Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today.
Marshall Crenshaw, Field Day: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Yep Roc)
Marshall Crenshaw's new reissue campaign continues with his second album, Field Day, as newly remastered by Greg Calbi. It will be augmented with bonus tracks on all formats: two non-LP B-sides (including a cover of Elvis Presley's "Little Sister") and four unreleased cuts including an early version of penultimate track "What Time is It?" and instrumental "TV track" versions of "Our Town" and "Monday Morning Rock." (Not included here, however: John Luongo's alternate mixes of tracks commissioned for the U.K.-only U.S. Remix EP, which were included on a double vinyl package from Intervention Records several years ago.) As with his first album, Field Day will sport new cover art - this one modeled on a poster that promoted the original album when it was issued by Warner Bros. - plus new notes from the artist himself. Read more here!
Cher, It's a Man's World: Deluxe Edition (Warner/Rhino)
Cher's 1995 album It's a Man's World returns from Warner Records as a Deluxe Edition on 2 CDs or 4 LPs. Both versions contain the complete 14-track U.K. album (the U.S. edition removed three songs and substantially remixed others) and a selection of bonus single remixes, eleven in total. "Walking in Memphis (Shut Up and Dance Vocal Mix)" is streaming now, while "One by One (JR's Pride Mix)" will arrive on June 23. The U.S. album remixes are not included among the bonus material. Recorded with producers including Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson, Christopher Neil, Greg Penny, and Simon Hurrell, It's A Man's World found Cher in a rootsy yet contemporary R&B vein. She reinterpreted such classic songs as Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis," Don Henley's "Not Enough Love in the World," Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe's Frankie Valli/Walker Brothers staple "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," and Paul Brady's "Paradise Is Here" (the latter first recorded by Tina Turner). The 4LP package will feature each record pressed on different-colored vinyl (red, blue, green, and yellow). The box also includes an exclusive, numbered lithograph of Cher. A different lithograph will be available for those ordering directly through Cher's website. Read more here.
Brian May + Friends, Star Fleet Sessions (UMe)
2CD/Red LP/Black 7": Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Picture Disc: Queen Official Store
Red 7": Queen Official Store
CD single: Queen Official Store
Having reissued and expanded Brian May's Back to the Light and Another World, UMe turns fans' attention to the Queen guitarist's first-ever solo project, a 1983 collaboration with a collection of stellar musicians - including a team-up with another one of the most iconic guitarists of the age. Star Fleet Project, first issued 40 years ago, was a three-track album clocking in at just under half an hour, but here it's being expanded to two discs featuring the original contents of the album remixed, rare interviews, and a deep dive into the sessions that birthed the record. It'll all be released across seven different formats, from a 2CD/LP/7" box to CD, vinyl and cassette offerings. The in-depth focus is for good reason: Star Fleet Project features May alongside keyboardist Fred Mandel (who'd just completed several tours with Queen), bassist Phil Chen (a session bassist who'd logged time with Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart), then-REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer, and none other than Eddie Van Halen trading guitar licks with Queen's resident axe man. Get more details here.
In August 1961, the John Coltrane Quintet played an engagement at New York City's Greenwich Village nightspot The Village Gate. Eighty minutes of never-before-heard music from this lineup was recently discovered at the New York Public Library and makes its official debut here. The album showcases Dolphy's bass clarinet on "When Lights are Low" and the only known non-studio recording of sax man Coltrane's "Africa." Available on 1CD, 2LP, and digitally.
This 15-track vinyl compilation gathers up the four single sides the legendary Little Richard released on Atlantic in the early 1960s and then jumps to his 11 sides released by Reprise in the early 1970s. It's all been remastered by Aaron Kannowski and pressed up on "ruby red" vinyl. Get the full track listing and more here.
Aerosmith, remastered reissues (UMe)
UMe begins an Aerosmith CD reissue campaign today, featuring remastered versions of the band's classic albums. (Vinyl remasters have already been rolling out.). A second wave arrives next week, July 21, with the third wave coming on August 4. Then, on August 18, a new Greatest Hits arrives from the label in anticipation of Aerosmith's farewell tour which kicks off on September 2 in Philadelphia with dates currently scheduled through January 26, 2024 in Montreal.
Aerosmith (originally released as Columbia KC 32005, 1973 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Get Your Wings (originally released as Columbia KC 32847, 1974 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Toys in the Attic (originally released as Columbia PC 33479, 1975 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Rocks (originally released as Columbia PC 34165, 1976 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Night in the Ruts (originally released as Columbia FC 36050, 1979 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Rock in a Hard Place (originally released as Columbia FC 38061, 1982 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Nine Lives (originally released as Columbia CK 67547, 1997 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Honkin' on Bobo (originally released as Columbia CK 87025, 2004 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
Music from Another Dimension! (originally released as Columbia 88725 44281-2, 2012 - reissued Capitol/UMe, 2023)
The reactivated Dark Horse label reissues a remastered edition of 1974's George Harrison-produced Shankar Family and Friends, featuring Ravi Shankar joined by Klaus Voormann, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Jim Keltner, and Nicky Hopkins as well as a "who's who" of Indian musicians including Alla Rakha, Ashish Khan, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia. The album features "I Am Missing You," featuring Lakshmi Shankar on vocals backed by a full Western rock band. This is the album's first appearance on a standalone CD, and it's also been pressed on orchid vinyl.
Robert "Kool" Bell, George "Funky" Brown, and co. are back with the group's 34th studio album. People Just Wanna Have Fun features some of the last recordings from late band members Ronald "Khalis" Bell and Dennis "D.T." Thomas, and despite the bittersweet losses, continues in the Gang's happy, feel-good spirit.