This Week's Album Releases: 'Hurricane' Soundtrack, Baby Namboos, Kittie

Film about wrongly imprisoned boxer includes music by Roots, Black Star, K-Ci & JoJo, Meshell Ndegeocello.

Several hip-hop and R&B artists, including the Roots, Black Star, Meshell

Ndegeocello and K-Ci & JoJo, have new tracks on the soundtrack to "The

Hurricane," which tops the crop of albums due in record stores Tuesday.

The Denzel Washington film about celebrated boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

— whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he spent

two decades in prison — also features "Hurricane," the Bob Dylan

'70s classic about his case, and a song of the same name recorded by an

all-star hip-hop ensemble of Black Thought, Common, Mos Def, Dice Raw,

Flo Brown, the Jazzyfatnastees and the Roots. The disc also features R&B

nuggets from Ray Charles and Etta James.

Jan. 11 album releases:

American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score (DreamWorks Records)

— Oscar-winning composer Thomas Newman's ("Little Women," "The

Shawshank Redemption") score for acclaimed 1999 film starring Kevin Spacey

and Annette Bening. Separate soundtrack, featuring Elliott Smith, the

eels and the Who, was released in October.

The Baby Namboos, Ancoats 2 Zambia (Palm Pictures) —

Trip-hop star Tricky guests on latest from UK hip-hop fivesome. Tracks

include "Hard Times," "Late Night Antics," "Provoked" and "Persist to

Reminisce."

Black 47, Trouble in the Land (Shanachie) — First

studio album in three years from New York Irish political rockers.

David Cassidy & the Partridge Family, David Cassidy & the

Partridge Family: The Definitive Collection (Arista) — Twenty-song

collection of every top-100 single by the '70s television pop group,

fronted by onetime teen heartthrob Cassidy, along with seven rare LP tracks.

Marks 30th anniversary of TV series "The Partridge Family," which premiered

in fall 1970.

Kittie, Spit (Ng/Artemis) — Debut album from London,

Ontario, all-female teen punk band. Enhanced CD features video, lyrics,

bios, photos and links to Kittie and label websites. Tracks include "Spit,"

"Do You Think I'm a Whore?" and "Brackish."

Robbie McIntosh, Emotional Bends (Compass) — R&B-tinged

roots rock from ex-Pretenders and Paul McCartney guitarist.

Yma Sumac, The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection (The Right Stuff)

— Compilation from Peruvian diva legendary for spectacular vocal

range. Includes "Babalu" and "Wimoweh" as well as three previously unreleased

songs.

Venom, Greatest Hits and More (Deadline/Cleopatra) —

Limited-edition three-CD collection from Newcastle, England, thrash and

black-metal cult band. Issue limited to 1,000 copies. Includes "Welcome

to Hell" and "Black Metal."

Various artists, The Hurricane (MCA) — Soundtrack for

film about wrongly imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, starring

Denzel Washington. Features Bob Dylan's '70s staple "Hurricane" as well

as new tracks from hip-hop and R&B acts the Roots, Mos Def, K-Ci & JoJo,

Meshell Ndegeocello and Black Star.

Various artists, Organ-ized (Windham Hill) — Jazz organ

compilation of 13 new recordings from veterans and young masters. Tracks

from Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, John Medeski and Larry Goldings.

Various artists, Play It to the Bone (Hollywood) —

Soundtrack to latest sports-oriented comedy from writer/director Ron

Shelton ("White Men Can't Jump"), starring Woody Harrelson and Antonio

Banderas. Includes tracks from techno-rocker Moby, Latin rock group

Los Lobos, blues-rock singer Joe Cocker and blues veterans John Lee Hooker

and B.B. King.

Various artists, The Big Tease (Virgin) — Soundtrack

for upcoming film about Scottish hairdresser (Craig Ferguson) at World

Freestyling Championship in Los Angeles. Compiled by Nellee Hooper (Soul

II Soul), with tracks from new-wavers Blondie, singer/songwriter Wes

Cunningham and rap act Day One.