Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Tina Turner, Foreign Affair [Various Formats] (Parlophone/Rhino)
Rhino and Parlophone revisit Tina Turner’s 1989 album featuring “The Best” in a variety of formats including a 4CD/DVD Super Deluxe Edition and 2CD and 2LP Deluxe Editions. The Super Deluxe Edition of Foreign Affair features the remastered original album on CD 1. Disc 2 has a selection of period remixes and B-sides plus a previously unreleased demo of “The Best.” The third and fourth CDs premiere the audio from the concert film Do You Want Some Action! Live in Barcelona, originally issued on home video in 1990. The expansive setlist features a number of tracks from Foreign Affair plus Turner signature songs such as “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “Private Dancer,” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” The fifth disc in the set, a DVD, has the video for Live in Barcelona plus music videos for six of the album’s songs. Read more here.
Laura Nyro’s Trees of the Ages: Live in Japan was first issued in that country in 2003 as An Evening with Laura Nyro but has been out-of-print ever since, save for a truncated version briefly available on the U.S. EMI Special Markets label. It’s now back in a gorgeously remastered edition from Omnivore Recordings. The album comprises 16 tracks recorded at Kintetsu Hall in 1994 as well as five additional tracks recorded at On Air West. At the piano and accompanied by a trio consisting of Diane Wilson, Dian Sorrell, and Diane Garisto, a seemingly contented but no less passionate Nyro ran through her classic songbook (“And When I Die,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Save the Country,” “Emmie”) as well as most of Walk the Dog and Light the Light, her then-recent studio album that turned out to be the final one released in her lifetime. That wasn’t all. Nyro delivered moving covers of the songs that influenced her from Bacharach and David (“Walk on By”), Smokey Robinson (“Ooo Baby Baby”), and The 5 Royales/The Shirelles (Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass’ “Dedicated to the One I Love”). Today, she and her songs are in the pantheon with those greats. Omnivore’s reissue of this beautiful, intimate performance is housed in a digipak with all-new artwork and liner notes. Trees of the Ages: Live in Japan restores the once-rare and altogether mesmerizing concert to its rightful place in the Nyro live canon. Laura’s 1966 audition tape is coming next from Omnivore; read more here.
The latest vinyl iteration of The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s classic album for kids of all ages precedes (by one day) a Record Store Day tie-in single on the July 17 RSD Drop. This version, unlike the 50th anniversary reissue which restored the original 1964 artwork, uses the 1972 reissue cover. The album featuring “Linus and Lucy” has been newly remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, and adds eight baseball cards to the package – one for each member of Charlie Brown’s Peanuts “team” (Snoopy, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty, Linus, Lucy, Franklin, Schroeder, and Charlie himself). Each card has “stats” for the player including field position and favorite sandwich (!). Read more here.
Today’s the day for Legacy Recordings’ series of vinyl collections drawn from the Philadelphia International Records catalogue. Six such anthologies are due today, with The O’Jays and Teddy Pendergrass on 2 LPs, and the other artists on 1 LP. These have been remastered by Vic Anesini and designed by John Sellards. Barnes and Noble has exclusive color variants for The O’Jays (on clear vinyl) and Pendergrass (on hot pink vinyl) as part of its Vinyl Weekend exclusives. You’ll find all of the track listings and more information here.
Fleetwood Mac, Live: Deluxe Edition (Warner/Rhino)
Rhino releases its 3CD expansion of Fleetwood Mac’s classic Live as a standalone set following its appearance earlier this year as part of the box set also containing 2 vinyl LPs.
This 2-CD set originally released in 2003 returns from the Allman Brothers Band’s own label.
This collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks from The Flaming Lips related to their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin was first released on limited edition vinyl as part of last month’s Record Store Day Drop 1. Now it’s arriving on CD and wide-release vinyl.
John Mayer is taking his cues from the 1980s – right down to the Nice Price sticker on the vinyl LP – on his new album Sob Rock, co-produced by Don Was. Target has an exclusive clear vinyl variant.
Smokey Robinson and Boyz II Men join the opera crossover group Il Divo on this new tribute to the music of Motown.
This 2-CD release captures The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s August 24, 2019 performance of Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album featuring Phish’s Troy Anastasio and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. Barnes & Noble will release a violet vinyl exclusive on August 27.
Following last year’s tribute to John Lennon, the JEM Records gang is turning its attention to The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. The Weeklings, The Anderson Council, The Grip Weeds, Richard Barone, and other indie favorites pay a Jersey-style homage to the Southern California legend. Available on CD and digitally.