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Fall's Bumper Crop of New Recordings

By Richard Harrington
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 7, 1997

The fall season for albums is akin to filmdom's summer season: the time of blockbusters. As much as 40 percent of the year's sales can take place in the three months before Christmas. Here's a list of what's tentatively scheduled. Many albums scheduled from October on don't have confirmed titles.

Out this week: Amy Grant's "The Big Picture," Carly Simon's "Film Noir" and Genesis's "Calling All Stations" (featuring Phil Collins replacement Ray Wilson). Out next week: Mariah Carey's "Butterfly," Jars of Clay's "Much Afraid," EPMD's "Back in Business" and Busta Rhymes's "When Disaster Strikes."
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Sept. 23 is a big week, with the scheduled release of Boyz II Men's "Evolution," Elton John's "The Big Picture," Brian McKnight's "Forever," Mark Chesnutt's "Thank God for Believers," Bryan White's "The Right Place," "The Wilsons" (with four tracks featuring Brian Wilson with daughters Carnie and Wendy), Bjork's "Homogenous," Immature's "The Journey" and an offering from the Firm (a supergroup featuring rappers AZ, Foxy Brown and Nas).

The month closes out with Bob Dylan's "Time Out of Mind," the Rolling Stones' "Bridges to Burn" (as well as two Stones tribute albums, one all-country, one all-blues), Patti Smith's "Peace and Noise" and Patty Loveless's "Long Stretch of Lonesome."


Out in October are Green Day's "Nimrod," Quincy Jones's "MTV Unplugged," LL Cool J's "Candy," Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "Headlock," Kiss's "Carnival of Souls" and as-yet-untitled albums by Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Eric Clapton, Yanni, Bobby Brown, Will Smith, Redman, Wynonna and Salt-n-Pepa.


November will see the release of Paul Simon's "Capeman" (his "personal" version of the upcoming Broadway show, with an original cast album due next year), Barbra Streisand's "Higher Ground," Metallica's "Reload," Babyface's "MTV Unplugged," Garth Brooks's "Sevens" (assuming he makes peace with his record label), and not-yet-titled works by Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Michael Bolton, Spice Girls, Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Michael W. Smith, BeBe Winans, Jane's Addiction, Phish, R. Kelly, Bryan Adams, Faith Hill, Rod Stewart, Method Man, Pearl Jam and the final recordings by the late Jeff Buckley. Other possibilities include works by Seal, Madonna and the Tony Rich Project.


Upcoming box sets include a Ray Charles multi-label career retrospective; "The Riverside Records Story"; "The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love"; "The Dusty Springfield Anthology"; Peter Tosh, "Honorary Citizen"; Charles Mingus, "Passions of a Man"; the Doors' "30th Anniversary" (including a reunion of the living Doors and the still-dead Morrison on a recently discovered song); the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds Sessions"; and sets commemorating the careers of AC/DC, Cream and the Ramones.

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