Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records debut Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing and Perform “Funny Girl”: The Ultimate Edition, a deluxe 2-CD celebration of the classic 1968 Motown-meets-Broadway gem. Greatly building upon the digital-only Expanded Edition issued in 2014, The Ultimate Edition boasts the album in its original U.S. stereo mix and rare U.K. mono mix; The Supreme Mixes reinstating Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong’s original vocals not heard in 1968; and several bonus tracks. The Ultimate Edition has been produced by the team of Andrew Skurow, George Solomon, and TSD’s Joe Marchese and freshly remastered by Kevin Reeves who mixed the entirety of the second disc. It’s all topped off with a sumptuous 32-page full-color booklet. Designed by George Solomon and John Sellards, it’s packed with an exclusive introduction by Mary Wilson, two new essays placing the album in the context of Diana Ross and The Supremes’ career and tracing the Broadway-to-Hollywood journey of Funny Girl, an interview with the late Jule Styne, and a host of beautiful, previously unpublished full-color photos. Read more here!
Prince, Sign “O” The Times: Deluxe Edition [Various Formats] (Warner Records)
Remastered 2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Remastered 2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Expanded 3CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Expanded 4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Deluxe 8CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Deluxe 13LP/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Prince’s 1987 masterpiece Sign “O” The Times will be remastered and reissued by Warner Records on September 25, kicking off 2020’s box set season with considerable style. It’ll be available in multiple formats: newly remastered double CD or double vinyl, a 3CD or 4LP set that includes all the original B-sides and single mixes, and a massive 8CD/DVD or 13LP/DVD super deluxe box that adds hours of unreleased, often mythic outtakes – some never available as bootlegs – and audiovisual concert material from one of Prince’s most ambitious years. It’s all packed in a deluxe box sporting an outtake from the album cover sessions by Jeff Katz, and will feature a 120-page hardcover book featuring unpublished photos and lyric sheets plus new liner notes and essays by Dave Chappelle (speaking with photographer Mathieu Bitton); Lenny Kravitz; engineer Susan Rogers; Daphne A. Brooks; William R. Kenan, Jr., professor of African American Studies, American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University; author/Official Prince Podcast host Andrea Swensson; and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl (author of a comprehensive book on the Purple Rain sessions, with a volume on Sign “O” The Times slated for publication next year). Newly remastered 2CD and 2LP sets (on peach and black vinyl) will also release the same day. Whew! Read more here.
Rhino revisits Lou Reed’s dark, visceral classic in a sprawling 3-CD/2-LP-1-DVD box set featuring 26 previously unreleased tracks. The box has a remastered version of the album on the first CD. The second disc has the entirety of New York as performed live in 1989. The third disc might prove to be the most fascinating as it rounds up 14 rarities and previously unreleased tracks including rough mixes, work tapes, alternates, the single edit of “Romeo Had Juliette,” the non-LP side “The Room,” and live versions of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” and Reed’s solo hit “Walk on the Wild Side.” The 2-LP set, pressed on black 180-gram vinyl, premieres the 2020 remaster on four sides, and finally, the DVD has the live concert The New York Album recorded in Montreal previously issued on VHS and Laserdisc plus a 25-minute conversation with the late artist. It’s all packaged in a 12 x 12 book with new liner notes and more. Get more details here!
The Rolling Stones, Steel Wheels Live: Atlantic City, New Jersey (Eagle Rock)
Deluxe 3-CD/2-DVD/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
2-CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
2-CD/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
4-LP black vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
4-LP color vinyl: Rolling Stones Online Shop / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
The Rolling Stones bring their star-studded 1989 Atlantic City concert featuring Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Axl Rose, and Izzy Stradlin to a variety of formats. The biggest is a limited-edition 6-disc box set. In it you’ll find the complete Atlantic City concert on 2 CDs, plus a bonus CD of rare performances from the tour. The Japan edition of the box set will include a bonus interview track, taken from a 1989 promo CD. This is not available in any other territories. But regardless of your region, you will find the Atlantic City show on DVD and standard-definition Blu-ray, and an exclusive bonus DVD: Steel Wheels Live Tokyo, Japan featuring a complete show from the Tokyo Dome on February 24, 1990. It’s all housed in a 10″x 10″ hard slipcase, with a 40-page hardback book and gatefold disc-holder. For those who prefer a slimmer collection, 2-CD/DVD and 2-CD/Blu-ray configurations will also be available, featuring the complete Atlantic City show in audio and video formats. Japan has an exclusive edition of the big box with a bonus interview track. Meanwhile, if you just want the concert film, it will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. Finally, for the vinyl enthusiasts, the concert will be released as a 4-LP set, available on standard black vinyl or as an orange and blue vinyl variant. Read more here.
This 5CD/DVD set chronicles Big Country’s musical journey with Chrysalis’ Compulsion Records imprint. The box includes previously expanded editions of 1993’s The Buffalo Skinners and 1994’s Without The Aid Of a Safety Net issued by EMI in 2005 (the latter of which was presented across two discs for a complete concert experience). Another two bonus discs collect The Buffalo Skinners‘ various, uncompiled B-sides, remixes and early versions, including unreleased instrumental demos and monitor mixes alongside demos released on rare fan collections. The box wraps up with a DVD of the original Without The Aid Of a Safety Net film and two music videos. Like previous Big Country boxes from Cherry Red, each disc is housed in its own mini-jacket, encased in a clamshell box. Read more here.
Kellee Patterson, Maiden Voyage (Real Gone Music)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
Clear/black swirl LP: Real Gone Online Shop
Orange/black swirl LP: Vinyl Me Please
Real Gone Music continues its Black Jazz reissue series with this exceedingly rare album from Kellee Patterson. Maiden Voyage is full of tasteful vocal jazz, including the Herbie Hancock title track, Lani Hall’s “You,” a reworking of Don Sebesky’s “Soul Lady” renamed “Soul Daddy,” and more. Patterson is by John Heard on bass, Ernest Van Trease on piano, and Ray Charles sideman George Harper on flute. RGM will release the album on both CD and vinyl. The original stereo mix has been remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, with lacquers cut by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at Well Made Music, and the package will feature new liner notes by Pat Thomas. Real Gone will also press up a limited edition “clear with black swirl” color variant of the LP, available exclusively from the label’s online shop while the subscription service Vinyl Me Please has announced their own exclusive “orange with black swirl” color vinyl edition, limited to just 500 units. This is available to members and non-members alike, though members do get a slight discount.
Real Gone turns back the clock to the big band era with a collection of music by Raymond Scott, best known for his contributions to Warner Bros. cartoons and as an electronic music pioneer. But there’s another chapter to this story, and this release chronicles the first multiracial radio big band, the Scott-led “CBS Big Band” whose ranks included legends Ben Webster, Cozy Cole, and Charlie Shavers. Now, the group will be celebrated with a 26-track CD set containing primarily unreleased radio shows recorded by Scott and recently restored by Gavin Ross at Steady Studio in Burbank, CA. The package features photos from the Scott family’s archives as well as liner notes penned by Scott historian Skip Heller, who co-produced this volume with the bandleader’s son, Stan Warnow. Read more here.
Slade, Cum On Feel the Hitz: The Best of Slade (BMG)
Cum On Feel The Hitz: The Best Of Slade collects more than 40 tracks across two discs from the Wolverhampton band, including 16 Top 10 hits released between 1970 and 1984. Six of them – the uniquely-spelled “Coz I Luv You,” “Take Me Bak ‘Ome,” “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” “Cum On Feel The Noize,” “Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me” and the holiday perennial “Merry Xmas Everybody” – all topped the chart, becoming glam rock classics along the way. Cum On Feel The Hitz will be available in several formats: the 2CD set featuring 43 original singles; a double LP featuring 24 of those tracks in mostly chronological order (including everything on the first disc of the 2CD set), and North America-exclusive 1CD and 1LP cutdowns of each. Get more info here.
Kevin Rowland, My Beauty: Expanded Edition (Cherry Red)
Dexys Midnight Runners’ frontman Kevin Rowland’s 1999 sophomore solo album My Beauty was overshadowed at the time by its striking cover depicting a semi-disrobed Rowland in a dress, stockings, and makeup, with a feather boa slung over the dressing screen. Now, over two decades later, the world might finally have caught up with Rowland’s raw, personal album and its gender-non-conforming cover. Cherry Red is reissuing My Beauty on both CD and LP to mark the album’s 21st anniversary. My Beauty consists of twelve dramatic reinterpretations of familiar songs, many with new lyrics by the artist to make them more reflective of his own journey. The expanded CD adds his cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” dropped from the original album after his label failed to secure The Boss’ permission to alter the lyrics, as well as two B-sides. Read more here.
Peggy Lee, Ultimate Christmas (Capitol/UMe)
Capitol and UMe continue the Peggy Lee centennial celebration with this new anthology featuring 22 of her beloved Christmas recordings. Tracks include “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Waltz,” “I Like a Sleighride (Jingle Bells),” “Peace on Earth,” and many more. Available on CD and 2-LP vinyl. There’s more info here!
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel spins off another stylish, swingin’ soundtrack on CD and vinyl (it’s already available digitally) – this time featuring artists including Blossom Dearie (“Manhattan” and “Love Is Here to Stay”), Julie London (“Fly Me to the Moon”), Peggy Lee (“‘Til There Was You”), Nina Simone (“Feeling Good”), Doris Day (“Dream a Little Dream of Me”), and two songs performed by the character of Shy Baldwin (“One Less Angel” and “No One Has to Know”) who played a pivotal role in Season 3. (Baldwin was portrayed onscreen by Leroy McClain but dubbed by vocalist Darius deHaas.)
It’s Cameo Parkway Day! ABKCO digs into that venerable label’s vaults for three releases today including this 21-track Chubby Checker anthology on both CD and 180-gram vinyl (as well as the previously-released digital edition). Dancin’ Party features 21 twistin’ tracks as well as an essay by John Broven. All tracks were remastered from the original tapes, but completists might note that ABKCO’s 2005 CD release The Best of Chubby Checker had 24 tracks vs. the 21 on this set.
This 22-track collection surveys Cameo Parkway’s greatest dance records. It features more of Chubby Checker as well as Bobby Rydell (“The Cha-Cha-Cha”), The Orlons (“The Wah-Watusi”), The Dovells (“Bristol Stomp”), Dee Dee Sharp (“Mashed Potato Time”), and more. Just try to listen to this one while sitting still! Available on CD and digital.
The final Cameo Parkway release today – You Got The Power: Cameo Parkway Northern Soul 1964 -1967 – spotlights the soul classics that would make up the soundtrack to Britain’s Northern Soul movement. These include crate-digger favorites that received a cult-like following across the pond years after they were released. Among the 20 floor-fillers are recordings by Frankie Beverly & The Butlers, Bunny Sigler, The Orlons, Evie Sands, Candy and the Kisses, Christine Cooper, and Eddie Holman. Available on CD and digital.
Todd Rundgren’s full-length 2009 Akron, Ohio performance of his classic album A Wizard, A True Star was previously issued on a limited edition CD; now it’s gaining a wide commercial release from Cleopatra in a budget-priced package together with a (NTSC) DVD of the show and a bonus interview with the artist.
Gangsta’s Paradise returns for its 25th anniversary with this new CD edition. The Grammy-winning, 3x-platinum album has been remastered from the original analog tapes at Sterling Sound and features previously unreleased mixes of the hit “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New).” Available on CD, digital, and colored vinyl available for Record Store Day Drop 2 tomorrow!
Diana Krall is back with a new studio album culled from her final recording sessions in 2016-2017 with late, great producer Tommy LiPuma. This Dream of You is named after the recent Bob Dylan song, and the album also includes such classic standards as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Autumn in New York,” “That’s All,” and “How Deep Is the Ocean.” Settings vary, with ensemble, quartet, and duo performances. Available on CD, vinyl, and streaming.