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Release Round-Up: Week of March 22

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Aretha Franklin, Take a Look: Complete on Columbia (Columbia/Legacy)

Before she was the Queen of Soul on Atlantic, she cut her teeth in the genre on Columbia. Eleven CDs and a DVD tell the tale. (Official site)

Soundgarden, Live on I-5 (A&M/UMe)

The recently-reunited grunge band commemorates their 1996 tour on this disc. (Official site)

Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs, The MGM Singles (Sundazed)

Every A and B-side by the “Wooly Bully” band in remastered monaural sound. (Sundazed)

A Flock of Seagulls, A Flock of Seagulls Dream Come True: Expanded Editions (Cherry Pop)

The first and last albums by the original lineup of the band are expanded with B-sides and remixes by Cherry Pop in the United Kingdom. The first one has the songs everybody loves, including “I Ran” and “Space Age Love Song.” (Cherry Pop)

Sir Douglas Quintet, The Mono Singles ’68-’72 (Sundazed)

Another Sundazed mono singles compilation for the week, compiling the Sir Douglas Quartet’s single sides on the Smash, Philips and Mercury labels, including hits “She’s About a Woman” and “Mendocino.” (Sundazed)

Suzi Quatro, Suzi Quatro / Quatro: Expanded Editions (7Ts)

The one-time Leather Tuscadero’s first two albums, produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, are expanded by U.K. label 7Ts to include non-LP single sides and more. (7Ts)

Josh Turner/Billy Currington, ICON (MCA Nashville/Mercury/UMe)

Two modern country stars get their own entries in Universal’s budget compilation. (Amazon: Turner, Currington)

James Taylor, Walking Man: 24 KT Gold CD (Audio Fidelity)

One of Taylor’s lesser-known albums is remastered by Steve Hoffman. (Audio Fidelity)

Chicago, Chicago VI (Vinyl) (Friday Music)

A 180-gram audiophile reissue of the band’s 1973 album, featuring “Feeling Stronger Every Day” and “Just You N’ Me.” (Friday Music)

Singles Sets from Sundazed to Feature Sam the Sham, Sir Douglas Quintet

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When it comes to the recent Phil Spector compilations, not everyone wants to go back to mono. But a pair of forthcoming compilations from Sundazed Music feature some vintage rock and country sounds presented in one channel. The label has prepped Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs’ The Mono Singles and Sir Douglas Quintet’s The Mono Single ’68-’72, each encompassing a healthy amount of single A and B-sides for the two artists.

Known for his theatrical appearance – campily clad in a turban and a robe – the man born Domingo Samudio earned national acclaim as “Sam the Sham” in 1965, smack in the middle of the British invasion, with the No. 2 smash “Wooly Bully” for the MGM label. It became Billboard‘s top hit of the year – the first to have never actually topped the charts – and a handful of novelty singles followed, including another No. 2, “Li’l Red Riding Hood.”

Though less of a notable name to casual chartheads, the Texas-based Sir Douglas Quintet crafted a unique, savory blend of traditional pop, rock and blues with Southwestern undertones. Notable tracks include “She’s About a Mover” and Top 40 hit “Mendocino.” This set isn’t fully career-spanning, but it covers the band’s formative years on the Smash, Philips and Mercury labels.

Both releases are directly sourced from the original analog masters and will be available in March. Hit the jump for track lists and order details! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 23, 2011 at 14:11