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Release Round-Up: Week of August 20

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Fleetwood Mac - Then Play OnFleetwood Mac, Then Play On: Deluxe Edition Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1972 (Warner Bros./Rhino)

The pre Buckingham-Nicks era of the Mac gets some love on CD and vinyl: their last Peter Green-led album from 1969 is expanded with bonus tracks, and it’s also included in a remastered vinyl box set with follow-ups Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971) and Bare Trees (1972) (plus the 1969 single “Oh Well” on 45).

Then Play OnAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
1969-1972Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

The_Jimi_Hendrix_Experience_(Box_set)_coverJimi Hendrix, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

The famous “purple box” from 2000 – the first box set released in the official Experience Hendrix catalogue – is reissued with four extra tracks, including live material and rare non-LP B-side “The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam’s Dice.” (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Richard Pryor The Studio AlbumsRichard Pryor, The Studio Albums 1974-1983 (Warner Bros./Rhino)

A rather interesting discovery: Rhino has given the complete-albums-in-an-affordable-box treatment to Richard Pryor (whose Warner Bros. catalogue was rather generously sampled on Shout! Factory’s recent box set No Pryor Restraint). So this is essentially Rhino’s …And It’s Deep Too! box in a smaller package and without the bonus disc. Given the price of that long out-of-print box, the loss of the bonus disc is acceptable compared to the wealth of material herein. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Afro Blue ImpressionsJohn Coltrane, Afro Blue Impressions (Pablo/Concord)

Recorded in Europe in 1963 and released in 1977, this double-disc offering of live ‘Trane is newly remastered and expanded with new liner notes and three unreleased bonus tracks. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Staple Singers - This Time AroundThe Staple Singers, This Time Around (Stax/Ace)

Previously unreleased on CD, this 1981 compilation features outtakes from 1970-1972 sweetened with overdubs from Herb Jimmerson, one half of Fantasy recording duo Paradise Express. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

HeadquartersThe Monkees, Headquarters: Deluxe Edition (Friday Music)

Rhino’s 2007 double-disc deluxe edition, featuring the 1967 album in stereo and mono mixes and a host of bonus tracks, is licensed and reissued by Friday Music. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

LumineersThe Lumineers, The Lumineers: Deluxe Edition (Duatone)

The “Ho Hey” folk rockers expand their album with unreleased tracks and a DVD. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Essential Britney SpearsSarah McLachlan, Nas, Santana, Britney Spears, Bill WIthers, Tammy WynetteThe Essential (Legacy)

The latest entries in Legacy’s two-disc compilation series. (That feeling you’re experiencing is horror that Britney Spears has had enough time on the market to rack up enough material for The Essential series!)

Release Round-Up: Week of January 25

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Thin Lizzy, Jailbreak / Johnny the Fox / Live and Dangerous: Deluxe Editions (Universal)

A trio of long-awaited deluxe editions from the U.K., featuring bonus tracks, non-LP sides and (in the case of Live and Dangerous) a DVD. (Amazon U.K.)

Santana, The Swing of Delight / Zebop! / Shango: 30th Anniversary Editions (Friday Music)

Though only one of them is truly a 30th anniversary edition (each album dates back from 1980, 1981 and 1982, respectively), these remasters are more than welcome for fans of classic Santana. (Friday Music)

Various Artists, The Very Best of The Rat Pack (Reprise/Rhino)

Frank, Sammy and Dino’s greatest hits on one disc, along with a previously unreleased outtake by the Chairman of the Board. (Rhino)

Bing Crosby, Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook / Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions / A Southern Memoir (Collector’s Choice)

Three new archive titles for Bing from Collector’s Choice, including some choice materials from the vault. (Official site)

Edwin Starr, Clean: Expanded Edition / Marlena Shaw, Sweet Beginnings: Expanded Edition / Tom Browne, Love Approach: Expanded Edition (Big Break Records)

As detailed in yesterday’s post, three of a dozen or so expanded soul reissues from the U.K.-based label. (BBR)

Various Artists, Playlist (Sony/Legacy)

A huge chunk of Playlist titles for a number of Sony artists, easy on the wallet and a few of them packing some rarities. Consult here for more info. (Legacy)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 25, 2011 at 08:13

Three Santana Remasters Coming from Friday Music

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Carlos Santana won the adulation of a new generation with the pop crossover album Supernatural in 1999 – then promptly lost it by making a bunch of increasingly flabby and self-indulgent records. Friday Music takes us to a simpler time – the early 1980s – with three forthcoming Santana remasters.

The Swing of Delight (1980), Zebop! (1981) and Shangó are being remastered and reissued on January 25. (Friday Music lists them as 30th anniversary editions, which is of course only technically true for Zebop!) Though Santana’s commercial prominence was not as strong at this point in his career, he was reaching an artistic peak; The Swing of Delight, released as a solo LP under the guitarist’s own name (with his then-spiritually adopted first name Devadip), was one of the guitarist’s many ventures away from rock and into jazz and fusion. The other two albums were more rock-oriented, and spawned minor hits in “Winning” and “Hold On.”

You can order them (along with two other Santana reissues from the label – 1979’s Marathon and the LP-only Love Devotion Surrender (1972) with Mahavishnu John McLaughlin) here and read the track lists after the jump.

Devadip Carlos Santana, The Swing of Delight: 30th Anniversary Edition (Originally released as CBS C2 36590, 1980 – reissued Friday Music, 2011)

  1. Swapan Tari
  2. Love Theme from “Spartacus”
  3. Phuler Matan
  4. Song for My Brother
  5. Jharna Kala
  6. Gardenia
  7. La Llave
  8. Golden Hours
  9. Shere Khan, the Tiger

Santana, Zebop! 30th Anniversary Edition (Originally released as Columbia FC 37158, 1981 – reissued Friday Music, 2011)

  1. Changes
  2. E Papa Ré
  3. Primera Invasion
  4. Searchin’
  5. Over and Over
  6. Winning
  7. Tales of Kilimanjaro
  8. The Sensitive Kind
  9. American Gypsy
  10. I Love You Much Too Much
  11. Brightest Star
  12. Hannibal

Santana, Shangó: 30th Anniversary Edition (Originally released as CBS 85914, 1982 – reissued Friday Music, 2011)

  1. The Nile
  2. Hold On
  3. Night Hunting Time
  4. Nowhere to Run
  5. Nueva York
  6. Oxun (Oshun)
  7. Body Surfing
  8. What Does It Take (to Win Your Love)
  9. Let Me Inside
  10. Warrior
  11. Shangó

Written by Mike Duquette

January 3, 2011 at 15:38

Posted in News, Reissues, Santana

(Slightly) Turning Back the Clock

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Today, Legacy releases a double-disc edition of Supernatural, the massive comeback album Santana released in 1999. Perhaps more than any catalogue reissue I’ve ever followed, there’s something positively mind-boggling about seeing an album that’s only a decade old – even one that’s a successful, good listen – get the deluxe treatment.

You see, while I have been passionate about reissues for much of my music-collecting life, I’m firmly a part of the generation that went from watching Britney Spears and *NSYNC on Total Request Live before tying up the family phone line by downloading tracks off Napster. I can remember seeing the videos for “Smooth” and “Maria Maria” on VH-1 before my mom drove me to middle school. With those kinds of memories in tow, it’s crazy to think that Supernatural now exists in the same sort of lavishly packaged physical tribute as records such as ZZ Top’s Eliminator or Space Oddity by David Bowie.

But it brings up a good question: as the ’90s and ’00s get further away from us, what LPs will be reissued and expanded to show off what music was like for future generations? Sure, the answer could easily be none of them – by the middle of the last decade, the music business and music fans were at such splintering odds that it seems pointless to think that No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom or Baby One More Time by Britney Spears would ever get a reissue with vault content or well-penned liner notes.

But to paraphrase that Kevin Costner movie, if you build it, they will come. To that end, I ask you, dear reader: what recent album – let’s say anything from 1990 on – do you think deserves a proper deluxe reissue in the coming years?

Written by Mike Duquette

February 16, 2010 at 14:17

Smooth Moves from Legacy

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Legacy Recordings has issued a press release for their upcoming Legacy Edition of Supernatural by Santana. It’s going to have all the usual trimmings – namely deluxe packaging and a second disc of rarities, remixes and a handful of never-before-released tracks (including one, “Angel Love,” being released as a radio single). Full specs can be seen in the link above.

Me? I bet I’ll be picking this up. Supernatural isn’t the best of Santana’s work – all those Grammys notwithstanding, it did help Carlos Santana transition from psychedelic guitar warrior to inoffensive pop sideman – but it is indeed a landmark of the early-’00s pop scene, and I’m anxious to see how catalogue labels are going to treat that very confusing era in the future.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 19, 2010 at 12:35

Posted in News, Reissues, Santana