Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

Sergio Mendes offers up his first album in more than eight years flanked by a modern-day cast of characters like the Black Eyed Peas', Bela Fleck regroups with the Flecktones and indie rocke

The debut album from U.K. rock act the Subways, "Young for Eternity" (Sire).

A new album from R&B vocalist Jaheim, "Ghetto Classics" (Warner Bros.).

The latest release from singer/songwriter Shawn Mullins, "9th Ward Pickin' Parlor" (Vanguard).

The debut album from buzzed-about underground rock act the Sword, "Age of Winters" (Kemado/Hollywood).

The concert album "Lotta Love: A Tribute to Nicolette Larson" (Rhino), chronicling a 1998 celebration of the late artist. The event featured performances from Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jimmy Buffet, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Little Feat with Bonnie Raitt, a number of whom Larson recorded with in her lifetime.

The Tori Amos retrospective video DVD "Fade to Red" (Rhino), rounding up clips from throughout her career.

Reissues of several titles from late vocalist Nina Simone via Verve, "Broadway-Blues-Ballads," "High Priestess of Soul," "I Put a Spell on You," "In Concert," "Let It All Out," "Pastel Blues" and "Wild Is the Wind."