Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today!
Jethro Tull, Broadsword and the Beast: 40th Anniversary Edition (Parlophone)
This 40th anniversary "Monster Edition"of the Jethro Tull classic will feature Steven Wilson's new mixes of the original album, a slew of rare and previously unreleased recordings, demos, early mixes, and a 1982 live set in Germany - all available in stereo across five CDs and in hi-resolution stereo and surround mixes on three DVDs. (A vinyl edition will include the remixed album, the associated recordings, and all the demos on four LPs.) The box set will also include a 164-page book offering new interviews with band members, cover artist Iain McCaig and engineer Leigh Mantle, track-by-track annotations from frontman Ian Anderson, a recreation of the original 1982 tour program and more. Read more here!
Nine highlights from Peter Frampton's November 2022 "homecoming" at London's Royal Albert Hall are featured on this new live album. Frampton is joined by longtime bandmates Rob Arthur, Adam Lester, Dan Wojciechowski, and Steve Mackey on a set including "Show Me the Way," "Baby I Love Your Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do." Available on CD and digitally.
And another Royal Albert Hall show: In the weeks before his passing, late Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot approved the release of this May 24, 2016 concert at the famed venue. The previously available 2CD set features such beloved Lightfoot standards as "Beautiful," "Early Morning Rain," "Sundown," "Carefree Highway," "If You Could Read My Mind," and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." The 2LP vinyl edition arrives today, though Amazon appears to indicate it won't be in stock for another couple of weeks.
Edsel repackages Belinda Carlisle's first four albums - Belinda, Heaven on Earth, Runaway Horses, and Live Your Life Be Free - in a hardcover book set with lyrics and credits but no additional audio material.
Deacon Blue, You Can Have It All: The Complete Albums Collection / All the Old 45s: The Very Best of Deacon Blue (Cooking Vinyl)
Cooking Vinyl celebrates the Scottish pop-rock group with two new packages. The 14-CD box set You Can Have It All: The Complete Albums Collection brings together all of the band's studio LPs plus two B-sides and rarities compilations (1988's Riches, 1990's Ooh Las Vegas) and the new, stripped-down compendium of hits, live tracks, and cover versions, Peace Will Come. It totals 160 tracks spanning 36 years of Deacon Blue's career and contains a 24-page booklet. A companion volume is All the Old 45s: The Very Best of Deacon Blue, with 41 tracks on 2 CDs and a 16-page booklet.
Tom Waits, Swordfishtrombones / Rain Dogs / Franks Wild Years (Island/UMe)
Tom Waits' first three Island albums reinvented the singer-songwriter as he moved away from largely traditional piano-based songwriting to explore unusual instrumentation, unconventional song forms, and an even more rough-hewn voice. The 1983-1986 trilogy returns today from UMe on CD, with LP reissues to follow on September 22. Swordfishtrombones has been remastered from the original 1/2-inch EQ'ed production tape; and Rain Dogs and Franks Wild Years from the original 1/2-inch flat masters.
This 140-gram black vinyl release is the standalone debut of Odeon/Budokan, first released on CD as part of Neil Young's second Archives box. Side One of the LP has Neil solo from London's Hammersmith Odeon and Side Two features Crazy Horse joining Neil at Tokyo's Budokan.