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New Music Releases – August 2012

Roadrunner Records

Our August 2012 New Music Releases calendar features the long-awaited return of Lynyrd Skynyrd, who are back with a new studio album filled with fresh material.


Last of a Dyin’ Breed‘ features the breakout title track, which makes use of everyone in the band, including their new bassist Johnny Colt. The locomotive backbeat is something fans will surely embrace and offers a great glimpse of what’s to come from the kings of Southern Rock.

There’s also the highly-anticipated Fleetwood Mac tribute album, ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me,’ which features standout covers done by ZZ Top‘s Billy F. Gibbons, Marianne Faithful, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis, and indie favorites like Karen Elson, Lykke Li and Best Coast among others. It’s got a positive buzz as many of the songs have leaked out online in advance of the release.

Plus, if you’re a fan of the sounds of Art Garfunkel, the taller half of Simon & Garfunkel packages his best and most touching works into the new two-disc collection, ‘The Singer.’ The 34-song set features such favorites as ‘Scarborough Fair,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ as well as previously unreleased cuts like ‘Lena’ and ‘Long Way Home.’

There’s also some interesting things coming from guitar heroes as Steve Vai issues ‘The Story of Light,’ and a supergroup of musicians calling themselves the Prog Collective issue a new self-titled release.

You can get all the August 2012 new music release dates below, and in most cases, learn more about the projects by clicking on the links in their titles.

For a continually updated list of new music, films and books headed your way from classic rock artists throughout the year, see our 2012 New Music Releases feature.

August 7
Bob Marley, ‘Marley: A Film by Kevin McDonald’ (DVD)
Elvis Presley, ‘Fame and Fortune: Lost in the Sixties’
Elvis Presley, ‘King Creole: The Alternate Album’
Elvis Presley, ‘Loving You: The Alternate Album’
Roxy Music, ‘The Complete Studio Recordings’ (Box Set)
The Zombies featuring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent ‘Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London’ (CD/DVD)

August 14
David Bowie, ‘Bowie in Berlin’ (DVD)
Loverboy, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival’
The Prog Collective, ‘The Prog Collective‘ (features members of Yes, Asia, King Crimson and XTC)
Steve Vai, ‘The Story of Light
Various Artists, ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

August 21
Glen Cambpell, ‘Inspiration Collection’
Humble Pie, ‘Winterland 1973′ (Vinyl)
The Kinks, ‘The Kinks at the BBC’ (Box Set)
Kiss, ‘Destroyer / Resurrected‘ (Deluxe Edition)
Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Last of a Dying Breed

August 28
Art Garfunkel, ‘The Singer‘ (Two-disc hits collection)
Queen, ‘Greatest Video Hits’ (DVD)
Triumph, ‘Live at Sweden Rock Festival‘ (CD/DVD)
The Who ‘Quadrophenia: The Criterion Collection’ (DVD)

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