The Ghost of Michael Jackson kicks off this week’s FOXLight music release roundup with the soundtrack to This Is It, the limited release documentary on the concert comeback that never was. Included are classic Jackson tracks, some in unreleased versions, and the title track, a recently unearthed collaboration with song-smith Paul Anka.
Rod Stewart has covered classic pop, rock, and now soul with Soulbook, a collection of stone soul classics with guests Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Mary J. Blige.
The 90’s are back…already?…with the return of Creed, titled Full Circle; and Train get back on track with Save Me, San Francisco.
New Holiday offerings from Sting with If On A Winter’s Night; and perennial favorites Trans-Siberian Orchestra return with the Christmas rock opera Night Castle.
Also out this week…
Live albums from four decades of hit masters: the 70’s are covered by Stephen Stills’ Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a CD/DVD combo captured last year; 80’s and 90’s rockers R.E.M. drop Live at the Olympia, covering a 2007 Dublin show on 2 CDs; and the double-0’s are represented, softly, by Jack Johnson with En Concert, a compilation of shows from the past couple of years.
Brian McKnight returns to the recording studio from the radio studio with Evolution of a Man.
What Will We Be is the existentially titled latest from folk-rocker Devandra Banhart.
The Rock banner is flown high by this cross-genre trio: Atreyu celebrate 10 years of hard rocking with Congregation of the Damned; Wolfmother return from the brink of demise with Cosmic Egg; and restless jam-rocker Warren Haynes returns to Gov’t Mule for their first in 3 years, By A Thread.
The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Duets features couplings, or rather, septuplings with Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Lou Reed and Solomon Burke.
And three boxed sets to highlight: Dolly is a 4 CD, 101 track strut through the career of buxom Country cutie Dolly Parton; Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years is 3 CDs and 45 tracks from the king of middle-of-the-road Country and maker of fine rotisserie chicken; and Unlimited is a 5 disc feast of smooth soul from the late Barry White, with many rare tracks.
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