FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 8-20-2012

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A double-shot of classic rock leads this week’s music releases in the FOXLight.  KISS revisit their 1976 smash Destroyer, which is fully remixed by Bob Ezrin as Destroyer: Resurrected…and Lynyrd Skynyrd return, retooled and recharged, on Last of a Dyin’ Breed

The Darkness reunite after a seven-year break for their third album, Hot Cakes

Ry Cooder takes on American politics, gun rights and Wall Street, and plays almost every instrument, on Election Special

Owl City dances up his sound with help from Carly Rae Jepsen on The Midsummer Station

Chapter V is the appropriately-named fifth album from R&B hitmaker Trey Songz

Bloc Party take a left turn from Electronica and head toward Rock on Four

Christian-poppers Tenth Avenue North go for a more lyrically substantive sound on The Struggle

Fragrant World is the third album from indie rockers Yeasayer

Dispatch have broken up, reunited, sold out Madison Square Garden three times over, yet remain largely unknown. They hope to change all that with Circles Around The Sun

Show of Strength is, tragically, the final album from bluesman Michael “Iron Man” Burks, who died suddenly this past May at a way too young 54…

And two from the Country side of the tracks: Dustin Lynch says “Howdy” with his self-titled debut…and top Nashville producers and session cats have rallied around newbie JT Hodges for his self-titled debut.

On the Reissue Front

Los Lobos revisit their masterpiece Kiko two ways: a 20th Anniversary Edition adds demos and live tracks to the remastered album…and Kiko Live is a complete 2006 live performance of the entire album…

Fans of Taj Mahal hit the motherlode with Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal: 1969-1973 – one disc of studio recordings and another with a complete 1970 London concert, all previously unreleased…

And The Kinks deliver a potent duo: The Kinks at the BBC is five CDs and one DVD containing specially-recorded performances spanning 1964-1994…and Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks & Ray Davies contains 2 CDs’ worth of solo and band hits and favorites.

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