Morrissey forged a name not only for the band he fronted, The Smiths, but also for himself. His appearance as a strong frontman to a great musical band, filled with engaging angst expressed by well-written lyrics. The Smiths were only able to eek out four studio efforts (The Smiths – 1984. Meat Is Murder – 1985, The Queen Is Dead – 1986, and Strangeways, Here We Come – 1987) before succumbing to the wiles of Rock. But in that time, they issued a handful of singles that, when coupled with deep tracks from the albums, and a few non-album songs, have filled many a collection.
Following the demise of The Smiths, Morrissey has released a string of excellent albums, many which landed in the UK charts in the Top Ten region. His first, Viva Hate, was released in 1988. His most recent was World Peace Is Non Of Your Business (2014).
On November 17, BMG Records will released a new album by Morrissey that will be known as Low In High School. As for now, litle else is known about the album, what songs are in it, or even a cover shot. But I do know that the album will be issued on CD, DD, colored vinyl LP, and a limited edition cassette.
Napalm Records have the latest by Greenleaf, Rise Above The Meadow, set for February 26. This title is being released on CD, DD, and a 2LP set with a 16-page LP-sized booklet included. If you enjoy The Sword, or Queens Of The Stone Age, then you should really investigate Greenleaf. They might become a favorite.
Frontiers Records will release Rocket Science by Rick Springfield on February 19.
Maranatha! Music plan the release of Top 25 Praise Songs Of All Time on a 2CD set, scheduled for January 12.
Alligator Records will offer God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, on CD and vinyl LP, with a calendar date of February 26. This album is a collection of artists covering the songs of this important bluesman. The artists include Tom Waits, Sinead O’Connor, Cowboy Junkies, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Lucinda Williams, and Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.
Rhino and Parlophone team to present a 4LP, 180g-weight vinyl Box set of Bowie At the Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions ’68-’72. It’s planned for February 26.
On February 23, Rhino and Parlophone will reissue Space Ritual, the 1973 Live 2LP set by Hawkwind on 180g-weight 2LP vinyl. Also planned by the labels is a 2LP, 180g-weight vinyl reissue of Living In The Past (1972) by Jethro Tull, same date.
Rhino will reissue Bona Drag (1990) by Morrissey on 180g-weight 2LP, planned for February 23.
Anti/Epitaph will release new music by Mavis Staples on a new CD called Livin’ On A High Note. The album will feature twelve new songs written exclusively for Mavis Staples by luminaries like Neko Case, Ben Harper, Nick Cave, and others. There will be an HBO documentary special, Mavis!, on February 20. Livin’ On A High Note will release on CD on February 19, while the vinyl LP version is scheduled for April 1.
RCA Records will release a ‘best of’ for Daughtry on February 12. The compilation is tentatively titled Greatest Hits awaiting the actual title, which is to be determined.
Modular Records will release Yes, I’m A Witch Too, by Yoko Ono, scheduling the album for March 4. This album is an All-Star collaboration set that follows up her 2007 covers set, Yes, I’m A Witch. Artists joining Yoko Ono for this set will be Sparks, Death Cab for Cuties, Sean Lennon, and others.
Omnivore Records plan a 4CD collection featuring the music of Buck Owens, which will be called Buck ‘Em: The Music Of Buck Owens – Volumes One and Two. (Buck ‘Em? Really?). This 4CD Box will offer 100 tracks from 1955-1967. It’s slated for release on February 19.
Ignition Records will release the new album by The Coral to be called Distance Inbetween. It is expected to be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP, all on the calendar for March 4.
Interscope Records have the new album by The 1975 on the board for February 26. The new album is expected on CD and DD. It is being called I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
Wynonna & The Big Noise (Wynonna Judd) will be releasing their new album on February 12. The new album is called a self-titled effort.
Roadrunner Records have The Astonishing by Dream Theater presented in a 2CD edition on January 29.
Flashback Records will offer a 5CD Original Album Series for Ride offering bare-bones selections of Smile (1990 – Compilation), Nowhere (1990), Going Blank Again (1992), Carnival Of Light (1994), and Tarantula (1996).
We don’t hear much from Elvin Bishop, but I’m always pleased when we do. Most know him as the ‘one hit wonder’, when, in fact, Elvin Bishop is much more than that. (You might remember “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”, which had Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship) at the vocal helm.) Elvin bishop has a rich musical history that would do you well to investigate. His last album, Red Dog Speaks (2010), was a good album.
On August 19, Alligator Records will release the next album from Elvin Bishop, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right. Interesting album cover.
Fuel Records will release an Etta James feature for CD, It Takes Love To Keep A Woman: The Allen Toussaint Sessions. This disc is set for release on August 5.
Mercury Records have Get Hurt, the new album from The Gaslight Anthem, planned for August 19.
On September 9, Rhino and Parlophone Records will reissue The Best Of The Specials, a ‘best of’ previously released in 2008. Since this previously released with a DVD, my guess is that this one will ditch the DVD, issuing just the CD.
Rhino will bring the much anticipated Introducing Morrissey, a loved video, previously only available on VHS, to the DVD format. This Morrissey video features his 1995 British concert tour. It is expected on September 9.
Blue Note has the self-titled album from Ryan Adams coming on September 9.
Between 2010 and 2012, Suzanne Vega reinterpreted her own material in a four album series called Close-Up. Now, Razor & Tie will combine all four issues into a 5CD/DVD Box entitled Close-Up Series. The Box is a hard-cover book with 68 pages of lyrics, photos, and credits. Adding to the original four CDs, a fifth CD will feature previously available digital bonus tracks. The DVD features Suzanne Vega in a concert setting at The City Winery in New York City, as well as an interview, and a rehearsal for the show featured.
Close-Up Series will be released on August 12.
Razor & Tie Records have Transmissions coming from Starset, scheduled for July 8.
This isn’t CD but since we’ve already posted a vinyl report, this will just have to slot in here. Fantasy Records will br releasing a 7LP Box titled Creedence Clearwater Revival, planning the set for October 21. If you’re a vinyl aficionado, be prepared. I’m guessing this will be 180g-weight, with all the cool extras.
There are two new Essential series 2CD sets arriving on July 29. The first is The Essential N’Sync, which will have 34 tracks. The second is The Essential Britney Spears, containing 32 songs.
RCA Records will release the new Imogen Heap album, Sparks, in both standard CD and Deluxe Edition sets. All issues are set for August 19.
Fans of The Smiths, and in particular, Morrissey, will be pleased to know that Rhino and Parlophone will reissue the 1994 classic, Vauxhall And I in a 2CD 20th Anniversary Edition, as well as a 180g-weight vinyl LP (without the live set bonus). The new reissue will featured new remastering, an added disc that contains a live recording of Morrissey’s stand at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on February 26, 1995, and an updated booklet.
As fans know, Vauxhall And I kicked open the doors for Morrissey, giving him a stable, and growing fan-base on which to build his solo career on. The album generated a hit with “The More You Ignore Me, I Closer I Get”, especially in a difficult to please US marketplace.
The Definitive Master will be reissued in the US in its 20th Anniversary Edition on June 3, on 2CD. LP, and DD.
Track-list for Vauxhall And I – 20th Anniversary Edition Definitive Master
Disc 1: Vauxhall and I
1. Now My Heart Is Full
2. Spring-Heeled Jim
3. Billy Budd
4. Hold On To Your Friends
5. The More You Ignore Me the Closer I Get
6. Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself
7. I Am Hated For Loving
8. Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
9. Used To Be A Sweet Boy
10. The Lazy Sunbathers
Disc 2: Live at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 1995
1. Billy Budd
2. Have-A-Go Merchant
3. Spring-Heeled Jim
5. You re The One For Me Fatty
7. Jack The Ripper
8. We ll Let You Know
9. Whatever Happens I Love You
10. Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself
11. The More You Ignore Me the Closer I Get
12. National Front Disco
13. Moon River
14. Now My Heart Is Full