Music News Digest: Week Of September 11, 2016

September 18, 2016 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 11, 2016, the long-awaited Ron Howard documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week," made its theatrical premiere (see video below about the making of this movie).

Later this month, "James Taylor At Christmas," which was first released on CD in 2006, will be coming out on vinyl. Also due out later this month is the new box set, "The Rolling Stones In Mono," which includes all the band's mono studio recordings from the 1960s. Coming out in October are a deluxe reissue of Bette Midler's 1972 debut album, "The Divine Miss M," the cast album of the David Bowie-penned musical, "Lazarus," a new box set titled "Roy Orbison The Ultimate Collection," a new Eddie Money anthology titled "The Complete Hits And More," and a new holiday-themed album by Neil Diamond titled "Acoustic Christmas." In November, Black Sabbath will release "Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition," a four-disc set of the band's classic 1970 album.

Also that week, it was announced that Stevie Wonder will be presented with the 2017 Visionary award at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in Hollywood, CA to take place next January.

Finally, Bruce Springsteen will launch a tour later this month at various bookstores around the country to promote his new autobiography, "Born To Run."

(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)

Below is an interview with Ron Howard, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about the making of the new documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week," which premiered in theaters September 15, 2016 (and September 17 on Hulu).

September 12, 2016: Bette Midler's 'The Divine Miss M' To Be Reissued

Bette Midler's debut album, "The Divine Miss M," originally released in 1972, will be reissued as a deluxe 2-CD set on October 21, 2016. Highlights of this collection include the hits, "Do You Want To Dance," "Friends," and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." This album won Midler the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1973.

Source: Bette Midler's "Divine" Debut Getting Deluxe Reissue Treatment

September 12, 2016: David Bowie's Final Recordings To Be Released As Part Of 'Lazarus'

David Bowie's final recordings will be released as part of the cast album of "Lazarus" which is due out on October 21, 2016. Included in this collection are his performances of "Sound And Vision," "No Plan," "Killing A Little Time," "When I Met You," and the title track for the album/musical. Co-written by Bowie and playwright Enda Walsh, "Lazarus" opened last year in New York City.

Source: David Bowie's Final Recordings to Be Released as Part of "Lazarus" Cast Album

September 12, 2016: Bruce Springsteen Announces Fall Book Tour Dates

Bruce Springsteen announced a nine-date tour at various bookstores around the country to promote his new autobiography, "Born To Run." This tour begins on September 27, 2016 in Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, NJ and ends on October 10 in Cambridge, MA, with stops in California, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington State. Those who purchase "Born To Run" at any of Springsteen's bookstore appearances will get a chance to pose for a photo with the singer.

Source: Bruce Springsteen Announces Dates for Fall Book Tour

September 12, 2016: Rolling Stones Mono Box Set To Be Released

A new Rolling Stones box set that includes all the mono studio recordings the band made during the 1960s will be coming out September 30, 2016 on CD and vinyl. Titled "The Rolling Stones In Mono," this collection, which covers a long string of albums released from 1964 through 1969, also includes non-LP singles and EP tracks that came out during that timeframe. Highlights include such rarities as an Italian version of "As Tears Go By," an instrumental B-side of "I Wanna Be Your Man," and assorted covers.

Source: Rolling Stones in Mono Box Set Coming this Month

September 13, 2016: Roy Orbison Anthology To Be Released

A new collection of classic songs by Roy Orbison will be coming out October 28, 2016 on CD and vinyl through Sony and Roy's Boys LLC, a company formed by Orbison's sons dedicated to their late father's musical catalog. Titled "Roy Orbison The Ultimate Collection," this career-spanning anthology begins with "Oh, Pretty Woman" and other early hits and finishes off with songs from the 1980s with The Traveling Wilburys and Orbison's final solo song, "Mystery Girl" (released posthumously in 1989).

Source: Roy Orbison Anthology Due in October

September 15, 2016: Eddie Money Anthology To Be Released

A new Eddie Money anthology, the largest to date, will be coming out on October 7, 2016. Titled "The Complete Hits And More," highlights of this 35-track collection include such early hits as "Two Tickets to Paradise" (1977) and "Baby Hold On" (1978), plus various rare live and acoustic tracks.

Source: Eddie Money Anthology Due Next Month

September 15, 2016: Stevie Wonder To Be Honored By Art Of Elysium

Stevie Wonder will be presented with next year's Visionary award at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in Hollywood, CA to take place January 7, 2017. The Art of Elysium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art as a catalyst for social change.

Source: Stevie Wonder to Be Honored in January at Major Hollywood Gala

September 15, 2016: 'James Taylor At Christmas' To Be Released On Vinyl

The popular holiday album, "James Taylor At Christmas," which was first released on CD in 2006, will be coming out on vinyl September 23, 2016. Highlights of this 14-track collection include a duet with the late Natalie Cole of "Baby It's Cold Outside." Also included are Taylor's renditions of such old favorites as "Jingle Bells," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and "Winter Wonderland."

Source: James Taylor Christmas Collection to Make Vinyl Debut

September 15, 2016: Black Sabbath To Release 'Paranoid' Super Deluxe Edition

Black Sabbath will release a new edition of the band's classic 1970 album, "Paranoid," as a deluxe four-disc set on November 11, 2016. Titled "Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition," this collection includes a remastered version of the original album and a quadraphonic mix from 1974, recordings from two 1970 live performances, and a book with photos and new interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, and Bill Ward, plus a poster and other band memorabilia.

Source: Black Sabbath to Release 'Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition'

September 16, 2016: Neil Diamond To Release New Christmas Album

A new Christmas album by Neil Diamond will be coming out on CD October 28, 2016, with a vinyl version to follow on November 19. Titled "Acoustic Christmas," highlights of this collection include Diamond's own "Christmas Prayers" plus his renditions of such holiday classics as "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," "O Holy Night," and "Silent Night."

Source: Neil Diamond Preps Folk-Inspired 'Acoustic Christmas' Album