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Release Round-Up: Week of November 9

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes: Deluxe Edition (Geffen/UMe)

With a bonus disc of B-sides and unreleased outtakes and an optional Blu-Ray audio version, audiophiles hopefully won’t have a reason to say “don’t do me like that” with this set. (Official site)

Bon Jovi, Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection (Island)

If 1994’s Cross Road isn’t enough of a Bon Jovi comp for you, this career-spanning set (available in single and double-disc formats) combines all the usual hits with two new tracks (or four, depending on what set you buy). (Official site)

Elvis Presley, Viva ELVIS: The Album (RCA/Legacy)

The King gets his own equivalent to The Beatles’ Love, complete with a soundtrack of remixed, re-imagined classics. (More material you’re not going to find on the box set.) (Official site)

The Rolling Stones, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (Box Set) (Eagle)

The Stones’ classic Exile-era concert film (just recently released on DVD) is paired with this year’s The Stones in Exile and a bunch of bonus material in a limited, numbered box. (Amazon)

Bing Crosby, The Crosby Christmas Sessions (Collector’s Choice) / The Television Specials Volume 2: The Christmas Specials (Infinity)

Hooray for Christmas catalogue titles! Collector’s Choice honors Bing’s holiday spirit with a trove of mostly-unreleased Yuletide tracks, while Infinity Entertainment gets his holiday television specials on DVD. (Official site)

Howard Jones, Human’s Lib / Dream Into Action (Dtox)

Howard’s first two studio albums are remastered and reissued on his own label; a box set adds in a bonus disc of unreleased live recordings. (Dtox Shop)

Syd Barrett, An Introduction to Syd Barrett (Capitol)

Already released in the U.K., today’s the U.S. release of this compilation, which combines new remasters and remixes of Barrett’s work, both solo and with Pink Floyd. (Amazon)

Queensryche, Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition (Capitol)

A double-disc expansion of the 1990 hit rock album with B-sides and a bonus disc from a live show at the Hammersmith Odeon from the same year. (Amazon)

Poison, Nothin’ But a Good Time: The Collection (Capitol)

Two discs of Poison that have already been released. But there’s a bandanna! (Amazon)

Dio, Dio at Donington U.K.: Live 1983 & 1987 (Niji Entertainment Group)

The late metal god’s own label issues its premiere release: two vintage shows on two discs. (Amazon)

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Session (Stax)

This 1983 Canadian broadcast, released on CD in 1999, is reissued with a DVD of the footage that the original CD was sourced from. See SRV jam with his idol in their only recorded performance together. (Amazon)

Full Force, Full Force Get Busy 1 Time: Expanded Edition / Brick, Summer Heat/After 5 / Platinum Hook, Watching You (Funkytown Grooves)

Great soul and dance LPs getting reissued on CD. The Full Force set has some sweet bonus mixes. (FTG)

Heatwave, Hot Property: Expanded Edition / Candles: Expanded Edition; The Pointer Sisters, Special Things: Expanded Edition; Billy Ocean, Nights (Feel Like Getting Down): Expanded Edition (Big Break Records)

Some expansions of some great soul albums. The Heatwave catalogue is almost fully reissued on CD, the album that made “He’s So Shy” a hit and a pre-“Caribbean Queen” LP from Ocean are all remastered and expanded. (BBR)

Various Artists, NOW That’s What I Call the 1990s: An Alternative Pop Collection (Capitol)

Feel really nostalgic (or old) with this NOW set featuring hit tracks from New Radicals, Joan Osborne, Sheryl Crow and more. (Amazon)

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