Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Davy Jones, Live in Japan (7a Records)
2CD/DVD Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Keymail Records (U.K.) / Deep Discount (U.S.)
3LP Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Keymail Records (U.K.)/ Deep Discount (U.S.)
7a Records releases a Davy Jones treasure trove on Live in Japan, available in both 2CD/DVD and 3LP formats. The 2CD/DVD set presents both of Jones’ officially released (and long-unavailable) Japanese concert albums in their best sound yet, plus numerous singles and rarities from the early 1980s – a total of 22 bonus tracks plus the 1982 Hello, Davy concert in its DVD debut. The 3LP version has both of the live albums plus 16 of the bonus cuts. Both sets are lavishly packaged to 7a’s typical high standard and feature new liner notes and rare photos. Available today in the U.K. and next Friday in the U.S.! Check out our full coverage here and watch for Joe’s full review soon!
Woodstock’s 50th anniversary is right around the corner, and Craft Recordings is marking the occasion with the release of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s complete performance at the historic festival. Live at Woodstock is available in CD, 2-LP, and digital formats (including high-resolution 96/24) featuring the band’s complete performance at Yasgur’s farm. The set will also be included in full on Rhino’s massive 38-CD complete Woodstock box. Read more about this unexpected new release here!
The Swan Song Years 1974-1982, a 6-CD box set, brings together the six albums recorded by the first lineup of Bad Company, all of which were originally issued on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label:
- Bad Company (1974) (2015 remaster)
- Straight Shooter (1975) (2015 remaster)
- Run with the Pack (1976) (2017 remaster)
- Burnin’ Sky (1977 (2017 remaster)
- Desolation Angels (1979) (2019 remaster); and
- Rough Diamonds (1982) (2019 remaster).
All albums are in their original sequences only, with no bonus tracks. The individual discs are housed in mini-LP sleeves within a clamshell case. Read more of our coverage here!
John Lee Hooker, The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (Craft Recordings)
Craft Recordings celebrates the 60th anniversary of legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker’s Riverside Records debut album with a newly remastered, all-analog vinyl edition. The new mastering was completed by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio using the original master tapes. The 180-gram black vinyl record will be housed in a faithful tip-on jacket. Click here for all the details!
Various Artists, NOW That’s What I Call Yacht Rock (Sony/Universal)
Toto, Kenny Loggins, Rupert Holmes, 10cc, and Chuck Mangione are among the eclectic artists on this collection of breezy soft-rock summer sounds. The set will be available in CD, LP, and digital configurations. Read more about the collection here!
Linda McCartney, Wide Prairie (MPL/Capitol/UMe)
On the heels of the news about his live album vinyl and CD reissues, Paul McCartney has announced another reissue project: this one involving the sole album by his wife, Linda, Wide Prairie. Originally released in 1998, the album collected tracks that she sang and played on during her time in Wings, including the non-album single “Seaside Woman” / “B-Side to Seaside.” There’s also solo material from the 1980s and ’90s; covers of such classics as “Poison Ivy” and “Mr. Sandman”; and her final recording, a collaboration with Paul McCartney and son James called “The Light Comes From Within.” Wide Prairie will be reissued in two vinyl configurations: standard black vinyl and web store-exclusive color vinyl. You can find out more about Wide Prairie here!
Recorded on a stop in Ontario, the new 2-CD concert Across A Crowded Room: Live At Barrymore’s 1985 sees Richard Thompson and his backing group (including Any Trouble leader Clive Gregson and his creative partner Christine Collister, alongside Fotheringay/Pentangle/Cat Stevens drummer Gerry Conway, and bassist Rory McFarlane) performing in support of the studio album of the same name. Much of the performance was released decades ago on LaserDisc with a total of 18 songs, but Real Gone’s new collection features all 20 songs performed at the gig – a fitting presentation for its first official CD release! The set was produced by Bill Levenson, with music mastered by Tom Lewis at Studio 1093 in Athens, GA. It’s supplemented by liner notes from Scott Schinder and a wealth of contemporaneous photos that contextualize the magical performance. Get all the details about this historic album here!
Real Gone presents an album’s worth of the wackiest rock from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. This 10-song collection from the “I Put a Spell on You” man captures the cream of the crop of Hawkins’ tenure at Bizarre Records. With such strange and lurid tunes as “Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze” and “Sherilyn Fenn” to a pair of unexpected Tom Waits covers, the music is bound to please any fan that hasn’t already found this collection. For this vinyl edition limited to 1,000 units, Real Gone has pressed The Bizarre Years on purple vinyl. It includes liner notes by Chris Morris. Learn more here!
Lonnie Liston Smith, Astral Traveling [Blue Eternity Vinyl Edition] (Real Gone Music) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Lonnie Liston Smith, Cosmic Funk [Gold Vinyl Edition] (Real Gone Music) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Lonnie Liston Smith’s 1973 debut and 1974 sophomore album on the Flying Dutchman label get the Real Gone Music treatment for a vinyl pressings on “blue eternity” and gold wax (respectively). Each is limited to 1,000 units. Find out more about these cosmic releases here!
This 2-CD 20th anniversary edition features MMJ’s debut album on Disc One, and a generous 16 bonus tracks, including alternate and early versions, on Disc Two as selected by Jim James. Available on CD, LP, and digital.