Brit-pop band Oasis will issue Standing on the Shoulder of Giants Tuesday, following up 1997's Be Here Now. Standing features the single "Go Let It Out."
Also, Chicago rockers the Smashing Pumpkins will release the 15-track MACHINA/the machines of God, featuring the "The Everlasting Gaze." Jazz rockers Steely Dan's Two Against Nature, their first record in 20 years, and French electro-poppers Air's soundtrack to "The Virgin Suicides" will hit stores.
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Feb. 29 album releases:
AC/DC, Stiff Upper Lip Australian rockers release first album of new material since 1995's Ballbreaker. George Young, older brother of guitarists Angus and Malcolm, returns as band's producer for first time since 1978.
Air, The Virgin Suicides Original Score (Record Makers/Source/Astralwerks) Score to Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, composed by French electronica duo Air and ex-Redd Kross drummer Brian Reitzell. Thirteen cuts of dark electro-pop.
Horace Andy, Living in the Flood (Melankolic/Astralwerks) Jamaican reggae singer known for pop hit "Skylarking" follows up 1997's Good Vibes. Title track was written by ex-Clash singer Joe Strummer. LP also includes the cuts "After All" and "Juggling."
Bloodhound Gang, Hooray for Boobies (Interscope) Comedic rock/hip-hop group's follow-up to One Fierce Beer Coaster (1996), which featured the hit "Fire Water Burn." Includes the songs "I Hope You Die," "Vagina" and "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When the Stripper Is Crying."
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, BTNH Resurrection (Ruthless/Epic) Hardcore Cleveland rappers combine gangsta rhymes with a smooth R&B vibe on their first album of new material since The Art of War (1997).
Day One, Ordinary Man (Melankolic/Astralwerks) Debut album from British duo combines hip-hop and jazz influences on laid-back tracks, such as "Waiting For a Break" and "Love on the Dole."
Tim Finn, Say It Is So (W.A.R.?) New Zealand pop-rocker of Crowded House and Split Enz fame issues first solo album in seven years. Includes "Underwater Mountain" and "Good Together."
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, One Endless Night (Windcharger Music/Rounder) Follow-up to 1996's Braver New World from Texas country-rock musician features two new originals as well as 11 covers, including John Hiatt's "Your Love Is My Rest."
J-Shin, My Soul, My Life (Slip N' Slide/Atlantic) Debut album by Miami R&B artist with a hip-hop flavor. Includes the single "One Night Stand."
Tara MacLean, Passenger (Capitol) Second release by Canadian singer/songwriter and the follow-up to Silence (1997). Includes the single "If I Fall."
Oasis, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Epic) Brit-pop super band from Manchester, England, releases fourth album and follow-up to 1997's Be Here Now. Includes song "Fuckin' in the Bushes" and the first single, "Go Let It Out."
Smashing Pumpkins, MACHINA/the machines of God (Virgin) Chicago rockers follow up 1998 electronic-music record Adore with 15-track album of heavy rock and contemplative ballads. Features the single "The Everlasting Gaze."
The Splash, Four Rules of Life (Lookout!) French guitar-rockers deliver four-song 7-inch EP. Includes "Armchair Thrillseeker" and "Ma Solitude et Moi."
Steely Dan, Two Against Nature (Giant/Reprise) Jazzy rock gurus Walter Becker and Donald Fagen come back with first studio album in almost 20 years, picking up where they left off with more poppy fusion.
Steve Stevens, Flamenco a Go-Go (Ark 21) Ex-Billy Idol guitarist (co-writer of hits "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face") puts out album combining acoustic flamenco guitar-playing with drum loops and other electronics.
The The, NakedSelf (Nothing/Interscope) Eclectic band masterminded by Matt Johnson puts out first album of new material in seven years. Among the electronic/acoustic hybrid disc's dark tracks are "Shrunken Man" and "The Whisperers."
Various artists, Voices of the Real World (Real World) Collection of world music compiled by "Sledgehammer" singer and onetime Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel. This album features songs by such diverse artists as Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and Larla Q Lionaird of the dance-influenced Celtic collective Afro Celt Sound System.