored for Kritzerland by restoration specialist Chris Malone from a tape of the broadcast. This historic release is limited to 500 units and pre-orders are expected to ship by the second week of September if not sooner.
With Egypt Station, Paul McCartney releases his first new studio album since 2013. The album’s been produced by Greg Kurstin with the exception of one song (the naughty “Fuh You”) helmed by Ryan Tedder. Includes “I Don’t Know” and “Come On to Me.” Available on CD, vinyl, and digital. Target in the U.S. has an exclusive CD edition with two bonus tracks (also available in the U.K. as an HMV exclusive): “Get Started” and “Nothing for Free.”
Legacy releases an album of reimagined music from the Paul Simon songbook. Co-produced by Simon and longtime associate Roy Halee, In the Blue Light features new recordings of ten lesser-known selections drawn from There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), The Rhythm of The Saints (1990), You’re The One (2000) and So Beautiful Or So What (2011). Jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette, and Steve Gadd join Simon on these new recordings as does yMusic, the chamber music sextet currently appearing with him on tour. Available on CD, vinyl, and digital. Read more here!