Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles arriving in stores today!
T. Rex, 1972 [Various Formats] (Edsel)
5CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
5CD Signed by Tony Visconti: Amazon U.K.
6LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
6LP Signed by Tony Visconti: Amazon U.K.
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Edsel is looking back on Marc Bolan and T. Rex's prolific 1972 with a new box set available in 5 CD, 6 LP, and 2 LP formats. The all-encompassing 1972 includes The Slider album, Live at Wembley: The Matinee Show (plus two previously unreleased 1972 mixes from The Evening Show), an expanded Born to Boogie: The Soundtrack Album (featuring Elton John and Ringo Starr), Bolan's U.S. Radio Sessions, T. Rex's 1972 BBC sessions (boasting a previously unreleased version of "Telegram Sam" from the Christmas Top of the Pops), non-LP B-sides, and the T. Rex Fan Club 1972 Christmas flexidisc. All tracks are present on both the CD box and the 180-gram colored vinyl set. The 2LP highlights edition, pressed on 140-gram white vinyl, features highlights from the Wembley show, U.S. and U.K. radio sessions, and bonus extras including highlights from the Born to Boogie soundtrack. Read more here.
Rumer, B-Sides and Rarities Vol. 2 (Cooking Vinyl)
Singer-songwriter Rumer has collected another clutch of rare and previously unreleased recordings - 11 on LP, 13 on CD and digital - for B-Sides and Rarities Vol. 2. Highlights include two previously unheard original songs, "Roses" and "Old Fashioned Girl" (the latter penned by Rumer and her husband, Rob Shirakbari) plus tunes from Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, The Bee Gees, Hugh Prestwood, Van Morrison, and Carly Simon. The collection is due April 22 on CD/digital and October 21 on vinyl. Read more here.
Brian May, Another World [Various Formats] (UMe)
Brian May reissues his 1998 sophomore album Another World in a variety of formats including the remastered album on CD and 180-gram vinyl, an expanded 2CD set, and a box with the 2CD set and the vinyl LP (pressed in blue). The album arose out of a concept of May covering favorite songs, but ended up as a primarily original album with a handful of covers including songs by Jimi Hendrix and Ian Hunter. Now, as the second entry in May's Gold Series, it's reissued with a bonus disc of 15 rarities including four more cover tunes, live tracks, alternate mixes, and more.
Charles Mingus, Mingus Three: Deluxe Edition (Parlophone/Rhino)
Rhino reissues the bassist-composer's 1957 album for Jubilee Records, Mingus Three, on CD and LP with eight previously unreleased performances. A rare trio record for Mingus, it welcomed pianist Hampton Hawes and drummer Dannie Richmond and featured renditions of four familiar American Songbook standards ("Yesterdays," "I Can't Get Started," "Summertime," and "Laura") as well as two originals ("Back Home Blues" and "Dizzy Moods") and one jam credited to Hawes ("Hamp's New Blues"). The album has been expanded with a second disc of eight tracks, all recently discovered in the London Parlophone Records vaults. These encompass alternate takes of every song on Mingus Three save "Laura," plus two untitled, improvised blues originals. The packages will replicate the original Jubilee sleeve and labels while the booklet adds new liner notes from pianist-arranger Sy Johnson (a Mingus collaborator in the 1970s) as well as period photos. Read more here.
Bonnie Raitt returns with her first studio album since 2016 and her eighteenth overall. Just Like That... was recorded with bassist James "Hutch" Hutchinson, drummer (and onetime Beach Boy) Ricky Fataar, keyboardist and backing vocalist Glenn Patscha, and guitarist Kenny Greenberg. Raitt also produced the album which has been mixed by Ryan Freeland. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
Lani Hall has long been one of our favorite vocalists, and the Grammy winner is back this week with her first solo album since 1998. The former lead singer of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 steps out on Seasons of Love with her husband Herb Alpert guesting. Lani brings her distinctive and intimate style to such songs as "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent, Bill Withers' "Lovely Day," The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March," and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," sung in Portuguese as "Sorri." The romantic and alluring beauty of the bossa nova is alive and well on Seasons of Love. Available on CD and streaming. (Now how about Lani's A&M albums on CD? Please?)