Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Capitol Session ’73 (Tuff Gong/Mercury Studios)
Five days after Bob Marley and The Wailers’ landmark Burnin’ hit stores in October 1973, producer Denny Cordell (Leon Russell, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers) took the band into Hollywood’s Capitol Tower for a live session. Now, that long-lost concert is coming to CD, DVD, and vinyl from Tuff Gong and Universal’s Mercury Studios. The Capitol Session ’73 arrives in multiple formats including CD, DVD/CD, 2LP pressed on green marble vinyl, and digitally. “Stir It Up” is streaming now on YouTube. Read more here.
Booker T. and The MG’s, The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 2 (1968-1974) (Real Gone Music)
The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 2 (1968-1974) picks up the story of Booker T. Jones (organ), Steve Cropper (guitar), Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums) as they ushered in a new era for Stax Records after the label ended its affiliation with Atlantic Records. This second volume features the band’s final 20 Stax single sides, all in their original single versions – the first 15 in mono, and the final 5 in stereo. Gordon Anderson has produced, Aaron Kannowski has remastered, and John Sellards has designed the package. Available on 2 LPs or 1 CD. Vol. 1 of the series will also be repressed to coincide with this release.
Oft-sampled soul-blues singer O.V. Wright’s 1972 southern soul classic, featuring The Hi Records Rhythm Section, The Memphis Horns, and production by Willie Mitchell, was packaged much like a bootleg (complete with typos). That didn’t stop it from earning cult status and fetching high coin on the secondary market. It’s been out-of-print on vinyl since the 1980s; the last CD edition was released in 2010 and also commands top dollar. The LP features the R&B chart hits “Eight Men, Four Women,” “Ace of Spades,” “A Nickel and a Nail,” and “When You Took Your Love from Me” and will be pressed by Real Gone on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl. Read more about Booker T. and O.V. here.
Rory Gallagher, Rory Gallagher: Super Deluxe Edition (UMC (U.K.) / UMe (U.S.))
4CD/1DVD Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD Highlights: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP Highlights: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
John Peel Sunday Concert 28/08/1971 (uDiscoverMusic.com / The Sound of Vinyl)
The celebration of all things Rory Gallagher continues with a 50th anniversary edition of his 1971 solo debut. UMC (in the U.K.) and UMe (in the U.S.) will reissue the guitar great’s eponymous Rory Gallagher as a 4CD/1DVD set containing a new mix of the original album, 30 previously unreleased outtakes and alternates, a six-song BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert, and four BBC Radio Sounds of the Seventies performances – all freshly mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The DVD will contain a previously unreleased, 50-minute film of Gallagher’s first solo concert which was filmed in Paris for the Pop Deux television program. 2CD and 3LP highlights discs are also available, as well as a standalone LP of the John Peel Sunday Concert. Read more here.
Real Gone reissues the 1989 self-titled album from the Los Angeles band Junkyard on vinyl. The group consisted of lead singer David Roach, guitarist Chris Gates, bassist Clay Anthony, and drummer Patrick Muzingo. Ex-Dag Nasty/Minor Threat guitarist Brian Baker also joined the band just prior to recording. The music of Junkyard is self-described by the band as “booze-rock.” (Think of a harder southern rock style.) The album was produced by Tom Werman who had worked with groups like Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet, and Blue Oyster Cult. It also featured famed guests Al Kooper and Earl Slick. This edition returns Junkyard to that format for the first time since its initial release in 1989. It comes in opaque yellow vinyl and features the original inner sleeve. It is limited to 1,500 copies.
By the time of 1994’s Mirror Blue, Richard Thompson already had a legendary career. He first led Fairport Convention in the 1960s and then became part of a duo with his then-wife Linda in the 1970s. After the pair split up, the singer/songwriter/guitarist struck out on his own for good. Thompson first signed with Polygram before moving to Capitol in 1988. Mirror Blue was his fourth album for the label (after two regular studio albums and a soundtrack). Mitchell Froom returned as producer after working on Thompson’s last album, 1991’s Rumor and Sigh, which produced his biggest American hit “I Feel So Good.” Mirror Blue was released on vinyl in the U.K. back in 1994. But the 55-minute album was contained on a single LP so the sound wasn’t up to optimal standards. For this new reissue, Real Gone has expanded the album to 2 LPs with a gatefold jacket. It comes on clear “mirror” vinyl and is limited to 1,200 copies.
RGM has New Jersey band Ill Niño’s debut album Revolution Revolución from 2001. The band was founded in Union City, New Jersey by percussionist and drummer Dave Chavarri, late of Pro Pain in 1998. The initial lineup released an EP, but the group was put on hold when Chavarri joined Soulfly for a tour in 1999. He reformed the band with a new set of players including vocalist Christian Machado, guitarists Marc Rizzo and Jardel Paisante, bassist Lazaro Pina and Roger Vasquez on additional percussion. Gaining exposure on college radio, Ill Niño was signed to Roadrunner Records and released Revolution Revolución on September 18, 2001. The Latin nu-metal album reached No. 28 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 350,000 copies worldwide. The new vinyl reissue is the first time Revolution Revolución has appeared in that format. The album comes on dark green with yellow splatter vinyl and includes an inner sleeve with lyrics. It is limited to 1,500 copies.
The final entry in Real Gone’s quartet of vinyl reissues continues with Cee Lo Green’s The Lady Killer from 2010, his first album for Elektra. The album featured guest vocals from Lauren Bennett of Paradiso Girls and Philip Bailey from Earth Wind & Fire. Green wrote over 70 songs for the album before narrowing down to the final 14 on the finished product (a number of the cut songs have leaked online). All of that paid off, though, because it produced his biggest hit with “F–k You” which went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the radio edit was renamed “Forget You”). The album itself went to the top 10 on the U.S. charts. Real Gone’s vinyl reissue of The Lady Killer marks the album’s first appearance in that format. It comes on hot pink vinyl and features an inner sleeve with lyrics.
Nonesuch premieres on CD and vinyl Emmylou Harris’ 1990 Nashville concert featuring The Nash Ramblers: Sam Bush on fiddle/mandolin, Roy Huskey Jr. on bass, Larry Atamanuik on drums, Al Perkins on dobro/banjo, and Jon Randall Stuart on guitar/mandolin. The 23-song show features such songs as “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” “Mystery Train,” “The Other Side of Life,” “The Boxer,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “Boulder to Birmingham.”
Rhino gives a digital release to a posthumous album from late troubadour Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011). Rest in Blue was assembled by the artist’s daughter Martha Rafferty from demos recorded by her father; she stripped back the synthesizers applied by Gerry to place the focus squarely on his voice. The 14 songs were written and recorded at various periods in his career, and include originals as well as folk standards (“Wild Mountain Thyme,” “Dirty Old Town”), a cover of Richard and Linda Thompson (“It’s Just the Motion”), and a re-recording of Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You.” A CD version is out today in the U.K. and will be available next week in North America as an import.