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Release Round-Up: Week of January 11

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Queen, Greatest Hits / Greatest Hits II (Island/UMe)

Queen’s 40th anniversary celebration kicks in the U.K. off with a new remaster of the band’s first two greatest hits compilations on the band’s new label in England, Island Records. (The music of Queen is still licensed by Disney’s Hollywood Records in the U.S.) Remastered and expanded studio albums will follow later in the year, which American fans will also have to import. (Official site)

Tim Buckley, Tim Buckley: Deluxe Edition (Elektra/Rhino Handmade)

This classic, folky debut is presented in an expanded set that features the album in mono and stereo and a bonus disc of unreleased demos. (Rhino Handmade)

N.E.R.D, The Best of N.E.R.D (Virgin/EMI)

The pop/rap producers of The Neptunes had some minor commercial success as their own group, whose early material is being compiled for the first time. (Official site)

Stevie Wonder, Fulfillingness’ First Finale (Audio Fidelity)

A 24K gold CD edition of Wonder’s 1974 album, a No. 1 hit and one of the artist’s defining Motown classics. (Audio Fidelity)

Also out this week on vinyl: reissues of ZZ Top’s Rio Grande Mud (1972) and Deguello (1979) on Rhino, and from Friday Music, new pressings of Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986), Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever (1977) and Deep Purple’s Burn (1974).

Written by Mike Duquette

January 11, 2011 at 12:19

New Compilation to Prove N.E.R.D is Cool

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The new N.E.R.D album, Nothing, only just came out two weeks ago, but that’s not stopping a new compilation due from the group early next year.

Of course, there’s a pretty simple reason for it: Nothing and its predecessor, Seeing Sounds (2008), were released on Universal’s Interscope label. Meanwhile, the first two LPs by the band – comprised of superproducers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (better known as The Neptunes, the duo behind Wreckx-N-Effect’s “Rump Shaker,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It to Me)” and Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”) with vocalist Shay Haley – were released on EMI’s Virgin Records. Those two discs will form the bulk of The Best of N.E.R.D, along with some B-sides and hard-to-find remixes.

The Best of N.E.R.D comes out January 11. Check the track list after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 15, 2010 at 13:45

Posted in Compilations, N.E.R.D, News