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April 2017 New Music Releases

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The list of April 2017 New Music Releases features loads of fresh material by signature classic-rock legends, as well as another wallet-emptying edition of Record Store Day.

Deep Purple‘s 20th studio album leads the charge this month. Produced by Bob Ezrin, who’s worked with Alice Cooper and Pink FloydinFinite arrives in advance of a lengthy new tour beginning in Bucharest on May 13. Elsewhere, Record Store Day looks to include intriguing releases from both David Bowie and Paul McCartney, among many, many others.

Kinks frontman Ray Davies collaborated with members of the Jayhawks on Americana, his first new studio effort in nearly a decade. Meanwhile, John Mellencamp‘s 23rd album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies, prominently features regular touring mate Carlene Carter.

Mike and the Mechanics’ Let Me Fly marks the eighth LP by Genesis co-founder Mike Rutherford’s other hitmaking band. Queen guitarist Brian May offers his second studio collaboration with singer Kerry Ellis. Golden Days follows 2010’s Anthems and a series of joint live dates.

Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs features a sampling of Michael Nesmith‘s solo work away from the Monkees, beginning with “The New Recruit” – his first-ever recording, made under the name Michael Blessing. Krokus’ Big Rocks includes an assortment of cover songs from the likes of Black Sabbath, Queen and the Who.

More information on these and other classic rock releases can be found below. And remember to look at our updated list of 2017 New Music Releases for details on music issued throughout the year.

Deep Purple InFinite Album Amazon

April 7


Brian May and Kerry Ellis, Golden Days
Deep Purple, InFinite
Joan Baez, The Complete Gold Castle Masters (3 CDs)
Krokus, Big Rocks
Mike and the Mechanics, Let Me Fly

Michael Nesmith Infinite Tuesday Autobiographical Riffs Album Photo

April 14


Allman Brothers Band, The Fox Box
Michael Nesmith, Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs

Ray Davies Americana Album Photo

April 21


Big Star, Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live … and More
Humble Pie, Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1
John Mellencamp, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies
Ray Davies, Americana
Richie Kotzen, Salting Earth
Procol Harum, Novum

David Bowie Bowpromo Album Photo

April 22

(Record Store Day)

Alice in Chains – Get Born (7″, 4,000)
David Bowie – BOWPROMO vinyl set (5,000); Live in Los Angeles ‘74 (5,000)
The Cars – Live at the Agora, 1978 (4,000)
Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive Vol. One (1,470)
David Crosby – David Crosby and the Lighthouse Band (2,500)
The Doors – Live at the Matrix ’67 (4,500)
Emerson Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (1,500)
Fleetwood Mac – Alternate Mirage (3,500)
Grateful Dead – P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, B.C. 7/29/66 (4,000)
Jimi Hendrix (as Curtis Knight) – Live at George’s Club 20, 1965 & 1966 (2 LP, 3,000)
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing (12″ EP, 3,500)
The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night (2,500); Got Love If You Want It (2,500)
Motorhead – Clean Your Clock (Picture Disc, 1,500)
Stevie Nicks – Rarities (5,000)
Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes – Live at Jones Beach (3,000)
Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive (4,000)
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (1,200)
Ramones – ’76–’79 Singles Box (3,500)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot (4,750)
Lou Reed – Perfect Night: Live in London (3,000)
The Runaways – Cherokee/Gold Star Sessions (3,000)
Santana – Live at Woodstock (3,000)
The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the U.K.: The U.K. and U.S. Singles (3,500)
Patti Smith – Hey Joe (7″, 2,250)
Sting – Live at the Bataclan (3,500)
Talking Heads/Wildlings – This Must Be the Place (Side-by-side, 3,000)
Toto – Africa (2,500)
The Turtles – More Golden Hits
U2 – Red Hill Mining Town (7,000)
Yes – 90125 (Picture disc, 2,500)
Neil Young – Decade (5,000)
The Zombies – I Want You Back (1,250); A Rose for Emily/This Will Be Our Year (1,250)

Limited Run
Blondie – Long Time (7″, 750)
Randy Newman – Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums 1968-1977 (5 LP Box Set, 1,000)
Pink Floyd – 1966-1967 (12″ picture disc, 650)
Leon Russell – Guitar Blues (CD, 500)
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Live from E Street (EP, 1,000)
Uriah Heep – Live (2 LP, 1,000)

First Releases
Def Leppard – The Def Leppard EP (12″, 4,000)
Paul McCartney – Cassette Demos (Cassette, 2,500)
Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson (LP, 3000)
Pearl Jam – “State of Love and Trust”/”Breath” (7″, 5,000)
Todd Rundgren and Utopia – Utopia Live at the Fox: 1973 (2 LP, 1,400)
Rush – Cygnus X-1 (12″, 5,000)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 (4 LP, 3,000)
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Live at Carnegie Hall (2 LP, 3,000)
Frank Zappa – “Rollo”/”Portland Improvisation” (10″, 4,000)

Allman Brothers Best of Arista Years

April 28


Allman Brothers Band, Hell & High Water: The Best of the Arista Years
Atlanta Rhythm Section, Truth in a Structured Form (reissue)
Big Star, The Best of Big Star (vinyl)
Cheap Trick, The Epic Archive Vol. 1: 1975-1979
Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds,
The Beginning (Produced by Jimmy Page)

Blondie Pollinator Album Photo

Coming in May


Blondie, Pollinator
Grateful Dead, Cornell 5/8/77
Robin Trower, Time and Emotion
Todd Rundgren, White Knight
Neil Young, Official Release Series Discs 5-8 (four-CD box set); Official Release Series Discs 8.5-12 (five-CD box set)
Warrant, Louder Harder Faster


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