Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Music Releases - November 23, 2010

Counting some limited edition Record Store Day vinyl releases, we also have a great selection of other music.  As always, CVR picks are in red:

13th Floor Elevators - Psychedelic Sounds of (2 CDs)
16 HorsepowerYours Truly (vinyl)
After The Burial - In Dreams
Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
Allen Ginsberg - Beat Poet Figurine & CD Set
Anthrax - Live At The Sonisphere (10″ picture disc)
Arabrot - Revenge (vinyl)
As They Sleep - Dynasty

Badly Drawn Boy - It’s What I’m Thinking +3 bonus (vinyl)

Beatles - The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour Memories [dvd]

Biffy Clyro - Booooom Blast & Ruin (Single)
Black Crowes - Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys (10″ picture disc)
Black Keys - Brothers (2×180 gram vinyl 10″)
Bob Dylan - Times They Are A Changin/Like A Rolling Stone (7″ vinyl)
Bob Marley - Reggaeton Mixes
Bon Jovi - Greatest Hits (Vinyl)

Brian Wilson - Wilson, Brian - Songwriter 1962 - 1969 [dvd]
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love/Because The Night (7″ vinyl)
Burning The Masses - Offspring Of Time
Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down (7″ vinyl)
Cave In - Anomalies Vol. 1 (vinyl)
Cee Lo Green - Fuck You (12″ vinyl)
Clash - The Clash (vinyl)
Cult - Love (vinyl)
Curren$y - Pilot Talk II
Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy OST
Daily Life - Necessary & Pathetic (vinyl)
Daughters - Daughters (vinyl)
Dave Allen - Color Blind

David Bowie - Bowie, David - Rare And Unseen [dvd]

David Wilcox - Reverie
Deodato - Prelude (vinyl)
Doors - Live In Vancouver 1970 (2 CDs)
Dr. Dog - Double (7″ vinyl)
Drive-By Truckers - The Thanksgiving Fil (10″ vinyl)
Duffy - Well Well Well (Single)
Elephant Revival - Break In The Clouds
Eric Johnson - Live From Austin Tx 84 (2 CDs)
Eux Autres - Broken Bow (vinyl)
Fela Kuti - Complete Collection Box Set (26CD/1DVD)

Florence and the Machine - Between Two Lungs

Four Tet - Pause (reissue) (vinyl)
Four Tet - Rounds (reissue) (vinyl)
Frank Sinatra - A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (vinyl)
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (vinyl)
Gangrene - Gutter Water
Gaslight Anthem - Tumbling Dice/She Loves You (7″ vinyl)
George Benson - White Rabbit (vinyl)

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]

Giant Sand - Blurry Blue Mountain

Girls - Broken Dreams Club (EP) (vinyl)
Girls Names and Brilliant Colors - I Lose / You Win (vinyl)
God Dethroned - Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross
Gorillaz feat Daley - Doncamatic (All Played Out)(Single)
Grinderman - "Worm Tamer" 12''
Grinderman - Heathen Child (12″ vinyl)
Group Doueh - Beatte Harab (vinyl)
Hafdis Huld - Synchronized Swimmers
Harvey Milk - Harvey Milk (vinyl)
Have Heart - 10.17.09
Home Video - The Automatic Process
Human League - Night People (Single)
I Am Arrows - Hurricane (Single)
Intalek & Ritchcraft - Lives & Vibes (vinyl)
Iron and Wine - Walking Far From Home (12″ vinyl)
Iron and Wine - Walking Far From Home (CD single)
Jay-Z - The Hits Collection Volume One
Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now (Clear Vinyl LP w/Bonus CD)
Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year (Green 10″ vinyl)
Job For Cowboy - Ruination (10″ color vinyl box)
John Zorn - Interzone
Josh Groban - Illuminations
Journey - Greatest Hits (vinyl)
KT Tunstall - Have Yourself A Very KT Christmas (CD)
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kate Bush - The Document
Kate Rusby - Make The Light
Kayo Dot - Stained Glass (CD EP)
Ke$ha - Cannibal

Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent

Killing The Dream - Lucky Me
King Conquer - America's Most Haunted

King Crimson - King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (200 Gr Vinyl Limited Edition 2010)

King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon (CD+DVD, deluxe edition, extra tracks) (remastered)
King Crimson - Islands: 40th Anniversary Series (CD/DVD)
Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can (Single)
Lemuria - Chautauqua County
Lloyd Banks - H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2)
MF Doom - Special Herbs Box: Vol. 0-9 (10-LP box set) (vinyl)
MGMT - Congratulations (7″ vinyl)
MIke Patton - Mondo Cane (vinyl)
Marc Bolan & T-Rex - Slider (Vinyl)
Mason Jennings - The Flood

Mastodon - Crack The Skye (CD/DVD)

Matisyahu - Two (2 Live Songs) (7″ vinyl)
Matt & Kim - Sidewalks (vinyl)
Metallica - Live At Grimey’s (10″ vinyl)
Metallica - Live At Grimey’s (CD)
Michael Jackson's Vision [dvd]
Middle Class Rut - No Name No Color
Miles Kane - Inhaler (Single)
Monster Magnet - Mastermind w/ USB
Morning Boy - We Won’t Crush
Morris Day - Daydreaming
Motorhead - Grind Ya Down Live In Canada 1988, DVD
My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Ne-Yo - Libra Scale
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (remastered)
North Elementary - Southern Rescue Trails
OFF! - First Four EPs
Offshore - Aneurysm EP (12″ vinyl)
Orange Juice - Coals to Newcastle (6-CD and DVD box set)
Orange Peels - 2020 (vinyl)

Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (Ultimate Edition 3CD) (Limited Edition)

Phobia - Unrelenting
Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age (vinyl)
Ramsey Lewis - Movie Album / Dancing in the Street
Reading Rainbow - Prism Eyes
Rebekah Higgs - Little Voice (EP) (vinyl)
Regina Spektor - Live In London (CD & DVD)
Robyn - Body Talk
Robyn Hitchcock - Moss Elixir/Mossy Liquor (reissue)
Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 - Limited Edition Remastered Vinyl Box Set (13-LP box set)(vinyl)
Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 - Limited Edition Remastered Vinyl Box Set (14-LP box set)(vinyl)
Royksopp - Senior
Samael - Antigod
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Dawn
Scott Weiland - Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned The Hard Way (7″ vinyl box)
Sick Puppies - That Time Of Year Again (7″ vinyl)
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds - Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Slayer - World Painted Blood/Atrocity Vendor (7″ vinyl)

Smashing PumpkinsTeargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. II "The Solstice Bare" (vinyl)

Soft Moon - The Soft Moon
Southern Culture On The Skids - The Kudzu Ranch (vinyl)
Spokes - We Can Make It Out (7″ vinyl)
Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (vinyl)
Sting - Live in Berlin (CD/DVD)
Swell Season - The Swell Season (reissue) (vinyl)
Tegan and Sara - The Official Vinyl Collection (vinyl)
The Bug - Infected EP (2x 12″)
The Chariot - Long Live
The Damned Things - We’ve Got A Situation Here (7″ colored vinyl)
The Doors - The Doors (mono) (12″ vinyl)
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace (reissue) (vinyl)
The Heavy - How You Like Me Now? EP (10″ vinyl)
The National - High Violet (Expanded Edition with bonus CD)
The National - Terrible Love (vinyl)
The Sword - (The Night The Sky Cried) Tears Of Fire (12″ picture disc)
Tigers Jaw - Two Worlds
Ting Tings - Hands/Hands (Passion Pit remix) (7″ vinyl)
Tom Waits - The Early Years Vol. 2 (reissue) (vinyl)
Twin Sister - All Around & Away We Go (Single)
Various Artists - 127 Hours: Music from the Motion Picture
Various Artists - Burlesque - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists - Garage Band Christmas, Volume One
Various Artists - Parlophone 7″ Box Set (7″ vinyl)
Various Artists - Rock By The Sea - 12 Bands Of Christmas :: Volume One
Various Artists - Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Bon Jovi
Various Artists - Rockin' The Mistletoe
Various Artists featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera - Burlesque Soundtrack
While She Sleeps - The North Stands for Nothing

Who - Live at Leeds [Super Deluxe Edition] [4 CD + LP + 7 inch Vinyl]

Wilder - Skyful Of Rainbows (Single)
William Tyler - Behold the Spirit (vinyl)
X Factor Finalists - Heroes (Single)
XTC - Skylarking (reissue) (vinyl)
Yelawolf - Trunk Muzik 0-60
Yngwie Malmsteen - Relentless
Your Memorial - Atonement
Yuck - Georgia (vinyl)
Zola Jesus - Poor Animal'/'I Can't Stand (Single)

The Bad Penny New Music Releases Schedule   Find The Bad Penny Blog Here

David Bowie – “Rare and Unseen” DVD (MVD Visual)
Broughton’s Rules (features ex-members of Don Caballero) – Bounty Hunter 1853
Dio – Holy Diver (deluxe limited-edition picture disc reissue)
Eux Autres – Broken Bow
David “Rock” Feinstein (ex-Elf) – Bitten by the Beast (features Ronnie James Dio)
Five Finger Death Punch – The Way of the Fist: Iron Fist Edition (deluxe-box-set reissue; includes a bonus CD with 11 B-sides and rarities, a DVD with a documentary, new artwork, trading cards, a poster and a calendar)
Fresh Millions – Fresh Millions (produced by the Sword’s Bryan Richie)
Giant Sand – Blurry Blue Mountain
Glaciers – Of Mountains and Monuments EP (self-released)
Haarp – The Filth (produced by Philip Anselmo)
Into It. Over It. and Koji – IIOI/KOJI
Job for a Cowboy – Ruination (limited-edition box-set reissue containing three LPs and one CD; bonus tracks include Exhumed cover, live material recorded in 2007 and 2009)
Love in the Circus – Love in the Circus
Yngwie Malmsteen – Relentless (features Tim “Ripper” Owens)
Murder Construct – Murder Construct
Off! (features members of Black Flag, Burning Brides, Hot Snakes, more) – First Four EPs (four 7-inches, each housed in its own box with sleeve artwork by Raymond Pettibon)
Phobia – Unrelenting
The Smashing Pumpkins – Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. II: The Solstice Bare (only available as a limited-edition CD and a limited edition deluxe vinyl picture disc)
Soulive – “Bowlive: Live in the Brooklyn Bowl” DVD (Brooklyn concert from March 2010; features Rahzel, ?uestlove, more)
The Spits – Haunted Fang Castle EP (CD and 10-inch versions come with book illustrated by JJ Rudisill)
T. Rex – The Slider (remastered reissue; LP version; previously available digitally and on CD)
William Tyler – Behold the Spirit (LP limited to 500 copies)
Virgin Steele – The Black Light Bacchanalia (limited-edition LP box set)
Brian Wilson – “Songwriter 1962 – 1969: Exploring Brian’s Music in a Decade of Dreams” DVD
Yuck – “Georgia” 7-inch
Various artists – “The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973″ DVD

Remember, if you are a record company and have new releases or know of any I missed (especially vinyl), please email me and I will add your music to the list. I also do reviews of new vinyl, email me for more information.

New Music Releases are put together from a variety of sources by blog owner Robert Benson

Have new music for the list? Email me at rbenson30@wi.rr.com  

Music News & Notes

Queensryche Injured In Iraq Bombing

Armed forces supporters Queensryche were the victims of a bomb attack during their recent visit to war-torn Iraq, however frontman Geoff Tate insists making the trip was the least the band could do.

The prog metal outfit played a series of shows for military personnel. While in northern Iraq they were forced to take cover when a battle exploded around them, and although none of them were killed, they were left injured and shaken by the experience.

"We got bombed. We had to spend a lot of hours in bunkers there, waiting for the insurgents to get under control. We all lived through it although we got injured – that was a scary situation," Tate tells BraveWords.com. "A mortar landed about a hundred yards from where I was standing – the ground just shook. It was amazingly powerful and scared the hell out of me. I'd just been standing there watching the sun come up, eating a little container of yoghurt and boom – the bomb goes off."

Keep up the good work!  You lead by example, thank you!

Unreleased Syd Barrett Jam Gets Release

The legendary Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett remains one of the most enigmatic figures in rock music.  A new anthology of his work, 'An Introduction to Syd Barrett,' is only likely to add fuel to the fire with all the myths and mysteries surrounding the iconic artist, who died in 2006.

Of interest to long-time Barrett fans will be the anthology's inclusion of a never-before released track, "Rhamadan," which is available as a bonus download to those who purchase the album.

The track is drawn from the tumultuous sessions for Barrett's 1970 solo album, 'The Madcap Laughs.'   "Rhamadan" is essentially a 20-minute, freeform jam, with Barrett forsaking melody and structure as he solos on a variety of instruments.


Neil Young, Devo, Flaming Lips Holiday LP Coming Soon

Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In, a 21-track LP featuring holiday songs from Rachael Yamagata, Tegan and Sara, Regina Spektor, Everest, Devo, the Flaming Lips and a rare holiday track with Neil Young on vocals, should help shoppers filling the stockings of music lovers.

The album includes originals by Spektor (“December”), Yamagata (“Baby Come Find Me At Christmas”), Devo (“Merry Something To You”), covers by Everest (Marvin Gaye’s “Christmas in the City”), Tegan and Sara (“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”), the Flaming Lips (“Little Drummer Boy”), and the tune “Les Trois Cloches” (aka “Three Bells”) which is performed by the late Ben Keith with Neil and Pegi Young on vocals.

01. Cavo - “Home For Christmas”
02. Ben Keith (feat. Neil Young and Pegi Young) - “Les Trois Cloches”
03. Oasis - “Merry Christmas Everybody”
04. American Bang - “Christmas Song”
05. Jason Reeves and Kara DioGuardi - “New York In Wintertime”
06. Tegan And Sara - “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
07. Regina Spektor - “December”
08. Devo - “Merry Something To You”
09. David Foster - “Carol Of The Bells” (instrumental)
10. The Ready Set - “Wonderful Christmastime”
11. Foxy Shazam - “Heaven On Their Minds”
12. The Goo Goo Dolls - “Better Days” (acoustic)
13. Rachael Yamagata - “Baby Come Find Me At Christmas”
14. Everest - “Christmas In The City”
15. The Dirt Drifters - “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
16. The Spill Canvas - “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
17. Stardeath And The White Dwarfs - “Last Christmas”
18. House Of Heroes - “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
19. The Flaming Lips - “Little Drummer Boy” (live)
20. Franklin - “Hanukkah, Oh Channukah” (bonus track)
21. The Red Elephant - “Brooklyn Sleigh Ride” (bonus track)

This Date In Music History - November 23


Sandra Stevens - Brotherhood Of Man (1949)

Alan Paul - Manhattan Transfer (1949)

Bruce Hornsby - The Range (1954)

Charlie Grover - Sponge (1966)

Ken Block - Sister Hazel (1966)

Kurupt - The Dogg Pound (1972)

Lucas Stephen Grabeel - actor and singer High School Musical (1984)

Miley Ray Cyrus (1992)

They Are Missed:

Blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack in 1985 (age 75). Wrote "Shake Rattle and Roll," (a hit for Bill Haley and His Comets) and "Sweet Sixteen."

Country music singer Roy Acuff died in 1992 (age 89). Known as the "King of Country Music," he was the first living artist elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Acuff started his career in 1932 working for Dr. Hauer's medicine show, hired as one of its entertainers to draw a crowd to whom Hauer could sell medicines.

Tommy Boyce, singer/songwriter, committed suicide in 1994. Wrote "Last Train To Clarksville," "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" and "Scooby- Doo Where Are You." Sold over 40m records. Boyce and his partner Bobby Hart scored a number eight hit of their own with "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" in 1967.

Soul singer and saxophonist Junior Walker died of cancer in 1995 (age 64). Walker also played sax on Foreigner's 1981 hit "Urgent."

Singer O.C. Smith died in 2001 (age 65). Famous for his 1968 US #1 single "Little Green Apples." Smith became pastor and founder of The City Of Angels Church in Los Angeles, California.

Born on this day in 1939, Betty Everett, soul singer, (1964 US #6 single "The Shoop Shoop Song, It's In His Kiss." She died on 19th August 2001 (age 61).

Singer/songwriter Chris Whitley died of lung cancer in 2005 (age 45). Whitley earned critical success with his 1991 album 'Living with the Law’ and toured with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.


The world's first jukebox was installed at San Francisco's' Palais Royal Hotel in 1899. It had been created by simply adding a coin slot to an Edison phonograph. In its first six months of service, the machine earned over $1000.

Agent Bob Neal assumed the manager's role for Elvis Presley in 1954, booking him as Elvis Presley, the Hillbilly Cat.

In 1956, sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife's love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.

In 1959, Alan Freed was dismissed from his daily television show, Big Beat, over allegations that he accepted money to play certain records. Freed denied any wrong doing.

The Beatles traveled to St. James' Church Hall, London in 1962, for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. The audition came about when Beatles fan, David Smith of Preston, Lancashire wrote to the BBC asking for The Beatles to be featured on BBC television. Assuming that Smith was The Beatles' manager, the BBC wrote back to him, offering The Beatles an audition. Smith brought his letter to NEMS Enterprises, and Clive Epstein (Brian's brother) arranged for audition to take place. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite "thumbs-down" letter from the BBC.

Dale and Grace went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1963 with "I'm Leaving It Up To You."

In 1964, the Rolling Stones showed up late for the BBC radio shows, "Top Gear" and "Saturday Club" and were banned by the BBC.

'The Beatles Story,' an adoring and glossy look at the group was released by Capitol Records in 1964. The Beatles also released “I Feel Fine” (with the feedback intro) and “She’s A Woman.”

Also in 1964, the High Numbers perform for the first time as The Who.

Elvis Presley’s Speedway premiered in 1966. The critics hated the movie but the fans turned it into a hit. Thanks to performances from Bill Bixby and Nancy Sinatra, the film is watchable. The soundtrack contains “Stop, Look and Listen” and Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.”

Rolling Stone Magazine quoted San Francisco disc jockey Tom Donahue in 1967: "Top Forty radio, as we know it today and have known it for the last ten years, is dead, and its rotting corpse is stinking up the airwaves."

The Who appeared at The New Barn, Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds, Muncie, Indiana in 1967.

During a European tour in 1971, The Mothers Of Invention appeared at The Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf.

Elton John started an 11-week run at #1 on the UK chart in 1974 with his 'Greatest Hits', album. It also enjoyed a 10 week run as the US #1

One hit wonder Billy Swan started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1974 with "I Can Help."

The band Spooky Tooth split up in 1974 after releasing seven albums since 1968. At various times, the group included Gary Wright (who would have solo success with "Dreamweaver" and "Love Is Alive"), Mick Jones (later with Foreigner), Chris Stainton (who went on to work with Joe Cocker), and Henry McCullough. (recruited by Paul McCartney and Wings) The British band never charted in their home country, but gained modest success in the US.

The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US #1 album in 1974 with 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll.'

Queen started a nine-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1975 with "Bohemian Rhapsody." The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.

The Scorpions appeared at Accrington Town Hall, England in 1976. The German band were billed as Europe's leading hard rock band.

In 1976, ten hours after his last arrest, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley's Graceland's home in Memphis, demanding to see the 'King'. When police arrived they found Lewis sat in his car with the loaded Derringer pistol resting on his knee.

In 1979, Marianne Faithfull was arrested at Oslo Airport, Norway, for possession of marijuana.

Sly Stone was charged with possession of cocaine in Santa Monica in 1987.

In 1989, during a 104-date world tour, Paul McCartney played the first of five nights at the Los Angeles Forum, California, his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.

MTV banned Madonna's "Justify My Love" video in 1990.

Michael Bolton scored his second US #1 single in 1991 with his version of the Percy Sledge song "When A Man Loves A Woman."

Michael Jackson had his fourth UK #1 single in 1991 with "Black or White" which featured Slash on guitar. Also a #1 hit in the US.

Barbra Streisand was at #1 on the US album chart in 1997 with ‘Higher Ground’, the singer's sixth US #1 album.

Despite objections from The Recording Industry Association of America in 1998, who were worried about the growing problem of internet file swapping, the first portable MP3 playerwent on sale in the US. As of 2007, over 150 million had been sold. Sad....

In 2002, Otis Redding's widow and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a biography written in 2001 about the R&B legend, claiming the book is filled with lies. The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta's Fulton County, sought $15 million in damages and claimed that the book detailed rumors about the singer's drug use, extramarital affairs and divorce, causing "harm to the plaintiffs." It also cites rumors that Otis' manager plotted with the Mafia to kill Otis by causing the plane to crash in order to claim $1 million in life insurance.

Jay-Z started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2003 with ‘The Black Album.’

U2 releases 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' in 2004. Recorded with longtime U2 producer Steve Lillywhite, the first single is "Vertigo."

In 2004, Nirvana’s box set 'With The Lights Out' finally sees the light of day. 81 tracks, including 68 previously unreleased songs, spans Nirvana’s career ranging from an ’87 cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker” to Kurt Cobain solo material recorded in ’94.

In 2005, Dan McTeague a Toronto MP tried to have 50 Cent barred from entering Canada to perform a series of concerts later this year. McTeague had sent a letter to Immigration Minister Joe Volpe claiming that the controversial rapper shouldn't be permitted to cross the border because he promotes gun violence.

Bono and The Edge from U2 made a surprise appearance at a charity gig in 2007, playing four songs before 250 people. The London gig at the Union Chapel was held as part of the Mencap's Little Noise Sessions.

Guns N' Roses finally released their long delayed album 'Chinese Democracy' in 2008, exclusively through Best Buy outlets. When work on the album began Bill Clinton was president. Now, George W. Bush was wrapping up his second term. In other words, it took a hell of a long time (13 years) to come out. "It's a pretty intense musical journey, really," says GN’R keyboardist Dizzy Reed. "Everyone that is in the band, or was in the band at some point — 'cause there, you know, there's been a few guys who have come and gone even since the old band — has contributed, and because of that I think it really takes you to some interesting musical places. When you add Axl and guitars, of course, though, it kinda glues it all together.”

In a related story, soft drink manufacturer Dr Pepper makes good on their offer to send a free can of the beverage to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-GN'R members Slash and Buckethead) when "Chinese Democracy" was released. "We never thought this day would come," says Dr Pepper VP of marketing Tony Jacobs. "But now that it's here all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us." Fans had to go to Dr Pepper.com to receive a coupon redeemable for a 20-oz. Dr Pepper.

In 2009, Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot said it's "not likely" he will ever release another album of new material. Lightfoot says his last record, 2004's 'Harmony,' fulfilled his recording contract and he does not foresee another album.

The Rolling Stones re-release "Wild Horses" as a digital package in 2009, following Susan Boyle's performance of the song on the X Factor the night before. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Wild Horses" is on the Stones' ‘71 album, 'Sticky Fingers.' Boyle's version is the opening track from the middle-aged Scottish singing sensation’s debut album, 'I Dreamed A Dream.' "Wild Horses" has been more notably covered by Neil Young, Guns N' Roses and Sheryl Crow.