Billboard Bits: Stewart, Marley, Frampton

Second Rod Stewart greatest hits album due, Bob Marley home videos combined and expanded on DVD and Peter Frampton plans a U.S. tour.

Rod StewartThe latter half of Rod Stewart's career will be surveyed on "Encore: The Very Best Of - Vol. 2." Due Aug. 26 from Warner Special Markets, the collection covers hits and favorites released between 1975 and 2001, including "Infatuation," and "Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)."

Also featured is Stewart's version of Elton John's "Your Song," his rendition of Carole King's "So Far Away" and a take on "That's What Friends Are For." Ron Wood appears on a version of "People Get Ready" from Stewart's 1993 "Unplugged... and Seated" set, while the Temptations appear on a collaboration on "The Motown Song."

As previously reported, in October Stewart will release a second album of standards. The set will be the follow-up to last year's J Records collection "It Had To Be You...The Great American Songbook." That album debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Bob MarleyIsland Records/Tuff Gong will pair two previously separate Bob Marley home video releases for a July 29 release on DVD. The single disc will include the 1991 13-video best of collection "Legend" and the 1992 documentary "Time Will Tell".

The DVD will also feature bonus performances not included with the original 90-minute documentary. Among the footage will be a clip of Marley and the Wailers playing "Concrete Jungle" during a 1973 BBC appearance, as well as 1980 rehearsal takes of "Forever Loving Jah" and "Revolution."

A "Personal Playlist" option will allow viewers to sequence the videos from "Legend" but and 10 performances from "Time Will Tell."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Peter FramptonPeter Frampton has set an extensive summer/fall tour in support of the disc. The renowned veteran rock guitarist will release his first album in nine years, "Now," Aug 26 on Framptone/33rd St. Records.

Presented by VH1 Classic, the tour will launch Aug. 30 in Clarkston, Mich., and hit 31 major U.S. markets, wrapping with an Oct. 30 gig at Seattle's Moore Theatre. Frampton has a number of other dates leading up to the tour; a full itinerary is available at the artist's
official Web site.

As previously reported, "Now" was recorded and produced by Frampton in his Cincinnati home base with his touring band. The first single will be "Verge of a Thing," due to ship to U.S. radio stations in early August for airplay consideration.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.


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