Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You: 40th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/Interscope/UMe)
4CD + Tattoo You Picture Disc Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1CD (Album Remaster): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD (Album Remaster and Lost & Found): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
5LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP (Album Remaster): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP (Album Remaster and Lost & Found - Black Vinyl): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP (Album Remaster and Lost & Found - Clear Vinyl): Rolling Stones Store
The Rolling Stones are revisiting Tattoo You for a 40th anniversary edition. The deluxe 4CD/1LP box set features a new remaster of the album on CD and vinyl; the nine-track Lost and Found featuring previously unreleased outtakes (newly completed by the band); and the 2-CD Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982, a previously unreleased 26-song show. Various highlights editions are also available. Read more here.
Following two recent boxes dedicated to The Replacements' Sire era, Rhino is turning its attention to the band's 1981 debut album Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash with a new 40th anniversary set. The 4-CD/1-LP collection, presented in Rhino's by-now-familiar 12 x 12 hardcover book format, contains a generous 100 tracks, a full 67 of which are previously unreleased including the 'Mats' first demo recordings from 1980 and a professionally recorded concert from 1981. In addition to the remastered original album and non-LP B-side "If Only You Were Lonely," the set also features rough mixes, alternate takes, and demos from the band's first eighteen months together. The LP, Deliberate Noise, offers an alternate imagining of the album with previously unreleased versions of each song. Read more here.
A 40th anniversary 2CD/DVD set of Olivia Newton-John's multi-platinum Physical arrives from Green Hill, the label arm of publishing powerhouse Primary Wave which partnered with Newton-John in 2020 for a deal encompassing both masters and publishing rights. The expanded Physical gains six bonus tracks on the first disc and a further fifteen on the second disc. The bonus tracks (many new to CD) include Olivia's material from the soundtrack of the 1983 film Two of a Kind (including its duet with John Travolta, "Take a Chance"), her new songs from Greatest Hits Vol. 2, and various live versions, alternate mixes, and single edits. A DVD includes both the Physical video album and Olivia in Concert (featuring her 1982 Utah concert). Everything has been remastered from the original tapes. A vinyl edition of the original album follows in May 2022. Read more here.
A newly-excavated live performance of Coltrane's masterpiece comes to CD, LP, and digital download/streaming today. Though the audio is not studio quality, the quality of the performance (featuring Pharoah Sanders in his first official gig with Coltrane) is expectedly transcendent.
The two famed singer-songwriters' intimate 2007 gig at The Troubadour - which in turn led to a concert tour that's the subject of an upcoming HBO Max film from director Frank Marshall - returns on vinyl. Bernie Grundman cut the lacquers, and the 2-LP set featuring such classics as "I Feel the Earth Move," "Fire and Rain," "It's Too Late," "Sweet Baby James," and "You've Got a Friend" is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP. Target has an exclusive color pressing, and a CD reissue hits stores next Friday.
Real Gone premieres on vinyl the score to Mad Doctor of Blood Island. a 1969 Filipino film co-directed by Eddie Romero and Gerardo de Leon starring John Ashley, Eddie Garcia, and Ronald Remy. The score was composed by Tito Arevalo, a Filipino actor and musician. Real Gone's new reissue includes a note from producer Sam Sherman and rare publicity stills from his archives. In addition to presenting the score, the album also features a radio spot and the "Oath of Green Blood Intro" to the film, which advised audiences to drink the green "blood" potion that was distributed as a gimmick before screenings of the movie. The package also includes an LP insert with the cover illustration and comes on green "Chlorophyll Blood" vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies.
RGM has another cult classic horror film soundtrack: 1971's Dracula vs. Frankenstein. Directed by Al Adamson, the flick concerned Dracula hoping to acquire a serum developed by a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein which he believes will make him immune to sunlight. The film is most notable for featuring Lon Cheney, Jr. in his final film role to be released. The score is the final one composed by William Lava (Gunsmoke, F Troop, Looney Tunes). Real Gone's vinyl premiere retains one of the radio spots from the 2008 CD but drops several and also doesn't include the commentary from Sam Sherman. The package does, however, boast a note from Sherman and photos from his archives. The package also includes an LP-sized insert of the cover illustration and comes on pumpkin orange vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies. Read more about both RGM Halloween LPs here.
Rhino U.K. is painting the town Red with the release of Simply Red Remixed Vol. 1 (1985-2000) collecting 22 remixes (including seven previously unreleased) on 2 CDs or digital platforms from the Manchester pop-soul band. Simply Red Remixed Vol. 1 (1985-2000) is packed with period remixes originally released on 12-inch singles and CD singles; the previously unreleased tracks include "Money's Too Tight To Mention (United City Mix)" from Picture Book and "Something Got Me Started (David Morales Radio Mix)" from Stars. Out today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America. Get more details here.
Elton John, The Lockdown Sessions (Interscope)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Amazon-Exclusive Slipcased CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP: Amazon U.S. Link TBD / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Blue Glitter Cassette, Green Cassette, Purple Cassette: EltonJohn.com
Elton John's first new studio release since 2016's Wonderful Crazy Night is on the way. A spiritual successor to 1993's Duets, The Lockdown Sessions features Elton's collaborations with 16 diverse artists ranging from the late Glen Campbell and legendary Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks to current hitmakers including Dua Lipa (represented by "Cold Heart," a U.K. No. 1), Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj. The album was borne out of the many guest appearances Elton made on various records during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's due on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats.
Duran Duran, Future Past (BMG)
Duran Duran is back with the band's first album in six years. They're joined by producers Giorgio Moroder, Mark Ronson, and Erol Alkan as well as guest musicians including Mike Garson and Graham Coxon. The deluxe CD edition is packaged in a hardcover book and adds three bonus tracks.
The stage and screen star releases her second full-length Christmas LP, one of a bounty of yuletide albums out this week (see also: Pistol Annies, Brett Young, Brett Eldredge, Rob Thomas, and Voctave). Happiness Is...Christmas! is produced by Fred Mollin and Jay Landers and features her takes on 12 songs including originals and classics including "Merry Christmas, Darling," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "The Man with the Bag" as well as the You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown classic "Happiness Is" - Chenoweth won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Sally in the 1999 revival - in a medley with the Peanuts standard "Christmas Time Is Here." Available today on CD and digitally, with a blue color vinyl edition coming to Barnes and Noble on December 3.
We mentioned that Voctave album...here it is! The a cappella group celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with clever and intricate arrangements of Christmas classics both spiritual ("O Holy Night," "Mary Did You Know," "Go Tell It on the Mountain") and secular (an Andy Williams medley, another of childhood favorites such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town") plus more unexpected fare such as the Mariah Carey/James Horner/Will Jennings modern standard "Where Are You Christmas?" and a showstopping fusion of "Carol of the Bells" with Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's soaring "Bells of Notre Dame" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Voctave features the vocals of E.J. Cardona, Tiffany Coburn, Ashley Espinoza, Karl Hudson, Chrystal Johnson, Kate Lott, Drew Ochoa, Jamey Ray, Kurt von Schmittou, Aaron Stratton, and Sarah Whittemore. Available on CD and download/streaming.