Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today!
The Beatles, Revolver [Various Editions] (Apple/Capitol/UMe)
5CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP + 7": Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Official Store (Picture Disc)
The Beatles' seventh studio album - and the bridge between Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 1966's Revolver is recognized as one of the Fab Four's most groundbreaking as well as significant albums. With producer George Martin, the group employed studio wizardry to bring their new songs to life - tape loops, automatic double tracking, close miking, use of varispeed and reversed tapes, among other techniques that would soon be imitated by countless others - as well as non-traditional instrumentation. It didn't hurt, of course, that all of these innovations were in service of some of The Beatles' strongest songs yet. Engineer Geoff Emerick, who counted Revolver as his first work with the group, noted that it "changed the way everyone else made records." Now, it's returning in a variety of deluxe editions featuring a new stereo mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell as well as previously unreleased alternate takes and more. Get the track listing and more details here, and click here for our review!
Neil Diamond, A Neil Diamond Christmas (Capitol/UMe)
The new collection A Neil Diamond Christmas has been curated by the artist and draws upon all four of his holiday LPs originally released between 1992 and 2016. The 2-LP and 2-CD editions offer 24 and 25 songs, respectively, with one disc of secular favorites (including Neil-penned originals "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" and "Cherry Cherry Christmas") and one disc of spiritual material and classic carols. The collection will be available in four different physical versions: 2LP black vinyl; 2LP Target-exclusive gold vinyl; 2CD; and 1CD "highlights" (19 tracks on the latter) as well as digitally. All four editions include a previously unreleased new mix of "O Holy Night" from The Christmas Album. Every track has been newly remastered for this project by Diamond's longtime associate Bernie Becker. Get more details here.
Iconoclassic is returning Rocky Burnette's 1979 solo debut to print in a new, expanded CD edition. Memphis native Rocky was just eleven years old when his rockabilly pioneer father, Johnny Burnette, died. The sound was in his DNA, and in 1979, he was signed to the EMI America label. Produced by Jim Seiter and Bill House and recorded in both the U.S. and the U.K., The Son of Rock and Roll was dedicated to Johnny and late uncle Dorsey, among others. The LP was primarily penned by Rocky with such collaborators as Jim Seiter and Everly Brothers bassist Ronald Coleman, and welcomed special guests including Rockpile's Dave Edmunds and Dorsey's son and future Fleetwood Mac member Billy Burnette. Iconoclassic's edition adds two bonus cuts. Note, too, that Iconoclassic's reissue has the full 12-song sequence; EMI America originally chopped off two songs for the North American release. The audio has been newly remastered from the original tapes by Nick Robbins, while Bill Dahl has contributed a new essay based on an interview with Rocky. Read more here!
The Allman Brothers Band's January 17, 1971 Pittsburgh show is receiving its first official release, remastered from the original soundboard recording that's been widely bootlegged in the past (and sometimes confused with a subsequent October 15, 1971 show at the same venue). The album features Duane and Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe just weeks before the famous Fillmore East shows. Songs include "Whipping Post," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and "Trouble No More."
Bryan Adams expands his 15th studio album, originally released earlier this year, as a 2-CD set. The second disc features a host of re-recordings of Adams hits including "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," "Summer of '69," "Straight from the Heart," and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman."
Foo Fighters, The Essential Foo Fighters (RCA/Legacy)
Legacy has reactivated its Essential line for this new collection from Foo Fighters featuring 19 songs on a single CD or 21 songs on a 2-LP vinyl set.
INXS, Live at the U.S. Festival 1983 (Petrol/UMe)
2022 marks the fortieth anniversary of INXS' Shabooh Shoobah. UMe is marking the occasion with this previously unreleased concert from 1983 in which the band performed nine of the album's ten songs. It's available on CD and LP from the band's official webstore.
The Damned, A Night of a Thousand Vampires: Live in London (earMusic)
The Damned (recently represented with an expanded edition of Strawberries from Iconoclassic Records) are revisiting their October 28, 2019 concert at London's Palladium in which they were joined by the Hammer House of Horror and the cast of The Circus of Horrors for an immersive and suitably spooky musical tour through their discography that could only be called Night of a Thousand Vampires. Available in a 2CD/Blu-ray combo edition and as a 2-LP set.