Catching on some recent news from the archives.
American Songwriter reported last week that Legacy Recordings will be putting a deluxe version of Uncle Tupelo’s debut No Depression (the album title that launched an entire subgenre!). The new edition, which will come out on Jan. 28, is a two-disc affair. The first CD includes the remastered album plus a handful of odds and ends, while the second CD includes 10 No Depression demos, 2 songs from the 1988 cassette Live & Otherwise and another handful from the 1987 cassette demo Colorblind and Rhymeless.
There’s another posthumous Alex Chilton release out and sounds exceptionally cool. The Bar/None release Electricity by Candlelight is an audience member recording of a semi-impromptu set Chilton performed at New York City’s Knitting Factory in February of 1997. I call it semi-impromptu because his scheduled show was cancelled due to a power outage; however, Chilton borrowed an acoustic guitar and performed a 17-song set of covers (including “Girl From Ipanema,” “A Case of You” and “I Walk The Line”). See, doesn’t it sound cool?
Lucinda Williams‘ breakthrough 1988 eponymous album (and simply a sublimely great record) will be getting a special 25th anniversary release on Jan. 14. I remember discovering her around that time when she opened for Syd Straw once night at McCabe’s Guitar Shop and later finding this CD in the used bin at Rockaway Records (ah, memories). This reissue (being done by Lucinda’s new indie label in conjunction with the fine folks at Thirty Tigers) figures a bonus disc with a 1989 Dutch concert recording and a handful of other live tracks.
Drag City has excavated more works of the psychedelic folk-rocker Michael Yonkers, who is best known for the 1968 album, Microminiature Love. In January, the label will be releasing two more titles, the twang-ish Michael Lee Yonkers and a home-recorded Border of My Mind.
Two of Peter Guralnick’s best books on music (okay, two of the best books about music) Lost Highway and Feel Like Going Home will come out next month in enhanced e-book editions. Each e-book will have a new chapter, original interview audio and other material.
A DVD spotlighting the 1983 US Festival will come next month. Included will be performances by the Clash, U2, The English Beat and the Stray Cats. Metalheads will cheer that Judas Priest, The Scorpions and Triumph are featured as is Quarterflash (just to remind us that it was 1983).
And on a side archival note – what is the sudden interest in the Everly Brothers. Later this month, the Billy Joe Armstrong/Norah Jones duet album of Everly Brothers songs Foreverly will be released on Reprise. I have quite enjoyed the couple of tracks that I’ve heard. But I also enjoyed A Date With The Everly Brothers that the Chapin Sisters put out back in April and What The Brothers Sang, an Everly Brothers tribute that Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy released in February. Has there ever been a year that featured 3 different tribute albums of the same act?