FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 8-13-2012

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Dead Can Dance awaken after a 16-year dirt nap in this week’s FOXLight music release roundup.  Their first since 1996 is titled Anastasis

Tamela Mann’s latest Gospel collection is the positively titled Best Days

Metal rockers In This Moment embrace their darker, more sinful side on Blood

Blackberry Smoke return with some more southern-fried country rock on The Whippoorwill

Daniel Powter has had some ‘bad days’ sales-wise since his 2005 hit, but seeks to reverse that trend with Turn On The Lights

’80s rock idols Loverboy regroup and deliver three new tracks plus nine remakes on Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival

The Prog Collective has participants including prog rock royalty from the likes of Asia, King Crimson, Yes and Porcupine Tree

Based on a T.R.U. Story is the latest from serial mixtaper 2 Chainz, and corrals big time support from Kanye West, Drake and Nicki Minaj

Guitar shredder Steve Vai welcomes Aimee Mann and The Voice favorite Beverly McClellan on The Story of Light

Pop-punkers Yellowcard follow-up last year’s Top 20 hit album with Southern Air

And two tribute albums round us out: Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac has MGMT, Best Coast, Marianne Faithfull and others covering all eras of Mac tracks…and Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp features members of The Doors, The Zombies, Yes, and Toto too, taking on classics including “The Logical Song” and “Give A Little Bit”.

On the Reissue Front

Prog rock pioneer Mike Oldfield’s 1979 and 1980 albums Platinum and QE2 each get the Deluxe Edition treatment, remastered and expanded with a CD’s worth of live performances…and a double-disc career retrospective arrives as well, Two Sides: The Very Best of Mike Oldfield

Incubus celebrated their 20th Anniversary with six days of intimate and stunning performances in a rented gallery in downtown L.A., and those proceedings are covered in the CD/DVD combo Incubus HQ Live

Chaka Khan’s One Classic Night: Greatest Hits Live houses 13 performances from a 2007 show, and is her first ever live album…

Novelty songstress Meri Wilson’s 1977 debut Telephone Man gets resurrected by Fuel 2000…

And Universal Music adds some more country releases to their single-disc, 11-track ICON compilation series, with new entries for Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe, and Marty Stuart.

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