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Release Round-Up: Week of May 13

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Michael Jackson - XscapeMichael Jackson, Xscape (Epic)

Where was this three years ago? This collection of eight outtakes, augmented with tasteful future-retro production by Timbaland, Stargate, L.A. Reid and others, is possibly the best project to escape the MJ vaults yet. For the discerning fan, Epic’s done you a solid, offering a deluxe package with the same songs in their untouched demo form. It’s really something.

Standard CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Deluxe CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Brain Salad SurgeryEmerson, Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery: Deluxe Edition (Sony Music U.K.)

One of ELP’s defining albums is now available in an imported deluxe multi-disc box featuring original and new stereo remixes of the album, an alternate assembly from rare and unreleased outtakes and DVDs featuring documentary footage and a 5.1 mix of the album.

3CD/2DVD/1LP: Amazon U.K.
2CD/1DVD: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S. (on Razor & Tie 7/1)

A Boy Named Charlie BrownThe Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Fantasy)

Before A Charlie Brown Christmas, this was Vince Guaraldi’s first album devoted to Charles M. Schultz’s lovable comic strip hero – the score to a never-aired documentary. It’s been remastered and expanded for its 50th anniversary, and a full story is forthcoming!

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Porter Dolly boxPorter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Just Between You and Me: The Complete Recordings 1967-1976 (Bear Family)

A brilliant six-disc box set chronicling the dozen-plus RCA Victor albums created by this immortal country duo, not to mention more than a dozen rare and unreleased tracks. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Beat - Complete BoxThe Beat, The Complete Studio Recordings (Edsel)

Edsel’s no stranger to The (English) Beat’s catalogue, but this smart new box keeps it to the essentials: all three original studio LPs, plus a disc of essential B-sides and remixes. (Amazon U.S. Amazon U.K.)

Elaine Paige - Ultimate CollectionElaine Paige, The Ultimate Collection (Warner Music UK)

A brilliant career-spanning compilation from the U.K. musical theatre star, available in standard and deluxe editions with some choice rarities to boot.

Standard Version:  Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Special Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Delicate Sound of ThunderPink Floyd, Delicate Sound of Thunder (Parlophone)

A new remaster of Pink Floyd’s 1988 double live album, recorded on the Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Ned Doheny - Separate OceansNed Doheny, Separate Oceans (Numero Group)

A cult favorite on the edges of the California rock sound of the ’70s, Ned Doheny is celebrated with a new compilation combining some previously released tracks for Columbia and Asylum with ten unreleased demos – three of which feature the talents of Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles.

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.


The Sound - Jeopardy Plus BoxThe Sound, Jeopardy/From the Lion’s Mouth/All Fall Down…Plus (Edsel)

A criminally underrated British post-punk band gets their due on a new set from Edsel collating the band’s first three albums, all expanded, with a DVD of BBC performances. (Amazon U.S. Amazon U.K.)

Glad All Over BDThe Dave Clark Five, The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over DVD & Blu-ray (PBS Home Video)

Fifty years after the DC5 took part in the British Invasion, this documentary features new testimonials from famous fans and contemporaries plus great, rarely-seen archival footage.

DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Androcles OST

Original Television Soundtrack Recording, Androcles and the Lion (Masterworks Broadway)

The RCA Victor soundtrack recording of composer/lyricist Richard Rodgers’ 1967 television musical Androcles and the Lion – starring Ed Ames, Noel Coward, John Cullum, Inga Swenson and Norman Wisdom is receiving its first-ever reissue in any format exclusively from Masterworks in a limited quantity of MOD CD-Rs as well as digital download.

Dave Van Ronk - Monterey

Dave Van Ronk, Live in Monterey 1998 (Omnivore)

Omnivore presents sixteen never-before-released live tracks from the great folk troubadour who inspired Inside Llewyn Davis. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)


Get It Up For Ned Doheny: Numero Sheds Light On Southern California Troubadour, Premieres Demos with Henley and Frey

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Ned Doheny - Separate OceansDespite the history behind it, singer/songwriter Ned Doheny’s last name might be the least interesting thing about him. Yes, Los Angeles native Doheny is descended from the family for whom Doheny Drive is named, a family marked by triumph (patriarch Edward L. Doheny was at one time the second richest oil tycoon in America, second only to John D. Rockefeller) and tragedy (Edward’s son, the first Ned Doheny, died in a headline-making murder-suicide). But Ned Doheny, the musician, has blazed a trail all his own. His career might not have brought him superstardom, but it’s been filled with genre-defying songs that have attracted the ears of David Geffen, Jackson Browne, “Mama” Cass Elliot and so many others. Tomorrow, Numero Group celebrates the music of cult favorite Ned Doheny with Separate Oceans, the first major retrospective of the troubadour’s diverse, all too under-the-radar work. The 19-track anthology, available on CD, DD and LP, draws on the first ten years of Doheny’s career during which time he recorded three well-received albums flirting with folk, pop, blue-eyed soul, soft rock and even disco.

Though Doheny once observed “I never thought I was part of the ‘California sound,’” he’s often spoken of in the same breath as Browne, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, and their Laurel Canyon brethren. While still a teenager, he joined Browne and Jack Wilce at the behest of Elektra Records’ Barry Friedman, a.k.a. Frazier Mohawk, at northern California’s Paxton Lodge in the label’s attempt to create a productive musical community. Though that grand experiment didn’t pan out as planned, Doheny was on his way. He toured with jazz hero Charles Lloyd, was asked to join a group with Dave Mason and Cass Elliot, and back in LA, he joined his old friend Jackson Browne on the roster of David Geffen’s Asylum Records.

His own tastes weren’t as country-rock-leaning as many of his California contemporaries; in 2011, he commented, “I had my father’s love of jazz combined with a fascination for rhythm and blues. I also loved the songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Bacharach and David.” At 22 years old and signed to Asylum, he released his 1972 debut album Ned Doheny on which he was joined by Graham Nash. The album has a melodic yet highly individualistic quality that might remind some of Philadelphia’s Todd Rundgren; sure enough, Doheny admitted “I always liked Todd Rundgren – a talented fellow,” even if Rundgren wasn’t an influence as Doheny was creating his music at the same time Rundgren was carving his own path.

Columbia/CBS snapped up Doheny, and with producer (and Stax legend) Steve Cropper, he released Hard Candy (1976) and the Japan-only Prone (1979). Two songs from the former, “A Love of Your Own” and “Get It Up for Love,” were covered by the Average White Band and Tata Vega, respectively. Hard Candy featured David Foster, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the Tower of Power horn section, but never took off commercially. Still, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Melissa Manchester, David Cassidy and Johnny Rivers were among those who recorded Doheny’s smart, incisive and, yes, catchy songs. The Cropper-produced Prone was only released in Japan, and since then, he has had great success catering to an appreciative and large audience in Japan.

There’s more on Separate Oceans after the jump including the complete track listing and pre-order links! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 12, 2014 at 12:57