New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

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)

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)

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

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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