Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles arriving in stores today.
The Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones in Mono [Limited Color Edition] (ABKCO) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Link TBD / Amazon Canada)
ABKCO will revisit 2016's The Rolling Stones in Mono box set - originally released on 15 CDs or 16 black vinyl LPs - in a limited, new color vinyl version featuring 16 LPs, pressed on 180-gram vinyl in 14 different colors to match the original cover artwork of the albums contained within. Like the original box, the new Rolling Stones in Mono presents the original mono albums released on both sides of the Atlantic between 1964 and 1969 plus the exclusive 2-LP Stray Cats collection of mono singles and rarities, all mastered by Bob Ludwig. A 48-page booklet includes David Fricke's 5,000-word essay. Read more here!
Ella Fitzgerald, Live at Montreux 1969 (Mercury Studios)
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Mercury Studios premieres Ella Fitzgerald's first time on the Montreux stage on CD, LP, and digital formats. Backed by The Tommy Flanagan Trio, Fitzgerald updated her songbook with then-current pop and rock hits by Bacharach and David ("This Girl's in Love with You," "A House Is Not a Home"), The Beatles ("Hey Jude"), and Cream ("Sunshine of Your Love") alongside time-tested jazz vocal standards ("That Old Black Magic," "I Won't Dance"). Read more here.
Thin Lizzy, Live and Dangerous: Limited Edition (Mercury/UMC) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous is getting a lot more dangerous with this new box set: the 8CD set will feature the originally-assembled 1978 album next to all seven shows that were used for the album. They've been newly mixed from the original multitracks by Ben Findlay and remastered by Andy Pearce, all under the guidance of guitarist Scott Gorham. They're packed in a 12" x 12" box with a new booklet featuring rare photos, memorabilia and liner notes that include new band interviews by journalist Mark Blake.
Thin Lizzy, Life-Live (Mercury/UMC) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Thin Lizzy's 1983 live double-album recorded on various dates at London's Hammersmith Odeon gets a new remaster "from best available sources" from UMC. The album is notable for featuring all of Thin Lizzy's studio guitarists including Scott Gorham and John Sykes plus guests Brian Robertson, Gary Moore, Eric Bell, and Snowy White. Read more about both Thin Lizzy releases here; they're out today in the U.K. and next Friday, January 27, in North America.
Howdy Glenn, I Can Almost See Houston: The Complete Howdy Glenn (Omnivore) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Omnivore has rescued the recordings of "Singing Fireman" Howdy Glenn from the Warner Bros. vaults for this new 23-song compendium featuring both sides of all eight of his singles, six newly-mixed, never-before-released outtakes, and one outtake from his Fire Records recordings. This disc makes for a definitive introduction to, and celebration of, this lost talent. The liner notes by Scott B. Bomar put in perspective his career as an African-American country singer at a time when that was, indeed, rare, while Michael Graves' mastering will ensure that his body of work sounds better than ever.
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club: Original London Cast Recording (Mercury Studios/Decca) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The West End revival of Joe Masteroff, John Kander, and Fred Ebb's Cabaret in the immersive Kit Kat Klub (formerly The Playhouse Theatre) remains one of London's hottest tickets even after the departure of original stars Eddie Redmayne (The MC) and Jessie Buckley (Sally Bowles). Now here's your chance to hear what Redmayne, Buckley, Liza Sadovy (as Fraulein Schneider), Elliot Levey (as Herr Schultz), and co. brought to this powerful musical revival. Out today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America on CD/digital; vinyl will be released later this year.
Funny Girl: The New Broadway Cast Recording (Masterworks) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Lea Michele's Fanny Brice is the current toast of Broadway, and this new cast recording of the Isobel Lennart/Jule Styne/Bob Merrill musical reveals why. Michele is joined by co-stars Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, and Tovah Feldshuh on the brassy, joyful score featuring such showstoppers as "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "I'm the Greatest Star," and "The Music That Makes Me Dance."
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