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Their Feet Keep Dancing: Rhino U.K. Updates CHIC Compilation, Plans Triple-Disc Disco Set

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Up All Night Disco EditionRhino U.K. is bringing disco back with a new triple-disc compilation of dance classics, and an updated reissue of a successful compilation released earlier this year.

First up, Rhino’s reissuing the new Nile Rodgers/CHIC compilation Up All Night. The double-disc set, originally compiled by Wayne A. Dickson of Big Break Records and mastered by Dickson and BBR engineer Nick Robbins, with liner notes from Christian John Wikane, was released in July to capitalize on Rodgers’ highly enjoyable wave of success this year. (The legendary guitarist/producer played and co-wrote several tracks on Daft Punk’s critically-acclaimed album Random Access Memories, including international chart-topper “Get Lucky,” and played several key dates in Europe. Since then, CHIC has been once again nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

Up All Night: The Disco Edition features a slightly rearranged track list, with several lesser-known hits dropped in favor of five newly-added tracks: the CHIC-produced “Frankie” by Sister Sledge; two Rodgers-produced ’80s hits (Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and Duran Duran’s “The Reflex”), a megamix of CHIC Organization tracks and a live cut from Rodgers’ performance at the Glastonbury Festival this summer.

12%22 Disco CollectionThe fine folks at Big Break (Dickson along with compiler Malcolm McKenzie) have also produced another forthcoming discofied Rhino set: 12″ Disco: The Collection compiles 34 tracks – mostly from the Warner Bros., Elektra, T.K. and Atlantic vaults, naturally – including four cuts that have never been released on CD before. In addition to CHIC and Sister Sledge, tracks from Chaka Khan, The Trammps, Ben E. King, The Spinners, Change, George McCrae and Narada Michael Walden are all featured herein.

12″ Disco: The Collection is available in U.K. shops today, while Up All Night: The Disco Edition is out next Monday, October 28. Pre-order links, full track lists and U.K. discographical info for both titles can be found after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

October 21, 2013 at 08:32

Release Round-Up: Week of September 30/October 1

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Most titles this week are already out in the States, on account of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 hitting stores on Monday. So without further ado…

Rush_TheStudioAlbums_ProductShotRush, The Studio Albums 1989-2007 Vapor Trails Remixed (Atlantic/Rhino)

All of the Canadian rock gods’ albums for Atlantic in one box, with 2002’s Vapor Trails newly remixed (and available separately).

The Studio AlbumsAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Vapor Trails Remixed: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Phantom TrainThe Bongos, Phantom Train / Richard Barone, Cool Blue Halo: 25th Anniversary Edition Cool Blue Halo: 25th Anniversary Concert (Jem Recordings)

The Hoboken power-pop group releases a lost classic – an album recorded with Eric “E.T.” Thorngren in 1986 – and frontman Richard Barone reissues his deluxe packages of 1987 solo debut Cool Blue Halo (and a 2012 2CD/1DVD concert in tribute of that album) through the recently reactivated Jem Recordings, which once distributed The Bongos’ earliest works. (Coming later this week: an interview with Richard Barone on Phantom Train and more!)

Phantom Train: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Cool Blue HaloAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Real Gone September 30 GroupPatti Page, The Complete Columbia Singles 1962-1970 From Nashville to L.A. – Lost Columbia Masters 1963-1969 / Perry Como, Just Out of Reach – Rarities from Nashville Produced by Chet Atkins / The Lords of the New ChurchThe Lords of the New Church / Is Nothing Sacred? The Method to Our Madness / Billy Preston16-Yr. Old Soul / The Grateful DeadDick’s Picks Vol. 21 – Richmond, Virginia 11/1/85

The latest Real Gone batch includes hits and rarities from Patti Page, long out-of-print albums by punk group The Lords of the New Church and more!

Andrew GoldAndrew Gold, Andrew Gold/What’s Wrong with This Picture?/All This and Heaven Too/Whirlwind…Plus (Edsel)

Edsel thanks you for being a friend by packing up, in one set, all of Andrew Gold’s pop albums for Asylum and all of the bonus tracks on previous Collector’s Choice reissues. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Patrice Rushen Edsel 1Patrice Rushen, Patrice/Pizzazz/Posh Straight from the Heart/Now (Edsel)

Speaking of Edsel sets collecting an artist’s discography, “Forget Me Nots” hitmaker Patrice Rushen has two sets out featuring all of her albums for Elektra plus rare 12″ remixes.

Patrice/Pizzazz/Posh: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Straight from the Heart/Now: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Old 97's & Waylon JenningsOld 97’s, Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings (Omnivore)

An astounding four-track EP (previously a Record Store Day exclusive) featuring collaborative demos between the Dallas alt-country group and one of the genre’s finest outlaws. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

John Martyn box frontJohn Martyn, The Island Years (Universal U.K.)

The U.K. folk star’s entire discography for Island is expanded and collected in a mega 17CD/1DVD swag-filled box. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Gladys Knight - ImaginationGladys Knight & The Pips, Imagination: Expanded Edition Life: Deluxe Edition (Funkytowngrooves)

The first of several expanded Buddah/Columbia-era albums from FTG; Imagination has immortal hit “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Imagination: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Life: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Rush Hemispheres SACDHybrid SACDs from Audio Fidelity: America, America / Sarah McLachlan, Touch / Poco, Pickin’ Up the Pieces / Rush, Hemispheres

Edsel Packages Patrice Rushen Albums to Help You to Remember

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Patrice Rushen Edsel 1Looking for a primer on jazz-turned R&B singer Patrice Rushen‘s most commercial recordings for Elektra Records? Edsel will send U.K. audiences and beyond a pair of “Forget Me Nots” in the form of two double-disc sets that collect all five of her albums for the label, plus a clutch of choice bonus material.

After a trio of acclaimed (but modest-selling) fusion-influenced albums for Prestige Records in the mid-1970s, Rushen, an accomplished pianist/vocalist, joined the Elektra roster in 1978. Working with her Prestige producer Reggie Andrews, Rushen also bought in producer Charles Mims, Jr., who would be credited on all her albums for the label. All of her albums charted on Billboard‘s Top 100, and her singles began to cross over into the R&B charts, as well.

While “Hang It Up,” “Haven’t You Heart” and “Look It Up” were all respectable hits in the late ’70s and early ’80s, it was Straight from the Heart, released in 1982, that served up her biggest hit, the funky “Forget Me Nots.” That single peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on the R&B chart and No. 2 on the dance charts, and remains a staple of late-period disco. (“Forget Me Nots” enjoyed a second life in 1997, when it was sampled in the worldwide hit theme song to the sci-fi comedy Men in Black, as performed by the film’s star, actor-rapper Will Smith.)

Patrice Rushen Edsel 2All five of Rushen’s Elektra albums have been reissued on CD; Straight from the Heart got an expanded remaster from Rhino in 1996 while the others were released by Wounded Bird in 2003. But these double-disc sets – combining her first three albums (Patrice (1978), Pizzazz (1979) and Posh (1980) one one set and Straight from the Heart and Now (1984) on another – feature between them 13 bonus tracks, including just about all the rare 12″ mixes released by the label. (Rhino’s version of Straight from the Heart had one track this reissue does not – the single edit of “Breakdown” – but lacked the dance version of “I Was Tired of Being Alone,” mixed by F. Byron Clark.)

Both sets feature full lyrics, albums credits and new annotations by Tony Rounce, producer/compiler for Ace Records. (With any luck, they’ll avoid the intense audio scrutiny that’s befallen Edsel’s Robert Palmer Island-era two-fers.) They’re out this Monday, September 30 in the U.K. and will ship to the U.S. within a week or so. Hit the jump for full track lists and Amazon U.K. links. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

September 25, 2013 at 13:23