Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today!
The Who, Who's Next / Life House (Polydor/UMe)
10CD/1BD: The Who Official Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: The Who Official Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1CD: The Who Official Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP (Album Only, Black Vinyl): The Who Official Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP (Half-Speed Mastered Album Only): The Who Official Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP (Transparent Blue Vinyl w/tip-on jacket): The Who Official Store Links TBD
4LP (Album + San Francisco Concert): The Who Official Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP (Album + Life House Demos): The Who Official Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Links TBD
The Who's Next/Life House box set, by the numbers, offers 155 tracks - 89 of which are previously unissued in any version and 57 of which are brand-new remixes. This set finally offers a comprehensive look at Pete Townshend's ambitious, conceptual Life House (later known as Lifehouse) project, tracing it from its roots as a follow-up to 1969's Tommy to its evolution into Who's Next. The biggest iteration of the new Who's Next / Life House set is a 10CD/1Blu-ray release. The audio has been newly remastered by longtime Who engineer Jon Astley, with the Blu-ray Audio disc offering new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround remixes of the original Who's Next and 14 bonus tracks by Steven Wilson. The CDs offer the remastered Who's Next album, a selection of Townshend's 1970-1971 Life House demos, London and New York session takes, released singles, and four discs with two concerts. If the 10CD/1BD box is too expansive for your taste, 180-gram 4LP and 3LP sets are also being released. Read more here.
Beck, Bogert & Appice, Live in Japan 1973 / Live in London 1974 (Atco/Rhino)
Live in Japan 1973, Live in London 1974 is a 4CD/4LP box set offering two much-coveted sets in the short but pivotal era in which guitar god Jeff Beck, drummer/singer Carmine Appice, and bassist Tim Bogert laid down a heavy duty power trio that knocked fans of The Jeff Beck Group and The Yardbirds sideways. Both concerts have been remixed from original multitrack elements with the approval of all three band members (Bogert died in 2021; the set is dedicated to both him and the late Beck). Available on CD or vinyl, with a grape variant of the latter exclusively available at Rhino's official web store, this new box also includes informative liner notes by journalist Bruce Pilato, placing the short-lived trio in its proper context. Rare photos and memorabilia and a replica poster will also be included inside. Read more here.
Carly Simon, These Are The Good Old Days: The Carly Simon and Jac Holzman Story (Elektra/Rhino)
Carly Simon was signed for her first solo album contract to Elektra Records by the label's founder, Jac Holzman, beginning an association with the label that would endure for the entirety of the 1970s. Holzman's hands-on approach to overseeing his label's output, however, would only last for three of Simon's albums, as he departed Elektra in 1973, three years after selling the company to the conglomerate that had just swallowed up Warner Bros.' assets. Now, that brief but halcyon period of collaboration is being collected by Rhino. These Are the Good Old Days: The Carly Simon and Jac Holzman Story is a 1CD, 2LP, and digital compilation curated by Holzman and drawing on both hits and deep cuts from Carly Simon (1971), Anticipation (1971), and No Secrets (1972) plus one previously unreleased demo and a previously unreleased mix of the John Prine-written "Angel from Montgomery." All audio has been remastered for this release. Get more details here.
Steve Miller Band, J50: Evolution of The Joker (Sailor/Capitol/UMe)
Steve Miller Band's J50: Evolution of The Joker eschews the typical album-plus-outtakes format for a mostly chronological journey through the history of the album, track-by-track. Over two CDs or three LPs and a 7" single, the original album will be reassembled with various live recordings, demos, and studio outtakes plus some commentary tracks from Miller himself - all previously unreleased. (The sole released bonus track: the original single version of the title track.) Eight of the songs, including lead tracks "Lidi" and "Travelin'," have never been heard before. The packages also include liner notes by Miller and Anthony DeCurtis, plus an iron-on transfer and lithograph within the vinyl box. Read more here.
This new single-CD collection for Hank Williams' 100th birthday features 25 of his legendary hits, all presented in live radio versions. Michael Graves remasters, and Colin Escott provides the new essay.
The indefatigable Willie Nelson's latest studio album recasts many of his classic compositions in bluegrass fashion. Titles include "On the Road Again," "Yesterday's Wine," and "Bloody Mary Morning." Nelson's longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon has produced this tribute to the great string bands of yesteryear. Available on CD/digital today, and LP on September 29.
The trumpeter-philanthropist-A&M Records founder delivers his 49th (!) studio album, a new set featuring classic standards ("Angel Eyes," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "On the Street Where You Live"), pop evergreens ("We've Only Just Begun," "And I Love Her," "Father and Son"), and more. Available on CD and digitally.
Start spreading the news. New York, New York - the big, splashy musical which played last season at Broadway's St. James Theatre - was filled with wall-to-wall music from curtain up to curtain down, and not just any music: it was all composed by John Kander, 96 years young and still turning out melodies that stubbornly refuse to dislodge themselves from your brain. Now, while the Tony Award-nominated show has closed, those delectable melodies have been released on a double-disc cast recording. Previously available digitally, the album arrives today on CD.
New York, New York, loosely based on the MGM film starring Liza Minnelli and Robert DeNiro, features a score by Kander and the late Fred Ebb (drawing from various sources including the movie, the scores to The Rink, Flora, The Red Menace, Funny Lady, and the unproduced Golden Gate; and other trunk songs) as well as all-new material from Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It's all performed by a cast led by Anna Uzele and Colton Ryan (standing in for Liza and Bob but making the roles their own) and a two-dozen strong orchestra (with additional strings having been added for the recording). The vivacity of director-choreographer Susan Stroman's production shines through on the cast recording which blends Kander's trademark showbiz sound with jazz, Latin, and classical flourishes throughout. (The digital edition of the big and brassy cast recording adds three original Kander and Ebb demos as well as one by Kander and Miranda plus an instrumental, sing-along track for the title song.) A deluxe booklet has a note from Kander, a synopsis of David Thompson and Sharon Washington's book, full lyrics, and plenty of photos that will transport you to the city that never sleeps.