Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Spying Through a Keyhole: Demos and Unreleased Songs is the new box set with four seven-inch vinyl singles of some of Bowie’s earliest material. It will feature nine rare, monaural recordings, including mostly solo vocal-and-guitar versions of familiar songs (“Space Oddity” in its earliest known version, “London Bye Ta Ta,” “In The Heat Of The Morning”) as well as the heretofore-unknown “Love All Around,” a lyric of which gives the set its title. Read more here!
Various Artists, Cleveland Rocks [Various Formats] (Cleveland International)
Cleveland Rocks reissues a 13-track collection (10-track on the LP) bringing together some of the best of the storied Cleveland International catalogue. Among its tracks is Ian Hunter’s “Cleveland Rocks,” plus the Jersey bar-band grit of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the blue-collar rock of Joe Grushecky and the Iron City Houserockers, and many other certified classics like Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Dick Wagner & Michael Kamen, and Ellen Foley! Read more here!
Todd Rundgren & Utopia, Live at the Chicago Theatre [Various Formats] (Cleopatra)
Last year, rock’s wizard/true star Todd Rundgren reunited prog rockers turned power-pop legends Utopia, joining up with Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox, along with featured performer Gil Assayas. It had been 32 years since the band’s last performance, save a brief reunion in 1992. Utopia trekked across the U.S. in the spring and summer and now one stop on the tour will be released as a 2-CD/DVD/Blu-ray set, as well as a limited-edition, two-disc green vinyl set. Live at the Chicago Theatre documents the band’s May 22, 2018 performance in full, with 24 songs including “Love in Action,” “Love Is the Answer,” and “The Ikon” spanning over two hours of audio and video. The 2-LP set, meanwhile, includes the first 11 tracks of the concert and the slabs of green vinyl are packaged in a newly designed gatefold sleeve. Read all about it here!
Love Unlimited Orchestra, The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) (Mercury/UMe)
7CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Rhapsody In White LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
White Gold LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
My Sweet Summer Suite LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
UMe’s Barry White reissue campaign continues with The Love Unlimited Orchestra’s first seven albums collected as The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) . White’s sumptuous arrangements for the orchestra were readily apparent on his own solo smashes, but it was with the Love Unlimited Orchestra that he earned his first pop success, when the swirling “Love’s Theme” (like all the Orchestra’s output, an instrumental) topped the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1974. With the last four albums in the box making their CD debuts, this set is a must-own for fans – and vinyl lovers can get into the fun, too, with new LP editions of three Love Unlimited Orchestra albums (Rhapsody In White, White Gold and My Sweet Summer Suite) as well as two new pressings of the Love Unlimited vocal albums From a Girl’s Point Of View We Give To You…Love Unlimited (1972) and In Heat (1974). All vinyl titles were cut at Abbey Road Studios and will be available on 180-gram vinyl the same day as the new CD box.
New Order’s debut album is being celebrated with a deluxe box set due in April. Entitled Movement (Definitive Edition), the box set will include the original LP with its iconic, Peter Saville-designed sleeve, as well as a CD in a vinyl replica sleeve. Also included are a bonus CD of previously unreleased demos, recording sessions, and alternate mixes, as well as a DVD of live concerts and TV appearances, and a hardbound book-all housed in a loft-off lid box.
Cherry Red’s Grapefruit label presents an impressive tribute to The Searchers 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. Each album also boasts bonus material including recordings in German and French as well as alternate versions and outtakes not released until decades later. Available last Friday in the U.K., this box arrives on North American shores today. Read our review here!
January 25, 1996 should have been a triumphant day for 35-year old Jonathan Larson; that evening, his musical Rent (for which he provided book, music, and lyrics) was to begin previews off-Broadway with a cast including Daphne Rubin-Vega, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin, and Anthony Rapp. Tragically, Larson died that morning of an aortic dissection, and Rent went on to become one of the most important pieces in the musical theatre canon. Since then, Larson’s tragically-curtailed oeuvre has been mined for projects including the musical Tick…Tick…Boom! which he had begun as a solo show, and now, The Jonathan Larson Project. The brainchild of producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper (Be More Chill), TJLP has enlisted a cast of bright, young Broadway stars including George Salazar, Andy Mientus, Nick Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, and Krysta Rodriguez, as well as a five-piece band, to preserve, perform, and record a host of never-before-heard Larson compositions. Based on the concerts performed in New York City in late 2018, the album features 17 tracks including a demo performed by Larson himself. These encompass theatre songs, pop tunes, cut songs from Rent and Tick…Tick…Boom! and ephemera, all shedding light on a talent lost too soon- a labor of love with a host of memorable, melodic music with appeal to pop and musical theatre fans alike. The digital release is available today; the CD will be in stores on June 14.
The ex-Eagle returns with a new album named for the first single featuring Mick Fleetwood, Slash, and Chad Smith. The LP also welcomes such guests as Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Bob Weir, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, and Alex Lifeson. Available on CD, LP, and digital download/streaming.
The beloved superstar returns with a new studio album produced by Buddy Cannon featuring twelve new songs including lead single “Freedom.” Available on CD, LP, and digital download/streaming, as well as a Target-exclusive CD with two bonus tracks (“While You Were Sleeping” and “Ain’t Got Nothin’ on My Pain”).
Mike + The Mechanics, Out of the Blue (BMG)
Mike Rutherford’s group releases a new album featuring vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. It brings together a handful of new songs with remakes of past triumphs like “The Living Years” and “All I Need Is a Miracle.” Available on CD, LP, and digital download/streaming. Also available in a Deluxe Edition with a bonus disc of six acoustic versions.