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The Beatles, 1962-1966 (Apple/Capitol/UMe)
The famous "red" compilation chronicling The Beatles' early years returns in a new, expanded edition featuring extra songs and brand-new stereo mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. "I Saw Her Standing There," "Twist and Shout," This Boy," "Got to Get You Into My Life," and "Here, There, and Everywhere" are among the added tracks while "Help!," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," "Day Tripper," "In My Life," and "Girl" are among the newly-mixed tracks. The new liner notes are by John Harris.
The Beatles 1967-1970 (Apple/Capitol/UMe)
Joining The Beatles' 1962-1966 is the "blue album," 1967-1970, in a new expanded edition with additional songs and new remixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. "Within You, Without You," "Revolution," "Glass Onion," "Hey Bulldog," and "I Me Mine" are among the "new" tracks while "I Am the Walrus," "The Fool on the Hill," and "Magical Mystery Tour" are just a few of the newly mixed tracks. The compilation closes with "the last Beatles song," the brand-new "Now and Then." John Harris again provides new liner notes. Get the full tracklistings of both titles here.
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, That Holiday Feeling! (Real Gone Music)
Real Gone Music presents a newly-remastered edition of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme's joyous 1964 Christmas classic That Holiday Feeling! Their son David Lawrence has written an introduction, and TSD's Joe Marchese provides the liner notes. The album has been remastered for vinyl by Eric Boulanger at The Bakery under the supervision of David Lawrence. Also available on CD and digitally; both of those formats are expanded with additional tracks. Read more here.
Neil Young re-presses the long out-of-print 8CD version of his first, expansive Archives box set, originally released in 2009. This reissue replicates the original's unique "Garypak" packaging designed by Young's longtime art director, the late Gary Burden.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hollywood Bowl: August 18, 1967 (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)
Experience Hendrix and Legacy travel back to the Summer of Love to premiere a never-before-bootlegged concert from the Hollywood Bowl when The Jimi Hendrix Experience was opening for The Mamas and The Papas. Jeff Slate provides the liner notes for the new release which has been overseen by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott, and Eddie Kramer. The latter restored the audio which has been mastered by Bernie Grundman. In addition to CD and digital releases, Hollywood Bowl: August 18, 1967 will be issued on individually numbered 150-gram vinyl. The package will include previously unpublished photos by Ed Caraeff, Henry Diltz, and Allen Daviau from the evening. These include performance shots as well as candid images of the band with The Mamas & The Papas, DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and manager Chas Chandler. Read more here.
R.E.M., Up: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Craft Recordings)
A quarter century ago, R.E.M. made some surprising steps in their storied career that will be re-examined in a new 25th anniversary reissue of 1998's Up. The remastered album will be reissued on CD, vinyl and digitally, including a deluxe set that includes a previously unreleased live performance undertaken for the TV drama Party of Five. A Blu-ray includes the album's long-unavailable 5.1 surround and hi-res mixes, plus rare footage and music videos from the period. Read more here.
This expanded edition of the late jazz guitarist's 1962 album - recorded in Berkeley with Jimmy Cobb, Johnny Griffin, Wynton Kelly, and Paul Chambers - adds two previously unreleased performances. Available on 2 CDs, 3 LPs, or digitally.
Last year, Real Gone reissued Powerman 5000's 1999 album Tonight the Stars Revolt! on vinyl. Now, the label is bringing the group's Mega!! Kung Fu Radio from 1997 to vinyl for the first time. The band was founded in 1991 in Boston by Spider One (whose real name is Michael Cummings and is the younger brother of Rob Zombie). The group has had many members over the years with Spider One being the constant presence. After recording a couple of EPs, Powerman 5000 independently released their first full-length album, The Blood-Splat Rating System in 1995. It would win The Boston Phoenix's Readers' Poll for Best Metal Album, Best Rap Album, and Album of the Year. DreamWorks took notice and signed the group in 1996. Their first order of business was to re-release The Blood-Splat Ratings System. But the effort went beyond a simple reissues. The album was remixed and released as Mega!! Kung Fu Radio. Two new songs were added, the title cut and "20 Miles to Texas To Hell." While this new version didn't set the charts on fire, Powerman 5000's national breakout would come two years later with Tonight the Stars Revolt!. It would sell over a million copies and spawn the hit singles "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real." Follow-up album Anyone For Doomsday? would end up being cancelled and lead to legal issues. But the group persevered and continues to today with their last album, The Noble Rot, being released in 2020. Real Gone's vinyl reissue of Mega!! Kung Fu Radio comes with a printed inner sleeve and is pressed on blue and black swirl vinyl.
Bush, Loaded: The Greatest Hits 1994-2023 (Round Hill)
The career-spanning Loaded: The Greatest Hits 1994-2023 arrives from Bush, the British band launched in 1992 by Gavin Rossdale, Nigel Pulsford, Dave Parsons, and Robin Goodridge. The first greatest-hits set since 2005 for the enduring alt-rockers, it boasts numerous No. 1 singles including "Comedown" (U.S. Alternative Airplay), "Glycerine" (U.S. Alternative Airplay), "Machinehead" (Canadian Alternative Rock), "Swallowed" (U.S. Alternative Airplay and Canadian Alternative Rock), "The Chemicals Between Us" (U.S. Alternative Airplay), and "The Sound of Winter" (U.S. Alternative Airplay). Many of these became top ten hits on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, as well. Frontman/singer-songwriter Gavin Rossdale leads the current iteration of the band (also featuring Chris Traynor, Corey Britz, and Nik Hughes) on a new single "Nowhere to Go But Everywhere," and the 21-song set also features a rare cover of The Beatles' "Come Together."
New Order, Substance 1987: Deluxe Edition (Factory/Warner Music U.K.)
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2 cassettes: New Order Store (U.S.) / New Order Store (U.K.)
New Order's landmark 1987 compilation is getting expanded as a 4CD set. The newly-remastered Substance 1987 collected a dozen classic sides from the British electronic band, from 1981's "Ceremony" to the then-new "True Faith" as well as exclusive updates of "Temptation" and "Confusion." The double vinyl reissue is pressed on black or retail-exclusive red and blue discs, while the 2CD and double cassette (the latter exclusive to the band's official stores) add the same program of B-sides to the 12 tracks. The third disc of the 4CD set adds another 10 cuts, including dub versions and the original takes of "Temptation" and "Confusion"; the fourth disc debuts a much-coveted live set recorded in California in the wake of the original album release - a unique set that matched the Substance 1987 track list. Get more details here.
Sunset Blvd. collects previously unreleased live and studio recordings from singer-songwriter Danny O'Keefe ("Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues") recorded between 1999 and 2018 - the first official release of new material from O'Keefe in nearly a quarter of a century. Available on 2 CDs.