Category Archives: Compilation

Two Otis Redding Offerings Planned For Fall Dates

Otis Redding - Soul ManifestoEarlier this year, Rhino Records released an Otis Redding digital set, a ten-album set known as The Complete Studio Albums Collection. It is being followed by the upcoming  2CD remaster and expansion Collector’s Edition of the 1965 classic, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, re-release (expected on September 18). This new 2CD reformat was originally a Record Store Day LP exclusive featuring bonus tracks and new remastering. With the 50th Anniversary of Otis Redding’s career start now here, and an upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration planned, it’s only right to kick-start it with a 12CD offering, Soul Manifesto 1964-1970.

Currently, there is no information surrounding this upcoming 12CD Box, but we do know that it is planned for release on October 30. As the time draws nearer, I’ll be able to let you know just what to expect for this massive set that will undoubtedly contain at least ONE version of the legendary song, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”.

As many of you already know, the world lost Otis Redding in an unfortunate plane crash at the end of 1967 during a scheduled set of small dates and television appearances.

Otis Blue - Otis Redding

We will revisit this upcoming release. In the meantime, the listing for the 2CD re-release of Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul can be reviewed below.

Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul – Otis Redding

01. Ole Man Trouble (Remastered Mono)
02. Respect (Remastered Mono)
03. Change Is Gonna Come (Remastered Mono)
04. Down In The Valley (Remastered Mono)
05. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Remastered Mono)
06. Shake (Remastered Mono)
07. My Girl (Remastered Mono)
08. Wonderful World (Remastered Mono)
09. Rock Me Baby (Remastered Mono)
10. Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No) [Remastered Mono]
11. You Don’t Miss Your Water (Remastered Mono)
12. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Remastered Mono Mix of Stereo Album Version)
13. I’m Depending On You (Remastered Stereo Single Version)
14. Respect
15. Ole Man Trouble (Remastered Mono Mix of Stereo Album Version)
16. Any Ole Way (Remastered Stereo Single Version )
17. Shake (Remastered Live, 1967 – Stereo Mix of Single Version)
18. Ole Man Trouble (Remastered Live At The Whisky A Go Go Version)
19. Respect (Remastered Live at the Whisky 1968 Album Version)
20. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Remastered Live At The Whisky A Go Go Version)
21. Satisfaction [I Can’t Get No] (Remastered Live at the Whisky 1968 Album Version)
22. I’m Depending On You (Remastered Live at the Whisky 1968 Album Version)
23. Any Ole Way (Remastered Live at the Whisky 1968 Album Version )

01. Ole Man Trouble (Remastered Stereo Single/Album Version)
02. Respect (Remastered Stereo Single/Album Version)
03. Change Is Gonna Come (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
04. Down In The Valley (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
05. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
06. Shake (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
07. My Girl
08. Wonderful World (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
09. Rock Me Baby (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
10. Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No) (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
11. You Don’t Miss Your Water (Remastered Stereo Album Version)
12. Respect (Remastered 1967 Album Version)
13. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Remastered Live In Europe Album Version)
14. My Girl (Remastered Live in Europe Album Version)
15. Shake (Remastered Live In Europe Album Version)
16. Satisfaction [I Can’t Get No] (Remastered Live in Europe Album Version)
17. Respect (Remastered Live In Europe Album Version )


Talia’s Overflow Notes: Cowboy Junkies To Release 4CD Box, Notes Falling Slow

Mike Timmins has announced that Cowboy Junkies will be formally releasing a new 4-CD box set for the Fall season.  It will be titled Notes Falling Slow.  The exact release date has yet to be determined.  The box will consist of 3 remastered discs for the Open (2001), One Soul Now (2004) and At The End Of Paths Taken (2007) albums.  A fourth disc will consist of new recordings of songs from the sessions which took place for each of the albums but failed to make the final cut.  This does not mean the songs were necessarily inferior to what made it onto the final track-listings for each of the three albums.  Instead, it may have boiled down to songs not fitting things lyrically or musically to the flow of each individual album.
Cowboy Junkies
These albums found Mike Timmins further stretching the boundaries of the band’s music while Margo (Mike’s sister) continued her journey into opening her voice up a little more.  It will be very interesting to hear what nuances the new mastering will bring out in the music.

Once the release date is revealed, the set will be available through their Latent Recordings connection via their official website as well as the link over to the Maple Music store.  Within a short period of time afterwards, Amazon should start showing their own links for the set.  This column will be updated once the release date is announced.

–Steve Talia

New Order 2015 Remasters For Later Titles Planned

NewOrderSinglesRhino Records will revisit several New Order titles for vinyl LP with brand new remasters. But this time, CD fans will get a newly remastered 2CD compilation, Singles, originally issued in 2005. Singles span the period between 1981 to 2005 with a look at 31 tracks.

As for LP, the following titles will feature new 2015 Remasters:

  • Singles (2005) – 4LP, 180g-weight vinyl
  • Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (2005) – 2LP, 180g-weight vinyl
  • Republic (1993) – LP, 180g-weight vinyl
  • Get Ready (2001) – LP, 180g-weight vinyl

These 2015 LP and CD remasters will reissue on separate dates that work out to:

  • Singles (4LP – October 16)
  • Singles (2CD – November 06)
  • Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (2LP – September 25)
  • Republic (LP – September 25)
  • Get Ready (LP – September 25)

It’s good to note that Mute Records will be releasing new New Order music with the issuance of Music Complete, scheduled for September 25. The cover is extremely reminiscent of Split Enz‘s 1980 issue, True Colours.

New Order Complete Music


2CD Just One Look: The Very Best Of Linda Ronstadt Planned For August

Linda Ronstadt Just One LookLinda Ronstadt has had a remarkable career in Rock and Roll, if only for a short time.  She began with a stint with Stone Poneys, and surfaced brighty with the band’s “Different Drum”. By 1969, she was in a solo career in Country music. In 1973, she left Capitol Records and signed with Asylum. From there, it was a rise that began with her 1974 Number One album buoyed by “You’re No Good”. That song broke her into mainstream radio. Afterwards, she would chart a series of successful albums, generating a large batch of hits, many of which arrived within a three year period.

Linda Ronstadt remained successful in several styles of pursued music throughout her long career. But if you ask anyone, it’s generally the nice batch of tracks that occurred between 1974 and 1978 that most will recount effortlessly.

On August 21, Elektra and Asylum will provide an in depth review of her music in a 2CD collection called Just One Look: The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt. This new set will feature 30 tracks, all newly remastered for this collection.

01. Different Drum
02. Love Has No Pride
03. Desperado
04. Willin’
05. I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)
06. You’re No Good
07. Tracks Of My Tears
08. Heat Wave
09. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me
10. Crazy
11. Blue Bayou
12. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
13. It’s So Easy
14. Tumbling Dice
15. I Never Will Marry

01. Just One Look
02. How Do I Make You
03. Hurt So Bad
04. I Can’t Let Go
05. Get Closer
06. I Knew You When
07. Sometimes You Just Can’t Win
08. Lies
09. Tell Him
10. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (with Aaron Neville)
11. Don’t Know Much (feat. Aaron Neville)
12. Winter Light
13. A River For Him
14. Heartbeats Accelerating
15. Anyone Who Had A Heart

21-Track Saga Collection Expected In August

Best of SagaSaga is a Canadian band that formed way back in 1977. While well-known in circles, the name and band (and their music) is still somewhat elusive for the music listening public in America.

Saga has released over twenty studio albums as well as a series of live sets. Although there’s been more than a share of new musicians in the band (who hasn’t done this), Saga is still rockin’ the world today, still releasing new music.

On August 7, earMusic will release a 2CD, 21-track collection of the band’s best known tracks. The collection will be called The Best Of Saga: Now And then – The Collection 1978 – Infinity.

In the Fall, earMusic will begin a restoration of the band’s titles with artwork, and bonus tracks.

Motown To Release Marvin Gaye 1961-1965 Box On CD

Marvin Gaye 1961-1965 CD BoxEarlier this year, Motown Records released a vinyl LP Box that collected the formative and defining first seven studio albums of Marvin Gaye. The vinyl Box was called Marvin Gaye 1961-1965. It included new vinyl of The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961), That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1962), When I’m Alone I Cry (1964), Together – Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells (1964), Hello Broadway (1964), How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1965), and Tribute To Nat King Cole (1965). With its release, it was inevitable that we get a CD Box soon. And here it comes.

On September 11, Motown will release the same Box set but for CD. More information to follow.

Nirvana 2002 Compilation To Issue On Blu-ray Audio In August

Nirvana NirvanaNirvana is considered one of the great bands from the ’90s. Although its end was brief and tragic, they left behind a wealth of great songs that are still relevant today. Their brief legacy also includes two best-selling releases, Nevermind (1991), and In Utero (1993). My favorite Nirvana track is “All Apologies” from their In Utero set (that’s me).

Nirvana did release an album on Sub Pop called Bleach. It was originally issued in 1989, and, after the blow up success of the Geffen Records follow-ups, it elevated to Platinum sales worldwide.

After the unfortunate death of Kurt Cobain, Geffen issued a compilation set called, simply, Nirvana, to represent their short career. It was issued in 2002. It followed the release of Incesticide. Nirvana reached into all of the available Nirvana albums and live sets and included a “new” track (at the time), “You Know You’re Right”.

On August 28, Geffen will update the Nirvana compilation by releasing it on upgraded audio, in the Blu-ray Audio format.

Alice Cooper Classics From Warner Brothers Records Collected In 15CD Box, The Studio Albums 1969-1983

Alice Cooper The Studio Albums 1969-1983Warner Brothers and Rhino Records does an uneven Box set that will appeal only to the fans of both Alice Cooper (the band), AND Alice Cooper (the man). (I’m not one of them!). The new box is an assembly of Alice Cooper titles that include the original band’s seven studio titles, and the first eight solo performer album issues (Welcome To My Nightmare – 1975, Goes To Hell – 1976, Lace And Whisky – 1977, From the Inside – 1978, Flush The Fashion – 1980, Special Forces –  1981, Zipper Catches Skin – 1982, DaDa – 1983).

The Box, The Studio Albums 1969-1983, will be a 15CD set simply accumulating the titles that represented, albeit unevenly and possibly improperly depending on your viewpoint, the persona behind the name of Alice Cooper. Effectively, these albums represent the material recorded with Warner Brothers Records.

All of the albums are from the 2011 Japanese remasters with the exception of Pretties For You, Welcome To My Nightmare, Flush The Fashion, Special Forces, Zipper Catches Skin, and DaDa, who have no remastering year listed.

This Boxed collection will be released on July 31. Cost-wise, it’s available on Amazon rounding off at $100.

3CD Iggy Pop Rarities Set, Psychophonic Medicine, Due In June

13274_BOXTOP.inddI’m pleased to be announcing that Cleopatra Records will be releasing a 3CD collection of Iggy Pop rarities and live performance tracks. This collection, Psychophonic Medicine, will offer 41 gems in all. The included booklet will have 36-pages of photos, notes, and more. Here’s the breakdown:

The first CD will present an amazing collection of outtakes, alternate mixes, rare tracks, and even unreleased stuff from The Idiot, Party. There are demo tracks with Steve Jones, a bonus True Blood collaboration with Bethany C-section (Best Coast), and a few session tracks with Ric Ocasik. There will be a total of 16 tunes:

CD1: Rarities

The Idiot Outtakes (1977)
01 – Dum Dum Boys (Alternate Mix)
02 – Baby (Alternate Mix)
03 – China Girl (Alternate Mix)
04 – Tiny Girls (Outtake)
Party Outtakes (1981)
05 – It’s My Life (Unreleased)
06 – Bang Bang (Alternate Mix)
07 – Sea of Love (Alternate Mix)
08 – Time Won’t Let Me (Alternate Mix)
Ric Ocasek Sessions (1983)
09 – Fire Engine
10 – Warrior Tribe
11 – Old Mule Skinner
Steve Jones Demos (1985)
12 – Beside You
13 – Cry For Love
14 – Purple Haze
15 – Warm Feeling (Unreleased)
Bonus Track
16 – Let’s Boot And Rally with Bethany Cosentino

The remains two CDs will cover two historic early Iggy Pop shows. The first, Paris Palace 1979, is found on CD2, and will offer 12 fiery live cuts:

CD2: Paris Palace 1979

01 – Cock In My Pocket
02 – Kill City
03 – Fortune Teller
04 – New Values
05 – Billy Is A Runaway
06 – I Wanna Be Your Dog
07 – Five Foot One
08 – Dirt
09 – Batman
10 – Louie Louie
11 – Shake Appeal
12 – I’m Bored

The last CD represents a show in San Francisco with 13 performance tracks:

CD3: San Francisco 1981

01 – I Need More
02 – Some Weird Sin
03 – Houston Is Hot Tonight
04 – TV Eye
05 – 1969
06 – Rock and Roll Party
07 – Bang, Bang
08 – Dum Dum Boys
09 – Eggs On Plate
10 – I’m a Conservative
11 – I Need More (Again)
12 – Lust for Life
13 – The Winter of My Discontent

I can’t emphasize enough the importance and greatness of Iggy Pop. Musically, we have heard many excellent songs where Iggy is concerned. Be that with The Stooges, or his solo material, Iggy just rocked it. And more amazing is that he’s still doing it!

Years ago, I encouraged anyone to watch his show at Avenue B, available on DVD. It underscores his intensity and dedication to Rock and Roll. I can only imagine that the two live CDs will emphasize my points.

If you’re an Iggy Pop fan, Psychophonic Medicine is an early Christmas gift!

The Best Of The Stony Plain Years, A 12-Track Retrospective For Jeff Healy, Expected In July

Jeff Healey Stony Plain YearsJeff Healey, who died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 41, enjoyed a strong career. In addition to his Arista releases, he appeased his love of Jazz with side projects for Stony Plain Records. During this side journey, he recorded traditional Jazz tunes (and other things) for his envisioned projects that included Among Friends (2002), Adventures In Jazzland (2004), It’s Tight Like That (2006), Mess Of Blues (2008), Songs From The Road (2009), and Last Call (2010). These were with The Jazz Wizards.

On July 17, Stony Plain Records will release a collection of his Jazz work with the label on a single CD called The Best Of The Stony Plain Years. This set will gather together twelve songs including a promo only release tune, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, recorded with Chris Barber.

Jeff Healey – The Best Of The Stony Plain Years

01. Three Little Words
02. The Wild Cat
03. Star Dust
04. Sheik of Araby
05. Guitar Duet Stomp
06. Sing You Sinners
07. I Would Do Anything For You
08. Pardon My Southern Accent
09. Some Of These Days
10. My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
11. Hong Kong Blues
12. Sweet Georgia Brown (Promo only Release with Chris Barber)