Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Band, Stage Fright: 50th Anniversary Edition [Various Formats] (Capitol/UMe)
2CD/1BD/1LP/1-7″ single: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD (CD 1 & 2 of box set): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP (Remixed Album Only): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
The Band slightly belatedly revisits 1970’s Stage Fright for its 50th anniversary in a variety of editions anchored by Bob Clearmountain’s stereo and surround remixes of the original album, now resequenced by Robbie Robertson in various formats. A digital release also has all of the CD audio from the big box set. All configurations boast a host of unreleased recordings, including Live at the Royal Albert Hall, June 1971, a full concert captured in London; alternate versions of “Strawberry Wine” and “Sleeping;” and seven newly-discovered field recordings, Calgary Hotel Recordings, 1970, featuring Robertson, Danko, and Manuel jamming on the Stage Fright material while the album was being mixed. Read more here.
Black Sabbath, Vol. 4: Super Deluxe Edition (Warner/Rhino)
Rhino’s new Super Deluxe Edition of Black Sabbath’s self-produced fourth album will include a newly-remastered version of the original album plus 20 previously unreleased live and studio recordings. Both the 4-CD and 5-LP versions include booklets with quotes from all four band members, photos, and a poster with the previously unpublished original artwork for the album when it was provisionally entitled Snowblind. (The Vertigo Records execs thought better of that overt drug reference as the album’s title.) Steven Wilson has remixed all of the studio bonus tracks while Richard Digby-Smith has newly remixed the live disc. Read more here.
Legacy is going low-key for the 50th anniversary of Carole King’s seminal Tapestry: here’s a reissue of the original, evergreen album on black vinyl with the original white labels restored. Walmart has a gold variant.
A 50th anniversary vinyl pressing arrives of Loretta Lynn’s 1970 album featuring “For the Good Times,” “The Man of the House,” “Snowbird,” and the timeless title track. Walmart has an “opaque orchid”-colored variant. Read more here.
After a near-decade-long break, Huey Lewis & The News finally re-emerged with a new album in 2010: Soulsville, an easygoing set of covers from the Stax Records songbook. But there was plenty of street cred to go around: the group recorded at Memphis’ legendary Ardent Studios alongside one of the label’s original engineers, Jim Gaines (who’d been at the desk for the band’s blockbusters Sports and Fore!). Critics dug the inspired choices beyond notable hits like “Cry to Me” and “Respect Yourself,” and the album managed to eke out a Top 20 performance on Billboard‘s R&B albums chart. BMG brings it back to CD on this new reissue.
BMG reissues Huey Lewis & The News’ Plan B on CD. Plan B marked the group’s first album of original studio material in a decade – their last full album, 1994’s Four Chords and Seven Years Ago, was all covers – but the spark was still there: Mike Duke’s “Let Her Go and Start Over” reached the Top 40 of Billboard‘s adult contemporary chart, and songs like “We’re Not Here for a Long Time (We’re Here for a Good Time)” and “So Little Kindness” (first recorded for a greatest hits record in 1996) became fan favorites as well as latter-day concert staples. Plan B also marked the end of an era for The News: the last album recorded with longtime guitarist/songwriter Chris Hayes. (Hayes’ writing credits appear on several of Weather‘s tracks.) Read more about both Lewis reissues here.
Friday Music revisits Todd’s 1989 album featuring the hit duet with Bobby Womack, “The Want of a Nail,” and “Parallel Lines” from the musical Up Against It. Clarence Clemons, Narada Michael Walden, Randy Jackson, The Tubes, and Utopia all guest on this typically unpredictable set. Available today on CD and on March 12 in both 180-gram yellow and orange-colored vinyl editions. The CD has three bonus tracks: radio edits of “The Want of a Nail” and “Can’t Stop Running” plus an interview with the artist, as well as the originally CD-only bonus track of Elvis Costello’s “Two Little Hitlers.”
Omnivore celebrates the late character actor and sometimes-musician Harry Dean Stanton with this first-time release of a 1993 Troubadour gig and a clutch of studio recordings featuring Stanton with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on pedal steel, Tony Sales on bass, and Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) on drums. The happily twangy, rollicking album features spirited covers of Chuck Berry (“You Never Can Tell”), Bob Dylan (“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”), Ben E. King (“Spanish Harlem”), William Bell (“You Don’t Miss Your Water”), and more. Michael Graves has nicely mastered this collection which is available today on CD, vinyl, and digitally. At not much over 35 minutes, this is a breezily enjoyable listen. It’s music played for the love of it, and that affection rings loud and true on every track.
Dio, Evil or Divine: Live in New York City (BMG)
BMG kicks off a Dio live reissue series with this 2002 Big Apple concert. It returns in a remastered edition with new artwork available on three 180-gram LPs (standard or limited-edition – at nearly the same price – with a lenticular art piece) or 2 CDs. 21 tracks. Also available for download and streaming.
Dio, Holy Diver Live (BMG)
Also out today is this 2008 live release from the metal titans, recorded at the London Astoria with a setlist encompassing Dio, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow favorites. It’s also on three 180-gram LPs (standard or limited edition – at nearly the same price – with a lenticular art piece) or 2 CDs. Also available for download and streaming. The track listing slightly varies from format to format.
Stage Door Records returns to the vaults of U.K. label Saga Records for this splendid first-time CD reissue of Saga’s 1967 studio cast recording of the operetta The Desert Song. The newly-remastered album features Mary Millar and Robert Colman, both of whom had performed in the musical. It’s joined by numerous bonus tracks including the complete set of original recordings from the 1927 London cast and a 1957 single from actor-singer John Hanson. This release is limited to 500 copies. Read more here.