This week’s new releases feature a classic band’s first album in 30 years and the 50th anniversary of one of rock and roll’s best films.
The Babys, "I'll Have Some of That" (Skyrocket): No John Waite, but the veteran rockers sound like they haven't missed a step during the 30 years since their last album.
Ginger Baker, "Why?" (Motema): The former Blind Faith drummer heads back to his jazz roots on his latest endeavor, with the saxophone-led Jazz Confusion ensemble.
The Band, "Arter Barron Amphitheater Washington, D.C. July 17th" (Keyhole): The title says it all; vintage musical magic from one of the greatest bands ever.
The Beatles, "A Hard Day's Night" (Criterion Collection): The Fab Four's first film is tricked out with a treasure trove of extras that'll keep you watching like a dog.
Jackson Browne, "Late For the Sky (40th Anniversary Edition)" (Inside): Browne's Grammy Award-nominated third album gets a remastered makeover for as it enters its fifth decade.
Peter Frampton, "Hummingbird in a Box" (RED): These seven pieces Frampton wrote for the Cincinnati Ballet stand up as solid musical pieces as well.
Peter Gabriel, "Back To Front: Live in London" (Eagle Rock): The former Genesis frontman's tour celebrating his landmark album "So" is captured on this DVD, filmed at a 2013 show featuring the album in its entirety along with other favorites.
Robert Gordon, "I'm Coming Home" (Lanark): The rockabilly veteran continues to celebrate greased-back hair, gritty guitar licks and everything else that's right about his chosen genre.
Various Artists, "Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to the Doors" (Purple Pyramid): Members of Deep Purple, Foreigner, Mountain, the Moody Blues, Todd Rundgren and more join forces for 16 of the Doors' classics. -- Gary Graff