Rhino is readying the second batch of Elvis Costello reissues for release next month. Due Feb. 19 are expanded editions of three albums from three different eras of the artist's work with his longtime backing band, the Attractions -- "This Year's Model" (1978), "Blood and Chocolate" (1986), and "Brutal Youth." (1994). Each one features the album in its originally issued form plus a bonus disc of rarities, as well as a 28-page booklet with new liner notes by Costello, song lyrics, rare photos, and reproductions of memorabilia from the era.
"Beyond Words," the 12th album from vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin, is set for a March 12 on Blue Note/Angel. It's the first set to be released in collaboration between jazz label Blue Note and classical imprint Angel, which signed McFerrin early last year under the Jazz & Classics umbrella of Capitol Records.
Highly regarded singer/songwriter and Amazing Rhythm Aces frontman Russell Smith revisits past songs and delivers strong new ones on this debut release from fledgling independent Muscle Shoals Records.
Frankie Knuckles began his DJ career in the clubs of New York City 30 years ago, long before the mainstream media coined the music and its culture "disco." Then, Knuckles was known to follow his own instincts when it came to picking and choosing the vinyl that made its way to his turntables.