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The Listening Room: Tony Bennett, The Lox, "La La Land," Rush and more...

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2016

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This week`s new and noteworthy music releases include...

Tony Bennett, "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90" (Columbia): A souvenir of the August all-star concert for Bennett`s birthday, featuring Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Buble and others, as well as Bennett himself.

John Cale, "Fragments Of A Rainy Season" (Domino): The Velvet Underground co-founder and pop auteur`s first live album is a solo, unplugged set that includes covers of Elvis Presley and Leonard Cohen favorites alongside Cale's evocative originals.

"La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Interscope): Ryan Gossling and Emma Stone prove to be more than capable singers delivering the songs from their new movie musical.

The Lox, "Filthy America...It's Beautiful" (Roc Nation): The New York rap trio resurfaces with its first album of new material in 16 years.

Bob Marley & the Wailers, "Live! (Deluxe Edition): The reggae great`s ?? concert album gets even better in this three-disc edition from July 1975 shows in London.

Rush, "2112 (40th Anniversary Edition)" (Mercury/UMe): The Canadian trio's sci-fi concept epic is expanded, in multiple configurations with live tracks and covers by admirers such as Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters.

Also Out: Ash Border, "Irrepassable Gate" (Profound Lore); Candles, "Matter + Spirit" (The End); Deathspell Omega, "The Synarchy of Molten Bones" (Season of Mist); Dave East, "Kairi Channel" (Mass Appeal); Free Salamander Exhibit, "Undestroyed" (Web of Mimicry); Corey Henry, "Lapeitah" (Louisiana Red Hot); Lisa HIlton, "Day & Night" (Ruby Slippers); Megosh, "Apostasy" (Cooking Vinyl); Lavinia Meijer, "The Glass Effect" (Sony/Naxos); Amira Medunjani, "Damar" (World Village); Don Rich & the Buckaroos, "Guitar Pickin' Man" (Omnivore)

From The Vaults: The Doors, "London Fog 1966" (Bright Midnight/Rhino);Randy Newman, "The Randy Newman Songbook" (Nonesuch); Uli Jon Roth, "Tokyo Tapes Revisited -- Live In Japan" (UDR); Stone Sour, "Come What(ever) May (10th Anniversary Edition)" (Roadrunner); Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, "Whiskey Sessions: 10th Anniversary Edition" (Sin House)

Soundtracks: "Fountain" (Mondo); "Over The Garden Wall" (Mondo); "Passengers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Sony Masterworks); "Penny Dreadful Seasons 2&3 -- Music from the Showtime Original Series" (Varese Sarabande); "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (Walt Disney); "Sing -- Original Motion Picture Score" (Backlot)

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