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Release Round-Up: Week of May 17

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Queen, Queen / Queen II / Sheer Heart Attack / A Night at the Opera / A Day at the Races: Deluxe Editions (Hollywood)

No, you’re not seeing double. The first batch of 40th anniversary Queen expanded editions, available in the U.K. since March, make their stateside debuts. There’s an Amazon-exclusive box with all of them included, too. Dear readers: any big box retailers carrying these? The only one I imagine that is would be Best Buy. (Official site)

The Go-Go’s, Beauty and the Beat: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Capitol/EMI)

The first time this seminal album has ever been reissued and remastered! One disc full of hits (“Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat”), another of a previously unreleased vintage live show in Boston. (Official site)

The Supremes, Let Yourself Go: The ’70s Albums, Vol. 2 1974-1977 – The Final Sessions (Hip-o Select/Motown)

The last three Diana Ross-less Supremes records, expanded with a heaping helping of rare and unreleased bonus content. (Hip-o Select)

Iggy Pop, Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 (Shout! Factory)

Four disc of rock’s most wiry frontman in concert from all across his solo career. (Shout! Factory)

Queens of the Stone Age, Queens of the Stone Age: Deluxe Edition (Rekords Rekords)

This one’s been moved around a lot on the release calendar, but it looks like its time has finally come. QotSA’s first album from 1998, newly expanded with several unreleased tracks. (Official site)

The Hollies, The Clarke, Hicks and Nash Years: The Complete Hollies April 1963-November 1968 (Capitol/EMI)

The earliest years of the Manchester band, including some rarities and unreleased stuff, as a budget-minded, imported box set. (Amazon)

The Waterboys, In a Special Place: Piano Demos for This is the Sea (Capitol/EMI)

The first big hit record by the Scottish folk/rock band, in demo form. Another import from across the pond. (Official site)

Written by Mike Duquette

May 17, 2011 at 19:05

Ring-a-Ding Ding! 1961 Sinatra Debut For Reprise Is Remastered and Expanded

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Shortly before Christmas 1960, Frank Sinatra entered the studio to record the tracks that would yield Ring-A-Ding Ding!, his inaugural release on the record label he founded, Reprise.  As the company’s slogan went, Reprise albums were meant “to play and play again,” and boy, did Sinatra live up to his word!  Ring-A-Ding Ding! is still one of the singer’s most beloved albums some fifty years after its March 1961 release, and Concord Records is marking the occasion on June 7 with a remastered edition expanded by two bonus tracks, one of which is previously unreleased.

Bright, brassy and bold, Ring-a-Ding-Ding! kicked off with the custom-made title track from the pens of Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, and continued with a tour of the vanguard of America’s greatest songwriters as only Sinatra could deliver.  There’s a trio from Irving Berlin (“Be Careful, It’s My Heart,” “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”) and two from Cole Porter (“In the Still of the Night,” “You’d Be So Easy to Love”).  The Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields songbook yielded “A Fine Romance,” and the Gershwins’ catalogue was tapped for “A Foggy Day.”  Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz’ “You and the Night and the Music” and Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler’s “Let’s Fall in Love” continued the prevailing mood of romance and joy.  Even a potential novelty like “The Coffee Song,” written by Bob Hilliard and Dick Miles became an ecstatic expression in Sinatra’s hands, and the entire 12-track album was perfectly in tune with the optimism that greeted a new decade.

As always, Sinatra was joined by the creme of the musical crop: Don Fagerquist and John Anderson on trumpet, Emil Richards on vibes, Bud Shank on flute, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and longtime pianist Bill Miller plinking the keys in his inimitable fashion.  Johnny Mandel, then just beginning to make his mark in jazz, arranged and conducted most of the album.  Nick Volpe’s now-iconic cover painting captured the singer in all his insouciance and swagger, ready to launch a label that would spotlight not only his own music but that of his friends and collaborators like Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Concord is expanding Ring-a-Ding Ding! with two bonus tracks.  James Hanley’s “Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart” premiered on the 1990 box set The Reprise Collection and was recorded at the same December 21, 1960 session as “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “When I Take My Sugar to Tea” and “You and the Night and the Music.”  “Zing!” is joined by one previously unreleased track, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s “Have You Met Miss Jones?”  This may be the December 20, 1960 cut arranged and conducted by Mandel.  (Three further Cahn/Van Heusen songs were recorded on December 21 with Nelson Riddle arrangements, “The Last Dance,” “The Second Time Around” and “Tina.”  The latter two tracks formed Sinatra’s first Reprise single.  All three recordings have been released on CD.)

Frank Sinatra, Jr. provides the new liner notes for Concord’s edition which is due in stores on June 7.  Hit the jump for the full press release plus discographical information and pre-order link! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 17, 2011 at 12:23

Cash, Perkins, Lewis and…The Chipmunks? Ace Revisits 1958 On “The London American Label”

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After a terrifically eclectic volume dedicated to the hits, misses and everything in between of 1963, Ace’s London American Label turns the clock back to the early days of rock and roll via the pioneering British imprint.  The London American Label: 1958, the sixth volume of the series, similarly offers something for everyone.  Unlike so many other British labels mining this period thanks to public domain law, Ace licenses each and every track from the current copyright owners and remasters them for optimum sound.  These classics cover a wide swath of genres, reflecting a time in American music history when rock and roll was just taking a hold: rockabilly, country, traditional vocal pop, and doo wop, to name a few.  (To read more on London American, you’re just a hop, skip and a click away!)

Every volume of The London American Label offers a number of recognizable hits, and 1958 is no exception.  You’ll find Eddie Cochran’s sizzling “Summertime Blues” and Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash.”  Three quarters of The Million Dollar Quartet make an appearance:  Johnny Cash (“Guess Things Happen This Way”), Jerry Lee Lewis (“Break-Up”) and Carl Perkins (“Lend Me Your Comb”).  In a more traditional country vein is Jimmy Starr’s version of Conway Twitty’s standard “It’s Only Make Believe.”  Befitting any compilation of the golden era of rock and roll, Chuck Berry and Little Richard both make a riotous noise with “Sweet Little Rock and roll” and “Ooh! My Soul,” respectively.  Before reinventing himself as a tuxedoed entertainer or an earnest folk singer, Bobby Darin established his rock credentials, and he’s heard on his early calling card, “Splish Splash.”

Traditional pop is also represented.  Jane Morgan is heard with “The Day The Rains Came.”  The Mills Brothers were a clear influence on the sound of early doo-wop; they returned the favor with a cover of The Silhouettes’ “Get a Job” originally released on the Dot label.  The early Drifters line-up tackles “Moonlight Bay,” a standard that’s likely familiar to any longtime Looney Tunes fans!  Clyde McPhatter of that group appears solo on “Come What May.” 

Looking for humor?  The irreverent Coasters deliver with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “The Shadow Knows.”  And the disc concludes with Ross Badgasarian, Sr. a.k.a. David Seville, giving voice to Alvin, Simon and Theodore with the original “The Chipmunk Song.”  (Perhaps Ace is the label up to the task of delivering a comprehensive David Seville and the Chipmunks anthology?)

The London American Label: 1958 hits stores in the U.K. on June 27 and in America one week later.  Hit the jump for a pre-order link plus the full, diverse track listing and discographical information!

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Written by Joe Marchese

May 17, 2011 at 10:23

Welcome to the “City of Fear”: Intrada Unearths Early Goldsmith

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Intrada’s newest release batch has only one catalogue score (the other is a symphonic piece by Arthur Rubenstein) but it’s a keeper: it’s the earliest film work of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith currently on CD.

City of Fear, a 1959 thriller about an escaped convict who believes himself to be in possession of a canister of heroin – but in fact has something much more dangerous – was only one of the first half-dozen credits for the young Goldsmith, and only his second film score after a host of television work. But the results are classic Goldsmith – tautly scored action with a lot of quirky runs for xylophone and piano (a mind-bending fact – the pianist on the recording is Goldsmith’s contemporary, the legendary John Williams) and adventurous horn segments.

Best of all, the whole score is included, mastered from the original mono session elements in Sony’s library. While one unspecified track features minimal effects from a music and effects track, the rest of it is an unadulterated listen to the work of a man who was destined for bigger things over the next half-century.

The album is on sale now, limited to 2,000 copies at $19.99. Check out the specs for City of Fear below!

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Written by Mike Duquette

May 17, 2011 at 09:29

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