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Release Round-Up: Week of August 28

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Frank Zappa, Official Reissues #15-26 (Zappa Records/UMe)

FZ’s 1972-1979 discography, almost entirely sourced from original analog masters. (Joe breaks it all down for you here!)

Various Artists, A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection (A&M/UMe)

Three discs of hits and favorites from a most eclectic of major labels.

Elvis Presley, A Boy from Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings (Follow That Dream)

The King’s complete Sun tenure, with single masters, alternates, live takes and more – not to mention an enormous book of liner notes spanning over 500 pages.

Art Garfunkel, The Singer (Columbia/Legacy)

You know the voice; now, take a dive into Art Garfunkel’s career with this double-disc overview, curated by the man himself and featuring Simon & Garfunkel tracks, solo recordings and two brand-new tunes.

Johnny Mathis, Tender is the Night/The Wonderful World of Make-Believe Love is Everything/Broadway (Real Gone)

The first of a series of two-fers bringing Mathis’ Mercury discography back into print, including an unreleased LP of Broadway standards!

David Cassidy, Cassidy Live / Gettin’ It in the Street / Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Complete Liberty Singles / The Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks Volume 28 (Real Gone)

The rest of Real Gone’s monthly lineup includes two David Cassidy discs on CD for the first time ever.

The Brecker Brothers, The Complete Arista Albums Collection / Etta James, The Complete Private Music Blues, Rock ‘n’ Soul Albums Collection / Sarah Vaughan, The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (Legacy)

The latest PopMarket boxes include a Brecker Brothers box entirely full of discs making their CD debuts.

Andrew W.K., I Get Wet: Deluxe Edition (Century Media)

2001’s ultimate party soundtrack, with a bonus disc of live and alternate material.

Party Time: Andrew W.K.’s Wild Debut to Be Expanded for 10th Anniversary

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If you were paying attention to alternative rock in the early 2000s, the name “Andrew W.K.” likely stirs up a boatload of emotions. Was he a fun-loving, hard-living, one man party machine? Was he a corporate construction? Was he a darker type of fraud, as suggested by producer “Steev Mike” (link NSFW and relatively nuts) who may actually just be W.K. playing a prank on his delightfully bewildered audience?

Whatever the case may be, Andrew W.K. is celebrating the recent 10th anniversary of his debut album, the hard-rocking I Get Wet, with a new deluxe edition filled with unreleased and truly off-the-wall bonus content.

Known for its hard-driving, almost violently upbeat songs (“She is Beautiful,” “Party Hard,” “It’s Time to Party,” “Fun Night”) and shocking cover art (the image of the long-haired W.K. staring intently toward the viewer with his nose dripping blood all the way down his face is still pretty out there), I Get Wet wildly polarized critics – Pitchfork rated it an 0.6 out of 10 upon initial release, only to name it one of the 200 best albums of the decade – and made Andrew W.K.’s career as an experimental musician, partier, raconteur and motivational speaker (his latest speaking gig scheduled for next month is, no kidding, My Little Pony convention).

For the double-disc reissue, W.K. commissioned new cover artwork (a photorealistic oil painting of the original sleeve by artist Gonzalo Garcia) on top of a booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos, and added a bonus disc of demos, alternate takes and live material. The live cuts are particularly notable, having been recorded through a specially-made system of microphones and monitors meant to amplify the sound to a much rawer degree, mimicking what the artist would hear while onstage. The cherry on top of this hard-partying sundae? A collector’s edition, exclusive to U.S. residents, will feature an autographed booklet, an air freshener in the shape of Andrew W.K.’s bleeding nose from the LP sleeve and…”something”; an assortment of “mystery party items” including locks of hair, used plane tickets, receipts, pieces of cut-up jeans, photos and surely much, much more.

The packages are out on August 28; click below to place your orders – and if you do order the collector’s set, do be sure to share what you got with your package.

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Written by Mike Duquette

August 9, 2012 at 16:56

Posted in Andrew W.K., News, Reissues