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This Week’s Releases: Dec. 2, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
AC/DC “Rock or Bust” (their first album in six years is also their first without ailing founding member Malcolm Young, who has officially retired; Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar; producer: Brendan O’Brien; first single: “Play Ball”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia)
Mary J. Blige “The London Sessions” (collaborations with such U.K. talent as Sam Smith, Disclosure, Eg White, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans; first single: “Therapy”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Capitol)
Girlpool (L.A. duo) “Girlpool” (seven-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Wichita Recordings)
Tracy Lawrence “Greatest Hits: Evolution” (the country star recorded updated versions of his past hits; Hear here; MP3) (Lawrence Music Group)
Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie “December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Legacy Recordings)
Parkay Quarts (“alter-ego” of Parquet Courts) “Content Nausea” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (What’s Your Rupture?)
Collin Raye “Everlasting” (covers album; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Cleopatra)
She & Him “Classics” (guests: Chapin Sisters; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia)
Sundy Best (country duo) “Salvation City” (producer: RS Field; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (eOne Music)
Walk the Moon “Talking Is Hard” (first single: “Shut Up + Dance”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (RCA)
Wu-Tang Clan (feat. RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna) “A Better Tomorrow” (first single: “Ruckus in B Minor”; Hear here; MP3; iTunes) (Warner)

More CD/Vinyl Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Beacon (Brooklyn-based duo) “L1” (five-song EP; Hear here; Vinyl; iTunes) (Ghostly International)
Client Liaison “Live at Central Library” (seven-song EP; first single: “Feed the Rhythm”; Hear here) (Dot Dash Recordings)
Edwyn Collins “The Possibilities Are Endless” (music from the documentary film about Collins’ post-stroke recovery; featuring collaborations with Carwyn Ellis and Sebastian Lewsley; Hear here; See/read here; iTunes) (AED)
Kim Ann Foxman (dance music artist, formerly of Hercules and Love Affair) “It’s All About You / Steal My Secrets [iTunes]” (Hear here) (Firehouse / The Vinyl Factory, Dec. 1)
Kanude “Best Christmas Ever” (producer: Chris Knudson; Hear here) (Lightstone)
The Lost Patrol “Picture Show” (six-song EP; Hear here) (Filter, Dec. 1)
The Slow Readers Club (Manchester-based indie electro band) “Live at Central Library” (first single: “Forever In Your Debt”; Hear here) (Extenso, Dec. 1)
Ryan Troughton Effect “Naturally Selected” (producer: Drew Beck; guest: Beck; first single: “Pray For the Prey”; Hear here; iTunes) (Ryan Troughton Effect)
Victoria+Jean (Swedish-Belgian avant-pop duo) “V+J E.P.” (four-song EP; Hear here; See here) (Victoria+Jean, Dec. 1)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Theodore Bikel “Theodore Bikel’s Treasury of Yiddish Folk & Theatre Songs” (26-song set includes his albums “Theodore Bikel Sings Yiddish Theatre & Folk Songs,” “Theodore Bikel Sings Jewish Folk Songs” and “More Jewish Folk Songs”) (Real Gone Music)
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite?” (1968 album; remastered) (Japan – Universal, Dec. 1)
Hadley Caliman “Hadley Caliman” (1971 album; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Boplicity / Ace, Dec. 1)
The Cascades “Rhythms of Their Reign 1962-1966” (33 tracks, including their Valiant and RCA years; Track list) (Teensville)
Leonard Cohen “Live in Dublin [CD/DVD]” (three CDs, one DVD; recorded at Dublin’s O2 Arena in September 2013; CD/Blu-ray; iTunes) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane “All of You: The Last Tour 1960 [Box set]” (four CDs; Track list; iTunes) (Acrobat)
The Dells “The Dells: The Early Years – The Complete Singles As & Bs: 1954-62” (29 songs; Track list; iTunes) (Acrobat)
Bonnie Dobson “She’s Like a Swallow” (14 tracks; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Big Beat / Ace, Dec. 1)
The Five Stairsteps “Our Family Portrait / Stairsteps” (1968, 1970 albums on one CD; remastered, with three non-album singles) (SoulMusic Records / Real Gone Music)
Red Foley “Red Foley: The Complete US Country Hits 1944-59” (three CDs, 61 songs; Track list; iTunes) (Acrobat)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Vol. 14: Boston Music Hall 11/30/73 & 12/2/73 [Box set]” (four CDs) (Real Gone Music)
Jay & The Techniques “The Best of Jay & The Techniques” (Japan – Universal, Dec. 1)
Linda Jones “The Complete Atco-Loma-Warner Brothers Recordings” (21 songs) (Real Gone Music)
King Crimson “The Elements of King Crimson [Box set]” (two CDs of extracts, elements from studio recordings, alternate takes, live tracks, rehearsals and finished recordings from 1969-2014, much of it previously unreleased on CD; with 24-page booklet) (DGM)
Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis “You’re Gonna Get Next to Me: The Complete Claridge Recordings” (16 tracks; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Kent / Ace, Dec. 1)
Blue Mitchell “Blue Mitchell” (1970 album; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Boplicity / Ace, Dec. 1)
New Colony Six “The Mercury Years” (Japan – Universal, Dec. 1)
Houston Person “Houston Person ’75 / Get Out’a My Way!” (1974, 1975 albums on one CD; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Westbound / Ace, Dec. 1)
Pixies “PIXIES: Doolittle 25” (1989 album; remastered, with two CDs of bonus B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (4AD)
Todd Rundgren “Todd Rundgren At the BBC 1972-1982” (four-disc clamshell box set; Read here) (U.K. – Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red, Dec. 1)
Donna Summer “Donna: The CD Collection” (seven-disc box set contains her albums “The Wanderer,” “Donna Summer,” “Cats Without Claws,” “All Systems Go,” “Another Place and Time,” “Mistaken Identity” and “I’m a Rainbow,” with a free download card; Read here; iTunes), “Donna: The Vinyl Collection” (U.K. – Driven By the Music / Crimson, Dec. 1)
B.J. Thomas “Home Where I Belong / Happy Man” (1976, 1978 albums on one CD; remastered, with bonus tracks), “You Gave Me Love / Miracle” (1979, 1982 albums on one CD; remastered, with bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
The Unforgiven “The Unforgiven (Expanded Edition)” (1986 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Read here) (Real Gone Music)
Various artists “Follow Me Down: Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era 1966-1970” (18 tracks; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Vanguard / Ace, Dec. 1)
Various artists “Hang On Sloopy: The Bert Berns Story Volume 3” (26 songs; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace, Dec. 1)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call a Party” (three CDs, 63 songs; Read here) (U.K. – NOW, Dec. 1)
Various artists “Speak Easy: The RPM Records Story Volume 2 1954-57” (two CDs, 56 songs; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Kent / Ace, Dec. 1)
Sarah Vaughan “A Time in My Life” (1971 album; remastered; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Boplicity / Ace, Dec. 1)
Dionne Warwick “No Night So Long (Expanded Edition)” (1980 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks), “How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album, produced by Luther Vandross; remastered, with six bonus tracks), “Finder of Lost Loves (Expanded Edition)” (1985 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks, including three previously unreleased; Hear here) (Funky Town Grooves)
Mary Lou Williams “The Mary Lou Williams Collection 1927-59” (two CDs, 51 songs; Track list) (Fabulous / Acrobat)
Yo La Tengo “Extra Painful!” (deluxe reissue of 1993’s “Painful,” with 15 bonus tracks; Vinyl; MP3) (Matador)

More CD/Vinyl Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Powder “Ka-Pow! An Explosive Collection: 1967-68” (26 tracks; Hear/read here) (Big Beat / Ace)
Various artists “Syrian Orthodox Church: Antioch Liturgy,” “Syrian Orthodox Church: Tradition of Tur Abdin in Mesopotamia” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/studio:
Bing Crosby “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered [DVD]” (PBS special premieres nationwide on Dec. 2; See/read here) (PBS Home Video)
Bob Marley “Bob Marley: The Lost Tapes [DVD]” (PBS special premieres nationwide on Dec. 2; See/read here) (Bealeave Pictures)
Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, et al “The Hundred-Foot Journey [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray; iTunes) (Walt Disney)
One Direction “Where We Are: Live from San Siro Stadium [DVD]” (filmed at the end of June 2014; Blu-ray) (Columbia)
Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, et al “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray) (20th Century Fox)
Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, et al “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [Blu-ray]” (75th anniversary edition of the 1939 Frank Capra classic) (Sony)
Various artists “Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years [DVD]” (hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow; lineup includes Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Foo Fighters, Jimmie Vaughan, etc.; See here) (PBS)
Various artists “A Charlie Brown Christmas: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [DVD]” (Warner Home Video)
Various artists “Jack Bruce – Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts [DVD]” (recorded Nov. 2-3, 1993, at the E-Werk in Cologne, with guests Ginger Baker, Bernie Worrell, Gary Moore, Clem Clempson, Mary Reilley, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Simon Phillips, Gary Husband; See here; CD; MP3) (Made in Germany Music / MVD)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Leonard Bernstein “The Leonard Bernstein Letters [Paperback]” (author: John Byrne Cooke) (Yale University Press)
Disco Patrick & Patrick Vogt “Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records [Kindle]” (co-author: Robert Ashton) (Soul Jazz Books, Nov. 30)
Michael Garnice “The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae: The Complete Story of Reggae Told Through Its Greatest Songs, Famous and Forgotten [Hardcover]” (Equinox Publishing, Nov. 30)
Kevin Prested “Punk USA: The Rise and Downfall of Lookout! Records [Kindle]” (Microcosm Publishing, Dec. 1)
Michael Sanchez “Fiddle for Dummies [Paperback]” (Kindle) (For Dummies, Dec. 3)

More Book Releases for the Week of Dec. 2, 2014

Next week: Dec. 9, 2014

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