Happy 4th of July! Welcome to an encore installment of Reissue Theory, where we take a look back at notable albums and the reissues they could someday see. In 1969, a Broadway musical about a most unlikely subject became the toast of New York. Three years later, a movie mogul in the twilight of his years shepherded it to the big screen, and while the film has lived on, its soundtrack album has all but disappeared. This Reissue Theory, pulled from The Second Disc archives, imagines a
Smokey Robinson's mama famously told the young singer-songwriter that he'd better shop around, but happily, those looking for the definitive chronicle of Smokey and Diana and Mary and Flo and Martha and Marvin and Stevie and co. need shop around no more. To mark the label's 60th anniversary, Motown: The Complete No. 1s is back in print in a slightly-expanded edition, and this 11-CD box set is, simply, one-stop shopping. Impressively housed within a sturdy replica of 2648 West Grand Boulevard
In 1978, Foreigner was touring in support of their landmark self-titled debut. One of the concerts - Live at the Rainbow '78 - was recorded and recently released on DVD and Blu-ray. On July 12, audio from the concert will be available on CD and vinyl for the first time on the Rhino label. Listeners who enjoy the digital experience can stream the album across platforms now, and you can find a Spotify link below. Live at the Rainbow '78 captures Foreigner's classic line-up onstage at the
Have A Real Good Time Together: The Velvet Underground’s “Complete Matrix Tapes” Deluxe 8-LP Set Arrives in July
The Complete Matrix Tapes is a legendary document of The Velvet Underground's residency at The Matrix in San Francisco from fall of 1969. The group played the first show of their residency on November 11 and plans were made for club owner Peter Abram to record some of the shows. By this point, the band had released their self-titled third album featuring a new incarnation of the band, with Doug Yule replacing John Cale as bassist and keyboardist. With the tape rolling, Yule, Lou Reed,
Feel Like Makin’ Love: Rhino Collects Bad Company Albums, Including Two New Remasters, On “The Swan Song Years”
With the imprimatur of Led Zeppelin, Bad Company was poised for success - a promise which the band fulfilled, yielding five U.S. top 20 albums and six top 20 singles. Rhino has recently celebrated the legacy of the supergroup formed by vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke of Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople, and bassist Boz Burrell of King Crimson with a number of expanded reissues. Now, the label is taking a different approach with a simple packaging of the band's core
With the new reissue of Klaus Nomi's self-titled debut album, Real Gone Music has presented another lost classic album on vinyl for the first time since its original release some three decades ago. It's one that is full of strangeness, starkness, and subtlety. Klaus Nomi stuns with a diverse repertoire, an over-the-top theatricality, but, more importantly, a dedication to craft that sometimes gets lost in the narrative. Yes, the NYC performance artist collaborated with David Bowie (as seen on
The Climax Chicago Blues Band didn't begin life in America's Windy City, but rather in Stafford, England. Colin Cooper, Peter Haycock, Arthur Wood, Derek Holt, Richard Jones, and George Newsome bonded over their love of Chicago-style blues, and in 1969, the group released its first album on the Parlophone label. The self-titled LP featured classic blues from Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Big Joe Turner but also made room for Lee Hazlewood country-folk (The Shacklefords' "A
A long-lost classic album from Iggy Pop has arrived today on CD and LP from Caroline International: Zombie Birdhouse. The album was Pop's sixth studio record and saw him combining Afrobeat influences, droning electronics, and free-association. The album was originally produced by Chris Stein of Blondie and released on Animal Records. Since then, the bizarre and compelling album has only been reissued twice. In 1991 it was remastered and expanded with an alternate version of "Pain and Suffering"
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Various Artists, Motown: The Complete No. 1s (Motown/UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) For its 60th anniversary year, UMe has begun reminding fans that "Motown Did It First"; now, Motown is revisiting an essential box set that was originally released in celebration of its 50th anniversary a decade ago. Motown: The Complete No. 1s features more than 200 international chart-toppers, plus a handful of bonus masters that went to No.
Tiger Man: Elvis Presley Rarities Abound on 11-CD “Live 1969” Box Set and “American Sound 1969” Studio Collection
Legacy Recordings is celebrating Elvis Presley's 1969 run at The International Hotel in Las Vegas with a box set fit for a king. Live 1969 is an 11-CD set due out on August 9 that boasts newly mixed and mastered versions of the King of Rock and Roll's legendary return to the stage. Following his 1968 comeback on NBC, Presley had a hankering to perform live again. As he remembered, "I missed the closeness of a live audience. So just as soon as I got out of the movie contracts, I started to do
Marty Wilde, MBE can legitimately be described as a musical legend. One of the first musicians to bring rock-and-roll to the U.K., his career has spanned over 60 years. Cherry Red's RPM imprint has recently celebrated Wilde's legacy with a package that brings together his earliest hits and numerous rarities. A Lifetime in Music: 1957-2019 - Hits, Highlights, and Rarities collects 132 tracks on 4 CDs including 24 previously unreleased cuts. Wilde, born in Blackheath, South London, was
Glen Campbell's career-spanning box set is modestly titled The Legacy, fitting for the unlikely superstar from Delight, Arkansas. While The Legend might have been equally appropriate, Campbell's legacy is, truly, unlike any other. Throughout an extraordinary seven-decade career encompassing 21 Top 40 Pop hits, 27 Top 10 Country singles, six Top 20 Pop albums, and nine No. 1 Country albums in the United States alone, the artist regularly transcended genre with his honeyed vocals and virtuosic
On April 28, 1969, Chicago Transit Authority arrived in record stores, introducing the group that would become the world's most influential horn-rock band and one of the most successful bands of all time. The seven-man ensemble of Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walter Parazaider, along with producer James William Guercio, offered something for everyone in their sprawling, stunning double-LP debut: big, hook-filled pop singles ("Does
See The Bright Lights: Real Gone Offers Classic Live Concerts From Richard Thompson, Jefferson Airplane in August
Real Gone Music has announced the release of two classic live performances -- one a gig by the multi-faceted guitarist Richard Thompson, and the other the vinyl debut of Jefferson Airplane's Woodstock set. Richard Thompson is one of the great guitarists of his generation and an accomplished singer-songwriter who has remained vital for over fifty years, starting with his genre-bending work as part of Fairport Convention. Over the course of his solo career, Thompson released several
Alex North would have achieved immortality had he only composed "Unchained Melody," one of the most enduring pop songs of all time. Yet North accomplished much more than that, scoring over 40 feature films, earning 15 Academy Award nominations (and one honorary Oscar), three Grammy nominations, and a Golden Globe Award. In 1990, the Bay Cities label released Unchained Melody: The Film Themes of Alex North, featuring the composer conducting his own classic works. Now, Kritzerland has a
Few bands shaped the sound of what came to be known as southern rock quite like The Allman Brothers Band. As part of the celebrations surrounding their 50th anniversary, Allman Brothers Recording Company and The Orchard have announced a new four-CD collection of unreleased live material called Fillmore West '71, due for release on September 6. Recorded just two months before their legendary New York City live album At Fillmore East, the Fillmore West '71 set collects all the recordings from
I Put A Spell On You: Real Gone Serves Up Jazz-Fusion from Lonnie Liston Smith, Bizarre-Era Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Real Gone Music's vinyl reissue series continues August 2 with three titles: two from the astral travelers themselves, fusion heavyweights Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes; and a compilation of late-era recordings by rock's original madman, Screamin' Jay Hawkins. All three will be presented in limited-edition color vinyl editions. As an alum of Miles Davis' fusion era and Roland Kirk's ensemble, pianist Lonnie Liston Smith had already made a name for himself prior to releasing his
When young Eddie Mahoney changed his name to Eddie Money, it's safe to say that he had his eyes on the prize. The prize, of course, was chart success - something that the rock-and-roller achieved in abundance with such enduring hits as "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise," and "Take Me Home Tonight." The BGO label has recently collected four of Money's Columbia Records LPs - the second half of his discography for the label, comprising his fifth through eighth albums - on a new 2-CD set.
With "I'm Your Puppet," the duo of James and Bobby Purify gained soul immortality. The 1966 single written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham went top ten Pop and top five R&B on the Billboard charts (and No. 1 R&B on Cash Box!), sold an estimated million copies, and still gets airplay today. Now, Cherry Red's SoulMusic Records imprint has brought together all of the Purifys' recordings for the Bell Records label on the 2-CD collection entitled (naturally) I'm Your Puppet: The Complete
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Prince, Originals (Warner/NPG) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) Originals brings together 15 demos of songs Prince gave away to other artists including The Time, Sheila E., Kenny Rogers, Martika, Vanity 6, and The Bangles. Tidal will exclusively offered the album for high-resolution streaming on June 7, with the CD and wide digital release out today, and vinyl configurations to follow in July. A Target exclusive CD edition adds one
Been Through the Desert: America Releases “Live at the London Palladium,” “Live in Central Park 1979” and More on CD, DVD
The celebration of 50 years of America continues. We've already filled you about the Capitol-era Classic Album Collection, the reissue of Archives Vol. 1, and the upcoming 50th Anniversary: The Collection, but there's more on the way courtesy of the band's own America Records and available through the band's webstore. The label has recently released Live at the London Palladium, a chronicle of the band's 2018 stand at the famed venue, on 2CD, DVD (Region 0 NTSC, viewable in all DVD players),
Twinkle, a.k.a. Lynn Ripley, may be best-remembered today for "Golden Lights," covered by The Smiths. But Morrissey (who also included her self-written "death disc" entitled "Terry" among his list of "Singles to be Cremated With") was just one of her famous fans - a rank also including Elton John and Sir Tim Rice. The Surrey-born singer went to school with Camilla Parker-Bowles, shared bills with The Beatles, Cilla Black, and Dusty Springfield, and hung out with Keith Moon and Jimi Hendrix.
In recent years, Run Out Groove has garnered a stellar reputation for its vinyl reissues of rarities from the Warner Music Archive. The label has pressed up everything from lost soul music and jazz, to experimental rock, pop, and folk. Most of their reissues boast previously unreleased rarities or hard-to-find tracks. In the last few months, the label has delivered expanded versions of more recent albums that have long been out of print on vinyl. Morphine's Yes is one of those lost vinyl titles
With a crystalline voice and a songbook encompassing the best of folk, pop, Broadway, and beyond, Judy Collins remains an American treasure. The Seattle native first made a splash on the Colorado folk scene; soon, she was gaining notoriety in Connecticut and then in the fertile Greenwich Village stomping grounds of New York City. It was in New York that the luminous Collins - a classical piano prodigy, talented guitarist, gifted adapter and later, songwriter, and a singer with a three-octave
1962 is rightfully viewed as a breakthrough year for tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, the year in which he successfully brought the Brazilian bossa nova sound to the mainstream with guitarist Charlie Byrd on Jazz Samba. 1961, on the other hand, has receded as a kind of footnote in his musical history despite two strong albums: the orchestral jazz fusion Focus, with arranger Eddie Sauter (late of The Sauter-Finnegan Orchestra and later an in-demand orchestrator of such Broadway musicals as 1776),