Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
Earwig Music has one of the year's most intriguing box sets and most significant historical excavations - a beautiful 124-page, 4-CD hardcover tome chronicling in words and music the story of Narvel Eatmon, a.k.a. Cadillac Baby, and his Chicago label Bea & Baby Records. From 1959-1989, the label and its various imprints (among them Key, Keyhole, Miss, and Ronald) championed the Windy City music scene with an impressive array of blues, gospel, soul, doo-wop, hip-hop, and even comedy recordings - the best of which are featured on this compelling retrospective. Read more here, and watch for our review soon!
ZZ Top, Goin' 50 [Various Formats] (Warner/Rhino)
ZZ Top is Goin' 50 with a new, multi-format collection celebrating the band's half-a-century of music. The single disc of Goin' 50 (released June 14) collected 18 of the Texas trio's biggest and baddest hits, from their breakthrough in the '70s to their most recent studio release, 2012's La Futura. Today, a Lone Star State-sized 3CD or 5LP edition of Goin' 50 is released. That set offers tracks from every one of the group's releases on London, Warner Bros., RCA and American Recordings, plus both sides of the band's first single, "Salt Lick" and "Miller's Farm," released in 1969 by the original incarnation of ZZ Top (singer/guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist Lanier Greig and drummer Dan Mitchell. Read more here!
Various Artists, Hitsville - The Making of Motown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Motown/UMe)
Showtime's long-awaited documentary on Motown Records makes its debut on August 24. But before that, Universal Music will issue a companion soundtrack on CD (in both standard 1CD and deluxe 2CD editions) and vinyl, featuring many of the label's all-time classic songs. The vinyl edition arrives on September 27. Also available on digital/streaming.
Various Artists, Motown Greatest Hits (Motown/Universal U.K.)
And there's yet more Motown this week. Back in March, we filled you in about Universal Japan's plans for Motown's 60th anniversary campaign, which included a series of reissues and a 3-CD, 60-song collection. We recently reviewed the U.S.' reissue of the definitive Motown: The Complete No. 1s box set. Now, the U.K. is getting into the act with a different 3-CD, 60-song anthology of its own, also available in a 2-LP slimmed down edition. Northern soul favorites like Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons' "The Night" take their place here alongside international Motown staples from The Supremes, The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and more. You'll find the complete tracklisting here! Out today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
Peter, Paul & Mary: At Newport 1963-65 (Shout! Factory)
Peter, Paul And Mary At Newport 1963-65, available on CD, DVD, and digital formats, highlights the legendary songs which not only established Peter, Paul and Mary but contributed mightily to the crossover success of folk including Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin', Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer," and their own "Puff, the Magic Dragon." This archival treasure trove captures the trio's youthful enthusiasm and connection with the audience. Guests include Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Odetta, and Theodore Bikel. The DVD includes two additional songs ("Go Tell It on the Mountain" and an early version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face") and a period interview with Peter Yarrow.
Ides of March, Play On: 55th Anniversary (Ides of March)
Chicago's hometown favorite band The Ides of March, led as always by singer-songwriter Jim Peterik, return with a new studio album. Play On boasts 14 new songs sure to form a new chapter in the 55-years-and-counting history of the horn-rock band. The CD has one bonus track, the original single version of the Ides' enduring classic "Vehicle." The 2-LP edition adds a host of the Ides' early tracks including "You Wouldn't Listen" and "L.A. Goodbye." Also available digitally.
The country singer-songwriter returns with a new set featuring guests Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Lee Ann Womack, Billy F. Gibbons, Lyle Lovett, and Ronnie Dunn. Available on CD, LP, and digital platforms.
Lionel Richie, Hello from Las Vegas (Capitol)
Hello, is it Lionel you're looking for? The "All Night Long" superstar is back with a new live album filled with energetic renditions of his greatest hits. Available in 15-song deluxe and 12-song standard CD editions, vinyl, and digital formats. Target has an exclusive CD edition of the 12-song version with three different bonus tracks.
David Yazbek's brassy, Tony-nominated score to Broadway's newest musical comedy premieres on CD today, starring Tony winner Santino Fontana in the role immortalized onscreen by Dustin Hoffman. Also starring Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, Reg Rogers, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, and Michael McGrath.