Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
George Harrison, All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary [Various Formats] (Capitol/UMe)
5CD/BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
8LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
5LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3CD (contains CD 1, CD 2 & CD 5, below): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD (contains CD 1 & CD 2 only): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Limited Edition 3LP: GeorgeHarrison.com/uDiscoverMusic.com/Sound of Vinyl
Uber Box Set: GeorgeHarrison.com/uDiscoverMusic.com/Sound of Vinyl
George Harrison's 1970 triple-album masterwork is celebrated with a variety of formats. The 5CD and 8LP super deluxe iterations are fulsome, boasting 70 tracks including the remixed album and 47 demo recordings, session outtakes, and jams (42 of which are previously unreleased). The Blu-ray Audio disc which accompanies the 5CD presentation offers the main album remix in high resolution stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos. A 60-page scrapbook curated by George's widow Olivia Harrison presents previously unpublished images and memorabilia including tape boxes, handwritten lyrics, diary entries, studio notes, track-by-track annotations, and more. The box also includes a replica of the original album poster. 5LP and 3CD deluxe editions have the original album plus 17 bonus tracks, while 3LP and 2CD standard editions replicate the original album only in the new remix. The Uber Box Set has everything in a custom-built wooden box plus swag. Read more here.
Barbra Streisand, Release Me 2 (Columbia/Legacy)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Target Exclusive CD with bonus track: Target.com
Target Exclusive Gray Vinyl with bonus track: Target.com
B&N Exclusive Clear Vinyl: BarnesandNoble.com
Barbra Official Store Exclusive White Vinyl and Cassette: Barbra Shop
Picture Disc Vinyl: Your Local Record Store
Barbra Streisand has reopened the vaults for Release Me 2, following the collection released in 2012. This volume features "Be Aware" with Burt Bacharach; "The Rainbow Connection" with Kermit the Frog; "I'd Want It to Be You" with Willie Nelson; and much more spanning 1962-2014. Available on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital platforms. Target has exclusive CD and LP releases with the bonus track "When the Lovin' Goes Out of the Lovin'." Get more details here.
Brian May, Back to the Light [Various Editions] (UMe)
Almost a year after the devastating death of Freddie Mercury, Queen's Brian May re-emerged with his first true solo album. Released in September 1992, Back to the Light was the guitarist's mission statement after the fate of his longtime band seemed uncertain. Now it's returning in various formats as the inaugural release in The Brian May Gold Series. Expanded editions will include the bonus collection Out of the Light, a second disc of rare tracks. The long out-of-print album returns to various formats as remastered by Bob Ludwig under the supervision of May's original co-producer/engineer Justin Shirley Smith (a Queen collaborator since 1984) and Kris Fredriksson. Miles Showell has remastered the LP using the half-speed mastering process at Abbey Road, and May has written new liner notes. Read more here.
As part of the ongoing MPS reissue program, the label returns Bill Evans' 1974 Symbiosis to CD and vinyl in a newly remastered edition. The album, a two-movement orchestral suite composed and arranged by Claus Ogerman, features Evans (piano and Fender Rhodes) with Eddie Gomez (bass) and Marty Morell (drums).
Various Artists, Country Funk Volume III (1975-1982) (Light in the Attic)
Over seven years after the last volume, Light in the Attic has announced a third entry in the label's Country Funk series. Country Funk Volume III (1975-1982) continues the story begun on the first two volumes which collectively covered the period of 1967-1975. Compiled by Bay Area DJ Jason Morgan and producer Patrick McCarthy, this volume welcomes Conway Twitty, Brian Hyland, Ronnie Milsap, Eddie Rabbitt, and Jerry Reed to a line-up featuring returning artists such as Dolly Parton, J.J. Cale, Billy Swan, and Tony Joe White. A number of tracks are making their debut on CD. This release is available on CD and 2LP. Read more here.
NOW brings together 18 classics from the eighties on CD or 2-LP vinyl (the latter format exclusive to Walmart). Artists include Duran Duran ("Rio"), Toto ("Africa"), Daryl Hall and John Oates ("I Can't Go For That (No Can Do))," Journey ("Separate Ways"), The Clash ("Rock the Casbah"), and George Michael ("Monkey").
Kim Wilde, Pop Don't Stop: The Greatest Hits (Cherry Pop)
Cherry Pop celebrates Kim Wilde's musical history on a 5-CD/2-DVD box set as well as a 2-CD version which focuses on the radio edits of her biggest hits. The box set is out today in the U.K. and next Friday stateside. Watch this space for more coverage of these titles soon!
Ellen Foley, Fighting Words (Urban Noise Music) (Bandcamp)
Ellen Foley (Hair, Night Court, Meat Loaf's duet partner on "Paradise by the Dashboard Light") returns with an all-new studio album that channels the sounds of classic rock and soul. Fighting Words includes original songs as well as covers of Wilson Pickett's "I Found a Love" and Jim Steinman's "Heaven Can Wait" which Ellen sang in the original stage production of Neverland. Stay tuned for a review later today!
Sister Kate - she of the clan including James, Livingston, Alex, and Hugh - is back with an all-new album produced by Peter Asher. Why Wait reunites her with many of the same players who supported her on 1971's Asher-produced Sister Kate including Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, and Russ Kunkel. The eclectic album, available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats, features Kate's title song, James' "I Will Follow," and covers of everyone from Ed Sheeran to The Beatles.
Singer-songwriter Colin Hay (Men at Work) pays tribute to the artists and songwriters who shaped him on this new album which includes covers of Bacharach and David's title track, Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" and "Across the Universe," The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Gerry and the Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," and more favorites. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.