As we here in the U.S. head into Labor Day weekend, we have a shorter Release Round-Up than usual! To all our readers - wherever you might be - please have a safe and happy weekend!
Shania Twain, Not Just a Girl: The Highlights (Mercury Nashville/UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Not Just a Girl (The Highlights), a new companion album to the documentary coming to Netflix, features 17 of Shania Twain's classic pop and country hits plus the new title track. Read more here.
Mel Carter, When a Boy Falls in Love (SAR/ABKCO) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The 1963 debut album from "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" singer arrives on CD today from ABKCO. When a Boy Falls in Love features production by Sam Cooke and J.W. Alexander and arrangements by Joe Hooven and Rene Hall; Carter's repertoire includes "When I Fall in Love" and "The Twelfth of Never." The album, long a collectors' item, has been expanded with two bonus single versions.
Kris Kristofferson, Live at Gilley's - Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981 (New West) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
This new release preserves the outlaw singer-songwriter's performance at Gilley's Honkytonk in Pasadena, Texas in which he was supported by a band including Billy Swan, Stephen Bruton, and Donnie Fritts on such enduring classics as "Sunday Morning Comin' Down," "Me and Bobby McGee," "For the Good Times," "Why Me," and "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)." Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
Various Artists, NOW That's What I Call 12-Inch '70s (NOW Music U.K.) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The U.K. NOW team has been putting together some stellar archival packages of late, and this one looks to be no exception. NOW That's What I Call 12-Inch '70s boasts 42 extended hits on 4 CDs including tracks from Elton John ("Are You Ready for Love"), Wings ("Goodnight Tonight"), Cher ("Take Me Home"), Diana Ross ("Love Hangover"), Donna Summer ("MacArthur Park Suite"), Blondie ("Heart of Glass"), and many more. Available now in the U.K. and next Friday in North America.
Years ago, New West released a Kristoffersen show recorded in Austin the previous night. Any info on how the sound quality or performance compares?
I just ordered the Now That's What I Call 12" 70s collection. I hope they do more of these! I had no idea!