Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the titles arriving in stores today!
The Motown Anthology is the ultimate retrospective of Mary Wilson, multi-hyphenate talent: singer, activist, author, fashion icon, actress, mother, grandmother, friend, trailblazer, legend, Supreme. This first-ever comprehensive overview of Wilson's Motown discography presents 38 songs, including a whopping 33 tracks only available physically on this collection including stunning new mixes of Supremes favorites, four Supremes outtakes produced by Deke Richards, the complete 1979 Mary Wilson album, Mary's session with producer Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, David Bowie), and much more. The Motown Anthology has been produced by the team of Andrew Skurow, George Solomon, and TSD's Joe Marchese (The Supremes' The Ultimate Merry Christmas, Diana Ross and The Supremes Sing and Perform 'Funny Girl': The Ultimate Edition, all from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records). It's been mixed and mastered by Kevin Reeves (Bobby Darin's Go Ahead & Back Up: The Lost Motown Masters, Blinky's Heart Full of Soul: The Motown Anthology). Its 44-page booklet, beautifully designed by John Sellards, is stuffed with rare and previously unpublished color photos plus new liner notes from Marchese, Skurow, and best-selling author Mark Bego (Mary Wilson's Supreme Glamour, Eat Like a Rock Star). It's housed in a six-panel digipak in the tradition of past Supremes expanded editions. The booklet also features exclusive tributes to Mary from such luminaries as Sir Paul McCartney, Dionne Warwick, Darlene Love, Otis Williams, Duke Fakir, Martha Reeves, Claudette Robinson, Brian and Edward Holland, Rita Coolidge, Merry Clayton, Brenda Russell, Blinky Williams, Jackie DeShannon, and RuPaul (just to name a few). Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton has penned a special appreciation, as well, for this ultimate celebration of Supreme legend Mary Wilson from the Real Gone/Second Disc team. Available on CD and digital/streaming now from Motown/UMe.
1976's The Trogg Tapes showed that the band behind "Wild Thing," "With a Girl Like You," and "Love Is All Around" still had some steam left in them. The seventies hadn't tamed The Troggs; the album from lead vocalist Reg Presley, bassist Tony Murray, guitarists Richard Moore and Colin Fletcher, and drummer Ronnie Bond, was a lean, rocking affair. The album boasts taut, crunchy originals such as "Supergirl" and "Down South to Georgia," the lusty "Get You Tonight," storming "Gonna Make You," and covers of Rufus Thomas' "Walkin' the Dog" and Brendon Dunning's "Rock 'N' Roll Lady." The ballad "After the Rain" even channeled a bit of a country sound. A vinyl release of The Trogg Tapes will arrive from Liberation Hall later this year. Also available in digital formats.
Los Angeles scenester Kim Fowley's raucous, irreverent live album In Deutschland was recorded on October 26, 1992, with Fowley accompanied by Flamin' Groovies singer-guitarist Chris Wilson. The show didn't exactly go as planned; the band hadn't been properly rehearsed, and mid-show, the concert organizer asked the audience if they wanted it to continue. Their response was a rather convincing "No!" but Fowley and his band nonetheless played on. Tracks 1-9 are all that exist of the concert; tracks 10-16 were recorded at a rehearsal. This album was previously released in 1993 on Fowley's own Marilyn Records. A new vinyl release via Liberation Hall will follow later in 2022. Also available digitally. Read more about both Liberation Hall titles here.
Pink Floyd's 1967 debut LP - the band's only studio album completed with founding member Syd Barrett - is reissued in its original mono mix on 180-gram black vinyl by Pink Floyd Records and Sony, utilizing the 2017 remaster by James Guthrie, Joel Plante, and Bernie Grundman.
BMG continues its series of artist collections drawn from the Montreux Jazz Festival vaults with this title from guitar hero and jazz fusion pioneer John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra). McLaughlin compiled the 2-LP or 1-CD set featuring a selection of his performances spanning 1978-2016. Also available digitally, including in high-resolution.
The chanteuse's 1999 album produced by Daniel Lanois and Mark Howard is reissued by BMG in an expanded edition adding four previously unreleased demos and the never-before-heard studio outtake "Drifting" as well as new liner notes. Vagabond Ways features songs by Leonard Cohen ("Tower of Song") and Roger Waters ("Incarceration of a Flower Child") as well as a song written for Marianne by Elton John and Bernie Taupin ("For Wanting You"). The reissue also reinstates Bob Dylan's "Blood in My Eyes," originally released as a Japan-only bonus track. Available on CD, heavyweight vinyl, and digitally.
Dolly Parton's latest album, Run Rose Run, shares its title with the novel she has just co-authored with James Patterson. (The book arrives in stores on Monday, March 7 and is available at Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada). The 12 songs on the album were inspired by the book and feature guests Rhonda Vincent, Joe Nichols, The Isaacs, and Dailey and Vincent. Available on CD, LP, and digital/streaming. Barnes & Noble has an exclusive blue vinyl edition while Target will carry exclusive an exclusive green vinyl edition and CD with a bookmark.