4 Carlos Santana, All That I Am (Arista) Santana’s lineup of guests hitting the vocalized mark alongside his signature noodling includes Joss Stone and Sean Paul (“Cry Baby Cry”), Los Lonely Boys (“I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love”), and Big Boi and Mary J. Blige (“My Man”).
The Rolling Stones, A Bigger Bang (V2 Records Virgin) The boys are still serving up sold-out live shows, and, while we’re not sure how many of the 16 new tunes will make it to the stage with this latest tour, you’re guaranteed a fantastic set of rock and roll regardless.
5 Paul McCartney, Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard (Capitol) Besides a new album (his 13th solo release) and tour, the former Beatle has also signed a deal with Penguin to publish his first children’s book, High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tale, on October 4. Maybe we’re amazed.
ALSO NOTEWORTHY: Neil Young, Prairie Winds (Reprise); Depeche Mode, Playing the Angel (Sire/Reprise); Bon Jovi, Have a Nice Day (Island); Eric Clapton, Back Home (Reprise/Duck Records)