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Release Round-Up: Week of November 19

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Lee Hazlewood BoxThere’s a Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971 (Light in the Attic)

The legendary psychedelic cowboy shone brighter than ever as a singer-songwriter-producer on his own label in the latter half of the decade. This 4CD/1DVD/1 flexidisc box (also available with an extra three data DVDs!) covers that period of his career in exhaustive detail.

Standard box: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Deluxe box: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Frank Sinatra - Duets SDEFrank Sinatra, Duets: 20th Anniversary Edition (Capitol/UMe)

The Chairman of the Board’s last smash hit albums paired him with some of the biggest names in pop music at the time. Two decades later, these albums (plus some rare and unreleased material) are lavishly packaged together in a variety of formats.

2CD/2LP/1DVD Super Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2CD Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2LP Vinyl Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
1CD Best of DuetsAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Cactus Live in JapanCactus, Live in the USA Live in Japan / TNA (Travers & Appice), Live in Europe / Bogert & Appice, Bogert/Appice & Friends (Rocker Records)

From drummer Carmine Appice, a new digital label, Rocker Records, features some new and old works with some famous friends, including two Cactus shows from 2006 and 2012, a live set with Canadian guitarist Pat Travers from 2004 and an early-’00s studio EP with Tim Bogert. Amazon links are available above and a fuller write-up is due soon!

A Perfect Circle - Three SixtyA Perfect Circle, Three Sixty (Virgin)

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s other project, an acclaimed alt-metal outfit, return with a greatest hits compilation featuring “By and Down,” their first new song in eight years.

1CD Standard: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2CD Deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

NickelbackNickelback, The Best of Nickelback Volume 1 (Roadrunner)

The most famous Canadian pop-rockers of the ’00s get their first career-spanning compilation. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 19, 2013 at 08:03

Are We Having Fun Yet? Nickelback Release Hits Compilation

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NickelbackWhat happens when a band seemingly despised by the entirety of the universe releases a compilation? We’re about to find out with tomorrow’s release of The Best of Nickelback Volume 1.

The Canadian quartet have, in an era dominated largely by dance pop and hip-hop, eked out considerable success with straightforward rock ‘n’ roll. Breakthrough single “How You Remind Me,” released in 2001, remains one of the last traditional rock songs to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100; follow-up singles “Someday,” “Photograph,” “Far Away,” “Rockstar” and “Gotta Be Somebody” all peaked within the Top 10 of those charts, while their last six albums have gone gold or platinum (2005’s All the Right Reasons shipped eight million copies).

What makes all of that interesting is how quickly critics are to write off the band. If the only people you talk to are media gadflies and record collectors, Nickelback make Matchbox Twenty look like Led Zeppelin. They’re hated for frontman Chad Kroeger’s hangdog long-hair/bro-goatee countenance, the maniacal similarity of their songs, their schizophrenic lyrical content (wistful stadium ballads like “Photograph” and “If Everyone Cared” mix it up with rockers like “Something in Your Mouth,” the “something” of which I’m not comfortable spelling out) and what’s perceived as a humorless approach to music (the band rarely give interviews, and have stopped at least one concert thanks to some hecklers). Things perhaps reached a fever point in 2010, when the Facebook page “Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback?” [sic] did exactly that.

But, for better or worse, Nickelback remain bulletproof, continuing to enjoy a financial windfall of rock and keeping moderately visible in the music star scene (Kroeger recently married fellow Canadian pop-rocker Avril Lavigne). They even seem to be warming to the idea of poking fun at themselves. And – your catalogue correspondent owes it to you to be honest – the group have mastered the art of MOR pop-rock, which is a far more admirable vocation than, say, manufacturing nuclear weapons.

Featuring 19 singles from the past dozen years (but no new material), The Best of Nickelback Volume 1 awaits your judgment in stores tomorrow. Hit the jump to order your copy and check out the track list.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 18, 2013 at 10:59