Welcome to our final Release Round-Up of 2021! There are very few new releases scheduled for the next two weeks, but we'll be back in 2022!
Frank Zappa, 200 Motels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 50th Anniversary Edition (Zappa Records/UMe)
6CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD (Original Soundtrack Only): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP Black Vinyl (Original Soundtrack Only): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP Red Vinyl (Original Soundtrack Only): Zappa.com / UDiscoverMusic.com / TheSoundofVinyl.com
The Zappa Family Trust, UMe, and MGM are delivering the ultimate 200 Motels experience: a whopping 6-CD box set celebrating Frank Zappa's cult classic 1971 musical film. The box is loaded with previously unreleased demos, outtakes, work mixes, interviews, movie dialogue, and advertisements. Working from original analog tape sources, Bernie Grundman has handled the mastering for the original soundtrack album while John Polito mastered the vault material. 200 Motels is also available in 2-CD and 2-LP versions featuring the remastered original soundtrack album only. Read more here!
The Dave Clark Five's 1964 American debut album Glad All Over returns to LP in a limited edition white vinyl pressing from BMG with a reimagined track listing that retains the hits "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," "Stay," and "Do You Love Me." This sequence replicates the 2019 digital edition which is available now for streaming and download. All tracks have been remastered from the original tapes by Dave Clark at Abbey Road Studios.
Real Gone Music reissues Grateful Dead's 2-CD set Road Trips Vol. 2 No. 1, with selections drawn from the band's performances at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 18-20, 1990. (Dick's Picks Vol. 9 came from the September 16 date in this run of MSG shows.) Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby were both part of the lineup for these concerts, and highlights include a rare 1990s "Dark Star" and a moving encore of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" in the wake of keyboardist Brent Mydland's then-recent passing. Read more here.
Real Gone reissues the only solo album from legendary (P-) funk guitarist Eddie Hazel, Game, Dames, and Guitar Thangs from 1977, on CD. For this scorching LP, he was joined by members of his Parliament/Funkadelic family with George Clinton co-writing all four of the album's original songs together with co-writing contributions from Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Gary Cooper, Garry Shider, and Hazel himself. The LP was rounded out by covers of The Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and The Mama & The Papas' "California Dreamin'" (which was released as a single). The Brides of Funkenstein also contributed vocals.
Calvin Keys, Proceed with Caution! (Real Gone Music)
Real Gone has two Black Jazz album reissues this week! Calvin Keys' Proceed with Caution! (1974) was Keys' second album for Black Jazz after 1971's Shawn-Neeq, his debut as a leader. In the 1960s, Keys backed organists such as Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, and Richard "Groove" Holmes. Moving to Black Jazz gave him the opportunity to be the frontman. For his sophomore LP, Keys offered up more complex music with increased instrumentation after studying at the Los Angeles School of Music. The album featured six songs, three written by Keys. The group for Proceed included drummer Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler, fellow Black Jazz mainstays Henry Franklin on bass and Kirk Lightsey on keyboards, and Charles Owens (Horace Tapscott, Buddy Rich, Terry Callier, John Mayall) on sax and flute. While the vinyl version has been available for a couple of weeks, the CD hits stores today.
Doug Carn, Adam's Apple (Real Gone Music)
Also from 1974 is Doug Carn's Adam's Apple. Keyboardist Carn was the most prolific artist on Black Jazz, recording four albums for the label. This would be his final one and the first not to feature Jean Carn, his former wife and vocalist. Here the vocals were provided by Carn himself joined by John Conner and Joyce Green. The band included Gerald Brown (acoustic bass), Darrel Clayborn (bass), Dan "Big Black" Ray (percussion), Harold Mason (drums), Ronnie Laws (saxophone), Thurman Green (trombone), and guitarists Nathan Page and Calvin Keys. Apple found Carn going in a direction featuring more electronic instrumentation and included original songs with the exceptions being the opening "Chant" and a cover of Earth, Wind, and Fire's "Mighty Mighty." The vinyl edition has been out for a couple of weeks; today, the CD arrives in stores.
Brian Wilson, At My Piano (Decca)
Brian Wilson returns with his first solo album since 2015 - and it's a true solo affair. At My Piano features the Beach Boys' leader at the keys for instrumental renditions from his classic songbook including "God Only Knows," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations," "Love and Mercy," and a suite from SMiLE. It hit stores last week on CD and digital formats; today, the vinyl LP with alternate cover artwork of a younger Wilson becomes available.