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Some of this weeks Cat Trax (For week ending August 15th):
Yet another Doors compilation is out. The two-disc Absolute Best of the Doors features one previously unreleased track, a studio version of Celebration of the Lizard. Also in stores, a remastered version of the seven-disc box set The Complete Studio Recordings.
15 AC/DC albums – from 1976’s High Voltage to 1992’s Live – have been remastered for reissue on high-quality vinyl October 7th. A special box containing all 15 albums will be available as well. Also, the 1997 box set Bonfire has been remastered and will be re-released on CD September 9th.
Van Morrison has long sung the praises of blues and soul greats – and now a select group of those folks are returning the favor on Vanthology. The 15 track collection features blues giant Little Milton, soul legend Eddie Floyd and onetime Jackie Wilson collaborator Syl Johnson, appropriately, covers Morrison’s Jackie Wilson Said.
The Grateful Dead will release a 17 track, single disc hits package on September 16. The Very Best of the Grateful Dead will contain songs from throughout their career, including Truckin’, Casey Jones, US Blues, Touch of Grey and Ripple.
Paul McCartney’s two-hour A & E Special, The Journey to Red Square, will premiere September 1st . Paul performed before 100-thousand people on May 24th during his first-ever trip to Russia.
Elton John’s December 2002 show with a 90-piece orchestra at London’s Royal Opera House will be shown this month on Great Performances on PBS. The concert raised more than a million dollars for the Elton John Scholarship Fund at the Royal Academy of Music.
Rod Stewart will have another new greatest hits package in stores August 26th. Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart Volume Two spans the years 1975 through 2001, and includes Having a Party, The First Cut is the Deepest, and his covers of Elton John’s Your Song and Carole King’s So Far Away.
The Doors will perform their LA Woman album in its entirety at their August 23rd show at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York. The concert is being filmed for a DVD. It’s the first time they’ve ever played the album, their last studio effort with Jim Morrison, live.
A Bruce Springsteen tribute album previously available only in Europe will be coming out in the US on September 2nd. The two-disc Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen features The Boss’s songs covered by E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, Elvis Costello and 35 other artists.