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!
Hank Williams, Sings / Moanin' the Blues (Expanded Edition) / Memorial Album (Expanded Edition) / Hank Williams As Luke the Drifter (Expanded Edition) / Honky Tonkin' (Expanded Undubbed Edition) / I Saw the Light (Expanded Undubbed Edition) / Ramblin' Man (Undubbed Edition) / Sing Me a Blue Song (Undubbed Edition) / The Immortal (Undubbed Edition) / The Lonesome Sound of Hank Williams (Undubbed Edition) / The Unforgettable Hank Williams (Mercury Nashville)
Sings: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Moanin': iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Memorial: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Drifter: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Honky Tonkin': iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
I Saw the Light: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Ramblin': iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Sing Me: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Immortal: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Lonesome: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
Unforgettable: iTunes / Amazon / Spotify
If you're a fan of Hank Williams, this is nothing short of incredible. The country legend's brief career ended in the early hours of 1953 when he succumbed to drug and alcohol abuse-incited heart failure at only 29. The man who wrote hits like "Move It On Over," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" was gone, but the songs endured for generations - but subsequent reissues and posthumous material were often altered from the original tracks, rechanneled from mono into electronic stereo and burnished with overdubs. It wasn't until 1987 - the same year Williams made the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as an early influence and earned a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award - that Polygram reassembled his MGM Records masters in multiple chronological sets, stripped of the overdubs and presented in their original mono mixes. Now, those cuts - plus bonus material that didn't make those original albums - have been reshaped back into 11 original albums and compiations - virtually unavailable in any format for decades. A perfect opportunity to rediscover one of the most significant country musicians of all time.
The third expansion of an Ozzy album released this year (after 1991's No More Tears and 2001's Down to Earth), the Prince of Darkness' sophomore album - the last with guitarist Randy Rhoads before his tragic passing - now comes with two bonus tracks from the Blizzard of Ozz tour. (Perplexingly, these were part of a whole live bonus disc when Blizzard of Ozz and Madman were reissued in 2011. Perhaps we'll see those other live tracks digitally someday!)
Though Legacy Recordings insists its exclusive 1975 live disc in their new Billy Joel vinyl box set will not be available outside of the project, they've made two tracks from that set available digitally, and it makes us wish it was broken out from the expensive box. It's one of the better Billy concerts we've sampled! (Check out this neat original promo video of "Everybody Loves You Now" the Billy camp has unearthed, too.)
A watershed moment from Raleigh, NC band Corrosion of Conformity, their third album Blind bridged a gap between hardcore and heavy metal, leading to an eventual major label deal with Columbia. In addition to a triplicate of tracks that ended up on a Columbia pressing, this expanded Blind features six unreleased demos recorded in 1988 and 1991.
Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Hill had a huge hit across the border with 1977's "Sometimes When We Touch," a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. A decade later, he returned to the Top 10 with "Can't We Try," a duet with Vonda Shepard. This is the album that featured "Can't We Try" along with the adult contemporary hit "Never Thought (That I Could Love)."
Released in 2017, pop singer/songwriter Sia's album of holiday originals has been digitally expanded with six tracks: three from a prior deluxe release, two new songs ("Pin Drop" and "Santa Visits Everyone") and a new "Slowed Down & Snowed In" mix of the title track.
Motown paired the legendary keyboardist and one of their most underrated vocalists for "With You I'm Born Again," released from the soundtrack of a forgotten film called Fast Break. It was a Top 5 hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and a full album followed in 1981. Previously released on CD with seven bonus cuts (including an instrumental of "Born Again" and several non-LP tracks), it's now available digitally for everyone to enjoy.
Ed Ames recognized Burt Bacharach's talent when the young, up-and-coming composer worked as an accompanist for Ed and his siblings, The Ames Brothers. The recording artist, nightclub headliner, television star, and legendary Carson guest never forgot Bacharach. He included Burt and lyricist Hal David's songs, then regularly appearing on the pop charts, on his RCA albums including Time, Time ("What the World Needs Now Is Love"), When the Snow Is on the Roses ("Nikki"), Sings the Hits of Broadway and Hollywood ("The Look of Love"), Love of the Common People ("This Guy's in Love with You"), and Sing Away the World ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"). While Ed's powerful baritone wasn't an obvious choice for Bacharach's sleek, shifting pop-soul melodies, his persuasive way with a lyric and total conviction made him a fine interpreter. 1971's Sings the Songs of Bacharach & David is an enjoyable tribute to Burt and Hal's timeless songbook and even features a bona fide rarity in the haunting "How Does a Man Become a Puppet?" (only recorded by one other artist). Another hidden gem: the vocal version of "Nikki," better-known in instrumental form as the ABC Movie of the Week theme and in Bacharach's own recording on his self-titled 1971 A&M album. While a handful of tracks here were reprised from earlier Ames efforts, the recording of "What the World Needs Now" is among the new recordings. Ed wasn't done with Burt and Hal's discography; in 1973, he devoted one side of an LP to their score to the cult classic musical Lost Horizon.
Writer Robert Anderson and director-producer Gil Cates' 1970 family drama I Never Sang for My Father, based on Cates' stage play of the same name, was hailed by Roger Ebert as "one of the most unforgettably human films I can remember." It picked up three Academy Award nominations - one for Best Actor (Melvyn Douglas), one for Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), and the third for Anderson's adapted screenplay. (Estelle Parsons, Dorothy Stickney, and future Maude and Diff'rent Strokes star Conrad Bain were among the other cast members.) Sadly overlooked was the moody, evocative score by Barry Mann and Al Gorgoni, featuring a number of dramatic themes as well as the Mann/Weil ballad "Strangers" sung by country star Roy Clark in the mode of Johnny Mathis. The Bell soundtrack today receives its first-ever reissue in any format, and it's well worth checking out for another side of pop songwriting legend Mann and veteran session guitarist Gorgoni.
LLusion's fan remixes have garnered acclaim and popularity on TikTok; now, he's working his magic with a new, official mix on Blackstreet's hit "No Diggity," reissued earlier this year as part of a digital expansion of their album Another Level.
One of pop's most enigmatic figures, Lorde threw a curve ball with her hotly-anticipated third album - an insular, solipsistic piece of indie-folk that sharply divided critics. (There was also a lot of ink spilled about the environmentally-conscious New Zealander refusing to release the album on CD while still putting it out on vinyl.) Fans will take to the new expansion of the album, featuring two unreleased tracks she cut with omnipresent producer Jack Antonoff.
The National, full discography on Bandcamp (4AD)
Epic indie rockers The National (whose guitarist Aaron Dessner has recently broken out as a co-producer for Taylor Swift's work) celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut by putting all eight of their albums and two EPs up for physical and digital consumption on Bandcamp. (Their 2001 self-titled debut plus follow-ups Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and Cherry Tree are also also newly remastered.)
Though legendary noise rockers Sonic Youth have been finished since 2011, they've been consistently releasing archival material through Bandcamp. Two special releases, available Friday, feature shows from the band's Washing Machine and Rather Ripped tours that benefit good causes: Fund Texas Choice and the Abortion Support Network, two organizations that have been fighting the state's ban on abortion. "The enduring support from Lone Star state fans for SY warrants a favor returned specifically for this state's fanbase," the band said in a statement, "and in broader scope, Sonic Youth support a national and world community where abortion is embraced as health care and a human right."
Miracle Legion, We've Played This Measly Town Many Times (Mezzotint)
With another Bandcamp Friday comes another archival release from Mark Mulcahy's Mezzotint label, which handles the catalogues of college rock heroes Miracle Legion, Pete & Pete house band Polaris and Mulcahy's own solo work. The latest is the second date of the band's 2016 reunion tour, recorded in Albany, NY. (This was a killer tour, as Second Disc HQ can attest from prior live albums Annulment and 4.20 Live At The Boot as well as personal experience.)
Pollyanna, Sugar Coat Deluxe (I Surrender)
Another great Bandcamp find that is indeed a reissue and totally worth your time either way comes from Pollyanna, a formidable power-pop/punk quartet from The Second Disc's home state of New Jersey. Sugar Coat, the band's 2020 EP, was a killer leap forward thanks to addictive tracks like "Don't Stay, Don't Go" and "IDKY." Now it's being reissued on a new label with new cover art and five extra tracks including the great new single "Monster." It's a sweet treat that's not to be missed!