Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new releases arriving in stores today!
The Rolling Stones, Live at the El Mocambo (UMe)
The Rolling Stones are bringing their March, 1977 secret shows at Toronto's tiny El Mocambo club to 2-CD, 4-LP black vinyl, 4-LP neon vinyl, and digital formats. Live at the El Mocambo features the Stones' full set from March 5 (the second and final show), plus three bonus tracks from March 4, all newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain. Four of the live performances appeared on the September 1977 release of Love You Live, but this release marks the premiere of a complete El Mocambo set. Read more here.
Michael Nesmith, And the Hits Just Keep On Comin': 50th Anniversary Edition (7a)
7a celebrates the 50th anniversary of Michael Nesmith's 1972 album - recorded with his longtime collaborator and cosmic partner Orville "Red" Rhodes on pedal steel - with this new deluxe edition available on both CD and vinyl. Four session outtakes have been added to the original album, mirroring the contents of Legacy Recordings' 2018 digital-only expanded edition: "Cantata and Fugue in C&W" (first released in 2001), a unique version of Nesmith standard "Some of Shelly's Blues," and alternate takes of "Keep On" and "Roll with the Flow." These tracks are making their premiere on vinyl. And The Hits Just Keep On Comin' is newly-remastered and includes a booklet featuring both liner notes and previously unpublished photos. The 180-gram vinyl version is pressed on colored vinyl and housed within a gatefold sleeve. Read more here.
Omnivore returns to the discography of The Muffs with this 2-CD expanded edition of the band's 2004 studio album Really Really Happy. And while this reissue is a bittersweet occasion - singer-songwriter-guitarist Kim Shattuck passed away in October 2019 after a courageous battle with ALS - the mood is celebratory as a tribute to Shattuck and The Muffs' rock legacy. The original album, with its taut guitar riffs, bright melodies, and powerful attack, is supplemented with six bonus tracks on CD 1 (three previously unissued) and an entire disc's worth of Shattuck's never-before-released demos. This set crackles with excitement, not to mention tremendous affection from Kim's bandmates Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald that translates to the listener. The tracks spring to life in Michael Graves' remastering, and it's all packaged in a six-panel digipak with a 12-page booklet featuring an introduction from Barnett, liner notes from McDonald, and tributes from Anna Waronker, Kevin Sutherland, and Charlotte Caffey. Really, really happy certainly fits the bill.
Arriving one month before the album title, Lyle Lovett's twelfth studio album and first in ten years arrives today on Verve. Featuring original songs and covers of such classics as "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You," "Straighten Up and Fly Right," and "Peel Me a Grape," it's available on CD, LP, and digitally.
Stage star and recording artist Melissa Errico (My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour) returns with this spellbinding new album capturing the seductive milieu and alluring romance of noir. Errico brings her stylish and expressive tones to such standards as "Laura," "Haunted Heart," and "The Man That Got Away" while introducing a number of new songs bringing the film noir spirit into the present day. With piano, winds, brass, and vibes accompanying Errico's vocals, Out of the Dark is an exquisite, sophisticated, and sensual journey to a musical realm of darkness and light. Available on CD and digitally.
Blues-rock duo The Black Keys return with this original studio album featuring guests Billy F. Gibbons, Greg Cartwright, and Angelo Petraglia. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.