Promised Land: 'Memphis' Box Set Celebrates Elvis' Connection to a Legendary Rock City

By Mike Duquette | June 17, 2024 | 2 Comments

On July 18, 1953, an 18-year-old truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi named Elvis Presley walked into the Memphis Recording Service at Sun Records. He paid $3.98 to record a double-sided acetate, allegedly a belated birthday gift for his mother. Thus began not only an incredible singing career that changed the edifices of popular music, but […]

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Road to 'Sugarland': La-La Land Records Premieres John Williams' First Score for a Steven Spielberg Film

By Mike Duquette | June 17, 2024 | 0 Comments

Legendary composer John Williams' personal and professional relationship with director Steven Spielberg has yielded 30 film scores, including Oscar-winning soundtracks to JAWS (1975), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Schindler's List (1993), three of Williams' five Academy Award wins in a career that's seen more nominations than anyone currently alive and only less total than Walt Disney. But Williams' […]

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The Weekend Stream: June 15, 2024

By Mike Duquette | June 15, 2024 | 1 Comment

Welcome to another edition of The Weekend Stream, The Second Disc's review of notable catalogue titles (and some new ones, too!) making digital debuts. Pop goddesses, rock gods, one classic crooner and remixes aplenty are what you'll find this week! Mariah Carey, Rainbow (25th Anniversary Expanded Edition) (Columbia/Legacy) (iTunes / Amazon) The Elusive Chanteuse's seventh album […]

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Release Round-Up: Week of June 14

By The Second Disc | June 14, 2024 | 5 Comments

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. David Bowie, Rock 'n' Roll Star (Parlophone/Rhino) 5CD/BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada This new 5CD/1Blu-ray collection from the late David Bowie follows 2019's Conversation Piece (which shed light on […]

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Not the Only One: Sam Smith's Debut Expanded for 10th Anniversary

By Mike Duquette | June 13, 2024 | 0 Comments

More than a decade after becoming a sensation in both the U.K. and the U.S., Sam Smith's debut album is getting reissued for its 10th anniversary. In the Lonely Hour will be re-released August 2 as a 2CD set including a bonus disc of a dozen rare tracks, including guest collaborations and other singles. (A […]

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