FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 7-16-2012

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Life is Good for rapper Nas, who drops his tenth album to lead this week’s FOXLight music release roundup, which features Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and the late Heavy D

Def Jam also rush released Frank Ocean‘s debut channel ORANGE digitally last week, with guests The Neptunes, Andre 3000 and John Mayer

Your newest American Idol Phillip Phillips has his winning performances compiled on American Idol Season 11 Highlights, while we await his proper debut…

UK smash Michael Kiwanuka brings his Adele-meets-Bill Withers sound stateside on Home Again

Reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff nabbed Rancid’s Tim Armstrong for production duties on his first in seven years Rebirth

Jewish reggae man Matisyahu, no longer Hasidic but still spiritual, drops his first clean-shaven collection Spark Seeker

Kids Bop 22 returns to screech all over tunes by Gotye, Carly Jepsen and Maroon 5

Some old faves return: Bangles-founder Susannah Hoffs goes solo with producer Mitchell Froom on SomedayThe Fixx reconvene for their first album in almost 10 years Beautiful Friction…and Soul Asylum end a six-year break with the self-produced Delayed Reaction

Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins returns to music after a five-year school break with The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

Fans of good old American roots music can look to the latest from Citizen Cope, One Lovely Day…and Carry Me Back, the latest from Old Crow Medicine Show

Turn it up to 11 and rock out with HELLYEAH‘s Band of Brothers…or the solo debut from Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Tremonti, All I Was.

Finally, Elton John gave Australian duo Pnau free reign to remix anything from his vast catalog, and the result is Good Morning To The Night, Volume One.

And on the Reissue Front

Smashing Pumpkins‘1994 album Pisces Iscariot gets the remastered Deluxe Edition treatment adding a second CD containing 17 previously unreleased or alternate tracks and a DVD of the “Pulse Basement Jam”, a 1988 performance originally broadcast on the Pulse cable access channel…

Troubled, yet immensely talented, the late-Donny Hathaway‘s 1972 and 1980 live albums Live and In Performance return packaged together by Shout! Factory, available in the U.S. for the first time and remastered by legendary mastering engineer Steve Hoffman

Speaking of Hoffman, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits gets his patented 24KT+Gold remastering treatment, released by Audio Fidelity…

’90s one-hit wonders Marcy Playground (“Sex & Candy”) drop a 19-track rarities/B-sides collection titled Lunch, Recess & Detention, also featuring some newly recorded tracks…

Finally, some dispatches from the UK, available on import:  10cc‘s I’m Not In Love: The Essential Collection is a two-disc, 36-track comp of the ’70s group’s biggest hits and album tracks…Now! That’s What I Call A No. 1 is a 3 CD/60-track collection celebrating 60 years of the UK Official Singles Chart, with tracks spanning Louis Armstrong through Adele…and Pete Waterman Presents the Hit Factory: The Soundtrack to a Generation is a 2-disc/40-track retrospective saluting the PWL label, which dominated the ’80s and ’90s in the UK and stateside with artists including Rick Astley, Bananarama, Samantha Fox and Dead or Alive.  A Deluxe Edition adds a bonus DVD.

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