Just as the concert industry heavies up in the four-month summer season, the record industry kicks into high gear in September in anticipation of the holiday season, which apparently begins this week. Here's a list of major releases scheduled over the next three months based on available information. Remember: Many more big-name acts will be releasing albums and some of these release dates will not hold fast.
"Woodstock '99," a two-CD retrospective of the recent festival; Wu Tang Clan's fall campaign kicks off with Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Nigga Please" and Inspectah Deck's "Uncontrolled Substance"; Ice Cube's "War & Peace Vol. 2: The Peace Disc"; John Prine, "In Spite of Ourselves"; Jim Lauderdale and Ralph Stanley, "I Feel Like Singing Today"; the first of three "Patsy Cline Duets" albums digitally teaming the long-dead country singer with current Nashville stars; Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Xtra-Acme USA"; Iggy Pop, "Avenue B"; Martina McBride, "Emotion"; box sets include the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Runnin'."
Barbra Streisand, "A Love Like Ours," her first all-love-song collection, including "Isn't It a Pity," the first dance when Streisand married actor James Brolin; Brooks & Dunn, "Tight Rope"; Gerald Levert, "G"; Brian McKnight, "Back at One"; Indigo Girls, "Come On Now Social"; Ben Harper, "Burn to Shine"; a Tori Amos double set, "To Venus and Back" (one live CD, one new studio material); former Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell's solo debut, "Euphoria Morning"; Randy Travis, "A Man Ain't Made of Stone"; Yolanda Adams, "Mountain High . . . Valley Low"; The Madd Rapper, "Tell 'Em Why U Mad"; Jay Z, "Backstage Live . . . A Hard Knock Life"; Gomez, winner of last year's British Mercury Prize for best album, offers a follow-up, "Liquid Skin"; Don Byron, "Romance With the Unseen"; Hank Williams Jr., "Stormy"; Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach and Bill Frisell, "The New Songs of Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach Arranged by Bill Frisell," along with Bacharach's "The Instrumental Side"; and the debuts of bands led by former rock journalists, England's Gay Day with "Leisure Noise" and the Jon Tiven Group, "Yes I Ram."
Garth Brooks steps into the rock arena with "In the Life of Chris Gaines"; Marc Anthony's eponymous English-language debut; Sting, "Brand New Day"; Paula Cole, "Amen"; Everything but the Girl, "Temperamental"; Smokey Robinson, "Intimate"; Our Lady Peace, "Happiness"; the remnants of Sublime, now calling themselves the Long Beach Dub All Stars, "Right Back"; Clint Black, "D'Electrified"; Tony Bennett, "Sings Ellington/Hot & Cool"; Meredith Brooks, "Deconstruction"; Marshall Crenshaw, "Number 447"; and more Wu Tang from Ghostface Killah, "Supreme Clientele" and Method Man (with Redman), "Black Out!"; Creed, "My Own Prison"; Mindy McReady, "I'm Not So Tough."
Mariah Carey, "Rainbow"; David Bowie, "Hours . . . "; Melissa Etheridge, "Breakdown"; Paul McCartney, "Run Devil Run" (classic rock covers); Live, "The Distance to Here"; Wynton Marsalis, "Reel Time"; Mel C (a k a Sporty Spice), "Northern Star"; B.B. King, "Let the Good Times Roll: the Music of Louis Jordan"; box sets honoring Duke Ellington, "The Essential Recordings 1927-1961" and Pat Benatar, "Synchronistic Wonderings."
Alan Jackson, "Under the Influence"; Julio Iglesias Jr., "Under My Eyes"; 311, "Soundsystem"; Ice-T, "The 7th Deadly Sin"; Run-D.M.C., "Crown Royal" (with such guests as Aerosmith, Slick Rick and Sugar Ray); boxes include Alice in Chains, "Music Bank" and "Sony Music 100: Soundtrack for a Century," a 26-CD history of the world's oldest record label (begun here in Washington), arranged by genre (rock, jazz, R&B, classical, country, film and stage, blues) with a 308-page book; there will also be separate double-disc packages focusing on those genres.
Eurythmics' first album in a decade, "Peace"; L'il Kim, "Notorious K.I.M."; Joe Jackson, "Symphony No. 1"; Bryan Ferry, "As Time Goes By" ('30s pop standards); The Smithereens, "God Save the Smithereens"; boxes include Fleetwood Mac, "The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967-1969" (the blues era).
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, "Heartland" (their first in 12 years); former After 7 singer (and Babyface's brother) Kevon Edmonds, "24/7"; Chico DeBarge, "The Game."
D'Angelo, "Voodoo"; Rage Against the Machine, "Guerrilla Radio"; Savage Garden, "Affirmation"; The Artist, "Race Un2 the Joy Fantastic"; Bush, "The Science of Things"; Cypress Hill, "Skull and Bones"; as yet untitled albums from the Stone Temple Pilots, LL Cool J and the Foo Fighters.
Rosie O'Donnell, a duets collection featuring Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Celine Dion and Elmo; the soundtrack to HBO's "The Sopranos"; an as yet untitled release by Will Smith; boxes include "The Doors Complete Studio Recordings" and The Grateful Dead, "So Many Roads."
ALSO IN NOVEMBER
Big Pun, untitled; solo debut by Sisqo of Dru Hill, untitled; and Nas, "Nastradamus."