New Releases: Britney, System, John Mayer Trio, Fort Minor, Juelz Santana & More

Also due Tuesday are releases by Nelly, Death From Above 1979, Scott Stapp and Big Boi.

Sure, Mix a Lot: If you're getting all your Britney news from her Web site, you're probably in the dark about her undercover B in the Mix, the Remixes disc, which has 11 tracks retouched by Junkie XL, Justice and other mixmasters. But oddly enough, indie rock has the most club-ready action this week. Death From Above 1979's Black Sabbath-sounding Romance Bloody Romance is also doctored by Justice, plus Josh Homme, whose Queens of the Stone Age have a CD+DVD concert compendium out this week (Over the Years and Through the Woods). Also, Interpol take matters into their own hands with a four-track EP, although it also came with Antics: The Special Edition. (A snazzy vinyl version of Interpol Remix is due December 6).

All Systems Go: Bookending a year that included a #1 album (Mezmerize) and a mind-bending tour with the Mars Volta, System of a Down continue their spiral-twisting ways with Hypnotize, the Ashley to Mezmerize's Mary-Kate. The new album's packaging interlocks with that of its predecessor, bringing the artwork of Vartan Malakian — father of guitarist Daron — to full splendor. There's also a DualDisc run with enhanced-stereo tracks and a film by Armenian auteur Gariné Torossian.

Mayer vs. Metal: John Mayer loves playing with the grown-ups, and he's giving you a taste of what it sounds like with Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert, also featuring veteran bassist Pino Palladino (the Who) and drummer Steve Jordan (Bruce Springsteen). At a theoretical festival, though, those smooth sounds would be out-blasted by the likes of Cradle of Filth, Papa Roach and the this summer's Ozzfest lineup — all of whom have live DVDs of their own this week.

Minor Adjustments: Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor project only has one album so far — The Rising Tied — so, to keep things interesting, he's putting out three versions of it. The standard clean pressing has 16 slices; an enhanced-'n'-explicit edition boasts three bonuses ("Be Somebody," "There They Go" and "Hard Way") and a third, limited version houses those extras plus a DVD and alternate artwork. Juelz Santana, in the meantime, is doing his limited What the Game's Been Missing bonus DVD up right with an interview, two making-of clips, a pair of videos (one featuring Young Jeezy) and more.

Southern Comfort: Big Boi answers his own question with Big Boi Presents ... Got Purp? Vol. II, and, in the process, tides fans over in the wake of Outkast's "Idlewild" film and soundtrack postponements. The usual Southern suspects — Cee-Lo, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike and Bubba Sparxxx — aid and abet Big Boi over the course of 23 tracks, including a "Dungeon Family Dedication" and a provocatively titled interlude, "Mayonnaise Mouth." In the meantime, Nelly reps St. Louis with Sweatsuit, which combines the highlights from Sweat and Suit along with three new tracks.

DualDiscs, Coast to Coast: Death Row's looked back on its watershed moments — Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop's Doggystyle and The Very Best of Death Row — and decided they need some sprucing up, digipak-DualDisc style. But rival label Koch isn't backing down from the competition: They're also putting video content on the flipside of one of 2Pac's two All Eyez on Me CDs.

Sweet Relief: Just in time for FEMA's cutbacks, more artists are stepping up to the plate with hurricane benefit releases. And it's no coincidence that most of them spring from what is arguably the city's greatest cultural contribution: jazz. Jazz at the Lincoln Center Presents: Higher Ground - Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert lines up Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Art and Aaron Neville, and the red-hot Dianne Reeves, although the two-CD Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now outdoes that roster with Kanye West, Coldplay, R. Kelly, Dave Matthews Band and tons more. All of Come Together Now's proceeds go toward hurricane relief, as do those from Dr. John's (admittedly more modest) Sippiana Hericane EP. (A "Come Together Now" charity single featuring Game, members of the Backstreet Boys, Ruben Studdard, Jesse McCartney and Wyclef Jean drops next week.) Speaking of being modest, archival releases Essential Louisiana Rhythm and Blues and The Greatest Mardi Gras Concert Ever! are also coming out this week, but only $1 from each copy sold goes to the American Red Cross' Katrina relief fund.

Song Title of the Week:
"30,000,000,000,000,000 People" (Part Chimp's I Am Come)

New Releases:

Reissues and Archival Material:

  • 16 Horsepower - Hoarse and Olden (Alternative Tentacles)
  • 2Pac - All Eyez on Me (two CDs, including one DualDisc; Koch)

    Buy Now: All Eyez on Me (two CDs, including one DualDisc; Koch)

  • Akon - Trouble (with bonus CD; Universal)

    Buy Now: Trouble (with bonus CD; Universal)

  • Bee Gees - Love Songs (Polydor/UME)
  • Cocteau Twins - Lullabies to Violaine: Singles and Extended Plays (limited-edition box set; 4AD)
  • Dr. Dre - The Chronic (enhanced DualDisc; Death Row)

    Buy Now: The Chronic (enhanced DualDisc; Death Row)

  • Billy Joel - My Lives (box set with four CDs and one DVD; Columbia/Legacy)
  • Patti LaBelle - Gold (Universal)
  • John Lennon - Walls and Bridges and Sometime in New York City/ Live Jam (with bonus tracks; Capitol)
  • Nelly - Sweatsuit (Universal)

    Buy Now: Sweatsuit (Universal)

  • The Neville Brothers - Gold (two CDs; Hip-O)
  • Nightranger - Hits, Acoustic & Rarities (IRock Entertainment)
  • Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (Rykodisc)

    Buy Now: Pretty Hate Machine (Rykodisc)

  • Queen - A Night at the Opera (30th anniversary collector's edition with DVD; Hollywood)
  • The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang - Special Edition (with bonus tracks) and Rarities 1971-2003 (Virgin)
  • Frank Sinatra - Duets and Duets II - 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition (Capitol)
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle (enhanced DualDisc; Death Row)

    Buy Now: Doggystyle (enhanced DualDisc; Death Row)

  • Joss Stone - Mind, Body & Soul - Special Edition (with three new songs and a bonus DVD; S-Curve)

    Buy Now: Mind, Body & Soul - Special Edition (with three new songs and a bonus DVD; S-Curve)

  • Speedy West - Guitar Spectacular (Sundazed)
  • Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe (with DVD; Geffen)

    Buy Now: Hellbilly Deluxe (with DVD; Geffen)

  • Various artists - Drive-Thru Records Greatest Hits (Drive-Thru)
  • Various artists - Essential Louisiana Rhythm and Blues (Fuel 2000)
  • Various artists - The Greatest Mardi Gras Concert Ever! (Fuel 2000)
  • Various artists - The Very Best of Death Row (enhanced DualDisc; Death Row)
  • Various artists - "The Muppet Christmas Carol: Special Anniversary Edition" soundtrack (Disney)


  • Harry Chapin - "Remember When: The Anthology" (MPI)
  • Harry Connick Jr. & Branford Marsalis - "A Duo Occasion" (Universal)
  • Fates Warning - "Live in Athens" (SPV)
  • Cradle of Filth - "Peace Through Superior Firepower" (Roadrunner)
  • Peter Gabriel - "Still Growing Up: Live & Unwrapped" (two DVDs; Rhino)
  • Hellogoodbye- "OMG HGB DVD ROTFL" (Drive-Thru)
  • The Hives - "Tussles in Brussels" (Island)
    Read: "Hives Weren't Rash When Assembling First DVD"
  • Jack Johnson - "A Weekend at the Greek/ Live in Japan" (two DVDs; Brushfire)
  • Keane - "Strangers" (two DVDs; Interscope)
  • Killswitch Engage - "(Set This) World Ablaze" (Roadrunner)
  • Lifehouse - "Everything" (Geffen)
  • Nailbomb - "Live at Dynamo" (Roadrunner)
  • Papa Roach - "Live and Murderous in Chicago" (Geffen)
  • Radiohead - "The Astoria London Live" (Capitol)
  • Rush - "R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour" (also available as deluxe edition with CD; Rounder)
  • Carly Simon - "A Moonight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2" (Columbia)
  • Barbra Streisand - "The Television Specials" (five DVDs; Rhino)
  • Tanya Tucker - "Live at Billy Bob's Texas" (Image)
  • Various artists - "The Best of 'American Idol' Seasons 1-4," "The Worst of 'American Idol' Seasons 1-4" and "The Best & Worst of 'American Idol' Seasons 1-4: Limited Collector's Edition" (RCA)
  • Various artists - "Drive Thru and Rushmore Records, Vol. 3" (Drive-Thru)
  • Various artists - "Ozzfest 10th Anniversary" (with CD; Clear Channel Entertainment)

Coming Attractions:

November 29:

  • Master P - Living Legend: Certified D-Boy (Gutter)
  • Dave Matthews Band - Weekend on the Rocks (two CDs with DVD; RCA)
  • Shakira - Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (Columbia)

December 6:
December 13: