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Short Takes: Beach Boys Record Store Day Release, Neil Diamond Updates and More

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  • Although nobody seems to know if The Beach Boys’ SMiLE is indeed coming out, Capitol’s offering a mini-consolation prize for the moment: a special single release for Record Store Day in April. This double-78 RPM single features one disc with the original versions of “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains,” and another with alternate takes of each song. (These are presumably alternates as previously released on the Smiley Smile/Wild Honey two-fer.)
  • Legacy has updated their info on the much-anticipated The Bang Masters by Neil Diamond. The release date has been bumped up, from March 14 to March 8, and Diamond himself will pen liner notes for the compilation. Hooray!
  • Here’s a treat for Beatlemaniacs: George Harrison’s official site will stream The Concert for George, the 2002 tribute concert to the late Beatle, for free on Friday starting at 8 a.m. London time. The concert will be released on Blu-Ray and digital download on March 22.
  • No track lists yet, but our friends at Record Racks have tipped us off to some two-disc compilations from Concord Music Group covering The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige, The Definitive Bill Evans on Riverside and Fantasy and The Definitive Albert King on Stax for April 5. Plan accordingly.
  • KROQ-FM is reporting that a deluxe edition of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, this year’s Grammy winner for Album of the Year and creator of an unfortunate Internet meme, is due out this spring. It may include extra tracks and a DVD of the band’s forthcoming film Scenes from the Suburbs, directed by Spike Jonze and due to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this year.

Written by Mike Duquette

February 23, 2011 at 15:02

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