Greatest Hits Collections, Documentaries and Live Albums

This week’s batch of new releases features a wide variety of artists from new wave to hard rock.

Blondie, "Blondie 4(0)Ever/Ghosts of Download" Blondie, "Blondie 4(0)Ever/Ghosts of Download"  (Eleven Seven):

The New Wave icons turn 40 with a two-disc set pairing a new album with a collection of greatest hits.




Dave Clark Five, "Dave Clark Five & Beyond: Glad All Over"

Dave Clark Five, "Dave Clark Five & Beyond: Glad All Over" (PBS):

Dave Clark himself produced and directed this illuminating, career-spanning documentary, whose DVD and Blu-ray editions feature more than two hours of extra footage.


Dio, "Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993"

Dio, "Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993" (Eagle Rock):

The late Ronnie James Dio is in vintage solo career form on this CD, DVD and Blu-ray set as he leads this incarnation of his group through solo favorites and songs from his days with both Rainbow and Black Sabbath.



Dave Mason, "Future's Past"Dave Mason, "Future's Past" (Somethign Music/MRI):

On his first album in five years, the 70s hitmaker and Traffic co-founder mixes new songs and new versions of his older material, including "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "World in Changes" as well as a cover of Robert Johnson's "Come on in My Kitchen."


John Mayall, "A Special Life" John Mayall, "A Special Life" (Forty Below):

The British blues-rock veteran and Bluesbreaker leader mixes originals with covers of songs by Clifton Chenier, Albert King, Sonny Landreth and others on his first new albumin five years.




Grateful Dead, "Dave's Picks Volume 10: Thelma, Los Angeles, CA, December 12, 1969"
Grateful Dead, "Dave's Picks Volume 10: Thelma, Los Angeles, CA, December 12, 1969" (DeadNet/Rhino):

The tie-dyed rockers' prodigious vault yield's this early concert recording filled with fan favorites and long, Deadhead-pleasing jams.

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