FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 5-21-2012

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A temporarily silenced John Mayer leads this week’s roundup of music releases in the FOXLight, but his voice was intact for the recording of Born and Raised – a Don Was-produced shot of seventies-sounding rock…

Butch Vig and Shirley Manson bring back Garbage after a 7-year break for their fifth album Not Your Kind of People

Past American Idols return: Season 8 winner Kris Allen drops his sophomore effort Thank You Camellia…and Season 10 third-placer Haley Reinhart directs us to Listen Up!, her solo debut…

Guitar virtuoso Slash rides the heat of his recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® induction toward his second solo album Apocalyptic Love

Christian rockers MercyMe deliver their 14th album, The Hurt & The Healer

Alt-rockers Gossip blend Soul, Rock, Funk and Punk to create A Joyful Noise

New Zealand popper Kimbra, featured on Gotye’s smash “Somebody That I Used To Know” gets her own full-length showcase, Vows

The indefatigable Tom Jones covers Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney on the UK import-only Spirit In The Room

The guitars come out in triplicate: Sonny Landreth goes on an Elemental Journey with guests Joe Satriani and Eric JohnsonDriving Towards the Daylight is Joe Bonamassa’s latest, with Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford guesting…and the husband-and-wife Tedeschi Trucks Band cover Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker and Harry Nilsson on Live: Everybody’s Talkin’

And three rock favorites of the ‘70s and ‘80s return:  The Cult end a five-year break with Choice of WeaponGreat White release their 12th studio album Elation…and Joey Ramone returns from the great beyond for his second posthumous solo album …Ya Know?

On the Reissue Front

Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 album RAM returns remastered in several formats: a no-frills Standard Edition, a double-disc Special Edition adds singles, B-sides and rarities, and the Deluxe Book Edition adds two more CDs with a mono mix of the entire album and the 1977 instrumental cover album Thrillington, plus a DVD of promo videos and a documentary and a 112 page book.

UFO‘s second career-chronology boxed set The Chrysalis Years (1980-1986) arrives and collects all of the post-Michael Schenker albums – No Place To Run, The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent, Mechanix, Making Contact and Misdemeanor – on 5 CDs, with live and/or rare tracks filling each out…

Real Gone Music, which as I mentioned a few weeks back rose from the ashes of the late, lamented Collector’s Choice reissue label, releases another pack of interesting relics: Two-fers (2 albums on 1 CD) from Chubby Checker, 1960 & 1961’s It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist AgainTerry Knight & The Pack‘s 1966 & 1967 Terry Knight & The Pack/ReflectionsThe OrlonsThe Wah-Watusi/South Street from 1962 & ’63…and Remember Me Baby: Cameo-Parkway Vocal Groups, Vol. 1 which features 24 classic tracks from The Turbans, The Skyliners, Lee Andrews and countless others…

Funkytowngrooves is a label mining the vaults for classic disco, soul and R&B albums from the ’70s and ’80s that have been absent from CD for a while, or forever.  This month’s round includes: Roy AyersYou Might Be SurprisedJermaine Jackson‘s 1989 Don’t Take It PersonalPatrice Rushen‘s Watch Out! from 1987…and The Three Degrees‘ first post-Philadelphia International album, 1977’s Standing Up For Love – each in Expanded Editions with bonus tracks…

Three from Sundazed: The Soft Machine‘s 1968 eponymous debut and the follow-up Volume Two…and Traffic‘s Heaven Is In Your Mind (which was titled Mr. Fantasy in the UK back in 1967) adds four bonus tracks…

And seven from Cheap Trick return as download-only releases, some with bonuses: 1980’s All Shook Up…1982’s One on One…1983’s Next Position Please (The Authorized Edition)…1985’s Standing on the Edge…1986’s The Doctor…1988’s Lap of Luxury…and 1990’s Busted.

If that’s not enough, head over here and check out the FREE FOXLight Podcast which takes the cream of what’s above and adds the week’s DVD releases in one audio package!

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