Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Déjà Vu: Deluxe Edition (Atlantic/Rhino)
Rhino revisits Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s landmark 1970 release as a deluxe 4CD/1LP set featuring a remastered version of the original album plus 28 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternate takes. It’s all topped off with an essay from Cameron Crowe. In addition to the 4CD/1LP set, the box will be released in super-deluxe 5LP format exclusively from the new CSNY50.com and Rhino.com. Additionally, the audio will be released to download and streaming services as well as to high-resolution via Neil Young Archives. Customers who purchase any version from CSNY50.com or Rhino.com will receive a high-resolution download. Young and Nash’s demo of “Birds” is streaming now and can be viewed at YouTube. Read more here.
Ram on! Paul and Linda McCartney’s beloved 1971 album gets a new vinyl edition today, mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios. This one’s exclusive to Macca’s website, uDiscovermusic.com, and indie record stores everywhere. Read more here.
A new volume of Crimson Productions’ Gold series salutes Lulu with a generous 60 career-spanning songs on three CDs, and most significantly, is cross-licensed to include tracks from her various label associations over the years. including Decca, Columbia (U.K.), Atco, Chelsea, Rocket, Alfa, and more. Get the track listing and more details here.
Steve Miller Band, Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977 (Sailor/Capitol/UMe)
Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977, a previously unreleased seventeen-song set, arrives on CD, double vinyl, and digital formats. The accompanying video of the full performance will stream on Amazon Prime Video’s The Coda Collection, a channel dedicated to music documentaries and concert films. The show was recorded at Landover, Maryland’s Capital Centre (built in 1973, demolished in 2002) on multi-track tape and newly mixed and mastered for this release by Miller and his longtime collaborator, engineer Kent Hertz. It features SMB staples such as “The Joker,” “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Space Cowboy.” Read more here.
It Sure Looked Good on Paper: The Steve Goodman Demos, due in 1CD and 2LP formats, offers the most close-up look yet at the late singer-songwriter’s legacy. The collection presents 20 intimate demo recordings from the artist and storyteller who died of leukemia in 1984 at the too-young age of 36, including renditions of “City of New Orleans” and “You Never Even Call Me by My Name.” Read more here.
Various Artists, Impulse Records: Music, Message, and The Moment (Impulse!)
Impulse! Records celebrates its 60th anniversary with this new collection (available on 2 CDs or 4 LPs) charting the label’s history from 1961-1976 with a selection of tracks that explore the sounds of Impulse! during the societal and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Its 25 often-lengthy tracks reflect on politics, social upheaval, spirituality, and the African-American experience. The label’s boldface names are all here including John and Alice Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Charlie Haden, Max Roach, Stanley Turrentine, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Ahmad Jamal, and Albert Ayler. Get more details here.
This 2-CD set excerpts the Dead’s concerts from June 16, 1974 (Des Moines’ State Fairgrounds) and June 18, 1974 (Louisville’s Freedom Hall). Both shows are presented here as they showcased Owsley “Bear” Stanley’s massive 641-speaker “Wall of Sound” system, allowing the Dead to stretch out musically in even more subtly powerful directions. Real Gone’s release marks this title’s debut at general retail.
Newly-anointed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Go-Go’s see their 2001 album expanded by Eagle Rock Entertainment with two bonus tracks originally released on international edition, “I Think I Need Sleep” and “King of Confusion.”