This Week's Album Releases: Tracy Chapman, The Cure, Fatboy Slim

Also due Tuesday: Boss Hog's White Out, Gov't Mule's Life Before Insanity and Fu Manchu's King of the Road.

The new album from singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, Telling Stories, will be released on Tuesday (Feb. 15). It features vocals by country-rock diva Emmylou Harris on the song "The Only One." Also due is the Cure's first full-length album in four years, Bloodflowers, featuring the songs "Out of This World" and "Where the Birds Always Sing." Big-beat artist Fatboy Slim will be releasing Fatboy Slim's Greatest Remixes, featuring remixes of Underworld's "King of Snake" and Wildchild's "Renegade Master." Boss Hog, Fu Manchu and Gov't Mule also have new discs.

(Click here for a SonicNet Music News report on this Tuesday's releases.)

Feb. 15 album releases:

Back Off Cupids, Back Off Cupids (Drunken Fish) — John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From the Crypt) puts out album of solo material recorded over the past five years. Includes song "Meek Inherits Space."

Boss Hog, White Out (In the Red) — Fourth full-length album from New York noise band with Cristina Rodriguez and Jon Spencer (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) of Pussy Galore fame.

Tracy Chapman, Telling Stories (Elektra) — Guitar-playing singer/songwriter best known for the hits "Fast Car" (1988) and "Give Me One Reason" (1996) follows up her 1995 album New Beginning. Country-rock diva Emmylou Harris contributes vocals.

John Coltrane, The Very Best Of (Rhino) — Collection of late (1967) jazz saxophone player's greatest. Recorded in 1959 and 1960, it includes versions of "Giant Steps" and "My Favorite Things."

The Cure, Bloodflowers (Elektra) — New-wave band releases 13th studio recording, the final album in a trilogy that includes the chart-topping records Pornography (1982) and Disintegration (1989).

Fatboy Slim, Fatboy Slim's Greatest Remixes (BML/Platinum) — Collection of remixes by big-beat artist Norman Cook. Includes remixes of Underworld's "King of Snake" and the Wildchild song "Renegade Master."

Fu Manchu, King of the Road (Mammoth) — Los Angeles sludge rockers follow up 1997's The Action Is Go. Produced by White Zombie guitarist J. Yuenger.

Gov't Mule, Life Before Insanity (Capricorn) — Jam band releases third studio recording. Features Ben Harper (slide guitar) guesting on "Lay Your Burden Down," as well as the songs "Wandering Child" and "Tastes Like Wine."

Sonique, Hear My Cry (Republic/Universal) — Debut album from British dance vocalist and DJ (and former songwriter for S-Express) includes the single "Feels So Good."

Suicide Machines, Suicide Machines (Hollywood) — Detroit punk band releases third album and follow-up to their 1998 Battle Hymns. Features song "Permanent Holiday" and the single "Sometimes I Don't Mind."

Trick Daddy, Book of Thugs: Chapter AK vs. 47 (Slip N' Slide/Atlantic) — Miami rapper's third album and the follow-up to 1998 WWW.THUG.COM. With guests Mystikal and Twista and tracks "Sitting on D's" and "Thug for Life."

Various artists, Pickin' on Petty (CMH Records) — Bluegrass versions of Tom Petty songs — including the hits "Free Fallin' " (1989) and "Breakdown" (1977) — performed by ex-Byrd Chris Hillman (mandolin), David West (guitar, banjo) and others.

Various artists, The Alan Lomax Collection: The Ballad Operas: The Martins and the Coys (Rounder) — Gathers folklorist/ethnomusicologist's American, European and Caribbean field recordings, world-music compilations and ballad operas. Features Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, Will Geer and Woody Guthrie.

The Who, The BBC Sessions (MCA) — Twenty-five tracks from pioneering British rock band's live BBC radio broadcasts recorded between 1965 and 1973. Includes versions of "My Generation" and "Long Live Rock."