Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, Orange Crate Art: 25th Anniversary Edition (Omnivore)
Omnivore celebrates 25 years of Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks’ beautiful Orange Crate Art with a variety of reissues. The 2-CD version boasts three previously unreleased bonus tracks on the first disc: a stunning, subtle take on “What a Wonderful World” (listen here) that most certainly was made for these times, and interpretations of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Love Is Here to Stay” (the latter with lyrics by Ira Gershwin). The influence of Gershwin on Wilson and Parks can’t be denied; Brian even went on to record a whole album of his songs in 2010. The second disc of the 2-CD set has the rich instrumental tracks for the entire original album sans Gershwin’s already instrumental “Lullaby.” Two 2-LP vinyl versions will also be released: a standard black vinyl edition available through all retail channels, and a colored vinyl version limited to 300 copies and available exclusively through Omnivore’s webstore. The vinyl versions have the original album sequence plus the three outtake bonus tracks. Watch this space for our review later today!
Ultimate Peggy Lee collects 22 indelible performances from the legendary singer including classic hits, five of her own compositions, and one previously unissued track, “Try a Little Tenderness,” from 1963. Drawing on her original Decca and Capitol recordings, the anthology boasts such timeless favorites as “Fever” (reinvented by Lee from Little Willie John’s original), the alluring “Big Spender,” “Black Coffee,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” “The Folks Who Live on the Hill,” and two powerful anthems from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller: “I’m a Woman” and “Is That All There Is?,” the latter with a Randy Newman arrangement. Peggy’s own songs here include “It’s a Good Day,” “I Love Being Here with You,” and “He’s a Tramp.” Available in 1-CD, 2-LP, and digital configurations. The uDiscoverMusic store will also be carrying a special clear-vinyl edition. Read more here!
Micky Dolenz, Live in Japan (7a Records)
7a brings Micky Dolenz’s 1982 tour of Japan to CD/DVD and LP with Live in Japan. This multi-format release has the full concert on CD and (region-free) DVD plus rare bonus tracks on CD; as well as a 180-gram splatter-colored LP edition with the concert only (sans the introductory “(Theme From) The Monkees”). Watch this space for our review but in the meantime, read more here!
Neil Young, Homegrown (Reprise)
Neil Young’s lost 1975 album finally sees a release, on both CD and vinyl. Homegrown has been all-analog mastered by John Hanlon from the original master tapes. As for visuals, the album will be presented in a replica of the originally planned artwork. Seven of its twelve songs are previously unreleased, and guests include Levon Helm, Ben Keith, Tim Drummond, Emmylou Harris, and Robbie Robertson. Get more details here!
Andy Williams, The Cadence Albums (Edsel) (Amazon U.K.)
The Cadence Albums presents on 8 CDs all of Andy Williams’ albums for Archie Bleyer’s independent label, plus 15 bonus single sides. At Cadence between 1955 and 1961, Andy developed his smooth, relaxed style and established his reputation for vocal excellence. He scored some of his most beloved hits at the label including “Canadian Sunset” (No. 7 U.S., 1956), “Butterfly” (No. 1 U.S. and U.K., 1957), “I Like Your Kind of Love” (No. 8 U.S./No. 16 U.K., 1957), “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” (No. 11 U.S., 1958), “Lonely Street” (No. 5 U.S., 1959), and “The Village of St. Bernadette” (No. 7 U.S., 1959). He also recorded his very first Christmas songs at Cadence; the single “Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart” b/w “The Wind, The Sand, and The Star” was actually his debut for the label. You’ll find all of those and many more on this slipcased 111-song collection which also includes a 28-page booklet with new and original liner notes. Unfortunately, Amazon U.K. will not ship this item to North America, but it should be available from retailers specializing in imports. Get more details here!
Joe Grushecky and The Iron City Houserockers, Have a Good Time But Get Out Alive! 40th Anniversary Edition (Cleveland International)
Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers’ bar-band classic is returning to print in a newly expanded edition adding a second disc with 16 previously unreleased tracks including demos and rarities. The 40th anniversary edition of Have a Good Time But Get Out Alive! arrives from the reactivated Cleveland International Records label on May 22 digitally, and June 19 for CD and vinyl formats. Grushecky, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the album’s tracks, welcomed an illustrious guest roster. Mick Ronson played piano on “Rock Ola” and mandolin on “Old Man Bar” while Ian Hunter produced and arranged “Hypnotized” as well as arranging “We’re Not Dead Yet.” The uncredited Van Zandt, fresh off production work for Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and then co-producing and recording with Bruce Springsteen forThe River, reportedly produced and arranged five tracks (“Junior’s Bar,” “Angela,” “Running Scared,” “Blondie,” and “Don’t Let Them Push You Around”) in addition to playing lead guitar on “Junior’s Bar.”
Parlophone has released a limited edition picture disc vinyl edition of the 1972 reissue as Space Oddity of 1969’s David Bowie. The LP comes with a replica of the poster found in the 1972 release, and utilizes the 2009 remaster of the original mix.
Various Artists, Cash Money: The Instrumentals (Cash Money)
Cash Money: The Instrumentals collects 23 such instrumental tracks on digital platforms and 19 on vinyl. Many of these seminal cuts from the landmark hip-hop label have never before appeared on either format. Expect to hear crossover Hot 100 hits like Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” (the uncensored version of the No. 19 entry “Back That Thang Up”) featuring Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh; Birdman and Lil Wayne’s No. 21 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy;” and Big Tymers’ No. 11 “Still Fly;” among other key tracks from Lil Wayne, Cash Money Millionaires, Hot Boys, and BG. Read more here.
Bob Dylan, Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia)
Bob Dylan is back with a new 2-CD or 2-LP, 10-song album of original material including the recent singles “Murder Most Foul,” “I Contain Multitudes,” and “False Prophet” – and it’s already being hailed as a masterpiece. The CD and digital editions arrive today, with the vinyl following on July 17.
Various Artists, You Can’t Sit Down: Cameo Parkway Dance Crazes 1958-1964 / You Got The Power: Cameo Parkway Northern Soul 1964-1967 / Chubby Checker, Dancin’ Party – The Chubby Checker Collection: 1960-1966 (ABKCO)
ABKCO has three collections from the vintage library of Cameo Parkway Records arriving today on streaming services. One celebrates the label’s famed dance crazes; another is also filled with floor-fillers that would later form the basis of many Northern Soul playlists. Lastly, there’s a tribute to the one and only Chubby Checker. Read about all three titles and their track listings here!