Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of new titles out today!
Daryl Hall and John Oates, Marigold Sky: Expanded Edition (BMG)
BMG's reissue of Daryl Hall and John Oates' 1997 album Marigold Sky - their first away from the major label system - adds three bonus tracks: the radio edit of "Romeo Is Bleeding," the remix of "Hold on to Yourself," and the Hot Mix of "The Sky Is Falling." Marigold Sky emphasizes the remarkable songwriting, alluring grooves, soulful vocals, impeccable musicianship, and compelling craft for which the duo is well-known; it features Hall and Oates' longtime bassist T-Bone Wolk as well as longtime collaborators including saxophonist Charlie DeChant and engineer Peter Moshay (both of whom are still involved with Hall and Oates today) and guitarist Paul Pesco. Dave Stewart (with whom Hall is currently collaborating on solo music) added guitar on the single "Romeo Is Bleeding" as well as on "Love Out Loud." Available on CD and 2-LP vinyl.
Kraftwerk, Remixes (Parlophone/Rhino)
Kraftwerk's Remixes features 19 tracks remixed by the band as well as François Kevorkian, William Orbit, Étienne de Crécy, Orbital, Underground Resistance, DJ Rolando, and Hot Chip. These remixes were originally released on various 12" singles, CD singles, and digital releases over the past twenty years. The album additionally showcases Kraftwerk's latest Kling Klang Studio creations: "Non Stop" and remixes of "Home Computer" and "Tour De France (Etape 2)." The genesis of "Non Stop" was a soundbite recorded for MTV in the 1980s; in 2020, Kraftwerk took the original 30-second clip and expanded into its current eight-minute form. Read more here.
Ornette Coleman, Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums (Craft Recordings)
Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums brings together free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman's albums for Lester Koenig's Contemporary label. The collection, available on 2 CDs or 2 LPs, presents Coleman's first albums as a bandleader - Something Else!!!! (1958) and Tomorrow Is the Question! (1959), both of which have been newly mastered by Bernie Grundman. The former is the rare entry in the Coleman discography to feature traditional bebop instrumentation including a piano but still broke ground with its fusion of jazz and blues; the latter set Coleman on the unconventional path that would lead to his triumphs on Atlantic Records. Ashley Kahn provides the new liner notes in the deluxe 32-page booklet.
Folksinger-banjoist-guitarist Karen Dalton's 1971 Paramount Records album In My Own Time (produced by Harvey Brooks of The Electric Flag) gets a belated 50th anniversary reissue from Light in the Attic. Both the CD and cassette editions boast nine bonus tracks, including three alternate takes from the In My Own Time album sessions, along with six previously unreleased live tracks from Dalton's 1971 European tour (including songs from The Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival and Germany's Beat Club). All audio has been newly remastered by Dave Cooley, while lacquers were cut by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters. The deluxe booklet adds rare photos, liner notes from Lenny Kaye, and contributions from Nick Cave and Devendra Banhart. LITA is also offering an exclusive box set edition presenting the audio on 1 CD, 3 LPs, and 2 seven-inch singles.
Reba McEntire returns with a 12-track collection subtitled Hymns and Gospel Favorites. My Chains Are Gone blends songs from Reba's 2017 Grammy-winning album Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope with four brand-new selections including "The Lord's Prayer" and "Because He Lives." The CD also includes an acoustic version of "Back to God" (featuring Lauren Daigle) premiering on a physical format. Available on CD and digitally.
The crooner is back with a new set featuring originals, standards ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," "Smile"), new standards ("To Make You Feel My Love"), and a couple of special tracks: Willie Nelson guests on his own "Crazy," and Paul McCartney produces Bublé on his "My Valentine." The Bublé online shop has an exclusive version of the CD with one bonus track, "Pennies from Heaven," as well as a silver vinyl edition coming May 13. Target's exclusive CD has alternate artwork. Available on CD and digital today; the standard LP version will also arrive on May 13.
These two titles are also available now for pre-order from the Kritzerland label...
Ben Bagley's Shoestring '57: Original Cast Recording (Kritzerland)
Beatrice Arthur, Fay DeWitt, and Dody Goodman are among the stars of this charming revue conceived by Ben Bagley featuring music and lyrics from Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Carolyn Leigh, Claibe Richardson, and more. This reissue features the expanded track listing and cover artwork of the Painted Smiles CD edition, with newly spruced-up sound.
Various Artists, Ben Bagley's Rodgers & Hart Revisited Vol. 5 (Kritzerland)
The fifth and final volume of Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited series features another host of largely-unknown gems from the famous duo as performed by a cast including cabaret chanteuse Mary Cleere Haran, future superstar director-choreographer Susan Stroman, Sandy Stewart, Arthur Siegel, Dorothy Loudon, and Ann Hampton Callaway. Both releases are limited to just 500 units; pre-orders placed with Kritzerland should ship by the end of April, if not sooner.