In The News: R.E.M., Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mavis Staples, Andrew W.K., Norah Jones, Dan Deacon, Tegan And Sara, Willie Nelson And More

R.E.M.‘s classic Automatic For The People gets a 25th-anniversary reissue November 10 via Craft. The two-CD version contains the remastered original album plus a live recording of the only show the band played in 1992, while the four-CD deluxe edition adds a disc of 20 never-before-heard demos as well as Blu-ray that features the LP remixed in both Dolby Atmos (marking the first time an album was commercially released in this format) and high-definition audio as well videos and a digital press kit … Black Rebel Motorcycle Club returns January 12 with Wrong Creatures courtesy of Vagrant … With If All I Was Was Black (out November 17 on Anti-), Mavis Staples reunites with Jeff Tweedy for album number three, with this outing marking the first time all the songs were written by Tweedy … It’s been more than a decade, but Andrew W.K. is still fighting for your right to party, with an as-yet-untitled new LP due March 2 via Sony … Speaking of partying, it’s time to dust off your white, three-piece, bellbottom suit and your boogies shoes: On November 17, Capitol/UMe will release the 40th-anniversary edition of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack as a two-CD/two-LP/Blu-ray boxed set and a two-CD package; both contain a remastered version of the original Bee Gees-led, 17-track album, plus four Serban Ghenea remixes, while the super-deluxe box adds the remastered original record on 180-gram vinyl in a double-LP gatefold jacket, a Blu-ray with the film’s restored director’s cut and theatrical version (both in 4K resolution with an updated surround-sound mix), a 23-page book, Bee Gees photos/movie stills, a turntable slipmat, five art prints and a movie poster … On October 27, Norah JonesDay Breaks gets the deluxe-edition-reissue treatment from Blue Note, with nine live songs from a 2016 performance … Dan Deacon‘s score to indie flick Rat Film is out October 13 via Domino Soundtracks … To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tegan And Sara‘s The Con, Warner Bros. is releasing The Con X: Covers on October 20, featuring the album being interpreted by some of the duo’s fave artists, including Ryan Adams, Hayley Williams (Paramore), CHVRCHES and Sara Bareilles … The soundtrack to the Chris Perkel-directed documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, about music-biz legend and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Clive Davis, is out via Legacy on September 29; the 20-track collection features some of the many artists who Davis played a key role in during their careers, including Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti Smith Group, the Kinks, Aretha Franklin and the Grateful Dead … Avant-chamber ensemble Thor & Friends will release sophomore effort The Subversive Nature Of Kindness on November 17 via Living Music Duplication … The Professionals (featuring Sex Pistol Paul Cook) have a new album, What In The World, due October 27 on The End/Automaton and sporting a guest roster including fellow Pistol Steve Jones, Mick Jones (Clash), Duff McKagen (Guns ‘’N Roses), Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and Billy Duffy (Cult) … Willie Nelson And The Boys, the second installment in Willie Nelson‘s Willie’s Stash series, is out October 20 via Legacy and features Nelson and sons Lukas and Micah performing country standards, including seven songs written by Hank Williams … Joe Satriani‘s 16th solo album, What Happens Next, will be issued January 12 by Sony/Legacy; the LP was recorded as a trio with bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) … Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook, out September 29 on Columbia, features Johnny Mathis tackling songs written or made famous by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Adele, Pharrell, Josh Groban, R. Kelly, Bruno Mars and Whitney Houston … Mute is kicking off its A Certain Ratio reissue series November 24 with 1979 debut The Graveyard And The Ballroom, 1981’s To Each and 1986’s Force, with a compilation coming in April and more albums and a rarities boxed set later in the year … Evanescence is revisiting some of its previously released songs on Synthesis, out November 10 … Stax Country is a 16-song collection of rare/unreleased country songs recorded for the famed label in the ’70s, out October 20 on Craft … Seal‘s Standards features the singer putting his spin on jazz/swing classics by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone; it’s out via Republic on November 10 … Legacy is issuing a 20th-anniversary edition of Mariah Carey‘s Butterfly as a vinyl picture disc on October 20 … Pistoleros (which has included members of Gin Blossoms, Jayhawks and Smithereens over the past 25 years) returns courtesy of Fervor on November 3 with Silver … Christmas corner: Cheap Trick‘s Christmas Christmas (October 20, Big Machine); Various Artists, Holidays Rule Volume 2, featuring Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Norah Jones, Grace Potter, Rosanne Cash, the Decemberists, Lake Street Dive and more (October 13, Capitol); Frank Sinatra‘s Ultimate Christmas (October 6, Capitol/UMe); Elvis Presley‘s Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (October 6, RCA/Legacy); Hanson‘s Finally It’s Christmas (October 27, 3CG/S-Curve); Alabama‘s American Christmas (October 6, BMG); and Balsam Range‘s It’s Christmas Time (October 27, Mountain Home).