FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 7-30-2012

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Gloriana return to lead this week’s round of music releases in the FOXLight. The country trio’s second album is the much anticipated A Thousand Miles Left Behind

Joss Stone returns to where she began with The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 – another 15 soul covers originally by Sylvia, The Chi-Lites and The Honey Cone

Li’l Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake lead the guest parade on the latest from Rick Ross:  God Forgives, I Don’t

Thrash metal-ers Testament enter their fourth decade with Dark Roots of Earth

Dhani Harrison, son of Beatle George Harrison drops his band’s second album as thenewno2 return with thefearofmissingout, featuring guest vocals from the RZA and Ben Harper

The soundtrack to the 1976 remake Sparkle feature the last recorded vocals of Whitney Houston

Rockers Jackyl celebrate their 20th Anniversary since their debut on Best in Show

‘90s ska revivalists Reel Big Fish return with their first album of all new material since 2007, Candy Coated Fury

Cleveland-born singer songwriter Joshua Radin gets some heavy duty help from Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench and legendary drummer Jim Keltner on his fourth release, Underwater

Kasey Chambers covers favorites by Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, John Prine and others on the Amazon-exclusive Storybook

Randy Crawford toured Europe with the Joe Sample Trio including the great Steve Gadd on drums, and the recorded result is titled, simply, Live

And Celtic Thunder continue their multi-yearly releases with Voyage II, also an Amazon-exclusive.

On the Reissue Front

Fans of Blur can grab the mammoth limited edition Blur boxed set containing all seven of their studio albums in two-disc Deluxe Editions, 4 additional CDs of previously unreleased rarities, and 3 DVDs of live shows and rare videos – 21 discs in all, celebrating 21 years since their debut.  The seven Deluxe Editions are also available separately on CD, Vinyl and .mp3…

I Am An Elvis Fan is a 21-song collection of Elvis Presley tracks voted on by fans online for their inclusion in this set, and it yields no big surprises…

Neil Diamond’s classic live set Hot August Night returns in a 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, expanded to 2 CDs and 29 performances.

Frank Zappa‘s first twelve albums, from 1967’s Freak Out! through 1972’s Just Another Band From L.A. get remastered via a new distribution deal with Universal Music that should eventually see the entire catalog get re-released.  This batch is the first shot across the bow…

Phish: Chicago ’94 is a 6 CD box set covering two separate stops at the UIC Pavilion in June and November 1994…

Bob Marley & The Wailers In Dub, Vol. 1 features 10 dub remixes of some of their biggest reggae hits including “Is This Love”, “Waiting In Vain” and “One Love/People Get Ready”.  Some are old, some are new, all are classic…

Bobby Womack‘s classic blaxploitation soundtrack for Across 110th Street gets a 40th Anniversary Edition remastering and adds a second disc containing remastered versions of his next two albums: 1972’s Facts of Life and 1973’s Looking For A Love Again

Then Again: The David Sanborn Anthology is a 2-CD/29-track survey of the smooth jazz sax-man’s career, including classic teamings with Bob James and Al Jarreau

Real Gone Music, fast out of the gate with many long-lost reissues, continues their excavation program with Clover‘s (Elvis Costello’s backing band on My Aim Is True and the precursor to Huey Lewis & The News) Clover and Fourty Niner on a 2-on-1 CD…Jackie Gleason‘s iconic turn as a bandleader: 1952’s Music For Lovers OnlyEydie Gormé‘s 1966 and 1967 albums Don’t Go To Strangers/Softly, As I Leave You on one CD…Bread vocalist James Griffin’s 1963 turn as Jimmy Griffin, Summer Holiday…and 20/20 and Lookout, the 1979 and 1981 albums from power-poppers 20/20, on one CD…

And Sony/Legacy’s Playlist: The Very Best of…campaign of single-disc, 14-track artist compilations rolls on with new entries for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jefferson Airplane, Mat Kearney, Loverboy, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Sly & The Family Stone and Suicidal Tendencies.

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