FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 3-19-2012

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The Shins return to kick the kneecaps off this week’s FOXLight music release roundup.  Vocalist James Mercer took over almost all the instrumentation as well for Port of Morrow

Taylor Swift links up with the Civil Wars, Miranda Lambert joins the Pistol Annies, and the Decemberists and Adam Levine each provide new music to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

Melanie Fiona returns and brings along Nas, B.o.B. and T-Pain for her sophomore release The MF Life

Grammy® winning Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding keeps the heat on her smoldering career with her third release in four years, Radio Music Society

Season 9 American Idol finalist Casey James drops his country-cured self-titled debut

The entire Odd Future collective come together on The OF Tape, Vol. 2, featuring on the edge rappers Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis and the rest…

DJ and producer Paul Van Dyk celebrates his 20-year career with Plumb and Owl City on his sixth album, Evolution

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo goes solo, with a few band cameos and John Medeski on keys, on Between the Times and the Tides

Jazz guitarist Chris Standring returns, sans pick, on the follow up to 2010’s Blue Bolero, Electric Wonderland

Anoushka Shankar bridges the gap between flamenco and Indian music on her Deutsche Grammophon debut, Traveller

And guitar slingers Slash, Ronnie Wood and Derek Trucks join their idol, B.B. King on Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011.

On the Reissue Front

Two double shots of ‘80s R&B courtesy of reissue label Funkytowngrooves:  LaToya Jackson’s Hearts Don’t Lie and Imagination, with seven and four bonus tracks, respectively; and Nona Hendryx’s Nona and The Art of Defense, packing seven bonus tracks each…

K2 HD Music gives an ultra-audiophile remastering treatment to Diana Ross’s 1981 compilation All The Greatest Hits, and a 1996 career spanner from Joan Baez, Greatest Hits

And available on import from the UK: Madonna‘s entire Warner Brothers studio output gets collected on The Complete Studio Albums (1983-2008)Dio’s Holy Diver, Last in Line, and Sacred Heart each get the Deluxe Edition treatment adding a second disc of bonuses to the remastered albums…and The Electric Light Orchestra’s First Light: 40th Anniversary Edition features ELO’s first album remastered plus 2 hours of bonuses, including the rare 1973 Quad mix.

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