Weekly US music releases: John Lennon's birthday box set
On October 5, to celebrate what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday on October 9, remastered versions of his impressive body of solo work will be released in an 11-CD
Signature Box set and various re-packaged catalogue collections. Other artists' albums come from Scotland's K.T. Tunstall and
American Idol's David Archuleta.
The John Lennon Signature Box
As part of the commemorative campaign to honor the iconic musician formerly from The Beatles, a deluxe 11-CD digital collection will be released by Capitol/EMI, including remastered solo albums, such as Imagine, Mind Games and Somewhere in New York City, a rare previously-unreleased recording and an EP of singles, outtakes, and demos. The deluxe box includes a collectible limited-edition Lennon art print and book featuring rare photos, his poetry, and essays by Yoko Ono, and his sons, Sean and Julian Lennon.
John Lennon, Gimme Some Truth
This four-disc set of 18 songs each is a compilation of themed compilations. The first disc, called Roots, focuses on rock'n'roll influences with classics like "Slippin' and Slidin.'" The second, Working Class Hero, contains 18 tracks of "socio-political" material ("Power to the People"). There's Woman featuring love songs ("Oh Yoko!") and Borrowed Time highlighting songs about life, like "Crippled Inside."
John Lennon, Double Fantasy Stripped Down
A newly remastered version of the classic Grammy-winning album from 1980, remixed by the original co-producers, Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas. The songs of Double Fantasy include "(Just Like) Starting Over," "Woman," "Watching the Wheels," "Beautiful Boy." The expanded 2-CD set pairs new versions with Lennon's originals.
John Lennon, Power to the People: the Hits
Popular selections on this new 15-track "greatest hits" collection span more than a decade of Lennon's post-Beatles' solo career. Immediately recognizable songs range from "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" to "Give Peace a Chance," recorded during his famous bed-in protest with Yoko Ono.
KT Tunstall, Tiger Suit
With her hit "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" in 2005, this indie rock singer/songwriter/guitarist hit multi-platinum status. On her third studio album from Virgin Records the first single in the US is "Fade Like a Shadow."
David Archuleta, The Other Side of Down
Number four on Amazon's pop vocalist chart, this American Idol runner-up grabbed a bigger following than the winner. On 19 Recordings/Jive, the 12 tracks lead with "Something 'Bout Love." http://www.davidarchuleta.com
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