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The Year in Reissues, Part III: The Gold Bonus Disc Awards

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Well, another New Year is in sight, the CD still isn’t dead (told you so!) and celebration is in the air at The Second Disc. Back on December 23, Mike shared The Year in Reissues both here and over with our pals at Popdose. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 bucks until you read these indispensable columns!

Are you back with me? Good. Now, I’d like to take this opportunity to take a fun look back at a few of my favorite things via Joe’s Gold Bonus Disc Awards! I’m awarding these to the reissues that have raised the bar over the past 12 months. You’ll notice a number of titles that have already been praised by Mike, as well as new entries, but overall, I’ve simply tried to recognize as many diverse, worthy releases as possible. It’s my sincere hope, though, that you’ll take a chance on a title previously unknown to you; all of the artists, producers, and labels mentioned here have kept great music alive in 2010.

Friends, as always, please share your thoughts and comments below. Without further ado, let’s celebrate 2010’s best of the best. Welcome to the Gold Bonus Disc Awards!

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Your Black Friday Wishlist

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The more-or-less official start of the holiday shopping season kicks off next Friday, November 26. (You’ve probably seen decorations up in department stores by now. Even this huge Christmas fan can’t blame you for shaking your head.) But giving the gift of music is important. You probably know that, and your local indie music store knows that, too. That’s why this Black Friday will see a gaggle of special releases at all stores that participate in Record Store Day.

There’s a lot of neat vinyl stuff coming out for the collectors in your life, and while the entire list can be read here, The Second Disc wanted to give you a look at the reissues and other catalogue titles you might want to keep an eye out for. Check out special titles and singles from Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and more below.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, “Nowhere” b/w “Surrender” 7″ single (Geffen/UMe)

Two outtakes from the Damn the Torpedoes sessions in 1979 – also available on the recently-released Deluxe Edition of the album – are being pressed onto a 7″ single for you turntablists.

Soundgarden, “Telephantasm” b/w “Gun (Live)” 7″ single (A&M/UMe)

Telephantasm is the title of the recently-reunited grunge band’s new compilation, but it’s also the title of another previously unreleased outtake from the band’s early years. It’s being released on its own with a previously unreleased live take of “Gun,” from the band’s A&M debut Louder Than Love (1989).

The Black Keys, Brothers: Deluxe Edition (Nonesuch)

This reissue of the album The Black Keys released earlier this year is expanded with a bonus 10″ EP of live tracks.

The Doors, The Doors (Elektra/Rhino)

The Doors’ iconic 1967 debut album comes to record stores in its original mono mix on 180-gram vinyl.

George Harrison, All Things Must Pass: 40th Anniversary Edition (EMI/Capitol)

Another 180-gram vinyl reissue, this one of the classic solo album from the not-so-quiet Beatle.

Frank Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra (EMI/Capitol)

The first vinyl release of The Chairman of the Board’s first holiday LP in more than 40 years will brighten your Christmas parties (and is a neat little consolation prize for those who can’t afford that box set).

Bruce Springsteen, “Save My Love” b/w “Because the Night” 7″ single (Columbia/Legacy)

Another sampler single from a deluxe reissue – in this case, two of the many tracks featured on The Boss’ expansive box set edition of Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Jimi Hendrix, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

Hendrix’s holiday EP, available on CD tomorrow, is available on 10″ green vinyl exclusively at indie record stores.

Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Witmark Demo)” b/w “Like a Rolling Stone” 7″ single (Columbia/Legacy)

And another two tracks from a recent catalogue set. Dylan’s demo of “The Times They Are A-Changin'” comes from The Bootleg Series Volume 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, while “Like a Rolling Stone” is the original mono mix featured on the new box set The Original Mono Recordings.

Pantera, Cowboys from Hell: The Demos (Atco/Rhino)

A sampling of the demo tracks released on this year’s deluxe reissue of Pantera’s commercial breakthrough.

More UMe Deluxe Editions En Route for Petty, Lizzy

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A few more deluxe editions are forthcoming from Universal Music Enterprises, and they’re jaw-droppers for a couple of different reasons.

Depending on how long you’ve been following the reissue world, you’ve actually known about both of them. One is a deluxe edition of Damn the Torpedoes, the classic album from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. (News of this broke not long after The Second Disc started doing what it does.) The surprising thing about this particular reissue is that it will be available in two formats: the by-now-standard Deluxe Edition, and a CD/Blu-Ray combo! (This version will include the original LP on CD with a Blu-Ray disc featuring standard stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album and bonus videos for “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee.”) For all audiophiles who are reading us (and I’m sure many of you are proud audiophiles), let’s all hope this is the start of an interesting trend in the catalogue world.

Next up is a release long-running catalogue enthusiasts thought may never come: a deluxe edition of Vagabonds of the Western World, the third LP by Irish rockers Thin Lizzy. This double-disc set, featuring a scoop of non-LP B-sides and mixes with another disc of live performances recorded by the BBC, was first announced sometime in 2007 but disappeared not long after pre-order links were actually activated. Fans will doubtlessly be crossing their fingers that the October 25 release date pulls through.

The Petty sets are available November 2, while the Thin Lizzy set should be released October 25 in the U.K.; you know where to find the track lists.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes: Deluxe Edition (Geffen/UMe B0014739-02, 2010)

Disc 1: Original LP (originally released as Backstreet Records/MCA 5015, 1979)

  1. Refugee
  2. Here Comes My Girl
  3. Even the Losers
  4. Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)
  5. Century City
  6. Don’t Do Me Like That
  7. You Tell Me
  8. What Are You Doin’ in My Life?
  9. Louisiana Rain

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Nowhere *
  2. Surrender (Early Version) *
  3. Casa Dega (B-side to “Don’t Do Me Like That” – MCA 41138, 1979)
  4. It’s Raining Again (B-side to “Refugee” – MCA 41169, 1980)
  5. Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid) (Live @ the Hammersmith Odeon, London – 3/61980) *
  6. Don’t Do Me Like That (Live @ the Hammersmith Odeon, London – 3/6/1980) *
  7. Something Else (Live @ the Hammersmith Odeon, London – 1980) (B-side to U.K. double 7″ of “Don’t Do Me Like That” – MCA 596, 1979)
  8. Casa Dega (Demo) *
  9. Refugee (Alternate Rhythm Track) *

* denotes previously unreleased track. Tracks 3-4 and 7 also released on Playback box set (MCA, 1996). Track 2 re-recorded and released on Anthology: Through the Years (MCA, 2000).

Thin Lizzy, Vagabonds of the Western World: Deluxe Edition (Decca/UMe (U.K.), 2010)

Disc 1: Original LP and bonus material

  1. Mama Nature Said
  2. The Hero and the Madman
  3. Slow Blues
  4. The Rocker
  5. Vagabonds of the Western World
  6. Little Girl in Bloom
  7. Gonna Creep Up on You
  8. A Song for While I’m Away
  9. Randolph’s Tango
  10. Broken Dream
  11. The Rocker (Single Version)
  12. Here I Go Again
  13. Cruising in the Lizzymobile
  14. Little Darling
  15. Sitamoia
  16. Slow Blues (Overdubbed and Remixed Version)
  17. Randolph’s Tango (Radio Promo Edit)
  18. Whiskey in the Jar (Promotional Edit)

Disc 2: Live bonus material

  1. The Rocker (BBC Radio One in Concert – 7/26/1973)
  2. Things Ain’t Working Out Down at the Farm (BBC Radio One in Concert – 7/26/1973)
  3. Slow Blues (BBC Radio One in Concert – 7/26/1973)
  4. Gonna Creep Up on You (BBC Radio One in Concert – 7/26/1973)
  5. Suicide (BBC Radio One in Concert – 7/26/1973)
  6. Vagabonds of the Western World (BBC Radio One John Peel Session – 7/31/1973)
  7. Gonna Creep Up on You (BBC Radio One John Peel Session – 7/31/1973)
  8. Little Girl in Bloom (BBC Radio One Rock On Session)
  9. Sitamoia (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Session – 8/29/1973)
  10. Little Darling (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Session – 8/29/1973)
  11. Slow Blues (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Session – 8/29/1973)
  12. Showdown (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Session – 8/29/1973)
  13. Black Boys on the Corner (BBC Radio One John Peel Session – 11/17/1972)

Disc 1, Tracks 1-8 released as Decca LP SKL 5170, 1973
Disc 1, Tracks 9-10 released as Decca single F 13402, 1973
Disc 1, Tracks 11-12 released as Decca single F 13467, 1973
Disc 1, Track 13 was the B-side to “The Rocker” German single – Decca DL 25 607, 1973
Disc 1, Tracks 14-15 from Remembering Part 1 compilation (Decca SKL 5249, 1976)
Disc 1, Track 16 from The Continuing Saga of the Ageing Orphans compilation (Decca SKL 5298, 1978)
Disc 1, Tracks 17-18 from Decca promo singles, 1973
Disc 2, Track 6 released on Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit LIZCD 14, 1994)
All other tracks previously unreleased

Written by Mike Duquette

October 8, 2010 at 09:47

News Round-Up Part II: Expansions All Over, TV Treasures and a Bon Jovi Compilation

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With the calendar about to turn over to September, it’s definitely catalogue season. We’ve seen a lot of reissues, expansions and box sets announced – enough to make my post-vacation-hazed head spin – and plenty more are certainly on the way.

Before we get into that, though, I want to thank not only Joe for holding the fort down expertly while I was away, but to you, the reader, for sticking with us. The rest of the year is going to be awesome for catalogue enthusiasts, and The Second Disc is more than pleased to help bring awareness of it to your door.

Now here are a few more releases to keep you in the know.

  • Not only did Hip-o Select announce Tammi Terrell‘s Come On and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection last week, they also unveiled two other titles. First, the Dinah Washington singles set that Harry Weinger promised us last month only has a title – The Fabulous Miss D: The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles – and a cover photo (viewable here) – but more info on this set should be available soon. Then there’s a limited, double-disc live set from The Neville Brothers ready for order; Authorized Bootleg: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – February 27, 1989 captures Aaron, Art, Cyril and Charles delivering New Orleans-style soul ahead of that year’s hit album Yellow Moon. Order that here.
  • Yet another Madness LP is being expanded by Salvo Music: this time, it’s Wonderful, the 1999 LP that saw the original line-up of the band reunited for the first time since 1984. Remixes and B-sides abound on this set, available here.
  • Rhino Handmade, in addition to unearthing The State’s unreleased Comedy for Gracious Living record, announced a deluxe edition of Shoot Out the Lights, the final album by Richard and Linda Thompson released in 1982. This set includes the original LP (minus the non-LP B-side “Living in Luxury” included on an earlier reissue on Rykodisc Records) with a bonus disc of unreleased live tracks recorded during the famed American tour in which Richard and Linda – headed for divorce and full of contempt for each other – put on a mesmerizing show. Preliminary information is available from Rhino right here.
  • Film Score Monthly has announced a clutch of television titles. One is another volume of Alan Silvestri’s early work for the hit show CHiPs, the other is TV Omnibus Volume One (1962-1976), an intriguing five-disc collection of obscure television works by some of the most recognized composers in film and television history, including Jerry Goldsmith, Dave Grusin, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin and others. Find them here and here.
  • Again we turn to the genius (or geniuses, I honestly have no idea) of Slicing Up Eyeballs, who got two neat reissue stories while your catalogue correspondent was on holiday. Last week they sorted through potential future catalogue titles for The Cure – including a potential expansion of remix LP Mixed Up (1990), a box set of BBC recordings and the premiere DVD release of The Cure in Orange – and then, in a great Q&A with Martyn Ware of Heaven 17, got him to shed some light on some recently unearthed demos to be included in a forthcoming reissue of the band’s 1981 debut LP Penthouse and Pavement. Good stuff all around.
  • Finally – for now, anyway – we come full circle with some news from Universal Music Enterprises. That promised reissue of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes, expected October 26 from UMe/Geffen, is said to have some unreleased outtakes from the original album sessions as bonus material. (This is coming from a little blurb in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.) And Island will stuff the stockings of Bon Jovi fans with a new compilation. Greatest Hits will street November 9 and include 14 hits alongside two new tracks, including new single “What Do You Got?” A double-disc set with 28 cuts in total will have two additional new tracks.

Written by Mike Duquette

August 30, 2010 at 12:24

Don’t Do Me Like What?

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A quick heads-up from our friends at Pause & Play: Amazon has put up a listing for a deluxe edition of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes to be released by Geffen and Universal Music Enterprises. There’s no info other than a release date (October 12), but hopefully there’ll be some good vault material present.

Damn the Torpedoes was The Heartbreakers’ first LP for MCA, following the sale of Shelter Records to the label. It featured the band’s first Top 10 hit, “Don’t Do Me Like That.” Hit the jump to see the original track list for the album, as well as some speculative extra tracks to include.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 19, 2010 at 13:33