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Release Round-Up: Week of May 14

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REM GreenR.E.M., Green: 25th Anniversary Edition (Warner Bros./Rhino)

The Athens, Georgia rockers celebrate the quarter-century mark of their first Warner Bros. LP with a new 2CD deluxe edition featuring an unreleased live show from 1989. (2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Sports 30Huey Lewis & The News, Sports: 30th Anniversary Edition (Capitol/UMe)

Another hit-filled rock LP paired with a live disc; this one sees live versions of every hit and album cut from Sports over Huey Lewis & The News’ 30-plus year live run. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Doors InfiniteThe Doors, Infinite (Analogue Productions)

The Doors’ complete studio discography with Jim Morrison – six studio albums in all – newly remastered for multichannel SACD by Doug Sax and Bruce Botnick. It’s a box fit for a lizard king. (SACD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

KoL CollectionKings of Leon, The Collection Box (RCA/Legacy)

In advance of KoL’s anticipated European dates this summer, here’s a new collectible package collecting all five of the band’s studio albums (and the Live at the O2 Arena, London DVD) in a custom, lidded box with high-quality mini-LP jackets. Cool points for collectors: all the original European artwork is used, and bonus tracks are present on several discs. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Written by Mike Duquette

May 14, 2013 at 08:17

Still Beating: Huey Lewis and The News Mark 30 Years of “Sports” with Expanded Set (UPDATED)

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Sports 30UPDATE (4/16/2013): Amazon’s track list has further elaborated on the live bonus disc, and those who were less than thrilled with the contents may be even less so: only one recording is sourced from the Workin’ for a Livin’ Tour of 1983-1985. Most come from shows recorded from 1986 to 1989, and the album’s last two tracks, “You Crack Me Up” and “Honky Tonk Blues,” are represented as “newly recorded” versions on the bonus disc.

We’ll still be following this title closely, should anything change.

ORIGINAL POST (3/27/2013): Whatever your city (or country!), it truly is still that same old backbeat rhythm that really really drives ’em wild. And we’ve got a popular album reissue coming our way in May with the forthcoming expansion of Huey Lewis & The News’ iconic Sports in honor of its 30th anniversary.

Huey Lewis & The News, comprised partially of one harmonica-playing frontman who’d toured with Thin Lizzy and a group of pub-rockers who’d backed Elvis Costello on his debut album, were the ’80s “bar band made good” to a tee. The Bay Area-based sextet had two modestly successful albums under their belt on Chrysalis Records in 1980 and 1982, the latter of which included Top 10 hit “Do You Believe in Love.”

But Sports was classic, definitive News that appealed to MTV-hungry kids and slick young adults yearning for good times. The LP was self-produced and, barring a few crucial tracks (the Chapman-Chinn-penned “Heart and Soul,” underrated Top 20 hit “Walking on a Thin Line”), self-written. Lewis, guitarist Chris Hayes, bassist Mario Cipollina, drummer Bill Gibson, keyboardist Sean Hopper and saxophonist Johnny Colla were in fine form on the seven-times-platinum album, particularly its four Top 10 hits, “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This is It.”

Bolstered by catchy videos, a hot live act and a crucial extracurricular appearance in 1985 on the soundtrack to Back to the Future, the world was ready to play Sports and catapult Huey Lewis & The News to the ranks of one of the planet’s biggest bands. Three decades, later, the News (minus Cipollina and Hayes) still tours, and will play across America this summer to commemorate three decades of the album that made them stars.

On May 14, Sports will be remastered and expanded by Capitol/UMe as a double-disc set featuring a new booklet with archival photos and new liner notes by journalist Gary Graff. While a 1999 expanded edition appended live cuts and session takes to the original LP, this two-disc set will feature a bonus live disc from the Sports tour featuring all songs from the original album. The press release touts “many” of the tracks as unreleased, leading one to assume the show is sourced from the band’s famous 1985 set at San Francisco’s Kabuki Theater. (Released on VHS at the height of the band’s success, one live cut – “Trouble in Paradise,” off the band’s first album – made it to the original We Are the World album while two others were included on the 1999 reissue.) (Of course, this didn’t actually happen. If only. -MD)

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After the jump, preview the track list and order your copy from Amazon.

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Written by Mike Duquette

April 16, 2013 at 10:35

Reissue Theory: A Huey Two-Fer

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For whatever reason, your loyal reissue reporter has been listening to a lot of Huey Lewis and The News. No, it’s not a Patrick Bateman thing. It’s just that The News – that pub-rock ensemble that powered a lot of mid-’80s radio – are just crazy listenable. They really bridged a gap between straight-up blues-rock and synth-driven pop, creating a style that really holds up some 25 years or so later.

It’s a style that’s kind of underrepresented on CD, though. Sports was expanded in 1999 with live cuts and session outtakes, and a few compilations (most recently Capitol’s Greatest Hits & Videos (2006)), but all the other LPs of theirs have been released only once on CD. All of them could use a remastering and expansion, but their first two albums – their 1980 self-titled debut and 1982’s Picture This – could use a revisiting on CD. Best of all, the pair of them could both fit onto a CD with a handful of bonus cuts (both of those LPs were in fact released on a single disc as an import, but wouldn’t it be nice to see them get a nice treatment Stateside?).

With that in mind, hit the jump for a Reissue Theory look at Huey and The News’ first two LPs. Hope you love it like you say you do! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

June 7, 2010 at 15:21