Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up. Here’s what’s due for March 29!
The year 1958 was a breakout one for saxophone legend John Coltrane. It marked the year when Coltrane–already well-established as a talented sideman–began to make a name for himself as a solo musician and developed his signature “sheets of sound” style while exploring many other routes. To mark the 70th anniversary of Prestige, Coltrane’s complete 1958 recordings are released today on the new Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings box set from Craft. It brings together 37 tracks in the order they were recorded to give the listener an unprecedented, session-by-session view of Coltrane’s first full year as a solo artist. The music has been newly remastered from the original analog tapes by Paul Blakemore and will be presented in a linen-bound folio across 5 CDs. The set also includes a 76-page booklet with liner notes written by jazz expert Ashley Kahn and historical photographs of Coltrane and his collaborators taken by Francis Wolff and Esmond Edwards. An 8-LP edition will follow in late April. Learn more about the Coltrane box here!
The Edsel label has long championed Kiki’ Dee’s work on various reissues; now, they’re bringing all of her Rocket Records repertoire together on one new, book-style box set. The 5-CD The Rocket Years includes all five of her Rocket LPs plus ten bonus tracks, including the CD premiere outside of Australia of the rare B-side “Snow Queen” penned by Kiki with Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Davey Johnstone, and David Nutter. Read more here! Available today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
Ben Folds, Live At Myspace (Real Gone Music, 2019)
Real Gone Music brings Ben Folds’ 2006 concert for the online platform Myspace to CD and LP for the first time ever. The release also includes five bonus tracks from the iTunes Originals series, a 2005 digital exclusive. The album is available on CD as well as in a two-disc, white vinyl set with a newly designed, custom gatefold jacket. The 2-LP set is limited to 1,000 copies. But don’t expect this release to sound like it did coming out of your desktop speakers 13 years ago: Real Gone promises studio-quality sound, along with new liner notes by Bill Kopp with reminiscences from Ben Folds. Read more here!
Marvin Gaye, You’re The Man (LP/digital) (UMe/Motown)
Following the landmark release of What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye returned with the song “You’re The Man,” written about presidential candidate George McGovern. When that track failed to reach mainstream audiences, Gaye went back to the studio and recorded an album’s worth of material, producing himself and writing with the likes of Willie Hutch; Hal Davis; Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones; and Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell. Apart from the “You’re The Man” single, none of that material was released at the time. Now, You’re the One rounds up all of the soul legend’s solo and non-soundtrack work from ’72, 15 tracks of which are making their vinyl debut. In addition to the material recorded for the proposed album, You’re The Man will also include a rare, long version of the cancelled 1972 single “I Want To Come Home For Christmas,” and an unreleased mix of its instrumental B-side, “Christmas in the City.” Also among the tracks are three new mixes by acclaimed writer and producer Salaam Remi (or SaLaAM ReMi). He’s remixed “Symphony,” “I’d Give My Life For You,” and “My Last Chance.” In addition to the music, the 2-LP edition of You’re The Man will include new liner notes by Marvin Gaye biographer David Ritz. Available on vinyl and digital, with a CD to follow on April 26.
To commemorate their upcoming farewell tour, KISS has released a new, career-spanning compilation. The twenty-track collection features iconic hits and fan favorites from across their career, including “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” and “Detroit Rock City.” Originally released on CD in January, the 2-LP standard LP and the UMe-exclusive color vinyl edition are both available on March 29. Check out our full coverage of KISSWorld here!
Since 1968, Michael Nesmith has released 16 solo albums in between stints as a Monkee. Now, 12 of those recordings, every album from 1970-1994 including the compilation The Newer Stuff have been collected in the Songs box set from Edsel. The 12-CD set brings together Nesmith’s complete RCA and Pacific Arts output for the very first time. Get all the details on this monumental Mike Nesmith celebration here! Available today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
The musical accomplishments of Stevie Nicks are plenty. Her work Fleetwood Mac is some of the most renowned music of the last four decades, and her solo work is enough to garner a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to which she’ll be inducted later this month. To celebrate, Rhino will collect Nicks’ hits in a new collection called Stand Back. There will be 3-CD and 6-LP configurations coming up in the next few months, but today sees the release of a 1-CD distillation. The 18-track collection features songs from all eight of her solo albums, including Top Ten tracks like “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen,” plus duets such as “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and “Leather And Lace” with Don Henley. The 3-CD version follows on April 19 and the 6-LP set on June 28. Find out more about the Stand Back project here!
Keith Richards, Talk Is Cheap (BMG)
2-CD Deluxe Media Book Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
6-Disc Deluxe Box Set: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Black LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Red LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
6-Disc Super Deluxe Box Set (unsigned): Keith Richards Store
6-Disc Super Deluxe Box Set (signed): Keith Richards Store
For its 30th Anniversary edition, Keith Richards’ debut, Talk Is Cheap, will be presented as a 2-CD deluxe mediabook edition, a 6-disc deluxe edition, and a 6-disc super deluxe edition that includes enhanced packaging. Also available are a 180-gram black vinyl edition and a limited-edition, 180-gram red vinyl pressing of the core album. The centerpiece of each edition is a newly remastered version of Talk Is Cheap, which was undertaken by original producer Steve Jordan from the original tapes.
The mediabook version includes a second disc with six unreleased bonus tracks that include the likes of Mick Taylor, Chuck Leavell, Bootsy Collins, Johnnie Johnson, Joey Spampinato, and Bernie Worrell. The 6-disc deluxe box set includes both CDs, plus the remastered album and the six never-before-heard tracks on on two 180-gram LPs, a 7″ single of “Take It So Hard” b/w “I Could Have Stood You Up,” and another 7″ single with “Make No Mistake” b/w “It Means A Lot.” What’s more, there’s an extensive, 80-page hardback book featuring rare and unseen photos, and a new essay by Anthony DeCurtis that incorporates new interviews with Keith Richards. There’s also a wealth of memorabilia included, too: a replica tour laminate, two lyric sheets, a reproduction of an invitation to the album playback party, a Talk Is Cheap Tour guitar pick, and two posters–all housed in special folio packaging. BMG is also offering a signed (or unsigned, if you prefer) super deluxe edition exclusive to the Keith Richards Online Store. It’s housed in a wooden case that was hand-built and aged at Fender’s Custom Shop using the same materials as Keith’s iconic Fender Telecaster. It has all the contents of the deluxe box set plus an exclusive steel guitar pick. Learn more about the Talk Is Cheap reissue campaign here!
Though Liverpool’s famous Searchers are performing their final concert this weekend in the U.K., their music lives on. Tday, Cherry Red’s Grapefruit label releases an impressive tribute to the band’s body of work with When You Walk in the Room: The Complete Pye Recordings 1963- 67. The new 6-CD box set contains expanded mono and stereo editions of the group’s five original Pye albums – Meet the Searchers (1963), Sugar and Spice (1963), It’s the Searchers (1964), Sounds Like Searchers (1965), and Take Me For What I’m Worth (1965) – as well as a full disc of non-LP singles and EP tracks. Watch this space later today for full coverage of this title!
Simple Minds’ Rejuvenation 2001-2014 – previously released on LP in 2018 – arrives today as a 7CD/1-DVD box set courtesy of Edsel. The set boasts expanded versions of five of the band’s 21st century albums: Neon Lights (2001), Cry (2002), Black and White 050505 (2005), Graffiti Soul (2009) and Big Music (2014). Fans can expect 25 bonus tracks, as well, including the hard-to-find covers set Searching For the Lost Boys, which was previously a bonus disc housed with Graffiti Soul. There’s also the Big Music bonus disc that features the Simple Minds/Stranglers collaboration “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)” and four Jonson Somerset remixes of Big Music material. The DVD gathers contemporaneous music videos, behind-the scenes footage, EPKs, and interviews. The set is presented in a 12×12″ book with album-by-album liner notes by Jim Kerr and a wealth of photos.
This expanded 3-CD edition of Donna Summer’s 14th studio album (from 1989, produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and featuring her hit “This Time I Know It’s for Real”) includes the original album plus two CDs of bonus material including single mixes, edits, and more. Five unreleased mixes are featured among the total 35 tracks. Available today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
Frank Zappa, Zappa In New York (Zappa Records/UMe)
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Zappa In New York album, UMe and Zappa Records have a new, 5-CD deluxe box set that brings together over three hours of unreleased music from the concerts, along with a wealth of other content. Housed in a limited-edition metal tin that evokes a New York City manhole cover, the package features a new Bob Ludwig remaster of the original mix of the album–marking that mix’s first appearance since 1978! The other four discs are filled with bonus concert material that includes every song Zappa and the band performed during the Palladium run, as well as alternate performances of the songs from Zappa In New York. The set also boasts further alternate and unused tracks plucked from the vault. All the audio was sourced form the original 2″ multitrack master tapes and transferred at high-resolution 24bit/96kHz. Rounding out the Zappa Family Trust-approved set are a replica ticket, previously unseen live photographs, extensive liner notes including new interviews with band members Ray White and Ruth Underwood, and a new essay by Joe Travers and Jen Jewel Brown. A 180-gram, 3-LP 40th Anniversary Edition of Zappa In New York is also out today. It features all-analog mastering of the original album mix and an extra disc of concert highlights and vault material. The LP was mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas in Germany on 180-gram vinyl. Find more details here!
In advance of its Broadway premiere later this year, Ghostlight Records delivers the long-awaited Original London Cast Recording of the smash hit bio-musical currently packing houses nightly at London’s Aldwych Theatre. Written by Katori Hall and approved by the superstar herself, Tina (which opened in April 2018) is a gritty cut above the typical jukebox musical, and succeeds largely on its unvarnished portrait of the star as embodied by star Adrienne Warren. Her vocal power, channeling Turner’s style without resorting to impression, is heard throughout this sizzling 24-track, 70-minute album on such classic anthems as “River Deep-Mountain High,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “Private Dancer,” “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” and “Proud Mary.” Nicholas Skilbeck provides the show’s arrangements and Ethan Popp has penned the orchestrations fusing drama, soul, pop, and rock. A CD release is planned for later this year, but the album is available today as a download and from all streaming services.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bayou Country half-speed mastered box set breakouts (2-LP)
Previously released as part of The Studio Albums Collection, a 7-LP box set of half-speed mastered CCR titles, the band’s first two albums will now be available individually on 180-gram vinyl in fully replicated and artwork, boasting the best audio presentation of these recordings thanks to the half-speed mastering process. Check out our coverage of the Creedence Clearwater Revival Studio Albums Collection box set here to learn more about these titles!
Real Gone Music has pressed up 1,000 copies on “pocket protector brown” vinyl of the ’80s comedy classic soundtrack featuring tracks by The Rubinoos, Bone Symphony, Gleaming Spires, Pat Robinson and Jill Michaels!
Music from Season Two of the acclaimed Amazon Prime television series boasts not one but two Barbra Streisand tunes (“Just Leave Everything to Me” from the film soundtrack of 1969’s Hello, Dolly! and the evergreen “Happy Days Are Here Again”) plus appearances by Frank Sinatra (“How Are Ya Fixed for Love” with Keely Smith), Blossom Dearie (“Some Other Time”) and Ella Fitzgerald (“Old Mother Hubbard’). Further tracks come from Dean Martin (“I’d Cry Like a Baby”), Louis Prima and the Witnesses (“Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days”), Julie London (“‘S Wonderful”), Sarah Vaughan (“I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die”), and Patience and Prudence (“Witchcraft”). The film soundtrack performance of The King and I‘s “Shall We Dance” is also featured. Season Two is available today on CD and May 10 on vinyl.
Music icon Joni Mitchell celebrated her 75th birthday in style last November with a pair of tribute concerts held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A. The line-up (which Joni helped select) featured many of her closest friends and dearest collaborators, including Graham Nash, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson, and James Taylor. Also on the bill were Diana Krall, Brandi Carlile, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard, Norah Jones, and Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores. Featuring a set of Joni classics and deep cuts from across her career, each night was a thrilling tribute full of excellent music. November 7 was even more magnificent, as Mitchell herself attended and even appeared onstage to blow out birthday candles and sing along as the all-star band and more than 3,000 fans sang “Happy Birthday” and “Big Yellow Taxi” in tribute to her. Rhino’s new DVD of the concert film features all but one of the songs from the November 7 tribute concert, performed in the order they were played.