Our May 2012 New Music Releases rundown is highlighted by the long-awaited return of Joe Walsh. The legendary guitarist and songwriter will release ‘Analog Man,’ his first solo album in 20 years.

As you can tell by the title, the record features Joe’s slightly off-kilter and humorous views on all the digital technology that has changed our lives — for better or worse — over the past two decades.

We’ll also see a no less than four Beatles-related reissues, including a look at George Harrison‘s solo demos on the new collection ‘Early Takes Volume 1,’ and the home version of the recent HBO Harrison documentary ‘Living in the Material World.’

Paul McCartney continues his extensive, extras-heavy catalog reissue campaign with a tricked-out version of ‘Ram,’ and last but not least, a fully restored edition of the band’s classic animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ will be ready on May 29.

In more current news, newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Slash will be releasing his second solo album — and first with a solidified band — May 22′s ‘Apocolyptic Love.’ May will also see a bit of the guitarist’s history revisited via vinyl reissues of Guns N’ Roses‘ ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums

You can get all the May 2012 new music release dates below, and in many cases, learn more about the projects by clicking on their titles. For a constantly updated list of new music, films and books headed your way from classic rock artists throughout the year, see our 2012 New Music Releases article.

New Music Releases – May 2012

May 1
Gregg Allman, ‘My Cross to Bear‘ (autobiography)
George Harrison, ‘Early Takes Volume 1
George Harrison, ‘Living in the Material World‘ (documentary)

May 8
Glenn Frey, ‘After Hours’
Dee Snider, ‘Dee Does Broadway
Dee Snider, ‘Shut Up and Give Me the Mic‘ (autobiography)

May 15
Guns N’ Roses, ‘Use Your Illusion I & II’ (vinyl reissue)
Carlos Santana, ‘Shape Shifter‘ (instrumental album)
Tenacious D, ‘Rize of the Fenix

May 22
Alice Cooper, ‘The Strange Case of Alice Cooper‘ (1979 concert DVD)
Paul McCartney, ‘Ram‘ (multiple format re-issue)
Slash, ‘Apocalyptic Love
Tedeschi Trucks Band, ‘Everybody’s Talkin” (live album)
Joe Walsh, ‘Analog Man

May 29
The Beatles, ‘Yellow Submarine‘ (animated movie)
The Beatles, ‘Yellow Submarine Songtrack’ (CD)
Foreigner, ‘Alive & Rockin” (2006 live concert CD)
Squackett, ‘A Life Within a Day‘ (Yes and Genesis alumni)
Twisted Sister, ‘Club Daze 2′
Twisted Sister, ‘Live at Hammersmith’

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