Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles arriving in stores today!
Daryl Hall is looking back with his first-ever solo anthology. BeforeAfter, curated by the artist, draws on all five of his acclaimed solo albums: the Robert Fripp-produced cult classic Sacred Songs (1980), Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine (1986, including the top five hit "Dreamtime" and top 40 success "Foolish Pride"), Soul Alone (1993), Can't Stop Dreaming (1996), and Laughing Down Crying (2011). Many of Hall's charted singles are here, also including "Someone Like You" from Three Hearts, the international hit "I'm in a Philly Mood" and "Stop Loving Me, Stop Loving You" from Soul Alone, "Cab Driver" from Can't Stop Dreaming, and "Eyes for You (Ain't No Doubt About It)" and "Talking to You (is Like Talking to Myself)" from Laughing Down Crying. The 30-song, 2-CD collection also features eight previously unreleased cuts from Live from Daryl's House including duets with Todd Rundgren, Dave Stewart, and Monte Montgomery. Compilation co-producer Jeremy Holiday provides the new liner notes. Read more here!
Real Gone Music celebrates the Doris Day centennial with Early Day: Rare Songs from the Radio 1939-1950, collecting on CD two dozen painstakingly-restored rarities from the first decade of Doris Day's extraordinary career. The collection opens with a moving 1944 rendition of her first signature song, "Sentimental Journey," with The Les Brown Orchestra before journeying back to 1939 and two songs with Barney Rapp's big band performed by 17-year-old Doris on their very first nationwide broadcast. The set continues with more mid-1940s appearances with Les Brown and His Orchestra including performances a treasure trove from The Bob Hope Show circa 1948-1950. Hope himself duets with Doris on "Sunshine Cake" while singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely shares the microphone on "Slippin' Around." This collection was curated with Doris' full knowledge and consent, and the 16-page booklet designed by John Sellards is chockablock with rare photos from the period. TSD's Joe Marchese provides the liner notes tracing Day's career on the radio during this prolific time. Mike Milchner at SonicVision has remastered all tracks on this essential anthology.
Real Gone Music brings the final studio album of Doris Day's lifetime, My Heart, to vinyl for the first time. My Heart was perhaps the most unexpected hit record of the year, hitting the charts in the U.S. and making it all the way to No. 9 on the U.K. Albums Chart. My Heart was dedicated to the memory of Day's son, producer-singer-songwriter Terry Melcher (who predeceased his mother when he passed away in 2014 at the age of 62). "These songs all mean so much to me...They bring back happy memories of my friends who appeared on TV with me, my animal friends, and most of all, my [late] son Terry," Doris said at the time of the original release. At the heart of the album are songs recorded by Doris and produced by Terry (The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Paul Revere and The Raiders) for her 1980s television series Doris Day's Best Friends. Tracks include "Disney Girls," "Heaven Tonight," "Happy Endings," and "Daydream." My Heart has been remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision and pressed on green vinyl. The package also features an insert with liner notes. Read more about both Doris Day releases here!
Graham Parker's first proper solo album, 1982's Another Grey Area, is receiving the deluxe reissue treatment from the newly-revived Iconoclassic Records. This 40th anniversary edition features five additional cuts including remixes and live tracks plus the rare "Habit Worth Forming." All of the audio has been newly remastered for this release by Grammy Award winner Mark Wilder at Sony's Battery Studios. The set comes with detailed liner notes by author Geoffrey Himes, drawing from a pair of interviews with Parker himself conducted four decades apart. Read more about Another Grey Area here, and don't miss our exclusive interview with Iconoclassic's Jeremy Holiday!
Marvin Gaye's 1971 Motown masterwork returns to vinyl in this 2-LP set marking its 50th anniversary (and delayed from 2021). It features direct-to-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray, and includes four tracks making their vinyl debut (including the "stripped" version of the title song) plus six mono single mixes and B-sides. It's all pressed on 180-gram vinyl in a tip-on heavy stock gatefold jacket with printed sleeves featuring lyrics, track details, a brief essay honoring arranger David Van De Pitte, and a main essay by poet Hanif Abdurraqib.
Tom Jones revisits his new studio album Surrounded by Time, a U.K. chart-topper in 2021, in a deluxe edition adding a bonus disc. The additional CD contains two new tracks - the original composition "One Hell of a Life" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Not Dark Yet" - plus four live versions of album cuts recorded in London, and a conversation with Jones. This expanded edition was released in the U.K. in December; today's release is domestic.
The Original 1998 Broadway Cast Recording of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty's Tony Award-winning epic musical Ragtime - based on E.L. Doctorow's novel and starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, Mark Jacoby, Peter Friedman, and Judy Kaye - comes to vinyl for the first time. Masterworks Broadway's 3-LP set, housed in a hardbound slipcase, features each disc pressed on 180-gram red, white, and blue vinyl, respectively, as well as a 20-page stitched, oversized booklet with new liner notes and track-by-track commentary by Ahrens and Flaherty, an interview with Mitchell, recording session photos, and the complete album libretto.
Scott McCarl only appeared on one album by The Raspberries - the band's ironically-titled 1974 farewell Starting Over - but he established himself as a power pop pro by co-authoring five of the album's songs including "Play On" (written with Eric Carmen). But McCarl pursued other avenues after the disbanding of The Raspberries and only occasionally returned to music. More than two decades after Starting Over, he released his first solo album: Play On. (Despite the title, the song was nowhere to be found!) For this new edition on Liberation Hall, roughly half of the original 1997 album has been retained, while other cuts from McCarl's small but potent discography have been added. With tracks spanning 1970-2021, Play On features 13 shimmering, melodic power pop nuggets (often bringing to mind The Beatles and yes, The Raspberries), with plentiful hooks, chiming guitars, and bright harmonies, including the new "Doin' It Right." A vinyl version will follow later this year.
Stage Door reissues the 1987 album from West End and cabaret star Lorna Dallas featuring songs from such beloved musicals as My Fair Lady, The King and I, West Side Story, and Les Miserables. Stage Door's remastered reissue adds four previously unreleased bonus tracks (including "Moonfall" from The Mystery of Edwin Drood, "Simple" from Nine, and a suite from Yentl). Watch this space for more on Rainbows later today!
Here's one we missed from last week: Kenny Rogers' 2011 gospel album The Love of God, originally sold at Cracker Barrel locations and later reissued as Faith, has received a wide release with one previously unreleased bonus track: a duet of "The Gospel Truth" with The Oak Ridge Boys. The 2022 edition, remastered by Jim DeMain in Nashville, also offers new cover artwork and a 16-page booklet.