After a couple of pretty bland weeks in reissues, there is finally some interesting stuff coming out.
First off, Richard Pryor is releasing a 7-CD, 2-DVD boxed set called No Pryor Restraint: Life In Concert. It includes nearly two hours of previously unreleased material, tons of photos, three complete concert films, and 7 CDs worth of Pryor’s best material from 1968 to his final recordings in 1992.
Analogue Productions is reissuing SACD versions of the complete Doors catalog. The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, The Soft parade, Morrison Hotel & L.A. Woman are all mastered by Doug Sax and overseen by the Doors’ producer/engineer Bruce Botnick.
The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 by ZZ Top is out as a 10-CD boxed set. In it, you will find the original mixes of the band’s first 10 albums, and reasonably priced as a set.
One of my favorite bands, Queen, are releasing yet another collection of songs you already own 10 times over. Queen: Icon features the usual suspects: Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust, blah blah blah. Go buy the original studio albums and listen to them properly!
For the deadhead in your life (provided you still have money after buying last week’s reissue of Dick’s Picks), there’s ATO’s reissue of The Jerry Garcia Band: GarciaLive August 5 1990 at the Greek Theatre.
The Dandy Warhols are releasing a 13th anniversary deluxe edition of Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, complete with a bonus disc of 13 additional tracks. These tracks are all from the album sessions, and include demos, and alternate takes, as well as tracks that didn’t make it onto the album, along with new packaging, and your choice of 2-CD set, or limited edition deluxe vinyl box set, available via the band’s website.
Finally, a 2-CD set from Duke Ellington is also available. Duke at Fargo, 1940.
Now onto something a little less exciting:
Australian pop band Icehouse will be reissuing their nifty Primitive Man CD this week in the U.K. – look for it as an import, if you’re truly interested. As you read this, I understand that you don’t remember who Icehouse is. It’s ok, most Americans didn’t care about them the first time around anyway. If you need a refresher, this was their biggest hit, from 1987’s Man of Colours:
Icehouse are also reissuing a 2-CD collection of their 12” singles, and a collection called White Heat, which is a 2-CD set that pulls together 30 songs across their career, and a DVD collection of 30 video clips.