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Release Round-Up: Week of February 19

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Herb Alpert - FandangoHerb Alpert, Fandango (Shout! Factory)

Alpert’s 1982 album, long unavailable on CD, is now back in print! (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Etta is Betta Than EvvahEtta James, Etta is Betta Than Evah! + Bonus Tracks (Kent)

Etta’s final album for Chess Records, released in 1976, is expanded with 10 extra tracks from other Etta projects from the mid-’70s. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

The Raw & The CookedFine Young Cannibals, Fine Young Cannibals: Deluxe Edition The Raw & The Cooked: Deluxe Edition (Edsel)

Both albums by the U.K. trio behind “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing” have been expanded as two-disc sets brimming with B-sides and remixes.

Fine Young Cannibals: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Raw & The CookedAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Five Star RemixFive Star, The Remix Anthology 1984-1991 (Cherry Pop)

The U.K. pop/R&B sibling act from the ’80s (just one of those existed, I think) get a two-disc set of their biggest 12″ dance mixes. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Marcos Valle - Previsao do TempoMarcos Valle, Vento Sul Previsão do Tempo (Light in the Attic)

Closing the loop on the week’s release schedule, another jazz-fusion artist has two of his long-out-of-print LPs (from 1972 and 1973, respectively) revived on both CD and vinyl, with Vento Sul featuring one bonus track.

Vento Sul CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. // Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Previsão do Tempo CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. // Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Clive bookClive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis, The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon & Schuster)

And finally, no music enthusiast’s release schedule would be complete without the new autobiography of one of the most notable record men of the century, who speaks candidly about his collaborations with Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and a whole lot more! Copies purchased at Target retailers come with an exclusive CD featuring some of Clive’s favorite hits he oversaw, as well. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Written by Mike Duquette

February 19, 2013 at 08:05

Good Things: Edsel Expands Fine Young Cannibals Catalogue

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Fine Young CannibalsOur friends at Slicing Up Eyeballs and Super Deluxe Edition have confirmed track lists for Edsel’s upcoming reissues of both studio album by U.K. group Fine Young Cannibals.

Along with General Public, Fine Young Cannibals were formed from the ashes of The (English) Beat, with guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele joining forces with singer Roland Gift, whose soulful voice was one of several hundred the bandmates auditioned. A video of lead single “Johnny Come Home” on The Tube, which premiered before the band was even signed, earned FYC a deal with London Records; their self-titled debut in 1985 yielded two U.K. Top 10 hits, “Johnny” and a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” with guest vocals by Jimmy Somerville.

The Raw & The CookedBut it was second, and ultimately final, album, 1988’s The Raw & The Cooked, which bought FYC a wider audience across the globe. Featuring polished production by David Z at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios (David’s brother, Bobby Z, was the drummer in Prince and The Revolution, and David himself was crucial in the production and engineering of Prince’s smash hit “Kiss”), The Raw & The Cooked spun off two major MTV-ready hits in “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing,” both of which topped the Billboard charts in America.

FYC’s success after The Raw & The Cooked was short-lived; they broke up in 1992, and only reunited briefly in 1996 for a greatest hits compilation and new single, “The Flame.” These double-disc expansions help keep the FYC flame burning, though, with a handful of non-LP tracks and dozens of remixes bolstering these packages. While hardcore fans will certainly point out omissions – notably, several mixes featured on the 1990 compilation The Raw & The Remix and a non-LP house track released under the name Two Men, a Drum Machine and a Trumpet – there’s certainly more to enjoy here than on any previous CD issue.

Edsel’s website has not divulged any details on packaging or liner notes, but fans will be able to find out soon: both titles hit U.K. stores on February 18. After the jump, check out the full track details and pre-order links for both titles!

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 6, 2013 at 15:09