Dreamboats and Petticoats: 10th Anniversary Collection. Join us as we celebrate our favourite artists and musicians, as well as the musical itself in this 4 disc, special edition album. Split across 4 CDs each themed: ‘The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years’, ‘High School Dance, ‘Love is All Around’ and ‘Songs for the Stage’ this collection will containing 100 classic tracks from the best era music has ever seen.
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, and a formal introduction to their affiliate label, Alive!/Total Energy, Bomp! Records has released a two-disc set of past and present gems from their vaults and catalog. From the label that helped the punk movement in the 70's comes contributions from Zeros, Dead Boys, Iggy & The Stooges, Weirdos, Flesheaters, and the Lazy Cowgirls. And that's just disc one. Disc two offers up tracks from Davie Allan & The Arrows, The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs w/ Deniz Tek, U.S. Bombs, and MC5.
Fifty years, 11 CDs, 11 Doctors and 389 tracks. This is the release that Doctor Who fans worldwide have been waiting for, assembled after years of research and trawls through dusty archives and libraries. It's a comprehensive overview of the very special music that has accompanied the Doctor over his travels through time and space from William Hartnell in 1963 to present day Matt Smith. From Ron Grainer's iconic theme realised by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Delia Derbyshire to Murray Gold's orchestral tapestries, this is a musical saga of monumental proportions. The esteemed collection of composers featured include Tristram Cary, Brian Hodgson, Wilfred Josephs, Dudley Simpson, Geoffrey Burgon, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Malcolm Clarke, Keff McCulloch, Dominic Glynn, John Debney and many more. The lavish 32 page booklet with the set includes liner notes from Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres on the history of music in the series and details of the episodes.
Sanctuary's On the Rebound features 36 tracks culled from Uriah Heep's five decades together, and includes the album rock hits "Easy Livin," "Sweet Lorraine," "Stealin," and "The Wizard." Casual listeners should pick up Classic Heep: An Anthology, also on Sanctuary, before delving into these recordings.
As part of MCA's Chess Records 50th Anniversary series, Buddy's Blues sweats Guy's multi-disc retrospective, The Complete Chess Studio Recordings down to a scintillating 15-track package and comes up with a bare-bones winner. There are loads of great guitar on classics like "First Time I Met the Blues," "Let Me Love You Baby," "Pretty Baby," "My Time After Awhile," "Stone Crazy," and Guy's voice is at its whiplash exuberant best. Unexpected bonuses pop up in the comp's kickoff track, a full-length version of "Worried Mind," issued here without the overdubbed applause and crowd noises that accompanied its original release on Folk Festival of the Blues (see Muddy Waters' entry)…
Part of the Chess 50th Anniversary Collection series, this digitally remastered set contains 20 of Howlin' Wolf's biggest and best Chess label recordings including "Spoonful", "The Red Rooster", "Killing Floor" and "Smokestack Lightning". Packaging features great new liner notes and graphics.
Green Linnet 20th Anniversary Collection is a double-disc collection featuring 38 tracks from the Celtic music insitution. Every one of the label's biggest artists – including Silly Wizard, Altan, Wolfstone, the Bothy Band, John Williams, Tannahill Weavers – is on the collection, giving a good representation of not only the label, but the state of Celtic music of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. It's an excellent retrospective.