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.
Iconoclassic follows up its definitive reissue of B.T. Express' debut Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) with a similarly comprehensive reappraisal of the funk outfit's sizzling sophomore release, 1975's R&B chart-topper Non-Stop. Walking the line between funk and disco - and doing both extremely well - the band turned to Tom Moulton for a number of mixes, and dramatically reinvented Bacharach and David's standard "(They Long to Be) Close to You" into a quiet storm duet. Not only has Donald Cleveland remastered the audio from original sources, but five bonus cuts have been added: four original single versions and the CD debut of Mike Maurro's 10-minute remix of "Peace Pipe." (Note that today is the official release date for this title while Amazon is showing February 2 for their deliveries.)
NRBQ founder Terry Adams' 1995 solo debut returns from Omnivore in an expanded edition with four bonus tracks, new cover artwork, new liner notes, and remastered audio. Adams welcomed his bandmates Johnny Spaminato, Joey Spaminato, and Tom Ardolino to the musical party, along with a host of other guest players. This happily eclectic set is available on CD, double LP, and digitally.
This new 4-CD book-style set follows Edsel's previous two Kiki boxes - The Fontana and Motown Years and The Rocket Years - to bring her musical autobiography into the 1980s. The label has pulled out all of the stops, presenting Kiki's two released albums from the period along with the previously unreleased Two Sides of Every Story album, fourteen bonus tracks, and three never-before-heard demos. Elton John guests on "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" and "True Love." Sweetening the pot, Kiki has even signed a photo card included in every set. Watch this space for a more in-depth look at this beautiful set.
10cc's 20 Years: 1972-1982 offers 14 discs of the beloved group: all 11 studio albums issued on the U.K., Mercury, and Polydor labels between 1973 and 1992, the rare 1977 double live album Live and Let Live, and two collections of 33 additional B-sides, single versions and alternate mixes released during the same two-decade span. Liam Newton, author of the official 10cc book The Worst Band in the World, has penned a lengthy essay for this impressive set's liner notes. Read more here!
Composer Barry Manilow and lyricist-librettist Bruce Sussman's musical Harmony is playing at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre through February 4. The powerful - and powerfully relevant - musical's score blends the rich, rapturous sound of classic Broadway with the melodic sweep of Manilow's finest pop songs as it recounts the true story of German musical group The Comedian Harmonists against a historical backdrop of rising intolerance and frightening anti-Semitism. Ghostlight's CD includes an exclusive bonus track performed by Manilow of "Where Does the Time Go," written for the musical's first act but ultimately cut from the score. Chip Zien, Julie Benko, and Sierra Boggess lead the cast alongside the Harmonists: Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, and Steven Telsey. The moving story and beautiful sounds of Harmony are brought to remarkable life on this album produced by Manilow and Lawrence Manchester.
Mariah Carey, Bell Biv DeVoe, Toni Braxton, and Whitney Houston are among the artists featured on this '90s R&B sampler from NOW Music. Also available in a Target-exclusive vinyl edition.