The October 2012 New Music Releases calendar finds many of classic rock's heaviest hitters releasing new or archival projects, presumably in preparation for the holiday season.

Nobody's busier than Neil Young, who will release two different projects this month. Hot on the heels of his Sept. 25 memoirs 'Waging Heavy Peace,' on Oct. 16 comes the recent documentary 'Journeys.' This show finds Young roaming the stage all by himself in support of his 2010 'Le Noise' album. Two weeks later he will release his second new Crazy Horse-assisted album of 2012, the double-CD 'Psychedelic Pill.'

The month will also see brand-new, highly anticipated albums from Kiss, Heart, and Jeff Lynne, and vintage concert DVDs from both the Who and the Doors. You can get all the October 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, be sure to check out our 2012 New Music Releases feature.

New Music Releases – October 2012

October 2
The Beatles, 'Beatles Stories'
Heart, 'Fanatic'
Van Morrison, 'Born to Sing: No Plan B'
Velvet Underground, 'Velvet Underground & Nico' (six-disc reissue)
Various Artists, 'Who Are You: A Tribute to the Who'

October 9
Beach Boys, 'Greatest Hits' and 'Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones'
The Beatles, 'Magical Mystery Tour' (DVD, Blu-ray)
Blackmore's Night, 'A Knight in York'
Deep Purple, 'Machine Head - 40th Anniversary Edition' (UK only)
Dio, 'The Very Beast of Dio, Vol. 2'
Electric Light Orchestra, 'Mr. Blue Sky - the Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra'
Don Felder, 'Road to Forever'
Kiss, 'Monster'
Jeff Lynne, 'Long Wave'
Steve Miller Band, 'Children of the Future,' 'Sailor,' 'Brave New World,' 'Your Saving Grace,' and 'Number 5'
Motorhead, 'The World is Ours - Vol. 2'
Pete Townshend, 'Who I Am' (autobiography)

October 16
Chickenfoot, 'Chickenfoot' (Re-issue with live tracks)
Donald Fagen, 'Sunken Condos'
Neil Young, 'Journeys' (concert film)

October 23
The Doors, 'Live at the Bowl '68'
Peter Gabriel, 'So - 25th Anniversary Immersion Box'
Steve Hackett, 'Genesis Revisited II'
Night Ranger, '24 Strings & A Drummer - Live & Acoustic'
Neal Schon, 'The Calling'
Rod Stewart, 'Rod: The Autobiography' (Book)

October 30
Black Country Communion, 'Afterglow'
Blue Oyster Cult, 'The Columbia Album Collection'
Rod Stewart, 'Merry Christmas, Baby'
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, 'Psychedelic Pill'