We still don’t have a hot running engine where strong releases are concerned. Interesting ones, yes. But not strong ones. No matter. Always something happening regardless. And that includes ten-track introductory collections from Flashback and associated labels. For most of you, this isn’t even an interest as you already have them in multiple ways. But:
On April 14, watch for nicely priced CDs for the following artists:
An Introduction To The Drifters An Introduction To The Blues Brothers An Introduction To Ray Charles An Introduction To Nickelback An Introduction To Keith Sweat An Introduction To Jethro Tull An Introduction To Hot Chocolate An Introduction To Ben E King An Introduction To America An Introduction To Al Stewart
All CDs will not feature new remastering, and likely not much, if any, of a booklet.
One of our most underrated solo artists is Al Stewart. Of course, there was a time when his albums could do no wrong. The brilliant 1976 classic, Year Of The Cat, followed in 1978 by his equally brilliant Time Passages. However, that’s as far as he goes for many people. Nevertheless, Al Stewart recorded six albums before Year Of The Cat, and eight albums after Time Passages. For most, they’d be hard-pressed to name any of those. And I must tell you, many of those albums are simply exquisite.
On October 30, Esoteric (UK) will reissue Modern Times (the one just before his breakout hit, Year Of The Cat). And they will provide goodness for it.
Modern Times will be newly remastered from original CBS tapes. In addition, this new reissue will offer a booklet with a new essay centered on Stewart, his art, and this album. This reissue will restore the original UK Hipgnosis cover (as shown). there are no bonus tracks, which is OK by me.
“Do you remember the times when we were young?” (“Modern Times”)
But Modern Times is not all that’s coming as a reissue. (Just happens to be my favorite, is all.)
Also on October 30, Esoteric will reissue Past, Present & Future (1973), and Orange (1972), both great Al Stewart classics.
Past, Present & Future, unlike Modern Times, will be expanded with three bonus tracks, one of them previously unreleased on CD (single version of “Terminal Eyes”, single version of “Nostradamus” and its original flip-side of non-album track, “Swallow Wind”). Otherwise, like Modern Times, it will contain a booklet with a new essay, and will offer a restoration of its original UK cover.
Orange is Al Stewart’s fourth release. It is being offered by Esoteric as a newly remastered (from original tapes) set with two bonus tracks (a non-album track of “Elvaston Place”, and a single version of “The News From Spain”. Like the other two reissues, Orange will provide a booklet with a new essay, and a restored UK album cover.
Curb Records will release several 2CD collections in a series titled 35 Biggest Hits. There will be one for Tim McGraw, and one for Hank Williams Jr. Both are expected on June 16.
Friday Music will be issuing a Limited Edition 180g vinyl upgrade for classic Al Stewart Arista debut, Time Passages on June 9. The album jacket will be gatefold.
Sonic Boom Records will release a chronicling 21-track CD featuring live radio broadcast recordings from The Cramps. The CD will be called Coast To Coast. It is planned for June 9.
For other LP reissues, look to Rhino and Parlophone, who will re-release a 180g vinyl version of Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull on June 9.
Grateful Dead Productions will release a 2LP set of The Best Of The Grateful Dead: 1967-1977, on June 9. On the same date, the two labels will join to release a 180g vinyl edition of Fisherman’s Blues by The Waterboys. This Is The Sea (The Waterboys) is slated sooner on May 19.
Anti Records will release a Limited Edition 10″ vinyl edition of the new Mavis Staples set, Your Good Fortune, on June 9.
Frontiers Records have Indestructible by House of Lords coming on June 9.
Jagjaguwar Records have a 5-track Sharon Van Etten EP slated for June 9. The EP, called will contain four songs, and a live version of “Tell Me” (demo’d on Tramp -2012), will be called I Don’t Want To Let You Down. Good news, indeed! Planned for CD, DD, and vinyl.
Also on June 9, Chrome Dreams will release a 2DVD set featuring Patti Smith from the formative NYC years. The set is called Hell Hath No Fury. Seems like a ‘must view’ set of films.
Rhino Records will release Jeff Beck Live + on May 4 on CD form. The live cuts here were taken from performances in 2014. The album will include two studio songs as well.
Next week, Rockbeat Records will release Irishman In New York, a 2CD Live set from 1979 featuring one of the greatest Rock guitarists in our history, Rory Gallagher. It’s planned for April 28.
Nonesuch Records will release The Traveling Kind by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell on May 12.
And if you’re intrigued by the thought of a blend of old school dance disco, jazz, and Top 40, then this girl, Roisin Murphy might do the trick. I have to say that she can put it together. Her newest album, her first in eight years, Hairless Toys, is planned for May 12.
And DO NOT forget that the long awaited audio upgrade of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer‘s classic, Trilogy, is scheduled for May 5.
With the popularity of vinyl LPs still ascending, there are many albums being revisited as LPs. Major labels, as well as many new independent bands are releasing their music in vinyl. Here’s a brief list of some that are being listed as coming over the next few months:
Friday Music will have a remastered reissue of the OMPS, La Bamba, featuring Los Lobos. This LP will be released on 180g vinyl and stored in a gate-fold jacket. It’s planned for March 17.
Also on March 17 and from Friday Music are Cold Spring Harbor, the 1971 Billy Joel album; the OMPS from Cocktail (1988), and Black Market, the 1976 Weather Report issue. All of these titles are remastered, pressed on 180g vinyl, and placed into gate-fold jackets.
On March 10, Friday Music will reissue Truth (1968) from Jeff Beck, and Past, Present and Future (1973), by Al Stewart. As in the previous reissues, they will be in gate-fold jackets, newly remastered, and pressed on 180g-weight vinyl.
On March 3, Friday Music will reissue Live Bootleg Series Volume 7 featuring Johnny Winter, and Blood, Sweat & Tears 3.
March 3 will also find Hillbilly Deluxe (1987) by Dwight Yoakam, reissued via Warner Music Nashville, on 180g vinyl LP. Reprise Records will reissue Blood Mountain, the 2006 Mastodon album, on solid yellow, and transparent green vinyl.
February 24 will have Friday Music reissuing Live Bootleg Series Volume 10 by Johnny Winter. The label also has 3+3 by The Isley Brothers expected, pressed on translucent blue 180g vinyl.