Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
BMG salutes late singer-songwriter-legend Hank Williams with the release of Pictures from Life’s Other Side – The Man and His Music in Rare Photos and Recordings. This lavish 6-CD collection presents all 144 tracks recorded by Williams for his 1951 radio show sponsored by Mother’s Best Flour Company. The Mother’s Best radio shows have been chronicled on various sets in the past, most notably in comprehensive form by Time-Life on the 16-disc box set The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus! in 2010. Whereas that release presented all of the radio shows in uncut form with guest singers and instrumental tracks, Pictures from Life’s Other Side is the first release to collect the entirety of Hank’s remarkable performances outside the context of the original radio programs. The discs are housed within a whopping 272-page photo book assembled by author Colin Escott, who has penned the new liner notes. Hank’s daughter, Jett Williams, has contributed a personal foreword to the book. A 180-gram vinyl highlights edition on 3 LPs will also be available. Read more here, and watch this space for a full review!
The soundtrack to the acclaimed 2019 documentary (making its television debut February 25 on American Masters) blends classic Miles Davis recordings from all eras with soundbites from the film. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is the rare release to span his multiple label affiliations. In addition to culling tracks from his famed Columbia repertoire including Milestones, Kind of Blue, Someday My Prince Will Come, Sketches of Spain, and Bitches Brew, the soundtrack features such landmark cuts as the 1947 Savoy master “Donna Lee” with Charlie Parker, “Moon Dreams” from the 1949 Capitol sessions that were collected on the original album Birth of the Cool, “Generique” from the 1958 Fontana soundtrack to Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows, and 1986’s “Tutu” from the Warner Bros. album of the same name. The album culminates in the premiere of a brand-new song, “Hail to the Real Chief” featuring unheard Davis trumpet parts and an all-star cast of sidemen. Read more here.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood CD reissues (Omnivore Recordings)
Bedtime (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
You’re Growing (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
You Are Special (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Coming and Going (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Omnivore Recordings follows up two 2019 reissues of music from and inspired by the legendary television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with another four albums of gentle music for children this month. The label, in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company, will issue new CD pressings of four albums of Mister Rogers music: 1992’s Bedtime, You’re Growing and You Are Special, and 1997’s Coming and Going. All titles are available today, with digital editions also available to stream or download. Get more information on this quartet of titles here!
This 5-CD box set from the psych-rockers features the complete albums Winds of Change (in mono and stereo), The Twain Shall Meet, Every One of Us, and Love Is plus ten bonus singles, all remastered from the original tapes.
This 3-CD anthology brings together all of Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels’ recordings with producer-songwriter Bob Crewe comprising the complete albums Take a Ride, Breakout…!!!, Sock It to Me!, Mitch Ryder Sings the Hits, and What Now My Love plus single mixes and a one-off track. Read our review here!
The End of the Game, influential blues guitarist and Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green’s 1970 proper debut album, should have marked a beginning rather than the promised end. But Green’s title was prescient; he didn’t return with another album for almost a decade even as his old band skyrocketed to superstardom. The End of the Game returns to CD today (and next Friday in North America) in a single-disc, expanded edition adding four new-to-CD bonus singles.
This new box set of seven 180-gram LPs contains all of The Staple Singers’ 1968-1974 Stax albums plus a disk of rarities, non-LP single sides, and live recordings. Each album has been cut from the original analogue masters by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl in Memphis.
Neneh Cherry, Raw Like Sushi: 30th Anniversary Edition [Various Formats] (Virgin/UMC)
One of the most unique and eclectic debut albums of the late ’80s, Neneh Cherry’s Raw Like Sushi, is celebrated with a 30th anniversary deluxe edition from Virgin/UMC. It’s finally available today after a short delay. The deluxe Raw Like Sushi, packed in a 12″ x 12″ box set, will feature the original album alongside two discs of vintage remixes of hits like “Buffalo Stance” (an international Top 5 hit) and “Kisses On The Wind,” a follow-up that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in America. A who’s who of remixers from the period are featured, including Massive Attack, Arthur Baker, David Morales and the Latin Rascals. Read more here!
Erasure’s 1991 U.K. chart-topping LP arrives in a 3-CD Deluxe Edition featuring the remastered original album plus B-sides, remixes, live recordings, and previously unreleased tracks.
Nancy Priddy’s 1967 dream-pop/baroque folk LP for Dot Records returns to vinyl for the first time in over 50 years. Featuring production by Phil Ramone and drums by Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, You’ve Come This Way Before has a sound unlike any other. Watch this space for a full review!
The Prince of Darkness, who recently revealed his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease, returns with a new studio album. The reflective title ballad features guest Elton John (who sings and plays piano) while other guests include Slash, Post Malone, and Tom Morello. Ozzy’s band includes Duff McKagan, Chad Smith, and producer Andrew Watt. Available on CD, LP, and digital platforms.
The animated classic The Point comes to Blu-ray as part of MVD’s Rewind Collection. The television film, with a score written and sung by Harry Nilsson, is presented in a new 2K High Definition Transfer from 16mm film elements in its original 1:37:1 aspect ratio. Ringo Starr’s narration is used, and audio is available in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and 2.0 Dolby Digital. (Dustin Hoffman recorded the original narration and other versions have featured Alan Barzman and Alan Thicke.) The disc loaded with special features including new interviews with star Mike Lookinland and screenwriter Norm Lenzer, the Nilsson on Screen documentary featuring biographer Alyn Shipton, and Everybody’s Got a Point: Kiefo Nilsson and Bobby Halvorson on Adapting The Point. It’s presented in a slipcase and also includes a foldout poster of the cover artwork.