Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Black Sabbath, Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition (Warner/Rhino)
Rhino is expanding Black Sabbath’s 1975 album Sabotage to 4CD and 4LP/7″ proportions. The upcoming Super Deluxe Edition boasts a remastered version of the original album plus a complete live show from Sabbath’s 1975 tour. The vinyl version only includes a bonus 7-inch single of the single edit of “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” b/w “Hole in the Sky,” replicating a Japanese release. The new album remaster will also be available via digital/streaming services. Read more here.
Def Leppard, The CD/Vinyl Box Set Vol. 3 (Bludgeon Riffola/UMC)
After a 2+-year wait since the last volume, Def Leppard will continue its chronological box set series with the June 11 release of Volume Three from Virgin/UMe. This set, available on six CDs or nine 180-gram vinyl LPs, collects all three of the band’s studio albums from the first decade of the 2000s (2002’s X, 2006’s Yeah!, 2008’s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge) plus three newly curated collections of rarities. Read more here.
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Live Bullet (Capitol/UMe)
Bob Seger catapulted to national stardom in October 1976 with the multi-platinum LP Night Moves, after a string of regional hits in the Detroit area and throughout the Midwest. Just before that commercial breakthrough, Seger and his Silver Bullet Band were captured in their live prime at Detroit’s Cobo Hall for the 2-LP set Live Bullet. Now, the album is returning to its original vinyl format to mark its 45th anniversary. The new reissue has been remastered by Robert Vosgien and will be released on both standard black 150-gram vinyl with a lithograph, and on translucent orange and red swirl vinyl only available at independent record stores, Bob Seger’s online store, and the Capitol/UMe store. The lithograph reproduces the Live Bullet taken by Detroit photographer Robert Markliwitz. Capitol notes that “this double LP was cut for playback on a stacked turntable spindle, which means that after Side 1 ends, the second LP drops and starts playing, technically making that Side 2. The side numbers below represent the ‘sequenced’ side.” Read more here.
KISS, Off the Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 (UMe)
Off the Soundboard: Tokyo 2001, available in 2-CD or 3-LP formats, presents KISS’ performance at the Tokyo Dome on March 13, 2001 with the line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Eric Singer. The 21 songs on the release don’t hint at the backstage drama that was then consuming the band on their farewell tour. Long story short: it wasn’t farewell after all, but did prove to be a goodbye to the original line-up of Simmons, Stanley, Frehley, and Peter Criss; Singer replaced the latter for the 2001 leg. Get more info here.
Dr. Feelgood, Singles (The UA Years +) (Rhino)
Dr. Feelgood’s 1989 compendium Singles (The U.A. Years +), originally issued on United Artists’ parent EMI label, is reissued on vinyl for the first time. Rhino revisits the 26-song, 2-LP anthology (collecting the group’s A-sides only) on standard black vinyl and limited-edition recycled vinyl made from the scraps of unused colored vinyl. The latter format will be available exclusively through Rhino’s webstore, and each copy will be unique thanks to the combination of vinyl. (Don’t worry, the recycled vinyl will play just fine.) Recycled vinyl greatly reduces CO2 emissions and prevents the unnecessary creation of new plastic. Get more details here.
The late Charles Mingus’ January 19, 1974 concert at Carnegie Hall featuring sidemen George Adams, Hamiet Bluiett, Don Pullen, and Dannie Richmond as well as guest artists Jon Faddis, Jon Handy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Charles McPherson was originally released by Atlantic Records with just two lengthy encore songs – “C Jam Blues” and “Perdido” – each occupying one side of vinyl. Now, after 47 years, the entire show is being released by Run Out Groove on CD and LP, with 74 minutes of previously unreleased music from the late composer-leader-saxophonist. It’s all been mastered from the original tapes, and the package features new liner notes by historian Michael Cuscuna to place it all into context. The CD is out today while the LP is due on July 16. Read more here.
Doug Carn, Infant Eyes (Real Gone Music)
Doug Carn and Jean Carn’s Black Jazz Records debut Infant Eyes returns from Real Gone Music on CD and LP. The duo was backed on the album by drummer Michael Carvin, saxophonist/flautist George Harper, trombonist Al Hall, Jr., trumpeter Bob Frazier, and bassist Henry Franklin (who also recorded two albums as a leader for Black Jazz). The album featured one Doug Carn original, “Moon Child,” and six covers. Doug also added lyrics to four of those covers: Bobby Hutcherson’s “Little B’s Poem,” Wayne Shorter’s “Infant Eyes,” John Coltrane’s “Acknowledgement (A Love Supreme)” and Horace Silver’s “Peace.” The album became an underground hit and had two singles released (of only a handful the label ever released). The first was “Moon Child.” The second single of “Peace” and “Little B’s Poem” was credited to Jean even though she had not originally received billing on the album’s cover. Read more here.
Van Dyke Parks Orchestrates Verónica Valerio: Only in America teams the musical iconoclast with singer-songwriter-harpist Verónica Valerio for a new, four-song vinyl or digital EP. It merges the sensibilities of the Mississippi-born hero of California music with the Veracruz, Mexico native to create a cross-cultural mini-suite that very much reflects the times in which we’re living. Delve deeper into this fascinating and beautiful release here.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ fourth collaboration with Nashville uber-producer Dave Cobb, Front Porch Singin’ finds the quartet in RCA’s venerable Studio A harmonizing on classic country and gospel favorites as well as a couple of originals. The album is available on CD, LP, and digitally.
Dennis DeYoung returns with the second volume of what he’s billing as his farewell to recording music. 26 East Vol. 2 features guest spots from Jim Peterik and The Ides of March horn section as well as Tom Morello; Peterik has co-written four of the songs with DeYoung.
Big Mess is film score legend Danny Elfman’s first proper solo album in almost four decades. Written and recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown, it features the former Oingo Boingo frontman’s typically offbeat and surreal sonic textures on a wide array of original material. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
The veteran character actor (Will & Grace, American Horror Story) has thrown a party, and Company’s Comin’! The company on Jordan’s first foray into the country and gospel music on which he was raised in the American South includes Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, Eddie Vedder, Chris Stapleton, and others. Available on , vinyl, and digital formats.
Dave Cobb has also produced the new album from Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real. Lukas (son of Willie) and his country-rock band backed Neil Young on four studio, live, and soundtrack albums, and now they’re returning with their sixth solo record recorded in Nashville’s RCA Studio A. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
The soundtrack to the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ joyful Broadway musical hits stores today on CD and digital platforms. Starring Anthony Ramos in Miranda’s old role of Usnavi with an ensemble featuring Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, and Jimmy Smits, In the Heights is poised as one of the feel-good films of the summer. The vinyl LP arrives on July 9 on standard black vinyl and Barnes & Noble-exclusive violet vinyl.