New Music Monday: The one where we go off on 'Glee' — and the latest Who reissue

Here’s a run down — with a few of our thoughts — on some notable music projects, both new and reissue, slated for release for the week of Nov. 14, 2011. That includes fresh product from Bjork, Glee, Mary Halvorson, Trey Gunn, Tangerine Dream and Anthony Wilson — as well as interesting updates of older items by 10cc, Dan Fogelberg, Brand New Heavies, the Rolling Stones, the Who and others.

NEW MUSIC MONDAY FOR THE WEEK OF NOV. 14, 2011 …

10CC – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK [Bonus Tracks], UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): Notable for its opening track, “Une Nuit A Paris (One Night In Paris)”, an eight-minute, multi-part mini-operetta written by Godley and Creme that became an inspiration both for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. 10cc’s Kevin Godley, in an interview with Something Else! Reviews, remembered: “‘Une Nuit A Paris’ sums up the Godley and Creme attitude of push, push, push. It still pisses me off, however, that Queen had the balls to release “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a single but our label put out ‘Life Is A Minestrone.’ How long was “Bohemian Rhapsody” at No. 1? (Eds note: Nine weeks atop the UK charts in 1975.) Shit!”Nick DeRiso

Al di MeolaTour De Force: Live/Scenario, Beat Goes On (Jazz)
Andrea BocelliConcerto: One Night in Central Park, Philips (Vocal)

ANTHONY WILSON – SEASONS: LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, GOAT HILL (JAZZ): Wilson leads a quartet of master plectrists to show off the sonic beauty of John Monteleone’s handcrafted guitars on the occasion of Monteleone’s works being curated at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. More to come on Tuesday.S. Victor Aaron

Benny GoodmanAFRS Benny Goodman Show, Vol. 9, Sounds of Yesteryear (Jazz)
Bessie SmithBlues Queen (Blues)
Betty WrightBetty Wright: The Movie, S-Curve (R&B)
Bix BeiderbeckeIn a Mist: His Best Works (Jazz)

BJORK – BIOPHILIA [Deluxe Edition], UNIVERSAL IMPORT (ELECTRONIC): Here, Bjork is taking previous special releases one (if not several) steps forward, offering iPad applications that can be employed as windows into the music. OK, it’s not my kind of thing. And no, I don’t plan on buying it. Still, the idea is one that might hint at music’s future. Sure, part of me is thinking “What the hell? Why can’t people just listen to music? They need to be coaxed into the situation?” (More here.)Mark Saleski

Booker T. & the MG’sMcLemore Avenue, Universal Japan (R&B)
Boomtown RatsThe Fine Art of Surfacing, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Boxcar WillieKing of the Road; Boxcar Willie (Country)
Bruce ForsythThese Are My Favourites, EMI (Vocal)

BRYAN ADAMS – RECKLESS, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): A spot-on balance of rocking gusto and classy pop curves, Restless deliberately courted mainstream acceptance. Each track is built upon a concrete foundation of extra large choruses, strapping hooks, and synthesized instrumentation. Metal heads dug the blistering guitars, while those with more subtle tastes in music, meaning casual top forty radio fans, simply found the infectious songs easy to hum along with. Every tune buzzes with hit single status, and the album certainly did let loose a wealth of them. Blue collar rock dressed in pop gear or pop dressed in blue collar gear? No matter; it was certainly contagious. (More here.)Beverly Paterson

BugglesAge of Plastic [Bonus Tracks], Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Cabaret VoltaireJohnny Yesno Redux [2CD/2DVD], Mute US (Electronic)

CAN – TAGO MAGO [40th Anniversary Edition], MUTE US: This album (heck, this band) still sounds weird today, I can’t imagine how it came across 40 years ago. To celebrate that landmark anniversary of what is most likely their most successful album, they’re issuing this two-disc package. No surprise on disc one — just the album, remastered — but disc two is a 50 minute live show from 1972, and it all comes wrapped in what is purported to be the “original UK” artwork, which is a rather bland live shot of the band in comparison to the well-known abstract artwork that replaced it.Tom Johnson

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Chaka KhanThe Essential, Music Club Deluxe (R&B)
Chet BakerAt the Salt Peanuts Club 1981; Conservatorio Cherubini Complete Concert (Jazz)
Claire MartinWhen Lights Are Low; Secret Love; Too Darn Hot!; He Never Mentioned Love, Linn (Vocal)
Conjunto Primavera20 Exitos Historicos (Latin)
Count BasieIn a Mellotone; April in Paris; Guard Sessions 53-54/55-56 (Jazz)
CreamFresh Cream; Disraeli Gears, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Cross Canadian RagweedBox of Weed [5CD/DVD Box Set], Show Dog Nashville (Country)

CYNIC – CARBON-BASED ANATOMY EP, SEASON OF MYST: It’s refreshing to keep seeing new music from Cynic, since they went 15 years between the first and second albums. This 6-track EP (3 songs and 3 interludes) further pushes the band away from the death metal sound they began with and finds them flirting, if briefly, with a slightly emo sound.Tom Johnson

DAN FOGELBERG – TWIN SONS OF DIFFERENT MOTHERS/PHOENIX, BEAT GOES ON (POP/ROCK): A twofer of Fogelberg’s late 1970s output, which includes a rather good fusion outing with flautist Tim Weisberg that still manages to sound much like the singer/songwriter Fogelberg despite it being mostly instrumental. Phoenix summarizes his work up to that point while kicking off his string of 1980s Adult Contemporary chart victories with “Heart Hotels.” (More here.)S. Victor Aaron

DEREK AND THE DOMINOES – LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): Bobby Whitlock, keyboardist with Derek and the Dominoes, in an interview with Something Else! Reviews, said this album was destined for immortality: “Everyone had removed their egos. I’ve never said this before, but it was true. That thing was stripped of personality. It was functioning as a unit. We had already done overdubs for three of the songs, and then (late slide guitarist) Duane (Allman) came to our sessions. That just enhanced it, gave it a different color — took it to another place, gave it a different structure. But there was going to be a great record there, no matter what. There was a kindred spirit in that room, for everyone involved.”Nick DeRiso

Diana RossDiana Ross: The Greatest, Universal UK (R&B)
Dinah WashingtonThe Swingin’ Miss D, (Jazz)
DokkenDysfunctional, Ais (Pop/Rock)
Duke EllingtonFlying Home, Candid (Jazz)
Dusty SpringfieldGoin’ Back: The Definitive Dusty Springfield [Fan Pack]; The Magic of Dusty Springfield, Universal UK (Pop/Rock)
Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road; Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Elvis CostelloMy Aim Is True; This Year’s Model, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Eric ClaptonThere’s One in Every Crowd; No Reason to Cry; E.C. Was Here; Slowhand; Backless; Just One Night; 461 Ocean Boulevard, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Ernie WattsOasis, Flying Dolphin (Jazz)
FishboneThe Reality of My Surroundings; Give a Monkey a Brain and He’ll Swear He’s the Center of the Universe, (Pop/Rock)

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Florence + the MachineCeremonials, Universal Import (Pop/Rock)
Freddy FenderFreddy Fender (Country)
FreeHeartbreaker [Bonus Tracks], Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Gerry MulliganMoonlight in Vermont, Candid (Jazz)
Gilbert O’SullivanHimself [Bonus Tracks], Salvo (Pop/Rock)

GLEE – GLEE: THE MUSIC, THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM, VOL. 2, SONY (STAGE & SCREEN): I was in a doctor’s office recently and heard a horrific version of Journey’s “Faithfully.” So robotic and plastic were the vocals I had to find out what it was so I used my iPhone’s Soundhound app and it turned out it was credited to the Glee cretins. This is what everyone’s so excited about? It’s clear that whoever is singing can only do something vaguely resembling the act of singing and is instead bolstered by a bevy of computer-based tools. Nothing new about that, since most pop artists are doing the same, but not as shamelessly or obviously as the Glee cretins in this song. Anyway, I’m off track. Buy this Christmas album and you can wonder the same exact thing about your favorite Christmas tunes. Fun!Tom Johnson

Glen CampbellJesus and Me: The Collection, New Haven (Country)
Grateful DeadDick’s Picks, Vol. 34: Community War Memorial; Dick’s Picks, Vol. 36: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa. 9/21/72; Dick’s Picks, Vol. 35: San Diego, CA 8/7/71 – Chicago, Ill. 8/24/71, (Pop/Rock)
Guns N’ RosesAppetite for Destruction; G N’ R Lies; Use Your Illusion I; Use Your Illusion II; Live: Era ’87-’93, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Gym Class HeroesThe Papercut Chronicles II, Fueled by Ramen (Pop/Rock)
Hal GalperTrip the Light Fantastic, Origin (Jazz)
Harrison KennedyShame the Devil, Electro-Fi (Blues)
Humble PieEat It; Thunderbox, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Ian GillanGillan’s Inn, Ais (Pop/Rock)
Ike and Tina TurnerDelilah’s Power/Airwaves, Beat Goes On (Pop/Rock)
Jimmy DorseyWhat’s New?, Montpellier (Jazz)
Jimmy Giuffre QuartetLive in 1960 (Jazz)
John ColtraneColtrane Plays the Blues, Essential Jazz Spain (Jazz)
John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker, (Blues)
John MayallBluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Johnnie TaylorTaylored in Silk, Universal Japan (R&B)
JuvenileRejuvenation, Young Empire (Rap)
Lil WayneIf I Die Tonight (Rap)
Mahalia JacksonMahalia Jackson: Gospel (Religious)
Martin TaylorArtistry, Linn (Jazz)

MARY HALVORSON AND JESSICA PAVONE – DEPARTURE OF REASON, THIRSTY EAR (JAZZ): Halvorson (guitar, vocals) and Pavone (viola,vocals) are back with another go-round of folk-infused jazz. And by “folk” I mean folk from some other country. A country you’ve never been to. A country you’re a little afraid of. A country where the musicians listen intently to one another, even as they’re messing with dissonance, chords bent out of shape and all manner of sonic gymnastics.Mark Saleski

Men at WorkTwo Hearts, Eastworld (Pop/Rock)
Michael BoltonGems: The Duets Collection, (Pop/Rock)

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Michael BubléChristmas, WEA Int’l (Vocal)
Michael Martin MurpheyBlue Sky Night Thunder/Swans Against the Sun Beat Goes On (Country)
Mike OldfieldTubular Bells [Bonus Tracks], Universal Japan (New Age)
Milt JacksonBean Bags/Bags’ Opus (Jazz)
Mississippi John HurtDiscovery: The Rebirth of Mississippi John Hurt, Spring Fed (Blues)

MORGAN AGREN/ HENRY KAISER/ TREY GUNN – INVISIBLE RAYS, 7D MEDIA (POP/ROCK): As improvisatory music, it’s not for everyone. The massing opening title tune is 22 meandering minutes that veers from punishing brutality to spacy noodling, and back again. As such, it’s a kind of gatekeeper – you’re either going to give up or you’ll be pounding at the door to get through to the rest. The rest, as it turns out, is more of the same, but that’s “the same” not as in “ho-hum” same but more mostly indescribable Robert Fripp-ian guitarscaping, noise-mongering, and drum-pounding. More to come on Tuesday.Tom Johnson

Naughty by NatureAnthem Inc. (Rap)
NewsboysGod’s Not Dead, Inpop (Religious)
NirvanaNevermind; In Utero; MTV Unplugged in New York; Incesticide; From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Omar CunninghamGrowing Pains, Soul 1st (Blues)
Oscar MoorePresenting Oscar Moore, Five Star (Jazz)
Oz NoyTwisted Blues, Vol. 1, Abstract Logix (Blues)
Paul AnkaSongs of December, Decca US (Holiday)

PAUL SIMON – SO BEAUTIFUL OR SO WHAT [Collector's Edition CD/DVD], HEAR MUSIC (POP/ROCK): Simon, probing and wry, revisits many of the questions that have defined his work. But this album’s sprite rhythms, its flinty experimentation, those kinetic stringed instruments, they all work in arresting contrast to some of the darker notions crossing his mind these days. The title track has an attitude — life is what you make of it, he sings, so get going — that’s as tough minded as its beat. But things aren’t always that easy, and Simon knows it. There are times, in fact, where he sounds genuinely angry. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

R.E.M. – PART LIES PART HEART PART TRUTH PART GARBAGE 1982-2011, WARNER BROS. (POP/ROCK): This isn’t your grandpa’s greatest hits collection. It’s a chronological sweep of the R.E.M.’s body of work that starts with Murmur and takes you all the way into the group’s last studio album, Collapse Into Now — a 40-track story of the band’s body of work that dwarfs any other compilation attempt by R.E.M. And they have tried a few. Unlike many greatest hits compilations, this one was hand picked by the band. Each song meticulously placed so it takes you from one period of the band to the next — all the way until the end, when the set gives the listener new material to sample with the final three tracks. It ends up as a sort-of a concept greatest hits album, telling the story of a growing band through its infancy and on to world stardom then, finally, to its demise. (More here.) — Matt Reynolds
I’m not a big fan of greatest hits packages, and this one seems to have popped out way too soon after R.E.M. decided to call it a day. Still, rather than yet another case of a record label extracting one last bit of lucre from a band’s history, it seems that the group members were actually involved — selecting the tracks (spanning both the I.R.S and Warner years) and writing the liner notes. They’ve also included three new songs which were done after the completion of Collapse Into Now. Oddly, I’m kind of excited about listening to this.Mark Saleski

Ray CharlesSingular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, Concord (Pop/Rock)
Rick RossBoss Status, Maybach (Rap)
Ricky MartinRicky Martin M.A.S.: Musica + Alma + Sexo [CD/DVD] (Pop/Rock)

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RUFUS THOMAS – DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): This reissue includes the fonky, fonky title hit single, as well as “Sixty Minute Man” and “The Preacher and the Bear,” both of which went to No. 42 on the R&B charts in 1970; and “Boogie Ain’t Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ Around; Part 1),” a No. 63 R&B side from 1974. Guest performers include the Memphis Horns (Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love) and Isaac Hayes; MGs’ guitarist Steve Cropper also produced four songs. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

ScorpionsComeblack (Pop/Rock)

SEAN COSTELLO – AT HIS BEST: LIVE, LANDSLIDE (BLUES): Sean Costello suddenly passed away just as he was reaching the upper echelon of the blues guitarist pecking order in 2008, but maybe the biggest hole in his discography was a record that reminded us of what he was capable of doing in front of a live audience. Now we have the concert document to help fill out that part of his legacy. It can’t beat him still being here but this should be a welcome release for Costello fans, like me. (More here.)S. Victor Aaron

Setting the Woods On FireRuins, Ais (Pop/Rock)
Sidney BechetLegendary Sidney Bechet: Petite Fleur, (Jazz)
SlashMade in Stoke 24/7/11 [Deluxe Edition 2CD/1DVD], Eagle (Pop/Rock)
Stanley ClarkeTime Exposure/ Find Out!/ Hideaway, Beat Goes On (Jazz)
Steve WinwoodArc of a Diver; Back in the High Life, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
StingThe Dream of the Blue Turtles; Nothing Like the Sun, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Susanna HoffsWhen You’re a Boy, Ais (Pop/Rock)
T-PainTwerk Something (Rap)

TANGERINE DREAM – LIVE IN TENERIFE 2011, FEATURING BRIAN MAY (POP/ROCK): This appearance at the annual Starmus Festival features an interesting update of Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” among other collaborative tracks, plus an entire set of Tangerine Dream tunes. But none of it was more conceptually intriguing, and brain-bendingly offbeat than “Space Sounds” — something that drew out a series of new, often deeply compelling thoughts from May. He’s accompanied (quite literally) by sounds from stars — as Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese mixes in recorded celestial vibrations collected by Garik Israelian, the astrophysicist whose team broke new ground in our understanding of how supernova explosions create black holes. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

Tears for FearsSongs from Big Chair [Bonus Tracks], Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Ted ShaferNew Orleans Jazz, Merry Makers (Jazz)
Teddy WilsonAt the London House Chicago, Sounds of Yesteryear (Jazz)

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES – BEST OF 20 YEARS, MUSIC CLUB DELUXE (R&B): As brilliant as N’Dea Davenport was during a too-brief tenure with this band, in particular on the singles “Dream Come True” and “Never Stop,” I’m drawn more these days to the band’s feel-good jazz instrumentals. When the Heavies stretch out, they still sound like something, well, brand new. And, boy, do they enjoy it, egging each other on, laughing and clapping — like an ageless Blue Note session you’d never heard. Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Levy, who also worked as producer, helped fashion something that recalled funky fusion sometimes, a new take on contemporary R&B sometimes, and something else entirely sometimes. That helped sell a then-new London-based synthesis, soon known as “acid jazz,” overseas. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

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The DramaticsWhatcha See Is Whatcha Get, Universal Japan (R&B)
The JamIn the City; All Mod Cons, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
The KinksKinks [Bonus Tracks]; Kink Kontroversy [Bonus Tracks]; Face to Face [Bonus Tracks]; Something Else [Bonus Tracks]; Kinda Kinks [Bonus Tracks], Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
The Olivia Tremor ControlBlack Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1, Cloud (Pop/Rock)
The OrbC Batter C, Elefant Spain (Electronic)
The PoliceOutlandos d’Amour; Reggatta de Blanc; Zenyatta Mondatta; Ghost in the Machine; Synchronicity, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)

THE ROLLING STONES – SOME GIRLS, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): This album’s most famous tracks — the prowling disco vamp of “Miss You,” the grimy come-on of “Beast of Burden” — define a project that had everything to do with the streets of New York City. (We’re talking the pre-Giuliani version, when it was all fun-seeking desperation and broken out-of-town dreams.) As such, it doesn’t have the dark complexity of the career-making Exile on Main Street. Still, the brash, shit-talkingly frenetic Some Girls was a vast improvement over sloppy, uneven Exile follow-up efforts like 1973’s Goat’s Head Soup and ’74’s It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll. It would go to become the Rolling Stones’ best-selling album in the U.S., eventually moving more than 6 million copies. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

The Rolling StonesLove You Live; Tattoo You; Still Life; Emotional Rescue; Undercover; Dirty Work; Steel Wheels; Flashpoint, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)

THE ROLLING STONES – VOODOO LOUNGE, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): “Love is Strong” is the highpoint, with lecherous vocals, skanky harp and a lyric straight out of a nudie magazine: “You make me hard; you make me weak.” Jagger hadn’t played harmonica on a Stones recording in years; he lowers his voice an octave, too — adding a whispering menace to Richards’ jangly, jarring guitar chords. A welcome blast of throwback swagger and sexuality. Then there’s “Out of Tears,” a stunning turn of events: We find Mick Jagger, playboy sneer melted by abandonment, with his heart on his sleeve: “I can’t feel, feel a thing. I can’t shout; I can’t scream.” Chuck Leavell’s piano signature is a lonely counterpoint as this desperate fear of mortality seems to awaken: “I just can’t pour my heart out, to another living thing,” Jagger sings, with a bereft quietness. “I’m a whisper; I’m a shadow, but I’m standing up to sing.” There had always been some debate about whether the Stones could, or even should, grow up. This answered that question. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

THE ROLLING STONES – STRIPPED, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): The Stones, throughout this period, issued a live recording after each of their outsized tours, mixing gems from the catalog with songs from their newest release. Stripped is notable for its inclusion of “Dead Flowers.” Originally included on 1971′s wildly underrated “Sticky Fingers,” has long been a concert staple, but didn’t see the light of day as a live cut until the tour in support of 1994′s “Voodoo Lounge.” I think Mick Jagger originally meant it to be this hillbilly howler, a country send up. But it always felt a little too mean, and deliciously so, for that. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

THE ROLLING STONES – BRIDGES TO BABYLON, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): Head straight to “Saint of Me.” Though written in tribute to bad-boy keyboardist Billy Preston, who appears on the track, the lyrics actually read like a rap sheet for Mick Jagger, Aging Lothario. It’s one of the saving graces on an album riven by arguments between the band’s two principal musicians. Jagger dominates this dancy, big-chorused tune, which includes production work by The Dust Brothers — then of Beck fame. Richards, who favored a back-to-basics approach, is notably absent on the recording of this song (though not, of course, in the accompanying video!). (More here.)Nick DeRiso

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The RunawaysThe Runaways, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
The Small FacesSmall Faces [Bonus Tracks], Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
The Sons of the PioneersThe Centennial Collection, Varese Fontana (Country)
The Staple SingersBe Altitude: Respect Yourself, Universal Japan (R&B)
The Style CouncilCafe Bleu; Our Favourite Shop, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
The SupremesMore Hits by the Supremes, Hip-O Select (R&B)

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO, UNIVERSAL JAPAN (POP/ROCK): Born Christa Päffgen, Nico began her rise to fame in the late 1950s, literally picked off the streets of Berlin to be a model. Her striking looks took her to Paris and then to Italy where she was featured in Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” before attracting the attentions of Andy Warhol, who championed her as a Factory superstar in New York. She was mostly famous for just being Nico, and pop glitterati fell under her spell. Yet, Nico seemed strangely isolated, like “someone grappling with a terrible inner void,” according to one friend. Nico became increasingly unhappy about her role as an object and icon. Even her brief stint as front woman for the Velvet Underground was based on her looks; her blonde Aryan aura offsetting the dark, junkie image of the band. Nico began to resent her beauty, seeing her looks as distracting from her artistic identity. She would have set out as a solo artist to achieve some measure of recognition for her craft. (More here.)Ben Tweddell

Will MartinaThe Dam Levels (Jazz)

THE WHO – QUADROPHENIA [The Director's Cut], GEFFEN (POP/ROCK): Oh boy, here we go again. I feel like I was just here ranting about this issue just a couple weeks ago — ah, yes, U2 and your ridiculous Achtung Baby box. Now it’s time for The Who to step up with another ridiculous set, this time maybe more maddening because you get less for the same price. Let’s see — two discs for Quadrophenia, one of my all-time favorite albums, that’s fair, and two discs for demos of said album, again makes sense, and then a DVD with … 8 songs in surround? That’s it? No documentaries, didn’t contemplate maybe sticking the movie that the album inspired on there … just 8 songs? And a book and box. Oh and a 7-inch vinyl single. Oh, well then, that makes it worth $150. (Or you can just buy the two-disc edition with a selection of the demos on disc two for about $130 less. I find this all-or-nothing trend that’s been going on lately to be as maddening as it is insulting to long-time fans.)Tom Johnson

Thin LizzyLive at the BBC; Bad Reputation; Johnny the Fox; Live and Dangerous; Jailbreak; Black Rose: A Rock Legend; Fighting, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Tommy DorseyAFRS One Night Stands, Sounds of Yesteryear (Jazz)
TrafficMr. Fantasy, Universal Japan (Pop/Rock)
Wall of VoodooLost Weekend: The Best of Wall of Voodoo – The I.R.S. Years, Varese Fontana (Pop/Rock)
WhitesnakeBox ‘O’ Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982, EMI (Pop/Rock)
Various ArtistsAlvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Children’s)
Various ArtistsEverybody’s Pickin on Leiber and Stoller, Solid Air (Pop/Rock)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE JEWEL PAULA SOUL STORY, FUEL 2000 (R&B): It’s been more than 50 years since Stan Lewis opened Stan’s Record Shop in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. From his vantage point at the the top of Texas Avenue (I used to sneak down there after class), he would go on to create a once-lucrative business, then see the shop whither and go under as vinyl died. He also issued some of the nation’s most influential artists on three separate local independent record labels — Jewel, Paula and Ronn. They had big hits with Dale Hawkins’ “Susie-Q” and John Fred’s “Judy in Disguise,” and Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s legendary guitarist, produced some sides, too. But Mr. Lewis was always drawn back to his deep-seated love for blues, soul and R&B, and this album explores an underrated legacy that includes sides by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Ike Turner, Willie Dixon, Lowell Fulsom, Charles Brown, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Frank Frost and Otis Spann. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

Various ArtistsLudwig van Beethoven Invents Jazz, Virgin Classics (Classical)
Various ArtistsNow That’s What I Call Xmas [2010], EMI (Holiday)
Various ArtistsThe Phantom of the Opera: 25th Anniversary Celebration, Decca US (Classical)
Various ArtistsRockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Van Halen, Baby Rock (Children’s)
Various ArtistsSymphonic Metal, Vol. 3: Dark & Beautiful (Pop/Rock)

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