Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the (many, many!) new titles available today! As an Amazon associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
The Second Disc has teamed with SoulMusic Records for the definitive celebration of the Christmas disco/Philly soul classic. The Salsoul Orchestra's Christmas Jollies I + II: The Extra Jolly Edition brings together Vincent Montana, Jr.'s original Christmas Jollies plus Tom Moulton's complete 1992 remix and producer Patrick Adams' rare follow-up, Christmas Jollies II. But that's not all. The Extra Jolly Edition adds nearly a dozen bonus single versions and remixes (most of which are new to CD) spread across all three CDs. The 3CD collection, designed by Paul Bevoir and remastered by Nick Robbins, includes a deluxe 24-page full-color booklet with photos, memorabilia, and a comprehensive essay from TSD's Joe Marchese drawing on new and archival quotes from Vincent Montana, Jr., Denise Montana, Patrick Adams, The Salsoul Orchestra's Bobby Eli, and others. Get all the details here!
Prince, Diamonds and Pearls: Super Deluxe Edition (NPG/Legacy (U.S.)/Warner (rest of world))
7CD/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
12LP/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP (milky white vinyl): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Official Store (clear vinyl)
Vinyl Singles Box: Official Store
The expanded edition of Prince's Diamonds and Pearls comes two years past the 30th anniversary of the album and features a wide assortment of the bonus audio content that's accompanied expansions of 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times. The album, newly remastered by Bernie Grundman, is complemented by a collection of B-sides, remixes and edits; 33 previously unreleased recordings from the legendary Vault at Paisley Park, and live concerts in audio and visual forms. The box set will be available in 7CD/Blu-ray and 12LP/Blu-ray formats along with simpler editions that feature the album and single/mix material. It's the first catalogue release from the estate and label partners Legacy Recordings since last year's remix of Prince and The Revolution Live. Read more here!
Barbra Streisand, Evergreens: Celebrating Six Decades on Columbia Records (Columbia/Legacy)
Barbra Streisand looks back on her remarkable recording career with Evergreens: Celebrating Six Decades on Columbia Records. The vocalist's 1963 debut The Barbra Streisand Album took home the Grammy Award for Album of the Year as well as Best Vocal Performance - Female, inaugurating a tenure on Columbia Records that has (so far!) encompassed 36 studio albums as well as live sets, collections, box sets, cast recordings, and soundtracks. This new retrospective features 22 songs hand-picked by Streisand, almost entirely eschewing her hit singles in favor of songs which were chosen by the artist to "exemplify her emotional connection to these melodies and lyrics - each holding a special place in her heart and memory." Spanning The Barbra Streisand Album through 2018's striking Walls, these songs add up to an alternate history of Streisand in the studio, taking listeners through each of her many eras.
Barbra Streisand, Yentl: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Columbia/Legacy)
Yentl: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition celebrates the Platinum-certified soundtrack to the film for which Barbra Streisand made history as the first woman to direct, write, produce, and star in a Hollywood studio movie. The upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition features the original album on the first CD and a bonus disc of 15 tracks, nearly all previously unreleased. The centerpiece of this disc are nine demos recorded in Streisand's living room with composer Michel Legrand on piano. (Alan and Marilyn Bergman provided the lyrics.) These intimate performances were recorded on a cassette deck, with the star-writer-director providing narration to introduce each song. Other bonuses include previously unreleased studio versions of "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and "Several Sins a Day," the single version of "Papa, Can You Hear Me?," the reprise of "This Is One of Those Moments," the performance with Rabbinical chorus of "Where Is It Written," and the original End Titles. Barnes and Noble will exclusively carry the expanded Yentl vinyl. Read more about both Streisand releases here.
Nirvana, In Utero: Super Deluxe Edition (Geffen/UMe)
5CD: UDiscoverMusic.com / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
8LP: UDiscoverMusic.com / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: UDiscoverMusic.com / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP + 10-Inch: UDiscoverMusic.com / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Nirvana's In Utero returns in a multi-format 30th anniversary edition, with formats including a limited-edition 8LP Super Deluxe box set, 5CD Super Deluxe box set, 1 LP + 10" edition, 2CD Deluxe Edition, and a Digital Super Deluxe edition. The Super Deluxe releases comprise 72 tracks, 53 of which are previously unreleased. The contents are:
- Original remastered album plus five bonus tracks/B-sides (1 CD or 2 LPs);
- Live in Los Angeles - Great Western Forum: December 30, 1993 (2 CDs or 3 LPs);
- Live in Seattle - Seattle Center Arena: January 7, 1994 (2 CDs or 3LPs); and
- Bonus Live 1993-1994 (included on B-Sides LP and Live in Seattle CD).
Both Live in Los Angeles and Live in Seattle, the band's final performance in their hometown, are previously unreleased. Seattle producer-engineer Jack Endino has restored the show from stereo soundboard tapes. The In Utero album and five bonus sides have been remastered from the analog master tapes by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Services; Weston assisted Steve Albini as the only other engineer at the original recording sessions. A 2CD highlights edition contains the original album plus 14 live tracks culled from the big box. A 1LP remaster adds the five bonus tracks/B-sides on a 10-inch EP. Read more here!
Frank Sinatra, Platinum (Capitol/UMe)
70 years ago, in 1953, Frank Sinatra made the move from Columbia Records to the Capitol label. Having chafed under the direction of Columbia's pop guru Mitch Miller, the future Chairman of the Board sought - and received - creative freedom at the Tower on Hollywood and Vine. Co-founded by songwriter Johnny Mercer, Capitol provided an artist-friendly environment in which Sinatra could, and would, thrive. Frank Sinatra: Platinum, a 2CD, 4LP, or digital overview of The Voice's time on the Capitol roster, celebrates that remarkable affiliation between artist and label. The remastered collection also debuts a handful of alternate takes. Read more here.
Primary Wave delivers a new Christmas compilation from the legendary Bing Crosby. Its 14 tracks encompass a dozen previously unreleased tracks from the Crosby archive plus the David Bowie duet "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" and more. The set curated and annotated by Robert S. Bader additionally includes duets with Kathryn Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
For just over two decades, Kirsty MacColl was one of England's most uniquely talented female rock singer/songwriters. This fall, nearly a quarter century after her passing, a new box set examines her career in-depth. See That Girl (1979-2000) is an 8CD set loaded with 161 singles, rarities, remixes, live cuts and duets - including 47 previously unreleased recordings. Produced in partnership with the singer's estate, the set features two gatefold sleeves of discs and a 60-page hardback book packed in a 24 cm x 24 cm slipcase. Inside the book are new notes by journalist Jude Rogers as well as contributions and remembrances from collaborators Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr, former husband Steve Lillywhite and Dave Robinson, the executive who helped kickstart her career by signing her to Stiff Records. Get more details here.
Iconoclassic delivers a vinyl reissue of a classic from label stalwart Graham Parker. In the mid-'90s, he'd signed to the U.S. label Razor & Tie, putting out the introspective, acoustic-driven 12 Haunted Episodes in 1995. A year later, he followed it up with Acid Bubblegum , an album that lived up to its name. Fans hoping for a return to Parker's early angry-young-man sound were not disappointed, courtesy of some terrific songwriting backed by a band that featured former Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri, drummer Gary Burke (who kept time for Joe Jackson through a good portion of the '80s and all of the '90s), and bassist Andrew Bodnar, Parker's bandmate in The Rumour. Acid Bubblegum is Parker at his purest - and this premiere vinyl pressing (an LP and bonus 7") on - what else? - pink bubblegum vinyl is sure to be a hit with the faithful. It's limited to just 1,000 copies worldwide and includes new liner notes penned by Parker himself. Read more here!
Stage Door Records launches its new Stage Door Pop imprint with the CD premiere of the first album from the family group from which the hitmaking girl group The Nolans was spun off. The Singing Nolans was based on the family's popular club act of the time. The material would have been familiar to cabaret-goers, with medleys from Oliver! and The Sound of Music as well as hits such as Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway's "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," Bobby Russell's "Little Green Apples," and Ron Miller and Orlando Murden's "For Once in My Life." Stage Door is appending a number of bonus tracks to the album's CD debut including the Nolans' first single "Blackpool" b/w "Apple Pie" and a four-track Christmas EP featuring "Silent Night," "White Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." Every track on this reissue is new-to-CD, and all have been sourced and freshly remastered from the original Nevis Records master tapes. Read more here.
Linda Ronstadt returns her 2000 Christmas album, featuring "River," "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "I Wonder as I Wander," to CD and vinyl today. (it's one of many albums she's reclaimed from Warner Music Group.) Barnes and Noble also has an exclusive vinyl variant.
Bruce Hornsby, Spirit Trail: 25th Anniversary Edition (Zappo/Thirty Tigers)
Bruce Hornsby's lengthy double album Spirit Trail is remastered and expanded in a new 25th anniversary edition which will feature four outtakes from a "lost" full-band follow-up that was abandoned in favor of 2002's Big Swing Face, a more electronic effort backed by his then-new band The Noisemakers. The CD version of the reissue will feature a third disc of Spirit Trail tracks played live at shows in support of the record - all previously unreleased. Bob Ludwig has mastered the sets (with vinyl lacquers cut by Chris Muth), and Hornsby has written new liner notes for the CD and vinyl sets. (The CDs, packaged in a clamshell case, will include an expanded booklet offering rare photos of Hornsby by Danny Clinch.) Get more info here.
Astrud Gilberto and Dinah Washington, Great Women of Song (Verve/UMe)
Verve continues its series of Great Women of Song collections with an entry from the queen of sensual bossa nova, Astrud Gilberto. Songs include "The Girl from Ipanema," "Summer Samba," "Once I Loved," "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars," and "The Shadow of Your Smile." Also arriving today is a volume from the soulful Miss Dinah Washington, featuring "What a Difference a Day Made," "Cry Me a River," and "After You've Gone." Both titles are available on CD, LP, and digitally.
Motley Crue's 4x Platinum-certified sophomore set returns from BMG in a super deluxe set with the original album remastered on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and cassette (yes, all three formats in one box!); a 180-gram LP of rarities, two 7" singles, and various items including tarot cards, art prints, bandana, 7" adapter, seance board, and more.
In what's likely to be another juggernaut, Taylor Swift revisits and re-records her 2014 album 1989 with five previously unreleased "From the Vault" tracks. It's available in a plethora of vinyl formats plus Target-exclusive CDs, cassette, and digitally.
Duran Duran's latest album features original songs, covers of familiar tunes from The Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish, The Specials, and Talking Heads, and even self-covers. Nile Rodgers guests along with former members Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo. Available on CD, LP, and digital formats.
Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Lainey Wilson, and Wynonna herself are on hand to pay musical tribute to The Judds' musical legacy and the late Naomi. Available on CD, LP, and digitally.