Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today!
Billy Joel, Live at Yankee Stadium (Columbia/Legacy)
Billy Joel's Live at Yankee Stadium, originally released on video, is getting a major makeover. The concert film, shot on June 22 and 23, 1990, has been restored and remixed from original audio and video elements for a 2CD/Blu-ray or 3LP package. Eleven of the tracks have never been released in any format. The ground-up restoration of Live at Yankee Stadium includes the original 16-millimeter footage of the sets (overseen by Joel's onetime Atilla bandmate Jon Small) restored in 4K and re-edited, while the concert multi-tracks have been remixed in stereo and Dolby Atmos by Jay Vicari, under the guidance of Joel's longtime sound tech Brian Ruggles. The concert feature, including behind-the-scenes footage and vintage interviews with Billy, was screened last month in theatres and makes its Blu-ray debut here. Read more here!
Barbra Streisand, Live at the Bon Soir: Greenwich Village, November 1962 (Columbia/Legacy)
Barbra Streisand's 1962 live album recorded at New York's tiny Bon Soir - once intended to be her very first Columbia Records LP release - gets a long-overdue premiere marking the superstar's 60th anniversary with the label. It arrives today in multiple formats including standard CD and digital release from Columbia/Legacy; hybrid stereo SACD (playable on all CD players) from Impex Records; and 180-gram black vinyl LP from Impex Records. Live at the Bon Soir features the near-two dozen songs recorded on those historic nights in November 1962 as newly mixed from the original multitrack tapes. The 2022 mixes have been supervised by Barbra and engineer Jochem van der Saag and sourced from the original master tapes engineered by Roy Halee (Simon and Garfunkel) and Ad "Pappy" Theroux. Jay Landers provides liner notes for all formats including track-by-track descriptions and Streisand also offers her commentary. The Impex vinyl edition will be housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket and includes a 12-page booklet while the hybrid stereo SACD is housed in a hardcover book-style package with 32 pages of notes, photographs, and more. Get more details here.
Steely Dan, Can't Buy a Thrill (Geffen/UMe/Analogue Productions)
Geffen/UMe and Analogue Productions kick off their sonic overhaul of the Steely Dan discography with the band's 1972 debut album Can't Buy a Thrill. Each title in the series will be available on standard 180-gram remastered LP; a limited edition UHQR vinyl box set with the pressing at 45 RPM on 200-gram vinyl; and as a stereo hybrid SACD (playable on all CD players). Read about the full campaign here!
This new vinyl box set chronicles the highs and lows of Eric Clapton's solo career in the '80s and '90s, from pop-adjacent player to triumphant elder statesman. Rhino's The Complete Reprise Studio Albums Volume 1 will include six of Slowhand's LPs issued between 1983 and 1998 - from Money and Cigarettes to Pilgrim - as well as an eight-track selection of non-LP live tracks and B-sides that includes two unreleased songs. Nearly every album (save Money and Cigarettes) has been pressed on two LPs - each comprising three sides of vinyl - and all feature new mastering from Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering and new lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Read more here.
John Mellencamp, Scarecrow: Deluxe Edition (Mercury/UMe)
John Mellencamp's 1984 landmark Scarecrow launched five Top 40 singles: the Top 10 hits "Small Town," "Lonely Ol' Night," and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to '60s Rock)," along with rock radio staple "Rumbleseat" and the haunting opener "Rain on the Scarecrow." The album sold more than 5 million copies and remains one of his most successful efforts. It's being reissued in a new stereo mix, while a bonus disc features 11 rare B-sides, rough mixes and demos. (A deluxe box set includes the new album mix on 180-gram half-speed mastered vinyl as well as the new stereo and Atmos mixes on Blu-ray, plus a poster, lithograph and 7" reissue of the "Small Town" single.) Anthony DeCurtis has contributed liner notes for both editions. Read more here.
The Deluxe Edition of Seal will include the British singer's first album, remastered for the first time on CD, and three sides of vinyl in one package. A further three bonus discs collect rare B-sides and remixes (including the original "premix" versions of key songs from early pressings) plus an unreleased concert recorded in Ireland in the wake of the album. The 12" x 12" package contains rare photos and new liner notes from journalist Jim Farber. Original album producer Trevor Horn has also created a Dolby Atmos mix, to be exclusively available digitally alongside the album. Read more here.
Spice Girls, Spiceworld: 25th Anniversary Editions (UMC (U.K.) / UMe (U.S.))
UMC celebrates Spice Girls' second album with a variety of releases. The Spiceworld reissue will be built around a 2CD edition curated by the group, featuring the remastered album and a disc of 15 bonus cuts. THighlights include non-album tracks like promo single "Step to Me" (along with an unheard demo of the same), live performances, and remixes including a newly-constructed megamix. It'll be packaged in an A5-size hardback package with rare images and a new introduction from the Girls, and is now due on December 16. A clear vinyl and picture disc version of the original album are out today. Black vinyl and double cassette formats are for sale through the group's official store. Get more info here.
Legacy Recordings is bringing Prince's 1993 greatest hits collections back to vinyl. Though not a complete overview of Prince's chart entries, both sets of The Hits offered a comprehensive review of the artist's core discography. For completists, more than a dozen single edits and mixes were included therein, along with four brand new tracks: a live version of the Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2 U" (a No. 1 hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1991), the acoustic-driven vault track "Pink Cashmere" (recorded in 1988 for the shelved Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic album), and rousing experiments in blues ("Peach") and even hip-hop ("Pope"). For their premiere vinyl release from Legacy (The Hits 1 was reissued by Warner in 2020 before Legacy controlled most of the material's distribution), each 150-gram 2LP set will come out on black vinyl instead of the by-now typical purple wax that most Legacy reissues have been put upon. But there are color options for U.S. retailers: each volume will be available on "creamy white" vinyl, with Target being the place to get that variant for The Hits 1 and Walmart for The Hits 2. You'll find the track listings and more here.
The Police's 1981 album Ghost in the Machine is receiving a picture disc vinyl reissue - with a twist. The UMC release will present the album with its "original" expanded track list that was apparently shortened at the last minute. In addition to the inclusion of three non-album tracks - the haunting tracks "I Burn for You" and "Once Upon a Daydream" (released on the soundtrack to Brimstone & Treacle and the B-side of 1983's "Synchronicity II," respectively) and the instrumental jam "Shambelle" - four of the album tracks will include a brief archival treat in the form of drummer Stewart Copeland's count-ins before tracking began. Read more here.
This 22-track collection gathers the eclectic music featured in the fourth season of Netflix's supernatural drama Stranger Things, including Kate Bush's chart-topping "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)," KISS' "Detroit Rock City," The Beach Boys' "California Dreamin'," James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," Metallica's "Master of Puppets," Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," and two versions of Journey with Steve Perry's "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)." Available on CD, digital formats, and a host of 2-LP versions: standard black vinyl which includes a 12x12 Stranger Things poster insert; and exclusives at Walmart (Creel House cover and puzzle), Target (California cover and diorama), Barnes & Noble (Russia cover and stickers), and Amazon (Lab cover and a 12x12 Butcher Billy lithograph).
Driven by the Music reissues Donna Summer's 1982 Geffen album in a new book-style edition containing the original album plus seven bonus tracks: the B-side "Sometimes Like Butterflies," three single edits, two Le Flex remixes of "Mystery of Love," and a remix of "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)."
Bob Dylan, The Philosophy of Modern Song (Simon & Schuster)
Bob Dylan examines 66 of his favorite songs through his own, idiosyncratic perspective in this entertaining new tome. Dylan adopts the tone of a pulp writer for many of his most fanciful excursions and extrapolations: discussing the My Fair Lady ballad "On the Street Where You Live," he imagines that "you've got a habit, a bad habit. You fell in love with the hard stuff. You fell for the foxy harlot, the vamp who lives around here somewhere, and you're silly about her, she's got you hooked. You're on the street where she lives..." But he just as soon switches gears, astutely praising lyricist Alan Jay Lerner's three-syllable rhymes ("street before/feet before," "heart of town/part of town," "bother me/rather be"). His alternately illuminating and head-scratching passages bring new perspective to such familiar songs as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves," "Blue Moon," "Mack the Knife," "Ball of Confusion," "Strangers in the Night," and "Come on-a My House," all rendered with an impish zest. Dylan's singular voice leaps off the page but if you'd like to hear him read it - along with Helen Mirren, Renee Zellweger, Oscar Isaac, Rita Moreno, John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, and others - there's an audiobook, too. (Too bad the songs aren't included!) The Philosophy of Modern Song is distinctly Dylan, embracing all his many contradictions.