Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up, featuring a selection of the titles arriving in stores today!
Frank Zappa, The Mothers 1971 / Fillmore East – June 1971: 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition / Rainbow Theatre – December 10, 1971 (Zappa Records/UMe)
The Mothers 1971: Official Zappa Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Fillmore East – June 1971: 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition: Official Zappa Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Rainbow Theatre – December 10, 1971: Official Zappa Store / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Zappa Records and UMe have three releases commemorating Frank Zappa and The Mothers’ legendary 1971 shows including a June run at New York’s late, lamented Fillmore East (featuring a guest spot from John Lennon and Yoko Ono) and the December 10, 1971 Rainbow Theatre show that ended in tragedy when Zappa was violently pushed from the stage into the orchestra pit 12 feet below. (The week prior had been marred by horror, too, as a December 4 fire at the Montreux Casino during their show ended with the venue in flames.) The 8-CD box set The Mothers 1971 captures the happier times at the Fillmore, marking the very first time the complete Fillmore East concerts have been released in unedited form. The box also contains the complete Rainbow Theatre show as well as a composite concert from the June 1 and 3 performances in Scranton and Harrisburg, PA, respectively. The CD box is joined by an expanded edition of the original Fillmore East – June 1971 album on 3 LPs (including period mixes not replicated within the newly-remixed 8-CD box) and standalone vinyl version of the Rainbow Theatre show, complete with its frightening conclusion. Read more here.
Keith Richards, Main Offender: 30th Anniversary Edition (BMG)
2CD/3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP Black Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
1LP Red Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Keith Richards is revisiting his second solo studio album, Main Offender, for its 30th anniversary. The 2CD/3LP Super Deluxe box set includes the original album on CD and LP, and adds the previously unreleased Winos Live in London ’92 album, recorded at the Kentish Town, London club Town and Country, on CD and 2 LPs. It’s all housed in an 88-page leatherbound book also containing varied swag. If you just want the music, BMG is offering is a 2CD mediabook with the same remastered album and 12-track Winos Live in London album as well as a 1CD version of the remastered album only. The remastered LP will be available on black vinyl and a limited, red vinyl pressing. Remastering for all editions has been overseen by Steve Jordan. Read more here.
Cherry Red continues its ongoing excavation of the Howard Jones catalogue with a new set that collects two remix albums from the mid-’80s: one a special early part of his discography, and one a treasured rarity for Japanese collectors. The label will issue a 2CD set featuring the contents of The 12″ Album and 12″ers Vol. 2, which collected a plurality of mixes, some B-sides, and the odd unique track from the Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action albums. Both programs have been remastered from the original tapes, with the accompanying booklet featuring rare imagery and liner notes by Stephen W. Tayler, who mixed The 12″ Album. Read more here.
The Flamin’ Groovies, Now (Liberation Hall)
The Flamin’ Groovies’ fifth full-length album, Now, gets a vinyl reissue from Liberation Hall. First released in 1978, the LP features 14 tracks, including four originals and ten covers. It’s available on standard black vinyl as well as black and blue splatter vinyl from Popmarket.
Songwriter Tony Hazzard penned memorable hits for such artists as The Hollies, Manfred Mann, Herman’s Hermits, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, and Andy Williams, but he also recorded a number of solo releases beginning with his 1969 debut Tony Hazzard Sings Tony Hazzard. The new Demonstration is a retooled version of that debut with all but one song from the original LP (“The Sound of the Candyman’s Trumpet”) plus two additional tracks (“How She’s Making Out,” “The Matter with You”). Recorded between 1966-1969 at Regent Sound in London as demo material (hence the title), Demonstration shows off Hazzard’s deceptively simple songcraft and abundant gift for melody with his own renditions of some of those classic tunes including “Me, the Peaceful Heart” (Lulu), “Listen to Me” (The Hollies), “Ha! Ha! Said the Clown” and “Fox on the Run” (Manfred Mann), and “Hello, World” (The Tremeloes). Put simply, they don’t write ’em like this anymore! Hazzard notes of the new release, “This current version has been remixed and remastered from the original 4-track tapes that I was lucky enough to buy before they were due to be destroyed. All the tracks are demos. We re-recorded ‘Fox on the Run’ and ‘You Won’t Be Leaving’ again for the album. In addition, Tony Hicks of The Hollies recorded his lead guitar part on ‘Listen to Me’ and it was edited into the demo. Otherwise, all the tracks are the original demos.” A vinyl release of Demonstration will be released in May by Liberation Hall.
The story of Mountain is one of both triumph and tragedy; the hard rock band anchored by guitarist Leslie West, vocalist/bassist Felix Pappalardi, and drummer Corky Laing suffered an immeasurable loss when Pappalardi was tragically shot and killed by his wife in 1983. Two years later, former Uriah Heep bassist Mark Clarke joined the group. The first disc of this 2-CD set was recorded with Clarke in 1985 at two storied New York music venues (The Ritz in Manhattan and L’Amour in Brooklyn), while the second was preserved with bassist Richie Scarlet while on tour in Europe in 2003. Eruption was originally released in 2004 by Fuel 2000 (USA) and Snapper Music (U.K.). An abridged vinyl release from Liberation Hall will follow later in 2022. Read more about Liberation Hall’s current slate of releases here.
The Father of the Delta Blues (1902-1988) is back on this new release from Easy Eye Sound which premieres eight tracks from manager Dick Waterman’s personal archive of quarter-inch tapes recorded by House in the 1960s as the bluesman was rediscovered by a new generation of fans on the folk circuit. Forever On My Mind represents the earliest full-length House solo performance recorded after his rediscovery, at an appearance on November 23, 1964 at Wabash College, a small men’s school in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Producer Dan Auerbach has overseen the restoration and mastering of these powerful performances. Available on CD, standard black vinyl, Easy Eye Sound-exclusive orange marble vinyl, and digital/streaming.
French violin virtuoso and Zappa associate Jean-Luc Ponty’s 1967 sophomore album as a leader, Sunday Walk, returns in a remastered edition as part of the ongoing series of reissues from the MPS jazz label. Available on CD, LP, and digital/streaming.
Micky Dolenz, Dolenz Sings Nesmith: The EP (7a Records)
Hot on the heels of last year’s acclaimed release Dolenz Sings Nesmith, Micky Dolenz pays further tribute to his late bandmate Michael Nesmith with this new, four-song EP available on both CD and vinyl. Dolenz Sings Nesmith: The EP was recorded at the same sessions that yielded the original album and includes vibrant reimaginings of Nez favorite “Some of Shelly’s Blues” and First National Band tunes “The Crippled Lion” and “Grand Ennui” plus the world premiere recording of a previously unheard Nez composition from 1967, “Soul-Writer’s Birthday.” Mike’s son Christian Nesmith has arranged and produced the EP (in addition to singing and playing multiple instruments on it) which is sure to be a worthy companion to the original Dolenz Sings Nesmith LP. The CD version is limited to 1,000 units and the 10-inch vinyl version, pressed on blue vinyl, is also limited. 7a’s Glenn Gretlund provides a brief sleeve note and tribute to Nesmith. Also available on digital/streaming.
Omnivore brings this Record Store Day 2021 vinyl release from April March to CD in a special edition with two bonus tracks. In Cinerama has an international flavor, from French pop to ’60s California sounds and beyond – just witness the guest list including the late Fela Kuti’s drummer Tony Allen, The Honeys’ Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, Andy Paley, Petra and Rachel Haden, and Lola Kirke. Mehdi Zannad has co-written and co-produced this dreamily beguiling set of vibrant, vital pop.
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