Given the sales figures, it’s a fair bet that most people who’ve invested in a Seals & Crofts album for their collection in recent years have gone with the duo’s greatest-hits collection, but if you’ve ever toyed with the idea of digging a little bit deeper into the career of the guys who brought you “Summer Breeze,” now’s your big chance: this week marks the release of an Original Album Series set by Seals and Crofts, one which collects the duo’s studio output from 1972 through 1976.
The past year has been a good time to be a Jethro Tull fan: in July we released the so-called “Extended Performance” of A Passion Play, in November we delivered the 40th anniversary “Theater Edition” of Warchild, and this week brings another 40th anniversary edition – and a La Grande Édition, no less – of another classic Tull album.
Originally released in 1975 (as you may have guessed from that whole 40th Anniversary thing), Minstrel in the Gallery was one of Jethro Tull’s strongest efforts of the decade, delivering an instant classic with its title track as well as songs like “Requiem,” which scored some airplay as a single, and the absolutely epic “Baker St. Muse.” But if you think you know the album, you may be surprised when you check out this new and extremely elaboration anniversary edition, which includes:
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
• Quincy Jones, Dollars: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Just for the record, we do know that this Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn film is generally known simply by a dollar sign ($), but we decided to write out the whole word lest those who aren’t familiar with the flick become befuddled. And don’t worry, you don’t need to have seen the heist pic in question to enjoy a soundtrack that features performances from Little Richard, Robert Flack, and Doug Kershaw.
If you’re a Mike Oldfield fan who prefers LP releases to CD or digital versions and your favorite Mr. Oldfield’s back catalog is the very specific era of 1992 through 1998, boy, is this your lucky week: it just so happens that we’ve issued 180-gram vinyl editions of the four albums he released during that particular window. That’s such a nutty coincidence that we’d hit your precise sweet spot like that, right? It’s, like, what are the odds it’d play out that way? It’s such a crazy old world we live in…
Now that we’ve played this situation up to make it seem far more statistically unlikely than it really is, allow us to offer a bit more detail about these four albums.
Brace yourself, Genesis fans, because the vinyl reissue campaign is rolling on, and this week you’re being presented with the opportunity to pick up five – count ‘em – five albums from the band’s back catalog on 180-gram vinyl.
You’ll remember, of course, how we excitedly told you about these particular reissues hitting CD a few weeks ago, so if you read that particular post intently, then don’t be surprised to find that there’s repetition to be found within this one. Still, just in case you were all, like, “I don’t care about the CD reissues, wake me when the vinyl comes out,” we wanted this to serve as your alarm clock…or, in other words, get your butt up and go forth to purchase the following albums: