T.I., The-Dream and Chief Keef lead the FOXLight Music Releases: Week of 12-17-2012

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A triple-shot of hip-hop leads the pre-Christmas music release week in the FOXLight…

T.I. lands guests R. Kelly, Cee-Lo Green, Akon and P!nk for Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head

The-Dream drops his fourth album, titled after his real name and year of birth Terius Nash: 1977

And 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy lend star power to the debut of 17-year-old Chief Keef, Finally Rich

The soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained features an eclectic mix of Rick Ross, Jim Croce and Ennio Morricone

Sopranos creator David Chase’s film Not Fade Away features a soundtrack curated by Little Steven Van Zandt, with tracks by Bob Dylan, The Rascals and The Rolling Stones

On the Reissue Front

Eric Clapton’s smash Slowhand celebrates its 35th Anniversary in three versions: a straight-no-chasers remaster, a double-disc Deluxe Edition with four bonus studio leftovers and selections from a 1977 Hammersmith Odeon concert, and a Super Deluxe Edition which adds the entire concert, high resolution stereo and surround sound mixes, and vinyl…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush expand their classic 2112 three ways: a CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD+Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD+Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition.  All feature the same audio: the remastered album plus 3 live bonus tracks on the CD, and surround sound and high resolution stereo mixes plus a digital comic book on the DVD and Blu-ray discs.  The Super Deluxe just adds a hardbound case, a 40 page comic book and 24 pages of expanded artwork and liner notes…

The Rolling Stones‘ 50th Anniversary victory lap continues with the limited-edition, Amazon.com-exclusive debut from the new Stones Archive imprint: The Brussels Affair, which covers a 1973 show done during their time in British exile.  They chartered buses to get their British fans to the French show, which is presented on 3 vinyl LPs, 2 CDs, and contains a hardcover book and lithograph hand-signed by Mick Jagger himself…

Motörhead: The Complete Early Years is a lavish 16 CD box featuring their first 8 albums in Japanese replica mini-LP sleeves, plus 3-inch CDs of seven singles/EPs, a 7-inch vinyl single, and the hardcover Complete Collector’s Guide to Motörhead

The second and largest-selling album by Canned Heat gets expanded by Iconoclassic. Boogie With Canned Heat now adds five blues-tinged covers and an alternate take of “On The Road Again” to the remastered album…

While we’re on the topic of the Blues:  Buddy Guy‘s Live at Legends documents a January 2010 residency at his now-shuttered Chicago blues club…and You Shook Me: The Chess Masters, Volume 3 (1958-1963) features 2 CDs/49 tracks of searing blues recordings from Muddy Waters

The Pogues in Paris: 30th Anniversary Concert at the Olympia has their recent sold-out stay covered on 2 CDs…

Frank Zappa‘s remaster/reissue campaign continues with 1993’s Ahead Of Their TIme, the same year’s The Yellow Shark, 1994’s The Lost Episodes, 1996’s Lather, and the live anthology Finer Moments.

The FOXLight Podcast has the week in DVD and music releases covered, always FREE and always available here.

In New York…Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk.