ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND || The Final Note
This live recording captures a performance at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Maryland on Oct. 5, 1971, less than two weeks before Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident and the same month the band released its revered “At Fillmore East” album. This show was put to 60-minute cassette via a handheld recorder by a young radio journalist who's initial intent was to tape an interview with Greg Allman. For Record Store Day, it is being issued on limited-edition (9,000 numbered) colored vinyl with ample liner notes and rare photographs. The eight-tracks include “Statesboro Blues,” “Hot 'Lanta,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and, of course, “Whipping Post.”
THE CLASH || If Music Could Talk
A double-vinyl recording of interviews with Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon in 1980, not long after the release of “Sandinista!” Each band member discussed and introduced two or three tracks from “Sandinista!” for this project, which was sent to radio stations for promotional use. Songs include “One More Dub,” “Police On My Back,” “The Magnificent Seven” and “Somebody Got Murdered.”
FOO FIGHTERS/DEE GEE || Hail Satin
Five of the 10 tracks are covers of tunes by the Gibb brothers: four Bee Gees disco classics and Andy Gibbs' “Shadow Dancing.” The other five are live/studio versions of tracks from the Foos' latest full-length, “Medicine at Midnight.” It comes packaged in glorious disco-era/'70s style, including a rainbow-mylar sleeve. Some advice straight from the Foos: “For optimal results, listen with exposed chest hair and little gold spoon necklace (If you know, you know … )”
HAWKWIND || Greasy Trucker Party
This double-vinyl release features what has been deemed a “legendary show” by the legendary: at the Roundhouse in London in February 1972. The first three sides comprise 13 live tracks (from intros to end announcement). Side 4 features original LP mixes of “Master of the Universe” and “Born to Go.” The live recordings are from a fabled concert that also included the prog-psych jam band Man, Brinsley Schwarz (featuring Nick Lowe) and Magic Michael.
THE ROLLING STONES || Hot Rocks
This double yellow-vinyl bonanza celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of this 21-track classics/hits/B-sides package that spans seven glorious years of the Stones' storied career. Packaging includes bonus photos, lithographs and special RSD-edition inner-sleeves.
ARETHA FRANKLIN || Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly, 1972
This coveted recording is from a national convention of TV and radio announcers. Let's hope they were listening to the Queen of Soul, then 30, who was in the midst of her sustained peak as a singer, songwriter and performer. Tracks include Nina Simone's “Young, Gifted and Black,” and Paul Simon's “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and several of her best-known performances, including “Chain of Fools,” “Spanish Harlem,” “This Girl's In Love With You” and “Respect.”
MARC BOLAN & T. REX || Star King
This 10-track odds-'n'-sods gathering assembles a blend of working versions, master versions, rough mixes and demos plus a re-recording made for a TV appearance – all of it released for the first time. One for the evangelical T-Rex completist in your life.
THE MONKEES || Missing Links, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3
These three installments in Monkees' rarities were released initially by Rhino Records years apart: the first in 1987, the second in 1990 and the third in 1996.
The first volume (16 tracks) is a mish-mash of songs featured in the TV series but not on albums (“Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears,” “If You Have the Time”), songs that had yet to be released, like “All of Your Toys” – the first track featuring all four members, songs re-recorded for later use on solo projects, like “Nine Times Blue” by Michael Nesmith. The second volume (19 tracks), available for the first time on vinyl, includes more songs from the TV show that didn't make it onto a recording plus “Circle the Sky” from the soundtrack to the film “Head.” The third volume (24 tracks) is much a continuation of the previous two: a passel of tracks from the TV show and compilations released only in other countries and in box sets.
STUDIO ONE || Ska Fire
STUDIO ONE || Soul
Each of these two collections pull rareties from the pioneering reggae label Studio One. “Ska Fire!” is a box set of five 7-inch records that features tracks from Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Regals, the Maytals, Don Drummond, Lee Perry, the Ethiopans and Jackie Opel. “Soul” is a double-vinyl release comprising 20 tracks from the likes of Leroy Sibbles, Norma Fraser, Sound Dimension, the Heptones, the Eternals, Jerry Jones and the Chosen Few.