This week's FOXLight music release roundup kicks off from a charitable standpoint. We Are The World: 25 for Haiti should be available for download by the time you read this. Spearheaded by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, with a new raft of talent including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and the Jonas Brothers, and all proceeds will go toward earthquake relief.
Then, there's Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, a long title that says it all. Dropping appropriately on Fat Tuesday, collaborators include Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Dr. John and Brandi Carlile.
Juliana Hatfield goes real solo with Peace And Love, performed, recorded and mixed by Hatfield herself.
Santana's 1999 juggernaut Supernatural gets the Legacy Edition treatment, adding a second disc with 11 bonus tracks.
Also out this week...
Mumford & Sons hail from West London and might be the biggest British export since the Arctic Monkeys. Their full-length debut is titled Sigh No More, and is described as a combo of Crosby, Stills & Nash meets Kings of Leon.
The softer, more orchestral side of British music is represented by Tindersticks, and their latest Falling Down A Mountain.
The stateside release of Jason Falkner's I'm OK...You're OK has a couple of changes from the original Japanese-only version, and comes on the heels of recent collaborations with Air, Beck and Paul McCartney.
Randy Newman's 1970 magnum opus 12 Songs gets the limited edition 24 KT + Gold treatment from Mastering Engineer extraordinaire Steve Hoffman. No extra tracks, but the bonus here is the clean, dynamic sound quality on an album that deserves no less.
And two stone soul classics finally get long-awaited CD release thanks to pioneering reissue label Reel Music. Deniece Williams' Niecy is her 1982 Thom Bell-produced smash including her hit "It's Gonna Take A Miracle"; and Bill Withers' third album, 1974's +'Justments brings his criminally out-of-print album catalog one step closer to completion.
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