BECK (Universal), Morning Phase - Feb 25: 12thalbum, and 1st new material since ‘08’s Modern Guilt. Five Star advance notices give the launch jet-propulsion.
BENMONT TENCH (Uni), You Should Be So Lucky - Feb 25: Solo album from keyboardist perhaps best known as co-founder of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. Produced by Glyn Johns, includes contributions from Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Tom Petty and Ringo Starr.
BOB MOULD, Workbook (reissue) – Feb. 25: 25th anniversary edition of Hüsker Dü’s largely acoustic 1st solo recording. Intimate show dates announced.
BRAD MEHLDAU & MARK GUILIANA (Nonesuch/Warner),Mehliana: Taming the Dragon - Feb 25: Mehldau plays old-schoolsynths with drum’n’bass percussionist Guiliana shaking and stirring things up.
CELTIC WOMAN (Uni), Emerald musical gems - Feb 25: “Danny Boy”, “Amazing Grace” and more from the bankable Irish franchise.
DAVIDGE (The End), Slo Light - Feb 25: Electronica debut by Neil Davidge, known for his productions with Massive Attack, David Bowie, Snoop Dog et al.
DIERKS BENTLEY (Uni), Riser - Feb 25: 7th album from the Country superstar. Strong backing from CMT. Watch for Bruce Leperre's review in this Thursday's UPTOWN section in the Winnipeg Free Press.
IMAGINE DRAGONS (Uni), Night Visions Live - Feb 25: The debut album Night Visions album is 3X in Platinum in Canada and corresponding single Radioactive 6X Platinum. This CD/DVD package includes 11 tracks recorded at The Joint & Red Rocks + 3 acoustic tracks; the DVD incorporates 4 music videos, concert footage + behind the scenes footage.
JOHNNY WINTER (Legacy), True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story – Feb. 25: 3CD, 57-track collection pretty much tracks the albino blues guitarist’s career. John Dawson Winter III celebrated his 70th on Sunday, Feb 23.
LO-FANG (4AD/Beggars), Blue Film - Feb 25: LA-based producer Lo-Fang (nee Matthew Hemerlein) deliverers an austere, string-laden collection of rhythmic torch songs that includes pre-released “#88”.Lorde is a fan; he joins her on a 16-date NA tour that includes a March 15 show at Sound Academy in T.O.
MORRISSEY, Your Arsenal – Feb. 24: Playful title is doleful singer’s 3rd solo, reissued as part of his remaster program.
NENEH CHERRY (Smalltown Supersound), Blank Project – Feb. 25: 1st solo release in 18 years is a left field project mixing intoned verse with drums’n’bass - Soundcloud.
SHARON CORR (Uni), The Same Sun - Feb 25: Grammy Nominee/Brit Award Winning member of The Corrs’ sophomore solo album; Hugh’s Room, Mar 18.
ST. VINCENT (Universal), St. Vincent - Feb 25: American singer, otherwise known as Annie Clark, turns in the unexpected on this 4th solo outing. Announced as a NXNE Festival headliner; she’s at the Commodore Ballroom on March 25.
THE FRAY (Epic), Helios – Feb. 25: Denver rock quartet cleans up its act and sound on this 4th LP. Lead-off single “Love Don’t Die” landed two good reactions.
TWIN FORKS (Dine Alone), Twin Forks - Feb 25: Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba’s highly-touted American folk-rock quartet augments earlier five-song EP with an additional 7. Lots of US media behind the release.
MIKE OLDFIELD (Universal),Man On the Rocks – March 3: 25th album by Tubular Bells composer, recorded in part at his Bahamian home-studio using Skype to interact with Leland Sklar and other LA-based hired guns.
DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, English Oceans –March 4
BOB DYLAN (Legacy/Sony), The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - Deluxe Edition in three configurations (2CD, 2DVD, Blu-ray Disc) - March 4
MARTINA McBride, Everlasting – March 4
ROBERT ELLIS (New West), The Lights from the Chemical Plant - March 4: Texan’s sophomore album’s collection of poetic Americana-rooted vignettes about life’s verities. Pre-launched with a showcase at The Drake in T.O. on Feb 13.
MOBY (Arts & Crafts), Live At the Fonda - March 4: Live DVD and album of songs included in his new Innocents, Live at the Fonda album that comes out the same day.
MINISTRY OF SOUND (Select), Anthems: Hip-Hop Vol 1V - March 4: 4-disc set includes tracks from Snoop Dog, A Tribe Called Quest, A$AP, Dr. Dre, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes, Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, Nas, Ice Cube, Jay-Z and more.
YG (Uni), My Crazy Life - March 8:
WILCO JOHNSON & ROGER DALTREY (Chess), Going Back Home- March 10: legendary guitarist with Canvey Island pub rock pioneers Dr Feelgood teams up with The Who’s frontman on an album that debuts on the reinvented legendary blues label, Chess Records.
ELVIS PRESLEY (Legacy), Live On Stage In Memphis 40th anniversary 2CD edition - March 18.
PERFECT PUSSY (Captured Tracks), Say Yes To Love - March 18
KYLIE MINOGUE (Parlophone/Warner), Kiss Me Once - March 18
ROD STEWART (Warner import), Tonight’s the Night: Live 1976-1988 - March 18: 4CD set contains 58 live tracks in chronological order.
UFO (Import), The Complete Studio Albums: 1974-1980 - March 18: 10CD set of the legendary rock band’s classic studio albums + 40 b-sides and bonus tracks.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE (Sony), Supermodel - March 18:
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS (Republic), Sex & Love - Mar 18: Jr has sold a staggering 1.3M albums and 1M+ singles IN CANADA. The album includes appearances by Pitbull and Romeo Santos.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS (Uni), Going to Hell - Mar 18: Gossip Girlstar launches with “Heaven Knows” with major marketing support.
VARIOUS (Disney/Uni), Muppets Most Wanted s/t - Mar 18: Fozzie, Gonzo, Statler, Waldorf and cast on tour; flick includes Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais.
THE STRYPES (Virgin/EMI/Uni), Snapshot - Mar 18: Reissue includes additional Paul Weller-produced track “I Don’t Want to Know”.
BARB JUNGR (Kristalyn), Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen - Mar 24: UK chansonnière takes on 6 of Dylan’s most political songs + 5 Cohen songs of conscience. Her ‘02 album, … Sings Bob Dylan: Every Grain of Sand " earned high praise.
ASIA (Uni), Gravitas -Mar 25: It’s been 32 years since the lads took the world with “Heat of the Moment” and now a reunion album, recorded several full symphony orchestras that undoubtedly add gravitas to the proceedings.
VARIOUS (Fontana), Bob Dylan in the ’80s - Mar 25: 17 songs recollect the period between and including Saved and Under the Red Sky + covers of material from the Basement Tapes and Bob’s stint with the Travelling Willburys.
THE BELLE BRIGADE (Fontana), Mar 25: Sisters interpret Lennon, Gabriel, Beach Boys, Sly Stone, Nilsson and others.
AMY GRANT (Capitol Christian), Mar 25: 18-track live hits collection recorded in 2006.
THE HOLD STEADY (Positive Jams/Razor & Tie) - Mar 25: 6th from Brookly, NY R&R band; plays Phoenix T.O. April 9.
MURRAY HEAD (Pyramid/Uni), My Back Pages - Mar 25: “Say itAin’t So, Joe” songwriter covers songs by Kansas, Bryan Ferry, Len Barry, Midnight Oil and others. Appears at the Bell Center on June 28.
MERLE HAGGARD (Capitol), Okie From Muskogee - Mar 25: 25th anniversary edition expanded with 2nd CD of Merle live on The Fightin’ Side of Me.
KAYNE WEST (Def Jam), 808s & Heartbreaks - Mar 25: 4th album reissued as a single CD and twofer vinyl set.
JOHNNY CASH (Sony), Out Among the Stars - March 25:
SLEEPER AGENT (RCA), About Last Night - March 25
THE DANDY WARHOLS (The End), Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia Live of the Wonder - March 25.
THE HOLD STEADY (Sony), Teeth Dreams - Mar 25: New York band’s sixth album is launched with the single, “I Hope This Thing Didn’t Frighten You”. The band plays Montreal Pouzza Festival, May 18/19.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE (Reprise), May Death Never Stop You -Mar 25: 17- song hits package (CD, CD+DVD, 2LP Vinyl) - March 25
ELTON JOHN (Universal), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - March 25: 1973 album returns in remastered CD, 2CD, 5CD+DVD, vinyl and Blu-ray formats. March 26 select Cineplextheatres will screen concert film– ‘The Million Dollar Piano’.
LILY ALLEN – tentatively March 25:
BAND OF SKULLS, Himalayan – March 31
SHAKIRA – tentatively scheduled for March 31
TONY BENNETT & LADY GAGA, Cheek to Cheek – TBA
KAISER CHIEFS, Education, Education & War – April 1
VARIOUS (Rhino/Warner), This Is Your Life - April 1: Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions and others have recorded an album that is both a belated tribute to and fund raiser for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
ALAN PARSONS, The Complete Albums Collection - April 1: 11 disc set.
LEON RUSSELL (Uni), Life Journey - April 1: Al Schmitt recorded, Tommy LiPuma produced and Elton John is the exec producer of theseptuagenarian’s collection of new and song standards such as “New York State of Mind”, “Fever”, “Georgia on my Mind” and his own “The Masquerade”.
LINDA RONSTADT (Rhino), The Duets - April 8: 15-track collection ties in with her induction into the R&R HoF, includes pairings with Aaron Neville, Don Henley, Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, plus one unreleased duet with Laurie Lewis.
THE BEE GEES (Warner), The Warner Bros Years 1987-1991 - April 15: The Gibb bros remembered in 5 disc-set that includes 3 studio albums+ live concert CD.
IAN ANDERSON (Calliandra/Kscope/eOne), Homo Erraticus - April 15: R&R’s Pied Piper of Hamelin reunites with fictional sidekick Gerald Bostock to rain on everyone’s parade with fanciful fictions set to scrumptiously delish prog-rock.No N/A tour dates for old codpiece as yet.
CHET FAKER (Downtown/MMR), Built On Glass 0 April 15: Soulful Aussie star follows EPs with this debut album, hyped by lead single “Talk Is Cheap” and T.O. date at The Hoxton on the 19th.
NEEDTOBREATH (Atlantic), Rivers in the Wasteland - April 15
JOHN & YOKO (Import), The Smith Tapes: I”m Not the Beatles - April 15: 8-disc set spans conversations with Village Voice journalist and radio personality Howard Smith from 1969-72
NEON TREES (Universal), Pop Psychology - April 22: Neon Trees has 2 previous platinum singles in Canada. “Sleeping With A Friend” is the set-up track for the album.
MARTA PACEK (Indoor Recess), Voodoo Dolls & False Alarms - April 22:Australian Alt-folk songwriter promotes same with a quartet of May dates, including a CMW showcase.
JOE SATRIANI (Epic Legacy), The Complete Recordings - April 23: 14 studio albums plus new “Added Creations and Bonus Tracks”.
GANDALF MURPHY & THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS (Independent), The Grand Slambovians - April 26
DAMON ALBARN (Parlophone/Warner), Everyday Robots - April 29
BROKEN TWIN (Anti), May - April 29: Spin dishes, Danish songwriter Majke Voss Romme is blessed with a sweet, soft-as-summer-cotton voice - one she uses to devastating effect. Listen here to the kick-off “Glimpse of Time”
RAY LAMONTAGNE (RCA), Supernova - May 6
DOLLY PARTON (Sony), Blue Smoke - May 13
TORI AMOS (Mercury Classics), Unrepentant Geraldines - May 13: 14th from the multiple Grammy-winning US singer-songwriter includes concert dates at the Orpheum and Massey Hall on July 16 and Aug 8.-