Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today!
Earlier this year, Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music celebrated the extraordinary legacy of The Spinners with the release of The Complete Atlantic Singles: The Thom Bell Productions 1972-1979, collecting a whopping 43 single sides on two CDs. Now, SoulMusic Records and Cherry Red are continuing the Spinners party with a comprehensive box set chronicling that halcyon period with eight expanded albums on 7 CDs. Ain't No Price on Happiness: The Thom Bell Studio Recordings (1972-1979) brings together every one of The Spinners' studio albums in that span of time, all produced, arranged, and conducted by legendary maestro Thom Bell. All told, the set co-produced by SoulMusic Records' David Nathan and TSD's Joe Marchese contains 92 tracks (including 25 bonus tracks consisting of single edits, non-LP sides, remixes, and The Spinners' very first Atlantic Records session) plus comprehensive liner notes by Marchese. Read more here.
Grateful Dead, Wake of the Flood: 50th Anniversary Edition (Grateful Dead/Rhino)
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl: BarnesandNoble.com
1LP Picture Disc: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP Exclusive Vinyl: Dead.net
The first release on the Grateful Dead Records label, Wake of the Flood is turning 50. Rhino's new anniversary 2CD and digital editions feature previously unreleased demo recordings of "Eyes of the World" and "Here Comes Sunshine." Recorded in February 1973, both demos boast Jerry Garcia introducing songs he'd written with Robert Hunter. The second disc presents material from the Dead's concert of November 1, 1973 at Northwestern University's McGaw Memorial Hall in Evanston, Illinois including "Weather Report Suite," "Mississippi Half-Step Toodeloo," and a jam of "Morning Dew">"Playing In The Band">"Uncle John's Band">"Playing In The Band." Various LP versions will also be issued, among them a single 180-gram black vinyl LP, limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture disc, limited edition "coke bottle clear vinyl" exclusive to Barnes & Noble, and Dead.net Exclusive, limited edition "Watermark" Custom Vinyl. All of these pressings feature Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction and are newly mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer, David Glasser and produced for release by David Lemieux. Read more here!
Steely Dan, Aja (Geffen/UMe/Analogue Productions)
The ongoing Steely Dan reissue campaign jumps ahead to the sixth Dan album and arguably Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's crowning achievement: 1977's Aja. (No fear: Katy Lied and The Royal Scam will show up later.) Aja, featuring "Deacon Blues," "Peg," and "Black Cow," has been newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from a pristine, non-EQ'ed, analog tape copy. Lacquers for UMe's standard 33 1/3 RPM 180-gram black vinyl version out today have been cut by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering studio from high-resolution digital files of Grundman's new masters and pressed at Precision. The package replicates the original album artwork. Analogue Productions' 45 RPM UHQR vinyl box set version, due on October 27, will be pressed at the label's Quality Record Pressings on 200-gram Clarity Vinyl, and housed in a deluxe box. This luxurious pressing includes a booklet describing the UHQR process along with a Certificate of Inspection. A hybrid stereo SACD (playable on all CD players) is also due soon, date TBD. Read more here.
Green Day, Dookie: 30th Anniversary Edition (Reprise)
The 4CD or 6LP edition features Green Day's bestselling original album alongside a collection of unreleased demos and rare outtakes, plus two live sets: the trio's infamous, mud-soaked performance at Woodstock '94 (released on vinyl for the album's 25th anniversary in 2019) and an unheard performance from just a month before in Barcelona, Spain. The boxes also have an assortment of extra collectibles; the CD box includes two stickers, five buttons, a magnet and an air freshener, while the vinyl offers the buttons, air freshener, more stickers and magnets, a paper airplane, a coloring book lithograph insert, a poster and even Dookie dog poop bags. (The band's official webstore will also sell a color variant of the box with each disc pressed on - you guessed it - different brown shades of vinyl.) Get more details here.
HAIM, Days Are Gone: 10th Anniversary Edition (Columbia/Legacy (U.S.)/Polydor/UMC (U.K.))
A decade after sister pop/rock trio HAIM became darlings of the music world with a lauded debut album - and not long after they opened a string of high-profile dates for friend Taylor Swift - they're revisiting the record with a newly expanded edition. Days Are Gone - the sleek first volume from the group, is getting the 10th anniversary treatment with a bonus disc of B-sides and remixes from the period curated by the sisters. The album, featuring the singles "Forever," "Falling," "The Wire," "If I Could Change Your Mind," and more, will be pressed on double green vinyl, with picture disc and 2CD variants available outside North America. Read more here.
Various Artists, Stax Christmas (Stax/Craft Recordings)
Craft Recordings and Stax Records celebrate the holiday season with the CD, LP, and digital release of A Stax Christmas. This festive 12-track compilation features songs by the label's most beloved artists including two previously unreleased tracks from Carla Thomas and Otis Redding. Get the track listing and more here.
Electronic, Get the Message: The Best of Electronic (Rhino)
Rhino is urging fans to "get the message" by reissuing and expanding their collection devoted to British dance-pop supergroup Electronic. Get the Message: The Best of Electronic, originally released in 2006, will be revisited as a new double-vinyl pressing or a 2CD edition pairing the original 15-track compilation alongside another 15 rare remixes and B-sides. You'll find more info here.
Wilco's thirteenth studio album arrives today, with ten new songs penned by Jeff Tweedy. Produced by Cate LeBon, the album features the lineup of Nels Cline, Mikael Jorgensen, Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt, Pat Sansone, and Tweedy on lead vocals. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
Heart's Ann Wilson releases an album of all-new material with her band Tripsitter consisting of Tony Lucido (bass), Ryan Wariner (guitars), Sean T. Lane (drums), and Paul Moak (guitars and keyboards). Tom Bukovac (guitars) has also contributed to Another Door. Available today on CD and digitally, with an LP coming in November.
Jason Isbell, Southeastern: 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Southeastern)
The remastered and expanded Southeastern will combine the original album with two alternate listens: a disc featuring demo versions of every track on the album and a set featuring Southeastern complete in concert at Knoxville, Tennessee's Bijou Theatre last December. The accompanying booklet to the set, available as a 3CD or 4LP set, includes lyrics (including scans of some of Isbell's lyrics as he wrote them) and an essay from country music scholar Charles Hughes. Isbell has also posed for a new recreation of the original album's cover photo. Get more info here.
Verve releases two volumes this week in its Great Women of Song series which has already seen an entry by Nina Simone. The dozen songs on this Sarah Vaughan set include such all-time standards as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Embraceable You," "Misty," and "Lullaby of Birdland" as well as Hal David and Sherman Edwards' "Broken-Hearted Melody" and the Damn Yankees classic "Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)." Available on CD, LP, and digitally.
The second volume this week comes from Billie Holiday. The legendary chanteuse is represented by "Strange Fruit," "Good Morning, Heartache," "Lady Sings the Blues," "Lover Man," "You Go to My Head," and eight more. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.