Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band (Capitol/UMe)
The 6-CD/2-BD John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: The Ultimate Collection contains everything recorded by John and Yoko during the sessions for John’s 1970 Plastic Ono Band LP, totaling 159 tracks on CD and 131 on Blu-ray, or 11 hours of music, all completely remixed from the original multitracks. (The Blu-rays include both new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes.) This set follows the 2018 release of Imagine: The Ultimate Collection and the 2020 release of Lennon’s solo career-spanning Gimme Some Truth. The complete live-in-the-studio session for Yoko’s companion LP is also featured on Blu-ray with the songs at their original length and speed. Highlights versions are available on 2CD, 1CD, and 2LP, while the stereo portion will be available for download/streaming. Read more here.
The Who, The Who Sell Out [Various Formats] (Polydor/UMC)
The Who revisit 1967’s audacious Sell Out in a variety of formats including a deluxe 5-CD/2-7″ box set featuring the original album and bonus tracks in both mono and stereo, demos, alternates, outtakes, and a disc of 1968 recordings comprising The Road to Tommy. It’s all packaged with an 80-page booklet and related ephemera. 2-CD and 2-LP highlights editions will also be available. Read more here.
The new collection California Music Presents Add Some Music is anchored by an all-new recording of The Beach Boys’ gentle Sunflower anthem “Add Some Music to Your Day” featuring the participation of Beach Boys Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks as well as members of the extended Beach Boys family: Brian Wilson’s daughters Carnie and Wendy; Carl Wilson’s son Justyn; Mike Love’s children Christian, Hayleigh, and Ambha; and Al Jardine’s son Matt. Spearheaded by David Beard, the editor and publisher of the long-running Beach Boys journal Endless Summer Quarterly, this special record will benefit Feeding America at a time when so many families in the U.S. are in need. “Add Some Music to Your Day” has been produced by Brian Wilson Band member and Carnie Wilson’s husband Rob Bonfiglio. The album is rounded out with solo contributions from Love, Jardine, Johnston, Marks, Bonfiglio, and longtime Beach Boys sideman Jeffrey Foskett. Available on CD and digitally. Read more here.
The Warner Edition: Complete HMV and Teldec Recordings, a whopping 96-disc set, collects the late André Previn’s Warner-controlled classical recordings originally released between 1971 and 1987. His tenure with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) between 1968 and 1979 earned Previn his classical bona fides, particularly with British, French, and Russian repertoire, and his command of the orchestra is on full display in this collection. In addition to the LSO, the set also has renowned sessions with the Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphonies as well as the Wiener Philharmoniker. Read more here.
Omnivore reveals the fascinating story behind a 1965 album from jazz pianist and Coltrane associate Hasaan Ibn Ali, long believed to have been lost, on Metaphysics. This set features the seven surviving performances from the LP plus three alternate takes, all featuring Ali on piano, Odean Pope on tenor sax, Art Davis on bass, and Kalil Madi on drums. Michael Graves has restored and mastered the audio from acetates. Available on CD and vinyl.
Stax guitar legend Steve Cropper returns for a new set of potent R&B with friends Roger C. Reale, Jon Tiven, and Nioshi Jackson. Cropper and Tiven have produced. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
The rock hero has strapped on his trusty Les Paul to bring to life an eclectic array of songs in instrumental form, including favorites from George Harrison, David Bowie, and Radiohead. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.