The week’s new music arrivals reflects the approaching holidays with increasing numbers of reissues and special editions designed for gift giving. Here’s what’s new: The Circle from Bon Jovi finds the Jersey boys back exploring their more predictable rock roots in an album Allmusic.com called “a soundtrack for the Great Recession”; Dashboard Confessional’s back, with Chris Carrabba as always leading the way, with Alter the Ending. Then come the reissues, special editions, live albums, you name it. A few of note:
Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth: A live CD/DVD package filmed in August that features his hits and even a guest spot from Colbie Caillat).
Fray, Fray: Denver’s most famous band has reissued its second album with a bonus CD that contains eight previously unreleased studio and live tracks.
Snow Patrol, Up to Now: A 30-track set of radio hits and lesser know music from the band everyone suddenly noticed after the 2006 hit “Chasing Cars” caught fire, even though this set goes back to 1998.
Britney Spears, The Singles Collection: There’s a 17-track Spears disc out called The Singles. But why buy that when you can snap up this deluxe box set of 29 singles? It does include the new single “3” as well as a DVD full of music videos.
The Kinks Choral Collection: Ray Davies? Orchestral and choral arrangements? Let your conscience be your guide.
Ella Fitzgerald, Twelve Nights in Hollywood: The best jazz vocalist of all time? We won’t argue against that. And in this 1961 recording, Ella’s at the height of her powers over multiple nights. If anything, four CDs may not be enough.
Koko Taylor, What It Takes: The Chess Years (Expanded Edition): Speaking of great vocalists, the late Chicago blues shouter is remembered on this release, whiich adds six songs to the 1991 release reissued here.