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Release Round-Up: Week of September 30/October 1

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Most titles this week are already out in the States, on account of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 hitting stores on Monday. So without further ado…

Rush_TheStudioAlbums_ProductShotRush, The Studio Albums 1989-2007 Vapor Trails Remixed (Atlantic/Rhino)

All of the Canadian rock gods’ albums for Atlantic in one box, with 2002’s Vapor Trails newly remixed (and available separately).

The Studio AlbumsAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Vapor Trails Remixed: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Phantom TrainThe Bongos, Phantom Train / Richard Barone, Cool Blue Halo: 25th Anniversary Edition Cool Blue Halo: 25th Anniversary Concert (Jem Recordings)

The Hoboken power-pop group releases a lost classic – an album recorded with Eric “E.T.” Thorngren in 1986 – and frontman Richard Barone reissues his deluxe packages of 1987 solo debut Cool Blue Halo (and a 2012 2CD/1DVD concert in tribute of that album) through the recently reactivated Jem Recordings, which once distributed The Bongos’ earliest works. (Coming later this week: an interview with Richard Barone on Phantom Train and more!)

Phantom Train: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Cool Blue HaloAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Real Gone September 30 GroupPatti Page, The Complete Columbia Singles 1962-1970 From Nashville to L.A. – Lost Columbia Masters 1963-1969 / Perry Como, Just Out of Reach – Rarities from Nashville Produced by Chet Atkins / The Lords of the New ChurchThe Lords of the New Church / Is Nothing Sacred? The Method to Our Madness / Billy Preston16-Yr. Old Soul / The Grateful DeadDick’s Picks Vol. 21 – Richmond, Virginia 11/1/85

The latest Real Gone batch includes hits and rarities from Patti Page, long out-of-print albums by punk group The Lords of the New Church and more!

Andrew GoldAndrew Gold, Andrew Gold/What’s Wrong with This Picture?/All This and Heaven Too/Whirlwind…Plus (Edsel)

Edsel thanks you for being a friend by packing up, in one set, all of Andrew Gold’s pop albums for Asylum and all of the bonus tracks on previous Collector’s Choice reissues. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Patrice Rushen Edsel 1Patrice Rushen, Patrice/Pizzazz/Posh Straight from the Heart/Now (Edsel)

Speaking of Edsel sets collecting an artist’s discography, “Forget Me Nots” hitmaker Patrice Rushen has two sets out featuring all of her albums for Elektra plus rare 12″ remixes.

Patrice/Pizzazz/Posh: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Straight from the Heart/Now: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Old 97's & Waylon JenningsOld 97’s, Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings (Omnivore)

An astounding four-track EP (previously a Record Store Day exclusive) featuring collaborative demos between the Dallas alt-country group and one of the genre’s finest outlaws. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

John Martyn box frontJohn Martyn, The Island Years (Universal U.K.)

The U.K. folk star’s entire discography for Island is expanded and collected in a mega 17CD/1DVD swag-filled box. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Gladys Knight - ImaginationGladys Knight & The Pips, Imagination: Expanded Edition Life: Deluxe Edition (Funkytowngrooves)

The first of several expanded Buddah/Columbia-era albums from FTG; Imagination has immortal hit “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Imagination: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Life: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Rush Hemispheres SACDHybrid SACDs from Audio Fidelity: America, America / Sarah McLachlan, Touch / Poco, Pickin’ Up the Pieces / Rush, Hemispheres

Couldn’t Love Him More: John Martyn Box Set Due This Month

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John Martyn boxUniversal’s U.K. arm has made a nice habit in recent years of exhaustive box sets devoted to one artist. The Moody Blues’ Timeless Flight was an 11CD/6DVD overview of the British rock band; this fall includes box sets devoted to Sparks and Tears for Fears’ The Hurting. The upcoming The Island Years, an exhaustive box devoted to folk icon John Martyn, is 18 discs – 17 CDs and one DVD – that looks to be quite the knockout for anyone’s shelf.

Martyn was a notable figure in the British folk scene of the 1960s and a key act of Chris Blackwell’s Island Records for many years. With a distinctive vocal timbre and a lengthy list of collaborators from Eric Clapton to Phil Collins to Lee “Scratch” Perry, Martyn’s music and influence ran the gamut of styles in the 1970s and 1980s.

John Martyn box frontThe Island Years is packed with material both familiar and unreleased. Every one of Martyn’s studio and live albums for Island, from 1967’s London Conversation to 1986’s Piece by Piece, is included herein. Two unreleased shows – Live At The Hanging Lamp, Richmond – 5/8/1972 and Live in Sydney 8/14/1977 – are included, as well as, for the first time, the original mix of The Apprentice, a 1987 album that was controversially received by Island, resulting in his exit from the label the following year. (Martyn re-recorded and released the album at his own expense in 1990 to critical acclaim.) Numerous bonus tracks, including non-LP and archival material, are also appended to nearly every disc. A DVD rounds out the set with appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test and others, as well as a complete concert at London’s Town & Country Club in 1986, part of which was released on VHS as Foundations in 1987.

Rounded out with the usual memorabilia, including a 120-page hardback book and replicas of original press kits and tour programs, The Island Years is out on September 30. The full track list and order links are after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 4, 2013 at 12:35