Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new releases available today!
Rush, Moving Pictures: 40th Anniversary [various editions] (Mercury/UMe)
Rush's seminal 1981 Moving Pictures receives a number of belated 40th anniversary reissues today including a 3CD version with the 2015 album remaster (debuting in the CD format) and the band's complete Toronto concert of March 25, 1981; a 5LP vinyl set with the same contents half-speed mastered Direct-to-Metal and pressed on 180-gram vinyl; and a 5LP/3CD/1BD Super Deluxe box with all of the above plus a Blu-ray Audio Disc with Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mixes plus music videos. Swag (posters, memorabilia replicas, drumsticks, a model car) rounds out this hefty set.
In 1967, The Dave Brubeck Quartet found itself briefly transformed into a trio when saxophonist Paul Desmond missed the group's plane to Austria. This Vienna concert presents the performance of pianist Brubeck, bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello. To the Brubeck family's knowledge, this is the only recording of this trio sans Desmond. It features six songs including "Take the A Train," "Someday My Prince Will Come," and "St. Louis Blues." Available today in CD and digital formats.
Omnivore has rescued and remastered jazz vocal singer-songwriter Bobby Cole's 1967 Concentric Records album A Point of View for this generous expanded edition that ups the tunestack from 12 songs to 25. Cole made a fan of Frank Sinatra while tickling the ivories at Jilly's, was enlisted by Judy Garland for her ill-fated but illustrious CBS variety show as well as live at the Palace, and had his songs recorded by Nancy Sinatra, Freddy Cole, and Tom Jones, among others. Now his own voice, piano, and distinctive Point of View shine on this long-lost album which features tight accompaniment from Ralf Rost on bass, and Arnold Wise on drums, with Kathy Kelly dropping in to add her ethereal vocals on a handful of songs. Cole's material - ballads and swingers alike - is hip, urbane, and well-crafted, making for a cache of would-be American Songbook classics. (There's even a surprising bit of rhythmic "rock 'n' Cole" among the bonus tracks.) Fans of Bobby Short, Cy Coleman, and their brethren will be captivated by the sophisticated and intimate supper club vibe of here. The album has been remastered by Michael Graves, and Randy Poe provides the new liner notes. Available on CD and digitally.
Capitol brings together a disc's worth of original songs penned by the "Bad to the Bone" singer including the previously unreleased "Back in the U.S.A." Out today on both CD and LP.
Edgar Winter pays tribute to his late brother Johnny (who died in 2014) with this new release. Edgar, who's toured as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, has formed an all-star group of his own including Ringo, Joe Walsh, Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall II, John McFee, Robben Ford, Billy Gibbons, David Grissom, Taylor Hawkins, Warren Haynes, Steve Lukather, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, Doug Rappoport, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Waddy Wachtel, Phil X, and Gregg Bissonette. The 17-track tribute has been produced by Ross Hogarth and features two new songs written by Edgar to celebrate Johnny's legacy. Available today on CD and digital platforms, with a vinyl LP following in June.