It seems like there is a particularly hearty crop of big releases coming this fall (with an eye on holiday gift buying, no doubt).
One of the coolest autumn releases is The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, which Revenant and Third Man Records have teamed up on. The project, which comes in two volumes (one coming out this fall and the other next fall) spotlights the label that recorded Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Fats Waller and a host of other American music legends. The boxset, which includes music, words and art, comes in a limited edition “cabinet-of-wonder” that should be a must-have for roots music devotees.
Out for a few weeks now is Sound System, a massive 12-disc Clash collection packaged in a boom-box-like box. It includes their studio releases plus a treasury of rare tracks, DVD (including Clash on Broadway) and other memorabilia. Fans of early British punk/late ‘70s rock might also be interested in the two new documentaries: new Julian Temple’s Oil City Confidential, which looks at the seminal UK band Dr. Feelgood and East End Babylon about the Cockney Rebels (both are being put out by MVD Entertainment)
Probably the biggest is the massive Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. 1. This 35-CD set, which comes on the heels of his Another Self Portrait release, covers his 50 years of recordings from 1962-2012. If this seems slightly extravagant for you, there will be 4 smaller boxsets focusing on the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s-onwards.
In a similar (but smaller) vein, Rhino will release all of the Eagles’ album in a vinyl box set on Oct. 29. Rhino also will have an expanded version of Eric Clapton’s Unplugged that will include the CD and the DVD and holds a half-dozen never-before-released tracks.
Van Morrison’s Moondance have gotten the deluxe treatment from Warner Brothers. The classic album will be available in a 5-CD set that includes 50 unreleased tracks and a Blu-Ray (there will also be a single CD and double disc version).
In case you missed it, there’s an interesting Elvis Presley collection out now, Elvis At Stax, a 3-CD set of recordings he did at the Stax Studios in 1973
And I’m sure there will be more to come…