RELEASE MONDAY: November 24, 2014

November 23rd, 2014

A second Monday release week in a row.

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Various Artists: Shady XV (Interscope)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Compilation

Covering the Shady record label roster, Shady XV gives us hits from the likes of 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, and Eminem.

Best Buy is offering an exclusive version with a bonus track.


Coldplay: Ghost Stories: Live 2014 (CD/DVD) (Atlantic/Parlophone)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Live

This aired back on NBC earlier this year, and now you can bring the audio and video to your library. While we’re not always fans of Coldplay live, the album this material comes from has grown on us quite a bit from when it was initially released.

A CD-only version of this is also being released, but for another $2.00, why not spring for the whole package? The DVD contains some alternate videos.


Bryan Adams: Reckless (Super Deluxe Edition) (A&M)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Reissue

One of the great ’80s albums featuring hits like “Summer Of ’69,” “Run To You,” and “Heaven.” Here, it sees the super deluxe treatment with bonus tracks, a full live show from 1985, and a 5.1 surround mix. Here’s to 30 years, Bryan Adams!


Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77: Medicine Chest Dub/Skeletons Dub (Single) (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: Reggae, Dub

Fantastic single featuring production work from Prince Fatty and Nostalgia 77 with Alice Russell on vocals.


Dave Matthews Band: Under The Table And Dreaming (Expanded Edition) (Legacy)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Reissue, Vinyl

The album that brought DMB national recognition is now being reissued with a couple of acoustic versions for bonus tracks (“Dancing Nancies” and “The Song That Jane Likes”). A vinyl reissues is also being released.


Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam/Universal)
Public Enemy: Fear Of A Black Planet (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam/Universal)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Reissue

The sticker on the CD reissue of It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back reads “The Greatest Hip-Hop Album Ever Made.” You won’t hear many arguments from us. Included on the second disc are various b-sides of remixes, instrumentals, a capellas, and so forth. A DVD entitled Fight The Power Live rounds out the reissue featuring live performances and music videos. It was previously only available via VHS.

Furthermore they followed it up with an album as strong as FOABP featuring tracks like “Welcome To The Terrordome,” “Fight The Power,” and “Brothers Gonna Work It Out.” The bonus disc again contains various b-side remixes and instrumentals.

Vinyl reissues of both albums are also being released and contain 3D lenticular covers.

RELEASE MONDAY: November 17, 2014

November 16th, 2014

Here we go with another Monday release week.

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TV On The Radio: Seeds (Harvest)
File Under: Rock

The album has been garnering a lot of praise through Rolling Stone and more. Hear the lead single below.


Henry Mancini: The Classic Soundtrack Collection (Legacy)
File Under: Score, Popular, Easy Listening

You could be forgiven for thinking of the “The Pink Panther Theme” when you hear Mancini’s name mentioned. It is certainly a classic work. But the man had so much more music in him. With a ridiculously long list of soundtracks, albums and more to his credit, he was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on top of 10 Grammys, 4 Academy Awards, and more accolades.

He also was responsible for this beautiful track:

Featured on this box set is a collection of 9 CDs of his scores including Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Arabesque, Me, Natalie, and more.

You absolutely cannot go wrong with this set.

RELEASE TUESDAY: November 11, 2014

November 10th, 2014

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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (RCA)
File Under: Rock

Dave Grohl and his bandmates travelled ’round the country to different cities to record their new album. In fact, they filmed material for a show on HBO of the same name to document each city’s musical heritage.


Tears For Fears: Songs From The Big Chair (Universal)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Reissue, Box Set

In 1985, it was hard to find a bigger album than this. With singles like “Shout,” “Head Over Heels,” and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” it was everywhere that year. It’s now being reissued on various formats, but the super deluxe edition includes 4 CDs of the album, remixes, and early mixes as well as 2 DVDs that include music videos, TV appearances, a surround sound mix and more.


Portishead: Dummy (Vinyl Reissue) (Universal/Mercury)
File Under: Trip-Hop, Reissue

Even 20 years later, this album is still a crowning achievement. Beautiful, yet haunting songs like “Mysterons,” “Numb,” and “Glory Box.”


Garth Brooks: Man Against Machine (Sony Music Nashville)
File Under: Country

It’s been a while since Brooks has released new material (not counting last year’s Wal-Mart-only release of covers in a box set). After quite the delay, he (the man) takes on the machine (the music industry?). We’re not sure, but foresee it selling quite well.

RELEASE TUESDAY: November 4, 2014

November 2nd, 2014

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Calvin Harris: Motion (Columbia)
File Under: Dance, Pop, EDM

The heavily-accoladed dance artist returns with his latest album fueled by the hit “Summer.”


The Doobie Brothers: Southbound (Arista Nashville)
File Under: Rock, Country

The classic rock band teams up with a plethora of modern country acts like Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley to play many of their greatest hits like “Black Water,” “Listen To The Music,” and “Rockin’ Down The Highway.”


Wings: Venus And Mars (Super Deluxe Edition) (MPL/Hear Music/Concord Music Group)
Wings: At The Speed Of Sound (Super Deluxe Edition) (MPL/Hear Music/Concord Music Group)
File Under: Rock, Reissue, Box Set

The archive series continues with two mid-70s albums getting the latest book treatment. Look for full reviews for each set that we wrote over at American Songwriter this week!

Best Buy will be having an exclusive bonus 45 for each album as advertised in this week’s flyer:
At The Speed Of Sound
Venus And Mars


Various Artists: The One-derful! Collection: One-derful! Records (Secret Stash)
File Under: R&B, Soul, Compilation

We forgot to include this one in last week’s feature. One-derful! (and its subsidiaries) was a Chicago-based label that released tons of soul 45s in the ’60s and ’70s. This is the first of many volumes planned for the series. Secret Stash even has a special subscription service that includes some terrific extras (45s or a CD, depending upon the format you choose).

RELEASE MONDAY: October 27, 2014

October 27th, 2014

This is one of those weeks where the new titles came out on Monday as opposed to Tuesday.

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Taylor Swift: 1989 (Big Machine Records)
File Under: Pop

Taylor Swift is going with a decidedly more pop sound with this album. The catchy “Shake It Off” shows a fun new direction for her.

Target is offering three exclusive tracks (“Wonderland,” “You Are In Love,” and “New Romantics”) as well as a handful of 3 voice memos of three of the tracks from the standard edition and exclusive photo prints. See your local Target ad for other things being tied in with this release from Swift.


Led Zeppelin: IV (Super Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic/Rhino)
Led Zeppelin: Houses Of The Holy (Super Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic/Rhino)
File Under: Rock, Reissue, Box Set

Led Zeppelin fans are ecstatic about these reissues, and they are putting them out at a fairly aggressive pace. While the super deluxe sets top the $100 mark, for the fan wanting to spend less have the option for a regular deluxe edition for each title


Paul McCartney: New (Collector’s Edition) (Concord/MPL)
File Under: Rock, Reissue

It was about a year ago that McCartney’s latest studio effort of pop music was released. While various bonus tracks abounded on international and retailer exclusives, now they are all collected in a DVD-sized booklet across 2 CDs and 1 DVD. For the latter part, footage from events around the world and behind the scenes moments are collected.

Next week, Paul and his Wings cohorts are guaranteed to get some more ink from us as the Paul McCartney Archive Collection campaign will roll on (after a brief delay from earlier this summer).


Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock And Roll Time (Vanguard)
File Under: Rock & Roll

The Killer teams up with Keith Richards, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, and more on this new collection of songs.


Dianne Reeves: I Remember (Blue Note/Universal)
Horace Silver: Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers (Blue Note/Universal)
Thelonius Monk: Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (Blue Note/Universal)
Hank Mobley: No Room For Squares (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl

The Blue Note vinyl reissue campaign continues with four more titles!

RELEASE TUESDAY: October 21, 2014

October 19th, 2014

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The Budos Band: Burnt Offering (Daptone)
File Under: Rock

The Budos Band explores a more rock-oriented sound on their fourth album. Look for an interview we conducted with band member Tom Brenneck in issue 60 of Wax Poetics out later this fall. The title track can be heard below.


Boyz II Men: Collide (BMG)
File Under: R&B

Motownphilly’s back again. Target is offering a version with two additional tracks, “Beautiful” and “Can’t Let Go.”

In the world of exclusive deals, iTunes is offering a different bonus track called “Ladies Man.” Amazon is offering an autographed version.


Gavin Degraw: Finest Hour: The Best Of Gavin Degraw (RCA)
File Under: Pop

His subsequent albums after his fantastic debut, Chariot, have been uneven, but this collection grabs some of his best material.


Various Artists: Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: R&B

This is the pared down version of a box set, and even it’s two discs worth of material from the likes of Alice Russell, Nostalgia 77, Bonobo, Hidden Orchestra, and more.


Earth, Wind, & Fire: Holiday (Legacy)
File Under: Christmas, R&B

‘Tis the season. The Christmas titles are starting to roll out, and EWF covers some of the genre’s classics like “What Child Is This,” “The Drummer Boy,” and “Sleigh Ride.”


T.I.: Paperwork (Grand Hustle/Columbia)
File Under: Hip-Hop

T.I. teams up with Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, Skylar Grey, and more for his latest effort.


El Michels Affair: Sounding Out The City (Deluxe Edition) (Truth & Soul)
File Under: Soul, Reissue

This came out last week, and we forgot to mention it. A decade ago, Leon Michels and his cronies put together this beautiful instrumental soul album. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the label is reissuing it with a bonus disc of some previously unreleased material. Additionally, that bonus material is being issued on vinyl on a 10″ called Loose Change.

RELEASE TUESDAY: September 30; October 7; October 14, 2014

October 13th, 2014

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Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright In The End (Universal Republic)
File Under: Rock

Rivers Cuomo and his bandmates deliver another album, their ninth, this time via Universal Republic.


Oasis: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (Big Brother Recordings)
File Under: Rock, Reissue

A super deluxe version of this reissue exists, but with all the audio available in this 3-CD package at $20, it’s hard to turn this one down.


Kenny Drew: Undercurrent (Blue Note/Universal)
Sonny Clark: Cool Struttin’ (Blue Note/Universal)
Stanley Turrentine: That’s Where It’s At (Blue Note/Universal)
Freddie Hubbard: Ready For Freddie (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl, Reissue

The Blue Note train rolls on with these vinyl reissues. Have we said how much we love old Blue Note album covers?


The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles: The Last Transmission (Now Again)
File Under: Psychedelic

The Heliocentrics launch yet another oneoff project, this time with Melvin Van Peebles. A second disc is included with the instrumentals of the tracks as well. If you’re a member of Now Again’s Drip.fm subscription, it’s available there now as well.


Various Artists: Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul, & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade (Tiger’s Milk)
File Under: Global Grooves, Compilation

As a follow-up to the label’s Peru Maravilloso, the funk, soul, and psych scenes of the country’s musical history are explored.

Wax Poetics recently debuted a track from the compilation.


Bonobo: North Borders Tour: Live (Ninja Tune)
File Under: Live, DVD

The album comes with both the audio on CD and a companion DVD of the live show. A vinyl version is also offered.


Bob Seger: Ride Out (Universal)
File Under: Rock

He may be (even) older now, but Bob Seger is still runnin’ against the wind. From the title, are we to expect this may be his ride into the sunset?

The soundclips up at Amazon are certainly in line with what you’d expect from a Seger release.


U2: Songs Of Innocence (Interscope)
File Under: Pop, Rock

If you weren’t one of the half-billion people to receive the album for free via iTunes last month; or if you were one of those people who felt intruded upon by Apple; or if you just want the physical object of the album, well, then this is your release.

RELEASE TUESDAY: September 23, 2014

September 23rd, 2014

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Gary Clark, Jr.: Live (2-CD) (Warner)
File Under: Blues, Rock, Live

Gary Clark, Jr.’s, latest release showcases where she shines best: on stage. His debut album had moments but was mostly an uneven affair. But live… that’s another story!


Lenny Kravitz: Strut (Target Exclusive Edition) (Kobalt)
File Under: Pop, Rock

Lenny Kravitz shows off his strut and even covers the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby” with fantastic results. Target has an exclusive edition that includes “Lift Me Out Of My Head” and “It Won’t Feel The Same” as bonus offerings. Meanwhile, iTunes has a couple of exclusives of their own like “Sweet Gitchey Rose” and “Can’t Stop Thinkin’ ‘Bout You.”


Smashing Pumpkins: Adore (Super Deluxe Edition) (Virgin)
File Under: Rock, Alternative

The super deluxe madness continues with the Pumpkins, this time exploring their recording sessions during 1998′s Adore. Altogether, 107 tracks are spread across 6 CDs and a DVD that highlights their Fox Theater performance in Atlanta in August of 1998.


George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 (Apple/Capitol)
File Under: Pop, Box Set

Experimental albums and a solo Beatle masterpiece are the centerpieces of this multiple disc box set chronicling George’s music as released by Apple Records both during and after the Beatles’ breakup.


Imelda May: Tribal (Verve)
File Under: Pop, Rockabilly

A queen in her genre, Imelda May’s junior album has what it takes to keep your boots kickin’. “It’s Good To Be Alive,” yes indeed.

RELEASE TUESDAY: September 2, 9, and 16, 2014

September 16th, 2014

RELEASE TUESDAY: September 2, 9, and 16, 2014

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The Beatles: The Beatles In Mono Vinyl Box Set (Capitol)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Vinyl

They’re only virtually the most important music group in music history. Back in 2009, we got remasters of their full catalog in mono on CD. This year, as promised for some time now, the mono catalog (up through The Beatles aka The White Album when the albums stopped being done in mono) is now out on vinyl.


Various Artists: Catch Action: The Sophisticated Boogie Funk Of Sheridan House Records (Ubiquity)
File Under: R&B, Box Set, Vinyl, Compilation

A beautiful set from Ubiquity chronicling a sampling of records as released by 70s/80s label Sheridan House. Wax Poetics is hosting a contest giving one of the vinyl box sets away. A 2-CD version has also been released.


Etta James: Rocks The House (Argo/Jackpot)
File Under: R&B, Live

A fiery live LP recorded by Etta James in Nashville. The album has been reissued on blue vinyl.


Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro (Strut)
File Under: Afrobeat

The Heliocentrics pair with legendary Afrobeat saxophonist to create a wonderfully funky record. You can hear their cover of James Brown’s “In The Middle” over at Wax Poetics.


Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams (Pax Am/Blue Note)
File Under: Rock

Ryan Adams’ self-titled album is far beyond a debut but a deeper look still into his musical journey.


Jimi Hendrix: Rainbow Bridge (Legacy)
Jimi Hendrix: The Cry Of Love (Legacy)
File Under: Rock

Legacy continues to release material from Hendrix. These two are older albums released posthumously, even originally. The Cry Of Love finds its way to CD for the first time.


Smokey Robinson/The Miracles/Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Various Albums (Motown/Universal)
File Under: Soul, Reissue

A number of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles as well as solo Smokey Robinson albums are finding their way to a digital storefront, some being available for the first time in years. Some titles, released between the 1960s through the 1980s, include:

Greatest Hits From The Beginning
A Pocket Full Of Miracles
The Season For Miracles
One Dozen Roses
Flying High Together
Yes, It’s You Lady
Touch The Sky
Essar
Smoke Signals


Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra: Pulsion (Ubiquity)
File Under: Soul, Jazz, Psychedelic, Library

A funky, quirky record from the tight ALVO crew exploring new territories. Here a teaser below.

RELEASE TUESDAY: August 26, 2014

August 26th, 2014

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Brad Paisley: Moonshine In The Trunk (Sony Nashville/Arista)
File Under: Country

Megastar Paisley returns with his latest album.


Kem: Promise To Love (Target Deluxe Edition) (CMG)
File Under: R&B

A standard version of this album exists, but Target is selling a deluxe version including a couple of bonus tracks, “I Believe In Your Love” and “In The Meantime.”


Lou Donaldson: Lush Life (Blue Note/Universal)
Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (Blue Note/Universal)
Wayne Shorter: Juju (Blue Note/Universal)
Herbie Hancock: Speak Like A Child (Blue Note/Universal)
Terence Blanchard: Flow (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl, Reissue

The newest release of these is Terence Blanchard’s 2005 album, and the batch stretches back to classic Blue Note era albums like Lush Life and Juju.