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Seger Reloads for September

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Was it really that far back in April that we reported expanded, remastered editions of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band’s live classics, ‘Live’ Bullet and Nine Tonight, for a May release? For whatever reason, those discs never turned up when they were supposed to (at least one big box retailer near Second Disc HQ has a lonely endcap space for the Bullet reissue!) – but fear not, friends! They’re on the way once again.

We can thank our friends at Ultimate Classic Rock for reporting that the remasters of both albums, each augmented with an exclusive, unreleased bonus track each, are coming to stores on September 13. Per a strange note from our earlier post, retailers now have the appropriate track list for ‘Live’ Bullet, with its classic opening cover of “Nutbush City Limits” intact.

Pre-order links from Amazon (who, strangely, still haven’t locked in the September release date) and the full track lists can be found after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

August 22, 2011 at 18:47

Posted in Bob Seger, News, Reissues

Hip-O Select Brings DeBarge LPs Back in a Special Way

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Before “Who’s Johnny,” before the heartbreaking string of legal troubles and before last year’s subtle comeback album Second Chance, El DeBarge was the silver-tongued frontman of one of Motown’s last great pop acts: DeBarge. The family unit – Eldra, Mark, Bunny, Randy and James – struck gold on the charts with self-penned jams like “Time Will Reveal” and “I Like It,” plus gems from crack pop tunesmiths like David Foster (“Who’s Holding Donna Now?”) and Diane Warren (the smash “Rhythm of the Night”).

Now, for the first time on one set, Hip-o Select has collected all four DeBarge LPs – plus a disc of danceable mixes and vault cuts – in a three-disc package. Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums features all of the group’s records – The Debarges, All This LoveIn a Special Way and Rhythm of the Night – along with five vintage 12″ remixes and five more unreleased alternate and instrumental takes. There’s even some treasures within the album programs themselves: signature jam “Time Will Reveal” is presented in full for the first time anywhere, extended to its full stop rather than faded.

El may still be wrestling with his demons – he checked into rehab earlier this year – but this set is sure to remind fans just what a talented performer he really is. Order Time Will Reveal here and get the lowdown on the track list after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

August 22, 2011 at 12:32

Soul Trane: Coltrane’s Posthumous Impulse! Albums, Boxed

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Though he passed away in 1967, the flame of saxophonist and composer John Coltrane burns brighter each year. Hailed for his early work in the bebop and hard bop idioms and finally as a groundbreaker in modal and free jazz forms, Coltrane has posthumously been awarded both a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Coltrane has even been canonized by the African Orthodox Church! Hip-o Select’s Verve arm continues its ongoing series of box sets dedicated to Coltrane’s years at Impulse! Records on August 19 with the release of The Impulse! Albums Volume Four.

Though Coltrane died at the early age of 40, he left behind a staggering amount of work that has continued to be anthologized to this day. The Impulse! Albums Volume Four rounds up the first five posthumous releases by the jazz legend: Expression (1967), Live at the Village Vanguard Again! (1967), Om (1967), Cosmic Music (with Alice Coltrane) (1968) and Selflessness featuring My Favorite Things (1968). As usual, the attractive, compact box sets are no-frills, collecting the five albums in a slipcase housing CDs in individual jewel boxes, with the original artwork preserved. Perhaps most excitingly, each album in this set has also been remastered for the first time in more than 15 years.

Hit the jump for a brief tour of these five quintessential ‘Trane sets! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 22, 2011 at 09:47