Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up! Here’s what arriving today, August 23.
Elvis Presley, American Sound 1969 (RCA/Legacy) (Amazon U.S.)
The Elvis 1969 celebration continues! In January of that year, Presley and his band began sessions with producer Chips Moman at American Sound Studios in Memphis, which resulted in his acclaimed From Elvis In Memphis album and its lead single “In the Ghetto.” He also laid down such iconic songs as “Suspicious Minds,” “Kentucky Rain,” “Rubberneckin’,” and “Don’t Cry Daddy” at the famed studio. American Sound 1969 (available digitally today, with a 5-CD edition to follow on September 13) includes more than 90 tracks from his sessions there in January-February of 1969. The rare and previously unreleased material includes all existing alternate takes of “In The Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “Kentucky Rain,” plus stabs at contemporary hits and plenty more, adding up to a fly-on-the-wall experience with the legendary superstar at his electrifying best. You can order the upcoming CD set directly from the Elvis specialty label Follow That Dream here and find out more about the Elvis 1969 campaign from our coverage here.
The Hollywood Stars have returned. During the 1970s, the power-pop glitter rockers shared the bill with the likes of The Kinks, Ramones, The New York Dolls, and Iggy Pop. Meanwhile, future stars like Van Halen, Quiet Riot, The Knack, and Journey all opened for The Stars at one time or another. But over the years, The Hollywood Stars didn’t receive the attention of their contemporaries. Their Columbia debut was left unreleased until 2013, while an Arista title from 1977 failed to resonate despite its strong material. Now, Burger Records will add a new chapter to The Hollywood Stars’ story with the release of a lost, ten-song album recorded in 1976 at the legendary Sound City Recording Studios. The album’s release caps off an exciting summer for the band, who reunited at the Whisky in July. For more about Sound City, check out our coverage and look out for a full review coming soon!
Tanya Tucker, While I’m Livin’ (Fantasy/Concord)
While I’m Livin’ is the country legend’s first album of original material in 17 years. The 10-track collection was produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile, who also wrote many of the tracks. Carlile had this to say about the country singer’s return: “This album is a musical biography of sorts narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash. When the kids heard Cash stripped down on American Recordings they knew where their outlaw country music came from. When they hear Tanya stripped down on While I’m Livin’, they’ll know it again.” The album is available on CD, download, and vinyl. A Target-exclusive version will also be released which includes two bonus tracks, including a re-recording of “Delta Dawn.”
Bread’s 1972 album Baby I’m a-Want You is the latest to be given the MoFi treatment. The new vinyl version is an all-analog remaster from the original master tapes, pressed onto 180-gram vinyl at RTI and limited to just 3,000 copies. Mobile Fidelity promises the numbered limited-edition vinyl will deliver “engrossing levels of warmth, nuance, and smoothness that elevate Bread’s 1972 release to audiophile heights.” (For those who prefer optical media, a hybrid SACD was released back in July. You can find more details here!)
From 1972 to 1975, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes created some of the most enduring classics of soul music with their four Philadelphia International albums. Their ballads “I Miss You” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (taken from their debut I Miss You) put them on the map, establishing the group and Gamble and Huff’s production as forces to be reckoned with. SoulMusic’s new 3-CD set includes all four albums from the band’s four-year association with P.I.R. – I Miss You, Black and Blue, To Be True, and Wake Up Everybody. Disc Three includes various bonus tracks, including live renditions, the Tom Moulton mixes of “Bad Luck” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” and a cover of Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’.” With 36 tracks and informative notes Kevin Goins with reflections from Blue Notes member Jeremiah Cummings, this promises to be the ultimate collection of the group’s iconic P.I.R. cuts.
Arlo Guthrie, Alice’s Restaurant: Original Motion Picture Score (50th Anniversary Edition) (Omnivore Recordings)
Omnivore’s 50th anniversary edition of the motion picture score from Alice’s Restaurant is sure to give fans everything they want and more. The Arthur Penn-directed film brought Alice (and Arlo) to theaters and earned Penn an Oscar nomination. Omnivore’s edition combines the original track listing, bonus cuts from the 1998 edition, and a previously unreleased performance, too. Highlights include a re-recording of “Alice’s Restaurant,” a duet on father Woody’s “Car Song” with Pete Seeger, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s haunting “Songs to Aging Children Come” by Trigger Outlaw, and more!
Enjoy the best of
my love The Emotions with SoulMusic’s new, 3-CD collection! With informative liner notes by SoulMusic founder David Nathan, mastering by Nick Robbins and artwork by Roger Williams, the 54-track collection showcases their landmark recordings for Columbia (1976-1978) and ARC (1979-1981) with five original albums and eight key bonus tracks, including collaborations, single edits, non-album B-sides and extended versions. It’s a boogie wonderland through and through!