Music News Digest: Week Of October 14, 2018

October 22, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of October 14, 2018, The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" came in at no. 1 on the U.K.'s Official Charts' list of top studio albums of all time. Other veteran bands and artists with albums in the Top 10 include Pink Floyd (with "Dark Side Of The Moon" at no. 4), Michael Jackson (with "Thriller" and "Bad" at no. 5 and no. 7, respectively), and Fleetwood Mac (with "Rumours" at no. 8). Further down the list are Meat Loaf ("Bat Out Of Hell," no. 15), Simon & Garfunkel ("Bridge Over Troubled Water," no. 17), and Mike Oldfield ("Tubular Bells," no. 36).

A 50th anniversary reissue of The Moody Blues' 1968 album, "In Search Of The Lost Chord," will be released on November 2, 2018 in various formats. A new archival Glen Campbell album titled "Sings For The King" featuring covers recorded from 1964-1968 of various Elvis Presley hits, originally intended for The King's ears only, will be coming out on November 16. Also coming out that day is a new vinyl version of Aretha Franklin's 2000 album, "This Christmas," which includes the recently-released digital single, "Silent Night." In addition, a new archival vinyl box set by the late Queen of Soul titled "Atlantic Records 1960s Collection" will be released on December 7. A new archival Neil Young compilation titled "Songs For Judy" featuring performances from his 1976 tour will be released November 30 on CD and digitally, with a vinyl version to follow on December 14. Also, the first two albums by Paul McCartney & Wings, "Wild Life" and "Red Rose Speedway," originally released in 1971 and 1973, respectively, will be coming out on December 7 as the main featured items of a super deluxe box set, "Wings 1971-1973," which will also include bonus tracks, demos, B-sides, and other material.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tom Jones are among the featured performers at the 2019 Stagecoach festival to take place April 26-28 in Indio, CA. Santana announced a new series of 2019 show dates scheduled for May 15-26 for the band's long-running Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Also, Billy Joel will give a concert next year at Wembley Stadium on June 22, making this his first performance in London in over three years.

Finally, Chaka Khan was selected as grand marshal of the 130th Rose Parade by Tournament of Roses which will take place on January 1, 2019. She will ride in the parade as well as join in the pre-game celebration.

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Below is a previously unreleased alternate version of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" which will be included on the upcoming deluxe reissue of "The White Album." Labeled as "Acoustic Version, Take 2," it features George Harrison singing and playing acoustic guitar accompanied by Paul McCartney on harmonium.