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Release Round-Up: Week of March 25

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Johnny Cash Out Among the StarsJohnny Cash, Out Among the Stars (Columbia/Legacy)

This new album of newly-discovered mid-’80s outtakes is perhaps better than what was released at the time. Gorgeous and, at times, haunting, the way Johnny Cash albums should be.

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

Elton GBYR 40 Super DeluxeElton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Edition (Mercury/Rocket/UMe)

Elton’s classic double album comes back to glorious life with several lavish editions, featuring new covers of songs from the set, B-sides, live material and more.

1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
4CD/1DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
1BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Okie from MuskogeeMerle Haggard, Okie from Muskogee: 45th Anniversary Special Edition (Capitol Nashville)

Haggard and The Stranger’s classic 1969 live album is remastered and paired with the next year’s follow-up The Fightin’ Side of Me, in its first-ever CD release. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Miles at the FillmoreMiles Davis, Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy)

Four discs of mostly-unheard jazz experimentation from one of Miles’ most challenging and enjoyable periods. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Rod Stewart - Live BoxRod Stewart, Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s the Night (Warner Bros./Rhino)

This long-rumored box, featuring 58 unheard recordings, now offers a fitting chronicle of Rod in concert. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

My Chem May Death Never  Stop YouMy Chemical Romance, May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits 2001-2013 (Reprise)

New Jersey’s own late lamented My Chem, one of the best alt-rock bands of the past decade, release a career-spanning compilation with one unreleased song and several demos.

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 
CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 
2LP/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Essential Eric CarmenEric Carmen, The Essential Eric Carmen (Arista/Legacy)

A lovingly-assembled two-disc compilation honoring the talents of the singer/songwriter, from The Raspberries to today. Includes the gorgeous new track “Brand New Year.” (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Blue Nile Peace At LastThe Blue Nile, Peace At Last: Deluxe Edition (Virgin/UMC)

A surprise expansion of the Glasgow pop group’s 1996 album. (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

Far Beyond DrivenPantera, Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition (EastWest/Rhino)

The band’s hit 1994 album paired with a live bootleg disc of the band’s Monsters of Rock Festival 1994 performance. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

High Land Hard RainAztec Camera, High Land Hard Rain: Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition (Domino)

The Scottish rock band’s first album is expanded to just about completion, with single sides and unreleased tracks on a bonus disc.

2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

TotoToto, TotoHydra / Turn Back (Rock Candy)

Toto’s perfectly crafted AOR-pop blend is represented by their first three albums, newly remastered for CD by Rock Candy.

Toto: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.
HydraAmazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.
Turn BackAmazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.

Bruce BDVarious Artists, A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)

Last year’s multi-artist live tribute concert in honor of The Boss, capped with a mini-set by Springsteen and The E Street Band.

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

Micky DolenzMicky Dolenz, Micky Dolenz Puts You to Sleep / Broadway Micky (Friday Music)

Two of Micky’s children’s albums for Kid Rhino from 1991 and 1994 reappear in print on one disc. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Message from the MagicBlue Magic, Message from the Magic (FunkyTownGrooves)

The Philadelphia soul band’s fifth album from 1977 is remastered and released for the first time on CD. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Island HarvestRonnie Lane and Slim Chance, Ooh La La: An Island Harvest (Mercury)

A hits-and-rarities compilation from the late Small Faces/Faces bassist’s mid-’70s group. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Lou Reed BDJoni Mitchell, Woman of Heart and Mind + Painting with Words and Music / Lou Reed, Classic Albums: Transformer + Live at Montreux 2000 (Eagle Rock)

Eagle Rock brings four vintage programs back to video with these two Blu-ray releases, both part of the label’s new “SD Blu-ray” line.  As indicated, these programs are in upscaled standard definition video but have been upgraded to “uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD high resolution surround sound.”

Joni: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Lou: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Pantera’s “Far Beyond Driven” to Be Expanded by Rhino

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Far Beyond DrivenAnyone who saw the breakthrough of Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power as a fluke would be proven wrong in the spring of 1994, when the group’s heavy-hitting Far Beyond Driven debuted atop the Billboard 200. Two decades later, Rhino is expanding the LP with a previously unreleased live bootleg.

Far Beyond Driven continued the successful groove-metal formula established since the 1990 release of major-label debut Cowboys from Hell. The late guitarist Dimebag Darrell delivered some of the most monster riffs on six strings, while Phil Anselmo’s lyrics turned more introspective than on previous efforts, including lead single “I’m Broken” – which, with a Top 20 U.K. chart placement, is the band’s most successful single.

The 20th anniversary edition of Far Beyond Driven pairs the remastered original album with the band’s performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donington, England on June 4, 1994. The band’s trek to Europe was tumultuous: Darrell and brother/Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul fought with journalists from Kerrang over an unflattering cartoon of Vinnie in the magazine, and Anselmo took on community service after assaulting a security guard at a gig later that month. But the resultant show is as energetic as they come, featuring songs from all three of the band’s Atco/EastWest albums.

Look for Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition on March 25. Pre-order links are not yet live, but the full track list is after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 22, 2014 at 15:00

Posted in News, Pantera, Reissues

Release Round-Up: Week of May 15

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Pantera, Vulgar Display of Power: 20th Anniversary Edition (ATCO/Rhino)

One of the heaviest albums of the ’90s, expanded with one bonus track from the vault and a bonus DVD of live material and music videos.

Diana Ross, Live in Central Park (Shout! Factory)

Both of Miss Ross’ iconic nights in Central Park in 1983 – one with rain, one without – on DVD for the first time anywhere.

The Tubes, Outside Inside: Expanded Edition (Iconoclassic)

Step inside another world with The Tubes’ most famous of pop/rock albums, newly remastered with bonus B-sides.

Various Artists, No Room for Rockstars: The VANS Warped Tour (Shout! Factory)

A documentary on the history of the influential punk rock concert tour, with a bonus CD of studio tracks by some of the tour’s most famous acts.

Written by Mike Duquette

May 15, 2012 at 08:30

Pantera’s Second Album Gets More “Vulgar” in May

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As previously reported, Pantera’s blistering Vulgar Display of Power is getting the deluxe treatment from Rhino for its 20th anniversary.

From the iconic album cover image of a face in mid-punch, it was clear that Pantera’s second album for ATCO Records was going to be something different. With tracks like “Mouth for War,” “Walk” and “F—ing Hostile,” the last of which was famously used as theme and background music on MTV’s Headbangers BallVulgar Display is rightfully known as a classic of heavy metal – an cathartic juggernaut of power and volume unlike few others before or since.

Slated for reissue May 15, the remastered and expanded album includes one bonus track, a long-lost outtake called “Piss” that was recently discovered by drummer Vinnie Paul. In addition, the set comes with a DVD that includes the band’s performance at the 1992 Monsters of Rock Festival in Italy and three music videos.

Hit the jump for the full scoop and keep your eyes peeled here for a pre-order link.

Pantera, Vulgar Display of Power: Deluxe Edition (Rhino, 2012)

Disc 1: Original LP plus bonus track (originally released as ATCO 7 91758-2, 1992)

  1. Mouth for War
  2. A New Level
  3. Walk
  4. Fucking Hostile
  5. This Love
  6. Rise
  7. No Good (Attack the Radical)
  8. Live in a Hole
  9. Regular People (Conceit)
  10. By Demons Be Driven
  11. Hollow
  12. Piss *

Disc 2: DVD – Live at the Monsters of Rock Festival, Reggio Emilia, Italy – 9/12/1992 and bonus material

  1. Mouth for War
  2. Domination/Hollow
  3. Rise
  4. This Love
  5. Cowboys from Hell
  6. Mouth for War (promo video)
  7. This Love (promo video)
  8. Walk (promo video)

Written by Mike Duquette

February 28, 2012 at 12:37

Posted in News, Pantera, Reissues

Rock Round-Up: Expansions by KISS, Pantera on the Horizon

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It’s been great to say there’s been no shortage of news from the catalogue world to report on at Second Disc HQ. For hard rock fans, reports have been coming in that two famed records will be joining the ranks of other expanded and remastered editions in the coming months.

First up, one of the “open secret” titles of 2012, as reported last year: a deluxe edition of KISS’ classic 1976 effort Destroyer. The iconic rockers released Destroyer in the wake of the release of concert album Alive! a year before, which earned them their first taste of mainstream success. With all eyes on the costumed quartet, the band underwent a series of intense, ambitious sessions with producer Bob Ezrin and churned out some of the most exciting rock tunes of their career, including “Shout It Out Loud” and mood-setting album opener “Detroit Rock City.” But it was an unlikely ballad, “Beth,” sung by drummer Peter Criss, that jet-propelled the album after three middling chart singles. Altogether, Destroyer sold 2 million copies and remains one of the most beloved albums the band ever released.

Though there’s no concrete details for the content of the deluxe Destroyer (it’s expected to be presented over two discs like Universal’s other Deluxe Edition titles), it is slated for release on April 17, and will feature Ken Kelly’s original rejected artwork for the album. (Casablanca Records objected to what is now considered a tame depiction of the band standing triumphant over the flaming wreckage of a city, upon which Kelly submitted the version we all know and love today.) As always, keep it here for more info as it’s available.

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 8, 2012 at 15:28

Posted in KISS, News, Pantera, Reissues

Rhino Unleashes “Original Album Series” in Europe

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Ever feel like all the fancy bonus content and packaging on some reissues totally overshadows the music? Rhino’s European division must’ve felt so, too: they released a handful of Original Album Series boxes a few weeks ago, featuring a lot of music with a minimum of frills and a relatively low price.

The titles – five albums by one artist, housed in mini-LP cardboard sleeves and put into a box – are the ideal quick, easy discography builder for new fans or collectors with a few notable gaps on their shelves. A myriad of artists, from the obvious (CHIC, Carly Simon, The Doobie Brothers) to the overlooked (Sérgio Mendes, The Young Rascals, Tim Buckley), are represented here. While some of these titles are available in expanded form, a few of these are hard to find on their own on CD. With a price tag that hovers around the £10 mark, it’s certainly something to consider.

All of the titles, with the albums they contain, are after the jump, along with links from Amazon’s U.K. pages.

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Your Black Friday Wishlist

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The more-or-less official start of the holiday shopping season kicks off next Friday, November 26. (You’ve probably seen decorations up in department stores by now. Even this huge Christmas fan can’t blame you for shaking your head.) But giving the gift of music is important. You probably know that, and your local indie music store knows that, too. That’s why this Black Friday will see a gaggle of special releases at all stores that participate in Record Store Day.

There’s a lot of neat vinyl stuff coming out for the collectors in your life, and while the entire list can be read here, The Second Disc wanted to give you a look at the reissues and other catalogue titles you might want to keep an eye out for. Check out special titles and singles from Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and more below.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, “Nowhere” b/w “Surrender” 7″ single (Geffen/UMe)

Two outtakes from the Damn the Torpedoes sessions in 1979 – also available on the recently-released Deluxe Edition of the album – are being pressed onto a 7″ single for you turntablists.

Soundgarden, “Telephantasm” b/w “Gun (Live)” 7″ single (A&M/UMe)

Telephantasm is the title of the recently-reunited grunge band’s new compilation, but it’s also the title of another previously unreleased outtake from the band’s early years. It’s being released on its own with a previously unreleased live take of “Gun,” from the band’s A&M debut Louder Than Love (1989).

The Black Keys, Brothers: Deluxe Edition (Nonesuch)

This reissue of the album The Black Keys released earlier this year is expanded with a bonus 10″ EP of live tracks.

The Doors, The Doors (Elektra/Rhino)

The Doors’ iconic 1967 debut album comes to record stores in its original mono mix on 180-gram vinyl.

George Harrison, All Things Must Pass: 40th Anniversary Edition (EMI/Capitol)

Another 180-gram vinyl reissue, this one of the classic solo album from the not-so-quiet Beatle.

Frank Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra (EMI/Capitol)

The first vinyl release of The Chairman of the Board’s first holiday LP in more than 40 years will brighten your Christmas parties (and is a neat little consolation prize for those who can’t afford that box set).

Bruce Springsteen, “Save My Love” b/w “Because the Night” 7″ single (Columbia/Legacy)

Another sampler single from a deluxe reissue – in this case, two of the many tracks featured on The Boss’ expansive box set edition of Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Jimi Hendrix, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

Hendrix’s holiday EP, available on CD tomorrow, is available on 10″ green vinyl exclusively at indie record stores.

Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Witmark Demo)” b/w “Like a Rolling Stone” 7″ single (Columbia/Legacy)

And another two tracks from a recent catalogue set. Dylan’s demo of “The Times They Are A-Changin'” comes from The Bootleg Series Volume 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, while “Like a Rolling Stone” is the original mono mix featured on the new box set The Original Mono Recordings.

Pantera, Cowboys from Hell: The Demos (Atco/Rhino)

A sampling of the demo tracks released on this year’s deluxe reissue of Pantera’s commercial breakthrough.

“Cowboys” to Ride Over Three Discs

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Rhino has released official details about the upcoming 2oth anniversary editions of Pantera’s major-label debut, Cowboys from Hell.

A press release details three different sets: an Expanded Edition which pairs the remastered original album with a bonus disc of live content (taken from an commercially-unreleased radio broadcast and an import-only EP), a Deluxe Edition which adds a third disc of demos (including a new vault track, “The Will to Survive”) and an Ultimate Edition (to be released in November, for the holiday rush) that puts all three discs in a lavish box full of memorabilia. New liner notes from each of the surviving members as well as producer Terry Date and Atco Records A&R rep Mark Ross (who signed the band to the label) will be included.

View the track lists after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 21, 2010 at 09:21

Posted in News, Pantera, Reissues

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be “Cowboys from Hell”

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Cowboys from Hell, the major-label debut LP by Pantera, is going to be released this fall in a number of deluxe packages.

Cowboys, released on Atco after Pantera changed their sound from ’80s glam metal to a more thrash/groove-oriented setting, was a breakout hit for the band. Vocalist Phil Anselmo’s pipes were reminiscent of Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and the late, great guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s playing caused plenty of metal fans to pick up their own axes in the years since. Cowboys from Hell went platinum and led to the group’s mainstream smash Vulgar Display of Power in 1992.

Extras will be included in this set, but have not been officially announced by Rhino. A post by AntiMusic (cited in this ICE forum post) describes two and three-disc editions: a two-disc expanded edition, a three-disc deluxe edition and a box set version of the three-disc set. In an interview with Sonic Excess, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul confirmed there would be demos and live tracks included as bonus material; the ICE and AntiMusic posts mention one unreleased vault track in particular, “The Will to Survive.”

In the meantime, the original track list for the record is after the jump. The new sets are due out September 14. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

July 12, 2010 at 18:07

Posted in News, Pantera, Reissues