Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today!
Blondie, Against All Odds 1974-1982 (Numero/Capitol/UMC)
10LP/10"/7" Super Deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
8CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
The long-awaited Blondie box set - a catalogue number was assigned back in 2016! - is finally on the way. Against the Odds 1974-1982 is coming in a variety of formats including a very limited 10LP/10"/7" Super Deluxe vinyl box, a 4LP cutdown, an 8CD box, and a 3CD set with just the collection's bonus tracks. The biggest formats have Blondie's six core albums from the period plus over 50 bonus tracks (three dozen of which are previously unreleased). Everything has been remastered from the original analog tapes, and the vinyl editions have been lacquered at Abbey Road. Read more here.
Vince Guaraldi, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Original Soundtrack Recording (Craft Recordings)
Thanks to a new tape discovery, Craft Recordings is able to present the first true, complete soundtrack to It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! The Emmy-nominated 1966 television special was the third overall for Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts series and the second to be holiday-themed, after A Charlie Brown Christmas. Upon its October 27, 1966 premiere, it earned a whopping 49 share in the ratings and was so successful that CBS re-aired it every year through 2000, with ABC picking up the tradition after that. Yet despite a beloved score by Vince Guaraldi (who else?), a soundtrack album to Great Pumpkin was never released in any audio format until 2018. That release, while certainly welcome, featured the soundtrack as heard in the special, i.e., complete with sound effects. This new upgrade has been sourced from the newly-discovered original session reels. It will be available on CD, digitally, 45 RPM black vinyl, 33-1/3 pumpkin-shaped orange translucent vinyl, and a Craft-exclusive 45 RPM "pumpkin patch" splatter vinyl LP limited to 500 units. Get more details here.
This new vinyl box collects twelve seven-inch, two-sided singles culled from Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's U.K. and international discographies. Beginning with Greg Lake's timeless ballad "Lucky Man" b/w "Knife-Edge" (1970, No. 48 U.S.) and concluding with Lake and Geoff Downes' "Affairs of the Heart" b/w "Better Days" (1992), Singles features a dozen 45s - all remastered by Andy Pearce and featuring the original single mixes and edits - with replicated original picture sleeve artwork and labels. These replicas are complemented by an extensive booklet with liner notes, a foreword from Carl Palmer, and a collection of companion art cards based on the single sleeves. Read more here.
From one singer-songwriter to another: Steve Earle pays tribute to the late Jerry Jeff Walker on this 10-song tribute set including "Gettin' By," "Gypsy Songman," and "Mr. Bojangles." Available on CD, LP, and digitally.