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April 2016 New Music Releases

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The slate of April 2016 new music releases begins with Cheap Trick, whose Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello represents both their first album since 2009’s The Latest and their first since Rick Nielsen’s son Daxx took over for drummer Bun E. Carlos. And that’s just the beginning, as the month promises plenty of cool sounds.

Santana have reunited with most of their classic-era lineup, while Ace Frehley is once again paired with former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley for one track from Frehley’s new album. And Graham Nash releases his first solo disc since 2002 – just after announcing the end of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Similarly, a new disc by Sixx:A.M. fills the void for Nikki Sixx now that Motley Crue have left the road.

Live projects include Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin’nérd and Second Helping performed in their entirety; a Motorhead date in Rio De Janeiro from 2011; Rainbow at Donington in 1980; and a pair of Bad Company dates from their classic ’70s era, among others.

Meanwhile, the schedule of classic rock reissues features Derek and the DominosLayla and Derek and the Dominos in Concert; Deep Purple‘s Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band; Phil CollinsNo Jacket Required and Testify; and Foghat‘s Bearsville-era albums. Then there’s Metallica‘s huge reexaminations of early favorites Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning.

That’s to say nothing of the avalanche of tasty stuff associated with the annual Record Store Day.

More information on these and other classic-rock releases can be found below. And remember to look at our updated list of 2016 New Music Releases for details on music issued throughout the year.

Cheap Trick photo

April 1



Cheap Trick, Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello
Derek and the Dominos, Layla; Derek and the Dominos in Concert (remastered reissues)
Todd Rundgren, Live at the Forum: London 1994


motorhead photo

April 8



Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin’nérd & Second Helping: Live From Jacksonville (DVD)
Motörhead, Hellfire: Recorded In Rio De Janeiro 2011 (DVD)
Zakk Wylde, Book of Shadows II
Deep Purple, Stormbringer; Come Taste the Band: 35th Anniversary Edition
Peter Wolf, A Cure for Loneliness


Thirty Tigers
Thirty Tigers

April 15



Metallica, Kill ‘Em All; Ride the Lightning: Deluxe Box Set
Santana – Santana IV
Ace Frehley, Origins Vol. 1
Lita Ford, Time Capsule
Graham Nash, This Path Tonight
Phil Collins, No Jacket Required; Testify: Deluxe Edition
Foghat, The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection


Record Store Day logo photo



The Animals, Animal Tracks – Format: 10″ Vinyl
David Bowie, I Dig Everything – The Pye Years 1966 – Format: 12″ Vinyl
David Bowie, The Man Who Sold The World – Format: 12″ Picture Disc
David Bowie, “TVC15″ – Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Paul Butterfield Blues Band / Albert King, “Born Under a Bad Sign” – Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl
Cheap Trick, Found New Parts – Format: 10″ Vinyl
The Doors, “Roadhouse Blues (Live)”/”A Feast of Friends” – Format: 7″ Vinyl
The Doors, Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance – Format: 3 x LP
Bob Dylan, “Melancholy Mood” – Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl
Fleetwood Mac, (Alternative) Tusk – Format: 2 x LP
Grateful Dead, Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77 – Format: 4 x LP
Iron Maiden, Empire of the Clouds – Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Jethro Tull, Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! – Format: LP
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sinner LP – Format: LP
The Kinks, “Mister Pleasant” – Format: 7″ Vinyl
The Kinks, Dave Davies Hits – Format: 7″ Vinyl
The Monkees, Classic Album Collection – Format: Vinyl Box Set
The Monkees, “Saturday’s Child”/”You Just May Be The One” – Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Moody Blues, Moody Blues #1 – Format: LP
Mudcrutch, “Trailer”/”Beautiful World” – Format: 7″ Vinyl
Graham Nash, This Path Tonight – Format: LP
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kiss My Amps II – Format: LP
Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols – Format: 12″ Picture Disc
The Move, Something Else By the Move – Format: 7″ Vinyl
The Runaways, The Runaways: Right Now/Black Leather – Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl
Todd Rundgren & Utopia, Disco Jets – Format: LP
The Turtles, “Happy Together” – Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl
Cheap Trick, At Budokan: The Complete Concert – Format: 2 x LP
Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 Box Set – Format: Vinyl Box Set
Jimi Hendrix, Smash Hits – Format: LP
Iggy & The Stooges, METALLIC K.O. – Format: LP
Metallica, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003 – Format: CD
Ramones, “Judy Is A Punk” – Format: 7″ Vinyl
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, “My Guitar” / “Dog Breath” – Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl


Rainbow photo

April 22



Rainbow, Monsters of Rock: Live at Donington 1980 (CD/DVD)
Gordon Lightfoot, Songbook
Neil Young, Rust Never Sleeps; Human Highway: Director’s Cut (DVD)
Jethro Tull, Aqualung Box Set


Beautiful Sculpture at a Melbourne Cemetery

April 29



Sixx: A.M., Prayers for the Damned Vol. 1
Miles Nielsen (son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen), Heavy Metal
Bad Company, Live in Concert 1977 & 1979
Tremonti (with Wolfgang Van Halen), Dust
Brian Eno, The Ship
Cream, Classic Album Selection
The Move, Move; Shazam: Expanded Deluxe Edition
Boz Scaggs, Other Roads: Deluxe Edition


Monkees photo

May and Beyond



Eric Clapton, I Still Do
Bob Dylan, Fallen Angels
The Monkees, Good Times
Bon Jovi, This House Is Not for Sale
Dee Snider, Now
Steve Vai, Passion and Warfare (reissue)


Next: A Complete Look at 2016’s New Music Releases

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