Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to float you into the weekend. A short but intriguing selection of digital debuts this week includes rare '00s rock, '80s soul, '30s jazz, a new take on a '60s prog classic and some new surround mixes from one of Broadway's greatest.3 Doors Down, Away from the Sun (Deluxe) (Republic/UMe) (iTunes / Amazon) Debut album The Better
Merry Christmas, Baby: Johnny Mathis Celebrates the Holiday Season with New Studio Album "Christmas Time Is Here"
Johnny Mathis is known the world over as The Voice of Romance, but the legendary vocalist deserves another title, as well: The Voice of Christmas. Mathis' very first holiday album, 1958's Merry Christmas, sold over five million copies and remains one of the biggest-selling Christmas albums of all time. Now, Mathis is back with his first album since 2017 and his first yuletide set in a decade. Christmas Time Is Here arrives on October 13 in CD and digital formats from Legacy Recordings and
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today! Elvis Presley, Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite: 50th Anniversary Edition (RCA/Legacy) 3CD/1BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Elvis Presley's seminal 1973 returns for its 50th anniversary in a new box set. This edition takes its cues from the audio contents of last year's 3-CD release from the mail-order Follow That Dream label
Already enjoying a burgeoning solo career after his time with the alt-country group Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell established a presence as one of the genre's most intriguing performers with his fourth album Southeastern, released in 2013. Ten years later, he's revisiting the record in a deluxe edition. The remastered and expanded Southeastern will combine the original album with two alternate listens: a disc featuring demo versions of every track on the album and a set
I Ain't Gonna Worry: Motown Preps Digital Deluxe for 50th Anniversary of Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On'
No need to hold back for so long: Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On will be celebrated this month with a digital deluxe edition packed with unreleased tracks. Following the stirring social consciousness of his last album, 1971's What's Going On, Gaye used the musical canvas to dive deep into matters of the bedroom. Romance, carnal desire and the intersections between the two were explored in sessions split between Motown's Detroit studio - including contributions and their newly constructed
Jason Mraz's debut album Waiting for My Rocket to Come (2002), released amid a new wave of witty but sensitive acoustic rockers, became a major hit thanks to the irresistible single "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)." But the lead single to follow-up Mr. A-Z (2005), the self-effacing "Wordplay," pretty accurately predicted a sophomore slump. How would he bounce back? The answer, it turns out, was right in front of him. How that turnaround played out is the subject of a new deluxe reissue coming
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to float you into the weekend. From New Age to New Wave to creepy sound effects, children of famous songwriters and a whole lot more, there's a lot to enjoy. ABC, The Lexicon of Love (Steven Wilson Stereo and Instrumental Remixes) (Mercury/UMC) (iTunes / Amazon) The 40th anniversary vinyl box of The Lexicon of Love is finally
The Replacements have teamed up with Rhino for their fourth mega-box set edition of a classic album from their catalogue. After heavy-duty expansions of debut Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Pleased to Meet Me and a reorganized version of Don't Tell a Soul called Dead Man's Pop, the Minneapolis punk legends have announced the "Let It Bleed" edition of Tim, their first album for a major label and their last featuring the original band lineup. The 4CD/1LP box set will hit stores on
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today! Spinners, The Complete Atlantic Singles: The Thom Bell Productions 1972-1979 (Real Gone/Second Disc) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Real Gone Music) This definitive 2-CD anthology from upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Spinners presents every one of the quintet's beloved A- and B-sides helmed by the late, great Thom Bell on Atlantic Records, with each and
In today's pop music survey, an honest-to-God band succeeding is something of a rarity and worth celebrating. British iconoclasts The 1975 will do just that next month, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled debut album with a pair of deluxe editions on CD and vinyl. The LP that introduced the world to singer/songwriter Matty Healy, drummer/producer George Daniel, guitarist Adam Hann and bassist Ross MacDonald will be reissued in the U.K. by Universal Music Recordings on
WHAM! The dance-pop duo's name immediately called to mind the fantastical, onomatopoeic pop art exclamations that would appear on the '60s Batman television show. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley had everything going for them: good looks, great voices, and a knack for pure pop songcraft. In a mere handful of years, WHAM! launched nearly a dozen singles into the Top 10 of the U.K. singles chart. - a lucky seven entries. Their first album was entitled Fantastic; it was. The second was Make It
Frank Zappa's 1969 LP Hot Rats remains among the late composer-bandleader's most accessible albums. Blending bluesy electric rock with jazz, it makes a fine introduction to his sometimes-daunting discography. But those looking for more might not have known exactly where to start. Certain elements of the Hot Rats sound would crop up in the maestro's future discography, but a proper sequel was never released. It's only been recently revealed, however, that one was recorded...more or less.
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to float you into the weekend. Big things happening in this column: two big box sets from a legendary prog-turned-pop outfit, rare mixes from one of pop's most legendary performers, tons of remixes from a soulful producer/performer and 200(!) classical titles from a legendary British label. Whew! Genesis, Archive #1 (1969 - 1975) /
Here Comes Sunshine: Grateful Dead's "Wake of the Flood" 50th Anniversary Edition Coming in September
Grateful Dead's sixth studio album, 1973's Wake of the Flood, in some ways represented a new beginning for the band. Not only was it the first release on their Grateful Dead Records label, but it was their first LP following the passing of founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and the (temporary) departure of drummer Mickey Hart. On September 29, the Dead's ongoing series of 50th anniversary reissues continues with 2CD, digital, and a variety of vinyl expansions of Wake of the Flood. Wake
No matter what you call him - the Space Cowboy, the Gangster of Love, Maurice, the Pompatus of Love, et al - you'll have something new to listen to while you think of your answer. The Steve Miller Band's classic The Joker is getting an expanded reissue for its 50th anniversary this fall. Due September 15, J50: Evolution of The Joker eschews the typical album plus outtakes format for a mostly chronological journey through the album, track-by-track. Over two CDs or three LPs and a 7" single,
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today. Joni Mitchell, At Newport (Rhino) CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 2LP Clear Vinyl: Independent Record Stores / Barnes & Noble On July 24, 2022, Joni Mitchell took the stage of the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island for her first full concert set in two decades. Word quickly spread, usually attached to
You Got Me Rocking: The Rolling Stones' "40 Licks" Premieres on Vinyl, Comes to Digital and Dolby Atmos
The Rolling Stones' 2002 collection Forty Licks - celebrating 40 years of The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band with 40 songs - was notable as their first career-spanning collection, encompassing songs from both their Decca/London years (controlled, then as now, by ABKCO) and their own Rolling Stones Records period and beyond. Now, that seminal compilation, which also included four new recordings, is coming to digital platforms and premiering on vinyl. The first-time digital release, due
From This Moment On: Original Jazz Classics Series Rolls On with Bill Evans, Mal Waldron, Yusef Lateef
Following its relaunch with vintage titles from Miles Davis and the duo of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Craft Recordings' Original Jazz Classics series will continue with upcoming releases from The Mal Waldron Sextet, The Bill Evans Trio, and Yusef Lateef. These titles began rolling out on June 30. Drawing on the vast catalogues of the Fantasy, Prestige, Milestone, Riverside, Contemporary, Pablo, Galaxy, Debut, and Jazzland labels, OJC reissues promise the highest standard in vinyl
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to float you into the weekend. Today brings remixes from ABC, Madonna and Cypress Hill, plus rarities from Stan Getz and Julie Andrews! ABC, The Look of Love (Single) (Mercury/UMC) (iTunes / Amazon) Another single from the upcoming reissue of The Lexicon of Love; like last week's, it focuses on "The Look of Love" - arguably the
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles in stores today! Various Artists, Dance Masters: Arthur Baker (The Classic Dance Remixes) (Demon) 4CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 4CD with signed print: Amazon U.K. 2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 6LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. (includes signed print) / Amazon Canada 2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Dance Masters: Arthur Baker (The Classic Dance Remixes)
What's next? How about Who's Next? On September 15, The Who will revisit their seminal 1971 masterwork in a lavish 10CD/1BD box set as well as multiple smaller formats. The Who's Next/Life House box set, by the numbers, offers 155 tracks - 89 of which are previously unissued in any version and 57 of which are brand-new remixes. This finally offers a comprehensive look at Pete Townshend's ambitious, conceptual Life House (later known as Lifehouse) project, tracing it from its roots as a
Let's go, girls! Years after revisiting one of her first major releases, 1995's The Woman in Me, country-pop icon Shania Twain will do the same for her 1997 follow-up Come On Over - the album that made her a pop star. Due in stores August 25, the Diamond Edition of Come On Over will feature a number of formats, including 2CD/2LP standard editions and 3CD/3LP deluxe packages. The 3CD includes both mixes of the acclaimed album - the standard country/pop/rock mix issued in America and a second
Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to float you into the weekend. This week, ABC and Steven Wilson shoot a "Poison Arrow" our way, plus rare albums from Bobby Darin, Pat Boone and others - including a lost '60s soul-pop classic you don't want to miss! ABC, Poison Arrow EP (Mercury/UMR) (iTunes / Amazon) Ahead of the new 40th anniversary vinyl box set of ABC's
After an already-unorthodox career as one of the most unique singers of the '70s, Tom Waits went on to reinvent his idiosyncratic sound as the '80s dawned. The fruits of that labor - a five-album stint on Island Records - will be revisited this fall in a series of CD and vinyl reissues. The five albums Waits issued for the label between 1983 and 1993 - the loose trilogy Swordfishtrombones (1983), Rain Dogs (1985) and Franks Wild Years (1987), and the follow-ups Bone Machine (1992) and The
The Right Thing to Do: Carly Simon Reflects On Her Early Career with Elektra's Jac Holzman on "These Are The Good Old Days"
Carly Simon's self-titled debut album arrived on Elektra Records in the spring of 1971, nestled in the label's discography between singer-songwriter Paul Siebel's Jack-Knife Gypsy and folk band Farquahr's eponymous LP. Carly wasn't quite a stranger to the music business, having recorded three albums for the Kapp and Columbia labels with her sister Lucy as The Simon Sisters, but her solo debut augured for a major talent. She was signed by the label's founder, Jac Holzman, beginning an association