Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Black Friday! Here are some non-Record Store Day items arriving in stores today!
Prince, 1999: Remastered & Expanded Edition [Various Formats] (NPG/Warner)
Prince’s fifth studio album gets a major makeover with a variety of deluxe editions. The Super Deluxe Edition of 1999 will premiere 35 previously unreleased tracks. Its 65 tracks total across five CDs or ten 180-gram vinyl LPs will also include B-sides and single mixes plus the original album remastered for the very first time. It features all of the audio material Prince officially released in and around 1982 plus 23 previously unissued studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, plus a complete live performance of the 1999 tour recorded in Detroit at the late show on November 30, 1982. Additionally, both the CD and vinyl Super Deluxe sets contain a DVD with another complete, previously unreleased concert from the 1999 tour, recorded with multiple cameras live at the Houston Summit on December 29, 1982. Additionally, the 2-CD or 4-LP iterations have the remastered original album plus the B-sides and alternate mixes disc, while the 1-CD or 2-LP version has the new remaster only. Read more here!
Real Gone brings two classic platters from “Sleigh Ride” composer Leroy Anderson to CD. His 1955 album Christmas Carols was such a hit that he later re-recorded selections for a new album in 1959 entitled A Christmas Festival. Though the 1959 mono mix of the latter has seen a CD release, The Complete Christmas Collection marks the CD debut for the 1955 mono album and 1959 stereo mix and includes two bonus tracks: mono and stereo versions of “Sleigh Ride,” naturally. Leroy’s son Kurt has written new liner notes. Get the full track listing and more here!
Over 4 CDs, Only After Dark chronicles the late, great Mick Ronson’s RCA/Mainman recordings including two full albums (Slaughter on 10th Avenue and Play Don’t Worry), B-sides, demos, alternate takes, unissued-at-the-time studio recordings, outtakes, and live cuts. Rare photos and a new essay round out this comprehensive package of Ronno rarities. Watch this space for more detailed coverage on this title!
Pink Floyd, The Later Years 1987-2019: Highlights Edition (Pink Floyd Records/Legacy)
5CD/5DVD/6BD/2 Vinyl Single Box Set: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada (Bundles: Pink Floyd Online Store)
1CD Highlights: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2-LP Highlights: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Bundles: Pink Floyd Online Store
Pink Floyd’s The Later Years: 1987-2019 celebrates the band’s David Gilmour-led years which yielded the albums A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), The Division Bell (1994), and The Endless River (2014) and the live efforts Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988) and Pulse (1995). The massive, limited-edition set due on December 13 includes 5 CDs, 2 vinyl singles, 5 DVDs and 6 Blu-ray discs packed full of Floydian treasures. Among them are new stereo and surround sound remixes, highly sought-after restored live performances from Venice 1989 and Knebworth 1990, recently unearthed outtakes and extras, a new look at a classic album, and two newly minted singles featuring unreleased live material. In addition, the set will include exclusive reproductions of posters and tour memorabilia, and two deluxe books — one for photos and another for lyrics — designed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon of StormStudios! If that’s just a little too much, a 2-LP/1-CD highlights collection arrives today collecting 12 key tracks — live material, jams, rehearsals, and new mixes among them. The CDs in the 18-disc audiovisual excavation are contained in a 60-page, hardback book which contains a table of contents, track lists, and an exhaustive guide to the content on the discs — and there is plenty! Read more here.
Thomas Dolby revisits his 1982 album in a remastered edition with four bonus tracks.
The 1989 album is remastered with a trio of bonus demos. The remastered original album is also out on vinyl today.
The legendary songstress teams with Norwegian singer-songwriter Jonas Fjeld and North Carolina bluegrass band Chatham County Line for an eclectic array of songs including Joni Mitchell’s “River” and Jimmy Webb’s “Highwayman” which may evoke winter if not necessarily Christmas.
The Yes man performs his favorite hymns and carols on solo piano. Includes “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” “We Three Kings,” “I Saw Three Ships/When a Child Is Born,” and more. Available on CD, digital platforms, and LP.