2015 Most Anticipated Albums

2015 Most Anticipated Albums

A new year brings the promise of new sounds. Some of them have been in the works, it seems, for ages. Others will arrive as huge surprises. Legends return, even as newer supergroups stake their claims. Couple that with highly anticipated reissues, and 2015 is off to a fast start. Here’s a gallery of our 20 most anticipated rock albums of 2015.

Led Zeppelin: ‘Physical Graffiti’ Reissue
The expanded reissue Led Zeppelin’s 6th release ‘Physical Graffiti’ includes seven early or alternate versions of songs from the original album. (Release date: Feb. 24th)

Ace Frehley, Covers Album
Ace Frehley’s upcoming album of cover songs will hold a special treat for his longtime fans: new takes on classic KISS songs. (Release date: TBA)

Judas Priest, ‘Defenders of the Faith’ Reissue
Judas Priest’s expanded ‘Defenders of the Faith’ reissue adds a pair of discs to the original album’s running time. (Release date: March 10th)

Alice Cooper, Covers Album
Alice Cooper’s long-discussed covers album was pushed back to 2015 because of his involvement in the massive tour with Motley Crue. (Release date: TBA)

Santana, ‘IV’
Carlos Santana has reunited with members of the ‘Santana-III’-era lineup that includes Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, who left in 1973 to form Journey. (Release date: TBA)

Mark Knopfler, ‘Tracker’
Mark Knopfler’s already planning to hit the road to support his ninth solo album, which follows 2012’s moody, seafaring-focused ‘Privateering’. (Release date: early 2015)

Deep Purple, Untitled
Deep Purple won’t wait another eight years between albums this time. In fact, the group rushed back to work on a follow up to their impressive 2013 comeback ‘Now What?!’ last summer. (Release date: TBA)

UFO, ‘A Conspiracy of Stars’
UFO recorded a dozen new songs for their first studio effort since founders Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond and Andy Parker were joined by Vinnie Moore and Rob De Luca. (Release date: Europe – Feb. 23rd; US – March 3rd)

Ringo Starr, Untitled
Ringo Starr completed work on a new album just as his upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors were announced. Members of the on-going All-Star Band tours contributed. (Release date: TBA)

Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ Vinyl Box
This six-album vinyl box set will collect all of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic-era studio and live LP’s, packaged together for the first time. (Release date: Jan. 26th)

Tremonti, Untitled
Wolfgang Van Halen helped Mark Tremonti complete the Creed guitarist’s second, as-yet-untitled album with his eponymous side band. (Release date: March)

Kansas, ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere’
Kansas’ forthcoming documentary and retrospective CD will include hits, deep cuts and extras selected by the film director and Kansas drummer Phil Ehart. (Release date: March)

Randy Bachman, ‘Heavy Blues’
The Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Guess Who album takes a star-packed rootsy turn. Guests include Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa and the late Jeff Healey. (Release date: April 15th)

Brian Wilson, ‘No Pier Pressure’
Sessions for Brian Wilson’s first new set of original solo material since 2008’s ‘That Lucky Old Sun’ featured a series of guest stars including Jeff Beck, Lana Del Rey and others. (Release date: TBA)

Teenage Time Killers, ‘Greatest Hits Vol.1’
This is the debut release from a new supergroup featuring Dave Grohl and members of Corrosion of Conformity. (Release date: Early 2015)

Bob Dylan, ‘Shadows in the Night’
Bob Dylan’s upcoming 36th studio album finds him tackling the Frank Sinatra songbook, downscaling the big-band arrangements into a five-piece format. (Release date: Feb. 3rd)

Winery Dogs, Untitled
The Winery Dogs – featuring Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen, as well as Mike Portnoy – are planning a follow up to their 2013 self-titled debut. (Release date: Late 2015)

Toto, ‘XIV’
Toto returned with four of the six members from the hit ‘Toto IV’ album to complete their first album in a decade. Joseph Williams, who joined in the mid-80’s, is on vocals. (Release date: Europe – March 20th; US – March 24th)

Jeff Beck, Untitled
A long gestation for Jeff Beck’s next album meant that new, never-before-released material ended up on a recent live set. He’s still finishing a follow up to 2010’s ‘Emmotion and Commotion.’ (Release date: TBA)

Scorpions, ‘Return to Forever’
The Scorpions are not only unretiring, they’re releasing new music. ‘Return to Forever’ arrives amid a slew of 50th Anniversary tour dates as well. (Release date: Feb 20th)

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