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Release Round-Up: Week of March 29

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Derek and The Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: 40th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/UMe)

Unbeknownst to us at Second Disc HQ, a lot of weird stuff has been going on with this deluxe edition. It seems that, for whatever reason, the 2-CD edition of this set is retailing only at Best Buy until April 26, at which point it’ll be released more widely. No extra material seems to be present, just a lengthy lead time in terms of exclusivity. Weird, man. And of course there’s that super-deluxe box set, too. (Amazon: Deluxe Edition, Box Set)

Pearl Jam, Vs. / Vitalogy: Expanded Editions (Epic/Legacy)

The Seattle rock legends expand their second and third albums with bonus tracks. A box set collects those three albums with an (almost-complete), widely-sought after live show. A bigger box adds an insane amount of stuff on vinyl, cassette (cassette? cassette!) and more. (Official site)

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Let Love In Murder Ballads The Boatman’s Call No More Shall We Part: Deluxe Editions (Mute)

Another batch of CD/DVD editions from the British singer/songwriter. B-sides, videos and surround mixes abound. (Official site)

The Contours, Dance with The Contours (Ace/Kent)

Do you love it? An unreleased album by one of Motown’s earliest chartbusters! (Ace)

Pete Yorn, Musicforthemorningafter: 10th Anniversary Edition (Columbia/Legacy)

A two-disc deluxe edition of Yorn’s seminal debut, featuring unreleased studio and live material. (Amazon)

Billy Squier, Essential Billy Squier (EMI/Capitol)

A new hits disc from Mr. Stroke himself. (Amazon)

Teddy Pendergrass, Live in ’82 (Shout! Factory)

It’s a love T.K.O.! The late, great soul singer is immortalized in concert on DVD – one of his last before an injury altered his career. (Shout! Factory)

Florence + The Machine, Between Two Lungs (Universal Republic)

An expanded import of the band’s impressive debut Lungs comes to American shores. (Official site)

Various Artists, Mad Men: A Musical Companion (1960-1965) (Hip-O/UMe)

Though the critically-acclaimed show has an uncertain future, fans can use this compilation, featuring classics of the period, to pass the time. (Amazon)

Various Artists, The Music Never Stopped: Music from the Motion Picture (Rhino)

Rhino temporarily comes out of hiding for this film soundtrack, featuring several unreleased Grateful Dead live tracks. (Amazon)

Is Billy Squier’s Latest Your Kinda Compilation?

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Billy Squier fans who wore out their copies of 16 Strokes (1995) or Absolute Hits (2005) now have a new compilation opportunity at the end of the month.

Essential Billy Squier takes 15 of the singer/guitarist’s best cuts, spanning from 1980’s Tale of the Tape to 1993’s Tell the Truth. All the usual suspects are here, including U.S. Mainstream Rock chart-toppers “Everybody Wants You” and “Rock Me Tonite”; the latter-day hit “Don’t Say You Love Me” and of course Squier’s endearing single “The Stroke.”

There’s no word on any new packaging details or remastering (a 30th anniversary edition of Don’t Say No was released last year), but we do have a track listing, yours to read after the jump. Essential Billy Squier is out March 29. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

March 8, 2011 at 14:01

Something to Shout About

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A few new titles coming our way from Shout! Factory. The label perhaps best known for being born of Rhino ex-pats – ex-pats who got one of the best live concert films ever out on DVD for the first time – have announced reissues of two very different titles that will please rock fans out there.

First up, Concrete Blonde – the seminal Los Angeles alt-rockers of the late ’80s and early ’90s – had previously announced a reunion tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their most famous LP Bloodletting (home of the Top 20 hit “Joey”). Today, they announced plans to reissue the record with a nice heap of bonus tracks, due out on July 13.

Two weeks later, Billy Squier will reissue Don’t Say No, his 1981 hit, on the label. This record, which includes the enduring hit “The Stroke” and production from Mack (Queen’s producer through much of the 1980s), will include two as-yet live bonus tracks when it’s released on July 27.

Hit the jump for track lists for both sets. (Thanks to our friends Slicing Up Eyeballs and Pause & Play for the tips.) Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

April 15, 2010 at 18:35