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Release Round-Up: Week of January 29

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RumoursDeluxeBoxFleetwood Mac, Rumours: Expanded/Deluxe Editions (Warner Bros.)

Ahead of the band’s forthcoming tour, a new 4CD/1DVD/LP deluxe box set edition of their most popular album, featuring the original album on CD and vinyl, two discs of studio outtakes (including the one from the 2004 reissue) and an unreleased documentary. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) A three-disc edition collects the album and the two new bonus CDs, so if you own the last expansion and can live sans DVD, you can pick the rest up for a reasonable fee. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Miles Davis - Bootleg 2Miles Davis Quintet, Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Volume 2 (Columbia/Legacy)

This 3CD/1DVD set features Miles’ “lost” quintet lineup (featuring Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland, who never laid down studio tracks on their own) in four European shows from France, Stockholm and Berlin. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Double TroubleStevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Texas Flood: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition (Columbia/Legacy)

SRV’s searing debut LP, newly expanded with an unreleased live set from the period. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Destiny's Child - Love SongsDestiny’s Child, Love Songs (Music World/Columbia/Legacy)

A new compilation of lesser-known, romantic album cuts, bolstered by – gasp! – the first new Destiny’s Child track since the mid-’00s! Place your bets as to whether Beyoncé will include the tune in her Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday… (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Deep Purple Paris 1975Deep Purple, Paris 1975 (Eagle Rock)

First in a series of upcoming live Deep Purple reissues, this set chronicles the band’s last Mark III-era show, before Ritchie Blackmore left to perform with his new band Rainbow. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Broken English Deluxe EditionMarianne Faithfull, Broken English: Deluxe Edition (Island/Universal U.K.)

Faithfull’s incendiary, signature 1979 album has been expanded in the U.K. with some great audiovisuals, including rare and unreleased mixes. (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

Five StarFive Star, Five Star: Deluxe Edition Shine: Expanded Edition (Cherry Pop)

Available in the U.K. today are two comparatively obscure albums by the British pop/R&B group, expanded with many remixes. (Five Star: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S., Shine: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

Playlist - Box TopsVarious Artists, Playlist: The Very Best Of (Legacy)

Among the titles in this batch: neat mixes of hits and deep-ish cuts from Andy Williams, The Highwaymen and Harry Nilsson; Sun-era sets for Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins and a disc of Box Tops singles, all in glorious mono.

Say Their Name: “Love Songs” Arrives from Destiny’s Child, Includes New Song

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Destiny's Child - Love SongsThe upbeat dance-pop/R&B of Destiny’s Child successfully updated the girl group sound for the late 1990s and early 2000s, and launched the careers of Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyoncé Knowles.  In late 2012, Legacy Recordings marked the fifteenth anniversary of the group’s No. 1 debut single with the release of Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny’s Child.  That disc soon became the most successful entry in the Playlist series.  So it might come as no surprise that the label will soon release another retrospective compilation.  On January 29, Love Songs is slated to arrive, and the 14-track album will premiere the group’s first new recording since 2004.

Whereas Playlist focused on the group’s hits (including all five No. 1 Pop and No. 1 R&B hits), Love Songs takes a different approach.  All four of Destiny’s Child’s non-holiday studio albums are represented via lesser-known gems with a romantic flavor.  The group’s first two such albums, Destiny’s Child (1998) and The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), featured a different line-up of Knowles, Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson.  Two tracks come from that eponymous debut, and three from the breakthrough sophomore effort (which reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200).    Two more tracks are drawn from 2001’s No. 1 record Survivor, which introduced Michelle Williams as a full-fledged member and included the group’s cover of the Bee Gees-penned “Emotion”.  It’s one of the tracks reprised on Love Songs.  After a hiatus, Destiny’s Child returned with 2004’s Destiny Fulfilled.  Four cuts on Love Songs originated on Fulfilled.  Kelly Rowland’s 2002 solo recording “Heaven” also makes an appearance, as well as Timbaland’s 2002 remix of “Say My Name,” the ubiquitous chart-topper from The Writing’s on the Wall.

Love Songs concludes with the reunion recording of “Nuclear.”  Written by The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams, Michelle Williams, James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal, “Nuclear” was produced by Pharrell Williams.  Vocal production on the song was handled by Beyoncé Knowles and Bereal.

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Written by Joe Marchese

January 16, 2013 at 13:36