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Release Round-Up: Week of November 15

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A brief note before we kick off the Release Round-Up: first, an apology for missing the last one. And second, a moment of crowd-sourcing from you, our beloved readers. As nice a service as the Round-Up is, it also seems….boring. Do you agree? How might one change it up? Sound off in the comments.

The Who, Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (Geffen/UMe)

Four discs of Quadrophenia goodness: the remastered album, demos, vinyl, a book of liner notes and, heaven knows why, part of the album remixed in 5.1 surround.

Ray Charles, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (Concord)

Five discs of the Genius’ single sides of the ’60s and ’70s, including “Georgia on My Mind,” “One Mint Julep,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and “America the Beautiful.”

Frank Sinatra, Best of the Best (Capitol/Reprise)

The first compilation to span the Chairman’s best-loved eras, available as a single-disc set or a deluxe set with a rare live show.

The Supremes, More Hits by the Supremes: Expanded Edition (Hip-o Select/Motown)

The original album in mono and stereo plus scores of rarities for the discerning fan.

R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1981-2011 (Warner Bros.)

The American rock legends put a period on the end of their career with their first double-disc compilation, spanning both the I.R.S. and Warner Bros. years.

Various Artists, Cameo-Parkway Holiday Hits (Real Gone)

Eighteen rockin’ holiday hits from Bobby Rydell, The Cameos and…Bob Seger? A must hear in a slightly weaker season for Christmas catalogue titles.

Wall of Voodoo, Lost Weekend: The Best of the I.R.S. Years (Varese Vintage)

The first career-spanning compilation from the “Mexican Radio” band, bringing a lot of latter-day tracks to CD that many have probably not heard much, if at all.

Original West End Cast, The Phantom of the Opera: 25th Anniversary Box Set (Decca)

The cast albums for Phantom and its not-nearly-as-good sequel, Love Never Dies, plus a bonus DVD.

Written by Mike Duquette

November 15, 2011 at 09:19

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  1. I like the “new release round up,” even though I’m so obssessive about certain artists/titles that I really don’t need a reminder of when something is released… I’m already on it like ticks on a dog. Still, it’s nice to see what else is happening in the reissue world, even if I have no plans to buy it.

    As for how to make it more interesting? Lord knows I’m clueless when it comes to web design, but is there a way you could create a “new release shelf” that displays the album art for every new release on a given week in one place, thus eliminating the need for excessive scrolling? Just a graphic representation of the “new releases” shelf that we physical product-junkies used to see in Borders, record stores, etc. before downloading took over. You could click on each cover for links to amazon, or previous coverage of said titles on this blog, etc.

    Don

    November 15, 2011 at 16:19

  2. On the Ray Charles set, there is no “One Mint Julep.” Concord considers that an Impulse! release, that even though it was distributed by ABC, it’s not on the set. Only “true” ABC singles are.

    Eric Luecking

    November 16, 2011 at 06:51

  3. No complaints here about the Round-Up, in either content or design.
    Like Don, I feel it can be redundant sometimes because I may have already received my pre-order shipping notification from Amazon or the title has been well covered by yourselves or other sites I visit. But I like the summing up of what’s out now and being able to check titles that may have slipped under my radar.

    Ryan Terry

    November 17, 2011 at 14:46


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