FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 8-6-2012

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber lead this week’s FOXLight music release roundup as all are featured on Now That’s What I Call Music! 43.  And a companion comp, Now That’s What I Call Party Anthems! has high energy hits by LMFAO, Cobra Starship and Pitbull

David Archuleta takes a page from the Idol playbook and covers classics by Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah McLachlan and U2 on Begin

Rob Zombie curates his third remix collection Mondo Sex Head

Country kicker Colt Ford grabs some high-caliber cameos by Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry and Darius Rucker on his fourth album Declaration of Independence

Sixpence None The Richer reunite after a 10-year break for Lost in Transition

Elle Varner debuts with help from J. Cole and T-Pain on Perfectly Imperfect

10 Years follow-up their gold-selling fourth album with the hard rocking Minus The Machine

Redd Kross end a 15-year silence and celebrate 30 years since their debut on Researching The Blues

And a jazz trifecta: The Branford Marsalis Quartet introduce new drummer Justin Faulkner on Four MF’s Playin’ TunesMarcus Miller salutes his three decades in the biz on Renaissance…and Keith Jarrett resurrects a classic Japan concert on Sleeper – Tokyo, April 16, 1979.

On the Reissue Front

The Johnny Cash catalog, which likely has more compilations than actual albums adds four more: The Greatest: Country Classics, The Greatest: Duets, The Greatest: Gospel Songs, and The Greatest: Number Ones.  And separately, a huge group of fans and contemporaries including Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson gathered in Austin, Texas this past April to celebrate what would have been Cash’s 80th birthday and the result is the deluxe CD/DVD combo We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash

Elvis Presley is another artist whose back catalog is constantly revisited, and this week is no exception.  Loving You: The Alternate Album, King Creole: The Alternate Album, and Fame and Fortune: Lost in the Sixties come from Flashlight/Redeye, and these seem like they might be grey-market releases since they retread some older, out-of-print releases from the Sony-based boutique Follow That Dream (FTD) label.  Either way, they feature the original Loving You and King Creole soundtracks bolstered with many alternate takes, and Fame and Fortune is an entire album of alternate takes taken from his sparse non-soundtrack ’60s recordings…

Fantasy Records raid their legendary Jazz recordings for a new single-disc series called, simply, The Very Best of…, and artists picked for the inaugural round of releases include Cannonball Adderley, Dave Brubeck (The Fantasy Era: 1949-1953), The Bill Evans Trio, Vince Guaraldi, and Thelonious Monk

Archers of Loaf‘s 1996 and 1998 albums All The Nation’s Airports and White Trash Heroes get remastered and expanded, each with an extra disc of 19 and 13 rarities, respectively…

Melba Moore‘s classic run of ’70s soul and disco albums get remastered via Funkytowngrooves: 1975’s Peach Melba, 1976’s Melba, 1977’s A Portrait of Melba (which gets expanded with two bonus tracks) and 1979’s Dancin’ With Melba (which adds one bonus track)…

And the Sanford-Townsend Band gets a two-fer re-release on Real Gone Music: 1977’s smash Smoke From A Distant Fire is paired with the lesser-known 1979 follow-up Nail Me To The Wall.

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