Another Monday release date, ostensibly to get the jump on an abbreviated week with the Thanksgiving/Black Friday holiday! And it's another big week, to be sure.
The Rolling Stones, Some Girls: Deluxe Edition (Rolling Stones/UMe)
Whether you think it's the last truly great Stones album or not, it's hard to deny that this is the biggest of the deluxe releases this week. (That super-deluxe edition, with a bonus DVD and vinyl, doesn't disprove the notion, either.)
Bob Seger, Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets (Capitol)
Seger's Greatest Hits (1994) was the biggest selling catalogue album of the last decade. So it stands to reason that this two-disc set, boasting more than a few rare and unreleased classics, would do just as well, right?
Michael Jackson, Immortal (Epic)
Not only Michael's greatest hits, but his best material, remixed and reimagined for the new Cirque du Soleil show. Shameless plug: a full review from me will be up, courtesy of our friends at Popblerd, later today. But I can tell you this - if you love Michael, and remember how much fun it was to lose yourself in Michael's music, this one's for you.
Rush, Sectors 1-3 (Mercury/UMe)
Three box sets of Rush's entire discography for Mercury, from 1976 to 1987. Fifteen albums, five per box, with one of the albums in each box also included as a surround-sound DVD. (That part's still kind of confusing to me, too.)
The Kinks, The Kinks in Mono (Sanctuary U.K.)
Ten discs of mono Kinks, includes their first seven albums and three discs of EP and single material. And I didn't make a single Kinks "K" joke in there at all!
Lady Gaga, Born This Way: The Collection (Streamline/Kon Live/Interscope)
My pick for the best mainstream pop album of the year (although it's quite further down the list of overall albums) is expanded with a new remix album and live DVD (also available separately, because Gaga is good to her little monsters like that).
The Grateful Dead, Dick's Picks Vol. 34-36 (Real Gone)
More reissued gems from our new friends at Real Gone: the last three volumes of Dick's Picks, originally released in 2005.
Warren Zevon, Bad Luck in Dancing School (Friday Music)
Long out of print, Zevon's 1980 album is remastered and reissued on compact disc.
Styx, Pieces of Eight (Vinyl) (Friday Music)
All you renegades and blue collar men will love this vinyl reissue of the 1978 classic.
Ed Ames, Christmas with Ed Ames/Christmas is the Warmest Time of Year / David Rose, The David Rose Christmas Album (Real Gone)
Three adult contemporary classic holiday albums presented on two CDs.