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!
Another digital bundle of tracks from the forthcoming Let It Be super deluxe box set to whet your appetite. This time, it's outtakes of "Get Back" and "One After 909" plus Glyn Johns' intended mix of "I Me Mine" for the Get Back album and a nice new mix of "Across the Universe."
Billy Preston, Live European Tour (Deluxe Edition) / It's My Pleasure / Billy Preston / A Whole New Thing (A&M)
The legendary keyboardist and Beatles sideman (who appears on "Get Back") would have turned 75 this month, and it looks like a few of his latter-day A&M albums have popped up on digital music services. Live European Tour, released in the U.K. in 1973, also features an alternate mix and master intended for U.S. audiences but seemingly not released until a Japanese CD in the late '00s. The last three studio albums Preston did for the A&M label feature a galaxy of guests, from Stevie Wonder and George Harrison to Jeff Beck and the Tower of Power Horns.
The Prince of Darkness' first album of the '90s is considered to be one of his best thanks to tracks like "I Don't Want to Change the World" and "Mama, I'm Coming Home." This digital deluxe edition - a 2LP vinyl and Record Store Day-exclusive picture disc will be available in the coming months - features 13 bonus tracks, including new-to-digital demos and live tracks plus a newly created mix of the track "Hellraiser" featuring vocals from the track's co-writer, Motörhead vocalist Lemmy Kilmister.
Tank, Force of Nature / One Man / Sex, Love & Pain (Blackground/EMPIRE)
From Blackground's digital rollout comes the first three albums from R&B singer Tank - among his three bestselling albums, with hit singles like "Maybe I Deserve" and "Please Don't Go." Here's a great new Q&A with the artist at Rolling Stone.
Here's a neat surprise: a greatly-expanded version of emo-pop icons Jimmy Eat World's fifth album, a follow-up to the crossover smash Bleed American. Bolstered by the excellent "Pain," the album launched into the Top 10 - their first to do so. The album now features an impressive 18 bonus tracks, including demos of the entire album and assorted B-sides.
Les Paul & Mary Ford, Nola / I'm a Fool to Care / Vaya Con Dios / Songs of Today / Whither Thou Goest (Capitol)
From the legendary husband-and-wife duo and musical innovators - Ford the singer and Paul the guitarist; both early users of the now-standard multitrack recording practice - come a quintet of original 7" EPs including some of their biggest hits of the mid-'50s, including "I'm a Fool to Care" and "Vaya Con Dios."
The Righteous Brothers, Right Now! / Some Blue-Eyed Soul (Moonglow/Republic)
UMe has delivered reissues of The Righteous Brothers' first two albums, Right Now! (1963) and Some Blue-Eyed Soul (1964). Though these recordings predate Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield's epochal recordings with producer Phil Spector, many of the key ingredients of the duo's familiar sound are already present. Right Now! features such classics as "My Babe" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu" while its follow-up has more R&B staples including "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" and "Something's Got a Hold on Me." Moonglow-era material remains in The Righteous Brothers' live set to this day. (Bucky Heard admirably fills the late Hatfield's large shoes.) Neither of these LPs has ever received a standalone CD issue but all of their tracks (and more) were issued in the format on Verve's 1991 compilation The Moonglow Years.
UMe brings a 1966 gem from crooner Jack Jones (one of Scott Walker's favorite singers) to the digital realm. Jack Jones Sings shows the vocalist's seemingly effortless mastery of various pop forms as he surveys songs from Brazilian composers Luis Bonfa ("A Day in the Life of a Fool") and Marcos Valle ("The Face I Love"), Rodgers and Hammerstein ("People Will Say We're in Love"), John Kander and Fred Ebb ("I Don't Care Much," cut from - and later reinstated into - Cabaret), Johnny Mercer ("Autumn Leaves"), Michel Legrand ("Watch What Happens"), and others. Ralph Carmichael provided the lush arrangements while Doug Talbert accompanied Jack at the piano. Traditional vocal pop doesn't get much better than this.
The 1965 big-screen comedy The Art of Love boasted quite a pedigree: screenwriter Carl Reiner, director Norman Jewison, stars Dick Van Dyke, James Garner, Elke Sommer, and Angie Dickinson, producer Ross Hunter, and composer Cy Coleman. An accomplished jazz pianist and writer with Carolyn Leigh of such standards as "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come," Coleman had already established himself on Broadway by 1965 as composer of such scores as Little Me and Wildcat; even greater triumphs would follow including Sweet Charity, City of Angels, and The Will Rogers Follies. He was making a name for himself in films, too, with The Troublemaker and Father Goose (both in 1964). Coleman brought his light, deft, and melodic touch to the film score which was re-recorded for this Capitol LP in the pop style of Henry Mancini's hugely successful RCA soundtrack albums. Yet Coleman retained the film orchestrations of Russ Garcia (The Time Machine) on three cues, preserving the score's more cinematic, original sound. The score is joyfully madcap, incorporating silent movie-style chase music, brassy big band, slinky cocktail piano, and seeming winks at John Barry and Henry Mancini. The Art of Love is a delicious example of Cy Coleman at his breezy best. (For those looking for The Art of Love on CD, Kritzerland reissued it in 2012 with the tracks rearranged in film order. It's still available here.)
John Williams, The Cowboys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Deluxe Edition) / John Powell, Paycheck (
Varese Sarabande continues fighting the good fight for digital film score connoisseurs, delivering three recent deluxe editions of limited edition CD titles to stream or download. You won't want to miss the brilliantly-restored The Cowboys, a rousing John Wayne Western from 1972 whose score by John Williams was a favorite of director Steven Spielberg - and inspired the young filmmaker to connect with the veteran composer for one of the greatest partnerships in Hollywood history.
Finally, though her re-recording of 2012's Red is due this November, Taylor Swift has quickly jumped on a TikTok trend by issuing her self-owned version of "Wildest Dreams," one of the last singles from 2014's 1989, arguably her best pop album. (A different mix appeared in a trailer to the animated film Spirit Untamed earlier this year.)