Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today!
The Replacements have teamed up with Rhino for their fourth mega-box set edition of a classic album from their catalogue. After heavy-duty expansions of debut Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Pleased to Meet Me and a reorganized version of Don't Tell a Soul called Dead Man's Pop, the Minneapolis punk legends have announced the "Let It Bleed" edition of Tim, their first album for a major label and their last featuring the original band lineup. The 4CD/1LP box set will feature two editions of the album: a new remaster and a new remix by Ed Stasium, issued as a corrective to the original album's mix as done by album producer Tommy Erdelyi - better known as Tommy Ramone. (Stasium, of course, produced or engineered six Ramones albums between 1977 and 1992, and also engineered the debut album by Talking Heads.) Additional bonus material includes a disc of mostly unreleased studio rarities, largely drawn from a session with Big Star frontman Alex Chilton, and a previously unreleased live set from the group's 1986 tour, taken from a soundboard recording. The Tim box features new liner notes by 'Mats biographer Bob Mehr, a 180-gram vinyl LP of Ed Stasium's album remix cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and a new album cover for the 12" x 12" box, featuring a shot of the band in their Minneapolis practice space. Pre-orders of the album from Rhino come with a 7" of two of the unreleased studio tracks ("Nowhere is My Home" and a "cello version" of "Can't Hardly Wait"). Read more here, and watch this space for a full review soon!
Dio, The Studio Albums: 1996-2004 (BMG/Niji)
Niji Entertainment and BMG's The Studio Albums 1996-2004 features the final recordings Ronnie James Dio made with his band before the singer's passing in 2010. It'll be available on CD as well as a limited edition vinyl set featuring color variations for each album: 1996's Angry Machines will be pressed on Halloween orange with black marble vinyl, the double-album Magica (2000) on transparent blood red/black smoke vinyl, 2002's Killing the Dragon on transparent yellow and black marbled vinyl, and the group's final album Master of the Moon (2004) on electric blue with milky clear marbled vinyl. Also exclusive to the vinyl box: a single sided cobalt blue 7" of the band's final single "Electra," issued months before Dio's passing. Read more here!
The Breeders, Last Splash: 30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition (4AD)
The Breeders' Last Splash - one of the most treasured albums of the '90s alternative rock explosion - will be newly reissued with a small but intriguing selection of bonus material. The 1993 album was given the deluxe treatment for its 20th anniversary in 2013 - but, it turns out, the original analog tapes could not be located to create that set. In the decade since, they've been successfully located, and in addition to newly-remastered favorites like "Cannonball" and "Divine Hammer" on the new reissue, a pair of unearthed outtakes on the same analog reels will be released for the first time. "Go Man Go," now available as a single, was a co-write between Breeders frontwoman/bassist Kim Deal and Black Francis, her former bandmate in The Pixies. The other track is an alternate version of "Divine Hammer" with vocals from Dinosaur Jr. singer J. Mascis. The Last Splash reissue comes out as a 3LP set (with the two unheard tracks on a single-sided 12" with etching) or single CD. The vinyl is cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road and will be available in black or clear variants. A 10" booklet in the vinyl will contain lyrics and unseen portraits of the band, while the CD will be a Japanese-style mini-replica of the original LP done by Ichikudo Printing Co., Ltd. Get more details here!
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne's self-titled 1972 debut featuring "Doctor My Eyes," "Jamaica Say You Will," and "Rock Me on the Water" arrives on CD, digitally, and 180-gram LP as newly remastered from the original analog tapes. The physical editions replicate the original LP's "burlap water bag" packaging and include a lyric sheet.
The Iconoclassic label's first-ever vinyl LP title will be an expansion of Packet of Three, the 1984 live release by the late British singer/guitarist Steve Marriott, fronting a power trio of the same name that featured Jim Leverton and drummer Fallon Williams. Well known in the rock world for his contributions to Small Faces and Humble Pie - Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley and Steve Perry have all cited him among their favorite singers - Marriott was keen, in the wake of a lucrative early '80s Humble Pie reunion that offered him some needed remuneration, to play wherever his muse took him. On July 6, 1984, that "wherever" was legendary London venue Dingwalls, where he wowed an intimate crowd with favorites from his previous bands as well as some stalwart covers. Released on a small U.K. label that same year, it was expanded on CD a decade later with nearly twice as many tracks as the original release; that program is now being pressed on vinyl, with those six bonus tracks debuting on the format. Andy Pearce has digitally remastered the set, which features new sleeve notes by writer Ralph Chapman within its restored artwork. Get more details here!
Sheena's 1982 album, featuring her recording of "Wind Beneath My Wings," returns in a new CD/DVD edition remastered from the original tapes. The album generously expanded with eight bonus cuts on CD including four previously unreleased songs, while the DVD has her Act One TV special featuring guests Kenny Rogers and Al Jarreau. It's lavishly packaged with a 24-page booklet featuring extensive new liner notes by reissue producer Adam Mattera. Watch this space for more coverage of Madness, Money, and Music!
Jason Mraz, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things: Deluxe Edition (Atlantic/Rhino)
Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz's 2008's We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. - his bestselling and highest-charting album - gets the deluxe treatment for its 15th anniversary, as a 2CD, 3LP or digital set featuring rare and unreleased demos and outtakes chronicling the journey to this creative record. The album will be paired with 14 bonus tracks - three of which are previously unreleased - as well as original lyric notes by the singer/songwriter, new track-by-track commentary and liner notes from music journalist Annie Zaleski. Read more here.
Singer-songwriter Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band celebrates the 25th anniversary of her Grammy-nominated debut album with this expanded edition, available on CD, LP, and digital formats, which adds five bonus cuts including alternate takes, outtakes, and live recordings.
This collection from Liberation Hall brings together fourteen rare acoustic and electric tracks from the late country-rock pioneer Clarence White (The Byrds, Kentucky Colonels). The Lost Masters includes performances from guests Eric Weissberg, Roger McGuinn, Gene Parsons, Skip Battin, The Flying Burrito Brothers' Byron Berline, and The Everly Brothers. Available on CD and digitally.
The country superstar expands her 2022 album with six bonus tracks including her new single "Out of That Truck." Available on CD, digitally, and vinyl.
Firefall ("Just Remember I Love You," "You Are the Woman") are back with a new studio album, their tenth overall and first since 2020. Friends and Family is a trip back to the '70s when the band shared bills with such acts as Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Loggins and Messina, The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Marshall Tucker Band. Original member Jock Bartley and the current lineup (Steven Weinmeister on vocals, guitars, bass, and mandolin), John Bisaha (on vocals and bass), Sandy Ficca (on drums), and Jim Waddell (on woodwinds and keyboards) - plus an array of guest musicians including longtime Chicago drummer Tris Imboden and Orleans' Lance Hoppen - pay tribute to their comrades with fresh covers of their classic songs: The Doobies' "Long Train Running," The Band's "Chest Fever," Loggins and Messina's "Angry Eyes," and more. These breezy renditions are in the spirit of the originals and happily conjure Firefall's own country-rock/pop sound, making for an enjoyable nostalgia trip with old friends. It's out today on CD and digitally.
The Duran Duran guitarist releases his first solo album in 30 years, featuring Tina Arena and Gary Stringer. The label describes it as "a pandemic album, and a cancer album, and a state-of-the-world album, but still a triumph of joyful, uplifting music. Originally intended for release in 2020, Andy used the opportunities of the COVID lockdowns to re-examine the album and retool it under his own unique circumstances. Then, in 2022 he was given the news that the prostate cancer he had been battling was now terminal and the diagnosis meant he was unable to attend his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Duran Duran. However, this directly led to a reconciliation between Andy and the band and he is optimistic that pioneering targeted nuclear therapy will give him longer than he had originally believed. 2023 finds Andy Taylor on top of the world, with a truly fantastic and career-defining solo album, and bridges rebuilt with his old friends and bandmates. The future looks bright, for as long as it can last, whatever length of time that might be."
Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company, Free, The Law, and Queen fame) has a new album out on the venerable Sun label. Midnight Rose is available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
The dance-pop queen's sixteenth studio album featuring "Padam Padam" arrives on CD, LP, and digitally from BMG.