Like the pealing bells over Paris, Walt Disney Records has heralded the arrival of one of its most beloved recent archival projects with the surprise, impending release of an expanded score to the animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame - the 14th release in the label's Legacy Collection series. It's only the third release in the series since two generous batches of titles in 2014 and 2015; an expansion of the music of animated films Robin Hood (1973) and Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Dion, Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965 (Norton) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) Norton Records has rounded up 15 songs recorded by Dion DiMucci and his group The Wanderers with producer Tom Wilson over sessions between spring and fall of 1965. It all adds up to a trailblazing folk-rock album featuring original songs and covers of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and Mort Shuman. Also available on vinyl. Read more here! Brinsley
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up - one of the year's biggest! Frank Sinatra, World on a String (Capitol/UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K./ Amazon Canada) Featuring performances spanning 1953 to 1982, this new live collection boasts more than four hours' worth of rare audio and video from the legendary Chairman of the Board - over 90 tracks on CD alone including such Sinatra favorites as "I Get a Kick Out of You," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Witchcraft"
Bette Midler has been keeping busy recently. Last year, she put on her Divine Intervention Tour for 32 shows across several countries. This year she is scheduled to be a mentor on The Voice and next year she takes on the title role in a revival of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. On the CD front, she is going to back to look at her debut album with a 2-disc reissue of 1972's The Divine Miss M, due from Rhino Records on October 21. Back in June 2011, Joe wrote a lengthy history here of The Divine
Well, this is it - the final big release week of the year! While next week will see releases slow to a trickle, this week is packed with exciting box sets and much more! Bruce Springsteen, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (Columbia) 4-CD/3-DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada 4-CD/2-BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon Canada This 4-CD/3-DVD or 4-CD/2-BD set celebrating The Boss' seminal album The River features a treasure trove of previously unreleased material across its 53 audio tracks
Fresh from the successes of both her Divine Intervention tour and the release of her fourteenth studio album, It's The Girls!, Bette Midler is back on December 4 with a new compilation from Rhino Records. A Gift of Love focuses on the romantic side of The Divine Miss M's repertoire, culling eighteen tracks from nine albums originally released on the Atlantic and Warner Bros. labels between 1976 and 2014. "Just Let Me Follow Behind," written by Utopia's Moogy Klingman, is the oldest track
Tonight, Linda Ronstadt receives her long-overdue recognition into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But rock and roll, of course, played only a small - if key - role in Ronstadt's career. The breadth of that career is revealed on Rhino's new release of Linda Ronstadt - Duets (Rhino R2 542161), containing fourteen tracks originally released between 1974 and 2006 plus one previously unreleased performance. While there are no duets here from Ronstadt's Tony-nominated turn in Gilbert and Sullivan's