FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 12-5-2011

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Another packed music release week in the FOXLight, led by the late Amy WinehouseLioness: Hidden Treasures contains some of her final recordings and unreleased tracks…

The Black Keys follow up last year’s breakthrough Brothers with the Danger Mouse-produced El Camino

Glee: The Music, Volume 7 is the latest cast sung collection from the FOX-TV hit…

The Path of Totality is album number ten from the hard and heavy KoRn

Chicago rockers Chevelle return with Hats Off to the Bull

The funky and irreverent Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots drop their latest, Undun

Rapper T-Pain ends a three year break with rEVOLVEr, landing guest shots from Chris Brown and Lily Allen…

Love After War is the fifth album from R&B-er Robin Thicke

The Voice finalist Dia Frampton releases her solo debut Red, with a guest appearance by her coach and mentor Blake Shelton…

Nils Lofgren goes Old School…at least that’s the title of his first solo album in five years, with vocal help from Paul Rodgers, Lou Gramm and Sam Moore.

Live music fans have an abundance of choice this week:

Shakira releases a CD/DVD combo En Vivo Desde Paris

The Cure return to the stage with Bestival Live 2011

The Allman Brothers Band’s latest Beacon run is covered on One Way Out: Live at the Beacon Theatre…and a classic September 1971 show escapes the vault as S.U.N.Y at Stonybrook, 9/19/71

A seven-disc box set contains three complete concerts from Phish’s Fall 1997 tour: Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97

Emerson, Lake & Palmer excavate a classic set, Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival ’72

And Hip-O releases a limited Super Deluxe Edition of Elvis Costello’s Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, with 1 CD, a DVD and a vinyl EP, plus a hardcover book, poster and autographed commemoration card…but Elvis himself thinks it’s priced too expensively.

On the Reissue Front

Neil Diamond drops his very first single disc, career-spanning, multi-label  retrospective:  The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings.  This is your one-stop shop for Neil’s hits from his early-career Bang! sessions, through his late ’60s-early ’70s Uni Records stint and on through his multi-platinum Columbia smashes.  Liner notes are written by Neil himself…

James Brown fans, already given an embarrassment of catalog riches throughout 2011, can add one more rarity:  Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s recorded an album with the cream of New York’s session musicians including the Brecker Brothers, Ron Carter and Steve Gadd, and though a single was issued, the rest of the album was shelved…until NOW!  So here it is: The Lost Album – Featuring Watermelon Man

The Beau Brummels‘ classic 1968 album Bradley’s Barn gets remastered and reissued in a limited-number Rhino Handmade package, adding a 2nd CD with 25 rare and unreleased recordings…

And Doris Day‘s recently released UK album My Heart, consisting of recordings dating from the mid-’80s through last year and produced by longtime Beach Boys and Byrds cohort Terry Melcher, finally gets a stateside release.

Don’t forget to grab the FREE FOXLight Podcast, containing the cream of the week’s music and DVD releases, and go holiday shopping!

In New York…I’m Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk!