Spring sets from Fleetwood Mac, the Who and more
The past three months haven’t delivered a huge amount of re-releases and archival recordings, but there have been some great records nonetheless.
The usual assortment of deluxe editions, super deluxe editions, and boxes stuffed with vinyls and multiple records have arrived. But there are also sets dedicated to the entirety of the recordings of a lost band from the 60s and an album featuring the last American concert by one of the most adventurous artists of the 20th century.
In the summary of re-releases below for Spring 2021, you’ll find extended albums from Black Sabbath (their sixth LP, from 1975), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (the first of the trio turned quartet) and Fleetwood Mac (a first live record in their career, a dozen years after their debut).
You’ll also find a remastered, updated, and rarity-filled box centered around one of Who’s most famous albums, as well as a concert recording of Frank Zappa that ended up being the last performance he played. in his native country. It’s all worth hearing.
Black Sabbath, Sabotage (Super Deluxe Edition)
What it is: Following the recent and excellent reissue of Flight. 4, the group’s sixth album from 1975 and the last playable disc of the original quartet is expanded to four discs, including live tracks and single editions.
What’s on it: In addition to a new remastered version of the original Sabotage LP, the new collection features live cuts – like the classics “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” – from the 1975 Sabbath North American Tour.
Best song you know: “Symptom of the Universe” isn’t just the last great song the band at the head of Ozzy Osbourne recorded, it’s one of their 10 best of all time. It’s even more powerful thanks to the remaster.
Best Song You Don’t Know: “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” was on the album, and it even came out as a single, but the tighter editing included here gives it more focus and energy. The vinyl edition of the box even reproduces the Japanese single 7 “.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Already seen: 50th anniversary of the luxury edition
What it is: David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have added former Buffalo Springfield band member Neil Young to the group for their second album. It’s even better than the first.
What’s on it: This excellent four-CD set includes a remastered version of the original 1970 album, as well as a large number of demos, clips and alternate versions, many of which are unreleased.
Best song you know: Young’s “Helpless” has always been a highlight of the CSNY catalog, but the freshly remastered version included on the first record and vinyl in this set now sounds exquisite.
Best Song You Don’t Know: “Birds” ended up on Young’s solo album in 1970 After the gold rush, released six months later Already seen. A brand new demo version recorded with Nash is the highlight of this new collection.
Fleetwood Mac, Live (Super Deluxe Edition)
What it is: The band’s 1980 album was their first concert LP and came at the end of a five-year whirlwind that began with an eponymous, No.1 album that pretty much introduced Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to the world. .
What’s on it: This Super Deluxe Edition expands both original albums Live three CDs with over an hour of unreleased concert music as well as demo versions of two of the album’s new songs.
Best song you know: Nicks’ “Fireflies” – a meditation on the band’s turmoil that escalated during the making of the 1979s Defense – was one of those new songs. Released as a single, it stalled outside the Top 50.
Best Song You Don’t Know: Additional live songs range from the Peter Green era “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)” to the Buckingham Thorny Defense track “Which makes you think you’re the only one.” But the best is the group written “The Chain”.
Band of four, 77-81
What it is: The four-record set documents the early years of one of the greatest post-punk bands of all time. This era includes their first two albums: The Revolutionary of 1979 Entertainment! and 1981 undervalued Solid gold.
What’s on it: In addition to these two LPs, this set includes records containing the great Gang of Four singles of the time and a previously unreleased San Francisco concert recorded in 1980.
Best song you know: “Damad Goods” was both the band’s first single and the anchor for their debut album. Over 40 years later, it still sounds little like anything that has come out since, even the many bands he’s influenced.
Best Song You Don’t Know: The entire live show, recorded between albums but still a productive moment for the band, envelops everything from Gang of Four punk and new wave to art-rock and noise.
The Palace Guard, All Night: A 1965-1966 Anthology
What it is: This 12 song compilation features every single released by Californian garage rockers during their short existence. Drummer Emmit Rhodes went on to form the Merry Go Round before launching his cult solo career.
What’s on it: The band only released six singles in the mid-60s, and one of them was as a backing band for My three sons‘Don Grady (he played Robbie on the TV show). All night long brings together the dozen A and B sides, all remastered.
Best song you know: “Falling Sugar”, their third single, is featured on the excellent Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 box. It’s the highlight here, but other tracks are in the same vein.
Best Song You Don’t Know: The overture “All Night Long” is a wonderful introduction to the primitive but melodious stampede of the palace guard. No wonder they were the home group of the Hullaballoo Club of Los Angeles for a while. It is the club music of the 60s par excellence.
WHO, The Who Sell Out: Super Deluxe Edition
What it is: The Who’s 1967 LP, their third, was sort of a concept album, combining Pete Townshend’s most accomplished songs to date with a theme based on a pirate radio station, complete with fake commercials.
What’s on it: This Super Deluxe Edition includes five discs: remastered original stereo and mono mixes, extracts from sessions, songs recorded the following year before Tommy came out and Townshend demos. Nearly 50 titles are unreleased.
Best song you know: “I Can See for Miles” was the hit single. It is presented here in five different versions, including the original single mix, an unreleased full version and a first demo. It is also included on a 7 “single in the box, the best of the last few months.
Best Song You Don’t Know: The band’s 1967 single “Pictures of Lily” is included here as a bonus track in their original UK single mix single, but Townshend’s demo – almost a minute longer – shows just how formed the song was, even in its skeletal form.
Bobby Womack, The poet, The poet II
What it is: Bobby Womack, the guy who wrote the Rolling Stones’ first UK hit, “It’s All Over Now,” kicked off his fourth musical decade with a pair of albums that highlighted and split the hard and soft tracks between the sides. respective LP.
What’s on it: The poet (from 1981) and The poet II (from 1984) brought Womack back to the top of the charts. The debut album was his only No. 1 R&B LP; tracking is his best ever record. Both are getting stellar new remasters for the original’s 40th anniversary.
Best song you know: “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” reached number three on the R&B charts, its best performance since the solo “Lookin ‘for a Love” reached number one seven years earlier. Mariah Carey then sampled it for her number 1 “We Belong Together”.
Best Song You Don’t Know: None of the reissues feature bonus tracks, so you might know it all if you’re a longtime Womack fan (his career dates back to the 1950s band, the Valentinos). But look The poet‘s “Lay Your Lovin’ on Me” for some vocal fireworks.
Franck Zappa, Zappa ’88 – The Last American Show
What it is: Zappa performed his last concert in the United States on March 25, 1988 in Uniondale, NY. Within a week, he and his band were in Europe performing across the continent. In 1990, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer; he died in 1993.
What’s on it: The two-disc set includes 29 songs from this latest American show as well as a pair of covers from the same tour: “Whipping Post” by the Allman Brothers Band and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.
Best song you know: The performance has never been released before, so everything here is new including “The Beatles Medley” with “Norwegian Wood”, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” with new lyrics written by Zappa .
Best Song You Don’t Know: “I Ain’t Got No Heart” dates back to the early days of Zappa, the 1966 Mothers of Invention album Pinball! But the version here is reworked to include a five-piece brass section.