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The bulk of this week's new album releases aren't really new at all. Can you say "ka-ching?"

New Album Releases 11/20/07: Ranking The Reissues With U2, Genesis, Nine Inch Nails, And More Led Zeppelin, Plus New Music From Jordin Sparks, Sebastian Bach, And More

With Thanksgiving, and the official start of the holiday buying season nearly upon us, its not surprising that the bulk of this week's new album releases aren't really new at all.

Can you say ka-ching?

The one saving grace in this week's sea of reissues, however, is the fact that many of these have been repackaged with an emphasis on detail, and nearly all of them feature extras of one variety or another. In fact, if there has been any one significant trend in the glut of holiday releases this year, it has been the multi-disc package that includes both CDs and DVDs. The catch here, is that more than often than not you are given a choice between a standard version, and a deluxe version — which is where you are usually going to find the bonus goodies like the DVD.

Take the newly mastered version of U2's landmark 1987 release The Joshua Tree for example. Here you get not one, but two deluxe editions. The more modestly priced version features the original album — remastered of course — as well as a second disc of B-sides and rarities.

The second, includes all of that plus a bonus DVD with a documentary, a full 1987 concert, and a previously unreleased video for the song "Red Hill Mining Town," all housed in a hardcover book. They've pretty much all ready got me with the live footage from the Joshua Tree tour, which I'm hoping is better than the disappointing Rattle And Hum film was.

Genesis has a box-set covering the years 1983-1998, or what most will remember as the "Phil Collins Era."

This is when the once wonderfully adventurous — albeit less commercially successful — prog-rock band of the seventies, with Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett driving the boat, devolved into something more resembling an MTV driven, hit-making machine. The Collins era is covered here on 5 CDs and 5 DVDs. Fans of the more progressive (and interesting) Peter Gabriel years might want to opt for the four disc box, Archive 1967-1975 if they can find it, for the complete live recording of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway alone.

On the heels of last week's release of the new Led Zeppelin compilation Mothership, comes the remaster job on the group's live concert film, The Song Remains The Same. Which comes in — you guessed it! — both CD and DVD versions. The idea here of course is to get it right this time, as the original from the seventies has long been a sore spot with Zep fans, due to the poor sequencing and sound quality. Of course, there is still the little matter of the performance itself, which most agree captures Zeppelin on something of an off-night.

Other notable reissues this week include a Nine Inch Nails remix album which is supposedly an interactive deal where fans can create their own mixes, using bonus features on a DVD and the band's website. Keith Urban's Greatest Hits should have the cash registers ringing, as should everybody's favorite band of cartoon rappers Gorillaz with their D-Sides. Bruce Springsteen fans should be happy about the reissues of both Southside Johnny's The Jukes and E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren's debut album. On the holiday music front, R&B crooner Keith Sweat offers A Christmas of Love.

Topping the new releases which actually feature new music is the debut album from American Idol's Jordin Sparks. I haven't heard too much about this release, but based on what I saw on last year's season (okay, ya' caught me — I watch American Idol, too), I'd expect the sort of R&B diva act that seems to have worked for everyone from Mariah to Beyonce. If nothing else, the way that fellow Idols Daughtry and Carrie Underwood cleaned up at this weekend's American Music Awards proves that the show does still sell records.

Personally though, I'm a lot more interested in Angel Down, the new solo album from Skid Row's Sebastian Bach. I was never a big fan of Skid Row myself, but this set does have some cameos by Axl Rose, who helps out Bach on a cover of Aerosmith's "Back In The Saddle." And of course, any album that sports a song with a title like "(Love Is) A Bitchslap," immediately is going to warrant my attention.

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

Sebastian Bach
Angel Down
Get Off My Bach/MRV/Caroline
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Free at Last
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks
Teen Pop, Urban, Dance-Pop

Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary [2 CD/DVD]
College Rock, Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Punk

Various Artists
The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium
Dance-Rock, Madchester, Dream Pop, Britpop, Shoegaze, Alternative Pop/Rock

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop [Bonus Tracks]
Hard Bop

Rock Dream
Southern Lord
Noise-Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

David Buchbinder
Jewish Music, Cuban Jazz, Jewish Folk, Son, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Klezmer, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Salsa, World Fusion

Scott Dunn
Vernon Duke: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Homage to Boston
Modern Concertos & Piano Music

Melissa Etheridge
The Awakening Live
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Donald Fagen
The Nightfly Trilogy
Warner Bros
Jazz-Rock, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock

1983-1998 [5CD/5DVD]
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Album Rock

Alternative Rap, Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ed Harcourt
Until Tomorrow Then: The Best of Ed Harcourt
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bobby Hutcherson
Mosaic Select: Bobby Hutcherson

Philippe Jaroussky
Carestini – The Story of a Castrato
Virgin Classics
Baroque & Classical Opera Arias

Mike Jones
The American Dream
Ice Age/Swishahouse/Asylum/Wa
Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

Eyvind Kang
Eyvind Kang: The Yelm Sessions
Contemporary Chamber Music

Kool Keith
Dr. Octagon, Pt. 2
Real Talk
Underground Rap, Hip-Hop

La Nef
The Battle of Killiecrankie
ATMA Classique
Scottish Songs & Chamber Works

Joe Lally
Nothing Is Underrated
Indie Rock

Led Zeppelin
The Song Remains the Same [Bonus Tracks]
Atlantic/Swan Song
Hard Rock, Album Rock, British Metal, British Blues, Arena Rock, Heavy Metal

Nils Lofgren
Nils Lofgren
Hip-O Select
Heartland Rock, Roots Rock, Rock & Roll

James Murphy & Pat Mahoney
Club/Dance, Disco, Post-Disco, Left-Field House, House

Nine Inch Nails
Industrial Metal, Alternative Metal, Industrial

Dreaming Out Loud
Alternative Pop/Rock

Quatuor Danel
Weinberg: String Quartets, Vol. 1
Modern String Quartets

Original Soundtrack
Alvin and the Chipmunks [Original Soundtrack]
Razor & Tie
Holiday, Film Music, Soundtracks, Christmas, Sing-Along, Novelty

Original Soundtrack
Enchanted [Disney Soundtrack]
Teen Pop, Original Score, Soundtracks

Original Soundtrack
High School Musical: Hits Collection [Box Set]
Teen Pop, TV Soundtracks

The Residents
The Voice of Midnight
Fantasy, Drama, Experimental, Avant-Garde, Electronic

Six Organs of Admittance
Shelter from the Ash
Drag City
Experimental, Post-Rock/Experimental

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
The Jukes
Bar Band, Rock & Roll, Album Rock

Keith Sweat
A Christmas of Love
Sweat Shop/Rhino
Holiday, Contemporary R&B, Christmas, Adult Contemporary

Taking Back Sunday
Louder Now: Part Two [CD/DVD]
Warner Bros.
Emo, Post-Hardcore

Keith Urban
Greatest Hits
Contemporary Country

Randy VanWarmer
Beat of Love/Things That You Dream
Collectors' Choice Music
Soft Rock

Randy VanWarmer
Collectors' Choice Music
Soft Rock

Various Artists
Black Mirror: Reflections in Global Musics 1918-1955
Dust to Digital
Traditional Chinese, International Folk, Indian Pop, Rhumba, Gamelan, Oratories, Opera

Various Artists
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968
Motown/Hip-O Select
Pop-Soul, Motown, Soul

Various Artists
Discovered: As Sampled by Daft Punk

Amy Winehouse
Frank [US]
Universal Republic
Contemporary R&B, Vocal Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

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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