Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today!
Zappa '75: Zagreb/Ljubljana captures The Mothers' first and only concerts in Yugoslavia. Zappa referred to the dates as "The Mothers of Invention Yugoslavian Extravaganza," and the performances lived up to that mighty moniker. The shows were staged in Zagreb and Ljubljana, now the capital cities of Croatia and Slovenia, respectively. He was joined by the short-lived line-up of Andre Lewis (keyboards), Napoleon Murphy Brock (tenor sax and lead vocals), Norma Bell (alto sax, vocals), Roy Estrada (bass), and Terry Bozzio (drums). The 2-CD program represents a composite setlist from the shows as newly mixed by Craig Parker Adams and mastered by John Polito. The set also includes a 32-page booklet with photos by John Rudiak and the late Gail Zappa as well as liner notes from "Vaultmeister" Joe Travers, recollections from Terry Bozzio, and an interview between Travers and the recording engineer who captured the shows, Davy Moire. Read more here!
Duran Duran, Medazzaland: 25th Anniversary Edition (BMG)
Duran Duran's "lost" 1997 album - denied a release in Europe due to EMI's decision to drop the band - finally sees a worldwide release from BMG in both CD and LP formats. While neither physical release will feature bonus material (save the promise of rare and unseen imagery in the booklet and packaging), the announcement did come with the digital delivery of "Ball and Chain," an extra track from the album's Japanese release. Read more here!
Dolly Parton, A Holly Dolly Christmas: Ultimate Deluxe Edition (Rhino)
Dolly Parton reissues her Grammy-nominated, chart-topping 2020 yuletide set with eight bonus tracks including three previously unreleased songs from Dolly's 1986 TV movie A Smoky Mountain Christmas. The CD and digital releases are out today, with the 2LP vinyl edition following on October 28. Read more here!
Omnivore has teamed with Jan & Dean's Dean Torrence for this new collection of California gold. The Teammates: Twenty Years of Making Music 1965-1985 features 23 rare and unreleased tracks featuring Dean with Mike Love, Terry Melcher, Bruce Johnston, Flo and Eddie, Leon Russell, Harry Nilsson, and Jan Berry. The Teammates features new liner notes from Torrence as well as a Q&A between Torrence and Beach Boys historian David Beard as well as a foreword by Winston Simone. Get more details here.
Roy Orbison, King of Hearts: 30th Anniversary Edition (Legacy/Roy's Boys)
Legacy Recordings and Roy's Boys, LLC reissue Roy Orbison's posthumous 1992 album King of Hearts in a newly remastered edition. Roy's widow Barbara Orbison spearheaded the curation of King of Hearts, selecting completed material that had not yet been released as well as demos recorded by Roy. To finish those tracks, Barbara enlisted his fellow Wilbury Jeff Lynne as well as T-Bone Burnett (both of whom had been involved with Mystery Girl) and other Orbison fans including Don Was, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Neil Young associate David Briggs, R&B legend Chips Moman, and pop gurus Albert Hammond and Diane Warren. No additional tracks are included on this edition. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Get more info here!
Reba McEntire, The Ultimate Christmas Collection (Rockin' R Records)
This 12-song set culls its selections from all three of superstar Reba McEntire's full-length seasonal albums: 1987's Merry Christmas to You, 1999's The Secrets of Giving, and 2017's My Kind of Christmas. It features both jolly Tin Pan Alley Christmas tunes ("Winter Wonderland," "Up on the Housetop," "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus") and reverent carols ("Away in a Manger," "O Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful"). Reba's 2021 digital single "I Needed Christmas," makes its physical premiere on this set. The Ultimate Christmas Collection will be available on both CD and digital formats today, with the vinyl LP following on November 4. Get the track listing and more here.
Kevin Rowland and Dexy's Midnight Runners, Too Rye Ay, As It Should Have Sounded (UMC)
Kevin Rowland is revisiting the Dexys Midnight Runners album that featured "Come On Eileen" in a new box set full of bonus material and, crucially, a new remix of the original album: Too Rye Ay, as it should have sounded. The 3CD set boasts a new mix of Too Rye Ay, featuring singles like "The Celtic Soul Brothers" and a cover of Van Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said," alongside nearly a dozen single sides and three unreleased outtakes from the album sessions. A third disc includes a live offering culled from two sets in England, recorded for a video release at the time and included in part on some singles. A 32-page booklet offers new liner notes and rare photos, and the box also includes photo prints and a replica tour program. (The band's official store also offers the remixed album on its own on CD and vinyl - boasting a new cover based off the "Come On Eileen" single - as well as various bundle options.) Read more here.
Shakin' Stevens' festive 1991 collection Merry Christmas, Everyone is reissued this week from BMG with three bonus tracks (extended versions of the title track and "True Love," and "Echoes of Merry Christmas, Everyone"). These bonus tracks were included on Stevens' 2020 Fire in the Blood box set.
Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah and Songs from His Albums (Columbia/Legacy)
In conjunction with the new documentary film Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, Legacy has offered this new collection from the late troubadour. Already available digitally, Hallelujah & Songs from His Albums, coming to CD and translucent blue double vinyl on October 14, is exactly what's advertised: a previously unreleased live version of that mystifying standard (recorded at the Glastonbury Festival in 2008), followed by 16 chronological selections from his songbook, from "Suzanne" - the very first song on his 1967 debut album - to the title tracks to 2016's You Want It Darker (released 17 days before Cohen's passing) and Thanks for the Dance, his final compositions issued in 2019. "Bird on the Wire," "Famous Blue Raincoat," "Who by Fire" and "I'm Your Man" are among the key selections here. Get the track listing and more here!
James Taylor, Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, and Norah Jones are among the artists paying tribute to Cohen on this new collection produced by Larry Klein. The song selections span from Cohen's first album through his last. Available today on CD/digital, with a vinyl LP due on November 4.
Wizard, true star, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Todd Rundgren returns with a new studio album - his 26th overall and first in five years - comprising a dozen original songs - all of which are collaborative efforts. Guest artists include Sparks, Neil Finn, Thomas Dolby, Steve Vai, Adrian Belew, Rivers Cuomo, and The Roots.
The sonic architect returns with his 22nd studio album and first since 2017. FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE features ten new songs produced and recorded by Eno in his London studio. Available today on CD, digital formats, and vinyl.
The Peppers are back with their 13th studio album, a 17-track, double-album collection that follows up Unlimited Love from earlier this year and also features the returning John Frusciante. Rick Rubin is again the producer. Available on CD, 2LP, cassette, and digitally.
And last but not least, a couple of under-the-radar titles we missed last week...
World music specialist label Putumayo has released a special companion CD to Linda Ronstadt's new memoir Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands. The 10-track collection includes Ronstadt duets with Emmylou Harris ("Across the Border") and Dolly Parton ("I Never Will Marry") as well as her solo "Piel Canela" and "El Sueno" plus tracks from Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Los Cenzontles, and Linda's nephew P.D. Ronstadt. The package includes a download card as well as a 24-page booklet with track-by-track liner notes.
The crossover superstar and soon-to-be Sweeney Todd on Broadway has marked the 20th anniversary of his debut record with this remastered and expanded edition. The 20th anniversary release adds two bonus tracks, the once-Japan-exclusive "Mia Per Siempre" and Groban's first studio demo, "Roma Nun Fa' La Stupida Stasera."