Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today! As an Amazon affiliate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
Today, Dan Hartman would have turned 73. Sadly, the singer-songwriter-producer-musician-engineer's life was cut short by an AIDS-related brain tumor on March 22, 1994. He was just 43. The immense musical legacy of the "I Can Dream About You" hitmaker hasn't been forgotten, though. Iconoclassic Records has brought his 1981 solo album It Hurts to Be in Love to CD for the very first time. This expanded edition adds a pair of rare outtakes from the album sessions; "Rejection" and "Go-Go" make their CD debuts, having only previously appeared on a rare vinyl publishing sampler. Vic Anesini has beautifully remastered the audio from the original master tapes, while TSD's Joe Marchese provides new liner notes in the booklet designed by Chris Eselgroth. Read more here!
Mott the Hoople, All the Young Dudes: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Madfish)
Madfish revisits Mott's fifth studio album, the 1972 David Bowie-produced All the Young Dudes, in a 2CD/2LP/12" single box set. The 2 CDs and 2 LPs contain the original album program plus a disc of Rare Mixes and Sessions Tracks, while the 12" single adds the "Unlocked Cars" version of the title track and the U.K. B-side "One of the Boys." A 72-page book chronicles the album's full story. Two posters, three art prints, a fan club replica membership card, and an individually numbered certificate round out the box. The 2-LP edition is also available as a standalone release.
This 20-track anthology offers at least one song from each of the band's seven albums right up through their most recent single, "Your Side of Town," and the new track "Spirit." Available on 1 CD, 2 LPs, and digitally.
Neil Young has teamed with legendary producer Lou Adler (The Mamas and The Papas, Carole King's Tapestry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) for an album unlike any other he's recorded. Before and After features Young revisiting some of the lesser-known gems in his discography, arranging them into a 48-minute suite meant to played continuously. The sequence is career-spanning, from his first Buffalo Springfield appearance "Burned" through "Don't Forget Love" from 2021's Barn. One previously unreleased song, "If You Got Love," debuts. The album will be available in four formats: vinyl LP; clear vinyl LP (available only from independent record stores and Young's Greedy Hand online store), Blu-ray Disc featuring Dolby Atmos mix, binaural mix, and Hi-Res 96/24 stereo; and CD. As always, Hi-Res digital audio is available at Xstream download store through Neil Young Archives and other providers.
Bryan Adams, Into the Fire: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (BMG)
In 2022, Bryan Adams headlined three evenings at London's famed Royal Albert Hall. Each night, the singer performed one of his classic albums in full: Cuts Like a Knife (Night 1), Into the Fire (Night 2), and Waking Up the Neighbours (Night 3). Now, these recordings are being compiled into a box set which includes 35 songs on 3 CDs, a Blu-Ray Disc featuring all of the performances, and a 32-page photo book featuring exclusive images from the concerts. Also available as a 4LP/1BD box set.
Bernadette Peters is currently leading the cast of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at London's Gielgud Theatre, an extraordinary, joyful, and moving tribute to the late composer-lyricist's enormous musical legacy. The springboard for the production was an all-star tribute concert (also led by Peters and featuring stars of the current company including Bonnie Langford, Janie Dee, and Jeremy Secomb) staged last May at the West End's Sondheim Theatre. Now, that original concert comes to this 2CD set, and in addition to Bernadette, it features such A-listers as Judi Dench, Petula Clark, Imelda Staunton, Maria Friedman, and Michael Ball with a full orchestra performing the master's classic songs.