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Best of August 2012 classic rock releases

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan and Alvin Lee are on the short list of new releases from classic rock artists in August, along with historical videos of The Who and David Bowie and some noteworthy reissues and remasters.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - 'Last of a Dyin' Breed'

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last if a Dyin' Breed
Roadrunner / Loud & Proud

Whenever Lynyrd Skynyrd release a new album or go on a concert tour, it's hard not to pause and reflect on how there was a time -- after the band's plane crashed in 1977, resulting in the deaths of three band members and three others -- that nobody expected the band to ever return. But ten years later, they re-formed, and have been performing ever since. The release of their 13th studio album, Last of a Dyin' Breed suggests that the band still has plenty of life left. Skynyrd will be on tour August through October, including several dates with ZZ Top and The Allman Brothers Band.

Available on CD, MP3 August 21, 2012

Alvin Lee - 'Still on the Road to Freedom'

Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom
Rainman

The 43rd anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival this month has particular significance for Alvin Lee. It was there that the band he co-founded, Ten Years After delivered a performance that propelled them to arena rock stardom. The band went on hiatus when Lee decided to leave in 1974 and, while TYA has since re-formed, Lee has celebrated what he considers his freedom, as a solo artist. Still on the Road to Freedom continues the theme of his 1973 release, On the Road to Freedom.

Available on CD August 28, 2012

Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi - 'Who Cares'

Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi - 'Who Cares'
Eagle Rock Entertainment

What started as a one-off single to benefit a music school in Armenia has turned into a full blown studio album from from onetime Black Sabbath band mates Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan. The 2011 single, "Out of My Mind" is included, along with a mix of familiar standards, rarities and previously unreleased material.

Available on CD August 28, 2012

On DVD

David Bowie
David Bowie photo by Fotos International / Getty Images

David Bowie
Bowie in Berlin 1976-1979
Film documenting Bowie's life in the latter part of the '70s in Berlin, living and working with Iggy Pop
Available on DVD August 28, 2012
Calm Before the Storm
Covering 1969-71, the film documents the making of Space Oddity, Man Who Sold the World and Hunky Dory
Available on DVD August 21, 2012

Remasters and Reissues

Janis Joplin - I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama
Sony Legacy

Janis Joplin
Big Brother & the Holding Company
Vinyl LP available August 21, 2012
I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama
Vinyl LP available August 21, 2012

Sir Douglas Quintet
Border Wave
CD available August 21, 2012

Frank Zappa
Reissues of 23 albums from the Zappa catalog, in two batches
Avialable on CD August 1 and August 28, 2012

The Byrds
Ballad of Easy Rider
Limited edition vinyl LP available August 14, 2012

Deep Purple
Last Concert in Japan
Limited edition vinyl LP available August 14, 2012

Toto
Toto
180 gram vinyl LP available August 21, 2012

Mike Oldfield
QE2
Platinum
Two Sides: The Very Best of Mike Oldfield
CDs available August 14, 2012

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