Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today.
Bob Dylan, Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol. 17 (Columbia/Legacy)
The seventeenth volume of Bob Dylan's long-running Bootleg Series explores the creation of Dylan's thirtieth studio album. Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997) takes a deep dive into the three-time Grammy Award-winning album which was perceived by many as a comeback after a string of lackluster or uninspired LPs. The collection will be available in 5CD and 10LP deluxe editions as well as 2CD and 4LP standard editions; digital versions of both presentations will also be released. The first disc features a new remix of the album stripping away the effects and processing added by original producer Daniel Lanois. The second and third discs present over two dozen previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions, while the fourth disc has live material and the fifth reissues material first released on the Tell Tale Signs Bootleg volume. Read more here.
After the huge success of director Baz Luhrmann's biopic Elvis, RCA Records and Legacy Recordings are celebrating 50 years of an earlier film: Elvis on Tour, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's dynamic 1972 concert film/documentary capturing the artist during his exciting rebirth as a live performer. The new box set offers six CDs of concerts and rehearsals, all freshly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang, plus a Blu-ray of the original MGM film. The Elvis on Tour box set has been produced by Ernest Mikael Jorgensen and includes new liner notes by Presley's longtime friend Jerry Schilling as well as an essay from Warren Zanes of The Del Fuegos. As an official soundtrack album for Elvis on Tour was never issued at the time of the movie's original release, the box promises to fill in a major gap in the Presley discography. Get more details here.
Carly Simon, Live at Grand Central (MRI/Legacy)
Carly Simon brings her surprise 1995 concert at New York City landmark Grand Central Station to CD, LP, and Blu-ray as newly remixed by Frank Filipetti. The show includes material from Simon's then-recent release Letters Never Sent as well as renditions of "Haven't Got Time for the Pain," "Anticipation," "We Have No Secrets," and "Coming Around Again." Read more here.
Marvin Gaye, Greatest Hits: Live in '76 (Mercury Studios)
Mercury Studios releases Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits: Live in '76, recorded on October 10 of that year at Amsterdam's Jaap Edenhal. The concert features three lengthy medleys of Gaye's Motown classics along with a handful of standalone renditions. It's available on CD and vinyl LP, though the latter format drops "Since I Had You." Get the track listing and more here.
Eminem, The Eminem Show: Expanded Edition (Interscope)
Eminem's fourth album gets the deluxe 2-CD treatment with bonuses including the 1999 Tramps show in New York as well as the previously unreleased "Jimmy, Brian, and Mike." Also available today as a 4-LP vinyl set.
BMG reissues and expands Marianne Faithfull's 16th studio album, 2003's Kissin' Time. With collaborations from Blur, Beck, Billy Corgan, Dave Stewart, and others, the album placed the chanteuse's vocals in a contemporary light. She co-wrote most of the tracks, and even nodded at her early days with a cover of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "I'm Into Something Good." This edition adds seven bonus tracks, some of which are previously unreleased. The original album is also available on 180-gram vinyl.
Green Day, Nimrod: 25th Anniversary Edition (Reprise)
Green Day looks back on 25 years of their triple-platinum smash Nimrod with this new box set, available on CD and LP. This Anniversary Edition includes the original album, one disc of previously unreleased demos, and a live concert from Philadelphia's Electric Factory recorded one month after Nimrod was released. The 14-track demos disc includes two unreleased songs ("You Irritate Me" and "Tre Polka"), plus a cover of Elvis Costello's "Alison" (previously unreleased).
Omnivore reissues NRBQ's 1980 album including the singles "Me and the Boys" and "Never Take the Place of You." This expanded edition adds four bonus tracks: session outtakes "I Don't Think Of..." and "Big Goodbyes" (first issued on a 1983 compilation) and the ear-opening, once-banned TV and radio spots on the B-side of the "Never Take the Place of You" single. Available today on CD, LP, and digitally.
The much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Broadway musical comes to CD today (with a vinyl LP to follow on March 17) with Jonathan Tunick's original orchestrations and a star-studded cast including Sara Bareilles (The Baker's Wife), Brian d'Arcy James (The Baker), Philippa Soo (Cinderella), Patina Miller (The Witch), Gavin Creel (The Wolf/Cinderella's Prince), and Joshua Henry (Rapunzel's Prince).
Eric Hoffman and Ken Hatfield, Stirrings Still (Arthur Circle Music) (Amazon U.S.)
Guitarist Ken Hatfield joins with vocalist Eric Hoffman for this intimate set blending ruminative original songs with classic standards including Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home," Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman's "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," Lalo Schifrin and Gale Garnett's "Down Here on the Ground," and, in a more contemporary vein, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's "You Can Never Hold Back Spring." Available today on CD and digital, and later this year on vinyl.