Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
The Beach Boys, Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol/UMe)
5CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP Black Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP Translucent Blue & Translucent Gold: The Beach Boys Shop
Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971, a hardcover book-style set to be released in 5-CD, 4-LP (standard black and translucent blue/translucent gold), 2-LP, and 2-CD editions (as well as digitally), explores in depth what’s perhaps the most adventurous and experimental period in the Beach Boys’ long history. The 5-CD set features fully remastered versions of the original Sunflower (1970) and Surf’s Up (1971) albums – the band’s first two post-Capitol LPs as originally issued Brother Records via Reprise – plus copious outtakes, live recordings, alternate takes and mixes, and more for a total of 133 tracks. Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston were all coming into their own within the group even as Brian Wilson was closing out the band’s “golden age” with stunning songs every bit the equal of his prodigious 1960s output. Read more here.
This 15-CD box set celebrates contralto Marian Anderson, the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. “The Lady from Philadelphia” (1897-1993) broke countless barriers as an artist and a humanitarian, conquering the world’s stages and spearheading civil rights efforts. Beyond the Music collects her 1924-1966 recorded legacy for RCA Victor including many albums new to CD and the first complete issue of her 1964 “Farewell Recital” at Constitution Hall. All recordings have been newly remastered from the original analog tapes for a total of 72 works and 9 previously unreleased. The discs are accompanied by a 228-page coffee table book filled with liner notes and images.
Buck Owens, Your Mother’s Prayer / The Kansas City Song / I Wouldn’t Live in New York City (Omnivore)
Your Mother’s Prayer: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
The Kansas City Song: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
I Wouldn’t Live in New York City: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Omnivore rolls out the fourth, fifth, and sixth titles in its series of nine Buck Owens titles never before available on standalone CD, all first released in 1970. Your Mother’s Prayer is a heartfelt and often spirited set of gospel tunes, Bakersfield-style; it was Owens’ second gospel set. Seven of the songs were Owens originals (solely or co-written) with the album rounded out by Hazel Houser and Chester Smith’s “Wait a Little Longer Please, Jesus” and the traditional “That Old Time Religion,” “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder,” and “Lonesome Valley.” The Kansas City Song was a concept album of sorts – a musical travelogue taking Owens and His Buckaroos to not just Kansas City but “Amsterdam,” “Londontown,” Oklahoma (“The Wind Blows Every Day in Oklahoma”), Texas (“Black Texas Dirt”), and beyond. Buddy Emmons guested on steel and dobro for the sessions which were also among bassist Doyle Holly’s last with the band. Buck was so fired up writing about various locales that his next album offered more of the same. The title track of I Wouldn’t Live in New York City was inspired by Owens’ experiences visiting the Big Apple for an appearance with Ed Sullivan. Other songs took Owens and the band (now counting Jim Shaw as the Buckaroos’ first official keyboardist) to spots including New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Some of the songs were familiar to fans, but Owens remixed and/or re-recorded them for this fun and freewheeling release. Omnivore’s reissues are all impeccably designed by Greg Allen with spot-on notes by Randy Poe and subtle remastering by Michael Graves. The series continues on October 1.
Demon continues its 180-gram vinyl reissue series for Belinda Carlisle with this 25th anniversary set for 1996’s A Woman and a Man, which featured U.K. Top 10 hits “In Too Deep” and “Always Breaking My Heart.” The set has 17 bonus tracks first collated on Demon’s 2014 CD reissue. The first LP has the original album while the second boasts B-sides, bonus cuts from various CDs, and remixes; the third LP offers live tracks and acoustic cuts. A booklet features Justin Kantor’s liner notes. Amazon U.K. has an exclusive version pressed on purple vinyl which is available today while the black vinyl versions are due September 10. Watch this space for a more in-depth look at this collection!
Madeleine Peyroux’s 2004 album Careless Love is expanded with a previously unreleased concert from July 15, 2005 in Spain. Available digitally, on 2 CDs, or 3 LPs (with the vinyl format due September 15). Ashley Kahn provides new liner notes.
Supergrass, In It for the Money: Deluxe Expanded Edition (BMG)
3CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP Black Vinyl (Original Album plus 12″ single): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP Turquoise Vinyl (Original Album plus 12″ single): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
English rockers Supergrass’ 1997 hit sophomore album In It for the Money returns as a 3-CD set and two vinyl configurations, all of which are remastered from the original analogue tapes. The 3-CD set boasts the original album plus two CDs of demos, alternates, outtakes, and live performances.
This 4-CD, 45-track anthology has 12-inch mixes from a host of superstar artists including Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney (“Say, Say, Say”), Whitney Houston (“How Will I Know”), Duran Duran (“The Wild Boys”), Donna Summer (“She Works Hard for the Money”), Dusty Springfield (“Nothing Has Been Proved”), Liza Minnelli (“Losing My Mind”), Lionel Richie (“Dancing on the Ceiling”), Blondie (“Rapture”), and many more. Out today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
Stage Door Records has unearthed the RCA Camden 1959 “Living Stereo” studio cast recording of Harold Rome’s western-themed musical Destry Rides Again for its CD premiere. The album features Jack Haskell and Louise O’Brien as well as the orchestra of Norman Leyden surveying the score introduced on Broadway by a cast including Andy Griffith and Dolores Gray. Stage Door’s presentation has been expanded with 14 bonus period cover versions performed by artists as disparate as Sammy Davis Jr., The Four Aces, and Sylvia Syms. The release comes with an eight-page booklet boasting detailed liner notes by George Dankser about the musical’s history.
Sunset Blvd. brings together two discs’ worth of live performances from singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw between 1982-2014.
John Mellencamp revisits his free tour of 2000 – when he performed on streets, in parks, and in public areas – on a new CD release.
Diane Warren – author or co-author of nine Billboard No. 1 hits and another 32 top ten entries – is releasing her very first studio album with The Cave Sessions Vol. 1. She’s welcomed an eclectic group of artists including Darius Rucker, Celine Dion, Maren Morris, John Legend, Santana, and Pentatonix – to join her on this 15-song set. Available on CD and digital formats.
Creedence Clearwater Revival founding member Doug “Cosmo” Clifford has teamed with Steve Wright of The Greg Kihn Band – plus guest musicians Joe Satriani, Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band), Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money), Tim Gorman (The Who), and Pat Mosca (Greg Kihn Band), and lead vocalist Keith England for this rocking new collection of 11 songs. Available on CD and digitally.
On her fifth recording for the Savant label, jazz chanteuse Denise Donatelli strikingly reimagines nine songs composed by Burt Bacharach. Produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), Whistling in the Dark features the title track with lyrics by Daniel Tashian from Bacharach and Tashian’s recent Blue Umbrella album (the first cover of a Bacharach/Tashian song), a pair with lyrics by Elvis Costello (“Toledo” and “In the Darkest Place’), and classics with words by Bob Hilliard (“Mexican Divorce”) and, of course, Hal David (“The Look of Love,” “In Between the Heartaches,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Walk on By,” “A House Is Not a Home”). Available on CD and digitally.
Founding member Henry Fambrough leads the current line-up of The Spinners for the group’s first studio album since 1989. ‘Round the Block and Back Again was helmed by songwriter-producer-Philadelphia music veteran Preston Glass who aims to channel the magic of Thom Bell’s songs and productions.
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