A 7 CD Ray Charles box set will be released September 20th.
The set is entitled: Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952 - 1959). It will be released by Rhino Records for $150.
The set contains 7 audio CDs featuring 164 tracks made up of live cuts, rarities, collaborations and more. There's a hour of previously unreleased music and dialogue.
A bonus DVD featuring 9 additional tracks is also included. The DVD is a video of his 1960 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Also on September 20th, the sequel to the Ray Charles duets album,Ray Charles: Genius & Friends, comes out. Produced by Phil Ramone the album contains songs that were recorded BEFORE Genius Loves Company and other early works from Charles with modern artists being added into the mix.
The complete Woodstock performance from Jimi Hendrix will be released for the first time ever on DVD starting September 13th. Details here!
Ashlee Simpson will release her second album In Another Life October 18th. It will reportedly contain 2 songs that make reference to her screwups with the first CD's promotion. (lip synching on SNL, etc...)
So Amazing: An All Star Tribute To Luther Vandross is due out soon.
Among the featured artists are:
Aretha Franklin - "A House Is Not A Home"
Celine Dion - "Dance With My Father"
Elton John - "Anyone Who Had A Heart" (duet with original Vandross vocal)
Fantasia - "Till My Baby Comes Home"
Mary J. Blige - "Never Too Much"
Donna Summer - "Power Of Love"
John Legend - "Love Won't Let Me Wait"
Wycleff Jean - "Always and Forever"
Jamie Foxx - "Creepin'"
Rhino Records is celebrating 27 years in business. Story link!
Live has signed a deal with Epic Records and will release their new album Songs From Black Mountain in mid-November.
Neil Diamond will release his new album November 8th on Columbia Records. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and will be the first self-titled CD in Diamond's career. A track listing isn't available yet, but three potential songs are "Oh Mary", "Delirious", and "Evermore."
The Eurythmics will release the 19 track Ultimate Eurythmics CD November 8th via Arist Records. The compilation will lead off with a new track called "I've Got a Life (It's the Only Thing That's Mine)" and close with another new cut called "Is It Just Another Love Affair."
Melissa Etheridge's greatest hits CD The Road Less Traveled will be released October 4th on Island Records. You can read about the five new songs that will appear on the disc and get more details here.