Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today!
Elvis Presley, Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite: 50th Anniversary Edition (RCA/Legacy)
Elvis Presley's seminal 1973 returns for its 50th anniversary in a new box set. This edition takes its cues from the audio contents of last year's 3-CD release from the mail-order Follow That Dream label but with some crucial changes. Here, you have the original album on CD 1 as remixed by Matt-Ross Spang for that '22 release, the dress rehearsal on CD 2 remixed here for the first time, and multiple takes of the additional songs captured for the U.S. broadcast on CD 3, also remixed by Ross-Spang in '22. New to this release, too, is the Blu-ray premiere of the original special. A 28-page booklet with liner notes by Randy Lewis is also included in the package. A 2LP vinyl edition of the remixed original album will also be released the same day. Read more here, and watch this space on Monday for a full review!
David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (50th Anniversary) (Parlophone/Rhino)
Over 50 years after David Bowie bade farewell to one of his most recognizable onstage personas, the show in which he did so is being reissued and restored. Ziggy Stardust: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be reissued by Parlophone just one month after the exact anniversary of that landmark date at Hammersmith Odeon in London. Originally issued in truncated form in 1983, the program was remixed and restored in 2003; this updated presentation will feature two tracks finally added into the running order: a medley of "The Jean Genie" and The Beatles' "Love Me Do" plus "Round and Round," both featuring Jeff Beck on guitar. (The medley was released last year as part of the soundtrack to the Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream, while the other track is heard here for the first time anywhere; both tracks have been newly mixed by Tony Visconti.) In addition to the revisited audio, a deluxe 2CD/Blu-ray package will include a 4K restoration of Pennebaker's documentary featuring 12 minutes of additional footage and a 5.1 surround mix by Visconti. The audio alone will be available on 2 CDs or 2 gold LPs. Read more here!
Neil Young, Chrome Dreams (Reprise/NYA)
Almost sixteen years after the release of Chrome Dreams II, Neil Young is finally unveiling the original, "lost" 1977 album. Featuring cover artwork by Ronnie Wood dating back to 1976, Chrome Dreams arrives in CD, LP, and digital formats. The dozen songs comprising the album were recorded between 1974 and 1976 and assembled as an acetate to consider for potential release in 1977. Ultimately, Young opted to shelve Chrome Dreams, but most of the songs have trickled out over the years. This release presents them all in their originally-intended sequence and premieres the recordings of "Sedan Delivery" and "Hold Back the Tears." Get more details here.
The Donnas' 1997 self-titled debut album - recorded while the members were still in high school - is a punk paean to sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It's back in a new vinyl edition mastered from the original 1/4-inch master tapes. It's pressed on "natural with black swirl" vinyl and features new commentary from the band in the liner notes.
That's not all this week from The Donnas. Their second album came just a year after the first, and reflected the band's growing musicianship and production acumen. American Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Machine is more KISS and Runaways than Ramones, but is still distinctively Donnas. The reissue has been remastered from the original tapes by Mike Milchner at SonicVision and includes new liner notes as well as the original "pin-up" calendar. It's pressed on "fire orange with black swirl" vinyl.
Fans of The Dick Van Dyke Show - and who isn't? - have long known that Sally Rogers, a.k.a. Rose Marie, was more than just a terrific actress and comedian. She was also one helluva singer! The Hollywood Squares favorite (1923-2017) started performing at the age of three and never stopped entertaining until her passing at the age of 94. Though she performed on countless stages and made numerous recordings - she was the last surviving entertainer to have a hit pre-WWII - Rose Marie never headlined an album on CD. Happily, that changes with today's delightful release of Rose Marie Sings: The Complete Mercury Recordings and More from the U.K.'s Sepia label. This first-of-its-kind collection includes all of her Mercury sides plus numerous rarities; the set, in total, spans 1938-1966 and includes never-before-heard tracks among its whopping 29 selections. This deluxe package is produced with the cooperation of Rose Marie's family and features new liner notes from her daughter Noopy. Watch this space for a full feature on Rose Marie Sings!
The perhaps-unlikely pair of Suzi Quatro and KT Tunstall have teamed up for an album of original rock-and-roll duets which they recorded together in England. The album is available on CD, LP, and digitally.
JEM Records' series of tribute albums (already encompassing albums dedicated to the songbooks of Brian Wilson, John Lennon, and Pete Townshend) continues with an entry celebrating The Kinks' Ray Davies. Artists include The Anderson Council, The Grip Weeds, The Weeklings, and more. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
The Connells, Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best of The Connells / Ring: 30th Anniversary Edition (Craft Recordings)
Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best of The Connells is the band's first greatest hits collection, bringing together remastered versions of their modern rock hits from 1987 to 1998, including the title track and "'74-75." Producers include Mitch Easter (R.E.M.), Hugh Jones (Simple Minds), Tim Jones (Whiskeytown), and Jim Scott (Tom Petty). Craft Recordings also revisits Ring, the album which introduced "'74-75," on 2 CDs packed with B-sides and rarities. A standard vinyl edition of Ring with the original album is also available.