Harrison ‘Vinyl Collection’ on the way

George Harrison's solo output will be celebrated with an 18-LP box set due in late February. Universal Music's "George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection" packs in a dozen studio albums -- ranging from "Wonderwall Music" to "Brainwashed" -- as well as a pair of 12-inch picture discs, for the singles "Got My Mind Set on You" and "When We Was Fab." The set also includes the double album "Live in Japan." "The original analogue master tapes were used for the new remasters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios," project promoters say. Also promised are "exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork," meaning "All Things Must Pass" returns to the classic black-and-white look. The box has a 3D-style lenticular cover image (see video below). The albums will be … [Read more...]

Doors, Dead, Cream debuts turn 50

1967 ushered in the psychedelic era, loudly announced by a series of historic recordings. Fifty years on, we're invited to celebrate the debut albums by the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Cream via splashy deluxe editions. Other key reissues due in the year's first quarter come from Soft Machine, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, the Yardbirds, Procol Harum and Pink Floyd. The Doors' debut album -- home of "Light My Fire" and "The End" -- returns March 31 in a three-CD plus LP package dubbed "The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition." The reissue features the compact disc premiere of the original mono mix, which also can be found on the box set's vinyl disc. The package includes a CD of the "The Matrix" live performance from March 1967, made up of eight songs from the debut album. … [Read more...]

Pink Floyd’s ‘Early Years’ on 27 discs

A head-spinningly comprehensive look at Pink Floyd's early years is due in November. The 27-disc box set includes more than 11 hours of audio and 14 hours of video/AV. "The Early Years: 1965-1972" packs in 10 CDs, eight Blurays, nine DVDs, five 7-inch singles on vinyl. Expect to pay more than $600 for the exhaustive box set, although prices of large sets do tend to drop somewhat leading up to release. Also planned for Nov. 11 is a double-CD set of highlights dubbed "Cre/ation." Pink Floyd, which appears to be done as a band, also is engaged in a major reissue of its catalog on vinyl. The "Early Years: 1965-1972" box set material is separated into seven volumes, six of which will hit the market individually next year. The bonus "Contin/uation" CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc package is … [Read more...]

Live Zeppelin, Beatles, Crimson for Q3

Got live if you want it: Stand by for in-concert recordings by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, King Crimson, Iron Butterfly, Yes and ELP. Other key releases for 2017's third quarter include works by Frank Zappa, Gong, the Byrds, the Turtles and Sun Ra. Led Zeppelin's formative years are celebrated on "The Complete BBC Sessions," the return of a 1997 set being expanded and remastered. The rest of Zeppelin's catalog just enjoyed similar treatment, and guitarist Jimmy Page again supervises the audio on the new set. The "BBC" collection -- spanning 1969 through 1971 -- will feature eight unreleased tracks, including several versions of "Communication Breakdown" and "What Is and What Should Never Be." Of particular interest to collectors will be three tracks from the "previously 'lost' … [Read more...]

Waters, Gilmour have Q3 in the pink

Solo works from Pink Floyd veterans Roger Waters and David Gilmour highlight the psychedelic music releases coming to market in 2015's third quarter. Other key releases come from Steppenwolf, Procol Harum, the Nice, Tame Impala, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Roger Waters' long-awaited -- and frequently delayed -- rerelease of "Amused to Death" will finally happen July 24 on all major formats, including 200-gram vinyl, Blu-ray Audio and hybrid SACD. Analogue Productions' revival of the Waters concept album features remastered audio by longtime Waters-Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. The Blu-ray and SACD boast a 5.1 surround remix. The Blu-ray double-disc edition includes a CD with a straight version of the album, as well as the surround and stereo … [Read more...]

80 CDs of live Dead: Here comes ‘Sun’

The half-century celebration of the Grateful Dead continues at warp speed, with news of an 80-CD box set of unissued live shows. "Thirty Trips Around the Sun" resurrects 30 concerts, with more than 73 hours of music. The limited edition set (6,500, numbered) checks in with a $700 price tag. Release date for the Rhino set is Sept. 18. A four-CD set, "Thirty Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story, 1965-1995," boils things down considerably. A USB drive with all of the "Thirty Trips" content is planned as well, also at the $700 price point. The USB edition is limited to 1,000 copies. Dead partner Rhino is issuing the box set, which will be sold exclusively via dead.net The set more or less coincides with the series of "Fare Thee Well" concerts featuring surviving … [Read more...]

Cream, boxed and served on vinyl

Universal's refresh of the Cream catalog continues in November with a box set containing all of the original supergroup's albums on vinyl. "Cream 1966-1972" promises "exact reproductions" of the English band's albums with the recordings on 180 gram vinyl. The completist approach to the box set apparently is a first for the band, best known for its power-trio explorations and the psychedelic music hits "Sunshine of Your Love," "Badge" and "White Room." "Cream 1966-1972" comes out Nov. 24, and will be available to U.S. buyers as an import. The prerelease price (converted from pounds) is about $135. Update: Amazon has a Dec. 16 shipping date on the Cream box set in the U.S. /update Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker made only two proper studio albums -- "Fresh Cream" (1966) … [Read more...]

6 Harrison albums in ‘Apple Years’ set

George Harrison's first six albums are being packaged in the box set "The Apple Years 1968-75." The eight-disc set drops Sept. 23. The albums, digitally remastered from the "original analogue masters," are "Wonderwall Music," "Electronic Sound," "All Things Must Pass," "Living in the Material World," "Dark Horse" and "Extra Texture (Read All About It)." The Harrison titles also be available individually, on CD and as digital downloads. The late Harrison's son, Dhani, teased the project on Twitter a month ago, followed by speculation amongst fans as to whether the first two albums -- both unconventional -- would be part of the package. Fans had been waiting on the official release of Sept. 2 to confirm what exactly would be in the package. "Some of these records have long been … [Read more...]

Ramases: Collected and celebrated

"Ramases: Complete Discography" is truth in advertising, unfortunately. A house fire claimed demo tapes for what was to be the third album by the eccentric British singer-songwriter. Otherwise, it's all here. The release of this six-CD box set is found treasure for the cult of Ramases, such as it is. Only a thousand physical copies are being produced of "Ramases: Complete Discography," reflecting the artist's deep obscurity. Yet this is no rote kitchen-sink project. The record label owner, actor Peter Stormare, whose fandom goes back to Ramases' 1971 debut album, has crafted two outstanding and unique discs from the limited catalog: One, a significant sonic restoration of Ramases' troubled second album; the other an unusually viable tribute album from contemporary artists. Both … [Read more...]

Beatles. Mono. Vinyl. Big box set.

It's back to mono, again, for the Beatles, but this time there's a twist that's worth shouting about. A September release is set for Apple's presentation of the vinyl box set "The Beatles in Mono." The difference, other than format, is the mono results from a pure analogue mastering sequence (AAA) -- or at least as close as is possible in 2014. There are 14 records, cut onto 180-gram vinyl, the weight of choice for most audiophile releases these days. They're being pressed in Germany. The covers are full size, with sleeve artwork "identical to the (U.K.) originals." Those who come up with the $400 or so will get the nine British mono albums, plus the U.S. "Magical Mystery Tour." The non-album-track wrangling is done on "Mono Masters," a three-disc collection. "Abbey Road" and … [Read more...]

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