Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo’s Factory [Half-Speed Master] (Craft Recordings)
Craft Recordings reissues Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hit-filled fifth album – featuring “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Run Through the Jungle,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Travelin’ Band,” and “Up Around the Bend” – on 180-gram half-speed mastered vinyl (from high-resolution transfers of the original analog tapes). Mastering is by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. Read more here!
Stage Door Records brings together two dozen rare single sides recorded by Broadway and Hollywood’s sultry songstress Dolores Gray, including the Irving Berlin-penned showstopper from the soundtrack of There’s No Business Like Show Business which lends this superlative collection its title. Read all about it here.
Britney Spears’ 2000 sophomore album Oops!…I Did It Again celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year. To mark the occasion, Jive Records and Legacy Recordings have planned three new editions. A commemorative vinyl picture disc will be available at all retail outlets, while Urban Outfitters will carry two exclusive releases: a limited edition clear vinyl release with purple and gold swirl; and a limited edition cassette with purple shell and gold ink. All three hit stores today. Get all of the details here.
The doo-wop quintet behind such golden oldies as “You Belong to Me” and “My Own True Love” get the anthology treatment from Omnivore. The collection has 26 remastered tracks (all of The Duprees’ Coed 45s and both sides of a solo single from lead singer Joey Vann) and a new essay by Bill Dahl.
Omnivore’s Coed Records reissue series sees this volume from The Rivieras, the New Jersey foursome with a knack for romantic doo-wop updates of chestnuts such as “Moonlight Serenade,” “Count Every Star,” and “Our Love.” The single-disc has 18 tracks, comprising their entire singles discography. Once again, Michael Graves has remastered and Bill Dahl has penned new liner notes. Read more about Omnivore’s Coed campaign here, and watch for our reviews soon!
Cherry Red’s SoulMusic imprint has collected the onetime “Little” Esther Phillips’ recordings for the Lenox, Atlantic, and Roulette labels with 102 tracks on 5 CDs including albums, singles, non-LP sides (some of which are making their debut on CD), and previously unheard outtakes. The celebration of the late jazz-soul queen, who died tragically in 1984 at just 48 years of age, has been annotated by Charles Waring and remastered by Nick Robbins. This title is out today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
The quirky singer-songwriter’s 1992 album returns to vinyl in this new pressing from Craft Recordings.
Rumer returns with a beautiful new studio album celebrating the words and music of songwriter Hugh Prestwood. While Prestwood never became a household name, his songs have been covered by the likes of Judy Collins, Jimmy Buffett, Barbara Mandrell, Trisha Yearwood, and Kathy Mattea. Now Rumer adds herself to that illustrious list with this collection of 15 Prestwood compositions including “Hard Times for Lovers,” “Ghost in This House,” and the Emmy-winning “The Song Remembers When,” plus a number of previously unrecorded songs. Available on CD, vinyl, and digital platforms.
This new 2-CD set preserves Nils Lofgren’s tour behind his 2019 LP Blue with You (inspired by his friendship and collaboration with the late Lou Reed). The live album features Nils, Tom Lofgren, Kevin McCormick, Cindy Mizelle, and Andy Newmark on the artist’s old favorites, new material, and a smattering of covers such as “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”
Michael Friedman, (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch / Paris Commune (Ghostlight)
Ghostlight has its second installment of albums from the ongoing digital/streaming Michael Friedman Collection recognizing the dynamic body of work of the late composer-lyricist with new recordings of his previously unrecorded scores. Two new titles, (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch and Paris Commune, follow the first three – The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City – which were released in digital formats last year. (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch (2006) asks the rather pertinent question “how do we know what we know when everyone in power seems to be lying?” and has a book by Steve Cosson, adapted from interviews by The Civilians. Cast members on the recording include Nick Blaemire, Adam Chanler-Berat, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Brian Charles Rooney, and Mary Testa. Paris Commune (2012), a Cosson/Friedman collaboration dramatizing the 1871 overthrow of the Parisian government by the working class, features Kate Buddeke, Rebecca Hart, Daniel Jenkins, and others. Both recordings were produced by Steve Cosson and Kurt Deutsch, co-produced by Ian Kagey, Wiley DeWeese, Dan Lipton, and Amy C. Ashton. Dan Lipton served as Music Director and orchestrations are by Wiley DeWeese.
For her 14th solo album and first since 2013, Gloria Estefan celebrates the rich musical legacy of Brazil. Four new songs complement fourteen reworkings from her back catalogue including “Conga” (reinvented as “Samba”), “Here We Are,” “Cuts Both Ways,” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.” She sings in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on this cross-cultural tribute.
The pianist-singer-songwriter-bandleader follows up his eclectic 2019 album Absolute Zero with another wide-ranging set featuring guest appearances by artists including Bon Iver and the late Leon Russell. Available on CD, vinyl, and digital platforms.
Today, Elvis Costello premieres the “third and final bulletin from ‘The Helsinki Sound'” following “No Flag” and “Hetty O’Hara Confidential.” Elvis wrote, sings, and plays every instrument on these hard-hitting tracks recently recorded in Finland. There’s more on the way from the prolific singer-songwriter: all three songs will be included on an October 30 album to be entitled Hey Clockface along with tracks recorded in Paris and New York with two different ensembles. Look Now co-producer Sebastian Krys has returned, and Elvis has co-written songs with Michael Leonhart, Bill Frisell, and Wilco’s Nels Cline as well as longtime collaborator Steve Nieve and Muriel Teodori.