Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to discover! Today's your chance to dive deep on an alternate history of Miles Davis or some mid-'60s classics by The Ventures, among other cool picks; pull up a chair after your Record Store Day Drop visit and queue up some good stuff!
Miles Davis, Early Minor: Rare Miles from the Complete In a Silent Way Sessions / Double Image: Rare Miles from the Complete Bitches Brew Sessions / Champions: Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (Columbia/Legacy)
On the eve of a new Miles Davis Record Store Day release - this time a precursor to a new entry in the jazz icon's Bootleg Series - Legacy puts out digital versions of their previous three Miles RSD titles, issues between 2019 and 2021. They feature an album-length digest of outtakes from the albums In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson, each of which received their own definitive box sets from the label over the years.
The Ventures, The Ventures A Go Go / Where the Action Is / Caravan / Pops in Japan / Flights of Fancy / Only Hits (Expanded Edition) (Capitol/UMe)
If you're a fan of these surf rock legends, you'll want to run (don't walk!) to these newly-delivered classics from the mid-'60s. The Ventures A Go Go, Where the Action Is, the Japanese-only Caravan (all issued in 1965) and 1968's Flights of Fancy are now available to stream or download in "two-fers" that collect the original stereo and mono mixes of each record. Another Japanese album, Pops in Japan (1967), features native repertoire and a few Eastern-inspired originals, while 1972's Only Hits, a double LP so named because of the covers that packed it ("Also Sprach Zarathustra," "The Cisco Kid," "I Can See Clearly Now," "Superstition," "Live and Let Die" and many others) features four bonus tracks from a 1997 CD reissue.
A new extended version of the disco chart-topper, using the original multitracks but making some bold choices in the process. For more than a full minute, the song is all vocals and drums, and it's fairly minimalist from there.
The third of Marley's four nights at The Rainbow comes to digital, putting the complete run up digitally. Next week, a new deluxe edition of Exodus, the album these shows was promoting.
A new curated collection of 14 hard-to-find bonus tracks and things from the legendary vocalist.
While she wasn't one of the more successful solo members of the musical family, La Toya Jackson's debut shines thanks to sterling production handled by Ollie E. Brown, guitar throughout from Ray Parker Jr., and a few crucial assists from her siblings. Michael co-wrote and produced "Night Time Lover," while "Lovely is She" was an early writing credit for Janet, two years before her debut album.
Louisiana crunk rapper Hurricane Chris had a meteoric rise with his signature song in 2007, now available with an instrumental and a cappella version. It's memorable for being an early hit for the Polo Grounds label, who'd later sign Pitbull and the A$AP Mob (Rocky, Ferg, and others) as well as - on a personal note - being a potential concert act to perform at Seton Hall University that fall in an attempt to get a hip-hop act after a few years of rock bands. (No act could be decided. The things you remember from your undergrad years!)