Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the titles available today.
Hallelujah! Carry On: The Deluxe Collection 1982-1992 is a long-overdue assessment of Martha Wash and Izora Armstead's unlikely journey toward the top of the pop charts, some fascinating music that came before it - and a triumphant second act by Wash following some truly bizarre situations that only could have happened in the music industry. This 4CD box set, compiled and produced by Adam Mattera, presents The Weather Girls' three albums for Columbia Records - Success (1983), Big Girls Don't Cry (1985) and The Weather Girls (1988) - plus Wash's self-titled solo debut from 1992; together, they feature a total of 22 bonus songs and remixes, of which eight are making their debut on CD. Nick Robbins has remastered the audio, packaged with a booklet designed by Roger Williams featuring rare photographs and comprehensive new liner notes by Tim Dillinger. Out today in the U.K. and next Friday in North America. Read more here!
Paul Young, The Crossing: 35th Anniversary Edition (7a Records)
7a Records delivers a 30th anniversary remastered edition of Paul Young's final Columbia album, 1993's The Crossing. Primarily produced by Don Was, the album welcomed a number of familiar session veterans in support of Young including Billy Preston, Toto's Jeff Porcaro, The Who's Pino Palladino, and The Memphis Horns. "Now I Know What Made Otis Blue," penned by Mick Leeson and producer Peter Vale, became another top twenty success for the artist on the U.K. Singles Chart, while "Hope in a Hopeless World" and "It Will Be You" also charted. The Crossing will be available on both CD and LP; both formats include an exclusive interview with Young, rare photos, and lyrics to all songs. The vinyl version is pressed on 180-gram turquoise vinyl and includes a 12" booklet; the CD version has a 40-page color booklet. Read more here!
Pet Shop Boys, Smash: The Singles 1985-2020 (Parlophone/Rhino)
6LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3CD/2BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
6LP White Vinyl: PetShopBoys.com
3 Cassette: PetShopBoys.com
Pet Shop Boys have rounded up most of their A-sides released between 1985 and 2020 on this new box set available in a variety of editions including 3CD, 3CD/2BD (with two Blu-rays of music videos and extras), 6LP standard black vinyl, 6LP white vinyl, 3 cassettes, and digital formats. Get more info here!
Drive-By Truckers, The Complete Dirty South (New West)
Nearly 20 years ago, genre-bending Southern rock outfit (and launching pad for now-solo superstar Jason Isbell) Drive-By Truckers got their first shot of mainstream success with an intriguing concept album called The Dirty South. Now, the group is revisiting that release on The Complete Dirty South. It's a release that frontman Patterson Hood is deeming a "director's cut" of the original work, featuring an expanded, altered track list and a few songs that are remixed, featuring new vocals or both. All tracks have been remastered by Greg Calbi. Updated artwork by the band's longtime artist Wes Freed (who passed away in 2022) completes the set. Read more here!
Poco's 1989 studio album Legacy, featuring Richie Furay, Jim Messina, Rusty Young, Randy Meisner, and George Grantham, returns to CD and vinyl today from the Blue Elan label.
The soulful Miss LaVette returns with this new studio set on producer Steve Jordan's label featuring guests John Mayer, Jon Batiste, Ray Parker Jr., and Steve Winwood.
Toto guitar man Steve Lukather's ninth studio album, Bridges, was largely co-written with bandmates David Paich and Joseph Williams; other co-writers include Stan Lynch and Randy Goodrum. Lukather comments that as Toto will never record another studio album, Bridges is "as close as we will get." Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
The roots-rocker is back with a new, self-produced album filled with his characteristically incisive, socially-conscious writing. Available on CD, LP, and digitally, with the vinyl release coming on July 21.
Yusuf, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, debuts on the reactivated Dark Horse label with King of a Land. The album features 12 original songs reflecting Stevens' varied influences including rock, gospel, classical, and folk. It's produced by Paul Samwell-Smith, who helmed Stevens' four seminal LPs at the dawn of the 1970s as well as his two most recent LPs. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.