Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
Cat Stevens, Harold and Maude: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (A&M/Cat-o-Log/UMe)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
A&M/Cat-o-Log/UMe delivers a long-awaited official wide-release soundtrack of Hal Ashby's 1971 dark comedy Harold and Maude featuring the songs of Cat Stevens. The new release, available on CD, LP, and digital formats, includes the seven songs reprised from Stevens' first two Island/A&M albums Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman ("On the Road to Find Out," "I Wish, I Wish," "Miles from Nowhere," "Tea for the Tillerman," "I Think I See the Light," "Trouble," and "Where Do the Children Play?") plus his original songs "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out." Dialogue and instrumental cues are also included. All of the audio, including previously unheard masters of "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out," has been newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios. The physical formats will include liner notes, lyrics, transcriptions of movie dialogue, and photos from the Paramount Pictures archive.
Nina Simone, Feeling Good: Her Greatest Hits and Remixes (Verve) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
This 2-CD, 26-track anthology features 19 classic hits from the legendary songstress and activist (including "Feeling Good," "Ain't Got No/I Got Life," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Mississippi Goddam," and "I Loves You, Porgy") and seven new remixes from DJ/producers such as HONNE ("My Baby Cares Just for Me"), Joel Correy ("Feeling Good"), Riton ("See-Line Woman"), and synthpop band Hot Chip ("Be My Husband").
Alan Parsons, One Note Symphony: Live in Tel Aviv (Frontiers)
2CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Alan Parsons' 2019 Tel Aviv concert with the Israel Symphony Orchestra (featuring "Eye in the Sky," "The Raven," "Time," and "Games People Play") comes to a variety of audio and video formats including 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray, 3-LP, and digital/streaming.
Urge Overkill, Oui (Omnivore) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Urge Overkill, a.k.a. Nash Kato and King Roeser, releases their first studio album in a dozen years with today's release of Oui on both CD and digital/streaming. The Minnesota-born, Northwestern-educated duo have written 11 new tracks and co-produced all 12 on the album, including an Urge-style revival of Wham!'s George Michael-penned "Freedom." Kato and Roeser haven't lost any of the edge and bite that brought them to the attention of fans like Quentin Tarantino; chances are you, too, will want to say Oui! to this most welcome return.
Eddie Vedder, Earthling (Republic) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
For his first studio album since 2011, Eddie Vedder has welcomed producer Andrew Watt and guest artists including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, and Glen Hansard. Available today on CD and digital/streaming, with vinyl to follow late in 2022.
Great job on the recent Mats “Sorry Ma…” box set review- I own all 3 so far and hope Rhino keeps releasing them. Have you checked out Spoon’s “Lucifer On The Sofa” yet? It was just released this week and is excellent.
Philip Ellison says
The artwork for the Urge Overkill release, “Oui”, makes a clear visual reference to the American edition of the French men’s magazine “Lui” published in the States by Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Enterprises as “Oui”, perhaps unconsciously. It does raise the question what this may mean…
I think, in a way, Urge Overkill was playing on Swervedriver's 1993 album artwork for "Mezcal Head". Take a look at that album cover it's only missing the UO medallion nose ring.