Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Tom Petty, Wildflowers & All the Rest (Warner Records)
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4CD Deluxe Edition (above plus Home Recordings & Wildflowers Live): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
7LP Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
5CD Super Deluxe Edition (above plus Finding Wildflowers): TomPetty.com
9LP Super Deluxe Edition: TomPetty.com
9LP Ultra Deluxe Edition: TomPetty.com (Sold out during pre-order period)
The late Tom Petty’s long-awaited box dedicated to the gestation of his classic Wildflowers album is finally here. Wildflowers & All The Rest rounds up the original 1994 album alongside several bonus discs of outtakes and rarities. A standard 2CD/3LP edition adds 10 unheard tracks – intended for a much longer edition of the album at the time – while a 4CD/7LP deluxe box adds two volumes of solo home recordings and live cuts. A super deluxe edition adds an additional CD or 2 LPs of alternate recordings, labeled “Finding Wildflowers.” The super deluxe 9LP vinyl and 5CD edition are only available through Petty’s website. Wildflowers & All The Rest was curated by Adria, Annakim and Dana Petty in collaboration with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench of The Heartbreakers and longtime engineer Ryan Ulyate. The deluxe editions feature a new introduction by Rubin, liner notes by David Fricke and track-by-track notes by Jaan Uhelszki, featuring input from Rubin, Ulyate, Campbell, Tench, Ferrone, album engineer Jim Scott and live mixing engineer Robert Scovill. Read more here.
Eagles, Live from The Forum MMXVIII (Rhino)
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD/1DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD/1BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP/2CD/1BD: The Eagles’ Official Store / Rhino.com
Recorded over three performances at Inglewood, California’s Forum on September 12, 14, and 15, 2018 during Eagles’ North American tour, Live from The Forum is the first release from the band since the passing of co-founder Glenn Frey; both his son Deacon Frey and country superstar Vince Gill admirably follow in his footsteps. The concert will be released in numerous configurations encompassing CD, vinyl, DVD, BD, and streaming formats. Target has an exclusive edition of the 2CD version with a replica tour laminate included, and Wal-mart has an exclusive 2-LP set with 15 tracks. Read more here.
Edsel collects Kiki Dee’s pre-Rocket Records years on this new 3-CD set, featuring 2 discs of her Fontana recordings (including rare international singles) and one of her Motown output including one previously unreleased track and two more making their CD debuts. The set, packaged as a hardcover mediabook, is accompanied by a 28-page book featuring new liner notes by Alan Robinson (drawing on a 2020 interview with Kiki) as well as rare photos from the artist’s own archives. Get more information, including the full track listing, here.
This 40th anniversary edition of Donna Summer’s 1980 Geffen Records debut mashes up past and present, bookending the original album with remixes by Figo Sound and Le Flex. Available in 1-CD mediabook format with a new essay as well as on a 2-LP set pressed on 180-gram pink and black double vinyl. Also available on digital platforms.
Mastodon, Medium Rarities [Vinyl] (Warner Records)
Mastodon celebrates 20 years together with a new collection of non-album singles, covers, soundtrack recordings, instrumentals, and live performances collected together for the first time ever. From covers of songs originally popularized by Feist, The Flaming Lips, or Metallica to soundtrack contributions and non-album singles, Medium Rarities is sure to please hard rockers everywhere. CD and digital configurations are already available, released September 11. Read more here.
Spectrum, Universal U.K.’s budget arm, offers a solid 3-CD compilation from The Who including 36 studio tracks on the first two discs, and 13 live selections from Leeds, Woodstock, the Isle of Wight, and more on the third. Available today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
Sunset Blvd. rounds up two discs and 40 tracks from Gladys Knight and the Pips’ pre-Motown days, primarily for Fury, Enjoy and Maxx Records. These early sides are some of the most soulful in Knight’s considerable discography including the all-time classic “Every Beat of My Heart.” This release is housed in a digipak and features new liner notes. For each copy sold, Sunset Blvd. will donate $1.00 to Black Lives Matter.
Desmond Child and Rouge, Desmond Child and Rouge / Runners in the Night (BMG)
BMG reissues two 1979 albums from singer-songwriter Desmond Child (“I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”) and his R&B/pop vocal group Rouge including Myriam Valle, Maria Vidal, and Diana Grasselli. The first, with arrangements by Charlie Calello, included the chart entry “Our Love Is Insane.”
Badfinger’s Joey Molland releases his first album of original material in nearly a decade. Be True to Yourself features ten new Molland songs and guest appearances from Micky Dolenz, Jason Scheff, Wings’ Steve Holley, and Julian Lennon (who also provided the front and back cover photography). Available on CD and digitally. Watch this space for our review!
Fantasy releases Tanya Tucker’s October 16, 2019 exactly one year later; the concert was built around the country queen’s Grammy-winning “comeback” album While I’m Livin’ as well as her classic hits such as “Delta Dawn” and “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone).” Available on CD, vinyl, and digital platforms.
And one very special single also has been released…
Melissa Manchester has revisited her seminal 1975 breakthrough, co-written with Carole Bayer Sager, as the second single from her upcoming album RE:VIEW. As with leadoff single “Just You and I,” Melissa has reinterpreted her classic song to reflect the present time; that fusion of past and present is illustrated by the striking music video. “The overriding impression of [fans’] stories is that ‘Midnight Blue’ helped people get through hard times. Whether it was challenging teenagerhood…deciding whether or not they were going to commit suicide…whether or not they were going to spend the night making a baby or re-committing to a relationship with their loved one. You know, it just really moved people at the core because of that line, ‘I think we can make it one more time.’ This release coincides with World Singing Day tomorrow, October 17. While 2020 hasn’t yet given the world much to sing about, that makes it the perfect time for people around the world to make a joyful noise “one more time.”