Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Nancy Sinatra, Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic)
Light in the Attic launches a Nancy Sinatra archival series with Start Walkin’ 1965-1976. This 23-track collection chronicles the decade following the December 1965 release of the Hazlewood-penned-and-produced, Billy Strange-arranged “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” the anthemic song that topped the charts in eight countries including the United States and United Kingdom. The set, available in CD, vinyl and digital editions, features tracks from both the Reprise and RCA years including “You Only Live Twice,” “How Does That Grab You Darlin’,” and “Sugar Town,” plus duets with Lee Hazlewood on “Some Velvet Morning,” “Summer Wine,” “Jackson,” and more. Every track has been remastered from the original analog tapes by engineer John Baldwin, and critic Amanda Petrusich has penned new liner notes. Read more here.
Manifesto continues its campaign celebrating the career of the late guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth. This CD/DVD set captures Holdsworth’s performance at the Leverkusen Jazztage Festival in Germany on October 16, 1997 in both audio and visual formats (it was recorded for German television). Both audio and video have been sourced from the original tapes; Bill Inglot and Dave Schultz have mastered the CD. For the show, Holdsworth was joined by drummer and Frank Zappa associate Chad Wackerman as well as bassist Dave Carpenter.
Omnivore has brought together six discs (originally released as three 2-CD volumes) of Bakersfield country music hero Buck Owens and his band The Buckaroos’ complete Capitol Records singles originally released between 1957 and 1975. The three volumes are housed in a new slipcase and all feature liner notes and discographical annotation.
Music on Vinyl represses its 2016 2-LP expanded soundtrack presentation of 1964’s My Fair Lady. The Lerner & Loewe classic starring Audrey Hepburn (and the voice of Marni Nixon), Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway will be pressed on two 180-gram purple LPs, housed in a gatefold sleeve, and limited to 1,000 units. This version includes 11 bonus tracks as first issued on CD for the film’s 30th anniversary in 1994.
Andra Day stars in Lee Daniels’ biopic about the late, great Billie Holiday, streaming on Hulu. The soundtrack features Day’s renditions of such Holiday signature songs as “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “Lover Man,” and “T’Aint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do,” as well as the Golden Globe-nominated original song “Tigress and Tweed.” Available on CD as well as download/streaming.
Celebrated jazz chanteuse Jane Monheit returns with a new album marking her 20 years as a recording artist. Come What May features classic standards rendered in Monheit’s intimate and expressive style from songwriters including Frank Loesser; Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; Harold Arlen with lyricists Ira Gershwin, Ted Koehler, and Yip Harburg; Billy Strayhorn; and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Producer/multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Wolff pays tribute to the late singer-songwriter Judee Sill on this new collection featuring seven Sill compositions, each reinterpreted by a different vocalist. Down Where the Valleys Are Low presents Sill’s haunting songs in bold new sonic landscapes – a “maximalist” approach, per Wolff – as sung by an eclectic roster including singers equally comfortable in music and theatre (Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, Kate Ferber, Grace McLean) and indie musicians such as Mary-Elaine Jenkins, Bartees Strange, Emily Holden, Osei Essed, and Bobby Hawk. While her song “Lady-O” was covered by The Turtles and “Jesus Was a Crossmaker” was tackled by such artists as “Mama” Cass Elliot, The Hollies, and Warren Zevon, Sill never was an easy fit for the seventies SoCal pop scene in which she found herself. Wolff eschews the original recordings’ delicacy and earthiness in favor of a brash, clattering style that invites the listener to hear the songs anew. Here, Cerveris takes “Jesus” into snarling glam rock territory. Among the disc’s other highlights, Bartees Strange brings his commanding tones to “The Pearl” and Grace McLean captures the ethereal nature of “Crayon Angels.” It’s available on CD and digitally.