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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!)

Ho Hey! Folk Upstarts The Lumineers to Expand and Reissue Debut LP

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LumineersOne of the most inescapable songs of last year was immediately identified by two words: “Ho Hey.” The best-selling single by Denver-based folk band The Lumineers gradually earned a steady stream of airplay after some choice ad placement and a performance on Saturday Night Live, ultimately sending the tune to No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Next month, The Lumineers’ self-titled debut is being reissued and expanded as a CD/DVD set, with five extra tracks, music videos and featurettes from the band’s life on the road.

The genesis of The Lumineers came to life in the mid-’00s, when vocalist/guitarist Wesley Schultz and drummer Jeremiah Fraites started collaborating. Moving from Ramsey, NJ, to Brooklyn to Denver, they’d meet cellist/vocalist Nelya Pekarek in 2010. (Pianist Stelth Ulvang and bassist Ben Wahamaki would join during the recording sessions for their first album.) Their simple, evocative tunes (“Ho Hey,” “Stubborn Love”) and a strong live presence helped keep their audiences after earning national exposure through TV ads. Ultimately, the group was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album at the 55th Grammy Awards.

Five new tracks are featured on the expanded version of The Lumineers, including a live rendition of album cut “Slow It Down” and a cover of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).” The DVD features videos of “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love” and a pair of mini-documentaries about life since the album’s release and on the road (a teaser of which is embedded above). It’s out August 20; pre-order your copy after the jump!
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Written by Mike Duquette

July 25, 2013 at 13:02