There have been a much of news on the archives front that I wanted to share.
The Rolling Stones‘ Live 1965: Music From Charlie is my Darling has just been released digitally by ABKCO on Jan. 21. The CD, which is nominated for Best Historical Album Grammy, was originally released as part of the DVD documentary that looks at these early days of the Stones but this is a way to just get the album on its own.
Cliff Richard – not to be confused with Keith Richards, is often called England’s first rock ‘n’ roll star. He will be releasing his 100th album (yes, 100!) on Feb. 25. The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook, which Rhino will make available as a digital release, contains Richard’s recordings of rock gems like “Rip It Up,” “Rave On” and “Johnny B. Goode.”
Rhino has gathered together Little Feat‘s Complete Warner Brothers recordings (studio albums, live tracks and outtakes) into a big 13-CD boxset. Rad Gumbo, which covers the years 1971-1990, includes the classic Lowell George era and contains the great tunes like “Willin’,” “Fat Man In The Bathtub” and “Dixie Chicken.” Its release date is Feb. 25.
A deluxe version of Bob Dylan‘s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration will be coming out on DVD, Blu-ray and CD from Columbia on March 4. Performers range from the Clancy Brothers to the O’Jays with those “inbetween” including Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, George Harrison and Richie Havens. The DVD/Blu-ray editions will have 40 minutes of previously unissued material, while the CD contains unreleased sound check performances by Sinead O’Connor and Eric Clapton.
The filmmakers who did the quite fine Eric Clapton: The 1960’s Review DVD, have created its sequel: Eric Clapton: The 1970’s Review. As before, the DVD documentary contains cool archival performances clips as well as interview with Clapton collaborators from that era (Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, etc.) and journalists.
Returning to the topic of tributes, Jackson Browne will be saluted this April on the CD Looking into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne. The disc’s headliners include Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen. There are also selections by Browne’s peers like Karla Bonoff and JD Souther plus younger acts such as Sean & Sara Watkins and Griffin House. A couple tracks jump out for their intriguing pairings: Don Henley teams up with Blind Pilot for “These Days” and “Too Many Angels” will be done by Marc Cohn and Joan As Police Woman.
Los Lobos‘ 1976 debut recording Si Se Puede (Yes, We Can) will be released by Fantasy Records as a digital download on March 11. The 10-track album features Los Lobos collaborating with a number of Latino musicians in a tribute to Cesar Chavez.
Sid Selvidge isn’t the best known Memphis musician but he is an influential cult figure. Besides making music, he was a dj, ran a record label (that released albums by Alex Chilton and Cybil Shepherd!) and did a lot of other interesting things. On March 11, Omnivore is releasing The Cold Of The Morning, a Jim Dickinson-produced song cycle Selvidge did in 1975 that got a limited release in its day and now gets a deluxe release with outtakes and bonus material. Sid’s son Steve (Lucero, Hold Steady) co-produced this reissue.
A cult figure from the West Coast – Ned Doheny – will be the subject of a retrospective by the Numero label. This long-time member of the Southern California music scene was one of the first signees to Asylum Records but his music isn’t well known today (Rufus did “What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me” and the Average White Band did “A Love Of Your Own”). The 19-track Doheny compilation Separate Oceans, which contains 11 unreleased demos, will be coming out in May.
Real Gone Music always has interesting titles coming out of the vaults. Among their February releases are the soundtrack to the obscure 1979 film Together? (featuring the work of Burt Bacharach, Jackie DeShannon and Libby Titus), the Mamas & The Papas compilation A Gathering of Flowers, a Jim Reeves Gospel collection A Beautiful Life – Songs of Inspiration and the complete recordings of Brotherhood (a band formed by Phil ”Fang” Volk, Drake ”The Kid” Levin and Mike ”Smitty” Smith after they left Paul Revere and the Raiders).
In March, the label will offer up a heavy dose of New Orleans music. The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas will be represented in The Lost Cotillion Album, which is filled with unreleased material recorded in 1972 while under contract with Atlantic). On the aptly titled The Last Mardi Gras, the legendary Professor Longhair can be heard in his last Mardi Gras appearance in 1978. Another great New Orleans pianoman, Dr. John, will have his breakout debut album Gris Gris reissued. While he recorded it at L.A.’s fabled Gold Star Studios, he used a cadre of Louisiana expat musicians like Shirley Goodman, Jessie Hill and Richard “Didimus” Washington. Also in March, Real Gone will release a Charley Pride Gospel collection, a pair of David Ruffin post-Temptations two-fers and the Grass Roots‘ complete Dunhill/ABC hit singles (yes, including “Midnight Confessions”).