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October 4, 2010

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - October 5th, 2010

To celebrate what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday Capitol Records is releasing John Lennon: Signature Box. The 11-CD box set that contains all the former Beatle's solo studio albums from 1971-1984, plus two CDs of rarities and a 65 page book and commemorative print.

Double Fantasy Stripped Down contains a remastered edition of Lennon's 1980 album along with a never released "stripped down" production by Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas.

Gimme Some Truth is a box set of his greatest hits collection on four CDs curated by theme. Also available is a single CD greatest hits edition Power To The People: The Hits.

Remastered editions of Lennon's solo albums Imagine, Milk And Honey, Mind Games, Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon: Rock 'N' Roll, John Lennon: Sometime In New York City, and John Lennon: Walls And Bridges are also available this week, however with no bonus content.

Speaking of classic rock, Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home features Dylan covers by Mirah, Asobi Seksu, Laura Veirs, and others, and is one of the best covers albums I have heard in a while.

Ninja Tune XX Box may be the year's most elegantly packaged release. The 6-CD and 6-7" vinyl single box set celebrates the label's 20th anniversary last month, and is filled with the Ninja Tunes artists' hits as well as new material.

Marnie Stern releases her self-titled album tomorrow, and it is hands down my favorite release of the week. I fell in love with this disc on its first spin, Stern's songwriting is fast approaching the estimable level of her guitar virtuosity. This is one of the year's finest albums.

I can also strongly recommend British Sea Power's Zeus EP, Clinic's Bubblegum, Elizabeth Mitchell's Sunny Day, and Tom Ze's Estudando a Bossa (Nordeste Plaza) from what I have already heard.

It's never to early to start planning your holiday mix CDs, and both The Puppini Sisters' Christmas With the Puppini Sisters and folk singer Kate Rusby's Sweet Bells are wonderful Christmas albums.

Two music DVDs are worth picking up. The Avett Brothers: Live, Volume 3 captures a 2009 Charlotte performance by the band, and Passions Just Like Mine: Morrissey And Fan Culture simply looks wonderful.

What new releases are you picking up this week? What can you recommend? Have I left anything noteworthy off the list?

This week's interesting CD releases:

Alain Johannes: Spark [mp3]
Alex Chilton: Like Flies on Sherbert (vinyl reissue)
Allo Darlin: Allo Darlin [mp3] [vinyl]
Amusement Parks on Fire: Road Eyes [mp3]
The Avett Brothers: Live, Volume 3 [mp3] [dvd]
Black Country Communion: Black Country Communion [vinyl]
Blue Oyster Cult: The Music Of Blue Oyster Cult (3-CD box set)
Bonjay: Broughtupsy
Bright Light Bright Light: Love Part II
Bring Me the Horizon: There Is a Hell Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven Lets Keep It a Secret
British Sea Power: Zeus EP
Bruno Mars: Doo - Wops & Hooligans [mp3]
Cheap Time: Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations) [mp3] [vinyl]
Clinic: Bubblegum [mp3]
Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years [mp3] [vinyl]
Dark Dark Dark: Wild Go [mp3]
David Bowie: Outside/Heathen (reissue)
David Gray: Foundling [vinyl]
Demon's Claws: Defrosting of Walt Disney's Head [mp3] [vinyl]
Devon Sproule: Live in London
Donavon Frankenreiter: Glow [mp3]
Down: Diary of a Mad Band (CD & DVD)
The Duke & the King: Long Live the Duke & the King
Dungen: Skit I Allt [vinyl]
Dustin Wong: Infinite Love [vinyl]
Elizabeth Mitchell: Sunny Day [mp3]
Engineers: In Praise of More
Finger Eleven: Life Turns Electric [mp3]
Fistful of Mercy: As I Call You Down [mp3]
Fran Healy: Wreckorder [mp3] [vinyl]'
The Gay Blades: Savages [mp3]
George Jones: The Music of George Jones (3-CD box set)
Gonjasufi: Caliph's Tea Party [mp3] [vinyl]
Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords: Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords [mp3]
Guster: Easy Wonderful [mp3] [vinyl]
Herbie Hancock: Complete Columbia Collection (35-CD box set)
John Lennon: Double Fantasy Stripped Down (New Mix + Original Recording Remastered) [mp3]
John Lennon: Gimme Some Truth (4-CD box set of remastered songs) [mp3]
John Lennon: Imagine (remastered) [mp3]
John Lennon: Milk And Honey (remastered) [mp3]
John Lennon: Mind Games (remastered) [mp3]
John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (remastered) [mp3]
John Lennon: Power To The People: The Hits [cd & dvd] [mp3]
John Lennon: Rock 'N' Roll (remastered) [mp3]
John Lennon: Signature Box (11-CD box set) [mp3]
John Lennon: Sometime In New York City (remastered) [mp3]
John Lennon: Walls And Bridges (remastered) [mp3]
John Mayer: Battle Studies (CD/DVD Expanded Edition)
John Zorn: Ipsissimus
Kate Rusby: Sweet Bells (reissue)
KT Tunstall: Tiger Suit [cd & dvd] [mp3]
Legendary Pink Dots: Seconds Late for The Brighton Line [mp3]
Leland Sundries: The Apothecary EP [mp3]
Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust [vinyl]
Los Lonely Boys - Live at the Filmore [dvd]
Marnie Stern: Marnie Stern [mp3] [vinyl]
Merle Haggard: The Music of Merle Haggard (3-CD box set)
Middle Class Rut: No Name No Color [mp3] [vinyl]
Miles Davis: Live Evil (reissue)
Morrissey: Everyday Is Like Sunday (reissue)
Olympus: Bold Mould [mp3]
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: History of Modern [vinyl]
Ozzy Osbourne: Scream: Tour Edition
Pancake Breakfast: Pancake Breakfast [mp3]
Passions Just Like Mine: Morrissey And Fan Culture [dvd]
PS I Love You: Meet Me at the Muster Station [mp3] [vinyl]
The Puppini Sisters: Christmas With the Puppini Sisters
Raul Malo: Sinners & Saints [mp3]
Royal Baths: Litanies [mp3] [vinyl]
Shad: TSOL [mp3]
Skyzoo & Illmind: Live From the Tape Deck
Slim Cessna's Auto Club: Jesus Let Me Down (vinyl reissue)
Soars: Soars [mp3]
Soft Landing: Soft Landing [vinyl]
Solar Bears: She Was Coloured In [mp3] [vinyl]
Stimulators: Loud Fast Rules!
Sun Araw: Off Duty [mp3] [mp3]
Tim Kasher: The Game of Monogamy [mp3]
Tom Ze: Estudando a Bossa (Nordeste Plaza) [mp3]
Tom Ze: Studies of Tom Ze (3-LP & CD box set)
Tricky: Mixed Race [mp3]
Various Artists: Christmas With the Rat Pack (reissue)
Various Artists: Ninja Tune XX: 1
Various Artists: Ninja Tune XX: 2
Various Artists: Ninja Tune XX Box (6-CD and 6-7" vinyl single box set)
Various Artists: Parenthood (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Pink Floyd's Jukebox
Various Artists: Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home [mp3]
White Hills: Stolen Stars Left For No One
Wow & Flutter: Hearts on Hold (vinyl reissue)
Wu-Tang Saga [dvd]

also at Largehearted Boy:

weekly CD & DVD release lists
Try It Before You Buy It (music from this week's CD releases)