Ultimate Classic Rock
In a month dominated by reissues, a few new albums stand out – including one from the reigning shock rocker, a pair of comeback albums and a cool collaboration.
Topping the list of July 2017 New Music Releases is Alice Cooper‘s Paranormal, which features a stack of original solo material. But there are also three new songs written and recorded with the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band, as well as “carefully selected live recordings.”
Elsewhere, Mr. Big‘s Defying Gravity finds bassist Billy Sheehan, singer Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert and drummer Pat Torpey working with producer Kevin Elson for the first time since 1993. Elson produced their first three albums.
The Riverdogs have reconvened the band’s original lineup for their first new album since 2011. Rob Lamothe, Nick Brophy and Vivian Campbell produced the Riverdogs’ self-titled 1990 debut, but then Campbell split, eventually joining Def Leppard.
As for that pile of reissues, get ready to dig into great old sounds from the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Iron Maiden, the Ramones, the Monkees, the Cars and Fleetwood Mac, among many others.
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.
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (vinyl reissue)
Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan; The Times They Are a-Changin’; Another Side of Bob Dylan; Highway 61 Revisited (reissues)
Boz Scaggs, Moments; Other Roads (expanded edition reissues)
Chris Bell, Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star
Riverdogs [Vivian Campbell], California
Spirit, The Family That Plays Together (reissue)
Grateful Dead, Smiling On a Cloudy Day
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Barefoot in the Head
Eric Stewart [10cc, Paul McCartney], Anthology
Iron Maiden, Death on the Road, Flight 666, The Final Frontier, and En Vivo!
Mr. Big, Defying Gravity
Ramones, Leave Home (40th anniversary deluxe edition)
Marillion, Misplaced Childhood (deluxe edition reissue)
The Monkees, Summer of Love