Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live in Maui (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)
Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have a brand-new collection that celebrates The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s near-mythic performances on Maui, Hawaii in 1970. Live In Maui brings together audio and video with a new feature-length documentary called Music, Money, Madness: Jimi Hendrix In Maui. The collection will be available in 2-CD/Blu-ray and 3-LP/Blu-ray configurations, all due on November 20. Director John McDermott’s new documentary film chronicles the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s visit to Maui and the story of the Rainbow Bridge film by incorporating period footage with new interviews with Chuck Wein, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, and others key figures. It’s presented in both editions of Experience Hendrix/Legacy’s release on Blu-ray, and the discs will also feature all of the existing 16mm color footage from the two afternoon sets captured on July 30, 1970 mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround. The accompanying 2-CD set features Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Mitch Mitchell’s restored Maui sets, newly mixed by Eddie Kramer and mastered by Bernie Grundman. Read more here.
Elvis Presley, From Elvis in Nashville (RCA/Legacy)
RCA and Legacy Recordings are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s landmark “marathon” recording sessions in Nashville with this new 4-CD box. These sessions (which yielded material for Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old), That’s the Way It Is, and Love Letters from Elvis) will be collected for the first time on a single collection, but with a twist. All have been newly mixed by engineer Matt Ross-Spang. These 2020 mixes strip away the orchestrations and overdubs of the released recordings to offer a more immediate and intimate listening experience true to when Elvis and the band laid down the core tracks. The box includes two discs of rare or entirely unreleased recordings from the sessions. Meanwhile, vinyl aficionados will be happy to hear that a 2-LP highlights collection is also available. Additionally, the Graceland Official Store has an exclusive orange and aquamarine color variant of the 2-LP set for sale. Read more here.
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 (Rhino)
Rhino releases Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 featuring nearly four hours of highlights from the most recent iteration of his log-standing benefit concert. You’ll hear from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, Lianne La Havas, James Bay, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Marcus King Band, Vince Gill, Sonny Landreth, John Mayer, James Burton, Jimmie Vaughan, Keb’ Mo’, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many more. Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 is available in 3-CD, 6-LP, 2-Blu-ray, and 2-DVD configurations.
Jewel, Pieces of You: 25th Anniversary Edition (Craft Recordings)
The 25th anniversary edition of Jewel’s Pieces of You is out today in three formats. A 4-CD super deluxe box set in a hardback portfolio book package combines the original album with three bonus discs: a set of demos (19 of 20 previously unreleased), a collection of B-sides and rarities (including seven unreleased outtakes), and a fully unreleased collection of live material from the singer’s breakthrough performances at the Inner Change Coffeehouse in San Diego, California – performances that led to a record label bidding war in 1994. The album itself has been appended with five bonus tracks, including three original single versions of tracks that were heard everywhere through the late ’90s. (A smaller deluxe edition, available on two CDs or four LPs, includes the expanded album and the B-sides/rarities disc. Both versions feature expanded liner notes with contributions from the artist, including rare photos and poetry.) Get more details here.
Pink Floyd, Delicate Sound of Thunder [Various Formats] (Pink Floyd Records/Legacy)
2-CD/DVD/Blu-ray box: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3-LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Pink Floyd presents a remixed and restored version of its 1988 concert film and soundtrack Delicate Sound of Thunder, “broken out” from the massive Later Years box set. There are CD, LP, BD, and DVD releases as well as a super deluxe box featuring the concert on two CDs, plus a Blu-ray and DVD each with five bonus tracks not on the standard editions which made their debut on The Later Years. The package evokes that of The Endless River, with a lift-off lid box, a 40-page booklet, a double-sided poster, and five postcards of the band. You’ll find more info here.
Mary J. Blige, My Life: Deluxe Edition (Geffen/UMe)
Mary J. Blige’s sophomore album My Life is about to bring audiences joy when it’s expanded and reissued on CD and vinyl with some rare bonus content. The expanded My Life – which follows a killer compilation of Blige’s early work from last year – pairs the newly remastered album with a half-dozen rare bonus tracks, including a stirring cover of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” produced by James Mtume and five promo-only remixes, some of which feature guest raps by well-known emcees like LL Cool J and Smif-N-Wessun. The package will be available on 2 CDs, 2 LPs (without the bonus material), 3 LPs (with the bonus material and on blue vinyl) and digitally (which will also include new track-by-track audio commentary by Blige herself). Read more here.
Greg Lake, The Anthology: A Musical Journey (BMG)
BMG celebrates the late Greg Lake’s legacy with a new, career-spanning compilation. The two-disc set features 33 tracks, including many of Lake’s best-known songs, beloved album cuts, and rarities. There’s the hard-to-find “Love” that Lake recorded with The Shy Limbs, ELP favorites “Take a Pebble,” “‘C’est La Vie.” and “Lucky Man.” His time with King Crimson is represented with “Peace” from In the Wake of Poseidon, “In The Court Of The Crimson King.” recorded live at the Fillmore West, and “21st Century Schizoid Man” as performed solo in 1981. A clutch of ’80s solo material is also included, alongside a collaboration with Geoff Downes and a number of live recordings. Lake’s re-recording of the old ELP favorite “Closer To Believing” – one of his final recordings – is another highlight of this 2-CD or 2-LP collection. Read more here, and head over to YouTube for a new, 4K restored version of the music video for Lake’s all-time holiday classic “I Believe in Father Christmas.”
Real Gone Music brings singer-songwriter and pop piano man Gavin DeGraw’s 2003 debut, featuring the smash “I Don’t Wanna Be” (Billboard No. 10 Hot 100/No. 1 Mainstream/No. 9 AC) to vinyl. It’s pressed on “leafy sunset” transparent green vinyl. Also includes the hit title track (No. 5 AC) and “Follow Through” (No. 22 AC/No. 33 Pop).
Derek and The Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: 50th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/UMe)
Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was celebrated back in 2011 with a deluxe, cross-format box set that featured the remastered original album (on CD, vinyl and in a 5.1 surround mix on DVD), 1973’s In Concert, and a disc of 13 bonus tracks, including new mixes of outtakes from the supergroup’s unfinished second album and a live set from The Johnny Cash Show. Now, it’s returning almost ten years later in a new box which strips things back somewhat, offering the half-speed mastered album and the 13 bonus cuts across four LPs along with the 12″ x 12″ book from the 40th anniversary set and a certificate of authenticity. Miles Showell at Abbey Road has mastered the original album here. The 2CD 40th anniversary highlights edition will also go back into print as well. Read more here.
Canadian pop-country chanteuse Anne Murray has selected 22 of her favorite Christmas songs drawn from her 1981-2008 holiday albums and placed them on The Ultimate Christmas Collection. With traditional carols and pop tunes alike, the set will be available on 1CD, 2LP, and digital formats. Get more info, including the tracklisting, here.
Neil Diamond with The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds (Capitol)
Neil Diamond has joined with The London Symphony Orchestra to re-record 14 of his most beloved songs – including “I’m a Believer,” “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” and “Heartlight” – in new orchestral arrangements by producer Walter Afanasieff and conductor William Ross. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Read more here.
John Fogerty and his kids have been keeping busy in quarantine, recording their versions of Dad’s classic songs. John, sons Shane and Tyler, and daughter Kelsy are featured on such Fogerty staples as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Centerfield.” Available on CD, LP, and digital platforms.
Dave Mason, Alone Together Again (Barham/Shelter)
Dave Mason is marking 50 years of his classic Alone Together with a new version of the album. On Alone Together Again, he performs the album in its original sequence with members of his touring band and special guests such as Jonathan McEuen, Gretchen Rhodes, and Doobie Brothers multi-instrumentalist John McFee. The CD includes that familiar multicolored design of the original and is enclosed in a tri-fold jacket with an updated die-cut image of Dave Mason against what Dave says could very well be the same rock structure. The release is currently available for order directly from Mason’s webstore on CD (at the above link) and is streaming on digital platforms.
JSP Records presents a 2-CD retrospective of all-girl rock band The Catholic Girls including the band’s 1982 debut album in remixed form plus 21 previously unreleased recordings, selections from their later albums, demos, live tracks, and more. Watch this space for Sam’s review later today!
Just last month, American music lost a true original with the passing of Jerry Jeff Walker at the age of 78. Cherry Red’s Morello Records celebrates his legacy with the release (announced before his death) of a new 5-CD anthology named after his most famous song. Mr. Bojangles: The Atco/Elektra Years is a slipcased set of his five albums released on those labels between 1968 and 1979 (a lengthy stay at MCA Records occurred in between his tenures at Atco and Elektra). A 16-page booklet has new liner notes by Spencer Leigh, and Alan Wilson has remastered. Watch this space for more coverage of this title soon!
Annie Lennox marks 10 years of her traditional Christmas album with an expanded edition featuring one bonus track: her rendition of the 1689 aria “Dido’s Lament.”
Garth Brooks, Triple Live Deluxe (Pearl Records) (Amazon U.S.)
Garth Brooks reissues his second live album, 2018’s Triple Live, which drew on his 2014-2017 World Tour with wife Trisha Yearwood. It’s been updated to include tracks from his last stadium tour. With three new tracks, the set ends up at 30 songs over three CDs at a budget price. It’s all housed in a slimline jewel case and will come in three different covers. A fourth cover is available from Brooks’ website. That’s not all from the country superstar this week, though…
Garth is promising Fun on this new studio album featuring “Dive Bar” with Blake Shelton and “Shallow” from A Star Is Born with Trisha Yearwood.
Chris Hillman has one of the most impressive C.V.s in rock. The four-time Grammy nominee and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Byrds not only blazed trails with that band but with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, and The Desert Rose Band. Now, on the heels of a recent, well-received tour celebrating The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo as well as new and reissued solo works, Hillman has delivered an engrossing autobiography which reveals the man behind the country-rock through tragedies and triumphs. Dwight Yoakam provides the introduction to this compulsively readable memoir: a must-have for fans of one or more of the above-mentioned groups. (And who isn’t?) Hillman was there for the birth of country-rock, and modestly shares his memories of that captivating period – and all of the famous characters whose paths intersected with his own – while bringing his story up to the present day.
Dolly Parton is busier than ever today. In between releasing a new Christmas album, writing and scoring a Netflix film, and juggling various TV, musical, and theme park projects – not to mention philanthrophic work – Parton has rounded up lyrics to 175 songs. In the coffee table book Songteller, she shares those lyrics along with the stories behind the songs which include “9 to 5,” “Jolene,” “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” “Coat of Many Colors,” I Will Always Love You,” and many more. The book is filled with Parton’s trademark warmth and charm as well as numerous color photos of the artist through the years.