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One Stop Shopping: “Complete Collections” Coming From Denver, Washington, Kansas and Shorter

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No sooner did your catalogue correspondent pop a very old disc of John Denver’s 1985 Dreamland Express into the CD player than the news arrived that Dreamland Express would be collected along with 23 (!) other Denver LPs in Legacy’s new The Complete Albums Collection.   But that’s not all.  Following the first wave of releases which arrived just over two months ago, the catalogue initiative continues!  For the uninitiated, The Complete Album Collection box sets bring together an artist’s entire tenure at a label (in these cases, Columbia, Kirshner, Sony Classical and RCA) in one tidy box set, with albums in individual mini-LP sleeves and booklets containing brief essays and credits for each album.  The first four artists to receive this treatment were The Byrds, Sam Cooke, Stan Getz and Return to Forever, while joining the beloved country legend Denver in this new batch are jazz greats Grover Washington, Jr. and Wayne Shorter, plus classic rock heroes Kansas.  There is even special material, when applicable.  A rare privately-pressed 1966 LP appears on the John Denver box, Kansas’ live Two for the Show has been expanded into a 2-disc Legacy Edition for its 30th anniversary, and two bonus discs are in the Shorter box collecting the saxophonist’s compositions recorded by his group Weather Report.

We’ll put up track listings later, but in the interest of passing this information to you as quickly as possible, hit the jump for the titles included in each box set and the label-supplied information for each title!  All titles can be pre-ordered exclusively at Sony’s indispensable online PopMarket store. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 27, 2011 at 09:12

Weekend News Round-Up: Doobies, Peter Gabriel, Stax and Kansas

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It was such a busy week that reporting has spilled over into the weekend! Enjoy these tidbits from around the rest of the catalogue music world.

  • Eagle Rock is releasing a vintage live CD/DVD by The Doobie Brothers, from their 1982 farewell tour. Live at the Greek 1982 sees a lineup that included sole original member Patrick Simmons on guitar, longtime co-drummer Keith Knudsen (who shared the kit with Chet McCracken, a member since 1980’s One Step Closer), guitarist/violinist John McFee, percussionist Bobby LaKind, sax/keyboard player Cornelius Bumpus, legendary session bassist Willie Weeks and the one and only Michael McDonald leading the band. Founding vocalist Tom Johnston sings guest lead on the penultimate song in the set, the always-great “China Grove,” and finale “Listen to the Music” features a few more classic Doobies, including original drummer John Hartman, bassist Tiran Porter and drummer Michael Hossack. Sixteen tracks feature on the DVD; the CD omits one track (McDonald’s soon-to-be-hit “I Keep Forgettin'”) but adds four more bonus cuts. The set’s out on June 28 and you can get the full breakdown from the always-great MusicTAP.
  • Yesterday, in two sentences, Peter Gabriel’s website likely got fans to break out their copies of So – released 25 years ago yesterday – and speculate on when the promised “celebratory release” would hit shelves and what might be on it. (We’ve speculated too, naturally.)
  • A little while ago we’d posted that there was a new series of Stax remasters coming from Concord Music Group, who owns the venerable label’s catalogue. Those albums are coming out on Tuesday, and there’s two things to note: one, that full track lists are after the jump on this post, and two, that our friends at Popdose are holding a contest through Tuesday to win these three reissues! What’s not to like about that?
  • I always feel remiss about not giving more attention to Rock Candy Records, a U.K. label specializing in pretty well-done reissues and expansions of hard rock titles. Their latest releases, set for May 25, are remastered editions of Kansas’ final albums for Kirshner/Epic, Vinyl Confessions (1982) and Drastic Measures (1983). These albums saw the band in transition; guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren and bassist Dave Hope had both become born-again Christians, and vocalist Steve Walsh had left the group, replaced by Jon Elefante. The albums – the first of which spawned a Top 20 hit in “Play the Game Tonight” – were remastered with the rest of the band’s Sony-controlled back catalogue by Legacy Recordings in 1996, but those have since fallen out of print, making these sets worth it if you’re a fan who missed these the last time around. Amazon U.K. links are after the jump as well.

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Written by Mike Duquette

May 7, 2011 at 15:10