FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 6-4-2012

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Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh, Patti Smith…it’s the ‘70s again in this week’s FOXLight music release roundup.

Neil Young reunites with Crazy Horse for an album of protest songs and murder ballads done their own unique way, Americana

The Beach Boys get Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine back in the same room for their first album together in decades, That’s Why God Made The Radio

Joe Walsh pops in to say “How ya doin’?” for this first time in 20 years on the Jeff Lynne-produced Analog Man, featuring some all-Starr drumming from his brother-in-law Ringo Starr

Patti Smith returns for her first album of all original material in 8 years, Banga

Alan Jackson brings us back to the present with his latest, Thirty Miles West

Bear Creek is the fourth album from singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile

Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and Jacob Dylan are just part of the guest roster on Shawn Colvin’s latest All Fall Down

Bela Fleck adds a little jazz to his banjo, joining with the Marcus Roberts Trio on Across The Imaginary Divide

Rodney Crowell linked up with writer Mary Karr for Kin: The Songs of Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell with an all-star lineup including Vince Gill, Norah Jones, and Kris Kristofferson

Rhett Miller goes self-produced for the first time on his sixth solo album The Dreamer

Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo returns with Bowie producer Tony Visconti behind the board on Big Station

Once and likely future Black Crow Chris Robinson forms his own band, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood for Big Moon Ritual

Electroni-cat BT test drives his new, tricked out PC on Laptop Symphony

And bringing the soul this week:  Bobby Brown releases his first solo album in 15 years, The Masterpiece…and Li’l Wayne and Shaggy join Eric Benet on his 6th album, The One.

On the Reissue Front

Paul Simon’s groundbreaking Graceland returns in a 25th Anniversary Edition as a single CD with four bonus tracks, a CD/DVD combo adding the documentary Under African Skies, a vinyl edition, and an Amazon-exclusive Collector’s Edition Box Set including the CD/DVD combo and two more CDs of demos and live tracks…

On the occasion of its Blu-ray debut, and re-release on DVD, The BeatlesYellow Submarine Songtrack returns in remastered form, reconstructing the 2002 all-remixed version of the soundtrack which eliminated the George Martin Orchestra instrumentals in favor of all Beatles tracks featured in the original movie…

A little late to the game, Heart finally gets the boxed set treatment with Strange Euphoria – 3 CDs packed with hits, demos, live tracks and rarities, plus a DVD featuring a 1976 performance of “Dreamboat Annie”.  And an Amazon-exclusive edition adds a fourth CD containing five Led Zeppelin covers…

David Bowie‘s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars returns in a 40th Anniversary Edition as a remastered CD, or a Vinyl/DVD combo featuring surround sound remixes and bonus stereo remixes in high-resolution audio…

Lenny Kravitz tricks out 1991’s Mama Said in a time-appropriate 21st Anniversary Edition, adding a second disc with 21 bonus tracks to the remastered album…

Maroon 5 revisits their 2002 debut Songs About Jane with a 10th Anniversary Edition packed with 17 bonus demos and unreleased tracks in addition to the remastered album…

Last but not least, Quicksilver Messenger Service‘s first seven albums return as Vinyl Replica CDs, packaged in mini-gatefold album packaging and vinyl-black colored CDs housing 96k/24 bit remastered versions of each album.  This treasure of a series spans from 1968’s Quicksilver Messenger Service through 1972’s Comin’ Thru.  Get ‘em before they disappear, as they’re limited editions.

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




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