In its wonderfully thorough renovation of the Bob Marley catalog, Universal has reissued remastered, bonus-track-enhanced versions of not only all of his studio and live albums but also the hit four-disc Songs of Freedom boxed set and two-disc "Deluxe Editions" of the Catch a Fire and Exodus albums.
Paying homage to the music he heard as a youth (ergo the CD title bearing Fender's birth name), Freddy Fender revisits Latin classics like "Rayito de Luna," "Perfidia," and "Noche de Ronda" with elegance and respect for the traditional form of these songs.
Thanks to the vision of its namesake leader, the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) has been one of jazz's most durable names for more than two decades, seamlessly incorporating the personalities of its members into the fabric of the group dynamic, while developing but never sacrificing the continuity of a distinct ensemble sound.
Though Richard D. James' Aphex Twin recordings have skated electronic music's bleeding edge for much of the past decade, the landmark Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Classics sets are only now seeing their first domestic release via PIAS America.
The out-of-print early works of Primus will get new life courtesy of frontman Les Claypool's Prawn Song label, which will on April 23 reissue both the band's debut live LP "Suck on This," and its first full-length studio album, "Frizzle Fry." Both have been remastered, and will boast new liner notes by Claypool detailing the making of the albums. "Frizzle Fry" has also been bolstered with a cover medley of the Residents' "Hello Skinny/Constantinople."
A quarter century after the Sex Pistols belted out an acerbic punk tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the song is being re-released to mark the monarch's golden jubilee. Virgin Records plans to release "God Save the Queen" on May 27, hoping it will top the charts when Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 50 years on the throne during the first weekend in June.
Former Crowded House/Split Enz frontman Neil Finn says the recording of his new live album, "7 Worlds Collide - Live at the St. James" (released Feb. 26 via Nettwerk America), was both an experiment with some rather famous friends and a chance to give a little back to his fellow New Zealanders.