New Releases: Madonna, Mariah Carey, Green Day, R. Kelly, U2, Staind, Wilco

Also due Tuesday are new releases by Master P, the Roots, Carrie Underwood and Jesse McCartney.

Slammin' Dance: Madonna maniacs are ready to get their move on with Confessions on a Dance Floor, but they may want to hold out until December 13, when a special limited edition is released. That slipcase will include a 40-page picture book; an 80-page, mostly blank "journal" book — with some diary entries from Madge — plus a bonus track and a one-month trial fan club membership. Tracks include "Future Lovers," "Jump" and "Isaac."

Deluxe and Redux: Superlatives seem to be in high order for the "ultra platinum edition" re-release of Mariah Carey's Emancipation of Mimi, which is being liberated in two forms: one with four bonus songs (including her latest hit, "Don't Forget About Us") and a second, "deluxe limited edition" with a bonus DVD boasting four videos, access to a fifth clip online and an interview. While they might be her polar opposites, Staind are going a similar route, putting out a limited-edition version of their Chapter V with five bonus slices, including "The Beetlejuice Song," and a 36-page booklet.

Idiots Come Alive: MTV aired a chunk of Green Day's Bullet in a Bible CD+DVD live set, and members of the band's Idiot Club got a sneak peek, too, but don't forget that in addition to the concert footage, there's a documentary that follows Billie Joe & Co. as they hit up some pubs and tour a war museum — plus a 20-track audio disc.

Remixes R. Us: Deep into his labyrinthine "Trapped in the Closet" saga, R. Kelly is coming up for a gulp of fresh air — with yet another series. Remix City, Volume One cobbles together slicked-up versions of 12 songs, including "Bump N' Grind," "Down Low" and "Step in the Name of Love." Taking matters into his own hands, Kelly does all the retouching himself. Take that, Paul Wall.

Living It Up: Up next in the dizzying array of deluxe editions is U2's Vertigo 2005 - Live From Chicago DVD, the limited version of which has a second disc with a behind-the-scenes doc and more live footage. Both versions have 23 live selections ranging from "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to "City of Blinding Lights." Back in CD land, while Usher is the latest performer to give Best Buy the edge by releasing his "Truth Tour: Behind the Truth - Live in Atlanta" DVD exclusively through the corporate chain, and Alanis Morissette, whose best-of LP The Collection comes out this week, has her own exclusive-release history with Starbucks, leave it to indie diehard Conor Oberst, who has turned down major-label contracts left and right and bucked Clear Channel, to make his band's new live LP available only in mom-and-pop stores. Bright Eyes' Motion Sickness has 15 tracks' worth of live stuff, including a cover of Elliott Smith's "The Biggest Lie" and Feist's "Mushaboom."

Also coming alive this week are Wilco, whose smashingly named Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, is, surprisingly, the 11-year-old band's first official live release. Wilco make up for the long wait with 23 tracks caught over the course of four nights at the Vic Theatre in May, including "Heavy Metal Drummer," "Wishful Thinking" and a disc-two-closing cover of Charles Wright's "Comment." Another longstanding indie artist making his live debut is Bonnie "Prince" Billy, whose Summer in the Southeast compiles 16 concert cuts from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina. And on a radically different note, Jesse McCartney's Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour chalks up 15 live cuts; those who preordered the disc on his Web site were treated to three bonus ... buttons (seriously — the kind you stick on your jacket). Finally, personable passels from the fogy front include: Jimmy Buffett's Live at Fenway Park, which comes with a DVD of the Beantown bash; Loggins & Messina's Live: Sittin' in Again at the Santa Barbara Bowl; the Moody Blues' Lonely to See You: Live From the Greek and Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings' Rhythm Kings Live.

Song Title of the Week:

"Meat Whiplash" (The Fire Engines' Codex Teenage Premonition)

Other Notables:

The Roots' Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots Volume One and Volume Two: Never ones to stick to convention, hip-hop alchemists the Roots release two separate overview discs this week. The first disc has a previously unreleased version of the group's 1999 hit "You Got Me" (featuring Jill Scott, who co-wrote the song, instead of the familiar Erykah Badu version), while the second contains the unissued "Quicksand Milennium (The Legend of Quicksand Milennium)" and a BBC recording of "Sacrifice."

P.O.D.'s The Warriors EP, Vol. 2: The new EP by nü-metal leftovers P.O.D. will be vying for shelf space along with two other new store items: the DVD re-release of 1979 beat-'em-up flick "The Warriors" and the accompanying video game. The seven-track menu is led off by "If It Wasn't You" and has two demos recorded in Palm Springs, California, plus a pair of live recordings from the Cornerstone in College Park, Maryland. All orders payable on P.O.D.

The Fire Engines' Codex Teenage Premonition: Franz Ferdinand are getting a special blessing from the Fire Engines, elders of the Edinburgh, Scotland, pop scene. Formed in 1979, the red trucks get caught up to date with a cover of Franz's "Jacqueline"; otherwise, Teenage is a grown-up collection of vintage tracks, including five songs that didn't make it onto their debut, two early Peel Sessions nuggets and 10 live tunes.

New Releases:

  • Amandine - This Is Where Our Hearts Collide (Fat Cat)
  • Askeleton - Happy Album (Goodnight)
  • Autolect - Every Man's Universe (City Hall)
  • Backyard Tire Fire - Bar Room Semantics (O.L.E.)
  • Big & Rich - Comin' to Your City (Warner Bros.)
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Summer in the Southeast (live; Sea Note)
  • Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal (Metal Blade)
  • Bound Stems - The Logic of Building the Body Plan EP (Flameshovel)
  • Bright Eyes - Motion Sickness (available in independent record stores only; Team Love)
  • Jimmy Buffett - Live at Fenway Park (with DVD; Mailboat)
  • Crimson Jazz Trio - King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1 (United States Distribution)
  • The Fire Engines - Codex Teenage Premonition (Domino)
  • Edith Frost - It's a Game (Drag City)
  • Gogogo Airheart - Rats! Sing! Sing! (GSL)
  • Gravity Propulsion System - Get Destroy (Ascetic)
  • Great Day for Up - Flores de Sangre (Small Stone)
  • Green Day - Bullet in a Bible (with DVD; Reprise)

    Read: "Green Day: American Geniuses"

    Buy Now: Bullet in a Bible (Reprise)

  • Richie Hawtin - DE9: Transitions (with bonus DVD; Mute)
  • Honeybrowne - Something to Believe In (Compadre)
  • Howling Hex - You Can't Beat Tomorrow (with DVD; Drag City)
  • Infected Mushroom - IM the Supervisor (Cleopatra)
  • The Jai-Alai Savant - Thunderstatement EP (GSL)
  • R. Kelly - Remix City, Volume One (Jive)

    Buy Now: Remix City, Volume One (Jive)

  • Cast King - Saw Mill Man (Locust 74)
  • Kottonmouth Kings - Joint Venture (Suburban Noize)
  • Mike Ladd - Father Divine (Roir)
  • Lady Sovereign - Vertically Challenged (with bonus CD; Chocolate Industries)
  • Loggins & Messina - Live: Sittin' in Again at the Santa Barbara Bowl (Rhino)
  • Machine Men - Elegies (Cleopatra)
  • Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor (Warner Bros.)
    Read: "Madonna Making 'Spontaneous' And 'Unapologetic' Dance Music"

    Buy Now: Confessions on a Dance Floor (Warner Bros.)

  • Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn - Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn (Kimchee)
  • Desyn Masiello - Balance 008 (two CDs; E.Q.)
  • Master P Presents 504 Boyz - Hurricane Katrina: We Gon' Bounce Back (Gutter)
  • Jesse McCartney - Live: The Beautiful Solo Tour (Hollywood)

    Buy Now: Live: The Beautiful Solo Tour (Hollywood)

  • The Moody Blues - Lonely to See You: Live From the Greek (Image Entertainment)
  • Pitbull - M.I. Still A.M.I.: Money Is Still a Major Issue (with DVD; TVT)
  • P.O.D. - The Warriors EP, Vol. 2 (limited edition; Atlantic)

    Buy Now: The Warriors EP, Vol. 2 (Atlantic)

  • Kelley Polar - Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens (Environ)
  • Ghislain Poirier - Breakupdown (Chocolate Industries)
  • The Reavers - Terror Firma (Green Streets Entertainment)
  • Redman - Redman Gone Wild (Def Jam)
  • Roma 79 - Great Dying (Ascetic)
  • The Roots - Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots Volume One and Volume Two (Geffen)

    Buy Now: Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots Volume One (Geffen)

  • Dave Seaman - Dave Seaman Presents This Is Audiotherapy (two CDs; Audio Therapy)
  • Martin Sexton - Camp Holiday (enhanced; Kitchen Table)
  • Soltero - Hell Train (Three Ring)
  • Supernatural - S.P.I.T. (Up Above)
  • Rob Swift - Soulful Fruit (Fatbeats)
  • The Trio - Real (Concord)
  • Catherine Tuttle - What They Will Find (Candid/ Zone 7)
  • Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts (Arista)
    Read: "Carrie Underwood Fantasizes About Taking A Bat To Her Man's Car"

    Buy Now: Some Hearts (Arista)

  • Unearth - Our Days of Eulogy (Eulogy)
  • Upper Class Trash - Favoring Blurred Lines (School Night)
  • Vaz - The Lie That Matches the Furniture (Narnack)
  • Wilco - Kicking Television: Live in Chicago (Nonesuch)
  • Wilhelm Scream - Benefits of Thinking Out Loud (Jump Start)
  • Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings - Rhythm Kings Live (Fuel 2000)
  • Various artists - A Tribute to My Chemical Romance (Big Eye Music)
  • Various artists - After the Storm: The Rap Compilation for Hurricane Relief (Hip Hop Helps)
  • Various artists - Hipower II (enhanced; Thump)
  • Various artists - MySpace Records, Volume 1 (MySpace)
  • Various artists - SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Album (Nick)
  • Various artists - "Aeon Flux" soundtrack (Lakeshore)
  • Various artists - "Destroy All Humans!" soundtrack (Lakeshore)
  • Various artists - "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" soundtrack (Warner Bros.)
  • Various artists - "The Ice Harvest" soundtrack (Lakeshore)
  • Various artists - "Screaming Masterpiece" soundtrack (One Little Indian)
  • Various artists - "Walk the Line" soundtrack (Wind-Up)

Reissues & Archival Notables:

  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits: Chopped & Screwed (two CDs; Ruthless)
  • Bowling for Soup - Bowling for Soup Goes to the Movies (Jive)
  • Jackson Browne - Running on Empty (with DVD Audio disc; Rhino)
  • Bush - Zen x Four (with DVD; Kirtland)
  • Caliban - Shadow Hearts (Lifeforce)
  • Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi - Ultra Platinum Edition (one version has CD plus four bonus tracks; second version has bonus DVD; Island)
    Read: "Mariah Carey Emancipating Mimi Again, With Bonus Tracks"

    Buy Now: The Emancipation of Mimi - Ultra Platinum Edition (Island)

  • Dire Straits - Private Investigations: The Very Best of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler (Warner Bros.)
  • Bob Dylan - The Very Best of Bob Dylan (Columbia)
  • Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight, In the Garden, Peace, Revenge, Savage, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch and We Too Are One (with bonus tracks; RCA/Legacy)
  • Face to Face - Shoot the Moon: The Essential Collection (with two unreleased songs; Image Entertainment)
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Bang! ... The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood (ZTT)
  • Doug E. Fresh - Doin' What I Gotta Do (Bungalo)
  • Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology (Priority)
  • Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan - For Lovers (Verve)
  • Insane Clown Posse - Forgotten Freshness, Volume 4 (Psychopathic)
  • Elton John - Peachtree Road (collector's edition with DVD; Universal)
  • Juanes - Mi Sangre: Tour Edition (limited edition; Universal Latino)
  • Kem - Album II (DualDisc; Motown)
  • Alanis Morissette - The Collection (enhanced; Maverick)

    Buy Now: The Collection (Maverick)

  • Motörhead - Ace of Spades, BBC: Live and In-Session and Iron Fist (Sanctuary)
  • The Rembrandts - Choice Picks (Fuel 2000)
  • Todd Rundgren - Best of Todd Rundgren Live (Sanctuary)
  • Staind - Chapter V (limited-edition version with five bonus tracks and a 36-page booklet; Elektra)
    Read: "New Staind Video Depicts Dark Side Of Pee Wee Football"

    Buy Now: Chapter V (Elektra)

  • Cat Stevens - Gold (two CDs; A&M)
  • Rod Stewart - The Great American Songbook (four CDs and one DVD; J)
  • Sublime - Gold (two CDs; Geffen)
  • Pete Townshend - Gold (two CDs; Hip-O)
  • Rozz Williams - Death Club: The Best of Rozz Williams 1981-1993 (with DVD; Cleopatra)
  • Townes Van Zandt - A Private Concert (Varèse)
  • Various artists - 20 Nights of Wine and Song (Greydey Productions)
  • Various artists - Crunk Hits (TVT)
  • Various artists - Trojan Dub Rarities Box Set (limited edition; Trojan)
  • Various artists - XXL Raps (Razor & Tie)


  • Armor for Sleep - "Comprehensive Guide to Touring" (Equal Vision)
  • Bleeding Through - "Wolves Among Sheep" (Trustkill)
  • James Brown - "Live in Montreux" (Eagle Vision)
  • Jimmy Bruno - "No Nonsense Jazz Guitar" (Hot Licks)
  • James Burton - "The Legendary Guitar of James Burton" (Hot Licks)
  • Caravan - "The 35th Anniversary Concert" (two DVDs; Music Video Distributors)
  • Johnny Cash - "Unauthorized Biography of Johnny Cash" (Highland Entertainment)
  • Cher - "Extravaganza: Live at the Mirage" (Eagle Vision)
  • Les Claypool - "5 Gallons of Diesel" (Red Ink)
  • Chick Corea with Three Quartets Band - "Rendezvous in New York" (Image Entertainment)
  • Chick Corea & Bobby McFerrin - "Rendezvous in New York" (Image Entertainment)
  • D12 - "Live in Chicago" (Atlantic)
  • Def Leppard - "Rock of Ages: Definitive Collection" (Island)
  • Ronnie Earl - "Blues Guitar With Soul" (Hot Licks)
  • Embrace - "A Glorious Day: Live in Leeds" (Eagle Vision)
  • Brian Eno - "14 Video Paintings" (Rykodisc)
  • Guided by Voices - "The Electrifying Conclusion" (Plexifilm)
  • Buddy Guy - "Teachin' the Blues" (Hot Licks)
  • Warren Haynes - "Electric Blues & Slide Guitar" (Hot Licks)
  • Isley Brothers - "Summer Breeze - Greatest Hits Live" (Eagle Vision)
  • Eric Johnson - "Total Electric Guitar" (Hot Licks)
  • Journey - "Live in Houston 1981 - Escape Tour" (with CD; Columbia)
  • Judas Priest - "Rising in the East" (Rhino)
  • Lil Jon - "Unauthorized" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Nils Lofgren - "Electric & Acoustic Guitar" (Hot Licks)
  • Lucero - "Bright Stars on Lonesome Nights" (New Scratch)
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet - "35th Anniversary Tour" (TDK)
  • Mountain - "Live in Texas" (Navarre)
  • Roxy Music and T. Rex - "Live" (Eagle Vision)
  • Santana - "Live by Request" (Arista)
  • Shadows Fall - "The Art of Touring" (Century Media)
  • Bruce Springsteen - "Born to Run - 30th Anniversary Edition" (two DVDs and one CD; Columbia)
  • Sugarcult - "Back to the Disaster: A Film About Sugarcult + Live at the Starland Ballroom Audio CD" (Artemis)
  • Tupac - "Words Never Die" (Fieldstone)
  • U2 - "Vertigo 2005: Live From Chicago" (deluxe edition with bonus DVD due same day; Island)

    Buy Now: Vertigo 2005: Live From Chicago (Island)

  • Zao - "The Lesser Lights of Heaven" (two DVDs; Ferret)
  • Various artists - "Beef III" (Image Entertainment)
  • Various artists - "Hip Hop 411" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Various artists - "Live 8: Berlin," "Paris," "Roma" and "Toronto" (Capitol)
  • Various artists - "Slip N Slide Records Memorial Day Weekend - Platinum Edition" (Music Video Distributors)

Coming Attractions:

November 22:

November 29:

December 6: