On September 20, Tony Bennett releases his second Duets album with all-star vocalists including the late Amy Winehouse, Mick Jagger assembles a genre-bending supergroup, Pearl Jam turns 20 and Tori Amos delivers her first album for Deutsche Grammophon.
Tony Bennett, Duets II
First on Amazon's vocalist chart, second jazz and third in pop, this 17-song collection follows up the legendary jazz singer's highest-charting multi-platinum, Grammy-winning Duets from 2006. Featuring Lady Gaga on "The Lady is a Tramp" and Amy Winehouse on "Body and Soul," as well as Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, k.d. lang, Michael Buble and more, on Columbia Records.
"Body and Soul" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OFMkCeP6ok
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones teams up with Eurythmics' founder Dave Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley to assemble a genre-bending supergroup. The eclectic collection of 12 tracks is led by the first single, "Miracle Worker," on Universal Republic/A&M Records. Produced by Jagger and Stewart and recorded in Los Angeles, France, Cyprus, Miami and India.
"Miracle Worker" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTF7T1Nw5OU
Tori Amos, Night of Hunters
Tenth on Amazon's rock chart and 17 in pop, this 14-song concept album is inspired by musical motifs from Chopin, Schubert, Bach and Satie. Described as a 21st century song cycle, the album features the platinum-selling singer-songwriter with the string quartet Apollon Musagete on Deutsche Grammophon, the renowned classical record label. Amos tours Russia, Scandinavia, Europe and South Africa this fall.
"Carry" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gzKwOcCOYA
Pearl Jam Twenty Motion Picture Soundtrack
For Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, Oscar-winning director Cameron Crowe chronicled the Seattle-based rock band's rise to stardom with archival footage, interviews and concert material. The 2-CD album includes 29 rare and unreleased tracks hand-picked by Crowe with his liner notes, rare photos and a book. Streaming at Rolling Stone: http://www1.rollingstone.com/hearitnow/player/pjtwenty.html