FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 4-30-2012

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Norah Jones expands her sonic palette once again in this week’s FOXLight music release roundup, teaming with Danger Mouse and adding some beats to the malaise on Little Broken Hearts

Carrie Underwood returns for her fourth album, the slightly-less-country, slightly-more-rock-and-roll Blown Away

B.o.B aims to follow up his gold debut and multi-platinum singles, and avoid the sophomore slump, with Strange Clouds

Marilyn Manson goes indie on his latest Born Villain, and teams up with Johnny Depp for a cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”…

Fans of the NBC musical drama Smash can now own The Music of Smash, featuring cast vocals by Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty, plus guest Nick Jonas

Now! That’s What I Call Music 42 collects recent hits by Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and One Direction

Santigold adds big ballads to her can’t-miss club ready sounds on her second album Master of My Make-Believe

Rufus Wainwright teamed with Amy Winehouse-producer Mark Ronson for what he calls the poppiest album he’s ever made, Out of the Game

Soundgarden’s first new song in 15 years leads the soundtrack for Marvel’s The Avengers: Avengers Assemble, with a rocking blast including Shinedown, Rise Against and Scott Weiland

Pennywise debut their new lead singer Zoli Teglas on All or Nothing

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band celebrate their 35th Anniversary on 20 Dozen, their first in five years and containing their first original music since 1999…

And Todd Snider grabbed producer Don Was and pays tribute to one of his idols on Time As We Know It: Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker.

On the Reissue Front

Early Takes, Volume 1 features 10 previously unreleased demos and gestational versions of tracks by George Harrison, timed to coincide with the DVD release of the recent Martin Scorsese documentary on his life…

The third and fourth albums from Irish-rockers Thin Lizzy – 1974’s Nightlife and 1975’s Fighting – each get the Deluxe Edition treatment, adding a second disc of live performances, unreleased tracks and rough mixes to the remastered albums…

Lee Hazlewood‘s post-MGM years are reviewed on The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71), with 17 tracks featuring duets with Suzi Jane Hokom, Nina Lizell and Ann-Margret

Universal’s single-disc retrospective series ICON goes hip-hop with the latest round of entries featuring discs for DMX, LL Cool J, and Musiq Soulchild

Real Gone Music, which rose from the ashes of the beloved-yet-defunct Collector’s Choice Music reissue label, adds three new entries to its fledgling catalog: Eddie Rabbitt‘s 13 Original #1 Hits. which is the first single-disc comp to feature hits from his Elektra, Warner Bros., Capitol and RCA stints… Mel McDaniel‘s Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On: His Original Capitol Hits contains no less than 21 tracks from McDaniel’s ’70s and ’80s heyday…and The Complete Blue Cat Recordings has 23 tracks from The Ad-Libs, including 3 different versions of their smash “The Boy From New York City”…

Last but not least, Phil Collins‘ 1989 smash …But Seriously gets a much-needed 24 KT+ Gold remastering from the sonic geniuses at Audio Fidelity, hopefully scrubbing away some of the harsh brittleness and finding some of the hidden bass of previous masterings.

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