The biannual day for music lovers makes its triumphant return. As a note, some of have complained of this year’s event falling before Easter. Rest assured, it has nothing to do with capitalism and taking away from family time. The day always falls on the third Saturday of April.
Sam Cooke: Ain’t That Good News (ABKCO)
File Under: Soul
The album gets attention for being the LP that houses the iconic “A Change Is Gonna Come.” However, Cooke was in top form throughout the entire record including on the sweet “The Riddle Song,” the great jukebox singalong tune “Another Saturday Night,” and some countrified soul in the title track.
We were fortunate enough to get a promotional copy of the album. The vinyl is thick 180g goodness that sounds absolutely pristine. It’s a dead quiet pressing with each instrument and aural piece occupying its own distinctive place. Carl Rowatti’s lacquer cutting of Bob Ludwig’s master is a thing of beauty. We don’t hide the fact that we are big fans of Cooke’s music, but it makes us ecstatic that project coordinators Jody Klein and Teri Landi treated this release with such respect. It’s our hope that this is the beginning of more reissues, compilations, and vault material from Mr. Soul.
Various Artists: South Side Story (Numero)
File Under: Soul, R&B
Numero is releasing this comp on both CD and vinyl formats. It covers tracks from the label’s home city, Chicago. You can hear :30 clips of the compilation over at the label’s website.
Donny Hathaway: Live At The Bitter End 1971 (Rhino)
File Under: Soul
Most of this concert was released late last year on the Never My Love anthology. However, there is one incentive to buying this release, other than it being its first time on vinyl. A 21-minute version of “Everything Is Everything” takes up a full side and is exclusive to this release.
Record Racks friend Joachim Bertrand, who runs a wonderful Hathaway tribute page, put together this unboxing video of the album.
Phil and Don Everly recorded a great amount of memorable songs throughout their long career. Two titles are getting a vinyl reissue on Saturday. The first is the album that inspired Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones to record a tribute album to Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Just this past March, Varese Sarabande gave it a CD reissue with a handful of alternate takes. Its vinyl counterpart sees the album proper on wax.
Rhino is also issuing a catalog title as well. Roots was released a decade after Songs Our Daddy Taught Us and finds the group still using their tight harmonies over cover songs from George Jones and Randy Newman to name a few.
Hank Williams: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 – Extended Play (Omnivore)
File Under: Country, Live
Omnivore has gone to great lengths to recreate an EP jacket that looks of the period. Eight tracks adorn this EP of previously unissued material of the country legend on a 1950 radio show. If you’re unable to find this title on Saturday, be aware that all these tracks plus more will be available on a full 24-track compilation being released in May.
Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 – Extended Play (Real Gone)
File Under: Country, Live
Along the same lines, this Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys release covers material from the 1940s recorded specifically for radio stations. While a number of these tracks are going to be included on the upcoming 2-CD compilation of Transcriptions material, there are a handful of tracks exclusive to this pressing.
The Civil Wars: Live At Eddie’s Attic (Sensibility/Columbia)
File Under: Pop, Country, Live
John Paul White and Joy Williams have gotten in a release on most RSDs over the past few years. This year they release an early show of theirs on vinyl, one that was available for free on their official website for some time starting almost 5 years ago. They even perform a Sade cover (“No Ordinary Love”), a daring task for any group!
Some EARLY, and we mean early, jazz from the legendary Blue Note. The Lewis track is the first release from the label, and the Ammons track was released next. Some incredible history is being presented here. The originals go for ridiculous prices.
Both of these titles have not been previously released on vinyl, a situation that Legacy is rectifying this year. While these aren’t exclusive to RSD, they are RSD First titles. The self-titled album launched the band into the public consciousness with a mix of rock and rap on hits like “All Mixed Up” and “Down” in the mid-90s. Evolver featured the hit “Creatures (For A While).”
Henry Mancini: Soundtrack To Pink Panther (Legacy)
File Under: Jazz, Soundtrack, Lounge
Who doesn’t know this wonderful and cool Mancini song? Along with the Cooke record noted above, this soundtrack is also celebrating a 50th anniversary in 2014. Legacy is reissuing it on beautiful pink vinyl, and it will serve as a precursor to an 11-CD box set highlighting other Mancini scores due later this year.
Outkast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Legacy)
File Under: Hip-Hop
Before they were ATLiens, Big Boi and Andre 3000 were creating party anthems like “Player’s Ball” and “Hootie Hoo.” 20 years after its debut, the album is getting a 180g reissue in its original 12-song format, not the more expanded version that found its way to CD later.
Quantic: You Will Return (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: Latin
Featuring Alice Russell, this 7″ is our first taste of Quantic’s new album due May 6. A DJ edit is on the A-side while the instrumental rounds out the release. A lush blend of banjo, strings, and lively percussion make this one something really special.
Various Artists: If 2.0 (Ninja Tune)
File Under: Electronic
The second installment of the series features a Cinematic Orchestra remix of Heidi Vogel’s “Turn Up The Quiet” and the exciting “Land Of The Drum” by The New World Percussion Ensemble. In all, 13 tracks are spread across three 12″s.