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Release Round-Up: Week of September 27

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‘Tis the season! The big guns for the fourth quarter are starting to be drawn.

Elvis Presley, The Young Man with the Big Beat / Elvis Presley: Legacy Edition (RCA/Legacy)

The newest Elvis box set is all about 1956: five CDs of complete studio masters, outtakes, vintage audio interviews and live material. For the casual fan, the Elvis Presley Legacy Edition includes the Elvis Presley and Elvis LPs with the hit non-LP singles of that era. (Official site)

Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon: Experience and Immersion Editions / Discovery Remasters (EMI)

So you have all the basic remasters of every album, and the deluxe and mega-hyper-deluxe editions of Dark Side. Merry early Christmas! (Official site)

Nirvana, Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (DGC/UMe)

A lot of ways to celebrate the definitive grunge album for its 20th anniversary. Which one are you getting? (Official site)


The Smiths, Complete (Rhino U.K.)

The most mega of mega-boxes for The Smiths is out now in the U.K., and will be out in October in the States. (Rhino U.K.)

Sting, 25 Years (Cherrytree/A&M/UMe)

A 3-CD/1-DVD overview of Sting’s solo career. If you have all his albums, you’re probably going to want to wait until the price dips below its current Amazon price tag of $110. Like, way below. (Official site)

Wes Montgomery, Movin’: The Complete Verve Recordings (Hip-o Select/Verve)

Did Wes record it for Verve? If yes, it’s here, five discs’ strong. (Hip-o Select)

Davy Jones, David Jones: Deluxe Edition (Friday Music)

No Monkee-ing around here! Jones’ Colgems solo LP, exapnded and remastered. (Sorry about the pun back there.) (Amazon)

Barenaked Ladies, Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before (Reprise/Rhino)

A simple best-of for the Canadian rockers. (Official site)

The Jesus & Mary Chain, Automatic / Honey’s Dead: Deluxe Editions (Edsel)

The next links in the chain of 2-CD/1-DVD reissues! (Another pun! See what I did there?) (Official site)

Buck Owens, Bound for Bakersfield 1953-1956: The Complete Pre-Capitol Recordings (RockBeat)

Another fun one from RockBeat! (Amazon)

Come As They Are: A Reminder on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” Formats

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It’s about a week until Nirvana’s Nevermind inundates record store shelves, and it seemed like a good idea to sort everything out, for the sake of clarity when September 27 rolls around.

Of course, as previously reported, there are four major formats for this reissue: a single-disc remaster of the original album, a double-disc deluxe edition, a four-vinyl LP set and a four-CD/one-DVD super deluxe edition. It’s worth noting, however, that the vinyl set will street a week later, on October 4.

And it wouldn’t be a major reissue without some retail exclusives. From September 27 to October 25, Best Buy will be the only place to get the super deluxe edition. Meanwhile, Target will offer a special package that presents the first disc of the deluxe edition – the original LP and all of the B-sides from the Nevermind singles – on its own with expanded artwork.

Finally, the newly-released vintage live show inside the super deluxe edition, Live at the Paramount is getting a standalone release on DVD and Blu-Ray. (The latter isn’t slated in stores until December 27, while the DVD is scheduled day-and-date with the other projects.)

After the jump, we’ve also got a link to the two-disc deluxe edition, with a full track list. (It’s the first two discs from the super deluxe edition – but we’d never mentioned that here until now.) Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

September 21, 2011 at 11:47

Posted in Box Sets, News, Nirvana, Reissues

Release Round-Up: Week of September 13

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Jimi Hendrix, Winterland / Hendrix in the West / Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival / The Dick Cavett Show (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

Another wave of Hendrix catalogue titles from Legacy, all of a live nature. The Winterland set captures The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s legendary run at the venue of the same name over four discs (or one, if you’re into the whole brevity thing), while In the West provides an expanded, slightly alternate presentation of the posthumous live LP. The DVDs Blue Wild Angel and The Dick Cavett Show show Hendrix at his live prime, with some special features to boot. Look for reviews of all these sets – Joe’s take on the CDs and my look at the DVDs – very soon! (Official site)

The Beatles, 1 (Apple/EMI)

In case you weren’t one of the tens of millions of people who’ve picked up this compilation since 2000, it’s been remastered (from the 2009 remasters, naturally). (Official site)

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Live Bullet / Nine Tonight (Capitol/EMI)

Two killer Seger live albums, remastered and expanded with one bonus track apiece. (Official site)

The Art of Noise, Who’s Afraid of The Art of Noise? (ZTT/Salvo)

The first full-length LP by the influential U.K. act is expanded with unreleased BBC sessions and a DVD of videos and other vault treasures. (Official site)

1991: The Year Punk Broke (Geffen/UMe)

A greatly-expanded presentation of this vintage documentary, spotlighting the rise of Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr., as seen on the road and in the trenches. (Official site)

Motown Gold on The Ed Sullivan Show / The Best of The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show / The Best of The Temptations on The Ed Sullivan Show (Hip-O/Sofa Entertainment)

The Sound of Young America and the Toast of the Town, combined on three handy DVD packages. (Official site)

Smells Like More Details on 20th Anniversary “Nevermind” (UPDATED WITH TRACK LIST)

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UPDATE: The track listing is now at the bottom of the post, courtesy of the NME!

Original post: Back on June 22, we reported on Geffen Records/Universal Music Enterprises’ plans for a 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana’s 1991 Nevermind, originally released on September 24 of that year. New details have been released on the set which will arrive in stores on September 27, just three days after the exact anniversary.  Universal has stopped short of providing a complete track listing, but one thing’s for sure. This looks like a box set that should leave you saying anything but “Nevermind” about the classic album described by our very own Mike Duquette as having “firmly solidified Nirvana’s place not only in the pop spotlight, but in the rock canon as well.”

Like most of the other releases in the “Super Deluxe Edition” format, Nevermind will be overflowing with material!  Among the content on this 4-CD/1-DVD set (which will be limited to 10,000 copies in the U.S. and another 30,000 internationally):

  • Remastered edition of the album plus associated B-sides
  • First complete release of the pre-Nevermind demos recorded at Butch Vig’s Smart Studios in Wisconsin
  • “Boombox recordings” of early band rehearsals, containing embryonic versions of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are,” “On a Plain” and more
  • The Devonshire Mixes, the full album as produced and mixed by Vig, as opposed to the commercially released version that was produced by Vig and mixed by Andy Wallace
  • Two previously unreleased BBC recordings
  • Full concert recorded at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on Halloween night, 1991, on both CD and DVD
  • A 90-page book “full of rarely and never before seen photos, documents and various other visual artifacts of the Nevermind era.”

Too “Super Deluxe” for you?  Universal’s got you covered. Hit the jump for the additional, pared-down releases that are planned for the anniversary, as well as the low-down on the box set’s DVD! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 27, 2011 at 15:05

Posted in Box Sets, News, Nirvana, Reissues

Teen Spirit, Redux: “Nevermind” to Be Expanded for 20th Anniversary

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Back in April, in a Back Tracks post commemorating Nirvana on the occasion of Kurt Cobain’s passing, we declared it “inconceivable that the powers-that-be at Geffen/UMe wouldn’t be thinking of reissuing [breakthrough album Nevermind] for the two-decade mark (especially with the exact anniversary falling in November, just in time for the box set frenzy associated with the fourth quarter).” At the time, the band’s Hormoaning EP had received a domestic vinyl reissue for Record Store Day and 20th anniversary badges were springing up on Facebook and Twitter, so it seemed like a natural fit.

Boy, were we right! Universal Music Enterprises today announced a box set version of the classic 1991 album for release this fall. We hope you’re sitting down for this one – it’s a five-disc set, four CDs and a DVD. According to the news release, the set “will include previously unreleased recordings, rarities, b-sides, BBC radio appearances, alternative mixes, rare live recordings and an unreleased concert in its entirety on DVD.” A track list has not been nailed down yet, but one would imagine that the audio portion would feature some overlap with the 2004 box set With the Lights Out.

Read the full, brief announcement here and keep it tuned here for additional information as it’s made available. (Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Sergio for passing this one along!)

Written by Mike Duquette

June 22, 2011 at 10:15

Posted in Box Sets, News, Nirvana, Reissues

“1991” Documentary Featuring Nirvana, Sonic Youth Revisited

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Thanks to Slicing Up Eyeballs for this neat tip over the weekend: 1991: The Year Punk Broke is making its debut on DVD later this year.

This documentary of Sonic Youth and Nirvana’s European tour of 1991 – a precursor to the breakthrough Nirvana would experience with Nevermind some 20 years ago – was released on VHS and laserdisc many years ago, and featured performances by both bands as well as other luminaries of the age including Dinosaur Jr., The Ramones and more. The DVD will feature a host of new and unseen bonus material, including commentary by director Kim Markey and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, a 2003 panel discussion held at Hollywood’s Arclight with Markey, Moore and bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley as well as Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis and – perhaps most exciting of all – a 42-minute bonus film, (This is Known As) The Blues Scale, with unseen performances and footage cut from the original film.

There’s no release date set for the DVD, but this link features both previews of Blues Scale as well as Markey’s road journals from the year of shooting the documentary. It looks to be a neat commemoration of an influential era in rock history. Keep it here for news on this release as it develops!

Written by Mike Duquette

April 18, 2011 at 12:19

Back Tracks: Nirvana

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Seventeen years ago today, Generation X lost an icon when Kurt Cobain, the talented, troubled frontman for Nirvana, took his own life in his Seattle home. Nirvana were three albums into their career, but had already redefined music for an entire cachet of disaffected youth. The genre that came to be known as grunge music, based on frequently alternating dynamics, heavy distortion and angst-filled lyrics, was forged largely under the songwriting tactics of Cobain, who very reluctantly accepted (and consequently struggled under) his mantle as the voice of a generation.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s major-label debut, Nevermind, which spawned the iconic single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and, famously, became the album that dislodged Michael Jackson’s Dangerous from the top of the Billboard charts (a landmark that’s come to signal the defining moment of the grunge movement). This author finds it inconceivable that the powers-that-be at Geffen/UMe wouldn’t be thinking of reissuing the album for the two-decade mark (especially with the exact anniversary falling in November, just in time for the box set frenzy associated with the fourth quarter) – but in the meantime, let’s honor one of rock’s fallen icons with a Back Tracks devoted to the music of Nirvana. It’s a journey that takes us from a burgeoning indie label to a thriving major, through a few challenging records, and peaks not only after Cobain died but with a protracted legal battle that held off catalogue action for a considerable length of time.

We discuss all the pretty songs of Nirvana after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

April 5, 2011 at 22:29

Coming to a Record Store Near You…

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Mark your calendars if you haven’t already, music fans: April 16 is the fourth annual Record Store Day! What started as a small declaration of independence for brick-and-mortar, mom-and-pop record stores in the face of industry decline has blossomed into a worldwide celebration with goodies provided by major and independent labels.

And because lots of record store fans are also big into catalogue stuff like you and me, a lot of the RSD exclusives focus on reissues or anniversary repressings in both single and album form. Yesterday, the full list of exclusives was finally released by the RSD committee – but we’ve pored through the list to bring you the biggest, brightest and best of catalogue Record Store Day exclusives.

We’re so excited, we’re not even going to put in a jump. Here’s the best of the best below.

AC/DC (Columbia): a 7″ of Back in Black favorite “Shoot to Thrill” backed with “War Machine” from the band’s most recent album, Black Ice (2008).

Big Star (Omnivore): a “test pressing” edition of Third, recreating the original 14-track test pressing of the album in 1975, down to the master tape box and tracking sheets. (Five copies of original, un-recreated test pressings will be mixed into the 1,000 copies pressed, each signed by Jody Stephens and original engineers Larry Nix and John Fry.)

Kate Bush (Audio Fidelity): 1,000 copies of The Hounds of Love will be pressed on limited edition, 10″ pink vinyl.

John Mayall and Eric Clapton (Sundazed): a 1,000-copy reissue of the 1966 non-LP single “Lonely Years” b/w “Bernard Jenkins.” This single was issued a month after the iconic Blues Breakers album.

Deftones (Warner Bros.): Covers captures some of the Sacramento band’s most beloved studio covers, from Sade and Lynyrd Skynyrd to Duran Duran and The Cars. 3,000 copies will be pressed.

Derek and The Dominos (Polydor/UMe): a 7″ single of “Got to Get Better in a Little While” b/w “Layla” will be released to commemorate the upcoming Layla box set. 2,500 copies will be made.

Dio (Niji): The late singer’s own label will reissue 2002’s Killing the Dragon on 2,000 vinyl picture discs.

Bob Dylan (Columbia/Legacy): a vinyl version of Live at Brandeis University 1963 will be exclusively available at RSD-participating outlets for four weeks; it makes its own CD debut (after being the bonus disc with Amazon orders of the latest Bootleg Series entry) earlier that week.

Foo Fighters (RCA): Medium Rare, a compilation of covers, will be released on 120-gram vinyl as a nice companion piece to the band’s forthcoming album, Wasting Light.

Jimi Hendrix (Experience Hendrix/Legacy): a vinyl single of the alternate version of “Fire” from the West Coast Seattle Boy box backed with an unreleased track, “Touch You,” will be one release (“Cat Talking to Me,” the B-side of last year’s “Valleys of Neptune,” appears on the CD single). Another CD single will feature Cee Lo Green’s “Foxey Lady” and Santana’s “Spanish Castle Music,” from the Power of Soul compilation alongside an unreleased live version of “Purple Haze” by Robert Randolph and The Slide Brothers.

Michael Jackson (Epic): a 7″ of tracks from 2010’s Michael will be pressed, featuring new single “Hollywood Tonight” and “Behind the Mask.”

Jimmy Eat World (ORG): a 10th anniversary triple-vinyl edition of 2001’s Bleed American will be released with B-sides and other rarities added to the mix. 1,500 copies will be available. (This may be the same track list as the deluxe edition released on CD in 2008.)

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (Blackheart Music): 1,000 copies of a limited clear-vinyl edition of the I Love Rock & Roll album will be released.

Nirvana (Geffen/UMe): the rare 1992 EP Hormoaning, released in Australia and Japan, will be repressed 4,000 copies strong.

Roy Orbison (Monument/Legacy): a 7″ single of “Only the Lonely” b/w an unreleased live version of “Pretty Woman” will be pressed.

Ozzy Osbourne (Epic/Legacy): the ambassador for this year’s Record Store Day will see the vinyl reissues of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman into independent stores, about a month before expanded CD editions come out.

Pearl Jam (Epic/Legacy): Single and double-vinyl editions of Vs. and Vitalogy (to be released in a deluxe box next week).

Queen (Hollywood): the “Long Lost Retake” of “Keep Yourself Alive” will be released as a 7″ single to promote the new reissues. It will be backed with “Son and Daughter.”

Sonic Youth (Geffen/UMe): another Geffen artist with an Australian EP (with a similar name, even). 1993’s Whores Moaning will also receive a 4,000 copy reissue.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (Columbia/Legacy): two outtakes from The Promise on 10″ vinyl: “Gotta Get This Feeling” and “Racing in the Street (’78).”

Television (Rhino): a white double-vinyl version of the 1978 show at San Francisco’s Old Waldorf (released by Rhino Handmade in 2003), limited to 3,000 units.

The Beach Boys (EMI/Capitol): to capitalize on the forthcoming Smile box, a double 10″ 78 RPM set will be released, with one disc containing the original “Good Vibrations”/”Heroes and Villains” sides and the other containing alternate takes. There will be 5,000 copies of this one.

The Flaming Lips (Warner Bros.): the Heady Nuggs box set, limited to 5,790 copies, features the band’s first five Warner Bros. LPs on vinyl.

The Velvet Underground (Sundazed): latter-day outtakes on a 7″ single: “Foggy Notion” b/w “I Can’t Stand It.” Limited to 1,000 copies.

The Yardbirds (Sundazed): a reproduction of 1968 single “Goodnight Sweet Josephine” b/w “Think About It,” limited to 2,000 copies.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (Reprise): 2,500 copies of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1976) on white vinyl and another 2,500 of You’re Gonna Get It! (1978) on blue vinyl.

Various Artists (Kill Rock Stars): the grunge classic Kill Rock Stars compilation will be repressed for its 20th anniversary.

Short Takes: Sade Compilation Coming, More Nirvana on Record Store Day, Star Trek Box Split Up, More Live Ella Forthcoming

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  • Epic/Legacy will release The Ultimate Collection by Sade on May 3. Intended to tease the band’s long-awaited summer tour, the set will feature tracks from all the band’s albums, from 1984’s Diamond Life to 2010’s Soldier of Love, and will feature three unreleased tracks, including a new remix of Solider track “The Moon and the Sky” featuring rapper Jay-Z. Those who pre-order the set through the band’s official site will get exclusive access to ticket pre-sales for recently-announced dates starting next week. (There’s also an Amazon pre-order listing, for those so inclined.)
  • Chalk up another Nirvana release for Record Store Day: a vinyl reissue of the band’s 1992 EP Hormoaning. Initially only released in limited quantities in Australia and Japan to coincide with the band’s tour there, the disc features two original B-sides (“Aneurysm” and “Even in His Youth,” released on the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” singles) and three covers (Devo’s “Turnaround” and “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun,” both by The Vaselines) recorded for the BBC in 1990. (Those covers, along with alternate versions of the B-sides, appeared on the Incesticide compilation in the U.S. later that year.
  • If you wanted to sample some of Film Score Monthly’s Star Trek: The Next Generation box set without buying the entire thing, here’s your chance: 12 of the 14 discs of Ron Jones’ music have been released for download on iTunes and Amazon. This Trek message board post features links to all the discs, provided by the set’s co-producer, Neil S. Bulk.
  • A sweet tweet from our friends at Hip-o Select: “If you thought Ella In Hollywood was the last word on unreleased live greatness, hang on we found more: Ella in Japan, coming soon!”

Written by Mike Duquette

March 23, 2011 at 13:45

Record Store Day Going Back to the ’90s

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As we fast approach April 16 – this year’s Record Store Day, the music geek’s Christmas – we’re starting to see more vinyl reissues happening in independent stores especially for the occasion. Two of the most recent ones take us back to the rock and roll sound of the 1990s, from traditional grunge to spacier, experimental styles.

Twenty years ago, Matthew “Slim” Moon formed a record label in Olympia, Washington, with the intention of putting out eclectic records, from spoken word to punk. That label, Kill Rock Stars, is still going strong to this day, having attracted indie artists from Sleater-Kinney to The Decemberists. And for Record Store Day, the band is reissuing its first major release, a compilation also called Kill Rock Stars. Featuring tracks by Nirvana, Bikini Kill and The Melvins, this set will be limited to 2,000 vinyl copies in silkscreened, hand-numbered sleeves.

Not long after the grunge explosion, another interesting rock movement began: the rise of The Flaming Lips. The Oklahoma-based band, known for its densely-arranged, occasionally catchy tunes and theatrical live shows, continues to stay strong – this year, they’re documenting their entire creative process, during which they will release a handful of songs each month – and longtime label Warner Bros. is set to honor their legacy for Record Store Day as well. Heady Nuggs: The First Five Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 collects the band’s first five major-label releases (Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992), Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1999) and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)) on 140-gram vinyl. (The band’s official Web store will also offer, in limited quantities, a version of the set on five different colors of vinyl.)

Have a look at the track lists after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 9, 2011 at 11:41