Buddy Iahn takes a look at some upcoming recent album announcements
U2 is releasing 20th anniversary editions of All That You Can’t Leave Behind across multiple formats on October 30th, exactly 20 years to the date of its original release. The updated edition features 12 tracks remastered in 2020 and will be available on single CD, double CD, double 180-gram vinyl and digitally. The Super Deluxe Edition adds 39 additional tracks across five CDs and 11 LPs, including remastered b-sides, outtakes from the album sessions; the complete 19 track live audio of the band’s Elevation Tour performance, recorded at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts in June 2001 and released later that year on DVD; and more. A 32 page book and double sided poster will also be included.
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, has announced a new studio album with the E Street Band, called Letter To You, for October 23rd. A rock album fueled by the band’s heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12 track album is Springsteen’s 20th, and was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey. The set will be available on CD, double LP with a double gray colored vinyl featuring an etching on side D at indie record stores. Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased, compositions from the 1970s.
Grateful Dead is celebrating the 50th anniversary of American Beauty with a new deluxe remastered edition on October 30th. American Beauty: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available on 3 CD, colored LP and Picture Disc via Rhino Records. The album is considered the crown jewel of the Dead’s studio output with the album’s original ten tracks among many of the Dead’s best-known, most-loved, and most popular songs. The set also includes an unreleased concert recorded on February 18, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, which is considered one of the most requested archival recordings in the Dead’s vault.
Sticking with the 50 year theme, Parlophone Records will reissue David Bowie’s Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World) 50th Anniversary Edition on November 6th. The original album was released in November 1970 in North America, but not the rest of the world until April 1971. The reissue will be available on 180-gram black vinyl edition, and 2020 limited edition handwritten numbered copies on white vinyl numbered one through 1970 and gold vinyl numbered 1971 – 2020, all randomly distributed.
On October 23rd, UMe will release Beastie Boys Music, a 20 song collection covering the GRAMMY Award winning and multi-platinum selling Beastie Boys’ recording career, featuring 30 plus years of hits. The collection is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed documentary Beastie Boys Story, currently nominated for five Emmys, and the group’s best seller Beastie Boys Book, which ascended to No. 1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Beastie Boys Music will be available digitally, on CD and as a 180-gram 2 LP vinyl set.
In celebration of John Lennon’s 80th birthday on October 9th, a collection of some of the most vital and best loved songs from his solo career will be released via Capitol/UMe as a suite of beautifully presented collections, titled Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes. The 36 songs featured on the collection were hand picked by Yoko Ono and producer Sean Ono Lennon. All songs have all been completely remixed from scratch, radically upgrading their sonic quality and presenting them as a never-before-heard Ultimate Listening Experience. The set will be released as a Deluxe Edition 2 CD/Blu-ray set, 2 CD and 4 LP as well as a 19 track CD and double LP.
A new feature length documentary on Jimi Hendrix called Music, Money, Madness… Jimi Hendrix In Maui is coming November 20th with a companion Live in Maui album. The film chronicles the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s storied visit to Maui and how they became ensnared with the ill-fated Rainbow Bridge movie produced by their controversial manager Michael Jeffery. The Blu-ray will include the full documentary as well as bonus features featuring all of the existing 16mm color film shot of the two performances that afternoon mixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Included in the package will be Live In Maui – both of the aforementioned sets spread across 2 CDs or 3 vinyl LPs, newly restored and mixed by longtime Jimi Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer, and mastered by Bernie Grundman.
Mariah Carey is releasing The Rarities on October 2nd, featuring 15 previously unreleased songs, b-sides and rare material. The album features a 17 track bonus disc, Live at Tokyo Dome, recorded on March 1996, which includes “Daydream,” “Emotions,” “Always Be My Baby,” “One Sweet Day,” “Hero” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” among others. The same day, Walmart will reissue her 1990 self-titled debut album on glass bottle colored vinyl. Both sets are part of Carey’s 30th anniversary celebration.
GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor has announced her first-ever Christmas album, A Very Trainor Christmas, arriving October 30th via Epic Records. The album will be packed with all of your favorite Christmas classics, along with five brand new Trainor originals. Trainor enlisted the help of her entire family to handcraft the album, along with some special guests to be announced soon.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.