Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of new titles in stores today!
The Who, The Who with Orchestra Live at Wembley (Polydor/UMC)
2CD/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP Colored Vinyl: The Who Official Store
3LP Black Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
The Who brings their 2019 Wembley Stadium concert to a host of audio formats. The show featured Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and their band including Simon Townshend and Zak Starkey backed by a 50-piece orchestra conducted by Keith Levenson. The grandiose blast of orchestral rock is available on CD/Blu-ray (with stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes), colored vinyl, and standard black vinyl as well as digital formats.
Crazy Horse, All Roads Lead Home (Reprise/NYA) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Crazy Horse - a.k.a. Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot, and Nils Lofgren - have united for a new album...with a twist. Molina, Talbot, and Lofgren each recorded three songs apart and with different musicians, while Young has come together with his longtime collaborators to add a live solo version of "Song of the Seasons" (originally released on Barn). Available on CD, LP, and digitally (including hi-res).
Various Artists, The Birth of Bop: The Savoy 10-Inch Collection (Savoy/Craft Recordings) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Craft Recordings looks back on the Savoy label and the roots of bebop on this new collection. Available on five 10-inch LPs or two CDs, The Birth of Bop brings together 30 early examples of the groundbreaking jazz genre originally recorded between 1944 and 1949; artists include Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Milt Jackson, Kai Winding, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. New liner notes have been penned by Neil Tesser while Joe Tarantino has remastered.
Various Artists, A Way to Make a Living: The Dolly Parton Songbook (Ace) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
Ace welcomes the legendary Miss Parton to the ranks of its Songwriters and Producers series with this new entry featuring renditions of her classic songs by Buck Owens ("Nickels and Dimes"), The Everly Brothers ("In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)"), Merle Haggard ("Kentucky Gambler"), Emmylou Harris ("Coat of Many Colors"), Glen Campbell ("Light of a Clear Blue Morning"), Linda Ronstadt ("I Will Always Love You"), and many more.
Rita Wilson, Now and Forever: Duets (Sing It Loud) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The actress-singer returns with an eclectic new set of duets on classic pop and rock tunes. Guests include Elvis Costello on Bruce Springsteen's "Fire," Tim McGraw on Bread's "If," Leslie Odom, Jr. on The Bee Gees' "Massachusetts," Jackson Browne on "Let It Be Me," Smokey Robinson on "Where Is the Love," Willie Nelson on "Slip Slidin' Away," and Josh Groban on "Songbird."
The Zombies, Different Game (Cooking Vinyl) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The Zombies are back with their first album since 2015. Nine of its ten songs have been penned by Rod Argent, with Colin Blunstone contributing one. Argent produced the album which features the band as well as a string section on three tracks. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
the who release is a real mess. awful cover.why arnt they releasing pre 73 , that hen they were the WHO not the two
Already hearing comments from friends that purchased this and are disgusted with the poor audio quality from a recording dated from 2019. Lack of bass and a “ tinny” type sound.
John F says
We need a full show from '69 of The Who, with the complete Tommy, in 5.1. Well, that's what I want, anyway. No interest in more recent year performance. I'm happy to settle for the original album, and live boots from the Golden Years. Pete has said that he now hates live performance, he only does it for the money, which means it lacks a certain spark.
it seems that all of petes money goes for his sisters very child. that what i was told.
Larry Davis says
Another 2 key released...Melanie Martinez "Portals" & Boygenius' full length debut...got the "Crazy Horse" aka Talbot Molina Lofgren Young record, and it's pretty good but kind of odd...surprised it's on NYA Records but not part of the ORS series in the actual NYA, should be #053...why isn't it??
vince hamon says
I have heard the new Zombies and is surprisingly good. They don't try to sound contemporary yet it doesn't sound old either.