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!
The Blackground Records digital rollout continues with another centerpiece of their catalogue: the final studio album by Aaliyah. The "red album," released nearly two months before her tragic passing, includes favorites like "Rock the Boat" and "More Than a Woman."
Lionel Richie, Coming Home (Deluxe Edition) / Just Go (Deluxe Edition) (Island/UMe)
The most recent digital expansions of Lionel Richie's latter-day catalogue is 2006's Coming Home (15 years on from its release), featuring the Stargate-written and produced "I Call It Love," and 2009's Just Go, featuring an Akon-assisted title track. Bonus tracks include mixes and versions of various tracks, plus for Coming Home, non-U.S. tracks "I Apologize," "I'm Missing Her" and "Amoure."
For its 25th anniversary, the Teddy Riley-co-founded Blackstreet see their second album expanded with 10 classic remixes, including several of their chart-topping, Dr. Dre-assisted "No Diggity."
Two interesting modern remixes of classic soul works have dropped this week. The first was a new rework of Otis Redding's "Tramp" (a duet with Carla Thomas from their King & Queen album in 1967), released this past Thursday on what would have been the King of Soul's 80th birthday. It's a unique, ambient take on the tune - and, per a press release, the first in a series.
The other is this unique collection of lo-fi mixes of some classic Motown cuts (also the first in a series, per the title). These spacey, chilly versions might only bear a passing resemblance to the originals - taking snippets of master tapes and adding delays and pitch shifting - but they are based on immortal tunes like "Come See About Me," "Please Mr. Postman," "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" and more. It's a brief, 20-minute listen, so checking it out won't terribly inconvenience you, time-wise; put it on while you're getting some work done and vibe out.
Loretta Lynn, Hymns / Here's Loretta Singing "Wings Upon Your Horns" / I Wanna Be Free / You're Lookin' At Country / One's on the Way / Alone with You / God Bless America Again / Here I Am Again / Love is the Foundation / They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy / I Remember Patsy (MCA Nashville)
Hymns: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Wings: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Free: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Lookin': iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
One's: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Alone: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
America: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Here: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Foundation: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Daddy: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Patsy: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
An intrepid source tipped us off this week that Love is the Foundation, a 1973 album from country icon Loretta Lynn, would get digitally backfilled. We ended up digging, and it appears that nearly a dozen of Lynn's MCA albums, dating from 1965's gospel collection Hymns to a 1977 tribute LP to Patsy Cline, have been quietly, digitally delivered over the last few months. (The trick is in the metadata: streaming services like Spotify push the "new releases" to the top, so titles not dated the current year move stealthily.) These albums represent some of her biggest country chart-toppers of the era, including "One's on the Way," "Love is the Foundation," "Trouble in Paradise" and "She's Got You" - and 1972's Alone with You is in fact a compilation of some of Lynn's earliest material for the Decca label, recorded and issued in the early '60s.
Restless Heart, Wheels / Big Dreams in a Small Town (RCA Nashville)
A sterling country-pop band from Nashville, Restless Heart are a solid example of the genre as it was in the '80s, with a bright sheen that never got too in the way of the great songcraft of Music City. The band's newly-delivered second and third albums for RCA Nashville feature their biggest hits, including all six of their country chart-toppers: "This Rock Won't Roll," "I'll Still Be Loving You" (a crossover Top 40 pop hit), "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)," "Wheels," "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" and "A Tender Lie."
Universal's ongoing licensing relationship with the producers of The Ed Sullivan Show bears some fascinating audiovisual fruit, with dozens of musical performances from the series legally available to check out. The latest, and one of the most relevant, is a 1971 performance by The Everly Brothers of one of their signature hits - a fine tribute to the recently-departed Don Everly.
We covered Spanish Model in the physical Release Round-Up, but this is another two-pronged reminder to check it out. Remixing This Year's Model - the first Great Album in Elvis Costello's eclectic discography - with soulful, evocative vocals from Spanish-language artists makes for a fascinating new spin on a beloved favorite. And for consumers who want to try before you buy, it's worth noting that the digital edition has three notable bonus tracks: a blissful dub of "(Yo No Quiero Ir a) Chelsea" (with vocals from Raquel Sofia and Fuego), and two remixes of the Juanes-infused "Pump It Up": one that brings E.C.'s original lead vocals back in for a duet across time, and the "Brutal Mix," which strips away all the lead vocals in favor of some fun with the original multitracks. (Don't worry, physical lovers: these tracks can be purchased on the Target-exclusive CD pressing of the album.)