World Circuit Records celebrates the 25th anniversary of the breakthrough Buena Vista Social Club album with an expansive double-disc version, all remastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bernie Grundman. The 19-track bonus disc features 11 never-before-released tracks from the original 1996 sessions. This new version also has other extras, like new liner notes, previously unseen photography, expanded biographies, art prints, and a written history of the legendary
Cuban music lovers will also love Orquesta Akokán’s new 16 Rayos out October 22 on Daptone Records. The Orquesta is a large combo featuring some great Havana instrumentals (including for the first time, string players) along with American players who are well versed in Latin and Cuban music. The band’s first album earned nominations for the Grammy, Billboard Latin Music Award, Telemundo Latin American Music Award,
In the Arab music world, Warda is well-known for the music she made in the late ‘50s and ‘70s (she retired to family life during the 60s). One fan is Timbaland who sampled Warda in Aaliyah’s “Don’t Know what to tell you.” J Dilla has sampled her too. Wewantsounds wants more people to know her music when they put out her 1973 album Khalik Hena on October 15. The album sound cool as it mixes some 70s groove with traditional Arabic music backed by full orchestra
Omnivore mines more Texas treasures when it puts out Mighty Fine: An Austin City Limits Tribute to Walter Hyatt on October 1. Walter Hyatt, a much-loved musician who died tragically in the 1996 ValueJet plane crash, was honored by his pals the following year with this show, which featured Lyle Lovett, Willis Alan Ramsey, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Junior Brown, Marcia Ball, Allison Moorer, David Halley, Shawn Colvin as well as Hyatt’s Uncle Walt’s Band-mates David Ball and Champ Hood. Making its CD and digital debut, this release (which Omnivore also is putting out on vinyl and cassette) contains the original’s 11 tracks, plus six more tracks from the ACL concert and two previously unreleased tunes.
Doc Watson is getting honored with a massive, career-spanning boxset, Life’s Work: A Retrospective, which will arrive November 12 courtesy of Craft Recordings. Life’s Work is a four-disc collection packed with 101 tracks from this Bluegrass hall of famer (as well as National Medal of Arts honoree and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner). In listening to all of this Watson music isn’t enough of a lure, the boxset also holds his collaborations with Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe Alison Krauss, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Flat & Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, and, of course, his son Merle.
A trio of 1971 rock albums are getting the 50th anniversary treatment. The Doors’ L.A. Woman – the last album before Jim Morrison’s death – has received an exciting deluxe incarnation. Arriving December 3 from Rhino, the Doors’ sixth studio album has expanded to a 3-CD/1-LP collection. Besides the remastered original album, there are two discs containing two hours of unreleased studio outtakes. The gem of this bonus material probably is the original demo of “Riders On The Storm,” which was discovered recently on an unmarked tape reel. The LP is a stereo mix of L.A. Woman on 180-gram virgin vinyl.
Sundazed Music has done a special version of the debut album from the Zombies’ beloved singer, Colin Blunstone. for its 50th anniversary. Due November 5, this double LP pairs the original album, One Year, with a second LP, That Same Year, which has 14 previously unreleased recordings, including nine unrecorded tunes. That Same Year’s material is spare, mostly acoustic recordings done by Blunstone, although some tracks feature Rod Argent on piano and the late U.K. singer-songwriter Duncan Browne (remember his song “The Wild Places”?) on classical guitar.
Back in July, David Crosby released his eighth solo album, For Free. 50 years ago, he released his first, If I Could Only Remember My Name. Its anniversary edition is a 2-CD set that has the album remastered from the original analog tapes while the second disc presents 13 tracks of rare studio and demo recordings (12 are released for the first time). For his first album, Crosby called in a number of his famous musician pals (including Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young along with members of Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana) to lend a hand.
From solo to soul music. Daptone Records celebrates its 20th anniversary with a treat for its fans, Coming out October 1, The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live at the Apollo delivers all of your favorite Daptone acts – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Sugarman 3, Charles Bradley, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Saun & Starr, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, and the Como Mamas – recorded live at the historic Apollo Theater in December, 2014. The 3-LP set comes with a photo-packed 48-page booklet.
October 1 also is the day Real Gone Music unveils Little Willie John’s The Complete R&B Hit Singles. Covering his 1955-61 stint with King Records, this vinyl compilation holds 17 tracks from this highly regarded soul singers, including “Leave My Kitten Alone.” The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer’s career was cut short when he died at the age of 30 while incarcerated in the Walla Walla Prison.
Five decades of War will be spotlighted in a new 2-CD (or 2-LP) collection, Greatest Hits 2.0 (October 1 from Rhino). It offers 24 songs that the funk/soul/rock fusion band recorded between 1970-94, including such groove-happy hits as “Slipping Into Darkness,” Low Rider,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” and “The Cisco Kid.” The late, great Otis Redding would have turned 80 last month and Rhino has an Otis gift for the holidays. On December 10, it will reissue its sold-out 7-LP Otis Redding: The Definitive Studio Album Collection, that contains Redding’s seven studio albums done up in replica sleeves.
Btw, If you want a soundtrack for a Halloween party, Real Gone Music has what the doctor ordered. A “mad doctor” that is. On October 15, Real Gone unleashes two vintage movie soundtracks: 1969’s Mad Doctor of Blood Island and 1971’s Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. Tito Arevalo composed the Mad Doctor’s music, while William Lava is behind Dracula Vs. Frankenstein.