FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 6-11-2012

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Usher looks inward in this week’s FOXLight music release roundup.  His seventh album Looking 4 Myself features collaborations with Rick Ross, Pharrell and Luke Steele

Canadian rock gods Rush return after five years of touring with Clockwork Angels, their 19th studio album and first independent release…

Fellow Canadian indies Metric do it themselves once again on Synthetica

The Lion, The Beast, The Beat is the fourth album from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

James Taylor joins Mary Chapin Carpenter for a track on her 12th studio album Ashes & Roses

Josh Turner returns with his fifth collection of baritone sung barnburners and ballads, Punching Bag

Late night phenom Jimmy Fallon collects the best of his viral musical parodies on Blow Your Pants Off with a stellar cast including Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney

Leading the charge of new pop and rock: Hot Chip goes for their fifth release In Our HeadsThere’s No Leaving Now is the latest from Swedish troubadour The Tallest Man On Earth…and Far East Movement goes back for seconds on Dirty Bass

The R&B and rap game gets played by Azealia Banks on her debut EP 1991Drake, B.o.B and Trey Songz join Waka Flocka Flame on Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family…and former Gorillaz front-man Damon Albarn gives classic soul man Bobby Womack a triumphant return on The Bravest Man in the Universe

Jazz man Brian Culbertson slows down on Dreams…and Pat Metheny heats up on Unity Band, featuring Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sanchez

Country trio Edens Edge drop their self-titled debut…and Now! That’s What I Call Country 5 collects recent hits from Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum

Finally, The dB’s first album in a quarter-century is Falling Off The Sky…and ZZ Top previews their first new music in a decade on the four-track download only EP Texicali.

On the Reissue Front

ABBA, who I believe have more compilations now than actual album releases, adds another to the marketplace: the 2 CD The Essential Collection, featuring 39 newly remastered tracks…

Collected Cool bills itself as “the first ever career-defining box set for the legendary Dean Martin” containing a disc of early-career Capitol hits, a disc of later-career Reprise hits, a third CD with a rare concert captured at Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe, CA, on July 27, 1962 and a DVD of a 1983 London show originally shown on Showtime and unseen since then…

Fans of jazz keyboardist Bill Evans should be on the look out for Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate, featuring a pair of newly-unearthed October 1968 shows recorded (and forgotten about) at the legendary jazz venue…

Fans still mourning the recent deaths of the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb and Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Welch have a plethora of releases to ease the pain: Rare, Precious & Beautiful, Volumes 1-3 are now available as digital downloads and features many hits and favorites from the pre-Disco Bee Gees…and Bob Welch‘s self-titled 1981 album and 1983 album Eye Contact each return, the latter with three bonus tracks…

And Sony Music have been releasing Complete Album Collections for many from their stellar stable of artists and selling them exclusively on their Pop Market website.  Now, many of those releases are ending their exclusivity and becoming available in limited quantities at reduced prices through online retailers such as Amazon, including:  the Dave Brubeck Quartet Complete Albums Collection 1955-1966The Byrds Complete Columbia Albums CollectionStanley Clarke‘s Complete 1970s Epic Albums CollectionSam Cooke‘s The RCA Albums CollectionJohn Denver‘s The RCA Albums CollectionPaul Desmond’s Complete RCA Albums CollectionGeorge Duke’s Complete Epic Albums CollectionEarth, Wind & Fire‘s Complete Columbia Masters CollectionElectric Light Orchestra‘s Complete Albums Collection…and similarly-titled collections from Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Dick Haymes, Billie Holiday, Judas Priest, Kansas, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Return to Forever, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Nina Simone, George Washington, Jr., and Weather Report.  All are great ways of complete (and in many ways starting and completing) your favorite artists’ discographies.

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