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Release Round-Up: Week of March 12

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Motown Musical - OriginalsVarious Artists, Motown the Musical – Originals: The Classic Songs That Inspired the Broadway Show (Motown/UMe)

The Sound of Young America is now the sound of The Great White Way, with a new musical entering previews this week. This new compilation presents all the original versions of the songs that feature in the show!

1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

TV ManiaTV Mania, Bored with Prozac and the Internet? (Tapemodern)

Completed by Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and former band guitarist Warren Cuccurullo in the late ’90s and presumed lost until recently, this experimental concept disc offered some surprisingly trenchant social commentary on an increasingly wacky media culture. (MP3: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Stack-a-Tracks-Digi-with-discsJellyfish, Stack-a-Tracks (Omnivore)

Released last year as a Record Store Day/Black Friday exclusive, this 2CD set, featuring original, lead vocal-free mixes of the power pop legends’ Bellybutton and Spilt Milk, is now available for all audiences to enjoy. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Jamiroquai, Emergency on Planet Earth Return of the Space Cowboy Travelling Without Moving: Deluxe Editions (Sony Music U.K.)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the U.K. dance group’s first album, the first three Jamiroquai LPs have been remastered and expanded.

Emergency 2CD: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S. :: 2LP: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S. (no pre-order link available at present)
Cowboy 2CD:  Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S. :: 2LP: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.
Travelling 2CD:  Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S. :: 2LP: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.

Paul Revere - Evolution to RevolutionPaul Revere and the Raiders, Evolution to Revolution: 5 Classic Albums 1965-1967 (Raven)

Five of The Raiders’ classic Columbia LPs are put on two discs for the value-savvy collector. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Merman - Her GreatestAndrews Sisters, Greatest Hits in Stereo/Great Golden Hits / Enoch Light and the Light Brigade, Provocative Percussion 3 & 4 / Ethel Merman, Her Greatest / Various Artists, Stars for a Summer Night (Sepia Recordings)

The latest vintage hits compilations from Sepia include some classic compilations from The Andrews Sisters and Ethel Merman and a great set of easy listening classics for summertime!

Andrews: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Enoch: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Ethel: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
StarsAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Virtual Insanity: Jamiroquai to Expand First Three Albums

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Jamiroquai threeAnother musical float in the “oh dear, are we all that old?” parade is passing by next month: the first three Jamiroquai albums are being expanded by Sony’s U.K. arm in honor of the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut, Emergency on Planet Earth.

Led by singer Jay Kay, known equally for his high tenor as well as his outré selection of hats, Jamiroquai were one of the most prominent bands emblematic of the acid-jazz movement in early ’90s England, fusing traditional funk and disco styles to modern electronic beats. Early singles like “Too Young to Die,” “Blow Your Mind” and “Space Cowboy” flirted with the upper reaches of the U.K. charts; in the U.S., “Emergency on Planet Earth” and “Space Cowboy” were major dance hits, the latter topping the dance chart.

While Emergency on Planet Earth and The Return of the Space Cowboy were strong sellers in the U.K., both platinum albums at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, it was third LP Travelling Without Moving that became the biggest worldwide smash. Buoyed by the catchy, chilled-out single “Virtual Insanity” and its classic promo video, a staple of mid-’90s MTV, Travelling was the band’s first and only million seller in America, and set the band up for a successful career that continues to this day.

Initially announced for release in Japan last fall, these 20th anniversary reissues feature newly restored artwork in a digipak case, new liner notes by Jay Kay, and bonus discs full of rare vinyl and promo-only remixes, B-sides, international bonus tracks and live material, much of which has either never made it to CD or has never been released before. Double-vinyl editions of these albums, remastered and in gatefold sleeves, are also planned.

All products are available in the U.K. on March 11. Hit the jump for Amazon U.K. links and full track lists!

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 25, 2013 at 17:47

Posted in Jamiroquai, News, Reissues