Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
Ronnie Milsap, The Best of Ronnie Milsap (Craft Recordings) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The Best of Ronnie Milsap gathers up 12 of the artist's biggest hits from his first tenure at RCA, including "It Was Almost Like a Song," "Any Day Now," and "What a Difference You've Made in My Life." Craft's parent company, Concord Music, acquired the rights to 16 of Milsap's RCA albums from between 1977-2006 last year, and this is the first physical product to come from the acquisition (an expanded digital version of this compilation featuring 25 songs was released last June by Craft and is available now). Paul Blakemore has remastered all tracks, and TSD's Joe Marchese provides the new liner notes. Read more here!
Prince, Up All Nite with Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection (NPG/Legacy)
4CD/DVD Box Set: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
One Nite Alone... LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
One Nite Alone...Live! 4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
One Nite Alone...The Aftershow: It Ain't Over! 2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
The 5-CD box set Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection rounds up the titular studio album (Prince's intimate follow-up to The Rainbow Children) and its two associated live albums in one slipcased package with a 48-page bound book and a bonus DVD, Prince Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas.
Prince, The Rainbow Children (NPG/Legacy)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
The Rainbow Children, The Artist's 24th studio album, returns to CD and vinyl. It was first released as an exclusive on his NPG Music Club website and then issued commercially in November 2001. His first album to be released without the support of a major label, the LP features many of Prince's familiar lyrical themes intertwining sex, love, and spirituality, it musically showcased a jazz-influenced direction with horn arrangements and live drums. Read more about both Prince titles here!
Iggy Pop, The Bowie Years (Virgin/UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Iggy Pop's The Bowie Years chronicles the Stooges frontman's recordings with David Bowie during their seminal Berlin period. The 7-CD box set together remastered versions of 1977's The Idiot, its even more successful follow-up Lust for Life, and the TV Eye Live 1977 concert album plus a disc of demos and singles, and three discs of live performances. All audio has been mastered from best available sources, and a 40-page booklet includes new liner notes and rare photos. Out today in the U.K. and on June 12 in North America. Read more here. A 2-CD deluxe edition of Lust for Life with the original album andTV Eye Live 1977 Live is also available at Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada.
Rush, Permanent Waves: 40th Anniversary Edition (Mercury/Anthem/UMe)
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Super Deluxe 2CD/3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Mercury/Anthem/UMe reissues Rush's 1980 classic Permanent Waves in a variety of formats including 2-CD and 3-LP sets, and a 2-CD/3-LP Super Deluxe Edition. The CDs in both the Super Deluxe Edition and the standalone 2-CD set utilize the original album remaster made at Abbey Road for the 2015 vinyl edition. The second disc of the SDE and 2-CD set boasts previously unreleased live bonus tracks from three concerts on the 1980 Permanent Waves world tour: the Manchester Apollo in Manchester, England; the Hammersmith Odeon in London; and Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. All of the tracks have been newly mixed by longtime Rush associate Terry Brown. The 180-gram vinyl versions have identical audio plus one exclusive bonus not on CD: "A Passage to Bangkok" from the Manchester Apollo. Read more here!
John Lee Hooker, Documenting the Sensation Recordings 1949-1952 (Ace) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Ace Records is celebrating the late blues legend John Lee Hooker (1912 or 1917 - 2001) with a historic new box set. Documenting the Sensation Recordings 1949-1952 accomplishes just that feat. When Ace purchased Sensation Records from Bernard Besman, a number of Hooker sides were among the acquisition. Besman had previously sold some of Hooker's recordings to United Artists and Greene Bottle. Until now, Ace hadn't completed research into the total contents of the acquisition. Over 3 CDs and 71 songs, the label has now brought together all of the sides purchased from Besman to chronicle this seminal period in Hooker's career. The 71 tracks here do not include any sides that appeared on the United Artists or Greene Bottle releases; as such, 19 previously unissued versions or alternate takes of those songs premiere here. The detailed sessionography included in the booklet has the recording date, commentary, matrix number, original issue, first reissue, and first Ace reissue of every title. Read more here!
Petula Clark, On Air 1951-1961 (Stage Door) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Stage Door Records)
Stage Door Records rounds up 23 rare tracks from Petula Clark's early radio days at the BBC, including duets with Billy Ternent and George Formby. On many of these performances, she's joined by the orchestra of mood music king Geraldo. Songs include her chart-topping hit "Sailor" as well as "With a Song in My Heart," "Autumn Leaves," "Always," "It's Magic," and "Suddenly There's a Valley."
Diana Ross, Supertonic: Mixes (Motown/UMe)
CD/Digital: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Crystal Clear Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
For the legendary Diana Ross, it's clear that there truly ain't no mountain high enough. The superstar made chart history earlier this year when "Love Hangover 2020" reached the top position on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart - making it her fourth consecutive No. 1 remix of a song that had previously been No. 1 on the Hot 100 in its original version. Now, that record-setting remix is coming to CD, clear vinyl LP, and digital formats along with Miss Ross' other three recent chart-toppers and four additional cuts on an all-new album. Supertonic: Mixes, produced by the singer and featuring remixes by producer Eric Kupper, arrives from Motown/UMe today in digital formats only, with physical releases coming on July 24. Supertonic: Instrumental Mixes also arrives today in digital form only. Read more here!
Jimmy Buffett, Life on the Flip Side (Mailboat) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Jimmy Buffett is back with his first studio album in seven years, and just when we need him most! Life on the Flip Side was recorded with the Coral Reefer Band in Key West, and features 14 new Buffett tracks. The album is packaged with a 60-page book featuring lyrics, photos, liner notes, and more. Available on CD and digital formats.
Lady Gaga, Chromatica (Streamline/Interscope) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Lady Gaga returns today with her sixth album. Chromatica features collaborations with Elton John and Ariana Grande as well as the lead single "Stupid Love" which has already reached the top five on the U.S. and U.K. charts. Available on CD, LP, and digital. Target has an exclusive edition with three bonus tracks.
Def Leppard, London to Vegas (Eagle Rock) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
This 4-CD/2-DVD or 4-CD/2-BD box set has the band's 2018 show at London's O2 along with a 2019 concert from their Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood's Zappos Theater.
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Iggy Pop's "The Bowie Years" is to be released in Canada on June 12...
Whoops! I should have read more carefully the "fine print" accompanying the article, with it clearly being indicated that the North American release date is June 12. Sorry!