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December 2015 New Music Releases

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This list of December 2015 new music releases syncs up with our looming gift-giving season, as a bundle of huge reissues arrive just in time for the holidays. We take a look at some of the most interesting of those upcoming projects, and also offer a peek into what’s in store for early 2016.

Bruce Springsteen takes an in-depth look at The River, expanding the project into a four-CD/three DVD/Blu-ray box titled The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. Of special interest is the official debut of his original single-disc edition of this album, a foundation from which Springsteen later built a sprawling double-LP set in 1980.

Fleetwood Mac are taking a similar voyage through 1979’s Tusk, which will be reissued in a five-CD/DVD/two-LP deluxe edition, a three-CD expanded edition and a single-disc remaster. Cream‘s singles have also been collected into a deluxe vinyl box, with remastered mono sound and new art.

Ringo Starr will be joined by an all-star cast on Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert, as Joe Walsh, Ben Harper and Starr himself reinterpret songs from both his solo career and his time with the Beatles.

Meanwhile, Van Morrison‘s three-year tenure with Them will be explored in a new 70-song, three-CD box. Included along with music from The Angry Young Them and Them Again are a slew of non-LP singles, an entire disc of demos and a 16-page booklet featuring liner notes by Morrison.

More information on these and other classic-rock releases can be found below. And remember to look at our updated list of 2015 New Music Releases for details on music issued throughout the year.

The Ties That Bind- The River Collection

December 4



The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South: Deluxe Edition
Bruce Springsteen, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
Cream, The Singles 1967-1970 (vinyl box)
Europe, War of Kings: Special Edition
Fleetwood Mac, Tusk (Expanded Edition)
Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks Vol. 3 Pembroke Pines, Florida 5/22/77
Ringo Starr, The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert
Roger Waters, Roger Waters The Wall
Roy Orbison, The MGM Years
Rush, A Show of Hands (vinyl reissue)
The Them [Van Morrison], The Complete Them 1964-1967


Black Crowes, A Texan Tornado

December 11



Black Crowes, A Texan Tornado
Cheap Trick, Auld Lang Syne: New Year’s Eve Broadcast 1979 – Forum, L.A.
Joe Cocker, The Life of a Man – The Ultimate Hits (1968-2013)
Marty Balin, Good Memories: Tribute to Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship
Todd Rundgren & Utopia, Live at the Old Waldorf San Francisco – August 1978: Deluxe Edition


Pantera The Complete Albums

December 18



Pantera, The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000


Elton John Wonderful Crazy Night

January and Beyond



David Bowie, Blackstar
Paul Carrack, Soul Shadows
Rush, Feedback + Snakes & Arrows
Megadeth, Dystopia
Phil Collins, Face Value: Deluxe Edition; Both Sides: Deluxe Edition; Take a Look at Me Now: Collector’s Edition
Elton John, Wonderful Crazy Night
Last in Line, Heavy Crown


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