Slim pickings this week, although there is quality music to be found especially the Beach Boys' 'The SMiLE Sessions,' which is available in 2-CD, 2-LP vinyl, and a 9-disc (5-CD, 2-LP, 2-7") box set editions. U2 does even more with options that are available for the remastered edition of the 'Achtung Baby' album, including single CD, "Deluxe" 2-CD, 4-LP vinyl box set, 10-disc (6-CD, 4-DVD) "Super Deluxe" box set, and the "Uber Deluxe" 15-disc (6-CD, 4-DVD,5 -7" vinyl) box set. And for the really adventurous Queen is releasing Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 3 (10 CDs).
The CVR Blog also recommends the vinyl edition of Ryan Adams' new album, 'Ashes & Fire,' Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' on vinyl, Indigo Girls with 'Beauty Queen Sister' on vinyl, Lou Reed & Metallica's 'Lulu,' Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition,' the Decemberists' 'Long Live the King' EP and a 4-CD box set from Gram Parsons.
Megadeth's 'Th1rt3en,' Queen with 'Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 3' (10 CDs) and Panda Bear's 'Tom boy' (4-LP box set) also make my wish list.
As always, CVR Blog picks are bolded brown!
AM & Shawn Lee - Celestial Eclectic
Active Child - You Are All I See
Adaline - Modern Romantics
Association - Insight Out: Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition
Barry Manilow - His Greatest Hits: Live
Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions Box Set (5 CDs / 2 LPs / 2 45s)
The long awaited release of the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys masterpiece, Smile Sessions. With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the band's legendary 1966-'67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE album. Rolling Stone magazine recently called SMiLE "the most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history."
In several sessions between the summer of 1966 and early 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band's 1966 album, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys' SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world.
SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations include an assembled collection of core session tracks, while the box set delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter. SMiLE Sessions invites the listener into the studio to experience the album's creation, with producer, singer and bassist Brian Wilson's vision leading the way as he guides his fellow Beach Boys, singer Mike Love, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, and newest member Bruce Johnston (who'd replaced Brian Wilson in the touring group during 1965), through the legendary sessions.
Artwork for all of the SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes' original 1967 LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album. With its three-dimensional shadowbox lid, The SMiLE Sessions box set offers a whimsical peek inside the storied SMiLE Shop.'
Benoît Pioulard - Benoît Honoré Pioulard Plays Thelma
Bob Dylan - Beyond Here Lies Nothin': The Best of Bob Dylan
Carole King - A Holiday Carole
Caroline Smith - Little Wind
Chris Isaak - Baja Sessions
Chris Isaak - Beyond the Sun (2 LPs) (vinyl)
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (vinyl)
Decemberists - Long Live the King (EP)
Dreaming Dead - Midnightmares
Emmanuel Mieville - Four Wanderings in Tropic Lands
Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
Gary Numan - Dead Son Rising
Girl in a Coma - Exists & All the Rest
Gram Parsons - Gram Parsons: The Early Years (4-CD box set)
Helmet - Meantime (reissue) (vinyl)
Indigo Girls - Beauty Queen Sister (vinyl)
Isaac Hayes - Essential Albums (4 CDs)
Jethro Tull - Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2 CDs, DVD, Blu-Ray, LP)
Limited edition super deluxe edition includes two CDs, a bonus DVD, a vinyl LP pressing and more. Digitally remastered and expanded two commemorative Collector's Edition of the classic 1971 album, released to coincide with the classic LP's 40th Anniversary. Disc One features a NEW, previously unreleased stereo mix of the album. Disc Two contains additional recordings from 1970-71 and includes unheard stereo mixes. EMI. 2011
John Denver - The RCA Albums Collection (25 CDs)
Journey - Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2 LPs) (vinyl)
Jupe Jupe - Reduction in Drag
Justin Bieber - Under The Mistletoe
King Midas Sound - Without You
Krisiun - The Great Execution
Lionel Richie - Tuskegee
Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu
Low Roar - Low Roar
Matt Pond - PA Emblems (reissue) (vinyl)
Megadeth - TH1RT3EN
Mike Patton - The Solitude of Prime Numbers (soundtrack)
Miranda Lambert - Four The Record
Nellie McKay - Obligatory Villagers (reissue)
New Ivory - Amygdala Circus
Panda Bear - Tom boy (4-LP box set) (vinyl)
Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 3 [Amazon.com Exclusive] (10 CDs)
Rich Aucoin - We're All Dying To Live
Robin Bacior - Rest Our Wings
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire (vinyl)
Sandy Denny & Thea Gilmore - Don't Stop Singing
Shelby Earl - Burn the Boats
Sick Of It All - Nonstop
Slipknot - Iowa (reissue)
Stalley - Lincoln Way Nights
Steel Panther - Balls Out
Sting - Best of 25 Years: Double Disc Edition (2 CDs)
Susan Boyle - Someone To Watch Over Me
Taake - Noregs Vaapen
Terror - Keepers Of The Faith/Defining The Faith
The Deer Hunter - The Color Spectrum (vinyl)
The Loom - Teeth
The Philistines Jr. - If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods…
The Soft Moon - Total Decay (EP)
They Might Be Giants - Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
Throne of Katarsis - Ved Graven
Torae - For The Record
U2 - Achtung Baby (Vinyl Box)
Recorded at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby was U2's seventh studio album and went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, becoming one of the most significant records of the 1990s.
Extremely limited four vinyl LP pressing includes the original album plus seven bonus remixes.
Various Artists - Garage Band Tribute to The Monkees
Various Artists - The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams
Various Artists - The Muppets: Green & Red Christmas (reissue with bonus tracks)
Wale - Ambition
Yelle - Safari Disco Club Remixes
New Jazz Releases - November 1, 2011