Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the titles arriving in stores today!
Iconoclassic Records is now premiering Rock Hard, Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison's previously unreleased 1990 album, in a deluxe, expanded CD edition. Intended to be Jamison's solo debut, Rock Hard features 10 songs including three previously unreleased compositions, three previously unreleased recordings, and a pair of previously unreleased mixes/arrangements. Jimi's non-LP solo single (issued in Germany, Japan, and promotionally in the U.S.) of his Survivor bandmates Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan's "Ever Since the World Began" - written for the Sylvester Stallone film Lock Up and first recorded by Survivor - has been added as a bonus track. It's been mastered by engineer-musician Patrick W. Engel from the original tapes. The 20-page booklet designed by John Sellards features a 6,000-word essay on the history of the album including commentary from a dozen key players in the Rock Hard story. Read more here!
Micky Dolenz, Demoiselle (7a Records)
7a Records delivers an expanded edition of Micky Dolenz's 1998 private press album Demoiselle. With a new sequence and new artwork, Demoiselle (produced by Dolenz and Jerry Corbetta and boasting almost all original songs) adds three previously unreleased bonus tracks to both the CD and LP formats. The CD presentation includes a 32-page color booklet with new liner notes and rare photos, while the LP is housed in a gatefold sleeve and pressed on red vinyl. In addition to being resequenced, Demoiselle now sports a new cover. All audio has been newly remastered from the original tapes. Read more here!
Edsel rounds up 39 tracks on 2 CDs from the band whose ranks famously featured Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck. The set includes "Heart Full of Soul," "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," "Ha, Ha Said the Clown," and more, and includes a 16-page booklet with new liner notes by David French.
Just months after 7a Records' expanded edition of Michael Nesmith's 1972 classic And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' and weeks after Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music's vinyl premiere of the late Monkee's Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victor Recordings, Music on CD reissues this 2000 two-fer of Hits and its follow-up, 1973's Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash. There are no bonuses here, but the music remains choice.
This posthumous memoir by late composer-author Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress, Freaky Friday) and New York Times critic Jesse Green lives up to its "alarmingly outspoken" title with unforgettable stories of Rodgers' life in the theatre (and beyond) and such larger-than-life figures as Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, George Abbott, Sheldon Harnick, Mitch Miller, Carol Burnett, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and yes, her "Daddy," Richard Rodgers and mother, a.k.a. "Mummy," Dorothy. Those with even a passing interest in 20th century musical theatre are urged to check out this sometimes-shocking page-turner from a candid memoirist who's anything but Shy.