New Releases for December 4, 2020
Arctic Monkeys – Arctic Monkeys Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Recorded at the start of the band’s Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino tour, Arctic Monkeys Live At The Royal Albert Hall features 20 of the band’s finest moments to date. “On June 7, 2018 we played a very special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” notes the band. “All the proceeds from that memorable night were donated to War Child UK in support of the vital work they do protecting, educating and rehabilitating children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and the horror of war. The situation that was bad in 2018 is now desperate and those children and their families need our help more than ever. To enable War Child UK to reduce their funding deficit and continue their valuable work, we are happy to be able to release a live album, recorded that evening at The Royal Albert Hall. All proceeds will go direct to the charity. We thank all our fans in advance for their support of this release and in turn for their support of War Child UK.”
Jamie Cullum – The Pianoman At Christmas CD (Capitol)
Multi-platinum, Ivor Novello Award-winning musician Jamie Cullum delivers the holiday big band album The Pianoman At Christmas featuring ten original songs boasting a total of no fewer than 57 musicians.
Russell Dickerson – Southern Symphony CD (Triple Tigers)
Co-produced alongside frequent collaborator Casey Brown and a first-time collaboration with legendary producer Dann Huff, Southern Symphony is the sophomore album from multi-platinum recording artist Russell Dickerson and follow-up to 2017’s Gold-certified Yours.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – K.G. CD (KGLW)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with new album K.G., their sixteenth since forming in 2010. In the wake of a global pandemic, it’s a collection of songs composed and recorded remotely after the six members of the band retreated to their own homes scattered around Melbourne. K.G. is a pure distillation of the King Gizzard sound, one that cherry picks the best aspects of previous albums and contorts them into new shapes via defiantly non-western rock scales. K.G. is the second volume in the band’s “microtonal” series that began with 2017’s Flying Microtonal Banana. “FMB was one of the purest and most enjoyable recording experiences we’ve had, and the ideas just kept coming,” explains de facto bandleader/multi-instrumentalist Stu Mackenzie. “It’s almost like an album that normal people make.” [Vinyl edition due December 11.]
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Live In San Francisco ’16 CD/2xLP (ATO)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Just under a month after delivering their award-winning 2016 album Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard took the stage at San Francisco’s The Independent for a set both wildly frenetic and meticulously executed. In one of their final club gigs before bursting onto the international scene – soon selling out amphitheaters and headlining festivals – the Melbourne septet laid down a breakneck performance that, in the words of SF Weekly, “made every organ ache just right.” Multi-tracked and impeccably mixed, Live in San Francisco ’16 simultaneously channels the massive energy of King Gizzard’s set while echoing the sweaty intimacy of the 500-capacity venue.
Moe. – This Is Not, We Are CD 2xCD (ATO)
Hailed by American Songwriter for their “mind-bending musicality,” Moe. is treasured for their mesmerizing musical synergy, unfettered showmanship, and smart, resonant songcraft. For three decades, the band has corralled myriad musical forms on a truly original journey rich with crafty, clever songwriting and astonishing resourcefulness.
The White Stripes – The White Stripes Greatest Hits CD/2xLP (Third Man)
The first-ever official anthology of recordings from the iconic rock duo, Jack and Meg White, is an essential career-spanning collection highlighting 26 previously released songs – from late ‘90s flashes of brilliance through early 2000s underground anthems, masterful MTV Moon Man moments, Grammy-grabbing greatness, and worldwide stadium chants…the songs here are as wide-ranging as you can imagine. In an era of streaming where the idea of a “Greatest Hits” album may seem irrelevant – that an act’s most streamed songs are considered their de facto “hits” – we wholeheartedly believe that great bands deserve “Greatest Hits” and that a large part of Third Man Records’ and The White Stripes’ successes have been built on zigging when the rest of the music business is zagging. Thus, for a great band with great fans, a greatest hits compilation for The White Stripes is not only appropriate, but absolutely necessary.
Deafheaven – 10 Years Gone CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Deafheaven are celebrating the first decade of their illustrious career with a new studio-recorded live album, 10 Years Gone. There is no denying the absolute power of Deafheaven’s live show. Since the days of their now-legendary 2010 demo, the band put on raw performances that combined the sonic assault of black metal with an uplifting emotional quality. The latter comes through in frontman George Clarke’s throat-shredding vocals, which are even more visceral and affecting in person.
Bill Evans – Live At Ronnie Scott’s (with Eddie Gomez & Jack DeJohnette) 2xCD (Resonance)
Live At Ronnie Scott’s is the third official Resonance release of previously-unissued recordings of the Bill Evans trio with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette. The nearly two hours of music has been remastered from the original tape reels. Live At Ronnie Scott’s was captured in July of 1968. On the cover of this deluxe double-CD set is a never-before-published drawing by artist and illustrator David Stone Martin. Package includes an extensive booklet with rare photos, essays and interviews.
Rory Gallagher – Best Of CD/2xCD/2xLP (UMe)
A compilation of his legendary songs from his career, including tracks from Rory’s seminal first band Taste through to his last studio album Fresh Evidence (1992). [Deluxe double-CD edition includes a bonus disc.]
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – GarciaLive Volume 15: May 21st, 1971 Keystone Korner 2xCD (ATO)
GarciaLive Vol. 15 showcases a free-spirited performance from Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders and drummer Bill Vitt at the celebrated and cozy San Francisco jazz club Keystone Korner. The trio, aided by saxophonist Martin Fierro on five songs, fuses R&B, jazz and rock across two adventurous sets. Extended takes on Saunders’s own “Man-Child” and “Save Mother Earth” punctuate the performance alongside rare gems including David Crosby’s “The Wall Song” and Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made to Love Her”.
Gun Club – Miami [Reissue/1982] 2xCD/2xLP (Extra Term Audio)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the L.A. rock bands sophomore record, expanded with a bonus disc of demo tracks.
Bob Marley & The Wailers – The Complete Island Recordings 11xCD (Island)
The Complete Island Recordings includes all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, featuring their most celebrated releases, including Catch A Fire, their 1973 label debut, and Rastaman Vibration, their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums, Live! and Babylon By Bus.
Shawn Mendes – Wonder CD/LP (Island)
Grammy nominated Shawn Mendes returns with his fourth studio album, Wonder, the follow up to his 2018 platinum Shawn Mendes. Featuring current single, also entitled “Wonder” plus 13 other tracks recorded this year. [Limited deluxe edition includes 160 page Wonder zine with CD + collectible card pack.]
Steve Perry – Traces – Alternate Versions And Sketches CD/LP (Fantasy)
Traces – Alternate Versions & Sketches is an acoustic version of the 2018 album Traces by the former Journey frontman.
Margo Price – Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman CD/2xLP (Loma Vista)
In 2018, Margo Price claimed her rock star status at the Mother Church of Country Music. She was headlining the Ryman Auditorium for the first time ever, in a sold-out run of three nights that she had admittedly spent more time planning than her wedding. Now, Margo revisits the career-changing residency with the release of the live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman. With special guest appearances from Jack White, Emmylou Harris and Sturgill Simpson. Vinyl due in next week.
Secret Machines – Awake In The Brain Chamber CD/LP (TSM)
In a world turned upside down, The Secret Machines are back, and looking for light in the chaos. Awake In the Brain Chamber, the band’s fourth LP and first recorded output in more than ten years, is the sound of things falling apart, with the hope of dawn touching the horizon. If there is a crack in everything, Curtis and Garza are more interested in the light coming in. Curtis’ darkly prophetic lyrics speak of isolation and fear, while Garza’s frenetic, pounding drum beats sound of the four horsemen. But just when things look their worst, the Machines’ beautifully ethereal space-rock takes us away to a different, safe destination: A place with angels, where dreaming is alright, and life blooms from a new disaster.
Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon [Reissue/1970] 2xCD/LP/2xLP+4xCD+Blu-ray (A&M)
Deluxe two CD 50th anniversary edition including bonus disc. Digitally remastered with 2020 mix. With the original release of Mona Bone Jakon came a new sound that forged Cat Stevens’ signature style. Produced by Paul Samwell-Smith, the album features Lady D’Arbanville as well as fan favorites “I Wish, I Wish” and “Maybe You’re Right”. “Katmandu” features Peter Gabriel on flute.
Amy Winehouse – The Collection 5xCD (Republic)
A five-CD collection featuring the albums Frank (2003), Back To Black (2006) and Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2007). In addition to these three albums, the set contains Live In London, a concert recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London in 2007 and a collection of remixes from Frank and Back To Black, such as a Hot Chip remix of “Rehab”, and a Kardinal Beats remix of “Love Is A Losing Game”. These two discs appear on CD for the first time as part of this set.
Yusuf – Tea For The Tillerman [Reissue/1970] CD/2xCD/LP/5xCD+2xLP+Blu-ray (A&M)
Digitally remastered editions. Deluxe edition adds a CD of demos and live tracks. Super Deluxe adds Yusuf’s new interpretations, Tea For The Tillermaný, a CD of demos/outtakes/alternate versions including two previously unreleased tracks, a CD of 25 live performances including previously unreleased tracks recorded at the Troubadour, hi-def Blu-ray audio including previously unreleased live TV performances, including tracks performed live at KCNET.
Beyoncé – Homecoming: The Live Album 4xLP (Columbia)
Homecoming: The Live Album features Beyoncé’s historic headlining Coachella performance on two weekends in April 2018. Includes 52-page booklet.
S. Carey – All We Grow [Reissue/2010] LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
All We Grow was and is a convergence of S. Carey’s young lifetime spent immersed in music: his Waltz For Debby-era Bill Evans inflected jazz tendencies; his performance degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; his central role in the gale force power of the Bon Iver live show; his hints of Mark Hollis’ Talk Talk.
Com Truise – In Decay, Too 2xLP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
In Decay is a compilation album by American electronic musician Seth Haley’s project Com Truise, originally released in 2012. The record is a collection of tracks that, before its release, were only available as demos found on Haley’s internet mixtape series Komputer Kasts and his SoundCloud account. These early tracks, some of which were produced before the release of Cyanide Sisters (2010), showcase Haley exploring an electropop funk music sound that would later come to define the Com Truise project.
Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams – Small Craft On A Milk Sea [Reissue/2010] 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Small Craft On A Milk Sea is a 2010 album by British musician and record producer Brian Eno. The album was recorded with collaborators Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams in 2009 and 2010.
Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder [Reissue/1964] LP (Blue Note)
Limited 180gm pressing. Lee Morgan’s magnum opus comeback, The Sidewinder, was a coronation. The prodigious trumpeter debuted on Blue Note in 1956 at the age of 18, but personal problems in the early-60s forced him off the scene temporarily. His rebound recording was an assured, energetic set of 5 indelible originals with Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Barry Harris (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), and Billy Higgins (drums).
Logic – No Pressure 2xLP (Def Jam)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Logic returns with No Pressure, reuniting with legendary super-producer No I.D. Logic, 6ix and No I.D. come full circle for a sequel to his debut album, Under Pressure, with the first new music since Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind.
Alanis Morissette – Live At Montreux 2012 [Reissue/2013] 2xLP/2xLP+CD (earMUSIC0
On July 2, 2012 Morissette returned to Montreux as part of her Guardian Angel Tour to support her album Havoc And Bright Lights. It was her third appearance at the festival. [Limited orange colored vinyl pressing also available. Stand-alone Blu-ray edition due December 11.]
Refused – The Malignant Fire 12” (Spinefarm)
New from the Swedish hardcore legends.
Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling 2xLP (Strut)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The planets align once again as the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of the maestro Marshall Allen, release their first studio album in over 20 years. Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, the new recording represents the continuation of a heartfelt rebirth of the Arkestra under Allen’s guidance since Sun Ra left the planet in 1993.
McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy [Reissue/1967] LP (Blue Note)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. In 1967, pianist McCoy Tyner was ready for a new start, leaving seminal John Coltrane Quartet and Impulse! Records two years prior. His Blue Note debut, The Real McCoy, firmly established him as a creative force. The album features a world class quartet with Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums).