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Top classic rock releases

November 2012

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In November, it's a British Invasion of big box sets from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, an album that Aerosmith fans have been (not so) patiently waiting for, and the most recent (and likely last) Led Zeppelin reunion.

Aerosmith - 'Music From Another Dimension'

Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension
Columbia

We last heard new music from Aerosmith (Honkin' On Bobo) in 2004. Music From Another Dimension is their 15th studio album, and has been in the works, off and on, for several years. Guitarist Joe Perry promises a return to the band's '70s sound. Johnny Depp and Carrie Underwood cameo as guest vocalists.

Watch music video: "What Could Have Been Love"

Release date November 6, 2012 - available on CD and vinyl LP

Led Zeppelin - 'Celebration Day'

Led Zeppelin - 'Celebration Day'

Celebration Day is Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion at London's O2 Arena, before an audience of 18,000 of the 20-million people who tried to get tickets. Surviving original members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham (son of Zep drummer John Bonham) for a 16-song set.

Watch a preview

Release date November 19, 2012 - available on CD, vinyl LP, DVD, Blu-ray

The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set

The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set
Capitol Records

$341.99

I thought it best to start right out with the price, so you can decide if your interest in The Beatles as a collector (or as a generous enough gift giver) is sufficient to make you want this collection of 16 albums, remastered, on 180-gram vinyl. Included are 12 studio albums (UK versions) released between 1963 and 1970, plus Magical Mystery Tour and the 1988 compilation, Past Masters Vols. 1 and 2.

So, what's new? The first stereo vinyl release in the U.S. of the first four (Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale); first ever stereo vinyl release of Past Masters; a 250-page hardbound book. The albums will also be available individually.

Release date November 13, 2012 - available on vinyl LP, individually or in box set

The Rolling Stones - 'GRRR!'

GRRR! -- The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary 50-track box set will be available in various iterations, including a three-CD version with booklet, three-CD deluxe version with hardback book and five post cards, four-CD (80 tracks) super deluxe edition with 7" vinyl, hardback book, poster and post cards, a five-LP 12" vinyl edition, and digital download.

The set will include the band's first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" (released June 1963) and two new songs.

Release date November 13, 2012

Also worth noting ...

The Who Live at Hull 1970
Geffen Records

The Who - Live at Hull 1970
Two-disc set of 32 remastered and remixed tracks from February 1970 concert - available on CD November 6, 2012

Simon Townshend - Looking Out Looking In
One of The Who's current guitarists releases his sixth solo album, on November 6, 2012 - available on CD and MP3

Frank Zappa - more catalog reissues
Ten more selections from the vast Zappa catalog will be released on November 19, 2012 - available on CD - with more still to come in December.

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