Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today.
Joni Mitchell, At Newport (Rhino)
On July 24, 2022, Joni Mitchell took the stage of the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island for her first full concert set in two decades. Word quickly spread, usually attached to adjectives such as "thrilling," "moving," and "extraordinary." Since then, the Mitchell renaissance has continued unabated, including a return to the concert stage this past June at Washington's Gorge Amphitheater for a Joni Jam show that sold out within minutes. At Newport preserves her stunning stage return on CD, double vinyl, and digital formats. Produced by Joni and her friend and collaborator Brandi Carlile, At Newport features the set in which Mitchell was joined by nine-time Grammy winner Carlile as well as her band members Phil and Tim Hanseroth, country legend Wynonna Judd, folk-rocker Marcus Mumford, folk/R&B singer-songwriter-guitarist Celisse, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and others. Read more here.
Stevie Nicks, Complete Studio Albums and Rarities (Warner/Rhino)
Stevie Nicks gets the box set treatment on the 10CD or limited, direct-to-consumer exclusive 16LP set Complete Studio Albums & Rarities. The set brings together just about all of Nicks' own output between 1981 and 2014, a period covered by Rhino's Stand Back compilation from 2019. The set features the chart-topping Bella Donna (1981) and follow-up The Wild Heart (1983) - both presented as remastered for a pair of deluxe editions in 2016 - newly-remastered versions of Rock a Little (1985), The Other Side of the Mirror (1989), Street Angel (1994) and Trouble in Shangri-La (2001), and the late-period successes In Your Dreams (2011) and 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault (2014). The set closes out with a newly-compiled double album of Rarities, featuring 23 B-sides, bonus tracks, compilation songs, material from nine different soundtrack collections and Nicks' recently-released cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth." Also available digitally. Read more here, and watch this space for a full review!
Neil Young, Official Release Series Vol. 5 (Reprise/NYA)
Neil Young's Official Release Series Volume 5 arrives on 6 CDs or 9 LPs. Both formats include Freedom (1989), an expanded edition of Ragged Glory (1990), Weld (1991), and Arc (1991). As with all titles in this series, the albums have been remastered, with Ragged Glory sourced from analog tape. This marks the first time these four LPs have been remastered for vinyl. The vinyl and CD box sets are individually numbered, and the LPs are pressed on 180-gram vinyl. High-resolution digital audio will also be available, and all purchases at Young's official Greedy Hand Store come with a free high-resolution digital download. Get more information here.
The Rolling Stones' 2002 collection Forty Licks - celebrating 40 years of The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band with 40 songs - was notable as their first career-spanning collection, encompassing songs from both their Decca/London years (controlled, then as now, by ABKCO) and their own Rolling Stones Records period and beyond. Now, that seminal compilation is released to digital platforms (including Dolby Atmos) as well as a 4-LP, 180-gram vinyl presentation. Read more here.
Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic (Geffen/UMe)
The Steely Dan reissue campaign rolls on with today's reissue of the band's third album, 1974's Pretzel Logic. The release follows the recent reissues of both Can't Buy a Thrill and Countdown to Ecstasy; like those titles, it will be remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog masters and reissued on standard 180-gram black vinyl, Ultra High-Quality (UHQR) premium vinyl cut at 45 RPM, and hybrid stereo SACD (playable on all CD players). Donald Fagen has overseen the audio for all formats. Pretzel Logic features such Dan classics as "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number," "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," and "Barrytown." Get more info here!
Billy Idol, Billy Idol: Expanded Edition (Capitol/UMe)
Billy Idol's 1982 debut album returns in a 2-CD expanded edition. The first disc has the original album plus the newly-discovered "Clubland Extended Version" of the hit "White Wedding" that adds another four minutes to the running time. The album is further complemented with an unreleased live set from The Roxy in West Hollywood at the end of 1982; it features the balance of tracks from Don't Stop and Billy Idol plus a few from Generation X's swan song Kiss Me Deadly. The original album, sans the bonuses, also returns to vinyl. Read more here.
Yep Roc reissues Nick Lowe's tenth studio album and second indie release. This new reissue of Dig My Mood, available on blue vinyl or digitally, will come with a yellow 10" EP of bonus material from the period. All five tracks - a studio track called "I'll Give You All Night to Stop" and four live recordings from Japan in support of Dig My Mood - come from a Lowe box set and have never been released on vinyl or digitally. It's limited to just 1,500 copies. Get more information here.
Mal Waldron (1925-2002) released over 100 albums as a leader (including numerous film scores) during his five-decade-long career which also saw him support the illustrious likes of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, and Abbey Lincoln. 1957's Mal/2, for Prestige Records, was Waldron's second LP as a leader. He was joined by the up-and-coming John Coltrane on tenor saxophone as well as trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and bassist Julian Euell (who both appeared on Mal/1). Also appearing on horns were Sahib Shihab (alto/baritone sax), Jackie McLean (alto sax) and Bill Hardman (trumpet), while drums were played by Ed Thigpen and Art Taylor. Waldron's original compositions in the bop vein were joined by American standards such as Cole Porter's "From This Moment On" and Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' "The Way You Look Tonight." For more on the relaunched Original Jazz Classics series of which this is a part, click here!