Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the (non-Record Store Day) titles hitting stores today! Watch this space for our RSD Black Friday Picks!
David Bowie, Divine Symmetry (An Alternative Journey Through 'Hunky Dory') (Parlophone)
This 4CD/1BD slipcased box set chronicling the twelve months leading up to the December 1971 release of David Bowie's fourth studio album. Highlighted by 48 previously unreleased tracks, the box features home demos, BBC radio sessions, live and studio recordings, and new mixes of Hunky Dory material by original co-producer Ken Scott. The Blu-ray Audio Disc offers the original Hunky Dory LP in its 2015 remaster; twelve of the Divine Symmetry tracks; and the Bob Harris BBC broadcast, all in 96/24 PCM Stereo. The 2016 mix of "Life on Mars?" is also offered in 5.1 DTS-MA surround. Two books round out the package: a 100-page hardcover featuring liner notes, memorabilia, and photos, and a 60-page replica composite of Bowie's notebooks from the era with his handwritten lyrics, costume sketches, recording notes, and setlists. A 12-track vinyl highlights edition will also be available. Read more here, and watch this space for our review!
Tom Petty, Live at The Fillmore 1997 (Warner)
4CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
6LP Standard Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
6LP Uber Deluxe Edition (identical audio content to 6LP Standard Edition): Tom Petty Store
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Live at the Fillmore 1997 captures highlights from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' blazing 20-show run at San Francisco's venerable Fillmore between January 10 and February 7, 1997. Six full shows were captured live, from which 58 songs have been culled for this release. Making this an even more special affair, 35 of the songs are covers and most unique to the Petty discography. Live at the Fillmore 1997 arrives in a variety of formats including 4CD and 6LP with all 58 songs; or 2CD and 3LP with 33 songs. Get more details here!
Tina Turner, Break Every Rule: Deluxe Edition (Parlophone)
Last year, Parlophone revisited Tina Turner's 1989 triumph Foreign Affair in a deluxe edition. Now, the label is turning the clock back to 1986 for a similar presentation of the artist's Break Every Rule on 3 CDs and 2 DVDs. The box opens with the remastered original album. The second disc offers a selection of 10 B-sides, remixes, and live tracks (though roughly twice that many associated tracks were released contemporaneously with the album). The third CD presents Turner's Guinness World Record-earning concert in front of over 180,000 fans at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This landmark show is also presented in video format (as first released on home video in 1988) on the first DVD; the second contains the album's music videos (newly upgraded to HD) and a second concert, from London's Camden Palace, which was also issued on VHS. The remastered Break Every Rule will also be issued on black vinyl and as a 2CD expanded edition; the latter format mirrors the first two CDs of the box set (dropping the Rio concert and the DVDs). Read more here!
The Cure hit their commercial stride with 1992's Wish. The band's ninth studio album and highest-charting in both the U.S. and U.K., it tapped into the burgeoning alt-rock movement while retaining the gothic sound on which The Cure made their name. Now, fans' Wishes are coming true with this 30th anniversary expansion on 3 CDs. Curated by Robert Smith, the set includes 24 previously unreleased tracks and a further four which are new to CD/digital. Read more here.
The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots: 20th Anniversary Edition (Warner)
The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was the band's tenth album and perhaps their most successful, earning their only U.S. Gold record to date as well as a Platinum certification from the U.K.'s BPI. A loose concept album incorporating electronica, rock, pop, psychedelia, and hip-hop textures, Yoshimi saw the band continuing its inventive path while embracing accessibility. The album even inspired a stage musical in 2012, and now, its 20th anniversary is being celebrated with a deluxe box set. The 6-CD box boasts a generous 100 tracks (over 50 previously unreleased); on April 14, 2023, a 5-LP vinyl box will follow with 56 songs (40 tracks previously unavailable on vinyl). Get the track listing and more here!
You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind: BMG reissues singer-songwriter Jim Croce's breakthrough 1972 LP on CD, vinyl, and cassette (with no additional tracks) for its 50th anniversary. You Don't Mess Around with Jim, a U.S. No. 1 album, features such classics as the title track (No. 8 Pop/No. 9 AC), "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)" (No. 17 Pop/No. 11 AC), and "Time in a Bottle" (No. 1 Pop/No. 1 AC). Croce would record just two more albums before his tragic death in September 1973 at the age of 30, only one of which would be released in his lifetime.
Ringo Starr unleashes a fab 2019 All-Star set recorded with Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart and Gregg Rolie featuring all of their hits plus Ringo's "Photograph," "It Don't Come Easy," "You're Sixteen," and the inevitable "With a Little Help from My Friends." The 2-CD double album is also available today on vinyl as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event.