New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bryan Adams “Tracks of My Years” (all covers, except for one new Adams/Jim Vallance song; Hear here; MP3) (Verve)
Alabama “Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites” (12 songs of faith; Hear here; MP3) (Gaither Music Group)
Alabama “Alabama & Friends At The Ryman” (guests: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jamey Johnson, the Eli Young Band; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Deluxe Edition) (Eagle Rock)
Herb Alpert “In the Mood” (Hear here; Read here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Shout! Factory)
Steve Aoki “Neon Future 1” (first single: “Rage the Night Away,” feat. Waka Flocka Flame; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Dim Mak / Ultra Music)
Colbie Caillat “Gypsy Heart” (producer: Babyface; new single: “Just Like That”; Hear here) (Republic)
Kat Edmonson “The Big Picture” (producer: Mitchell Froom; Hear here; MP3) (Sony Masterworks)
Electric Youth (Toronto electro-pop duo) “Innerworld” (first single: “Innocence”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3, with three bonus tracks) (Secretly Canadian)
Melissa Etheridge “This Is M.E.” (first single: “Take My Number”; Hear here; MP3) (MLE Music / Caroline)
Marianne Faithfull “Give My Love to London” (she wrote most of the lyrics and the music was written by Nick Cave, Anna Calvi, Roger Waters, Pat Leonard, Tom McRae, Steve Earle; producers: Rob Ellis, Dimitri Tikovoi; mixed by Flood; guests: Leonard Cohen, Cave, Anna Calvi; first single: “Falling Back”; Hear here; Vinyl) (U.K. – Dramatico Entertainment, Sept. 29)
Finch “Back to Oblivion” (the band’s first album in more than nine years; producer: Brian Virtue; new single: “Anywhere But Here”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
Flying Colors (Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse and Dave LaRue with singer Casey McPherson) “Second Nature” (Hear here; MP3; MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group)
Robin Gibb “50 St. Catherine’s Drive” (his last album, recorded before his death in May 2012; producer: Peter-John Vettese; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Reprise / Warner / Rhino)
Engelbert Humperdinck “Engelbert Calling” (two-disc duets album was released in the U.K. in March; it features collaborations with Elton John, Cliff Richard, Lulu, Il Divo, Willie Nelson, Gene Simmons, Ron Sexsmith, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Smokey Robinson, etc.; producer: Martin Terefe; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (OK!Good)
Jeff the Brotherhood “Dig the Classics [Vinyl]” (six-song EP; Hear here; MP3) (Warner)
Holly Johnson “Europa” (the former Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer’s first album in 15 years; producer: Mark Ralph; first single: “Follow Your Heart”; Hear here) (U.K. – Pleasuredome, Sept. 29)
Dave Koz & Friends “The 25th of December” (guests: Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mathis, Gloria Estefan, Richard Marx, Kenny G, BeBe Winans, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Jonathan Butler, Heather Headley, Eric Benét, Fantasia; Hear here; MP3) (Concord)
Lady Antebellum “747” (producers: Nathan Chapman, Lady Antebellum; first single: “Bartender”; Hear here) (Capitol Nashville)
Lang Lang “The Mozart Album” (two discs; Hear here; MP3) (Sony Classical)
Lost Bayou Ramblers (Cajun-rock band) “Gasa Gasa Live” (Hear here; MP3) (Bayou Perdu)
Seth MacFarlane “Holiday For Swing!” (producer: Joel McNeely; guests: Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Republic)
Raul Midón “Don’t Hesitate” (guests: Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright; includes “Mi Amigo Cubano,” co-written with Bill Withers; Hear here; MP3) (Artistry Music)
Hudson Mohawke “Chimes [Vinyl]” (four-song EP; guests: Busta Rhymes, Eric Wareheim, Flying Lotus ; See here; MP3) (Warp)
Stevie Nicks “24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault [LP + MP3]” (a collection of lost and stray songs, all newly recorded; producers: Nicks, Dave Stewart, Waddy Wachtel; Read here; CD, out Oct. 7; MP3) (Reprise)
Nonpoint “The Return” (producers: Johnny K, Daniel Salcidoto; first single: “Breaking Skin”; Hear here; MP3) (Razor & Tie)
Prince “Art Official Age” (his first album since 2010’s “20Ten”; producer: Prince; Hear here; MP3; see related 3RDEYEGIRL release below) (Warner)
Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL “PlectrumElectrum” (Prince with guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen; producer: Prince; Hear here; MP3) (Warner)
Calvin Richardson “I Am Calvin” (first single: “We Gon’ Love Tonite”; Hear here; MP3) (Jordan House / Primary Wave)
The Rural Alberta Advantage “Mended With Gold” (producers: Matt Lederman, Leon Taheny; first single: “Terrified”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Saddle Creek)
The Script “No Sound Without Silence” (first single: “Superheroes”; Hear here; MP3) (Columbia)
Blake Shelton “Bringing Back the Sunshine” (guests: Ashley Monroe, RaeLynn; Hear here; MP3) (Warner)
Michael W. Smith “Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas” (guests: Bono, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael McDonald, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Capitol)
Soft Swells “Floodlights” (producer: Dave Lynch; first single: “Floodlights”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Modern Outsider)
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives “Saturday Night / Sunday Morning” (double album; guests: The Staple Singers; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Superlatone)
Team Spirit “Killing Time” (first single: “Teenage Heart”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vice / Warner)
Three Bridges (gospel trio) “Jesus Saves” (Hear here; MP3) (Mansion)
Tove Lo (Swedish singer Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson) “Queen of the Clouds” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Island)
The Tragic Thrills “The Tragic Thrills” (originally self-released last year; Hear here) (Washington Square / Razor & Tie)
Trigger Hippy (created Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, with Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene on vocals) “Trigger Hippy” (producer: Greene; first single: “Rise Up Singing”; Hear here; MP3) (Rounder)
Various artists “Mass Appeal Volume 1” (annual compilation includes a cover of Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal” by Nas, Future, Pusha T, Mac Miller and A$AP Mob; Read here; Vinyl) (Mass Appeal – new label started by Nas)
Various artists “Motown Christmas” (16 tracks; Vinyl; MP3) (Motown Gospel)
Various artists “WOW Hits 2015 (Deluxe Edition)” (two CDs, 36 songs; MP3) (Capitol Christian Music Group)
Gerard Way (former My Chemical Romance frontman) “Hesitant Alien” (new single: “Pink Station Zero”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Reprise)
Lucinda Williams “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” (producers: Williams, Tom Overby, Greg Leisz; guests: Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Tony Joe White, Ian McLagan, Pete Thomas, Davey Faragaher; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Highway 20)
Witch Mountain (doom-metal band) “Mobile of Angels” (producer: Billy Anderson; Hear here; MP3) (Profound Lore)
yMusic (NYC chamber ensemble) “Balance Problems” (producer: Son Lux; Hear here; See here) (New Amsterdam)

More Releases for the Week of Sept. 30, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Auramancer (Belgian alt-rock artist) “Golconda [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Karma, Oct. 1)
John Butler (soul singer-songwriter from Chantilly, Va.) “I Love You [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Mylestone, Oct. 1)
Cazwell “Hard 2 B Fresh [MP3]” (collaborators: Richie Beretta, Justin de Nobrega, Nicky da B, Peaches, Jesse Novak, Big Dipper, RedTop, Manila Luzon, DJ Fresh Direct, etc.; Hear here) (Peace Bisquit)
Hanging Scarlet (Loudon, N.H., rock quartet) “Desert Lands [MP3]” (six-song EP; ReverbNation) (Hanging Scarlet, Oct. 1)
JCharlesworth (Australian alt-rock artist) “The End [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (JCharlesworth, Oct. 1)
Jonatan Piña Duluc y El Trio (Dominican rock band) “A Medio Vivir [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Jonatan Piña Duluc y El Trio)
Jerico of the Angels “Undead A-Go-Go [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Osiristar, Oct. 2)
Lou Lombardi’s Strangelove “Lou Lombardi’s Strangelove [MP3]” (Hear here) (Guitar Lounge, Oct. 1)
Memoryy (aka Brooklyn synth-pop artist Shaun Hettinger) “Young Oblivion [MP3]” (five-song EP; producers: Brothertiger, The Golden Pony; first single: “Feels Like the First Time”; Hear here; See here) (Memoryy)
Matthew Parker (Christian EDM artist) “Shadowlands [MP3]” (guests: Cash Hollistah, St. Matthew, Skrip, eXecutive Decision, Anna Criss; first single: “We Go”; Hear here; Read here) (Drom)
Kandace Springs “Kandace Springs [MP3]” (four-song EP; first single: “Love Got in the Way”; Hear here; See here) (SRP Music Group / Blue Note)
Violent Soho “Hungry Ghosts [MP3]” (Hear here; See here) (SideOneDummy)
Kurt von Stetten “Animals [MP3]” (Hear here) (Static Motor Recordings)
We Are the Catalyst (Swedish alt-metal band) “Monuments [MP3]” (Hear here; See here) (We Are the Catalyst, Oct. 1)
Westrin & Mowry “The Past Rushes In [MP3]” (Hear here) (Westrin & Mowry)

More MP3 Releases for the Week of Sept. 30, 2014

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
ABBA “ABBA Live At Wembley Arena” (two CDs; complete concert from Nov. 10, 1979; See here; Track list; Vinyl) (Polydor / UMe)
Garth Brooks “Double Live” (two-CD, one-DVD set, originally released in 1998; remastered) (Legacy Recordings)
Ronnie Dyson “Phase 2 / Brand New Day” (1982, 1983 albums on one CD; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott “The HighTone Years” (RockBeat)
Faith, Hope & Charity “Life Goes On (Expanded Edition)” (1976 album; remastered, with four bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Genesis “R-Kive [Box set]” (three CDs, 37 songs; career retrospective, along with solo hits and Mike + The Mechanics hits; MP3) (Rhino)
Eydie Gorme “Since I Fell For You” (1981 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Amy Grant “ICON: Amy Grant Christmas” (11 tracks) (Sparrow / UMe)
Heart “5 Classic Albums” (five full albums) (Capitol / UMe)
Judas Priest “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Columbia / Legacy)
Barbara Lynn “The Complete Atlantic Recordings” (25 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Maroon 5 “5 Classic Albums” (five full albums) (Interscope / UMe)
Megadeth “5 Classic Albums” (five full albums) (Capitol / UMe)
Monty Python “Monty Python’s Total Rubbish! The Complete Collection [Box set]” (10 discs, featuring all nine remastered U.K. albums, from 1970’s “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” to 1983’s “The Meaning of Life,” plus a bonus 7″ single of the 1974 flexi-disc “Monty Python’s Tiny Black Round Thing” and a hardback book with liner notes by Michael Palin; Vinyl) (Virgin / UMe)
Mudvayne “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Epic / Legacy)
Nas “Original Album Classics” (five full albums) (Columbia / Legacy)
The Notting Hillbillies “Missing … Presumed Having a Good Time [Vinyl]” (1990 album; remastered) (Rhino)
Oasis “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (Chasing the Sun Edition)” (1995 album; remastered, with two additional discs of B-sides, demos and soundcheck recordings; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Big Brother Recordings)
Larry Rice “If You Only Knew .. The Best of Larry Rice” (MP3) (Rebel)
Shalamar “The Complete Solar Hit Singles Collection” (two CDs, 22 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Solar / Sanctuary, Sept. 29)
Stories “Stories Untold: The Very Best of Stories” (19 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Vanilla Ice “ICON” (best-of) (Capitol / UMe)
Various artists “Real World 25” (three-CD label retrospective, featuring tracks by founder Peter Gabriel, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Blind Boys of Alabama, Joseph Arthur, Dub Colossus, etc.; MP3) (Real World)
Various artists “The Westbound Sound: Detroit Soul 1969-1975” (23-track collection features Denise LaSalle, the Detroit Emeralds, the Magictones, the Fantastic Four, etc.; Track list) (U.K. – Westbound, Sept. 29)
The Whispers “The Complete Solar Hit Singles Collection” (three CDs, 41 songs; Track list) (U.K. – Solar / Sanctuary, Sept. 29)
Barry White “5 Classic Albums” (five full albums) (Mercury / UMe)

More Releases for the Week of Sept. 30, 2014

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, et al “Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s [DVD]” (1984 film; two discs; Blu-ray) (Warner Home Video)
Dream Theater “Breaking the Fourth Wall: Live From The Boston Opera House [DVD]” (two discs; See here; Blu-ray) (Roadrunner)
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, et al “Gone With the Wind: 75th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]” (1939 film; four-disc set) (Warner Home Video)
Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, et al “Gremlins: Diamond Luxe Edition [Blu-ray]” (1984 film) (Warner Home Video)
Audrey Hepburn “Audrey Hepburn Collection [Blu-ray]” (contains “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” “Funny Face” and “Sabrina”) (Paramount)
Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin: You Shook Me [DVD]” (four discs) (eOne Music)
Melissa McCarthy, Billy Gardell “Mike & Molly: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]” (1984 film) (Warner Home Video)
Various artists “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever [DVD]” (1983 TV special aired on NBC, famous for Michael Jackson’s moonwalk performance; See here; Deluxe Edition) (Time Life Music)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Sept. 30, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Eminem “Eminem: Survivor [Hardcover]” (authors: Michael and Drew Heatley) (Flame Tree)
Tracey E.W. Laird “Austin City Limits: A History [Hardcover]” (Kindle) (Oxford University Press, Oct. 2)
Brian May “Brian May’s Red Special [Hardcover]” (subtitled “The Story of the Home-Made Guitar That Rocked Queen and the World”) (Carlton Books, Oct. 1)
My Chemical Romance “Not the Life It Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance [Paperback]” (author: Tom Bryant; Kindle) (Da Capo Press)
Fiona Ritchie & Doug Orr “Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia [Hardcover]” (foreword by Dolly Parton; Kindle) (The University of North Carolina Press, Sept. 29)
Phil Swern & Neil Myners “Popmaster Quiz Book, BBC Radio 2 – As Played On The Ken Bruce Show [Paperback]” (Ovolo Books)
The Who “The Who: Official Calendar 2015 [Calendar]” (Danilo Promotions, Oct. 1)
Gary Wright “Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison [Hardcover]” (Kindle) (Tarcher Hardcover / Penguin Books, Oct. 2)

More Book Releases for the Week of Sept. 30, 2014

Next week: Oct. 7, 2014

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