Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts (Columbia/Legacy)
The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts features newly remixed and restored audio and video footage from Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s sets at Madison Square Garden in New York City in late September 1979. The star-studded “No Nukes” concerts were put on by MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), a coalition of artists and activists (including Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt) who came together in the wake of the Three Mile Island meltdown earlier that year to urge against nuclear power. This first wide commercial presentation features 13 performances culled from the band’s two sets (10 of them previously unreleased in a wide physical format; both sets were released in full as now-unavailable downloads/CD-Rs via Nugs.net in 2018), newly remixed by Bob Clearmountain and matched to the original 16-millimeter film footage, restored in HD by Thom Zimny. Also included in the box is a 24-page booklet featuring rare photos and memorabilia, an essay, and reproductions of an original ticket, envelope and sticker. Read more here.
Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat: 50th Anniversary Edition (A&M/Island/UMe)
4CD/1BD/2LP/7″ Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
4CD/1BD Super Deluxe Edition (identical contents sans vinyl LPs and single): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1CD (Original Album Only): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP (Original Album Only): Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Links TBD
2CD Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Cat Stevens’ 1971 Teaser and the Firecat, his third LP for Island Records in the U.K., is getting the super deluxe treatment. Featuring three of the singer-songwriter’s most beloved songs – “Peace Train,” “Moonshadow,” and an adaptation of the hymn “Morning Has Broken” – Teaser became his first U.K. and U.S. top five chart entry, reaching No. 2 on both charts. Following last year’s 50th anniversary deluxe reissues of Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat returns in various editions including 4CD/1BD/2LP/1-7″ and 4CD/1BD Super Deluxe Editions plus slimmer 1CD, 2CD, and 1LP editions. Read more here.
KISS, Destroyer: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Casablanca/Mercury/UMe)
The 45th anniversary super deluxe edition of KISS’ seminal Destroyer is packed with audio extras – many previously unreleased – and plenty of ephemera for KISS Kollectors. Alongside the remastered album, three bonus discs offer demos from Stanley and Simmons’ archives, a jam-packed offering of outtakes and single edits (including a new acoustic mix of “Beth” and the long-coveted “Ain’t None of Your Business,” the first song cut during the album sessions), and a live concert taken from the Olympia Theatre in Paris. A Blu-ray disc offers the a new mix of the album by the mighty Steven Wilson (plus the acoustic “Beth” and the original mix of album track “Sweet Pain” that featured a guitar solo by Frehley instead of session player Dick Wagner) in Dolby Atmos, True HD and DTS 5.1 surround sound. (A hi-res stereo mix is also included.) The box is rounded out with a 68-page book and swag. For the casual fan, a cut-down 2CD and 2LP version includes the remastered album and a 16-track sampler covering all the bonus discs. Get more info here!
The second volume of Snapper/United Souls’ box set series collecting the complete Philadelphia International Records albums discography on CD features the following eight albums, originally released in 1973:
- Billy Paul, Feelin’ Good at the Cadillac Club (Philadelphia International KZ 32119);
- The O’Jays, In Philadelphia (Philadelphia International KZ 32120);
- The Intruders, Super Hits (Gamble KZ 32131);
- Spiritual Concept, Spiritual Concept (Philadelphia International KZ 32404);
- The Three Degrees, The Three Degrees (Philadelphia International KZ 32406);
- Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Black and Blue (Philadelphia International KZ 32407);
- The O’Jays, Ship Ahoy (Philadelphia International KZ 32408); and
- Billy Paul, War of the Gods (Philadelphia International KZ 32409).
The slipcased, hardcover book-style set additionally features a 12-inch vinyl single of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes’ “The Love I Lost” b/w The O’Jays’ “It’s Too Strong” and an exclusive poster. Read more here.
Donna Summer, I’m a Rainbow: Remixed and Recoloured (Driven by the Music)
Driven by the Music is revisiting Donna Summer’s 1981 album – originally shelved but finally released in 1996 – in a reimagined 40th anniversary edition. I’m a Rainbow: Remixed and Recoloured features 10 of the original 18 tracks recorded during the I’m a Rainbow sessions (all of which wouldn’t have made the cut had the album been released as a single LP in 1981) including the title song written by Summer’s husband Bruce Sudano and a cover of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita showstopper “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” All ten tracks have been remixed and reconceived by an array of international producers including Junior Vasquez, Le Flex, Figo Sound, Jean Tonique, Ladies On Mars and recent Atlantic Records signee Oliver Nelson. Available on CD and 2LP. Get more details here.
Genesis, The Last Domino? (Rhino (U.S.) / Virgin/EMI (U.K.))
Four days after Genesis launches a North American farewell (?) tour, Rhino in the U.S. and Virgin/UMC in the U.K. will release a companion collection. The Last Domino?, the album, offers 27 tracks, including hits and deep cuts, on 2 CDs or 4 LPs. The Last Domino? has been curated in conjunction with the band and the majority of its songs will be heard on North American tour stages this year. It’s sequenced non-chronologically – rather like a concert setlist – blending tracks from Genesis’ prog period with later, more pop-leaning material. The 4-LP set of The Last Domino? will be housed in a hardcover gatefold book-style package featuring includes rare and unseen images as well as fresh photos from the rehearsals of The Last Domino? tour. Read more here.
Hasaan Ibn Ali was named “The Legendary Hasaan” when he made his Atlantic Records debut in 1965 with the Max Roach Trio. Atlantic quickly signed him for a solo album which remained unreleased until Omnivore’s 2021 excavation. Now, the label is once again celebrating the influential pianist – this time with a solo release drawn from privately-recorded tapes. The Solo Recordings will be released on 2 CDs and digital/streaming in 2021 with a 4-LP edition to follow next year. The 21-song set, drawn from the best of the tapes, features such standards as “They Say It’s Wonderful,” “Body and Soul,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” and “How Deep Is the Ocean.” Michael Graves has remastered. Alan Sukoenig and David Shrier (who made the original recordings) and pianist Matthew Shipp have all contributed liner notes.
The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone’s 1971 Epic Records debut is expanded to 2 CDs by Sundazed with That Same Year, a collection of fourteen bonus tracks including demos and eleven previously unreleased compositions written for One Year. Blunstone’s Zombies mates Rod Argent and Chris White are both featured. Available on CD and LP.
Light in the Attic has excavated this lost album from The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s New Orleans studio in the early 1970s featuring Allen Toussaint (piano), James Black (drums), and both George Porter Jr. (bass) and Zigaboo Modeliste (drums) of The Meters. Its ten songs comprise nine Nocentelli originals plus a cover of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “Your Song.” Available on CD, LP, and cassette.
Willie Nelson is back with his newest studio album and 16th overall for Legacy Recordings. The Willie Nelson Family features Willie joined by sister Bobbie, sons Lukas and Micah, and daughters Amy and Paula as well as band members Mickey Raphael, Kevin Smith, and Billy and Paul English for a set of 12 songs. Willie’s own compositions are present alongside poignant covers of the Carter Family (“Keep on the Sunnyside,” the traditional hymn “In the Garden”), Kris Kristofferson (“Why Me”), Hank Williams (“I Saw the Light”), and George Harrison (“All Things Must Pass”).
The Bronx troubadour is joined by his famous friends on this all-new album. Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Boz Scaggs, Billy F. Gibbons, Eric Clapton, Keb’ Mo’, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton, and Rickie Lee Jones are among the guests.
Motown classics get the Royal Philharmonic’s orchestral treatment here. Among the tracks: Martha Reeves and The Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street,” Four Tops’ “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” The Supremes’ “I Hear a Symphony,” and Billy Preston and Syreeta’s “With You I’m Born Again.” Mica Paris drops by for a posthumous duet with Jimmy Ruffin on “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and Beverley Knight does the same with Marvin Gaye on “Abraham, Martin, and John.” Out today on CD; the vinyl is scheduled for February 2022.
Singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum revisits his all-original 2020 Christmas album in a newly extended Complete Edition with a second disc of two more originals and 11 festive favorites including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “The Man with the Bag,” and “Winter Wonderland.”
Lucinda’s six-volume series of covers continues with a yuletide set featuring her rocking renditions of “Run, Run Rudolph,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Merry Christmas, Baby,” “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight),” and more. Available on CD, vinyl, and digitally.
Sting is back with the new pop-rock album The Bridge, containing the single “If It’s Love.” It’s available in a variety of formats including CD, LP, cassette, download/streaming, Target-exclusive CD and vinyl with three bonus tracks, and Barnes & Noble-exclusive white vinyl.
The year’s biggest album? Very possibly. Adele is back doing what she does best on 30, her fourth studio album. The highly-anticipated set is due on CD, vinyl, digitally, and various exclusives including white vinyl from Amazon and Target’s CD with three bonus tracks.