There's a diverse range of October 2011 new music releases headed your way, including the long-awaited new studio album from Jane's Addiction, 'The Great Escape Artist,' which will end their eight-year absence from record stores.

The month also finds some big classic rock artists branching out in admirable new ways, with Chicago and Scott Weiland delivering Christmas albums, and Paul McCartney composing an orchestral score for ballet.

You'll also encounter another wave of reissues from Paul Simon, and the vinyl edition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album 'I'm With You.'

Styx will also hit stores with a collection of re-recorded versions of their favorite hits, Cream moves into the Blu-ray age with their 'Live at Royal Albert Hall' reunion concert, and Peter Gabriel brings his classic songs to new life with the help of an orchestra on the 'New Blood' DVD and CD.

Be sure to keep reading Ultimate Classic Rock for news on all these upcoming releases. In fact, in many cases the album titles below link to informative articles about each project:

October 2011 New Music Releases:

October 4
Chicago, 'XXXIII: O Christmas Tree'
Paul McCartney, 'Ocean's Kingdom' (Orchestral Score for Ballet)
Nirvana, 'Nevermind' (4 LP vinyl version)
Styx, 'Regeneration, Vol. 1 and 2' (greatest hits re-recorded)

October 11
Cream, 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall' (Blu-ray)
Peter Gabriel 'New Blood' CD
Grateful Dead, 'Europe '72' (vinyl)
Judas Priest, 'The Chosen Few' (Songs chosen by their peers)
William Shatner, 'Seeking Major Tom'
Michael Schenker, 'Temple of Rock'
Paul Simon, 'Graceland' (remastered)
Various Artists, 'ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends' (featuring Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood)
Yes, 'Live on Air' (1985 concert)

October 18
Lindsey Buckingham, 'Gift of Screws' (vinyl)
Deep Purple, 'Made in Europe' (vinyl)
Jane's Addiction, 'The Great Escape Artist'
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'I'm With You' (vinyl)
Talking Heads, 'Chronology' (DVD)

October 25
Peter Gabriel, 'New Blood: Live in London' (DVD)
Nirvana, 'Nevermind' (Super Deluxe Edition)
Paul Simon, 'Rhythm of the Saints (remastered)
Paul Simon, 'Songwriter' (handpicked by Simon)
Scott Weiland, 'Most Wonderful Time of the Year' (Christmas songs)
Leslie West, 'Unusual Suspects' (CD and vinyl)
Brian Wilson, 'In the Key of Disney'