FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 2-6-2012

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The return of Van Halen leads this week’s music releases in the FOXLight.  A Different Kind of Truth bears a classic kind of rock, with David Lee Roth back up front…

Kisses on the Bottom is the album Paul McCartney always wanted to make, celebrating the music of his childhood with Diana Krall and her band backing him and guests Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder

The Fray tapped Springsteen-producer Brendan O’Brien for their third album, Scars & Stories

It’s album number six for country kicker Dierks Bentley, Home

French electroni-cats Air provide a modern soundtrack to a 1902 silent film, Le Voyage Dans La Lune

NOW That’s What I Call Music! 41 collects recent hits by Adele, Pitbull and Coldplay

Of Montreal returns with 9 new tracks from the pen of Kevin Barnes, Paralytic Stalks

Mark Lanegan releases the first album under the Mark Lanegan Band moniker since 2004, Blues Funeral

Let It Be Roberta has Roberta Flack covering 12 Beatles tracks on her first album in 8 years…

Jazz balladeer Steve Tyrell provides the soundtrack to your Valentine’s Day, I’ll Take Romance

‘80s hit-makers Escape Club awaken after a long nap with Celebrity

Go Fly A Kite marks the return, and return-to-form, of Ben Kweller

And “Boombastic” reggae belter Shaggy spends a Summer In Kingston.

On the Reissue Front

Concord Jazz collects 15 lovey-dovey tracks from the period of Tony Bennett’s ‘70s exile from Columbia Records on Isn’t It Romantic?

Glen Campbell’s 2008 career resurrection Meet Glen Campbell returns with 5 extra bonus tracks…

Goldfrapp’s The Singles corrals 12 hits and tacks on 2 new tracks for good measure…

You can always depend on the UK for well-annotated, deep-catalog reissues of artists and albums generally ignored on these shores, and this week is no exception:

Edsel UK continues their excellent two-fer remastering series with Harry Chapin‘s Dance Band on the Titanic/Living Room Suite and The Manhattan Transfer‘s Live/Extensions…then they up-the-ante for the Todd Rundgren three-fer A Capella/Nearly Human/Second Wind, and a four-fer from Jo Jo Gunne: Jo Jo Gunne/Bite Down Hard/Jumpin’ the Gunne/So…Where’s The Show?

And, Parlophone UK adds another Pet Shop Boys rarities comp to a long list: Format: B-sides and Bonus Tracks – 1996-2009, 38 tracks on 2 CDs.

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