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Mueller's Musings: A Look at December 2002 Releases 

After several months of feast, we now head in to the traditional holiday famine.  December and January are usually a bit slower in terms of new releases, and this year is par for the course.  Most of the notable releases this month are more for hardcore fans and audiophiles.  On December 17th, Dashboard Confessional releases an MTV Unplugged disc with an accompanying DVD.  That same day sees special releases from Emmylou Harris and New Order.  New releases of note include Denison Witmer on 12/10, as well as the original soundtrack to this months blockbuster film, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.  Fans of hard rock will enjoy new releases from Justifide and Few Left Standing the day before Christmas.  

Phish - Round Room 
Stereolab - Switched On 
Denison Witmer - Philadelphia Songs 
Sountrack - Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 

Blue Cantrell - Bittersweet 
Dashboard Confessional - MTV Unplugged 2.0 (w/ DVD) 
Emmylou Harris - Producer's Cut (DVD Audio) 
New Order - Retro (four CD box set) 

Few Left Standing - Regeneration of Self 
Justifide - The Beauty of the Unknown 

Kate Rusby - Ten 

Johnny Cash - Silver 
Richie Furay - Dance a Little Light (rerelease) 
Richie Furay - I Still Have Dreams (rerelease) 
Richie Furay - I've Got a Reason (rerelease) 
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - Live at the BC (DVD Audio) 
Gary Numan - Live in Brixton (double cd) 
Utopia - Live KSAN '74 (DVD Audio) 
Paul Weller - Illumination 

Sea and Cake - One Bedroom 

Dogwood - Seismic 
Furthermore - She and I 
Lou Reed - The Raven (2 CD w/ Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Ornette Coleman, David Bowie, etc.) 

Caedmon's Call - Back Home 
Jars of Clay - Furthermore: The Live Sessions (2 cd set) 

Further Seems Forever - How to Start a Fire 
GlassByrd - Open Wide This Window (Christine Glass and husband Marc Byrd) 
Holland - Photographs & Tidalwaves 

Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown 
Various - Songs from the Material World (George Harrison tribute featuring Dave Davies, Roger McGuinn, Julian Lennon, Todd Rundgren, Leslie West, Peter Green,  Midge Ure, Jay Bennet, They Might Be Giants,  Smithereens, and more)

Also in Feb. 2003 
Damian Jurado - tba 
Supertramp - The Very Best Of Vol. 2 

Ghoti Hook - So Long, Farewell, Goodnight (live) 

Howie Gelb - Listener 
Various - We're a Happy Family (Ramones tribute) 

Juliana Theory - Live: 10/13/2001 
Joy Electric - Tick Tock Treasury 
Brave Saint Saturn - The Hope of Things to Come 

Also in March: 
The Moody Blues - A Night at Red Rocks (Deluxe Edition) 

Anberlin - Blueprints for the Black Market 
Various - X (Tooth and Nail) 

Also out in 2003: 
Burlap to Cashmere - tba 
Plumb - Beautiful Lumps of Coal 

Stay tuned for more... 
Ken Mueller 


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