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Coming soon in reissues and archival music

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Have you picked up a whiff of 50th anniversary nostalgia? It seems to have permeated most pop culture corners this year. Poor 2019 can’t catch a break while that pesky summer of ’69 keeps coming back in the form of lunar commemorations, Woodstock box sets and Chappaquiddick documentaries.

Expect another round of 50th anniversary music box sets to be announced for this year’s fourth quarter as labels canvass the vaults for previously unreleased content. Until then, a number of intriguing archival releases and reissues are anticipated.

Paul McCartney – The McCartney archive collection box sets have been trickling out for the better part of a decade; each sporting upgraded sound and a variety of related video content, books and related ephemera. On July 12, expect Capitol Records reissues of three live albums (“Wings Over America” from 1976, “Paul is Live” from 1993, and “The Amoeba Gig” (remixed - from a 2007 show) in addition to McCartney’s 1988 gift for Russian fans in the form of “Choba B CCCP” – consisting of live in-studio takes on early rock and roll classics that was available (for a while, at least) only in the Soviet Union. A 14-track version was officially released in the ‘90s but this will a remastered version of the 11-track LP as released back in the U.S.S.R.

Live – Hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter century since Live released the eight-million-selling “Throwing Copper.” On July 19, Radioactive/UMe will release a box set containing the full album plus bonus tracks, along with 2 CDs containing 26 tracks – including the band’s full set from Woodstock ’94. The band is celebrating this summer with “The Altimate Tour” – alternating headlining slots with Bush.

Soundgarden – When Soundgarden performed a tour-closing show at LA’s Wiltern Theatre in 2013 in support of “King Animal,” audio and video crews captured the performance with a 12-camera high-definition shoot for the “Live From the Artist’s Den” series. The 29-song set will be released in full on Blu-ray, two CDs and 4 LPs on July 26 by UMe.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – In 1969, C.C.R. released three studio LPs, and they performed at Woodstock, but we didn’t see them in the movie or hear them on the soundtrack. Taking the festival stage at midnight after the Grateful Dead’s set, a surly John Fogerty was convinced that most of the audience was asleep. The experience soured him mightily in terms of allowing his band’s set to be seen or heard in full – until now. All 11 tracks performed that night will be officially released on CD, LP and digital download on August 2 as “Creedence Clearwater Revival: Live at Woodstock” (from Craft Recordings/Fantasy). The vaults contain precious little live material from Creedence at their peak. This one will be essential.

Elvis Presley – The king has two big box sets due in August from RCA/Legacy. “Live 1969” pulls together previously unreleased performances from his residency at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on an 11 CD set for release on August 9. “American Sound 1969” is due on August 23 and will include 90 previously unheard tracks from sessions that gave us material like “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” and “Kentucky Rain.” Recorded at Chips Moman’s legendary studio in Memphis, these were Elvis’s first sessions outside of Hollywood or Nashville since he recorded for Sam Phillips on Sun Records in 1955. There’s no question he had some fine moments in the ‘70s, but for many Elvis fans, this material is the stuff of legend.


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