Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the titles in stores today. While today is traditionally not a big day for general retail releases, check out our coverage of Record Store Day's Black Friday event for more new releases! We are an Amazon affiliate, and we earn from qualifying purchases.
Rhino lavishly expands Yes' 1971 third LP, The Yes Album, as a 4CD/1BD/1LP collection with remastered audio, previously unreleased live and studio tracks, and a brand-new Dolby Atmos mix by Steven Wilson.
The Super Deluxe Edition of The Yes Album presents the album in various mixes:
- CD 1 and the vinyl LP both have Steven Wilson's newly-remastered version of the original album;
- CD 2 has Wilson's 2014 stereo and instrumental remixes of the album;
- CD 3 has a host of rarities including the single versions of "Your Move" and "Starship Trooper," mono mixes of the album's tracks, and a previously unreleased alternate of "Starship Trooper;"
- CD 4 has live tracks recorded in 1971 from Gothenburg, Sweden and New Haven, Connecticut; and
- The Blu-ray has Steven Wilson's new Dolby Atmos mix plus the 2023 stereo remaster and two presentations (DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM) in 5.1 surround.
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The Donnas, Get Skintight / The Donnas Turn 21 (Real Gone Music)
Real Gone continues its series of The Donnas vinyl reissues this week with the release of the group's third and fourth albums, the final two on Lookout Records. First up is 1999's Get Skintight, featuring 13 originals by the band and cover of Mötley Crüe's "Too Fast For Love." The package comes with a 4-page insert featuring the contents of the original CD and band commentary. The audio has been remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision. It is available in two colors: the standard purple with pink swirl vinyl and a clear vinyl with blue, green and pink pigment swirl variant, limited to 150 copies and only available through Real Gone's website.
Next up is The Donnas Turn 21 from 2001. Their final Lookout album started the band's transition from a punk to a more hard rock sound and features songs about the highs and lows of being on tour. Like Get Skintight, it includes thirteen original songs and a cover (this time it's Judas Priest's "Living After Midnight'). The Donnas would depart Lookout after this album and sign with Atlantic where they released a pair of albums. Real Gone's new vinyl version comes with a two-page insert replicating the contents of the CD booklet and includes band commentary. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, it also comes in two editions: a standard "Ice Queen" metallic blue vinyl and a power blue with black swirl vinyl, limited to 150 copies and only available from Real Gone's website.
Steve Harwell, the former lead singer of Smash Mouth, passed away earlier this year after battling a long illness. To commemorate him, Real Gone is reissuing the pop-punk group's 1997 debut album, Fush Yu Mang, on vinyl. Founded in 1994 in California, the group's initial line-up consisted of Harwell (vocals), Kevin Coleman (drums), Greg Camp (guitar), and Paul De Lisle (bass). The band signed with Interscope after producing a demo. Fush contains 11 Camp originals and a cover of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?" But the breakout was the single "Walkin' on The Sun" which topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and hit No. 2 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. Smash Mouth would go onto even bigger heights with 1999's Astro Lounge which contained the hit "All Star" and their cover of "I'm A Believer" for the Shrek soundtrack in 2001. The group has had several line-up changes over the years but continues to this day and just released a Christmas album last week, Missile Toes. Real Gone's vinyl reissue of Fush Yu Mang comes on strawberry with black swirl vinyl and features an inner sleeve with lyrics.
Marking 50 years since the release of their self-titled debut album, this 32-disc Camel box set features newly remastered versions of every Camel album and single issued between 1973 and 1984. It also boasts new stereo and 5.1 surround versions of the albums Camel, Mirage, Music Inspired by The Snow Goose, Moonmadness and Nude, plus all-new mixes of three concerts: The Marquee Club, London 1974, Hammersmith Odeon 1976, and Hammersmith Odeon 1977. That's still not all: Air Born premieres outtakes from album sessions and the band's BBC In Concert appearances from 1974, 1975, 1977, and 1981. Additional Blu-ray content includes music videos; BBC television appearances; and the 1984 concert film Pressure Points.
The U.K.'s thriving NOW program has a new 5-CD set looking back on the entirety of the series with 100 tracks spanning 1983-2023, with at least one song from every year. From "Karma Chameleon" to "Padam Padam," this set promises to have something for everybody.
Joe Jackson has channeled a new persona for What a Racket! The album celebrates the songs of one Max Champion, a mysterious English music hall star of the early 20th century. "These were wonderful songs in their time, but they're surprisingly modern, too," Jackson comments in the press release. "Sometimes it's almost as if Max is speaking, from his London of the early 20th century, directly to us in the early 21st." Hmm...What a Racket!, featuring the vocalist accompanied by a 12-piece band, arrives on CD, LP, and digital formats.