Sony catalog label Legacy is launching a line of two-disc reissues, expanding on several revered recordings, in step with Universal Music Enterprises’ (UME) revered “Deluxe Editions.” The series will be initiated July 29 with the release of Jeff Buckley’s “Live at Sin-e,” Muddy Waters’ “Muddy Mississippi Waters Live,” the Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” and a “West Side Story” title combining the musical’s Broadway cast recording and the original motion picture soundtrack. All carry a $29.98 retail list price.
The Byrds and Waters titles are expanded versions of celebrated releases, where the first disc will be a newly remastered version of the original album, and the second comprised of bonus material.
The Buckley title is an expansion of a four-song live EP released in 1993, which was the first of the artist’s work issued by Columbia. It features early versions of some of the late singer/songwriter’s best known songs, as well as covers of tracks by such artists as Led Zeppelin (“Night Flight”), Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (“Yeh Jo Halka Saroor Hai”), Bob Dylan (“Just Like a Woman,” “If You See Her Say Hello”), Van Morisson (“Sweet Thing,” “The Way Young Lovers Do”), and Nina Simone (“If You Knew”).
“Live at Sin-e” will also come with a bonus DVD featuring live footage from the gig, as well as a previously unreleased interview. The audio recording features between-song banter in which Buckley mentions the Doors, Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, and Matt Dillon.
Of the 20 tracks on the second “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” disc, only three have been previously released on CD in the U.S. The album, which will feature liner notes by journalist David Fricke, shows the folk-rock pioneers adopting a more country-influenced direction by adding singer Gram Parsons, who would later be hailed as the godfather of alt-country. The first three tracks on the second disc are ultra-rare songs from Parsons’ pre-Byrds group, the International Submarine Band, presented here on CD for the first time.
The Waters title features liner notes by the bluesman’s guitarist, “Steady Rollin'” Bob Margolin, and a second disc compiling unreleased live tracks from the club shows originally recorded for this album. Margolin produced the new edition.
The packaging for the reissues is reminiscent of UME’s “Deluxe Editions,” with digipaks and 16-24 page, four-color booklets that sport additional artwork. All will be encased in clear plastic slipcases. Beyond the first four titles, the label plans to release 12 albums per year in the series.
Legacy GM Adam Block says the titles are meant “to provide a deeper experience for a hardcore fan of that artist/album — these are very deliberately not for the passive music consumer.”