In The News (Hall Of Fame Edition): David Bowie, Who, Willie Nelson, Love, Johnny Cash, Cars, Elvis Presley, Ornette Coleman, Chicago And More

Most of you probably owned a well-worn copy of Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer David Bowie‘s first best-of collection, Changesonebowie, a perennial dorm-room favorite. But Changestwobowie was a different story, released in 1981 (and only briefly available on CD in 1985) before going out of print. Our friends at Parlophone will right this wrong on April, offering Changestwobowie (which collects material from 1971’s Hunky Dory to 1980’s Scary Monsters) on CD and vinyl. Parlophone will also release a 45th-anniversary, limited-edition silver-vinyl version of Aladdin Sane a week later, available only in stores … If you’re looking for gifts to give to the stoner Who (also in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame) fan in your life, the enablers at UMe have you covered: On April 20 (420—wink wink, toke toke), the label will reissue a remastered/restored The Who Live At The Fillmore East 1968 on double-CD and triple-LP (highlights: three Eddie Cochran covers and a 33-minute “My Generation” complete with axe annihilation and drum demolition, as well as new liner notes and rare photos) and a remastered/expanded version of Pete Townshend’s Who Came First solo debut on double-CD (highlights: 17 unreleased tracks, alternate versions and live performances); you may exhale now … Speaking of stoners: Willie Nelson (Country Music Hall Of Famer) turns 85 on April 29, and two days prior he’ll release Last Man Standing (Legacy), an 11-track album co-written by Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon … If love is all you need, April 6 is your Love-ly day; Rhino is releasing a 50th-anniversary, four-CD/DVD/LP version of stone-cold classic Forever Changes by Arthur Lee and Co. (who should be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, dammit!), complete with multiple mixes, rare/unreleased tracks and a 1968 promo video … Also on April 6, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Johnny Cash gets celebrated on Forever Words, a collection of the Man In Black’s poetry, lyrics and letters set to music by the likes of Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Chris Cornell, T Bone Burnett, the Jayhawks and more, including daughter Rosanne Cash and stepdaughter Carlene Carter … The Cars are driving into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April, but not before they drop off expanded editions of Shake It Up and Heartbeat City on March 30, available on CD and double-LP courtesy of Rhino … First-ballot Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee (and, oh yeah, the King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll) Elvis Presley will see The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) released on April 6 via RCA/Legacy in three formats: single-CD and double-LP (both 18 tracks) and triple-CD boxed set (with 37 additional tracks including contributions from Tom Petty, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Gladys Presley (Elvis’ mom) … 2018 will be a big year for Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers the Steve Miller Band, who are celebrating half a century since the release of their first two albums with reissues of Miller and Co.’s first nine full-lengths on LP, culminating May 18 with vinyl boxed set Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976); all come courtesy of Capitol/UMe … Randy Bachman (two-time inductee to the Canadian Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, eh?) pays tribute to George Harrison with By George—By Bachman (UMe, March 16), wherein the Guess Who/Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist/vocalist reworks some of the Dark Horse’s best Beatles and solo material and adds one of his own originals to the mix … The Atlantic Years (Rhino, May 11) is a 10-LP vinyl boxed set that features all six studio albums and more than two hours’ worth of outtakes that Ornette Coleman (Down Beat Jazz Hall Of Famer) recorded for the label between 1959 and 1961, all of which changed the shape of jazz to come … On April 13, Mercury/UMe starts its yearlong Barry White (Dance Music Hall Of Famer) reissue series with Love’s Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles and three-CD, 46-track The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979); can’t get enough of your love, Barry … Chicago: VI Decades Live (Rhino, April 6) is a four-CD/DVD boxed set documenting Chicago (Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers) concert recordings from 1969-2014; the CDs feature the band’s 11-song 1970 Isle Of Wight headlining appearance as well as 18 other tracks, while the DVD is a 19-song Rockpalast TV-show set from 1977.