FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 4-16-2012

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Two hitmakers dating back to the turn of the millennium lead this week’s music releases in the FOXLight…

Jason Mraz ‘gots the remedy’ for the pop music doldrums, Love Is A Four Letter Word…and Train try to keep their 2010 career resurgence on track with California 37

An eclectic guest roster of Vince Gill, Andrea Bocelli and Mark Knopfler join jazz trumpeter Chris Botti on his latest, Impressions

Neon Trees follow up their stellar debut with Picture Show

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams hooked up with U2 and Elvis Costello producer Kevin Killen for her ninth album, In The Time Of The Gods

Loudon Wainwright III celebrates outliving his father on the ruminative Older Than My Old Man Now

Pop-rock journeyman Eric Hutchinson betters his 2008 debut with the even more tuneful and rhythmic Moving Up Living Down

‘90s R&B group SWV reunite after a 13-year break on I Missed Us

Curve marks the eighth studio album from Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace

Hank Williams III resurrects four older tracks and adds six unreleased ones for his latest, Long Gone Daddy

A pair of soundtracks: Marley: The Original Soundtrack accompanies the unflinching yet uplifting Bob Marley documentary with a double-disc of reggae goodies…and Music from the HBO Original Series Treme, Season 2 features New Orleans stalwarts Dr. John, Henry Butler and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

And a trio of live albums includes Jack Johnson & Friends: Best of the Kokua Festival, culled from six years of shows with guests Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and Eddie VedderYanni: Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico covers a pair of December 2011 shows…and All Live features the fruits of three years of Toronto live performances from Gordon Lightfoot.

On the Reissue Front

On the 40th Anniversary of Janis Joplin‘s posthumous smash solo effort Pearl gets expanded and re-released as The Pearl Sessions, which adds the mono single versions to the remastered original album on Disc 1, and continues with a second disc of outtakes, alternate takes and demos…

Deep tracks from the catalog of the late smooth R&B voice of Luther Vandross get compiled on Hidden Gems, which contains previously-released tracks from many of his hit albums that might have been overlooked the first time around…

Little Richard‘s 1957 long-player Here’s Little Richard returns remastered with five bonus tracks added…

The great US/UK soul reissue label FunkyTownGrooves releases a handful of great albums from the ’80s, most expanded with many bonus remixes and single mixes:  Aretha Franklin‘s huge 1985 comeback Who’s Zoomin’ Who?Rodney Franklin‘s 1984 hit MarathonJohnny Kemp‘s Secrets of Flying from 1987…Mtume‘s 1984 You, Me & He…and two 1983 releases from Deniece Williams: I’m So Proud and Hot on the Trail

And Sony/Legacy continues their double-disc Essential compilation series with the eclectic roster of Essential Blue Oyster Cult, Essential Brooks & Dunn, Essential Mariah Carey, Essential Donovan, and Essential Alan Jackson.

The FOXLight Podcast has highlights from the week’s hot DVD and music releases in one convenient and free downloadable package here!

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




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