Out This Week / on 12 August 2016

Neil Young / Earth (3LP vinyl)

Neil Young vinyl and ‘value’ don’t normally go together, but this triple LP live set (with The Promise of the Real) is out on Friday and is only £25 at the moment on Amazon UK. The 2CD version came out in June. Read more

John Williams / The Empire Strikes Back (2LP Gold vinyl)

John Williams‘ soundtracks to both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi issued on limited gold vinyl this week. Read more

Dusty Springfield / Faithful (orange vinyl)

This sounds superb. In effect Faithful is the third never-released Atlantic Records’ Dusty Springfield album, planned for 1971. These songs have ended up on bonus tracks of various reissues but here we have the 12-tracks produced by Jeff Barry presented as originally intended mastered from missing tapes. And on limited orange vinyl!

John Williams / Jaws (2CD)

New from Intrada is this special two-disc edition of the Oscar-winning soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, Jaws. The label have returned to the original session tapes, courtesy Universal Pictures, and created brand new mixes, affording “genuine stereo imaging with clarity of detail and dynamic range never-before available” – all under the supervision of John Williams. This includes unreleased cues and alternates (including the ‘main title’). CD2 features remastered 35-minute soundtrack as issued by MCA in 1975. Jaws 2 gets the same treatment.

Hall and Oates/ The Very Best Of (coloured vinyl)

Limited edition double LP of Hall and Oates‘ 2001 hits collection pressed onto 150 gram coloured vinyl (one record is grey, the other blue). Read more

Joan Baez (3CD box)

Joan Baez‘s three albums recorded for Portrait in 1977, 1979 and 1980. The two studio albums, Blowin’ Away and Honest Lullaby, have been remastered and this set comes with “extensive new liner notes”.

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Will Dusty’s “Faithful” get a CD release?

Keith Howie

Re: Dusty’s Faithful album – I think it’s Jeff Barry, not John, producing…

Dave Gilmour's Cat

Re: the Baez reissues, any news on whether her many out-of-print 1970s LPs will ever make it to CD – see Gulf Winds, Where are You Now, My Son?, and so on.


The Intrada Jaws set is a great one. It’s been available from their website for a while and might slightly cheaper to order direct. The collapsing exchange rate has reduced some of the benefit, but it’s worth investigating

Le Baron

£38.32 for each Jaws double CD-set?


Soundtrack collectors are used to much higher Prices for less material, for instance the Varese Soundtrack Club Releases, which in some cases cost about 50 Pound for a single CD (with the original LP length, no Bonus tracks).