Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Stevie Nicks, The 24-Karat Gold Tour: Live in Concert (BMG) 2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Stevie Nicks brings her latest live album, recorded in Indianapolis and Pittsburgh in 2017 and featuring classics and rarities alike, to wide release in the United States. The 2-CD set was previously released as a Target exclusive,
Welcome to our first Release Round-Up of 2021! Blue Oyster Cult, Live '83 (Real Gone Music) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) Live '83 presents a treasured Blue Oyster Cult concert from Perkins Palace in Pasadena on CD for the first time ever following the gatefold, 2-LP edition on blue with black swirl vinyl for Record Store Day Black Friday 2020. Originally recorded for radio broadcast, tapes of this show have circulated among fans for decades and have become a go-to for
If there's one good thing we can pull from 2020's reissue slate, it's diversity. The end of the year's biggest box sets focused less on the typical classic-rock heavy-hitters and more on genres, eras and artists that typically don't get the red carpet treatment. It's a trend that would surely be nice to continue. The new "Diamond Edition" of Shania Twain's The Woman in Me (Mercury Nashville/UMe B0032601-02) checks off all three of those boxes, yet it's initially an odd sell. After all, isn't
Cherry Red's HNE imprint has been steadily remastering and restoring the catalogue of Graham Bonnet (Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Alcatrazz, The Michael Schenker Group). This new 5-CD box set collects the singer's first four solo albums, the "lost" 1974 set intended to be his debut but ultimately unheard until 2016, and the rarities collection Reel to Real. While all of this material save the Here Comes the Night album has been previously reissued by HNE, this collection does those versions
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Tom Jones, The Complete Decca Studio Albums Collection (Decca/UMC) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Link TBD) This long-awaited box from Sir Tom Jones - counting 17 discs, including 15 studio albums and two CDs of non-LP single and EP sides - boasts over 200 tracks and 10+ hours of music from Jones' classic Decca period of 1965-1975. It includes hits such as "What's New Pussycat?," "It's Not Unusual," "Help Yourself," "Green, Green
SoulMusic and Cherry Red collect Evelyn "Champagne" King's eight RCA albums plus 14 bonus tracks in one new box set remastered by Nick Robbins. A 40-page booklet with an essay by Charles Waring is also included.
Have yourself a merry swingin' little Christmas with this delightful 2019 release from Billy Stritch, Jim Caruso, and Klea Blackhurst. That talented threesome captures the spirit of New York's vibrant club scene with jolly renditions of classic tunes such as "The Christmas Waltz," "The Christmas Song," "Little Jack Frost Get Lost," "It Happened in Sun Valley," and the Andy Williams specialty "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells" plus the Cy Coleman/Floyd Huddleston gem "He's Stuck in the Chimney
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Neil Young, After the Gold Rush: 50th Anniversary Edition (Reprise) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) The 50th Anniversary Edition of Neil Young's classic album features new art based on Gary Burden's original album cover design. The CD is out today while the vinyl edition will be released in March, 2021 and presented in a box set with the LP and a bonus 7″ single in a newly designed picture sleeve. This set includes two different
Hard rock legend Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night's folk-rock-oriented outfit Blackmore's Night celebrates the Christmas season with this new EP featuring four traditional carols: "Here We Come A-Caroling," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Silent Night." Available on CD, vinyl, and digitally.
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Cat Stevens, Mona Bone Jakon: 50th Anniversary Edition (A&M/UMe) 4-CD/Blu-ray/LP/12″ Box: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf, revisits 1970's Mona Bone Jakon with a new, 50th anniversary edition available in a host of formats. The 4-CD/Blu-ray/LP 50th anniversary
Cherry Red's El label takes a deep dive into the psychedelic world of The Free Design, sort of an underground Spanky and Our Gang - or sunshine pop, New York City-style. (Most of their material was recorded with Phil Ramone at his A&R Studios.) This 4-CD slipcased box features seven complete albums and bonus mono mixes and rarities. The group's rich harmony versions of such songs as "The 59th Street Bridge Song," "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Happy Together," "California
BMG has a new box set from the U.K. retro-rock and roll icon. Fire in the Blood boasts an impressive 19 discs collecting 13 studio albums, 2 live sets, and 4 rarities discs. The 12 x 12 hardback book also contains new liner notes by Paul Sexton, a hand-signed autograph from Shakin' Stevens, three art prints, a poster, the sheet music to "Oh Julie!" (the Shakin' classic covered by Barry Manilow), and a replica tour program. With a wealth of classics, rarities, and previously unreleased
Amy Winehouse's The Collection brings together the British singer's full-length efforts including both of the studio albums released in her lifetime, 2003's Frank and 2006's breakthrough Back to Black. The latter, still one of the U.K.'s best-selling albums, earned the singer her second Ivor Novello Award (the first was for "Stronger Than Me" on Frank), a Brit Award, and five Grammys - tying the record for the most wins in one night by a female artist and making her the first British woman to
12 x 7: The Singles Collection celebrates the late Amy Winehouse with all of her A- and B-sides, including the Ivor Novello Award winners "Stronger Than Me," "Rehab," and "Love Is a Losing Game," on 12 slabs of vinyl. Its twelve singles - totaling 23 sides (as Disc 12, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," doesn't have a B-side) - encompass both Winehouse's jazz-tinged/retro R&B originals as well as her interpretations of such classic songs as Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Will You Still
"I'll take Manhattan in a garbage bag with Latin written on it that says "It's hard to give a shit these days..." Indeed, Lou Reed always gave off the vibe of someone who didn't give a shit - and moreover, someone who didn't take any shit. But beneath that hip veneer was an artist who cared deeply, and had the talents to express himself and his keenly-felt beliefs in song. He was ready for a new start in 1988 when he began recording his first album for Sire Records after his second stint at
Another Cyber Monday is here, which means one thing at Second Disc HQ: it's time to launch our annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring a few of our favorite things for the music enthusiast in your life. Sure, we might not have included raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but we've filled the guide with more than 50 essential selections: box sets (such as the amazing Elton John title to your right!) as well as archival releases and Christmas music favorites that just might make great
Sorry, Mr. Rabbit - it seems that Trix aren't just for kids! Rhino is releasing Roxette's Bag of Trix: Music from the Roxette Vaults, a deep dive into the archives of the Swedish pop duo. This four-volume set to be released on 4 LPs, 3 CDs, and digital platforms features a wealth of rare material from Per Gessle and the late Marie Fredriksson. The set is already available digitally while the CD and vinyl versions arrive on December 11 (U.K.) and December 18 (U.S.).
This 75-disc box celebrates the great violinist's legacy at Columbia Records where he recorded the classical repertoire with such titans as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, and Andre Previn.
Dolly Parton is busier than ever today. In between releasing a new Christmas album, writing and scoring a Netflix film, and juggling various TV, musical, and theme park projects - not to mention philanthrophic work - Parton has rounded up lyrics to 175 songs. In the coffee table book Songteller, she shares those lyrics along with the stories behind the songs which include "9 to 5," "Jolene," "My Tennessee Mountain Home," "Coat of Many Colors," I Will Always Love You," and many more. The book
Chris Hillman has one of the most impressive C.V.s in rock. The four-time Grammy nominee and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Byrds not only blazed trails with that band but with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, and The Desert Rose Band. Now, on the heels of a recent, well-received tour celebrating The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo as well as new and reissued solo works, Hillman has delivered an engrossing autobiography which
Want to impress the Anglophile pop lover in your life? Drop this beautiful coffee table book under the Christmas tree, and that loved one won't be disappointed. In this exquisite, LP-sized 268-page tome, author Andy Neill has explored every aspect of Ready Steady Go!, the famed British pop-rock show that aired on ITV Friday evenings in Great Britain between August 1963 and December 1966. While RSG! only lasted a relatively short period of time, its impact on music television was tremendous.
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! To our U.S. readers, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and to our readers around the world, we hope you're staying safe and enjoying a lot of great music in these most challenging of times. Cee Lo Green, Cee Lo's Magic Moment (Real Gone Music) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) Our friends at Real Gone Music have a Christmas-green color vinyl edition of Cee Lo's Magic Moment, the 2012 holiday album by neo-soul icon Cee Lo
Neil Young's second Archives box set arrives in a wide commercial release, dropping the oversized packaging and expansive book in favor of a slimmer package. The 10-CD box is sequenced chronologically to spotlight the astonishingly prolific period lovingly referred to as the Ditch Years. The box contains 131 tracks from Neil's personal archive. Of those, 12 songs have never been released by Neil in any form before, a further 49 songs are presented in previously unheard versions. And though
A SECOND DISC INTERVIEW: All I Need In Just A Song – Dave Mason Reflects on 50 Years With “Alone Together Again”
Magic was in the air in 1970 and it certainly reached Los Angeles' Sunset Sound, where Dave Mason, along with an array of new friends and some of the top session musicians around, recorded Alone Together. Though only 24 years old, Mason had plenty of experience under his belt. The multi-instrumentalist made a name for himself as part of Traffic, penning some of their best crossover material ("Hole in My Shoe," "Feelin' Alright?"). He also participated in sessions with The Rolling Stones
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live in Maui (Experience Hendrix/Legacy) 2CD/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 3LP/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have a brand-new collection that celebrates The Jimi Hendrix Experience's near-mythic performances on Maui, Hawaii in 1970. Live In Maui brings together audio and video with a new feature-length documentary called Music,