Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Her Greatest Songs features 16 of Doris’ classics from 1948-1970 on pink vinyl. This new compilation draws on her classic Columbia recordings plus the vinyl debut of her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” recorded in 1970 for the 1971 CBS-TV special The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special. The release of Her Greatest Songs is available today on CD, streaming, and download in the United Kingdom. A Canadian release will follow on May 1. Note that Amazon U.K. is not currently shipping items to the United States as a result of COVID-19. Read the full track listing here.
Guitar hero Joe Satriani is back with a new studio album produced by Satriani and Jim Scott. Shapeshifting features the artist joined by Kenny Aronoff, Chris Chaney, and Eric Caudieux as well as Lisa Coleman of The Revolution and Christopher Guest. The lead single “1980” channels that period of time when he was performing with The Squares; Satriani has noted Eddie Van Halen as one inspiration for this album. Available on CD, digital platforms, and black vinyl. Satriani’s online store will have an autographed colored vinyl edition (link TBD) while Newbury Comics will exclusively carry an autographed CD. (Newbury cannot currently ship as a result of COVID-19; it’s now listed as “out of stock” but may return when the store does.)
Alt-rockers The Dream Syndicate are back with a new studio album. The Universe Inside features just five epic-length songs – the longest of which clocks in at over 20 minutes, the shortest at almost 8 – from Steve Wynn, Dennis Duck, Mark Walton, and Jason Victor. Promising to combine the musicians’ influences of European avant-garde, progressive and southern rock, and electric jazz, The Universe Inside sounds like no Dream Syndicate album before it. Available on CD, vinyl, and streaming/download.
Recorded in 1982 at New York’s Variety Studios, Celestial Love is one of the most accessible albums in the Sun Ra canon, featuring two Duke Ellington reinterpretations (“Sophisticated Lady” and “Drop Me Off in Harlem”) as well as two more classic standards (“Smile” and “Sometimes I’m Happy,” both sung by June Tyson). Includes one bonus track. Available on CD, LP, and digital platforms.
Sundazed presents The Chicks, one of New Zealand’s most popular girl groups circa 1966! Their LP has harmonies that could have only come from sisters, Sue and Judy Donaldson. Their album, recorded with just two tracks, features their No. 1 record of “The Hucklebuck” as well as renditions of “Ticket to Ride,” “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “The Birds and the Bees,” and more. Available on CD, vinyl, and digital platforms.
Mobile Fidelity gives its audiophile treatment to T. Rex’s 1971 classic, produced by Tony Visconti, featuring “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” and “Jeepster.” The hybrid SACD is playable on all CD players and is limited to 2,500 units.
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