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Release Round-Up: Week of December 13

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The Marvelettes, Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums, Volume 2 (Hip-o Select/Motown)

A four-disc box presenting the last four of The Marvelettes’ albums (two of which are in stereo and mono) alongside rare and unreleased gems from the storied Motown vaults.

Smokey Robinson, The Solo Albums Volume 6: Warm Thoughts / Being with You (Hip-o Select/Motown)

Smokey’s early-’80s comeback, represented with these two LPs on one CD (Warm Thoughts bows on the format for the first time!) along with a couple of bonus tracks.

Rammstein, Made in Germany 1995-2011 (Vagrant)

The German metal band’s first career-spanning compilation, available as a standard CD, a deluxe edition with a bonus disc of remixes and a super-deluxe box with DVDs full of videos.

Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash / Gary Wright, Dream Weaver (Audio Fidelity)

The newest 24K gold CDs are a classic folk debut and a ’70s pop breakthrough. Just typing this got “Dream Weaver” stuck in my head; may it stick into yours.

The Monkees, Greatest Hits / The Grateful Dead, Built to Last (Friday Music)

180-gram vinyl reissues of The Monkees’ first compilation and the Dead’s last studio effort.

Written by Mike Duquette

December 13, 2011 at 08:18

Rammstein Zusammenstellung

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How metal is metal? For 16 years, German band Rammstein has pushed the limits of the genre, in the studio and onstage – and next month, they’re going to celebrate their work with their first compilation, Made in Germany 1995-2011.

With songs like “Mein Herz Brennt,” “Engel,” “Pussy” and “Du Hast” (arguably their most notable song in America), Rammstein took the best of industrial and symphonic rock, added a dash of electronica and techno and created a sound that was hard for metal audiences to ignore. (In Germany, there’s even a subgenre for which Rammstein is considered a pioneer: Neue Deutsche Härte, or “new German hardness.”) Lead singer Till Lindemann’s booming, near-operatic vocals grab your ears immediately, even if you can’t understand what he’s singing, and the group is world famous for creating an intentionally over-the-top theatrical rock show, complete with elaborate costumes, staging and blazing pyrotechnics. (So important are those effects to the group that Lindemann became a licensed pyrotechnician.)

Made in Germany 1995-2011 features 15 of the Berlin band’s best-loved singles (all newly remastered) and one brand new track, “Mein Land.” Two deluxe editions will be available as well: a double-disc edition which includes 17 remixes of Rammstein’s singles (all found on various German CD singles). Notable producers and artists, including Hurts, Junkie XL, Faith No More, Meshuggah and the Pet Shop Boys, all had a hand in creating these alternate mixes over the years. Finally, a super-deluxe edition adds three DVDs of all the band’s often-controversial promo videos, each with making-of footage. (All five discs in the super-deluxe edition come packed in a steelbook case with a 24o-page booklet.)

The set is available December 2 in the band’s native land and December 13 in the States. The specs for each set are after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 17, 2011 at 12:02