Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Rolling Stones, Goats Head Soup [Various Formats] (Polydor/Interscope/UMe)
3CD/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP clear: The Rolling Stones Shop
Cassette: The Rolling Stones Shop
The Rolling Stones are revisiting their 1973 classic Goats Head Soup in a variety of new, remastered editions. The standard edition includes a new 2020 stereo mix on 1 CD. The 2CD deluxe edition features the new mix plus a disc of rarities and alternate mixes. Among those 10 bonus tracks are Glyn Johns’ early mixes of “Silver Train,” “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker),” and “Dancing With Mr. D,” plus instrumental mixes of the latter two, a piano demo of “100 Years Ago,” an alternate mix of “Hide Your Love,” and three outtakes including a collaboration between Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, and Ric Grech called “Scarlet.” There’s also “Criss Cross,” an outtake recorded in Kingston and London during the album sessions. The most extravagant of the editions is the 3-CD/Blu-ray box set, featuring a total of 35 tracks. Presented in a hardbound volume, the box set includes all the tracks from the deluxe edition configuration, plus a bonus CD of the out-of-print and highly sought-after Brussels Affair concert, recorded on October 17, 1973 during a tour of Europe. The Blu-ray disc includes the new album mix in high-resolution 24bit/96kHz stereo, plus a 24-bit/96kHz DTS HD-encoded 5.1 surround mix and, for the first time in a Rolling Stones box set, a new and immersive Dolby Atmos mix of the album. (The Japanese edition of the box adds an additional two Glyn Johns mixes unavailable elsewhere.) Read more here!
Fleetwood Mac, 1969 to 1974 (Reprise/Rhino)
Fleetwood Mac 1969 to 1974 is a long-anticipated, 8-CD box set chronicling all seven studio albums recorded by Fleetwood Mac within that time period. In addition to a remastered version of each album, the set includes numerous bonus tracks and a previously unreleased 1974 concert taped just months before Buckingham and Nicks shook up the band’s status quo. The box beings with the group’s third studio album Then Play On – their last with co-founder Peter Green and first with Danny Kirwan – and ends with their final pre-Buckingham/Nicks LP Heroes Are Hard to Find. In addition, Fleetwood Mac 1973-1974, a 4-LP/1-7″ collection, arrives. It includes the 1974 concert plus Penguin (1973), Mystery to Me (1973) and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974) in their original album sequences. Lacquers for the albums were cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog tapes. They will be pressed on 140-gram vinyl and housed in replica sleeves. The box’s 7-inch single has the mono promo edit of “For Your Love” on one side and the previously unreleased outtake “Good Things (Come to Those Who Wait)” on the flipside. Read more here!
The Doobie Brothers, Quadio (Warner/Rhino)
Rhino brings The Doobie Brothers’ second through fifth albums – Toulouse Street (1972); The Captain & Me (1973); What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974); and Stampede (1975) – to Blu-ray in their original 4.0-channel quadraphonic mixes. Quadio has them in high resolution 192/24 DTS-HD Master Audio for both the quadraphonic and 2.0-chanel stereo mixes. While anyone with a Blu-ray player can enjoy these discs, the 4.0 quad mixes are only available for those with a surround set-up. This set is shipping today directly from Rhino, and will be available through general retail on November 6. Watch this space for our review!
A new box set will anthologize most of the output of influential ska/punk label 2 Tone Records. 2 Tone: The Albums collects on CD eight major long-playing albums issued by the British label between 1979 and 1984: The Specials’ Specials (1979), More Specials (1980) and In The Studio (1984, issued under a revised line-up and new name, The Special AKA); The Selecter’s Too Much Pressure (1980); Cuban-born Rico Rodriguez’s That Man Is Forward (1981) and Jama Rico (1982); and two compilations: Dance Craze, the soundtrack to the 1981 documentary of the same name covering the 2 Tone label and cultural movement, and 1983’s This Are Two-Tone, which collected non-LP and one-off singles from the label as recorded by The Specials, Madness, The English Beat, The Bodysnatchers, and more. 2 Tone: The Albums features all eight discs in mini-LP reproductions of their original sleeves, enclosed in a lidded rigid box with a 24-page booklet that features new liner notes for each album. Get more details here!
Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions finds pianist Bob James at Wollman Auditorium in New York City in 1965 for a previously unreleased set. It features James in two different trio settings – one from early 1965 with bassist Larry Rockwell and drummer Robert (Cleve) Pozar, and one from October 1965 with bassist Bill Woods and drummer Omar Clay – performing both jazz standards and original compositions. It’s packaged up to Resonance’s usual high standards.
BMG has brought together 36 tracks on three CDs from the legendary band including all of the expected cuts such as “Lucky Man,” “Tarkus,” “Karn Evil 9,” and “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
This 9CD collection from singer-songwriter Labi Siffre celebrates his 50 year career. Siffre has compiled the set himself, and it includes all nine of his albums – Labi Siffre (1970), The Singer and The Song (1971), Crying Laughing Loving Lying (1972), For The Children (1973), Remember My Song (1975), Happy (1975), So Strong (1988), Man of Reason (1991), and The Last Songs (1998) – plus 44 bonus tracks. Every album is presented in a mini-LP replica sleeve, and a 32-page booklet is also included. Amazon U.K. customers can order a signed edition (which unfortunately cannot ship to North America) limited to 500 copies.
The late Hal Willner’s final production, Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex features a typically Willner roster of eclectic artists doing T. Rex favorites including U2 with Elton John (“Bang a Gong (Get It On)”), Joan Jett (“Jeepster”), Kesha (“Children of the Revolution”), Nick Cave (“Cosmic Dancer”), Todd Rundgren with Donald Fagen (“Planet Queen”), Marc Almond (“Teenage Dream”), Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (“Mambo Sun”), Victoria Williams and Julian Lennon (“Pilgrim’s Tale”), and many more. Available on CD and vinyl.
Burt Bacharach and Daniel Tashian’s poignant, yearning, and above all melodic mini-album is now available on CD-R from CD Baby via Amazon.com. While all five songs impress, “Bells of St. Augustine” and the title track are quintessential Bacharach – and some of the finest melodies composed by any songwriter in recent memory. Any fan of literate, timeless musical pop won’t want to miss this moving and sometimes-surprising set of moody, late-night anthems recorded by Bacharach and Tashian with the cream of the Nashville crop.
Billy Ocean recently celebrated his 70th birthday, but he’s the one giving a gift to his fans. The “Caribbean Queen” singer has announced the release of his first album of new material in 10 years, entitled One World. The record sees Ocean reunite with producer Barry Eastmond, whose credits include a number of Billy’s best-loved hits, like “When The Going Gets Tough” and “Love Zone.” Available on CD and vinyl. Read more here.
Country singer-songwriter Sara Evans has recorded some of the songs that have influenced her – hence the title Copy That – for her tenth studio album. These influential tracks include Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Monday Morning,” Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You,” Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” and Kenny Loggins’ and Stevie Nicks’ Melissa Manchester/Loggins-penned “Whenever I Call You Friend.”