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>> For those of you who still can't get enough of Willie Nelson even after this weekend's concert at the Waikiki Shell, the fine country roots label Sugar Hill releases "Crazy: The Demo Sessions" today. It's a digitally restored and remastered collection of some of Nelson's first demos from the early '60s (both solo and with a studio band) and includes 10 previously unreleased recordings -- including one newly discovered Nelson composition, "I'm Still Here."
>> Consummate '70s soul singer Al Green gets bonus track-laden reissues of his most seminal works: "Green Is Blues," "Gets Next to You," "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still in Love With You." Reissue producer Colin Escott said: "By early '72, Al Green was a really big name in R&B and had formulated a very different sound (with Memphis producer Willie Mitchell). ... These are the last great Southern soul recordings."
>> Other reissues of note include "Reach the Beach" by the Fixx and Men at Work's "Business as Usual" and "Cargo" (all with bonus tracks), "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne," Rush's "The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987)" and a couple of instrumental compilations of Leo Kottke's earlier work on the Capitol and Chrysalis labels.
>> Finally, the all-star tribute album to the Ramones, "We're a Happy Family" (DV8/Columbia), will FINALLY be released today, in spite of the unintentional misinformation we've passed on that it was going to be in music stores earlier. Some of the guest acts and their covers include Eddie Vedder ("I Believe in Miracles"), Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Havana Affair"), Marilyn Manson ("The KKK Took My Baby Away"), the Offspring ("I Wanna Be Sedated"), U2 ("Beat on the Brat"), KISS ("Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?") and Metallica ("53rd and 3rd").
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