This is a BIG week for reissues.
First off, the release of the Big Star documentary will be on July 3rd, however, the soundtrack to that album, Nothing Can Hurt Me, will be released this week on CD and double-LP, and contains mostly previously unreleased versions of their signature songs.
In other “obscure power pop bands that never got their due” category, The Swimming Pool Q’s have (for the first ever time on CD) a reissue called 1984 – 1986: The A & M Years. Check this out…
The long-awaited Bobby Whitlock albums (Raw Velvet & Bobby Whitlock) are being reissued as a 2-LPs-on-1-CD, entitled Where There’s a Will There’s a Way. Bobby Whitlock, for those unfamiliar, was in Delaney & Bonnie’s group around the same time that Eric Clapton was. After Clapton’s tour with them, he “borrowed” some of Delaney & Bonnie’s key players to work on his solo record, and shortly thereafter, collaborated with Whitlock on the legendary Derek & the Dominos album, Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs. Whitlock and Clapton wrote and traded vocals on most of the tracks on Layla, which was initially a commercial flop in 1970. By the time it had caught on, the Dominos had gone their separate ways. Bobby Whitlock recorded a handful of solo records and the first two of those are what’s being offered here. Much of the music on these LPs has a similar spirit to Layla, and have been sought after on vinyl for years. One listen to this record easily shows how much Whitlock had contributed to the Layla record. Here’s the title track:
In other classic rock news, we have the Allman Brothers’ 40th Anniversary Edition of Brothers & Sisters. This album will be reissued on vinyl, as well as a single, 2-disc, and 4-disc super deluxe editions. The super deluxe edition will have the original album, a 2nd disc of previously unreleased jams, rehearsals, and outtakes, and the 2 additional discs will feature the September 26, 1973 show from the Winterland in its entirety.
The Moody Blues are releasing Timeless Flight – a 17-disc (11 CDs & six DVDs), career-spanning box set. In this set you get eleven remastered CDs featuring key album tracks, previously unreleased mixes, out-takes and complete live concerts, three DVDs of rare television performances from around the world, promotional videos and the previously unreleased live concert from Olympia, Paris in 1970, three DVD-audio discs containing the 5:1 surround sound mixes, a 120-page hard-back book, plus rare and previously unseen photos, replica full color tour poster and discography, replica Threshold press pack containing photos and memorabilia and an exclusive Timeless Flight fabric patch.
Steve Earle: The Warner Bros Years, is a 4-CD/1-DVD box set consisting of three essential Steve Earle studio albums, Train a Comin’, I Feel Alright, and El Corazon, a previously-unreleased concert album Live at the Polk Theater, and a DVD: To Hell and Back, a concert filmed at Cold Creek Correctional Facility in Tennessee.
Bob Marley: Legend – Remixed is coming out this week. Some top DJs, producers and artists – including two of Bob Marley’s kids – have remixed tracks off the legendary “Legend,” album.
The iconic Sylvester has a definitive compilation coming. Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits contains 10 essential club hits, including the 12” version of his mega-smash You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). It’s available on CD or on double pink vinyl!
In addition, there are a TON of reissue box sets this week from Sony Music (Columbia, RCA, Epic, etc.). These collections are relatively inexpensive ($20-$25), and contain five full albums from some of the biggest artists ever. While they are not really for diehards, they are great for those who want to take a dive beyond the “greatest hits” section of the pool. The “Original Album Classics” series feature 5-album bundles from:
Brooks & Dunn
Earth, Wind and Fire
Hall & Oates
New Kids On The Block
Stevie Ray Vaughan
There are also some gems coming out on compilations. For starters, One Day Music is releasing two boxed sets: Up On The Roof: Gems from the Atlantic Vaults 1961-62 is a 3-disc set that features timeless classics from the The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, LaVern Baker and plenty more. In addition, A Taste of Honey: Gems from the Mercury Vaults, 1962 feature classics from Clyde McPhatter, Little Richard, Brook Benton and others. Both compilations steer clear of the obvious and go straight for the really cool obscure tracks. Both are essential!
As an import box set, Cherry Red Records is releasing Scared to get Happy: The Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989, which chronicles the “1980s indie guitar-pop revolution which swept across the British Isles.” It features tracks from The House of Love, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Prefab Sprout, Josef K, Pulp, Primal Scream, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Stone Roses, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, Soup Dragons and more.
The Kate McGarrigle compilation, Sing Me The Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle features tracks from Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson.
Finally, as we round up this week in reissues, Yes’ Going for the One album is being reissued in SACD format. De La Soul is reissuing their 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising on double gatefold vinyl. James Brown – Best of Live at the Apollo (Anniversary Edition) makes its way to CD, Hank Williams’ Sacred Songs II: The Unreleased Recordings is released and Jane’s Addiction – Live in NYC comes out on vinyl, CD, and DVD – recorded in 2011 at Terminal 5.
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