Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Paul McCartney, III-Imagined (MPL/Capitol)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
CD with alternate art insert: Target
2-LP black vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
2-LP red vinyl: Newbury Comics
2-LP gold vinyl: Your Local Record Store
2-LP splatter vinyl: Paul McCartney Online Store (limited to 3500 copies in the US)
2-LP “Spotify” green vinyl: Paul McCartney Online Store US / Paul McCartney Online Store UK / Music Vaultz
2-LP silver vinyl with alternate art insert: Target
2-LP blue vinyl: Barnes and Noble
Paul McCartney is re-, um, III-imagining his 2020 album McCartney III. This new set arrived on April 16 in digital formats and hits stores today in physical CD and LP editions. It features remixes, covers, and reworkings of the album’s tracks from Beck (who’s featured on a reworking of “Find My Way”), Anderson.Paak (offering a remix of “When Winter Comes”), Phoebe Bridgers (featured on “Seize the Day”), Josh Homme (covering “Lavatory Lil”), and many more of today’s talents. Read more here.
Stone Temple Pilots, Tiny Music: Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop [Various Formats] (Atlantic/Rhino)
Rhino reissues Stone Temple Pilots’ 3rd album to mark its 25th anniversary. Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop arrives as a 3-CD/1-LP set with the remastered album on CD and vinyl plus early versions, instrumentals, alternate mixes, and a 1997 Florida live show; a 2-CD set with the remastered album and the studio session disc only; and a 1-CD remastered album. Read more here.
Glen Campbell’s final recorded concert, from the Sunset Strip’s famed Troubadour on August 19, 2008 – three years before he launched his Goodbye Tour during a well-publicized battle with Alzheimer’s – was preserved for a PBS Front and Center broadcast. Now, Surfdog is bringing the show to CD, vinyl, and digital formats. The concert features Campbell and his band tearing through such classics as “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Gentle on My Mind,” “Galveston,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” as well as Tom Petty’s “Angel Dream,” Lou Reed’s “Jesus,” and Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”
Omnivore gives a wide release on CD and digital/streaming to the late Richard Pryor’s 1973 blazing Comedy Store set, previously issued only on a limited edition promo CD. Features new liner notes by Cory Frye and remastering by Michael Graves.
Following its Broadway debut in 1966, the Neil Simon/Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields musical Sweet Charity made it to London in October 1967 in a production starring Juliet Prowse. Two months later, Saga Records released its own recording of the brassy Coleman/Fields score to coincide with the production’s arrival at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Now, Saga’s studio cast recording starring West End mainstay Mary Preston as Charity is making its premiere on CD from Stage Door Records. This is the only recording that features a cut verse from Charity’s “You Should See Yourself,” and Stage Door’s reissue additionally premieres an expanded version of “Rich Man’s Frug” with material cut from the original LP. The CD has been remastered from the original tapes. Read more here.
This marks the first official release of Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell as recorded in Amsterdam and Hilversum in 1969. The recordings made in the latter city feature Evans’ only recording of Duke Ellington’s “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” known to exist as well as two songs with the Metropole Orkest. This set has been mastered from original tapes. Available on CD; the LP version was issued for Record Store Day.
David Crosby returns with a new solo set featuring 10 tracks including the title cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free” featuring Sarah Jarosz, “River Rise” with Michael McDonald, and “Rodriguez for a Night,” co-written by Donald Fagen and musically inspired by Steely Dan. Available on CD and download/streaming.
The venerable singer-songwriter is back with his first studio set since 2014 featuring ten original songs. Downhill from Everywhere is available on CD, LP, and download/streaming.
Ledisi pays tribute to the late Nina Simone with this seven-song set (somewhere between an EP and a full album) featuring her renditions of “Feeling Good,” “My Baby Cares Just for Me,” “Wild Is the Wind,” and more. Ledisi is joined by the Metropole Orkest. Available on CD and digitally.