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More “ICON” Titles on the Way

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Universal has another batch of Icon titles coming your way.

The next wave kicks off with a tribute to recently-deceased Motown luminary Teena Marie on February 15; the rest of the titles are set for a March 1 release. They run the gamut from country (Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus) to soul/funk (The Four Tops, Kool & The Gang, The Gap Band) and some rock-oriented surprises (Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, joke-rockers The Bloodhound Gang).

Are there many surprises? Not really, although the presence of a double-disc Icon set for War is apparently the prelude to a catalogue expansion for the funk outfit. Amazon’s product description corroborates this notion with the mention of more War reissues coming this year and the next.

All the track lists can be viewed after the jump, with links to all of the sets on Amazon therein. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 9, 2011 at 09:29

Release News: They’re Here

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A quick bit of release news for you: a classic rock title already set up for pre-order, and a pair of popular film composers with reissues in the works.

  • Hip-O Select is taking orders for Chuck Berry’s Have Mercy: His Complete Chess Recordings 1969-1974. The four-disc set is the third and final such set of Berry’s recordings for the legendary label and features 22 unreleased tracks. Find it here.
  • Legendary soundtrack catalogue label Film Score Monthly has quite a new release: the complete score to the 1977 film Black Sunday, composed and conducted by John Williams. It was, to date, the most recent score of Williams’ (whose credits also include Jaws, Star Wars, and the Indiana Jones films) to never see a release. As with most soundtrack releases (due to union regulations), it’s a limited pressing, but it’s a more generous amount than usual at 10,000 copies. More info is here.
  • FSM also dropped a big name recently. Label founder Lukas Kendall confirmed that in 2010 the label would put out a new expanded release of Jerry Goldsmith’s score to Poltergeist. The set will feature the complete score, newly remastered from the original source elements by veteran score producer Mike Matessino, as well as a bonus disc of alternate takes and the original LP program as it was released by Polygram in 1982. (For interested collectors, Rhino did release a slightly expanded version of that LP in 1997.)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 25, 2010 at 09:01