Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the titles arriving in stores today!
A little over a month after playing a concert on the desert grounds surrounding the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Grateful Dead returned home to San Francisco for a five-show stint at Winterland. The band brought along a slide show of their Egyptian stand and introduced the audience to the masterful oud player Hamza El-Din who accompanied them on his composition "Ollin Arageed" which segued into "Deal." This volume of Road Trips, making its general retail debut from Real Gone Music, excerpts the final two Winterland shows (October 21-22, 1978) which also welcomed War harmonica player Lee Oskar (on the medley of "Got My Mojo Working," "The Other One," "Stella Blue," and Sugar Magnolia") and Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist John Cipollina (on the "Not Fade Away"/"Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" medley. This one is a "Betty Board" recording in HDCD sound, augmented by audience recordings.
Real Gone has rounded up all of the Soul Queen of New Orleans' material for Atlantic Records' Cotillion imprint on this new 15-track vinyl release (previously issued on CD in 2014). The LP, adorned with an alternate cover, comes on light blue vinyl.
BMG has dipped into the treasure trove that is Hank Williams' Mother's Best recordings for a new 2-CD or 3-LP set comprising 40 gospel recordings made by the late country superstar in 1951. These are the once-lost radio performances first released in 2010 as a 15-CD box set, then subsequently culled for releases including Pictures from Life's Other Side (2019) and Only Mother's Best (2020). This new release exclusively draws on the impassioned gospel recordings made by Williams for the radio show, all beautifully restored by Michael Graves and expertly annotated by Colin Escott. The 2-CD version is housed within a six-panel digipak while the 3-LP iteration features three 140-gram platters in a triple gatefold package.
KISS releases a new volume in the band's Off the Soundboard series of "official bootlegs." This show from July 25, 2004 in Virginia Beach, part of the Rock the Nation tour, features Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer on such favorites as "Love Gun," "Lick It Up," and "I Love It Loud." Available on 2 CDs and digitally.
The soundtrack to Nora Ephron's beloved 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle returns on vinyl from Real Gone Music. The score was composed by Marc Shaiman, and the soundtrack album featured classic standards from artists such as Louis Armstrong, Nat "King" Cole, Gene Autry, and Jimmy Durante. Also on the album were standards performed by contemporary artists like Carly Simon, Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr. and the pair of Celine Dion and Clive Griffin. Dion and Griffin's version of "When I Fall in Love" would hit No. 6 on the Billboard AC chart. Real Gone debuted Sleepless in Seattle on vinyl in 2017; this latest pressing is on "sunset" colored vinyl.
Five year later, Ephron would reunite with Sleepless stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for You've Got Mail. The movie was based on the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie, which had already been adapted into two films: 1940's Shop Around the Corner and 1949's musical version In the Good Old Summertime. For the soundtrack, a formula much like the album for Sleepless was used, but with songs of slightly newer vintage. This time we move up to the 1950s-1970s and feature artists such as Bobby Darin, Roy Orbison, Bobby Day, Randy Newman, Stevie Wonder, and Harry Nilsson. Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante make return appearances. Nilsson gets four spots: three performed by him and a newly recorded cover of "I Guess the Lord Must Be In New York City" by Sinead O'Connor (Nilsson's original version was actually used in the film, but O'Connor's version is heard over the end credits). The other original song on the soundtrack was "Anyone at All," written and performed by Carole King, co-written with Carole Bayer Sager. Real Gone's new reissue marks the first time the soundtrack has appeared on vinyl. It includes an inner sleeve and comes on "highlighter yellow" vinyl.
Michael Feinstein is back with a new studio album on which he welcomes a host of country's biggest names to salute the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Gershwin Country offers a vibrant and contemporary yet authentic and faithful spin on the brothers' beloved standards. The singer-pianist is joined by Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Milsap, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, Mandy Barnett, and the legendary Liza Minnelli (also the album's executive producer), among others, on this beautiful set celebrating the endurance and relevance of the Great American Songbook. Available on CD and digital/streaming.
Bryan Adams releases his 15th studio album today via BMG. It follows Adams' Shine a Light, from 2019, as well as his recent "stealth" drop on YouTube of his own recordings of his score to Broadway's Pretty Woman: The Musical. So Happy It Hurts features the singles "So Happy It Hurts," "On the Road," "Kick Ass," and "Never Gonna Rain." Available on CD and digital/streaming.