New Releases: Motley Crue, Kylie Minogue, Unwritten Law, Ray Charles, HIM

Hair-metal bad boys' latest has three new songs plus past hits.

The biggest new release this week is as American as Aquanet, Harley Davidson and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” Mötley Crüe salute their more than 20 years of hair-metal mania with a double-disc set titled Red, White & Crüe.

Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx saunter back into action with a two-disc set featuring classic Crüe tracks like their cover of “Smokin’ in the Boys Room,” “Dr. Feelgood” and “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” as well as some of their lesser-known ’90s songs and three new tracks.

Similarly paying herself homage this week is Kylie Minogue, whose Ultimate Kylie gets a Stateside release. The 33-track double-disc set features the Aussie songstress’ first U.S. #1 hit, “The Loco-Motion,” and runs the gamut of her career, including the dance track “Slow.” Also included is a new single called “I Believe in You,” co-written by the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and Babydaddy.

Pop-punk outfit Unwritten Law release Here’s to the Mourning on the heels of the single “Save Me.” Here’s to the Mourning is the band’s first studio album since 2002′s Elva.

With the Grammy Awards rapidly approaching (February 13), the annual Grammy nominees album is hitting shelves. Grammy Nominees 2005 includes Green Day’s “American Idiot,” U2′s “Vertigo,” the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started,” Usher’s “Burn” and Kanye West’s “Through the Wire” as well as 15 others.

Also out this week are albums by Tina Turner (All the Best), Ed Harcourt (Strangers), Paul Oakenfold (Perfecto Presents … The Club), and Pepper’s Ghost (Arena).

Out Tuesday, February 1:

  • Paul Brady – Say What You Feel (Compass)
  • Brazilian Girls – Brazilian Girls (Verve Forecast)
  • Precious Bryant – The Truth (Terminus)
  • Bobby Caldwell – Perfect Island Nights (Music Force Media)
  • Caribbean Jazz Project – Here and Now: Live in Concert (Concord)
  • Tommy Castro – Soul Shaker (Blind Pig)
  • Ray Charles – More Music From ‘Ray’ (Rhino)
  • Chiara Civello – Last Quarter Moon (Verve)
  • Joe Cocker – Heart & Soul (New Door/UME)
  • Bill Connors – Return (Tone Center)
  • Lars Danielsson – Libera Me (ACT/HighNote)
  • Mario Frangoulis – Follow Your Heart (Sony)
  • John Frusciante – Curtains (Record Collection)
    Buy Now: Curtains (Record Collection)
  • Nanci Griffith – Hearts in Mind (New Door/UME)
  • Rigmor Gustafsson with the Jack Terrasson Trio – Close to You (ACT/HighNote)
  • Ed Harcourt – Strangers (Astralwerks)
    Buy Now: Strangers (Astralwerks)
  • Scott Henderson – Live! (Tone Center)
  • HIM – Love Metal (Universal)
  • Impossible Shapes – Horus (Secretly Canadian)
  • Johnny Boy – Threat to Society (Thump)
  • Jess Klein – Strawberry Lover (Rykodisc)
  • Nancy Lamott – Live at Tavern on the Green (Middle Music)
  • Jack Logan and the Monday Night Recorders – Nature’s Assembly Line (Orange Twin)
  • Cass McCombs – Prefection (Monitor)
  • Kylie Minogue – Ultimate Kylie (Capitol)

    Buy Now: Ultimate Kylie (Capitol)
  • Jason Moran – Same Mother (Blue Note)
  • Mötley Crüe – Red, White & Crüe (Hip-O)
    Read: “Original Lineup Of Motley Crue Reuniting For World Tour”
    Buy Now: Red, White & Crüe (Hip-O)
  • Paul Oakenfold – Perfecto Presents … The Club (Thrive)
    Buy Now: Perfecto Presents … The Club (Thrive)
  • Octane – Spock’s Beard (Inside Out U.S.)
  • Pepper’s Ghost – Arena (Inside Out U.S.)
  • Kelly Joe Phelps – Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind (Rykodisc)
  • Pilot Scott Tracy – Any City (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Dafnis Prieto – About the Monks (Zoho)
  • SNMNMNM – As Best as We Can! (Unschooled)
  • 3rd Force – Driving Force (Higher Octave)
  • Tishamingo – Wear n’ Tear (Magnatude)
  • Tina Turner – All the Best (Capitol)
    Buy Now: All the Best (Capitol)
  • Unwritten Law – Here’s to the Mourning (Lava)
    Buy Now: Here’s to the Mourning (Lava)
  • Leon Ware – A Kiss in the Sand (Kitchen)
  • The Yuppie Pricks – Brokers Banquet (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Various artists – Days of Our Lives: Love Songs (Varese Sarabande)
  • Various artists – Gangster Love Volume 2 (Thump)
  • Various artists – Grammy Nominees 2005 (Capitol)
  • Various artists – Tunnel Trance Force America (Varese Sarabande)

  • DVD: Henry Rollins – “Shock & Awe: The Tour” (Image Entertainment)
  • DVD: Various artists – “The MC: Why We Do It” (Image Entertainment)
  • DVD: Various artists – “The Roots Present” (Image Entertainment)

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