This week’s new releases are chock-full of reissues!
Iron Butterfly, "Live at the Galaxy 1967" (Cleopatra); The title says it all, but be forewarned that this show pre-dated "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," so it may be for Butterfly aficionados only.
KISS, "40" (UMe): This two-disc, 40th anniversary collection features at least one song from every one of the group's studio albums. Also out today are vinyl reissues of "Rock and Roll Over," "Music From the Elder," "Carnival of Souls," "Crazy Nights," "Hot in the Shade," "Alive III" and "Alive, The Millennium Concert."
Nils Lofgren, "Face the Music" (Concord): The career of one of rock's great unsung heroes and ace guitar slingers is celebrated on this 10-CD set.
REO Speedwagon, "The Box Set Series" (Epic/Legacy): Four CDs featuring all the essential tracks and rarities, including the original studio version of "Ridin' the Storm Out" with Kevin Cronin rather than his temporary replacement, Mark Murphy.
Various Artists, "Midnight Rider -- A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band" (Cleopatra): Molly Hatchet, Pat Travers, Sonny Landreth, Leon Russell and others tip their musical hats to the long-lived Southern rock pioneers.
Neil Young, "A Letter Home" (Third Man/Reprise): Out on vinyl for Record Store Day, Young's Jack White-assisted new set of song interpretations -- recorded entirely in a 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth -- makes its way out on CD and download and in a deluxe box set that includes a DVD documentary about the project.