FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 5-28-2012

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British X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson storms these shores in this week’s FOXLight music release roundup, adding a U.S. exclusive bonus track to her debut Heaven

What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is another album of piano-based quirk from Regina Spektor

Icelandic alt-rockers Sigur Rós return with their sixth album Valtari

Jake Shears, Ana Matronic and the rest of Scissor Sisters appropriately bring their fourth album Magic Hour to the classic dance Casablanca record label…

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros drop their second album of indie-flavored folk-rock Here

Easy, breezy Brazilian-born jazz vocalist Melody Gardot returns with The Absence

Conversation is the 34th album from jazz pianist extraordinaire David Benoit

The Walkmen celebrate their 10th year as a unit with the “focused and determined” Heaven

Road warriors 12 Stones seek to expand their global reach with their latest Beneath The Scars

Canadian legend Ian Tyson (formerly of Ian & Sylvia) returns at age 78 for his first album in four years Raven Singer

John Lydon reconvenes Public Image Ltd. for their first new full-length studio album in 20 years, This is PiL

Soundtracks arrive for the just released Men In Black 3, with music by Danny Elfman…and James Newton-Howard’s score for Snow White and the Huntsman

And going all the way Live: Bachman & Turner: Live at the Roseland Ballroom NYC captured a rocking 2010 show…and Juanes: MTV Unplugged was recorded this past February in Miami.

On the Reissue Front

Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inductees Small Faces see two classic albums get the Deluxe Edition treatment: their 1966 debut Small Faces and the following year’s From The Beginning, each adding a bonus disc full of extras to the remastered albums…

The Supremes at the Copa: Expanded Edition contains the original 15-track album, plus 10 unreleased alternate mono mixes and a second disc containing the complete 21-song show for the first time ever.

Sony/Legacy adds a bunch of new entries to their hit single-disc compilation series Playlist: The Very Best of…: Harry Belafonte, Jim Brickman, Johnny & June Carter Cash, Shawn Colvin, Alice Cooper, Rodney Crowell, Raheem DeVaughn, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, The Fugees, Heather Headley, Lit, Kenny Loggins, Prong, Pete Seeger, Britney Spears, and Tonex

Real Gone Music has spent the last few weeks re-releasing many vaunted (and chronically vaulted) albums to the masses, and this week’s round includes: Mick Fleetwood‘s 1983 jaunt It’s Not Me…the virtually never-on-CD The Unbelievable Guitar & Voice of Jerry Reed and Nashville Underground, Jerry Reed‘s first two albums now available together on one CD…and three more entries in the Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks archive series: Vol. 29: 5-19-77 Fox Theatre, Georgia/5-21-77 Lakeland Civic Center Arena, Florida…Vol. 30: Academy of Music, New York, 3-25 & 3-28-72…and Vol. 31: Philadelphia Civic Center, 8-4 & 8-5-74/Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City 8-6-74

And finally ABKCO digs into their vaults for The Very Best of Chubby Checker, and The Very Best of Bobby Rydell.

Phew!  As if that’s not enough, grab the FREE FOXLight Podcast, available here, and add the week’s hot DVD releases to the post-Memorial Day party!

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