FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 7-9-2012

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The Zac Brown Band roll on to lead this week’s FOXLight music release roundup.  Their third studio album Uncaged features guests Amos Lee and Trombone Shorty

P.O.D. reunite with Satellite producer Howard Benson on Murdered Love

Serj Tankian keeps System of a Down on hiatus just a little bit longer to deliver his third solo album Harakiri

Merle Haggard and Brad Paisley join the rebel himself Hank Williams, Jr. on his latest, Old School, New Rules

An eclectic triple shot of Live albums arrive from Rhonda Vincent, with the Gospel Sunday Mornin’ Singin’ LiveDuran Duran’s A Diamond in the Mind, a 2011 Manchester gig…and hard rockers Staind deliver Live From Mohegan Sun, covering a 2011 show at the Connecticut casino…

Marina and the Diamonds come back two years after their top 5 debut with Electra Heart and some high caliber production help from Stargate, Diplo and Dr. Luke

Rapper Aesop Rock with his latest slab of indie hip-hop Skelethon

The Rhett Walker Band debuts with some Southern Rock infused Christian music on Come To The River

And the new Broadway Cast Recording for the revamped, and by all accounts improved version of the 1981 Stephen Sondheim failure Merrily We Roll Along arrives with cast including Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

On the Reissue Front

Last year’s Beyonce smash 4 returns in a tricked-out Deluxe Edition adding 6 bonus tracks…

Fans of The English Beat have two choices: Keep The Beat: The Very Best of The English Beat is a tight 16 track introduction to the band…while The Complete Beat is a five CD set containing their entire recorded output plus copious bonus tracks…

The Fat Boys, at one time, were the second biggest rap group in the world (only Run-DMC were ahead of them).  Return to those heady days on The Pizza Box Set, which packages their debut album in remastered form, their pre-album singles recorded under the name The Disco 3, and some legendary radio interviews with Mr. Magic…all packaged in a mini-pizza box.  All-you-can-eat indeed!…

Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection collects 65 Guthrie classics on 3 CDs and adds a 150 page book for good measure…

The Reverend Horton Heat: 25 to Life is a deluxe boxed set looking back on their first quarter-century together with a DVD of concert footage from a 2010 show at San Francisco’s Fillmore Theater, plus band and crew interviews, a CD culled from the Fillmore concert, and a second CD containing the best of their studio recordings…

Finally, some reissues available on import from the UK: 30 Years of Bananarama celebrates their three decade career on a CD/DVD combo with 22 hits on the CD and 35 videos on the DVD…Happy Mondays are collected on the 17-track Double Double Good: The Best of Happy Mondays, which includes their rare and woefully unavailable (till now) 1985 single “Delightful”…and Lost Soul Gems from Sounds of Memphis contains 22 recently unearthed tracks from the unsung label (a Northern Soul favorite) by Carl Sims, Louis Williams and the Ovations and Barbara Brown.

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




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