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Joe gets Rainy, Shelby gets Dusty, Van and Beck get expanded, and Saleski's choice is... surprise, surprise... by Pat Metheny.

New Album Releases 01/29/08: Joe Jackson, Shelby Lynne, The Mars Volta, Beck, Pat Metheny, Van Morrison Expanded Reissues

With the labels holding off the really big guns — that would be the new ones from people like Janet Jackson, R.E.M., and Coldplay — until a bit later this first quarter of 2007, things still continued to pick up this week as we said goodbye to January. While there isn't any one superstar sort of blockbuster in this week's new releases, what we do have is a nice batch of critical favorites, mixed with some ambitious looking reissue projects.

For the follow-up to 2003's Volume 4, veteran angry new wave popster, musical firebrand, and all around jack-of-all-trades Joe Jackson once again reunites with pretty much the same band of guys that put him on the map back in the seventies and eighties with albums like Look Sharp! and I'm The Man. On Rain, Jackson combines smoother, more sophisticated sounding pop tunes, with just a touch of that edginess that originally made him known as such a notoriously angry young man. A bonus DVD features live performances and interviews.

Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne returns with Just a Little Lovin', an album inspired by the great Dusty Springfield (Shelby even sports a Dusty-inspired retro look on the sleeve). The album includes several choice covers of Springfield's better known tunes (no "Son Of A Preacher Man," though), as well as a new original song, "Pretend." The legendary Phil Ramone produced this one.

For The Bedlam in Goliath, the Mars Volta continue to mine the unique blending of neo-psychedelic and hardcore influences that have made them both a critical and underground favorite with the college and indie crowds.

In this week's reissues, Polydor has launched an ambitious project for Van Morrison's back catalog, putting out expanded, remastered versions of such classics as Tupelo Honey and Wavelength. There is also a new, deluxe, double-disc version of Beck's landmark Odelay, which features all of the usual unreleased rarities and goodies you've come to expect from these sorts of repackages.

Oh, and lest I forget — some jazz guitar player guy named Pat Metheny has a new one out. But I'll let Mark Saleski tell you all about that:

Saleski's Choice 01/29/08: Pat Metheny Trio – Day Trip

I know, you're shocked (shocked!) that I'm bringing up a Pat Metheny disc. Hey, you can't have curveballs every week. Besides, I'm tryin' to get this Boyd guy some culture.

Metheny's level and/or style of play has always been highly influenced by who is sitting behind the kit. With the addition of Antonio Sanchez to his main group, Metheny seems to have found his ultimate partner in rhythm. There were some absolutely sublime guitar/drum moments on The Way Up. The same can be said for the shows from that tour. Just check out this duet version of "(Go) Get It." Crazy, isn't it?

Now Pat has Sanchez in his trio along with the great Christian McBride on bass. I'm expecting great things.

Tom Johnson did not contribute a pick this week.

Here are all of this week's new album releases courtesy of All Music Guide:

The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
Down in New Orleans
Time Life
Black Gospel, Traditional Gospel, Southern Gospel, Contemporary Gospel

The Helio Sequence
Keep Your Eyes Ahead
Sub Pop

Joe Jackson

Shelby Lynne
Just a Little Lovin'
Lost Highway
Vocal Pop, Pop, Adult Contemporary

The Mars Volta
The Bedlam in Goliath
Post-Hardcore, Punk Metal, Progressive Metal, Neo-Psychedelia, Thrash

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
Indie Rock

John Anderson
All the People Are Talkin'
Collectors' Choice Music
Outlaw Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, New Traditionalist, Honky Tonk,

John Anderson
Eye of the Hurricane
Collectors' Choice Music
Neo-Traditionalist Country, New Traditionalist, Honky Tonk

Odelay [Deluxe Edition]
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dance-Rock

Andrea Bocelli
Vivere: Live in Tuscany [CD + DVD]
Music for Tenor & Orchestra

Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Wilding in the West
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

Sarah Brightman
Show Tunes, Musicals, Adult Contemporary

Bullet for My Valentine
Scream Aim Fire
Punk Metal, Screamo, Alternative Metal

Popa Chubby
Deliveries After Dark
Blind Pig
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Contemporary Blues

Billy Ray Cyrus
Love Songs
Mercury Nashville
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Dailey and Vincent
Dailey and Vincent
Bluegrass-Gospel, Contemporary Bluegrass, Country-Folk

Dimitri from Paris & DJ Muro
Super Disco Friends
Headphone Heroes
Club/Dance, Disco, Funk, Old-School Rap

Dispatch Zimbabwe: Live at Madison Square Garden [CD/DVD]
Jam Bands, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Doors
The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors
Album Rock, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Proto-Punk

Donna Jean & the Tricksters
Donna Jean & the Tricksters
Heartland Rock, Jam Bands, American Trad Rock, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic,
Country-Rock, Rock & Roll

Human Bell
Human Bell
Thrill Jockey
Experimental Rock, New Acoustic

Lovers Prayers
Sadcore, Indie Pop, Dream Pop

Al Jarreau
Love Songs
Adult Contemporary, Vocal Jazz, Contemporary R&B, Smooth Jazz, Crossover

Paavo Järvi
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite; Symphony No. 5 [Hybrid SACD]
Modern Orchestral Music

Jeffrey Lewis
12 Crass Songs
Rough Trade
Alternative Folk, Anti-Folk, Political Folk

Louis XIV
Slick Dogs and Ponies
Indie Rock, Neo-Glam, Garage Punk

Idina Menzel
I Stand
Warner Bros.
Adult Alternative

Pat Metheny Trio
Day Trip
Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Folk-Jazz

Charles Mingus
The Very Best of Charles Mingus [Rhino]
Early Creative, Hard Bop

Van Morrison
Avalon Sunset [Expanded]
Album Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Rock &

Van Morrison
Back on Top [Expanded]
Album Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Rock &

Van Morrison
It's Too Late to Stop Now [Expanded]
Album Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Rock &

Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey [Expanded]
Album Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Rock &

Van Morrison
Wavelength [Expanded]
Album Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Rock &

Willie Nelson
Moment of Forever
Lost Highway
Contemporary Country, Traditional Country

David "Fathead" Newman
Jazz Blues, Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz

We Brave Bee Stings and All
Kill Rock Stars
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

The Best of Obituary
Heavy Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal

Kim Sjøgren
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
OUR Recordings
Post-Romantic Music for Violin & Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin
Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1
Modern Orchestral Music

Tabia Zimmermann
Sally Beamish: The Seafarer
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Original Score
27 Dresses [Original Score]
Varese Sarabande
Original Score

Original Soundtrack
Be Kind Rewind
Original Score, Soundtracks

Lee "Scratch" Perry
Chicken Scratch

Protest the Hero
Post-Hardcore, Punk Metal, Progressive Metal, Emo

Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue
Standards, Post-Bop

Radar Bros.
Slowcore, Indie Rock

Ed Sanders
Beer Cans on the Moon
Collectors' Choice Music
Proto-Punk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll, Comedy Rock

Ed Sanders
Sanders' Truckstop
Collectors' Choice Music
Proto-Punk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll, Comedy Rock

Various Artists
Grammy Nominees 2008
Hip-O Select
Pop/Rock, Pop, Pop Idol, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Jazz, Hard
Rock, Contemporary Country, Contemporary R&B, Urban, Dance-Pop

Various Artists
Pulse Platinum
Razor & Tie
Club/Dance, House, Euro-Dance, Euro-Pop

Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways: Classic African American Gospel
Smithsonian Folkways
Field Recordings, Spirituals, Traditional Gospel, Gospel Choir, Southern
Gospel, Black Gospel

Christopher Walla
Field Manual
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Kate Walsh
Tim's House
Blueberry Pie
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk

Webb Wilder
Born to Be Wilder
Blind Pig
Roots Rock, Blues-Rock

Larry Willis
The Offering
Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Xiu Xiu
Women as Lovers
Kill Rock Stars
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Charmed & Strange
Verve Forecast
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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