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Some tasty bits to chew on this week.

New Album Releases 03/17/09: Willie Nelson, Nick Lowe, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Static-X, Mike Marshall

Not a whole lot on the new-release plate this week, but some tasty bits to chew on nonetheless.

Naked Willie is yet another of the many Willie Nelson compilations we've been seeing of late, but this one has a unique twist.

In much the same manner that the "naked" version of the Beatles Let It Be deconstructed Phil Spector's over-production of that album, Naked Willie strips away the more overdone aspects of some of the best songs from Nelson's years in the sixties and early seventies on the RCA label. The result is an album where Nelson's often overlooked work during those years is able to be viewed in a new, far more refreshing light.

Nick Lowe's Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe is a two disc set that purports to be the definitive overview on the legendary pure pop pioneer's career. The bonus edition also features a recent concert performance captured on DVD.

Marianne Faithfull's Easy Come Easy Go finds the one-time pop princess turned gracefully aging chanteuse covering songs by the Smiths, the Decemberists, and Billie Holiday among others, aided by a cast that includes Keith Richards, Sean Lennon, and Marc Ribot.

Mick Fleetwood's Blues Band pay tribute to the blues-rock of early Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac on Blue Again!. Static-X are back at their bludgeoning best on Cult of Static. Now, here's Pico to talk about Mike Marshall

Pico's Pick: Mike Marshall – Mike Marshall's Big Trio

Much as Miles Davis continuously revitalized his career by bringing unheralded young talent into his band, so has mandolin/acoustic guitar maestro done with his new, Big Trio. His acoustic bass player Paul Kowert is barely old enough to buy liquor and his violinist is scarcely at driving age, but both play this intricate mosaic of bluegrass, classical, folk and jazz like as if they has been around as long as Marhsall himself.

The future of progressive bluegrass is very bright, and it's here right now, on Mike Marshall's Big Trio.

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

Nick Lowe
Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe
Yep Roc
Pub Rock, Pop/Rock, Power Pop, New Wave, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll, Roots Rock

Willie Nelson
Naked Willie
RCA Nashville/Legacy
Outlaw Country, Country-Pop, Progressive Country, Traditional Country

Kelly Joe Phelps
Western Bell
Black Hen
Contemporary Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Acoustic Blues

Wavvves [De Stijl]
De Stijl
Noise Pop, Noise-Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

Sam Bisbee
Son of a Math Teacher
Le Grand Magistery
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Drag City
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Lo-Fi

Marianne Faithfull
Easy Come Easy Go
Decca U.S.

Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
Blue Again!
Savoy Jazz

Angela Gheorghiu
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
EMI Classics
Post-Romantic Opera

Heavy Metal Kids
Anvil Chorus [Bonus Tracks]
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Heavy Metal Kids
Heavy Metal Kids [Bonus Track]
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Henri Ledroit
Charpentier: Rendez-moi mes plaisirs
Baroque Music for Voice and Ensemble

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!
Lost Highway
Retro-Soul, Modern Electric Blues, Retro-Rock

The Long Blondes
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock

Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

Ian Munro
Blue Rags
Tall Poppies
Contemporary Piano Music

Aldo Nova
Subject…Aldo Nova
Album Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Aldo Nova
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Katrin Scholz
Haydn: Violin Concertos
Berlin Classics
Classical Violin Concertos

Trio Dali
Ravel: Piano Trio; Sonata for Violin & Cello; Violin Sonata
Fuga Libera
Modern Chamber Music

Tomorrow Today
Indie Electronic

Cult of Static
Warner Bros.
Alternative Metal

Status Quo
Pictures: 40 Years of Hits [2CD/DVD]
Psychedelic Pop, Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic, Pop/Rock

Sum 41
All the Good Shit: 14 Solid Gold Hits 2001-2008 [Best Buy Exclusive Edition]
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Industry Giants
Superdrag Sound Laboratories
Pop Underground, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

30 Massive Shots from Treasure Isle
Attack UK
DJ, Roots Reggae

Various Artists
Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 8
Wicked Cool
Garage Rock Revival, Garage Rock

Susumu Yokota
Ambient Techno

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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