Archive for the ‘Release Tuesday’ Category

RELEASE MONDAY: November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

A second Monday release week in a row.


Various Artists: Shady XV (Interscope)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Compilation

Covering the Shady record label roster, Shady XV gives us hits from the likes of 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, and Eminem.

Best Buy is offering an exclusive version with a bonus track.

Coldplay: Ghost Stories: Live 2014 (CD/DVD) (Atlantic/Parlophone)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Live

This aired back on NBC earlier this year, and now you can bring the audio and video to your library. While we’re not always fans of Coldplay live, the album this material comes from has grown on us quite a bit from when it was initially released.

A CD-only version of this is also being released, but for another $2.00, why not spring for the whole package? The DVD contains some alternate videos.

Bryan Adams: Reckless (Super Deluxe Edition) (A&M)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Reissue

One of the great ’80s albums featuring hits like “Summer Of ’69,” “Run To You,” and “Heaven.” Here, it sees the super deluxe treatment with bonus tracks, a full live show from 1985, and a 5.1 surround mix. Here’s to 30 years, Bryan Adams!

Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77: Medicine Chest Dub/Skeletons Dub (Single) (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: Reggae, Dub

Fantastic single featuring production work from Prince Fatty and Nostalgia 77 with Alice Russell on vocals.

Dave Matthews Band: Under The Table And Dreaming (Expanded Edition) (Legacy)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Reissue, Vinyl

The album that brought DMB national recognition is now being reissued with a couple of acoustic versions for bonus tracks (“Dancing Nancies” and “The Song That Jane Likes”). A vinyl reissues is also being released.

Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam/Universal)
Public Enemy: Fear Of A Black Planet (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam/Universal)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Reissue

The sticker on the CD reissue of It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back reads “The Greatest Hip-Hop Album Ever Made.” You won’t hear many arguments from us. Included on the second disc are various b-sides of remixes, instrumentals, a capellas, and so forth. A DVD entitled Fight The Power Live rounds out the reissue featuring live performances and music videos. It was previously only available via VHS.

Furthermore they followed it up with an album as strong as FOABP featuring tracks like “Welcome To The Terrordome,” “Fight The Power,” and “Brothers Gonna Work It Out.” The bonus disc again contains various b-side remixes and instrumentals.

Vinyl reissues of both albums are also being released and contain 3D lenticular covers.

RELEASE MONDAY: November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Here we go with another Monday release week.


TV On The Radio: Seeds (Harvest)
File Under: Rock

The album has been garnering a lot of praise through Rolling Stone and more. Hear the lead single below.

Henry Mancini: The Classic Soundtrack Collection (Legacy)
File Under: Score, Popular, Easy Listening

You could be forgiven for thinking of the “The Pink Panther Theme” when you hear Mancini’s name mentioned. It is certainly a classic work. But the man had so much more music in him. With a ridiculously long list of soundtracks, albums and more to his credit, he was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on top of 10 Grammys, 4 Academy Awards, and more accolades.

He also was responsible for this beautiful track:

Featured on this box set is a collection of 9 CDs of his scores including Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Arabesque, Me, Natalie, and more.

You absolutely cannot go wrong with this set.

RELEASE TUESDAY: November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014


Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (RCA)
File Under: Rock

Dave Grohl and his bandmates travelled ’round the country to different cities to record their new album. In fact, they filmed material for a show on HBO of the same name to document each city’s musical heritage.

Tears For Fears: Songs From The Big Chair (Universal)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Reissue, Box Set

In 1985, it was hard to find a bigger album than this. With singles like “Shout,” “Head Over Heels,” and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” it was everywhere that year. It’s now being reissued on various formats, but the super deluxe edition includes 4 CDs of the album, remixes, and early mixes as well as 2 DVDs that include music videos, TV appearances, a surround sound mix and more.

Portishead: Dummy (Vinyl Reissue) (Universal/Mercury)
File Under: Trip-Hop, Reissue

Even 20 years later, this album is still a crowning achievement. Beautiful, yet haunting songs like “Mysterons,” “Numb,” and “Glory Box.”

Garth Brooks: Man Against Machine (Sony Music Nashville)
File Under: Country

It’s been a while since Brooks has released new material (not counting last year’s Wal-Mart-only release of covers in a box set). After quite the delay, he (the man) takes on the machine (the music industry?). We’re not sure, but foresee it selling quite well.

RELEASE MONDAY: October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

This is one of those weeks where the new titles came out on Monday as opposed to Tuesday.


Taylor Swift: 1989 (Big Machine Records)
File Under: Pop

Taylor Swift is going with a decidedly more pop sound with this album. The catchy “Shake It Off” shows a fun new direction for her.

Target is offering three exclusive tracks (“Wonderland,” “You Are In Love,” and “New Romantics”) as well as a handful of 3 voice memos of three of the tracks from the standard edition and exclusive photo prints. See your local Target ad for other things being tied in with this release from Swift.

Led Zeppelin: IV (Super Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic/Rhino)
Led Zeppelin: Houses Of The Holy (Super Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic/Rhino)
File Under: Rock, Reissue, Box Set

Led Zeppelin fans are ecstatic about these reissues, and they are putting them out at a fairly aggressive pace. While the super deluxe sets top the $100 mark, for the fan wanting to spend less have the option for a regular deluxe edition for each title

Paul McCartney: New (Collector’s Edition) (Concord/MPL)
File Under: Rock, Reissue

It was about a year ago that McCartney’s latest studio effort of pop music was released. While various bonus tracks abounded on international and retailer exclusives, now they are all collected in a DVD-sized booklet across 2 CDs and 1 DVD. For the latter part, footage from events around the world and behind the scenes moments are collected.

Next week, Paul and his Wings cohorts are guaranteed to get some more ink from us as the Paul McCartney Archive Collection campaign will roll on (after a brief delay from earlier this summer).

Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock And Roll Time (Vanguard)
File Under: Rock & Roll

The Killer teams up with Keith Richards, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, and more on this new collection of songs.

Dianne Reeves: I Remember (Blue Note/Universal)
Horace Silver: Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers (Blue Note/Universal)
Thelonius Monk: Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (Blue Note/Universal)
Hank Mobley: No Room For Squares (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl

The Blue Note vinyl reissue campaign continues with four more titles!

RELEASE TUESDAY: October 21, 2014

Sunday, October 19th, 2014


The Budos Band: Burnt Offering (Daptone)
File Under: Rock

The Budos Band explores a more rock-oriented sound on their fourth album. Look for an interview we conducted with band member Tom Brenneck in issue 60 of Wax Poetics out later this fall. The title track can be heard below.

Boyz II Men: Collide (BMG)
File Under: R&B

Motownphilly’s back again. Target is offering a version with two additional tracks, “Beautiful” and “Can’t Let Go.”

In the world of exclusive deals, iTunes is offering a different bonus track called “Ladies Man.” Amazon is offering an autographed version.

Gavin Degraw: Finest Hour: The Best Of Gavin Degraw (RCA)
File Under: Pop

His subsequent albums after his fantastic debut, Chariot, have been uneven, but this collection grabs some of his best material.

Various Artists: Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: R&B

This is the pared down version of a box set, and even it’s two discs worth of material from the likes of Alice Russell, Nostalgia 77, Bonobo, Hidden Orchestra, and more.

Earth, Wind, & Fire: Holiday (Legacy)
File Under: Christmas, R&B

‘Tis the season. The Christmas titles are starting to roll out, and EWF covers some of the genre’s classics like “What Child Is This,” “The Drummer Boy,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

T.I.: Paperwork (Grand Hustle/Columbia)
File Under: Hip-Hop

T.I. teams up with Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, Skylar Grey, and more for his latest effort.

El Michels Affair: Sounding Out The City (Deluxe Edition) (Truth & Soul)
File Under: Soul, Reissue

This came out last week, and we forgot to mention it. A decade ago, Leon Michels and his cronies put together this beautiful instrumental soul album. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the label is reissuing it with a bonus disc of some previously unreleased material. Additionally, that bonus material is being issued on vinyl on a 10″ called Loose Change.

RELEASE TUESDAY: September 30; October 7; October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014


Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright In The End (Universal Republic)
File Under: Rock

Rivers Cuomo and his bandmates deliver another album, their ninth, this time via Universal Republic.

Oasis: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (Big Brother Recordings)
File Under: Rock, Reissue

A super deluxe version of this reissue exists, but with all the audio available in this 3-CD package at $20, it’s hard to turn this one down.

Kenny Drew: Undercurrent (Blue Note/Universal)
Sonny Clark: Cool Struttin’ (Blue Note/Universal)
Stanley Turrentine: That’s Where It’s At (Blue Note/Universal)
Freddie Hubbard: Ready For Freddie (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl, Reissue

The Blue Note train rolls on with these vinyl reissues. Have we said how much we love old Blue Note album covers?

The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles: The Last Transmission (Now Again)
File Under: Psychedelic

The Heliocentrics launch yet another oneoff project, this time with Melvin Van Peebles. A second disc is included with the instrumentals of the tracks as well. If you’re a member of Now Again’s subscription, it’s available there now as well.

Various Artists: Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul, & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade (Tiger’s Milk)
File Under: Global Grooves, Compilation

As a follow-up to the label’s Peru Maravilloso, the funk, soul, and psych scenes of the country’s musical history are explored.

Wax Poetics recently debuted a track from the compilation.

Bonobo: North Borders Tour: Live (Ninja Tune)
File Under: Live, DVD

The album comes with both the audio on CD and a companion DVD of the live show. A vinyl version is also offered.

Bob Seger: Ride Out (Universal)
File Under: Rock

He may be (even) older now, but Bob Seger is still runnin’ against the wind. From the title, are we to expect this may be his ride into the sunset?

The soundclips up at Amazon are certainly in line with what you’d expect from a Seger release.

U2: Songs Of Innocence (Interscope)
File Under: Pop, Rock

If you weren’t one of the half-billion people to receive the album for free via iTunes last month; or if you were one of those people who felt intruded upon by Apple; or if you just want the physical object of the album, well, then this is your release.

RELEASE TUESDAY: September 2, 9, and 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

RELEASE TUESDAY: September 2, 9, and 16, 2014


The Beatles: The Beatles In Mono Vinyl Box Set (Capitol)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Vinyl

They’re only virtually the most important music group in music history. Back in 2009, we got remasters of their full catalog in mono on CD. This year, as promised for some time now, the mono catalog (up through The Beatles aka The White Album when the albums stopped being done in mono) is now out on vinyl.

Various Artists: Catch Action: The Sophisticated Boogie Funk Of Sheridan House Records (Ubiquity)
File Under: R&B, Box Set, Vinyl, Compilation

A beautiful set from Ubiquity chronicling a sampling of records as released by 70s/80s label Sheridan House. Wax Poetics is hosting a contest giving one of the vinyl box sets away. A 2-CD version has also been released.

Etta James: Rocks The House (Argo/Jackpot)
File Under: R&B, Live

A fiery live LP recorded by Etta James in Nashville. The album has been reissued on blue vinyl.

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro (Strut)
File Under: Afrobeat

The Heliocentrics pair with legendary Afrobeat saxophonist to create a wonderfully funky record. You can hear their cover of James Brown’s “In The Middle” over at Wax Poetics.

Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams (Pax Am/Blue Note)
File Under: Rock

Ryan Adams’ self-titled album is far beyond a debut but a deeper look still into his musical journey.

Jimi Hendrix: Rainbow Bridge (Legacy)
Jimi Hendrix: The Cry Of Love (Legacy)
File Under: Rock

Legacy continues to release material from Hendrix. These two are older albums released posthumously, even originally. The Cry Of Love finds its way to CD for the first time.

Smokey Robinson/The Miracles/Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Various Albums (Motown/Universal)
File Under: Soul, Reissue

A number of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles as well as solo Smokey Robinson albums are finding their way to a digital storefront, some being available for the first time in years. Some titles, released between the 1960s through the 1980s, include:

Greatest Hits From The Beginning
A Pocket Full Of Miracles
The Season For Miracles
One Dozen Roses
Flying High Together
Yes, It’s You Lady
Touch The Sky
Smoke Signals

Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra: Pulsion (Ubiquity)
File Under: Soul, Jazz, Psychedelic, Library

A funky, quirky record from the tight ALVO crew exploring new territories. Here a teaser below.

RELEASE TUESDAY: August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014


Brad Paisley: Moonshine In The Trunk (Sony Nashville/Arista)
File Under: Country

Megastar Paisley returns with his latest album.

Kem: Promise To Love (Target Deluxe Edition) (CMG)
File Under: R&B

A standard version of this album exists, but Target is selling a deluxe version including a couple of bonus tracks, “I Believe In Your Love” and “In The Meantime.”

Lou Donaldson: Lush Life (Blue Note/Universal)
Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (Blue Note/Universal)
Wayne Shorter: Juju (Blue Note/Universal)
Herbie Hancock: Speak Like A Child (Blue Note/Universal)
Terence Blanchard: Flow (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl, Reissue

The newest release of these is Terence Blanchard’s 2005 album, and the batch stretches back to classic Blue Note era albums like Lush Life and Juju.

RELEASE TUESDAY: August 19, 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


Benjamin Booker: Benjamin Booker (ATO)
File Under: Rock

A really nice debut from this young rock and roller. NPR was streaming the album last week, and we were hooked. A couple months ago, he performed on David Letterman, singing his hit “Violent Shiver.”

Christian Gregory: Count On You EP (Movement)
File Under: R&B

Another debut project. This one comes from Christian Gregory, who partnered with singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka to form Movement Records. Okayplayer is still streaming the full EP. We’re loving “Won’t Get Nowhere” which has an incredibly slow but sensual beat with Gregory launching into a pristine falsetto.

You can also check out the title track’s official video:

Bebel Gilberto: Tudo (Sony Masterworks)
File Under: Global Grooves, Brazilian

Brazilian music + last name of Gilberto = immediate purchase.

Smokey Robinson: Smokey & Friends (Verve)
File Under: Soul, Covers

The guest list is big: Elton John, Steven Tyler, John Legend, Mary J Blige, and the list goes on. The results, however, leave a lot to be desired.

RELEASE TUESDAY: August 12, 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014


Brian Setzer: Rockabilly Riot: All Original (Surfdog)
File Under: Rock & Roll

A fun new record from Brian Setzer.

The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt (Island)
File Under: Pop, Rock

New material following their acclaimed 2012 album Handwritten.

Ethan Johns: The Reckoning (Three Crows Records)
File Under: Rock, Blues

Johns is usually on the other side of the board, although this isn’t his solo debut. Instead, Ryan Adams puts on the producer hat while Johns gets behind the mic.

Donny Hathaway: The Best Of Donny Hathaway (Friday Music)
File Under: Soul, Compilation, Vinyl

An odd title to be reissuing given that it’s not considered to be the standard best of by Hathaway. Still, even at nine tracks, the selection is a good one, although by no means is it any more of a taste of the man’s great talents.