October 2021 boasts five Fridays, making for an overstuffed slate of notable rock releases.

Among the most highly anticipated is the Doobie Brothers' 12-song Liberte, their first new album since 2014's Southbound. Be on the look out for a pair of projects with lockdown-related titles from Elton John and Eric Clapton.

Yes' The Quest is their first-ever LP without cofounding bassist Chris Squire. Pink Floyd and Emerson, Lake & Palmer are the subjects of two archival live recordings, while Sixx:A.M. added six new tracks to an upcoming compilation.

The Rolling Stones returned to the vaults for a 40th-anniversary box focusing on their 1981 album Tattoo You and ended up completing nine old unfinished songs, led by the advance single "Living in the Heart of Love." Other reissues include a four-disc expanded edition of Black Sabbath's 1976 album Technical Ecstasy.

The Beatles' Let It Be will also be expanded to 57 tracks spread over five CDs and a Blu-ray. Judas Priest, David Crosby, R.E.M., Motorhead and Whitesnake are also taking a look back in October with reissues and compilations of their own.

More information on these and other new rock-related efforts can be found below. Remember to follow our continuously updated list of 2021 New Music Releases for details on projects issued throughout the year.

Oct. 1
Black Sabbath, Technical Ecstasy (expanded 4CD reissue)
Doobie Brothers, Liberte
Grateful Dead, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (12/10/71) (3CD set)
Metallica and various artists, The Metallica Blacklist (vinyl release)
Neil Young, Carnegie Hall 1970
Roger Taylor [Queen], Outsider
The The, The Comeback Special: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Yes, The Quest

Oct. 8
The Syn [Yes' Chris Squire], Flowerman: Rare Blooms from the Syn
Jeff Scott Soto [Journey], The Duets Collection: Vol. 1 (Eric Martin, Deen Castronovo)
Violent Femmes, Why Do Birds Sing? (deluxe 2CD reissue)

Oct. 15
Al Stewart, Time Passages (deluxe 3CD/1DVD set)
The Alarm, History Repeating 1981-2021 (2CD set)
Beatles, Let It Be: Special Edition
The Cult, Born Into This (2CD 'Savage' edition)
The dB's, I Thought You Wanted To Know: 1978-1981
David Crosby, If I Could Only Remember My Name (expanded anniversary edition)
Melvins, Five Legged Dog (4LP career-spanning acoustic retrospective)
Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust; The Impossible Bird; Dig My Mood (vinyl reissues)
Jason Isbell, Georgia Blue (digital release)
Judas Priest, Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music
Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground Fire [Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder]
Santana, Blessings and Miracles
The Velvet Underground (soundtrack and documentary by Todd Haynes)

Oct. 22
Carole King and James Taylor, Live at the Troubadour (vinyl reissue)
Dream Theater, A View From the Top of the World
Duran Duran, Future Past
Elton John, The Lockdown Sessions
Replacements, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (deluxe-edition 4CD/1LP reissue)
Rolling Stones, Tattoo You (expanded anniversary reissue)
Sixx:A.M., Hits
Superchunk, Here’s to Shutting Up (anniversary reissue)

Oct. 29
Beau Brummels, Turn Around: The Complete Recordings 1964-70 (8CD set)
Emerson Lake and Palmer, Out of This World: Live (1970-1997)
Joe Bonamassa, Time Clocks
Joni Mitchell, Archives – Volume 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) (5CD set)
Motorhead, Everything Louder Forever: The Very Best of Motorhead (2CD/4LP)
Nektar, The Other Side (CD/DVD edition)
Peter Cetera, Love, Glory Honor and Heart: Complete Full Moon and Warner Bros. Recordings (1981-92)
Pink Floyd, A Momentary Lapse of Reason: Remixed & Updated
R.E.M., New Adventures in Hi-Fi (expanded anniversary reissue)
Steppenwolf, Magic Carpet Ride: The Dunhill/ABC Years: 1967-1971 (remastered 8CD set)
Various artists, Breakthrough: Underground Sounds of 1971 (4CD set with Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Jethro Tull, Thin Lizzy, others)
War, Greatest Hits 2.0 (expanded 2CD set)
Whitesnake, Restless Heart (super-deluxe 4CD reissue)

November and Beyond
Alan Parsons, The Neverending Show: Live in the Netherlands
Black Friday: Record Store Day
Billy Joel, The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 (9LP set)
The Doors, L.A. Woman (anniversary deluxe reissue)
Kiss, Destroyer (expanded 4CD edition)
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raise the Roof
Rod Stewart, The Tears of Hercules
Various artists, Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal (3CD set with Bob Weir, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Steve Earle, Phil Lesh, others)

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