Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today!
This definitive 2-CD anthology from upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Spinners presents every one of the quintet's beloved A- and B-sides helmed by the late, great Thom Bell on Atlantic Records, with each and every song in its original single version. It adds up to a total of 43 mighty tracks on 2 CDs, including 19 Pop hits and 22 R&B hits. More than half of these are unique edits. Most are new to CD, and all are freshly remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision from new tape transfers of the original stereo single mixes. The collection includes a deluxe 28-page booklet with rare photos and memorabilia. The track-by-track liner notes from The Second Disc's Joe Marchese draw on a new interview with the last surviving member of the classic Spinners lineup, Henry Fambrough, as well as an unpublished interview with the late Thom Bell. Joe also contributes a heartfelt tribute to the late, great Bell, who was a good friend. The package has been designed by Bill Pitzonka. Read more here!
ABC, The Lexicon of Love: 40th Anniversary Edition (Mercury/UMR (U.K.))
Who's got the look? British band ABC's effortlessly cool debut The Lexicon of Love helped established a cutting-edge style for the decade to come, and it'll be reissued about a year on from its 40th anniversary this summer in a pair of new vinyl editions. The U.K.'s Universal Music Recordings will bring Lexicon back into print on LP August 4 with a new half-speed master cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. That new master will also be featured as part of a 4LP deluxe box set, which will include nearly all the contents of a 2CD reissue from 2004 - including rare 12" singles and B-sides, demos and live performances from the year of the album's original 1982 release - plus a host of newly remixed audio and remastered video on an accompanying Blu-ray Disc. Read more here.
This 1999 indie pop album from Galaxie 500 co-founder Dean Wareham's band Luna was their fifth release. The previous four records had been on Elektra, but they were dropped right before this LP hit shelves and so The Days of Our Nights ended up being distributed in the U.S. by the small Jericho label. Real Gone now is giving the album, including "Super Freaky Memories" (a hit in Spain), "Hello, Little One" (written for the Noah Baumbach film Mr. Jealousy), and a cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine", its U.S. standalone vinyl debut. The reissue has an inner sleeve with lyrics and is available in three versions: a cream-colored Real Gone webstore exclusive limited to 100 copies; a powder blue Rough Trade exclusive limited to 300 copies; and an orange swirl pressing.
Real Gone continues its Grateful Dead vinyl series by going back to the very beginning of Dick's Picks. This 4-LP box set celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Tampa, Florida concert (the band's final show of 1973) and the 30th anniversary of Dick's Picks, curated by Dick Latvala. The show features perhaps the Dead's finest version of "Here Comes Sunshine." For this release, Real Gone has returned to the original analog tapes for a fresh remastering by Jeffrey Norman; this edition also features previously unreleased material including a long-lost Phil Lesh bass solo. The 180-gram black vinyl has been pressed at Gotta Groove, and the lacquers were cut by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at Well Made Music. The insert includes original artwork as well as photos of the tape boxes. It is limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies and is already sold out directly from Real Gone - so snap yours up from another retailer while you can!
The soundtrack album to director Alfonso Cuaron's 1998 film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel featured a variety of artists including Chris Cornell, Duncan Shiek, and The Verve Pipe, among others. Tori Amos contributed a pair of songs including "Siren," written for the film. Real Gone brings it to vinyl for the first time in an "Emerald Green" pressing limited to 2,000 copies.
Ten classics from Bob Marley and The Wailers are reinterpreted by a new generation of "Afro-fused musicians" including Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, Teni, Oxlade, and more. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
This 17-track album was recorded by the noise-rock band at the famed Hollywood venue in 2018 when they opened for Nine Inch Nails; NIN had opened for the J&MC back in 1990. The first three sides of the double-LP set comprise the complete final show of December 15; the fourth side is taken from December 11 and features songs from Automatic. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
Singer Vince Gill and pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin pay tribute to the late, great Ray Price with this new set including renditions of "Sweet Memories," "Healing Hands of Time," and more. Bill Anderson writes the foreword. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
Rick Springfield (whose lost 1974 album Springfield recently premiered from Iconoclassic Records) is back with 20 new songs on Automatic, with which he promises to return to the guitar- and keyboard-based power pop on which he made his name. Available today on CD and digitally, with LP following in October.