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Release Round-Up: Week of May 13

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Michael Jackson - XscapeMichael Jackson, Xscape (Epic)

Where was this three years ago? This collection of eight outtakes, augmented with tasteful future-retro production by Timbaland, Stargate, L.A. Reid and others, is possibly the best project to escape the MJ vaults yet. For the discerning fan, Epic’s done you a solid, offering a deluxe package with the same songs in their untouched demo form. It’s really something.

Standard CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Deluxe CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Brain Salad SurgeryEmerson, Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery: Deluxe Edition (Sony Music U.K.)

One of ELP’s defining albums is now available in an imported deluxe multi-disc box featuring original and new stereo remixes of the album, an alternate assembly from rare and unreleased outtakes and DVDs featuring documentary footage and a 5.1 mix of the album.

3CD/2DVD/1LP: Amazon U.K.
2CD/1DVD: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S. (on Razor & Tie 7/1)

A Boy Named Charlie BrownThe Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Fantasy)

Before A Charlie Brown Christmas, this was Vince Guaraldi’s first album devoted to Charles M. Schultz’s lovable comic strip hero – the score to a never-aired documentary. It’s been remastered and expanded for its 50th anniversary, and a full story is forthcoming!

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

Porter Dolly boxPorter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Just Between You and Me: The Complete Recordings 1967-1976 (Bear Family)

A brilliant six-disc box set chronicling the dozen-plus RCA Victor albums created by this immortal country duo, not to mention more than a dozen rare and unreleased tracks. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Beat - Complete BoxThe Beat, The Complete Studio Recordings (Edsel)

Edsel’s no stranger to The (English) Beat’s catalogue, but this smart new box keeps it to the essentials: all three original studio LPs, plus a disc of essential B-sides and remixes. (Amazon U.S. Amazon U.K.)

Elaine Paige - Ultimate CollectionElaine Paige, The Ultimate Collection (Warner Music UK)

A brilliant career-spanning compilation from the U.K. musical theatre star, available in standard and deluxe editions with some choice rarities to boot.

Standard Version:  Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Special Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Delicate Sound of ThunderPink Floyd, Delicate Sound of Thunder (Parlophone)

A new remaster of Pink Floyd’s 1988 double live album, recorded on the Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Ned Doheny - Separate OceansNed Doheny, Separate Oceans (Numero Group)

A cult favorite on the edges of the California rock sound of the ’70s, Ned Doheny is celebrated with a new compilation combining some previously released tracks for Columbia and Asylum with ten unreleased demos – three of which feature the talents of Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles.

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


The Sound - Jeopardy Plus BoxThe Sound, Jeopardy/From the Lion’s Mouth/All Fall Down…Plus (Edsel)

A criminally underrated British post-punk band gets their due on a new set from Edsel collating the band’s first three albums, all expanded, with a DVD of BBC performances. (Amazon U.S. Amazon U.K.)

Glad All Over BDThe Dave Clark Five, The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over DVD & Blu-ray (PBS Home Video)

Fifty years after the DC5 took part in the British Invasion, this documentary features new testimonials from famous fans and contemporaries plus great, rarely-seen archival footage.

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

Androcles OST

Original Television Soundtrack Recording, Androcles and the Lion (Masterworks Broadway)

The RCA Victor soundtrack recording of composer/lyricist Richard Rodgers’ 1967 television musical Androcles and the Lion – starring Ed Ames, Noel Coward, John Cullum, Inga Swenson and Norman Wisdom is receiving its first-ever reissue in any format exclusively from Masterworks in a limited quantity of MOD CD-Rs as well as digital download.

Dave Van Ronk - Monterey

Dave Van Ronk, Live in Monterey 1998 (Omnivore)

Omnivore presents sixteen never-before-released live tracks from the great folk troubadour who inspired Inside Llewyn Davis. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)


Box Set Watch: Edsel Collects The Sound, Suede, The (English) Beat

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Suede BoxDemon Music Group’s Edsel Records has a packed release slate this week from a number of artists returning to the label’s roster.

From Britpop heroes Suede (a.k.a. The London Suede), the label has Royal Albert Hall, 24 March 2010, a 2-CD/1-DVD set preserving the band’s reunion concert (with Brett Anderson, Neil Codling, Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes and Mat Osman) benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust; and Sci-Fi Lullabies, a reissue of the original 2-CD anthology of the group’s B-sides released between 1992 and 1997. Edsel’s reissue adds a new booklet with full lyrics. Both of these titles anticipate the May 26 arrival of the 8-CD box set The Albums Collection with seven albums (including Lullabies) in mini-LP replica sleeves and an 80-page book featuring band comments on every song.

Beat - Complete BoxIn 2011, Edsel overhauled Suede’s catalogue in deluxe editions; in 2012, the label gave its most lavish treatment to the albums from Birmingham ska-pop legends The (English) Beat.   This week, the 4-CD set The Complete Studio Recordings arrives from The Beat, a.k.a. Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger Charlery on lead vocals, Andy Cox on guitar, bassist David Steele, drummer Roger Morton and Lionel “Saxa” Martin on saxophone. The box, the latest in a string of Beat catalogue projects from labels on both sides of the Atlantic, presents the original configurations of the band’s three original albums on three CDs and adds a bonus disc of singles and seven dub versions plus a new booklet.

We’ll soon be detailing Edsel’s future expansions of titles from more returning artists – Todd Rundgren, Belinda Carlisle and Jim Croce – but this week also sees the U.S. arrival of a new 3-CD/1-DVD box set from British post-punk rockers The Sound.  The group, formed in South London in 1979 by Adrian Borland (vocals/guitar), Graham Bailey (bass), Mike Dudley (drums) and Benita “Bi” Marshall (keyboard/saxophone/clarinet), disbanded in 1988, leaving behind just a handful of album. Their first three, from 1980-1982, are collected here: Jeopardy, From the Lion’s Mouth and All Fall Down. These three seminal recordings on the Korova and WEA labels are joined by the DVD BBC Live in Concert featuring performances at the Beeb from 1981 and 1985.

The Sound - Jeopardy Plus BoxEdsel intends this box set as “the perfect opportunity to reappraise the career of The Sound,” noting that the band “should have had an impact on the post-punk era on the level achieved by the likes of Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, or The Cure.” Each disc features copious bonus material. Jeopardy adds four live recordings from October 1980 at the BBC as well as the Live Instinct EP, “Physical World” from the Physical World EP, and “Brute Force,” the non-LP B-side of “Heyday.” From the Lion’s Mouth adds another four live tracks from a November 1981 BBC performance plus four non-LP flips. All Fall Down adds four session outtakes and the 1983 EP This Cover Keeps Reality Unreal from singer-songwriter Kevin Hewick and The Sound.

All of the discs are housed in mini-LP replica sleeves and have been remastered by Phil Kinrade at Alchemy Mastering. A 36-page booklet is also included, with eight pages of detailed liner notes from Record Collector contributor Tim Peacock and full lyrics for all three albums. It’s all housed in a sturdy clamshell case.

Take a closer look at these titles after the jump! You’ll find order links and track listings for all of Edsel’s titles mentioned above! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 12, 2014 at 09:52