Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Allman Brothers Band, Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection (Mercury/UMe)
UMe is marking The Allman Brothers Band’s 50th anniversary with a new 5-CD or 10-LP box set boasting 61 newly remastered tracks including classics, rarities, and seven previously unreleased tracks. Trouble No More is bookended with the band’s never-before-heard 1969 demo of that song, and their final performance of it at their last show in October 2014. The box includes an 88-page booklet with an essay, photos, memorabilia, and more. Read more here!
Encompassing a whopping 159 tracks including 29 bonuses, the 12-CD box set Déjà Vu: The Arista Recordings (1979-1994) features all twelve of Dionne Warwick’s classic Arista Records albums from the Barry Manilow-produced Dionne (1979) through the tropically-flavored Aquarela Do Brasil (1994), all newly remastered by Nick Robbins. This period saw Warwick team with producers including Barry Gibb, Luther Vandross, Steve Buckingham, Jay Graydon, Kashif, and Smokey Robinson, and also reunite with Burt Bacharach – writing both with Carole Bayer Sager and Hal David. All of the vocalist’s indelible Arista hits are here: “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” “No Night So Long,” “Heartbreaker,” “Love Power,” and, of course, “That’s What Friends are For,” among many others. A 64-page booklet with liner notes by compilation producer David Nathan rounds out this deluxe set. Get all of the details here!
Real Gone delivers the first-ever vinyl reissue of The Horace Tapscott Quintet’s 1969 album The Giant Is Awakened. Originally released on the Flying Dutchman label, the recording is a masterful mix of free jazz and pan-African influences. Pianist Tapscott leads the band, which also features alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, bassists David Bryant and Walter Savage, Jr., and drummer Everett Brown Jr. The Giant Is Awakened was the debut album by Tapscott and his quintet and it would be nearly ten years before the industry-leery pianist would record another. In the decades since its release, The Giant Is Awakened gained a cult-like following, with original pressings fetching triple-digit dollar amounts. Now, the album returns to wax with a special neon-green vinyl pressing limited to 1,000 copies. (Note: A Vinyl Me Please-exclusive coke-bottle clear vinyl edition was recently announced for subscribers to that online club.) Read more here.
The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection brings together legendary sax man Charlie Parker’s sessions for the venerable label spanning 1944-1948 featuring such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis, and Max Roach. These tracks comprise the building blocks of bebop and some of the most vibrant and essential jazz recordings of all time. Read more here!
Stage Door has the world premiere CD release of the Original London Cast Recording of Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan’s classic musical Annie, originally released by the U.K. arm of CBS Records. This limited edition reissue has been remastered from the original tapes and is part of Stage Door’s Cast Album Masters series. Get more info here!
This isn’t one of the ubiquitous public-domain radio broadcast releases proliferating on record store shelves but rather an authorized issue with liner notes by Harry Chapin’s younger brother Steve. Some More Stories: Live preserves the late troubadour’s April 11, 1977 German concert recorded by Radio Bremen featuring such classics as “Taxi,” “W-O-L-D,” “Dance Band on the Titanic,” and “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Radio Bremen has licensed the concert to Made in Germany Music, and Johannes Scheibenreif has mastered the program. A 16-page booklet is included. Also available digitally.
Omnivore reissues and expands the 2014 solo album Prospect Hill by Grammy-winning, Emmy-nominated songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, historian, and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons. Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus presents the original album, the 2015 Record Store Day EP What Got Over (never before available on CD), and 12 previously unissued instrumental tracks. Its 2 CDs and 35 tracks add up to a history of American music in miniature, touching on folk, jazz, blues, country, and beyond with traditional melodies alongside similarly-flavored originals and covers including Frank Loesser’s “Have I Stayed Away Too Long.” The digipak contains a 16-page booklet with liner notes by the artist and his wife, Vania Kinard. Michael Graves has mastered.
After a delay, Rhino collects eight 7″ vinyl singles from Robert Plant in one new box set. Packaged in a hardcover book, the singles encompass three decades, and two songs from each of Plant’s eight solo albums including the # 1 Rock hits “Little by Little,” “Tall Cool One,” and “Hurting Kind.” This release coincides with the second season of Plant’s popular podcast Digging Deep with Robert Plant.
James Taylor returns with his first studio album in almost five years. American Standard features Taylor’s interpretations of 14 classic works from the Great American Songbook including songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, and Frank Loesser. He’s joined by co-producers Dave O’Donnell and John Pizzarelli for this set’s stripped-down, warm, acoustic performances. Available on CD, vinyl, and digital/streaming. A Target-exclusive CD has two bonus tracks: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face” from the musical My Fair Lady and “Never Never Land” from Peter Pan. The retailer also has an exclusive vinyl edition of the core album bundled with a photo print, while Barnes and Noble has a gold vinyl pressing.
Sergio Mendes, In the Key of Joy (Concord)
Sergio Mendes returns with a new studio album. On In the Key of Joy, the Brazilian music legend welcomes such guests as Common, Joe Pizzulo, Sheléa Frazier , Hermeto Pascoal, and Gracinha Leporace (Sergio’s wife and longtime musical partner). The 2-CD Deluxe Edition adds a bonus disc of 16 Mendes classics as the soundtrack to an upcoming documentary about the music man. This disc includes “Mas Que Nada,” “The Look of Love,” “Going Out of My Head,” “So Many Stars,” “Never Gonna Let You Go,” and more. The Japan-exclusive edition (released late in 2019) boasts one additional track on the core album, a remix of “Sabor Do Rio.”
We missed these titles in recent weeks but we wouldn’t want you to miss them!
Sony Classical has an impressive 16-CD box set celebrating the late American soprano Eileen Farrell (1920-2002) with her entire Columbia Records repertoire from 1946-1963 including six albums appearing on CD for the first time and many newly remastered. Each album is housed in a mini-sleeve replicating the original front and back covers, and a 48-page booklet has credits for each. In addition to the expected recitals of classical and opera material, the box also presents the versatile Farrell’s pop and jazz-oriented LPs like I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues, Carols for Christmas, Here I Go Again, This Fling Called Love (with Percy Faith), and Together with Love (with Andre Previn). Farrell’s solos from Eugene Ormandy’s recording of Handel’s Messiah are appended here among the bonus tracks, and one previously unreleased performance debuts, of Offenbach’s “Marines’ Hymn.”
Bruce Springsteen, vinyl reissues (Columbia/Legacy)
18 Tracks (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Live in New York City (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The Rising (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Devils and Dust (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Live in Dublin (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
In lieu of a third volume of The Album Collection box set series, Legacy has individually released five albums from Bruce Springsteen on vinyl: 18 Tracks (1999), Live in New York City (2001), The Rising (2002), Devils and Dust (2005), and Live in Dublin (2007). Read more here!