Buddy Iahn has a recap of this week’s Notable Releases
Rhino is set to release Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 on multiple formats on November 20th. The tracks were personally curated by Clapton, and will be available on 2 Blu-ray, 2 DVD, 3 CD and 6 LP. Following a six year hiatus, the festival returned in 2019 with outstanding performances by Clapton, James Bay, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo’, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan and more. The the two-day concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998.
Speaking of Clapton, Derek & The Domino’s is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs as a 4 vinyl box set on November 13th via UMe/Polydor. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 double album, the original has been given the Half-Speed Mastered treatment by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios and is completed with a certificate of authentication. The 50th anniversary 4 LP box set is available exclusively through uDiscover and Sound of Vinyl. All the bonus material across all of LP 3 and LP 4 is mastered normally, and not at half speed like the first two discs. The LP set also includes a 12×12 book of sleeve notes taken from the 40th Anniversary Edition.
Shenandoah has set their first album of all new material since 1994 for November 13th with Every Road via Foundry Records. The ten track collection features collaborations with Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Ashley McBryde, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Zac Brown Band, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson and Brad Paisley. The first single off the new album, “I’d Take Another One of Those,” featuring GRAMMY Award-winning Zac Brown Band is available now.
On November 27th, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will release Straight To You: Live, the group’s first-ever live concert video. Straight To You: Live will be released in a variety of formats including CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray, 2 LP red transparent vinyl, and digital. It was filmed at the famous Leverkusen Jazzstage for the iconic German TV show, Rockpalast on November 25th, 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of The Traveler World Tour.
Kelsea Ballerini is releasing a special Target edition of her 2020 albums, Kelsea and Ballerini. The 2 CD collection features 26 songs with deluxe booklet on October 16th via Black River Entertainment. Kelsea was released on March 20th, at the start of the pandemic, while Ballerini was released on September 11th, after the singer was inspired to recut the 13 Kelsea tracks with a different feel, lyrics, tempos and instrumentation.
Pink Floyd will release a restored, re-edited and remixed version of Delicate Sound of Thunder across multiple formats on Friday, November 20th. Originally available solely on VHS and Laserdisc, the Grammy Award-nominated program has been completely restored and re-edited under the direction of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, with the sound remixed by Andy Jackson with David Gilmour. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, with audio-only versions on 2 CD or 3 LP, plus a deluxe four disc set including Blu-ray, DVD and 2 CDs, each of which contain five bonus tracks. The concert presentation was filmed in 1988, a year into the record-breaking Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
Runaway June will release When I Think About Christmas EP out October 16th via BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records. The five track EP will feature three Christmas classics in addition to two Runaway June Christmas originals.
The Depeche Mode 12″ vinyl singles project continues with the release of Songs of Faith and Devotion | The 12″ Singles on October 30th from Rhino. The set, a collector’s edition deluxe boxed set, contains eight 12″ vinyl discs showcasing the singles — “I Feel You,” “Walking In My Shoes,” “Condemnation” and “In Your Room” — and key B-sides, mixes and live recordings from their pivotal Songs of Faith and Devotion album. Each boxed set in the series contains the singles from each Depeche Mode album on audiophile-quality 12″ vinyl, with audio mastered from the original tapes. The artwork for the exterior of each of the box sets draws on iconography inspired by the original releases, while the vinyl sleeves themselves feature the original single artwork.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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