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New archival music: Part II

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Our second installment of pending archival music releases previews upcoming boxed sets and deluxe anniversary reissues. In part one (May 8 edition of The Maine Edge), we checked out recent archival releases from The Who, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Garcia and Otis Redding.

Some of what’s coming soon:

The Allman Brothers Band“Peach Picks: Cream of the Crop 2003” (Peach/Orchard Distribution; June 15)

Curated by guitarist Warren Haynes, this 4-CD set culls the best performances from six shows performed between July and August 2003. The collection’s 36 tracks (no repeats) include special guests Susan Tedeschi and Branford Marsalis and offer top-flight versions of Allman standards along with covers of Derek and the Dominos and Bob Dylan.

Buffalo Springfield“What’s That Sound? Complete Albums Collection” (Rhino/Atlantic; June 29)

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Buffalo Springfield’s breakup, “What’s That Sound?” rounds up nearly every officially released track from this seminal band. The group’s first two albums comprise the set’s first four CDs (stereo and mono mixes for 1966’s “Buffalo Springfield” and 1967’s “Buffalo Springfield Again” – the latter’s mono mix seeing first-time release in digital form) while “Last Time Around” is a stereo-only affair on disc five. The set’s content and remastering was overseen by band member Neil Young - also presumably responsible for omitting the stereo mix for “Baby Don’t Scold Me” – MIA since 1966.

Guns N’ Roses“Appetite For Destruction” (Deluxe Editions) (Geffen/Ume; June 29)

The 1987 album that catapulted G N’ R to the top will be reissued in five different expanded forms next month. A super-deluxe edition contains 73 tracks (49 previously unreleased) on four CDs, plus a Blu-ray disc with a 5.1 surround mix. The 2-CD deluxe edition offers 18 bonus tracks, while the “Locked N’ Loaded” edition is delivered in a simulated leather and wood cabinet and adds seven 180-gram vinyl albums, six replica singles and a 32-GB UBS stick with high-resolution audio. Limited to 10,000 copies, the big box will set you back about $1,000. Even then, you won’t get G N’ R’s most controversial song – “One in a Million.” Due to its lyrics, the track was deliberately eliminated from contention.

The Kinks“The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society” (50th Anniversary Edition) (Sanctuary/Sony Legacy; autumn)

An album that was criminally ignored when released on the same day as The Beatles’ “White Album” (also expected to resurface this year in greatly expanded form), “Village Green” – Ray Davies’ masterpiece - has continually and profoundly charmed generations of listeners in the interim with its quintessential Englishness and songs about the sundry characters - real and imagined - that inhabited the lost village green of his youth. A 3-CD expanded version from 2004 added a wealth of unreleased tracks overseen by Andrew Sandoval, whose social media pages have referenced this even grander edition expected later this year on five discs. Of his masterpiece, Ray Davies tells Uncut magazine of the discovery of up to 20 songs “in the process of being written” – presumably in demo form.


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