Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the new titles available today! Grateful Dead, Europe '72 [50th Anniversary Editions] (Rhino) 2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 3LP (black): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 3LP ("Bozo or Bolo" rainbow): Dead.net Lyceum '72 (24LP): Dead.net Lyceum '72 (4CD): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Grateful Dead's thrilling run of European shows which were immortalized on the triple-album
On July 29, Iconoclassic Records will release a pair of albums from two very different artists - yet both releases look to be equally essential. The Ohio Players famously topped the U.S. Hot 100 in 1975 with the irresistible "Love Rollercoaster," the group's second song to reach that coveted spot after "Fire." The band's history is a bit of a roller coaster itself, with plenty of ups and downs. Upon its release in 1981, Tenderness might have been considered a down, but Iconoclassic is
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! ABBA: The Album - 40th Anniversary Edition (Polar/UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) ABBA revisits its fifth studio album (released in December 1977 in Scandinavia and January 1978 in the U.K.) - a tie-in to ABBA: The Movie - as a deluxe 2-LP, 45 RPM, half-speed mastered set. Featuring "The Name of the Game," "Take a Chance on Me," and "Thank You for the Music," the chart-topping LP has been a favorite of the band's discography.
Cherry Red's Robinsongs label is taking fans for a ride on the love rollercoaster this month with an extensive, 3CD overview of the Ohio Players. Known for deeply funky jams with a strong pop crossover appeal, the Ohio Players dominated the soul charts in the '70s with tunes like "Funky Worm," "Fire," "Love Rollercoaster" and "Who'd She Coo?" The group's oft-changing lineup included, at one time or another, heavy hitters like singer/keyboardist Walter "Junie" Morrison (later a key member of