Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
This 50th Anniversary remastered edition of Neil Young’s classic album was released on CD in December; now the vinyl version arrives. The set includes two different recordings of the outtake “Wonderin'” on the bonus 45. The A-side was recorded in March 1970 in Topanga (previously heard on Archives Vol. 1) while the B-side is a previously unreleased performance. The box is rounded out with and exclusive 12″x12″ lithograph of the front cover art.
Sting, Duets (A&M/UMe)
Sting brings together 17 eclectic duets spanning 1992 to the present including tracks with Eric Clapton, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznavour, Shaggy, Herbie Hancock, and Mary J. Blige; one track, “September” with Zucchero, is previously unreleased. Available on CD, 2LP, and digital platforms. Read more here.
Late violin virtuoso Stéphane Grappelli (1908-1997) is celebrated on this new 3-CD set from Sunset Blvd. Records. From Paris with Love collects 57 tracks including 30 new-to-CD and 17 previously unreleased. The first disc is dedicated to his last sessions with Django Reinhardt; the second disc to the solo Grappelli; and the third to Grappelli in concert. $1.00 from the sale of each CD set will go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Chris Cornell’s final studio album, recorded in 2016, sees a release on CD, LP, and digital formats. No One Sings Like You Anymore features the late Soundgarden frontman’s renditions of songs he loved including John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels,” Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire,” Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay with Me, Baby,” and more. Target has an exclusive orange vinyl pressing.
Stage Door launches an essential three-volume series collecting RCA Victor’s 1953 Show Time EPs. Each four-song EP celebrated a different classic musical with a starry cast (often featuring singers who had starred onstage in the show represented). The shows included on the first volume are Oklahoma! (Rodgers and Hammerstein); Carousel (Rodgers and Hammerstein); Show Boat (Kern and Hammerstein); The Cat and The Fiddle (Kern and Harbach); Babes in Arms (Rodgers and Hart); and Jumbo (Rodgers and Hart). John Raitt, Jack Cassidy, Carol Bruce, Lisa Kirk, Stephen Douglass, and Patricia Neway are among the vocalists featured. The label has done an exceptional job with this release; the 12-page color booklet features excellent liner notes from George Dansker as well as artist biographies, the original cover artwork for each of the EPs, and discographical annotation for each as well. Bring on Volume Two!
The Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker: 30th Anniversary Edition [Various Formats] (American Recordings/UMe)
1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3CD: Target (U.S.) / Rough Trade (U.K.)
3CD Super Deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP Super Deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
For its belated 30th anniversary – it was released in 1990 – The Black Crowes’ Shake Your Money Maker has been remastered and reissued on CD and LP in multiple formats. While the standard CD and LP versions were released in February, the 4LP Super Deluxe vinyl set and 3CD Super Deluxe version arrive today. Appearing in both expanded sets will be a selection of 11 B-sides and unreleased material, including five newly-released recordings: three outtakes from the album, including intended lead single “Charming Mess,” and two demos recorded under their original name, Mr. Crowe’s Garden. A super deluxe box, consisting of three CDs or four LPs, adds an unreleased live set recorded over a brace of homecoming shows at Center Stage in the band’s native Atlanta, GA just before Christmas 1990. The box also includes replicas of a Mr. Crowe’s Garden tour flier, vintage set list and tour laminate, plus a collectible patch. David Fricke has written liner notes in the accompanying 20-page booklet. (A cutdown 3CD edition without the deluxe packaging is exclusive to Target and Rough Trade retailers in the U.S. and the U.K., respectively.) Read more here.
Originally released in 1978, this staggering 10-LP box set from Keith Jarrett (totaling over six hours of improvised music) documents eight performances in Japan undertaken by the piano virtuoso in November 1976. These performances were recorded by engineer Okihiro Sugano and producer Manfred Eicher, head of ECM Records and presented in gorgeous fashion which is replicated here for this vinyl reissue. That means you get ten discs housed in a folio (slipcase not included, as was the case with original Japanese pressings), plus a 16-page booklet of photographs and notes, as well as records with the iconic green and silver ECM labels. All the music has been newly remastered in an all-analog chain from the original master tapes. Each set in this limited edition of 2,000 copies comes individually numbered.
Say hello to Hello! This 2-CD, 40-song collection features the London glam-pop band’s complete A- and B-sides originally released between 1972-1982 on the Bell, Arista, Polydor, and Arrival labels including the top ten hits “Tell Him” (a cover of the Bert Berns-penned Exciters tune) and “New York Groove” (a Russ Ballard song that also scored on the charts for Ace Frehley). A 28-page color booklet has track-by-track notes for each single.
Cherry Red’s El imprint has revisited the four 1967-1969 Warner Bros. albums of Harpers Bizarre in a new slipcased set. Sunshine and harmony pop rarely sounded sweeter – no surprise, considering the involvement of such boldface names as Leon Russell, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Lenny Waronker, Nick DeCaro, Perry Botkin Jr., Jack Nitzsche, and The Beau Brummels’ Ron Elliott. The group – by their final Warner LP a foursome consisting of future uber-producer Ted Templeman, Dick Scoppettone, John Petersen, and Dick Yount – tackled songs by everybody from Cole Porter and George Gershwin to Burt Bacharach and Paul Williams. The stereo album presentations in Come to the Sunshine mirror the 2001 Sundazed reissues, for a total of eight bonus singles spread across the four discs. Watch this space for a more detailed look at the Hello and Harpers Bizarre releases!
Green Day marks 25 years of Insomniac with this new 2-LP vinyl release. The remastered album is on LP 1 while eight live tracks from the Prague stop of the Insomniac world tour (recorded March 26, 1996) feature on LP 2 along with a B-side etching.
Ringo Starr premieres five new songs, all of which were recorded at his home during lockdown, on this new EP. Zooming in to join Ringo are Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Steve Lukather, Sheryl Crow, Yola, Chris Stapleton, Lenny Kravitz, Robbie Krieger, Finneas, Benmont Tench, and others. Available on CD, vinyl, UDiscover-exclusive red vinyl, digital formats, and cassette. Yes, cassette!
Loretta Lynn, Still Woman Enough (Legacy)
Loretta Lynn is back with her 60th studio album on which she celebrates the legacy of women in country music, including her own. Four beloved female performers make guest appearances: Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood join in on a rendition of the title track (the title of Lynn’s 2002 memoir) while Margo Price and Tanya Tucker contribute vocals to new versions of her hits “One’s on the Way” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man).” Lynn also revisits the deepest corners of her classic catalogue on Still Woman Enough, including a new take on her very first single, 1960’s “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” and a new “recitation” version of her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash produced. Available on CD, vinyl, and digital platforms. Walmart has an exclusive red vinyl edition. Read more here.
KISS’ Paul Stanley debuts his new side group Soul Station with Now and Then, a collection of five original songs and nine classic R&B covers – mainly of Motown (“Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” and Philly soul (“Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “La-La Means I Love You,” “You Are Everything”) with dashes of Memphis (“Let’s Stay Together”) and Chicago (“O-o-h Child”) soul, too. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats. UDiscoverMusic has a limited violet vinyl edition.
Harry Connick, Jr. returns with his first studio album since 2019 and his first ever in the gospel genre. Connick arranged every track and played every instrument on Alone with My Faith, recorded during quarantine at his home studio. The album features both traditional and original material with a spiritual inclination, including “Amazing Grace,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Panis Angelicus.” Available on CD and digitally.
Steve Earle pays tribute to his late son Justin Townes Earle with an album of Justin’s songs. Available on CD, vinyl, and digitally.