JEFF BECK You Had It Coming (Epic) Producer Andy Wright adds electronic verve to the master guitarist’s first release since his Grammy-nominated Who Else! in 1999.
COMPAY SEGUNDO Las Flores De La Vida (Nonesuch) On his third solo offering since Buena Vista, the singer and armonico player records five originals plus several traditional tunes, including his tour version of ”Guantanamera.”
ROD STEWART Human (Atlantic) Rod the Mod moved to Atlantic to record his first studio album in three years, featuring the single ”I Can’t Deny It.”
THE FROGS Hopscotch Lollipop (Scratchie) On their first effort since 1999’s Bananimals, perennially hysterical — and offensive — brothers Dennis and Jimmy Flemion offer 13 tracks, including ”Better Than God” and ”Nipple Clamps.”
In the Studio
JOHNNY CASH, at his Jamaica estate, already recording the as-yet-unscheduled follow-up to his acclaimed October 2000 release, American III: Solitary Man. The 68-year-old Man in Black, still productive despite health problems, is once again teaming with producer Rick Rubin.
AEROSMITH, in Joe Perry’s Boston home studio. Perry and Steven Tyler are co-producing this time (along with Marti Frederickson and Mark Hudson) and promising high-energy results. The untitled disc is due this spring — right after the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
TRAVIS, in London, putting the final touches on the successor to 2000’s dreamy The Man Who … with that album’s producer, Nigel Goodrich. Fans of these Scots can look forward to more intensely melodic melancholy and a May 15 release.