The Beatles, “Live at the Hollywood Bowl.” A 13-song LP was released in 1977 of these 1964-65 concerts, complete with crowd noise hysteria, and rode lingering Beatlemania to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
For this reissue, Apple/Universal expands the offerings for a new 17-song CD version using a composite of two concerts, from 1964 and 1965. The set also functions as a companion to Ron Howard’s coming documentary, “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years.”
Only three-track recording was possible then, but Giles Martin (son of original Beatles producer George Martin) and engineer Sam Okell remix and mastered the selections for the best possible sound.
Clearly, the MVP was drummer Ringo Starr for maintaining the beat and anchoring the band over the din of the lead vocalists — the shrieking girls, 17,000 or so strong at the Bowl. Starr is often dismissed as, well, “the Ringo of the Beatles,” but early on, especially, he was the best musician in the band next to Paul McCartney.
A gatefold vinyl LP set follows on Nov. 18.
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt, “The Complete Trio Collection.” A three-disc package captures the two official “Trio” albums that were released in 1987 and 1999, remastered, plus 20 unreleased outtakes and alternates in a package produced by Harris and James Austin.
Nicely packaged, with essay by Holly George-Warren.
Jason Aldean, “They Don’t Know.”
Jack White, “Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.”
The Head and the Heart, “Signs of Light.”
Bastille, “Wild World.”
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Skeleton Tree.”