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Release Round-Up: Week of May 8

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Barenaked Ladies, Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before! (Rhino)

A single-disc compilation of mostly unreleased odds and ends from the BNL catalogue.

Bill Withers, Just as I Am: 40th Anniversary Edition (Big Break)

A remaster of Withers’ breakthrough 1971 album, featuring the immortal “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands.”

Phil Collins, …But Seriously (Audio Fidelity)

Collins’ 1989 solo album, featuring hits “Another Day in Paradise” and “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven,” has been mastered for a 24K gold disc.

Various Artists, Da Doo Ron Ron: More from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook (Ace)

The legendary songwriting team penned classic cuts for Phil Spector’s stable of hitmakers – some of which are on this disc – but they also wrote tracks for Jay & The Americans, The Monkees, Sonny & Cher, Lesley Gore and other neat hidden gems on this compilation.

Mariah Carey, The Essential Mariah Carey (Columbia/Legacy)

Although we’d reported this was a straight reissue of Mariah’s double-disc Greatest Hits (2001), it’s actually ever so slightly different, boasting vintage remixes of “Emotions,” “Anytime You Need a Friend” and “The Roof (Back in Time).” Plan accordingly!

Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett, The CBS Television Specials: Live at Carnegie Hall/Live at Lincoln Center / Liza Minelli, Legends of Broadway: Live at the Winter Garden (Masterworks)

From Masterworks, a handful of Broadway legends’ classic concerts brought back to CD.

My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything / Loveless / EPs 1988-1991 (Sony U.K.)

Can it be? Remastered editions of the MBV discography, including the first-ever CD compilation of the band’s B-sides and EPs, are available after years and years of development and release date shifts.

Barenaked Rarities Arriving in May

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Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies are releasing a compilation of outtakes and rarities that, fortunately, more or less lives up to the title.

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before!, a counterpoint to last year’s Hits from Yesterday and the Day Before, features 12 tracks, only two of which have ever seen the official light of day. (Those tracks are a remix of megahit “One Week” and “Yes, Yes, Yes,” a bonus track on some versions of the band’s 2003 album Everything to Everyone.)

The remainder of the album is mostly split between studio outtakes from the mid-2000s, (“I Don’t Get It Anymore,” “I Can, I Will, I Do,” “Long While” and “Second Best” date to the Everything sessions, while “Half a Heart” and “Adrift” ended up re-recorded for 2006’s Barenaked Ladies Are Me) and live tracks from the early ’90s (including a cover of The Beastie Boys’ “Shake Your Rump”).

The band, whose last album All in Good Time (2010) was the first without founding member Steven Page, will embark on a summer tour with Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker in July and August. Stop Us hits stores on May 8. Hit the jump for the full track breakdown.

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Written by Mike Duquette

April 2, 2012 at 11:43

Greater Hits: Going Barenaked

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In one of our newest features, Greater Hits, we pit two greatest hits compilations by the same artist against each other and see which one comes out on top. Today’s installment: we take one of Canada’s most successful alt-rock bands, compare their compilations and figure out which one’s most worth your time, whether you have $1,000,000 or not.

It’s been just more than one week since the Barenaked Ladies’ Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before (Raisin’ Records/Warner Bros./Rhino R2 528614) hit stores. It’s been a little while since BNL were the darlings of rock radio – arguably, their commercial period began to wane with their exit from Reprise Records and took even more of a hit with founding member/vocalist Steven Page’s exit in 2009.

But when they were among the upper echelon of pop/rock artists – and jokey nature of their singles aside, they were an excellent band – they did a good job of closing off their first decade on a major label with Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001) (Reprise 9 48075-2). The question, of course, is how do these sets, a decade apart, satisfy the new BNL fan?

The answers are after the jump, under there. (Hopefully, I just made you say “underwear.”)

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Written by Mike Duquette

October 6, 2011 at 18:01

Release Round-Up: Week of September 27

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‘Tis the season! The big guns for the fourth quarter are starting to be drawn.

Elvis Presley, The Young Man with the Big Beat / Elvis Presley: Legacy Edition (RCA/Legacy)

The newest Elvis box set is all about 1956: five CDs of complete studio masters, outtakes, vintage audio interviews and live material. For the casual fan, the Elvis Presley Legacy Edition includes the Elvis Presley and Elvis LPs with the hit non-LP singles of that era. (Official site)

Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon: Experience and Immersion Editions / Discovery Remasters (EMI)

So you have all the basic remasters of every album, and the deluxe and mega-hyper-deluxe editions of Dark Side. Merry early Christmas! (Official site)

Nirvana, Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (DGC/UMe)

A lot of ways to celebrate the definitive grunge album for its 20th anniversary. Which one are you getting? (Official site)


The Smiths, Complete (Rhino U.K.)

The most mega of mega-boxes for The Smiths is out now in the U.K., and will be out in October in the States. (Rhino U.K.)

Sting, 25 Years (Cherrytree/A&M/UMe)

A 3-CD/1-DVD overview of Sting’s solo career. If you have all his albums, you’re probably going to want to wait until the price dips below its current Amazon price tag of $110. Like, way below. (Official site)

Wes Montgomery, Movin’: The Complete Verve Recordings (Hip-o Select/Verve)

Did Wes record it for Verve? If yes, it’s here, five discs’ strong. (Hip-o Select)

Davy Jones, David Jones: Deluxe Edition (Friday Music)

No Monkee-ing around here! Jones’ Colgems solo LP, exapnded and remastered. (Sorry about the pun back there.) (Amazon)

Barenaked Ladies, Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before (Reprise/Rhino)

A simple best-of for the Canadian rockers. (Official site)

The Jesus & Mary Chain, Automatic / Honey’s Dead: Deluxe Editions (Edsel)

The next links in the chain of 2-CD/1-DVD reissues! (Another pun! See what I did there?) (Official site)

Buck Owens, Bound for Bakersfield 1953-1956: The Complete Pre-Capitol Recordings (RockBeat)

Another fun one from RockBeat! (Amazon)

If I Had $10.25: Barenaked Ladies Compilation Due This Month

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Rhino has set a September 27 release date for Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before, a new compilation from the Barenaked Ladies.

It’s probably been more than one week since you noticed, but one of Canada’s best-loved bands of the past 25 years – and certainly one of the most misleadingly-named groups in any country – are still going strong, even with the departure of founding member/co-lead singer Steven Page in 2009. Their late ’90s/early ’00s output were radio staples – from the pure pop pleasure of tracks like “Shoe Box” and “It’s All Been Done” to tracks like “Pinch Me” and “Another Postcard,” which packed as many jokes in the lyrics as there were hooks in the tunes. (The band has also endeared itself to Second Disc HQ by writing a song called “Box Set” about – what else? – their fictitious career-spanning box set.)

And it looks like this compilation, which compiles tracks spanning from the band’s major-label debut Gordon in 1992 to last year’s independently-released All in Good Time and includes one new-to-CD bonus track (the band’s irresistibly catchy theme song to the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory).

In the meantime, have a look at the track list for this new compilation after the jump.

Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before (Reprise/Rhino, 2011)

  1. If I Had $1000000
  2. The Old Apartment
  3. Brian Wilson (Live)
  4. One Week
  5. It’s All Been Done
  6. Call and Answer
  7. Pinch Me (Radio Edit Without Fade)
  8. Too Little Too Late
  9. Falling for the First Time
  10. Another Postcard
  11. Testing 1, 2, 3
  12. Easy
  13. Big Bang Theory Theme
  14. You Run Away

Track 1 from Gordon (Reprise, 1992)
Track 2 from Born on a Pirate Ship (Reprise, 1996)
Track 3 from Rock Spectacle (Reprise, 1996)
Tracks 4-6 from Stunt (Reprise, 1998)
Tracks 7-9 from Maroon (Reprise, 2000)
Tracks 10-11 from Everything to Everyone (Reprise, 2003)
Track 12 from Barenaked Ladies Are Me (Desperation, 2006)
Track 13 recorded in 2007, previously unreleased on CD
Track 14 from All in Good Time (Raisin’ Records, 2010)

Written by Mike Duquette

September 16, 2011 at 18:17