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October releases you should know about


For classic rock fans, it's like a reunion with some longtime pals. Artists on the list of new studio releases include Paul McCartney, Joan Jett, Leslie West, and Black Oak Arkansas. A host of veterans are represented in live performance releases, including Deep Purple, Jimmy Page, and Humble Pie.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - 'Unvarnished'

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Unvarnished
Blackheart Records

Joan Jett says her new album with The Blackhearts, Unvarnished is her "most autobiographical project" but that it is also "a real band album, everybody was involved." She collaborated with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) on the first single pulled from the album. Watch a live performance (minus Grohl) of "Any Weather"

Track List
1. "Any Weather (606 Version)"
2. "TMI"
3. "Soulmates to Strangers"
4. "Make it Back"
5. "Hard to Grow Up"
6. "Fragile"
7. "Reality Mentality"
8. "Bad as We Can Be"
9. "Different"
10. "Everybody Needs a Hero"
CD and MP3 available 10/1/13

Paul McCartney - 'New'

Paul McCartney - New
Hear Music

"The record is very varied," says Paul McCartney of his 16th solo album, New. Also varied are the album's producers -- four of them in all. Most of the tracks were produced by Giles Martin, son of George Martin, best known as producer of most of The Beatles' albums. Watch a "practice" performance of "New"

Track List
1. "Save Us"
2. "Alligator"
3. "On My Way To Work"
4. "Queenie Eye"
5. "Early Days"
6. "New"
7. "Appreciate"
8. "Everybody Out There"
9. "Hosanna"
10. "I Can Bet"
11. "Looking At Her"
12. "Road"
13. "Turned Out"
14. "Get Me Out Of Here"
CD and vinyl LP available 10/15/13

Leslie West - 'Still Climbing'

Leslie West - Still Climbing
12th Street Records

Leslie West's 15th solo album, Still Climbing is the culmination of a comeback from a partial leg amputation in 2011. The album features a duet with fellow Woodstock performer Johnny Winter, with whom he has been friends since 1969, and with whom both overcame drug addictions. As for what he wanted to accomplish with this album, West (whose nickname is Mountain, based on his considerable size) says, "I wanted my guitars to sound as big as I look."

Watch Mountain perform "Mississippi Queen" in 1970

Track List
1. "Dyin’ Since The Day I Was Born" (with Mark Tremonti)
2. "Busted, Disgusted or Dead" (with Johnny Winter)
3. "Fade Into You"
4. "Not Over You At All"
5. "Tales Of Woe"
6. "Feeling Good" (with Dee Snider)
7. "Hatfield or McCoy"
8. "When A Man Loves A Woman" (with Jonny Lang)
9. "Long Red"
10. "Don’t Ever Let Me Go" (with Dylan Rose)
11. "Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over The Rainbow)"
CD, vinyl LP available 10/29/13

Black Oak Arkansas - 'Back Thar N' Over Yonder'

Black Oak Arkanasas - Back Thar N' Over Yonder
Atlantic Records

There's room for debate on whether Back Thar n' Over Yonder is truly new, but I'm choosing the side that says it qualifies. The album consists of five just-recorded new songs, and 10 previously unreleased versions of familiar Black Oak Arkansas standards from 1972-74.

Watch their performance at the California Jam festival in 1974

Track List
1. "Plugged In And Wired"
2. "Sweet Delta Water"
3. "15 Million Light Years Away"
4. "I Ain't Poor"
5. "I Shall Be Released"
6. "Gigilo"
7. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
8. "Hot Rod"
9. "The Snake"
10. "Legal I.D."
11. "Jim Dandy"
12. "Dance To The Music"
13. "Evil Lady"
14. "Summer Swing"
15. "UP, UP, UP"

CD available 10/15/13

Live - audio and video

Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers - Live
See and/or hear the 1984 reunion concert by the Mark II lineup (Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice) that brought us classics like "Highway Star" and "Smoke on the Water." Available on DVD plus CD and LP vinyl 3-disc box sets on 10/15/13

Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes - Live At The Greek 3-LP set
First ever vinyl LP release of a concert from the 1999 Page-Crowes tour. Originally released on CD in 2000, the 3-LP set will be available on 10/22/13

Humble Pie - Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore - Complete Recordings box set

Originally a double live album release from two shows, this set has been expanded to include performances from all four of the band's shows at Fillmore East in May 1971. 4-CD box set available on 10/29/13

Ted Nugent - Ultralive Ballisticrock
deluxe edition This 2011 concert performance from the I Still Believe Tour features former Ted Nugent Band vocalist Derek St. Holmes, former Rainbow bass guitarist Greg Smith and Dokken drummer Mick Brown. Available in 2-CD + 1-DVD package, and on Blu-ray 10/22/13

UFO - Hot 'N' Live: Chrysalis Live Anthology 1974 - 1983
Two discs, divided by lead guitarist era: Michael Schenker 1974-78, Tonka Chapman 1980-83. Package includes eight previously unreleased performances from 1980. 2-CD set available 10/22/13

Robin Trower - State to State: Live Across America
Recordings (including two dozen that are being released for the first time) from the ex-Procol Harum guitarist's US performances 1974-1980. 2-CD set available 10/22/13

Remasters, remixes, reissues, box sets

Ten Years After - Recorded Live
In 1973 it was a double album (LP) -- in 2013 it has been remastered, and now includes seven heretofore unreleased live performances. Available in 2-CD set 10/22/13

Rory Gallagher - Kickback City box set
14 studio tracks, 7 live tracks, and a spoken word novel illustrating some of the common themes in Gallagher's music. 3-CD box set available 10/29/13

The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies
Remastered reissue includes a bonus disc with five previously unreleased songs, and recordings from live BBC Radio sessions. 2-CD set available 10/15/13

Van Morrison - Moondance deluxe edition box set
The original 1969 release remastered, plus three discs of previously unreleased bonus tracks, and and audio Blu-ray with surround and stereo mixes. 4-CD/1-audio Blu-ray box set available 10/22/13

Eric Clapton - Unplugged deluxe edition box set
The original album (including six previously unreleased bonus tracks) plus newly restored video of the 1992 MTV concert, including previously unreleased rehearsal footage. 2-CD, 1-DVD box set available 10/15/13

Jethro Tull - Benefit collector's edition
Besides a remix of the original album there's a disc full of "singles and rarities" and an audio DVD with both the US and UK versions of the album plus the bonus tracks, in 5.1 surround sound. 2-CD/1-DVD box set available 10/29/13

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