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Here Where There Is Love: Edsel Repackages Sixteen Dionne Warwick Albums In Four Sets

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Presenting Dionne EdselFollowing last year’s series of 23 expanded reissues of Dionne Warwick’s Scepter and Warner Bros. catalogue from WEA Japan, the U.K.’s Edsel label is revisiting 16 of those very albums on four new, multi-CD sets.  Each one of Edsel’s sets will contain four original stereo albums in chronological sequence, with two of the new titles adding singles and retaining bonus tracks originally introduced on Rhino Handmade’s expanded reissues.  The titles, due in stores on January 13, are as follows:

  1. Presenting Dionne Warwick (1963) / Anyone Who Had a Heart (1964) / Make Way for Dionne Warwick (1964) / The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick (1965) (2 CDs)
  2. Here I Am (1965) / Dionne Warwick in Paris (1966) / Here Where There is Love (1966) / On Stage and in the Movies (1967) (2 CDs)
  3. The Windows of the World (1967) / In the Valley of the Dolls (1968) / Promises, Promises (1968) / Soulful (1969) (Includes bonus tracks, 3 CDs)
  4. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (1970) / Very Dionne (1970, with bonus tracks) / Dionne (1972) / Just Being Myself (1973) (Includes bonus tracks, 2 CDs)

Edsel’s series does not include 1967’s The Magic of Believing, 1969’s Dionne Warwick’s Greatest Motion Picture Hits, the Scepter anthologies The Dionne Warwicke Story: A Decade of Gold (1971) and From Within (1972), or any of Warwick’s Warner Bros. albums post-Just Being Myself.  [Motion Picture Hits, The Dionne Warwicke Story and From Within all made their CD debuts in Japan and still await U.S. or U.K. reissue.]  What will you find on these new editions?  The full contents of Rhino Handmade’s 2003 reissue of Soulful are replicated, while other bonus material has been drawn from non-LP singles and Handmade’s expanded editions of The Windows of the World/In the Valley of the Dolls, Promises, Promises/I’ll Never Fall in Love Again and Very Dionne.  In addition, two tracks appear to make their CD debuts outside of Japan, “Amanda” and “He’s Moving On” from the film The Love Machine.  It’s unclear as of this writing whether these will be presented in mono or stereo; the mono single versions were included on the 2013 Japanese remaster of The Dionne Warwicke Story: A Decade of Gold but the stereo versions have never appeared on CD anywhere.

Dionne in Paris EdselThese new reissues also eliminate the duplicated songs heard on Warwick’s second and third albums.  In addition, the new Very Dionne seems to drop the 1970 live recording of “The Look of Love” from the otherwise all-studio original album.  (This track, recorded at New Jersey’s Garden State Arts Center, was joined by nine more tracks – most previously unissued – from the same performance on Handmade’s Very Dionne.  The balance of the concert was scheduled for reissue on an expanded edition of On Stage and in the Movies.  When Handmade abandoned the Warwick series, those four songs remained in the vaults.  One hopes a full standalone release of this dynamic show will arrive soon.)

In summary, all of the bonus tracks from the Rhino Handmade and WEA Japan campaigns have not been reprised by Edsel, but all of the bonus tracks on Edsel’s series do appear on the Japanese discs.  (The lone exceptions would be “Amanda” and “He’s Moving On” if Edsel includes them in stereo.)  We hope to provide further details soon on the remastering and liner notes for this upcoming series, so watch this space.  (And don’t forget to check out The Second Disc’s 2013 Gold Bonus Disc Awards, in which a title from Ms. Warwick and Real Gone Music took home a Reissue of the Year recognition!)

In the meantime, this series promises to deliver an affordable way to acquire the core of Dionne Warwick’s monumental catalogue, much of it crafted in tandem with Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  It’s an alternative to acquiring the costly Japanese reissues or hunting down the out-of-print and pricey album reissues on labels including Sequel, Collectors’ Choice Music and Rhino Handmade.  All four sets, encompassing sixteen albums, are due from Edsel on January 14, and you can pre-order below.

After the jump, you’ll find pre-order links and a complete discography for all titles!  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

January 2, 2014 at 15:20

Here They Come! Complete Paul Revere & The Raiders Catalogue Now Available Digitally

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Country Wine Plus

Back to work today? Take your mind off the daily grind and enjoy a great soundtrack, with this week’s surprise premiere digital release of the entire Columbia Records discography of Paul Revere & The Raiders.

Previously only officially represented through several compilations, including the band’s entry in Legacy Recordings’ Essential series and 2010’s triple-disc Complete Columbia Singles (originally released on the Collector’s Choice label), fans can now stream and download the baker’s dozen of LPs the group cut for Columbia, from 1965’s Here They Come! to 1972’s Country Wine, featuring hits like “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” and “Indian Reservation.”

As an added bonus, several of the discs feature bonus cuts – notably Country Wine…Plus, the band’s final Columbia album expanded with a host of non-LP material and released on the Raven label in 2011 – and the group’s double-disc rarities compilation Mojo Workout, released in 2000 on Sundazed Records, also makes its digital debut. With this much killer ’60s garage rock, it would be fairly accurate to say that kicks are not nearly as hard to find as they previously were.

We’ve had some intermittent trouble tracking down links for every title, but below we’ve collated all that we can gather of these albums on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify for your listening pleasure!

Here They Come! (Columbia CS 9107, 1965) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Just Like Us! (Columbia CS 9251, 1966) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Midnight Ride (Columbia CS 9308, 1966) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

The Spirit of ’67 (Columbia CS 9395, 1966) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Revolution! (Columbia CS 9521, 1967) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

A Christmas Present…and Past (Columbia CS 9555, 1967) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Goin’ to Memphis (Columbia CS 9605, 1968) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Something Happening (Columbia CS 9665, 1968) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Hard ‘N’ Heavy (with Marshmallow) (Columbia CS 9753, 1969) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Alias Pink Puzz (Columbia CS 9905, 1969) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Collage (Columbia CS 9964, 1970) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Indian Reservation (Columbia C 30768, 1971) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Country Wine…Plus (Columbia KC 31196, 1972) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Mojo Workout (SMSP 11097, 2000) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 2, 2014 at 14:41