Welcome to another installment of Release Round-Up! Here’s what’s on the way this week.
David Bowie, Conversation Piece [Various Formats] (Parlophone/Rhino)
Conversation Piece box set: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Space Oddity 2019 Mix CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Space Oddity 2019 Mix LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
“Space Oddity” 360 Reality Audio single: Amazon HD / TIDAL / Deezer Links TBD
The 5-CD box Conversation Piece traces David Bowie’s development as a songwriter and performer throughout 1968-1969 with home demos, BBC sessions, and studio recordings with his friend and collaborator John “Hutch” Hutchinson and the mime group Feathers. The box also marks the 50th anniversary of the “Space Oddity” single and Bowie’s eponymous sophomore album also known as Space Oddity. The box premieres 12 previously unreleased tracks as well as a new mix of the album by producer Tony Visconti which incorporates “Conversation Piece,” originally dropped for length reasons, into the track listing. A slimmed-down CD of just the remixed album is also available on CD, vinyl, and digital. A special digital single encoded with Sony’s new 360 Reality Audio experience will also be released on Amazon HD, Deezer, and TIDAL. You can read more about the anniversary collections here!
The Band, The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition [Various Formats] (Capitol/UMe)
2-CD/2-LP/Blu-ray/7″: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / The Band Online Shop
2-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / The Band Online Shop
2-LP black vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / The Band Online Shop
2-LP Tiger’s Eye swirl vinyl: The Band Online Shop
Capitol celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Band, a.k.a. The Brown Album, in a variety of deluxe formats including a 2-CD/2-LP/Blu-ray/7″ set with new stereo and surround mixes, previously unreleased takes, and much more! Also available in 2-CD, 2-LP, and 2-LP colored vinyl editions. Read more about all the configurations here!
The Clash, London Calling (40th Anniversary Editions) [Various Formats] (Legacy Recordings)
The Clash’s landmark double album — with its diverse blend of punk, reggae, rockabilly, ska, R&B and jazz — was quickly heralded as a high-water mark for the band and for punk music. To celebrate 40 years since its original release, Legacy Recordings will release a variety of anniversary editions, including The London Calling Scrapbook, a 120-page book of archival material, photographs, lyric notes, and other exclusive memorabilia. The package will also include the core album packed onto one CD. Legacy has also released a 2-LP edition of the album, as well as a 2-CD mini-LP replica edition that follows the original album sequencing and disc breaks. Both of those configurations are already in stores. Learn more about these anniversary editions here!
Various Artists, Send I A Lion: A Nighthawk Reggae Joint [Various Formats] (Omnivore Recordings)
Omnivore Recordings has announced a new reggae retrospective that puts the spotlight on the indie label Nighthawk Records. Send I A Lion: A Nighthawk Reggae Joint is due November 15 as a CD, 2-LP or digital collection.
The 20-track compilation was compiled and annotated by Nighthawk founder Leroy Jodie Pierson, who had initially envisioned it as a blues label. In 1979, five years after Nighthawk began, Leroy was instead in Kingston producing local talent. Nighthawk would go on to release albums by Culture, The Gladiators, Ethiopian, Junior Byles, Justin Hinds, Winston Jarrett, Itals, Ronnie Davis, and others. Those acts and more are represented on Send I A Lion which spotlight material from the label’s acclaimed albums alongside non-LP stray tracks and even an unreleased audition tape of The Mighty Diamonds’ “4,000 Years.” In addition to the music, the collection includes new notes by Leroy Jodie Pierson, who also provided rare photos from his personal archive for the booklet. You can peruse the tracklist and enjoy a preview video here!
Michael Nesmith with Red Rhodes, Cosmic Partners – The McCabe’s Tapes [Various Formats] (7a Records)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Deep Discount (U.S.) / Keymail Records (U.K.)
Picture Disc LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Deep Discount (U.S.) / Keymail Records (U.K.)
Cosmic Partners – The McCabe’s Tapes spotlights Michael Nesmith with his longtime musical soul brother Red Rhodes and a small group of musicians as recorded on August 18, 1973 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California. The performance was in support of Nesmith’s final album for RCA Victor, Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash, and featured Danny Lane on drums and Colin Cameron on bass, with Rhodes, naturally, on pedal steel. The set boasted the Monkees-era Ranch Stash highlight “Some of Shelly’s Blues” as well as favorites like “Joanne,” “Grand Ennui,” “Silver Moon,” and “Propinquity (I’ve Just Begun to Care).” This never-before-released soundboard mix (recorded in two-track stereo direct to reel-to-reel analog tape from the soundboard) has been mastered for 7a by the artist’s oldest son and an accomplished musician his own right, Christian Nesmith. Needless to say, there have been no overdubs of any kind, and no remixing was possible, so Cosmic Partners represents Nesmith, Rhodes, and co. as you would have heard them over 46 years ago in Santa Monica. Available on CD and picture disc vinyl; the vinyl edition lacks one spoken-word track but contains all of the music on the CD. Find out more here!
Sting, My Songs: Special Edition (Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope, 2019)
Sting spent this year releasing and touring an unconventional collection of his own songs – and now, he’s reissuing it with a bonus disc of live material.
My Songs found the venerable singer-songwriter revisiting his catalogue – both solo and with The Police – on an album that included new versions of his greatest hits. Some were remixed, some were re-recorded, but all showcased the influence of the man born Gordon Sumner for several decades running. The initial My Songs release featured a few physical and digital editions with bonus live content, and this new special edition of the album features all that material plus more, all recorded over the summer as Sting toured the album across Europe and North America. Now, fans get 11 tracks from the summer tour plus another five from a two-night run at the Olympia Theater in Paris in 2017. An extended mix of “Desert Rose” also closes the first disc of the new My Songs: Special Edition. For those who already purchased the album earlier this year, a 2LP vinyl and digital album, My Songs Live, will feature the 11 songs from this year’s tour. You can find a full track listing and more information about the new edition of My Songs here!
Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five, Mad Lad: A Tribute To Chuck Berry (BMG, 2019)
Standard CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Standard LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Standard Un-signed Box Set: Ronnie Wood’s Online Shop
Deluxe Signed Box Set: Ronnie Wood’s Online Shop
Legendary Rolling Stones and Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood pays tribute to Chuck Berry with Mad Lad. , a new live album recorded last year with special guests Ben Waters on piano and Imelda May on vocals. Choose from the standard CD, heavyweight vinyl, a “standard edition” box set including the CD, LP, a digital download voucher, and a 12×12 print of the album art (which was painted by Ronnie Wood), or a “deluxe” box set adds on an exclusive t-shirt and a colorful setlist signed by Ronnie Wood. Only 300 copies of the deluxe box are available and they’re exclusive to the guitarist’s online shop.