Smash, Bryan Ferry and Bullet For My Valentine lead the FOXLight Music Releases: Week of 2-11-2013

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A fake musical within a real TV series leads the week’s music releases in the FOXLight.  If you followed that, then you’re a fan of NBC’s Smash, and Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash features tracks from the fake show sung by the very real Katherine McPhee, Megan Hilty and Bernadette Peters

Temper Temper is the latest slab of metal from Bullet For My Valentine…

British rockers The Virginmarys return with their sophomore effort King of Conflict

Gregg Allman’s son Devon Allman snared Stevie Ray Vaughan-producer Jim Gaines for his blues rockin’ solo debut Turquoise

Bryan Ferry recasts some of his favorite solo and Roxy Music tracks in the style of Boardwalk Empire-era jazz instrumentals on The Jazz Age, credited to the Bryan Ferry Orchestra

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison aim to be the new Johnny & June, but merged with some punk attitude, on Cheater’s Game

Christian pop artist Jeremy Camp follows up his recent Christmas and Greatest Hits albums with the all-new Reckless

Nataly Dawn, one half of YouTube sensations Pomplamoose goes solo, with production help from the other half, Jack Conte, on How I Knew Her

The third album from the Foals arrives, Holy Fire

Sass Jordan and Brian Tichy team up as S.U.N. or Something Under Nothing, which is also the title of their rocking debut…

Legendary prog-rockers (and occasional yodel-ers) Focus bring some new hocus pocus on X, their first new album since 2006…

Blues man Otis Taylor offers up his latest, My World Is Gone, a song cycle on the plight of Native Americans…

Jazz heads can seek out Pat Metheny‘s The Orchestrion Project, which features a live set documenting his computer controlled mini orchestra which responds to the touch of his guitar…or the more traditional sounds of sax man Dave Koz on his very first live album, Live at the Blue Note Tokyo.

On the Reissue Front

Joni Mitchell‘s The Studio Albums 1968-1979, originally released as a UK-only set last year, arrives stateside containing, as advertised, her first ten albums from Song to a Seagull through Mingus

The Allman Brothers Band rolls out a couple more self-released, limited edition treasures from their extensive live archives, specifically Macon City Auditorium, Macon, GA 2/11/72 and Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 5/1/73…or if you just want to hear the old stuff the way you remember it, in their original studio versions, grab the just-released ICON best-of…

INXS‘s 1982 Shabooh Shoobah and 1984’s The Swing get married together on one newly-remastered, limited edition disc from Friday Music…

And we end with a wrap-up of several reissue labels that have some pretty spectacular (and packed) release schedules this week:

Omnivore Recordings continue their stellar country and rockabilly vault releases with Merle Haggard‘s The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles, 14 hit singles and their B-sides…Wanda Jackson‘s The Best of the Classic Capitol Singles, 29 of them to be exact…and George JonesThe Complete United Artists Solo Singles, 32 slabs of classic twang…

Wounded Bird flies through some great, lost ’70s and early ’80s soul/funk/jazz with a 1974 solo outing from former Stax-man Booker T., Evergreen, now with six bonus tracks…In The Beginning: The World of Aretha Franklin, the 1972 compilation of 20 tracks from the Queen of Soul’s pre-Atlantic Records stint at Columbia Records…Alberta Hunter‘s 1978 soundtrack to the film Remember My Name…a 1983 outing from legendary jazz sax-and-flute man Hubert Laws, Make It Last, now fortified with an unreleased bonus track…and making its worldwide CD debut, Redbone‘s 1974 trippy Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes which adds six bonus tracks…

And Real Gone Music goes all over the musical map with Borderline‘s first two albums remastered in one package: 1972’s Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires and 1973’s The Second AlbumSam Dees‘ 1975 The Show Must Go OnKenny O’Dell’s 1967 salvo Beautiful PeoplePozo Seco‘s Shades of Time from 1968, now with 11 additional bonus cuts…Sam (the Sham) Samudio‘s 1971 solo shot Hard and HeavyBilly Joe Shaver‘s entire stint on the Red label on 2 CDs, The Complete Columbia Recordings…and prog-rocker Rick Wakeman‘s 1976 album, the other-worldly No Earthly Connection.

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In New York…Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk.