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New music releases: Feb. 3, 2015

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Blind Guardian “Beyond the Red Mirror” (producer: Charlie Bauerfeind; first single: “Twilight of the Gods”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Nuclear Blast)
Breakfast in Fur (Hudson Valley quintet) “Flyaway Garden” (producers: Breakfast in Fur; first single: “Shape,” co-produced by Kevin McMahon; Hear here; Vinyl) (Bar/None)
Jeremy Camp “I Will Follow” (producer: Seth Mosley; first single: “He Knows”; Hear here; MP3) (Sparrow)
John Carpenter (legendary film director, composer) “Lost Themes” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sacred Bones)
The Church “Further/Deeper” (their 25th studio album and their 35th anniversary; Powderfinger’s Ian Haug takes Marty Willson-Piper’s place on guitar; first single: “Pride Before a Fall”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl) (Unorthodox)
Dailey & Vincent “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” (Hear here) (Rounder)
Bob Dylan “Shadows in the Night” (Sinatra covers album; producer: Jack Frost; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3; iTunes) (Columbia)
Tinsley Ellis “Tough Love” (Hear here; MP3) (Heartfixer Music)
Fifth Harmony “Reflection” (guests: Daylight, Joe London, Ricky Reed; first single: “BO$$”; Hear here; Limited Edition Artist-Signed, Amazon-exclusive; MP3; iTunes) (Syco Music / Epic)
Aaron Gillespie (frontman for The Almost) “Grace Through the Wandering” (his second full-length worship album; first single: “Praise Him”; Hear here) (BEC Recordings)
H. Hawkline (aka Huw Gwynfryn Evans) “In the Pink of Condition” (producer: Cate le Bon; first single: “Moons In My Mirror”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Heavenly Recordings)
Kid Ink “Full Speed” (first single: “Body Language,” feat. Usher and Tinashe; Hear hereMP3) (Tha Alumni Music Group / 88 Classic / RCA)
Diana Krall “Wallflower” (a collection of songs from the late 1960s to the present that have inspired Krall, including “Desperado,” “California Dreamin’,” “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” etc.; includes an unreleased composition from Paul McCartney, “If I Take You Home Tonight”; producer: David Foster; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Verve)
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King “Fat Man’s Shine Parlor” (Hear here; MP3) (Blind Pig)
Murder By Death “Big Dark Love” (producers: Murder By Death, Kevin Ratterman; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Bloodshot)
Ty Segall “Live in San Francisco” (recorded at The Rickshaw Stop; Hear here; MP3) (Castle Face)
Cody Shuler “Cody Shuler” (producer: Shuler; Hear here) (Rural Rhythm)
John Tejada “Signs Under Test” (Hear here; Vinyl) (Kompakt)
The Temperance Movement (U.K. rock quintet) “The Temperance Movement” (Hear here; MP3) (Fantasy / Concord)
Two Gallants “We Are Undone” (first single: “We Are Undone”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (ATO)
U.D.O. (former Accept member Udo Dirkschneider) “Decadent” (producers: Dirkschneider, Mattes; first single: “Decadent”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (AFM)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 53” (21 tracks; MP3) (Sony Legacy)
Various artists “WOW Gospel 2015” (two CDs, 30 songs; MP3; DVD) (RCA Inspiration)
Butch Walker “Afraid of Ghosts” (producer: Ryan Adams; guests: Johnny Depp, Bob Mould; first single: “Chrissie Hynde”; Hear here; MP3) (Dangerbird)
Kenny Wheeler “Songs For Quintet” (the Canadian-born trumpet-flugelhorn legend’s final album; he died in September 2014 at age 84; Read here; MP3) (ECM)
Wolfheart “Winterborn” (Hear here; MP3) (Spinefarm)

More Releases for the Week of Feb. 3, 2015

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Cary Brothers “Lovin’ On You” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Procrastination Music)
Hayley Kiyoko (indie-pop artist) “This Side of Paradise” (five-song EP; new single: “Given It All”; Hear here) (Procrastination Music)
Gurf Morlix “Eatin’ At Me” (Hear here; CD) (Rootball)
Richard Sax Ross (member of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti) “The Man From the Nearly Recent Future” (five-song EP; guest: Ariel Pink; Hear here) (JesusWarhol, Feb. 1)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Feb. 3, 2015

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Kiki Dee “Loving & Free / I’ve Got the Music in Me” (1973, 1974 albums; remastered), “Kiki Dee / Stay With Me” (1977, 1978 albums; remastered) (U.K. – Edsel, Feb. 2)
John Fahey “Record Plant, Sausalito CA, September 9th 1973” (Keyhole)
Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Volume Twelve: Providence” (three CDs, 26 songs) (Real Gone Music)
John Hall “Power” (1979 album; remastered, with one bonus track, “Plutonium Is Forever”) (Real Gone Music)
Jimmy Holiday “Spread Your Love: The Complete Minit Singles 1966-1970” (26 tracks; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Kent / Ace, Feb. 2)
Elton John “Legendary Covers ’69 / ’70” (MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
George Jones & Tammy Wynette “Songs of Inspiration” (26 tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Ray Kennedy “Ray Kennedy (Expanded Edition)” (1980 album, produced by David Foster; remastered, with four bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
Bobby Lance (co-wrote Aretha Franklin’s “The House That Jack Built”) “First Peace / Rollin’ Man” (1971, 1972 albums on one CD; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Joni Mitchell “Newport Folk Festival 19th July 1969” (Keyhole)
Motörhead “Iron Fist (Deluxe Edition)” (1982 album; remastered, with a second CD of B-sides, alternate versions, outtakes and live tracks) (Sanctuary / UMe)
Renaissance “DeLane Lea Studios 1973” (guests: Al Stewart, Wishbone Ash’s Andy Powell; MP3) (Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra)
LeAnn Rimes “All-Time Greatest Hits” (20 tracks; MP3) (Curb)
Soft Machine “Switzerland 1974” (captured at the Montreux Jazz Festival) (Cuneiform)
Tyrannosaurus Rex “My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair … (Deluxe Edition)” (1968 debut album, in stereo and mono versions; remastered, with 12 tracks recorded for John Peel’s “Top Gear” show, four songs from the Joe Boyd sessions, seven Tony Visconti home demos and two Marc Bolan interviews), “Prophets, Seers & Sages: Angels of the Ages (Deluxe Edition)” (1968 album; remastered, featuring alternate takes, eight songs recorded for John Peel’s “Top Gear,” two songs recorded for the BBC’s “Voice of Pop” program and 30 alternate takes), “Unicorn (Deluxe Edition)” (1969 album; remastered, with 12 bonus non-album single A and B-sides; five songs recorded for John Peel’s “Top Gear” and 26 alternate takes) (U.K. – Universal, Feb. 2)
Various artists “Apollo Saturday Night / Saturday Night at the Uptown” (two live albums from 1964 on one CD; remastered) (SoulMusic / Real Gone Music)
Various artists “The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles: 1972-1975 [Box set]” (10 CDs) (Stax / Fantasy)
Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Movies” (18 songs; MP3) (Sony Legacy)
Tony Joe White “The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings” (two CDs, 38 songs; Track list) (Real Gone Music)
White Lion “Anthology ’83-’89” (two CDs, 30 songs, compiled by frontman Mike Tramp) (Cleopatra)
Zakary Thaks (Texas ’60s garage-rock kings) “It’s The End: The Definitive Collection” (22 songs; Hear/read here) (Big Beat / Ace)

More Releases for the Week of Feb. 3, 2015

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Brooklyn Bridge “Brooklyn Bridge” (1968 album; includes “Worst That Could Happen,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard chart in 1969) (Buddah / Legacy)
Barbra Streisand “The Collection” (10 complete albums) (Columbia / Legacy)

More Digital Releases for the Week of Feb. 3, 2015

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Kristin Chenoweth “Coming Home [DVD]” (the Emmy- and Tony Award-winning singer-actress’ show at the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Okla.) (Concord)
Cyndi Lauper “Front and Center Presents Cyndi Lauper [Blu-ray]” (2014 show at New York City’s Highline Ballroom to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “She’s So Unusual”; See here) (Front and Center Entertainment)
James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, et al “The Best of Me [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (20th Century Fox)
Nas “Nas: Time Is Illmatic [DVD]” (documentary chronicles his evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC) (Kino Lorber)
Richard Pryor “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic [DVD]” (new documentary directed by Marina Zenovich; Blu-ray) (Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, et al “John Wick [DVD]” (2014 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Lionsgate)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Feb. 3, 2015

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Robert Gordon “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion” (Paperback; foreword by Booker T. Jones) (Bloomsbury USA)
Andrew Grant Jackson “1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music” (Hardcover; Kindle) (Thomas Dunne Books)
Paul McCartney & Wings “Wings Over New Orleans: Unseen Photos of Paul and Linda McCartney, 1975” (Hardcover; author: John Taylor) (Pelican Publishing, Feb. 1)
Stevie Nicks “Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours” (Hardcover; author: Zöe Street Howe) (Overlook Hardcover, Feb. 5)
Michelle Primi “Tragedies and Mysteries of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Hardcover) (White Star Publishers)

More Music Books for the Week of Feb. 3, 2015

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