Bo Bice, Bice, Baby: If you're feelin' the Bo, you'll want to reach for the DualDisc version of his big debut, The Real Thing. It carries not only three songs the wannabe "Idol" recorded with his band Sugar Money, but also a 22-minute day-in-the-life video with acoustic performances, and studio and promo-appearance footage. Tracks on both LP versions include: "U Make Me Better," "Lie ... It's Alright" and "Valley of Angels."
Yankee Doodles: Run out of "Gasolina"? This week you can top off your tank with Daddy Yankee's Barrio Fino en Directo, a heavy CD+DVD set with gallons of reggaeton: live cuts, new recordings featuring Snoop Dogg and Paul Wall, a documentary, videos, a trailer for the movie "Talento de Barrio" (starring Daddy, of course), photo gallery and more.
Re: Re-Releases: C'mon, everyone's doing it ... no, really, they are. This week finds Bow Wow slapping a DVD onto the DualDisc version of his summer release and calling it Wanted (Reloaded) (the "ultimate collector's edition," in case you needed extra goading). In it you'll find exclusives like his "Big Dreams" mini-movie, videos (including the unreleased "Caviar" featuring Snoop) and a poster. (Attention fans: also be on the lookout for Bow Wow and Omarion's "Scream Tour IV Festival 2005: Heartthrobs Live" DVD, also out this week.)
Coheed and Cambria — who, aside from making eyebrows fashionable again, have had nothing else in common with Bow Wow up until this point — are reissuing their vehemently verbose Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV - Volume 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness with a DVD. Like Wanted (Reloaded), this limited, supercalifrajalisticexpialidocious Apollo has a mini-movie, two videos, six vignettes created for MTV and a 12-page booklet. "We know it comes quickly off the heels of the regular release of Good Apollo," the band says on its Web site, "but we feel that the bonus disc is worth the price alone, and hope you do too."
In case you forgot to pick up Chris Brown's self-titled bow from a couple of weeks ago, you'll have the chance to choose between that edition or this week's DualDisc, teeming with a video for "Run It!;" behind-the-scenes, concert and interview footage; and some images.
The pint-sized rapper, role-playing rockers and running rookie will find good company in Madonna, whose limited Confessions on a Dance Floor - Special Edition slipcase has a 40-page picture book, mostly blank "journal" and bonus track, "Fighting Spirit."
As for actually retooling the original release, leave that chore to Beck. He handed his latest album over to the Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock, the Dust Brothers' John King and Boards of Canada, and they've reconstructed it as Guerolito. (If you want extra-fresh cuts, head over to Beck.com, where he just posted four unissued tracks.)
Family Affairs: Ludacris Presents Disturbing Tha Peace drops in two forms: as a standard, 17-track disc featuring Jamie Foxx, Bobby Valentino, I-20 and others; and as a limited-edition set with a bonus DVD. Spelling-wise, Snoop's got something in common with Luda, although his Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: Welcome to Tha Chuuch - Tha Album features a different cast of characters: 213 homie Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger and Kurupt.
Getting Crafty: A handful of acts have straightforward concert releases out this week — Howie Day, Lamb of God and Erasure among them — but Vancouver, British Columbia's Secret Mommy provide a different take on what constitutes a "live release." Documented with handmade condenser microphones in various high schools, martial-arts dojos and day cares, Very Rec is a modern-day field recording or, as the band likes to call it, "a cut-and-paste exploration of activity and movement, obscured by mild absurdism." Tracks include: "Tennis Court," "Yoga Studio" and "Weight Room." No stranger to craftiness, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening curated the 2003 edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival and enlisted an indie-rock dream team to helm it: Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, Iggy and the Stooges and Sonic Youth. They're all featured in the All Tomorrow's Parties: 3.1 package, as is a Groening-illustrated pull-out poster.
Song Title of the Week:
"It's in the Subtext" ("King Kong" soundtrack ... hey, it's a slow week)
- Beck - Guerolito (remix album; Interscope)
Read: "Beastie Boys, Dust Brothers Get Their Hands On Beck's Guero"
- Bo Bice - Real Thing (DualDisc due same day; RCA)
Read: "Intestines, 'Idol,' Baby And Bon Jovi Helped Inspire Bo Bice's Debut"
- Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Ramblin' Man (EP; V2)
- Cypress Hill - Greatest Hits From the Bong (Columbia)
- Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino en Directo (with DVD; Interscope)
Read: "Daddy Yankee Sticks To His Roots, Won't Lean On Snoop"
- Disturbing Tha Peace - Ludacris Presents Disturbing Tha Peace (limited-edition version due same day; Def Jam)
- Fuel - The Best of Fuel (Epic)
Buy Now: The Best of Fuel (Epic)
- Howie Day - Live From ... (EP; Epic)
- Funkmaster Flex - Carshow Tour (with DVD; Koch)
- Anthony Hamilton - Ain't Nobody Worryin' (Arista)
- Lamb of God - Killadelphia (released as a stand-alone CD and CD/DVD combo; Epic)
- Jaheim - Ghetto Classics (Warner Bros.)
- Pat Johnson - October Moon (DBK Works)
- Michel Lambert - Le Passant (Jazz From Rant)
- Secret Mommy - Very Rec (Ache)
- Howard Shore - "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Complete Recordings" (four CDs; Reprise)
- The Timewriter - Paintbox (Plastic City)
- Youngbloodz - Ev'rybody Know Me (DualDisc due same day; La Face)
- Various artists - All Tomorrow's Parties: 3.1 - Matt Groening Curated (ATP)
- Various artists - Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: Welcome to Tha Chuuch - Tha Album (Koch)
- Various artists - Defend Music Presents: Go Commando With James F!@#$% Friedmann (Defend)
- Various artists - High School Reunion: A Tribute to Those Great 80s Films! (American Laundromat/ Face Down)
- Various artists - Penitentiary Blues: Songs to Do Hard Time By (Fuel 2000)
- Various artists - Rawkus Records: Best of a Decade I - 1995-2005 (Geffen)
- Various artists - "Born Into Brothels" soundtrack (Koch)
- Various artists - "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" soundtrack (limited-edition version due same day; Disney)
- Various artists - "Inside Deep Throat" soundtrack (Koch)
- Various artists - "King Kong" soundtrack (Decca)
- Various artists - "Water" soundtrack (Varèse)
Notable Reissues and Archival Material:
- Bow Wow - Wanted (Reloaded) (DualDisc with DVD; Columbia)
Read: "Bow Wow Kicks It Into Overdrive With 'Fast And Furious,' Scream IV Encores"
- Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV - Volume 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. (special edition with DVD; Columbia)
- Count Basie - Stages (Fuel 2000)
- Chris Brown - Chris Brown (DualDisc; Jive)
Read: "New Releases: Shakira, Chris Brown, Ryan Cabrera, Dave Matthews Band, INXS"
- Billie Holiday - The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes (six-CD box set; Verve)
- Lyfe Jennings - Lyfe 268-192 - Special Edition (with DVD; Sony Urban)
- Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor - Special Edition (Warner Bros.)
Read: "New Releases: Madonna, Mariah Carey, Green Day, R. Kelly, U2, Staind, Wilco"
- The Corrs - "All the Way Home: A History of the Corrs Plus Live in Geneva" (special two-CD edition; Warner International)
- DJ Drama - "Respect the Game" (Aphilliates)
- Erasure - "The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne" (Mute)
- Marvin Gaye - "Behind the Legend" (Eagle Vision)
- Hawkwind - "Take Me to Your Leader" (with CD; Dark Peak)
- It Bites - "Live in Tokyo" (Dark Peak)
- Kiss - "Rock the Nation Live!" (Image Entertainment)
- Huey Lewis & the News - "Live" (Eagle Vision)
- Necrophagia - "Necrotorture-Sickcess" (Music Video Distributors)
- Omarion and Bow Wow - "Scream Tour IV Festival 2005: Heartthrobs Live" (Columbia)
- Stephen Stills & Manassas - "Live" (Eagle Vision)
- Sun Ra Arkestra - "Monreux and Lugano" and "Washington, D.C. With Rufus Harley Quintet" (Cobraside)
- Ike & Tina Turner - "Live" (Eagle Vision)
- Various artists - "Hip-Hop Uncensored, Vol. 6: Ready to Sign" (Nutz)
- Various artists - "Motortown Gold on the Ed Sullivan Show" (Ventura Distribution)
- Various artists - "Spliff TV, Volume One: Reggaeton Invasion" (Amalgam)
- Notorious B.I.G. - Duets (Bad Boy)
Read: "Biggie Duets LP Features Eminem, Snoop, Tupac, Nas, Ludacris"
Buy Now: Duets (Bad Boy)
- Mary J. Blige - The Breakthrough (Geffen)
Read: "Mary J. Blige's Breakthrough Is Coming Out This Year After All"
- Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable (DualDisc same day; J)
Read: "Jamie Foxx Has 'Too Many Drinks,' Samples Charles On New LP"
- From Monument to Masses - Schools of Thought Contend (Dim Mak)
- Sevendust - Best of Sevendust (Chapter One: 1997-2004) (Columbia)
Buy Now: Best of Sevendust (Chapter One: 1997-2004) (Columbia)
- Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (Still United) (TVT)
Buy Now: U.S.A. (Still United) (TVT)
- Nellie McKay - Pretty Little Head (Columbia)
- The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth (deluxe edition due same day; RCA)
Read: "Secretive Strokes To Spread Love Over The Airwaves In 'Juicebox' Clip"
- Various artists - "Grandma's Boy" soundtrack (with Bloc Party, Futureheads and Kool Keith; Epic)