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Release Round-Up: Week of November 16

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Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story (Columbia/Legacy)

Bruuuuuuuuce celebrates one of his most acclaimed albums in a big way. Darkness will be augmented with two discs’ worth of outtakes and three(!) DVDs, including the new making-of documentary The Promise. (The outtakes are available as their own double-disc set as well.) (Official site)

Jimi Hendrix, West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology / BBC Sessions / Live at Woodstock Blues / Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

The latest chapter of the Hendrix reissue campaign from Sony includes a new box set of rare and unreleased material (available on CD or vinyl) that features a neat overview of Hendrix’s early days as a sideman with other rock and soul acts. (A single-disc compilation will feature the best of the outtakes, and will also be sold as a double-disc set with the new documentary DVD from the box.) The same date will see CD/DVD versions of BBC Sessions and Blues alongside new reissues of Hendrix’s Woodstock set and collector-favorite Christmas EP.

Billy Joel, The Hits (Columbia/Legacy)

The Piano Man’s first-ever single-disc compilation – geared to entice casual fans into partaking in next year’s Billy Joel catalogue blitz – is a very straightforward (and very debatable) release, but one that’s worth buying, especially if you like Billy Joel. (Note: it is this writer’s opinion that it is easy to like Billy Joel. Results may vary.) (Amazon)

The Stooges, Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano’s / 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions (Elektra/Rhino Handmade)

Orders begin shipping this week on two new Stooges sets: an unreleased live show from 197o and the reissue of the out-of-print seven-disc box set version of The Stooges.

Bee Gees, Mythology (Rhino)

This four-disc box set, featuring an overview of all of the Gibbs (including Andy) and including three unreleased tracks, was supposed to come out last holiday season. Better late than never? (Amazon) Read the rest of this entry »

Some Compilation House-Cleaning

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Just so everyone’s on the same page (yours truly included), we present a few updated track lists for some upcoming compilations for your perusal.

When Pink’s Greatest Hits…So Far!!! and Nelly Furtado’s The Best Of were announced back in October, the track lists were either partial or based upon import track lists. In the interest of clarity, we give you standard and deluxe domestic track lists for both titles, each due November 12. (This writer is still bummed that Pink’s take on “Whataya Want from Me,” the hit song she co-wrote for Adam Lambert, will be an import-only track. Thank goodness for indie record stores.)

Have at them after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 10, 2010 at 16:05

Nelly Furtado to Say It Right with First-Ever Compilation

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Another female pop star of the 2000s is getting her very first compilation for the holiday rush: Nelly Furtado, the Grammy-winnning Portugese-Canadian singer who first garnered attention for her folky pop sensibilities, then for her surprise reinvention as a dancehall goddess.

Furtado first rose to the scene with Whoa, Nelly! (2000), a catchy debut LP with a lite-FM-ready sound. Sophomore release Folklore did have a few gems (including underrated first single “Powerless”) but suffered saleswise, bought on partially by her label being absorbed into another. Three years later, almost out of nowhere, Furtado joined forces with Timbaland for the wildly successful Loose, turning both singer and producer into superstars. Having released her first Spanish-language record, Mi Plan, last year, and while prepping a new disc, tentatively titled Lifestyle, for 2011, Furtado’s label has assembled this concise hits package that combines 13 singles (including six U.S. Top 40 hits) with three new tracks, including lead single “Night is Young,” to be released to digital retailers next week.

The press release states that a deluxe edition, presumably with a DVD of music videos, will be pressed as well. Thus far, Amazon’s listings only show import versions; and only a track listing from a fan site has been located. Find it after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

October 14, 2010 at 10:42