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Release Round-Up: Week of August 16

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Breaking Benjamin, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin (Hollywood)

A decade of Breaking Benjamin is collected on this new compilation, available in both standard and deluxe editions.  The deluxe edition offers an additional disc of rare and unreleased bonus material. (Amazon)

Dazz Band, Hot Spot: Expanded Edition (Funkytowngrooves)

The Dazz Band’s 1985 swan song on Motown Records is expanded with five remixes. (Amazon)

Nick Heyward, Tangled and The Apple Bed (Cherry Red)

Heyward’s 1995 and 1998 albums get the deluxe treatment from Cherry Red.  Tangled adds a brace of bonus tracks including an EP of Beatles covers, while The Apple Bed adds B-sides and one previously unreleased cut. (Official site)

The Jones Girls, On Target: Expanded Edition (Funkytowngrooves)

In 1983, the Detroit-born Jones Girls – Brenda, Valorie and Shirley – decamped from Philadelphia International to RCA for this album, which has been expanded with three instrumentals and remixes. (Amazon)

Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band, Hoodoo Man Blues (Delmark)

This 1965 studio album finds Junior Wells joined by Buddy Guy for 12 smoking blues workouts.  Delmark expands the original album with three previously-available alternate takes and two never-before-released performances. (Amazon)

Various Artists, Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl (Verve Select)

Norman Granz brought his all-star Verve roster to the Hollywood Bowl in 1956 where this classic album was recorded.  Louis, Ella, Art, Oscar and co. all appear, and eleven Armstrong tracks premiere on American CD on this deluxe edition. Read the full story here. (Amazon)

Written by Joe Marchese

August 16, 2011 at 08:33

Breaking Benjamin Add Deluxe Compilation in Their Diary

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In our coverage of Queen reissues, we’ve bemoaned the lack of catalogue coverage at the band’s U.S. label, Hollywood Records. Granted, the Disney-owned label doesn’t need much catalogue attention when there are Disney Channel soundtracks and tween-friendly records to promote.

But there is one rather interesting band on the label roster that isn’t the label’s typical fare: Breaking Benjamin, a hard-rock quartet from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Their alt-metal sound – hard-driving and insistent but never violent and rarely profane – has earned them a fair bit of crossover status in their decade-long career. Their last two albums, Phobia (2006) and Dear Agony (2009), peaked at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100, and they’ve place nine tracks in the Top 10 of the magazine’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Now, with the band currently on hiatus (owing to frontman Benjamin Burnley’s longterm illness), Hollywood is releasing the band’s first greatest hits compilation – and they’re going full throttle with it. Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin, will feature 15 tracks on its standard edition, including a new remix of fan favorite “Blow Me Away” featuring guest vocals from Sydnee Duran of Valora, a track from the band’s self-released debut EP in 2001 and an unreleased live acoustic take on “Had Enough.” The deluxe edition, however, features an entire bonus disc of rare and unreleased material, including import-only tracks, unreleased remixes, covers of Depeche Mode (“Enjoy the Silence”) and Queen (“Who Wants to Live Forever”) and more.

If you’re a longtime fan of Breaking Benjamin or are just getting started, it looks like there’s going to be something in it for you either way. Both packages are out on August 16; pre-order links and track lists can be found after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

August 1, 2011 at 13:10