This Week in Music, May 28, 2013: Rollin’ with proud Fogerty Page 3
Wings: Wings over America
Reissue (Hear Music/Concord; Paul McCartney tour dates)
With a lineup of Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch, and Joe English, Wings would play their only U.S. concerts in 1976. From that spring leg came Wings over America, a triple-LP set recorded at various venues. Now comes a Deluxe Edition reissue, the latest installment in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Which means you get a tour bus full of stuff.
To begin with, there are four discs. Two CDs offer a remastering of the original album. A third CD has eight previously unreleased performances recorded at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, including three of the tour’s five Beatles songs: “Lady Madonna,” “Blackbird,” and “Yesterday.” (The other Fab tracks were “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “The Long and Winding Road.”) Also on the third CD: “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” “Bluebird,” “Let Me Roll It,” and “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me).” The fourth disc is a DVD containing the rarely seen TV special Wings over the World and a photo-gallery montage.
Then there are four books: the leatherette-bound Tour Itinerary (which houses physical extras including 8x10 band photos, concert tickets, and set lists), the hardbound The Ocean View (a compendium of tour drawings and sketches by artist Humphrey Ocean), Look! (photography by Linda), and a 110-page tour book with new interviews and liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke.
I was at the 1976 tour’s May 12 show at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, and I can assure you that McCartney & Co. put on a spectacular rock show. (Speaking of which, Rockshow, the concert film that didn’t have its premiere until 1980, has been restored to its complete length and remixed in 5.1 for DVD and Blu-ray editions that will be issued by Eagle Vision on June 11.) Wings of 1976 was a tight band, and much of its electricity comes across on America. Oh, and this album remains the only place you can find the superb rocker “Soily.”
The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet; Let It Bleed; Hot Rocks 1964-1971
Reissues (ABKCO; tour dates)
The final two ABKCO studio albums (from 1968 and ’69) and the first double-LP compilation launch “The Rolling Stones: Clearly Classic,” a reissue series on 180-gram clear vinyl.
Various Artists: The Art of the Songwriter — Anyone Who Had a Heart: The Best of Burt Bacharach
Archival release (UMe)
Not just any songwriter. And to celebrate his 85th birthday, this two-CD set gathers 40 performances of his work. Among the touchstones: Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” Tom Jones’s “What’s New Pussycat?,” the Fifth Dimension’s “One Less Bell to Answer,” and B.J. Thomas’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”
Buyers should take note that the apparent plan here is to spread things around by having each artist appear only once. This isn’t a problem when the version of “I Say a Little Prayer” is not the original by Dionne Warwick but the equally wonderful (and, some would say, even better) take by Aretha Franklin. However, Warwick herself is represented by “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and nothing more; “Walk On By” is from Gloria Gaynor, “Alfie” is by neither Warwick nor Cilla Black but by Barbra Streisand, and “Do You Know the Way to San José?” doesn’t show up at all. Also shortchanged: Dusty Springfield, who’s represented by “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” but not by “Wishin’ and Hopin’ ” (Brenda Lee instead). Also M.I.A. entirely, and inexplicably: “(They Long to Be) Close to You.”
The album is a tie-in with Bacharach’s autobiography, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, just published by HarperCollins.
Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962
Archival release (RPM/Columbia/Legacy)
That’s Tony and Dave, of course, taped at the National Mall’s Sylvan Theater during the so-called American Jazz Concert of a White House seminar for college students. Released complete for the first time: four numbers by the Brubeck Quartet, six by Bennett and his trio, and — in a spontaneous set — four with Bennett joined by the Brubeck Trio.