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Release Round-Up: Week of August 16

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Breaking Benjamin, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin (Hollywood)

A decade of Breaking Benjamin is collected on this new compilation, available in both standard and deluxe editions.  The deluxe edition offers an additional disc of rare and unreleased bonus material. (Amazon)

Dazz Band, Hot Spot: Expanded Edition (Funkytowngrooves)

The Dazz Band’s 1985 swan song on Motown Records is expanded with five remixes. (Amazon)

Nick Heyward, Tangled and The Apple Bed (Cherry Red)

Heyward’s 1995 and 1998 albums get the deluxe treatment from Cherry Red.  Tangled adds a brace of bonus tracks including an EP of Beatles covers, while The Apple Bed adds B-sides and one previously unreleased cut. (Official site)

The Jones Girls, On Target: Expanded Edition (Funkytowngrooves)

In 1983, the Detroit-born Jones Girls – Brenda, Valorie and Shirley – decamped from Philadelphia International to RCA for this album, which has been expanded with three instrumentals and remixes. (Amazon)

Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band, Hoodoo Man Blues (Delmark)

This 1965 studio album finds Junior Wells joined by Buddy Guy for 12 smoking blues workouts.  Delmark expands the original album with three previously-available alternate takes and two never-before-released performances. (Amazon)

Various Artists, Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl (Verve Select)

Norman Granz brought his all-star Verve roster to the Hollywood Bowl in 1956 where this classic album was recorded.  Louis, Ella, Art, Oscar and co. all appear, and eleven Armstrong tracks premiere on American CD on this deluxe edition. Read the full story here. (Amazon)

Written by Joe Marchese

August 16, 2011 at 08:33

Cherry Pop Goes Au Naturel

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Here’s a few fun upcoming reissues from our friends at Cherry Pop: an expanded reissue of an ’80s R&B novelty classic and two reissues from British vocalist Nick Heyward.

Released in 1986, Frantic Romantic was the sophomore LP for singer-dancer Jermaine Stewart. The Soul Train dancer had already had his first single, “The Word is Out” (co-written with Culture Club’s Mikey Craig), just miss Billboard‘s Top 40, but Frantic yielded the chaste dance anthem “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off,” which reached the Top 5, becoming his biggest hit. Though Stewart passed away in 1997, his music still lives on, thanks to releases like this, which features a heap of bonus tracks.

The label also preps reissues of two albums by Nick Heyward. The Haircut 100 vocalist flirted with success in the U.K. and U.S. after leaving the band, and two of his most successful albums – North of a Miracle (1983), with his highest-charting U.K. hit “Take That Situation,” and From Monday to Sunday (1993), featuring the Top 5 U.S. Modern Rock hit “Kite” – will each be expanded. Miracle will receive a bonus disc with a previously unreleased live show in addition to B-sides and remixes, while From Monday to Sunday will feature ten B-sides and demos, some previously unreleased.

Cherry Pop’s listings only have a page for Frantic Romantic, but Amazon U.K. has order pages for these sets, here and here. Hit the jump for track listings.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 15, 2010 at 14:15