Welcome to another Release Round-Up. Here’s a look at what’s coming out today, December 14!
Springsteen on Broadway captures songs and selected stories from The Boss’ acclaimed, Tony Award-winning engagement on the Great White Way. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig, the album arrives one day before the closing show, and also just before it’s broadcast in full on Netflix. The streaming giant will premiere the production at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET on December 16. The audio on the album is taken directly from the audio of that Netflix special, featuring stripped-down, emotionally raw, and powerfully charged performances of such classic songs as “Growin’ Up,” “My Hometown,” “Thunder Road,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” and “The Rising,” as well as duets with his wife and bandmate Patti Scialfa on “Brilliant Disguise” and “Tougher Than the Rest.” Springsteen accompanies himself on piano and guitar. Most of these tracks are prefaced by Springsteen’s introductory stories as heard every night at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Read more about this release here.
As a former music journalist with credits in Rolling Stone and Creem magazines, Cameron Crowe has always meticulously crafted the soundtracks for his films. Vanilla Sky‘s is no exception. The eclectic soundtrack includes music by Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, and more. Real Gone Music will release a limited-edition, 2-LP set of Music From Vanilla Sky that marks the soundtrack’s return to vinyl. Limited to 1,000 units, the soundtrack is pressed onto “blue cloud”-colored vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve adorned with production stills from the film. Read more about this release here.
Real Gone Music is set to release Orange County: The Soundtrack, a 2-LP set featuring the music from the Jake Kasdan-directed film. Released in 2002, Orange County followed the story of an O.C. surfer kid as he tries to get into Stanford University. The soundtrack was full of compelling tunes by the likes of Cake, Social Distortion, Pete Yorn, and Brian Wilson. It also boasted two new tracks: Foo Fighters’ “The One” and The Offspring’s “Defy You.” Real Gone’s release marks the soundtrack’s first-ever vinyl release. Limited to 700 copies, the two-disc set will be pressed on orange vinyl and presented in a gatefold sleeve embellished with production stills. Read more about this release here.
Buck Owens and His Buckaroos were among the hottest country acts of the 1960s, thanks in no small part to Tom Brumley’s masterful pedal steel guitar work. With 17 tracks culled from nine Buck Owens and His Buckaroos releases, Steelin’ The Show is the perfect introduction to Brumley’s peerless musicianship. And for longtime fans, it serves as a rich overview of his greatest work. Steelin’ The Show also includes rare photos from the Brumley Family collection, as well as introductory notes from Tom’s family. Randy Poe, the Buck Owens expert and co-author of Owens’ acclaimed autobiography, Buck ‘Em, contributed liner notes.
So, Whether you’re brand new to Buckley’s jaw-dropping work, or a seasoned fan, Omnivore’s celebration of Tom Buckley’s tender tones is the one to pick! Read more about this release here.
The 20 unreleased demo recordings on Omnivore’s new Unicorn CD compilation Laughing Up Your Sleeve were produced by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and highlight the band’s talent for laid-back folk-rock. All the tracks were recorded in David Gilmour’s home studio in 1973-74, with Gilmour playing his trademark pedal steel guitar on “Sleep Song.” The demos have been restored, mixed, and mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound in New Jersey with input from Pat Martin from Unicorn for optimum sound quality. Meanwhile, the set also includes rare photographs and extensive liner notes featuring new interviews with David Gilmour and members of Unicorn that detail the band’s history and how the demos were finally unearthed. Read more about this release here.
The new LP edition Should’ve Been A Cowboy: 25th Anniversary Edition marks the album’s debut on the format. It features all the songs from the original album, plus three rare bonus tracks from Toby Keith’s personal archive, refreshed cover art, and new liner notes with memories from the artist. All the music has been remastered from the original analog tapes. Read more about this release here.
The classic ABBA holiday song from 1980’s Super Trouper will be released as a collector’s edition 7-inch single limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. Pressed on white vinyl with unique new artwork, the single also feature the Spanish language version of the song, “Felicidad.”
Greatest Hits features tracks from the rock group’s celebrated albums Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch, Enema of the State, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show, Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, and Blink-182. It also includes two bonus tracks: an outtake from their 2003 self-titled album called “Not Now,” and “Another Girl, Another Planet,” which was the theme song for the MTV show Meet The Barkers. This deluxe, 2-LP clear vinyl pressing was mastered and cut by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio, pressed at RTI, and packaged in printed inner sleeved, and housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket with a bonus text insert.
Depeche Mode, Construction Time Again: The 12″ Singles and Some Great Reward: The 12″ Singles [6×12″ box sets] (Rhino)
Depeche Mode continues their ongoing 12″ singles reissue campaign with these two titles, featuring all the 12″ singles released for each album. Construction Time Again: The 12″ Singles and Some Great Reward: The 12″ Singles contain reproductions of the original limited edition releases featuring rare tracks, alternate mixes, 7″ vinyl versions, live tracks and more. All of the music has been remastered from original tapes and cut at Abbey Road, with box set artwork inspired by the original cover, and vinyl sleeves featuring replica single artwork.
The newly relaunched Chrysalis Records presents a new 5-disc clamshell box set that includes Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ first four albums: 100% Colombian, Come Find Yourself, Loco, and Mimosa, plus a DVD entitled Love Ya Back that collects all the music videos made during the period.
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Lady Gaga’s debut album The Fame, Streamline/Interscope have put together a special, collectible USB that comes packaged in a custom display box and is full of content. The USB includes the original The Fame album plus three bonus tracks, as well as the original The Fame Monster album. The package features digital booklets for each album, eight music videos, and an early EPK that shows the pop superstar at the start of her rapid ascent to stardom.
James Taylor’s 2002 album gets its first U.S. vinyl release. Analog Spark spark have given the title the deluxe treatment, with a two-disc set of 180-gram LPs mastered and cut by Kevin Gray at CoHEARENT Audio and pressed at RTI. The discs are housed in a Stoughton-printed, old-style, tip-on gatelfold sleeve. With guest performances by Mark Knopfler, Michael Brecker, Ry Cooder, and more, this Platinum-certified title is guaranteed to be a joy to own on vinyl.
The latest in Warner Bros./Rhino’s 60th Anniversary celebratory vinyl compilations features the many iconic women whose work graced the label over the years. From pop (Andra Day, Dua Lipa, and Cher), soul (Chaka Khan, Candi Staton, Dionne Warwick & The Spinners), singer-songwriter (Paula Cole, Carly Simon, and k.d. lang) to the more far-out offerings of Laurie Anderson, a breadth of talent is on display in this new, 2-LP set.