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Release Round-Up: Week of December 14

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Another incredibly short one as we get closer to Christmas!

Michael Jackson, Michael (Epic)

A posthumous collection (the first of many) consisting of 21st century outtakes by The King of Pop. Did he sing them all? I don’t know, but I know I’ll buy this if only to make Will.i.am angry. (Official site)

Dio, Holy Diver (Niji)

The classic Dio album remastered and pressed onto picture vinyl by the late singer’s own Niji label. (Facebook page)

Bad Religion, 30th Anniversary Box Set (Epitaph)

This massive vinyl box, containing all the band’s albums, has been available to order since November, but it should be in stores now. (Official Web store)

The Smiths, The Smiths / Meat is Murder / The Queen is Dead / The World Won’t Listen / Strangeways, Here We Come (Rhino)

Five Smiths LPs – well, four LPs and one compilation of single-only material – make their digital debut (they’re available on Amazon today; iTunes had ’em earlier this week). Strange that Hatful of Hollow or Rank (which possess the bulk of the band’s live discography) didn’t make the cut, but this is a new fan’s best chance to own The World Won’t Listen instead of its more common American counterpart, Louder Than Bombs. May this lead to a remaster on CD? Let’s hope so! (Morrissey and Marr have actually publicly agreed on something recently – that’s another step in the right direction.) (iTunes, Amazon)

Written by Mike Duquette

December 14, 2010 at 08:45

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