While The Second Disc prides itself on connecting people to reissues and box sets they can keep on their shelves, it’s no secret that listening audiences are also digital – catalogue music lovers, too – and our passion is connecting people to music from the past that they might adore. So we’ve introduced a new feature: The Weekend Stream, which focuses on hidden gems that recently made it to digital channels that might make your playlists a little brighter!
OutKast, ATLiens (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) / Elevators (Me & You) / Jazzy Belle / ATLiens/Wheelz of Steel / In Due Time (LaFace/Certified/Legacy)
Faithful fans of the iconic Southern hip-hop duo hold out some hope for new music someday, but Big Boi and Andre 3000 have at least blessed a trove of digital releases to celebrate the release of their sophomore album from 1996. The deluxe edition of ATLiens features a previously promo-only instrumental version of the entire album, and there are also a handful of trunk-rattling remix bundles of the three singles from the LP (including Top 20 hit “Elevators (Me & You)”) as well as “In Due Time,” the duo’s collaboration with fellow Atlanta emcee Cee-Lo Green from the soundtrack to Soul Food.
Timbaland & Magoo, Welcome to Our World / Indecent Proposal / Under Construction, Part II (Blackground/EMPIRE) / Timbaland, Tim’s Bio: Life from Da Basement (Blackground/EMPIRE)
Blackground Records’ unlikely digital rollout continues with the complete discography of duo Timbaland & Magoo, as well as Timbaland’s 1998 solo album Tim’s Bio: Life from Da Basement. Like his future star-studded output of the ’00s, Tim’s Bio is heavy on guests, including Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Ludacris and others.
Kirsty MacColl, Titanic Days / Angel / Can’t Stop Killing You / Titanic Demos / Titanic Days EP (ZTT)
Titanic Days: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Angel: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Can’t Stop Killing You: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Titanic Demos: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Titanic Days EP: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Over the last month, the ZTT label has digitally delivered the late, great Kirsty MacColl’s penultimate solo album, 1993’s Titanic Days, as well as digital EPs of bonus remixes, demos and live cuts. Recorded without a label deal as her marriage to album producer Steve Lillywhite was dissolving, Titanic Days is one of MacColl’s most striking – a brilliant mix of maximalism and intimacy, darkness and light.
Weezy’s hotly anticipated ninth album – intended to quickly follow The Carter III (2008) but re-recorded from the ground up after he served a prison sentence for illegal possession of a weapon – celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new digital pressing. It features three more tracks than the original deluxe edition – all from retail-exclusive products on iTunes and at Target stores – including the duet “I Got Some Money on Me” with then-mentor Birdman.
One of R&B’s more thrilling young female voices of the last decade, Kehlani earned acclaim with her studio albums SweetSexySavage (2017) and last year’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’t – notable for being promoted by inventive lo-fi videos filmed in the early stages of COVID-19 lockdown. Now, she’s gone back and made her 2014 self-released debut mixtape available digitally – a short but engaging listen, and a key indicator of the potential she’d realize since then.
Not to be confused with the identically-titled 1970 album that spun off the family R&B group’s biggest hit, “O-o-h Child,” 1971’s Stairsteps features more of the Chicago-style soul that made them so briefly popular, including inspired covers of George Harrison (“My Sweet Lord”) and Sly & The Family Stone (“Everybody is a Star”).
In a truly twisted coincidence, The Five Stairsteps’ 1971 cover of “My Sweet Lord” isn’t the only one making its digital debut today. There’s also one by Mr. “Yakety Sax” himself, the late Nashville saxophonist Boots Randolph. His Homer Louis Randolph, III also includes inspired takes on a handful of Kris Kristofferson-penned classics (“Me and Bobby McGee,” “For the Good Times,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night”) and some popular standards of the time (“Sweet Caroline,” “Theme from Love Story,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Amazing Grace”).
Extra reading: if you’re looking for some fun weekend music reads, here’s a couple we really dig. First, Rolling Stone has finally published William Miller’s long-lost cover story on the band Stillwater – which, if you’re a Cameron Crowe fan, you’ll no doubt recognize is the plot device that drives his semi-autobiographical Almost Famous (itself the recent recipient of a no-holds-barred anniversary box set).
And yesterday was the anniversary of Jackson Browne’s 1977 concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD – a show recorded and released in part on his bestseller Running on Empty. (It’s here that the title track and album closer “The Load-Out/Stay” – the album’s biggest chart hits – were recorded.) Our own Mike Duquette took the opportunity to write up the album for the Classic Rockers website, reflecting on the album’s power at a time when live music has not been as readily available as we’d all like.