News on Mandy Moore, Bruce Cockburn, 'Classic Albums'

Mandy MooreEpic has set a Jan. 15 release date for the soundtrack to the film "A Walk to Remember," starring teen vocalist Mandy Moore. The soundtrack sports four Moore tracks, including the single "Cry" and a duet with Switchfoot's John Foreman on a cover of the New Radicals' "Someday We'll Know." Other cuts from Switchfoot, Rachael Lampa, New Radicals, and Toploader are also included.

In the film, which arrives Jan. 25 in U.S. theaters, Moore plays the daughter of a Baptist minister who does not approve of her budding relationship with a boy from a rough-and-tumble background. "It's a beautiful script and a lot of the parts are a little heavy and emotionally and physically draining at times," she told Billboard.com earlier this year. "So, it was kind of hard to jump right out of that and be myself again, because the whole time I was filming, I really didn't feel like Mandy."

Look for Moore performing alongside Reba McEntire, Charlotte Church, and Tony Bennett Dec. 9 at the 20th annual "Christmas in Washington" event, to be broadcast Dec. 16 on TNT. Moore will also perform "Cry" as part of the Steven Spielberg-produced "Home for the Holidays" special, airing Dec. 21 on CBS.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Bruce CockburnA Bruce Cockburn best-of package, "Anything Anytime Anywhere (Singles 1979-2002)," due Jan. 15 from the Rounder and True North labels, will kick off an extensive reissue series of the singer/songwriter's work, as well as usher in a new studio album from the artist. The single disc "Singles" set will represent more than two-thirds of the recent Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee's career, and feature two new songs -- "My Beat," with Patty Griffin, and "Anything Anytime Anywhere" with the Fairfield Four.

Throughout 2002, Rounder and True North plan to reissue 18 remastered Cockburn albums. Titles to be included in the series, all of which hold the promise of bonus tracks, are 1984's "Stealing Fire," 1980's "Humans," 1979's "Dancing in the Dragons Jaws," and 1976's "In the Falling Dark," all originally released by Columbia.

Cockburn, who will be taking part in next month's multi-artist Concerts for a Landmine Free World shows, is planning a solo-acoustic tour beginning in March. An as-yet-untitled new studio album is also planned for sometime next year.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







Lou ReedEagle Eye Media and Pioneer Entertainment are in the midst of the third volley of home video releases of its "Classic Albums" documentary series. Each DVD or VHS title goes behind the scenes of the creation of legendary albums through interviews, archival studio footage, and performances, and seeks to put each in its place in a historical perspective.

The latest round, released Nov. 6 in the U.S., saw "Classic Albums" examinations of Elton John's landmark 1983 double-album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," Judas Priest's sixth album, 1980's "British Steel," and Metallica's self-titled 1991 opus. The final two episodes -- which delve into Lou Reed's second solo album, 1972's "Transformer" and Iron Maiden's 1982 set "The Number of the Beast" -- are due Dec. 4.

The VHS versions run 50 minutes, while the DVDs, which feature extended interview segments and bonus materials, including music videos, are 80- to 100- minutes in length. Past "Classic Albums" have focused on such legendary titles as Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors," Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland," Steely Dan's "Aja," and the Who's "Who's Next?"

For more information on the series, visit the Eagle Vision official Web site.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.