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!
A Tribe Called Quest, Check the Rhime (Remixes) / Hot Sex / Jazz (We've Got) / Luck of Lucien/Butter (Remixes) / Scenario (Remixes) (Jive/Zomba/Legacy)
September 24, 1991 is considered to be one of the most consequential release dates in rock history: Nirvana's Nevermind, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik and the Pixies' Trompe Le Monde all came out on that fateful day. So, too, did hip-hop icons A Tribe Called Quest's sophomore album The Low End Theory. To celebrate, Legacy Recordings has reissued a quintet of digital EPs featuring more than two dozen mixes and versions of several Low End classics like "Check the Rhime" and the definitive posse cut "Scenario" (plus ex-U.S. mixes of "Luck of Lucien" off the group's debut, and "Hot Sex" from the soundtrack to the film Boomerang).
Indigo Girls, Live - Reverse 1 / Watershed (Live) (Epic)
Vintage live Indigo Girls tracks would be a treat for any hardcore fan, but these two are special: the Live - Reverse 1 EP and two-track "Watershed" live single, issued in 1989 and 1990, respectively, were both promo items and make their commercial debut here.
JoJo, JoJo / The High Road / Ashley Parker Angel, Soundtrack to Your Life (Blackground Records 2.0/EMPIRE)
Perhaps the most esoteric drop from Blackground Records' catalogue is their attempts to reach non-R&B audiences. Joanna "JoJo" Levesque was only 13 when her powerful "Leave (Get Out)" topped Billboard's Pop Songs chart - the youngest act to do so; The High Road's follow-up kiss-off "Too Little, Too Late," a Top 5 hit, may be one of the era's best pop songs. (JoJo, who spent much of her teens deadlocked by her Blackground contract, re-emerged in the 2010s, recording new music as well as her own versions of JoJo and The High Road.) Meanwhile, Ashley Parker Angel, a former member of boy band O-Town, released Blackground's only rock release, with production from heavy hitters like Max Martin and Danish duo Soulshock & Karlin (co-writers and producers of JoJo's "Leave (Get Out)").
This final volume in a series of rare and undigitized masters and outtakes from the latter parts of the Chairman's career is a star-studded affair. Almost every track is a duet, including appearances by Rat Pack brethren Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., Frank's own daughter Nancy, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and more. Sinatra's appearances on the Reprise Repertory Theatre recordings of Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, and South Pacific are among the treasures.
In 2019, a remix of Houston's rare cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" was radically remixed by downtempo Norwegian producer Kygo and became a surprise hit, topping Billboard's dance chart and even denting the middle of the Hot 100. Now, this new mix of "How Will I Know" by British electronic group Clean Bandit attempts to make lightning strike twice in a similar spot on the dance floor.
Speaking of modern remixes with a twist, Mike Maurro - hailed by some as the "new king of the disco remix" - worked these 14 super-sized extensions of Philly classics like Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "The Love I Lost" and Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" for various collections in the mid-2010s. Now, for Philadelphia International's ongoing 50th anniversary, they've been compiled in this digital set.
A talented jazz percussionist who went from gigging with Weather Report and Miles Davis to offering muscular rhythms on pop and rock hits like David Bowie's "Let's Dance," Sting's "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing," Omar Hakim was only sparingly a bandleader. His first venture into that realm was 1989's Rhythm Deep, a laid-back, small-group jazz-soul affair that eschewed big guest appearances for satisfying grooves.
Basil Poledouris, RoboCop 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition) / On Deadly Ground (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition) / Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition) (Varese Sarabande)
Finally, the late, great Basil Poledouris has three of his early/mid-'90s works - each considerably elevating the films in question (including an ill-received RoboCop sequel, the original of which he also scored; plus an ill-received Steven Seagal original and an ill-received Steven Seagal sequel) - brought to digital as expanded programs that were previously only available as limited titles through Varese Sarabande's CD Club line-up.