After coming back into circulation last year courtesy of a new label home and a Record Store Day reissue, CD fans can rejoice at the news that Yep Roc's new expanded edition of Marshall Crenshaw's self-titled debut will get a wider release on disc on February 17.
Back in September, Yep Roc announced a double LP expanded edition of Crenshaw's hook-filled debut album for Record Store Day Black Friday. In addition to the classic album, featuring the Top 40 hit "Someday, Someway" and a host of great cuts like "There She Goes Again," "Cynical Girl" and others, it featured newly redesigned artwork plus seven bonus tracks for hardcore fans, including a brace of four-track early versions of songs from the album recorded between 1980 and 1981. (Of those tracks, five make their debut on this expanded edition.)
The timing couldn't be better: several of Crenshaw's classic albums, recorded in the '80s for Warner Bros. Records, have fallen out of circulation as the singer/songwriter has successfully claimed the copyright from his old label. Marshall Crenshaw, Field Day (1983), Downtown (1985) and Mary Jane & 9 Others (1987) are all digitally unavailable, as is Thank You, Rock Fans!!, a 1982 concert issued on vinyl by Warner's Run Out Groove in 2017. (When not keeping busy on other current projects, from a long-gestating documentary on legendary record producer Tom Wilson to tour dates on his own and with The Smithereens (following the passing of original frontman Pat DiNizio), Crenshaw has revisited some of his back catalogue, including an expanded reissue of 1999's Miracle of Science and a curated vintage live collection.)
The website Rock NYC confirmed some of Crenshaw and Yep Roc's plans for his Warner albums: Field Day is slated to get a similar reissue for its 40th anniversary in 2023. (Intervention Records issued an expanded vinyl edition of that album in 2017 that included the original US Remix EP.) For now, the newly-expanded Marshall Crenshaw is going to be easier than checking Discogs to find - and if you've somehow missed this album in the last 40 years, trust us that you'll want to make up for lost time.
The track list for Yep Roc's expansion of Crenshaw's debut is below, along with pre-order links. (Next Friday is the first Bandcamp Friday of the year; if you pre-order the album from there on that day, Crenshaw and Yep Roc get the portion of sales revenue that would normally go to the platform.) The album will be available once more on February 17.
* previously unreleased
- There She Goes Again
- Someday, Someway
- I'd Do Anything
- Rockin' Around in N.Y.C.
- The Usual Thing
- She Can't Dance
- Cynical Girl
- Mary Anne
- Soldier of Love
- Not for Me
- Brand New Lover
- Look What I Almost Missed (Live) *
- Brand New Lover (Alternate)
- Something's Gonna Happen
- (You're My) Favorite Waste of Time (4-Track Home Recording) *
- Just Not for Me (4-Track Home Recording) *
- Someday, Someway (4-Track Home Recording) *
- Mary Anne (4-Track Home Recording) *
Tracks 1-12 released as Warner Bros. BSK 3673, 1982)
Track 14 released on expanded edition CD - Warner Archives/Rhino R2 79916, 2000
Track 15 released on Shake Records single SHK-104, 1981