In The News (Classic Rock Edition): Led Zeppelin, George Harrison, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Moody Blues, Iggy Pop, Isaac Hayes, Nina Simone, NRBQ And More

Led Zeppelin‘s live How The West Was Won (recorded in 1972 and released in 2003) will get a remastered reissue courtesy of Atlantic/Swan Song on March 23 in multiple formats: three-CD, four-LP, Blu-ray audio and limited-edition “Super Deluxe” boxed set. The collection merges the June 25 and 27 shows at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena, respectively, into “one” concert, featuring a 25-minute “Dazed And Confused,” a 19-minute “Moby Dick” and a 21-minute jam with “Whole Lotta Love” at its cornerstone (“Stairway To Heaven” is a mere 9:36), as well as tracks from the then-unreleased Houses Of The Holy including “Over The Hills And Far Away” and “The Ocean” … George Harrison would’ve turned 75 on February 25, and to celebrate, Concord Music is reissuing 2003’s Concert For George (featuring performances from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, son Dhani Harrison and more—as a limited-edition deluxe boxed set (four LPs, two CDs, two DVDs and two Blu-rays), four-LP boxed set, two-CD/two-DVD set, two-CD/two-Blu-ray set and two-CD package … The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live (Rhino, March 23) picks 19 songs from the 2,318 shows the Grateful Dead played between 1965 and 1995 and collects them on two CDs; Volume One of Best will be released the same day on vinyl, with Volume Two coming at a later date … On February 9, MVD is reissuing the film Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan on DVD, featuring performances and/or interviews with Bob Dylan, Aaron Neville, Shirley Caesar and more … Days Of Future Passed Live (out March 28 via Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-ray and as a two-CD set) documents the Moody Blues performing their classic album live with a full orchestra … Also on Eagle Rock is the American Valhalla DVD, a documentary about Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme and Iggy Pop collaborating to create the latter’s Post Pop Depression that was directed by Homme and Andreas Neumann and features Anthony Bourdain; it’s out March 9 … On February 23, Craft is issuing remastered-LP editions of Isaac Hayes‘ seminal Hot Buttered Soul (1969), Shaft and Black Moses (both 1971 double albums) … Nina Simone shall be released—this year’s Rock And Roll inductee is the subject of two new collections: The 14-track Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Sessions (BMG/Bethlehem, February 9) compiles all six of Simone’s singles for the Bethlehem label from 1959 to 1962; the two-CD The Colpix Singles ($tateside, February 23) features 27 songs she recorded for Columbia Pictures Records around the same time, including the Simone-penned “Blackbird” and “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl” … NRBQ‘s 1969 self-titled debut will be reissued on CD and LP via Omnivore on March 16 … The classic-rock godmothers in Fanny have reunited as Fanny Walked The Earth and will release an eponymous album—featuring memebers of the Go-Go’s, Bangles and Runaways—on March 2 via Blue Élan … Real Gone/Second Disc kick off their Johnny Mathis reissues series on March 6 with 1970’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head and Sings The Music Of Bacharach & Kaempfert, both with five bonus tracks … Detroit Rising: A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure, out March 30 on Down Jazz, features members of Parliament-Funkadelic along with musicians who’ve played with the likes of Miles Davis, Prince, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers; there will be funk … Parlophone is set to release Brave: Deluxe Edition, an expanded version of Marillion‘s 1994 double-LP concept album now available as a four-CD/Blu-ray set and five-LP package.