While The Second Disc prides itself on connecting people to reissues and box sets they can keep on their shelves, it’s no secret that listening audiences are also digital – catalogue music lovers, too – and our passion is connecting people to music from the past that they might adore. So we’re introducing a new Saturday feature: The Weekend Stream, which focuses on hidden gems that recently made it to digital channels that might make your playlists a little brighter!
Record Store Day is still a little ways off – due to COVID-19, it’s moved to from April to June 12 – but you can relive one of last year’s releases whenever you want: Cheap Trick’s incendiary Out to Get You! Recorded at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles before sophomore album In Color was even completed, these previously unreleased performances showcase Rockford’s finest in a way few got to hear: with all the raucous live energy heard on In Budokan but in a packed small club.
Speaking of Record Store Day, one of the highlights of 2014’s festivities was a standalone release of the live disc that made up Donny Hathaway’s masterful Never My Love: The Anthology box set. Taped in the same run of shows that comprised one side of his legendary Live album, Jerry Wexler (who co-produced the recordings alongside Arif Mardin) wasn’t kidding when he deemed it “funk in excelsis” – they’re every bit as galvanizing as the tracks first released nearly 50 years ago. Now, to help cap Rhino’s Black History Month releases, it’s digitally arrived on its own.
With a voice that recalled Michael Jackson in his prime and an already-impressive list of credits as a songwriter, including favorites for Beyoncé and Rihanna, the man born Shaffer Smith came into his own as Ne-Yo with this 2006 debut. It’s now got six bonus tracks, including new acoustic renditions of the hit single “So Sick” and “Sexy Love” plus a handful of instrumentals and rare tracks only available on import or retail exclusive editions of the original record.
On the heels of three new CD releases and a recent public television special, The Lennon Sisters’ 1968 Mercury long-player makes its streaming debut. As the title would suggest, Today featured Dianne, Peggy, Kathy, and Janet’s shimmering renditions of the day’s pop favorites. Producer Snuff Garrett and arranger Al Capps provided the elegant backdrops for the Sisters’ rich harmonies on such now-standards as “Different Drum,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “California Dreamin’,” and “Everything That Touches You.” While Today has been issued on CD twice in Japan, this new addition to your streaming library marks its return to U.S. availability. Sunshine pop rarely has sounded so sweet!