FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 6-25-2012

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Maroon 5 lead this week’s FOXLight music release roundup.  The disappointing sales of their last album had them calling in heavy hit-makers Ryan Tedder and Max Martin for the radio ready Overexposed

Linkin Park claim a return to big choruses on their fifth album Living Things

The Offspring break a four-year silence with Metallica producer Bob Rock behind the board for Days Go By

R. Kelly looks to smooth and silky ‘70s soul for inspiration on his latest, Write Me Back

American Idol season 10 finalist Casey Abrams drops his self-titled debut, executive produced by Randy Jackson

Joe Jackson salutes Duke Ellington on the Night and Day-meets-Jumpin Jive The Duke, with guests Regina Carter, Steve Vai and Questlove

Little Feat’s first album of new material since 2003 is Rooster Rag, with new drummer Gabe Ford, and guests Kim Wilson and the Texicali Horns

‘90s rockers return: Blues Traveler goes for a tight album of those “hip three minute ditties” they once sung about on Suzie Cracks The WhipInvisible Stars is the first in six years from Everclear…and The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends is a grab bag of new and previously released tracks with guests Yoko Ono, Bon Iver and Ke$ha

Jazz goes international: Kenny G meets India’s master of the 100 string santoor Rahul Sharma on the ambient Namaste…and Cassandra Wilson collaborates with Italian guitarist Fabrizio Sotti on the lush Another Country…

And representing Country:  Eric Clapton and Dr. John join dobro king Jerry Douglas on TravelerChris Cagle gets Back in the Saddle…and Mindy Smith goes self-titled for her fifth studio album.

On the Reissue Front

A gaggle of goodies available as UK ImportsThe Kinks at the BBC features 5 CDs worth of sessions specially recorded for airing on the BBC Radio service, plus a DVD featuring their appearances on Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle TestPeter Tosh 1978-1987 is a 6 CD collection of his EMI and Rolling Stone Records output from Bush Doctor through No Nuclear War, plus an extra disc with a previously unreleased 1983 BBC concert…Ian Hunter‘s The Singles Collection 1975-83 features all of Hunter’s single A- and B-sides from that era – 29 tracks in all on 2 CDs…Cherry Pop reissues all of Samantha Fox‘s hot 1986-1991 albums, Touch Me, Samantha Fox, I Wanna Have Some Fun and Just One Night as Deluxe Editions, each remastered with a bonus disc of remixes…

A double shot of ‘70s Soul:  The Three Degrees‘ 1977 post-Philadelphia International hit (and their sole album for CBS/Epic) Standing Up For Love returns as an Expanded Edition, remastered with three bonus tracks…The Miracles‘ first two albums after the departure of Smokey Robinson, 1972’s Renaissance and the following year’s Do It Baby return together on one CD, plus a bonus remix of “Do It Baby” from the inventor of the remix himself (sorry, Diddy) Tom Moulton

Real Gone Music, the reissue label arisen from the ashes of Collector’s Choice, drops another batch of rare goodies: Electric PrunesThe Complete Reprise SinglesThe New Christy MinstrelsA Retrospective 1962-1970Rita Pavone‘s 1964 album The International Teen-Age SensationThe Tokens‘ 1967 long-player It’s A Happening World…and Timi Yuro‘s The Complete Liberty Singles

Finally, the latest round of Sony/Legacy’s live Setlist: The Very Best of… collections include single disc entries for Johnny Cash (The Prison Recordings), Miles Davis (Electric Live), John Denver, Molly Hatchet, and Elvis Presley (1950’s Live).

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