The Motor City heats up this week with two big releases. D12 welcome you to D12 World, that magical place where "U R the One," the "40 Oz." never stops flowing, and Eminem appears on the lead single, "My Band." Meanwhile, Detroit native Jack White produces Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose and also joins her on a few tracks.
Patti Smith spends this week Trampin' around, while Diana Krall's The Girl in the Other Room finds her covering Tom Waits' "Temptation," Joni Mitchell's "Black Crow," and husband Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue." On the rest of the album, Krall and Costello collaborate on new material.
"American Idol" Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics features the top 12 finalists all souled out on songs like "Chain of Fools" (Fantasia Barrino), "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Diana Degarmo), and "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" (Matt Rogers).
Motörhead, Helmet, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and Poison are among the bands that play Spin the Bottle on A Tribute to Kiss. Sharing shelf space are Hot Boys rapper Turk's Penitentiary Chances and Joey McIntyre's 8:09.
Finally, a small black box is the star archival release of the week -- but it's not just any black box. Black Sabbath's Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978 contains the group's eight studio albums -- arguably the "big bang" of heavy metal -- with all their original cover artwork. Also included are a three-song DVD of a 1970 TV performance and an 80-page booklet (with a velvet cover) containing photos, liner notes, lyrics and a band history.
John Abercrombie Quartet - Class Trip (ECM) Black Sabbath - Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978 (Rhino) Paul Bley - Nothing to Declare (Justin Time) The Body Acoustic - The Body Acoustic (Chesky) Ed Burleson - The Cold Hard Truth (Palo Duro) Mary Chapin Carpenter - Between Here and Gone (Columbia) François Carrier - Travelling Lights (Justin Time) Marilyn Crispell Trio - Storyteller (ECM) D12 - D12 World (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls (8 Ft.) Tinsley Ellis - The Hard Way (Telarc) The Fiction - I Told Her That I Like Living in a Box (Level-Plane) Béla Fleck & Edgar Meyer - Music for Two (Sony Classical) Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash (Sonig) Jerry Garcia/David Grisman - Been Around the World (Acoustic Disc) Jerry Gaskill - Come Somewhere (Inside Out) Alan Hewitt Project - Noche de Pasion (215) Louise Hoffsten - Knäckerbröd Blues (Memphis International) Jolie Holland - Escondida (Anti) Jersey - Generation Genocide (Universal) Jimmie's Chicken Shack - Re.present (Koch) Martyn Joseph - Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home... (Appleseed) Juvenile - Juve the Great: Screwed and Chopped (Universal) Frank Kimbrough - Lullabluebye (Palmetto) Diana Krall - The Girl in the Other Room (Verve) Steve Kuhn Trio - Promises Kept (ECM) Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
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Joey McIntyre - 8:09 (Artemis) Marion Meadows - Players Club (Heads Up) Nekromantix - Dead Girls Don't Cry (Hellcat) Jane Olivor - Safe Return (PS Classics) The One AM Radio - A Name Writ in Water (Level-Plane) Sam Phillips - A Boot and a Shoe (Nonesuch) John Pizzarelli - Bossa Nova (Telarc Jazz) Janis Siegel - Sketches of Broadway (Telarc Jazz) Patti Smith - Trampin' (Columbia) Otis Taylor - Double V (Telarc Jazz) Turk - Penitentiary Chances (Koch) Kim Waters - In the Name of Love (Shanachie) Dale Watson - Dreamland (Koch) Paul Wertico - Stereonucleosis (A440) Various artists - "American Idol" Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics (RCA)
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Various artists - Hayao Miyazaki (Milan) Various artists - Spin the Bottle: A Tribute to Kiss (Koch) Various artists - Women of Africa (Putumayo) Various artists - "Godsend" soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande) DVD: Beyoncé - Live at Wembley (Sony Urban/Columbia) Buckethead - Population Override (Ion) Kimberley Locke - One Love (Curb)
Idol' Finalist Kimberley Locke Is Radio's '8th Wonder'" Petey Pablo - Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry (Jive) Various artists - "The L Word" soundtrack (Tommy Boy)
Alanis Morissette - So Called Chaos (Maverick) Morrissey - You Are the Quarry (Sanctuary) Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin (Arista)